Designer Avery Holleman has developed the concept of a Napkin PC, a device that uses e-paper and radio frequency (RF) technology to enable creative groups to collaborate more effectively. The technology includes a “napkin” holder filled with e-paper napkins, as well as a place for colored pens. When someone gets an inspiration, they simply grab a napkin and start doodling with one of the pens. The pen uses short-range RF technology to send data to the napkin interface. The pen and napkin can also communicate to a base station PC in the napkin holder using long-range RF.Holleman hopes that the Napkin PC concept could enable creative groups – such as architects, artists, and engineers – to collaborate better because the doodles can be easily shared. Another perk of the concept is that the napkins are modular, so designers can connect them to create large-scale layouts. For example, a block of napkins can be hung side by side on a wall to create a large display.Another advantage is that the Napkin PC requires very little power. It doesn´t even use a battery, but instead relies on a single-layer flexible circuit board for inductive power. The pen itself wirelessly powers the napkin when it comes within close range. The e-paper napkins can retain their bright, full-color images without power for an indefinite period of time.When doodling, users can sign their name on any napkin to load personal features such as settings and bookmarks. The pens also keep track of who draws what, so that credit can later be given to the appropriate person.Holleman is hoping that the concept could reduce paper waste, and cut down on the need for printers. The product would be sustainable for several years, with only the napkins occasionally needing to be replaced, which would be done in an environmentally friendly process since no batteries are involved.via: Yanko Design The Napkin PC: “No inhibitions, it´s just a napkin.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Microsoft Garage project Ink to Code works on sketched ideas Citation: Napkin PC Enables High-Tech Doodling (2008, January 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-napkin-pc-enables-high-tech-doodling.html
Open access, as described by Creative Commons licensing agreements, essentially provide free access to anyone with an Internet connection. Going forward, all faculty at the university will be encouraged to post their research papers to the university’s eScholarship web site. Under the agreement, posters will have to grant the University a non-exclusive license to their papers (per Creative Commons guidelines) and promise that their papers have been peer reviewed. The change doesn’t force faculty to post to the university site rather than submit their papers to professional publications such as Nature, or Science, instead it provides a platform for publishing to an open-access site should the authors wish to go that route.In its announcement, officials with UC indicated that the move to open-access was meant to send a message to the rest of the research community—that open-access to research material is vital to “the future of research.”UC is not the first research organization to institute an open-access policy—various reports suggest that as many as 175 other universities have done so as well, perhaps most famously, MIT. The movement gained momentum after the White House issued a statement earlier this year announcing that all research papers that come about due to federal funds will be made available for free to the public within one year of being published in another journal.Critics argue that the move to open-access publishing isn’t what it would appear at all. They suggest that researchers will still want to publish in well known journals—the wide readership and established reputations make them the gold standard—plus there is the issue of peer review. Professional journals spend a lot of money to ensure papers are thoroughly reviewed before they are published—money they recoup by restricting access to the paper to only those willing to pay for it. Papers that are published on open-access sites, on the other hand, may or may not be as thoroughly reviewed. © 2013 Phys.org Citation: University of California adopts open-access policy for research papers (2013, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-university-california-open-access-policy-papers.html British group outlines plan for open-access publishing for publicly funded research papers The University of California (UC)—the biggest public research university in the world, has decided to adopt a university wide open-access policy for research papers produced by its faculty. The move marks a major victory for open-access proponents and a blow to professional journals who publish research papers behind a pay wall. , Science Journal information: Nature Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Explore further Dylan fans: Jonas Frisén, Konstantinos Meletis, Jon Lundberg, Kenneth Chien and Eddie Weitzberg. Credit: Gustav Mårtensson Journal information: PLoS ONE , Nature Medicine TRMM satellite sees Tropical Storm Dylan make landfall in Queensland Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg, both professors at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institute, were involved in the 1997 article; Lundberg laid out the rules of the bet as “The one who has written most articles with Dylan quotes, before going into retirement wins a lunch at the Solna restaurant Jöns Jacob.”Jonas Frisén and a colleague stepped up to the plate in their 2010 article published in Cell Cycle: “Eph receptors tangled up in two” was inspired by Dylan’s “Tangled up in Blue.” One year later, Lundberg and Weitzberg wrote a paper, “Dietary nitrate – a slow train coming” for The Journal of Physiology. As if they could stop right there. In a paraphrase of Dylan, they inserted in the paper’s conclusion, “We know something is happening, but we don’t know what it is – Do we, Dr Jones?” Lundberg said they were referring to a British colleague with the same surname.The Dylan-inspired scientists have drawn attention to the articles via email. One of the competitors, Joan Frisen, said it was “important that the quote is linked to the scientific content, that it reinforces the message and raises the quality of the article as such, not the reverse.” What could draw researchers exploring cells and inflammation to Bob Dylan? Opinions reflect high esteem for Dylan among the band of scientists, opinions that include Dylan being worthy of a Nobel prize for literature to recognition of Dylan as a modern Shakespeare. A practical parallel was drawn by Konstantinos Meletis, research assistant at the Department of Neuroscience. “A musician who merely continues down the same highway for 30 years is not one who many want to listen to,” he said in KI News. “Good music is innovative, like Bob Dylan’s. And the same thing applies to good research. A researcher must also try to find new and different paths.” News of their bet may also help to bolster the work of scientists who, in exploring the activities of the brain, wish to explore less simplistic notions about one side of the brain working toward art appreciation and the other toward algebra appreciation. A study on PLOS ONE last year from a team at University of Utah and University of Wisconsin, “An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” said that “our analyses suggest that an individual brain is not ‘left-brained’ or ‘right-brained’ as a global property, but that asymmetric lateralization is a property of individual nodes or local subnetworks, and that different aspects of the left-dominant network and right-dominant network may show relatively greater or lesser lateralization within an individual.” , Cell Cycle (Phys.org) —A 17-year old bet among scientists at the Karolinska Institute has been a wager that whoever wrote the most articles with Dylan quotes before they retired would get a free lunch. Results included papers such as Nitric oxide and inflammation: the answer is blowing in the wind,” published in 1997 in Nature Medicine. Then there was another cluster of members preparing an article about whether blood cells change and become nerve cells. They entered the title, “Blood on the tracks: a simple twist of fate.” The first two nitric oxide authors repeated their effort with another paper that had “The times they are a-changin’ in the title. At the same time, they emailed the “blood on tracks” authors and announced an internal competition. Lisa Reimegård chronicled their multi-year wager in KI News, the publication of the Karolinska Institute. More information: ki.se/en/news/here-comes-the-s … ry-of-the-dylan-fans © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Research band at Karolinska tuck Dylan gems into papers (2014, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-band-karolinska-tuck-dylan-gems.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Examples of quantitative measures. a) Ear Angle (i), Eyebrow Angle (ii), and eye height (iii) are illustrated. b) Eyebrow height (iv) is measured from the bottom of the eyeball to the middle of the brow. c) Eye width (v) was the diameter of the visible iris. Credit: PLOS ONE (2016). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166446 Citation: Study suggests rats smile with their ears (2016, December 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-rats-ears.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers found that the rats undergoing tickling vocalized more and their ears became droopier and pinker—they exhibited no discernible reactions during the negative experiences. The researchers attributed the lowered ears to the rats being in a more relaxed state, but they were not clear on the reason for the pinker ears—they suggested it could have been a sign of happiness or simply increased blood flow due to the small degree of physical exertion that went along with laughing while being tickled. Why are we ticklish? As the researchers note, a multitude of studies have been conducted by scientists attempting to learn about the experience of pain or other negative emotions in rats and other animals—if researchers were aware of the pain they may be causing a rat or other test animals, they may be more likely to alter experiments to reduce animal suffering. But, as the researchers also note, very little research has been done to learn about more positive states in rats and other animals. People know when a dog is happy, for example—such pets are quite demonstrative—but how can a person tell if a pet or lab rat is happy or sad, or simply existing continually in a non-emotional state? By looking at its ears, apparently, according to the researchers with this new effort.Prior research has suggested that rats like to have their bellies tickled—they come back for more and emit a noise (in a range too high for humans to hear) that some researchers have compared to laughing. Because of that, the researchers use tickling as a basis for testing happiness in rats. They selected 15 male Lister hooded lab rats and subjected them to two types of environmental experiences they labeled as either positive or negative. The positive experiences consisted of sessions of tickling by one of the researchers; the negative experiences were more harsh—the rats were put in another room where they were subjected to random blasts of white noise. During both types of experiments, microphones were used to record vocalizations by the rats and observations were made of physical features, particularly changes to faces. Tickling procedure. The one-handed tickling procedure (a) consisted of one-handed repeated pinning, while rapidly stimulating the underside with the fingertips. The two-handed tickling procedure (b) consisted of scooping and supporting the animal with both hands, while vigorously tickling the sides and nape of the neck with the fingertips. Credit: PLOS ONE (2016). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166446 Journal information: PLoS ONE © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Bern in Switzerland has found that as part of feeling happiness, rats undergo a slight physical change. As the team notes in their paper uploaded to the peer-reviewed open access site PLOS ONE, the rats under study demonstrated happiness by lowering their ears. More information: Kathryn Finlayson et al. Facial Indicators of Positive Emotions in Rats, PLOS ONE (2016). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166446AbstractUntil recently, research in animal welfare science has mainly focused on negative experiences like pain and suffering, often neglecting the importance of assessing and promoting positive experiences. In rodents, specific facial expressions have been found to occur in situations thought to induce negatively valenced emotional states (e.g., pain, aggression and fear), but none have yet been identified for positive states. Thus, this study aimed to investigate if facial expressions indicative of positive emotional state are exhibited in rats. Adolescent male Lister Hooded rats (Rattus norvegicus, N = 15) were individually subjected to a Positive and a mildly aversive Contrast Treatment over two consecutive days in order to induce contrasting emotional states and to detect differences in facial expression. The Positive Treatment consisted of playful manual tickling administered by the experimenter, while the Contrast Treatment consisted of exposure to a novel test room with intermittent bursts of white noise. The number of positive ultrasonic vocalisations was greater in the Positive Treatment compared to the Contrast Treatment, indicating the experience of differentially valenced states in the two treatments. The main findings were that Ear Colour became significantly pinker and Ear Angle was wider (ears more relaxed) in the Positive Treatment compared to the Contrast Treatment. All other quantitative and qualitative measures of facial expression, which included Eyeball height to width Ratio, Eyebrow height to width Ratio, Eyebrow Angle, visibility of the Nictitating Membrane, and the established Rat Grimace Scale, did not show differences between treatments. This study contributes to the exploration of positive emotional states, and thus good welfare, in rats as it identified the first facial indicators of positive emotions following a positive heterospecific play treatment. Furthermore, it provides improvements to the photography technique and image analysis for the detection of fine differences in facial expression, and also adds to the refinement of the tickling procedure.
Ray lovers of the Capital can rejoice. Apur Sansar — the last part of the Apu Trilogy — is all set to be screened in the city. Though the film has been out in DVDs and VCDs now, but nothing beats the magic of watching the cinematic frames of ray on the giant screen. Which cinema lover can forget the scene where Soumitra Chatterjee comes face to face with his abandoned son?But the feast does not stop there.Also to be screened are Rituparno Ghosh’s award-winning film Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dahan and Utpalendu Chakraborty’s Chokh. All these are a part of the Regional Film Festival — a three day film extravaganza that is being organised by the Delhi government.’Delhi patronises people from across the country. People from every region could be benefited by witnessing selected movies from their own soil and language. This has been the prime motive behind the idea,’ said JP Singh, assistant secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad. Apur Sansar, which stars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore, will be screened on the first day. This is the last part of the Apu trilogy and has beautiful poignant moments of romance between Sharmila and Chatterjee. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDahan, to be screened on Day 2, is based on Suchitra Bhattacharya’s story of the same name. It shows the struggle of Indrani Halder struggle with the patriarchal mentality of the society. When a newly married couple (played by Rituparna Sengpta and Abhishek Chatterjee) is attacked on the road and the woman molested, none save for Jhinuk (played by Halder), comes forward to their rescue. Sengupta and Halder jointly picked up the National Award for their role.DETAILAt: Siri fort Auditorium IIWhen: 26-28 November Timings: 6.30 pm
The show was curated by Surbhi Modi. The exhibition showcased the artworks and installation of eight artists.The exhibition celebrates Bacon’s notion of the ordered chaos, where the aesthetic and the anaesthetic are constantly at odds and where abstraction fights figuration, leaving us with an altered reality, which has some semblance of the familiar, yet the intrigue of the new.The title Beauty in the Beast is a Shrek-like take on the fairy tale where the ugly duckling does not become a swan, the ugly beast does not metamorphose into a handsome prince but where we brazenly glorify the grotesque. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anant Mishra drawings meander between the dualities of human and animal, abstraction and figuration, arrogating mythical beasts and fantastical characters whereas Bhuwal Prasad’s vibrant, anarchic canvases exhort images of a familiar haze. Mangesh’s video installation combines the luxury of velvet felt with the bad-tempered of sound and video that show a delicate balance of a beast and a flower that move in a kaleidoscopic manner. His surrealistic pencil drawings are both humorous and insightful, and reflect the musings of a very wise child.Rajesh’s exquisite miniatures pay homage to Klimt but bring his own brand of melancholic nonchalance, to the forefront. Nayanna Kanoria’s oils show zebras in a living room.
Prime Minister David Cameron will this year deliver his most religious Christmas message to date, calling Britain a “Christian country” whose religious values have made it a “home to people of all faiths and none”.Cameron will focus on the issues of peace and security at a time when millions are fleeing war around the world, stressing the importance of Britain’s Christian values in shaping how the country responds.“That is what we mark as we celebrate the birth of God’s only son, Jesus Christ – the Prince of Peace,” he said. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort“As a Christian country, we must remember what his birth represents: peace, mercy, goodwill and, above all, hope.“I believe that we should also reflect on the fact that it is because of these important religious roots and Christian values that Britain has been such a successful home to people of all faiths and none.”The message was the second year in a row that Cameron referred to Britain as a Christian country, despite his having been accused of stoking “alienation and division” last Christmas. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanIt comes after an official inquiry into belief in Britain found a “general decline” in Christian affiliation, with only two in five people now identifying as Christian.The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life report, released in early December, said modern Britain had a more “pluralist character”, while the number of people who don’t follow any religion has risen to almost half the population in 2014.His remarks were criticised by the National Secular Society, saying it was “disappointing to see the Prime Minister again pushing the divisive rhetoric of Britain being a ‘Christian country’ “. Stephen Evans, the group’s campaigns manager, said: “We look to political leaders for leadership, not theology, and this kind of language reveals him to be less than statesmanlike.”He added: “David Cameron needs to appreciate that he isn’t a leader of Christians, he’s the prime minister of a diverse, multi-faith, and increasingly non-religious nation.”Cameron will use his message to draw attention to the millions of refugees fleeing war in Syria and elsewhere and the persecution of Christians around the world.“Millions of families are spending this winter in refugee camps or makeshift shelters across Syria and the Middle East, driven from their homes by Daesh and [Syrian president] Assad,” he said.“Christians from Africa to Asia will go to church on Christmas morning full of joy, but many in fear of persecution.“Throughout the United Kingdom, some will spend the festive period ill, homeless or alone,” he said. The Government has pledged to accept 20,000 of the 4 million refugees from Syria over a five year period, with the first families arriving in recent weeks.Cameron also paid tribute to people who were spending Christmas “helping the vulnerable at home and protecting our freedoms abroad”, and to the armed forces stationed abroad.
Kolkata: A footpath dweller, aged about 20 years, was allegedly gang-raped by three young men on Friday early morning near Fairlie Place. According to locals, the girl was found crying and was also bleeding profusely.While patrolling the area, a traffic constable found her and upon inquiry, came to know that she had been gang-raped by three persons.Immediately, North Port police station was informed and the girl was admitted to the Kolkata Medical College. There, her medical examination was done too. Sources informed that rape was confirmed following the medical examination. Her condition is stated to be still critical. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLater, the girl informed the police about the youths who were also residents of the nearby area. By Friday evening, police arrested two of the accused — identified as Chandan Saha and Sunil Yadav. Investigators are still searching for the third one.Following the incident, other footpath dwellers are panic-striken and are understandably worried about their family members. But the police have assured them that no harm will be done.
This traditional Chinese small bite- sized dish was given a twist by Dim sum culinary master, Chef Ye Hai Jun who has meticulously crafted a signature Dim Sum lunch menu consisting an assortment of quirky cold appetizers, delicious soups and of course dimsums.The lush interiors of the indoor seating and private dining rooms guarantee an intimate dining experience with homemade gelato adding to it. The menu contains an array of steamed buns and baos to an authentic selection of appetizers and soups like Marinated Sliced Pork Belly with Garlic and Chilli Sauce; Marinated Cucumber with Garlic and a Sichuan- Style Marinated, Chicken in Chilli Sauce and Lemon Coriander Soup, amongst others. The menu has hand-picked items to compliment each flavour and cater to the guest’s wishes. A large outdoor deck overlooking lush green gardens has been provided for al fresco dining. The balance between taste and consistency has been maintained and the menu takes great care to serve both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian patrons. It includes classic favorites of savory and sweet Dim Sum for both the palates. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The vegetarian selection has Poached Peking Style Vegetable Dumpling, Steamed Corn with Chives and Garlic Dumpling, Spicy Radish and Glass Noodle Dumpling, Lotus Steam and Water Chestnut Dumpling and Vegetable Tempura Cheung Fun. Whereas, the non-vegetarian selection includes Prawn Crackling Ball, Prawn Har Gao, Deep Fried Vegetables and Prawn Pocket, Poached Peking Dumpling with Chicken, Chicken Cheung Fun, Chicken Xioa Long Bao, Chicken Shao Mai, Char Sui Baked Pork Bun.At the finale of the delectable meal, the menu offers a medley of sweet Dim Sum with Fried Potato and Custard Poppies; Pan-fried Brown Sugar Cake (Nian Gao); Poached Rice Dumping with Sesame Paste and Fried Pineapple and Custard Dumpling as the filling.
Kolkata: Around 70 percent boats in the state have been fitted with automated trackers, mandated for all vessels in the country to prevent terror attacks from the sea, Navy Officer in-Charge, Bengal area, Commodore Suprobho De said on Monday.Union Home Ministry has mandated that all boats or vessels registered in the country will have to be fitted with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) for getting information on their location and details of the vessels, including ownership, De said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”All vessels, including fishing boats, are required to be fitted with Automatic Identification System (AIS) so that we can identify a friend from a foe,” he added. Lessons learnt from the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, in which the terrorists had taken the sea route to reach the country’s shores, has led to mandating the fitting of AIS trackers in all boats, he added.Admitting that there were issues with regard to all fishermen not having biometric cards and of unregistered boats, apart from the cost involved in fitting the trackers, Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDe said: “these problems are being taken care of and we are definitely moving forward”.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed a cost-effective transponder, De said ahead of Navy Day celebrations to be held on Tuesday.Stating that all agencies were in sync, De said the Fisheries department were responsible for checking the license, equipment and life saving material mon the boats.The Indian Coast Guard has been asked to check and inform the state government of any shortcoming on these issues, he said.
Kolkata: With an eye on the next general elections, the BJP is all set to begin its high profile Rath Yatra from December 7, claiming that it would prove to be a “game changer” in West Bengal politics. BJP president Amit Shah will kickstart the campaign titled ‘Save Democracy Rally’. The campaign is scheduled to begin from Coochbehar district in the north on December 7, from Kakdwip in the south 24 Parganas district on December 9 and from the Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The Rath Yatra will be a game changer in West Bengal politics. This will kickstart a wave of support in favour of the BJP and will become a deciding factor in the next general elections,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh told PTI. This is for the first time that the BJP has undertaken a political campaign of such a huge magnitude, covering nearly 10,000 kms, in the state. Three air-conditioned buses decorated as chariots carrying Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will criss-cross the entire state for nearly 40 days starting from December 7, covering all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, several top BJP leaders and chief ministers such as Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Raman Singh, Yogi Adityanath, Uma Bharati and Giriraj Singh will also participate in the campaign. The chariots would have pictures of some of the Bengal-born personalities like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Swami Vivekananda. Modi is also likely to attend four rallies to give a thrust to the party’s campaign in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “People will come out on the streets and join our rally irrespective of caste, religion and creed,” Ghosh said. The party’s Rath Yatra comes at a time when the BJP has made steady inroads in the state with the saffron party winning more than 7,000 seats in the three-tier Panchayat polls held in May this year. In several by-elections held since the 2016 assembly polls, the BJP has emerged as the biggest competition to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) by outsmarting the CPI(M) and the Congress. Shah had set a target of winning 22 Lok Sabha seats out of 42 seats in the state. The party has already prepared a blue print and has also chalked out seats where the BJP’s chances of winning is more than 60 to 70 per cent. The seats are spread across north Bengal, south Bengal and tribal-dominated districts of Junglemahal, said a senior BJP leader on the condition of anonymity. Some of the seats which the BJP will be targeting in the next Lok Sabha polls are Balurghat, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Malda North in north Bengal and Purulia, Jhargram, Medinipur, Krishnagar, Howrah in south Bengal, he said. According to BJP sources, the party’s main purpose of conducting Rath Yatras is to strengthen its organisation and reach out to the maximum number of polling booths in the state. West Bengal has around 77,000 polling booths. Another reason is to create a wave against the TMC government over its alleged anti-people policies, the sources said. BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya claimed that the campaign will expose the “misrule and corruption” of the state government. “The police is acting as if they are party members of the TMC. We would expose the criminalisation of politics and politicisation of the administration pursued by the TMC government in the state. This Rath Yatra is being conducted to save democracy in West Bengal,” Vijayvargiya told PTI. The party will also use this as an opportunity to spread awareness about NRC in Assam, he said. The BJP has also prepared leaflets which will be distributed in various areas of the state. The leaflets highlight the need for an NRC in West Bengal and passage of the Citizenship Bill, Vijayvargiya said. The party has also engaged its Minority Morcha wing to ensure active participation of Muslims in the campaign. “Muslims comprise nearly 30 per cent of the state’s population and if the party has to win elections in West Bengal, we have to take them along with us,” BJP state Minority Morcha chief Ali Hossain said, adding that the party had fielded more than 850 Muslim candidates in the Panchayat polls and nearly half of them had won. The minority community plays a deciding factor in at least 10-12 parliamentary seats of the state. While the BJP is buoyant over the Rath Yatra, the TMC leadership, however, alleged that the main purpose of the campaign is to create communal tensions in the state. “The main agenda of the BJP is to create communal rift in West Bengal. But their agenda of dividing people on religious lines will fail,” TMC secretary Partha Chatterjee said. Rubbishing all the allegations of Chatterjee, Vijayvargiya claimed that it is the TMC which pursues the policy of appeasement as the BJP believes in the politics of “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas”.
Kolkata: The mercury in the city on Saturday plunged to 10.6 degree Celsius making it the coldest day of the season. The cold wave continues to sweep through various South Bengal districts.According to the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, the cold wave conditions will prevail for the next three days following which the situation may slightly improve. “The minimum temperature may drop below 10 degree Celsius in the next four days. The cold wave conditions may prevail across the city and some districts as well. The winter chill has intensified due to the uninterrupted flow of northwesterly, bringing in the cold wave to the South Bengal districts,” a senior official of the Alipore Met office said on Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe lowest temperature in the city touched 10.6 degree Celsius on Saturday, taking it three degrees below normal, while the highest temperature remained at 23 degree Celsius during the day. In most parts of the South Bengal districts, the temperature remained 4-5 degrees below normal on Saturday. According to the weather office, the temperature in Dum Dum touched 8.7 degree Celsius. Murshidabad recorded 7.2 degree Celsius, Bankura 8.9 degree, Midnapore 9 degree and Burdwan 7.8 degree. The North Bengal districts such as Cooch Behar touched 5.7 degree Celsius and Jalpaiguri 6.8 degree. Darjeeling on Saturday recorded 0.2 degree Celsius and witnessed the first snowfall after almost one decade. The Met office also said the visibility would considerably reduce in several parts of the South Bengal districts during the morning hours due to mist in the next few days. The mist will clear as the day will progress. “The temperature may drop slightly below 10 degree Celsius in the next couple of days. People in South Bengal will continue to feel the winter chill till the beginning of the new year. The situation will improve gradually,” the weather official said.
Kolkata: Renowned Bengali writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee Dibyendu Palit died here Thursday due to age-related ailments, his family said. Palit’s death followed that of well-known Bengali poet Nirendranath Chakraborty on December 25. The 79-year-old writer, who is survived by his only son, breathed his last at a private hospital in Jadavpur at around 11 am, they said. His wife had predeceased him. The last rites will be performed after his son, who stays abroad reaches here, the family said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Palit, who was conferred the Sahitya Akademi for his novel ‘Anubhab’ in 1998, had been confined to his home for past three years due to age-related ailments. He was taken to the hospital from his south Kolkata residence on Wednesday night after his condition deteriorated. Expressing grief over his death, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted “Saddened at the passing away of veteran writer Dibyendu Palit. My condolences to his family.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBorn in Bhagalpur in Bihar in 1939, Palit had studied comparative literature in Jadavpur University and his first short story ‘Chhandopatan’ was published in 1955. It was followed by his first novel ‘Sindhu Baroan’ published in 1959. He was awarded the ‘Bankim Purashkar’ for ‘Dheu’ in 1990 and ‘Ananda Purashkar’ in 1984 for ‘Sahojoddha’. Palit’s short story ‘Mukhabhinoy’ had been adapted by theatre personality Shyamanand Jalan for his only big screen venture Eashwar Mime Co’. Film maker Tapan Sinha’s ‘Antardhan’ was also based on a short story by Palit. Well-known publisher and Secretary of Publishers and Booksellers Guild, Tridib Chatterjee said, “We have lost Ramapada Choudhury, Nirendranath Chakraborty last year and today we lost Dibyendu Palit. We are losing our mentors one by one.” “The Guild will pay tribute to these personalities in the coming International Kolkata Book Fair,” he said.
With the arrival of new year, art enthusiasts will get to witness a melange of colourful textiles, traditional handicrafts as well as classical dance performances by artists from India and Israel. Maestros from the two countries will come together at the 32nd edition of the ‘Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar’ to showcase their cultural legacy while cementing cultural and diplomatic ties – a vision seen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Israel. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe annual festival will take place from January 1-15, 2018 at Dilli Haat, INA. For the upcoming year, Dastkari Haat Samiti has collaborated with the Ministry of Textiles to organize the festival. It will create an interactive platform where around 200 artisans from India and Israel will exchange their skills and art while creating intricate art pieces that are significant of artistic legacy.Five craft persons from Israel will work with their Indian counterparts from Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan to create beautiful art pieces. Under the guidance of two Indian designers, every craft person will combine common understandings and skills to bring out entirely new designs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from this, the Israel-India workshop, which will be held between January 2 and 14, will showcase fresh art pieces to the public. During the workshop, art connoisseurs will also get a chance to interact with artisans and watch their work in progress.”This festival is a unique platform for our craftspeople to interact and share their skills with their foreign counterparts. Our vision is to bring back the original essence of Dilli Haat where artisans who don’t get to display their work in New Delhi will get a platform to showcase their talent exclusively,” says Jaya Jaitly, Founder of Dastkari Haat Samiti. The 15-day craft baz a ar will showcase a mix-bag of art pieces which will be created by Israeli artists in different art forms —papier mache by Vered Otmy, patchwork by Orna Shahar, embroidery in textile by Sassona Schits, paper cutwork by Janine Golbert and wire mesh by Nihad Dabeet. The bazaar will also touch upon the important aspects of the craft producers’ life by showcasing myriad cultural performances including folk music from Rajasthan. The exotic tribal martial ‘Chhau’ dancers will be dancing as well as demonstrating the art of mask making from West Bengal. ‘Pinguli Art’ from Maharashtra, traditional weaving from Gujarat and flute renditions by a Varanasi flute player will also be certain interesting things to look forward to.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and several top TMC leaders have changed their Facebook and Twitter display picture (DP) with photo of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on Wednesday to protest the desecration of the bust of the noted reformer and key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. Trinamool Congress’s official profile on Twitter and Facebook was also changed with a picture of Vidyasagar. Banerjee is scheduled to take out a protest rally on Wednesday to protest the smashing of the bust of the social reformer by alleged BJP activists in north Kolkata on Tuesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Launching a scathing attack on BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday, Banerjee had said, “What does Amit Shah think of himself? Is he above everything? Is he God that no one can protest against him?” Banerjee said this after supporters of the BJP and the TMC fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a roadshow by Shah. A college named after Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, a key figure in the Bengal Renaissance, was ransacked and a bust of the 19th century social reformer shattered allegedly by BJP workers during the clashes. The CPI(M) has also called for protest rallies against the incident. The intellectuals of the city will take out a protest march from College street on Wednesday evening.
Levels of harmful airborne pollutants in nail salons are similar to that of an oil refinery or an auto garage, putting employees at increased risk of developing cancers, respiratory difficulties and skin irritation, a study warns. The research, which monitored volatile organic compound (VOC) levels in six nail salons, is among the first to illustrate the serious health risks prevalent in the industry. According to a team from the University of Colorado Boulder in the US, nail salon employees face increased health risks due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that long-term exposure to carcinogenic compounds significantly raises the chances of developing cancers such as leukemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “The study provides some of the first hard evidence that these environments are dangerous for workers and that better policies need to be enacted to protect them,” said Lupita Montoya, lead author of the research. Montoya’s interest in researching airborne hazards in nail salons dates back nearly a decade. She recalls visiting a salon years ago and being struck by the pungent smell of open chemicals used in gel and acrylic nail applications. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe air quality could not be very good in such a confined space with poor ventilation, she suspected, drawing on her background as a mechanical engineer. However, while many of the VOCs from nail products had already been identified, no scientific studies had looked at the long-term health impacts for workers exposed to them day in and day out. Montoya tried to get field tests started, but securing a location proved difficult. Nail salons in the US are small businesses, employing a predominantly minority workforce and lacking the resources to adequately address worker health and safety. Fearing consequences, many declined to participate, Montoya said. In 2017, four undergraduate students working with Montoya used personal connections to help secure access to six salons for a monitoring test over the course of 18 months. The salons agreed to participate on the condition of anonymity. The researchers set up equipment to monitor known VOCs such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX, collectively) along with formaldehyde. While formaldehyde levels were similar to those measured in other settings, the study turned up higher-than-expected concentrations of harmful benzene, which has been linked to leukemia, in all six salons. The team asked employees to fill out questionnaires about employment practices, safety practices and health symptoms. Technicians reported working an average of 52.5 hours per week, with some ranging as high as 80 hours per week. Seventy per cent of workers reported experiencing at least one adverse symptom, with common responses including headaches, skin irritation and eye irritation. The study found that for workers in some salons, lifetime cancer risk was up to 100 times higher than baseline EPA-issued levels. The researchers stressed that salon customers, however, face significantly fewer risks. The observed levels of air pollution observed are unlikely to have any negative health effects on all but the most vulnerable, such as those who are pregnant or have serious asthma. The team is also working on ways to reduce VOC concentrations passively using low-cost, absorbent materials like heat-treated coal or wood with strong affinity for organic molecules like BTEX compounds. These activated carbon materials can remove harmful VOCs through passive diffusion. Researchers used activated carbon-based materials to create gallery-worthy artwork. The pieces could hang on the wall in a nail salon, pleasing to the eye while quietly cleaning the air. However, this method takes a long time. Air jets that direct polluted air toward the absorbent material with greater flow provide far more efficient removal. In an ideal real-world setting, small jets would sit at the end of each table, fanning the chemical fumes directly toward the charcoal artwork, efficiently eliminating lingering VOCs.
The parents of ex-NASCAR driver Robby Gordon were found dead in an Orange County home owned by the driver. The cause of death appears to be murder-suicide.According to reports from the local ABC affiliate in Los Angeles, the bodies were discovered on Wednesday afternoon following a 911 call to the residence. The bodies have since been identified as Robert Gordon, 67, and his wife Sharon, 57.Specific details regarding how the incident occurred are yet unknown.Clarification: The woman found dead was the spouse of Robert Gordon, but not the birth mother of Robby Gordon. Advertisement
8. Kansas City Chiefs – Kansas City has a small margin for error to win games, but they’ve been doing it all year. The Chiefs lead the NFL with 33 takeaways and are tied for the NFL lead with a +16-turnover differential. Cornerback Marcus Peters is tied for 2nd in the NFL with 6 interceptions.Kansas City does have a legit playmaker in Tyreek Hill, who has 12 all-purpose touchdowns this season (3 Rushing, 6 Receiving, 2 Punt Return, and 1 Kick Return). Colin likes the Chiefs, but doesn’t see them making a run in the playoffs.In case you didn’t know, Tyreek Hill is FAST. pic.twitter.com/OEczIPJNuV— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) January 1, 2017 Advertisement Every Tuesday, after all the NFL games have been played, it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy, Colin’s power rankings of his Top 10 NFL teams.This week, with the playoffs upon us, it’s the final hierarchy of the year, and Colin thinks that only a handful of teams have what it takes to make a Super Bowl run. The Packers, Giants, Cowboys and Patriots have separated themselves from the rest of the league, but who gets the top spot?Here are the final Herd Hierarchy rankings for the 2016 NFL season.10. Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins are 9-2 since Week 6. Only the Patriots and Chiefs have been better during that span. Head coach Adam Gase should be in the discussion for NFL Coach of the Year. The Dolphins are 9-0 when scoring over 24 points this season. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers – Pittsburgh has won 7 straight games to close out the season, thanks to Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell, and a weak second half schedule. Bell has averaged 175 yards from scrimmage per game over his final 7 games, including two 200-yard+ performances.This postseason will be the Steelers first with Bell in the lineup. He didn’t play in the 2014 and 2015 playoffs. Colin likes the Steelers, but thinks a large part of their second half success is due to their schedule, and he still doesn’t trust their defense. He doesn’t see them getting past New England in the playoffs.Ben Roethlisberger finds Eli Rogers for the 24-yard TD to give the #Steelers the lead! #HereWeGo #PITvsCIN pic.twitter.com/i3ZMV38BaM— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 20165. Atlanta Falcons – Like Pittsburgh, Colin loves the Falcons offense, but doesn’t trust their D in the playoffs. The Falcons lead the NFL with 6.69 yards per play, 33.8 points per game, and are the only team in the NFL that ranks in the Top 5 in rushing and passing offense.Atlanta has a league high 84 plays over 20 yards, and Julio Jones is the only player in the NFL to average 100 receiving yards per game this year. Colin thinks the Falcons and their prolific offense could win a game in the playoffs, but they won’t win the Super Bowl.Tevin Coleman finds a hole and sheds two tackles on his way to a 55-yard TD run! #RiseUp #ATLvsCAR pic.twitter.com/bluKFDaC7Z— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 24, 2016 7. Seattle Seahawks – Colin has moved off the Seahawks as a Super Bowl contender because they’ve been so inconsistent this year. The Seattle defense is still a force. They allow the 2nd fewest yards per play in the NFC, and their 42 sacks on the year is tied for 3rd most in the league. Cliff Avril and Frank Clark are 1 of 2 duos in the NFL to each record 10+ sacks. Seattle’s offense is the problem. Russell Wilson has been pressured a league high 210 times behind a terrible offensive line. This Seahawks team is a shell of their dominant Super Bowl teams.Russell Wilson completes a 42-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin to keep the #Seahawks in the game! #WeAre12 #ARIvsSEA pic.twitter.com/6c2le71zd5— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 25, 2016 2. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL with 108.7 rush yards per game, and Dallas is 2nd in the NFL in time of possession. This is important in the playoffs, because it shows they can grind out close games when they need to, behind their dominant offensive line.The Cowboys defense, which was considered a liability to start the year, leads the NFL in rushing defense, and has 10 takeaways from week 13 to 16, after producing just 10 in their first 11 games. The Cowboys have the formula to win it all, but will need their young core of stars to continue to play well to do it.Dez Bryant’s 2nd TD catch of the game gives the #DallasCowboys a 42-21 lead! #DALvsDET #MNF pic.twitter.com/iqL786HBbS— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 27, 2016 3. New England Patriots – Colin has the Patriots lower than most, largely because he believes their gaudy defensive stats have been amassed against weak quarterbacks. Still, the Pats have the NFL’s top scoring defense, and haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher on the season.New England leads the NFL with a +11.9 per game point differential, and have won 7-straight to close out the year. Colin thinks Brady and Belichick have a clear path to the Super Bowl in the AFC, and they’ve obviously proven they can win it if they get in.LeGarrette Blount gets his NFL-leading 17th rushing TD of the season! #Patriots #NYJvsNE pic.twitter.com/ARIGhzhndV— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 24, 2016 4. New York Giants – The Giants have the NFL’s best red zone defense, and since Week 6, they’re tied for the best scoring defense, have the best 3rd down defense, the 3rd most takeaways, and the 2nd most sacks in the league. Their secondary might be the best in the NFL. Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins have allowed 2 of the 3 lowest passer ratings in the NFL when targeted this season (29.7 and 42.6, respectively).The biggest question in New York is, can Eli Manning if the offense can score enough points to win playoff games? They don’t have an established weapon and rely too heavily on Odell Beckham. They’ve shown they can do it with defense all year, and Colin is a believer. The Giants can win the Super Bowl.Shot 4 – #Eagles played man vs Odell Beckham on 10 of his 20 targets. He caught 4 passes for 48 yards, 30 of which came on this blitz pic.twitter.com/P7JmpYm7pg— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) December 26, 2016 9. Detroit Lions – The Lions are not without their flaws, but Matt Stafford has made up for the loss of Calvin Johnson by spreading the ball around. The Lions are the only playoff team to have 4 players with at least 50 receptions and 500 receiving yards. Matt Stafford had his best game since injuring his finger in Week 17 against the Packers. He threw for 347 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, while completing 63.4% of his passes.The Lions are too weak on the back end to win in the playoffs, but they’ve made an impressive turnaround in a year where most predicted they would be a bottom feeder.Matthew Stafford pushes his way into the end zone to tie the game! #OnePride #DALvsDET #MNF pic.twitter.com/rMIn1Xmu6L— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 27, 2016 It will be hard to put up points in the playoffs with backup Matt Moore, who has thrown for 8 touchdowns in 3 starts this year, but also has an interception in each game. Miami is an up and coming team that should be dangerous next year, but they’ll get bounced by Pittsburgh in their playoff opener.Matt Moore finds wide receiver Kenny Stills for a 6-yard touchdown catch! #FinsUp #MIAvsBUF pic.twitter.com/I4YLMvXYci— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 24, 2016 Green Bay Packers – Right now, Colin thinks Green Bay is the best team in the NFL. They’re hot, healthy, Aaron Rodgers is playing out if his mind, and they’ve won 6 straight must-win games to close out the year. Since saying Green Bay could “run the table”, Rodgers has completed 71% of his passes at 8.3 yards per pass, and has 15 passing touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 121.0 passer rating.Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams have combined for 26 receiving touchdowns, which is the most by any receiving duo in the NFL. The Packers have the best 3rd down defense in the NFL, which means they get off the field and get the ball back to Rodgers. No one wants to play the Pack right now. Green Bay can win it all.It’s Rodgers to Rodgers for a #Packers touchdown! #GoPackGo #MINvsGB pic.twitter.com/vDItjYq4j6— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 24, 2016
Advertisement Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud didn’t waste any time submitting his offering for 2017 goal of the year. In the 17th minute of his club’s New Year’s Day Premier League match against Crystal Palace, he broke a scoreless draw with an unbelievable heel kick volley from behind his head.Giroud’s unreal ‘scorpion kick’ finish was the goal of the match, and a hell of a way to start 2017.Check out the unreal goal:GOAL OF 2017 Already?!! Olivier Giroud scores an outerworldly goal to put Arsenal ahead of Crystal Palace! pic.twitter.com/xFeBrjoEyB— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 1, 2017
It’s been a rough year for the Knicks and their hastily assembled knock-off Big 3. One of the biggest disappointments has been power forward Joakim Noah, who looks like a shell of his former all-star self after several injury plagued seasons.Last night, the Knicks beat the similarly struggling Pacers, but Noah’s memorable moment from the evening was one he’d probably like to forget.When Noah, a career 70% free throw shooter, stepped to the line for a pair, what resulted was one of the ugliest free throws you’ll ever see by a player not named Shaq. Noah pushed the shot about three feet wide left of the basket, and grimaced at the nasty air ball. Good god, that’s an ugly free-throw.Here’s the video, have a look. Or, maybe, look away: