AMD Releases Two New HD4800 Series 40nm Mobile GPUs

first_img Citation: AMD Releases Two New HD4800 Series 40nm Mobile GPU’s (2009, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-amd-hd4800-series-40nm-mobile.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. Explore further ATI PowerExpress and ATI Switchable Graphics Technology are used to power down the GPU when it’s not in use. Advanced clock gating, which exist in three modes, and GPU activity monitor extend the power saving features by the ability to utilize a separate, built-in graphics processor of much lower power consumption and processing ability. Switching between the integrated graphics processor and ATI Radeon HD can be done without rebooting but is not initiated automatically.The GDDR3 would target mainstream applications, while the GDDR5 would target the high end due to its increase in memory bandwidth from the standard GDDR3 and 64 GB/s. Memory bandwidth is somewhat crippled as compared to the chip’s potential. This is due to a 128 bit bus which is down from 256 in Mobility 4800-series; however faster core clock slightly compensates for this while providing additional power savings.There are several 40nm ATI Mobility Radeon HD win updates for the 4860 and 4830 that include the ASUS N81Vp, N51Tp and W90. MSI’s GT727 will upgrade from 4850 and Toshiba’s Satellite 300 upgrade 4650. AMD will be announcing additional partners at the CeBIT.© 2009 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Rooftop solar panels get boost from tool that previews a year on grid in minutes (PhysOrg.com) — AMD announced today, two new ATI Mobility Radeon HD4800 series mobile GPU’s. The HD4830 and HD4860 are both built on ATI’s 40nm process technology and both support DDR3, GDDR3 and GDDR5 memory, with the GDDR5’s memory doubled over the GDDR3. GPU’s performance is nearly doubled from 432 Gflops in the 4600 series to 832 Gflops for the 4800 series GPU’s.last_img read more

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first_img Citation: AMD Releases Two New HD4800 Series 40nm Mobile GPU’s (2009, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-amd-hd4800-series-40nm-mobile.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. Explore further ATI PowerExpress and ATI Switchable Graphics Technology are used to power down the GPU when it’s not in use. Advanced clock gating, which exist in three modes, and GPU activity monitor extend the power saving features by the ability to utilize a separate, built-in graphics processor of much lower power consumption and processing ability. Switching between the integrated graphics processor and ATI Radeon HD can be done without rebooting but is not initiated automatically.The GDDR3 would target mainstream applications, while the GDDR5 would target the high end due to its increase in memory bandwidth from the standard GDDR3 and 64 GB/s. Memory bandwidth is somewhat crippled as compared to the chip’s potential. This is due to a 128 bit bus which is down from 256 in Mobility 4800-series; however faster core clock slightly compensates for this while providing additional power savings.There are several 40nm ATI Mobility Radeon HD win updates for the 4860 and 4830 that include the ASUS N81Vp, N51Tp and W90. MSI’s GT727 will upgrade from 4850 and Toshiba’s Satellite 300 upgrade 4650. AMD will be announcing additional partners at the CeBIT.© 2009 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Rooftop solar panels get boost from tool that previews a year on grid in minutes (PhysOrg.com) — AMD announced today, two new ATI Mobility Radeon HD4800 series mobile GPU’s. The HD4830 and HD4860 are both built on ATI’s 40nm process technology and both support DDR3, GDDR3 and GDDR5 memory, with the GDDR5’s memory doubled over the GDDR3. GPU’s performance is nearly doubled from 432 Gflops in the 4600 series to 832 Gflops for the 4800 series GPU’s.last_img read more

Sony Ericsson to Introduce PSPSmartphone Android 30 Gaming Platform

first_imgImage is an Engadget mock-up of what Sony’s PSP-Go Phone may look like. Credit: Engadget Wistron NeWeb Introduces GW4: Linux Loaded & Android Capable Mobile Device © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further The slider phone will have a touchscreen that will be between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA resolution or better and a landscape slide out game control panel. In place of the joystick the device will have long touch pad for analog controls along with the standard PSP buttons. The device will be running a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and have a custom skin overlay on Android 3.0.Android market will have a separate section devoted to the PSP Gaming device. Titles currently being mentioned included: God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and LittleBigPlanet. The game area will only be available to Sony/PSP-Go phone owners but also may become available to other Android 3.0 devices if they are equipped with the proper control panel.Engadget believes that it’s possible the phone and ecosystem could be introduced as early as October of this year but there has been no confirmation to this. The release of device may be just what Google needs to set the path for future gaming on the Android platform. With the increase number of Android smartphones coming out every month a whole new gaming market may be just what Google needs to stiffen the completion against their competitor, Apple.Via: Engadgetcenter_img Sources have it that Sony Ericsson is hard at work developing a PSP Go-like phone running on Android 3.0 platform. According to Engadget the phone targets gaming fans and resembles somewhere between a Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go. Citation: Sony Ericsson to Introduce PSP/Smartphone Android 3.0 Gaming Platform (2010, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-sony-ericsson-pspsmartphone-android-gaming.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

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first_imgImage is an Engadget mock-up of what Sony’s PSP-Go Phone may look like. Credit: Engadget Wistron NeWeb Introduces GW4: Linux Loaded & Android Capable Mobile Device © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further The slider phone will have a touchscreen that will be between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA resolution or better and a landscape slide out game control panel. In place of the joystick the device will have long touch pad for analog controls along with the standard PSP buttons. The device will be running a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and have a custom skin overlay on Android 3.0.Android market will have a separate section devoted to the PSP Gaming device. Titles currently being mentioned included: God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and LittleBigPlanet. The game area will only be available to Sony/PSP-Go phone owners but also may become available to other Android 3.0 devices if they are equipped with the proper control panel.Engadget believes that it’s possible the phone and ecosystem could be introduced as early as October of this year but there has been no confirmation to this. The release of device may be just what Google needs to set the path for future gaming on the Android platform. With the increase number of Android smartphones coming out every month a whole new gaming market may be just what Google needs to stiffen the completion against their competitor, Apple.Via: Engadgetcenter_img Sources have it that Sony Ericsson is hard at work developing a PSP Go-like phone running on Android 3.0 platform. According to Engadget the phone targets gaming fans and resembles somewhere between a Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go. Citation: Sony Ericsson to Introduce PSP/Smartphone Android 3.0 Gaming Platform (2010, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-sony-ericsson-pspsmartphone-android-gaming.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

Microbe processes carbon via new metabolic pathway

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A Methylaspartate Cycle in Haloarchaea, Science 21 January 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6015 pp. 334-337. DOI:10.1126/science.1196544 © 2010 PhysOrg.com Researchers find metabolic pathway in malaria parasites; possible drug targets Citation: Microbe processes carbon via new metabolic pathway (2011, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-microbe-carbon-metabolic-pathway.htmlcenter_img Every organism known metabolizes carbon compounds to produce energy and the basic cellular building blocks. Humans and other vertebrates do this via the Krebs cycle, in which acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) plays an important role. Vertebrates are unable to convert acetyl-CoA into malate, a precursor of other molecules such as sugars, but many plants and microorganisms can, via either the glyoxylate cycle or the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway, which was discovered in 2007 by a team of scientists led by Dr. Ivan A. Berg of the University of Freiburg in Germany. The new microbe, a single-celled microorganism of the domain Archaea, was discovered by the same research team to use a third pathway that was previously unknown.The researchers realized the microbe could not use the glyoxylate cycle because an essential enzyme in the cycle, isocitrate lyase, was missing. It could not use the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway either because it lacks some of the genes necessary to synthesize the enzymes used in the cycle.Over a period of two years the researchers analyzed the enzymes H. marismortui used when it was grown on a medium containing acetate and determined it was using the methylaspartate cycle (named after an intermediate in the cycle to convert acetyl-CoA to malate. This cycle is longer and more complex than the other two pathways but it does have advantages for a microbe living in such salty conditions, since one of the intermediates in the cycle limits osmosis, which would draw water out of the cell in attempt to balance the salinity across the cell membrane.Dr. Berg said the discovery of the third metabolic pathway means there could be others, and added that “the diversity of life is bigger than we know now.”The discovery also sheds some light on evolutionary processes since the enzymes in the cycle are similar to those found in ancient bacteria, but are not present in other Archaea, which suggests H. marismortui’s ancestors obtained the genes by lateral gene transfer rather than evolving through a lengthy series of random mutations. Berg said there were few such examples where it is so clear how the metabolic pathway evolved, which he said makes the pathway “a kind of a wonder.” (PhysOrg.com) — A Dead Sea microbe has been found to use a previously unknown metabolic pathway to metabolize fats as a source of carbon to synthesize carbohydrates. This suggests there may be other undiscovered pathways and more ways to live in extreme habitats than previously believed. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A Methylaspartate Cycle in Haloarchaea, Science 21 January 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6015 pp. 334-337. DOI:10.1126/science.1196544 © 2010 PhysOrg.com Researchers find metabolic pathway in malaria parasites; possible drug targets Citation: Microbe processes carbon via new metabolic pathway (2011, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-microbe-carbon-metabolic-pathway.htmlcenter_img Every organism known metabolizes carbon compounds to produce energy and the basic cellular building blocks. Humans and other vertebrates do this via the Krebs cycle, in which acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) plays an important role. Vertebrates are unable to convert acetyl-CoA into malate, a precursor of other molecules such as sugars, but many plants and microorganisms can, via either the glyoxylate cycle or the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway, which was discovered in 2007 by a team of scientists led by Dr. Ivan A. Berg of the University of Freiburg in Germany. The new microbe, a single-celled microorganism of the domain Archaea, was discovered by the same research team to use a third pathway that was previously unknown.The researchers realized the microbe could not use the glyoxylate cycle because an essential enzyme in the cycle, isocitrate lyase, was missing. It could not use the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway either because it lacks some of the genes necessary to synthesize the enzymes used in the cycle.Over a period of two years the researchers analyzed the enzymes H. marismortui used when it was grown on a medium containing acetate and determined it was using the methylaspartate cycle (named after an intermediate in the cycle to convert acetyl-CoA to malate. This cycle is longer and more complex than the other two pathways but it does have advantages for a microbe living in such salty conditions, since one of the intermediates in the cycle limits osmosis, which would draw water out of the cell in attempt to balance the salinity across the cell membrane.Dr. Berg said the discovery of the third metabolic pathway means there could be others, and added that “the diversity of life is bigger than we know now.”The discovery also sheds some light on evolutionary processes since the enzymes in the cycle are similar to those found in ancient bacteria, but are not present in other Archaea, which suggests H. marismortui’s ancestors obtained the genes by lateral gene transfer rather than evolving through a lengthy series of random mutations. Berg said there were few such examples where it is so clear how the metabolic pathway evolved, which he said makes the pathway “a kind of a wonder.” (PhysOrg.com) — A Dead Sea microbe has been found to use a previously unknown metabolic pathway to metabolize fats as a source of carbon to synthesize carbohydrates. This suggests there may be other undiscovered pathways and more ways to live in extreme habitats than previously believed. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Marine biologist claims lionfish study by sixth grader was lifted from his

first_img Sixth-grader proves invasive species of ocean fish can thrive in low saline water Antennata Lionfish, picture taken in Zoo Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria. Credit: Christian Mehlführer/Wikipedia Adding to the story was reporting by several news outlets that described Arrington’s research as providing evidence of the invasive lionfish living in Florida estuaries. Both Arrington and her father have denied she ever made such a claim. Instead, they say, her research showed that lionfish could live farther upstream in an estuary than others had known about. Complicating things is news that prior to the science fair project, Arrington, her father and Jud were all friends. The father, Albrey, was even listed as a writer on a paper that listed Jud as the lead. Albrey was also, according to Jud, the best friend of Jud’s supervisor when he was still in grad school.Jud’s complaint appears to center around the attention Arrington has received by the press—the accolades heaped on Arrington, he claims, should have been shared with him and his name should have appeared alongside hers in news reports. It was his original research after all, he contends, that led to the research done by Arrington. Jud also insinuates that the omission of his name in news stories was intentional, a move by the Arrington’s to focus the attention on Lauren. The Arrington’s have denied any such attempts and insist that mentions of Jud by either of them to the press were ignored in favor of a more popular storyline.Some in the science community have sided with Jud, apologizing for publishing stories about Arrington’s work without mention of Jud’s previous work—others have looked to discredit Jud, by suggesting that Arrington should have been credited on some of his earlier work as she helped him with some projects when he was still in grad school.At this point it seems clear that the story became perhaps, a little bigger than it should have due to the age of Ms. Arrington and the cuteness of her school science project, leading to a lapse in editorial judgment by some members of the press, unfounded claims in some instances and hurt feelings by one marine biologist. © 2014 Phys.org Zack Jud, a PhD graduate of Florida International University and current marine biologist, has caused a small ruckus in the marine biology community by posting comments on his Facebook Page, suggesting that the work done by thirteen year old Lauren Arrington was actually based on work he’d already done. Arrington, a sixth grade student in Jupiter Florida, and daughter of a professional biologist gained Internet notoriety this past week after news of experiments she conducted on lionfish went viral. Her experiments, which were used as a project in a science fair, demonstrated that lionfish can live in less saline water than had been previously thought. Jud contends that Arrington’s experiments were based on his work, and that he should be getting the credit for the results.center_img Citation: Marine biologist claims lionfish study by sixth grader was lifted from his research (2014, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-marine-biologist-lionfish-sixth-grader.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img Sixth-grader proves invasive species of ocean fish can thrive in low saline water Antennata Lionfish, picture taken in Zoo Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria. Credit: Christian Mehlführer/Wikipedia Adding to the story was reporting by several news outlets that described Arrington’s research as providing evidence of the invasive lionfish living in Florida estuaries. Both Arrington and her father have denied she ever made such a claim. Instead, they say, her research showed that lionfish could live farther upstream in an estuary than others had known about. Complicating things is news that prior to the science fair project, Arrington, her father and Jud were all friends. The father, Albrey, was even listed as a writer on a paper that listed Jud as the lead. Albrey was also, according to Jud, the best friend of Jud’s supervisor when he was still in grad school.Jud’s complaint appears to center around the attention Arrington has received by the press—the accolades heaped on Arrington, he claims, should have been shared with him and his name should have appeared alongside hers in news reports. It was his original research after all, he contends, that led to the research done by Arrington. Jud also insinuates that the omission of his name in news stories was intentional, a move by the Arrington’s to focus the attention on Lauren. The Arrington’s have denied any such attempts and insist that mentions of Jud by either of them to the press were ignored in favor of a more popular storyline.Some in the science community have sided with Jud, apologizing for publishing stories about Arrington’s work without mention of Jud’s previous work—others have looked to discredit Jud, by suggesting that Arrington should have been credited on some of his earlier work as she helped him with some projects when he was still in grad school.At this point it seems clear that the story became perhaps, a little bigger than it should have due to the age of Ms. Arrington and the cuteness of her school science project, leading to a lapse in editorial judgment by some members of the press, unfounded claims in some instances and hurt feelings by one marine biologist. © 2014 Phys.org Zack Jud, a PhD graduate of Florida International University and current marine biologist, has caused a small ruckus in the marine biology community by posting comments on his Facebook Page, suggesting that the work done by thirteen year old Lauren Arrington was actually based on work he’d already done. Arrington, a sixth grade student in Jupiter Florida, and daughter of a professional biologist gained Internet notoriety this past week after news of experiments she conducted on lionfish went viral. Her experiments, which were used as a project in a science fair, demonstrated that lionfish can live in less saline water than had been previously thought. Jud contends that Arrington’s experiments were based on his work, and that he should be getting the credit for the results.center_img Citation: Marine biologist claims lionfish study by sixth grader was lifted from his research (2014, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-marine-biologist-lionfish-sixth-grader.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A way has been found to interconnect quantum devices including preserving entanglement

first_imgQuantum photonic interconnect and entanglement distribution between two integrated Si photonic chips. Credit: arXiv:1508.03214 [quant-ph] Explore further For modern electronic devices to work, there must be some channels for the different parts to use to convey information between them—such channels are usually either wire carrying electricity or fiber carrying photons and are called interconnects. But as researchers shrink down the parts, the interconnects more and more represent a bottleneck. Worse, as scientists conduct research into creating a truly quantum computer, the problem of creating interconnects for them has become a serious issue. Now, in this new effort, the research team is claiming to have found a solution—one where a separate entanglement stage is used to preserve the original entanglement needed as part of normal operations—demonstrating a way to connect two photonic chips.To allow for interconnection, the researchers ran two sources of photons along one of the chips, on channels that overlapped—when the photons met in the overlap area, they became entangled and that entanglement was then carried along different paths in the chip. They next ran the photons through a device that converted that path entanglement into a whole new type of entanglement, one that involved polarization, which also caused the creation of new entangled photons. Those newly entangled polarized photons were then passed into an optical fiber that ran between the two chips. The whole process was then reversed in the second chip, where the polarized photons were converted back to path entangled photons, which then behaved exactly like the photons in the first chip. The team conducted multiple different types of tests to prove that entanglement was preserved throughout the interconnection process.The team acknowledges that the process is still too inefficient to be implemented into real devices, but believe further refinement will lead to a usable solution. But, they have shown that it is possible to interconnect quantum devices, which should come as a relief to those working on building a quantum computer. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: arXiv New method of quantum entanglement vastly increases how much information can be carried in a photoncenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Quantum Photonic Interconnect, arXiv:1508.03214 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1508.03214AbstractIntegrated photonics has enabled much progress towards quantum technologies. However, many applications, e.g. quantum communication, sensing, and distributed and cloud quantum computing, require coherent photonic interconnection between separate sub-systems, with high-fidelity distribution and manipulation of entanglement between multiple devices being one of the most stringent requirements of the interconnected system. Coherently interconnecting separate chips is challenging due to the fragility of these quantum states and the demanding challenges of transmitting photons in at least two media within a single coherent system. Here, we report a quantum photonic interconnect demonstrating high-fidelity entanglement distribution and manipulation between two separate chips, implemented using state-of-the-art silicon photonics. Entangled states are generated and manipulated on-chip, and distributed between the chips by interconverting between path-encoding and polarisation-encoding. We use integrated state analysers to confirm a Bell-type violation of S=2.638+-0.039 between two chips. With improvements in loss, this quantum interconnect will provide new levels of flexible systems and architectures for quantum technologies.via Arxiv Blog (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found a way to interconnect two quantum devices, allowing photons to move between the two, all while preserving entanglement. In their paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes their process and their hopes for tweaking it to make it more efficient. Citation: A way has been found to interconnect quantum devices including preserving entanglement (2015, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-interconnect-quantum-devices-entanglement.htmllast_img read more

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first_imgQuantum photonic interconnect and entanglement distribution between two integrated Si photonic chips. Credit: arXiv:1508.03214 [quant-ph] Explore further For modern electronic devices to work, there must be some channels for the different parts to use to convey information between them—such channels are usually either wire carrying electricity or fiber carrying photons and are called interconnects. But as researchers shrink down the parts, the interconnects more and more represent a bottleneck. Worse, as scientists conduct research into creating a truly quantum computer, the problem of creating interconnects for them has become a serious issue. Now, in this new effort, the research team is claiming to have found a solution—one where a separate entanglement stage is used to preserve the original entanglement needed as part of normal operations—demonstrating a way to connect two photonic chips.To allow for interconnection, the researchers ran two sources of photons along one of the chips, on channels that overlapped—when the photons met in the overlap area, they became entangled and that entanglement was then carried along different paths in the chip. They next ran the photons through a device that converted that path entanglement into a whole new type of entanglement, one that involved polarization, which also caused the creation of new entangled photons. Those newly entangled polarized photons were then passed into an optical fiber that ran between the two chips. The whole process was then reversed in the second chip, where the polarized photons were converted back to path entangled photons, which then behaved exactly like the photons in the first chip. The team conducted multiple different types of tests to prove that entanglement was preserved throughout the interconnection process.The team acknowledges that the process is still too inefficient to be implemented into real devices, but believe further refinement will lead to a usable solution. But, they have shown that it is possible to interconnect quantum devices, which should come as a relief to those working on building a quantum computer. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: arXiv New method of quantum entanglement vastly increases how much information can be carried in a photoncenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Quantum Photonic Interconnect, arXiv:1508.03214 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1508.03214AbstractIntegrated photonics has enabled much progress towards quantum technologies. However, many applications, e.g. quantum communication, sensing, and distributed and cloud quantum computing, require coherent photonic interconnection between separate sub-systems, with high-fidelity distribution and manipulation of entanglement between multiple devices being one of the most stringent requirements of the interconnected system. Coherently interconnecting separate chips is challenging due to the fragility of these quantum states and the demanding challenges of transmitting photons in at least two media within a single coherent system. Here, we report a quantum photonic interconnect demonstrating high-fidelity entanglement distribution and manipulation between two separate chips, implemented using state-of-the-art silicon photonics. Entangled states are generated and manipulated on-chip, and distributed between the chips by interconverting between path-encoding and polarisation-encoding. We use integrated state analysers to confirm a Bell-type violation of S=2.638+-0.039 between two chips. With improvements in loss, this quantum interconnect will provide new levels of flexible systems and architectures for quantum technologies.via Arxiv Blog (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found a way to interconnect two quantum devices, allowing photons to move between the two, all while preserving entanglement. In their paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes their process and their hopes for tweaking it to make it more efficient. Citation: A way has been found to interconnect quantum devices including preserving entanglement (2015, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-interconnect-quantum-devices-entanglement.htmllast_img read more

Dedicated team for highway surveillance needed

first_imgKolkata: The accident of the Ferrari on National Highway 6 in Howrah on Sunday that claimed a life has brought to the forefront the need of a separate wing of the police exclusively to look after traffic movement on the highways. It may be mentioned that the car was at a speed of above 150 km per hour and as a result, it overturned at least seven to eight times before hitting a roadside metal railing. Though the investigating officers are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the accident, experts on road transport feel that it is necessary to form a separate wing of the police to ensure that traffic norms are not violated on highways. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to an officer of the state police who is deeply involved in the management of traffic, policemen are deployed at intersections in the city and they immediately inform their counterparts in the next intersection if they find any vehicle passing at high speed. The car or the two-wheeler is intercepted immediately at the next intersection which prevents road accidents. Similarly, in a bid to ensure that vehicles ply on highways without crossing the maximum speed limit as set in the norms, there is a need to set up a team comprising policemen to look after traffic management only on highways. “The officers also need to be provided with training to know all the aspects of traffic management so that they can take immediate and necessary steps to check accidents on highways,” the officer said adding that they will also ensure that no illegal parking takes place along the highways which is another reason behind accidents on highways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee also suffered an accident on National Highway 2 and illegal parking was the reason behind it. A section of officers of the specialised wing to look after the traffic management on highways will be continuously patrolling to ensure no illegal parking takes places. It may be mentioned that at present local police stations look after the same on highways that fall under their jurisdiction. “But a dedicated set of team is necessary to be in place for round-the-clock surveillance,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The accident of the Ferrari on National Highway 6 in Howrah on Sunday that claimed a life has brought to the forefront the need of a separate wing of the police exclusively to look after traffic movement on the highways. It may be mentioned that the car was at a speed of above 150 km per hour and as a result, it overturned at least seven to eight times before hitting a roadside metal railing. Though the investigating officers are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the accident, experts on road transport feel that it is necessary to form a separate wing of the police to ensure that traffic norms are not violated on highways. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to an officer of the state police who is deeply involved in the management of traffic, policemen are deployed at intersections in the city and they immediately inform their counterparts in the next intersection if they find any vehicle passing at high speed. The car or the two-wheeler is intercepted immediately at the next intersection which prevents road accidents. Similarly, in a bid to ensure that vehicles ply on highways without crossing the maximum speed limit as set in the norms, there is a need to set up a team comprising policemen to look after traffic management only on highways. “The officers also need to be provided with training to know all the aspects of traffic management so that they can take immediate and necessary steps to check accidents on highways,” the officer said adding that they will also ensure that no illegal parking takes place along the highways which is another reason behind accidents on highways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee also suffered an accident on National Highway 2 and illegal parking was the reason behind it. A section of officers of the specialised wing to look after the traffic management on highways will be continuously patrolling to ensure no illegal parking takes places. It may be mentioned that at present local police stations look after the same on highways that fall under their jurisdiction. “But a dedicated set of team is necessary to be in place for round-the-clock surveillance,” he said.last_img read more

Department set to launch statewide drive to check fitness of public transport

first_imgKolkata: Following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state Transport department is going to start a state-wide drive to check the fitness of public transport vehicles.According to a senior official of the state Transport department, checking of goods vehicles is carried out round-the-year.”Now, we are going to initiate a process to carry out periodical fitness checking of public transport vehicles,” the official said, adding that initially emphasis will be given on checking fitness of buses and mini-buses that ply on different routes. It has been stated that there are two reasons behind starting fitness check of public transport vehicles. First of all, it will help in reducing the number of road accidents and will also ensure that commuters get better service, particularly as the bus fares have recently gone up. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister has called for necessary steps to ensure periodical fitness checking of vehicles to avoid accidents. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSince stress will be initially given on checking the fitness of buses, the official said that they will be checking whether a passenger is facing any problem while travelling in the vehicles. Citing some examples, the official added that they will be checking the condition of tyres being used in the public transport vehicles.It may be mentioned that use of good quality tyres in buses is mandatory to check accidents. According to experts, the chances of skidding goes up when sudden brake is applied if the condition of tyre is poor or if the vehicle is fitted with rethreaded tyres. Mainly in monsoon, many accidents take place due to the use of rethreaded tyres, as vehicles do not stop despite applying brakes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBesides checking the quality of tyres, the officials will also check the overall condition of a bus to find out whether water drips from its ceiling and causes inconvenience to passengers. They will also check the condition of seats.”The checking will be carried out at different points and it will be done following the pick and choose method. Necessary steps will be taken if they find that the vehicles are not maintained properly,” the official said, adding that their endeavour is to ensure better amenities for passengers.The bus owners, in whose vehicles any fault is found, will be directed to repair the same, before plying them again.This comes at the time when the state government has taken up the state-wide Safe Drive Save Life campaign to bring down the rate of accidents.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state Transport department is going to start a state-wide drive to check the fitness of public transport vehicles.According to a senior official of the state Transport department, checking of goods vehicles is carried out round-the-year.”Now, we are going to initiate a process to carry out periodical fitness checking of public transport vehicles,” the official said, adding that initially emphasis will be given on checking fitness of buses and mini-buses that ply on different routes. It has been stated that there are two reasons behind starting fitness check of public transport vehicles. First of all, it will help in reducing the number of road accidents and will also ensure that commuters get better service, particularly as the bus fares have recently gone up. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister has called for necessary steps to ensure periodical fitness checking of vehicles to avoid accidents. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSince stress will be initially given on checking the fitness of buses, the official said that they will be checking whether a passenger is facing any problem while travelling in the vehicles. Citing some examples, the official added that they will be checking the condition of tyres being used in the public transport vehicles.It may be mentioned that use of good quality tyres in buses is mandatory to check accidents. According to experts, the chances of skidding goes up when sudden brake is applied if the condition of tyre is poor or if the vehicle is fitted with rethreaded tyres. Mainly in monsoon, many accidents take place due to the use of rethreaded tyres, as vehicles do not stop despite applying brakes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBesides checking the quality of tyres, the officials will also check the overall condition of a bus to find out whether water drips from its ceiling and causes inconvenience to passengers. They will also check the condition of seats.”The checking will be carried out at different points and it will be done following the pick and choose method. Necessary steps will be taken if they find that the vehicles are not maintained properly,” the official said, adding that their endeavour is to ensure better amenities for passengers.The bus owners, in whose vehicles any fault is found, will be directed to repair the same, before plying them again.This comes at the time when the state government has taken up the state-wide Safe Drive Save Life campaign to bring down the rate of accidents.last_img read more

I hope India and Bangladesh will have a seamless border in future

first_imgOur film Shankhachil is a story of a family who lost their nation and motherland due to India and Bangladesh partition. The word Shankhachil means boundless, who has no boundaries, no limits. Without the awareness of the past, one cannot move ahead in future. Present is basically a moment in past and future. Past is witness to us. If we want to work on the present, we need to have ideology about our past.Our political scenario; our condition during the time of partition is definitely what students are probing about. But what I see, in future it will be a seamless border. Our colloquial history is same, the culture is same, and the language we speak is same, we would definitely witness the two countries as one, may be today or some other day. Shankhachil is an initiative. It is a film, a story, a history, and some suggestions for the youths. The youth will bring us together and we’ll find no division or boundaries. We have made the film in perspective of a river which has divided the two Bengals, but not the humans who have divided it.This film belongs very much to the present generation and there is a deep emotional attachment built in the film, in the context of partition.last_img read more

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first_imgOur film Shankhachil is a story of a family who lost their nation and motherland due to India and Bangladesh partition. The word Shankhachil means boundless, who has no boundaries, no limits. Without the awareness of the past, one cannot move ahead in future. Present is basically a moment in past and future. Past is witness to us. If we want to work on the present, we need to have ideology about our past.Our political scenario; our condition during the time of partition is definitely what students are probing about. But what I see, in future it will be a seamless border. Our colloquial history is same, the culture is same, and the language we speak is same, we would definitely witness the two countries as one, may be today or some other day. Shankhachil is an initiative. It is a film, a story, a history, and some suggestions for the youths. The youth will bring us together and we’ll find no division or boundaries. We have made the film in perspective of a river which has divided the two Bengals, but not the humans who have divided it.This film belongs very much to the present generation and there is a deep emotional attachment built in the film, in the context of partition.last_img read more

NCB arrests drug racket member with 850 gms of heroin

first_imgKolkata: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Eastern Zone has nabbed a person from English Bazar in Malda and seized 850 grams of heroin from his possession. Sources informed that the drug was about to be delivered by someone there, which would have been sent to Bangladesh later.According to NCB sleuths, they had recently got a tip-off that a racket is actively dealing in several drugs in North Dinajpur. Based on the tip-off, sleuths started gathering intelligence from the Domkal area of North Dinajpur. During the cover survey, NCB came to know that the racket is operating through South Dinajpur and Malda as well. Racketeers use the said corridor to deliver the drugs to Bangladesh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRecently, sleuths came to know that one Suman Das was the leader of the racket in Domkal. Based on the information, sleuths were keeping a vigil on Das. On Tuesday, when he went to English Bazar with 850 grams of heroin, sleuths followed him there. After waiting for some time, no one came to receive the heroin worth Rs 2 lakh approximately. When Das was about to go away, NCB sleuths surrounded him. During search, a packet full of heroin was seized from him. According to NCB, the source of the drug was Dalkhola, Uttar Dinajpur and the destination was Kaliachak primarily. From there, it would have been smuggled to Bangladesh. Sleuths are also searching his house and other places for more clues.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Eastern Zone has nabbed a person from English Bazar in Malda and seized 850 grams of heroin from his possession. Sources informed that the drug was about to be delivered by someone there, which would have been sent to Bangladesh later.According to NCB sleuths, they had recently got a tip-off that a racket is actively dealing in several drugs in North Dinajpur. Based on the tip-off, sleuths started gathering intelligence from the Domkal area of North Dinajpur. During the cover survey, NCB came to know that the racket is operating through South Dinajpur and Malda as well. Racketeers use the said corridor to deliver the drugs to Bangladesh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRecently, sleuths came to know that one Suman Das was the leader of the racket in Domkal. Based on the information, sleuths were keeping a vigil on Das. On Tuesday, when he went to English Bazar with 850 grams of heroin, sleuths followed him there. After waiting for some time, no one came to receive the heroin worth Rs 2 lakh approximately. When Das was about to go away, NCB sleuths surrounded him. During search, a packet full of heroin was seized from him. According to NCB, the source of the drug was Dalkhola, Uttar Dinajpur and the destination was Kaliachak primarily. From there, it would have been smuggled to Bangladesh. Sleuths are also searching his house and other places for more clues.last_img read more

A perfect weekend getaway

first_imgAfter a day of pondering over archived photographs, maps, engravings and portraits depicting the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Russia, contemporary art by various artists at the exhibition – ‘Carrying Roots around’ and a cinematic journey through Italian cities; get yourself ready as the second day i.e. October 8, of the ‘Festival of the arts’ at India International Centre (IIC) brings with it a day full of food, music and cinema. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt 11 am, one can witness the brilliance of the Mysore Brothers – Dr Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraj. The sons and disciples of renowned violinist Prof. Mahadevappa were child prodigies who matured quickly to emerge as one of the top ranking violinists today. Their exceptional musical talents were first discovered at the age of 8 years when they stormed into the music world sweeping music lovers and critics off their feet with their extraordinary musical acumen and technical virtuosity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter a harmonious duet, go and enjoy the flavours of Bihar at 1 pm, as Pooja Sahu of Pot Belly restaurant presents some exquisite yet simple dishes from the state which houses myriad monasteries. Had a bite of Bihar? Now, travel to the streets of Italy. At precisely 2 pm, watch award-winning Quiet Bliss by Edoardo Winspeare, followed by Red Dessert by Michelangelo Antonioni at 4:15 pm.Delve a bit into history and know how Mohan turned to Mahatma at 6:30 pm. Directed by Dr M. Sayeed Alam and presented by Pierrot’s Troupe, this play marks the centenary of the Champaran Satyagraha – the defining symbol of Mahatma Gandhi’s introduction to India and the country’s first major revolt in the struggle for independence. The play opens with a 55 year – old Gandhi making notes of the Champaran Satyagraha for his autobiography, “My Experiments with Truth”. Moving from the epoch making events of the movement, the arrival of a 47 year-old M.K. Gandhi sporting Kathiawadi attire in Patna on April 10, 1917; and his onward journey to Champaran and its successful culmination. The play portrays the Champaran Satyagraha not just as a political movement alone but also focuses on the larger and far reaching consequences of the movement in terms of social, education and economic reforms.Wrap up your Sunday with a spicy dinner at 8 pm straight from the Tandoor by Chef Vijay Thukral and the staff of the IIC kitchen, followed by an evening show of Miracle in Milan, a 1950s film by Vittorio de Sica. The film revolves around Toto (Francesco Golisano), an orphan boy with a good, innocent approach to life, who joins a colony of beggars in a shack village on the outskirts of Milan.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter a day of pondering over archived photographs, maps, engravings and portraits depicting the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Russia, contemporary art by various artists at the exhibition – ‘Carrying Roots around’ and a cinematic journey through Italian cities; get yourself ready as the second day i.e. October 8, of the ‘Festival of the arts’ at India International Centre (IIC) brings with it a day full of food, music and cinema. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt 11 am, one can witness the brilliance of the Mysore Brothers – Dr Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraj. The sons and disciples of renowned violinist Prof. Mahadevappa were child prodigies who matured quickly to emerge as one of the top ranking violinists today. Their exceptional musical talents were first discovered at the age of 8 years when they stormed into the music world sweeping music lovers and critics off their feet with their extraordinary musical acumen and technical virtuosity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter a harmonious duet, go and enjoy the flavours of Bihar at 1 pm, as Pooja Sahu of Pot Belly restaurant presents some exquisite yet simple dishes from the state which houses myriad monasteries. Had a bite of Bihar? Now, travel to the streets of Italy. At precisely 2 pm, watch award-winning Quiet Bliss by Edoardo Winspeare, followed by Red Dessert by Michelangelo Antonioni at 4:15 pm.Delve a bit into history and know how Mohan turned to Mahatma at 6:30 pm. Directed by Dr M. Sayeed Alam and presented by Pierrot’s Troupe, this play marks the centenary of the Champaran Satyagraha – the defining symbol of Mahatma Gandhi’s introduction to India and the country’s first major revolt in the struggle for independence. The play opens with a 55 year – old Gandhi making notes of the Champaran Satyagraha for his autobiography, “My Experiments with Truth”. Moving from the epoch making events of the movement, the arrival of a 47 year-old M.K. Gandhi sporting Kathiawadi attire in Patna on April 10, 1917; and his onward journey to Champaran and its successful culmination. The play portrays the Champaran Satyagraha not just as a political movement alone but also focuses on the larger and far reaching consequences of the movement in terms of social, education and economic reforms.Wrap up your Sunday with a spicy dinner at 8 pm straight from the Tandoor by Chef Vijay Thukral and the staff of the IIC kitchen, followed by an evening show of Miracle in Milan, a 1950s film by Vittorio de Sica. The film revolves around Toto (Francesco Golisano), an orphan boy with a good, innocent approach to life, who joins a colony of beggars in a shack village on the outskirts of Milan.last_img read more

How to buy the right yoga mat

first_imgJust like buying the right pair of running shoes is important to avoid injuries, its equally important to identify the right mat to suit your workout style. Experts share some points to look out for before choosing a mat.Identify a mat that suits your body size, ensure you check for length and width. A mat too thick could make you unstable, making it difficult to hold a pose, while a mat too thin can be an issue if you have a high concern for knees or elbow joint pain. Thicker mats tend to be heavier and can affect portability. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThickness is important because the yoga mat has a lot to do with the comfort. If it is too thin then your knees get banged to the ground and it will hurt your knees but also if it is too thick then it is very hard to find that grounding from the ground level.The one advantage that thin mats have over thicker mats is that they are extremely portable especially if you are travelling. While buying a Yoga Mat make sure you have enough space to store it. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePVC mats generally provide the best stickiness, with least amount of slippage. Check for the texture of the mat which will determine your grip. Look out for a mat with raised, tactile pattern to give boost your confidence during a difficult workout. These surfaces also prevent your mat from skidding on the floor.Mats that absorb moisture allowing sweat to seep in deteriorate due to bacterial activity and start flaking faster. This also affects overall hygiene along with malodor. Therefore, look for a closed-cell construction mat which is slightly slippery at first, but is easier to maintain over time. The grip also improves the more you use it. It is also important to pay attention to the texture because like the stickiness the texture also allows you to slide and increase or decrease your range of motion. It sort of provides barriers to sliding and is a very big factor of comfort and protection.The last thing to consider is the price range. PVC mats which are widely used are much cheaper. However, if you go for mats which have different designs or patterns or the organic ones, then they are priced high. But you also have to consider the lifespan of the mat.last_img read more

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first_imgJust like buying the right pair of running shoes is important to avoid injuries, its equally important to identify the right mat to suit your workout style. Experts share some points to look out for before choosing a mat.Identify a mat that suits your body size, ensure you check for length and width. A mat too thick could make you unstable, making it difficult to hold a pose, while a mat too thin can be an issue if you have a high concern for knees or elbow joint pain. Thicker mats tend to be heavier and can affect portability. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThickness is important because the yoga mat has a lot to do with the comfort. If it is too thin then your knees get banged to the ground and it will hurt your knees but also if it is too thick then it is very hard to find that grounding from the ground level.The one advantage that thin mats have over thicker mats is that they are extremely portable especially if you are travelling. While buying a Yoga Mat make sure you have enough space to store it. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePVC mats generally provide the best stickiness, with least amount of slippage. Check for the texture of the mat which will determine your grip. Look out for a mat with raised, tactile pattern to give boost your confidence during a difficult workout. These surfaces also prevent your mat from skidding on the floor.Mats that absorb moisture allowing sweat to seep in deteriorate due to bacterial activity and start flaking faster. This also affects overall hygiene along with malodor. Therefore, look for a closed-cell construction mat which is slightly slippery at first, but is easier to maintain over time. The grip also improves the more you use it. It is also important to pay attention to the texture because like the stickiness the texture also allows you to slide and increase or decrease your range of motion. It sort of provides barriers to sliding and is a very big factor of comfort and protection.The last thing to consider is the price range. PVC mats which are widely used are much cheaper. However, if you go for mats which have different designs or patterns or the organic ones, then they are priced high. But you also have to consider the lifespan of the mat.last_img read more

Destress in weekend with hair body therapies

first_imgScience says massage releases a hormone called Serotonin that allows your body and mind to go in a “feel good” state so make sure you are de-stressing yourself in weekend with right hair and body therapies. Experts share few therapies to indulge in: Reflexology: Reflexology also known as zone therapy which is an application of pressure to feet, hands, or ears. This is to send a calming message from the peripheral nerves, which in turn signals the body to adjust the tension level bringing calmness to the central nervous system. This therapy apart from relaxing the body also helps in reducing the pain and stress. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRelaxing Hair Spa Ritual: Getting a hair spa done is the best thing you can do to de-stress yourself. Hair spas are very relaxing and one of the most favourable ways to nourish the hair by keeping it soft and healthy in the long run. Aromatherapy: One of the most sought-after holistic aromatic body therapies, this massage utilizes the power of pure essential oils to soothe the mind, body, and soul. The treatment utilizes gentle choreographed massage strokes that focus on the restorative properties of the essential oils instead of the physical pressure application, to reduce stress and promote good sleep. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEach essential oil serves a unique purpose and a carefully curated blend is used to target specific problem areas of the body. It also assists in stimulating and detoxifying the body. Lomi-Lomi Therapy: A Hawaiian massage, the Lomi Lomi therapy is one of the most wholesome yet under-valued stress-relieving therapies in India. It is known for its long and continuous strokes of deep- tissue massage, designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviours. Macadamia, palm and coconut oils are usually used as moisturizers during the session to keep the strokes smooth and nourish the skin. Balinese Massage: The Balinese massage is a high-pressure deep tissue treatment that utilizes palm pressure, gentle stretching strokes, acupressure and essential oils to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and “qi” (energy) in the body. The boost to circulation helps in reducing stress .Swedish massage: A medium pressure therapy, the Swedish massage aims to make one feel relaxed and content by promoting circulation and an overall feeling of well-being. The massage uses a variety of techniques such as stroking, gliding, kneading, rubbing, tapping and pounding to provide a classic massage for relieving tense muscles and relaxing tight areas in the body. Ranging between 60 – 90 minutes, the massage improves immunity by the manipulation of muscles over the bone structure.last_img read more

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first_imgScience says massage releases a hormone called Serotonin that allows your body and mind to go in a “feel good” state so make sure you are de-stressing yourself in weekend with right hair and body therapies. Experts share few therapies to indulge in: Reflexology: Reflexology also known as zone therapy which is an application of pressure to feet, hands, or ears. This is to send a calming message from the peripheral nerves, which in turn signals the body to adjust the tension level bringing calmness to the central nervous system. This therapy apart from relaxing the body also helps in reducing the pain and stress. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRelaxing Hair Spa Ritual: Getting a hair spa done is the best thing you can do to de-stress yourself. Hair spas are very relaxing and one of the most favourable ways to nourish the hair by keeping it soft and healthy in the long run. Aromatherapy: One of the most sought-after holistic aromatic body therapies, this massage utilizes the power of pure essential oils to soothe the mind, body, and soul. The treatment utilizes gentle choreographed massage strokes that focus on the restorative properties of the essential oils instead of the physical pressure application, to reduce stress and promote good sleep. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEach essential oil serves a unique purpose and a carefully curated blend is used to target specific problem areas of the body. It also assists in stimulating and detoxifying the body. Lomi-Lomi Therapy: A Hawaiian massage, the Lomi Lomi therapy is one of the most wholesome yet under-valued stress-relieving therapies in India. It is known for its long and continuous strokes of deep- tissue massage, designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviours. Macadamia, palm and coconut oils are usually used as moisturizers during the session to keep the strokes smooth and nourish the skin. Balinese Massage: The Balinese massage is a high-pressure deep tissue treatment that utilizes palm pressure, gentle stretching strokes, acupressure and essential oils to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and “qi” (energy) in the body. The boost to circulation helps in reducing stress .Swedish massage: A medium pressure therapy, the Swedish massage aims to make one feel relaxed and content by promoting circulation and an overall feeling of well-being. The massage uses a variety of techniques such as stroking, gliding, kneading, rubbing, tapping and pounding to provide a classic massage for relieving tense muscles and relaxing tight areas in the body. Ranging between 60 – 90 minutes, the massage improves immunity by the manipulation of muscles over the bone structure.last_img read more

Keeping behrupiya alive

first_imgAs the Capital gets into the festive mood, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, organised the ‘National Behrupiya Festival’ from October 5-7.The behrupiya festival takes place every year in different locations – Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kumbh, Muzaffarnagar, and others, but this was the first time it happened in Delhi on a national level.Member Secretary of IGNCA, Dr Sadchittand Joshi told Millennium Post during an interation, “This was not just an entertainment based festival. It added educational and documentation parts too which is very important. A film and monograph was also produced during the event to provide visibility to this art form and help the researchers as well as the general public to know about the art form.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival witnessed 70 behrupiya artists from different states of the country, who showcased their talent – individually, in pairs and in groups. Majority of the artists present at the festival came from a family of behrupiyas, and were trying to take forward the family tradition.”I was 15 when I entered this field, I have seen my father, grandfather executing this art very well. And as I come from a very backward class in a very small village, I did not have many employment options. Therefore, this art form became my source of income,” said one artist present there. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThere was another artist who had come from a very small village of Bengal. He told that the village was so small and unexplored that people living in the neighbourhood even don’t know about it. “Our village is known by the name of our art – ‘Behrupiyo ka gaon’, if you ask them about this village, they would not know its name but they would know that all the behrupiya artists live there,” he said.Though it was the first time Behrupiya festival took place in Delhi, according to the artists, Delhi has been their best experience. They said that they got appreciation, acceptance, and love from this place. The main objective of the artists and the organisers was to revive the very old and extinct art of India, giving people authentic information about this art (especially in the younger generation), to increase the respect of people associated with this art.Talking about the festival, the organiser of Behrupiya festival Vilas Janve – a renowned theatre artist and the brain behind this festival, said: “I have organised Behrupiya festival earlier in Udaipur, but I thought that organising a National level festival in the Capital would be a great help for the artists who wish to showcase their talents. Also, this will help us to spread the awareness about the art form.”Vilas has been dealing with Behrupiya artists for various festivals like Shilpgram Utsav, Udaipur, Parampara Festival, Mumbai, Vasant Utsav at Gandhi Nagar and Folk festivals at Goa. “I have special love for this art and I not only want to preserve this art but also want people to have respect for it, to understand it,” he stated.Describing the pitiful state of behrupiya art in the country, he said, “We also went to schools to interact with children in more depth. I was taken aback with the fact that many school teachers were also not aware of this art form before we told them.”last_img read more

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first_imgAs the Capital gets into the festive mood, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, organised the ‘National Behrupiya Festival’ from October 5-7.The behrupiya festival takes place every year in different locations – Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kumbh, Muzaffarnagar, and others, but this was the first time it happened in Delhi on a national level.Member Secretary of IGNCA, Dr Sadchittand Joshi told Millennium Post during an interation, “This was not just an entertainment based festival. It added educational and documentation parts too which is very important. A film and monograph was also produced during the event to provide visibility to this art form and help the researchers as well as the general public to know about the art form.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival witnessed 70 behrupiya artists from different states of the country, who showcased their talent – individually, in pairs and in groups. Majority of the artists present at the festival came from a family of behrupiyas, and were trying to take forward the family tradition.”I was 15 when I entered this field, I have seen my father, grandfather executing this art very well. And as I come from a very backward class in a very small village, I did not have many employment options. Therefore, this art form became my source of income,” said one artist present there. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThere was another artist who had come from a very small village of Bengal. He told that the village was so small and unexplored that people living in the neighbourhood even don’t know about it. “Our village is known by the name of our art – ‘Behrupiyo ka gaon’, if you ask them about this village, they would not know its name but they would know that all the behrupiya artists live there,” he said.Though it was the first time Behrupiya festival took place in Delhi, according to the artists, Delhi has been their best experience. They said that they got appreciation, acceptance, and love from this place. The main objective of the artists and the organisers was to revive the very old and extinct art of India, giving people authentic information about this art (especially in the younger generation), to increase the respect of people associated with this art.Talking about the festival, the organiser of Behrupiya festival Vilas Janve – a renowned theatre artist and the brain behind this festival, said: “I have organised Behrupiya festival earlier in Udaipur, but I thought that organising a National level festival in the Capital would be a great help for the artists who wish to showcase their talents. Also, this will help us to spread the awareness about the art form.”Vilas has been dealing with Behrupiya artists for various festivals like Shilpgram Utsav, Udaipur, Parampara Festival, Mumbai, Vasant Utsav at Gandhi Nagar and Folk festivals at Goa. “I have special love for this art and I not only want to preserve this art but also want people to have respect for it, to understand it,” he stated.Describing the pitiful state of behrupiya art in the country, he said, “We also went to schools to interact with children in more depth. I was taken aback with the fact that many school teachers were also not aware of this art form before we told them.”last_img read more

Vice President to unveil Gandhis Grand Wall Mural

first_imgIn what comes as a rare tributary endeavor of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to Rashtrapita on his 150th Birth Anniversary Year, Vice President Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu will unveil Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Grand Wall Mural’ at New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) Main Building on January 31, 2019.This 150 square meters clay mural is made of ‘Kulhads’ from the hands of 150 village potters across India, who assembled to make it at Morbi in Gujarat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEnthused with the classical efforts shown by the artisans, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that KVIC had decided to mark the occasion with practical display of Gandhian thoughts on village industries, at a time when the whole nation is celebrating Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary in different styles. “With the co-operation of these 150 highly-skilled potters from all over the country, we have made this wall mural, using their kulhads,” he said, adding, “They had brought clay of their respective regions which has been mixed to produce the kulhads for the mural. Kulhads of 75 mm diameter and 90 mm height were made on electric pottery wheels given by KVIC.” “The potters have finished the kulhads as per tradition and design requirements. Altogether 5,000 kulhads were produced, of which the best 3,870 kulhads – making them all-weather proof by baking at high temperatures and glazing – were used in the final design.” Ahmedabad-based designer terracotta and ceramic art studio, Clay Club Innovations, had designed the artwork. Expressing his happiness on this tributary endeavour of KVIC, the Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh, who will be the Guest of Honour on this occasion, said, “It will really be a proud moment for the nation when KVIC’s grand mural will prominently be displayed in the heart of the national Capital – showcasing the combined ‘sweaty’ efforts of village potters across the nation.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn what comes as a rare tributary endeavor of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to Rashtrapita on his 150th Birth Anniversary Year, Vice President Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu will unveil Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Grand Wall Mural’ at New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) Main Building on January 31, 2019.This 150 square meters clay mural is made of ‘Kulhads’ from the hands of 150 village potters across India, who assembled to make it at Morbi in Gujarat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEnthused with the classical efforts shown by the artisans, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that KVIC had decided to mark the occasion with practical display of Gandhian thoughts on village industries, at a time when the whole nation is celebrating Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary in different styles. “With the co-operation of these 150 highly-skilled potters from all over the country, we have made this wall mural, using their kulhads,” he said, adding, “They had brought clay of their respective regions which has been mixed to produce the kulhads for the mural. Kulhads of 75 mm diameter and 90 mm height were made on electric pottery wheels given by KVIC.” “The potters have finished the kulhads as per tradition and design requirements. Altogether 5,000 kulhads were produced, of which the best 3,870 kulhads – making them all-weather proof by baking at high temperatures and glazing – were used in the final design.” Ahmedabad-based designer terracotta and ceramic art studio, Clay Club Innovations, had designed the artwork. Expressing his happiness on this tributary endeavour of KVIC, the Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh, who will be the Guest of Honour on this occasion, said, “It will really be a proud moment for the nation when KVIC’s grand mural will prominently be displayed in the heart of the national Capital – showcasing the combined ‘sweaty’ efforts of village potters across the nation.”last_img read more

Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

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first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

Sabyasachi moves HC against noconfidence motion

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta has filed a case in the High Court, challenging the no-confidence motion brought against him. The matter will come up for hearing on Monday.35 councillors of BMC have brought a no-confidence motion against Dutta for his anti-party activities. The councillors have written a letter in this regard to Krishna Chakraborty, chairman of the civic body, who sent the letter to the joint municipal commissioner. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said: “Anyone can go to the court. But had I been in Sabyasachi Dutta’s position, I would have resigned as 35 councillors have signed the no-confidence motion against him.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta has filed a case in the High Court, challenging the no-confidence motion brought against him. The matter will come up for hearing on Monday.35 councillors of BMC have brought a no-confidence motion against Dutta for his anti-party activities. The councillors have written a letter in this regard to Krishna Chakraborty, chairman of the civic body, who sent the letter to the joint municipal commissioner. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said: “Anyone can go to the court. But had I been in Sabyasachi Dutta’s position, I would have resigned as 35 councillors have signed the no-confidence motion against him.”last_img read more

Examining positive and negative dimensions of social media

first_imgIndia International Centre will present the launch of Quarterly Winter 2018 – Spring 2019 on April 27, 6.30pm in Multiprpose Hall, Kamaladevi block. Titled ‘Social Media in a Networked World’, it is edited by Omita Goyal and Pratik Kanjilal, the quaterly will be released by Dr Karan Singh, followed by a discussion.This issue of the IIC Quarterly focuses on Internet in a crisis of confidence, as the very technology that was hailed as a force of freedom, progress and transparency eight years ago, when Arab Spring broke out, was revealed to have been used to vacuum up psychological and behavioural data on tens of millions of social media users, which was allegedly used to influence elections and a referendum in two of the world’s most important democracies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAbout the time this issue was planned, in response to privacy concerns, the Supreme Court restricted the use of Aadhaar data to welfare delivery. As the journal went to press, Brexit loomed, without the stakeholders having any idea of the extent to which the referendum in the UK had been influenced by overseas entities. A decade ago, there was public concern that harvested data was being used to condition individual consumer choices. Now, we know that aggregate choice can be tinkered with to delegitimise elections, the very basis of democracy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the last few years, concerted social media campaigns have been used to mislead voters and subvert elections, to undermine the institutions on which democracy stands, including educational institutions, and to demonise minority communities and vocal dissenters. These essays examine some aspects of this field, both the positive and negative dimensions of social media. With contributions by Amber Sinha, Amit Sen, Andreas Mattsson, Apar Gupta, Bedavyasa Mohanty, Debajani Mohanty, Govindraj Ethiraj, Harsh Raman Singh Paul, Jyoti Panday, Kiran S Karnik, Mahima Kaul, Osama Manzar, Prabir Purkayastha, Samir Saran, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Tobby Simon, Udita Chaturvedi, Vibodh Parthasarathi, Vinton G Cerf; and Vrinda Bhandarilast_img read more

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first_imgIndia International Centre will present the launch of Quarterly Winter 2018 – Spring 2019 on April 27, 6.30pm in Multiprpose Hall, Kamaladevi block. Titled ‘Social Media in a Networked World’, it is edited by Omita Goyal and Pratik Kanjilal, the quaterly will be released by Dr Karan Singh, followed by a discussion.This issue of the IIC Quarterly focuses on Internet in a crisis of confidence, as the very technology that was hailed as a force of freedom, progress and transparency eight years ago, when Arab Spring broke out, was revealed to have been used to vacuum up psychological and behavioural data on tens of millions of social media users, which was allegedly used to influence elections and a referendum in two of the world’s most important democracies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAbout the time this issue was planned, in response to privacy concerns, the Supreme Court restricted the use of Aadhaar data to welfare delivery. As the journal went to press, Brexit loomed, without the stakeholders having any idea of the extent to which the referendum in the UK had been influenced by overseas entities. A decade ago, there was public concern that harvested data was being used to condition individual consumer choices. Now, we know that aggregate choice can be tinkered with to delegitimise elections, the very basis of democracy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the last few years, concerted social media campaigns have been used to mislead voters and subvert elections, to undermine the institutions on which democracy stands, including educational institutions, and to demonise minority communities and vocal dissenters. These essays examine some aspects of this field, both the positive and negative dimensions of social media. With contributions by Amber Sinha, Amit Sen, Andreas Mattsson, Apar Gupta, Bedavyasa Mohanty, Debajani Mohanty, Govindraj Ethiraj, Harsh Raman Singh Paul, Jyoti Panday, Kiran S Karnik, Mahima Kaul, Osama Manzar, Prabir Purkayastha, Samir Saran, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Tobby Simon, Udita Chaturvedi, Vibodh Parthasarathi, Vinton G Cerf; and Vrinda Bhandarilast_img read more

Jskanwals journey of printmaking

first_imgAn exhibition of prints has been organised at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi from May 15 – 24, 2019. Aptly titled ‘Introspection’, the current exhibition of printmaker Jskanwal bears evidence of the three decades spent by her, in the practice of printmaking.These formative years of her art training, which has led a rare finesse in her art, bears credit to her years of training under the famed and independent minded printmaker Jagmohan Chopra, who had set the pace of printmaking on an indigenous footing. An alumni of the Government College of Art, Chandigarh, Jaskanwal’s current exhibition is a landmark solo show of her career and contains a cache of fifty selected works. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt the very first glance, this exhibition stands out for its freshness of approach, its novelty of technique and its clarity of emotional expression. The tones in the colours of her art, are a true definition of the word ‘muted’. With a dominance of earth-brown, dusky yellow and a grey-blue tinge, arranged in solid formations that resemble a rock solid contour, the forms overlap and merge, yet remain distinct and explicit, without being overbearing. The many layers of the tones, coupled with the graphic format, become a way of expressing her emotions, according to the art maker. A nature lover and keen observer of life around in her natural surroundings, Jaskanwal has depicted her thoughts and observances on nature into her art in a truly unique way. Each colour depicts a form, a familiar recall from nature, that triggers an emotional journey in our minds. A printmaker with a difference, she does not use conventional methods to create her works, either.last_img read more

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first_imgAn exhibition of prints has been organised at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi from May 15 – 24, 2019. Aptly titled ‘Introspection’, the current exhibition of printmaker Jskanwal bears evidence of the three decades spent by her, in the practice of printmaking.These formative years of her art training, which has led a rare finesse in her art, bears credit to her years of training under the famed and independent minded printmaker Jagmohan Chopra, who had set the pace of printmaking on an indigenous footing. An alumni of the Government College of Art, Chandigarh, Jaskanwal’s current exhibition is a landmark solo show of her career and contains a cache of fifty selected works. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt the very first glance, this exhibition stands out for its freshness of approach, its novelty of technique and its clarity of emotional expression. The tones in the colours of her art, are a true definition of the word ‘muted’. With a dominance of earth-brown, dusky yellow and a grey-blue tinge, arranged in solid formations that resemble a rock solid contour, the forms overlap and merge, yet remain distinct and explicit, without being overbearing. The many layers of the tones, coupled with the graphic format, become a way of expressing her emotions, according to the art maker. A nature lover and keen observer of life around in her natural surroundings, Jaskanwal has depicted her thoughts and observances on nature into her art in a truly unique way. Each colour depicts a form, a familiar recall from nature, that triggers an emotional journey in our minds. A printmaker with a difference, she does not use conventional methods to create her works, either.last_img read more

How Thanksgiving Day is Celebrated in Countries Youd Never Expect

first_imgThanksgiving is usually perceived as an all-American holiday throughout the world. Apart from the U.S., the holiday is celebrated for the same reasons in Canada, as the two countries share a mutual history of settling the North American continent. However, the tradition of honoring the harvest is something to which most cultures on every continent can relate to.In China, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Japan, similar festivities exist, and often pre-date the American version of the holiday, as they all refer to a successful harvest as the foundation of a prosperous society.1. LiberiaLiberia Photo by blk24ga CC BY SA 3.0First off, let’s start with another African country which was founded in the early 19th century upon the return of freed slaves from the United States.Liberia adopted Thanksgiving Day as a way of paying tribute to the U.S., which was also reflected in naming the capital city of this West African republic Monrovia, to honor James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.It is celebrated on the first Thursday of November each year, and apart from minor adjustments regarding food, it pretty much resembles the holiday in the U.S.2. BrazilDia de Ação de Graças typical dinner Photo by Ms Jones CC By 2.0Known as the “Dia de Ação de Graças,” the Brazilian version of the holiday stems directly from North American culture, as it was allegedly brought to Brazil by an ambassador who served in the U.S. during the 1940s.The ambassador was apparently so impressed with Thanksgiving Day and the feast which it includes that he proposed to President Gaspar Dutra that Brazil should adopt the holiday, as well as the day on which it is traditionally celebrated.First thanksgivingThus, for a number of Brazilians who tend to nurture this custom, “Dia de Ação de Graças” is observed on the last Thursday of November and celebrated by the whole family with a mandatory lavish dinner.3. Norfolk IslandNorfolk IslandThe small remote island in the Pacific which has been part of Australia since 1914 has a rich history of being a whaling outpost. Reportedly, the harvest festival was brought to the island by the first settlers in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until late 19th century that the American version of the holiday was introduced and adopted by its residents.According to Norfolk Island resident Tom Lloyd in an interview for National Public Radio, the custom was brought by an American trader named Isaac Robinson, who settled in Norfolk and started practicing Thanksgiving, just as he would in his home country.Servicemen eating a Thanksgiving dinnerVery soon others followed his example by organizing Thanksgiving dinners and spending time with their families. The capital of Kingston even saw make-shift decorations put on its All Saints Church, with lemons and palm trees serving instead of pumpkins and oak leaves.4. PhilippinesThe South-East Asian archipelago of the Philippines has a history of relations with the United States. Thus it comes as no surprise that Thanksgiving has become a custom there as well.First introduced when the Philippines was a U.S. colony, at the beginning of the 20th century, the holiday stuck with the locals who even celebrated it in a shroud of secrecy during the WWII Japanese occupation.Manila, Philippines – January 12, 2018: People walking along a crowded street market in Baclaran district. Market vendors sell their goods along the street where many locals go for shopping.Since the end of WWII, the tradition died out for several decades but it was revived once again in 2001 and continues to be a holiday shared by the Phillipinos and the Americans who are still a big part of the cultural and economic life of the country.5. GrenadaGrenada (St. Andrews Bay) Photo by dpursoo CC BY SA 3.0Perhaps the strangest story of how Thanksgiving Day became part of the holiday tradition in a country outside of U.S. is the one related to Grenada. In 1983, the country suffered a violent coup d’etat, after which even the coup leader, Maurice Bishop, was murdered by his rival in a power struggle which led the country into chaos.While the country was collapsing, the lives of American students at the U.S. medical school St. George’s University based on the island became jeopardized by the coup, prompting a U.S. military intervention which commenced on October 25, 1983.Saying grace before carving the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner in the home of Earle Landis in Neffsville, Pennsylvania _1942The crisis was over quickly, and since it all happened just prior to Thanksgiving Day, the locals decided to celebrate it together with American troops who remained stationed in Grenada. Some of them offered the troops a taste of their domestic cuisine and the custom became an annual celebration which takes place on October 25th each year, in honor of the intervention.In Africa, harvest festivals are deeply rooted in agrarian societies. For example, the Homowo festival in Ghana invokes tribute to the hardships of the Ga tribe, which endured great famine in the 16th century, thus placing harvest in the very center of their cultural beliefs.Read another story from us: FDR’s Decision to Move Thanksgiving Day for Shopping Purposes Backfired WildlyAlthough various countries celebrate the holiday which is directly linked to their own folklore and tradition, there is a number of others who had imported Thanksgiving Day by following the example set up by the United States.last_img read more

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first_imgThanksgiving is usually perceived as an all-American holiday throughout the world. Apart from the U.S., the holiday is celebrated for the same reasons in Canada, as the two countries share a mutual history of settling the North American continent. However, the tradition of honoring the harvest is something to which most cultures on every continent can relate to.In China, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Japan, similar festivities exist, and often pre-date the American version of the holiday, as they all refer to a successful harvest as the foundation of a prosperous society.1. LiberiaLiberia Photo by blk24ga CC BY SA 3.0First off, let’s start with another African country which was founded in the early 19th century upon the return of freed slaves from the United States.Liberia adopted Thanksgiving Day as a way of paying tribute to the U.S., which was also reflected in naming the capital city of this West African republic Monrovia, to honor James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.It is celebrated on the first Thursday of November each year, and apart from minor adjustments regarding food, it pretty much resembles the holiday in the U.S.2. BrazilDia de Ação de Graças typical dinner Photo by Ms Jones CC By 2.0Known as the “Dia de Ação de Graças,” the Brazilian version of the holiday stems directly from North American culture, as it was allegedly brought to Brazil by an ambassador who served in the U.S. during the 1940s.The ambassador was apparently so impressed with Thanksgiving Day and the feast which it includes that he proposed to President Gaspar Dutra that Brazil should adopt the holiday, as well as the day on which it is traditionally celebrated.First thanksgivingThus, for a number of Brazilians who tend to nurture this custom, “Dia de Ação de Graças” is observed on the last Thursday of November and celebrated by the whole family with a mandatory lavish dinner.3. Norfolk IslandNorfolk IslandThe small remote island in the Pacific which has been part of Australia since 1914 has a rich history of being a whaling outpost. Reportedly, the harvest festival was brought to the island by the first settlers in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until late 19th century that the American version of the holiday was introduced and adopted by its residents.According to Norfolk Island resident Tom Lloyd in an interview for National Public Radio, the custom was brought by an American trader named Isaac Robinson, who settled in Norfolk and started practicing Thanksgiving, just as he would in his home country.Servicemen eating a Thanksgiving dinnerVery soon others followed his example by organizing Thanksgiving dinners and spending time with their families. The capital of Kingston even saw make-shift decorations put on its All Saints Church, with lemons and palm trees serving instead of pumpkins and oak leaves.4. PhilippinesThe South-East Asian archipelago of the Philippines has a history of relations with the United States. Thus it comes as no surprise that Thanksgiving has become a custom there as well.First introduced when the Philippines was a U.S. colony, at the beginning of the 20th century, the holiday stuck with the locals who even celebrated it in a shroud of secrecy during the WWII Japanese occupation.Manila, Philippines – January 12, 2018: People walking along a crowded street market in Baclaran district. Market vendors sell their goods along the street where many locals go for shopping.Since the end of WWII, the tradition died out for several decades but it was revived once again in 2001 and continues to be a holiday shared by the Phillipinos and the Americans who are still a big part of the cultural and economic life of the country.5. GrenadaGrenada (St. Andrews Bay) Photo by dpursoo CC BY SA 3.0Perhaps the strangest story of how Thanksgiving Day became part of the holiday tradition in a country outside of U.S. is the one related to Grenada. In 1983, the country suffered a violent coup d’etat, after which even the coup leader, Maurice Bishop, was murdered by his rival in a power struggle which led the country into chaos.While the country was collapsing, the lives of American students at the U.S. medical school St. George’s University based on the island became jeopardized by the coup, prompting a U.S. military intervention which commenced on October 25, 1983.Saying grace before carving the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner in the home of Earle Landis in Neffsville, Pennsylvania _1942The crisis was over quickly, and since it all happened just prior to Thanksgiving Day, the locals decided to celebrate it together with American troops who remained stationed in Grenada. Some of them offered the troops a taste of their domestic cuisine and the custom became an annual celebration which takes place on October 25th each year, in honor of the intervention.In Africa, harvest festivals are deeply rooted in agrarian societies. For example, the Homowo festival in Ghana invokes tribute to the hardships of the Ga tribe, which endured great famine in the 16th century, thus placing harvest in the very center of their cultural beliefs.Read another story from us: FDR’s Decision to Move Thanksgiving Day for Shopping Purposes Backfired WildlyAlthough various countries celebrate the holiday which is directly linked to their own folklore and tradition, there is a number of others who had imported Thanksgiving Day by following the example set up by the United States.last_img read more

VIDEO Jayson Tatum identically copies Kobes offensive arsenal in incredible mashup

first_img Advertisement Celtics’ breakout rookie star Jason Tatum revealed during the playoffs that he has intensely studied Kobe Bryant’s offensive game, and a new video shows just how much his bag of tricks mirrors the Mamba’s.The excellently edited clip seamlessly switches back and forth from Kobe going through his arsenal, followed by Tatum almost identically pulling off the same moves. From the shake and fadeaway to the Kobe crossover, it’s so similar it’s kind of weird.Seriously, Tatum wants to become Mamba 2.0. The Celtics would probably be okay with that.Much like how Kobe studied MJ before him, Jayson Tatum has been doing the same with his idol. He’s been learning his moves since his early days in high school and slowly breaking them out. pic.twitter.com/Dbahc9s5W4— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) July 15, 2018last_img read more

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first_img Advertisement Celtics’ breakout rookie star Jason Tatum revealed during the playoffs that he has intensely studied Kobe Bryant’s offensive game, and a new video shows just how much his bag of tricks mirrors the Mamba’s.The excellently edited clip seamlessly switches back and forth from Kobe going through his arsenal, followed by Tatum almost identically pulling off the same moves. From the shake and fadeaway to the Kobe crossover, it’s so similar it’s kind of weird.Seriously, Tatum wants to become Mamba 2.0. The Celtics would probably be okay with that.Much like how Kobe studied MJ before him, Jayson Tatum has been doing the same with his idol. He’s been learning his moves since his early days in high school and slowly breaking them out. pic.twitter.com/Dbahc9s5W4— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) July 15, 2018last_img read more