Plan to use submarines to subdue typhoonshurricanes

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Plan to use submarines to subdue typhoons/hurricanes (2010, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-submarines-subdue-typhoonshurricanes.html (PhysOrg.com) — A Japanese hydraulic manufacturing company has unveiled plans to use submarines to downgrade the force of typhoons. The company, Ise Kogyo, from Mie in Central Japan, has had patents approved in Japan and India for its geo-engineering plan to use submarines to subdue typhoons, which are known elsewhere in the world as hurricanes, tropical storms, cyclonic storms and cyclones. Explore further More information: via Mainichi Photo by Alan Rowlands, via Wikipedia. The idea is to use a fleet of around 20 submarines in front of the gathering storm, each fitted with eight pumps capable of shooting 480 tonnes of cold water a minute. The submarines would dive to a depth of 30 meters and pump water from that depth onto the surface of the sea to lower the surface temperature. Company executive Koichi Kitamura, who came up with the idea, said that in an hour a fleet of 20 submarines could lower the temperature of 57,000 square meters of surface water enough to diminish the strength of the typhoon, which needs an ocean temperature of 25 to 27 degrees Celsius to form and keep spinning. He said the scheme should be able to stop a typhoon in its tracks.A patent application for the scheme is pending and may be approved soon in the US. The main problems in its implementation would seem to be accurately predicting the path of the storm and deploying enough submarines to exactly the right place in time. These problems may prove insurmountable, and questions have also been raised on the advisability of preventing such storms anyway, since they provide a critical heat transport mechanism for transferring thermal energy around the globe.Ise Kogyo is now reportedly seeking partners to help them test their ideas. Earth from Space: Typhoon Melor 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

Chinese team entangles eight photons breaking record

first_imgIn a game of one-upmanship, a Chinese team of physicists has figured out how to entangle eight photons simultaneously and to observe them in action; the previous record was six. In a paper published in arXiv, the team from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, describe how they were able to convert a single photon into two entangled photons, using a nonlinear crystal, and then how they repeated that process with one of the paired photons produced, while holding the other in place, producing another pair, and then did it repeatedly until they had eight photons all entangled together, all held in place and all observable for a period of time. Quantum electronics: Two photons and chips © 2010 PhysOrg.com First predicted by Einstein, in conjunction with two other physicists, Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen, entanglement (from the German word Verschränkungis) is where particles exist in a relationship so closely related, that anything that happens to one, somehow automatically happens to the other, like identical twins both feeling a pin-prick on their finger tips, whether in the same room, or miles apart.In the new experiment, the researchers fired a photon from a high energy laser through a nonlinear crystal, causing it to become a pair of weaker entangled photons. They then kept one of the pair aside while the other was sent through another nonlinear crystal, producing another pair of entangled photons that were also still entangled with the original pair. They then held back one of the new pair while sending its twin through another nonlinear crystal, forming yet another pair of entangled photons that was also entangled with all the other entangled photons, and then repeated the procedure until they had a total of eight photons, all of which were entangled together.After several years of research, physicists have learned a lot about creating entangled particles; what they haven’t been able to do is pin them down. Entangled particles, such as the photons produced in the Chinese experiment don’t generally last long, which makes this experiment all the more exciting because it means the researchers were able to coax the entangled photons into hanging around long enough to be observed while the new entangled particles were coming into existence.Many physicists have likened the whole process to the infamous thought experiment so named, Schrödinger’s cat, due to the letter written by physicist Erwin Schrödinger to Einstein where he described a cat hidden in a box with a radioactive substance that may or may not have decayed to the point of discharging a poisonous substance that when released would kill the cat, which leads to the mind state of a cat existing that is simultaneously both dead and alive.The ultimate goal in studying entangled particles is to figure out how they operate and then how to put them to use in such devices as quantum computers. Citation: Chinese team entangles eight photons, breaking record (2011, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-chinese-team-entangles-photons.htmlcenter_img More information: arxiv.org/abs/1105.6318 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

MSI shows voicecontrolled motherboard approach at IDF

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Micro-Star International (MSI) revealed voice control via motherboard at the Intel Developer Conference. The MSI demo showed how its add-on PCIe x1 card can add voice control to selected Sandy Bridge motherboards that feature the JDLED3 connector. MSI voice software that is part of this approach is called Voice Genie. The Voice Genie software can be used to set up reliable recognition of the user’s voice and can set up the actual voice commands to perform tasks. Micro-Star International (MSI) and Freescale Semiconductor Demo Ultra-Wideband Technology in Entertainment PC © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further 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. Citation: MSI shows voice-controlled motherboard approach at IDF (2011, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-msi-voice-controlled-motherboard-approach-idf.html The software tracks the user’s voice patterns so that control functions can be set in motion. The result of the MSI voice-activated-motherboard approach is that a user can instruct the PC to turn on or turn off just by saying certain words.Theo Valich of Bright Side of News provided one example of an MSI voice-control setup, if using the MSI Big Bang motherboard: To get the PC up and running, the user says ‘MSI Big Bang Power On,’ and to shut it down the user goes into reverse, to say ‘Power Off MSI Big Bang’ but one can always customixze the commands. The only restriction in coming up with a customized instruction is to keep the reverse structure of phrasings for your “on” and “off” (Big Bang…On, Power Off…Bang).The price for the add-on and a release date were not yet available, though MSI said the voice-control module would be more than affordable. MSI has actually been working on its voice-activated motherboard technology for several years, according to reports. MSI, a leading motherboard and graphics card manufacturer, is not the first to innovate voice-command functions for PCs. Microsoft has done substantial work with speech recognition. Windows carries speech recognition and there is much talk about how Windows 8 will recognize various speech commands. Tellme, the speech technology corps at Microsoft, is working with other Microsoft teams to push the advancement of speech recognition further. Nonetheless, what is special about the MSI approach is that is takes voice control beyond the operating system. In addition to the voice control demo, MSI unveiled a lineup of new motherboards at the IDF event.The three newcomers are based on the X79 chipset.last_img read more

Alien life searchers conference SETICon 2 held in Santa Clara

first_imgSETICon 2, a conference unlike any other, ran this past weekend in Santa Clara, California. In attendance were people from all walks of life whose area of interest intersects on the topic of the search for intelligent life somewhere other than here on planet Earth. © 2012 Phys.Org SETI’s Alien Telescope Array (ATA) listens day and night for a signal from space. Credit: SETI Explore further 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.center_img Thus, they were made up of scientists; from NASA and other groups, artists, and even entertainers. The goal of the conference, which is set up and run by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) is to share ideas on what has been discovered of late regarding the possibility of life on other planets and what might lie ahead.Fueling much of the discussion this time around (the first SETICon was held in 2010) are findings by NASA’s Kepler mission which is dedicated to looking for extraterrestrial life, regardless of form or degree of intelligence. Since 2009, the mission has uncovered the existence of over 2,300 exoplanets that researchers believe hold the possibility of harboring some forms of life. Most notably, due to the existence of that precious resources without which we here on this planet could not survive: water. Some scientists who actually work on the mission (Geoff Marcy, Jon Jenkins, Debra Fischer, etc.) spoke to those in attendance, as did astronauts Tom Jones and Mae Jemison.This year’s conference, those in attendance noted, was much more upbeat than the last, as more information from Kepler becomes available, the numbers of planets that might have life on them keeps going up, making the possibility of detecting its presence more plausible than ever before. As noted by several speakers, the Kepler mission is helping to find planets farther away from their stars, rather than just those that are close enough to cause their star to appear to wobble to us due to planetary gravity effects. The new more sensitive telescopes are better able to discern planets that are not only farther (meaning cooler) from their star, but smaller, some of which may have water and are rocky, making them more Earthlike and thus potentially more likely to posses the conditions necessary for the kind of life we know and understand.In addition to offerings talks, the conference also held panel discussions, interviews, and even screenings of movies, all aimed at opening the door to the possibility that extraterrestrial life might truly exist, and if it does, highlighting the fact that we are now in a better position than ever before to find evidence of its existence. Could 2012 be the year we find extraterrestrial life? Citation: Alien life searchers conference SETICon 2 held in Santa Clara (2012, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-alien-life-searchers-conference-seticon.htmllast_img read more

IBM researchers create worlds smallest magnet

first_img 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. Ever since hard drives were invented, scientists have been hard at work trying to figure out ways to make them smaller while at the same time developing ways to make them more dense so that they can hold more information. As the team at IBM notes, currently, it takes approximately 100,000 atoms to hold a single bit of information. If a technique could be found to commercialize their single-atom approach, they further note, it would allow for holding something as massive as Apple’s iTunes library of songs on something as small as a credit card.To create their tiny magnet, the team used a scanning tunneling microscope to manipulate holmium atoms placed on a magnesium oxide plate (to keep the magnetic poles stable). Applying an electric current to the microscope’s probe allowed for changing the magnetic orientation of the atom between two states, which, the team notes, could be used to represent on/off states for a single bit of data. To read the state, the team measured the magnetic current passing through the atom. The team notes also that the state of several atoms could be read or written when the atoms were as close as a single nanometer apart.IBM has been investing heavily in scanning tunneling microscope research for decades, a technology they have been credited with inventing (Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer won the Nobel Prize in physics for this accomplishment back in 1986). Recently, they also announced that they had developed a new technique that offered a better way to measure the magnetic field of individual atoms and in a somewhat related development, also announced that they would be offering the world’s first commercial “universal” quantum-computing service. New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of individual atoms Explore further Credit: IBM © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Nature More information: Fabian D. Natterer et al. Reading and writing single-atom magnets, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature21371Press release by Institute for Basic Science Citation: IBM researchers create world’s smallest magnet (2017, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ibm-world-smallest-magnet.html An international team of researchers working at IBMs’ San Jose research facility announced recently that they had created the world’s smallest magnet—it was made from a single atom. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their achievement as the ultimate limit in reducing the size of magnetic storage media using the classical approach—they report that they were able to use the tiny magnet to store a single bit of data.last_img read more

Comparing the amount of energy needed by two species of Galapagos tortoises

first_img Back from the dead—how to revive a lost species More information: Ylenia Chiari et al. Self-righting potential and the evolution of shell shape in Galápagos tortoises, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15787-7AbstractSelf-righting, the capacity of an animal to self-turn after falling on its back, is a fitness-related trait. Delayed self-righting can result in loss of mating opportunities or death. Traits involved in self-righting may therefore be under selection. Galápagos giant tortoises have two main shell morphologies – saddleback and domed – that have been proposed to be adaptive. The more sloped shape on the sides of the shell and the longer extension of neck and legs of the saddlebacks could have evolved to optimize self-righting. The drier environments with more uneven surfaces where the saddleback tortoises occur increases their risk to fall on their back while walking. The ability to fast overturn could reduce the danger of dying. To test this hypothesis, we used 3D shell reconstructions of 89 Galápagos giant tortoises from three domed and two saddleback species to compare self-righting potential of the two shell morphotypes. Our results indicate that saddleback shells require higher energy input to self-right than domed ones. This suggests that several traits associated with the saddleback shell morphology could have evolved to facilitate self-righting. Studying the functional performances of fitness-related traits, as in this work, could provide important insight into the adaptive value of traits. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Scientific Reports © 2017 Phys.org Putting all their data together, the researchers found that saddleback tortoises have to use more energy to right themselves than do those of the domed species. Noting that being unable to flip over is a leading cause of death of the tortoises, the group suggests the different shell types may have evolved to handle tipping under different environmental circumstances. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Portugal and France has conducted a study of the amount of energy required by the two main types of tortoises that reside on the Galapagos Islands—the domed and the saddleback—to flip themselves right side up when they overturn. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the group describes analyzing shells of the two tortoise types, comparing them and then calculating which required more energy to flip itself back upright. The giant tortoises that live on the Galapagos Islands are world famous due to their huge size. Less well known is that there are two main types defined by differently shaped shells: domed and saddleback. The domed species are the ones mostly seen in tourist pictures. Less popular are the saddleback, which have a shoehorn-shaped part of their shell near the neck, flatter shells and longer necks. Both kinds tend to tip over due to rough terrain or when fighting with one another. But which has to expend more energy to right itself? That is what the team on this new effort sought to find out.To figure out how much energy each type would have to expend in tipping itself back upright, the researchers studied the techniques used by both: The domed species tend to move their legs around until they work up enough momentum to turn over. The saddlebacks, on the other hand, used their necks in addition to flailing their legs. The group then took pictures of 89 of the shells (many from inside museums) to create 3-D versions on a computer. Then, at the Rotterdam Zoo, the team hoisted one of the turtles onto a platform connected to equipment that produced the desired result. Citation: Comparing the amount of energy needed by two species of Galapagos tortoises to flip back over once overturned (2017, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-amount-energy-species-galapagos-tortoises.html 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

Nations Largest Hispanic Journalist Grou

first_imgNation’s Largest Hispanic Journalist Group Drops… Gary Hershorn by NPR News Richard Gonzales 8.23.19 7:48am The nation’s largest organization of Hispanic journalists is cutting its ties with Fox News over what the group says is the network’s spreading of misinformation about unauthorized immigrants, and by extension Hispanics.The move will cost the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) some money since Fox was signed up to be a sponsor of their upcoming conference.The journalists’ group published a letter to its members Thursday saying it will return to Fox News more than $16,000 donated by the network to sponsor its upcoming conference in San Antonio, Texas.”To accept financial support from an entity that perpetuates the spread of disinformation to the public about the Hispanic and Latino community risks the integrity and credibility of NAHJ’s 35 year mission,” Hugo Balta, the association’s president wrote.Balta, a senior producer at MSNBC, said his group has been in contact with Fox’s management to complain about what he and others consider to be anti-immigrant rhetoric, like when pundits on the conservative network talk about “an invasion” of the U.S. by migrants from Mexico and Central America.He said those concerns were met with expressions of “regret” and nothing more.A recent remark made by Fox News radio host Todd Starnes prompted Balta to say enough is enough.”Starnes likened migrants coming to the United States to Nazi Germany invading western Europe. That’s the straw that broke the camel’s back for me and NAHJ,” he said in an interview with NPR.Balta said Starnes’ comments came less than two weeks after the mass shooting in El Paso, where a gunman killed 22 people after publishing a manifesto citing a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”Fox has become a megaphone for disinformation, Balta said.”There’s something wrong at Fox News and the reason why it’s rampant is because there are no consequences,” he added.Marsheila Hayes, Fox News’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, said in a statement “it is unfortunate that NAHJ has chosen to exclude Fox News from their upcoming convention.””As the leading news network in the country, we are committed to fostering a diverse and collaborative workplace environment, and have been recognized in the industry for our advancement in this area,” she added.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.center_img https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190823_me_nations_largest…last_img read more

Yesterday once more

first_imgThe exhibition will commence from 24 October and will continue till 15 November. IGNCA is arranging  the exhibition in collaboration with eight other institutions which are All India Radio, Doordarshan, NaadSaagar Archives, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Archive of Indian Music, Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University and Rupayan Sansthan. The exhibition will consist of selective materials brought together from the archives of all the nine institutions.last_img

ITE dept to organise summit on Embedded Technology

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department will organise a summit on ‘Embedded Technology’ with various stakeholders from the state, industry and academia at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town on Friday.State IT&E minister Bratya Basu will address the programme, which will cover the industry, research and development and other perspectives for this cutting-edge technology.”Embedded technology has an intrinsic link with the electronic industry and the job potential in this area across the globe is immense. It will rise further in the days to come. So, we have to ensure that the young generation of Bengal is prepared to embrace this new technology,” a senior official of the state IT&E department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe official added that embedded technology exists in smartphones, gaming consoles and 3D printing and knowledge regarding the technology is being felt to a large extent.It may be mentioned that Additional Chief Secretary of IT&E department Debashis Sen recently visited Taipei on the occasion of Computex 2018 and has witnessed that the country is progressing by leaps and bounds in modern age technologies like embedded technology.”This technology is relatively new and so, people need to undergo training and skill development to be prepared for it,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee desires to build a hub for technology firms like Silicon Valley in the state and so, the state IT&E department is leaving no stones unturned to play a leading role in emerging IT technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Embedded Technology, Robotics, IOT etc.”Our vision is to move towards a decentralised and transparent ecosystem, where the government and every industry will be able to leverage benefits of these emerging technologies,” the official said.The keynote speaker at the workshop will be Amlan Chakrabarti, dean of Calcutta University, who will be speaking on “Reconfigurable Computing for Embedded Technologies.”The day-long summit will witness eminent speakers from various government and private agencies, along with the nodal officers from all departments, directorates and statutory bodies .last_img read more

The price of innocence

first_imgIndia International Centre will be screening the film The Price of Providence, directed by Merajur Rahman Baruah on June 20 at the Centre’s Auditorium. The director will also introduce the film which will be followed by a discussion.The film is about the city Detroit’s corruption that puts Dwayne Provience in prison for a crime he did not commit. It took the hard work of strangers and nothing short of a miracle to regain his freedom. Corruption and incompetence, having devolved the city into bankruptcy, once again stand in Dwayne’s way today as he seeks to gain compensation for the decade he spent in prison as an innocent man. Through it all, Dwayne keeps his head up, and fights build up the life that was taken away from him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, with the help of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, he regained his freedom after a decade in prison, but his fight for justice continues.Merajur Rahman Baruah is an independent documentary filmmaker from India based in Delhi. He has done Master degree in Sociology, Diploma in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, and Film Appreciation course from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He has received the Commonwealth Vision Award 2006 as commanded for his film Beyond the Zero Line from the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, United Kingdom. He has also received Rajat Kamal for the best film on social issues at the 55th National Film Awards-India and also best director award for his film Shifting Prophecy at the Hyderabad International film Festival 2008. His film The Nine Months won the second best film at Jeevika- Asia Livelihood Documentary film Festival 2010-Delhi.When: June 20Where: India International Centrelast_img read more

No proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan after Vajpayee North Delhi civic body

first_imgNew Delhi: The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) said today that there was no proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. Citing a news report on the proposed renaming, Kejriwal tweeted, “Changing name of Ramlila Maidan etc after Vajpayeeji will not fetch votes. BJP should change the name of the Prime Minister to get some votes because people are not voting on his name.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Dismissing the news report, North Delhi Mayor Adesh Gupta said that there was no such proposal. “There is no proposal to rename Ramlila Maidan after Vajpayeeji. All reports suggesting so are wrong,” he said. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari also claimed that there was no proposal to change the name of Ramlila Ground. “Some politically motivated people are creating the rumour that name of Ramlila Maidan will be changed. We are worshippers of Lord Ram, there is no question of changing name of Ramlila Maidan,” Tiwari said. The mayor denied that some NDMC councillors approached the civic body or his office with a suggestion to rename the ground after Vajpayee. “No councillor has even made any such suggestion,” Gupta said. The historic Ramlila Maidan located close to the New Delhi railway station serves as a venue of political rallies and other events, besides hosting Ramleela every year.last_img read more

KMC to float fresh tender to procure hot mix from outside

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon float a fresh tender for procurement of hot mix from outside and using it for road repair”After National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the use of hot mix plants in the city, we are unable to operate our two hot mix plants located at Palmer Bazar and Goragacha Road near Taratala. Hence, we have to procure hot mix from outside for road repair. We will float a tender and select an agency from whom we will be getting the hot mix,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said after a high-level meeting at KMC headquarters on Friday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe civic body will also float a tender for selecting consultant for construction of a pollution free hot mix plant or similar alternative infrastructure. “We will float the tender after seeking advice from experts and then will ask time for around six months from the court to set up the infrastructure,” Hakim said. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority as well as the state Public Works Department procure hot mix from outside through tendering process. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe meeting between the Member Mayor-in-Councils (MMiC) was held at KMC where a few councillors gave the proposal of shifting the hot mix plant situated on Goragacha Road to Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. The decision in this regard is yet to be taken. Sources at KMC said they will appeal to NGT for relaxation in operating two plants for a certain period and will inform in detail about the steps they are taking to switch over to other alternatives for curbing pollution. The matter is scheduled to be heard again by NGT on December 18. In the last month, a private company had demonstrated before KMC on how cold mix technology can be used for road repair. The KMC engineers are analysing the pros and cons of the technology. KMC has also written to its mother organization PWD regarding their idea of using coal mix for road repair.last_img read more

Bengal aims to make 6 lakh youths independent within current fiscal

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has set a target of providing employment to around 6 lakh youths within the current financial year.Purnendu Bose, the minister of Technical Education, Training & Skill Development in the state, said that altogether 6 lakh youths would be undertaking various skill development training, before they secure employment. The state government would ensure that the unemployed youths become economically independent through the training programmes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTraining has already been provided to 2.5 lakh unemployed youths, while the remaining number of candidates would complete the courses within March 31 next year. After completion of the various training programmes, the youths can also start up their own business, Bose said. After being instructed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Technical Education department has started various vocational training programmes for youths, free of cost. A large number of youths have been undergoing training at various centres. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that after coming to power, the Chief Minister had laid great stress on the generation of employment in the state, through technical training. The Utkarsh Bangla scheme, which was launched by the Bengal government, has also been providing vocational training among unemployed youths. The beneficiaries of the scheme are being imparted knowledge on skill development. There are various government departments that are rendering assistance on skill development, thereby helping village youths secure employment. After successfully completing the training, the youths can step into the IT sector, work in various service centres, or even start a new venture, Basu said. He also added that the state government will extend all possible assistance to the youths so that they can start small units after going through the training. Setting up new units will generate employment for others as well. “We will train as many as 6 lakh youths within this financial year, some of whom have already completed the training course,” he said. Basu had earlier stressed on the importance of training among local youths in various sectors like soil testing labs, soil diagnosis, seed production, production of bio fertilisers, etc. If the unemployed youths are trained in these sectors, they will be able to contribute towards the growth of agri-economy in the state.last_img read more

The first witnesses

first_imgFirst witnesses is a phrase that carries a variety of connotations. In the realm of the ancient and the spiritual, it refers to the select few who witnessed the birth of a new faith with its slain founder rising from the dead, filling them with renewed hope. In the realm of the present and the material, it has come to denote those present at the scene of a crime. Their testimony – sometimes the only hope in the subsequent battle for justice. In some ways, the people appearing in this photography exhibition by Vijay S. Jodha at the Kamaldevi Complex of India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, represent all of the above scenarios. Each woman, a first-hand witness to a personal tragedy involving her own husband or sometimes her father. She is thus a victim as well as the closest observer in a large-scale and ongoing agrarian crisis in India that has claimed over 300,000 lives by way of farmer suicides since 1995. A failure to arrest this trend ensures that the number of such first witnesses grows by the day. Yet few seek them out, much less ensure justice for them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe presence of these women in these photo panels is a small attempt at highlighting such anomalies. A shared desire to have their grievances heard. Maybe in some roundabout way, putting faces to the numbers will eventually help ensure that even the weakest member of India’s farming community is not left without means or dignity. In that sense, their participation here is also an act of renewed hope. Vijay is a writer, photographer and filmmaker based in Gurgaon. He has produced five books and his projects have been showcased in galleries, museums and film festivals worldwide. He studied filmmaking at New York University and has worked with directors Ang Lee and Mira Nair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVijay’s projects have received over seventy honours in 24 countries including grants from premier cinematic institutions. Two of his books and three of his films have been selected for archiving in the U.S. Library of Congress. Indian Confederation of Non-Government Organisations has honoured Vijay with Media Citizen Award for using media to facilitate social change. This exhibition is sponsored by IIC, in collaboration with UNESCO. You can catch the first glimpse of all the first witnesses on March 7 at 6:30 pm sharp and relive the experience till March 18.last_img read more

NKDA to celebrate World Environment Day

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will be celebrating the World Environment Day on June 5 in a unique manner to create a sense of environment awareness among the residents.”We will be organising plogging on early mornings at Eco Park in New Town. Plogging is a new environmentally conscious fitness trend, where people pick up rubbish while on a run. We will be giving prizes to the ones collecting the most trash,” a senior official of NKDA said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPlogging is a term coined in Sweden and according to a leading international daily, this exercise-meets-eco-friendly activity started there and has since spread across the world. The combination of jogging and picking up plastics and other waste material on the ground is a better exercise than just jogging, as one has to squat or bend in addition to running or walking. NKDA is also contemplating an ‘adda’ session on the electric bus of Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). The event will be held in association with the British Deputy High Commission. According to plans, this will start from NKDA corner in Eco Park, where recycled products created from wastes as well as washed and pressed dresses at very low prices are being sold for the young – not because they can’t afford new ones but because they care for the environment. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSenior officials of NKDA led by its chairman Debashis Sen held a meeting on Friday, to discuss the strategy of organising the two events on June 5. It may be mentioned that New Town already boasts of a number of sustainable and consumer-centric features like app-based cycles for the entire city, e-buses, solar PV on canals, advance machinery for road cleaning & solid waste management, public green & open spaces etc. It is India’s first green-rated satellite city and is a unique blend of ancient architectural practices and modern technological innovations.last_img read more

Rare arterial switch surgery saves life of infant in city

first_imgKolkata: A rare arterial switch surgery has given a fresh lease of life to a month-old baby who was brought to a city hospital from Jharkhand’s Dhanbad. The patient was in critical condition when his family members brought him to the private hospital in Kolkata. The 38-day-old boy was taken to a local doctor who told the family members that there was nothing seriously wrong with the patient. However, as his condition deteriorated, the family members decided to shift the baby to Kolkata. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe baby was severely dehydrated when taken to the hospital. He was admitted to the hospital under Dr Subhendu Mandal. After primary investigation, Dr Mandal and his team put the baby under ventilation. Soon, he started the baby with prostaglandin infusion to stabilise his condition. The baby was diagnosed with transposition of great arteries with small patent ductus arteriosus. The doctors performed the arterial switch procedure on the patient, to correct transposition of the great arteries. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDr Mandal along with Dr Manoj Daga carried out a detailed assessment on the child’s condition with multiple tests, both cardiac and non-cardiac and took all precautionary measures needed. An accurate anatomical diagnosis was done by echocardiography to get a clear picture of his condition. A thorough screening of comorbidity factors like infection, poor nutrition, deranged liver and kidney function and abnormal neurological condition helped Dr Mandal to take the correct medical decision. This was an extremely critical case for the doctors as the mother had lost her babies in two previous occasions. Dr Mandal, senior consultant, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, who carried out the operation, said: “Such a rare defect happens to 1 in 3,300 newborn infants. Success rate in these cases is less. In the Western world, we have only 3% mortality, while developing world stands at 15%. It was a difficult decision for us to carry out the operation. We went ahead and successfully switched the great arteries to their natural position and transferred the coronary artery without any damage during the 190 minutes long procedure and cross clamp time of total 85mins.”last_img read more

BJP man accused of Trinamool activists murder found dead

first_imgKolkata: The body of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, accused in the murder of a Trinamool Congress activist, was recovered from a canal in Hooghly district’s Goghat on Sunday, police said. The body of Kashinath Ghosh, 45, who was missing since the last few days, was fished out from a canal at Kota village of Goghat, about 90 km west of Kolkata, police said. The BJP has accused the ruling Trinamool of murdering Ghosh. “Kashinath was an active worker of our party. He was killed by goons sent by Trinamool Congress,” BJP’s organisational President in Arambag area, Biman Ghosh said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Ghosh was one of the accused in the killing of Trinamool activist Lalchand Bag, who was allegedly beaten to death at Nakunda village in the area on July 22 for attending his party’s Martyr’s Day rally n Kolkata on the day before (July 21). Six local BJP supporters have been arrested in the incident. The saffron party leaders, however, claimed that Bag’s murder was a result of Trinamool’s internal feud and said the BJP supporters were arrested in false cases to protect the real culprits. The local Trinamool leadership claimed Ghosh died due to binge drinking and distanced itself from the incident. “We do not believe in the politics of violence and murder. I have heard that the body of a man, who is known to be a BJP supporter, has been found. Let police investigate the death. BJP names our party after each and every incident,” a local Trinamool leader said.last_img read more

LeBron at 31 is ahead of Michael at 31

first_imgColin says:LeBron finally got some help.A victory lap on calling out the assumed Warriors dynasty.Kyrie was the MVP of Game 7.Dustin Johnson is golf’s best chance for a legitimate star.Guests:Michael Rapaport – Comedian and host of the “I am Rapaport” podcast talks Game 7 of the NBA Finals, begrudgingly accepting the Cavs title, and the seeds of his LeBron haterism.Chris Haynes – Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer talks Cavs NBA championship, looks back at Game 7, and the mood in the City of Cleveland.Chris Webber – Former NBA All-Star and TNT NBA Analyst discusses NBA Finals Game 7, what led to the Cleveland comeback, and where the Cavs go from here.last_img

VIDEO Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters talked about winning Super Bowls while

first_imgHere’s the full episode on their first day with the Rams: The Rams new lockdown corner duo of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters are ready for a new start on the West Coast and during an Uber ride together to visit the Rams facility for the first time they made it clear they came to win Super Bowls.While cruising to their first day of work in a clip from Behind the Grind, Peters said he wants to win titles like Talib and Talib was excited to reunite with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and pick up where they left off in Denver.If the locker room doesn’t implode, the Rams are going to be scary as hell. Hide your chains.Let’s Ride with newly acquired CBs @AqibTalib21 + @marcuspeters on their first official day as #LARams.Watch episode two of “Behind the Grind” 📺 » https://t.co/n7AGbnwt1u pic.twitter.com/wcCvA3WLWT— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 30, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Swiss Group Wants to Banish PowerPoint

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now While most people might not love using Microsoft’s PowerPoint to create presentations, at least one person is taking his distaste for the software to a global level.Matthias Poehm, a former software engineer-turned-public speaking trainer has started — yes — the Anti-PowerPoint Party (APPP) earlier this month. Headquartered in Bonstetten, Switzerland, the APPP calls itself an “international movement” that intends to “decrease the number of boring presentations worldwide.” The goal is to make it so that people who don’t want to use PowerPoint “will not have to justify themselves in the future,” it says.Right. Here’s the real kicker: The APPP says people who attend “futile” PowerPoint presentations result in almost $500 billion in hourly wage losses for employers worldwide. Instead, APPP says people should consider using flip charts, which it claims are 95 percent more effective than using presentation software. Here’s a video of Poehm explaining his reasoning: min read While an APPP representative didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment, the statistics above seem to originate from Poehm’s book, “The PowerPoint Fallacy.” Coincidentally, Poehm is offering the book at a 37 percent discount to APPP members.If this doesn’t seem wacky enough, the group says it also wants to participate in the Swiss national elections in October and become the country’s fourth-largest political party.In the meantime, for those of us who either like using presentation software or just don’t want to use a flip chart, business strategist, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki — who’s seen his fair share of PowerPoint pitches over the years — suggests abiding by a “10/20/30” rule when putting them together. Here are his tips:Keep it short. It shouldn’t take you more than 10 PowerPoint slides to explain your project or business, Kawasaki says. “A normal human being cannot comprehend more than 10 concepts in a meeting,” he says.Don’t be long-winded. You should be able to present your 10 slides in no more than 20 minutes. “In a perfect business world, you would give your pitch in 20 minutes and then have 40 minutes remaining for discussion,” Kawasaki says.Make it readable. Kawasaki suggests using a font no smaller than 30 points and to use only the content that most convincingly communicates your points. “I guarantee it will make your presentations better because it will require you to find the most salient points and then know how to explain each of them well,” he says.How have you spiced up your presentations? Leave a comment below and let us know. Enroll Now for Free July 12, 2011last_img read more