“Why they ain’t slowing down?” – victim’s brother speaks out

first_imgLeonora fatal accidentWith the high road carnage in Guyana, the families of victims are convinced and have been voicing that the penalty for delinquent drivers is too lenient.Brother of deceased: Kempton CarterYet another accident victim’s family is calling on the authorities to impose stiffer penalties on those who drive recklessly.Kempton Carter, the brother of 39-year-old Romel Carter who died after being hit by an alleged speeding truck along the Leonora Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD), is pleading drivers to stop speeding while demanding justice for his deceased sibling.In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, a grieving Carter strongly maintained that many reckless drivers are traversing roadways because of slack punishment.Dead: Romel Carter“They ain’t getting no sort of sentence, they just knocking down people, go and spend two to three days in jail or couple months and they out back in the road again. These drivers need to get some more time in jail let them pay and learn from the mistake, so next time and even other drivers would know to take their time cause they know the penalty is serious,” he said. He added that his family is now one of the many families who are left to face the frustration of getting justice and dealing with the loss of a loved one.The driver responsible for his brother’s death was released on station bail following the accident on December 1.“I met with the officer in charge at the Leonora Police Station…he told me that they had to release him on $100,000 bail after 72 hours because nobody identified the body…It’s really hard on us now, this is the first death because it’s ten of us and we ain’t getting no satisfaction from the Police. I’m calling on the authority, the Commissioner of Police to look into this and gave us some answers and let us know what’s really going on with the matter,” Carter explained.The younger Carter is preparing to lay his brother to rest on Thursday and is urging his fellow drivers to be cautious and alert on the roadways since they’re mistake can cause someone’s family grief.“I don’t know why they keep driving like this, I’m a driver myself and I see what happening every day…why they ain’t slowing down? Why they keep speeding? And all these accidents happening on this roadway. It’s a very small country, it’s not supposed to be happening…It hard when somebody loses a family, friend like that, get hit down just like that by a speeding driver,” he said.The older Carter was described as a happy person. He leaves to mourn his parents, siblings and other relatives.“Everybody knows he likes to make joke and is a fun person. He don’t get into no problem, if you go into the neighbourhood, people would tell you he is a happy person but guess is all the good and jolly people that just dies”.The accident, which took the now-dead man’s life, occurred at about 13:30h, in close proximity of the Leonora Police Station, WCD.After the accident, the driver of the truck which hit him picked up the injured man and took him to the hospital for treatment but after realising that the pedestrian was dead, he allegedly attempted to flee but was arrested by the Police.It was further reported that at the time of the accident, there were two other occupants of the truck who made contact with Police to notify them of the accident.last_img read more

Facebook Eats Away at Email Usage on Today’s Web

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… According to recent analysis by the Online Publishers Association (OPA), more people than ever are spending their time online visiting content sites which provide news, information, and entertainment. Despite the emergence of social networks, and in particular the rapid growth of Facebook, it’s content sites which engage web surfers’ attention the most these days – time spent on these sites is up 88% from only five years ago. That’s not to say social networking community sites haven’t grown too, it’s just that their growth hasn’t come at the expense of content. Instead, people are using traditional communication sites and services (think webmail, IM, and discussion groups) less and less and choosing to use Facebook and other social networks instead.Email and IM Decline Thanks to Social NetworksIn 2003, people spent 46% of their time online using sites which fall into the “communications” category – that is, sites whose core capabilities are email and instant messaging. By 2009, that usage dropped to 27% or a 41% decline in overall use. Although “community” sites like Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn weren’t measured back in 2003 when the first analysis was performed, OPA introduced the new category in 2008 at which point they were able to see the impact the social networks had on the habits of online users. While obviously it’s not just Facebook which is to blame for the declining use of email and IM, there’s no doubt that the world’s largest social network plays a more significant role than the others here. Why Social Networks are Replacing Email As to why social networking sites have led to declining use of other communication tools, Pam Horan, president of the OPA, speculates that it’s because people can conduct the same activities on the social networks as they did before via email, IM, and other communication properties, but now they can do so more efficiently.While we would argue that in the business world, emailing is still an essential, “can’t live without it” tool, it’s not so far-fetched to say that Facebook and the like have changed mainstream users’ online behavior. Want to share a funny video? Post it to your profile. Have new pictures from your vacation? Upload them to an online album. These are precisely the sorts of online activities that only a few years ago took place primarily via email messages. Social networking has undoubtedly changed that. And Gen Y Hates Email, Right?Then there are the constant news stories about how the younger generations, specifically Generation Y and Z, don’t use email. “Email is unfashionable and outdated,” claims a recent ZDNet headline pointing to a recent story about Boston College’s decision to stop handing out email addresses to incoming students. These types of stories are barely even news anymore as the common perception is that communication among these younger groups takes place via social networks (and, of course, text messaging). Oddly enough, the belief that Gen Y hates email seems to be somewhat contradicted by the late-breaking news that, out of all other demographic groups, it’s Gen Y which is most likely to opt-in for email marketing messages. Still that doesn’t show that email is their preferred medium, only that they’re more open to using it for less-than-personal types of communication. That trend makes sense as they probably don’t even think of email as the place to connect with friends and family – that’s what social networks are for – so why not use it for collecting coupons instead?Other FindingsOPA’s research also revealed that visits to content sites have increased over the past five years – up 24% since 2003. Time spent on these sites has increased dramatically, too, with an 88% increase since 2003. Today, Internet users spend an average of 6:58 hours on content sites per month. Search and Commerce round out the categories OPA studied with search seeing an increase from 3% to 5% and commerce seeing a slight decline from 16% to 13%. OPA’s Internet Activity Index (IAI), as the research is called, is conducted by Nielsen/NetRatings. It tracks usage across all the above mentioned categories but excludes .gov and .edu domains as well as adult-oriented sites. An interesting side note here is that the IAI shows the time spent using communications sites is 4:54 hours per month while community sites are at 3:01 hours. That actually contradicts Nielsen’s earlier findings from March of this year which claimed that social networks and blogs were now more popular than email based on time spent. This discrepancy in data means we’re taking these latest findings and those that came before it with the proverbial grain of salt and you should too. However, what we can take away from both reports is that, numbers aside, email is definitely being impacted by the social networking trend. Tags:#Facebook#NYT#social networks#Trends#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img sarah perez Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

How to Avert a Data Center Staffing Crisis

first_imgEarlier this month we coveredGartner analyst David J. Cappuccio‘s concerns that a data center crisis is looming. This week we’re seeing increased data center hiring. We talked to SunGard Availability Services‘s Managing Principal of Consulting Services Dr. Mickey Zandi, who says that although data center hiring isn’t in crisis yet, it’s already difficult to find qualified people. He shares some advice for data center managers and workers on how to prepare to for the future. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Data Center Knowledge reports a boom in data center hiring in the first three weeks of 2011. It also notes a steady rise in data center related job postings over the past few years on Indeed.com.“There is a trend I’ve been observing for the past year or year and a half – managers are challenged to find operational staffing for data centers,” says Zandi. “Many data center workers are retiring, but have never been involved in knowledge transfer to the younger generation.”Zandi also says that consolidation is resulting in more complex resources. Storage, network and computing are becoming integrated, which saves data centers money but makes staffing more difficult. Training for these skills is extensive and expensive.Companies should continue the path of virtualization and consolidation but not forget training, Zandi says. “Start having your existing staff cross-train in other domains.” He also recommends that companies invest in certifications and trainings for employees. He suggests building lab-environments where employees can test new technologies and do hands-on training.Zandi also says that managers are going to have to lower the barrier of entry in terms of the experience in cross-domains. Workers with deep knowledge in one area should be valued even if they don’t have broad cross-domain experience. These are the sort of workers you need to have cross-training each other.According to Zandi, certifications are going to play a greater role in data center staffing decisions. He suggests that workers that want to stay viable focus on getting cloud-related certifications. He says certifications from Cisco, EMC and VMWare are most important and notes that Cisco’s Nexus platform is particularly hot.The most important thing for workers to do now, he says, is research and learn other domains. He suggests getting your hands dirty with technologies you wouldn’t ordinarily work with, and to take advantage of any online training you can.He also recommends that both managers and workers follow the relevant discussions – both in-person events and on the Web – regarding technology and keep abreast of trends.We’ve emphasized the importance of investing in IT staff in the past, particularly in our “How to Improve IT Worker Morale.” Even in this jobless recovery, certain types of workers are particularly hard to find.Photo by The Planet Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#Trends klint finleylast_img read more

Carbon Crossroads: Can Germany Revive Its Stalled Energy Transition?

first_imgThis post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. Northern Germany, from the Polish borderlands in the east to the Netherlands in the west, is the stronghold of Germany’s muscular onshore wind power industry. This is where the lion’s share of the country’s nearly 30,000 wind turbines are sited, a combined force equal to the power generation of about 10 nuclear reactors. Where Germany’s northernmost tip abuts Denmark, soaring turbines crowd the horizon as far as the eye can see. And many more are coming as Germany strives to go carbon neutral by 2050. Yet despite their impressive might, the north’s wind parks are a reminder not only of how much has been accomplished in Germany’s Energiewende, or clean energy transition, but also of what remains to be done. The country has made a Herculean effort to shift to a clean energy economy. In just the past five years, government support and costs to consumers have totaled an estimated 160 billion euros ($181 billion). But Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions have not declined as rapidly as expected in response to the vigorous expansion of renewable energy, which now generates 40% of the country’s electricity. Germany’s politicians are even resigned to falling significantly short of the country’s 2020 goal of reducing emissions by 40% below 1990 levels.RELATED ARTICLESGermany’s Energy RevolutionGermany’s Plus-Energy TownOur All-Renewable Energy FutureDebating Our All-Renewable Energy FutureCost of Renewable Energy Continues to Fall Germany’s failings have come as a vexing shock to its environmentally conscious citizenry. While Germans still overwhelmingly back the energy transition — for years polls showed support in excess of 90% — about three-quarters say the government is not doing enough to slow global warming. Today, the Energiewende finds itself stalled and floundering. Germany’s carbon emissions have stagnated at roughly their 2009 level. The country remains Europe’s largest producer and burner of coal, which generates more than one-third of Germany’s power supply. Moreover, emissions in the transportation sector have shot up by 20% since 1995 and are rising with no end in sight, experts say. German consumers have seen their electricity bills soar since 2000, in part because of the renewable energy surcharge. Now, complex, discomfiting questions loom about the way forward if Germany is to meet even its minimal targets and play the nation’s part in putting the brakes on global warming. From green groups on the left, to independent think tanks, to industry associations, experts have put forth numerous plans to regain the momentum of the Energiewende and decarbonize Germany’s economy. The issue is urgent: The German Energy Agency (DENA), a think tank supported by public and private funds, found that if the country continues along its present course, carbon emissions will fall by only 62% by 2050 — well short of the government’s goal of slashing emissions up to 95% below 1990 levels by mid-century. And analysts say that the challenges Germany now faces will confront other industrialized societies as they attempt to wean themselves off fossil fuels. The effort began as a grassroots campaign The Energiewende began as a bottom-up movement that took off in 2000 when grassroots campaigns persuaded legislators to support renewable energy expansion through feed-in tariffs. In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government got behind the energy transition and drafted blueprints to guide it. But in recent years, the government, in the face of auto industry opposition, backed off decarbonizing the transportation sector; has not supported a significant price on carbon; has dragged its feet on grid expansion; has declined to set a date for phasing out coal; and has not implemented significant parts of its own 2050 climate program. Some analysts say that Merkel’s decision to step down in 2021 could be a boon for the Energiewende, as the Green Party is rising in the polls and will likely play an important role in the next government. Against this backdrop, the German government’s Climate Protection Program 2050, the Energiewende’s current road map, has come under a barrage of criticism. “The goals set in the climate program aren’t nearly ambitious enough,” says Benno Hain of the Federal Environment Agency, referring to its vague aim of reducing emissions by 80% to 95% compared to 1990 levels. Germany must shoot for a 95% reduction and nothing less, Hain says, which means new big-picture scenarios and greater rigor in implementing them.   Tanja Gaudian, of the renewable energy utility EWS Schönau, argues that Germany is sorely in need of a new energy transition master plan. “It’s not even clear whether this Energiewende will continue to be one driven from below, by communities and citizens as it has so far, or whether the big utilities will be given a special role, even though they don’t deserve it,” she says, referring to their decades-long opposition to renewable energy. “There’s so much that’s up in the air.” Technological “miracles” won’t be necessary The government’s 2050 program, however, is not the only game plan in town for going climate-neutral. German industry, high-level research institutes, NGOs, and think tanks such as DENA have invested heavily in sophisticated analyses that sketch out alternative scenarios for decarbonizing Germany’s energy system. These scenarios address the nature of the technologies of the future; whether coal and other fossil fuels should be forced out of the energy supply or simply left to wither away through market forces; the role of synthetic fuels and hydrogen, as well as carbon capture and storage (CCS); and the extent and type of domestic renewable energy generation. All of these questions are complicated further by the ongoing phase-out of nuclear power, which is not contested in Germany.The major studies — even those conducted with involvement from Germany industry — concur that Germany can hit its 2030 targets if it changes course. At the very least, these pilot studies can inject new ideas into Germany’s energy policy debates. “These scenarios show that Germany’s climate and energy targets can be reached with current technologies and without breaking the bank,” says Toby Couture of the think tank E3 Analytics in Berlin. “We don’t have to pull rabbits out of hats or hope for technological miracles. There are two basic things needed to achieve these ambitious decarbonization goals: political will and investment certainty. In the early 2000s, Germany had both; now it arguably has neither.” Not surprisingly, green organizations and parties — including Greenpeace, Environmental Action Germany, Friends of the Earth Germany, and the German Greens and the Left Party — are calling for a more rapid expansion of renewable energies, a quicker legislated end to coal generation, and the full-scale revamping of Germany’s transportation sector. Greenpeace Germany has authored one of the most extensive models, which starts with the lofty premise that a 100% elimination of greenhouse gases (compared to 1990 levels) is possible in 30 years. Key to this scenario is that Germany can, and should, stop burning coal by 2030. Under this plan, the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired plants, one-third of Germany’s fleet, would have to shut down by 2020. Another third would close five years later, and the rest in 2030. Greenpeace calls for a steep carbon-pricing scheme that rises to 40 euros a ton by 2030. (The EU’s carbon-trading scheme currently lists a ton of carbon at 12 euros.) Wind and solar would bridge the gap The energy generation capacity lost by removing coal and nuclear power from the supply would be made up for primarily by renewables, argues Greenpeace — above all offshore wind, which is still in its early stages in Germany. While the massive rollout of offshore wind power — more than 12 times the current fleet of 1,170 turbines — is the central plank of Greenpeace’s strategy, it also calls for a tripling of onshore wind generation and five times the photovoltaic capacity. In the interim, Greenpeace acknowledges that renewables would probably have to be aided by natural gas-fired generation. These ambitious goals would be achievable, argues Greenpeace, by reducing demand: dramatic energy efficiency measures could slash demand for electricity by 18% and for heat by 46% compared to 2012 levels. Moreover, decarbonizing the transportation sector by 2030 implies not only accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, but phasing out conventional, gasoline-powered cars between 2025 and 2035, Greenpeace says. “It’s definitely feasible to ramp down coal by 2030,” says Jörg Mühlenhoff of the Agency for Renewable Energies, a Berlin-based renewables advocacy organization. Indeed, Mühlenhoff says that if a carbon price hits 30 euros, that would effectively spell the end of coal. He adds that renewables could cover most of the gap left by coal if the German government introduces new policy initiatives to spur investments in green energy. Until quite recently, most of Germany’s industrial sectors, particularly the more energy-intensive among them, had treated Energiewende with acute skepticism. They worried that high energy costs and supply bottlenecks would hurt their competitive edge in international export markets. Yet German industry is becoming more deeply involved in the Energiewende, given the demand for the likes of renewable energy infrastructure (think wind turbines, manufactured by Siemens), electric vehicles, and other green energy technologies. Industry now believes it’s better to jump on the bandwagon and engage in policy discussions rather than carp from the sidelines. Earlier this year, for example, a call for government action signed by 50 prominent businesses — including Siemens and the electronics and construction industries — insisted that “Germany needs a robust strategy for implementing its comparatively stringent emission reduction targets if it does not want to fall behind in the global race to develop carbon-neutral economies.” This turnaround is nowhere more evident than in the pilot study of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Germany’s largest and most powerful industrial lobby organization. In close collaboration with German businesses, BDI has modeled several Energiewende scenarios that are unapologetically pro-business and pro-industry, yet support the broader goals of the energy transition. “The remarkable thing about the BDI study is that German industry is saying that the Energiewende is technically and economically feasible by 2050,” says Cyril Stephanos of Germany’s National Academy of Science and Engineering, which runs an Energy Systems of the Future program. “It shows that there’s money to be made and not just for industry but for the entire economy.” A need for an international consensus The BDI study, however, underscores that unless there’s a multilateral international consensus about targets, burden sharing, and tools like a global CO2 price, Germany should shoot for reducing emissions by only 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The study claims that, when factoring in savings accrued by dropping fossil fuels from the supply, Germany could reach that target at an additional cost of 240 billion euros, while reducing emissions by a full 95% would cost the country 500 billion euros. This BDI scenario relies strongly on energy efficiency, especially in the housing and building sectors, where the chemical industry has much to gain from retrofitting older buildings and providing new buildings with state-of-the-art insulation. It calls for doubling the rate of retrofitting housing and urges requirements that all new homes essentially be highly energy-efficient “passive houses.” A third approach to fixing the Energiewende combines a rigorous reduction of emissions (95% by 2050) with solutions that appeal to German business. The research institute DENA favors a rollout of sun- and wind-based renewables, but also advocates for a broader mix of technologies that includes a high volume of synthetic fuels. Both the DENA and BDI scenarios also depend on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the transition’s final phase, when energy intensive industries will have to be decarbonized. “We ran our modeling through several times,” explains Christoph Jugel, head of DENA’s energy systems analysis unit. “And even using other technologies we couldn’t manage to eliminate the last 16 million tons of CO2 left without CCS.” But Jugel notes that the different scenarios don’t factor in technological breakthroughs that can, and most probably will, happen in the decades ahead. Stephanos says the studies show that Germany will need anywhere from four to seven times as much wind and solar power as it has now. “All of the studies mention about 5 to 10 million electric cars by 2030,” notes Stephanos. “We’re ramping up, which is good, but we’re not yet close to even a million. There’s still a lot left to figure out. We don’t even know if electricity, hydrogen fuel cells, or biofuels are the best way to decarbonize transportation. It’s astonishing how much more Germany has to do.”   Paul Hockenos is a Berlin-based writer whose work has appeared in The Nation, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The Atlantic.last_img read more

Haute and happening

first_imgEthnic elegance Ishita SinghIshita Singh makes rustic look sensuous and imaginative, whether on a film star or a girl next door.A National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Hyderabad graduate, she’s been in the fashion industry for more than a decade with quite a few shows to her credit. Singh’s latest,Ethnic elegance Ishita SinghIshita Singh makes rustic look sensuous and imaginative, whether on a film star or a girl next door.A National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Hyderabad graduate, she’s been in the fashion industry for more than a decade with quite a few shows to her credit. Singh’s latest collection revolves around Kalamkaris and the play of textures, using various fabrics such as crepe and corduroy. A symmetry adds a dash of spunk to these kurtas and tunics while surface work featuring thread embroidery, sequins, zardozi and beads further hint at the Indian element in her fusion line.Mixed fabrics involving tussar silk, jute cotton and malmal create a feminine feel and the prints with earthy tones add to the vibrant energy of these garments. What she likes best about this collection is that each piece can be used individually – like the palazzos can be teamed with a top of your choice or a long kurta with jeans. Our pick: A pair of deep red palazzos made to include three different panels from the front and back, paired with a corduroy jacket involving a lot of rich embroidery. Contact anhadbyishita@gmail.comCross stitchNeha AgarwalNIFT graduate Neha Agarwal is an artist at heart and her fusion creations in Indian silks and sensuous chiffons would look rather pretty on a canvas too. Her label is all about Indo-westerns that are richly textured and come across as contemporary interpretations of many inspirations from the past. She describes her creations as “over the top”. She debuted in the fashion week circuit this season at the Lakme India Fashion Week, Winter/Festive with her collection, Mille Fleurs translating to a thousand flowers from French.advertisementThe collection draws inspiration from regal petit point embroidery of 17th century France.This she combines with organic tussar and gicha and muga silks for figure-flattering dresses or tunics in vibrant shades that come alive with delicate floral patterns.The geometric cross-stitch embroidery that features on these dresses is rich and subtle, creating textural aesthetics of the garments and invites interest immediately.A good blend of femininity and sophistication, this collection is sure to win many hearts and many more pairs of sculpted legs. Our pick: A short red and pink flared box pleat dress with rich embroidery all over. Contact Plot 706,Road No 3, Banjara Hills Tel 40072771Bridal coutureShilpa ReddyDance comes naturally to Shilpa Reddy, a model, fitness expert and fashion designer. She finds creative energy from the chemistry and rhythm of Salsa and other dance forms.Retailing from her studio in the city and others like Ensemble and Aza in Mumbai,Reddy has found her space in bridal and trousseau lines for the urban Indian woman with contemporary sensibilities.Likewise, her designs are all about an Indian essence mingling effortlessly with a global touch. She’ll combine a jacket with just about anything-a traditional lehenga or even an heirloom sari. Her latest collection is another such interesting blend of the bold and feminine, the boisterous and the delicate. It is festive and bridal wear of another kind in silhouettes that combine flounce with flared sleeves and in colours ranging from bold greens and maroons to gentler beiges.Traditional Indian embroidery is richly rendered on these skirts and kurtas plus expect surprises like a leather belt.Reddy says,”This collection is for the Indian bride who will love an outfit defined by simplicity and grandeur at once and something that doesn’t restrict her from breaking into a dance.” Our pick: A long sleeved green ensemble with a structured silhouette and a delicate fall, featuring rich embroidery. Contact N Asian,Road No 59, Jubilee Hills Tel 23550079Fit and flareAnushree ReddyAnushree Reddy never trained to be a designer but always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Her love for dressing to charm and a connoisseur’s taste in clothing prompted her to give fashion a try. Four seasons on the fashion week circuit later, she’s found her calling.And it is moments like actor Madhuri Dixit shaking a leg on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in one of Reddy’s elaborate anarkalis that reiterated said calling, despite holding a degree in marketing.Reddy enjoys all the flare and drama of Indian ethnic wear and revels in understated bling. Her collection for the Lakme Fashion Week,Winter/festive, titled Portobello: The Indian Chapter is an ode to everything vintage with a strong Indian essence and inspiration drawn from Portobello Market. The classic floral prints from the Victorian era are reinvented to add a dramatic spin to her heavily ornate garments.advertisementFrom elements of a vintage newspaper print to additions of a measuring tape print, there’s a lot of quirk that’s gone into pepping up this collection.Saris, lehengas and anarkalis in rosy pinks and sea greens, beige and lavender celebrate womanhood in all its splendour with the delicateness of fine satins and sassy chiffons. Our pick: A floral printed soft pink and green anarkali with a dupatta bordered with a measuring tape print. Contact Keemti Sadan, Road No 12, Banjara Hills Tel 8374826657All that glittersMoni AgarwalA keen eye for detail and a deep love for traditional jewellery turn Moni Agarwal’s creations into heirloom-style keepsakes. Traditional in essence and embedded with a universal appeal, her jewellery makes heads turn, whether we’re talking of intricate kundan jhumkas or a statement neckpiece inspired by the Nizami Satlada-the traditional Hyderabadi seven layered necklace.Agarwal has been showcasing her creations at exhibitions and shows for the last three years and finds inspiration anywhere from a passing remark to classical European architecture. Her latest collection, Meeravali, showcased at the India International Jewellery Week 2014 was appreciated for its sophistication and detailing.It created much stir when actor Chitrangada Singh sported Agarwal’s elegant pieces on the ramp. Inspired from the old-world charm of Rajasthani jewellery, this collection featured statement bridal pieces crafted exquisitely in polkis and emeralds. Our pick: An emerald bead neckpiece with emerald motifs and several strands of white pearls. Contact 9701809990Chic and subtleArchana RaoArchana Rao finds her creative highs in all things minimal and is happiest creating sophistication out of subtleties. No wonder then, her brand Frou Frou appeals to the individualistic urban woman, with skirts, shirts and dresses that make a strong statement for their sheer simplicity.Appreciation for her work came pretty early when her collection was adjudged the Best Design Collection in 2007 at NIFT and while at Parsons School of Design,New York, she had the opportunity to showcase her graduation collection at the prestigious Parsons Line Debut, 2009.Her latest collection from the Lakme India Fashion Week, Winter/Festive is inspired by Teaism which is all about the aesthetic and cultural aspects of tea.”The aroma, feel and most importantly the bonding over tea”have inspired her.Vintage china sets, the paper doilies, classic porcelain shapes and more quirks like these find themselves reinterpreted in her new collection featuring impressions on fabric, soft textured surfaces and a lot of subtle colour.Haute pick: A classic striped pencil dress snug fit with an extended embroidered collar, teamed with a sheer pastel blue circle skirt with a delicate cutwork border in soft pink. Contact Plot 65 A,MLA’s Colony,Road No 12, Banjara Hills Tel 9866426653last_img read more

Conan O’Brien Hosts Super Bowl Eve

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-winning comedian Conan O’Brien will host the “NFL Honors” show the night before the Super Bowl at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.The two-hour awards show recognizes the NFL’s best players, performances and plays and includes the announcements of The Associated Press annual awards and the newest class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.“NFL Honors” will air nationally at 9 p.m. Eastern on CBS on Feb. 6. The show debuted in Indianapolis in 2012 and has been hosted previously by actor Alec Baldwin and comedian Seth Meyers.O’Brien is the host of the late-night show “Conan” on TBS. He hosted the Emmy Awards in 2006, and his other work includes hosting “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spanish Town Skills Training Centre Serving the Community for 20 Years

first_img For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA. Story Highlights After leaving secondary school, Ms Dixon faced several job rejections for the lack of employable skills, but with one year of training with the institution, she is now a permanent employee with a business establishment in the St. Catherine town centre. Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the Centre. For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA.Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the Centre.After leaving secondary school, Ms Dixon faced several job rejections for the lack of employable skills, but with one year of training with the institution, she is now a permanent employee with a business establishment in the St. Catherine town centre.She tells JIS News that, not only was she provided with the training opportunities but the Centre also sourced employment for her.“I cannot give them enough money for what they did for me, or tell them a million thanks,” she states.According to Ms Dixon, the Principal and instructors at the school, make concerted efforts to impart knowledge to the students, while also sharing life experiences as a way of encouraging growth and development. “It really motivated me to push forward,” she adds.She also encourages young persons in and around the Spanish Town area to get their training at the Centre.“[They should] definitely come to the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre. Don’t hide, it is really a great place, and if you want to move forward, that is the place that you can go,” Ms. Dixon states.Located at 56 Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, the Centre offers training in areas such as Commercial Food Preparation, Levels One and Two; and Customer Engagement at Levels One and Two. In January 2019, the school will offer courses in Early Childhood Development.For former student, Rahean Bailey, he says he is grateful for the opportunity to have completed the Level Two programme in Commercial Food Preparation, and the job that the institution assisted him to obtain. He tells JIS News that in the future he hopes to become Executive Chef.Meanwhile, Manager at the STSTC, Ruth James, states that the vision to offer skills to youth from the area, and elsewhere, has been impactful.“We have seen so many young persons whose lives have been changed, and they are doing very well, all over the world, in the hospitality industry, business process outsourcing, and at front desks at hotels. We are impacting a great number of persons,” she reasons.Mrs. James tells JIS News that while the institution provides services primarily to students between the ages of 17 and 35 years, the school also continues to reach persons who are 35 and older.She informs that on an average, 50 to 70 students are engaged in the day and evening programmes.“We offer at least one month’s work experience, and on most occasions these persons have gained permanent employment with the places where they are sent for work experience,” the Manager shares.Mrs. James lauds the HEART Trust /NTA for providing training opportunities for young people, to gain the necessary skills needed for the work environment.“The standard of HEART Trust/NTA, is international; you can go to most countries with (their certificates) and get a job,” the Manager states.The STSTC mission is to empower participants through goal-oriented activities within an environment that is safe and conducive to learning, while promoting respect of self and others, as well as developing a positive attitude towards work skills, academics, certification and assessment, as required by the Heart Trust/NTA.In the meanwhile, President of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Levi Johnson, who was a founding member of the STSTC in 1999, says the move to establish the school was in response to the needs of the communities in the area.Pastor Johnson, who headed the Spanish Town Seventh-day Adventist Church at the time, shares that the establishment of the Centre was a move to improve the quality of life for community members.He tells JIS News that the CJC provides resources to keep the institution going, and “once there is a need, we can’t say no to them; because we know how relevant the Skills Training Centre is. We see them as one of our key partners”.For Community Training Interventions Manager at the HEART Trust/NTA, Kevin Walker, institutions like the STSTC help the training agency to meet their mandate.For more information on the Centre, persons can call (876) 984-3571, (876) 419-2249, or email at spanskillsda@gmail.com.last_img read more