Study Finds Significant N American Internet Capacity Limitations

first_img Explore further A study released by the preeminent research center, Nemertes Research Group sends warning to access providers and innovators. An estimated $42 – 55 billion is needed to meet expected demands. Without investment, innovation may be crippled. Citation: Study Finds Significant N. American Internet Capacity Limitations (2007, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-significant-american-internet-capacity-limitations.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img The preeminent research center, Nemertes Research Group finds that Internet infrastructure limitations will stifle innovation in the near future. The release of their findings include an analysis of Internet and IP infrastructure which they assign the term capacity. Factored into the analysis is the current and projected traffic of users which is deemed demand. The goal of the research project was to understand the effect capacity and demand have with each other and to determine if demand would ever exceed capacity.The analysis of capacity required comparing carrier expenditures, vendor revenues and compared this data against market research studies. In assessing demand, Nemertes took a unique approach and examined the user´s consumption of available bandwidth has increased over time. They call this the innovation-centric demand model which they believe is the mos reliable method of predicting the unpredictable. Thereby, adopting a model that allows reasonably accurate projections about a future scenario without the need to know the specific innovation that made it possible.While cautioning that their findings will not cause the Internet to collapse in North America within the near future. there are significant warning flags. Specifically, North American Internet access infrastructure will probably cease to be adequate for supporting demand in the next three to five years. Their findings confirm that overall core fiber switching/routing resources will scale nicely to support any conceivable user demand, but a substantial investment is required particularly in North America.The estimated financial investment required by access providers to “bridge the gap,” between demand and capacity is in the range of $42 billion to $55 billion. Unfortunately, this is about 60 to 70 percent more than current access providers intend to invest. The study concludes with the cautionary advice that while the “sky is not falling,” the ultimate effect will be that innovation will be stunted. The next Google, YouTube, or Amazon will simply not be possible without a substantial investment in infrastructure. Demand will continue to grow, but there will be a continued degenerative effect on capacity to fulfill demand. Link for further reading: www.nemertes.com/internet_sing … tifle_innovation_web Creatives in the country? Blockchain and agtech can create unexpected jobs in regional Australialast_img read more

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The key to a more efficient nanolaser

first_img Scientists demonstrate high-performing room-temperature nanolaser “There are some discussions about the recent applications on photonic nanolasers and photonic integrated circuits based on photonic crystals,” Toshihiko Baba tells PhysOrg.com in an email. Baba, a scientist at the Yokohama National University in Japan, has been working on improving the efficiency of photonic crystal nanolasers. In “Photonic crystal nanolaser monolithically integrated with passive waveguide for effective light extraction,” published in Applied Physics Letters, Baba and members of his team, Kengo Nozaki and Hideki Watanabe, describe how to increase light extraction efficiency using a nanolaser integrated with a passive waveguide, along with the MOCVD butt-joint technique.“I think the MOCVD butt-joint technique itself is mature and can be done in any companies making communication wavelength lasers,” Baba explains, referring metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. MOCVD is used mainly in thin films and other high-performance materials systems. Using the MOCVD technique in tandem with a nanolaser integrated with a passive waveguide can theoretically increase the efficiency of light extraction from the laser.“I think it is an important result,” Baba says in an email. He goes on to point out that there are discussions regarding applications offered by photonic nanolasers, as well as photonic ingrated circuits. He mentions single photon emitters being studied for quantum cryptography, uses involving optical RAM, and bio-chemical sensing. “All of them are used with input/output waveguides and other functional elements,” he says.Baba admits that the paper in question doesn’t shed much light on experimental practicalities. “The integration of nanolaser and passive waveguide is dreamed of and illustrated by many groups. But lacking its technology, people have used the out-of-plane leaky light and evanescent-coupled light into adjacent fiber detector as light output.” These light extraction problems could be solved, he believes with an improved setup.In the experiments run using the setup, only four percent efficiency was achieved. “The main reason of the low value of four percent is caused by the optical setup we used for light detection,” he explains. “By using a lensed taper fiber and optimizing the facet of the waveguide, both of which are extrinsic problems, the efficiency will be 10 times.”Baba says that this has been confirmed in a waveguide-type laser, and that the results of this other experiment will appear quite soon in another journal. Additionally, in the same issue of Applied Physics Letters, Baba and his colleagues report a demonstration of resonant photopumping using their integrated photonic nanolaser. When all of the pieces are put together, continuous wave (CW) operation will be possible. “[A]ll optical lasing with high efficiency is expected,” Baba says. He is optimistic about the prospects for the future of photonic nanlasers. “[N]ow the integration technology is available and the light is extracted and used in the photonic crystal integrated circuit.” And when everything that his team continues to learn comes to light in other publications, Baba is confident that “the efficiency of photonic crystal lasers is sufficiently high as those of conventional best lasers.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: The key to a more efficient nanolaser? (2008, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-key-efficient-nanolaser.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Great frigate birds found able to fly for months at a time

first_imgA juvenile frigatebird. Credit: Henri Weimerskirch CEBC CNRS Play Credit: Aurelien Prudor / Henri Weimerskirch CEBC CNRS The birds live in the air over the Pacific and Indian Oceans, which means they are subject to the doldrums, but they have, the team found, discovered a means for handling them as well—they simply hang around on the edges taking advantage of the updrafts in the small clouds that develop around the edges.The birds are able to glide so well, the team notes, because they have the least amount of body weight distributed over the total area of their wings of any bird. They also suggested the birds might actually sleep for just minutes at a time as they are carried effortlessly up into clouds. Mummified ancient bird offers clues about flight during mid-cretaceous (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with members from France, the U.K., Canada and Germany has discovered that the great frigate bird (Fregata minor) is able to stay aloft for up to two months at a time. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they affixed trackers to several of the birds as part of a two-year study, what they found, and even offer some ideas on how the birds manage to sleep. Raymond Huey and Curtis Deutsch, with the University of Washington in Washington State, offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Explore further © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Sciencecenter_img More information: H. Weimerskirch et al. Frigate birds track atmospheric conditions over months-long transoceanic flights, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf4374AbstractUnderstanding how animals respond to atmospheric conditions across space is critical for understanding the evolution of flight strategies and long-distance migrations. We studied the three-dimensional movements and energetics of great frigate birds (Fregata minor) and showed that they can stay aloft for months during transoceanic flights. To do this, birds track the edge of the doldrums to take advantage of favorable winds and strong convection. Locally, they use a roller-coaster flight, relying on thermals and wind to soar within a 50- to 600-meter altitude band under cumulus clouds and then glide over kilometers at low energy costs. To deal with the local scarcity of clouds and gain longer gliding distances, birds regularly soar inside cumulus clouds to use their strong updraft, and they can reach altitudes of 4000 meters, where freezing conditions occur. 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 To learn more about the birds, the group managed to capture several specimens during their infrequent and short stays on land—they held on to them just long enough to affix extremely lightweight transmitters that were capable of monitoring GPS positioning, altitude, heart rate and acceleration in any direction. That allowed them to track the movements of a variety of birds and how much energy they were exerting.In analyzing the data, the researchers discovered that the birds were able to stay in the air so long for two reasons; the first is that the expend very little energy because they rely on updrafts to keep them aloft. The second reason is because when they do eat, they simply swoop down out of the air to catch a fish that has jumped out of the water to avoid a predator from below. They have to be careful though, because they do not have waterproof wings.In charting their flight patterns, the team found that the birds travel incredible distances—sometimes covering up to 250 miles in a single day. They also found that the birds were able to take advantage of another type of updraft when need be, they would slip under a cumulus cloud and allow themselves to be very quickly pulled upward (up to 5 meters per second), without having to flap their wings a single time. Such sudden elevations could take them as high as 4,000 meters, where the air is extremely thin, and the temperature freezing. From there, they would glide down for hours, until reaching another updraft. Citation: Great frigate birds found able to fly for months at a time (2016, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-great-frigate-birds-months.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Face a fortune

Dadhichi, who’s been practicing for 27 years, is one of the best known astrologers world wide. Known for face reading and esoteric studies, Dadhichi blends in what the stars predict to tell the future. Mills&Boon brings Dadhichi to India with his set of predictions for the year..What got you in to horoscope and face reading?The choices that you make are in your genes but that gene is fate or destiny. As a child I grew up wanting to become an astro-physicist, and barely missed the mark there. I feel that astrology was my calling. Technical knowledge is nothing without intuition. I have been studying astrology for nearly 30 years. I began the practice when I was a child because my mother used to read astrology books to me at bed time. My father whom I didn’t really know, was said to be an excellent astrologer and palm reader so I guess that is rubbed off on me to a large extent. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What exactly is face reading?The genetic patterns as well as the nuances in day-to-day expressions are reflected in the facial structure. A careful analysis and study over time will give you an insight into how these different facial structures differ and these can be categorised if you are diligent enough. In nature, the bodily and facial structure of an animal reflects its activities. A long beaked bird has this attribute for one reason only. That is to visit long stemmed flowers. In the same way the structure of a human being- ectomorph, endomorph or mesomorph ( three main structural types  ) determines the mental predisposition and also activity of these people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFace readers are able to categorise this and are adept at recognising not just these are general traits but also very specific traits and to make forecasts based on those observations.Are horoscopes and face-reading connected?Astrology is nothing but the representation of genetic patterns. It goes back to the Nadi’s (channels of the mind), the birth time, the family line, everything has been written and it all connects to astrology and face-reading. The Nadi leaves in India reveal your horoscope from just your thumb print! This is true astrology. All events, even the date of death, will be given. What is the India plan? I’m very pleased to be back in India after an absence of long years. Although not being physically here I have maintained my strong links with the teachers, the culture and of course the astrological and spiritual philosophy. Since being here have seen developments in leaps and bounds not just in terms of more modern looking structures but the infrastructure itself seems to have really changed for the better. I’m hoping now that the new cycle for India after 2014 will bring in a whole new level of prosperity, which will bring the country to the forefront of the world economy and once again reinstate the greatness of this land with its philosophical legacy.  In a way I have been a great exponent of India and its ancient science and philosophy which was thousands of years ahead of any of the modern research is in the West. read more

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Revisiting Premchand

first_img‘Do Bailon ki Katha’, ‘Namak ka Daroga’,  ‘Eidgaah’ – if these titles from Premchand’s works have made you sit up and notice then there’s a reason for you to celebrate this summer. Delhi government’s Hindi Academy brings you a children theatre festival ‘Is Greeshma Premchand Hain Bachchon Ke Sang’ from 20 June.In an attempt to enrich the lives of 8 to 16-year-old children, Hindi Academy introduced a month long workshop from 20 May .  In this workshop, 400 students from 10 schools in the capital are spending their time learning the intricacies of Hindi literature, honing their theatrical skills while acquainting themselves with the legend called Munshi Premchand. The workshop is being conducted by 10 directors chosen by the Academy who are grooming the children in the art of Premchand’s theatrics. The directors who are helping the projects in different schools are Haider Abbas Naqvi, Rajesh Kumar, Kumar Vir Bhushan, Bipin Pachauri, Rahul Saxena, Jawed Ibrahim, Mita Mishra, Mohammad Ali Ashraf, Amandeep Garg and Harshita Guha. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Premchand was a writer who went deep into the roots of Indian society and presented a true picture of it. So if we want to bring our children closer to Hindi literature, the job has to begin with Premchand,’ says Dr Harisuman Bisht, famous author and Secretary of Hindi Academy.The workshop will culminate into a grand festival for theatre that will be presented by the children over five days at the Little Theatre Group Auditorium at Mandi House.last_img read more

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New passion for thrill seekers

first_imgRiding through craggy terrain, dirt roads and treacherous paths are like child’s play for  mountain bikers. And this  new adventure sport is a  trend that is catching up among thrill seekers for that extra adrenaline rush.‘Mountain bicycling challenges every bit of you and requires perfect synchronisation of mind and body. It tests your endurance and willpower. Every time your body gives up, your mind encourages you to pedal harder,’ said Vamini Sethi, a mountain biking enthusiast. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sethi, who owns two high-end bikes – Trek 2.1 and Trek 4300 – said the thrill keeps all of them going.Like her, there are many biking enthusiasts who are getting into this niche area for the love of the thrill and the challenge it offers, Sethi said.The numbers are slowly growing, despite it being an expensive hobby.Some of the credit for making mountain biking popular goes to the Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA).Formed in 2005, it is the brainchild of Mohit Sood, who with the support of a British friend decided to venture into this unknown territory.Ever since then, he has been successfully organising the MTB Himalaya international biking challenge, a gruelling seven-day trail from Shimla to Kullu, covering 550 kilometres. ‘Mountain bicycling is not everyone’s cup of tea. It requires passion and ultimately gives you the thrill,’ Sood says.last_img read more

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Guilty pleasure par excellence

first_imgGabriel Allon, an Israeli super spy, has been called in to investigate the kidnapping of Madeline Hart, a young, ambitious woman in Britain’s ruling government, from a vacation in Corsica.Hart also has another secret. She’s also the mistress of the British Prime Minister, John Lancaster, standing for a second term in office. On the eve of the election, a scandal of this nature cannot reveal itself to the public eye. The ransom is ten million Euros and kidnappers demand that Gabriel Allon deliver it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gabriel Allon’s foray into British affairs has been rather feebly built up, like a rather poor James Bond film. His expertise requested for by his superiors in the Mossad as a favour to the British and Allon obliges. We are then transported into the world of an Israeli super spy, where we are taken through a roller coaster ride through England France, Corsica and Russia.Teaming up with an old adversary, Christian Keller, who was once hired to kill Allon, they get onto this journey to save Hart. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt is a rather unusual alliance, but Allon respects Keller’s expertise. Allon also draws from his sources from all echelons of society, with sometimes an entire village or a large bunch of individuals required for executing his plans. Searching for Hart takes up only half the novel, with other circumstances regarding her disappearance coming into play. These circumstances play an indelible part in maintaining the riveting path the plot take once it arrives mid-way. What happens here is something that should be left to the reader. The only hint left to the reader is that, what follows from here on out, is just as intriguing as what preceded it.last_img read more

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Inspirational posts In or out

first_imgThis weekend when you are relatively free from life’s mundane duties, ask yourself this: are you the one who loves to post motivational posts taken from new age gurus to the ancient scriptures on Facebook and Twitter? Did it ever occur to you that posting such profound thoughts may mean that you yourself need to fix your otherwise stressed life? Or are you a genuine change agent seeking to transform people’s lives for the better?Although some of the nation’s leading behavioural experts slightly differ on this, one thing is clear: for some people, in their quest for bringing clarity and optimism in their own lives, they may be sharing “profound” thoughts with others on various social media platforms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to Dr Samir Parikh, director (mental health and behavioural sciences) at Fortis Hospitals in the capital, people typically share posts based on their likes and personalities. “This, however, cannot be generally applied to all the people. The fact is that people post things based on their personalities, their social groups, their interests and likes and dislikes, so any specific meaning to a post should be best avoided,” said Parikh. However, according to Piya Mukherjee, director at VES Leadership Academy and Research Centre (VESLARC) in Mumbai, such people may or may not are driven by unhappiness in their own lives but they have walked the path of pain and developed a keen sense of compassion for their wider circle of friends on social media. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Apart from the masses, there is another smaller group of people who share such posts – the catalysts or the change agents who genuinely see such posts as capable of inspiring others towards transformation,” noted Mukherjee, also a corporate coach. Such people are usually healers, teachers and counsellors by nature, irrespective of the official designation of the work they do. “Their role is to bring in some mind-food into the lives of their friends and they do this with a genuine intention,” said Mukherjee. A study last December created quite a stir as it claimed that people who post inspirational and motivational quotes on various social media like Facebook and Twitter are actually “dumb” and “have lower levels of intelligence”. In the study titled “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bulls***t” that took examples of some of the inspirational quotes from new age guru Deepak Chopra, psychologists from the University of Waterloo in Canada examined whether some people are more receptive to some silly inspirational statements than others.The findings that appeared in the journal Judgment and Decision Making showed that there is a definite link between low intelligence and being impressed by what looks like “profound statements”. “I do not agree with these findings. Posts on inspiration may be a reflection of a person’s mindset, temperament, insight or the situation that the person may be in. A person may choose to just share posts with his friends because it inspires him personally or provides him with strength,” elaborated Dr Sameer Malhotra (director, mental health and behavioural sciences) at Max Hospitals. “It is not merely about intelligence but also about suggestibility, personality and support systems around you that shape your attitudes, beliefs and thinking patterns,” Parikh added. Dr Jyoti Kapoor Madan, senior consultant (psychiatry) at Gurgaon’s Paras Hospital, felt that people identify with thoughts and feelings which are prominent in their own mind.“Therefore, we are often interested in reading and searching for content which is associated with our own dilemmas and conflicts. These feelings, thoughts and artistic interpretations are then further shared on social media,” said Madan.There is, however, a fine line between “pseudo-profound” and otherwise pure inspirational stuff. “Motivational and inspirational quotes will interest individuals who themselves seek motivation or are seeking to get out of their own sense of helplessness or hopelessness. They may be lonely but are definitely looking to make it better, not worse,” Madan explained.According to Mukherjee, when one is experiencing pain and decides to lend a helping hand to another, two things happen – there is an immediate sense of empathy and inter-connectedness with others who may be suffering which, in turn, leads to a better perspective on one’s own unhappiness.Do such posts on the social media constitute a cry for help? “It would take a perceptive mind to ‘join the dots’ and realise that the person posting inspiring material is actually going through an acute case of the blues. Hence, a reader can view such received posts at two levels – that of face-value inspiration and of a deeper level query about the person who has posted it,” Mukherjee pointed out.In the meantime, keep feeding friends with some real stuff on the social media that may change their lives for good – and yours too!last_img read more

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Criminals have no place in Bengal CM

first_imgBajkul (East Midnapore): BJP has connived with CPI(M) and Congress to create trouble in Bengal with the help of Left-backed goons, alleged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She was addressing a gathering here on Wednesday afternoon.She said through a series of movements, Trinamool Congress was successful in putting an end to the misrule of CPI(M). But the goons who used to receive patronage of the party are now working for BJP. She warned them that they will be thrown out just like CPI(M), as “criminals have no place in Bengal.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The CPI(M) harmads have joined BJP to become ustads. They will be thrown out as criminals have no role to play here in Bengal,” the Chief Minister said. “How can the people of Midnapore forget the days of red terror unleashed by CPI(M) in Nandigram and other places? Many people had been killed and their bodies thrown into Haldi river. Fourteen people are still missing,” she said, adding: “I was not allowed to enter Nandigram as CPI(M) goons had put up blockades. I travelled on a motorcycle and finally reached the trouble-torn areas.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee said BJP has ruined the country “economically and socially.” The country is yet to come out from the trauma of note ban. People lost their jobs and small traders were badly hit. Referring to the recent incident in Bulandshahr, she said a police officer who had been investigating an important case, has been killed. “By spreading hate politics, BJP is trying to destroy the social milieu. They have driven people out of Gujarat. In Assam, names of 40 lakh people have been kept out of the National Register of Citizens, of which 23 lakh are Hindus. Their only business is to incite Hindus against the Muslims, Christians against the Sikhs and thus destroy our social fabric. After ruining the country, they have now connived with CPI(M) and Bengal Congress to create trouble here,” she said and urged people not to get swayed by the rumours and canards spread by BJP. She urged people to ask BJP “why 12,000 farmers have committed suicide in their states and why they are inciting one community against the other.” The Chief Minister said that in the past seven years, massive development has taken place in East Midnapore. Digha is coming up as a major tourist spot and in a few years, it will attract more tourists than Goa. Roads have been built and infrastructure improved there. She regretted that the Centre is yet to clear the Ghatal Master Plan meant to control floods. A drinking water supply project at an estimated cost of Rs 2,300 crore has been taken up and superspecialty hospitals have come up in the district. “Midnapore has produced some of the finest human beings. The state government has set up a committee and the bicentenary of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar will be observed in a befitting manner,” she said, urging students to study well and uphold the legacy of the district.last_img read more

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Howrah firearms racket House used for making small firearms

first_imgKolkata: The sleuths have got some important clues in connection with Howrah arms factory. Sources informed that police personnel, who went to Bihar, came to know that the house in Howrah had became the workshop for manufacturing small firearms. The materials were supplied from Munger in Bihar.According to the sources, after interrogating the three accused persons, police came to know that Munger is the hub for such firearms manufacturing. They were supposed to hand over the finished firearms to someone who would take those to Munger. Later, the firearms would be sold to its customers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter getting all the information, the sleuths suspect the arms racketeers might be using West Bengal as a manufacturing hub. They also came to know that to avoid any kind of suspicion, arms racketeers used to receive only small orders. If big orders came, it would be divided into several parts. The members of the manufacturing units were asked to keep a strict vigil on the locality whether they were being monitored. They were also instructed to stop manufacturing work completely for a few days if necessary. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough police received some valuable tip off, they could not trace any one from Bihar in this case. Howrah Police has arrested three persons identified as Md Anwar, Md Sohel and Md Niraj Ansari on Tuesday evening from Gangaram Bairagi Lane in Howrah. During a search operation, police found 40 finished and 30 unfinished pistols and other apparatus related to firearms manufacture. The trio were arrested immediately. Sources informed that the accused persons are from Munger in Bihar. The trio had hired the house a few years ago for the purpose of a lathe factory. During day time, they used to do normal work and at night, they used to manufacture fire arms.last_img read more

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Hills see promising tourist inflow post elections

first_imgDarjeeling: Despite the tourist season kicking off late in the region owing to the general elections, tourist inflow has been very promising post elections. However, a need has been felt for better infrastructure to handle the growing number of tourists.”Most of the hotels, especially in the Hills, have been sold out till June 20. It is a very positive indication that even in June rooms are sold out,” stated Samrat Sanyal, general secretary, Himalayan Hospitality and Tourism Development Network. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, Sanyal expressed apprehension over the stretching of infrastructure that has resulted from the tourist boom. “Things like traffic jams, parking problems and water woes in the Hills have to be looked into before the next tourist season in October. All arrangements have to be made well in advance,” he added. Incidentally, representatives of the travel and tourism industry have recently met state Tourism minister Goutam Deb to discuss these issues. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”There has been a heavy tourist inflow. We have requested private buses and taxis to stop overcharging. At present there are 4 government buses running from Siliguri to Darjeeling and back, along with 2 buses from Siliguri to Kalimpong and back. We have made arrangements to increase the number of government buses from June 15. An additional Tourism department bus will ply between Siliguri and Darjeeling from June 17,” stated the Tourism minister. From June 15, 7 buses of the North Bengal State Transport Corporation will ply between Siliguri and Darjeeling, with another 5 buses from Siliguri to Kalimpong. The minister asked police and the Regional Traffic Officer to remain vigilant. “No tourist should be harassed,” he added. Deb also appealed to the police to address public grievances. “During Durga Puja there is a huge rush in the Hills and Dooars from Mahalaya to Bhai Phota. We have to have a tourist-friendly system in place by September,” he said. It may be mentioned that every year more than seven lakh domestic tourists visit the region, while the foreign tourist footfall remains around 30,000.last_img read more

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Govt employee held in Malda for taking cut money

first_imgKolkata: A government employee from Manickchawk block in Malda was arrested on Saturday for his alleged role in misappropriating funds which were channelised for the government schemes.The incident has already triggered a furor in the district. The misappropriation had allegedly been carried out by the accused when he was posted at Ratua block of the same district. It may be mentioned here that a Trinamool Congress leader from Malda’s Ratua was arrested on Wednesday for receiving cut money. It had been alleged that the arrested officer might have worked in collusion with the Trinamool Congress leader, who used to serve as Panchayat head at the time of the incident. It was alleged that the accused government employee has misappropriated huge amounts of funds. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice in various districts have acted promptly after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued an instruction saying that none of her party workers will be spared if they have grabbed public money. Giving a strong message against the age-old practice of receiving cut money from government funds, Banerjee, during a recent meeting with councilors, said that if any party leader in any level is found siphoning off money generated for the development works, stringent action would be taken against him/her. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe accused Trinamool Congress leader, Sukesh Yadav, also allegedly received huge amounts as cut money. He had been the head of Mahanandatola Gram Panchayat in Ratua. It has been learnt that Yadav was accused of taking money from the funds allocated for Nirmal Bangla Mission, under which the arrested government employee had been working. Chaos also erupted at Mangolkot in East Burdwan on Sunday, after some people alleged that some local Trinamool Congress activists had taken money against some assurances to set up houses for them. A meeting had taken place, where the accused TMC activists put the blame on a local party leader who eventually denied the allegation during his interview with a local television channel later.last_img read more

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5 PM Snacking Choose wisely

first_imgMumbai: Till the recent past only the health enthusiasts consumed protein rich diet, however, the growing awareness about diseases caused due to protein deficiency have added significantly in the consumption of protein dense food by the masses. A working professional with a hectic lifestyle, will hardly have time to prepare a protein-rich snack. That’s when munching on a protein snack can be a wise choice. It not only saves your time planning, buying and cooking a protein sufficient meal but it proves to be a healthy bet. As most protein chips don’t have a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, one needs to be smart while picking up the right protein chips. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf RiteBite Max Protein brings to you a range of healthy, handy and delicious protein power snacks that fuel you with sustained energy, and has no preservatives and artificial sweeteners. RiteBite Max Protein chips is a power snack that provides protein by blending seven ingredients (Jowar, Quinoa, Ragi, Whole grain oats) super grains and (Soya, Urad and Chick peas) pulses which provides sustained energy for a longer period.This 60 g gluten-and-guilt- free wholesome snack provides 10 g protein, 4 g fibre and has a low glycemic index i.e. it has no white carbs like rice, corn, potato or wheat which tend to spike up bloodsugar levels and cause it to drop rapidly making one feel tired. RiteBite protein chips has 35% lesser fat compared to other traditional namkeens, making it just the perfect, tasty, 5 pm snack to satisfy savoury cravings. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Today with a family of crunchy snacks, that is healthy, handy, tasty and wholesome, Mr. Vijay Uttarwar, the Managing Director, avers that, “Consumers should never compromise on taste for nutrition. One’s taste palate and nutritional needs should go hand in hand and at RiteBite we have kept all these factors in mind while the recipe for chips was in progress. RiteBite protein chips proves that guilt-free, crave-worthy indulgence is possible. Our products are available in 10,000 outlets and we intend to reach a target of 20,000 outlets by the end of this fiscal.” One should be aware of the ‘RITE’ protein chips! RiteBite Max Protein offers a wide range of ‘Power Snacks’ that help consumers adopt a healthier lifestyle and boost up their energy level. The company’s focus has always been on providing tasty and healthy, protein and fibre rich products in innovative formats which help in hunger satisfaction and keep a check on cravings. One can pick and choose any healthy chips from the range of protein chips like: Cheese Jalapeno, Spanish Tomato, PeriPeri, Chinese Manchurian, Salt and Pepper, Desi Masala, Cream and Onion. So next time you want to snack, remember to POWER SNACK!last_img read more

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Odell Beckham is a talented meltdown waiting to happen

first_imgOdell Beckham’s now famous, impossible one handed catch against the Cowboys, immortalized in Vine loop form, instantly vaulted him into the NFL superstar stratosphere. In a league where wide receivers are rarely productive out of college, Beckham has produced 90 catch, 1,300 yard seasons in each of his first two years in the NFL.In a league where NFL players are rarely marketable because they they wear helmets and aren’t easily identifiable, Beckham’s instantly recognizable blonde hair and breathtaking highlights have made him a commercial crossover success. Inside the NFL, it’s made him a target.Beckham’s biggest on-field flaw has nothing to do with running routes or catching passes, it’s controlling his emotions. Josh Norman, then of the Panthers, laid the blueprint last year when he engaged Beckham in UFC-style throwdown. The word is clearly out around the league. If you keep poking him with a stick, he’ll eventually react. And when things aren’t going his way, he isn’t the same player.In this year’s Week 3 loss to the Redskins, a video of his sideline meltdown, complete with attacking a kicking net, went viral. In last night’s 24 – 10 loss to the surging Vikings, Beckham took the bait again, this time it was Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes eagerly playing the role of Norman. Beckham was frustrated early, and finished the game with a career low 23 yards on just 3 catches. Mission accomplished for the Vikings.streethistory: Rhodes and Beckham lol ESPN Monday Night Football: Giants at Vikings https://t.co/blLoU3YZen pic.twitter.com/moBUslWSZT— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) October 4, 2016Did the officials miss some calls on Beckham last night? Sure. But, the book on him is out. Get into his head, he’ll let you in. Until he proves otherwise, don’t expect opposing defenses to change their approach. Why would they?The NFL is a bottom line league, and the bottom line with Odell Beckham right now is that his emotions are by far his biggest liability. Advertisementlast_img read more

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VIDEO Cubs star and Stoneman Douglas grad Anthony Rizzo fought back tears

first_imgAmerica is dealing with the aftermath of another school shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 were killed. Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo graduated from Stoneman Douglas and returned home to give a moving speech at a vigil for the victims of the shooting.Rizzo tearfully addressed the crowd and recounted the shock of seeing the horror unfolding at the school he grew up attending. He also spoke of his love for the community and the need to stop the cycle of school shootings.Watch Rizzo’s emotional speech:Anthony Rizzo delivers a vigil after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, his alma mater. pic.twitter.com/5iQKO0ou00— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) February 16, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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TBT Pistol Pete torches the Knicks for a careerhigh 68 before there

first_img Advertisement Pistol Pete Maravich is one of the rare NBA players that could play in any era. There’s no question he would have thrived in the modern three ball era because he could shoot from anywhere and one of the most ridiculous passers ever.For those that haven’t seen a ton of Maravich highlights, these highlights from his career high 68 against the Knicks on February 25, 1977, in New Orleans. The fact there wasn’t a three-point shot at the time makes it more impressive. He also had 6 assists and the Jazz won the game 124-107.The Pistol had it going on this night. Sit back and watch him go to work.(Note: The video is 70’s bad quality, deal with it)last_img read more

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FDA Approves First MindControlled Prosthetic Arm

first_img Register Now » Dean Kamen is probably best known for inventing the Segway, the self-balancing electric vehicle that’s equal parts innovative and ridiculous.Luckily for him (and us), that may soon change. His company, DEKA Research and Development, has created something far cooler: The first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, mind-controlled prosthetic limb.The DEKA arm system (nicknamed “Luke” by DEKA employees, after Luke Skywalker) is controlled by electrodes attached to the arm above the prosthesis. The electrodes detect muscle movements in the upper arm, which are sent to a processor and translated into the wearer’s desired motion.Related: U.S. Army Developing a Real Live ‘Iron Man’ SuitThe prosthetic is the same weight and shape as an adult arm, the FDA said in a statement, and “can convert electrical signals into up to 10 powered movements.”According to a clinical trial cited by the agency, 90 percent of study participants were able to perform activities with the DEKA arm that they couldn’t do with their current prosthesis, including using keys, locks and zippers, preparing food and feeding themselves.Fred Downs, the veteran affairs official in charge of prosthetics, demonstrated the DEKA arm for 60 Minutes. “For the first time in 40 years my left hand did this,” he said, making a fist. “It’s such an amazing feeling. I was 23 years old the last time I did that,” he told the outlet.Related: Swallow This ‘Password’ Pill to Unlock Your Digital DevicesIn a demonstration video, Downs is able to pick up and transfer eggs from one carton to another, thanks to vibration feedback that allows him to ‘feel’ how tightly he’s gripping each shell.DEKA developed the arm with $40 million in financing from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Research Office, Bloomberg reports.The FDA’s stamp of approval means DEKA can now find a manufacturer and make the product commercially available, although that may not happen for some time. According to Bloomberg, DEKA is currently looking for a commercial partner to mass market the prosthetic.For more information about the project, check out the video below. Related: This Bionic Hand Allows Amputee to ‘Feel’ Again Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 12, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Is This Industry Disruptor Ripe for Disruption

first_imgOctober 14, 2014 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine As Salesforce.com shifts its attention to business intelligence and data analytics—a theme that will dominate founder Marc Benioff’s Dreamforce conference this week—rivals are growing more vocal with their challenges to its leadership position in customer relationship management (CRM) software.One would-be challenger attacking from the low-end is Zoho, used by more than 9 million small and midsize companies. Signaling the lead-edge of its push into large businesses, the company last week introduced a service that combines contact management with project management, prospect prioritization, social marketing and a boatload of other applications for $50 per user per month. (The professional edition of the Salesforce CRM service, by comparison, is $65 per user per month.)A far more vocal contender already earning enterprise credibility is Base, a startup backed with close to $23 million from RRE Ventures, Index Ventures, and The Social+Capital Partnership, and advised by senior executives from HubSpot and LinkedIn.Just two years ago, Base had barely 100 accounts. Now, there have been more than 250,000 downloads of its highly mobile CRM application. It’s used by more than 5,000 customers, including sales teams at 3M, General Electric, Merck, NCR, Wells Fargo, Xerox. “Early on, I would speak with VCs and they would kick me out of the room in 10 minutes. One of the nicer things that one of them said is that we were suicidal,” said CEO Uzi Shmilovici when I chatted with him about his company.Many sales team using Base are buying it outside official technology procurement channels, he admitted. But the company recently signed its first 1,000-seat deal and won a government contract over Salesforce and Microsoft.What differentiates Base’s technology so much that Salesforce founder Marc Benioff has met personally with Shmilovici for a better understanding of the product?Aside from being mobile-centric (easier to update in the field and integrated with existing calendars), it helps managers get involved more quickly at critical junctures in a deal. Plus, they also get comprehensive reports that show how individual salespeople are performing against quota and against their colleagues.“Until now, legacy cloud sales and CRM products like Salesforce have been accepted as ‘the norm’ by the enterprise market,” said Shmilovici, discussing recent upgrades to his product. “However, recent advancements in big data, mobility and real-time computing reveal a need for a new generation of intelligent sales software that offers flexibility, visibility, and real-time functionality. If you’re using outdated technology that cannot adapt to the advanced needs of modern day sales teams, your competition will crush you.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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4 Technology Solutions Every Growing Business Needs to Consider

first_imgDecember 17, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Every start-up needs an idea. That’s a given. A few other table stakes for growing your business include drive, commitment, smarts and start-up funds.At a minimum there are also basic technology needs such as a mobile device, a data plan, broadband Internet connectivity and an online presence of some kind. However, small business growth and success may require a few more technological upgrades.That’s according to Trey Smith, president and CEO of OneStream Networks, a next-generation telecommunications company and consultancy that specializes in both domestic and international unified communications solutions for the enterprise using a cloud-based environment.“It’s a great time to launch a business because of the incredible functionality and scale that Internet-based solutions and software provide to cost-conscious entrepreneurs at a fraction of the price from just a few years ago,” said Smith.1. Laptop-based softphone software.One option that Smith recommends for small-to-medium sized businesses that have more than one location, is software that’s loaded onto a laptop that works as a traditional phone, which is known as a softphone application.He says this type of virtual solution replaces pricey, multi-line telephone units while providing the same functionality at low or no cost.“This is a great way for growing organizations, which are already deploying laptops to employees, to also deploy the softphone application on those computers as well. This allows for fast scaling of the business with an elegant solution that combines both voice and data for employees.”One popular softphone option is Zopier, which can be downloaded for free.Related: Tired of Useless Meetings? 9 Ways to Make Them More Effective. (Infographic)2. Automated call attendant.While a mobile device or smart phone is a mandatory tool for success, Smith suggests using an automated call attendant to provide greater customer service if your start-up is growing but understaffed.“When a mobile device is dialed it’s either answered or the call goes to voicemail. However, a busy business owner or entrepreneur may choose to answer calls with an auto attendant or interactive voice response software that automatically offers a variety of choices to the caller. This cost-effective option provides understaffed start-ups with efficient call flow handling as well as a perception of scale,” said Smith.Related: 7 Small-Business Owners Share Their Best Productivity Tips (Infographic)3. Toll-free dialing to your mobile phone.He goes on to suggest that another relatively easy and inexpensive technology to implement is offering customers a toll-free number that connects directly to your mobile phone.“New business owners rarely consider toll-free numbers that dial directly to their mobile device as an option. However, it’s a great way to create a positive first impression, while offering enhanced value and service to potential customers.”Related: 5 Productivity Tips I Learned From Uber and Other Silicon Valley Superstars4. Skype for Business.For owners who prefer video conferencing, Smith says one of the best low-cost options is Skype for Business. It’s basically the familiar Microsoft Skype app on steroids, on your desktop.“Because Skype is a Microsoft product it’s automatically integrated with the MS Office Suite as well as its Outlook email product. So when a meeting is set up via Skype for Business, recipients get a hyperlink that’s fully-enabled for voice, video and desktop sharing. It’s powerful, inexpensive and simple to use.”Smith’s company works with organizations that range from start-ups to S&P 500 companies, and he acknowledges that while it’s good to know what tech solutions can scale a business it’s more important to know when to scale up.“There’s no entrepreneurial handbook with a growth timetable. However, we’ve found that a reliable benchmark that suggests it’s time for a small business to think about ramping up its technology platform is if it has a minimum of five employees who have mobile devices, laptops or whom require Internet access. That’s a pretty good rule of thumb.”Related: 6 Breezy Steps to a Productive Meeting Register Now »last_img read more

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Microsofts Windows 10 Search lock already bypassed

first_imgMicrosoft’s Windows 10 Search lock already bypassed by Martin Brinkmann on April 30, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 22 commentsMicrosoft announced on April 28, 2016 that it implemented a change on Windows 10 that prevents third-party programs from hijacking the operating system’s web search functionality.It took one day to create a solution to revert the change so that web searches on Windows 10 once again open in the default system browser regardless of whether that is Microsoft Edge or another web browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera.Caveat: The method described below works only for the active session and web results are opened in Microsoft Bing currently egardless of whether it is the default search engine or not.Note: it is highly recommended to create a system backup before you proceed to make sure you can restore the original functionality should the need arise. I use the free Veeam Endpoint Backup for that but there are plenty of other backup programs out there that you can use as well.PreparationsFirst thing you may want to do is download the Cortana Search Override archive from the Winaero website. It is based on code created by Valentin Gabriel Radu which the author uploaded to Gitlab.Download the 27 Megabyte archive and extract its contents to a local directory afterwards.Before you continue, make sure that the browser you want used for web searches is the default system browser.Tap in Windows-I to open the Windows Settings application.Switch to System > Default apps, and check the “web browser” listing on the page that opens.If your browser is listed already close the window again, if not, click on the name of the browser displayed on the page and use the selection menu that is displayed afterwards to pick the browser you want to use.Open the folder you extracted the files of the archive to after you are done with the preparations.Open the x86 or x64 folder based on whether a 32-bit or 64-bit copy of Windows 10 is installed on the device.Run SearchUIMonitor.exe inside the selected folder. A SmartScreen filter warning may be displayed. Click on “more info” and then on “Run anyway” to run the application.A window appears for a split-second and is closed automatically afterwards.If you get an error message stating that a dll is missing, open the vcredist folder and run the 32-bit or 64-bit executable file in there to add the missing dll to your system. If that is the case, go to step 2 and repeat it.Run EdgeAutomation.exe afterwards. You may get another SmartScreen filter prompt. Click on “more info” and “run anway” to execute the program.A new window should flash for a second before it is closed automatically as well.Now it is time to test the implementation. Tap on the Windows-key, type a search term (e.g. test), and select the web search result.What you will notice is that Edge opens shortly but is closed again. The result is then opened in the default system browser using Bing.Closing WordsThe hack needs work before it becomes really useful. While most users may not mind that Microsoft Edge opens for a moment before results are loaded in the default web browser, the fact that Bing is used to display the results will likely make it a deal breaker for users. (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft’s Windows 10 Search lock already bypassedDescriptionMicrosoft’s browser and search lock for web searches on the company’s Windows 10 operating system has been bypassed a day after the announcement.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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