A Perfect Female Companion Project Aiko

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. She has the ability to identify objects placed before her. She is equipped with a sensor which allows her to signal pain or annoyance. If you squeeze her cheeks or other parts of her anatomy she will tell you, “That hurts or stop touching me.”Video: Aiko at Ontario Science Center: November 22-23, 2008Aiko has the ability to talk and interact with humans with 13,000 sentence at her disposal. She has can be programmed to recognize intruders and immediately switch to a defense mode. If it is raining outdoors, she will bring you an umbrella. Aiko is a dream girl, but her inventor Le Trung envisions a day when Aiko clones can be used as security in airports and other public places, assistants for house-bound disabled people, the elderly and as office assistants. Aside from Aiko’s lovely appearance, Le Trung’s biggest claim to fame is the technology. He combined his innovative ‘Brain’ technology by programming in C# and Basic which constantly updates. The ‘Brain’ software controls speech, reading, math, vision, colors, hearing, automation and sensors. She is a work in progress with the best yet to come. Video: Aiko’s Smaller Hand: August 25, 2008Additionally, the software can control Robot kits like Kondo KHR2 through voice activation, automation and basic recognition. Uniquely, the ‘Brain’ software is designed to interact with Aiko’s environment, process the data, and record it in the internal memory. When the internal memory reaches full capacity, the synthesized data can be transferred into the server data base. The result is an evolving data base that can be shared and used by future Aiko clones. Le Trung has maxed out his personal funding and credit lines to create Aiko. Project Aiko has made the rounds with the press and public trade shows. The latest interview with a CNN reporter demonstrated the lighter side of Aiko. Aiko demonstrated her sight recognition features by recognizing the difference between a coca cola product and water and distinguishing food. While the public events thus far have been geared to attract public attention, the genius behind the ‘Brain’ technology and its future is astounding.The human applications for incorporating Aiko clones to assist sight-impaired and multi-modal impaired humans is almost limitless. Le Trung estimates Aiko clones can be mass-produced for $15,000 to $17,000 USD. At first blush, this amount may seem pricey, until you factor in the cost of a 24/7 human caregiver or security assistant. For more information about Project Aiko, See: Project Aiko© 2008 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Aiko is a humanoid robot with a built in Biometric Artificial Intelligence Neural System (Brain) designed by Le Trung in Canada. Aiko is slightly less than 5-feet high with 32.24-inch bust, 22.44-inch waist and 33.07-inch waist. Aiko which means “love child” is the perfect companion. In fact, lovely Aiko speaks Japanese and English and can respond to annoyances and questions. Citation: A Perfect Female Companion: Project Aiko (2008, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-female-companion-aiko.html Aiko – Credit: Project Aiko Important results for brain machine interfaceslast_img read more

Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we

first_imgClose up of polyps are arrayed on a coral, waving their tentacles. There can be thousands of polyps on a single coral branch. Credit: Wikipedia Marine rainforests Known as the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Despite only covering 0.1 percent of the ocean’s surface, they provide a home for 25 percent of all maritime species, including fish, mollusks, and sponges. Coral reefs are actually deposits of calcium carbonate, the substance found in sea shells. The makeup of any coral reef is complex and consists of microscopic organisms called corals that live together in small colonies known as polyps. Polyps that contain “reef building” coral species are responsible for laying down the calcium carbonate that form the reefs. Corals live together with algae, and this relationship helps coral reefs survive. But when coral reefs experience stress, such as an increase in sea temperature, they sometimes expel the algae, which results in coral bleaching, a phenomenon in which the coral loses all its color, appearing completely white. This can result in the death of the reef. For example, in 2005, the US lost half of its coral reefs in the Caribbean to a massive bleaching event.It is already known that some corals are better than others at coping with stress. So Professor Stephen Palumbi and his colleagues at Stanford University in California set out to assess whether coral species have the ability to acclimate to warmer temperatures by increasing their thermal tolerance levels. Palumbi and his team completed their fieldwork on coral reefs in the U.S. National Park of American Samoa on Ofu Island. They concentrated on an important reef-building coral species. The corals were contained in two adjacent pools. In the first pool, water temperatures were more varied, reaching temperatures as high as 35°C. This was known as the highly variable pool. The second pool, known as the moderately variable pool, rarely experienced water temperatures of above 32°C. Coral transplant First, the researchers tested the photosynthesis rates of corals from both pools to compare how well they coped with high temperatures. They then transplanted coral colonies from the moderately variable pool to the highly variable pool to see if the coral would adapt to higher water temperatures. The transplanted corals were left to acclimate over the course of about two years, and were regularly tested for thermal tolerance over this time. The researchers conducted genetic analysis to see if there was any change in gene expression during this period that would result in higher thermal tolerance.It was found that corals in the highly variable pool were more tolerant of higher temperatures when compared to the corals in the moderately variable pool. But the most interesting finding involved the ability of the coral to acclimate to higher water temperatures. Dr Daniel Barshis, part of the team that completed the research, said: “The most important finding was that corals are capable of increasing their thermal tolerance limits substantially in just 12 to 18 months. This acclimation in upper tolerance limits correlates with changes in gene expression as well.” Real-world applications Barshis went on to say that this new knowledge should be integrated into models that predict the effects of global warming on coral reefs to help us understand how they will respond to rising sea temperatures in the future, he said: “This research provides some glimmer of hope that corals may have the ability to survive more than we’ve given them credit for, but only if we reduce the amount of current and future stresses.”This research also has many real-world applications that could help protect coral reefs from future climate change. Palumbi said, “It should be possible to use climate-resistant corals in transplant/restoration efforts in order to replant reefs with greater future resilience. This is one of the things we are doing this summer in a set of pilot projects in Samoa.” Citation: Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we thought (2014, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-coral-reefs-coping-sea-temperatures.html Journal information: Science More information: Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change, Science 23 May 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6186 pp. 895-898. DOI: 10.1126/science.1251336ABSTRACTReef corals are highly sensitive to heat, yet populations resistant to climate change have recently been identified. To determine the mechanisms of temperature tolerance, we reciprocally transplanted corals between reef sites experiencing distinct temperature regimes and tested subsequent physiological and gene expression profiles. Local acclimatization and fixed effects, such as adaptation, contributed about equally to heat tolerance and are reflected in patterns of gene expression. In less than 2 years, acclimatization achieves the same heat tolerance that we would expect from strong natural selection over many generations for these long-lived organisms. Our results show both short-term acclimatory and longer-term adaptive acquisition of climate resistance. Adding these adaptive abilities to ecosystem models is likely to slow predictions of demise for coral reef ecosystems. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img (Phys.org) —Coral reefs are under threat from rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. But in a recent paper, published in Science, it was found that certain types of coral are able to adapt to tolerate higher sea temperatures by changing the genes they express. Scientists think this new discovery could be used to devise new ways of protecting coral reefs, as well as improving our predictions of how they will cope with climate change in the future. © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Some corals adjusting to rising ocean temperatures, research sayslast_img read more

Gorilla fossil suggests split from humans as far back as 10 million

first_img Journal information: Nature Scientists have been trying for quite some time to nail down the earliest parts of human evolution, but have been stymied by a lack of fossil evidence. Geneticists have shown that humans and great apes share a common lineage, which has led to efforts by archeologists and others to find evidence of when splits occurred between gorillas and later chimps, our closet ancestor. Genetic evidence has suggested that humans split from chimps as recently as 5 million years ago and with gorillas approximately 7 to 8 million years ago. But these findings have conflicted with archeological findings. In this new effort the rift has widened even further as new evidence suggests at least one of the splits may have occurred much farther back in time.Back in 2007 a team of researchers found nine ancient gorilla teeth fossils at the Chorora Formation—the extinct species was given the name Chororapithecus abyssinicus. Since that time the researchers with this new effort have been working on ways to date the teeth—they have examined volcanic rock samples and particles of sediment that are known to have been magnetized at one point, from areas both above and below where the teeth were found. In analyzing their data, the team has come to believe that the teeth are from approximately 8 million years ago. Their findings suggest that the fossilized teeth represent the oldest mammalian fossils found south of the Sahara desert area, which, the team claims, adds credence to the theory that apes and thus humans originated in Africa, not Eurasia as some have claimed. Citation: Gorilla fossil suggests split from humans as far back as 10 million years ago (2016, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-gorilla-fossil-humans-million-years.html More information: Shigehiro Katoh et al. New geological and palaeontological age constraint for the gorilla–human lineage split, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature16510AbstractThe palaeobiological record of 12 million to 7 million years ago (Ma) is crucial to the elucidation of African ape and human origins, but few fossil assemblages of this period have been reported from sub-Saharan Africa. Since the 1970s, the Chorora Formation, Ethiopia, has been widely considered to contain ~10.5 million year (Myr) old mammalian fossils. More recently, Chororapithecus abyssinicus, a probable primitive member of the gorilla clade6, was discovered from the formation. Here we report new field observations and geochemical, magnetostratigraphic and radioisotopic results that securely place the Chorora Formation sediments to between ~9 and ~7 Ma. The C. abyssinicus fossils are ~8.0 Myr old, forming a revised age constraint of the human–gorilla split. Other Chorora fossils range in age from ~8.5 to 7 Ma and comprise the first sub-Saharan mammalian assemblage that spans this period. These fossils suggest indigenous African evolution of multiple mammalian lineages/groups between 10 and 7 Ma, including a possible ancestral-descendent relationship between the ~9.8 Myr old Nakalipithecus nakayamai8 and C. abyssinicus. The new chronology and fossils suggest that faunal provinciality between eastern Africa and Eurasia had intensified by ~9 Ma, with decreased faunal interchange thereafter. The Chorora evidence supports the hypothesis of in situ African evolution of the Gorilla–Pan–human clade, and is concordant with the deeper divergence estimates of humans and great apes based on lower mutation rates of ~0.5 × 10−9 per site per year.* Press release © 2016 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers studying fossils unearthed in Ethiopia’s Chorora Formation in the Afar rift has dated some gorilla teeth fossils to approximately 8 million years ago, which the team suggests, shows that the human gorilla split had to have occurred at least 10 million years ago. The team has published a report of its findings and theories in the journal Nature.center_img Closer look at teeth suggests Columbian mammoth was actually a Eurasian steppe mammoth The team’s findings also suggest that because C.abyssinicus dates back to 8 million years ago, the split with humans must have occurred at least 10 million years ago, much further back than any other evidence has shown to date. Credit: Wikipedia Team analysis of these 8-million-year-old Chororapithecus teeth fossils provided insights into the human-gorilla evolutionary split. Credit: Gen Suwa 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

The Prickle1 gene regulates the differentiation of frontal bone osteoblasts in a

first_imgBeetlejuice mutants (Prickle1Bj/Bj) develop median cleft lip and cleft secondary palate. (a,c) Frontal views of wild-type (Prickle1+/+) (a) and Prickle1Bj/Bj (c) at P0 (postnatal day). Median cleft lip indicated by arrow and is completely penetrant. (b,d) Palatal view of fetuses at embryonic stage 18.5 (E18.5). Arrow indicates medial cleft lip and cleft secondary palate. After collection the embryos and P0 fetuses were fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde and embedded in paraffin for histological/immunohistological analysis. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36742-0 By nature, the craniofacial complex contains three distinct regions: the skull vault, cranial base and the face. The cranial base forms the floor of the braincase and the skull vault – the roof. Bones of the cranial base form via endochondral ossification, while osteogenesis in the skull vault occurs via intramembranous ossification. Both the skull vault and cranial base are of embryonic origin (neural-crest derived or mesodermally derived). Embryological study of the skull reveals dinosaur-bird connection In contrast, in the homozygous mutant (PrickleBJ/BJ), contributions of the frontal bone to the total length increased, while the proportion of the parietal bone remained unchanged. Taken together, the results indicated that the Prickle1 protein function was required during all stages of frontal bone development. Wan et al. focused on the function of Prickle1 in the developing skull vault by examining the tissue distribution of the protein in wild type vs. mutant embryos. They found that the Prickle1 mutation resulted in two defected processes during frontal bone development, which included delayed osteoblast differentiation and reduced migration in the frontal bone. Such frontal bone defects were also observed in the phenotypic spectrum of cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD). The observed frontal bone insufficiency could potentially result from defects in proliferation and cell death. The scientists conducted studies using Haematoxylin and Eosin (H&E) histology dyes to test the hypothesis by observing frontal bone condensation in the wild type vs. mutant animals at embryonic stage 12.5 (E12.5), at which time frontal bone condensation typically occurred. Thereafter, they conducted TUNEL apoptosis assays, where the results indicated very few apoptotic cells (depicted via TUNEL positive uptake) in either genotype. Wan et al. further determined if a defective signaling system led to the observed delayed frontal bone osteogenesis by studying the level of canonical Wnt and Hedgehog (HH) signaling in the mutants. The results suggested that the levels of HH signaling (required for cranial bone development) were, indeed, defective in the mutant animals. Finally, they conducted in situ hybridization to markers of osteoblast migration (with markers Engrailed1 (En1), Twist1, Msx1 and Msx2) in the wild type and mutant littermates. The expression level of the markers was reduced in the frontal bone primordia in the mutants. The results suggested the Prickle1 protein function was necessary to mediate cell migration of osteoblast precursors during all stages of skull vault development. In this way, Wan et al. analyzed the Beetlejuice mutant mouse as a new model to understand the etiology of microcephaly. The number of animal models currently in use to determine the growth patterns of the face and skull in microcephaly are limited. The scientists combined genetic, molecular and physical mechanisms in the study relative to Prickle1 mutants to show contributions to decreased growth of the craniofacial region in the new mouse model. Wan et al. will continue the work to understand how cell migration and the alteration of each compartment (brain, skull vault and cranial base) contribute to the development of microcephaly, clavarial patterning and growth. Citation: The Prickle1 gene regulates the differentiation of frontal bone osteoblasts in a new animal model (2019, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-prickle1-gene-differentiation-frontal-bone.html Homozygous mutants (PrickleBJ/BJ) are microcephalic and have defects in the neural-crest derived skull. (a-c, e-g) Macroscopic views of the wild type mouse (Prickle+/+) (a-c) and homozygous mutant (e-g) littermates. d) Schematic of the superior view of the skull vault, h) quantified skull vault measurements. The mutant heads are shorter proximal-distally when observed laterally from the external and with the alizarin red/alcian blue stained specimens. (c,g) Superior view of the skull vault demonstrates the interfrontal suture (yellow lines). d) Schematic of the skull vault showing the tissue origin, below which is the schematic for the measurement in (h). h) The proximal-distal shortening is most profound in the nasal region. Abbreviations: c: coronal suture, f: frontal bone, if: interfrontal suture, ip: interparietal bone, m: mesoderm, n: nasal bone, ncc: neural-crest cell, p: parietal bone, s: sagittal suture. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36742-0 Delayed ossification in the frontal bone primordium. Digoxigenin (DIG)-labeled section in situ hybridization to embryonic stage 12.5 Prickle1+/+ (a–c) and Prickle1Bj/Bj (d–f) littermates. The expression levels of Runx2 (a,d), Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) (b,e) and Osterix (c,f) are decreased in frontal bone primordium of Prickle1Bj/Bj mutants compared with wild-type control embryos. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36742-0 Explore further A mechanically compromised skull can result from enlarged fontanelles and smaller frontal bones due to defective migration and differentiation of osteoblasts in the skull primordia (developing skull). The Wnt/Planar cell polarity signaling pathway (Wnt/PCP), usually regulates cell migration and movement in tissues during embryonic development. In a recent study, conducted by Yong Wan and colleagues at the Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, the central research emphasis was on the Prickle1 gene, a core component of the Wnt/PCP pathway, in the skull. More information: Yong Wan et al. Prickle1 regulates differentiation of frontal bone osteoblasts, Scientific Reports (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36742-0 Osteogenesis: The Development of Bones. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK10056/Shiqin Zhang et al. Dose-Dependent Effects ofRunx2on Bone Development, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2009). DOI: 10.1359/jbmr.090502 Angel Pan et al. A review of hedgehog signaling in cranial bone development, Frontiers in Physiology (2013). DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2013.00061 S Mundlos et al. Mutations Involving the Transcription Factor CBFA1 Cause Cleidocranial Dysplasia, Cell (2004). DOI: 10.1016/S0092-8674(00)80260-3 The study included BrdU-labelled cell counts in the mutant vs. wild type mice to show no difference in the ratio of proliferating cells either. The number of actively dividing cells were then tested using phosphor-histone H3 immunohistochemistry to show no difference in the number of dividing cells in littermates. Since there was no change in cell death and proliferation, the scientists were next determined to test if osteogenic differentiation was occurring correctly.For this, Wan et al conducted RNA in situ hybridization experiments to assess the expression of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and Osterix (OSX, also known as Sp7) in the pre-osteoblasts and osteoblasts of the frontal bones. They determined the expression of RUNX2, an early marker of osteoblast commitment in the skull and of ALP, a marker of more mature osteoblasts. By embryonic stage 15.5 (E15.5), the expression of Runx2, ALP and OSX decreased in the ectocranial layer of the mutant frontal bones compared with wild type littermates. The scientists determined that intramembranous ossification (conversion of mesenchymal tissue into bone) delayed in the frontal bone results in the hypoplastic Beetlejuice mutants. , Cell No change in the rate of proliferation or apoptosis in the Prickle1Bj/Bj frontal bones. At embryonic stage 12.5 (E12.5), Prickle1+/+ (a–d) and Prickle1Bj/Bj (f–i) littermates assayed for histology (haemotoxylin and eosin) staining (a,f), TUNEL staining (b,g), proliferation with BrdU immunofluorescence (c,h) and mitosis with phospho-histone H3 immunohistochemistry (d,i). (a,d) The frontal bone mesenchymal condensation (black outline) is present in both wildtype (a) and Prickle1Bj/Bj (f) littermates. (b,g) TUNEL-positive cells were found near the eye (arrowheads) and absent in the frontal bone primordia. (c,h) BrdU-positive cells (green) are found in the frontal bone primordium (white outline) of wildtype (c) and Prickle1Bj/Bj (h) littermates. (d,i) Few positive PHH3-positive cells (brown) are found in the frontal bone primordium of wildtype (d) and Prickle1Bj/Bj (i) littermates. (e) No difference in the ratio of BrdU-positive cells in the frontal bone primordia. (j) No difference in the number of PHH3-positive cells in the frontal bones between genotypes. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36742-0 Osteoblast migration is decreased in the frontal bone primordium. DIG-labeled section in situ hybridization to Twist1, Msx1, Msx2 and Engrailed1 (En1) to E12.5 Prickle1+/+ (a–d) and Prickle1Bj/Bj (e–h) coronal sections. (a,e) Decreased expression of Twist1 in the Prickle1Bj/Bj compared with wild-type. (b,f) The expression of Msx1 is decreased in the mutant compared with wild-type. (c,g) The expression of Msx2 is slightly decreased in the Prickle1Bj/Bj compared with wild-type. (d,h) The expression of En1 is similar in the Prickle1Bj/Bj compared with wild type. Credit: Scientific Reports, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-36742-0 For the studies, Wan et al. used the missense allele of Prickle1, named Prickle1Beetlejuice (PrickleBJ). The homozygous PrickleBJ/BJ ‘Beetlejuice’ mutants were microcephalic and developed enlarged fontanelles between insufficient frontal bones, although the parietal bones were normal. The homozygous mutants had several other craniofacial defects including a midline cleft lip, incompletely penetrant cleft palate and decreased proximal-distal growth of the head. The scientists observed decreased Wnt/β-catenin and hedgehog signaling in the frontal bone condensations of the homozygous mutants in the study.The results are now published on Scientific Reports. In the homozygous mutants, the frontal bone osteoblast precursors underwent delayed differentiation, alongside decreased expression of migratory markers, resulting in underdeveloped frontal bones. The study showed that the Prickle1 protein function contributed to both migration and differentiation of bone-forming cells (osteoblast precursors) and its absence in the mutant animal model resulted in the defects. The homozygous mutants (PrickleBJ/BJ) developed cardiac outflow tract misalignment and cleft palate, contributing to perinatal death of the mutant mice. Therefore, the observed phenotypic features were from early to late embryonic stages. , Journal of Bone and Mineral Research In the study model, the Beetlejuice mutants (Bj) contained a point-mutation in the Prickle1 gene (C161F), the Bj C161F mutation was deleterious to the function of the cytoplasmic protein Prickle1. Mutations of the protein in humans are usually associated with familial epilepsy. The mutant phenotype was consistent with another independent point mutation of Prickle1, known as C251X, which included stunted limbs and a cleft palate. While the protein product of the gene is widely expressed in the cytoplasm, little was known about its role in craniofacial osteogenesis. In the present study, Wan et al. analyzed the bones and cartilage of the head using alcian blue and alizarin red histology dyes. The homozygous mutant skulls were smaller, and the proximal-distal length of the head was reduced with an increased medial-lateral width of the skull. The results showed a statistically significant decrease in the contribution of the nasal bone to the total length of the skull vault in the wild type mice (Prickle+/+). 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. Journal information: Scientific Reports © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

The colour power

first_imgCelebrating the spirit of colour orange, Camera Unlimited has brought its new photography exhibition titled Tangerine Tales to the Capital. Orange colour is considered pious in many religions like saffron robes of Buddhist monks, vermilion tilak on the forehead of a sadhu, bright orange turban worn by Sikh devotees and these symbolic visuals which can be seen in every day life have been captured very creatively by the photographers.An eighth exhibition in the series, this is an effort to blend the work of established as well as upcoming photographers, showcasing their talents on a common platform. The exhibition features photographs by Ahmed Firoz, Ambika Sethi, Dinesh Sethi, Krishan Sharma, Lubna Sen, Marta Martinez, Nitin Arjun, Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Rohit Kumar, Shilpi Choudhuri, Shivani Punia and Shoba Jolly. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Each photographers has interpreted the theme in a different manner. From a peeling orange wall depicting disturbed calmness to the explosion of vibrant expressions and colours of festival Holi, from abstracts in still life to surreal frames in motion, sunrise to sunset, the contradictions in the photographs may be obvious yet they all are tied by the common thread of colour – orange.The colour orange means different things to each of us. For some it may be the burst of energy, the passion of a glowing fire, while some associate it with the calmness of a sadhu’s robe and symbol of the autumn leaves. All the photographs on display are printed on Canvas and are framed in an identical manner which ensures that each of the artwork stands out and mark it’s impression on visitors.When: Till 24 NovemberWhere: Arpana Caur Academy of Fine Arts & Literaturelast_img read more

Team Anand seeks to gain lost ground

first_imgOn what turned out to be a pretty bad day in office, five-time world champion Anand went down rather tamely in the second game on Sunday and now trails 0.5-1.5 in the 12-game match. Anand’s body language also suggested that the king is currently down especially in the light of the fact that the opening had gone quite well for the Indian ace in both the games. However, as was the case in the last world championship match, Carlsen tuned the position of both games to his liking after some time and while Anand salvaged a half point in the first game, in the second he never got a chance. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaAnand looked more tentative than Carlsen and it was hesitation that cost him dearly in the second game.To his credit, Carlsen was at his best and did what he has mastered against top class opponents. An innocuous opening reached a level middle game and then the complexities stared to burden Anand to the extent that he fumbled and produced a rare blunder. This was clearly caused by sustained pressure by the Norwegian.In the last world championship match, Anand had drawn four before losing the fifth game. Anand will have to not only stop further damage but also seek a quick cruise control to stage a comeback in the match. In the third game on Tuesday Anand will play with white pieces.last_img read more

Poetic sensibilities

first_imgCombining the dexterity of a lensman and sensibility of a poet, a leading Indian writer-photographer is set to crackle the art scene in the national capital by holding a solo photography show Ephemera that takes the audience into the deep recesses of the mountains and life of the people through a tapestry of haunting images. Delhi-based artist-author Kishore Thukral’s week-long exhibition, beginning January 14 at India Habitat Centre, features 73 sparkling photos, focusing on the transient nature of life shot through diverse geographies – from Ladakh to Nepal, from Mauritius to Japan, from Spiti to Cambodia. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So there are pictures of brooding mountains, expansive deserts and gurgling rivers on the one hand and of urban chaos expressed through images of fishing nets (Cambodia) and the rail transit line (Tokyo), on the other. The uniqueness of the exhibition lies in Thukral’s pioneering attempt to probe the timeless bond of man-mountain-water and beyond through two different mediums — camera and poetry. For Ephemera is the title not only of the photo exhibition but also first book of his that combines pictures with verse.    Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“This relationship (man, mountain and water) commenced millennia ago. It will endure till our planet survives. Their Survival will be our Survival,” says the artist, who has trekked, photographed and researched extensively in the western Himalayas, especially in the Spiti Valley.The pictures – all in colour — focus on the entrancing nature on the one hand and the toil and turmoil of human beings in an urban milieu – with an underlying message that they are all ‘ephemera’. “In this Cosmos of Eternity, what am I but mere Ephemera!” observes the poet-artist. Celebrated art historian, curator and cultural theorist Alka Pande has curated the exhibition, which will be opened by well-known music composer Shantanu Moitra.On the occasion, renowned actress-writer-painter-photographer Deepti Naval will release the book, Ephemera, which sums up Thukral’s belief, imbibed through the Buddhist philosophy, that impermanence is the only permanent thing in life. We may yearn for immortality, but ‘ephemera’ is our unalterable destiny.   In her foreword to the book, Deepti Naval writes: “His (Kishore) journey has taken him to remote niches in the mountains, and to a whole new universe en route…the camera has become an inseparable part of Kishore. I have seen him use it instinctually, like an artist handling his brush. Understandably, his photography is intuitive, not laboured…. Going through his book it becomes difficult to say whether it is his image or his words that are more evocative.” The 198-page book has 171 photos in total, capturing the various moods of the mountains and life of the people. “My poetry reflects the frustration and longing of inhabitants of the ersatz world of our cities,” he says.  Thukral has to his credit a number of photography exhibitions and illustrated lectures on Spiti, Dangkhar and Vajrayana Buddhist art. His photographs have appeared in books, magazines and calendars, including the 2011 calendar on Buddha brought out by India Post, Government of India. He has also the credit of compiling and editing Sharanam Gachhami: an Album of Awakening (Full Circle) in 2011, a coffee-table book of photographic interpretation on Buddhist principles, shot by 20 photographers from different parts of the world, including Richard Gere, Steve McCurry, Raghu Rai and Deepti Naval. His other works include The Chronicler’s Daughter (2002), a novel. He is currently working on a handbook on Himalayan and Tibetan Buddhist iconography. He has also translated and written several songs, including the theme song for the award winning film I am Kalam.When: January 14 to 20  Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

Nehru Childrens Museum organises painting exhibition

first_imgKolkata: Nehru Children’s Museum held a painting exhibition at the Gaganendra Exhibition Hall. The exhibition was inaugurated by eminent painters like Samit Aich, Asit Pal, Debabrata Chakraborty and cartoonist Debasish Deb. It is a three-day exhibition, running from April 28 to April 30. The production of the paintings was based on ‘Tomar shrishti, aamader tulite’ or ‘your creation through our paintings.’ The 60 paintings that were displayed in the gallery portrayed art work based on Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry. Lines like ‘Aamar raat pohalo, Sarado praatey, Baashi Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightstomar diye jabo kahar haatey’, were portrayed beautifully through a water colored painting of a brown boy playing the flute in the middle of the night. Another of these lines: ‘Esheche sarat himer pore’, came to life through an artwork of a Baul singer carrying an iktara. Many such small lines from famous Tagore poems were portrayed through the art work of 11 to 26 year olda. Other mediums like poster color, acrylic, charcoal and tempera were used for the paintings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe theme was nature through Tagore’s eyes. Shikha Mukherjee, an official at the administrative section of Nehru Children’s Museum, believes that this theme made the children realise the importance of nature and the beauty of Rabindranath Tagore’s works. An exhibition, which has been running successfully since the last 12 years, has made an incredible show this year with 60 |beautiful paintings of some of the best painters in the association.last_img read more

Words symphony and serendipity

first_imgSerendipity Delhi, a unique Concept Store dedicated to promoting Art, Music, Culture and Design is organizing a special Book Reading evening with William Dalrymple on his latest release Return of a King on March 28. Adding a Musical note to the evening will be a performance of Thumri-Dadra and Ghazal by noted classical singer Vidya Rao. The event is a Fund Raiser to benefit All Creatures Great and Small (ACGS), a non-profit organization that provides shelter for animals in distress. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hosted at Serendipity’s beautifully restored Haveli, meet the author and other book and classical music lovers, and enjoy the ambience of Serendipity’s lovely terrace.  William Dalrymple is a bestselling author whose books include In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and Nine Lives. He has won the Premio Hemingway Prize 2015 for Return of a King.  He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix d’Astrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone/Crossword Award for non-fiction and has, prior to the shortlisting of Return of a King, been longlisted three times for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.  Vidya Rao is a leading performer of thumri-dadra and ghazal. The disciple of the legendary singer, the late Vidushi Naina Devi, she has performed at national and international forums, has lectured and conducted workshops and lecture-demonstrations, and has composed and sung for theatre, film and dance.last_img read more

The Bengal affair

first_imgThe magic of hand-crafted and hand-woven marvels of rural Bengal cast its spell on the connoisseurs of the capital at Banga Utsav 2015, which was held from April 18 to 21 at Dilli Haat.  Heralding the advent of the Bengali New Year or Nabo Barsho, the week-long exposition, organized by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, in collaboration with socio-cultural organization banglanatak dot com, was inaugurated in the gracious presence of Bhaskar Khulbe, Additional Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Atanu Purkayastha, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal, R D Meena, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal and Puneet K Goel, Commissioner, South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bengali New Year is celebrated on 14 April in the Bangladesh and 15 April in the Indian state of West Bengal by the Bengali people and also by minor Bengali communities in other Indian states, including Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Orrisa. Some of the highlights of the exhibition were, the display and sale of ethnic Bengal handloom products, the beautiful Baluchari and hand-printed batik sarees and exquisite handicrafted items such as mats, wooden dolls and masks, embossed leather goods, clay models, dokra craft and terracotta costume jewellery.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPromotion of community-led and managed Rural Craft Hubs are being developed in ten locations across Bengal targeting revitalization of traditional crafts, capacity building, infrastructure, technology and marketing support to craft persons and encouraging diversification efforts to ensure better financial returns for their creations. Presentation of mesmerizing folk music tradition of Bengal were showcased in the evenings of  April 18 and 19, bringing performers of Bhatiyali and Bhawaiya songs at the amphitheatre of Dilli Haat created an ambience of celebration, colour and rhythm.The Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, organised handicrafts and handloom fairs at Delhi at regular intervals for the last few years with an objective to provide a national platform to rural artisans and weavers from the state. The endevour was a part of that continuing initiative which has received wide acclaim and encouragement from the citizens of Delhi so far.last_img read more

Puducherry scam case CID recovers 2 new SUVs from city

first_imgKolkata: In a major development in the investigation of the fraud case lodged at Puducherry in which the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had arrested a person on Saturday, the state investigating agency on Monday recovered two new SUVs from the city.”The two vehicles were brought to the city to carry cheated money. They have not been registered yet,” a senior CID official said.It may be mentioned that CID had arrested one Shyam Maitra from near a five-star hotel on EM Bypass on Saturday. He had posed as the AGM of SAIL on a marketing business web portal and used to ask customers to buy its products and send money to his account through RTGS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the course of investigation, the CID sleuths have found that Maitra had impersonated Bholanath Biswas, AGM Marketing of SAIL.A complaint was lodged with the Puducherry police in this regard and following it, they called up Additional Director General (ADG) CID, seeking assistance in this regard as they learnt through their source network that Maitra had taken shelter in Kolkata.It has been learnt that M/S Pasupati Engineering of Puducherry had placed an order for 35 MT of steel, but the accused had informed them that SAIL does not supply less than 100 MT of steel. Eventually, the victim had made a payment of Rs 58,32,000 through RTGS. The case was registered in Puducherry on July 26. The complaint was lodged by Prashant Banshal, the owner of the company.The arrested person is a resident of Sukantapalli in Durgapur. He had been in the business of duping people by various means since 2014.Preliminary investigation has revealed that he had cheated a number of people to the tune of a few crores.last_img read more

Relish Navaratra special

first_imgNavaratra is about to come to an end and if one wishes to not miss out on the delicacies of this festival, they can taste it at The Imperial’s Daniell’s Tavern and Shangri La’s Tamra  in the national Capital. Navratra special dish, which will be available on six-eight hours of prior request, will bring in flavours of Satvik cuisine in a traditional thali at Daniell’s Tavern. A delicious Navaratra buffet will be available which will comprise of Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi’s special dishes such as Sabudana ki tikki, Tarboos ka ras, Paneer kesari tikka, Shakarkandi tawa chaat, Khasta aloo chaat, Sitaphal ki sabji, Aloo ka halwa and  Lauki ki kheer amongst others. Chef Prem Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef, The Imperial New Delh, has shared the recipes if going out is a hard task for food lovers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kheere ke pakodaIngredients· Kuttu ka atta-60gms· Kaloungi-5gms· Sendha Namak –to taste· Grated boiled potato-80gms· Grated cucumber-80gms· Shredded Spinach-60gms· Water-80ml· Oil to deep fry· Dahi Aur Kheerre ke chutney· Thick curd-100gms· Grated cucumber-40gms· Sendha Namak-to taste· A pinch of turmeric tempered in a tea spoon of hot gheeMethod for chutney· Mix all the ingredients and check for seasoningMethod for pakoda· Mix all the above ingredients and make thick batter consistence and check for seasoning Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix· Heat oil in a pan and make small dumpling from the mixture· Now Deep fry the dumpling till golden brown and till cooked from inside· Serve hot with dahi chutneyTamra @Shangri La’s- Eros hotelLunch Buffet: 12 pm – 3:30 pm Dinner Buffet: 7 pm-11:30 pm Price: 1200 plus taxes per person for Navratra buffetlast_img read more

From rags to riches

first_imgHailing from Kalarabanka village, a rural hinterland in the state of Odisha, Samanta had no family income to support his early education. But it was his determination and stubborn attitude towards difficulties that changed his life for the better. Well known as the founder of KIIT, Bhubaneshwar, Dr Achyuta Samanta has recently been elected to Rajya Sabha. His love for education was backed by a teacher who helped him get enrolled in a government primary school in his village. Despite poverty, Samanta completed his Masters in Chemistry from Utkal University in Odisha and went on to establish the KIIT Group of institutions. He started his journey as an educational entrepreneur in a small rented room with an initial capital of 5000 rupees. Gradually, KIIT expanded its horizons from ITI courses to becoming one of the pioneers in private technical education in the state. In Back in 1997, private engineering colleges were still elusive to Odisha when KIIT started nurturing young engineering graduates from the state. A decade and a half later KIIT University propounded and exemplified a world-class university with infrastructure and courses that only a few contemporary institutions offered. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLater he founded Kalinga Institution of Social Sciences (KISS) in 1993. The man’s whose own childhood was full of misery made it his mission to educate tribals and convert these social liabilities into assets for the nation. KISS which provides free education, boarding, food, medical facilities and all the other necessities to over 50,000 tribal children, in a nutshell, offers them a new life. Students of KISS have not only shown their potential but have also started spreading the importance of education and knowledge in their villages. KISS offers a case study for various administrators to connect policies and people. It is the only institution to have the sex ratio amongst students favorable towards girls, where numerous tribes are first taught in their mother languages and then shifted to Odia. Students won the Under-14 Rugby world cup in 2007 and now are members of the various sports team of Odisha and India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt KISS, a mechanized kitchen cooks the meal for 1,00,000 students every day. Also, a bio-degradable waste recycling plant converts tonnes of vegetable waste to energy. An RO bottling unit provides drinking water and solar panel provides electricity for the entire campus. KISS has now been granted a special consultative status by the United Nations ECOSOC. This trajectory looks baffling for just a fifty-year-old man. His individual achievements range from being the youngest chancellor to being the General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). These contributions to the society have also accredited him with several international awards like the Gusi Peace Prize, the highest civilian award from Bahrain and 38 Honoris Causa Doctorate awards from different Universities across the globe. This achievement not only is rare but only a few fellow parliamentarians in the history of Indian Parliament can actually claim such recognition.last_img read more

BJP trying to negatively influence Bengals rich culture Mamata

first_imgAgarpara: Rebutting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tall claims that BJP alone will get 300 seats in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said it is certain that the saffron party is not coming to power in Delhi. She also added that the saffron party was trying to destroy Bengal’s rich cultural heritage.While addressing a mammoth rally at Agarpara in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday afternoon, she said: “From where will they get so many seats? In Uttar Pradesh, BJP will not get more than 13 to 17 seats, while in Maharashtra and Rajasthan the number of seats will be equally less. In Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha they will not get seats and in Bengal, they will get a big zero. So, from where will the seats come Modi babu.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be recalled that while addressing a rally at Taki, the Prime Minister had said: “BJP alone will get 300 seats and the NDA partners will increase their seats.” Banerjee said in a few days, the general elections will come to an end, but Modi has not uttered a single word on note ban, the suicide of farmers or why he has failed to give jobs to the people. “In 2014, he had said he would bring back black money deposited in banks outside India and deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of everyone. It is a big hoax. He had announced that two crore people will get jobs which amount to 10 crore people in five years. Not only has that not happened, but around 12,000 farmers have committed suicide in the past five years. He has not said a word on his failure and has come in Bengal to incite one religion against the other,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Trinamool supremo also alleged that BJP is trying to negatively impact Bengal’s great tradition and culture. “BJP is trying to force us to forget Rabindranath. This is their game plan,” she said, adding that CPI(M) had tried this many years ago. “They imported Marx and Lenin and dropped ‘Sahaj Path’ of Tagore from the syllabus,” Banerjee added. She had earlier garlanded a portrait of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar kept on the dais. Coming down heavily on Amit Shah, she said: “In Delhi, Shah had alleged that Trinamool supporters had planned to malign him. Who is he? Why would Trinamool try to malign him? They have destroyed the statue of Vidyasagar and are so shameless that they are now putting the blame on us.” Alleging that BJP supporters had vandalised the half-bust of Vidyasagar at Vidyasagar College on Tuesday, Banerjee said: “They have brought goons from Rajasthan, Jharkhand and different districts in Bengal. They have been put up in different hotels and lodges in and around the city.” Urging people to vote for party candidate Saugata Roy, she said: “Saugata da is a veteran Parliamentarian. He raises all important issues on the floor of the House.”last_img read more

The Yoga Master who Escaped Prison Through the Food Slot

first_imgYoga is a very popular way to work out and has a lot of health benefits, including increasing muscle strength and tone and increasing your flexibility. Apparently, it has another benefit that they don’t list at the studios that teach it: It can help you escape from prison. Choi Gap-Bok, age 50, is a highly skilled yoga master who has been practicing yoga for more than twenty years.On September 12, 2012, Choi was arrested on suspicion of robbery, according to the Yonhap News Agency. The arresting officers took him to the police station in Daegu, South Korea and put him in a holding cell.Daegu, Korea.The yogi was not stranger to cells as he had been in and out of detention for a variety of reasons. He’d spent a sum total of 23 years behind bars and had filled his time practicing yoga — a skill he would put to an unusual use during this trip to jail.Choi remained in his cell for five days, but, early in the morning of September 17th, he coated his upper body in lotion and escaped from his cell by squeezing through the food slot at the bottom of the cell. He snuck past the three officers on duty, who were all asleep, and slipped out of a narrow window.According to Soranews24.com, he first got his head through the slot then wriggled out his right arm and shoulders. Apparently, his rump stuck about halfway through, but he pulled down his shorts and managed to free himself.Choi Gap-Bok had spent much of his life behind bars, but this time he insisted he’d been framed.An investigator reviewed the video footage after the escape and said Choi accomplished the feat in under a minute, moving flexibly like an octopus. Choi was 5’4”, and the slot he wiggled out of was about 5.9 inches tall by 17.7 inches wide. To keep the guards from noticing too quickly, he had arranged pillows under his blanket to make it look as if he were sleeping, just the way he saw it done in Shawshank Redemption.The Korea Joongang Daily reported that after Choi escaped the jail, he ran into a nearby residence and stole car keys and a credit card. Police checkpoints had been established, but he ditched the car a couple of hundred yards from the checkpoint and took off on foot for nearby Mount Nam.A manhunt ensued for the next two days, with helicopters, tracking dogs, and many searchers. Choi kept moving, working his way through the mountains, hiding by day and only moving by night, and managed to avoid being spotted.23 years of yoga practice gave Choi the flexibility of a master escapologist.He eventually ended up in Miryang. A villager saw him boarding a bus to another city and reported it to the police, but Choi told the driver he was feeling motion sickness and asked to be let off the bus. The police resumed their search for him in the surrounding area, finding occasional evidence of his presence. A farmer named Lee reported that he had a note from Choi in his house.He didn’t report it right away, thinking it was some sort of prank, but then realized that some items were missing from his home, including a couple packs of ramen. The note read “I am sorry,” and was signed “Framed Thief Choi.”The police began to search around the area of Hanam-eup with some 400 officers and, again, mobilizing air surveillance and following up on numerous sightings of the escaped thief.He was finally discovered on September 22nd, after six days of being on the run, on the roof of an apartment building in Milyang, about 30 km south of Daegu, hiding in a cardboard box.Read another story from us: Breaking Out of the Joint – 3 Unbelievable Escapes from PrisonWhen police caught him, he continued to tell them that he had been framed. Unmoved, police returned him to custody in Daegu, putting him in a cell with no bars right next to the one he had previously absconded from. The food slot in the new cell was only 4.3 inches tall and about 5 inches wide.last_img read more

Joseph Warren – The Greatest Founding Father Youve Probably Never Heard Of

first_imgDuring the years when the American colonies were moving toward demanding independence, men from all walks of life were finding their willingness to fight. One of those men was Dr. Joseph Warren. Warren was many things during the course of his life: a physician, a political leader, a mason, and a soldier. He was the leader of the revolution in Boston and a moving force that helped shape the nation as it came to be. He was born in 1741, to a family that had been living in Massachusetts for around 150 years by the time of the Revolution.Joseph WarrenHe went to Harvard University and became one of a string of revolutionary leaders who graduated from that institution in the pre-war days, joining such great thinkers as John Adams, Samuel Cooper, John Hancock and Sam Adams, according to the US National Library of Medicine.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsUpon graduating, Warren started apprenticing with a local physician, not only learning the ways of medicine, but also absorbing the colonial truism that people in the medical profession had a responsibility to protect the public’s well-being in any manner they could, from working in public clinics to interacting with Boston’s elite and its political leaders.Portrait from Boston Monthly Magazine, 1826It was his contact with the latter that led to his becoming involved in the greater world of politics. He became a Freemason, joining and eventually becoming the Grand Master of St. Andrew’s Lodge at the young age of 28, according to History.com. The Lodge was headquartered in the Green Dragon Tavern and included members such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and other members of the Sons of Liberty.Green Dragon TavernBy 1772, Warren had been named “Grand Master of Masons for the Continent of America” by the Grand Master of Scotland, which is somewhat ironic considering that it was through the Masons that he was able to develop an extensive network for the purpose of gathering intelligence and political standing.Joseph Warren was becoming a public figure long before 1772, however. He first began to gain recognition in 1766, when he began writing against the Stamp Act, which was the first internal tax the British Government imposed on the colonists.Warren (right) offering to serve General Israel Putnam as a private before the Battle of Bunker HillHis ties to the Sons of Liberty really began to develop at about the same time. Because his medical practice gave him entrance to places at all levels of society, and he was respected by all, he had access to people all over the area, and they were inclined to pay heed to his words.After the Boston Massacre in 1770, city leaders would give speeches on the anniversaries of the incident. In 1772, the featured speaker was none other than Dr. Warren.Boston Massacre site. Photo by Ingfbruno CC BY-SA 3.0It was perhaps the first time that he personally and publicly spoke out about the colonists’ grievances with the British Government and the need to be free of it. He spoke again on the anniversary in 1775, wearing a toga as a symbol of democracy.That time, he spoke to a larger audience and made his point even more forcefully, making references to taking action which might even result in bloodshed. That time his speech was also watched by many British soldiers, and even officers, who were hoping to intimidate him. Dr. Warren, however, remained undeterred.The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill by John TrumbullIn the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, which occurred in December 1773, the British government passed a law that the colonial patriots referred to as the “Intolerable Acts”.The Acts closed the port at Boston until restitution was made for the tea that was lost. In response, the colonists of the county agreed to a set of resolutions against the Acts, noting that there was no obedience due to them.The document was called the Suffolk Resolves, and its author was Joseph Warren.The document contained a radical response to the Intolerable Acts, outlining things like a boycott of British goods and calling local militias to prepare for armed resistance.The Suffolk Resolves House, 2009.Photo by Jameslwoodward CC BY-SA 3.0The completed text of Suffolk Resolves was carried to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, in May 1774, by none other than Paul Revere, and they were overwhelmingly endorsed by that body, bringing the colonies a large step closer to revolution. That wasn’t the first time Dr. Warren had entrusted Paul Revere with a critical task.In the middle of April, he received word through his intelligence network that British troops intended to cross the Charles River and seize the militia’s supply of cannons and ammunition from where they were stored in Concord.Paul RevereGeneral Gage, the British Commander, also expected to be able to capture Sam Adams and John Hancock in nearby Lexington, making an even more powerful statement about the fruitlessness of colonial rebellion. The need to spread the word about these plans is what prompted Dr. Warren to send out his two messengers, one by land, and one by sea, ordering Paul Revere’s famous ride through the countryside to alert the locals.He was one of the rebels who were harassing the British troops the next day as they tried to execute their plan, and his role in the entire exercise led to him being named the president of the provincial congress, effectively making him the head of the rebellion for the colony. A couple of weeks after his election as president, the provincial congress made him a Major General.Joseph Warren Statue located at Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston MA. Photo by Hoyom CC BY-SA 4.0The British were under siege in Boston following the failed attacks at Lexington and Concord, but the rebels needed more resources to force the British out of the city.Benedict Arnold told Dr. Warren about Fort Ticonderoga in New York which wasn’t heavily protected and had a sizable armory with cannons. Dr. Warren ordered Arnold and his troops to attack the fort and obtain the weapons. The attack was successful, and the cannons were instrumental in removing the British from Boston in 1776. Unfortunately, Joseph Warren didn’t live to see the effective removal of the British from his city.Benedict ArnoldJust days after his appointment as a major general, he volunteered to join the militiamen who were defending Breed’s Hill (often mistaken for the Battle of Bunker Hill). Without military training or experience, and against the advice of the generals there, he took up a musket and put himself at the front lines of the soldiers defending the barricade against an entire British army. He had earlier had a premonition of his end and declared to Betsey Palmer, “Come, my little girl, drink a glass of wine with me for the last time, for I shall go to the hill tomorrow and I shall never come off.”Related Video: U.S. Marines Corps Celebrate 242 years of LegacyJoseph Warren died of a gunshot wound to the head while he was acting as part of the covering force helping patriot militia escape the British troops. It was a truly heroic action. After the battle, the British buried him in a shallow grave, and it was nearly a year later that patriot forces were able to exhume his body and have it moved to Boston.Read another story from us: Why the True Founder of America’s Industrial Revolution Isn’t in the History BooksPaul Revere identified Dr. Warren’s skull himself, recognizing his own silverwork in Warren’s mouth. The body was moved again several times before finally coming to a permanent home at Forest Hills Cemetery in 1885, more than 100 years after his death. Many contemporaries of Warren considered that if he had lived, he would have become the first President of the United States instead of Washington. Sadly, we shall never know.last_img read more

Colin Childish Lonzo Ball diss track nonsense could turn off LeBron from

first_img LeBron has historically had a low tolerance for playing with younger teammates, and he will be even less likely to want a join a team surrounded by immature nonsense after getting burnt by J.R. Smith’s bonehead play in The Finals. The idea of joining a team with two kids involved in a diss track battle could be a huge turn off.The bottom line is that if the Lakers want to get into the LeBron James business, they’ll probably have to pull the plug on the Lonzo Ball experiment and ship him out of town to clear the deck. Based on an L.A. Times story – likely leaked by the Lakers – Magic won’t hesitate to pull the trigger.Watch Colin explain why diss tracks could cause LeBron to diss the Lakers. Although the back and forth between Ball and Kuzma isn’t the end of the world, Colin thinks it’s could negatively impact Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka’s chances to sign their number one offseason target, LeBron James. Advertisementcenter_img Laker guard – and so called MC –  Lonzo Ball just released a diss track going after his teammate and fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma, who is expected to respond with his own diss track to continue the lame ass NBA version of Drake and Pusha T.last_img read more

Want to Create an Indispensable Mobile App Do This

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 30, 2017 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In recent years, mobile apps exploded on the scene and, almost instantly changed the way we live. These days, it seems as though everyone has a great idea for how to break into the market.Related: Getting Started With Small Business App DevelopmentIn fact, there are now nearly 7 million total apps available in the leading app stores. With so many programs competing for people’s attention, building yet another enticing interface is no easy task.A study conducted by App Annie in the first quarter of 2017 found that, on average, people worldwide use between eight and 12 apps per day on their smartphones. So, if you want to break into that exclusive circle, the competition is real, and you have to find ways to deliver something which people cannot live without.Here are three tips to keep in mind throughout the development process.Make sure customers can able identify the value, quickly.One of the unfortunate side effects of the internet, and the current state of technology, is that attention spans have become disturbingly short. One key study put the average right around eight seconds.With that being said, you need to promote your app’s unique selling proposition (USP) right off the bat. As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t fully describe the purpose and functionality in a sentence or two, it’s too complicated.Regardless of what type of app you are building, it needs to be conveyed as something that changes people’s lives for the better. Or at least, proves itself useful immediately.Take CM Security Master, for example. This company knows Android phones are susceptible to viruses. So, it created an intuitive privacy-protection program (available on Google Play) that scans your phone and identifies risks in real-time. Then, it cleans out the infections so your phone can work at 100 percent efficiency and your valuable data is safe.Related: 3 Ways to Build A Mobile App With No Tech SkillsClearly, its creators found a problem in the status quo, and built a tool that solves it. Its USP can be described in a few words.The takeaway: The success of a mobile app depends substantially on how well you communicate the value. In your messaging, get right to the point!Find ways to connect people.In the digital universe we call home, one of the main themes is about bringing people together. Apps have an interesting way of fabricating their own universe. A good goal to have during development is to create an authentic following in which users can add to the progression of your platform.Your mission should be to design an arena of shared value iwhich people can’t get anywhere else.The “for the people, by the people” mentality is a great idea to promote. The creators behind apps like Planet Peepz have nailed this concept down to a tee. Billed as the “very first discount shopping platform,” this program aims to build a community in which users can help one other find the best deals in the area.Within the app, businesses can create their own ads, coupons, loyalty programs and upsells, and access free reservation and appointment software.Primarily designed for service providers like dentists, vets, salons and other professionals, Planet Peepz constructed a virtual society where both consumers and establishments can reap the benefits of free cross-promotion opportunities and customer management.The takeaway: To be successful in connecting like-minded people, you’ve got to push your platform as a one-of-a-kind experience where everyone involved benefits and shares value.Keep it simple.As previously stated, attention spans are at an all-time low. It’s safe to say that smartphones themselves are a contributing factor to this phenomenon. Above all else, the usability of your app should be easy to grasp from the get-go.Users’ time is precious. Chances are, most won’t sit down to read and sift through directions. For this reason, you need to make sure every aspect of your program can be picked up and mastered within minutes — or seconds.”One of the most common factors I’ve seen in successful apps is simplicity,” says Jeff Shuford, president of Tech From Vets, a digital development company aimed at helping military veterans expand their technology-based ventures. “No one wants to spend hours trying to figure out how to use an app to its fullest extent. There should always be a sense of instant gratification.”In relation to this concept, one of the best examples today is Uber. When the founders set out, they wanted to create a simplified solution for hailing cabs. Upon opening the app, the user can get the results needed in a matter of seconds. And there’s barely anyone who can’t understand how it works.The takeaway: Smartphones are meant to make people’s lives easier. The first impression the user has and the impression your program intends should be the same.Building an app these days is a tedious job. Most people are content with the current programs on their phones and are not easily persuaded to add more to the mix. Keeping this in mind, you really need to focus on setting yourself apart, to break this tough barrier. Always be asking yourself: “How does this improve lives?”Related: A Guide On How To Get New App IdeasRemember, simply getting people to download your app is only the tip of the iceberg. You need to constantly be testing the flow and looking for ways to improve. No app is perfect. You must be committed and open to change throughout its entire lifespan. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

How to Watch Apples iPhone Event

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 12, 2018 Apple on Wednesday is set to unveil new iPhones, an updated Apple Watch and more. PCMag’s Sascha Segan will be there for hands-on time with all the new gadgets, but if you didn’t snag an invite to Cupertino, you can still watch online.The event kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET at the Steve Jobs Theater inside Apple’s new headquarters. It will be live streamed via apple.com/apple-events/september-2018, but make sure you have the right setup.Apple recommends watching via Safari on an iOS device running iOS 10+, a Mac with macOS Sierra 10.12+ or a PC using Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Or stream to Apple TV via AirPlay with a second-gen+ Apple TV with the latest Apple TV software or tvOS. Other platforms may also work on recent versions of Chrome or Firefox with MSE, H.264 and AAC, Apple says.If you spend all day on Twitter, meanwhile, why not watch the keynote from there? In a first for Apple, the company will stream tomorrow’s event via its usually dormant @Apple Twitter feed:Join us September 12 at 10 a.m. PDT to watch the #AppleEvent live on Twitter. Tap ❤️ below and we’ll send you updates on event day. pic.twitter.com/i9mGHTKhvu— Apple (@Apple) September 10, 2018 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more