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Kate and her stylist reworked Anita Dongre’s dress for the Duchess’ India visit

first_imgKate Middleton has managed to win hearts as well as style points during her ongoing India visit. While the world indulged in envy, seeing her graceful gait strut through the streets of India, the Duchess of Cambridge kept hitting one style statement after the other out of the park!Kate’s easy-breezy fashion sure has given us some new #SummerGoals, but it was not Kate’s effort alone that made her look so effortlessly happy despite the heat and dust of the country.As has been revealed earlier, the designer behind Kate’s pink-and-green tunic (when she indulged in a game of bat and ball with Sachin Tendulkar) was by Indian designer Anita Dongre.Kate Middleton wore the reworked Anita Dongre dress in Mumbai. Picture courtesy: Pinterest Now, the designer has come forth and told us that it was months before the Royals’ India visit that the Duchess’ PA-turned-stylist got in touch with them: “A couple of months ago, Kate’s stylist Natasha Archer had emailed us, which is when we sent her a look book, post which she came in and got some pieces for fittings.”Kate’s decision to sport an Anita Dongre, though, came as a surprise to the designer herself! “I was so surprised to see her actually wearing one of them, as I honestly had no idea that she would be wearing it. It was such a pleasant surprise for me to see the picture.”Anita Dongre was the first Indian designer that Kate wore during this India tour.The tunic dress is a classic composition of Mughal inspired motifs in a summery georgette fabric. The dress was originally showcased at the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016, where Anita showcased her Summer 2016 collection, Love Notes.advertisementThe original Anita Dongre dress. Picture courtesy: Anita Dongre The outfit was originally styled with a sharara and dupatta, but Kate’s stylist took the stole and converted part of that into the belt and then chopped it off so it can be worn as a dress.last_img read more

50 Businesses in Accompong Receive Grant Funding

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has awarded grants totally $1.25 million to 50 businesses in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, as part of plans to boost economic activity in the area. The beneficiaries were selected under the Ministry’s Economic Opportunities Workshop, which seeks to provide residents with the tools, resources and information to take advantage of their indigenous assets. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has awarded grants totally $1.25 million to 50 businesses in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, as part of plans to boost economic activity in the area.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, presented the grants during a handover ceremony held in the community on Friday, March 22.The beneficiaries were selected under the Ministry’s Economic Opportunities Workshop, which seeks to provide residents with the tools, resources and information to take advantage of their indigenous assets.The recipients include 33 farmers, seven shopkeepers, two restaurateurs, a beekeeper, a farm store operator, tea herbalists, welder, three artisans and a juice producer.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (front row, fifth left) and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson (front row, fifth right), with the 50 beneficiaries and other stakeholders at the Economic Opportunities Workshop in Accompong, St Elizabeth on March 22.center_img Each person received a grant of $25,000 via a gift card that can be used at any Hardware & Lumber (H&L) Rapid True Value and H&L Agro locations across Jamaica. Among the items available with the gift card are vegetable seeds, animal feeds, pesticides, safety gear, lumber, electrical supplies, paints and accessories.Speaking at the handover ceremony, Ms. Grange urged the beneficiaries to take full advantage of the opportunity given to them.“This grant that you got today is a start, so don’t waste it or throw it away. Make it work for you. This is a resource for you to…build your lives and earnings. I promised to return with meaningful contributions to help businesses in the area to develop and grow,” she stated.“It is important that the 50 recipients who got the assistance, you make it work so others can be brought on board to benefit just like you. The support will continue as long as you prove yourself and you don’t throw away the opportunity,” she added.Ms. Grange pointed out that the Government is committed to supporting the development of small businesses in Jamaica, in order to grow the economy and achieve prosperity.“The mantra of this Government is prosperity. It is our guiding light and everything thing we do is to increase the levels of prosperity to all the people of Jamaica,” she noted.This Economic Opportunities Workshop in Accompong is the latest in a series being implemented by the Ministry in various sections across the country. Approximately 500 people in the communities of the Blue and John Crow Mountain regions—Portland, St. Thomas and St. Andrew—have been targeted throughout the years. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, presented the grants during a handover ceremony held in the community on Friday, March 22.last_img read more

Coinsecure bitcoin theft Exchange announces Rs 2 crore reward

first_imgCoinsecure bitcoin theftPixabayIndian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsecure which lost almost 438.318 bitcoins in a big cryptocurrency theft, announced approximately Rs 2 crore reward to anyone who will help in recovering the lost bitcoins.The New Delhi based exchange on April 8 lost nearly 438 bitcoins worth over Rs 20 crore after most of its wallets were hacked.”We are happy to issue a bounty of 10% to the community for help rendered for recovery of BTC”, Coinsecure said in a statement Friday.Coinsecure promised to pay back the money stolen from its own funds to its users. The refund process may take up to 15 working days. The exchange states that customer’s funds are safe with Coinsecure and it will keep its users updated.Near to 11,000 people are said to be affected due to the hacking of Coinsecure. The fraud came to light when users who had bought bitcoins from the exchange were complaining that they were not able to access their funds for the past few days.On April 12 the exchange put up an official notification on their website and sent out emails to their users explaining the situation. Coinsecure have filed an FIR (First Information Report) with the Cyber Cell of Delhi and investigation has already begun on the case.According to Coinsecure, the funds were lost while their Chief Strategist officer (CSO) Amitabh Saxena was extracting Bitcoin Gold (BTG) to distribute to their customers. The CSO claims that the funds were lost during the process of the extraction of BTG. While only the CSO and the CEO have access to the private keys of the company’s official wallet, the exchange believes that CSO has made up this story of the loss of funds.last_img read more

Oil prices fall as Russia US look to boost supplies

first_imgCrude oil storage tanks are seen from above at the Cushing oil hub, appearing to run out of space to contain a historic supply glut that has hammered prices, in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016. [ Representational image]Reuters fileOil prices fell on Monday, extending a steep decline in the previous session, as the market eyed an increase in output from the world’s three top crude producers, Russia, the United States and Saudi Arabia.Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $75.34 per barrel at 0124 GMT, down $1.10, or 1.4 percent, from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $66.31 a barrel, down $1.57, or 2.3 percent.Brent and WTI have fallen by 6.4 percent and nearly 9 percent respectively from peaks reached earlier in May.In China, Shanghai crude oil futures ISCc1 tumbled by 4.5 percent to 459 yuan ($71.83) per barrel.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), as well as top producer but non-OPEC member Russia, started withholding supplies in 2017 to tighten the market and prop up prices, which in 2016 fell to a more than a decade low of under $30 per barrel.But prices have soared since the start of the cuts, with Brent breaking through $80 per barrel earlier in May, triggering consumer concerns that high prices would crimp economic growth and stoke inflation.”The pace of the recent rise in oil prices has sparked a debate among investors on whether this poses downside risks to global growth,” Chetan Ahya, Chief Economist at U.S. bank Morgan Stanley wrote over the weekend in a note.To address potential supply shortfalls, Saudi Arabia, de-facto leader of producer cartel OPEC, as well as top producer Russia said on Friday they were discussing raising oil production by some 1 million bpd.”Crude oil prices collapsed … after reports emerged that Saudi Arabia and Russia had agreed to increase crude oil production in the second-half of the year to make up for losses elsewhere under the production cut agreement,” ANZ bank said on Monday.Meanwhile, surging U.S. crude production also showed no sign of abating as drillers continue to expand their search for new oil fields to exploit.U.S. energy companies added 15 rigs looking for new oil in the week ending May 25, bringing the rig-count to 859, the highest level since 2015, in a strong indicator that American crude production will continue to rise.U.S. crude production C-OUT-T-EIA has already surged by more than 27 percent in the last two years, to 10.73 million barrels per day (bpd), bringing its output ever closer to that of Russia, which pumps around 11 million bpd.last_img read more

World powers back Iran oil exports despite US sanctions threat

first_imgEuropean Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini (C-2ndL); Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif (C-3rdL); Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (R); France`s foreign minister Jean- Yves Le Drian (2ndL), Chinese foreign minister Yi Wang (5thL) take part in a Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ministerial meeting on the Iran nuclear deal on 6 July 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The foreign ministers of Iran and five world powers meet to try to salvage the nuclear deal two months after president Donald Trump announced a unilateral US withdrawal. Photo : AFPIran’s remaining partners in the 2015 nuclear deal vowed Friday to keep the energy exporter plugged into the global economy despite the US withdrawal and sanctions threat.Tehran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif praised them for their “will to resist” US pressure, two months after president Donald Trump walked away from the landmark accord.Britain, France and Germany along with Russia and China met with Iran in Vienna to offer economic benefits and assurances that would lessen the blow of sweeping US sanctions announced by Trump.They said they remained committed to the accord and to building up trade and investment links with Iran, including “the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas” and other energy products.”All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,” Iran’s foreign minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.”This is the first time they have shown this level of commitment, but we will have to see in the future what they really want to do and what they can do,” Zarif said.”If they continue to demonstrate the political will they showed today, they will get things done without any problem.”Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had Tuesday labelled the US push to cut Iran’s oil production to zero “a baseless fantasy” and an attempt to drive “imperialist policy in flagrant violation of international law”.’Protect companies from sanctions’The foreign ministers Friday agreed on an 11-point list of joint goals in the Austrian capital, where the accord was signed with the aim of stopping Iran from building the atomic bomb in return for sanctions relief.In the joint statement, they reconfirmed their commitment to the deal and its “economic dividends” for Iran, which has suffered worsening financial turbulence since Trump abandoned the accord.After the US threat to penalise companies that do business with Iran, the remaining signatories said they would work for “the protection of companies from the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions”.Although there were no concrete pledges or deadlines, they also vowed efforts to keep open financial channels with Iran, promote export credit cover and maintain open air, sea and overland transport links.”These initiatives are aimed at preserving the nuclear deal which is in the security interest of all,” said the joint statement read out by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the signatories were trying to respond to “US extraterritorial measures aimed at companies that use the dollar for their commercial transactions”.”We must put in place measures that allow Iran to trade as long as it meets its commitments,” he told RTL radio in France, cautioning that the new steps may take until November when many of the sanctions take effect.Friday’s developments came after Iran had voiced initial doubts about the other signatories’ commitment on the eve of talks.Rouhani had Thursday told French president Emmanuel Macron by phone that the Europe-led offer of economic measures did “not meet all our demands”, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported.’Difficult situation’Trump in May slammed the nuclear accord signed under his predecessor Barack Obama as “horrible” and “defective at its core,” earning applause from Iran’s regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel.Iran, which strongly denies ever seeking to build a nuclear bomb, has warned it could resume uranium enrichment for civilian purposes if the deal collapses.Since Trump’s shock move in May, Washington has warned other countries to end business in Iran and stop buying its oil from early November or face punitive measures.Several major firms — including France’s Total and Peugeot, and Russia’s Lukoil — have said they are preparing to leave.The rial currency has fallen, prices have risen and the country has been hit by street protests and strikes.German foreign minister Heiko Maas conceded that “we won’t be able to compensate for all the effects of enterprises withdrawing from Iran because they see their American business interests threatened by the sanctions”.”After the withdrawal of the United States, which we can’t understand, we face a difficult situation,” he added, but he stressed that “we want to make clear to Iran that it will still gain economic benefits through this agreement”.last_img

First International Print Biennale to be held in India

first_imgKeeping in mind the passion and the intimacy of print as a visual art medium, The Lalit Kala Akademi, has launched its first International Print Biennale to discover new artistic trends in printmaking, nationally and internationally. The Akademi has been serving the entire country by promoting the creative endeavours of Indian artists. Pivotal to the Lalit Kala Akademi’s mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art before diverse local, national and international audiences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Print Biennale has been scheduled for the month of March and April 2018, in the Lalit Kala Akademi and NGMA galleries. It will be a one of a kind event where artists from all over the world will be able to send in their works and showcase their artwork on an international platform. Further, there are five grand prizes of two lakh each, apart from the honourable mentions for a few selected meritorious works. The Akademi will also hold a five-day workshop of the awarded artists. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the decreasing practice of printmaking among the artists, C.S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, he Lalit Kala Akademi said, “Over the years, the practice of printmaking is decreasing among artists. As a result, many printmakers are taking refuge in other mediums for their survival. To arrest this situation, we need to boost this medium with international exposure. Moreover, with the advancement of new technologies, this medium has taken new dimensions all over the world, which needs to be showcased to the art fraternity and connoisseurs.” The biennale will be organized in collaboration with National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Speaking of the same, Adwaita Gadanayak, DG, NGMA, said, “The museum has international facilities which will be given to the Akademi to present their best foot forward for this international endeavour. It is imperative for more and more organisations to come together and create an atmosphere of art creation and growth.”The first selection will be made based on the digital entries sent by the artists. If the work gets approved by the jury, it will be displayed during the exhibition. Later in the second round, selected artists will be asked to send their original work so that it gets easier to choose the winners. Paula Sengupta, a printmaker and teacher, mentioned that printmaking is over four centuries old and is a culmination of many years of practice. Further on, she mentioned, “The reason printmaking is alive in India is that it is still fostered in Indian art institutes and the studios that Lalit Kala Akademi has provided in its regional centers.”The Akademi will also invite few senior and veteran artists for the exhibition under the invited section. Anupam Sud, a senior and internationally known Delhi based printmaker has been given the responsibility of the Commissioner of the exhibition. Other steering Committee members are well-known printmakers like Ananda Moy Banerji, Dattatraya Apte, R.S. Sham Sunder, Paula Sen Gupta and Vijay Bagodi.last_img read more

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