December 12

Military Caregiving Virtual Learning Event #2 – Don’t miss it!

first_imgCEU Credit Available!The MFLN has applied for 1.5 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on Challenges Facing Families in Crisis. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices. VLE Session #2: Challenges Facing Families in CrisisJoin the MFLN Military Caregiving team as we focus on learning new skills and strategies for improved communication in times of crisis in the second session of our three-part Virtual Learning Event (VLE) beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 19. In session two of the VLE entitled, Challenges Facing Families in Crisis, we will address some of the unique challenges military families face and examine ways to support them. Throughout this event, our speaker, Michelle Lewis MSW will focus on risk factors that increase military families’ vulnerability during crisis, resources for military families in crisis, as well as ways mental health concerns increase challenges for military families.The VLE is centered on the theme of Sensitive Topics in Caregiving: Tough Questions and Complex Answers. Our goal with this VLE is to address military family service providers’ tough questions with our expert presenters’ complex answers.We hope you join us for the second session of the 2016 VLE, October 19th. To learn more about this VLE and the other sessions, click on 2016 MFLN Military Caregiving VLE. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 14, 2016.last_img read more

November 26

NBA in India: Indiana Pacers vs Sacramento Kings Match Tickets Sold Out

first_imgMumbai: In a bid to increase the popularity of basketball in India, for the first time two NBA teams — Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings, will face-off at the NSCI Dome here on Friday and it seems the initiative has already gained the first break as the entire tickets have been sold out.The two-day contest has been actually the driving force by Sacramento Kings’ owner Vivek Ranadive, who wants a cricket crazy India to recognize basketball. Speaking on the eve of the match, Ranadive said: “I am very excited as I am a Mumbaikar and returning back to a city were I took birth is matter of great happiness. Organising such a great event in hometown and my country is really very special moment for me.””The contest has a long story behind and I believe in next 10 years we will produce great talents from India who will feature in the NBA. I also feel basketball will be the next most popular sport in India,” he added.”Definitely, cricket is the most popular game in India but I believe basketball will also gain popularity here as it could be played both indoors and outdoors and even in the urban and rural areas. I am confident basketball will become a popular sporting discipline in India,” he expressed.Prior to their new season, the NBA teams compete in pre-season contests and try to figure out their strengths and weaknesses.Meanwhile, Kings’ star player Buddy Hield said: “We will try to play our natural game and will look to rectify our mistakes before the 2019-20 season. It is just a pre-season game but we will have to get better with time.”Kings had a decent run in the last edition of the game but failed to make to the play-offs. However, Hield is confident that his team will surely make to the play-offs. “Me and my team both want to be in the play-offs this season. We fumbled in the play-offs last season but this time we aim to enter the play-offs without committing any mistakes. After looking at my team, I feel we can make it.”Significantly, Reliance has also been a major force behind bringing a major basketball event in India. Both NBA and Reliance Foundation have invited around 3,000 students from over 70 schools to witness the game in Mumbai. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. basketballindiana pacersNBAnba in india First Published: October 3, 2019, 11:41 PM ISTlast_img read more

November 25

Central banks to cooperate closely to deal with Brexit fallout

first_imgBasel, Jun 25 (PTI) Central bankers from across the world, including RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, today discussed implications of Britains decision to leave the European Union on financial markets and agreed to work closely to ensure stability. Global markets were roiled by Brexit on Friday, sending stocks and currencies into a tizzy. “Central banks will carefully monitor market functioning and stability, and cooperate closely,” Global Economy Meeting (GEM) Chairman Agustin Carstens said after the meet of central bankers. GEM took place on the occasion of BIS (Bank for International Settlements) annual general meeting here. Rajan, who is also Vice-Chairman of BIS, also participated in the meet.”Central bank governors at todays GEM discussed the implications of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom. “Governors endorsed the contingency measures put in place by the Bank of England and emphasised the preparedness of central banks to support the proper functioning of financial markets,” Carstens said in a statement. GEM comprises governors of 30 BIS member central banks in major advanced and emerging market economies, including from India. Besides, governors from several other central banks attend GEM as observer members. On Friday, BIS said there is likely to be a “period of uncertainty and adjustment” in the wake of Brexit. Noting that the referendum outcome has resulted in high volatility in markets, BIS had said extensive contingency plans by the private sector and central banks have been put in place to limit disturbances. PTI RAM ARDlast_img read more

November 18

Micromax Canvas Infinity quick review: Premium experience for Rs 9,999. Almost

first_imgThe concept of an edge-to-edge or bezel-less phone isn’t new, not even for the Indian phone market. Smartphone manufacturers have been down that road before. Now, Micromax is joining the bandwagon with the Canvas Infinity. That in itself is a pretty big deal, considering this comes from an Indian company. But even more noteworthy is the fact that Micromax is doing it with a phone that costs Rs 9,999. That is right, the Canvas Infinity, with thin bezels costs less than one fourth of a phone like the LG G6.But more on that later. First, a quick refresher on bezel-less screens. Japanese major Sharp has been building them for as long as one can remember. Sharp’s Aquos Crystal was nothing short of an engineering marvel of its time. Sadly, its border-less display was the one and only highlight of the Aquos Crystal. The phone was found lacking in almost all the other departments. But, it was not for lack of trying.In 2016, smartphone manufacturers tried going down that road once again, with a different approach, however. Companies like Xiaomi built bezel defying phones — Mi Note 2 and Mi Mix — without compromising with specs. The Mi Mix, was without a doubt, the most interesting one of the lot. With its futuristic 6.4-inch edge-to-edge screen, the Mi Mix lay almost on the edge of tomorrow. But, it wasn’t surely perfect, the Mi Mix. It could have done with a better camera for instance. Also, it didn’t see a very wide release. For example, in India it was never launched, with Xiaomi restricting it to only China.advertisementFast forward to 2017, and we have big ones like Samsung and LG, making possibly the best use case scenario for an edge-to-edge or bezel-less phone. The Galaxy S8 and the G6 represent the future of all smartphones: wherein all smartphones would be a continuous sheet of glass with no physical buttons whatsoever. They’d be high-on specs with exceptionally good cameras. They’d be more than just novelty or a collector’s edition. They’d be the complete package.Unlike the Galaxy S8 and the G6, however, the Canvas Infinity phone from Micromax, costs just Rs 9,999Having said that, there’s an inherent problem with uber-cool futuristic technology. It is also expensive. While the Galaxy S8 costs around Rs 60,000 the G6 is available for around Rs 40,000: which means that they are still largely inaccessible for a significant chunk of the audience. They are too expensive. Enter home grown manufacturer Micromax and its answer to the Galaxy S8 and the G6 — at least in terms of bringing more of screen in less of body — the Canvas Infinity. Just like the Galaxy S8 and the G6, the Canvas Infinity phone from Micromax, also has an unusually tall screen and an unusual screen aspect ratio pf 18:9. Just like the Galaxy S8 and the G6, the Canvas Infinity phone from Micromax, has also been designed to offer more screen in a pint-sized form factor. Unlike the Galaxy S8 and the G6, however, the Canvas Infinity phone from Micromax, costs just Rs 9,999, which is one fifth of what the Galaxy S8 costs and one fourth of LG G6 price in the market.”The next year will see innovation on screens, be it the bezel less phones, curved screens, sharper resolutions etc. As more visual data is consumed on phones, users will demand screens to be improved and brands will follow,” Rahul Sharma who is co-founder, Micromax Informatics Ltd. Explained to India Today Tech not long ago.” And Micromax would want to get their first, as far as massification of the technology is concerned. Hence, the Canvas Infinity.”The USP of the Infinity phone is its unusual display that boasts of an aspect ratio of 18:9 as opposed to a regular 16:9. The unusual 18:9 aspect ratio (18.5:9 in the case of the Galaxy S8) makes phones longer than wider and is harbinger of edge-to-edge screen design that in turn leads to more real estate on a compact form factor. The Micromax Canvas Infinity, likewise, is a 5.7-inch phone, something that would make you believe — going by its specs — that it would be a huge phone. Only it isn’t.Micromax, just like Samsung and LG, has shaved off the top and bottom bezels, as well as the side bezels, stretching the screen on all sides so it occupies a much smaller footprint than a regular 5.7-inch phone. Also the phone comes with subtle curves on the back that seemingly melts into the front that has 2.5D (curved) glass. This further enhances ergonomics and usability of the phone with one hand. The idea, just like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8 and the G6, is to offer more screen in a pint-sized phone and to make every inch of that screen count. The Canvas Infinity, for your reference, offers the same 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio as the Galaxy S8.advertisementMoving on, the Canvas Infinity comes with a 1440×720 pixel (HD) resolution and an IPS screen that gets really bright, but viewing angles could have been better. Although colours on-board are mostly accurate, the phone’s large screen is best enjoyed while viewing straight up. Tilt the phone and there’s definite colour shifting, mostly towards the warmer end of the spectrum. This is one area where the Infinity doesn’t match up to the high-standard set by the expensive Android phones. But then you don’t really expect it to, given its price. The Canvas Infinity, although it is a phone deigned from grounds-up for multimedia consumption looks like it has been designed more for individual consumption than sharing it with your group.In order to make full use of the Canvas Infinity’s 18:9 screen, also, you’ll need content that supports the Canvas Infinity’s native 18:9 aspect ratio. That content is, like it or not, scarce at this point of time although you will find some on YouTube. Videos that don’t support the Canvas Infinity’s native 18:9 aspect ratio will play fine, but, with letter-boxing (black bars on either side) of the screen. The same is true for games as well. While games like Asphalt 8: Airborne support the Canvas Infinity’s native aspect ratio, others like Crossy Road don’t. Web pages look fine though.The Canvas Infinity may not boast of similar outstanding screen specs — also its hardware may not be in the same league — as that of the Galaxy S8 (or the G6), but, that’s besides the point. The point is Micromax has been able to somehow get hold of the Galaxy S8 and the G6’s USP feature — the Infinity screen/Full Vision display — and put it inside a ridiculously more mainstream package, and as far as multimedia experiences are concerned, it’s not that it is lacking or anything. Surely, it could have done better with a 1080p screen, or with better viewing angles, or with a dedicated colour correction mode, but, at Rs 9,999 you’re more likely to not miss any of these features when you realize what the Canvas Infinity brings to the table: Samsung Galaxy S8-like experiences at dirt cheap price. Or in other words, you can say it’s poor man’s Galaxy S8 or LG G6. If that wasn’t enough, the company will offer repair or replace services in 24 hours, should something go wrong with your purchased unit, it has confirmed.The phone also seems to have decent core hardware inside, as far as first impressions are concerned. The Micromax Canvas Infinity is powered by a fairly-efficient 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processer coupled with Adreno 308 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with 32GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot.advertisementThe Micromax Canvas Infinity is a 5.7-inch phone something that would make you believe — going by its paper specs — that it would be a huge phone. Only it isn’tThe dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat software (and will be up-gradable to the just announced Android Oreo in the days to come, according to the company) and supports 4G LTE, VoLTE and USB OTG (via micro-USB 2.0). The phone has three separate slots: two for two different SIM cards and one for micro-SD, something that is fast becoming a rarity in phones. The phone comes with a rear facing mono speaker out. It is further backed by a 2,900mAh battery.The Snapdragon 425 may be an entry-level chipset, but it should get the job done for most users. Software-wise the phone does pack in more of iOS than Android, but, then that’s the case with a majority of OEMs these days. Micromax has itself toiled with stock Android in the past, and it would have been better had the company stuck with stock Android in the Canvas Infinity but that’s not to say that is lacking or anything as far as all-round experience is concerned. We will of course have more to say about the phone’s performance and user experience in our full review.Moving on to cameras, the Canvas Infinity sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter on the front that comes with its own dedicated bokeh selfie mode that automatically blurs the background for fancy portrait selfies. Sounds fancy but we will have more to say about the performance in the coming days. The autofocus on the rear camera works well for usual shots in normal to good lighting conditions. It is not very fast, but locks in accurately most of the time and brings out sharp outlines in photos. Though in macro shots, you do get to see some focus hunting and you need to adjust it with touch to focus. There is minimal shutter lag and the photos appear for preview as soon as you click it.The phone can record video in full-HD and panorama and time lapse videos as well. The details captured by the rear camera are quite nice, though we will let you know more about it in the full review.Micromax seems to be selling complete smartphone experiences with the Canvas Infinity, and as far as smartphone experiences are concerned, the Canvas Infinity seems to be right on track. It may not be the most powerful phone, it may not have the best-in class camera, it may not have the best-in class software, it may not have the biggest battery, but, when it comes to bringing the edge-to-edge screens to masses, the Canvas Infinity is definitely up there. It is also the first to get there. You can say that LG’s recently launched Q6 is also a very competitive option, but, also it costs close to Rs 15,000.The Canvas Infinity may not be perfect, but, it should start a trend and push companies to strive for more. More for less. Watch this space for our full review of the Micromax Canvas Infinity in the days to come.Also Read: Micromax Canvas Infinity with 18:9 edge-to-edge screen, 16MP front cam launched at Rs 9,999last_img read more

November 18

How to reuse your IIoT technology investments – now

first_imgIoT Capability Gap: To varying degrees, cloud vendors invest to enable connected devices to take advantage of their cloud backend features. The investments range from providing a simple embedded library of connectivity protocols to enabling greater capabilities such as providing embedded SDK hooks for gathering telemetry data or initiating software updates. For most IIoT systems, the desired capability includes all of the above and more. However, the various cloud backend solutions only provide a fraction of the needs to satisfy the desired end device capability. The difference, or the gap, is called the IoT capability gap. The “productivity” gaps Clearly, the four challenges I just mentioned are a lot to consider. We can summarize the challenges that they pose into two types of “productivity gaps.” These two gaps are the IoT capability gap and the device implementation gap (Figure 2).  Multiple cloud solutions There are a significant number of cloud vendors building compelling, but different solutions that enable IIoT. These vendors use standard communication protocols, which they enable with their embedded SDKs, but they use proprietary device management and application deployment and management solutions. IIoT equipment manufacturers must build devices that can support the multiple cloud environments in which their equipment will be integrated. This gives rise to a very important question: How do you cost effectively design and manufacture equipment that can be integrated with a variety of cloud environments? Comprehensive device management Device management (Figure 1) is a core requirement for a successful IoT strategy. How do you manage all of your connected devices? Device management means having a strategy in place for complex operations such as device/OS updates, maintenance, application management, as well as fleet-based firmware rollouts. Of course, all of this must be done in a comprehensive and secure fashion north and south – across the entire IIoT infrastructure.click for larger image Figure 1: Device management must take into consideration all gateways, end node devices, and potentially multiple cloud backends. (Source: Mentor Graphics) Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Scalability and reuse Because of the complexity and different types of devices, and the evolving topologies required to implement these devices, a cookie-cutter formula is not feasible. Invariably each device requires a different target hardware and software platform, which then requires a custom implementation. Moving forward it would be nice to have a solution that can scale across these disparate platforms maximizing code reuse and minimizing engineering resources. Device Implementation Gap: Not surprisingly, cloud providers do not focus their investments to broadly enable the specific runtime environments of all types of devices to connect to the cloud backend. How could they when connected devices range from simple, low-cost, single-purpose devices, to highly complex devices such as smart edge gateways capable of executing machine learning and artificial intelligence? These devices might run on a proprietary OS, an RTOS , or Linux . The required features of a given device determine how it will be implemented on a specific embedded platform. This includes integrating the aforementioned SDK hooks to the platform, implementing specific boot strategies for software updates, and instrumenting these devices to provide critical system health monitoring and diagnostic data, just to name a few instances. The device implementation gap can consume a significant amount of engineering and testing resources. Jen McDade says: Figure 2: What’s needed to address the productivity gaps is a framework that complements and extends cloud vendor SDKs, and at the same time, enables portability of an IIoT system. (Source: Mentor Graphics) Needless to say, business executives, software architects, and end-device manufacturers are all looking for powerful and more efficient ways to address these complexities.There are ways to solve these challenges Mentor has just announced a new framework approach that addresses IIoT fragmentation and the productivity gaps (Figure 3). The new framework called Mentor Embedded IoT Framework (MEIF) does not replace technologies and investments already provided by cloud vendors; rather, it fills the capability gap by complementing and extending those technologies, and fills the implementation gap by integrating the features fully with edge or end node device platforms. The new Mentor framework is both cloud and OS independent.Figure 3: The Mentor Embedded IoT Framework complements and extends cloud vendor SDKs and enables integration and portability to the underlying device platform. If we look closer, the MEIF design enables integration of cloud-vendor provided embedded SDKs (dark grey in Figure 3) alongside a well-defined set of IIoT-enabling runtime software (light blue in Figure 3), which can be extended as needed. Through this framework, users can connect all of their devices throughout the IIoT infrastructure in a secure, scalable manner. Costs are minimized when it comes to learning, implementing, and the porting of smart devices from powerful gateways to smart sensors on the edge.Summary Businesses that invest in IIoT are realizing the benefits. As a result, these companies are now implementing more complex and expansive next-generation IoT architectures (i.e., more edge and end node devices in more complex topologies). Device manufacturers and all parties involved are faced with challenges related to device management, unknown/multiple clouds, portability, scalability, and the need to remotely monitor and diagnose devices.The Mentor Embedded portfolio, along with the Mentor IoT Framework, complement and extend the investments made by cloud backend vendors to provide comprehensive IIoT features and capabilities – right down to the hardware of an edge or end node device.The benefits from using such a framework are clear: minimize learning curves, simplify implementations, increase code reuse, and reduce porting and testing costs.For a more detailed explanation of the Mentor Embedded IoT Framework and our involvement in IIoT technologies, please visit the Mentor Industrie 4.0 website.Resources: RTOSLinuxMentor Embedded IoT FrameworkIndustrie 4.0 Continue Reading Previous LieberLieber Software: HIMA meets tough standards with LemonTreeNext Luxoft: LuxTrace accelerates trace timing analysis by 10x in the automotive sectorcenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, Industry, IoT Scot Morrison is the general manager of the general embedded business unit, Mentor Embedded Systems Division, a Siemens business. Scot oversees the Linux®, Nucleus®, and Mentor Embedded Hypervisor runtime product lines, as well as associated tools, middleware, and professional services. Prior to joining Mentor in 2012, Morrison served as GM and SVP of products at Wind River Systems, Inc. Before that he worked at Integrated Systems Inc., where he last served as the VP and GM of the design automation solutions business unit in 1999, responsible for MATRIXx, and the pOSEK embedded operating system. Morrison earned his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto, as well as his MS degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in control systems. 1 thought on “How to reuse your IIoT technology investments – now” In my recent travels throughout Europe, I witnessed numerous promising and innovative IoT technologies.While we can all relate to wearables for sport and fitness, smart homes, and even “Siri” and her many step sisters, the real surprise is how the Industrial IoT (IIoT) is quietly gaining significant momentum among businesses and industries throughout the world.Why?Quite simply, executives are experiencing tangible results from their IIoT investments by way of decreased costs, greater profitability, and more efficient operations. In other words, ROI for the IIoT is very real. Growing pains persist As with any transformative technology, there are growing pains along the way. The IIoT is no exception. There are connectivity challenges from cloud to gateway to end node. Not only must these devices connect to each other in a secure fashion, but they must also collect, aggregate, process, and send data up and down this secure IIoT infrastructure, which is composed of different wired and wireless physical media, communications and device management protocols, Cloud vendor solutions, etc.With so much inherent complexity, it’s only fitting that we have some forms of fragmentation.How do we solve fragmentation? If we are to address fragmentation, and make IIoT adaption a more fluid and painless process, it’s important to discuss what’s required of next-generation IoT architectures. In this way, we can streamline current IIoT adaption – for businesses of all sizes – while we move forward with new and innovative solutions.Through my interactions with industry executives and business partners, I’ve identified four general challenges for next-generation IIoT architectures. While the industry is addressing some of these requirements now, albeit in a narrow focus, those of us in the embedded systems industry must look at these requirements in a more holistic manner.These four challenges are: April 11, 2018 at 5:41 am “Very informative post especially for businesses who provides IoT solutions to keep the data safe and secure.Thanks for sharing it with us.” Remote system health monitoring and diagnostics A well-functioning IIoT system should be able to self-monitor itself for any potential issues, and then diagnose and repair them. When system degradation or failure occurs, system diagnostic functions are remotely executed to provide useful information to the IIoT operations team. Remote system health monitoring and anomaly detection improves system uptime while lowering costs related to maintenance, service, and equipment replacement. Log in to Reply last_img read more

November 17

Young achievers: Deepika Padukone to Aditya Mittal, MS Dhoni to Rabbi Shergill

first_imgArmed with pedigree and polished by perseverance. Or simple pizzazz combined with promise. Young Indians, often with nothing more than ambition in their back pockets, have traded anonymity for achievement and risk for rewards. A hot list.DEEPIKA PADUKONE, 20, ModelDeepika PadukoneRamping Up PROVENANCE: Born in Mumbai, brought up in Bangalore.,Armed with pedigree and polished by perseverance. Or simple pizzazz combined with promise. Young Indians, often with nothing more than ambition in their back pockets, have traded anonymity for achievement and risk for rewards. A hot list.DEEPIKA PADUKONE, 20, Model Deepika PadukoneRamping UpPROVENANCE: Born in Mumbai, brought up in Bangalore. Has moved to Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: The doe-eyed daughter of badminton star Prakash Padukone has walked the ramp for top designers. Now, she is all set to dive into the movies, with Kannada star Upendra.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Becoming the Liril girl catapulted her into the big league.IDOL CHATTER: Her ambition is her propeller. “I believe in working single-mindedly towards my goals,” says the former state-level badminton champion.VETERAN WISDOM: “Since Aishwarya Rai, we haven’t had a girl as beautiful and fresh.” -Wendell Rodricks, Fashion Designer”My father has taught me how to keep my head on my shoulders.”KARAN GUPTA, 27, Entrepreneur Karan GuptaThe Candy ManPROVENANCE: Born in Patiala to family that owns Bakeman’s brand. The Candico Executive Director now lives in Delhi.CLAIM TO FAME: Gupta, a University of Michigan graduate, has expanded his confectionary business to 14 countries.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Candico’s international operations started yielding returns-exports are now 10 per cent of the company’s Rs 125 crore turnover.IDOL CHATTER: J.R.D. Tata and Birlas. “They not only built large businesses but also helped the country progress.”VETERAN WISDOM: “His vision is beyond India.” -Shivmohan Reddy, Executive Director, Nutrine Confectionary”If you work 20 hours a day, chances of success are lower in life.”M.S. DHONI, 24, CricketerM.S. DhoniSix PackerPROVENANCE: Born in Ranchi, continues to live there.CLAIM TO FAME: It’s a tie, between the sixes and the shoulder-length hair. Bowlers cringe at the former and the stylists at the latter, but his team enjoys the whole package. The aggressive wicket-keeper batsman, who lends depth to the batting-line up, is a big crowd-puller.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Before a certain six off Shoaib Akhtar in Faisalabad, his stunning one-day centuries scored at a rate faster than his high-speed bikes go, were his trademark.IDOL CHATTER: It switches between being a match winner for his team on the field and making mom happy off it.VETERAN WISDOM: “Dhoni is my hero. He has as much talent as anyone in the game.” -Kapil Dev, Former Cricketer”Stay in or get stumped.”KONKONA SEN SHARMA, 27, ActorKonkona Sen SharmaBorn IdentityPROVENANCE: Born in Kolkata, studied in St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and flourishing in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: It started with being Aparna Sen’s daughter. Then came two Bengali films. Mr & Mrs Iyer brought her widespread critical acclaim and Page 3 gave her box-office credibility.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Winning the National Award for Mr & Mrs Iyer.IDOL CHATTER: She claims she’s nothing like her mother, yet has already directed a 10-minute short film.VETERAN WISDOM: “She’s an extremely talented actress, and is refreshingly unpretentious.” -Rahul Bose, Actor”Acting is easy. It’s waiting between the shots that’s tough.”SUNIL PAL, 27, ComedianSunil PalStand-up ActPROVENANCE: Born in Mursa, Maharashtra. Moved to Mumbai, where he spent two years at a chai ki dukan.CLAIM TO FAME: Winner of StarOne’s Great Indian Laughter Challenge.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Bagging a Shah Rukh Khan tour in Singapore in 1999.IDOL CHATTER: He draws his inspiration from his days of struggle and from life itself.VETERAN WISDOM: “He has the unique ability to pick up the nuances in people.” -Johny Lever, Comedian”I feel ecstatic when I meet people who have laughed because of me.”JUSTIN PONMANY, 31, ArtistJustin PonmanyWide CanvasPROVENANCE: Born in Thrissur, Kerala. Now lives in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Quite a few. Being included in the DaimlerChrysler collection, awarded Artist of the Future by the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, in 2005.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When his work, about “subversive strategies that kill the existing image”, was shown at the House of World Culture, Berlin.IDOL CHATTER: Mumbai, to him, is virile with mobility and dexterity, despite its problems.VETERAN WISDOM: “Ponmany has a philosophical approach to his work.” -Atul Dodiya, Artist”I find inspiration in the mundane and everyday.”ABHIJIT AVASTHI, 31, Ad manAbhijit AvasthiGlued to SuccessPROVENANCE: Part of an army family, he grew up “all over the place”. Now lives in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: He was involved with the making of award-winning ads for Fevicol, Centreshock and Asian Paints.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The Fevicol bus ad brought him recognition at Cannes.IDOL CHATTER: It could be “evening clouds or the diamond ring in a solar eclipse”.VETERAN WISDOM: “He is a leader of the people and has all the qualities of a great creative mind.” -Piyush Pandey, National Creative director, O&M”Advertising is all about people,about life.”RABBI SHERGILL, 31, SingerRabbi ShergillSoul SingerPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, now based in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: His debut album Bulla ki Jaana, with its mixed influence-Bruce Springsteen and Punjabi folk-had everyone humming along.MAKING-IT MOMENT: November 2004, when his debut album colonised channel space.IDOL CHATTER: The self-proclaimed wanderer draws inspiration from his deep roots and innate earthiness.VETERAN WISDOM: “Shergill is an urban balladeer whose genre of music is very intense. His words speak to me.” -Madan Gopal Singh, Music Composer”Having said no to mediocrity, I want to make art that lasts.”MANDIRA BEDI, 33, TV show host and actorMandira BediHost with the MostPROVENANCE: Born in Kolkata, now lives in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Started her career with teleserial Shanti in 1995. Reinvented herself by becoming the first Indian woman to host a cricket show on television with no pretensions of impartiality or of solemn intellect.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When her noodle straps entered common lexicon.IDOL CHATTER: Inspiration is all about self-motivation. “It’s self-inflicted.”VETERAN WISDOM: “Her attitude will take her places.” -Kunal Dasgupta, CEO, Sony Entertainment Television India”I often think I’m not good enough, but my desire to win is strong.”ASHISH KAPUR, 28, RestaurateurAshish KapurPrice WisePROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, he travelled to Iran, South Africa and Italy with his IFS officer father.CLAIM TO FAME: Filling the vacuum for affordable Chinese food, served in a trendy ambience, and not out of a push cart. Launched with a seed capital of Rs 60 lakh, with 15 outlets across the nation, the Yo! China brand is worth Rs 14 crore todayMAKING-IT MOMENT: When the former financial analyst was told Yo! China had sold 11 crore 38 lakh kilometres of noodles in three years (between May 2003 and February 2006).IDOL CHATTER: “Infosys mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy and Bharti CMD Sunil Mittal, who built world class businesses without compromising on integrity, inspire me.”VETERAN WISDOM: “A dynamic young person who understands the importance of consistency of products. And consistency can only come in with the processes and systems, which he has successfully put in place. ” -Vikram Bakshi, MD, Mcdonald’s India”Success has to do with understanding the emotional side of business.”NESS WADIA, 34, Deputy MD, Bombay DyeingJEHANGIR ‘JEH’ WADIA, 31, MD, Go AirNess Wadia-Jehangir WadiaBrothers in ArmsPROVENANCE: Born into an illustrious family which traces its lineage back to Mohammad Ali Jinnah.CLAIM TO FAME: The brothers occupy the hot seat in Bombay Dyeing and are driving it into new areas like real estate, aviation and retail. Go Air, a low-cost airline venture, is Jeh’s pet project. Retail is Ness’s area of expertise.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Jeh believes it is yet to come. For Ness it was completion of MSc in engineering and business management from Warwick University, UK.IDOL CHATTER: Apart from his father Nusli Wadia, Jeh is inspired by RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh who devoted his life to the uplift of rural India. Ness admires their mother’s clarity of approach in difficult times. “I am inspired by J.R.D. Tata and my father, two exceptional people with great courage and foresight,” he says.VETERAN WISDOM: “Jeh is a visionary. He has perseverance. Ness is in charge of the mills, where he began from the shop floor. He has learnt things the hard way.” -Maureenwadia, Mother and Editor, Gladrags”The key to business growth lies in surrounding yourself with the brightest and the best.”SHEREEN BHAN, 29, TV anchor and producerShereen BhanShe Means BusinessPROVENANCE: Born in Kashmir, settled in Delhi.CLAIM TO FAME: CNBC TV 18’s Delhi bureau chief has an easy interviewing style which makes business seem entertaining.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When FICCI chose her for the Woman of the Year Award in 2005 and she shared the podium with Anjolie Ela Menon and Zohra Segal.IDOL CHATTER: Grew up watching Jeremy Clarkson’s irreverent anchoring on BBC’s Top Gear. She Means BusinessVETERAN WISDOM: “Shereen is not competing against her peers, but against herself.” -Karan Thapar, TV Personality”I give it more than 100 per cent.I know no other way of working.”PRIYANKA CHOPRA, 23, ActorPriyanka ChopraTop of the WorldPROVENANCE: Born in Jamshedpur, lives in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Won the Miss World contest despite thinking Mother Teresa was alive. Made news with her debut film, Andaaz (2003), where she wore cavewoman clothes, and made a bigger splash in Aitraaz (2004), where she acted like a cavewoman.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Thinks it was entering the Miss India contest. Industry thinks it was Aitraaz, which put her firmly on the A-list.IDOL CHATTER: Derives inspiration from her parents.VETERAN WISDOM: “She’s going right to the top. Acting skills, ambition, looks, she has them all.” -Ramesh Sippy, Filmmaker”It’s important to get along with your peers as it translates onscreen.”VIRENDER SEHWAG, 27, CricketerVirender SehwagOpen FirePROVENANCE: Born in Najafgarh, outside Delhi, where he continues to live with his extended family.CLAIM TO FAME: Challenges cricketing convention and decorum about what it takes to be a Test opener. Fires the early shots that give India’s dazzling middle-order some momentum. Proves you need the smarts and not textbook technique to cut it at the top.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The first Indian to hit a triple century in Tests, reaching 300 with a personal touch, hitting a six at 295 in an act unlikely to be imitated. His 309 at Multan is India’s highest individual score.IDOL CHATTER: Raced through school exams to catch India’s 1992 World Cup games on TV and watch the team’s teenaged star batsman. When he got to his 300, that player, “because of whom I had picked up the bat,” was his partner at the crease. In ODIs, he now opens the innings with Sachin Tendulkar.VETERAN WISDOM: “There are no ifs and buts in Viru’s batting. His technique, his whole game hinges on attack.” -Javagal Srinath, Former Teammate”When I’m batting I don’t worry about the bowler.All I need to look at is the ball.”MANISH ARORA, 34, Fashion designerManish AroraPerfect FitPROVENANCE: Born and settled in Delhi.CLAIM TO FAME: The only Indian designer to be invited to the London Fashion Week two seasons in a row. Also his recent tie-up with sportswear giant Reebok.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Many. When he bagged the Most Creative Student of the Year award in his graduating year at NIFT. “My confidence grew and it was wonderful to be acknowledged for my creativity,” he says. His label Manish Arora was launched in 1997.IDOL CHATTER: Change-in people, technology and the country-inspires the Hindi film fanatic.VETERAN WISDOM: “There’s a lot of innovation and conviction in Manish’s works.” -Ritu Kumar, Fashion Designer”I believe that you have to be honest in what you do without thinking about consequences.”SHAAD ALI SEHGAL, 31, FilmmakerShaad Ali SehgalMatinee IdealPROVENANCE: Born in Kanpur, now settled in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Son of filmmaker Muzaffar Ali and CP(I)M politician Subhashini Ali, he is the brightest spark in Yash-Aditya Chopra’s film factory.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Directed last year’s small town fairy tale Bunty Aur Babli and Saathiya, a remake of Mani Ratnam’s Alai Payuthey.IDOL CHATTER: Filmmaker Mani Ratnam, his “surrogate father”, whom he assisted in Dil Se and Yuva.VETERAN WISDOM: “He has great powers of perseverance.” -Bobby Bedi, Film Producer”You need to understand politics and life before you make movies.”RAJPAL YADAV, 35, ActorRajpal YadavComic ReliefPROVENANCE: Born in Kundra, Shahjahanpur, in Uttar Pradesh and now settled in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: The NSD-graduate Yadav is small town’s big voice in Bollywood.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Portrayal of a dacoit in Jungle, and his lead role in Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon which proved his capability as an actor.IDOL CHATTER: The heart of the Hindi heartland, life, his guru, Pandit Dev Prabhakar Shastri, and Charlie Chaplin.VETERAN WISDOM: “The talent is evident, but the marvellous thing about him is his attitude.” -Vipul Shah, Filmmaker”Success is like a chewing gum. If you try to swallow, it may get stuck inside.”DHARMENDRA YADAV, 27, PoliticianDharmendra YadavFirst TakePROVENANCE: Born in Saifai in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. Represents Mainpuri, lives in Delhi when Parliament is in session, and otherwise in Saifai.CLAIM TO FAME: He is the youngest member of the 14th Lok Sabha.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When he won a Samajwadi Party ticket “because of his family”. But having won, he says, he has to deliver results.IDOL CHATTER: Uncle Mulayam Singh Yadav. What impresses him about the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is “how he inspires people cutting across party lines”.VETERAN WISDOM: “He has immense leadership potential. He encourages the youth and promotes their cause while remaining behind the scene.” -Mohan Singh, Party Leader”The road to progress is to fight inequality in every field.”ABHIJEET SAWANT, 24, SingerAbhijeet SawantApna IdolPROVENANCE: Born and settled in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Two, becoming the country’s first Indian Idol, and his debut album Aapka Abhijeet Sawant selling over 8 lakh copies in a stone-cold market.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Winning the contest and being invited to judge one of the episodes of Indian Idol-2. But his real success stems from sustaining his popularity with over 15 stage shows in a month across the country.IDOL CHATTER: “I get inspiration from people around me, especially my uncle, who is a singer and a performer, and because of whom I am here.”VETERAN WISDOM: “He’s a good singer and has made a conscious effort to focus on his work and adapt to recording techniques on stage.” -Shankar Mahadevan, Singer and Composer”Don’t think about goals; just keep doing your work.Goals change,but hard work should be constant.”MERCY JESUDOSS, 30, NurseMercy JesudossAngel of MercyPROVENANCE: Born in Vellore, holds a diploma in nursing from Christian Medical College (CMC).CLAIM TO FAME: Has coordinated a World Diabetes Foundation programme run by CMC, Vellore, under which 100 diabetes clinics were set up in remote parts of India. She put together a team conducting clinical research trials and public programmes, teaching diabetic patients how to handle insulin shots.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she became one of the first certified diabetes nurse educators from CMC, Vellore.IDOL CHATTER: A spiritual person and a singer, she draws inspiration from reading.VETERAN WISDOM: “She has played a key role in contacting hospitals, from Uttaranchal to Orissa.” -Nihal Thomas, Head of Endocrinology, CMC”Young people are becoming victims of their own immobility which explains why diabetes is increasing.”DEVITA SARAF, 24, EntrepreneurDevita SarafThe IT GirlPROVENANCE: Born in Mumbai, she graduated from University of Southern California, and is now Executive Director of Zenith Computers.CLAIM TO FAME: She is making innovation the organisation’s key driver, with a two-pronged expansion strategy: to launch new products and create new categories of consumers.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The launch of Topper, the first laptop for students in India, in 2003.IDOL CHATTER: Dad Raj inspires her because “he is very enthusiastic and entrepreneurial”.VETERAN WISDOM: “She has managed to step out of her father’s shadow and is taking her own decisions.” -Vijay Mukhi, Professor and IT Specialist”It is not lectures and education that make you wise but experience and observations.”IRFAN PATHAN, 21, CricketerIrfan PathanHot HeelsPROVENANCE: Born in Vadodara, lives there.CLAIM TO FAME: The leader of the Indian quick bowling attack, the first bowler in Test cricket to take a hat-trick in the first over. Apart from being drop-dead gorgeous, the gung-ho team-man can open or bat at No. 3.MAKING-IT MOMENT: More than one-but for sheer drama, yorking Adam Gilchrist in Sydney 2004.IDOL CHATTER: “My teammates are my biggest support. When things go badly, we depend on each other.”VETERAN WISDOM: “He’s got a knack for taking wickets. But don’t compare him to anyone now, appreciate him for being Irfan Pathan.” -Sachin Tendulkar, Teammate”I know there’s still a long way to go; there’s still a lot to see and to learn.”DHRITISH GHOSHAL, 32, AdmanDhritish GhoshalThe Poster BoyPROVENANCE: Born in Mumbai. Is now a bona fide citizen of corporate Bollywood.CLAIM TO FAME: Creating promos for TV shows such as Indian Idol and Nach Baliye and movies like Lakshya.MAKING-IT MOMENT: After experimenting with advertising and event management, he started Marching Ants in 2001 to design promotional campaigns. Has struck stability with filmmaker Subhash Ghai signing him for one year to promote all Mukta Arts films.IDOL CHATTER: “I like Richard Branson for refusing to do anything conventional. He always enters as an underdog and uses it to his advantage.”VETERAN WISDOM: “He is a pioneer in marketing films.” -Subhash Ghai, Filmmaker”Entertainment products have a short life.So, the bigger the hype,quicker the returns.”PURBAYAN CHATTERJEE, 29, Sitar PlayerPurbayan ChatterjeeSignature SongPROVENANCE: Born to music-loving parents in Kolkata.CLAIM TO FAME: Fusing classical brilliance with virtuosity, experimenting with other genres within tradition.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Playing at Pandit Bhimsen Joshi’s home where he was promised he would be invited to his prestigious Sawai Gandharva Festival.IDOL CHATTER: “I’ve played in fusion concerts but I don’t want to play the sitar like a guitar. Every note I play should have my signature on it.”VETERAN WISDOM: “He has the capacity to keep pure music alive.” -Kishen Maharaj, Tabla Maestro”Keep the tradition alive. Strike a chord in people’s hearts.”RAGHAV SACHAR, 24, MusicianRaghav SacharSax AppealPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, now globetrotting.CLAIM TO FAME: Started playing the harmonica at the age of four. Now plays 24 instruments. Has played for movies such as Parineeta, Kal Ho Na Ho and Khakhee.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When he decided to do a music course at Monash University, Australia.IDOL CHATTER: “I want to compose for films. I dream of forming a band with handpicked musicians.”VETERAN WISDOM: “He is extremely versatile, and he is balancing his act very well.” -Anu Malik, Composer”I’m a workaholic. I dream,breathe and live music.”VANDHANA GOPIKUMAR, 35 and VAISHNAVI JAIKUMAR, 35, Social activistsadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementVandhana Gopikumar-Vaishnavi JaikumarUnited EmpathyPROVENANCE: Gopikumar (right) was born in Chennai, Jaikumar in Kolkata. They started Banyan, a home for destitute women, in Chennai in 1993.CLAIM TO FAME: The home is now an NGO that has rehabilitated over 850 homeless women. Yet, says Gopikumar, “We are not a charity. We do it as a duty.”MAKING-IT MOMENT: Taking a mentally ill woman home to her village in Uttar Pradesh after years. “It was like a dead person coming alive,” says Jaikumar.IDOL CHATTER: The residents of Banyan are their touchstones and daily propellers.VETERAN WISDOM: “They have redefined dedication and become an example for all of us.” -Madhavan, actor”A sense of inequality triggered us.”DEEPENDER SINGH HOODA, 27, Lok Sabha MPDeepender Singh HoodaRising SonPROVENANCE: Born in Rohtak into a political family.CLAIM TO FAME: Left his job with American Airlines in Dallas to return to his roots.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Was elected member of Parliament from Rohtak in 2005 after his father, Bhupender Singh Hooda, vacated the seat on becoming the chief minister of Haryana.IDOL CHATTER: “John F. Kennedy and Rajiv Gandhi had the courage to change people’s thinking and lead their nations into the future.”VETERAN WISDOM: “Dynamism, energy and commitment reflected in his return to India are all hallmarks of this early entrant into politics. He will go far.” -Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress Spokesperson”Politics is the means and an end to serve the people.”GAYATRI GANJAWALLA, 26, Singer and ActorGayatri GanjawallaWinning the WestPROVENANCE: Born and living in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Bagging the singing/acting star role in the West-End musical, The Far Pavilions. “When you are on a stage used to stars like Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins, you better learn the craft,” she says.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When the MBA from IIM, Lucknow, lip-synced for Aishwarya Rai in Bride and Prejudice and sang for Dhoom, Black and Salaam Namaste.IDOL CHATTER: “I’m inspired by people who work against the odds and don’t get cynical.”VETERAN WISDOM: “She’s a very versatile singer. She can become anything.” -Ranjit Barot, Musician”There is learning even in failure.”MANGTE CHUNGNEIJAN MARY KOM, 24, BoxerMangte Chungneijan Mary KomPrincess of PunchPROVENANCE: Born and lives in Imphal, Manipur.CLAIM TO FAME: Two-time 46 kg world champ, she’s won Asian and Commonwealth titles and a gold at a world event in Norway. Named most inspirational boxer of 2005 by Women’s Boxing Archive Network.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Winning her first world title in Turkey in 2002, after only a year in the sport.IDOL CHATTER: “Muhammad Ali, for more than his technique and confidence. We can only admire him.”VETERAN WISDOM: “She has no rivals in Asia. She’s motivated, disciplined and hard-working.” -Anoop KR, Women’s Boxing Coach”You have to box with your brain.”PANKAJ ADVANI, 20, CueistPankaj AdvaniCalling The ShotsPROVENANCE: Born in Pune, now lives in Bangalore.CLAIM TO FAME: Won the 2005 world billiards title, became the second cueist after Paul Mifsud to have won both the billiards and snooker IBSF world titles.MAKING-IT MOMENT: He became the youngest national snooker champion at 17, beating former Asian Games gold medallist Yasin Merchant.IDOL CHATTER: Tennis player Roger Federer. “His unruffled face gives away nothing to the opponent.”VETERAN WISDOM: “His greatest asset is his concentration.” -Michael Ferreira, Former World Billiards Champ”Don’t just go through life,grow through it.”VISHAL DADLANI, 32 and SHEKHAR RAVJIANI, 29, Music directorsVishal Dadlani-Shekhar RavjianiIn SyncPROVENANCE: Born and based in Mumbai. Dadlani (right) sang with rock band Pentagram; Ravjiani composed jingles for late filmmaker Mukul Anand.CLAIM TO FAME: Composed chart-busting music for Jhankar Beats, Dus, Salaam Namaste and Bluffmaster. And the Sufi song Allah ke bande.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When their ode-to-R.D. Burman soundtrack for Jhankar Beats became a hit in 2003.IDOL CHATTER: R.D. Burman, Led Zeppelin, U2, Dr Dre. Dadlani learnt from Pentagram, Ravjiani from his accordion-playing father. Dadlani writes lyrics as well.VETERAN WISDOM: “Despite their success, they are keen to learn more.” -Jagjit Singh, Ghazal Maestro”We try to create something out of kilter.”ANITA KHEMKA, 33, Documentary photographerAnita KhemkaAuto FocusPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, stays in Delhi. Educated at Queen Mary’s School, she went on to pursue an honours degree in English Literature from Hansraj College.CLAIM TO FAME: One of the few social documentary photographers in the country focusing on sexuality, her oeuvre includes in-depth projects on eunuchs, prostitutes and male sex workers.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When the critically acclaimed documentary Between the Lines, made by Thomas Wartmann, featuring her as a photographer penetrating the secret, complex and ambiguous world of the hijras, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2005.IDOL CHATTER: She is deeply influenced by Brazilian photographer Sebastio Salgado’s humanist approach to subjects like migration, refugees and mega-cities. Another big influence is American photographer Diane Arbus.VETERAN WISDOM: “She is extremely committed. She has taken the path less travelled and stuck to it despite great odds.” -Pablo Bartholomew, Photographer”One’s sexuality determines, to a great extent, how one’s life will shape up.”BAICHUNG BHUTIA, 29, FootballerBaichung BhutiaKickstarterPROVENANCE: Born in Tinkitam, Sikkim. Lives in Kolkata.CLAIM TO FAME: The face of Indian football. Captain of the Indian team and first Indian professional to play in the English league. Is living proof that a career and a living can be made out of Indian football.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Signed on for East Bengal at 15, made it to the Indian team at 19, and became the captain of India at 23.IDOL CHATTER: At the age of 10, watched Diego Maradona juggle the ball in the 1986 World Cup.VETERAN WISDOM: “If the Indian team had four or five more players like Bhutia, the standard of our team would be higher.” -P.K. Banerjee, Former Footballer”Keepthe hunger and the joy stoked andevery goal will feel like the first one.”VAIBHAV KUMARESH, 30, Animation wizardVaibhav KumareshMoving PicturesPROVENANCE: Son of an army officer, he was born in Pune and is based in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: He is the brain behind Poga, the yoga guru on MTV, and Channel V’s Maths Teacher Simpu. Has also designed campaigns for Amaron Batteries,Videocon, Kotak and Apsara Pencils.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When he quit Famous Studios to launch his own venture, Vaibhav Studios, along with his product designer wife Suranjana.IDOL CHATTER: He is inspired by the simplicity of his father Colonel P. Kumaresh (retired).VETERAN WISDOM: “He is a phenomenal judge of the human mind. That makes his characters real.” -Amar K. Deb, Head, Channel V”Do what you really love, give it your best and the perks will follow.”MALLIKA SHERAWAT, 28, ActorMallika SherawatBody of WorkPROVENANCE: Born in Rohtak, she moved to Delhi, and now lives in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Parlayed B-list kissing and undressing into A-list box office results with Murder.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she changed her name, dropped her husband and moved to Mumbai.IDOL CHATTER: Admires Madonna for her bad girl image, and her marketing smarts.VETERAN WISDOM: “She is driven and knows her mind. But Mallika has diluted her constituency by seeking respectability from the critics.” -Mahesh Bhatt, Filmmaker”I’m proud of the fact that people find me attractive and sexy.”NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN, 29, Formula-1 driverNarain KarthikeyanFast ForwardPROVENANCE: Born in Chennai; now divides his time between Coimbatore and Northampton.CLAIM TO FAME: Became India’s first Formula-1 driver in 2005 when he signed with Jordan.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The weekend of his F-1 debut in Melbourne, when he sat at a press conference with Michael Schumacher, and then secured a tester’s berth on the Williams team last December.IDOL CHATTER: F-1 legends Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell and super cyclist Lance Armstrong fuel his fire.VETERAN WISDOM: “People thought we were crazy to hire an Indian but I have always had great belief in his ability.” -Trevor Carlin, UK Motorsport Entrepreneur and Former Boss, Jordan F-1 Team”In F-1,you have to wake up every morning and be driven.”SHASHANK, 27, Carnatic flautistShashankBreath of Fresh AirPROVENANCE: Born in Karnataka. Now lives in Tamil Nadu.CLAIM TO FAME: The world has been his stage since he was 12. Known for his jugalbandis, he is now learning Hindustani classical music from Pandit Jasraj.MAKING-IT MOMENT: A concert in Chennai in 1991 defined the course of his journey. In the audience were M.S. Subbulakshmi and Semmangudi Iyengar.IDOL CHATTER: Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Zakir Hussain are his role models for global success.VETERAN WISDOM: “Shashank is a genius. He has all the qualities to carry Indian music forward.” -Ronu Mazumdar, Flute Maestro”One has to keep fighting in a system designed to overlook youngsters.”ARJUN ATWAL, 33, GolferArjun AtwalMister TeePROVENANCE: Born in Asansol, grew up in Kolkata, now based in Orlando, Florida.CLAIM TO FAME: India’s first full-time professional on the US Professional Golf Tour. First Indian to have made his million from golf; and the first Asian to win two titles on the European Professional Golf Tour.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Winning the Malaysian Open in February 2003, over world No. 3 Retief Goosen.IDOL CHATTER: Dad. “My father pushed me, towards being more confident, aiming to be the best. It is because of him that I am playing on the US Tour.”VETERAN WISDOM: “What he’s done has been fabulous for Indian golf. It’s a big motivation for young players.” -Lakshman Singh, Asian Games Golf Gold Medallist”Don’t look back, live every moment. Try and get better every day.”ROHINI RAU, 19, SailorRohini RauRider on the StormPROVENANCE: Born in Chennai. Studying MBBS at Chengalpet Medical College, Chennai.CLAIM TO FAME: First Indian woman to win a gold at the Asian Sailing Championship 2004 in the 420 class and a national title in the Laser Radial Class in 2005.MAKING IT MOMENT: Winning the Hyderabad nationals at 15, in the Optimist Class.IDOL CHATTER: Olympian Ben Tan who straddles medicine and sports with lan is her role model.VETERAN WISDOM: “Her dedication to the sport is immense.” -Homi Motivala, National Sailing Coach”I look at the brighter side of life.Everything happens for the best.”G. KUMARASWAMY, 32, ScientistG. KumaraswamyMaterial ManPROVENANCE: Studied at IIT, Mumbai, and California Institute of Technology. Now lives in Pune.CLAIM TO FAME: Winner of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Young Scientist Award, 2005. Is at the forefront of research on nanoparticles with tremendous possibilities for daily life.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When he participated in the first Indo-US Frontiers of Science meeting in 2005.IDOL CHATTER: Intel co-founder and Caltech alumnus Gordon Moore is an icon for his successful understanding of research and its impact on technology.VETERAN WISDOM: “He has great credentials, and his work in nanotechnology is opening up possibilities for better healthcare products.” -R.A. Mashelkar, DG, CSIR”The thrill of making something that no one else has is incredible.”MADHU NATARAJ HERI, 34, Contemporary dancerMadhu Nataraj HeriOn Her FeetPROVENANCE: Born in Chennai, studied in Delhi. Now lives in Bangalore.CLAIM TO FAME: She has used Kathak as a springboard for choreography. Her company, Stem Dance Theatre, performs, works with street children and conducts programmes for institutions.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she realised during a dance workshop in Delhi that dance was her vocation.IDOL CHATTER: Her mother, Kathak guru Maya Rao, who taught her dance cannot exist in isolation.VETERAN WISDOM: “She has placed creative satisfaction above all and served contemporary concerns by taking tradition further.” -Ashish Khokar, Dance Critic”I use dance to express social concern.”VISHAL GONDAL, 29, EntrepreneurVishal GondalGames BondPROVENANCE: Born into a business family in Mumbai, started Fact Interactive, a gaming company, at 16.CLAIM TO FAME: Founded Indiagames in 1999. The company has now bagged worldwide gaming rights for entertainment titles such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Garfield.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Indiagames got worldwide rights to develop Spiderman games for mobile phones, for which the company earned an estimated $1 million.IDOL CHATTER: He is inspired by people who have taken an idea and translated it into a big corporation like Google or eBay.VETERAN WISDOM: “He is passionate about gaming.” -Pravin Gandhi, Venture Capitalist”As The Godfather says,’Be close to your friends but be closer to your enemies.”JITISH KALLAT, 31, ArtistJitish KallatCulled From LifePROVENANCE: Born and brought up in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Was invited to the Tate Modern exhibition, Century City. His eclectic, mixed media work has been part of several international exhibitions.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When he was invited to present his work at the Innenseite in Kassel, Germany, in 1997.IDOL CHATTER: Jaywalking on the “urban city street, where I draw my energies about life and art from”.VETERAN WISDOM: “His work is steeped in local ethos but also has a global appeal.” -Nalini Malani, Artist”Art is all about letting go of one idea to let another image filter through.”CHETAN BHAGAT, 31, Investment banker-authorChetan BhagatBest SellerPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, Studied at IIT, Delhi and IIM, Ahmedabad. Now based in Hong Kong.CLAIM TO FAME: Among India’s new breed of selfproclaimed ‘non-literary’ popular writers.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When his second book, One Night @ the Call Centre, sold 70,000 copies within three days of its launch.IDOL CHATTER: Aishwarya Rai and Sania Mirza. “They have kick-ass attitude,” he says.VETERAN WISDOM: “With a gift for dialogue and a sense of humour, he pulls you into the lives of his characters.” -Gregory David Roberts, Author”The market is never wrong. Nobody’s smarter than the market.”RANA DASGUPTA, 34, WriterRana DasguptaPassport to FamePROVENANCE: Born in Canterbury, UK, travelled across three continents before settling in Delhi.CLAIM TO FAME: This half-English, half-Indian Oxford graduate and some-time marketing executive stands out among young writers. His single but brilliant book Tokyo Cancelled has been shortlisted for the Hutch Crossword Book Award.MAKING-IT MOMENT: No, it is not getting his first novel published. It is coming to Delhi that Dasgupta says has given him a new lease of life.IDOL CHATTER: Edgy and often radiant filmmaker Mike Leigh and historian Partha Chatterjee’s A Princely Imposter are his inspirations.VETERAN WISDOM: “He is one of the nicest guys in Delhi and very good company.” -William Dalrymple, Writer”Everything beautiful is already finished. Look for your future in unpromising places.”JOHN ABRAHAM, 32, ActorJohn AbrahamRiding HighPROVENANCE: Born in Mumbai, living in Mumbai.CLAIM TO FAME: Firmly entrenched in Bollywood’s Aleague as uber himbo, he is as popular with the gals as he is with children. Endorses eight brands and is the devoted onehalf of the ultimate Kamasutra couple, the other half of which is sexy siren Bipasha Basu.MAKING-IT MOMENT: With his anti-hero act in Dhoom he vroomed ahead of the other boys in an industry full of sculpted bodies and rebonded hair.IDOL CHATTER: “I draw inspiration from a benchmark I have set for myself, rather than from anyone or anything else.”VETERAN WISDOM: “There is something in him people find hot. He fully deserves to be where he is today.” -Yash Chopra, Director”I am proud of the Hindi film industry and the fame, respect and money it has given me.”RAJEEV PIRAMAL, 29, Real estate developerRajeev PiramalRealty ShowPROVENANCE: Born in Mumbai and living there.CLAIM TO FAME: Redeveloping textile mills in Mumbai. As executive vice-chairman of Morarjee Realties, he now steers Piramal Group’s construction business.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Completion of the state-of-the-art Peninsula Corporate Park in Lower Parel, and the acquisition of Swan and Dawn Mills.IDOL CHATTER: His late father Ashok Piramal because “all my growing up years, people have talked about his ethical and fair dealings in business”.VETERAN WISDOM: “The maturity with which he deals with people from different industries is impressive.” -Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC”The harder you work, the luckier you get.Put your head down and work.”LEANDER PAES, 32, Tennis playerLeander PaesWork of HeartPROVENANCE: Born in Kolkata, spent early years in Chennai, now divides time between Orlando, Florida, Mumbai, Kolkata and hotel rooms all over the world.CLAIM TO FAME: Indian tennis’ foremost over-achiever, Davis Cup captain, Olympic medallist, six-time Grand Slam doubles title winner, junior Wimbledon and junior US Open champ. By playing for the tricolour rather than self, he made patriotism fashionable.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Sandbagging higher-ranked opponents in high-octane Davis Cup clashes, winning India’s first individual Olympic medal in 32 years.IDOL CHATTER: “Every time I see the tricolour or hear the national anthem, I feel inspired.”VETERAN WISDOM: “Leander is one of the greats of Indian tennis. He brought a new attitude and aggression to our team.” -Naresh Kumar, Former Davis Cup Captain”The pressure of expectations does not pull me down. It lifts me up.”ADITYA MITTAL, 29, EntrepreneurAditya MittalStealing a MarchPROVENANCE: Born in Kolkata, now lives in London.CLAIM TO FAME: The son of Laxmi Mittal was nominated one of World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2005.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Managing the largest-ever IPO in the steel industry for Ispat International and receiving the Equity Deal of the Year Award for it. In 1999, he led mergers and acquisitions with forays into Czech Republic, Algeria, South Africa, Poland and the US.IDOL CHATTER: Grandfather Mohan Lal Mittal. “He told me stories about how he built the company from scratch.”VETERAN WISDOM: “He is a born leader.” -Nish Kotecha, Head of Investment Banking, Sphere Partners”New age calls for newer strategies.”ANITA JACOB, 28, (Left) DEEPTHI SASIDHARAN, 26, Museologists and curatorsAnita Jacob (L)-Deepthi SasidharanRetro RewindPROVENANCE: Born in Nairobi and Thiruvananthapuram respectively, studied in Delhi, now footloose in India.CLAIM TO FAME: Collecting and restoring aspects of Indian heritage and presenting them in exhibitions.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Documentation of royal treasures of the Nizam of Hyderabad at the Chowmahalla Palace in 2005.IDOL CHATTER: Culture czar Martand Singh “because of his scale of expectations and eye for detail”.VETERAN WISDOM: “Concepts of showcasing collections come to them easily.” -A. Nagender Reddy, Director, Salar Jung Museum”Passion and diligence help one do and achieve great things.”Class of 2005The young achievers of 2006 join an elite band of politicians, entrepreneurs and scientists1. Rahul/Priyanka Gandhi, Gandhi scions2. Feroze Varun Gandhi, BJP leader3. Sachin Pilot, MP from Dausa4. Akhilesh Yadav, MP from Kannauj5. Kuldeep Bishnoi, Politician6. Omar Abdullah, NC president7. Dushyant Singh, politician8. Milind Deora, MP from South Mumbai9. Jitin Prasada, MP from Shahjahanpur10. Arun Tadanki, New economy executive11. Malvinder/Shivinder Singh, Industrialists12. Alok Kejriwal, Dotcom entrepreneur13. Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Industrialist14. Ratul Puri, Industrialist15. Sangita Singh, Marketing executive16. Pia Singh, Realtor17. Kushagra Nayan Bajaj, Sugar baron18. Aishwarya Rai, Actor19. Ekta Kapoor, Producer20. Karan Johar, Filmmaker21. Aditya Chopra, Director22. Deepak Chaurasia, TV journalist23. Sonu Nigam, Singer24. Barkha Dutt, TV journalist25. Shravan Shroff, MD, Shringar Cinemas26. Pooja Shetty, Director, Adlabs Films27. Dheeraj Bhardwaj, Scientist28. Rajesh Reddy, Innovator29. Shankar Ghosh, Physicist30. Rahul Dravid, Cricketer31. Sania Mirza, Tennis player32. Viren Rasquinha, Hockey player33. Shiv Kapur, Golfer34. Mahesh Bhupathi, Tennis player35. Rahul Sharma, Santoor player36. Shikha Sharma, Nutritionist37. Prasoon Joshi, Advertising professional38. Sandeep Khosla, Architect39. Michael Foley, Industrial designer40. Surupa Sen, Odissi dancer41. Ratish Nanda, Conservationist42. Atul Kumar, Theatre director, actor43. Meeta Pandit, Hindustani vocalist44. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Fashion designer45. Dhruvi Acharya, Painter46. Niladri Kumar, Sitar player47. Gaurav Raina/Tapan Raj, Musicians48. Bharat Thakur, Yoga instructor49. Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi,Writer50. Shivraj Singh Jodhpur, Hotelierlast_img read more

November 14

England reveal new World Cup 2018 kits

first_imgWorld Cup England reveal new World Cup 2018 kits Ryan Kelly 01:13 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) England badge Getty Images World Cup England Friendlies Gareth Southgate’s men will don a new look heading into this summer’s tournament in Russia, with Nike unveiling a new design England’s new kits for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been revealed as the Three Lions gear up for this summer’s tournament in Russia.The traditional home and away colours of white and red are preserved, but Nike have gone for a change of design, moving away from the two-tone style of the last edition in the ‘2018 England Collection’.The home kit is all white, with a blue Nike swoosh on the right-hand side of the chest, with the England badge on the left. A thin red line is present on the collar and it looks like red numbers will be in operation too. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 2018 England Collection. Available next month from https://t.co/GgR7DxkaZ9 . pic.twitter.com/az695cYCod — England (@England) February 7, 2018 The away kit, meanwhile, is one tone of red too, with a white Nike swoosh and numbers, but there is no white on the collar to mirror the home design.Both shirts feature a unique St George’s cross design on the front, a subtle nod to the country’s national flag.The fresh kits will get their first outing in the World Cup warm-up friendly against the Netherlands, which takes place on March 23.The Three Lions host Italy four days later on March 27, so it is likely that both kits will be rolled out.How much does the new England kit cost? pic.twitter.com/TB9cARatuH — England (@England) February 7, 2018 England fans will have to wait a few more weeks to get their hands on the new kits, which will be available to buy from March 2018 on the official FA website’s store .It is not yet known how much the new jerseys will cost, but the previous editions were generally priced at £60 and the kids version £48.However, fear not if you are still keen on the 2017 collection, because they are now available at a discounted rate.last_img read more

November 7

Sport Education – Coach and Referee course presenter update

first_imgTouch Football Australia has been undertaking a review of Sport Education courses and resources and is pleased to provide further update with regard to the process for release and trialling the updated Foundation Coach Course and Level 1 Referee Course.As part of this trial process, the educating and updating of Presenters with the new course material and requirements is vital. This will be undertaken through a targeted approach which will include the following steps:1. TFA and state offices to identify and target relevant level course presenters and communicate directly requirements listed below.2. Course Presenters to register to update their accreditation as per Course Presenter updating Registration process as outlined in the TFA Sport Education Guidelines3. Course Presenters are required to complete relevant ASC General Principles Course (coaching or officiating) http://learning.ausport.gov.au/ and provide certificate to complete currency update process to tara.steel@austouch.com.au4. Course Presenters are required to attend and complete webinar workshop to be updated on the changes to the materials and course processes. To register to attend the webinar please select the link from the list below for your preferred date.The following webinar options will be held throughout September/early October to update Course Presenters. Further dates or potential face to face opportunities will be provided in due course. Foundation Coach Course http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/5942e7 Foundation Coach Course http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/dd97b7 Registration Link Thursday 3rd October – 7pm AEST Level 1 Referee Course Monday 30th September – 7pm AEST http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/3d07e6 Thursday 26th September – 7pm AEST http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/9a3e1b Date & Time Presenter Update Tuesday 24th September – 8pm AEST Level 1 Referee Course For more information, please click on the attached memo.Related Filescoach_and_referee_course_presenter_update_-_webinar_registration-pdfRelated LinksSport Educationlast_img read more

October 26

‘Tierney is a lot better than Monreal’

first_imgArsenal target Kieran Tierney is already “a lot better” than Nacho Monreal, says Kevin Gallacher, with the Celtic defender boasting the potential to be “a bargain” for the Gunners.The Gunners are said to have identified the Scotland international left-back as a top target for the summer transfer window.An opening bid of around £15 million ($19m) has received short shrift, with that offer branded an “embarrassment” and “pittance” for a player of Tierney’s undoubted ability. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It has been suggested that a second approach is being readied at Emirates Stadium, with Unai Emery seeking to bring in players that will improve his side in the present and continue to develop in the future.Former Scotland star Gallacher believes Tierney meets those criteria, telling The Herald: “Kieran can definitely cope with a move to Arsenal.“He is a quality player. A team like Arsenal play football. I think it will suit Kieran and the way he plays – he is an attacking full-back. That is a strength of his.“At the moment, they have got Monreal playing full-back. I think Kieran is a lot better than him.“Arsenal scouts have obviously been watching him very closely over a period of time and their analysts have looked at different aspects of his play. They clearly believe he will fit in to the system that they play.“If Kieran goes down there, stays patient and grasps his opportunity with both hands when he gets it then the sky is the limit for him.“He isn’t stupid. He will have seen what Andy Robertson did at Liverpool. If he takes a leaf out of Andy’s book he will do well.”Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19Arsenal are facing up to another season without Champions League football, having finished fifth in the Premier League last season and lost in the Europa League final, but Gallacher sees signs of progress in north London.A man who tasted title glory in England with Blackburn added: “I saw a fair bit of them last season and thought their style did change a little bit.“They weren’t trying to walk the ball into the net as much. They were trying different strategies to attack and get that ball into the final third.“But the players they have got are phenomenal. They have a fantastic squad, they just have to believe in each other and take it to the next level. I think you will see an improvement next season.“Emery has been in there for a season, he understands the club, he understands the players and their qualities. All he needs is strength in depth and more consistency to get the team further up the table. He will know that and will be trying to bridge the gap.“They have been in the top five for England for the last 25 years and are more than capable of staying there. It is a big ask for Arsenal to get the players who can help them do that. But I think Kieran Tierney would be a bargain.”last_img read more

October 26

Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldogs football stadium.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)With just 11 days left until the deadline for college football players to announce their NFL draft decisions, a flood of the top players in the country have announced their plans to leave college football early.Add another running back to the list. Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce he’s leaving the Bulldogs a year early to enter his name into the NFL draft.“I would like to take this time to officially declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. I go forward, while always reflecting on my time in Athens, knowing I will work tirelessly to make Dawg Nation proud. No matter where my playing career may lead me, I will forever be a GA boy,” Holyfield said in a statement.Thank you so much Dawg Nation!❤️ pic.twitter.com/R3X106PYO9— Elijah Holyfield (@EH_taught_me) January 4, 2019Holyfield finished second on the team with 956 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on the year. He was the latest Georgia star to reveal he’s leaving the program after Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley and Isaac Nauta.last_img read more

October 24

PHOTOS: Minister Chuck Congratulates Newly Commissioned JP’s

first_imgJustice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck (left), presents newly commissioned Justice of the Peace (JP) for St. Mary, Asharee Walker (centre), with her Instrument of Office during Thursday’s (January 31) swearing-in ceremony for 38 new JPs at Emmanuel Baptist Church, in Port Maria. At right is Custos Rotulorum for the parish, Hon. Errol Johnson. Custos Rotulorum for St. Mary, Hon. Errol Johnson (right), swears in newly commissioned Justices of the Peace for the parish (from left): Bryan Ffrench, Daillon Robinson-White, and Shorn Stephenson. The swearing-in ceremony was held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Port Maria on Thursday (January 31). Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck (left), congratulates newly commissioned Justice of the Peace (JP) for St. Mary, Yolande Jankie (centre), during Thursday’s (January 31) swearing-in ceremony for 38 new JPs at Emmanuel Baptist Church, in Port Maria. Sharing the moment is Custos Rotulorum for the parish, Hon. Errol Johnson.last_img read more

October 24

GD NASSCO Cuts First Steel for TOTE’s LNG-Powered …

first_img Print  Close TOTE, February 26, 2014 zoom The construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class, the first LNG-powered containership in the world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif.“These ships, will be the most advanced, environmentally progressive vessels of their kind,” state Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation said, “but they also represent $350 million in U.S. investment, 600 American shipyard jobs, and the bright future of the indispensable domestic maritime industry.”The Marlin class vessels mark a new age in American shipbuilding. TOTE’s back to back announcements in 2012 – converting its existing RO/RO fleet in Alaska and investing in new containerships for the Puerto Rico trade, began what can only be described as a change of tide in the U.S. maritime industry toward LNG as the new maritime fuel. ­Clean burning, LNG offers unmatched environmental benefits, reducing emissions below even the world’s most stringent standards. The new Marlin class will create a reduction of sulfur dioxide (SOx) emissions by 98 percent, particulate matter (PM) by 99 percent, nitrous oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 71 percent over TOTE’s ships currently operating in Puerto Rico.“The move to LNG fuel is no less significant than the evolution from sail to steam,” said Mark Tabbutt, Chairman of Saltchuk, TOTE’s parent company, “the Marlins represent the start of a new age in American maritime.”Speakers at the event included Representative Duncan Hunter; Acting Maritime Administrator, Chip Jaenichen; Chairman of Saltchuk, TOTE’s parent company, Mark Tabbutt, and Kevin Graney, General Manager of the NASSCO shipyard.“We are excited to begin construction of the lead ship on this historic project,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “All of the stakeholders on this first-of-a-kind program, including NASSCO, our Korean partners DSEC, TOTE, ABS, and the USCG, are completely focused on its success. We are beginning construction at a level of design, planning and material readiness that is unsurpassed.”The Marlins, which will home port in Jacksonville, Florida, will enter service in late 2015 and early 2016. TOTE recently announced it entered into an agreement with Pivotal LNG and WesPac Midstream to provide LNG to the ships. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

October 12

RCom promoters’ shareholding dips to 22% in January-March

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Communications promoters’ stake has come down to 22 per cent in January-March 2019 quarter, with family and group firms jointly losing more than half of the equities, the telecom firm said Thursday. In the October-December 2018 quarter, the promoters and promoter group of debt-ridden RCom had 53.08 per cent stake in the company. In the third quarter of 2018-19, Ambani family members jointly held 145.48 crore equity shares, which came down to 59.79 crore in last quarter of the same fiscal, according to shareholding pattern disclosure made by the firm. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalShares held by promoter group firm Reliance Communications Enterprises Private Limited dropped by almost half to 36.56 crore from 72.31 crore. The disclosure shows that equity holding of Reliance Ornatus Enterprise and Ventures and Reliance Wind Turbine Installators Industries came down to 9.2 crore and 85 lakh, respectively, from 30 crore shares held by each of them in the third quarter. According to records, most of the pledged shares were sold by lenders in January-March 2019 quarter. The company, which is reeling under debt burden of around Rs 45,000 crore, has approached the National Company Law Tribunal to invoke insolvency against it as the firm has been unable to sell assets and pay back to lenders.last_img read more

October 12

India to observe US sanctions on Iranian oil

NEW DELHI — India says it will buy crude oil from other major oil producing countries in view of the United States’ decision this week to end waivers that allowed it to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions.External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar says the Indian government will continue to work with partner nations, including the United States, to find ways to protect India’s energy and economic security interests.India bought 23.6 million tons of Iranian oil in the financial year ending in March 2019.In November, the U.S. granted a six-month waiver to India and seven other countries to continue importing oil from Iran. Washington decided to eliminate all Iranian oil revenue that it says funds destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and beyond.The Associated Press read more

October 6

Annan deplores latest Israeli attack in Gaza refugee camp

“He is especially disturbed that the [Israel Defence Forces] IDF fired tank rounds and heavy machine gun fire at two schools,” a statement issued by a UN spokesman said, noting that one of the schools in the Rafah refugee camp is run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).So far in October, more than 50 Palestinians have been killed, including 15 children and three women, and nearly 300 injured, the overwhelming majority of them civilians, as a result of Israeli military actions, the statement noted.”The Secretary-General once again calls on the Government of Israel to halt such military actions in heavily populated areas and live up to its obligations under international humanitarian law to take special care to protect civilians, as well as to ensure the security of United Nations installations,” the statement said. “He reiterates his appeal to both sides to stop all acts of violence and provocation, as called for by the Security Council.” read more

October 2

SecretaryGeneral welcomes progress in Liberia urges reconciliation

“I welcome the important efforts being made to transform the country,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest progress report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “Much remains to be done, however, to address the historical injustices that persist, so that all Liberians feel that they are benefitting from the country’s progress in stability, democracy and development,” he added. The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force in Liberia since 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a decade of war that killed nearly 150,000 people, mostly civilians. UNMIL’s mandate includes helping to restore the rule of law and democratic processes as well as facilitating humanitarian assistance. “Coherent and genuine national reconciliation should be at the centre of the Liberian peace process,” Mr. Ban continued, noting that it was essential for all Liberians to have “an opportunity to express their views about how to best address all aspects of reconciliation.” Mr. Ban also reaffirmed his recommendation, made in his special report of 16 April, that UNMIL’s presence in the country be gradually reduced by about 4,200 troops in three phases between this year and 2015, when it will have a residual presence of approximately 3,750 peacekeepers. Additionally, the Secretary-General recommended that the Mission’s police component maintain its current strength of 498 advisers and 845 officers in seven formed police units, and be authorized to add three formed units as needed over the next three years. UNMIL currently has a total of 9,195 uniformed personnel, which includes 1,279 police, including those serving in formed police units. He also requested that the Security Council approve his recommendations and extend UNMIL’s mandate by one year, until 30 September 2013. Drawing his attention to the security situation along the 700 kilometre shared border between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, the UN chief voiced concern about continuing instability in what he said was a volatile and porous area. He welcomed ongoing efforts by both Governments to develop a coordinated strategy with regards to cross-border movements, illicit trafficking, and organized crime. “Security measures alone will not create lasting stability,” noted Mr. Ban. “I would therefore underline the importance of devoting attention to reconciliation, confidence-building and the development and strengthening of State authority in border areas.” On 8 June, seven peacekeepers serving with the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and at least 27 civilians were killed in a series of attacks in the border region, prompting the Government of Liberia to launch a security operation in an effort to stabilize the area. read more

October 2

Ending exclusion empowering youth key to bridging social divide in Central African

“The solution is youth: this country belongs to you, it is you who will have to build this nation,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the head of the Africa bureau at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as he concluded a five-day official visit to the CAR.Mr. Dieye addressed a group of young people to build a cultural and sports centre in the CAR capital of Bangui. A total of 1,000 young women and men will take part in the programme, receiving a salary and promoting dialogue in neighbourhoods across the capital, according to UNDP.With an overall unemployment rate of 20.3 percent in 2010, the Central African Republic (CAR) is unlikely to reach its target of achieving full employment by 2015, UNDP said, citing the national UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report, which noted that women and young people are particularly affected and the situation is likely to have worsened since the onset of the crisis.And more than half of the country’s population, about 2.5 million people, is in need of humanitarian assistance, and more than 60 percent of the population continues to live in extreme poverty. In addition, ongoing sectarian violence has uprooted more than 850,000 people.Mr. Dieye also said massive investments are required to bridge the social divide in CAR.“Widespread poverty, inequality, exclusion and a weak State in a country with high economic potential: these are the ingredients of the crisis in the Central African Republic,” he concluded.UNDP said the Government is pinning its hopes on the Forum of Bangui, a national gathering on reconciliation to be held in March. The event is widely expected to help restore peace and to forge a shared vision for the country, and it was preceded by a series of popular consultations organized throughout the country.During his visit, Mr. Dieye met the Head of State, Catherine Samba-Panza, the Prime Minister, the President of the Transitional Parliament, government ministers, as well as the Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSCA), Babacar Gaye.He also met Dieudonné Kombo Yaya, the President of the National Electoral Authority, the body responsible for organizing a constitutional referendum, as well as general and presidential elections this year, and called on the international community to help fund the remaining gap.“Just the same way that the West African region supported the elections in Guinea-Bissau, regional communities should support the…elections,” he said. The budget of the electoral assistance programme is $44 million and UNDP is managing its basket fund.Working in close collaboration with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA), UNDP’s priorities are social cohesion and community resilience; support for the transition – including the organization of elections – the fight against impunity and insecurity; and aid coordination.The CAR transitional government has adopted a roadmap which prioritizes the political dialogue; national reconciliation; the organization of elections; support for the process of restoring peace and security; community recovery; and humanitarian assistance, according to UNDP. read more

September 29

Were Hiring An MLB Writer

FiveThirtyEight is seeking a reporter to lead our coverage of Major League Baseball. As the original data-friendly sport, baseball is core to our sports coverage — both during the season and throughout the offseason.We’re looking for a creative writer with a passion for baseball and a firm grasp of the sport’s statistics. This includes traditional sabermetrics, newer metrics like those generated by Statcast and historical data. The ideal candidate has experience covering the sport or an MLB team for a newspaper, magazine, website or major media outlet.This writer will anchor our MLB coverage with insightful analysis of the game. This will entail writing posts off the news or current trends and producing deeply reported, enterprise projects that contain original research. Most importantly, we want candidates who can pose interesting questions about the current state of baseball and answer them using data. An interest in, or experience covering, other major sports is a plus but not required.If interested, send inquiries to contact@fivethirtyeight.com with the phrase “MLB Writer” in the subject line. read more

September 25

Crime Lengthy severe punishments wont change behaviour sanctions will EU Envoy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedForeign delegation in Guyana to push for end to death penaltyNovember 13, 2018In “Crime”EU to assist in strengthening local justice sectorOctober 5, 2015In “Business”Gov’t urged to respect Int’l laws regarding death penaltyNovember 27, 2015In “Politics” Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Guyana and Suriname, Jerney VideticThe Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Guyana and Suriname, Jerney Videtic is of the firm view that lengthy prison sentences will not reduce crime, but rather the implementation of sanctions. The diplomat’s statements were made on Friday at the launch of a Regional workshop dubbed ‘Train-the-Trainers’ which will focus on Restorative Justice under the Sycamore Tree Project, at the Grand Coast Hotel, Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara.According to Videtic, punishment will not be effective in lowering the crime rate.It is because of this view he noted that sanctions should be imposed on perpetrators of crime.  “Lengthy, severe punishment does not change behaviour what does is immediate and certain sanctions. That is why we need to increase punitive policies which cause prison book relations to grow at a much faster rate than reported crimes” Videtic stated.Meanwhile a facilitator of the five-day workshop, Pastor Wendell Jeffrey pointed out that the training program will be geared towards training persons who happen to be ex-offenders to conduct rehabilitation programs with prisoners to transform their minds, thereby creating the necessary change.“This restorative justice project begins today with the raining of trainers workshop, this will see over 60 people being trained in an hands on approach to capacity building in the field of prison rehabilitation. The program will build from a comprehension of what is termed restorative justice to the actual engagement of ex offenders and recovering addicts in practical application” Jeffrey revealed.A few areas which will be discussed with prisoners are how their criminal behaviour would affect their victims as well as the genesis of criminal behaviours of perpetrators. The Sycamore Tree Project is an in-prison restorative justice programme which seeks to bring together unrelated victims and offenders to discuss crime and its impact. It takes its name from the story of Zacchaeus and his encounter with Jesus in the Bible.A senior member of the organizing team related that they aspire to reach the prisons and begin their mission by January. read more

September 19

Roman Reigns returning this Monday on RAW to give update on leukemia

first_imgFacebook RAW Preview: Steve Austin to moderate contract signing, KOTR Semi-Final Triple Threat WhatsApp When Did Vince McMahon Find Out About Roman Reigns’ Diagnosis? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Roman Reigns will be returning on RAW this Monday in Atlanta, GA to give an update on his battle with leukemia.On October 22, 2018 on RAW, Roman Reigns revealed that he’s battling leukemia, an illness that had returned 11 years after his initial diagnosis.  Roman forfeited his WWE Universal championship that night.WWE tweeted the following:BREAKING: @WWERomanReigns returns to #Raw this Monday night with an update on his battle with leukemia. https://t.co/iqDToumxhV— WWE (@WWE) February 21, 2019Vince McMahon tweeted the following:.@WWERomanReigns (aka Joe Anoa’i) will address the status of his fight with leukemia this Monday on Raw. #fighter #proud #classy pic.twitter.com/kgXD8SHwVc— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) February 21, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Google+ Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Pinterest New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteDuration 0:00/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society last_img read more