first_img May 23, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Issues Statement on Passing of Asian Pacific American Affairs Commissioner Padam Rizalcenter_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following after a Lancaster County fisherman discovered the body of Padam Rizal, who served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs:“Frances and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Padam Rizal, a member of my Pennsylvania Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Our sympathies go out to his family, the Harrisburg and broader Bhutanese community, fellow commissioners, friends and associates who mourn his loss.“From a childhood spent exposed to ethnic cleansing in Southern Bhutan, he spent time in refugee camps in Nepal, which shaped his groundbreaking work on refugee resettlement and education. That work is known internationally and considered a model for refugee education, ensuring Padam’s legacy will live on in service to others.“It is our sincere hope that Padam’s passionate dedication to his work to help others in the Asian Pacific American communities is not only his legacy, but also a comfort to his family and friends in this difficult time.“Those of us who knew Padam are grateful for his many contributions to the commonwealth and will miss his indomitable spirit, kindness and compassion for all.”last_img read more

first_imgIf misery truly loves company, boy do Bay Area football fans have something to share with the rest of the county on Thursday night.Behold our two NFL teams with a combined two victories after another pair of unsightly collapses on Sunday. The Raiders’ unreal fourth-quarter nosedive in their 42-28 loss to the Colts was tame compared with how the 49ers blew a 12-point lead in a last-minute defeat in Arizona. We’re conditioned to call the Raiders vs. 49ers game on Thursday the Battle of the …last_img read more

first_imgMrs Mpumalanga second runner-up 2017 – Lucia Ochan, is playing her part whilst in the running for the prestigious crown of Mrs Africa 2019. As a prominent businesswoman, founder and patron of the Lucia O Foundation. Mrs Ochan is making strides towards a better future for all in her community, this through her Emphakatsi – INdlovukati (She Elephant) – Women in leadership and rural women empowerment series project.The project will be launched in partnership with rural women in order to uplift, empower and develop the community positively.“The reality is that many rural people are rendered second-class citizens in their own countries,” said Ochan, adding, “They are often far removed from urban economic nodes and live under extreme measures of poverty often without basic amenities such as clean drinkable water, sanitation, housing, electricity, schools, etc.” The launch will consist of a Creative Masterclass for upcoming young fashion designers (youths between the ages of 18-26) in the morning and provide insights into the clothing, textile and jewellery industry. Brand South Africa through its Constitution awareness programme, fully supports initiatives that seek to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admire constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of our society. “Through our Play Your Part programme, Brand South Africa pursues to celebrate those amongst the community who take it upon themselves to initiate positive social change. We hope this programme inspires other members of the community to get involved and ensure young people can be fully engaged in their right to education”, said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager; Ms Toni Gumede. Programme and Details: Date: 15 November 2018Venue: Nutting House, MbombelaTime: 11h00 – 15h00last_img read more

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture tim devaney and tom stein Startup accelerators are great, as far as they go. The problem is that, after startups enjoy several months of pedal-to-the-metal support and mentorship, the vast majority of them exit the programs and hit a brick wall. The cheerleading stops, venture funding never materializes and the founders go back to writing code for a living. NestGSV is trying to fix that.Like an accelerator or incubator program, NestGSV gives its resident startups office space, advice and lots of other amenities (even a beach volleyball court) at its Redwood City, California, campus near Silicon Valley.Ecosystm + Incubator = EcobatorUnlike other types of startup programs, NestGSV is an “ecobator,” an ecosystem plus incubator that brings the many participants in the innovation economy together under one roof so that entrepreneurs are surrounded with all the enablers they need.Take a tour of the campus and you’ll see representatives from corporations, universities, governments and the investment community. You might even see a bigtime VC like Marc Andreessen in a spirited game of beach volleyball. (OK, maybe not.) Kayvan Baroumand, NestGSV’s founder and CEO, sees NestGSV as “the evolution of the startup incubator and the startup accelerator.”Baroumand, the former COO of Plug and Play Tech Center, doesn’t dismiss the value of incubators and accelerators. “They’re actually part of the NestGSV ecosystem,” he says. “They’re an important component. But they’re only three-month programs. And even though they talk about the network, after three months all the startups get booted out of the facilities.”Startups Remain Vulnerable For Two YearsBaroumand thinks accelerators and incubators can be a lot of help to startups during those brief three months but he points out that most startups are highly vulnerable to failure for a minimum of two years. NestGSV’s solution is to provide ongoing support for startups and connect them with corporate, venture and government programs and funding that can help them survive. Some of them might even be graduates of accelerator programs. NestGSV can accommodate up to 200 startups on its 75,000-square-foot campus. Currently 22 are residing there, paying $550 a month for a desk with 300Mbps of Internet bandwidth. There are conference rooms with audiovisual systems and seating for 250. Every Friday, NestGSV invites a handful of partners and service providers like lawyers, bankers and investors from its network and they sit down with startups that are candidates for a spot at NestGSV.“At end of the meeting we give them a one-page report on how we can potentially help them,” Baroumand says. “There’s no obligation to join the facility. The worst-case scenario is that they walk away with the helpful one-page roadmap for their business. The best case for both parties is that they decide to join our community. That really differentiates us from any other accelerator or incubator out there.”NestGSV also offers regular workshops on leadership, business and technology taught by entrepreneurs, university professors and other experts. Startups participating in NestGSV can attend or not. Sessions aren’t mandatory.Not Just About Office SpaceIf you’re familiar with Plug and Play, the model may sound familiar. The big difference, says Baroumand, is that NestGSV is not constantly flogging office space.“From day one, the most important thing we do with the companies in our facility is to network them and accelerate their innovation and bring all the resources together for them. The approach at Plug and Play is very different. You walk into a Plug and Play and the first thing that happens in the lobby is you get approached by two people trying to sell you real estate. We’re the exact opposite.”Like Plug and Play, though, NestGSV will invest in resident startups it considers promising. (Plug and Play made its big score with an investment in a startup tenant called PayPal.) “We get very good insight into these companies because we’re living with them,” Baroumand says. “I get to know the good the bad and the ugly. I can predict the companies that will do really well and those that might not make it.”Baroumand has big plans for the future. He says NestGSV will host hackathons and investor pitch meetings. He plans new NestGSV campuses in New York, Los Angeles, Texas and North Carolina.Now if only he could do something about that term, “ecobator.” It sounds like some sort of weird… well, you know. We’ll just leave it at that.center_img Related Posts Tags:#start#startups#Venture Funding How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

31 Aug / 2019

Lyrical delight

first_imgGhazal poetry has got the power to relax the mind, body and soul when trivial and unimportant matters take up most of our time. To bring forth the smooth amalgamation of words and music, Mridula Satish Tandon is going to present ‘Soch Se Saaz-o-Aawaz Tak’ in the national capital. One can experience the enchantment of the ghazals of poet Farhat Shahzad and the talented versatility of the popular ghazal singer, Shakeel Ahmed, who will bring fresh and original compositions along with evergreen favourites to delight the audience. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Farhat Shahzad will be giving a tribute to the long association with Ustad Mehdi Hasan and will also announce the soon to be launched book of ghazals by Farhat Shahzad in Devnagri script.The program is presented as an ongoing initiative by SIET to provide visibility to contemporary poets and to give access to the public to a rich and creative literary world.Farhat Shahzad is a name which stands tall in the pantheon of poets. His ghazals create an imagery and a tracery of emotions which speaks to each individual as his ethos seems to arise from the humanity, which is the cultural hall mark of the Ganga Jamni tehzeeb of Indian civilization Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFarhat Shahzad shot to a meteoric fame and celebrity in 1985 with the release of an album Kehna Usey. The wildly popular new album Kehna Usey, comprised of nine ghazals, sung by ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan, and  all the sensational nine ghazals in the album were  written  by Farhat Shazad. The world of music discovered a new star in him. Shahzad had earned highest respect in the world of music and poetry when he first forayed into this genre. Ustad Mehdi Hassan  did three exclusive albums based on the poetry and ghazals of Shahzad sahib and included his work in many other composite selections.  Ghulam Ali has produced two albums exclusively of his poems. The famous Sufi singer Maqbool Sabri has exclusively used Farhat Sahib’s ghazals in two albums.Farhat Shahzad’s poetry has been sung by and celebrated by all our legendary ghazal singers of contemporary times, Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh and Ghulam Ali. Lata Mangeshkar also sang his ghazal in her album Saadgi. The only duet between Lata Mangeshkar and Mehndi Hasan uses his lyrics Tera Milna Bahut Achha Lage Hai. Shakeel Ahmed is considered a specialist in Ghazal gayaki. His popularity as a composer and singer spans beyond India, to countries like Pakistan, Kuwait, Dubai, Hong Kong etc. He has performed to packed audiences across different countries where his performances have been made memorable by his melodious and soul stirring renditions. Shahzad’s rendition of ghazals is marked by the intricacies of classical notations. He possesses an exceptional voice noted for range and sensitivity. His excellence and finesse in voice control and modulation, ability to deliver emotion convincingly, discernment in projecting the sentiment expressed by the poet, crisp and clear voice coupled with his impeccable diction of both Hindi and Urdu languages have won him accolades of the discerning listener everywhere. Shakeel Ahmed too combines a deep knowledge of Music with a passion and feel for the subject which imbues his rendering of ghazals with an intense but easy understanding of the emotions conveyed by the lyrics.When: December 6 Where: Amaltas Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more