Kochi ready for U17 World Cup

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup 2017 – Kochi geared up for its biggest football extravaganza Goal Kochi Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kochi WC promotion Manjappada U17 World Cup Brazil U17 v Spain U17 Brazil U17 Spain U17 India U17 The most happening place in ‘God’s own country’ has opened its doors to FIFA’s U-17 football carnival… GOAL U17 WORLD CUP SPECIAL | BY NISANTH V EASWAR    Follow @Niktheblue94 on Twitter The FIFA U-17 World Cup in India is all set for kick-off on October 6. A day later is when the carnival will begin at the Kaloor Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium in Kochi. For a stadium that packs one of the most football-crazy crowds in the country. to say that Kochi has welcomed the opportunity to hosts teams from around the globe would be an understatement. The excitement levels have soared through the roof.The grand entry of Indian Super League (ISL) into the state that is already filled with passionate football fans has only helped in promoting the FIFA mega-event across all regions in Kerala. Kerala’s ISL representative, Kerala Blasters have a huge fan following and they have taken matters into their own hands as far as promotions for the World Cup are concerned.For a start, the popular Kerala Blasters fan group named ‘Manjappada’ initiated flash mobs with banners across different parts of the state. Wearing yellow jerseys that represented their club colours, the fans were at their energetic best at local towns and in cities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Kochi WC promotionArjun Ajayan, a football-crazy 23-year-old who lives a few kilometres away from the stadium in Kochi, believes that the U-17 World Cup could prove to be a stepping stone for the country and he, like the rest of Kochi, is excited about the massive event. “To be able to witness international teams like Brazil and Spain in Kochi is a dream come true. I grew up watching Brazil and we know how Ronaldinho and Toni Kroos came through the U17 ranks. This is the proudest moment for people in Kochi,” he remarked.Palakkad, Thrissur, Kasargod and Malappuram witnessed the Yellow Brigade in full flow as they danced with joy in public, in an attempt to reach out to people and get them to the stadium for the big event.Kochi WC promotionThere were bike rallies in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts. In Delhi, where India U-17 will play their group games, these set of fans successfully organized a promotional campaign that encouraged people to book tickets and fill the stadium to offer support for the host nation.Delhi ManjappadaThe district of Malappuram is especially known for its love for football and there will be a huge number of Brazil supporters coming all the way to Kochi when Brazil take the field. They have set up special buses covered with posters of the Brazil team despite the absence of star player Vinicius Junior.Malappuram is more than 160 kilometres away from Kochi but that has never been a concern for the fans. Vishnu Bose, a football-loving engineer from Malappuram, feels that the chance to watch a FIFA event at the stadium is an opportunity that should be grabbed with both hands.”I have never watched a World Cup match from a stadium. Although it is the U-17 players that are taking the field, they are the stars of tomorrow. I can’t wait to watch some of the academy graduates from the club I support in Europe.”Kochi WC promotionThe temptation to go to the Kaloor JLN stadium to watch Brazil, Spain, DPR Korea, Niger, Guinea and Germany is inexplicably irresistible to the people of Kerala. On October 7, when Brazil meet Spain at the Kochi stadium, the city will come to a standstill and all eyes will between the two goal posts for ninety invaluable minutes.last_img read more

Diesel costlier than petrol in Odisha Oil Minister asks Naveen Patnaik govt

first_imgA worker checks a 500 Indian rupee note as a man fills diesel in containers at a fuel station.REUTERSWith diesel becoming costlier than petrol in Odisha, the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the opposition Congress on Sunday blamed the “faulty” policy of the central government for the rise in the price of diesel.A litre of diesel costs 12 paise more than that of petrol in Bhubaneswar on Sunday with diesel being sold at Rs 80.69 per litre while petrol cost Rs 80.57 per litre.Utkal Petroleum Dealers Association general secretary Sanjay Lath said that this was the first time that the price of diesel surpassed that of petrol in Odisha.Lath said while other states have different VAT rates for petrol and diesel, Odisha charges a uniform 26 per cent VAT on both.He claimed that there has been a decline in the sale of diesel in Odisha because of the high prices of the fuel.Odisha Finance Minister SB Behera said, “This imbalance is mostly due to a faulty policy of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre … There could be a tactical understanding between the central government and oil marketing companies.”Behera feared that the prices of essential commodities will also go up because of the increase in diesel price.Senior Congress leader Arya Gyanendra said, “There is an inefficient government at the Centre which failed to regulate fuel price, particularly diesel …”BJP state general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan said, “Finance minister (Behera) should be judicious while making a statement on an important issue. Everybody in the country knows the reason behind the rise in the prices of fuel. While 13 states have reduced VAT on the fuel, Odisha government is yet taking a decision in this regard.”Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who is from Odisha, Sunday again asked the state government to reduce the rate of the VAT to give relief to people.Odisha Byabasai Mahasangha secretary Sudhakar Panda too feared that the price of essential commodities in the state will go up due to the high rate of diesel.last_img read more

Huawei could be included in USChina trade deal Trump

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. File photoPresident Donald Trump said on Thursday US complaints against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd might be resolved within the framework of a US-China trade deal, while at the same time calling the Chinese telecommunications giant “very dangerous.”Washington last week effectively banned US firms from doing business with Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms network gear maker, citing national security concerns.”You look at what they’ve done from a security standpoint, from a military standpoint, it’s very dangerous,” Trump said in remarks at the White House. “If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.”Trump predicted a swift end to the trade war with China, although no high-level talks have been scheduled between the two countries since the last round of negotiations ended in Washington two weeks ago.Shares of S&P technology and industrial companies, bellwethers of trade sentiment, fell more than 2% on Thursday as the market slumped in a sign the conflict was being seen as a battle not just over trade but also about who controls global technology.Earlier on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the chief executive of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, of lying about his company’s lack of ties to the Beijing government, which he said represented a security risk.”The company is deeply tied not only to China but to the Chinese Communist Party. And that connectivity, the existence of those connections puts American information that crosses those networks at risk,” he said.Huawei has repeatedly denied it is controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence services.Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is Ren’s daughter, was arrested in Canada in December and faces extradition to the United States on charges she conspired to defraud global banks about Huawei’s relationship with a company operating in Iran. She and the company deny the charges.Tech companies around the world have fallen in line with US curbs on the company. Japanese conglomerate Panasonic Corp said it had stopped shipments of some Huawei components, a day after British chip designer ARM did the same, potentially crippling the Chinese company’s ability to make new chips for smartphones.Asked if he believed more firms would stop working with Huawei, Pompeo told CNBC in an interview Thursday: “We do. We’ve been working at the State Department to make sure that everyone understands the risks.”US Help For Tech Firms, FarmersUS lawmakers moved on Wednesday to provide about $700 million in grants to help US telecoms providers with the cost of removing Huawei equipment from their networks, and to block the use of equipment or services from Huawei and Chinese telecoms firm ZTE in next-generation 5G networks.On Thursday, China’s Commerce Ministry hit back.”If the United States wants to continue trade talks, they should show sincerity and correct their wrong actions. Negotiations can only continue on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” spokesman Gao Feng told a weekly briefing.”We will closely monitor relevant developments and prepare necessary responses,” he said, without elaborating.Trump hiked tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10 and threatened to slap tariffs of up to 25% on an additional list of Chinese imports worth about $300 billion, prompting China to respond with levies of its own.Sources have said the trade talks stalled after China tried to delete commitments from a draft agreement that its laws would be changed to enact new policies on issues from intellectual property protection to forced technology transfers.With no resolution in sight, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday announced a $16 billion aid program to help US farmers hurt by the conflict, with some funds to be used to open markets outside China to US products. Farmers have been among those hardest hit by the trade war.Retailers, including Best Buy Co Inc and Walmart Inc , are also warning that the tariffs will raise prices for consumers. The newest round will cost the typical American household $831 annually, according to research Thursday from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.Of a list of 20 companies compiled by Goldman Sachs that derive a substantial portion of their sales from China, the average stock price decline since Trump’s tweet on May 5 signaling that tariff increases were coming is nearly 15% compared with a 4.5% drop for the wider S&P 500 Index.FlashpointsIn Thursday’s interview, Pompeo confirmed a New York Times report on Wednesday that China was using high-tech surveillance to set up an intrusive policing effort that could be used to subdue its minorities, including ethnic Muslim Uighurs.The United States is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd over the issue, a person briefed on the matter said.Also feeding into tensions, the US military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, prompting Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang to lodge “stern representations.”Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.Trump has embraced protectionism as part of an “America First” agenda aimed at rebalancing global trade.He is expected to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping at a G20 summit in Japan on 28-29 June, around the time when the next levies could be ready, according to US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin’s calculations.last_img read more

Proto Labs Wants to Help You Create a Cool Prototype for Free

first_img How Success Happens 4 min read December 18, 2013 In the future, if you find yourself using Garageio, a device that allows you to open and close your garage door from your smartphone no matter where you are in the world, you will have Maple Plain, Minn.-based Proto Labs to thank. Proto Labs is expected to announce today that it donated prototyping services instrumental to the production of Garageio.Alottazs Labs, maker of Garageio, is only the latest company to benefit from Proto Labs’ Cool Idea! Award program, which started two years ago as a way to help young companies get new gadgets off the ground.”What we look for is originality and potential benefit to the end user,” says Sarah Braun, marketing program manager at Proto Labs and head of the Cool Idea! Award program. “We also look for innate coolness.”That standard has led Proto Labs to award its services to everything from a system of products that allow bar patrons to pour their own beer at the tap to a cost-conscious artificial knee joint for amputees in the Third World.Proto Labs launched the Cool Idea! Award program in the U.S. in 2011, and expanded it to Europe the following year, at the same time increasing the total annual award from $100,000 to $250,000 worth of services. So far, the company has given out 17 awards. Braun says she reviews applications with Larry Lukis, the founder of Proto Labs, every six to eight weeks.Sometimes they pick a winner from that batch, sometimes they don’t.Related: Inventor of the Wildly Popular ‘Rainbow Loom’ Weaves the American Dream With Rubber Bands in a Detroit BasementWhat caught Braun’s eye about Garageio, she says, is that it solves a common problem better and more cheaply than the alternatives. “How many times have I myself left the home and thought, ‘Did I shut the garage door? I don’t know,’ and I’ll have to turn around and go check.”The Garageio unit attaches to your garage ceiling or garage door opener and connects to your Wi-Fi network. Using the related smartphone app, you can open and close your garage door from afar — “nearly any place in the world,” according to a press release. The app lets you control up to three separate doors and grant access to other users, such as your family members.Alottazs Labs received its award, for services worth about $22,000, earlier this fall. According to a release, it used part of the award to create a test version of Garageio, and the remainder will be used on injection molding when Garageio goes into production.Although pitch contests, micro-grants and awards from startup incubators are more commonplace in today’s entrepreneurial climate than ever before, it’s still unusual for a manufacturing company to give away its services. But Proto Labs, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of $1.7 billion, is uniquely able to help inventors take their ideas from the drawing board to the real world.Proto Labs prides itself on being able to produce metal and plastic parts from a three-dimensional CAD model in as fast as one business day. Clients pay a premium for such speedy service; the typical production time is three business days.”In this business, speed equals money,” Braun says. “People are constantly competing to get a product into the market faster than their competitors.”Alottazs Labs is raising money for Garageio on crowdfunding platform Fundable, and is also taking pre-orders on its website for $129 per device. [http://www.fundable.com/garageio] So far, the company has raised about $17,000 of its $25,000 goal on Fundable, or about 67 percent, with 26 days remaining.Proto Labs hasn’t selected the next award winner yet, but it has plans to further expand the program. In 2014, Braun says, she plans to include outside judges and provide more structure to accommodate them: There will be firm deadlines for applications every two months.”We really believe that there are some great ideas out there that never make it to market,” she says. “We want to provide our services to people that have these cool ideas and help them bring their ideas to life.”Related: 3 Things You Need to Know About Launching a Product Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

They have had six weeks to do these roadworks why do them

first_imgParents have slammed the organisation behind the construction of the new Lidl in Longton. “They have had the whole six weeks of the summer holidays to do this and they have decided to do it now. It does not make any sense and has been poorly organised.” The school warned parents of a ‘high level of disruption’ in a text message and also shared details on social media. The statement read: “Please note there is no access from Trentham Road to or from Spring Garden Road as the junction is being widened to accommodate the new Lidl store and a diversion is in place. Read MoreMotorists warned of delays as work due to start resurfacing busy road “We expect this will cause a high level of disruption in the morning as vehicles coming down Spring Garden Road from Goms Mill will have to do a U-turn on the road.” The works began on August 20 and are set to run until September 24. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailParents have hit out at five weeks of road works causing the route outside their children’s school to shut – just as pupils return from the long summer break. Highways workers are currently on site at Spring Garden Road near Longton’s St Gregory’s Catholic Academy to widen the stretch ready for a new supemarket’s arrival. But families have hit out the timing of the improvements as children head back from the long holiday – and claim it will exacerbate existing parking and traffic problems in the area. Works are taking place in preparation for the new Lidl store set to be built on the former Somerfield site off Spring Garden Road. Road works outside a school which are set to last for six weeks started just in Spring Garden Road Roadworks as part of the build have completely closed Spring Garden Road, the same road where St Gregory’s Catholic Academy is. Bosses at the budget superstore are promising 1,424 square metres of retail space – which will include an in-store bakery, wider aisles and longer tills, customer toilets and more parking. However parents have bemoaned the road closure, which has seen traffic diverted towards Edensor Road. Tim Woodcock, aged 33, of Meir Hay, said: “They have just had six weeks to do this work and not cause this disruption. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. “My partner struggles to pick the children up on a normal day but this has been even worse over the last few days.” Roxanne Sutton, aged 27, of Longton, said: “I do find the timing strange because we have just had the six weeks holiday. “Parking has always been a problem at the school. It has been better since they have let people pay for permits to use the school car park but it is still a problem.” Read MoreHighways inspectors: ‘7 inch deep pothole is not a risk’ Paul Nicholls, aged 49, of Dresden, said: “The problem of parking at this school has been long-standing but this is causing havoc. “I think that it has been poorly organised – where are we supposed to park when we are picking up the children? last_img read more

A founder of WestJet and JetBlue commits to order 60 A220s for

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: JetBlue, WestJet Share By: The Canadian Press FARNBOROUGH – One of the founders of WestJet Airlines Ltd. and JetBlue Airways Corp. has committed to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft for a new U.S. airline he’s launching.A memorandum of understanding for the aircraft which was developed by Bombardier Inc. was announced at the Farnborough Air Show.The deal is worth US$5.4 billion at list prices, but airlines typically receive large discounts.Deliveries of the former C Series jets are slated to begin in 2021, a year after the planes are expected to start coming off a new assembly line in Mobile, Ala.The new airline is backed by a group of investors led by David Neeleman, who is also an investor in TAP in Portugal and controlling shareholder in Azul airlines in Brazil.The commitment is the second since Airbus took control of the aircraft program. Last week, JetBlue ordered 60 of the same aircraft for delivery starting in 2020 with the option for another 60 starting in 2025. A founder of WestJet and JetBlue commits to order 60 A220s for new U.S. airline Tuesday, July 17, 2018 last_img read more