Sir Chris Hoy Leads The Glasgow 2014 Queens Baton Relay

first_imgThis Wednesday, Her Majesty the Queen will launch the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace.Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Gold Olympian, double Commonwealth Gold medallist, and recently appointed UNICEF UK Ambassador, will be the Baton’s special escort as it makes the processional journey down the Mall to receive the Queen’s message.“I am so proud to be taking part in launching the Baton,” said Sir Chris, who has supported UNICEF since 2009. “It brings together three of my life’s passions – sport, Scotland and making a difference for children.“What could be more important than UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Games coming together to use the immense power of sport to transform children’s lives around the Commonwealth, including at home in Scotland?”Over 248 days the Baton will cover 198,000km, starting in New Delhi and visiting all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth until it reaches its final destination – the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony.“The Baton beginning its journey around the Commonwealth supported by young people will be a great day – and one that I hope will signal change in a great many lives,” added Sir Chris.Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

A family that cooks together stays together Is The Mantra That Pushed

first_img“A family that ‘cooks’ together, stays together” is the mantra that pushed Chef Shagun Mehra to pursue a career in food. India Food Network spoke to the talented chef and wine connoisseur about her food philosophy, inspiration and how travel has changed her perspective towards food in this interview.Do you have any fond food memory from your childhood?I remember in the summer we used to churn our own fresh Alphonso ice-cream. Each member in the family would take turns in churning the ice-cream. This was the traditional way of churning cream and mangoes into ice-cream. I am salivating at the thought of it!When was the first time you realized you want to pursue a career in food?When I was about 15, the chef at our family hotel had just completed his culinary training in Italy. Once back, he started teaching me some of the most traditional Italian recipes. This got me very excited and I wanted to study culinary arts and explore the world of gastronomy.How did the culinary school help you hone your skills as a chef?It gave me the technical know-how and insight on various cooking methods. It formed the base for me to understand different types of chopping techniques and also creating complex dishes. This enabled me to explore the culinary world and build on it using the academic and technical base that the school offered me.What is your food philosophy?I believe in the richness of local produce and traditional recipes and cooking techniques. I think India is a diverse and expansive nation and there is so much to discover in each state and within each state, there are nuances of different cuisine styles.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

2b elevated expressway to ease traffic around Dhaka

first_img.The government has initiated a move for constructing Dhaka East-West Elevated Expressway involving $ 2 billion to ease traffic congestion in and around the capital, reports UNB.Bangladesh Bridges Authority has prepared a draft Preliminary Development Project Proposal (PDPP) to this end with an estimated cost of Tk 16,388.50 crore or around $ 2.05 billion.The project work is expected to kick off in January 2018 and end by December 2024.”The main objective of the 39.24-km long project is to reduce traffic congestions in and around Dhaka city,” said a bridges division official.The official said the project will allow traffic to travel around the western perimeter of Dhaka between Dhaka Highway and Dhaka-Chittagong Highway with connections to Dhaka-Mawa highway which is directly linked to the Padma Bridge apart from reducing traffic congestions in and around the capital.Besides, traffic movement from Chittagong, Sylhet and other eastern parts, and from south-western region through proposed Padma Bridge at Mawa-Janzira to the 20 north-western districts will be easier without entering Dhaka city after the implementation of the proposed mega project.The project is consistent with the Strategic Transport Plan (2016-2035) and the Asian Highway Network. It will be vital for establishing an improved transport link to the Trans Asian Highways.The route alignment of the proposed expressway is Hemayetpur-Nimtoli- Keraniganj-Ekuria-Janzira-Fatullah-Hajiganj Bandar-Modonpur (on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway.”An integral part of the project is its connection to the upgraded Dhaka-Mawa Highway and hence the Padma Bridge,” said the official adding that the connection will allow traffic to travel across the Padma Bridge and South to Chittagong as well northward to Joydevpur and Tangail on the outskirts of Dhaka and onwards to the northern districts such as Mymensingh.The proposed expressway will be associated with the construction of a 2.5 kilometer-long flyover through Savar on Dhaka Highway.Another official at the Bridges Division told UNB that the major design elements of this expressway include the total width of 20.56 metres, maximum grade 4 per cent and ramp width 7.1 metres.The official said the interchanges of the expressway are proposed at Hemayetpur, Dhaka-Mawa Highway, Narayanganj and Dhaka-Chittagong Highway.According to him, the expressway is envisaged to be a tolled expressway suitable for the use of motorised traffic such as buses, trucks and cars.For safety and security of the expressway and considering its capacity, CNG auto-rickshaws and non-motorised vehicles would not be permitted to ply the expressway.A feasibility study has already been completed for the project as per the target of the 7th Five Year Plan.last_img read more

Leaders to go ahead with initiative to forge national unity

first_imgLeaders of various political parties are seen at Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain`s residence at Baily Road in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Abdus SalamNewly floated Jukto (United) Front and Gano Forum have decided to carry forward the initiative to forge a national unity ahead of the next general elections.At a crucial meeting on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the process formed a four-member sub-committee to work out the details of the unity, including agenda and common goals of the political process.“At this critical juncture, we’ve decided to work together. We’ve constituted a sub-committee which will finalise the next course,” Front leader, and president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury told newsmen after the meeting at Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence in the city.The Front will hold a public rally on 22 September, said B Chowdhury, a former president of Bangladesh.He, however, denied holding any discussion on joining of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the United Front.Only founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra Zafrullah Chowdhury, who maintains liaison between the Front and the BNP, was present at the meeting.Four members of the sub-committee are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya leader Zahidur Rahman, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Muhsin Montu and BDB secretary general Abdul Mannan.JSD president ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna were also present at the meeting, apart from Kamal Hossain and Badruddoza Chowdhury.Kamal Hossain has been for quite some time talking about a national alliance in order to bring changes in national politics, and ensure free and fair elections and good governance in the country.B Chowdhury has led the process of formation of the Jukta Front with simialr goals, engaging Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Nagorik Oikya besides his Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh.The BNP as well is working on forging a greater alliance to get rid of what it calls ‘misrule’ of the Awami League and ensure free and fair elections in the country.Some political parties are unwilling to join the greater alliance involving the BNP since, they argued, Jamaat-e-Islami is a key component of the BNP-led 20 party alliance.The BNP has decided to join the process of forging national alliance with other political parties, side by side consolidating its alliance, as suggested by jailed party chief Khaleda Zia.Sources in the BNP said Zafrullah Chowdhury has been working to help make an alliance with the parties other than the government-led 14-party alliance.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been monitoring the process, party leaders said.last_img

Road crash in southern India kills 8

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least eight people were killed and over 10 others injured after a passenger bus fell off a bridge into a pond in the southern Indian state of Karnataka on Saturday, police said.The accident occurred near Karekere on national highway 75 in the state’s Hassan district, some 250 km from Karnataka capital Bengaluru.“The state-owned bus carrying 50 people, including a driver and a conductor, plunged into the pond after breaking the railing of the bridge this morning when its driver lost control of the speeding vehicle,” a senior police official said.While eight people, including two women, died on the spot, those injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, he said. “The driver also died in the accident,” the official added.The bus was on its way to Dharmastala from Bengaluru when the incident took place.Preliminary probe revealed that the accident happened due to the negligence of the bus driver, the official said. “Anyway, we will wait for the final probe report after considering the eye-witness accounts of local residents,” he added.India has the highest number of road fatalities in the world. Road accidents occur mostly due to poor driving or badly maintained roads and vehicles.last_img read more

UN Myanmar expert wants genocide probe

first_imgYanghee LeeThe UN independent investigator on human rights in Myanmar sees growing evidence to suspect genocide has been committed and wants prosecutions for crimes committed against entire ethnic and religious groups, she said in a report published on Friday.Yanghee Lee, in a report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council, said she was “increasingly of the opinion that the events bear the hallmarks of genocide and therefore calls in the strongest terms for accountability.””The government leadership who did nothing to intervene, stop, or condemn these acts must also be held accountable.”last_img read more

Local Boys Candle Business Expanding to Macys

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWhen three of Celena Gill’s sons asked her to buy them a Nerf gun and more than $500 in video games, she told them to get a job or start a business. She was only kidding. But her sons, Collin, 14, Ryan, 11, and Austin, 8, they took her words to heart and launched Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. in October 2017 to make soy and vegetable wax candles, room sprays, diffusers, soaps and bath bombs out of the home they share with their parents in Prince George’s County. Young entrepreneurs Ryan Gill, Collin Gill and Austin Gill with their candles. (Courtesy Photo)Frères Branchiaux means “Gill Brothers” in French — Collin is already fluent in the language while his younger brothers are studying it. “We wanted to do Gill Brothers Candle Company, but there’s Gill Brothers’ Trucking, Gill Brothers Air Support,” Ryan Gill explains.   In the 22 months since they started their company, the boys have sold more than 10,000 units — candles are their top-selling product and range between $18 and $36. “It’s really all word of mouth,” Celena Gill told the AFRO. “Like, I rarely reach out to people.” They’re already selling their products in more than 30 stores and they’re looking to expand.  Starting in November, their products will be sold on The Workshop at Macy’s alumni e-commerce site, confirms Katelyn Yannie, Macy’s manager of Northeast Relations. And the brothers are raising $20,000 on gofundme.com to buy a truck that’ll serve as a mobile store for their business. This will make it easier for them to sell their wares at various events. “It’s easier than a van and we … don’t have to pack the candle stuff in it,” Ryan Gill explained. The truck would also double as a mobile training center where the boys could help coordinate job training for homeless trying to get back on their feet or as a hub for the brothers to pass on their entrepreneurial skills to various youth groups and schools. As it is, they donate 10 percent of their profits to the homeless.The boys settled on making candles not only because their mother loves burning in the house, but also because her research found candles are the most successful kiddie business, Celena Gill said. They started out experimenting with candle making using formulas their mother brought back from a candle class that her friend and soror Danita Nikki Brooks, founder of Zen in a Jar, a home and body care line, ran. Then Celena Gill went to a pro candle maker workshop to learn more techniques that helped her boys learn little tweaks. “Making candles is purely science,” Celena Gill said. “Everything matters, whether your candle cannot burn or (if) it’ll blow up. It’s a very deliberate product because you can burn someone’s house down.”  The boys made candles as a lesson in school — Celena Gill homeschools her younger sons and Collin Gill will soon begin his freshman year at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.After about two weeks, they were ready to start selling, Celena Gill said. The boys have made more than enough to buy all the things they wanted and then some. They earned six figures for their work last year and are on pace to double that in 2019, their mother says.At the time the boys launched their business, their mother was already selling inspirational T-shirts, mugs, lapel pins and pillows through her website, Celena Gill Design and she did pop-ups as well. Meanwhile, her husband, Patrick Gill sells personal care and beard products for men through his company, Black Oak Grooming. “All of us do something,” she told the AFRO. In those early days, the boys relied on their family members, as well as their parents’ friends, school and business contacts, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters.Looking to the future, the boys plan to focus more on the retail end of their business and training other kids to become entrepreneurs. “If they don’t want to do it, you can’t make them if the effort isn’t there,” Celena Gill said of kids thinking about opening their own business. “Some people love working nine to five and there’s nothing wrong with that.”last_img read more