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    November 30th, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    On The Loose

    After an 11-year run, ART PHILLIPS has exited the WELK MUSIC GROUP — which includes VANGUARD AND SUGAR HILL RECORD — as VP/Promotion & Artist Development. Several others have also exited the company due to downsizing.

    KEVIN WELK, President of the WELK MUSIC GROUP said, “It has been an honor to work with ART over the years as he has been a large part of our success at VANGUARD and SUGAR HILL RECORDS with artists such as NICKLE CREEK, JOHN HIATT, MATT NATHANSON and MINDY SMITH, amongst others. We all will miss his insight and professionalism that we have come so accustomed to over the years.”

    “It has been my great pleasure to have been part of WELK MUSIC GROUP’s promotion team for the past 11 years. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the greatest, most talented people in the business” PHILLIPS said. “We have all been working through the great upheavals rocking the industry for some time now, and change may be the only common denominator we can expect. To have had 36 amazing years in this biz may just be my best record yet!”

    PHILLIPS’ career includes MD/Air Personality at KILO/COLORADO SPRINGS for eight years; seven years as Album Network Music Director; five years as VP Promotion at Hollywood Records; five years as VP Promotion at RCA Records and his stint at WELK.
    PHILLIPS is ready for next opportunity and can be reached at (310) 614-2404, or at Arthur.Boxman@gmail.com.

    Meanwhile, AYAPPA BIDDANDA, Director of Radio Promotion, will fulfill any needs of Triple A radio in addition to his current responsibilities at WELK for the foreseeable future. He can be reached at (310) 829-9355 ext.157 or ayappa@vanguardrecords.com.

    source: http://www.allaccess.com / November 29th, 2011

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    About 48 kms from Madikeri, in the ranges of Kodanda, this spot is where the holy river Cauvery has her founts. The legend has it that Lopamudra, the daughter of Lord Brahma, the creator, was given in marriage to the mythical sage Agasthya, by her foster fathers, another mythical sage, Kabhir Muni. Sorrowed by the marriage, Lopamudra turned herself into water and sought asylum in the ‘Kunda’ or the mountain cauldron. It is believed by the faithful that she dwells in the ‘Kunda’ in which an amazing phenomenon occurs on the 17th of October every year without fail. The placid waters of the pond turn vibrant in the form of a bubbling spring on the day, bearing testimony to the belief. There is also a larger pool nearby in which a dip is considered sacred.

    A flight of rock cut steps meanders up the sacred Brahmagiri Hill, on the top of which a beautiful temple is dedicated to Goddess Cauvery where the Goddess is worshipped with alacrity. This region also has puranic references. The ‘Pandava Brothers’ of the great epic ‘The Mahabharatha’ are said to have sojourned here. The hill offers a wonderful view of sylvan beauty.

    source: http://www.folksden.com / November 28th, 2011

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    November 29th, 2011adminSports

    Rohan Bopanna has confirmed that he will be teaming up with Mahesh Bhupathi for 2012 season, which effectively means his successful partnership with Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has come to an end.

    Leander Paes, who teamed up with Bhupathi — India’s most successful doubles pair — last season after a gap of nine years will have to find a new partner for the next season.

    “As the season has ended now, I can confirm that I am playing with Mahesh (Bhupathi) in 2012,” Bopanna told The Indian Express on Sunday.

    The Chennai Open, where Paes and Bhupathi had made a comeback last season, will be the tournament where Bopanna and Bhupathi will first play in 2012. “We have decided that our first tournament will be at Chennai where we will have great home support,” Bopanna confirmed.

    However, the 31-year-old said that it was too early to say if he and Mahesh would be the first-choice combination India would field at the Olympics. Bopanna was also non-committal about their long-term plans. “As of now we have decided to start the year together. The Olympics have a lot of other technicalities (form, rankings) and we will see how it goes,” he said.

    Bopanna also didn’t want to elaborate on the end of the successful Indo-Pak pairing, which won three titles this year and entered the final of the 2010 US Open. Meanwhile, Qureshi has announced that he will partner Dutch Jean-Julien Roger, ranked 20th in doubles, for the Australian Open. “Who I want to play with is my decision. I don’t think I owe anyone a justification of why I am deciding to partner someone or give explanations behind the thought for this partnership. Yes, I did have a successful year with Aisam but now I am starting a new year with Mahesh, and it’s as simple as that,” Bopanna said.

    source: http://www.indianexpress.com / by Smriti Sinha /Monday, Nov 28th, 2011

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    Mysore, Nov. 26:

    The 6th Annual General Body meeting of Coorg Home Stays Association was held on Nov. 22 at Porcupine Castle in Pollibetta, Kodagu.

    Outgoing President N. Dilip Chengappa handed over charge to the new President K.M. Karumbaiah and his team.

    The other office-bearers are Vice-President: B. Nalini Achaiah; Secretary : P.U. Preetham; Joint Secretary: C. Savitha Appanna; Treasurer : D.S. Prem. The Committee Members are: P.M. Prabhu Uthaya, C. Madan Somanna, Shamvil, C. Kalpana Muthanna, C.N. Narendra, B. Vijoo Chengappa, K.T.Sagar and P. Hem Madappa.

    Outgoing Secretary Madan Somanna read out the Annual Report. The AGM discussed issues pertaining to Unregistered Home Stays, Tax and floating of a State-level Home Stay Association.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / General News / November 26th, 2011

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    Mysore, Nov. 26:

    The Education Council of Sree Cauvery Educational Institutions, Kuve-mpunagar, has been reconstituted with Prof. Kambeyanda C. Belliappa, Retired Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi Central University, as Chairman.

    The other officer-bearers are Moovera K. Kuttappa, Vice-Chairman, Bollachanda B. Subbaiah-Hon. Secretary and Kodira Jyothi Poonacha-Hon. Treasurer.

    Prof. Theethira K. Ganapathy, Prof. Cheniyapanda Accamma Chengappa, Prof. Nadikerianda Yashoda Kalappa, Prof. Pandanda K. Somaiah, Ponjanda Lovely Appaiah, Poyyetira S. Ganapathy, Mullengada M. Kuttappa, Mechanda M. Karumbaiah, Puchimada K. Somaiah and Konganda Dilip Biddappa have been nominated as members of Educational Council.

    Ballachanda N. Devaiah will continue as Donor Representative in the Education Council, according to press release from the Hon. Secretary of Mysore Kodava Samaja Kekada M. Belliappa.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / General News / November 26th, 2011

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    Centre’s programme to rehabilitate tribals bears fruit

    Caption: A view of the houses for the rehabilitation of tribals in Hunsur taluk. Picture right shows rich harvest of maize grown by the tribals.

    Mysore, Nov. 27- The tribals of Nagarahole forest region, who depended on the forest produce for their livelihood and did odd jobs in the neighbouring plantations, are now gradually becoming self-dependent through agriculture, thanks to the rehabilitation work undertaken by the Central Government, under the directions of the Supreme Court.

    More than 150 tribal families have benefited from this programme as they have been resettled in Shettihalli and Lakkapattana villages near Hanagodu of Hunsur taluk since Nov. 15, 2010. The tribal settlements have Jenukuruba (a tribal community) families from Kodagu district and H.D. Kote taluk.

    Each family was given 3 acres of barren land where tribals have reaped a rich harvest of maize. On an average, each family has five members and hence, labour is no problem since they work at each other’s fields in a sort of barter system, traditionally called as Muyyi-Aalu system.

    Each family is said to have grown 80 to 90 quintals of maize — enough to keep for own consumption and to sell. In order to encourage tribals to take up farming, Forest Department provided tractors to plough the fields and the Agriculture Department provided them with seeds, manure and other inputs.

    The tribals depend on plantations for work, where they are paid good wages, especially during harvest seasons.

    After reaping a rich harvest of maize, the tribals have already begun preparations for next crop. Agriculture Department officials are said to have advised them to take up mixed farming of crops like millets, beans, pulses etc.

    Rajappa, leader of the tribals, is a Gram Panchayat member of Balele village in Kodagu. He is said to have played the main role in rehabilitating the tribals, with assistance from Living Inspiration For Tribals (LIFT).

    The tribals are also growing vegetables for their consumption in their kitchen gardens. Their houses constructed by the government measure 50×80 ft, with RCC roofs, tiles floor, toilets, solar lighting and other amenities.

    Talks are on to provide them with LPG cylinders for cooking and issue them ration cards under Public Distribution System.

    About the rehabilitation

    The new rehabilitation package for tribal communities and forest dwellers inside the Nagarahole National Park was launched in a bid to not only reduce human presence in critical wildlife habitat but also to meet the demands of tribal people.

    The package is an offshoot of meeting the imperatives of Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972, as well as balancing the requirements under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006, which stipulates that rights of Scheduled Tribes people and other traditional forest dwellers within critical tiger and wildlife habitat areas are not compromised.

    The package ensures tribal rights with a few modifications and ensures space for tigers and other wild animals inside the National Park

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / General News / November 27th, 2011

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    November 27th, 2011adminSports

    New Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI):

    India’s top midfielder Sardara Singh has been appointed the captain of Bhopal outfit, while former India coach Jose Brasa of Spain is all set to train the Chennai team in World Series Hockey to be held from December 17 to January 22 next year across several cities in India.

    Besides Brasa, world’s leading coach Roelant Oltmans will also be seen imparting his knowledge to Lucas Vila-led Delhi while former India skipper Jude Felix will coach Bangalore, to be captained by Arjun Halappa.

    Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Rehan Butt will be leading the Chandigarh outfit.

    The appointments were made at a franchise workshop held today and the Yannick Colaco, COO of Nimbus Sport said that the franchises are happy with the appointment of the captains and coaches.

    “The franchises are delighted with their appointment of the captains and coaches. The dynamic combination of the world’s most explosive players and the best coaches will provide inspirational leadership to the respective teams,” he said.

    The WSH will involve eight teams, consisting of 200 leading players — Indian and international — who will showcase their talent in 61 matches. It will be a multi-city franchise-based League.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Home> Sports / Sunday 27th, 2011

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    The Codava National Council (CNC), spearheading the movement for creation of an autonomous Kodava homeland for Kodagu, on Sunday, welcomed the proposed move of the State Government to write to the Centre recommending establishment of a Central University to Kodagu.

    CNC president N.U. Nachappa said in a statement on Sunday that the credit of the decision should go to the CNC, which had been submitting memorandums to the Centre and the State Government through the Kodagu district administration over the issue for many years now.

    Mr. Nachappa quoted a report appearing in a section of the press in Bangalore on November 17 which said that following the proposal made by the CNC for a separate Central University dedicated to the study of Kodava ethnic culture, the Karnataka State Higher Education Council had resolved on November 16 to write to the Centre recommending the establishment of a Kodagu Central University, similar to the one in Gulbarga. However, Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya had said it would not deal with Kodava studies only. “We do not want to restrict it to just one subject. We will write to the Centre for a Central University in Kodagu region,” Mr. Nachappa said quoting the report.

    He said the CNC was happy to know that the State Government was taking the lead in forwarding the recommendations made by the Deputy Commissioner, Kodagu, based on the several memorandums submitted by CNC, seeking the establishment of Central Kodava University and World Kodavology Study Centre. ‘The CNC is grateful to Mr. Acharya for having considered our legitimate claim with judicious perspective’, he said.


    Mr. Nachappa appealed to the Kodagu Deputy Commissioner to direct the caste census enumerators to enlist the Kodava people separately under the columns of the ‘Kodava’ caste, and not as ‘Kodagaru’ or ‘Kodaga’ or ‘Coorgi’ in the census sheets. The census was set to begin in the last week of this month.

    Kodava Day

    The CNC would be observing the annual ‘Codava National Day’ on November 24 at the Gandhi grounds in Madikeri, Mr. Nachappa said. It would mark the 20th year of the struggle of the CNC. The CNC would reiterate its stand on the creation of an autonomous Kodava homeland.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / National> Karnataka> Mysore, November, 22nd, 2011 / by Staff Correspondent

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    November 23rd, 2011adminCoffee News

    The Italian coffee chain may find the going tough in an already crowded market.

    To appeal to the crème-de-la crème, Italian coffee roaster Lavazza is here with a new format Espression. The first of its speciality format recently unveiled in Delhi, will be gradually extended to Bangalore and Mumbai. The company is targeting 30 such stores over the course of three years. Unlike the company’s other international retail formats like Caffe di Roma (Spain), Onda (Bulgaria) and Barista (India), with Lavazza Espression the ambition is to develop a global coffee retail brand.

    In India, Lavazza Espression will continue to co-exist with Barista Lavazza and its premium extension Barista Crème. Capuano dismisses any cannibalisation with Barista’s premium format. “Unlike Crème, with Lavazza we will not adapt the taste to the Indian audience as we want to provide a truly international experience,” says Attilio Capuano, Asia and Pacific Director, Lavazza. With Espression, the offering in India will be similar to the menu in its 30 stores across the globe, and prices will be 15-20 per cent higher than Barista Lavazza. To ensure a consistency in taste, Lavazza will train staff at the Fresh & Honest (its coffee vending business acquired by Lavazza in 2007) training centre in Chennai.

    According to Capuano, the most critical part of the Lavazza Espression strategy is to identify the right location for the retail footprint. Upscale locations within the metros and zones like international airports will help target expatriates and Indians who are exposed to coffee culture in the West. This will be significantly different from the locations of Barista Lavazza, who is primarily targeting youth. Technopak analyst Purnendu Kumar agrees location is key for premium coffee retailers. “Such retailers who are targeting the office going crowd need to be in close proximity to where the consumer is as these people do not prefer to walk a distance to pick up a cup of coffee,” he says.

    For the Turin-based company, increasing retail presence is one of the ways Lavazza is trying to establish ground in India. Today, 65 per cent of the business in India comes from its Fresh & Honest, while 45 per cent comes from Barista and Barista Creme. However, with the new format, the revenue split might get skewed towards the retail business, believes Capuano.

    However, making its presence felt is not going to be easy. For one, the market is already crowded with several players expanding their presence. While Tata Global Beverages is bringing the Seattle coffee giant Starbucks to India, the ambition of homespun chain Cafe Coffee Day with a network of 1180 cafes in the country is no less ambitious. It is experimenting with upscale coffee outfits like Coffee Day Lounge and Coffee Day Square. There are international chains like Costa Coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Java Coffee and Gloria Jean’s Coffee which are ramping up presence in India.

    Also, Barista’s track record in India, also might leave us hesitant. For one, the company has changed hands a few times, leading to an inconsistency in management policies. Founder Amit Judge of Turner Morisson sold 65 per cent to Sterling’s promoter C Shivasankaran and the rest to the Tatas. Later, Tatas too exited the business handing over the entire ownership to the NRI businessman Shivasankaran.

    “The other worrying factor is that the company shut down close to 40 Barista stores across India, perhaps because they were not doing well,” notes an industry insider who does not wish to be named. “Barista Crème too has not done well, given the differentiation from the base chain was hardly there,” he adds. So, bringing in this new format, where there is higher level differentiation could perhaps put their past behind them.

    Lavazza, on its part, is serious about India. This is evident in the fact that it is setting up a new production facility in the country, which will be up and running by 2012. At an investment of 120 crore, the facility, which will be the first one outside Italy, will allow the company better margins which will translate into price advantage for the consumer. Currently, there is 100 percent import duty on green and roasted coffee.

    Once the manufacturing facility is up, the plan is to develop 100 per cent Indian coffee blends which can be sold through Fresh & Honest, and later exported to other markets.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Home> Mgmt & Mktg / by Preeti Khicha & Dilasha Seth / Bangalore, New Delhi / November 23rd, 2011

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    November 23rd, 2011adminCoffee News

    Some things endure, like the Indian Coffee House (ICH) and its grand, turbaned bearers. Tough competition from slicker, medium-sized restaurants notwithstanding, the ICH is on an expansion mode here.
    In the city, the India Coffee Board Workers’ Society – which operates ICHs – is planning to open three more new outlets in the immediate future. Two are to be opened shortly, at Peroorkada and at the General Hospital. A third one will target Technopark, and will come up on the Kazhakkoottam Bypass next year.

    ICH has 11 outlets in the district now, counting the ones at the Kerala Legislative Assembly, the Secretariat and the Corporation. For some time now, as part of a survival plan, ICH has been preferring highways and suburbs as locations for new outlets. Two of the newer outlets are at Venjaramood, for instance.

    “We’re moving out to the highways now. If you have an ICH near a busy place such as a hospital, you get a decent crowd. But small families are patronising our outlets more and more and they prefer a place with parking space. One reason why we are moving to the highways,’’ says V T Varghese, society secretary.

    Loss-making outlets are readily closed down or shifted to a more profitable location in the same region. For instance, the old outlet in Attingal town was shifted to the nearby highway the other day.
    ICH has also approached the government for alternative space at Shanghumugham Beach after the much-patronised open-air restaurant in the Sports Council building was shut for renovation. But it’s feared that the ICH will not be reinstated here once renovation is over.
    ICHs offer up to 60 dishes, from ‘desi’ ‘masala dosai’ and ‘vada-chutni’ to carefully-trimmed sandwiches and double omelettes. And that strange dish which only ICHs seem to offer; beef omelette. But experimenting with newer dishes is not on the cards – at least for now, says Varghese.

    “Recently, some of our canteens began giving yellow ‘masala’ for ‘poori’ since other restaurants offer it. But the customers made such a ruckus, we immediately moved back to the beetroot-red curry.’’

    source: http://www.ibnlive.in.com/ Express News Services, The New Indian Express / Thiruvanthapuram, November 23rd, 2011 /

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