For the youth by the youth

first_imgThis one is a must for the theatre lovers. The Yuva Natya Utsav 2014, organised by the Sahitya Kala Parishad and the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi, is all set to take over the Capital stage.Kicking off from 10 February, Delhi will witness a host of plays written and directed by the youth staged every day at Sri Ram Center for Art and Culture, Mandi House. The first day hosts the play Mahabhoj, directed by Tariq Hameed  and written by Mannu Bhandari. Day two has Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kaal Kothari, directed by-Atul Satya Kaushik and written by Swadesh Deepak. 12 February has Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pehli Kiran Tak directed by Raj Narayan Dixit and written by Surendra Verma.Swapanvasdatta, directed By Ramji Bali and written by Mahakavi Bhaas will be staged on 13 February. 14 February has Ek Kanth Vishpaayi, directed by Rajesh Tiwari and written by Dushyant Kumar and 15 February has Sabse Udaas Kavita, directed by Mritunjay Prabhakar and written by Swadesh Deepak. The last day will witness Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHanush, directed by Himansu B. Joshi  and written by Bhishm Sahni.The entry for all these plays are free, so make sure you head over on time. The plays are scheduled for 6:30 pm every evening.Sahitya Kala Parishad, the cultural wing of the Government of NCT of Delhi was setup in 1968 for the promotion and propagation of Art and Culture in Delhi. The Chief Minister of Govt. of NCT of Delhi is the Chairperson of the Sahitya Kala Parishad.As one of the most interactive department of the Delhi Government, Sahitya Kala Parishad for the past three decades and more has been carrying out its mandate with full vigor and dedication. The Parishad has, on one hand, revived and projected the age old, time tested traditions of the country and on the other hand, it has tried to encourage and provide platform to the new and innovative trends in plastic and performing arts which represent our lives and times. Parishad’s programmes are, at the same time, deep rooted in traditions and also branching out towards open skies crossing the boundaries of caste, creed, color and geographic limits. Its projects and programmes concentrate more on youth, women and weaker sections of society.WHEN: 10 to 16 February, 6:30 pm onwardsWHERE: Sri Ram Center for Art and Culturelast_img read more

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4 Ecommerce Trends to Watch Carefully for in 2019

first_imgJanuary 23, 2019 6 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Ecommerce enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2018, with global sales revenues estimated to have reached $2.8 trillion, according to Statista. This year, this figure is expected to rise to $3.5 trillion. To put this in perspective, if the ecommerce industry were a country, it would slot into the fifth spot, ahead of the United Kingdom, whose GDP as of April 2018 was $2.61 trillion.  Related: 3 Ecommerce Trends You Must Prepare for in 2019With such eye-opening figures, it’s little wonder there’s so much excitement surrounding the future of online retail. Amid all the hype about ecommerce, it’s easy to forget that this segment accounts for just 11.9 percent of the total retail sales around the world. Therefore, the market holds an extraordinary capacity for growth over the next decade. Below, I identify the four trends that ecommerce entrepreneurs should pay the closest attention to: 1. Smaller businesses using big data Yes, we’ve heard quite a lot about big data over the past two years, but it’s not going away. As more people come to grips with this new resource, this effort will increasingly separate the successful from the less successful ecommerce businesses. And this division will not be limited to behemoth ecommerce businesses either, because mid-range competitors too are now using their data reserves to mine unique insights. Big data, in fact, helps entrepreneurs analyze shopping behavior, trends and what products it is that are selling. It’s been proven to help ecommerce businesses make improvements in customer service, security and mobile commerce. It also powers the AI which is revolutionizing the industry (more on this below).  In short, big data is likely to power future developments in your ecommerce business. If you are planning on staying in the industry long term, you would be wise to study the latest developments.  2. Excellent customer service Shoppers are growing used to the convenience of ecommerce, and entrepreneurs need to ensure that the customer experience meets those people’s growing expectations. The purchasing journey needs to be smooth, reassuring and secure. Stores also need to be quick to respond to queries and resolve issues. Related: 5 Ecommerce Secrets the ‘Experts’ Aren’t Willing to Share With YouOne American Express study has found that more than half of Americans surveyed had canceled a purchase due to bad service. But take heart; you needn’t be the entrepreneur on the other end of that type of transaction. Instead, there are a number of ways you can deliver outstanding customer service: Ensure a smooth checkout: Too many ecommerce stores still have unnecessarily drawn-out checkouts. Consider whether you need any more than two stages, i.e., you can fill in the details on one page; then confirm those details and items on the next.  Be responsive: Whether it’s on social media or your website or via email or phone, your business should respond to any queries in a timely and professional manner. An increasing number of stores offer live chat on their sites, and the response of customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Deliver a personalized experience: Use your customer’s browsing and purchase history to deliver a personalized shopping experience. This is something Amazon has turned into an art form in recent years, directing its customers to the products that are most relevant to them and that they are more likely to buy.  Listen to your customers: Be proactive in looking for feedback and asking your customers about their experience. By asking for feedback, you’ll shape a more holistic view of your business and how it is perceived. Don’t be afraid to address criticism, either, even if it’s in public. In this way, you’ll identify your weaknesses and prove to customers that you take complaints seriously. Above all, understand that providing excellent customer service is no longer a bonus for an ecommerce business. It’s now the norm. 3. Enhanced AI Without good, well-ordered data, you will not be able to embrace the latest technologies that can drive revenue to your ecommerce store. AI is already evident in many ecommerce stores. Those automated live chatbots, advanced data analytics and inventory management tools? They are all powered by AI.  However, there are examples of stores taking it to the next level to deliver a highly personalized experience. Outdoor wear brand, The North Face, has recently unveiled a digitalized personal shopper which can guide customers to products. There are also voice search and mobile shopping, which enable people to shop on the move. 4. Improved personalization One of the factors behind Amazon’s success is its advanced product recommendations algorithm, which drives up to 35 percent of the company’s total sales. Using the buyer’s shopping habits, interests and even browsing history, the ecommerce giant is able to promote the products the buyer is most likely to purchase. Looking beyond Amazon, product recommendation engines have proven effective at delivering a personalized shopping experience and driving up revenue for stores. The key is to place those recommendations at optimum points in the purchasing process. First, ensure you have recommended products visible to your shoppers on the home page or after the point that they sign in. Then, once they have added items to their basket, ensure you have suggested complementary items. You can also suggest items at checkout.  Related: This Successful Ecommerce Entrepreneur Explains How to Tell The Difference Between Urgent and Important Product recommendation tools have the potential to turbocharge your store’s revenue overnight if you use them correctly. Final thoughtsEntrepreneurs who take the proactive approach, embrace the latest advances in tech and make use of data will reap the rewards in ecommerce. As AI becomes more mainstream, it is essential that ecommerce business owners take personalization to the next level. Simply having a product recommendation plugin is no longer enough; you need to be proactive and utilize tools in the right way, with well-curated data, to maximize their potential. Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Ħal Far murder Witness says his friend described Malta as nonracist

first_imgWhatsApp <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG8348.jpg” alt=”center_img” /> Compilation of evidence for the case related to the murder of Lassana Cisse in Ħal Far continued today. Lorin Scicluna and Francesco Fenech are being accused of the assassination of the Ivory Coast national.The hearing started with a Vodafone representative presenting documents to the Court.The coordinator of the Ħal Far Open Centre followed on the stand. He presented a logbook which had a remark that people had brought a man covered in blood to the centre to be assisted by the officials present there. The log read:“Security brought the injured resident to the centre with blood on his face and a wound on his head; at first he said he was involved in a fight in Birżebbuġa, and then he said he had been involved in a traffic accident.”He also explained that an ambulance was called and a report was made at the Birżebbuġa police station.Defence lawyer Gianella De Marco asked whether there were any security personnel present when the alleged incident took place, to which the coordinator replied in the negative. He also replied that he had not confronted Malini about the accident.One of the victims, Ibrahim Bahh, hails from Guinea. He has been in Malta for the past eight months and resides at Ħal Far. Bahh had to be assisted by an interpreter to give his deposition. He said that he and his friend were on their way home on foot when they were allegedly shot at in Triq il-Ġebel.He added that he came to Malta because his friend told him that people are not racist. In his testimony, he explained that he had left an place of business in Birżebbuġa on the night of the tragic incident with one Muhammed Diallo from Gambia.Inspector Keith Arnaud asked Bahh if he remembered his way home and if he was heading directly home, to which the Guinean replied in the affirmative.The Magistrate then asked what happened on the way home. Bahh replied that whilst they were walking they heard “pum pum pum”, but did not think that it was the sound of a firearm. Later they also heard sounds similar to petards.When asked if he saw anything, the Guinean replied that there was a car that was moving towards Birżebbuġa from Ħal Far. He added that the car drove past them and he kept on hearing the shots being fired. He had no idea on the number of shots that he heard at that time; then he felt something trickling down his legs and saw a bullet.Bahh also said that everything happened in an interval of three minutes. When the Magistrate asked if he saw something, he replied that he saw the car driving towards them.At one point, defence lawyer De Marco objected to the translation that was being made and reminded the translator to remain faithful to the questions that were being asked. Tonna Lowell added that the translator had added a suggestion to the question that had been asked by Inspector Arnaud. The translator rebutted that the witness did not speak standard French.When Bahh was asked to describe the vehicle, he replied “blank”, bewildering the translator, to which the Magistrate intervened and said that even he understood that he meant ‘blanc’ (‘white’), and that the translator needed to be practical and not waste the Court’s time.Bahh continued saying that he did not see who shot at them, and that when he realised that he had been shot he ran in the fields with his friend.De Marco then remarked that the translator was not communicating everything that Bahh was saying. To this end, the Magistrate asked Bahh to take the translator’s place on the stand so that the Court could record his words.The Guinean continued and said that he took his mobile out of bag and called his friend so that the latter could contact the police; however, the friend told him that he did not know the police contact number.Bahh said that he stayed in the fields until he saw the police coming up from Birżebbuġa. He added that he spent two weeks at Mater Dei Hospital following that night and said that the only injuries that he suffered were in his buttocks.When the prosecution asked him whether he knew anyone of the two accused men, he replied, “no,no,no”.A CID officer then gave his testimony on how security camera footage was analysed and how his colleagues had followed the car that appeared on the cameras all the way to Triq is-Sorrijiet in Paola.He also explained that when they arrested Lorin Scicluna, he voluntarily showed them the car, gave them a set of keys that included keys to his house and garage and showed them firearms and munition under his bed.The CID officer also explained that following the search at Scicluna’s house, the accused exchanged communication with his lawyer for around an hour at the police depot. He added that a colleague of his had told lawyer Jason Azzopardi that the story was not adding up. Azzopardi then advised his client (Scicluna) to tell the truth, as the latter started crying and then told them to go to Delimara where he had thrown away the firearm used on the tragic night that left Lissana Cisse dead.He also said that Scicluna at one point told him that it was not him repeatedly, and he only finally mentioned Francesco Fenech when he was alone with the sergeant.The police officer also explained footage of a black Volkswagen driving to Scicluna’s garage, which was Fenech’s car.A second CID member testified that the investigations had led to Attard and Paola because Lorin Scicluna wanted to show the police where he had met with the man. He also said that while he was in Paola, he also heard Scicluna say that he was not the one that fired the shots in Ħal Far; he had then started crying.Inspector Keith Arnaud then presented Fenech and Scicluna’s mobiles with their pin codes to the court, as well as the Toyota Starlet that is currently at the Police’s Forensic Laboratories.Arnaud asked the Court to issue a confiscation order for Francesco Fenech’s car to confirm whether or not it is the same vehicle that appears on the footage mentioned by the first CID officer that took to the witness stand. The Court will appoint a surveyor who will be inspecting the car.The Court then found no objection to release Lassana Cisse’s corpse as all the necessary investigations had been done. Lawyer Arthur Azzopardi was requested to present a note to the Court to explain who will be taking Lassana Cisse’s body following its release.The case has been adjourned to the 25th of July.Prosecution was led by Inspector Keith Arnaud. Nadia Attard was the Attorney General’s Office representative. Arthur Azzopardi is representing parte civile.Lorin Scicluna is being represented in Court by Franco Debono, Kris Busietta and Julian Farrugia while Francesco Fenech is being defended by Gianella De Marco and Stephen Tonna Lowell.last_img read more

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