Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Civic hatchback in Sport Touring trim looks a little meaner and can be had with a six-speed manual. Honda The present generation of Honda Civic is better than it’s been in a really long time. So when Honda announced on Thursday that it was tweaking the hatchback version for 2020, we were psyched.The changes to the Civic hatch aren’t massive, but that’s no bad thing because the car was already good. The most significant change — and the one that’s going to get enthusiasts’ hearts pumping the most — is the addition of a six-speed manual transmission in the top Sport Touring trim level. If you know Honda, then you know that gearbox is going to be good.In addition to the six-speed manual, Honda is offering a CVT transmission, and with that choice, you get remote start. The Sport trim level also gets push-button ignition and keyless entry as standard.Enlarge ImageThe interior of the 2020 Civic hatchback sports an updated infotainment system and typical Honda practicality. Honda Next, the big H made some slight adjustments to the vehicle’s styling; specifically, it gave the hatchback a more aggressive look in the front and rear. Now, it’s definitely not Civic Type R levels of aggression, but it suits the car quite well.Inside, Honda is using the dashboard trim to help differentiate between trim levels. For example, top-spec EX-L and Sport Touring get a brushed black finish while the Sport trim gets a geometric pattern. Also on deck is an upgraded Display Audio system which still offers physical controls and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.Pricing for the 2020 Civic hatchback ranges from $21,580 for the base LX model with the CVT transmission and $22,750 for the Sport trim with manual transmission to $29,780 for the Sport Touring model with CVT, and all are set to go on sale on Friday. 2019 Honda Civic Sedan: Small visual updates and friendlier tech More From Roadshow 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Preview • Apple CarPlay lets iOS take over a Mercedes-Benz Honda Tags 2 Share your voice News • 2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna eligible for Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa retrofit Hatchbacks Car Industry Honda 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box More about Apple CarPlay Comments Honda Civic Type R TCR is one serious $172,000 race car 4:41 Review • Apple CarPlay review: What’s it like after one month of heavy use? Now playing: Watch this: 63 Photos
A man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters fileIndian markets ended the week on a strong note on Friday, tracking gains in Asian stocks on easing concerns over higher rates and inflation.Investors bought shares of recent underperformers such as pharma and financials after a tumultous last week.The Sensex ended higher 322 points, or 0.95 percent, at 34,142 and the Nifty gained 108 points, or 1.04 percent, at 10,491. The Indian rupee strengthened against the U.S. dollar on the back of gains in local equity markets.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.73 on Friday, up 0.50 percent from its previous close of 63.05.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.3 percent, while foreign investors have bought $895.80 million and $1.68 billion in equity and debt markets, respectively.The stock markets remain close on March 2 on account of Holi.Here’s what to watch in the coming days.Powell’s testimonyMarkets may well get a jolt of additional information on the outlook for U.S. interest rates over the coming week as newly appointed Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell presents his first semi-annual testimony starting on Tuesday to both the houses of the U.S. Congress.His comments could shed some light on the ongoing debate over the pace of rate hikes this year and beyond.Powell will deliver the pre-released semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to CongressIndeed, markets will be keenly watching Powell’s performance from a confidence standpoint given he is a seasoned veteran but not an economist who is following in Yellen’s footsteps, according to a note by Scotia Bank.Italy votesSo far markets have largely ignored the Italian election but things are likely to change next week.Italians go to the polls on March 4 and the result is expected to be officially announced on Monday.The main parties to watch are Forza Italia, headed by Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister; Democratic Party, headed by Matteo Renzi, also a former prime minister who quit the post in 2016; and 5 Star Movement with Luigi Di Maio as its leader.Opinion polls in the months leading up to the election have pointed to a hung parliament where no one party will gain a majority to govern alone.However, polls have shown that although Berlusconi’s center-right is seen as the strongest coalition, M5S is the most popular single party.Italy is the euro zone’s third largest economy and the vote could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s fragile economy, mirred with bad debts and soaring unemployment.Auto sales dataAuto stocks will be in focus as the auto companies will start announcing monthly sales numbers for February 2018 starting from Thursday.Economic dataManufacturing: Markit Economics will unveil the results of a monthly survey on the performance of India’s manufacturing sector for February on Wednesday.Q3 GDP: The government will announce data on third quarter gross domestic product on Wednesday. GDP growth had recovered to 6.3 percent in the third quarter from 5.7 percent recorded in the first quarter.U.S. home sales, GDP: In U.S., the data on new home sales measuring the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during January will be announced on Monday. Fourth quarter GDP data and pending home sales data for January will be unveiled on Wednesday.
Kalna (WB): An alleged serial killer, who targeted middle-aged women when they were alone at home, has been arrested in this small town in East Burdwan district, the police said Tuesday. Kamaruzzaman Sarkar, a small-time trader of discarded materials, is a suspect in the killing of five women and injuring several others in East Burdwan and neighbouring Hooghly districts, the police said. The 42-year old Sarkar, attired in trendy clothes, would enter homes during afternoon hours in the pretext of taking electricity meter readings and then pounce upon the women with a cycle chain and an iron rod, Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata East Burdwan Superintendent of Police, Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay said that the district court has on Monday remanded Sarkar to 12 days in police custody in connection with the murder of Putul Majhi at Goara village here on May 21. The SP said that the police sought Sarkar’s custody to interrogate him on his role in the other four murders, all of which were committed in the same manner. Some women had managed to escape attacks by the diminutive man, whose modus operandi was to strangulate them with a chain and then hit them on the head to ensure death. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “Though he would escape with some valuables from the houses of his victims, but theft does not seem to be the motive. Murdering the women seemed to be his main target,” Mukhopadhyay said. Police said that the accused had allegedly inserted sharp materials into the private parts of some of his victims following their death. “We are interrogating him to understand why he targeted middle-aged women,” the SP said. Sarkar, married with three children, may have had some grudge on women of the said age bracket over some personal issue and this angle is being investigated, said a police officer. The accused, riding a red motorbike and wearing a red helmet was arrested in Kalna on Sunday after being stopped by a civic police volunteer on suspicion. Following the murder of Putul Majhi, the district police had distributed CCTV footage of a suspect wearing a red helmet and riding a red motorbike to all police stations. Sarkar is suspected to have killed Pushpa Das of Anukhal area on January 27, the police said. On April 4, Rita Roy and Mamata Kishku were killed within a few hours of each other in Memari police station area of the district. One Soni Yadav of Memari was also killed in the same manner, the police said. Swarupa Bibi of Rongpara here was one of the lucky few to have escaped his attack. She was allegedly attacked from behind with a cycle chain, but she managed to shrug off the attacker and raise an alarm.
3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 14, 2012 This story appears in the March 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The phone calls were driving Ray Chang crazy. His seven-employee company, Motorsport Lab, was hours into its first Groupon deal–a one-hour supercar driving session priced at $89, a whopping 82 percent discount–and the number of calls flooding the Boston office was out of control.”It was mayhem,” recalls Chang, whose company sells driving experiences in exotic cars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis to New England- and Arizona-area marketing campaigns and events. “We were keeping track of all our appointments in Google Docs. When we sold 1,500 Groupons that first day, I thought, How are we going to make this work?”The answer came from a massage. Chang had booked one several weeks earlier using Genbook, a new cloud-based service that lets small businesses automate their client appointments. Merchants integrate Genbook’s BookNow button into their website, Facebook page or blog; the button links to a customized, real-time reservations page that features the business’s logo, contact information, consumer reviews and related information.With 48 hours remaining on his Groupon offer, Chang migrated the scheduling chores to Genbook. “The phone calls stopped, because 99 percent of the people could figure out everything they needed to know online,” he says. “It revolutionized everything we do. We don’t have to take credit card numbers and answer the same questions over the phone anymore, and customers can book anytime they want.”Motorsport Lab is just one of more than 5,000 North American small businesses implementing the online booking service. “Scheduling is the most critical task a business does day in and day out,” says Genbook founder and CEO Rody Moore, who started the San Francisco-based company in 2007. “Ten years ago, consumers felt put out if they had to book a flight or a restaurant reservation online. Now customers expect an online option.”In its startup incarnation, Genbook offered its platform to digital advertisers to help them manage media schedules across hundreds of websites. But in 2008 the company pivoted to its current, monthly subscription service and expanded its customer base. Chiropractors, massage therapists and other one-person operations made up the bulk of Genbook’s early adopters, but a growing number of larger businesses, such as spas, have since joined the platform. And their customers have embraced the service, too: An average of 500,000 appointments are being scheduled every month.”Scheduling is the most critical task a business does day in and day out.” –Rody Moore, GenbookThe booking service offers packages that cater to outfits of all sizes. Genbook Solo schedules one person’s clients for $19.95 per month; Genbook Standard manages an unlimited number of calendars for $39.95 per month. This year, the company–which has been bankrolled by $5.6 million from Neo Technology Ventures and Moore himself–launched an analytics dashboard to help merchants leverage “the massive amount of data generated through the act of making an appointment or reservation,” Moore says, adding that key metrics include customer preferences among services offered, sales trends and individual employee performance.Back at Motorsport Lab, Genbook has allowed Chang to fully automate the company’s scheduling and, as a result, shed staff and save $50,000 per year.”Genbook makes it so much easier to communicate accurate and up-to-date information about our business to people,” Chang says. “We still get a few calls with questions we can’t answer online, but Genbook handles just about everything else. To me, it’s a no-brainer.”
Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Share Posted by TORONTO — More than 3.7 million visits were made to the UK in April 2017, up 19% compared to the same month last year and the highest April since records began, according to VisitBritain.Overseas visitors spent a record £2 billion in April, 20% up on the same month last year.VisitBritain says the figures come on the back of a record first-quarter for inbound visits to the UK and spend.This year “is off to an exceptional start for North American inbound tourism to the UK, up 16% from January to April, compared to the same period last year,” said VisitBritain’s Interim Executive Vice President, Americas, Paul Gauger. “We’re thrilled to continue the momentum from 2016, moving into peak summer season, and showcase why there has never been a better time to visit Britain.”These latest figures bring the number of inbound visits to the UK for January to April this year to a record 11.8 million, 11% up on the same period in 2016 with visitors spending £6.2 billion, up 14% and also setting a new record. Growth this year has been led from long-haul regions including North America with more than one million visits from January to April, up 16% compared to the same period last year.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThere were a record 8.3 million visits from the EU from January to April this year, up 7% on 2016.Strong growth has also been seen in holiday visits with a record 4.4 million visits from January to April this year, up 26% on the same period in 2016.VisitBritain says the latest flight booking data from ForwardKeys shows that bookings for international arrivals to the UK during the summer are currently tracking 12% ahead of the same period last year.Visitors from Canada made 828,000 visits to the U.K. in 2016 – up 17% compared to the previous year. This represents the highest visitor numbers since 2006. In 2016 Canadians spent £634 million across Britain, a new annual spend record. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: VisitBritain Weak pound makes for a record April for overseas visits, spend to the UK
Share Tags: Events, PropelTO, Toronto Travelweek Group Posted by PropelTO networking group launches in Toronto for all ages in the travel industry Thursday, July 25, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — From the ashes of Young Travel Professionals (YTP) rises a new networking group in Toronto called PropelTO, giving the travel industry a place to network, connect and share ideas.The sold-out launch event, sponsored by Tour Radar and Sherpa, was held last night at the Toronto Island Marina & Yacht Club and successfully brought together over 100 industry professionals of all ages.“When YTP disbanded all its global chapters in April, the Toronto board still saw an undeniable need to provide a venue for community and networking in a relaxed setting, for those of us who are passionate about driving the industry forward, “ says Iris Serbanescu, PropelTO board member and TourRadar’s director of partnerships.The main difference between YTP and PropelTO is that it intends to be more inclusive, welcoming all ages. Added Annie Ewing, PropelTO board member and TTI luxury travel advisor: “Rather than focusing on an age cohort, we are building a membership that is enthusiastic and forward-thinking about the future of the travel industry at any age.”The vision for PropelTO is to continue having causal networking events, like the launch event on the island, but also to incorporate roundtable discussions and leading edge speakers into the event series. PropelTO intends to be a voice of the travel industry and would like to be a collaborative association, getting ideas from its members and focusing on community engagement.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAt the event last night, travel professionals had the chance to network, enjoy food and beverages and take in the beautiful views of the Toronto skyline. Also, an open mic session allowed guests 30 seconds to promote their brand and job openings or share anything that might be relevant to the group. This will be a staple of events going forward, with the next event planned for September.“The event was awesome and I was able to meet a lot of different people within a short period of time. When the age limit was lifted, it seems like there were a lot more people in attendance and it was a great opportunity for me to connect with many different people across the industry,” says Kate Ivchenko, Wheels Up Network content manger and PropelTO member.Here’s how you can get involved in PropelTO:• Become a member and get notified of future events by signing up at propelto.org/#join-us• Volunteer to be an Ambassador and help recruit attendees for future events• Follow us on Facebook and use #PropelTO in social media postsMore news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyPropelTO is also seeking corporate event sponsors. Like-minded travel businesses can benefit from connecting with PropelTO’s membership base in person. Sponsors would commit to covering all or some of the cost of drinks and snacks in exchange for a chance to scout potential new hires, increase brand awareness and receive marketing privileges.“We all love working in the travel industry and know that there is a lot of passion, knowledge and ideas floating around the community. We intended to bring together all individuals that are committed to creating an even better industry for the future, as well as continuing to build our industry friendships” says Devin Kinasz, board member and Travelweek publisher.For more information contact PropelTO at firstname.lastname@example.org.