Life of a finance head in the time of COVID-19 in Wallonia

Akash Ohri moved to the Seraing municipality in Liege province of Belgium as the Financial Controller for the industry sector at industrial machinery manufacturer John Cockerill Group in July 2019. The group, having a turnover of 1.3 billion euros, has five verticals and the industry sector is one of them. For Ohri, this move from India to Belgium was a transfer within the company because of a shuffle of responsibilities. Ohri is a board member of the Indian subsidiary CMI Industry Automation and the Chinese joint venture Cockerill Engineering Beijing…

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What you need to know about your home finance in the time of Covid-19

With lockdown and its economic fallout causing untold damage to the economy, more and more South Africans are finding themselves on unpaid leave, reduced salary packages or laid-off entirely. This is places many homeowners under severe stress when it comes to keeping up with their mortgage repayments and could well be deterring new buyers from entering the market as well. Under difficult circumstances like these, it’s easy to give in to feelings of hopelessness. However, according to Leonard Kondowe, National Admin Hub Manager for Rawson Finance, there are actually some…

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Is It Time For Voice Technology To Kill Touchscreens?

Humans and objects have had a long love affair. Simple tools, as well as sophisticated software are all extensions of our physical bodies. We can trace human progress and wellbeing to the level of sophistication of the tools we have created, and by doing so, the augmentation of our abilities to travel, build, communicate, and create. Since tools are so critical to our existence and prosperity, the way we interface with these tools is also of great importance. So important is the interface between humans and the machines we operate,…

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Apple iPad Pro smashes another benchmark record, this time at AnTuTu

The first Apple iPad Pro benchmarks arrived on Thursday, revealing a massive increase in GPU performance for the A12X Bionic over the A12 Bionic in the newest iPhones. Today AnTuTu also revealed the score for the latest slate, and it confirmed the superiority of the newer chipset. The iPad Pro 11” yielded the massive score of 557,679, or over 50% increase from the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that we tested a month ago. AnTuTu benchmarks in details The result can be broken down to four core components –…

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A journey to a Moroccan village frozen in time

Our vehicle wound ever higher up the earthen road cutting through Morocco’s High Atlas mountains. Below me, the red soil spilled like wine between green dots of forest and sheets of white snow. I lost myself in the dizzying beauty of North Africa’s tallest peaks, and as I nervously peered out of the window, I saw there was no guardrail separating us from the sharp ledge and distant valley below. Our journey had started an hour earlier at the base of the mountain along an ancient caravan trail that connects…

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Family Finance: Why Joshis have enough time to build sufficient corpus for all financial goals

Early start to planning by Hyderabad-based Joshis will help them build sufficient corpus for all goals. Himanshu and Neha Joshi are IT professionals staying in Hyderabad with their four year-old child. They get a combined monthly salary of Rs 1.9 lakh and, after expenses and investment, are left with a surplus of Rs 10,108. They have already bought a house worth Rs 72 lakh, for which they are paying an EMI of Rs 45,000. They are also servicing a car loan of Rs 3.2 lakh with an EMI of Rs…

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Skip Croatia, and instead visit the ‘Real’ Balkans this time

It’s the unofficial beginning of summer, and the rising temperatures mean your social mediascroll will soon be overrun withinfinity pools inSantorini, the cliff-hugging villages of Cinque Terre, and the blooming lavender fields of Provence. Or, if your friends are especially on-trend, the sunburnedterracotta roofs of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. “Croatia is huge,” says Andy Ross, head of product for the 40-year-old adventure travel companyExodus Travels. In recent years, he’s seen the country shift from an up-and-coming destination to a “very, very well-known” quantity. It is now the company’s fastest-growing European market.…

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Why now is the time for travel brands to go mobile-first

It’s popular to talk about the impact that smartphones have had and with good reason. In recent years, since smartphone introduction, there has been a dramatic shift in the way people engage with brands online. Today, the majority of people interact with brands on a mobile device, not on a computer. But many travel companies haven’t caught up yet with this trend. In the US, Sojern data shows that 26% of travel searches in the fourth quarter of last year occurred on a mobile device. In other parts of the world,…

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Facelifted 2018 Mahindra XUV500 interiors SPIED for the first time ever

Mahindra and Mahindra will soon launch a rather comprehensively updated version of the XUV500 SUV. While there’s no official word on the specs, speculations are rife that the updated XUV500 would offer more power. We already know about the styling changes that the car carries, which is due to the multiple spy images that have surfaced online. Recently, a spy pic of the interior emerged, thereby giving us complete details on the changes that the car’s dashboard incorporates. The new 2018 Mahindra XUV500 launch could take place later this month. The…

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At IIM Ahmedabad, it’s time for lessons from the Panchatantra

At IIM Ahmedabad, students of PGP (postgraduate) and PGPX (executive postgraduate) programmes recently learnt some valuable lessons from India’s ancient fables, the Panchatantra. Leaving regular classes undisturbed the two-week course, conducted after dinner from 9 to 10.15 pm for 25 students, was non graded. The management lessons were based on the understanding and interpretation of conflict in the Panchatantra. These were initiated on an experimental basis by Professor N Ravichandran, faculty in production and quantitative methods area at IIMA. About 25 stories from the Panchatantra were discussed with five classes covering…

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