Explore further Citation: Our Sun: A Little Slow On the Uptake for Cycle 24 (2009, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-sun-uptake.html Current Image of Sun-April 26, 2009. Via: Mauna Loa Solar Observatory In fact, according to the Hinode (Solar-B) project and the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado and other experts on the Sun, Solar Cycle 24 is beginning slowly. Current thinking aided by sophisticated equipment suggest more precise information is needed to connect the Mini Ice Age to low sunspot activity. Some definitions and background are necessary for a full understanding of the propositions advanced.Sunspot Cycles:A sunspot is visible from Earth without the aid of a telescope and is identified as a dark spot on the Sun’s surface. It is a dark spot because it is cooler than the rest of the Sun, with a temperature running 4,000 K compared to the rest of the Sun’s surface material which runs over 5,800 K. The brightness factor of sunspots compared to the rest of the Sun’s surface is relative. A sunspot if excised from the Sun would shine as bright as the Moon. The Sunspot is noted for intense magnetic activity which inhibits convection and results in the reduced temperature.Sunspot Cycles recordings were first made by Chinese astronomers in 800 B.C. Early mystics and astrologers kept track of Sunspots because it was believed the activity of the Sun foretold important events. Soon after the telescope was discovered in the 1600s scientists were able to observe and record the Sun’s 27-day rotation, but there were mixed theories on the spots on the Sun’s surface. Some thought the spots were dark clouds in the atmosphere of the Sun while others thought the spots represented undiscovered planets crossing the Sun’s surface. German astronomer Samuel Schwabe discovered the increase and decrease of yearly sunspot counts in 1843 and guessed the cycle length to be around 10-years. His work was enhanced by French physicists Foucault and Fizeau and they captured the first photographs of the Sun and sunspots in 1845. Their work was followed by the discovery in 1852 that the period of the sunspot cycle coincided with a period of geomagnetic activity on Earth. The Sun-Earth connection was made and the founding of space weather science debuted. A very recent article carried by the BBC called, ‘Quiet Sun Baffling Astronomers’ sent me in a twitter of research activity. The BBC article’s head notes include “The Sun is the Dimmest It Has Been for Nearly A Century” and a suggestion we could be possibly looking at another Maunder Minimum which occurred in the mid-seventeenth century and lasted some 70-years which some believe led to a mini ice age causing havoc throughout North America and Europe. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The period of 1645 to 1715 called the Mauder Minimum is noted for a period where there were very few sunspots and a corresponding bitter cold Winters in Europe and North American. This period on Earth is known as the Little Ice Age. Parenthetically, drawing a direct cause and effect relationship between the two events is the subject of heated debate among scientists. The Medieval Maximum period occurred in 1100 to 1250 marked by unusually warm temperatures on Earth and a very high level of solar activity and sunspots. The Dalton Minimum occurred in the 1800s and is noted for fairly low sunspot activity and cooler temperatures on Earth. Since 1900, with the exception of very recent history, scientists have called the relatively high sunspot count a period called the Modern Maximum. Current Thinking:Cooperation between NASA, EESA, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, HAO, The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Hinode (Solar-B). IAC and counterparts around the globe have de-mystified and almost laid to rest previously advanced ideas about the Sun-Earth link and sunspots. Dr. Peter Gilman’s, the recipient of the prestigious Hale Prize from the American Astronomical Society has spent four-decades researching the Sun’s different rotation discovered what is known as the Butterflydiagrams. This pattern was developed by plotting the sunspots from the Sun’s poles towards its equator during what is considered presently to be the 11-year solar cycle. His collaborative work with Mausumi Dikpati intends to produce a unified theory of the solar cycle and elaborate on his ‘active longitudes’ work where magnetic fields are strong and sunspots recur over time. Other work concludes that during peak sunspot solar cycles a great bundle of plasma escapes from the Sun. This coronal mass ejection. (CME) accelerates through the corona quickly. If it is pointed at the Earth, the CME will irradiate everything in its path, disrupt radio signals, interrupt circuitries in satellites, knock out power grids on Earth and generally create a beautiful disruptive high-altitude auroras. Most experts in the Solar-Earth and Space Weather field agree with HAO, Boulder’s scientists finding in 2004 that more work needs to be done to show a direct correlation between historical data of the various epic low sunspots or high sunspot periods and Earth’s Little Ice Age or Medieval Maximum. It could be a combination of a cold snap and warming trend on Earth in combination with the dormant or active sunspot activity. Research is on going. BBC’s Confusion Over Low Sunspot Period and Global Dimming:A period of low activity in sunspots on the Sun’s surface is not the same as the theory of Global Dimming or the dimming of the Sun. The English Scientist Gerry Stanhill discovered while working in Israel a marked decrease in the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface. In the USA, a 10-percent decrease, the former Soviet Union, nearly 30-percent and globally a decrease in sunlight reaching Earth. The mainstream opinion on the cause of Global Dimming is the increased presence in the atmosphere of particulate matter and aerosols from burning fossil fuels and other human activity. In the Global Dimming scenario, the polluted matter acts like a mirror reflecting back into the space the Sun’s rays. The effect on Earth is drought, crop damage and potentially harm to human health. In Conclusion:Strong evidence points to a connection between weather on Earth and activity on the Sun. The Hinode (Solar-B) satellite was launched in 2006 from Japan carrying three different telescopes on board and was placed on a heliosynchronous orbit that allows it to track the solar disc and perform detailed observations. Tracking the sunspot cycles began in the early 1700s with what is called Cycle 1. According to the latest from Hinode (Solar-B) log, the current “Cycle 24 is Beginning Slowly”. They reference Cycle 23 which peaked in 2001 and while shorter in duration than most, showed some of the largest Sun flares ever recorded. Some are predicting Cycle 24 is going to be a Hot Tamale (at its peak) when it kicks into gear sometime in 2009 or 2010. For More Info:Hinode Solar-B; solarb.msfc.nasa.gov/ Predicting the Strength of solar cycle 24 using a flux transport; http://18.104.22.168/z/zita/articles/Dik06GRLMar.pdf HAO, Boulder Colorado; www.hao.ucar.eduBBC Article; news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8008473.stm Our Sun: A Little Slow On the Uptake for Cycle 24© 2009 PhysOrg.com The Sun Shows Signs of Life
(PhysOrg.com) — Never mind that HP Corporate keeps breaking off rudders. Never mind nobody even takes HP’s ability to stay open in the future for granted any more. And, please, never mind that HP, pre-Meg, was to turn its back on hardware and concentrate on software, a decision that is now up in the air. Just ignore the uncertainty and enjoy the view of four device concepts. HP’s creatives are still barreling ahead in their own rowboats while everyone outside HP clucks at the mothership. The HP Curve from top to bottom is an “immersive” design that combines a flat interactive surface with a vertical transparent display and on the side a back to the future inkwell concept of a stylus perched and ready for writing. It is a large tabletop size device that looks far more like a Milan-inspired furniture item, which may explain the HP promotional message of the HP Curve being “designed to be built into a room.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: HP offers tour of your digital future (2011, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-hp-digital-future.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. The HP Flex, with a see-through screen, is a flexible laptop that the actors in the movie use to control the robots during battle. The Original Noisy Boy Controller was imagined as a dual display flexible laptop that can be used even when closed. Working with the DreamWorks team to create the right look for the concept, the final design turned out to be a clam shell-shaped controller, stylized to match the robot Noisy Boy. HP renames EDS, now HP Enterprise Services A team at HP was asked to help DreamWorks conceptualize technology of the future. The upcoming movie Real Steel with Hugh Jackman inspired HP’s winning ideas; as a not so sneaky preview, HP is showcasing four of its Real Steel technology concepts of what computing will look like in the future. The samples remind us that computing can always find room for beautiful forms for computing.An HP ThruScreen is HP’s way of allowing a user to manipulate and interact with real and virtual objects behind a transparent adjustable screen. You can rotate the screen to place objects behind the screen or below the screen The HP Volume Jet is a 3-D printer crafted as a future iteration of the HP DesignJet 3D. The DreamWorks team and the HP creatives built a Volume Jet prototype but it did not make the final cut. It’s a large desktop surface when it is flat, a notebook when open, and a tablet when loaded, with “ergonomic” grip power.HP has enjoyed a long relationship with DreamWorks. HP and DreamWorks Animation formed a technology partnership in 2001. The partnership between DreamWorks and HP has extended both to the studio’s infrastructure and business divisions.
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 Liquid marbles can be caused to move with laser light (w/ Video) Hard outside, soft inside. The plastic shell of a gas marble can withstand at least 10 times atmospheric pressure, with no volume increase. Credit: Y. Timounay/UPE, via Physics Citation: Gas marbles able to roll around in the hand could be used to store gasses (2017, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-gas-marbles-gasses.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. Explore further © 2017 Phys.org The invention, like many others, came about by accident, the researchers report, as grad student Yousra Timounay was experimenting with the properties of little plastic balls in water. She discovered that when adding soap and using a rectangular mesh to retrieve the balls, a bubble would form just as it did with regular soap bubbles. But the microspheres appeared, too, covering the entire surface of the bubble. She and her colleagues named the result “gas marbles.”Further study of the gas marbles has not revealed the low-level process involved in their formation, though the researchers note that the microspheres were held together as a group by a liquid meniscus due to surface tension. They also found that they could insert a syringe into the marbles without popping them. They found that they could contain air up to 10 times atmospheric pressure before bursting and that they did not grow in size as would be expected. They also found they could reduce the pressure up to 10 times below atmospheric pressure before a marble collapsed—again, with no changes in size of the sphere.The team reports that the gas marbles are strong enough to withstand being rolled around the palm of the hand, so long as it is done carefully. They suggest the gas marbles could possibly be used to force foam to stabilize or to store other gases. The team plans to continue studying the gas marbles starting with experiments designed to better understand the permeability of the spheres to determine which sorts of gases they may hold. They will also be looking into how long the marbles will last under various conditions before the water holding them together evaporates. More information: Yousra Timounay et al, Gas Marbles: Much Stronger than Liquid Marbles, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.228001ABSTRACTEnwrapping liquid droplets with hydrophobic particles allows the manufacture of so-called “liquid marbles” [Aussillous and Quéré Nature (London) 411, 924 (2001); Mahadevan Nature (London)411, 895 (2001)]. The recent intensive research devoted to liquid marbles is justified by their very unusual physical and chemical properties and by their potential for various applications, from microreactors to water storage, including water pollution sensors [Bormashenko Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci. 16, 266 (2011)]. Here we demonstrate that this concept can be successfully applied for encapsulating and protecting small gas pockets within an air environment. Similarly to their liquid counterparts, those new soft-matter objects, that we call “gas marbles,” can sustain external forces. We show that gas marbles are surprisingly tenfold stronger than liquid marbles and, more importantly, they can sustain both positive and negative pressure differences. This magnified strength is shown to originate from the strong cohesive nature of the shell. Those interesting properties could be exploited for imprisoning valuable or polluted gases or for designing new aerated materials. Play The procedure for producing a gas marble. Credit: Y. Timounay et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2017) via Physcis (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Université Paris-Est has discovered a new type of spherical bubble—called a gas marble, it is similar to bubbles made with soap, but has a coating of much smaller polystyrene microspheres. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how their discovery came about, some of the properties of the spheres, and possible uses for them. Journal information: Physical Review Letters
19 States And DC Sue Administration Over Plan To Detain… Rich Pedroncelli by NPR News Richard Gonzales 8.26.19 6:57pm Nineteen states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over its plan to pull out of a decades-old court settlement that governs the care of migrant children in federal detention.The federal government has abided by a court agreement known as the Flores settlement since 1997. It says migrant children should be detained in the least restrictive setting possible and only for about 20 days. Last week the Trump administration announced it will soon detain children with their families indefinitely.The states, led by California and Massachusetts, argue that the government is already failing to provide detained children with safe and sanitary conditions. (Earlier this month the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that detained children should receive adequate food, clean water and basic hygiene.) Their suit also says the government plan will have a negative long-term impact on the detained children if they are held indefinitely.”This new Trump rule callously puts at risk the safety and well-being of children,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a statement. “No child deserves to be left in conditions inappropriate and harmful for their age. We’re taking the Trump Administration to court to protect children from the irreparable harm caused by unlawful and unnecessary detention.”The states also say the administration’s plan will result in an expansion of family detention centers that are not licensed by the states. The administration says it will set its own standards for care — in effect, licensing itself.”With this rule, the Trump Administration is paving the way for [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to imprison innocent children for indefinite periods of time and is attempting to take away the ability of states to stop them,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.Becerra and Healey are Democrats.The Justice Department has not yet responded for a request for comment.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.
Tell us about your journey. I have grown up in a family of music and the arts in general. My grandfather was a composer, professor and played a variety of musical instruments including clarinet and piano. I credit my initial musical interest and development to him, as he was the first one to teach me how to play the clarinet and piano in the western classical style. My family and I devotees of Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as the ‘Amma’. I have grown up playing bhajans at her programs and that was my first introduction to Indian music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also, in high school I discovered the Remember Shakti recordings and I was obsessed with all the musicians in the group. I used to listen to the songs over and over again, and play along with the music. That’s when I realized how much I really loved Indian music. I remember making a resolution then that I would study with Hariprasadji, and that’s what exactly what I did after college. He has taught me everything I know about Hindustani music. I had to drastically change my instrument to play the Indian classical gamaks and harkats, as the clarinet cannot naturally bend pitches that easily. I worked on it for months to get it just right. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat inspires you to create music, who are your idols?All the Shakti musicians: Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, John McLaughlin. Apart from that, I love AR Rahman, Coldplay, Radiohead, Foster the People, Bon Iver, Kanye West…the list goes on.Tell us about your first break and how the journey has been sinceThe very first video that really started getting attention was Nee Nenaindal with Vidya & Vandana Iyer. We recorded it in Vidya’s dorm room for fun, spontaneously. I haven’t looked back since! Some memorable moments for you?Ah this is a tough one. I have so many! I think my favourite one right now is getting the call from Shankar Mahadevan and him asking me to collaborate! Almost surreal, and such a dream come true.What songs top your playlist?I really like Miguel’s new album. I like the production style and vibe on that album a lot. I’ve been listening to Raghu Dixit’s new album, Jag Changa, really killer stuff. What suggestions would you have for newbies who want to make it big?I’m a bit of a newbie myself! I think what I’ve realized is that it’s important to do music you love. Even if it is contrary to what the popular taste is. There is always an audience for genuine music and soul. And that can only come if you do music that inspires you.What next for you?I’m currently working on an album with very exciting collaborations. It’s all my original compositions and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!What is on the cards for the Storm Festival?I’m working with an excellent set of musicians! It’s going to be a mix of some of my original compositions from my channel, plus some of Shankar Mahadevan’s big hits. Basically, it’s going to be a big, fun jam session. How do you think music festivals will change the way the country perceives music?I think music festivals are great, because they encourage up and coming talent as well as nurture the already established artists. I think it’s a great way for musicians who are just coming into the scene to showcase their work and gain exposure. It broadens the mind and taste of the listener, as there are so many artists from different genres and styles at festivals.
The sixth lecture of National Museum that was organised on 30 June talked about India’s need to increase its human resources in museology amid renewed interest in preservation and propagation of the country’s heritage. The lecture was delivered by Vinod Daniel, AusHeritage Chairman and CEO of the India Vision Institute, Chennai. Daniel pointed out that hired foreign consultancy can facilitate renovation and upgradation of museum exhibits but it also requires skilled staff to lend the mission its desired momentum. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He also noted, ‘India has quite a few of its museums that ideally require 20 to 40 times more the number of employees than it currently engages. It might be a slow process but steps in the direction should yield positive results in India’s heritage conservation which is entering a golden decade’.Daniel also stressed that authorities should give sufficient consideration to local sensitivity while striving to restore lost cultures and highlight regional legends. Museums should consider themselves as custodians and not owners of heritage.
A country and its outlook towards the world can be best understood when its culture is explored. India boasts of a rich and diverse cultural heritage that has paved the way for binding the country with other countries in the world beyond trade and politics.With an intention to showcase true Indian tradition, a cultural programme encompassing Indian classical dance was staged for the U S President and other dignitaries at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a day ahead of the Republic Day Parade. The programme was organised by Seher. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“In this era of global inter connectedness where the world is witness to a great deal of homogenisation and eclectic intermingling, a country’s language and culture still provides a durable distinctiveness to a country. India is particularly blessed by its magnificent and legendary diversity of cultures and languages. This makes India virtually unique. It is this uniqueness that we wish to present for the visiting dignitaries on this historic visit to India,” says Sanjeev Bhargava of Seher. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe presentation begun with an invocation from the ancient Rig Veda, a text recognised as a world heritage work. It seeks harmony within variety, oneness amongst disparity, and invokes the well-being of mankind. This is followed by short presentations in each style, the dancers coming together in a rhythmic finale.The programme contained five forms of Indian classical dances (Kathak, Manipuri, Odhisi, Bharatanatyam and Kathakali) that was performed by young and extremely talented dancers.The programme aimed at representing the richness and diversity of Indian culture and Is choreographed by Padmashri award winning dancer Madhavi Mudgal.
A 13-year-old boy was allegedly abducted and murdered by a 17-year-old juvenile, who was a friend of the victim, and a 28-year-old man in north-east Delhi’s Rohtas Nagar area, police said on Friday.The accused duo, comprising the teenager and one Mohit Chaudhary, who allegedly demanded a ransom amount of Rs 30 lakh from the boy’s family for his safe release, were apprehended by the police. According to the police, at around 10 pm on February 19 that the boy’s father, Chandrashekhar, reported to the police that his son, Jatin, went missing. Around 2 am, they received an SMS from an unknown number in which the alleged abductors demanded a ransom amount of Rs 30 lakh for the boy’s safe release. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe police questioned Jatin’s classmates in Dev Public School located in East Rohtak Nagar and some of them said that Jatin was last seen near Shahdara with his teenager friend.Meanwhile, it also emerged that the concerned SIM card, through which the SMS was sent, was issued on a fake identity proof by a vendor at Shahdara. When the police started tracking the whereabouts of the SIM card, they ran into the juvenile and his 28-year-old accomplice.During interrogation, they told the police that they allegedly strangled Jatin to death near the secluded Rathi Mill area on February 19, when they realised that the abduction bid would fail. By the time they sent the SMS to Jatin’s father, who also was a friend of the juvenile’s father, Jatin was already dead, said a police official.The police had registered a case under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 363 (kidnapping) following the child’s kidnapping on Thursday. On Friday, the police added the IPC section 364 A (kidnapping for ransom) and 302 (murder), the official added.
Darjeeling: The state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) will be working together to develop the properties in the Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong, that are connected to Rabindranath Tagore. The Hills were very close to the bard and many of his immortal works have been penned in the Hills.GTA chairman Binay Tamang, while talking to media persons on the sidelines of Rabindra Jayanti celebration in Mongpu in Kurseong sub-division on Wednesday, stated: “I have requested the state government to declare all properties in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong associated with Tagore as Heritage.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMongpu, 33km from Darjeeling town, was a favourite destination of Rabindranath Tagore. He visited Mongpu in 1938 on May 21 and stayed till June. In 1939, he stayed there from May 14 till June 17, to return again on September 12 to stay till the first week of November. In 1940, he arrived on April 21 and his birthday was also celebrated there, that year. This was his last visit, as he fell ill and had to return to Kolkata. He had written many a memorable works during his stay at Mongpu, including Chelebela, Nobojatok, Sesh Kotha, Bangla Bhashar Porichoy, Mongpu, Giribas, Sanai, Akash Prodip and Jonmodin.In Mongpu, Tagore used to stay in the house of Manmohan Sen (Husband of Maitreyi Devi). In 1944, the house was converted into a “Rabindra Smrity-bhavan.” Later in 2009, the building was renovated and converted into a “Rabindra Museum.”
There are eight militant outfits in Assam with five of them declared as banned organisations, Panchayat Minister Rockybul Hussain said in the Assembly on Monday.Replying on behalf of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who holds the Home portfolio to a question of Ali Hossain (AIUDF), Hussain said the banned organisations are ULFA-Independent, NDFB-Songbijit, Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), CPI-Maobadi and Harkat-ul-Muzahideen (HuM).The eight underground outfits are ULFA-I, NDFB-S, KLO, CPI-Maobadi, HuM, Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT), Muslim United Liberation Army (MULTA) and Jamaat-ul- Mujahideen- Assam Module (JMB).
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress has come out victorious in seat number 38 of Raghunathpur block of Purulia Zilla Parishad, where re-counting was held on Sunday. It may be mentioned that when the results of this Zilla Parishad seat was announced on Thursday, it was found that BJP had won by 550 votes, following which Trinamool had sought re-counting, alleging loopholes in the counting process.The state Election Commission had ordered re-counting of the seat and it was found that TMC candidate Anath Bandhu Majhi had won the Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsseat, securing 1,029 votes more than BJP candidate Ganesh Singh. The results were announced on Sunday afternoon.State Election Commissioner A K Singh, in reply to a question on this stark contrast in results, said, “There has been re-counting in the seat. It is still not clear. We have sought a more detailed report from the district administration.”It may be mentioned that when Singh was announced winner in the Raghunathpur seat of the Zilla Parishad, he was also handed over a winning certificate. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe re-counting on Sunday was held at Raghunathpur College in Purulia, under strong security cover to prevent any untoward incident. However, BJP had boycotted the process, alleging that it is a plan on part of the district administration, to make the Trinamool candidate win in the seat.It may be mentioned that out of 38 seats in Purulia Zilla Parishad, Trinamool Congress had bagged 25, while BJP had managed to win just 10.
A walk through the well-painted and restored Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ capital city doesn’t evoke the gloom that was once thrust upon it by its cruel jailer David Barry that “God does not come within three miles of Port Blair”. The strong words still hold true for this dazzlingly beautiful island and Union Territory as the nearest port city on the mainland is located at least 1,200 km away. For Delhi, Mumbai, which is around 1,400 km away, is closer, and for its leaders, the archipelago is a lost cause, an island by itself. Also Read – On a nostalgic trip
Family members of a 49-year-old man, who was killed in a road accident involving a rashly driven car, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 25 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT).MACT Presiding Officer Ravinder Bedi directed HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Ltd, insurer of the offending car, to pay Rs 25.75 lakh to the five family members of victim Rajesh Khanna, who died after being hit by an SUV while he was riding his motorcycle two years ago. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportThe tribunal, while deciding the petition filed by Khanna’s wife and other family members, relied on the statement of an eye witness, criminal case record, site plan, mechanical inspection report and charge sheet against the car driver. “The issue stands decided in favour of petitioners holding that the accident happened as a result of negligent driving by
Kolkata: Christmas was celebrated in the city with usual enthusiasm with Park Street converting into a sea of people by Tuesday evening.Thousands of people visited Victoria Memorial Hall, Alipore Zoo, Nicco Park and Botanical garden and spent the day with friends and family. Meanwhile, Eco Park saw a stellar footfall of 1,00,258. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended the midnight mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral with Abhishek Banerjee, Derek O’ Brien and Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePark Street turned into a sea of people since Monday afternoon, with thousands of people, mainly youths, visiting the area to see the illumination. The entire stretch of the thoroughfare has been illuminated and policemen have been deployed to maintain peace. Traffic movement on adjoining roads like Mirza Ghalib Street and Camac Street was suspended from the evening. People from the districts also came to Park Street to spend the day. Park Street has a tradition of attracting people from all over the country. During the British period and even after Independence, people from all over the country used to come to the city to see the bright illumination on Park Street and enjoy sumptuous meals in the restaurants. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEco Park, which is coming up as an important tourist destination, witnessed a huge number people who spent the whole day at Eastern India’s biggest urban park that stands of 480 acres of land, surrounded by 112 acres of waterbody. The replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the seven wonders of the world attracted a huge number of visitors. Many visitors enjoyed rides on the AC toy train, a replica of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Special arrangements were made by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) to ensure smooth entry for the visitors. The state Transport department deployed additional buses to take the visitors back home. Long queues were seen in front of the joyrides at Nicco Park. Meanwhile, Khristo Utsav was observed with due solemnity at Visva Bharti where both students and teachers took part in the prayer. The students sang songs to observe the day. The festival was introduced by Rabindranath Tagore, who had spoken about universal religion. Medical bank, an NGO involved with blood donation movement in Bengal, distributed toys and cakes among 500 street children at Sovabazar Metro Station. People also visited Belur Math and Bandel Church. Christmas was celebrated at Bow Barracks, where people exchanged gifts. Special prayers were organised at different churches in Nadia and South 24-Parganas as well.
Namkhana (South 24-Parganas): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised the Centre for playing “nasty politics” over crop insurance. She was addressing the administrative review meeting at Indira maidan here on Thursday afternoon.She instructed the administration not to take the Centre’s assistance and said the state government could pay the crop insurance of farmers on its own. It may be recalled that the steps taken by the BJP-led Centre to assist the farmers have been described as a “a big hoax” by the Chief Minister at a meeting held in Mandirbazar on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”For crop insurance we pay Rs 80 while the Centre pays only Rs 20. But the Centre publishes photographs in a way as if they are paying the entire amount. The state BJP leaders have misled the people saying that the Centre pays the crop insurance. I will not allow this nasty politics to happen. If needed we will pay the entire amount and would not need the Centre’s assistance,” Banerjee said. She urged the Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad members and MLAs to go to the people and make them aware of the various projects taken up by the state government for the benefit of common people. “Go to the people, talk to them and tell them about the projects we have taken up for their benefit,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said the state government would procure paddy from the farmers directly from January 3, under the ‘give paddy and receive cheque’ scheme. “We will not allow the middlemen to oppress the farmers. The state government will pay Rs 1,750 to the farmers for a quintal of paddy. The middlemen take Rs 200 from them. We want to put an end to this and I instruct all the Block Development Officers (BDOs) to intensify vigil.” She also asked the administration to complete distribution of Kishan Credit cards to the farmers by March 2019 and urged representatives of nationalised banks to give more loans to the farmers. She asked the police to arrest the criminals who are involved in making bombs and arms rackets. “There are some vulnerable pockets in South 24-Parganas like Mandirbazar, Kultali, Joynagar etc. and you should intensify vigil in these areas,” she said. She asked the MLAs to ensure that construction material is not dumped on roads, which causes inconvenience to both pedestrians and vehicles. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the performance of the district in giving 100 days work to people. She asked the administration and chambers of commerce to introduce duckery along with poultry farming. Banerjee will attend the prize distribution ceremony of Sundarban Cup on Friday.
Kolkata: As Trinamool Congress observed Nandigram Divas with solemnity on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “We observe Krishak Divas on March 14 to remember those who had been killed in Nandigram. On this day we give out the Krishak Ratna award. We feel proud about the farmers. The government is committed towards their development.”However, the Krishak Ratna award could not be given this year due to the promulgation of the 2019 Lok Sabha election’s model code of conduct. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIn Contai, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari attended a programme organised by East Midnapore District Trinamool Congress to remember those who got killed in Nandigram on March 14, 2007. He garlanded the martyr’s column at Tekhali and Sonachura. The minister also launched campaigns for Sisir Adhikari, contesting from the Contai Lok Sabha seat and Dibyendu Adhikari, contesting from the Tamluk seat. Meanwhile, Paschimbanga Trinamool Madhyamik Sikshak Samity observed Nandigram Day in North Kolkata. Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare took part in the programme. She remembered the sacrifice of the farmers who had been gunned down by the erstwhile CPI(M) government. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe then state government had decided to acquire land from the farmers to develop a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Salim Group of Indonesia. Accordingly, acquisition notice was given to the farmers. In response, the farmers had launched a movement against the state government’s decision. On March 14, 2007, state government officials along with a huge contingent of police had gone to Nandigram to acquire the land of the farmers. When the farmers resisted police opened fire, killing 14 farmers and leaving 50 more injured. Trinamool Congress subsequently took up the cause of the farmers and it marked the beginning of the Left Front’s end in Bengal. People from all walks of life including intellectuals, theatre personalities, poets and others had joined the rallies organised by the party in Kolkata. Mamata Banerjee herself had spearheaded the movement and shook the foundation of CPI(M). The issue had an impact on the entire nation. In 2008 Trinamool Congress fared quite well in the Panchayat elections and bagged East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas Zilla Parishad. In the 2009 Lok Sabha poll, the party improved its performance. In 2010 Trinamool won the election at Kolkata Municipal Corporation and finally dislodged CPI(M) from power in 2011.
REC Limited, the Navratna power sector financier, presented the REC-VoW awards to authors for literary excellence on November 25 at the Valley of Word (VoW) Literature and Arts festival in Dehradun.The REC-VoW awards were given in four categories. The award for the best English fiction book was presented to Jerry Pinto’s ‘Murder in Mahim’ while that for the best English non-fiction went to Rajiv Dogra for ‘Durand’s Curse: A line across the pathan heart’. Kamal Kishore Goyanka received the award for the best Hindi non-fiction book for ‘Premchand Ki Kahani Yatra Aur Bhartiyata’. Gillian Wright was awarded for her book ‘Mishti, the Mirzapuri Labrador: urf Mishti ke Karname’ in the writings for Children/Young Adults category. The awards were presented to the recipients by Dr P V Ramesh, Chairman and Managing Director, REC. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”While REC has been playing a key role in illuminating lives through financing and development in the power sector, presenting these awards gives us an opportunity to be engaged in the illumination of the minds.”, says Dr Ramesh The REC-VoW awards had received 200 entries in different categories. Almost all the major publishers in Hindi and English sent in books published in the calendar year 2017 for the consideration of the REC-VoW awards. The second edition of the Valley of Words festival was held in Dehradun from 23-25 November, and featured over 200 authors in over sixty sessions, including 27 book launches, conversations, debates, poetry readings, and exhibitions, besides cultural programs and curated walks.
Perhaps the most moving part of the entire Titanic saga is hearing the survivor’s personal stories, how they ended up on the luxury ocean-liner and how they evaded death on the night of April 14, 1912. Over 1,500 passengers perished in the ocean — only about 700 were rescued. Some stories speak of unprecedented human achievements. Take Richard Norris Williams II who made it through after hours of clinging to a makeshift lifeboat. All that time, his legs remained immersed in the ice-cold water. When a doctor had him checked on RMS Carpathia, Williams was told he needed an amputation, however, he refused. He endured through the pain, revitalized his legs and made a miraculous recovery. Eight years later, he won the Gentlemen’ Doubles at the 1920 Wimbledon Championships along with Chuck Garland.Other stories are not so uplifting, such as that of Jennie Louise Hansen from Wisconsin. She made it through the tragedy but was deeply shocked by everything she witnessed. The trauma this woman endured damaged her nerves greatly. Ms. Hansen reportedly became incapable of ever shedding a tear again.The RMS Titanic docked in Southampton shortly before the start of the journey.When Berthe Antonine Mayné tried to share her survival story with close family, supposedly nobody believed what she was saying.The Belgian woman made her salary by performing and singing in cabarets around Brussels. In the capital, she was a familiar face “in circles of pleasure and was often seen in the company of people who like to wine and dine and enjoy life,” according to Het Laatste Nieuws.A photo portrait of Berthe Antonine Mayné (Madame de Villiers). Photo courtesy: Archives Nationales FranceMs. Mayné was reportedly in a relationship with Fernand de Villiers, a soldier from France who joined troops to the Belgian Congo, when she met a Canadian millionaire, Quigg Edmond Baxter, at the end of 1911. Their romance apparently developed remarkably quickly.Baxter had wealthy parents and was originally a hockey player by occupation. However, after suffering a severe injury to one of his eyes, which impaired his sight, Baxter had to stop playing and became a hockey coach.View of the bow of the RMS Titanic photographed in June 2004.He traveled to Europe with both his mother and sister and the three of them planned to return to the U.S. with the RMS Titanic. Though Baxter and Mayné had been seeing each other only for a few months, Mayné became the fourth companion on the voyage. They boarded first-class from Cherbourg, France.RMS Titanic.Mayné was probably thrilled at the thought of starting anew on the other side of the ocean, in the New World. These were the peak years of mass migration and many people were trying their luck in North America. From a Brussels cabaret star, there she was, with a first-class ticket on the most opulent-looking ship in the world.In the spirit of good manners, Mayné was registered as “Mrs de Villiers” on board the ocean-liner and was booked into a separate cabin from Baxter, according to Encyclopedia-Titanica.Unfortunately, the time to enjoy the ship and its beauty was short-lived, not only for Mayné and Baxter but for everyone on board. The horror began when the Titanic struck an iceberg some 300 miles southeast of Newfoundland.A drawing of the RMS Titanic’s famed Grand Staircase. The drawing was featured in a 1912 promotional booklet about the luxurious ocean-liner.When the ocean-liner abruptly came to a halt in the middle of nowhere, Baxter went to find out what happened and came across Captain Smith and Bruce Ismay. He approached them and the captain allegedly said, “There’s been an accident, Baxter, but it’s all right.” Except nothing was all right. Captain Smith then hurried to the bridge, and Ismay told Baxter to gather his family and head to the lifeboats.Baxter quickly rushed everyone out off their cabins. Mayné, donning a long woolen overcoat over her nightgown, was escorted to lifeboat number 6. She was hesitant to climb in without Baxter. She expressed a wish to go back to the cabin and pick up left-behind jewelry, but an alert Molly Brown, probably the best-remembered survivor on lifeboat No. 6, talked Berthe out of such crazy ideas. The ship was sinking fast.Berthe Antonine Mayné. Photo courtesy: Archives Nationales FranceAs the lifeboat was lowered to the dark ocean surface, Baxter waved goodbye to his lover, to his sister and mother. This would be the last they saw of him. He was never traced among those few recovered bodies after the Titanic perished to the depths. He was 24 at the time, the same age as Berthe.Following the tragedy, Berthe Mayné remained with the grieving Baxter family, at least for a while. She eventually relocated to Paris, where she continued her singing career. She didn’t marry anyone after that.Lifeboat filled with Titanic survivors.Upon retirement, the Belgian woman moved back to Brussels. Though she didn’t have a husband or children of her own, Mayné still had a nephew and other close family members. It’s pity if none of them believed she had journeyed on the Titanic in her youth.Read another story from us: Titanic Orphans: A father ‘kidnapped’ his two sons, boarded with false names and passed awayShe had this heart-wrenching story to tell, but her family only realized it was true after her death in 1962, at the age of 75 years. While sorting through Mayné’s belongings, her nephew came across a shoebox full of memories — letters, photographs, and other personal belongings. The memorabilia testified to his aunt’s ill-fated journey across the ocean.
The power of images and propaganda is real. They have the strength to shape the views of entire civilizations and the influence to become embedded in the national psyche for centuries. For instance when the average person thinks of Napoleon Bonaparte, most likely a few key images come to mind. The oddly iconic hat, a hidden hand tucked into his military uniform, and the fact that he was short. A short Napoleon has become such an ingrained part of Western history and culture that even a complete psychological profile was named for it. If someone has a “Napoleon complex” it means trying to overcompensate for their short stature by exaggerated assertiveness and embellished bellicosity. The idea has come down to us that Napoleon tried to conquer Europe in order to make up for his lack of height.Bonaparte at the Siege of ToulonHowever, the fact is that Napoleon was of average (possibly even slightly above average) height for his day. The image of the short emperor is the combined result of a confusion in differing measurement standards, confused contemporary perceptions, and a single cartoon used to portray Napoleon in a foolish, negative light.British propaganda of the time promoted the idea that Napoleon was short.In the early 19th century the French and British used different scales of measurement. The French inch and foot was substantially larger than the British equivalent. In 1802, French doctor Jean-Nicolas Corvisart stated Napoleon’s height to be 5’2” (5 feet 2 inches).The British press took note of this and later used it in their war of words with the French. However, taking into account the differences in measurement standards, 5’2” in France equated to 5’7” (roughly 170 cm) in the British imperial system, the system still used in America today.Retro styled image of a vintage Napoleon costume with hat.Matters were further confused during his autopsy. Napoleon died in exile on the tiny isolated island of St. Helena deep in the south Atlantic. His French doctor, Francesco Antommarchi, carried out the autopsy and stated his height at death was 5’2”.This figure was signed off by the other British doctors on this British-controlled territory. Again though, we have the discrepancy in measurement scales. This figure of 5’2” only applied to the French system. His real height was 5’7” in the British system.The sarcophagus of Napoleon Bonaparte. Photo by Son of Groucho CC BY 2.0According to the BBC, the average height of British males at the time of Napoleon was around 165 cm or 5’5”. This means that Napoleon, at 170 cm (5’7”) was actually a bit taller than normal for his era. Surprising Origins Of Popular English Phrases.Another confusing matter had to do with the perceptions of the day. Firstly, Napoleon was often referred to by his troops as “Le Petit Corporal,” the Little Corporal. In the French language though this moniker “Petit” more often than not doesn’t refer to actual size but is rather used as a term of endearment. Napoleonic soldiers weren’t making fun of their emperor’s height, they were giving him a popular and endearing nickname.Also, Napoleon liked to surround himself with members of his Imperial Guard. There were strict height requirements to be selected into the Guard which meant Napoleon was usually seen among significantly taller men. A fact which also could have led to the perception that he was short.Napoleonic Gunner, living history re-enactor.Lastly, we have the case of the all-powerful image in creating widely-held beliefs. The year 1803, directly after the peace treaty between the French and British had been called off, is when this notion of Napoleon’s shortness really took hold.Tristin Hopper of the National Post has commented that Napoleon was considered “of normal stature” until 1803. So what happened in 1803 to change the course of Napoleonic lore in the popular imagination? A caricature cartoon was published in Britain titled “Maniac Ravings or Little Boney in a Strong Fit.”” The Plumb-pudding in danger ” – Caricature by James GillrayJames Gillray was the author of this cartoon which portrays a diminutive Napoleon flipping over furniture in a childish temper tantrum and screaming about the British parliament and press. His oversized hat and furniture make Bonaparte to appear almost dwarf-like.The cartoon was spread far and wide and became enormously popular, inspiring many others to also depict Napoleon as a tiny runt. In this way, a bad-tempered, child-sized Napoleon became the accepted and henceforth authoritative standard for images and depictions of Bonaparte.“Maniac raving’s or Little Boney in a strong fit.” Gillray’s caricatures ridiculing Napoleon greatly annoyed the Frenchman, who wanted them suppressed by the British government.Napoleon at the time was aware of the image and not happy about it. Despite many attempts, he was unsuccessful in getting the British media to discontinue the unflattering cartoon. In fact, the National Post states that just before he died, Napoleon reportedly said that James Gillray and his cartoon “did more than all the armies of Europe to bring me down.”Read another story from us: Napoleon’s hat from the worst day of his life was auctioned and fetched a hefty sumSo there we have it. The origin of one of the most enduring myths and misunderstandings of history. One that is still generally accepted as fact today. But as Napoleon himself said: what is history but lies that have been agreed upon.
Shrewsbury – Jacqueline Ann “Jackie” Kennedy, 27, of Colonial Drive, passed away Aug. 27, 2019 after her long battle with cystic fibrosis. She died peacefully at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.She is survived by her devoted parents, James A. Kennedy, MD and Marcia Migliorelli-Kennedy; her loving brother, Myles Kennedy; aunts, Nancy White of Shrewsbury and Ipha Kennedy of Amite, La.; cousin Jessica Clement and her husband Dustin and their daughter, Anna, whom Jacqueline cherished; and many friends.Jackie belonged to the Saint Mary of the Hills Catholic Church, Boylston. Following her graduation from Shrewsbury High School, she attended Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.; however, due to increasing medical difficulties, she had to move back to Shrewsbury where she enrolled as a part-time student at Worcester State University.Up until her death she worked as an office assistant at Wachusett Family Dental for Doctor Luigi Palermo, DMD. She took great pride and joy in working with him and his staff. We thank Dr. Palermo for his steadfast support of Jacqueline’s medical challenges.Jacqueline brought joy to every life she touched. She would do anything for her friends and family. She was a free spirit who selflessly helped everyone through their difficult times never complaining about her own medical challenges. In 2005 she was awarded the Sherry Shepherd Award. “It is awarded to the student who best exemplifies Sherry’s Altruistic Spirit, her concern for others and her positive approach to life even in the face of difficulties.”She loved her two cats, Sabrina and Belle, as well as all the neighborhood cats. As a hobby, she made beautiful bracelets.She loved visiting Blythewood Plantation, her father’s family home in Louisiana. During her visits, she was treated like a princess by her father’s extended family.Special thanks to the UMass Medical Center’s Cystic Fibrosis Team. Thanks to the Shrewsbury police and ambulance services who were able to get Jacqueline to the hospital where she could be with her family during her final days.Relatives and friends are invited to remember and celebrate her life during calling hours Monday, Sept. 2, from 4-7 p.m., in MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester. Her funeral will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, departing the funeral home at 9:40 a.m. and processing to a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Saint Mary of The Hills Church, 630 Cross St., Boylston. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery of Shrewsbury.