WORCESTER, MA — Students representing the Graphic Communication Shop at Shawsheen Tech were presented individual Awards of Excellence at the Printing Industries of New England (PINE) annual awards gala held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 10.Marcelo Freitas, a senior from Billerica, Hailey Nardone, a junior from Billerica, and Heather McLaughlin, a sophomore from Tewksbury, were recognized for the quality and creativity of their individual graphic design and print project submitted to PINE, an industry trade association, as part of the associations’ student project competition.Freitas worked on a new logo for a local construction company and Hailey Nardone designed a new logo for a brewing company. Their respective designs were then printed and/or embroidered onto a variety of apparel that is in use at each company today. Samples of this newly printed apparel were submitted to PINE by Heidi Lloyd and Tom Struthers, both instructors in the Graphic Communications Shop.“I was very surprised when I learned I won the award,” said Freitas. “It’s awesome. I felt great. There is a certain type of feeling you get after you realize that you made something for someone else that they are going to use. It’s a good feeling.”Nardone was elated when she heard the news of the award.“It felt awesome. I really like this type of work and this is what I want to do for my co-op job and then professionally for my work,” Nardone said. “This award gives me more confidence, and now the work is even more fun and interesting, knowing that I can really do this work.”McLaughlin was recognized for her framed canvas screen print of Bar Harbor Maine. “I was already working on this project. I think I am the first person to use canvas as my material,” she said.As for the PINE award, McLaughlin added, “I felt proud of myself. I really respect my teacher, Mrs. Lloyd, for submitting my work and thinking it’s worthy of being recognized. The awards mean a lot to everyone else in the shop. It’s really cool that three of us were recognized. It’s great for the shop.”These students may soon be joining an industry that has a long and storied history in New England. According to Christine Hagopian, the current President of PINE, this member-based organization has been in existence for 130 years as part of the National Printing Industry Association.However, Hagopian points out that the printing industry has a serious problem.“Our members are having great difficulty recruiting the next generation of employees for their company,” Hagopian said. “Older employees are retiring and many companies in our industry cannot find enough skilled talent to replace the people who are leaving.”“The printing industry is healthy and thriving, and there is opportunity for the next generation to do well,” Hagopian added. “This is why we started the Award for Excellence for students three years ago. We want to recognize the schools and students that are doing good work in the graphic communications shops in New England, including Shawsheen Tech.”Students in the Graphics Communication program at Shawsheen Tech are part of the next generation of employees with the training and work experience needed to fill the employment gap identified by Christine Hagopiian. And according to Heidi Lloyd, an instructor in the Program, the PINE awards are a boost to her students as well as to the program.“I am thrilled that our students are being recognized! Our shop has undergone some changes over the past few years with the addition of some new equipment. We are now able to expand the education for the students with new and exciting skills and with that it is giving them more employment opportunities,” said Mrs. Lloyd.Left to Right: Hailey Nardone (Billerica), Marcelo Freitas (Billerica), Heather McLaughlin (Tewksbury) recipients of Award of Excellence from Printing Industries of New England at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Valley Technical High School High Honors and Honors For Quarter 3In “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces First Quarter Honor Roll with 91 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”
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Ambulances are usually kept out of the purview of any strike, but transport workers in Moulvibazar district were not ready to accept that. They halted an ambulance here twice on Sunday, leading to the death of a 7-day-old girl.Family members alleged that the victim, daughter of Kuton Miah of Ajmir village under Sadar union of Barlekha upazila, died as she could not be taken to hospital in time due to a 48-hour strike enforced by transport workers.Victim’s uncle Akbar Ali said the baby was taken to Upazila Health Complex in the morning as she had not been taking breast milk or anything else since Saturday night, and had been crying all along.Physicians at the hospital referred her to Sylhet for better treatment and they started for Sylhet in an ambulance around 10:00am, he said.But, transport workers intercepted the ambulance first at Dasherbazar in the upazila for half an hour.The ambulance was again halted by the transport workers at Chandgram in Beanibazar upazila of Sylhet when its driver was also beaten.As the baby’s condition worsened, the demonstrators allowed the ambulance to move after one and a half hours, Akbar said, adding that having no movement from the baby at that time, they took her to nearby Beanibazar Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared her dead.Officer-in-charge of Barlekha police station Yasinul Haque said no written complaint was filed in this regard. “Steps will be taken once a written complaint is lodged,” he said.Transport workers enforced the 48-hour strike across the country on Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand, causing immense sufferings to passengers.
Muhammadu BuhariNigeria’s president called for calm on Sunday after at least 86 people died in clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders over the weekend.Authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in central Plateau state after the fighting, part of an escalation of clashes that have raged for years, often over dwindling fertile land.A total of 86 people had died by late Sunday, state police spokesman Terna Tyopev said, raising the local government’s earlier estimate of 70.The violence in Nigeria’s diverse Middle Belt states has now killed more people than the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, according to Reuters calculations.Insecurity has become a major electoral problem for president Muhammadu Buhari, who plans to seek re-election in February and who won power on pledges to deliver peace and stability.In a statement on the president’s official Twitter account late on Sunday, Buhari appealed for calm, adding that “no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice, and prevent a recurrence.”But senior lawmakers lamented the state of Nigeria’s law enforcement systems.“This further strengthens my constant call for an overhaul of the entire security apparatus of this country,” Yakubu Dogara, the leader of Nigeria’s lower house of parliament, said in a statement on Sunday.Buhari’s party rejects criticism that his administration is soft-peddling justice for the herders, who belong to the same Fulani ethnic group as the president.
Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneFloodwaters threaten the Grand Vista neighborhood in Richmond on Aug. 28, 2017. Residents were forced to evacuate due rising water from the Brazos River.It’s hard to find anyone who can remember the last time all 36 Texans in the U.S. House came together for a delegation-wide meeting.But that’s just how cataclysmic of an event Hurricane Harvey was to the entire state: U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, are gathering all of the Congressional Texans together later this week to sort out how the delegation can best use its size and influence to advocate for the devastated Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi regions. “This is not a normal time,” U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, told reporters Tuesday when asked to forecast how the Congress will tackle a whole host of fiscal issues this month, including how to address flood insurance in Houston. The U.S. House is set to cast the first votes for an initial round of Hurricane Harvey relief funding Wednesday. But Congress is also facing a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Plan, which is the arm of the government that settles the claims of flood insurance policyholders. The program was, as U.S. Rep. Gene Green put it, “way over-committed,” even before Harvey. But given the damage of that storm and concerns about a new one, Hurricane Irma, that appeared Tuesday to be headed toward the Florida coast, Congress is all but certain to commit more funds to the program. But how much? That’s the question facing the limited-government Republicans who dominate the delegation, and Congress, for that matter. Delegation sources tell the Tribune they are confident they have the legislative muscle to secure some renewed funding. But the scale of the damage is still an unknown and many of these fiscal conservatives are already becoming anxious over the size of the estimates.For some in the delegation, the goal is to avoid taking any hard stances as negotiations continue in the coming days and weeks.Also, flood insurance will not help everyone affected by the storm. Only 17 percent of homes in the hardest hit areas in the state had flood insurance, according to a Washington Post analysis. For those who do have coverage, a homeowner can expect up to $250,000 to cover damage to the structural house, and $100,000 for belongings inside the home. The funding problems escalate as members of Congress ponder how – or even whether – to help homeowners who did not have flood insurance.Green, a Houston Democrat and a flood insurance policyholder himself, has seen several hurricanes blow through Houston in his 25 years in the U.S. House.“What happens if you don’t have flood insurance, [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] gives you a certain amount,” he said, often in the form of a Small Business Administration loan far less generous than the payments received by those with flood insurance. Several members concurred that funds could be diverted from the Small Business Administration into loans. But the concept of backing every damaged home is daunting. And not everyone is a fan of the National Flood Insurance Program. The program was created decades ago, when the business model for flood insurance was unsustainable in the private market. To critics, it is a government-funded moral hazard that encourages citizens to build homes in places where they should not exist because of the costs and likelihood of flooding. One of the chief critics of the program is a Texan, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas. From his perch as the House Financial Services Committee chairman, he is an advocate for radical changes to the program including ones designed to encourage more private insurers into the market.Still, as Texans returned to Congress Tuesday night, greeted by colleagues from other parts of the country with hugs and sympathy, a measure to extend the flood insurance program past its looming deadline seems likely to pass in some form.For Green, though, this is a no brainer.“It’s not a tough vote for me because of where I come from,” said Green. Share
Ross D. Franklin/APImmigrants, suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, are transferred to be processed at the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Arizona in 2016.Updated at 11:28 a.m. ETThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that immigrants, even those with permanent legal status and asylum seekers, do not have the right to periodic bond hearings.It’s a profound loss for those immigrants appealing what are sometimes indefinite detentions by the government. Many are held for long periods of time — on average, 13 months — after being picked up for things as minor as joyriding. Some are held even longer.The case, Jennings v. Rodriguez, has implications for legal permanent residents the government wants to deport, because they committed crimes and asylum seekers who are awaiting a court date after turning themselves in at the border. Immigrant advocates contend that many of these immigrants have a right to be free on bail until their case is heard.But the court wrote in its 5-3 opinion Tuesday, “Immigration officials are authorized to detain certain aliens in the course of immigration proceedings while they determine whether those aliens may be lawfully present in the country.”The majority opinion was penned by Justice Alito and joined by the court’s conservatives. (Justice Kagan did not participate. She recused herself, stemming from work she had done as President Obama’s solicitor general.)The decision reversed a Ninth Circuit ruling and the court remanded it for the Ninth to reconsider the case. So this is not the last word and could come back to the high court.Justice Breyer read from his dissent, a rare move for the court that indicates just how passionately he disagrees with the majority opinion.“We need only recall the words of the Declaration of Independence,” Breyer said, “in particular its insistence that all men and women have ‘certain unalienable Rights,’ and that among them is the right to ‘Liberty.’”He continued, calling the ruling “legal fiction.”“Whatever the fiction, would the Constitution leave the Government free to starve, beat, or lash those held within our boundaries?” Breyer argued. “If not, then, whatever the fiction, how can the Constitution authorize the Government to imprison arbitrarily those who, whatever we might pretend, are in reality right here in the United States?”Breyer added, “No one can claim, nor since the time of slavery has anyone to my knowledge successfully claimed, that persons held within the United States are totally without constitutional protection.”The lead plaintiff in the case is a legal permanent resident, Alejandro Rodriguez, who came to the U.S. as a child and worked as a dental assistant. As a teenager, he was convicted for joyriding, and at 24, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.Rodriguez was detained for three years without the right to appear before a judge to ask for bond.The American Civil Liberties Union took up Rodriguez’ case. The civil-rights group filed a class action lawsuit and eventually won his release and the cancellation of his deportation order. Rodriguez remains in the United States.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the immigrant detainees and asylum seekers can’t be detained indefinitely and that they have a right to a bond hearing every six months. The appellate court also held that, in order to hold these detainees, the government must show the immigrants would pose a danger or become a flight risk if set free.The Obama administration appealed to the high court, insisting that Congress — not the courts — has the power to make immigration law and that the law allows the government to detain “criminal and terrorist aliens” as well as “aliens seeking admission to the United States.”The Trump administration continued the case.The administration also argued that detained immigrants should not be recognized as a class that could bring legal action. Lawyers for the Justice Department said detainees should rely on individual habeus corpus petitions to challenge their detentions.The ACLU countered that few detainees have access to legal counsel and that a backlog of such habeus corpus petitions almost guarantees delays in winning release.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Popular on Variety At the end of October 2018, Bennett executed Netflix stock trades that netted him $3.36 million, according to SEC filings.Netflix has commenced a search for a new CMO. Bennett said he will remain with the company for an interim transition period and is committed to staying at Netflix through the end of the year if necessary.“Kelly Bennett has been absolutely transformational for us as we expanded our member base in the U.S. and globally, and particularly as we transitioned into being a leader in original series and films,” Hastings said in a statement. “He has been a source of inspiration both inside Netflix and in presenting our brand to the world, and we are thankful for his enormous contributions.”During Bennett’s tenure at Netflix, the company grew from 25.7 million paid streaming members in the third quarter of 2012 to 139 million worldwide at the end of 2018. In recent years, Netflix has dramatically cranked up marketing spending: Marketing costs grew 65% in 2018, to $2.37 billion, and analysts expect that to grow this year by 22%, to nearly $2.9 billion.“When I joined in 2012, we were mostly a tech company,” Bennett said. “Today, we’re a global entertainment programmer at significant scale.”Bennett’s pending exit comes after another recent C-suite shuffle at Netflix. David Wells, a 14-year veteran of the company, said last summer he would step down as CFO. In January, Netflix named Spencer Neumann, formerly CFO of Activision Blizzard, as its new chief financial officer.Meanwhile, Netflix said Wednesday that Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of international originals for Latin America, EMEA and India, is leaving the company after eight years to start his own production company. Netflix named Bela Bajaria, previously Netflix’s VP of content acquisition, to head international non-English TV originals.Bennett started at Netflix as CMO in August 2012 after nine years at Warner Bros., where he most recently was VP of interactive, worldwide marketing, where he led international digital campaigns for the studio’s movies. Before that, Bennett ran digital marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and worked in promotion and business development at the company. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Prior to joining Warner Bros. in 2003, he held executive positions at Dow Jones International and Ignition Media and was a partner in online marketing agency Cimex Media. The Canada native holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kelly Bennett is leaving as Netflix’s chief marketing officer after more than six years leading the streaming giant’s branding and advertising teams during a period of massive growth.Bennett, 46, said in an interview that it’s the “ideal time for me to leave.” He said the decision was his personal choice and that CEO Reed Hastings hadn’t asked him to depart. “Given the success we’re at today — the way we’re performing as a team — it’s the right legacy for me to leave while we’re at our very best,” he told Variety.After he leaves Netflix, Bennett expects to be semi-retired. “I likely will never work full-time again. That’s not something I’m particularly interested in,” Bennett said. “I’m definitely going to spend some more time with my family,” noting he has three children (ages 11, 14 and 17). He added that he’ll look to pursue roles in the non-profit sector or teaching, and possibly serve on some boards.
Popular on Variety Is there a “Netflix killer” looming out there that will give the No. 1 subscription-streaming leader a run for its money and throw a serious wrench into its growth trajectory?Maybe. But a more likely scenario is that new services from Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and others will be a rising subscription VOD tide lifting Netflix’s boat — with pay TV ending up the real loser.Disney’s announcement last week of its $6.99-per-month pricing for Disney+, first launching this fall in the U.S., spooked Netflix investors. There’s seemingly cause for concern, given the Disney+ lineup of 500-plus films, including streaming-window releases of all Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars films, along with 25 original series, and 7,500-plus TV episodes set for the first year. And Disney says it’s likely to bundle Disney+ together with ESPN+ and Hulu. But how big a threat is Disney, really? Netflix has posited that new SVOD players validate its model. And with more than 148 million streaming subscribers worldwide as of the first quarter — and a 2019 content budget estimated at $15 billion — Netflix is literally years ahead of any other would-be contenders for the throne. Related ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Stars Tease How Saga Ends But the balance is now tipping toward Netflix’s original programming, in terms of spending — and, according to Netflix, viewing time. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos even claimed all of the top 10 most-watched shows on the service are “Netflix original brands.” Hastings, on Tuesday’s interview, said: “We’ve expected this decline of second-window content, been ready for it, anticipating it. In fact, we’re eager to be able to have more and more of our money, be able to do spectacular new titles.”By the way, Hastings has said he plans to subscribe to the Disney SVOD service.“I know I’ll be a subscriber of it for my own personal watching in the same way and as many Disney and Fox executives also subscribe to Netflix and watch our shows,” he said early last year in discussing Netflix’s fourth quarter 2017 results. “So, you know what I see is we’ll all learn from each other, and total streaming will grow faster because of the competition.”It remains to be seen of Hastings’ hunch plays out. But with nearly 150 million subscribers (and growing), Netflix isn’t about to get knocked off its perch anytime soon. What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 Reed Hastings, Netflix’s CEO, chairman and co-founder, waved off the competitive threats in the company’s Q1 video interview Tuesday. With characteristic nonchalance, he said he’s “thrilled” to have Apple and Disney join the SVOD wars — and said he doesn’t believe they will be “material” rivals.“Great competition makes you better,” Hastings said on the company’s Q1 earnings interview. “And so we’re thrilled to have Apple and Disney in. They are awesome companies and just to be in the same league as them is very exciting for us.”Historically, Netflix execs have brought up a sports metaphor in discussing competition. Say Netflix is the NFL. The entrance of other sports leagues (Disney+, WarnerMedia, Apple, etc.) shouldn’t reduce demand for football — and overall, in theory, the new entrants should increase the number of sports fans.The apples-and-oranges idea of the competitive matrix was raised by Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief product officer, on the interview Tuesday. There’s a framework of “broad, broad competition where a bunch of different entertainment options are being provided all sorts of different models, some ad-based, subscription at different pricing points,” Peters said. But “we don’t really think there is sort of an immediate equivalency or substitution. And so mostly it’s about how do we create more value, how do we put the right content and present it in the right way that’s compelling and differentiating for our members.”Wall Street analysts have remained generally upbeat on Netflix’s market position even with new competing services coming out. The real result of the expanded number of SVOD options coming out will be to spur more people to cut the cord — cancelling their pricey cable or satellite TV, predicts BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield.“As cord-cutting accelerates, it frees up wallet to spend on a wider array of SVOD services. In turn, while everyone wants to talk about Disney+ as a Netflix killer, Disney+ is actually helping Netflix and all other streaming services by freeing up wallet share for SVOD,” Greenfield wrote in an April 16 research note. The consumer value propositions of Disney+ vs. Netflix are very different, so they won’t be directly competitive in that sense, according to MoffettNathanson’s Michael Nathanson.Netflix is “essentially a Blockbuster store in the cloud with a mix of original and off-network all-you-can-eat, commercial-free content,” Nathanson wrote in a note Wednesday. “Disney is targeting families and a passionate base of fans of its well-branded, highly recognized, quality content. Both in the U.S. and, more likely, internationally, Netflix can continue to grow subscribers despite this new entrant.”That said, Disney’s $6.99-per-month introductory price for Disney+ sets a new competitive benchmark that will make it more difficult for Netflix to continually raise prices, Nathanson added.On the other hand, with Netflix raising its prices — the most popular plan is going up two bucks. to $12.99 monthly in the U.S. — that could serve to reinforce its pole position by depressing demand among consumers to pay for yet another SVOD offering. (And skeptics already believe Disney is going to raise the price of Disney+ in a year or two.)Netflix subscribers are less likely to cancel their service than customers of any other streaming platform, according to research from consulting firm Magid. And Magid’s surveys of U.S. consumers have found that they’re willing to spend an average of around $38 per month for all their streaming services. If Netflix remains a must-have SVOD option, there’s less of that wallet to go around to others.Not everyone thinks Netflix is well positioned to withstand the coming SVOD melee unscathed. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, a longtime Netflix bear, says that with the coming launches of Disney+ and similar services from AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, “it is highly likely that content from all three companies will disappear from the Netflix platform by the end of 2020.”How will Netflix fill in the “gaps” after licensed content is pulled from the service? Note that broadcast TV reruns of shows like “The Office,” “Friends,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Criminal Minds” have been among the top-viewed content on Netflix, according to third-party research. The importance of such licensed content was underscored by Netflix reportedly paying Warner Bros. $100 million for a one-year extension to stream “Friends” in the U.S. and Canada. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
‘Plan your work and work your plan,’ suggests Michel Koopman, General Manager at The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, as he settles in with a glass of Perrier for the ‘grueling’ interview with Millennium Post. A month (and a little more) into being at the helm of affairs for the hotel, Koopman has big plans and perhaps the best part of it is that he is brilliantly methodical when it comes to executing them (trust us, he had a PPT!). Despite a traditional educational base of Greek and Latin, Koopman had no plans of becoming a doctor or a lawyer he says. Since he was too young to join the hotel school at The Hague ( Higher Hotelschool for Hotel management) – he was only 20 then – he had to wait it out. So the journey that finally began with Assistant Chief Steward at the Amsterdam Hilton, has traveled far and wide and found base in India, for now. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ And we say for now because by the looks of it, Koopman loves to travel, there isn’t a place in the world he hasn’t been to it seems. When we asked him about it and he started listing the places he has seen, we had to stop him and asked him for places he had not seen instead. Amsterdam, Jakarta, Bali, Osaka, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Pudong, Shanghai and the list goes on. ‘My first visit to India was when I had a ponytail,’ laughs Koopman, that was years ago and perhaps then, he had no idea that life would come full circle. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Speaking about his past experiences, Koopman says that he learnt to hone his analytical thinking in schools but the more real, on-hand training came from all the work he did on the side while he was still a student. From scratch in the hotel business to managing a team of workers under him, Koopman picked the tricks of his trade working it out for himself. ‘You have to take two steps backwards to take a huge step forward at times, it is the catapult effect,’ says Koopman explaining that there were times when he took a designation cut in his career to make sure he learned the right things. ‘It is essential to get your core values right,’ says he and goes on to say that this is the exact philosophy he has planned for Leela Kempinski. Everyone in the staff should know what exactly is expected of him or her and then develop skills along those lines. At this point Koopman shares a delightful anecdote on the man who swept the floors at Cape Canaveral. When asked about what he does – the man had replied – ‘I make sure that men can walk on the moon’ Confused much? So were we till Koopman explained that according to this man, if he did not do his job right at the lowest rung of the NASA operations, something would go wrong up the ladder right till the Apollo 11 launch. ‘The idea is to develop, empower, engage and reward people and everyone should know what is expected from them- that is the Dharma Chakra,’ says Koopman. The Leela caters to making guests feel like king, guests like their privacy and space and we should respect that, he adds. So what are the big plans for Leela Kempinski? ‘I want to focus on the strengths of the hotel, fine tune those and make sure we follow our Vision – To be recognised as the leading International luxury hotel by our primary target markets, corporate and MICE. The hotel will exceed the expectations of our colleagues, guests, owners and The Leela. Our values are aligned with Athiti Devo Bhava,’ he says. While the restaurants on the property – Spectra and Diya are definitely on Koopman’s list – he wants to bring up the concept of signature dishes in the hotel. ‘Fine dining is passe,’ he says. The man loves his food, his wine and his occasional cigar – so we trust him. ‘The idea is to authenticate. People in India focus on one great dish, which they want it right and will travel a long way to experience it. That is what signature dining is about,’ explains Koopman. While he can’t wait for his twin daughters and wife to join him in India, Koopman keeps himself busy with his sports and books. Nothing to complain about, we say!
So what does this show explore? Well, the answer is a list of questions. What is devotion? Is it a mere a tool? Or a religious observation or worship? Or an instant mantra to quell one’s innermost disquiet? Or is it all a grand delusion and religious posturing? These are some of the ideas that this show explores through the works on display. Bajaj noted, ‘The art works in the show portray multidimensional elucidations of devotion and the way it transmutes individual entities. There are works that conjure up peace and spiritualism while others that invoke disquiet and action.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show opens today with the performances by Sweta Bhattad and leading puppeteer of India Dadi Pudumjee.This exhibition brings in an interesting exercise to examine the modern intellectual’s notion about devotion. The show has been in the making for the past one year and eminent group of artists contributed to make it so beautiful and absorbing.Curator Puri explains, ‘Great literature, art and cinema have always flourished in times of turmoil and strife. If censorship has imposed laws to stop the common man from protesting, art has provided the perfect platform for him/her to express angst through art.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe art works by this fairly large and varied collection of artistes, depicts devotion the most basic and profound human emotion since the inception of the civilization, in multidimensional forms and renditions reflective of each individual entity and his/her leanings or preoccupations.The concept for this annual show on this open platform is reflective of the gallery’s own ethos and support to a diverse representation of art where the only limitation is the ideas that the artiste is able to dream up and the degree of their dedication and commitment to realise it.When: On till 15 January 2015 Where: Gallery Art Positive, Lado Sarai Timing: 10.30am – 7.30pm
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will felicitate toppers of different examinations on Monday.Toppers of Madhyamik, Higher Secondary, ICSE, ISC, CBSE and WBJEE examinations will be receiving prizes from the Chief Minister. The programme has been organised at Netaji Indoor Stadium and the felicitation programme is going to start from 4.30 pm. Around 250 students will be felicitated on Monday. Their parents will also be present during the felicitation programme. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be recalled that the Chief Minister had tweeted on Wednesday morning: “Congratulations to all students who excelled and those who passed the Madhyamik exam. Best wishes for all your future endeavours. Good wishes to your teachers and families.” Similarly, on the day Higher Secondary result was declared, she stated in a tweet: “Congratulations to all students who excelled and those who passed the Higher Secondary Examination. Best wishes for all your future endeavours. Good wishes to your teachers and families.” The Chief Minister had felicitated toppers of the board examinations in 2017 as well and she had assured all sorts of support to the students to carry on with their higher studies. Last year, the programme was organised at Uttirnya. This time it has been given a bigger shape and is going to take place in Netaji Indoor Stadium.