New camouflage technology from BAE hides war machines

first_img BAE Systems Selected to Develop Humvee on-Board Vehicle Power System More information: Press release ( — BAE Systems says it has a camouflage system that can render battle machines like tanks invisible or even seen as other objects in the immediate environment to protect against attack. The ‘cloak’ applied to a tank, which is BAE’s illustrated object to showcase its Adaptiv technology, can enable the tank to blend into the environment undetected or to look like another object entirely, avoiding night vision surveillance equipment and infrared targeting by aircraft. In so doing, the Adaptiv technology can mask the vehicle’s infrared signature. Explore further The Adaptiv cloak consists of a sheet of hexagonal hand-sized patches, or as BAE calls them, pixels. Their thermo electric material can switch temperatures quickly. On-board thermal cameras are what drive the panels, picking up whatever scenery is around and then showing that image on the vehicle. Around 1,000 of these panels can cover a small tank.BAE field-tested its technology on a Swedish CV90 tank made to blend into the scenery without detection. Alternatively, the pixels can protect gear by manipulating their appearance. Tanks can be made to look like cars, large rocks, trucks,or cows, for example.The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), helped fund BAE’s project; use of the infra-red spectrum in warfare has been an important focus for them.BAE estimates that the technology could be ready for production in two years. Later this month BAE will demonstrate the technology on a CV90 tank at the UK Defense and Security Equipment International exhibition from September 13 to 16. According to reports, research about the Adaptiv approach has been submitted to Britain’s Ministry of Defence.Since the days when infantry men marched in confidence wearing helmets with hanging leaves, technology has come a long way and has a way to go in the use of camouflage in the face of modern weapons. BAE sees its Adaptiv technology as a breakthrough, however. Past attempts have entailed excessive power requirements and that’s where Adaptiv stands out. Adaptiv project manager Pader Sjolund in a statement said Adaptiv panels in contrast consume relatively little power. “Our panels can be made so strong that they provide useful armor protection and consume relatively low levels of electricity,” he said.No doubt developments and ideas to address camouflage for warfare will continue in and outside BAE Systems. “Invisibility cloaks” is a topic of research that has been explored for some time. In 2006, Sir John Pendry at Imperial College London, led a group that focused on a “transformation optics” technique that involves the design of materials that steer light around objects, making them disappear from view.center_img © 2011 Citation: New camouflage technology from BAE hides war machines (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Australian researchers show flower color evolution driven by bee preferences

first_img More information: Parallel evolution of angiosperm colour signals: common evolutionary pressures linked to hymenopteran vision, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print June 6, 2012, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.0827AbstractFlowering plants in Australia have been geographically isolated for more than 34 million years. In the Northern Hemisphere, previous work has revealed a close fit between the optimal discrimination capabilities of hymenopteran pollinators and the flower colours that have most frequently evolved. We collected spectral data from 111 Australian native flowers and tested signal appearance considering the colour discrimination capabilities of potentially important pollinators. The highest frequency of flower reflectance curves is consistent with data reported for the Northern Hemisphere. The subsequent mapping of Australian flower reflectances into a bee colour space reveals a very similar distribution of flower colour evolution to the Northern Hemisphere. Thus, flowering plants in Australia are likely to have independently evolved spectral signals that maximize colour discrimination by hymenoptera. Moreover, we found that the degree of variability in flower coloration for particular angiosperm species matched the range of reflectance colours that can only be discriminated by bees that have experienced differential conditioning. This observation suggests a requirement for plasticity in the nervous systems of pollinators to allow generalization of flowers of the same species while overcoming the possible presence of non-rewarding flower mimics.Press release Photographic reconstruction of how bee vision would see a flower, which appears yellow to human eyes. The cost of long tongues 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2012 Phys.Orgcenter_img ( — A team of researchers in Australia has shown that the evolution of flowers in that country was driven by the preferences of bees, rather than the other way around. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes how they gathered over a hundred samples of different flowers and then compared them against the types of colors that bees best identify and then compared those results with research findings regarding bees and flowers in North America. Explore further Citation: Australian researchers show flower color evolution driven by bee preferences (2012, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The research team, led by Adrian Dyer, began their study based on research already conducted by other scientists looking to find connections between bees and flower colors in North America. There researchers have found a close connection between flower color and the kinds of colors bees are able to see, and what attracts them.Then because Australia has been isolated from the rest of the world for millions of years, the team theorized that if the same color patterns emerged independently in such a place, it would prove that the flowers in both places adapted to the bees, and not the other way around. Helping out was prior research that showed that not long after Australia broke away from the other continents some 34 million years ago, the flowers blooming on the island were bland and nearly colorless; which gives researchers a unique opportunity for learning about how coloring in flowers comes about, as today, Australia is teaming with a huge variety of brightly colored flowers.To find out, the team collected flower samples from 111 native species then studied them using a spectrophotometer (a device that measures different properties of light over a given spectrum). In so doing they found that the studied flowers displayed colors that matched almost exactly with the blue and green ultraviolet vision receptors in bees. And because the results matched those found in North America, the team concluded that the flowers in both places co-evolved in the same way, thus proving that the flowers were reacting and adapting to what the bees were looking for, rather than the bees changing to help them better find the particular flowers that best suited them.This new research also shows that because flowers have been adapting to suit the taste of bees, rather than for birds or butterflies, bees are the primary means by which flowers are pollinated, which means that as bee populations decline, so too will flowers, and perhaps their rich coloring.last_img read more

Energy harvester collects energy from sunlight and raindrops

first_imgHybrid device harvests energy from sunlight and raindrops: A transparent PDMS nanogenerator integrated with a silicon solar cell by sharing a mutual electrode made of PEDOT:PSS film. Credit: Liu et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society 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. © 2018 Explore further Journal information: ACS Nano The researchers, Yuqiang Liu et al., at Soochow University in China, have published a paper on the hybrid device in a recent issue of ACS Nano.The hybrid device consists of a conventional silicon solar cell and a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), which converts the mechanical energy of falling raindrops into electricity. Although previous research has shown that these two types of devices can be connected with an extra wire, in the new design the solar cell and TENG are integrated by sharing a mutual electrode. “The biggest breakthrough in this work is that an integrated generator composed of a solar cell and a TENG was demonstrated through sharing a mutual electrode,” coauthor Zhen Wen at Soochow University told “Compared to previous work, the simple design of the mutual electrode reduces the number of functional layers, which greatly improves the output efficiency.”The shared electrode not only results in a more compact design, but it also offers advantages to both the solar cell and TENG. In particular, the TENG protects the solar cell by acting as a waterproof barrier and prevents water from penetrating the silicon. The textured electrode surface also greatly suppresses unwanted reflection of light, enhancing light harvesting. Further, the textured surface results in a greater contact area between the TENG and falling rain drops, which improves the overall performance of the nanogenerator. One challenge that remains to be addressed is the minor drawback that the solar cell and TENG cannot function simultaneously.”Due to the design of the mutual electrode, the solar cell and nanogenerator cannot work together,” Wen said. “So if there is a sunshower (sunshine and raindrops appearing at the same time), we have to give up one function of the hybrid generator. But I don’t think that is often the case.”In the future, the researchers plan to explore integrating the hybrid device into electronic clothing.”Due to the unique design, it has advantages of being lightweight and having a high efficiency,” Wen said. “We are now designing a fiber-shaped device and expect to weave them together as a fabric. My wish is to fabricate clothing that can generate electricity from sunshine and raindrops, and then use this electricity to power wearable electronic devices.”center_img With a TENG, solar cells could work come rain or shine More information: Yuqiang Liu et al. “Integrating a Silicon Solar Cell with a Triboelectric Nanogenerator via a Mutual Electrode for Harvesting Energy from Sunlight and Raindrops.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b00416 By attaching a transparent nanogenerator to a silicon solar cell, researchers have designed a device that harvests solar energy in sunny conditions and the mechanical energy of falling raindrops in rainy conditions. The dual functionality may provide a way to harvest energy with greater consistency in the midst of constantly changing weather conditions. Citation: Energy harvester collects energy from sunlight and raindrops (2018, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Congress Mulls Ban On Chinese Trains And Buses

first_img… Congress Mulls Ban On Chinese Trains And Buses. Oh, Come On… by NPR News Brian Naylor 8.26.19 5:01am Congress is poised to restrict purchases of Chinese-built buses and rail cars in legislation that could open a new front in the trade war alongside the Trump administration’s squabbles with Beijing.A bill would forbid the use of federal grants, which the Department of Transportation often makes to big-city transit authorities, to buy new subway trains or buses from the Chinese-owned manufacturer CRRC.Robert Puentes, president of the Eno Center for Transportation, a nonpartisan transportation think tank, says CRRC already dominates the market for rail cars in China — “and they intend to corner the global market here in United States.”Puentes says the company has successfully won bids for transit agencies in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia “by adhering to the rules that these agencies and these cities have laid out.”CRRC has built two American plants, one in Massachusetts and one in Illinois, where it assembles the rail cars.The shells are imported from China; other parts are made in the United States.Puentes says there are no American-owned companies that make these kinds of commuter rail cars, although there are U.S. firms that make freight cars.Other transit systems rely on other foreign-based manufacturers. Washington, D.C.’s rail transit authority, for example, is buying cars assembled in the United States by a division of the Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki.Rep. Harley Rouda, D-Calif., is chief sponsor of legislation that would ban the transit systems from using federal money to buy the Chinese rail cars. He tells NPR the U.S. should not be supporting a company subsidized by the Chinese government.”We think it’s important that American taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars and the money that they have provided to the federal government not go to support Chinese companies bent on undermining industries that are important to our national security.”Rouda says the legislation would not affect existing contracts between U.S. transit agencies and CRCC. And he says that aside from the economic implications, there are important national security concerns.”Just think for a minute that if you ever ended up in hostilities with a country that controlled those railways and those bus systems, what the economic impact in the national security threat it would cause to a country such as the United States.”Chinese builder: Nothing sinister hereNot so, says Lydia Rivera, a spokeswoman for CRRC’s Massachusetts-based division.”Those are exaggerated statements,” she says.Worries that China might use the rail cars it builds to spy on Americans or hack their data “are unfounded concerns, unfortunately, by lobbyists. None of the so-called ‘at-risk’ systems on our rail cars pose a threat.”Backers of the ban include U.S. freight car manufacturers, who worry the Chinese will target their business next. Rivera says that’s not going to happen.”We have no interest in the freight industry. It is not lucrative for us, and we will not be going to the freight industry.”Rivera says a ban on the use of federal funds could mean the loss of 185 jobs at the Massachusetts factory.Puentes, of the Eno Center, believes the national security concerns over the Chinese-built rail cars are a bit overstated.”There is a long and steady supply chain,” he says. “There’s a long, long and lengthy review process. There is oversight by the transit agencies. So some of that, I think, is being overblown when it comes to national security. But the economic security concerns are something we do have to deal with.”Puentes called the proposed ban part of the larger set of policy concerns between the U.S. and China, which include the trade war, along with cybersecurity and economic security issues.”We have to understand that it really is highly nuanced and it’s not as simple, I think, as some are making it out to be.”The provision banning use of federal funds on Chinese rail cars is part of the House defense authorization bill.A similar provision, also including a ban on spending on Chinese bus manufacturers, is part of the Senate-passed measure. Rouda says he thinks the differences between the two chambers’ legislation should be resolved quickly.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.center_img Mark Lennihanlast_img read more

CU to recruit permanent hostel supers to curb incidents of ragging

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has decided to recruit permanent hostel superintendents at all its hostels, to curb incidents of ragging. The decision was taken at the syndicate meeting, the highest decision-making body of the varsity on Monday. The varsity has also decided to demarcate one of its 16 hostels only for first year male students, as they have been found to be the most vulnerable to ragging as per records of the varsity.It may be mentioned that in the last few months, there have been a number of complaints of ragging from the hostels under CU and some of the students have complained directly to University Grants Commission (UGC) through e-mail. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis had resulted in a section of educationists raising questions over the role of the varsity in investigation of ragging incidents. “We are taking strong measures to curb incidents of ragging in our hostels. A number of hostels did not have full-time permanent hostel superintendents. Now, we will recruit them on a permanent basis,” CU vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee said.A senior official of the varsity, who attended the syndicate meeting, informed that the persons who will be recruited as hostel superintendents, will stay round-the-clock in the hostels and keep a hawk eye on the activities. The minimum qualification for the new recruits will have to be graduate and their age group should be between 45-55. “We have often seen that young persons who are in charge of hostels are unable to control students and the latter have a tendency to ignore his/her instructions. So, we have taken a decision to have an age group for the superintendents,” the official added.”The majority of the complaints that we receive come from first year students. We have decided to segregate a New Law Hostel only for first year male students. The idea is to see whether there are any complaints from this hostel. If the plan works out, then we will earmark another hostel for first year women students,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Mythological dance recital

first_imgRam Navami is celebrated in North India with great fervour and to mark the occasion, Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan and Sangeet Natak Akademi is going to organise a dance and music programme titled-’Shri Ram-Panchwati Varnan – Ram Van Gaman’ on Friday in the national Capital.Dr Mahesh Sharma, minister of State for Tourism & culture will be inaugurating the event where dance maestro and Padamshri Uma Sharma will perform Nritya-Bhinaya (Kathak) on this auspicious occasion. The cultural programme will provide a delightful experience to all dance and music lovers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This event is based on the Tulsidas Chaupai and it will be presented by Uma Sharma with her disciples. Vocal support and music direction will be provided by Pt. Jwala Prasad. The performance will show the flawless presentation from the ancient text, chapter Ram Van Gaman and will unfold the deep emotion and love of Sita towards her better half. It will also show how for an Indian woman, the company of her husband is more important rather than the comfort of a palace. Panchvati Varnan is also narration of Surpanakha’s jealousy towards Sita’s beauty and how her rage to take revenge led to abduction of Sita. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUma Sharma has worked majorly in preserving the ancient Indian art dance form with her passion and extensive research on our age-old dance form and brought out the transition of former style of Kathak to modern. She has travelled around the world narrating the timeless stories of Indian mythology and attended various workshops. To keep the culture long lived, she is mentoring budding stars who share the same interest and preserve the art.When: April 15Where: Meghdoot Theatre, Sangeet Natak AkademiTiming: 6:30 pmlast_img read more

GSIs appbased landslidewarning begins functioning in 3 Bengal villages

first_imgKolkata: From now on, whatsapp messages and sirens on mobile phone apps will alert inhabitants of three most landslide-prone villages of the country, at the slightest signals of landslides. The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has recently developed a Landslide Early Warning System (L-EWS) for the people of Giddapahar, Paglajhora and 14th Mile villages in Kurseong block of Darjeeling District in association with the district administration of West Bengal government, GSI Director Ashish Nath said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The L-EWS is connected to mobile apps for fast dissemination of the alert to the poeple. The system installed by the GSI in select villages, mostly in Kurseong block, has already started working, the director said. “After the immense loss of life and property in these three villages since 2003 mainly because of landslides, we decided to install the system here first,” he said. Studying the Kurseong area utilising the modern InSAR technology by placing five corner reflectors and rainfall threshold analysis for landslide initiation resulted in the development of the people-centric L-EWS, he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Earlier, in case of landslides triggered by rainfall, the GSI used to alert the administration and then it used to be passed on to the local population. “But we felt there must be a change and we should alert the possible victims as soon as there is a trigger. We believe, this will help us in saving more lives,” he said. Eighteen such zones have been marked as extremely vulnerable to landslides and the three Darjeeling villages, where the warning system has been installed were on top of the chart, he stated. Elaborating about the system, he said that it is ideal for warning landslides as spatio-temporal forecasting is extremely difficult, particularly from a remote area. The prediction of the occurrences of landslides both in space and time does not happen because most of the key elements like risk knowledge, monitoring, analysis, warning generation, dissemination and communication of warning and preparedness for timely response do not work in sync, Nath said. “The difficulties are coupled with the variability in the intensity of trigger thus making forecasting quite difficult for the purpose of alerting the community at risk. So the need of putting community-based landslide warning system was felt,” he said. Incidentally, in 2016, the Landslide Studies Division of Geohazards Research and Management (GHRM) Centre, GSI, Kolkata had studied this landslide zone in order to develop an early warning system. In fact, before the deployment of the system, a few rounds of community landslide awareness programme, including mock-drills, were also conducted, Nath said. A billboard showing details of landslide warning has been also erected in two places one at Giddapahar and another at Paglajhora to spread awareness among the people.last_img read more

Indias Youngest Pianist

first_imgBorn in 2006, Gauri Mishra is India’s youngest pianist. Her journey for the byways of the piano repertoire started since she was 4 years old. With her sheer dedication and hard-work, she created the National record at the age of 9, of being the youngest piano player in the country. She has also been remarked as the youngest pianist of world by two reputed organisations – ‘Assist world records’ and ‘World records India’. Her parents discusses her future plans with Millennium Post in an interview. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith already being recognised by more than 10 world record organisations and being the youngest pianist of India, does she plan to break any more records in the future? Whatever she is today, it’s because of her mentor Dr Aman Bathla (Fastest Pianist of the World) and all her well-wishers’ blessings and support. Currently she wants to concentrate on her passion and hone her musical skills.Does she aspire to learn any more musical instruments other than piano? Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive She is very much enjoy playing Piano and would love to do more on it, and learning life through Piano. However she also likes to play Guitar and violin. How is she able to excel at her studies, sports as well as being “The Youngest Pianist of India” at such a tender age? Gauri’s musical journey is very charming and splendid so far, but not easy along with studies. All these achievements could not have been possible without faith on her Guru. Her school lays a lot of focus on extra curricular activities which give her a chance to experience life beyond academics. We understand the importance of time or work management, and we have tried to make her adopt this in life for better management of her passion and studies. How much time does she dedicate every day to practising piano? She usually practices daily for 1 to 2 hours, depending on her mood and study work load. Again it boils down to managing between studies and passion, which she is able to do very well till now.  Is there anything else that she loves to do?  She is fond of learning new things in the field of Science, reading books, acting and sports. Several times she had participated in skating competitions and theatre workshops (Kingdom of Dream Gurgaon, Epic Center Theater and Mumbai) and won many medals and trophies at school level competitions. But her love for piano is something else. It is not only her passion, but a medium to calm her mind. Whenever she plays piano at home, at public or at a concert she seems to be in a different world. So she wants to learn music because it is the most powerful medium to connect with each other.last_img read more

Two killed in separate road accidents in city

first_imgKOLKATA: Two persons were killed in two separate road accidents on Wednesday night and Thursday morning acrossthe city. On Wednesday night, an auto-rickshaw toppled near Acropolis Mall and the driver died on the spot due to head injuries. According to locals, an auto was headed towards the Ruby crossing from Bijan Setu. Near Acropolis Mall, the driver of the auto identified as Santosh Gupta (30) lost control over the vehicle and it toppled. Gupta fell outside from the vehicle and sustained major head injuries as his head banged against the road. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital where the doctors declared Gupta brought dead. It is suspected that Gupta was in an inebriated state while driving. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn another incident, a pedestrian came in between two buses of the same route when they were competing with each other. One of the buses knocked him down while overtaking his rival on Thursday morning around 9 am. Locals alleged that the two buses of route number 30D were racing with each other to get more passengers onboard. One of the two reached the Belgachia Metro stoppage first and started picking up passengers. In the meantime, when the driver noticed his rival was about to overtake, he moved the bus to its right to block it. But the other bus driver was so determined to overtake, he drove one wheel on the median divider to get his way. In this situation, a pedestrian came in between the buses and was ran over by the overtaking bus. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhile the first bus driver fled the scene with his vehicle, the driver and the conductor of the second bus fled leaving the bus on the middle of the road. Police immediately rushed the injured, identified as Badal Das, to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. Later, a case against the driver of the offending bus was registered at the Ultadanga police station under the sections 279 IPC (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304A (Causing death by negligence). The offending bus has been seized and a search is on to nab the driver.last_img read more

Mayor looks to overhaul solid waste management in city

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Friday proposed to allocate Rs 657.16 crore for completely revamping solid waste management in the city. Hakim announced the allocation while delivering the KMC Budget statement and at the same time, touched upon a slew of measures aimed at the overhaul.”There was a time when people would say that Kolkata is a dead city. But now, with KMC undertaking commendable work to maintain a clean and hygienic environment, people say that Kolkata is a living city. Scientific solid waste management is a challenge and we are up to it,” Hakim said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe maintained that the civic body has already started segregation of waste at the source at 7 wards in the city and is all set to start the same in 20 more wards. “We will gradually bring more and more wards under the purview as separation of dry and wet waste is of utmost importance. Dry waste can be recycled while the wet portion can be used for making fertiliser. Uttarpara Municipality in Hooghly district is now successfully doing segregation of waste at source,” the Mayor said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKMC is also introducing a dress code for the employees who are associated with the collection of garbage at the ground level. “Gone are the days when a cleaner would work in a tattered dress and slippers, making them susceptible to diseases. The garbage disposal system has been modernised and so the cleaners should also have a proper dress code,” Hakim added. KMC has placed 11,500 bins of 240 litre capacity each, for the use of pedestrians and shop owners to stop littering streets and footpaths. The civic body has progressed towards replacing open vats in the city by introducing compactor and movable compactor stations. 120 battery operated environment and user-friendly hydraulic dumpers have been engaged. “I have made it clear to our officials that cleaning of garbage at any place in the city, irrespective of jurisdiction, will be taken up by the Conservancy department. The charge for cleaning may be collected from the concerned agency at a later stage,” Hakim said.last_img read more

Survived as writer by being practical Ruskin

first_imgAuthor Ruskin Bond, who has been enthralling readers for 60 long years with over a hundred novellas, short story collections, non-fiction and poetry books, thinks that he has survived as a writer by being a being a practical person. “When I write, I do it for myself. I just enjoy the business of writing any story or trying to please the imaginary reader who might be an extension of my own personality,” Bond said at the Penguin Fever, an event organised by the Penguin Random House India to mark its 30th year in publishing. The 83-year-old author, who now lives in Uttarakhand’s Landour, believes his writing can be enjoyed by people aged between six to 60.”I am a compulsive writer and even at times when my writings weren’t getting published very much, I continued writing because it was just a natural thing to do,” Bond said. The author who has been conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, went on to talk about moments he was left disappointed or when his books did not do well. But that did not stop him from writing.”I never wanted to give up writing because I knew that would have been fatal. Once you give up, it is very difficult to start again. If you have confidence in yourself you must not give up. Never despair and if you despair, work on it in despair,” he added. Asked whether he ever considered becoming a football player, something he loved in his younger days, Bond said that his decision of becoming an author has been the right one.”I think I did the wise thing by sticking to writing because here I am in my 80s still writing stories, whereas it wouldn’t have been possible for me to run after a football at this age. “There’s always something on my writing desk, be it an essay, short story or may be another memoir. I am like a grasshopper, jumping from one story to the another,” Bond chuckled. The author, whose autobiography “Lone Fox Dancing” was released earlier this year, said that he is ready with another book titled “Till The Clouds Rolled By” a sequel of his earlier book “Looking For The Rainbow”.”Till The Clouds Rolled By”, which talks about his days in Delhi and his mother and step father, will be released this month.last_img read more

Rescued canine makes it to dog squad of WB Police

first_imgKolkata: A stray canine, rescued by the police, has become the first street mongrel to join the elite dog squad of West Bengal Police. Asha, as named by the Kolkata Police officers who rescued her from stone-pelting kids on the city streets, has been trained in the last one-and-half years to become member of the dog squad of the West Bengal Police Training Academy, Barrackpore, deputy inspector general of police Dipankar Bhattacharya said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”Initially, we did not have plans to train her or include her in our dog squad as we never had any street dog in the squad. But the then inspector-general (Training) K Jayaraman thought of providing training to the stray dog and see if she could be included in the canine squad,” Bhattacharya said. Asha who will be joining “pedigreed” members such as German Shepherds and Labradors in the dog squad, has proved to be a good sniffer dog in detecting explosives, the DIG said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “I am happy that Asha has proved that not only pedigreed dogs can be part of a police dog squad. She has proved herself to be as smart and intelligent as pedigreed dogs. “We are proud that we are successful in training a stray dog to handle situations. She is ready for work and will join the squad soon,” the IPS officer said expressing his willingness to try to include more street mongrels in the squad after training them. “Asha is a well-mannered dog. She picked up very quickly and started following instructions on how to heel and walk, crawl, lie down, roll over and salute just like others pedigreed dogs,” another senior officer in the West Bengal Police’s dog squad said. “But if you ask me, I will tell you that Asha was very good at training and most of the times, she was better than the pedigreed dogs. She is the fastest runner dog in our squad and quite clever. That’s her mettle,” the officer said.last_img read more

KMC health centres to get sanitary pad vending machines

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to come up with sanitary pad vending machines at all its health centres across the city. The civic body has health centres at 44 wards.”As a mark of respect to mothers and sisters on the occasion of International Women’s Day today (Friday) we have decided to set up sanitary napkin vending machines at every health centre under our jurisdiction. The service can be availed at a nominal price of Re 1. The move will ensure better health and hygiene for women,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that the number of people visiting KMC health centres is increasing by leaps and bounds as the Health department of the civic body is taking measures from time to time to boost the infrastructure of its health units. In 2018, KMC health centres had catered to 22 lakh patients. This apart, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will take steps to renovate and revamp more than 60 water bodies in the city soon after the elections. “The election dates are expected to be announced soon so, we will not be able to commence work during this period. We will complete the tender process and formalities for allotment of work order during this time. So, once the elections are over work will start immediately,” a senior official of KMC said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSwapan Samaddar, member Mayor-in-Council (Environment ), held a meeting with officials in this regard in presence of Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed. “We have got the approval of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board and we are waiting for the administrative approval from the state Municipal Affairs department for renovation of these waterbodies. The DPR for the renovation projects has been sent sometime back,” Samaddar said.last_img read more

JAP decides not to blow poll bugle

first_imgDarjeeling: In a sudden development, Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri president Jan Andolan Party (JAP) on Wednesday announced that his party will stay out of the Lok Sabha polls thereby causing a major setback to coalition that was being forged.”For more than a month we have been trying to forge an alliance and field a consensus candidate. There is the GNLF, JAP and the CPR. However, this has not been possible. The other two parties have already decided on their candidates,” stated Chettri. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe JAP president stated that his party does not adhere to the politics of winning seats. “We do not want to win the MP elections. We wanted to forge an alliance with the regional parties and come out with a consensus candidate for the greater good. “However, as this has not been possible we have decided to stay out of the fray,” added Chettri. Interestingly, while talks were on in Siliguri between the three parties along with the Congress and CPI(M) on March 10, though the CPRM had sent representatives to the meeting, in Darjeeling they unilaterally had announced RB Rai as their candidate. Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) is a breakaway faction of the CPI(M). The CPRM, however, stated that if a agreeable consensus candidate is decided upon Rai will withdraw from the fray. Rai is the president of the CPRM and a former MP.last_img read more

Guide to survive the sweaty summer

first_imgWith summer comes melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky hair hence it is important to give proper hydration and relaxation to your skin and hair to be easy breezy as the temperature soars up.Sushma Khan, National Creative Director-Makeup, Lakmé Salon and TIGI Educator Audrey D’Souza have listed the summer switch that must be made your regime to make your makeup last long and hair stay strong.For make-up Go light: Through the summer ‘less is more’ should be your mantra. The lesser the products you use, the lighter your skin will feel and make-up will not feel heavy. The summer is known to make your skin sweaty and layering more make-up on the face will add to it. Hence, it is highly recommended to use products with anti-bacterial properties. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReplace your foundation with a concealer to hide imperfections and feel light. Products with SPF of 30++ at least are a must. BB Creams are also a great option as it is an emulation of moisturizer and tinted foundation. Use more of light water-based products to make it feel light during summer, heat and sweating. Cut down your make up products to less than half and use the bare minimum.Multitask with your makeup : Invest in a product that does it all – for the lips, lids, and cheeks. It would cut down your routine to half and help keep your bag light. Simply choose from a range of summery bright or light lip and cheek tints as it will add a healthy glow with minimalistic colour. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSwitch to waterproof: Invest in waterproof eyelines, mascaras and eye pencils. With the temperatures rising high, one tends to rub and wipe of the face regularly. This might, at times, end up in either smudging or fading. Choose between a highly or lightly pigmented waterproof eye products so that the look is as fresh as it was in the morning.For hair:Cocktail of products: Prepare your hair using a cocktail of smoothening and anti-frizz serums to smoothen your hair and get rid of any frizz at the same time. 4Shortcut to volume: Wash and condition your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to combat the limp and sticky hair. Prep your hair with volumizing lotion before the blow dry to give your hair volume for days. Brush backwards and say hello to 3x more volume!Beach waves for days: Boho-inspired beachy waves are the ultimate summer hair-do. Apply curling mousse on wet hair and scrunch it up in a bun. Use tongs to achieve the wavy look.last_img read more

Beating the heat Poll candidates reveal ways of braving the scorching sun

first_imgKolkata: With the election fever having reached its peak, candidates are literally sweating it out in the Sun, as they make their last-ditch effort to woo the electorate. Even as the opposing parties cross words on the battleground, one issue that has served as a unifying factor for the candidates is the travails of canvassing under the scorching sun. Nothing, however, can bog them down at this last-minute as they continue to brave the heat with summer-friendly clothes and a balanced diet. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFor Saugata Roy, TMCs Dum Dum constituency candidate, a wet towel and insulin injections are a part of his every day campaign kit. “I usually place a wet towel on my head and drink electrolyte water when campaigning in the sun. I have to eat outside on most days, which is not a very healthy thing to do. At times, I even forget to take my insulin injections,” he sighed. Basu, however, warned candidates with diabetes against drinking too much water. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Candidates often get stressed, when addressing a rally or participating in a debate. It can have a direct impact on sugar levels. It is best to avoid drinking too much water, while sipping watermelon juice instead, once in a while,” he added. Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Maitra, who is party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s pick for the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat, makes it a point to apply sunscreen lotion and wear sunglasses when she leaves home for campaigning. The ruling party nominee also eats less when out in the heat, but drinks water every now and then to stay hydrated. “I usually eat vegetable-based dishes and fruits for lunch. Also, I wear full-sleeve muslin shirts and cotton saris to avoid heat exposure. A strong sunscreen lotion and sunglasses are a must during the peak hours,” she maintained. Union minister and BJP candidate Babul Supriyo, who hits the campaign trail around 9 in the morning, usually carries home-cooked food with him. During lunch break, he visits a party karyakarta’s home, sharing food with his supporters. “I thrive on a sugar-free and gluten-free diet to keep going. There are times, however, when people offer me a sweet or a sherbet which I cannot refuse. Apart from that, music keeps me upbeat under the blazing Sun. I keep humming songs, it helps me maintain my cool,” the singer-turned-politician said. Quite like Supriyo, BJP’s Krishnanagar candidate Kalyan Chowbey loads his vehicle with fruits, coconut water and curd. “My day starts at 7.30 am. I first visit the local market, talk to people before taking to the streets with my team. My day ends sometime around midnight, or even extends beyond that. Only the other day, I participated in a night-long cricket tournament. The love and the adulation you receive from people are your stress-busters in this heat,” Chowbey said. Chowbey is also particular about his choice of clothes for padyatra and roadshows. “During the day, I stick to linen clothes and drink lots of coconut water to stay hydrated. As I am a vegetarian, my diet usually consists of chapatti, dal and sabzi (veggies),” he added. According to preventive medicine specialist Dr Debasish Basu, it is important to have fluids and oil-free food to avoid dehydration under the Sun. “Political candidates or any person for that matter should avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks when out in the Sun for long hours. The sugar in the cold drink gives an immediate kick, but the phosphoric acid in it dehydrates the body. It is important to drink room-temperature water and stick to fruit juices and less-oily food to get going,” he said. Basu also insisted that candidates should wear cotton and linen clothes to stay comfortable. “Cool and breezy clothes help us stay comfortable under the scorching Sun. I would suggest cotton, linen and other breathable fabrics, which allows better air flow, to beat the summer heat,” he added. Unlike Chowbey or Moitra, CPI(M)s Raiganj candidate Mohammed Salim claimed that he does not adopt any particular measure to beat the heat during canvassing as meeting people and party workers in the day is “part of his everyday routine”. “I usually eat less oily food, all round the year. When I am out campaigning, I halt at a local resident’s house for lunch. There are tubewells installed across the constituency. When I am thirsty, I drink water from a tube well,” the 61-year-old leader and sitting MP from Raiganj added.last_img read more

No Jim Harbaugh dont be blame the refs guy

first_imgJim Harbaugh is part mad genius. He’s part petulant child. It’s all what makes him the most intriguing college football coach in the country. He’s part football rocket scientist, and partly the kid that says, ‘I’ll take my ball (and baseball glove) and go home,’ if things aren’t going his way.Among the deciding plays in #3 Michigan’s 30-27, double overtime loss to #2 Ohio State, was a key 4th and 1 spot in overtime, where Buckeye quarterback J.T Barrett was given a first down, inches past the marker. The first down was followed up by Curtis Samuel’s 15-yard game winning touchdown run. Harbaugh was not happy.In the post game press conference, a livid Harbaugh didn’t engage in the customary, politically correct coach speak, instead opting to go off on the officials regarding the spot, and a host of other calls. He strongly implied they lost the game for Michigan.Here is Jim Harbaugh ripping the officials…— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) November 27, 2016 Advertisement Jim Harbaugh deserves a ton of credit. He’s one of the top 3 college coaches in the country. He took a skeleton of a Michigan Football program left to him by Brady Hoke, and has turned it into a contending national power in just under two years as coach.But, the head coach of a major program whining about the officiating after a tough loss to a rival is a weak move. Even if the spot was off, you’re talking about a spot. It diminishes the win by Ohio State in the spirit of a “rigged election”, rather than crediting your historic rivals.Harbaugh doesn’t have the gracious chip. It’s why Michigan fans love him. He’s the reason they stopped getting their asses kicked all over the field after 5 years. He loves football so much, he’s reduced to an angry kid in a neighborhood game when he loses. It’s endearing if you like him, and infuriating if you don’t.To pin a loss on a single penalty if you’re Harbaugh and Michigan in this game is ridiculous. There were 5 other plays that made a bigger difference in deciding the outcome, including, but not limited to, the 15-yard penalty thrown on Harbaugh for a play sheet tossing, head set slamming sideline tirade that gave Ohio State the ball inside the 5-yard line for a score that closed the deficit to 17-14, heading into the 4th quarter.Highlight of the Game: Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh gave his headset a beating. #MICHvsOSU— Hardys® (@HardysMedia) November 26, 2016center_img To reduce what was an incredible rivalry game to complaining about officiating, over a close spot, looks small. And Jim Harbaugh, a giant on the college football landscape, looks small when he does it.You lost. Be bigger. Do better. At least there are better days ahead if you’re in Ann Arbor. You’re ahead of schedule. Be thankful for that.last_img read more

VIDEO LeBron hit a ridiculous gametying turnaround three off a Kevin Love

first_imgLeBron finished with 32 points, 7 rebounds and dished out a career-high 17 assists on the night, but fouled out in the overtime session. Kyrie Irving took over OT, including sinking the game-winning basket to clinch the 140-135 win for the Cavs.It was a helluva NBA regular season game. Don’t bury the King and the Cavs just yet.You have to slow #KyrieIrving down to appreciate the handles.#PhantomCam— NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2017 Recently, LeBron James has made headlines for his off-the-court comments. James has been vocally unhappy with the Cavs front office and was most recently embroiled in a public spat with NBA legend and TNT commentator Charles Barkley.Last night against the Wizards, James got back to making news on the court. After missing a layup with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game that would have given the Cavs the lead, Cleveland trailed the Wizards 120-117 with 3 seconds left.On the ensuing in-bound pass, Kevin Love connected with James on a full-court chest pass that LeBron hauled in like Christian Laettner against Kentucky in 1992. James gathered, located the three-point line and banked in the game-tying, turnaround triple off the glass.It’s an incredible shot, even by LeBron’s standards:The shot. #DefendTheLand— NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2017Here’s the baseline replay:Poetry in motion… #KevinLove to #LeBronJames#PhantomCam— NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2017last_img read more

Is Online Banking Safe

first_img 2 min read April 15, 2010 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Although small-business owners are often encouraged by their banks to use online banking services, recent news about common tools of the trade hasn’t been good.Last November, the FBI issued a warning about a serious uptick in online banking fraud targeting small businesses, especially Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions–which are used for direct deposit of payroll, vendor payments and the like–wire transfers and malware that steals sensitive information, including account numbers and passwords.The problem is so bad that the Better Business Bureau has launched an initiative to help businesses keep all of their data–including sensitive banking information–secure. David Zetoony, an attorney with business law and litigation firm Bryan Cave in Washington, D.C., is the co-author of a free handbook published as part of the program, Data Security–Made Simpler. He offers the following tips for businesses that use online banking services:Work with your bank.”You should question your bank about what they’re doing to protect your account,” Zetoony says. Aside from checking your business accounts daily for unauthorized transactions, you should ask your banking representative whether the bank offers any other protections. Dual authorization–which requires two separate log-ins and authorizations from different people to process a transaction–is popular, he says.Use a dedicated computer.Online banking should be conducted on a dedicated computer that is operated only for the banking transactions and for virus and malware checks, then shut down, Zetoony says. This limits the ability of hackers to access information and makes it less likely that malware can be inadvertently installed and steal sensitive information. The computer should also be password-protected and used only by those who conduct online banking transactions.Keep anti-virus and anti-malware protection up to date.No virus or malware protection is perfect, but it’s important to take advantage of the protection they do offer, Zetoony says. Check for updates each time you open your computer for banking transactions and run the updated software after each session. This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

How Automated Booking Can Save Your Business

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » This story appears in the October 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Eventup was suffering from a serious inquiry overload. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based online startup — which rents out unique spaces for parties, such as Eric Clapton’s onetime home or the Malibu pad from The Bachelor — needed a more efficient way to handle the hundreds of placement requests from venues, as well as customer queries, that were overwhelming the 12-person staff each day.”Prior to our public launch, every venue we signed up was because of tons of calls and was extremely painful,” says Eventup founder and CEO Tony Adam.The company set out to automate as much of the painstaking process as possible.Highlands CastleImage courtesy of Highlands CastleThe fix Adam invested in a custom-made site with back-end tools that simplify the sign-up process. A “list your space” feature allows venue owners to submit a form with photos and all necessary information, such as size, capacity and parking options. Realizing that venues are booked more often after clients walk through them, Adam built a venue-visit scheduler into the system as well. Party planners can bypass Eventup’s staff and communicate directly with potential venues via a secure messaging system on the site. This spares employees from having to answer questions such as, “Do you have a dinner table that seats 20?” Eventup joins in only when it is time to book the location, taking its 15 percent cut. Alternatively, customers can fill out a simple form labeled “Tell us about your event,” and Eventup can contact multiple appropriate venue owners at once to solicit bids.The resultsEventup says its sales reps went from signing up five venues a day to more than 20, and that within a month, revenue was 10 times greater. (It would not provide figures.) The company is looking to expand to other markets, including Chicago.”Now we’re able to put more care into our corporate customers and focus our efforts where it makes the most sense,” Adam says.A second opinionJohn Powell, CEO of Alfresco, a cloud-connected content management platform, says that even though Eventup successfully built its own automation process, a knowledge-management (KM) solution could have saved time and headaches.”A lot of their questions can be stored in the KM system; answers can then be automatically stripped out of e-mails so that, over time, the common questions on venues can be answered more easily,” he says, noting that KM systems can also help standardize forms for venue surveys, capturing blueprints and photos and then automatically updating the database.Overall, though, Powell is impressed. “Eventup’s site is very easy to navigate, and I really like the user interface,” he says. “Its technology also provides a much-needed service that I think has currently been missing from the hospitality market.”  3 min read November 14, 2012last_img read more