Ringcellphone concept combines style and basic functions

first_img Citation: Ring-cellphone concept combines style and basic functions (2008, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-ring-cellphone-concept-combines-style-basic.html Even though it’s one of the tiniest cell phones you’ve probably ever seen, it would be difficult to lose this one. As its name implies, the “ring-cellphone” is worn on the finger, and includes all the components of a functional cell phone. This ring-cellphone concept, designed by industrial designer Tao Ma of Nanjing, China, incorporates fashionable design with technology. The stylish ring is designed to be worn by both men and women on either hand, and features a small round screen that looks like a gem.The device offers only the most basic communication functions of making or receiving a call. When answering the phone, users draw out a mini-microphone to talk into, and hold it close to their ear to listen. The ring also has tiny buttons, and Tao Ma explains that its operation is simple (though it´s difficult to tell if the phone includes a full number pad or if it uses another dialing scheme). The ring-cellphone can also be charged on a sleek, vase-like charging base. Tao Ma is previously known in the world of “fashion-tech” as the designer of the Bracelet Phone and the Quartz Tele Concept. He also won the 2004 Sony Ericsson Mobile Phone Design Competition, a contest geared open to participants from universities and colleges in China.Concept page: Coroflotvia: InventorSpot.com With the ring-cellphone concept, users draw out a mini-microphone and hold the ring close to their ear to talk. Credit: Tao Ma. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

SustainX builds 15 MW isotherm compressed air energy storage system

first_img Explore further (Phys.org) —Energy storage solution provider SustainX has announced that it has built an isotherm compressed air energy storage (ICAES) system in New Hampshire. The purpose of the system is to provide energy companies with a cleaner way to store energy produced by alternative energy sources such as solar and wind. SustainX reportedly received $5.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help build the demonstration system. UM invention helps advance reliability of alternative energy People have known for hundreds of years that it’s possible to store energy using simple methods—pumping water up a hill and then allowing the force of gravity to turn cogs on its way down later to recoup energy, for example, or on a bigger scale, pumping air into a cavern then using its force at a later time to drive a turbine, is another. Until recently, however, such methods of energy storage have not been able to compete with batteries—at least on a large scale. That might be about to change, however, as the new ICAES system in New Hampshire demonstrates.Currently, the new plant pulls in electricity from the grid and uses it to compress air which is stored in big tanks. Electricity can be created at a later time by releasing the air to drive a turbine. The long term plan is for utilities to use such technology to store electricity generated using non-continuous sources, such as from wind or the sun.Researchers have looked into using compressed air as a battery before, what’s new this time is the proprietary design created by the team at SustainX—its more efficient and is done at a much larger scale (it’s capable of producing 1.6 MW of power when releasing the compressed air) than ever before. Also, they have developed a technique of spraying water into air filled cylinder chambers which allows for capture of heat generated by the compression process.SustainX says its ICAES systems are better than other methods of energy storage because they can be sited virtually anywhere (no need for a cavern), because they are flexible (easily scaled), because of the low installation and ongoing costs, and because installations will last for 20 years. It’s also far cleaner than batteries or other systems that store compressed air but require natural gas to retrieve the energy from them.SustainX is now in the process of using its newly built plant as a demonstration system to entice buyers. More information: www.sustainx.com/center_img Citation: SustainX builds 1.5 MW isotherm compressed air energy storage system (2013, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-sustainx-mw-isotherm-compressed-air.html © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Highredshift quasar discovered by PanSTARRS

first_imgThe spectrum of PSO J006.1240+39.2219. The spectrum and spectrum error are combined into upper and lower panels, respectively. Credit: Tang et al., 2016. (Phys.org)—A new luminous high-redshift quasar has been detected by one of the telescopes of the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). The newly discovered quasi-stellar object received designation PSO J006.1240+39.2219 and is the seventh highest redshift quasar known to date. The findings are presented in a paper published Dec. 19 on arXiv.org. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Astronomers find universe’s most distant quasar (w/ video) More information: A Quasar Discovered at redshift 6.6 from Pan-STARRS1, arXiv:1612.06148 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1612.06148AbstractLuminous high-redshift quasars can be used to probe of the intergalactic medium (IGM) in the early universe because their UV light is absorbed by the neutral hydrogen along the line of sight. They help us to measure the neutral hydrogen fraction of the high-z universe, shedding light on the end of reionization epoch. In this paper, we present a discovery of a new quasar (PSO J006.1240+39.2219) at redshift z = 6.61 +- 0.02 from Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System 1. Including this quasar, there are nine quasars above z > 6.5 up to date. The estimated continuum brightness is M1450= 25.96 +- 0.08. PSO J006.1240+39.2219 has a strong Ly alpha emission compared with typical low-redshift quasars, but the measured near-zone region size is RNZ = 3.2 +- 1.1 proper megaparsecs, which is consistent with other quasars at z~6. Quasars are supermassive black holes with accretion disks in the center of a galaxy. Their redshifts are measured from the strong spectral lines that dominate their visible and ultraviolet spectra. These lines are brighter than the continuous spectrum, so they are called ’emission’ lines. All observed quasar spectra have redshifts between 0.056 and 7.085.Quasars with high redshift (over 6.0) are of special interest for astronomers because their ultraviolet light is absorbed by the neutral hydrogen along the line of sight; thus, they can be used to probe the intergalactic medium in the early universe. They are the most luminous and most distant, compact objects in the observable universe. Their spectrum can be used to estimate the mass of a supermassive black hole, which constrains the evolution and formation model of a quasar. Therefore, high-redshift quasars could serve as a powerful tool to probe the early universe.Recently, a team of researchers led by Ji-Jia Tang of the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, has searched for such quasars using the first Pan-STARRS telescope (PS1) located in Hawaii. In particular, they tried to find red-color objects between two adjacent broad bands caused by the strong intergalactic medium absorption on the blue side of the redshifted Lyman-alpha line emission.They detected a new luminous high-redshift quasar at redshift of 6.61. The discovery was later confirmed by the team during a follow-up observation campaign carried out with the Subaru Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph (FOCAS) mounted on the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.According to the paper, PSO J006.1240+39.2219, besides being the seventh highest redshift quasar known to date, is also one of nine quasars above the redshift of 6.5.”We report a discovery of a new quasar at z 6.6 select from PS1 with a spectroscopic confirmation. This is the seventh highest quasar among nine z-dropout quasar (z>6.5) known to date,” the paper reads.The researchers found that the rest-frame ultraviolet luminosity of PSO J006.1240+39.2219 is comparable to other z-dropout quasars, though its Lyman-alpha line emission is much stronger when compared to typical quasars obtained from low redshift.”J006.1240+39.2219 is consistent with other comparably distant quasars, although it has much stronger Lyman-alpha line. (…) The spectral resolution is adjusted to match for a fair comparison. This shows that Lyman-alpha line emission of PSO J006.1240+39.2219 is much stronger than those quasars at low redshifts,” the astronomers wrote.The team also noted that after decades of searching, more than 100 quasars were found with redshifts between 5.7 and 6.5 from various kind of surveys. So far, ULAS J112001.48+064124 is the highest redshift quasar with a redshift of 7.085. It was found in 2011 using UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS). Citation: High-redshift quasar discovered by Pan-STARRS (2016, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-high-redshift-quasar-pan-starrs.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

When Midsummer Nights Dream got a campus call

first_imgFor those who seek to have a key to hearts of the country’s youth can rest assured that the ages-old Shakespeareana is alive and well. Yesterday evening, we saw that in evidence at the Sri Ram Kala Kendra when the girls of Janki Devi Memorial College staged A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.  While the full house at the auditorium must have been composed of mostly the casts doting parents or even the girls’ boy-friends, the rendition of Shakespeare’s comedy did not reflect any amateurishness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Instead, it reflected the sheer dedication and commitment of the cast and the crew with the director, a young Kuljit Singh, showing his prowess in elements of a successful drama like characterization, dialogue and stagecraft.Considering that this was an all-girls troupe, Lysander and Demetrius, had to develop the macho body-language of young Athenian suitors who formed a love triangle with Hermia, only to later expand it into a quadrilateral, with the inclusion of Helena, over a night of dreams. Of course, the lovable villain, Puck had to create some confusion amongst the lovers with a magic potion given by Oberon. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe drama after this Puckish mischief becomes fairly intense with emotions boiling up to the surface, only to be later settled in favour of the well-matched couples.Of particular note is the cameo played by the group of Plebeians who were asked to perform for the amusement of the Aristocrats, played by Joyce Sebastian with the usual elan of a free soul.The music was handled entirely by students and was  greatly appreciated.  Janki Devi College has a Shakespeare Society that is led by the English Literature department of the college.last_img read more

Ramayana revisited

first_imgIndia International Centre (IIC) organised the book launch of Ram Varma’s Hindi version of Before he was god-Ramayana-reconsidred, recreated. The book which was launched by the president of Indian Council for Cultura Relations Dr. Karan Singh, takes out the Puranic dross and brings up the story of a man. Rama, the ancient idol of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband and above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage Valmiki. Discarding all the hues of that time Ram Varma’s, Rama is a historic figure. The blank verses of his poetry, is the medium which increased the divinity of his renderings as no other language can be purer, none more beautiful and at the same time simpler.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Varma’s rendering Ramayana is refreshingly different from the Valmiki’s Ramayana where ram is a historical figure like Krishna or Buddha. His re-creation takes support on the bedrock of the latest textual, sociological and archaeological research. In his own words, ‘The story recited by the well meaning pundits of Puranic times was a senseless exaggeration. It was vital to restore the attention of the viewers or the readers, but this beautiful story did not need any artificial support. Its beauty remains undiminished even in a realistic portraiture of events.’last_img read more

Dire need for Legislation

first_imgI cannot forget the words of Rinkle Kumari’s mother, “Please save my daughter! I beg you to give her back to me and I want nothing except her.” at Sindh High Court and I felt helpless that I could do nothing but stare into her tearful eyes. Not just Rinkle’s mother but many mothers whose daughters have been kidnapped ask the same question.It was not just Rinkle Kumari or Asha Kumari who had been kidnapped in the name of religion, there are many such people who can tell the number of girls who have been kidnapped and how thugs enjoy their crime with apparent impunity because our system has no distinct law that can punish criminals who use the name of religion. Also Read – Syrian army suspends ‘Aleppo fighting’You can close your eyes to the  problems but that will not make it go away. You have to open your eyes to the cause of problems. Unfortunately, in our country, from leaders to rich classes, all want to cover their eyes and keep singing the song  All is well.                      If we peep into our society we see that all is not well, especially with the  Non-Muslims: the Ahmedis, Sikhs, Christians, and Hindus. All are living in a shadow of fear. Ahmedis fear that out of nowhere some unknown person will appear and declare them Non-Muslim, then they  may be killed for being Non-Muslim by a Muslim. Also Read – Alarming seismic activityThe Sufi land issuffering the walk of those souls who have not heard the  song of Sufism/Bakhtism.What can the State do to protect Non-Muslims? Let me ask, why does the State not protect its own citizens for the single clause of Human Rights? All citizens are equal and simultaneously are provided to be secured under the umbrella of Human Rights, if the State fails in protecting its own people on grounds Human rights that means the sense of security among people is being injured. Each government claims to be a protector of the rights of Non-Muslims. Personally I disagree with the word “minority”. How can you call a person  minority whose roots are  in the land? State has declared them as minority because their religion is not of the majority!When will we start living peacefully? I learn that indigenous people (Sindhi Hindus) of this land are being killed and their daughters kidnapped. Where are we going? Sometimes we cannot recognise that path that leads us into a dark cave but when we reach  the dark cave, we will realise that it was not the path which we had thought of.So far, our country has a problem of violating  Human Rights. I do not want to dig  past stories when Hindu girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam, it does not mean that these incidents  have been stopped; such  problems continue to exist.Given such  issues, political leaders realise the need to  have Laws, we can at least enforce regulation on the problems.PPP government announced that they were going to introduce a law of Safe Houses which could solve the problem of Hindu girls’ kidnapping. What happened that PPP could not present the Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bill? However, a committee was formed of Rana Baghwandas, Dr. Majida Rizivi, Minister Dr. Khatoomal, Jhut Mal and others in July 2013.  At that time I did contact  Dr. Khatoomal and asked him, “Would you believe if your government could present a law on Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion?” He responded confidently that they would make a law and present in Sindh Assembly. That was  important because Safe Houses is to play its main role to stop forced conversion. Courts could not do anything in the cases of forced conversion but  they can make  laws which could help be a detterent. “We are committed and will present a Bill. Don’t forget that Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas and Majida Rizivi are in committee” said Dr. Khatoomal Minister of PPP, Sindh.It is strange that we are in 2014 but there is no Bill which was to be presented  by Sindh government on Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion?After Sindh Government, we hear a voice from PML-N (MNA) Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani who presented a draft regarding Hindu Marriage Bill but his bill has gone invisible.When I called Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani regarding his Hindu Marriage Bill, he told me, “what are you asking me? I am struggling and trying to pass this Bill but no one is serious regarding about it. Do you know this would be the first time in the history of Pakistan, we will make a law about Hindu Marriage and our people can have a right to get their marriage registered even divorce procedure would be easy because in our religion to difficult to obtain a divorce.” I asked him another question that the Bill, it does not speak of Forced Conversion. Why? Dr. Ramesh said ,“they cannot pass our simple Hindu Marriage Bill; yes I agreed with you on that I have not mentioned distinctly regarding forced conversion in the Bill because if I had mentioned that clause, Bill would not have been allowed to even be presented the way I  present it now. Nevertheless, I have mentioned an age limit that can help us stop forced conversion.”“Would it be possible for the Islamic Ideology Council to accept your clause of an age limitation, if a girl is kidnapped and converted to Islam because religious groups follow their law of Islam then how will they be made to abide by your bill?” I asked him. He said, “I discussed the matter with IIC and they agreed that forcible conversion is not allowed. I am still helpless that we cannot even pass a simple law regarding Hindu Marriage.”The simple Hindu Marriage Bill is not yet passed by the  National Assembly and the Sindh Government has also forgotten its committee on Hindu Marriage Bill in an attempt to stop forced conversion.Let me share comments of Jai Parkash Moorani, who said “nowadays people do not send their daughters to schools because they are afraid of forced conversion, that is reason they get them married early. So where is the implementation of Child Marriage Bill?” He further said on Hindu Marriage Act that “the current situation is very critical; we do not need a piece of paper called an agreement which grantees marriage, due to present bad situation in our society where your wife is kidnapped and person cannot provide any evidence for his own wife and daughter’s right in her father’s property which is also an important issue. That is reason we support and need a Hindu Marriage Bill.”Mr. Parkash totally disagreed on the question of divorce when I asked him that how do you see the matter of divorce, don’t you think that as a human each person has a right to choose who to live with? “Human Rights are best things but when you make Hindu Law, you will have to be obliged to follow religion as Hindu religion has no place of Divorce. The same holds for Christianity, where getting divorce is difficult. Otherwise, we should make a unanimous Marriage Act which is applicable to everyone in Pakistan.”I wish to share with you that Mr. P.K Shahni drafted the Hindu Marriage Bill  that was presented in an era of Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto and Hindu Marriage Bill’s draft was taken from Indian Marriage Act, not a single word was changed, Dr. Ramesh has also lately presented the Bill as  it is, which had been already presented but Rana Chandr Singh expunged the section of divorce and said that as long as  “I am alive this law will not be passed” and he proved his words that till he was alive, Hindu Bill could not be passed in Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Era.I asked Mr. Parkash that Dr. Ramesh’s Hindu Marriage Bill is not openly criticising a forced conversion, the Bill has mentioned only age limit. “Do you think that age limitation can be helpful to stop forced conversion?” Mr. Parkash said, “No it will not stop forced conversion and to be honest, IIC will never accept any line which goes against its fanatic thoughts.”Then, I did contact his wife Mrs. Nirmela Parkash, who was  supporting the  Marriage Act, she said that “our girls have been kidnapped and we still cannot  provide any evidence of their marriages.” She shared one  incident, “I could not recall the names when once a rich man kidnapped a Hindu lady and when her husband filed a complaint and she claimed at court that she is a married, but when court asked him for furnishing evidences that he could not provide. Therefore, we feel that now we should have legal documentation – right it is very imperative to us; we must have a legal document.” She also said about Property Section, being a wife and a mother I am concerned about my daughter, what will be her future, if she gets married? We have no right to property. On the question of divorce, Mrs. Nirmela laughed and said, “Personally I believe that person has right to choose their own partner but religion is not allowing us that. We cannot deny that women suffer a lot. One man got  married for a second time as his first wife had given him permission for the second marriage. Later the man was not happy with his second wife. So, it is absolutely unfair to both women who are being subjected to suffering, to stop such incidents at least we ought to have laws”, Mrs. Nirmela shared. It is painful that due to insecurity, girls get burden by marriage. The ignorance of the State is killing the childhood of children. We all know that if Hindu Marriage Bill which was presented by Dr. Ramesh, could stop forced conversion but it is a right that they should have Hindu Marriage Bill and it is demanded that we must have laws that can stop forced conversion and girls get a safe shelter.  Does Law have its implementation? Of course, this question needs an honest answer but before going to that question another question raises, do we have a single law for indigenous people? We want to knock  the doors of the government through this piece of writing, Dear state! Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bills need your attention.The author is a journalist and political interviewer. She writes daily news review, articles on socio-political and human rights issues.last_img read more

Myanmar ferry sinking death toll rises to 52

first_imgMore than 50 people have been confirmed killed in a ferry accident off western Myanmar after rescue teams recovered more bodies from rough waters, police said on Monday, as hopes faded of finding any survivors.The “Aung Takon 3” sank late Friday after leaving the coastal town of Kyaukphyu on its way to Sittwe in western Rakhine state. “We found 18 more bodies today and the search is still continuing,” Kyaw Thura, a police official in Kyaukphyu, told AFP, adding that the total death toll now stood at 52.Myanmar state media on today said the ferry was carrying 218 passengers and crew when it sank.But locals have said they fear far more unregistered ticket-holders may have been on board, a common practice on the impoverished nation’s often overcrowded ferry network.last_img

Special casual leave for Food dept officials

first_imgKolkata: Special casual leave has been granted for officials in the Food and Supplies department, who will be attending the state conference of Paschim Banga Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Federation.The conference will be held on July 14 and 15 at Rabindra Bhavan at Dum Dum. According to an order, “permission for station leave and special casual leave for the delegates, office bearers, representatives and participants for attending the conference is granted.” Station leave is permitted for all members. Half day casual leave on July 13 and 16 is also granted for those who will come from nearby districts.last_img

17yearold Kashmiri poet wins Urdu Cultural Academy award

first_imgMunawar Ali Hussainy, a 17-year-old poet from Jammu and Kashmir, has been named ‘Poet of the Year’ for 2014 by the National Urdu Cultural Academy here.Speaking over phone, Hussainy—who was awarded for his poem Zulm Ka Mara said, the academy every year invites five poems from a poet to be adjudged by a jury. “I submitted my best three poems,” said Hussainy, who has been writing since childhood. “Although I started reading Diwan-i-Ghalib since I was in primary school, I only recently started understanding the legendary Urdu poet,” he said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hussiany said he had his hopes pinned on Zulm Ka Mara. “The 20-stanza poem describes the life and death of children across the Muslim world,” he said.The poem sketches the conflict-hit life in Jammu and Kashmir, Palestine, Myanmar and Syria. Hussainy also writes short stories in English, but is confused about how to get his works published.“I have written a good number of poems now, but I don’t know how to get them published,” he said.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAsked about his mentors, he said, “Allama Iqbal is my ‘roohaani peer’ (spiritual guide) and Pakistan’s Mohsin Naqvi has been my great inspiration.”Hussainy said he has two ‘guides’ on social network Facebook who helped him improve his poetic skills, but he has never met them.“I have two Facebook friends who have always been suggesting corrections in my writings and if I have won any award, a share of credit goes to them as well.”Hussainy, a resident of Srinagar, has also cracked the Jammu and Kashmir Combined Entrance Test (JK-CET).last_img read more

Exploring Gods Own Country

first_imgKerala popularly known as God’s Own Country is the perfect holiday destination of India as the state has picturesque landscapes, exciting getaways and rich culture and heritage. As a ritual, the state’s department of tourism brought a 360 degree preview of India’s favourite destination; the essence of which was captured in one single event in the national Capital on Tuesday. The event gave a glimpse of the rich culture, extravagant heritage, magnificent landscapes, cuisine, music and art all in one show which was inaugurated by PI Sheik Pareeth, IAS. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kerala Tourism has declared the period from April 2015 to April 2016 as ‘Visit Kerala Year’ and an array of activities are planned as part of it. In the wake of the fresh initiative, Kerala Tourism will explore new markets like China and Sri Lanka. PI Sheik Pareeth said that Festivals tourism is the initiative where Kerala Tourism will organise events and exhibitions to enhance the festive mood in the state starting from Onam in August, Nishagandhi Festival (where renowned dancers perform Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Odissi) in January till Vishu in April. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA comprehensive calendar of festivals and events will be prepared to facilitate the process. Kerala is about to be promoted as a major “Wedding and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) destination” through online campaigns. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) will come up with special discounted packages during the period. Sheik said that the emphasis is to promote Ayurveda as a part of medical tourism. A new campaign, ‘Home of Ayurveda’ was also launched to promote Ayurveda through all media. ‘Bekal’ has been introduced as a new destination in North Kerala. Yatri Nivaas will be built in places which are not yet covered by government hotels and guest houses. “A Yatri Nivaas will be coming in Varkala very soon,” he added. Government of Kerala has also rolled out a lot of initiatives till date with the ‘Seaplane Project’ and ‘Project Muziris’ being the latest projects which were rolled out last year in order to enhance the travel experience and add to its array of attractions. While the former project is aimed towards improving last mile connectivity by air to its destinations across the state, the latter is directed to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris, which makes a part of Central Kerala.For the Seaplane Project, the immediate plan is to provide service initially in the priority circuit, consisting of the three airports of Trivandrum, Cochin & Calicut and the prime destinations viz. Astamudi, Punnamada, Kumarakom and Bekal in the state.Another initiative is the ‘Spice Route Revival Project’. Kerala’s initiative to revive and promote the two millennia-old spice route that links the south western coast of India up to Europe, through tourism has received a boost with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) pledging support to the venture. Other initiatives include a unique nature— based soft adventure holidays program Natventure. The idea behind this is to use the key tourism products — Wildlife, Hill Stations, Beaches, Backwaters, etc. Kerala Natventure activities include Trekking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Jungle, Wildlife Safaris, Bird Watching, Cycling, Kayaking, Canoeing and Paragliding.last_img read more

KMC conducts food safety drive at 10 restaurants in city

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Tuesday conducted food safety drive at nearly 10 restaurants in the city, particularly in the Park Street area, to ensure quality of food during the festive season.”During Durga Puja, the restaurants are thronged by people and in an attempt to serve food quickly, chances of compromising with the food quality go up. We are examining the cleanliness and hygiene of the kitchens and prodding the restaurant authorities to take steps to maintain hygiene during the Puja days,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe drive led by Ghosh started from a star hotel adjacent to the KMC headquarters on SN Banerjee Road and then the team visited a five star hotel and several noted restaurants in Park Street.The drive is to check whether the storage and preservation of food is being done in the right manner, following the guidelines of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). We are also ensuring that prepared food is not being stored in refrigerators beyond 12 hours, as this may lead to bacteria in the food,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFood inspectors stumbled upon irregularities in one of the restaurants at Park Street, where chopped items were kept in the open and flies were found sitting on food. “We have warned them against such irregularities and drive will be held after a week to check whether they have abided by the standards,” a food inspector said.It may be mentioned that KMC has been conducting such drives for the last three years to ensure safety and quality of food.A series of drives have been lined up for the days to come. Ghosh will himself lead a drive from Kankurgachi area on October 10 and in Park Circus and Gariahat area on October 11.”There will be random drives in food stalls adjacent to Puja pandals in South Kolkata on October 13 and in North Kolkata on October 14. The drives will continue till Diwali,” Ghosh said.last_img read more

KMC gives Kolkata Shree awards to Puja committees

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Thursday handed out Kolkata Shree awards to the puja committees in the city that had stood out in this year’s Durga Puja. The programme at Mohor Kunja also witnessed handing over of an award to Sahapur Panchabati Puja committee that was selected through online voting on the KMC website. Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said: “The Kolkata Shree award is the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A lot of hard work goes into the arrangements during Durga Puja and this needs acknowledgement. So, we have been felicitating the best puja. Our Chief Minister has also given Rs 10,000 to all the puja committees for the first time this year.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe different categories in which the awards were given out include: Serar Sera, Sera Pujo, Sera Pratima, Sera Sailpik Utkorsho, Sera Bishoi, Sera Aloksojja, Sera Paribesh, Sera Parichanno Puja, Sera Sambhabana and Mayor’s Choice. A total of 45 puja committees were awarded in the Mayor’s Choice category. The committees that won in the Serar Sera category are- Chetla Agrani, 95 Pally, Suruchi Sangha and Tridhara Akalbodhon. In the Sera Pujo category, Naktala Udayan Sangha, Rajdanga Udayan, Hindustan Club and Abasar Sarbojanin bagged the award. Bagbazar Sarbojanin, Tala Pratyay, Kashi Bose Lane and Behala Natun Dal won in the Sera Pratima category, while in Sera Sailpik Utkorsho, the prizes went to Shib Mandir, Selimpur Pally, 66 Pally and Bosepukur Sitala Mandir. Swapna Barman, the first Indian woman to win a gold in heptathlon at the Asian Games this year, was also felicitated at the programme.last_img read more

Mamata greets people on MiladunNabi

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday greeted people on Milad-un-Nabi, saying the spirit of love and service to humanity, as preached by Prophet Mohammad, should fill “our lives with joy and happiness”. Milan-in-Nabi commemorates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad which is observed in the third month of the Islamic calendar. “My best wishes and heartiest greetings to all on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Holy Prophet. May the spirit of love and service to humanity, tolerance and universal brotherhood, which the Holy Prophet preached, kindle our lives with joy and happiness, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle on Wednesday morning.last_img

Price Map App Get the required product at best price

first_imgIndians like to get the best deal and for this, they will visit as many shops as possible. But, you do not have to roam around anymore. Price Map Buyer app gets you the bazaar on the mobile phone.The app helps you to connect to the nearest shop offering the best price on the product you want, without leaving the comfort of your living room.Price map works on link sharing mechanism, i.e. you find what you want to buy online on your favourite shopping app/website and share the link with Price Map Buyer installed on your phone. If you are not sure how link share works, they provide help video “How Price Map Works” on the menu tab.Once you have shared a link, Price Map will show nearby shops, where you can find forthe required product. Select markets ofyour choice and send the query. Shopkeepers from selected markets will revert with availability and best price. View the best deal, get connected to the seller and now you pretty much know which shop to go to and get the product at best price.last_img read more

Say no to cheese omelettes for healthier heart

first_imgDo you savour cheese omelettes? If so, think again as consuming more eggs and dietary cholesterol may up the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death from any cause, researchers have warned. The study suggests that egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods. One large egg has 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol in the yolk. “The take-home message is really about cholesterol, which happens to be high in eggs and specifically yolks,” said co-author Norrina Allen, Associate Professor at the Northwestern University. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”As part of a healthy diet, people need to consume lower amounts of cholesterol. People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease,” Allen added. For the study, which will be published in the journal JAMA, the team involved 29,615 adults from six prospective cohort studies for up to 31 years of follow up. They found eating 300 mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with 17 per cent higher risk of incident cardiovascular disease and 18 per cent higher risk of all-cause deaths. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe cholesterol was the driving factor independent of saturated fat consumption and other dietary fat, the team said. Eating three to four eggs per week was associated with 6 per cent higher risk of CVD and 8 per cent higher risk of any cause of death, they added. The researchers say that eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was the guideline recommendation before 2015. However, the most recent dietary guidelines omitted a daily limit for dietary cholesterol. The guidelines also include weekly egg consumption as part of a healthy diet. An adult in the US gets an average of 300 milligrams per day of cholesterol and eats about three or four eggs per week. Other animal products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products (butter or whipped cream) also have high cholesterol content, said lead author Wenze Zhong from the varsity.last_img read more

Exercise with proper hydration may tackle low BP

first_imgSuffering from low blood pressure? Do an hour or more of daily exercise and stay hydrated to improve the condition and control fainting or dizziness episodes, finds a NASA-funded study on astronauts. The study is the first to examine the condition called “orthostatic intolerance” during daily activities when the astronauts returned home. The researchers found that exercise regimens during space flight, followed by saline injections after landing, were sufficient to prevent the condition from occurring. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Doing an hour or more of daily exercise was sufficient to prevent loss of heart muscle, and when it was combined with receiving hydration on their return, the condition was prevented entirely,” said cardiologist Dr Benjamin Levine from UT Southwestern Medical Center. A similar condition is also diagnosed in patients as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which is predominantly found in women. The dizziness that it causes is life-changing and can be debilitating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Levine has helped one Dallas patient return to a normal life. For the study, the researchers used a small blood pressure cuff on astronauts’ finger to measure blood pressure and every heartbeat. These measurements were taken during multiple 24-hour periods before, during, and after six months of spaceflight. Twelve astronauts were involved – eight men and four women. This treatment is just one of the ways medicine, heart research, and space travel have connected throughout Dr Levine’s work. The successful moon landing in 1969 was an early influence on his career. The early interest led Dr Levine into space research within the field of cardiology, and he began working with the space shuttle programme in 1991. “We put a catheter in an astronaut’s heart – it was former UT Southwestern faculty member Dr Drew Gaffney – and sent him into space. It was probably the most expensive right-heart catheterization ever,” Dr Levine reminisced.last_img read more

Amazon cast first actor in Lord of the Rings series

first_imgAustralian star Markella Kavenagh is the first actor to join the cast of Amazon’s much-awaited ‘Lord of the Rings’ series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, who has featured in shows such as ‘Romper Stomper’, ‘The Cry’ and ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, will portray the role of Tyra. Further details of her character are yet to be revealed. The streamer had recently announced that ‘Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom’ helmer JA Bayona will be directing the first two episodes of the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHe will also serve as executive producer alongside partner Belen Atienza. Bryan Cogman, who worked as a writer and co-executive producer on ‘Game of Thrones’, also boarded the project as a series consultant. He is helping out the writing team of Patrick McKay and JD Payne, who were announced as series developers last year. Amazon has made a multi-season production commitment to the TV series. It will produce the show in cooperation with the Estate of J R R Tolkien, publishing house HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. However, the series will not be a retelling of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy. It will explore story set before the events in the first LOTR novel, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’.last_img read more

The Wild One How Marlon Brando Brought the Motorcycle Rebel to the

first_imgMost people recognize his name and are familiar with many of his movies. Marlon Brando, born in 1924, worked hard to play great roles on both the stage and the big screen. He studied under great acting teachers and became one of the best at his profession.Marlon Brando as ‘Johnny Strabler’. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)While many people know he was a star in the acting world, many are unaware that his style and demeanor helped make him an icon in the motorcycle world as well.According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Brando rejected classical dramatic training. Instead, he studied “method acting” under Stella Adler and eventually made a few appearances in stage plays until he was propelled to star status in 1947 with the play A Streetcar Named Desire.A 24-year-old Marlon Brando on the set of the Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire, 1948While this play, and later the movie depiction, made him a household name, it wasn’t until another movie, six years later, that he developed his tough-guy motorcycle image.That movie, according to Motorcycle Cruiser, was The Wild One. In it, Brando rode his own Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle and sported a leather jacket and jeans, a look that became iconic. This tough-guy image was later adopted by James Dean, another legendary actor who would play raw, rebellious roles as well.Photo of Marlon Brando from the television program MGM Parade.This image, also furthered by Steve McQueen, allowed the motorcycle community to become more mainstream.Having guys like Brando on the big screen would allow the community to express itself and create the image it wanted to portray.Marlon Brando. Photo Lou Wolf49 -Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0Marlon Brando’s career continued to grow, and his popularity increased. Not only was his style an icon for motorcycle riders everywhere, but the look spread to others.He was seen, along with the rest of the community, as a tough rebel who wouldn’t back down from anybody.Of course, the portrayal showed motorcycle riders as having good hearts in the end and always described them as people who would do the right thing and fight for the freedom of themselves and others.Brando with Eva Marie Saint in the trailer for On the Waterfront (1954)While Brando may have been “The Wild One,” he truly represented an entire community of people. His style was imitated across the country, and the persona he created inspired many to adopt his attitude and demeanor. It is even thought that Elvis Presley developed a lot of his style from the image that Marlon Brando created.While there are plenty of actors who can make good movies and become famous, there are not many who become a cultural icon for entire generations.American actors Marlon Brando (1924 – 2004) (left) (as Don Vito Corleone) and Lenny Montana (1926 – 1992) (as Luca Brasi) in a scene from ‘The Godfather’ (directed by Francis Ford Coppola), New York, New York, 1972. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)Vanity Fair describes his acting as having a visceral intensity that influenced both his ability to act and the tough-guy image that he portrayed.His range of emotion could be captured in one unflinching glare, and the roles he played often put off a “don’t mess with me” aura.Marlon Brando, 27 December 1948.Although he has been hailed for both his work and image, even being described by Vanity Fair as the “King” of acting, Encyclopaedia Britannica reports that he actually had some contempt for the profession.He resented the job and could not accept the huge amounts of praise that people gave him. His autobiography detailed his disdain and many believe that this led to some lackluster performances.No matter his own feelings toward his career, Marlon Brando quickly became a cultural icon that influenced generations. His work lives on through TV screens across the nation, and his image, whether people realize it or not, has proliferated in the motorcycle riding community and been adopted by many other actors and movie characters.Read another story from us: Marlon Brando and the education of an American iconHis role in The Wild One will forever be the archetype for anyone who wishes to play, or be, a tough, motorcycle-riding outlaw.last_img read more

Conor McGregor obtains California boxing license fueling Mayweather fight speculation

first_img The biggest  obstacle holding up the fight, according to reports, is how the money would be split between the fighters. Mayweather is demanding an uneven split of the purse. McGregor, who currently the biggest star in either sport, disagrees with the proposal.Even if the fight is a complete trainwreck, how could it be any less entertaining than Mayweather/Pacquiao? Make it happen.Here’s a video of McGregor responding to some some smack talk where Mayweather called him an “ant.” Advertisement It’s been confirmed that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has obtained a California professional boxing license, fueling speculation that the rumored mega fight with boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather could become a reality.The conventional wisdom is that if the fight did take place, it would be fought as a boxing match to make it a functional event.McGregor obtaining his license could also be a giant publicity stunt from the PR savvy UFC star, who, one would imagine, was aware that the news of his license would become publicly available and create more media buzz.Most experts predict that the undefeated Mayweather would destroy McGregor in a boxing match, but a fight between the two would likely shatter pay per view records.last_img read more

VIDEO Marshawn Lynch showed up at the Raider facility and left wearing

first_imgOakland native Marshawn Lynch is officially a Raider. Money Lynch posted a tweet confirming the news earlier today. He thanked the fans in Seattle and expressed his excitement to come home to the Bay.It’s time. pic.twitter.com/sgIQgZlkVM— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 26, 2017 Advertisement Beast Mode also showed up to the Oakland facility for the first time as member of the Silver and Black, and was as excited as a kid in a Skittles store. He was so excited to represent his hometown, he even walked out of the facility wearing his new helmet. He’s ’bout that action, boss.As Lynch put it:“I’m really from Oakland doe like really really really from Oakland doe.”Behind the scenes: @MoneyLynch comes home. pic.twitter.com/IP8PYK3ImL— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) April 26, 2017last_img read more