BrazilAmericas Organisation News RSF_en Follow the news on Brazil BrazilAmericas The daily paper A Folha de São Paulo and one of its reporters, Elvira Lobato, is facing about 50 individual suits filed in more than 20 of the country’s states after she wrote about the church’s finances. The Rio de Janeiro daily Extra and its editor, Bruno Thys, and the Salvador de Bahia (northeastern Brazil) daily A Tarde and one of its reporters, Valmar Hupsel Filho, have had 40 suits filed against them for reporting that a IURD member defiled a Catholic religious image. “Press freedom allows anyone to respond to what they consider defamation, but such a concerted legal campaign is different from normal defence,” the organisation said. “Why has the IURD not filed a single lawsuit against each paper? The mass individual litigation looks like concerted harassment of the media. A religious argument is also not valid in the suit against A Folha de São Paulo. We declare our support for the three newspapers.” Lobato reported in A Folha de São Paulo last 15 December about the hugely-wealthy IURD’s links with tax havens. She did not name any church member or discuss its doctrines. But some 50 IURD members said their religious beliefs were “insulted” and each filed a lawsuit. The paper says the scattering of the cases over many states all at the same time makes an effective defence impossible. The judiciary has rejected the papers’ request for the suits to be merged into one. However Lobato and A Folha have already won five of the cases.The 35 complaints filed against A Tarde and Hupsel Filho and the five against Thys and Extra follow reports in the two papers last December of the defiling of a Catholic image in a Salvador de Bahia church. The IURD says the reports amounted to “incitement to hatred” of its followers. The IURD TV station TV Record attacked the daily O Globo this month (17 February) for calling the IURD a sect. The station screened a photo of Lobato.Brazilian journalists have backed the three papers. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said on 19 February that “press freedom means the press can write what it likes but also allows those who think they have been wronged to take legal action to prove their innocence.” News April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts Reports Help by sharing this information News May 13, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Evangelical church loses two more lawsuits against São Paulo daily 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies A Folha de São Paulo won two more court victories on 22 February against the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (IURD), one of Brazil’s most influential evangelical churches, which has launched around 60 lawsuits against the daily in a total of 20 states. The newspaper already won five of these cases, which were prompted by an article in December about the church’s sizable assets. The actions have all been brought by individual members of the church, who claim the article “offended” their religious sentiments.One of the two latest cases was in Tarauacá, in the western Amazonian state of Acre, where judge Romário Divino Faria ruled that IURD member Cléber Andrade dos Santos “was not offended on an individual basis.” In Cianorte, in the southern state of Paraná, judge Fabiano Berbel dismissed the suit brought by Jackson Luis Gonçalves. Two other daily newspapers, the Rio de Janeiro-based Extra and the Salvador da Bahia-based A Tarde, have meanwhile been the target of 40 lawsuits over their reports of a case in which an IURD member profaned images in a Catholic church in the northeastern state of Bahia.All these lawsuits have been brought under a 1967 press law under which journalists can be imprisoned for defamation and insulting comments. Inherited from the former military dictatorship, the law has effectively lapsed. Federal supreme court judge Carlos Ayres Britto suspended application of 20 of its 77 articles on 21 February in a ruling issued independently of the IURD lawsuits. His decision, which is awaiting confirmation by the court in a plenary session, could speed the adoption of a bill presented in December by federal parliamentarian Miro Teixeira that would completely overturn the provisions of the 1967 law.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the latest rulings in favour of A Folha de São Paulo and, like Brazil’s journalists’ organisations, hopes that the Teixeira bill will be quickly debated and adopted.————————–21.02.08 – Unjustified lawsuits by church against press condemnedReporters Without Border today condemned the “harassment” of three journalists and their newspapers by followers of the Brazil-based evangelical Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus – IURD), who have filed dozens of lawsuits against the media. Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Problem is, the 30th anniversary of the 1988 World Series championship is also a glaring reminder that they haven’t won one since. How many Dodgers fans are reminded of 1988 and think instead of 2017, of Games 2 and 5 and 7 and the one that got away?And how many of those same fans growl about standing pat and staying under the luxury tax threshold over the winter, and just where that has put the Dodgers in the second week of May?Yeah, we know. Injuries. Many injuries. Justin Turner’s imminent rehab stint at Rancho Cucamonga, which begins Saturday, represents the first bit of really good health news the Dodgers have had since reporting to Camelback Ranch in mid-February.But it’s worth considering that this is more than just the worst kind of World Series hangover (i.e., one where you didn’t even get to consume the champagne). It might also be a consequence of organizational arrogance.The idea that you can just plug any arms into the setup spots in the bullpen isn’t guaranteed to work, as we’ve seen. And assuming the team will heat up at some undetermined point in the future, or that it will be there in October just because it has the last five seasons, is not a sound organizational strategy. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — First of all, let’s get the updated terminology out of the way. The Dodgers are staging “Alumni Weekend” during the current series with the Reds.(Funny, but most of us who are chronologically challenged happen to think the title “Oldtimers Day” works just fine. Maybe the club feels its target audience responds best to a description more suited to cheerleaders and letter jackets and Homecoming.)Bottom line: When you can’t brag about the product on the field, sell nostalgia. Granted, the Dodgers didn’t anticipate when they scheduled Oldti … er, Alumni Weekend that they’d be six games under .500 after Friday night’s 6-2 loss to Cincinnati. Or that they’d be eight games behind division-leading Arizona and in jeopardy of already losing series to three of the National League’s bottom feeders, the Marlins, Padres and Reds.See those bright shiny objects, Dodgers fans? Gibson’s home run. Orel’s scoreless streak. The Stuntmen. Pay no attention to what’s currently behind the blue curtain. Stretches like this, of course, make things seem worse than they might really be. But it’s pretty grisly.In their last 11 games, including Friday night, the Dodgers are hitting .173 with men in scoring position (16 for 92, including 1 for 7 in this game). In losing five of six they’ve ended innings with 35 men stranded in scoring position.The nadir might have been Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks, when they blew prime scoring chances in the 10th and 11th innings and lost on Daniel Descalso’s three-run bomb in the 12th.(Oh, and by the way, the bullpen ERA even after 4-1/3 scoreless innings Friday night is 4.35, which is in the lower third of the league. For perspective, the 2005 Dodgers finished with a bullpen ERA of 4.42, and even in their recent shaky years they haven’t been this bad. As noted, dumpster diving for relief arms carries with it some risk.)Thursday night, after a 4-1 loss to the Reds in which the team seemed to be in some kind of mass malaise, Manager Dave Roberts was frustrated with the effort. After Friday night’s loss, he kept repeating the phrase, “It’s just not happening right now.”Earlier in the day, he said: “When there’s certain expectations, you want to realize them, and right now we’re not.”At some point, will we need to downsize those expectations?Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Friday night’s lineup card represented one attempt to shake things up. Chris Taylor was dropped to the No. 6 spot, only the third time in 38 games he wasn’t leading off. Chase Utley moved into the top spot and Yasiel Puig was dropped to the No. 8 hole for the first time this season.It didn’t help Taylor much. He tripled and scored but also struck out three times, twice looking, to run his strikeout total for the season to 42. Many of those have been called third strikes, and he does not come close to resembling the confident hitter who had a breakout year in 2017.So what’s next? Picking the lineup out of a hat, or via a dartboard? Or does Roberts just go full Tommy Lasorda and replace Chris Woodward as third base coach for a game or two one of these nights?(As those who have returned for Alumni Weekend are well aware, Tommy tended to save that tactic for nationally televised games. Draw your own conclusions.)Related Articles But it’s different now. Managers don’t scream at their players, at least that we know of. They definitely don’t scream at reporters the way they used to. And they don’t tip over the food spread in the clubhouse anymore. Lasorda was an outlier among his fellow managers back then, not least because the players had to come into his office to get the food.“Yelling and screaming when guys are preparing and playing hard is certainly, for me, not warranted,” Roberts said, later adding that while he didn’t fault his guys’ effort, “that production component matters.”Sometimes quiet but firm gets the message across. Two weekends ago, Roberts pulled Bellinger from a game in San Francisco for pulling up at second when he had a shot at a triple.With one out in the second inning Friday night, Bellinger hit a high fly ball that Reds right fielder Scott Schebler never located. This time, no way was Bellinger stopping at second.And then the Dodgers stranded Bellinger at third.As Lasorda used to say, in a slightly more colorful way, this job is not that easy. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire
0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans celebrating after thrashing Lobi Stars of Nigeria 3-1 in the CAF Champions League first leg First Round at Kasarani Stadium. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 – Gor Mahia could become the first Kenyan club to reach the CAF Champions League group phase after defeating Lobi Stars of Nigeria 3-1 on Sunday in a 2018/2019 round-of-30 first leg at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani. It was a better-than-expected result for the Kenyan outfit after they struggled to overcome Nyasa Big Bullets of Malawi in the preliminary round, scraping through on post-match penalties. The overall outcome could hinge on whether Gor can score an away goal in Nigeria this Saturday to cancel the one Lobi snatched in east Africa.Kenyan clubs have failed to reach the group stage since its introduction in 1997, but Gor came close last year by losing 1-0 overall to eventual champions Esperance of Tunisia.Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge gave Gor a sixth-minute lead in Nairobi that Samuel Onyango increased midway through the first half.Samuel Kadiri pulled one goal back for Lobi only for Onyango to net again before half-time with the last goal of the match.-Other results-Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge against Lobi Stars defender Itodo Cletus. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAFive former winners of the competition were in action and four won at home while the other drew away.V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 1973 champions, look set for the group stage after hammering minnows Bantu of Lesotho 4-1 in Kinshasa.Jean-Marc Makusu, runner-up in the CAF Confederation Golden Boot race last season with 11 goals, bagged a brace for the Congolese.Tunisians Club Africain, who were African champions 27 years ago, came from behind to defeat Al Hilal of Sudan 3-1 in the Tunis suburb of Rades.The hosts had the narrowest of leads until Oussema Darragi scored a potentially crucial third goal one minute into stoppage time.Ismaily, whose 1969 triumph was the first in the competition by an Egyptian club, won 2-0 at home to Coton Sport of Cameroon with Baher el Mohamadi and Karim Bambo scoring.Five-time African champions TP Mazembe of DR Congo managed only a 1-0 win over Zambian club Zesco United in Lubumbashi with an early Jackson Muleka goal separating the sides.Mamelodi Sundowns, who two years ago became the second South African winners of the Champions League, drew 0-0 away to Al Ahly Benghazi of Libya in Cairo.Benghazi were forced to move the fixture to the Egyptian capital because of militia violence in their country.AS Otoho of Congo Brazzaville, who shocked 2018 semi-finalists Primeiro Agosto of Angola in the preliminary round, were held 1-1 at home by FC Platinum of Zimbabwe.Mamane Cisse gave the hosts an 18th-minute lead in the northern town of Owando and Lameck Namho levelled three minutes after half-time.The 15 second legs are scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday while defending champions Esperance of Tunisia received a bye into the December 28 group draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Omnia’s shareholders will have the opportunity to follow their rights in the capital raising in order to maintain their shareholdings, although Omnia will seek shareholder approval to secure a minimum IDC investment of R150-million. 21 May 2010 The facilities will have co-generation capacity, and will generate sufficient energy for their own requirements while contributing 50% of the current factory’s energy needs, significantly cutting the company’s existing electricity supply requirements. “We are thrilled by this vote of confidence from our shareholders and institutional investors,” Humphris said. “We would not have been happy to commit to this large investment without securing shareholder and institutional support upfront. This will be the first nitric acid plant of its kind to be built in South Africa since 1984. This demand has been driven by significant growth in South and southern Africa’s mining sector – 11% year on year in South Africa, in spite of economic downturn constraints, according to Statistics SA figures released in March. Sustainable development Omnia is sourcing the plant technology and licences as well as engineering design and critical component supplies from Uhde GmbH of Germany, one of the world’s leading engineering companies in the design and construction of chemical, refining and other industrial plants. South African chemicals company Omina has announced a R1.4-billion capital investment in the construction of a world-class nitric acid and ammonium nitrate plant and associated facilities in Sasolburg to meet growing demand in the explosives and fertilizer markets. It is also fuelled by an increasing demand for fertilizer to help South and southern Africa provide solutions to the world’s food security challenge, and drive sustainable development across the continent. “We have been building the market for 10 years, and this investment will enable Omnia to meet increased demand in both explosives and fertilizers, allowing us to leverage supply side synergies between these businesses and ensure security of raw material supply by building world-class capacity at home,” Omnia group MD Rod Humphris said in a statement this week. Omnia has set out to raise shareholder capital of R1-billion to partially fund the expansion through a fully subscribed rights offer. The remaining funding requirement for the project will be covered through a combination of internally generated funds and long-term project finance. Omnia has furthermore secured the participation of Industrial Development Corporate (IDC), by the IDC committing R250-million to the R1-billion equity capital raising, and indicating appetite to fund at least R300-million of the envisaged plant project finance that Omnia intends to raise in due course. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material IDC participation “We are also very pleased to have IDC participating in the funding of the project, and for IDC to indicate such significant support on both the equity and potentially the debt side of the total project funding requirement.” The new facilities will utilise best in class technology conforming to the highest standards of sustainable environmental development, and plant emissions will be significantly below legislation requirements.
“The participants made an effort to inspire and educate individuals, schools, communities, corporate South Africa and policymakers to consider the environment and the challenges that we face as a nation and indeed as a continent,” says Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, director of Miss Earth South Africa. (Image: Miss Earth South Africa)With a passion for people, planet and health, it is no surprise that Nozipho Magagula was announced as the 2016 Miss Earth South Africa at a gala dinner at Montecasino, that honoured the finalists and ambassadors for the environmental and community work done over this year.The 4th year Medicine student has been hard at work balancing her studies and responsibilities as a finalist and has proven that if you want something done, giving it to a busy person, is a good idea.Announced as the 2016 ambassador, she will go on to represent South Africa at the international Miss Earth event next month in the Philippines, as the focus turns to Eco Tourism.The gala evening was attended by Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom who has been an avid supporter of the community work done by the Miss Earth South Africa leadership programme.This young woman is set for an exciting year of work and community engagement across the country and globe. Born in Atteridgeville, West of Pretoria, Magagula is determined to use the year that lies ahead as an opportunity to make an impact, not only on schools and communities, but within the medical sphere as well.She says her long term plan is to go into public health and family healthcare as these have a deep sense of community and the social impact that can be made is huge and she is resolute on using her love for medicine and her platform as Miss Earth South Africa 2016, to leave a legacy.Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, Director of the programme said; “It’s rewarding to see the growth and influence of the Miss Earth South Africa programme, over a period of more than twelve years.“We aim to continue to empower young women with the knowledge and platform to create a sustainable difference in our plight to combat the destruction of our natural heritage.”It has been an intense few months for the finalists who have been hard at work, with a mission to change the perception and understanding of waste through the 2016 campaign #WasteStopsWithME which was launched earlier this year with partners Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg.#WasteStopsWithME was executed through many different kinds of projects, campaigns and events.These young women met with pickers in their communities, the staff working at landfill sites and those that depend on sorting recyclables from landfills just to survive.The challenges we face on waste are immense and these young women took up the challenge and working closely with the Pikitup teams on the ground they moved across the breadth and width of this sprawling city of Johannesburg to talk to people, influence behaviour change and to start conversations and discussions with corporate partners and stakeholders alike.Finalists have been staying at the Tsogo Sun, Palazzo Hotel, in Johannesburg for the past week where they got to share their community work with an esteemed panel of judges, unpacking their commitment and hunger to leave green footprints in their cities across the country.Finalists were joined by the Tsogo Sun team in Diepsloot last week as they installed a Vegetable Tunnel with Nedbank, for student at Muzomuhle Primary School and did a clean-up around the school as part of their #WasteStopsWithME campaign.Ella Bella also said, “The finalists demonstrated clear leadership qualities, creative thinking, strength of mind and of character, and most importantly, a passion for making a sustainable difference in their communities.“The programme has been exciting and challenging and, whilst ensuring that these young women have made an impact on the communities around them, they have also delivered a service and compassion.“The participants made an effort to inspire and educate individuals, schools, communities, corporate South Africa and policymakers to consider the environment and the challenges that we face as a nation and indeed as a continent.”The evening was hosted by young up and coming South African comedian, Lihle Msimang, who added her comic flavour to the evening featuring an impressive guest list including UN dignitaries, South African actresses such as Kgomotso Christopher, Khabonina, Maps Maponyane and Yvonne Chaka amongst others.The group of winners included Jeanine Keet, as first runner up, second runner up Elne Coller, and third runner up Mireesha Narsai.The four winners are joined by their official ambassadors for the year, Mandisa Mqolombeni, Hasesha Naidu and Annie Kirsten.The organisation is endorsed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Department of Tourism with Minister Molewa stating that; “Through your work locally and internationally, you continue to make our country proud.“I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world.”Executive Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides said; “Climate Change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes, and it’s up to us to realize that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow.“Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.”SA’s green girl goes home with a very special prize package including a fully paid for international trip to the Philippines next month where she will represent the country and the work of the organisation.The programme is proud to work throughout the year with Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg alongside Tsogo Sun, the official home and venue partner of Miss Earth South Africa, and strategic partners SAPPI and Newsclip Media Monitoring.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally rendered a decision on Ohio’s list of impaired waters following several months of delay and two lawsuits filed to compel the EPA to make a decision.On May 19, 2017, the EPA decided to accept the Ohio EPA’s proposed list of impaired waters for the State of Ohio. Ohio’s list does not include the open waters in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. However, the State of Michigan’s list of impaired waters previously approved by the EPA does include the open waters in its portion of the Western Basin of Lake Erie.The EPA explained that the agency deferred to Ohio’s judgment not to include the open waters of the Western Basin of Lake Erie on the impaired waters list. “EPA recognizes the State’s ongoing efforts to control nutrient pollution in the Western Basin of Lake Erie,” stated Chris Korleski, EPA’s Region 5 Water Division Director and previously Ohio’s EPA Director. “EPA understands that Ohio EPA intends to evaluate options for developing objective criteria (e.g., microcystin or other metrics) for use in making decisions regarding the Western Basin for the 2018 list. EPA expects the development of appropriate metrics, and is committed to working with you on them.”For now, the EPA appears satisfied with Ohio’s plan for addressing nutrient reductions in Lake Erie’s Western Basin. It is possible, however, that additional lawsuits could be filed against the EPA in order to reconcile Ohio and Michigan’s different designations of water in the same general area.Read the EPA’s Approval of Ohio’s Submission of the State’s Integrated Report with Respect to Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act here.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Stan Smith, Fairfield County PA, OSU Extension The free market system will ultimately have a significant voice in how our farm animals are managed . . . the bottom line is that our clientele wants to know more about the food we are producing.Those words were shared eight years ago by John Grimes as he discussed the 2010 agreement that initiated the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Little has changed today in that regard, and little is expected to change anytime soon. With the majority of our consuming public two, three, or even four generations removed from the farm, whether we like it or not, public concern for how our food is produced, by whom, and the sustainability of methods we use is the reality of the world we presently live in. As we consider how best to share with consumers our story regarding the daily care and efficient production of livestock and the wholesome nutrition it provides the diet, perhaps one of the best opportunities we have begins next Wednesday with the opening of the Ohio State Fair.Ohio’s livestock producers, their spouses, 4-H and FFA youth, and livestock industry people once again have the opportunity to personally promote their product directly to Ohio’s consumers by simply serving a shift at their respective food stands during the Ohio State Fair. From July 25 through August 5, most of Ohio’s commodity organizations will be set up in the Taste of Ohio Café or in one of the commodity group food stands such as the Buckeye Steak Barn located near the Voinovich Livestock Center.Over the years, any producer who has ever spent time in one of these food stands might agree a fair — especially the Ohio State Fair — is a unique experience where the most rural and urban segments of our society have the opportunity to interact. As the Ohio State Fair publicity suggests, it offers meals served by the Ohio farmers who raise and grow the food that feeds our world.It does indeed provide the opportunity for us to promote our product and answer questions the consumer might have about it. If you don’t believe in the value of “promoting your own product,” then spending a few hours in one of these stands serving “Buckeye” ribeyes, “butterfly” porkchops, an Ohio lamb gyro or one of several other Ohio produced entree’s might change your mind!As an example of what can happen at an Ohio commodity food stand during the Ohio State Fair, each year more than 400 volunteers sell over 6 tons of beef through the Steak Barn and the Taste of Ohio Cafe’! Each day of the fair, consumers of these beef products have the unique opportunity to meet the people who actually had a hand in producing the product they’re enjoying.Years ago, innovative merchandisers such as Colonel Sanders, Bob Evans, and Orvil Reddenbacher discovered the benefit of associating the face of the producer to the product that was being marketed. The same benefits are evident at “commodity” food stands located at places like State and County Fairs. It can only add to consumer confidence in a product when they know producers and their families are willing to “show their face” at the point of consumption.While it’s evident that many people are repeat customers from years’ past, it’s also obvious there are several customers who may be enjoying a particular entre’ or type of Ohio produced ag commodity for the first time. Afternoons at work in the Ohio State Fair Taste of Ohio Café or Buckeye Steak Barn are certainly an “education” for all involved!There are opportunities remaining yet this year at the State Fair to participate and begin sharing your story as a producer with your customers. Contact Stephanie Sindel at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association office (614.873.6736 or [email protected]) and ask how you, your family, your county cattleman’s group, 4-H Club, FFA Chapter, breed association, or your neighboring cattlemen can participate.Be sure and visit the OSU Extension Beef Team on July 30 in the Taste of Ohio Cafe’And, don’t forget, even if you don’t have a chance to work a shift this year, while you’re visiting you’ll still find the best sandwich on the grounds in the Ohio Cattlemen’s Steak Barn or in their AIR CONDITIONED location in the Taste of Ohio Café. And, if you attend the Fair on Monday, July 30, be sure and stop by and say hello to members of the OSU Extension Beef Team who will be working the second shift beginning at 2:30 in the AIR CONDITIONED Café!
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … readwrite By the end of this month, most Android users will finally be able to locate and, if necessary, remotely wipe data from misplaced smartphones and tablets. Google today announced Android Device Manager, a new feature for Android versions 2.2 and up that basically mimics the functionality in Apple’s long-standing “Find My iPhone” service. Which, by the way, launched more than three years ago.The Google version will let you ring a phone (even if it’s muted), locate it on a map in real time, or wipe it clean if it’s been stolen or can’t be recovered.Image courtesy of Google Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Device Manager#Google#now
5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts Clayton Jacobs How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Tags:#China#Home Depot#Internet of Things#IoT Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… This article is part of a series about the importance of cross-cultural design, other installments of which have been published over the last month.Home Depot is another retailer that has struggled in China. However, unlike Walmart, it did not figure things out. Home Depot’s story in China began in December 2006 with its purchase of a Home Depot imitator which already had twelve locations throughout China. The deal was rumored to have cost Home Depot around $100 million USD.See Also: 3 key tech developments for your smart home from CESThe story of Home Depot contains perhaps some of the most important lessons for any foreign business entering China as, no matter what it did within its business model, it had little potential for success because the model itself was doomed to cause failure. This assertion might be hard to make sense of since, according to a Gallup poll from March 2005 taken in China, 93% of those who responded said that they owned their place of residence. Homeowners are the bulk of Home Depot customers of course. With a market that massive, it was no wonder Home Depot thought it would hit a homerun by expanding into China.Similar to Walmart’s mistake discussed in the fourth installment of this series, Home Depot’s mistake was to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Chinese consumer and his/her desires. Very few Chinese homeowners want to do their own repairs, upgrades, and renovations. This overlooked fact blew a massive hole in the Home Depot business model, since its model is based on selling to people who want to do their own home improvement projects to save money.However, even with such a flaw within Home Depot’s business model, its true mistake was not altering its strategy to provide the types of products and services Chinese customers do value. If Home Depot had done decent market research, it would have realized that the Chinese consumer generally does not like do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. If it had still wanted to take a shot in China, it could have changed its model to offer the service of carrying out home improvement projects with its own products. As a result of not adequately understanding Chinese consumers, Home Depot closed its final seven stores in China in September 2012.To see the success Home Depot could have had, one needs to look no further than IKEA. IKEA is absolutely making a killing in China, which might seem strange given what I previously said about the Chinese not wanting to build their own things and that this concept is synonymous with the IKEA brand in the West.See Also: Meet Viki, Nokia’s new hire for their AI personal assistantBut in China, IKEA learned about Chinese market differences and developed a two-pronged strategy in order not to repeat the fate of Home Depot. First, it was able to keep and leverage its classic showrooms within its retail stores. The showrooms alleviate one of the largest reasons many Chinese don’t want to do their own home upgrades: they lack confidence in what they are doing. Many Chinese who are ready to purchase their first home have not ever lived in a modern style home. This causes uncertainty about what is typical or stylish and, therefore, frustration about making design choices. The Chinese typically would much rather see how something works or looks, then purchase it exactly how it is, rather than come up with their own design.In addition, the typical Chinese life experience means that most of them do not have the skill or know-how for DIY projects. So, unlike its marketing approach in the West, and in other international markets, in China IKEA offers and promotes a service of designing and building home improvement items.This solves the related problems of the Chinese people not knowing how and not wanting to do DIY projects. Home Depot may well have been able to win over China by employing a similar approach from the outset. And even after its initial lack of success, instead of re-strategizing to figure out and solve its customer’s needs/desires in China, Home Depot kept a fixed frame of reference, which ultimately led to its inability to gain market share there.The author is Clayton “CJ” Jacobs, who is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with, and the Head of Cross-Cultural Design at, ReadWrite. An area of focus for him is helping American companies understand and enter the Chinese market through taking a modern user-centric product design approach. You can contact him directly at clayton.michael.jacobs(at)gmail.com or find him on Twitter & LinkedIn.
Reminiscing the story of Indian theatre from 1850s to 1990s, theatre veterans and enthusiasts gathered for the launch of Amal Allana’s book, The Act of Becoming- a century of Indian Theatre, on Friday evening. The book encapsulates the theatrical journey through the eyes of twenty-two critically acclaimed actors, who have talked about their lives, aspirations, their in-depth training and lasting stage careers.Celebrating the role of actors, Govind Nihalani, the director of films like Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hazaar Chaurasi ki Maa and Ardhsatya, took the audience down the memory lane and shared his insights on actors he has worked with.’I love my actors’, declared Nihalani, in the first few minutes of his speech. But why? He explains, ‘With a natural bias, being a director, I was intrigued to know why is Allan’s book only about actors.’ Debating it on his own, he came to a conclusion. Though a director and a playwright have a significant role in an act. It’s the actor whom we all see on the stage. ‘An actor is the one who creates meaning, magic and miracle on stage’. He hailed Allan’s book for giving the center stage to the actor. In his perspective, ‘It is a history and biography rolled into one, to get into the soul of an actor.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith an anecdote from his second film Ardhsatya, he shared how the climax was decided by an unprepared dialogue between Smita Patil and Om Puri during one of the rehearsals. The gesture with which Smita takes up her hand but doesn’t touch Puri was a defining moment towards the end of the movie. Nihalani cherishes that rehearsal that played on the instincts of a well trained theatre actor Om Puri and the untrained yet supremely talented Smita Patil. ‘What I wanted was a gesture, but I didn’t know how to end the scene, Smita’s gesture did it for me,’ added Nihalani. In the words of his viewers and critics, Nihalani’s work went through a shift from art cinema to mainstream with films like Dev and Thakshak. The director says that it’s too simplistic an approach towards his work. He doesn’t demarcate it that way. Even his first film Aakrosh, back in 90s had a song in it. How can a song and dance sequence change the genre of filmmaking?On the sidelines, we asked Nihalani about his current projects. ‘Going by the nature of my work, I have always been impacted by the social environment around me. That forms the base of my current project too. For now, this is all I can say about it,’ commented Nihalani. Allana elaborated on her decade old research into Indian theatre and its background to put forth the evolution of modern Indian theatre, putting actors at the forefront. The stalwarts of Indian theatre who will make the readers walk through the corridors of history include Binodini Dasi, Bal Gandharva, Fida Husain, Zohra Segal, Utpal Dutt, Manohar Singh, Uttara Baokar, Naseerudin Shah, Heisnam Sabitri, and Maya Krishna Rao, among many others. Through a slideshow, she talked about the changing faces of Indian theatre along with excerpts from her book.