12 Jan

Guyanese gunned down in NYC, brother critical

first_imgA West Bank Demerara (WBD), Region Three resident, who travelled to New York for his grandmother’s funeral was in the wee hours of Monday shot dead, while his brother is clinging to life after they were attacked by two men on 124th Street, South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York.Dead: Ricky KalisaranRicky Kalisaran, 31, of Lot 7 Klein Pouderoyen, WBD, was shot once to his back by one of the gun-toting bandits and left to die in front of a nightclub on 124th Street.His brother, Michael Kalisaran, 25, a resident of the US, was shot to his abdomen but when the bullet exit his body, it caused severe damage to a lung and kidney. He was admitted to the Jamaica Hospital, but was later transferred to a medical facility in Long Island to receive treatment.Anmarie George, an aunt of the two men, when contacted via telephone, told Guyana Times that Ricky and another brother, Vicky, arrived in the US on Saturday for their grandmother’s funeral, which is scheduled for Wednesday. She explained that based on reports they received, the two men were shot during a robbery.“From what we got, is that Michael forgot his mobile phone in his car and went to retrieve it when he was attacked by a group of men who attempted to take away a gold chain he was wearing and a scuffle started. After Rickey saw this, he went to his brother’s assistance and it was then we learnt that one of the men whipped out a gun and discharged a round hitting him to his back,” George revealed.She explained that after Ricky was shot, he was left on the roadway for about 45 minutes where he bled to death. His youngest brother was later picked up and rushed to the Jamaica Hospital.Detectives at the Scene early Monday morningThe Eyewitness News in New York reported that detectives were looking into whether the young men had left a nearby club prior to the shooting.“Police say the two men attempted to rob the brothers and they resisted, getting into a physical struggle with them. One of the men pulled a gun and shot them both. The men fled the scene in a dark coloured sedan,” the news entity reported.Further, it stated that a similar car crashed into another vehicle at 103rd Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard, and detectives were looking into whether the suspects were in that vehicle. After the crash, the car then proceeded onto the Belt Parkway and disappeared. No arrests have been made.Meanwhile, George explained that Michael’s condition was critical and the men’s mother was devastated. “She is in the process of preparing for her mother’s funeral… her father is hospitalised, now one of her sons is dead and the other is battling for his life… you could imagine her present condition,” the aunt added.Meanwhile, relatives in Guyana explained that they received the dreaded news about 03:30h on Monday. One relative who spoke with Guyana Times explained Ricky and his eldest brother Vicky along with their father lived in Barbados for some time before returning to Guyana.Ricky was described as a different “breed” in the family. He was jovial, loving and caring. He leaves to mourn his mother, his injured brother who is battling for his life, and two sisters.last_img read more

14 Sep

Why Arent Magazines Selling More

first_imgTAMPA, Florida—Magazines, when they sell, are a category powerhouse. So why aren’t they selling more? Day two of the Magazine Publishers of America’s 2008 Retail conference was dominated by data looking to answer that question. Surveys anchored the day’s presentations—from the role of magazines at retail from a female shopper’s perspective; to a Willard Bishop Grocery SuperStudy that highlighted the magazine category’s significant profit margin; and finally, a united call to action from three of the industry’s distributors. And while magazines do face some challenges at retail, the performance-based figures are very positive. Yet these figures are good only when magazines actually make it from shelf to shopping cart, a transition the day’s speakers and panelists paid special attention to.Magazine Shoppers Like to BuyWendy Liebmann, founder and CEO of retail market research firm WSL Strategic Retail, presented a niche version of WSL’s “How America Shops” survey that examined the magazine’s place in a shopper’s retail experience-how 700 (mostly female) shoppers who usually buy magazines compare to a broader population of shoppers that tend not to. Top-line findings show women who tend to buy magazines when they go shopping are cautious shoppers, but they like to browse. In fact, they’re a bit less price-sensitive, said Liebmann. Also, women who buy magazines at retail shop at a greater variety of channels, and are more likely to buy online: 71 percent of magazine shoppers shop online compared to 34 percent of regular shoppers. Magazines are number-one on the list of an affordable, less than $10, treat. Sixty-one percent surveyed prefer magazines over beverages, books and candy. Magazines Perform WellTom Griffith, senior consultant at Willard Bishop, another retail market research firm, presented findings from the firm’s Grocery SuperStudy, based on a calendar 2006 analysis of all departments and SKUs in a cross-section of stores. The study noted that while center-store space is shrinking in favor of perimeter space, magazines are a solid category performer. Among the findings: Within general merchandise, magazines generate 6.4 percent of sales and 16.3 percent of the profit at $.58 of profit per unit. Magazines provide a higher true profit per unit than other front-end categories: Gum, $.27; candy, $.12; carbonated beverages, $.08; and snacks, $.34.A Call to ActionA panel representing the industry’s major distributors-Drew Wintemberg, EVP sales, Time/Warner Retail, Jay Felts, SVP sales and marketing, Comag, and Jay Wysong, EVP and COO, Distribution Services, Inc.-offered a compelling call to action for the industry to improve retail sales. The day’s earlier presentations offered positive retail performance figures for the magazine category, and this panel offered some of their own, but the full sales potential of the category can only be met if the industry unites in its message to retailers, said Wintemberg. Despite rock-solid performance, retailers still aren’t giving magazines the space or attention needed to exploit the sales figures. “We, as an industry, have got to find a way to get together and make it easier to do business with our category,” said Wintemberg. “We have to put our egos aside because if we don’t we’re going to lose the space to other categories.”Wintemberg compared the effort needed to sell the category into retail to the effort the industry puts into lobbying for postal rates. “We need to mobilize our industry around newsstand in the same way as we have with our postal rate lobbying efforts. We need the same commitment,” he said.Comag’s Felts noted that when dealing at the retail level, the category must be sold first and then sell the title. “We need to secure the beachhead first, and then get into the individual titles,” he said.Felts said the category’s profitability, despite being comparatively high, remains hidden. “On the supply side, this comes across as an unnecessarily complex business, but we’re quickly approaching the $5 billion sales mark as a category in 2010.”Wintemberg said the panel’s presentation will soon be delivered to industry organizations to help facilitate the united message. “You have to take it and use it as a preamble every time you make a call. Treat this as an industry first,” he said.last_img read more

10 Sep

This 200 Fender Newport portable wireless speaker is on sale for 100

first_img Fender Newport $149 5 Photos The Cheapskate Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2:11 Share your voice Mentioned Above Fender Newport 4 places you should put smart speakers in your home See It $182 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img 2 The Fender Newport is a Bluetooth wireless speaker that packs great sound in a compact frame while still sporting the stylings of the company’s famous guitar amps.  Aloysius Low/CNET It’s too bad it’s too late to grab this for Father’s Day, because it has “Dad” written all over it. The Fender Newport is a wireless speaker modeled in that classic Fender style, perfect for anyone looking for a slick alternative to the standard Bluetooth brick. Read more: Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts you still have time to get When it debuted late in 2017, the speaker sold for $200 — and that’s still the price pretty much everywhere. However, for a limited time, and while supplies last, Music123 via eBay has the Fender Newport portable Bluetooth speaker for $99.99. Shipping is free, but delivery will take two to four business days — a bit too late for Father’s Day, alas. See it at eBayThe front of the speaker says a lot — it looks like a Fender amp! — but it’s on top where you really get the feels. You wouldn’t think knobs and switches could be a big deal, but, well, see for yourself:fendernewport-04The speaker uses physical controls for a more personal touch.  Aloysius Low/CNET I haven’t had the pleasure of trying one of these myself, but CNET did a hands-on preview of the Newport, so I’ll turn you over to that. Here’s a key takeaway:The Fender Newport packs lots of sound for its size, thanks to its two woofers and one tweeter. The sound is bold and balanced. It’s not too bass heavy, but you can turn that up if you like. The highs are clear with no cracking, even at full volume — which, I might add, is loud enough to hear clearly two rooms away. Fender promises around 12 hours of battery life, but unfortunately you have to use a proprietary charger and power brick; you can’t just connect a standard Micro-USB charger or the like.That said, I’m liking this deal a lot. So many Bluetooth speakers are so boring-looking. This one oozes cool. Fender’s Newport Bluetooth speaker is all about the classic look Walmart Preview • This Bluetooth speaker has old-school looks and great sound Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers See it Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: Bluetoothlast_img read more

31 Aug

Software engg builds organisation to help poor visuallyimpaired

first_imgSiliguri: A software engineer has started an organization to help visually impaired people and boost their mental power.Jitendra Jangra, a middle-aged man has named the organisation — ‘The wisdom of mind’ where he has served nearly 400 blind people for free in the past six years.His project constitutes of different brain exercises which help visually challenged people to strengthen their intuition so that they can relate to different colours, letters, words and even sentences. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeJangra, started off with social work after leaving his job at Chitkara University in Chandigarh, where he was working as a professor of technological sciences. He demonstrated on a student of class 5, Sidhdharth Sharma, in Siliguri on Tuesday, who could read the lines without looking at the paper that was given to him during the demonstration procedure.Jangra, the one-man army, runs the association free of cost for the visually handicapped and poor people. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile for private institutions, he has a few co-workers appointed under him, who are paid salaries based on different projects.”I am doing this to help the needy who cannot avail the expense of curing their eyesight and remain uneducated. We help people to build themselves,” stated Jangra.Institutions like Matrichaya in Matigara have a few blind students who, without family support, are being helped by the association.Jangra conceived the idea in June 2017 and work started off in the early months of this year. At present, teams from the Army and Airforce are being trained by the association that might help them in their field work.The upcoming projects are being executed in schools for the blind students in Kalimpong and various other parts of Sikkim.”There is an uncountable potentiality in human brain. I am trying to help people so that they use these potentialities which are often not known by the common people,” believes Jangra.last_img read more