Parina Lamba, 4, knew what she wanted in the new Ikea store here, the first by the Swedish retail giant in India. She hopped onto a daybed on the showroom floor, lay down and would not get off.“She didn’t sit on any other bed,” said Parina’s father, Sarav Lamba, one of about 7,000 people to get early access to Ikea’s store a few days before this Thursday’s grand opening.Lamba was sold. The Hemnes bed was like none other he had seen in Hyderabad, featuring a pullout tray that allowed it to become a double bed — perfect for when Parina’s grandmother came to visit, he said. At 39,970 rupees, or $582, with two mattresses, the price was fair, he added. And as an engineer, he was looking forward to putting it together with his daughter’s help. “I love DIY,” he said.Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer, is betting that millions of middle- and upper-class Indians are similar to the Lambas. Six years after it was first planned, the 400,000-square-foot store in Hyderabad is the first step toward fulfilling Ikea’s ambitions in the country, with more outlets scheduled to debut in Mumbai, Bangalore and the Delhi area in the next two years. By 2025, the company hopes to have 25 stores in India, some of them in a new, small format.A woman browses the kitchenwares at Ikea’s new 400,000-square-foot location in Hyderabad, the Swedish retail giant’s first location in India. Photo: Atul Loke/The New York TimesIkea’s opening in India — and its subsequent success or failure — is likely to become a case study for other international retailers.India’s retail landscape is complex. With a growing middle class, its 1.3 billion people buy about $30 billion a year of furniture, lighting and household items like bed linens and cookware, according to Technopak, an Indian consulting firm.But despite the efforts of a few local chains, 95 percent of those goods are sold through small shops that offer custom-built products, usually specializing in one category such as wooden furniture or lamps, and free assembly and delivery.“The consumer in India is kind of pampered,” said Ankur Bisen, who heads Technopak’s retail and consumer products division.Ikea stores are the polar opposite. Part showroom and part warehouse, they are sprawling outlets that are far from city centers with mazes of giant bins and floor-to-ceiling shelves. Ikea’s brand signals affordable, mass-produced and functional, and its design aesthetic is lightweight and lean, in contrast to the heavier, bulkier furniture traditionally favored in Indian households.Yet Ikea, with its reputation for good value, also appeals to the bargain-hunting nature of the Indian shopper.“In India, a lot is driven by the price of the goods and not so much about the quality,” said Anil Talreja, a partner at Deloitte’s India arm who works with retailers.All of this has forced Ikea to rethink its product lineup and store operations for India. Although the Hyderabad store has the classic Ikea layout, what’s on display is somewhat different.Given India’s lower income levels, the store features hundreds of products — from dolls to spice jars — priced at less than 100 rupees, or $1.45. In some cases, Ikea is selling a product in India for less than it charges elsewhere. In other instances, the company is tailoring it for local tastes. For example, most Indians do not use knives to eat and primarily want spoons, so the company ditched its children’s plastic cutlery packs and instead sells four spoons for 15 rupees, or 22 cents.Ikea employees also visited about 1,000 homes in various cities to understand how people lived and what they needed. Indian families spend a lot of time together, with relatives frequently popping in, so the company added more folding chairs and stools that could serve as flexible seating.Indian women are also shorter than Europeans and Americans, so the company decided to showcase some cabinets and countertops at lower heights. And with children often sleeping in the same room as their parents until they are in elementary school, its model bedroom squeezes in a child’s bed amid all the other furniture.“We want to be as relevant as possible,” said Nick Elliott, an Australian who heads interior design for Ikea’s Hyderabad store. Even the cafeteria caters to Indian tastes, with biryani, samosas and vegetarian Swedish meatballs on the menu and 1,000 available seats, more than any other Ikea in the world, to accommodate the more leisurely dining style of Indian families.Figuring out how to adapt Ikea’s furniture was more difficult. Some items popular in the United States, such as untreated pine furniture, do not endure in south India’s hot and humid climate. Metal or wooden furniture needs small risers to lift it off the floor because people frequently clean their floors with water.(BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM.)Import duties and other taxes can raise the cost of an Ikea chair or cabinet by 30 to 50 percent. That forced the company to price many imported products higher than it does elsewhere in the world.“We’re still not as affordable as we want to be yet,” said John Achillea, who oversees the Hyderabad store and its 950 employees after running Ikeas in St. Louis and in Sunrise, Florida.Ikea also added 150 assemblers to its Hyderabad store, and it is working with UrbanClap, a home services company, to offer customers like Lamba the option of hiring a trained carpenter to put together his daybed for about $10.The quest to keep lowering its prices in India has prompted Ikea to seek new local suppliers. The company is getting carpets, pillows, mattresses and even some of its popular Ektorp sofas from local manufacturers. Globally, Indian suppliers sell about $400 million of goods a year to Ikea, primarily textiles. Over time, the company wants to expand that to other categories.Parina Lamba, 4, tests a daybed at Ikea’s new 400,000-square-foot location in Hyderabad, the Swedish retail giant’s first location in India. Photo: Atul Loke/The New York TimesIndia’s government is also pushing the company to “buy Indian,” since it requires foreign-owned, single-brand retailers to tap local suppliers for at least 30 percent of the value of the goods they sell in the country. Ikea predicts it will initially come in at 19 percent, although the company will be able to meet the legal requirements for the first five years with the help of its purchases of Indian-made products for its global stores.Achillea said finding more Indian suppliers will help the company in other ways. “Ikea is about volume,” he said. “Producing more locally, more Indian-relevant products, that will drive the prices lower and then obviously the volume goes up.”In Hyderabad, Ikea is in an area known as Hitec City, where thousands of new apartments are going up and multinational tech companies like Amazon, Dell, Capgemini, Tech Mahindra and Deloitte have offices. Many customers at the store last weekend worked at those companies or were familiar with Ikea from other countries.In the city’s traditional furniture district, Nampally, furniture sellers said they were not worried about Ikea stealing their business. The new store will get people excited about buying furniture, they said, and customers will come to check out the local options, too.Srinithdas Mundhada, whose 45-year-old store sells metal furniture like storage cabinets and cheap plastic chairs and stools, said that he and his family have already gotten adept at competing with big foreign-owned retailers.“We are cheaper than Amazon,” he said. “We welcome Ikea with a warm heart.”© New York Times 2018 Related ItemsHyderabadikea
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Pleasure and surprise: National film awardees react
Filmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, R Balki and first-timer Sanjay Puran Singh are a happy lot as each of their films clinched coveted honours at the 57th National film awards announced on Wednesday.Benegal’s ‘Well Done Abba’ has won the National Award in the Film with a Social Message category and even though the veteran filmmaker has won about 17 National awards earlier, he said that recognition can’t be “measured” and it’s always good to have another one.”I am very pleased with the award since it is a recognition for the film. National awards are always special and welcome,” the 75-year-old director told PTI.The film is a political satire with Boman Irani, Minnisha Lamba and Rajit Kapur playing pivotal roles.Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s second directorial ‘Delhi 6’ bagged the Nargis Dutt award for Best Film on National Integration. It is his second National honour after ‘Rang De Basanti’ bagged one in 2006.”It feels good when one’s work has been awarded. It is especially a great honour since it is the National award when the country is honouring, not some commercially-motivated prize,” said Mehra.Delhi 6, which starred Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Om Puri and Waheeda Rehman, is based in Chandni Chowk of old Delhi and deals with issues like caste discrimination, communal divide and other social stigma.”I am most happy since this was a socially oriented film showing the religious and cast divide in India. A film like this which goes against the current trend takes time to get its recognition. I hope this award gives birth to 10 more films like ‘Delhi 6’,” said Mehra.advertisementAmitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Paa’ won the Best Hindi Film award, and its director R Balki called the recognition an added “bonus”.”For me the most important thing is to make a film and people should love it. I just wanted to make a good film in the form of ‘Paa’. Awards are a bonus and yes, they do call for a celebration,” said Balki.Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, who won the Best Debutante Director award for his sports-based film ‘Lahore’, said the honour came to him as a surprise.”This is a very special moment for me and ultimate encouragement as a filmmaker. I was sure that Farooq Sheikh would receive an award but my winning the National award came as a surprise,” said Chauhan.Sheikh won the Best Supporting Actor award for the film, which carries the message of unity and sportsman spirit between India and Pakistan with the backdrop of a the sport of kick boxing.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy No WAGs for English players during World Cup
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Stuart Broad hopeful of playing Lord’s Test against South Africa
England’s Stuart Broad is hoping to be fit for the first test against South Africa but the recovering paceman would first like to see if he can send down 10 overs for Nottinghamshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Surrey on July 1.Broad left the field with a heel injury after bowling one over in Notts’ win over Leicestershire last Wednesday and was ruled of Monday’s match against Kent.”There are signs of a little bit of a tear on the pad of the heel but I have no pain when I walk or run,” Broad was quoted as saying by the Times newspaper.”There is a little bit of pain when I slam my front foot down.”I am looking to bowl on Wednesday and Thursday next week and if I can then get through ten overs in a one-day final next week then I suggest I will be fit for the first Test.”England play South Africa at Lord’s in the first of the four Tests starting on July 6.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Sultan of Johor Cup: Indian junior men’s team start campaign with 3-2 win over Japan
The Indian junior men’s hockey team started off their 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017 campaign with a hard fought 3-2 victory against Japan at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Sunday.Dilpreet Singh (11′, 53′) and Sukhjeet Singh (41′) scored the goals for India while Kyohei Ogawa (23′, 31′) scored a brace for Japan.India kicked off their opening match of the campaign on a bright note as they displayed a good shape, and were constantly attacking Japan in the first quarter. It was in the 11th minute that India’s efforts were rewarded with a goal as they scored through Dilpreet Singh after the Japanese defence failed to clear the ball.In the second quarter, Japan fought back into the match as they gained control of the possession. They were awarded a penalty corner in the 23rd minute when the ball hit the foot of an Indian player inside their circle. Japan’s Kyohei Ogawa converted the penalty corner as he brought the teams level on 1-1 after the second quarter.The Japanese had a good rhythm to their play going into half-time and they maintained it at the start of the third quarter when Kyohei Ogawa scored his second of the match through a field-goal in the first minute after the restart to give Japan a 2-1 lead in the 31st minute.However, the young Indian team showed their character in the latter part of the third quarter when they struck back through a penalty corner in the 41st minute to level the scores at 2-2. It was Sukhjeet Singh who got onto the score-sheet as he brought back confidence within the Indian team.advertisementGoing into the fourth quarter, India seemed to control the game and kept looking for the third goal which would help them register a win in their first match of 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017.The dominant performance in the last quarter by the Indian team was rewarded when Dilpreet Singh popped up again inside the circle to score his second of the match in the 53rd minute which gave India a morale-boosting 3-2 win over the Japanese.India will now face Malaysia in their second match on Monday.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Chris Gayle to KL Rahul: Wish you good luck for the World Cup but not against West Indies
Chris Gayle to KL Rahul: Wish you good luck for the World Cup but not against West IndiesChris Gayle said KL Rahul has the potential to become India’s biggest cricketing superstar and added the Kings XI Punjab star batsman as one of his best-ever opening partners.advertisement Akshay Ramesh MohaliMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 13:19 IST IPL 2019: Chris Gayle and KL Rahul stitched a 100-run stand against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday to help Kings XI Punjab finish the season on a high ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul finished IPL 2019 as the 2nd highest run-getterYou’re one of the best opening partners I have had: Gayle to RahulIndia take on the West Indies at the World Cup on June 27Chris Gayle heaped praise on his Kings XI Punjab star KL Rahul, saying the India batsman has been one of his best opening partners.Chris Gayle reiterated that KL Rahul has the potential to become the next big superstar of Indian cricket while maintaining that he loved the experience of batting with Rahul in IPL 2019.Speaking after their dominant win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings, Gayle wished Rahul well for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Gayle and Rahul came up with a hundred-run stand on Sunday in Mohali as KXIP gunned down a 171-run target in just 18 overs. Rahul smashed 71 from 36 balls and took veteran off-spinner to the cleaners, collecting 24 runs from his second over.Rahul finished the season as the second-highest run getter, collecting 593 runs, including a hundred, in 14 matches. He has finished on top of the batting charts for KXIP for the 2nd successive year.However, Gayle hoped Rahul doesn’t exhibit his power-hitting skills against the West Indies in the World Cup. India and West Indies meet on June 27 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.”The lion today [Sunday] was KL Rahul and it wasn’t Chris Gayle. You’re one of the best opening partners I have had. We have had some outstanding partnerships. I always wish you well and I always said you are someone who can be the next Indian superstar and that doesn’t change. Our communication between the wickets has been fantastic,” Gayle said during a candid with Rahul for IPLT20.comadvertisement”[This season has] definitely been good for you, second consecutive year, you have been the top-scorer for Kings XI Punjab. I want to wish you good luck for the World Cup. Not against the West Indies. We are going to meet again in the World Cup,” Gayle added.Talking up Gayle’s contribution to his game over the years, Rahul said: “I saw him as a 21-year-old in the RCB dressing room. I have learnt so much from his as an opening batsman. From then to now, he has been talking to me about holding the shape which is very important for an opening batsman.Rahul also revealed that Gayle had already told him he would be returning to India to play the IPL in 2020. Notably, the West Indies great announced he would be retiring from international cricket after the 2019 World Cup.Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | Kings XI Punjab weren’t outplayed in many matches in IPL 2019: R AshwinAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow KL RahulFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow 2019 World Cup
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Netherlands come back from behind to stun Germany 4-2 in Euro 2020 qualifier match
Reuters HamburgSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 11:36 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSNetherlands move to six points from three games and next face bottom side EstoniaThe result leaves Germany on nine points from four gamesMeanwhile, Belarus earned a stoppage time 2-1 win at Estonia to claim their first pointsNetherlands scored four times in 32 minutes in the second half to secure a remarkable 4-2 comeback victory against hosts Germany in their Euro 2020 Group C qualifier on Friday.Goals from Frenkie de Jong, a Jonathan Tah own goal, Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the win after Serge Gnabry had given the hosts an early lead and Toni Kroos had pulled them level at 2-2 with a controversial penalty.The result leaves Germany on nine points from four games, three behind leaders Northern Ireland, who they face on Monday in Belfast. The Netherlands move to six points from three games and next face bottom side Estonia.It was a winning return to Hamburg for Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, who won in the port city against the Germans as a player during Euro’ 88, and a clear mark of his team’s improvement after they failed to reach the last two major tournaments.”I told my players (at halftime) to stay in the game, not to give them so much space, control the ball better,” Koeman told reporters. “That we should just keep going and we would get our chances. In the second half the Germans looked more tired and we benefited from that.””Overall we worked harder than Germany for this victory,” he said.Joachim Loew’s Germany side, undergoing their own overhaul after a disappointing 2018 World Cup first round exit and Nations League relegation, got off to a good start with Gnabry scoring on the rebound in the ninth minute.There was little to be seen in terms of attacks from the Netherlands but that changed after the break.advertisementDUTCH FIGHTBACKThey turned the game around within seven minutes, first scoring through De Jong in the 59th and then taking the lead courtesy of Tah’s unfortunate own goal.The Germans, missing several injured players, including Leroy Sane and Leon Goretzka, were struggling with the Dutch pace down the wings and were lucky to level with a 73rd minute Kroos penalty after Matthijs de Ligt accidentally handled.There is no video replay for referees in the qualifiers.The visitors got revenge for their 3-2 loss in Amsterdam in March, striking through debutant Malen in the 79th after a quick combination left the German defence frozen.Wijnaldum completed the victory in stoppage time and ended Germany’s 14-match winning run in World Cup and Euro qualifiers.”We played below our skill level and abilities,” Loew told reporters. “The Dutch were the better team and we deserved to lose. We went ahead but I never had the feeling that we were in control of the game.”The Dutch kept pressing and then we ended up playing high balls. That is not how we had planned to play. We will now need to analyse this game and draw our conclusions,”Belarus earned a stoppage time 2-1 win at Estonia to claim their first points in the other game in the group on Friday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Euro 2020 qualifiersFollow Germany vs Netherlands Next Netherlands come back from behind to stun Germany 4-2 in Euro 2020 qualifier matchGoals from Frenkie de Jong, a Jonathan Tah own goal, Donyell Malen and Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the win for the Netherlands.advertisement
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Virat plays down reports of rift with Rohit
Mumbai: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Monday categorically refuted rumours of a rift with his deputy Rohit Sharma, saying “people feeding off lies” are being disrespectful to the players’ personal lives. After India’s ouster from the World Cup, stories of fissures in the Indian camp emerged with claims that Rohit and Kohli are not seeing eye to eye. Theories of split captaincy were also floated. “In my opinion, its baffling. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read these kind of stuff, that comes out there. I have been to public events where we have been praised and here we are feeding off lies, overlooking facts, turning a blind eye to all good things that happened and creating fantasies and scenarios in our head. We want to accept that this is the truth,” Kohli said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAdding fuel to all the speculations was a cryptic instagram post by Kohli’s actress wife Anushka Sharma, which was later deleted. “I have seen this for too long now. Bringing personal lives into the picture. It’s disrespectful after a moment. I have played the game for 11 years and Rohit has played for 10 years (12 years) and it’s bizarre that people are creating this stuff from outside,” the skipper said, with coach Ravi Shastri by his side. Shastri made a tongue-in-cheek comment about the conspiracy theories. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Very soon you will hear wives batting and bowling. The way this team plays, no individual is bigger than the game. Not me, not him, nobody in the team. I have a been a part of that dressing room and none of the nonsense is there,” the commentator in the former all-rounder came out as he pooh-poohed the rumours. For Kohli, the Indian team couldn’t have performed consistently across formats if there was no camaraderie amongst the players. “I have also heard a lot of things. Now you can only hear things from outside. If the dressing room environment had been bad, then we couldn’t have possibly played the quality of cricket that we played. “Because I know how the dressing room environment and trust factor becomes important to succeed in international cricket. The journey that we have had in ODIs, in Tests (from No 7 to 1) and T20s, that wouldn’t have been possible without camaraderie, respect and understanding,” said Kohli, who urged people to come and see the atmosphere in the change-room. “You people please come to our change room and see, how we speak to a Kuldeep Yadav, how we crack a joke with the senior-most player MS Dhoni. We can’t shoot a video and show you guys. It baffles you as a leader, when lies are being floated around to make it look like actually they are believable,” Kohli sounded irritated. He emphatically denied that there could be any awkwardness between him and Rohit due to the events in the past few days. “If I don’t like a person or if I am insecure about a person, you will see it on my face or my behaviour towards the person and that’s how simple it is,” Kohli said. “I have always praised Rohit whenever I have got an opportunity because I believe he is that good. I don’t know who is benefitting from all of this but we are living, breathing towards getting Indian cricket to the top, and here we get some kind of pleasure in bringing Indian cricket down,” the skipper said. It’s time that we all do some introspection, he felt. “We have to reflect as cricketers everyone can take a step back and think are we creating something that’s really not out there. You can’t play with that kind of passion if you don’t get along with each other. As I said, its baffling and its time that we focus on taking Indian cricket forward,” he said. Captain Virat Kohli on Monday said he is in favour of Ravi Shastri continuing as the coach of the Indian cricket team despite the criticism that followed their semi-final ouster from the ICC World Cup. The Indian coaching staff, currently led by Shastri, was given a 45-day extension after their contract expired at the end of the 2019 World Cup in England.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Harper met Bruce Carsons former escort lover at 24 Sussex party
By Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraATPN National NewsBruce Carson took his former fiancee Barbara Lynn Khan to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the grounds of his official residence during a going away party for the prime minister’s outgoing chief of staff Ian Brodie.Khan told APTN that she found Harper “approachable” and “friendly” during a conversation.A Conservative Party spokesperson confirmed Monday that Khan visited the grounds of 24 Sussex during the June 2008 garden party.Khan was deported to Canada from the U.S in 2006 on a felony conviction stemming from her part in running an escort agency in Charlotte, North Carolina.“I can confirm that (Khan) was at Mr. Brodie’s farewell party at 24 Sussex,” said Conservative Party spokesperson Alykhan Velshi, in an email. “That’s the only time we are aware of that she visited 24 Sussex.”Khan said her conversation with Harper dispelled in her mind the caricature of the prime minister often portrayed in the media.“I was surprised because Harper is portrayed as being cold and indifferent, which I did not see a hint of that evening,” said Khan.“Mrs. (Laureen) Harper was genuinely warm and an incredibly gracious hostess…Everyone attending was pleasant and the evening was an experience I will always remember.”Carson, a former senior adviser to the prime minister, is currently the focus of an RCMP investigation triggered by a request from the Prime Minister’s Office.Carson met Khan by chance on an Ottawa street shortly after she came back to Canada and was working as an escort. Their relationship ended last year after about four years.The PMO made the written request to the RCMP after an official met with APTN reporters investigating Carson’s lobbying activities for an Ottawa-based water filtration company. The company was seeking to sell its product to First Nations communities hard hit by dirty water.The company, H2O Pros which later formed H2O Global Group to deal with potential contracts, also had a financial agreement with Michele McPherson, a former Ottawa escort who Carson said was his fiancee.Carson met McPherson in March 2010 and Khan in 2006.APTN obtained emails written by Carson where he promoted the company to Indian Affairs officials. Carson also claimed to have inside government knowledge in the emails.Brodie was Harper’s chief of staff until he left the post on July 1, 2008.In an email to APTN, Brodie said he remembered Carson at the party, but not Khan.“I remember Bruce was there, but otherwise, can’t help,” said Brodie.The PMO referred questions about Khan’s presence at 24 Sussex to the Conservative Party.The PMO, however, continues to refuse comment on whether Carson, who had only Secret-level clearance, had access to Top Secret information on Afghanistan and on Canadian allies involved in the war.Quoting an anonymous source, the Toronto Star reported last week that Carson had access to Top Secret information after he was handed the Afghanistan file.“We don’t comment on security matters,” said the PMO in an emailed statement.Brodie told APTN he doubted Carson had access to Top Secret files, which were handled separately and securely.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Department of National Defence and Foreign Affairs all referred questions on the matter to the Privy Council Office (PCO).A PCO spokesman said there would be no comment on current or former employees.Harper has faced questions throughout the election campaign over how Carson could have obtained security clearance with five criminal convictions on his record and two bankruptcies.Harper has said he was only aware of Carson’s two criminal convictions in the 1980s, not the three convictions in 1990 uncovered by The Canadian Press.Harper said he would not have hired Carson is he knew the full extent of his criminal record.Carson, who told APTN he was a close friend of Harper, said he disclosed everything during the security clearance process, which was handled by mid-level PCO firstname.lastname@example.org@aptn.ca
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Costs of poor communication
I am 34 years old housewife. My husband is heading a reputed company. He doesn’t approve my association with his colleagues and friends. I feel lonely. What should I do?Mrs. T. Puri, New Delhi I strongly suggest you to do something on your own. Learn some skill or spend time nurturing some hobby. Your problem of passing time will be solved and you will feel independent too. This will also expand your world and you will meet more and more people, make new friends. When you have your own group your husband should not have any problem. May be he is not comfortable and you should respect his feelings. Go ahead, spend your life your way and don’t feel neglected or hurt. You have all the liberty to choose your path of happiness and friends. Also Read – Feel what you fear I am 42 and divorced. My husband left me for another woman. I am very scared to get into a new relationship. Now it is just hard to trust. How to come out from this terrible situation. Name withheld Blaming the men of the universe for a single person is really not justified. Now you will have to help yourself by deciding what you want in your partner. Your previous experience itself will help you a lot. For getting into another relationship, I would advise to keep both your eyes and mind open. It may be a good idea to visit a counselor and discuss the whole thing before taking any decision. That would help you in rescuing from the unnecessary burden of betrayal and help you move ahead positively. Also Read – HomecomingI want to be a good public speaker. But I feel very nervous when I have to talk in front of unknown people. Please guide. Rani Kumari, Noida If you are afraid to speak in public, don’t feel bad, you are not alone. Over 40 per cent of the adult population is. In fact, fear of speaking in public is one of the highest ranked fear that all people have. Don’t panic. If you take some time to plan it out, you’ll do ok. Preparation is the key. If you know what you are talking about, you won’t feel as nervous or flustered. Try to anticipate what questions others may have and be ready with an answer. Once you’ve done this, practice out loud somewhere by yourself if possible at first, then in front of a friend or coworker later if it’s important. Try to relax. Breathe deeply. Don’t say anything about being nervous to your audience.You may do better than you expect. Try not to speak too fast, semi slow and clear is the way to go. Keep things simple and to the point. Public speaking is a valuable tool you can learn and use throughout your life. The more you practice it and gain confidence the better you will get. Good luck! We are married for 7 months. It was an arranged marriage and I fear my wife is in a relationship. She isn’t accepting this and continues to be in touch with the guy. Should I allow her doing what she is doing or should I withdraw myself from the marriage before it gets dirty? Name withheld Sometimes we imagine things to be true only because we feel it is. The reality could be far away from the imagination. I suggest, you be a friend to her and ask her what she expects you to do in the given situation. Explain your fear, express your insecurity to her and give her a chance to express her point. You both need to be great friends for the marriage to work. With time the bond should become stronger and she should know that you understand and love her. Don’t suspect her and make it worse. Let her know that you respect her decision and would support her. I strongly believe, she wouldn’t let you down. Best wishes for a peaceful life ahead. (Send your questions to email@example.com)
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Pipe band raises cheer at China beer festival
Gordon Black reflects on a lifetime of playing bagpipes.“I was five years old, growing up in Scotland,” Black says in his still thick Scottish accent. “My father and brother were pipers, so it was kind of natural for me to fall into it.”He began teaching young people both in Paris and Port Dover in 1991. And, as the ranks grew, the two bands were amalgamated in 2000 into the Paris-Port Dover Pipe Band.In the 19 years with Black at the helm as pipe major, the band has earned a world-class reputation and is in demand far and wide.Black says the band may be better known in other parts of the world than here at home.“They don’t see us much here. Perhaps on parade on Canada Day, or a smaller performance at Applefest (in St. George), but I don’t think people understand what and who we are.”The pipe major rhymes off a list of destinations the band has been invited to play, including France, Holland, twice in Greece, four times in both Switzerland and the world championships in Scotland. The band has twice been invited to play on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with another invite in the works for 2021.The band has also performed at concerts by rock legends Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney.“We’re pretty well respected,” Black says.Life is slowly getting back to normal for Black after the band’s recent trip to China. Contracted to play for four weeks at the 29th annual Qingdao Beer Festival, Black is still in awe of the size of the event.“It’s bigger than Oktoberfest,” he remarks, adding the festival grounds are twice the size of Canada’s Wonderland north of Toronto. “It was a cultural experience for everyone. The food is different, and we were performing with groups from Mexico, Brazil, Russia, and Germany, even a bluegrass group from the United States. We were immersed in a lot of different stuff.”The pipe band did two performances each night, for 24 nights. Each show was 30 minutes or more, and the final nightly performance included a rendition of Queen’s We Will Rock You with Brazilian drummers and other performers joining in.“It was one big party,” Black recalls. “We tore the place apart. The Chinese just loved it.”A small break in the rigorous schedule came when the festival was evacuated for two days due to a typhoon. Confined to their hotel further inland, the band jammed with other performers.“It was hot,” Black says. “We were wearing our uniforms, the heat was 50 degrees every day. Before the typhoon came through it was unbearable, we were just drenched every night. But it was a spectacle and that’s what they paid us to do.”Black arranged to have the band’s wool uniforms dry-cleaned and pressed during the two-day break, but the tunics and kilts were returned wet and rolled up into balls. He spent the entire next day ironing all the kilts.The triumphs and tribulations of international touring behind him for another year, Black now turns his attention to the future.“Roughly 28 years I’ve been going at this,” he says. “I’ve got a couple of young guys who are stepping up to the plate, and I’m handing off more and more to them.While Black sees retirement on the horizon, he says he’ll still be involved, especially with instructing young pipers.And he’s planning something special for the pipe band’s 20th anniversary next year.“We’re taking it back to the Lighthouse Theatre” in Port Dover, hints the pipe major. “That’s where we started.”firstname.lastname@example.org@EXPbthompson
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy DR of Congo UN refugee and food agencies gear up relief efforts
This morning an aircraft from the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC left the capital, Kinshasa, with 17 tonnes of relief items, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Geneva. The items will be ferried by helicopter to the town of Zongo, where some 15,000 refugees are occupying schools, churches and other public buildings. Yesterday, a UNHCR-chartered aircraft made several trips there, delivering tonnes of plastic sheeting, blankets, mats and jerry cans.Zongo is about 1 kilometre across the river border from the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. Up to 7,000 refugees also remain scattered across 20 villages along the DRC side of the Oubangui River, while another 3,000 to 4,000 gathered in the town of Libenge.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today launched an appeal for $2.1 million to fund an emergency humanitarian air operation in the DRC as part of the agency’s ongoing effort to widen access in that country.The six-month operation would enable aid workers to fly across the country’s frontlines to remote areas to assess the needs of war-torn populations and set up relief operations, WFP said.The first stage is expected to begin in early August and will be able to transport 19 passengers or two tonnes of light items, such as medicines, from Kinshasa to the eastern city of Goma.Since mid-June, WFP has flown crucial food aid to severely malnourished children in isolated areas of Katanga province. Its emergency airlift operation has so far delivered about 400 tonnes of food into four towns caught in the crossfire of armed factions but has been unable to reach two others due to insecurity and poor airstrips.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy UN Legal Counsel arrives in Lebanon to discuss tribunal over killing of
Nicolas Michel, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, will continue the ongoing discussions with the Lebanese authorities aimed at establishing the tribunal as called for by Security Council resolution 1664, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The 15-member Council adopted the resolution in March.The UN has been investigating the killings through the work of its International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC), led by Serge Brammertz. Earlier this year the Council extended the investigation’s mandate through 15 June 2007.Mr. Hariri and 22 others were killed on 14 February last year in a car bomb attack in the Lebanese capital Beirut.In a detailed report to the Council in June on the IIIC’s work, Mr. Brammertz said the “fundamental building blocks for the investigation into the crime” were now largely understood “and provide the basis for investigative progress with regard to those who perpetrated the crime.” The IIIC was set up in April 2005 after an earlier UN mission found Lebanon’s own investigation seriously flawed and Syria primarily responsible for the political tension preceding Mr. Hariri’s murder.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy BBC apologises to Prince Harry for failing to warn him they were
The BBC has apologised to the Duke of Sussex for failing to warn him that they planned to publish graphic neo-Nazi propaganda calling him a “race traitor”. The corporation, which defends the decision to broadcast the image around the world, has written to the Duke about the “important piece of journalism”, which is said to have caused “great distress” to the Royal Family. The “very graphic” image, which showed Prince Harry with a gun to his head, raised “serious security concerns” for the Sussexes “specifically while his wife was nearly five months pregnant”, a palace spokesman said. After the Duke made a formal complaint to the BBC via aides, the matter was investigated by the corporation and Ofcom but found to have been in the public interest. The BBC has now written to the Duke to acknowledge that “before publishing seriously offensive material we need to be vigilant in balancing the impact on individuals against the wider good which may be served by publication.”A source said: “Naturally we regret the distress caused and we apologised for failing to warn Kensington Palace in advance that it was to be published.” Ofcom received one complaint about the broadcast, but did not uphold it. A spokesman said: “This image was highly offensive, but in our opinion, its inclusion in the article was editorially justified as it was used to condemn and illustrate the racist group’s activities, which was in the public interest.”A BBC source said: “This was an important piece of journalism which led to the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of two members of a neo-Nazi group. “The image of The Duke of Sussex was included to show the abhorrent nature of their behaviour and OFCOM has subsequently concluded that there was a clear editorial rationale for using the image which, in the context of the news report, was considered unlikely to incite crime.” Prince Harry Credit:Chris Jackson A spokesman for the Duke said that, while he welcomed the letter, he “maintains that instead of reproducing the image and giving a platform to something that would have only been seen by a few, it should have just been described so that others would not potentially be influenced by such an inflammatory image”. The picture, published on the BBC website and broadcast on the News at Ten in December 2018, is described by Ofcom as propaganda, and a “stylised collage image that depicted His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex with a gun pointed at his head” along with “a blood splatter, a swastika, and the text ‘see ya later race traitor!’.”It was published to illustrate an investigation into a far-Right underground group called the Sonnenkrieg Division headlined “British Neo-Nazis suggest Prince Harry should be shot”.At the time, the BBC’s decision to use the image rather than simply describe it caused deep concern in the Royal Household, with sources telling the Telegraph that it had been designed to spread online as propaganda and, thanks to the corporation, had “now been more successful than [its creators] could ever have imagined.”Since the story was published, two members of the the neo-Nazi group have been convicted. A spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex said: “His Royal Highness raised the issue with Ofcom about the re-broadcasting of this racist image due to his concerns that hateful and dangerous propaganda had been spread globally by the world’s most important public service broadcaster. “Due to the credibility of BBC, their choice to publicise this material created an open door for all other media to reproduce it. “The BBC, in reporting on the activities of this group which led to the conviction of two men, reproduced the propaganda material used by the group which raised serious security concerns and caused his family great distress specifically while his wife was nearly five months pregnant.” Tony Hall, director-general of the BBCCredit:Leon Neal The Duke has met with Lord Hall, the BBC director-general, in person to discuss the issue. Prince Harry recently spoke to Jane Goodall about racism and ‘unconscious bias’ in British VogueCredit:Chris Allerton She added: “The BBC apologised for failing to warn The Duke that this distressing image was being broadcast on their ten o’clock news, and produced on-line.“However, His Royal Highness maintains that instead of reproducing the image and giving a platform to something that would have only been seen by a few, it should have just been described so that others would not potentially be influenced by such an inflammatory image.” Michal Szewczuk, 19, admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism and five of possessing documents that could be useful to a terrorist, and, Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy One in four children in Ireland are born to a nonIrish mother
A QUARTER OF all children born in Ireland in 2012 were born to a non-Irish mother, a new study has found.These results came as part of a new study conducted by Trinity College Dublin with a focus on second-generation children born to migrant parents.Speaking about the survey, principle investigator Dr Antje Röder said:There is now much greater diversity amongst young families in Ireland. This brings with it great opportunities, but also challenges that need to be addressed to ensure all children born in Ireland have opportunities to grow up to fulfil their potential.Interestingly, the study also found that it was more common for a child to have one migrant parent and one parent native to Ireland than to have two migrant parents.However, these ‘mixed’ couples were much more likely to come between UK born and the older EU member states. Relationships between an Irish parent and a partner from Africa, an EU accession state or Asia were less common.One of the themes highlighted in the study was socio-economic disadvantage experienced by groups of migrant parents. Families of second generation children were more likely to live in rented accommodation and apartments rather than houses.Parents from EU accession states, Asia and Africa were found to have higher levels of education but to be more frequently found in the semi and unskilled classes with a greater chance of encountering poverty.In the report, it was found that Irish mothers were more likely to return to work by the time the child is nine months than most immigrant mothers. The only exception to this were mothers from Asia, two thirds of those who worked prior to their pregnancies returning to work.The group least likely to return to work after a birth were mothers from EU accession states. In this group, less than one in four of those who had previously been in work returned to full time employment.READ: This glamour model sold tickets to watch her giving birth, and the internet went crazyREAD: After naming, will the government make paternity testing mandatory?
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Electric Jets Are Coming And They Could Halve Flight Cost
Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on target While there’s a lot of ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, people don’t often look to airlines as a place where we can still make improvements. After all, while some planes can go through gallons of fuel per second, they’re also many times more efficient. As a result, it’s often far worse to drive than it is to fly — plus you spend less time getting there. Despite that, there’s still a lot of gains to make. Just a few years ago we learned that winglets, small pieces of airplane’s wing that stick up vertically, can dramatically cut down on fuel use, for example.But one start-up, Zunum Aero, wants to start bringing hybrid and even fully electric jets into the equation. The Washington-based firm will focus on small regional jets that serve high-traffic, short-haul routes like LA to San Francisco. By cutting out some of the major operating costs and focusing on small aircraft, Zunum will be able to avoid the TSA and FAA regulations that drive up the costs of flights on larger craft.The company is already hard at work on their first plane. By the early 2020s, the company should have a fleet of 10-passenger hybrid-electric jets. And, according to the Verge, but the 2030s Zunum could have all-electric 50-passenger jets.“We’re entering the golden era where we’ll have high-speed links to every community on the backs of quiet, sustainable hybrid-electric technology,” CEO Ashish Kumar told Verge. “And that’s going to happen really fast.”With Kumar’s experience at tech giants like Google and Microsoft, as well as backing from aviation giants like Boeing, Zunum’s future may be a bright one. The hope is that the general business model will help offset the costs of the technology and help bring massive reductions in flight costs for Zunum-supplied routes. Kumar hopes that this will lead to a revolution in high-speed, short-range, cheap and environmentally conscious air travel.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Reliance Jio effect Indian telcos continue to register losses
Mukesh AmbaniReliance Jio official website (screen-shot)It seems the disruption in the Indian telecom sector is far from over. With Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. announcing a series of new plans in the month of June along with its entry in the broadband fibre market, the fight is likely to get stiffer.In the May-June period, the company introduced post-paid tariffs plans that were less than half of existing offers from its competitors along with the cheaper international calling rates. These strategies have completely disrupted the entire telecom sector in India that is witnessing consolidations since last year. The competitors are feeling the heat from, the RJio’s aggressive stance.In the last quarter of the fiscal year 2017-18, the revenue of two of India’s largest telecom companies Bharti Airtel Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd has declined. Bharti Airtel Ltd reported a loss in revenue of 3.7% while Idea Cellular Ltd witnessed a decline in revenue at 5.7%.Kotak Institutional Equities have estimated that their revenue is expected to further sink between 2.5% and 3% in the Q1, FY19 on an organic basis and itis expected to further increase in the current financial year. Idea Cellular logoIdea/FacebookAccording to Kotak’s estimates, the estimated loss of Idea cellular is Rs. 1,331 crore which is way higher as against the loss of Rs. 193 crore last year. The company’s estimated Ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) of Rs. 817 crore contributes to only two-thirds ₹1,200 crore which is its estimated interest cost.Vodafone India Ltd’s financial condition is also lacklustre due to disruption created by the new entrant in the market.Meanwhile, RJio seems to be in no mood for any let-ups to its competitors as it upped the ante in the feature phone segment after it received a muted response to its JioPhone offering.In the smartphone segment also, Jio continues to make decent growth, as its overall base has raised from 215 million subscribers in early July, as against 186.6 million in end March.It is expected that as long as RJio is making new subscribers, it is unlikely that the current levels of the tariff would come down any time soon.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy FATFs Asia Pacific subgroup blacklists Pakistan for terror funding
Close Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty ImagesIn a massive victory for India, Pakistan has been blacklisted by terror watchdog Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Asia Pacific Group (APG). The APG — the global watchdog for terror financing and money laundering — has placed India’s nuclear-armed neighbour in the “enhanced blacklist” for its failure to meet global standards.The big development came after APG found terror state Pakistan non-compliant on 32 of the 40 compliance parameters on money-laundering and terror financing. The APG conducted a meeting at Canberra in Australia on Thursday, August 22, regarding a five-year mutual evaluation of Pakistan’s progress on upgrading its systems in areas of financial and insurance services and sectors.On 11 effectiveness parameters, Pakistan was adjudged as low as 10.On Wednesday, Pakistan had submitted the compliance report on its 27-point action plan to the FATF. Despite its efforts, the terror state was not able to convince the 41-member plenary to upgrade it on any parameter. However, Pakistan has to focus on avoiding the blacklist in October 2019, when the 15-month timeline ends on the FATF’s 27-point action plan.Earlier, Pakistan was grey-listed by the FATF following pressure from the US, France, Germany and the UK.Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of lobbying to get it blacklisted.”We tried really hard to normalise ties with India. But they [India] exploited the situation. They exploited the Pulwama [attack] for their elections. They have been lobbying to get us blacklisted by the FATF (Financial Action Task Force] as well,” said Imran Khan as quoted by a news agency.The Pakistani PM also accused India of creating a “war-like” situation similar to the post-Pulwama terror attack to divert the world’s attention from the Jammu and Kashmir issue.(With agency inputs) IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … UN chief urges India & Pakistan to exercise ‘maximum restraint’ on Kashmir, recalls Simla agreement
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan
This Thursday, 5 July 2018 photo provided by Nabaa Media, a Syrian opposition media outlet, shows smoke rising over buildings that were hit by Syrian government forces bombardment, in Daraa province, southern Syria. Syrian state media and a war monitor say government forces have captured new areas along the border with Jordan and are on the verge of reaching a main crossing between the two countries. Photo : APSyrian government forces on Friday reached a vital border crossing with Jordan and raised the national flag for the first time in years, state media reported, reinstating sovereignty over a key region that potentially reopens the way for Syrian exports to Arab countries.State news agency SANA said the capture of the Naseeb border crossing happened Friday afternoon after a deal was reached between rebels and Russian mediators to end the violence in southern Syria.The capture of the Naseeb border crossing is another victory for president Bashar Assad’s forces, who have regained control of most of the country’s key cities from insurgents in recent years with the help of powerful allies Russia and Iran. It came after a crushing government offensive that began 19 June to retake southern Daraa province and the nearby Quneitra region that borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The assault has forced more than 330,000 residents to flee toward the sealed Jordanian border and the frontier with Israel in one of the largest displacements in the seven-year Syrian conflict. Dozens have been killed.Rebels seized control of the crossing in 2015, cutting a major lifeline for Syrian exports and disrupting a major trade route between Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and oil-rich gulf countries.There was no immediate comment from Jordan on the Syrian forces’ recapture of Naseeb crossing. On Twitter, Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman Safadi said Amman was holding talks with all parties to the Syrian crisis focused on ensuring the return of the displaced.”The solution is political and the protection of civilians, preventing their displacement and saving the (Syrian) brothers more suffering is everyone’s responsibility,” he wrote.Earlier on Friday, rebels said they reached an agreement with Russian mediators to end the violence in Daraa and surrender the Naseeb crossing point.Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the rebels’ joint operations room, said under the agreement, insurgents will begin to hand over some of their heavy weapons in return for a government pullout from several villages.Jabawi added that Russian military police would deploy along the border with Jordan, including the Naseeb crossing, and that rebels opposed to the deal will be evacuated to rebel-held regions in northern Syria.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 159 civilians have been killed since the offensive began two weeks ago, including 33 children.Friday’s agreement came after the bombardment of rebel-held areas intensified earlier this week after rebels rejected a deal with the Russians. The crushing new wave of attacks appears to have compelled the rebels to accept the deal.A Syrian man on the Syrian side of the border said he and his family have been camped out near the Jordanian border for 10 days after fleeing the bombardment and airstrikes. The 70-year-old, identifying himself only as Abu Mohammed, said Syrian troops were now heading for the border.”We are stuck here and God only knows what the regime will be doing now,” he said over the phone, with sounds of children around him.He said he was angry at Jordan for keeping its border closed “and watching us dying.” Bitterly, he added the Syrian army will now take over the crossing points with Jordan “so your (Jordan’s) economic interest will resume at our expense.”An Associated Press journalist on the Jordanian side of the border could see the Syrian side of the crossing known as Jaber, along with the former free zone, and some blue tents housing displaced people.Nabaa Media, an opposition activist collective, said the latest government assault on the area killed several people in the past 24 hours including a woman and her four children in a rebel-held village in Daraa. The agency posted a video showing what it said were the women and her children lying dead in a pickup truck.The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said in a statement Friday it received “horrific reports” of an entire family including four children being killed. It said the latest deaths bring to 65 the number of children reported killed in less than three weeks in southern Syria alone.”In the largest wave of displacement to hit southern Syria since the start of the seven-year-long war, an estimated 180,000 children have been forced to flee their homes with little resource for protection, shelter or assistance,” UNICEF said.Earlier on Friday, the government-controlled Central Military Media said government forces now control most of the towns and villages on the eastern side of southern Daraa province.
Category: gzianuamasoamfuy Samsung Sets Up Note 7 Exchange Booths at Major Airports
The Galaxy Note 7 is a complete disaster for Samsung. Not only has it been recalled once, but twice, and now it’s not going to be sold anymore. It’s even illegal to try and take one aboard a flight in the US and Samsung has had to ship out fireproof packaging in order for owners to safely mail back their faulty handsets.Now there’s another way to return your Note 7, and frequent travelers will be very happy to hear that Samsung is setting up Note 7 exchange booths at major airports around the world. Yes, that’s how big this problem is for Samsung–it needs manned booths at lots of airports.So far, the booths have been spotted at airports in Australia, South Korea, and the US, but more are sure to appear. An official customer service representative will be available at each booth to ensure your data is safely transferred off the fire-risk handset and on to another device. With Samsung actively trying to help Note 7 users buy another Samsung device, I’m sure the booths will be well-stocked with shiny, new alternatives. You may even get a $100 bill credit.These booths will be an especially welcome site for any frequent flyer who doesn’t have time to travel to a store, or who purchased their Note 7 in a country they won’t be returning to for months. All they need to do is allow enough time for the booth rep to carry out the data transfer and get them setup on a new handset.If nothing else, you’ve got to commend Samsung for its response to releasing a dangerous smartphone. They are trying really hard to get all the handsets back and ensure owners aren’t left without a phone. It’s just a real shame it happened in the first place, I hear the Note 7 was a great piece of kit.