Rayudu in focus as unstoppable CSK take on Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: Having missed the World Cup bus, Ambati Rayudu will be aiming to make a statement when a marauding Chennai Super Kings take on a desperate Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL encounter here on Wednesday. The World Cup snub to Rayudu is the sole disappointment in an otherwise superb tournament so far for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men as they are just a win away from clinching the play-off berth. The Hyderabad right-hander had found some form with a half-century against Rajasthan Royals and the flamboyant batsman, who was seen as a sure-shot No. 4 in the national team, may just channelise the disappointment against a faltering Sunrisers. While CSK sit pretty on top of the table with 14 points from eight games, Sunrisers’ have suddenly gone off the boil with a hat-trick of defeats, including an inexplicable batting collapse against Delhi Capitals in their last game. What has been CSK’s strength despite an ageing team has exactly been Sunrisers’ bane in the matches that they have played so far. While CSK have had plans A, B and C for various situations, Sunrisers have failed miserably whenever their opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner have failed to perform. Barring Warner’s 400 runs and Bairstow’s 304 runs, the next best is World Cup-bound Vijay Shankar’s 132 runs. The basic problem has been the middle-order where Manish Pandey (54 in six games), Deepak Hooda (47 in six games) and Yusuf Pathan (32 in six games) have been miserable. In fact, Pathan has been surviving on past reputation for years now has not played a match-winning knock for a while now. On the other hand, Dhoni has played various combinations depending on surfaces and more often than not, his teammates have responded pretty well. Whether it was Harbhajan Singh on a very slow Chepauk track or the restrictive Mitchell Santner in away games, most of Dhoni’s strategies have paid off brilliantly. The man who has been a revelation for CSK this season is 40-year-old Imran Tahir with 13 wickets. The South African import has executed his skipper’s plans brilliantly. For Sunrisers to remain relevant in this edition, they need to stop the CSK juggernaut which looks easier said than done.last_img read more

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Western Sahara: UN Special Envoy Begins Tour Amid Polisario Crackdown

Rabat – In the midst of a visit by the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Köhler, in Algeria, Polisario critic Mustapha Salma has highlighted atrocities in the Tindouf camps.The UN official is touring the region from June 23 to July  1. During his visit to Algeria, Köhler will meet Polisario representatives in the Tindouf camps, in southwest Algeria. Köhler will also visit Morocco to hold talks with Moroccan authorities on June 28-29 in Rabat.‘Sahrawis are being killed like dogs’ Commenting on Köhler’s visit, Polisario dissident Mustapha Salma heavily criticized Algeria for torturing Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps.Salma made his remarks on a Facebook post on Saturday: “Algeria receives UN envoy with more bodies of Sahrawis, before burying the body of the young man Brahim Salek, who was killed in a Polisario-run prison.”Salma was referring to the death of the  30-year old Sahrawi opponent Brahim Ould Salek Ould Breika, who was allegedly tortured in the infamous D’Heibya prison in Algeria. To date, the victim’s relatives have not been allowed to see Ould Salek’s body, according to Salma.The prison, south of Tindouf, allegedly holds some Sahrawis and dissidents who never received trials.Salma, a former police chief in the Tindouf camps, added that the “killing machine returned to claim the lives of young Sahrawis, and this time by the bullets of the Algerian army.”The dissident claimed that on Saturday the Algerian army “assassinated” Rabas Abdelrahman Yahdeh, another young Sahrawi who studied at an Algerian university.According to Salma, the young Sahrawi was shot while he was in a car in the outskirts of the Laayoune camp near Tindouf with his friends, who “miraculously survived.”“This crime comes on the first day of the visit of the personal envoy in Algeria, which is hosting Sahrawi camps where Sahrawis are being killed like dogs, without anyone lifting a finger,” he said.He added that if such cases occurred in Morocco, the incident would not go unnoticed.Since 2011, Salma has regularly criticized Polisario’s provocative actions, describing the front as losing its influence in the conflict since the 1991 ceasefire agreement.Köhler will visit all MINURSO sitesKöhler’s visit comes on the heels of the violations of the front on May 20 in Tifariti, east of Morocco’s defense wall, to celebrate the “45th anniversary of its armed struggle.” The violation came in defiance of the UN resolution adopted on April 27 by the Security Council. The resolution extended the mandate of MINURSO to six months instead of one year and pressured the Polisario to end the violations of the agreement.The UN Personal Envoy is expected to visit all of the sites under the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to monitor the ceasefire agreement, including those east of Morocco’s defense wall. read more

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Empowering women helps fight poverty and other social ills UN official stresses

27 June 2011Empowering women and advancing their rights is not only the right thing to do but it can lead to progress on a range of issues, including the fight against poverty, hunger and violence, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting women’s rights said today. “Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment is not solely a plea for justice or for fulfilling human rights commitments. It is both of those things, but also so much more,” Michelle Bachelet said in her opening statement to the annual session of the Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).“Where we fail to capitalize on the potential and talents of one half of the population, we also squander the potential to reduce poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and violence,” she stated. “The evidence base for this is growing,” added Ms. Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women and former Chilean President. She noted that in a recent report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that closing the gender productivity gap arising from unequal access of women to productive resources would reduce the number of undernourished people by 12 to 17 per cent. That translates into 100 to 150 million fewer people living in hunger.Countries, she added, are beginning to count the cost of domestic violence to health and in lost workplace productivity, which in the United States reaches $5.8 billion each year. “In today’s world, can we afford not to increase investment in eliminating gender discrimination when it has the potential to yield such high returns? “UN Women’s good fortune is that it comes into being at a time when countries and businesses are asking this question, and rethinking their investment strategies,” she stated. “Our challenge now is to meet the rising demands and expectations.”Ms. Bachelet has identified six priorities for the new agency, including ending violence against women, ensuring their full participation in conflict resolution and enhancing their economic empowerment.“Our overarching vision is that every country in the world, at whatever level of development, has access to the technical expertise and support needed to advance gender equality in line with their national priorities.”UN Women was established last year by the General Assembly to oversee the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights and their full participation in global affairs.It is the merger of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW). read more

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Partial revoke of moratorium on Sergeants and Inspectors could be on the

first_imgA NEW REPORT on garda front-line supervision recommends a review of current roles throughout the Garda Síochána, with an aim of reducing admin work and releasing Sergeants from offices.The call comes in the Garda Inspectorate’s eighth report, launched by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, called Front-Line Supervision.Following its publication, the Minister has also begun discussions on the partial revoke of a moratorium on appointing sergeants and inspectors.The Inspectorate said it was frequently told that front-line sergeants, who ideally should patrol with gardaí they are supervising, were seldom available to do so. It described this as “an unacceptable situation”.It also said that members expressed concern that training was not provided in a timely manner immediately following promotion.The report itself was received in April 2012, but the Minister said that it was decided to delay publication pending the appointment of the new Garda Inspectorate team, and until the Garda Commissioner had been able to give detailed consideration to the report, and prepare an implementation plan based on its recommendations.Work has already begun on some of the issues raised in the report. The report itself looks at the level and quality of supervision of front-line staff, with a particular focus on uniformed Sergeants.Its recommendations include:Releasing more sergeants from office work to the visible front-lineEach station operating a 24/7 service should have a sergeant assigned to out door supervisionResource allocation, availability and visibility should be given the highest priority by An Garda Síochána.It also calls for a review of current roles throughout the Garda Síochána, to improve processes to reduce administrative burdens and release sergeants for front-line duties.It also calls for the nationwide implementation of a Dublin Metropolitan Region system, where the sergeant in charge completes a court schedule that relieves officers of having to attend court. The Commissioner has commenced a review of the roles across the Force so as to ensure the proper deployment of all officers.Age profileMinister Shatter welcomed the report, and also noted that the force has a greatly reduced age-profile at the moment. He is currently in discussions with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, for derogation (partial revoke of) on the moratorium to allow the Garda Commissioner to make appointments at Sergeant and Inspector level.Other initiatives being implemented to enhance resources include a pilot computer-aided dispatch system; the introduction of a resource allocation and deployment system; training and development of members to be enhanced; and a more streamlined system of handling court attendance to reduce time spent by members attending court.The Minister also noted that: “The need  for new innovations such as centralised control rooms to provide emergency  response  assistance  is readily accepted and is included in the Policing Plan for 2013″.Read: Gardaí to show leniency at checkpoints under new work-to-rule measures>last_img read more

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Skrillex Quest infuses dubstep with classic 8bit gaming

first_imgIf you like dubstep, classic RPGs, and 8-bit gaming, you’re in for a treat. Web game developer Jason Oda, has created Skrillex Quest, a wonderful brew of all those things.It sounds ridiculous but it actually works. The story starts with a golden NES cartridge, but it’s got a speck of dust on it, resulting in a corrupted game world. Your character, P1, must defeat the glitches with your sword and save the gaming world all whilst listening to Skrillex’s music.Skrillex Quest is very much a homage to the NES classic The Legend of Zelda, going so far as bringing back memories of blowing on your cartridge to make the thing work. It’s just as simple to control — use the arrow keys to move around the areas and press the space bar to swing your sword — no mouse required!Jason Oda said the reason why he chose Skrillex’s music was because it “sometimes sounds like a broken videogame” so he was inspired by his lyrics to create this game. It’s not the first time he’s worked with a music artist either, Oda has also worked alongside Breaking Benjamin, Fallout Boy and the Chemical Brothers.If you’re looking for some time to kill at lunch, give Skrillex Quest a go, it’s free to play on your browser and it’s a great way to reminisce about the golden age of gaming. Expect to see a few references from that time period as well as experience some great funky music. If you really hate dubstep that much though, the mute button is your friend.Play it here, via Mashablelast_img read more

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Cuco Is Making A Different Kind Of Latin Pop

first_img Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage Cuco Is Making A Different Kind Of Latin Pop cuco-making-different-kind-latin-pop Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images Meet the 20-year-old artist making dream pop straight out of Southern California.Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 15, 2018 – 6:25 pm “I’m like stupid emotional,” Cuco says in a Genius video wearing his signature large glasses and shaggy hair. “I think art is what keeps an artist able to express their emotions and not go crazy.” Cuco’s music is dream pop straight out of Southern California and “stupid emotional” is exactly how you’ll feel listening to his atmospheric, mellow synth, oldies-inspired beats, topped with emotional lyrics.  On “Lo Que Siento” he sings “And nobody’s touch and nobody’s lips can make me feel like yours do/Our hands in a lock, nuestros labios se conocen (Our lips meet).” Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity SUPP BABYYYYY CHECK IT OUT https://t.co/IZ6Gb0qfU6— CUCO (@Icryduringsex) May 4, 2018The Hawthorne, Calif. native is a self-produced multi-instrumentalist who grew up listening to Chicano rappers like Lil’ Rob and MC Magic, both smooth rappers that jump from English to Spanish throughout their verses. MC Magic’s music stands out for his use of synthesizers. You hear bits and pieces of the genre’s influence in Cuco’s music, who himself is Mexican-American. Other influences include Tame Impala. He launched into the spotlight with a cover of Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk” and has since garnered a following of thousands on social media.”I will never underestimate the strength of a fan-girl ever again. They’re wild,” his manager Doris Munoz told the L.A. Times about the rise of his following. The 20-year-old artist’s sentimental vibe connects mostly with young Latinas and thus has been dubbed a “heart-throb.”Rolling Stone captured Cuco’s role in the music industry well: “In a music industry that’s been cashing in on more urban genres like reggaeton and Latin trap, acts like Cuco represent an alternative dimension of Latin pop that’s picking up steam in United States.”But, Cuco doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed. “It’s cool, like I’m super open to doing things for like my people, my own culture, but ultimately I make music for everybody,” he told the Fader.  Cuco is currently recovering from an accident that happened in early October and has canceled the rest of his 2018 tour.Learn more about Cuco’s sound:”Lover Is A Day””Lover Is A Day” is the song Cuco is most proud of. The song “did so well like I never even though it would do so well, it kind of got me out there,” he told Teal magazine.”Lo Que Siento””Lo Que Siento” or “What I Feel” was inspired by Chicano rappers Lil’ Rob and MC Magic. I just heard the chord progression for “Lo Que Siento” in kind of a way where it’s mixed with a lot of Chicano rap. But then there’s also that indie side of it with guitars and all that other bullshit. It was just in the moment,” he told Genius.”Amor De Siempre”This all Spanish-language song has Cuco singing about waking up next to his lover and looking into her eyes. “When I look at those eyes, that’s where I want to live/ If you kiss me, that’s where I want to die.” 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton Prev Next How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images Facebook Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Images Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Cuco Is Making A Different Kind Of Latin Pop Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture Twitter Email Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ Read more News Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Images Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Facebooks Zuckerberg called Pelosi after altered video but she hasnt responded

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Politics Tech Industry 0 Tags Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Would you take a call from this man? Nancy Pelosi apparently didn’t. James Martin/CNET Silence might speak louder than words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has criticized Facebook for not removing a video that was altered to make her seem drunk. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Pelosi to talk about how the company deals with misinformation but that she wasn’t “eager” to hear his explanation and didn’t call back. Their staff members have been in touch, though, according to the Post, which cited unnamed people familiar with the matter. Tensions between the California Democrat and the world’s largest social network have escalated after Facebook decided to leave up the doctored Pelosi clip. Facebook doesn’t label the video itself as manipulated, but on desktop computers it shows articles from fact-checkers alongside the clip, and it reduced the video’s reach on NewsFeed. Twitter also left up the video. Google-owned YouTube took it down. One version of the video, posted by the group Politics WatchDog, got nearly 3 million views, but it’s no longer available. The group claimed last week that Facebook took it down, but the social network said it didn’t. Pelosi said in May that Facebook’s refusal to remove the altered video showed that the company’s leaders were “willing enablers” of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Pelosi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook declined to comment or confirm the Post’s report. On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on manipulated media and “deepfakes,” a technique that uses AI to create videos of people doing or saying something they didn’t. last_img read more

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Fishermen turn lifesavers in Tunisia

first_imgTunisian fishermen prepare their nets inside a boat in the port of Zarzis in the southern coast of Tunisia on 21 May 2019. Photo: AFPThe Tunisian trawler radioed in for help as it passed the migrant boat in distress out at sea. But with the packed craft still adrift two days later, captain Chamseddine Bourassine took direct action.Fishermen from the North African country are spending more and more time pulling in stranded migrants after a sharp decline in humanitarian and European naval patrols along the stretch of water between war-wracked Libya and Italy.Bourassine, his crew and three other fishing boats ferried the 69 migrants back to shore on May 11, five days after their boat pushed off from Zuwara on the western Libyan coast.”The area where we fish is a crossing point” between Zuwara and the Italian island of Lampedusa, said Badreddine Mecherek, a Tunisian fisherman from Zarzis near the border with Libya.Fisherman from Zarzis have saved the lives of hundreds of migrants in recent years, and as the number of boats leaving western Libya for Europe spikes with the return of calmer summer seas, they will probably have to save even more.”First we warn the authorities, but in the end we end up saving them ourselves,” Mecherek grumbled as he tinkered with his rusting sardine boat.European countries in the northern Mediterranean are trying to stem the number of migrants landing on their shores, and the Tunisian navy with its limited resources only rescues boats inside the country’s territorial waters.Since 31 May, Tunisia itself has barred 75 migrants from coming ashore after they were saved in international waters by a Tunisian-Egyptian tug boat.Contacted multiple times by AFP, Tunisian authorities have refused to comment.’Angel'”Everyone has disengaged” from the issue, said Mecherek, adding it was hampering his work.Fishermen who run across migrants on their second day out at sea are at least able to have done a day’s work, he added, “but if we find them on the first night, we have to go back”.”It’s very complicated to finish the job with people on board.”The complexity of the rescues grows when fishermen find migrants adrift closer to Italy.When Bourassine and his crew last year tugged a boat towards Lampedusa which was adrift without a motor, they were jailed in Sicily for four weeks for helping the migrants. It took months to recover their boat.Humanitarian boats and those of the European Union’s “Operation Sophia” anti-piracy force had scooped up most stranded migrants in recent years, but rescue operations dropped in 2019.A Tunisian fishing boat arrives at the port of Zarzis in the southern coast of Tunisia on 21 May 2019. Tunisian fishermen are finding themselves more and more involved in rescuing illegal boats leaving Libya for Italy, due to the difficulties of NGOs in the eastern Mediterranean and the disengagement of European military ships. Most of the fishermen have already brought back migrants – saving hundreds of lives over the years. Photo: AFP”Now most often we are the first to arrive… if we aren’t there, the migrants die,” Mecherek said.On 10 May, a Tunisian trawler just barely saved the lives of 16 migrants after they had spent eight hours in the water. Sixty others drowned before the ship arrived.Survivor Ahmed Sijur said the boat’s appearance at dawn was like that of “an angel”.”I was loosing hope myself, but God sent us the fishermen to save us,” the 30-year-old from Bangladesh said.’Police of the sea’ Mecherek is more worried than proud.Tunisian fishermen prepare life jackets to be used in case they meet migrants in distress at sea, on 21 May 2019 at the port of Zarzis in the southern coast of Tunisia. Photo: AFP”We don’t want to see all these corpses anymore. We want to catch fish, not people,” he said, adding his crew was growing uneasy.”I have 20 seamen on board asking, ‘Who will feed our families?'” he added.”But local fishermen will never let people die at sea.”For Tunisian Red Crescent official Mongi Slim, the fishermen “are practically the police of the sea”, adding that many migrants say large ships won’t stop to help.Under pressure to catch their quota during a short annual season, big tuna boats out of Zarzis often call the coast guard instead of stopping themselves to help.”We report the migrants, but we can’t bring them back to shore… We only have a few weeks to fish,” said one crew member.For Chamseddine, the summer months look difficult.”With fighting having resumed in Libya, traffickers are free to work again…. There’s a risk of many shipwrecks.”last_img read more

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Reports Of Explosion At Plant In La Porte No Injuries

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @EnerjiPortalSgt. Bennie Boles says officers responded to a gas release and rapid depressurization.Emergency responders said no one has been hurt in a high-pressure release at a gas facility in La Porte.Police in La Porte said the incident, initially reported as an explosion, happened late Wednesday morning at the Linde Gas facility .Sgt. Bennie Boles said officers responded to a gas release and rapid depressurization. Boles said the site was shut down and secured, with no reported injuries.He said the unit was inspected and declared safe. A nearby highway was briefly shut down, as a precaution.A statement from New Jersey-based Linde North America said a line breach resulted in a loud noise, the release of gases was stopped and there’s no risk to the surrounding community.La Porte Fire and EMS are responding to a report of an explosion at a facility located on Strang Road. We are in contact with the facility, and will provide more information as soon as possible. The city is not under a shelter in place at this time. pic.twitter.com/4zmuVHlrGP— City of La Porte (@LaPorteByTheBay) February 14, 2018 Around 11:30 am, Linde Gas on Strang Road experienced a high pressure release in one of their units. They… https://t.co/fQ8XWlrt6A— City of La Porte (@LaPorteByTheBay) February 14, 2018last_img read more

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Filmy festival beckons

first_imgThe town will soon see the 3rd edition of the Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF – 2014). DIFF 2014 has been planned as a seven-day event and is an initiative by ‘The Social Circle – society for cause and – a step toward inclusiveness’ to showcase the best of cinema, art and literature from across the globe.Started in the year 2012, the advisory board for this festival is headed by Dada Saheb Phalke awardee Adoor Gopal Krishnan. Working closely with him are some of the greats of Indian cinema namely  national award winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia, Anurag Kashyap, Anooj Kapoor, Mohan Agashe, Manoj Bajpai, Mandira Bedi, Shriram Raghwan, Jimmi Shergil, N Chandra, Sandeep Marwah, Shailesh Loadha, Yashpal Sharma, Arvind Gaur and Satish Anand from Pakistan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event will see an award distribution ceremony for various competitive categories along with the Life Time Achievement Award and a special award called Minare Dilli. The awards will be conferred to individuals for their valuable contribution to cinema, theatre and for their work in art  and culture. In the first edition, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Sharmila Tagore and the Minare Dilli was conferred to veteran actress Zohara Sahgal. In the 2nd edition of the festival Shatrughan Sinha was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the chairman of DLF,  KP Singh received the Minare Dilli Award. The second edition had a larger coverage than the first and graced many more personalities from the field of politics, film and fashion. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajiv Shukla inaugurated the 2nd edition in the presence of the princess of Thailand. The festival will commence from 20 December and will continue till 27 December.last_img read more

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Mamata trains gun on Centre for not dredging Farakka

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the Centre of not carrying out dredging in Farakka and other barrages for a long time, thereby causing food crisis in various parts of the state during heavy rains.While speaking in the Assembly, Banerjee said the Centre has not taken any positive steps in this regard, despite repeated pleas by the Bengal government. “There has been no dredging work in Farakka for years, as a result of which the water holding capacity of the barrage is getting reduced,” she said and blamed the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for not undertaking dredging work in various dams and barrages. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister also pointed out that Jharkhand and Bihar governments discharge a huge amount of water during monsoon, as a result of which a vast portion of the state gets flooded. The matter has been raised with both the Bihar and Jharkhand governments, but no steps have been taken in this regard, Banerjee alleged. She also said that river Atrai has been drying up after the Bangladesh government set up a dam on it and criticised the role of the Centre in not taking up the issue with Bangladesh. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”It is a bilateral issue. We have taken up the matter with the Prime Minister and External Affairs minister a number of times in this regard. Because of the dam, people from South Dinajpur district are suffering. However, the Centre has not taken up the issue despite our repeated requests,” Banerjee told the House, in response to an opposition MLA’s question in this regard. The Atrai river flows from Siliguri into Bangladesh, before flowing back into South Dinajpur. It may be mentioned here that the nearly 400 km long river has been a source of livelihood to thousands of fishermen and farmers in the region. Its flow has been affected severely by the dam in Bangladesh. Following the construction, the riverbed had started going dry in summer. The Chief Minister also said that various stretches in North Bengal also get flooded as Bhutan discharges water along the Sankosh River. “We are suffering only because a huge amount of water gets discharged from outside. Jharkhand and Bihar do not take any steps despite our requests to release water in lesser volume,” Banerjee added.last_img read more

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10 Ways to FutureProof Your Ecommerce Fashion Store

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 26, 2017 Selling fashion is easy. Selling fashion online is another beast entirely.The trouble with ecommerce fashion is the same trouble any highly experiential good faces when it goes digital: Nobody wants to buy it until they try it. While the total US fashion and apparel sector sits at $359 billion, a mere 17% of that — $63 billion — belongs to ecommerce.Sadly, even after you manage to overcome the try-then-buy divide, making sure those purchases stay purchases is even more daunting. According to Shopify’s recently published report on the future of ecommerce fashion and apparel, “The inability to physically interact with ecommerce items has resulted in an online return rate as high as 50% in some cases.”However, having an online store isn’t an excuse to shy away from creating rich and deeply personalized customer experiences. Here are 10 tips to get ahead of ecommerce and future-proof your online store.1. Virtual fittingsFirst and foremost, would-be customers want to know that your clothing isn’t tight in all the wrong places. Old-school size guides are a confusing maze of measurements that most visitors simply ignore. Virtual fittings change all that. For instance, Fits Me, an online fitting room, allows shoppers to enter simple information about their body type — height, age, weight, and body shape — and then Fits Me selects not just the size, but even specific products just for them.2. Augmented realityRight after fit, shoppers want to know, “How will it look?” And models aren’t enough.They want to know, “How will it look on me?” Enter augmented reality. Outside of initial forays by the likes of XBox Kinect, full-scale AR is still a ways off.However, for accessories, the future is now. Take Glasses.com. Its app gives users the ability to upload a photo of themselves and preview the entire inventory on their very own face. This creates a sense of ownership common in in-store buying but often lost in online.3. Social approvalWe all want approval, especially when it comes to fashion. In fact, social approval is often more powerful than self approval. In other words, it’s comforting to think you’ll look good in something. But hearing someone else say it? That’s ecommerce gold. Stylinity leverages this social drive. Whenever someone uploads a photo, other community members can “Like” or “Favorite” their outfit and — get this — can then buy those socially approved looks … piece by piece.4. Crowdsourced designIf you could find a way to predict what buyers like before you even start production, would you pass it up? Of course not. And that’s why you need to start crowdsourcing your designs. Betabrand, an online clothing store, even goes a step further by asking its customers to vote with their wallets and fund the new products they want most. Not only does this meet the predictive requirement as well as raise funds, it’s also amazing content for social media campaigns. It’s a win win . . . win.5. GamificationWant to really engage your customers? Make it a game. Covet Fashion created a free app where users compete to dress up an avatar in real clothes. The outfits are then posted and other users can vote on the best of the best on a leaderboard. Covet awards prizes — i.e., clothes — to top picks and uses its combinations on product-description pages. It’s fun and engaging, and — naturally — the more your visitors engage, the more they’ll buy.6. Big-data analyticsAnalytics is as critical to online sales as stitching is to spotting knockoffs. Could you go without it? Sure. But you might regret it. Unfortunately, most small-to-midsize fashion stores don’t have access to the kind of big-data analytics that Amazon does. StyleSage — where “fashion meets big data” — is changing that. StyleSage’s database combines over 1,000 retailers, 53,000 brands and 64 million products. Oh, and they’ll even keep an eye out for retail-partnership opportunities.7. Machine learningUnfortunately, simply having data isn’t enough. You have to know what to do with that data to put it to work. Or do you? Google Cloud Platform leverages machine learning on your store’s behalf. Its product recommendations engine analyzes past purchases, related searches, popular images and even text to deliver — with near artificial intelligence clairvoyance — exactly what each customer wants.8. Deep personalizationAs a subcategory of machine learning, let me just say: It’s easier for you if people buy from robots, but people don’t want to feel like they’re buying from robots. The answer? Dynamic Yield offers customer personalization using flexible algorithms that create messages in accordance with the user and how they’ve interacted with your store in the past. It’s still a robot, but I won’t tell if you don’t.9. Wearable techAs if you haven’t picked up on the dominant trend here, technology and fashion have officially merged. The Apple Watch and Fitbit Blaze revolutionized why we buy technology. And that was just the start. New entries like Ringly — a “smart” ring that syncs with any mobile devices and alerts you when you’ve missed a call, message or email — and Top Shop’s line of bPay Wearables (shown below) that contain Barclaycard payments chips are continuing to push the two closer and closer.10. Visual searchMost of us are used to the search bar, but pictures are way more fun. Not to mention, far more relevant to fashion. Imagine your customers starting their search with a series of images. When they find something they like, they click on a specific piece of clothing. That product enlarges, along with a host of similar offerings. This is exactly the dream Wide Eyes has made into reality. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times The year 2014 was a big one for Costa Rica: The country got a new president, shocked soccer fans in the World Cup and celebrated and protested in the streets. The Tico Times photography staff was there to capture it all. Here is our year in photos: Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:The best and worst of Costa Rica in 2014, according to everyone else The Winners and Losers of Costa Rica in 2014 That’s loco! 12 bizarre stories from 2014 The winners and losers of Costa Rica in 2015 Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Timescenter_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times haimeluna/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timeslast_img read more

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