Calling for religious harmony and unity, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday participated in a Rath Yatra celebration organised here by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The newly elected Trinamool Congress MP from Basirhat, Nusrat Jahan, joined Ms. Banerjee at the celebration. Ms. Jahan was invited to the event by ISKCON.“We celebrate all festivals in West Bengal irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Under the leadership of ‘Didi’ [Ms. Banerjee], we believe that Bengal is the seat of peace and amity,” Ms. Jahan said, addressing the gathering from the stage. The MP was accompanied by her husband Nikhil Jain.The BJP also participated in a number of Rath Yatra celebrations where party leaders Mukul Roy and Arvind Menon were present.
Imran Khan: ‘Gavaskar is the danger man’The Indian cricket team leaves later this month for Pakistan. An India-Pakistan series elicits more emotional participation on both sides of the border than any other and this time should be no different, the Asian Games notwithstanding. Pakistan’s captain, Imran Khan, fresh from his side’s,Imran Khan: ‘Gavaskar is the danger man’The Indian cricket team leaves later this month for Pakistan. An India-Pakistan series elicits more emotional participation on both sides of the border than any other and this time should be no different, the Asian Games notwithstanding. Pakistan’s captain, Imran Khan, fresh from his side’s victory against Australia was in New Delhi last fortnight for a brief visit during which he was interviewed by Senior Editor S. Venkat Narayan. Excerpts:On how Pakistan will fare against India in the forthcoming series:We played good cricket in England. Ours was a better team but we lost. But against Australia our team clicked very well. In that light, I feel that we are well equipped to beat India. But there are factors involved, like the playing conditions, the wickets and so on. If the wickets are tilted in favour of the batsmen, then India has the chance of saving the series.On how Pakistan cricket came of age:One of Pakistan cricket’s biggest problems has been a lack of Test cricket. People don’t realise it, but it makes a lot of difference. A player may do very well in first class cricket, but when we put him into Test cricket, it takes him some time to get used to it because it is a completely different level of cricket.The Pakistan team has played very few Test matches. Until the recent England tour, some of us played just seven matches in two and half years – which is very little indeed. Besides, we somehow lack Test temperament. When it comes to Test matches, we used to get too tense, we couldn’t play our natural game but just panic. That’s why our performances have been poor.advertisementEven in England, I feel that if we played with them now, we’d beat them easily. It just so happened that we played them at a time when we were just too nervous, too tense and not sure of ourselves: so, we did badly.On Pakistan’s best players in the coming Indo-Pak series:Our batting line-up is very ominous for India. There are players like Zaheer Abbas, now in tremendous form, Mohsin Khan, who is an opening batsman in the mould of Barry Richards, Mansoor Akhtar, a very fine up-and-coming youngster, and then there is Javed Miandad. These are our main batsmen who are going to trouble India a lot.In bowling we’ve got two newcomers whom the Indians haven’t seen before: Jalaluddin and Tahir Naqqash. They have seen Abdul Qadir, but he is now a better bowler.On how the Indian team compares to his:The Indian batting is pretty strong. At the moment they probably look as good as ours, but our bowling has got an edge.On whom Pakistan fears most in the Indian side:Sunil Gavaskar is the danger man. He has got the capacity to stay at the wicket for very long and that keeps the score rate going even though he might not be scoring. Anyone who stays at the wicket long is dangerous.On Gavaskar as a captain:Of all the Indian captains I have seen since the ’70s, he’s the best. He’s aggressive, more aggressive than any other Indian captain I’ve seen. He’s tactically a good captain. He understands the game and on top of it he commands the respect of his team. Maybe, at times he feels his team’s bowling is not good enough for him to win matches; so, he goes for draws. That’s what it appears to be like from the result of the Indian series against England.On Kapil Dev making a good captain in the future:No one ever knows really until one is put in that place. Take Asif Iqbal, for instance. We all thought he would be the best captain Pakistan ever had because he seemed to understand the game, he commanded the respect of the players and he was a good tactician. But once he was made the captain, he actually turned out to be a poor one. So, I don’t think anyone can tell unless someone is actually put in that place.On cricketers’ and other sportsmen’s role in bringing India and Pakistan closer:It must really depend on the spirit in which the game is played. If there is a lot of unpleasantness in the series, or if the crowds feel that there’s been a lot of cheating – as it happened when Pakistan came here last and India went there – then I don’t think it does any good. But if it’s played in the proper spirit. I’m sure it should bring the two countries together.advertisementOn what kind of series it’s going to be:As far as I as a captain am concerned I’m interested in a series that produces results, that is good to watch and that’s entertaining. We in the Pakistan team will do our best to produce a very healthy series. And if it is played properly – as we hope it will be then – it should generate a lot of goodwill and interest in both the countries. When we came here last, the hospitality we were shown in India, if that’s not a sign of goodwill, then I don’t know what is. And that certainly shows to the Pakistanis that there is a lot of good feeling for Pakistan in India.On film stars going crazy about him on his last visit:The secret is that I should get married. It will put an end to all that. I went to as many parties as all the other cricketers of our team did. But because most of them were married their names weren’t linked (to pretty film stars) and mine was.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)’s Health department carried out anti-dengue drive in Ward 117 in New Alipore on Tuesday.Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and Tarak Singh, Member, Mayor-In-Council, Sewerage and Drainage, were present at the event. Senior officials of the KMC’s health, building, solid waste management departments were also present. KMC has identified 20 vulnerable wards where some people had fallen sick due to dengue in 2018. The KMC team is visiting the houses of those victims and is looking into their surroundings. The civic officials felt that this was the best way to control the spread of the vector-borne disease. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTulika Pal (31 years) residing at Jyotish Roy Road had dengue in 2018. Aditya Prasad (18), a resident of the same area, suffered from dengue in 2018 as well. The civic officials visited their houses and spoke to them. The KMC team on Tuesday also visited the houses of 13 people who had dengue in 2018. Never in the history of the KMC, the drive with such seriousness had been carried out. Not only the civic officials are talking to those who have been affected by the disease but they are also examining the conditions in which they are living. The overhead tanks and underground reservoirs are being examined. In view of global warming, the civic authorities have started anti-dengue drives from January. In early February, awareness drives were carried out in all the 144 wards of the KMC. The dengue eradication drive will be done in three phases. The current phase will continue until July. The second phase will start in August and continue until October. In November and December, follow-up drives will be conducted.
Listen Now 4 min read February 18, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer The glamour of New York Fashion Week may have moved on to London, but excitement still lingers in New York over the industry’s future. That excitement is owed in no small part to Decoded Fashion, a company dedicated to bringing emerging technologies into the fashion world.Decoded Fashion recently held a four-hour event during New York Fashion Week to show that the future of fashion lies in a marriage with technology. The February 14 event served as the finale to the 550-person fashion hackathon Decoded Fashion initiated earlier this month.The cross-pollination of fashion and tech extended to the keynote speakers last Thursday, with new Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich interviewing fashion phenom Zac Posen and Vogue senior market editor Meredith Melling Burke chatting with Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley. With topics ranging from new retail technology to 3D printing, attendees from both sides of the aisle were in agreement that emerging tech provides can’t-miss opportunities for fashion.One major theme was the importance of content marketing. Many in the fashion industry are still loath to engage on social media. But Posen, once gun-shy himself, said he now embraces Instagram to “fill the craving” of fans looking for insight into his creative process. “We live in a very voyeuristic culture, and if you’re able to curate that voyeurism” you can be very successful, said the designer, now a judge on Project Runway, whose gowns are red-carpet favorites for many star actresses.On a panel about customer outreach, Valentine Uhovski, Tumblr’s fashion evangelist, later touched on the same theme. “We no longer have to seek out Fashion Week coverage. It comes to us. It’s inescapable,” he said, referring to the way in which live streams of runway shows have made formerly exclusive events more accessible. This additional exposure, he implied, has been a boon for fashion brands.Related: Innovative Event Aims to Merge the Worlds of Fashion and TechnologyUhovski’s panel also included supermodel Coco Rocha, known for her dedicated use of social media. (She has nearly two million followers on Google+ and half a million followers on Twitter.) Rocha said she owes her popularity in part to tailoring her posts to appeal to the unique nature of each social network. In China, Rocha said, “models are bigger than celebrities,” so it made sense to sign up for Chinese social network Sina Weibo. With more than 2 million followers on Sina Weibo and 340,000 on Instagram, she doesn’t just post pretty photos. She said fans look for the stories behind the photos — and she curates them carefully. “I may take 15. I may filter five. I post one.”Meanwhile, Glossi — one of 10 companies showcased as “startups to watch” — also underscored the importance of placing content marketing high on the priority list. “Brands are becoming journalists. Marketers are becoming editors,” said Matt Edelman, founder of Glossi, a platform that brands can use to create, publish and share their own digital magazines.Diane von Furstenberg and DKNY are already using Glossi, as is Lucky magazine. Glossi launched in public beta two months ago. “We’re seeing an exciting, diverse community of creators on the platform, ranging from teenage girls to major brands and media companies,” said Edelman, whose company is backed by two Santa Monica, Calif.-based venture-capital firms, Clearstone and Anthem.”There is so much out there that we can change this industry with,” Rocha said, referring to 3D printing, laser etching and other technologies now available to designers. Fashion, of course, is the domain of physical products, but digital looks set to play a major role in its future.Three such promising concepts were presented during the event’s centerpiece, where the hackathon finalists pitched their apps to a panel of fashion judges.The winning concept, SWATCHit, is a platform to connect designers with skilled artisans. The judges — who included Posen, Style.com editor-in-chief Dirk Standen and Steven Kolb, the CFDA’s chief executive — chose SWATCHit over Coveted, one-click purchasing through Tumblr, and 42, an analytics suite for retail stores. The winning team walked away with $10,000 cash and a launch supported by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.Liz Bacelar, co-founder of Decoded Fashion, said she is already in talks with the British Fashion Council to bring the hackathon to London in the fall. She is confident the fashion establishment is coming around to the benefits of technology, and she tries to reassure designers that she isn’t out to wreck their craft. “It’s disruption but it’s controlled disruption,” she said. “It’s safe disruption.”Related: Social Engagement Boosts Quirky Clothing Line Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Share Posted by VISIT FLORIDA appoints first-ever female President and CEO Tags: Promotions, VISIT FLORIDA Travelweek Group Young’s predecessor, Ken Lawson, left his role as CEO to take over the reins of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), as reported in December 2018. Lawson’s appointment in Jan. 2017 came after the resignation of three Visit Florida executives in the wake of the Pitbull scandal, which resulted in outgoing Governor Rick Scott calling for the resignation of Lawson’s predecessor, Will Seccombe. TALLAHASSEE, FL — For the first time ever, VISIT FLORIDA has a female President and CEO in charge following a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors.Dana Young, a sixth-generation Floridian, will assume her new role on Jan. 9 after serving as a senator for District 18 in Hillsborough County. Young also served in the Florida House from 2010 to 2016, rising to House Republican Leader.Governor-elect Ron DeSantis called Young an “exceptional leader” and commended her for “working tirelessly” to improve the quality of life for all Floridians.“Her leadership ability and experience make her an excellent candidate to lead VISIT FLORIDA in its mission to maximize the economic impact of travel and tourism to our state,” said DeSantis. “I look forward to working with Dana, who will be the first woman to lead VISIT FLORIDA, to strengthen our tourism industry and build on the economic success of our great state.”Young’s appointment comes at a time of record growth in tourism for Florida. According to Lino Maldonado, Chair of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors, the state’s tourism industry has achieved seven consecutive years of record visitation and visitor spending, with the latest economic impact study showing that visitors spent US$112 billion and supported 1.4 million Florida jobs.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureYoung thanked DeSantis and the Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead VISIT FLORIDA, saying: “As a Floridian, with a family tradition of public service, I understand the vital importance of tourism to our state and look forward to working with industry businesses to inspire travel to Florida, stimulate the economy and create more jobs. << Previous PostNext Post >>