HTML5 OS is set to disrupt platform lockin

first_img Explore further Jaafer Haidar and Jason Miller of Carbyn, whose mantra is “Go ahead. Just operate,” showed their creation, featuring a cross-platform experience, using both the Apple iPad and Blackberry Playbook in the Disrupt show demo. Smartphone functionalty is planned some time in the future.Carbyn enables consumers to get all the apps they enjoy in one destination, on any device, whether iPad, Blackberry Playbook, Android or others. For companies developing HTML5 applications, Carbyn is aiming to provide a wide-reaching distribution platform, according to Haidar, CEO and co-founder.你需要安装能够查看此内容的 Adobe Flash Player。Please click here to continue.As for apps, once you have Carbyn, you are able to pin any app to the main screen. You get a familiar-looking panel of available applications. Existing HTML5 apps are easily portable to the Carbyn system, in less than half an hour, according to Carbyn, and specialist apps can be created from scratch from a custom SDK.Features of Carbyn also include multitasking capabilities and app-to-app communications. In other words, applications can talk to one another.”We’re exposing an underlying file system messaging layer so that we have app to app communication. One app can tell, if it’s a phone app, let’s say, Skype can tell the music app, ‘hey, stop playing I’m getting a call,'” said Haidar.Also noted was how developers can port their HTML5 applications to Carbyn with litte effort. In fact, attracting developers was one of three goals that Haidar and Miller had in appearing at the show. Partnering with developers to tailor apps for Carbyn will be important to Carbyn’s growth. The second goal was getting the word out. “You don’t have to download anything, just go to the web site…we want to go nuts with this,” Haidar said in an interview at the show. The third was attracting money. Haidar said the team had been bootstrapping the startup since its founding and was now seeking funding. Citation: HTML5 OS is set to disrupt platform lock-in (2011, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-html5-os-disrupt-platform-lock-in.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com www.carbyn.comtechcrunch.com/2011/09/15/carbyn/www.mobilemag.com/2011/09/13/c … rst-html-5-cloud-os/ More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A Canada-based startup founded in November 2010 arrived at TechCrunch Disrupt last week to debut its “HTML5 operating system” called Carbyn. To get this system, there is nothing to install; you use your browser and you log in to Carbyn and you’re on your way. Beyond being an app, beyond being a web store, it is described by its founders as an operating system that happens to be app-focused. “It means you can get it on any device, they add, and “it means buying the cheapest tablet that gets you online so that you can get everything you want through your browser.” Apple’s App Store Downloads Top 1.5 Billion in First Yearlast_img read more

Massive neutrinos may not bring about cosmological concordance after all

first_img More information: — Paper citation: Boris Leistedt, et al. “No New Cosmological Concordance with Massive Sterile Neutrinos.” PRL 113, 041301 (2014). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.041301— From Early Universe @UCL: Concordance or Contradiction? http://www.earlyuniverse.org/concordance-or-contradiction/ (Phys.org) —Scientists have many tools for measuring the cosmic structures of the universe, which includes structures such as galaxies, galaxy clusters, and intergalactic gas. Cosmic structures can be observed directly, such as by observations of large-scale structure, or indirectly, such as with experiments that measure temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. Although having multiple ways to measure cosmic structure is beneficial, there is one problem: the measurements don’t agree. Explore further Recently, several studies have suggested that this disagreement, or tension, in the data can be relieved by massive sterile neutrinos. Neutrinos were originally thought to be massless, but experiments later showed that they do have mass. Massive neutrinos suppress the growth of structures that lead to the formation of galaxy clusters. For this reason, it has been claimed that fairly massive neutrinos resolve the tension between the experimental data and bring the different measurements into better agreement.But in a new study published in Physical Review Letters, physicists Boris Leistedt and Hiranya V. Peiris from University College London, along with Licia Verde at the University of Barcelona and the University of Oslo, have shown that this may not be so. The scientists demonstrated that massive neutrinos (as massive as has been proposed) do not bring about a new cosmological concordance between the measurements. Instead, the apparent concordance may result from systematic biases in the measurements. Overall, the results suggest that the tension between the measurements must be resolved either by considering systematics in one or more of the data sets, or—if further investigation shows that correcting systematic effects does not resolve the tension—then new physics other than the introduction of massive neutrinos must be considered.In terms of a larger framework for viewing cosmic structure, the results here strongly favor the cold dark matter model with a cosmological constant over more complex models that are extended with massive neutrinos. Yet, as the researchers explain, the questions surrounding cosmic structure are still far from being answered.”There is no evidence for significantly massive neutrinos in cosmology,” Verde, on behalf of all of the authors, told Phys.org. “Therefore there is not yet the need for extending the standard cosmological model to include an extra parameter for neutrino mass.”Instead, future investigations will likely focus on finding exactly what the neutrino mass is.”Particle physics experiments give a firm lower limit to the neutrino mass, cosmology at present gives an upper limit,” Verde said. “But there is not much wiggle room left. The next generation of cosmology surveys will have enough statistical power to really see neutrino masses if systematics can be kept under control. That is the real challenge but also the exciting prospect. Such a detection would have profound implications for both cosmology and particle physics.” Massive neutrinos and new standard cosmological model: No concordance yet © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Massive neutrinos may not bring about cosmological concordance after all (2014, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-massive-neutrinos-cosmological-concordance.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters 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. Scientists have found that tension among different data sets persists even after accounting for massive sterile neutrinos, possibly indicating systematic biases in the measurements. Credit: Leistedt, et al. ©2014 American Physical Societylast_img read more

Light detector system finds light pollution makes skies 20 times brighter in

first_img Citation: Light detector system finds light pollution makes skies 20 times brighter in some areas (2016, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-detector-pollution-brighter-areas.html Geographical distribution of the detectors of the Galician Night Sky Brightness Monitoring Network, located at 14 MeteoGalicia weather stations. Credit: Robert Simmon/NASA 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. City moths avoid the light (Phys.org)—A physicist in Spain has found that artificial light systems can make the skies above cities more than 20 times as bright as natural areas. Salvador Bará, with Universidade de Santiago de Compostela has written a paper detailing sky measurements made with a sensor network set up around the northwest portion of the Iberian Peninsula highlighting just how much brighter parts of the world have become at night and has uploaded it to the open access site Royal Society Open Science. Journal information: Royal Society Open Sciencecenter_img Explore further The problem of light pollution is still so new that scientists still do not know the extent of the problems it may be causing, either for us humans or plants and animals. Eager to learn more about the amount of light pollution emitted around parts of his home country, Bará and associates put up 14 light detectors in automated weather stations around parts of the peninsula covering urban, rural and suburban areas. The detectors took readings once every minute, which were published automatically to a publicly available website. Bará defined two metrics using the data from the sensors—significant magnitude (for clear nights) and moonlight modulation factor (to account for the amount of light reflected from the moon back to Earth).In analyzing the data, Bará found that the night sky in urban areas was typically 14 to 23 times brighter than in a natural environment. He also found light levels seven to eight times brighter in periurban areas (those on the outskirts of urban areas) and 1.6 to 2.5 times brighter in transition regions (between urban and suburban areas and rural areas) and 0.8 to 1.6 times brighter in rural or mountainous areas. He noted that the presence of clouds had a strong impact on the amount of light in the sky reaching amplification factors as high as 25.He also notes that the night sky brightness typically attributed to moonlight was easily visible in rural and transition areas, but was barely noticeable in urban areas. He also points out that much of the artificial light that is generated encroaches on areas not meant to be lit, which represents not only waste, but possible problems for plants and animals attempting to exist at a distance. © 2016 Phys.org More information: Salvador Bará. Anthropogenic disruption of the night sky darkness in urban and rural areas, Royal Society Open Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160541AbstractThe growing emissions of artificial light to the atmosphere are producing, among other effects, a significant increase of the night sky brightness (NSB) above its expected natural values. A permanent sensor network has been deployed in Galicia (northwest of Iberian peninsula) to monitor the anthropogenic disruption of the night sky darkness in a countrywide area. The network is composed of 14 detectors integrated in automated weather stations of MeteoGalicia, the Galician public meteorological agency. Zenithal NSB readings are taken every minute and the results are openly available in real time for researchers, interested stakeholders and the public at large through a dedicated website. The measurements allow one to assess the extent of the loss of the natural night in urban, periurban, transition and dark rural sites, as well as its daily and monthly time courses. Two metrics are introduced here to characterize the disruption of the night darkness across the year: the significant magnitude (m1/3) and the moonlight modulation factor (γ). The significant magnitude shows that in clear and moonless nights the zenithal night sky in the analysed urban settings is typically 14–23 times brighter than expected from a nominal natural dark sky. This factor lies in the range 7–8 in periurban sites, 1.6–2.5 in transition regions and 0.8–1.6 in rural and mountain dark sky places. The presence of clouds in urban areas strongly enhances the amount of scattered light, easily reaching amplification factors in excess of 25, in comparison with the light scattered in the same places under clear sky conditions. The periodic NSB modulation due to the Moon, still clearly visible in transition and rural places, is barely notable at periurban locations and is practically lost at urban sites.last_img read more

New laser technique improves neutron yield

first_img Citation: New laser technique improves neutron yield (2017, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-laser-technique-neutron-yield.html © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China has developed a new way to produce neutrons that they claim improves on conventional methods by a factor of 100. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes the new method and the results they obtained when testing it. Small-scale nuclear fusion may be a new energy source More information: G. Ren et al. Neutron Generation by Laser-Driven Spherically Convergent Plasma Fusion, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.165001ABSTRACTWe investigate a new laser-driven spherically convergent plasma fusion scheme (SCPF) that can produce thermonuclear neutrons stably and efficiently. In the SCPF scheme, laser beams of nanosecond pulse duration and 1014–1015 W/cm2 intensity uniformly irradiate the fuel layer lined inside a spherical hohlraum. The fuel layer is ablated and heated to expand inwards. Eventually, the hot fuel plasmas converge, collide, merge, and stagnate at the central region, converting most of their kinetic energy to internal energy, forming a thermonuclear fusion fireball. With the assumptions of steady ablation and adiabatic expansion, we theoretically predict the neutron yield Yn to be related to the laser energy EL, the hohlraum radius Rh, and the pulse duration τ through a scaling law of Yn ∝ (EL/Rh1.2τ0.2)2.5. We have done experiments at the ShengGuangIII-prototype facility to demonstrate the principle of the SCPF scheme. Some important implications are discussed. 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.center_img Neutrons are used for a variety of purposes, including academic pursuits and real-world applications such as underground mineral resource location. For that reason, scientists continue to look for new and better sources. Currently, in one approach, lasers are fired at hydrogen isotope clusters, which causes them to be ionized and to collide, resulting in fusion reactions that release neutrons. Unfortunately, this approach and others are not very efficient. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a new approach to using lasers to produce neutrons—applying the force from the inside rather than the outside.In the new method, a laser is used to heat a deuterium capsule, which fuses deuterium nuclei pairs, resulting in neutron emissions. The method is a form of inertial confinement fusion, but the instability inherent in other techniques has been improved by using what the team terms “spherically convergent plasma fusion.” In this method, the researchers used a spherical capsule covered with a thin layer of gold; the capsule had an inside coating of polystyrene containing an amount of deuterium. The researchers then cut tiny holes in the coating and fired lasers through them, allowing the beams to strike inside the capsule, instigating a fusion reaction and emittance of neutrons. The team used 2 ns 6.3 kJ laser pulses to test their method, and report that they were able to produce approximately 1 billion neutrons for each pulse, which they claim is approximately 100 times better than other methods.The team also suggest that if the target used were deuterium and tritium, it might be possible to boost output by a factor of 1000. They further suggest it might be possible to scale up their method to produce even greater amounts of the subatomic particles. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Explore further Credit: G. Ren/IAPCM and J. Yan/LFRC via Physicslast_img read more

HESS J1943213 is an extreme blazar study finds

first_img Multiple gamma-ray emission regions detected in the blazar 3C 279 An international group of astronomers have carried out multi-wavelength observations of HESS J1943+213 and found evidence supporting the hypothesis that this gamma-ray source is an extreme blazar. The finding is reported in a paper published June 11 on the arXiv pre-print repository. Contour images of HESS J1943+213 with VLBA (a) 1.6 GHz, (b) 4.3 GHz, (c) 7.6 GHz, and (d) 15 GHz bands. Contour levels plotted above 1% of the peak image intensity: −1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 (1.6 GHz); −2, −1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 (4.3 GHz and 7.6 GHz); −8, 8, 16, 32, 64 (15 GHz). Negative levels are shown with dashed lines. Credit: Archer et al., 2018. Explore further © 2018 Phys.org Blazars are very compact quasars associated with supermassive black holes at the centers of active, giant elliptical galaxies. They belong to a larger group of active galaxies that host active galactic nuclei, and are the most numerous extragalactic gamma-ray sources. Their characteristic features are relativistic jets pointed almost exactly toward the Earth.BL Lacertae objects (BL Lacs) are a type of blazar showcasing lower power jets and higher Doppler factors than other blazars. Based on the location of the synchrotron peak, they can be divided into low (LBLs), intermediate (IBLs), and high synchrotron peak BL Lacs (HBLs). Astronomers are specially interested in finding rare extreme HBLs (EHBLs)—identified by synchrotron emission peaks at energies above 1 keV. Such objects are believed to be among the most efficient and extreme accelerators in the universe.Recently, a team of astronomers led by the Very Energetic Radiation Telescope Array System (VERITAS) collaboration, presented the results of observations indicating that one of the gamma-ray sources in the plane of the Milky Way galaxy, designated HESS J1943+213, is actually an EHBL.Discovered in 2011 by the H.E.S.S. Galactic Plane scan, HESS J1943+213 was initially classified as a very-high-energy gamma ray point source. Since its detection, the real nature of this source has been uncertain. Some astronomers suggested that it is a blazar, while other proposed that the source is a pulsar wind nebula or a gamma-ray binary. Now, new observations, conducted with the use of the VERITAS telescope array, the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), as well as NASA’s Swift and Fermi space telescopes, indicate that HESS J1943+213 is a blazar of EHBL subclass.”We detail results from observations of HESS J1943+213 with VERITAS, FermiLAT, Swift-XRT, and VLBA and further characterize the properties of the source as an EHBL,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, new observations show that HESS J1943+213 has an extended, jet-like structure as well as a remarkably stable flux and spectrum in very-high-energy gamma rays. Moreover, the researchers found that the radio spectral indices of the core and the jet, together with the level of polarization, are in a range typical for blazars.Taking into account the location of the synchrotron peak in HESS J1943+213, the blazar was classified as an EHBL. The astronomers noted that although high-energy gamma-ray blazars behind the galactic plane have been previously identified with the Fermi telescope, HESS J1943+213 is the first such blazar also seen in very-high-energy gamma-rays.In concluding remarks, the researchers emphasized that although the real nature of HESS J1943+213 seems to be understood, there are still many unknowns about this blazar.”High-sensitivity observations of HESS J1943+213 in the hard X-ray band with an instrument like NuSTAR would be valuable for characterizing both the spectral shape and the variability of the emission produced by the higher-energy particles and would help pinpoint the emission mechanism of the source. Moreover, a precise measurement of the distance to HESS J1943+213 would be of great benefit for pinning down its physical properties,” the paper reads. More information: HESS J1943+213: An Extreme Blazar Shining Through The Galactic Plane, arXiv:1806.04144 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1806.04144AbstractHESS J1943+213 is a very-high-energy (VHE; >100 GeV) γ-ray source in the direction of the Galactic Plane. Studies exploring the classification of the source are converging towards its identification as an extreme synchrotron BL Lac object. Here we present 38 hours of VERITAS observations of HESS J1943+213 taken over two years. The source is detected with ∼20 standard deviations significance, showing a remarkably stable flux and spectrum in VHE γ-rays. Multi-frequency very-long-baseline array (VLBA) observations of the source confirm the extended, jet-like structure previously found in the 1.6 GHz band with European VLBI Network and detect this component in the 4.6 GHz and the 7.3 GHz bands. The radio spectral indices of the core and the jet and the level of polarization derived from the VLBA observations are in a range typical for blazars. Data from VERITAS, Fermi-LAT, Swift-XRT, FLWO 48′′ telescope, and archival infrared and hard X-ray observations are used to construct and model the spectral energy distribution (SED) of the source with a synchrotron-self-Compton model. The well-measured γ-ray peak of the SED with VERITAS and Fermi-LAT provides constraining upper limits on the source redshift. Possible contribution of secondary γ-rays from ultra-high-energy cosmic ray-initiated electromagnetic cascades to the γ-ray emission is explored, finding that only a segment of the VHE spectrum can be accommodated with this process. A variability search is performed across X-ray and γ-ray bands. No statistically significant flux or spectral variability is detected. Citation: HESS J1943+213 is an extreme blazar, study finds (2018, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-hess-j1943213-extreme-blazar.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A psychology experiment unexpectedly discovered a man who cant cooperate because of

first_imgWhen someone’s especially cooperative, don’t thank their easy-going nature, but give credit to their brain. A team of New York University psychologists hypothesized that cooperation depends on the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DPC), an area of the brain in the frontal lobe involved in regulation control and goal pursuit; after all, cooperation often requires reigning in one’s naughty impulses to take everything for themselves. To test their theory, the researchers conducted an experiment involving participants with brain damage to the DPC—and discovered someone who would not cooperate at all. For the study, published last year in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, the researchers recruited 26 healthy control participants alongside 33 participants with brain damage: eight who had frontal-lobe damage, 14 with amygdala damage, and 11 with damage in other areas of the brain. The participants were split into groups of four, and then put through 20 rounds of a decision-making scenario where each person was given $8 and told they could keep it for themselves, or share it equally with the group. After each round, the participants saw whether the others in their group chose to share. Overall, participants cooperated by sharing their money 38.5% of the time. More interestingly, participants with damage to their DPC were more likely to keep the $8 for themselves. “Overcoming that intuition to be selfish requires them to regulate their response,” says Jay Van Bavel, a professor of psychology at NYU, and one of the study authors. “You just reach and grab for the money whenever you can take it. As people had more damage to their DPC, they were more likely to be selfish.” Read the whole story: Quartzlast_img read more

David Koch Dies Conservative Billionaire Help

first_img by NPR News Peter Overby, Brian Naylor 8.23.19 12:23pm David Koch, who built one of the nation’s largest private businesses with his brother Charles and pumped money into conservative groups to help reshape American politics, has died.Charles Koch confirmed the news in a statement on Friday that referenced David’s long-running ailment.”Twenty-seven years ago, David was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and given a grim prognosis of a few years to live. David liked to say that a combination of brilliant doctors, state-of-the-art medications and his own stubbornness kept the cancer at bay. We can all be grateful that it did, because he was able to touch so many more lives as a result,” Charles Koch wrote. No precise cause was given for David Koch’s death. He was 79.David Koch helped his brother Charles build Koch Industries into a behemoth that incorporates brands such as Georgia Pacific plywood. The company is one of the biggest ethanol producers in the country. Its Cordura cloth is used to make military uniforms and equipment.The two brothers also created the Koch political network, famous and infamous for its secret funding and fiercely negative advertising — which often aimed at President Barack Obama and other Democrats.Their group, Americans For Prosperity, was funded with Koch brothers’ money as well as contributions from other rich donors they recruited. And although David denied giving money to Tea Party candidates, in 2010, the brothers’ efforts helped Republicans win a net gain of 63 seats in the House. The Koch network also had groups aimed at veterans, women, seniors and Latinos. Ostensibly nonpolitical, the groups exploited a lack of transparency under U.S. law, weak enforcement by the IRS and openings created by Supreme Court decisions. The system was part of what was called a stream of “dark money” by its critics, so called because it could be unclear who was bankrolling which causes.For as much energy as the Koch network expended against Democrats since the turn of the 21st century, the brothers did not support Donald Trump in 2016, leading to fissures within the conservative donor world. Trump responded by slamming what he called the “globalist” Koch brothers and vowing to pursue the tariffs and immigration crackdowns they opposed.Robin and BatmanThe Koch network amassed as much clout as the Republican National Committee, or perhaps even more.All the same, David Koch was not a doctrinaire Republican. In 1980, he was the Libertarian nominee for vice president. And although the brothers’ network backed conservative lawmakers who opposed abortion access and gay rights, Koch supported them.”I’m a social liberal,” Koch told ABC’s Barbara Walters in 2014.He also was a fiscal hawk and outlined one of his core concerns in that interview: “I’m very worried that if the budget is not balanced, that inflation could occur and the economy of our country could suffer terribly,” he said.David Koch and his three brothers grew up in Wichita, Kan., sons of oil industry tycoon Fred Koch. Charles and David eventually became co-owners of Koch Industries.Charles ran the company but David stayed involved, even after he moved to New York City. He was a fixture on the Manhattan social scene and a major donor to the city’s cultural institutions, including the David H. Koch Theater, at Lincoln Center and the American Museum of Natural History.Daniel Schulman, author of Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, told NPR that David Koch often was the follower and Charles the leader.”David Koch has always been the Robin to Charles Koch’s Batman, more or less the sidekick,” Schulman said. “Up into his late 40s, maybe even early 50s,” Schulman said, David “was kind of living this New York socialite, playboy lifestyle. And he loved that sort of thing.”In 1991, Koch was aboard an airliner that collided with another aircraft on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. More than 30 people died, and Koch barely escaped. As he later told Barbara Walters, “I felt the good Lord was sitting on my shoulder.”The year following the plane crash, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.The philanthropist Koch turned to philanthropy, giving mainly to causes he was familiar with, including medical research, the arts and museums.In 2011, he recounted how he persuaded his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to build a center to research prostate cancer.”With tears running down my face, I begged the MIT corporation to commit to this essential project. I was treated to a standing ovation,” he said.Koch left politics and Koch Industries in 2018, citing unspecified health issues.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Diane Bondareff https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190823_me_david_koch_obit…center_img David Koch Dies; Conservative Billionaire Helped Reshape U…. last_img read more

Where theres a will theres a way

first_imgARMED with a vision of publishing books for children, Sameena Shaikh opened her publishing house two months ago. She calls it Aisha after her daughter. Quite recently, the publishing house made a début with 21 New Beginnings, a compilation of true stories of ‘oddity, hope and change’ by Vivek Pandit. Why publishing and why children books particularly?While my two girls were growing up, I realised the vital role books play in the  learning and nurturing of kids. Since then I have been possessed with the idea of a book series for children. Over years, the thought crystalised into a concept – colourful and vivid illustrations to trigger their imagination, small values that could inspire them to be sensitive souls and short stories that could improve their vocabulary and language skills – I finally found the courage to open my own publishing house. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How difficult is it being an indie publisher? May sound clichéd, but I strongly believe ‘where there is a will there is a way’. I never doubted my mission. All I started with were confidence and a creative concept, both have helped my vision blossom into reality. And I know nothing can stop an honest vision, so I never think of the diffculties, just take one step at a time. When it gets tough, I just wait patiently for the cloud to clear.How do you go about choosing your authors? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAny work that has depth, clarity, undercurrent of a message, positivity and humour would find space in my publishing house.What are your plans for the future?Innovation and creativity will be the USP of my publishing house. The first book has a new concept – short stories by a known author, plus stories of new writers, all inspired by true incidents (available in Flipkart). My second book would be the beginning of a series for children. Adventues of Donna The Dolphin will have beautiful illustrations and will be filled with the adventures of a Dolphin, which will introduce the children to a whole new world. The series will include a book for age group –  2+ , 5+ and 9+.last_img read more

Some dramatic celebrations in order

first_imgNot so much a part of the music scene? Prefer theatre insted? Here’s some great news for you. Sahitya Kala Parishad ,Department of Art, Culture and Languages under the Government of Delhi presents the Bhartendu Natya Utsav 2013. Starting 18 March, this theatre festival is spread over eight days at the Shri Ram Centre and will play host to eight plays over the span of the festival. Kicking off on 18 March, Monday – Laila Majnu is the first play scheduled to be staged. Over the next week plays like Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Ek Kutte Ki Kahaani, Chitralekhaa, Anaavrit, Uljhan, Kissa Maujpur Ka, Metamorphosis and Seventeen. Plays start from 6:30 pm everyday and entry for all is free.Sahitya Kala Parishad, the cultural wing of the Government of NCT of Delhi was setup in 1968 for the promotion and propagation of Art and Culture in Delhi. As one of the most interactive department of the Delhi Government, Sahitya Kala Parishad for the past three decades and more has been carrying out its mandate with full vigor and dedication. The Parishad has, on one hand, revived and projected the age old, time tested traditions of the country and on the other hand, it has tried to encourage and provide platform to the new and innovative trends in plastic and performing arts which represent our lives and times.DETAILVenue: Shri Ram Centre, 4 Safdar Hasmi Marg, Mandi HouseDate: 18 to 25 Marchlast_img read more

An eye on Ikat

first_imgPochampally Handloom Park has organised a four-days Pochampally Ikat Art Mela that started yesterday (13 July). The show displays a colourful range of  apparel fabrics, stoles, scraves, silk and cotton sarees, duppatas, table mats, covers, cotton shirts and kurtis, hand bags and much more.   The event was inaugurated by Dinesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of  Textile and the winner of beauty pegeant Indian Princess 2014, Chandni Sharma. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kumar says, ‘Such a kind of a mela where weavers exhibit   their creations enables the people to witness the blend of different style, textures and concepts  all under one roof’.  Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the warp fibres. In ikat, the resist is formed by binding bundles of threads with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The threads are then dyed. The bindings may then be altered and the thread bundles are dyed again with another colour to produce elaborate, multicolored patterns. When the dyeing is finished the bindings are removed and the threads are woven into cloth. Here the threads are dyed before weaving, and both faces are essentially identical in appearance.When: On till 16 JulyWhere:  Agakhan hall , 6 Bhagwan Das RoadTiming:10 am to 9.00 pmlast_img read more

Suicide attack at Afghan funeral kills nine Police

first_imgThe blast followed a series of attacks in the capital Kabul which have heightened concerns that Afghanistan could tip into a spiral of violence as the US-led military presence declines.The embattled Kabul police chief who tendered his resignation on Sunday will stay on in the role, a spokesman said, as Afghanistan struggles to respond to rising militant unrest.Nato’s force in Afghanistan will change on December 31 from a combat mission to a support role, with troop numbers cut to about 12,500 — down from a peak of 130,000 in 2010. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“A suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives among people who were attending a funeral ceremony in Burka district this morning,” Aminullah Amarkhil, police chief of Baghlan province, said.“Initial reports show nine people, including two police, were killed and around 18 wounded.”Amarkhil said the funeral was for a tribal elder in Baghlan, a province on the main road from Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif that has suffered worsening security in recent years.Taj Mohammad Taqwa, the district chief of Burka, confirmed the death toll.“The target was probably a number of high-ranking police officials and provincial council members who were attending the ceremony,” he said. “They are unharmed.”There was no immediate claim of responsibility.last_img read more

Our soldiers want OROP Modi says hes busy doing yoga Rahul

first_img“Before the elections, Modiji went to Haryana, Punjab, and said OROP will be done immediately when they will come to power,” said Gandhi while addressing his party workers at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.“It has been one year now. The soldiers are crying and threatening to launch an agitation. They are asking the government to disclose as to when the OROP would be implemented… Modiji says I am busy doing yoga, ask me later,” he added.Earlier in May, the Congress Vice-President had said that he would ‘pressurise’ the Centre to act on the One-Rank, One-Pension issue at the earliest. Gandhi, who met a delegation from the ex-servicemen cell of the party, said the UPA regime had made provisions for the scheme and had even allocated the money but the government failed to implement it. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM), a leading association of retired military personnel, has said that they would agitate and call for a hunger strike, if their demands for one-rank, one-pension are not met. Officials of the IESM announced their plans to launch an agitation after a meeting with Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to discuss the OROP issue ended inconclusively.Major General (retired) Satbir Singh, who is the vice-chairman of IESM, said that their meeting with the Defence Minister was inconclusive. He said they will hold a rally at the Jantar Mantar from June 14 and will begin the hunger strike from June 15. “The Chief of Army Staff had told us to meet the Defence Minister before holding a meeting. We, the members of Indian Ex-servicemen movement (IESM), met the Defence Minister. He told us that the ministry is working on it.”last_img read more

OVL seeks financial autonomy to invest 1 bn

first_imgONGC Videsh Ltd has sought greater financial autonomy to decide on investments of up to $1 billion (about Rs 6,400 crore) without government nod to speed up acquisition of overseas oil and gas fields.Board of OVL, the overseas arm of state explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp, currently has powers to decide on investment of up to Rs 300 crore. An amount higher than that has to first go to an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECS) and then to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash“We are seeking at least Navratna PSU status for OVL… $1 billion investment powers should be granted to us,” the company’s Managing Director Narendra K Verma told reporters here. Navratna status gives boards of public sector units financial powers to decide on investment projects of up to Rs 3,000 crore. “We are are seeking more than Navranta powers,” he said. “We are seeking powers to decide on investments of up to $1 billion.” Greater financial powers will help the company make quicker decisions on acquiring oil and gas assets abroad. Verma said the Rs 300 crore financial power for OVL was set in 2000 when the rupee-US dollar exchange rate was completely different. “Right now Rs 300 crore is nothing,” he said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsOVL has 35 projects in 16 countries from Brazil to New Zealand and is looking at certain acquisitions in oil and gas rich regions.Navranta PSU status is granted to a state firm if it has made consistent profits above a certain level. One of the conditions for grant of Navranta status is that the company should be listed on stock exchanges. “Listing is a requirement but there exemptions can also be granted,” he said. OVL is currently 100 per cent owned by the ONGC. Recently the parent firm turned down a request from the Department of Disinvestment (DoD) to get the company listed saying low oil prices do not offer favourable valuations.  “I don’t think this is the ideal time to list an oil exploration company. Low oil prices are not ideal time for listing,” Verma said. “Our portfolio predominately consists of exploration assets and a few producing properties. Markets typically do not fully value exploration assets and all our exploration assets will not get true valuations,” he added.He said the company does not need funds and has been raising loans from parent ONGC as well as the market to meet cost of acquisitions and development of assets.The company has Rs 6,614 crore loan from ONGC and another Rs 29,000 crore from the market. The Rs 5,000 crore ONGC loan is being converted into equity, he said.Listing will lead to certain other stipulations including change of ownership. “Currently we are seamlessly integrated with ONGC and all our requirements of funds, technology and manpower are fully met from ONGC. Listing will change that,” he said.Also, it is challenging to value assets during times of low oil prices. “I do not want to comment on the issue (of government seeking listing of OVL) but I can explain to you the rationale for a listing. A company is listed to leverage additional financial resources. We are leveraging debt financing,” he said.Converting Rs 5,000 crore ONGC loan into equity will raise the equity capital of OVL to Rs 15,000 crore, Verma said. This will improve its debt-to-equity ratio and help it independently raise funds on the strength of its own balance sheet instead of relying on ONGC’s financial status. ONGC had in 2013 done a similar loan-to-equity conversion for OVL.last_img read more

Spain gears up for most uncertain election in 40 yrs

first_imgSpain faces its most uncertain national election in 40 years on Sunday with newcomer parties poised for big gains against the traditionally dominant conservatives and socialists, complicating efforts to form a stable government.The ballot will mark the end of the established two-party system that has held sway since the dictatorship of Francisco Franco ended in 1975, ushering in an untested and potentially volatile era of consensus politics.It will also offer the latest snapshot of the willingness of European electorates to abandon the mainstream centre-right and centre-left, following significant gains by populist parties since October in elections in France and Portugal. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortOpinion polls show the governing conservative People’s Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will win Sunday’s vote but fall well short of an absolute majority. Rajoy said on Wednesday he would consider a cross-party pact to ensure a stable administration over the scheduled four-year term, but all the main opposition parties have come out against joining the PP in a coalition. That points to a stalemate that analysts agree would probably disrupt an economic reform programme that has helped pull Spain out of recession and made inroads into a still stubbornly high unemployment rate. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanBut many Spaniards view the election as an opportunity to shake up a political establishment they consider inefficient and corrupt.“The People’s Party and the Socialists have run out of steam. They’ve promised things that they’ve never done and I hope that Podemos will be a change,” says Cristian Ciudad, who works on a fish stall at Valencia’s fresh food market.The 22-year-old says most of his friends will also vote for the upstart leftist anti-austerity party because they think it can bring much-needed youth employment.last_img read more

EC serves showcause to Asansol Mayor

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has served a show-cause notice to Asansol Mayor Jitendra Tiwari on Wednesday for allegedly promising contracts to the councillors if they provide lead for Moon Moon Sen’s victory from the Asansol Parliamentary constituency.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer has sent a notice to Tiwari seeking an explanation from him. Tiwari allegedly said he would give the councillors the contracts of projects worth Rs 10-50 lakh, if they provide a lead of different margins from their respective jurisdictions. Earlier in the day, a delegation of state BJP leaders met the election officials at the CEO office alleging that Tiwari has violated the Model Code of Conduct by promising contracts. The BJP leaders also lodged a complaint against senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim and Rabindranath Ghosh for their violation of the MCC. It was also learnt that on the basis of the allegations brought by the BJP, the Election Commission officials have sought a report from the District Election Officers of South Kolkata and Cooch Behar on the statements of Hakim and Ghosh. During an election rally in Cooch Behar’s Ghughumari on Tuesday, Ghosh said the Central Forces will not remain in the state after the elections are over and it would be the duty of the state police to maintain law and order in the state. Meanwhile, the EC has been waiting for the explanation from Asansol BJP MP Babul Supriyo, who sang a theme song for his political party without the prior permission of the Commission. Supriyo had also been accused of violating the MCC and was asked for an explanation within 48 hours.last_img read more

Technicians Studio Private Limited Amendment Bill passed in state Assembly

first_imgKolkata: The Technicians’ Studio Private Limited (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed at the state Assembly on Tuesday empowering the state government to constitute a new statutory authority like Board for the purpose of vesting better superintendence, direction, control and management of the affairs and business of the studio. The Board named West Bengal Board for Technicians’ Studio is aimed at simplifying its operation and making provisions for better control of the state government over the affairs of the Studio.”There are some statutory obligations like GST, Income Tax which the technicians have to comply with . The Board will compile these factors to ensure that the technicians’ interest are upheld in a proper manner,” said Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs while placing the Bill at the Assembly. Sen also reiterated that the Mamata Banerjee government has ensured that political interference do not come in the way of the functioning of the studios and the film industry at large. He clarified that the Bill is for Technicians and has nothing to do with the Tollywood artists. The Board consisting of seven members will be headed by a Chairman who shall be the Minister in charge of Information and Cultural Affairs (I& CA) department or any other minister appointed by the Chief Minister. The Board will also consist of a vice chairman appointed by the state government and members in the form of secretary I & CA , secretary of Finance department , joint secretary of I& CA , one officer below the rank of joint secretary of I &CA and three other persons from the film or television industry in the state as nominated by the state government. Set up in 1952, the technicians associated with this studio are facing a lot of hardships, including problem with their wages. The state government wants intervention to address the grievances.last_img read more

Breaks help learn new skills better

first_imgIf you are in a process of learning new skills, then taking short breaks in between may help you grasp it better, say researchers. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests our brains probably take short rest periods to strengthen memories. “Everyone thinks you need to ‘practice, practice and practice’ when learning something new,” said co-author Leonardo G Cohen from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the US. “We found resting, early and often, may be just as critical to learning as practice,” Cohen said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, researchers recorded brain waves from a group of right-handed volunteers with a highly sensitive scanning technique called magnetoencephalography or MEG. They were asked to type numbers as many times as possible with their left hands for 10 seconds, then take rest for 10 seconds and to repeat the cycle until they had typed the numbers 35 more times. The findings showed the volunteers’ speed at which they correctly typed numbers improved dramatically during the first few trials and then levelled off around the 11th cycle. This suggested volunteers’ performance improved primarily during the short rests, and not during typing, the team said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBy looking at the brain waves, researchers also found activity patterns that suggested the brains of participants were consolidating, or solidifying, memories during the rest. Specifically, they found the changes in the size of brain waves, called beta rhythms, correlated with the improvements the volunteers made during rests. The team plans to explore, in detail, the role of these early resting periods in learning and memory.last_img read more

Books to read this week

first_imgYou can learn how to overcome early challenges at the workplace and get an insider view of what makes organisations tick; you can also take the yogic path for slimming and weight loss; and you may also explore how ‘Kathak’ dance has shaped and evolved over the millennia – from the Mughal invasion to the present day. The shelf has an eclectic offering this weekend. Soak it all up. ‘The Secret Life of Organisations – Invisible rules of success for the young Indian professional’ by Shalini Lal and Pradnya Parasher Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDoes one really need a mentor to succeed? Have you ever noticed how great gamers manage to keep moving up the levels of a game by working out the secret passages and the secret rules? “This book is for anyone who is just starting out in their career and wants to understand the invisible rules by which organisations operate,” say HR professionals Lal and Parashar, who tap into decades of experience and observations from working with prominent firms across the world to steer you through the fascinating inner life of companies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the process, they answer myriad questions: how do you effectively transition from student life to a high-stakes work environment, how do you navigate hidden patterns of corporate culture, how do you capitalise on your personality to be most effective at work, how do you prepare for the unknowns of a fast-evolving work environment – and more. “It has taken us a few decades to get closer to our own personal sweet spots, but it is our hope that you will be way smarter. After all, you are starting your careers off with a ‘secret’ understanding of your organisations that we simply didn’t know of,” the authors say. ‘Yoga and diet for weight loss’ by Bijoylaxmi Hota When the mind is tense, nurtures negative emotions or thinks too much about a subject, the ‘prana’ (the subtle bio-energy) is directed more to the ‘ida nadi’ (meant to energise all mental work), leaving less ‘prana’ for the ‘pingala nadi’ which supplies energy to the body tissues for physical activities, says Hota, an Integrated Yoga Therapist with 40 years of experience who gives as much importance to diet as to yoga as diet plays a major role in one’s health. Thus, if you are trying to lose weight, this is the right book for you. Unlike most other weight-loss programmes, which are partial and superficial in their approach, the methods contained in this book deal with the deeper and more subtle aspects of a human being and root out the core causes. “Slimming is not just about what you eat, how much you eat, how much you exercise or what form of exercise you do…more importantly, it is how fast your body utilises your food,” Hota writes. In other words, how efficient is your metabolism? The target should be to hasten the process and make it so fast that without being a clinical problem, it can burn all your calories quickly. How to do this is exactly what the book teaches you. ‘Kathak – The Dance of Storytellers’ by Rachna Ramya Like other Indian art forms, the Kathak dance was shaped and evolved over the centuries through a multitude of influences, such as the Mughal courtly culture, the Bhakti Movement, the system of patronages and various cross-cultural exchanges throughout India. To this end, the book explores both the philosophical and practical aspects of Kathak – that originated more than 2,000 years ago as a form of storytelling – including its origin, development, schools techniques and music. Reverence for Kathak declined during the British Raj and it suffered greatly from being labelled as a nautch dance – a style purely for sensual pleasure. Kathak in independent India regained its space and became the classical dance of North India. The book further delves into the use of the Kathak repertoire to express an idea or a story, essential principles and techniques of the form, its schools and major artists, the format of a performance, the application of music, the importance of conscientious training and the system of practice through the lens of theory and application.last_img read more

On the field Kaepernick had the golden ticket and completely blew it

first_img Advertisement When the Chargers host the 49’ers tonight, all eyes will be on Colin Kaepernick and what he does during the national anthem. San Diego is a proud military town, and there’s a good chance it could devolve into a hostile environment.But, beyond the controversy surrounding what has become THE hot-button national issue, is the reality that Kaepernick could be playing for a roster spot tonight. A bad outing could convince the Niners that he has declined to such a point that his talent doesn’t justify enduring the controversy surrounding his weekly protests during the season.Once dubbed “the future of the quarterback position”, Kaepernick looks thin and weak, and hasn’t shown a hint of the flash took San Francisco within one play of a Super Bowl title against the Ravens in 2013. How did it come to this?Today in The Herd, Colin said that Kaepernick walked onto the perfect situation in San Francisco when he was drafted, and he completely blew it. “Colin Kaepernick was given the golden ticket. Name a quarterback that’s come into this league that got arguably the second best coach in the league, Jim Harbaugh. The best offensive mind, Greg Roman, as a coordinator. A top running back, the top tight end, an unbelievable defense. A staff so good, they got Alex Smith an overtime special teams fumble away from a Super Bowl.”The fourth preseason game is seen around the league as irrelevant, but if Kaepernick plays poorly, he may find himself sitting on his couch during the national anthem, not an an NFL team bench.Colin Kaepernick was given a golden ticket with the 49ers and completely blew it. #HerdHere pic.twitter.com/6n0SWqNYuY— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 1, 2016last_img read more

VIDEO Charles Barkley rips NBA for accommodating poor babies by reducing backtoback

first_imgThe NBA has reduced the number of back-to-back games and stretches of 4 games in 5 nights in 2017. Players have vocally complained about fatigue and decreased quality of play when playing on consecutive nights.One person who isn’t happy about the change is outspoken NBA-great-turned-broadcaster, and old school advocate Charles Barkley who ripped the league for the change while speaking at an event called The Athletic Forum.Sir Charles called today’s players ‘poor babies’ for not being able to suck it up and recalled playing back-to-backs during his career while traveling commercial. He even mentioned older players that played three nights in a row after traveling by train.Listen to Sir Charles preach, and get off his lawn!“You know these poor babies can’t play back-to-back games.”Charles Barkley rips the NBA changing the schedule. pic.twitter.com/7YlPIpSiTg— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) September 20, 2017last_img read more