The return of the Festival of Nations is fewer than two weeks away, and organizers are working hard to ensure it will be a memorable Canada Day weekend in Chatham-Kent.Other than paying for food and drink – with many cultural food offerings available – the entire event is free, Festival of Nations co-chair Tracy Callaghan said.“It was important for us to bring a family-friendly event,” she said, “and we wanted it to be at no cost to the community to celebrate the many nations that are here in Chatham-Kent.”She said the free entertainment includes a performance by popular Canadian rockers Loverboy on the night of Sunday, June 30, in Chatham’s Tecumseh Park, where most of the activities will take place. She added the Celtic rockers Mudmen will be the lead-in performers for Loverboy.After a 20 year absence, the three-day event kicks off on Saturday, June 29, with the Festival of Nations Parade, which begins on Sandys Street at 11 a.m.Callaghan said the parade route goes over the Lacroix Street Bridge and then turns left on King Street passing through downtown, leading into Tecumseh Park.There’s more room for parade entries.“We’d like people to be in the parade, even if they’re walkers,” Callaghan said. “We want to demonstrate the many cultures that are in Chatham-Kent.”To enter, go online to www.festivalofnationsck.com and fill out the parade application form.“It’s only $25 for a parade application so it’s pretty easy to do,” Callaghan said.The opening day will be filled with local bands and cultural entertainment alternating on a mains stage and secondary stage.“One of the highlights is the Japanese drums, which we’re pretty excited about,” Callaghan said.Other performers with a cultural flair to be featured on Saturday include the C-K Legion Pipe Band, the Portuguese Canadian Social Club of Chatham dancers and the C-K Asian Cultural Association dancers.A Canadian citizenship ceremony is also taking place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Chatham, which is open to the public.Events wrap up on opening day around 9:15 p.m. to give people time to get over to St. Clair College for a spectacular fireworks show, courtesy of Waste Connections Canada. The 20- to 25-minute display will begin around 10 p.m.The Sunday, June 30, festivities begins at 9 a.m., with an interfaith church service, followed by plenty of local bands and other cultural entertainment happening, leading up to the big show by Loverboy and the Mudmen.Callaghan said Monday, July 1, will feature a free pancake breakfast served up by Chatham-Kent firefighters.“Monday is more of a focus on the kids,” she said, adding some Canada Day-related craft activities are planned.The Festival of Nations will wrap early in the afternoon on Canada Day with a performance by the Canadian Cowgirls, based out of T.J. Stables, led by Terry Jenkins.Callaghan said organizers are working hard to try to build on Festival of Nations for the firstname.lastname@example.org @Chathamnews
Foodspotting lets users upload images of individual dishes from various restaurants, recommend them and discuss them. We covered them here.Bing is working on some new hyperlocal search functions including a Portland, Ore. food cart finder.Eating In? Find the Perfect RecipeThere are plenty of recipe sites on the Web, but here are a few that pack some extra intelligence to help you find what you’re craving – or at least make a meal out of what you have.RecipeKey’s search interface, populated with typical ingredients from my bachelor daysRecipeKey and RecipeMatcher let you input as many items from your pantry as you’d like and get recipe recommendations from your list. Both allow you to filter by meal, cuisine, and other factors. They don’t allow you filter by percentage of ingredients you already have for a meal, but do display that information for every recipe.Example of a RecipeMatcher search resultIf you’re less worried about turning your dregs into delights and just stumped about how to satisfy your craving for something, say, “unusual and spicy” Cookthink lets users search for recipes based not only by ingredient, but by “mood” and other descriptors. It could use some quality control in its tagging system, though. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure shrimp isn’t vegetarian.If you’re a wine lover, or want to be, Epicurious has a new feature we covered recently; the site uses Snooth to power a wine pairing recommendation engine.If All Else FailsWhat the F*** Should I Make for Dinner will give you a random recipe selection from recipe sites from around the Web. Hey, sometimes a little serendipity is a good thing. (Warning: strong language.)Lead image by John Hritz klint finley Hunch is a general purpose recommendation engine can recommend restaurants, recipes and more based on how you answer sets of seemingly unrelated questions – like which sock you put on first. It has recommendations for restaurants in several major cities with filters for cuisine, dietary restrictions, price, which meal you’re looking to eat and whether you’d prefer outdoor seating. Personally, I would like to see the ability to filter by neighborhood or specific address. Once you have your recommendations, you can like or dislike them and add reviews of specific places. The current total number of locations seems a bit small right now, but the service shows promise.LikeMe makes restaurant recommendations based on on the preferences of similar users. We’ve questioned its advertising content before. Whether it has biased reviews or not, it just doesn’t work very well. Adding restaurants and bars that I like is a cumbersome process, and the search algorithm seems weak. For example, searching for “Detour” in “Portland, OR” finds no results in Portland, but “Detour Cafe” yields the desired result. And even though I always specify what city I’m searching in, I constantly get search results in other cities. Also, even having added a few favorite places and connected it with my Facebook page, the people it suggests as being “like me” are all from other cities, making it difficult to find local recommendations. And the auto generated recommendations don’t seem to change based on user feedback, calling further into question the authenticity of the results.Goodrec gives several filters for restaurants, including the ability to filter by only your friends recommendations. Unfortunately, that means getting your friends to sign-up for Goodrec and reviewing restaurants. If you don’t have any friends using the service, it’s just another Yelp-clone.Non-Personalized Review AggregatorsYou probably don’t need us to tell you about leading review aggregators like Yelp, Urbanspoon and Google Local, but there are a few other players doing some interesting things in this area:MisoTrendy finds places that are trending on Foursquare not just where the user currently is, but anywhere they might be considering going. Our coverage of MisoTrendy is here. Where should we eat lunch? What should we have for dinner tonight? Recommendation engines try to match our tastes to music, movies and books – why not help us answer these other eternal questions? Here are a few sites that try to do just that, whether it’s through personalized recommendations restaurant reviews, aggregating restaurant reviews or helping us figure out what to make out of our leftover rice and sprouts. Tags:#Recommendation Engines#web The State of Recommendation Engines is a sponsored content series by BT Buckets, a leader in personalization and onsite behavioral targeting. Check out their solutions.Personalized Restaurant RecommendationsThe number of personalized restaurant recommenders is surprisingly small, and a few services that were in this space have gone away.It’s a shame because there’s so much potential here, particularly in group decision making. For example, an app that could help two or more people find favorite places in common (based on reviews or even check-ins) would be extremely useful. It seems like something a service like Lunchwalla could easily implement. You could even take that up a notch when traveling – use it to predict whether all or most of the members of a group will like certain places that no member of the group as ever been, based on an array of common preferences. Maybe there are some interesting apps out there we just don’t know about? 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Wearable health IT devices have been a hot topic for the past year or so. To find out more about the promise of patient generated health data and what CIOs need to be thinking about, Intel Health & Life Sciences General Manager Eric Dishman sat down with Dr. Andrew Litt from Dell, Dr. Bill Crounse from Microsoft, and Dr. Graham Hughes of SAS to discuss the advent of new wearable health IT devices and the potential impacts on patient care.The above video is the third clip in a series from this conversation. See the other clips on making health IT data actionable and the benefits of health IT analytics.What questions do you have about health IT wearable devices?
M.S. DhoniCaptain CluelessDid Indian captain M.S. Dhoni, 30, get himself banned for the fourth Test to start at Adelaide? During the third Test at Perth, umpire Aleem Dar kept reminding Dhoni that India were two overs behind schedule. To no avail. Contrast this with Australian captain Michael Clarke, 30, who,M.S. DhoniCaptain CluelessDid Indian captain M.S. Dhoni, 30, get himself banned for the fourth Test to start at Adelaide? During the third Test at Perth, umpire Aleem Dar kept reminding Dhoni that India were two overs behind schedule. To no avail. Contrast this with Australian captain Michael Clarke, 30, who may be on a winning streak, but is not done yet. He wants a 4-0 whitewash and is paying individual attention to every player’s needs. Dhoni rarely communicates with his teammates and spends most of his time in the hotel room with wife Sakshi. At the nets, he is often seen doing what he loves most: smiling and bowling. He is happiest when flanked by best friends Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar. Unfortunately, neither is part of the Test team. Dhoni wants to retire from Test matches in 2013, citing fatigue. Well, that’s how the Indian cricket fan feels too.Healing TouchLachy Patterson, the Australian cricket team’s missing media manager, is back in action. Patterson and his wife Louise lost their twin girls before the Boxing Day Test in Mel-bourne. During the match, the Australian team members wore black armbands. The 32-year-old, who was hired by Cricket Australia five years ago, took charge before the third Test in Perth. Journalists from India and Australia offered their condolences.Quotes of the Week”You die, you die. You don’t see which is the better way to die.” M.S. Dhoni, on whether a whitewash in Australia will hurt more than the one in England.advertisement”Practise.” Rahul Dravid, on being asked how he planned to celebrate his 39th birthday.”I am going to tell Sachin to try some other sport if he loves defending.” Sourav Ganguly’s advice to Sachin.Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid practise at the nets.Finally, Some PracticeOn January 17, for the first time during the tour, the entire Indian team was seen at net practice at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground in Perth, even though it was optional. The lethargic body language was gone. No one was resting in the shade. The pacers were taking the requisite 15-20 strides before bowling at the nets and the batsmen were padded up, unlike in the past. One thing was unchanged though. Coach Duncan Fletcher did not speak much, merely observing the players from a quiet corner.HIT WICKETViewers in Western Australia, who switched on their TV sets to watch the Aussies romp to an easy win at the waca on Day 3 of the third Test, were in for a shock. Channel 9, the official broadcaster of the match, decided to air a special surfing event instead of the match because they wanted a crowd at the stadium.Find of the SeriesAfter the first Test in Melbourne, Umesh Yadav, the 24-year-old coal miner’s son from Nagpur, said: “Australia ko khol ke rakh dunga (we will tear the Australians apart).” He kept his word. In the last three Tests, he has scalped 13 wickets, including a five-wicket haul in Perth. He is spending a lot of time with his mentor and former Indian pace bowler Subroto Banerjee, who is in Australia now. If only he had some support from the famed Indian batting line-up.Sakshi sports a Mahi tattoo on her neck.Love BiteM.S. Dhoni’s wife Sakshi, 23, not only got a “Mahi” tattoo on her neck, she also posted pictures on her Facebook profile. Indian cricket’s first lady has been travelling with Dhoni since the beginning of the tour Down Under and the couple is inseparable off the field.Virender SehwagNo nets for NawabRahul Dravid says there is no rift between M.S. Dhoni and his deputy Virender Sehwag. But the two are barely talking to each other, on and off the field. A day before the third Test in Perth, Sehwag faced only six balls in the nets before calling it a day. India lost the Perth Test by an innings and 37 runs and Sehwag scored a duck in the first innings and 10 in the second. That did not stop him from taking wife Aarti and four-year-old son Aryavir out shopping the very next day. He better be careful of excess baggage, especially with the family help booked into a separate room at the hotel.Zaheer KhanFamily FirstZaheer Khan is waiting for the Australian tour to end, but for a different reason. Khan and his on-off girlfriend, dancer-actor Isha Sharvani, 27, have decided to tie the knot by end-March.Isha SharvaniDaughter of Australian composer Devissaro and Indian dancer Daksha Seth, Sharvani’s family is currently based in Thiruvananthapuram. Both families recently met and finalised wedding plans.advertisement
10AustraliaD88.7 TEAMGROUPWSPI 20ColombiaF78.0 Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.On Saturday, two dozen women’s national soccer teams — the most ever to be featured in the same tournament — will begin play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Previous women’s tournaments featured 12 or 16 teams, and back then, simply rooting for the good ol’ U.S. of A. would typically have earned you a championship run — if not the full victory tour.But if you’re an American hoping for an easy bet, this isn’t the tournament for you. There is no favorite.That doesn’t mean there aren’t front-runners. The United States and Germany, the only countries with two World Cup championships, enter the tournament with almost equal chances of winning a third title: 28 percent and 27 percent, respectively, according to our forecasting model, which uses game-based offensive and defensive ratings to estimate a team’s overall skill level. The U.S.’s slight advantage over Germany — despite Germany’s stronger power rating in our model — is because Germany is more likely to face a very strong French side in the quarterfinals.The U.S. and Germany are no strangers; one has eliminated the other in three out of the six World Cups. At the first Women’s World Cup, in 1991, the U.S. defeated Germany 5-2 in the semifinals in what has been the U.S.’s most-lopsided victory over Germany in a competitive match. Eight years later (at the infamous 1999 World Cup), the Americans beat the Germans again, this time 3-2 in the quarterfinals.By 2003, the Germans were fed up. They routed the U.S. 3-0 in the semifinals — on American soil, no less — and went on to win the tournament.It’s been 12 years since the two have crossed paths at a World Cup. This year, each has about a 40 percent chance of making it to the final. That the U.S. and Germany are ahead of the pack is clear, but if you’re hoping for a U.S.-Germany final, don’t hold your breath1According to the model, there’s a 27 percent chance that they will meet in the semifinals and a 7 percent chance that they will meet in the final. — the road to Vancouver will be riddled with former champions and dark horses making their World Cup debut.Japan, the 2011 champion, is the next-most-likely team to win, with a 10 percent chance.2If it wins, Japan will be just the second country (after Germany) to win back-to-back World Cups. France isn’t far behind, with an 8 percent chance of winning the tournament. And if its recent performances in friendlies against the U.S., Germany and Brazil are any indication, France may do even better than expected.With home-field advantage working in its favor, host-nation Canada has a 7 percent chance of winning. The Brazilians, once World Cup bridesmaids, have a 6 percent chance, and the Swedes have a 5 percent chance of winning. After that, the field drops off considerably — only England, Norway and Australia have more than a 1 percent chance of winning — and the 24-team tournament begins to look more like a 10-team tournament. To our knowledge, this is the first-ever forecast of a Women’s World Cup (if you’ve seen one done before, please tell us in the comments!). Our projections are based on what we’re calling the Women’s Soccer Power Index (WSPI), a simplified version of the Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings that FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver developed for men’s soccer a few years back.Unlike SPI, WSPI doesn’t use player data from club games — that data either doesn’t exist (many women’s leagues have folded and started up again) or doesn’t have enough historical context to be meaningful. Instead, our Women’s World Cup model takes into account 8,000 competitive and friendly international matches that have been played since 1971. Below, we take a closer look at each group, breaking down the chances of each team advancing from the group stage to the knockout rounds and where each team’s WSPI ranks. 24EcuadorC63.3 6SwedenD91.6 14SpainE84.7 7CanadaA90.1 8EnglandF89.6 9NorwayB88.7 2USAD95.4 3JapanC92.7 15South KoreaE84.3 4FranceF92.4 Bonus Hot Takedown Podcast: Allison McCann talks with ESPN’s Julie Foudy and USWNT players Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press. Subscribe on iTunes.Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/hottakedown_150504_wwcspecial.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 21Ivory CoastB75.6 18MexicoF81.1 13ChinaA85.2 1GermanyB95.6 Group A: Canada, Netherlands, China, New ZealandGroup A has the second-highest average WSPI (86.0) but the smallest standard deviation of WSPI within any of the groups (3.1 points), meaning that the teams are evenly matched. Canada is the most likely team to win Group A (59 percent) — and is even more likely to advance to the knockout rounds (93 percent). The team is led by star striker Christine Sinclair, who you might recall as the player who absolutely thrashed the U.S. backline at the 2012 Olympic semifinal, scoring three goals (two with her head):The Dutch, appearing in their first World Cup, have a 69 percent chance of advancing beyond the group stage, and a young, technical Chinese team isn’t far behind, with a 64 percent chance. The weakest team in Group A, New Zealand, is quick and scrappy and could advance with a wild-card third-place spot — but it will more likely than not be eliminated (a 53 percent chance).Game to watch: Canada (58 percent chance of winning) vs. the Netherlands (20 percent), June 15Players to watch: Christine Sinclair (Canada), Manon Melis (Netherlands)Group B: Germany, Norway, Ivory Coast, ThailandGroup B is one of the most-lopsided groups: Germany and Norway are almost guaranteed to advance (with chances of more than 99 percent and 95 percent, respectively), while the Ivory Coast and Thailand will need a minor miracle to survive (their chances of being eliminated are 59 percent and 86 percent, respectively). Germany has the highest WSPI of any team in the tournament, 95.6, although it’s without the 2015 World Player of the Year, Nadine Kessler.3WSPI doesn’t take injuries into account. Thailand, meanwhile, has the second-lowest WSPI of any team in the tournament, 68.0, so Group B is likely to feature some blowout games (Germany’s chances of beating Thailand are 95 percent).Norway looked strong against the U.S. at the Algarve Cup in March, losing 2-1, but is likely to earn the second-place spot in Group B (69 percent). That would lead to a match against the second-place team from Group F (most likely England). The Ivory Coast is most likely to place third in this group (57 percent), with an almost equal chance of advancing or being eliminated from that spot. Thailand will likely take quite a beating in Group B — the highest chance it has of winning a game in the group stage is 23 percent, against the Ivory Coast.Game to watch: Germany (70 percent) vs. Norway (12 percent), June 11Players to watch: Ada Hegerberg (Norway), Nadine Angerer (Germany)Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, EcuadorThis is the weakest group in the tournament, with an average WSPI rating of 79.8; three of the four teams in Group C are appearing in their first World Cup. The 2011 champions, Japan, should breeze through (they have more than a 99 percent chance of advancing). The team plays a highly technical style of soccer that focuses on quick, short passing and lots of midfield movement, thanks to Aya Miyama’s ability to move the ball seamlessly between the back and front lines.Switzerland is one of the most exciting additions to this year’s World Cup, and the newcomers have an 87 percent chance of making it to the knockout round — in part because of the fast, strong and skillful striker Ramona Bachmann. Cameroon looked promising at the African Women’s Championship, conceding just one goal in the group stage and finishing in second place behind Nigeria. Cameroon has a pretty good chance of advancing (72 percent). Ecuador, however, is the weakest team in the tournament. It has a WSPI rating of 63.3, having barely qualified by beating Trinidad and Tobago for the last spot.Game to watch: Japan (69 percent) vs. Switzerland (13 percent), June 8Players to watch: Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland), Aya Miyama (Japan)Group D: U.S., Sweden, Australia, NigeriaWe labeled this the Group of Death after the draw in December, and Group D’s average WSPI rating (90.4) backs that up: There are no bad teams here. The U.S. is the most likely team to win the group (a 65 percent chance), but it will have to get past a very strong Swedish team — helmed by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. Although the Swedes have only a 20 percent chance of beating the U.S. in the group stage, they’re very likely to advance from Group D: a 79 percent chance.The bottom two teams here, Australia and Nigeria, are still very solid, with WSPI ratings of 88.7 and 85.7, both above the median tournament rating. The Aussies are strong and athletic, and who knows — maybe striker Lisa De Vanna has another bicycle kick goal or two she’ll unleash to increase the chances that her team makes it out of this group (it has a 58 percent chance now). Nigeria won the African Women’s Championship and has a standout in youngster Asisat Oshoala, who recently won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Award. But the Nigerians’ chances, even with Oshoala, look grim: They have a 62 percent chance of being eliminated.Game to watch: U.S. (58 percent) vs. Sweden (20 percent), June 12Players to watch: Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christen Press (U.S.), Lisa De Vanna (Australia)Group E: Brazil, Spain, South Korea, Costa RicaBrazil came close to World Cup glory in 2007 but made a disappointing return in 2011, losing in the quarterfinals. The Brazilians remain almost a surefire bet to advance from Group E (98 percent), but their chances of making it to the championship match are another story (only 15 percent). Let’s wait and see what five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta has in store.Spain and Costa Rica are two more new additions to the tournament, but Spain’s prospects are a lot better than Costa Rica’s. Spain has a 77 percent chance of advancing, compared with Costa Rica’s 20 percent. Spanish forward Vero Boquete will be riding high into the World Cup, having recently clinched a UEFA Women’s Champions League title with her club 1. FFC Frankfurt. Shirley Cruz Traña, who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain, will be Costa Rica’s best shot at making it out of Group E.Last but certainly not least in Group E are the South Koreans, who held the U.S. to a scoreless draw last weekend. They are about as likely to advance as Spain, with a 75 percent chance of doing so.Game to watch: Brazil (64 percent) vs. Spain (16 percent), June 13Players to watch: Marta (Brazil), Vero Boquete (Spain)Group F: France, England, Mexico, ColombiaThe final group is another solid mix of teams with an average WSPI rating of 85.3, the third highest in the tournament. The top two teams — France and England — will face off again at a World Cup: France knocked out England in the 2011 tournament quarterfinals. These are the two teams most likely to advance: 97 percent chance for France and 90 percent for England. France has been my not-so-dark horse for 2015; the team is technical, physical and fast, and Louisa Nécib and Eugénie Le Sommer are fantastic together.Mexico came out strong in a recent friendly against the U.S., holding on in the first half before flaming out 5-1 in the end. The team has less than a 50 percent chance of advancing from Group F, but that’s still better than Colombia’s 32 percent chance. A breakout performance by Colombia’s Yoreli Rincón could help Las Chicas Superpoderosas’ chances, but it’s more likely that they’ll be eliminated: a 68 percent chance.Game to watch: France (50 percent) vs. England (27 percent), June 9Players to watch: Eugénie Le Sommer (France), Yoreli Rincón (Colombia) 23ThailandB68.0 22Costa RicaE72.8 5BrazilE92.2 12NigeriaD85.7 17New ZealandA82.5 16SwitzerlandC83.7 11NetherlandsA86.2 19CameroonC79.3
The American Society of Magazine Editors today unveiled the finalists for the 2010 Best Cover Contest. The finalists carrying the most number of nominations include New York (six), the New York Times Magazine (five) and The New Yorker (five).This year’s categories include: News & Business, Most Controversial; Sports & Fitness; Lifestyle; Science, Technology & Nature; House & Home; Fashion & Beauty; Funniest; Entertainment & Celebrity; Most Delicious; Sexiest; and Best Vampire (a nod to the numerous covers featuring characters from the increasingly popular vampire-themed movies and TV programs). Magazine covers were eligible if they appeared on issues dated from June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010. Among other magazines with multiple nominations are GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and Vanity Fair. Following suit from last year, ASME has turned over voting to customers at Amazon.com. The covers will be posted on the site for 30 days starting September 1 and its customers will vote for their favorite in each category, then for Cover of the Year from among the 12 category winners. The awards will be announced on October 3 at the MPA’s American Magazine Conference in Chicago.Last year, Rolling Stone’s July 10-24 issue featuring a smiling Barack Obama was named Best Cover of the year (pictured).Click here for the full list of finalists. Amazon.com customers will be able to vote here.
“While media is essential to our business, our industry-leading brands have been able to take advantage of our extensive pool of strategic resources to provide clients with business solutions that include much more,” Harry Stagnito, President and CEO, says in a release.More on this topic Stagnito Media Expands Research Services with Carbonview Acquisition Stagnito Business Information, Edgell Communications Merged, Sold to PE Firm Stagnito Media Acquires Tesoro Business Media Stagnito Buys Canadian Brands From Fulcrum Media Stagnito Media Buys Three Titles in Private Label Retail Market Stagnito Buys Nielsen’s Food MagazinesJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered by Stagnito Media is now Stagnito Business Information. The company announced the new name on March 18, and points to its changing profile as motivation. Stagnito has been busy since Topspin LBO acquired it in Jan. 2012. At that time, the grocery and retail publisher was growing at a 26 percent year-over-year pace. Also, last year it branched out by acquiring Tesoro Business Media and Carbonview, a research company that focuses on packaged goods.The company says it wants to better reflect its holistic offerings, which includes print and digital media, research, data services and live events. It’s also complementing the new name with a tagline that reads “Integrated Retail Intelligence.” Right now the portfolio is skewed heavily towards media, but the tagline suggests data and research will be a big area of interest moving forward.Evidence of that is the previously mentioned acquisition of Carbonview last fall.
The deal signed between Indian e-commerce Flipkart and US retail giant Walmart has not gone down well with farmers and traders in India. More than 7 lakh farmers, workers and traders backed by political organisations are expected to take to the streets in a countrywide protest on July 2. Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) which is organizing the protest, informed Business Standard that the protest is likely to see participation from the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), a number of farmer rights bodies, and smaller trader unions.Over 1000 simultaneous protests are planned where more than 7 lakh people are expected to join nationwide.Walmart acquired a 77-percent controlling stake in Flipkart for a whopping $16 billion in may earlier this year. The deal, however, is expected to be closed only by the end of 2018, with Walmart taking over India’s biggest online marketplace. The logo of India’s largest online marketplace Flipkart is seen on a building in Bengaluru, India, April 22, 2015.ReutersWhile on one side, the US-based company is feeling the heat after its decision to infuse whopping $16 billion in a firm which is yet to make a profit, making it worse for the company is the traders’ unions in India. Many have filed multiple petitions against Walmart across the country.Traders in the country are leaving no stone unturned to thwart one of the biggest e-commerce investments in India. If Walmart enters the Indian market, multiple small industries and business sectors are expected to take a big hit.The battle between Indian traders and e-commerce giants intensifiesDifferent government agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Competition Commission of India (CCI), Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Income Tax Department have been receiving complaints from the traders and farmers organization all across the country.Traders in India have accused e-commerce players like Flipkart and Amazon of manipulating their business laws, giving out exorbitant discounts, owning inventory, etc. in order to extract maximum profits. The traders are already facing heavy losses due to high discounts provided by the online marketplaces. Amazon logoReutersWalmart is aggressively pushing to make inroads in the Indian market to counter its main competitor, Amazon.The saturated US market has forced the retail giant to looks for further potential growth elsewhere, especially in emerging economies. With China continuously blocking its entry to the Chinese market, Walmart has shifted its focus to India instead. They’re concentrating on expanding operations in India through investing in the local e-commerce companies.Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart operates a chain of discount department stores, hypermarkets and grocery stores.
The Audi logo is pictured during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles.ReutersThe automobile market in India is witnessing a fall in the number of cars being sold and the most affected of all is the luxury carmaker Audi. The German auto company has put its further investments in the country on hold due to the fluctuations in the market.Rahil Ansari, head of Audi India told Economic Times that the investments in the country are not confirmed at the moment as any decision would be taken on the basis of how the market develops, during the inauguration of a sales outlet in Gurgaon. He also mentioned that last year the company sold 6,463 units which don’t justify the idea of making commitments of investing in the country in the future, said Ansari.The company, however, decided upon taking a sustainable path that can bring back the overall volume of sales to 10,000 units, provided the taxes and customer satisfaction see a substantial improvement. Representational ImageINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe slow pace of the local market may affect Audi’s annual sales to see a dip in 2019. The recent inauguration of a sales outlet would help boost the demand for the luxury car among the Indian public.To recover from this, the company will launch 10 vehicles and special edition vehicles that will contribute to more sales. During the event, Ansari admitted that he doesn’t see a very positive progress for at least one year. But the company is hoping on redeeming its losses in the second half of 2019.The idea for a proposed recovery plan is to launch more petrol, hybrid and fully electric cars as the introduction of 2020 BS-VI norms will make diesel cars costlier as the taxes levied in the norm cannot be adhered to by the manufacturer. This means the consumer would end up paying lot more than the actual price which can decline the sales of the luxury brand. Audi PB18 e-tron conceptHowever, to give their best shot in fighting BS-VI, Audi has decided to launch the A6 and A8 sedans in the second half of this year, alongside its fully electric e-Tron which is a plan yet to work out.