SDSU receives 1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Robert DeKoven, who was an Associated Students president at San Diego State University in the late 1970s, announced Wednesday he will donate $1 million toward his alma mater’s Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program.The gift was announced at SDSU’s annual Pride flag-raising ceremony. It’ll support curricular and co-curricular activities at the university.“I can never repay SDSU for the educational experience I received here,” said DeKoven, a legal writing professor at California Western School of Law and affiliated faculty member in SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program. “Now I have the ability to give students the kind of support I needed. Today we are planting a seed that will grow and grow.”DeKoven is a longtime supporter of SDSU’s Lavender Graduation, which celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQ students. He co-authored the Human Dignity Ordinance passed by the San Diego City Council in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.SDSU is the second university in the U.S. and the first in California to offer a major in LGBT studies, according to the school.The Campus Pride Index recently ranked SDSU in its 2017 Best of the Best Top 25 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. SDSU has been included in the ranking for the past eight years.“Rob’s generous gift is a testament to the persistence of our students, alumni and campus partners who are committed to inclusivity on campus,” said Eric Rivera, vice president of SDSU Student Affairs. “Our Pride Center and our university LGBTQ+ initiatives provide opportunities that challenge and support our students’ personal growth and development while allowing them to connect with other students and celebrate our differences, making the SDSU experience unique and powerful.” July 11, 2018 Posted: July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SDSU receives $1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Evolve Media Buys Total Beauty

first_img The deal is Evolve’s third in the last five months. It also picked up pet enthusiast network Dogtime Media and lesbian/bi pop culture site, AfterEllen.com. “The beauty publishing category is extremely scarce in terms of sites that provide both scale and premium content,” says Aaron Broder, CEO and Co-Founder of Evolve Media. “The acquisition also provides us with a wonderful complement to our award-winning fashion site, theFashionSpot.com.” But the Total Beauty acquisition is Evolve’s largest acquisition to date, adding another 3.5 million monthly visitors to its women and family group TotallyHer.center_img Evolve Media has continued its recent acquisition streak, buying the Total Beauty Group and adding beauty trends and service sites TotalBeauty.com and BeautyRiot.com to its portfolio of digital lifestyle brands.  last_img read more

Limping SpiceJets Sweet Deal Fly for ₹599

first_imgSpiceJet announced its “Cheaper-than-train-fares” sale on Wednesday, which intensified the ongoing air fare war in the airline industy.Under the new scheme, SpiceJet is offering domestic fares starting from ₹599 all-in. On international routes, the airline is offering tickets ₹3,499 onwards. SpiceJet has reserved 4,00,000 seats with 1,00,000 seats for the ₹599 fare.The offer window that opened on 11 February will close post 13 February midnight. The travel period covered is 1 July to 24 October. Reuters”We are thrilled to continue to make air travel more affordable and accessible for more Indians than ever before, with our new unbelievable offer: the ‘Cheaper Than Train Fares’ sale. Fares for this offer are lower than AC train fares on many routes, and cheaper than non-AC sleeper class trains on several routes.” Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili said in a press release.SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor noted that in a bid to get its planes to operate at full load, the company is offering rates that are lower than train fares.”These are seats that would otherwise go empty and be lost forever, and are priced based on the marginal cost of carrying an extra passenger, not on the average cost. Revenues from such offers contribute incremental revenue for the airline that flows directly to the bottom line”, he added.SpiceJet shares were trading at ₹20.05, a rise of ₹0.05 or 0.25 per cent at the time this story was written – 11:19 a.m.last_img read more

Hasina wins Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. BSS File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina was awarded ‘Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award’ on the premises of City Cube-ITB in Berlin on 7 March on the occasion of International Women’s Day, reports BSS.Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed received the award given by Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW), an official release said.State minister for civil aviation and tourism Md Mahbub Ali, among others, was present at the award giving ceremony.Sheikh Hasina won the award for her outstanding contribution to the field of women empowerment as well as her dynamic leadership in South Asian region.last_img

India steel plant fire kills at least 9

first_imgFire kills 9A fire in a gas pipeline at a plant of Steel Authority of India Ltd’s in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday killed at least nine people, the company said.”Nine persons have lost their lives and 14 are undergoing medical treatment,” state-run SAIL, one of India’s biggest steel producers, said in a statement.The fire, which occurred during a scheduled maintenance job at its Bhilai plant, has now been controlled, SAIL said. There was no immediate comment from the company on whether production was affected.”It is very difficult to say how many more have died, as some bodies are charred,” a police official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to media, told Reuters.Shares of SAIL fell as much as 4.2 per cent to a near one-year low on the news.Bhilai Steel Plant is India’s sole producer and supplier of rails for Indian Railways, and a major producer of a large variety of wide and heavy steel plates and structural steel, according to the company’s website.The plant has annual steel production capacity of 3.153 million tonnes, with products including wire rods, according to SAIL.last_img read more

Its all rain and dance in the city

first_imgBlending in world music with the rhythms from Kerala, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has organised a one of its kind choreographic production, Rain by Vijaylakshmi on 5 July.Rain is a new choreographic work in Mohiniyattam by Vijayalakshmi, the renowned Mohiniyattam dancer. This production is inspired by poet Sudeep Sen’s critically-acclaimed book of poetry, Rain. One of the verse from his book reads: ‘It is raining again, but today’s is a beautiful kind of rain…. steady, symmetrical confident, and unobtrusive. It has a kind of presence that is omnipresent without acutely announcing that it is there, like ambient music.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Infusing its essence into a dance form, Vijayalakshmi interprets Rain through the idiom of Mohiniyattam, the south Indian classical dance, which through its fluidity and ability to convey emotions and moods is very suited to express the metaphor of rain.As with most of her path breaking productions, the musical arrangement in Rain is very unique.She has worked very closely with Mac Quayle, an eminent American composer, to arrange traditional Kerala rhythms, Dhrupad, Rabindra Sangeet and contemporary elements which are all brought together seamlessly into a unique blend of world music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt is perhaps for the first time that Dhrupad has been incorporated into a Mohiniyattam choreographic work, rendered by the eminent torch-bearer of Dhrupad tradition, Wasifuddin Dagar.This vision was furthered by her collaboration with artistic director, Sara Baur-Harding, who also directed the documentary film on Vijayalakshmi and her mother, Beyond Grace and the 3D short film Carmen. Vijayalakshmi has always endeavoured to take Mohiniyattam to higher levels by constantly exploring uncharted territories and expanding traditional boundaries through innovative choreographies inspired from a pan-Indian and global perspective. A recipient of several prestigious national awards, she has carved a distinct niche for herself and has played a significant role in the rejuvenation of this beautiful Indian classical dance form.Head over and experience a confluence of forms.last_img read more

All about Philippines

first_imgCrescent-shaped beaches dusted with talcum powder-like sand; uninhabited tropical islands, lush impenetrable jungles bristling with unique wildlife, the thrusting soaring capital of Manila, historic cities, a diverse local cuisine and culture …the Philippines has all this and more. Go there and discover some of the 7,107 islands of this vibrant archipelago where English is widely spoken, the people are fun loving and life moves to a lilting beat.Philippines is all set to become the ultimate destination for Indian travellers in 2015 with the launch of Department of Tourism’s Visit the Philippines Year 2015. This was announced at a press conference organised by the ministry of tourism, Philippines, at the Philippines embassy in the Capital on January 29. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Philippines recorded a growth of 15 % during the first 10 months over the same period in 2013. With 2015 being declared as Visit the Philippines Year a rise of 20% has been targeted for outbound increase from India, this year. The Department of Tourism (DOT) hopes to inspire 10 million foreign tourists to discover, explore and fall in love with the Philippines. After promoting destinations like Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol in the Indian market, (DOT) Philippines is looking at introducing new destinations like Palawan, Clark and Davao among Indian travellers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“What will truly sustain Visit the Philippines Year 2015 campaign are the people themselves. I urge the businesses, communities and locals, to play an active part in spreading and amplifying our messages, enticing potential visitors to come visit our shores,” said Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.On this, Benito C. Bengzon, Jr, Undersecretary for Tourism Development, Philippines stated, “2015 will be celebrated as Visit the Philippines Year; it is an invitation to all to partake the enduring promise of more fun in the Philippines, 2015. It features a calendar of events and activities that are an exciting mix of parades, concerts, feasts and sports tournaments. India’s growing outbound tourist markets are an important source of visitors to the Philippines. We will convert all the opportunities to leverage our tourism product and leave no stone unturned.”last_img read more