U17 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) 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… 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. Arjun 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.There 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.The 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.”The 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.
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.
<< 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