Verizons Droid X officially gets Gingerbread May 27

first_img Citation: Verizon’s Droid X officially gets Gingerbread May 27 (2011, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Verizon Wireless 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. Owners of Motorola’s Droid X have been patiently waiting for the Gingerbread release in the hopes of fixing some issues that have been plaguing Motorola’s Droid X since it was introduced July of 2010.Some of the problems Verizon claims will be fixed include:• Improve contact syncing from multiple accounts• Email pushes now work when using Exchange Active Sync• POP3/IMAP emails now show the correct date stamp• Camera’s auto-focus feature improved for low-light photographyAndroid 2.3 will provide several improvements for the Droid x device, some of which include:• Download Manager App• Updated calendar options• App groups• Dock icons• New user interface and color schemeRooted phones will need to be un-rooted before you accept the update for Android 2.3. The updated file size is approximately 112Mb and would be advisable to download it using your Wi-Fi connection if you have an unreliable 3G connection.For a complete list of enhancements and improvements see the link below for additional information. Android 2.3 Gingerbread expected in the next few days © 2010 Explore further Verizon is officially Gingerbread this Friday; software version 4.5.596.MB810.Verizon.en.US. ( — The long waited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) has been officially announced by Verizon Wireless today. Version 4.5.596.MB810.Verizon.en.US will start getting pushed out to users this Friday.last_img read more

Some HTC Android phones found vulnerable to WiFi password leak

first_img Verizon Wireless to start selling first 4G phone © 2011 ( — The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U-CERT) has issued a warning to users of some HTC Android phones regarding a security vulnerability that has been found. The warning pertains to 802.1X WiFi user information and SSID data that can be viewed by rouge applications, taking advantage of a weakness in the OEM Android build of certain HTC phones. Citation: Some HTC Android phones found vulnerable to WiFi password leak (2012, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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 HTC Desire HD Explore further Affected phones allow 802.1X WiFi information to be seen by applications that have access rights to WiFi information stored on the phone. This means errant applications could find their way to a stored SSID (Service Set Identifier – an identifier attached to the header of packets sent to a wide area network), login names as well as passwords. Also, should the phone connect to the Internet, identified information could then be sent back to those that created the application and who are looking for such information. And if the phone also connects to a corporate network, the vulnerability could lead to data being stolen.According to U-CERT, the phones at risk are:Desire HD (both “ace” and “spade” board revisions) – Versions FRG83D, GRI40Glacier – Version FRG83Droid Incredible – Version FRF91Thunderbolt 4G – Version FRG83DSensation Z710e – Version GRI40Sensation 4G – Version GRI40Desire S – Version GRI40EVO 3D – Version GRI40EVO 4G – Version GRI40HTC, a Taiwanese manufacturer of Smartphones, has had other security issues with their phones in just the past few months, and according to some unofficial sources, this particular vulnerability was discovered by Chris Hessing, a senior engineer with CloudPath Networks. Google and HTC were both apparently notified about the vulnerability last September after it was discovered. Since that time, both have been hard at creating a fix, which is now available to worried owners at HTC’s support site.Google has also reportedly performed a full scan on all of the applications available for download in the Market, and has found none that have tried to take advantage of the vulnerability, indicating that it’s possible nobody but Hessing and workers at HTC and Google were even aware of the vulnerability, which means despite the lapse by HTC, it’s likely no one was actually harmed by the problem.last_img read more

To DDR3 Thanks for the memory but time for DDR4

first_img Using 30nm class technology, Samsung develops industry’s first DDR4DRAM Explore further ( — Micron Technology is polishing up its DDR4 memory modules, “sampling” the modules and getting feedback from major customers. The company plans to reach volume production later this year. In brief, Micron is getting ready to bring its DDR4 DRAM modules for market This means the computer industry can expect a new memory standard to make a difference across a range of computing devices, from enterprise computing to so called ultra-thins and tablets. Boise Idaho based Micron this week announced the first piece of its portfolio of DDR4-based modules as the 4-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 x8 part. The announcement said the complete portfolio of DDR4-based modules will include RDIMMs, LRDIMMs, 3DS, SODIMMs and UDIMMs (standard and ECC). Citation: To DDR3: Thanks for the memory but time for DDR4 (2012, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from For the “soldered down space,” said Micron, the x8, x16, and x32 components will be available, with initial speeds up to 2400 megatransfers per second (MT/s), increasing to the JEDEC-defined 3200 MT/s. Observers assume that the DDR4 modules will first appear in enterprise machines with ultrathins and tablets up next. Advantages will be twofold; in terms of power savings and performance enhancements. Beyond Boise, one piece of unfinished business is still to be finalized, the JEDEC definition for DDR4. JEDEC stands for Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council and publication of the specification is awaited. JEDEC apparently intends to publish quite soon. According to JEDEC, “With publication forecasted for mid-2012, JEDEC DDR4 will represent a significant advancement in performance with reduced power usage as compared to previous generation technologies.“JEDEC said per-pin data rates, over time, will be 1.6 giga transfers per second to 3.2 giga transfers per second. With DDR3 exceeding its expected peak of 1.6 GT/s, it is likely that higher performance levels will be proposed for DDR4 in the future. Also planned in the new standard are a “pseudo open drain interface on the DQ bus, a geardown mode for 2667 Mhz data rates and beyond, bank group architecture, internally generated VrefDQ and improved training modes.” JEDEC will host a DDR4 Technical Workshop following the publication of the standard. Micron’s DDR4 technology was co-developed with Taiwan-based Nanya Technology. Founded in 1995, Nanya does research and development and design, as well as manufacturing, of DRAM products. In 2008, Nanya and Micron entered a joint technology development agreement. While the JEDEC publication will be complete midyear, Micron is wasting no time, with plans to reach volume production of its products in Q4 2012.Commenting on what to expect with DDR4, Nebojsa Novakovic, writing in VR-Zone, said DDR4 has better ways of handling parity and ECC errors than previous memory types, and it can provide recovery from both command and parity errors without crashing the system. Nonetheless, any real deployment will happen in 2014, he said, with AMD and Intel platform support of the new memory. © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study reveals a way to improve chances of winning at rockpaperscissors

first_img Want to win in the NHL? Score first—but not until the third Explore further © 2014 Citation: Study reveals a way to improve chances of winning at rock-paper-scissors (2014, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —A trio of researchers at Zhejiang University in China has found a way for players to improve their odds of winning when playing the hand game rock-paper-scissors. In their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the researchers describe a field study they undertook with a large crowd of volunteers and how it revealed the secret. Scientists in many fields have studied game theory for thousands of years, some to gain military or social advantage, others to better understand human psychology. One game stands out, the hand game rock-paper-scissors, likely because of its simplicity, and because it can be used to make group decisions. Plus, it’s universal, requiring no language skills or preconceived social notions—therein lies its inherent beauty. Also, it’s supposed to be fair, with every player having a 1 in 3 chance of winning any given round. Prior research has suggested that such odds are the case, but now, it appears the experts may have been wrong. In this new effort, the team in China has found that due to human emotion and decision-making strategy, there is a way to better the odds when playing.To find it, the researchers recruited 300 volunteers from the university and divided them up into 60 groups and had them play the game. Winners were given different amounts of money to make sure that all players were trying to win. As the horde played, swapping teams periodically, the researchers filmed the action and afterwards, studied the tape. They found that players had a slight tendency to repeat a wining throw, and, to give up on a throw if they lost using it more than twice in a row. That meant, the researchers report, that in order to improve their chances of winning, all a player had to do was throw down a gesture that would beat the previous winner or throw down a gesture that would beat one of the other two gestures a prior loser had not just used.The researchers note that such predictable play is easy to explain—people naturally continue with a winning strategy and avoid those that don’t work. They call it the “win-stay, lose-shift” strategy, which because most of the people playing use it, results in any given player winning a third of the time—but, not if they know about the strategy used by their opponents, and their opponents don’t. Because the analysis came after the game playing, the researchers didn’t have the opportunity to test their theory that they’d found a winning strategy, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, it’s likely people all over the world will be testing it for them.center_img The Rock-Paper-Scissors game. (A) Each matrix entry specifies the row action’s payoff. (B) Non-transitive dominance relations (R beats S, P beats R, S beats P) among the three actions. (C) The social state plane for a population of size N = 6. Each filled circle denotes a social state (nR, nP , nS); the star marks the centroid c0; the arrows indicate three social state transitions at game rounds t = 1, 2, 3. Credit: arXiv:1404.5199 [physics.soc-ph] Journal information: arXiv More information: Social cycling and conditional responses in the Rock-Paper-Scissors game, arXiv:1404.5199 [physics.soc-ph] humans make decisions in non-cooperative strategic interactions is a challenging question. For the fundamental model system of Rock-Paper-Scissors (RPS) game, classic game theory of infinite rationality predicts the Nash equilibrium (NE) state with every player randomizing her choices to avoid being exploited, while evolutionary game theory of bounded rationality in general predicts persistent cyclic motions, especially for finite populations. However, as empirical studies on human subjects have been relatively sparse, it is still a controversial issue as to which theoretical framework is more appropriate to describe decision making of human subjects. Here we observe population-level cyclic motions in a laboratory experiment of the discrete-time iterated RPS game under the traditional random pairwise-matching protocol. The cycling direction and frequency are not sensitive to the payoff parameter a. This collective behavior contradicts with the NE theory but it is quantitatively explained by a microscopic model of win-lose-tie conditional response without any adjustable parameter. Our theoretical calculations reveal that this new strategy may offer higher payoffs to individual players in comparison with the NE mixed strategy, suggesting that high social efficiency is achievable through optimized conditional response. 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

Research pair create twoatom molecules that are more than a thousand times

first_img Explore further © 2016 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Heiner Saßmannshausen et al. Observation of Rydberg-Atom Macrodimers: Micrometer-Sized Diatomic Molecules, Physical Review Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.083401ABSTRACTLong-range metastable molecules consisting of two cesium atoms in high Rydberg states have been observed in an ultracold gas. A sequential three-photon two-color photoassociation scheme is employed to form these molecules in states, which correlate to np(n+1)s dissociation asymptotes. Spectral signatures of bound molecular states are clearly resolved at the positions of avoided crossings between long-range van der Waals potential curves. The experimental results are in agreement with simulations based on a detailed model of the long-range multipole-multipole interactions of Rydberg-atom pair states. We show that a full model is required to accurately predict the occurrence of bound Rydberg macrodimers. The macrodimers are distinguished from repulsive molecular states by their behavior with respect to spontaneous ionization and possible decay channels are discussed. Physicists have been interested in the properties of macromolecules for many years because they believe studying them will illuminate the fundamental properties of molecules in general. Prior research has shown that large, two-atom molecules should be possible if they were put into a Rydberg state—in which the outer electron exists in a high quantum state, allowing it to orbit farther than normal from the nucleus—and thus allowing for the creation of molecules thousands of times larger than conventional diatomic molecules such as H2. In this new effort, the researchers sought to test assumptions made about such molecules by actually building some. They did so by firing a laser at a pair of chilled cesium atoms to excite them and then by firing another laser with a smaller amount of energy to bring them into a Rydberg state. To make sure they had succeeded in making the large molecule, they used a device to detect that the ions that had been created during the process decayed to the lower Rydberg state, releasing the energy that had ionized the other atom. By actually creating the molecules, the pair were able to test many of the theories and assumptions about them made by others in the field.The team reports that their experiments confirm that some of the theories describing the behavior of macrodimer states were correct, but that others were not. Notably, their work has also advanced the understanding of macrodimers, which could help in a wide variety of research efforts. The researchers also note that the use of such molecules in quantum computers does seem feasible—if qubits were encoded in atoms in a Rydberg state, they note, the lack of force between them could present a more precise way to carry out operations than that used in other approaches. Distant partners. In this sketch, two cesium atoms in high Rydberg states form a weakly bound molecule about 1 micrometer across, comparable to the size of typical bacteria. Credit: APS/Alan Stonebrakercenter_img Physicists first to create new molecule with record-setting dipole moment (—A pair of physicists with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland has found a way to create very large diatomic molecules, and in so doing, have proved some of the theories about such molecules to be correct. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, Johannes Deiglmayr and Heiner Saßmannshausen describe their experiments and results and why they believe such molecules may have a future in quantum computing. Citation: Research pair create two-atom molecules that are more than a thousand times bigger than typical diatomic molecules (2016, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Video gaga from today

first_imgPaintings and sculptures are everywhere these days. How about art captured in video? Well, that’s what you get to watch at Video Wednesday II, a three-day festival that will bring together artistes capturing the different techniques of vidoegraphy. Curated by Gayatri Sinha, this festival will compile 35 videos by emerging practitioners of video art. ‘Our intention is to give video an absolute primacy, to trace and share its different creative strains in India,’ said the curator. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some of the participating artists are Vivan Sundaram, Vishal K. Dar, Archana  Hande, Jitish Kallat, Sonia Khurana, Sheba Chhachhi, BM Kamath, Sarnath Banerjee and Atul Bhalla. ‘The video art will be a collection of free clips and pictures which are available freely in the internet for downloading. These fragments are then put together to make sense into the narrative to form an idea of history, and the way we look at Internet for information,’ said Dar. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’It creates an impact on how we look at information and the stream of clips that impacts the video. For example, the paintings of Venus, the imagination and recreation of the landing on moon and how it films a distant idea of history is to watch out for,’ he adds.Atul Bhalla, whose video Alaap to the river will be displayed, said: ‘My work is on the alaap, which forms the beginning of classical music. The video has images of a river in the city and the alaap goes on while it never reaches the raga,’ said Bhalla.’I work a lot on waterbodies, and I have shown here how Yamuna although completes the city, never flows completely into the city,’ he adds. Video Wednesday II uses diverse techniques including animation, documentary and performative video, bringing in humour, surrealism, critique and autobiography conveying a series of distinct strategies and styles. Archana Hande’s Of Panorama, a 10-minute single channel video, is based on animated silent film. Neha Choksi’s Minds to Lose, Sarnath Banerjee’s Boabdil, Vishal K Dar’s Fire Walk with Me are some of the videos that will be shown at the festival. Check them out.DETAILAt: Gallery Espace, 16 New Friends ColonyWhen: 21 to 23 NovemberTimings: 3pm to 9pmlast_img read more

Charity for Parity

first_imgA candid conversation with Tarun Shienh unveils his human side as he exudes an urgent sense to do something for society. Tarun Shienh a hard core businessman also known as ‘The Real Estate Guru’ has always taken time out for the betterment of society, with the motive to do something for the underprivileged.He is also known for his passion to stand by any individual, who is in need.  His charismatic personality makes him a one of the youngest and one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the real estate industry. He has reached this position by sheer hard work and dedication, which is what differentiates him from other entrepreneurs in this industry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Shienh is a name to reckon with in the world of Indian real estate Industry and he has built up a team to help the society with any problems pertaining to real estate. The team solves queries of minimum 700 – 1000 people during a day, through emails.For these aggressive efforts and for providing an innovative platform to the society, he has been bestowed with the title of Real Estate Guru by the masses.  His efforts are also recognised by some leading organisations and bodies. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBut his passion to help and work for the upliftment does not stop there. He wants to give back to the society. He is a true leader who is not just passionate about making real estate sector an organised sector but has taken steps forward for the upliftment of the unprivileged sections of the society. Recently, inspite of his busy schedule he visited a village near by Eta, where he discussed about their problems based on social and economic front, and promised them to take forward their issues. After spending some time with these children he realised that this was just a small step, with which he could bring smile on their faces but still there was a long road ahead to actually work for their upliftment. He is working very closely with NGO Lakshyam  for the education of the underprivileged students, as he thoroughly believes that for the growth and prosperity of our country, these are the bricks, which have to be best laid.  Over time he has supported many events to raise funds for the education of underprivileged and disabled students. Apart from this, he is also working closely with organisations to raise funds through charitable events for cancer patients.Talking to Millennium Post about his passion for charity Shienh says, ‘Being an entrepreneur and citizen of India, it is my first responsibility to help the society in all ways I can. I am sure our steps would help in providing better education and would give shelter to these young children.’ ‘I feel good when I do something for the needy or for the society, and I feel we all should join hands to work for the upliftment of these underprivileged sectors as a team…to make it sona ki chidiya again. And for this it is very important that we give education to each and every child of our country. I assure that I shall always stand beside such causes where we can facilitate these young kids with education and provide them with basic necessities for a better future,’ he adds. When asked about his title of  ‘Real Estate Guru’, he laughed and said, ‘I am not that sort of Guru, its faith of my team and my customers that they always take my advice for investment and other queries related to industry perspective, that’s why I am a guru for them.’ When further asked what makes him different from other real estate entrepreneurs, he says that, ‘I am one of them, but it is just that I believe in transparency and direct dealing with customers providing them complete solutions. Our aim is to facilitate the customers with proper guidance to help them achieve their dream homes.’  Clearly Shienh has big plans ahead and the world needs to watch out!last_img read more

The contemporary way of celebration

first_imgThe Contemporary Arts Week 2014 is an initiative by Friends of Art back with their second innings to enthrall music and art aficionados. The event is spread over 10 days of excitement with 35 events including new entries such as photography, visual art, and spoken word and improve theatre. Established and budding artistes will exhibit their passion in the form of art, puppetry, dance, music, stand-up comedy, drama, clowning etc.This initiative is a conscious effort to educate the audiences by bringing together artistes and likeminded people under one roof to engage creatively by appreciating the talent in different genre – dance, music, theatre, visual arts etc. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event will be held from 12 September till 21 September at multiple venues like Shiros, India Habitat Centre, Summerhouse café, Alliance Francaise, Satya Sai Auditorium, Zorba  and Epicentre, Gurgaon etc.Reining into its 2nd year the week will witness some soul rendering performances by artistes such as Parikrama, Adi and Suhail (Coke Studio fame), The Danceworx, Advaita, The Chrysalis Project, Santosh Nair (Sadhya Dance Co., Faridkot, Dilip Shankar, Gyandev Singh(National Awardee) and Apurv Gupta  and the list goes on. So head over!last_img read more

The next Spidey wont be white

first_imgThe upcoming Spider-Man movie will reportedly feature an African-American or Latino protagonist, instead of a white man, if a revelation by a film journo is to be believed. The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider, during a recent episode of Meet the Movie Press, spilled the beans. “I’m telling you right now, Spider-Man’s not going to be white. I’m 95% sure. Spider-Man’s going to be most likely black. But there’s a chance he could also be Latino…”Sneider said.last_img

Santal beats

first_imgSome of the finest musical traditions and puppetry forms that originated and flourished in the tribal heartland of India have now travelled to the capital city, as the National Museum (NM) is holding an exhibition on documentation of the cultural heritage of the Santal tribal community. The exhibition, Cadence and Counterpoint: Documenting Santal Musical Traditions, is a collaboration between the NM, Crafts Museum (Delhi), Museum Rietberg (Zurich, Switzerland) and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (Bhopal). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The 32-day-long event commencing on Wednesday brings into focus aspects of the intangible and tangible heritage of the Santal community, especially their musical traditions. It has been jointly curated by Ruchira Ghose, Mushtak Khan, Krittika Narula, Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer and Johannes Beltz.Significantly, it is the first time the NM is holding an exhibition that can be interpreted by the visually-impaired as well. For this, the museum has collaborated with UNESCO and Saksham, a Delhi- based organisation working for people with disabilities, to offer interpretation through a braille booklet, tactile graphics and an audio-guide. A major feature of the exhibition is three objects related to the Santal musical tradition like — Banam, Tamak and Jadupatua. An important part of the exhibition is the documentation of Santal traditions.Where: National MuseumWhen: On till May 2last_img read more

Trinamool Congress leader set on fire in Cooch Behar

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader from Cooch Behar was set on fire by some unidentified miscreants. The victim has been fighting for his life at a local hospital. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged the involvement of BJP in the attack. According to the police, the incident took place at Bakshirhat area of Cooch Behar on late Saturday night. The victim, Mahiruddin Mia, was returning home from the local party office on his motorcycle at around 11 pm, when some miscreants stopped him on his way. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at the bike and it caught fire due to the incident. They then overpowered the victim and sprayed petrol on his body. Without wasting any time, the miscreants then set him on fire. Attracted by the screams of the victim, the local residents rushed to the spot to his rescue. They doused the flames with a help of a blanket. The victim, however, had received critical injuries in the attack. The incident has triggered tension among the local residents. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe was rushed to a local primary health centre and later shifted to a private hospital, where he has been undergoing treatment. The miscreants had fled from the spot before the local people arrived.According to the hospital doctors, his condition is stated to be serious. According to the police, the victim was a booth president of Trinamool Congress and he had been instrumental in the victory of Trinamool Congress in the area.The district Trinamool Congress leaders said that some local BJP leaders were unleashing a reign of terror since the election took place. A few incidents of clashes between BJP and Trinamool Congress have taken place in the past few days. It is speculated that BJP leaders might have engaged professional criminals to murder the victim. Trinamool Congress districts leaders have demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.Local BJP leaders have, however, denied the allegation and termed it as result of factional feud within Trinamool Congress. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.last_img read more

A royal affair

first_imgGet ready for a classical treat as Manjari Chaturvedi will be taking the Capital stage with Darbari style of kathak that represents the dance of the courtesans in the two-day show titled The Courtesan – An Enigma. The concert that will also feature actress Neesha Singh.The event will showcase the allure and abstract dance form of Kathak. The dancer will embellish her description with hand gestures and beautiful expressions to a give lift to her darbari style. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A dance style known for its delicate movements and expressions; and characterised by exquisite costumes, it originated in royal courtrooms of a bygone era. Manjari brings back this enticing dance form to the stage. The beauty and grandeur of the royal courts will be re-captured as some of the rare and original compositions that reverberated through the arts and performance realm in yesteryear will take over the stage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNeesha Singh will be narrating anecdotes and stories from the life and times of a few famous courtesans. Many pre-conceived notions about courtesans, often misconstrued, such as their sensibilities, lifestyles, emotions, disposition and ethos would be challenged as light will be shed upon numerous lesser known aspects of their lives.The forms of Ghazal, thumri and dadra always have great lyrical value. The poems often are so powerful that they have for centuries led social revolution and broken away the social, communal, religious differences among people and showed them the way to reach salvation. The lyrics are mostly in Urdu, Awadhi Braj Bhasha and Punjabi (for Tappa gayaki). As the dialects are loosing their shimmer, they may disappear soon.  This concert will feature the dance of the courtesan, Darbari Kathak along with narrative slots inundated with rich stories, offering the audience a unique glimpse into the lives of the courtesans.Commenting on the concert, Manjari said, “The Lost Songs of the Courtesans is an initiative that collaborate the two extremes of traditional art and modern technology, together in a unique amalgamation to not only make the youth and the masses aware of this dying art form but also develop the interest of generation X, that progresses with technology and find ways of preservation of the same.” So mark the dates and make sure you witness this royal treat!When: May 19 at Epicentre and May 20 at India International Centrelast_img read more

Walking the talk on equity

first_imgThroughout the United Nations’ international negotiations on climate change, going back to 1992, major red lines have been drawn with regards to how the global regime under negotiations to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius is effectively building on two core principles of the negotiations: equity and “common but differentiated responsibilities” (CBDR). The premise is simple: the industrialised nations that have polluted the most will need to bear the greatest burden of the global mitigation effort, allowing the developing world to have space to grow and meet their development needs while more gradually easing into a low-carbon development path. To date, however, there has been little consensus between developed and developing country parties on how to operationalise equity and reflect CBDR both in the substance of actions to be taken and the legal implications, if any, of non-compliance. And time is dangerously running out. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceSome genuine concernsIndia has been at the centre stage of the equity battle for years, coming to be known as one of its most adamant advocates in the climate negotiations. On many occasions, it has played a vital role to keep equity and CBDR on the table, garnering support from several other developing countries. Yet, it has also received harsh criticism for adopting what some consider as an inflexible position that is not leading to concrete solutions, and for waving the equity flag as “a shield rather than a sword”. Jairam Ramesh, former environment minister of India, also criticised the government for its “ostrich-like” stance at the negotiations, and feared that India’s approach may lead it to be “the last man standing” in the coming climate talks in Paris. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeUndoubtedly, there are well-grounded reasons for India to insist on putting its foot down when it comes to these two core principles. While India is indeed the world’s fourth largest carbon emitter, set on a trajectory to double or even triple its emissions by 2030 if no action is taken, its historical responsibility for climate change is marginal in comparison with that of developed countries. According to the World Resources Institute, if India accounts for only 2.6 per cent of the world’s cumulative CO2 emissions between 1850 and 2010, the US accounts for a whopping 28 per cent. An even greater disparity arises when looking at India’s per capita emissions, which are ten times lower than those of the US (1.68 tCO2, as compared to 16.31 tCO2 respectively in 2012). India’s capacity to take on mitigation commitments is further hampered by a low per capita GDP, which is also more than 30 times below that of developed countries (ranking it 132 out of 184 countries in 2010) and high poverty levels, with approximately 300 million people still living in extreme poverty. It is in fact India’s large population, at 1.25 billion, which makes it one of world’s largest economies and emitters, yet the net figures still clearly paint an incomplete picture of India’s ongoing struggles. India’s strive to rise as one of the world’s powers and elevate its profile in the international arena has come with responsibilities and expectations that it is now struggling to contextualise in the climate talks, particularly as these continue to move towards a new climate agreement that is increasingly putting pressure on the emerging economies to do their part.Chasing equity: from Copenhagen to ParisThe 2009 UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen marked a decisive shift in the direction that the global climate regime was to take, bringing with it new concerns over how equity and CBDR would be upheld. The Copenhagen Accord, controversially drafted in a closed meeting of 26 major economies, which India was part of, suggested a new emission-control architecture following a bottom-up approach in which countries would make voluntary pledges, rather than having to comply with top-down targets agreed internationally.The Accord was certainly a compromise for India, who had made it clear that it would not support negotiating a new instrument with weak commitments, risking having to renegotiate how equity and CBDR would be embedded into it. India instead wanted to focus on strengthening the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP) that is to finish in 2020—which only a handful of countries had ratified at that time—as it already made an equitable differentiation between the commitments and legal obligations of developed and developing countries.Yet, after Copenhagen, the road was set for countries to put forward their pledges for 2020, albeit with little clarity on how an adequate level of ambition could be kept on track or how individual efforts would reflect an equitable share of the remaining carbon space. In an unprecedented move, India, which before Copenhagen had stated it would not be setting any targets any time soon, put forward a quantifiable pledge: a 20-25 per cent reduction of its economy’s carbon intensity by 2020, over 2005 levels. This came as a surprising positive change to India’s long-held “do nothing” stance, giving a signal to the international community that it was ready to be proactive in the fight against climate change—not only as a response to increasing international pressure, but also out of India’s self-interest given its severe vulnerability to climate change. Certainly, the fact that these pledges were not subject to any legal repercussions at the international stage may have helped to give India the final push that it needed to put forth an intended target.Nonetheless, in the Cancun negotiations the following year, India continued to plea not to “dilute, supplant or marginalise the Kyoto Protocol” with a new instrument, even while it was becoming clear that strengthening the KP was to fall to a secondary stage. Concerned about how equity and differentiation were to be reflected in the new deal, India showed itself reluctant to engage in talks on the legal nature of the new regime, encouraging parties to focus first “on the substance, and then the form will follow”. But this defensive stance was a lost opportunity for India: had it played a more proactive role at the climate talks to shape the agenda of the negotiations as they moved towards a new climate regime, India may have avoided finding itself as isolated from the international community as it did in Durban in 2011.India’s dissatisfaction with the way the legal nature of the new agreement was being shaped dragged on and peaked in Durban. Moreover, as the talks were close to wrap up, the lack of clear reference to the principles of equity and CBDR in the text, which was to be the foundation for the negotiation of a new deal post-2020, deeply alarmed the Indian delegation, who refused to adopt it. While the EU teamed up with the Least Developed Countries and the Alliance of Small Island States to put forth a proposal for a legally binding agreement for all parties post-2020, India remained firm in its indisposition to accept such a deal.Probably one of the most iconic moments at the Durban talks was India’s environment minister, Jayanthi Natarajan, being surrounded by all other major parties asking her to agree to sign the text, which India alone had refused to do—truly “the last man standing”. In an impassioned plea, Natarajan asked to keep all legal options on the table and called on parties to ensure that the climate change debate has equity and CBDR as its core.“Does climate change mean we give up equity? How do I give a blank check and sign away the livelihoods of 1.2 billion people and many other people in the developing world? Is that equity?” Natarajan said.A compromise was finally reached to include a third option for the legal architecture of the regime proposed by India – an “agreed outcome with legal force”. Many argue, however, that India did not gain much from this third option, as it may not be significantly different in legal terms than the other two, “a protocol” or “another legal instrument”. Unfortunately, the following climate talks in Doha (2012) and Warsaw (2013) saw little progress on concrete ways to operationalise equity in the new climate regime, which was moving closer towards a “pledge and review” system that still had unclear rules.In a rather surprising move, India, the once “equity champion” in Durban, opposed a proposal made by the African Group to operationalise equity. The Group had proposed adopting a common “Equity Reference Framework” that would have a basket of indicators against which the adequacy of countries’ pledges could be assessed. India, together with the group of Like-Minded Developing Countries, stated that “any framework, which seeks to determine for developing countries what they should contribute in any future regime, goes against the principle of equity and CBDR based on historical responsibility.” India further argued that “historical responsibility is the only key” to determine commitments, and that they would not “accept a framework or structure that will redistribute the ambition gap to developing countries as well. If the developed countries truly respect CBDR and equity, they should raise their ambitions to fill the gap.”An equity reference framework never materialised.What next?India’s defensive and reactionary stance at the international negotiations has proven to be an unsuccessful strategy to achieve the equitable agreement it so fervently seeks. Key opportunities were missed over the past few years for India to shape the agenda of the new climate deal, which has resulted in frequent lock-ins that have thus far been left largely unresolved. Certainly, developed countries have often failed to do their part in the negotiations too, reluctant to show the serious commitment that it is required of them as the biggest contributors to the climate problem.Then how do we move forward when both sides seem to be waiting for the other to step forward first?The bottom-up approach that the new climate deal is following may provide an interesting window of opportunity. Countries are required to submit their pledges (the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs) by October, ahead of the Paris climate talks. This way, they shall be laying all their cards on the table. While no formal process of review is in place, ambitious INDCs from the key players in the debate may be the first step towards more constructive dialogue between parties to reconcile the differences and show that there is genuine willingness to solve the problem.A proactive rather than a reactionary approach to solving the climate problem could help India stir the negotiations towards a regime that better reflects its equity concerns. As the negotiations hone in on a new climate deal to be signed in December 2015 in Paris, India will need to be ready to show the world that it can walk the talk to operationalise equity. This will begin with an ambitious and adequate INDC that maximises India’s mitigation potential, but will need to continue in the discussions in Paris as countries dive into figuring out how the ambition gap left after adding up individual contributions will be filled. It is highly unlikely that developed countries will agree to take on the full burden of the emissions gap as India has argued it should happen. It is in India’s best interest to be a part of this discussion and lead parties towards a way to operationalise equity if it wants to avoid being the last man standing yet again. As one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, the stakes are high for India if the gap is not filled and warming is not kept below 2 degrees Celsius. Yet, there could be much to gain if India decides to put its best foot forward and propose a way to handle this challenge in a manner that is aligned with a clear definition of equity and CBDR that it can contribute in jotting down. DOWN TO EARTHlast_img read more

Fake currency rackets busted four arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Border Security Force (BSF) have recovered fake currency notes worth Rs 11 lakh from different places of Malda district in two separate raids on Saturday night. Four persons have been arrested so far in connection with the incidents.Two different agencies have raided Kaliachak and Vaishnabnagar area and busted the fake currency rackets. It is a matter of investigation to figure if there was any connection between the two incidents. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeActing on a tip off, a team of BSF officials raided Kaliachak’s 18 Mile area on National Highway 34. Two youths were carrying the fake notes on a motorcycle. They tried to flee the spot after noticing the BSF personnel. Some of the BSF jawans managed to get hold of the duo. They are the residents of Kaliachak area. They were later handed over to the police. Fake notes worth around Rs 4 lakh have been seized from their possession. All the fake notes were of 2,000 denominations, police said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn a separate incident, the CID carried out a raid in Township More area of Vaishnabnagar. Two persons have been arrested for smuggling fake currency notes. Fake notes worth nearly Rs 7 lakh were recovered from them.According to police, the arrested persons are the residents of Jainpur village under Vaishnabnagar police station. The CID had specific information that fake currency would be smuggled through the area and conducted raids along the border on Saturday night. It is suspected that some other people, who are involved in smuggling fake currency notes, might have fled after apprehending a raid.The sleuths were trying to locate the source from where the fake notes had come into India.Police have started an investigation in this regard. Police suspect that some Bangladeshi nationals is involved in the incident. They are also trying to know the names of the persons involved in the racket.According to the preliminary investigation, the investigators believe that the notes were made in Bangladesh. Police are investigating the route the smugglers had used to smuggle in the fake currency notes.last_img read more

Numismatic Society of Calcutta to organise 3day Mudra Utsav

first_imgKolkata: Numismatic Society of Calcutta (NSC) — the apex body of numismatists in the state is all set to organise the 21st annual conference and exhibition of coins titled ‘Mudra Utsav’ from December 21-23 at a banquet hall of a leading confectionery chainin Ballygunge. The three-day event will have its theme on Mahatma Gandhi as this year marks the 150th birth anniversary of the ‘Father of the Nation’. “Special emphasis of our exhibition will be given on the coins, medals, tokens and paper-money issued in commemoration of the great soul of India — Mahatma Gandhi,” said Ravi Shankar Sharma, secretary of the NSC, which is the apex body of numismatists, imparting knowledge in the field of research and collection of coins and its allied subjects since 1985. There will be around 70 stalls of numismatists coming from all over the world as well as India. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDue to the paucity of space, the exhibition committee has decided that the exhibits will be displayed within 15 cabinets. The exhibits will have a wide collection of coins from the Sultanate period, the Janapadas, gold coins of the Gupta and the Kushan and coins of Republic India. The exhibition will remain open to the visitors from 11 am to 6 pm and there is no entry fee for the viewers. It may be mentioned that numismatics is a hobby among many school and college students. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the past, the society organised exhibitions of coins in various schools and colleges both within the state and outside the state. The response of such exhibitions was to give impetus to people collecting coins; the society has decided to distribute a free gift to school children those who will attend the exhibition. NSC is an organisation for collection, preservation and research on coins whose principal activity includes organising annual exhibition, seminar and lecture, publishing of newsletter and journal at regular intervals. Through its 33 years of journey, the society is functioning as a building block for the young and the new collectors, enriching their knowledge in coins and notes by the experienced scholars of our society, thereby preserving history.last_img read more

Night workers may find diabetes harder to control

first_imgPeople with Type 2 diabetes are likely to have poorer control over their blood glucose levels if they are working in night shifts, researchers say.The study revealed that night shift workers had an average glycemic count of 8.2 per cent, significantly higher than the 7.6 per cent count for daytime workers and 7.5 per cent count for participants who did not work. The study shows that poor long-term glycemic, or blood sugar, control, was independent of what workers ate or any sleep problems they had. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMost people with diabetes should strive for an A1C level below seven per cent, according to the Hormone Health Network.”Our study data raise awareness of the difficulty in diabetes control among night shift workers,” said Sirimon Reutrakul, Associate Professor at Mahidol University in Thailand. Further, the sleep restriction and circadian disruptions caused by night shifts may also increase the risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who work in the daytime or are unemployed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, presented at the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting ENDO 2017, in Orlando, the team studied 260 individuals – 62 night shift workers, 94 daytime workers and 104 unemployed individuals – with Type 2 diabetes in Thailand. The night shift workers reported having shorter sleep duration, higher daily intake of calories and higher body mass index (BMI), than did the other two groups. “Diabetic individuals who work at night should pay special attention to managing their disease through healthy eating, regular exercise and optimal use of medications prescribed by their physician,” Reutrakul recommended.last_img read more

Time for men to bust beauty myths

first_imgThe quest for looking fabulous is not just the domain of women as both the genders deserve to look their best. Amidst all the effective skincare routine, it is often difficult to tell the difference between the myths and facts, but fret not. New York-based celebrity dermatologist Kiran Lohia and Ankit Khurana, CEO and Founder BeYouPlus, an aesthetic app, have shared beauty myths related to men:Myth 1: Chest shaving is good.Reality: A bare chest is a big yes, however, chest shaving is a big no. It not only gives you rashes but encourages faster growth too.Myth 2: Aesthetic treatments are a girl’s thing.Reality: You are mistaken as from facelift to blepharoplasty, there’s been a huge boom in the number of men choosing to go under the knife.Myth 3: Men don’t need to moisturize their skin, it is oily anyway.Reality: It’s a wrong notion. Without adequate hydration, your skin will overcompensate by producing more oil, leaving you with clogged pores and breakouts. Consider buying serums, gels and liquids instead of greasy ointments or creams.Myth 4: Body soap is the best way to wash your face.Reality: Your body soap is drying out your skin and not in a good way. Since body soap is harsh, you are making your face drier, more irritated and more likely to get allergies or even skin infections – even acne and zits.Myth 5: Men don’t need shaving gel or cream to shave.Reality: Dry shaves are not the way to go as it causes the skin to be dry, rough and irritable. What’s the best option? Use a gentle cleansing lotion, apply it to the area, then shave the hair in the opposite direction.Myth 6: Men need to wash their face at least three to four times a day to get rid of skin’s greasiness.Reality: When you overwash your face, you make your skin dry, signaling the oil glands to produce even more oil than it was making before. Then you wash it again, and the oil glands get stimulated again. Never wash your face more than two to three times a day with a pH balanced cleanser.Myth 7: Men don’t need sunblock when indoors.Reality: Even when you are sitting indoors, the UVB and UVA rays are working on your skin and causing long-term and short-term damages. Wear at least two tablespoons of sunblock whether indoors or outdoors.ianslast_img read more

UNC crowd goes nuts after ball boy hits 3 halfcourt shots in

first_img Advertisement Being a ball boy for a big-time college basketball team is about as sweet of a gig as you can score as a kid.In between high-fiving your favorite players and chasing down basketballs, there’s usually a minute or two after the teams head for the locker rooms when the coast is clear to hoist up some shots in front of a packed arena.Last night, one University of North Carolina ball boy lived out every kid’s dream when he sank 3 half-court heaves in front of a sellout crowd at the Dean Dome. The applause built after the sneaky lefty drained the second one, and the roof almost came off after he hit the third.After sinking the last shot, the new B.M.O.C ran around the court like he hit a buzzer beater to put the Tar Heels in the Final Four. Being a kid is fun. Check out the video:center_img Check out more from The Herd Now.last_img read more

VIDEO Bill Belichick shuts down questions about Tom Brady and Gronk skipping

first_imgTom Brady is a no show at Patriots OTA’s after an offseason spent asserting his independence from Bill Belichick, but during a press conference today, Belichick was asked to address his five time Super Bowl winning quarterback’s absence.In typical Belichick fashion, he refused to comment on Brady’s absence and deflected the question, saying, “I’m not going to talk about the people who aren’t here.” Belichick similarly answered when asked about Rob Gronkowski not showing up. He was happy to talk about lacrosse.It’s only May and this is already looking ugly. Brady’s Rebellion continues.last_img

The Best Online Tools for Managing Your Business Contacts

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Whether you work in sales, advertising, or even journalism, your business will always need a way to manage projects, tasks, professional contacts, and calendar appointments.It’s common to spread each of these tasks among your Outlook, Google Apps, or address book. But with a customer relationship management tool, you can keep all your information in one place and have it accessible to your colleagues.There are several affordable and easy to use CRM options out there now. (Even some free, open source ones). We listed the best services here.1. Zoho is an affordable CRM optionFeatures: Zoho is a full suite of Web-based business apps that are designed to compete with big boys like Microsoft and Google. But Zoho is not afraid to offer the standard set of CRM features while still integrating data from Google Apps, Outlook, QuickBooks, and many more third party services. There’s also a suite of more than 30 Zoho apps ranging from chat to document publishing that makes Zoho an excellent Web-based Office alternative.The good: Google Apps integration, affordable pricing plan, and a mobile site optimized for iPhone.The Bad: Lacks connection to social media sites like LinkedIn or Twitter.Price: Zoho is a freemium service. The top-tier plan costs $25 per user per month. Click here for more pricing details.2. Free CRM isn’t pretty, but it’ll get the job doneFeatures: Free CRM will give you all the basic features such as calendars, contacts, and task management for free. (Up to five users). PC World rated Free CRM one of the best free online business tools.The good: The price is right.The Bad: The dashboard is an eye sore, PC World says its difficult to set up.Price: Free for up to five users. Premium plans are available for more users and include extra features.3. Salesforce is one of the most popular CRMs availableFeatures: Salesforce has too many features and options to list here. You can start with a simple contacts manager or opt for the full suite of features that includes 24/7 support. The fact that several cheaper CRMs integrate Salesforce into their services is further proof that this is one of the best services in the business.The good: Excellent interface, iPhone app, and a million dashboard tools.The Bad: Salesforce isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the best.Price: Starts at $5 per user per month for up to five users. Click here to see a breakdown of each plan.4. SugarCRM is open source and affordableFeatures: SugarCRM is an open source CRM tool with an impressive mobile offering and nice social media integration. If you have a new business, trying out the free, open source version will help you manage your new list of contacts.The good: Twitter integration so you can view your contacts’ tweets from the dashboard, iPhone app.The Bad: The free edition doesn’t allow access to the mobile site.Price: The Community Ediition offers the basic service for free. Other plans start at $360 per user per year. Click here for more plans and prices.5. Check out vtiger as another open source CRM optionFeatures: Like SugarCRM, there’s a free, open source version of vtiger with all the basic features you need: Salesforce integration, calendars, task management, etc.The good: It’s free!The Bad: The desktop application is only available on Windows and Linux.Price: You can also get the full-featured product for $12 per month per user. Click here to sign up.6. We love Highrise’s designFeatures: The Highrise dashboard looks like a Facebook news feed. You can view the latest activity from your contacts in the river, or search for individual contacts and view their history. You can also forward e-mails to your Highrise account and it will automatically link the message to the appropriate contact.The good: Excellent design, iPhone app, and integrates with several other services.The Bad: The top-tier plan only allows 40 users, so large companies may want to stick with Salesforce.Price: The Basic Plan starts at $24 per month and supports up to six users. Click here for the breakdown.7. BatchBook is a “social CRM”Features: BatchBook offers a heavy focus on social media integration. You can view your contacts’ Twitter, Flickr, blog, and LinkedIn updates from your dashboard. There’s also a huge focus on tagging contacts so you can group them together by subject.The good: Social media integration, works with a variety of third-party services like MailChimp and Google.The Bad: Social media updates are cool, but they may not be useful for every business.Price: There are five plans to choose from, starting at $9.95 per month. Click here to see them all.8. Daylite is a Mac-only CRMFeatures: Daylite is a desktop application for Mac OS X and iPhone. The service caters to industries like film, photography, and design, since many in those fields already use Mac. There are also several plugins available, including one that integrates with Apple’s Mail desktop application. It’s not cheap, but if your business runs entirely on OS X, it’s worth looking at.The good: Integrates with Mac OS X native applications iCal and Address Book, iPhone app.The Bad: Not available for Linux or Windows, limited integration options with third party services.Price: Bundles start at $1,499.95 for up to five users. Click here to see a full pricing list.Our Pick: Highrise. This CRM has an excellent user interface, affordable pricing plans for small businesses, and can be accessed from any computer. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Brought to you by Business Insider December 3, 2010last_img read more