India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit: Arvind Kejriwal, the man who brought youth to the forefront

first_imgTwo years ago, it was believed that the Indian youth’s political idealism is restricted to watching Rang De Basanti and their patriotism to chest-thumping during cricket matches between India and Pakistan.Today, young Indians are shaping the political agenda of the nation. Their level of political awareness is such that mainstream political parties which ignore this section run the risk of being decimated at the hustings.Much of the credit for transforming the youth from perennial backbenchers to the vanguard of politics should go to Arvind Kejriwal, the man who helped spark the mass upsurges at Jantar Mantar and Ramlila Maidan the past year.Anna Hazare might have been the face of the Jan Lokpal agitation, but Kejriwal was undoubtedly the brain behind it. The central position that the Magsaysay awardee occupies in the movement has only become more apparent now that it is in a phase of transition.He will be speaking at the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012 on Friday.It is inexplicable why mainstream political parties ignored the youth as a ” vote bank” in a country where over half the people are below 30 years of age. It is this section that Kejriwal and his team tapped into. However, their contribution lies not so much in the manner in which they caught the imagination of young Indians but for mobilising them under a platform which had nothing to do with the politics of caste, religion and region.Critics have tended to present Kejriwal and his team as a bunch of event managers who somehow managed to gather a crowd. This is both inaccurate and unfair. Kejriwal’s efforts at mobilising the youth predate the Jan Lokpal agitation by over a decade. Since the early 2000s, Kejriwal, through his NGO Parivartan, has been going to various schools in Delhi to advocate for transparent governance. People still recall that it was by attending his presentations during their school days which made them realise that they paid taxes even by purchasing a bar of chocolate.Having now turned the movement against corruption into a political one, the challenges have only increased for Kejriwal.Whether Kejriwal’s political does well in the elections is besides the point. He and his team have brought corruption, which people had almost become accustomed to, into the centre of the political discourse.This will remain their lasting contribution.advertisementlast_img read more

Versatile Scottie Thompson aiming to be ‘more aggressive’ on offense

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thompson added that he aims to be a more potent offensive player, especially he was never known as a scorer in his professional career.He put up nine points on 4-of-11 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out just a couple of assists.“I tried being more aggressive on offense earlier in the game, I’m trying, but so far it hasn’t been that good,” said Thompson. “I hope that through the course of the season I’ll improve as a player so I can better help the team.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Clinical Angelique Kerber powers into Australian Open 2nd round Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson drives against TNT forward Kelly Williams during their game in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Scottie Thompson’s path to superstardom was solidified when he was named the Finals MVP in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup after an already impressive first two seasons with Barangay Ginebra.The Gin Kings’ young point guard then, further upped his trajectory when he was awarded as the league’s Most Improved Player for the 2017-18 PBA season in the Leo Awards Sunday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Thompson, 25, averaged an all-around game with 9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals the prior season and those numbers were a bump from his averages of 8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals from 2016-17.With a couple of individual trophies under his belt, Thompson is on a sure path to becoming one of the best players of his generation, but the soft-spoken floor general isn’t taking things in a rush.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“First of all there’s added pressure to play well but I’m also more motivated because my focus right now is this conference,” said Thompson in Filipino after Ginebra’s 90-79 win over TNT in the season-opener.“Whatever happens I’ll just take it a step at a time and I’ll improve on the areas that I have to work on. I’m not in a rush right now.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre Supporting Budding Regional Entrepreneurs

first_img The CCIC focuses on several engagements including water management, sustainable agriculture, and energy efficiency, for which it provides educational support, grants, support services to businesses through boot-camps and accelerator initiatives, while exposing innovators to a global network of experts. Twenty Jamaicans will benefit from the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s (CCIC) $18.7 million (US$149,000) entrepreneurial mentorship programme, which is providing assistance to over 200 persons across the region. Twenty Jamaicans will benefit from the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s (CCIC) J$18.7-million (US$149,000) entrepreneurial mentorship programme, which is providing assistance to over 200 persons across the region.The programme, which is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, will commence in Barbados in 2018 with 28 heads of supporting organisations participating in a ‘train the trainers’ session to facilitate the initiative’s seamless implementation.Project Manager at the CCIC, Carlington Burrell, says several entrepreneurs from Europe, the United States, and Australia have linked with regional innovators, and anticipates that this will further support the programme’s roll-out.Speaking with JIS News at a recent Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) network mingle in Kingston, Mr. Burrell said the approximately J$62.7 million (US$500,000) in funding support, resulting from a partnership with the World Bank, has been facilitated through the CCIC for regional innovators involved in climate-related technology activities.This, he informs, has enabled the delivery of online courses in business studies to several entrepreneurs.The CCIC, which was established in 2013, is a consortium jointly managed by Jamaica’s Scientific Research Council (SRC), and Trinidad and Tobago’s Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI).It is a part of the World Bank’s InfoDev Climate Technology Programme (CTP), which focusses on empowering developing countries to proactively and profitably adapt, develop and deploy climate-smart technologies and business models.The CCIC focuses on several engagements, including water management, sustainable agriculture, and energy efficiency, for which it provides educational support, grants, support services to businesses through boot camps and accelerator initiatives, while exposing innovators to a global network of experts.“We are helping innovators in the Caribbean (by equipping them with skills) and (providing) them (with) access to financing. We (don’t) want young and vibrant (innovative) entrepreneurs to sit on their ideas. If you have an idea, come to us (and) we will connect you (to the appropriate experts and services), as we want to create an impact in the region,” Mr. Burrell added.Meanwhile, Mr. Burrell said the CCIC continues to forge capacity building partnerships for regional entrepreneurs.One such is with the United Kingdom-based Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which currently has 15 women enrolled in training and mentorship activities through its Enterprise Development Programme (EDP).Under the EDP, women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies are mentored to access capital and markets.It also equips participants with business registration techniques, focusing on tailored financial literacy and awareness training, coupled with exposure to various investment options.The Foundation partners with banks, microfinance institutions, and other entities, providing investment funds to prepare women to operate successful business ventures.The EPIC is another CCIC initiative that is empowering innovators.This seven-year engagement, which is funded by the Government of Canada in the sum of approximately J$1.92 billion (Can$20 million), aims to build an ecosystem that facilitates high-growth and sustainable enterprises across the Caribbean.The initiative, which is supported by the World Bank Group, enables this by promoting angel investments and innovative financing throughout the region.World Bank Project Manager, Karlene Francis, says the multilateral institution’s support, through InfoDev, is intended to build a “robust ecosystem” of entrepreneurs for economic sustainability and job creation.She encourages entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved in the programmes, and invites those engaged in climate-related activities in particular, to contact the SRC or the University of the West Indies Consulting Company (UWIC).Ms. Francis also assures persons involved in mobile app development that the Bank is ready to assess their plans.Project Manager at PitchiT Caribbean, Mellissa Johnson, believes there are myriad opportunities for innovators, which they need to access.She contends that “we have enough capacity (in terms) of our own innovation; it is just a matter of execution to put the Caribbean on the map as a tech and innovation hotspot”.Head of 360 Recycle Manufacturing, Keisha Cole, who is a beneficiary of the CCIC’s services, says once persons have ideas, they should seek assistance in bringing these to fruition.“It is very important that you find yourself in an incubator. I have a greater appreciation for it now, because this is what causes you to (learn) how business works,” she tells JIS News.Another beneficiary innovator, Yekini Wallen Bryan of Preelabs Limited, says the assistance he received enabled him to establish a network of partnerships across the world.He too urges persons with ideas to get training and certification, adding that in doing so, “you will be on a path to greatness”.Meanwhile, the CCIC’s Public Relations Officer, Cashyaka McDonald, says the EPIC network mingle marked the first time that all the supporting groups, mentors, innovators, and investors were meeting in one location.“Events like this are important for Jamaica. We need more entrepreneurs to be aware of these organisations and the support that they can get,” she states. Project Manager at the CCIC, Carlington Burrell, says several entrepreneurs from Europe, the United Sates, and Australia have linked with regional innovators, and anticipates that this will further support the programme’s roll out. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Spotted Shi Zi Yang 7 Launched in Hong Kong

first_imgImage Courtesy: Incat CrowtherIn today’s spotted we present you Shi Zi Yang 7, a 40-meter catamaran passenger ferry which has been launched in Hong Kong.To be operated by Sea’s Young in Hong Kong, the ship was constructed by shipbuilder Wang Tak.The 199-passenger ferry was designed by naval architect Incat Crowther.“The design of the vessel focuses on an efficient hull form. An effectively laid out deck plan keeps superstructure to a minimum, with hull cross structure eliminated where not required,” Incat Crowther said.Powered by a pair of MTU 12V2000 M72 main engines, Shi Zi Yang 7 can achieve a speed of up to 32 knots.last_img read more