Head of Christian-democratic party hounds the independent press

first_img Moldovan reporters harassed by Russian soldiers on border with Transnistria May 6, 2011 Find out more MoldovaEurope – Central Asia Transnistrian journalist gets presidential pardon in return for televised confession Organisation News MoldovaEurope – Central Asia to go further June 14, 2019 Find out more News RSF_en center_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information July 23, 2020 Find out more April 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Head of Christian-democratic party hounds the independent press News News Journalists must be respected during Moldova’s political crisis Follow the news on Moldova Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern about a populist right wing leader, Yurie Rosca, who has been laying repeated legal cases against the country’s independent media.Rosca, leader of the Christian-Democrat People’s Party (CDPP) and recently elected deputy speaker of the Moldovan parliament, laid a complaint on 25 April against the tri-weekly Timpul de dimineata for damaging his “honour, dignity and professional reputation” and claiming 50,000 euros damages.”The legal cases brought by Iurie Rosca against the independent press constitute a definite threat to press freedom in the country,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”Moldovan leaders must not get into the habit of laying complaints as soon as a media is critical of the government. The country has over the last few months demonstrated its willingness to come into line with the European Union and consequently its standards in legal and press matters. “The parliamentary deputy speaker should therefore stop systematically laying complaints against newspapers that are critical of him,” it said.His latest complained related to an article in the 6 April edition of Timpul de dimineata (a popular Romanian-language newspaper with a circulation of 19,000) headlined “Iurie Rosca and Oleg Serebrian”, that quoted from the “Black book on corruption”. This book, that openly denigrates the electoral coalition “Democratic Moldova” to which Oleg Serebrian belongs, was printed, according to Timpul, by Prag 3, a publishing house owned by Iurie Rosca. This was denied by Rosca who accused the paper of defamation.The previous week, Rosca brought a complaint against the Jurnal de Chisinau (Romanian-language bi-weekly, circulation 10,000) also for injuring his “honour and dignity”. He objected to an editorial written by Val Butnaru on 29 March headlined, “The king is naked”.The journalist referred to a certain “Master” and his political coat-turning for electoral ends. Rosca considered it was aimed at him. His party and his newspaper Flux was in opposition in recent years but in March, after the elections, he struck a deal with the communist party, which allowed him to also become deputy speaker of parliament. Val Butnaru had said, in another editorial, that he was not just referring to Rosca but the “Master”, a popular Moldovan figure, represented politicians in general. This did not stop Rosca from claiming around 62,000 euros in damages from the Journal de Chisinau and nearly 31,000 euros from Val Butnaru.A political study carried out by five local press freedom NGOs, found that Rosca was the Moldovan politician who had brought the most legal cases against the media, with no fewer than a dozen complaints laid between 1998 and 2003 for “insulting his honour and dignity”.last_img read more

Vipers vs URA: Venoms have no room for error in title race

first_img Tags: KCCA FCMary’s StadiumNam Oumasam simbwaStStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopvipers sc Vipers are six points behind leaders KCCA FC (Photo by Vipers Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers Vs URASt Mary’s Stadium kitendeFriday @4:00pmKITENDE – Vipers SC returns to action on Friday when they host Sam Ssimbwa’s URA FC in one of the two StarTimes Uganda Premier league games.Following a barren draw against Mbarara City FC at Kakyeka stadium last week on Wednesday, Vipers SC come into this game knowing that if they fall to URA the Venoms will further slide away from defending their League title.What the coaches say. Sam Ssimbwa (URA FC).“We want to capitalize on our away record which is a motivation for us going into tomorrow’s game.”“We haven’t lost any away game this season so we want to try not to lose tomorrow as well.”Michael Nam Ouma (Vipers SC).“The fight is still on, We want to ensure that we manage our remaining games on a positive note, and we have not lost hope because with four games to go, that is 12 points.”“And the guys ahead, KCCA; they are six points ahead, so anything can happen in the four games. So the battle is still on.”Team News:Midfielder Moses Waiswa and Halid Lwaliwa are out of the encounter because of injury while Dan Serunkuma will miss the match because he has three yellow cards.Yayo Lutimba, who missed the previous match through suspension returns with Tito Okello who was suspended by the club for in discipline.James Alitho returns to St Mary’s Stadium after leaving the side to join URA FC.Defender Ronald Kigongo and Allan Mugalu are both ruled out of the game because they have injuries.Match Facts:At 50 points, Vipers are six behind KCCA with four matches to go. Failure for the venoms to pick maximum points against a bogey URA side would leave the Kasasiro boys a clearer run to the title.In the previous 27 meetings, Vipers has won 5, drawn 11 and lost 11 times scoring 26 goals conceding 34 in the process.The last encounter at Namboole ended 1-1 courtesy of Dan Serunkuma and Shafic Kagimu’s goals.URA FC is third on the table log with 43 points.Comments last_img read more

Remembering Africans’ role in ending World War 2

first_imgMany Africans enlisted – or were conscripted by their colonial ruler, Britain – to fight the Axis countries in World War 2. They were instrumental in bringing an end to the war, which was fought across Africa, Europe and the East, yet there is not much known about their contribution.Ethiopian men gather in Addis Ababa, heavily armed with captured Italian weapons, to hear the proclamation announcing the return to the capital of the Emperor Haile Selassie in May 1941. (Image: Wikipedia) Priya Pitamber This year marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2, an occasion commemorated by the many countries involved in the bloodshed.In Russia, the anniversary of the end of the war was commemorated on 9 May with a massive military parade, watched by a clutch of global leaders. More than 16 000 troops participated, as well 140 aircraft and 190 armoured vehicles, according to the British newspaper, The Independent. It reported that Russia’s brand-new, next-generation tank debuted in the parade.The war began in 1939, after Germany invaded Poland. Its move prompted France and Britain to respond by declaring war on the Axis forces of Germany, led by Adolf Hitler; Italy, led by Benito Mussolini; and Japan, under Hideki Tojo. “Over the next six years, the conflict would take more lives and destroy more land and property around the globe than any previous war,” noted the History channel.Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States were the Allied Powers, but they could not have defeated the Axis countries without the help of the British colonies in Africa.West AfricaWriting for the think tank Foreign Policy in Focus, Kwei Quartey noted that the war was remembered in a Eurocentric manner, and was an inaccurate version of history. “In the first few years of the war, the Royal Air Force [RAF] recruited 10 000 West Africans for ground duties in the British West Africa colonies of the Gold Coast [now Ghana], Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia.”Quartey said the Gold Coast king, Asantehene, was indispensable because he mobilised the population and helped to construct airfields, harbours and roads.Italy, itself a colonial power, attacked British positions in Egypt, Kenya and Sudan in 1940. These acts of aggression prompted the British war-time prime minister, Winston Churchill, to form an air supply route from the city of Takoradi in Gold Coast to Cairo in Egypt. “On 5 September 1940, the first shipment of a dozen Hurricane and Blenheim aircraft fighters in large wooden crates arrived at Takoradi by boat from the United Kingdom, and like many more consignments to come, they were unpacked and then assembled locally to be made airworthy for the flight to Cairo,” wrote Quartey.North AfricaNorth Africa was one of the main theatres of war, where Axis and Allied forces pushed back and forth repeatedly. Libya was an Italian colony at the time, while Egypt belonged to Britain. “Italy invaded Egypt in September of 1940, and in a December counterattack, British and Indian forces captured some 130 000 Italians,” reads American news website, The Atlantic.Hitler responded by forming his Afrika Korps under Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. Known as the Desert Fox, Rommel was one of German’s most popular generals during World War II, and he gained his enemies’ respect with his victories as commander of the Afrika Korps.However, Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery’s British 8th Army eventually drove the Axis army out of Egypt and into Tunisia. The 8th Army consisted of troops not only from Britain, but also from its colonies of South Africa, India, New Zealand and Australia.“The campaign in North Africa was very important strategically for the Axis and the Allies,” reads the Desert War website. “The Allies used the campaign as an approach to a second front against the Axis of Fortress Europe and helped ease the pressure on the Russian front.”East AfricaFrom 1940 to 1941, the British forces, made up of troops from across the British Commonwealth, which was made up of the territories of the British Empire, fought against the Italians in East Africa. The Italians were present in Abyssinia – today’s Ethiopia – and occupied Eritrea and Somaliland, now called Somalia.Once the Italians’ communication code was cracked, the British launched an offensive “from Sudan and Kenya with a mixed force of Indian, Abyssinian, Sudanese, Nigerian, Ghanaian, and South African troops”.By 1941, after months of fighting, they pushed back the Italian forces at the Battle of Gondar in Ethiopia. “This morning the Duce was very much irritated by the paucity of losses in eastern Africa,” wrote the Italian foreign minister at the time, Count Ciano: “Those who fell at Gondar in November numbered sixty-seven; the prisoners ten thousand. One doesn’t have to think very long to see what these figures mean.”From the battlefieldAfter reading Hitler’s Mein Kampf, John Henry Smythe of Sierra Leone said: “It was a book which would put any black man’s back up and it put mine up.” He joined the RAF and flew bombers in air-raids over Germany.His plane was shot down and he spent 18 months as a prisoner of war, during which time the Germans tried to get information out of him. A Nazi officer told Smythe: “You know they are talking about whether to execute you tomorrow or not. Because you, as a black man, should not involve [yourself] in white man’s war.”Zimbabwean Joe Culverwell volunteered when war broke out in 1939. He served in Somalia and said fighting against the Italians was a terrifying experience. “Boy that was hell,” he told the BBC. “We all had foxholes. I never felt so frightened in my life. They were bombing 100 yards away. We daren’t even look up, you see.”He added: “We were brainwashed into being little brown Britishers.” Culverwell went on to fight in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.Allied forces, with African soldiers, were also sent to the East, to nations such as Burma, to fight the Axis nations. “The Japanese in the jungle were just like snakes – they hid before you could see them, it was very hard,” recalled Nigerian Hassan Sokoto. He was part of the army sent to fight against Japanese advancement into British colonies in Asia.“Nigerians made up more than half of the total force of 90 000 West African soldiers deployed to South East Asia after 1943 as part of the British Army’s 81st and 82nd (West Africa) Divisions,” noted the BBC. The Nigerians had to learn jungle warfare against the Japanese, who were already well trained in it.Many war veterans were paid for their services, but some said they neither received anything in monetary value nor any recognition for their efforts.South African soldiersIn an article on the South African news site, The Daily Maverick, politician Ronnie Kasrils spoke about the South Africans who fought in the war. “Men like Lucas Majozi, from Zastron, and Job Maseko, from KwaThema, received high military awards for their outstanding bravery,” he noted.“‘Sailor’ Malan, became a legend for his role in the Battle of Britain. Victor Swales of Durban received the Victoria Cross. In an act of crass ignorance, [eThekwini] Metro had a city street, VC Swales, which was named after him, changed.”Kasrils observed that just under 12 000 South Africans lost their lives during the war.South Africans were also involved in what became known as the Great Escape. The brazen act inspired the 1963 movie of the same name. Flight Lieutenant Les Brodrick was an RAF pilot. His plane was hit by the Germans and he was captured and taken to the Stalag Luft III prison camp in the German province of Lower Silesia, today part of southeastern Poland.There, Brodrick met RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, who masterminded an escape plan to dig three tunnels leading out of the prison simultaneously to fool their German guards. “His thinking was that, if one were discovered, the Nazi guards would find it inconceivable that more tunnels were still in progress.”“That would give them time to dig at least one robustly fortified and engineered tunnel – large and well-planned enough to allow more than 200 men to escape.”Their plan worked only as far as finding freedom for the short term. Of the 76 men who walked out that tunnel, 50 were recaptured and the Gestapo – the police force of Nazi Germany – executed them. Brodrick managed to survive despite being recaptured. He died at the age of 91 on 8 April 2013.Africa post-warThe end of the Second World War inspired many African countries to intensify their struggles for independence from their colonial owners. “Initially I saw the white man as someone better than me. But after the war, I considered him an equal,” recalled former infantryman Dauda Kafanchan.Kasrils said: “The victory over fascism saved the world from slavery and catastrophe. It spelled the end of the colonial system and saw the emergence of African independence and armed liberation struggles such as ours that were primarily armed and supported by the Soviet Union and the socialist camp.”He concluded that these historic lessons should never be forgotten, especially the connection to the struggle for freedom.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newletter – December 28, 2010

first_imgMaps BetaMaps are at the heart of geocaching, so we are completely revamping the mapping system in multiple phases over the next several months. Version one of the Maps Beta is now live and can provide hours of entertainment as well as a range of exciting features.Features include:• Unlimited geocaches displayed anywhere in the world• Larger map with full screen view• Speedy geocache display using an innovative tiling solution• New map types including OpenStreetMap and OpenCycleMapWhen you visit the Maps Beta page, read the popup to see what features are coming soon.You can reach the Maps Beta page from the search results by clicking “Map it” and selecting “View the new Maps Beta.”Track Your Geocaching Stats!How far do you travel for most of your finds? Which size of geocache container do you find the most often? The new Geocaching Statistics feature can answer those questions. Geocaching Statistics lets you visualize your geocaching activity in different ways.Premium Members can see a range of detailed statistics in charts and tables, including finds by day of the year and the average difficulty and terrain ratings of their found caches. All members can see basic information such as what month of the year they find the most caches and a chart of finds per month.Thank you to the mygeocachingprofile.com website, which Groundspeak recently acquired so that we could add this great information to your Geocaching.com profile. Stay tuned – we will be incorporating more statistics in future releases!Benefits of Adding Home CoordinatesPlease enter your home coordinates so we can provide information on new geocaches and geocaching events near you.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedOne map. Endless inspiration.January 22, 2019In “News”Stats: Unleash Your Geocaching GeekJune 17, 2013In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Four reasons to start using Project-GCMay 30, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

How to Edit and Encode Videos for Instagram

first_imgTweak your Instagram vids beyond what you can achieve in the app. In this post we share a more powerful workflow for editing your Instagram videos.**We’ve updated this article! See the in-depth guide to uploading 60-second videos to Instagram.Since adding video to its service in the summer of 2013, sharing video through Instagram has grown from a simple photo app to a powerful way of showing off your videos to a growing network of friends and users. With these steps you can import your best 15 seconds for the world to see.1. The rules of Instagram are made simple: 15 seconds of video in a 1:1 square ratio. First, bring your video into an editing application and cut at will. Most video editing applications allow you to modify the aspect ratio of your project.Instagram video dimensions are 640X640.If you don’t know how to do this, Instagram will automatically crop the sides of the video upon import and let you tweak the cropping point within the app, but if you want to double check the crop points before putting it onto your phone do it here or within the encoding process.2. Next, you will want to get your video into the H.264 codec. This format is ideal because it looks great while still keeping your file size low (to make transferring your video quick and painless). Instagram will accept other video formats, this is just the smoothest one I have found.I use Compressor with the H.264 setting, but other encoding apps will also convert to H.264 (like Adobe Media Encoder or the free MPEG Streamclip app).3. Once the video is in the right format, the easiest way I have found to get a video from your desktop to your phone is by using the Dropbox app with a free account. If you aren’t familiar with Dropbox, it’s a cloud storage company that offers limited amount of space for free users but more than enough than we need for this project. Sign up and download here. 4. After you have uploaded your video to the Dropbox folder on your computer. Then, install the app on to your phone, find your video file within the app and save it to your camera roll or gallery. Here you can you access it from Instagram. Now share your creation with the world.Got your own tricks for editing and exporting video for Instagram? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!last_img read more

On Success and Social Selling with Jill Rowley – Episode 12

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:07 — 15.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhen it comes to making connections and getting attention in the marketing and sales arena, things are changing every day. New apps and social platform make it nearly impossible to keep up with all the opportunities to promote what you have to sell. Jill Rowley has been in the sales arena for a long time and her experience includes some of the first online ventures. She’s seen the way salespeople have become marketers and how the lines are being blurred. In this conversation she talks with Anthony about sales curiosity, helping prospects make changes to adapt to your solution, nurture sequences for prospects and customers, and how salespeople can stand out in the noisy social world. It’s a packed conversation you’re really going to enjoy.Using social to build meaningful relationships that fuel the sales funnel, on this episodeClick To TweetHow curiosity helps the prospecting and sales process.Jill Rowley is a naturally curious individual and with a background and education in business she’s become naturally curious about the way businesses work and turn a profit. On this episode of In The Arena you’re going to hear how her curiosity about businesses and their owners points her toward intelligent and revealing questions that fuel her prospecting and sales process. You’ll also get an earful of advice about how you can begin to think about the prospecting puzzle that will help you build trust based relationships rather than “sale based” pitches. You’re going to benefit greatly from this one.Are you helping your sales prospects make the changes needed to adopt your solution?Many sales professionals don’t recognize that in order for a prospect to take on your solution for their problem, they and their company are going to have to make some changes. Sometimes those are small changes and many times they are rather large. On this episode Jill Rowley shares how she goes about helping her prospects make the changes need to adopt her solutions and tells how that extra step has helped her close more and more sales and build long term relationships.I want to understand the company that will hopefully become my customer ~ Jill RowleyClick To TweetWhat goes into an effective nurture sequence for prospects or clients?Jill Rowley was on the forefront of developing nurture sequences when she worked in sales back in the early stages of the internet’s development. But she didn’t use emails and autoresponders. She used paper printouts of articles and brochures, hats and T-shirts, and postal mail. Nobody told her to do it, she intuitively knew that she needed to build the level of trust her prospects and customers felt toward her and wanted to be  useful to them in order to facilitate that process. If you’re a sales professional you’ve got to do the same thing. Find out how Jill advises you go about it, on this episode.How sales professionals can stand out in the noisy social media world.The saying, “Content is King” used to mean something, but now that the social media world has gotten to be so noisy, it’s no longer about content first – it’s about being noticed. It doesn’t matter if you create incredible content if nobody is able to see it through the noise and hustle of a busy social media feed. Jill Rowley has taken a different approach by using social media to find the individuals who need the solutions she has to offer and doing what she can to connect with them on more personal levels. With all genuineness she interacts, reshares, tweets, and makes conversation with them and their social circles. When the time comes for the pitch, she’s laid a foundation of familiarity that often translates into rapid trust. You can hear her story and how she manages her social media presence on this episode of In The Arena.If you know you have something of value a company needs, never give up ~ Jill RowleyClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to this episode’s focus on the Social Tools and his guest Jill Rowley. Why Anthony believes Jill is successful in social because she was already successful. Why Jill was successful right away at SalesForce.com The power of curiosity for a salesperson. Helping prospects make the changes needed to adopt your solution. How salespeople are expected to be more like marketers these days. Jill’s first experiences setting up nurture sequences and campaigns. How sales professionals can stand out in the noisy world of social. The direction technology is taking the sales process in the future.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodehttp://jillrowley.com/Jill on LinkedInJill on Twitterwww.SalesForce.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeThe power of curiosity in sales, on this episode of In The Arena with Jill RowleyClick To TweetEmail that comes to me without a personal note from a real person, is SPAM ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

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, cadability.com 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


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.ca/topcountry.About 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.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM 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

Hazard I dont care about what Sarri says

first_imgEden Hazard insists he only concerns himself with playing his football following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham.Prior to Thursday night’s win, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made some critical comments over Hazard’s leadership qualities.But the Belgian superstar responded superbly by producing another man of the match and scoring the second goal as Chelsea recovered from a first-leg loss to win the return fixture 2-1.With the aggregate scoreline level at 2-2, Chelsea then decided the tie by claiming a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Spurs at Stamford Bridge and progressed to the Carabao Cup final.“It’s always good to bounce back after a tough game,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“We did well for 90 minutes. We controlled the game in the first half. They had one chance and scored one goal.“We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t score, but in the end, we go through to the final so we are happy.”As for Sarri’s negative comments over his abilities as a leader, Hazard said: “To be fair, I don’t care.“I just play my football, it doesn’t matter what the manager said. I just focus on this team and I always want to do the best for this team, today I did and I’m just happy.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Blues will now take on cup holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.Hazard added: “It’s always hard [against Man City].“With Liverpool, I think they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment, they win a lot of trophies in the last five or six years, but we also have a great team so I think it is a 50-50 game.”Meanwhile, Hazard’s team-mate David Luiz was pleased with the victory after scoring the fourth and decisive penalty in the shoot-out.“It’s a great feeling,” said Luiz.“The team did great, especially in the first half. We could have scored three or four goals. Also in the second half we controlled the game, they had one opportunity and they scored.“It is frustrating when you control the whole game and there is a chance you lose on penalties because with penalties you never know.“We pressed really well, especially on the defensive side all the strikers did an amazing job, so congratulations to everybody. We are so happy with the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”last_img read more