Shock and awe near Castaic just routine

first_imgCASTAIC – Residents concerned about a series of ‘sonic booms’ and drifting smoke near Castaic weren’t hearing barrier-breaking sounds Wednesday morning. The outbursts and haze were the combination of a controlled burn and a periodic destruction of old ordnance safely within the confines of the Pitchess Detention Center ranch property, said Sgt. Craig Anderson at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson and Explosives Unit. “We were just getting rid of some old military ordnance and evidence we didn’t need anymore,” Anderson explained. “We do it out there on the range and usually nobody hears it, but because of the low cloud cover, the shock and sound waves went right down the canyon.” A tall plume of smoke was generated by a controlled burn conducted elsewhere on the grounds, said Deputy Keith Shaw of the ranch operations unit. “Just your basic stuff,” he said. “Nothing out of the ordinary.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mac App Store Open for Business with 1000’s of Apps

first_imgTags:#Apple#web audrey watters “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Developers may love the new app store too, as arguably it gives them better exposure. Developers will share the same 70%-30% split with Apple that they do for iPhone and iPad apps. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Apple has opened the new Mac App Store for business this morning. At launch, the store features more than 1000 free and paid apps.The store brings the iTunes app sales model to Mac apps, an effort to make it as easy to find, buy, and install apps on your Mac as it is for your Apple mobile devices. The store is available to Snow Leopard users through a software update as part of Mac OS x v10.6.6. Apps are available in the categories already familiar to iPhone and iPad users: Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities. Well-known Apple titles are available – iMovie and GarageBand, for example, are available for $14.99, and Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are $19.99 each. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

An Off-Grid Solar Community

first_imgNot much sun during the winterOur climate is not good for solar in the winter. Virtually anywhere in the U.S. is at least as good as we are, or better. Certainly the eastern U.S. has similar solar resources. But here’s the thing: for nine months of the year, we will produce about 7 times what we need for our electrical demand! Yikes, what a nice problem to have. (We deserve this problem, we created it!)So, how much domestic hot water do we use? (You may have guessed that I know exactly how much.) I have installed a water meter on the 95% efficient 200,000 BTU/h propane on-demand water heater that supplies the whole house: 80,000 BTU/day, or 23.5 kWh if we think in terms of an electric plain-Jane water heater tank. Easy: we have up to 50 kWh on many days leftover. Now we could chop that down to 9 kWh by using a heat-pump water heater, but do we need to scrimp? It is an edgy question.We plan to get an electric vehicle soon to mop up some of that excess electric production, but both together could be supplied rather easily for nine months per year. Birken Forest Monastery is a retreat center in the mountains of British Columbia. It’s located at an elevation of 4,000 feet at Latitude 51, and experiences about 9,000 heating degree days (Fahrenheit) per year. The buildings are about 15 years old.We are off the grid. The nearest electricity line is 4 miles away, and it would cost about $200,000 to bring grid power in. (Then, of course, we would still have to pay for the electricity.) So off-grid it is, and will remain. PV costs are dropping fastFast forward in time, through an 80 kWh wet lead-acid battery bank for 7 years, to an 80 kWh maintenance-free AGM lead-acid battery bank for 6 years, to the present: we now have a recently installed 40 kWh AGM maintenance-free Surrette battery bank. Notice that this bank is half the size of the previous two. The cost of our latest battery bank: $8,000; life expectancy, 8 years.The reason for the smaller battery bank: the PV array went from 1.8 kW to 3.4 kW in 2009, and then in November 2014 to 11.4 kW!That’s a startling jump in solar power. Why? The economics are these: The additional 8 kW array was installed by an electrical engineer and two journeymen electricians for $3 per watt. There were no subsidies, no tax rebates, no special deals. The only things that weren’t new were the previously installed inverters.A new age in off-grid living has arrived. Old formulas must be revisited. Monitoring is essentialI carefully monitor all systems with sophisticated devices such as the Pentametric battery monitor, an hour counter on the diesel generator, a TED 5000 whole-house monitor, and daily notes and observations. December is the worst month, averaging 47 hours of bright sunshine (about 1.5 hours per day).Now that we have a much bigger PV array, what will happen to our diesel use? In December 2013, when we had a 3.4-kW PV array, the diesel run-time was 60 hours. In December 2014, with our new 11.4-kW PV array, generator run-time was only 10 hours. Hmmm.We are short about 50 kWh from being 100% off-grid solar. The generator run-times occurred on seven occasions, with each occasion requiring no more than 10 kWh. Conclusion? An additional battery bank rated at 20 kWh would zero out the generator year ’round! Now that may not mean much to you on-grid types, but any off-gridder will know that that is traditionally impossible amongst us forest-dwelling folk.Think again, my fellow hobbits, think again! Lowering electrical demandNow the question: “Is it worth it?” In order to answer that, I have to expand the view to include the rest of the set-up.Here is a snapshot of the main house. It measures 10,000 square feet. (Yes, you heard that right.) It has 12 bedrooms. It can accommodate 15 people and another 8 can use the facilities (sleeping in 8 separate “tiny houses”). The total population of 24 uses 5 washrooms, showers, cooking, 4 computers, all LED lighting, a 300-foot-deep drilled well, refrigerators, freezers, etc.Now our average population is 12 to 15 people, but hundreds of people stream through year ’round. Our average electrical demand is only 12 kwh per day!Yes, there is a deep back story to how we do it. I mean, we are talking about ¾ kWh per day per person, with all modern conveniences, including four-slice toasters, microwaves, dual-flush toilets, 4 showers, pressure pumps, a well pump, two refrigerators, and a freezer. (The refrigerators and freezer together use 1.2 kWh per day. They are in a large “cool room.”)So without carefully controlling our electrical demand with super-efficient appliances, our 100% off-grid solar community would not be possible. Years of off-grid experienceI have lived here for 14 years and have gained much off-grid experience and knowledge by the sometimes harsh teaching methods of Mother Reality. I should mention that I have been a Buddhist monk for the last 28 years. It doesn’t matter much, except that my training is to find simple and sufficient ways of life. How we do things, I believe, is appropriate to a comfortable American lifestyle as well, so I hope you can apply any of these strategies to your own houses, whether off-grid or on.I won’t go into too much detail about the evolutionary process, but it is important to note that our first set of photovoltaic (PV) panels, rated at 1.8 kW, cost about $10 per watt installed. At that price, the PV system still made sense compared to our 12-kW Kubota liquid-cooled 1,800 rpm diesel generator. (By the way, the Kubota generator about as fuel-efficient as possible for any kind of generator.) We charged a bank of batteries with it, which optimized the engine efficiency even more.How efficient was the generator, you wonder? About 32%. The energy you capture from a gallon of diesel is about one-third of its potential. Diesel fluctuates in cost; it’s at least $4 per gallon in Canada… sometimes $5. That translates to 50 cents per kWh of electricity, plus the life-cycle cost of the generator — so add maybe 20 cents. So the brutal reality of high-cost electricity (70 cents per kWh) turns you into an inventor/economist/minimalist, overnight. Ajahn Sona was born in Canada. His background as a layperson was in classical guitar performance. He was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia. In 1994, he founded the first Birken Forest Monastery near Pemberton, British Columbia. In 2001, Ajahn Sona established Birken in its final location just south of Kamloops, British Columbia. Ajahn Sona posts comments on the GBA web site under the pen name “Ven Sonata.” Superinsulation helps reduce our energy needsI’ll conclude with a brief description of the enormous house. It is superinsulated, with R-80 ceilings. The walls range from R-60 down to R-20 (on the south wall.) The big innovation is our R-25 polyiso-and-birch-plywood insulating shutters for all our windows. The building has 1,350 square feet of argon-filled low-e dual-pane windows. When it became apparent that the building is over-glazed, we permanently installed insulated R-30 exterior shutters over about 500 square feet of glazing, leaving about 850 square feet of windows exposed. These windows have been fitted with hinged R-25 shutters that open inward. Most are hinged at the top, although some are side hinged.More than any other feature, these gasket-sealed insulating shutters contribute more to heat retention than any wonder machine or triple-glazed German miracle windows, for far less money… 80% less. (I’d be happy to go into detail if requested). During the 12- to 16-hour night, we basically don’t have any heat loss through our windows. In the daytime, with panels open, there is solar gain. It’s a win-win situation! For eight months of the year, we leave the panels open.The space heating is supplied by two indoor high-efficiency wood stoves. We burn 5 cords of fir per year, locally collected. (British Columbia is the Saudi Arabia of firewood.) We don’t need any electric fans for air circulation.Although there is in-floor radiant heat distribution throughout, we do not use it, ever. (Another learning experience). So for space heating, we need about 75 MBTU per year in a 9,000 heating degree day zone. Not bad. It’s not a Passivhaus (that would require 50 MBTU for a house this size), but it doesn’t require a heat-recovery ventilator! We have exhaust-only ventilation using 5 bathroom fans and 2 kitchen fans. Natural air purification also occurs through 70 large houseplants — a method recommended by NASA for air purification (not kidding).By the way, the kitchen is completely isolated from the main building by a glass door during cooking, so no air contamination spreads throughout the house. (This design detail just might catch on; this type of kitchen isolation was standard in large 19th-century houses.)All in all, good air, good light, good vibe, good economics. And thank you, Green Building Advisor, for so many good thoughts on building. I have benefited immensely.A concluding note: Our total energy use from all sources is 35,000 kWh per year. The Passivhaus allowance for a house this size would be 110,000 kWh per year. So we use 70% less energy (total kWh) per year than the Passivhaus allowance. Something to reflect on. Cost-effectiveness analysisSo back to economics. How much propane savings? About $1,000 year.How much gasoline savings? $2,000.How much diesel and generator life wear? Maybe $800. Total savings, about $3,700 per year.The payback period for the off-grid set-up (PV and battery payback) is (drum roll) 10 years. That includes the rather short life of the batteries (8 years) and the rather long life (30 years) of the solar panels.last_img read more

Anderson abused, threatened to break Ravindra Jadeja’s teeth

first_imgICC had earlier given a clean chit to England’s James Anderson due to lack of video evidenceHe may have been let off after an ICC hearing but it has now come to light that England pacer James Anderson did admit to abusing Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during their altercation in the opening Test in Nottingham.According to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’, Anderson had threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth during the altercation. The matter was brought to a close earlier this week when an ICC appointed judicial commissioner exonerated both the players of the respective charges brought against them.”…he (Anderson) admitted to having continuously abused Jadeja, pushing him and acting in breach of the spirit of cricket. He also threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth, the BCCI’s counsel contended while appealing the sentence earlier handed to Jadeja by match referee David Boon,” the report said.”These were two different but overlapping cases. The BCCI counsel took part in the appeal against Jadeja’s sentence, but the case involving Anderson was pursued by the ICC’s lawyer, as is the protocol for Level 3 charges. The BCCI counsel didn’t get a chance to cross-examine Anderson during that main case but did so during the Jadeja appeal.”The cross-examination was intense and aggressive, say those present, and began with the BCCI counsel addressing Anderson using some of the swear words allegedly used by the player, catching him by surprise,” he added.Chronicling the incident, the report stated that the abuse by Anderson was continuous.”The incident took place as the players were walking off for lunch on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test. Anderson had appealed for a catch at the wicket against Jadeja with the first ball of the over, after which he was seen having a word with Jadeja. Umpire Bruce Oxenford’s witness statement said he intervened and asked Anderson to stop chirping. The chirping, though, continued,” he said.advertisementAnderson reportedly even refused to acknowledge his actions as against the spirit of the game.”Anderson didn’t contest MS Dhoni’s statement as witness that he abused Jadeja again, and asked him to return to the dressing room, this is also when he is said to have threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth. Anderson was asked if he thought his actions were against the spirit of cricket. He said, ‘Yes’,” he said.last_img read more

Pogba to make Man Utd return after ‘lies’ storm

first_imgPaul Pogba Pogba poised to make Man Utd return after Mourinho ‘lies’ storm Jamie Smith 03:46 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) pogba - CROPPED Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United José Mourinho Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla UEFA Champions League The Frenchman should be available to for a Champions League last-16 encounter with Sevilla, with the £89 million midfielder considered to be “ready” Jose Mourinho has indicated Paul Pogba will be ready to face Sevilla on Wednesday in the away first leg of Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 tie.Pogba missed the FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town due to illness after Mourinho had told reporters the France international would definitely play in the fifth-round clash.AdChoices广告Asked about his absence before United’s 2-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium, the United manager said “I don’t know and, honestly, I don’t care” how long the player would be out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The midfielder has struggled for form in recent weeks, with Mourinho replacing him during Premier League defeats away to Tottenham and Newcastle United.Mourinho subsequently hit out at reports claiming his relationship with Pogba had broken down, repeatedly calling the speculation “lies”.But after Pogba played a full part in training on Tuesday, Mourinho suggested the club’s record signing was ready to come back into the side.”I opened training today and in a period where we normally don’t open – we normally do warming-up and the simple drills,” Mourinho told reporters. “This time we did it for a long time and in the last period so you could see the players in a competitive situation. When the player is in that competitive situation it is because they are normally ready and without problems.”You could see in that training some people who didn’t play v Huddersfield like Pogba, [Antonio] Valencia, [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera. So I think in an objective way you could look at it.”Pogba’s recent performances have been criticised, but Mourinho suggested the France star should not be judged harshly simply because he cost United £89 million.”I don’t think it’s fair to speak about the responsibilities of a player,” Mourinho said. “I don’t like the fact that the player cost X million doesn’t have the same responsibility as a player who cost three times X.”The responsibility is for everyone, I don’t like that approach. I understand for you [the media], but not for me. When I decide a team I don’t look at age, salary, transfer fee, because I think that’s not fair.”last_img read more

Business and Property Value Boom Anticipated from Barbican Road Project

first_img Minister Chuck told residents at a community meeting on Thursday, September 21, that the road improvements are expected to significantly reduce travel time in the area, which has long been plagued by traffic congestion, and generate job opportunities from the anticipated expansion of businesses. This, according to Justice Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who says he has seen a private sector development plan for Barbican which includes a major shopping complex. Story Highlights A business and property value boom in and around Barbican in north east St. Andrew is anticipated from the US$4.4 million road improvement project now underway in the community. A business and property value boom in and around Barbican in north east St. Andrew is anticipated from the US$4.4 million road improvement project now underway in the community.This, according to Justice Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who says he has seen a private sector development plan for Barbican which includes a major shopping complex.He told residents at a community meeting on Thursday, September 21, that the road improvements are expected to significantly reduce travel time in the area, which has long been plagued by traffic congestion, and generate job opportunities from the anticipated expansion of businesses.Additionally, Mr. Chuck said the value of properties in Cherry Gardens, Norbrook and other surrounding areas “will start to go up.”Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Hon. Horace Chang, who spoke at the meeting, said preparatory work, including land acquisition, is taking place for other road improvement projects programmed for Kingston and St. Andrew.He emphasized the importance of undertaking sustainable road development that enables seamless traffic flow and overall commuting, and facilitates heightened private sector activities through increased investments and productive capacity in the communities where they operate.The four-month Barbican Road improvement project, which got underway in August, is being implemented under the Administration’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIPD) with funding support from the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It entails significant upgrading of 1.1 kilometres of the 3.75-kilometre roadway.This will involve major improvements along the stretch between the intersections at Jacks Hill Road and the roadway leading to Russell Heights as well as East Kings Road to the Barbican Centre, which will be widened to a four-lane carriageway.Other features will include: conversion of the one-way sections of Barbican Road and the south-bound part of East Kings Road, by the Barbican Centre, to two-way traffic; the installation of traffic signals at the Birdsucker Lane, East Kings Road and Jacks Hill Road intersections; widening of the Bustamante Bridge (box culvert) at the intersection with Jacks Hill Road to accommodate four-lane traffic; construction of 1.5-metre wide sidewalks and medians; the installation of drainage pipe/culverts and LED lights; and new signs, road markings and pavement markers.These engagements comprise the project’s second phase, following the completion of land acquisition and boundary wall construction activities.The project is being spearheaded by Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation through the National Works Agency, and will be executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited.Complementing this will be a $131 million water and sewage infrastructure installation project which will be implemented simultaneously by the National Water Commission, and executed by Surrey Paving and Aggregates Limited.last_img read more

Former Canadian sprinter Macrozonaris still running this time for public office

first_imgNicolas Macrozonaris’s first car was a fluorescent green 1993 Ford Tempo that he bought for $800 and four pairs of Oakley sunglasses.It was 2002, and the beginning of a rags-to-riches couple of years that saw the 22-year-old become one of the world’s top sprinters.Macrozonaris had spotted the car with a “For Sale” sign in the window at a Montreal corner store. The owner was asking $2,200. Macrozonaris didn’t have it. In need of wheels to get to and from training, he offered to sweeten the deal with a few pairs of sunglasses from Oakley, one of his first sponsors.“We met, and he starts trying on these glasses. Some are super extreme, you know the skater, crazy, fluorescent glasses. And he’s like 65, and he put them on and he looks crazy. And he looked at me and asked ‘How do I look?’ I said ‘You look great, man,’” Macrozonaris said, laughing.Macrozonaris is 37 now and still running — figuratively, if not literally. The two-time Olympian and five-time national champion is vying for a seat on city council in Laval, Que., as part of Jean-Claude Gobe’s Action Laval party. Representing the opposition party, he’s working with a shoestring budget. But he’s well-versed in getting by on little.This past weekend, Macrozonaris enlisted his athletes — he runs his own track club Final Push in Montreal — to help him hand out pamphlets to the 7,000 constituents in his Sainte-Dorothee riding. Among his concerns is the lack of decent sport facilities in the riding.He canvases door-to-door, dressed in his white and red Canada jacket from the 2004 Olympic closing ceremonies. He poses for photos with his constituents, and then sends them a copy.“It’s so interesting because it’s just like a competition, you find yourself being super motivated,” he said. “Literally I’m working hard going door-to-door, talking to people, in the middle of the night putting up my signs, the next day doing grocery stores, and I’m just trying to catch up for all the time I lost.”He officially entered the race in late September. The election is Nov. 5.“A reporter told me ‘Politics is tough,’ but I said ‘When you’re doing stuff for the right reasons, it is easy,’” he said. “People might say ‘Nic, aren’t you tired?’ but you find this energy because when you’re passionate, or you find something really intriguing, or you’re really excited about something, it’s almost an unlimited amount of energy. I’m in that stage in my life where I have an enormous amount of energy.”Macrozonaris was touted as the future of Canadian sprinting when he earned a spot on the Sydney Olympic team at 19. Behind the scenes, he was just scraping by. His parents had recently divorced and he was sharing a bed with his brother in a small Montreal apartment. He was exchanging gas station reward points for sandwiches.And then he beat American Tim Montgomery, the world record-holder at the time, in a 100-metre race in Mexico City, crossing in 10.03 seconds. Off the track, his life was changing at a breakneck pace. He threw out the first pitch at a Montreal Expos game. He upgraded to a Lexus, which he would later sell to buy his mom Doris a condo less than 100 metres from his own. He rubbed shoulders with people like Prince Albert II of Monaco.“Literally my life completely changed from eating sandwiches with Petro Points to hanging out at nice restaurants where the Prince eats. Any 22-year-old that goes through that process, I don’t care how well-structured you are, it’s going to mess you up,” Macrozonaris said. “I was living with my brother, so no structure, no guidance. And it’s easy to kind of lose track, and be a little bit of a wrecking ball, and thinking you know everything.”Macrozonaris butted heads with coach Glenroy Gilbert, and lost his spot on the 4×100 relay team at the 2003 world championships.His 10.03 — he missed dipping under sub-10 by barely the beat of a hummingbird’s wings — would go down as his career best when he retired in 2010. Regrets? He recalled a heart-to-heart he had with a friend at the height of his career.“He said to me ‘Nic, the No. 1 thing you don’t want to do is know that you didn’t give your 100 per cent, because after you retire it’s going to haunt you for a long time,’” he said. “So I said to myself ‘There’s no way I’m going to start slacking off, and then at 35 say to myself ‘I could have, I should have, but I didn’t.’“I gave my 100 per cent, I did it cleanly, and that was the best I was able to do. I’m satisfied with everything I was able to accomplish in the circumstances, and have no regrets, there’s no chip on my shoulder. I’m very content with everything I’ve done.”Soon after retirement, Macrozonaris began volunteering at a community centre in his neighbourhood, and then joined its board of directors. It was through that work that he met Gobe.He started his track club in 2015, and boasts several top young sprinters, including Praise Omogbai, the Canadian 100-metre champion in the 14-15 age category.He’s a big fan of the sport, particularly Canada’s sprint star Andre De Grasse.“I think Andre is a phenomenal athlete. I struggled all my life to try to run personal bests where it counts. And it’s extremely difficult to be able to pull that off. And he’s able to be an executioner at the highest level, and that is something that is remarkable,” Macrozonaris said. “And I think the stigma that you have to be six foot five to be a superstar is all of a sudden doubted, because here we have a guy who’s relatively short, he’s relatively small, and he’s doing things that are incredible.“Beyond that, just track and field in Canada, the bronze that they got (in the 4×100 relay) in the last Olympics,” he said. “I wish I had that generation of sprinting, because they are so strong and so powerful.”last_img read more

Man Utd sink Arsenal to make topfour return

first_imgRooney’s strike added to a comedy own-goal by Kieran Gibbs that saw the left-back deflect Antonio Valencia’s cross into his own net after a mix-up with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was injured in the process. Olivier Giroud, on as a second-half substitute, replied deep into stoppage time for Arsenal, but United held on to record a first competitive away win since April 5. The victory took Louis van Gaal’s side back into the Champions League places, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaArsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left to rue an afternoon of wasted opportunities and inspired goalkeeping by United’s David de Gea, as well as injuries to Szczesny and Jack Wilshere.Arsenal produced a lightning start at the Emirates and should have been out of sight in th e first quarter of the match. Ex-United striker Danny Welbeck was presented with a sight of goal after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been allowed to run in-field, but he was denied by Paddy McNair.United took the lead in the 56th minute in comical fashion. Szczesny clattered Gibbs as he came for Young’s deep cross and when Valencia smashed the rebound back into the area, Arsenal’s left-back diverted the ball into his own net. Arsenal pushed for a leveller, but they were undone on the counter-attack as Di Maria supplied Rooney, who raced clear and chipped the ball over Martinez in the second half.last_img read more

Aadi Mahotsav Upliftment of tribals

first_imgAadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long national tribal festival promoting tribal culture, cuisines and commerce, is being held at Dilli Haat. Organised under the supervision of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED), the festival features exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through 204 stalls.The event, which was inaugurated on November 16 by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, in the presence of Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Government of India, will last till November 30. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith participation of over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States are, the mega event has a lot to look forward to. A special feature of the festival is Aadi Vyanjan i.e., tribal India cuisine. The delectable food items are recreated and presented by tribal chefs, to suit the urban tastes. Offering local flavours of Assam, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand etc., festival gives you an opportunity to treat your taste buds with specialties like Chilka, Jowar papad, Pokkada, Khari Boti, Maka ki roti, and Urad daal vada. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis is not all, as an attractive stage has been raised at the venue to showcase tribal music and dance performances every evening, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Artists from different parts of the country shall perform their traditional art forms to enthrall the audience. Moreover, four rock bands from North East would be giving enrapturing performances throughout the festival. The 15-day Mahotsav is expected to have a footfall of over one lakh delhiites as it promises to be a feast of shopping, exotic dining, and fine music. What’s interesting is that, for the first time, this Mahotsav displays rich digital commerce and e-commerce being promoted by Tribes India. In line with the national aspiration, to go cashless, the tribal artisans are accepting payment through major credit/debit cards for which Point of Sale (POS) machines have been installed in each stall. A special training program has also been conducted by State Bank of India for smooth operations of the digital transaction method. The main mandate of TRIFIED is capability enhancement of the tribals, promotion of tribal products and creation of marketing opportunities with a view to ensure them fair prices for their products and augmenting their income on a sustainable basis. Not only it is engaged in the retail operations for marketing of unique and ethnic tribal products but equally focuses on training for skill up-gradation and capacity building of tribal artisans. By signing of MOUs with online shopping portals like Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, PayTM and GEM, TRIBES India has given a major push to the marketing of tribal products. Speaking of the same, Pravir Krishna, Managing Director – TRIFED said, “Being master craftsmen, tribals have the skills and talent to produce some of the finest handicrafts in the world, but what they lack are marketing skills. Therefore, TRIFED is taking an initiative to provide marketing support to the tribal people. This would help them to promote their craftsmanship thereby giving them a platform for commerce.” Since working with tribals was quite a difficult task for the government, TRIFED has trained about 60,000 tribals in the last one year. ”E-commerce platforms never work on charity. They seek profits. Therefore, we have a very strong quality control while we train a panel of 2,500 suppliers all over the country,” Pravir Krishna further adds.In order to appeal the customers so as to make a captive customer base, and to promote Tribes India as a brand, TRIFED is offering special discount schemes and offer packages on most of the products being sold through Tribes India outlets.last_img read more