Waitrose and M&S sign up to ‘ghost gear’ fisheries initiative

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Some 640,000 tonnes of discarded fishing gear is added to oceans every year

Waitrose and M&S have joined Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in signing up to World Animal Protection’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative.

The campaign aims to tackle the growing problem of lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear – with some 640,000 tonnes added to oceans every year. The announcement coincided with this year’s World Oceans Day on 8 June.

As part of its commitment, M&S would invest in a host of initiatives designed to promote best practice to fight lost gear in its fisheries and improve the reporting, recovery and recycling of lost gear, said a World Animal Protection spokeswoman.

The charity highlighted the crucial role of retailers in tackling the issue of ghost gear by looking at their seafood supply chains and taking measures to reduce pollution. It added it was also in discussions with Tesco about joining its campaign.

Seafood companies urged to improve approach to ‘ghost gear’

“Our customers care about reducing plastic pollution and the health of our oceans. That’s why we’re committed to responsible sourcing, it’s why we’re supporting the Responsible Fishing Scheme and why we’ve joined the GGGI,” said Hannah Macintyre, fisheries and aquaculture manager at M&S.

“As well as funding GGGI’s vital work, we will be working with our suppliers to transform their approach managing their fishing gear and ensuring best practice when it comes to gear marking, disposing of marine litter, recycling old gear and reporting lost kit.”

Head of sustainability and responsible sourcing at Waitrose, Tor Harris, added: “Bringing organisations together to solve the issue of abandoned fishing equipment can only be a good thing for marine life. Responsible sourcing is a top priority for us so this is a positive step for the environment and the future of sustainable fishing.”

Ghost gear affected more than 800 species of marine life, according to a report released in March by World Animal Protection. It estimated between 5%-30% of the decline in some fish stocks was caused by the issue.

Discarded nets, pots and lines represented more than 70% of all the floating macroplastics in the ocean and cause the deaths of more than 100,000 whales, dolphins, seals and turtles every year through entanglement, the report said.

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New Intel India Initiative Seeks to Infuse Technology in Education

New Intel India Initiative Seeks to Infuse Technology in EducationNew Intel India Initiative Seeks to Infuse Technology in Education
In an effort to contribute further to the “Digital India” initiative, chip-making giant Intel India on Friday launched an initiative to strengthen the use of technology in the country’s education ecosystem.

At an event jointly organised by Intel and the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, the company said it is collaborating with leading device manufacturers, education digital content and publishers and education solution providers to build end-to-end solutions that promote the use of technology in India’s education sector.

“The initiative to create a comprehensive ecosystem is an endeavour to establish an accessible digital infrastructure that enables affordable solutions,” said Debjani Ghosh, managing director of Intel South Asia, in a statement.

As part of this collaboration, Intel has made available its “Intel Pentium Processor A1020” to leading device manufacturer partners.

The processor delivers power savings and is optimal for devices designed for running education applications in semi-urban and rural India.
Device manufacturers such as Acer, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Micromax, Datamini and iBall will continue to provide a spectrum of Intel architecture-based devices, the company informed.

Intel will help deploy management solutions for schools, classrooms, content and learning and also manage student information systems.

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Dell India Launches ‘Aarambh’ PC for Education Initiative

Dell India Launches 'Aarambh' PC for Education Initiative

Dell India Launches ‘Aarambh’ PC for Education Initiative
Dell India on Monday announced the launch of its initiative that aims at making students aware of the importance a personal computer in education.

‘Aarambh’ – a pan India initiative aimed at spearheading the use of the personal computer (PC) for education, a company statement said.

The year-long project aims to reach 1 million students and 100,000 teachers across 5,000 schools; and 200,000 parents in 75 cities across the country, it said.

The project is founded on the understanding that exposure to interactive methods of learning in the developmental years, most easily delivered by using a PC, contributes to the well-rounded growth of a student.

It said through Aarambh, Dell will engage with three key audiences – students, teachers and parents – in a series of activities meant to build their confidence and familiarity with using the PC.
Reiterating that the current household PC penetration in India has stagnated at anywhere between 9-10 percent – a number that needs grass root attention, the company said Dell Aarambh aspires to represent the use of PC learning to unlock potential for young students.

The programme enables both parents and teachers to actively aid in the educational development of the child, while using a PC and create an encompassing ecosystem and supportive background for the child.

More importantly, it aims to establish that parents and teachers, who are key influencer’s in a child’s formative years, can aid their overall growth by participating in the adoption of PC technology for learning, it added.

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Cisco Unveils LaunchPad Accelerator Under Startup India Initiative

Cisco Unveils LaunchPad Accelerator Under Startup India Initiative

In a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Startup India’ campaign, US-based global technology company Cisco on Wednesday unveiled ‘LaunchPad’, an open innovation initiative to accelerate startups and support growth among India’s young developer community.

‘LaunchPad’ will help startups, their authorised channel partners and developers scale their solutions, address new markets and build digital businesses in the world’s youngest startup nation and second biggest developer community.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to digitise the next three billion people in one-third the time it took to connect the first three billion. Through ‘LaunchPad’, we want to unleash the next generation of disruptive ideas and help turn the entrepreneurs of today into the business leaders of tomorrow,” Amit Phadnis, President, Engineering and India Site Leader, told reporters at Cisco campus in Bengaluru.

“We would wish to take this initiative to state governments as before we digitise the next three billion, connecting the few millions in our country with our strong go to market capabilities is the first challenge,” Phadnis told IANS.

As pat of the project, Cisco teams will mentor startups and developers on how to help create digital solutions to enable enterprise customers, service providers and other enablers in the public and private sphere.

The move will help connect the people and 50 billion devices through digitisation, matching appealing ideas with business expertise and connecting engineering talent with investors and customers.

For this, Cisco will provide a space at its Bangalore campus with access to a suite of Cisco technologies and free grants to startups chosen to work at its campus.

“Innovation and investment are the key drivers of the Indian economy, leading to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. India is a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent and Cisco LaunchPad will be a tremendous accelerator for startups to develop digital solutions that reach a global market,” added KS Vishwanathan, Vice President, Nasscom, Indian IT industry trade body.

India is the youngest startup and developer nation in the world and is projected to have the world’s largest number of developers by 2018.

Through ‘LaunchPad’, the startups will get an opportunity to work on solving business relevant problems by catering to use cases that are identified and validated by Cisco go-to-market teams.

The initiative will initially focus on manufacturing, retail, transportation, education and healthcare sector.

As part of the initiative, Cisco and Tech Mahindra Limited announced a collaboration to develop digital solutions for the Indian electric utilities.

They will work with select startups and developers to bring together Cisco technologies, startup Community and accelerate digitization of the power sector and transform the way electricity is delivered to and used by people, the company announced.

“Cisco LaunchPad is an excellent platform for Tech Mahindra to help solve some of the complex emerging market problems like the energy management, healthcare access and intelligent manufacturing,” noted L. Ravichandran, President and COO, Tech Mahindra.

The US networking major earlier this year announced a planned series of strategic investments in India that will total over $100 million (roughly Rs. 675 crores) including $40 million (roughly Rs. 270 crores) to fund early-stage and growth-stage companies in the country and train 250,000 students in India by 2020.

Cisco recently launched a Global Delivery Center in Pune which will lead to its headcount in the country getting doubled over the next two years.

With the new Pune centre, India will be the only country in the world where Cisco will have two global delivery centres, the other one being in Bangalore. The centre will help to proactively explore potential service growth opportunities, especially in Maharashtra.

Apart from contributing significantly towards ‘Digital India’ initiative, Cisco has also collaborated with several state governments to accelerate the “Smart Cities” project.

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