Black Decker Unveils Their New Thermal Leak Detector

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Now you can find and plug up those leaks around your home once and for all. Black & Decker is offering an innovative leak detector, in about a month and will be price at around $39.99. 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. The detector works by simply pointing it at walls, windows, molding, and outlets in your home and determines leaks through color signals. A green light indicates regular temperature, red light shows hot spots, and a blue spot shows you the exact place where cold air is bursting in. Black & Decker claims their detector can catch temperature changes by as little as one degree Fahrenheit. The thermal leak detector has a user select switch to differentiate between 1, 5 or 10 degree F changes. According to Energy Star, plugging up leaks and drafts in your home can scythe up to 20-percent from your heating bills; your leak detector will pay for itself. The Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector is listed as “coming soon” at the company’s online store, where it retails for $39.99. Considering that the gadget will only cost around $40 when it becomes available in a month, it should be a big cash-saver when cutting down your heating cost in the winter months.© 2008 PhysOrg.com Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector Explore further Inexpensive Detector Sees the Invisible, In Color Citation: Black & Decker Unveils Their New Thermal Leak Detector (2008, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-black-decker-unveils-thermal-leak.htmllast_img read more

Study of Persistent Currents Finally Verifies Theory

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. (PhysOrg.com) — Approximately 20 years ago, scientists discovered that is is possible for an electric current to flow endlessly in a ring made of a normal metal. One might think that such an ‘old’ finding would be well understood and no longer interesting to today’s researchers, but scientists are still studying the phenomenon. A graphical representation of one of the gold rings. Like some of the rings, this one is connected to a metallic “bank” to absorb the heat load from the scanning SQUID. Image courtesy Kathryn Moler. In a recent and particularly successful example of this, researchers from Stanford University and the University of Colorado, Denver, completed an experiment that confirms the physics theory regarding the behavior of persistent currents in rings made of normal (not superconducting) metal.The study’s lead researcher, Stanford physicist Kathryn Moler, told PhysOrg.com, “I began thinking about this experiment even before I joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. It took a long time to get the apparatus to be sensitive enough to detect the currents because they are so small.”The group’s work marks the first time that the theory has been experimentally proven to a high degree.“Persistent currents have fascinated physicists for decades,” added co-researcher Hendrik Bluhm, currently a postdoctoral scientist at Harvard University. “But the quantitative experimental verification of this phenomenon has remained elusive because of the difficulty of detecting, without disturbing the effect, the tiny current that corresponds to a single electron traveling around the ring.“Our study of more than thirty individual rings, in which we employed a scanning technique to overcome some of these challenges, shows good agreement with theoretical expectations.”The rings are very small, each only between one and two micrometers (millionths of a meter) in diameter and 140 nanometers (billionths of a meter) thick. They are made of high-purity gold. Each was scanned individually, unlike past experiments on persistent currents conducted by other groups. In total they were scanned approximately 10 million times.The scanning device is a SQUID microscope. A SQUID, or superconducting quantum interference device, can detect extremely small magnetic fields like those produced by the circulating currents in the rings. The physics theory behind persistent currents in normal metal rings states, in part, that the persistent current is a periodic function, or a repeating pattern, of the applied magnetic field. The direction of the current as well as its amplitude vary from ring to ring because the rings are not identical.The theory also predicts that the currents should decrease in size as the temperature of the rings increases.Bluhm and his colleagues were able to experimentally verify both parts of the theory. When they created a graphical representation of the amplitudes of the flux as measured using the SQUID microscope, the resulting picture was a close match to what theory predicts they should see. How the amplitudes were affected by the temperature of the rings also agrees well with theoretical predictions, at least within the limited temperature range they worked in.This research is published in the March 30, 2009, online edition of Physical Review Letters.More information: Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 136802 (2009)Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. High-Temp Superconducting Nanowire System is First of its Kind Explore further Citation: Study of ‘Persistent Currents’ Finally Verifies Theory (2009, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-persistent-currents-theory.htmllast_img read more

Study shows prehuman ancestors adapted to metabolize ethanol long before humans learned

first_imgCredit: Ben Mills via Wikimedia Commons Humans have been consuming beverages that make them tipsy, drunk and/or sick for a very long time, of that there is little doubt. But why do we have the ability to metabolize ethanol in the first place? That’s what the team set out to answer. They began by sequencing an enzyme called ADH4—it’s what’s responsible for allowing us to metabolize ethanol. Other primates have it as well, but not all metabolize ethanol as well as we do. By sequencing ADH4 found in a 28 mammal species including 17 that were primates, the team was able to create a family tree of sorts based on ethanol metabolizing ability. The team then tested those sequences for their metabolizing ability by synthesizing nine kinds of the ADH4 enzyme. Doing so showed the researchers that most early primates had very little ability to metabolize ethanol for most of their early history.Then, about 10 million years ago, some of the ancestors of modern humans suddenly were able to do a much better job of it, while others that diverged and led to apes such as orangutans, did not. This discovery led the team to wonder what might have occurred to cause this to come about. They note that other evidence has shown that around this same time, the planet cooled slightly, making life a little more difficult for our tree dwelling ancestors. They suggest they began climbing down out of the trees to eat the fruit that fell, which gave them a food advantage and a reason for developing the ability to metabolize ethanol—otherwise they would have become too drunk from eating the fermenting fruit to defend themselves or live otherwise normal lives. If true, the theory would also offer a major clue as to why our ancestors became terrestrial. Study unlocks secret of how fruit flies choose fruit with just the right amount of ethanol (Phys.org)—A team of researchers in the U.S. has found evidence to support the notion that our pre-human ancestors were able to metabolize ethanol long before our later ancestors learned to take advantage of fermentation—to create alcoholic beverages. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they genetically sequenced proteins from modern primates and used what they found to work backwards to discover just how long ago our ancestors have been able to metabolize ethanol. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore furthercenter_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Study shows pre-human ancestors adapted to metabolize ethanol long before humans learned about fermentation (2014, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-pre-human-ancestors-metabolize-ethanol-humans.html More information: Hominids adapted to metabolize ethanol long before human-directed fermentation, PNAS, Matthew A. Carrigan, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404167111AbstractPaleogenetics is an emerging field that resurrects ancestral proteins from now-extinct organisms to test, in the laboratory, models of protein function based on natural history and Darwinian evolution. Here, we resurrect digestive alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH4) from our primate ancestors to explore the history of primate–ethanol interactions. The evolving catalytic properties of these resurrected enzymes show that our ape ancestors gained a digestive dehydrogenase enzyme capable of metabolizing ethanol near the time that they began using the forest floor, about 10 million y ago. The ADH4 enzyme in our more ancient and arboreal ancestors did not efficiently oxidize ethanol. This change suggests that exposure to dietary sources of ethanol increased in hominids during the early stages of our adaptation to a terrestrial lifestyle. Because fruit collected from the forest floor is expected to contain higher concentrations of fermenting yeast and ethanol than similar fruits hanging on trees, this transition may also be the first time our ancestors were exposed to (and adapted to) substantial amounts of dietary ethanol 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

Reprogramming the oocyte

first_img Explore further More information: Oocyte Factors Suppress Mitochondrial Polynucleotide Phosphorylase to Remodel the Metabolome and Enhance Reprogramming, Cell Reports, Volume 12, Issue 7, p1080–1088, 18 August 2015. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2015.07.032AbstractOocyte factors not only drive somatic cell nuclear transfer reprogramming but also augment the efficiency and quality of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) reprogramming. Here, we show that the oocyte-enriched factors Tcl1 and Tcl1b1 significantly enhance reprogramming efficiency. Clonal analysis of pluripotency biomarkers further show that the Tcl1 oocyte factors improve the quality of reprogramming. Mechanistically, we find that the enhancement effect of Tcl1b1 depends on Akt, one of its putative targets. In contrast, Tcl1 suppresses the mitochondrial polynucleotide phosphorylase (PnPase) to promote reprogramming. Knockdown of PnPase rescues the inhibitory effect from Tcl1 knockdown during reprogramming, whereas PnPase overexpression abrogates the enhancement from Tcl1 overexpression. We further demonstrate that Tcl1 suppresses PnPase’s mitochondrial localization to inhibit mitochondrial biogenesis and oxidation phosphorylation, thus remodeling the metabolome. Hence, we identified the Tcl1-PnPase pathway as a critical mitochondrial switch during reprogramming. Citation: Reprogramming the oocyte (2015, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-reprogramming-oocyte.html Reprogramming in the Egg. Credit: raven.zoology.washington.edu Journal information: Cell Reports (Phys.org)—Among other things, the egg is optimized to process the sperm genome. The cytoplasmic factors that make this possible also give the egg the ability to reprogram the nuclei from other kinds of cells if these nuclei are swapped into the egg. Although this ‘somatic cell nuclear transfer’ is a handy way to generate pluripotent cells (cells very similar to embryonic stem cells, or even clones like Dolly), there is significant logistical and ethical overhead to the procedure. The alternative is to take the ‘transcription factor’ or iPSC reprogramming approach which attempts to induce a pluripotent state from only partial knowledge of the full method used by the eggcenter_img The magic four set of transcription factors (Oct4, Sox2, Myc and Klf4), while just a subset of the class of maternal effect genes, are sufficient to make passable iPSCs. However, as a group of researchers from Singapore note in a recent Cell Reports paper, the main drawback is that they are less efficient at establishing complete, bona fide pluripotency. To try to improve this situation, the researchers screened 20 oocyte-enriched genes for their ability to further induce iPSC reprogramming of mouse fibroblasts which already expressed retroviral versions of the above factors.The only factors that worked—ie. significantly increased the number of alkaline phosphatase positive iPSC colonies—were members of the T-cell leukemia (Tcl1) protein family. The researchers found that Tcl1’s main partner in the cell is an RNA-binding protein called mitochondrial polynucleotide phosphorylase (PnPase). So now things can begin to get interesting. PnPase is a bifunctional enzyme with both exoribonuclease and oligonucleotide polymerase activity. In other words it can dismantle RNA chains and also long heteropolymeric tails.In addition to their own RNA products, mitochondria are noted importers of various nuclear-encoded tRNAs as well the essential aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. Mitochondrial RNA-binding proteins like PnPase are believed to be critical in the import and processing of RNAs in mitochondria. The author’s finding that egg factors can reprogram metabolism by suppressing mitochondrial PnPase has far more general implications for stem cells. For example, although somatic cells rely on oxidative phosphorylation, pluripotent cells preferentially use glycolysis as an energy source and typically have immature mitochondria. Recent work now indicates that the main role of electron transport in proliferating cells, both in development or in cancer, may simply be for the synthesis of aspartate. A new appreciation for the apportioning of mitochondria, again in development of the egg during the so-called germline bottleneck, later in germ cell specification, and in cancer unifies these concepts.The suppression of mitochondrial biogenesis via the Tcl1-PnPase ‘switch’ is just one mechanism the researchers explored. They also found that a closely related homolog, Tcl1b1, could significantly boost the fibroblast somatic reprogramming. They note that PnPase is critical, at least in mice, not only for embryogenesis but for ear, muscle and brain development. They even suggest PnPase could be an important factor in new mitochondrial replacement therapies. Singapore scientists discover rejuvenation factors © 2015 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

Joining Hands for mood art

first_imgThe exhibition is organised by IKA art, from December 7 and will continue till December 12, curated by Gaurav Chawla, Ruchi Chadha and Sumita Kathuria at the open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre.In a society we all are Individuals but collectively we play a role to upgrade and for betterment of the society. Collectively we can make an impact and do wonders, till being Individuals with an individual and unbiased view point . It is a Show to prove that being collectively as a group , yet independent in approach we can work together in a progressive society and contribute to make it better for all. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Participating Artist- Bharti Chopra, Amol Satre, Gaurav Chawla, Harminder Bhoparai, Neeru Suri, Kapil Kapoor, Kaniska Oswal GUpta, Jyoti Lahiri,Praveen Verma, Ruchi chadha, Shrish v.mitwkar, Sumita kathuria, Tara S.A part of the sale proceeds of the art works will go to Svackshee Sansthan, Alvar, a NGO promoting girl child education in Mewal region of Alvar, Rajasthan , India.When: On till December  12 Where: Open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

Peoples power in Chhattisgarh

first_imgRESIDENTS OF coal-rich Gare village in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district have found a unique way to assert their rights over the natural resources found on their land—they have floated a company to mine coal and generate power. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of self-sufficiency and non-violence, the residents started Gare Urja Private Limited in June 2013. Registered in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, the company today has more than 250 farmers from 10 villages as shareholders. The farmers own 450 hectares that fall in the coal block, Gare IV/6, which holds high-quality coal. The idea of floating a cooperative mining company was born in 2006, when the Centre allocated the block to Jindal Steel Works (JSW) despite opposition from the residents. And this was not a one-off instance in the coal-rich Tamnar taluka. “In the past few years, the Centre has allocated land in Gare and its adjoining villages to coal mining, power and steel companies, such as Jindal, Jaiswal Neco and Monnet-Ispat, against people’s consent,” alleges Harihar Patel, former sarpanch of Gare.  Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceInterestingly, Gare IV/6 is one of the 218 coal blocks whose mining leases were cancelled by the Supreme Court in August this year because of their arbitrary allocation (see ‘Coal quandary’, Down To Earth, September 16-30, 2014). Residents say the Centre’s decision to allocate the coal block to a private firm without their consent is also illegal as per the Supreme Court judgement on July 23, 2013, which states that the owner of land has absolute rights over the minerals under or over it. The 2013 Supreme Court order was passed on a petition filed by a group of Kerala farm owners who challanged a Kerala High Court verdict which said the state had rights over natural resources in private land. “After forming the company, we are now ready to bid for coal blocks underneath our own land once the Centre opens an allocation bid,” says Patel, one of the 10 directors of Gare Urja. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeCoal satyagrahaThough the Gare residents are yet to earn from the natural resource underneath their land, they have begun asserting their rights over it. Since 2013, they have been celebrating birth anniversary of Gandhi by staging coal satyagraha. This year, over 700 residents, including 500 women, met at the village temple in the morning and marched to the bank of the Keloriver, a tributary of the Mahanadi. After a community feast, the group collected coal from an exposed seam and marched on to submit the pieces at the agricultural market cooperative office in Gare in the presence of government officials. “It was a protest against companies that forcefully wanted to acquire people’s land to mine coal,” says Patel, also a member of Jan Chetna Manch, a non-profit working for the rights of people affected by mining. Rajesh Tripathi, land rights activist with Jan Chetna Manch, says the satyagraha is a departure from the previous protest in 2008 that had turned violent. On January 5, 2008, JSW had called for a public hearing, a requirement to get environmental clearance. But residents staged protests at the hearing. In response, the police lathi-charged the crowd, leaving 122 people wounded and 22 critically injured, says Tripathi.The residents then moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) contesting the public hearing. In 2011, NGT termed the public hearing illegal and asked JSW to organise another public hearing. By that time, the residents of Gare had got organised and the idea of floating their own company had gained ground.Good economic senseA hectare of agricultural land in and around Gare holds coal reserves worth Rs 55 crore, says Mishra. But JSW was offering only Rs 10 lakh per hectare to the land owners. “This is when our calculation shows that after paying royalty and other taxes, a farmer can earn up to Rs 11,000 per 2.5 tonnes of coal mined from his land. This translates into an income of about Rs 3 lakh per month. So why do we need a company to come and mine here?” he asks. Between 2012 and 2013, Delhi-based non-profit Mines, Mineral and People organised a series of workshops in Gare, sensitising the residents about their land rights, cost of coal and power.The cooperative mining business model, Mishra and Patel agree, is far more sustainable and can take care of local energy needs. Mishra points out that a community mining company similar to that of Gare is already successfully operating in Jharkhand’s Dumka town. A three kilo-Watt power plant is operating with coal mined by villagers. It generates enough electricity to light up houses and run fans in the surrounding villages, says Mishra.Gare Urja will soon carry out its first audit. Directors have shelled out Rs 10,000 each to form a corpus, while their accountant recently informed that a Permanent Account Number for the company has been allotted by the Income Tax department. “We have collected about Rs 10,000 each from 10 directors as a corpus to start the company, while land would be used as collateral to raise money to start mining,” says Patel.    DOWN TO EARTHlast_img read more

RDay tableaux to showcase nations finest initiatives

first_imgDepicting India’s vivid art and culture, contribution to science and technology and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojna as well as Make In India campaigns, a total of 25 tableaux will roll down Rajpath at this year’s Republic Day parade.The tableaux were displayed here Thursday.Up from last year’s 18, this year 16 of the tableaux will represent different states while nine will be from different ministries and government departments.The Department of Financial Services’ tableau on the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will highlight the uniqueness of the campaign and its impact on the weaker sections and low income groups. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Make in India tableau by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion will depict a mechanised lion set against the background of a smart city.A replica of the Statue of Unity — another pet project of Modi — that pays tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will be displayed in the tableau of Gujarat, the prime minister’s home state.“The tableaux will show India’s varied cultural diversity, development in science and technology and recent campaigns launched by the government,” defence ministry spokesman Dhananjay Mohanty said. The defence ministry organises the parade. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe newly formed state of Telangana will be making its debut in the parade showcasing Mahakali, the divine mother goddess of the region.States like Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh would be showcasing their popular folk dances.Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh would be promoting the festivals of Dussehra, Sankranti Sambaraalu (Makar Sankranti) and Bhagoria (festival of love and match making) respectively.Uttar Pradesh will pay tribute to the 10th and last Nawab of Awadh Wajid Ali Shah and the tableau will have live Kathakali dancers as the dance was performed by the nawab himself in the temples of Awadh.Over 1,400 artistes, fabricators, designers and visualisers were involved in the making of the tableaux.Catch a glipmse of this at Rajpath on this Republic day.last_img read more

Todays contest is between governance anarchy Jaitley

first_imgThe Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told voters that Friday’s contest is a ‘choice between governance and anarchy’.Jaitley’s statement was a reference from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal self claimed ‘anarchist’ statements two years back and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of good governance in the country. Speaking in a Press Conference at BJP headquarters, Jaitley said, “BJP will put all its effort for good governance as they are confident of winning the election. Delhi Assembly Poll holds importance because Delhi is the face of the country and how government runs here is a reflection of the country’s image.”While highlighting the development and governance in last eight months during BJP’s rule in the Centre, he said, “It should be noted that unlike previous regime, now no one talks of scams. The country, which was lagging behind, is now progressing. Now with the Delhi election almost knocking door, people have to choose between governance and anarchy.”last_img read more

Sikkim bureaucrat forgoes civil service to promote Bhoti calligraphy

first_imgDarjeeling: Jamyang Dorjee Chakrisar, a bureaucrat, gave up the corridors of power for his love for the Bhoti (Tibetan) language and calligraphy. Having taken voluntary retirement from civil service in Sikkim, Chakrisar took up the herculean duty of promoting Bhoti calligraphy.The Manjushree Centre of Tibetan Culture along with Tibetan Women’s Association and Regional Tibetan Youth Congress as a part of the Central Tibetan Administration’s “Thank You India 2018″ programme for the first time put up a three-day exhibition on Bhoti Calligraphy in Darjeeling. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe exhibition was held at the Manjushree Centre and Darjeeling Chowrasta.”The exhibition evoked immense response, specially among students and the youth. Many want to learn the nuances of this intricate art,” stated Ngawang Tenzing Gyatso, President of the Manjushree Centre.The programme also included an interesting talk by the Master calligrapher. “Bhoti, is the mother tongue of more than three million people living in seven states in the Himalayan regions ranging from Ladakh to Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedArunachal Pradesh. It is like the lingua franca. Bhoti needs to be included in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution,” stated Chakrisar.He stated that inclusion will not only mean national integration of the people of these far flung area but will also help promote a language that contributes in projecting the relevance of teachings of Nalanda.Bhoti (Tibetan) language is one of the most impressive translation histories of the world. Starting in the 8th century and continuing for around 900 years, they translated the entire Buddhist cannon, a body of work consisting of more than 4,500 texts and around 73 million words.National Mission for Manuscripts states “Tibetan scripts have outnumbered all other languages barring Sanskrit, Odia and Hindi.” The collection of Buddha’s teachings the Tripitaka, comprising 108 volumes and Tantras are available in Bhoti language and the names of all the volumes start with the word “Gyakar Keydhu” meaning “in the language of India.” “The translations have the potential to establish India as the Jagat Guru,” stated Chakrisar. The script was developed by Thonmi Sambhota in 7th century Nalanda.The Master Calligrapher has attended international level festivals in Japan, Bangkok, New York and will be attending the Congress of Calligraphy in France shortly. “I also promote Devanagri and the Great Indian civilisation at these international meets. I want to promote Yigtsel (Bhoti Calligraphy) on the lines of Sufa of China and Shodo of Japan,” he stated. He also holds the World record of creating the longest calligraphy scroll measuring 163 m in length with 65,000 characters using handmade Tibetan Lokta paper.His work focuses on u-med style where brushworks are exhibited freely. His other innovation is the depiction of Buddhist deities in miniature calligraphy.last_img read more

Talking on mobile phone while driving Other drivers pedestrians are watching

first_imgKolkata: Here’s a caution to those who talk on the cellphone while driving, flouting orders of the Kolkata Police. The city police have put up billboards to create awareness among drivers not to use mobile phones while driving as part of the Safe Drive Save Life programme. Despite such notices, drivers — both owners and professionals — continue to talk on mobile phones while driving.To curb this “unethical” practice, the city police has requested people to take photos of those who talk while driving and send it to the Facebook page of the Kolkata Police so that the errant drivers can be booked. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be recalled that both city and state police took elaborate steps to stop the malice of talking while driving after a bus plunged into a canal in Murshidabad after breaking the railings of Balirghat bridge under Daulatabad police station on January 30. It was learnt that the driver of the ill-fated bus was talking over the phone when the accident took place and refused to pay heed to the passengers who requested him not to talk over the phone while driving. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had gone to oversee the rescue operations asked the police to take stringent measures against those who talk over the phone while driving.A senior police officer said despite repeated requests, some car and two-wheeler drivers have refused to listen to the police and continue to talk over the phone while driving. It is detrimental to the driver as well as to the pedestrians and drivers of other vehicles. Because the driver is busy talking, his mind is somewhere else and he also cannot hear any sound around him. “The new step is likely to be effective as pedestrians and passengers of other vehicles have been asked to cooperate with the police to put an end to this ‘unhealthy’ culture.”last_img read more

Leading the way

first_imgThe museum would be represented at the colloquium from April 13 to 23 by Venu Vasudevan, its director general. To be hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the meet will see 15 international museum leaders deliberating on measures needed to ‘broaden international dialogue about museum management’. The other 14 leaders would be from Britain, Egypt, China, Colombia, New Zealand, Benin, Cameroon, Iran, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Philippines and Vietnam. It will also include directors of national, private and academic museums. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the statement, the GMLC is expected to provide a 360-degree view of current museum practices worldwide, placing a strong emphasis on institutional leadership and strategic problem solving.Vasudevan said the GMLC, though barely in its second edition, has come to be recognised as a significant international platform for museum leaders and administrators to discuss and strategise measures to reinvigorate museums.“The challenge for the museologists and museum administrators is to hammer out new strategies that would increase footfalls at museums and make them a focal point in the spectrum of culture and art,” he said, adding there was a commonality in challenges for museums across the globe.Dr Venu has been instrumental in giving a makeover to the institution by holding of a slew of new exhibitions and launching new initiatives.last_img read more

Bengal suitable to lead growth wave of textile sector Smriti Irani

first_imgKolkata: With the Union Textile ministry identifying ‘technical textile’ as the sunrise sector, Union Textiles minister Smriti Irani said on Thursday that Bengal, which contributes to more than 5 percent of the national textile segment, can play a major role in the development of this sector. “The Centre has an apparel package for the first time in the history of the country of up to Rs 6,000 crore, which is the largest ever sanction in the textile industry in this country. An outlay of Rs 690 crore has helped in setting up of 21 readymade garment manufacturing (RGM) units in the seven North-Eastern states at the end of last year and all of them have become fully functional,” Irani said at a special session on Recent Development in the Textile Industry,” organised by Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsShe referred to the Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS) for the textile and garment sector, introduced in December 2015, which had approved a total allocation of Rs 17,822 crore till 2022, to clear pending claims as well as rolling out the new scheme. She maintained that the textile sector is on the growth track, with a 5 percent growth and having a high potential in India.Focusing on the jute industry in Bengal and the importance of diversification of jute products, she felt that the industry has failed to perform in the way it should have, as the output of raw materials was not fine enough for diversification. She said that certified jute seeds would be distributed to farmers through every Krishi Vignan Centre to enhance productivity and increasing their income, which in turn would bring in technological upgradation in jute farming.last_img read more

Omar Abdullah to meet Mamata today

first_imgKolkata: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah will meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Friday.The meeting of the National Conference leader with the Trinamool Congress supremo comes a few days ahead of the latter’s visit to Delhi on July 31.According to political experts, the meeting between the two senior anti-BJP leaders has turned crucial when Banerjee has given a clarion call to oust BJP from the Centre in the forthcoming general elections in 2019. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee has already held meetings with leaders of anti-BJP political parties and now the discussion with Abdullah is going to give an impetus to the fight against the party that is in power at the Centre.Moreover, Abdullah had earlier joined Banerjee in the march to Rashtrapati Bhavan, protesting against the Centre’s “anti-people” decision of demonetising high value notes. Leaders of Shiv Sena and Aam Aadmi Party had also joined the march that had started from the Parliament House premises. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that there was a meeting between Banerjee and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Nabanna on March 19. It was the beginning of the Federal Front and continued efforts were made to bring all anti-BJP political parties under one umbrella for a one-to-one fight in the 2019 general elections. A few days after the meeting of Banerjee and Rao, Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel met the Bengal Chief Minister at Nabanna. He had invited Banerjee to join a meeting called by NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, in which leaders of anti-BJP political parties were present. In the meeting, the strategy of national politics ahead of the general election in 2019 was discussed.last_img read more

Revival story of Vimor sarees

first_imgAn exhibition on Vimor’s 45-year journey of documenting, reviving and supporting hand-loom weavers was recently inaugurated by Jasleen Dhamija, veteran Indian textile art historian, crafts expert and former UN advisor.The exhibition, open to the public until July 17 at the Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, IIC is presented by Pavithra Muddaya.It presents old textile samples and photographs; old/antique sarees and the newly revised versions of the sarees; the revival of designs and techniques; and the success story of the weavers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDealing in the manufacturing and selling of traditional sarees, ‘Vimor’ officially started in 1974 by Late Chimy Nanjappa and her daughter Pavithra Muddaya.Late Chimy Nanjappa’s love for textile and handicrafts was a long journey filled with commitment and passion which began from the time she was the first manager of Cauvery, the state handicrafts emporium of Karnataka.Her skills and sense of aesthetics created a loyal clientele which resulted in her registering a business along with her daughter Pavithra, and ‘Vimor’ formally began in 1974 post the untimely demise of Chimy’s husband. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver the years, the word of mouth drew in people from all walks of life as customers. It would not be boastful to mention that customers ranged from the past Presidents, Prime ministers, Governors, heads of the Armed services, eminent artists, designers and activists. A vast majority of her customers were Indian women from different fields and regions.Pavithra’s work has been the primarily designing development and guidance of the weavers, apart from documenting motifs, techniques, designs and oral history. Her speciality has been in reviving forgotten designs and motifs.She participated and curated handloom textiles for the “India – South Africa Shared History” exhibition in Johannesburg by Teamworks Events and recently addressed different groups across the U.S.A and Canada, and also the department of S.E. Asian studies at the Iowa University.Today, Vimor welcomes the third generation of Pavithra’s children, Vipra and Arup, who bring a breath of new air.last_img read more

Healing through Sound

first_imgWhen feeling low or you instinctively resort to music and surprisingly find peace in it. Have you ever thought why does that happen? Well, if you get deep into the layers of life, you would be stunned at the uncountable ways in which sound comes to our rescue. It is the medium to express feelings. It has the power to uplift our mood. It is a way to celebrate our happy moments. It is a way to reduce negativity and what not. But not many people are aware of its healing power. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe concept of sound healing is not so popular but effective method for the treatment of stress, depression, anxiety, sleep problems etc. It works on the principle of harmonization of cells in the body by a sound which promotes healing. So, it is a therapy that ensures results without any side-effects. To have a better understanding of the’healing power of sound’, Millennium Post had a tête-à-tête with Nidhi Jain, Founder, The Ochre Tree, where she explained few ‘Sound healing techniques’ which one must try to attain peace and tranquility in this fast-paced life. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOm Chanting: Most of us are familiar with Om chanting, but very few have actually experienced the soothing effect it has on mind and soul. Om chanting is an all-powerful mantra that can heal anyone mentally emotionally and physically. It is best known for improving concentration and reducing the stress level. Not only it creates a positive vibration within you but also purifies the aura. Sound healing instrument: There are generally two types of instruments. One is Tibetan singing bowls that are made of bell-metal bronze and the other one is crystal bowls made of quartz crystal. Tibetan bowls are used as a tone in the beginning and end of the session that brings a deep sense of relaxation whereas the crystal bowls help in sending energy into the atmosphere that activates brainwaves and affects different areas of the brain that boosts willpower and provokes creativity. Healing Rhythms and Drumming Therapy Exercises: One of the traditional practices of sound healing is shamanic drumming. The sound waves originating from drumming therapy helps in energising the body and mind. Drumming can show a positive effect on those with depression, cancer, stress, and chronic pain diseases. Gong Bath: It is a unique sound practice where gongs are played in a way to bring relaxation, and this can be done as a one to one or group treatment. Gong sound therapy has been in use for thousands of years. Today, enthusiasts believe that gong bath can release your emotional blockage. If stress, anxiety, and frustration have become a part of life, Sound therapy can be a positive step towards a better, healthier and happier ‘you’.last_img read more

Vera Lynn Turns 102 Singer who Inspired Nations During the Toughest of

first_imgVera Lynn began her music career at age 15. And on March 20, 2019, the “Forces Sweetheart” celebrated her 102nd birthday. The performer who captured the heart of the nation with songs like “We’ll Meet Again” and “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover” fortified the morale of a nation and has supported ex-servicemen over the decades. Her iconic songs embodied the British soldier’s longing for home and everyone’s wish for end to the war. “I am looking forward to having a glass of bubbly, but I am not sure whether they will be able to fit all 102 candles on my cake,” she said just before her birthday, according to Forces Network.Vera Lynn, 1962. Photo by Eric Koch / Anefo CC BY-SA 3.0Vera Margaret Welch was born in East Ham, Newham, England in 1917 to a working-class family. Young Vera began singing in the local working men’s clubs at just seven-years-old, and at age 11, she took her grandmother’s maiden name of Lynn as a stage name. After leaving school at age 14, was spotted by a booking agent. In 1935 she sang the refrain on several big band records and began performing on the radio.Her first solo recording was “Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire,” in 1936, with the Casani Club Band. In late 1939 she premiered what would become her trademark song, “We’ll Meet Again,” written earlier that year by two young composers. The wistful tune conveyed the longings of families and lovers separated by the war.Vera Lynn sings at a munitions factory in 1941Lynn was given her own radio show on the BBC, Sincerely Yours, Vera Lynn, in November 1941. The following year she recorded “The White Cliffs of Dover,” another iconic song for the war-weary nation. In 1942 she appeared in the film We’ll Meet Again, in which she portrayed a character based on herself.Related Video: A Simple Twist of Fate Saved Paul Newman During his ServiceThe lyricist Nat Burton cobbled together the words of “White Cliffs of Dover,” which were inspired by a poem by Alice Duer Miller and Walter Kent, and borrowed the tune from “Over the Rainbow.”  Dover is an English port town and is famous for its chalk cliffs.Vera LynnIn 1944 Lynn spent the spring and summer performing for troops stationed in Egypt, India, and Burma (Myanmar).“Was it Harold Wilson who said that it wasn’t Winston Churchill who won the war, but the voice of Vera Lynn?” asked Seen and Heard International. “She came to be regarded as the very embodiment of the phlegmatic, unsentimental quiet resilience of the British during the War.”After the war, Lynn toured Europe and continued to broadcast her radio program. When Decca Records issued “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” in the United States in 1952, she became the first English artist to hit number one on the American record charts; “My Son, My Son” (1954) was among her later hits.Vera LynnBy 1970 she had developed emphysema and performed less frequently. In 2009 she became the oldest living artist to have a Number One album in England with We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn. Eight years later she became the oldest living artist to have an album in the Top Ten on the British charts with 100, which was released in honor of her 100th birthday. To celebrate that milestone birthday, her image was projected onto the cliffs on March 20, 2017.Vera Lynn in 1973. Photo by Allan warren CC BY-SA 3.0Dame Vera said then: “It is an unprecedented honor to have my birthday marked in such a beautiful way and I am truly thrilled by this wonderful gesture. As we look to the white cliffs on Monday, I will be thinking of all our brave boys — the cliffs were the last thing they saw before heading off to war and, for those fortunate enough to return, the first thing they saw upon returning home.”Dame Vera Lynn at the War and Peace Show, 2009. Photo by Nicki CC BY-SA 2.0In 1966 the Righteous Brothers reached No. 21 in the UK with their cover of “White Cliffs of Dover,” and in 1995 Robson Green and Jerome Flynn recorded this and released it as a double A-side single along with another Righteous Brothers track, “Unchained Melody.”Read another story from us: Blondie’s #1 Hit “Rapture” Became the First Rap Song to Ever Top the ChartsOn their album The Wall, Pink Floyd released a song titled “Vera,” referencing Vera Lynn and the song “We’ll Meet Again” with the lyrics “Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn? / Remember how she said that / We would meet again / Some sunny day?”.In 1941, she married a musician named Harry Lewis. He passed away in 1998.last_img read more

The Celtics have the best roster to offer LeBron

first_imgThe Celtics have the best roster to offer LeBronWith the NBA season wrapped up, LeBron James’ pending free agency decision is far and away the biggest storyline of the young offseason. According to Las Vegas odds and recent reports, the Lakers and Cleveland are currently the frontrunners to land James, but today Colin made the case for LeBron to consider the Celtics.Colin thinks James joining forces with Brad Stevens and a roster loaded with young talent would easily be better than what all the other suitors can offer. Although a reunion with Kyrie Irving would obviously be awkward considering their fall out in Cleveland, Danny Ainge likely wouldn’t bat an eyelash at trading Irving – who is unsigned after next year – in order to add James to the fold to make an immediate title run. Also:– Westbrook’s rep would take permanent hit if Paul George leavesGuests:Nick Wright – Host of FS1’s First Thing’s First joins the show to explain why the Celtics are the ideal basketball fit for LeBron, and if Paul George leaving OKC would be an indictment against Russell Westbrook.Howard Beck – Bleacher Report Senior NBA writer is in-studio explaining why Boston has no chance to land LeBron; and if Kobe would be bothered by LeBron joining the Lakers.Alexi Lalas – Fox Sports Soccer Analyst joins the show from Red Square in Moscow to discuss the significance of the U.S. getting the 2026 World Cup; and the biggest storylines from this year’s cup.Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst and Super Bowl champ is in-studio explaining why offseason workouts are meaningless for Tom Brady; and OBJ’s future in New York. Belichick is acting like the end is near in New England In an uncharacteristic move, Bill “No days off” Belichick recently cancelled team OTA’s to give his team a break. Following  season that saw Belichick butt heads with everyone from Robert Kraft to Brady’s personal trainer Alex Guerrero, Colin thinks the seemingly small move shows he knows the end of the longest running dynasty in sports is near.Colin thinks Belichick has stopped sweating the small stuff and focusing on the long term and is focusing on making one last great run with Brady.last_img read more

Colin Kirk Cousins failures give Dak more leverage with Dallas

first_imgVikings prized free agent signing Kirk Cousins failed to win another game in a big spot against the Seahawks on Monday night and doesn’t look capable of carrying Minnesota to a Super Bowl, but the biggest beneficiary of Cousins poor play is Dak Prescott and his agents.Colin thinks Dak is below average in terms of passing ability, but has every other quarterback trait you could ever want and has shown the ability to win close games. If you compare the certainty the Cowboys get with Dak to the uncertainty of rolling the dice on the next Cousins, the choice is an obvious one for Jerry Jones – who also doesn’t have a first round pick – and will only help Dak in contract negotiations.The Vikings chose the greener grass with Cousins, but if they could have Case Keenum back right now, they’d do it in a second. Colin thinks Dak should demand less than top tier money so that he can surround himself with more talent, but he has the hammer if he wants to play hardball.last_img read more

eBay to Buy Online Payment Services Startup Braintree for 800 Million

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read September 26, 2013 Braintree, the company that helps startups like Airbnb, LivingSocial, GitHub and Uber process online credit card payments, has been acquired by eBay in a cash deal valued at $800 million. The internet auction company said it plans to combine the talent from its just-acquired merchant account services provider with its ubiquitous PayPal payment offerings to “accelerate PayPal’s global leadership in mobile payments.”In a statement, eBay said Braintree would continue to run as a separate service, within PayPal, under Bill Ready, Braintree’s chief executive. Ready’s new boss will be PayPal president David Marcus, and eBay said the Braintree team is “expected to stay in place.”Braintree processes $12 billion in payments annually, with more than one third of that coming from mobile. Before the deal, the company had reportedly also been in acquisition talks with mobile payments company Square.The Chicago-based Braintree also operates Venmo, a mobile app that leverages social media to let users pay each other directly. Venmo was acquired by Braintree last year for more than $26 million.”The alignment with PayPal means Braintree can continue to push the boundaries of innovation while expanding into new markets with increased speed and confidence,” Ready says.The deal is expected to close late this year.Related: PayPal Updates iPhone, Android Apps to Make Transactions Smoother and Faster How Success Happens Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Food Ordering App Tests Drone Delivery in Singapore

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free 2 min read Why go to the grocery store when you could get your meals by drone delivery?The possibility presented itself after global food ordering app, Foodpanda, unveiled a number of improvements to its services. On top of quicker delivery times, going to 30 minutes rather than 60 to 70, the business has been testing drone deliveries in Singapore, according to CNBC. “We’re constantly looking at the most convenient and fastest experience for customers ordering food online,” Foodpanda Singapore’s Managing Director, Emma Heap, told CNBC. “With our riders navigating traffic, there’s a limit as to how fast that can be.”Related: Rocket Internet’s Foodpanda Makes A Meal Out Of UAE’s 24h.aeFoodpanda isn’t the only company to go the drone route in the food industry. Last year, Singapore eatery Timbre said it had plans to launch autonomous server-drones, or flying waiters. TGI Friday’s once used the flying bots to hover mistletoe over diners, but that didn’t end quite well.But if you’re not exactly sure how to tip your drones, you better figure it out soon because it won’t be long until delivery robots are part of the picture. Domino’s in Australia, for instance, announced the intention to do so in the next few years if preliminary tests work out. Other companies including Amazon and Walmart are also considering delivery by way of drone-flights as they work out the logistics and legalities.The initiative might be easier if the military’s tentative 3-D printing drone project works out, which would not only speed up the drone production process with leftover parts and a portable on-the-go process, but constructing drones would be considerably cheaper as well. Related: What the Heck Are Drones Good For, Anyway? Though the drone trend, and the possibility of inexpensive streamlined production, may seem like an exciting development in the tech world, others may instead have reason to take pause — especially delivery boys (or gals). Sadly, it may soon be time for this group, and many others, to find new jobs.  Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 23, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more