Berhampur launches drive to ‘cure’ trees

first_imgUsing the knowledge of senior botanists, nature lovers initiated an experimental effort in Odisha’s Berhampur on Sunday to cure trees affected by human activities by using traditional ingredients. Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) chairperson Subash Moharana, Forest Department officials, city MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Behera, environmental activists and several botanists took part in the initiative started by Sabuja Bahini, Anchalika Vikash Parishad and other organisations.For the past one week, efforts are on to remove metal nails, wires and publicity materials from the trunk of the trees in and around Berhampur as they are the reason behind the slow death of trees. Posters on tree trunks“It was seen that toxic metallic oxides produced through corrosion had started to damage the internal parts of these trees. Fungal infection caused by posters nailed on tree trunks was a major problem. So, it was decided to take up some measures to heal the wounds,” said Mr. Behera.Traditional methodsSenior botanists — Prof. Sachidananda Padhi and Prof. Brahmabihari Panda — were consulted to provide remedial measures. “As plants have great self-healing power, we decided to provide natural remedies to them which would help them heal the wounds by themselves,” said Prof. Padhi. “So, we decided to experiment with a concoction comprising turmeric, neem leaves, gobar [cattle dung] and clay collected from ponds,” said Prof. Panda. No chemical ingredients like modern pesticides or fungicides were used in the mixture.In the concoction, turmeric and neem serve as disinfectants for the wounds and fungal infections while gobar and clay help the plant cells to regenerate. On Sunday morning, environmental activists along with the DFO, local MLA, BeDA chairman and botanists filled up the wounds found on the tree trunks with the concoction.Sibaram Panigrahy of Sabuja Bahini said that as the process involved no costly materials, the general public should start saving the trees in their area through this process in future.Chyau Patnaik, a physician, said he got involved in the medical treatment of plants for the first time.Dr. Patnaik said in the coming Assembly session, he will try to bring a private member Bill to save trees in urban areas from getting damaged by human interventions.The Super Cyclone of 1999, Phailin of 2013 and the Hudhud in 2014 had uprooted several big trees in Berhampur. Efforts are on to save the trees and provide them longevity, said Mr. Moharana.last_img read more

Video: Here Is Your First Look At Cardale Jones In A Full Buffalo Bills Uniform

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Today is the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, which gives fans the opportunity to see recent draftees in their new uniforms for the first time ever.Here’s a look at former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, a fourth-round selection of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills haven’t had a long-term solution at quarterback since the Jim Kelly era. It may take Jones some time to acclimate himself to the professional level, but Rex Ryan and company are hoping he can eventually prove himself worthy of being a starter.last_img

Columbus Crew draw English Premier League team Crystal Palace FC

The Columbus Crew hosted English Premier League team Crystal Palace F.C. in an international friendly at Crew Stadium Wednesday and a game with unlimited substitutions resulted in a 2-2 draw between the American and British sides.Forward Adam Bedell drew first blood for the Black and Gold on an arching assist by defender Eric Gehrig in the 15th minute, but the opposition was not deterred as Palace’s Glenn Murray equalized with a 36th minute strike.The final 10 minutes of the first half saw the visiting Eagles engage a tighter defensive stance of contesting for possession, likely inspired to battle after their forward evened the game for them.“From the start, they sat back a little bit. That’s just the way that they, that’s just their game plan,” Bedell said after the game, speaking to what the Premier League squad did differently from the Major League Soccer defenses the Crew face every week. “A good block of eight, good defending … MLS teams, when the game’s 0-0, you just play. You don’t see that, that block of eight very often so I think that was the big difference.”Another Crystal Palace goal by substitute midfielder Jake Gray in the 70th minute of play occurred following a scuffle in the box, during which Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson pled his case for having been interfered with on the play. The goal stood to give the guests the 2-1 lead after they had been threatening in transition for the majority of the evening.One of the Crew’s three defensive halftime substitutions saw a homegrown player from Bexley, Ohio, in Ross Friedman get his first career action in a Black and Gold kit when he came in for fellow defender Chad Barson.Friedman, 22, had been playing for the USL-PRO affiliate Dayton Dutch Lions but got the call to suit up as a Crew reserve against a top-flight international team.“I think going out at Dayton and trying to do the little things right — not slacking in any way — you know, prepares me for situations like this,” Friedman said. “This opportunity proves to show we can get called at any point. Situations happen and you’ve got to be ready. So I felt happy with my preparation and I’m ready to build off of it.”Columbus notched an 80th minute goal, however, to tie the game once more.Crew center midfielder Agustin Viana delivered a lofting assist from 35 yards away and his attacking counterpart, Daniel Paladini, fought to contact the ball in midair for the equalizing header. The tie game endured through two minutes of second-half stoppage time.“Adam (Bedell) was fantastic. He had a great header and Danny (Paladini) made a nice run trying to get midfielders running into the box. I was pleased over all,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said.Berhalter, who played as a defender for Crystal Palace from 2001-02, added that “the defending could have been a bit better.”The game marked the first of three stops on Crystal Palace’s American tour before the Premier League season kicks off in August.The Crew are slated to resume MLS play when they travel to Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Revolution in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup Saturday.Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. read more

Ter Stegen thanks Iniesta for the special years

first_imgBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has thanked the departing Andres Iniesta for the “4 special years” they had together at the Nou CampIn his final game for his beloved boyhood club, a Philippe Coutinho strike ensured that Iniesta would leave Barcelona on a high with the club having broken Real Sociedad’s 38-year unbeaten record in La Liga earlier this season on their way to winning the league title for the 25th time in their history, as well as winning the Copa del Rey last month.In a 22-year playing career, the 34-year-old has also won both the World Cup and European championship for Spain and will likely turn to full focus to the national team for what will be very likely his final appearance at a major international tournament for his country.“4 special years playing alongside you. I hope to see you soon again my friend” wrote Ter Stegen on Twitter.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.4 special years playing alongside you. I hope to see you soon again my friend. ?????? @andresiniesta8 #Infinit8iniestahttps://t.co/rMapybH5ac pic.twitter.com/Pjakar9qCL— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) May 21, 2018last_img read more

Gracia geared up for tough Bournemouth test

first_imgAhead of their trip to Bournemouth on Wednesday, Watford boss Javi Gracia says his side needs no extra motivation to beat Eddie Howe’s side at the Vitality Stadium.Gracia saw his side lose 4-0 at home to Bournemouth in their first meeting in the Premier League in October.As they prepare to travel to Bournemouth on Wednesday, Gracia wants his side focused on the tactical and technical aspects of the game, and not on revenging their 4-0 defeat.“I don’t think my players need the motivation to do our best,” he told the club’s official website.“I know my players and I know in all the games without exception they give their best. They don’t need extra motivation to play against Bournemouth.”In the October clash between the two teams, Watford had a player sent off after Bournemouth took the lead.Joshua King then scored a brace after Christian Kabasele was shown red and the first half ended 3-0.Callum Wilson completed the scoring two minutes into the second half to make it a humiliating 4-0 home defeat for Javi Gracia’s side.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“It was a very, very tough game for us,” Gracia said, recalling the events of the game.“After the sending off, it was difficult to play with ten players and losing 2-0. It was tough for us. I saw the game many times, not only the period against ten men.“I saw when we played with 11 and that was for around 30 minutes. In that moment, I think we conceded one goal and I think we didn’t play badly.“We could have done many things better but we kept a good level in that 30 minutes. After that it was a bad game, maybe I made some decisions, like playing Capoue as a center-back to see if able to have more options.“There were different situations, decisions like that. But I am sure it will be different. We know it will be demanding against a good team, but I am sure we compete in the same way as in other games, we have options.”last_img read more

Resorts Bookstore also carrying Auntie Fannie adventure book by Handfield

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jun 2015 – It was a whoa moment when Deputy House Speaker and PDM Shadow Cabinet Minister for Education, Hon Josephine Connolly decided to buy 200 books for the children attending the book launch and signing of Bradley Handfield; and while there were dozens of corporate, Church and community members sponsoring schools …there were also purchases of the books which can be found at stores in several resorts. Parrot Cay, Grace Bay Club, the Sands Resort and the Regent Palms are all carrying the book set in Belmont, North Caicos called The Adventures of Auntie Fannie Mattie & the Talking Potatoes. Residents can also purchase the children’s illustrated book at Unicorn Bookstore. Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Related Items:Adventures of Auntie Fannie Mattie & the Talking Potatoes, bradley handfield, grace bay club, josephine connolly, parrot cay, the Regent Palms, the Sands Resort, unicorn bookstore Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen Recommended for you TCI beaches the back drop in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editionlast_img read more

COMPASS Youth Center Offers Safe Place For Teens

first_imgThe center is located at Mile 26.5 off the Kenai Spur Highway, in the Nikiski mall right next to M&M Market. It opened its doors in August of 2018.The coffeehouse located at the mission pictured with operators Sullivan and Destiny Jackson Brigham: “Kaladi Brothers donated an espresso machine, a grinder, and a bunch of other various things to help get us going. They are also giving us a really fair deal on coffee to help support the organization.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The COMPASS youth center in Nikiski, provides a safe place for after school drop-in for teenagers. The center offers a variety of programs to help youth develop character, life skills, and direction. Todd Brigham: “The COMPASS is a faith based non-profit. Our mission is to really get our youth, middle and high school, pointed in a good and healthy direction and to help navigate the teenage years.”center_img THE COMPASS partners with various organizations in the community and is entirely run by donations as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The location sat vacant for 18 years and was remodeled with the help of over 800 volunteer hours by individuals in the community.THE PASS is now officially a 501c3 non-profit organizationIn the morning the COMPASS operates a coffeehouse where anyone is welcome to come have a cup of coffee.  100% of all the proceeds from the coffee shop go to support the COMPASS youth center and its various programs. The drop-in center is open weekdays 2:30-6pm, and the coffeehouse is open weekdays 6:30am-1:30pm.last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer Camp

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) will be able to expand its capacity by as many as 100 cadets this summer thanks to a $23,000 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced on Wednesday.“Nearly 1,200 youngsters have applied to YPSA this year, and the continuing success of the camp comes from our terrific partnerships with our fellow law enforcement and government agencies,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to the Baker Administration and EOPSS, we will be able to hire two extra counselors and purchase the additional equipment necessary to accept 100 more cadets over the course of the summer. This grant will make a real difference in the lives of these youngsters who may not otherwise be able to attend YPSA.”This marks the second consecutive year the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) has been awarded the grant through the Commonwealth’s Law Enforcement and Youth Partnerships Summer Day Program. The initiative, administered by EOPSS, is designed to support summer recreational and educational learning opportunities with local law enforcement.“We are honored to partner with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to allow more young people to take part in this valuable program,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. “Creating strong, positive relationships between law enforcement and the community is a priority for us and one that is clearly shared by Sheriff Koutoujian and his team.”YPSA is a week-long camp designed for children ages 8-12 who live in Middlesex County. Cadets spend the week with MSO staff as well as police officers and firefighters from their hometown, forming important bonds with their local law enforcement officials. Cadets also participate in classroom and practical activities designed to teach them important public safety skills including a simulated fire safety trailer offered by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, a challenge course held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica, and demonstrations offered by the MSO and partner agencies.The Academy is run at the MSO Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation, breakfast and lunch provided for each cadet. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer. Spots remain available for cadets in several communities including, but not limited to, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Cambridge, Hudson, Maynard, Natick, Newton, Waltham and Watertown. Families can register their children by going to https://www.middlesexsheriff.org/ypsa.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Grant To Help Support Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Heres what India Inc thinks about the retaliatory tariff on 29 US

first_imgThe Narendra Modi government has retaliated with tariffs on 29 American products after the US ended India’s trade concession of about $5.6 billion under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The market has been heating up with pressure which followed 290 points fall in the Sensex after the announcement.India will be implementing duties as high as 70 per cent on perishable items like almonds and apples as a response to Washington’s denial to exempt Delhi from the taxes on steel and aluminium imports. Around $543 million worth of U.S almonds were bought by India.ReutersLooking at the rising tensions by the US-India trade relations, many analysts commented on the sudden retaliation. Here’s how some analysts reacted:The Reactions:The Director-General and CEO of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), Ajay Sahi, said that there will be negligible impact on the US by the tariff hike of $400-450 million over a bilateral trade of $142 billion.International Monetary Fund (IMF) showed serious concerns stating that the global economy cannot sustain another trade war as the economic growth is already at a standstill because of the US-China issues. ReutersDeepak Jasani of HDFC Securities told IANS, “Local investors will be worried as to how the US could react to this. However, FIIs will wait for any such move by the US before feeling the Indian market.” He also added that the US farmers will be affected by the tariffs on walnut, almond, and apples, which might trigger a negative response for the Indian market.Mayuresh Joshi of Angel Broking stated his concerns about the retaliation leading to an increase in the number of products in the tariff list. He said that the retaliation might hurt investor sentiments and majorly impact the capital markets. He said, “Investors will get into trouble if the additional tariffs are applied.”India is the world’s third-largest economy but is US’s 13th largest export market. At the same time, the US is India’s largest export market.last_img read more

How Houstonians Pronounce Different Words Depends A Lot On Their Age And

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /12:40 X Listen A Rice University researcher is studying how people in Houston speak.Dr. Nancy Niedzielski sees differences in how people say different words based on what part of Houston they’re from, what age they are, and their race.It’s all part of her research for a project called the Houston Urban English Study (HUES).Dr. Niedzielski tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about the project, how the way English is spoken is changing, and what makes Houston a particularly interesting place to study dialects.last_img

Experiments show that notions of twinning and slip in metals may not

first_img © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters To the eye, when metal is abused, it either bends or dents, which typically seem to be two aspects of the same end result—but at the atomic level, metals behave quite differently when force is applied. Two main categories of change have been identified—twinning, where the atoms that make up a crystal shift in their position relative to one another, and slip, where crystal planes slide along one another causing bonds between atoms to be broken and reestablished with other atoms. Over the years, various research efforts have led to general findings that some metals twin, and some slip, and rarely do they vary from expectations. But now, research by the team in China is contesting that view, suggesting that a material such as aluminum, which has traditionally been classified as one that exhibits slipping when stressed, can also exhibit twinning—when stressed in different ways. This finding suggests that expectations of other metals may be in error as well, which means the whole idea of categorizing metals in such ways may have to be rethought.In their experiments, the researchers bent a bar made of aluminum until it formed a T shape. To explain what occurred in the metal as it was exposed to the large forces that caused such bending, the researchers built a computer model that sought to show what happened at the atomic level. The model wound up showing, via animated “movies” that the metal underwent both twinning and slipping, which contradicted what should have occurred. To test their model, the researchers looked at the bent metal under an electron microscope, which revealed the true nature of the metal—it did indeed both twin and slip. Their research results suggest other metals will have to be tested and new ways of categorizing the ways that metals react to force will have to be found. Explore further , arXiv More information: F. Zhao et al. Macrodeformation Twins in Single-Crystal Aluminum, Physical Review Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.075501 . On Arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1510.04404v1ABSTRACTDeformation twinning in pure aluminum has been considered to be a unique property of nanostructured aluminum. A lingering mystery is whether deformation twinning occurs in coarse-grained or single-crystal aluminum at scales beyond nanotwins. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of macrodeformation twins in single-crystal aluminum formed under an ultrahigh strain rate (∼106  s−1) and large shear strain (200%) via dynamic equal channel angular pressing. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the frustration of subsonic dislocation motion leads to transonic deformation twinning. Deformation twinning is rooted in the rate dependences of dislocation motion and twinning, which are coupled, complementary processes during severe plastic deformation under ultrahigh strain rates. Strength in shrinking: Understanding why a material’s behavior changes as it gets smaller (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from multiple institutions in China has cast doubts on the simple approach that has until now been taken regarding twinning and slip as metals deform. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team outlines experiments they conducted with aluminum, explain their results and suggest that new ways of categorizing the ways metal responds to stress must be defined. Citation: Experiments show that notions of twinning and slip in metals may not be as simple as thought (2016, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-notions-twinning-metals-simple-thought.html Propagation speed of dislocations and deformation twins during D-ECAP obtained from MD simulations. Credit: arXiv:1510.04404 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] 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

Tourism ministry awarded for Find What You Seek

first_imgThe tourism ministry’s new film Find What You Seek received the first prize at the 11th Golden City Gate Tourism Media Awards Ceremony held in Berlin Friday to coincide with Indian Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin 2013.The Golden City Gate is an international film, print and media contest for the tourism industry. The awards ceremony is held every year at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. The competition provides tourism advertisers an opportunity to participate in the contest for presenting their new creatives. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All entries are assessed by 45 independent international expert jurors with strong industry background. Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi had launched the new campaign, Find What You Seek, as the second phase of Incredible India Campaign at WTM 2012 last November, along with the new domestic campaign Go Beyond.By launching new campaign, the tourism ministry has made a paradigm shift by shifting the focus from destinations and products to consumers (travellers). The new campaign emphasizes that there is something for every traveller in India and every traveller can find what he or she is seeking while travelling in our incredible country. Go Beyond urges travellers to travel beyond the obvious, the known destinations to the lesser known destinations.last_img read more

Negative mood promotes craving for sweets

first_imgResearchers have found that those who suffer defeat or are in negative emotional states tend to crave sweets more than those in a positive frame of mind.The research published in the journal Appetite focused on how a person’s emotional state—particularly in the competitive world of sports — affects the perception of taste.“We found how emotions arising from the outcome of college hockey games influenced the perception of sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami (savory) taste. In addition to hedonic responses—or how much they liked or disliked the foods,” said Robin Dando, assistant professor of food science at Cornell University in the US. Emotions experienced in everyday life can alter the hedonic experience of less-palatable food, implying a link to emotional eating, the study said.last_img read more

Skill development access to technology to help vulnerable adolescents WB Minister

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal minister Sashi Panja has said skill development, greater exposure to technology and better coordination with education and health systems will help address the vulnerability of adolescents. Speaking at a workshop here Tuesday, the Women and Child Development and Social Welfare minister, said that nutritional needs of adolescents were being taken care of by the existing government schemes. But areas of self-reliance could be strengthened by linking them with ‘Kanyashree’ and ‘Utkorsho Bangla’, a skill development programme for youth, Panja said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A group of adolescents at the workshop described how a pilot programme at a Kolkata Municipal Corporation ward, under the aegis of the department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, has brought positive changes in their lives. The pilot programme had been undertaken at Ward no. 26 to meet the need to create safe spaces for the adolescents. The pilot programme in ward 26 by UNICEFs technical partner, Action for Childrens Environment Trust (ACE), with the support of CRY, identified the risks and vulnerabilities faced by adolescents. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The programme has now been extended to another five KMC wards through an NGO. Speaking on the occasion, the adolescents sought the support of the authorities in making the environment friendlier and safer for the youngsters. The need for providing counselling services to address the issue of violence and abuse against adolescents was also discussed at the workshop. The event was organised by UNICEF in partnership with CRY (Child Rights and You), where a report A Safe and Inclusive City for Adolescents in Kolkata was released, a CRY statement said Tuesday.last_img read more

Decomposed body of woman recovered from Salt Lake house son detained

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar North police station has recovered a decomposed body of an old lady from inside a house in Salt Lake late on Sunday night. Police detained the deceased’s son for interrogation.According to the sources, one Krishna Bhattacharya (77) used to live at BE 220 with her son Maitro Bhattacharya. Her husband Dr Gorachand Bhattacharya had died a few years ago. Since then Maitro and Krishna had been living an isolated life. Locals informed that Maitro, a few years ago, had pasted his and his mother’s voter card, ration card and other documents on the boundary wall of the house. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Sunday night, Maitro went to one Tarun Kumar Porel’s house and informed that his mother died a few days ago and needs help to bury the body. Porel, known to Gorachand, was stunned to hear the near. He asked Maitro to wait. Sources informed that Porel called up the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Bhavani Bhavan and reported the matter. Later, Bidhannagar North police station was informed. Upon receiving the information, police went to Beadon Street and detained Maitro. He was immediately brought to Salt Lake. As soon as Maitro opened the door of his house foul smell spread all over the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe sleuths entered the house and saw a decomposed body lying on the back of a wooden almirah placed on the floor. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. Later, Maitro was questioned. During the interrogation, he claimed his mother had died approximately 18 days ago but police suspect Krishna might have died 10 days ago. The sleuths suspect Maitro is not mentally sound as he said he was not having any problem with his mother’s decomposed body. On Monday, Maitro claimed his mother instructed him to bury her body after her death as they are Christian. “I was planning to bury her body inside the house. Later, I changed my mind and planned to bury it in the garden. But nothing has happened till now,” he said. The incident, coupled with Maitro’s statements, have made the sleuths recall the infamous Robinson Street case of 2015. Police started an Unnatural Death (UD) case. If any foul play found in the autopsy report, a fresh case may be initiated according to the provisions of law.last_img read more

Harness the Power of Freemium

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On the Web, services such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter are the undisputed kings of free, providing robust services at no charge to users. But a host of other companies use free in a much more traditional way–as an enticement for paid upgrades. The model is known as freemium, and while it may not make headlines, proponents say it can make millions. Unfortunately, finding the right balance between free and paid in the freemium model can leave a new business in uncharted waters, with few hard and fast rules to follow. Here, three entrepreneurs using the freemium model with services in different stages of development explain how it’s being implemented in their businesses, and how it might be implemented in yours as well.Set expectations from the beginningIf paid web services have an evangelist, it may very well be Jason Fried, partner at 37signals, a web-based software company that offers a suite of online applications. Basecamp, the company’s flagship product, helps companies of all sizes collaborate on projects with their clients through a simple but powerful web interface. The privately held company is tight-lipped about revenue, but with more than 3 million user accounts in Basecamp alone, Fried says that both revenue and profit are in “the multi-million dollar area.”As for when a web service should start charging, Fried’s answer is simple: immediately. Charging from the outset tells users that the product has a specific value, Fried says. Trying to charge for something that was previously free can undermine the product’s value, causing potential customers to ask why the service is suddenly worth more than it was in the past.”My feeling is that you should begin charging right from the start…The longer something is free, the less it’s worth,” he says.Chris Nagele, principal at Wildbit, offers a slightly different perspective. Starting as a free service can work, he says, if the addition of paid plans is done correctly. His company’s flagship product, Beanstalk a version control service that helps software developers and designers track and save changes to a project, launched with only a free plan, but that free plan came with the understanding that paid plans would soon be available.When the paid plans launched, the free plan was left unchanged. The new plans simply offered more features for a higher monthly fee. Adding a price only works if you’re adding value as well, Nagele says.Scratch your own itch to find a compelling productWhen creating a service that users will pay for, the best source of inspiration is often to solve your own problem, according to Fried.37signals began as a web design firm, but in working with clients Fried and his partners became frustrated with existing project management software. They developed Basecamp for their own use before offering it to the public in 2004. As a result, the company stopped doing contract work a year later. It now devotes 100 percent of its efforts to developing and supporting its own applications.”We consider ourselves the target, and then we go out and find other people who are exactly like us,” he says.Sachin Agarwal, CEO of Posterous, tells a similar story. He and his co-founder, Garry Tan, wanted an easy to use, premium blogging platform for their own use. The result was a service in which creating (or updating) a blog is as simple as sending an email. (Try it by e-mailing post@posterous.com.) Attachments of almost any kind–images, videos, audio–are automatically converted and posted along with any text.The 15-month-old startup has yet to generate revenue, but plans to introduce paid features to complement its free offerings, Agarwal says.Find the natural break pointsUnfortunately, creating the product is often the easy part, at least for those companies that already possess adequate technical talent. Splitting a product into free and paid tiers that provide sufficient value to users while turning a profit–creating a sustainable business, in other words–is more difficult, and sometimes comes down to trial and error.At 37signals, Fried says, he and his partners look for the natural “break points” in a product, and create tiers accordingly. Basecamp, for instance, specializes in project management, so each paid plan is distinguished by the number of projects it allows a user to create. The free plan limits users to one project. The Basic plan, at $24 per month, increases that limit to 15 projects, and so on.”The best advice I can give regarding pricing is this: Have a price. Don’t be afraid to charge for your work. And make it a number you’d pay yourself,” he says.With Beanstalk, plans are differentiated by the number of storage repositories that users can create, and the amount of overall storage space available to them. The free plan limits users to one repository with 100 megabytes of total storage, while the first paid plan ups that to 10 repositories with 3 gigabytes of total storage for $15 per month.Beanstalk’s paid plans are further separated from the free plan by the ability to deploy completed software to production servers, and the use of encryption for greater security. The latter two features have been the most common reasons users cite when upgrading, Nagele says.The company did quite a bit of research into prices at other services and did its best to estimate potential costs when creating its price structure, but in the end, some of those decisions were simply educated guesses, Nagele says.”There’s no real how to for it, because there’s so many conditions,” he says.Posterous plans to charge only for those advanced features needed by businesses and the most technically advanced users, and for storage space greater than that offered in the free plan, according to Agarwal.Understand who will payNagele says that some decisions about pricing are directed by the audience that a particular service is using. Services that target businesses or professional audiences usually have an easier time converting users to paid plans than services that target consumers.Beanstalk currently converts “upwards of 10 percent” of its users to its paid plans, Nagele says, no small feat considering that rates as low as one percent are not uncommon. The service targets small to medium sized businesses, and it became profitable soon after its launch. Its most expensive plan costs $200 per month.Fried declined to give exact numbers on the percentage of paid accounts among 37signals products. But he did say that “free accounts outnumber paid accounts,” and the company has “more paying customers who started as paying customers than paying customers who upgraded from free plans.”The goal at Posterous has always been to serve as large an audience as possible with the free product, Sachin says, while charging a minority of users for advanced features. Though some question the value of serving nonpaying users, he sees the larger audience as a way to inspire development of new features.”That’s where we drive a lot of passion for the product from…That’s what makes us happy, what we would call success.”When considering which features should be free and which should be paid, Agarwal likes to use “the mom factor.””Does my mom need this for Posterous to be useful for her? If so, I think it should be free. If a feature is only important to a smaller group of advanced people, then it’s something we can charge for without making the service less useful for the masses,” he says.Focus on the basicsAs a startup that plans to serve large numbers of free users, Posterous keeps costs as low as possible, Agarwal says. When it was time to lease office space, the company passed on the trendy area next to Twitter’s offices in San Francisco, settling instead on a much less expensive space in the North Beach area. Posterous is operated by three full-time employees and one contractor, and the company intends to grow no faster than it needs to.Fried says too many businesses–both online and off–get distracted with things that don’t matter, whether focusing on wasted employee policies, scheduling unnecessary meetings, or worrying too much about branding. What’s important is to build a great product that’s worth more than you charge for it, he says.For Nagele, it all comes down to value.”A lot of this stuff is really just fundamental old school business models, you know. We’re entering a space where a lot this stuff seems unique, but in the end it’s all about how much value you’re offering, and if you can offer enough value people are probably willing to pay for it,” Nagele says. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Yes, You Can Build Your Own Web App Entrepreneur Assist More on Web Services Enroll Now for Free 8 min read September 10, 2009 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

I Used a Mouse with iPadOS Heres How It Works

first_img Henry T. Casey, This feature was discovered by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who announced the functionality on Twitter. For those wondering if their pointing device will be compatible, iPadOS supports both Bluetooth and USB accessories, and you’ll need to install the iPadOS beta, which comes with some risks.For more details about this update, check out our review of the iPadOS beta, which is coming soon. Also, these same instructions work on the iOS 13 beta on an iPhone.How to pair a mouse with an iPad I got my own mouse, the Logitech MX Master 2S, to work with the iPad we’ve got running iPadOS 13. First, I opened Settings and tapped Accessibility — which was the first sign that Apple doesn’t intend everyone to use this feature, and that the company thinks this is meant for those who need additional physical assistance. AdvertisementThen, I tapped Touch, followed by AssistiveTouch, the on-screen software interface for performing actions in iOS and iPadOS for those Apple says have “difficulty touching the screen” or “require an adaptive accessory.”After tapping Pointing Devices and then Bluetooth Devices, I set my MX Master 2S into pairing mode, saw it show up on screen and paired the two. Instantly, a dark circular cursor appeared on my screen, as if a phantom digit was hovering.MORE: 6 Reasons You’ll Want iOS 13 on Your iPhone How it feels to use a mouse with an iPadThe first thing I noticed is that the on-screen cursor — which is a bit blobby compared to a normal mouse icon, but not too distracting — was very sensitive to movement, and looked a bit jumpy as I navigated around the iPad Settings app. I then spent a moment trying to figure out how to switch apps without touching the screen, before seeing the AssistiveTouch icon (a white home button that floats on screen) that I could tap to bring up a series of options. The Assistive Touch menu allowed me to mouse over buttons for Home, Notifications and Control Center, as well as get a Devices option with shortcuts to adjust volume as well as lock and rotate the screen. It’s all very intuitive and neat — and the kind of menu you’re probably familiar with if you’ve ever broken the Home button on an iPhone.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Apple may not have promoted the iPad’s upcoming support for mice and touchpads, but developers wasted no time finding this feature in the iPadOS beta. Curious, I tried it out for myself to see if this long-awaited feature is worth the work it takes to activate.  How to Use a Mouse with an iPad: Pros and ConsiPadOS introduces mouse support for the iPad, but it’s not without drawbacks. Here’s how to set it up.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-mouse-support-hands-on?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0005:3505:35Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭 center_img Up next, I wanted to see how well the virtual cursor could play with Apple’s latest multitasking trick — split-screen view to get two windows for the same app. At first, I wondered if it didn’t work, as my cursor was just selecting text I clicked on, and not pulling it out like dragging an icon. Quickly, though, I realized that if I clicked and held on a link, it animated as if I was pressing a button. Once it did that little movement, gaining a bubble around the words Disney Plus on a Tom’s Guide page, I was able to drag that link to the right side of my screen to create a split view interface.Selecting text was a similar process, where it took me a couple of tries to figure out how to select a word and then how much vertical movement it would take to select multiple lines of text.MORE: How to Install the iOS 13 Beta on Your iPhoneOutlook: So far, so goodI know Apple isn’t telling me to use a mouse with the iPad, but I dig how it works so far. Sure, it didn’t flow beautifully immediately, but I didn’t expect the fluidity of the Apple Pencil for a feature that’s hidden so deep in iPadOS.I’m also optimistic that Apple’s pro users can find more power in this feature. Assistive Touch has a way to create custom gestures, so with a little work, mice should be able to perform most of the tricks that our hands can on iPads.Sign In with Apple Sticks It to Facebook and Google: Here’s How It WorksBest Productivity MouseThis article originally appeared on Tom’s Guide.Image Credit: Tom’s Guide Henry T. Casey, on Author Biolast_img read more

Internet media platform provider Blinkx has launch

first_imgInternet media platform provider Blinkx has launched a dedicated app and open source HTML5-based Blinkx video player for Tizen-based mobile devices.The Blinkx app, available through the Tizen store, will replicate the look and feel of the recently re-launched blinkx.com portal, giving access to over 35 million hours of online video and over 800 media partnerships.Tizen is Linux’s open source software platform for mobile devices. Backed by Samsung and Intel, Tizen released version 2.0 of its platform earlier this year, with Samsung expected to bring devices to market later in 2013.“The blinkx Video Player is an outstanding addition to the Tizen ecosystem and community,” said Christopher Croteau, Tizen Association board member and managing director of Intel’s system software division. “Developers will be able to access the open source HTML5 code and manufacturers utilizing Tizen will be able to more easily include video in mobile devices.”last_img read more

The BBC has launched its first multiplayer online

first_imgThe BBC has launched its first multiplayer online game in beta to get feedback from users ahead of a full launch.The game, Nightfall, is targeted at 8-13 year-olds.The game begins when the players fall asleep, challenging young people and their friends to take on the role of Nightfallers – guardians of light fighting against darkness, and battling to banish every last nightmare from the dream world.Once in the Nightfall dream world, players can take part in solo play while they find their feet and build their skills, but to make progress in the game, they need to work together to stand against the tougher ‘Nightmare’ challenges, according to the BBC.The broadcasters already offers a range of games on CBeebies and CBBC online and in its children’s apps, intended to enable younger audiences to interact and play with their favourite BBC programmes and characters“To date, those games have served great purpose in bringing our show brands to the ‘gamers’ in our audience. Building on that success, Nightfall is an exploration of how gaming is evolving as an entertainment format for younger audiences. Young players are becoming savvier than ever before and in response to this shift, one of our key focus points has been around the format of gaming itself. We want to talk to the audience in the most genuine language possible, a language, which now is for many, a native one,” said Will Storer, senior product manager, design and engineering, in a blog post.Storer said that Nightfall was intended to combine elements of gaming that felt genuine to the gaming audience with the BBC’s mission to inform, educate and entertain.The game includes social elements like Emojis, but in an environment that is designed to be safe. Unlike other BBC games, Nightfall is not linked to a single programme or character but is able to integrate a range of other BBC brands.The beta trial will see a limited audience group playing the game, and players will be able to sign up to play via the existing BBC iD system.last_img read more

Splat A lucky strike and the telltale red splodge

first_imgSplat! A lucky strike and the telltale red splodge that your nightly tormentor has sucked its last blood vessel.Staring at the mess on the wall, you might find it hard to believe that so small an insect can carry so much blood. But female mosquitoes have a knack for eating, doubling their body weight with each meal.”They can barely fly,” laughs Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller University, who’s hoping to control mosquitoes, as well as the diseases they carry, by switching off their enormous appetite.In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cell, Vosshall and her team demonstrate how human diet drugs satiate mosquitoes’ bloodlust for several days — so they are less likely to feed on humans and spread diseases and will also produce fewer offspring.”When they’re hungry, these mosquitoes are super motivated. They fly toward the scent of a human the same way that we might approach a chocolate cake,” Vosshall says. “But after they were given the drug, they lost interest.”The method taps into female mosquitoes’ natural gluttony. Each supersize meal provides enough nutrients to support the typical clutch of around 100 eggs. After she has eaten, the mosquito loses her appetite for at least four days while her eggs develop.But as soon as a mosquito lays her eggs in a pool of stagnant water, she is off again in search of a mate and a meal. A female mosquito can breed several times in her lifetime of six to eight weeks, and in the process she can bite many people — which makes her a reliable vessel for spreading diseases.Vosshall and her team set out to identify and manipulate the hormone pathways responsible for this behavior. Because similar pathways for hunger are found in many animals — that is, they have similar evolutionary roots — she started with off-the-shelf human diet drugs.”On a lark we thought, ‘Let’s go for it. Let’s do the craziest experiment possible and get some human diet drugs and see if they work on mosquitoes,’ ” Vosshall told NPR.”It was surprising that it worked so well.”In a series of lab experiments, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (which spread dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika virus) were fed these diet drugs by mixing them into a chemical solution that also contained ATP — a molecule found inside most animal cells that mosquitoes find irresistible. The diet drugs came in powder form. For several days after drinking this solution, the mosquitoes showed little interest when offered the bare arms of human volunteers. Even the smell of dirty nylon stockings, saturated with human scent, was not enough to tempt them.After testing human diet drugs, the team homed in on the specific receptors that these drugs activate inside the mosquito brain. Then they could search through a general catalog of more than 265,000 chemicals to find a new suite of drugs that also activate this receptor — but that control only the appetite of mosquitoes and similar biting insects.”Human drugs are owned by pharmaceutical companies, and so we wanted to find something where the intellectual property wasn’t locked up. That’s important in [developing countries] for deployment,” Vosshall explains. And for obvious reasons, widely releasing human diet drugs into the environment is not a good idea.In recent years, scientists have developed an advanced arsenal of tools in the war against mosquitoes — from potent new insecticides to gene drives and bacterial infection. But rarely have they tried to control mosquitoes’ behavior.”There is a real need for novel approaches to controlling insects that transmit diseases,” says James Logan of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who was not involved in the study.According to the World Health Organization, mosquito-borne diseases — such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue and Zika virus — are responsible for millions of deaths each year.”Humans have been trying to fight mosquitoes ever since there were humans,” says Vosshall, pointing to an impressive variety of control methods — from rolled-up newspapers to genetic engineering.”All of these advances are complementary,” says Vosshall, who argues that no single innovation can eradicate mosquito-borne diseases and advocates using several methods at once. “Our behavior control is something else in this portfolio,” she says.This strategy seeks to reduce mosquito numbers rather than annihilate the insects entirely, which could have unintended ecological consequences. “I do worry about the balance of nature,” Vosshall says.But not everyone agrees that eradicating mosquitoes is a bad idea. “A recent study suggested that malaria mosquitoes do not play a vital role in the ecosystem, and therefore their removal would have minimal impact,” Logan says.”I don’t think we will ever eradicate all mosquitoes. But I do think that one day we will eradicate individual species,” he says.It’s early days for this novel approach to mosquito control, and it remains unclear how substantially it would stem the spread of disease in the real world. Meanwhile, more lab research must be done to develop these drugs so that they are potent and cheap enough to use in the field.”Transitioning from laboratory experiments to the field is always difficult,” Logan says. “One of the biggest challenges will be devising a system that attracts mosquitoes well enough and allows them to feed on this substance effectively.””You need to have dispensers; you need some way to attract female mosquitoes and have that work in local communities,” says Vosshall, looking to the logistical hurdles ahead.Putting billions of mosquitoes on an unwitting diet was never going to be easy.Thomas Lewton is a freelance science journalist and videographer who divides his time between London and Kampala, Uganda. You can follow him on Twitter: @thomaslewton. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more