Month: August 2019

Linux Foundation takes Linux pulse in progress report

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A white paper updating 2011 highlights and progress in Linux kernel development has been released by The Linux Foundation, the vendor-neutral base for collaborations on the Linux kernel. “Linux Kernel Development: How Fast it is Going, Who is Doing It, What They are Doing, and Who is Sponsoring It” is authored by Jonathan Corbet, LWN.net, Greg Kroah-Hartman and Amanda McPherson, the latter two of The Linux Foundation. Citation: Linux Foundation takes Linux pulse in progress report (2012, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-linux-foundation-pulse.html The walls are history. In addition to Red Hat stepping up to the plate to expand Linux for business, IBM also was one of the earlier industry heavyweights turning partners and clients on to Linux. Similar turnarounds happened quickly; in 2012 Linux is everywhere, running supercomputers, financial trades, and mobile devices.This is the fourth update of the status report and in addition to stats the report talks about 2011 highlights, one among them being that the Linux kernel celebrated its twentieth anniversary along with the release of the 3.0 kernel. Another notable in 2011: Microsoft appeared on the list of the top-20 contributors for a kernel release. Microsoft ranks 17th, with a contribution estimated at 1 per cent of the whole.The report not surprisingly names Red Hat, IBM, Intel, Novell, Oracle, and others as among key company contributors. The latest twist, as shown in the report’s graph, is that Samsung and Texas Instruments are rising stars as key contributors. “There is an interesting trend to be seen in the following plot,” says the report, referring to the graph. “They correspond to the contributions from Samsung and Texas Instruments, both of which are prominent mobile and embedded companies. In recent years, the level of participation from this sector has been growing rapidly. It is worth noting that these companies are not only adding more hardware support to the kernel, they are also taking more responsibility for the advancement of core kernel areas like the scheduler and memory management.”The report also accounts for Linux downs as well as ups last year. The report did not neglect to mention that in 2011 the central repository and distribution site for kernel development,kernel.org, suffered a severe security breach and was offline for several weeks. More information: www.linuxfoundation.org/public … ons/linux-foundation This report covers a wide range of stats, from the number of files and lines in each kernel version to individual changes that go into each kernel release, to numbers of developers doing kernel development, to companies working on kernel improvements.The number of different developers who are doing Linux kernel development and the identifiable companies who are sponsoring this work have been increasing over the different kernel versions, says the report. Statements like that really stand out, if one considers the earliest days of Linux, when coders down in the trenches of computer labs at big companies were warned not to do “Open Source stuff” during office hours. Corporate finance executives who did not grasp programming thought of Linux as a cult-like threat to capitalist growth. If Ballmer was calling Linux a “cancer,” some businesses also saw Linux as a threat to the way they thought businesses need to survive. The very idea of sharing changes with people across companies was far less familiar than staying proprietary. The difficulty in seeing the benefits of Open Source software development practices, and not just the operating system, threw up walls against Linux. center_img Linux Kernel to Add VMI © 2012 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study shows economic studies done in lab offer similar results to those

first_img There has been some debate in the economics field regarding the validity of economic experiments done in the lab due to the constrained environment in which they are conducted. Until now however, as the research pair point out, very few if any studies have been done to find out if such concerns are warranted—to find out, they designed and conducted a study on earlier studies.The study consisted of analyzing the results of studies done on what is known as the spillover effect—where productivity in a group goes up if just one member of a group increases his or her productivity. The research pair found data from 34 such studies, 11 done in the lab and 23 in the field over the past fifteen years, and compared the results. They found only very small differences, suggesting that the work done in the lab was every bit as valid as the work done in the field.Charness and Fehr suggest that there is a reasonable explanation for the results—it is because those conducting work in the lab add aspects to their studies to counter the effects of the lab environment. Incentives can be added, they note, or volunteers can be used that are not university students, or by offsetting the impact of behavior changes that result from being observed by offering comparisons to workers that do their work in the real world under observation. For this reason, they suggest the results found by Herbst and Mas likely apply under other scenarios as well, which might be enough to cause some scientists to change their views on lab studies. Explore further Citation: Study shows economic studies done in lab offer similar results to those done in the field (2015, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-economic-lab-similar-results-field.html Great results in the psych lab — but do they hold up in the field? Journal information: Science (Phys.org)—A pair of economics researchers has found evidence that suggests that economic studies done in the lab offer results that are comparable to those done in the field. In their paper published in the journal Science, Daniel Herbst and Alexandre Mas with Princeton University, describe how they compared study results that used one or the other of the two methods and why they believe what they found likely translates to other studies as well. Gary Charness and Ernst Fehr with the Universities of California and Zurich respectively, offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the research pair in the same journal issue and offer some ideas on why the results from such studies were found to be similar. 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. © 2015 Phys.org More information: D. Herbst et al. Peer effects on worker output in the laboratory generalize to the field, Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aac9555last_img read more

Massive multiple star system found by astronomers

first_img Another bee in the beehive—Astronomers discover binary star in the NGC 2632 cluster Explore further HD 64315 (also known as HIP 38430) is the main ionising source of the Galactic H ii region Sh2-311. It was initially classified by previous studies as a binary star, located some 16,000 light years away from the Earth. However, a new study conducted by Lorenzo’s team reveals breakthrough information about this stellar system.The researchers have analyzed over 50 high-resolution spectra of HD 64315 obtained during previous observations and also photometric data from All Sky Automated Survey and Hipparcos catalogs. This analysis revealed strong signatures of more than two components present in the spectra, indicating that HD 64315 is, in fact, a multiple system comprising at least four components.”By using a complex procedure to analyse 52 high-resolution spectra, we are able to confirm that HD 64315 contains two binary systems, one of which is an eclipsing binary,” the paper reads.According to the research, HD 64315 is composed of at least two binary systems, one of which is an eclipsing binary. The two binaries are located about 500 AU from each other.HD 64315 AaAb is the non-eclipsing binary with an orbital period of 2.7 days. Both components of this binary have minimal masses of at least 10 solar masses, but most likely about 30 solar masses.The eclipsing binary was designated HD 64315 BaBb and has a much shorter orbital period which equals approximately one day. Both stars of this binary have a similar mass of about 14.6 solar masses.The researchers found that HD 64315 AaAb’s components are hotter than those of the eclipsing binary, and dominate the appearance of the whole system. They estimate that HD 64315 has a total mass of above 90 solar masses. Notably, the eclipsing binary is one the most massive overcontact binaries known, a likely merger progenitor in a very wide multiple system.The team does not exclude the possibility that HD 64315 could be a compact cluster in which most of the mass could be concentrated in the two observed binaries. “Lower-mass components would not be observable in the glare of this very bright system. However, in any case, it is highly unlikely that HD 64315 is surrounded by a cluster with about 1,000 solar masses, as is usual for other O6 V stars,” the authors noted.In concluding remarks, the researchers emphasized that HD 64315 is potentially a massive hierarchical system that formed in a sparse environment, which highlights the need for detailed studies of multiplicity in apparently “isolated” stars.”HD 64315 provides a cautionary tale about high-mass star isolation and multiplicity. Its total mass is likely above 90 solar masses, but it seems to have formed without an accompanying cluster,” the scientists concluded. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Massive multiple star system found by astronomers (2017, August 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-massive-multiple-star-astronomers.html More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1708.00849.pdf A group of astronomers led by Javier Lorenzo of the University of Alicante, Spain, has discovered that the binary star system HD 64315 is more complex than previously thought. The new study reveals that HD 64315 contains at least two binary systems composed of massive stars. The findings appeared online on Aug. 2 in a paper published on arXiv.org. Representative examples of the spectrum of HD 64315 at four different phases. Spectra are numbered for ease of identification. Credit: Lorenzo et al., 2017. 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

There are ways to combat racism that dont rely on implicit bias

first_imgIt would be nice if, to address racism and sexism, we could simply call on people to change their subconscious prejudicial impulses. Unfortunately, despite the hype around “implicit bias” as a psychological tool for improving workplace diversity, it doesn’t work that way. As Quartz has previously reported, there are numerous methodological flaws with the most commonly used implicit-bias test, and relying on current techniques meant to address implicit bias doesn’t product strong long-term results. But that doesn’t mean we should give up on addressing bias altogether, argued Neil Lewis, professor of communication and social behavior at Cornell University, at this year’s Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference. Lewis said that when he first saw evidence showing that implicit-bias training doesn’t create long-lasting effects, he found it depressing. He originally planned to research implicit bias in graduate school, then changed his mind when he realized the effects of trainings based on the concept don’t last long, he says. “But over time I’ve come to view it as an important and useful reminder of a broader lesson from the behavioral sciences: people are highly influenced by their environment,” he wrote in the notes for his talk, which he emailed to Quartz. “The reasons they have those biases in the first place is because they’ve learned them from the contexts they’ve been embedded in—contexts that are rich with social scripts (norms) that influence our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.” Read the whole story: Quartzlast_img read more

Get off at the artscience junction

first_imgTo most of us, art and science are polar opposites. Whereas art is seen as purely subjective practice, science is expected to free itself from subjectivity in order to come as close to objectivity as possible. However, at a closer look, we shall discover that both artistic and scientific practices hove much more in common as it might initially appear. Talking about photography, it gives us a chance to preserve the moments that passed away. And when this art of photography couples with science it produces such show like DWIH Horizon: Art Meets Science. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Organised by the German House for Research and Innovation, the show displays photographs clicked by 18 young Indian photographers under the guidance of famous German artistic photographer Wolfgang Zurborn. The pictures exhibited at the show are based on the theme The Theatre of Real Life depicting everyday life in India. Captured by the artistes during the Photography Master Class conducted during the Excellence on Tour!  road shows in Ahmedabad and Kolkata in 2013/14, these photos have now been assembled into an inspiring exhibition by  Zurborn. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event that kick started on 28 October was inaugurated by Michael Steiner, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. Addressing the guests at the occasion, Steiner said, ‘The show aims to capture the gist of Indo-German academic creativity expressed through photography and scientific activities. It displays a cultural highlight combined with ample first hand information on research and innovation in Germany’.Jamila Adeli, Curator and Art historian gave a key note address highlighting the topic ‘What science can learn from Art and vice versa’. Adeli showed two video clips that beautifully explained the relation between art and science. The event also includes various scientific talks, lectures and workshops conducted by the DWIH New Delhi consortium members consisting of German universities, educational institutes and research funding organisations. On the final day of the event, these institutions will set up info-stands to disseminate all necessary information required by Indian students, scientists or researchers to pursue their careers in Germany.When: On till 1 November Where: IGNCA, Janpathlast_img read more

Bowlful of culture

first_imgDelhi came alive with the myriad hues of the North East at the North East Festival which showcases the best of what the region has to offer! The weekend went by gloriously as people turned up in huge numbers at the day two and  three of the festival. After a successful inaugural last year, the second edition of the North East Festival was held in great style from 7 to 10 November at the capital’s IGNCA. Day two started with a fashion show with some of the most famous fashion designers of the North East like Dhiraj Deka, Garima Saikia Garg, Yana Ngoba, LD Roslyn Konshai along with other upcoming designers showcased their finest creations. This was followed by  the king of Naga folk blues Guru Rewben Mashangva, Assamese heartthrob Zubeen Garg, Tetseo Sisters, Mayukh Hazarika, Frisky Pints setting the stage on fire with their performances. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year’s edition of the festival focused on the various business and investment opportunities that the region presents, apart from showcasing the multifarious culture and rich heritage of the North Eastern states. There were lively discussion sessions on ‘Opportunities for investment in IT and ITES in North East’ and ‘Entrepreneurship and investment in North East India’ and included eminent speakers discussing on issues related to investments and opportunities in the region. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSumptuous cuisines carrying fragrances of the North East were in abundance in the various food stalls along with exquisite handicrafts and ethnic handlooms from the region. Various music bands like from NER like Foot Wings, Stuti Choudhury, Minutes of Decay performed all through the day much to the delight of the onlookers.Adding colour to the proceedings, artistes from various states of North East India along with Sangeet Natak Akademi presented a range of ethnic dances from the region. A film festival featuring the best of North East cinema commenced as well, which was inaugurated by Rajani Basumatary, one of the biggest film directors from the region. The festival has become a brand which is synonymous with the unification of the various stakeholders of North East under one dynamic platform. North East Festival is organised by the socio-cultural trust, Trend MMS, in association with North East Community of Delhi.last_img read more

Unused waterbodies to be utilised for fish production

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is chalking out a comprehensive road map in order to utilise all the unused waterbodies across the state for fish farming, thereby increasing the overall fish production in the state, state fisheries minister Chandra Nath Sinha said.He was speaking at ‘Fisheries Conclave: Maximising Production and Ensuring Safety’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at a city hotel on Tuesday. Bengal has the potential to overtake Andhra Pradesh in fish production within the next couple of years, the minister said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”If we could utilise the unused waterbodies in the state for pisciculture through more scientific intervention, Bengal will surpass Andhra Pradesh in the near future. A lot of initiatives are being taken to educate people involved in fish farming. Our department is formulating a road map to increase fish production in the next couple of years,” Sinha said.Bengal has exported around 1.7 lakh metric tonne of fishes abroad including 70 thousand tonne of shrimps. Last year, the overall fish production in the state remained at 17.42 lakh metric tonne, while the fisheries department has set a target to increase the productivity up to 18. 5 lakh metric tonne in the next year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources at the fisheries department, around 15 percent of waterbodies in the state have been lying unused. If these waterbodies could be used for pisciculture, fish production would be manifold. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said Bengal will be self-reliant in case of fish production. Banerjee’s brain child ‘Jol Dhoro, Jol Bhoro’ project has significant contribution towards the increase in fish production in the state in the past few years. The Fisheries department has developed Moyna in Purba Medinipur district as Bengal’s largest fisheries hub, following instructions of the Chief Minister to cut down on fish imports from other states. A stress has been given to increase the productivity of small fishes as well. Steps have also been taken to use ponds for cultivating small fishes twice in a year. A study has been conducted to examine what species of fishes can be produced in which aquatic conditions in the districts, Sinha said.”We are trying to increase the production of prawns in the districts. Our department is setting up hatcheries in various places and fingerlings are being distributed among farmers by our department for free,” Sinha said.Soumyajit Das, Managing Director, the State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) Ltd said farmers training, application of scientific food and medicine have been given utmost importance to maximise the production. Ravi Inder Singh, Principal Secretary, department of Fisheries said steps have been taken to strengthen cold chain management in the state. Focus is on creating infrastructure in production and exports of fishes, he added.last_img read more

Rain alert Fishermen asked to stay on land

first_imgKolkata: An alert has been issued for the fishermen to avoid venturing out in the sea for the next 18 hours from Thursday evening due to the formation of a low pressure trough.With the forecast alert from the Regional Meterological department, the state government has urged fishermen not to venture out in the sea for the next 18 hours.Fishermen warning (Meteorological department) for West Bengal coast reads: “Due to formation of a Low Pressure area over Northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, Fishermen those are in deep sea are advised to return to the coast by today (05.09.2018) afternoon and also advised not to venture out in the deep sea, along and off West Bengal and Odisha coast and towards Bangladesh coast from today 5th September evening till further notice.”It may be mentioned that under the influence of cyclonic circulation over the north Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal, a low pressure trough has formed over northwest Bay of Bengal andits neighbourhood.At the same time, cyclonic circulation can extend up to 7.6 km above the main sea level tilting towards southwest.last_img read more

Gear up for some Barbecue this winter

first_imgFrom the creators of hugely successful ‘Holi Moo! Festival’ (formerly Holi Cow! Festival) and ‘10 Heads Festival’, Trifecta Entertainment, comes another festival to look forward to – Delhi Cook Out – World Barbecue Festival from December 9 -11 at DLF Place, Saket from noon to 10:00 PM.Talking about the cook out, Abhishek Mankad, Co-Founder and Director, Trifecta Entertainment Pvt Ltd, says, “We are excited to announce a brand new festival property that sets itself apart from the plethora of food-based events that the city has been seeing. Through our focus on the oldest form of cooking, as well as our strong associations with FIFI and various countries that have a rich barbecuing tradition, Trifecta is bringing to Delhi a truly international, curated experience. The expertise and quality brought together by these associations is, I believe, the strength of the festival.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Delhi Cook Out – World Barbecue Festival is a celebration of the bonhomie and warmth that barbecue fires have inspired since time immemorial. It is all about reveling in the varied traditions of the barbecue from across the world and present the best of their delicacies to the patrons of the festival. Various embassies present in Delhi will be a part of this epic festival. Trade and diplomatic representatives of more than 20 countries attended the curtain-raiser organised in the Capital recently, hosted by the Minister-Counselor for Agricultural Affairs, US Embassy, Scott Sindelar at his residence.Speaking on the occasion, Sindelar said, “I welcome this opportunity to showcase ‘American Barbecue’. Perhaps, more importantly, this evening is Trifecta and FIFI’s introduction to the Delhi Cook Out,which is planned for this December. We look forward to many countries participating in this international festival where everyone can join the barbecue experience from around the world.”last_img read more

Global Citizen Festival High on glam music social causes

first_imgAs many as 80,000 young ‘global citizens’ witnessed the British band Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin singing “Vande Mataram” with India’s music maestro AR Rahman at the Global Citizen Festival India, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi also encouraged youngsters to fight poverty in Mumbai.The fest took place on Saturday at the MMRDA ground at Bandra-Kurla complex, which was filled by people who are committed to the cause of fighting poverty, promoting education, and more. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOpened by Bollywood’s singing sensation Arijit Singh, the fest also saw some electrifying performances by international singers like Demi Lovato and The Vamps.Superstar Shah Rukh Khan hit the stage to introduce key perfomers, including Rahman. SRK called out his “friend” Rahman by singing a few lines of their popular tracks ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’ and ‘Jiya jale’ from the 1998 film Dil Se.Rahman started off with an instrumental set and went on to sing his renowned tracks ‘Tu hi re’ and ‘Humma humma’. He said that poverty is our “common enemy”, and urged everyone to contribute to end it. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShah Rukh also introduced Grammy Award winner American rapper and producer Jay Z. He entertained one and all with his numbers mostly with an Indian touch like ‘The Bounce (Chaiyya chaiyya)’ and ‘Beware of the boys remix’. The Bollywood star power continued to be seen on the stage with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar singing ‘Atrangi yaari’ from their film Wazir.Amidst the foot-tapping music, Modi made a brief appearance via video conference. He said, “You bring an energy and idealism that is unparalleled.” “I am convinced that we can and we will build a Swachh Bharat free of all forms of filth within one generation,” he added. There were other Bollywood names who lent their support to various causes.After a seven-minute high energetic performance, actress Shraddha Kapoor said, “I am more concerned about hungry people who do not have the basic food to survive. An initiative like this will hopefully be fruitful and a solution to that.”Referring to his Project Devi, actor Vivek Oberoi said, “We rescue girls from the street, child prostitution, child labour, and give them a better life with food, clothes, lodging, and education. It is great to be part of this show.”About 80 per cent of attendance for the fest was given to fans who earned it for free by taking social good actions in support of health and sanitation, education and gender equality campaigns by way of ‘Action Journeys’. The rest of the tickets were on sale at BookMyShow, with some even priced at Rs 20,000. Limited early bird tickets were priced at Rs 5,000 each. Actress Vidya Balan, who is the national brand ambassador of sanitation, spoke highly of the festival. “It is fantastic to see how not only we celebrities are standing for the cause of basic human rights to live a good life and fight extreme poverty, but 80,000 people here in Mumbai are doing their best to change the world,” she said. As much as the attendees showed enthusiasm to support social causes, they also eagerly waited for Coldplay, fronted by Martin, the curator of the gala, to entertain them with the band’s rock numbers.The long wait and excitement amplified when Shah Rukh along with the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and actress Freida Pinto invited Coldplay on stage. Sporting casuals, Martin enthralled the crowds by singing the band’s hit songs like ‘A head full of dreams’, ‘The scientist’, ‘Paradise’, ‘A sky full of stars’ and ‘Fix you’, which got everyone singing too.The instruments had a touch of Indian elements like their band name was written in Hindi on them.The India connect didn’t end with that. Martin strummed the guitar as he sang a few lines like ‘Maa tujhe salaam’ from ‘Vande Mataram’ with Rahman.The British rocker also sang a few lines of Arijit’s popular song ‘Channa mereya’. While concluding their performance with ‘Up and up’, Martin said, “We would like to come back to India as soon as we can.”Talking about the response and the Global Citizen Movement, the CEO of the movement Huge Evans said, “It is amazing to see how youngsters are cleaning the beaches of Mumbai as a part of Swachh Bharat campaign. We are going to work on this for the next 15 years.” The fest in India secured investment commitments worth $3.37 billion (Rs. 22,940 crores) which would benefit around 50 crore people.last_img read more

Social media makes people feel unhappy

first_imgFacebook, Twitter and other social media users regard themselves as unhappier and less popular than their friends, a study has found.The research also found that people with the most number of connections on social media are happier that those with fewer friends.For the purpose of the study, which used data from Twitter, reciprocal followers were defined as “friends” and users with the most connections were defined as “popular.””This analysis contributes to a growing body of evidence that social media may be harmful to users who ‘overindulge’ in these services since it’s nearly impossible to escape negative comparisons to their friends’ popularity and happiness,” said Johan Bollen, from Indiana University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study builds upon a phenomenon known as the Friendship Paradox, which finds that most people on a social network have fewer connections on average than their friends, since the most popular users intersect with a higher-than- average number of social circles.”This study suggests that happiness is correlated with popularity, and also that the majority of people on social networks aren’t as happy as their friends due to this correlation between friendship and popularity,” Bollen said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo conduct the analysis, researchers randomly selected 4.8 million Twitter users, then analysed the group for people who followed one another on the network, creating a social network of about 102,000 users with 2.3 million connections.The team then narrowed their focus to individuals with 15 or more “friends” on the network, after which they analysed the sentiment of these users’ tweets, a common method in computer science and marketing to assess whether digital postings are generally positive or negative in tone. This created a group of 39,110 Twitter users. Users with higher positive sentiment were defined as “happy.” A statistical analysis of that final group found that 94.3 per cent of these users had fewer friends on average than their friends. It also found that 58.5 per cent of these users were not as happy as their friends on average. “In other words, a majority of users may feel that they’re less popular than their friends on average,” Bollen said.”Overall, this study finds social media users may experience higher levels of social dissatisfaction and unhappiness due to negative comparison between their and their friends’ happiness and popularity,” Bollen said.”Happy social media users may think their friends are more popular and slightly happier than they are – and unhappy social media users will likely have unhappy friends who still seem happier and more popular than they are on average,” he said.last_img read more

Kerala unfurls sustainable tourism initiatives

first_imgResponsible Tourism, which began modestly in the palm-fringed backwaters of Kumarakom in 2008 as an experiment has today mushroomed and fleshed out as the motto of Kerala’s Tourism module. With a newly founded Responsible Tourism Mission and Kumarakom bagging the prestigious Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Mart, London, it is no wonder that the new tourism policy unveiled by Kerala focuses in depth at sustainable tourism initiatives. The policy also forms a major highlight of this year’s domestic campaign. The revamped fare with an array of new tourism products was showcased at New Delhi on Friday. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”To ensure the accomplishment of a 100% increase in arrival of foreign tourists and 50% in domestic tourists in five years, a tourism regulatory authority has been formed. This would help put a stop to any unhealthy practices and guarantee better intervention of the Tourism Department through scrutiny and a licensing system,” said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, Government of Kerala.Kerala, voted the Best Family Destination by Lonely Planet, the Best Leisure Destination by Conde Nast Traveller and winner of six National Tourism Awards in 2016, offers the much-needed succour and adrenaline rush to its adventure-seeking traveller. Kayaking, trekking, paragliding, river rafting are a few activities that form a part of the eco-adventure package. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor art aficionados, the state endorses the dreamy lanes of Fort Kochi and a pilgrimage to the Kochi Muziris Biennale, which has changed the landscape of contemporary Indian art today and has helped make Kochi, the art capital of India.For history buffs looking to transport themselves to another era, there is the Muziris Heritage Project. Another offering in the historical space is the Spice Route Project that rekindles the 2000-year old ancient sea links and shared cultural legacies with 30 countries. “Most foreign tourists flock to Kerala to experience its cultural heritage but what we are trying to showcase is the idea that our culture isn’t limited to performances on stage. It is ingrained in our way of life and the department is taking small but significant steps towards helping a traveller experience the richness of Kerala,” said Rani George, IAS, Secretary, Tourism and Culture, Government of Kerala.With the fifth edition of Kerala Blog Express, a unique social media outreach that brings together international bloggers and influencers just around the corner, Kerala is gearing up to welcome every kind of traveller.last_img read more

WB govts scheme gets UN award

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal government’s ‘Utkarsh Bangla’ scheme, aiming to create a pool of skilled candidates industry ready, on Tuesday was awarded the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award of the United Nations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. “Out of 1062 nominations in 18 categories from all over the world, #UtkarshBangla emerged No 1 in the Capacity Building category to win this prestigious award of @WSISprocess #wsis2019,” she tweeted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata WSIS Prizes is an international contest to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognise individuals, governments and private bodies for outstanding success in implementing development oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs as an enabler of the development. The West Bengal government had received another UN award in 2017 for its ‘Kanyashree’ project, a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme aimed at promoting education among girls.last_img read more

State not consulted over renaming of Bardhaman station CM Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that she was not aware of the Union government’s decision to rename Bardhaman railway station after revolutionary freedom fighter Batukeshwar Dutt.Days after Union minister and BJP leader Nityanand Rai announced it in Patna, Mamata said, “The state government’s proposal should be taken into consideration. This is BJP’s proposal and I have no knowledge about it. They cannot change names without the state government’s approval. This is very unfortunate.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata On Saturday, Rai had visited a house in Patna where Dutt lived after Independence. Dutt, who was born in a Bardhaman village in West Bengal in 1910, had later made Patna his home. “I have served as railway minister for two terms. As far as I know, the Centre must get the nod from the state government before changing the name of any station. There should not be mixing of the government with the party,” Mamata added. Dutt was associated with the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, which was headed by Chandrashekhar Azad. He had accompanied Bhagat Singh to the national assembly in Delhi where they courted arrest after throwing bombs and revolutionary pamphlets. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Bangladeshi national held with drugs 2 Romanians convicted for cloning cards and

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested two people on Friday and seized Yaba tablets from their possession. Police said acting on a tip-off, STF’s Anti-Fake Indian currency note team intercepted two persons — one a Malda resident and another a Bangladeshi national — on the Durgapur Siding Road beside Garden Reach-Majerhat Flyover under South Port police station area.”Seven packets of amphetamines, commonly known as Yaba, were seized from their possession”, said police. The accused have been identified as Md. Ismail Hossain (43) and Kariful Sk (36). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Hussain is a Bangladeshi national, while Kariful is a resident of Englishbazar in Malda. They have been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Two Romanians sentenced to six months in jail for cloning cards A magistrate’s court in Kolkata on Friday sentenced two Romanian nationals to six months of imprisonment for cloning debit/credit cards. Robert George and Marianu Alin were each ordered to pay a fine of Rs40,000. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The chargesheet was filed against four Romanian nationals, including Laurentiu Caius and Adrian Lupu. Charges are yet to be framed against Caius, while Lupu, against whom a look out circular was issued, is absconding. The case dates back to April 10, 2019, when the manager of a Punjab National Bank branch on Brabourne Road told police that some miscreants were cloning debit/credit cards after installing a skimming device and a tiny camera at the branch ATM, according to prosecution. Skimming devices are used to obtain card details, which help frauds clone debit/credit cards. CCTV footage showed two foreign nationals fitting some devices into the ATM. The same evening, one of the two foreign nationals spotted in the footage returned to the ATM and was arrested. Caius told police about Lupu, who is still absconding, and his associates in Delhi. George and Alin were arrested from there. Police recovered skimming devices, a camera module, a laptop and blank plastic cards. Hare Street Police had registered a case under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) , 420 (cheating) , 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (purpose of cheating) , 471 (using forged document as genuine) of the IPC.Manoj Kumar Verma, a 1998-batch IPS officer and present commissioner of police (CP), Barrackpore, will be awarded the Chief minister’s Police Medal for Outstanding Service on August 15. Apart from Verma, Sanjay Singh, a 1992-batch IPS officer posted as ADG South Bengal, and Vineet Kumar Goyal, a 1994-batch IPS posted as Director Security, West Bengal, will also receive the award. The Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Commendable Service will be presented to five IPS officers — Pandey Santosh, C Sudhakar, Meeraj Khalid, Shyam Singh and Debasmita Das. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to hand over the medals on Independence Day. According to sources, Verma’s role in controlling law and order in Bhatpara and other areas under the Barrackpore police commissionerate is among the reasons for him to be chosen for the award. On June 20, the state government decided to appoint Verma as the Barrackapore CP.Shortly after taking charge, Verma successfully controlled the law and order situation in the area and also reached out to the public. Criminals were arrested and bombs were seized in Bhatpara, Kankinara and other trouble-prone areas. Police successfully established area dominaton and Verma himself was seen marching in trouble-torn areas. After Lok Sabha polls results, as BJP candidate Arjun Singh won from Barrackpore, reports of violence were regularly reported from various areas.Verma had earlier played an important role in countering Maoist activities in West Midnapore district from 2009 to 2011. He was also posted as the IG Darjeeling during the violent movement for Gorkhaland in the hills in 2017. He also played a major role in restoring law and order there.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Iran Through Lens

first_imgAn exhibition of photographs on Iran – architecture, people and landscapes by Dr Aziz Mahdi, will be organised at India International Centre. The exhibition titled ‘Rowzaneh: Iran Through my Lens’, will be on display at the Annexe Art Gallery, IIC from July 24 – 30. When: July 24 – 30 Where: India International Centre Timings: 11:00 am – 7:00 pmlast_img

Ronald Reagans Early Role as an FBI Informant

first_imgFor many, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular and effective Presidents of the United States. His disarming charm and ability to communicate to a wide range of people earned him the moniker the “Great Communicator” and the more personal nickname “The Gipper”.  He was one of the first leaders to make the transition from Hollywood to the political arena. It’s well known that he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947, naming names in the national paranoia over Communist infiltration.But what’s less known is his deeper connection to anti-Communist activity, and the role the hunt for potential insurgents would play in his personal life.Official Portrait of President Ronald ReaganBefore he entered the White House, Reagan held office as President of the Screen Actors Guild. His tenure began in ‘47, following a decade in the limelight appearing in movies such as Kings Row (1942). Though being a staunch opponent of the “Red Menace,” there was one thing he had to thank it for… meeting the love of his life.As related on his page for Biography.com, “he met actress Nancy Davis, who had sought his help after she was mistakenly listed as a possible communist sympathizer on the Hollywood blacklist.” The allegations proved unfounded, and Nancy became Ronald’s second wife in 1952.Television star Ronald Reagan as the host of General Electric Theater.Two years later and he was working as the host of The General Electric Theater, a CBS TV/radio show paid for by the famous power giant’s public relations arm. The anthology series certainly packed in the stars, from Cary Grant to Judy Garland. Yet the man introducing their exploits was reportedly experiencing a change behind the scenes.While associated with the Democratic movement, Reagan’s views altered when asked to travel the country by General Electric as part of a PR exercise. It’s claimed by Biography that it was “during this time that his political views shifted from liberal to conservative; he led pro-business discussions, speaking out against excessive government regulation and wasteful spending—central themes of his future political career.”Ronald Reagan as a WHO Radio Announcer in Des Moines, Iowa. 1934-37.Tracing the development of Reagan’s conservative leanings is an inexact science. However its roots could possibly be detected in an earlier phase of his career, when he worked for the FBI as an informant, beginning in the early Forties.An article in the Chicago Tribune from 1985 details the 155 page document kept by the Bureau and released after a Freedom of Information request from the San Jose Mercury News. The first interview the FBI conducted with Reagan was in 1943, and recalled a heated incident involving an anti-semite in California.Ronald Reagan in the U.S. Army Air Force, 1940s.The Tribune reports “Reagan, then 32, was assigned to the Army Air Corps’ motion picture unit at Camp Roach in Culver City… Reagan told of nearly ‘coming to blows’ with the German sympathizer who made several anti-Semitic remarks at a cocktail party.”It being a venue where the alcohol was in full flow, no wonder tempers were frayed: “he emphasized that considerable drinking had been done by all persons involved.”Capt. Ronald Reagan at Fort Roach.More intriguing revelations included the involvement of Reagan’s first wife, the actress Jane Wyman, with his endeavors. When Nancy Davis asked for his assistance to tackle accusations of un-American behavior, she was probably unaware both he and Wyman had patriotically scanned the Guild, passing on information about potential Reds to the Feds.First wife Jane Wyman and Reagan, 1942.Reagan and Wyman were married in 1940, two years after the formation of the HUAC. History.com writes that the House “wielded its subpoena power as a weapon and called citizens to testify in high-profile hearings before Congress… HUAC’s controversial tactics contributed to the fear, distrust and repression that existed during the anti communist hysteria of the 1950s.”Newlyweds Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan cutting their wedding cake at the Holden’s house in Toluca Lake, California, 1952.The hysteria was partly fueled by cases such as the Hollywood Ten, a selection of creatives of whom Dalton Trumbo was a member. They were called before the Committee the same time as Reagan in 1947.The scenario was dramatized in the 2015 movie Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston, though the future President was not depicted. An interesting coincidence of sorts is that Reagan’s codename in the Bureau document was “T-10.”Reagan still from film Knute Rockne-All American, 1940.Despite Reagan agreeing with the HUAC’s aims, he found their methodology troublesome. He expressed these doubts to the Bureau. Quoted in the Tribune, he asked an agent: “Do they expect us to constitute ourselves as a little FBI of our own and determine just who is a Commie and who isn’t?”For Reagan, this was a job for experts, not the great and good of the show business elite. Nevertheless, Tinseltown was seen as a prime target for Communist invaders and the community was watched like a hawk. His protests continued, a notable example being when he objected to a group of crusading Commie-spotting producers.Colorado screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo at the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, 1947.“He stated he did not feel it was within the authority or ability of any single man or group of men within the motion picture industry to be able to determine accurately and fairly who should be fired and who should not be fired.”His worldview became increasingly right wing, but beforehand he was a dedicated union man. There were various organizations he was involved that were themselves under scrutiny.Engagement photograph of Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis, January, 1952.The “American Veterans Committee and the Hollywood Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences and Professions” are named, groups “which the FBI considered Communist-front organizations… Reagan, who was then spending as much time on union activity as acting, quit both groups because of his distrust of Communists.”U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at the Villa Fleur d’Eau – Geneva Summit, November 19, 1985.Reagan displayed a perhaps surprising attitude toward his fellow performers when speaking to the HUAC. He did inform on possible Communists in the Screen Actors Guild, though believed them to be “a tiny minority.” Reagan felt “the best response lay in democratic trade unionism.”Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo, 1976.He went on to become arguably one of the most consequential and loved Republican Presidents in U.S. history. Taking the role of Commander in Chief in 1981, he “helped redefine the purpose of government and pressured the Soviet Union to end the Cold War. He solidified the conservative agenda for decades after his presidency.” (Biography.com)The “convoluted ‘arms-for-hostages’ deal” dubbed the Iran-Contra affair, which sought to “funnel money toward anti-communist insurgencies in Central America” was widely regarded as an error in judgment.Ronald Reagan visiting Nancy Reagan on the set of her movie Donovan’s Brain, 1953.Following a period of denial, Reagan admitted to knowledge of the affair after some persuading from a source close to home: “Reagan later announced that it was a mistake partially at the behest of the first lady.” Decades after he’d saved Nancy from the perceived stain of Communism, so she stepped in to steer him on the right path.U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev shaking hands at the American-Soviet summit in Washington, D.C., in 1987.It’s easy to view Reagan’s dealings with the FBI as dramatic and worthy even of a motion picture. But sources from inside the Bureau state his role was strictly on the fringes and he certainly didn’t stray into G-Man territory. Still, Ronald Reagan’s early relationship with American crime fighters appears to be an important stepping stone on his path to the White House.He stayed a figure of fun, notoriously lampooned on satirical shows such as Spitting Image. Images of him nursing a chimp in the 1951 comedy Bedtime For Bonzo came back to bite him on more than one occasion. Ascending to Leader of the Free World undeniably took him to more serious heights and to many he was an American hero.Read another story from us: Larry King accidentally rear-ended JFKHis legacy, both spoken into the tape recorders of Special Agents and broadcast to the nation via the Oval Office, ensures his status as a memorable figure in both film and political history.last_img read more

Phone Lines That Boost Wireless Signals

first_img This story appears in the June 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Wi-Fi networks are getting stronger and covering greater distances, but they can still be problematic when it comes to getting a signal into every nook and cranny of your work space.Solid walls in old buildings and more transitory indoor obstacles can put a damper on your business network. Wireless extenders, repeaters and add-on antennas are some ways you can boost wireless signals to get coverage in hard-to-reach places. Another is to use the wires already in your walls. For example, SercoNet is developing a technology that sends Wi-Fi signals over your existing phone lines without affecting their use for voice or DSL internet access.SercoNet’s WirePlus solution works with 802.11 Wi-Fi, plugs into existing telephone outlets, and requires no software and minimal configuration. It essentially moves the radio signal from the Wi-Fi access point through the copper wires and retransmits it where needed on the other end. The receiver on the other end broadcasts the signal with virtually no loss of bandwidth. Dead spots can be eliminated without the need for complex hardware additions. Multiple units can be installed if there are multiple coverage problems.This technology could be especially useful as bandwidth-hungry VoIP over Wi-Fi applications become more common. Serco-Net is licensing the technology to manufacturing partners, and units should be arriving on the market by the time you read this.Need directions?With GPS on your PDA, maps are in the palm of your hand.GPS and PDAs make sen-sible partners. You get the navigation capabilities of a GPS system in an extremely portable, multipurpose handheld device. For those who don’t have PDAs yet, a couple of models have built-in GPS. The Hewlett-PackardiPAQ hw6515 Mobile Messenger is a $599 (all prices street) Pocket PC smartphone available with Cingular Wireless service. Asus, BlackBerry and Garmin also make PDAs with GPS receivers. Expect devices to run $500 to $700–this may sound pricey, but it can be more cost-effective than adding GPS later.If you like your PDA and just want to add GPS capabilities, you have several options. The $299 TomTomNavigator 5 is a Bluetooth hardware and software package that works with many Palm and Pocket PC devices. Features include spoken instructions, 3-D maps, PDA address book integration and touchscreen navigation. If your PDA already has a GPS receiver, a software-only package is available for $150. ALK Technologies, DeLormeand Pharosalso make add-on receiver and software sets. Expect to pay $200 to $300 to add GPS to your PDA, and of course, check first to see if the GPS manufacturer supports your particular PDA. 3 min read June 1, 2006 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Review of GPS Devices

first_img This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 1, 2006 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 4 min read Paper maps belong in the past. New GPS technologies have put interactive, real-time digital directions within reach of any entrepreneur. A GPS device is the perfect complement to a highly mobile business lifestyle where you need to navigate unfamiliar cities and get to your destination on time. Portable GPS systems (rather than automobile built-ins) can tag along with you whether you’re in the company car, flying off to pick up a rental or just getting around in your hometown.Portable GPS units come in many flavors, including stand-alone devices and GPS built into a PDA or a cell phone. We’re rounding up portable stand-alone GPS units. Look for a screen that’s easy to read in daylight and for a device with preloaded maps that cover your stomping grounds so you don’t have to download extra maps right off the bat.The Magellan RoadMate 2000 is a compact unit that comes preloaded with maps of the lower 48 states, turn-by-turn voice guidance and 1.3 million points of interest such as lodging, airports and restaurants. At $399 (all prices street), it’s a low-cost way to get started with a basic portable GPS system. The Lowrance iWay 350C clocks in at a similar price–$400–and also features a 3.5-inch touchscreen.At the upper end of the spectrum, you’ll find Cobra’s $800 NavOne 4500. That price tag gets you a roomy 5-inch touchscreen, access to real-time traffic updates in 48 metropolitan areas (subject to a subscription service), preloaded U.S. and Canadian maps, 2-D or 3-D maps, automatic screen brightness adjustment and 7 million points of interest, including banks and gas stations. At 1.3 pounds, you won’t want to carry it around in your pocket, but it can transfer easily from car to car.The $400 Lowrance iWay 350C aspires to be more than just a GPS device. It also comes packed with an MP3 player, FM modulator and picture viewer. Music and photos can be loaded through an MMC/SD card slot. If you like your entertainment bundled with your GPS, it’s an option to consider. The Rand McNally GPS Navigator is a $500 bundle that includes a built-in MP3 player and a paper road atlas. Also riding this multifunction trend is the Mio DigiWalker H610, which adds a video player and games to the MP3 and GPS mix. Best of all, it fits everything into a truly pocket-size package with a 2.7-inch screen. If you’re looking for an extremely portable convergence device, the $499 H610 covers a lot of ground and would be at home in your hand as well as in your car.The $950 Garmin N�vi 660 is designed to make your driving life easier. A large 4.3-inch touchscreen anchors the unit. Frequent drivers will appreciate the Bluetooth, speaker and microphone that let the 660 double as a hands-free cellular speaker-phone for making and receiving calls. At 6.2 ounces, you can still move it from vehicle to vehicle as needed.The TomTom One is a $500 option that features the well regarded TomTom navigation software. It can be upgraded with TomTom Plus services for traffic and weather updates if you have a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and GPRS data subscription.If money is no object, you can expect your portable GPS to sing to you, update you on the local traffic situation, show off your pictures on a large screen, give you a 3-D birds-eye map option and deftly reroute you around problem areas with its preloaded maps. If your budget is less than $500, you can still expect a solid and lightweight device with spoken instructions to help you find your way on your travels. It’s just a matter of how many bells and whistles you’re willing to pay for.last_img read more