According to the Statistics SA *Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released in the first quarter of 2013, there are 4.6-million unemployed South Africans. The country’s official unemployment rate now sits at 25.2% of the total population. Students attending one of Learn to Earn’s 11 week Sewing courseThe reasons for this are many; a legacy of structural inequality; a failing education system; a lack of jobs for unskilled workers; and in a vicious cycle, people lacking the skills to enter the workplace. The knock-on effect is deepening poverty, and a continued lack of access to job opportunities for generation after generation.Aiming to break this cycle of poverty is Learn to Earn (LtE), a skills development organisation based in Khayelitsha, and in the seaside town of Hermanus, in the Western Cape.The organisation’s philosophy is “give a hand up and not a hand out”; and it focuses particularly on helping people take charge of their own financial and social wellbeing.“LtE was established in 1989 and since then we have had over 10 000 people graduate from our programmes, “says Barbara Lipp, communications and events manager at Learn to Earn.“For those who work and volunteer at Learn to Earn the most rewarding part is seeing the change in our graduates’ perspectives of themselves,” says Lipp.“It is an amazing moment to see a person change from being in a negative, self-depreciating space to that of wholeness and realising that they have a role to play in changing their communities and South Africa for the better.”PROGRAMMESSkills courses offered include Sewing, Home Management, Woodwork, Office Administration, Graphic Design, and Point-of-Sale and Customer Service. Each course has different entry requirements, which range from basic literacy and numeracy to a completed Grade 10. All courses include a Life Skills component and Old Mutual’s On the Money basic finance skills programme.The life skills course includes modules on self-awareness, self-esteem, family relationships and conflict resolution, CV writing and job preparation, as well as dealing with substance abuse.The Feel Good Project aims to train unskilled and low-skilled people to work in the retail supply chain. The project was initiated in 2008 in partnership with South African retail giant, TFG (The Foschini Group). Project trainees are selected from students who have completed one or more of the organisation’s market-related training courses for further training in the retail, supply and warehousing sectors.ENTREPRENEURSHIPLearn to Earn’s Business Resource Centre aims to assist graduates in converting their newly acquired sewing skills into income generating activitiesLearn to Earn’s three-year Enterprise Enabling Environment or E³ programme arms budding entrepreneurs with small business skills to open up their own businesses. The course teaches students bookkeeping, marketing, and human resource management, among others. The students work with mentors experienced at running small businesses.“As an organisation, Learn to Earn’s mission is to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually,” says Lipp.“When we achieve our mission, we are then able to start achieving our vision – to eradicate unemployment and other legacies of injustice in South Africa and Africa as a whole.”PLAY YOUR PARTOn average it costs just more than R9 000 to put one of the participants through the programmes and Learn to Earn welcomes corporate and personal donations. The organisation also holds fundraising dinners and works with partners to pay running and programme costs.To find out more or donate to Learn to Earn, email the organisation at email@example.com, or contact Aleks Jablonska on 021 671 2230 for more details.*The QLFS is a household-based sample survey conducted by StatsSA and covers the labour market activities of people aged 15 to 64.
Hours before the Australian Open started in Melbourne on Monday, BuzzFeed News and the BBC published results from a joint investigation showing that tennis authorities hadn’t punished male pros repeatedly flagged for suspicions that they were fixing matches — deliberately losing, or arranging for their opponent to lose, to maximize their or others’ betting profits. Tennis authorities quickly gathered in Melbourne for a news conference responding to the charges, saying they had “thoroughly investigated” any evidence brought to them.The process by which tennis investigates alleged match-fixing is so secretive that it’s impossible to judge the accuracy of authorities’ response. But the BuzzFeed-BBC report, and its aftermath, does provide a case study of how difficult it is to evaluate what could look like suspicious betting activity. It’s possible to use data analysis, as BuzzFeed did, to raise questions about certain matches and players; it’s much harder, and may be impossible, to use that data to accuse specific players of throwing matches without the additional investigative powers tennis authorities wield — and according to the BuzzFeed-BBC report, often aren’t using.As part of the investigation, John Templon, an investigative data reporter for BuzzFeed News, spent more than a year analyzing 26,000 professional men’s matches and found 15 players who lost matches with unusual betting patterns “startlingly often.” (Match-fixing is also believed to occur in professional women’s tennis, but the BuzzFeed-BBC investigation focused only on men’s tennis, so we are in this article, too.) BuzzFeed and BBC didn’t name these players, citing a lack of evidence of wrongdoing and possible alternative explanations for underperformance, including injury. But BuzzFeed did release an anonymized version of the data it used on GitHub, including a file containing betting odds and the year for 129,271 matches.Quickly, people wrote on Twitter and on GitHub that the data could be de-anonymized, thereby identifying the 15 players Templon mentioned. Ian Dorward, a London-based tennis bettor who used to set and adjust tennis betting lines for a bookmaker, emailed me the list of what he believed to be the 15 names. After Chris Bol, a data analyst based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, published the same names, Dorward went public with his findings, which criticized BuzzFeed for making the data relatively easy to crack.1How could the data be de-anonymized so quickly? Dorward told me he went through the process step by step, analyzing the big data set of matches. First he identified outlier players: Those who are almost always favorites are likely the very top players. Then he found unusual matches, like those that weren’t completed. That allowed him to identify some opponents. And so on, repeating the process. Bol used a different method, comparing the anonymous players’ annual win-loss records with those of actual players and finding the ones with the closest fit. The GitHub user said by email that finding odds for any single match on OddsPortal.com, the source for BuzzFeed’s betting-odds data, one would have a good chance of finding in the BuzzFeed data a unique match with those same odds and year, and repeating that process could identify the players. The user compared it to how anonymized AOL search data released in 2006 could be matched to individual Americans. BuzzFeed hasn’t confirmed the list of names — we’ll call them the BuzzFeed 15 — though the methods Bol and Dorward used appear straightforward and arrive at the same names. Asked for comment, BuzzFeed investigations and projects editor Mark Schoofs sent a statement by email. “The betting data we used in our analysis is publicly available — that’s how we got it,” Schoofs said. “In our journalism, we try to show as much of our work as possible, which is why we made the algorithm public.”Dorward looked more closely at eight matches that BuzzFeed’s analysis flagged and concluded that for each one, there was “no evidence of anything suspicious.”“It’s very, very dangerous to make blasé assumptions about a match being dubious because of prematch movements,” Dan Weston, a tennis analyst and trader who writes for the website of the sports book Pinnacle, said in a telephone interview. (Using only data on betting and results to demonstrate fixing has proven problematic in other sports.)“By itself, the analysis of betting data does not prove match-fixing,” Schoofs said in his statement. “That’s why we did not name the players and are declining to comment, and also why our investigation went much wider than the algorithm and was based on a cache of leaked documents, interviews across three continents, and much more.”So how could a player lose matches with big odds movements “startlingly often” without fixing matches?Well, lots of ways:A player could tank a match — deliberately lose it — without fixing. Sometimes players stand to make more money by losing early in one tournament so they can get to another. Other times, players might collect a bonus or appearance fee for showing up to a tournament they’d rather not play and then lose early so they can rest and focus on a bigger upcoming tournament.No. 1 Novak Djokovic was accused of doing just this — showing up to collect a bonus but losing deliberately at a tournament in Paris — in 2007 by the media and tennis-forum posters at the time, and by an Italian newspaper this week. At the time, Djokovic said he wasn’t well. Djokovic said Wednesday that he didn’t throw the match: “It’s not supported by any kind of proof, any evidence, any facts. … It’s not true.”Deliberately losing a match is punishable by a fine, but is a much less serious offense than fixing a match for gambling purposes.Bettors could have inside information on a match outcome without the player’s involvement. For instance, if the player isn’t at full strength, his coach, trainer, spouse, family members or friends might know it before betting markets do and use that knowledge or pass it on to other bettors. It might not even involve an insider at all. In the early rounds at small tournaments, a fan who happens to overhear a conversation or witness an injury at practice could trade on that knowledge before anyone else in the betting markets knows.Betting markets could simply get the opening odds wrong. BuzzFeed’s analysis identified matches for which at least one of seven major bookmakers’ odds moved by so much from when the market opened to when it closed — generally, the day or so between when a matchup is set and when the match starts — that one player’s implied chance of winning decreased by more than 10 percentage points. That typically happens when many bets are placed against the player, suggesting the initial odds were too bullish on his chances. Bookies then adjust the line to increase and balance betting volume and to reduce their exposure.Heavy betting against the player could mean some bettors know he’s going to lose. But it could also mean that many bettors spot favorable odds for reasons that the bookmaker isn’t taking into account. Often bookmakers use an algorithm to set initial odds. Depending on how sophisticated it is, that algorithm could fail to take into account injuries, or a bad matchup, or lack of play on the court surface. The more obscure the athletes involved, the more likely sports books are to whiff with their opening bid. (For reference, professional bettors in the U.S. say they focus their energies on a single, relatively unnoticed part of the sports landscape — say, backwater college basketball conferences or Major League Soccer — and use their expertise on this little swath of the sports cosmos to beat the relatively uninformed book. These bettors will often also make arrangements to trade their picks for another bettor’s picks in a different, equally obscure sport, which is how syndicates are formed and lines are moved.) Many of the flagged matches involve little-known players in third-tier tournaments, making the lines vulnerable to a well-informed bettor.BuzzFeed’s analysis included only the 39 players who lost 11 or more matches in which the odds moved heavily against them, and the 15 players it flagged were ones who lost far more of those matches than would be expected. BuzzFeed also corrected for what’s known as the multiple-testing problem, which can produce spurious results that look statistically significant, by using a Bonferroni correction — and it still found four players with significant results. So that should help mitigate concerns about any one match being a false positive. But some players are particularly tough for bookmakers to handicap, whether because they’re coming off an injury, or because they don’t play that often, or because they’re ranked higher than their true talent after a run of good luck that bettors, but not the bookmakers’ algorithms, account for. These kinds of reasons could help explain the presence of several of the players Dorward identified as being on BuzzFeed’s list. They’re also why alternative sourcing is so crucial; BuzzFeed provides supplementary evidence where it can, but as we’ll cover below, seemingly straightforward things like video of the matches in question can be hard to come by.The details of how BuzzFeed chose to do its analysis could affect which players are flagged as losing suspicious matches suspiciously often. BuzzFeed’s analysis is impressive in many ways. It’s vetted by two professors of statistics, covers 26,000 matches, excludes books with opening odds that are major outliers, accounts for multiple testing and chooses the same bookmakers that Dorward says he would have used. But any analysis involves making choices, and the more robust findings are ones that hold even when different reasonable choices are made.To check that, we enlisted the help of Jeff Sackmann, a tennis data analyst who wrote his own code, at our request, to collect and analyze tennis betting data. He checked more than twice as many matches — nearly 63,000 — from late 2008 through the start of this year. These included matches from the ATP World Tour and Grand Slam tournaments, which are included in BuzzFeed’s analysis, but also from Challengers, the sport’s minor league, where prize money and public attention are lower and the risk of match-fixing is believed to be higher.Following BuzzFeed’s methodology,2Dorward wrote by email that he identified the seven bookmakers BuzzFeed used: Bet365, Bwin, Pinnacle, Unibet, SBOBET, Ladbrokes and 188BET. BuzzFeed and Sackmann both excluded odds for each match from books that disagreed with the median implied winning probability by more than 10 percentage points. Sackmann found similar results for his expanded data set, including the same four players topping the BuzzFeed 15 list by losing the most matches relative to expectations. However, he also found that some players excluded from the analysis because they had too few flagged losses otherwise would have appeared because they lost every match with big odds movements.Sackmann also found that the results had less statistical significance — just one player, not four, lost a significantly larger number of matches than expected, after applying the Bonferroni correction. That’s in large part because Sackmann made one different choice: He used the median of all bookmakers’ opening odds for the true probability of a player winning the match, as opposed to the probability suggested by the opening odds from the bookmaker that had the biggest odds movement. That bookmaker usually was more bullish than its competitors about the player’s chances, so using its odds makes the player’s loss seem more surprising than it really was to the market as a whole. Also, Sackmann tested all players with at least 10 matches in which the odds moved heavily against them — not just players with 11 or more losses in matches like that.He also checked how the analysis would differ with a different set of bookmakers.3He chose 5Dimes, Island Casino, Bestbet, Jetbull, DOXXbet, Bet-at-home and Tipico because these are the ones with the most odds data in the database, excluding the seven BuzzFeed used, for matches for which five or fewer books set lines. He set the cutoff for flagged matches at 8 percentage points, not 10, to get roughly the same number of matches. When Sackmann used the same methodology that reproduced BuzzFeed’s list above, but with this set of bookmakers, he got very different results. Most of the names he identified as losing these matches surprisingly often were not the same as the ones he identified using BuzzFeed’s list of bookmakers.In its article, BuzzFeed writes that at least six of the 15 players it identified “have been flagged to tennis authorities by outside sources.” But the overlap could just mean that BuzzFeed and the outside sources were studying similar data with similar methods. Many of these outside sources named by BuzzFeed were using betting data as their basis for suspecting players of fixing; some, in fact, were part of the betting industry — a firm, a watchdog, a sports security association that collects alerts of suspicious betting from bookmakers. And some of the decisions BuzzFeed made in its analysis — such as where to set the cutoff in odds movement for a match to be worthy of more investigation — were based on suggestions from sports-betting investigators.None of this means that the BuzzFeed 15 haven’t fixed matches — just that, as BuzzFeed and the BBC themselves have made abundantly clear, the data analysis by itself isn’t conclusive.“It’s incredibly difficult to actually prove fixing,” Dorward said in a telephone interview.So what would be more conclusive?Other betting data. Tennis betting experts say the market has moved toward so-called in-play betting — bets placed during a match, as odds shift in response to what’s happening on the court. So, for instance, when a player wins a set, or a game, or even just an important point, bookmakers or betting exchanges quickly change the odds to reflect the increase in his probability of winning the match. That creates opportunity for bettors who know the fix is on to bet against the player who is ahead with even more favorable odds than the prematch line. BuzzFeed published a document from a 2008 investigation into match-fixing that identified several matches with that kind of suspicious betting pattern — including the sport’s most well-known example of suspected match-fixing and two other matches whose participants can be identified from the scores and opponent listed. None of the players involved are among the BuzzFeed 15. In-play betting data is available for purchase from some past matches, though it is difficult to use because it is not coded with information on the score at the time of bets. We also don’t have data on betting volumes and on maximum bets, which would show whether large amounts of money were at stake in flagged matches.Video evidence. Former player Daniel Koellerer — who was banned for life from pro tennis for fixing but denies the accusations — told the BBC that it would be easy for a pro to go unnoticed while fixing matches. But not every fixer covers his tracks well. Being able to review video of suspected matches would at least let authorities (or casual but interested onlookers) scrutinize a player’s effort throughout a match. However, not all matches are televised, and video is hard to get after the fact even for those that are. Tennis authorities ask YouTube to pull unauthorized matches and make video of archived matches available on the subscription site TennisTV for just seven days. Some older matches are available through the ATP Media Digital Archive, but this includes just one of the matches flagged for any of the BuzzFeed 15.Other corroborating evidence. This could include texts between or about players, bank records and other information.BuzzFeed and other journalists don’t have ready access to this kind of data. But tennis authorities do. The Tennis Integrity Unit — backed by the men’s and women’s pro tours, the four Grand Slams and the International Tennis Federation — can compel players to turn over phone and bank records, and it has access to detailed betting data. “Co-operative agreements with the betting industry, regulators and other parties (including ESSA, Betfair, UK Gambling Commission) can provide immediate real-time access to gambling market intelligence,” TIU spokesman Mark Harrison said in an email.Is the TIU using all of this information, along with tips about players suspected of fixing, and pursuing it as far as it can? The TIU says yes. It also maintains extreme secrecy around its operations, going so far as to not reveal details of its inquiries even in the rare cases when it announces a punishment. “TIU estimates that most, if not all, of the 18 successful corruption charges laid since 2010 would not have been achieved without the ability to work in confidence,” Harrison said.Maybe the TIU really has done all it can to root out corruption, chasing every player whose name comes across its desk. Maybe some turned out to be red herrings, like some of the BuzzFeed 15 might turn out to be. Maybe others really are fixing — giving in to the temptation to earn far more than they can by playing to win — but have gotten wise to tennis’s investigative approach and avoid using their phones or bank accounts. Or maybe fixing is very rare, and suspicious betting usually has innocent explanations.However, experience from other sports tells us there is also good reason to suspect that when sports regulate themselves, oversight can be lax. That’s really what’s at the core of BuzzFeed and the BBC’s reporting, more than the data analysis: a group of six former tennis insiders on one side saying tennis authorities haven’t followed up on what the former insiders think is compelling evidence of match-fixing, and on the other side those same authorities saying they have followed up, but confidentiality rules bar them from saying much more.Andrew Flowers contributed analysis to this article.
Manti Te’o’s girlfriend did not exist, as it turns out, and a flabbergasted nation wonders aloud how the Notre Dame star linebacker could be duped, as he claims.The story goes that Te’o met Lennay Kekua on the Internet and began a “relationship” with her, although he never actually met her. On Sept. 12, his grandmother died. Within hours, he received news that “Kekua” had died of leukemia. This made big news, that the player carried on with a heavy heart of two deaths.Well, Deadspin.com blew the whole thing up, reporting Wednesday that the woman did not exist. Te’o issued a statement saying he was part of a cruel hoax.Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a news conference Wednesday night that coaches were informed by Te’o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te’o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax. Someone using a fictitious name “apparently ingratiated herself” with Te’o, the school said, then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had died of leukemia.“On the morning of Dec. 26, very early morning, Manti called his coaches to inform them that while he was in attendance at the ESPN awards show in Orlando, he received a phone call from a number he recognized as having been that he associated with Lennay Kekua,” Swarbrick said. “When he answered it, it was a person whose voice sounded like the same person he had talked to, who told him that she was, in fact, not dead. Manti was very unnerved by that, as you might imagine.”The school hired an investigative firm that determined Te’o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose death was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.“I want to stress, as someone who has probably been as engaged in this as anyone in the past couple of weeks, that nothing about what I have learned has shaken my faith in Manti Te’o one iota,” Swarbrick said Wednesday night.Annette Santiago, Te’o’s 72-year-old grandmother, died in September. Six hours later he said he was told that “Kekua” had lost her battle with leukemia. After Notre Dame’s 20-3 win over Michigan State on Sept. 15, Te’o said:“My family and my girlfriend’s family have received so much love and support from the Notre Dame family. Michigan State fans showed some love. And it goes to show that people understand that football is just a game, and it’s a game that we play, and we have fun doing it. But at the end of the day, what matters is the people who are around you, and family. I appreciate all the love and support that everybody’s given my family and my girlfriend’s family.”According to Deadspin, the only photos that have been found online that identified Kekua are actually pictures of another 22-year-old woman. That woman, not named in the report, told Deadspin one of those photos likely was shared by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.Deadspin contacted friends and relatives of Tuiasosopo, and the website reported that they believe Tuiasosopo created Kekua.A Notre Dame source told ESPN he believes Te’o was not involved. But a friend of Tuiasosopo told Deadspin he was “80 percent sure” that Te’o participated and did so with publicity in mind. According to the Deadspin report, Te’o and Tuiasosopo have been in contact via Twitter, including exchanging several friendly messages last summer.Te’o said in his statement:“This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her.“To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.“It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother’s death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life.“I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been.“In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was.”
Four injured in suspected gang shootout on Valencia Park Street SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Four people were shot, including a 30-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries, during a suspected gang shootout between two groups on a Valencia Park street, police said Monday.It happened around 11:20 p.m. Sunday on Logan Avenue near Euclid Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.“For unknown reasons, the two groups started shooting at each other,” Buttle said. “Over 20 rounds were fired.”A 30-year-old man was shot in the neck and taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, the officer said. An update on his condition was not immediately available.A 57-year-old man suffered several gunshot wounds to his leg, a 30- year-old man was shot in the neck and face and a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest, Buttle said, adding that all three were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Gang detectives were investigating the shooting. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom
Originally published July 31. Update, Aug. 7: Adds clarification on Samsung tablet shipments for Q1 2019. 69 Photos 2:53 Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 could be the fanciest Android tablet The Tab S6 targets mobile workers who also game. Sarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung’s Android-based answer to the iPad Pro and Surface Pro (and the discontinued — but not discounted — Pixel Slate). As a premium tablet, the S6 has all the stuff you’d expect: A powerful new processor, a great 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display and quad speakers as well as a new pen and keyboard cover. But it’s all the little extras Samsung packs in that make it more than just another Android tablet. The tablet market in general is in decline but Samsung’s tablet shipments — Android and Windows — remain strong, coming in just behind Apple’s iPad shipments for Q1 2019, according to analyst group IDC. At least part of the slide is attributed to a lack of innovative features within the category, which is something the Tab S6 attempts to attack. The included updated S Pen stylus, for example, can be used as a wireless shutter release for capturing photos and video with the tablet’s dual rear cameras — a first for a Samsung tablet. The pen magnetically snaps strongly to the rear of the tablet for storage and to wirelessly charge it. Samsung says a 10-minute charge will get you through a day of use. The tablet cover also acts like a pen case. Sarah Tew/CNET A Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor gives the Tab S6 more than an 80% CPU boost and more than a 60% graphics boost over the Tab S4. The increased performance is better for day-to-day stuff, but you’ll also see the benefits when using DeX, Samsung’s desktop interface for Android, which makes it feel more like a PC.DeX goes hand in hand with the Tab S6’s new Book Cover Keyboard. A huge improvement over the S4’s keyboard cover, the new version adds a touchpad (DeX has mouse support), a row of function keys and a quick-launch button for DeX. It also has a free-angle kickstand so it can be used in more than one position. Along with working more comfortably, you can work longer. Samsung claims up to 15 hours of battery life and it’ll quick-charge through its USB-C port. The Book Cover’s kickstand lets you work at more than one angle. Sarah Tew/CNET Gaming on the Tab S6 with the Snapdragon 855 is also improved from the S4. A Game Booster with AI capabilities lets you optimize for smoother performance or better image quality on 16:10 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution display. Samsung also has an exclusive partnership with game chat platform Discord so you can live chat through the tablet’s Game Launcher app. There are a handful of other things, too, like the quad speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos and an on-screen fingerprint scanner for quick sign ins. Plus you can wake the table with two taps on the screen. About the only thing missing is a headphone jack. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes in gray, blue and blush. It’ll be available for preorder online at Samsung.com on Aug. 23 and available in stores and online on Sept. 6. The base Wi-Fi-only model has 128GB of storage (microSD expansion available) and 6GB of RAM for $650 or, for $730, you can get 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. The S Pen is included with both, but not the keyboard cover, which costs $180. An LTE version is expected later this year. 0 Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Computers Tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Samsung
The two-wheeler makers Mahindra, Suzuki and Bajaj Auto recorded growth in sales for the month of March, even as the car market in India continues to register decline in sales.For the month of March, the popular Indian two wheeler maker Bajaj Auto sold 3,04,330 as against the 3,01,231 in corresponding month last year, registering an increase of one percent. The companies like Yamaha Motors and Suzuki posted 29 and 19 percent growth in their sales respectively. Yamaha’s March sales zoomed to 46,052 units from 35,782 units last year March and Suzuki sold 30,594 units in March 2014 as against the 25,717 units in March 2013.Other two wheeler maker who recorded growth in sales for the month of March is Mahindra. The company registered 152 percent growth in March, selling 19,591 units. “We have received a good response from the market for all our products. The growing customer satisfaction has led to positive word-of-mouth in the market. Building on the existing goodwill in the market, we expect that the 4 products launched at the Auto Expo – Gixxer, Let’s, V Strom and Inazuma will also show good performance in the upcoming fiscal. We will continue to give the best to our customers,” Motoroids quoted Atul Gupta, Executive Vice President, SMIL.Meanwhile, for the fiscal 2014 (Fy 14), the auto market in the country ended on low note. The car makers in India posted a decline of 4.4 percent for 2013-14.The car manufacturers like Ford, Honda and Nissan are the few players in the domestic who witnessed growth in sales in the last month. While Honda posted highest ever monthly sales in March 2014, recording 83.4 percent increase in its domestic sales at 18,426 units. Japanese car maker Nissan recorded over three fold increase in its sales (Edited by Anu James)
Junior NTR and Kajal Aggarwal in “Temper”https://www.facebook.com/TemperMovieJr NTR’s much celebrated movie “Temper” is now set to clear all the existing record for Telugu cinema behind it. The movie has minted ₹40 crore since its release on 13 February.”The film is turning out to be a blockbuster. In its first week, it has grossed Rs. 40 crore approximately worldwide,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS.Meanwhile, the box office report from the US alone suggest that the movie is going ahead to be the biggest success for Jr NTR in the country.The movie has reportedly grossed $934,467 (approximately ₹5.82 crore) in US and the box office collection for each day is as follows:First weekend Total – $868,223Monday – $47,700Tuesday – $18,544Total – $934,467, approximately ₹5.82 Crore”#Temper [Telugu] – USA: Wknd $ 868,223, Mon $ 47,700, Tue $ 18,544. Total: $ 934,467 [₹ 5.82 cr]. Some screens yet to report,” tweeted industry analyst Taran AdarshMeanwhile, the movie had a decent and a steady run on its sixth day at domestic box office. According to Andhra box office, the film’s run was a little lower than usual in Andhra but is continuing a good run in Nizam and Ceeded.The movie also lost on a few screens at Suresh group theatre after the death of legendary producer Duggabati Ramanaidu. The industry experts feel the film will not collect much on Thursday as the industry will be completely shut down as they pay last respects to the late producer.The movie reportedly has collected around ₹1.7 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Nizam together on Day 6.”Temper” is directed by Puri Jagganath and Jr NTR plays the role of a ruthless and corrupt cop but he changes after meeting the character played by Kajal Aggarwal. How a change is seen in his attitude towards others and within himself forms the crux of the movie.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Monday morning wrapping up her weeklong visit to the United States to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister, which departed Heathrow International Airport in London at 6:50pm (local time), landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:10am (BST).During her visit to the USA, Sheikh Hasina delivered the country statement at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in Bangla demanding immediate and effective implementation of the agreement concluded between Myanmar and the UN over settlement of the ongoing Rohingya crisis.On the sidelines of the UNGA sessions, the prime minister also attended a good number of high-level events and placed some specific proposals in continuation of her previous five-point proposal for resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis.Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. She also joined a welcome reception hosted by US president Donald Trump, while US secretary of state Mike Pompeo met her at her hotel suite in New York.Hasina also had bilateral meetings with world leaders and heads of international organisations, including Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid, Dutch Queen Maxima and the OIC secretary general.During the tour, the prime minister received ‘International Achievement Award’ given by Inter Press Service, a global news agency for her dynamic and farsighted leadership in addressing the Rohingya crisis while Global Hope Coalition conferred upon her the ‘2018 Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award’.Hasina also addressed a press conference and attended a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in the United States.
HM Ershad.AFP file photoThe second namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad on Monday morning, according to UNB.The janaza took place around 10:55am.His body will be taken to the party’s central office at Kakrail to allow Jatiya Party leaders and activists to pay their last tributes. After Asr prayers, the third janaza will be held at the Baitu lMukarram National Mosque.President Abdul Hamid, ministers, members of parliament, senior political leaders from different political parties attended the janaza.The first janaza took place at the Army Central Mosque around 1:45pm on Sunday.Meanwhile, condolence books will be opened at the Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office and the party’s Kakrail central office till 18 July between 11:00am and 4:00pm, said party chairman’s press and political secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy.Ershad, a former military strongman and five-time MP, breathed his last at 7:45am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at the age of 89.His body will be kept at the CMH mortuary. It will be flown to his home district Rangpur on Tuesday where his fourth janaza will be held after Zohr prayers at the Zila School grounds. He will be laid to rest at the Military Graveyard in Banani the same day.Ershad’s Qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan’s Azad mosque.
On Monday’s Houston Matters: A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes a week ago. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez updates us on the latest in the case.Also this hour: Students at HISD’s Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts begin classes in their new downtown campus today. We take a tour of the facility. Then, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller from Texas A&M and the Meyerland Animal Clinic answers your pet care questions.And we discuss went wrong for the Texans in their playoff loss to the Colts — along with other developments in Houston sports.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share