Coral skeleton crystals record ocean acidification ´Iceberg Fantasy´ by artist and astronomer Daniel Durda, used here with permission to illustrate the surface of an ocean planet. © Daniel Durda 1998 Imagine a world with no land at all, merely the impenetrable depths of a seething ocean. Models of planet formation predict the existence of such worlds, even though our own solar system has none. Indeed, their formation should actually be rather common — and new satellites may soon detect them around other stars. Planetary embryos that form far from a star are composed mostly of water ice. Pluto and the comets are good examples of such icy bodies, as are the moons Titan and Europa. Early in our own solar system’s history, the largest of these planetary embryos acquired a dense envelope of hydrogen and helium and transformed into the gas giants we know today. But what would happen if they drifted a bit closer to the Sun before getting so big?Planets that form far from their parent star are expected to have a composition similar to comets (50% rock, 50% water by weight). Once a planet exceeds about ten Earth masses it has enough gravity to attract any hydrogen and helium near its orbit, and will rapidly transform into a gas giant. But what happens to planets in this region that never exceed the threshold?It becomes an “ocean planet”, a term coined by Alain Léger (Université Paris-Sud, France) when he first proposed the existence of such worlds in 2003. An ocean planet that stays in the outer disk will probably be captured by the gas giants forming there, perhaps to become a moon like Europa. Such worlds will be composed mostly of rock and ice, and depending on their environment and formation history may harbor liquid oceans below their surface.Hydrodynamic simulations have shown that it is common for planets to migrate inwards or outwards as they plunge through the turbulent gas of the disk. It is therefore quite possible for an ocean planet to creep close enough to its star to melt the ice. So why doesn’t our system have any ocean planets? It’s hard to say, but it’s also clear that random chance plays a large role in planet formation. “Simulations … starting from random initial conditions produce a broad diversity of planets, including small planets migrating through the ice line.” explains Franck Selsis (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France), one of Léger’s principle collaborators and the author of a more recent article on the detection of ocean planets. “Planets with masses less than 20 Earth-masses have been found at short periods with the instrument HARPS.”These objects are too big to be ocean planets; rather, they are small gas giants like Neptune or Uranus. As gas giants cannot form close to a star, it appears that they must have formed in the outer planetary nebula and migrated inwards. As Selsis tells PhysOrg.com, “Their detection shows that the process that can give birth to ocean planets is common.” Water, water every where…The water content of the Earth is only about one part in 4400, yet water covers over two-thirds of its surface. Not only would water cover the entire surface of an ocean planet, but its average depth would on the order of 100 kilometers! All the rocky matter would sink to the center of the planet, forming a dense core not unlike the Earth’s. Where the Earth has a thick mantle of magma, however, ocean planets would have a mantle of exotic ice. The pressure at the bottom of the ocean would be10 million atmospheres or more; under such a crushing weight, water has no choice but to solidify. …nor any drop to drink.Depending on its proximity to the star, an ocean planet’s surface might be icy, liquid, or some combination of the two. If it gets too close, however, the surface temperature might rise high enough for the oceans to transform into a global sauna. Such a planet wouldn’t have an ocean at all; at temperatures above the critical point of water, the distinction between liquid and gas disappears. Instead of an ocean, the ice mantle would be surrounded by a thick envelope of supercritical water: an even mix of vapor and suspended droplets at hundreds of degrees Celsius.Right now, ocean planets exist only in the realm of theory. They might well be detected by the recently launched CoRoT satellite, however. In a recent article posted to arXiv.org, Selsis describes how CoRoT and ground-based observations can be combined to estimate the density of extrasolar planets and thus tell the difference between an ocean world and a rocky world like the Earth. In the case of CoRoT any ocean worlds it can detect will be much closer to their star than even Mercury is to the Sun. The Kepler satellite (due to launch in 2008), on the other hand, will be able to detect such planets as far out as the habitable zone of some stars. Planet-finders have much to look forward to, and the discovery of these exotic worlds will provide a great deal of support for current theories of planet formation. Nobody knows yet whether such planets could evolve life, but they clearly have one of the essential ingredients in abundance. Citations: 1. Alain Léger et al. 2004, “A new family of planets? ‘Ocean Planets’ “. Icarus 169, 499L. An online version of this paper is available at arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0308324.2. Franck Selsis et al. 2007, “Could we identify hot ocean planets with CoRoT, Kepler, and Doppler velocimetry?” Icarus (submitted); an online version of this paper is available at xxx.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0701608 .By Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2007 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 Citation: Ocean Planets on the Brink of Detection (2007, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-02-ocean-planets-brink.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.
A follower robot follows a leader robot (with UC Davis logo). Using behavioral cues, the follower can make its mission more reliable and accurate. Image credit: Chueh, et al. ©2008 IEEE. Identifying perceived emotions from people’s walking style 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. Citation: Robots Detect Behavioral Cues to Follow Humans (2008, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-robots-behavioral-cues-humans.html In experiments, the researchers tested how well a follower robot (Evolution Robotics’ Scorpion) could follow a leader robot (another Scorpion) as it zig-zagged and turned a corner of a hallway. Turning was the more difficult action to follow, since the leader robot escaped the sight of the follower robot. Without using behavioral cues, the follower robot would initiate a searching algorithm by turning and looking around. If the leader wasn’t too far away, the follower could detect it and continue following; otherwise, it would be lost and stop moving.The addition of the behavioral-cue controller significantly helped the follower robot to keep track of the leader. By detecting the leader’s subtle behaviors, the follower could anticipate when the leader was about to turn and predict its future path. Even though it lost sight of the leader, it kept close enough to its path so that it could find the leader again after the “blind” turn.Overall, the behavioral-cue model had advantages in cases where the leader robot made drastic turns that would otherwise leave the follower robot lost. But since other controllers also had advantages, the researchers suggest that a supervisory control system that coordinates multiple controllers could be useful. They also anticipate that a wide range of behavioral cues should lead to highly successful robot followers.“In the future, we hope to explore relevant behavioral cues for other robot tasks in human-robot work environments, and work on the robotics and computer science tools needed to make effective use of those cues,” Joshi said.More information: Chueh, Michael; Au Yeung, Yi Lin William; Lei, Kim-Pang Calvin; and Joshi, Sanjay S. “Following Controller for Autonomous Mobile Robots Using Behavioral Cues.” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 55, No. 8, August 2008.Copyright 2008 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. Robots can be ironic. Even though they might not have emotions of their own, they can still detect and respond to humans’ emotions. A recent study has shown that, by picking up on human emotional traits, as well as a variety of other conscious and unconscious behavioral cues, robots may be able to act more naturally and accurately with humans. The researchers, from the University of California, Davis, have developed a system that allows follower robots to use behavioral cues from human leaders and other robots in order to track and follow them. The ability to follow will likely be essential as robots continue to work alongside people more and more, such as in office buildings, hospitals, and airports.“As humans, we constantly incorporate other peoples’ current actions as clues (cues) as to what they may do in the future,” Sanjay Joshi of the University of California, Davis, told PhysOrg.com. “For instance, we have a ‘sixth sense’ on the highway to know that a certain car will swerve into our lane soon, based on the driver’s current driving patterns. Then, we may become more defensive in our own driving. In our work, we wanted to begin the process of allowing robots to use behavioral cues (of humans or other robots), to make the robot’s mission more reliable and accurate. In social work environments populated by numerous people and robots, these types of cues should be abundant.”In their robot-following system, the researchers integrated information provided by behavioral cues to improve the performance of robot followers along with other tracking methods, such as cameras. The system continuously estimates the future predicted position of the leader as it moves, and then directs the follower robot to the predicted position.The researchers’ aim was to reduce the amount of instructions or technical expertise required from human leaders to robots. As the authors noted, robots may be accepted if they are helpful, but can easily be rejected if they are difficult to work with. The researchers explained that behavioral cues that robots might use could include any action or signal that the leader exhibits that hints at a future action. These might be intended behaviors, such as pointing or waving. Other cues might be unconscious, such as behaviors that indicate stress or sadness, since they may indicate generally quick or slow movement patterns. Also, studies on human walking have shown that people unconsciously turn their head up to 25 degrees about 200 milliseconds before turning.
More information: Deuknam An et al. Enhanced call effort in Japanese tree frogs infected by amphibian chytrid fungus, Biology Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0018 A pair of researchers with Seoul National University has found that Japanese tree frogs infected with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) fungus make different advertisement calls than uninfected frogs. In their paper published in The Royal Society Biology Letters, Deuknam An and Bruce Waldman explain their study and results and what impact the change in calls has on the frogs. Deadly amphibian fungus may decline, study says © 2016 Phys.org Bd causes a disease called chytridiomycosis in amphibians, where the skin is depleted and the immune system compromised—in most species it has been found to be deadly, killing off millions of frogs, salamanders and other species. Some experts believe it could ultimately wipe out a third of all amphibian populations worldwide. The disease was first noted by scientists in the 1990’s but since that time, researchers have found preserved samples going back as far as 1938. Scientists around the world have been working to better understand the fungus that causes the disease in hopes of perhaps preventing its spread further—one important area of research surrounds the Japanese tree frog, which become infected, but do not usually die from the associated disease. To learn more An and Waldman focused their attention on 42 of the male specimens in the wild, making recordings of their mating calls. They looked for such things as call duration, pulse length, pitch and how often the calls were repeated. They also tested the frogs for infection.In looking at their data, the researchers found that nine of the frogs were infected, and surprisingly, they were also the group that appeared to put the most effort into their mating efforts—their calls were longer and faster—this was surprising because another symptom of chytridiomycosis is lethargy. Also interesting was that the females in the area generally found the more energetic calls more enticing than normal, which meant the infected frogs found more success mating than those that were uninfected.The researchers offer two perspectives on their observations—either the fungus is causing the frogs to behave differently so as to improve its infection abilities (male frogs passed on the fungus to females during mating), or the male frogs were simply reacting to their stressed condition by attempting to reproduce earlier, due to an expected shortened lifespan. Citation: Researchers find male frogs infected with fungus have more enticing calls (2016, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-male-frogs-infected-fungus-enticing.html Journal information: Biology Letters Explore further Tree frog. Credit: Julia Platter 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 ongoing India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2014 has been attracting a large crowds. Apart from several of individual business visitors, the fair has elicited over 50 foreign delegations from 30 countries during initial eight days. Delegations are mainly from Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Ghana Hong Kong, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, Lesotho, Mexico, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Surinam, UK and USA. The fair started on 14 November and will continue till 27 November at the Capital’s Pragati Maidan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There has been a lot of interest in a wide range of engineering and consumer products and services including: Infrastructure, Electronics, Food Processing machinery, health Resources, auto components, agricultural machinery, packaging machinery, Hand tools, agricultural implements, construction equipment, agricultural implements, construction equipment, construction material, kitchen appliances, giftware, processed foods, electrical machinery and household electrical appliances. Consumer Products: home furnishings and made-ups, Apparel Accessories, Floor Coverings, Handicrafts, Wooden Furniture, Houseware items, utensils, Cotton Textiles, silk items, Foods, ceramics, carpets, Plastic and rubber products, coir products, cosmetics, jute and textiles, food and agro products, Fashion Accessories, handicrafts, and others also recieved very positive responses from the audiende.
Kolkata: Bidhannagar police have arrested the three contract killers in connection with the murder of Shampa Das, a civic volunteer who was found dead inside her in-laws house at Kaikhali on Friday evening.Nazir Sahu, Hafizul Mollah and Rashid Ali Mollah were arrested from Michael Nagar area of North 24-Parganas on Tuesday. They are remanded to eight-day police custody after being produced before a Barrackpore court.The victim’s husband Suparatim Das and his mother were earlier arrested by police for their alleged involvement in the crime. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDuring the interrogation, the husband told police that he engaged two contract killers to carry out the murder.The hired criminals went into the room, tied up the husband with a rope against a chair and hit the woman with a sharp weapon. After a preliminary investigation, police suspected that his family members might be involved in the incident.Police suspected her husband’s involvement after interrogating him as there were irregularities in his Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedstatements. During interrogation, Das told police that his wife used to torture and mount pressure on them to hand over the property. Das’s mother is the owner of the property and the house at Kaikhali, where the couple lived with their 3-year-old son.Police came to know that Das had hired the criminals by paying nearly Rs 1 lakh. Das and his mother helped the criminals to enter the house after the victim woman arrived the from her duty on Friday evening. The victim’s mother-in-law stepped out of the house with her grandson a few minutes before the incident.Police said Das hired three criminals with the help of one Roshid Ali Mollah with whom Das had come in terms a few months ago. Das had struck a deal with the two hired criminals.
Kolkata: A 45-year-old man and one woman were trampled to death by a wild tusker. The incident took place in Hindupara division of Gayerkata tea garden in Jalpaiguri on Friday morning.Police are yet to ascertain the identity of the woman, while the other victim has been identified as Karmi Minaz (45). Some locals on Friday morning found that the victims lying inside the tea garden.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the incident might have occurred on Thursday night. Police are investigating as to why the victims went into the tea garden during the night. According to the injury marks found on their bodies, it is suspected that they were killed in an elephant attack. The exact cause of their death is yet to be ascertained by the police.Locals on Friday morning reported the matter to the forest department officials who rushed to the spot. They took both the victims to a nearby hospital where they were declared brought dead.Police are trying to ascertain the identity of the woman victim.They suspect that both the victims went to the spot to meet each other when they might have been attacked by an elephant.The victims could not flee the spot as the tusker might have appeared at the garden all of a sudden. The exact reason behind their deaths is yet to be confirmed bythe police.The investigating officers are waiting for the post-mortem report.The locals, however, informed the police that incidents of elephant attacks in the area is nothing new. People have died in elephant attacks in the past as well.
North Korea announced Friday that it was changing its standard time to GMT+8:30, 30 minutes behind South Korea.Pyongyang offered a nationalist rationale for the move, saying it would return the North to an original time zone used before Japan imposed Tokyo standard time during its 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.The new system is to take effect on August 15 this year –the 70th anniversary of the peninsula’s liberation from Japanese rule. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort“It is highly regrettable that the North unilaterally changed its time zone with no consultation with us,” Park said during a meeting with senior aides.Noting that Pyongyang’s move had triggered international criticism, Park said it also threatened a “further deepening of
Kolkata: With only 33 days left for the biggest festival in the state, the Transport department has come up with a plethora of initiatives to make this Durga Puja a memorable one.The online booking for all the services will begin from Wednesday. One needs to log in to www.wbtc.co.in, www.online.sbstcbooking.co.in and www.nbstconline.com for booking.On Tuesday, Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, unveiled the guide — Puja Parikrama 2018 — containing details of the special transport arrangements of all the transport Corporations. Chairman of West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC), Rachpal Singh and Managing Director of WBTC, N S Nigam were also present. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe services have become immensely successful in 2017. Around eight lakh people had availed the state-run buses only on the days of Navami and Dashami in 2017. It was also a profit-making venture for the Corporation.The WBTC has come up with eight different services including tour to Bonedi Barir Puja, Pujas in Kolkata and its surrounding areas, Kolkata’s Puja in luxurious buses, tour to Jayrambati and Kamarpukur during Puja. At the same time, there are arrangements to visit Puja mandaps in North Kolkata through waterways. Moreover, one can also avail the vessel service to watch the immersion of idols of Goddess Durga and her entourage in River Hooghly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere will be arrangements for Puja Parikrama in traditional air-conditioned trams as well. Mainly, Pujas in North Kolkata can be visited in trams. The service will be available on Saptami and Navami.This time, a new initiative has been introduced, namely the one ticket system, that may be used to travel in both buses and vessels of the WBTC. One needs to buy a ticket that costs Rs 100 and it will remain valid for 24 hours.Similarly, the South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) has made arrangements to take people in buses to enjoy the Durga Puja at Rajbari, Bonedi Bari and other famous Pujas in South Bengal. At the same time, the North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) has made arrangements for Puja Parikrama in buses in Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Malda respectively.
Kolkata: The state Women & Child Development & Social Welfare department has urged the state Labour department to work out the feasibility of bringing private placement agencies under the ambit of some control.”A number of women go missing and then are trafficked on the pretext of lucrative jobs. Hence, we are trying to have a database of the private placement agencies and for this we have sought assistance from the Labour department. We have already given them a draft regarding our plan,” said Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women & Child Development & Social Welfare on the sidelines of a cumulative workshop for Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeimplementation of State Plan of Action against human trafficking. It may be mentioned that in December 2014, the department had launched State Plan of Action Against Human Trafficking in Women and Children (SPAHT) as a pilot project in Jalpaiguri and South 24-Parganas. Bengal was the first state in India to launch such a plan. “We have now decided to roll it out throughout the district. UNICEF, our key technical partner in the SPAHT process, and various other NGOs working with women and child trafficking have been roped in. We have Child Protection Committees (CPCs) at every block in the state that will organise towards finalising the action plan,” Panja said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe implementation of SPAHT is visualised through the convergence of various departments and agencies, where victims remain central. The department has come out with a handbook stating the responsibilities of government departments like Youth Affairs, School Education, Home, Panchayat & Rural Development, Urban Development, Public Works Department, Health & Family Welfare and Industries to curb child and human trafficking. According to a senior official of the department, it has now CPC’s in 2308 wards under the different urban local bodies and 49646 gram sansads across the state. The committee consists of teachers, doctors and anganwadi workers etc. The SPAHT uses a child-rights framework to comprehensively map the responsibilities of key government departments that are tasked with affirmative action for children. These responsibilities are operationalised through the implementation of central and state government schemes, as well as specific actions taking into account the states’ local needs and critical issues. “The Swayangsiddha project to curb human trafficking is also being rolled out in the entire state by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID). We are also arranging rehabilitation of the victims after they are rescued,” a senior official of the department said.
In the winter season, safeguard yourself against dry and dehydrated skin. Give yourself oil massages, use cream-based products and apply cold cream before sleeping, says an expert.Here are some tips:* Turn to cream-based products early: If winter is approaching, it’s time to turn to skincare products that have cream-based thick moisturizers. So, your light water-based moisturizer will pave way for a heavy and thick cream. Switch over to a milder facewash and use a sunscreen that has moisturiser. While removing make-up too, use moisturizing cleansers and toners. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Give yourself oil massages: Just when you wake up in the morning, give yourself 15 minutes to apply warm oil all over the body, including on the face and the scalp. Leave it for an hour as you finish your morning chores. Then take a bath as usual and proceed for the day. This will go a long way in keeping your skin healthy, not just for the winter, but for a long time.*Exfoliate and steam: As we apply more creams, more oil and more products to stave off the dehydrating winter chill, the skin pores sometimes get blocked. For this purpose, exfoliating skin once or twice every ten days is recommended. Use a gentle scrub in circular motions on the skin to remove dead cells and clean up the skin. Once a month, also take recourse to steaming therapy. This will help soften the skin, open pores, and remove white heads and acne. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Nourishing skin procedures: Visit a dermatologist just before the onset of winters and seek a good solution for skin dryness. Deep moisturizing hydra facials once a month can be of much help in treating, even preventing excessive dryness. * Drink water: The icy cold weather often discourages us from drinking sufficient water and we tend to increase our skin dehydration due to this reason. Keep heated water in a thermostat. But keep drinking water to keep skin hydrated and prevent lips from cracking. * Feet care: Cracked heels, irritated soles, and itchy and swollen feet can be a major irritant, but feet are often at the lowest end of our priority. Apply cold cream to feet every night before going to bed. Use an exfoliating agent to remove jagged and hard skin from the heels once every fortnight. It is extremely important to wear warm, preferably woollen socks in winters.* Diet is important too: It is important to take a good intake of vitamin and minerals rich foods during winters to boost immunity and health. Consume a lot of fruits and vegetables, and take diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids like fish to boost skin health and nourishment.
Kolkata: The prevailing cold wave in the city and other South Bengal districts may reduce by the end of the month, predicts the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore.According to a senior Met department official, the mercury in the city is expected soar up by January end. The lowest temperatures in Kolkata and adjoining districts may hover around 12-14 degree Celsius for the next couple of days. The cold spell returned due to the constant flow of the north-westerly. It intensified in South Bengal districts around three days ago taking the temperature down by a few notches. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalOn last Thursday, the temperature dipped to 12 degree Celsius because of a low pressure trough created over Bihar constantly injecting moisture into Bengal. Though the temperature slightly shot up, the overall winter chill remained unchanged. However, the weather department official has not clearly mentioned whether the cold condition is going to withdraw from the city by the beginning of the next month. There is an occasional rise and fall in the temperature during this time of the year but it is difficult to announce if the winter is coming to an end in the early next month, the weather official maintained. The MeT office also predicted that people will witness misty mornings in the next few days but there is no prediction of rainfall.
Kolkata: The body of a man, aged around 50-55 years, was found hanging from the staircase at a residential building in Regent Park on Monday morning. A few residents of the building saw the body and informed police.According to sources, on Monday around 8:40 am a resident of the building found the body hanging. Immediately he informed others. After bringing the body down, police searched the garments of the deceased but found nothing that can reveal his identity. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSources informed, sleuths found multiple injury marks on the body. But, it is not confirmed yet whether those injury marks are connected with the death of the man. Question arose how the person went inside the building and hanged himself and no one noticed. After a few hours the body found, the homicide section of Detective Department went to the spot and investigated the matter. Sleuths are waiting for autopsy report to confirm the cause of death. It is suspected that the person came there with an intention of theft. An Unnatural Death case has been registered at the Regent Park police station.
Appraisals, promotions, and job transfers it that time of the year that makes everyone excited. Even the idea of moving to a new city, exposures and new experiences sounds thrilling but it requires a lot of planning and preparations to make a pocket friendly move. Experts suggest to do away with the relocating nightmare without breaking the bank. 4Resort to renting: If you’re in a situation that calls for temporary living arrangements, renting makes sense. Furniture and consumer appliances rental brands solve all your shifting blues with free relocation services inter and intra-states to take care of the transportation so one does not have to worry about the wear and tear or any other loss to the property. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Plan and create checklist: Moving would be way easier, if you try to be organized from the very beginning. Prepare the list a month before, mentioning all about the budget to move, stuff to carry, researches on the new place, the movers company to hire etc., along with the timelines. Pack your stuff one by one. * Sort and label your boxes: This will help you to always be aware of where what is. As you’re packing up your space, make sure you have a box for all of your most important items, like all of the things that you’ll need as soon as you get to your new home. If you can’t fit everything in one box, pack two! Just make sure you clearly mark these super duper important boxes so that you don’t lose track of them in the move. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Opt for ready to move in packages: While shifting to a new city is already a tedious task, setting up your apartment according to the space makes it more cumbersome. Ready-to-move in packages are designed to meet diverse requirements provided by rental brands. You can choose from the packages according to the size of our apartment and can do away from the hassles of setting up the apartment. 4Avoid buying consumer durables: Relocating with consumer durables like refrigerator, television air coolers entails massive cost. While relocating there are possibilities of these appliances getting damaged which would cost huge maintenance cost. Keep away from buying consumer appliances and resort to rent them to avoid wear and tear during relocating. 4Professional Movers: Efficient, professional movers can significantly cut the amount of time that a move takes while also safeguarding your belongings. Still, they cost money – and moving services aren’t always cheap. You can save money by hiring a firm with reputation for being quick and efficient.4Move midweek: If you go with a moving company, you can reduce your bill by moving midweek rather than weekend. There’s less demand during the workweek, so you’ll pay less.IANS
Adding another feather to its cap, Sapphire has been selected by ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) to perform in its prestigious Horizon series on February 22, Friday, 7 pm at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, KolkataSapphire Creations Dance Co completed the ICCR Tour of Indonesia in December 2018, and will now be enthralling the dance enthusiasts of the City of Joy. The troupe toured four cities of Indonesia between December 16-24 as a Diplomatic Cultural Delegation, to represent India with a 10 member team. Sapphire performed in cities like Bali, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Medan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIts itinerary also included a workshop in the Mahatma Gandhi International School in Jakarta along with interactive sessions by leading dancers, choreographers and teachers of Indonesia. On the evening of February 22, Sapphire will present ‘Sapphirescope’– an amazing amalgam of dance, music, visuals with fusion contemporary and popular dances. The performance has been curated keeping in mind ‘the rich history of shared tradition’, ‘connection that India has with Indonesia – particularly the connection of Rabindranath Tagore with this island nation as well as ‘Batik’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSapphire has divided the 70 minutes long program into three parts. ‘Culture’, the first segment, emphasises on the culture of India by fusing tradition and modernity. Amalgamation of Acro-Yoga and South East Asian Martial Arts along with poetry from India (including Bengal), will be other highlights. The second part is ‘Conversations’– where the focus will be on the inspiration of Indonesia in Tagore’s thoughts and work with poetry from Geetanjali, and performances of the Seasons of India. The final segment is ‘Celebration’ – the emphasis is on indulgence into a fun, frolic, and fiesta. It will focus on presenting aerial works and fusing Indonesian traditional music with modern compositions, which ultimately will celebrate the tour and the cultural relationship between India and Indonesia. It was indeed an exciting year for Sapphire. They had completed the tour of Kazakhstan in September 2018, and were preparing for USA tour in 2019, when this tour came as a pleasant surprise and acknowledgment of their untiring effort from the last 26 years. This was their 23rd international tour in about 21 countries.
Over 50 top competitors from across the country are set to prove their mettle in India’s only multi-nation TSD drive that gets underway here on Wednesday morning.The 800-km JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7, which is being organised in association with Experience Bengal (West Bengal Tourism), will see the competitors drive their machines for four days through majestic locations in North Bengal, scenic hills in Darjeeling and various picturesque routes in Bhutan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe TSD drive which draws inspiration from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s vision of connecting Bengal to its neighbours and encouraging people to people connectivity in the region, will cover a wide variety of terrain, ranging from tarmac, river beds, dirt tracks, forest paths to mountainous roads. While the entire route will pose a great challenge to the competitors, it will test them to the hilt in Paro in Bhutan where the drivers might have to drive in extreme tricky conditions due to impending snowfall prediction. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSanjay Sharma, Head JK Motorsport, said, “We are really excited about the event. It is India’s only international TSD drive that provides a great opportunity to our top rallyists to stretch themselves to the limit, besides giving huge boost to motorsports in the region.” The drivers will take-off from Siliguri post the ceremonial flag-off and travel all the way to Murti, driving past North Bengal’s lush forests, river banks and embankments and idyllic towns. The second leg will see the drivers start their journey from Murti to Paro, and entering Bhutan through Phuentsholing. From Phuentsholing, the competitors will hit the mountain roads filled with hairpin bends and steep gradients that offer spectacular views of the Himalayan heights, before entering the breath-taking Paro Valley. On the third day, they will drive back from Paro Valley through Dooars and cross the iconic Coronation Bridge over Teesta river to reach Kalimpong. The final leg of this rally will have competitors drive down from Kalimpong, cross the Teesta bridge, Mungpoo, Jorebunglow and Kurseong before descending into the plains through Rohini. After reaching the plains, they will go through Dudhia and Panighata, and touch Naxalbari before taking the Asian Highway 2 and then National Highway 27 to finish at the City Center at Siliguri, where the prize distribution will take place in the evening.
When the subject of Jack Nicholson comes up, women are never far behind. He’s acquired a reputation as one of modern cinema’s true rogues, pursuing entanglements both onscreen and off. Any controversy was usually defused by his wolfish charm and wicked sense of humor. However there was one story from the past of Jack Nicholson that transcended his persona and struck at the heart of his personal life. He learned of a secret that had been kept for decades, and only revealed to him at the age of 37.Press photo of Jack Nicholson after being nominated for an Academy Award for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.In 1974 he discovered his mother, Ethel May Nicholson, wasn’t who she said she was. She’d raised him alongside husband John, but his true mother’s identity came out of the blue. Nicholson’s mother was actually June, the woman he believed was his sister.This made Ethel his grandmother and “sister” Lorraine his aunt. The situation was a rug just waiting to be pulled out from under Nicholson’s feet. Perhaps ironically, he was informed via a reporter for TIME magazine, who had uncovered the details whilst undertaking research for a cover story.Nicholson in 1963.Up to that point his upbringing had been relatively stable and content. John worked in a department store and Ethel owned a beauty parlor in New Jersey, where the fledgling Jack was always surrounded by the fairer sex.Born in 1937 in Neptune, NJ, the parlor customers “thought he was the greatest,” a remark from Lorraine quoted in a Guardian article from 2003. “And so a lifetime of being surrounded by admiring women began as it meant to go on” the writer can’t resist adding.Nicholson as Wilbur Force in The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).As for Nicholson himself, he took the revelation in his stride, or at least appeared to. According to Biography.com, the star commented in typical easy-going fashion “I’d say it was a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn’t what I’d call traumatizing… After all, by the time I found out who my mother was, I was pretty well psychologically formed. As a matter of fact, it made quite a few things clearer to me. If anything, I felt grateful.”Great Hollywood legends quotesIt could explain partly the eternal bachelor’s eventful relationships with various women. His longest-lasting partnership was with actress Anjelica Huston, but that came to an end after he impregnated Rebecca Broussard, many years his junior.Anjelica Huston pictured in 2014. Photo by Mingle Media TV CC BY SA 2.0As the Guardian describes it, the 17 year romance between Nicholson and Huston came to a shuddering halt when “Huston turned up at Nicholson’s Paramount office, where he was battling with his ill-fated film The Two Jakes, and beat him to shreds.”Jack Nicholson signing autographs at a ceremony for Dennis Hopper to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo by Angela George CC BY-SA 3.0Nicholson has had both creative and personal crises, with the two often intermingling. This is appropriate as he sees his back catalog as a kind of autobiography. Friends and critics have frequently tied him to his screen performances.For some he is a dying breed, one of the last of the Hollywood playboys. The club included such notable members as Warren Beatty, a close friend of Nicholson’s.Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson at the 62nd Academy Awards, March 26, 1990. Photo by Alan Light CC By 2.0Filmmaker Mark Cousins, referred to in the Guardian, had an especially harsh judgment on the man and his legacy, saying “I always feel weary about him the way I would about a stag night.There’s that smugness and sexual aggression, but no vulnerability… It’s very clever what he has done… He’s planted himself in the ecology of Hollywood, where he’s allowed to be sneering and lecherous and against the system, and they love him for it.”Jack Nicholson’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.While Cousins’ assessment wouldn’t be shared by many, it does sum up the idea of Nicholson as an anachronism in today’s marketplace. Though it should be pointed out that Cousins acknowledges his talents as an actor and even today, long after his reported semi-retirement, he has armies of admirers.Read another story from us: Hunter S. Thompson once pulled a bizarre birthday prank on his friend Jack Nicholson, so terrifying the actor hid in his basementAside from perceptions about his character, Nicholson appears to have been raised in a loving home and one that gave him the confidence to go out and achieve an extraordinary career.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.
“He’s too easily hit. He doesn’t have any attributes to aide him. He doesn’t have reach. He doesn’t have height. He doesn’t have size. I can’t see it going any other way than a dominating performance, and a stoppage by knockout or strangle.”He continued, “I’m gonna go and cement my name in history, and raise these two world titles. And bring that army, because you’re gonna need that army to take that belt off of me. That’s what I’m saying.”When Colin asked McGregor if he has any pre-fight superstitions or routines he uses to get into the zone, he scoffed at the idea of superstitions, which he equated to fear.“That’s superstition. And to me, superstition is another word for fear. And I don’t have that. I don’t need a pair of lucky jocks, and I don’t have those jocks, it’s over. All that is ridiculous to me. It’s just another day for me. Whooping ass, and looking good.”“Superstition is simply another word for fear… It’s just another day for me doing what I do. Whoopin’ ass & looking good”- Conor McGregor pic.twitter.com/6lrODu2tVM— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 10, 2016Madison Square Garden is built for stars, and there won’t be a bigger star in New York on Saturday night than Conor McGregor at UFC 205. It should be electric.Conor McGregor responds to Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) calling him “the least intimidating fighter” he’s ever met. pic.twitter.com/e6QDBPJupg— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 10, 2016 Advertisement The UFC will finally make its New York debut on Saturday night after a protracted legal battle with the New York State Athletic Commission. UFC 205 is set to invade the mecca of Madison Square Garden for the sport’s first blockbuster event in the Big Apple.The sport’s biggest mainstream megastar, and featherweight champ, Conor McGregor is headlining the massive pay-per-view, and will fight lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the 205 main event.Today, he joined The Herd ahead of the pre-fight press conference to rant on the sport’s MSG debut, his place in the sport, and his mindset heading into the Alvarez fight.When asked to give a scouting report on Alvarez and his predictions for the fight, McGregor, true to form, didn’t hold back.
Jazz point guard George Hill isn’t much of a dunker, but in last night’s first round playoff matchup against the Clippers, he managed to beat the shot clock buzzer with an out of the box alley-oop.Hill didn’t throw down a lob, instead he caught a pass outside the arc while suspended in the air, and hit a triple to beat the clock.The Jazz ended up beating the Clippers, 97-95, to take a 1-0 lead in the first round series.George Hill : 16 points on 7-13 shooting & 4 rebounds in 37 minutes pic.twitter.com/CqpPMH8gkA— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life25) April 16, 2017 Advertisement
Advertisement Everybody wants to be an insider. Based on some of these scouting reports Jay Z has a good chance to crack the rotation.We asked @Lakers fans in Vegas about their rookies that don’t exist… ? pic.twitter.com/Q6bSyXQKCB— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 18, 2017 The Lakers are NBA Summer League champs, and L.A. fans came to Las Vegas in droves to get their first glimpse of #2 overall pick Lonzo Ball for the first time in purple and gold.Besides Lonzo, the Laker roster was mostly filled with unknown rookies and fringe NBA players, but the die-hard fans in Vegas pride themselves on knowing the roster top to bottom. Or at least pretending to.A reporter for the Kings went on a trolling mission and asked L.A. fans how they felt about the performances about a couple of unknown Laker rookies by the names of Ned Stark and Shawn Carter.Even though Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z – and Ned Stark – the beheaded fictional patriarch of House Stark from Game of Thrones – don’t play for the Lakers, fans had hot takes about their summer league performances, nonetheless.
3 min read May 5, 2015 Cloud computing can mean big changes for small businesses. Those changes have been realized by many of today’s small-business owners, from tech startups in the heart of Silicon Valley to urban and small-town mom-and-pop shops.Today, 37 percent of U.S. small businesses have fully adapted to cloud computing, and a 2014 Intuit study predicts that percentage will more than double to 80 percent by 2020. The cloud is redefining the way small businesses do business. Here are four reasons small-business owners should consider migrating to the cloud:1. Lower costsOne of the most obvious benefits of moving everyday business to the cloud is that it can provide small businesses with significant savings. For starters, cloud computing fully utilizes hardware. Virtualization increases the value of physical server hardware, meaning businesses can do more with less.Related: Why Cloud Technology Is the Smart Move Right From Start UpAs a result, small businesses will see a decrease in rack space, power usage, IT requirements, etc. That means lower installation, maintenance, hardware, upgrade and support costs. For small businesses, especially, those savings are invaluable.2. Better collaborationCollaboration is made easy in the cloud. The ability to save and access various files through the cloud enables employees to easily work from the same master document. Cloud collaboration tools, such as Google Drive, allow users to upload, edit and comment on documents, which makes for better workplace collaboration. Additionally, employers can opt to limit what employees can access.Not to mention, being able to access files through the cloud makes it easy for small-business owners to track and manage individual progress on assignments. How’s that for efficiency?3. Increased flexibilityOne of the most alluring benefits of cloud computing is being able to access work-related files and information from any device in any place at any time. We live in a mobile world. Long gone are the days where files are stuck on a single server on a single computer.Related: 3 Ways IT Innovation Is Changing the Game for Small BusinessesAs the workplace begins to cater to more remote workers and flexible working arrangements, being able to access work materials, when not at work, is essential for employees. Not only does cloud computing make it easier for employees to work outside of the office, it makes it easier for small-business owners to manage their business at any time of day, from anywhere.What’s more, increased mobility and flexibility in the cloud can lead to additional cost savings. For instance, small-business owners can opt to implement BYOD (bring your own device). Employees can work on devices they already own and are comfortable with, such as tablets and laptops — even their smartphones (to each their own, right?).4. Greater integrationAdopting a cloud-based business solution creates multiple opportunities for integration — and simplified integration, at that. Cloud-adapted small businesses have the option of integrating with various cloud-based providers.Small businesses can take advantage of specialized services that integrate with back-office operations, from human resources to marketing to accounting. These opportunities for integration give small-business owners more time to focus on the more critical areas of business.Have you made the move to the cloud? How has cloud computing transformed the way you do business? Share in the comments section below!Related: 10 Big Misconceptions About Cloud Computing Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »