GM joins the networking revolution with Facebook voice to text via Onstar

first_img The new OnStar version, for the social generation, will provide users with a Facebook connection that can convert voice into text,. The new feature will allow for status updates on the go, without risking safety. Likewise, users will also be able to listen to incoming texts and news feeds through voice commands.With a brand new ad campaign to launch mid-September, free services will also be added, dueling Ford’s Sync technology, and might appear on new GM models in the near future. Since its start in 1996, safety and security have been OnStar’s continual top priorities with roadside services, stolen vehicle locator, emergency police and ambulance caller, directions and more, in over 30 GM models. This year, OnStar has also offered smart phone applications such as gas monitoring, remote start, and more, which is somewhat similar to Ford’s Sync system that’s more entertainment-focused.Though Onstar is free on many GM models for the entire first year, its annual cost varies from $199 for safety features and $299 for safety and navigation. Sources say OnStar is considering offering certain services to non-subscribers to gain exposure and possibly appeal to new customers. The upgrades will enhance even the basic features, as well as the new ones. The decision to offer the Facebook voice to text application will be thoroughly tested among a test audience, sources say, and may or may not be available in all GM OnStar models.With a new tag line like “Live On,” OnStar hopes to appeal to the techno and safety savvy alike. Competition has never been more fierce with the Ford Edge’s MyFordTouch Technology also in the game. With social networking on the rise, there seems to be no better time than now to raise the stakes against the competition.The big announcement is said to have improvements all around, including a partnership with Google, though all plans are strictly in the experimental stages. Much like Ford’s Sync services which allow users to access applications such as Twitter, OnStar’s plans may change the way we network and connect altogether, while keeping safety at the forefront. Citation: GM joins the networking revolution with Facebook voice to text via Onstar (2010, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — With the ever-growing popularity of Ford’s Sync technology and entertainment system, which boasts music and phone-related features, General Motors’ On Star customers will soon have the world of networking at their disposal even while driving, via a nearing OnStar overhaul. OnStar, Google Partner to Expand Turn-by-Turn Navigation (c) 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img OnStar unit in a Saturn Astra. Image: Wikipedia. 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.last_img read more

Research team claims Samalas volcano source of great 1257 eruption

first_img Citation: Research team claims Samalas volcano source of great 1257 eruption (2013, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —An international team of researchers has concluded that an eruption by Samalas volcano on Lombok Island in Indonesia was the source of a large volcanic eruption traced back to 1257. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their exhaustive work in tracking down the source of an eruption that scientists have known about for decades, but were unable to pinpoint. A small eruption of Mount Rinjani, with volcanic lightning. Location: Lombok, Indonesia. Credit: Oliver Spalt, Wikipedia. Explore further More information: Source of the great A.D. 1257 mystery eruption unveiled, Samalas volcano, Rinjani Volcanic Complex, Indonesia, PNAS, Published online before print September 30, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1307520110AbstractPolar ice core records attest to a colossal volcanic eruption that took place ca. A.D. 1257 or 1258, most probably in the tropics. Estimates based on sulfate deposition in these records suggest that it yielded the largest volcanic sulfur release to the stratosphere of the past 7,000 y. Tree rings, medieval chronicles, and computational models corroborate the expected worldwide atmospheric and climatic effects of this eruption. However, until now there has been no convincing candidate for the mid-13th century “mystery eruption.” Drawing upon compelling evidence from stratigraphic and geomorphic data, physical volcanology, radiocarbon dating, tephra geochemistry, and chronicles, we argue the source of this long-sought eruption is the Samalas volcano, adjacent to Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia. At least 40 km3 (dense-rock equivalent) of tephra were deposited and the eruption column reached an altitude of up to 43 km. Three principal pumice fallout deposits mantle the region and thick pyroclastic flow deposits are found at the coast, 25 km from source. With an estimated magnitude of 7, this event ranks among the largest Holocene explosive eruptions. Radiocarbon dates on charcoal are consistent with a mid-13th century eruption. In addition, glass geochemistry of the associated pumice deposits matches that of shards found in both Arctic and Antarctic ice cores, providing compelling evidence to link the prominent A.D. 1258/1259 ice core sulfate spike to Samalas. We further constrain the timing of the mystery eruption based on tephra dispersal and historical records, suggesting it occurred between May and October A.D. 1257. Study shows volcanic eruptions beneath bodies of water can cause widespread dispersal of diatomscenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2013 Several decades ago, scientists studying ice cores found evidence of a volcanic eruption so large, it left deposits on ice in both the northern and southern ice fields. Since that time, many scientists have offered guesses as to which volcano was actually responsible for the deposits, but no real consensus had been reached. In this new research effort, the team combined data from the ice deposits with new sample information from several possible volcanic sites and even from early writings that described changes in weather that led to hardships during the time period shortly after the eruption occurred.The Samalas Volocano was on the short list of suspects—to find out if it was the culprit, team members traveled to Lombok Island and took not just soil and rock samples, but also tree ring samples and studied a text known as Babad Lombok, written by people that lived near the area of the volcano during the time it erupted. They found that the samples from the island were a close match to samples found in polar ice and that the tree ring data from the island matched closely with the time-line established by the depth of ash in ice samples—the Indonesian text described changes to the island around the time of the eruption. The research team also pointed out that early European texts have noted a time of bad weather in 1258.Taken together, the information from the various sources provides a compelling argument for fingering the Samalas volcano as the most likely source of the eruption. The research efforts also led to clues that indicate just how large of an eruption it was—perhaps one of the largest in the past 10,000 years. Ash data suggests that as much as 40 cubic kilometers of debris was ejected into the atmosphere and the plume likely reached 40 kilometers into the sky—enough to impact weather all over the planet for a year or more. Some have even suggested the eruption, along with other events, may have led to The Little Ice Age. 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

New analysis of DNA evidence contradicts claims of Yeti brownpolar bear hybrid

first_img(—A pair of researches are challenging claims made by a British scientist last year that DNA samples of animal remains found in the Himalayas were from a brown/extinct polar bear hybrid that is still alive and wandering about in the mountains—and is likely the source of rumors of a Yeti. Now, Ross Barnett and Ceiridwen Edwards of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and Oxford, respectively, have published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggesting that an analysis they conducted on the same animal remains shows that one came from a modern polar bear and the other from a rare type of brown bear that is still alive today. 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: New analysis of DNA evidence contradicts claims of ‘Yeti’ brown/polar bear hybrid in Himalayas (2014, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Last year, Bryan Sykes, a genetics professor at Oxford, and colleagues, claimed that a DNA analysis of two hair samples, one found by itself, the other as part of the frozen remains of an animal—found at two sites far from each other in the Himalayas—revealed that they’d come from a hybrid animal—a brown bear and a supposedly extinct polar bear relative–and that it was clearly still alive today. His claims were covered by the BBC and eventually wound up in a paper also published by the Royal Society.Now Barnett and Edwards are suggesting that Sykes and his team made a mistake during their analysis—matching DNA from a sample with an ancient extinct polar bear, instead of a modern polar bear, which is what they found. They concluded that the other DNA sample came from a sub-species of brown bear that is still alive today living in very remote locations high up in the mountains. Thus, there is no evidence of a hybrid animal and reports of a Yeti, they maintain, are likely made by people mistaking a brown bear for something more ape or human-like.In reviewing the findings by Barnett and Edwards, Sykes and his team acknowledged, via the BBC, that they had made errors in database searchers. But they still maintain that their conclusions suggesting that the Yeti is still likely a modern unknown primate of some sort is likely correct. They’re also suggesting that the true identity of the Yeti still needs to be “refined” by analyzing other samples that were not part of either study. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Undated photo made available by Britain’s Channel 4 television Thursday Oct.17 2013 of Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes posing with a prepared DNA sample taken from hair from a Himalayan animal. Sykes says he may have solved the mystery of the Abominable Snowman—the elusive ape-like creature of the Himalayas also known as the Yeti. He thinks it’s a bear, based on two samples sharing a genetic fingerprint with a polar bear jawbone found in the Norwegian Arctic that is at least 40,000 years old. His findings, yet to be published, will be aired in a TV show in the UK Sunday. (AP Photo/ Channel 4) Explore further More information: Himalayan ‘yeti’ DNA: polar bear or DNA degradation? A comment on ‘Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti’ by Sykes et al. (2014) C. J. Edwards, R. Barnett , Published 17 December 2014. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1712 . DNA links mysterious Yeti to ancient polar bear (Update 3)last_img read more

Does Our High School Popularity Affect Us Today

first_img Read the whole story: TEDx Psychologist Mitch Prinstein talks about why we are biologically programmed to care about what others think of us, why teenagers first become addicted to popularity, and why being “cool” in high school may be bad for our long-term happiness and success. For the first time in the history of the human species, Prinstein argues, we have become confused about two different types of popularity, and many of us may unwittingly be focused on the wrong one. Mitch Prinstein, author of “Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships,” is a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist and the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a member of the American Psychological Association Board of Directors. He and his research have been featured in over 200 international and national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Time magazine, New York magazine, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Forbes, Newsweek, Family Circle and elsewhere.last_img read more

India clicked candid

first_imgThe ongoing photo exhibition Colours Of India curated by Delhi Photography Club wraps up Tuesday. The show that kick started on 12 July at India Habitat Centre displays photographs clicked by Kaynat Kazi. It is  a narration of some of the rare arts getting even rarer each passing day. From colourful block prints, elaborate Mughal crafts to blue pottery and meenakari, Colors of India is more than just a story. The ‘rani’ pink of mystical Rajasthan; the pastel shades of southern India; the joyous, bright hues of the northern frontier; and the bright colors of the east offer a insight into the blend of India’s history and modernism.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kazi is a photographer who loves travelling to unfrequented places – from the heights of Ladakh, villages of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra – and captures diverse cultures that usually escape the regular eye. Her special interest lies in capturing female expressions and candid photography. She believes that the moment the subject is conscious of being clicked, the original element is lost.last_img read more

Wrong career no kids are womens top regrets

first_imgFrom choosing a wrong career path to not having children are some of the major regrets in life for a woman, according to a recent survey.Experts who carried out the detailed study, conducted by Diet Coke, also found that a large percentage of the surveyed women lament a failure to lose weight as a major regret in their lives. Opting for a career path that turned out to be the wrong one was a common gripe as was not travelling the world before starting out in the world of work, reports Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Diet Coke commissioned the report to coincide with the launch of its new “Regret Nothing” campaign and it shows that while six out of ten women would happily “do things differently” if they had their time again, three out of four women believe their regrets have been character-building. “The research findings suggest women are harbouring their regrets and not living life in the present. Through our new campaign, we want to inspire women to act on their impulses to create positive experiences, adventures and opportunities for success,” said a spokesperson of the brand. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixResearchers, who carried out the study among 1,000 women between the ages of 25 to 39, found that family matters cause a significant amount of regret when looked back upon.One in five of those who took part in the survey said it played on their mind that they “could have been a better daughter”, while more than one in ten said they felt they could have put more effort into being “a better mother”.More than one in ten women said they wished they had children, while around seven per cent said they felt they had children “too early”.  Others expressed sadness they were unable to afford their “dream wedding.” *Not trying hard enough at school *Not losing weight on a diet *Choosing the wrong career path *Not getting on the property ladder *Spending a night with someone I shouldn’t *Not being spontaneous enough *Not being a good enough friend *Not being a better daughter *Not being impulsive enough about travelling before starting a family *Not having children *Not being a better mum *Texting someone I shouldn’t after a night out *Not having my dream wedding *Having an affair*Getting married/ settling down *Focussing too much on my careerlast_img read more

Somnaths family denies CPIM request to drape body with red flag

first_imgKolkata: Being hurt with the decision of expelling him from the party, family members of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee didn’t allow CPI(M) members to put the party’s flag on his last remains.His family members didn’t approve the proposal of the party’s leaders to put a flag on his last remains, recollecting the time when he was extremely upset with the decision of the party to expel him from its ranks.Anushila Basu, Chatterjee’s daughter, said: “My mother didn’t agree with their proposal and we also didn’t want it to happen.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the same breath, Basu appreciated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that she knows whom to give respect. Chatterjee was given a 21 gun salute in the state Assembly. She further said that the Chief Minister had a high respect for her father, who was the first person she went to meet after coming to power.It may be recalled that Chatterjee was expelled from the party in 2008, after he decided to continue as the Speaker in the Parliament, despite the party withdrawing its support from the UPA government. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn reply to a question on why the last remains of the former Speaker was not taken to CPI(M)’s headquarter at Alimuddin Street, Basu said: “Its not about taking the last remains there. Of course they (CPI(M) leaders) have shown their respects. But we didn’t approve the proposal of putting the party’s flag on his body.””My mother told me that she didn’t want it to happen as she had realised the situation through which he (Chatterjee) had passed (after he was expelled). He was very upset. But he never passed any statement against the party,” said Basu, adding that his decision to continue as Speaker was known to Jyoti Basu. When asked whether the party has given Chatterjee the respect that he deserved, Basu said that it is quite clear from today’s condition of the party whether they have given him respect or not.While speaking about the 10 time Lok Sabha MP, his daughter recollected that he always used to go to the Parliament with complete preparation.It may be mentioned that 30 of his speeches have found space in a book that was published from the Parliament.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Ranjan Gogoi on his appointment as CJI

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday congratulated Justice Ranjan Gogoi after he was appointed the next Chief Justice of India. May I humbly congratulate Justice Ranjan Gogoi, appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India, who will assume office on October 3. We are proud of you, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this afternoon. Justice Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India yesterday. He will take oath on October 3 after incumbent Dipak Misra retires. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019. Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. Justice Misra had earlier this month recommended Justice Gogoi as his successor as per established practice of naming the senior-most judge after the CJI for the post.last_img read more

Creating an ecological echo

first_imgIt was not many years ago that the Capital had peacocks strolling through the streets, or homes across the country had families of noisy sparrows nestled in the ventilation gaps in walls. But with fast paced technological growth and advanced urbanisation, the memory of such beauty has faded away – wiped off by high rises and mobile network towers. An artist’s eye sees it all only with a different approach; when environmentalists and school books are trying to make mankind aware of the increasing cases of animal extinction due to the encroachment of forests and urbanisation, Mumbai-based artist Ashish Kushwaha has a massive message to gift us through his paintings. The visions of a glorious one-horned rhinoceros in the midst of an urban background, a colourful peacock whose tail is transformed into cast-iron rods in a construction site, a vulture perched on an unfinished pillar in an area under construction, and a slow vanishing deer behind a pillar will leave one shaken and make them wonder about the gravity of the current situation. The painting titled ‘Where am I?’ says a thousand words with just the fading appearance of a graceful deer, which is being replaced by a prospective building. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmong the ‘Urban Metaphor’ series, one painting which can be really disturbing is a mix-media on canvas, which portrays a headless peacock in a barren under-construction land in the mid-ground. From the neck above, cast iron rods replace its head cutting away all the glory of our national bird, where on the foreground an engineer is at work building a large mesh.”My paintings are silent conversations,” says Ashish, “I am always thinking of prakriti-of the earth as a planet in which there is harmony between animals and man. But what I see is very different and very difficult for me. When I travel by train from one place to another I am always confronted by the whole statement of exploitation in which man takes away from animals and birds the idea of the habitat.” Most of the watercolours portray the evading factor of animals from the metropolitan scenario; the figures are mostly incomplete – either the head or the hind legs have faded away suggesting a gradual extinction. Among Ashish’s untitled works is one striking staircase in a desolate land – stairways leading to nowhere. As a viewer, I’d like to think of it as an indication that extreme urbanisation disturbing ecological balance would lead mankind to a hopeless and dark future. Mocking at their progress the artist’s endeavour is to shout out loud and wake up passive viewers to the everyday ignorance of the fading existence of flora and fauna. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese transformed figures of birds and animals reflect the loss of harmony between man and nature. The Degradation of our planet is replicated in the form of silent stories in his paintings which are protesting against the cruelty and urging man to restore balance back in the environment. ‘Inheritance of Loss’, curated by Uma Nair, is an ongoing exhibition at India International Centre which expresses the artist’s vision of the gradual disappearance of wildlife due to urbanization. Most of the paintings – watercolour on paper, or acrylic and oil on canvas – have a sad yet powerful message for viewers – are we losing our responsibility to nature in a power paced world of selfishness? The series will be on display until May 29.last_img read more

TMC drops Congress from logo now only Trinamool

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has introduced its new logo and dropped ‘Congress’ from it.Though the party has been registered as the All India Trinamool Congress with the Election Commission, party supremo thought that after 21 years of official separation from the Congress, it was high-time to drop the word. The new logo with a new catch line has been introduced recently. The new logo has Trinamool written in green with twin flowers and blue background. The catch line is Amar, Apnar Banglar (Mine, Yours and for Bengal). While addressing the media after publishing the list of candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress supremo had mentioned about the change in the logo and said “at times one has to take suggestion from the younger generation.” The party nominees are putting up the new logo in the wall graffiti. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn January 1, 1998, Mamata Banerjee set up the Trinamool Congress after separating from the Congress. She thought that Congress would never protest against the misrule of the CPI(M) government and floated her own party. She had named the party as Trinamool Congress as she thought that Congress had neglected the people who belonged to the grassroots. She had sketched the logo having “two flowers and grass.” After almost two decades, the Trinamool supremo thought that time had come when the party should drop the name ‘Congress’. It was learnt that Abhishek Banerjee had helped her to make the new logo. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter Indira Gandhi who had floated a new party and named it Congress (I), Mamata Banerjee is the only successful leader whose party has become bigger than the Congress in Bengal. After floating Congress (I), Gandhi introduced “Cow and Calf” coming out of the old Congress logo of two bullocks. Later in 1977, she introduced another logo — the “hand” — which is still the logo of the Congress. Political experts said as TMC has become significant in national politics in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, it has decided to drop ‘Congress’ from the logo. Over the years, through several ups and downs, Trinamool has gained overwhelming support from the people.last_img read more

How social isolation may increase stress

first_imgResearchers have found that long term chronic isolation cause the build-up of a chemical in the brain, that increases stress, aggression and fear. The mice isolated for two weeks showed behavioural changes like, increased aggressiveness towards unfamiliar mice, persistent fear, and hypersensitivity to threatening stimuli.When encountering a threatening stimulus, mice that have been socially isolated remain frozen in place long after the threat has passed, whereas normal mice stop freezing soon after the threat is removed, the research said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlthough the study was done in mice, it has potential implications for understanding how chronic stress affects humans and has potential applications for treating mental health disorders, said lead author Moriel Zelikowsky, postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in the US.Previous studies have determined that social isolation for two weeks in mice resulted in the upregulation of the signalling molecule neuropeptide, tachykinin 2 (Tac2)/neurokinin B (NkB) – a short protein molecule. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the new study, published in the journal Cell, the team found that chronicsolation leads to an increase in Tac2 gene expression and the production of a neuropeptide called neurokinin B (NkB) throughout the brain. But, administration of a drug that chemically blocks NkB-specific receptors enabled the stressed mice to behave normally, eliminating the negative effects of social isolation. On the other hand, artificially increasing Tac2 levels and activating the corresponding neurons in normal, animals led them to behave like isolated and stressed, the research showed.Suppressing the Tac2 gene in certain different brain parts, increased fear behaviours, or aggression accordingly, implying that it must increase in different brain regions to produce the various effects of social isolation, the researchers said.last_img read more

Office essentials to beat the heat

first_imgDressing up for work in the heat can be a challenge. When it comes to workwear, finding the right balance between comfort and style is a must, say experts. Here are some tips to consider:Lace Tops: White lace top paired with a pencil skirt and a pair of high heels is a perfect wear for a summer day at work.Floral print skirts: From day outs to dinner, a floral printed skirt can be a 9 to 5 bottomwear. Team it up with your solid white tees. This look totally wins on versatility. This gels well with good white sneakers as well as subtle nude heels. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShirt dresses: An effortless shirt dress is the perfect workwear for the warmer months. Add a pair of kitten heels for a chic summer office looWide legged trousers: Lend a polished and refreshing vibe to your work look with the wide legged trousers that can be worked in versatile ways. Pair these trousers with a loose-fit shirt and high heels to make a lasting impression.Formal sheath dress: Sheath dresses are the best ‘Go-to’ options when it comes to workwear. They are chic and comfortable and ideal for the summer. They come in a variety of colours and styles ideal for all body types. Pair these with stilettos and you are work ready. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShirts: Summer is the perfect time to flaunt your shirts. Experiment with versatile cuts, colours and to up your style quotient at work. Opt for shirts that aren’t too tight fitted or clingy to ensure that your comfort isn’t compromised. Pair your shirts with a slim-fit cotton trouser and complete your look with a pair of pumps.Jumpsuits: The one-and-done outfit saviour is ideal for summer. They are comfortable, stylish and can be carried out effortlessly. Forget your daily woes of pairing your outfits and just jump into jumpsuits with breezy silhouettes to run through a busy workday. Style your jumpsuit with trendy footwear and wear subtle makeup to look stunning.Blouses: A flirty ruffle in a sleeveless silhouette is ideal for transitioning from day to night. Easy stripes are also a good way to beat summer heat.Pants: Black pants are officially here to stay. Also, a well-fitting pair of white pants will be your summer saviour. Just add a sophisticated pair of coloured kitten heel mules. One can even add a white blazer and it will add elegance to every outfit.last_img read more

12 polling personnel injured in mishap near Pathanpara

first_imgBALURGHAT: At least 12 polling personnel including Central Force jawans were injured when the vehicle in which they were returning after poll on Tuesday night, rammed into a bike coming from the opposite direction. The incident took place near Pathanpara in Banshihari block at around 8 pm. According to a source, the injured were returning from booth no. 138 with EVMs and other voting material. They had to deposit the items at the receiving centre in Buniadpur. Locals rushed to the spot after hearing the sound of the collision, rescued the injured and admitted them to a local health centre. The condition of five among them is serious. The police were also informed. As the condition of pillion rider Pabitra Mohanta turned critical, he was later shifted to the nearby Raiganj District Hospital. The vehicle’s driver has been admitted to Gangarampur Sub-Divisional Hospital.last_img read more

Three boys drown in Narendrapur bheri

first_imgKolkata: Three boys reportedly drowned while bathing in a local bheri in Narendrapur on Friday morning. Three other boys, who were bathing with them, informed the local residents about the incident.According to sources, on Friday, around 11 am, six boys from Jagatipota at Khyada in Narendrapur went to have a bath in a local bheri. After they got down in the water, three of them identified as Ranak Das (17), Subhajit (19) and Shan Roy (14) went missing. The three other boys identified as Surajit Roy, Charan Dhali and Bishal Mistry were sitting on the bank of the bheri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDespite they tried to search for their friends they were not able find them. Immediately, they informed some local residents about their friends going missing. Locals informed Narendrapur police station. Some of them went to the bheri and tried to search for the missing boys. Meanwhile, police arrived and asked local residents to arrange for a fishing net. Also the Disaster Management Group of Kolkata Police was called for help. Before the Disaster Management Group team could reach the spot, local residents arranged a fishing net and recovered the trio. They were immediately admitted to M R Bangur Hospital where they were declared brought dead. Later, sleuths came to know that despite the these boys don’t know how to swim, got down into the water while the other three boys were sitting on the banks. The bodies have been sent for autopsy examination as per the legal procedure.last_img read more

People dont verify fake news before sharing

first_imgMost people do not verify whether a new piece of information is accurate or fake before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a study has found. Researchers at Ohio University in the US found that several factors can be used to detect misinformation, otherwise known as “fake news,” on social media. The study, published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology, found that, by looking at certain factors, it is possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This is a pioneering study that helps understand why individuals would share misinformation on social media using a theoretical lens and information literacy factors,” said a professor at Ohio University. “Fake news and misinformation could be rightly termed as the major issues of our time. Almost every other study in this realm falls short of highlighting the vital role of individuals in halting the spread of misinformation,” he said in a statement. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo test the research hypotheses that predict the sharing of misinformation, he extended his work from a US framework to gather data in Indonesia. Indonesia is not only one of the largest social media markets in the world, the country has caught news headlines for fighting misinformation and hoaxes, especially during its election season, researchers said. The study asked participants to rate their perceived internet skills, self-esteem and internet experiences as well as their attitudes towards fact-checking online information, belief in reliability, and how often participants shared information without fact checking. There were 396 participants in the study, which found that age, social class and gender did not play a huge part, but rather media and information literacy was found to be the biggest factor in recognising misinformation. Those who have a strong belief in the reliability of the information are more likely to share information online without verification, researchers said. The study found that people from lower education levels, lower income and those newer to the internet would benefit most from learning additional information literacy.last_img read more

Shyam Sundar brings array of festive offers and discounts

first_imgThe ‘Shubho Akshay-Tritiya’, this year’s edition of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers annual festive offer for the season, comes with many draws and attractions. Assured gift with every purchase, 20% discount on MC of gold jewellery, 50% discount on MC of diamond jewellery, 15% discount on gems and precious stones, and daily lucky draw of the gold coin are few of the major highlights. Additionally, there is a mega draw of a diamond necklace. Altogether, a lot of shine awaiting for the customers in a special ‘Akshay-Tritiya’ package. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe special press preview, timed just after the advent of the Bengali New Year, had all the elements of Bangaliana with much song and dance about the season, presentation of festive glitter and glow and felicitation of Manik Debnath, master weaver of traditional ‘Gamchas’. “I am really touched”, said Manik Debnath, the 64-year-old master weaver from ‘Oitijya Haat Tant’, “…and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers for this honour and wish all Shuva Nabobarsho.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We are really happy to felicitate unsung hero Manik Debnath because he is truly a master weaver and deserves to be celebrated for keeping the traditional craft alive and this felicitation comes with fond wishes for his mastery to remain ‘Akshay'”, said Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers. “Akshay-Tritiya is all about retention of shine in fate and fortune and that is why it is considered to be a very auspicious occasion for people to buy jewellery and pray for its reflection in their lives,” he added. The offer will be on from May 1- 8 at all showrooms of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in Kolkata – Rashbehari Avenue, Behala and Barasat and Tripura.last_img read more

Scripting new story of women empowerment

first_imgIt was 2.30 am in this sleepy hamlet located in the outskirts of district headquarters of Varanasi – which incidentally falls under the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At a time, when women in many villages across the country cannot step out of the house alone – particularly in those wee hours, a group of seven – eight sari-clad women march confidently parallel to the railway track filled with big inaccessible grasses towards erstwhile Sewapuri Gandhi Ashram’s Lijjat Papad unit – to knead the dough for papad-making – which was a defunct and dilapidated Khadi Institution before September 2016. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor, Mamta Devi (40), Munni Devi (42), and Phool Dei (40) from Newara village under Sakalpur post office, it is like making money during the morning walk. Mamta Devi says, “We reach Sewapuri Ashram daily latest by 2.30 am and in three hours we finish kneading the dough – for which hundreds of women start coming from 5.30 am onwards for collection of dough for rolling papads at their homes. For this three-hours’– job, each of us get on an average from Rs 250 to Rs 300 per day.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCorroborating similar views, Saraswati Devi of Sewapuri Village, says, “Being an uneducated village women, we never thought that we will ever get an opportunity in our life to earn Rs 300 per day that too sitting at our home. PM Modi has brought this change in our life through Khadi.” The next round begins at 5.30 am, when around 230 women collect the dough in the Sewapuri Gandhi Ashram up to 8 am and roll them into papads at their homes during the day. These women had been trained by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and in three years’ time – they have become expert of papad-making. This simple, yet very effective method also known as Gandhian simplicity has achieved tremendous success in the villages of Varanasi, and Gramo-preneurs across the nation have now started looking to learn how they can apply the Gandhian simplicity – where a woman can make papad weighing from 8 to 10 kilograms from the dough they collect daily in the morning and have started earning from Rs 300 to Rs 400 per day. The Lizzat papad , a supported unit of KVIC pays Rs 39 per kg for, rolling the papads. Incidentally, the Sewapuri Ashram was set up on November 5, 1946 by a group of Gandhians – all hailing from a well-known Khadi institution of Gandhian era ‘Kshatriya Shri Gandhi Ashram’ – under the guidance of the Mahatma Gandhi, to promote Khadi and provide employment to spinners and weavers. The KVIC, who had been leaving no stone unturned for the revival of this centre of excellence of Gandhian philosophy of self-reliance and swadeshi, finally chose a day to formally re-inaugurate it. On September 17, 2016 – on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday – better known as Sewa Diwas – KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena re-inaugurated it. It may be noted that KVIC had given a special grant of Rs 20 lakhs to this Khadi institutions for renovation and repair of dilapidated buildings and cleaning up the campus. KVIC roped in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to use its CSR funds to kick off Khadi activities. REC sanctioned Rs 5.50 crore for this project. Notably, it is the first ever utilisation of CSR funds for Khadi activities. Now, as many as 200 Solar Charkhas, 80 Solar Looms, a modern stitching center and a salt-making unit are running at this Ashram. This Khadi Ashram has been providing jobs to around 700 people – mostly women – from nearby villages, after its revival. Enthused with the rejuvenation of this erstwhile Ashram, on the request of KVIC – the Lijjat papad had established a papad making unit in the center, in which over 250 local women have been enrolled for the work and most of them are regularly coming at the center. All the women involved in this job get Rs 39 per kilogram for kneading, rolling and packaging. Incidentally, it is the first ever Lijjat Papad manufacturing unit of Varanasi district started in September 2016. Besides giving credit to the zeal of these rural women – engaged in Papad-making industry, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena also appreciates the improving law and order scenario of UP in the recent years. “For many decades, women in most parts of rural India have led a confined life. .Thanks to the CM Yogi Adityanath-led government, women are coming to Ashram, even in midnight,” he said, adding, “We will soon be providing extra space to accommodate another 200 women in this industry.”last_img read more

Examining Claims that Bring Into Question Amelia Earharts Piloting Skills

first_imgOne of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century and beyond: What happened to Amelia Earhart? 81 years after her disappearance during a flight over the massive Pacific Ocean, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe, the legend endures. Yet many historians believe that not only was the American icon an overrated pilot, but she wasn’t in the same class as some of the other female pilots in the early days of aviation.Amelia Earhart standing under nose of her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra.Simply put, Earhart’s actual skill at 10,000 feet couldn’t quite match her sheer courage and talent for creating headlines. Early on, Earhart showed an alarming propensity for wrecks, though twisted metal and bruised ego aside, the mishaps weren’t serious.Amelia Earhart, Los Angeles, 1928 X5665 – 1926 “CIT-9 Safety Plane”.Her first headline came in 1928, when Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane — though she rode shotgun. (Pilot Bill Stultz and Slim Gordon, the mechanic, had done the actual flying.) No matter: Earhart was hailed as “Lady Lindy” by a fawning press and adoring crowds.In 1932, she struck out on her own, flying across the Atlantic — the first woman and the second person, five years after Charles Lindbergh, to make the trip. In 1935, she became the first pilot to fly solo across the Pacific, from Honolulu to Oakland.Amelia Earhart in Hawaii. Photo by Pacific Aviation Museum CC BY 2.0Earhart would go on to break other records. Even so, she wasn’t in the same league as some of the other outstanding women pilots of her day. While she was dining with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House, this group of pioneers were racking up truly incredible achievements. Elinor Smith set out on a solo flight in 1926, at the age of 15.Three years later, she set two endurance records and the women’s world speed record. In the 30s, she would find her way to Hollywood, where she worked as a stunt pilot in movies.Louise Thaden set the world’s altitude record for women, flying above 20,000 feet. In 1936, the year before Earhart’s final flight, she bested all the men in the Bendix Transcontinental Air Race.Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Roosevelt.Nancy Love became the first woman to fly World War II fighters, including the B-25 and B-17 bombers. Barbara London, commander of the Los Angeles WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) squadron, handled every Army bomber and fighter built — one of only two women to claim that distinction.What these talented women couldn’t claim: the connections that Earhart had at her disposal. Her image was carefully crafted by her husband, George Putnam, an American publisher (his grandfather was the founder of the publishing house G.P. Putnam’s Sons) and master promotor, who organized her lecture tours, product endorsements, and public appearances. Some regarded him as something of a Svengali.On a short flight to and from Baltimore, aviator Amelia Earhart points out the White House to resident First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Location: Above Washington, DC, USA.By the time the Amelia’s plane the Friendship took off, Putnam had nabbed a $10,000 deal for Earhart’s first hand account of her fight. Not that Earhart was a shrinking violet. As pilot Elinor Smith would note: “Amelia was about as shy as Muhammad Ali.”In 1937, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan set out to circumnavigate the equator. Had they succeeded, Earhart would have landed in the record books. (Other pilots had circled the globe, but used shorter routes.)Amelia Earhart standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937.On July 2nd, the pair were on the most difficult part of their journey — attempting to fly from Lae, New Guinea to tiny Howland Island, some 2,500 away — when they lost radio contact with the U.S. Coast Guard.Historians and aviation experts believe that Earhart didn’t fully understand her radio equipment which could have played a big part in their disappearance.Neta Snook and Amelia Earhart in front of Earhart’s Kinner Airster, c. 1921.In a story for The Atlantic about the enduring Earhart myth, Lane Wallace, herself a skilled pilot, observes, “As for the great mystery surrounding her disappearance … I don’t know a lot of pilots who think it’s such a great mystery.I’ve flown in the South Pacific. It’s a horizon-to-horizon stretch of unmarked nothing. And in the 1930s, it was far easier to get lost and crash there than it was to reach any destination safely.” Simply put, Earhart was in way over her head.While Americans mourned, Earhart’s critics pounced, calling her doomed flight little more than a foolish, frivolous publicity stunt that, ultimately, cost taxpayers dearly — courtesy of an uber-expensive rescue mission (66 aircrafts and nine ships, for a tidy sum of $4 million), ordered by President Roosevelt, a fan of Earhart, as well as a friend. Even many of her friends were left shaking their heads.Read another story from us: The Giant Coconut Crab and Amelia Earhart’s Final MomentsIn Susan Butler’s Ease to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart, Captain Hilton H. Railey, who had helped launch the pilot’s career, says that Earhart was “caught up in the hero racket.” Nonetheless her courage cannot be questioned.last_img read more

VIDEO Oregons Dillon Brooks should have received a yellow card for his

first_img Advertisement Dillon Brooks is best known for leading Oregon past Duke into the Elite 8 of last year’s NCAA Tournament. He was controversially scolded by a salty Coach K for taking a late 3 with the game out of reach.Last night, Brooks scored 19 points in Oregon’s Pac-12 road win at Utah, but the highlight making the rounds this morning isn’t one of his key buckets, it was a historically awful flop that he tried to pull off that drew a chorus of boos from the Utah fans.Players flop all the time, but this one made Neymar blush. Brooks was lucky he didn’t draw a yellow card.Trying to get back in Coach K’s good graces RT @ArmstrongABC11: DILLON BROOKS FLOP OF THE YEAR— Jason Terrell (@AllStateAllTheT) January 27, 2017last_img

Should Your Business Switch to VoIP

first_imgSeptember 12, 2005 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. You’re at an internet café and get an important business call–on your laptop. You’re on the road and receive an urgent voice mail–in your e-mail inbox. Your business has a phone number with a Florida area code–even though your office is in California.Welcome to the world of voice over internet protocol (VoIP). With VoIP service, your phone calls travel over the internet as data, just as e-mail does. This type of service can dramatically lower your telecommunications costs while increasing your productivity. It also provides useful features and capabilities that conventional phone technology can’t offer.Though VoIP is quickly gaining popularity, some small businesses are still on the sidelines, concerned that VoIP audio quality is substandard, that the technology is difficult or costly to implement, or that their phone service will be interrupted if their electricity goes out.The truth is, VoIP’s benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know about VoIP to decide if it’s right for your business–plus tips for making the most out of VoIP service.1. Since its inception, the quality of VoIP service has come a long way. Early VoIP products required both parties in a conversation to be at a computer. Not only was this extremely limiting, but the sound quality was often poor. Today’s VoIP service has evolved and allows you to make and receive calls using standard phones or, even better, feature-rich IP phones. Sound quality has vastly improved, too–in fact, many businesses today have abandoned traditional phone systems in favor of VoIP. Many of these businesses have the ability to leverage their own data network to carry phone calls originating and terminating within their office with additional savings and benefits.2. Using VoIP can significantly reduce your telecommunications costs. Operating costs for VoIP service providers are significantly lower than for traditional phone companies, which must contend with the existing, expensive-to-maintain phone infrastructure and costly industry regulations. With lower expenses, VoIP providers can charge much less than their competitors.And with VoIP, businesses no longer have to maintain separate networks for phones and data–another significant money saver. Also, the costs associated with employee moves, adds and changes–which can cost $100 or more per occurrence–are virtually eliminated. All you have to do is move your IP phone (or traditional phone with a VoIP adapter) to a different broadband network jack and plug it in.3. VoIP service makes your phone system highly flexible. VoIP systems allow you to do things that are simply not possible with traditional phone technology. For example, you can:Take your phone system with you. As long as you have access to a broadband connection, you can use your VoIP system anywhere, such as in a hotel room or at a friend’s home. Customers and employees can stay in touch just by calling your regular business phone number–they don’t need to call your cell phone, which means you can save precious cell phone minutes.Talk on your laptop. Many VoIP systems include telephony software that enables you to send and receive calls using a headphone/microphone unit connected to your computer. Now you won’t miss an urgent call from a client, even when you’re hanging out with your laptop at an internet café.Get voice mail and faxes with your e-mail. Many VoIP services allow you to have voice mail and faxes automatically forwarded to your regular e-mail inbox. You get all your messages in one place, and your voice mail and faxes can be easily archived or forwarded to others. Users can also get their e-mails “read” to voice mail.Get virtual phone numbers. Your phone number can have any available area code, not just the one assigned to your region. For example, a business based in California could have a phone number with a Florida area code–particularly advantageous if your business has (or wants) customers in Florida.Increase productivity. Many VoIP phone numbers can be configured to simultaneously ring on multiple devices–such as your cell and landline phones–before going to voice mail, thus eliminating time-consuming “phone tag.” In a recent survey conducted by Sage Research, the increased productivity enabled by internet telephony added up to 3.9 hours per week, per employee.With all the benefits VoIP has to offer, if you’re now considering a switch to VoIP service, these tips will help you overcome any potential hurdles and make the most of a VoIP system:When in doubt, hire an expert. An off-the-shelf VoIP system for a business with a few employees is fairly straightforward to implement. But larger VoIP systems may work best if installed and configured by experts. Ask your network equipment vendor about VoIP services tailored for small businesses.Test it out. Rather than switch everyone at once, test a VoIP service first with just a few users. Once you’re satisfied with the service, then you can roll it out to other employees. (You might want to keep your traditional phone system up and running during the transition as a backup.)Use call forwarding. If the power goes out, your computer network may go down–taking your VoIP service with it (unless you have a generator or other alternative power source). For backup, configure your VoIP service to automatically forward unanswered calls to a cell or landline number.Secure your network. VoIP’s growing popularity is attracting the attention of hackers, and users are concerned that hackers may digitally intercept VoIP calls or bring down a company’s VoIP system using denial-of-service attacks. The solution? Make sure your network security is thorough and up to date. For more information, see my earlier article, “Is Your Business Safe from Internet Security Threats?.”One thing’s for sure: VoIP technology is continually evolving, with compelling new benefits being developed for small businesses. For example, some new wireless PDA/phone combination devices allow you to use your VoIP service whenever you’re near a Wi-Fi network and use your cell phone service when you’re not. Among the advantages: a dramatic increase in mobility and a sharp decrease in your cell phone charges.For larger small businesses, having a single IP network for both voice and data can provide other advantages, too. For example, an IP network can also support real-time, high-quality, affordable videoconferencing, call center applications and more.No matter the size of your business, VoIP is a surprisingly flexible, affordable technology that offers the same, sophisticated communication tools your enterprise-size competitors have. Register Now »last_img read more