IT hub to hold Yogathon to mark International Yoga Day

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, June 20 (PTI): IT hub Technopark here is all set to celebrate the International Yoga Day with a set of programmes, including a massive Yogathon tomorrow. Technopark, in association with Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), is conducting the Yogathon at the Bhavani Building in its campus at Kazhakkoottam here. Vijay Goel, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Sports and Youth Affairs, would inaugurate the celebration, an official statement said. M (Mumtaz Ali Khan), Founder of Satsang Foundation, will deliver the keynote address. The Yogathon will be led by an instructor from Art of Living, Technopark Chapter. The Yogathon will be followed by a free Isha Upa Yoga session, organised by the Isha Yoga Foundation, at the Bhavani Atrium in the campus the same day in the evening. The theme for the 2017 celebration is Yoga for Health. The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body. “Techies totalling around 75,000 working in the campus have a very stressful and hectic lifestyle and practicing Yoga regularly will help them to reduce the stress levels and practice a healthy lifestyle,” state IT Parks CEO Hrishikesh Nair said. “We at Technopark are continuously striving to help the techies working here strike a good work life balance and practicing Yoga is a step towards that,” he added. PTI LGK APR NTRlast_img read more

ADHM organisers hoping for favourable verdict from HC

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Unfazed by the notice issued by the Delhi High Court on a petition seeking to postpone the Delhi Half Marathon on November 19, the organisers today said they would present their case with “full facts” and hoped the HC would give a verdict in their favour.The HC issued the notice by taking cognisance of a letter written by Indian Medical Association to Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal, seeking postponement of the marathon as the air quality in the national capital was poor and unsafe.A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notice to the Delhi government, police, the pollution control panel DPCC and the organisers of the event and sought their reply by November 16, the next date of hearing.Head of Procam International, the event organisers, said they were going ahead with the preparations in full swing with the hope that they would be able to convince the court.”We have not received the notice yet, but well present our case with the points and full facts that we have and what we are trying to do. We hope to convince the court the sensitivity that we have and the amount of preparation that has gone into holding this event,” Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of Procam International told PTI.”This is a participatory sport and not a spectator sport. For the last four months we have been preparing for this event and we have made a lot of sacrifices. An athlete would know how much he or she has put into to prepare for this particular race day. To me it is not practical (to postpone),” he added.advertisementThe organisers are also wary that a postponement may result in top stars like world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and womens 10,000m Rio Olympics winner Almaz Ayana skipping the event, which has recently been granted the status of a Gold Label Race by the International Athletics Federation.They said a postponement may disrupt the whole preparation, including raising of funds for charity. This year, Rs 5 crore has so far been raised to be used for philanthropic purposes.”30,000 people have been training for this race. They have stopped intensive training two weeks back, their training has tapered now in preparation of the race. I dont know what will happen to them if the race is postpone or cancelled,” Singh said.”As of now everything is going on full swing. All the international and Indian elite athletes are coming, the event ambassador is coming. There has not been any change from what we have planned. This commitment from the athletes give us the strength to move ahead,” he said.Singh has earlier expressed hope that the air quality would improve before the race day. He had said that the issue of poor air quality was there last year also. He said salt mixed with effluent treated water will wash the course to absorb the particulate matters.Meanwhile, the organisers said the race has till date raised over Rs. 5 crore, thanks to the efforts of the NGOs and support from the philanthropy partners — India Cares Foundation. Currently, 90 teams fielded by 62 corporate entities have registered to run comprising of more than 2500 employees from these companies. 54 Care Champions are raising an average of Rs 2.50 lakh each.Over 300 individuals, children as young as nine year olds and retirees, too, are raising funds for the participating CSOs working in all causes, the organisers said. “India Cares, the events Philanthropy Partner, engaged 24/7 with CSOs, companies, and individuals from as early as July and will continue working weeks after Race Day, to communicate the work and impact of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to the rest of the Society,” the organisers said in a release. “In 2016, over 8817 donors, 71 companies contributed the generous amount of Rs 6.67 Crore via the 90+ Civil Society Organisations (CSOs/ NGOs). It has had direct impact on the quality of 49,943 lives during the year, while the work of the CSOs also touched 35,260 people indirectly, through camps and outreach programmes, besides the families of these 85,000+ individuals.” PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Captain Marvel punches out a 614 million opening day

first_img Powerful women of the Marvel universe TV and Movies Rotten Tomatoes president: We didn’t change site to protect Captain Marvel Captain Marvel early reviews praise star Brie Larson Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan More on Marvel 3:04 32 Photos Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Share your voice Ticket site Fandango has already noted that Captain Marvel is the site’s top advance seller since Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.Hollywood needs a superhero right about now. Box Office Mojo reports that overall domestic box office numbers are down 27 percent compared to last year at this time, and Captain Marvel is expected to outperform all other movie weekends so far in 2019.Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as superhero Carol Danvers, and has been heavily promoted for its connection to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which in turns follows up 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.Originally published March 7, 2019 and will be continually updated as box office numbers are reported. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6 Comments Captain Marvel is already soaring at the box office. Marvel Captain Marvel is already flying up the box office charts after its first full day in theaters Friday.The Brie Larson superhero film earned an estimated $61.4 million domestically, Disney announced Saturday, including the $20.7 million preview day on Thursday.Of the 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe films released so far, Captain Marvel lands in seventh place as far as domestic opening day earnings. It trailed the three Avengers films, plus Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3. Disney is expecting three-day earnings of $145 to $155 million, the company said in a statement.Thursday’s showings gave the MCU its fifth biggest preview behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War.Internationally, the film earned $34.3 million in China, the second-highest MCU opening there, trailing Avengers: Infinity War. It was also the second-highest MCU opening in Spain, again trailing Infinity War, and fourth-highest in the UK. Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more