Two Donegal coast guard boats back in action after “malfunction”

first_imgFive of the 23 Irish Coast Guard units who have been barred from launching their rescue boats in recent weeks could resume water-based operations as early as next weekend.They include two boats from Co Donegal.The five ‘priority’ stations who will be first to receive the new lifejackets first are understood to be Mulroy and Greencastle; Doolin and Kilkee in Co Clare and Drogheda Co Louth. On November 15, the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) withdrew in-shore rescue boats stationed at 23 locations around the coast following the reported malfunction of “a key piece of personal protective equipment (PPE).”This has meant that 23 of the 44 volunteer units, who operate Delta RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) or smaller D-Class boats, have been banned from launching for rescue or training operations.In the meantime, Coast Guard volunteers have been tasked to incidents but have been only allowed operate on the shore for which members wear a different type of personal flotation device.The RNLI has already responded to a number of incident which would have been previously been dealt with by Coast Guard units. However, it is now understood that five stations affected by the nationwide ban on boat operations could return to the water as early as next weekend.Irish Coast Guard management has told volunteers that a new lifejacket will be introduced in a phased approach based on a risk assessment undertaken by the service.It’s understood ‘compatibility testing’ of the new lifejacket has been taking place this weekend before the lifejacket can be approved for use by members.Units have been told that “familiarisation training” will be held to highlight the differences between the Rescue 400 and (new) Crewsaver 380N lifejackets.“Subject to any necessary operational changes and on successful completion of the compatibility testing, it is proposed to commence with the rollout of the lifejackets and putting units back on the board from Thursday December 5, 2019,” Coast Guard units have been told. Two Donegal coast guard boats back in action after “malfunction” was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CoastguarddonegalGreencastlelifejacketmalfunctionMulroylast_img read more

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2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums

first_imgCrowds packed into the new Cape Town Stadium inthe suburb of Green Point. The stadium has viewsof both the ocean and Table Mountain.(Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524media-sa@fifa.org• Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.comGet facts, figures and photographs on the 10 stadiums hosting the 64 matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, five of which were built from scratch and one of them – Soccer City, the event’s showpiece – having undergone a massive upgrade to make it the largest stadium in Africa.The stadiums are:Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria Durban Stadium, Durban Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane Demolition and groundwork began in 2006, with construction of all the major facilities starting in February 2007. South Africa’s construction industry, which has substantial experience in large-scale infrastructure development, was consulted about the stadium timelines – and it was agreed that the dates were realistic.Intensive planning has gone into ensuring that the stadiums are versatile, multipurpose facilities able to be used for a number of sports, as well as for entertainment and other community uses, long after the final whistle of the World Cup is blown.DOWNLOADSRight-click on the link to save the PDF file to your computer.2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Guide (1.2 MB)2010 Fifa World Cup Host Cities (320 KB)Distance between host cities (135 KB)Team base camps (100 KB)Fifa media contacts (220 KB)Team media contacts (630 KB)The 10 stadiums are host to 64 matches and will seat more than 570 000 people during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The five stadiums built from scratch are Cape Town Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Durban Stadium, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.The five upgraded stadiums are the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, and Soccer City and Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Click on images to enlarge. For more photos, visit the 2010 Fifa World Cup section of the image library (registration required) SOCCER CITY STADIUMSoccer City on the outskirts of Soweto is the flagship stadium for the World Cup, a huge structure modelled on the shape of the calabash, an African cooking pot. Built in 1987, Soccer City has been enlarged and completely transformed by a massive reconstruction, with the west stand the only remaining section of the original stadium. For the World Cup it will have a capacity of 94 500 seats, and 88 430 thereafter, making it the largest stadium on the African continent. Fast facts Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceCoordinates: 26° 14′ 5″ S, 27° 58′ 56″ ECapacity: 94 500 seats (88 430 permanent)Status: Major upgradeCost: R3.3-billion (US$ 440-million)Architect: Boogertman Urban EdgeContractor: Grainaker-LTA / Interbeton joint ventureUpgrade began: 1 February 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 11 June, 16h00: South Africa vs Mexico (opening match)14 June, 13h30: Netherlands vs Denmark17 June, 13h30: Argentina vs South Korea20 June, 20h30: Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire23 June, 20h30: Ghana vs Germany27 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1B vs 2A (2)2 July, 20h30: Quarter-final 1 vs 3 (A)11 July, 20h30: FinalBACK TO TOP ELLIS PARK STADIUMEllis Park in the inner city of Johannesburg is home to the Golden Lions rugby club and Orlando Pirates football club, and was the setting for South Africa’s triumphant win in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. An existing stadium built in 1982, it underwent minor upgrades for the World Cup. Ellis Park has a capacity of 61 639 seats. Fast facts Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceAlternate name: Coca-Cola ParkCoordinates: 26º 11′ 51″ S, 28º 3′ 39″ ECapacity: 61 639 seatsStatus: Minor upgradeCost: R550 000 (US$7 200)Architect: DBM ArchitectsContractor: Rainbow ConstructionUpgrade began: July 2007World Cup matches: 7 Matches 12 June, 16h00: Argentina vs Nigeria15 June, 20h30: Brazil vs North Korea18 June, 16h00: Slovenia vs USA21 June, 20h30: Spain vs Honduras24 June, 16h00: Slovakia vs Italy28 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1G vs 2H (7)3 July, 20:30: Quarter-final 6 vs 8 (D)BACK TO TOP CAPE TOWN STADIUMBuilt from scratch in the beautiful suburb of Green Point, Cape Town Stadium has views of both Table Mountain and the ocean and, in the distance, Robben Island. Built on Green Point common and within walking distance of the popular V&A Waterfront, it has a capacity of 66 000 seats. Fast facts Location: Cape Town, Western Cape provinceAlternate name: Green Point StadiumCoordinates: 33° 54′ 12″ S, 18° 24′ 40″ ECapacity: 66 000 seats (55 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R4.4-billion ($600-million)Architect: GMP ArchitectsContractor: Murray & Roberts / WBHO joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 11 June, 20h30: Uruguay vs France14 June, 20h30: Italy vs Paraguay18 June, 20h30: England vs Algeria21 June, 13h30: Portugal vs North Korea24 June, 20h30: Cameroon vs Netherlands29 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1H vs 2G (8)3 July, 16h00: Quarter-final 2 vs 4 (B)6 July, 20h30: Semi-final, A vs C (I)BACK TO TOP LOFTUS VERSFELD STADIUMLoftus Versfeld Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa. It has been used for major sporting events since 1903, and the first concrete structure, which could accommodate only 2 000 spectators, was built by the City Council of Pretoria in 1923. It has undergone minor improvements for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and has a capacity of 49 365 seats. Fast facts Location: Pretoria (Tshwane municipality), Gauteng provinceCoordinates: 25° 45′ 12″ S, 28° 13′ 22″ ECapacity: 49 365 seatsStatus: minor upgradeArchitect: Ingplan AfricaContractor: No main contractorConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 13 June, 16h00: Serbia vs Ghana16 June, 20h30: South Africa vs Uruguay19 June, 20h30: Cameroon vs Denmark23 June, 16h00: USA vs Algeria25 June, 20h30: Chile vs Spain29 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1F vs 2E (6)BACK TO TOP DURBAN STADIUMA new stadium built near the beachfront, Durban Stadium has transformed the city’s skyline. It has been designed as a multipurpose venue, with attractions such as restaurants, shops, an art gallery and children’s play areas. There’s also a cable car up its arch to a top platform providing panoramic views of the city and the ocean, and even bungee jumps from the top of the arch. Its total capacity is 69 957 seats. Fast facts Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal provinceAlternate name: Moses Mabhida StadiumCoordinates: 29º 49′ 46″ S, 31º 01′ 49″ ECapacity: 69 957 seats (54 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R3.4-billion ($450-million)Architect: iBhola LethuContractor: Group 5 / WBHO / Pandev joint ventureConstruction began: October 2008World Cup matches: 7 Matches 13 June, 20h20: Germany vs Australia16 June, 16h00: Spain vs Switzerland19 June, 13h00: Netherlands vs Japan22 June, 20h30: Nigeria vs South Korea25 June, 16h00: Portugal vs Brazil28 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1E vs 2F (5)7 July, 20h30: Semi-final B vs D (II)BACK TO TOP NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUMNelson Mandela Bay Stadium was the first of South Africa’s new 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums to be completed. It has a capacity of 46 082 seats. Fast facts Location: Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay municipality), Eastern Cape provinceCoordinates: 33° 56′ 16″ S, 25° 35′ 56″ ECapacity: 46 082 seats (42 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R2.05-billion (US$270-million)Architect: Architectural Design Associates / Dominic Bonnesse ArchitectsContractor: Grinaker-LTA / Interbeton / Ibhayi joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 12 June, 13h30: South Korea vs Greece15 June, 16h00: Côte d’Ivoire vs Portugal18 June, 13h30: Germany vs Serbia21 June, 16h00: Chile vs Switzerland23 June, 16h00: Slovenia vs England26 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1A vs 2B (1)2 July, 16h00: Quarter-final 5 vs 7 (C)10 July, 20h30: Third-place playoffBACK TO TOP ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUMThe Royal Bafokeng Stadium was built by the Bafokeng Nation, which owns much of the platinum-mining rights in North West province. It underwent minor renovations for the World Cup, increasing its capacity from 38 000 to 44 530 seats, with the main west stand enlarged and given a new cantilever roof. Fast facts Location: Rustenburg, North West provinceCoordinates: 25° 34′ 42.96″ S, 27° 9′ 38.52″ ECapacity: 44 530 seatsStatus: UpgradeArchitect: BSP ArchitectsContractor: No main contractorConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 12 June, 20h30: England vs USA15 June, 13h30: New Zealand vs Slovakia19 June, 16h00: Ghana vs Australia22 June, 16h00: Mexico vs Uruguay24 June, 20h30: Denmark vs Japan26 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1C vs 2D (3)BACK TO TOP FREE STATE STADIUMHome to the Cheetahs rugby team and Bloemfontein Celtic football team, Free State Stadium was built in 1952 and upgraded in 2008 to increase its capacity to 45 058 seats, as well as improve security, lighting and turnstiles. Fast facts Location: Bloemfontein (Mangaung municipality), Free State provinceAlternate name: Vodacom ParkCoordinates: 29° 7′ 2.25″ S, 26° 12′ 31.85″ ECapacity: 45 058 seatsStatus: UpgradeArchitect: ACG ArchitectsContractor: Ruwacon / Meyker Re Teng Construction / Ikaneng Developments / Promania 128 joint ventureConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 14 June, 16h00: Japan vs Cameroon17 June, 16h00: Greece vs Nigeria20 June, 13h30: Slovakia vs Paraguay22 June, 16h00: France vs South Africa25 June, 20h30: Switzerland vs Honduras27 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1D vs 2C (4)BACK TO TOP MBOMBELA STADIUMWith host city Nelspruit’s proximity to the Kruger National Park, Mbombela Stadium has a quirky wildlife theme, with large giraffe-shaped orange girders facing outwards on its exterior, and funky zebra stripes on the seats inside. Built from scratch, the stadium has a capacity of 43 589 seats. Fast facts Location: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga provinceCoordinates: 25° 27′ 40″ S, 30° 55′ 44″ ECapacity: 43 589 seatsStatus: New constructionCost: R1.05-billion (US$140-million)Architect: RL ArchitectsContractor: Basil Read / Bouygues joint ventureConstruction began: February 2007World Cup matches: 4 Matches 16 June, 13h30: Honduras vs Chile20 June, 16h00: Italy vs New Zealand23 June, 20h30: Australia vs Serbia25 June, 16h00: North Korea vs Côte d’IvoireBACK TO TOP PETER MOKABA STADIUMWith a design inspired by the baobab tree, a common sight in Limpopo province, the new Peter Mokaba Stadium has a capacity of 45 264 seats. Fast facts Location: Polokwane, LimpopoCoordinates: 23° 55′ 29″ S, 29° 28′ 8″ ECapacity: 45 264 seatsStatus: New constructionCost: R1.24-billion (US$150-million)Architect: Prism ArchitectsContractor: WBHO / Paul joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 4 Matches 13 June, 13h30: Algeria vs Slovenia17 June, 20h30: France vs Mexico22 June, 20h30: Greece vs Argentina24 June, 16h00: Paraguay vs New ZealandBACK TO TOP Useful linksFifa 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa South Africa 2010 SouthAfrica.info – 2010 South African Football Association Johannesburg Pretoria (Tshwane) Cape Town Durban Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) Bloemfontein (Mangaung) Nelspruit (Mbombela) Polokwane Rustenburglast_img read more

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South Africa gold panners shine in Poland

first_imgBright Kagiso Malatjie competing in the traditional pan finals. Team SA in celebratory mood during the opening ceremony in Poland. (Images: SA Gold Panning Association) MEDIA CONTACTS • René Reinders  South African Gold Panning Association  +27 13 768 1060 or +27 84 755 7807• Marius Brummer  Pilgrims Rest Business Chamber  +27 82 780 7309 RELATED ARTICLES • Mines, headgear and the mind • Joburg: from mining camp to big city • SA’s junior mining vibrant • Team SA takes Bushmills trophy• Jock to grace SA screens againEmily van RijswijckAlthough the term gold panning evokes centuries-old images of dusty shanty towns and hopeful prospectors, the activity is still very much part of the new millennium – and even practised as a national sport in South Africa.The national team recently participated in the 2011 World Gold Panning Championships in Zlotoryja, Poland, and – although they did not return with prized nuggets – they won over Polish hearts during their stay, says Sibongile Nkosi, spokesperson for culture, sport and recreation in Mpumalanga province.South Africa fielded a squad of 32 members, among them Surprise Thulelo who was crowned junior champion in Italy in 2009. Despite not reaching the podium this year, more than 10 South Africans made it into the finals of the different panning categories, including that for proficient men and women.More than 150 panners from 22 countries – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US – participated in the 2011 event.MEC for Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga Sibongile Manana attended the competition and said the team gave it their all in the different categories.“We are extremely proud of the men and women who represented the country well at the championships.”Hosts in 2012South Africa will host the 2012 World Gold Panning Championships in Pilgrims Rest, as it did in 2005. Before kicking off this year’s event, the South African delegation showcased the country and its many attractions to fellow participants and spectators.A multicultural ensemble from Mpumalanga gave spirited performances of Shoshaloza and Impi, two traditional Zulu songs today strongly associated with sporting events, much to the delight of the 500-strong crowd.The delegation also used the opportunity to entice visitors to the province, which is one of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations.They highlighted popular spots like Pilgrim’s Rest, Blyde River Canyon and Kruger Park among other choice options available to local and overseas visitors.Manana said South Africa was excited about welcoming spectators to the 2012 championships.“Our people are waiting to share their hospitality with all of you. South Africa is ready for you. Wozani!” (isiZulu, meaning “come”).Italy and Sweden will be the host countries in 2013 and 2014 respectively.Competition panning Gold panning is a recreational sport with a strong family-fun component to it. Everybody can participate, from five- to 80-year-olds, says René Reinders, South African Gold Panning Association representative.The South African Gold Panning Association (Sagpa) was formed in 1997, and at the same time joined the World Gold Panning Association. The local organisation aims to promote and maintain the tradition of gold panning in South Africa.Sagpa also feels gold panning has great potential as an all-inclusive heritage activity, which can valuably contribute to nation-building and cross-cultural understanding.Working closely with the Mpumalanga Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation, Sagpa holds the annual South African National Championships, from which a team is selected to participate in international competitions.Reinders says the sport is gaining popularity steadily, with panning associations now represented in almost all nine provinces.“We are trying to build up participant numbers as we go along. It is a heritage activity which stays alive through these competitions and which we would like to continue to see taking place for years to come.”How to panParticipants receive a gold pan and a bucket full of sand in which a specific number of gold nuggets are hidden. The amount of nuggets in each bucket is only known to the judges. Participants enter pools of water and start washing the sand in search of the nuggets.The winner is the participant who finds the most nuggets in the shortest space of time. Panners are also penalised for lost nuggets.“Once participants step into the pool of water, they become very serious, often competing with their own, custom-designed boards which they swear by,” adds Reinders.In international competitions, panning takes place in several categories and also includes the use of various types of pans, such as the traditional klondike pan which was used by prospectors of old, the bateau pan which originates from Eastern Europe or the less-familiar wooden Japanese yurita pan.Pilgrims RestTaciturn Alec “Wheelbarrow” Patterson, the opportunistic prospector and discover of the first gold nugget in Pilgrims Creek in the 1870s, would probably have frowned upon these modern-day panning effortsPatterson was so nicknamed after he arrived at the Mac Mac digs near Sabie in Mpumalanga, at the time the only viable prospecting field in the area, accompanied only by his wheelbarrow in which he pushed his worldly belongings.As he was secretive and reticent, not much is known about the man, but it is believed he became so encumbered after he sold his donkey – because the animal had kicked him.Loner Patterson soon found the crowded Mac Mac site too much for his liking and decided to try his luck elsewhere. He opted for the small, tree-lined Pilgrims Creek, which eventually joins the mighty Blyde River. Here he struck gold.But it was another prospector, William Trafford, who is credited with starting the rush to Pilgrims Rest and for inadvertently naming the village that would spring up as a result.After following Patterson to Pilgrims Creek, he also found gold in the little stream and immediately registered his claim at the Mac Mac office of the Gold Commissioner.He is quoted as saying at the time: “Here a pilgrim can come to rest.”On 22 September 1873 Pilgrims Rest was officially proclaimed a gold field.Gold prospectors there first stayed in tents, but by 1876 most of these were replaced by more permanent structures of zinc and wood. These dwellings can still be seen today, almost intact, making Pilgrims Rest a favourite tourist attraction in Mpumalanga.A visit there is not complete without staying, or at least having a drink, at the rustic Victorian Royal Hotel. Pilgrims Rest also offers a nine-hole golf course, museums, tours and, of course, gold panning excursions.In 1986 the entire village of Pilgrims Rest was declared a national monument, a living tribute to South Africa’s gold-rush days of the 1800 and 1900s.last_img read more

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Journaling for Renewal

first_imgReferences:CDC. (2017). Journaling for your health.Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.Gratitude Journal. (2018). Greater Good in Action. UC. Berkeley.Hiemstra, R. (2001). Uses and benefits of journal writing.Harrist, S., Carlozzi, B.L., McGovern,A.R. &Harrist, A.W. (2007). Journal of Research in Personality, 41 (4), 923-930.L.M. English & M.A. Gillen, (Eds.), (2001). Promoting journal writing in adult education (New Directions for Adult and continuing Education, No. 90, pp. 19-26). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Written by MFLN Military Caregiving concentration team member: Alicia Cassels, MA, Military Families Learning Network Program Development and Evaluation SpecialistAbout eight years ago, I found one of my childhood journals, created when I was about 11 or 12 years old, it had been packed away for decades. Although I had no active memory of writing the words, vivid memories of my childhood self, long lost friends and emotions flooded back as I read. Time melted away. Although I have been teaching and writing about journaling for two decades, I have kept a personal journal nearly twice that long. Over the years, journaling has served as my method for renewal, tool for reflection, vehicle for self-expression, space for goal setting, and canvas for dreaming. Until I began reading my childhood words, I hadn’t realized that journaling would also serve as a valuable keepsake and powerful archive of my life events. Write what must not be forgotten. -Isabel AllendeI am inspired by the words of Isabel Allende, Chilean writer, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recipient of Chile’s National Literature Prize, and the 2014 American Presidential Medal of Freedom. As I reflect on my own experiences with journaling and those that my students and clients have shared in class and clinical settings over the years, I remain amazed that so much can be accomplished through picking up a pen.What Do You Want to Remember?As you think about the potential of journaling to enrich your life, consider three questions.What do you want to remember?What do you want to achieve?What do you want to document?Body, Mind and SpiritJournaling provides an effective method for renewal. According to the CDC, regular journaling may help identify causes of stress and help determine whether a concern is part of a pattern or an isolated issue, while also helping point the way toward a solution. Research shows that journaling may help:Increase feelings of gratitude and well-beingProvide greater understanding of personal challenges and strengthsClarify thoughts and feelingsImprove sleepAchieve weight loss goalsIdentify strengthsManage information overloadAlthough basic journaling allows for reflection on daily thoughts and activities, there are many types of specialized journals. Special-purpose journals can be helpful for those wishing to achieve weight loss and wellness goals. Gratitude journaling has been shown to improve mood, optimism, and sleep.Five Basic Steps to Help You Get Started:Select a place where you will be able to sit comfortably for at least 15 minutes. Most people prefer that this be a quiet, private place with little interruption.Select a pen and paper or use electronic means to record your thoughts.You may want to try to spend at least 10 minutes writing, allowing your mind time to reflect.Remember to keep your journal entries in a private, password-protected location. Entries on paper may be shredded if you have concerns about privacy.Don’t like blank pages? Try these conversations starters.Today I am grateful for…My favorite time of day is…My description of a perfect day would be…A personal or professional goal that I have been thinking about lately is…last_img read more

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Manushi, Mithali, Sania to address GES in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 26 (PTI) Newly-crowned Miss World Manushi Chhillar, star woman cricketer Mithali Raj and ace tennis player Sania Mirza will be among the speakers at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), beginning here on November 28.The summit, on the theme of Women First, Prosperity for All, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.US President Donald Trumps daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump will lead a delegation from her country at the three-day event.Popular Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja and Bollywood actor Aditi Rao Hydari will also speak at the event, according to the organisers.Manushi Chhillar and actor Sonam Kapoor will speak in a session on The Female Influencer: Advancing Womens Opportunities in the Media Industry.Mithali Raj, Sania Mirza and Indian badminton teams chief national coach P Gopichand will speak at a session on The Business of Winning at Sports Entrepreneurship, on November 29.NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will participate in a session on The City that Never Sleeps: Cities of Tomorrow.A senior official in the Telangana government had earlier said actor Deepika Padukone and cricketer M S Dhoni withdrew their participation from the summit.Over 1,500 delegates, including entrepreneurs and investors, CEOs of major knowledge-based industries, representing the full measure of entrepreneurial talent from diverse backgrounds across the world, are expected to attend the summit.NITI Aayog has taken the lead in organising the event.The event will primarily focus on four thematic sectors — energy and infrastructure; healthcare and life sciences; financial technology and digital economy; and media and entertainment sectors.advertisementModi and Ivanka Trump, along with 100 special guests, would attend a special dinner at the Taj Falaknuma Palace hotel in the old city on November 28, Hyderabad Police Commissioner V V Srinivasa Rao had earlier said. PTI GDK GK ABMlast_img read more

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Morris to File PrePackaged Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan

first_imgMorris owns a portfolio of nearly 20 city magazines—including Augusta, Athens, H magazine and Savannah—as well as 13 daily newspapers. The company estimates the bankruptcy process will take between six and 12 weeks, the spokesperson said. Augusta, Georgia-based newspaper and city magazine publisher Morris Publishing Group said Wednesday that it plans to file for a prepackaged plan of reorganization with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on January 19. Late last year, the publisher set a deadline for holders of its $278.5 million in senior subordinated notes to accept the terms of a debt restructuring, which would exchange that existing debt for $100 million in new, second lien secured notes. At the same time, Morris “affiliates” would have made “capital contributions and repay indebtedness to Morris Publishing in order to cancel $110 million of its $138.75 million in existing senior secured indebtedness.”Under terms of the agreement, Morris needed to gain approval from 99 percent of its note holder for the exchange to happen, but did not. Some lenders held out, according to a company spokesperson, due to “bylaws of their investment funds.”In October, Morris said it had reached an agreement with holders of more than 75 percent of its senior subordinated notes on the exchange.last_img read more

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Clash over harvesting paddy claims 2 lives

first_imgTwo people were killed and 10 others injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over harvesting paddy from a disputed cropland at Sonakhali village in Morelganj upazila on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased are Polash Sheikh, 40, son of Shahajahan Sheikh of Ambari village and Ibrahim Sheikh, 45, son of Torab Ali Sheikh of Patabari village of the upazila.Pankaj Chandra Roy, superintendent of Bagerhat police, said Rahim Khan and Shahidul Islam Khan had long been at loggerheads over the ownership of one bigha of land at the village.As a sequel to the dispute, the supporters of Shahidul Khan and Rahim Khan locked into a fierce fight around 9:00am over harvesting paddy from the cropland, leaving the two dead on the spot and 10 others injured.Two of the injured were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital while four others admitted to Morelganj Health Complex.On information, police rushed in and brought the situation under control. They also detained six people for interrogation.Meanwhile, SP Pankaj Chandra Roy visited the spot.last_img read more

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The Pivot That Transformed a Company and Your Next Repair Claim

first_imgApril 25, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Snapsheet in use.Image credit: Snapsheet Sometimes eighty percent of success really is showing up, even if that means showing up every day at an office where you no longer work. That simple step – and some old fashioned persistence – eventually led to $10 million in series B funding for one company looking to shake up the tired insurance industry. But things weren’t always so sunny for Brad Weisberg, that firm’s founder. Back in 2011, he’d lost a job he loved when the travel booking startup he was working at, WhereI’veBeen.com, was acquired by TripAdvisor. Although his job was gone, his keycard still worked. So for three months after he was let go, he showed up at his former office, a co-working space that also housed the early stage investment firm Lightbank. “I’d work out of the kitchen without anyone realizing I wasn’t supposed to be there,” Weisberg remembers. He began seeking out and befriending Lightbank analysts; outgoing and likeable, they taught Weisberg tips for pitching investors.Because while Weisberg no longer had a job, he did have an idea. Three years earlier, he’d gotten a fender bender; taking his car into the body shop for an estimate “was frustrating and time consuming,” Weisberg says. “I thought, why can’t I use a 10 megapixal camera and take photos of the damage from different angles and use those to get an estimate?” Turns out, he could. “I called 100 shops and sent them photos, and I was able to get the exact same estimates.”After running it by his new analyst friends, Weisberg decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge. “I took out my life savings to have an iPhone app and a website made,” he says, a move which scored him a meeting and $250,000 from Lightbank founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky (co-founders of Groupon). Register Now » Momentum grew from there. Weisberg brought on recent MBA graduate CJ Pryzbyl as a co-founder and together the duo raised an additional $1 million for the company then called BodyShopBids.But while BodyShopBids was getting a lot of positive feedback, it wasn’t getting a lot of actual business. Most body repair bids go directly through insurance companies and it was hard to draw repeat customers. Meanwhile, the company was pouring money into advertising, splurging on a Super Bowl commercial (“When one of our board members saw it, he said he almost spit out his beer,” Pryzbyl recalls). After three months of heavy marketing, dwindling cash and zero growth, Weisberg and Pryzbyl realized they needed to make a change.Enter Snapsheet. Since the majority of auto claims flowed through insurance carriers, why not sell directly to them? The duo began attending every body shop and auto insurance conference they could, finally wrangling a meeting with the chief claims officer of Farmer’s Insurance, who told them on the spot that he wanted a prototype within four months. Since then, Snapsheet has signed with seven other big name carriers, including National General, MetLife and USAA and is currently on pace to process 50,000 claims a year.The pivot – from B2C to B2B – was the key. “About 20 million claims a year go through insurance companies, so they are doing a lot of body work,” Pryzbyl says. With the Snapsheet app, claimants can take a picture of damage on their phone, send it to Snapsheet’s appraisers, and receive a direct deposit for their insurance carrier (Snapsheet receives a flat fee from the insurance agency every time it writes an estimate). Not only does the process eliminate hassle on the drivers’ side – a big deal, since most customers switch carriers after a bad claims experience – but it also reduces costs by 50 percent, Weisberg estimates.Thanks to new technologies, the auto insurance industry is primed for a radical facelift, says Thilo Koslowski, a senior analyst and vice president of the automotive practice at Gartner Inc. “We’ll start to see auto-claims assessed using video and other sensor inputs to look at damages on the vehicle,” he predicts.In general, the auto insurance industry is old-fashioned and cumbersome, and slow to embrace new and more seamless practices. That’s a huge boon for a service like Snapsheet, which benefits from the industry’s distaste for change; it’s easier for big carriers to partner with a technologically savvy middleman than update protocol internally. And the auto insurance industry provides a big enough market for a company like Snapsheet to maintain solid growth — there may be a limited number of carriers, but “it’s the market size that really matters,” Koslowski explains, “and there are 230 million vehicles in use in the United States.”Eventually, though, even the slowest industries update their practices, creating their own in-house technological solutions. When this happens, Koslowski says, Snapsheet may need to pivot again in order to stay ahead of the curve. “Once the industry understands how to leverage a certain technology, then you have to explore another area where it hasn’t moved forward. It’s always a race for chasing the next innovation that core companies within these industries haven’t even thought of yet.”So what’s next? Koslowski is full of predictions. One day, he says, carriers may charge customers on a ‘pay-as-you-drive’ model, which means they will “measure when you are driving, how far you are driving and look at the actual mileage to determine your risk factors.” After that, the next step would be the ‘pay-how-you-drive’ model, where insurers “measure how fast you accelerate, how much you are breaking and so on.” Ultimately, you’ll be able to pay for insurance based on how many miles you drive and how safely you do it. The entire auto insurance industry, he predicts, could one day base its estimates on real time information, which will force insurance providers to rethink their entire business model.Which, of course, leaves the door wide open for more disruption from companies like Snapsheet.last_img read more

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