20 May 2011Financial services group Discovery Holdings is aiming to take advantage of its unique behavioural economics business model with the launch of Discovery Insure, a new player in South Africa’s R50-billion short-term insurance market.According to Discovery CEO Adrian Gore, the company has studied the market for a number of years and is optimistic that they can bring structural change to the short-term industry.“Discovery clients have come to expect compelling product innovation that meets their needs,” Gore said in a statement this week. “We are confident that with Discovery Insure we will encourage consumers to change their behaviour and reap rewards for it.”Positive behavioural changeDiscovery Insure sets to achieve three key objectives: to structurally reduce the cost of insurance through positive behavioural change, to channel actuarial and risk management savings to significantly reduce the cost of fuel for clients, and to make the roads safer for families insured by Discovery.By channelling the actuarial and financial benefits of better driving, along with the efficient payment mechanism of DiscoveryCard, the BP fuel network and safer vehicles enabled through Tiger Wheel & Tyre, the VitalityDrive programme incentivises clients through valuable rewards.Advanced telematics technologyVitalityDrive is an incentive-based programme that gives clients valuable rewards for improving their driving. The programme uses the DQ-Track, the latest motor vehicle telematics technology, and proprietary algorithms to develop a scientific measure of driver behaviour.The application of advanced telematics technology ensures that Discovery Insure clients are safer and better protected on South Africa’s roads.Led by industry veteran Steffen Gilbert, Discovery Insure will offer comprehensive vehicle, personal and household cover.“I am delighted to head up a new business within the Discovery fold that we see improving the level of competitiveness in the market by rewarding members, not penalising consumers,” said Gilbert. “Innovation has been a hallmark of Discovery’s growth, and we intend to stay true to that ethos with Discovery Insure.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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Stressing that a values-based education helped promote ethics in society, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday called for the propagation of a culture of discussion, rather than dispute, to address thorny issues of caste, gender and other forms of discrimination.Remarking that Pune had long been a centre of education for Maharashtra and for the country, Mr. Kovind said, “the story of modern India owes much to the educational, reformist and progressive ideas that have flowed from this city and for which our nation is truly appreciative.”He observed that in their determined efforts to fight caste and gender discrimination and work for the weaker sections, Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule made education their chief weapon.“It was in Pune that in 1848 Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and his wife, Savitribai, opened what is believed to have been the first modern school in India exclusively for girls,” he said.Enumerating the contributions of Pune towards revolutionizing education in India, the President said the creation of the Deccan Education Society (DES) by Bal Gangadhar Tilak and his colleagues, and the contribution of Gopal Krishna Gokhale in setting up the ‘Servants of India Society’ has had an enduring legacy.“Each of these great men and women placed an emphasis on a culture of discussion rather than of dispute – and of addressing disagreements while being mindful of the other person’s dignity,” Mr. Kovind said.He noted that the Chief Architect of the Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, too, had a long relationship with Pune.“He [Dr. Ambedkar] too, had stressed on the importance of education as an instrument for social change and for building a just and egalitarian society,” said the President, while expressing satisfaction at the Maharashtra government’s decision to celebrate November 7 as ‘Students’ Day’.“This was the day [November 7], way back in the year 1900, when Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar enrolled in a school in Satara, and began his lifelong pursuit of academic excellence.”Exhorting children to imbibe strong values, he remarked that there were lessons of “culture, character, compassion and courage” that are perhaps not formally tested in a board examination.“But a child who internalizes these [values] will always be sensitive to world outside, to the underprivileged…these values will help in coping with change in a world evolving more rapidly than perhaps ever before,” he said.The President was in the city to inaugurate the Sadhu Vaswani International School which is coming up in the city’s Pradhikaran area. The function took place at the city’s Sadhu Vaswani Mission in the presence of Dada J.P. Vaswani – the 99-year-old spiritual leader and disciple of legendary educationist Sadhu T.L. Vaswani. “Sadhu Vaswani’s disciple Dada J.P. Vaswani has dedicated every moment to the cause of humanity. He has been an ambassador of Indian tradition and culture on countless platforms, within the country and abroad, including at the United Nations,” said the President.Also present on the occasion were veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani, Union Minister Prakash Javdekar and Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao.
News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? The video includes several Pokemon we’ve already seen in previous trailers, like Charizard and Ludicolo, as well as a few new ones in Sneasel, Rufflet, Torterra and Liepard. Most importantly, the teaser also features footage of Pikachu and Psyduck listening to spa music in the backseat of a car. You really have to see it to appreciate it. Some reactions on social media: $299 Can we talk about torterra and pangoro?Goddamn this movie is on point #DetectivePikachu #Pokemon pic.twitter.com/dA3DVw3jlZ— Mikk🍣 (@MikkuSushi) April 10, 2019 See It Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Walmart Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Pokemaniacs are excited about the movie, but its not their only cause for anticipation. Nintendo earlier this year announced Pokemon Sword and Shield, the first next-generation Pokemon games developed for the Nintendo Switch. (Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, while developed ground-up for the Switch, were remakes of Pokemon Yellow.) Nintendo says Sword and Shield will be out by the year’s end.Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on May 10. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. TV and Movies Gaming 9 Photos How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Comment Share your voice When it really comes to the “Take an animated thing and make it realistic” trend, between Disney, Sonic, and #DetectivePikachu, Detective Pikachu is amazing and imo is blowing them out of the water. The designs look true to the Pokemon, the spirit is there, it just feels RIGHT. pic.twitter.com/gssJ1yLn0S— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) April 10, 2019 Pokemon Go Plus keeps you catching them all without pulling out a phone $299 See It Charizard. Warner Bros. Are you ready for Detective Pikachu? If you answered yes you are clearly a liar, because no one could be ready for an eerily realistic, Ryan Reynolds-voiced Pikachu solving Pokemon-related crimes for 90 minutes.To get you as ready as can be, though, Warner Bros. on Wednesday released a new teaser for the film via Reynolds’ official YouTube account. It’s a bunch of Pokemon auditioning for roles in the movie. Like the previous trailers, it’s peculiar but also spectacular. (Or, if you were never involved in the Pokemon craze, completely baffling.) Nintendo Switch See it Amazon See It I though I couldn’t love squirtle anymore than I did. I was wrong. #DetectivePikachu pic.twitter.com/shT1Q4pk49— Kyle Bradley (@KyleBrad3) April 10, 2019 Best Buy Tags $289 Nintendo $299 1
Adam Savage, Jim Lee and more insiders on how to have your best con yet SDCC at nearly 50: The biggest convention ever had a very small start Stan Lee sang to me: 10 crazy Comic-Con moments I’ll never forget Share your voice See the best cosplay from Disney’s D23 Expo 41 Photos 62 Photos 1 The coiffureOn a Saturday afternoon, I meet up with my friend Hannah Stoppel to chat about cosplay and down a couple of desserts from a local bakery. About 20 bobby pins are digging into my scalp. Erin Carson/CNET I’m unbelievably lucky to have Hannah as a pal, for many reasons, including that she 1) studied costuming in college 2) works at a wig-making company 3) can seemingly sew anything, from Regency-era clothing to Daenerys Targaryen’s dress from when she arrived at Dragonstone Landing. Hannah even made her own wedding dress. We talk about how she learned to costume, and what to look for in wigs. We start perusing websites looking for something blond, medium-length, wavy and roughly $30.But when I find a wig from a company Hannah doesn’t know, I turn to the ORCs’ Facebook group in search of the amped-up cosplay community spirit I keep hearing about. The ORCs don’t disappoint. They freely give and receive help with everything from props to makeup and more. So when I ask if anyone knows anything about Big Epic Cosplay wigs, multiple people chime in. One person tells me she’s bought several from the company. Another actually has the exact model I’m looking into and tells me I might have to trim it a bit for Sabrina. When the wig arrives a week later, I slide it out of its mailing envelope — this soft blond thing, tucked in a ziplock and nestled in netting. I handle it like someone who’s never picked up a cat before. It sits on my coffee table for a few days until Hannah can tell me what to do with it. Now playing: Watch this: The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises More Comic-Con 2019 3:00 Comic-Con The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 When Hannah comes over, she shows me how to gather my hair atop my head with pin curls and braids. She demonstrates how to don the net wig cap, which involves putting the whole thing over the top half of my face for a moment, like I’m about to rob a bank, and then taming flyaway hairs using a pen to prod. Finally, we actually put on the wig, starting at the back. Somehow, my mass of wavy hair all fits beneath this groovy new artificial coif. I breathe a sigh of relief and think about the 20-some-odd bobby pins digging into my scalp. The coutureWeeks before I make the three-hour trek home to Nashville so my mom (maker of all my childhood Halloween costumes) can help me sew my dress, I descend into a black hole of dress patterns and lace collars and cuffs. Though you can find generic-ish patterns specifically for cosplay — I’m looking at you, medieval fur cape — there’s not an existing, available pattern for Sabrina’s red dress. What I have to go on are some screen shots from the show, and a dim sense from childhood of how my mom and I used to adapt patterns to fit our purposes. After two afternoons of searching, I find a pattern for a dress with long sleeves and a crew neck. The seams aren’t exactly where I need them, but I remind myself I’m not going for screen-accurate, I’m going for good enough, given it’s my first time cosplaying. Finding the collar and cuffs is a similar challenge. Etsy fails me. And even if I can find a collar, I can’t find matching cuffs. I just can’t seem to find anything that works. But then my mom, being a problem-solver extraordinaire, texts me a photo — she’s diced up a paper doily to fit around the crew neck of a T-shirt. For a first-timer, good enough basically means perfect. So, I hop on Amazon and order a six-pack of white, 10-inch crocheted doilies. And … the catIt essentially takes from Wednesday night to Friday morning (with breaks and brunches in between) to cut out the pattern, pin the pieces together, sew them, sew the zipper, adjust the hem, attach the collar and cuffs and sew on buttons. Overall, it goes well. The product of many days of hard work. Erin Carson/CNET Except for the presence of our cat Piper, a creature who’s been described on multiple occasions as a “threat to humanity.”From the get-go, Piper tries to nap on the fabric, launches herself onto the dining room table where we’ve got the pieces laid out, steals one of the pattern pieces and nearly shreds it, claws at the box for the sewing machine. Crafting with Piper in the house is like sitting on a raft while a shark circles in the water.Despite Piper’s best efforts, we finish the dress. My mom and I are gleeful.When I get back to Louisville, my neighbor greets me as I’m getting the dress and my luggage out of the car: “Hey, Sabrina!”Here’s the full breakdown:Wig: $32.99.Wig cap: Donation from Hannah.Fabric: $22.48 for 2.5 yards.Thread: $5.99.Buttons: $1.99 x 2.Zipper: $4.99.Doilies: $16.99.Black tights: I already own.Black shoes: I already own.Lipstick: $4.99.Originally published July 13. Update, Aug. 29: Adds reference to Dragon Con, taking place this weekend. No, that’s not me in my cosplay outfit. It’s Piper. She’s a menace. Erin Carson/CNET It’s 8:30 p.m. on a summer Wednesday, and my mom and I are walking through the fabric aisle of a Joann craft store, looking for a bolt in a specific shade of red. It’s not fire engine red, or candy apple red or even ruby red. We’re looking for blood red. With minutes to go before the store closes, we walk out with a few yards of fabric, thread, a 22-inch zipper and an urgency to get home and start cutting out a pattern for a dress that’s going to be my first attempt at cosplaying at none other than San Diego Comic-Con. At this point, you’ve probably heard about cosplay. Folks dress up as characters from TV, movies, comics, anime or even as characters from their own imaginations. Some outfits are more elaborate than others. You’ll often find cosplayers showing off their latest creations at conventions around the world, like SDCC, Disney’s D23 and Dragon Con, which takes place this weekend in Atlanta. Comment Though people have always dressed up in costume for one reason or another, the word “cosplay” is relatively new. The University of Montana traces the word back to 1984, as an anglicized version of the Japanese word “Kosupure” and a fusion of the words “costume” and “play.”Cosplaying has grown in popularity over the years, in much the same way there’s been a boom in geek culture and a burgeoning of conventions on everything from comics to sci-fi to horror.After attending SDCC for the first time last year, (and watching members of two different groups of Justice League heroes come face-to-face in the convention center, and receive each other with glee) I decided maybe it was something I wanted to try. Tags The characterEarlier in the summer, I’m sitting in one of our office conference rooms, on the phone with Yaya Han. One of the best-known cosplayers out there, Han’s a 17-year cosplay veteran who’s dressed up as everyone from Catwoman to Jessica Rabbit. I ask her for the advice she’d give to a cosplay newbie. Han, who’s expanding her brand into the creation side of cosplay by making patterns, resources and tools for cosplayers, gives me a starting point: “The first thing is to choose a character you connect with,” she tells me. This ends up being the easiest part of the whole process. I’m going to be Sabrina Spellman, from Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It’s a reboot of the ’90s ABC comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart, based on Archie Comics’ Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I’m mostly anti-reboot these days, but I loved Sabrina as a kid and even read the comics for a few years. Netflix’s version is vastly different, with about 3,000% more Satan than the original, drawing from a dark update to the comics from 2015. Sabrina is all about red. Diyah Pera/Netflix Sabrina, now played by Kiernan Shipka, still speaks to me. Modern-day Sabrina isn’t just trying to make it to the dance on time, she’s questioning the unquestioned gender roles of her belief system, raising the dead and taking on the Devil himself. May every teenage girl have that kind of confidence. The communitySo, I have an idea, but where do I start?After work, I meet up with Ryan Gatsinger and Kim Baker Taylor, who run the Ohio River Valley Cosplayers and Prop Builders group (or ORCs, for short.) Gatsinger founded ORCs in 2015, and it boasts about 2,800 members, including people from well outside the Ohio River Valley.”Make a list. What does that character wear? Or what are the pieces you have to create?” Gatsinger advises. He and Taylor, who each make about 10 costumes a year, tell me about their planning processes and why they bother with the foam, wigs, makeup, props and whatever else. “I like the psychology of the character, and I like to take and translate that character visually,” Taylor tells me, describing past projects, such as a rockabilly Harley Quinn and Lily Munster. About that list, though. Here’s how I break it down:Blond wig.Long sleeve red dress with lace collar and cuffs.Black headband.Black tights.Black shoes. Comics
Not so entry-level anymore. Mercedes-Benz When the Mercedes-Benz CLA first arrived in the US, it marked a big shift for the German luxury brand. The C-Class was no longer the gateway model and the CLA was priced aggressively to start just around $30,000. That figure is long gone, friends.For 2020, Mercedes-Benz said in a Thursday release that the CLA will cost $37,645 after a $995 destination charge. For starters, that’s almost $7,000 more than what the first CLA cost originally. Secondly, that’s a pretty hefty price bump over the 2019 model. Buyers will fork over $3,550 more for the new model. Add all-wheel drive and buyers will flirt with $40,000 for a base model at $39,645.To be fair, the CLA does differentiate itself from the brand’s new entry-level model, the A-Class. For starters, the CLA comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that musters 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the A-Class’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes just 188 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque. The CLA is also larger than before and boasts that swankier coupe-like look that’s all the rage these days.Standard equipment for all CLA models includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment purposes. The brand’s latest infotainment system, MBUX, is also on board with its “Hey Mercedes” command ready to answer your questions and assist. Additional driver assistance packages and premium goodies will increase the CLA’s price well past $40,000 before other fees and taxes.Is all of it too pedestrian, perhaps? There will also be Mercedes-AMG models to heat things up. The CLA35 and CLA45 models will boast 302 hp and nearly 400 hp, respectively. Prices aren’t available for the sportier of CLAs, but expect healthy premiums over the standard car. Buyers will find the regular CLA arriving at dealers this fall. 0 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car Post a comment The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is more design-focused than ever Mercedes-Benz Luxury cars Sedans 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 38 Photos 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220: The entry-level luxury sedan… More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 6:01 Mercedes-Benz
BNP-backed councillor candidate Sultan Mahmud Pintu. Photo: UNBSome unidentified miscreants opened fire on a BNP-backed councillor aspirant for Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election near Jamuna Road in Khalishpur on Saturday night.Three miscreants riding on a motorcycle fired two rounds of bullets and hurled three handmade bombs on word no.7 councillor aspirant Sultan Mahmud Pintu around 10:00pm, said Khalishpur police station officer-in-charge Sardar Mosharraf Hossain.However, Sultan Mahmud remained unhurt fortunately, he said, reports UNB.Police were trying to spot the offenders, he added.The KCC election is scheduled to be held on 15 May.