Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India today commenced the bookings of CBR650R for an amount of Rs 15,000. The upcoming sports middleweight bike will be priced below Rs 8 lakh.CBR650R, which replaces CBR650F, was revealed at the 2018 EICMA Show in Milan. It can be booked at Honda ‘Wing World’ dealerships across 22 cities in India and will be available in two colours – Grand Prix Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic.The new motorcycle will get a 649 cc, liquid cooled, four-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve engine. CBR650R’s chassis is 6 kilograms lighter than that of CBR650F. The adjustable 41 mm Showa SFF (Separate Function front Fork) offers better suspension response.”Less than two weeks after the national launch of CB300R, Honda is proud to unleash its second global blockbuster in the middle-weight segment under the Silver Wing-mark umbrella,” Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, said in a statement.”After the 2019 global fun model line-up unveil in EICMA, Honda has now opened bookings for its new middleweight sports machine CBR650R in India too,” he said.CBR650R gets a slipper clutch for controlled corner manoeuvres. The rear wheel traction is maintained by Honda Selectable Torque Control and it can be switched off if the rider chooses to. There is dual channel ABS accompanied by dual radial-mount calipers at the front and single-piston rear caliper.Inspired by Fireblade Super Sports style, the new motorcycle gets fresh styling with its sharp, aggressive lines, extended side fairings and a super-short rear section. Modern full LED lighting with a narrow dual headlamp and a digital LCD display enhance the bold looks of the bike.advertisementOn February 8, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India had launched CB300R in India at an introductory price of Rs 2.41 lakh (ex-showroom). The company claimed that in just 25 days since the start of bookings, CB300R had been booked for over three months based on the two-wheeler manufacturer’s current production plan.ALSO READ | Tata Harrier’s automatic variant expected to be launched by mid-2019ALSO READ | 2019 Ford Endeavour revealed ahead of official launch on February 22ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Five reasons why the compact SUV is popular among the buyers
Condé Nast named Julie Raimondi editor in chief of Brides.com. Raimondi also will remain in her role as editor-in-chief of the 16 Brides local mgazines, the publisher said.Robert W. Merry, the former longtime president andeditor-in-chief of Congressional Quarterly, was appointedpublisher of global intelligence publisher STRATFOR, beginning inJanuary. CQ was acquired this summer by the Economist Group, which formed the CQ-Roll Call group.Lebhar-Friedman’s Nation’s Restaurant News announced a number of personnel changes: retail and foodservice groups group publisher Randall Friedman was named publisher, replacing Tom Larranaga; national sales director Chris Keating was promoted to associate publisher; and executive editor Robin Lee Allen and online executive editor Sarah Lockyer were appointed co-leaders of the editorial team, replacing Ellen Koteff.American Express Publishing named Toby McKenna advertising director of digital at TravelandLeisure.com. Also, Amy Koblenzer was named photo director of Travel + Leisure. Koblenzer most recently served as photo editor at Gourmet, a position she held for six years. United Business Media’s Think Services Game Group promoted Simon Carless to global brand director. Carless replaces Think Services executive vice president Kathy Astromoff, who recently took on a broader management role.Rachel Wintner was appointed to the newly-created position of vice president of sales at Glam Media. Previously, Wintner served as associate publisher of Conde Nast’s Style.com. Playboy Enterprises Wednesday named senior vice president of strategic planning and treasurer Robert D. Campbell interim CFO, effective January 1, 2010. Campbell replaces Linda G. Havard, who announced her resignation last month and plans to leave the company by the end of the year. The company said it hired BridgeGate LLC to lead the CFO search and that it will bconsider both internal and external candidates. Hearst Magazines International named Sophia Stewart executive director of digital. Most recently, Stewart served as executive director of mobile at Hearst Magazines Digital Media.George Brooks announced his retirement as executive vice president of Norfolk, Virginia-based magazine publisher Dominion Enterprises and as president of Dominion Market Media. Brooks’ departure will be effective January 22, 2010.As part of a restructuring, Tracey Altman was let go as publisher of Reader’s Digest magazine. Her responsibilities will be taken over by Eva Dillon, president of the Reader’s Digest Community. While Altman told FOLIO: she has since contacted her legal counsel, she called it “standard procedure” and said she is not planning legal action against RDA, as was initially reported.
Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term on Monday. Photo: AFPEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swept to a second term with 97 per cent of valid votes, official results showed Monday, dominating an election last week that saw him face no serious rivals.The head of the election authority Lasheen Ibrahim said at a press conference that turnout was 41.05 per cent of the almost 60 million registered voters, down from the 2014 vote that saw Sisi claim the presidency.Ibrahim said 92.73 per cent of the votes were valid from the roughly 24 million cast, while almost two million ballots were spoiled.Sisi’s sole rival and an erstwhile supporter, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, won 2.92 per cent of the valid votes, Ibrahim said.Moussa entered the election at the very last moment after first leading a re-election campaign for Sisi, saving the vote from having just one candidate.Sisi’s serious contenders either withdrew, were sidelined or were detained.In a brief victory speech broadcast Monday evening on state television, Sisi sent “greetings, appreciation, and respect” to Egyptians.He promised “to continue my oath to be loyal in my work, not sparing any effort in order to advance our nation.”Sisi directed “thanks and appreciation to Moussa Mostafa Moussa who lead an honest and civilised competition.”As for Moussa, he said at a press conference that “the most important thing is that Egypt has won.”Trump congratulationsHundreds of supporters took to the streets in Cairo and other cities, waving the Egyptian flag and singing patriotic songs to celebrate Sisi winning another four years in power.US President Donald Trump “congratulated” Sisi on his victory in a telephone call, the White House said in a statement that did not mention any worries over the fairness of the vote.“The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges,” it said.Earlier the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US “will continue to work to advance our shared objectives” with Egypt, despite its concerns over political freedom.But Nauert added: “We have noted reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections.”Four Egyptian rights groups, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, denounced the electoral process in a statement late on Monday.The election commission “lost its political legitimacy by watching the electoral process as it transformed into a debacle beleaguered by the worst political and security thuggery ever witnessed in an Egyptian election since 1952,” they said.Sisi, who as army chief ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president Islamist Mohamed Morsi after mass street protests in 2013, won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 per cent of valid votes.Turnout of 47 percent in that year’s election was sharply higher than this year’s 41 per cent despite official appeals for voters to fulfil their patriotic duty.Election chief Ibrahim was effusive about the vote regardless of the perceived lack of competition and the low attendance.“These are momentous moments for this nation…which will be written in letters of light, under the title: battle for the love of Egypt,” Ibrahim said as he announced the results.“The entire world heard your chants for the love of Egypt.”Opposition boycottPeople who boycotted the election and cannot show a good reason for missing the vote could face a fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds (22 euros), the electoral commission has warned.Opposition groups had called for a boycott of last week’s vote which they labelled a facade.There were no presidential debates and Sisi himself did not appear at any official campaign events, although he spoke at a number of ceremonies.In an interview days ahead of the vote, Sisi said he wished there were more candidates, denying any role in sidelining his rivals.Morsi’s removal in 2013 ushered in a deadly crackdown that killed and jailed hundreds of Islamists.The initial crackdown on the ousted leader’s supporters expanded to include liberal and leftist secular activistsA jihadist insurgency since has killed hundreds of policemen and civilians.In February Sisi ordered the armed forces launched their most comprehensive campaign yet to end the five-year-old jihadist insurgency.In the wake of his election success, the Egyptian armed forces congratulated Sisi in a statement, “affirming that it will always stand behind its wise leadership.”Sisi has embarked on tough economic reforms that have been welcomed by foreign investors but dented his standing at home, even though his popularity remains high.Enjoying near-unanimous media support, Sisi is seen by many Egytians as the right man to lead the country after years of political, security and economic turmoil that followed the ouster of leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
In this file photo taken on 8 May White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to the press in the driveway of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump on Thursday announced the surprise departure of his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, after a combative tenure that saw her all-but-kill off traditional White House briefings to journalists.Sanders has been one of Trump’s most loyal foot soldiers, almost constantly at his side during his tumultuous two and a half years at the White House and during the campaign before.Trump announced her exit in a tweet and did not name a replacement.”After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump said, adding that he hoped she would run for governor of her state.Sharp, sometimes acid-tongued, Sanders has not been prone to the almost comic slip-ups that embarrassed predecessors in the job, such as short-lived Trump spokesman Anthony Scaramucci.But she has earned a reputation for bruising clashes with journalists whom she finds over-critical — often echoing her boss’s attacks on unfavorable coverage as “Fake News.”At a White House event Thursday on reintegration into society for ex-prisoners, Trump interrupted proceedings to summon the “warrior” Sanders from the audience and lavish praise on her record.Calling her “a friend, a woman, a great, great magnificent person,” Trump said, “she’s very popular.”In fact, Sanders, 36, has a sometimes bitter relationship with the White House press corps and is seen as responsible for the demise of the formal daily briefing — practically an institution under previous presidents.Pressed during one particularly combative briefing to distance herself from Trump’s characterization of the media as the “enemy of the people,” Sanders refused.The last time she took to the podium for a back-and-forth with reporters in the White House briefing room was 11 March. Instead, she communicates largely through interviews on the president’s favorite TV network Fox News and short, informal briefings with other journalists outdoors.She has also been accused of telling repeated lies to reporters, although she denies this.Despite Sanders’ damaged reputation in media circles, there had been no hint from the administration that her exit was imminent.Sanders’ father Mike Huckabee is a former Republican governor of Arkansas, making her something of a member of conservative royalty.No tearsCalled up to the microphone by Trump at the ex-prisoners’ event, a visibly emotional Sanders said she would “try not to get emotional, because I know crying can make us look weak.”In a brief address, the spokeswoman praised Trump and her colleagues at the White House, saying she “loved every minute” of the job.”I’m going to continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda and I know he’s going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done,” she said.She made no mention of the media or the role of journalists at the White House.Although Sanders is often blamed for the White House’s killing off of the press briefing, she has been serving a president who from the start decided to tear up the media playbook.With Trump communicating directly via Twitter and other social media to tens of millions of people every day, the traditional role of a press office putting out statements has become partly redundant.And while journalists now rarely hold the administration’s feet to the fire in the calm, organized setting of the briefing room, they have extraordinary access to Trump himself.Weekly, the president holds his own impromptu briefings in the Oval Office or out on the South Lawn before boarding his Marine One helicopter. In contrast to real press conferences, these occasions can be chaotic and are rarely carried on live television.Sanders may not speak much, but she is always there — in the background.
By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROBaltimore City Police have confirmed the death of one of their own, Monday morning.According to Baltimore Police, 25-year-old Jospeh Banks Jr of the 4000 block of Moravia Road, died Friday of an apparent drug overdose.Medics received a call from the Tim’s Motel in the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard in Halethorpe, a little after 3:00 a.m. for the report of an unconscious male.Baltimore police officer Joseph Banks Jr., 25, died of an apparent drug overdose Feb. 25. (Courtesy Photo)When medics arrived, they found officer Banks unresponsive. After several unsuccessful attempts to revive the officer, he was pronounced dead on the scene.A woman, only identified as Officer Banks girlfriend at the scene, told police that she and Banks had been using drugs throughout the day when Banks used the last of his drugs around 11:00 p.m; that is when she noticed the officer making noises as if he was struggling to breathe.The woman told police that she called a friend for Narcan but was unable to administer it. Narcan is the controversial drug that reverses the affects of overdoses.Four hours later, she called police.It is not known why she was unable to administer the Narcan.According to the police report, heroine and opioids were found at the scene.Also noted in the police report, Officer Banks and the unidentified female were both bruised and bloody from an apparent physical altercation.Officer Banks was arrested in October 2018 for an assault charge in Anne Arundel County at a motel where he was living with a woman, according to online court documents.It is unclear if this is the same woman in both cases.Banks had been on the force for six years and was assigned to Juvenile booking and intake.At the time of his death, Banks was suspended from the force and The Afro has also learned that his father is also a Baltimore Police Officer.It is not clear if Banks was suspended stemming from his arrest in October 2018.Banks, who was a graduate of Merganthaler-Vocational Technical high School, also known as Mervo.“Rest in heaven Joseph #mervopride forever. I am so sorry this happened to you”, said a classmate on Facebook.“We are deeply saddened by Officer Banks death. Out of respect to him and his family, we will not comment further”, said a Baltimore Police PIO in a released statement.
Each chapter brings out sensational revelations that if taken into consideration and scrutinised individually could be vital in understanding the larger conspiracy.For the first time since the NSEL crisis engulfed the FTIL group, an investigation uncovers sensational revelations in the chronological narrative of ‘The Target’. This is the first time that explosive exposure regarding a powerful politician and an influential bureaucrat have come to the fore in the NSEL saga. Many a times in the past, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s name has been dragged with controversies surrounding market manipulations. This book has authenticated the degree of his interest in the business of stock exchanges. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShantanu has combined his investigation with flashbacks of Jignesh Shah’s stardom. He has produced documentary evidence that adds merit to his research which went on for nearly two years. Each chapter brings out an observation that if taken into consideration and scrutinised individually could be vital in understanding the larger conspiracy. Through a seamless flow, the book brings out the core – how Chidambaram’s most favourite bureaucrat, K P Krishnan, in the Finance Ministry took the rising competition against NSE due to FTIL’s phenomenal rise as a potential threat to their interest. NSEL crisis was a smokescreen to the ulterior motive which was to obliterate FTIL group and Jignesh Shah’s innovative spirit. The crux of the book is the strategic planning to execute the hatched plot against Jignesh Shah and his group. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThrowing in glimpses of the past, Shantanu describes Jignesh Shah as an unstoppable force who changed the dynamics of the financial markets. And, it became a catalyst for his downfall.From then on the book spirals into exposing the conspiracy by the political-bureaucratic-rival network that colluded so that Jignesh Shah who had effortlessly torn down NSE’s cartel and established a democratic market for all could be stripped off his innovative spirit. Planned strategic measures that fell into place one by one to entangle Jignesh Shah and his FTIL group in a web of conspiracy has been narrated explicitly. One often wonders if not for this book, could anyone have imagined that the financial markets do run a parallel administration in the country. Without any doubt, the protagonist of the book is Jignesh Shah. Shantanu draws parallels in Shah’s life from that of John Galt from Ayn Rand’s legendary novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’. John Galt dared to challenge the status quo of the existing system by standing up against those who tried to bring him down. In the end, like John Galt, Shah too revolutionised the system. Shah comes across a man who has been misconstrued because he defied popular perception by playing the odds and winning every time!
LIHUE, Hawaii — Dozens of people are stranded at a Red Cross shelter on Kauai after a storm dropped over 2 feet of rain, causing massive flooding and grounding rescue helicopters.Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation for the island where heavy rainfall damaged or flooded dozens of homes in Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena and Anahola.About 40 people – mostly tourists – were stranded Sunday at Hanalei Elementary School, where the American Red Cross had opened an evacuation shelter. They briefly ran out of food and water.Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Hawaii, said the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation offered to deliver food to the evacuees by personal watercraft, but a nearby business was also dealing with flooding and unable to provide the supplies to be delivered. The Hawaii Guard offered to deliver food by air, but the weather kept the helicopters grounded.Officials will continue rescue efforts when the weather improves.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe Kauai Fire Department was co-ordinating with the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department to provide air and search and rescue operations on the North Shore.The National Weather Service recorded almost 27 inches (68 centimetres) of rainfall in a 24-hour period in Hanalei.Kauai County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said county officials had to call in off-duty firefighters, police officers and lifeguards Saturday night to rescue about a half-dozen people who were trapped by rising floodwaters in Hanalei.The American Red Cross opened evacuation shelters at Kapaa Middle School, the Church of the Pacific in Princeville and at the elementary school.There were no immediate reports of injuries. Tags: Hawaii, Travel Alert Monday, April 16, 2018 Share Severe rainfall forces dozens of tourists into evacuation shelter in Kauai << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press