Thursday, February 2, 2017

The City Of Joy gears up for “ The Million Dollar Kick”

                                                                         ~Try Outs being held in seven cities~
                                                                                       ~ The Million Dollar Kick is being promoted by Sports management company named Sports Mantra-

Kolkata, February 1, 2017: ‘ The Million Dollar Kick’, a unique talent hunt taking place across India to identify aspirants with the potential to be future NFL (National Football League) kickers. This initiative has been curated by the creators of the Million Dollar Arm, and will scout for football talent from Kolkata, a city which has a rich legacy in the sport and has produced some of the finest players in India.

The Million Dollar Kick try out will be held in Kolkata on February 2nd and 3rd at the Maidan ground, Mohammedan Sporting Club Ltd, Kolkata from 9 am to 4pm. Entry for try outs will be available basis spot registration and there are no registration charges on participation .

The NFL is the biggest sporting league in the world and the Million Dollar Kick will provide an impetus for Indians aged 16 or above to try out for the  opportunity for a trial with top NFL teams to join their roster as an ‘NFL Kicker’. Just like the Million Dollar Arm’s worldwide recognition and success where an unimaginable cross link between cricket and baseball was drawn; Sports Mantra- the promoting company for The Million Dollar Kick are now exploring a similar east meets west mélange between soccer and American football. The Million Dollar arm initiative was conducted in India to find talent for Major League Baseball where Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel ended up playing for the Pittsburg Pirates in the MLB. This went to become a global story with a Hollywood movie being made on the same by Disney.

“Kolkata is the most football frenzied city in India, we can spot a football match happening in each and every corner of the city, I am really looking forward to the two-day leg of the Million Dollar Kick here and witnessing some cut throat competition amongst the participants as they try their luck to qualify for the NFL tryouts.” said Neeraj Sareen, Owner and promoter  of Sports Mantra and Million Dollar Kick.

The top qualifiers from each city gets to take part in the All India finals of Million Dollar Kick in New Delhi on the 10th and 11th of February, All the finalist will enroll in a training camp on the 10th followed by a final culmination of the event on the 11th. Top 5 to 10 kids will win an all-expense paid trip to USA, leading to trials with NFL teams and a possible NFL contract via participation in the draft. The qualifiers are taking place in several cities across the country where brilliant prospects have been scouted.

“I Feel Really Angry”

Today at 7:22

Our open letter to Trump straight to the White House.

Dear friends,
This Friday we’re taking our open letter to Trump straight to the White House.
In this time when politicians are spreading fear and hatred, we can push back with love and hope to show our leaders that people will light the way forward. Take a few minutes to write a message of hope and resistance from the heart — and we’ll have a giant wall of light displaying them outside President Trump’s window.
This is the most signed campaign in Avaaz history! Almost 5 million people from all over the world, united against hate and bigotry — send a message to the wall now and let’s offer our people light in the darkness:
With hope and love,
Iain, Emma, Risalat, Nick, and the Avaaz team

Avaaz is a 44-million-person global campaign network
 that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

BRPL 3 Hr Power Cut At 800 MW, Connected Load 10,000 MW

February02, 2017 (C) Ravinder Singh
Jaitley presented scandalous budget yesterday not disclosing any Credible Data in Economic Survey also.
India made huge investment in Power Sector in last 3-5 years next only to China but Power Supply continues to be pathetic, Daily Cuts ranging from 10 seconds to 3-10 hours in Most Capital Intensive BRPL. Can Well Imagine situation in most cities, towns and villages.

Government claims to have ELECTRICIFIED Partly Funded by States just 2% or 11,000 smallest and poorest Villages in 1000 days. Which is nothing compared to Investments in power sector. 

At around 3AM power went off when demand was around 800 MW for connected load of 10,000 MW Plus which I noticed it at 3:30AM and made the complaint at 4AM and supply was restored at 6:30AM.
This Executive Summary would give an idea that Peak demand in December2016 was 151,000 MW against installed capacity of 310,000 MW round figures, average of only 122,000 MW [91BU/31/24] and minimum load of less than 100,000 MW.
While there is just 5% growth in Conventional Energy is barely 5% and Renewable by 28% which is most expensive – overall growth in demand was 6.38% or 10,000 MW. India invested in 47,535 MW of High Voltage Transformers in just April-December2016 period which could exceed 65,000 MW for FY17. So when Annual Demand Increases by 5.15% or 10,000 MW India will be adding 65,000 MW of High Voltage Transformers, 28,000 of High Voltage Transmission lines. Many-many times MV & LT Transformers & Transmission Lines.
BRPL is special – BRPL connected load is over 10,000 MW, Peak Load of about 2800 MW, average of 1600 MW and minimum of 600 MW. Almost no Contribution of Costly & Unreliable Renewable, still FREQUENT Power cuts.
Even 10 Second Cut Disrupts Power Supply to Computers, iPADs and all gadgets and consumers had to invest on UPS, Invertors or Generators, Power Conditioners, Emergency Lights etc, Even Power Distribution Switchgear is IMPACTED and 2-3 hour cut means Generators Polluting Air and Spoilage of Perishable Foods in Refrigerators. BRPL not investing in Maintenance Programs and Equipments, Engage Unqualified Staff.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 9871056471, 9718280435, 9650421857

Digital Spine For Learning – EkStep Foundation

CPR is pleased to invite you to a talk on
Digital Spine For Learning – EkStep Foundation
Friday, 3 February 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Shankar Maruwada
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
Image: Accountability Initiative
Can we build a robust and effective digital learning platform for a readily accessible technology, like mobile phones, to improve learning outcomes in India? How can open source content and freely available digital tools help the education and skills ecosystem to develop and deliver learning to the diverse range of learners across languages, geographies, age and proficiency levels? Can we make it possible for learners of all ages to engage in anytime, anywhere learning? Is it possible to create a learning platform that makes it possible for a government school teacher in rural India to make it their own and serve their needs as much as it would the needs of a NGO focused on remedial education or a school system to address learning challenges in their environment?
The EkStep platform supports collaborative creation of interactive learning content for mathematics and language for primary level learners (teaching lessons, worksheets, games and assessments with varying concepts, pedagogies, templates). It enables the sharing of expertise, reusability of content, configuring content to learner’s contexts and will make usage data accessible to anyone (educationists, organisations, teachers, writers, schools, parents).
In this talk, Shankar Maruwada, CEO EkStep Foundation, will explore what it means to build a Digital Spine for education infrastructure that will pivot efforts to increase access to learning opportunities by amplifying ecosystem capabilities.
About the Speaker: Shankar Maruwada is the CEO and Co-founder of EkStep Foundation. Shankar is passionate about addressing social problems at scale through technology based tools. He is an entrepreneur and marketing professional with a wide range of experience working on large scale projects such as the AADHAAR, India’s national identification program, where he was the Head of Demand Generation and Marketing. Shankar pioneered data analytics in India through Marketics, a company he co-founded. He is an investor in startups and a mentor to entrepreneurs. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur.

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