Month: August 2019

Writing Patterns on Carbon Nanotubes With Polymer Chains

first_imgThe alternating pattern of PE and PEO formed on single-walled carbon nanotubes with a 12-nanometer period imaged using transmission electron microscopy. The dark and bright stripes represent the PEO and PE domains, respectively. Image courtesy Christopher Li. Plumbing Carbon Nanotubes Now, as reported in a recent edition of Nature Nanotechnology, a research group has successfully used polymers to create well defined patterns onto single-walled carbon nanotubes.“Very few reports have address periodic patterning on nanotubes, and those studies that have been conducted resulted in patterns that were poorly repeating rather than nicely periodic and uniform,” said the study’s corresponding researcher, Christopher Li of Drexel University, to PhysOrg.com. “The success of our work appears to be in the polymer material we used.”The group chose a block copolymer, a polymer chain formed by two (or more, in some cases) short polymer chains. In this case the two components are polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene oxide (PEO).Li and colleagues at Drexel deposited a single-walled carbon nanotube solution onto a pre-fabricated carbon-coated grid. The nanotubes lined up on the grid surface and the group decorated the nanotubes with a solution containing the copolymer. The result is a copolymer/nanotube hybrid, which the group analyzed using a transmission electron microscope.Even with the powerful microscope, the nanotubes were not visible under the copolymers, which formed worm-like structures with alternating dark and bright stripes (corresponding to the PEO and PE blocks, respectively). But the consistent spatial orientation of the stripes, and the size of the “worms,” averaging 50 nanometers wide and one micrometer long, indicate that the polymer chains forming the stripes had aligned with the long axes of the nanotubes; the stripes, then, cut across the nanotubes perpendicularly.The researchers used copolymer solutions of varying concentrations and found that the stronger the solution, the more stripes formed on each nanotube. The process causing this to occur, they propose, begins when the copolymer molecules randomly adsorb onto a nanotube surface. These molecule clusters nucleate the growth of crystals and, with increasing concentration, more crystals appear, growing into larger patches.At a critical concentration the patches connect and clear stripes begin to form. And when the concentration is too high, there are so many crystals forming on the nanotubes that they don’t have time to align properly.The period of the stripe pattern – that is, the distance between alternating stripes – is about 12 nanometers. This regularity is a key step toward fabricating multiple transistors on individual nanotubes.Additionally, the group was able to attach gold nanoparticles to the copolymer/nanotube hybrid structures in fixed locations, adding another functional element to the pattern. This shows that it is possible to pattern other structures onto the nanotubes, a route toward tailoring them specific tasks in nanoelectronics.More information: Bing Li, Lingyu Li, Bingbing Wang and Christopher Y. Li Nature Nanotechnology advance online publication 26 April 2009, DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2009.91Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Carbon nanotubes are at the center of the nanoelectronics research movement, with scientists making great progress toward getting nanotube-based electronic devices into the hands of consumers. But one area of carbon nanotube research where there has been considerably less success is creating repeating, regular patterns onto individual nanotubes, a task necessary for a key goal of nanoelectronics: patterning transistors directly onto nanotube surfaces. Citation: ‘Writing’ Patterns on Carbon Nanotubes With Polymer Chains (2009, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-patterns-carbon-nanotubes-polymer-chains.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Humancomputer music performances use system that links music and musical gestures w

first_imgIn this image from the video below, computers, robots, and humans perform together in the Machine Orchestra, which uses the captured musical gestures. Image credit: Ajay Kapur. A demonstration of the gesture recognition system: in the second half of the video, the recognition system is parsing the events. When it detects a rim hit, it changes its pre-set processing on the physical modeling. Video credit: Adam Tindale. “The main advantage of the method is that it allows large amounts of training data for machine learning algorithms to be acquired without human annotation simply by playing an instrument enhanced with sensors,” Tzanetakis told PhysOrg.com. “Once the surrogate sensor has been trained and its performance evaluated, then it can be used in place of the actual physical sensor on unmodified instruments of the same type.” Citation: Human-computer music performances use system that links music and musical gestures (w/ Video) (2010, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-human-computer-music-links-musical-gestures.html The system overcomes the previous difficulties in that it doesn’t hinder the performers or their instruments when performing, and doesn’t require large amounts of processing and analysis, greatly reducing time requirements. For instance, data from snare drum samples that took nearly a week of manual labor can be processed in less than an hour with the new method.The researchers demonstrated the system with professional musicians playing electronic sitars and electronic snare drums. The results showed that the trained surrogate sensors can accurately determine musical gestures when different musicians were performing, and not only the performer who was used to train the surrogate sensor. Further, any kind of performing (such as improvisation or playing a song) could be used to train the surrogate sensor. Musical illusion fools audiences and performers, says researcher 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. More information: — Adam Tindale, et al. “Training surrogate sensors in musical gesture acquisition systems.” IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. To be published. DOI:10.1109/TMM.2010.2089786 .—www.adamtindale.comcenter_img In a new study, researchers have developed a method for capturing musical gestures and mapping them to sounds that overcomes some of the disadvantages of previous methods. Adam Tindale, Ajay Kapur, and George Tzanetakis – all trained musicians and computer scientists working at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada – have described the new method in a study to be published in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. The method grew out of the authors’ experiences in developing instruments for interactive human-computer music performances. At the time, Tindale and Kapur were both completing their PhDs at the University of Victoria. Tindale now works at the Alberta College of Art and Design and Kapur works at the California Institute of the Arts and the New Zealand School of Music.As the researchers explain in their study, there are two main approaches for capturing musical gestures. One approach is direct acquisition, which involves attaching permanent sensors to instruments to create “hyper-instruments.” However, this approach is often invasive to performers and requires modification of expensive instruments. The second approach is indirect acquisition, which involves using a microphone to capture the sound, as well as sophisticated signal processing and machine learning algorithms to extract gestures from the sounds, which requires large amounts of training.The researchers’ new method is somewhat of a hybrid of these two approaches. They temporarily attach sensors to an instrument to capture musical gestures and a microphone to capture sound. This data is analyzed, and the gesture-sound mappings are used to train machine learning models to extract gestures from sounds only. These machine models then create what the researchers call a “surrogate sensor,” which behaves like the original invasive sensor but is not attached to the instrument. The surrogate sensor can determine the musical gestures based only on the analyzed sound captured from the microphone. (PhysOrg.com)—Every musical sound comes from a specific way that an instrument is played. With modern technology such as sensors, signal processing, and sometimes machine learning algorithms, researchers can determine the precise musical gesture used to produce a particular sound on an instrument. The ability to recreate musical gestures from sounds can be used for interactive human-computer music performances, music transcription, and other innovative applications. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further Computers, robots, and humans, including coauthor Ajay Kapur, perform together in the Machine Orchestra. Credit: Ajay Kapur In the future, the researchers plan to make the system more sensitive to additional features, such as training it to recognize the type of mouthpiece used by a woodwind instrument and the string on which a note is played on a violin. Both Tindale and Kapur currently use the system during musical performances, as shown in the accompanying videos. “Basically, the gesture information extracted is typically used in the following ways,” Tzanetakis explained. “(1) To map performance information to sound and a music generation algorithm that react in real-time expressively to the music; (2) to drive animations and visuals; (3) to synthesize sounds parametrically (for example, a synthesized drum sound might change based on where the snare drum is hit); and (4) to do analysis of the music played (for example, automatically tracking the tempo) in the context of computer-controlled robotic instruments interacting with humans.”last_img read more

Mesoscale eddies found to move far more ocean water than previously thought

first_img More information: Oceanic Mass Transport by Mesoscale Eddies, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1252418ABSTRACTOceanic transports of heat, salt, and fresh water, dissolved CO2 and other tracers regulate global climate change and distribution of natural marine resources. While the time-mean ocean circulation transports fluid as a conveyor belt, fluid parcels can also be trapped and transported discretely by migrating mesoscale eddies. By combining available satellite altimetry and Argo profiling float data, we show that the eddy-induced zonal mass transport can reach a total meridionally integrated value up to 30-40 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s−1), and it occurs mainly in subtropical regions where the background flows are weak. This transport is comparable in magnitude with that of the large-scale, wind- and thermohaline-driven circulation. Three-dimensional structure of an oceanic mesoscale eddy and the fluid trapped by this eddy. Credit: Sergey Kryazhimskiy Journal information: Science Explore further First direct evidence that breaking waves cause horizontal eddies (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers, two from the Ocean University of China, and a third from the University of Hawaii, has found that mesoscale eddies—swirling masses of water that travel westward in the subtropics—appear to carry far more water with them than scientists have realized. In their paper published in the journal Science, Zhengguang Zhang, Wei Wang and Bo Qiu discuss the study they undertook of the water vortices using altimetry and data from ARGO submersibles to measure the size of the eddies and to track their movements over time.center_img Mesoscale eddies are spinning masses of water (50 to 300 miles in diameter) that fall between observable eddies such as those created by ships and very large ones known as gyres. Scientists have known about them for quite some time, but till now, very little was known about their size and movements. To find out more, the researchers analyzed data from both satellites and submersible probes.Satellites operated by NASA have radar onboard that is sensitive enough to measure the altitude of the Earth’s surface to within inches—and that includes the oceans. Mesoscale eddies can be detected due to depressions formed as they spin. The researchers collected a decade’s worth of such data allowing them to create an animated map that shows the movement of multiple mesoscale eddies across the oceans—always moving east to west, and generally in subtropical regions, where background flows are weak. The team also studied data from the more than 3,000 ARGO submersibles that have been deployed to various depths in the world’s oceans—that allowed them to create 3D renderings of the eddies as they exist beneath the surface.Putting all the data together, the team was able to see that such eddies can live for months, or even years—it also allowed for calculating how much water they carry, approximately 30-40 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s−1), which is roughly equivalent to the amount of ocean water moved by wind or due to temperature variations. The amount is far more than most oceanographers had imagined, and stirs questions regarding the role they may play as the oceans grow warmer.The researchers plan to continue their research, focusing most specifically on how tightly the eddies hold on to material they capture, such as floating debris, pollutants, heat and carbon. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Mesoscale eddies found to move far more ocean water than previously thought (2014, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-mesoscale-eddies-ocean-previously-thought.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Made in India and for a cause

first_imgEmpowerment in association with Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are running Handloom clusters for tribal women artisans and weavers affected from Uttarakhand disaster. It motivated them to pick up the threads of their life using their craft to move on. This effort has resulted in many tribal women coming together and creating beautiful handmade and hand woven products.These products will be showcased in an exhibition Colours of Himalayas being organised on  December 12 at Artizen Art Gallery in the Capital. On display will be shawls, stoles, carpets, bamboo products, copper ware products, paintings and photographs depicting Uttarakhand and its crafts. All proceeds from the resulting sales of the products will directly go to these women artisans and weavers, motivating and inspiring them to come back to normal stream and move towards sustainable development. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Santosh Kumar Gangwar  Minister of State for Ministry of Textiles (IC) will be inaugurating the exhibition as the chief guest of the event. The exhibition will remain open till December 14.The exhibition is being curated by Sonika Agrawal and Kumar Vikas Saxena, who have closely watched these women going from being totally helpless and dejected to the spirit of wanting to move ahead and create a better living for themselves and their families. They say, “The immersion of the tribal women in crafts have given them a purpose of life and renewed their strength and courage, providing them with hope for the future.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEmpowerment, a sociocultural not for profit NGO, aims to preserve art and cultural heritage of India through promotion and revival of arts and crafts. A socially responsible organisation, Empowerment spreads its message and works through capacity building of women and youth. In June 2013, a cloudburst on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country’s worst natural disaster. The aftermath of this tragic turn of events left many homeless and wanting. Though relief poured in from various sectors, a sustained effort is required so that people are rehabilitated and empowered through capacity building and work towards sustenance. Towards this objective of filling in the gap for a sustained efforts and rural development, Empowerment and Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are actively working with flood affected tribal women belonging to remote areas of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. This initiative has motivated the women to pick up the threads of their life using their craft to move on. It has also resulted in many tribal women coming together and creating beautiful handmade and hand woven products.Empowerment and Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are non-profit organizations, registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI, 1860 that actively advocates using art, culture and traditions as a tool for social change and emancipation, for creation of a sensitive, sustainable and peaceful world, for bringing nations closer and for forming a nexus between the citizens and governments.When: December 12-14Where: Artizen Art Gallery, Bahadur Shah Zafar marglast_img read more

Cricket mania looms large

first_imgAs the eighth edition of Indian Premier League concluded with the Mumbai Indians taking home the crown for the second time post a massive 41-run victory over two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, the IPL fever is refusing to die out among cricket fanatics. Despite being a punching bag for critics, who see it as nothing but cheap commercialisation of the game, the ground reality is strikingly different with its ever surging viewership according to TAM ratings. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The tournament continues to be hugely popular among children, who are not bothered by the controversies surrounding the tournament and watch it to get their dose of entertainment. The conclusion of this season, however, has created a void and has left many miserable as no major sporting tournament is scheduled to catch their fancy anytime soon, India being majorly a cricket loving nation.Sarthak Saini, 16, has mixed feelings over the ending of this season. He is ecstatic as his favorite team has taken the title, but at the same time gloomy as the good times have ended. “This season of the IPL has been special as my favourite team has won the title. But there is nothing interesting to catch up on television now,” he said. His opinion is similar to that of Vaibhav, 15, a CSK fan and budding cricketer. He said, “Although CSK eventually lost, overall the tournament has been exciting. I have watched almost every match since the beginning of my summer holidays and now the rest of my vacation is going to be quite boring.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the other hand, Ayachi, 22, does not care much.” I supported KKR and lost interest in the tournament once they were out. I am disappointed, but hope to see them buckle up for next season. Being a sports aficionado, I have much to look forward to with the French Open in tow”, she said.The Indian Cricket team has a packed schedule this year. The team would be heading to Bangladesh for a test and then leave for the Zimbabwean shores in July to play a bilateral series comprising three One Day Internationals and two T20 ventures. However, both these series cannot match up to the excitement of IPL for youngsters. However, 15-year-old Smriti Jha said: “I am waiting for the series against Pakistan in December as that promises some real action.”  The reason for IPL’s high popularity among children seems to be its perfect amalgamation of cricket, glamour and entertainment. The tournament also gives fans a chance to see their favorite players from across the world on the same platform. “Although IPL cannot compete with other formats of Cricket in terms of standard, still I like it because it gives me an opportunity to see the likes of Kohli, De Villiers and Gayle playing together”, said Sanjeev,19, a diehard RCB fan. Since its inception, the tournament has been raising bars and has touched pinnacle this year. Although the cricket extravaganza has ended for this session, it promises to be back with a bang next year. Wait for the action!last_img read more

Governor releases ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi today said there is increased realisation on quality of education at school level. Delivering his address at the ‘ASSOCHAM EduMeet 2018’ here, Tripathi said, Centre is working on certain focus areas like school curriculum, teachers skill with the intention to develop new ways and “create an eco-system which is self-sustainable and ever evolving.” “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working hard on creating a framework,” Tripathi said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The Governor said, “There is increased realisation on quality of education at school level with both government and private participation.” Stating the government was giving focus on pre-school, Tripathi said right to pre-school education was essential to help build up the formal education system. “In this regard private and government partnerships can help in sharing resources, experiences and help build a strong foundation,” he said. Pointing out India had immense potential to be an education hub and attract students and faculties across globe, Tripathi said, “In ancient days we had centres of excellence which attracted foreign learners.” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “Time has come up again in the present age to build modern centres of excellence which will put increased focus on learning outcomes,” he said. Talking about various methods of education in modern world, Tripathi said “education has evolved with times. Technological interventions will help to take education to masses,” propel economic and social growth and expand the educational social system. Tripathi said quoting a study that “We have 497 million people in education seeking category within the age of 5-24 years or 37.1 per cent of country’s total population.” “They form an important segment in accelerating economic growth,” he said. Tripathi also released the ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report on the occasion. Heads of different educational institutions from all over the country and ASSOCHAM Education Council members were present at the one-day meet.last_img read more

Tutoring can relieve math anxiety in kids

first_imgA one-on-one math tutoring programme can relieve anxiety about doing math problems in your kids, says a study by Indian-origin researchers.“The most exciting aspect of our findings is that cognitive tutoring not only improves performance, but is also anxiety-reducing,” said the study’s senior author Vinod Menon professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It was surprising that we could, in fact, get remediation of math anxiety,” Menon noted. Even if they are good at math, many children feel anxious about doing math problems. For some, the anxiety persists throughout life, discouraging them from pursuing advanced math and science classes as well as careers that rely on mathematical expertise. The brain scans of the children with high levels of math anxiety showed activation in the brain’s fear circuits and so-called “fear centre”, or amygdala, before tutoring. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChildren then participated in an intensive, eight-week tutoring programme consisting of 22 lessons involving addition and subtraction problems. Tutors gave the lessons to each child individually. All of the children performed better on addition and subtraction problems after tutoring. The children who started the study with high levels of math anxiety had reduced anxiety after tutoring, while those in the low-math-anxiety group had no change in their anxiety levels.The study was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.last_img read more

Mitra lashes out at Centre for attempting to control Finance Commissions Terms

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra made a scathing attack at the Centre for its “attempt” to control the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Fifteenth Finance Commission. This comes when there would be a loss of Rs 35,849 crore for Bengal, if the 2011 census is used as TOR of the Finance Commission.He was speaking in the state Assembly on Tuesday, during discussion over deprivation by the Centre in allocation of funds to the state government. A resolution was brought in the Assembly in this connection, in which the issue of the TOR of the Finance Commission has come up. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePartha Chatterjee, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister, also stated how Bengal is getting deprived of its rights as the Centre has reduced and even stopped giving its share of funds for different projects.Mitra said this is the first time when there has been attempts of the Centre in controlling the TOR of the Finance Commission, as it has been stated that “the Commission shall use the population data of 2011 while making its recommendation”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said: “It would lead to a loss of Rs 35,849 crore between 2020 to 2025 if the Fifteenth Finance Commission gives its recommendations on the basis of the 2011 census. In between 2020-21 and 2024-25, the state government will have to pay Rs 36,510 crore to clear its debt.”The population share in Bengal, which was 8.16 percent in 1971, had come down to 7.67 percent in 2011.He further said that it has been stated that the commission will examine whether revenue deficit grants would be provided at all. “This shows that it is direct intervention in a statutory body,” he said. He further said that he had attended a meeting in Andhra Pradesh, in which the ChiefMinister of Puduchery, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and Finance ministers of Kerala,Punjab and Andhra Pradesh were present. There was a detaileddiscussion over the TOR andrepresentatives of the six states went to the President to submita memorandum in this connec-tion.He further stated that there has also been steps to introduce surge charges and cess in most cases, as the state government doesn’t get its devolution from it. But in case of tax, there has to be devolution of Central tax to the states.This comes when almost all the political parties in Bengal had demanded enhancement of devolution of Central taxes to the states from 42 percent to 50 percent before the Fifteenth Finance Commission, during its visit in Bengal.last_img read more

Abhishek likely to visit Balurghat on August 7 boost party workers

first_imgBALURGHAT: Trinamool MP and party’s youth president Abhishek Banerjee is expected to visit Balurghat on August 7 in a party programme to boost up party workers in a bid to see good results for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll, South Dinajpur district party president Biplab Mitra said on Wednesday.Apart from Banerjee, senior party leaders Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim and Subrata Bakshi are scheduled to attend Balurghat with him. According to Mitra, thousands of party workers and supporters covering all eight blocks will attend the programme, where Banerjee will deliver the message of party supremo Mamata Banerjee to exhibit her planning on how to fight with the communal forces in the forthcoming ballot battle in 2019. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNotably, in the last Parliamentary poll, popular theatre personality Arpita Ghosh had bagged the Balurghat seat and dedicated it to Banerjee, while the people had voted for Mamata Banerjee to gear up the plethora of development projects undertaken during her two-term state ruling. Consequently and due to this, plenty of workers from different political parties have shifted to Trinamool in recent times.According to the political observers, Mamata has now set her target to strengthen the support base, covering each block of the district and the party has started boosting itself from the booth level. Mitra has asked the leaders and workers to initiate measures regarding the visit of Abhishek Banerjee. He has already conducted a party meeting at Gangarampur Marwari Bhavan on Tuesday, to chalk out a blueprint to ensure his visit becomes a memorable one.”Communal BJP is planning to stop development in Bengal. Our leader Mamata Banerjee is well aware of it. She has already delivered a stern message to us through her rejuvenating speech on Martyrs’ Day on July 21. Our party’s youth president Abhishek Banerjee is scheduled to arrive here on August 7, along with some senior state level leaders,” Mitra said.last_img read more

Official WhatsApp group on road repair works created

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police has found a unique way of communicating with the road repairing agencies in case urgent repairing work needs to be done.The Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police, Amit Javalgi created a whatsApp group, where working members and engineers from agencies like PWD, NKDA, NHAI and others were added.According to the officials, this step was found to be the fastest way to reach the agencies which are directly connected to road Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal liferepair works.It has been informed that during the month of June some officials came up with the idea to create a common platform for the purpose of staying updated with road repair works.During rainy season, major roads often get damaged that hampers the normal vehicular movement with high chances of accident.Following the creation of the whatsapp group — ‘Bidhannagar Road Update’ all the ‘Traffic Inspectors’ (TI) are to post any problem regarding road repairs and other related problems. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey have been ordered to give updates along with photos of the damaged areas whenever it is identified.As engineers and other members from road repairing agencies are there in the group, they can easily get the necessary information such as the location and the extent of damage which will help them to actquickly.The schedule of the work will also be shared in the group.”Our aim is to provide service to people. We have to ensure smooth and safe journey for them. For this, we need a fast communication process. This step is found to be very much useful,” said Javalgi.last_img read more

Oil companies conduct LPG Panchayat to spread awareness

first_imgKolkata: The oil companies have started organising ‘LPG Panchayat’ in the state in a bid to conduct massive awareness among consumers who are still skeptical about using LPG. The awareness campaign involving Panchayat members at the village level will cover 14,000 villages in the state byMarch 2019. “We have found out that a section of rural people are still hesitant in using LPG, particularly due to the occurrence of fire hazards. The campaign in the village is aimed at alleviating this fear and ensuring 100 percent LPG coverage in the state as soon as possible,” said Abhijit Dey, General Manager (LPG), Indian Oil Corporation LTD. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to IOCL’s Chief General Manager (Incharge) and State Level Coordinator of Oil Industry, Amitava Majumdar in 2014, the LPG coverage in the state was 40.5 percent with 86.64 lakh customers. “This has gone up to 88.1 percent with a customer base of 195.75 lakhs. We along with the other oil marketing companies are expediting the drive to increase the coverage up to 100 percent,” he said. In the latest Cabinet Committee, a decision was made to release deposit-free LPG connections to poor families, who were earlier not considered for release of connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for their names had not appeared either on Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) list or the seven identified categories — SC/STs households, beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) (Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), tea and ex-tea garden tribes, people residing on Islands or river islands. Now, all poor families are expected to be covered under the Expanded Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (EPMUY)-2 scheme. In Bengal, 68.82 lakhs connections have been issued so far under the scheme. The scheme was launched in 2016 with an objective to provide LPG connections to 8 crore households in the country under it with a budgetary provision of Rs 12,800 crore.last_img read more

Youth found hanging inside hotel room in Digha

first_imgKolkata: A youth had committed suicide at a hotel in Digha on Tuesday morning. His partner, a young girl, was found on the floor injured as the piece of garment which she had used to hang herself tore off.According to sources, the duo had rented a room at a hotel in New Digha, posing and husband and wife on Sunday. On Monday they stayed there. Early on Tuesday morning, hotel staff members heard the girl screaming for help. Some of the staff members rushed to their room and found the youth hanging from the ceiling fan, with the girl lying on the floor. Police were informed immediately. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSleuths recovered the body and sent it for autopsy examination. The girl was taken to a local hospital and was later discharged after treatment. Following this, she informed police that the youth hailed from Bagnan in Howrah while she is a resident of Jamalpur in Burdwan. They met each other on Facebook and got involved in a relationship. The youth reached Burdwan on Sunday morning on his bike and met the girl. Later, he parked his bike in a relative’s house in Burdwan and the duo then took a bus to Digha. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to sources, the youth had a relationship with another girl in Deulti who got pregnant. Following this her family had pressurised the youth to marry her on January 31. Police have found a suicide note from the youth’s pocket where he has claimed that the baby was not his. Police sources informed that the hotel owner had allowed the duo to stay, despite the girl being a minor. The hotel authorities, however, claimed that the room was given on the basis of the identity proof submitted by the youth. The deceased’s wife claimed that she knew nothing about her husband’s affair.last_img read more

Ways to revamp your closet in 2019

first_imgThe year 2019 will be a season of contrasts as all the previous fashion rules will be broken. Untraditional aesthetics will take the spotlight, menswear and womens wear will shift through global cultures and comfort will be the key. Experts list some ways to revamp your closet in the coming year. Untraditional aesthetics: Following are some of the untraditional aesthetic trends that would be the talk of the town for the coming year. Like heat lock apparels which are lightweight fabrics with micro fibre to regulate the body temperature. Aqua sorb apparels which block rain and snow and allow vapours to dry the heat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUpcoming trends: This year, oversized, unstructured outerwear will rule the trend. From classic and fitted to unstructured and modern, tracksuits will become a major fashion staple. The trousers will become baggier as hemlines will get wider. This season’s twist comes in the pastel pile-up head-to-toe in layers and tiers upon tiers of same shade. Be it apparels, shoes or bags, this trend will work well in all cases. In accessories, statement belts will be seen everywhere. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSay hi to big sunnies: The eyewear trend that is bound to transform your entire look is big sunnies in edgy colours! The narrow sunglasses have stayed in vogue massively this year and 2019 will witness a stylish comeback of large glares. The oversized sunglasses are designed to accentuate any look and never go out of style in the age of ever-changing trends. Get your hands on the trendsetting sunglasses to be an ultimate head-turner wherever you go. Meet minimalistic: The perfect companion in 2019 for any occasion would be the all-time favourite – minimalistic glasses owing to their versatility and charming appeal. So wait no more! Bid adieu to your mundane shades and let your eyes do the talking with ‘barely-there’ shades. White sneakers: White men’s trainers are a must if you want to wear something sporty yet trendy. One could argue that they get dirty but they go with everything and the colour gives us the option to play with it when you play with winter layering.last_img read more

Closure of Ordnance Factory Board Mamata writes to PM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him not to corporatize the Ordnance Factories including the Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in Kolkata.”I have been receiving reports regarding a decision that the Government of India has apparently been taking to corporatize all the Ordinance Factories including the Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in Kolkata. It has also been suggested that this will finally lead to privatization of these great national assets.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in the Ayudh Bhavan, Kolkata, is the world’s largest government set up for manufacturing arms and ammunition for a country’s armed forces. Indeed it is called the fourth pillar of the Indian Defence apparatus. Founded in 1775, the set up includes 41 factories all over the country, nine training institutes, about 1.6 lakh officers and employees. It produces a vast range of arms and equipment that enable our soldiers to guard our frontiers, she wrote. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateExpressing her deep concern for the Centre’s proposal, Banerjee maintains: “I am shocked and surprised to know that the vital pillar of the country’s defence and this key industrial initiative of our land is now being contemplated to be subjected to a sudden exercise of degovernmentalisation for which there has been not even an iota of stakeholders’ consultations uptill now.” It may be mentioned that the Trinamool Congress has raised the issue of disinvestment of profit-making Central PSUs and the party’s MPs have raised the issue in Parliament. Banerjee requested the Prime Minister to kindly reverse the process as the national security and defence of India is involved. “I would therefore request you to kindly stall and reverse the process of corporatization and privatisation in the greatest interest of the national security and defence of our country. While the industrial policy in our country has gradually been made more and more friendly to the private players in the market, there are some core strategic areas where the state is yet to abdicate its paramount role.”last_img read more

The 110yrold Tree Stump that Became a Library

first_imgIt’s a well-known fact that in our rapidly changing world, libraries are under threat. Funding cuts, lack of support and space, and the advent of new technologies mean that many public libraries have closed down over recent years, often depriving marginalized communities of their primary point of access to knowledge and literature.Luckily, one librarian, artist and bookbinder in Idaho is bucking the trend, by opening her very own lending library in her front garden.Sharalee Armitage Howard/However, this remarkable little library is no ordinary home for books. Instead of a public building, this library is housed in the stump of a 110-year-old tree.According to My Modern Met, Sharalee Armitage Howard is a librarian at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library in Idaho, and is passionate about ensuring that local communities, especially children, have access to a ready supply of books.As a result, when the 110-year old cottonwood tree in her front garden had to be chopped down, she knew exactly what to do with the stump left behind.This great cottonwood tree had stood in front of the house for more than a century, meaning that it had developed a strong, wide trunk. Although the rest of the tree was diseased, Howard decided to leave the base of the tree in situ, and carve it into a small receptacle for books.According to My Modern Met, she decided that transforming the ancient trunk into a receptacle for knowledge and learning was a fitting testimony to the beauty and long life of this beautiful tree.Sharalee Armitage HowardHoward was inspired by the Little Free Library scheme, an initiative that aims to encourage lending and books swaps in local communities. The scheme was set up by Todd H. Bol in 2009, when he created a small box outside his home where his neighbors could take or leave books for other people to enjoy.This very first library was such a success that Bol went on to form a non profit dedicated to inspiring and transforming local communities through books and reading.Sharalee Armitage Howard/One of the most distinctive aspects of the Little Free Library is the fact that it encourages individuality and quirky, fun ideas. These libraries are designed to be small, perhaps just the size of a cupboard or box, but they can be created in all kinds of places. Members of the local community can donate their own books, or take one from the pile whenever they wish.According to their website, Little Free Library has been an unprecedented success, with currently more than 75,000 registered libraries that have been set up by local communities around the world.However, Howard’s Little Tree Library surely has to be one of the most creative and interesting versions of the scheme so far. Instead of simply installing a waterproof box, Howard used her artistic skills to design a beautiful temple to knowledge and learning.Sharalee Armitage Howard/The tree stump is elaborately carved, with a wooden ‘roof’, and a set of stone steps leading up to the green, painted door. A warm, inviting light means that the library attracts attention from the street, and encourages local residents to come and explore this new public service.The tree is also decorated with wooden panels that feature the names of some of Howard’s favorite books, as well as some classics from American literature.This creative and unusual project is certainly a wonderful afterlife for the majestic tree that once stood outside Howard’s house.Read another story from us: England Wants You to Camp in Abandoned Medieval ChurchesMoreover, the library offers a real service to the local community, at a time when the power of books to connect and inspire people is needed more than ever.last_img read more

TBT James Harrisons 2005 powerbombing of a Browns fan that ran on

first_imgJames Harrison stopped by the show today, which got us into a James Harrison Youtube rabbit hole that’s full of gems.One old classic that you may have not seen, or forgot about, was the 2005 Steelers/Browns game where Harrison powerbombed a drunk Browns fan who ran onto the field. Debo delivers one of the all-time great fan takedowns and a PSA for any fan who wants to step into his office.When asked by the local news why he did it, the fan said it’s as simple as he hates losing to the Steelers. It’s been a rough 13 years since for this guy.last_img

Dezs Twitter implosion proves the Cowboys made the right call

first_imgDez’s Twitter implosion proves the Cowboys made the right call to cut him Dez Bryant was trending over the weekend on social media for a tweetstorm railing against Jerry Jones and some of his former teammates. Colin was a proponent for Dallas cutting Dez, long before they did, because his talent has diminished to the point where it wasn’t worth dealing with his headaches.Even though Dallas fans weren’t fans of the the Cowboys cutting ties with Bryant, his Twitter rant proved they made the right call to move on and let Dak Prescott grow without the distractions. Darnold and the Jets will own the AFC East after Brady retiresSam Darnold agreed to terms with the Jets today, and will begin his mission of restoring stability, and credibility to the often inconsistent franchise. Colin has made no secret that he’s a big Darnold fan form his time at USC, and likes his even-keeled emotional make up as much as his elite physical skills.He predicts the Patriots will continue to dominate the AFC East for one or two more years, but when Tom moves on, Darnold and the Jets will be ready to takeover the division for years to come. Also:– Tom’s TB12 mess– Colin’s Elite 8 All-time NFL QB’s– Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrongcenter_img Guests:Eric Mangini – Former Jets and Browns Head Coach on Tom Brady’s TB12 problem and Dez’s social media rant against the Cowboys.Albert Breer – MMQB Senior NFL Writer joins the show to discuss Tom Brady’s changing motivation; and the buzz at Browns camp.Chris Mannix – Yahoo Sports NBA Writer is in-studio explaining why he thinks this will be Kevin Durant’s  last year in Golden State; and why re-joining the Thunder is a real possibility.last_img read more

I Want My Cell TV

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 1, 2006 2 min read When Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s video iPod, the biggest names in media moguldom started scrambling to get their shows on the tiny screen. A half-million cell phone owners were already tuned in to MobiTVand Verizon Wireless’ VCast. But Jobs’ announcement catapulted video podcasting into prime time.Within weeks of the debut, Apple iTunes had sold a million episodes of popular TV shows at two bucks a throw. Suddenly, it’s hip to watch TV on a 2- to 3-inch display. Better yet, video podcasting–or vodcasting–is a marketing medium any entrepreneur can afford.Vodcasts can be made with any videocam or even some cell phones and can be shared through a growing list of free or low-cost distributors. For example, the nonprofit Open Media Network offers free distribution, while MPEG Nation charges just $5 to host a video for six months. Sites like FilmLoop and Pic2Vid let you build a video using digital pictures and a voice-over. You have to use their players for clip creation and digital rights management, but videos are easily reproduced for different communities.Web-savvy ad agencies like Los Angeles-based IndieClick can help produce your videos and find the right audience. A video marketing campaign might not only be low-budget–it might even be self-supporting, says IndieClick President Heather Luttrell. Distributors like Revver have ways to track viewers and will share the revenue from ads that get displayed at the end of clips or as small, transparent overlays.”We might start by spending $1,000 this month on three different podcasting initiatives and generate $1,100 in revenue,” explains Luttrell. “We see what works and then target the highest revenue-generating venues.”Who’s watching? Basically, your kids and millions of other cell phone-packing young folk already dialed into text messaging, blogging, online gaming and, of course, MTV. You need a message that plays in those venues. If you have one, it can really work for you: One recent IndieClick vodcast garnered 1 million downloads.Youth market not on your radar? Don’t worry, says Luttrell: Distribution networks and audiences will broaden to other demographics over time. This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Commitment Phobe Wireless Carriers Let Customers Upgrade Mobile Devices After One Year

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now July 16, 2013 Commitment phobes, rejoice! Gadget geeks, you might like this, too.Telecom giants are moving to allow customers to upgrade their tablet or smartphone after a year. AT&T today announced a program called AT&T Next, which cuts the typical two-year contract in half. It follows on the heels of a similar announcement from T-Mobile last week.Related: The Entrepreneur Who Will Change Your Mobile Phone BillStarting July 26, AT&T customers will be able to get a new mobile device without having to pay a down payment, activation fee, upgrade fee or financing fee. Instead, AT&T Next customers will pay monthly installment fees, ranging from $15 to $50, depending on the device. If, at the end of the 12 months, a customer wants to try a new phone or tablet, they can upgrade without the typical costs. If a customer chooses to continue with the same device, they can pay an additional eight monthly installments.”It’s an incredible value for customers who want the latest and greatest every year,” says Ralph de la Vega in a statement, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility, a division of AT&T.Related: The Revolution Will Be TextedThe move is an effort to get customers, beyond gadget geeks and technophiles, to upgrade their smartphone or tablet device more frequently. Bellevue, Wash.-based telecom giant T-Mobile has launched a program called JUMP!, which allows customers to upgrade their smartphones up to two times a year after they have been in the program for six months.”At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price,” said John Legere, moved attribution up president and CEO of T-Mobile U.S., in a statement. “That’s 730 days of waiting. 730 days of watching new phones come out that you can’t have, or having to live with a cracked screen or an outdated camera. We say two years is just too long to wait.”Customers pay $10 a month per phone to participate in T-Mobile’s JUMP! program, plus taxes and fees. That fee protects broken, damaged, lost or stolen phones, and costs depend on the smartphone or tablet selected.  Related: Apple to Investigate Alleged Death by iPhone This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

12 Apps to Help Ease Anxiety

first_img 3 min read June 1, 2016 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps Yes, there’s an app for that too. The 12 below help with stress management, sleep, and more, easing anxiety disorders and helping you live a healthier, happier life.1. Pacifica: Track and rate your mood over time, learn muscle relaxation exercises and deep breathing techniques, and set health goals for yourself. You can record your thoughts to develop positive thinking patterns and identify toxic ones. The app also helps users understand personal triggers.2. Breathe2Relax: This app does exactly what it promises. Created by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, it aids in diaphragmatic breathing that decreases the body’s natural “fight-or-flight” response — a big aspect of anxiety, anger, and general mood instability.3. Headspace: Stress, memory loss, focus, interpersonal relationships, creative blocks… this “personal trainer for the mind” app covers it all. 10-minute meditation lessons aim to strengthen health, performance, and relationships. This app is on the pricier side though — subscriptions cost between $6.24 and $12.95 a month.4. Positive Activity Jackpot: Another app from the National Center for Telehealth & Technology. This one uses a therapeutic method known as Pleasant Event Scheduling (PES), recommending activities based on the user’s location and interests. You can invite friends, save favorite spots, and tag activities you participate in for future reference.5. PTSD Coach: Created by the National Center for PTSD, this app helps veterans suffering or at risk of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With educational material and a self-assessment tool, it enables users to manage stress and find support.6. Recovery Record: This highly rated app draws on cognitive behavioral therapy and self-monitoring methods to help manage eating disorders. Users can keep a food journal, make meal plans, and learn coping methods. Questionnaires help track their progress and produce visual charts documenting their journey.7. Worry Watch: This journaling tool has a simple user interface where users can log instances of worry, fear, and anxiety. They can also add the outcome of each situation, which provides a comparison between expectation and reality that helps reduce anxiety over time.8. I Can Be Free: This app helps with anxiety, phobias, insomnia, and low self-esteem, offering more than 50 audio hypnosis sessions by well known hypnotist Jacob Strachotta. The sessions help target a variety of common fears.9. Relax Melodies: This sleeping aid fights insomnia and stress with more than 50 fully customizable sounds and tunes. The blog also offers lifestyle tips to improve sleep.10. Mindshift: Aimed at teens and young adults suffering from anxiety, this app allows users to log thoughts and feelings. It also offers exercises that encourage positive thinking.11. Stress Doctor: This app takes you on a deep breathing exercise to promote calmness and can bring your heart rate down in five minutes. The app provides instant feedback with breath and pulse monitoring and tracks long-term progress.12. Optimism: Helping with depression and bipolar disorder, this app helps users track their moods and keep daily records of their symptoms, plus log triggers or things that help them stay positive. Graphs of this data give users a visual breakdown of their well being. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more