Volunteers had time of their lives at Games

first_imgThe sea of red and white which over the past month had become a hallmark of the Commonwealth Games in the city may have slowly faded away after the closing ceremony, but the group of young volunteers are finding it hard to let go.The hard work put in by volunteers was a major reason for the success of the recent Commonwealth GamesDressed in their bright red trackpants and white windcheater uniforms, the young brigade found dotting the city assisting at stadiums and press tribunes across the Games venues here are bidding goodbye to the mega event, which was more than just a sporting event for them.”The Games brought people from diverse backgrounds together and the amount of time we spent together during the last 20 days formed a strong bond of friendship between us, thus this very moment is very painful for me,” says Neha, one of the volunteers. Many like Neha joined the volunteer bandwagon for fun but seem to have taken away an experience they say will cherish forever.”Initially I thought it was just a worthless job but the whole experience has been very rewarding… I can now tell my grandchildren that I was a volunteer at the 2010 Games,” says another collegiate. Their attachment to the whole set-up is such that many want the show to continue infinitely!”We simply didn’t want the Games to end, we wanted to keep working as long as we can,” said Sarika, an army officer’s wife who as a volunteer organised sight-seeing trips for foreign athletes. The thrill of being in the vicinity of star athletes has been one of the few attractions of the job that usually involved 8-10 hours of hard work per day.advertisement”We got to interact with lots of people – athletes, officials, and the media. For me, the best moment was when I stood at an arm’s distance from star boxer Vijender Singh,” she said.”The other day I guided gold medallist Somdev Devvarman to his team bus,” said Ankur Vasudeva, an engineering student who was attached to the British Virgin Islands contingent. Wearing a green team jersey of the island nation, he said: “The Chef-de Mission gifted this shirt to me.”The 22,000 strong volunteer workforce found a special mention in the speeches of Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell and Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi at the closing ceremony. Even the foreign athletes recognised their work and were all praise for their dedicated and unflinching service.”They (volunteers) did a great job, in them India had a really big asset which was put to good use. I don’t think the Games would have done well without them,” said Ratu Maafua, a rugby player from Tonga.Meanwhile, the volunteers clicked loads of pictures with fellow workers and foreign athletes to ensure that even if the memories fade, they can be relived and refreshed anytime. “I have made friends with lots of volunteers and they also helped us a lot in the daily work,” said Abbey Burton, an English trap shooter.However, as they say there is always a next time, many volunteers are banking on the success of the Delhi Commonwealth Games for India to bag an Olympics very soon. “I hope India gets a chance to host the 2020 Olympics and no matter what, I shall be the first person to enroll as a volunteer,” says Jatin Kalra of Maharishi Dayanand University. Jatin also hopes that social networking would enable him to stay in touch with the new friends he made during his volunteer posting at the Games Village Press Centre.”Facebook haina uske liye (Facebook can be used for that),” the computer engineering student adds. Other volunteers like Sushant, who was involved with press operations, say they plan to use the experience as building blocks in their careers. “I am going for a good holiday now … When I get back I plan to get involved with the media management of Games,” he says.Sampat Kumar says he plans to go back to college and then hunt for a job. “I have learnt to speak English and am confident of giving interviews,” he says.–With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Managing the Variables of Digital Circ

first_imgDo not get hooked on the general belief that digital subscriptions will respond better to electronic methods than more traditional methods; there is no rationale to support this thinking, and until you have tested all formats and gained meaningful results—results supported by facts, not opinions—tread carefully.The digital world is upon us, and as promoters, marketers and indeed users, we should embrace the new technology and make it work for us. Digital circulation is a small part of total circulation. It will grow over the next few years, although the growth will slow down, but for all that it would be dangerous to make assumptions based on opinion rather than test results. Yesterday, on one of the networks, an expert said, “People feel more confident in the market than they did a few years ago.” On the same show, another expert said, “People are not confident concerning their financial futures.” Facts based on opinions have no value, but opinions based on facts are worth their weight in a ton of iPads! For good or for ill, digital is here to stay. I have no doubt it is good for many readers, I am not sure how good it is for publishers because there are still too many variables concerning digital circulation. These variables are being worked out, slowly in some cases, but as an industry we have to make sure we understand the results and interpret them correctly, and not as we would like them to be.Just because the recently released version of the iPad sold in the millions does not mean digital circulation is going to increase as a direct result of the release. Most people I know who purchased the latest iPad did so to replace the iPad they already had. Over the next weeks people will receive some sort of reader for the holidays, but the total in sales will not see a similar increase in digital circulation.It is important to recognize why digital circulation increases. Many controlled publishers are shifting their three-year old-circulation over from print to digital, not because the reader desires this, but because the publisher does. We have found that re-qualification response rates of digital subscriptions are lower than those on the print file. I believe this is because digital magazines are not as readily accessible as their print cousins. Therefore, you will probably have to send digital subscriptions more efforts to get the same net response as print. There is nothing wrong in this, just remember that you will have to send more efforts and this may affect your promotion budget. What you are saving in printing and mailing costs can be used to send additional efforts, although in reality these savings are almost never passed on.last_img read more

Buy This Comic The Pervert OGN

first_img “A surprisingly honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle. With excerpts published in the Eisner-nominated anthology ISLAND, the full-color volume, drawn and painted by REMY BOYDELL, is an unflinching debut graphic novel. Written by MICHELLE PEREZ.”THE PERVERT OGN(W): Michelle Perez (A): Remy BoydellI love painfully honest narratives within comics. That was pretty broad to say I know, but I honestly do. I think something is refreshing about stories that embark on genuinely thought-provoking journies that tightens its grip on you. At the beginning of The Pervert, Will Toledo preferences this graphic novel by saying “…it’s the sort of thing that should be allowed to speak for itself.” I can tell you that Will Toledo is absolutely right and that description of The Pervert is extremely dead-on.via Image ComicsThe Pervert is hard to talk about in more ways than one because you sincerely don’t know where to start. Michelle Perez pens a remarkably heartbreaking but authentic gut-punch of a comic that leaves you pondering but also breaks you inside out. A cast of anthropomorphic creatures chronicles their lives of sex work, relationships, clients, transition, and feelings. All told through an anonymous trans girl living in Seattle.Perez pulls no punches in this novel. It’s explicit, striking, arresting, hilarious and has you hoping for the best. I so enjoyed the uncertainty of this comic. You don’t know what will happen at the end of the day because Perez lets the chips fall where they may. She’s not afraid to let her character(s) get into some traumatic and agonizing situations. She lets the actions lead to consequences, lending themselves to decisions that need to be made at the end of the day.via Image ComicsThe Pervert isn’t going to be sunshine and roses. That’s so beautiful and brilliant about it. Real life doesn’t always let things tie up nicely. It levels out some harsh truth that makes you feel for the characters. Perez goes deeper than the surface things. She examines human connection, longing, acceptance, love, desire, empathy, apathy and many more feelings that are very hard to put out into the world. There’s no net to real them in. Perez’s script feels like a coming-of-age story in a different type of way. A way that not a lot of people know or have heart about which needs to be told. She lays the struggle of living a life where you have to do to get to where you need to go ultimately.Remy Boydell’s art makes it feel like you’re floating above this comic on a cloud. Boydell’s art illuminates story in a way that brings us into something gentle, but still very frank and honest, but sincere and serene. Her lines are precise and slimy detailed, but then what brings it all together is the use of watercolors that give it that wonderful serene nature. The use of watercolors by Boydell makes it very ethereal and almost unreal at times. The soft blues, pinks and more really brings you’re finding a soft balance between what you’re reading and what you’re seeing. Boydell’s art makes you feel like you’re flowing above the panels and watching everything take place below.via Image ComicsThe Pervert is a bit heavy read and not for the faint of heart. It’s a memorable and stunning graphic novel that will leave you with plenty of thoughts and emotions to hold. The Pervert contains a passionate and intensely moving narrative that does leave you with a glimmer of hope at the end of the day. The Pervert is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.4/25/18 Releases – In addition to The Pervert, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.7 Shells #0 by Jeffrey L. Wilson (W), Amrit Birdi & Robert Carey (A), Joaquin Pereyra (C) Mindy Lopkin (L) Black Rock ComicsIce Cream Man #4 by W. Maxwell Prince (W), Martin Morazzo (A), Chris O’ Halloran (C), Good Old Neon (L) Image ComicsAbbot #4 by Saladin Ahmed (W), Sami Kivela (I), Jason Wordie (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosHack/Slash: Resurrection Vol. 1 by Tini Howard (W), Celor (A), K. Michael Russell (C), CRANK! (L) Image ComicsCrossroad Blues by Ace Atkins (W), Marco Finnegan (A), Chris Brunner (CA) Image ComicsLegion #4 by Peter Milligan (W), Lee Ferguson (A), Javier Rodriguez (CA) Marvel ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

Has CM Mamatas US visit been scrapped under MEA pressure

first_imgKolkata: Mystery has deepened on what prompted Ramakrishna Math and Mission to cancel the scheduled visit of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Chicago. Banerjee was scheduled to visit Chicago to attend a programme of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission on August 26 to mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of the historic Parliament of World’s Religions that had catapulted Vivekananda to the world stage… and to a permanent place in global history. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAlthough the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago mentioned in a letter to the Chief Minister that the programme has been cancelled due to the death of Assistant General Secretary Swami Abhiramananda and other “unforeseen difficulties”, it is not clear to many how his death in Howrah could be the reason behind cancelling the programme in Chicago.According to sources, Ramakrishna Math and Mission succumbed to the pressure of the Ministry of External Affairs as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is himself visiting Chicago to attend a programme on the 125th anniversary of the Parliament of World’s Religions that has been arranged by a Hindu organisation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the letter to the Chief Minister dated June 11, Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago President Swami Ishatmananda stated, “We are thankful that you accepted our invitation to attend our programme celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Parliament of World’s Religions, which was to be held at the Art Institute of Chicago on August 26.”Explaining the reason behind cancellation of the programme, Swami Ishatmananda maintained in the letter, “We are sorry to inform you that due to the sudden demise of Swami Abhiramananda, Assistant General Secretary, Trustee of Ramakrishna Mission and member of the Governing Body of Ramakrishna Mission, as well as unforeseen difficulties, we have had to cancel the August 26 programme. We remain ever thankful for your support and regret any inconvenience this may cause you.” It may be mentioned that the body of Swami Abhiramananda was found in the river Hooghly near a ghat at Belur in Howrah on June 8.The Chief Minister’s scheduled visits to China and Chicago were cancelled within a gap of a few days and it prompted political observers to suspect that the developments are not just mere coincidences. Instead, they are conjecturing that there is a “strong enough political reason” behind the cancellation of Banerjee’s trip to Chicago as her visit was scheduled within a few days of Modi’s visit.Interestingly, the Chief Minister’s visit to China had to be cancelled just a few hours ahead of the journey on Friday as “the political meetings at appropriate level” could not be confirmed.This happened despite the fact that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a couple of months ago recommended that Banerjee lead a delegation to China under the Union Government’s Exchange Programme with the Communist Party of China’s International Department.So political experts are considering “negligence” in the Centre’s part for “lack of confirmation of the meeting at the appropriate level”.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister’s Chicago trip has been cancelled when her government has decided to take up character building programmes in schools as a part of the celebration of 125 years of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago.A programme will also be organised at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in which 1 lakh students and youths will be participating.last_img read more