New heights reached at end of the ASCENT journey

first_img“More and more people are seeking out wild and beautiful yet fragile landscapes and the challenge of protecting these landscapes from visitor pressures is global” delegates at the ‘ASCENT to Summit’ European Conference in Dungloe were told on Wednesday.This conference which was hosted in the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe marks the end of the ASCENT project which was set up to find ways to allow visitors to enjoy those landscapes, while still protecting them.Donegal County Council along with a number of regions from across Europe first embarked on this journey back in 2016 to look at sustainable management at seven unique upland sites including Errigal Mountain in Donegal. The Summit of Errigal Mountain which is one of seven unique upland sites considered as part of the EU ASCENT project looking at new ways to conserve, protect and sustain these natural sites without taking from the experience they offerLiam Ward, Director of Service Donegal County Council and Chairperson of the ASCENT Steering Committee, explained that the conference was a culmination of research and exchange of international best practice across the Northern Periphery Area of Europe.He said “Donegal County Council managed the three year project and worked with multi-region European partners whose collective experience created new ways to conserve, protect and sustain these natural sites without taking from the experience they offer”.He also acknowledged the support of the INTERREG VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (2014 – 2020), which allowed for the implementation of innovative measures to better manage and conserve the seven sites of natural beauty for future generations.25 delegates from across the Northern Periphery and Arctic Area of Europe travelled to Dungloe to attend the project’s closing conference on Wednesday last (26th June). European delegates attending the ASCENT to Summit Conference hosted by Donegal County Council in the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe on Wednesday with Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan and Donegal County Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely.Speaking at the conference An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan explained that “while this marks the end of the ASCENT journey; like all journeys its legacy will continue on the path to sustainable management”.Speaking about the work in Donegal he added “through the commitment of local, regional and national stakeholders, and the community of Dunlewey, in working with Donegal County Council, only then was it possible to find and formulate a solution for one of Ireland’s most important upland sites.”Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan launching the ASCENT Conference Report at the ASCENT to Summit European Conference in the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe on Wednesday.Mr Trygve Sunde Kolderup from Norwegian Scenic Hikes speaking at the ASCENT to Summit European Conference in the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe on Wednesday.A planning application for Habitat Restoration and Sustainable Access was approved by Donegal County Council on April 24th 2019, which allowed for trialling works to commence across two sites in most need of repair on Donegal’s highest peak.Seven people from Dunlewey and the Sliabh Liag area took part in an upskilling programme on Errigal last week learning more about the highly skilled hand built techniques required for path work ensuring that the necessary skills for upland path repair and maintenance are retained within the local community.Rosita Mahony from Donegal County Council explained that “the ASCENT project demonstrated the value of international partnerships in meeting environmental challenges, finding solutions, encouraging responsible recreation and importantly, empowering local communities to respond to future challenges.” In recognition of its contribution to managing uplands sustainably, the ASCENT project recently received an award for innovation in the Environment sector from the Association of Geographic Information (AGI) in Belfast, Northern Ireland.The conference concluded with Cathaoirleach Cllr Nicholas Crossan and the Deputy Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr Terry Andrews officially launching the ASCENT Conference Report, which provides a key resource to better inform the sustainable management in European Uplands and Natural Environments.  The achievements of those who completed the upskilling programme were also formally acknowledged.Brendan O’Donnell from Dunlewey receiving training certificate from Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan and Andres Arnalds at the ASCENT to Summit European Conference in the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe on Wednesday.New heights reached at end of the ASCENT journey was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ASCENTErrigallast_img read more

Dust a Major Problem on Non-Earth Worlds

first_imgYou can’t just beam down to a planet and start walking around. That dust under your feet can cause major problems.As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 approaches next year, the moon landings sound like ancient history to many people alive today. Fewer still remember the fear of lunar dust that occupied planners of the moon missions. “It was a real concern,” remembers JPL scientist Dr Henry Richter, whose team prepared for the Surveyor missions—the first soft landings by robotic spacecraft. A minority of scientists, including Dr Thomas Gold, warned that the craft might slowly sink out of sight in the deep dust. That was not the case when Surveyor 1 landed in 1966, reassuring Apollo astronauts in training. We remember the old videos of the astronauts hopping around on a solid surface, kicking up a little dust with their feet. No problem, right? Wrong.David Stacey of the University of Western Australia, reports Phys.org, worries about a “dust dilemma” facing future lunar astronauts.The world’s foremost authority on lunar dust is suggesting the powder-like substance, which is finer than talcum powder and more abrasive than sandpaper, remains a major risk-management problem hampering upcoming space expeditions.Lunar dust is considered the number one environmental problem on the moon and can cause unpredictable hazards for both robots and humans operating on the dust-covered surface.In 2014, China’s little Yutu rover became incapacitated soon after landing, most likely due to the dust. It was a “wakeup call needed to change half-a-century of complacency towards the problem.” The Apollo moonwalks were relatively short (the longest being 7.25 hours by Apollo 17 astronauts), but even with that short an exposure, the astronauts fussed about the dust. It got into everything, covering the spacesuits and jamming equipment. The moon buggies kicked up dust onto them, and once the astronauts got back inside the Lunar Module, the dust irritated the astronauts’ eyes and skin.“Past expeditions have been plagued by dust with issues arising from clogged equipment and zippers, wrist locks, faceplates and a leaking spacesuit. The most alarming characteristic was how quickly and irreversibly problems could strike,” he said.Ceremony on the Plain at Hadley, by Alan BeanLunar dust forms from breakup of rocks by high-speed particles impacting the surface. With no atmosphere or wind, the grains follow ballistic trajectories, but can soar around the surface from distant impacts. The dust grains tend to be sharp and jagged under a microscope. Because there is no surface water, the dust collects static electricity, too, making it cling to objects.Astrobiologists recently got all excited about widespread “water” on the moon (Space.com), but what they mean by water is not wet stuff you can use to wipe off the dust. It’s mainly attached to minerals in the form of hydroxyl ions (OH–), concentrated in ices at the poles in perennially shadowed craters. Scientists believe that it is produced by the solar wind impacting oxygen atoms in the dusty regolith. With sufficient technology, space colonizers might be able to collect enough of the stuff to make water and fuel that could sustain an outpost, but they will still have to deal with the inescapable dust.Some cosmogonists, according to another Phys.org article, wonder how the discovery of widespread ‘water’ will affect lunar origin stories. Did the moon start out wet? Some of them have figured out ways to tweak their impact models for the moon’s origin to allow for more hydrogen and oxygen. But according to the Murphyism “Every solution breeds new problems,” they now have to figure out “why the Moon is depleted of potassium, sodium, and other volatile elements.” Maybe the Earth took it all, some of them surmise; “Or potentially they were part of the Moon when it first accreted from the post-collision disk but were later lost.”Mars, TooRemember NASA’s Phoenix Lander on Mars? It landed near the north pole in 2008 and outlasted its 90-day mission, continuing to work for five months. Orbiting spacecraft can still see it down there, says Space.com, with its parachute and heat shield off to one side. Comparison photos taken years apart show something interesting: Phoenix is being covered with dust. “Dust May Be Burying NASA’s Phoenix Lander on Mars,” reports Mike Wall. The photo caption says, “In the latter photo, dust obscures much of what was visible two months after the landing.”The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), still in orbit, took a photo on December 21, 2017 of the little dead craft. Scientists, by using “an animated-blink comparison with an image from about two months after the May 25, 2008, landing shows that patches of ground that had been darkened by removal of dust during landing events have become coated with dust again.” That was just in nine years; how much dust accumulation would occur in billions of years?Mars weather sometimes entrains dust in global dust storms that make the entire Mars surface appear indistinct from Earth. Another article on Space.com considers that the planet’s dust could have contributed to the loss of its atmosphere. The dust storms tend to throw hydrogen off into space, leading to more dryness over time. Previous research on Martian dust devils suggests that static electricity is a severe problem there, too, as it is on the moon (30 October 2006, 2 August 2006).Dust and HabitabilityAstrobiologists continue speculating about life on other planets beyond what the data will bear. Certainly dust, static electricity and dry conditions must be considered in any model of habitability. For instance, Saturn’s moon Titan suffers from a similar static cling problem (31 March 2017) that should dampen hopes for life there. It should, but it doesn’t. The storytellers continue to tease the public with suggestive headlines like “Does Titan’s Hydrocarbon Soup Hold A Recipe for Life?” by Lisa Kaspen-Powell of Astrobiology Magazine. After a large telescope located in Chile’s Atacama Desert discovered spectral lines for vinyl cyanide in the Titanian gooey lakes, astrobiologists went nuts with speculations that it could form a basis for a hydrocarbon-based life – a kind of life completely unknown by scientific observation, but only knowable through the eyes of imagination.Speaking of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, astrobiologists are using it again for astrobiology propaganda. Recent measurements reported in PNAS show that indigenous bacteria can live in this hostile place, even though it only gets rain every decade or more. Headline writers who don’t know any better, like someone at Fox News, and Jonathan Amos at the BBC News, chirp out fake optimism, saying things like “Bugs found in the driest spot on Earth could indicate life on Mars.” and “Atacama’s lessons about life on Mars.” The blame goes to lead author (and lead propagandist) Dirk Schulze-Makuch, who titillates reporters with phony comparisons, like the following:These hardy organisms are of interest because they may serve as a template for how life could survive on Mars.“All the stresses you have in the Atacama, you have on Mars, too – just a little tick more,” TU Berlin’s Dr Dirk Schulze-Makuch told BBC News.No evidence, in other words, for the claim about life on Mars: just a high perhapsimaybecouldness index. But even that speculation is built on a flawed syllogism, i.e., Major premise: Earth life can thrive in hostile environments. Minor premise: Mars has hostile environments. Conclusion: Mars has life. Astrobiology fails here on two counts: empiricism and logic. Schulze-Makuch and the lemming reporters who follow him off the logical cliff are not even thinking about the other problems, like deadly dust and static electricity.Encela-dustThe lemming reporters are also following secular astrobiologists off a cliff at Saturn’s little moon Enceladus. First, the headlines:Could methane on Saturn’s moon Enceladus be a sign of life? (Fox News)Alien life in our Solar System? Study hints at Saturn’s moon (Phys.org)Could Methane on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Be a Sign of Life? (Mike Wall, Space.com)We may have already found signs of alien microbes on Enceladus (Andy Coghlan, New Scientist)Good grief; now what? Here’s the empirical data: scientists detected some methane in the geyser plumes of this little moon. What this shows is that reporters can get drunk on methane as well as on Darwine. At first, the excitement was all about water coming out (even though it consists of salty ice crystals and dust). Now, it’s a gas:To be clear, study team members aren’t claiming that Enceladus’ methane is biological; after all, the substance can be produced geologically as well (by reactions between rock and hot water, in fact). But the new results could help inform the search for life on ocean moons in the solar system, Rittmann said.This reasoning, too, is based on a flawed syllogism: Major premise: Some “methanogen” life forms on Earth can metabolize hydrocarbons and give off methane. Minor premise: Enceladus has methane. Conclusion: Enceladus has life.“From an astronomical perspective, future missions to Enceladus or other icy moons should be equipped to be able to detect methanogenic biosignatures related to methanogens, like certain lipids or ratios of certain carbon isotopes,” he said.Isn’t that what the hype is all about? Equipment needs manufacturing. Missions with equipment need a space program. Astrobiologists need a reason to have a job. The public needs hype to influence the government. NASA: Send more money!From dust the astrobiologists came; to dust they will return. Their bad ideas will follow them. Truth abides forever.(Visited 604 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

YouTube to Help Monetize One-Hit Wonders

first_imgDo you remember YouTube sensations like Otters Holding Hands, David After Dentist or Dramatic Hamster? Of course you do. You probably Dugg, Tweeted and ClikBalled them until the mash-ups came out. From there, you probably repeated the process until a full-fledged meme was afoot. In the same way that it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a mob to raise a meme. In the past, YouTube’s Partner Program has worked with prolific community stars to help them monetize. As of this morning, Google announced it is extending its program to incorporate its one-hit wonders. Some people know when to quit. Not every YouTube channel can keep more than a million subscribers satisfied and returning for more. Channels like Fred and Val’s Art Diary keep viewers continuously entertained. Most of us simply don’t have the time or eye to create quality video content over and over again. Great video producers, including ReadWriteWeb’s own Jolie O’Dell, are a rare breed. But every now and then, even mediocre videographers harness an unexpected streak of brilliance. YouTube wants to monetize those moments. According to the announcement, YouTube will determine video eligibility after looking at factors like traffic, virality and compliance with the community’s Terms of Service. If your clip is determined to be the next big meme, Google will contact you to enable revenue sharing and offer you AdSense options on your video page. If you plan on following up your hit video with a meme-worthy sequel, the company encourages you to sign up for the YouTube Partners Program and take advantage of enhanced channel features. Related Posts Tags:#Google#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Before you run off to make your video, remember a few rules of thumb:1. Own the Rights: Make sure you are well within your rights to use the music, media, etc. that you plan to incorporate in your video. YouTube won’t offer you revenue share if you appear to be walking a legal gray line. 2. Keep it Clean: Avoid using offensive or obscene language and images. Few advertisers want their messaging coupled with something they see as inappropriate or likely to alienate their customers. 3. Entertain and Elevate: The YouTube community may not be the most high-brow bunch, but it certainly knows the hottest memes. Research your subject matter before putting yourself out there. What may be funny or interesting to you could be last month’s news to the community (and in Web years, last month actually equals 5 years ago). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Lands Workout with Seattle Seahawks

Colin Kaepernick is speculated to have been blackballed because of his national anthem protest. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Sport)Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is reportedly set to work out with the Seattle Seahawks a week after Pete Carroll revealed he’s considering him for a back-up role.Kaepernick has remained unsigned since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March and NFL Network reported the Seahawks will have him and other reserve quarterbacks work out Wednesday, May 24, a change of plans notwithstanding. Former Denver Broncos quarterback Austin Davis also is set to visit.Kaepernick’s rumored meeting adds fuel to speculation that he could be joining the Seahawks after Carroll was asked if the team is considering putting him and fellow free agent Robert Griffin III behind QB Russell Wilson.“We’re looking at everybody. We really are,” Carroll told “Brock and Salk.” “We’ve been tracking everything that’s going on, and we’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to manage properly. But, quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys.”Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett believes Kaepernick, who stirred controversy after his season-long protest of the national anthem, would make a great addition.“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett told 710 ESPN Seattle. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life?“So, I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.” read more

Hearst Magazines Taps New Global VP People on the Move

first_imgHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Meredith Corp. has promoted Melanie Hansche to deputy editor of Alabama-based Food & Wine, one of the titles it acquired through its merger with Time Inc. Hansche was previously editorial director of Organic Life at Rodale, prior to that company’s acquisition by Hearst Magazines.Concurrently, Food & Wine announced a series of other new editorial hires:Karen Shimizu has been named executive editor. Like Hansche, she joins from Organic Life, where she was deputy editor.Mary-Frances Heck has joined as senior food editor. A seasoned freelance food writer and editor, Heck brings experience from Lucky Peach and Bon Appétit, among others.Winslow Taft, formerly art director at Mental Floss, has joined Food & Wine as creative director.Tori Katherman, formerly senior photo editor at Prevention, has been named photo editor.Finally, Alison Spiegel will join Food & Wine‘s New York office as deputy digital editor. She was previously features editor and senior writer at Tasting Table.Teen Vogue has named Samhita Mukhopadhyay deputy editor, reporting directly to newly minted chief content officer Phillip Picardi. Mukhopadhyay was previously senior editorial director of culture and identities at Mic. Additionally, Ella Cerón has been promoted to deputy editor. Cerón first joined the brand in 2015, and most recently was serving as digital West Coast and evenings editor.Carlos Lamadrid has joined Time Out Digital as managing director of global media sales, reporting directly to Time Out Digital CEO Christine Petersen. He arrives from marketing and advertising firm HLC partners, where he served as president.Bonnier Corp. has officially named Sam White the next editor-in-chief of Marlin magazine. He joined the sportfishing title as senior editor in 2015, and had been serving as interim editor-in-chief since November.Mitch Semel has joined TIME magazine’s video team. His career has spanned high-profile production roles at CBS Interactive, CNN, The Huffington Post, and NBC Universal, among several others. Hearst Magazines has elevated Duncan Chater (pictured) to global VP, Hearst Magazines Digital Media Global, in which capacity he’ll be responsible for marketing and advertising revenues for all of Hearst Magazines’ digital businesses operating outside of the U.S.Chater, a 17-year veteran of Hearst UK’s London office, had been serving as chief brand officer of the company’s UK titles since August. He replaces Tracy Yaverbaun, who is leaving the company after about a year and a half in the role. He’ll report to Hearst Magazines’ New York-based president and marketing and publishing director, Michael Clinton.“Duncan has extensive experience specifically in the Luxury, Fashion, Watches, and Beauty sectors, strong client relationships and a desire to keep moving the business forwards into new areas,” said Clinton in a statement. “Marketers are looking for creative global solutions at scale, and with our portfolio of brands in key markets around the world, we are in a unique position to provide trusted editorial environments and reach consumers in a way that works.”last_img read more

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsNoneInvitations To BidLighting Replacement for Woburn Street and Shawsheen Street School — Deadline: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11amSingle Point Video Detection (SPVD) Traffic Signal Camera System — Deadline: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 10amPorous Pavement Sidewalk Installation — Lawrence Street — Deadline: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 10amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

Sensex Surges 300 Points Huge Inflows in Oil and Gas Investors Shrug

first_imgDespite concerns regarding Iraq crises, investors helped surge the prices of oil and gases on Tuesday. Brent crude futures closed at $113 per barrel on Tuesday, amid the deteriorating situation in Iraq.IndexIndexCurrentCurrentChange (in points)Change (in points)Percent changePercent changeIndexS&P BSE SENSEXCurrent25521.19Change (in points)+330Percent change+1.31IndexS&P BSE 100Current7750.84Change (in points)+106.73Percent change+1.40IndexS&P BSE 200Current3116.33Change (in points)+41.70Percent change+1.36 S&P BSE 1007750.84+106.73+1.40 Suzlon Energy29.50-1.55-4.99 “We have seen a minor correction, and it’s giving an entry point to people who were not part of the earlier rally. Markets are likely to trade range-bound till the budget and we may see some portfolio shuffling,” Reuters quoted Suresh Parmar, head of institutional equities at Khandelwal Jain Management Consultancy (KJMC).”It’s still a buy-on-dip market and the outlook is positive,” he added.Price of six stocks declined among 30 listed companies in BSE index. They include Bajaj Auto, Cipla Ltd, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Hero MotoCorp Ltd and Hindustan Unilever Ltd.Hang Sent Index closed at 23,203.59 points, with a decline of 97.08 points and a 4.02 percent change, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed at 14,975.97 points, with an incline of 42.62 points and a 0.29 percent change.Top Gainers:Name/SymbolName/SymbolPrice in INRPrice in INRChange (in points)Change (in points)Percent changePercent changeName/SymbolJPINFATECHPrice in INR33Change (in points)+3.75Percent change+12.82Name/SymbolIRB InfraPrice in INR209.60Change (in points)+15.20Percent change+7.82Name/SymbolIFCIPrice in INR40.20Change (in points)+2.15Percent change+5.65Name/SymbolHindustan CorpPrice in INR114.15Change (in points)+6.00Percent change+5.55Name/SymbolFederal BankPrice in INR125.10Change (in points)+5.95Percent change+4.99 Godrej Cons813.55-17.80-2.14 IndexCurrentChange (in points)Percent change 52 week High: 25,735.9052 week Low: 17,448.70 IFCI40.20+2.15+5.65 S&P BSE SENSEX25521.19+330+1.31 Bhushan Steel406.85-8.05-1.94 IRB Infra209.60+15.20+7.82 JPINFATECH33+3.75+12.82 INR strengthened at 60.1350 a dollar, with change of 0.0300 points and 0.05 percent. However, it opened weak at early trade at 60.3525 per dollar. Moreover, among 13 Asia-Pacific currencies, six currencies inclined among INR while the remaining seven declined.Top Losers:Name/SymbolName/SymbolPrice in INRPrice in INRChange (in points)Change (in points)Percent changePercent changeName/SymbolSuzlon EnergyPrice in INR29.50Change (in points)-1.55Percent change-4.99Name/SymbolSun TV NetworkPrice in INR434.10Change (in points)-9.80Percent change-2.21Name/SymbolGodrej ConsPrice in INR813.55Change (in points)-17.80Percent change-2.14Name/SymbolBhushan SteelPrice in INR406.85Change (in points)-8.05Percent change-1.94Name/SymbolMahindra & MahindraPrice in INR1180.80Change (in points)-19.90Percent change-1.66 BSE index ended up at 25,521 points with an incline of 330.71 points at 1.31 percent change, while Nifty reached 7631.70 points, surging 98.15 points with a 1.3 percent change.Day’s High: 52,545.90Day’s High: 52,545.90Day’s Low: 25,104.50Day’s Low: 25,104.50Day’s High: 52,545.9052 week High: 25,735.90Day’s Low: 25,104.5052 week Low: 17,448.70 Name/SymbolPrice in INRChange (in points)Percent change Federal Bank125.10+5.95+4.99 Mahindra & Mahindra1180.80-19.90-1.66 Sun TV Network434.10-9.80-2.21 Hindustan Corp114.15+6.00+5.55 Name/SymbolPrice in INRChange (in points)Percent change Day’s High: 52,545.90Day’s Low: 25,104.50 The standard and poor BSE index of oil and gas touched 11,690.27 at 324.86 incline and 2.86 percent change. The stock price of ONGC touched Rs. 444.55 with an incline of Rs. 17.40 and a 4.07 percent change. Besides, the stock price of Banks and capital goods surged on Tuesday. S&P BSE 2003116.33+41.70+1.36last_img read more

French honour for Manish Arora

first_imgThe world of fashion in India saw a new beginning, when a veteran fashion designer was honoured by the French Government for his dedication to the world Fashion.His Excellency, The Ambassador of France, Francois Richier, conferred the Chevalier de la légion d’Honneur on veteran fashion designer Manish Arora, at the Residence of France, in the national Capital on Tuesday. The Ambassador of France bestowed Manish with the medal and the two clinked champagne glasses celebrating the ceremony.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Legion of Honour, the highest distinction is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 1802. The award, is bestowed on both citizens of France as well as foreigners. In the past, eminent Indian personalities like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Amitabh Bachchan and JRD Tata have been honored with the prestigious award.  The award is a recognition by France for Manish’s distinguished and critically applauded work and contribution to the world of fashion. Beginning the investiture ceremony, Fashion Features Director of Vogue and a close friend of Manish, Bandana Tewari, read out an entrancing personal note on the veteran fashion designer. The account narrated by Tiwari spoke of Manish’s humble beginning and his journey though the world of fashion, in India and abroad. Following the personal account, the guests were treated with an audio-visual, highlighting some of the successful shows of the designer and the comments and best wishes from eminent personalities on his triumph. Manish thanked everyone present at the event and said, “I’m amazed and honoured by the recognition I have received from the country that I love with all my heart. I hope to keep getting inspired by France, the beauty and elegance of the French.” He also thanked the French government for, “doing this for the first time in the world of fashion, in India. Only the French can do this, they can spot you, pick you up and tell you, ‘you deserve it’”.Ambassador François Richier said, “Manish has a long-standing connection with France, which is like a second home for him. He is a pioneer in bringing the fashion culture of both countries together with his lively imagination. I am delighted to confer this high honour on him.”last_img read more