Miscellany

Miscellany

Get Fit With the latest sport taking over the world: Waterbiking

It’s just like getting on a bicycle,” says Eddie, an amused associate at Saint Lucia’s Viceroy Sugar Beach resortsays. “We’re on the southwestern coast of the island, in the clear shallows of Anse de Pitons, and I’m about to try the next great watersport— waterbiking. It’s just like getting on a bicycle,” he says, encouragingly.

Channeling Jobs, Apple seeks design perfection at new 'spaceship' campus

Inside the original Macintosh computer, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inscribed the signatures of his team, revealing his deep concern for even the hidden features of his products. His last work – Apple Inc's sprawling new headquarters in Cupertino, California, - will be a fitting tribute: a futuristic campus built with astonishing attention to detail. From the arrangement of electrical wiring to the finish of a hidden pipe, no aspect of the 2.8 million-sq ft main building has been too small to attract scrutiny.

E-commerce, WTO & SMEs: Look before you leap in the dark

In the context of discussions on e-commerce, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have come sharply in focus.
A narrative is sought to be created at multiple international organisations, seeking to establish significant gains to small and medium enterprises from international rulemaking on e-commerce.
However, negotiations are unlikely to address some of the key constrains preventing small and medium enterprises from using e commerce for their business in international/cross border trade.

Cancer claims rise in 2016; women worst-hit

Cancer claims made by women are increasing year after year as breast and female reproductive system-related cancers top the chart, find insurance companies. Most companies also have seen rise in total cancer claims in 2016.
As per data from SBI General Insurance, cancer claims have risen around 200 per cent between 2014 and 2016.
ICICI Lombard’s cancer share among total claims has gone up from 21 per cent in 2015 to 29 per cent in 2016.
Data from insurance companies show that the incidence of cancer is almost double in women compared to men.

No decision yet on Apple’s demand for concessions, says DIPP

The government has not taken a final decision yet on the concessions being sought by US iPhone maker Apple for setting up a manufacturing unit in India, a top official said here on
Secretary in the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) Ramesh Abhishek said that Apple has submitted certain demands for the government's consideration.

IIM-C to groom Amway professionals

Amway India, wholly owned subsidiary of the Michigan (US)-headquartered $9.5 billion leading direct selling company with presence in over 100 countries & territories, has now teamed up with Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) to groom direct selling professionals. The two will now design, develop and run a special course on entrepreneurship and leadership for its identified high potential direct sellers.

Gallantry medals for surgical strike heroes

Major Mohit Suri, Indian army’s para commando, who was part of the surgical strikes across Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) last September, has been awarded with the second-highest peacetime bravery medal Kirti Chakra.

Unsung heroes are flavour of Padma awards this year

Recognising the talent of unknown and unsung heroes of the country, this year’s Padma awards on Wednesday named nonogenarian Bhakti Yadav, popularly known as “Doctor Dadi” from Indore, and captain of Indian cricket team of blind Shekhar Naik for Padma Shri.
Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in artistic gymnastics at Rio Olympics last year, and gold medallist at Rio Paralympics Mariyappan Thangavelu also figured in the list of Padma Shri awardees.

India pips UAE, gets 2nd slot in Logistics Index

Growing economy and willingness to adopt long-delayed reforms improved India’s ranking in 2017 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index to the second slot.
India moved ahead of United Arab Emirates in 2017 from third spot in 2016. In 2016 too, India had improved its position from fifth to third. China continued to top the rankings. The survey of more than 800 logistics executives offers an annual snapshot of industry sentiment to go with the index rankings of the world’s 50 leading emerging markets by size, business conditions, infrastructure and transport connections.

Toast, potato chips may up cancer risk

Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said on Monday.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said a substance called acrylamide, produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried or grilled for too long at high temperatures, has been found in animal studies to increase the risk of cancer.

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