Feet may be the key to hand evolution

first_imgImage: Wikimedia Commons. 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. In research reported in the journal Evolution, a team of scientists, led by Campbell Rolian from the University of Calgary, took extensive measurements of the feet and hands of chimpanzees (genetically, our closest relatives) and humans to try to find out how the extremities of our chimp-like ancestors might have evolved. They found there was a definite correlation between measurements of similar areas of the foot and hand, so for example if the big toe was long, the finger was also long. Dr Rolian speculated the correlation between toes and fingers may be because they share a similar genetic “blueprint”, so minor changes to the blueprint would affect both hands and feet.Once they had the anatomical measurements, the team used the data to create a mathematical simulation of the evolution of the hands and feet from those of our chimp-like ancestors to humans. The model simulated the evolutionary pressures and changed the shape of the feet or hands in small increments to see what effects the changes would have. They discovered that changes made to the feet also caused corresponding changes to the hands, particularly in the relative lengths of fingers and toes, and Dr Rolian said these changes may have allowed the hands of early hominins, including Neanderthals, the dexterity required to use stone tools.The scientists say the capacity to walk upright on two feet is linked intrinsically to the emergence of the use of stone tools. Dr Rolian said the findings go “back to Darwin’s The Descent of Man,” since Darwin was one of the first scientists to consider there might be a link between walking upright and using stone tools. But Darwin’s idea was that bipedalism evolved first, and this freed the hands, which could then be used for purposes other than locomotion, while Rolian’s work suggests they evolved together.Professor Robin Crompton at Liverpool University in the UK, said the feet and hands of chimpanzees may not necessarily be good models for those of human ancestors, and suggested the extremities of lowland gorillas may be more “interesting” in this respect. He also said the shape and biomechanics of hands and feet were more complex than simple anatomical measurements might suggest.Professor Crompton is head of the university’s Primate Evolution and Morphology Research Group. His research has found that orang-utans, which are tree dwellers, are more like modern humans in bipedal walking than the chimpanzees, and his work suggests bipedalism may even have arisen as early as 24 million years ago. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in Canada have used a mathematical model to simulate the evolution from an ape-like hand to the modern-day human hand, and discovered that changes in our fingers and hands developed in parallel changes in our toes and feet. Explore further Citation: Feet may be the key to hand evolution (2010, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-feet-key-evolution.html More information: THE CO-EVOLUTION OF HUMAN HANDS AND FEET, Evolution, DOI:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00944.x Early human ancestors had a wobble in their walklast_img read more

HDMI could soon be replaced by new cable technology

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. The new technology has been developed over the last six months by four technology companies: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Samsung, LG, and Valens Semiconductor, which together form the HDBaseT Alliance. The group hopes the new technology and products conforming to it will begin to be shipped later this year and predict its use will become widespread during next year and beyond. The HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable was introduced in 2003 and has been gaining popularity, especially with the rise of Blu-ray and the adoption of high definition television, so much so that almost all televisions now ship with HDMI technology. HDMI has advantages over other types of audio/video cables but also has disadvantages such as switching delays and cable length limitations, both of which are addressed by HDBaseT. HDMI only carries uncompressed audio and video signals. Wireless technologies such as WiGig, WHDI and Wireless HD offer alternative options, but they cannot transfer power to devices as HDBaseT can.HDBaseT is a network-based standard called “5PlayTM” that enables a single cable to carry high definition video, audio, up to 100 watts of power, 100BaseT Ethernet, and control signals simultaneously. The cables, which are inexpensive Cat5e/6 type rather than expensive HDMI, can be up to 100 meters in length. The HDMI ports are replaced by standard RJ-45 connectors. The HDBaseT specification supports the latest HD video, 3D, and high resolution 2K x 4K (4096 by 2160). (PhysOrg.com) — A new audio/video cable techology is being developed that might spell the end of HDMI cables, which are currently used to connect a wide range of audio and video devices. The new technology is known as HDBaseT and carries audio and video signals and power on standard Cat 5e/6 Ethernet cables. Explore further Chairman of the Alliance, Ariel Sobelman, said the new technology is “poised to become the unrivaled next-generation home networking transport to meet the ever-changing trends in the digital media market.”• PhysOrg.com iPhone / iPad Apps• PhysOrg.com Audio Podcasts / iTunes• Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter! Citation: HDMI could soon be replaced by new cable technology (2010, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-hdmi-cable-technology.htmlcenter_img Technology Comparison Table © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.hdbaset.org/ HDMI 1.4: New video cables will connect TVs to the Internetlast_img read more

Mole rat dental structure similar to a shark

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Sharks are capable of continually growing new teeth. As the teeth age, they fall out and new ones move forward similar to that of a tooth conveyor belt. Humans, and most mammals, on the other hand are only given two sets of teeth and must make them last. However, researchers have found there are exceptions to this rule and a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the silvery mole rat is one of the exceptions. It was first noted by Stuart Landry back in 1957 that these moles had more molars than the average rodent, but it was never investigated further. That is until Helder Gomes Rodrigues from the University of Lyon began this current study.For this study, Rodrigues looked at the skeletal remains of some 55 mole rats and discovered that the molars at the back of these rodent’s jaws seem to move forward. As they move forward, they erupt upward and are worn down through normal wear and tear. By the time a molar reaches the front molar row, they have been completely eroded and seem to be absorbed back into the jawbone.The only other mammals with this similar ability to make more teeth are three different manatee species and a pygmy-rock wallaby. However, the mole rat seems to be the only one that has the set-up where the teeth move forward and upward. The other mammals have molars that sprout up, move to the front and fall out, similar to human baby teeth.While it is believed that the manatee and wallaby have evolved to replace teeth due to the hard elements in their diet, the mole rat feeds on soft tubers and plants. Rodrigues believes that an explanation for this evolution to replacing molars in the mole rat may have something to do with digging rather than eating. While they primarily dig with their front incisors, they grind things with their molars and swallow abrasive dust. However this is still just a theory and the real reason behind this evolution of multiple molars still remains a mystery. Citation: Mole rat dental structure similar to a shark (2011, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-mole-rat-dental-similar-shark.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: Continuous dental replacement in a hyper-chisel tooth digging rodent, PNAS, Published online before print October 10, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1109615108AbstractContrary to their reptilian ancestors, which had numerous dental generations, mammals are known to usually develop only two generations of teeth. However, a few mammal species have acquired the ability to continuously replace their dentition by the constant addition of supernumerary teeth moving secondarily toward the front of the jaw. The resulting treadmill-like replacement is thus horizontal, and differs completely from the vertical dental succession of other mammals and their extinct relatives. Despite the developmental implications and prospects regarding the origin of supernumerary teeth, this striking innovation remains poorly documented. Here we report another case of continuous dental replacement in an African rodent, Heliophobius argenteocinereus, which combines this dental system with the progressive eruption of high-crowned teeth. The escalator-like mechanism of Heliophobius constitutes an original adaptation to hyper-chisel tooth digging involving high dental wear. Comparisons between Heliophobius and the few mammals that convergently acquired continuous dental replacement reveal that shared inherited traits, including dental mesial drift, delayed eruption, and supernumerary molars, comprise essential prerequisites to setting up this dental mechanism. Interestingly, these dental traits are present to a lesser extent in humans but are absent in mouse, the usual biological model. Consequently, Heliophobius represents a suitable model to investigate the molecular processes leading to the development of supernumerary teeth in mammals, and the accurate description of these processes could be a significant advance for further applications in humans, such as the regeneration of dental tissues. X-ray synchrotron microtomographic 3D rendering of the upper dentition of a young specimen of Heliophobius. Image: PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1109615108 Mice teeth explain the troubles with human wisdom teeth 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

Adobe shows off new undo photo blur feature

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Despite all the advances in digital photography, most people are still plagued by the problem of blurry photos, a problem compounded by the use of cameras embedded in cell phones due to their small size. Problems of blurring generally can be divided into two types. The first is problems with focusing, which can usually be avoided if the camera operator will simply wait for the automatic focusing feature of their camera to do its job. The second type is much more difficult to solve as it involves camera movement while the image is being shot. It’s this second problem that Adobe has been working on as part of its Photoshop imaging software package. And based on a video shot by someone identified only as peterelst who posted it on Youtube, a recent demo of a new feature, or “sneak” as Adobe calls it, seems to indicate that they have made significant progress. Adobe MAX 2011 Citation: Adobe shows off new ‘undo photo blur’ feature (2011, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-adobe-undo-photo-blur-feature.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Adobe Ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0center_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. The technology behind the new feature (that may or may not actually wind up in Photoshop according to company reps) involves an algorithm based on the idea of blind deconvolution, which is where an iterative process is used to facilitate a point spread function. The idea is to calculate the speed at which the camera was moving when the picture was snapped so as to undo its effects. Or in other words, it attempts to reconstruct what the camera lens would have seen but for the movement. This is in stark contrast to current de-blurring functions in Photoshop and other image editing software which analyze an image looking for lines that form edges and bolsters them to make them appear sharper. The results with the new technique, at least in the demo, appear to be quite dramatic.With the new feature, the photo is first loaded onto the computer and into the Photoshop type app, then some predefined parameters are loaded that more clearly define what sort of image is to be looked at. The image is then analyzed and a grayscale thumbnail (blur kernel) is displayed which shows how the image was blurred. Next a restore feature is activated and the blurred image is replaced with the newly sharpened image.Despite this bit of theatrics by Adobe and lots of gushing by mainstream media seemingly intent on describing the new technology as the end of blurry photos, things are not quite as rosy as all that. This is because if the new feature is indeed added to Photoshop, it will still be out of most people’s grasp due to the high price of the product. Very few are likely to shell out hundreds of dollars to just to clear up a few images taken haphazardly on their cell phones or even their cameras. What really needs to happen is for this technology to be implemented in cameras so operators will never know they blurred their image by jiggling their camera in the first place. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Shrinking blob speeds traveling salesman on his way

first_imgAfter testing their blob 6 times on 20 different scenarios, each of which used 20 different cities, Jones and Adamatzky found once the blob had stopped shrinking, its circumference created a map of a route that provided a reasonable solution to the traveling salesman problem.The two were not the first to use slime mold to solve the traveling salesman problem. However, they were the first to do so without encoding the problem in the slime. Jones and Adamatzky’s blob arrived at the solution by following simple rules, unrelated to the problem, and in doing so, developed emergent behavior, such as the ability to reduce its surface area.While a human measuring each route separately is still more likely to provide an accurate solution than the blob, Jones and Adamatzky’s method is notable for its simplicity.The researchers say that understanding how emergent behavior develops is important for both the computational and biological sciences. Their proposed next step is to create a physical model of the blob. Slime mold prefers sleeping pills More information: Computation of the Travelling Salesman Problem by a Shrinking Blob, arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] arxiv.org/abs/1303.4969AbstractThe Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP) is a well known and challenging combinatorial optimisation problem. Its computational intractability has attracted a number of heuristic approaches to generate satisfactory, if not optimal, candidate solutions. In this paper we demonstrate a simple unconventional computation method to approximate the Euclidean TSP using a virtual material approach. The morphological adaptation behaviour of the material emerges from the low-level interactions of a population of particles moving within a diffusive lattice. A `blob’ of this material is placed over a set of data points projected into the lattice, representing TSP city locations, and the blob is reduced in size over time. As the blob shrinks it morphologically adapts to the configuration of the cities. The shrinkage process automatically stops when the blob no longer completely covers all cities. By manually tracing the perimeter of the blob a path between cities is elicited corresponding to a TSP tour. Over 6 runs on 20 randomly generated datasets of 20 cities this simple and unguided method found tours with a mean best tour length of 1.04, mean average tour length of 1.07 and mean worst tour length of 1.09 when expressed as a fraction of the minimal tour computed by an exact TSP solver. We examine the insertion mechanism by which the blob constructs a tour, note some properties and limitations of its performance, and discuss the relationship between the blob TSP and proximity graphs which group points on the plane. The method is notable for its simplicity and the spatially represented mechanical mode of its operation. We discuss similarities between this method and previously suggested models of human performance on the TSP and suggest possibilities for further improvement. Visualisation of the shrinking blob method. Credit: arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] Foraging plasmodium of Physarum does not approximate the Travelling Salesman Problem in both unconstrained and constrained environments. Credit: arXiv:1303.4969 [cs.ET] (Phys.org) —What is the shortest route that a traveling salesman must take to visit a number of specified cities in a tour, stopping at each city once and only once before returning to the starting point? The most accurate way to answer this question is to measure every possible route, then determine which one is shortest. However, this method becomes unfeasible when there are too many cities on the salesman’s tour. Jeff Jones and Andrew Adamatzky of the University of the West of England have discovered that they can use a virtual shrinking blob to find a reasonable solution. Citation: Shrinking blob speeds traveling salesman on his way (2013, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-blob-salesman.html The traveling salesman problem is a frequently studied mathematical problem. Mathematicians have developed many algorithms that provide reasonably good solutions; however, they tend to agree that no algorithm will solve the problem perfectly every time. In developing their own algorithm, Jones and Adamatzky looked to the slime mold for inspiration. The slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, is a giant, single-celled organism that, during part of its lifecycle, survives by extending parts of its body toward nutrients and engulfing them. Slime molds can solve simple mazes.The computer scientists simulated a slime mold by creating a virtual blob, made up of individual particles, which they placed inside a lattice containing virtual cities. Jones and Adamatzky projected a chemoattractant near the cities. They programmed each particle to move toward the region with the highest concentration of chemoattractant and to leave behind a trace of chemoattractant that the other particles would follow. When its particles followed these simple rules, the entire blob shrank so that it occupied the smallest possible surface area while still covering all of the cities. 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. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img

Researchers find proof of global cooling after Chicxulub asteroid impact

first_img Citation: Researchers find proof of global cooling after Chicxulub asteroid impact (2014, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-proof-global-cooling-chicxulub-asteroid.html The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction event was one of the largest mass extinctions on Earth. A 180-kilometer-wide impact crater near the town of Chicxulub, in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, is evidence of the asteroid impact believed to have caused it. While proof of the collision exists, until now, scientists have found no evidence of an impact winter occurring afterward. This could be because the period of global cooling was very brief, lasting from months to decades. In addition, many of the algae that produce the chalky fossils used to study ocean surface temperatures became extinct themselves.Vellekoop and his team looked for signs of global cooling in sediment at the Brazos River in Texas. There, layers of sediment formed at the K-Pg boundary contain high levels of iridium, which would have come from the asteroid. These layers contain many broken shells, which could have been remnants of a tsunami caused by the impact.The researchers studied lipids produced by the microbe Thaumarchaeota. The composition of these lipids changes as ocean temperatures change. An examination of lipids preserved in sediment at the K-Pg boundary revealed that after the impact, ocean temperatures fell an average of two degrees Celsius, with drops of up to seven degrees Celsius in some places. This decrease in temperature lasted up to several decades, a timescale supported by models and by evidence of species migration.The sudden cooling would have caused a great amount of stress on living things and therefore been a key contributor to the mass extinction. When dust injected into the atmosphere rained out, the ocean surfaces would have become acidic, resulting in yet more stress for surface-dwelling organisms.Vellekoop’s team found that a stable warm period followed this short period of global cooling. Large-scale mortality, forest fires and the vaporization of rock would have released greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing this global warming. The team thinks the research should help increase understanding of the effects of rapid climate change. © 2014 Phys.org More information: Johan Vellekoop, Appy Sluijs, Jan Smit, Stefan Schouten, Johan W. H. Weijers, Jaap S. Sinninghe Damsté, and Henk Brinkhuis. “Rapid short-term cooling following the Chicxulub impact at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary.” PNAS 2014 ; published ahead of print May 12, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1319253111AbstractThe mass extinction at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary, ∼66 Ma, is thought to be caused by the impact of an asteroid at Chicxulub, present-day Mexico. Although the precise mechanisms that led to this mass extinction remain enigmatic, most postulated scenarios involve a short-lived global cooling, a so-called “impact winter” phase. Here we document a major decline in sea surface temperature during the first months to decades following the impact event, using TEX86 paleothermometry of sediments from the Brazos River section, Texas. We interpret this cold spell to reflect, to our knowledge, the first direct evidence for the effects of the formation of dust and aerosols by the impact and their injection in the stratosphere, blocking incoming solar radiation. This impact winter was likely a major driver of mass extinction because of the resulting global decimation of marine and continental photosynthesis.Press release Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org) —Scientists have long believed an asteroid that collided with the Earth around 66 million years ago, leaving an enormous crater near Chicxulub Mexico, caused the demise of the dinosaurs and many other living things. Ash and dust thrown into the air during the impact would have caused darkness and a drop in global temperature, leading to a mass extinction. Johan Vellekoop of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and his colleagues have found evidence of this global cooling by studying lipids in sediment formed at the same time as the collision. The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Yucatan chix crater. Credit: NASA Researchers suggest comet most likely cause of Chicxulub crater 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

Taking literature to new heights

first_imgA pen is mighter than the sword, and the legacy has carried on for centuries now. Many literary works by eminent writers have been instrumental in bringing a revolution at many instances.Taking the same idea ahead, Kusumanjali Foundation has instituted an annual award titled ‘Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman’. Established by Kusum Ansal, it runs with the objective of promoting literary works of budding writers of Hindi and other regional languages. The first Samman was conferred last year to  Dr Karan Singh, President, ICCR and also felicitated the literary contributions of writers in Hindi and Tamil. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year, the annual award has invited nominations to honour the literary works in Hindi and Urdu. The selection board and the advisory committee of the Kusumanjali Foundation comprises eminent authors and scholars. The award will recognise and encourage the outstanding literary works in Hindi and Urdu during the years 2008 to 2012. The Samman comprises a cash prize of Rs 2,50,000 along with a citation and the award statuette.In addition to this, the Kusumanjali Foundation has introduced from this year a fellowship scheme for creative writers in Hindi for a maximum period of four months. The amount of this fellowship is Rs 20,000 per month. Details related to application are available on www.kusumanjaliorg. The last date for all entries is 31 March.last_img read more

Queen of Ndebele music enchants

first_imgThe colours and sounds of Africa came alive here last week through the mesmerising music of Peki Emelia Nothembia Mkhwebane, known as the African queen of Ndebele music.The Ndebele musical tradition derives from the culture of the ethnic Zulu people of South Africa.Makhwebane enthralled a near-full house at the FICCI auditorium Saturday evening on the final day of the Days of South Africa in India festival, organised jointly by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and South Africa’s Department of Art and Culture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To repeated cries of encore, Mkhwenabe and her band gave a spectacular performance combining music and song with an energetic, spellbinding dance. She led the performance with her high pitched, soulful voice and electric guitar while the dancers entranced with their traditional costumes, coloured in vivid hues with intricate bead and metalwork.With songs like Angekhe Angijhiye (Jesus is great, will always be with me) and Igama (I have worked for my name), all sung in Ndebele with backup vocals, the performance was a vivid demonstration of how South African music is a dialogue with various forms and their hybridisation. ‘My music takes from both rural and urban traditions,’ Mkhwebane, who composes her songs, said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Music is a vital part of everyday life in Africa. It is always there in religious ceremonies, festivals, and social rituals. Everyone plays an active part in the musical life of the community,’ she said.For someone who has taken Ndebele culture to the world, Mkhwebane’s life mirrors the history of multicultural South Africa. Orphaned at the age of five, and unable to have a formal education, she learnt to play the reed flute from her grandmother and the guitar from her uncle.Mkhwebane has travelled extensively abroad, performing in the United States, Europe and Australia. She has many awards to her credit. These include the Tourism Ambassador for South Africa, the South African Music Award and more.last_img read more

Back to roots

first_imgSitting against a large work-in-progress canvas in his East Delhi studio, he jovially says, ‘ I started out as a young and angry man almost 50 years ago but now I am a happy artist.’  That contentment is writ large on the 78-year-old world renowned painter-sculptor’s work. A. Ramachandran started out with portraying urban angst through his paintings before he shifted his glance towards the intricate Kerala mural arts and simple and joyous Rajasthani tribe- Bhils. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Millennium Post speaks to the Padam Bhushan-winning artist ahead of his first ever mini-retrospective in his native state, Kerala. The grand spectacle that starts from 11 August in Kochi will showcase 100 of his celebrated works.You have been bestowed with great honours such as the Padma Bhushan for your artistic excellence. As an artist what was the most fulfilling moment for you over the last 50 years?I am happy when I paint. No other honour can be equated to this feeling; the happiness I get is a spiritual experience in itself. When I put a blank canvas in front of me, I am struck with a terrifying state of mind; my first stroke creates ripples on the surface that make me rhythmically carry forward the painting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou studied Malayalam literature before being initiated into art. How did this interest develop. As a serious medium of expression I understood art only when I went to study at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. There I saw the great masters at work and realized it’s a life search. Rabindranath Tagore once told my teacher, Ramkinkar Baij that whatever you see in life, catch it by the throat and don’t leave it till you get it. Once you get it, never look back. I carry forward these teachings as I capture the throbbing elements of life in my work and block them out of my vision once the work is complete.Your work seems to carry a continuity with an element, a creature peeking out from a corner. Who is it?That creature represents me. It is what I call Ramdev- a form that Bhils in Rajasthan worship. When I am gone and people look at my work, if they say something bad, you will see tears running down my face. When they say something good, you may trace a smile.last_img read more

Man Utd sink Arsenal to make topfour return

first_imgRooney’s strike added to a comedy own-goal by Kieran Gibbs that saw the left-back deflect Antonio Valencia’s cross into his own net after a mix-up with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was injured in the process. Olivier Giroud, on as a second-half substitute, replied deep into stoppage time for Arsenal, but United held on to record a first competitive away win since April 5. The victory took Louis van Gaal’s side back into the Champions League places, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaArsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left to rue an afternoon of wasted opportunities and inspired goalkeeping by United’s David de Gea, as well as injuries to Szczesny and Jack Wilshere.Arsenal produced a lightning start at the Emirates and should have been out of sight in th e first quarter of the match. Ex-United striker Danny Welbeck was presented with a sight of goal after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been allowed to run in-field, but he was denied by Paddy McNair.United took the lead in the 56th minute in comical fashion. Szczesny clattered Gibbs as he came for Young’s deep cross and when Valencia smashed the rebound back into the area, Arsenal’s left-back diverted the ball into his own net. Arsenal pushed for a leveller, but they were undone on the counter-attack as Di Maria supplied Rooney, who raced clear and chipped the ball over Martinez in the second half.last_img read more

Bengal sees huge response in India BPO promotion scheme bidding

first_imgKolkata: Bengal received a positive response in the recently concluded bidding of the India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS), much to the delight of the state Information Technology (IT) & Electronics department and the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), the nodal agency of the union ministry of IT and Electronics for this scheme. Bengal has applied for as many as 500 seats, nearly an increase of 2.5 times. Last time, out of a total of 48,300 seats, the state had accounted for only 200 seats. “A company based in Krishnanagar, Nadia has availed 400 seats while another in Siliguri has applied for 100 seats,” a senior official of the state IT department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe IBPS, envisaged under the Digital India Programme, seeks to incentivise the establishment of 48,300 seats in respect of BPO/ITES operations across the country, with a focus on Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. The scheme has an outlay of Rs 493 crore and aims at creating capacity building in smaller cities in terms of infrastructure and manpower. Bengal has an allocation of 1,700 seats in this scheme.Officials of STPI in Bengal feel that stringent eligibility criteria had been a major factor in Bengal’s lukewarm response to the scheme. “It should be noted that most of the state’s activities take place in Kolkata Metropolitan Area, where this scheme is not applicable. Hence, the response was not positive last time. However, the response has been satisfactory this time,” a senior STPI official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA senior IT department official felt that lack of awareness regarding a financial assistance of upto Rs 1 lakh per seat, which can be sought under the scheme, had also been a reason for the poor response.At a workshop organised by STPI in the city on April 20, state Additional Chief Secretary IT Debashis Sen had urged people working in the IT sector to spread the word around through tweets, Facebook and other social media channels. “This has contributed in the rise of seat applications,” an IT official said. The state IT department has adopted a two-tier approach in the IT sector. Apart from holding knowledge sharing workshops on emerging technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics etc at the state level, it is also holding workshops at the district level in collaboration with Nasscom, Webel and local chambers to enable people to have an idea of the facilities offered by the state government and STPI, if somebody wants to set up a BPO or other IT start ups.last_img read more

Boko Haram strengthens ties with IS group

first_imgNigeria’s Boko Haram extremists are strengthening ties with the Islamic State group, as shown by reports that Nigerian militants are fighting in Libya, recent arrests in Lebanon and India and the blocking of thousands of suspected extremists from leaving Nigeria.Boko Haram pledged allegiance to IS in March and in June was declared its West African province. More than 1,000 people have been killed in the insurgency since President Muhammad Buhari was elected in March and pledged to halt the 6-year-old Islamic uprising blamed for the deaths of some 20,000. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortAn estimated 80 to 200 Boko Haram fighters are in the Libyan city of Sirte, according to Nigeria analyst Jacob Zenn, in The Sentinel magazine of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation.Algerian security forces believe Boko Haram fighters have joined other militants in northern Niger, he wrote.“The openness of migration routes from Nigeria through eastern Niger to Libya makes travel … fairly straightforward, and the Islamic State can easily afford to pay smugglers to carry militants (and weapons) along that route,” wrote Zenn.Further evidence of Boko Haram’s links with IS is the arrest on August 15 by Lebanese authorities of hard-line IS cleric Ahmad al-Assir at Beirut airport. They said he planned to fly to Nigeria on a forged Palestinian passport with a Nigerian visa.last_img read more

You will snap over 25000 selfies in your lifetime

first_imgIf you belong to the millennials’ club ­—those born after 1980s – and continue your love with selfies till you grow old, you will have a collection of over 25,000 selfies during your lifetime, an interesting research has revealed.According to a new survey conducted by Luster Premium White, a global maker of teeth-whitening products, 95 per cent of people have taken at least one selfie, the Daily Mail reported. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the selfie frequency goes up, they could end up taking an average of 25,676 self-portrait during their lifetime.‘Even a brief glance at a Facebook page, a Twitter feed or Instagram account confirms that millennials are dedicated to chronicling their lives with selfies, and they especially enjoy sharing them with their network of acquaintances,’ Damon Brown, CEO and co-founder of Luster Premium White, was quoted as saying. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe survey included 1,000 Americans. ‘Beyond just millennials, most people now take selfies while on vacation or while celebrating to chronicle special moments with friends and family,’ Brown added.About 63 per cent of millennials said that a vacation trip is the most popular place to snap a selfie.More than half of the sample admitted that they fix their hair before taking a photo of themselves, and 53 per cent of them said they check themselves out in the mirror, the survey added.last_img read more

2 women beaten by NSCI staff

first_imgTwo women including an advocate were allegedly beaten by the employees of the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) club situated at the Mathura road in the New Delhi district over non-payment of bills on Wednesday night. According to the police, Gulshan Mahajan, a member of the elite club had organised a party at the NSCI club. Around 12.30 am, when the party got over, Gulshan’s family had an argument with the office-bearers of the club over non-payment of bills. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportPolice said that the woman’s daughter, who is an advocate, claimed that the family will make payments on the next day which infuriated the club office-bearers and they blocked the gates of the club. The argument turned into a scuffle when the employees attacked two women including Gulshan Mahajan and her daughter. Gulshan Mahajan’s family later informed the police and a case of physical assault under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC.last_img read more

Art exhibition for the visually impaired

first_imgThe initiative titled ‘Abhas’ has been executed by architecture and access consultant Siddhant Shah, who has reproduced the artworks in the form of embossed abstracts to allow blind people to touch and feel them.“Through such initiatives we aim to overcome the physical and mental barriers for individuals and make art inclusive for all.“For visually impaired people, art ends up in making chairs by weaving. So painting or others forms of art are still new for them. The idea is to create abstracts of the original artworks by using similar materials,” he says. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShah has recreated nine out of 12 paintings exhibited at the show titled, “Group 1890- India’s indigenous modernism” by using sand and bee wax among several others products.“By touching these tactile replicas which have the same texture and surface as the originals will help them understand what the painting is about and what materials the artist has used in his painting,” he says.The exhibition features artworks of artists like J Swaminathan, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Himmat Shah, Jeram Patel, Ambadas and Jyoti Bhatt among others from the ‘Group 1890’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We want to ensure that an understanding and appreciation of art becomes part of the mainstream lexicon and make it accessible to everybody at a level they can appreciate, and we hope the learning from these will become part of the everyday space for Indian viewers.“We hope this sensitisation will help the majority understand the importance and relevance of art education and assimilation for the marginalised, who have as much of a stake in art and culture as we do,” says Kishore Singh, President, DAG Modern. To replicate Bhatt’s ‘Face Profile’, that showcases a human face featuring text in Tibetan, Shah has used a moulded motif of a peacock feather which can be felt with hands.An ‘Untitled’ artwork by Eric Bowen has been reproduced by using Plaster of Paris.Shah has also designed a book in braille which provides information about the exhibition and the artists whose works have been exhibited. The show will continue till December.last_img read more

Romance Under the Star lit Sky

first_imgThe month of romance calls for culinary delights curated with love. It’s the time of the year to treat your special someone to an intimate dinner, where you can experience a unique blend of crafted gourmet and unmatched luxury, for everlasting memories.Celebrate your eternal bond this Valentine’s Day as The Imperial makes their menus aphrodisiac. Make your moments eternal with Chef Veena Arora’s South-East Asian spread at ‘The Spice Route’ or head for a romantic culinary sojourn with a ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies, under a star lit sky at ‘San Gimignano lawns’ and ‘1911 lawns’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDesigned with precision and creatively crafted with flowers and oyster candles, the canopies offer an exclusive and a private dining affair with your beloved. ‘Daniell’s Tavern’ offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavors while ‘La Baguette’ – the French patisserie is all set to surprise your loved one with sinful desserts. A luxe romantic evening awaits you here!Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial, New Delhi, says, “The menus at The Imperial for valentine’s day are hand-picked with exotic ingredients to keep the romantic mood flowing. The idea is to use more of local aphrodisiac ingredients to create a memorable experience through food. We have not only worked on the taste but a lot on the presentations across cuisines. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWe have private canopies at ‘1911 Lawns’ and ‘San Gimignano Lawns’ to further conjure romance with opulence for an enchanting evening under the star lit sky, for our discerning guests. It is important to keep the flow going till the last bite of dessert.” 7:00pm to 11:45pm at The Spice Route | San Gimignano | 1911 restaurant6:30pm to 11:45pm at Daniell’s Tavern | 10:00am to 10:00pm at La Baguettelast_img read more

Screening of The Accidental Prime Minister cancelled in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: The screening of “The Accidental Prime Minister” was on Friday cancelled at a Kolkata theatre due to security reasons amid protest demonstrations by youth Congress activists, police said. The film, directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, released on Friday. It is based on a book with the same title written by Sanjaya Baru, who was media advisor to Manmohan Singh when he was Prime Minister. Baru’s book was published on April 20, 2014. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalActor Anupam Kher portrays the role of Singh while Akshaye Khanna stars as Baru. According to the viewers at the Hind Cinema near central Kolkata’s Chandni Chowk area, the show was cancelled after screening for just 10 minutes on its opening day. “The afternoon screening of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been cancelled due to security reasons. There was an agitation by a certain group outside the hall,” a senior officer of Kolkata Police said told IANS. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed However, he could not confirm whether the next shows of the film will be screened as scheduled. State youth Congress leadership claimed the content and the title of the film is derogatory towards Singh and other senior leaders of Congress and demanded that the film be banned. “The tile of the film itself is derogatory. What did the filmmaker want to imply by calling Manmohan Singh an accidental prime minister? Close to 100 activists of youth Congress in Kolkata protested in front of the theatre. It is good the screening has been stopped,” Bengal Youth Congress President Shadab Khan told IANS. Asked whether forcing to cancel the screening of a film can be termed as violation of freedom of speech, the leader said sentiments of the party workers have been hurt by the film. “The agitation was held as the sentiments of our activists were hurt. However, we are not planning any other agitations here as of now,” he added.last_img read more

Pet fed comes back with 4th edition

first_imgPet Fed, a two-day festival, is back with its 4th edition in the Capital with some Bollywood celebrities supporting and taking part in the event.Powered by Dogsee, the pet festival is coming back with its 2017 edition in Delhi on December 2-3 at NSIC Grounds in Okhla and will have its debut edition in Mumbai on December 17-18 at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, said a statement. Anticipating more than 25,000 pet parents and 4000 pets, this year’s pet extravaganza will witness engagements into fashion shows, talent shows, workshops, police dog shows, dog art gallery and even a world record attempt. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnd if your pets have some cool tricks in their repertoire, enroll them for the Pet’s Got Talent, happening for the first time in India and show off how well they can jump through a loop, play dead on command or any other such fascinating trick.After creating waves in Delhi, Pet Fed is set to give every pet parent and animal lover a chance to spend two days with these loving creatures who love us unconditionally and to reciprocate the love they deserve in Mumbai as well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePet Fed is India’s biggest pet festival curated to celebrate the love people have for animals. The entire concept of Pet Fed was started by the young entrepreneur Akshay on the belief that there’s an event for every passion of human being, be it music, art, fashion or comedy, but nothing for people who like animals. Pet Fed was curated to fill this very gap in the market.When: December 2 – 3Where: NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi Timing: 11 am – 9 pmlast_img read more

Aadi Mahotsav Upliftment of tribals

first_imgAadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long national tribal festival promoting tribal culture, cuisines and commerce, is being held at Dilli Haat. Organised under the supervision of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED), the festival features exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through 204 stalls.The event, which was inaugurated on November 16 by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, in the presence of Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Government of India, will last till November 30. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith participation of over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States are, the mega event has a lot to look forward to. A special feature of the festival is Aadi Vyanjan i.e., tribal India cuisine. The delectable food items are recreated and presented by tribal chefs, to suit the urban tastes. Offering local flavours of Assam, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand etc., festival gives you an opportunity to treat your taste buds with specialties like Chilka, Jowar papad, Pokkada, Khari Boti, Maka ki roti, and Urad daal vada. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis is not all, as an attractive stage has been raised at the venue to showcase tribal music and dance performances every evening, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Artists from different parts of the country shall perform their traditional art forms to enthrall the audience. Moreover, four rock bands from North East would be giving enrapturing performances throughout the festival. The 15-day Mahotsav is expected to have a footfall of over one lakh delhiites as it promises to be a feast of shopping, exotic dining, and fine music. What’s interesting is that, for the first time, this Mahotsav displays rich digital commerce and e-commerce being promoted by Tribes India. In line with the national aspiration, to go cashless, the tribal artisans are accepting payment through major credit/debit cards for which Point of Sale (POS) machines have been installed in each stall. A special training program has also been conducted by State Bank of India for smooth operations of the digital transaction method. The main mandate of TRIFIED is capability enhancement of the tribals, promotion of tribal products and creation of marketing opportunities with a view to ensure them fair prices for their products and augmenting their income on a sustainable basis. Not only it is engaged in the retail operations for marketing of unique and ethnic tribal products but equally focuses on training for skill up-gradation and capacity building of tribal artisans. By signing of MOUs with online shopping portals like Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, PayTM and GEM, TRIBES India has given a major push to the marketing of tribal products. Speaking of the same, Pravir Krishna, Managing Director – TRIFED said, “Being master craftsmen, tribals have the skills and talent to produce some of the finest handicrafts in the world, but what they lack are marketing skills. Therefore, TRIFED is taking an initiative to provide marketing support to the tribal people. This would help them to promote their craftsmanship thereby giving them a platform for commerce.” Since working with tribals was quite a difficult task for the government, TRIFED has trained about 60,000 tribals in the last one year. ”E-commerce platforms never work on charity. They seek profits. Therefore, we have a very strong quality control while we train a panel of 2,500 suppliers all over the country,” Pravir Krishna further adds.In order to appeal the customers so as to make a captive customer base, and to promote Tribes India as a brand, TRIFED is offering special discount schemes and offer packages on most of the products being sold through Tribes India outlets.last_img read more

EC allots 552 companies for fourth phase in state

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has allotted 552 companies of Central Forces to conduct the fourth phase of elections in eight constituencies of Bengal on April 29. Berhampore, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman, Bardhaman East, Durgapur-Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum will go to polls on the day.According to an official at the CEO’s office, EC is trying to cover 97 percent polling stations during the fourth phase. The move has been taken up to ensure free and fair elections. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe remaining booths will be manned by the state armed forces. The Commission has already identified the sensitive booths in all the eight constituencies and also the areas where trouble could break out. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that altogether 324 companies of Central Forces were deployed during the third phase of elections on Tuesday, covering over 92 percent of the polling stations across the five constituencies that went to poll. The deployment of Central Forces had been the highest in Murshidabad and Jangipur with 177 companies, while 94 companies were deployed in Malda North and Malda South. Around 44 companies were pressed into action in Balurghat.last_img read more