Uma Thurman Attends Tibet House US Auction

first_imgThis past Tuesday Charitybuzz and Tibet House US joined forces for the fourth year in a row to produce the 10th Annual Tibet House Benefit, at Christie’s Auction House in New York City.Tibet House was established in 1987 at the request of the one and onlyDalai Lama. Tibet House is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy; working to promote and preserve Tibet’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage. Tibet House has created numerous things including a cultural center, a 2,000-square-foot gallery, a library, various print publications and media productions. Tibet House serves to expose and share the civilization’s profound wisdom, beauty, and spiritual philosophy through innovative educational and cultural programs. This is all in an effort to protect and continue these treasured arts, sciences, and ways of living.Charitybuzz is a major player in the philanthropy scene; helping nonprofits throughout the world raise funds through exquisite online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Charitybuzz also works with musicians, politicians, and major sports stars. Through online auctions, Charitybuzz offers bidders VIP entertainment experiences, luxury travel, couture fashion and rare memorabilia. Charitybuzz brings its online community of socially conscious individual’s an exclusive opportunity to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $65 million for charity globally.In attendance this year were Uma Thurman, Eric Ripert and Arden Wohl who are all Honorary Chair Committee members for Tibet House. Other big names such as Donna Karan, Yoko Ono, Martin Scorsese, Jann Wenner, Trudie Styler and Sting, are also on the committee.This year’s event, which has grown to be a staple on Manhattan’s social and philanthropic calendar over the past decade, once again featured luxury goods, exciting trips, rare items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and one of a kind art pieces. Some of the items being auctioned were a behind-the-scenes experience with world-renowned chef Eric Ripert on his television show On the Table followed by dinner for two at Le Bernardin; a special menu dinner for two at Bouley in NYC with chef wine selection by David Bouley. A signature journey to Asia for two organized by Geographic Expeditions; a fabulous trip to a few of Bali’s exotic resorts including the newly opened Regent Hotel in Sanur; an exotic journey to the Royal Malewane and the Singita Hotel and Game Park in South Africa; a stay at the award-winning resort Soneva Kiri in Thailand; a week at the luxurious Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos; a relaxing retreat for two at Creacon Lodge in Ireland; a reunion with family or friends in your private villa in Acapulco villa Casa Dos Marias; a weekend for two at The Soho House in NYC;and an adventurous trek in Nepal for two. Bidders were also able to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime internship experience at the Donna Karan Company; an internship at the legendary Rolling Stone magazine and Hollywood magazine US Weekly; a guitar signed by Sting; two VIP tickets to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2013; two tickets to a red carpet movie premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; a behind-the-scenes visit for two to the Lou Dobbs Tonight show on the Fox Business Network; a limited edition Star Wars item donated by George Lucas; two audience tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman; a visit for two to the set of the TV show Boardwalk Empire; a walk-on role in a David O. Russell film with actors Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper; a lunch at The Four Seasons in New York City with Robert and Uma Thurman; a behind-the-scenes NYC Fashion Week experience alongside supermodel Petra Nemcova who will bring you backstage and to the runway to see the hustle and bustle firsthand as designers Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel Black Gold and more prepare for Fashion Week shows.In addition to these experiences there was Fashion and Jewelry from Ugo Cacciatori, PaulaCrevoshay, Doyle & Mueser, Mallary Marks, Margo Morrison, Jill Platner, Reinstein/Ross, Me&Ro, Gabrielle Sanchez, Kate Spade and David Yurman. Art and photographs from DonaldBaechler, Danny Clinch, Arthur Elgort, Milton Glaser, Bob Gruen, Sheila Metzner, Angelina Nasso, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter Tunney and cultural items from Tibet such as Tibetan rugs, sculptures and ceremonial objects.Tuesday’s benefit brought the launch of the online auction, as well as a flawless Gala. Together, Tibet House and Charitybuzz will be hosting the online auction from November 28th, 2012 – December 19th. This year a portion of the proceeds will be given to The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey. Most specifically, proceeds will go to support their new community center in Queens, New York. This program teaches children ages 5-19 Tibetan language, song, dance, painting and Buddhist philosophy. All these efforts are in place to help maintain their cultural heritage. Proceeds will also benefit the Tibetan Children’s Village, an integrated educational community for Tibetan children in exile and those escaping from Tibet every year.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

BJP fields eight councillors including North MCD Mayor

first_imgIn the last election, BJP had fielded eight councillors out of which four were elected as MLAs.?North MCD mayor Yogendra Chandolia has been given ticket from Karol Bagh reserved (SC) seat while former education committee chairman Rekha Gupta and presently general secretary in Delhi BJP Rekha Gupta will contest from Shalimar Bagh. She will challenge AAP’s Vandana Kumari. The seat was considered baton of BJP but was taken away by AAP in the last election. Two more councillors of North MCD- Azad Singh from Mundka and Rajni Abbhi from Timarpur have also been given tickets. They were fielded in the last election too, lost to AAP but have been trusted again. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreB B Tyagi, chairman of standing committee in East MCD has been given ticket from Laxmi Nagar while Sanjay Jain, ward committee chairman of Shahdara North has been fielded from Seelampur. Another councillor Jitender Chaudhary has been given ticket from Gandhi Nagar. “In the last Delhi assembly election, BJP had fielded para-dropped candidates on these seats,” said a senior BJP leader. “As the councillors are directly connected to people, if have better chances,” he added. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedBesides, two former Congress MLAs- S C Vats from Shakur Basti and Arvinder Sing from Deoli and three former AAP MLAs- Vinok Kumar Binny from Patpargunj, Ashok Kumar from Ambedkar Nagar and M S Dhir from Jangpur; BJP has also fielded a former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from Okhla. Brahma Singh Bidhuri, the arch rival of BJP’s former candidate from Okhla Dhir Singh joined BJP just a week before tickets were announced. Bidhuri’s younger brother Vir Singh Bidhuri is sitting councillor of BSP and was also deputy mayor in South DMC for supporting BJP mayoral candidate. BJP has also fielded AAP’s candidate from Matia Mahal Shakel Anjum Delhlvi from Matia Mahal and former Congress leader Krishna Tirath from Patel Nagar.last_img read more

Exploring Cantonese cuisine

first_imgYauatcha, the Michelin starred Dim Sum tea house from London is a contemporary yet casual teahouse that offers an all-day dining experience.  Serving modern Cantonese cuisine, it offers affordable luxury in the world of eclectic food expression. Modern authenticity is at the root of Yauatcha’s cuisine and service. They are inspired by history, acknowledge the traditions of the past yet also interpret them for today. The aim is authenticity in a modern setting, and we embrace an environment that is ever changing, dynamic and new. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The chefs have taken recipes from all over China, and using cooking methods true to a thousand years of Chinese tradition, have infused them with a modern sensibility. The result is authentic Cantonese cooking with a contemporary flair, at once subtle and thrilling,  and all made with the best ingredients.Emotional architecture is the root of Yauatcha’s design which relates to how the space feels. The palette of design materials used in Yauatcha forms a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn walking through the reception, one discovers the expanse of the restaurant featuring the open kitchen where the master chefs are at work, the main dining area and a dramatic bar perched on the center stage of the restaurant. The main dining has contemporary partitions interspersed with blue glass and white marble.  The restaurant is wrapped in cosy black pine and fly ash bricks. The best alcoholic beverages are Lalu, Lychee Martini, Cha La Lai, Lam peak Martini and Baron Vert. Top five selling dishes are Crispy prawn cheung fun, Stir fry udon noodles in black pepper sauce, Schezuanmabo tofu, Crispy duck roll and Raspberry delice.last_img read more

Rethinking Chatbots Theyre Not Just for Customers

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Grabbing that morning Starbucks fix got a little easier this year, thanks to artificial intelligence. Starbucks launched a new feature in January that allows customers who own iPhones or Amazon Echos to order their coffee through voice-activated assistants. Depending which device they use, customers can also ask check their Starbucks account balances, inquire about seasonal specials and find out which baked treats are available at their local stores.Starbucks has said the use of digital assistants helps it provide more personalized customer experiences. These assistants are also more cost-effective (than the humans who normally would put in customer orders). They facilitate faster, more valuable engagement.There’s even more to AI’s impact: While the Starbucks example (along with other uses for chatbots and digital assistants) focuses on external efforts — benefitting customers, in this case — chatbots can be immensely helpful in internal efforts such as:Workflow and communicationImplementing AI can improve workflow and facilitate communication among team members. If someone runs late to a meeting, for instance, his or her digital assistant can ping other participants, telling them to push back the start time.This will prevent everyone from needing to hop on the phone or send texts, delaying the meeting further. The chatbot will handle the logistics, so the humans involved can focus on getting to the appointment and having a productive discussion.Digital assistants also drive shorter sales cycles. A salesperson might offer a presentation to a potential customer, then return to the office to type up a report for the presales or solutions teams — a time-consuming but necessary responsibility.But if this salesperson records the conversation, a digital assistant can extract the most important details from the transcript, fire off a few short emails and move on to the next high-level task.Related: Create Your Own Chatbot Online and Increase ProductivityDecision-making and organizational processesAnother aspect of AI useful to entrepreneurs is how it can help them enhance decision-making and streamline processes across their organizations. Specifically:1. Identifying (and eliminating) tedious interactions among team members. What regular interactions — no matter how large or small your company — annoy your employees or waste their time? Those are the interactions digital assistants can take over.Take, for example, Overstock’s Mila chatbot. Mila manages the interaction — via a company app — with an employee calling in sick. Mila will first offer sympathy, then collect relevant information about this person’s schedules and responsibilities.Next, “she” will contact the person’s manager so he or she can plan accordingly. Mila replaced Overstock’s outdated call-in hotline, for instance, saving the company time and money on lengthy back-and-forth phone conversations.Sales teams also benefit from automation. Representatives see the greatest success when they invest in warm, qualified leads. However, warm leads take time to convert, and salespeople must log detailed notes about every interaction to guide that person toward a purchase.Without those notes, leads go cold. But logging notes is time-consuming, and reps need to focus on other tasks. Virtual assistants can relieve that burden, ensuring that sales reps have the information they need without spending hours documenting it.2. Putting the staff’s time to better use. Outsourcing low-level tasks to AI allows teams to spend time on priority projects. For example, instead of having your team answer common questions, you might implement customer-support chatbots. These can provide answers to oft-repeated queries and direct customers to human reps for more complex issues.The Nanorep chatbot will even flag gaps in a company’s knowledge base to make the team aware of the information customers seek. That lets employees focus on bigger-picture issues rather than FAQs.As for customers: They’re becoming more accustomed all the time to dealing with chatbots, so don’t worry about putting them off by using an AI system.One survey from Deloitte University Press found that 22 percent of consumers interviewed had used chat apps to manage basic banking services; so people are familiar with the concept. As long as the system works well and delivers answers, customers will appreciate the service.Related: We Test-Drive a Personal Chat Bot for Customer Service3. Let bots assist, not replace, your team. Chatbots and digital assistants offer ways to improve productivity and customer service, but they can’t replace your human employees. So, leverage small-scale AI to enable your workers to focus on complex, challenging tasks that boost the company’s overall performance.Simple time-saving functions such as Slack’s Worklife bot streamline employees’ workflows to minimize the amount of minutiae they have to cope with. That way, employees can redirect that energy to more important tasks. By 2025, digital data will hit a trillion gigabytes, according to an IDC report. With so much information coming at them every day, workers need all the help they can get.Related: Is Your Startup Ready for Artificial Intelligence?In the end, chatbots and digital assistants don’t benefit just the customer — a business’s internal processes have just as much to gain from their advantages.Business leaders who recognize the value of these AI functions will be rewarded with more streamlined operations and a more productive team — two things no one would say no to. June 8, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

4 Reasons Why You Should Care That IBM Just Made the Biggest

first_img On October 28, IBM announced a deal to acquire Red Hat, the largest distributor of the popular open-source operating system Linux, as the New York Times reported. The deal, estimated by BusinessWeek as costing $33 billion, positions IBM — one of America’s most venerable technology companies — to take a bigger slice of the cloud computing market.Related: IBM Says Cloud Business Enjoying ‘Breakthrough Year’That seems like a good move for IBM: Gartner has forecast that annual revenue from cloud computing will reach $186.4 billion by the end of 2018, and $302.5 billion by 2032.So, for those new to these topics: What exactly is cloud computing, and why is it forecast to grow by 62 percent in the next three years? As defined by Amazon Web Services — itself the largest cloud computing provider, with a 33 percent market share — cloud computing is “the on-demand delivery of computer power, database storage, applications and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.”The main driver behind the enormous growth of the cloud computing market has been the increasing adoption of the three models: software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Adopters have been diverse, ranging from individuals and small businesses to the world’s biggest corporations.Things are changing fast for these players. “As of 2016,” Sid Nag, research director at Gartner, told  ZDNet, “approximately 17 percent of the total market revenue for infrastructure, middleware, application and business process services had shifted to [the] cloud.”Through 2021,” Nag continued, “this will increase to approximately 28 percent.”Such explosive growth in cloud computing provides enormous opportunities for everyone from solo SaaS entrepreneurs to giant companies like IBM. Below is a look at four reasons driving IBM’s purchase of Red Hat, in what the latter company called the largest software company acquisition to date.Those reasons reflect what the purchase says about the continued growth of — and opportunities in –the cloud computing market.1. IBM’s need to keep up with the big boysIn its influential Magic Quadrant survey of the top cloud computing providers, Gartner relegated IBM to No. 6 in its rankings, lagging far behind the big three of: Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.2. IBM’s bet on the hybrid cloudBy acquiring Red Hat, IBM is making a substantial bet that rather than migrating fully to public cloud solutions like AWS, many large businesses will instead adopt hybrid cloud solutions. Typically, a hybrid cloud approach relies on a blend of private cloud computing –with technology deployed in-house, often using Red Hat Linux — in tandem with a public cloud provider like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud. IBM significantly trails those big three in market share, but is looking to make up ground with the Red Hat acquisition.Such a hybrid cloud approach is appealing to companies which:Are hesitant to trust their most sensitive data to a third-party, but recognize the cost and operational benefits of hosting some vital services,such as email and customer relationship management in the public cloud.Are concerned about entrusting uptime for their most crucial processes completely to a third-party provider, particularly in times of disaster recovery.Rely on legacy services that cannot be easily transitioned to the public cloud, but can run on in-house technology and work in concert with data processed on the public cloud.Are concerned about scalability and want to harness the public cloud’s compute power to improve it.Related: It’s Google vs. Alibaba in the Cloud Computing Gameplay in the Asia PacificIBM is betting heavily that these concerns, among others, will make hybrid cloud solutions appealing to a substantial number of customers; and the Red Hat acquisition better positions the information technology company to capitalize on that bet. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty put it this way, according to Business Insider: “IBM will become the world’s No. 1 hybrid cloud provider,” she predicted, “offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.”In addition, according to ZDNet, Rometty “dissed the public cloud and noted that most companies are 20 percent along the cloud journey and renting compute power to cut costs.”The next 80 percent is about hybrid cloud,” ZDNET predicted. Now, with its Red Hat acquisition, Rometty apparently believes that IBM will become that leading provider of hybrid cloud solutions.3. IBM’s bet on open sourceWired noted that many might think it unusual that IBM paid $33 billion to acquire a company that “gives away its primary product for free.” The source code for Red Hat’s most popular product — its Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system — can be downloaded and used without charge.However, Red Hat generates approximately $3 billion in revenue a year from companies using its products and paying for support. IBM has long been a believer in and contributor to open source software projects, particularly Linux. Wired also noted that, “Open source was once a fringe, idealistic movement in software, but it’s now a core part of how big companies operate, from internet giants like Google and Facebook to Walmart and ExxonMobil.”Even former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer embraced open software. That’s notable because Ballmer famously described open source software as “a cancer,” according to TechCrunch. Yet Microsoft today is one of IBM’s biggest cloud computing competitors with its Azure platform and has embraced open source software, even acquiring open source code repository and developer community GitHub for $7.5 billion earlier in 2018.4. IBM’s declining revenuesSince its founding in 1911, IBM has enjoyed many successes, and was considered “the most admired American corporation” for many years during the 1970s and 80s, as Fortune reported. The internet era has not always been kind to IBM, however: In 1993, the company posted what at the time was the second biggest ever quarterly loss in US history, in 1993. More recently, IBM reported disappointing third quarter 2018 results. In recent years, IBM increasingly wagered on Watson, its artificial intelligence division, to drive growth, but Watson, “has not performed as well as IBM had hoped and investors were losing their patience,” reported TechCrunch.In acquiring Red Hat, IBM hopes to position itself as a much bigger player in the burgeoning cloud computing industry. The same TechCrunch article noted that the move may be seen as a return to focusing on “the enterprise software and services business that has always been [IBM’s] core competency.”Final thoughtsThe acquisition of Red Hat by IBM marks the biggest software acquisition ever, according to TechCrunch. Whether this wager on the hybrid cloud pays off over the long term remains to be seen, but it is a clear indication that the future of cloud computing remains bright, at least according to one of history’s most successful companies.Related: Apple Confirms it Uses Google Cloud for iCloudThe message here? Red Hat’s acquisition should serve as a clear indication and inspiration to entrepreneurs that building applications that solve problems in the cloud computing sphere may prove to be very lucrative indeed. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 31, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 7 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more