What Are The Requirements For H-1B Visa

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The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa (temporary visa) that is designed for those with specialty occupations to work in the U.S. If granted, you will be able to work for an initial period of three years with the opportunity to get an extension for three more years for a six-year maximum.

If you meet the H-1B requirements, then your employer (not you) must file an I-129 petition with the USCIS on April 1st of the year that you wish to start working. Due to the overwhelming number of petitioners that apply each year, your petition will be entered into an annual lottery in which only 85,000 petitions will be randomly selected in two caps. Check for H1B Visa Evaluation in UT Evaluators

The first cap has 20,000 slots available for those with advanced degrees. Any petitions for those with advanced degrees that were not selected in this master’s cap will be resubmitted to the regular cap of 65,000, giving them a second shot at being selected. The only way to avoid this cap is to have a job that is for an institute of higher education, a non-profit organization that is associated with an institute of higher education, or a governmental research organization. Also, if you have already been counted against the cap, all subsequent petitions will be considered cap-exempt.

If your petition is selected, then it will be processed. If it is then approved, then you will be able to start working on October 1st of the year that you petitioned. This all goes into the overall H-1B requirements because, even if you meet all the qualifications, your petition must still be chosen in the lottery.

LCA

It is also important to remember that each H-1B visa applicant also needs to have their employer file for a Labor Condition Application (LCA) on their behalf. This is similar to the PERM Labor Certification needed for employment-based green cards, but it is a bit less involved.

To obtain an LCA, the employer needs to make four attestations that serve as requirements:

A. That the prevailing wage has been determined for your position in your geographic area and the employer willpay  you this wage as a minimum for your position. For H1B Visa Process Visit here

B. That your employment will not be detrimental to the workers currently working for the employer.

C. That no strike is currently taking place. Essentially, the employer must show that you will not be replacing striking workers.

D. That all of the workers currently employed with the employer have been notified of the intention to hire you.

Top Benefits of Cloud-Based Phone System

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A cloud-based phone system, on the other hand, would enable small businesses to manage communication services in a less costly, more streamlined and agile manner.The following points, gleaned from an email exchange between Small Business Trends and Aaron Charlesworth, VP of product marketing at Vonage, outline the benefits that small businesses can accrue by switching from traditional PBX systems to cloud-based VoIP technology.As small businesses change and grow, the ability to quickly scale up — or down — becomes a necessity. Adding new employees, for example, requires the company to adapt its phone system to accommodate the need for more lines.That is harder to accomplish using traditional on-premise telephony systems due to higher setup and maintenance costs, the need for hardware on-site and reliance on IT support.

Benefits of a Cloud-Based Phone System are as follows :

1. Fully-Integrated Communications System

A report from the research firm Gartner points out that integrating a company’s communications with its everyday applications for business processes and workflows helps increase efficiency.Business tools that operate in the cloud are easy to deploy, enabling employees to stay connected whether they are in the office or on the go. In this way, the cloud provides a consistent business presence and helps to increase productivity with seamless access to CRM tools, email, instant messaging, voice and videoconferencing.

2. Control Over Modes of Communication

A cloud-operated system puts businesses in the driver’s seat, allowing them to pick and choose what features they need, with access to turn them on or off easily.Also, cloud solutions give employees anytime, anywhere access via a smartphone, desk phone or softphone to all their calling features. Even better, they can have real-time access to their critical business software.

3. Top Line Business Features

A cloud-based phone system would give small businesses access to the types of network applications that one would typically find at larger corporations. These include features such as a Virtual Assistant, Auto Attendant, Never Miss a Call or Call Center solutions.

4. Mobility and Ease of Use

Today’s workplace is increasingly mobile, and small businesses especially need to be able to operate from multiple locations.With a cloud-based system, small business employees have access to features that allow them to log in from anywhere so that they can be reached while on the go, giving customer-facing and revenue-producing employees greater control over their productivity.

5. Time Management and Efficiency

Web-based customer portals enable IT staff to manage their system more efficiently. With insight into the installation, service configuration, trouble tickets, training, billing and call analytics, this full access to a customer’s system and account allows them to spend fewer resources on project management and focus more on work that adds to the bottom line.Also, cloud solutions can easily integrate with other cloud-based applications, providing mobile employees access to all the features and functionality they need to work just as efficiently as if they were in the office.

6. Flexibility to Scale Up (and Down)

As a business grows, so does the need to hire new employees, open new offices and onboard new customers. This requires a communications system that can scale up — or down — as the need arises.With a cloud-based phone system, businesses can add as many extensions as they need to accommodate heightened call volume, or, if necessary, simply call in to deactivate these extra extensions. Unlike traditional systems, businesses only pay for the extensions they need for as long as they need them.

7. Business Continuity

Working with a phone system “in the cloud” allows businesses to remain connected to their customers no matter the environment. A cloud-based communications system is likely to be unaffected by outside factors such as severe weather or other issues that may keep employees from getting to the office.With a cloud-based system, businesses can maintain a consistent presence — and access the tools needed — to keep things running smoothly.

8. Improved Customer Service

With the Virtual phone service or Auto Attendant feature, businesses can easily direct calls to various departments and even create greetings unique to a given department.For example, a business could set up a holiday greeting in advance (via the administrative portal) and pre-set it to revert to the non-holiday greeting on a specified date. It could also add an on-hold message about special promotions or commonly asked questions.

9. New Service Features Added Easily

During busy seasons, some businesses will add premium calling features to increase call-taking efficiency and maximize staffing. Call Groups, for example, allow incoming calls to ring on multiple extensions.Call Queues provide a “dynamic waiting room” for callers that let businesses customize the on-hold experience and better manage call volume. Both help to decrease voicemails, missed calls and busy signals, enabling service to as many callers as possible.

10. Cost Savings

Cost savings are another benefit of cloud-based phone system. Moving telecommunications off of PBX platforms and to the cloud can be less expensive relative to monthly service rates versus that of a traditional system, helping to reduce costs and, ultimately, increase profitability.

Volkswagen Ameo Performance & First Drive

Volkswagen Ameo Overview

Volkswagen will launch a new compact sedan for the Indian market called the Ameo. This is tipped to be the next volumes spinner for the German car brand. The Ameo, which measures under 4-metres, is based on the Polo but borrows a few things from its full-fledged sedan sibling, the Vento, as well. The latter as we are aware was first vehicle designed specifically for the Indian market and now Ameo is the next.The Ameo was unveiled ahead of the 2016 India Auto Expo and will go on sale later this year. Ahead of its official launch, we spent some time with the car (though we did not drive it) and here is what to expect. Volkswagen Ameo price range in India is between 5,56,024/- to 9,88,548/, check for detail pricing of Volkswagen Ameo in Carzprice

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Volkswagen Ameo Design

Now, coming to the Volkswagen Ameo exteriors, the car gets body-coloured bumpers and ORVMs, and the top-end variant, Highline, gets alloy wheels. Highline also features a rear defogger and front fog lamps for better driving even in extreme conditions. All the variants get halogen headlamps in black finish as well as heat-insulating glass windshield, a welcome feature, especially looking at the rising temperatures these days. Volkswagen Ameo colours include a Candy, Flash Red that is the same as in the Volkswagen Polo, Copper Orange, Night Blue, Carbon Steel and Reflex Silver.

Volkswagen Ameo Cabin

The Ameo gets the same basic layout, feature list and 2.46 metre wheelbase as the Polo. Step inside and you are welcomed by the familiar black and beige two-tone interior and sporty gloss black flat bottom steering wheel. The front seats are welcoming and get a decent amount of side bolstering. The feature list looks to be pretty decent too as you get a touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control (first in segment), padded central arm rest, a rear camera and a cooled glove box.

At to the rear, VW has angled the rear bench to maximise boot space within the available wheelbase. This has resulted in a rather odd seating position and as a consequence a six-footer like me is left with little head and knee room and not much under-thigh support. Also, there’s central no arm rest for the rear passengers. There is a cup holder and two AC vents for the rear occupants, nonetheless.The Polo’s boot of 295 litres is pretty huge which means that the Ameo should be bigger still. It has the ability to swallow around three pieces of airline sized luggage loaded sideways which is quite decent though a slightly high boot lip means loading up might be a bit of a task.

Volkswagen Ameo Engine

After the disappointment of VW’s anaemic 1.2 MPI petrol engine in the Ameo, we knew it could only be uphill from there. But this latest version of the 1.5 TDI diesel is just plain impressive. Sure, it’s a little noisy at start-up and at higher revs, but the car is quite well insulated and it’s something you can get used to. With 110hp and 250Nm, it’s a wee bit more powerful than the old version of this motor, thanks to a new, larger turbocharger. There’s no way to do an ‘apples to apples’ comparison with the old motor just yet, but we can tell you that in the Ameo, the new one feels supremely punchy and powerful.

Release the slightly firm clutch pedal in the five-speed manual Ameo TDI and it will jump off the line eagerly, the short first gear prompting you flick the light gear lever down into second shortly after. There is a noticeable surge of power at around 2000rpm but there on, there’s seemingly no let up right till 5000rpm. And since the powerband is relatively short even by diesel standards, you charge through it rather quickly. It’s even got a decent top end. And, because the gear ratios have been smartly chosen, there’s little in the way of perceptible lag too.

In fact, it’s when you drive the DSG automatic that you’ll feel the lag a bit more. Because it’s been designed to slur its way through the lower gears for a smoother take-off, you feel more of that sub-1,800rpm sluggishness from the motor. There is, of course, less of this when you tap the lever down to Sport mode and you can eliminate it altogether by selecting gears manually (again via the lever; there are no paddles), but ultimately, it’s the manual that is more fun to drive.The DSG is superb at being an automatic though. It’s smooth, clever and quick and makes matters so much more convenient in traffic. It’s hugely better than the AMT gearboxes you get in the Maruti Dzire and Tata Zest, but that does come at a premium.

Finally, VW does seem to have fiddled with the suspension to help support the bigger, heavier diesel engine. It’s been stiffened up and it is for the better. Where the petrol car rode well at low speeds, its overly soft setup meant it was a bit too bouncy and rolly when you went faster. Not anymore. The diesel car feels much better tied down, and yet absorbs bumps pretty well. In fact, we’d say it has a good chance of being the best riding car in its class. The steering is light and accurate but not quick or sharp enough to make you want to corner the Ameo hard, so while competent, it does shy away from being a fun handling car.

Volkswagen Ameo Rideing

However, if we are to go by the Polo’s ride quality, handling and ability to put a smile on the driver’s face then the Ameo should perform just as good and should be an involving vehicle to drive.In fact, we’d say it has a good chance of being the best riding car in its class. The steering is light and accurate but not quick or sharp enough to make you want to corner the Ameo hard, so while competent, it does shy away from being a fun handling car.The exact performance figures will come in picture once the car starts to spend some time in the actual driving conditions. Until then, we can expect it to offer a comfortable drive even in tough driving conditions. The ABS is definitely a benefit when it comes to handling of the car. The power steering with tilt and telescopic features further make things easier for the driver. View offers on Volkswagen Cars from Volkswagen dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Volkswagen Ameo Safety

Volkswagen Ameo 2016 features ABS as a standard across all variants along with dual front airbags. The Hill Hold Control and front fog lamps are featured in the Comfortline and Highline variants, whereas the rear fog lamps are available across all Volkswagen Ameo variants. The top-end variant, Highline, also features rear defogger, front fog lamps with static cornering lights and an auto-dimming interior rear view mirror. The front wheels have disc brakes to give the car that extra power so that one can handle the car well even in tough situations with ease.

Volkswagen Ameo Price

Volkswagen Ameo Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,56,024/- (Ameo 1.2L MPI Petrol Trendline) to 9,88,548/- (Ameo 1.5L TDI Diesel Highline DSG AT). Get best offers for Volkswagen Ameo from Volkswagen Dealers in India

Volkswagen Ameo Verdict

Apart from the car itself, what really impressed us about the petrol Ameo was that it was priced competitively, bucking VW’s tradition of premium pricing and even undercutting a few key rivals. They’ve managed to do it again with the diesel car, which too is priced in the upper middle of the segment. The only exception is the DSG Automatic, which costs a fair bit more than the equivalent Tata Zest and Maruti Dzire, both of which use cheaper AMT gearboxes. The incredibly punchy diesel motor is satisfying to drive and fixes our main criticism of the Ameo – the weak petrol engine. It makes for a superb owner-driven car, but as a family vehicle it falls a little short of rivals because of its relatively small boot and low rear seat space. If your use for these two things is minimal, however, you’ll find the Ameo TDI is a well-built, well-appointed and well-equipped compact sedan that’s now, finally, nice to drive too.

US Seeks To Stop H-1B Extensions, This May Hit Several Indians

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THE US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering new regulations that would prevent foreign workers from getting H-1B visa extensions while their green card applications are pending.If the proposal is passed by the US Congress, it has the potential of affecting thousands of Indian skilled professionals working in the US.

The H-1B visa issue has been a source of concern for New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have expressed concern to their counterparts, including US President Donald Trump. McClatchy’s bureau reported on Tuesday that the proposal, being drafted in memos shared between DHS department heads, is part of Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative promised during his 2016 campaign. For H1B Visa Evaluation Visit UT Evaluators

The administration is specifically looking at whether it can re-interpret the ‘may grant’ language of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act to stop making the extensions. The Act currently allows the administration to extend the H-1B visas for thousands of immigrants, predominantly Indian immigrants, beyond the allowed two-three year terms if a green card is pending,” reported the news outlet.

The idea is to create a sort of ‘self- deportation’ of hundreds of thousands of Indian tech workers in the United States to open up those jobs for Americans,” a US source briefed by Homeland Security officials was quoted as saying.While officials at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is under DHS, said they couldn’t discuss “any part of the pre-decisional processes”, Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for USCIS, was quoted as saying that “the agency is considering a number of policy and regulatory changes to carry out the President’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order, including a thorough review of employment-based visa programmes.”

The H-1B visa is typically issued for three to six years to employers to hire a foreign worker. But H-1B holders who have begun the green card process can often renew their work visas indefinitely.The proposed changes would have a dramatic effect, particularly on Indian visa holders, since over half of all H-1B visas have been awarded to Indian nationals, according to the Pew Research Center. Estimates suggest that over 1 million H-1B visa holders are waiting for green cards, many of whom are from India and have been waiting for over a decade.

When contacted, Indian government sources told The Indian Express, “We have been monitoring all the reports about H-1B visa changes… It is one of our high-priority areas of engagement with our interlocutors in the US. We are working with the stakeholders in the US Congress as well as the US administration on this issue.”

Honda Amaze Facelift Review & Test Drive

Honda Amaze Overview

Honda has launched the all-new Amaze in India in the highly competitive compact sedan segment. Unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo for the first time, the compact sedan boasts a completely new design inspired by the bigger sedans from the Japanese brand. Also, it gets a refreshed styling and features inside the cabin along with wide range of advanced safety features. Not only that, the car gets CVT with both petrol and diesel engines making this one of the most desirable car in the segment.Apart from the styling and updated new features, the paddle shifter and improved performance have made the sedan much more appealing.   Honda Amaze price range in India is between 5,62,960/-to 8,99,900/ check for detail pricing of Honda Amaze in Carzprice

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Honda Amaze Design

The previous-generation Amaze was based on the Brio hatchback and that reflected in its overall design. However, this second-generation model has been developed from scratch and its platform will serve as a base for future Honda models. The new car sheds 40-60kg due to the use of high tensile steel that’s lighter yet stronger than conventional pressed steel panels. Honda claims that the overall structure has been further strengthened, cross sections have been beefed up and crumple zones are stronger now, making the car ready to meet all upcoming crash test regulations.Like the older generation, the dimensions of the Amaze have been restricted to sub-four-metres, qualifying it for a lower tax structure. It is 5mm longer and 15mm wider than the car it replaces, and the front and rear track have increased by 23mm and 28mm, respectively, so its stance feels more planted and proportionate than before. The wheelbase has gone up by a significant 65mm to 2,470mm.

The overall design is very different from the older car – it is smart, stylish and doesn’t look like a compromised compact sedan; instead, it looks more expensive now. A talking point of the Amaze’s design – and one that divides opinion – is the vertical grille that looks like the car has rammed into a wall. But to many, the chunky chrome grille looks really good. Even though the wheels are an inch larger than before, at 15 inches, they appear a size smaller and don’t fill the large wheel wells nicely and the design seems bland, especially when compared to what Maruti offers. Unlike the distinctive two slashes on the older car, the waist line now is subtle. The biggest change, however, is at the rear where the ‘C’-shaped tail-lamps give the car a mini-Civic-like look.

Honda Amaze Cabin

Honda has really gone to town with the new Amaze. Even the cabin has been fully updated with a sleek new layout and new materials. You get a nicer looking instrument cluster with plenty of driving related information and a new multimedia display with built in navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Amaze now even gets push button start, keyless entry and LED turn indicators on wing mirrors. The quality of plastics are on part with the segment, however, it isn’t as consistent as the Hyundai Xcent.Moving onto space and comfort, the front seats are wide and well padded, however, we would have liked some more thigh support. On the plus side, we didn’t have any complaints with the rear seat comfort as the bench itself is nicely contoured and the seat base is long enough to keep under thigh support in check.

The only downside is that the cabin isn’t wide enough to have three people at the back in total comfort. Visibility all around is pretty good, with a large windscreen along with plenty of glasshouse with the front and rear windows. All the controls up front are logically laid out and easy to use although we found the steering mounted controls a little too small for our liking. Finally, the 420-litre boot is slightly larger than the old car but the loading height isn’t the best in its class.

Honda Amaze Engine

Given that most of you probably are keen to know about how the diesel CVT works, we will get on with it first. To begin with, Honda has detuned the 1.5-litre diesel engine to make it work more efficiently with the CVT gearbox. As a result, it makes 80bhp and 160Nm (as against 100bhp/200Nm as standard). However, within minutes of driving the CVT equipped variant you can feel the improvements in driving comfort. Firstly, Honda has put in some work to make the engine less noisy and improved the sound deadening. The diesel clatter, as a result, is well subdued compared to the old car.

Secondly, the turbo lag has gone down considerably compared to the manual. Sure, there is still that strong pull around midrange and the car will effortlessly climb up to highway speeds but the difference here is that the CVT masks nearly all of the lag with the way it works. That said, just like every other CVT, this one has a rubber band effect too which means flooring the pedal will have the revs climb up immediately. The gearbox even has an S mode which keeps the revs high for better pulling power. However, under heavy throttle you can hear a lot of diesel clatter in this mode compared to when you put it in drive.All in all, this engine gearbox combination works better than the petrol CVT Amaze if you are after effortless performance and efficiency. In the corners, the Amaze isn’t as sharp as the Ford Aspire or even the Maruti Dzire but feels balanced nonetheless and offers good body control and feedback from the steering which contribute to above average dynamics in this segment. As for the ride quality, the car absorbs most of the rough stuff with ease thanks to the well calibrated dampers. Still, expansion joints and sharp-edged inconsistencies can be felt in the cabin and at high speeds there is some amount of vertical movement especially when the car is loaded. It’s not a deal breaker though just a point worth making.

Honda Amaze Driving

The Amaze is softly sprung and the travel range of the suspension is quite long. While this results in good bump absorption over broken roads, it crashes over sharper ones. Although ground clearance is rated at 170mm, with a full load of passengers, the rear suspension compresses quite a bit (just like the old Civic), so the car is susceptible to scraping its underbelly over speed breakers. At higher speeds, the Amaze bobs a bit more than usual over expansion joints and vertical movements over wavy surfaces are noticeable.Its steering has some weight to it, more in the diesel than the petrol, and while it remains consistent, it isn’t very precise. The turn-in isn’t sharp like its rivals and it doesn’t feel agile or willing to change direction quickly. Understeer (or the car’s tendency to continue in a straight line despite turning the steering) is noticed a fair bit when driven briskly. Body roll is on the higher side, again as a result of the softer suspension set-up. What’s nice though are the brakes that offer great feedback and inspire confidence while shedding speed.

Honda Amaze Safety

The new Honda Amaze gets several safety features that include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, child seat anchor points and seatbelt warning. The structure itself is capable of absorbing impact offering better protection to the occupants.Honda has equipped the top VX variant of the Amaze with all the features that we’ve come to expect from a car at this price, like the 15-inch alloys, shark-fin antenna, keyless entry, start/stop button, electric folding mirrors, 7.0-inch touchscreen, reverse camera, climate control and cruise control. Safety kit like ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, Isofix child seat mounts and parking sensors are standard across the range. The CVTs, however, are available only in the lower S and V variants, which also get a 2-din audio system with Bluetooth instead of the touchscreen. The petrol-auto gets segment-first paddleshifters as well. The Amaze still misses out on some features that its competitors get, like projector LED headlamps, daytime running lamps, rear air con vents, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, driver armrest and a cooled glovebox. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Honda Amaze Price

Honda Amaze Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,62,960/- (Amaze E MT Petrol) to 8,99,900/- ( Amaze V CVT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Amaze from Honda Dealers in India

Honda Amaze Verdict

So there you have it, the new Honda Amaze. It’s bold, its aggressive looking and in many ways better than the old car. You get more features as standard, a better looking cabin and a whole lot of convenience as you get the CVT gearbox in both petrol and diesel engine options. On the other hand, what lets it down is the inconsistent cabin quality and a mediocre petrol engine. Given the wide range of engine and powertrain options, Honda is clearly aiming at the Maruti Suzuki Dzire which also gets an automatic for both petrol and diesel versions. However, the Amaze CVT could become noticeably more expensive since CVT technology comes in at a much higher cost compared to the relatively rudimentary AMT gearbox.

Toyota Etios Cross Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Toyota Etios Cross Overview

The Toyota Etios Cross, first showcased by Toyota at Auto Expo 2014 earlier this year, is the Japanese carmaker’s attempt to cash in on India’s love for compact SUVs and cross overs. Etios Cross is a regular Etios Liva hatchback beefed up with a rugged-looking body kit. The added body cladding imparts a serious aggressive look, and while it may look a bit over the top, it ensures that the Etios Cross doesn’t get lost in the crowd – something the Toyota Etios Liva was quite prone to. For information on contact details of Toyota car dealers in Bangalore

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Toyota Etios Cross Look

Underpinning the Liva platform, as mentioned earlier, it is more bold, tough and robust in character. As for the front facade, it sports a lurid front grille which is protected by a silver colored grille guard. Dual front fog lamps with integrated turn indicators enhance the appearance of this crossover. The company’s logo finds its place in the centre of the radiator grille. Etios Cross shares its headlamp cluster with the Liva hatchback and beneath it, there is a wide air-dam. In addition, the body colored door handles and body colored outside rear view mirrors with turn indicators are a symbol of lavishness.

As we go sideways, there is a silver colored cladding and wheel arch fenders. The 15′ diamond cut alloy wheels are flamboyant and make the crossover much sportier. The sturdy silver colored roof-rails seem upbeat at their place and compliment well the sportiness of the crossover. Going by the rear end, it is again identical to the younger sibling, Liva hatchback, but multiple additions in form of black colored bumper, silver color cladding make it more exotic. Additionally, several features such as the rear windscreen comprising of wiper, washer and defogger, dynamic garnish with badging, roof spoiler, roof-mounted Antenna etc. justify the sporty character of the crossover. The company has offered the compact crossover with a total of 8 dynamic colors – Inferno Orange, Ultramarine Blue, Classic Grey, Harmony Beige, Celestial Black, Vermilion Red, Symphony Silver, and White.

Toyota Etios Cross Comfort

The Toyota Etios Cross is not different from the Etios sedan when it comes to the interiors. This five seater hatchback offers sufficient leg space and headroom despite having a short wheelbase. It has wide cushioned seats with sporty fabric upholstery covers. The cockpit of Cross has stylish dashboard equipped with a three spoke electric steering wheel, AC vents, glove box and a centre console integrated with remote operated 2-DIN stereo system. In addition, the Etios Cross features a handful of notifying instruments like tachometer with door open indicator, digital trip meter, headlight-on, driver seat belt warning and low fuel consumption.

This is not all from the goodies bag of Etios Cross as it consists an accessory socket, a day & night inside rear view mirror, front cabin lights, three assist grips with coat hooks, four speakers, tailgate opener, clean air filter and remote fuel lid come along. An auto-down function is also available only on driver’s side among the four power windows.

Toyota Etios Cross Performance

Unlike the VW Cross Polo which is offered in a single variant with a 1.2-litre diesel motor, the Etios Cross will be offered in two levels of trim and three engines to choose from; 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines and a 1.4-litre diesel motor. The 1.5-litre petrol motor (available only on the top-spec car) produces 89bhp and concentrates more on city drivability rather than outright power. Throttle response at lower revs is good and the car feels reasonably peppy on the highway too. The 67bhp 1.4-litre diesel, on the other hand, feels more sedate and while turbo-lag isn’t much of an issue, you will miss the mid-range punch on the highways. Also, both the motors are a bit too noisy and cabin insulation doesn’t do the best job at keeping out road noise either. However, the ride is pretty absorbent and the suspension does a great job of shielding the cabin from the worst of our roads. Handling is quite decent too and the chunky steering wheel is nicely weighted but a bit slow to respond.

The Etios Cross, with all the three engines, delivers supreme fuel economy. The 1.2L petrol motor which serves the base variant of petrol line up returns a mileage of 17.71kmpl which is decent in accordance with the Indian roads and traffic. The heavier petrol engine of 1.5L, despite being performance oriented, pulls out a fuel efficiency of 16.78kmpl which is commendable. The diesel mill, being mileage eccentric, registers the best fuel economy and delivers a thumping 23.59kmpl which is at par comparing with some of the other vehicles in the segment.

Toyota Etios Cross Rideing

Toyota Etios Cross handling is a bit off mark at high speeds but it is decent in city driving, courtesy the 3-spoke leather wrapped electric power steering with tilt function. The audio controls find a place on it too, so that the driver can comfortably set the volume according to his desire. As for performance, the company hasn’t tweaked or tinkered the all three engines; so it is a good performer spontaneously. The 1.5L petrol engine propels the crossover touch the 100kmph mark from standstill in a mere 11 seconds while clocking 160kmph as top speed. The other petrol engine, the 1.2L, achieves the 0-100kmph in a comparatively larger time span due to less powerful and mileage oriented. Precisely, it touches the 100kmph from standstill in 14 seconds along with a top speed of 150kmph. The 1.4L diesel mill focuses more on fuel efficiency and hence, lacks behind the petrol models by a fair margin. It crosses 100kmph barrier from standstill in 18 seconds and measuring top speed as 160kmph.

Toyota Etios Cross Safety

A proficient suspension system has been incorporated by the auto maker in order to ensure complete stability of the vehicle on non-favourable road conditions. Its front axle has McPherson strut type suspensions while the rear one is incorporated with torsion beam for a comfortable driving experience. The front wheels feature a set of ventilated disc brakes while the rear ones have solid drum brakes.

The Etios Cross comes with various protective features including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brake-force Distribution system (EBD). The supplemental restraint system (SRS) based airbags are backed in the car for driver as well as co-passenger. Moreover, the keyless entry and engine immobilizer restrict unauthorized access into the vehicle and ensure complete protection from theft. Not only this, the defogger with wiper and high mount stop lamp gives vision clarity during rainy seasons.

Toyota Etios Cross Price in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Cross Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,42,547/- (Etios Cross G) to 8,23,500/- (Etios Cross X Edition Petrol). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Cross from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Etios Cross price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Cross Bottomline

Toyota Etios Cross doesn’t seem to be a crossover; in fact, it’s the Liva with added features and better interiors. Well, such models haven’t worked out in India before too, going by the dismal performance of Skoda Fabia Scout and Volkswagen Cross Polo. Overseeing it, Toyota Kirloskar Motors (KTM) has played a big gamble in the form of Etios Cross and in order to justify its step and receive optimum response, the company needs to market it aggressively. The price is also bit off, seeing the features available.

Toyota Etios Cross directly challenges the Volkswagen Cross Polo. It also competes with the likes of Renault Duster & Ford EcoSport. Volkswagen Cross Polo is already a failure as people disliked the idea of hatchback-turned-crossover vehicle. So, ideally, the Etios Cross has a clear road ahead as of now, but several other auto makers are gearing up to launch their vehicles in this segment, especially Fiat Avventura seems to be the first real threat to it. But, still there is time left in its launch and till then Etios Cross can enjoy a gala time at the Indian auto industry.

What Is Formative Evaluation & Name Some Functions And Characteristics Of Formative Evaluation

Formative evaluation is used to monitor the learning progress of students during the period of instruction. Its main objective is to provide continuous feedback to both teacher and student concerning learning successes and failures while instruction is in process.Feedback to students provides reinforcement of successful learning and identifies the specific learning errors that need correction. Feedback to teacher provides information for modifying instruction and for prescribing group and individual remedial work. Check for Educational Evaluations in US at UT Evaluators

Formative evaluation helps a teacher to ascertain the pupil-progress from time to time. At the end of a topic or unit or segment or a chapter the teacher can evaluate the learning outcomes basing on which he can modify his methods, techniques and devices of teaching to provide better learning experiences.The teacher can even modify the instructional objectives, if necessary. In other words, formative evaluation provides feedback to the teacher. The teacher can know which aspects of the learning task were mastered and which aspects were poorly or not at all mastered by pupils. Formative evaluation helps the teacher to assess the relevance and appropriateness of the learning experiences provided and to assess instantly how far the goals are being fulfilled.Thus, it aims at improvement of instruction. Formative evaluation also provides feedback to pupils. The pupil knows his learning progress from time to time. Thus, formative evaluation motivates the pupils for better learning. As such, it helps the teacher to take appropriate remedial measures.

“The idea of generating information to be used for revising or improving educational practices is the core concept of formative evaluation.”

It is concerned with the process of development of learning. In the sense, evaluation is concerned not only with the appraisal of the achievement but also with its improvement. Education is a continuous process.Therefore, evaluation and development must go hand in hand. The evaluation has to take place in every possible situation or activity and throughout the period of formal education of a pupil.

Cronback is the first educationist, who gave the best argument for formative evaluation. According to him, the greatest service evaluation can perform is to identify aspects of the course where education is desirable. Thus, this type of evaluation is an essential tool to provide feedback to the learners for improvement of their self-learning and to the teachers for improvement of their methodologies of teaching, nature of instructional materials, etc.

It is a positive evaluation because of its attempt to create desirable learning goals and tools for achieving such goals. Formative evaluation is generally concerned with the internal agent of evaluation, like participation of the learner in the learning process.

The functions of formation evaluation are:

(a) Diagnosing:

Diagnosing is concerned with determining the most appropriate method or instructional materials conducive to learning.

(b) Placement:

Placement is concerned with the finding out the position of an individual in the curriculum from which he has to start learning.

(c) Monitoring:

Monitoring is concerned with keeping track of the day-to- day progress of the learners and to point out changes necessary in the methods of teaching, instructional strategies, etc. For Educational Evaluations in US visit here

The characteristics of formative evaluation are as follows:

a. It is an integral part of the learning process.

b. It occurs, frequently, during the course of instruction.

c. Its results are made immediately known to the learners.

d. It may sometime take form of teacher observation only.

e. It reinforces learning of the students.

f. It pinpoints difficulties being faced by a weak learner.

g. Its results cannot be used for grading or placement purposes.

h. It helps in modification of instructional strategies including method of teaching, immediately.

i. It motivates learners, as it provides them with knowledge of progress made by them.

j. It sees role of evaluation as a process.

k. It is generally a teacher-made test.

l. It does not take much time to be constructed.

Ford Ecosport Performance & Price

Ford Ecosport Overview

The EcoSport has been one of the highest selling Ford cars in India since its launch in 2014. It kick-started the sub-four metre compact SUV segment which has now turned out to be the highest growing segment in the Indian car market. The EcoSport now got a makeover as a part of its product lifecycle. It now gets a new face, redesigned cabin and a new petrol engine. The updated EcoSport continues its fray with the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Mahindra TUV300 and the Tata Nexon. The prices for the facelifted EcoSport remains unchanged over the older model. For information on contact details of Ford car dealers in Bangalore

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Ford Ecosport Look

In terms of design, the EcoSport manages to excel in leveraging the platform’s strength in creating a compact SUV, which still manages to be very aerodynamic. There is enough road presence and purpose to the design. With the wheels out on the extremities of the vehicle, the raised posture and the spare wheel mounted on the hatch door, the EcoSport has that butch stance that we associate with SUVs.

But, it must be remembered that the design also cleverly uses visual cues to elevate itself into SUV territory. Some of the features that help it achieve this include the roof rails, the aggressive oversized bonnet grille, and the wrap-around rear glass that merges with the kink in the C-pillar, the large stalked door mirrors, the high shoulder line and the body-side cladding that visually raises the EcoSport even more than its already high 200mm ground clearance.

Ford Ecosport Comfort

The interior of the EcoSport has Ford’s signature details in many places. The centre stack is particularly familiar. The chunky steering wheel and the centre stack have largely been borrowed from the new Fiesta. The seats are comfy and sport contrast stitched faux leather, with horizontal support squabs. The bug-eyed dials are another novel touch. The trim level that I was driving was the Titanium with the optional additions and the engine was the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with a manual gearbox.

The interior has a certain feel of premiumness in terms of fit and finish quality, but the material quality is only about the same as that of the other vehicles in the sub-Rs.10 lakhs segment. The variant I was driving had six airbags, but I’m guessing that there will be lower trim variants without as many. But the side curtain airbags in the car apparently are the reason why there are no grab handles on the roof for the passengers.

The seat position is nicely raised and you do get a commanding view of the road, but the thick base of the A-pillar does increase the blind spot on either side. The small quarter glass doesn’t manage to offer much in terms of improved visibility. Storage options abound and the rear 60:40 split bench seat can also be folded and flipped forward for increasing the boot space. And because the spare wheel is mounted on the hatch door, the loading height is lower in the boot.

There is enough legroom at the rear. But even though the EcoSport’s overall width is more than the new Fiesta’s, the chunky door design tends to take up some of the lateral space. So, the rear bench will be a squeeze for three adults. The hatch door handle has been neatly integrated into the tail-lamp at the left, with the handle itself looking like a part of the lamp’s combination. The hatch door is hinged on its side to the left. It is said to have been strengthened and tested extensively. But my test vehicle did come up with a few rattles and squeaks towards the end of the test drive.

The rear glass is quite narrow thanks to the design and the need for retaining space for the spare wheel on the hatch. So visibility is a bit restricted. But you do get parking assistance. The EcoSport is also said to be capable of wading through 550mm of water, just right for the flooded streets in our cities during monsoon.

Ford Ecosport Gearbox

Now known to all, the EcoSport would be available in three engine trims which include 1.5L petrol and diesel engines along with the 1L EcoBoost engine. Since 1.5L is the clear winner in popularity as the Duster and Quanto too have it, we expected our test car to have the same. All hopes went flying by the window as we realized it’s plonked with the 1L EcoBoost engine.

A night earlier to the drive, we were given a comprehensive and detailed explanation about the 1.0L EcoBoost engine and its perks. The company claims that this small engine which can fit on an A4 size paper and can be carried in a small suitcase equals 1.6 L petrol engines in performance. Call me orthodox but then this was difficult for me to believe it as I belong to the old school thought where strength of a vehicle is designated by the “CCs” it displace

The EcoBoost engine breaks all such myths and brings a lot on the table. This one is the smallest engine in its class and Ford’s first three cylinder engine in the country. It produces a power output of 125PS and a peak torque of 170Nm. The company claims that the EcoBoost offers 8% more power than a 1.6L diesel engine and 7% more torque than a 1.6L petrol engine.

To negate the demerits of a conventional 3 cylinder engine, Ford has intentionally unbalanced the pulley and flywheel with counteracting weights to act against the shaking forces of the engine and drive the energy in a less sensitive direction. The engine mounts uses also use the same theme.

All about the EcoBoost engine seems fantastic on paper but then how does it react in real time conditions? This engine is not a fun engine to begin with. The drag in its performance is evident. In the initial rpms, the car just refuses to pull. The pull felt on the engine however decreases as it climbs higher rpms. Till 2500 rpm, it acts a commuter but post that it begins to get more active and responsive. Unlike in the Duster where you get a sweet noise of the turbocharger spooling, in the EcoSport it is more of the three cylinders scream which is not disappointing.

The torque curve becomes a plateau post 1500rpm and it goes all the way till 4500 rpm. These figures are helpful while climbing terrains as well as in traffic conditions as it completely shun the use of gear shifts. The 5 speed manual transmission is very smooth and works seamlessly.

Other than the EcoBoost, there is the 1.5-litre TiVCT 4 cylinder petrol engine which churns out 112 PS power at 6300 rpm and a peak torque of 140Nm at 4400 rpm. Diesel seekers get an option of 1.5-litre TDCi intercooled turbocharged diesel engine. This engine produces a peak power of 91PS at 3750 rpm and a torque of 204Nm between 2000 to 2750 rpm. The TiVCT engine has an optional 6 speed automatic transmission option.

The EcoSport is an Urban offering in the SUV market. It is what a Honda CRV or a Mutsubishi Outlander is in the premium segment. It is not for the hard core off roaders but more for the occasional soft roaders. The tall ground clearance of 200mm is fantastic for Indian road conditions so the moon craters won’t be felt much. It has an approach angle of 25 degrees and a departure angle of 35 degrees. The EcoSport also claims to have an ability to wade through 550mms of water

To sum up the good, bad and ugly of EcoSport, the EcoBoost 1-litre engine is not a fun to drive motor. It gets exhausted on long stretches of roads. The transmission is smooth and the engine scores more on torque than power. It is an ideal configuration for city driving where performance is minimal.

The good rather fantasic bits about EcoSport are its handling and suspension. Ford cars are known for this and the EcoSport does a fab job too. It has no body roll. The reason of this is its aerodynamic design approach.

Suspension setup is capable of taking vigorous bruises on the street. It is inclined on the softer side with sufficient dampening. The only issue faced was during high speed braking where the bite was not sufficient.We did a small off-road stint with it and were mighty impressed with its ground clearance and suspension. We got a real time mileage of 11Kmpl during our test run.

Ford Ecosport Rideing

The ground clearance of the Ecosport has been a boon. At 200mm higher from the ground, this makes it easy to drive on bad roads and even park on not-so-well paved roads. Driving on winding roads is also a lot of fun with the Ecosport. The electronic steering is precise and doesn’t make you feel tired at any moment. However, the suspension set-up is on the stiffer side. This means a lot of the bumps and the occupants feel shocks from the road.

One thing that many experts will miss out on talking is the stowage space in the Ecosport. There is a drawer under the co-driver seat, two one litre boots can fit in any of the front door pockets and even the glove box is large enough.

Ford Ecosport Safety

To begin with, our press demonstrator was the Brown. The Mars Red colour might appeal to several, but I prefer the Kinetic Blue on the Ecosport. This in my opinion looks more upmarket and carries a hint of sophistication. The variant we drove was the Titanium Option. It comes with keyless entry, push start and stop, artificial leather, in-dash music system with Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB connection, reclining rear seats, 60:40 split, six airbags and ABS. In our long-term report, we share the fuel efficiency, performance and the pros and the niggles that we faced with the Ford Ecosport in our daily running.

Ford Ecosport Cost in Hyderabad

Ford Ecosport Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,29,211/- (EcoSport 1.5 TIVCT Petrol Ambiente) to 10,71,300/- (EcoSport 1.5 Diesel Platinum Edition). Get best offers for Ford Ecosport from Ford Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ecosport price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Ford Ecosport Bottomline

It’s a long time since a new Ford was as bad as the EcoSport. It may not be a European-hailing car and it may be due an early revision to address its failings, but customers won’t care and neither should we.Its perceived quality is regrettable, its diesel powertrain is rough and flat, and its chassis is so rudimentary that it could even damage Ford’s prized reputation for dynamic excellence.

Anyone who has test driven a rival or two will instantly be aware that the EcoSport just isn’t worthy. Neither is it cheap enough to be unworthy.Ford’s repost will be that this has already proven a successful car for developing markets, but on tougher roads and catering to different tastes from oursThere have been plenty of great Fords like that over the years – from Mustangs to Broncos to Falcons – but none has cut the mustard in Europe. Neither will this.

Why To Become An SEO Expert

If you are wondering why you need to practice SEO, either by becoming an SEO expert or by outsourcing SEO to professionals, the answer is simple.

Rank higher in Search engines

With SEO you will rank higher in Google and this translates to more website traffic. Traffic (visits), is the single most important element that can determine your website’s success or not.

Without traffic you will not have conversions, sales, subscribers or the attention your website deserves.

Drive targeted traffic to your website

Yes, there are other sources of traffic, for example traffic from social media networks (think Facebook or Instagram), but no source of traffic is as targeted as organic traffic.Users that type a search query in Google have a very specific intent while users on Facebook are browsing for fun or to catch up with their friends.This make a huge difference when it comes to conversions. When you are selling something online, it is more likely to make a sale if you get a visit from Google than from Facebook. For Digital Marketing Agency Check Vivid Digital  

The Google visitor has a need and is looking for a solution while the Facebook visitor may visit your website because of an ad or because of curiosity.If your SEO is not working then to get traffic to your website, you have to pay for it. This is not necessarily bad if you can manage to run profitable PPC campaigns either on Google or Facebook.The problem is that as soon as you stop paying for ads, your traffic will drop and you are back to square one.With SEO, this is a completely different story. Once you get high rankings in Google and do all the necessary work to maintain your rankings, traffic will flow in 24X7.

Imagine the benefits this can bring to your business. Users will visit your website and you can make sales or get leads while you are sleeping.To avoid any confusion and be completely accurate, the word ‘Free’ is a bit misleading.Before you can reach the point of getting high rankings for the keywords you want, you will have to do a lot of work and this comes at a cost.But, that does not change the fact that once you reach this stage, everything else becomes easier and the costs gradually go down.

SEO allows you to grow your business

There are no guarantees when it comes to SEO. Google is constantly making changes to their ranking algorithm and every time they do this some websites may gain or lose rankings.But, if you don’t break any rules and work consistently on your SEO and have a clean history, you can have some sort of prediction as to the expected traffic levels.This means that you can plan and execute the growth of your business.

For example, if you are selling services online and you know that for the past year you got 10 leads per month on average (from organic traffic), you can assume that this number will be similar next year and get new personnel to handle the extra workload etc. SEO Companies in Hyderabad visit here

Top positions get the majority of search traffic

Let’s take a look at how the Google search results page is structured when you search for a query in Google. A typical page has the following components.

1 Google Ads (Paid Traffic)

2 Top results (Organic Traffic -> This is where SEO comes into play)

3 People also ask section or Local SEO results (Google Map) or Videos

4 More Organic results

5 Related searches

The traffic is allocated as follows:

What does this mean? It’s simple. If you want to get traffic from Google and take advantage of the benefits of SEO, you need to rank not only on the first page of the results but on one of the top 5 positions.

Pages on the first page of Google get 73% of the clicks and pages in the top five positions get 67% of the clicks.

Other benefits of SEO:

Besides the above advantages, there are numerous other benefits from practicing SEO.

. Brand awareness – Websites in the top results are seen by thousands of users every time they search for a relevant query and this improves brand awareness.

. Brand trust – Users trust Google’s results and the websites that appear on the top.

. Increase in social shares – High ranking websites get more shares and mentions in social media networks.

. More backlinks – Other webmasters are more likely to reference (link) websites that appear in the first pages of Google.

The Virtual Receptionist Actually Do

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Free Virtual Receptionists use specific software’s that is connected to your phone system and computer. You can re-route the calls or mails to the receptionist just as you would to a traditional one. The VRs then sent a prompt reply or message to the right person in the company or outside of it.The power to send calls and messages is completely in your hands. Through this software, getting work done becomes quicker and easier. The jobs can easily be sent to the VR with just a click of a button. 

He or she will take a message if necessary, but also gives you a way of having a single public number covering everyone in the business

A virtual receptionist should be more than an answering service. Sure, the basic idea is that you have a real person answering calls instead of letting them go to voicemail, but that’s just the start.

Depending on whose statistics you believe, as many as three-quarters of first time callers to a business will hang up if they reach voicemail rather than a person. We don’t know how old that figure is, and we suspect people are more comfortable with voicemail now than they were a decade ago.

An answering service is basically just a human being pretending to be an answering machine, though at one time we would have put that the other way round. Someone phones, you don’t answer, the service picks up the call, takes a message and forwards it to you, typically by SMS or email.

A virtual receptionist goes beyond that. He or she will take a message if necessary, but also gives you a way of having a single public number covering everyone in the business. Calls are answered just as a ‘real’ receptionist would, and then directed to the appropriate person’s landline or mobile. The illusion of being a larger business can be encouraged if the service ensures the same agent answers your calls whenever possible.

Virtual receptionists should also be able to provide answers to basic questions such as “what are your opening hours?”, “what is your address?” and “do you deliver flowers to Mater Mothers’ Hospital?”

Even if your business is at the stage where it needs a real receptionist, it may be worth adding a virtual receptionist so you know you are covered if you’re flooded with calls, during breaks, or the occasional sickie.

Some of these services also offer call screening, so you can avoid being interrupted by routine inquiries that can safely be left until it’s convenient for you to return the call, while making sure that important clients and family members can reach you at any time if it is at all urgent.

Or you may want to go even further. Virtual receptionist services may be able to take orders (“a large bunch of gladioli to Mrs Jane Doe at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital by noon tomorrow, please”) or book appointments (“I’d like a perm on Friday, please, what time can Adele fit me in?” or “I’d like a quote for cutting down a tree in my garden”).

Other add-ons may include out-of-hours answering, fax-to-email, and even a virtual postal address.

All this comes at a price, of course. While the costs vary, providers typically charge a monthly fee that includes a certain number of calls, with an additional charge for every call after that. Services that simply pass on messages are normally cheaper than those that can connect calls (screened or otherwise) to one or more people, and some providers charge per minute rather than per call. And be prepared to pay extra if the nature of your business is such that you really need someone with local knowledge to answer calls – some services only use offshore workers.