Two More Earths Chandler Wobble Jumps Revealed Last in 2005

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The Chandler Wobble is a small variation in the rotation of the Earth on its axis. It has been known for some time that the phase of the Chandler Wobble jumped by 180 degrees in the 1920s, but a new study by scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences has found that the same thing also happened in 1850 and 2005. But no one knows why. Tracking Earth’s wobbles down to the size of a cell phone Any sphere that is not perfectly spherical has a slight wobble when it spins, rather like the effect you see as a spinning top is slowing down. The Earth’s wobble was discovered in 1891 by an American astronomer called Seth Carlo Chandler, and is named after him. The Chandler Wobble is one of the main components of the movement of the Earth’s axis of rotation relative to the surface of the Earth. Because the axis passes through the polar regions, this motion is also called Polar Motion. The amplitude and phase of the Chandler Wobble change over time, which is widely believed to be caused largely by pressure fluctuations at the bottom of the oceans. The pressure changes result from ocean circulation currents, and variations in temperature and salinity. This theory explains small changes in phase and amplitude, but in the 1920s the Chandler Wobble phase suddenly jumped by 180 degrees, which cannot be explained by gradual variations in pressure.Scientists working at the Central Astronomical Observatory in Pulkovo near St Petersburg recently analyzed all the data on the Earth’s rotation provided by the IERS (International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems service). The period of available data covered the last 163 years. The study looked for variations in the amplitude and phase of the Chandler Wobble. The results showed that the phase and amplitude often change by small amounts, but the scientists also discovered there were two other occasions when the phase jumped by 180 degrees: in 1850, and in 2005. A deep decrease in amplitude coincided with each phase jump.The scientists, Zinovy Malkin and Natalia Miller were studying the anomalies in the Earth’s rotation, especially as seen by the moving axis at the poles, because understanding these anomalies could help us understand changes in the Earth’s surface and interior and in the atmosphere and oceans. They used several methods of analysis to ensure their results were reliable, but they were not able to explain the reasons for the sudden dramatic changes in phase and amplitude.More information: Chandler wobble: two more large phase jumps revealed, arxiv.org/abs/0908.3732via MIT Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore furthercenter_img 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. Citation: Two More Earth’s Chandler Wobble Jumps Revealed, Last in 2005 (2009, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-earth-chandler-revealed.htmllast_img read more

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Research team devises a way to create pulses of gamma rays with

first_img(Phys.org) —A team of researchers based at Texas A&M University with affiliations with several Russian Universities has come up with a way to create pulses of gamma rays that have precise shapes and timing, all from a single photon source. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they used cobalt to produce coherent single photon pulses. More information: Coherent control of the waveforms of recoilless γ-ray photons, Nature (2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13018AbstractThe concepts and ideas of coherent, nonlinear and quantum optics have been extended to photon energies in the range of 10–100 kiloelectronvolts, corresponding to soft γ-ray radiation (the term used when the radiation is produced in nuclear transitions) or, equivalently, hard X-ray radiation (the term used when the radiation is produced by electron motion). The recent experimental achievements in this energy range include the demonstration of parametric down-conversion in the Langevin regime1, electromagnetically induced transparency in a cavity2, the collective Lamb shift3, vacuum-assisted generation of atomic coherences4 and single-photon revival in nuclear absorbing multilayer structures5. Also, realization of single-photon coherent storage6 and stimulated Raman adiabatic passage7 were recently proposed in this regime. More related work is discussed in a recent review8. However, the number of tools for the coherent manipulation of interactions between γ-ray photons and nuclear ensembles remains limited. Here we suggest and implement an efficient method to control the waveforms of γ-ray photons coherently. In particular, we demonstrate the conversion of individual recoilless γ-ray photons into a coherent, ultrashort pulse train and into a double pulse. Our method is based on the resonant interaction of γ-ray photons with an ensemble of nuclei with a resonant transition frequency that is periodically modulated in time. The frequency modulation, which is achieved by a uniform vibration of the resonant absorber, owing to the Doppler effect, renders resonant absorption and dispersion both time dependent, allowing us to shape the waveforms of the incident γ-ray photons. We expect that this technique will lead to advances in the emerging fields of coherent and quantum γ-ray photon optics, providing a basis for the realization of γ-ray-photon/nuclear-ensemble interfaces and quantum interference effects at nuclear γ-ray transitions. Gamma rays have quite a bit more energy than regular light, and their wavelength is a lot shorter too—both attributes that could make them an ideal candidate for better data communications and other physics applications. Unfortunately, they are not as easy to produce and harness as regular light. In this new effort, the researchers looked to radioactive Cobalt as a possible solution.Normally, cobalt-57 releases pairs of photons one after the other as it decays to iron-57—the waveforms of the photons spread across time and exponentially decay. As part of their experiment, the researchers instead caused a photon to be absorbed into the nucleus of an iron atom using a sheet of steel foil, which also allowed for detection of the photon as it was later released. By vibrating the foil, the researchers found they were able to cause the photons to be absorbed at different distances from the source. This meant the reemergence of the photon as it was released could be caused to take different amounts of time to strike the detector. By changing the vibration frequency, the team found they were able to adjust the amount of time it would take the photon to strike the detector.The result of the experiment was that the researchers discovered that they were able to use the vibrating motion of the foil to create a wave form as a series of fading, coherent pulses that were all evenly spaced apart. By adjusting the vibration characteristics, the researchers found they could fine tune the number, duration and shape of the pulses—they could even produce pairs if desired. Put another way, the researchers efforts have resulted in a method for both producing and harnessing the energy in gamma rays.Possible uses for such technology range from improving spectroscopy devices, to new quantum cryptography techniques to increased high-speed data communications. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Naturecenter_img Experimental set-up for γ-photon waveform control. Credit: Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13018 Hi-fi single photons 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. Citation: Research team devises a way to create pulses of gamma rays with precise shape and timing (2014, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-team-pulses-gamma-rays-precise.htmllast_img read more

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Magic of plenty

first_imgWills Lifestyle Fashion Week’s Day 3 showcased variations on the ramp. Whites, prints on solid bright colours and eye catching accessories sizzled the ramp. We saw an interesting trends for this summer in many shows like hand bands, gold bangles,  geometric prints, chirpy colours and more. Designer Payal Pratap’s collection something we adored as she redefined the lace saree. Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva marked earthy tones like peach, brown and different shades of white for this summer. Namrata Joshipur metallic assemblage gave day three a twist.  Designers who showcased their work on day three includes- Niket and Jennie, Rajdeep Ranawat, Pratima Pandey, Dev R Nil, Payal Pratap, Zubir Kirmani, Namrata Joshipur and day ended with a show by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. Stay tuned for the final 2 days!last_img read more

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Creating art impressions

first_imgA group exhibition titled Creating Impressions that displays the works by contemporary artists on graphics, is being organised in the Capital by Art and Aesthetic.The participating artistes are – Abesh Biove Mitra, Anamika Prakash, Anant Nigam, Chandrashekar Waghmare, Chhering Negi, Dattatraya Apte,  Kavita Naya Praveen Hatwar, Subba Ghosh, Vibhuti Sharma, Yashpal Chandrakar and Yogesh Rawal.Graphics, generally known as prints, is a highly under-rated and under-valued medium of visual expression in the discipline of art. To evoke curiosity in its processes and draw interest towards its sensibilities, Art and Aesthetic has brought up this show to support the practice of printmaking by showcasing and promoting prints consistently.    Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The obsession with owning an ‘exclusive’ or ‘one and only’ somewhat dilutes the desire to acquire limited edition prints, undermining the laborious processes involved and inherent character of multiplicity in the tradition of printmaking.In the contemporary scene, printmaking is a multi–faceted art with overlapping processes, the new processes coming into being while old technologies being re- visited. However, in the ever-evolving scenario, the medium retains its own unique character and aesthetics. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe process of image making in the reverse (mirror image) by Creating Impressions from one surface (zinc plate, litho, lino etc) to another surface (paper), while observing technical integrity and fulfilling creative aspirations and integrating the accidental effect in the image thereof, is not only challenging and intriguing for the print-maker but also fascinating for an inquisitive spectator. Further, dissemination of creative visual imagery conforms to the original purpose of making limited editions prints thereby lending credence and significance to this invaluable tradition.   Where: Art and Aesthetics Gallery, Lado Sarai Timings: 11 am – 7pm  When: On till 4 Octoberlast_img read more

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8hour duty minimum for all docs in staterun hospitals medical colleges

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department has issued a notification, announcing the new duty schedule for doctors at all the medical colleges, mandating the doctors to devote 8 hours per day.The new duty rosters will be corroborated with biometric attendance system, which the state government has proposed to introduce.One of the main objectives is to fix the accountability of the doctors at the state-run hospitals and thereby to ensure better health services to a huge number of patients, who depend on the government establishments. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the government notification, the doctors have to devote a minimum of 48 hours in a week. They will be able to avail an off day in a week, as per the roster. The on-call duty of the registered medical officers (RMO) and the junior doctors are, however, not included within the prescribed duty hours.If duty hours are less than 8 hours a day and more than 7 and half hours, it will be marked as half CL (casual leave) for the doctors. If the duty hours are less than 7 and half hours a day, it will be marked as absent. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIf there are more than 14 CLs in a year for any individual, they will be adjusted from EL (earned leave). If ELs are exhausted, penalty will be deducted from salary. If a doctor exhausts all his/her leaves, he/she may be deprived of salary.The notification also says that the first shift for doctors will be between 9 am – 5 pm. If a doctor joins duty 15 minutes after the shift starts, he/she will be marked as late and he will be liable to join the next shift starting from 9.30 am. The next shift will start from 10 am and will continue till 6 pm, while the last shift will continue from 11 am to 7 pm. All the principals and medical superintendents have been instructed to conduct fingerprint enrollment under the biometric attendance system. All the city’s medical college hospitals will conduct the enrollment for two days from June 13-14. North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and Midnapore Medical College and Hospital will also carry out the enrollment on the same days.Beliaghata ID Hospital, Bangur Institute of Neuroscience, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, School of Tropical Medicine and BC Roy Institute of Pediatric Science will hold enrollment on June 15, whereas Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital, Malda Medical College and Hospital and College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital will hold the enrollment for two days on June 18 and 19.There were some complaints coming from the medical colleges that some doctors do not visit the hospitals on a regular basis, while some others do not enter the hospitals on time, affecting the health services.It may also be mentioned that biometric attendance system has already been installed in various government departments. Now, the doctors at the state-run medical colleges and hospitals and in the districts will also be brought under the ambit of the system.last_img read more

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Five killed 35 injured in separate accidents

first_imgKolkata: Three persons including two policemen were killed when a car rammed into a stationery truck from behind in Nadia’s Nakashipara area on Monday morning, while in a separate accident, a woman and a child died and some 35 got injured that took place in Hooghly district.The death toll has reached five while several others have been stated to be in serious conditions. According to the Nadia district police, the accident occurred on National Highway 34. Deceased have been identified as Tarun Kumar Das, Md Mashud and Pravash Mahato. Mahato was the driver of the vehicle in which the two police men were travelling. Satyabrata Bhowmik, another police personnel travelling in the car, has been undergoing treatment in Shakti Nagar District Hospital in Krishnanagar. He was later shifted to a hospital in the city as his condition deteriorated. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was learnt that they were coming to Kolkata from Raigunge. When the car was crossing Gacha Bazar area under Nakashipara police station, the vehicle hit a truck from behind.All the three victims died on the spot. According to a preliminary investigation, the police suspect that the driver might have fallen asleep when the accident occurred. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed. The circumstantial evidence suggests that the vehicle was at a top speed at the time of the accident. The bodies were later sent for the post-mortem. The incident caused traffic congestion on National Highway 34 after the incident. The situation was brought under control following the intervention of senior police officers. They seized both the truck and the car. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe other accident took place in Joyrampur area in Hooghly where a bus carrying 45 odd passengers overturned and fell into a road side ditch killing a woman and a child and injuring35 others.The injured victims were taken to Arambag Sub-Divisional hospital for treatment. Some of the injured passengers are stated to be in serious conditions. According to a preliminary investigation, the police suspect that the bus was over speeding and this led to the accident.last_img read more

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Delhi govt announces trams for Old Delhi

first_imgTrams will run in the Walled City of the national Capital for better connectivity, the Delhi government announced on Tuesday.Although the government did not set any deadline, it said that trams would run in areas like Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi and New Delhi railway station. The AAP government also said more powers would be given to Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation on the lines of the New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment Board.“To implement its plans, the corporation will need proper powers; so we will be equipping it with powers for enforcement,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said after visiting Chandni Chowk area in the capital.Set up during the Congress government, the Corporation was tasked with restoring the area to its Mughal-era glory.last_img

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Why angry people are poor in communication

first_imgPeople with intermittent explosive disorder (IED), or impulsive aggression, have a weakened connection between regions of the brain associated with sensory input, language processing and social interaction, the findings showed.In a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the scientists showed that white matter in a region of the brain called the superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF) has less integrity and density in people with anger issues than in healthy individuals and those with other psychiatric disorders.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The SLF connects the brain’s frontal lobe– responsible for decision-making, emotion and understanding consequences of actions–with the parietal lobe, which processes language and sensory input.“It’s like an information superhighway connecting the frontal cortex to the parietal lobes,” said lead author of the study Royce Lee, Associate Professor at University of Chicago in the US. “We think that points to social cognition as an important area to think about for people with anger problems,” Lee said. Lee and his colleagues, including senior author Emil Coccaro, MD, Ellen C. Manning Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at Chicago.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, the researchers used diffusion tensor imaging, a form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that measures the volume and density of white matter connective tissue in the brain. Connectivity is a critical issue because the brains of people with psychiatric disorders usually show very few physical differences from healthy individuals.“It’s not so much how the brain is structured, but the way these regions are connected to each other,” Lee said.last_img read more

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City observes Saraswati Puja with traditional pomp gaiety

first_imgKolkata: The onset of spring, with blooming flowers and vast fields of ripened mustard, brings with it the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and culture. Heralding the arrival of Basant Panchami, the City of Joy celebrated the occasion of Saraswati Puja on Saturday with traditional pomp and gaiety.Decked up in bright hues of yellow saris, women and girls offered their prayers to Goddess Saraswati with flowers, while men chose to follow the age-old tradition and clad themselves in traditional white kurtas. Clay idols of the Hindu goddess with a veena in one hand, a crescent moon on the brow and a swan at her pedestal, were seen with flowers, fruits and sweets placed as offerings in front of her. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe ritual which is typically performed by priests in different households, clubs, communities, schools, and colleges, continued throughout the day with the ringing sounds of cymbals and conch shells, after which the devotees indulged in distributing ‘prasads’. With the growing popularity of the occasion, small marquees had come up in almost every nook and cranny, where people gathered to worship the goddess, followed by a sumptuous lunch comprising “khichuri” which is a mixture of rice and lentils, accompanied by fried vegetables and dollops of chutney and sweets. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTo add a cherry on the cake, this year the occasion has become a two-day affair as the ‘tithi’ which started on Saturday will last till Sunday 10 am in the morning. The state government has also declared a holiday on Monday. The day which is considered to be the Valentines’ Day for Bengalis saw couples flocking to different malls, parks and restaurants, on completion of the puja. But for the little ones, it was a day of exulted euphoria who gave their textbooks a miss for a day just before their upcoming examinations, providing them with much-needed respite. On Saraswati Puja, which is also considered to be a “no-study day”, the children participated in cultural functions organised in localities, educational institutes and households.last_img read more

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Aahar 2018 India feeding the world

first_img“There is an urgent need to explore the full-potential of processed food and hospitality sectors as these sectors are imperative, not only for India ‘s socio-economic progress but also for enhancing exports and employment in the country. The Government has geared up to launch a ‘pro-farmer based agri-policy’ to ensure farmers are encouraged to imbibe value addition of their produce and connect with the export activity directly. They can become an integral part of retail and supply chain globally. Events such as ‘AAHAR’ are vital in providing an excellent platform for all the stakeholders to have meaningful interaction, collaboration and investment opportunities,” asserted Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industries, Government of India, while inaugurating the 33rd edition of AAHAR – the international food and hospitality fair – on March 13 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn his inaugural speech, the Minister complimented the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and its associates for hosting Aahar 2018. Expressing his satisfaction with redevelopment project of Pragati Maidan he said that such an iconic infrastructure is imperative to fulfil “New India” aspiration.AAHAR is a one-stop solution for catering Indian delicacies to the international platter. It is a visionary of transforming India globally and is giving an international platform to Indian SME’s to the global market. The fair will go on till March 17, 2018. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHighlighting vast export potential of marine sector products, the Minister mentioned that there are 13 coastal states in India with abundant marine products. He indicated that a comprehensive roadmap is being prepared by the government to double the exports of marine products soon. Referring to the participation of Japan in the fair, he pointed out that India has to adopt Japanese innovations and technology to provide a fillip to the marine sector through value addition and preservation practices of marine products. Stressing on the need to vitalize the hospitality sectors, he indicated that the fair is devoted to ‘food’ and ‘hospitality’ which are an integral part of India’s ancient heritage and culture with the world-famed slogan ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’. “The country registered 17 to 20 percent increase in the aviation market last year, we have to prepare ourself in providing quality services in hospitality including conducive air travel and cargo facilities”, he further added. This edition of AAHAR has much to offer to the world with 18 foreign countries participating, who are masters of food export industry. USA, China, Italy, Japan, Tunisia, Poland, Turkey, Spain, Oman, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, Peru, Indonesia, Canada, Hongkong, Norway, Singapore brings their best techniques and products to share with the world. Present on the occasion were Jacek Bogucki, First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Republic of Poland, Nejmeddine Lakhal, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, LC Goyal, CMD, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), Narendra Kumar Singh, CMD, APEDA and Deepak Kumar, Executive Director, ITPO. LC Goyal in his key address said that the redevelopment project of Pragati Maidan as a world class ‘International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre’ is on the right track. “The next AAHAR edition will be organized with its enhanced scale as new halls would be available in February/March 2019”. An exclusive Culinary Art Competition would be organized by the Indian Culinary Forum in Lounge B (near Gate 1) while other major attractions are exclusive seminar in Hall 8 (Auditorium) on “The Role of R&D and Food Safety in the Development of Food Processing Sector” by AIFPA (at 9 am on March 14).The fair has been organized by the ITPO with the support of Ministry of Food Processing and Industries, Government of India, APEDA along with other apex bodies such as AIFPA, ARCHI, HOTERMAI, FHSAI and FIFI for the fair.AAHAR is open for the business visitors from 10 am to 6 pm every day until March 17. Visitors can park their vehicles at Bhairon Road parking.last_img read more

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State to raze dangerous part of Vivekananda Road flyover

first_imgKolkata: The state government has decided to pull down the dangerous portion of Vivekananda Road flyover between Posta intersection and Ganesh Talkies.The decision was taken at a high-level meeting which was attended by the senior officials of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police. The officials have inspected the site. In three week’s time, the team will come up with a date when the stretch on the flyover, that has been termed “dangerous”, will be pulled down. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe team will have to consider various issues like whether the demolition work is going to affect the old buildings in the vicinity as many of them are more than a century old, if the residents of these buildings need to be evacuated then where are they going to be put up temporarily and so on. A 41-metre iron slab of the flyover fell on April 1, 2016. Twenty-six people died and 11 were injured in the incident. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had visited the site and supervised the debris cleaning operation herself. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn 2008, funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was disbursed for the construction of the flyover, which started in 2009 during the Left Front regime. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 168 crore in 2008 when it was commissioned. Ashok Bhattacharya was the then Urban Development minister when the proposal was cleared in Delhi. When a portion of the flyover collapsed in 2016, around 75 percent of the construction of the bridge was completed. The construction of the flyover was mooted to ease Howrah-bound traffic movement from East Kolkata. From the very first day after the construction began, there had been movement to stop the process because of its faulty design. Development Employees Joint Action Committee had opposed its construction. After the construction of the flyover, it was found that many residents could not open the windows of their flats as the boundary wall of the structure was just two feet away from their buildings. But, the Left Front government refused to listen to their objection and finally went ahead with the project. As per the design of the flyover, the stretch on the road towards Howrah from the Vivekananda Road side was wider than the one coming from Howrah. Many engineers had also pointed out the faulty design.last_img read more

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One man shot at another stabbed at Rajabazar one arrested

first_imgKolkata: A man was shot at and another person was stabbed by some miscreants in Rajabazar on Thursday night.Locals rushed the duo to NRS Medical College and Hospital. On Friday, one man was arrested in this connection. According to sources, on Thursday night, an argument ensued between a group of youths and two persons identified as Yasir Mustafa and Sagir Ahmed. After a few minutes, Mustafa sensed something suspicious and tried to leave the spot along with Ahmed. All of a sudden, a youth from the group allegedly fired a round at Mustafa and another man stabbed Ahmed on his left hand. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHearing the firing sound, locals came out of their houses. Sensing danger the miscreants fled the spot. Local residents rescued the injured duo and rushed them to NRS Medical College and Hospital. Mustafa was admitted and Ahmed was treated and discharged. After a while police personnel from Amherst Street police station went to hospital and questioned Mustafa. He alleged that three persons, who were known to him, attacked him over some personal issue. On the basis of Mustafa’s statement an FIR was lodged. Later, on Friday, a youth identified as Md Danish of Narkeldanga was arrested. Search is on to nab other two persons named in the FIR. Sources informed that Danish had several criminal records in the past. Sleuths are also trying to find out if Mustafa and Ahemed have any criminal records. According to hospital sources, Mustafa’s condition is stable. The bullet had pierced his left hand.last_img read more

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Old Postcards that Warned Against Giving Women the Vote

first_imgMen of the early 20th century couldn’t be intimidated by the fear of being “outdone” by women. But that didn’t stop paranoid propagandists from creating postcards that were designed to do just that. In a time when women’s suffrage was just starting to gain traction in the United States, these wacky and outrageous postcards, dating from 1900 to 1914, were designed to scare men into thinking that the suffragettes would soon have every man in America sitting down to pee.Photo by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAPhoto by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAPhoto by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IALike any change, the transition from a male-dominated society to a society which valued gender equality scared a lot of people. The suffragists were seen by some as a threat to family values and to man’s place in society. Some of these are clearly acts of satire, but others reflect a genuinely comical paranoia that gripped men with the fear of being “sent back home to care for the children.”They reflect a fear that women who become more politically independent might no longer wish to do work around the house. Consider, for example, the boy bent over a washtub seeming to glare at the “camera,” with the caption reading: “Everyone works but mother, she’s a suffragist.”Photo by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAPhoto by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAPhoto by Palczewski, CatherineH Postcard Archive University of Norther Iowa.Ceddar Falls IAOther postcards depict female suffragists attacking policeman or towering over men, as the men are forced to scrub floors or feed babies. Some mock suffragists as loud, hyper-masculine and unweddable loudmouths who need to be silenced.A few postcards even depict violence, including one of two men “waterboarding” a suffragist with hot soup, and another picture features a woman with her hands tied and her head in a vice. As clever and humorous as some of these postcards are, they were no match for the valid arguments published by the suffragists.For example, in 1910 the National American Woman Suffrage Association condensed their best arguments into a series of postcards entitled: “Think It Over.” One such argument was that if the Declaration of Independence was created and signed by men who were tired of taxation without representation, women should either be free from paying taxes or granted the right to representation through voting.Read another story from us:Teenage Girls in the 1940s – Lifestyle Photos of a Bygone EraAs it turns out, the suffragists got what they wanted, proving that civil arguments eventually win against wacky propaganda.last_img read more

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LiAngelo Ball and UCLA teammates reportedly could face 310 years in prison

first_imgLi Angelo Ball and UCLA teammates Jalen Hall, and Cody Riley are in deep trouble after they were reportedly arrested for shoplifting from a Hangzhou Louis Vitton store while in China to play their season opener against Georgia Tech. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman tweeted the news first.BREAKING: UCLA frosh LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley & Jalen Hill arrested for shoplifting in China, sources told ESPN. Bruins play Ga Tech Friday https://t.co/k64IDyO81E— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 7, 2017 Advertisement Chinese court expert William Nee told Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel that LiAngelo could face 3-10 years in jail if convicted for “robbing public or private property using force, coercion, or other methods,” and may have to stay in jail while awaiting sentencing because the Chinese court system doesn’t usually allow pre-trial bail.“In most criminal cases that I know of, it’s very rare [or] unheard of for people to get American-style bail. I doubt it’ll be likely that they’ll be released until they either are sentenced or fined, or whatever the punishment may be.”Nee also mentions the 99.2% Chinese prosecution success rate, which doesn’t leave a lot of hope for a win at trial. This may leave diplomatic intervention as the final option if they’re convicted.LaVar Ball was scheduled to hold a press conference to address the situation, but canceled on the advice of legal counsel. You know it’s serious if he doesn’t have anything to say.Don’t ever get arrested in another country, example #320474028.LaVar Ball said he has been advised by council not to speak “due to the legal nature of the matter.” He had previously scheduled a press conference for 10:45 am from his hotel suite in Shanghai.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 8, 2017UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Arash Markazi, Ball and his teammates have been released from custody and ordered to stay at the team hotel until the conclusion of the legal process. Stay tuned.It’s important to note that Ball, Riley and Hill are being required by Hangzhou police to remain at a hotel in Hangzhou until the legal process is over, which could take days, weeks or even months. The hope is obviously sooner rather than later.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 8, 2017last_img read more

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Patriots Fan Busted Trying to Sneak Into New England Locker Room with

first_img Advertisement A Pats fan stole a S.A.F.E. Security jacket and almost got into the Patriots locker room. #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/RAFH9jHcSs— Sheena Quick (@Sheena_Marie3) February 4, 2019 Following the postgame locker room security breach at the 2017 Super Bowl where Tom Brady’s game jersey got heisted, the authorities in Atlanta were on high alert for potential intruders.They found one when they noticed an out of place man trying to enter the New England locker room wearing – what they determined to be – a stolen stadium security jacket. This time it wasn’t a thief, just a Pats fan.How do we know? When they removed the boosted coat, the guy was wearing a Tom Brady jersey. Boston sports fans are nuts. Not this time Fitzy.A man just tried to break into Pats locker room with a stolen security jacket pic.twitter.com/qaVdVbcseU— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 4, 2019last_img read more

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Hersheys Foray Into 3D Printing Could Allow You to Be Your Own

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read January 20, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Why visit a chocolate factory when you can print candy in your own home? That dream may become a reality now that Hershey is partnering with 3D Systems, a 3-D printing technology company, to develop 3-D printing methods that can be used to make chocolate confections.”Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3-D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future,” William Papa, Hershey’s head of research and development, said in a statement.There is no indication yet as to when the multi-year agreement may bear fruit, and financial terms were not disclosed. But Pennsylvania-based Hershey, with revenues of $6.6 billion, has the size and influence to drive major growth in 3-D printing. Analysts at research firm Gartner have predicted that the number of 3-D printers in consumer hands will double this year.3D Systems unveiled a 3-D chocolate printer at the Consumer Electronics Expo last week, along with a printer for edible sugar. But those devices, which will reportedly be available later this year and will cost several thousand dollars, are intended only for use in bakeries and other professional settings.3D Systems sees expansion into edible products as a way to mainstream 3-D printing technology, according to the statement. A company spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that 3D Systems intends to bring the technology to consumers rather than keeping it solely for commercial use. That means that individuals could print sweets for themselves instead of the sort of thermoplastic trinkets that currently represent what is achievable with 3-D printers in the popular imagination.Related: Photoshop’s Latest Feature: 3-D Printing Capability Register Now »last_img read more

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This App Wants to Help Get Rid of Your Parking Tickets

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 29, 2014 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The worst part of driving in any big city arguably isn’t the traffic — it’s the parking.  No matter how careful you are about where you park your ride, chances are good you’re going to pick up a parking ticket (or several) along the way.Now, a startup is looking to take a bit of the pain out of finding that tiny piece of paper under your windshield by fighting your tickets for you. Called Fixed, the app analyzes your tickets and develops an argument for why it might not be valid. The idea came to founder David Hegarty after he received a few tickets of his own.“After paying four parking tickets one morning, I came out to my car and found another two. I nearly screamed,” Hegarty explains. “The tickets were complete bullshit, and I knew they had been erroneously issued. So I figured out how to contest them, collected my evidence and submitted my appeal. I won both. After that, I started contesting all my tickets, and I discovered I had a pretty good hit rate.”Related: Move Over, Facebook. Here Comes a Social Network for Rich People.About 50 percent of tickets are dismissed when they’re challenged in court, according to Fixed. Those are pretty good odds that could wind up saving you a ton of cash. Fixed determines the likelihood of your ticket being dismissed based on the type of violation it is.When you get a ticket you simply take a photo of it and a few of the scene and upload them to the app. Fixed will ask a few questions about why you think the officer was in the wrong, and ask you to input a credit card number. The filing process can be done in just a few minutes while you’re still steaming on the curb. Based on your account of the situation, Fixed will prepare a contest letter to send the city and then have you digitally sign it on your phone before the company sends it along.If Fixed gets your ticket dismissed, you pay the company 25 percent of what the total fine for the ticket would have been. If Fixed loses, you just pay the cost of the ticket and Fixed gets nothing. In both scenarios Fixed charges your credit card, so you don’t have to deal with cutting a check.Related: These Custom Keyboards Make Typing on Apple’s iPhone and iPad Faster, EasierThe service is live in San Francisco, with plans to expand to other cities in the future. Hegarty says the company is processing close to 700 tickets each week in San Francisco alone. Marketing is done by finding unfortunate drivers who have received tickets and leaving notes on their windshield letting them know there’s a way out.For Fixed, parking tickets are also just a first step in a number of problems they can take care of for you. Ultimately, the company hopes to be an advocate for all kinds of disputes. Be it a traffic violation or an exorbitant cable bill, Fixed wants to be able to “fix” it for you.Related: How $10,000 Can Score You a Self-Driving Car (Sort Of)last_img read more

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Make Chats With Chatbots Work

first_img This story appears in the October 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. October 4, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Who wants to chat with a chatbot? More people than you’d think, says Brian Heikes, VP of product at 3Cinteractive, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based mobile marketing company.Techies have long been talking about chatbots. And once Facebook announced this spring that brands could create their own bots for Facebook Messenger, the rest of the world caught on as well. A chatbot is software that simulates online conversations with humans — helping customers place orders, check in on deliveries, ask questions and more. Thousands of businesses are now using them on Facebook, Twitter and Slack, and for standard texts. And maybe, Heikes says, you should set one up, too.1. Imagine the customer It’s natural: You want your customer to love and interact with your brand. But you need to be realistic. Is a customer coming to chitchat all day with your bot? No. So what would they come for? Maybe to check product availability? Figure it out — hey, maybe ask your customers! — and then plan a bot that’s simple, predictable and useful. Don’t forget: A poor bot interaction is worse than no bot at all.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. Plot your botBots aren’t all-knowing; they need your information. Want a chatbot for customer service? You’ll need predetermined customer-service scripts (so if a customer asks about product shipping, say, the bot replies accordingly), a tool for accessing and logging customer data and software that gives bots access to answers, like up-to-the-minute tracking info. For a sales-related bot, you’ll need catalog and inventory data, product classifications (to ease navigation) and assets (pictures, descriptions and pricing).Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without Coding3. Give the green lightIf you have a development team, they can set up a basic bot in a day. If not, you can hire someone to do it. Bots capable of handling simple interactions with fixed scripts and basic capabilities might run you a few thousand dollars to develop, while full-scale artificial intelligence will cost significantly more. Read This: The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive by Brian Christian | Amazon | eBooks.com | Barnes & Noblelast_img read more

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Backoffice Workforce Management Market Current and Future Industry Trends 2018 –

first_imgThe Backoffice Workforce Management Market is continuously growing in global scenario over the upcoming years. Back-office workforce management can be defined as the process or software that is essential for smooth and productive business operation of enterprise.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2954219/?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SHASHIThe most efficient work-force management solution comes from self-service modules that boost employees to put forth their own schedule preferences and to manage time off and change shifts, as required. Back-Office work force management solution offers a dynamic platform to enterprise to manage their work an assign service level to each task. Reduction in cost due to workforce management and increase in productivity are the key driving factors of the market across the world. Furthermore, growing acceptance of cloud services is creating numerous opportunity in the market over the upcoming years. Backoffice workforce management improved planning which reduces stress & overtaxing of employees, it reduces processing time & improved customer experience, it improves employee satisfaction and it improves visibility & transparency. These benefits of Backoffice Workforce Management also increasing demand among its end-user industries over the upcoming years. However, lack of awareness among enterprises about the back office workforce management solution is the restraining factors of the market across the globe. The regional analysis of Global Backoffice Workforce Management Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World.The major market player included in this report are: Monet Software (US), Verint System Inc. (US), SWOT Analysis, ActoiveOps Limited (United Kingdom), Calabrio (US), Aspect Software, Cicero Inc. (US), Teleopti (Sweden), Intradiem (US) and Genesys (US)The objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2954219?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNBy Solution: Operation Visualizer, Performance Management, Back-Office Optimization, Robotic Process Automation, Desktop & Process Analytics, OthersBy Deployment: On-Premises, On-Cloud, HybridBy End-User: IT & Telecommunication, BFSI, Retail & E-commerce, Transportation, Government, OthersBackoffice Workforce Management Market Key Segments:By Country: North America: U.S., Canada, MexicoEurope: UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Rest of EuropeAsia-Pacific: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-PacificLAMEA: Chile, Israel, South Africa, Rest of LAMEAFurthermore, years considered for the study are as follows:The historical year 2015, 2016The base year 2017Forecast period 2018 to 2025Buy Now @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/checkout/sales/872?utm_source=SHASHI Target Audience of the Global Backoffice Workforce Management Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsTable of ContentsChapter 1.Executive SummaryChapter 2.Backoffice Workforce Management Market Definition and ScopeChapter 3.Backoffice Workforce Management Market DynamicsChapter 4.Backoffice Workforce Management Market Industry AnalysisChapter 5.Backoffice Workforce Management Market, by ApplicationChapter 6.Backoffice Workforce Management Market, by Deployment ModeChapter 7.Backoffice Workforce Management Market, by Regional AnalysisChapter 8.Competitive IntelligenceChapter 9.Research ProcessSimilar Publisher Related report:Global IoT in Defence Industry Market Analysis & Forecast 2018-2023More summary:  https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/global-iot-in-defence-industry-market-analysis-and-forecast-2018-2023-market/?utm_source=RR&utm_medium=SBLAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United Statescall answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575call answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.com Backoffice Workforce Management Marketlast_img read more

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