World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Super Bantamweight champion, Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley, has been nominated for three awards that will be made during the second WBC Female Convention that will be held in Tijuana, Mexico, from January 27-31.On October 29 last year, she regained the title that she lost to Mexican Jackie Nava in 2014, with a unanimous decision over Christina McMahon in New York. Her technical brilliance was on display throughout the fight, as she overwhelmed her opponent.The WBC was so pleased with her performance and the overall quality of the fight, that she has been shortlisted as Champion of the Year and for Comeback of the Year. The fight has also been listed in the category, Event of the Year.Speaking to The Gleaner yesterday, Ashley said that she was thrilled to have been in Jamaica recently for the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards ceremony as a nominee, and that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience once more.PROUD OF SELFShe said that she was proud to follow this up with nominations in so many WBC categories, and this was icing on the cake, after regaining her title. It was her hope, she said, that she will come out on top in at least one category.”I think that I have a good shot in the Comeback of the Year and the Champion of the Year categories, and I am optimistic that I will get them,” she said.She added that the public will be involved in the voting, and was hopeful that her fans will cast votes for her no later than today at: http://wbcboxing.com.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation have launched a new website – www.lovebravery.com – to promote love and compassion.The website showcases how every second on twitter someone is bullied with words such as ‘bitch’ or ‘loser’ and calls on viewers to fight hate with words of love.The website also showcases unique footage of Elton John and Lady Gaga talking about love and compassion, and how it inspired them to launch the Love Bravery clothing brand.“The words Love and Bravery have real power” commented David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I was honored to help launch the Love Bravery line at Macy’s with Lady Gaga. It’s amazing to think that not only are these clothes and accessories super cool, with LOVE or BRAVERY emblazoned across your t-shirt, your hoodie or your purse, you’re really making a statement about what’s important!”Elton makes that statement in a new video released today for his single A Good Heart. The video is Elton’s first for over a decade. In it he wears a heart shaped pin badge from the Love Bravery collection. The video explores the power of love in its many forms – that of lovers, friends and family members. Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation feels “the song and the video for A Good Heart beautifully echo the spirit of Love Bravery.”Macy’s are donating 25% from every Love Bravery purchase to support the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. To celebrate the release of ‘A Good Heart’ Macy’s are running a special promotion with a further 25% discount on all items in the Love Bravery range. To find out more and claim your discount go to www.lovebravery.com.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundation
On February 25, 2018, Women Like Us Foundation will present the documentary Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the WorldThe film, executive produced by Women Like Us co-founder Linda Rendleman, and co-produced by Women Like Us Global Ambassador Catt Sadler, is a rallying cry for women to continue the fight for equality for all.Women Like Us is a film that lifts and motivates the spirit. This story follows three women on a moving journey of exploration, adversity and evolution, in addition to witnessing the unimaginable social injustices women face around the globe. Award winning journalist Catt Sadler and her mother, Linda Rendleman, activist/author and cofounder of Women Like Us Foundation, along with Sally Colon, film director, travel the US and Kenya to engage in conversations with astounding women tackling unimaginable social injustices such as female genital mutilation, human trafficking, teen suicide, homelessness and more.“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Indy to connect with all the wonderful women who are making change for the community. It was the first place I wanted to come to and share our film. Indy means so much to me and my mom, Linda,” commented Catt Sadler.The Women Like Us Foundation promotes gender equality and social justice through funding women’s nonprofits fighting sexual abuse, mitigating homelessness, and supporting women’s leadership through education. Rendleman formed Women Like Us in Indianapolis ten years ago.Included in the film are local resident and international artist Nancy Noel who supports the NA Noel school in Kenya and Fishers resident Deb Myers, founder of the One Girl at a Time Foundation.“Our work of 10 years has created awareness and funded initiatives led by women with an emphasis on gender equality and social justice,” emphasizes Linda Rendleman, the CEO and President of Women Like Us Foundation. “This film allows us to take their stories across the country with a call to action for women to find their passion and speak their voices for change.”Event sponsors include KAR Auctions, Faegre, Baker, Daniels , LLP, Raymond James Network for Women Advisors, Baritone Sales Group, One Girl at a Time Foundation, Sharonweb Autism Foundation, Network of Women in Business and You Can Free Us.The documentary will screen on February 25th at 6:30pm at the Indianapolis IMAX Theatre (650 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46204), preceded by a 5:00pm VIP/Media Red Carpet reception. Catt Sadler and Linda Rendleman will co-host a Q&A at 8:00pm, following the film.Tickets are available at IMAX.
Riot police walk past a shop as they chase anti-government protesters down Nathan Road in Mong Kok in Hong Kong, China on 17 August. Photo: ReutersThousands of school teachers joined an 11th weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Saturday, as shops pulled down their shutters and braced for another restive summer night.Weeks of increasingly violent demonstrations have plunged the city into turmoil. Water-filled barricades fortify the airport and government offices. Posters showing bloody clashes are stuck on street corners and there is a protest nearly every night.The unrest began in June in opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill, and have since grown to include broader demands.Following an escalation in violence over the past few days, rallies on Saturday and Sunday are a test of whether the movement can retain the broad support it has appeared to enjoy.Saturday’s mostly peaceful protest suggested that it may – though thousands also attended a pro-police counter-rally, and a clearer picture is not likely to emerge until Sunday when a protest is scheduled that could draw tens of thousands.”The government has been ignoring us for months. We have to keep demonstrating,” said CS Chan, a maths teacher at a rally of teachers, which police said up to 8,300 people had attended, in heavy rain. Organisers said 22,000 were present.Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement that has enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997.During the past week they have increasingly directed their frustration toward police, who have responded with fiercer determination to clear them from the streets.As storms cleared, anti-government demonstrators also marched through Kowloon – the main built-up area on the mainland side of Hong Kong harbour – while large pro-police crowds rallied in a harbourside park across the bay.”I’m heartbroken to see the city being split up like this,” a retired telecoms technician, Michael Law, 69, told Reuters at the pro-police rally. “What the violent protesters have been doing shows no respect for Hong Kong’s rule of law.”Shop ShutOrganisers said 476,000 people attended the pro-police rally, while police said 108,000 attended. Reuters was not able to verify either estimate.Many shops in Kowloon had shut early, even on big retail boulevards, in anticipation of clashes that have tended to turn nasty at night as front-line activists attack police.On Saturday, protesters who had surrounded a police station soon vanished when riot officers advanced with shields and batons.Some said they were saving their energy for Sunday, when the pro-democracy Civil Human Rights Front, which organised million-strong peaceful marches in June, has scheduled another protest.The increasingly violent confrontations have plunged one of Asia’s financial capitals into its worst crisis for decades. The unrest also presents one of the biggest challenges for Chinese president Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, has warned activists not tip their home into an abyss.The European Union urged all sides to engage in dialogue, following other calls for restraint as Chinese paramilitary police have run drills close to the Hong Kong border.Police in Australia also warned supporters and opponents of the Hong Kong protest movement to behave after scuffles at a rally in Melbourne.Chinese officials have likened some actions by protesters to “terrorism” and Chinese state media outlets have urged Hong Kong police to respond more robustly.Protesters have used slingshots to fire marbles at police, shone lasers at them and at times thrown bricks and firebombs.Having fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the streets, and at one point in a subway station, police are warning that they could get tougher.Although their stations have been attacked scores of times during the crisis, they have so far refrained from deploying water cannon, armoured cars or the dog squad.They have made some 750 arrests, charging some protesters with rioting, which can attract a 10-year jail term.But many remain on the side of the demonstrators.Yu, a secondary school music teacher in her 40s, said she was determined to show support for protesting students, even though she did not agree with all their actions:”I do appreciate their courage and caring about Hong Kong … they are definitely braver than our government.”
The Capital will relive the remembrances of a courtesan in love in a special choreography recreating the Awadhi darbar, the poetic words of love explored through darbari kathak dance by dancer Manjari Chaturvedi.The exploration of syllable and voice create remembrances in classical music compositions sung by dhrupad exponent Uday Bhawalkar. The rhythmic sound of Persian percussions, the daf and the tumbak by artiste Reza Karfar will lead audience to nothingness where only the beauty of sound exists and create an essence of void and of desires unfulfilled. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The darbari kathak also known as kathak of Lucknow gharana is characterised by lovely costumes, and is famous for its delicate nuances of expressiveness, alluring grace in movements, eloquent gat bhav and its unique abhinaya to the accompaniment of lilting thumri’s, ghazals and holis, which was patronised in the opulant darbars of Nawabs of Awadh. Manjari Chaturvedi is a exponent of the Indian classical dance form and is acclaimed for being the creator and only performing artist of Sufi kathak. She has combined the mysticism of Sufi traditions with classical Indian dance . Uday Bhawalkar whose music alings with Chaturvedi’s sufi kathak, is a standard bearer for Dhrupad.
To celebrate 2017 as the year of friendly exchange between India and Japan, a two-day cultural festival ‘Konnichiwa Japan’ was held recently, at DLF Place, Saket to celebrate and strengthen the cultural ties between the two nations. ‘Konnichiwa’ is a Japanese term similar to our ‘Namaste’ or an informal ‘Hello!’For the first time ever in Delhi, two retired Sumo Wrestlers, Kazumaza Satou Bungonishiki, and Yoshinori Tashiro Toouyama flew in to give Delhiites a taste of Sumo wrestling. The event started off with a special performance of Taiko, an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums, and had Undokai (Sports Meeting), FIFA 18 Gaming Competition, Anime Cosplay, Japanese tea ceremony, Bonsai display, Ikebana and Origami stalls, Japanese contemporary and traditional dance performances, and an array of Japanese cuisine lined up to showcase the culture of Japan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”In the recent years Indo-Japan relationship has undergone a qualitative shift as the economic relation between India and Japan is rapidly developing. Under this circumstance, cultural relations have become better and stronger to encourage the cultural interflow between India and Japan, promote better understanding about Japan in India and strengthen people to people contact. We seek to promote youth exchanges between the two nations through such initiatives. The festival comprises of many cultural demonstrations, which will enable people to have a slice of traditional Japanese culture while sitting in India,” said Ravi Chopra, President, Discover Japan club. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about their experience of coming to India for the first time, the sumo wrestlers present at the event, shared some insights into the game. Sumo wrestlers start to practice the art at an early age. Since there is no limitation to one’s weight, if a wrestler is heavier he has an advantage over the others. One has to consume enough food equivalent to 20 persons to maintain their structure, and practice for seven hours a day, informed Bungonishiki, who had retired on May last year at the age of 30. Sumo wrestlers can be found in majorly fours countries – Japan, Mongolia, Russia, and Hawaii. The event had been organised by Discover Japan club in India and World Heritage Academy in support of Embassy of Japan, and Japan Foundation in India in association with Discover India club in Japan to promote cultural collaboration between the two nations.
6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Modernist Cuisine: The Art of Science ushered in a new age of cooking when it was published in 2011. Written by Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft CTO, the six-volume collection by weighed 50 pounds and explored the science behind heightened flavor, texture and presentation. With recipes that read like complex formulas, the book sought to understand things like why gluten networks form in bread loaves and how heat moves through steak.Helping to answer those questions are people like Scott Heimendinger, Modernist Cuisine’s director of applied research. This former software programmer for Microsoft and IBM works out of Modernist Cuisine’s Bellevue lab along with a 20-person team. He’s a chief ceramicist, laser cook and museum show coordinator who experiments with an array of high-tech ‘toys’ — lasers, 3D printers, centrifuges, rotor-stator homogenizers etc. – all in the name of deliciousness.We caught up with Heimendinger before his panel at SXSW this last month to discuss cooking with lasers, how to apply the Modernist approach to cooking at home, and his favorite meal of all time (there were 50 courses).Related: SXSW Thought Leaders on Failing Better & Finding Your WayEntrepreneur.com: Were you always into food?Heimendinger: When I moved to Seattle, I started cooking at home and went to a restaurant where I was served a sous vide egg; I’d never heard of sous-vide before [a method of cooking food sealed in plastic bags in precisely temperature controlled water]. When you cook an egg this way, you end up with this texture that is out of this world. The yolk gets fudgy and rich and incredible…it was like someone violated the laws of physics.I went home and devoured all the literature that existed [on sous-vide cooking]. There was almost none. That egg changed the rest of my life. I totally geeked out about sous-vide. I got a laboratory centrifuge from a surplus place, and my friends and I tried to teach ourselves spherification and how to make gels.Related: SXSW: David Chang – What Luxe Restaurants Can Learn From Taco Bell and GoogleImage credit: Modernist CuisineEntrepreneur.com: When did you first hear about NathanHeimendinger: A year and a half later, I read an article about this guy who had created a cooking lab. It was the fully mature version of all of the stuff that my friends and I had been doing in my basement. I said ‘Oh my God: clearly, I need to work for him.’ Entrepreneur.com: How did you land the job?Heimendinger: I did a one-week cooking internship — I think Nathan realized that I was the same type of crazy as him. They created this position for me three and a half years ago, and it’s just been the most incredible wild ride. Entrepreneur.com: Cooking is often considered an art, but your approach feels as if it removes the spontaneity and creativity from the process.Heimendinger: There’s this false dichotomy that in order to be passionate you have to act like an artist and throw in whatever inspires you in that moment. But that’s not true. You can be equally passionate and take an approach that leverages tools and structure and understanding.Entrepreneur.com: Recipes in Modernist Cuisine: The Art of Cooking require very particular, very expensive equipment. Can similar techniques be used in a normal kitchen?Heimendinger: This was the inspiration behind releasing Modernist Cuisine At Home. With the original edition, the only place on earth that you can cook all those recipes is our lab. You need a rotary evaporator, a centrifuge and a rotor-stator homogenizer, an ultrasonic bath…. But in Modernist Cuisine At Home, we took the same insights from our research, and then we adjusted all of the recipes so you can cook them with cookware from Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma.Entrepreneur.com: Such as?Heimendinger: If you want to replicate the type of pizza that you get from a 800 degree Neapolitan pizza oven at home, take a plate of steel, put it in your home oven and crack up the broiler It’s extraordinarily successful, not that expensive and now people are making incredible pizza at home. We love democratizing these things. Entrepreneur.com: Are you trying to get people to reconsider how they think about preparing food?Heimendinger: Absolutely. And this is very important: Even if you don’t have the tools for a recipe, we still think it’s interesting to know how the process works. Just from a position of passionate curiosity.Entrepreneur.com: What’s next for Modernist Cuisine?Heimendinger: The original Modernist Cuisine books only focused on savory cooking. And although the books were big, 2,400 pages, we left out a lot. Right now we are in the R&D phase of our next book, which is going to be massive. And it’s just about bread: Not pastry, not desserts, not sweets, not Viennoiserie. Just bread. It’s totally feasible that you might see a Modernist Barbeque, or a Modernist Cocktail book, or Modernist Chinese; there are so many areas to play with. It’s going to be a long time before we run out of fun things to cook.Entrepreneur.com: Tell me about the best meal you’ve ever had?Heimendinger: The most delicious meal? Ferran Adrià [an award winning Catalan chef] came to the lab to visit us, and we cooked him 50 courses for lunch. We had set the table with English and Spanish newspaper articles about people seeing the face of the Virgin Mary in their toast. The chef had just served a deconstructed tacos al pastor, this beautiful laminated meat presentation with avocado puree, and then came back around the table with a tortilla warmer to reveal Ferran’s face laser etched into the tortillas, as if it was the face of the Virgin Mary.It was cool, because I got to do the laser etching. But it also highlights that cooking is not just about sweet, salty, umami, and bitter flavors; it’s also about a sense of humor, and playing with tension and curiosity. That’s all part of the meal. Sometimes the dish is the punch line to a joke, and it’s fantastic. April 3, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
August 22, 2008 Congratulations upon completion of the 5-week workshop program to the July 20. Workshop participants. Graduates are: [from left] Raffaele Elba, Natalie Logan, Melissa Garmann, Marta d’Alessandro, Marco Gissara, Maki Yamamoto, Daiki Iwata, Arianna Urban and Sonnik Vedel. [not in photo] Danielle Gould. [Photo & text: sa]