Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous INDIA

Dilip Shanghvi (14)
He is almost fanatical in his devotion to the treadmill and never misses a chance to get on it. Shanghvi doesn’t ike parties; in fact he is a rare sighting even at pharmaceutical industry meetings. Instead, he is a homebody and is rarely seen outside the suburb of Andheri in Mumbai where he has a home and the factory. When he likes to take a break, it is usually at Kodaikanal or on the backwaters of Kerala.

Germany Recipes

Ingredients:
  • 1 large Potato, peeled and quartered
  • 2 large Carrots
  • 3 large Herring Fillets
  • 1 tbsp Freshly chopped Dill
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large hard boiled Eggs, finely chopped
  • 8 Cooked Beetroot
  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise-type Salad Dressing
  • Black Pepper
  • Dill To Garnish
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Brown Bread
Preparation:

1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil then cook for 15-20 minutes until just tender.

2. Meanwhile, cook carrots in salted water for 15 minutes until just tender.

3. Drain the cooked potatoes and carrots and allow to cool.

4. Grate or finely chop the cooled potato, place in a layer on serving platter and press down gently.

5. Chop the herring fillets and place in a layer on top of the potatoes but slightly smaller to start building mountain

6. Sprinkle with the chopped dill.

7. Continue building the mountain with a layer of onion, then eggs then grated carrots, in that order, pressing each layer down gently.

8. Finally, grate the beetroots and use to cover the whole mountain to form a red coat.

9. Spoon the mayonnaise dressing over top, cover loosely and refrigerate for 4-8 hours. The mayonnaise will go pink.

10. To serve - Season with black pepper, garnish with dill and lemon wedges and serve with brown bread.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Chicago is a city I've wanted to see for a long time

so when I got the opportunity to attend a conference there, I was excited. I tacked a couple of extra days on so that I would have a chance to see some of the city, and not just the inside of the hotel where the conference was. 

The conference was at a hotel near the airport. I arrived a full day before the concert so I could have a day exploring the city before the opening night of the conference. The next morning, after a big breakfast at my hotel, I took the L into the center of the city. Before reaching downtown, the line I was on goes underground, so I emerged from underground into a forest of skyscrapers. 

Chicago is known for it's incredible architecture, and rightly so. It was impressive. Once I got my bearings, I headed over to Millennium Park to see the Cloud Gate before heading into the Art Institute. On the way there, I saw some modern Chinese art installations. I swear the cold air made the colours brighter. 



As it turns out, admission to the Art Institute was free for the month of February, so I splurged on an audio guide. It was great to be able to learn more about specific pieces of artwork, and there are several different self-guided tours available too. I chose the director's tour, which takes you to some of the Institute's key pieces. It was great to see some iconic pieces of artwork, not just from the United States but from around the world. I was excited to see a few paintings by Monet, one of my favourite artists, but my favourite piece was one I'd never seen before, by a Chicago artist (Nightlife, by Archibald J. Motley Jr.). The Art Institute was a great place to get a taste of some of the architectural details I would later see as I spent the afternoon exploring downtown Chicago--along the river, on the streets, and up the Willis Tower. 

Sunset at Waras Hut, Km 6 on the trail up Mount Kinabalu

Sunset at Waras Hut, Km 6 on the trail up Mount Kinabalu
Waras Hut was my accommodation for the night on the trail up Mount Kinabalu, before attempting the summit. I reached Low's Peak at 5.45am the next morning. 


Asian Games go beyond sports

On July 1, 2004, Guangzhou won the competition to host the 16th Asian Games. The port city of the ancient "Maritime Silk Road", will once be again entrusted with enhancing ties between China and other Asian nations.
In March 2009, a replica wooden sailing boat, the Cocachin, a symbol of the Guangzhou Asian Games "Maritime Silk Road" concept, set sail; nearly 30 countries and regions along its route welcomed this "ambassador of peace, friendship and Asian culture across the world".
Since their debut in 1951, the Asian Games have witnessed the unyielding desire of Asian people for harmony and cooperation.
They are a weathervane of peace in the region. The "blessing to Guangzhou Asian Games global relay", an Internet activity launched by NetEase, received positive responses from netizens of more than 100 Asian cities in Malaysia, Japan and other Asian nations and regions.
In an Asia inhabited by nearly two-thirds of the world population, the Asian Games have become Asia's largest sports gathering and a "symbol of unity" throughout the region, as Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia, described them.
A look at some of the themes of previous Asian Games, from the "peace and friendship" of the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games to the "unity, friendship and progress" of the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing and "Asian harmony" at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima, show that the host cities have repeatedly promoted a spirit of "harmony, friendship and cooperation".
In 1986, China sent its athletic delegation to the Republic of Korea (ROK) to attend the 10th Asian Games. The participation of the Chinese delegation helped the two Asian neighbors (which have not established diplomatic relations at the time) draw closer.
When athletes from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the ROK entered the stadium shoulder-to-shoulder at the 2000 Busan Asian Games, the audience enthusiastically responded.
It is clear that Asian countries and people firmly support the 16th Asian Games as a platform for unity and cooperation. More than 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions will compete in the Games and more than 4,000 officials will accompany them. Nearly 10,000 journalists are coming to Guangzhou to cover the Games.
The Chinese people are trying their best to present an Asian Games that reflects the concept of harmony, a green Earth and civilisation. Guangdong Province has built or renovated more than 70 stadiums. Efforts have been made to improve the air and water quality in Guangzhou, update its transportation system, improve the environment for its residents, and build barrier-free facilities. Nearly 600,000 volunteers will go all out to create a comfortable and safe environment for the audiences and athletes.
To meet the needs of Asian countries, the Guangzhou Games have added 14 non-Olympic sports including cricket, sports dance, dragon boat races and rollerskating. The Games organisers are also promoting exchanges of different Asian cultures.
There are many ethnic groups in Asia, the biggest and most populous continent in the world. There is still the need for people in different countries in Asia to better understand each other.
Sport has the power to change the world by dissolving conflicts and resolving disputes in a way that overcomes geological and language barriers. The Guangzhou Games will play an important role in promoting unity and friendship among Asian countries.

Sports Minister Gives away Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to Saina Nehwal

Dr M.S. Gill, Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports gave away Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2010 to Ms. Saina Nehwal at a simple ceremony here today.
Recognising Ms. Saina Nehwal’s outstanding performance in the badminton sport and the glory she brought to the country, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2010 is conferred upon Ms. Nehwal. As she was in Paris taking part in World Championship when the National Sports Awards were conferred by the President of India on 29th August, 2010, she could not receive the Award on that occasion. In view of this, the Award was conferred on her today. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award . The award carries a medal, citation and cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh .
Saina Nehwal’s Achievements :
Ms. Saina Nehwal is among the outstanding Badminton players ranking 2nd in the World. She has won the Indonesia Super Series ,2010, Singapore Open super Series,2010 , Indian Open Grand Prix,2010 , Indonesia Super Series,2009, and Indian Open Grand Prix,2009 . She was Semi finalist in 2009 BWF World Championship and Semi finalist in ALL England Super Series ,2010 . She won gold medal in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games,2010 . She was awarded Arjuna Award in 2009.

Buying Perfumes and Colognes Online

The use of perfumes has become common these days. Aromas have become style statements. Previously, it was not possible for the common persons to purchase them because of high costs. But now, you can afford to buy perfumes and colognes online. 

Due to online stores, now it has become much easier to get hold of perfumes and different colognes. You may go through some of the online outlets making available the fragrance items for you. Manyare offering attractive discounts on lots of products and services. When you think about getting fragrance items of your choice over the internet, avail of discounts and other money saving offers available and save your money.

You may explore the internet to look for new fragrances of colognes available at affordable rates. As there are fashion conscious people, so you will find new scents made available for the purchase of common men and women. You may find various types of organic as well as synthetic substances getting used for the purpose of making the best sorts of fragrances. You can consider buying items according to your choice and your affordability.

Whatever sorts of perfumers you would like to purchase, all you will find over the internet. Find out the best outlets online that offer finest quality and alluring colognes. When you make your purchase online, you normally avoid any sorts of discrepancy or mediators which can save you a lot. In other words, you can make your purchase directly which quite easy and convenient. You just have to explore the outlets or websites offering the items you are looking for and go through the categories provided there. Then, make your selection of the products and place your order easily. 

Today, numerous merchants and retailers are offering assorted types of perfumes and fragrance items. And therefore, you need to be little sure about where to buy your favorite things from. One of the world’s largest discount  and distributors of perfumes and skincare products is com. You may visit the website to know more about their products and offerings. You can avail of to get the best online deal.

So, now getting hold of dainty fragrances and perfumes has become easier when you prefer to go online. You may compare products as well as prices to see the different and arrive at an informed choice. Please remember that many online outlets are offering discounts and money offs and therefore, find out the ways to save on your budget. These days, online coupons are in vogue which can save you big.  You can make use of FragranceNet Coupon Code available over the internet and save some extra money in your wallet.

Hard work `improves` taste of food

The harder we have to try to obtain something, the more we realise its worth. This applies even to food we normally find unappetising, a study shows. A Johns Hopkins University study suggests that hard work enhances our appreciation for something as uninspiring as low-fat, low calorie food.
For example, if we had to navigate an obstacle course to get to a plate of baby carrots, we might come to prefer those raw vegetables over the sweet Snickers bars or snacks, reports the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
`Basically, what we have shown is that if you have to expend more effort to get a certain food, not only will you value that food more, but it might even taste better to you,` explained Alexander Johnson, who led the study.
Johnson is an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins.
`At present, we don`t know why effort seems to boost the taste of food, but we know that it does, and this effect lasts for at least 24 hours after the act of working hard to get the food,` said Johnson.
People who struggle to maintain a healthy weight could be conditioned to consume lower calorie foods, according to Johnson.
Johnson teamed up on the project with Michela Gallagher, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins.

Top tips to avoid snoring

It recommends working out whether snoring comes from the nose or throat, reports the Daily Express.
If you can make a snoring noise with your mouth open and closed, try this: stick your tongue out as far as it will go and grip it between your teeth.
Try to make a snoring noise. If it is reduced, you are probably a `tongue-base snorer`, meaning your tongue is vibrating and causing the problem. If you are a `nose snorer` you snore with a closed mouth, it says.
The Association lists their solutions as follows:
1. Sleep on your side
The theory is that when we lie on our backs the tongue and muscles in the throat collapse, constricting the airway and causing snoring.
2. Higher pillows
This aims to keep the airways open by supporting the neck so the throat is less constricted. It works fairly well until you fall asleep and slump down in the bed.
3. Breathe Right Nasal Strips
These are supposed to open your nostrils from the outside and they certainly do seem to do this. They can also provide temporary relief from nasal congestion and stuffiness caused by colds and allergies.
4. Snoreeze Oral Strips
These dissolving mint-flavoured strips target the main cause of snoring and are ideal if you tend to snore more when lying on your back. They contain a time-release formula, which coats the back of the throat throughout the night and reduces the vibrations of the soft tissues, helping to stop snoring.
5. Snoreeze Throat Spray
This lubricates and tones the soft tissues at the back of the throat that vibrate and make you snore.
6. Nozovent
This is a piece of flexible plastic which you push into your nostrils to make them wider and allow easier breathing. It looks like something from the Spanish Inquisition but users report good results.
7. SomnoGuard
This is a bit like the gumshield worn by a rugby player, but it is reported to produce good results. The idea is to bring your lower jaw and tongue forward, making more space for breathing. The drawback is that it takes sometime to get used to and is costly.
8. Rhynil Herbal Spray
The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association says its herbal nasal spray shrinks the lining of the nostril, creating more space to breathe. It also tightens the tissue of the roof of the mouth, making it less likely to vibrate. It smells pleasant and a friend who tried it said it reduced snoring significantly.
9. Abstinence
You should cut down on cigarettes or, better still, give up completely. Also, try to have your last alcoholic drink at least four hours before you go to bed.

Sensex rebounds with 268-point gain

Stock markets on Monday made a smart comeback with the Bombay Stock Exchange bellwether Sensex snapping four-day losing streak and ending with a gain of 268 points, on value buying in heavy weights like Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank.
The BSE 30-share benchmark index, Sensex, which plunged by over 4 per cent in the last four trading sessions primarily on the housing finance racket and negative global cues, started the week on a firm note and settled at 19405.10, reflecting a jump of 268.49 points or 1.4 per cent.
Witnessing a similar surge, the National Stock Exchange's wide-based Nifty finished the day with a gain of 1.36 per cent at 5830. Analysts attributed the market rebound to the emergence of bargain hunting following the steep fall in the Sensex in the last four trading sessions.
“Last week's weakness in the market gave an opportunity to buy frontline stocks at attractive valuations.
Besides, the concerns over 2G spectrum row and housing loan racket have been almost factored in by the market,” Networth Stock Broking Head of Institutional Business Prakash Diwan said.
Rally on the BSE was led by a handsome bounce back in Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries, which carries the maximum weight in the Sensex.
“Value buying by large institutional investors triggered the up-move in the stock,” Mr. Diwan said.
Of the 30 Sensex components, just seven ended on a weak note.
Rupee loses 9 paise
The rupee on Monday lost nine paise to close at 45.93/94 against the dollar due to month-end demand for the U.S. currency from importers. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened higher at 45.80/81 in tune with a surge in stock markets. It had closed at 45.84/85 on Friday last.
Forex dealers said month-end dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners, put pressure on the rupee value though the stock markets were rising.
The rupee finally ended at 45.93/94.
Meanwhile, global crude oil was trading above $85 a barrel in London.

SCI to raise Rs.1,184 crore

The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) is planning to raise Rs.1,184 crore through the follow-on public offer (FPO) that is opening for subscription on November 30.
The company has fixed a price band of Rs.135-140 a share. The FPO comprises a fresh issue of 4.23 crore equity shares and an ‘offer for sale' of a similar quantum of shares by the Government. The issue will close on December 2 for qualified institutional buyers (QIB) and December 3 for other bidders.
“The Government will get Rs.592 crore through 10 per cent divestment and the company will get Rs.592 crore through the issue of fresh shares, which will be used to fund its vessel acquisition plans,” Chairman and Managing Director of the company S. Hajara told reporters here. “We plan to acquire 62 vessels in the XI Plan. We have already ordered 32 vessels and will place orders for 30 more vessels by the end of March 2012,” Mr. Hajara said.
SCI has about 35 per cent share of Indian flagged tonnage as of June 30. It owned a fleet of 74 vessels of 5.11 million dead weight tonnage (dwt) as on September 30. The ships being acquired by SCI would be predominantly used for catering to import/export , he said.

Foreign firms invited to revive closed urea units

Union Fertiliser Minister M. K. Alagiri on Monday invited global firms to invest in the revival of closed urea units.
“With increased availability of gas, the government is also considering revival of closed urea plants. We welcome participation of the fertilizer industry across the world in this respect,” Mr. Alagiri said at a fertilizer conference here.
Five units of Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL) and three units of Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation (HFCL) are closed, as of now.
The government had constituted an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECOS) to evaluate all investment options for revival of the closed units of FCIL/HFCL and to make suitable recommendations for consideration of the government.
A consortium of PSUs comprising GAIL India, Coal India and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers (RCF) have expressed their intent to put up a fertilizer plant on coal-based technology at Talcher (unit of FCIL).
Similar proposal has also been received from Steel Authority of India Ltd. for revival of the Sindri unit and by Krishak Bharti Cooperative Ltd. (KRIBHCO) for revival of the Ramagundam unit.
Mr. Alagiri also said the domestic firms were being encouraged to enter into long-term joint venture cooperation with their foreign counterparts to make various fertilizers available to the farmers.
“For fertiliser security, we encourage and support the Indian fertilizer industry to acquire fertilizer assets abroad. We welcome initiatives in this regard,” Mr. Alagiri said.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What is a reimbursement claim and what are the documents to be submitted in case of a reimbursement claim?

If you are admitted to a Non-network hospital you need to settle the hospital bills yourself and then submit the hospitalization documents along with the claim form for reimbursement of hospitalization expenses.
We would require the following documents for fast processing of your claim.
  • A photocopy of your previous policy details prior to taking your Health Guard policy from Bajaj Allianz (if applicable).
  • A photocopy of your present policy document with Bajaj Allianz.
  • First Prescription from the Doctor.
  • The Claim Form duly signed by the claimant or family member.
  • The Hospital Discharge Card
  • The Hospital Bill giving detailed break up of all expense heads mentioned in the bill.
    E.g. if Rs.1,000/- has been charged towards medicines in the bill, please ensure that the names of the medicines, the unit price and the quantity used are mentioned. Similarly e.g. If Rs.2,000/- has been charged towards Laboratory Investigations, please ensure that the names of the investigations, the number of times each investigation has been  performed and the rate is mentioned. In this way clear break ups have to be mentioned  for OT Charges, Doctor’s Consultation and Visit Charges, OT Consumables, Transfusions, Room Rent, etc…
  • The Money Receipt duly signed with a Revenue Stamp.
  • All Original Laboratory & Diagnostic Test Reports. E.g. X-Ray, E.C.G, USG, MRI Scan, Haemogram etc…(Please note that you do not have to enclose the films or plates, a printed report for each investigation is sufficient)
  • If you have purchased medicines in cash and if this has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor and the supporting medicine bill from the Chemist.
  • If you have paid cash for Diagnostic or Radiology tests and it has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor advising the tests, the actual test reports and the bill from the diagnostic centre for the tests.
  • In case of a Cataract Operation, Please enclose the IOL Sticker 
For Pre & Post Hospital Expenses:
For Pre & Post Hospitalisation expenses please provide the following documents:
  • Medicines: Please provide the doctor’s prescription advising medicines and the relevant chemist's bills.
  • Doctor’s Consultation Charges: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription and the doctor’s bill and receipt.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription advising tests, the actual test reports and the bill and receipt from the diagnostic center.
Important: Please ensure that only original documents are enclosed, duplicates or Photocopies will not be entertained
Once you have collected all the above documents, please send them to the following address:
The Claims Manager,
Health Administration Team
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd.
Ashoka Plaza, Ground Floor
Nagar Road
Pune - 411 006
Maharashtra
Phone: (020) 26500236 

What is a reimbursement claim and what are the documents to be submitted in case of a reimbursement claim?

If you are admitted to a Non-network hospital you need to settle the hospital bills yourself and then submit the hospitalization documents along with the claim form for reimbursement of hospitalization expenses.
We would require the following documents for fast processing of your claim.
  • A photocopy of your previous policy details prior to taking your Health Guard policy from Bajaj Allianz (if applicable).
  • A photocopy of your present policy document with Bajaj Allianz.
  • First Prescription from the Doctor.
  • The Claim Form duly signed by the claimant or family member.
  • The Hospital Discharge Card
  • The Hospital Bill giving detailed break up of all expense heads mentioned in the bill.
    E.g. if Rs.1,000/- has been charged towards medicines in the bill, please ensure that the names of the medicines, the unit price and the quantity used are mentioned. Similarly e.g. If Rs.2,000/- has been charged towards Laboratory Investigations, please ensure that the names of the investigations, the number of times each investigation has been  performed and the rate is mentioned. In this way clear break ups have to be mentioned  for OT Charges, Doctor’s Consultation and Visit Charges, OT Consumables, Transfusions, Room Rent, etc…
  • The Money Receipt duly signed with a Revenue Stamp.
  • All Original Laboratory & Diagnostic Test Reports. E.g. X-Ray, E.C.G, USG, MRI Scan, Haemogram etc…(Please note that you do not have to enclose the films or plates, a printed report for each investigation is sufficient)
  • If you have purchased medicines in cash and if this has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor and the supporting medicine bill from the Chemist.
  • If you have paid cash for Diagnostic or Radiology tests and it has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor advising the tests, the actual test reports and the bill from the diagnostic centre for the tests.
  • In case of a Cataract Operation, Please enclose the IOL Sticker 
For Pre & Post Hospital Expenses:
For Pre & Post Hospitalisation expenses please provide the following documents:
  • Medicines: Please provide the doctor’s prescription advising medicines and the relevant chemist's bills.
  • Doctor’s Consultation Charges: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription and the doctor’s bill and receipt.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription advising tests, the actual test reports and the bill and receipt from the diagnostic center.
Important: Please ensure that only original documents are enclosed, duplicates or Photocopies will not be entertained
Once you have collected all the above documents, please send them to the following address:
The Claims Manager,
Health Administration Team
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd.
Ashoka Plaza, Ground Floor
Nagar Road
Pune - 411 006
Maharashtra
Phone: (020) 26500236 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Laureus Ambassador Michael Lynagh teams up with Sean Fitzpatrick for Hong Kong visit

Two weeks after the Laureus World Sports Awards in Abu Dhabi, Australian rugby legend Michael Lynagh, the newest member of the Laureus Friends & Ambassadors programme, has joined former All Blacks captain and Laureus World Sports Academy Member Sean Fitzpatrick in Hong Kong seeing how the rugby-based Operation Breakthrough project has developed since the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation paricipation in the project started five years ago.
Operation Breakthrough is one of the flagship projects around the world which continues the legacy of Laureus through the work of the Sport for Good Foundation,
Operation Breakthrough is a ground-breaking programme, where, for the first time in Hong Kong, sport is being used as a means of helping to fight crime and juvenile delinquency in low income and immigrant communities. The project addresses at risk youngsters who have either come into contact with the police or who have been identified by schools or social workers. Many are recent immigrants from the mainland and most come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Common problems include dysfunctional families, Triad involvement, substance abuse and petty crime.
Whilst on a private visit to the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens event, Michael Lynagh took the opportunity to meet three young men for whom Operation Breakthrough has made a life-changing difference: Peter Ng, who now works with the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union as a Community Rugby Officer, helping to promote sport in local schools: Tank Lam, who toured with the Hong Kong A team to Taiwan in February; and Andy Leung, who will play for the Hong Kong Under 18 team in the Asian Tournament in Taiwan. The three players were presented with souvenir Laureus Sport for Good caps for the entire squad who are off to play a tournament in Taiwan for the first time next week.
Michael Lynagh, who played 72 times for Australia between 1984 and 1995 and was vice-captain when they won the Rugby World Cup in 1991, said: "I am honoured to be a Laureus Ambassador and it was terrific to be able to meet members of the Laureus project in Hong Kong. Sean told me when I last met him, what a great project this was and suggested that I try to meet some of the kids when I am in Hong Kong.  It was an eye-opener for me to spend time with these guys who get so much pleasure from their rugby. And talking to them showed just what a difference sport can make in young people's lives. None of them would be doing what they are today if it hadn't been for Operation Breakthrough and their involvement in rugby."
Sean Fitzpatrick, in Hong Kong on speaking engagements took the opportunity to talk about Laureus Sport for Good projects to corporate guests. Over the weekend Fitzpatrick explained to Michael Lynagh the parallels between the Operation Breakthrough programme in Hong Kong and his experience in the United Kingdom last summer when he took part in the Laureus London-to-Manchester cycle ride with many of his fellow Laureus Academy Members. 
The ride finished at No 10 Downing Street where a report, commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, entitled Breaking the Cycle of Violence, was presented to UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  The report highlighted the impact that sport-based youth development projects can have on young people who might otherwise find themselves in gangs.
Sean Fitzpatrick said: "You could not fail to be impressed by the similarity between what we were saying in that report and the situation in Hong Kong.  In young men like Peter, Tank and Andy you had three living examples of how sport can change people's lives. For me that is one of the greatest benefits of Laureus: as a worldwide foundation you can share experience. You can find similar problems in different countries and share the benefit of common solutions."
Operation Breakthrough operates in partnership with the Hong Kong Police and the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and is led by police and rugby volunteers in partnership with social workers. Sport is used as a medium to build trust between the youngsters and the volunteers, to provide focus, develop discipline, encourage teamwork, teach values and increase confidence and self-esteem. There is little re-offending amongst Operation Breakthrough youngsters and the feedback from the social workers and schools is positive.  
The project also offers sports such as boxing, football, contemporary dance, sailing and dragon boat racing, and has established relationships with several corporations who have offered employment opportunities. Over the last 12 months, Operation Breakthrough has become a project under the Social Welfare Department's ‘Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged', and has started a girls' section with Under 16 and Under 19 teams.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous INDIA

Anil Agarwal (11)
He makes no bones about the fact that he’s starry eyed and loves to watch every Hindi film that comes his way. When in Mumbai, he is known to throw unending parties for his buddies at the Taj Mahal hotel, one of his favourite haunts. Also loves to go around on bicycles.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nissan Chooses Pre-Construction Contractor for New Nissan Battery Plant




FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 7, 2010; Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) has selected W.G. Yates of Philadelphia, Miss., as the general contractor supporting the pre-construction services phase for Nissan's new battery plant that will be built at the automaker's vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The battery plant will support the assembly of the Nissan LEAF that will be built at the Smyrna plant in late 2012.

Nissan LEAF - the first in a range of forthcoming Nissan electric vehicles (EVs) - is the world's first affordable, mass produced zero emission car and embodies Nissan's vision for an environmentally sustainable future for road transport.

W.G. Yates joins Albert Kahn Associates as part of the Nissan design team for the battery plant construction project. Nissan awarded the architectural and engineering design services contract to Albert Kahn of Detroit, Mich. in January, 2010. Yates will be providing design support services prior to the start of construction scheduled to begin this summer.

Modification of the Smyrna manufacturing plant, which will begin later this year, includes a new battery plant and changes in the existing structure for electric-vehicle assembly. When fully operational, the vehicle assembly plant will have the capacity to build 150,000 Nissan LEAF electric cars per year, and the new plant will have the annual capacity of 200,000 batteries.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and http://www.nissandriven.com/www.InfinitiUSA.com.

Laureus Academy Member Steve Waugh takes a ride on the Magic Bus in Mumbai

MUMBAI, March 23, 2010 - Large crowds gathered to welcome Laureus World Sports Academy Member Steve Waugh as he paid an emotional visit to Mumbai to meet and play sport with disadvantaged children from the slums of the Bombay Port Trust area of the city, at the Laureus-supported Magic Bus project.
Magic Bus is a sport for development project which helps to improve the lives of children living in at-risk communities where the majority of residents live on or below the poverty line in difficult and overcrowded conditions.  Magic Bus creates 'classrooms without walls' for these children, using football, outdoor activities and games to give them an opportunity to develop vital personal and social skills that will help them to a better future.
Australian cricket legend Waugh, who was the most successful captain in the history of Test cricket with 41 wins in 57 Tests, said: 'I have a 24 year history with India and am inspired by the people of this great country. For over 12 years I have been involved in charity work in India and over this time learnt a lot about the challenges that young people face. So many of India's children do not have the opportunity to meet their full potential. Magic Bus is an inspirational programme making a difference for some of the children in India. It's been great to meet the kids and everyone involved in the project. I am happy to support this Laureus Sport for Good programme as a Laureus Sports Academy Member. Through sport we can make a real and significant difference to childrens lives.'
At the project, Waugh met Magic Bus founder Matthew Spacie who explained to him that Magic Bus provides opportunities for less privileged children through recreation and sports activities. Activity within Mumbai is focused on the children from the slums in the Dharavi, Mankhurd, Jogeshwari and Bombay Port Trust area of Mumbai where 54% of the population lives below India's poverty line.  Outside of Mumbai the programme is reaching out to over 140,000 children in Delhi, Andra Pradesh and rural Maharashtra.
Vodafone, Global partners of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, selected eight employees to accompany Steve for the Magic Bus initiative. They participated in a fun filled ‘Leg cricket' match with the children.
Founded in February 1999, in partnership with other local organisations, Magic Bus has developed and grown into one of the largest projects of its kind for children from 7 to 18 living in urban and rural poverty in India. The project allows each child to escape the harsh reality of life for a few hours every week. It works to find the abilities and potential within each child, enabling them to build strong and aware communities free of religious and caste prejudice and gender divides. Magic Bus believes in the child's right to a positive future in which they make their own choices and take responsibility for change. Only through this change in mindset can they themselves move out of poverty.
The previous day Waugh had visited the Indian headquarters of mobile communications group Vodafone and spoke to 300 members of the staff.
Waugh's visit to Mumbai follows on the highly successful 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards held in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. The Awards honour the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year and generate support for the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Foundation.

The Bathroom Vanity is the Centerpiece

The single most important element in your bathroom is the vanity. It is considered the main piece of furniture in your restroom. It is also the main decorative item. The toilet and tub are also important but they are permanent fixtures due to pipe layout.
This is because the vanity is the one item that is most likely to get noticed inadvertently the most, because people love to check their images in the mirror before they leave. Even if you do not consider yourself vain, you probably take a glance up at yourself while washing your hands. This means that after the necessity items, the bathroom mirror garnishes the most attention from your guests.Now keep in mind that the bathroom is one of the most trafficked areas of your home, and you can see why you will want to take some time on the most important element of your home restroom.
After all, if you knew there was one place in your home that all your guests would have their undivided attention, wouldn’t you want to make sure it was perfect? Since you now know ironically that is in the bathroom at your vanity, you will want to make sure the mirror you pick exceeds expectations.
If the vanity is incorrect size then the layout of the entire bathroom will be off balance so when choosing a decorative mirror that is positioned over the vanity without any problems. The basic idea in figuring out what size your mirror needs to be, which can be made by measuring the sink. There is no reason to overpower the vanity or the mirror this why balance is important when design your bathroom.
If you choose a smaller bathroom vanity which has a large sink, it can allow a couple of accessories to help accent the trim of the cabinet. For instance, if you are interested in choosing a wood framed mirror, you may want to look into purchasing some wood potpourri containers which will enhance the wood accents and also add a delightful scent and sense of style throughout your bathroom.
If you have a smaller type of sink, you should not leave an entire bathroom wall blank. With a smaller bathroom vanity, it will make the bathroom look emptier than it really is because of the excess amount of space that is available on the walls. You may feel that you will need to select a style of mirror that is a couple of feet larger width wise than the vanity.
If you continue to match the items in your bathroom with the wood on your bathroom vanity and the towel colors, you will quickly watch the room start to come together. To further accent the room, you may choose either silver or gold etching on the glasswork of the vanity depending on what color your fixtures are.

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