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Forbes ‘Tycoons of Tomorrow’: About the 22 young achievers set to change India

first_imgForbes India’s maiden ‘tycoons of tomorrow’ list of 22 young achievers in the fields of business, acting and sports has been released.Here’s a look at the list of 22 prominent personalities: 1. Abhishek Lodha The face of Lodha group, Abhishek Lodha. (Photo courtesy: YouTube screengrab)Abhishek Lodha started his career in real estate at the age of 25 in 2005.Although he took over his family business, he gave a new direction to it by making the luxurious housing affordable for the people in Mumbai.2. Ameera Shah Ameera Shah (Photo courtesy: empoweress)Another stalwart who is taking the legacy of family business ahead, Ameera Shah has redefined health sector by transforming the standalone lab into Metropolis.3. Anant Goenka The managing director of tyre maker Ceat, Anant GoenkaThe managing director of tyre maker Ceat, Anant Goenka is taking the auto sector to new heights. Ceat’s net sales are up by 80 percent to ?6,231 crore in FY18, from ?3,468 crore in FY12; net profit has soared to ?233 crore from ?22 crore in the same period.4. Anant Goenka Anant Goenka, the executive director of Indian Express Group. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)Son of Indian Express Group Chairman Viveck Goenka, Anant Goenka is the executive director in the firm who is taking the brand to new heights in digital arena, giving competition to brands like Times of India and NDTV.Now, the 130 million unique views (UVs) per month, it is at No 3 among news sites.5. Ananya Birla Ananya Birla is an entrepreneur-singer.Daughter of Kumar Mangalam Birla — the world’s 127th richest and India’s sixth with a net worth of $11.8 billion — Ananya Birla is an entrepreneur-singer. She wants to use her talent to help shaping the lives of the people.advertisement6. Ankur Jain Ankur Jain is also among the 22 young achieversAnkur Jain is planning to make Bira 91 (craft beet brand) a Rs 1,000-crore brand in 36 months. Under his leadership, revenue of B9 Beverages-the maker of the Bira 91 rose from 32 crore in fiscal 2017 to 165 crore a year later.7. Archit Gupta Archit Gupta who made tax filing easy for Indians. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)Archit Gupta has shown the people of India an easy way to file tax. Within a span of seven year, ClearTax has grown with leaps and bounds.ClearTax is the first Indian startup to be selected by the accelerator.8. Ashni BiyaniAshni Biyani’s FCL is different from a traditional FMCG company as far as distribution structure. The company created a disruption in the market and catered to the growing needs of the consumers. The company is growing with leaps and bounds from a profit scale of Rs 20.7 crore in the previous financial year to the profit of Rs 66.4 crore this year.9. Bhumi Pednekar Bollywood actress Bhumi PednekarBhumi Pednekar is not just another actor of Bollywood, as she is creating a mark for herself with the kind of movies she is choosing, such as Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017).10. Girish Mathrubootham CEO and founder of Freshworks Girish Mathrubootham. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/ Girish Mathrubootham)CEO and founder of Freshworks, which was started as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) start up in October 2010, Girish Mathrubootham achieved annual recurring revenue of $100 million (approximately ?728 crore at current currency exchange rates). This start-up announced three acquisitions, entered the African markets of Kenya and Nigeria.11. Karan Adani CEO of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) Karan AdaniCEO of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), Karan Adani is planning to go pan India after ruling almost the 80 per cent of India’s coastline.APSEZ is the largest port in India with a market capitalisation of over 78,000 crore. The port will expand its capacity from 378 million metric tonnes (MMT) to 500 MMT by 2025.12. Nadia Chauhan Nadia Chauhan face of Parle AgroShe has taken Parle Agro to new heights as a research and development personnel. Her million dollar idea of fusing fizz with Frooty projected so well that the company reported revenues of ?1,604 crore in the fiscal year ended March 2017.13. Nithin and Nikhil KamathNithin Kamath along with his younger brother Nikhil established a company, Zerodha, which is sitting on over $2 billion of client-owned securities, so people can now borrow money against their security.It is now becoming the largest profitable retail trading platform and it charges only Rs 20 a trade for offering their services which are almost free.14. P V Sindhu Sportsperson PV SindhuWith forbes, P V Sindhu has added another feather to her hat. Already a sports sensation, P V Sindhu had earned awards like:Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, highest sporting honour of India 2016Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India in 2015Arjuna Award in 2013advertisement15. PC Musthafa PC Musthafa, CEO of iD Fresh Foods (Photo courtesy: iD Fresh Foods )At the age of 45, PC Musthafa has perfected the dream of every south Indian food lover. No, it is not an instant food but just the batter. Musthafa is selling packaged batter for traditional South Indian food like idli and dosa, assuring that people get fresh food.Musthafa has built Rs 186 crore business of package food over the last decade. This would end with Rs 286 crore this year and is expected to grow Rs 350-400 crore by 2020.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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South Australia Introduces Riverland Touch

first_imgRiverland Touch offers a new sporting & social pastime to residents & workers of the Riverland. The competition is being held on Wednesday nights from 6.30pm at the Berri View Lawn Tennis Club. Round 1 commences on Wednesday 28th October with the Grand Final played on Wednesday 16th December 2009.The competition is a mixed 5-a-side competition allowing for plenty of social interaction & fun. Games are 26 minutes in length with teams playing two games per night!!!TFSA together with Riverland be active is holding two come and try evenings for interested parties to ‘try before you commit’ The first of these is being held on Thursday 20th August 2009 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at the Berri View Lawn Tennis Club (Trenaman Crescent, Berri)The second is occurring on Wednesday 14th October 2009 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm, also at the Berri View Lawn Tennis ClubSimply attend either one (or both) of these sessions to have a go at touch footy. TFSA coaches will be in attendance at these sessions to explain the rules and game to participants.If you require further information or would like to enter a team, please feel free to call TFSA on (08… or check us out on the web at www.touchsa.com.au.Related Filesriverland_touch_nomination_form-pdfriverland_flyer_a3-pdfriverland_schools_gala_day_flyer_2009-doclast_img read more

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AP Interview Malaysias Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

first_imgPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Malaysia’s prime minister says he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt, and he blasted Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority as “grossly unjust.”Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Monday, days before the 93-year-old leader heads to Beijing for his first visit there since returning to power in an electoral upset three months ago.Mahathir said he wants to maintain good relations with China and welcomes its investment, so long as the investment benefits Malaysia. But he wants to cancel an east coast rail link and two gas pipelines estimated to cost more than $22 billion.last_img read more

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Lightning sparks several new fires near Pink Mountain

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that the combination of thunderstorms and dry conditions has caused several wildfires to erupt north of Fort St. John.According to the manager of the Buffalo Inn in Pink Mountain, the fire was first noticed at around 1:00 Thursday afternoon and has since grown at a rapid pace. The fire is said to be burning around five kilometres from the community. A photo of the fire that erupted near Pink Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Submitted photo A photo of the fire that erupted near Pink Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Submitted photo A photo of the fire that erupted near Pink Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Submitted photo A photo of the fire that erupted near Pink Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Submitted photo Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that the fire is currently estimated at 10 hectares in size, and is being fuelled by the tinder-dry conditions in the area. She said that an air tanker has been deployed to try and box the fire in with retardant while firefighters travel to begin battling the fire from the ground. A map of lightning strikes in B.C. at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. Photo by Environment Canada A map of lightning strikes in B.C. at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. Photo by Environment Canada Reynolds said that the fire is one of several to pop up in the area north of Wonowon in the last several hours.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.last_img read more

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Trudeau says he and Saskatchewan premier talking despite carbon tax differences

first_imgSaskatchewan released regulations Wednesday that will require industry to reduce methane emissions by 4.5 million tonnes annually by 2025.The regulations include penalties for non-compliance. “The prime minister has been gracious with his time when I’ve requested the opportunity to speak with him by telephone or in person and I’m appreciative of that,” he said.The premier has previously suggested the federal carbon tax is one of the biggest economic headwinds facing Saskatchewan.Moe has asked the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on the province is constitutional.The province argues its own climate change plan, which doesn’t include a carbon levy, is enough to reduce emissions. The two did not meet when Trudeau was in Regina earlier this month, but the prime minister said it was good to meet the premier in La Loche.“We are going to continue to work on issues that matter to folks in Saskatchewan,” he said.Moe, who indicated they only talked briefly, said they discussed supports both governments are providing to communities.Trudeau went on to highlight the work by both governments that helped lead to the creation of 11,000 new jobs in the province.“That is something that governments can facilitate when we invest in the right kinds of things together, but it’s a tremendous credit to people and businesses here in Saskatchewan,” he said.Moe said he had already planned to spend time with his wife when Trudeau was in Regina and that’s why the two leaders couldn’t meet.center_img LA LOCHE, Sask. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he continues to work with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe despite their differences over the federal carbon tax.Trudeau was asked at a funding announcement in La Loche on Wednesday whether he would try to persuade Moe, who was also there, about the tax.Trudeau said he and Moe have had “many great conversations” on things they agree and disagree on.last_img read more

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Chowkidar chor hai banners put up near Supriyos house

first_imgKolkata: Tension spread in Asansol after some banners were put up near the house of outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo on Tuesday afternoon, saying ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain’.An irate Supriyo pulled down the banners, tore them apart and finally set them on fire. It has been learnt that after returning from his election rally in the afternoon, Supriyo found that a banner had been put up close to his residence in Asansol. The BJP leaders in the districts alleged that some local Trinamool Congress leaders might have been involved in the incident, to trigger violence ahead of elections. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have, however, denied the allegation. It may be mentioned here that Supriyo has been under the scanner of the Election Commission after he was found playing the controversial theme song of the party. EC has already sought a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan regarding the issue. It was alleged that Supriyo and other BJP leaders have been playing the song despite the ban imposed by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). The election officials also instructed the DEO of West Burdwan to take necessary steps in order to check playing of the controversial song. Supriyo had played the song during his election rallies on Sunday and Monday, flouting the guidelines issued by the CEO’s office.last_img read more

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Morocco seventh African customer of Israel

first_imgTaroudant- According to an Israeli public agency for statistics, as reported by Yabiladi, Morocco is the seventh African customer of Israel.  According to an Israeli public agency for statistics, as reported by Yabiladi, Morocco is the seventh African customer of Israel.South Africa is Israel’s first customer with $ 339.6 million during the first ten months of 2013, while Egypt comes third with $ 82.2 million. According to a note from the Central Bureau of Statistics, a public agency, exports from Israel to the Kingdom, recorded during the month of October, reached their peak, in comparison with the same period last year.“They went from only 400 thousand dollars, the same period in 2012, to 18.5 million this year,” says the note.“The Moroccan imports from Israel reported in 2012 increased dramatically by 216% while exports grew by 150%, or 42 million dirhams against 20 million in 2006”, said the Istiqlal MP Abdellah Bekkali on July 23, as reported by the same source.These commercial exchanges have much benefited Israelis than Moroccans, says the same source.The Kingdom imports from Israel mainly agricultural products (tomato seeds, potatoes and insecticides) and agricultural machinery.Despite the calls of some associations and political parties to criminalize any normalization with Israel, trading between the two states seems to be doing very well.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more

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By Playing Hurt Federer Shows That The Davis Cup Still Matters

Earlier this month, Roger Federer said the Davis Cup, which ends Sunday, “is not what it used to be anymore.” Is Federer, the winningest major men’s singles champ, correct about the event that was once the pinnacle of men’s tennis?Yes and no.Yes. Look no further than the quality of opponents Federer and his teammate, Stan Wawrinka, have played so far this year in singles matches. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whom Wawrinka beat in the opening match of the Davis Cup final in Lille, France, on Friday, is the highest-ranked singles opponent Switzerland will face all year. No other finalist since at least 2004 has managed to avoid facing at least one top-8 opponent in singles in a live match at some point in the competition.The overall level of competition has slipped: The median ranking of singles players in live matches this year in the World Group is 40, the worst level of at least the last decade. By median ranking of opposing players throughout the year’s competition, France has had the easiest time of any finalist since 2004, while Switzerland has had the third-easiest. (The U.S., in 2004, had the second easiest slate of opponents.)No. The Davis Cup is as important as it’s been in recent history. Look no further than the participation of Federer and Wawrinka. The two Swiss stars are ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in the world, respectively. Each one last played a match just six days ago, in a different country (the U.K.) on a different surface (indoor hard court). That match, as it happened, was between the two of them, and it was brutal. Federer won but hurt his back in the process. Wawrinka took the loss hard. “I was destroyed,” he told the press in Lille earlier this week. The two teammates also argued with each other after the match, reportedly over comments yelled by Federer’s wife, Mirka, from courtside at Wawrinka during the match.Yet despite all those reasons not to play, the two men represented Switzerland on Friday. Asked Thursday if he’d be playing if this weren’t the Davis Cup final, Federer said, “I don’t know. It’s a good question.” After Wawrinka’s win, Federer was routed by Gael Monfils in straight sets, though he said afterward that he felt better as the match went on.Unless one of the two Swiss leading men skips a singles match Sunday, they’ll play every live singles match the team has played this year, each one while ranked eighth in the world or better. They’re the only two players to compete in a meaningful Davis Cup singles match this year while ranked in the top five. And they make Switzerland just the third team since 1983 — as far back as rankings are available from the ATP World Tour website — to play two top-four singles players in live singles matches in a final. (The last two, the U.S. in 1984 and 1997, both lost in the final.)Federer’s and Wawrinka’s total commitment is a total outlier for recent Davis Cup finalists. Even the few finalists that have had two Top 10 players usually use a lower-ranked player at some stage of the competition. Since 2004, only the 2007 U.S. team reached a final while avoiding using a player ranked outside the Top 30, and its lowest ranked singles player was No. 13 James Blake.Methodology note: I only counted World Group live matches, those before one country had reached the three wins needed to take a Davis Cup match (called a tie). I went by match, not player, so if a player played two matches in the same tie, he counted twice. I also skipped doubles because it’s unclear how to weigh players’ singles and doubles rankings. read more

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Moeller deserves better fate

There are a lot of things that make you wonder in life. Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why do the Kardashians have their own television show? But the “whyism” I often ask to no one in particular is why so often bad things happen to good people. Like Tyler Moeller. I saw Moeller play in high school a few times. He played for Colerain, a Cincinnati public school powerhouse that is routinely one of the top 25 high school programs in the country. After helping lead the Cardinals to the 2004 Division I state title in his junior season, Moeller was named 2005 Ohio Division I Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. In his senior season for Colerain, Moeller recorded an impressive 123 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss on a defense stacked with Division I recruits. Moeller seemingly always knew where the play was going before the snap. More often than not he was the first defender to reach the ball-carrier. If you didn’t see Moeller make the tackle, you could hear the sound of his shoulder pads laying into the offensive player’s chest. After redshirting and paying his dues on the special teams for his first three seasons in Columbus, Moeller was set to start at the star position (a hybrid linebacker/defensive back position) going into the 2009 season. However, his life was turned upside-down on July 26, 2009. Long story short: Moeller was with his family in Florida when Ralph Gray Decker knocked him unconscious, eventually causing Moeller to experience stroke-like symptoms and bleeding in his brain. Doctors drilled dime-sized holes into his skull to allay the pressure and inserted a titanium plate. They told him to steer clear of physical activity. After making a full recovery, Moeller trained hard in the offseason and was back in the swing of things this past spring, eager to prove himself to everyone. “It’s hard to put into words,” he told ESPN.com last April. “I just want to forget everything that happened in the past and play next year and show people what I can do — show people what I could have done a year ago. Just get everything behind me.” Moeller’s teammates love him. His hustle and passion for the game are contagious. Even the stoic Jim Tressel can’t get enough of Moeller. “Every time I see [Moeller] out there, you know, I smile,” Tressel said in September. As a starter at the “star position” this season, Moeller was arguably OSU’s best defender in the first four games of the season, with 20 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and an interception to his credit. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after the season opener against Marshall. Last Saturday against Illinois, Moeller’s incomprehensible bad luck took a turn for the worse again. He suffered a torn pectoral muscle on OSU’s first defensive possession, an injury that will end his 2010 season. “You just feel sick for him because you saw the pain he was in last year not being able to help his teammates and now he was having fun,” Tressel said. “It’s very disappointing.” OSU’s Energizer Bunny might not see another snap in his college career. Why? Before the season, Moeller, a fifth-year senior, was planning on applying for a sixth year of eligibility to the NCAA. Tressel said OSU will indeed apply for Moeller to gain another year. Here’s to hoping the NCAA smiles upon Moeller’s hardship and grants him one last hurrah as a Buckeye. If anyone deserves a third chance to spite Lady Luck, it’s the man who’s already experienced a life’s worth of trauma. read more

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Logan Stieber a Jedi Master for Ohio State wrestling

Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber smiles as he is named 2015 Big Ten Champion on March 8 at St. John Arena. Stieber became the first-ever OSU wrestler to win the title 4 times.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterIt’s 7:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, less than a week before Logan Stieber and his wrestling teammates board a bus for St. Louis and the NCAA Championships. The three-time National Champion is waiting in the French Field House for his teammates and coaches to arrive for conditioning. Why someone of his caliber would need to be up this early for a workout is debatable, but that’s what makes Stieber a different breed of athlete. Sprints of 300 meters ensued after a half-mile warm up run, and Stieber was near the front for every activity. I should know: I partook in this workout.After being in the lead for maybe 10 seconds of the opening sprint, I felt my legs turn to jelly, my heart beat faster than the OSU drumline as I watched the other wrestlers all pass me by. Coach Tom Ryan put my underwhelming performance in wrestling terms: “You got the first takedown, then you got tech falled.” The run was part of a single day I spent as part of the OSU wrestling team. My goal: to see what it takes to compete like Big Ten champion Logan Stieber.In the humid confines of the indoor track facility, the average person might want to wear less clothing whenever possible. But Stieber, with a 2015 season record of 24-0, makes sure he sweats enough for the entire team with a long-sleeve shirt and sweats tucked into his socks, so not to trip over his red and black Nike running shoes. “I have goals beyond college wrestling that I want to accomplish, so that keeps me motivated,” the No. 1-seeded 141-pounder said. “Everyone I wrestle wants to be the one who knocks me off, so I always have to be on my game.”Stieber recently won his fourth Big Ten title and did so in a place he has come very familiar with while at OSU: St. John Arena. His performance might have been one of the most dominant in finals history — a 16-1 technical fall in 187 seconds — and Stieber said he went in hoping to give the crowd something to remember him by.“Competing one last time in St. John Arena was unbelievable,” he said. “I thought I wrestled smart and a little conservative my first two matches of the tournament, but for my last match, I wanted to go out and score lots of points and put on a show.”Ryan, who won Big Ten Coach of the Year, put Stieber’s performance in a category by itself, but said he has come to expect that from his senior leader.“When you master a position and your opponent has no answer to it, that’s what happens,” Ryan said. “Logan’s not good at the position, he’s not great at the position, he’s not extraordinary at the position. He’s a Jedi Master.”Stieber became the first Buckeye to “four-peat” a championship and was just the 14th wrestler in Big Ten history to achieve four conference titles. Doing it at home made the moment even more perfect, Ryan said.“It was a fitting ending to the most amazing career in over a 100-year history of Ohio State wrestling,” he said. “That’s the way he should have gone out. It was amazing.”Winning championships has been the norm for Stieber since he started wrestling, having won the state tournament in Ohio all four years at Monroeville High School. Those experiences, combined with his 114-3 collegiate record, have made some indelible memories for Stieber. They include winning his fourth high school state title, his first national title, being named 2015 Big Ten Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Year and the 2013-14 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year.He has also appreciated the chance to share his success with his younger brother, Hunter, who battled injuries all season, but has long pushed his elder sibling to be the best.How someone could become so dominant at one individual sport is a question many have asked Logan Stieber, but he deflects all credit to those who have long supported him.“My coaches and training partners are the reasons why I am as good as I am,” he said.Stieber, who has managed 49 falls, 26 technical falls and 17 major decisions, has about 10 days left in his college wrestling career, but his legacy in the sport will survive. And after a brief break, he will be back training in freestyle wrestling, with his goal to make the 2015 world team and, ultimately, the 2016 Olympic team.Before he represents his country, Stieber has one more tournament to try to win for OSU. He hopes to join the likes of Cael Sanderson, Pat Smith and Kyle Dake as a four-time NCAA champion — a goal he set for himself as a freshman, he said.“It would be amazing to win my fourth,” Stieber said. “It was a goal of mine when I first came to college and it’s cool that I have a chance to do it. It would be an accumulation of my life of work to end my career at Ohio State with my fourth NCAA title and team title.” read more

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Moussa Sissoko sidelined for two weeks

first_imgTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko sustained a groin injury in last weekend 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and has been ruled out for two weeks.Sissoko went down clutching his groin at Wembley last Sunday and was subbed in the 43rd minute for Erik Lamela.He was initially thought to be out for a month but is now set to return the first week of February and could feature in Spurs’ last 16 Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.Spurs could be without midfielders Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama who are currently recovering from appendicitis  and knee injury respectively and doubtful for their trip to Fulham on Sunday, but Mauricio Pochettino remains positive.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“Like in life, in football, there is two options: to cry or to see a possibility for another player to play and step up and an opportunity to play in a different way,” he told Sky Sports.“I think it’s a massive challenge. Rather than sitting in my chair and crying, I’d rather find another way to challenge ourselves and to be consistent, keeping the same level as before.”last_img read more

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EE Times Group Buys Electronic Design Conference

first_imgUnited Business Media’s EE Times Group has acquired electronic design market event DesignCon as well as its database of more than 30,000 records from Professional Education International. Financial terms were not disclosed.EE Times says the purchase expands its event portfolio into adjacent markets including chip-level system design and verification, analog and mixed-signal design and verification and IP re-use and integration. EE Times also produces the Embedded Systems Conference. Both conferences will be led by David Blaza, who serves as vice president of events and embedded systems. Professional Education International president John Janowiak will continue to serve as a consultant in an advisory role to EE Times Group, the company says. As part of the deal, EE Times Group also is acquiring the PCB Summit and IP Summit, two DesignCon co-located events. Also included in the deal is InfoVault, a member based Web site featuring a technical library, video and additional content covering the same markets as DesignCon.Last year, DesignCon generated approximately $1 million in revenue, an EE Times spokesperson says. The next DesignCon is scheduled for January 31 to February 3, 2011 in Silicon Valley.last_img read more

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DC Schools Dont Have Enough Transit Cards for Students

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAn underestimation in the amount of transit cards needed for District students could leave a lot of kids, stuck at the Metro or not at school starting next week.Starting October 1, students will be unable to use city-issued D.C. One Cards, which allowed students to ride the Metrorail, Metrobus and D.C. Circulator for free.  The reason for the change is because D.C. One Cards were initially not meant for transit use. In its place, students will need a Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card which are supposed to be distributed by school administrators; yet the amount of cards issued to schools is causing major frustration for several parties- including students, school leaders, parents and officials.Students and parents are worried there are not enough DC transit cards. (Courtesy photo)Mary Shaffner, principal at DC International Charter School (DCI) in Northwest, told WAMU she has asked the city for more cards several times to no avail.  DCI has over 1,060 students and Shaffner only received 448 cards from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).  Officials told WAMU they sent DCI 125 more cards, yet that still leaves more than 400 cards needed for students.“We need the balance so our kids can get to school because the majority of them take public transportation,” Shaffner told WAMU. “It cost a lot of money to come from Wards 7 and 8 to DCI. Those kids will have to pay, and maybe they don’t have the funds to pay for that. We have heard parents say that, ‘my kid is going to miss school because we can’t afford to do this everyday.’”DCI parent Susanne Horn is concerned that her sixth grade soon will need to pay about $4-$5 a day to get back and forth from school.“That’s going to be a really expensive commute if you’re going to pay it out of pocket,” Horn told WAMU.Attendance has already been an issue in the District, particularly during last school year, when a couple of area schools experienced scandals with falsifying attendance records including Dunbar, Ballou and Anacostia.District of Columbia City Administrator Rashad Young said his office initially ordered 32,000 cards since 25,797 students used D.C. One Cards for transportation purposes last school year.  Then, Young said the office ordered 10,000 more cards last week after the high demand.Yet Young did not account for the more than 90,000 students attending public and charter schools in the District, leaving more than half without a way to get to school free of charge.  Young said the cards were only supposed to be for the students that would “need or use” the cards.Young said that as the city adjusts to the new process, he expects issues to be rectified- yet his optimism does not comfort parents and leaders who are daunted by the October 1 deadline to begin using solely SmarTrips.last_img read more

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When Delhi got Bangaloreed

Taaq, which stands for Thermal and A Quarter, was formed by three Malyalees in Bangalore 15 years back. Over the years, they have carved a niche of its own amongst the many rock bands in India. Now, having played all over India, and also in the US, UK, West Asia, China and southeast Asia and having released four studio albums and several singles, Taaq was in the Capital to launch their fifth studio album — Three Wheels Nine Lives — at Hard Rock Café. The three Taaq members  — Bruce Lee Mani, Rajeev Rajagopal and Prakash KN — started it of as a college band in 1996. Since then, Taaq has been known to deliver unforgettable, immersive musical performances. Talking about the new album Rajeev says: ‘There is no single theme for the album. It’s a mixed bag. It’s a pretty massive album with 28 songs.’ ‘This album is one of the largest bodies of work created for one album. The songs deal with various subjects starting from adventures one has on getting into  an auto rickshaw and the meter problems we all face, which unites us all Indians,’ he added.  The band members say that they have never let the legacy of Bangalore city drain out of their music system in spite of the many Western instruments they might play. ‘Outside India, our  music is known to be exotic and not Western. In India, people think if we are playing rock that means aping the West. But none of us have ever been trained in Western instruments or music,’ explains Rajeev. The band played numbers from their new album. Delhi is known to have their largest fan base, so they didn’t want to disappoint them by playing only the old numbers. Viva la Bangalore, we would say! read more

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St Xaviers University mulls setting up sports management academy

first_imgKolkata: St. Xavier’s University is planning to set up a Sports Management Academy for various academic courses on sports and also some short term training programmes in this field. University authorities will soon write a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urging her to allot a piece of land, measuring around 10 acres near the second campus of the university in New Town.Father Felix Raj, Vice-Chancellor of St Xavier’s University said: “We have a plan to set up a sports management academy in the city for which we would soon write to the Chief Minister requesting her for a piece of land. It would require a 10-acre of land for constructing a full-fledged sports management academy.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsStressing the need of a sports management academy, he said proposed academy would offer various undergraduate and post-graduate courses on sports management. It would also impart training on physical education. This is a unique initiative taken by the premier institution. This is probably for the first time that a private institution is coming up with an idea of constructing a sports management academy. It may be mentioned that the State government had allotted a plot of 17-acre in New Town where the second campus of the university has come up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSt Xavier’s University will start MBA course at the Xavier Business School (XBS) under the university on its New Town campus from August this year. It has already obtained approval from All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). It will be a full time residential course, offering specialisations in Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Systems & Operations. The permission has been given for two sections with sixty students each. The state-of-the-art, smart and air-conditioned class rooms and amphitheaters are ready. The process of enrolment for the candidates has already begun. The institution is also going to start five new undergraduate courses including Bachelor of Management Studies, BA (Hons) in English, BA (Hons) in Mass communication, BA (Hons) in Economics, BCom Hons. The post-graduate degree courses which will be introduced this year are MCom, MA in Mass Communication, MA in English, MA in Economics, Master of Social Work and MBA.There is also a plan to set up a community college where six month certificate courses and one year diploma programmes will be run in the vocations. As a part of ‘Vision 2025 of St Xavier’s University,’ a law school will also be set up on New Town campus.last_img read more

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