Australia’s Population Rising Despite Migration Slowdown

first_imgAustralia’s population is growing despite decrease in net immigration numbers as compared to previous years, according to the latest demographic figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on June 20.The country’s resident population was about 24.8 million as on Dec. 31, 2017, marking an increase of 388,000 people, or 1.6 percent, since Dec. 31, 2016. The population is projected to exceed 25 million by August 2018, according to ABS projections.The net overseas migration for 2017 (240,400 people) was less by 1.4 percent than that recorded for year before (243,800 people). It accounted for around 62 percent of the increase in the country’s total population.Did you know our population grew by 1.6% in 2017 to reach 24.8 million by the end of the year? Overseas migration added 240,400 people to the population, and we had 308,500 births and 160,900 deaths. Find out more about how we’re growing as a nation here https://t.co/jO1IQas9bk pic.twitter.com/rv0oDUE0Nc— Australian Bureau of Statistics (@ABSStats) June 21, 2018Total arrivals rose by 9,700 to 529,400 over the year, marking an increase of 1.9 percent. Departures, on the other hand, were recorded at 288,900, up from 275,800 the previous year, making it an increase of 4.8 percent.Almost 85,000 people left Australia in the last three months of 2017. The figure is almost 9,000 more than that in the same period in 2016, ABC News reported. The “preliminary” figures show a “significant increase” in the number of foreign students moving out of Australia, Anthony Grubb, the director of demography at the ABS, told the publication.While Australian citizens moving abroad have comprised about one-third of the departures in recent years, almost half of the people who left the country were temporary visa holders like overseas students, foreign backpackers and 457 visa workers who finished their stay term, according to ABC News.“Net overseas migration usually slows in the December quarter although this was the largest slowdown in several years,” Commonwealth Bank of Australia economist, Kristina Clifton, was quoted as saying by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.The tightening of Australia’s visa policies may have a role to play in the increased number of departures from the country, experts feel. “The people who are here from countries with equivalent living standards, where they have a choice of going back to another good job, maybe some of those people have formed a view that they don’t want the uncertainty that Australia is presenting with them presently about their residency status,” Leanne Stevens, national vice president of the Migration Institute of Australia, said, ABC News reported.International student enrolments have, however, been increasing over the years in Australia. The number rose from around 300,000 five years ago to 540,000 in February this year, the publication reported, citing Department of Education figures. The number of Indians applying to study in Australia increased by 32 percent between July and December 2017, according to statistics released by the Australian Department of Home Affairs earlier this year. The number of foreign students applying to pursue higher education in Australia was up by 14.1 per cent between July and December 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016, the figures showed. Related ItemsAustralialast_img read more

Canada to Start Taking Biometric Information of Indian Visa Applicants

first_imgCanada has made it mandatory for people of India and other Asian countries to submit their biometrics for identification purposes from Dec. 31, 2018.The new rule will be meant for those applying for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit, permanent residence or asylum in the country, according to the Canadian government.“In 2018, Canada will expand its biometrics program. Expanding biometrics will strengthen Canada’s immigration programs through effective screening and will also facilitate application processing and travel – while maintaining public confidence in our immigration system,” a Canadian government statement said.Until now, only the United States, United Kingdom, and Schengen countries asked Indian visa applicants to submit biometrics.Canada made biometric information mandatory for visa applicants from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on July 31, 2018. The rule comes into effect for visa applicants from Asia, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas from Dec. 31, 2018. All visa applicants need to submit their fingerprints and photo to a designated visa application center or some missions and embassies.According to the Canadian government, biometrics collection will facilitate faster application processing and simplify entry into Canada for low-risk travelers. All applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 years must provide biometric information. The exemption has been provided to children under 14 and adults over 79 years old and asylum seekers, for whom there is no age limit.According to the Canadian government website, once a visa applicant gives his/her biometric, there’s no need to submit the same for the next 10 years. “You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. You don’t need to give your biometrics until the 10-year period expires,” the website said, adding that individual applicants will be charged C$ 85 while families applying together at the same time will be charged a maximum of C$170.Biometrics is recognized globally as a reliable, accurate tool for establishing identity, it added. More than 70 countries around the world are using biometrics in their immigration programs. Biometrics collection allows the Canadian government to effectively manage identity, facilitate application processing and simplify entry for travelers with legitimate identities. It helps deter, detect, and stop the entry of those who pose a risk to the health, safety, and security of Canadians.“Biometrics will provide immigration officers with additional information to help make decisions on a person’s admissibility and by simplifying the travel of low-risk individuals,” the government statement said.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will store the fingerprints data in the National Repository and will use it to check immigration and criminal records. The biometric check confirms if someone who applied to enter Canada before using the same or a different identity has a previous Canadian criminal record or has been removed from Canada before.“Biometrics-based information sharing with the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom will further support the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, in a manner that respects Canada’s privacy laws, civil liberties and human rights commitments, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” the government said. Related ItemsCanadalast_img read more

Actor Saif Ali Khan’s Statement Recorded Over Wild Boar Hunt Tour in Bulgaria

first_imgIndian actor Saif Ali Khan’s statement has been recorded by the Mumbai Crime Branch following a notice issued by the Interpol. The Bulgarian government had written to the Interpol recently, asking it to record Khan’s statement, the India Express cited sources as saying.The case concerns a wild boar hunting tour, in which the Bulgarian police has booked Khan’s tour agent. Khan’s statement, according to reports, was recorded as a witness.“The actor is a witness in a hunting case probed by the Bulgarian police. After the communication from the Interpol was received, the crime branch, Bandra unit, was asked to record the actor’s statement. A team of the Mumbai Crime Branch sleuths from the unit visited the actor’s suburban residence and recorded his statement,” a senior official was quoted as saying by the publication.The official added that it is, however, not clear if the same statement of Khan has been forwarded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is India’s nodal agency for the Interpol.Bulgaria is a sought-after destination for game hunting. However, according to rules of the country, a foreigner needs to produce a hunting license from his own country. The State Forestry Agency can then issue a license valid for one month to foreigners with a short-stay visa. If the foreigner does not have a hunting license, he or she needs to appear for a test in Bulgaria in order to get a license. Wild boar hunting is termed as a big game by Bulgarian hunting tour organizers. Many offer two kinds of wild boar hunting — stalking and drive hunting.The Bulgarian police have booked an agent who organized a wild boar hunting tour for Khan. The permissions and licenses that were needed for the tour had not been taken, the report added.“The agent has been booked for organizing a hunt without the requisite permits and license. The Interpol has sought details on the case from the actor,” another official said, as per the publication.Hunting is banned under the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) in India. The only exception to the rule is culling of an animal that has been designated as vermin or rogue — primarily elephants. However, even that is regulated and supervised by the forest department.In April this year, Indian actor Salman Khan was convicted to a five-year jail term for blackbuck poaching that took place during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1998. However, the co-accused in the case — Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre — were acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence. Salman was granted later bail by a Jodhpur court. Related ItemsAnimal RightsBulgariaSaif Ali Khanlast_img read more

Dumb & Dumber

first_imgPress Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has stirred a hornet’s nest after blasting the Indian media as shallow and irresponsible and asserting that most Indians are dumb. Katju said: “Unfortunately most people in India are of a very low intellectual level, steeped in casteism, communalism, superstitions and all kinds of feudal and backward ideas.”He was equally harsh on the media: “Many channels show cricket day in and day out. Cricket is really the opium of the Indian masses. The Roman Emperors used to say ‘If you cannot give the people bread give them circuses.’”He complained that Indian media fcused on trivial entertainmewnt, glamour and cricket stories to the exclusion of serious public issues: “Our media …turns a Nelson’s eye to the harsh economic realities facing upto 80 per cent of our people, and instead concentrates on some Potempkin villages where all is glamour and show biz. Our media is largely like Queen Marie Autoinette, who when told that the people have no bread, said that they could eat cake.”ng it to make her give up her job, gain weight and stay indoors and make her want you and rely on you. It was a well-planned exercise and you say you gave her the steroids at least four or five times. It’s had a terrible effect on her, causing long-term emotional harm.”His lawyer acknowledged: ‘It’s a truly bizarre case. He’s deeply embarrassed and appalled, ashamed and bitterly regrets it. He did it so she’d gain weight to get back to the pattern of their life, so she’d cook dinner and look after the children, so she wouldn’t go out for walks to lose weight….. Yes, he was controlling in the relationship and however much you may disapprove it as a way to conduct affairs in modern Britain, it’s something that exists in some parts of some communities. I’m not an apologist for it, but it’s not in itself against the law.” Related Itemslast_img read more

A US Bill Named After an Indian American Woman

first_imgA US lawmaker Chris Smith, a Republican representative from New Jersey, introduced a new bill in Congress on 28th July named after an Indian American woman who is fighting to regain custody of her twins abducted by her ex-husband. The legislation seeks to repeal tariff benefits for countries who were found to be non-compliant in returning American children abducted and taken to another country by one parent.The bill “Bindu Philips and Devon Davenport International Child Abduction Return Act of 2017” is named after two parents– an Indian American woman and Brazilian American man. According to them, their kids were abducted and taken to respective countries and despite US court orders, the two countries are not doing much to help them get their children back.A Background of the CaseAccording to FBI report, Albert Philip Jacob and Alfred William Jacob, Bindu’s sons, were abducted to India in December 2008 when they were 8-years old. Her ex-husband Sunil Jacob had taken them on pretext of a Christmas vacation. Chris Smith, who is chair of the House panel on global human rights, said:“Bindu Philips fought valiantly in India for over eight years for the return of her abducted twin sons, only to be given the incessant delays in India’s courts and little support from the Obama administration.”“Just recently, she was finally granted a short visit with her children in India, but the children’s father marred the time with harassment and monitoring, refusing to let the children and mother leave a hotel for seven days.” he added.In an email interview with the The American Bazaar Online,  Bindu said that her children, who are US citizens, are living in India on an OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India).  For minor, an OCI application needs to be signed by both parents. Her then-husband Sunil Jacob forged her signatures and submitted the application at Indian Consulate in New York.The Need for the BillA New Jersey court had granted Bindu the sole custody of her twins in December 2009.  Sunil Jacob attended the hearing via phone from India. The US court judgement was handed through India’s Ministry of Law and Justice to Sunil.“The Superior Court of New Jersey ordered the immediate return of my twin children to US in October 2010,” Bindu told the American Bazaar Online.In a 2015 interview with the American Bazaar, she said that Jacob had tried to turn the children against her and had limited the contact she has had with them. Jacob had taken her finances, her salary from their joint earnings and all her belongings. “[My] house was empty when I returned to the US,” she said in that interview. “He had everything taken while I was gone. My parents had to send me finances for my living expenses and my neighbor was kind enough to allow me to stay in her house since mine was completely empty — everything had been shipped away without my knowledge by three of his friends.”Countries that Aid AbductorsChris Smith elaborated the Devon Davenport case: “He has had a return order for his daughter Nadia from Brazil since 2009. He has won every single one of the 24 appeals against the order—but Brazil still will not enforce its own return order.” Nadia was just four months old when her mother took her to Brazil.Smith added that the abducted children are often blocked from any contact with the American parent– losing half of their family and heritage.According to Smith, 11 of the 13 non-compliant countries in the return of abducted American children are still receiving billions of dollars in tariff exemptions under the Generalized System of Preferences as said in annual Goldman Report by the State Department.“We must cease rewarding countries that aid abductors. When is enough finally enough?” he asked.Governments Need to be Decisive“For years, the U.S. government response to abductions has been an engraved invitation to abductors..Abductors have an 84% chance of no penalty for ripping their child from home and family in the United States. It is my hope and expectation that this year, the State Department will begin to act more decisively on behalf of American families so that more children come home,” said Smith.Smith’s efforts were appreciated by the parents. Bindu said that the Republican lawmaker helped her meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 8, 2016 when he visited Washington.Last year, 629 American children were taken from the US by one parent without the consent of the other– often in direct violation of valid US court orders, US criminal law and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.Without pressure from Washington, the rate of return of abducted children is only 16%.Generalized System of PreferencesAccording to India West, the new bill proposes to amend the Generalized System of Preferences. It is a trade program designed to promote economic growth in the developing world through duty free entry for some products. So in the Bill, any country named as non-compliant in the prompted resolutions of abductions would lose trade benefits granted by the US– a move that may affect India. Related ItemsAmericaBindu PhilipsChild AbductionChris SmithIndiaInternational Child Abduction Return Act of 2017LawmakerLittle IndiaNRISunil Jacoblast_img read more

Indo-Canadian MP Darshan Kang Denies Sexual Harassment Charges

first_imgDarshan Kang, the Indo-Canadian Calgary MP from the ruling Liberal Party of Canada, has denied the allegations that he sexually harassed an employee.“While I cannot comment directly on an open, ongoing investigation, I continue to proclaim my innocence and will defend my reputation at all costs,” Kang said in a statement to the media.Proclaims Innocence The 66-year-old politician also said he was placed on medical leave as the allegations caused him a “tremendous amount of stress”.He said, “As a result of this leave, I have not participated in public events. While I cannot comment directly on an open, ongoing investigation, I continue to proclaim my innocence and will defend my reputation at all costs.”More than two weeks have passed since Kang got embroiled in the controversy, but he has released a statement regarding it only now. Kang was accused of sexually harassing a female staffer at his northeast Calgary constituency office. The employee filed the complaint in June with Chief Liberal Whip Pablo Rodriguez, reported Ottawa-based newspaper, the Hill Times.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was persistently asked about the issue, had said, “We are allowing that process to undergo in a responsible way. The whip’s office is very much engaged, as it must be in this process, and we are allowing this process to unfold as it should,” Global News reported Allegations of Trying to Buy Silence Earlier this week, Kang had allegedly offered $100,000 to the 24-year-old female staffer who filed the complaint against him to stay “quiet”, the father of the staffer said, according to the Star.The staffer had apparently worked for almost four years in Kang’s office. Her father said  Kang was a “good friend” and asked for a public apology and his resignation from office.Earlier this month, The Hill Times reported that the Chief Government Whip’s Office confirmed that House chief human resources officer Pierre Parent was conducting an investigation into the incident.Kang  was born in India and immigrated to Canada in 1970. Before becoming the first Liberal Party candidate to be elected to the House of Commons from Calgary in nearly 50 years, he was twice elected to the provincial assembly. Related ItemsCanadan Indian crimeDarshan KangDarshan Kang controversyDarshan Kang sexual harassmentIndo-Canadian politiciansLittle Indialast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi Goes Modi Way to Woo NRIs in US

first_imgCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s United States visit that began on Sept. 11, is packed with events centered around the Indian diaspora. The itinerary is being widely seen as an attempt by Gandhi to build a persona like Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s. During the two-week trip, the Congress politician will address Indian-Americans at various venues, besides interacting with global thinkers and leaders.Effort to Revive CongressGandhi’s visit began with an address at the University of California, Berkeley, on Sept. 11 on the topic, ‘India at 70 — Reflections on the Path forward’. University of California, Berkeley, is a place quite close to his heart as his great-grandfather, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, delivered a speech at the same venue in 1949.Ahead of the visit, Gandhi had posted on his official Twitter handle that he was looking forward to interacting with Indian Overseas Congress members and tehnocrat Sam Pitroda. He is also expected to meet academics and researchers, and discuss emerging technologies. Gandhi will also attend a meeting at the Princeton University.“The purpose of the visit is two-fold,” Pitroda, who worked as an important adviser to Gandhi’s father, former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi, told PTI. “One is to meet interesting and global thinkers, to have a conversation on what is happening world over on economy, on technology, on opportunities, and really understand different views from experts on the global scene.”Pitroda is the one handling the preparations of Gandhi’s visit. The 75-year-old engineer had, during the tenure of Rajiv Gandhi, executed various plans that revolutionized the Indian telecom industry.Pitroda revealed that Gandhi will meet overseas Indians at an event in New York to connect people with the Congress party. He added that the Congress vice president will also interact with some members of the ruling Republic Party in Washington DC. Gandhi would also hold meetings with Indian technical professionals at Silicon Valley. “So, the idea is if you were to meet a lot of Silicon Valley people, it is better to talk about things in San Francisco,” Pitroda was quoted as saying.Among the events the Congress leader is likely to attend is one organized by the Centre for American Progress. He is also expected to meet members of the business community at a session held by the US-India Business Council.Gandhi has visited the US several times in the past, but this is for the first time that he is holding public meetings and delivering speeches in the country.Rahul Gandhi Courts Controversy Once MoreThe foreign tours of Rahul Gandhi are known for attracting controversies, and this time too, things are no different. Gandhi was expected to stay in Gujarat for at least a week, ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections. But he left for Norway a week back, and is now in the United States. In the meantime, BJP national president Amit Shah has kicked off the party’s campaign in Gujarat.Gandhi’s US visit also attracted online trolls after the news surfaced that he will hold discussions on artificial intelligence. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy took to his Twitter handle and posted: “Buddhu who is bereft human intelligence was to get artificial intelligence. No so says out-on -Bail Sam. Jindal funded outfit will host him.”Buddhu who is bereft human intelligence was to get artificial intelligence. No so says out-on -Bail Sam. Jindal funded outfit will host him.— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) September 10, 2017Pitroda soon clarified that the news on Gandhi’s talk on artificial intelligence is false information.Gandhi’s US visit is also being talked about as a fund-raising exercise. The party is now looking for international contributors to tackle the cash crunch it faces, News 18 reported. Related ItemsCongress outreach USLittle IndiaRahul Gandhi BerkeleyRahul Gandhi NRIsRahul Gandhi US visitRajiv Gandhi Sam Pitrodalast_img read more

Homecoming: A Big Change for the Young Ones

first_imgIn the conversation around overseas Indians returning to their home country, the narrative of the children who are uprooted from the place they have grown up in is often a forgotten tale. For many of these youngsters, their arrival in India is as much of an uprooting as the departure perhaps was for the parents.Sandeep Jayendran, the chief technical officer of Bengaluru-based startup 21Dojo, grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). He later went to the United States for higher education. Jayendran notes that since he returned to Bengaluru when he was in Class 9, he took longer to adjust than his sister who was only nine years old when his family returned to India from Dubai.For many of these children who return from other countries while they are in their teens and join an Indian school, it marks the first time they are exposed to the education system in the country and the prevailing competition. During these vulnerable years, they feel they are left to cope with a new culture, one they were distantly acquainted with, and it sometimes takes them years to adjust to the new surroundings.Jayendran recollects that he found the competition fierce and shocking, as he lived a sheltered life in the Middle East — a sentiment that is reiterated by many returned Non-Resident Indian children.Sandeep JayendranThe challenges were similar for 26-year-old Jerin Kurian. “I felt that the kids brought up in the Middle East knew very little about the ‘real world’,” he tells Little India. Kurian studied in Indian School in Oman until Class 10, after which he returned to his homeland, Kerala. After completing his bachelor’s from Tamil Nadu, like Jayendran, he headed abroad for a master’s degree, and earned it in Melbourne in October 2017.Kurian came back to India to pursue studies in India while his parents stayed back in Oman. “I remember the first few months giving me real hard times, especially since I had never stayed away from home. It made me homesick. I lost almost 18 kg due to emotional, mental and physical stress,” Kurian recalls. Like Jayendran, he felt that the competition was “intense,” and as if his skills were “shrinking” as compared to the talents of the Indian students.However, not all agree with the fact that they found it difficult adjusting in India upon their return. For Hyacinth Mascarenhas, 27, who currently lives in Bengaluru, returning to India to work was like homecoming. She lived in Kuwait for 20 years and completed her masters from the George Washington University in Washington DC in the United States. She stresses that she did not face any challenges, maybe because she returned at a much later stage in life than the others.“I have always felt more comfortable saying I’m from India than Kuwait all my life, particularly when I was asked about my background in college. I have no ties to that country other than us living there. No passport, no permanent residency or such. Mumbai was always home for me,” she tells Little India. Mascarenhas frequented Mumbai, where she was born, for three months every summer until she was in Class 12.She studied in Indian English Academy School, a CBSE- institution in Kuwait, a country that has many Indian schools. “The level of competition is very similar to how it is in school in India. I carried those values and skills with me when I went to college, so I was usually the competitive one. I would never take no for an answer in university,” she says.Many of these individuals who return to India from different backgrounds and countries at a young age say that it is important to understand factors like the country they grew up in, its culture, lifestyle and laws — all that comes to define them as young adults.Mathangi NarayananJayendran recounts that when he came to India he realized how closed the media in UAE was. Only after leaving the country did he learn of the human rights violations, building fires, and other incidents that were taking place around him. The life of those in UAE are full of “luxuries,” he says, adding that after coming to India he came to dislike the way of living in Dubai.Kurian reiterates, saying, “I felt that kids in the Middle East lacked exposure to a lot of things.”Challenges presented themselves to these children not only in their social sphere, but also while they were studying. Mathangi Narayanan, a 26-year-old entrepreneur in Chennai, faced problems with the academic system in India after returning from Al Ain, UAE. She took over a year to adjust in Chennai.“Here, they would see the way you look and put you in a sport, while abroad I could choose which sport to play,” she told Little India. Kurian also notes that schools in the Middle East encourage students in co-curricular activities more as compared to India where students are pushed towards academics.She recollects how in Al Ain a parent would always be present to pick up and drop children whether it was school or other activities, but in Chennai she had to learn to do everything on her own. Narayanan later went to New York to pursue post-graduation, but had to return due to visa restrictions.Jerin KurianSome like Kurian feel that staying abroad has its perks. He prefers Melbourne due to climatic conditions, daily life struggles and “unstable governing authorities” in India. Others like Mascarenhas and Jayendran have made India their home after working abroad for a few years. Narayanan would love to live abroad, given the chance, due to the multicultural experiences she had during her years spent in different countries.The stories of these children are similar in many ways, including the fact that their experience in India has shaped them in some manner or the other. Also, the jarring experience of being uprooted has made them appreciate much about India, their homeland.A common thread that runs in their experiences is the love for travel. Being exposed to a diverse environment and people, their quest to explore the world lingers on. Related ItemsIndiaRelocationlast_img read more

Indian-Origin Woman Found Dead in UK was Murdered by Gay Husband

first_imgAn Indian-origin woman, who was found dead at her home in Middlesbrough, UK in May this year, was killed by her husband, who wanted to go to Australia to start a fresh life with his boyfriend.According to a report in PTI, on Dec.3, Mitesh Patel, 37, was found guilty of murdering his wife 34-year-old wife Jessica Patel. Mitesh had strangulated her with a supermarket plastic bag.Mitesh had earlier denied killing his wife and even ransacked the home to make it look like a burglary incident has taken place. He will be sentenced on Dec.5.During the trial, Teesside Crown Court was told that Mitesh had been planning to go to Australia to live with his lover Dr. Amit Patel, whom he met on a dating app Grindr. For starting a new life, he had also planned to claim a € 2 million payout, reported BBC.The court also heard that Mitesh’s internet searches dating back years included “I need to kill my wife,” “insulin overdose,” “plot to kill my wife, do I need a co-conspirator?,” “hiring hitman UK” and “how much methadone will kill you?,” said the report.Jessica’s family has issued a statement while saying that they have been devastated by her death.PTI quoted her family as saying, “She had simple dreams, all she ever wanted was to fall in love, have a family of her own and live happily ever after. The man we welcomed into our family, who promised to look after and protect her, betrayed her in every sense of the word, cheating her of her dreams, robbing her of her life and robbing us of her.”Jessica and Mitesh came to know each other while studying at a university in Manchester. Related Itemslast_img read more

Mumbai rave party: Cricketer Rahul Sharma faces arrest after testing positive for drugs

first_imgIndian spinner Rahul Sharma’s participation in the ODI series against Sri Lanka was on Saturday thrown into jeopardy after he tested positive for consumption of drugs in a rave party in Mumbai in May, making his arrest inevitable.On the eve of the series opener at Hambantota, the Indian camp was rocked by the shocking development of the young leg-spinner testing positive along with South African cricketer Wayne Parnell. The two were among many celebrities who attended a rave party at a plush hotel in suburban Juhu and Mumbai Police today confirmed that they were among the 42 who tested positive for drugs.The BCCI, however, stood by the cricketer and said it would investigate the matter thoroughly before deciding the future course of action.”I don’t know why everyone is in a mood to execute Rahul Sharma without even going into the details,” Srinivasan told PTI.”The BCCI will first procure each and every bit of relevant information and then study them before deciding on the course of action,” he added.The Indian team’s media manager Ravi Jain said that they have not received any communication in this regard from the BCCI yet.”We have not received any communication from BCCI, So, it would not be proper for me to comment anything on this at this stage,” Jain told PTI.Jain also declined to comment whether the spinner would be fielded for tomorrow’s match in the wake of the recent development.The Mumbai Police Friday received reports of blood samples of 44 out of the 90 people, who had attended the sundown party at Oakwood Premier Hotel in Juhu.advertisement”Of the 44, two females tested negative, while the rest are positive,” Deputy Police Commissioner Pratap Dighaokar told PTI.These 44 people include two IPL cricketers Rahul and Parnell (both played for Pune Warriors India) and 38 women, police sources said.On June 22, city police had declared the results of 46 of the 90 people’s blood samples, who attended the party, in which 44 tested positive, police said.Actors Apurva Agnihotri, Anshuman Jha, Parth Sharma, Amit Gaur, famous fashion designer Rocky S, cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi’s son Angad Bedi, celebrities Rahul Dahia, Kartik Jobanputra, DJ brothers Dipesh Sharma and Rakesh Sharma and the hotel director Vishay Handa were among the 44 people who tested positive, the results for which were announced on June 20 by the police.Police had on May 20 raided the posh hotel and rounded up 90 patrons, including foreigners, following specific inputs about the presence of drugs at the party. They were let off after their urine and blood samples were taken.All those who tested positive would face arrest, another police official said, adding the procedure to arrest would start soon.Among those tested positive in today’s report, 35 had consumed cannabis, three had consumed cannabis as well as cocaine and four others had consumed cannabis and MDMA (better known as ecstasy, a drug usually taken in a pill form).However, police did not reveal their names.last_img read more

CTRL V4S listed on Gionee’s website

first_imgGionee seems to be geared up for launch of CTRL-V series smartphone which is the latest addition to the product page on its official website. Though price of the device was not mentioned , according to the catalogue the product sports dual SIM connectivity and runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box platform and features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) IPS display.The device  is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor along with an ARM Mali 400 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It has 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded to up to 32 GB via microSD.CTRL V4S features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while the front facing is 2-megapixel. From the various connectivity options the key ones include Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS.Its 1800mAh battery, arguably provides up to 10 hours of talk time and 230 hours of standby.  The gadget measures 134.5×67.7×8.07mm and weighs 85 grams. It is likely to be available in Black and White colour.last_img read more

HTC One X10 leaked, to sport a much bigger battery than One X9

first_imgHTC after announcing their U series smartphones – U Ultra and U Play earlier this year, the company is now working to launch another device called the HTC One X10. Well, this is surely not the first time that you must be hearing about the smartphone, as there have been several speculations making rounds on the web about this HTC phone. However, unlike the previous rumours, a new leak reveals a few specifications of the upcoming HTC One X10.A popular and a trust  worthy tipster, Evan Blass on his Twitter handle posted a poster on the HTC One X10, which read as follows: “HTC One X10” the next line mentions, “big style meets” followed by, “bigger battery”. This newly leaked poster clearly indicates that the upcoming HTC smartphone will sport a much bigger battery than any other HTC device. Further, the HTC One X10 is going to boast a very classy design module.You can see the leaked poster above in the story.pic.twitter.com/1LGgdxdtaY- Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 12, 2017Several media reports suggests that the HTC One X10 is going to be the successor to the previously launched HTC One X9, which was priced at  Rs 20,000. This being said, the upcoming HTC One X10 is going to be of a much higher price tag that its predecessor.In terms of the specifications, the HTC One X10 is going to come packed with a fingerprint scanner at the rear panel. Further, the smartphone is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display and will be powered by a 2.2 GHz MediaTek 6755 Helio P10 chipset.advertisementAlso Read: HTC U Ocean with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, Edge Sense to launch in AprilThe previous leaks suggests that the HTC One X10 is going to pack 3GB of RAM coupled with 32GB of internal storage unit, which can also be expanded via an external microSD card. On the camera front, the smartphone as the rumours suggest will come with a 16-megapixel rear camera, while on the front will fit an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. No further details about the launch, availability or the price has been revealed as of now. However is tipped to launch in the next quarter.last_img read more

Manchester City show there is more to their advantage than pure maths

first_imgManchester City now have an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League, after a record 14th straight win in a single season, but Sunday’s derby showed the numbers cannot do full justice to the superiority of Pep Guardiola’s side.The precision of their passing was perhaps not at its optimum at a freezing, snowy Old Trafford but City came to the home of their biggest rivals — in the title race and in terms of local pride — and did it the Guardiola way.”People said we couldn’t play the way we did in Barcelona in England but it is possible and we did it,” the former Barca boss said after the 2-1 victory.Indeed it was the familiar approach of slick movement, clever passing, intelligent combination and positional rotation that has been the hallmark of Guardiola’s career at Barca and Bayern Munich.It was, though, also a performance that had the other necessary ingredients for success in the high-octane Premier League — physicality, aggression and the ability to compete hard against determined opponents.MANCHESTER IS BLUE! #derbywinners #inSan #LS19 #MUNMCI @mancity @premierleague pic.twitter.com/CBEYJjKcuc- Leroy San (@LeroySane19) December 10, 2017Simply awesome! This win will mean so much to our fans. #ManCity #Derby pic.twitter.com/Mvc7CsZRUD- Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) December 10, 2017This is shark team?? Manchester is blue today!!! #ComeOnCity pic.twitter.com/OJjogKQwiO- Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) December 10, 2017Manchester is ????fam!!!!! pic.twitter.com/fAiUZMnZIJ- Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) December 10, 2017Come on City ?? ?????? pic.twitter.com/PIP8uzV5lXadvertisement- Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) December 10, 2017What an important win! ???? COME ON @ManCity !! pic.twitter.com/P4UnHM9tpC- Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) December 10, 2017Amazing game. Such a big performance from everyone. We go again next week #mancity #KW2 pic.twitter.com/Uam2Yalxrs- Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) December 10, 2017This City team were never more than a work in progress last year, in a campaign where they finished 15 points behind champions Chelsea.This time, with a more solid defence and even more options in attack, they are stronger on paper and also have been shaped by the experience of fighting for results until late in games, against teams such as West Ham and Huddersfield.Guardiola rarely puts down his opponents but after a series of jibes from his counterpart Jose Mourinho, before and after the game, he dropped his usual diplomacy.”We won because we were better. We were better in all departments,” he said.And he was right.In the first half especially, United struggled to keep the ball, allowing City to enjoy the kind of long spells of possession that they relish.At the back, United were stretched and exposed by the constant movement of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, while they conceded two goals from set-pieces.While City may not have been at their absolute sharpest in attack, they were certainly more dangerous than United with Romelu Lukaku continuing his struggles against top teams and wide men Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford rarely able to get the space to put City on the back foot.last_img read more

The perils of inadequate lifecycle management for security certificates

first_img Continue Reading Previous COMMELL: LS-37L 3.5-inch SBC supports DDR4 memory DIMM 2666 MHzNext Lynx: LynxOS-178 FAA RTOS ported to Teledyne e2v’s DO-254 ready Qormino QT1040-4GB platform Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Last week, the U.K.’s O2 and Japan’s SoftBank suffered major mobile network outages which caused significant inconvenience and disruption, due to an expired certificate in the mobility management software on the networks. While I don’t want to be a doomsayer, this is significant and has implications for anyone in the industry building devices and systems for the internet of things (IoT).What exactly happened? Well, the second largest mobile network operator in the U.K., O2 (which is part of Telefonica) was unable to provide data and voice services for almost 24 hours to its more than 32 million 2G, 3G and 4G service connections in the country. Its network is also used by mobile virtual network operators, like Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile and GiffGaff. I experienced this firsthand as I was in Bristol for the day and unable to make calls or use data services for most of the day (fortunately I’d obtained a Huawei 4G mobile Wi-Fi device the day before on a different network, which then kept me connected via Wi-Fi.And in Japan, SoftBank, which has around 40 million mobile users in the country, was hit by the same connection issue for about for about four hours. Reports suggest many businesses and services were affected, including airlines, railways, and logistics companies.Both in the U.K. and Japan, the outages were blamed on Ericsson equipment and softwares. Ericsson issued a statement during the day, saying:“During December 6, 2018, Ericsson has identified an issue in certain nodes in the core network resulting in network disturbances for a limited number of customers in multiple countries using two specific software versions of the SGSN–MME (Serving GPRS Support Node – Mobility Management Entity).An initial root cause analysis indicates that the main issue was an expired certificate in the software versions installed with these customers. A complete and comprehensive root cause analysis is still in progress. Our focus is now on solving the immediate issues.”Börje Ekholm, the president and CEO of Ericsson, said the faulty software that caused the outages was being decommissioned, and apologized not only to its customers but also to their customers.While these weren’t exactly the scenarios we detailed earlier this year in the EETimes special project, The Day When the Industrial IoT Gets Hacked , it is worrying nevertheless. As I and fellow travelers to Bristol struggled to get connected or even make phone calls, I thought about how the people we talk to and interview get excited about opportunities from connected devices, the IoT, smart homes, smart factories, smart cities, smart mobility and anything else that relies on connectivity to the networks.Even O2, the network that went down in the U.K., has a special page on its website outlining a complete range of IoT products, saying, “we’ll quickly turn your IoT ideas into business value.” The site also details areas like its smart connectivity platform and capabilities enabling smart metering, smart cities and smart vehicles.But if the network goes down, all these services become useless. City infrastructure relies on sensor data to inform and sometimes drive public services, including transport — for example, people or vehicle counters, emission and environmental sensors. In Japan, East Japan Railways users were unable to purchase some tickets for their trains while the network was down. Many businesses that use mobile banking were unable to make payments. Logistics companies that use asset tracking and provide information about packages or shipments lost the capability to do so.And car sharing or transport services that rely on mobile apps — like Uber, or more specifically, the drivers whose livelihoods sometimes depend on it — completely lost out on business, with people unable to connect to book services or to track drivers and call them.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram last_img read more

How to Cultivate a Content Culture at Your Company

first_img Just because other employees know they Reward your most prolific content creators. Originally published Jan 17, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 create guidelines they can follow contribute content, doesn’t mean they’ll feel comfortable doing so. This might stem from the misconception that they have to write like Shakespeare to get published on, say, your company blog. Let employees contribute to your blog in ways that best suit their talents. That could mean they create a video, an infographic, a SlideShare presentation, present data they’ve researched, or stick with the written blog post we all know and love. For instance, we work alongside a few extremely talented visual content creators, which is why fostered a content culture within their organizations. To create a company culture that celebrates content, it’s incumbent on leaders within your organization to communicate the benefits of being a published author. Explain to employees that having content published under their name will help establish themselves as thought leaders. That’s right, even hand I’ve found that the marketers who are most successful at sustaining a rapid pace of does Being a published thought leader helps them move upward within the company, and grow their careers. , this blog post is going to teach you how you can create a content culture within your company. If your employees can This blog post is written for those experiencing the latter. easily see for themselves how their content is directly contributing To make it easier for everyone to contribute, Creating content shouldn’t be reserved for just Marketing — or even just a couple people within Marketing. It’s natural to want Marketing to have a Encourage different content formats. to important company goals, like hitting Marketing’s leads goal, or Sales hitting their quota, you can bet people will be much more interested in creating content. I mean, how often does someone in, say, Support get to say they had a direct hand in generating new revenue? That’s a pretty good feeling. When I talk with inbound marketers about high quality content While fame is all well and good, sometimes a little friendly competition is all you need to get your company into the content creation spirit. For instance, let’s say you’re interested in getting more content about a particular subject matter on your blog to prepare for a product launch. Hold a contest to see who can write the blog post on that subject matter that gets, say, the most views, and reward the winner with a gift certificate. With a friendly competition like this, you’re winning on all fronts. You’ll get a higher volume of content, from a diverse set of people, on a subject matter that aligns with your goals; employees will get their name in flashing lights, some more thought leadership attached to their name, and maybe, a little moolah, too. In fact, we’ve seen this tactic work well in our favor to encourage contributions to this very blog! Poppycock. The content is a built-in online portfolio they can refer to years down the read. Reward these employees by highlighting their content and the specific results it achieved ( yesterday morning’s blog post was actually a SlideShare presentation Explain the benefit of being a published thought leader. ) in a public way. “Public” could mean your next marketing team meeting, your next company meeting, or even in an internal email or newsletter. Just be sure the content creator is present, and preferably some power players in your company, too 😉 you (Yes! You!) can be a thought leader! Here are a few benefits you can tell them to look forward to, the more they author and publish amazing content: Authoring content gets their name — and how wicked smart they are — visibility with important people, both inside and outside of your organization.center_img ! Because the writer, Ryan Brown, totally rocks at creating visually compelling SlideShare presentations, why force him to write out a 1,000-word blog post when we have beautiful visual content at our fingertips that allows him to contribute to content creation? If they’re in a Sales or customer-facing role, it helps establish credibility with leads and customers. Topics: Finally, remember that your company culture comes from the top down. If you want to foster a culture that encourages content creation, that needs to come from the top down, too. Employees Communicate (and celebrate!) the bottom-line results can While enabling and encouraging content creation will help get people started, it won’t keep people going in the long term. To keep your entire company enthusiastic about the importance of contributing to content creation efforts, use numbers to communicate the impact it has on your business. Think about how much more meaningful it is to share that a blog post generated 10,000 page views, 50 inbound links, 20 new leads — two of which are poised to close this week — than to say, “Rachel wrote a really cool blog post last month. Good job!” content creation content drives. model executives’ behavior. So if the CMO isn’t blogging, some people might still blog; but if the CMO Content Creation If you’re starting your own business, growing your marketing department, starting a job at a new company, or just trying to motivate a shift in your company’s attitudes toward How do you foster a culture of content creators in your company? numbers are your friends here, marketers The first way is an exchange of tactics we’ve both employed to make content creation possible in the long term. The second way is detailing how difficult, sometimes nearly impossible, it is to keep up with the content creation pace they want to live up to. Play into people’s competitive spirit. in the content that goes out, but that doesn’t mean the entire burden needs to fall on your team’s shoulders. Instead, enable anyone in your organization to contribute content, from Sales, to Services, to Development. This is great because you’re getting content that highlights different perspectives and different areas of expertise, both of which make your content arsenal more well-rounded. Lead by example. Their content might lead to future opportunities, like speaking engagements, or being quoted as an expert in other publications. will Image credit: Some content is going to stand out among the rest — maybe it generates an unprecedented number of leads, maybe it gets picked up by a major publication, maybe it even goes viral! Reward the content creator for their innovation and brilliant execution, so you encourage other employees to strive to create this type of content. Enable anyone to contribute. create content on a regular basis, can you imagine how deep any other employee would have to dig to come up with the excuse for not also contributing? Pretty darn deep, I imagine. creation are the ones who have — specifically, how companies can create a sustainable internal content creation model — our conversations usually go one of two ways. content creation Kazarelth to make it more likely their content fits your publishing standards. You can even have content specialists on your team who train those extremely interested in contributing content on the types of editorial guidelines the marketing team follows. These folks — your marketing team’s “editors,” if you will — can be the ones who brush up the content you receive so everything that’s published aligns with the tone, style, and other guidelines you’ve established for your brand. Don’t forget to share this post! 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What’s in a Name? What 6 Popular Brands Are Called Across the Globe

first_imgVincent: “And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?Jules: “They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with cheese?”Vincent: “No man, they got the metric system. They wouldn’t know what the [heck] a Quarter Pounder is.”Jules: “Then what do they call it?”Vincent: “They call it a Royale with cheese.”While the cinephiles in the room will be quick to point out that I’m quoting from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, I’m also highlighting an example of a business (McDonald’s) tailoring their marketing to better serve a particular audience.And, as you’re about to find out, this type of international name personalization is more common than you might think. Several of the big brand names that have been injected into American culture through countless ads and jingles — names that are as common to you as the names of your friends and family members — are, in fact, different in different countries.But before we dive into some examples of businesses switching brand names in order to cater to international audiences, let’s explore some of the underlying reasons why these name changes occur. And to begin, here’s a quick story about Irish whiskey liqueur, cow dung, and German consumers.Free Download: Slogan Writing Guide and ExamplesWhat’s in a [Brand] Name?Once upon a time, the Dublin-based beverage distributor C&C Group decided to launch its popular brand of golden whiskey liqueur in Germany.It seemed like a good plan. After all, Germany was a big market, and the name of the whiskey liqueur, “Irish Mist,” certainly had a nice ring to it.To me, the name “Irish Mist” conjures up an image of a verdant field adorned with a fresh layer of morning dew; dew that is evaporating majestically into the glorious light beams of the rising sun.Unfortunately, that’s not what Germans thought of when they heard the name.You see, “mist” is the German word for “manure.” So while Germans may in fact have thought of a field when they heard the name “Irish Mist,” they probably didn’t think of a field adorned with dew: They probably thought of a field adorned with cow dung.Needless to say, a beverage that translated to “Irish manure” didn’t exactly take off in Germany the way C&C Group had hoped.A Valuable LessonDifferent cultures have different values. Different languages. Different slang. Different senses of humor. A name that sounds elegant in one language could sound off-putting or downright gross in another language. Even when it’s unintentional, a name that doesn’t play well in a certain country could mean the difference between a boom in sales and a boycott.Ultimately, taking a one-size-fits-all approach to brand names is trickier than most people think. Even making up a completely new word for a name isn’t a sure bet.Ever hear of “Mondelez,” the snack division of Kraft Foods? According to a press release from Kraft, the name is completely made up, but is meant to evoke the idea of a “delicious world.”“‘Monde’” derives from the Latin word for ‘world’,” the press release notes, “and ‘delez’ is a fanciful expression of ‘delicious.’” No problems yet. But how exactly do we pronounce “Mondelez”?According to the same press release, it’s pronounced “mohn-dah-LEEZ.” And that poses a bit of a problem for Russian speakers.Turns out that in Russian, “Mondelez” sounds like a vulgar word; a word that a native Russian speaker described as “really dirty” in the Huffington Post.Not a great fit for a snack company … or any company, really.However, some brands are able to successfully pull off the “one-size-fits-all” approach to names. Coca-Cola is one of the first that comes to mind. Wherever you are in the world, a Coke is a Coke, no exceptions. (Although I have heard it can be tricky for Coke to display its name in Chinese or Japanese characters.)One brand that definitely did it right is Kodak. When they came up with the name “Kodak” — a name that is totally meaningless — they made sure A) that it was easy to pronounce in every country where they’d be selling their products, and B) that it had no negative connotations in any of the languages spoken in those target countries.That type of linguistic research helped ensure that Kodak didn’t make the same mistakes that Irish Mist and Mondelez would eventually make.Of course, the alternative to coming up with a perfect brand name, a brand name that can effortlessly travel from country to country without offending anybody, is (as I mentioned earlier) to change names in order to cater to different international audiences.So, without further ado, here are some examples of big brand name changes from around the globe.International Name Game1) Mr. Clean / Maestro Limpio / Meister Proper / etc.This is, by far, the best example I could find of a brand tailoring its name to different countries. While we all know and love “Mr. Clean,” here in the U.S., he goes by many, many other names while traveling abroad (all of which loosely translate back to “Mr. Clean” in English).For example, there’s “Maestro Limpio” in Mexico, “Don Limpio” in Spain, “Mastro Lindo” in Italy, “Meister Proper” in Germany, “Mister Proper” in Eastern European countries, “Monsieur Net” in Quebec, Canada, “Monsieur Propre” in France, and “Flash” in Ireland and the U.K.Wait a sec, what was that last one?So it turns out the name “Mr. Clean” was already taken when P&G expanded into Ireland and the U.K. As a way around the problem, they ditched the buff bald guy and came up with an entirely new brand name: “Flash.”2) Lay’s / Walkers / Smith’s / Sabritas / etc. Another well-known brand with many different international names is Lay’s (of potato chip fame).For example, in Ireland and the U.K., Lay’s are called “Walkers.” In Australia, they’re called “Smith’s.” In Mexico, they’re “Sabritas.” In Egypt, “Chipsy.” In Israel, “Tapuchips.” And in Brazil, they’re “Elma Chips.”Unlike with Mr. Clean, the owner of Lay’s (PepsiCo, by way of its subsidiary Frito-Lay) makes no real attempt to translate when tailoring the name to international audiences. But considering “Lay’s” is derived from a guy’s name, Herman Lay, that makes a lot of sense.PepsiCo does, however, create some unity between the brands by making the logos visually similar: they all include a red, wavy banner, which is reminiscent of the banner in the Lay’s logo.3) Burger King / Hungry Jack’sBurger King? Burger King?!? I mean, there’s no way a brand as big as Burger King could go by a different name in a different country, is there? (Spoiler alert: Yes, yes there is.)You see, when Burger King was expanding into Australia, they ran into a little problem: There was already a fast food joint that had trademarked the name “Burger King.” So, Burger King — the U.S.-based Burger King — allowed the Australian franchisee (a man by the name of Jack Cowin) to choose from a list of pre-existing trademarked names that its then parent company (Pillsbury) had on hand. Jack chose the name of a pancake mix brand, Hungry Jack, and added an apostrophe to the end to make it possessive. And then a new Australia-specific Burger King brand name was born: Hungry Jack’s.4) KFC / PFKTruth be told, the previous Burger King / Hungry Jack’s example didn’t really demonstrate a business changing a brand name in order to appeal to a particular audience. They changed it because, well, they had to. BUT it was such a big brand, I felt obligated to include it. And for that same reason, I feel obligated to include this next international name-change example.KFC. This three-letter appellation for the “finger-lickin’ good” fast food chain, was originally an initialism for Kentucky Fried Chicken.Today, KFC does big business all over the world, including in China, Japan, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Yet in all of these places, KFC is still KFC. So, where do you need to travel in order to find a KFC without the familiar “KFC” branding? Try Montreal.Quick story: I lived in Montreal, Quebec for six years. And when I first moved there, I noticed something very unusual about the KFC joints I encountered: They were all branded “PFK.”The reason? Quebec has very, very strict language laws, which means if you’re a business with an English name, you’re required to create a French equivalent. So, the powers that be translated “Kentucky Fried Chicken” into French, which came out as “Poulet Frit Kentucky,” and voila: PFK was born.(Fun fact: In France — ya know, the place where the French language comes from — KFC still goes by the name, “KFC.”) 5) Olay / OlazThe skincare brand Olay got its start in South Africa, but was purchased by P&G in the 1980s. When P&G decided to roll out the brand internationally, it made an effort to tailor the name to suit different cultures and languages.For example, in France, Italy, Germany, and other mainland European countries, Olay went by the name “Oil of Olaz.” In Australia, it was called “Oil of Ulan.” And in Ireland and the U.K., it was “Oil of Ulay.”Unfortunately for fans of geo-specific brand names, P&G would eventually streamline the brand and eliminate many of the name variations. Today, there’s just “Olaz” (in German-speaking countries) and “Olay” (everywhere else). 6) Milky Way / Mars Bar / 3 MusketeersNow this is a cool story. But here’s a forewarning: I’m not exactly sure why the Mars confectionery corporation names its candy brands the way it does … it just doesn’t seem to make any sense. So on that note, let’s dive in!In 1923, a man by the name of Fank C. Mars introduced the “Milky Way” bar. MmmMmm. Milky Way bars. Milk chocolate. Caramel. Chocolate-malt nougat (whatever the heck that is). Delicious.And Mars’ son — Forrest Mars — thought they were pretty delicious, too. So he took the Milky Way recipe, went to the U.K., and introduced it as the “Mars bar” to the European market. (FYI: The U.S. market would eventually get its own “Mars bar,” but despite having an identical name, it was different from the European candy.)So, to recap: U.S. “Milky Way” = U.K. “Mars bar”After successfully establishing the Mars bar in Europe, Forrest Mars moved back to the U.S. and would eventually merge his company with his father’s company, forming Mars, Inc. And, in an effort to increase international expansion, Mars, Inc. decided to introduce the “Milky Way” brand in the U.K. and other European markets. However, since the original Milky Way was, effectively, already available in the form of the “Mars bar,” Mars, Inc. needed to tweak the recipe. So, they followed their old playbook and used an existing recipe from their inventory: the recipe for their 3 Musketeers bar (which they had introduced in the U.S. back in 1932). Hence, today, Milky Ways in the U.K. taste a lot like 3 Musketeers in the U.S.So here’s the final breakdown: the U.S. “Milky Way” =  the U.K. “Mars bar,” while the U.K. “Milky Way” = the U.S. “3 Musketeers.” And yes, these candy bars are all produced by the same company, Mars, Inc.And that concludes our exploration of personalizing brand names for different locations. Now, admittedly, I didn’t really teach you anything about using personalization for your own marketing purposes. This was just a collection of fun, inspirational examples.If you’d like to learn about personalizing your marketing — including your landing pages, calls-to-action (CTAs), and emails — be sure to download our new, free guide: How to Master Personalized Marketing. Originally published Nov 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated August 25 2017 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Brand Awarenesslast_img read more

Leicester City owner’s helicopter crash caused by faulty tail rotor blades and pilot pedals

first_imgAir Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has revealed that the helicopter crash, which caused the death of Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was caused after the tail rotor blades got disconnected from the pilot’s pedals.An investigation into the crash has found that the aircraft came crashing down when a system linking the pilot’s pedals with the tail rotor failed, causing an ‘uncontrollable’ spin.Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four of his employees, died in the crash which took place outside the King Power stadium following the conclusion Leicester City’s Premier League game against West Ham United on October 27.According to witnesses, the helicopter had barely cleared the top of the stadium before it started to spin. It then plummeted to the ground and burst into flames.”The initiating cause and exact sequence of the failure that resulted in the loss of tail rotor control is being investigated as a priority.”The AAIB is working with relevant organisations to identify any other factors that may have contributed to the loss of tail rotor control. The tail rotor system was first inspected at the crash site. This identified that the input lever mechanism was not attached to the control shaft.”The pin, spacers and one of the locating bearings were missing from the lever. The locking nut and pin carrier were found loose in the tail rotor fairing and were bonded together (they should be separate components),” the report claimed. Vichai used his fortune to secure better players and to boost wages for his team, giving them a platform to become champions (Reuters Photo)Vichai had bought the unheralded central England side in 2010 which then went on to stun the soccer world by beating odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title in 2016.advertisementHe rose from obscurity as a printer and leather goods trader to become a polo-playing buddy of royalty and then the improbable hero of a city in England’s Midlands.The 60-year-old retail entrepreneur showed a knack for winning people over with charm and largesse. He navigated Thai political turmoil and secured the King Power duty free concession that gave him a fortune estimated at nearly $5 billion.More than other foreign Premier League owners, he forged a close personal connection to the club.Vichai was a devoted Buddhist and flew orange-robed monks to Leicester for blessings and to provide spiritual amulets to help the team.He used his fortune to secure better players and to boost wages for his team, giving them a platform to become champions. He also bought beer and pastries to reward the loyalty of fans at the King Power stadium that was named for his company.Also Read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gestureAlso Read | Leicester make emotional return to home Stadium, Tottenham beat Crystal PalaceAlso Read | Leicester players to give special kit-tribute to owner Vichai in home game vs BurnleyAlso Read | Glad we got the win for him: Schmeichel dedicates Leicester win to deceased ownerlast_img read more