DNA analysis of mummified remains alters notion of how Renaissanceera child died

first_imgTORONTO – An international team of disease detectives has shed new light on a virus that kills almost a million people around the world each year by probing an unusual source — the mummified remains of a young child who died about 450 years ago in Renaissance Italy.The scientists were able to sequence the complete genome of an ancient strain of hepatitis B after extracting DNA from the naturally mummified body of the two-year-old girl, which was interred with a number of other bodies in the sacristy of the Basilica of Saint Domenico Maggiore in Naples.In the mid-1980s, before the advent of advanced genomic sequencing, Italian researchers had suggested the child likely died of smallpox because of evidence of rash-like scarring on her body.“The blisters are clearly all over the face … when you look at the image, your first thought would be smallpox,” agreed Hendrik Poinar, an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University in Hamilton, who co-led the new study with evolutionary biologist Edward Holmes of the University of Sydney.But after extracting viral DNA from small samples of the child’s skin and bone and analyzing its genetic signature, researchers turned up no evidence of smallpox.“Nada. We couldn’t find anything,” said Poinar, director of McMaster’s Ancient DNA Centre, who previously helped sequence the genome of the extinct woolly mammoth and traced the genetic evolution of the bacteria that causes bubonic plague.One of the scientists then turned to what’s called a pathogen enrichment array, a means of testing a DNA sample to see if there’s a genetic match detected among markers for hundreds of viruses, bacteria and other disease-causing agents.What emerged was a clear signal for hepatitis B, leading the researchers to speculate that the child may have been affected by a rare childhood disease that can follow infection with hepatitis B, known as Gianotti-Crosti syndrome.“That’s a rash that breaks out extensively on children and it can cause death,” said Poinar.What surprised the scientists, whose research was published Thursday in the journal PLOS Pathogens, was how little the 16th-century strain of hepatitis B had changed genetically when compared with modern-day samples of the virus.Hepatitis B is a primarily blood-borne virus that affects the liver. While most adults recover fully from the disease within a few months as their immune system clears the infection, some people develop a chronic lifetime infection that can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. A vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, but there’s no curative treatment.It’s estimated that one-third of the world’s population has been infected with the virus at some point in their lives and that about 350 million people are currently living with a chronic infection.“This is a virus that still causes considerable morbidity and mortality today across the globe, especially in underdeveloped countries and for lower socioeconomic status individuals,” said Poinar, noting it began infecting humans about 60,000 years ago.“The more we understand about the behaviour of past pandemics and outbreaks, the greater our understanding of how modern pathogens might work and spread, and this information will ultimately help in their control,” he said.“Understanding the evolution of pathogens is quintessential to figuring out how to eradicate them.”—-Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper Present A Legacy of Changing Lives

first_imgLOS ANGELES — February 20, 2018 — A Legacy of Changing Lives, presented by the Fulfillment Fund, will honor the legacy of Cherna and Dr. Gary Gitnick with a star-studded gala on Tuesday, March 13 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.Special guest presenters Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, and hosts Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (“The Fosters”) are set to join the festivities to celebrate the Gitnicks’ 40 years of service on behalf of the students of Los Angeles. A Legacy of Changing Lives will also include a special performance by Grammy Award-winning composer Charles Fox joined by soon-to-be-announced special guests. The gala dinner will be catered by celebrity chef and famed restauranteur Wolfgang Puck.The celebration is supported by notable dinner co-chairs who include The Honorable Frank and Kathy Baxter, Edyth and Eli Broad, Susan A. Buffet, Megan and Peter Chernin, Bradley Cooper, Jan and David Crosby, Robert De Niro, Stedman Graham, Frann and Jim Gray, Hawkins Mikita, Kate Hudson, Amy Pascal, Gelila and Wolfgang Puck, Rich Ross, Anne M. Sweeney, Tie the Knot’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, and Sally Whitehill and Mark Gordon.ABOUT THE GITNICKSCherna and Dr. Gary Gitnick are co-founders of the Fulfillment Fund, an organization that works to make college a reality for under-served students. It began forty years ago after Dr. Gitnick’s UCLA holiday party, where he was inspired to create a small mentoring organization for children with disabilities. Soon after, the Gitnicks witnessed the growing educational needs of all students and expanded to bring mentorship and college readiness services to youth of all abilities, making the Fulfillment Fund one of the first programs of its kind. Now with programs in Las Vegas and Vail, Colorado, the Fulfillment Fund empowers thousands of students each year.In 1991, Cherna Gitnick founded the Friends of the Fulfillment Fund, a women’s auxiliary group that raises crucial funds. Cherna put together a tea at her home to inspire guests to get involved with something fulfilling. Soon, the Friends began hosting annual fundraising luncheons which went on for more than ten years, and later transformed these events into new and creative initiatives such as “Songs of Our Lives” and the Fulfillment Fund Author and Artist Series. The group also connects with students, and mails Starbucks coffee cards to recently graduated Fulfillment Fund scholars. Since its inception, the Friends of the Fulfillment Fund has raised more than $3 million.ABOUT THE FULFILLMENT FUNDThe Fulfillment Fund has empowered youth through education for four decades. With a mission to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities, the Fulfillment Fund seeks to open young people’s eyes to the possibility of college, change their beliefs about what they can achieve, and support them on their path toward a college education. Through a comprehensive array of unique college access services, the Fulfillment Fund provides classroom-based instruction, college and financial aid counseling, individual and group mentoring, digital learning courses, scholarships, experiential learning groups, college field trips, and more.last_img read more

Towards rural economic crisis

first_imgThe last month has been about brutal economic data, all indicating towards what we were speculating about: India’s rural economy is headed for a crisis like never before. On the second of April 2019, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) released sales data for 2018. Depressingly, scooter sales grew at its slowest in 14 years. Those reporting on rural India treat scooter as the first milestone of a household’s rising prosperity. Also Read – A special kind of bond”Sales were expected to rebound after the conclusion of the General Elections,” SIAM President Rajan Wadhera reportedly said, but with a condition: “A recovery in demand would, however, be contingent upon factors such as abundant monsoon rain and improvement in credit availability.” Around the same time, the news of a “weak” El Nino already taking shape hit headlines. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US, El Nino conditions strengthened in February 2019. And it triggered the alarm bells: the summer monsoon is under threat now. Also Read – Insider threat managementIf the next monsoon is below normal levels, it would be the fifth consecutive below-normal monsoon and drought year for close to 250 districts in the country. Most of them are in India’s rain-fed areas and host the poorest population. Currently, 300 districts are already under drought, the third and fifth consecutive for regions such as Marathwada in Maharashtra and Rayalseema in Andhra Pradesh. Since 2014-2015, which witnessed the second consecutive drought that precipitated a severe agrarian crisis, there has been no let up in monsoon deficit in the last five years except in 2017. However, according to the India Meteorological Department’s definition, monsoon has been normal for the last three years at pan-India level. This is because it defines below-normal only beyond a 19 per cent deficit. India’s winter foodgrain production has already been downgraded. The country’s overall economic growth is already being downgraded, keeping in mind the potentially below-normal monsoon and also the overall slump in global economy. However, the impacts on crop production are overtly negative as the rainfall distribution has not been uniform; many states had huge deficit while others a 9-19 per cent deficit. “Rainfall distribution has been patchy and farmer incomes are down,” Crisil Chief Economist Dharmakirti Joshi told the media. But what makes this a point of great distress for the rural economy is the double whammy. First, farmers lost crops and income from agriculture to consecutive droughts. Second, when they looked for alternative option of livelihoods, there was not much to take up. It means their economic conditions have simply worsened. The average growth rate for farm sector wages nearly halved between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Those who want to make up for this dip can’t find options. For example, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has been able to offer only 38 days of employment per household in 2018-19 — a significant drop from 45.8 days in 2017-18. Similarly, non-farm wage growth has also dipped to around 4 per cent (December 2018). Going by government data, there is a 20-30 per cent dip in general rural wage growth. India’s rural economy accounts for half its gross domestic product as well as private consumption. And 40 per cent of its outputs come from agriculture. The crisis in rural economy started showing signs way back in 2011. The rural wage growth rate that hit the historic above 20 per cent in November 2011 started declining. By November 2014 it reported a growth rate of just 3.6 per cent in November 2014. But this year also marked the start of the consecutive two severe droughts. Agricultural growth was just 0.2 per cent in 2014-15. After this, though officially the monsoon has been normal, farmers have not recovered from losses. To this was added the market glut that ensured farmers didn’t get enough returns for their produce. The dip in wage rate means close to 50 crore (500 million) daily wagers have reported a dip in their income. This is an additional loss as their perceived income from farming would have also dipped. (The author is Managing Editor, Down To Earth and writes on rural affairs and development matters. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Morocco Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attack on Its Embassy in Tripoli

Rabat – Morocco strongly condemned the terrorist attack targeting its embassy in Tripoli and called on Libyan authorities to open an investigation to determine the circumstances of such criminal aggression.The Kingdom of Morocco expressed “deep concern and firm condemnation of this terrorist act that represents a blatant violation of international law and diplomatic norms relating to respecting and guaranteeing the inviolability of diplomatic missions,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.Following this attack Morocco “calls on the Libyan authorities to conduct an inquiry in order to determine the circumstances of this cowardly criminal attack and its perpetrators,” the statement added. In the statement, Morocco reiterated its solidarity with Libya in this transition period and reaffirmed support to political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) between the Libyan political stakeholders in order to achieve the Libyan people’s aspirations to stability, peace and prosperity.The main gate of the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli was targeted early on Monday by a bomb attack that exploded without claiming victims but left material damage in neighboring buildings. read more

Marking Eid alAdha UN expresses hopes for peace

“May this special occasion bring all Iraqis one step closer to achieving peace, reconciliation and further progress towards stability and democracy,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, extending his wishes to the country’s people and Government for a peaceful and festive season. He also reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to assist Iraq as it addresses its challenges and moves towards its future. Wishing them “Eid Adha Mubarek,” the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) congratulated the people and Government of Sudan. “The celebration of the feast sacrifice is a symbol of solidarity and a peaceful coexistence toward which we are all committed,” UNMIS said in a press release. 7 December 2008On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the United Nations has voiced its hope for peace. read more

UN closely involved in efforts to ease political tensions in Madagascar

10 March 2009The United Nations is closely involved with efforts to resolve the political crisis in Madagascar peacefully, the world body said today. President Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina, the mayor of the capital, Anatananarivo, declared last month that they are committed to start a UN-facilitated dialogue. Nearly 100 people were killed and many more injured in violence that erupted recently amid their dispute.Spokesperson Marie Okabe said today that the world body is working in tandem with the international community, “including in support of efforts being made collectively to ensure the safety of persons involved,” towards settling the problem in the Indian Ocean island nation.She noted that the top UN advisor on the ground, Tiébilé Dramé of Mali, is in contact with the parties, the mediation efforts and diplomats.Assistant Secretary-General Haile Menkerios, who has been dispatched to Madagascar twice, told UN Radio yesterday that his advice to the sides was that “a peaceful solution is the best and that they can reach it through dialogue.”He said that the first instalment of the negotiations entails the president and the mayor’s camps reaching agreement on how to stabilize the situation. The next phase – drawing in an expanded group including representatives of other political parties, civil society, youth women and others – would be geared towards tackling root causes, including “problems of governance on a wider scale – political, economic and social.” read more

Mickey Marotti antsy to get Buckeyes buff

The Ohio State football team did not get much time to rest after its 24-17 loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2. Just days after the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Buckeyes were back in the weight room for training and conditioning under the instruction of new strength coach Mickey Marotti, who pushed up the start of offseason workouts by a week. “We were getting antsy,” Marotti said at his introductory press conference on Jan 12. “It’s time to go.” Marotti, whose official title is assistant athletic director for football sports performance, will serve as strength and conditioning coordinator and manage the entire sports performance staff of the football program under new coach Urban Meyer. “Anybody that touches our athletes in the football program, I kind of oversee it from a communications standpoint to see what we can do better to be the best out there,” Marotti said. This will be the fourth time that Marotti and Meyer will work together. The two met as graduate assistants at OSU in 1987 and were reunited nearly a decade later at Notre Dame where Meyer coached wide receivers and Marotti served as strength coach. When Meyer was hired as coach at Florida in 2005, one of his first hires was Marotti, who went on to serve as director of strength and conditioning for the Gators until coming to Columbus. Meyer said he has complete confidence in Marotti, as well as the four full-time assistants that will work under him. “There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer said. “I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti’s abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be.” Marotti said having assistant athletic director as part of his title was something that was very important to him as far as future career aspirations. “I had a similar role at Florida, but there wasn’t a title involved,” Marotti said. “I think it has a little bit more meaning and maybe, down the road 10 or 15 years from now, maybe that’s an avenue that I’d like to take, to get into administration.” Marotti received a master’s in strength in conditioning from OSU in 1987 and is only one of 100 strength trainers to receive such an honor . His salary for 2012 is $380,000. He is known for incorporating unusual exercises into his workouts, such as flipping tires and hauling rocks. “I’m going to go very hard on these guys,” Marotti said. “We’re going to be doing a lot of things here in the upcoming weeks that I know (the players) are looking forward to. “Well, I am at least.” read more

Sophia resident in custody over unlicenced gun

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnemployed man nabbed with unlicenced gun, ammo- PoliceNovember 15, 2017In “Crime”Dog food vendor busted with unlicenced gun, ammoOctober 11, 2018In “Crime”Sophia man remanded after found with unlicenced gun, ammoJuly 16, 2018In “Court” The weapon in questionA 25-year-old male resident of Dennis Street, Sophia was on Tuesday evening arrested after he was reportedly found with an unlicenced.32 revolver without ammunition.According to the police, ranks form the Force’s Narcotics Branch made the arrest after receiving information.Police say the are investigating the matter further. read more

Apple Pay is now available in Ireland

first_imgApple Pay is now available in Ireland You can now tap your iPhone like a contactless card. Mar 7th 2017, 7:41 AM Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 7:41 AM 26,403 Views Share136 Tweet Email1 37 Comments By Rónán Duffy Image: Youtube/Applecenter_img Short URL The service is now avaialble through two irish banks. OVER TWO YEARS after it was first launched, Apple Pay is now available in Ireland.The cash-free payment system allows users to pay for goods by tapping their phone on a reader, much like they would using a contactless card.Apple Pay in Ireland is currently available for customers of KBC Bank and Ulster Bank and there is no charge per transaction on the service.The security of the service comes from the fact that your actual card numbers are not stored on the device and are therefore not transferred when you make a payment.Instead, you’re issued a Device Account Number that is encrypted and stored in your device.The only time your debit or credit card details are seen by Apple is when you’re entering it into your phone.It’s much like generating a new voucher for every transaction you make. Each one is for the specific transaction you make and even if it is intercepted, the token cannot be traced back to the buyer.You can also use Apple Pay to pay for goods and services in apps on your device. Source: Apple/YouTubeYou can begin using Apple Pay through the Wallet app on your Apple device.It is available on an iPhone 6 or later, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 or later and an Apple Watch paired to an iPhone 5 or later.Android Pay has also been available to Irish uses since December 2016.Explainer: How does Apple Pay (and mobile payments) actually work? >Read: Apple is changing the iPhone’s charging port again > The service is now avaialble through two irish banks. Image: Youtube/Apple https://jrnl.ie/3274316 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Shocking video of alleged rape in Nassau street surfaces one arrested

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – An alarming set of videos are spreading on social media and Police are telling the public that they have a man in custody for the explicit scene in broad daylight where it appears a woman is being raped while laying unresponsive in the street.The vile act is being taped by others, said to be two males and on camera with his face showing from time to time is a third man actually having sex and then performing another sexual act in a different video, and most crudely and cruelly on the woman.  Police say the woman appears to be, ‘not in her right mind.’Magnetic Media is told the woman claims she did not know what happened and believes she was drugged.  Police are expected to make more arrests in the case.#MagneticMediaNews#allegedrapeinNassaustreets#allegedrapedtapedinNassau Related Items:#allegedrapedtapedinNassau, #allegedrapeinNassaustreets, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Take a new approach to recognition at Employee Benefits Connect 2018

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Delegates at Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will be able to learn how to construct a social media-focused recognition strategy.Debra Corey (pictured) group reward director at Reward Gateway, will lead a session titled ‘How to be a rebel with recognition in a social world’ as part of the employee engagement conference stream on Wednesday 28 February 2018.The session will discuss how and why HR, reward and benefits professions should think differently around their approach to recognition, and explore how forging a unique approach to recognition can work to really engage employees and aid staff retention.To demonstrate these points, Corey will present seven employer case studies to highlight different organisations’ approaches to recognition.During the session she will also discuss the importance of social media and the role this should play in an employer’s approach to recognition. Corey will explore how technological advancements should be taken into consideration to help employers facilitate a more social and visible strategy for peer-to-peer recognition.Corey said: “The whole concept is about not being afraid to challenge the status quo, so really just going out there and shaking things up and doing things differently. If all [employers are] doing right now is long-service awards, is that really achieving […] engagement? So really taking a step back and thinking about ‘what can I do [that is] unique? What can I do that’s really going to drive engagement?’“I want to light that fire, I want to light that flame under people to be rebels. I want to give [delegates] enough practical tips and tools so that they can go back and start thinking about […] ‘how can I do that in my [organisation]?’ And then, relating to social, […] how and why they can be social because it is no longer a nice to do, but it is a must do.”Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at Park Plaza, Westminster, London.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Deepika Priyanka top Insta celebs with high fake followers

first_imgSan Francisco, Aug 10 (IANS) Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are among the 10 celebrities who have maximum numbers of fake followers or “bots” on Instagram. At sixth place on the fake followers’ list, a massive 48 per cent of Deepika’s followers are bots, according to an analysis from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP). Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us At 10th place, 46 per cent of Priyanka’s Instagramn followers are fake. Deepika currently has 37.9 million followers on Instagram while Priyanka has 43.6 million. At the top is talk show host Ellen DeGeneres with 58 per cent of fake Instagram followers, followed by boy-band BTS coming with 48 per cent. Kourtney Kardashian was third with 49 per cent, while Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian both had 44 per cent fake followers on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Katy Perry has 53 per cent of her 83.6 million Instagram followers fake. Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus are also ranked high for bots. “We took various ‘most successful’ and ‘most followed’ to build our list of celebrities across acting, sport, music, and TV personalities. We then filtered this by the number of followers to give ourselves a top 100 most followed list,” ICMP said in a statement. Advertise With Us “We then ran their Instagram and Twitter handles through IG Audit and Sparktoro’s fake Twitter follower’s tool to measure what percentage of their following was actually real,” it added. As Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram continues to grow, influencer marketing has emerged as a major trend in 2019 that earned influencers the highest amount of money for paid posts to date. Attaining the 19th spot, Priyanka made it to the list along with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli who sits on the 23rd rank. While Priyanka Chopra Jonas charges $271,000 per post, Kohli charges $196,000.last_img read more

Preserve Dhakas archaeological sites PM

first_imgPMPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps for the conservation and renovation of the archaeological sites in Dhaka city, reports UNB.She gave the directives in a meeting with the senior officials of the cultural affairs ministry, archaeology department and Rajuk at her office.Briefing reporters after the meeting, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the archeology department’s director general Altaf Hossain gave a powerpoint presentation on the prensent condition of the 93 archaeological sites in the city.The prime minister gave directives on which sites should be demolished and which should be protected and renovated considering their historical importance, he said.The prime minister’s principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, PMO senior secretary Suraiya Begum, cultural affairs secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan, public works secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker and Rajuk chairman Md Abdur Rahman were present at the meeting.last_img read more

Houston Area Flood Recovery Information

first_imgThis story is being updated as more information becomes available. This story was originally published on April 22, 2016. For resources on renters’ rights and industry best practices following a flood, go to the Houston Apartment Association Rights After Flood webpage.FEMAFEMATwelve Texas counties have been declared a major disaster by the federal government: Harris, Fayette, Grimes, Parker, Austin, Colorado, Waller, Wharton, Fort Bend, Liberty, and San Jacinto Montgomery counties.Here are the steps to apply for federal assistanceFirst, file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance company. Talk to your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance agent about additional living expenses (ALE) coverage as part of your policy that may assist in relocating to a temporary residence. Apply for federal assistance:Residents and business owners who sustained losses in those counties can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362.FEMA says applicants will be asked for the following information:Social Security number;Address of the damaged primary residence;Description of the damage;Information about insurance coverage;A current contact telephone number;An address where they can receive mail; andA bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds. 2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline.United Way’s 24/7 helpline provides information and referrals on storm-related resources.Resources for City of Houston residents can be found here. Cleanup After FloodingGreater Houston residents are just beginning to assess the damage brought on by this week’s storms. Here’s more on potential health problems associated with mold, and possible legal issues in the wake of the storms. An inspector may arrange a visit to your damaged home or apartment to determine disaster losses. If the inspector determines your home is uninhabitable, you may be offered an option of initial rental assistance to help you find another home to live in while you repair or rebuild. Report home damage to your countyHarris County residents can report damages to you home here.Fort Bend County residents can report damages to you home here. Montgomery County residents can report damages to you home here. Share Find available rental property using the FEMA Housing Portal.  County Information Do you live in unincorporated Harris County? Residents should call the community service department in their respective precincts. If you don’t know your precinct, use this map. Residents can place furniture, carpet and other items on curbside.Call about downed trees. Crews will come and pick up debris and remove trees that have fallen on streets and sidewalks.Harris County Precinct 1(713) 991-6881Harris County Precinct 2(713) 455-8104Harris County Precinct 3(281) 463-8703 Harris County Precinct 4(281) 353-8424last_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

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

Connected Home Might Be the Next Big Thing But Connected Pet Is

first_imgJune 17, 2017 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just over a month ago, the largest M&A deal in ecommerce history took place. To the surprise of many, it was a pet ecommerce company, Chewy.com, which was acquired by Petsmart for a cool $3.35B, which is nearly $50M more than Walmart paid for Jet.com. Shortly before the Chewy.com deal, Rover.com acquired DogVacay in an all-stock deal — and not long before that, Whistle, a company making dog GPS and activity trackers was acquired by leading CPG Mars for $117M.The pet industry, which until recently was largely ignored, is suddenly heating up.Related: Here’s a Dog Collar That Lets Humans Train Man’s Best Friend From AnywhereFewer kids but more pets.Millennials are putting off marriage and children but they’re increasingly active pet parents. Sixtyfive percent of US households have at least one pet, up from 56 percent in 2012, which means the market is immense but also growing very fast. Over $100B was spent globally on pets last yet but the bulk of it — $67 billion — was spent in the US. As of 2017, 95 percent of US pet owners consider pets to be family members, and refer to themselves as pet parents. This is a significant increase from 63% just five years ago.The pet industry has proven to be recession proof, growing a steady 5 percent year-over-year for the last two decades.Related: Make Your Home the Smartest on the Block With Connected GearRelated: 5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Wi-Fi Connected Love of Your LifeEmerging pet techThere are a number of innovative startups in the expanding animal care and media space. In vet care, there’s Petcoach, recently acquired by Petco. Then there’s Wag, the Uber for dog walking services. In media, there’s The Dodo, a Buzzfeed-style animal media site. In the broader market for animal care products, there’s Cowlar, a Fitbit for Cows that improves dairy production, and BeeWeb, an on-demand platform for beekeeping. The whole pet celebrity phenomenon, led by the likes of Grumpy Cat, Manny the Frenchie, JiffPom, Tuna and others, deserves an article all its own.But the one area on the brink of disrupting pet care, and with the greatest opportunity for new businesses, is connected pet. The category is defined as the intersection between pet care and the connected home. With the advent of smart home devices, it’s no surprise that pet parents all over the world are increasingly looking for more innovative ways to care for their furry friends. Pet cameras have been one of the first connected pet products to take off, and it’s no surprise. Just as parents worry about leaving their children at home unsupervised, pet parents also face concerns when leaving their pets on their own. Pet cameras enable people to remotely interact and play with their pets, schedule exercise, and securely share access from their smartphone. Our own product, Petcube, falls into this category and has over 100,000 people using it today. Other pet cameras include Petzi, Furbo and PetChatz.Other connected pet products mirror technology first created for humans, Whistle, for example, is a Fitbit-like tracker used to locate your pet and measure their exercise and activity level. And there are many others on the market, including Pod, Tractive, Fitbark and LinkAKC.Everyday tasks like feeding and cleaning after pets have also been upgraded. Petnet has built an advanced feeder system to schedule pet feeding, supporting health management with tracking calorie intake and tailoring portions. Another company, CleverPet, has designed a smart feeder that provides a memory game for pets. A company called Litter-Robot sells a self-cleaning litter box while Luuup raised a combined $3.9M on Indiegogo and Kickstarter for their cleverly designed litter box system with sifting trays.Large corporations are seeing the opportunity as well. Big box retailers like Petco and Best Buy have invested in creating dedicated connected pet sections. Comcast and Google’s Nest are using pet-related use cases to appeal to mainstream consumers. Even pet food companies are taking action and embracing the connected pet category. In addition to Mars’ acquisition of Whistle, Well Pet, the company behind the Wellness pet food brand, has partnered with Petcube.Related: 4 Reasons to Be Excited by the ‘Internet of Things’The future of connected pet.Pets will become connected faster than many people realize. At Petcube, we estimate 40 million pet households will use a connected pet device by 2022, meaning half of US pets will be connected. Pets will enter our digital world in the most unexpected, delightful ways. Along with changes that technology brings in transportation, finance, agriculture, education and other industries, pet care too is being redefined.We may still be some years away from comfortably having a drone walk our dog, but it’s obvious that a number of smart devices will be assisting pet parents in the very near future — everything from having a better emotional connection, to feeding, entertaining and keeping pets healthy.Just as we’ve seen throughout the history of technology, once a principal hardware innovation is made, software and services will then take center stage. At that point, connected pet business models will transition from pet hardware sales revenue to marketplaces and subscription-based models. This will create an enormous amount of opportunity for new pet tech startups to thrive.The way we care for our pets is changing dramatically and having an impact on the overall industry. 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Global Artificial Turf Market Size to Reach USD 5842 billion by

first_imgArtificial Turf According to a new report published by Big Market Research, titled, Artificial Turf Market by Material and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023, the global artificial turf market was valued at $2,530 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $5,842 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 12.7% from 2017 to 2023. The polypropylene artificial turf segment accounted for more than 24% share of the global artificial turf market in 2016.Request Sample copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2553202?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNBased on material, the market is segmented into polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyamides. The polyethylene artificial turf segment is projected to be the most lucrative segment from 2017 to 2023, and accounts for two-thirds share of the global artificial turf by 2023 due to its long shelf life and gentle nature on the human skin. Furthermore, the low price of polyethylene artificial turf fuels the market growth for polyethylene artificial turf.Based on application, the market is segmented into contact sport, leisure & landscaping, and others. The contact sport segment is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period, owing to the growing need for high quality grass surface that offers enhanced protection to players, good playing surfaces, and low maintenance pf the surface.Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers : Victoria PLC (Avalon Grass), Sportfield Deutschland Holding GmbH (AstroTurf), CoCreation Grass Corporation, FieldTurf, Global Syn-Turf, Inc., Controlled Products, LLC (GrassTex), ForestGrass, Synlawn Artificial Grass, The Dow Chemical Company (DOW), and TigerTurf.KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS• Porters Five Force’s analysis helps in analyzing the potential of buyers and suppliers and the competitive scenario of the industry for strategy building.• It outlines the current trends and future scenario of the artificial turf market from 2017 to 2023 to understand the prevailing opportunities and potential investment pockets.• Major countries in each region have been mapped according to their individual revenue contribution to the global/regional market.• An in-depth analysis of the current research & clinical developments within the market is provided along with the key dynamic factors.• The key drivers, restrains, and opportunities and their detailed impact analyses have been elucidated in the study.• The profiles of key players along with their key strategic developments have been enlisted in the report.Key Market SegmentsBy Material• Polyethylene• Polypropylene• Polyamides (Nylon)By Application• Contact Sport• Leisure & Landscaping• OthersRequest discount of this Report : @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2553202?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNTable of Content:CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION1.1. Report description1.2. Key benefits for stakeholders1.3. Key market segments1.4. Research methodology1.4.1. Primary research1.4.2. Secondary research1.4.3. Analyst tools and modelsCHAPTER 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY2.1. Key finding of the study2.2. CXO perspectiveCHAPTER 3: MARKET OVERVIEW3.1. Market definition and scope3.2. Key findings3.2.1. Top investment pocket3.2.2. Top winning strategies3.3. Porter’s five forces analysis3.3.1. Bargaining power of suppliers3.3.2. Bargaining power of buyer3.3.3. Thereat of new entrants3.3.4. Threat of substitute3.3.5. Intensity of competitive rivalry3.4. Market dynamics3.4.1. Drivers3.4.1.1. Replacement of grass surface to artificial turf in sports stadiums3.4.1.2. Eco-friendly nature of artificial turf3.4.1.3. Increases In Disposable Income3.4.2. Restraints3.4.2.1. High cost of Artificial turf3.4.2.2. High surface temperature of Artificial turf3.4.3. Opportunities3.4.3.1. Introduction of hybrid artificial turf3.5. Top player positioningCHAPTER 4: ARTIFICIAL TURF MARKET, BY MATERIAL4.1. Overview4.1.1. Market size and forecast4.2. Polyethylene4.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities4.2.2. Market size and forecast4.2.3. Market analysis by country4.3. Polypropylene4.3.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities4.3.2. Market size and forecast4.3.3. Market analysis by country4.4. Polyamides4.4.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities4.4.2. Market size and forecast4.4.3. Market analysis by countryCHAPTER 5: ARTIFICIAL TURF MARKET, BY APPLICATION5.1. Overview5.1.1. Market size and forecast5.2. contact sport5.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities5.2.2. Market size and forecast5.2.3. Market analysis by country5.3. leisure and landscaping5.3.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities5.3.2. Market size and forecast5.3.3. Market analysis by country5.4. Others5.4.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities5.4.2. Market size and forecast5.4.3. Market analysis by countryMore Report At: https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2553202?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNAbout Us: Industry executives tend to keep a tab on their business competitors. This keeps them updated on strategic business activities and investment trends. Company profiles are crucial to participating players of interconnected verticals.Contact Us:5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct: +1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email : help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

WestJet Vacations bumping up change fees as of Nov 1

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group CALGARY — WestJet Vacations is increasing its change fee, from $75 to $100 per passenger starting Nov. 1. The cancellation fee will remain unchanged at $250 per passenger.Changes will be accepted 21 or more days before the passenger’s departure, at the new rate of $100. One name change is also permitted per booking, with 21 or more days’ notice before departure, also at the new rate of $100.Passengers flying on Plus Flexible fares are not subject to change or cancellation fees.Commission rates for WestJet Vacations bookings are unchanged with the new fee rates. WestJet Vacations pays commission on the full base package price (excluding taxes and fees) with no hidden surcharges. WestJet Vacations bumping up change fees as of Nov. 1center_img Tags: WestJet Vacations Friday, October 20, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Haunted tree holds sway in San Ramón

first_imgThere are haunted houses and haunted caves – but San Ramón has a haunted tree.It’s not sprouting ghosts or sheltering goblins, but some very strange things have happened to people walking past it in the Central Park of this pleasant town in the province of Alajuela.Residents have reported getting lost in the park, which is the size of one square city block, or of getting so disoriented that they needed help to leave. Others claim that they felt cold but sweated heavily, or simply felt strange. And it’s an ordinary alcornoque tree, commonly known as a cork tree because of the crumbly texture of its bark, standing right in the center of the park next to the kiosk.These happenings have been going on since the early 1900s, maybe earlier, although no written accounts exist. Olga Echeverría, a retired history professor whose family has lived in San Ramón for generations, has written about legends and traditions in the area and says that she has heard of many weird experiences with the infamous tree.“People become disoriented or confused and find that they cannot find their way out of the park. It could be the spirit of the original owner of the land, or it could be a magnetic field,” she says. Her own grandmother got lost and spent hours in the tiny park until someone came and helped her find her way out.According to Echeverría, a university student walking near the tree became so confused that she felt lost, and another person reported “walking and walking and returning the same place.” The stories could be attributed to a kind of mass hysteria, she says, but many people have reported such effects. The tree has gained a reputation by now, and everyone in San Ramón knows about it.Another written account of this phenomenon is found in the book “Voices in the Basement,” a collection of scary stories by William D.J. Suárez, a San Ramonense who claims that the stories about this tree are “true” and “proven.” When his grandmother was young back in the 1920s, San Ramón was an outlying community with no electricity or paved roads, surrounded by woods and coffee farms. In other words, it was a breeding ground for spooky stories. During this period, a young woman went out to shop and, crossing the park, became so disoriented that she entered a kind of trance. She wandered around the park for hours trying to find her way out. Finally, she collapsed on a bench and cried until someone noticed her distress and helped her out of the park.According to Suárez, the cause of all these mysterious events could be witches, trolls or a hex put on the tree by someone.Meanwhile, schoolchildren have their own ritual involving the tree: they believe that by circling it three times in one direction and three times in the opposite direction your wishes come true. In the spirit of investigative journalism, The Tico Times put the theory to the test, inspecting the tree thoroughly and then walking around it in the recommended manner. The only immediate effect after six circles of the tree was a slight dizziness, but only time will tell.San Ramón, known as the City of Poets, is also a city of legends and traditions – and, on Halloween and all year round, the home of a haunted and mysterious tree. Facebook Comments Related posts:Haunted tree holds sway in San Ramón Alajuela’s neighborhood petroglyphs offer window to the past It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… the giant armadillo of San Ramón! Storytelling fest returns to Alajuelalast_img read more