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Top Female Wine Industry Leaders Discuss Rise of Women in the…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Top Female Wine Industry Leaders Discuss Rise of Women in the Wine…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessTop Female Wine Industry Leaders Discuss Rise of Women in the Wine Business at BNY Mellon Wealth Management “Game Changers” Event in New York CityBy Press Release – October 26, 2017 46 0 ReddIt Share AdvertisementNEW YORK, October 26, 2017— BNY Mellon Wealth Management continued its 2017 “Game Changers” speaker series on October 25, 2017 at The NoMad Hotel Rooftop in Manhattan. The event featured Hess Family Wine Estates Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Winemaking Nicole Carter, Dutcher Crossing Winery Proprietor Debra Mathy, and Moone-Tsai Wines Co-founder and Proprietor MaryAnn Tsai, who discussed their nontraditional career paths in the wine industry and women’s important impact on the industry. Each winery provided attendees with an exclusive tasting from their small production collections.Pictured L-R: Mark Osgood, president – Tri-State Region, BNY Mellon Wealth Management; MaryAnn Tsai co-founder and proprietor, Moone-Tsai Wines; Nicole Carter, chief marketing officer and director of winemaking, Hess Family Wines Estates; Katia Friend, managing director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Tom Dicker, president – U.S. Markets, BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Debra Mathy, Proprietor, Dutcher Crossing Winery; Maggie Zeman, senior vice president and general manager – New York, Double Forte Now in its second year, BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s “Game Changers” series explores women’s entrepreneurial and leadership successes through conversations with exceptional women who have forged unique paths and have insights to share. The discussion at The NoMad was moderated by Maggie Zeman, senior vice president and general manager of New York for Double Forte, an integrated digital marketing and communications agency. Facebook “Women like those on our panel today have a wonderful opportunity to inspire more women to be game changers in other non-traditional industries,” said Katia Friend, Managing Director BNY Mellon Wealth Management. “By sharing their individual paths to success they will undoubtedly influence and inform those who wish to excel in their chosen fields as well.”During the presentation, the group discussed women’s fundamental impact on the wine industry and the benefits of their growing role and influence. They also shared personal stories about their individual journeys in the winemaking business.“BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s Game Changers series is an outstanding forum for opening doors for women in a multitude of industries. It empowers women to make pivotal changes in their careers by meeting women who have,” said Carter.“Participation in the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Game Changers event is a privilege and honor. It allows women to gather, share experiences and learn from each other. These events not only benefit industry advancements today but provide us opportunity to help the growth of future generations of women,” shared Mathy.“Participating in the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Game Changers series in New York has been a wonderful opportunity,” said Tsai. “It is an excellent way to share my path and experiences in wine with other women facing similar challenges.  By sharing our collective perspectives, we hopefully are helping women entering all industries today advance their careers.”About BNY Mellon Wealth ManagementBNY Mellon Wealth Management is a leading wealth manager. In 2016 it was named by Family Wealth Report as the top U.S. Private Bank and rated the Top Private Bank for Family Offices by Professional Wealth Management magazine. Barron’s ranked it the 10th largest U.S. wealth manager in 2017. The firm has more than two centuries of experience in providing services to clients who today include financially successful individuals and families, their family offices and business enterprises, planned giving programs, and endowments and foundations. It has $231 billion in total client assets, as of September 30, 2017, and an extensive network of offices in the U.S. and internationally. BNY Mellon Wealth Management, which provides investment management, custody, wealth and estate planning and private banking services, conducts business through various operating subsidiaries of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. For more information go to bnymellonwealth.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellonWealth.About BNY MellonBNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of Sept. 30, 2017, BNY Mellon had $32.2 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.8 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com. Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.Advertisement Twittercenter_img Linkedin Pinterest Email TAGSBNY Mellon Previous article21st Annual Taste Washington Festival Is 21 Weeks AwayNext articleAfternoon Brief, October 26 Press Releaselast_img read more

Solar power rises in Japan with plans for 636 MW by 2015

first_imgSolar power rises in Japan with plans for 636 MW by 2015Japan’s corporate giants are establishing major new solar projects in the country, with 636 MW planned by 2015. Japan Asia Group, Nippon Paper, Toyota and Mitsubishi are among the active players in the country’s booming solar market. May 16, 2013 pv magazine Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Two newly announced photovoltaic projects in Japan backed by Toyota and Mitsubishi promise to generate 136 MW by 2015.Tokyo-based Eurus Energy Holdings, a joint venture between Toyota Tsusho Corporation and the Tokyo Electric Power Company, is planning to build the 115 MW plant in the Aomori prefecture, located in the northern Tohoku region.The company aims to begin construction in July and start running the station in November 2015, according to a Bloomberg report. The project is expected to cost some 49 billion yen ($480 million, €372 million). In the southern Shikoku region, Nippon Paper Industries Company is partnering with Mitsubishi Corporation on a 21 MW solar project. The Shikoku Electric Power Company will purchase the electricity generated by the plant beginning in the latter half of 2014 under Japan’s feed-in tariff system, currently 37.8 yen/kWh (U.S.$0.37/kWh, €0.29/kWh). The facility is set to begin construction in autumn on land owned by Nippon Paper located in the city of Komatsushima in Shikoku’s Tokushima prefecture, which enjoys some of the highest number of annual hours of sunshine in Japan. 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Study finds being in a car can impact distance judgements

first_imgShare A comparison of the results showed that people in cars underestimated distances to a significantly greater degree than pedestrians in either of the other conditions. It was also noted that the underestimations became larger as distance increased. Subjects who were allowed to drive first made larger underestimations than those who only sat in the car, but in this case there was no significant difference between the amount of misjudgment at each distance. There was no apparent difference in estimates between pedestrian groups (chair vs car-mimicking view).Based on the findings of this study, cars share a characteristic of other tools by changing the way we perceive our surrounding environments. It is possible that the effect is supported by an extension of the internal body-space schema to include distances that are considered to be reachable by using the car as a tool.This interpretation would be in agreement with a known effect of hand tools on proprioception (the “sensation” of space immediately adjacent to the body), though the addition of several meters to our sense of body ownership may be an excessive proposition and requires further examination. Familiarity with the vehicle may also play a part in modulating the effect, as subjects who were allowed to drive first seemed to be more accurate in far distance estimations. Share on Twitter Few would argue against the role of cars as an indispensable tool in everyday modern life. Still, this characterization is not often considered in experimental investigations. Previous studies have shown that hand tools impact human perceptions of close areas that can be reached by the tool.A 2016 article in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review expands on the concept by examining how cars, as tools, can alter our judgements of far distances rather than close areas, since they enable us to reach these places where hand tools would not.Forty-five subjects were included in this study, 28 of which were female. They were asked to judge a variety of distances (4 to 20 meters) while sitting either in a chair or inside a Ford Escort. Participants in a driver group were allowed to drive the vehicle around the entire course twice before making their judgements, while a complimentary pedestrian group remained stationary. A control pedestrian condition was also included that mimicked the view from within a car without actually using a vehicle, to ensure that any effect would not be a result of simple occlusion. Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Pinterest LinkedInlast_img read more

Bar Conference 2013: Government ‘does not understand’ advocacy

first_imgThe government does not understand the importance of advocacy to the rule of law, a leading barrister suggested, accusing the justice secretary of peddling ‘lazy fiction’ to demonise legal aid lawyers.Delivering the keynote address, barrister and crossbench peer Lord Pannick QC (pictured) said the government’s approach to criminal legal aid, closed hearings and judicial review claims suggests it ‘neither understands nor appreciates’ the role of advocacy in helping to maintain the rule of law.‘The policies of this government are damaging the reputation which this country rightly enjoys throughout the world for the quality of its legal system,’ he said.On criminal legal aid cuts, Pannick warned the government that if it seeks to administer the legal system on the ‘cheapest possible basis’, it will ‘dilute and pollute’ its quality.Pannick accused justice secretary Chris Grayling of providing journalists with misleading information about lawyers’ earnings to promote the ‘absurd myth that legal aid work is a pathway to riches’.‘A justice secretary who understands the importance of advocacy would not be assisting in the peddling of the lazy fiction that seeks to demonise legal aid lawyers,’ he said.Pannick warned that the government’s proposals to restrict judicial review claims must be carefully scrutinised to ensure the changes are being proposed in the public interest and not in the interest of the government, which is often the defendant in claims.He stressed the importance of judicial review advocacy as a check on the abuse of power of public bodies, and as an important inducement to them to adopt higher standards of legality, fairness and proportionality.Closed material hearings, he argued, are ‘fundamentally unfair’ as they prevent effective advocacy on behalf of the client, meaning the judge decides the case on evidence which one side has had no opportunity to challenge.last_img read more

Alabama’s bye week to-do list ahead of LSU clash

first_img8869351Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he didn’t see how the bye week the Tide and LSU have before their game added much to the enormity of it, but the time off “helps to get your players some recovery mentally and physically.”Of course, he noted, it also “gives you more time to prepare.” Here are four items, real or perceived, Saban and his staff may be working on before LSU:That the Alabama secondary is a work in progress. This is perception; or, if it’s reality, a lot of coaches wish their defensive backfield was a work in progress. The Tide secondary has arrived. Even without the huge afternoon Alabama had against Texas A&M (four interceptions; three pick-sixes), the Tide’s 12 interceptions lead the SEC this season. So, too, does their 31.2 yard average return on interceptions. Even without the big play, it isn’t an average secondary that allows a team to rank first in the SEC in passing efficiency defense, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete passes at barely over 51 percent. The questions about the Bama secondary arose early because players such as Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey were true and redshirt freshmen, respectively. But playing alongside veterans such as Eddie Jackson, Cyrus Jones and Geno Matias-Smith has allowed the youngsters to emerge as dynamic playmakers. That Alabama must protect the ball better. This is true, although as with the punting game, things have improved. For example, quarterback Jake Coker has thrown seven interceptions but only one occurred over the last 10 quarters. Similarly, while the Tide is only plus-3 in turnover margin for the season, its number is skewed by the hellish night against Ole Miss back on Sept. 19 in which Alabama gave it away five times. That Alabama’s special teams need work. As with LSU, this is true but there are signs of improvement. Sophomore punter JK Scott, for example, was regarded as the second coming of Ray Guy when the season began. After a disappointing start, Scott has come on strong, averaging 49 yards per punt the past three games, and his 43.3-yard season average now ranks sixthin the SEC. Junior kicker Adam Griffith has been something of an adventure, missing 6 of 16 field-goal attempts. The Tide’s real problem on special teams has been in the return game. Kickoff fumbles cost them dearly in the loss to Ole Miss, and a fumbled punt against Texas A&M led to an Aggies’ third-quarter touchdown.8313188That Alabama isn’t great on third down. This is true. Alabama has punted 42 times, second most in the SEC, and that’s directly related to the Tide’s 33.6 percent conversion rate on third down, which ranks 12thin the SEC. The team has also been inconsistent on third down, converting just 25 percent of such plays against Texas A&M but 41.6 percent of the time against Tennessee.last_img read more

Food in Space! What You Can Eat in Galaxy’s Edge

first_imgShare This!© DisneyWhen you’re smuggling droids across the universe, you’re bound to work up a mighty appetite. And just our luck, there will be a restaurant to feed us when we’re hiding out in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Black Spire Outpost on Batuu. (Side note: Personal high-five for me because I just spelled Batuu correctly for the first time without having to look it up. Wooot!)The Black Spire Outpost restaurant is called Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. They specialize in “farm to table” style whole foods, influenced by ancient cooking traditions. And good news! You’ll be able to mobile order your meals here so you won’t have to lose valuable minutes away from your time devoted to overthrowing the Rebellion.© DisneyOfferings include:EntréesSmoked Kaadu Ribs – sticky pork ribs served with a blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slawFried Endorian Tip-yip – crispy chicken served with roasted vegetable potato mash and herb gravyYobshrimp Noodle Salad – chilled shrimp served with marinated noodles and vegetablesRoasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad – marinated chicken served with mixed greens, roasted seasonal vegetables, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, and green curry ranchFelucian Garden Spread (lunch only) – plant-based “kefta” served with herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish, and pitaBraised Shaak Roast (dinner only) – beef pot roast served with cavatelli pasta, wilted kale, and mushroomsIthorian Garden Loaf (dinner only) – plant-based “meatloaf” served with roasted vegetable potato mash, seasonal vegetables, and mushroom sauceKids’ Meals (which include choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani Water)Yobshrimp Noodle Salad (Disney Check) – chilled shrimp served with noodles, vegetables, and sweet orange dressingA Taste of Takodana (Disney Check) – black bean hummus served with edible soil with nuts, chilled dipping vegetables, and multi-grain crispsFried Endorian Tip-yip – crispy chicken served with macaroni & cheese and seasonal vegetables(For an explanation of the “Disney Check,” see our WDW kids’ quick service FAQ.)© DisneyDessertsOi-oi Puff – raspberry cream puff with passion fruit mousseBatuu-bon – chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and coffee custardBeveragesThere are drinks aplenty in all areas of Batuu (spelled it right again!). I’m revved up for some Moof Juice.Do you have your first order planned already? Are you wondering what language “yobshrimp” is in? Are you old enough that the word “Endorian” evokes not only the Ewok’s home planet, but also matriarch Endora on “Bewitched”? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

The sharp-dressed men of Africa

first_imgThe sapeur Willy Covari, one of the most admired sapeurs of the Bacongo neighbourhood, walks with his two children in his plot. (Image: Hector Mediavilla)• Loux Gebhardtemail: loux the vinatge guru • Shweshwe, the denim of South Africa • Tlale returns to wow New York • Soweto Fashion Week supports African design • Zim teen new face of Louis Vuitton • Trio aspires to retain Hector legacySulaiman PhilipIt’s not just African designers like David Tlale or traditional cloth like shweshwe that have been turning the heads of fashionistas recently. Men who live by the motto that life can be beautiful and beauty begins in your closet, are spreading their gospel of style across the world.Namibian designer and fashion blogger Lourens Loux Gebhardt and the sapeurs of Congo are not mere Prince Cinders; they are men who believe in the inspiring, redeeming and consecrating effect of dressing well.The men of La Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or the Society of Atmosphere Setters and Elegance (sapeurs), are the subject of a new Guinness advertisement that celebrates their sense of style, ethics and grace. The ad, which was filmed in KwaMashu, in KwaZulu-Natal but set in Bacongo, Brazzaville in Republic of Congo, celebrates the foppish tastes of these dedicated followers of fashion in the shantytown of Bacongo. Sapeurs also exist in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.The ad comes on the heels of a book by Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni. Gentlemen of Bacongo is his celebration of tailored suit wearing, bowler hatted, cigar chomping working class men. A superficial reading of the sub-culture paints it as simply a group of men obsessed with clothing. And indeed, “les sapes” take huge pride in their clothing, spending most of their money on the most unusual shirts, ties, shoes and suits; but it is not just about expensive suits and colourful shirts.In Congo-Brazzaville – I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul:Living with joyLes sapes believe they are a source of inspiration and positivity in their community. They have a simple philosophy: live with joie de vivre. “Even if I don’t have money in my pocket, I only need to wear a suit and tie to feel really at ease,” says Prince Armel, one of the men in the Guinness ad.After their day’s work is done, these farmers, taxi drivers, carpenters and labourers transform. They use flair and creativity to express their identity and code of honour using clothing to rise above the circumstances of their war-torn lives. Le sape is not about raising aesthetics to a religion; for sapeurs it is a longing for the manners and ethics of the idealised perfect gentleman. “Dressing well can symbolise many things, and for a sapeur their fine clothes stand for peace, integrity and honour. A sapeur has to be respectful, non-violent, well-mannered and an inspiration through their attitude and behaviour,” explains Armel.The sartorial African man is not a new phenomenon. The photos of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé capture Africa embracing social change and discovering new identities by tweaking the look of their departing colonial masters. The Congolese sapeurs in turn grew out of an act of civil disobedience. This working class group of fashionistas embraced the suit and tie after Mobutu Sese Seko, former president of the DRC, declared them a throwback to the country’s colonial past.And in NamibiaIn his signature snap brim hat and vintage spectacles, Gebhardt is the epitome of style. He looks for all the world like a man who lives by Frank Sinatra’s rules on personal style: shirt cuffs must extend half an inch from the jacket sleeve; trousers should break just above the shoe; do not sit down because it wrinkles the pants; if you have to sit, don’t cross your legs; pocket handkerchiefs are optional, but preferably always wear one. Something of a time traveller, he would have been comfortable in that style icon’s inner circle. His look is about reworking vintage style into something modern and new. “Too many Africans look at vintage simply as old clothing.”Omuthiya-Gwipundi, in the far north of Namibia, is not the fashion capital of the country but its open air market is a goldmine of vintage suits. Vendors don’t realise the treasures they have on offer, says Gebhardt, so he is able to buy tailor-made suits from the sixties and seventies at knock down prices. “It makes me different from most people here; I manage to dress myself cheaply and end up looking like a million bucks.”The hundreds of photographs of Gebhardt floating around the internet show a man swaddled in an atmosphere of charming gentility. A sharp-dressed man projecting the best version of himself: it’s a sensibility born of a true love of fashion, not trends but an aesthetic that comes from trying different looks until you find that urbane character waiting to shine. “I stand apart from the crowd. It is simple; I am suave.”For the self-confessed hipster – “It just means I get to express myself and influence other people’s fashion sense” – clothing is a way to try on new personalities until you discover who you are. It’s a lesson he learned at the knee of his grandfather, another sharp-dressed man. “He would tell me that fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.”Money can be an issue but Lou Gebhardt has perfected the art of buying inexpensive clothing at thrift stores – and always looking supremely dapper. (Image: Loux Gebhardt)Vintage suitsA vintage tie and suit, updated and personalised, a hat and shoes shined to a mirror gloss are his every day wear. It’s a style he refers to as sophisticated punk. His reworked suits are light weight, best for Africa, and pay homage to traditional western tailoring. Each one has a twist that makes them distinctively African. Some days it’s the addition of Ovambo beads, the next a brooch or a pocket square. It’s an avant-garde mix that Gebhardt believes is helping him to change the way Namibians look at design and style.A novice who learned how to make clothes under the tutelage of Namibia’s tailors, a dying art worth saving he says, Gebhardt is designing a line of suits he hopes to show at one of Africa’s fashion weeks. African flair and style is unique, he believes, and it is catching on across the globe. “We need strong brands that reflect this African spirit. Go to a show and you will see that African fashion is on point. The world is waking up to the fact that Africa is blessed with more than just models. There are designers doing really interesting things.”Like dreamers around the world, his are on hold while he struggles to find money to emulate his heroes Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh, the artist and the designer behind fashion label Art Comes First. They share his fascination with vintage clothing, taking them apart and grafting them together again to create something new.Meanwhile in Bacongo on a Saturday night, hip young men roll up the trouser cuffs of their Yves Saint Lauren suits as they navigate their way through the streets of this town on the edge of a rain forest. In handmade Grenson shoes and a splash of Armani cologne they dance to le sape hero Papa Wemba, who once sang,last_img read more

Learn it, Live it, Love it: The Artsy Edition

first_imgLearn it:I just got acquainted with two really interesting groups this week that I’m excited to introduce to all of you. The first is the John Quincy Adams Society, which is a nationwide group that focuses on foreign policy from a place of restraint. Those of you interested in pursuing a career in foreign policy, or learning more about alternatives to endless war, might enjoying learning more.Second is Better Angels, a group formed after the 2016 presidential election that identifies opportunities where citizens from all sides of the political spectrum can converse and find common ground. They have a nationwide network of alliances where they host workshops and meetings that engage with others who think very differently then you might. Take a look!Live it:Last night, I attended the opening reception for the Cato Institute’s Freedom: Art as the Messenger exhibition. With over 2000 submissions, and 90 pieces selected and beautifully displayed over two floors at Cato’s HQ, the exhibition demonstrates what freedom means to each individual artist. You can view the work for free between 10 am and 4 pm Monday – Saturday. They will be hosting several discussions of the topic of art and expression through June 14.No Kings Collective is also hosting a three-day pop up exhibit on DC’s 14th St. this weekend, filled to the brim with local artists. DC is full of creative talent, so don’t hesitate to support your local artists!Not in DC? Your homework for the weekend is to find a private gallery or exhibit in your city and pay them a visit. If you like what you see, join as a member. Many have youth membership options at a discount (I’m a Contemporaries member at the Phillips Collection). Not only will you get exclusive access and great networking opportunities, but you’ll also be contributing to art free from government subsidy and censorship.Love it:Three cheers for Arizona, where this week, a bill was signed that allows individuals that move to Arizona with a skilled labor license to get right to work, without undergoing time-consuming or costly relicensing procedures. This is the first state in the country to make this move, and here’s hoping the rest follow suit!last_img read more

Building developer communities, part one: Unity

first_imgFollow the Puck Christopher Caen Related Posts Tags:#code#community#developer tools#developers#IoT What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img With the growth of the Internet of Things, companies large and small are suddenly finding themselves in uncharted waters: creating and growing developer communities. These communities are vital now for any company trying to create an ecosystem around their products and services.What are the best ways to create a developer community? What are the dos and don’ts for the care and feeding of these groups? With the Game Developer’s Conference in town last week, we decided to go talk to two of the best at building raucous and loyal developer communities: Unity Technologies and Crytek. Today, we sit down with Unity’s Carl Callewaert, their Americas Director & Global Leader of Evangelism.Carl, what do you think has led to the success of the Unity community?I think it’s the community that has done it correctly. Our community has always raised their voices and is very clear and professional in all our forums, and I think that is one of the contributing factors. And working with our community and visiting with our community to build what they need and what they want. And we focus on what can make them successful, and that really goes back to our founders who always worked with the idea and keep to the idea of democratization. And this idea that our community can access anything they want without hassles.Our CEO John Riccitiello also says all the time this is about us solving the hard problems so our community can focus on what they love to do. And that is why we have doubled down on engineering and making sure we have stable versions and that our community has access to software, but also doesn’t have to worry about the hard problems. And then the last thing we are contributing very hard on is to make sure that the community not only has access to it, but also they can be successful with it. And that helped the growth of the community and one of my personal passions has been visiting this community and as an evangelist going around the world and listening to the local communities. And then taking that feedback and bringing it back to our product marketing and our product development, and really creating a product that is asked for by the community. So there is a balance between your development path and listening to your community…how do you manage that?Well, my role is to work with the community hands-on and in the field and it comes from the same philosophy to help and support and to really listen to our community. And we keep learning from that and making sure that we find that balance, and it’s a very difficult balance. We learn how to be better and that is why every three months we bring out a new version, and that is why also last year we released a road map.Screen shot of Unity Game EngineBut that was a criticism in the past that you only released when you were readyWell, that’s a nice example of listening to our community and providing what they need to be successful. Now recently you started the certification program, what brought around the decision to add certification?Actually, it was our community that asked for it, and they wanted a way to show that I know Unity and I want to show that so I can get a job, And we got the request from the community and it took us a while to fully understand what was really required, We brought in the right people for that who really created that for the community and we got great feedback from that and we are very excited to bring that to all the regions in the world now. How did you decide what were the qualifications for certification, was that a give and take with the community as well?So, no, it was a lot of work, and we listened to our key companies and key individuals who really contributed to that, and we had a whole advisory board. Then we had individuals in education who worked very closely with our partners to understand what to define, and we hired educational experts who worked very closely with those individuals. And of course, there is a lot of come and a lot of steps still, different types of certification, and we still have a lot of work to do. But it is very exciting to see people are excited and proud to show that they really know Unity. So given your experience, what are the one or two things they have to do right and the one or two things they should avoid starting a developer communitySo, that is always a very difficult question, I don’t think there are one or two elements that will make it a successful community, there are so many elements that play into that. But one is listening to your community, go visit them at their offices to build that community and understand their needs. One advice I always give is you have to help them build the community, but don’t try to run it. We have a bunch user groups around the world and we help them start it, but we give them total freedom to create their community because they know their local communities better than us. And these are the things I would advise.And what is one big mistake?Well, don’t dictate the community, listen to them, they run the community better than you. 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HRD ministry asks regulators to notify rules to open universities

first_imgIt has been four years after the University Grants Commission had amended its regulation which allowed the open universities to conduct MPhil/PhD programmes. The HRD ministry has asked the regulator to notify it. The amendment has not been put in operation in the absence of any notification.After Indira Gandhi National Open University amended its ordinance, the ministry’s actions have taken a start. Although IGNOU has sought the Visitor’s approval for its amendment but the HRD ministry will not be able to forward it till UGC notifies the changes in the regulations.  A senior IGNOU official said to TOI, “The IGNOU ordinance fulfils all the stipulations made in the UGC regulations.” He added that due to the delay no admissions could be made for MPhil/PhD in January and July sessions.Other universities can benefit if UGC notifies its regulations according to the ministry sources. The IGNOU official said, “There is a need to bolster research in the country.”According to Professor Satyakam, a Ph.D coordinator for Hindi at IGNOU, Ph.D of IGNOU can be compared with the best in India and abroad. The UGC in its 478the meeting that took place in July 2011, had amended its UGC (minimum standards for award of MPhil/PhD) Regulations of 2009. According to the amendment it was decided that an Open University may be allowed to conduct M.Phil/Ph.D programmes through distance education which is subject to the condition that it does so strictly as per the provisions of the regulations. advertisementIt is stipulated that a teacher should not have more than two candidates who will be working under their supervision as a joint guide.last_img read more