Linking the flavours of the Caribbean through the region’s music and sport and arguably its most recognisable face – Usain Bolt – telecommunications giant Digicel yesterday launched the Bring the Beat campaign, which will be a key part of the company’s promotion leading to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The event, with Bolt himself as the special guest, was launched at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston. Bring the Beat aims to celebrate the Caribbean’s culture and features its own theme song, performed by Trinidadian Machel Montano featuring Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin. The song will have variations which will be used in other Caribbean territories, featuring artistes from those particular islands, according to Digicel Group’s director of marketing, Peter Lloyd. “Music and sport have the power to bring people and nations together, and that is exactly what we are about. We will use beats, music, rhythm and talent to connect the world to our athletes no matter what flag they compete under,” Lloyd said. CARIBBEAN VISITORS Journalists and children from several Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, Cayman, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago were brought in specially for the function, with the children acting as young reporters and invited to pose questions to Bolt, who responded with his usual aplomb. The reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion was put in the hot seat and interviewed by Jamaican primary schoolgirl Naleighna-Kae McLean who asked the athlete a variety of questions ranging from his taste in food, to his relationship with his coach, Glen Mills. Meanwhile, sports fans, through Digicel, will have the opportunity to win tickets to various sporting events this summer, including NBA games, Caribbean Premier League cricket and the Olympic Games track and field programme. The event was broadcast live throughout the region on Digicel’s cable television arm, SportsMax.
Kolkata: Taking strong exception to road blockades staged by college students over attendance mandate, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has asserted the government will be forced to take action if the agitators cause inconvenience to public for “personal benefit”. A large number of students from two institutes – Shibnath Shastri College and Heramba Chandra College – took to streets on Thursday and Friday to protest against the Calcutta University (CU) mandate of 60 per cent minimum attendance for appearing in examinations. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The agitators of Heramba Chandra College blocked thoroughfares in Golpark area for two consecutive days, demanding immediate relaxation of norms. The protest was also backed by students of Gurudas College and Jaipuria College, who demonstrated outside their campuses. The education minister said the government will not succumb to the pressure tactics of the students. “Under no circumstances will the administration tolerate such pressure tactics. Many people were inconvenienced as they (students) blocked the roads to get their demands fulfilled. This is unacceptable,” Chatterjee told reporters on Saturday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Earlier this year, the CU authorities had asked all affiliated colleges to ensure that only those with a minimum 60 per cent attendance would be allowed to sit for semester exams. A list of non-eligible students was recently published at Heramba Chandra College, triggering the agitation. Chatterjee pointed out that the state education department has fixed 60 per cent attendance as a criterion to sit for semester exams, even as the UGC suggested 75 per cent attendance for higher educational institutions. “Maybe the agitating students wanted to sit for exams without attending classes or studying,” he said. Heramba Chandra College Principal Nabanita Chakraborty, who met Chatterjee Saturday morning, said the authorities are planning to reduce the cut-off figure for attendance from 60 per cent to 55 per cent. Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP), the students’ wing of the ruling party, also appealed to the education minister to find a “way out of the deadlock” to restore normalcy in the institutes. TMCP president Trinankur Bhattacharya, who met the minister at his residence, told reporters that the unit has sought a solution that would be acceptable to all sides. A TMCP source said the union urged Chatterjee to consider relaxation in attendance norm for this year.
February 29, 2016 Waiting patiently for the day when you won’t have to keep track of all your passwords? Microsoft took a field trip this weekend to help further the development of an alternative.On Saturday, the tech giant set up shop at popular Seattle tourist site the Ballard Locks to get help from a handful of volunteers who lent their visages to the company’s research for Windows Hello, a year-old biometric authentication system for Windows 10.Related: 3 Biometrics Startups Heating Up the Password Security Race The tech giant created 3-D infrared scan of participants’ faces in an effort to “gather a wide variety of real-world scans to improve the accuracy of the facial recognition technology,” according to GeekWire.The people who donated five minutes and their likenesses signed a release ahead of time explaining that the 3-D scans would only be used for the company’s research. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »