Viking landers did detect organics on Mars

first_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. Missing piece inspires new look at Mars puzzle Explore further Citation: Viking landers did detect organics on Mars (2011, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — In 1976 the NASA Viking landers took samples of soil on Mars and tested them for signs of organic carbon. A reinterpretation of the results now suggests the samples did contain organic compounds, but the results were not understood because of the strong oxidation effects of perchlorate, a salt now known to be found in Martian soils. More information: Navarro‐González, R., E. Vargas, J. de la Rosa, A. C. Raga, and C. P. McKay (2010), Reanalysis of the Viking results suggests perchlorate and organics at midlatitudes on Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 115, E12010, doi:10.1029/2010JE003599 A boulder-strewn field of red rocks stretches across the horizon in this self-portrait of Viking 2 on Mars’ Utopian Plain. (3 September 1976) Image: NASA © 2010 In the Viking tests the Martian soil was heated sufficiently to vaporize organic molecules in the soil and the resultant gases and vapors were analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Chlorohydrocarbons were found at landing site 1 and 2, but they were dismissed at the time as terrestrial contaminants, even though they were not found at the same levels in blank runs. Then, in 2008 the Phoenix lander discovered perchlorate in the Martian arctic soil. Perchlorates are well known as powerful oxidizing compounds that combust organics, but their presence in Martian soils was not suspected in the 1970s.After the Martian soils were found to contain perchlorates, scientists from Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City, and NASA’s Space Science Division at Moffett Field, California, decided to test the soils of the Atacama Desert in Chile, which is considered more like Mars than anywhere else on Earth. The research, reported in the Journal of Geophysical Research, found that when soil samples containing organic carbon were mixed with magnesium perchlorate and then heated, the same kind of combusted chlorohydrocarbons were found as had been detected on Mars by the Viking lander and dismissed as contaminants. Reinterpreting the Viking results in the light of the new findings suggests the samples from landing site 1 contained 1.5 to 6.5 ppm organic carbon, while those from landing site 2 contained 0.7 to 2.6 ppm organic carbon.The presence of organic material does not provide evidence of life or past life on Mars but only of the presence of organic compounds. NASA is now planning a new mission for November 2011 to have another look for organics and other chemicals on Mars in an effort to better understand the chemistry of Martian soils.last_img read more

Dead Sea drilling research project portends ominous future for Middle East

first_imgSalt buildup on the shores of the Dead Sea. Image: Ian and Wendy Sewell/Wikipedia © 2011 Jordan and Israel consider Red Sea canal ( — A team of researchers drilling in the center of the Dead Sea have found that approximately 120,000 years ago, the area became so dry the Sea dried up completely, or nearly so, and worse, it likely occurred over a lengthy period of time. Today the history rich sea, the lowest in the world, is shrinking too, but unlike back then, this time it’s due to human’s siphoning off water from the rivers that feed it leading to a precipitous drop that has reduced the depth of the water by some 10 meters since the mid nineties. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further Citation: Dead Sea drilling research project portends ominous future for Middle East (2011, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The Dead Sea Deep Drilling Project, as its been called, involved boring holes in two locations into the sea floor over four months between late 2010 and early 2011 and cost US $2.6 million, and was funded by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program with additional contributions from other organizations and countries. Over the course of the drilling, the team, managed to pull up a 400 meter length of sediment from beneath the sea floor, giving the researchers a peak 200,000 years into the past. But it was the part of the sample that represented a time around 120,000 that really intrigued them, as there they found rocky pebbles similar to those found currently on the shore line. This meant that the sea had dried to the point where it may have had no water in it at all. And beneath the pebbles was a layer of salt about 45 meters thick, which is what researchers calculate, would occur if all the water in the sea were removed today. Thus, it appears that the Dead Sea was for a time, nothing more than a very large salt flats.The idea that the Dead Sea could go dry is a very scary thing for those in the Middle East, especially for those who follow global warming theories and politics. While the water from the Dead Sea itself isn’t used for much of anything except swimming, the rivers that run into it are critical to the survival of millions of people in the area, and controlling those rivers is rife with controversy which has in the past led to wars, as the Dead Sea sits right between Israel and Jordan.With many global warming models predicting a more arid Middle East, the specter of a dried up Dead Sea could possibly send the area into a period of turmoil dwarfing past conflicts, which would of course cause ripples all across the globe, leading to a very unstable future for virtually everyone.last_img read more

Spinning ring on a table found to behave more like a boomerang

first_img(—A trio of researchers, two with the University of California, the third with Sharif University of Technology, in Iran, has found that a common ring, such as is worn on the finger, spins differently on a tabletop than does a coin. In their paper published in Physical Review E, Mir Abbas Jalali, Milad Sarebangholi and Reza Alam describe their tests and observations and offer a theory on why a spinning ring behaves the way it does. Explore further © 2015 If you use your fingers to spin a coin on a tabletop, it will tend to move around on the table in the same direction that it is spinning until it stops. That is not the case with a spinning ring, the researchers found (first by simply noticing it and then via testing). Unlike the movement of the coin, the ring will move first in the direction of its spin, but then will stop moving and reverse itself, moving against its own spin.A coin, the researchers note, tends to spin in the same direction as its spin due to friction—and that appears to be the case with a ring as well. Both also, at least initially spin atop a thin layer of air that gets trapped beneath one of its edge and the tabletop. But, because the ring, which is essentially the same thing as a coin except for the large hole in it, has that hole, the trapped air can escape. When it does, the researchers theorize, the frictional forces change, resulting in the ring stopping and changing directions.Intrigued by the odd movement of the spinning ring, and surprised that they could not find any description or study of it in the literature, the researchers set about studying the phenomenon in their lab. They created coins by cutting metal rods and rings by cutting metal tubes, both of a variety of different sizes and thicknesses and then set them to spinning while recording with a high-speed camera. Citation: Spinning ring on a table found to behave more like a boomerang than a coin (2015, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Moons in hiding More information: Terminal retrograde turn of rolling rings, Phys. Rev. E 92, 032913 – Published 22 September 2015 , . On Arxiv: report an unexpected reverse spiral turn in the final stage of the motion of rolling rings. It is well known that spinning disks rotate in the same direction of their initial spin until they stop. While a spinning ring starts its motion with a kinematics similar to disks, i.e., moving along a cycloidal path prograde with the direction of its rigid body rotation, the mean trajectory of its center of mass later develops an inflection point so that the ring makes a spiral turn and revolves in a retrograde direction around a new center. Using high speed imaging and numerical simulations of models featuring a rolling rigid body, we show that the hollow geometry of a ring tunes the rotational air drag resistance so that the frictional force at the contact point with the ground changes its direction at the inflection point and puts the ring on a retrograde spiral trajectory. Our findings have potential applications in designing topologically new surface-effect flying objects capable of performing complex reorientation and translational maneuvers.center_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. Credit: M. A. Jalali et al., Phys. Rev. E (2015) Supplementary video from the paper “Terminal retrograde turn of rolling rings” authored by Mir Abbas Jalali, Milad S. Sarebangholi, and Mohammad-Reza Alam, published in Phys. Rev. E 92, 032913 – Published 22 September 2015 In studying the video, it became apparent to the researchers that the change in direction came about due to the change in air flow. They also discovered that the reverse-effect occurred with all of the rings they tested, suggesting the behavior is both consistent and replicable, traits they suggest, that might be useful when designing objects that move on topologically flat surfaces, especially those that require complicated reorientations or automatic reversals. Journal information: Physical Review Letters , arXivlast_img read more

Psychologists proved their value to political campaigns with one fundraising trick

first_img… In the last decade, psychological advisors have gone from an oddity to standard feature of major political campaigns. Back in 2008, when Barack Obama turned to a group of behavioral scientists to help him win the United States presidential election, their worth was yet unproven.  Little is known about the academic group, who were unpaid and rarely give interviews on their political work. But according to the New York Times, they included Princeton University’s Susan Fiske, University of Chicago’s Richard Thaler (who won the Nobel in 2017 for his work in behavioral economics), emeritus Arizona State University professor Robert Cialdini, and Michael Morris, a psychology and leadership professor at Columbia University. center_img Based on this psychologicalphenomenon, the behavioral science team suggested Obama should fundraise by offering the chance for one donor to win dinner with the Obamas, according to Morris. With an email list in the millions, the odds of winning for any one person would be tiny, but most people would struggle to fully appreciate that. “As soon as you have mentally pictured having dinner with Obama, then the event is mentally accessible to you and you give it a likelihood that’s higher than its real probability,” Morris said in an email. There was no massive barrier to entry; a 2012 New Yorker article on one such Obama raffle reported the suggested donation was just $3.  Read the whole story: Quartzlast_img read more

Releasing Resurgent India

first_imgThe book, launched in the presence of the Minister of Petroleum & Environment Veerappa Moily is an endeavour to discover the true significance of the contributions of Rajiv Gandhi in different areas of national life.Talking about the prime subject of his book, PDT Achary said, ‘Rajiv Gandhi is perhaps one of the most misunderstood prime ministers in Indian history. It is important to first understand the heart and mind of one of the nation’s most influential leaders in order to be able to understand his ambitious policies in their entirety. Rajiv was clearly a man ahead of his time. While we are still living in a time period of five-year plans, his policies envisioned two decades. I hope I have been able to capture the essence of his futuristic vision and provide a balanced perspective of the media trial that he underwent during his tenure.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This book objectively evaluates the contributions made by Rajiv Gandhi towards the nation. The prologue takes us through the major phases in Indian history and highlights the continuity of its cultural and political traditions, beginning from the Indus Valley Civilization to the later part of the 20th century. The epilogue narrates the post-1989 political developments characterized by instability caused by the coming and going of governments in quick succession and the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. It also provides a perspective on his personality and performance and also on the implications of his death for the political future of India.Commenting on the book, Hamid Ansari said, ‘To write about Rajiv Gandhi, a modern Indian and his attempt to give a new thrust to a traditional India, would not have been easy. He had a vision of global peace and was one of the firsts to discuss about nuclear disarmament. I hope this book will be read by all those who are interested in contemporary Indian politics.’last_img read more

Sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong

first_imgPublishers believe pretty faces sell more books. Which is why the author picture on the back cover is paid more attention to at times than the content of a book. Which is not to say Shruti Sharma’s debut novel Abyss to Abyss is not interesting between the covers. It’s a good-hearted story of a girl stuck in a bad marriage who still believes in the power of dreams. Millennium Post had a quick tête-à-tête with Sharma. Read on…This being your debut book, how much of you is in protagonist Ria? Most writers end up making their first book autobiographical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This book is a work of fiction. But I think there is a little bit of Ria in all of us. Her character is very real, she does stupid things, she has fears like any one of us, she cries, she gets excited,  she has her gloomy moments. At the same time she also embodies someone who has the courage to go  beyond the boundaries, yes she is scared but she challenges herself and dares to explore the unknown which I think is admirable and inspiring.  Ria goes through an arranged marriage and moves to US with a stranger. You live abroad. How prevalent is arranged marriage among NRIs today? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI think it’s very common for guys here to get married to girls from India. In general, it’s so common for professionals here to just fly to India for 15 days, meet girls and then just marry one of them.  I live in Silicon Valley and most Indian girls that I have met here were here because of  arranged marriage. Here is the sad part, not many are happily married. And even more sad? No one talks about it. They choose to live through it because they are scared. And I think a lot of  this is cultural. It’s embedded subconsciously that once you are married you got to make it work…which is twisted because people should not be together if they are not meant to be together.  I am not saying that all the marriages that are arranged are bad, what I am saying is that not very often do the girls (in bad marriages) take a decision of saying ‘You know what I am not going to put up with this crap anymore.’ In this novel, Ria recognises that sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong. And in the end everything turns out just fine and that’s the message I wanted to  convey. That people in bad marriages should not think that it’s the end. Pursue your dreams what may be…The universe guides you.Every character in my book is telling a story and it has a deeper meaning.  Ria seems to be all good. Do you think you could have painted her a little more grey?I think she does a lot of ‘wrong’. She does her fair share of ‘stupid’ things. She kept thinking her husband Jay would change then she chased Tanishq in desperate hope to find love so she wasn’t all that good. I painted her naive, that’s a color too. What prompted you to write a book?I grew up seeing my mom who has authored many books and I always wanted to write one. The timing was just right, professionally I had met all my goals so I thought of pursuing my long time dream of writing a novel. Why an e-book? There are takers for ebooks in the West, in India it is trend yet to catch upPaperback is also available through Amazon , Author House website and Barnes & Noble. Right now my publisher told me that the distribution channels (US based) will be able to sell the books internationally as well. Link: What next for you? Plot of the next book in mind?Next book? I have a story in my mind but it’s very embryonic, again it’s going to be the one that can leave some sort of a message in the hearts of those who read the book. Did you have a specific readership in mind when you started writing?Mostly everyone but I think girls, who have been or are going through a rough relationship/ marriage will be able to relate to it. I hope this story can inspire people.last_img read more

Punjabi funny bone

first_imgBehroopiya Entertainers presented Saanu Kee, a 60 minute Punjabi Standup Comedy with  Amit Tandon and Maheep Singh, two comedians born at the same hospital in the same city but to different parents and separated by their fate. Finally, they were reunited by their sense of humour. Both of them believe that anything once translated to Punjabi sounds funny. So, this is the first stand-up comedy in Punjabi that has easily understandable Punjabi fun and catch phrases.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Saanu Kee is one of the most commonly used Punjabi terms applicable in almost all situations. Amit Tandon, has done more than 500 stage performances across a number of cities. He is the one who conceptualized as well as hosts the Grandmasters of Comedy one of the most popular and longest running comedy nights in the country. Maheep Singh, is commonly called ‘The Gujarati Sardar’. He began doing stand-up comedy as an exercise to come out of depression and now he is tickling the funny bones of the audience regularly. One of the most interesting aspects of his performance is that he states facts.last_img read more

Doctor nursing home asked to pay Rs 20L as compensation

first_imgKolkata: State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Roy Nursing Home in West Midnapore and a doctor to pay Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the family members of a patient who died of medical negligence.The incident took place in November 2013 when the victim, Banamali Samanata, was taken to Dr T K Biswas, a local doctor from Rabindra Nagar in the same district after he complained of severe abdominal pain. A resident of Barmunibgarh village under Kharagpur police station, Samanta was asked to take admission to Roy Nursing Home. After the patient was admitted to the nursing home under Dr Biswas, various clinical tests were performed on him. Medical tests confirmed that the patient had gallbladder stone and CBD stone as well. Dr Biswas conducted a surgery on the 59-year-old patient at the nursing home. Following the surgery, the patient started vomiting and also complained of respiratory problems. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe family members of the patient informed the doctors about the deterioration of his health condition. The doctor told the family members that this was nothing unusual and his condition would improve in the next few days. Prasenjit Samanta, the victim’s son, said the patient was released from the nursing home on November 14 after which he developed serious complications. He complained of severe respiratory distress accompanied by vomiting. When his family tried to readmit him to that nursing home for the second time, admission was denied. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn November 16, the family members rushed him to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital where USG and several others tests revealed that the CBD stone had not been removed then and the patient had already developed sepsis due to lack of proper treatment. The patient was later shifted to a private hospital near EM Bypass where another surgery was conducted. The efforts went in vain as he died of sepsis on December 10. The patient’s family later started a case with the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC) in September 2014.last_img read more

Day in day out

first_imgShowcasing perceptions‘Silence of the Heavens’, a solo art exhibition by Mamoon Nomani, Jamia Millia Islamia, will showcase a series of paintings at Lalit Kala Academy where the dynamics of different geometric shapes will be explored. The art exhibition will showcase works that has come out of his decade-long patience. The artist’s use of forms often creates optical illusions that trickily present altered perceptions, playing with the dimensions of weight, height and perspective. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When: February 29 to March 6Where: Lalit Kala Academy, Gallery No 3, Rabindra Bhawan Timings:11 am till 7 pmWhen one uses imageryWARP ‘N WEFT- a painting exhibition will be held in India Habitat Centre. Ritu Chopra’s exhibition consists of artworks in abstract genre, based on Kabir’s verse, ‘Jhini, jhini bhini chadariya’ wherein Kabir talks of the body as the cloth spun by God, having the subtle energy channels, the ingla and pingla as the warp and weft. Ritu is so inspired by Kabir’s simple couplets that she had, in the past, painted a series using figurative imagery. There is strength of form and balance of composition in her current works. She uses the related relevant chromatic hues in each artwork. There will be around 30 artworks on display. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen: March 16-24 Where: Palm Court, India Habitat Centre Timings: 10 am to 8 pmIndulging in fashionSahachari Foundation Events is going to organise ‘Design One 2016’- an exhibition with a specially curated list of designers, who will exhibit their work in the national Capital. The exhibition’s objective is to support charities, with this years’ partner Shine Home for Women. The exhibition will feature a combination of carefully selected established and budding designers, which includes famed couturieres Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta, Nidhi Tholia, Vogue Fashion Fund winner Pero By Aneeth Arora and many others.  When: March 3-4Where: The Grand, Vasant KunjTimings: 11 am to 8 pmTribute to women12th edition of IAWRT Asia Women’s Film Festival will be held in the national Capital where different films will be screened. The festival will showcase the work of women filmmakers of Asian origin bringing a rich and diverse collection of films from 13 countries including Bangladesh, India, Israel, Myanmar, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, U.K., USA and Vietnam. The festival includes a selection of 47 films and sound works; a seminar and an exhibition. Screenings will be followed by discussions with directors present.When: March 3-5Where: India International Centre, Max Mueller MargTimings: 9:30 am onwards.Magic of PoetryAll the lovers of Urdu poetry in the national Capital can come together to relish their favourite genre as  Shankar Lall Murli Dhar Memorial society is going to host the 51st edition of Bazm-e-Mushaira in the memory of Late Shankar lall ‘Shankar’ and Late Lala Murli Dhar ‘Shad.’ Mushaira will act as a thread to the most unpredictable relationship that is the trademark of India and Pakistan, which transcends all boundaries and creates an unbelievable bonhomie amongst poets from both sides.When: March 5Where: Modern School, Barakhamba RoadTimings: 8pm onwardslast_img read more

Kolkatans start thronging Park Street as Christmas mood sets in

first_imgKolkata: With the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating the Christmas Festival on 21 December, people started visiting Park Street in large numbers from Sunday afternoon to soak in the spirit of the festival.Park Street has become the destination of Christmas revellers in the city and the area has been suitably decked up to host the grand festival. The entire stretch of Park Street has been illuminated and the Christmas Carnival has rolled out in its full glory. The event will continue till 30 December. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe festival was thrown open to the public after the Chief Minister inaugurated the festival at Allen Park on Friday. This has become an important event in the year-end calendar of Kolkata. City dwellers thronged Park Street and its adjoining areas and enjoyed the lighting and decorations. The special attraction of the Christmas Festival this year will be the performances from buskers in and around Park Street and Camac Street crossing. The programme would be held on the day of Christmas between 4 pm and 10 pm. The state Information and Cultural Affairs department will organise various cultural programmes at Allen Park during the festive days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPeople stood in queues outside various bakery stalls in the New Market area on Sunday to buy cakes. Various tourist attractions in the city like Alipore Zoo, Victoria Memorial, Science City and Eco Park witnessed large footfalls on Sunday. It may be mentioned that the Christmas Festival at Park Street and its festive fervour draws a large number of foreign tourists as well and the state Tourism department is hopeful that the number will increase further this year. Adequate security measures have already been taken by the city police along Park Street and other areas, which see large footfalls during Christmas and New Year. Watchtowers have been set up at various points to maintain surveillance. There will be additional police personnel deployed at various places in the city during Christmas. Additional policemen have been deployed at Park Street and its adjoining areas to avoid any untoward incident. The entire stretch of Park Street has been divided into two flanks by placing security barricades in the middle of the road. All the vehicles would be diverted through alternate routes during Christmas. On the occasion of Christmas Festival, the state for the first time is going to illuminate seven churches in the state in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Jalpaiguri, Bandel, Chandannagore and Krishnanagar. There will also be a cultural programme at Chandannagore church from December 26 to 28.last_img read more

Get your yearly dose of puppy therapy

first_imgAfter looking at cute puppies and doggies all year, finally, the time has come when we can actually go and look at those puppy eyes, their tricks and furry wagging tails this weekend i.e., December 2-3. India’s biggest pet festival – Pet Fed – is back this year in Delhi’s NSIC Grounds, Okhla and this time, it’s bigger than ever. The year 2017 will count many firsts for the cutest gathering as Pet Fed 2017 will also happen in Mumbai’s MMRDA Grounds, BKC on December 16 and 17. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe allegation that it will be the cutest weekend of the year with 3000+ pets (dog, cat, hamsters and guinea pigs included) should be enough to get you there, but the immense stature of activities planned is the extra nudge that will have you rushing to book the tickets now.Completely different from the previous editions, the activity ring this year is lined with displays like the Security Dog Show, Good Dog Citizen Program and an Obedience Display. “In the security dog show, we are trying to show that dogs can be more than our companion. During the two days, you can witness multiple acts in which a dog is sniffing out a bomb and a whole scene enactment in which a dog pounces on a robber who snatches something from a lady,” informed Akshay Gupta, Founder and CEO of Pet Fed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf your pet has some cool tricks up their sleeves, enroll them for the Pet’s Got Talent, happening for the first time in India and show off how well they can jump through a loop, play dead on command, count cards or any such cool trick. Your pet can even try their paw at the Fashion Show and Temptation Alley. Cash prizes are in store for these activities, apart from the whole act being in front of a live audience of 25,000+ pet lovers and a million people who will watch it from their homes on TV. Set your dog’s name in history, at Pet Fed 2017 powered by Dogsee, in Delhi and Mumbai, as they are attempting a Limca Book of World Record for the biggest dog gathering ever. The Off-Leash Play Area is a must drop by with your dogs for an Agility have-a-go, trampolines, ball pools and doggo slides. Do check out the Discover Dogs section as well, which is taken over by 11 dog breeds and mounted with uber cool facts.Even though Akshay Gupta is the founder of this loved festival, he says that he never had a dog of his own but that doesn’t stop him from loving and feeding the street dogs outside his house. He believes that every dog is unique in their own way and should be loved the same way. That’s why this year, he has taken a small little initiative to spread the love by giving free entry to those who bring their desi dogs to the event. “During the whole event, you will see on different occasions, different people coming and sharing their stories with their Indie dogs. Rahul Ram, lead singer for the Indian Ocean will also be there with his Indie breed dog where he will be sharing with the whole crowd his story about how he adopted, and how his desi dog has helped him through life. So we are sharing these stories for people to understand that even our desi dogs are as good as pure breed dogs,” said Akshay.That’s not all, if you’ve always wanted to get home a bundle of joy but haven’t found your furry partner yet; Pet Fed is where you need to be to ‘tie-the-knot’ by adopting a pet. And if you’re more into being mastered than being the master yourself, then the Cat zone is where you should be. With more than 100 stalls, food and drinks, a Cat Zone and a separate VIP Lounge, there is something for everyone at this pet festival.last_img read more

Monsoon expected in Bengal after June 5 heat wave to prevail for

first_imgKolkata: Monsoon is expected to enter Bengal after June 5. All the South Bengal districts will continue to burn in the scorching summer heat in the next couple of days, with the temperature touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that rainfall is likely to take place in some parts of the state early next month. It will bring relief to the people from the excessive summer heat. In the next few days, hot and humid conditions will prevail in all the South Bengal districts. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”A heat wave condition will continue to prevail in all the Western districts for the next couple of days. There may be some scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal on Thursday, the day of counting of votes, particularly in the afternoon hours,” a weather official said. According to a weather expert, the onset of Monsoon in the state will be on time. He has also maintained that conditions are favourable for its advancement into more parts of South Bay. It is likely to hit the North Andaman Sea and the Andaman Islands in the next couple of days. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”A cyclonic circulation each over the South Andaman Sea to the extreme East and over the Cape Comorin to the West-South-West are expected to provide a momentum to the Monsoon,” the expert said. According to the prediction of the weather office, thundershower along with gusty winds will take place in North Bengal districts in every afternoon during the next couple of days. In the last few days, some parts of South Bengal witnessed scattered rainfall, but it did not last, as a result of which the hot and humid condition continued unabated. The temperature in the city and its adjoining districts may hover around 37-38 degree Celsius, with humidity level on the higher side, in the next few days. The mercury may remain between 41-43 degree Celsius in the Western districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Birbhum. A heat wave will also sweep through the region. The temperature will drop once Monsoon arrives in the state early next month.last_img read more

SSKM security staff assaulted by family members of patient

first_imgKolkata: A security staff at the SSKM Hopsital was allegedly assaulted by family members of a patient on Thursday morning.Later, two accused persons were arrested andwere produced at the Bankshall Court, one of them was granted bail and the main accused has been remanded to judicial custody. According to sources, on Thursday morning a patient identified as Narayan Chandra Bagchi from Howrah was brought to SSKM Hospital in critical condition. After reaching the emergency ward, security staff were asked to provide a trolley. It is alleged that the security person took a lot of time to bring the trolley whereas security person claimed that he brought the trolley within 2-3 minutes. Due this, one of the relatives of Bagchi allegedly slapped the security person on his ear. He ear started bleeding. The police personnel from SSKM Police Out Post intervened and detained two persons. Soon, police from Bhowanipore police station reached the hospital and arrested the duo. Later, they were produced at the Bankshall Court and the person who had allegedly slapped the security person has been remanded to judicial custody. According to police, as per the instruction from senior officials, a case in non-bailable section has been initiated. Approximately a month ago, situation turned worse after relatives of a patient assaulted junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital, which triggered a massive protest by the doctors across the state. After several days of impasse in the medical sector, due to cease-work by the doctors, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee intervened and managed to bring the situation under control. She had met a team of doctors and heard their demands. Later, Banerjee instructed police to increase security and asked the Commissioner of Police Kolkata, Anuj Sharma to appoint a nodal officer for security in the city hospitals. She had also instructed police to take stringent action and lodge cases in non-bailable sections against the accused persons who were involved in assaulting hospital staff and other employees.last_img read more

With Wade gone Pat Riley is single and ready to mingle

first_img Advertisement Pat RIley is single again after breaking up with Dwyane Wade’s contract and is primed to hit the 2017 NBA free agency market like Tinder on a Saturday night in South Beach. Riley seemingly always lands a coveted free agent when the time comes, and the Wade move signals he’s betting he can do it again.With Dwyane Wade’s $20 million contract off the books in Chicago, and the potential of having Chris Bosh and his $23 million waived as a medical exemption, Pat Riley will have an opportunity to add two max players to temperamental shot blocking savant Hassan Whiteside, who just signed a four year max extension.Colin thinks that with Wade out of the picture, Riley is licking his chops to get Chris Paul out for dinner on the yacht in Biscayne Bay and close the deal.“There’s a huge free agent class coming up, and they have no state tax. They’ll have a rim protector. They’ll have a young player, Winslow. I think Chris Paul, tired of the dysfunction, doesn’t like Doesn’t like Blake or DeAndre. I think he’s going to Miami.” With a pool of free agents that will include Paul, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Riley could re-position the Heat at the top the Eastern conference if he can do what he’s always done best, close..@ColinCowherd, this is definitely not the text Pat Riley sent to D. Wade.— FSLive: #JayAndDan (@foxsportslive) July 8, 2016last_img read more

Watch the Ball familys reaction when the Lakers land the 2nd pick

first_img Advertisement Everything is going according to LaVar Ball’s master plan, after the Lakers landed the #2 pick in last night’s NBA Lottery. The path is now paved for Lonzo to stay home in L.A. and play for the Lakers.A local CBS camera crew was granted access to the Ball residence and captured Lonzo and LaVar’s reaction to the news. Not surprisingly, LaVar dropped an I told you so.He said the Celtics would be better off taking Markelle Fultz because he’s a better fit. Not self-serving at all. He also called himself a genius. Staying humble is not in the cards here.Watch the segment on Balls reacting to the ping pong balls:last_img

VIDEO Hawaii resident surprised to return home to hellish wall of spewing

first_imgAs most people are aware the ongoing volcanic eruptions in Hawaii have displaced residents and continue to threaten residents with massive loss of property and potential loss of life.Keith Brock, a resident of the Leilani Estates area which has been been hardest hit by the eruption, returned home to collect his belongings while he still can. When he walked into his backyard he was greeted by a wall of spewing lava that was about 30 yards away. Basically hell.He actually sounds pretty upbeat here, and said he wasn’t directly in danger because the wind was blowing the other way. Yeah, whatever dude. Get the hell out of there already.last_img

VIDEO Dart players perfect nine dart finish sends rowdy crowd into a

first_imgIn The States, darts is something most people play after having one to many beers at a local bar, but in Europe it’s a big deal, and the crowds are no joke.At the World Match Play Championships in London, pro darter Gary Anderson sent the crowd through the roof when he finished of his quarterfinal with a perfect nine dart finish to the match. The nine-dart finish is considered the highest single game achievement in the sport, a fact which was not lost on the crowd. They went nuts like it was the World Cup Final.Who knew dart fans got this crazy? With alcohol, anything is possible.last_img

Pelicans should move Anthony Davis sooner than later

first_imgGuests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst, Joe Thomas – NFL Analyst and former Browns All-Pro Tackle, Greg Jennings – NFL Analyst and former Packers Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, and Jason McIntyre – FS1 Contributor and founder of The Big Lead Pelicans should move Anthony Davis sooner than laterEvery day the rumbling that Anthony Davis is as good as gone from the Pelicans grow louder, and Colin thinks New Orleans is better off moving him sooner than later.The Pelicans are still in denial that The Brow is leaving, but the track record of stars leaving show they almost always do. The sooner they accept it and move to make a deal they can maximize their leverage and get the most in return like the Pacers did with Paul George. If they wait, they’ll end up getting forced into taking less as the market of potential teams continues to narrow. Also:– Colin’s NFL Week 16 Blazin’ 5 picks– LeBron the most durable pro athlete ever– Brady doesn’t have the horses– Colin’s top 5 QB’s drafted since 2004last_img read more

Justice Department Is Using Planes to Gather Data Cell Phone Data on

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read November 14, 2014 An agency of the U.S. Justice Department is gathering data from thousands of cell phones, including both criminal suspects and innocent Americans, by using fake communications towers on airplanes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.The program run by the U.S. Marshals Service began operations in 2007 and uses Cessna planes flying from at least five major airports and covering most of the U.S. population, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the operations.The planes use devices made by Boeing Co that mimic the cell phone towers used by major telecommunications companies and trick mobile phones into revealing their unique registration data, the report said.The devices, nicknamed “dirtboxes,” can collect information from tens of thousands of cell phones in a single flight, which occur on a regular basis, according to those with knowledge of the program, the Journal said.It said a Justice Department official would not confirm or deny the existence of such a program, saying such discussion would allow criminal suspects or foreign powers to determine U.S. surveillance abilities, but that department agencies comply with federal law, including by seeking court approval.A Department of Justice spokesman declined to comment to Reuters.The program is similar to one used by the National Security Agency which collects the phone records of millions of Americans in order to find a single person or a handful of people.The Journal cited the people familiar with the program as saying that the device used in the program decides which phones belong to suspects and “lets go” of non-suspect phones.Although it can interrupt calls on some phones, authorities have made software changes to make sure it doesn’t interrupt anyone calling the 911 emergency number for help, one person familiar with the matter said, the Journal reported.It also bypasses telephone companies, allowing authorities to locate suspects directly, people with knowledge of the program said.The Journal quoted Christopher Soghoian, chief technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, as calling it “a dragnet surveillance program. It’s inexcusable and it’s likely, to the extent judges are authorizing it, they have no idea of the scale of it.”The newspaper said it was unknown what steps are being taken to ensure data collected on innocent people is not kept for future perusal by authorities.(Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Eric Beech) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now »last_img read more