Raiders’ triumph over Chargers shows there’s more than one way to win

first_imgOAKLAND — We take a break from the Raiders regularly scheduled program for something completely different.Tellingly, it came with the same result.The Raiders beat the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 at the Coliseum, bringing down the curtain on prime time games in Oakland. They’re 5-4, with upcoming games against Cincinnati (0-8) and the New York Jets (1-7) and no sane person can deny the Raiders have put themselves in position to make a run at the postseason.It wasn’t so much that the Raiders …last_img read more

Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality

first_imgMercedes-Benz South Africa received theplatinum in international award, from JDPower and Associates US Initial QualityStudy. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Hansgeorg Niefer Mercedes-Benz South Africa+27 43 706 9111 RELATED ARTICLES • Business school to expand in Africa • SA and US to educate executives • Capitec gets nod from Swiss • SA chocolates for all Oscar starsNosimilo RamelaThe South African division of global vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has won a platinum award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in the world supplying the US market.This is the second consecutive year in which Mercedes-Benz South Africa‘s (MBSA) plant in the Eastern Cape, which produces the C-Class Mercedes model for the local and US market, has been given a quality award by the JD Power and Associates US Initial Quality Study (IQS).In 2009, the plant was awarded the IQS gold quality award for manufacturing vehicles which had the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in Europe and Africa that serves the US market.“To receive such an award despite the relentless pressure and stresses of the global recession over the past two years, points to the brilliant quality of our people and processes,” said Hansgeorg Niefer, president and chief executive officer of MBSA.The IQS study looked at problems experienced by owners and lessees of the C-Class in two categories: design-related problems, and defects and malfunctions. Plants are rewarded based on their limited defects and malfunction.The study was conducted between February and May 2010. Based on responses from 82 000 US users of the 2010 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of use, MBSA’s East London plant had only 28 defects per 100 vehicles, putting it at the top of all global plants serving the US market.“Daimler’s East London plant has been a top performing plant and its achievement in 2010 is particularly impressive,” said Brian Walters, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations at JD Power and Associates. MBSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.“Daimler’s rigorous quality management processes are a key reason for why the brand has been able to assemble consistently high-quality vehicles in different regions of the world.”Best in South AfricaThe East London plant has also come out tops in the JD Power and Associates South Africa IQS, based on responses from South African users.The plant was ranked highest among South African automotive plants in initial quality in the 2007 and 2008 South Africa IQS studies.The C-Class was also rated highest in the Entry Premium Car segment, with the A-Class also managing a repeat award ranking top of the upper small car segment in quality.Four other Mercedes models have won second place in the JD Power and Associates 2010 US IQS study. They are:•    E-Class in the Midsize Premium Car category•    S-Class in the Large Premium Car category•    E-Class Coupe in the Compact Premium Sporty Car category•    GL-Class in the Large Premium Crossover/SUV category.last_img read more

[Infographic] Welcome To The, Um, Second Social Media Election

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The 2012 U.S. presidential election isn’t the nation’s first social media election. This time around, though, the contest is shaping up to be a newsfeeding frenzy.There are lots of ways to participate in the upcoming election online, but social media provides more opportunities than ever. Four years ago, slightly more than 20 percent of U.S. citizens used social networks. That number has snowballed to 50. Since 2008, Facebook membership has increased nearly 10 times, Twitter membership by a factor of five. Barak Obama’s list of friends and followers has ballooned by an order of magnitude. Similarly, Mitt Romney has more than 10 times as many as John McCain did last time around (though still only about a pitiable quarter of the incumbent’s social-network following).How are the candidates taking advantage of all their newfound connections? Not so well.See also: How To Watch The U.S. Presidential Debates OnlineAt first glance, the president appears to be on the ball: He tweets 29 times a day to his challenger’s one. That said, Barry’s tweets are boilerplate newsbites reported in the third person, clearly written by a harried flack. Mittens’, on the other hand, are somewhat personal statements in his own somewhat combative voice. (I know which candidate I’d subscribe to, if I were in a subscribing mood – never mind which one I support.)For more perspective on how social media is shaping Election 2012, check out this fascinating infographic from marketing firm Vertical Measures. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit ted greenwald Tags:#Social Web#web last_img read more

Governor Vohra urges parties to ensure peace in Kashmir

first_imgAt an all-party meeting called to seek the opinion of political representatives on Jammu and Kashmir governance, Governor N.N. Vohra was advised by regional parties against any “hot pursuit policy.”Mr. Vohra, who chaired the meeting in Srinagar on Friday, in turn, asked the parties to play a role in “motivating the youth to shun the path of violence.”Vijay Kumar reviews securityThe day also saw retired IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar, who assumed office as adviser to Mr. Vohra, reviewing the security situation in the Valley at a meeting attended by Director General of Police S.P. Vaid, the Director-General of Prisons, the special DG and other officers, an official spokesman said.A Raj Bhawan spokesman said the issues of internal security, law and order, development, educational problems, Amarnath Yatra and the current political scenario were discussed at the all-party meeting.Also Read Jaitley defends Centre’s ‘muscular’ policy in J&K Reviewing the security situation, Mr. Vijay Kumar stressed on close synergy between security agencies for maintaining peace and called for better security management of prisons viz-a-viz modern gadgetry and infrastructure, the official spokesman said.Mr. Kumar, a 1975 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, had served in the Kashmir Valley as Inspector General of the Border Security Force in 1998-2001 when the force was actively involved in counter-militancy operations.He was till recently holding the post of senior security adviser in the Ministry of Home Affairs.(with inputs from PTI )  Democratic Nationalist Party chief G.H. Mir said the main aim of the all-party meeting was to find ways to improve the situation in the State and all political parties gave inputs on how to do it.“The parties suggested measures to restore peace and offered to support any initiative towards achieving this goal. Violence and killings will not achieve anything,” he said.Other leaders who attended the meeting included BJP State president Sat Sharma, PDP’s Dilawar Mir and CPI(M) State secretary Ghulam Nabi Malik. Independent MLA Engineer Rashid claimed he was not invited.Mehbooba on KathuaFormer Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who also had a separate meeting with Mr. Vohra, raised the issues of Article 35(A) and the Kathua rape and murder case.In her first meeting with Mr. Vohra since demitting the office earlier this week, Ms. Mufti reportedly told Mr. Vohra that she hoped cases related to the 35-A and Article 370, pending before the courts, “will be pursued with the same zest”.“The Kathua case should be followed seriously and professionally so that the culprits are punished as per the law ,” she requested Mr. Vohra.“My party is hopeful that under Mr. Vohra’s command, the things in the State will not be allowed to go out of control and the situation will be approached with care and caution,” said Ms. Mufti.Also Read  Mr. Vohra sought the cooperation of all stakeholders for the restoration of peace and tranquillity, the spokesman said.Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, representing his party, the National Conference, and other parties, including the Panthers Party, called for an immediate dissolution of the Assembly and a conducive atmosphere for early elections, sources said.Mr. Abdullah urged the Governor to take confidence-building measures and ensure that there was zero-tolerance towards human rights violations.Panthers Party’s Harsh Dev Singh said, “No political party or political combination has the number to stake claim to power. Therefore, the Assembly should be dissolved.”However, both the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with 28 seats and the BJP with 25 seats in the 87-seat Assembly maintained silence on the issue.Congress alleges misrule by BJP and PDPThe Congress alleged that the ‘misrule’ due to “the unholy alliance between the PDP and the BJP had caused damage to the State,” the sources said.However, while the Congress favoured fresh elections, the party lhas eft the decision to the Governor, Pradesh Congress Committee president G.A. Mir said.Also Read No mercy for Kashmir stone throwers: Centre Militants killed in Anantnag just a small gang of Islamic State-inspired men: J&K police officerlast_img read more

Ford EcoSport Signature Edition launched in India at Rs 9.26 lakh

first_imgWith the festive season kick-started in India, Ford has launched a new Signature Edition to their popular compact SUV, EcoSport at Rs 9.26 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The all new EcoSport Signature Edition will come with cosmetic changes but will sport the same engine under the hood. The Black Titanium variant of Ford EcoSport Signature Edition will also include Rs 37,894 worth of accessories.Design:The all new Ford EcoSport Signature Edition will come with refreshed design and a sporty exterior and interior layout giving the EcoSport a brand new look.Ford EcoSport Signature Edition with redesigned black grille.In the front, the all new LED DRLs will come with a string of five LED lights below the fog lamp bezel to give the Signature Edition of the EcoSport a sport appeal.  Moreover, the new edition EcoSport will also come with redesigned front and rear bumper adding to the sporty look. The EcoSport Signature Edition also gets new body graphics on the doors, which makes the new variant of EcoSport trendy and different, considering the festive season. The Signature Edition also gets illuminated scuff plates in the front.On the inside, the new Signature Edition gets black vinyl seat covers with red stitching.the all new LED DRLs will come with a string of five LED lights below the fog lamp bezel to give the Signature Edition of the EcoSport a sport appeal.Engine:Power to the all new Ford EcoSport Signature Edition will come from 1.5L TDCi diesel engine, that produces 99 bhp and 205 Nm, mated to either five-speed manual transmission and a six-speed dual clutch PowerShift automatic transmission.advertisementFord EcoSport also comes with a 1.0L EcoBoost petrol engine with peak power of 123bhp and peak torque of 170Nm, mated to five-speed manual transmission, the 1.5L TiVCT petrol engine churns out 109bhp of peak power and 140Nm of peak torque, mated to either five speed- manual or automatic transmission, while the 1.5L TDCi diesel engine comes with 99 bhp and 205 Nm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission.Ford EcoSport Signature Edition will come with black mirror covers.Features:The all new Ford EcoSport Signature Edition will come with the same design seen in the Black edition, launched a few months back. These include all-black exteriors including a black grille; black-out moulded headlamps, 16-inch black alloy wheels, black mirror covers, black fog lamp bezel, black roof rails and roof cross bars.Moreover, the all new Signature Edition will also come with SYNC with AppLink, along with six airbags for an enhanced level of protection for the driver and as well passengers.The all new Ford EcoSport Signature Edition will come with 16-inch black alloy wheels.With this, the all new Ford EcoSport Signature Edition gets trendier and sportier.last_img read more

JEEP Lauded in the House

first_imgMinister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, has lauded the work being done under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) in the various constituencies across the island.“One of the interesting things about the JEEP is that even though you are spending far less money than the big ticket items in the Ministry, I believe it has been shown to have more impact than the big projects,” Dr. Davies said.The Minister was closing the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 2.During the Sectoral Debate, which commenced in April, Members of Parliament highlighted the impact that the JEEP has had on their constituencies.“It has been demonstrated that Members of Parliament can have a say in actual expenditure taking place within their constituencies,” Dr. Davies pointed out.The JEEP was launched by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on March 22 last year, in Kingston.It is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to the chronic unemployment status of some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic strata, persons with special needs as well as those with low skills levels.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies has called for a change in the way Sectoral Debates are conducted in the House of Representatives.“I think we need to have a shorter Sectoral Debate where we focus on sectoral issues, policy issues on both sides and then we should structure a period for presentations about constituency matters. But to try and mix them, I think this debate has shown that it hasn’t worked,” he argued.The Sectoral Debate, which followed the Budget Debate, allowed all Members of Parliament to speak on a wide range of policy and constituency issues.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more