first_img“De Olive” – Poet and model at KAST Talent ManagementNineteen-year-old Grace Allia Hutson, also known as “de Olive”, stands at five feet, four inches tall and is a former student of Queen’s College. Currently, she is a student at the University of Guyana, where she is pursuing a degree in International Relations.Having been a former actress and singer, she is now a member of the KAST Talent Management as a poet and model. Her goal in life is to achieve as many things as possible while she still has life in her.She aspires to be a family lawyer and a psychologist – these desires are deeply rooted in her belief in the institution of family. “I believe that the family is the cornerstone of society and if it can erase many social issues if it is strong. For example the high rise in teenage suicide,” she told Guyana Times Entertainment.Her hobbies are reading and babysitting.last_img read more

Remy strike sinks Spain

first_imgMissing several familiar faces, including the retired Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso, Spain nevertheless maintained their style of old, controlling large periods of possession but without really threatening to break down the home defence.France, meanwhile, had the best chances and should have been in front four minutes into the second half, but a clever Karim Benzema finish at the end of a flowing move was disallowed for offside, with television replays suggesting the Swiss officials got the decision wrong.“It was an even game. They had good quicker transitions, but we had more control of the game,” insisted Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, whose team face Macedonia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.“The players need more competitive games but we will improve and in general I think we showed we are a good team.”Home coach Didier Deschamps, in the first in a two-year run of friendly matches before they host the European Championship, will be pleased to see his side build on the feelgood factor that came with their run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil.“We were up against a good Spain team with some players no longer there but others coming in,” said Deschamps.“There was a 20-minute spell where they deprived us of the ball, but in the second half we created chances and also scored a goal that should have been given.“It’s good to maintain the same spirit and to mark our return to the Stade de France with a win.”Exactly two months after their 1-0 defeat to eventual winners Germany in Rio de Janeiro, Deschamps sent out a side that showed just one change, with Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko starting at the expense of Yohan Cabaye.In contrast, their opponents had three players – defenders Dani Carvajal and Mikel San Jose and midfielder Raul Garcia – making their international debuts and another in David de Gea winning just his second cap in goal with Iker Casillas, ominously, dropped to the bench.As the captain of the team that won three consecutive major tournaments, including the last two European Championships, watched from the bench, the visitors did their best to subdue a crowd that was close to capacity.– Costa struggles –There were spells in which Spain were mesmerising in possession, with Sergio Busquets, the only Barcelona player in their line-up, and Cesc Fabregas featuring prominently, but Diego Costa made little impression up front, just as he had failed to make an impact at the World Cup.Instead, France had the better chances, Benzema and Paul Pogba both stinging the palms of De Gea in the early stages before the Real Madrid striker rifled a shot towards goal in the 39th minute that the ‘keeper was once again equal to.At the other end, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had one moment of panic when a Fabregas attempt from 30 yards took a wicked deflection and looped on to the roof of the net.Spain lacked thrust and incisiveness, and France showed how it should be done with a lightning-quick move down the right wing in the 49th minute that ended with a cross to the near post being back-heeled into the net by Benzema, only for the offside flag to curtail the celebrations.The always-lively Valbuena fired narrowly wide but it was he who set up the goal for Remy, cutting the ball back from near the byline on the left for the new Chelsea striker to convert his fifth international goal.Substitute David Silva almost equalised with seven minutes left but that would have been harsh on a France defence marshalled by the supremely athletic but youthful duo of Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, September 4- France got the better of a new-look Spain team on Thursday, a superb strike from substitute Loic Remy in the second half giving the hosts a 1-0 friendly victory.Remy fired emphatically into the roof of the net at the near post in the 73rd minute from a Mathieu Valbuena assist to set France on the way to a win that they will feel they deserved against the deposed world champions.last_img read more

SUV sales keep up momentum in gloom

first_imgDespite falling sales in the automobile sector, domestic manufacturers are upbeat about the growth of the sport utility vehicles (SUVs) segment, which has reported a double-digit rise with fresh demand emerging from both urban and rural markets.According to figures of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), sales of SUVs increased by 16.4 per cent in the last fiscal. The growth continued to remain bullish in the first quarter of this fiscal year with most companies posting high double-digit growth.”Recently launched models such as Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra and Mahindra XUV500 and face-lifted versions of Toyota Innova have done well and received good responses from customers,” Kinjal Shah, analyst with the rating agency Internet Content Rating Agency (Icra), said.Even in the luxury car segment, SUVs remained volume spinners in June for companies such as Audi, which reported an increase of 76 per cent compared to the same month last year.”We had received 500 bookings for Audi Q3 within five days of its launch, of which 200 vehicles have already been delivered. Seeing such a tremendous response, we have opened the next round of booking for 500 units of Audi Q3. Therefore, we expect the same response from our customers,” said Michael Perschke, head, Audi India.This why most auto manufacturers are betting high on the SUVs with more than half-a-dozen launches lined up this year.French carmaker Renault is also coming up with its much-awaited SUV Duster, which is expected to be a game changer. The company had already showcased Duster at the auto expo in January, and sources say that the car will be in the Rs 7.5 lakh-Rs 12 lakh price range. The car will be available in both diesel as well as petrol. The model is very popular in the European market.advertisementBesides, Ford India Pvt Ltd is banking on its soon-to-be-launched EcoSport.”In fact, competition in the SUV segment is expected to intensify even further in view of several models slated to be launched in the current fiscal, including Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia, Ashok Leyland Stile, and Mahindra Mini Xylo,” Icra’s Shah pointed out.last_img read more

BNCCI team visits Moscow

first_imgKolkata: Keeping in purview the bilateral relationship between India and Russia, a 14-member delegation of BNCCI visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Suzdol from August 30 to September, 4, 2018.The delegation comprised members from different Trade and Commerce activities in Bengal ranging from Real Estate to Medicine, from Education to Poultry farming among others. The delegation was supported and flagged off by Alexey Idamkin, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe delegation had their first meeting with Daria Suntsova, CEO and Board Member of “OPARA RUSSIA” — the Apex umbrella body of MSME Sector in Russia. The organisation has over 4 lakh members spread approximately over 85 provinces of Russian Federation, with focus on priority sector such as Pharmaceuticals, Food & Food Processing, Tourism, Infrastructure and Engineering. The meeting was held at their head quarter at Suvorovskaya Square, Moscow. Ritwik Das, highlighted the Tourism Scheme and other Investment Opportunities in Bengal as inspired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Das also invited the member of ‘OPARA RUSSIA’ to attend the Bengal Global Summit, 2019, in Kolkata on behalf of Bengal Government. The BNCCI delegation was also invited for a Tea Meet at the Embassy of India in Moscow by G Balasubramanium, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy. The delegation ended with a happy note.last_img read more

Vadehras at DCAW 2018

first_imgAt the DCAW, Roshini Vadehra decided that Vadehra Art Gallery would plumb the depths of history to unveil works that had historicity coupled with vintage vitality.K M Madhusudhnan’s untitled ship made of leather, thread, ink, charcoal and LED light was at once surreal and steeped in the narratives of the past. Madhusudhnan is a famed film maker, whose artistic practice flows seamlessly across various mediums in art and cinema, including video art and narrative feature film. He is deeply concerned with war, colonization, and man-made borders. Marxism and Buddhism have been decisive influences on Madhusudhanan’s art. This work incorporates materials that echo the genesis of an odyssey bringing forward the past into the present with the use of lead, it also positions the artist for a unique personal style in engaging with the historical subject and evoking magical powers of different materials. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnju Dodiya’s felicity with metaphors is always charming as well as echoing with an elegance that straddles minimalist modes. Art remains rooted in the figurative and her works are charged with an emotional value that is unique to her artistic language. Anju’s self keeps recurring in the changing pictorial contexts as it does here too in Green Dive. Her watercolours and charcoal are an inward looking investigation with a keen sense of self-awareness and introspection. Her work compels the viewer to unravel the untold stories of the (usually) female protagonists, yet never fully reveal the full narrative. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRanbir Kaleka’s ‘Raja Raja Ravi Verma’ in the house of levi is an archival ink and oil on canvas and it creates corollaries in context and content. Ranbir fuses the East and the West by playfully planting Raja Ravi Varma’s Indian figures from various paintings among the Biblical characters of ‘The feast in the house of levi’– Paolo Veronese’s iconic renaissance work. Ranbir takes up visual inscriptions of subjectivity: the image retains the aura of the icon and the desire for profane exposure; it reinvigorates the exhausted protocols of the identity question and the discourse of postcolonial theory.Atul Dodiya’s ‘The vegetarian society 1890’ was a part of his historic show – ‘Mahatma and the masters’ in 2015. Dodiya used painting and photography to focus on episodes of the life of Gandhi and combine them with contemporary and modern occidental artists.The result is a confrontation between two different moments of history: the fight for the independence of India, between 1910 and 1947, and important moments of European art. This image of 1890 becomes a hybrid work combining oil painting and photography. The figure of Gandhi is central, it questions the notions of modernity and universalism. Atul establishes a dialogue between two simultaneous moments in history: the fight for Indian Independence between 1910 and 1947 and the founding of artistic modernity in Europe.This work combines an episode of Gandhi’s struggle with contemporary creations from artists such as Picasso, Mondrian and Malevich. The complex fusion of painting and photography challenges the distinction between copy and original, between Eastern and Western tradition. Atul has been one of the first artists to to build bridges between Indian and Western art. The experience gained during a one-year course at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, during the early 1990s was key to his artistic development. In many ways this work created a counterpoint in a world that is battling cruelty to animals.last_img read more

What Its Actually Like to Work at a Crypto Startup

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now » October 29, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Working in the cryptocurrency industry in 2018 is like being the most interesting person at a party: Everyone is curious about you, everyone wants to learn more about what you do and everyone has questions.Related: 5 Essential Podcasts for Entrepreneurs Serious About CryptocurrencyIt’s one of those things that gets people talking.There’s good reason for this. To many outside of the industry, there’s something enigmatic about crypto companies. Are cryptocurrency workers anarchists? Are they tech-obsessed bros who spend all their time in their basements? Or are they just an elaborate front that’s really dedicated to funneling money to terrorists and drug dealers?I get the confusion, because I was on the outside looking in just six months ago with my own assumptions about the industry. With 13 years spent in “big corporate,” including a nine-year stretch in advertising and four years in financial services, I’ve had the privilege of building great products and working with very smart people. The advent of crypto assets and its supporting blockchain technology was rooted in an earnest and altruistic intent to solve big problems.Crypto is an industry on the move.I was intrigued and sought out an opportunity to get involved.This industry is growing like crazy. According to the CEO of one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, the market overall is on track to exceed $1 trillion in value this year, despite recent losses, and that trend is expected to accelerate going forward. A full 30 percent of LinkedIn’s list of the top 50 startups of 2018 are in the crypto space, and venture capital investment in blockchain and crypto companies is up 280 percent so far in 2018 versus last year.Stereotypes or not, clearly something is happening here.Related: Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain AnymoreThe truth is, a lot of my assumptions about life in the cryptocurrency industry were dead wrong. So, forget what you’ve heard. I’m now immersed in the world of crypto and loving every minute of it.Here’s what the industry is really like:It’s full of bright minds.Startups attract risk takers and overachievers, people who want to do something impactful. Crypto startups, in particular, are attracting some of the top tech and finance talent in the world because the industry provides some of the best opportunities for innovation in their respective fields. On any given day in our office, there’s a PhD mathematician contemplating trade algorithms, or an advanced blockchain book club being held about elliptic curve cryptography, and it’s standing room only. Everyone’s game is elevated, and it’s fun as hell.It wants legitimacy.Coming from traditional finance, I was very impressed to see the amount of due diligence happening to bring integrity to this industry. This isn’t the Wild West as it is often depicted; crypto is growing into its place in the mainstream and no one involved in this industry wants there to be questions about its legitimacy or its underlying technology.Related: 6 Cryptocurrencies You Should Know About (and None of Them Are Bitcoin)It’s bringing opposites together.Crypto attracts both technical engineers in all of their hoodie-wearing glory and financiers who rock the Midtown Uniform. Sometimes, the subcultures of technology and finance can feel more like a stark divide. It’s a challenge to overcome but also a great opportunity to find synergy in the convergence of advanced technology and financial services. Both sides are benefiting.It cares about laws.Crypto got a bad rap early on because some bad dudes did some bad stuff and it got a reputation as a lawless platform. Times have changed. Now, everyone who is truly interested in its sustainability is working tirelessly to advance the good that’s happening here. Bitcoin continues to make inroads as a viable currency, exchange activity is stabilizing around a few well-respected projects and the market is growing. We’re not all drug dealers, after all.There’s a cult of personality.Early adopters of crypto and blockchains are true believers. They’re motivated by higher purpose than just the financial gain that drives so many crypto speculators. The word “scam” is the dirtiest of four-letter words. There is a strong desire to establish an ubiquitous understanding of the possibilities of widespread crypto use and blockchain-based transactions. It’s an energy and enthusiasm that is unlike any I’ve ever experienced in my career.Related: Still Considering Investing in Cryptocurrency? Here’s What You Need to Know.Despite these surprises, this has to be said: Yes, this industry is young and male. The lack of diversity and examples of blatant and implicit biases in crypto are well documented. Although it’s difficult to measure, it’s estimated that men hold approximately 85 percent or more of cryptocurrency wealth. Most products and marketing in this industry are geared toward men. As a result, crypto has perpetuated the wealth gap between men and women.Diversity has a place at the table.But, women and people of color are not unrepresented in this space and more are continuing to enter the industry. Crypto startups, given their progressive and innovative nature, have a unique opportunity to change the story line and deliver on its founding principle of democratized access to wealth.I’m seeing it in my company, starting with a belief that diverse talent is valuable and can readily be found. The industry still has long way to go, but change is happening.The energy in this industry is infectious. I would imagine it’s akin to the early days of the internet — the excitement of doing something uncharted but knowing that you’re moving in the right direction. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more