Glooko app offers diabetics easier selfchecks

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. Explore further Therein lies the Glooko difference.Other diabetes-management apps designed for iPhones are not as convenient, or, as one diabetes site blogger put it, they carry the ugh factor of having to input the information manually. Glooko relieves the tedium with its MeterSync cable device. You plug it into the meter and the phone, and that is all.Glooko’s founders include those who have diabetes and those whose lives involve people with the disease, say the vendors. Convenience is what the company hopes will be a key attraction. Another perceived benefit is that the connection cable is compatible with any one of the popular glucose monitors: Bayer Contour, Freestyle Freedom Lite, Freestyle Lite, OneTouch Ultra 2, OneTouch UltraLink and OneTouch UltraMini.“Say goodbye to manually entering blood glucose readings. Say hello to a logbook that fits your lifestyle. Save time and eliminate errors from manual entry by easily and quickly downloading blood glucose readings from your meter to your iPod touch or iPhone,” says the site.Other than convenience, the record-keeping features are able to carry information beyond meter readings. The user can generate a more informative record of the condition, by noting down varied factors that affect blood glucose.The patient can mark off notes about whether the reading was done before or after a meal, the number of carbs consumed, or can click on a predefined list of lifestyle factors.Information from the logbook can then be emailed or faxed as a 14-day summary to the doctor.Any doubt that the application does not have a ready market can be argued too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States — or 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes.By 2025, one in five people in the U.S. is projected to have diabetes.As for Glooko’s technology decisions to run with Apple devices, the product’s notes and 14-day summaries will make their way to many physicians already using Apple mobile devices on their work.Recent findings indicate that 75 percent of U.S. physicians already own an Apple device, whether a smartphone or iPad. The Glooko product works with Apple devices running iOS 4.3 or later.On the patient side, Glooko is joining a relatively young but growing wave of “patient-centered apps” designed to help people with chronic diseases that need monitoring—such as Vree for Diabetes by Merck & Co., and Novartis’s VaxTrak for tracking family vaccinations. Citation: Glooko app offers diabetics easier self-checks (2011, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-glooko-app-diabetics-easier-self-checks.html More information: www.glooko.com/ , itunes.apple.com/us/app/glooko … ook/id471942748?mt=8center_img (PhysOrg.com) — A consumer health management app has joined an ever-growing list of Apple App Store items; Glooko helps diabetics check their blood sugar daily. Glooko is a Palo Alto startup that presents its core product as two items: a free-to-download logbook available at iTunes and a fee-charged cable, sold separately, at $39.95 from Amazon. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Interactive mobile app teaches people how to manage diabeteslast_img read more

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Mathematician announces that hes proved the ABC conjecture

first_img Citation: Mathematician announces that he’s proved the ABC conjecture (2012, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-mathematician-abc-conjecture.html (Phys.org)—In all of history there are very few names that stand out in the field of mathematics, at least among those not in the field: Euclid, Newton, Pythagoras, etc. This is likely due to several reasons, chief among them is that math is so seldom used by most people and the fact that its use in other sciences causes the underlying concepts to become overshadowed. That might change if what Shinichi Mochizuki of Kyoto University is claiming is true; that he has written a proof of the ABC conjecture. To mathematicians it’s akin to the Grand Unified Theory of physics, a proof that would tie together most of the fundamental ideas in the field into one neat, fully explainable bundle. A solution that counts: Long-standing mathematical conjecture finally proved Explore further The ABC conjecture is at its core, an association between whole numbers and is formed on the basis of the simple mathematical equation a+b=c and involves what are known as square free numbers; numbers that can’t be divided by a number squared. Square free numbers are described using sqp(n) where n is the biggest such number that can be calculated by multiplying factors of n which are prime numbers. The whole idea was first proposed by two mathematicians working separately back in 1985.While the concept of the ABC conjecture is not all that complex in and of itself, providing proof of it has proven to be impossible, until now, maybe. The proof Mochizuki came up with is 500 pages long and involves concepts that very few people understand, thus, it will likely take years of serious work by many mathematicians to prove that the proof is correct. Anyone that has sat through higher level math classes that call for creating proofs can attest to the monumental effort that must have gone into creating such a proof, though virtually all mathematicians would agree that if the proof is indeed correct it will have been more than worth the effort. In fact, many suggest it would mark one of the most profound achievements in mathematics history, not only because of the proof itself but because of what it would mean to the science as a whole. In proving this one conjecture, many other proofs involving many other theorems would naturally follow. It would be as if Mochizuki had conceived and written proofs for hundreds of other important theorems all at once, including the famous Fermat’s Last Theorem. © 2012 Phys.org 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: Mochizuki, S. Inter-universal teichmuller theory, 4 parts:www.kurims.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~moti … ler%20Theory%20I.pdfwww.kurims.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~moti … er%20Theory%20II.pdfwww.kurims.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~moti … r%20Theory%20III.pdfwww.kurims.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~moti … er%20Theory%20IV.pdflast_img read more

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New study reveals why jellyfish are such efficient swimmers w Video

first_img For years, jellyfish have been considered a nuisance—they sting swimmers and crowd out other more desirable ocean dwellers. In more recent times, they have become even more of a problem as they grow in both numbers and size—most scientists attribute this to their adaptability to warmer ocean temperatures and a decrease in other populations due to overfishing by humans. Now, it appears they have another natural advantage that gives them an edge over other ocean dwelling creatures as well—they are far more efficient when swimming leaving them more energy to find food and mate.Scientists have known for a long time that jellyfish move through the water by squeezing the bell that forms ahead of their body. That squeezing pushes water backwards forcing the jellyfish forward. More recently it has been learned that they also are pushed forward by a secondary thrust that occurs as the bell is refilling with water. Until now, however, it was unknown just how much benefit jellyfish got from this. Explore further Play Instantaneous pressure field estimations are shown simultaneously with body velocity to demonstrate a mechanistic explanation for how jellyfish can accelerate, and thus gain extra distance, during a period of the swimming cycle in which there is no kinematic motion. Credit: PNAS, Published online before print October 7, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306983110 The findings may lead to increases in efficiency in swimming robots as scientists seek to recreate the mechanics of jellyfish—that could mean swimming robots plying the seas sending back data for years on end, or as some have suggested, new kinds of robots that kill real jellyfish. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play DPIV of a 2-cm A. aurita jellyfish shows the velocity vectors and vorticity produced by swimming. Notice how the stopping vortex forms upstream and on the exumbrellar surface of the animal before recovery. The vortex ring then moves under the bell as its vorticity (energy) increases. Credit: PNAS, Published online before print October 7, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306983110 To find out, the researchers anesthetized some test specimens and placed them in a tank filled with very tiny glass beads. As the jellyfish moved in the beads, a laser was shone and reflected off the beads, allowing the researchers to measure its speed and how much energy the creature was expending as it moved. They noted that immediately after squeezing its bell, a vortex formed as the bell relaxed. That vortex pushed against the jellyfish’s body, propelling it forward. More importantly, the researchers found that the secondary thrust required no energy expenditure by the jellyfish at all—it was purely mechanical, like a rubber-band snapping back to its original size after being stretched. That extra boost the researchers report (which averaged about a thirty percent gain) means that jellyfish are by far the most efficient swimmers in the sea, giving them an advantage over virtually all other sea life. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img UN warns of jellyfish ‘vicious circle’ in Med More information: Passive energy recapture in jellyfish contributes to propulsive advantage over other metazoans, PNAS, Published online before print October 7, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1306983110 AbstractGelatinous zooplankton populations are well known for their ability to take over perturbed ecosystems. The ability of these animals to outcompete and functionally replace fish that exhibit an effective visual predatory mode is counterintuitive because jellyfish are described as inefficient swimmers that must rely on direct contact with prey to feed. We show that jellyfish exhibit a unique mechanism of passive energy recapture, which is exploited to allow them to travel 30% further each swimming cycle, thereby reducing metabolic energy demand by swimming muscles. By accounting for large interspecific differences in net metabolic rates, we demonstrate, contrary to prevailing views, that the jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) is one of the most energetically efficient propulsors on the planet, exhibiting a cost of transport (joules per kilogram per meter) lower than other metazoans. We estimate that reduced metabolic demand by passive energy recapture improves the cost of transport by 48%, allowing jellyfish to achieve the large sizes required for sufficient prey encounters. Pressure calculations, using both computational fluid dynamics and a newly developed method from empirical velocity field measurements, demonstrate that this extra thrust results from positive pressure created by a vortex ring underneath the bell during the refilling phase of swimming. These results demonstrate a physical basis for the ecological success of medusan swimmers despite their simple body plan. Results from this study also have implications for bioinspired design, where low-energy propulsion is required. Citation: New study reveals why jellyfish are such efficient swimmers (w/ Video) (2013, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-reveals-jellyfish-efficient-swimmers-video.html Aequorea victoria. Image credit: Sierra Blakely/Wikipedia. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers in the U.S. has found that jellyfish are extremely efficient swimmers. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team reports using a technique called particle image velocimetry to measure the secondary thrust jellyfish use to increase their energy efficiency when swimming. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

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Ancient stone pillars offer clues of comet strike that changed human history

first_img 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. © 2017 Phys.org Wall pillars with three animal symbols in series. Part a) is pillar 2 from Enclosure A, while part b) is pillar 38, Enclosure D (images courtesy of Travel The Unknown). Researchers suggest comet most likely cause of Chicxulub crater (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Edinburgh has found what they describe as evidence of a comet striking the Earth at approximately the same time as the onset of the Younger Dryas in carvings on an ancient stone pillar in southern Turkey. The group has published their findings in the journal Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry. Constellations around Scorpius (Western Lore). Credit: B. Sweatman, D. Tsikritsiscenter_img Prior evidence based on ice cores taken from Greenland has suggested that a strike by a comet may have led to the onset of the Younger Dryas—a period of Earth cooling that lasted for approximately 1000 years. Other evidence also suggests that the cooling period caused groups of people to band together to cultivate crops, leading to the development of agriculture, which in turn led to huge leaps in technological innovations and societal developments, i.e. Neolithic civilization. In this new effort, the researchers describe evidence they found on a stone pillar at Gobekli Tepe (the oldest known temple site) that aligns with the ice core findings—that a comet struck the Earth in approximately 10,950BC.The pillar was created by the people of Gobekli Tepe and now appears to have served as a means of commemorating a devastating event—perhaps a comet breaking up and its remnants crashing into the Earth, causing an immediate environmental impact around the globe and possible loss of life (one of the characters on the pillar was of a headless human.) The team fed likenesses of the images carved onto the pillar (known as the vulture stone) into a computer to determine if they might be linked with constellations. Doing so revealed associations between characters on the pillar and astronomical symbols in the sky for the year 10,950 BC. The fact that the people took the time and considerable effort to create the characters on the pillar suggests something very important must have happened during the same time period that the Greenland ice core suggests a comet struck, approximately 10,890BC. Pillar 43, Enclosure D, also known as the Vulture Stone of Göbekli Tepe. Credit: Martin B. Sweatman and Dimitrios Tsikritsis The researchers have concluded that the carvings on the pillar were likely meant to document the cataclysmic event and suggest that the temple may have been an observatory. They also report that they found evidence of changes to the Earth’s rotational axis as a result of the comet strike. Citation: Ancient stone pillars offer clues of comet strike that changed human history (2017, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ancient-stone-pillars-clues-comet.html More information: DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? (pp.233-250). B. Sweatman, D. Tsikritsis, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.400780 , http://www.maajournal.com/Issues2017a.php (PDF)ABSTRACTWe have interpreted much of the symbolism of Göbekli Tepe in terms of astronomical events. By matching low-relief carvings on some of the pillars at Göbekli Tepe to star asterisms we find compelling evidence that the famous ‘Vulture Stone’ is a date stamp for 10950 BC ± 250 yrs, which corresponds closely to the proposed Younger Dryas event, estimated at 10890 BC. We also find evidence that a key function of Göbekli Tepe was to observe meteor showers and record cometary encounters. Indeed, the people of Göbekli Tepe appear to have had a special interest in the Taurid meteor stream, the same meteor stream that is proposed as responsible for the Younger-Dryas event. Is Göbekli Tepe the ‘smoking gun’ for the Younger-Dryas cometary encounter, and hence for coherent catastrophism?last_img read more

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In a dream reverie

first_imgA painter, a story writer and a poet whose words echo her heart’s desires, Hyderabad-based artist Tarab Khan is displaying her third exhibition in the Capital titled Whimsical 3, The Wonder Walk.  The exhibition is about her dreamlike paintings with a childlike curiosity to chase and explore life, fantasies and beyond. Tarab says she doesn’t acknowledge any boundaries that define an end. Some of her paintings are inspired by her poems like Am I for Real, A piece, A bunch of lilies and many more. The recent work is her series on The Wonder Work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She has always been a dreamer, she has always felt like a voyager embarking on a journey to discover the Dreams and experience the Reality of life. She says, being human, blessed with senses, she could see and discover the imaginary world of dreams, she could hear the silent music and its vibrations, feel and sense the nature, its mysteries around.In Wonder Walk she steps into those moments and paint them with the rhyming intensity. Wonder walk is a journey through different times, in different state of mind, on different levels of sub-consciousness and with enchanting experiences. As a lone voyager she is on a journey to discover the life, fantasy and beyond! Tarab’s paintings are vibrant, colourful and radiate energy.When: Till 3 JanuaryWhere: Lalit Kala Academylast_img read more

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South ahoyII

first_imgAfter Lajpath Nagar Market we take on our  favourite Sarojini Nagar Market. After all, where else will you get some killer fashion pieces and not pay a bomb for it!? And while you are working through piles of clothes and hungers pangs strike- here’s where you can go. KHURANA JUICE CORNER: Right at the entrance to the Sarojini Nagar market which is best known for bargain shopping, you can refresh yourself with drink of your choice from a large variety of fresh juices or a special ‘nimbu’ lemon priced very reasonably and even order a sandwich or patty to gear up for day full of shopping and bargaining. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’CAKE AND DAIRY SHOP: This may not look like an up-market modern bakery and cake shop but this 18 years old out-let offers amazing cakes, pastries and rolls. Besides the sweet treats, one can have oven fresh patties and lovely burgers for a snack-on-the-go. HOT POT: Located opposite the Haldiram’s outlet, this is a popular spot amongst the shoppers and local residents as well who relish Delhi’s traditional street food staples like Chhole Bhature, Gol- gappas, Aalo Tikki, etc. But, Hot Pot’s most popular offering is their delicious Dal ka Chilla. All the items on the menu at this 19 years old eatery are pocket friendly and freshly prepared.SHYAM JUICE AND CHAAT: With reasonably priced fresh fruit or vegetable juices, cold coffee, delicious creamy Kulfi Faluda, a variety of great milkshakes and mock-tails, this is a popular hang-out for the shoppers and the local residents of all ages.last_img read more

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Robert De Niro to play father in Russells Joy

first_imgActor Robert De Niro has confirmed that he will play the role of a father in the much anticipated film Joy.The 71-year-old, who was hosting a special screening of a HBO documentary in Rome Monday, said that he is been roped in by the producers to play a father in the film, reports hollywoodreporter.com.‘Yeah, I am going to do something with them. I am going to play a father,’ he said.Directed by David O. Russell, the film will mark De Niro and Russell’s third time working together in a film . They previously worked together in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. The film will feature Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in lead roles.last_img

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State issues alert to city district hospitals

first_imgKolkata: The state health department has issued an alert to intensify surveillance to combat Nipah virus.In case of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), the case should be urgently investigated to rule out the prevalent causes of AES before testing for NIV and such cases should be informed to the state Health department immediately.The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) of state government will guide the districts in case of sample testing is needed and the subsequent follow up action. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsCopies of the instructions have been sent to all the districts. The Director of IPGMER and School of Tropical Medicine have been intimated. The principal of all medical colleges in the city and the superintendent of Shambhu Nath Pandit Hospital have also been informed. Dr Shanta Dutta, director, national Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases said Beliaghata Infectious Diseases Hospital authorities have been asked to set up an isolation ward and keep N 95 masks ready. A Rapid Action team has been made. The CMOH in the districts have been asked to prepare a list of people who have come from Kerala within 21 days. Beliaghata Infectious Diseases Hospital has been made the nodal hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDr Dutta said there is no cure for Nipah virus yet. Hence, preventive measures should be taken. There are only three places in the country where the blood samples can be collected to find out the virus. They are at Manipal, Bhopal and Pune. There is no BSL 4 laboratory in the state and if the state government wants, then the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases can collect the samples and send them for testing. The state health department has also instructed the hospitals, both in the city and districts, to keep N 95 masks ready. The state government has already issues do’s and don’t’s. The doctors have asked people not to panic but as prevention is always better, elaborate arrangements have been made to combat the disease.last_img read more

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OROP Veterans welcome govt decision withdraw hunger strike

first_imgThe ex-servicemen said revision of pension after a gap of five years as announced by the government is not at all acceptable to them, besides appointment of a one-man judicial commission to examine various aspects of one rank-one pension (OROP).Addressing a press conference here, Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, leader of the association leading the agitation, said the protest will continue till four specific points raised by the ex-servicemen are not accepted by the government.”We urge all those who are on hunger strike to withdraw it as the PM has clarified on the issue of premature retirement.But our protest will continue till the government accepts four points raised by us,” he said.He said ex-servicemen may resume hunger strike again if the government fails to resolve the pending issues.”We thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fulfilling the promise of one rank-one pension. We thank the defence minister but there are four issues to be resolved including the period of equalisation of pension,” Singh said.The veterans, who have been pressing for one rank-one pension (OROP) for four decades, on Saturday won a partial victory with the government announcing that it would implement it, but the veterans rejected the decision and decided to continue their agitation.The issue of whether the scheme would cover ex-servicemen who have taken premature retirement had emerged as a major sticking point.They met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday and later said his clarification in this regard was “satisfying”.last_img read more

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Writers experiences with cinematic adaptations

first_imgIt can be one of the most controversial outcomes of writing a popular book – that it will be adapted into a film and in the process, lose a part of its plot, characterisation and the ability to get into the characters’ mindset and motivations. No matter how faithful to the written version, there will be something that will enrage the book’s admirers. But what do the writers themselves think? Addressing this seminal question were five acclaimed novelists and/or screenwriters of contemporary times, who had different views on this issue which spans authorship, creative freedom, interpretation and differences in story-telling across various media. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSetting the ball rolling was Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje, who felt that turning a novel into a film first entailed finding “a short story within it.” Holding there were many feted but not that simple films, he, however, said their plots or style cannot be as complex as those of novels, citing the case of his ‘The English Patient’, whose film version cut out the book’s non-chronological narrative to make a more coherent depiction onscreen. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHowever, he acknowledged, filmmaking has its unique techniques or “subliminal elements”, which can lead to the entire story being restructured in the various stages of the adaptation.Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair stated that retaining the book’s essence is as important as creative freedom, noting she treats her works with “the same love and idiosyncrasies.” Of her adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Namesake’, she said that author created the novel, and she shepherded the film’s direction with her own inventiveness in meaning-making. This included, she said, an added focus on the parents’ point-of-view and visual dimensions of Kolkata absent in the book, part of her “inventions that make the film breathe and feel like it’s of the soil.” For Chinese-American author Amy Tan, the 1993 movie adaptation of her ‘The Joy Luck Club’, for which she co-wrote the screenplay, had to fit into its own form. What was important to her was finding the heart and soul of the book and creating a fresh narrative for the cinematic form. “I was more disrespectful to my book than the filmmakers!” she admitted but added that she felt no artistic disconnect with the film version which retained the essence of her story.Tan also opined that the power of cinematic adaptation also lay in the “freedom to sculpt a distinct narrative.”British novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Shakespeare added that in cinema the medium changes, and a central character in the novel can be replaced with the vantage point of the camera, while a screenwriter has the additional access to music and silences.But his compatriot, veteran playwright (“Arcadia”, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” etc) and Academy award-winning screenwriter (“The Russia House”, “Shakespeare in Love”) Sir Tom Stoppard believes that the “malleability of form subverts any attempt at making a unified declaration of adapting books to screen.”Stoppard admitted that as a text-driven writer, he finds himself “pitched between a moral duty to be faithful to work and a professional duty to be the handmaiden of the director” but added that between the two, he would be more inclined to be more defensive of the film, because of his intimacy with the form.The greatest of films are not those that follow rules to ensure risk-free filmmaking but those that are “transcendent rule-breakers”, he contended,Asked which of his works he felt didn’t work on the screen, he quipped: “Which one worked, by the way?”last_img read more

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Capturing Latin America through an Indian travellers lens

first_imgThe embassies and high commissions of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) based in New Delhi, held the felicitation ceremony of the ‘My Latin American Trip 2017’ photography competition in the Capital. This photo-competition, now entering its third year, is open to all Indian tourists, to submit photographs from their travels to Latin America and the Caribbean countries. The second edition of the contest received 70 entries from non-professional photographers, who shared photographs of their adventures in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The submissions were evaluated by a committee comprising of officials from the GRULAC missions, who shortlisted 19 finalists. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe appreciation awards were presented by representatives of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Han Dannenberg Castellanos, Dean of Diplomatic Corps stressed on the importance of public and cultural diplomacy in bringing the Latin American and Caribbean region closer to the Indian tourists. The exhibition of winning photographs, along with all the other submissions was also inaugurated for public viewing. The exhibit is on display at the Art Gallery, Embassy of Peru till February 16.last_img read more

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Devotees from across globe gather at Mayapur to witness Holi spectacle

first_imgKolkata: Devotees from all over the world have assembled at Mayapur, the headquarters of ISKCON, to celebrate the 533rd birth anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.Gaur Purnima, the biggest festival in the Gaudiya Vaishnav Sampradaya, will be celebrated with fervour and gaiety in the Nabadwip Mandala. The excitement among the devotees is palpable as they are preparing for the big day, purchasing traditional colourful dhoti-kurta and ghagra- choli to participate in the celebration, informed Subroto Das, media spokesperson of ISKCON Mayapur. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe celebrations will start from the wee hours, with Manglarti at 4.30 am followed by class and Darshan Arti in the morning. In the evening from 4 pm onwards, Chaitanya Charitamrita – the biography of Mahaprabhu will be read. The Gaur Purnima festival is being celebrated in all 800 centres of the institution around the globe. It may be mentioned that Mayapur is coming up as a centre of international tourism. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given the green signal to the proposal of developing it as a tourist hotspot and work will start shortly on the same. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 3,000 crore. During her trip to Mayapur, Banerjee had assured the ISCKON authorities to provide all necessary cooperation. Later, a team comprising senior industrialists visited Mayapur. Sajjan Jindal will head the team carrying out the development project. There has been heavy police deployment to maintain peace during Thursday’s function. Devotees from 95 countries have come to take part in the celebration.last_img read more

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Be bridesmaid ready with glowing skin shiny hair

first_imgIt’s not just the bride who deserves to look best on her wedding day, but also the bridesmaids. Follow some quick ways to get flawless skin and smooth hair.Experts list down some ways:Prep your skin: To keep one’s skin healthy, regular skin cleansing and exfoliating are critical. This helps keep pores clean and tackle blackheads while removing dead skin, which aids the skin to breathe better. One can also restore the skin’s natural balance by using cleansers and exfoliators made with Ayurvedic ingredients such as aloe vera, turmeric, honey and walnut that leave the skin clean, hydrated and nourished. It is imperative to cleanse before using any products, otherwise, you will limit the effectiveness of a moisturizer or a mask Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGet smooth skin: Moisturising should be an essential step in your skin care regime. It helps in repairing your skin, keeping it soft and prevents it from sagging. Apply a cream that has natural and nourishing ingredients like Kokum butter and honey. This works well for hands and feet and one should make this a routine before going to bed at night. Focus on your lips: A good lip balm keeps moisture in and protects the lips from dryness and cracking. Ensure that you always use a lip balm before applying lipstick. Pick a lip balm that is made with natural ingredients such as ghee and almond oil that will help heal, condition and keep your lips soft and supple. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProtect yourself from sunlight: Sun rays can be very harmful and make your skin dull. It is essential to apply sun protection cream every day. Pick a sunscreen that is free of complex chemical UV filters and contains natural ingredients such as aloe and almond oil that will soothe, hydrate and protect the skin. Sunscreen is essential to one’s routine and should be used as a daily habit. Don’t forget your hair: Regular blow drying and styling damages your hair and makes it look dull. One should nourish their hair with an oil that contains Amla, Brahmi, Grape Seed Oil and Bhringraj extracts, which softens and strengthens. Wash your hair with a shampoo that cleanses the hair as well as scalp without removing the natural oils and moisture. Complete the routine with a conditioner that is gentle and hydrates the hair. Drink water: Drink water stored overnight in copper vessel as this is positively charged water, imparts a natural glow and curbs free radicals that make the skin age, besides also reducing acne and breakouts.last_img read more

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BJP demonstrates against partys state secy Sayanta Basu

first_imgKolkata: BJP supporters on Monday staged demonstrations against Sayanta Basu, party’s state secretary alleging embezzlement of funds meant for booth committees in Basirhat. Basu had contested against Trinamool Congress candidate Nusrat Jahan in the general election from Basirhat Lok Sabha seat and lost.BJP workers put up posters against Basu who was scheduled to visit the area on Monday afternoon. They also organised road blocks demanding action against Basu. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe BJP workers alleged that Basu was given lakhs of rupees which had been meant for the booth committees. The party leadership had told the booth committee workers that money had been released and they would get it before the election which was held on May 19, the last day of the seven phase election. “But the money never reached us. The money was taken by Basu and we demand that he should return the money back to the party,” the workers said. They alleged that as the money did not reach them, the party could not win the seat. The demonstration of the BJP workers clearly indicate that money was sent to buy the voters in the booth level. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo has said over and again that BJP was spending huge cash to win the election. She had alleged that BJP was spending anything between Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 per person to cast their vote in favour of the party. Sayantan Basu said the allegations made against him were “absolutely false.” “I did not handle any money. It was controlled by the party and those who are brining allegations are trying to malign me,” he said. Basu had shot to fame by using “unparliamentary” words against Trinamool Congress. He had often criticized Trinamool leaders for being corrupt. However, the allegation of financial irregularity has put up on a backfoot.last_img read more

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Portugal orders Khadi ahead of Gandhis birth anniversary

first_imgTo bring out a “commemorative khadi stamp on Mahatma Gandhi” on his 150th birth anniversary on October 2, Portugal has ordered the signature fabric of India, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), said on July 5. After the successful dispatch of this consignment on June 29, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that in February 2019, Khadi samples gratis were provided to the Cartor Security Printing Agency of Lisbon for stamp testing on behalf of the Postal Services of Portugal (CTT) for printing the stamps. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The Cartor Security Printing Agency had successfully completed the testing and later Dr Arjun Deore, the Second Secretary in the Embassy of India in Lisbon has confirmed the same to KVIC and requested us to supply 4,000 meters of exclusive 300-count muslin Khadi Fabric in bundles of 11 meters,” he said, adding, “Though the monetary value of this order is little over Rs 21 lakh, it values much more for the KVIC as Khadi and Bapu both would be showcased in Portugal’s stamp simultaneously.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHowever, Khadi’s global presence is not a new phenomenon. In April 2018, noted fashion designer Gavin Rajah choreographed a 20-minute textile event aimed to project Khadi in a modern and trendy style at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. In June 2018, Khadi also draped around a train and station at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station in South Africa where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train for refusing to give up his seat in a first class, “whites-only” compartment in 1893. The KVIC, for the first time, organised exclusive khadi exhibitions in 10 countries on August 15, 2018 and enthused by the massive response in those countries,the KVIC again organised khadi exhibitions in another 50 countries on October 2 last year. This order from Lisbon perhaps is the outcome of Khadi’s exposure at various exhibitions held in the recent past.last_img read more

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How was Stonehenge so Precisely Built These Cylinders Might Have the Key

first_imgIn Salisbury, South West England lies a circular monument that dates from the Neolithic period and is probably one of Britain’s most easily recognizable symbols. It is presumed that the iconic Stonehenge, as we today know it, was constructed between roughly 5,000 and 4,000 years ago, although the plain was used for ritual gatherings over a course of 10,000 years, and was once part of a greater shrine landscape which held mystical significance to ancient natives of England.StonehengeBesides a number of mysteries that still puzzle archaeologists regarding this place, among the most striking is how Stonehenge was built with such geometric precision.Thankfully, this historical mystery isn’t left without clues.A number of cylinder-shaped objects, today known as the Folkton and Lavant Drums, are believed to have been key in marking out the exact measurements for the placement the massive stones of the pre-historic shrine.Folkton Drums. Photo by Jononmac46 CC BY-SA 3.0The first three drums were first excavated in 1889 near the village of Folkton (hence the name) in northern England as part of a child’s grave goods.For a long time they were considered unique, until some 100 years later a similar object was discovered in West Sussex, in the vicinity of yet another idyllic village called Lavant.Church of St. Nicholas at Lavant, West Sussex, England.Modern dating processes confirmed that the drums were carved between the years 3,000 and 2,000 BC and that their main role was to serve as instruments for measurement.These instruments were most probably used to establish the size of the concentric circles of standing stones and timber posts, giving them such precise shape.Rare and beautifully executed engraved illustration: Druids Worship at Stonehenge, England, in Ancient Times. Engraving from The Popular Pictorial Bible.Although the chalk cylinders from Folkton and Lavant are unique finds, archaeologists are certain that these examples are most probably ancient replicas the original measuring instruments which existed much earlier and were most probably made from wood.They are believed to represent the medieval measurement of one long foot, which is the equivalent of 12.7 inches (32.2 cm).Folkton Drums: Detail of the schematic face on one of the drums. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0The measurements were made by wrapping a thin rope around the drum a number of times, each of them representing a different length corresponding with the girth of the cylinder.The smallest of the three Folkton Drums is 4.09 inches (10.4 cm) across, while the next is 4.88 inches (12.4 cm). The largest one is 5.75 inches (14.6 cm).View of another face with prominent features. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0According to experts from the University of Manchester, the string would be wound around the smallest drum ten times, in order to measure 10 long feet.The middle and largest drums would also provide a measurement of 10 long feet, by wrapping the string around eight and seven times respectively.The three Folkton Drums on display at the British Museum. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0As for the Lavant Drum, its measurements proved to be somewhat different. It is necessary to wind a string nine times around it, in order to get this universal length of 10 long feet.Apart from Stonehenge, it is strongly believed that the drums were used for the construction of what is today known as the Durrington Walls, an earthwork henge enclosure located around 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Salisbury, that was built some 4,500 years ago.However, scholars still argue over why three different sized drums were needed in order to establish the same length of 10 long feet.Stonehenge Sunset LandscapeAnne Teather, an archaeologist from the University of Manchester and one of the authors of the most recent study regarding the Folkton Drums, provided some possible explanations to this mystery in an interview for Live Science in January 2019:“We have suggested that the different-size drums all give 10 long feet, but a different subdivision of that measure, so they may have been useful when fractions of the measure were required. Another explanation is that the drums were instructional teaching aids that would have been used to demonstrate some of the principles of mathematics and geometry.”While the drums clearly had been used as a measurement instrument, another thing strikes the scientists working on this case. The fact that they were discovered in a child’s grave implies that the Folkton Drums held some sort of ritual significance.Photograph of Stonehenge at the sunsetMike Parker Pearson of the University of London argues that the measurements were perhaps related to childhood and coming of age. He gave a statement as part of an article published by the University College London:“The Folkton Drums were found in the grave of a child, so does this mean that standard measures were somehow associated with children, or growth, or the human life-cycle including learning and the inter-generational transmission of knowledge? These items were almost certainly prestigious although how, or to what extent they held social power, is unknown. This work opens up the field of material culture studies to exciting new possibilities.”Whatever the case, there are still many secrets regarding these objects, as the Neolithic period in Britain remains covered in a veil of mystery.However, everyone agrees that the Folkton and Lavant Drums provide an exquisite insight into how advanced the level of understanding mathematics and geometry was in such ancient times.Read another story from us: Stonehenge – a Michigan man demonstrated it might have been a one-man showTherefore it comes as no surprise that such knowledge was transferred to children at an early age and that it was probably believed that it held mystical and magic power.last_img read more

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VIDEO Horse comes from out of nowhere to take the lead in

first_imgA cycling race in Donegan, Ireland unexpectedly turned into a Kentucky Derby tryout after a local horse crashed the event.A video posted to Facebook shows the wannabe thoroughbred darting out from an adjacent field to take the lead ahead of a large pack of riders. It has been confirmed that the horse was not an obscenely doped up Lance Armstrong.last_img

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Colins NFC East Preseason Predictions

first_img Watch Colin explain it all.The Philadelphia Eagles will repeat as NFC East champions pic.twitter.com/jzwVkSZXZx— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 13, 2018 Today, Colin continued his NFL preseason conference predictions by picking the NFC East.Colin thinks the division as a whole will be more competitive from top to bottom with Ezekiel Elliott eligible for the Cowboys for the entire season, and a significantly improved Giants under new head coach Pat Shurmur.Colin still thinks Philly wins it again at 11-5, but pull back due to Super Bowl hangover and a more competitive overall division. The Cowboys finish second at 9-7, but still struggle due to lack of dynamic playmakers on the outside and questions in the secondary.The Giants improve to .500 (8-8) after a miserable 3-13 season thanks to key offseason signings on both sides of the ball, a healthy Odell Beckham, and the addition of Saquon Barkley. More importantly they re-establish some organizational stability after the chaos under Ben McAdoo. The Redskins finish last at 6-10 after swapping out Kirk Cousins for Alex Smith, and still can’t figure out how to get the offense humming like it was under Sean McVay. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Colin Chris Paul is a demanding teammate Rondo is just difficult

first_imgThe fight between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo during the Lakers/Rockets early season matchup resulted in ejections, suspensions, and fans and players taking sides between two players who have been labeled as historically bad teammates. Not one to mince words, after the brawl Rondo called out Paul for being renowned as a bad teammate and being generally disliked.Colin agrees both Rondo and Paul can be a headache, but he sees a difference between the two. Paul may be difficult, but he has played at an all-star level for extended periods of time and at least co-existed with three separate coaches, whereas Rondo is currently on his sixth team in five seasons and is renowned for burning bridges.Colin thinks friction between Paul and his teammates is due to his being demanding, but he has shown an ability to co-exist with coaches. Rondo is just flat out difficult to deal with and can’t get a long with anyone.When it comes to working with difficult or demanding, Colin will take demanding every single time.last_img read more

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The Browns can still win the AFC North if this Armageddon scenario

first_imgIt seems flat out bizarre that we’re heading into Week 15 and there’s still tons of buzz around the Browns. Baker Mayfield has been upright and effective since Freddie Kitchens took over playcalling from from Todd Haley, and Cleveland has won 3 out of 4.Most have resided to the seemingly foregone conclusion that the Browns will miss out on this year’s playoffs, but there is still a ridiculously fine needle they could thread to win the AFC North. It’s a 5000/1 shot, but the fact that it’s Week 15 and the 5-7-1 Browns haven’t been mathematically eliminated from the postseason is the franchise equivalent of a Super Bowl.If this goes down, Cleveland would make the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and Mike Tomlin and Jim Harbaugh would certainly be fired for totally and completely collapsing down the stretch. Take into consideration, the Steelers are currently 1st at 7-5-1, and Baltimore is 2nd at 7-6.Here it is:The #Browns – yes, the #Browns, can still win the AFC North.Here’s how:– CLE would need to win their last 3 vs DEN, CIN & BAL.– PIT would have to lose their last 3 vs NE, NO & CIN.– BAL would have to lose to TB or LAC. 1 out of the 2.Unlikely… but would be CRAZY.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 10, 2018last_img read more

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