2 Dec / 2019

Serving it Hot

first_imgIndian television has found a new script. After a staple diet of cinema-based programs, family entertainment and reality shows, viewers are now getting a taste of channels dedicated solely to food.In the past few months, three dedicated food channels have launched; each with the premise of offering entertainment centered on all things edible. “Given that India is a nation of three billion-plus meals a day, it is a foregone conclusion that food is a center-stage item in the country and deserves the kind of coverage it is getting,” notes Harish Bijoor, a brand strategy specialist and visiting professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.Ritu Dalmia, a celebrity chef who hosts her own show, Pressure Cooker, on NDTV Good Times, a lifestyle channel launched in 2007, points out that food shows are among the most popular in India and the world over. “There is a ready audience of homemakers that wants to watch these channels,” she says.According to Prashant Agarwal, joint managing director at Wazir Consultants, a retail consultancy firm, the audience for food TV is much wider. “Conversations among executives who travel around the world inevitably include snatches of who ate what and where, (creating) an opportunity for food channels to offer the experience of the internationally-acclaimed chefs to the local populace.”Indian television is no stranger to food-centric programming. Among the first really popular series was Khana Khazana (loosely translated, a treasure or treasury of food) introduced 17 years ago by Zee TV. Hosted by chef Sanjeev Kapoor, the show became a great hit. Riding on the popularity of the show, Kapoor went on to become the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. Kapoor now has a food channel of his own.But why has it taken so long for dedicated food channels to find their way to Indian audiences? “The onset of digital television and direct-to-home television is now rapidly changing the way TV is being consumed in the country,” notes Rajiv Bakshi, vice-president of marketing for India at Discovery Networks, which started airing cuisine-based shows on Indian television in 2004. “The cost of technology is declining for consumers, so it makes it possible for broadcasters to serve audiences niche channels at a cost-effective rate.”There are socio-economic reasons, too. With rising affluence in India, there is growing aspiration for a better lifestyle. Food, which has always been central in Indian society, is finding newer expressions. This is reflected in myriad ways: new products from food and beverage companies; an increasing number of restaurants, including a slew of global food chains; high-end grocery stores offering a premium shopping experience and wider availability of exotic foreign food.“Food is now more than just a basic item or a processed, packaged and aggressively branded product or service (in restaurants). It has gone beyond (that),” Bijoor says. “Many of us eat more with our eyes than with our mouths. It is this socio-physical reality that is spurring food channels forward. A big chunk of people who watch these channels are of an older age profile. The point is simple: If you cannot eat it all anymore, salivate and watch it being made and eaten.”The first dedicated food channel has come from the Zee stable. Going by the same name as the country’s most popular food show, Khana Khazana, the channel was launched in December 2010. “Being the undisputed leader in the food genre for the past 17 years (we felt) it was high time to take a step ahead and therefore we launched India’s first 24-hour food channel,” notes Anurag Bedi, business head of Zee Khana Khazana.What’s on the Menu?Apart from the reruns of Khana Khazana episodes and original Indian content, Zee’s food channel airs international shows like The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Ching’s Kitchen and Chopping Block.But Khana Khazana wasn’t alone on the table for long. Barely a month later, in January 2011, chef Kapoor launched his own food channel in association with Malaysia’s Astro Television. Called Food Food, Kapoor launched the network with much fanfare, even appointing former Bollywood superstar Madhuri Dixit as the channel’s lifestyle ambassador.According to Kapoor, who owns restaurant chains Yellow Chilli, Options and Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana, “Food in India is synonymous with entertainment; people meet and bond over food and discussions over places one can go and eat. All our celebrations center on food. My channel therefore offers an ultimate lifestyle destination for Indian foodies who want to make some quick, easy, balanced meals, as well learn about interesting world cuisines. It has been my dream of having a channel like this ever since I started my career.”The third channel in this category is Food First from Real Global Broadcasting, part of the Alva Brothers group of companies. The group includes Miditech, a 17-year-old television and film production company regarded as one of the pioneers of reality TV shows in India. Alva Brothers launched Real TV as a general entertainment channel a couple years ago, but the channel was not successful. The company is now hoping to fare better with its food channel and also plans to launch dedicated channels in other genres.Channel heads claim that their niche food channels have had an enthusiastic response. “Ours is a subscription-based channel available only on digital networks. Despite this, within a month of launch we had over 100,000 subscribers and this number has been increasing steadily,” says Bedi of Zee. Bedi, however, is tight-lipped about the current number of subscribers. Declining to give any numbers, Kapoor, too, says that the response to his channel has been overwhelming.Industry observers, however, point out that these channels will not have it easy. There are around 125 food shows across all the existing 450-plus channels that are also fighting for their piece of the pie. According to TAM (Television Audience Measurement) data collated by Zee TV, the average Indian viewer spends eight minutes per day watching some form of cooking show. Attracting and holding the viewers’ attention will not be a cakewalk.A case in point is the much hyped MasterChef India, a culinary competition series based on the U.K. and Australian formats. The show, hosted by Bollywood mega star Akshay Kumar (who was a chef before his acting career took off), did not live up to its promise. “The show was less about food and more about getting the drama and histrionics right,” chef Dalmia notes. “I believe that’s why it did not connect with the audience.” Others say that the show was a poor copy of the original and simply failed to entertain.With histrionics and Bollywood failing to tickle the palate, what are the ingredients that will hook the viewers? Industry players are betting on the combination of strong content and a generous dose of entertainment. Pointing out that recipes can easily obtained from cookbooks and food magazines, Bakshi says to survive in this genre, “the channel owners will have to come out with entertaining content.”Kapoor believes in following the global trend: “Food channels abroad started off by being focused on food. Now they have veered more toward lifestyle. At Food Food, along with food shows we will also have game shows, travel shows, reality shows and lifestyle shows (based around) food. We will keep making original programs stressing quality of content.”Not Always a Sweet DealUntil now, niche channels have had a mixed run in India. Industry observers say that the most popular among these are the news channels, followed by some religious channels. “The Indian viewer can never be glued to one channel or even one type of channel. Channels dedicated to say, science and technology, are likely to have limited success,” according to Ashesh Jani, a partner at Deloitte Haskins & Sells.Jani, though, is optimistic about the prospects of food channels. He notes that these channels are entering the landscape at a time when the Indian television industry is growing at a strong rate. According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Indian Entertainment and Media Outlook 2010, the Indian television industry stood at $5.5 billion in 2009 and is expected to grow to $10.1bilion by 2014, a compound annual growth rate of around 13%. Jani notes that if the food channels can whip up an interesting menu of program offerings, they can partake of this growth. “There is more scope for these channels to succeed as opposed to general entertainment channels,” he says.The key for food channels lies in their ability to attract advertisers. Kapoor explains the business model: “Food channels create a category. Then they are monetized via advertisement sales, subscription revenues and sponsorships. Such specialty channels give advertisers a playground to park their funds.”The PricewaterhouseCoopers report notes that the food and beverages category accounts for around 14% of the advertising on television. ISB’s Bijoor points out that in India, there are more than 21,000 brands of foods and beverages. “Therefore, it is obvious that these (food) channels will be able to attract the attention of targeted and focused marketers,” he says. Zee’s Bedi adds that technology has eased the process of cooking and a lot of cooking equipment is available in the market, but lacks visibility. “These channels are a good platform for showcasing the salient features of such products,” Bedi says. “From table salt to the oven, everything is an advertising opportunity here.”The interest of advertisers in a particular channel depends on its popularity with viewers, which drives higher advertisement revenues in terms of volume and rates. While promoters of the food channels are unwilling to share information regarding investment figures and break-even, analysts estimate that the investments required by these channels is in the range of $15-20 million and that they will take around four-five years to achieve break-even.According to Bijoor, the main challenges ahead for food networks “would be the ability to stand out from the clutter of other channels, the ability to create new properties that are unique and the ability to churn up celebrity chefs.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgThe Konkan Railway has geared itself ahead of the onset of monsoon season in Konkan region to provide safe travel for its passengers.All its planned safety works on its route from Kolad to Thokur have been completed, said a public relation officer of the Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) on Friday. Monsoon time table will come into effect from June 10 to October 31. Passengers who have been issued journey tickets prior to the announcement of the monsoon time table are requested to check the timings of their train well in advance as the departure timing of some trains will be revised. Passengers may monitor their train online by visiting www.konkanrailway.com or using KRCL app. The large scale safety works executed along the railway line in the last 13 years have significantly reduced the incidences of boulder fall and soil slip, thus ensuring the safe running of trains. No major disruption to train services has occurred on account of boulder fall during monsoons in the last six years.Konkan Railway will conduct monsoon patrolling as per the provisions of Indian Railway Permanent Way Manual to ensure the safe running of trains. About 630 personnel will be patrolling the Konkan Railway route during the monsoon. Vulnerable locations will be patrolled round the clock and stationary watchmen will be deployed for 24 hours at critical locations. Speed restrictions will be imposed at vulnerable locations. BRN mounted excavators have been kept ready at all nominated points for quick movement in case of an emergency.Instructions have also been issued to the loco drivers to run the trains at a reduced speed of 40 kmph in case of heavy rainfall when visibility is limited. Self-propelled ARMVs (Accident Relief Medical Van), with the provision of an operation theatre and providing emergency medical aid, are kept ready at Ratnagiri and Verna (Goa) along with ART (Accident Relief Train).Mobile phones have been provided to all safety category staff to contact central control in an emergency. Both Loco Pilots and Guards of trains have been provided with walkie-talkie sets as well as every station on Konkan Railway is equipped with 25 Watt VHF base station. This enables wireless communication between the train crew as well as train crew and Station Master. Emergency Communication (EMC) sockets have been provided at a distance of average 1km along the Konkan Railway route that enables the watchmen, Loco Pilots, and other field maintenance staff to contact Station Master and train controllers during any emergency situations in train operations. Satellite phone communication has been provided in ARMV (Accident Relief Medical Van) for emergency contact when ARMV is ordered in service. All main signal aspects on Konkan Railway are now replaced with LED for improving signal visibility, said the public relation official. Three Control rooms at Belapur, Ratnagiri, and Madgaon, will work 24 x 7 during this period for ensuring the safe running of the train. Konkan Railway this year is running 50 more trips as compared to the 146 summer special trips run in Summer 2018. Furthermore, 166 trips of special trains have already been announced for devotees of Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganapati Festival 2019.last_img read more

first_imgAfter surprising everyone with their stellar performance in the Commonwealth Games, the Indian athletics contingent received a sobering blow on the penultimate day of the Games after 20km woman race walker Rani Yadav tested positive for a banned substance – 19 Norandrosterone – and was provisionally suspended.Yadav, 20, from Benares, had finished sixth in the 20km walk on Saturday. “The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) can now confirm that the ‘A’ sample of Rani Yadav, a competitor in the women’s 20 kilometre road race on October 9 was found to contain 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited anabolic agent under category S1 of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) list of prohibited substances and methods,” a CGF statement said.The statement added that Yadav had been “provisionally suspended from the Games” and would have to attend a CGF provisional hearing. Reacting to the latest dope smear on Indian athletics, organising committee secretary Lalit Bhanot said: “It is a difficult situation.It is unfortunate that an Indian athlete has tested positive even though we took all the necessary precautions.” The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) termed Yadav’s positive dope test as ‘unfortunate’, and released statement saying: “NADA will continue its work towards dope free sports in India.”The chief coach of the Indian athletics contingent, Bahadur Singh, said the incident came out of the blue. “What hurts me more is that even after we carried numerous out-of-competition tests to ensure that none of the athletes were on dope, Rani Yadav tested positive,” he told MAIL TODAY.He said, “It is a disgrace for us and especially after all the accolades the athletes received for their splendid performance in this year’s Games, this comes as a huge dampener. But we will abide by the CGF’s decision. Their call on the matter is going to be final. But the revelation definitely brings our morale down.”advertisementRani is the third athlete to test positive at the Delhi Games. Nigerian sprinters Osayemi Oludamola and Samuel Okon were suspended after testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.Past positiveRani Yadav, who tested positive for 19-Norandrosterone, isn’t the first Indian athlete to be caught for the drug. In September, netball player Megha Chaudhary tested positive for the same anabolic agent but was let off by an anti-doping disciplinary panel, which attributed the positive result to contraceptive tablets that Chaudhary had taken.last_img read more

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are expected to face an uphill task when they take on below par defending champions Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday.Hyderabad suffered a terrible start to their campaign with big losses against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. The SRH bowling has been poor so far, suffering a hammering at the hands of Bangalore’s Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in their first match and were blown away by Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir in their second game.The batting has not been exceptional either. Shikhar Dhawan has carried his long run of poor form into the IPL which has put his opening partner David Warner under extra pressure. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )In the middle-order, Moises Henriques and Deepak Hooda have struggled to get going. Apart from Warner, Eoin Morgan is the only other SRH batsman who is in good form, although Naman Ojha has shown some promise lower down the order.Mumbai have also struggled to get going, losing two of their three matches. Their batting has been below par. Hardik Pandya has been a flop show in the number three slot while Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel have been promising but inconsistent.Much was expected of Kieron Pollard, but the West Indies allrounder has not been promising with the bat.New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has been the stand out performer among the Mumbai bowlers. The left-arm pacer has been extremely incisive and economical so far and could be among the highest wicket-takers this season if he continues his current form.advertisementOff-spinner Harbhajan Singh has not been at his best recently, but has more than enough experience to bounce back. With more bowling options in Tim Southee, Corey Anderson and Pollard, the SRH batsmen can expect a difficult time on Monday.last_img read more

first_imgVenus Williams is, at 37 years old, the oldest woman to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since Martina Navratilova was the same age when she was the tournament’s runner-up in 1994.Williams beat 19-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the third round, and will face another 19-year-old on Monday with a quarterfinal berth at stake, Ana Konjuh of Croatia.The 10th-seeded Williams is a five-time champion at the All England Club.This is her first tournament since a two-car crash in Florida last month that police say she caused. A 78-year-old man in the other car died about two weeks later.last_img read more

first_imgGermany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated his first Formula One world championship on Sunday after finishing runner-up in a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton amid accusations of ‘dirty tricks’.After all the suspense and expectation, Hamilton chalked up his 10th win of the season, and fourth in a row, but was powerless to do anything about the championship outcome despite making every effort.His attempt to push Rosberg into the clutches of those behind him, by deliberately slowing the pace in the closing laps to the concern of team bosses, produced a nail-biting finish with the top four separated by just 1.6 seconds.“Lewis, this is Paddy we need you to pick up the pace to win this race,” the team’s technical head Paddy Lowe told the Briton over the team radio.“Right now, I’m losing the world championship so I’m not bothered if I’m going to lose the race,” replied Hamilton, who crossed the line 0.4 seconds ahead of Rosberg with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third and a further 0.4 behind.The frosty atmosphere between the pair as they waited for the podium ceremony spoke volumes, with Rosberg hoisting the sport’s 86-year-old commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone into the air but ignoring Hamilton.There was minimal eye contact between them, let alone a handshake.The hug, the handshakes and a word of congratulation, eventually came on the podium.“That was definitely not the most enjoyable race I’ve ever had… really not very enjoyable those last laps,” said Rosberg in podium interviews conducted by former F1 racer David Coulthard.“I’m glad it’s over, and I am ecstatic.“It was really intense and tough out there.”Rosberg, who had needed only to finish in the top three to be sure of the title, settled into second at the start as Hamilton streaked clear but the Briton’s strategy was immediately apparent.He made little effort to build up a commanding lead, knowing that his only hope of becoming Britain’s first four-times champion depended on denying Rosberg clear air and allowing rivals to get close enough to pass.“It was tricky at the end there with Lewis playing some dirty tricks,” commented four-times champion Vettel over the radio.Rosberg, who becomes his country’s third champion after Michael Schumacher and Vettel, held his nerve and position just as he has throughout a season in which he has insisted on taking one race at a time.As he crossed the line, the son of 1982 title-winner Keke Rosberg let out a whoop of relief and joy as he became only the second son of a world champion, after Britain’s Damon Hill, to take the crown.In another emotional touch, the tearful 31-year-old’s wife Vivian spoke to him over the team radio on his slowing down lap to tell him how proud she was. His own pride was equally evident.“I am very proud to have done the same feat as my dad achieved, he is going to be coming in half an hour I think,” said Rosberg, whose father was not at the circuit and has been present for only his home Monaco Grand Prix this year.At the same time, Hamilton knew he would have to explain himself to unimpressed team bosses.“We first have to speak to him to get an explanation,” said non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. “We tried to tell him the danger was coming because Vettel had the fastest car at the end. Thank god it worked out in the end.”Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fourth, another remarkable race for the Dutch teenager who spun at the start and fought back from last place. His Australian team mate Daniel RicciardoDriver and Constructor StandingsDrivers Points1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 3852. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 3803. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 2564. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 2125. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull 2046. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1867. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1018. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 859. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 7210. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 5411. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 5312. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 4613. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas 2914. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 2515. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 2116. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 717. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 218. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 119. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor 120. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 121. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Haas 022. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 023. Esteban Ocon (France) Manor 024. Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) Manor 0Constructors Points1. Mercedes – 7652. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 4683. Ferrari – 3984. Force India – Mercedes 1735. Williams-Mercedes 1386. McLaren – 767. Toro Rosso – Ferrari 638. Haas – Ferrari 299. Renault – 810. Sauber – Ferrari 211. Manor – Mercedes 1 Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAfter a lacklusture show in 2018, Australia started this year on a good note as they outclassed India 3-2 in their own backyard before hammering Pakistan 5-0 in the UAE.With such results, the yellow brigade is now being considered as favourites for the 2019 World Cup and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis feels the turnaround in form has happened just at the right time.Also, the return of Steve Smith and David Warner has further strengthened the Australian team, who will be eyeing their sixth title at the showpiece event.”I think everyone is really confident. To win eight games in a row away from home was very important for us,” Stoinis told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore training session.”We needed it. We had lost a lot of games over the last year or so. It’s good timing. Everyone started to believe in each other and we started to play well as a team,” he explained.Stoinis also said the transformation was not something which happened suddenly but it was a gradual process. “From outside, it might look like it happened all of a sudden, but it also shows that the game of cricket is only about minor details. Even in the time we were losing, we learnt a lot, started getting closer in a lot of games,” he opined.Stoinis also felt the return of Smith and Warner will help the team in the showpiece event. “It [their returns] is a massive boost. People have stepped up in the last few months and we have started winning games consistently. It all adds to the mixture and definitely adds to a World Cup winning combination,” he said.advertisementAustralia will start their World Cup 2019 campaign against minnows Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol before taking on West Indies on June 6 in Nottingham.Also Read | IPL 2019: Stoinis delighted as RCB finally get campaign underway with win over KXIPAlso Read | India will definitely enter World Cup semis, predicts Chaminda Vaaslast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa have named three uncapped players in their Test squad for the three-match tour of India in early October as they begin life without retired veterans Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla.Fast bowler Anrich Nortje, wicketkeeper/batsman Rudi Second and spin bowling all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy have been included in the 15-man selection that will be captained by Faf du Plessis.It will be led by interim team director Enoch Nkwe, filling the role after the decision not to renew the contract of West Indian coach Ottis Gibson.”All three newcomers to the test side have more than earned their spurs through impressive performances in last season’s Four-Day Franchise competition,” Cricket South Africa Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl said.”We feel we have covered all the options for the conditions we are likely to encounter on the sub-continent with (spinners) Muthusamy and Dane Piedt, who was far and away the leading wicket-taker in our Four-Day competition, providing the back-up to Keshav Maharaj,” he added in a media release.Van Zyl also announced a squad for the Twenty20 Internationals before the test series, with Du Plessis not included in that group and Quinton de Kock set to captain.”The T20 Series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away, which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group,” Van Zyl said.advertisement”I would like to stress that Faf du Plessis remains an important part of our plans for white-ball cricket.”South Africa will start the tour with the limited overs matches, the first of which is in Dharamsala on Sept. 15.That will be followed by tests in Visakhapatnam (Oct. 2-6), Ranchi (Oct. 10-14) and Pune (Oct. 19-23), which are the first for South Africa in the newly-formed ICC Test Championship.Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions, vice-capt), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Dean Elgar (Titans), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), Senuran Muthusamy (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rudi Second (Warriors).Twenty20 squad: Quinton de Kock (Titans, capt), Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions, vice-capt), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Junior Dala (Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), David Miller (Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors).Also Read | No pressure on Kapil Dev-led panel to select next India coach: CoA member Also Read | Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc named in 12-man Australia squad for Lord’s TestAlso See:last_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The Duesenberg is owned by Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati, Ohio, and features Murphy roadster-style coachwork by Bohman & Schwartz of Pasadena, California. Updates include a lengthened hood, slotted fenders, and more contemporary bumpers. Before the car came into Yeaggy’s ownership, it was the property of Edward Beale McLean, who owned the Hope Diamond and whose family owned The Washington Post. Think that would show up on a CarFax report?Taking the Best in Show Concours de Sport trophy was the 1963 Ferrari 250/275P, a centerpiece of the JSL Motorsports Collection in Redwood City, California. Stunning to behold, this car was a nightmare for its racing competition back in the day. In 1963, it won the ADAC Nurburgring 1,000 Kilometers under the stewardship of John Surtees and Willy Mairesse. The same year, Pedro Rodriguez won the Mont Tremblant within the NART class. A year later, Mike Parkes and Umberto Maglioli drove the car to victory at the Sebring 12 Hours endurance race.“I could not be more pleased with the judges’ decisions for the 2018 Amelia Island Concours winners,” said Bill Warner, chairman and founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “We are overjoyed to present the Duesenberg and Ferrari with these honors.”The Concours also honored Emerson Fittipaldi, the only driver to win both the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indianapolis 500 twice. Fittipaldi brought some of the cars he had raced during his time in motorsports, including a 1970 Lotus 72/5, 1974 McLaren M23/5, 1974 Porsche 911 RSR IROC, and 1977 Chevrolet IROC Camaro Z28.If you missed this past weekend’s hoopla, fear not — Pebble Beach Concours is rapidly approaching. Mark your calendars for August 26, 2018. And, if you’re an especially ambitious planner, the 2019 edition of Amelia Island will take place March 10, 2019. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 1. 929 Duesenberg JS/J Convertible (Photo provided by DeremerStudios.com) 2. 1963 Ferrari 250/275 P (Photo provided by DeremerStudios.com) All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked DeremerStudios.comDeremerStudios.comIn terms of automotive eye candy, it doesn’t get much better than Concours events. Last year, we took a lap of Monterey Car Week’s best vehicular showcases, including the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and were blown away by the breadth and quality of cars represented.Pebble Beach isn’t America’s only Concours, however. At the opposite end of the country – Jacksonville, Florida – the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has been dazzling attendees for over two decades. This past weekend, the 23rd annual display assembled more than 300 cars and motorcycles (within 35 classes) along the 10th and 18th fairways of Golf Club of Amelia Island.Among a field of spectacular classics, judges singled out a 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible and 1963 Ferrari 250/275P and named them Best In Show. The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lairlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy Friday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and requested him to “soften PM’s heart” on the issue of granting special category status to the Rs 2.58 lakh crore debt-ridden state.Reddy also said he would raise the demand in the first meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog, to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Saturday. “I met Home Minister to try and prevail upon him and also soften PM’s heart on special category status…,” Reddy told reporters after an hour-long meeting with Shah. The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) chief also urged the Centre to fulfil all commitments made under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. Reddy, just before swearing in as chief minister, had met both Modi and Shah on the special category status issue. He had said his party could only request the BJP-led central government and not “demand or command”. “Today, we might not get it (special category status). We have to be at somebody’s mercy but I will remind him (Modi) again and again and someday things will change,” Reddy had told the media after his first meeting with Modi. Asked if the post of deputy speaker in Lok Sabha was offered to YSRCP, Reddy said, “Please don’t speculate on all these things. First of all, there is no offer… We have not asked and we have not spoken. And neither any such proposal has come from any quarter. As of now, there is no conversation or talk on that.” YSRCP won 22 parliamentary seats in the 17th Lok Sabha elections and also swept the assembly polls.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A Progressive Conservative government in Ontario would not implement a planned minimum wage increase next year, no matter who ends up winning the race to lead the party through the spring election.In an hour-long debate Thursday, the four candidates vying for the top Tory post were united in their opposition to a key Liberal government promise to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2019.The forum was the first chance for former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, lawyer Caroline Mulroney, former city councillor Doug Ford, and parental rights advocate Tanya Granic Allen to present themselves as the best choice to replace former leader Patrick Brown, who resigned last month amid sexual misconduct allegations.The candidates provided few concrete details on their plans for the province but were clear about their intention to scrap the wage hike, saying the Liberal plan would hurt the province’s economy, particularly small businesses, which have complained about the January increase from $11.60 to $14 per hour.Ford, the brother of notorious late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, called the wage hike a “tax grab” for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals and said he would instead eliminate provincial income tax for those making minimum wage.“That will benefit the companies, it will benefit the person leaving their office or their factory at the end of the day,” he said.Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, said she would increase the minimum wage by 25 cents over four years, while Elliott also said she would phase in a hike gradually.“The minimum wage law is a classic example of the way the Liberals have been governing this province, making decisions that help them in the short term — in this case their electoral chances — and hurt the rest of us in the long term,” Caroline Mulroney said. “Small businesses are suffering. It was too much too soon.”Wynne responded to the criticism of the wage hike in a video posted on Twitter prior to her town hall event in Windsor, Ont., saying raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will make the strong Ontario economy even stronger.“We know Conservatives say over and over again that it’s too much, it’s too fast and today they made it clear that a Conservative government would deny that raise,” Wynne said in the video.“But we know that when they say not now, what they’re really saying is not ever, because they want to put wealthy business owners ahead of working people. That’s not okay.”While all four candidates said they opposed a carbon tax to replace the Liberals’ current cap and trade, none of them offered specifics on how they planned to make up for the estimated $4 billion from the tax that was to fund a 22 per cent income tax cut and other key election promises in the party’s platform.Instead, all four suggested savings could be found by cutting waste from the Liberal provincial budget.“In a $141 billion dollar budget, do you think we can find two or three per cent (in savings)?” Ford said.Mulroney said she would deliver her own fully costed plan if she’s elected leader.“This government needs to learn to do more with less,” she said.Elliott, who recently served as the province’s health ombudsman, pitched herself as the experienced candidate best positioned to win the spring election.“I know Kathleen Wynne. I’ve debated against her before,” she said, noting later that with an election in less than 100 days, the party could not afford a “leader-in-training.”Granic Allen, an outspoken critic of the Liberals’ updated sex-education curriculum, pulled no punches during the debate, attacking Brown as a “corrupt leader” who alienated grassroots members with social conservative views and “left the party in tatters.”Brown’s abrupt resignation in late January threw the Progressive Conservatives into turmoil, prompting a hastily called leadership race that will see a new leader in place by March 10. Brown has vehemently denied the allegations and has vowed to clear his name.Genevieve Tellier, a political science professor at the University of Ottawa, said Thursday’s debate didn’t bring any major revelations but confirmed that the candidates appear split into two camps.Elliott and Mulroney have positioned themselves as more moderate, centrist options, and seem to be addressing voters across the province, while Ford and Granic Allen, who lean more to the right, appeal to grassroots members, she said.The candidates stopped short of making any detailed policy commitments, noting they would wait for further consultations on key issues, making it difficult to know where they stand, Tellier said.“They’re cautious, they really don’t know where to go, what to target,” she said. “They are all unclear.”In the next, and last debate, set for the end of the month, “they will have to come up with some more precise policy actions that they want to take,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJNG, China — China is confirming that it has detained two Canadian men, saying they were being detained on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said today that entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody on Monday.Lu says Canada has been informed of the detentions, but declined to say whether the men have been provided with lawyers.He says they are being handled separately.The two cases ratchet up pressure on Canada, which is holding an executive of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei wanted by the United States.China has demanded the immediate release of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO and the daughter of its founder.Asked if the men’s detentions were related to Meng’s arrest, Lu said they were being handled according to Chinese law.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgTeen Line, the ground-breaking teen-to-teen support hotline, will honor the Sarah Shindler family with the Family Advocacy Award at the Food for Thought Luncheon, Thursday, May 25, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.Actress Katie Lowes of ABC’s hit show Scandal, will host.Teen Line volunteer Sarah Shindler and her parents will be honored with the 2017 Family Advocacy Award. Sarah joined Teen Line in the 10th grade and will be graduating this year. She has been accepted to George Washington University and will begin in the fall. She credits her parents for their support and dedication to the Teen Line program. “I know even as I go to college and my parents have an empty nest, Teen Line will always be a part of our family, no matter where we are and what we are doing,” Shindler said.Also being honored at the luncheon: Naomi Perez will receive the Teen Hero Award; Dylan Brenner and Natalie Musicant will receive Outstanding Listener Awards; Elliot Snow will receive the Advocacy Award; Tommy Attwood, Eshanika Chaudhary and Joy Flournoy will receive Teen Voice Awards; Molly Cody, Audrey Kotick, Laura Lopez, Claudia Montaner, Alexa Nourafchan, Max Kopelow, Seungil Lee and Isabella Sarnoff will receive Distinguished Service Awards.“This year’s honorees exemplify the very best of our dedicated supporters who know firsthand how crucial an organization like Teen Line can be in furthering the well-being of our youth,” said Michelle Carlson, Teen Line Executive Director. “Each has made a personal commitment to strengthening the message that we strive to deliver and in so doing, bring hope and reassurance to some of our most vulnerable young people.”Teen Line receives more than 15,000 calls, texts and emails each year, providing a safety net for teenagers dealing with troubled relationships; verbal, emotional or physical abuse; substance abuse; suicide; peer pressure; cyber bullying and other challenges. In addition, more than 25,000 participants annually attend Teen Line events at schools and community forums.Prior to the luncheon, a boutique will showcase fashionable items for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Teen Line.Sponsorships begin at $1,000; individual tickets, $150. For more information, email events@teenlineonline.org or visit www.teenlineonline.org.last_img read more

first_imgAbout InfluicityFounded in 2012, Influicity is the leading platform for businesses to manage and scale their influencer operations. The suite of products includes influencer search, insights & analytics, campaign management, reporting, social listening, and more. Because Influicity does not operate a limited network of influencers, it can provide global brands with access to any and all social talent, along with the most advanced data analysis on the audiences they reach. The company has offices in Toronto and LA. Influicity indexes over a billion influencers from across the social media spectrum, regardless of their network or affiliation. Through the platform, Bell Media can cultivate and curate the ideal talent rosters based on advertisers’ needs. In addition to offering global scale, Influicity provides access, simple searchability, project management¸ communications services, and analytics tools that show reach and value.“The full suite of features on Influicity ensures that Bell Media can serve its clients with unparalleled levels of service,” says Jonathan Davids, Founder & CEO of Influicity. “We’re excited to partner with Bell Media as they continue to break new ground with the next generation of talent.” Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO (March 13, 2017) – Bell Media announced today a new partnership with Influicity, the world’s leading influencer marketplace and campaign management platform. As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster with access to the platform, Bell Media can now provide its clients with unparalleled access to the universe of social influencers. Bell Media also delivers discoverability of the perfect influencer from a centralized marketplace to develop impactful marketing campaigns.Bell Media is already an expert in the field of cultivating and reaching the top influencers through its discovery and development of in-house talent and via its stable of influencers at Much Digital Studios.“Given our success with Much Digital Studios, we were looking to expand our footprint in the social influencer world to include our other brands,” said Alyson Walker, Vice-President, Brand Partnerships. “The Influicity platform offers the most benefits for our advertisers by giving them the ability to connect, measure, and collaborate with 100% of social influencers globally.” About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be reducing the maximum allowable rental rate increase, after announcing earlier this month that rents would have been permitted to increase by up to 4.5 percent next year.Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson said that her Ministry will be taking action on a recommendation from B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force by cutting the annual allowable rent increase by two percent, limiting it to inflation.The previous formula, which dates back to 2004, allowed annual rent increases of two percent plus inflation. That means that effective January 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5 percent.“It’s simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have to eliminate the risk of such huge increases for renters. Our new approach strikes a balance between giving relief to renters while encouraging people to maintain their rental properties.”As a result of eliminating the additional two percent increase, renters paying $1,200 per month will save up to $288 next year over what they could have paid under the old formula.“We recognize supply is key to bringing down rental costs in the long term, but renters have told us they are hurting and need help today,” said Robinson. “That’s why we are taking careful steps to address the housing crisis and ease the pressure on renters, while also making sure that landlords have the tools they need to continue to invest in their rental properties.”The Residential Tenancy Branch will work closely with landlord advocacy groups on expanded circumstances under which landlords could apply for an additional rent increase to reflect the costs of maintaining their rental properties.last_img read more

Rabat – The CEO of Morocco’s bid committee, Hicham El Amrani, assessed the country’s chances to win the hosting rights of the 2026 World Cup in a recent interview with French-based Radio France International (RFI) in the countdown to the June 13 vote.The Moroccan official refused to comment on US President Donald Trump’s May tweet threatening countries that pledged support for Morocco 2026.“I would rather not share my feelings about this. I simply hope that the global football family will be able to focus on football rather than politics, because if we take football into consideration, Morocco is the ideal choice for this 2026 World Cup.” Morocco has all the assets to host World CupThe CEO of the bid committee touted Morocco’s assets to host the tournament. “Our country is compact enough considering the cities we promise, in relation to the distances that should be made by players and fans.” El Amrani also touted Morocco’s proximity to Europe and other countries by time zone, the “exceptional” passion that Morocco has for football, and its “tolerance and openness that makes building bridges between people possible.”Introducing Morocco’s assets to RFI, the CEO said that the 12 cities selected to stage the games of the 2026 World Cup are located within a 550-kilometer radius of Casablanca.Task force scoring does not disturb Morocco 2026RFI also asked El Amrani whether the task force’s grade for the Moroccan bid is worrying for the future.The task force validated the Moroccan bid with a score of 2.7 out of 5 on June 1. The United 2026 (North American) bid got a score of 4 out of 5.But for Morocco the scoring is not a major issue.“It is not disturbing. Of course, first and foremost, the goal was to ensure that we are above the minimum score of 2 out of 5. Today, we have far exceeded his minimum score. We are almost 3,” said El Amrani.He explained that it was not surprising to Morocco “that our competitors have higher scores in terms of sports facilities. We know that the United States has sports facilities that are ready and available, but it is also the goal of a World Cup to be able to serve as a catalyst for the development of sports.He added that the legacy of a World Cup is essential for both Morocco and Africa to “consolidate this development at different levels.”For Morocco to win the hosting rights, it needs 104 votes. Morocco is counting on African countries to support the Moroccan bid at the 68th FIFA Congress, where the decision will be made on the 2026 World Cup host.“As a member of the African Confederation, we count on the largest number of member federations on the African continent. But of course it will not be enough to reach the required majority to win the vote,” said El Amrani.He added that the committee has been campaigning for the bid in several countries before the vote. read more

Rabat – The UAE vice-president and ruler of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, awarded medals and certificates to all-male candidates on Sunday at the Gender Balance Index 2018 ceremony. The index awards people who promote gender equality.“We are proud of the success of Emirati women and their role is central to shaping the future of the country. Gender balance has become a pillar in our governmental institutions,” the Dubai Media Office tweeted on Sunday, January 27, posting pictures of the winners. . @HHShkMohd: We are proud of the success of Emirati women and their role is central to shaping the future of the country. Gender balance has become a pillar in our governmental institutions. #UAE pic.twitter.com/zKPkn9nTMd— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) January 27, 2019Reacting to the prize-giving, many commenters on social media criticized the absence of women and ridiculed the Emirati government for choosing to honor only men when the initiative intends to foster gender equality in the workplace and promote fair opportunities. Read Also: Stop Normalizing Violence Against WomenThe Gender Balance Index features three award categories: “Best Personality for Supporting Gender Balance,” “Best Federal Entity for Supporting Gender Balance,” and “Best Initiative for Supporting Gender Balance.”Scottish academic Gerry Hassan commented on the controversy through a tweet:  “Tell me this isn’t a subversive satire on gender balance politics, patriarchy & #manels.”  Tell me this isn’t a subversive satire on gender balance politics, patriarchy & #manels. https://t.co/KSqYnrPNDf— Gerry Hassan (@GerryHassan) January 27, 2019According to a World Bank report, the Middle East had the lowest rate of female workplace participation in the world in 2016. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2017, the UAE ranked the second highest among Arab countries in terms of equal constitutional rights between men and women. read more

Part of the International Year of the Potato celebrations in 2008, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) awarded first prizes in the contest – called “Focus on a global food” – to professional photographer Eitan Abramovich, and amateur photographer Xi Huang. The 1000 contest entries were reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee of eight panellists including five of the world’s leading professionals, who granted second and third prizes in both the professional and amateur categories to photographers from Spain, Belarus, the Netherlands and the Philippines.In support of the spirit of the International Year, photographers were invited to submit images that illustrated potato cultivation, processing, trade, marketing, consumption and utilization. Sponsored by Nikon Europe and Irge Colore Srl, the event gave photographers an opportunity to showcase previous work or to capture new images depicting the vital crop, single digital images and “photo stories” of four to eight related images in either black or colour.Coinciding with World Food Day – observed annually on 16 October to mark the founding of FAO – the “focus on global food” contest works to support the day’s ethos to highlight the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve hunger and poverty by the year 2015. 16 October 2008A Peruvian and a Chinese photographer were announced today as winners of a world photography contest, launched by the United Nations to highlight the potato’s key role in agriculture, the economy and world food security. read more

In a statement read out by Ambassador Zhang Yesui of China, which holds the Council presidency this month, the 15-member panel said it was especially concerned about the humanitarian effects on the area’s civilians and urged Government forces and rebel groups to respect a ceasefire.“The Council strongly condemns the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups as well as the continued prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence… It urges all parties to comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law.”Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes in eastern DRC in recent weeks, mainly in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces, because of fighting between Government forces (known as the FARDC) and the rebel National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP).Armed groups operating in the region must lay down their arms and present themselves immediately to the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) for disarmament, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration, Mr. Yesui said.“The Security Council welcomes MONUC’s intention to reconfigure its forces and optimize their deployment so as to enhance its efficiency within the existing mandate and troop ceiling,” according to the presidential statement, which noted the recent request from Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, for additional capacities for the mission.The statement urged Kinshasa to ensure there is no cooperation between elements of the FARDC and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a mainly Hutu rebel group.It also called on other governments in the region to stop any support of armed groups in the eastern DRC, and urged the DRC and Rwanda to take immediate steps to reconcile their differences. 21 October 2008The Security Council today voiced deep concern over the recent resurgence of violence in the easternmost provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), warning of its potential to undermine the wider Great Lakes region of Central Africa. read more