2 Indians Bag Cartier Entrepreneurship Award For Women

first_imgTwo Indian entrepreneurs, one behind an environmentally-friendly sweetener and the other who markets 100 per cent biodegradable sanitary napkins, today bagged USD 30,000 each as the finalists of the 2018 Cartier Women s Initiative Awards.Swati Pandey of Arboreal Agro Innovations, which oversees the production of an innovative, high-yielding variety of Stevia sweetener, and Kristin Kagetsu of Saathi Inc, which uses banana fibre to create sanitary napkins, were announced as the Asia-Pacific finalists for the awards set up to honour and support female entrepreneurs.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Uruguay vs Italy: Luis Suarez that bite will hurt you soon, FIFA considers ban

first_imgUruguayan football player Luis Suarez may miss the rest of the 2014 World Cup, and more. FIFA is probing accusations of him biting  Italian player Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay-Italy game on Tuesday.Pictures show Suarez sitting on the ground holding his teeth immediately after the incidentA furious Giorgio Chiellini said he had been bitten by Suarez during the South Americans’ 1-0 Group D victory at the World Cup on Tuesday, and Reuters photographs showed what appeared to be bite marks on his shoulder.Pictures also showed Suarez sitting on the ground holding his teeth immediately after the incident.VIDEO: Why does Suarez bite people? The probe means Suarez, twice previously banned for biting, looks set to be hit with another lengthy suspension despite escaping punishment during the match.”FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the player Luis Suarez of Uruguay,” the world soccer body said in a statement late on Tuesday.FIFA said Suarez and the Uruguayan soccer association had until 5 p.m. Brasilia time (2000 GMT) on Wednesday to “provide their position and any documentary evidence they deem relevant”.FIFA is probing what it called an apparent breach of two articles of the organisation’s disciplinary code. One covers infringements and the other offensive behaviour and fair play.Suarez and Chiellini clashed in the Italian penalty area 10 minutes from the end of the match which sealed Uruguay’s progression and Italy’s elimination from the tournament.Chiellini furiously pulled open his shirt to show the mark to the referee, while a Uruguayan player attempted to calm the situation and pull the shirt back in place over the mark.advertisementThe Italians were still complaining about it when Uruguay’s Diego Godin scored with an 81st-minute header to secure the win.”It was ridiculous not to send Suarez off,” Chiellini told Rai TV. “It is clear, clear-cut and then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn’t have done.”Suarez contested the Italian’s version of events, however.”Those are situations that happen on the pitch. We were both just there inside the area. He shoved me with his shoulder, and my eye got left like that also,” he said in reference to Chiellini’s mark.Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he did not see the incident, and complained that the forward was being persecuted.”It seems there is this animosity toward him and he is being persecuted by past events,” a visibly agitated Tabarez said when repeatedly being asked about the alleged bite. “There are people hiding behind the tree waiting for something to happen.”TEN-GAME BANLiverpool’s Suarez was banned for 10 games last year after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League match and in 2010 he was suspended for seven games for a similar offence against PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax Amsterdam.He missed Uruguay’s World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands four years ago after being sent off for a handball on the line that denied Ghana what would have been a match-winning goal in the final minute of extra time.FIFA’s rules allow the use of video or “any other evidence” to retrospectively punish players.FIFA’s disciplinary code sets a maximum ban of 24 matches or two years, but the longest suspension FIFA has imposed for an offence at a World Cup was eight games for Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for breaking Spain’s Luis Enrique’s nose in 1994 with an elbow.Uruguay could potentially play four more games in the tournament, and it would be a surprise if Suarez were to be given a ban of a shorter duration.SUPPORT AT HOMEOpinion in Uruguay, a country of around three million people sandwiched between soccer powerhouses Argentina and Brazil, was divided over Suarez’s latest antics.The 27-year-old is regarded as something of a hero at home, having grown up in a poor family in the northwestern city of Salto, where he looked after parked cars to help support his siblings after his parents split up.”We needed to win, so if you have to hit you hit, if you have to bite you bite,” said Barbara Giordano, a 26-year-old law student in Montevideo.Some Uruguayans, however, were furious.”This kid can’t control his biting and attacking issues,” said Luis Lara, a 52-year-old shopkeeper. “That makes all of us Uruguayans look bad.”Suarez’s indiscretion sent the world’s social media into meltdown and within minutes of the match ending ‘#Suarez’ was one of the top-trending hash tags on Twitter.A tweet from former Liverpool striker Michael Owen was typical of a wave of reaction from former players and pundits: “Tell me I’m seeing things. Surely Suarez didn’t bite someone again?,” he wrote.advertisement”I’m genuinely gutted. I love watching him play more than any other player but he obviously can’t control himself.”Suarez, England’s Footballer of the Year, scored both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over England having missed the opening match as he recovered from knee surgery, and until the incident had kept control of his temper during a bruising game.last_img read more

Asian Games opens with spectacular show at Incheon

first_imgFireworks lit up the sky during the opening ceremony of Asian Games 2014.Pop sensation Psy was the star attraction as a dazzling opening ceremony, showcasing the glorious past and modern-day South Korea launched the 17th Asian Games here on Friday.The Games were declared open by South Korean President Park Geun-Hye with the words “I declare open the 17th Asian Games,” before actor Lee Young-ae lit up the flame resembling a fountain of cascading water.As Lee lighted the cauldron, dazzling fireworks lit up the sky.The competing teams marched into the stadium in the final act of the evening. The Indian athletes trooped in after Iran with hockey skipper Sardar Singh leading out the smartly-dressed contingent.While the male members wore black blazers, the women athletes were dressed in blue sarees. The smiling athletes walked in waving the tri-colour. India have sent nearly 700-strong contingent for the event that will take part in 28 disciplines.The overriding theme of the opening was the unity of Asia and consequently the cultural show comprised four parts. As is the custom the ceremony was divided into the informal and formal parts.South Korean President Park Geun-hye waves during the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games.The event began with a welcoming performance, lasting close to 80 minutes, to greet the spectators at the 60,000-capacity stadium that was filled to the brim.The session was divided into three parts, “Incheon, the magnet of dreams,” “Incheon, where all of us become friends,” and “Tomorrow, dreamed by all of us.”advertisementA display of Korea’s traditional drums and cymbal-type instruments before emcees Kim Sung-ju and Youn Soo-young came on stage.Then, a cheering team formed by young children performed to a remix of songs from past sports events held in Korea, including the theme song of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.The second part of the opening ceremony consisted of two themed songs “New Asia, a Song of Hope” and “Incheon”.Then “Incheon, a place for one Asia” expressed the Games hosting city as a bridge to unite Asia as one family and open the future of the continent.Two figures related to Incheon appeared on stage- Biryu, a legendary founding father of an ancient kingdom whose territory covered the Incheon area, and Sim Cheong, a girl in an ancient novel, who dived into the sea as a sacrifice for fishermen who promised to give her blind father a huge amount of rice instead.On the final stage of “Incheon, a place for one Asia,” a ship returned to Incheon with Korean opera singer, Ahn Sook-sun, singing “One Asia.”The ship carried the hoop girl, actor Kim Soo-hyun and people from 45 nations. They were welcomed by actor Jang Dong-gun and people of Incheon. Executive director Im Kwon-taek and artistic director Jang Jin orchestrated all performances.Executive director Im Kwon-taek and artistic director Jang Jin orchestrated all the performances.After the Games were formally declared open the OCA flag was brought in by eight top former Korean sports heroes and ceremoniously raised.The host country’s national anthem was sung to signal the commencement of the formal part of the programme.The teams had been restricted to 130 members for the march past. South Korean singer Psy performs during the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games.As was expected the host country’s contingent, aiming to finish at least second overall in the medals tally behind juggernaut China, was given the loudest cheer of the entire evening.In his welcome speech Kim Young-soo, the president of the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee, described Incheon as not only his birthplace, but also as “a dynamic city of communication and interaction; the venue for convergence and exchange, home to various ethnicities, cultures, the latest scientific technologies and traditions.”He also said that the current Asian Games will be “a grand festival for peace and harmony, to discard all discrimination, prejudice, suppression and conflicts; and to ensure an Asia of mutual understanding and prosperity.””The 17th Asian Games has been prepared not as a festival for just few nations, but as a magnificent festival for all Asians to celebrate as one,” he added.The Games torch, in a departure from tradition lit on August 9 at New Delhi’s Dhyan Chand National Stadium which was the venue of the inaugural Asian Games in 1951, was then ceremoniously brought into the stadium by a relay squad of runners before the cauldron was lit in spectacular fashion by Korean actor Lee Young-ae to thunderous roars from the crowd.advertisementTraditionally, the flame of Asian Games had always been lit in the Games hosting nation. But to infuse a sense of tradition and honour to the history of Asian Games, the flame for the 17th Games here was lit up in an overseas nation for the first time to lay the foundation for the flame of the Asian Games to be continuously lit up in the Dhyan Chand National Stadium from now on.Through the relay from New Delhi, the hosting city for the first Asian Games and through China, the flame arrived at Incheon Port through sea route on August 12th.It all ended in a riot of colour and foot-tapping Gangnam style music and dance with the assembled athletes in the centre of the field joining in.last_img read more

Olympiakos Destroys Ergotelis, 3-0

first_imgATHENS — Defending champion Olympiakos beat Ergotelis 3-0 to open up a nine-point lead in the Greek league on Feb. 14.Second-place Panathinaikos travels to OFI on Feb. 15.Olympiakos totally dominated at home, with 36 attempts at goal, to Ergotelis’ three, but did not score until the 71st, when Jimmy Durmaz’s shot off Alejandro Dominguez’s cross found the net.Costas Fortounis scored in the 75th, just five minutes after going on, and his second in the third minute of injury time.Ergotelis goalkeeper Bojan Saranov saved Dominguez’s penalty in the 79th.Also, Panionios won 3-1 at Giannena, Panetolikos beat Asteras 2-0, and Panthrakikos won 3-0 on paper against Niki Volos, which has been expelled from the league over financial difficulties.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Antetokounmpo Scores 34, Bucks Top Spurs 135-129

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Facing a potential second loss at home in two nights, Giannis Antetokounmpo unleashed a furious rally. When he’d finished, his teammates did the rest.Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 18 rebounds, and the Bucks overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 135-129 on Saturday night.“I was feeling relaxed,” said Antetokounmpo, who scored 14 points in the final period and heard chants of “MVP! MVP!” each time he stepped to the free-throw line. “I had a little bit of energy saved up for the fourth quarter.”DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points for the Spurs, who took a 106-95 lead with 11 minutes to play after a jumper by Rudy Gay.But the Bucks, who dropped a game to Phoenix on Friday, roared back in this one, which featured 26 lead changes. They took it for the final time when Antetokounmpo hit a pair of free throws with 2:44 left that made it 123-122.“Giannis did a hell of a job keeping us in that game, and we kind of helped him out at the end,” Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe said.Khris Middleton hit a key 3-pointer, Bledsoe drove to the hoop for a contested layup and Malcolm Brogdon knocked down a 3 off a drive and dish from Bledsoe with 8.9 seconds to play to put the game out of reach.“If I’m going to have the ball at the end of the game in situations like that, I’ve got to be able to know when to score and when to pass,” said Bledsoe, who had 20 points and 10 assists. “Malcolm did a great job being in the right spot, and knocked it down.”DEROZAN DOMINANTDeRozan has averaged 26.4 points in his last 15 games, including playoffs, against Milwaukee. But no one on the Spurs had an answer for Antetokounmpo.“He is definitely a tough task,” DeRozan said. “He is so long, once he gets anywhere around the rim, it is kind of tough.”Davis Bertans came off the bench with 17 points for the Spurs, who also got 18 from Bryn Forbes and 15 from LaMarcus Aldridge.“We were in the game the whole time, we just couldn’t get a stop down the stretch,” Aldridge said.SPEEDY SPURSIt took San Antonio less than five minutes to wipe out Milwaukee’s early 15-point lead the Bucks built by starting 12 of 13 from the field. The Spurs went on to lose for the sixth time in the last eight games despite an 11-point lead late.“It is tough to have control of the game and not win,” Aldridge said.TIP-INSSpurs: Coach Gregg Popovich called departed star Kawhi Leonard a great player, but not a leader when discussing Patty Mills’ leadership role. “Kawhi’s talent will always be missed, but that leadership wasn’t his deal at the time. That may come as he progresses,” Popovich said before the game. Leonard was traded with Danny Green to the Raptors for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick in the offseason.Bucks: Brogdon finished with 23 points, Middleton 21 and Sterling Brown 11. . F Ersan Ilyasova (right knee soreness) dressed but did not play. . Antetokounmpo was fouled in the act of shooting 55 feet from the basket at the end of the first quarter by Derrick White. Antetokounmpo made all three shots and White didn’t see the court the rest of the way. . Brook Lopez, who went 0 for 12 from 3-point range on Friday night, hit his first attempt against San Antonio.UP NEXTSpurs: At Chicago on Monday for the third of a four-game trip.Bucks: At Charlotte on Monday.By COLIN FLY , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli overtakes MS Dhoni to become India’s 4th highest run-scorer in ODIs

first_imgVirat Kohli overtook MS Dhoni to become the fourth highest run-scorer for India in one-day internationals. Dhoni has 10123 runs in ODIs but only 9949 of those have been scored for India – the other 174 were scored for Asia XI.On Wednesday, before the start of the second ODI against West Indies, Kohli needed 31 to go past MS Dhoni. Of course, there is every chance Dhoni will once again overtake Kohli but this happens to a phenomenal achievement for the Indian captain, who made his ODI debut almost four years after MS Dhoni.Dhoni had played his first one-day game for India on December 23, 2004 while Kohli made his debut against Sri Lanka on August 18, 2008. By then, Dhoni was already a superstar and captain of the Indian team, three years away from World Cup glory.India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI – Follow LiveBy the time Kohli earned his first cap for India, Dhoni had gone down the order to take on the role of a finisher. He had started his career with a bang, smashing hundreds against Pakistan and Sri Lanka but the need to finish games meant Dhoni sacrificed his position up the order.Kohli, meanwhile, established himself as a top-order batsman and quickly cemented the No.3 spot. Today, he has 36 ODI hundreds and ranks second only to Sachin Tendulkar in the list of most century makers in the 50-over format.Kohli, on Wednesday, also went past Tendulkar on the list of most runs scored against the West Indies in ODI cricket.advertisementKohli is also on the brink of the 10000-run club and is set to break Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to enter the elite 10K club.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10000 ODI runsKohli and Dhoni have been India’s biggest match-winners in limited-overs cricket over the last decade. Given that Kohli has been breaking records for fun and has even left behind Tendulkar on several facets, it is no surprise Kohli surpassed Dhoni’s tally of ODI runs for India.Kohli, who took over the reins of India’s captaincy from Dhoni, has a lot of respect for his predecessor. Kohli was appointed India’s Test captain after Dhoni’s shock retirement from the format in the middle of the Australia tour in 2014-15. In January 2017, Dhoni decided to step down as India’s limited-overs captain as Kohli took charge of the Indian national cricket team in all three formats.last_img read more



X-Blades ‘X-treme Best of Enemies Clashes

first_imgThe NTL has always been about the Touch Football community uniting in the spirit of competition to test themselves against the best from around the nation on the field, then enjoy the opportunities for camaraderie and friendship off the field.With this concept firmly in mind, the 2008 X-Blades NTL is themed “The Best of Enemies”.For more information see the NTL websitelast_img

Feel Good Fridays – Sperry’s The Sea Project

first_img WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey All this do-goodery in the menswear world is making us very happy at The Manual, hence our weekly spotlight on brands making a difference. But we always like to see companies who think out of the box when it comes to giving back. More than just giving a percentage of profits or a ‘pair for a pair’, companies like Sperry are working a little harder.In it’s second year, The Sea Project is an on-going series of culturally-driven projects that are focused on major ocean love. Through different mediums, attention is brought to the needs of the sea and the project is aligned with different non-profit organizations to benefit from the efforts.Last year Sperry worked with Portland, Maine based creative agency, The Fin Studio in Boston, exhibiting work of six artists that have been inspired by the sea. Half the proceeds were donated to the Charles River Watershed Association.This year Sperry worked with Fin Studio again and invited individuals to share their creative expressions inspired by their own passion for the sea and enter them for consideration in the Instagram-fueled photography contest, exhibit and limited edition book.“The sea means something different to all of us and the expression of what the sea represents to each person through their own photo or image of original art is what makes this event so special,” commented Craig Reingold, President, Sperry Top-Sider. “We are excited to support this project which allows individuals across the globe to share their Passion for the Sea.”All work from the exhibit was on display September 12-15, 2013 during America’s Cup, and select images are featured in the limited edition book that is on sale now. For 2013, The Sea Project has selected the Ocean Conservancy as the non-profit beneficiary of book sale proceeds.It only makes sense that  all this would come from a brand that launched the first boat shoe back in 1935. Not to mention the brand is title sponsor of the U.S. Sailing Team, official footwear sponsor of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas, the U.S. Sailing Association, the Salt Water Sportsman Seminar Series, Charleston Race Week and the National Safe Boating Council. (Dang!)Instagram your favorite salty sea moments and tag @TheManualStyle and  #mypassionforthesea so we can see where the sea takes you.To purchase the book, check out Sperry’s website. Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

A 71-Year-Old Frenchman Is Crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a Giant Barrel

first_img Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty ImagesIn true French style, he packed a sizable block of foie gras, a bottle of Sauternes white wine to ring in the New Year, and a bottle of Saint-Émilion red to celebrate his 72nd birthday on January 14. He’s also carrying a bottle of Bordeaux “in the name of science.” After his expedition, the condition of the latter will be compared to an identical bottle that will remain on land during the three months.Naturally, the first question is: Why? Savin’s reasoning is three-fold, but his journey is mostly about research. He’ll be dropping markers along the way to help oceanographers track, map, and predict ocean currents. On a personal level, he told the Daily Mail that he’s particularly interested in the “effects of solitude in close confinement.” He’s also curious about how his wine cache will fare in the face of several months of sloshing around on the high seas. Considering the sheer solitude he’ll face, the months of crushing boredom, and — let’s be honest — his proud French heritage, it’s difficult to imagine that wine lasting long enough to study.At the time of his launch, Savin was moving at a sea-snail-like pace of just one to two miles per hour. Even at that paltry speed, however, he should cross the Atlantic and arrive somewhere in the Caribbean by March. Wherever and whenever he lands, we wish him well on what’s sure to be an epic journey! Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart A relaxing Caribbean cruise sounds like the perfect vacation for many travelers. Jean-Jacques Savin isn’t your average traveler. Instead of sipping neon fruity drinks, conga-lining around the midnight chocolate buffet, and playing bingo on the lido deck, Savin is spending three months drifting across the Atlantic Ocean without power in a tiny barrel by himself. Destination: unknown.Last month, the 71-year-old Frenchman set sail on an altogether different sort of “tropical cruise.” He’s traveling south from the Canary Islands toward the equator with the hope of arriving somewhere in the Caribbean in the next three months. While he’s not picky about his final destination (he says Barbados would do), he admits to being partial to a French island like Guadaloupe or Martinique.His vessel is entirely unpowered, relying on ocean currents alone to take him to his final destination. But this is no ordinary barrel. The half-ton capsule is constructed of resin-coated plywood and has been hardened to survive three months at sea, including endless waves, harsh weather, and even orca attacks. Inside, it’s well-equipped given its pint-sized footprint. The 65 square feet of living space includes a bunk for sleeping, a kitchen, and storage. There’s even a porthole in the floor designed so Savin can pass his barrel-loads of time watching the underwater world go by. Savin is likewise no ordinary man. Having spent time as a military paratrooper in Africa, a pilot, and a park ranger, he’s more than fit for the task. Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch center_img 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

UK Based Car Carrier Owner Fined for Ship Based Pollution

first_imgUK based company Lombard Corporate Finance Limited, the owner of UK flagged car carrier, Morning Midas, was convicted, fined $5000 and ordered to pay costs after it was found guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, July 18, of contravening section 26F (3) of the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said.The charges relate to a collision between the pilot launch Wyuna III and a mooring line discarded by Morning Midas in the early hours of August 1, 2012 in Port Phillips Heads.The 30-35m mooring line was found discarded in the vicinity of the pilot boarding station outside Port Phillip Heads when Wyuna III collided with it, fouling its propellers and stalling both engines.An AMSA investigation found charts indicating two GPS locations from Morning Midas’Deck Log Bookand the site of the collision of the Wyuna III with the mooring line.The location of the discharge was within Australian territorial waters in or near the pilot boarding ground and Morning Midas failed to report a danger to navigation posed by the mooring line, according to AMSA.Acting Ship Safety Division General Manager Alex Schultz-Altmann said the area, south west of Point Lonsdale and close to Port Phillips Heads, is a focal point of maritime traffic of all shapes and sizes entering or departing Port Phillip Bay.“An estimated 3100 merchant vessels alone visit the port each year,” Mr Schultz-Altmann said.“Any danger to navigation posed by pollution such as a discarded mooring line could have catastrophic consequences for the safety of ships and potential environmental harm.“It is fortunate the unreported hazard of the discarded mooring line did not cause damage to the steering or propulsion of any larger commercial ships in the pilot boarding ground of Port Phillip Heads.”last_img read more

Independent Review of Police Public Prosecution Service Committed

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE–Independent Review of Police, Public Prosecution Service Committed The review will begin as soon as the criminal investigation is completed. This will ensure that nothing jeopardizes the outcome of the criminal and justice process. “Nova Scotians want to continue to support Rehtaeh’s family in whatever way they can, and that includes ensuring that justice is done for Rehtaeh. Nothing can get in the way of that objective,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “At the same time, I have promised that the province will review everything that led up to Rehtaeh’s passing. That includes an independent review of police and the Public Prosecution Service, and I want everyone to be clear that this work must proceed.” Provincial officials are finalizing details on the scope and individuals to conduct the review. Those details will be released soon. The province has also requested an independent review of the Halifax Regional School Board’s handling of the case. That review will begin while the criminal investigation is ongoing and details will be announced soon. -30- —————————————————————The province committed today, April 15, to an independent review of the actions of police and the Public Prosecution Service in the Rehtaeh Parsons case.last_img read more

Microsoft donates 500 patents to startups

first_imgSan Francisco: Expanding its “Azure IP Advantage” programme, Microsoft is donating 500 patents to start-ups that are part of a non-profit organisation called License On Transfer (LOT) Network. Launched in 2018, the “Azure IP Advantage” programme protects users of Microsoft’s cloud computing service — Azure — against patent trolls. Keeping in line with the intention of the programme, LOT Network protects companies against patent trolls by giving them access to a wide library of patents from its nearly 400 member companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Uber among others. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “We want to help the LOT Network grow its network of start-ups and to provide an incentive we are going to provide these patents to them,” TechCrunch quoted Erich Andersen, Corporate Vice President (CVP) and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, as saying on Thursday. However, for any start-up to qualify for getting a patent granted to LOT Network, the company is required to meet a $1,000 per month Azure spend and Microsoft would check the start-up’s last three monthly Azure bills. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Qualified start-ups who join the LOT Network can acquire Microsoft patents as part of their free membership and as Andersen stressed, the start-ups will own them outright,” the report said. The LOT network will be able to provide its start-up members with up to three patents from this collection. “The idea is that these start-ups come from a diverse set of industry sectors. The hope we have is that when they approach LOT, they’ll find patents among those 500 that are going to be interesting to basically almost any company that might want a foundational set of patents for their business,” Andersen added.last_img read more

Women bodies demand retd judges arrest

first_imgHyderabad: Members of some women organisations Sunday staged a dharna in front of the residence of a retired judge, against whom a dowry harassment case has been registered on a complaint by his daughter-in-law, and demanded his arrest. Holding placards which read “we want justice” and “hand over the children to your daughter-in-law,” they demanded that the retired judge and his kin be arrested. The complainant, who was also took part in the protest, said she wanted to see her children, one of whom was three-and-half-year-old and another 18-month old. A case was registered against the retired high court judge, his wife and son on a complaint by his daughter-in-law of cruelty towards her, police had said. The case has been registered under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and relevant sections of the Dowry Prohibition Act, they had said.last_img read more

Governments provide 20 million to help ranchers rebuild from BC fires

VANCOUVER — Ranchers who have lost animals and land to devastating wildfires across British Columbia are getting help from the provincial and federal governments.The governments have announced $20 million that farmers can use to replace lost breeding animals and re-seed damaged lands, with 40 per cent of the funding covered by the province and the federal government paying for 60 per cent of the costs.“Farmers have been hit hard in this situation,” said federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Tuesday. “As someone who has farmed and raised livestock, my heart goes out to all the families and communities that have been affected by this disaster.”MacAulay said the funds, administered through an existing disaster-relief program called AgriRecovery, will also help ranchers cover veterinary bills, transportation and housing expenses for displaced animals, feed cost, labour for fencing and critical infrastructure not covered by insurance.He made the announcement at a news conference after federal and provincial cabinet ministers and First Nations met in Vancouver to discuss how to rebuild following the crisis and improve prevention and response in the future.At least 30,000 animals have been killed or displaced in this year’s record-breaking wildfire season, MacAulay said.Kevin Boon of the BC Cattlemen’s Association said the funds would not only help individual ranchers get back on their feet, but would also help communities that rely on agriculture.B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said the previous provincial government did not do enough to mitigate the risk of wildfires and he believes much more must be done to reduce fuel, including wood debris and underbrush, around communities.Since 2003, the previous government invested $78-million in an initiative that funds fuel treatments around municipalities, but some communities have complained the program is under-funded and burdensome. Less than seven per cent of high-risk area has been treated.Donaldson said the provincial and federal governments are committed to the national wildfire strategy, which aims to reduce wildfire risk in forests that threaten communities.The forests minister added that he will put forward a submission to the B.C. budget to make more funds available for fuel treatments.“We want to make sure that communities are safer and that effort, in my opinion, has not been what it needs to be to protect communities,” he said.Donaldson also addressed the impact to sawmills, saying about 53 million cubic metres of timber have burned and that will affect supply. He said the ministry is working on ensuring mills can use wood that is still viable, and is looking at issuing salvage licences in certain areas. It’s also beginning to plan reforestation, he said.Several chiefs of B.C. First Nations expressed their frustration on Tuesday with the level of funding and support their communities have been given to fight wildfires.Chief Ann Louie of the Williams Lake Indian Band said her First Nation felt abandoned during the crisis and she hopes the governments adopt a proposal put forward by Grand Chief Ed John to increase funding and supplies to Indigenous communities.“We were invisible,” she said.John, a prominent Indigenous leader in B.C., said the proposal was delivered to the federal government at the end of July and it calls for $200 million for emergency preparedness and response in First Nations communities.Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the proposal provides a lot of very useful advice and guidance.He said the federal government is eager to work with national and local First Nations leaders to develop a community-by-community inventory of the emergency risks and the assets and resources available.The federal government would then work with those communities to fill the gaps, he said.“It is simply unacceptable that some people in this country have full, developed plans and resources to deal with crisis situations and other communities don’t,” he said.“That is unacceptable to this country and that’s a gap that absolutely must be fixed.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more

Creativity without the pressure at paint and sip studios

They’ve become a global sensation — “paint and sip” studios where adults can spend evenings out learning to make art in a relaxed, BYOB setting. Thousands of franchises now exist to help us all unleash our inner creative.One of the places where it all began was a little studio in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2002, at age 28, Wendy Lovoy quit her corporate job to pursue a career as a painter. She began teaching adult and kids’ classes in her Birmingham studio. The adults, she noticed, were taking far too long to finish their paintings. They were nervous about making them perfect. They couldn’t get out of their own heads. When Lovoy encouraged them to relax and move more quickly, their work always turned out better.So she began holding two-hour sessions during which she would guide adult students to create an entire painting from start to finish. As it turned out, they loved it. The paintings were coming out great, and classes were filling up. Students began bringing mimosas. The atmosphere was relaxed and pressure-free.So in 2004, her company, Sips ‘N Strokes, was born. Sips ‘N Strokes pioneered the model of BYOB recreational painting classes that teach students to reproduce a work of art step-by-step.“My vision was to inspire the world to create,” says Lovoy.She hoped to transform the painting process from something intimidating and seemingly out of reach to something approachable and fun.The business grew slowly at first, going from one class a month to two, and then, suddenly, it was seven days a week. By 2007, Lovoy was squishing 100 people per night into her studio. By 2009, when she franchised Sips ‘N Strokes, similar businesses, like Painting With a Twist and Pinot’s Palette, had begun springing up around the country.“It became an industry that the customer base really gravitated to,” says Joe Lewis, CEO of the Mandeville, Louisiana-based Painting With a Twist. “With the increase in the DIY industry, it has really caught on and become popular.”Because the investment needed to start a paint and sip franchise is relatively low, Lewis says, the industry has grown quickly. Painting With a Twist recently acquired a competitor, Chicago-based Bottle and Bottega, and the merged companies have a total of 300 locations around the country.Lovoy is amazed at how popular paint-and-sip places have become since she opened her studio.“When you’re 28 years old and you see something that was your passion blow up to something so big, it’s phenomenal,” says the now-43-year-old.While many people come to the classes to relax with a glass of wine, Lovoy believes that a huge piece of the success of the Sips ‘N Strokes model is the way it forces students to speed up their painting.“When you give an adult time, we overanalyze and overthink everything,” she says. “When you give them that time restraint, they can create anything. They just have to get outside of themselves, and you do that when you move fast. You shut down that anal side of your brain and your creative side opens up.”She enjoys watching students gain confidence. “People like to learn things,” she says. “It’s very satisfying for people to create something themselves.”Some of her most dedicated students have even become professional artists.Mary Posey, a regular student of Lovoy’s who began attending Sips ‘N Strokes classes in 2006, has produced hundreds of paintings.“I went from needing a lot of help to fix paintings at the end of class to, I really started to figure out what they meant by doing a stroke a certain way,” she says. “I started figuring out I could do it on my own.” Her growing confidence in her art, she says, “spilled over into other things. I just noticed I had more confidence.”Lovoy also hopes her students gain an appreciation for art and the work that goes into it.“Go out and support your local artists,” she says. “Get into the art scene.”Molly Sprayregen, The Associated Press read more

Michelin careers event – Stoke on Trent

A group of 40 pupils aged 15-18 will tour the Michelin plant, followed by a careers fair and group work. Date to be confirmed. VenueMichelin Tyres plc-StokeCampbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 4EYOrganizerJoel AndrewClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 27 March 2015

DOWNLOAD1. London ULEZ to begin in 20202. SMMTConnected event held3. OLEV announces plug-in van grant extension and fund for greener taxis4. Plans for idling charge to be implemented5. Acts given Royal Assent6. New Lobbyist Register7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Music Career Services orchestrate new experiential learning program

Music Ed Plus will give music students more experiential learning, work and volunteer opportunities.The Department of Music and Career Services have teamed up to offer music majors a new program unique to Brock.Called Music Ed Plus, the program creates experiential learning and community engagement opportunities for music students in the bachelor of music and bachelor of arts programs. Students will be able to apply what they learn in class to volunteer work, performance opportunities and chamber music ensembles.There will also be guest lecturers from a variety of musical careers to let students know about the opportunities that exist when they graduate. Concerts, Career Services workshops and a mentorship program are also on the Music Ed Plus bill.The new program comes in response to the University’s strategic mandate agreement and strategic plan.Music Ed Plus makes Brock unique among Canadian universities with music programs, giving the University a competitive edge in student recruitment, said Pauline Dawson, manager of Experience Plus programs.“Opportunities available through Music Ed Plus will help students develop the employability skills that employers are seeking,” Dawson said. “Students will be better prepared to make informed career decisions and will have an advantage when looking for work or further education opportunities.”The program, which starts in September, will have 20-25 students in its first year. It will be administered by four of the Department of Music’s full-time faculty, Patricia Debly, who will serve as Music Ed Plus co-ordinator, Karin Di Bella, Brian Power and Matthew Royal.Career Services will host workshops and document students’ volunteer placements and professional development experiences, as well as run the mentorship program.For more information about the program, or for Brock community members involved with a musical organization to find out how they can help with music student community engagement, email musicedplus@brocku.ca.Visit Music Ed Plus read more

Antamina agrees social investment program

first_imgPeru’s government and Minera Antamina, which operates the world’s largest combined copper-zinc mine, reached an agreement with a northern Andean community over social investment projects. A development roundtable in the community of Jangas in Ancash region agreed on 20 million soles ($7.1 million) in infrastructure investment, according to the energy and mines ministry (MEM), BNAmericas reports.Projects include 9.86 million soles in irrigation and 4.1 million soles in electricity infrastructure, health and education programs and 6.17 million soles in natural disaster prevention and mitigation systems, deputy mining minister Guillermo Shinno said in a statement.Since 2011, President Ollanta Humala’s government has set up at least 20 development roundtables in Andean communities to ease opposition to mining projects.Antamina which despite having excellent programs for community development has faced repeated environmental protests since starting up in 2001, completed a $1.3 billion expansion at the end of 2012. The expansion increased ore processing capacity from 94,000t/d to 130,000t/d after exploration work boosted mineral reserves by 77%.Antamina produced 461,058 t copper, 315,802 t zinc, 4,032 t lead, 4,544 t molybdenum and 520,871 kg silver last year, according to MEM.Glencore Xstrata and BHP Billiton each own a 33.75% stake in Antamina, while Teck Resources has 22.5% and Mitsubishi owns 10%.last_img read more