Earlier this week, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a charity event in aid of the endangered Asian elephant at Clarence House.The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall host a reception for the Elephant FamilyScores of guests attended the garden party and masked ball in ornate, colourful creations.The Prince and Duchess were presented with heraldic masks to wear, The Prince’s with a silver elephant on it and The Duchess’s with a tiger.The event was held to raise money for the Elephant Family, a charity co-founded by The Duchess’s brother, the conservationist and writer Mark Shand, 62.Since its launch in 2002, the charity has invested more than £6 million in conservation projects across Asia, working to secure elephant and wildlife habitats and highlighting the animals’ plight.The Prince is a keen supporter of conservation and in May this year along with his son The Duke of Cambridge, hosted an End Wildlife Crime summit at St James’s Palace.Guests at the Elephant Family event included supermodel Cara Delevigne and her sister Poppy, also a model, as well as the painter Jack Vettriano who was auctioning off a work, Jerry Hall, Imran Khan, Jools Holland, racing legend Jackie Stewart and the actor Rupert Everett. Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uk
Kolkata: The Union Food Processing department will float the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the non-banking financial company (NBFC) exclusively catering to financial needs of the food processing sector by this month and expects to make it operational by the end of this year.”The RFP will be floated by this month and it would possibly be operational by the end of this year. It will entail an investment to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore and is likely to be named Agro-Processing Financial Institution,” Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Friday on the sidelines of an interactive session by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Kaur informed that she had a meeting with the Finance ministry on Thursday for some clarification on expenditure. “There is a lot of interest from the private sector not only nationally but also globally to invest in this venture. We are looking at an investment of Rs 2,000 crore. We are putting a seed money of about 20 percent,” she said. The decision of setting up such a financial institution exclusively catering to the food processing sector has resulted amidst allegations from the business community in this sector about the bank’s hesitation in extending financial support. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The growth potential is huge but banks have refused to finance the way we would have wanted them to as they do not fully understand the risk assessment,” she said. Kaur also maintained that Bengal, with six agro-climatic zones, huge coastline and abundance of raw materials, has a huge potential in food processing industries. She also urged the Farmer Producer’s Organisations (FPOs) of Bengal to come forward and take advantage of such government schemes. She felt that ‘Operation Greens’ will be hugely beneficial for the state, especially for the farmers producing perishable commodities like tomatoes, onions and potatoes. The Central government has roped in Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) for helping the small farmers on availing the central subsidies and allied benefits in this sector. Shashwat Goenka, president, ICC, in his welcome address said he felt that government policy support, with schemes like ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana’, improved production strategies, increased public investment in infrastructure and R&D activities have significantly increased India’s food production and availability of marketable surplus.
Enroll Now for Free 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. If you thought Google Glass was pretty far out, the tech giant’s latest project might have you seeing double.Google is developing a “smart” contact lens. Yes, a contact lens made with super-tiny chips and sensors and an antenna inside that — of course — you wear right on your eyeball. No joke.But instead of showing you status updates, driving directions or allowing you to take pictures directly from your field of vision like Glass does, the intention for these contact lenses is very specific: to aid people with diabetes. The chips and sensors in the contact lenses are supposed to be able to track glucose levels in a person’s tears. Collecting tears can be difficult so why not get the technology directly to the source?”Although some people wear glucose monitors with a glucose sensor embedded under their skin, all people with diabetes must still prick their finger and test drops of blood throughout the day,” the project’s co-founders, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, wrote in a Google blog post. “It’s disruptive, and it’s painful. And, as a result, many people with diabetes check their blood glucose less often than they should.”Tracking blood glucose, or blood-sugar-concentration, is a way to monitor the spikes and drops that are common in people with diabetes.Google is still testing the technology in the contact lenses, which could eventually include tiny LED lights that could light up when a wearer’s glucose levels cross above or below certain thresholds, the company says.It’s worth noting that other “smart” contact lenses are being developed for other uses by other companies. What’s also interesting is that Google’s Babak Parviz used to teach at the University of Washington, where he collaborated with Microsoft Research on a similar project. For a closer look at that project, watch the video below.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at [email protected] or by telling us in the comments below. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 17, 2014