Friday, December 13, 2019

New Jaguar Lifestyle Collection Inspired by Classic Mark 2 Saloon will Unveil for Christmas


* Exclusive apparel and lifestyle accessories celebrate legendary Mark 2 Saloon on its 60th anniversary
* New range includes heritage art prints, ‘ultimate getaway car’  T-shirt, espresso set and zip-up jacket
* The Mark 2 was launched in 1959 and went on to inspire future generations of Jaguar sport saloons
* New collection is part of a Jaguar lifestyle range perfect for Christmas gifts

Jaguar has channeled the timeless design of its legendary Mark 2 saloon for a new range of clothes and accessories – perfect for Christmas.

The lifestyle collection celebrates the famous model’s 60th anniversary with the exceptional attention to detail Jaguar cars have always been renowned for.

A choice of three heritage art prints capture the spirit of the original sports saloon, while a set of four espresso cups feature graphics inspired by the Mark 2’s distinctive twin headlamps.

The Mark 2's role in popular culture is celebrated on a T-shirt with the ‘Ultimate Getaway Car’ printed on the back. Available in three colours, it also has an instantly recognisable graphic of the car's shape. A zip-up cotton jacket features the same stylised image on the inner lining while a cap showcases a second design.

Joe Sinclair, Jaguar Land Rover Director of Branded Goods and Licensing, said: “We wanted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legendary Mark 2 in a way that allowed enthusiasts to show their admiration for the car. It’s such an iconic vehicle that this collection will appeal to anyone interested in enduring design and classic vehicles. They are perfect Christmas gifts.”

The Jaguar Mark 2 was launched in 1959 at the Earls Court Motor Show, London, and became an overnight sensation, embodying all three attributes from William Lyons’ famous advertising slogan: Grace, space and pace. It was available with a choice of powerful XK- derived six-cylinder engines, including the top-of-the-range 3.8 l that delivered 164 kW (223 PS) and a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph).

Along with its reputation for its exceptional on-road performance, the Mark 2 was also part of Jaguar’s motorsport success story, with Roy Salvadori and Graham Hill among the greats to drive it to victory in saloon car races.

New Tool from the Center for AI in Society at USC Aims to Prevent Suicide Among Youth

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the suicide rate for individuals 10 – 24 years has increased 56% between 2007 and 2017. In comparison to the general population, more than half of people experiencing homelessness have had thoughts of suicide or have attempted suicide, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council reported.

Phebe Vayanos, assistant professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has been enlisting the help of a powerful ally –artificial intelligence– to help mitigate the risk of suicide.

“In this research, we wanted to find ways to mitigate suicidal ideation and death among youth. Our idea was to leverage real-life social network information to build a support network of strategically positioned individuals that can ‘watch-out’ for their friends and refer them to help as needed,” Vayanos said.

Vayanos, an associate director at USC’s Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS), and her team have been working over the last couple of years to design an algorithm capable of identifying who in a given real-life social group would be the best persons to be trained as “gatekeepers” capable of identifying warning signs of suicide and how to respond.

Vayanos and Ph.D. candidate Aida Rahmattalabi, the lead author of the study “Exploring Algorithmic Fairness in Robust Graph Covering Problems,” investigated the potential of social connections such as friends, relatives, and acquaintances to help mitigate the risk of suicide. Their paper will be presented at the Thirty-third Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) in December 2019.

“We want to ensure that a maximum number of people are being watched out for, taking into account resource limitations and uncertainties of open world deployment. For example, if some of the people in the network are not able to make it to the gatekeeper training, we still want to have a robust support network,” Vayanos said.

For this study, Vayanos and Rahmattalabi looked at the web of social relationships of young people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, given that 1 in 2 youth who are homeless have considered suicide.

“Our algorithm can improve the efficiency of suicide prevention trainings for this particularly vulnerable population,” Vayanos said.

For Vayanos, efficiency translates into developing a model and algorithm that can stretch limited resources as far as they can go. In this scenario, the limited resources are the human gatekeepers. This algorithm tries to plan how these individuals can be best positioned and trained in a network to watch out for others.

“If you are strategic,” says Vayanos, “you can cover more people and you can have a more robust network of support.”

“Through this study, we can also help inform policymakers who are making decisions regarding funding on suicide prevention initiatives; for example, by sharing with them the minimum number of people who need to receive the gatekeeper training to ensure that all youth have at least one trained friend who can watch out for them,” Vayanos said.

 “Our aim is to protect as many youths as possible,” said lead author, Rahmattalabi.

An important goal when deploying this A.I. system is to ensure fairness and transparency.

“We often work in environments that have limited resources, and this tends to disproportionately affect historically marginalized and vulnerable populations,” said co-author on the study Anthony Fulginiti, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Denver who received his Ph.D. from USC, having begun his research with Eric Rice, founding director of USC CAIS.

“This algorithm can help us find a subset of people in a social network that gives us the best chance that youth will be connected to someone who has been trained when dealing with resource constraints and other uncertainties,” said Fulginiti.

This work is particularly important for vulnerable populations, say the researchers, particularly for youth who are experiencing homelessness.

“"One of the surprising things we discovered in our experiments based on social networks of homeless youth is that existing A.I. algorithms, if deployed without customization, result in discriminatory outcomes by up to 68% difference in protection rate across races. The goal is to make this algorithm as fair as possible and adjust the algorithm to protect those groups that are worse off,” Rahmattalabi said.

The USC CAIS researchers want to ensure that “gatekeeper” coverage of the more vulnerable groups is as high as possible. Their algorithm reduced the bias in coverage in real-life social networks of homeless youth by as much as 20%.

Said Rahmattalabi: “Not only does our solution advance the field of computer science by addressing a computationally hard problem, but also it pushes the boundaries of social work and risk management science by bringing in computational methods into design and deployment of prevention programs.”

The research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office and involves collaborators: Eric Rice, associate professor at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and founding director of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society; Anthony Fulginiti, an assistant professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work; Milind Tambe, professor of computer science at Harvard University; Brryian Wilder, Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at Harvard; and Amulya Yadav (’18 Ph.D.), assistant professor of computer science at Penn State University.

Tata Motors Announces the Launch of New Generation Prima and Ultra Trucks in Kuwait

Tata Motors, one of the world’s leading automobile brands today officially launched its new generation range of Prima and Ultra trucks in Kuwait, specially designed to meet the changing customer needs.

The world smart Tata Prima with its power, sustainable speed, safety and reliability, best-in-class, aggregates, cabin features and comfort, is designed for long-distance/ hours of transportation. While, the Tata Ultra offers faster turnaround time and enhanced profitability for any goods carrying business, making it an ideal business utility vehicle  partner for movement of materials across distances.

The launch of the new products come in line with the successful delivery by Tata Motors for orders from Waste Management and Cleaning Companies operating for the Kuwait Municipality. Tata Motors bagged the contracts that includes the use of its new generation Prima and Ultra trucks for municipality cleaning projects for the next 5 years.

Tata Motors emerged as the single largest OEM to supply trucks spanning the heavy, medium and light categories for various applications for usage by the cleaning companies in the Kuwait municipality. The quality of the trucks, and the strong service footprint, makes it the perfect partner to support the Kuwaiti government's drive for modern and efficient civic infrastructure development. It is also the largest single order of Tata Prima trucks and is thereby setting new benchmarks for performance and success in international markets.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rudrarup Maitra, Head - International Business, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Ltd. said, “Tata Motors is a well-known brand in Kuwait.  With our new range of future ready products, we will continue to play an active role in the commercial vehicles industry and work closely with our customers here to develop and bring world class products and solutions catering to varied needs of the country.

The recent order is reflective of our commitment to be an integral participant in the international landscape as well. The vehicles will help boost brand visibility for Tata Motors. Further we hope to continue our long and rewarding partnership with the Waste Management and Cleaning companies operating in the Kuwait Municipality. We also conducted training workshops for the technicians and drivers to familiarize them with the vehicles, to have better drivability and performance.

Having been extensively tested to confirm with global standards, the next-generation range of Tata PRIMA commercial vehicles boasts world renowned aggregates and build quality, higher emission norms, comfort with driving dynamics, optimized drivelines and continues to offer advantages of a Tata Motors commercial vehicle of lowest total cost of ownership.

The Tata ULTRA comes with superior performance, a comfortable walk-through cabin, new generation driveline with optimized aggregates for higher performance and multiple load-body configurations, offering customers the advantage of increased productivity and longer life. It gives value for money and durability with TAT (Turnaround Time) hence ensuring lowest cost of operations.

We are confident that through our trusted partnership with Al Zayani Company, we will be successful in establishing a long-term relationship with our customers.”

Mr. Nail Alzayani, Managing Director, Al Zayani Group said “The new next-generation range of commercial vehicles by Tata Motors, the Tata Prima & Tata Ultra brand are shaped by technology, and is in every sense, giving GCC customers competitive business advantages, with the trusted credentials of the Tata Motors brand. We cherish our partnership with Tata Motors and are geared to deliver a blend of high quality and unique value to our customers in Kuwait”.

L&T and Komatsu Launch Global Hydraulic Excavator at Excon 2019

Komatsu India Pvt Ltd and Larsen & Toubro have put together an impressive show at Excon 2019, South Asia’s largest construction equipment exhibition, showcasing technological strengths and service capabilities.

Komatsu, Scania and L&T have put up a display of 19 machines at Excon 2019 that opened on 10th December. The star of the show is Komatsu PC210-10MO Hydraulic Excavator, the next generation machine, which has been launched at Excon today.

The machine was jointly launched by Mr. Arvind K. Garg, Executive Vice-President, Construction & Mining Machinery, L&T, and Mr. M. Kamizono, Managing Director, KIPL, amidst a large gathering of customers, financiers and dealers who came to witness the launch. 

Komatsu PC210-10MO is expected to revolutionize the 20-ton class excavator segment. This truly efficient and eco-friendly machine is 20 per cent more productive and is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, PC210-8M0.

The new model is the result of Komatsu’s cutting-edge technology and has been specially developed to suit Indian conditions. It promises to give a new dimension to the industry, which has been looking for a highly productive machine to scale new peaks in performance.

Coinciding with the occasion, L&T launched Komatsu G2-LI, a multipurpose grease designed for all components covering majority of the Komatsu range of construction equipment. It is an extreme pressure lithium grease with excellent mechanical stability, which means that this grease maintains its consistency for long hours.

Apart from these, NTG (next truck generation) Scania G440 XT Heavy Tipper is on display in the L&T Pavilion at Excon 2019. With its unique modular system, Scania G440 will deliver higher productivity as well as customized transport solutions. The tipper is integrated with upgraded powertrain resulting in higher load carrying capacity, fuel efficiency, higher uptime, better fuel economy and operator comfort.

Other Komatsu machines on display in the L&T Pavilion include a wide range of hydraulic excavators -- PC71, PC130, PC300-8, PC350-8 and PC450 that are popular in the construction industry and manufactured by Komatsu India Pvt Ltd at its state-of-the-art facility in Oragadam, Chennai.

D85 Crawler Dozer and GD535 Motor Grader, imported from Komatsu Ltd, are also in the bouquet of offerings.

These machines are for multiple applications such as earthwork, land development, irrigation, blue metal quarry and have already set new benchmarks across the industry.

All Komatsu machines are digitalized and equipped with Machine Tracking systems such as KOMTRAX, which enable the users monitor the equipment health and bring in efficiency.

As part of the Make in India, L&T Construction Equipment Ltd offers a wide range of road machinery ~ L&T 9020sx Wheel Loader, L&T 1190 / L&T 990HF/ L&T 491 Vibratory Compactors, L&T 2490 Pneumatic Tyred Roller, Hydraulic Paver and Skid Steer Loader. These equipment incorporate world-class features and are fitted with L&T DigiEye for online tracking.


Larsen & Toubro is an Indian multinational engaged in technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services with over USD 21 billion in revenue. It operates in over 30 countries worldwide. A strong, customer–focused approach and the constant quest for top-class quality have enabled L&T to attain and sustain leadership in its major lines of business for eight decades.

Sister Bini Mol T Lead Nursing Supervisor – Malathi Manipal Hospitals Awarded Florence Nightingale Award 2019

Ms. Bini Mol T, Lead Nursing Supervisor at Malathi Manipal Hospital was awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale Award 2019 by the Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri. B. S. Yediyurappa today.

The Florence Nightingale Medal is the highest international distinction that can be awarded to a nurse. It recognizes exceptional courage and devotion towards caring for victims of a natural disaster, exemplary services, creative and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education.

Sharing her happiness on receiving the prestigious Florence Nightingale Award, Sister Bini Mol T Lead Nursing Supervisor, Malathi Manipal Hospitals said, “Iam extremely happy and privileged to receive the prestigious Florence Nightingale award and honoured  for the recognition. I take this opportunity to thank Manipal Hospitals for keeping faith in my work and provided me the opportunity to be part of Manipal family. My heart felt gratitude to the Florence Nightingale committee for being instrumental in recognizing the nurses for their hard work. Without them, it would not have been possible to achieve such a prestigious award. This award inspires me to contribute much more to society.”

Sister Bini Mol T joined Manipal Hospitals in the year 2008 and has been associated with the Hospital for 11 years. She initially joined in the OPD and Emergency department but later moved the ladder as the lead nurse due to her relentless and selfless service.  She also played a crucial role  in evacuating the patients during a fire incident at Carlton Towers, Old Airport Road in the year 2010 and at Malathi Manipal Hospitals in the year 2017.

Sister Bini is the coordinator for all the health camps for old age homes and orphanage. She was also working closely on the Rubella and measles vaccination drive by Government of Karnataka and vaccinated close to 800 children.

Trend Micro Invests in Cloud Security Offerings: Steve Quane

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions provides optimized protection for workloads running on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, VMware and Docker, allowing customers to automate deployment for streamlined compliance and seamlessly secure DevOps.

In this regard, Trend Micro has received the highest score in the current offering and strategy categories, and among the second highest scores in the market presence category, in The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Workload Security, Q4 2019. Trend Micro believes that this recognition underscores the leadership of its cloud offerings and strategy as the peak of the cloud security market.

“We’ve invested significantly in our cloud security offerings, and I view this report as validation of our vision, continued innovation, and strong execution,” said Steve Quane, executive vice president of network defense and hybrid cloud security at Trend Micro. “We were one of the first security vendors to predict the growing appetite for cloud workload security solutions, and I think we have hit the bullseye on combining technology, partnerships and seamless integration of acquisitions over time.”

In addition to its comprehensiveness, Forrester recognized Trend Micro’s cloud security offering in multiple areas including:

“The solution is ideal for large firms with broad Cloud Workload Security (CWS) needs across workloads, hypervisors and containers.”
“The OS level, agent-based protections are very strong and include malware and memory protection, file integrity monitoring, host-based firewall, intrusion detection/intrusion prevention, log inspection and application binary control,” the report noted.
“Role-based access control (RBAC) is very flexible for administrators. Container runtime and pre-runtime checks are comprehensive, and the solution exposes a broad API for Deep Security policy control.”
Forrester rigorously evaluated 13 competitive security vendors across 30 criterion and in three distinct areas: current offering, strategy and market presence.

Trend Micro believes that this report complements another recently published recognition by another top analyst firm. The company was named the #1 vendor in Software-Defined Compute (SDC) workload protection by IDC in their new independent report: Worldwide Software Defined Compute Workload Security Market Shares, 2018 (DOC #US45638919, NOVEMBER 2019). This report revealed Trend Micro achieved a market share lead of 35.5%, almost triple its nearest competitor in 2018.

Lighting Major Signify Achieves Carbon Neutral Operations in India

Signify, the world leader in lighting, has achieved carbon neutrality in India, which is a part of its growth markets. The achievement is part of a total of five more markets – specifically ASEAN, Far East, India, Indonesia and Pacific – achieving carbon neutrality, boosting Signify’s number of markets with carbon-neutral operations to 15 out of a total of 19. This brings Signify a big step closer towards achieving 100% carbon-neutral operations in 2020, one of the goals of its “Brighter Lives, Better World” sustainability program.

By focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy consumption and office space optimization, the five markets have reduced their overall carbon emissions by 19% in 2019. This includes a reduction of 33% from non-industrial sites, 17% from industrial sites, 32% from business travel and 18% from logistics. Signify offsets its remaining emissions through contributions to projects that have a positive environmental and social impact, including small- to medium-sized wind farms in India and a hydro plant in Vietnam that operates without using a dam.

“I’m extremely proud of the relentless commitment of all our employees that resulted in this great milestone, showing that carbon neutrality is possible and that it is possible today,” said Sumit Padmakar Joshi, Market Leader – India at Signify. “We hope that our achievements inspire other companies around us and we call upon them to join initiatives that will result in global carbon neutrality by 2050.”

‘Brighter Lives, Better World’

Signify introduced its “Brighter Lives, Better World” sustainability program in 2016, setting ambitious sustainability goals for 2020, consisting of two pillars:

1. Sustainable revenues:

80% of revenues will come from sustainable products, systems and services by 2020
More than 2 billion LED lamps and luminaires delivered by 2020

2. Sustainable operations:

100% carbon neutral for operations
100% use of renewable electricity
Zero waste to landfill in manufacturing
Strive for a safe and healthy workplace with a total recordable case rate of less than 0.35
Ensuring a sustainable supply chain with a minimum supplier performance rate of 90%

As part of the company’s leadership in energy efficiency measures Signify is committed to the World Green Building Council’s initiative to have all of its buildings be carbon neutral by 2030. In addition, Signify supports The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative to operate a 100% electric and hybrid lease fleet by 2030 and its RE100 initiative to scale up the use of renewable electricity. To further support these initiatives, during Climate Week New York 2019, Signify called on companies and countries to join the Three Percent Club, so carbon neutrality can be achieved by 2050.

Signify was named Industry Leader in the Electrical Components and Equipment category of the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), receiving recognition for all its sustainability improvements for the third consecutive year.

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