KEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):Novak Djokovic won a record-tying sixth Key Biscayne title and his third in a row yesterday, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the Miami Open final.The top-ranked Djokovic improved to 28-1 this year. His only loss came when he retired during his quarter-final against Feliciano Lopez in Dubai with an eye infection.Djokovic won his 28th ATP Masters title, breaking the record he shared with Rafael Nadal, and won both Indian Wells and the Miami Open for the third year in a row. He didn’t lose a set in the tournament and tied Andre Agassi’s record of six men’s titles at Key Biscayne.The No. 6-seeded Nishikori lost to Djokovic for the sixth consecutive time and was doomed by an erratic serve. He double-faulted five times and Djokovic repeatedly pounced on his second serve to break five times.The weather was less oppressive than in recent days, with highs only in the 70s, but Djokovic made sure the match didn’t become an endurance test. He broke in three of Nishikori’s first four service games, dominating rallies in part because Nishikori’s shots lacked the precision of earlier matches.Nishikori required treatment from a trainer on his left thigh late in the second set, but his bigger problem was his opponent.- AP
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Potter getting to know Brighton squad through injuriesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter says he is having to dig deep in his squad this season.Steven Alzate and Aaron Connolly are teenagers who have recently made their debuts as Albion’s injury list includes the likes of Leandro Trossard, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Leon Balogun.Speaking before Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa, Potter said of his squad: “We’re just at the start of working with the group, and that’s the under-23s as well and the whole playing staff here, so the more information we get the better for us – and that’s how we shall look at this game.”We want to, hopefully, be surprised, of course.”He added: “It’s an opportunity to look at the group in its entirety and guys who have not had as much game time as they would like will get the opportunity.”We can also look at some younger players as well to see how they cope in that type of environment against what I think will be a strong Aston Villa side.”Of course, it’s a game you want to win but at the same time we’re in a bit of a heavy period as well with a couple of injuries so we just need to look after the group and make sure we select the right team to be as competitive as we can.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rudi Garcia lined up for AC Milan moveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRudi Garcia is being lined up for a return to Italy.The former AS Roma coach is available after being forced out of Olympique Marseille last season.And Gazzetta dello Sport says Garcia is wanted by AC Milan.After their defeat to Fiorentina, Milan coach Marco Giampaolo is under great pressure. Indeed, defeat to Genoa this week could see him axed.And among those contacted by intermediaries about the job is Garcia.Milan is currently sitting in 12th place in Serie A.
VANCOUVER – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting the company participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement.“This conduct should never have happened,” said Galen G. Weston, CEO, during a conference call with analysts Tuesday.“The gift card is a direct acknowledgment of that to our customers. We hope that they’ll see it as a meaningful amount that demonstrates our commitment to keeping their trust and confidence,” he said in response to how the company arrived at the card’s $25 value.Here’s how to redeem the offer:Customers can visit LoblawCard.ca and enter their email address to be notified once registration opens.The company expects registration to begin on Jan. 8.Full details will follow, but broadly speaking, visitors to the site will have to declare that they are the age of majority or older, said spokesman Kevin Groh, in an email.The age of majority is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, P.E.I., Quebec and Saskatchewan. It is 19 in B.C., New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the three territories.They will also have to declare that they bought certain packaged bread products at one of the eligible banner stores in Canada before Mach 1, 2015, he said.Registration closes May 8.The company expects three million to six million people will receive the gift card.Loblaw and George Weston Ltd. revealed Tuesday that they participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement from late 2001 to March 2015, but tipped off Canada’s competition watchdog and will receive immunity in the ensuing investigation.
MONTREAL – While Montreal’s city council has passed a motion looking to ban sugary drinks in municipal buildings, not all borough bosses believe it’s a workable measure.Some veteran councillors who voted against it earlier this month won’t be drafting those types of rules for their own districts, saying they go beyond their competency as municipal politicians and would prove difficult to enforce.“I’m for prevention, I’m for an excise tax where it would help fund the health system like tobacco,” said Luis Miranda, mayor of the eastern Montreal borough of Anjou.“But to start patrolling what goes into my arenas, what goes into my parks in the summertime when there’s a baseball tournament, I don’t agree.”A working group is expected to look at how to phase the ban on sports drinks, energy drinks and flavoured water into the city’s 19 boroughs.Miranda said such restrictions would create problems for different groups — youth sports teams, for example, which often have sponsorships with drink companies.Councillors from the borough of LaSalle also voted against the ban, with Mayor Manon Barbe saying she’d rather see education for citizens instead of having decisions imposed on them.LaSalle introduced a health policy in 2008 that required 30 per cent of menu items in public buildings to reflect healthy choices, but nothing was banned.Snack bars in LaSalle’s two municipal arenas shuttered after operators said the menu requirements made them unprofitable.They’ve since been replaced with vending machines that offer healthy alternatives as well as the usual fare.“I don’t want to have to choose for citizens,” Barbe said. “When I do my groceries, no one tells me what to put in my shopping cart.”The motion presented at Montreal council began as one that called on Ottawa to introduce a national excise tax on sugary drinks — something all Montreal councillors supported.Several public health groups have also pushed the idea of an excise tax.In May, organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Childhood Obesity Foundation touted the “health and economic benefits of a sugary drink levy” after having commissioned a study by the University of Waterloo.Researchers at the University of Toronto also came out in favour of a tax on sugary drinks in Canada, among other measures, to improve eating habits.The World Health Organization recommended a tax of at least 20 per cent in a 2016 report.In Canada, the Northwest Territories government said this year it was considering a sugar drink tax to help fight obesity.The federal government has looked at the pros and cons of such a tax, but didn’t include it in its 2016 budget, Finance Department briefing documents suggested.But the Canadian Beverage Association has called the Montreal excise tax motion disappointing, noting that studies demonstrate the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverage calories has dropped by at least 30 per cent since 2004 without a tax, even as obesity rates have risen.Barbe said the fact she and some colleagues voted against the motion doesn’t mean they’re against health initiatives — just that they believe it’s a job for the provincial and federal governments.“Where is it going to end? I don’t want to find myself in a position where I’m playing the part of the sugar police,” Barbe said.
Kolkata: Marking the International Day of Forests on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said forest cover in the state has gone up by 4.29 per cent. “Today is #InternationalDayOfForests. In #Bangla, the forest cover has been growing — between 2010 and 2015, it has gone up by 3,810 sq km, one of the highest in the country, up by 4.29 per cent. My best wishes to all,” Banerjee tweeted. On March 21, the International Day of Forests is celebrated worldwide to increase public awareness about the values, significance and contributions of forests to balance the life cycle on the earth. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAlso, the day also celebrates the arrival of spring with the World Planting Day. This day gives an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the world’s plant species. “Today is World Planting Day. In Bangla, we distributed 15 lakh saplings to every new born child. This is done under the unique Sabujshree scheme to inculcate emotional bonding between the child and nature,” Banerjee wrote. The Chief Minister further mentioned how the above initiative “provides an incentive for the future.”
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday sought response of the Election Commission on a plea by a Congress MP alleging Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on their alleged hate speeches and using armed forces for “political propaganda”. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the poll panel was free to pass orders on complaint of Sushmita Dev, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Silchar in Assam and President of ‘All India Mahila Congress’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, fixed Dev’s plea for hearing on Thursday. Dev has alleged that “inaction” by EC on complaints against top BJP leaders was “a sign of invidious discrimination” as also “arbitrary, capricious and impermissible” as it was destructive of the integrity of electoral process. The plea listed out several alleged instances of MCC violations by Modi and Shah in their meetings and referred to as the first violation the speech of Modi at a rally at Wardha, Maharashtra, on April 1 where he had allegedly raised the issue of ‘bhagva aatankwad’ (saffron terror).
Fikayo Idowu. | Courtesy of Ohio StateTragic news reached the ears of Buckeye soccer fans and Ohio State alumni on Saturday, as word of the sudden death of junior defenseman Fikayo Idowu circulated around Columbus. A spokesman from the university released a statement from the OSU Department of Athletics, which stated the team was devastated to learn about his passing.“His family and loved ones are in our hearts and in our prayers during this time of grief,” read the statement.Idowu had been a member of the men’s soccer team for the last two years.He was majoring in health and rehabilitation sciences.The two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete appeared in two games last season for the Scarlet and Gray.Funeral arrangements are currently pending. A small memorial is scheduled to be held Saturday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with teammates and friends of Idowu’s expected to be in attendance.
During Ohio State’s annual Homecoming football game Saturday, many OSU alumni will be back in Columbus to cheer on their Buckeyes. One alumnus, however, will be representing the Buckeyes’ opponent. That alumnus is Bo Pelini, the coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who will be playing the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday. Pelini, who played free safety at OSU from 1987-90, will be going against his alma mater in Columbus for the first time in his head coaching career. Pelini said his history at OSU will not affect him on Saturday. “I have pride in where I went to school and my career there. But that has nothing to do with Saturday,” Pelini said in Nebraska’s press conference Monday. “I’m in a different time in my life and a different place. I have a job to do and that’s all I’m concerned with.” As for the game itself, the No. 21 Cornhuskers (4-1) will be hoping to upset the No. 12 Buckeyes for their first loss of the season. Pelini acknowledged that the game will not be easy. “We know we’re going to have to play our best football on Saturday,” Pelini said during the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference on Tuesday. “We’re playing a really good football team.” Cornhuskers senior running back Rex Burkhead said the physical play of OSU’s defense stood out in the Buckeyes’ win against Michigan State. “I saw they were getting a big push on the offensive line. They were making it tough to make reads in the backfield and have lanes open up,” Burkhead said during Nebraska’s press conference. “I think penetration was the key thing they were getting.” As for the Buckeyes’ offense, Pelini said “we’ll see on Saturday” whether his defense is able to match up with OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes’ offense. “Braxton Miller does a really good job,” Pelini said. “He’s a real threat to run, pass, they do a lot of different things to feature him. It puts a lot of stress on you.” Pelini added that while Miller might stand out, he is not the sole reason for the Buckeyes’ offensive success. “Everyone, and deservedly so, gives a lot of credit to Braxton Miller, but they, first and foremost, they do a lot of good things to enable him to make plays and they have a lot of good pieces around him,” Pelini said. “He’s not out there playing by himself. It’s a team game.” OSU coach Urban Meyer said the game will be a challenge, and that the team will have to make some changes to win this game. “We’re going to have to do some things that we haven’t done, and I’m not sure how we’ll adapt to that,” Meyer said. “I’m glad it’s (at) home.” Meyer knows the coach on the other side well: Meyer was a graduate assistant with the Buckeyes in 1987, Pelini’s freshman season. Meyer said he had a lot of respect for Pelini as a player, and that he has not changed much as a coach. “I have a really good relationship with Bo,” Meyer said. “(As a player, he was) just a real tough guy, just like his personality is now.” Pelini, who knows first-hand what it’s like to play inside Ohio Stadium, said it will be a “great environment” on Saturday. Cornhuskers senior safety P.J. Smith expressed his excitement to play in the Horseshoe during Nebraska’s press conference but added that his team must keep its “emotions normal.” “It is going to be crazy, it is going to be wild, but it will be fun,” Smith said. “We just got to go out there and execute the game plan.” The Buckeyes, who have won their first five games of the season, will be trying to avenge their loss to the Cornhuskers from their first-ever matchup as Big Ten opponents last season. In that game, the Buckeyes held a 27-6 lead in the third quarter, but gave up 28 unanswered points to lose 34-27.
For all intents and purposes, the 2012 Ohio State football senior class is gone, never to wear scarlet and gray in meaningful competition again. “It’s almost like you’re losing some of your children when they go away to college,” said first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer after the team’s season-ending win against Michigan on Saturday. “Our house is going to be empty.” Gone? Perhaps, but not to be soon forgotten. After all, it was the contributions of the seniors that made the team’s run at perfection a possibility. Behind the strength of many of those 21 departing seniors, the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) clinched the sixth undefeated and untied season in program history and the first since 2002 Saturday with a 26-21 win against archrival Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) at Ohio Stadium. The 109th edition of The Game saw OSU, the Big Ten’s Leaders Division champions, claim its 44th win against the Wolverines. UM, eliminated from Big Ten title contention after Nebraska beat Iowa on Friday, still owns the all-time series advantage with a 58-44-6 record. With Saturday being the final game of the season due to the NCAA-imposed postseason ban, one thing was evident within minutes of the final whistle following victory against UM – no more seniors. Meyer handed out several “thank you’s” during his postgame remarks, but the biggest thank you went out to those whose eligibility is up, players like Zach Boren, Etienne Sabino and John Simon. Theirs was an effort worthy of remembrance, Meyer said, and he plans to ensure that their memory doesn’t fade away. “I’m going to see to it when you walk into that Woody Hayes (Athletic Center) this team will never be forgotten, because they deserve that,” he said. It’s not hard to imagine why Meyer feels so strongly. Boren switched positions midseason, jumping from offense to defense when he left the fullback spot to join a depleted line backing corps. Boren hadn’t played linebacker since high school but, in just six games, he tallied 50 tackles, including a team-high nine in the win against UM. One of those tackles was a bone-jarring sack of Wolverines junior quarterback Devin Gardner. Boren stood above Gardner after the hit, shouting and rattling his face mask just above Gardner’s. Sabino broke his leg during OSU’s Oct. 6 win against Nebraska but returned in time to join the team for its divisional-clinching win against Wisconsin on Nov. 17, as well as the game against the Wolverines. The redshirt senior linebacker said the 2012 season was indeed a dream. “I wouldn’t want it to end any other way,” he said. And there was Simon, a defensive end and the team’s emotional leader throughout the perfect campaign. Simon missed Saturday’s Senior Day activities, as well as the game itself, with a right knee injury sustained one week prior against Wisconsin. “John Simon – the heart and soul of who we are as the 2012 football team,” Meyer said. Simon was not made available for comment following the game. There were other major contributors from the senior class, relatively unheralded compared to Boren, Sabino and Simon, but whose contributions likely went just as far in helping the team achieve an undefeated season. OSU redshirt senior punter Ben Buchanan walked off the Ohio Stadium field for the final time at peace with what he gave to the program. His final play was a 41-yard punt that pinned UM on its 8-yard line with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. Given the moment, Buchanan said, the punt was as good as it gets. “I think this team will be remembered as a very unselfish team, a team that really had to come together with some tough circumstances, there’s no doubting that,” Buchanan said. “I was proud of the way these guys just rallied and, they did, we just refused to lose and to be a senior on this team was truly on honor.” Sensing that he wouldn’t fit in Meyer’s offensive system, OSU senior Reid Fragel went to his then-newly hired coach and volunteered to switch from tight end to right tackle. For his selfless act, Fragel was plunged into a preseason battle for playing time with freshman Taylor Decker, which Fragel later won. Months later, Fragel attempted to address his teammates in the locker room following the season-ending win against the Wolverines. He struggled to articulate he feelings. “I wanted to thank (my teammates) and, really, tell them how I feel about this whole year, but it’s hard to put words to this season we’ve had,” Fragel said. “It’s something out of a movie … Just to see us come out 12-0, beating Michigan, that’s something I couldn’t have wrote up before the game.” As Buchanan and his teammates enjoyed the climactic day of the season, OSU football converged with its troubled past as former coach Jim Tressel, the man responsible for the 2012 team’s postseason ban, returned. Once shamed by the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal in which he knowingly fielded a team of ineligible players during the 2010 season, Tressel was hoisted onto the shoulders of players from his 2002 national championship team, which was honored for the 10-year reunion of its great feat between the first and second quarters. But with Tressel came memories of his unceremonious exit from the university – he was forced to resign in May 2011 – as well as the Buckeyes’ agonizing 2011 campaign where they posted a 6-7 record. The loudest cheers during Saturday’s short, in-game ceremony for the 2002 team came during the moments that featured Tressel, the man that each member of the 2012 senior class signed on to play for. Louder still were the cheers for the current players themselves, now under Meyer’s direction, during actual game action, and particularly when the clock struck “00:00.” Meyer will hold a “season wrap-up” press conference on Monday, according to an OSU athletics release. The Buckeyes will then turn the page on the 2012 season and set their sights on 2013. “After our team meeting on Tuesday, we start a new journey,” Meyer said. The strong foundation that has been laid at OSU exists because of the 21 dedicated Buckeyes that hung up their pads and cleats for the final time on Saturday. For those seniors who won’t rejoin the Scarlet and Gray in pursuit of championship glory, their last gasp as active members of the Buckeye Brotherhood couldn’t have been sweeter. “It’s unbelievable, man, I couldn’t ask for anything more other than a chance to play a couple more weeks,” said OSU redshirt senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams. “This is how the 2012 team is going to be remembered by, you know, going undefeated … going 12-0 and beating Michigan at home. I really wouldn’t want to go out any other way than that.”
Mansueto Ventures’ Fast Company, the 725,000-circ. business magazine, has been nominated by the American Association of Magazine Editors for general excellence in the 500,000 to 1 million circulation category at tonight’s National Magazine Awards. (The magazine won a general excellence Ellie in 1999 and was a finalist in 2000.)Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian [pictured] spoke with FOLIO: about this year’s general excellence nomination.FOLIO:: How did you react when you found out Fast Company was nominated?Safian: I was very excited. I sent an email to the staff titled, “Let the celebrations begin.” I’m mindful that being nominated is a tremendous recognition. Even if we don’t come back with an Ellie, the team should feel like winners. They’ve earned it. FOLIO:: The nomination is for several issues. Why did you submit those particular issues? What was the biggest story you covered there?Safian: We chose the issues we felt were most eclectic, dynamic and accessible. The one issue we knew we had to include was June, because it features a 19,000-word, 24-page article written by Richard Behar and edited by executive editor Will Bourne titled “China Storms Africa” [which is also nominated for excellence in reporting]. It was our single biggest editorial investment of the year.FOLIO:: What was your biggest challenge in putting those issues together?Safian: We are a smaller publisher, with fewer resources than most of our competitors. Our challenge is to do more with less. Fortunately, the writers and editors on our team have an uncanny ability to mix discipline with creativity.FOLIO:: It’s a tough time for magazines and for business magazines in general. How do you keep your editors motivated and optimistic?Safian: We know that we’re lucky to be doing what we do.FOLIO:: Will Fast Company exist in print five years from now?Safian: There will be plenty of print magazines in five years. We certainly hope to be one of them.
When it comes to digital tools used to help attendees plan out their itineraries and remain on schedule, personal calendar tools—such as those found on smartphones or tablets—rank most popular, used by 40 percent of attendees. Exhibition organizer websites come next, with 35 percent, followed by mobile apps provided by the exhibition organizer (25 percent) and electronic directories or kiosks with a searchable touch screen at 24 percent. Surveying a total of 420 U.S.-based professionals who attend at least one B2B exhibition each year, CEIR looked to gain some insights into which digital offerings exhibition attendees ranked most important to their experience, and whether the results aligned with those from a similar survey of 194 exhibition organizers and 186 exhibitor representatives. Eighty-seven percent of organizers offer a mobile app for their exhibitions, with another seven percent saying they plan to do so in the future. Those apps are eventually downloaded by about two-in-five attendees (44 percent), but that figure ticks up to 58 percent when isolating just the “final purchasing decision-makers,” according to CEIR. Under one-third of attendees (31 percent) believe that social media walls are critical to the experience, and hopefully all of them attend exhibitions put on by the 34 percent of organizers who agree. As expected, millennials are the most comfortable with the use of technology to track their exhibition floor activity; just 15 percent expressed some level of discomfort with the idea. Contrast that with baby boomers, of whom only 39 percent felt comfortable being tracked. Free WiFi tops the list, with 81 percent of attendees surveyed reporting that it matters to them, followed by power-up stations to recharge mobile devices (71 percent) and the ability to download speaker presentations (64 percent). Those same three top the list of those offerings exhibition organizers believe are essential to their attendees, reflecting a good correlation between event producers and the professionals they aim to attract. So where do mobile apps fit into all of this? Sixty-percent of attendees value the ability to request product info via a scanning badge or providing an email address, but only 44 percent of exhibition organizers think attendees feel that way. Likewise, 55 percent of attendees say it’s important to them that new product showcases or demo areas contain interactive screens or tablets with product information, a sentiment shared by only 34 percent of exhibition organizers. Nearly a quarter of visitors (23 percent) rely on text messages to peers to help plan out which sessions they plan to attend. Despite 78 percent of exhibition organizers saying they use social media channels to help attendees stay on schedule, only 12 percent of attendees say they relied on them to do so. Moreover, only 11 percent of attendees rely on text messages from organizers to help keep their schedules straight, even though 54 percent of exhibition organizers offer them. As you move down the list, however, a disconnect begins to materialize. Interestingly, a full 34 percent of attendees report that they’d like access to a room with multiple screens in which they could watch more than one session from a single location, but only 14 percent of organizers believe attendees consider such an offering to be important. Among those who make the conscious decision not to download an exhibition’s official app, 43 percent simply dislike downloading an app for one-time use. Just over a quarter (27 percent) prefer a printed program, while another 14 percent claim they don’t trust downloading apps from unknown sources. Dissecting the apps’ features themselves, the three most important functions identified by attendees are the ability to register for sessions or special events, interactive map features, and the ability to search for exhibitors or products in a directory. Exhibition organizers should take this to heart, as only 46 percent say they offer the ability to register for sessions on the mobile apps they make available to attendees. With that being said, it’s unclear if that figure stems from the fact that some exhibitions may not require individual session registrations. Twenty-three percent of attendees choose not to download an event’s official app, indicating that the remaining third of attendees either aren’t aware of the app, don’t know how to download it, or simply do not have a mobile device capable of doing so. Four out of five exhibition attendees say free WiFi is an important aspect of their experience, more than any other on-premise digital service, according to a new survey by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). One final component of the survey aimed to gauge attendees’ comfort level with having their activities on the show floor tracked by the use of technology such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. In general, 50 percent of survey respondents say they were comfortable with such activity; 31 percent are neutral and 21 percent report feeling either uncomfortable or very uncomfortable about it. Download the full survey here.
South Korean tech giant Samsung and Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors entered into a new partnership to offer in-car infotainment systems in the Tata’s cars.The companies revealed their new alliance at the 12th edition of Delhi Auto Expo. According to a PTI report, Tata Motors would introduce cars with new infotainment system next year. Apparently, Tata is also looking at the possibility of introducing the new technology in the mid-range car segment along with the expensive cars.”We will introduce passenger cars in the market equipped with the technology within the next year,” Tata Motors Passengers Vehicles Unit President Ranjit Yadav told PTI, adding that “This is in our line of philosophy to offer new features to our customers to create differentiated products features that are relevant to the present and scalable for the future.”The new technology is based on Samsung’s Drive Link application on MirroLink technology, which would aid the user to access smart phones and tablets while driving. The app would also come in handy to navigate, answer calls and access internet inside the car.Samsung is also in tie up with the German auto major BMW to offer the same technology. “Samsung is also a mass market brand and this is a good partnership. Tis technology will provide connectivity to the user while on drive,” Samsung India Electronics Ltd, Head – Business and Enterprise Sameer Garde said.Previously, tech titan Apple had also launched a similar technology dubbed as “iOS in the car”.
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Adding to your celebration and joy, Mister Chai is presenting a magnificent range of Diwali Hampers offering gourmet assortments and pure joy. This Diwali, make your loved ones feel special and gift them hampers that matches their personality, tailored to their taste and filled with luxuries and love. Exuding surprise and elegance, the spectacular festive hamper range comprises of ‘The Globe Trotter’, ‘The Entertainer’ and ‘The Free Spirit’ starting at INR 5000 plus taxes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’The Globe Trotter’ is for those businessmen and women in your circle who travels the world and are fond of those little treats. Generously filled with fine nuts, chocolates and a bottle of happiness, this is a perfect gift for the globe trotters. If you have those friends who love spreading a hearty laughter to your life, ‘The Entertainer’ Diwali gift hamper is the choice. It offers some delicious chocolates, macaroons, cookies, nuts, and tea. ‘The Free Spirit’ hamper is the choice you can make for those you know exceptionally well. Custom-made and skillfully craft a Diwali hamper for your loved ones, with their favourite ingredients and drinks. Each gifting has equal grandeur, finesse and uniqueness, filled with an alluring gourmet treat to make your festival truly delightful.
German cable and IPTV operator NetCologne is adding a raft of new channels to its line-up, taking the total number of HD channels on the platform to 48.New free-to-air HD channels on the platform include SWR, 3sat HD and Ki.Ka HD. All three will be available to NetCologne subscribers next month. Other new free channels include QVC HD and QVC Beauty. The operator is also adding pay TV channels RTL Living HD, Fox HD, National Geographic HD, Spiegel TV Wissen HD and Bon Gusto.NetCologne has restructured its offering and is now providing a new Entertainment package with 12 channels for €9.95 and an Entertainment Extra package with 26 channels for €16.95, offered alongside the Premium Plus HD offering with 16 HD channels. NetCologne has also reduced the minimum contract period for its TV services from 24 to 12 months.
Vadim FedotovRussian pay TV provider NTV+ is launching an internet-connected hybrid set-top that will enable it to offer interactive TV services including video-on-demand, pause live TV and catch-up TV.Gazprom Media-owned NTV+’s box is a joint project between the pay TV outfit and its parent company’s technology arm. The device will be manufactured by Korea’s Kaonmedia with NTV+ branding.The UI of the new set-top is currently undergoing testing and development ahead of a planned November launch, according to NTV+.The new UI will allow subscribers to browse channel, order movies and manage their subscriber account as well as create a list of favourite channels.NTV+ CEO Mikhail Demin said that sales of the new box will kick off in Novmeber. He said he expected the hybrid device to account for 10% of all new box sales from launch, growing to up to 50% by the end of next year, depending on market conditions.Demin said that the trend towards consumption of OTT TV services was likely to accelerate and that the launch of a hybrid box would give the operator an opportunity to grow its base.Gazprom Media Technology CEO Vadim Fedotov said that the launch was an important step towards creating a personalized TV experience for subscribers. He said the UI would provide access to standard broadcast, on-demand and catch-up content, including exclusive premieres. Fedotov said the OTT element of the service would be further developed in the future.