Music for a cause

first_imgTo create awareness about drug abuse and raise funds for addicts, seven bands from the northeast have come together to raise their voice through songs to bring about change. The bands will tour Delhi too.The music project titled ‘7×7’ will have popular artists, including two all-girl bands, from all the states of northeast. The group will bring out a music album on the theme of ‘Youth and Drug Abuse’, announced NGO BASIC, the brains behind the initiative. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘It is an attempt to take a step towards healing, and to finding solutions to the issues… the album not only unites various bands from different northeast states but also features the diverse music talents that the region has,’ said Elvis Khevito Lee, BASIC project manager.‘We will raise funds to support people in need with special focus on HIV positive orphans,’ he added.BASIC has been supporting an orphanage for HIV positive children for more than two years in Imphal, Manipur. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Helping HIV positive orphans brings tremendous satisfaction knowing that not only are we supporting the suffering children but are creating a better tomorrow for them,’ said Lee.According to Lee, a concert with all the seven bands will be organsied in Delhi by November to educate the youth.‘Music, being a universal language and one of the most powerful tools to reach out to the youth, will be a great empowering force for the journey ahead,’ he said.last_img read more

Smoke scare forces aircraft to make emergency landing

first_imgKolkata: An aircraft of a private airline made an emergency landing at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata on Monday night, after smoke was traced inside the cabin. While approaching the NSCBI Airport, smoke started spreading further inside the aircraft.Sources informed that on Monday night at around 10:40 pm, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) of NSCBI Airport received an SOS message from a flight coming from Ahmadabad via Jaipur. The pilot informed that due to some unknown reasons, smoke spread all over inside the aircraft. Passengers became panic stricken due to the smoke and some even had breathing problem. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, ATC officials arranged for an emergency landing, with all the necessary system such as fire tenders, ambulances and other logistics in place. All other flight operations were halted for the time being. A few minutes later the flight safely landed at the airport. The 139 passengers on board were evacuated using a ‘slipper’ through the emergency exit. After evacuation, the aircraft was quarantined and taken to a safe distance. Later, engineers were called to check the aircraft. But no fault could be detected. Later, the flight was grounded till an overall check. According to airport sources, it would be checked again if there is any glitch. According to sources, engineers are working to detect the problem in the aircraft.last_img read more

8 Ways to Succeed as an Entrepreneur in the Third Industrial Revolution

first_imgJuly 22, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read It’s hard to see history when it’s happening around you. But for all of us right now, the world around us is dramatically, if almost invisibly, changing, turned on its head by technology. Related: 12 Signs You Have an Entrepreneurial Mindset In just a few decades, we can expect our everyday lives to be significantly different from now, in ways that would be incomprehensible to those who laid the foundations for the modern world through the 19th century breakthroughs in how we used coal, made metal and generated power. Those breakthroughs shaped what became the Industrial Revolution. In the 20th century, a second revolution occurred, led by more centralized electricity distribution, new forms of mass communication (phone, radio and TV) and cheap oil.Now, we’re entering what’s increasingly being called the Third industrial Revolution, whose consequences will be just as far-reaching and fundamental as were those of the first two. This latest revolution will be driven by the digital economy, new sources of energy and improvements in productivity. Those factors will likely reduce the cost of producing some goods and services virtually to zero. At the same time, the “Internet of Things” (IoE) will integrate countless everyday objects, devices and machines even as they monitor themselves through sensors. An estimated 100 trillion such sensors will be out there by 2030, contributing to the big data we will use, in turn, to reveal previously unseen patterns, trends and associations in the information at our disposal.For entrepreneurs “plugged in’ to this new Industrial Revolution, all manner of new, exciting opportunities will arise. So how can you prepare yourself for what’s about to happen? Here are eight ideas.1. Embrace the revolution.The EU is working on “Digital Europe,” its plan for bringing together 500 million people into one integrated market over the next five years. And China has already made it plain that it sees the Internet of Things as the platform that will take that country to new heights. 2. Expand your knowledge now. While general background research will give you an idea of what’s happening, you also need specific insights into what these digital chances mean for your particular industry. The implications of this revolution are going to be felt nearly everywhere, so professionals with quality knowledge will be needed across every sector to help create a new 21st century infrastructure.3. Invest in yourself. The skills needed for the Third Industrial Revolution are likely to be constantly changing and increasingly different from the ones that have got you to where you are. So, even if you aren’t particularly technically minded, you still need to know something about such things as big data, analytics, social media and even artificial intelligence. If you don’t find the time to keep your skills up to date, you will be left behind. And this will occur whether you run a business or work for someone else.Related: The Sharing Economy Is Taking Off: Get On the Rocket or Risk Being Left Behind4. Find opportunities in the sharing economy. If you are looking for new business opportunities, look at new areas of the economy, particularly at what’s called the sharing economy, in which access to products, services and experience is more important than ownership of them. Think Airbnb and Zipcar as examples of businesses that are already inhabiting this space. And, given that 62 percent of gen X and millennials love the sharing concept, it’s the way in which the markets are sure to go. Perhaps not surprisingly, Time magazine has listed such “collaborative consumption” as one of the ten ideas that will change the world. 5. Focus on customization and personalization. Already, mass markets are becoming a thing of the past, as technology enables the creation of more and more niche businesses. That trend will grow as businesses increasingly gain more and more detailed information about those they do business with; new technologies, like 3D printing, meanwhile, will allow the creation, at very little additional cost, of exactly what customers want.6. Reach your customers directly, not through mass advertising. By building their own digital marketplace, companies can constantly reach out to those they do business with, responding to their needs and introducing them to new products and services. This will mean that the marginal cost of marketing will fall to virtually nothing, and there won’t be a need to use radio, TV or magazines for your advertising, because you can do it all digitally.7. Be aware of new threats. The Third Industrial Revolution is going to have a worldwide impact, and while it will open up new opportunities, it will also expose you to new threats. So, don’t think that just because you live in a developed country, you will have a head start over competitors in countries and regions that in the past you didn’t see as competition. When it comes to infrastructure, building from scratch rather than improving what already exists is often easier and cheaper. But taking that route may mean that you could be the one left out.8. Don’t fear change; embrace it. Your marketplace and the way that you do business more than likely will be radically disrupted in years to come. That means frequent change is sure to become the norm. Get used to it; don’t cling to the past. There is only one way, and that is forward.Of course, talking of this new revolution may seem somewhat fantastical at the moment. But just think, it’s been only 26 years since Tim Berners-Lee devised the World Wide Web — which we now call the internet. Think how that has changed everything. Looked at in that context, the Third Industrial Revolution and what it will bring about doesn’t seem so strange after all. So, be open, remain curious, take action.Related: Out of the Loop on the Internet of Things? Here’s a Brief Guide. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Facebook Expands Parental Leave Ahead of the Birth of Mark Zuckerbergs Baby

first_img By now you’ve probably heard that Mark Zuckerberg plans to take two months off following the birth of his baby girl. That may sound like a generous chunk of time, especially for a dad, but that’s half of what the Facebook co-founder and CEO could have carved out, per his company’s parental leave policy.  The world’s most popular social network recently announced the expansion of its four-month “paid baby leave” to full-time employees outside of the U.S., regardless of their gender. The augmented benefit, already available to Facebook’s full-time stateside workers, will chiefly impact new fathers and partners in same-sex relationships, Facebook’s head of human resources Lori Matloff Goler recently said on her Facebook wall. The optional leave can be taken any time throughout the year following a child’s birth or adoption.Related: 10 U.S. Companies With Radically Awesome Parental Leave Policies“In reviewing our parental leave policies, we have decided to make this change because it’s the right thing to do for our people and their families,” Goler said. She casually cited improved “outcomes” for children whose parents take time out to be with them when they’re newborns, just as Zuckerberg, whose wife, Priscilla Chan, 30, is expecting in the coming weeks, also recently noted on his wall.For Zuckerberg’s part, the father-to-be says he’s getting ready to be a parent by stocking up on baby gear, which includes his and his wife’s favorite childhood books and toys. The 31-year-old self-made billionaire called taking paternity leave upon the arrival of his firstborn a “very personal decision.” Clearly, it’s one he can afford to make.Related: Randi Zuckerberg’s Simple Secret for Juggling Career and Kids Facebook joins a long list of big-name global tech firms to significantly beef up their parental leave offerings for full-time employees in recent months, including Netflix. The streaming leader set a new standard last Fall, when it announced unlimited paid time off for new parents during their first year of parenthood.Related: Mark Zuckerberg and His Wife Are Expecting a Baby Girl 3 min read November 30, 2015 Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more