Makeover at 50

first_imgModel Krishna Somani showcases alumni Rahul Mishra’s collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion WeekIt was during the 1960s that the National Institute of Design (NID) started India’s first post-graduate programmes in product design, visual communication, furniture, textile and ceramic design. And then there has been no looking back. In the,Model Krishna Somani showcases alumni Rahul Mishra’s collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion WeekIt was during the 1960s that the National Institute of Design (NID) started India’s first post-graduate programmes in product design, visual communication, furniture, textile and ceramic design. And then there has been no looking back. In the last five decades, NID has produced designers of repute who have risen sharply on the national stage.Says Pradyumna Vyas, Director, NID, “Since its inception, NID has produced designers for various industries, educationists and entrepreneurs who have started design based businesses or boutiques. Designers out of NID are working on town planning, sustainable models, reconstruction after earthquakes and other calamities, promotion of handicrafts and making them sustainable.”Student working on a designVyas says, today, when NID is celebrating its golden jubilee, the scenario for the design industry has changed completely. India is growing as knowledge-based economy and needs designers to spur innovation, productivity, competitiveness and inclusive development. According to him, we do have engineers, managers and accountants but we lack institutes that can produce talented designers. Those who can make user-friendly products and are globally competitive.Keeping pace with the emerging economy, NID has been looking seriously in sectors like lifestyle accessories, fashion and apparel which have become the aspiration among many, also, animation and communications, the sectors which offer good placements and freelancing opportunities to NID-trained designers.Student working on a design”India is well-known as an infotech superpower and our country is a source of human resources for IT companies worldwide. Automobile and transportation design is another need for India’s automotive industry, one of the largest in the world. Toy, ceramic and glass designs, apparel design and merchandising, lifestyle accessory design and communication design are some of the other design sectors experiencing rapid growth in recent years. Design is no longer an elitist term today but is getting more and more acceptability in daily life,” adds Vyas. According to him, there are at least various sectors that offer high growth prospects for designers in the future. For instance, the healthcare industry is expected to sustain 13% growth over the coming years. The growth of this industry will create a market for healthcare designers. They can improve the healthcare delivery, products and interface designs. Also, they can create an environment which is therapeutic and increases staff efficiency.advertisementAlumni Aneeth Arora’s collection at Lakme Fashion WeekAccording to Vipul Vinzuda, coordinator, Transportation and Automobile Design, “One of NID’s greatest strengths is its multidisciplinary approach. Designers get exposure to various disciplines and cross-disciplinary design teams can work together to achieve the common goal. They can also develop accessories and furnishings working with various teams.” Automobile design workshop gives an insight into the aesthetics, form sensitivity, analytical abilities, concepts and concerns in transportation and automobile design. NID students are placed in most of the automobile majors. Recently, three NID students, Gopal Pai, Rajib Kalita and Abhilash Sudhindran, have won three-month internships with Pininfarina-an Italian automobile design firm with clients like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Rolls Royce-after winning a competition to design a possible successor of the Indian autorickshaw. Shimul Vyas, who heads the Lifestyle Accessories Design (LAD) department agrees that NID offers a strong multidisciplinary edge wherein the students get opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of design categories. “Students of lifestyle accessories, over a period of two years, get exposure to jewellery, bags, luggage, footwear, lighting, furnishings, furniture and interior designs,”says Shimul Vyas. Recently, students from NID showcased their designs at the India International Jewellery Show in Mumbai while theworks of apparel design were appreciated at the Lakme fashion week and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.Lakme Fashion WeekEarlier national institutions and their works were rarely accessible to the masses, but now NID is making design accessories and other products accessible to as many consumers as possible at a price which is not too hard to the pocket “The NID Employees Credit and Consumer Co-operative Society runs a shop called NIDUS in order to connect the designs developed by faculty and students of NID to the outside world thereby establishing a direct interface with the people. This provides a testing ground for validating the design ideas developed by NID’s team, encourage more people to visit the Institutes public interface areas like Design Gallery and Design Shop. While NID has started evolving to meet the emerging market trends Vyas, feels there is much more that needs to be done. “There are about 250 different industrial, development and service sectors that offer opportunities for designers. Many of them are yet to be explored,” he explains, “with a view to the future, there is scope for green designs to address environmental concerns, universal designs for all segments of society like the physically disabled, senior citizens and children. Design for education and healthcare sectors that will grow neck to neck with the national economy and design for social, ecological and cultural development.”NID is exploring all these options. The institute is also growing ‘from one campus in Ahmedabad to a new postgraduate campus at Gandhinagar. “Design clinic extension centres are being set up for design and development support to cottage, small and medium industries and individual artisans in north eastern India. In the coming years, we hope to have more campuses across India,” adds Vyas.  Top shotsArun Khanna, Founder, After studying in NID, he pursued computer graphics and multimedia as a career in Australia. He is one of Australia’s reputed multimedia designers and has won the 1995 AIMIA award for production and design excellence. Cadability was established in 1990 by Arun Khanna and Trevor George as a specialist and design excellence. Cadability was established in 1990 by Arun Khanna and Trevor George as a specialist with focus on video broadcasting. The team at Cadability has been involved with sporting multimedia content since the middle of 1995 and has developed a strong base of systems and solutions created on nine of the most followed sports in Australia and seven of the most followed sports globally.Umesh Shukla, CEO, Auryn incAfter studying animation design at NID, Umesh Shukla worked in Singapore and Sydney in animation and special effects for diverse clients. In the mid-1990s, he moved to America where he worked for Hollywood studios, including Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Digital Domain and was a prominent member of the Academy Award winning team (Outstanding Visual Effects) for the movie Titanic where he was responsible for recreating people digitally in more than 100 scenes.Kavina Mehta, Sr. Interaction designer, trexglobal.comShe did her post graduation in Visual Communication Design with Specialization Interaction/Interface Design in 2005. She has worked in the USA in diverse media and design categories-websites, online (SaaS) financial applications UI, web and desktop applications and advertising.Uday Dandavate, CEO, SonicrimHe heads a multidisciplinary team which comprises professionals from the fields of industrial design, market research, psychology, anthropology, information design, and sociology. SonicRim’s clients range from Fortune-500 companies to start-ups and venture capitalists looking for consumer insights to drive the innovation of products, brands and marketing messages.advertisementlast_img read more

Yusuf Pathan can play crucial role for India in WC: Kapil

first_imgThe Indian batting order may be filled with explosive players who can take the game away from the opposition, but 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev feels all-rounder Yusuf Pathan’s role in the lower-middle order could swing the team’s fortunes in the mega event.Kapil Dev”(Yusuf) Pathan can turn the game around for India coming at 6-7. He has the capability to win matches from losing situations,” the legendary all-rounder said when asked about the one player who can turn the tide in the February 19-April 2 tournament.”As long as he is at the crease, the opposition cannot breathe easy,” he said at a promotional event for Idea Cellular in MMumbai.On whether Pathan should bat up the order, Kapil said, “After the advent of Twenty 20 cricket, there is no specific number for a batsman. It (T20) has changed the game.-With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

London Olympics: Moment of pride for India and the archers

first_imgThe London Olympics are a key event for Indian archery as the team has gone with a lot of expectations. Deepika Kumari has, of course, caught the country’s imagination with her performances over the last couple of years. Apart from her in the individual event, the men’s and women’s teams are in with a good chance of a medal.During my time too, there were expectations when we went for the Olympics. At Beijing 2008, we were in good form but ran into the Chinese in the first round itself. The vociferous home crowd got to the less experienced members of the team and we lost the match after taking an early lead.However, this time the players are full of confidence as they have posted good scores consistently. The men’s team had to wait till the last possible opportunity to make the cut, but the manner in which they qualified was highly impressive.My brother Rahul had to compete with borrowed equipment, but the team overcame all the problems to seal a spot.On the women’s side, Deepika compensates for her lack of Olympic experience with confidence. Bombayla has competed at this level and while Chekrovolu Swuro has not been to the Olympics before, her recent scores have been very good.The team has also reached London several days in advance and, though some of the members were under the weather for the first few days, they are feeling much better now.The Olympics comes once every four years and everyone wants to do their best. There is pressure no doubt and whosoever deals with it better will come out on top.advertisementTarundeep Rai did not make the men’s team at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, and only competed in the individual event. But he got into rhythm and clinched a silver medal, which none of us expected. So anyone can rise to the occasion.An Olympic medal raises the profile for a sport in India, and we have not had too many medalists. Shooting has gained a lot after Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal in Beijing. A medal also brings in government support and corporate backing.The archery competition begins on Friday with the ranking round and it will provide a pointer for things to come. If the Indians manage to finish among the top four, they will get a bye and move directly into the quarter-finals.Personally for me, it is a matter of great pride for me that my brother will be competing at the Olympics. We endured a lot of tension before he finally made it. The Olympics are above all other competitions and I am going to London to see up close how he performs.(The writer is a two-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)last_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara, The Wall 2.0

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara had waited for this moment for a long time. He had dreamt it over and over again his entire cricketing life. In 2010, he had even come close to it, but had fallen short by 28 runs.However, on Thursday in Hyderabad, Pujara was determined to fulfill his destiny. This time, he did not miss. He completed his maiden century on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand. The three-figure mark — attained only in his fourth Test and sixth innings — is a justification of his hard work and the faith shown in him by the entire cricket fraternity.Some years ago, the question would be asked: Was anyone good enough to replace Rahul Dravid in the Indian team? The answer or argument, more often than not, would reach its conclusion with Pujara, an unassuming 24-year-old from the sun-battered, dusty plains of Saurashtra.By 2008, Pujara had emerged as a run-making machine on the domestic circuit. Here was a batsman born to play Test cricket, technically sound and temperamentally gifted, immune to the rising Twenty20 phenomenon.Pujara reached the heights of his mastery in domestic cricket when he hammered three triple-centuries in just one month, an almost unheard of feat. Even though only one of those knocks came in first class matches, the signs were increasingly clear: this batsman was special, he was brimming with potential, and primed for the challenge of international cricket.Pujara’s domestic record speaks for itself. In 64 first class games, he’s scored more than 4,500 runs at an average of nearly 54. His 14 centuries and 21 fifties clearly indicate that he makes chances count and scores big, a invaluable asset in any form of cricket.Although limited overs cricket is not his forte, Pujara, similar to Dravid, has adapted well to the format. His List A statistics boast of six century and an average of more than 50.It’s a fact that Pujara doesn’t have Yuvraj Singh’s swagger and Virat Kohli’s flashy swing of the bat. But his footwork is exquisite and his repertoire of shots wider than any of his contemporaries. If ever there is a time to pick a batsman to save the Indian team from doom, Pujara would be the overwhelming choice.advertisementlast_img read more

FEU extends winning streak, UST gets third win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University maintained its foothold atop the standings after brushing off University of the East, 25-10, 25-21, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Tamaraws improved to 5-0 card while the Red Warriors stumbled to a 1-4 record for the No. 7 spot.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Bornzkie Mangosong rides to win anew in MMF Supercross P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Redijohn Paler led FEU with 12 points while John Paul Bugaoan had 11 points.In the other game, University of Santo Tomas had a quick victory over De La Salle, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17, for its third win against two losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Tiger Spikers 3-2 record gave them sole possession of the fourth spot with Ateneo (2-2) falling to the fifth seed.Joshua Umandal put up 18 points to lead UST while Manuel Medina added nine. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashlast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zanioloby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have made an attempt for AS Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo.Sport says his recent performances have alerted the attention of various teams in Europe including Real Madrid. Los Blancos are interested in Zaniolo but Roma chief Monchi has already moved quickly to tie down his emerging star.As for Real Madrid, Zaniolo is another example of their attempts to bring in all the best talents from around the world. The last was Brahim Diaz earlier this month. They’ve also recently signed Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo. last_img read more

A Huge Upset Is Brewing In The SEC Tonight

first_imgA general view of Missouri's football field.COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)A major upset is currently brewing in the SEC East Division, as one of the top teams in the country appears to be on the verge of a loss.Kentucky, ranked No. 12 in the latest top 25 poll, is playing Missouri. The Wildcats are struggling – badly.It’s Missouri 14, Kentucky 3 heading into halftime.HALFTIME: Missouri 14, Kentucky 3.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) October 27, 2018Kentucky (6-1, 4-1 SEC) controls its own destiny in the SEC East Division, as the Wildcats beat Florida earlier in the season.UK is set to host Georgia in Lexington next weekend.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Janhvi Kapoor in sports bra and mini shorts stuns on gym date with Ishaan Khatter. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYC 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani in spaghetti strap top and mini shorts shows how to add oomph to casual lookOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Janhvi Kapoor was spotted at the gym in Bandra, Mumbai today with Ishaan Khatter.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: For her gym look, Janvhi opted for a comfy gym attire and we are taking notes.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: She opted for an orange sports bra.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Flaunting her washboard abs, she paired the sports bra with blue mini shorts.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: With the ensemble, Janhvi left her tresses open in dreamy waves.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: With a hint of gloss on her lips and bare face, Janhvi did her glam.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: She paired the outfit with simple blue printed flip-flops.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Caption: She was also spotted carrying an Off-White shoulder bag.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Caption: As for Ishaan, he opted for a printed black ‘Bob Marley’ tank top.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Caption: He paired it with printed shorts and black slip-ons. Janhvi and Ishaan were seen in Dhadak together.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: Janhvi KapoorIshaan KhatterSource type: photogalleryPhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Janhvi Kapoor was spotted at the gym in Bandra, Mumbai today with Ishaan Khatter. She opted for an orange sports bra with blue mini shorts.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d9efd1e36dd61570700574_1607944_editCommentContent Publish date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 14:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Janhvi in sports bra and shorts stuns on gym date with IshaanApp headline: Janhvi in sports bra and shorts stuns on gym date with Ishaan1200x675:last_img read more

Five Hospitals Shortlisted for Upgrading

first_img These institutions are the Kingston Public, Spanish Town, May Pen, Mandeville and St. Ann’s Bay Hospitals. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says five hospitals have been shortlisted for upgrading over the next three to five years with loan funding of US$50 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says five hospitals have been shortlisted for upgrading over the next three to five years with loan funding of US$50 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).These institutions are the Kingston Public, Spanish Town, May Pen, Mandeville and St. Ann’s Bay Hospitals.Speaking at the recent opening of the National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, the Minister said they were identified for inclusion in a study that was conducted on behalf of the Government by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).UNOPS is the United Nations (UN) operational arm, dedicated to implementing projects for the UN System, international financial institutions, governments, and other partners around the world.“The intention of upgrading these facilities [is] to deal with the demand for in-patient care, specialist treatment and surgeries,” the Minister explained.Dr. Tufton said come next year, “you will begin to see ground being broken for some of those developments, in keeping with our commitment to modernise our public health infrastructure”.The Minister also reiterated that construction of the proposed Western Children’s Hospital in St. James, which forms part of the health sector’s modernisation thrust, is scheduled to commence by March 2019.The 220-bed facility, which will also cater to adolescents, is being built on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay with US$36.16 million (250 million RMB), which has been provided by the Government of the People’s Republic of China to fund this and other projects to be agreed on with Jamaica.The money has been provided under an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement between the countries.The institution will be the first such in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and is expected to go a far way in complementing paediatric services provided at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.“We understand what needs to be done, as a Government, and we are working to get it done. I say with confidence that over the next three to five years, you will see public health capacity being upgraded and becoming a lot more relevant to the needs of the population. We do this because it is our commitment, and we recognise the need to ensure that we have a healthy nation as a part of the productivity improvement, growth and development we seek,” Dr. Tufton said.The National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital, which also forms part of the sector’s modernisation thrust, is Jamaica’s second, following the opening of a similar facility at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, just under a year ago.The Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital, which was developed at a cost of $860 million, and the CRH facility, which cost about $770.9 million, will serve to boost cancer care delivery in the public health system by utilising state-of-the-art linear accelerator (LINAC) machines to administer radiation therapy.Project financing was provided by the National Health Fund (NHF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), as well as private-sector interests. Speaking at the recent opening of the National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, the Minister said they were identified for inclusion in a study that was conducted on behalf of the Government by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Story Highlightslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, June 12, 2018 – With the votes cast, SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is pleased to announce the three finalists as chosen by Canadians from coast-to-cost for the inaugural SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Each artist is competing to be crowned Canada’s next big country star, in addition to winning $25,000, a SOCAN songwriting camp in Pender Island, BC and more.Whittled down from nine semi-finalists, the three 2018 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists are:Western CanadaLeaving Thomas (Hometown—Calgary, AB) Central CanadaAndrew Hyatt (Hometown—Sudbury, ON)Eastern CanadaJason Benoit (Hometown—Fox Island River, NL)“We are so excited about the finalists for the first ever SiriusXM Top of the Country competition,” said Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming for SiriusXM. “Everyone who participated was incredibly talented and to now have the top three ready to move on to huge live performances, a mentorship session with some of the biggest names in the industry and more is amazing.”“This has been a fun few months,” said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA. “The talent in the first phase of Top of The Country was exceptional, it’s hard to believe that we are down to 3. Our finalists now have the opportunity to spotlight their talent on some very big stages this summer. We can’t wait to see them perform at the finale during Country Music Week.”This summer, the three Top of the Country finalists will participate in a week-long SOCAN songwriting trip to Nashville, TN, plus a two-day mentorship session in Toronto with major industry professionals, including Nashville-based hit songwriter J.T. Harding, who has written for such stars as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and more.In addition to the valuable mentorship sessions, each finalist will get to perform at one of Canada’s three biggest country music festivals Big Valley Jamboree (Camrose, AB), Cavendish Beach Music Festival (Cavendish, PEI) or a SiriusXM-sponsored major festival in Ontario.Finalists will compete on stage this September in an epic music performance battle before a headlining artist (to be announced) at the SiriusXM CCMA Top of the Country Finale, taking place during Country Music Week in Hamilton, ONand airing live on SiriusXM’s CBC Country. A judging panel of music industry professionals along with audience votes will determine the Grand Prize winner.SiriusXM’s Top of the Country in partnership with CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing tradition of promoting and elevating the best in Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 55 million listeners.To watch the finalist videos, please visit: SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Work camps north of Fort McMurray evacuated due to growing wildfire

first_img(Non-essential workers are leaving oil camps north of Fort McMurray while others are staying to fight fires. Photo Courtesy: John Marasse)The Canadian PressFort McMurray, ALTA. — A precautionary evacuation is clearing out employees at work camps north of Fort McMurray due to the threat of a quickly spreading wildfire.Non-essential personnel are leaving while others are staying to conduct work on the plant and engage in firefighting.There are about 4,000 workers at 12 camps in the area, including many at Suncor and Syncrude.Officials say another 500 to 600 people in four small camps along Aostra Road are under a mandatory evacuation.Scott Long of the Alberta Management Agency says there is no panic and the evacuations are being done in an orderly manner.Officials say thick smoke is also posing a hazard.The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo says the fire is moving 30 to 40 metres per minute and is expected to burn six kilometres in two hours.“This controlled, precautionary evacuation is an example why it is note safe to be in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at this time,” the municipality said late Monday afternoon in a news release.Syncrude Canada tweeted that buses are transporting workers to a safe location as part of its emergency plan.Sneh Seetal, a spokesman for Suncor Energy, called it a “precautionary measure.”“The facilities are not at risk,” she said. “However, we felt it was important to take these steps in the interest of putting people first.”Eric Kraus, a spokesman for Clean Harbours, which runs the Ruth Lake camp, also called the move “precautionary.”“The fire we believe is about 35 kilometres away,” he said. “There is a significant amount of smoke.”The entire population of Fort McMurray, more than 80,000 residents, are now entering their third week away from home. Many of the work camps were used to house evacuated residents who fled north when fire broke through into the city the afternoon of May 3.Those residents were taken to points south, including Edmonton and Calgary, several days ago and workers were moved back in to begin ramping up oilsands production again.About 2,400 structures were destroyed in Fort McMurray, but essential infrastructure, including the hospital, water treatment plant and the airport, remain intact.Crews continued to battle hot spots on the edge of the city Monday while the first still raged out of control deeper in the forest. Hot, dry conditions were not helping firefighters.Earlier Monday, officials warned the air quality in the Fort McMurray area was dangerously poor.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the air quality health index is normally one to 10, with 10 being the worst, but the reading this morning was at 38.Notley said the conditions were hampering efforts to get residents back to their homes.“Alberta Health Services has recommended that members of the public who had been previously arranging to return to the area under various requests not return until those conditions improve,” Notley said. “This is something that could potentially delay recovery work and a return to the community.”Karen Grimsrud, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said they expect the air quality readings to remain in the extreme range for the next couple of days.She said workers in the area should be wearing respirators.last_img read more

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil backs African antipolio efforts

30 April 2010The Egyptian actor and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil has helped launch an anti-polio campaign in Western and Central Africa where UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are working with governments and partners to eradicate the virus. The Egyptian actor and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil has helped launch an anti-polio campaign in Western and Central Africa where UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are working with governments and partners to eradicate the virus.“It is unacceptable that children are still suffering from a preventable disease, especially since Mauritania was close to eradicating the virus,” said Mr. Kabil as he concluded a four-day visit to the West African country yesterday.More than 10 per cent of Mauritanian children die before the age of five and at least 25 per cent of children below the age of one are not vaccinated against polio.“All should understand the polio vaccine is perfectly safe, easy to deliver and potentially life-saving,” Mr. Kabil added about the latest anti-polio campaign covering 16 countries.Mr. Kabil, who was named as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa in 2003, met with Mauritanian Health Minister Sheikh Ould Horma Ould Babana and a number of other national and local officials to support the campaign.“This unprecedented mobilization to fight polio would not be possible without UNICEF’s and WHO’s technical and financial assistance and the regional Goodwill Ambassador’s contribution,” said Christian Koog, UNICEF’s Representative in Mauritania.In addition to supporting the polio vaccination campaign, Mr. Kabil advocated for child rights while visiting Mauritania.He visited national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UNICEF partners working on projects against female genital mutilation/cutting and met with children formerly involved in camel racing, part of a rehabilitation project spearheaded by the United Arab Emirates and UNICEF. read more

Mohan Peiris appointed the new CJ

Mohan Peiris, a former Attorney General who had also represented the government at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, was today appointed as the new Chief Justice.He took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Peiris was nominated by the President and approved by a parliament council to replace former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The President removed Bandaranayake on Sunday after parliament had voted in favour of her impeachment over various allegations raised against her. The Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) today filed a petition in court challenging the appointment of Mohan Peiris as the new Chief Justice. Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, in a statement on Sunday, expressed deep disappointment at the dismissal of the Chief Justice.He said that he will consider further Commonwealth initiatives on Sri Lanka, a member of the Commonwealth, and responses as are envisaged in situations that could be perceived to constitute violations of core Commonwealth values and principles. The US State Department meanwhile warned on Monday that the removal of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake could impact on Sri Lanka’s ability to attract foreign investment. read more

May 2018 new car preregistration figures

SMMT released figures for May pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in August 2018 that were defined as pre-registrations.The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis.Download the May 2018 releaseClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Leading piano competitions ban teachers from jury over rigging fears

“All the members of the jury – one or two of them may have come across one or two of the competitors in a masterclass but that’s a different ball game to having someone who is a regular pupil,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Our rules – which have been set for 50 years – are very clear about that. If there is a conflict of interest that jury member is not allowed to vote for anybody that is a pupil.”He added that the Leeds competition has “always had a very good reputation for its artistic integrity”. “I would not feel comfortable sitting in a jury – which has happened to me in the past – with people performing whose teachers are on the jury. Even if those jury members are absolutely completely honourable, it is saying something to the outside world which I feel uncomfortable with. “It may well be that that person who wins is the best person but it is open to misinterpretation and that is what we want to avoid.”He added that the competition was looking at making the judging entirely transparent by making it clear who voted for who.  The Leeds International Piano Competition Piano competitions might not be an obvious hotbed of corruption. But the industry has been dogged by rumours that teachers are fixing contests by voting for their own pupils. Now one of the UK’s leading events is so concerned about the issue that they have barred teachers from their jury.The Leeds International Piano Competition is pushing for transparency amid concerns that the music competitions, which can launch a young artist’s career, are widely seen as rigged in favour of competitors whose mentor is on the jury. One of its new directors said he has in the past judged a prize alongside teachers whose proteges were among the hopefuls.  Adam Gatehouse, a former BBC radio boss, said the experience made him feel “uncomfortable”, and has prompted a decision alongside his co-director, leading pianist Paul Lewis to limit its judging panel to renowned performers. “There’s no international performer worth their salt who doesn’t also give masterclasses or come into contact with young artists but that is different from actually being a teacher who spends all their time actually just teaching. “That’s an area which I personally also felt a little uncomfortable about purely because inevitably there would be conflicts of interest.  The Leeds International Piano Competition has  ‘always had a very good reputation for its artistic integrity’ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Gatehouse, a main conductor for the Ballet Rambert before becoming live music editor for BBC Radio 3, became artistic director of the competition in 2015, alongside classical pianist Paul Lewis. Mr Lewis has previously said that the Leeds competition under his supervision will be “as transparent as humanly possible”. “Our jury, rather than consisting principally of full-time teachers, will be performer-led,” he said in a 2016 blog post. He added that the competition aimed to take the “long-term wellbeing” of the young winners into consideration, amid concerns that they might struggle to cope with their newfound fame. The competition, set to be held in September this year, will offer prizes including concerts and recording opportunities with Radio 3 and a partnership with arts management company Askonas Holt. The pair took over from the competition’s founder Dame Fanny Waterman, who stepped down at the age of 95 having founded it in 1961.  Juries will be made up of performers Juries will be made up of performers read more

Un carburant fait deau et de lumière

first_imgUn carburant fait d’eau et de lumièreLe défi du 21e siècle serait-il sur le point d’être relevé ? Le professeur Demetri Psaltis, un chercheur scientifique lausannois pense pouvoir produire de l’énergie à grande échelle avec l’addition à l’échelle microscopique d’eau et de lumière du Soleil.Le professeur Demetri Psaltis pense que la lumière du Soleil peut transformer un mélange de dioxyde de carbone et d’eau en méthane. Ce gaz pourrait alors servir de combustible. Cette réaction chimique ne se fait qu’à petite échelle mais Demetri Psaltis propose d’utiliser un dispositif optofluidique afin d’en augmenter le rendement. “En dirigeant la lumière tout en la concentrant à l’endroit où elle sera le mieux utilisée, nous pourrions améliorer de façon significative l’efficacité de systèmes de production d’énergie déjà existants ou à inventer”, explique le chercheur lausannois. À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Un couplage de systèmes optiques de l’optofluidiques créerait en fait deux prismes dont l’un, liquide, permettrait de suivre la course du Soleil afin d’en modifier l’angle de réfraction sur l’eau et d‘en contenir la lumière. Une lentille (de Fresnel) est ensuite utilisée pour garantir la bonne concentration de lumière. Enfin, l’ajout d’une puce micro fluidique permettrait une diffusion de la lumière plus efficace. Le problème est que le développement de ce genre de système à grande échelle coûterait très cher. “Les dispositifs expérimentés actuellement sont tous artisanaux et il serait inimaginable de produire beaucoup plus à partir de ces systèmes, reconnaît Demetri Psaltis cité par le Courrier International.Il ajoute : “Il existe bien quelques industriels qui vendent des puces microfluidiques, mais on est loin du compte. Pour être compétitif, il faudrait que le prix à l’unité de ces dispositifs ne soit que de quelques francs suisses. Après tout, les cellules solaires ont bien réussi cette performance en une vingtaine d’années, alors pourquoi pas les puces microfluidiques ?”Le 1 janvier 2012 à 10:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un curieux hybride pêché dans un lac dAngleterre

first_imgUn curieux hybride pêché dans un lac d’AngleterreSelon le DailyMail, un pêcheur à la ligne britannique a remonté d’un lac de Cambridge, début mai, un curieux poisson ‘composite’, avec des caractéristiques de plusieurs espèces. Selon un expert, ce pourrait être un hybride de carpe et de poisson rouge. “J’ai pris des milliers et des milliers de poissons [dans ma vie,] mais je n’ai jamais rien vu de tel auparavant”, a confié Mark Sawyer. Ce pêcheur à la ligne de 53 ans a en effet attrapé un curieux spécimen dans le lac Magpie, à Cambridge. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Il s’agit d’une vraie bizarrerie. La tête ressemble plutôt à celle d’un gardon, bien que ses lèvres ne soient pas tout à fait conformes. Il a le corps d’un poisson rouge normal, sa nageoire anale ressemble à celle d’une brème et la caudale est celle d’un poisson rouge à queue en éventail”, explique ce connaisseur, rédacteur en chef de la revue Angling Times, bien connue des passionnés de pêche à la ligne et qui a pensé à prendre des photos du poisson.Probablement introduit dans le lac à partir d’un aquarium privé, le spécimen a toutefois rapidement été remis à l’eau avant que le pêcheur ne soumette les clichés à l’examen d’experts qui ont confirmé l’étrangeté de l’animal. “Les poissons rouges et les carpes étant de la même famille, il ne serait pas extraordinaire qu’ils se reproduisent entre eux. Ce qui est très rare, cependant, pour un pêcheur, c’est d’attraper un de leurs rejetons… “, a déclaré le Dr Paul Garner, écologiste spécialiste de la pêche cité par le Daily Mail.Le 3 juin 2012 à 11:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ex-superintendent expected to plead guilty to child sex case

first_imgKENNWICK — A former Kennewick school superintendent accused of arranging to have sex with two teen girls at a Richland motel is expected to plead guilty next week.The lawyer for 76-year-old Paul Rosier tells the Tri-City Herald that a plea agreement has been reached with federal prosecutors. Defense lawyer Scott Johnson says Rosier will plead guilty to a new count of attempt child sex trafficking, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.Rosier was arrested in April 2017. The complaint alleges Rosier exchanged text messages with a 16-year-old girl, who was actually an undercover detective. Rosier was told the teen had a 13-year-old friend who could meet him in the Tri-Cities. Rosier allegedly planned to pay the 13-year-old for sex and the older teen for setting it up.Rosier worked as executive director of the Washington Association of School Administrators until 2014.last_img read more