Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Gene silencing may be responsible for induced pluripotent stem cells’ limitations © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — With the debate (especially in the U.S.) raging over ethics of using embryonic stem cells in research to cure diseases like ALS, Parkinsons, Type 1 diabetes and even spinal cord injuries, the breakthrough discovery that adult stem cells could be used instead made news. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are thought to be able to grow a number of different organs and tissues in an effort to provide therapy. The idea is that these induced stem cells, many of which could be generated from a patient’s own cells, could be used to grow different types of tissue needed. Citation: How Useful Are Adult Stem Cells, Really? (2010, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-adult-stem-cells.html Research and Markets reports that these cells could be quite useful indeed, advancing medical science without the issue that surrounding using embryonic stem cells:iPS cell technology although still in its infancy offers a clear path around many of the ethical issues associated with embryonic stem cells and introduces the potential for substantial strides in this area of research.While this seems promising on the surface, there are other concerns about adult stem cells, and how useful they are. A group of scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Regenerative Medicine believes that gene silencing might be one reason that there are limitations attached to iPS cells. One India reports on the issue:”We found that a segment of chromosome 12 containing genes important for fetal development was abnormally shut off in most iPSCs. These findings indicate we need to keep improving the way we produce iPSCs and suggest the need for new reprogramming strategies,” Nature quoted Dr. Konrad Hochedlinger, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine (MGH-CRM) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), who led the study.It appears, then, that adult stem cells, while useful, may still not be able to compete with the full range of versatility offered by embryonic stem cells — at least not yet. The ability to produce live animals, while possible with some types of iPS cells, is much less effective in the induced adult stem cells than it is with embryonic stem cells. However, if the goal is more aimed at reproducing tissue, rather than creating entire live animals, that limitation may lose some of its potency. After all, the Massachusetts study (which used mouse tissue) still showed that many different types of tissue could be developed, even with the gene silencing limitation.It will be interesting to see where this leads, and whether scientists truly can use adult stem cells to replace embryonic stem cells as they work to cure diseases. More information: Decision Resources, Inc., “Stem Cell Technology Update: The Rise of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells” (April 26, 2010). Available online: www.researchandmarkets.com/res … 7/stem_cell_technolo.One India, “Gene silencing could be behind induced pluripotent stem cells’ limitations” (April 26, 2010). Available online: news.oneindia.in/2010/04/26/ge … ripotent-stemce.html. Mouse embryonic stem cells. Image via Wikipedia
Muons help understand mechanism behind hydrogen storage (Phys.org)—By using solar energy to reversibly attach and detach hydrogen atoms on a 6-carbon ring called benzene, scientists have developed a simple and efficient method to store, transport, and release hydrogen potentially on a large scale. The hydrogen storage problem is currently one of the biggest challenges facing the development of hydrogen as a widespread energy carrier, and the researchers hope that the new strategy may lead to a safe and inexpensive solution to this problem. © 2015 Phys.org The scientists, led by Professor Chao-Jun Li and Associate Professor Zetian Mi at McGill University in Montreal, have published a paper on the new hydrogen storage system in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.As the researchers explain, hydrogen has a very high mass energy density but a very low volumetric energy density. The high mass energy density, which is at least three times higher than that of other chemical fuels, is what makes hydrogen such an attractive energy carrier. However, its low volumetric energy density under ambient conditions makes it difficult to store large amounts of hydrogen in small spaces. To overcome this problem, hydrogen is often stored at high pressures or low temperatures, but these storage methods present their own challenges.The hydrogen storage system demonstrated in the new paper works under ambient conditions and stores the hydrogen in abundant, lightweight, and inexpensive molecules called hydrocarbons. The researchers demonstrated that six hydrogen atoms can be added to benzene (C6H6) in a “hydrogenation” process that forms cyclohexane (C6H12), which serves as the hydrogen carrier. In the reverse process, cyclohexane is “dehydrogenated” as the six carbons are removed and available for use in energy storage devices and other applications.This method of storing hydrogen atoms in hydrocarbons is not new, but because the dehydrogenation process requires a large amount of energy to proceed, current versions always require high temperatures to release the hydrogen.Since performing the reaction at high temperatures is not suitable for practical applications, here the researchers demonstrated that solar energy can be used to drive the dehydrogenation reaction at ambient temperatures. This process involves using platinum-based nanoparticles as photocatalysts. After absorbing incoming photons, the platinum nanoparticles temporarily donate their photoexcited electrons to the cyclohexane molecules, breaking the carbon-hydrogen bonds and releasing the hydrogen atoms without the need for elevated temperatures.Tests showed that this photo-driven dehydrogenation process occurs rapidly (within a few seconds), converts 99% of the cyclohexane to benzene, and has a quantum efficiency (H2 produced per photon consumed) of 6.0%, which rivals the current top-performing solar water splitting devices without an external voltage. To start the hydrogenation process, the researchers simply removed the light source, causing the hydrogen atoms to reattach back onto the benzene. Using this method, 97% of the benzene could be converted back to cyclohexane, and the cycle could be repeated.The researchers expect that this strategy is more suitable for stationary applications—for instance, for storing and transporting energy produced by wind turbines or other alternative energy sources—rather than vehicles because of the fact that it requires sunlight to release the hydrogen. “The applications may include the storage and transport of hydrogen generated from other sources, such as water splitting and water electrolysis, using renewable energies (hydro, wind, nuclear, etc.),” Li told Phys.org.Taking the next steps forward, McGill University has filed a provisional patent on this technology. In the future, the scientists plan to improve the hydrogen storage system by reducing the amount of platinum required in the photocatalysts and developing other less expensive alternatives.”Our future research is focused on developing cheaper and more earth-abundant metal catalysts, such as iron, and to further increase the quantum efficiency,” Li said. Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society The new reversible hydrogen storage method stores hydrogen atoms in cyclohexane and uses solar energy to release the hydrogen atoms, turning the cyclohexane molecule into benzene. The use of solar energy avoids the need for high temperatures to release the hydrogen. Credit: Li, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Simple hydrogen storage solution is powered by solar energy (2015, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-simple-hydrogen-storage-solution-powered.html More information: Lu Li, et al. “Simple and Efficient System for Combined Solar Energy Harvesting and Reversible Hydrogen Storage.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b03505
Delhi is yet again gearing up to host and witness one of a grand theatre extravaganza. Called the Modern Theatre Festival, it will showcase interesting plays like Rangbhoomi, Jivito Mrito, Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain Tere, Math ke Raaste Mein Ek Din and Shayar Shutter Down. The five days theatre festival which is oganised under the aegis of Sahitya Kala Parishad, is an initiative of Delhi Government to promote theatre in the capital. From a struggling story of a common man, to a painful saga of a widow, to a biography of a legendary poet, the festival will bring together a variety of plays of different genres on the Capital stage. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘There are many famous and distinguished directors who have come up to promote theatre in our country. We will present the different genres of plays and plays of different diversities in a compact, seamless format that will appeal to contemporary audiences, while maintaining the essence of the ancient tradition,’ commented J P Singh, Assistance Secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad. Rangbhoomi, the play to be performed on the first day has been directed by Surendra Sharma and is based on a novel written by Munshi Premchand. It is life playing itself in its arena and in many shapes, forms and emotions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’My play speaks about the tricky ground of tensions between the rulers and the ruled. Capturing the travails and traumas of peasant society, it celebrates the unassailable spirit of the common man,’ said Sharma. Jivito Mrito has been adapted from a story of Rabindranath Tagore and is directed by Anuradha Kapur. The play underlines the poignant moments in the life of a widow and her struggle for acceptance.Then, Math ke Raaste Mein Ek Din has been adapted by a story written by Satish Aalekar and has been translated by Seema Mittal. The stage show will be directed by Suresh Bharadwaj and will be presented by Aakar Kala Sangam. Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain Tere brings the story of author Faiz Ahmed Faiz, which features the biography and struggle of his journey. It is a musical drama of 90 minutes written by Parvez Ahmad and directed by Lokendra Trivedi. The fifth and the final day will showcase a play, Shayar…Shutter Down. Written and directed by Tripuarari Sharma.DETAILAt: Shriram Center, Mandi HouseWhen: 10 – 14 DecemberTiming: 6.30pm onwards
Sleep deprivation may put you at increased risk for succumbing to impulsive desires, inattentiveness and questionable decision-making, says a study. The researchers found that poor sleep habits can have a negative effect on self-control, which presents risks to individuals’ personal and professional lives.“Our study explored how sleep habits and self-control are interwoven and sleep habits and self-control may work together to affect a person’s daily functioning,” said one of the study authors June Pilcher, professor at Clemson University in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Exercising self-control allows one to make better choices when presented with conflicting desires and opportunities. That has far-reaching implications to a person’s career and personal life. Poor sleep habits, which include inconsistent sleep times and not enough hours of sleep, can also lead to health problems, including weight gain, hypertension and illness. Studies have found that sleep deprivation decreases self-control but increases hostility in people, which can create problems in the workplace and at home,” Pilcher said.The study appeared in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
In order to keep the rich traditions alive and to honour the religious beliefs of the Assamese, Sattriya Kendra, Guwahati-a part of Sangeet Natak Akademi will be organising ‘Ankiya Bhaona Samaroh’-a festival of ritual plays of Assam from March 21-24 at Rabindra Bhawan lawns in the national Capital. ‘Ankiya nat, which is a form of religious theatre which traces back its origin from the state of Assam, honours Vishnu’s manifestation as Krishna. ‘Ankiya Bhaona Samaroh’, which falls in its eighth year this year, is held in order to promote the rich culture and heritage of Assam, specifically the concept of ritual plays. The event will have various programmes being held on different days of the event. Theatre performances will start from March 21 whereas seminar cum lecture demonstrations will commence on March 22 and the sessions will be held at 11 am in the morning daily at Meghdoot Theatre- III. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the event will see Dulal Roy’s directorial venture ‘Shri Ram Bijay’ being staged at the venue. The play is a presentation of Sattriya Kendar from Guwahati. The second day will have Uttar Kamlabari Sattra from Majuli staging their presentation- ‘Keli Gopal’ directed by Bhaben Barbayan at Rabindra Bahawan; followed by a keynote address by Pradip Jyoti Mahanta and a lecture series titled ‘Ankiya Nat: Dimensions in performance’ at Meghdoot Theatre. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere will be other plays staged on the last two days of the event namely ‘Parijat Haran’ directed by Pabitra Pran Bora and performed by Kola Krishti Bikash Kendra from Darrang; Rukmini Haran directed by Haricharan Bhuyan Barbayn and Pabitra Chetia and performed by Pathar from Duliajan. Apart from this, two seminar cum lecture demonstrations- ‘Ankiya Nat: Text and Structure’ by Pona Mahanta from Guwahati and ‘An Analytical Study of Ankiya Nat’s music’ by Babul Das from Barpeta will be held on March 23 whereas ‘Aharya of Ankiya Nat’ by Sanjib Barkakoty from Nagaon and ‘Bhakti Rasa as depicted in Ankiya Nataka’ by Malini Goswami from Guwahati will be held on the last day of the event.
Kolkata: The state government has set up a six-member committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De, to look into environmentissues.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while inaugurating a community Durga Puja in Behala, expressed her deep concern over the key issues related to the environment.Referring to the annual report on environment 2017, published by the United Nations, she said that awareness is required to preserve nature.The UN report mentions: “For the first time, scientists have found direct proof that the ozone layer is healing. And now we move to address bigger challenges with the Kigali Amendment coming into force, to phase out substances that have a serious impact on our climate.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said it is a tragedy that people don’t keep the areas where they live clean. “We have installed compactors throughout the state but despite that people are throwing garbage into the waterbodies. This is wrong,” she said.Earlier, she had raised the slogan “Save Green, Stay Clean” while inaugurating a community Durga Puja at Sribhumi last week. She also urged the people’s representatives to keep the areas under their jurisdiction clean.”It is our responsibility to keep the areas clean. It is most unfortunate that after painting a wall in bright colours, some people have a tendency to spit on it,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said the state government has set up a six-member committee headed by the Chief Secretary to look after the environmental issues.Though the civic authorities often conduct drives against the use of plastic carry bags in the markets, the shopkeepers continue to use them. These bags pose a serious threat as they often choke the underground sewer lines, causing massive waterlogging in different areas.Meanwhile, the Chief Minister inaugurated Durga Puja at Behala Natun Dal, Barisha Club, Ekchollish Palli and Haridevpur Ajay Sanhati. While inaugurating the Puja at Behala Natun Dal, she said: “The Puja becomes meaningless if the children do not look after their parents when they become old and infirm. Parents should be treated as Gods because this is our tradition and culture.”Meanwhile, construction of the bailey bridge to smoothen traffic flow during the Pujas in vast areas of Behala and its neigbourhoods, is being carried out in full swing. The installation of one bridge has been completed while work on the other one is underway. The installation of the bridges became necessary, after a portion of Majerhat bridge collapsed on September 4.
Women who take a type of antidepressant during their early pregnancy may significantly raise the risk of having babies with birth defects or stillbirths compared with those who did not take these pills, a study suggests.The findings revealed that the women who had been prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, known as SSRIs, in the first trimester of pregnancy or three months before pregnancy were at a small but significantly greater risk of having infants with congenital anomalies – particularly severe heart defects or stillbirths. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“We are not saying stop all medicines, but our message is that we want our health care professionals to be very mindful of this link and to take the appropriate action to ensure that women are given the right type of care before, during and after pregnancy to minimise the risks of congenital anomalies and stillbirths linked to SSRIs,” said Sue Jordan, Professor at Swansea University in Britain.Suggesting various measures for preventing SSRI-linked conditions, the researchers said that all women requesting SSRI prescriptions and not just those who are planning pregnancy should be reviewed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWomen who misuse substances or alcohol should be considered as being at higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes when prescribed SSRIs.“Women should not stop taking SSRIs without discussing with their doctor the benefits and risks of SSRIs and alternative nonpharmacological therapies, since good mental health is important for both mother and child,” added Helen Dolk, Professor at Ulster University in Northern Ireland.For the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the team analysed data from more than 500,000 infants in Wales, Norway and Denmark.
With Dussehra and Diwali round the corner, get your home festive ready with thorough cleaning, cushions in silk, chanderi or zari embroidered fabrics, fresh flowers and scented candles, suggest experts. Here are some of the ideas on how you can decorate your home tastefully: Use traditional hand-crafted fabrics and prints. Silks, chanderi, fabrics with batik or block prints and zari embroidery are all the rage. You can also add some traditional carpets.Use copper and brass crockery when guests come calling.Add mirrors with embellished or copper-toned frames to add a little bling to your interiors.Instead of painting the whole house, use one prominent wall and paint it with a pretty motif or adorn it with a decal or wall hanging to add to the festive spirit.Good lighting can easily set the right mood. Light up your home in layers with some ornate lighting fixtures and lamps. Highlight a wall by painting it in cheerful earthy warm hues like solar yellow, rustic red and emerald green.Fresh flowers and scented candles are ideal for those who want to keep the decor understated.Ensure your towels, napkins, table runner and door mats are in the same vibrant shade to keep symmetry going.
The growing level of pollution in the air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher has warned. According to the researchers, teenage girls affected by the air pollution may have slightly increased chances of menstrual irregularity and longer time to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood.The researchers also warned that exposure to air pollution can cause infertility, metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”While air pollution exposures have been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, this study suggests there may be other systems, such as the reproductive endocrine system, that are affected as well,” said Shruthi Mahalingaiah, Assistant Professor at Boston University.The menstrual cycle is responsive to hormonal regulation. Particulate matter in air pollution has demonstrated hormonal activity. However, according to the researchers, it was not known if air pollution was associated with menstrual cycle irregularity, until now. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the researchers used health and location data gathered in the Nurses’ Health Study 2 plus air pollution exposure metrics from the EPA air quality monitoring system to understand a participants’ exposure during a particular time window.They found exposure to air pollution during high school was correlated with menstrual cycle irregularity. “Implications on human disease may come through reducing emissions on a global and individual level.”
The inauguration ceremony of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University on July 23.The event was attended by Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador (Japan); Tomoyuki Sakurai, Executive Vice President of Japan Foundation(Japan) along with the Indian dignitaries like General V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs and Professor M Jagadesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of JNU among others.Looking back at the Japan-India summit meeting held in September 2017, Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Modi decided to train 1,000 teachers and launch Japanese language certificate courses at 100 higher educational institutions in India, in the next five years. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe establishment of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre is the first major outcome of our bilateral collaboration to achieve the target set by the two Prime Ministers.Activities at the Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre will be steered jointly by MEA and Embassy of Japan with the support of the Japan Foundation.The Centre started its first training course on the same day. The first batch of students also attended the inauguration. They will be taking a three- month course till October. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the ceremony, Ambassador Hiramatsu expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by all the authorities concerned, both in India and Japan and mentioned the importance of Japanese language promotion for Japan towards supporting India’s “Make in India” initiative.”This wonderful project is the first concrete result of the great collaboration between Japan and India, initiated by our two prime ministers to expand Japanese language education in India,” he said. He further added stating, “The number of Japanese companies is increasing every year, and is now about four times the number as 10 years ago. These companies require Indians who can speak Japanese, in order to act as bridges between their Indian subsidiaries and headquarters in Japan.””The number of Indians who are interested in Japan and want to learn the Japanese language is steadily increasing. But the number of Japanese language teachers is still too small vis-à-vis the number of potential learners. The centre will certainly contribute to addressing this reality.”Sakurai said, “I am expecting excellent Japanese language teachers are trained through this project, and many Japanese language courses will start at higher institutes in India.”V K Singh said, “Japan is an important partner of India. Development of Japanese in India enhances people to people contacts and helps many ventures that will come in India.”
Kolkata: A relentless urge to succeed in life might have been the driving force for 15-year-old Sneha Natua, who has managed to secure 92.57 percent marks in the Madhyamik Examination, despite financial constraints plaguing her family.An accident which Sneha had met with in 2018 affected her physically, but it was her indomitable spirit and determination which helped her overcome all odds one after another. The incident made her more resolute in pursuing her studies despite all challenges. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHer family members and schools teachers, particularly the headmaster, had been great sources of inspiration for the girl and they infused in her the fighting spirit and confidence which eventually made her come up with a standout performance in the examination. A student of Krishnachandrapur High School (HS) in Mathurapur in South 24-Parganas, Sneha had always been a meritorious student from childhood and continued to impress her parents with her performance in various examinations in the past. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA resident of an obscure village of Mathurapur in the same district, she was initially shattered after she met with a road accident in July 2018, with the Madhyamik Examination barely six months away. The incident left her completely bedridden and traumatised. However, her parents and teachers constantly boosted her confidence to appear for the examination. Coming from a very modest family background, Sneha scored 648 out of 700, with letter marks in all the subjects. Her plight might well serve as a classic example for those who can derive inspiration from her. Sneha never got to enjoy the pleasures of owning expensive notebooks, pens and pencils, along with other facilities. However, neither poverty nor her limited exposure to technological advancements could prevent her from scoring the stellar marks. The elder daughter of a salesman, Sneha had been weaving dreams of making it big in Madhyamik. The outstanding feat that the girl has achieved has come as a sigh of relief to her anxious parents – Sekhar Natua and Swapna Natua, belonging to a BPL family. Her mother is a housewife, while her sister is also a meritorious student and studies in Class VII. The girl credited her achievement not only to her parents, but also to the headmaster of Krishnachandrapur High School (HS) Chandan Kumar Maiti. “All my school teachers and particularly the headmaster guided me, even during my bad days. I would like to pursue HS studies from the same school. The financial constraints still pose a challenge for me,” Sneha said.
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi has observed the Armed Forces Day paying homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyrs of the War of Liberation in 1971.The day was observed on November 21, when in 1971 the Army, Navy and Air Forces of Bangladesh became fully operational and launched a coordinated offensive against the Pakistani occupation forces. The mission’s defence wing hosted a largely attended reception with Lieutenant General Amarjeet Singh Bedi, Director General Defence Intelligence Agency and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff of India, as the chief guest. It was attended by 1971 war veterans, foreign diplomats, military attaches, journalists, academics and city elites. Defence Adviser of Bangladesh High Commission Brig. Gen. A K M Ziaur Rahman, ndc, psc welcomed the guests. Chief Guest General Bedi spoke highly of the excellent relations existing between Bangladesh and India, the foundation of which was laid during Bangladesh Liberation War fully supported by India. He also highlighted the growing defence cooperation between the two friendly neighbours. High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had led and inspired the Bengalis to fight for freedom and independence in 1971. He also also paid tributes to the valiant war veterans of India who had fought side by side with the freedom fighters of Bangladesh. The mission also brought out a special supplement to mark the Armed Forces Day in cooperation with New Delhi’s prestigious magazine, India Empire.
Senco Gold and Diamonds, the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India launched an exclusive Australian Diamonds collection in partnership with Rio Tinto on December 21.The collection was launched by Mithali Raj, captain of the Indian women’s cricket team and the official ambassador for Rio Tinto’s Australian Diamonds programme alongside Shaankar Sen, Chairman and Managing Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds; Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds and Vikram Merchant, Director – Sales and Marketing, Rio Tinto Diamonds at Senco Gold and Diamonds’ Moulali showroom in Kolkata. The collection is an exclusive range of bridal and fashion jewellery made with diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Western Australia, and will be available at all Senco Gold and Diamonds stores across the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSwarna Samman is an annual award instituted by Senco Gold and Diamonds to recognise outstanding achievers in the fields of art, culture, and sports. In its eighth edition, Mithali Raj has been honoured for her excellence and contribution to women’s cricket in India. The award was presented by Shaankar Sen, Chairman and Managing Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, in the presence of Sourav Ganguly, former captain of the Indian men’s cricket team, and Brand Ambassador for Senco Gold & Diamonds. Swapna Barman has conferred the Sonar Meye award. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking at the event Raj said, “I am delighted to be the recipient of the Swarna Samman. When I first started playing cricket, there was no recognition of female players in India. I have had to strive for all that I achieved and I’m honoured to have represented my country and taken it to the pinnacle of world cricket.” Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds, said, “We are privileged to have Mithali Raj at our store, to launch this exclusive collection of Australian Diamonds and our partnership with Rio Tinto, one of the world’s leading diamond producers is an important milestone for us. We are also honoured to present the Swarna Samman award to her. Swarna Samman is our way of recognising exemplary individuals who have dedicated their lives to their chosen field and we wish to thank Mithali, an icon of Indian cricket for enriching our lives and being an inspiration to society.” Vikram Merchant, director of Rio Tinto’s diamond sales and marketing activities in India said, “We are delighted to work with leading jewellery retailer Senco Gold & Diamonds and honoured that Mithali Raj is the official ambassador for Australian Diamonds, helping promote the popularity of diamonds in fashion and bridal jewellery, particularly for younger Indian consumers.” Central to Rio Tinto’s Australian Diamonds initiative is a leading-edge system to track Rio Tinto’s rough diamonds from its Argyle mine in Australia through to jewellery in India, thereby celebrating Rio Tinto’s diamond heritage and pedigree from a clean, traceable source of diamonds. Price Range of the collection starts from Rs 9,000/- onwards, and the price changes depending on the size, weight of the metal, number and quality of diamonds. Senco Gold Limited (SGL) is the largest organized jewellery retail player in the eastern region of India based on number of stores (74) – amongst east based as well as national players.
Kolkata: The sheer expertise and professionalism with which the tunnelling work for the East-West (E-W) Metro project in Kolkata has been executed forms a major part of the project that will be aired on the National Geographical Channel on Sunday.”The execution of the project has followed extreme engineering expertise and technology. The model that has been followed is being practised as a standard in similar kinds of projects all over India. National Geographic Channel will showcase the work that we have done on behalf of the executing agency of the E-W Metro — the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) in an hour-long show on Sunday,” said Satya Narayan Kunwar, project manager Afcons Infrastructures Limited, the construction company that has dug the twin tunnels from Howrah Maidan till Mahakaran. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Afcons have done tunnelling for three of the six underground stations in the alignment of the E-W Metro project that includes Howrah Maidan, Howrah and Mahakaran. Four ventilation shafts in each of these stations have also been done by Afcons. “We have been working for Metro projects in Chennai and Ahmedabad. But the evacuation plan was not required in both of these places. It was only in Kolkata where we have had to execute an evacuation plan. It was really challenging but we did a commendable job,” Kunwar said. The lighting arrangements in the stations are energy efficient and the intensity will be controlled as per requirement. The faucets of water in the Metro stations have been designed in such a manner that the volume of water ejection from the taps will be less but the coverage will be maximum. Underground tunnelling work in close proximity of dangerous and dilapidated buildings was another major challenge with 165 buildings being located in the influence zone. 20 of these buildings were vulnerable and 18 were highly vulnerable, three were heritage structures while two were ASI monuments. “We adopted several measures to minimize the impact of the tunnelling work in these structures,” a senior Afcons official added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe 520-metre twin tunnel, one east-bound and the other west-bound, is built 30 metre below the riverbed. Commuters between Howrah and Mahakaran Metro stations will be under the river for only about a minute when the train will pass through the tunnel at a speed of 80 km per hour. Of the 16.6-km route of the E-W Metro project stretching from Salt Lake Sector V to Howrah Maidan, the tunnelling covers 10.6 km of which 520 metre is under the river. Such under-the-river tunnelling is the first of its kind in India. “The tunnelling under the river was scheduled to be finished in 120 days’ time. But the work was completed in half the time,” Kunwar added.
Darjeeling: A 73-year-old woman died in a vehicle mishap near Mirik in the Darjeeling district on Friday, while 14 others have been injured.The accident occurred at Malidhura in the Thorbu tea estate in Mirik. An SUV was going to Siliguri from Nagari, Dhajey when it skidded off the road. Local residents came to the rescue of the victims. 73-year-old Dhanmati Rai died on the spot. The injured persons were rushed to Mirik Hospital. Out of the 14 injured, the condition of 4 is reported to be critical. They have been referred to Siliguri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, the body of missing tourist Gopal Narwani (24) of Bundi, Rajasthan was recovered from Haldibari area in Cooch Behar district. The body was identified by his brother Dipak Narwani. On July 10, one Aman Garg along with his two friends, all hailing from Rajasthan, were travelling from Bagdogra to Gangtok, when the car skidded off the road and fell into River Teesta near the Coronation Bridge. A search and rescue operation was launched by the NDRF and later joined in by an Indian Navy team, along with local rafters. Finally, the body of Garg was found kilometers downstream in Jalpaiguri district on July 13.
Arati Mestry, 29, was one proud woman competing against 19 men in the finals of a bartending championship – an example of how women are slowly, but steadily making their way into the male-dominated space in India. Mestry, who competed at the Ultimate Bartender Championship, says the industry has evolved over the years, opening the doors for women in the profession. “My experience as a bartender has been very progressive. I love playing with cocktails and love to serve it in different ways to my guests. I never felt that this is the so called ‘men’s game’. I work at a place where I get equal opportunities as male bartenders,” Mestry said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Skills help. “I feel nobody can discriminate you if you have skills. In today’s time, skills matter the most. If you are good at your job, people will definitely appreciate you, irrespective of your gender,” said Mestry, who works at a bar in Bengaluru, and has been a part of the industry since the last six years. Ami Behram Shroff and Shatbhi Basu are two names which come up almost everytime women bartenders are spoken of in the industry in India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePankaj Balachandran, India Brand Ambassador for Monkey Shoulder, says there was a taboo that women can’t work in bars, but it has completely changed now. “An increasing number of women are getting into the hospitality industry. There are bars which have really good ladies bartenders. Four years ago, women in the bartending profession were only a handful, but now the number has increased,” Balachandran said. However, there are factors that hamper their visibility in the industry. Safety is one prime reason. According to Arijit Bose, who has been in the food and beverage industry for more than 10 years, hiring a woman as a bartender involves a lot of responsibility, and due to lack of facilities, standalone bars still resist working with females. He recounted how the Jessica Lal murder case in 1999 in Delhi had sparked a debate regarding the safety of women bartenders in India. “Safety matters a lot, especially for women. Bartending is a long hours shift job. It looks easy from the surface level, but there are a lot of complications. “Employers hesitate to hire women because it becomes their duty to ensure proper safety for them. But no one can guarantee anyone’s safety, right? And one mistake can shut down your whole bar. So that’s why people still prefer to work with male bartenders.” Alisha, a Mumbai-based bartender who also competed at the Ultimate Bartender Championship, but couldn’t make it to the top 20, said safety has never been a problem for her. “I know there are places which do not hire women bartenders but people who do hire them, ensure proper safety. At my workplace, there is a separate locker and toilet facility for women. Proper cab facility is also provided to female employees. Women’s safety is a top priority at my workplace,” she said. Alisha said she was also lucky to get her family’s support in her decision of following her passion for bartending – unlike most people whose parents consider the profession “non-serious”. “There are many perceptions regarding our profession. People generally think we just know how to serve alcohol. But there is a lot more beyond it. From interacting with customers to maintaining proper cleanliness to making new types of drinks, a bartender has to do multiple tasks. It’s not easy to be a bartender. Our profession looks quite glamorous but it is also a serious job. “Things have changed, but there should be more changes. I hope in the coming years, I see more girls coming in.”
Moszna is magical. When taking the route that connects Prudnik and Krapkowice in the western part of Upper Silesia in Poland, it’s a little confusing to come across a refreshment stall and souvenir booth on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. No doubt intrigued, any traveler may choose to slow down and explore, and if so, notice a sign next to the stalls pointing towards Moszna, a small village in the Opole Voivodeship, 22 miles away from the capital, Opole, and 75 miles from the city of Wroclaw.Take this road and see where it leads, and the traveler discovers a road filled with countless stalls like the first, and only to be met by the sight of a spectacular castle at the end. The 19th-century Pałac w Mosznej, or Moszna Castle, is one from which fairytales are made of. And when seen firsthand, such fairytales truly come alive.Moszna is a gigantic dreamlike structure spread over 8,400 square yards, an edifice that at first glance, with its grand design and enormity, suggests an English castle from the Elizabethan era. Yet when seen up close, Moszna shows an eclectic style, the result of the place being home to different families, at different times.Part of the castle’s garden. By Silar – CC BY 2.5.And with a history dating back as far as the middle of the 17th century, the place has an interesting story of how a castle composed out of three highly different sections, all built in three very distinctive architectural styles, came to look so mesmerizing and eerie at the same time.Interior of the castle. By Napoleon.c – CC BY 3.0.There are many legends and facts behind how these walls were erected and joined together to form the striking structure dubbed the “castle of the 99 towers.”The name of the village is derived from the surname of a Moschin family who, at the dawn of the 14th century, bought a large estate and moved there. During those times, the village was part of Łącznik parish, one of the church’s many properties held throughout Europe. As the story goes, this family, close to the church, purposely moved there, a village that almost nobody knew existed, to run a monastery and provide shelter for the Knights of the Temple of Solomon. According to local legend, in its early years Moszna was not a castle but a monastery run by the Order of The Knights Templar. This did not last long, as their last leader was sent to the stake in 1314 and the Templars were hunted down, disbanding soon after.The castle was owned by the Tiele-Winckler family from 1866 to 1945. By Jarek19651 – CC BY-SA 3.0 pl.However, bearing in mind that all supposed facts from those early days are murky, to say the least, and taking into account that the Order was a secretive organization, this story is hard to confirm. However, investigations that were carried out centuries later found very old cellars buried deep beneath the gardens of the castles, adding a spark of intrigue to a story already rooted in folklore.It contains 365 rooms and 99 spires. By PolandMFA / Mariusz Cieszewski – CC BY-ND 2.0.Whether true or only a sentimental story passed from generation to generation, this legend was of interest to the von Skall family, the first ever formally recorded owners who bought the estate in 1679 and built the foundations of the present castle.The east wing of the castle. By Poconaco – CC BY-SA 4.0.According to historical evidence, George Wilhelm von Reisewitz, Great Marshal at the court of Frederick the Great (King of Prussia from 1740 until 1786), and cousin to Urszula Maria von Skall, the very first owner of the Moszna estate, inherited the place after she passed away in 1723. He began remodeling his newly inherited home to his liking, and in no time an aristocrat inhabited an extravagant castle built upon the grounds where once Templars slept, a story that was sold as such among his friends in the aristocracy. Now, his former home forms the baroque center of Moszna Castle.It is one of the best-known monuments in the southern part of Poland. By Bochnaank – CC BY-SA 3.0 pl.Jorge Luis Borges, the renowned Argentine novelist, once shared his thoughts on the exuberant style, “I would define the baroque as that style that deliberately exhausts (or tries to exhaust) its own possibilities and that borders on self-caricature. The baroque is the final stage in all art when art flaunts and squanders its resources.” In the same manner, George Wilhelm von Reisewitz squandered his resources, and the von Reisewitz family lost the estate in 1771. Unable to afford its upkeep, they were forced to auction the place. Thus the castle fell into the ownership of Heinrich Leopold von Seherr-Thoss, whose family owned another castle as well as many properties nearby in Dobra village.This family owned Moszna up until another Thoss, Karl Gotthard Seherr-Thoss, sold it to Heinrich von Erdmannsdorff in 1853, who shortly after, for reasons still unknown, sold it to Hubert von Tiele-Winckler in 1866.The magnificent Moszna Castle. By Bochnaank – CC BY-SA 3.0 pl.Prior to that, Franz Winckler, a silver-mine worker in the 1830’s, moved from Tarnowskie Góry to Miechowice to work for a mining magnate who owned almost all calamine mines and zinc foundries in the area. This businessman died, and Franz, a former employee of his, ended up marrying his rich widowed wife, and most interestingly, in no more than a decade ended up being knighted by the Prussian king.Eastern wing and orangery built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in Neo-Gothic style. By BartoszKamiński CC BY-SA 3.0.In 1854, their daughter, the heiress Valeska, married Hubert, then Hubert von Tiele, and in order to keep the knighthood heritage, both of them decided to use a combined name of Tiele-Winckler. Looking for a new home where they could start a new family, the Tiele-Wincklers stumbled upon the castle.Castle on an old postcard.They bought the Moszna estate, had children, and years later, when his father died in 1893, the eldest male child inherited all of their wealth, including the castle. His name was Franz Hubert and he is now credited as the one who during his residence built the castle we see today.Only three years after he became sole owner of the place, part of the castle was destroyed by a devastating fire. This meant a whole lot of rebuilding was needed. During the reconstruction, Franz Hubert not only restored it but expanded the castle to the east in a Victorian Gothic style, which was popular at the end of the 19th century. Thus, the Neo-Gothic east wing of the castle was created.A bird’s-eye-view Moszna Castle. Author: Marcin słyk CC BY-SA 4.0.In no more than a decade, the castle had a fully landscaped garden to the front, as well as another wing to the west, built in 1911 in a Neo-Renaissance style to accommodate Emperor Wilhelm II, the last German Kaiser (Emperor) and King of Prussia. A few years earlier, the Kaiser and Franz Hubert had become acquainted, after which Franz was granted the title of earl. As for the Kaiser himself, he got himself a new vacation home, where he soon became a regular.Moszna castle. Author: Barbara Maliszewska CC BY-SA 3.0 pl.The castle nowadays is more or less as it was when Earl Franz finished rebuilding it, with its 99 towers and 365 rooms. Due to his son’s negligence and tumultuous married life, the family nearly lost the property along with the family’s fortune. What was left was raided by the Red Army in the aftermath of World War II, leaving an empty and ransacked castle behind.Read another story from us: The Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world measured by land areaNowadays, the whole castle is a reasonably priced hotel and is available for anyone wishing to experience its beauty firsthand, along with the history that surrounds the great building. Set in a beautiful park packed with gorgeous azaleas, rhododendrons, and oak trees that have stood for as long as the castle itself, Moszna is a haven for those wanting to get away from it all in stunning surroundings.
It was not uncommon for boys to lie about their age to enlist during the Second World War. Some would try to convince recruiting personnel that they were legally old enough at 17 to join up without parental consent; you could sign up at 16 if you had a parent agree. But a 12-year-old? That seems much too young, and yet Calvin Graham did exactly that.After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Calvin, like many other Americans, felt the urgent need to join the military. Born in Canton, Texas in 1930, he was mature for his age and looked older than he really was.Photo of U.S. Navy Seaman First Class Calvin Graham.Before he enlisted in Houston, he practiced speaking with a deeper voice so that he sounded older, too. At the age of 11 he started shaving, hoping that it would help make him look older still.He had already left home as his father was abusive and there wasn’t a lot of room in their small home, with Calvin being one of seven children.So, with a sense of independence already ingrained in him, he forged his mother’s signature and went to the recruiting office with two other friends, aged 14 and 15.Dressed in his older brother’s clothes, it wasn’t the signature being discovered as a forgery that worried him. He was really concerned about the dentist who looked at potential recruits’ teeth.Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack.Later in life, Calvin revealed just how unsure he was: “I knew he’d know how young I was by my teeth … and when the dentist kept saying I was 12, I said I was 17.”So, he revealed to the dentist that the two boys ahead of him – his friends – were underage, and the dentist let him pass. However, Calvin always believed that the dentist knew the truth, “but we were losing the war then, so they took six of us.”After telling his mother that he was going to visit relatives, he left school and went to San Diego for naval basic training. Again, Calvin believed that the military knew full well that he and others were underage, and instructors often made them run extra miles or carry heavier packs than the older recruits.The aircraft carrier Hornet under attack.Calvin was assigned to the USS South Dakota as part of a larger task force in the Pacific, led by the USS Enterprise. Shortly after Calvin embarked on the ship, the Japanese attacked the naval group in October 1942, penetrating the Enterprise’s air patrol.Another ship in the group, the USS Hornet was sunk. The crew of the South Dakota managed to destroy 26 enemy planes using its antiaircraft guns before returning to Pearl Harbor for repairs. Calvin became a teenager on November 13th, the same day the Japanese began to shell the American airfield on Guadalcanal Island.The USS South Dakota.The next day the South Dakota and Enterprise, this time with the USS Washington, engaged with the Japanese near Savo Island.The four American destroyers that were also with the group were sunk or badly damaged.That evening, the South Dakota confronted eight Japanese destroyers, and, using its 16-inch guns, set three of them alight.The South Dakota took no fewer than 42 enemy hits that night; 38 crew were killed and another 60 wounded, including Calvin. While manning his gun, he was hit in the jaw by shrapnel.USS Washington anchored at the Puget Sound Navy Yard.Another hit knocked him clean through three stories of the superstructure. Nevertheless, he managed to get up and, while bleeding himself, help other crew members: “I took belts off the dead and made tourniquets for the living and gave them cigarettes and encouraged them all night … It was a long night. It aged me.”The captain of the ship, Thomas Gatch, later said that although his crew was inexperienced, “Not one of the ship’s company flinched from his post or showed the least disaffection.” As the South Dakota disappeared into the smoke, the Japanese believed that this ship had been sunk, and the legend of Battleship X was born.Gatch’s crew was profiled in the news for their heroism, and Calvin Graham received the Bronze Star for his actions and the Purple Heart for his injuries. His mother, however, recognized her son in the newsreel footage and contacted the Navy, informing it just how old the young sailor really was.As a result, Calvin was sent to the brig at Corpus Christi, Texas, and his career in the Navy was over. His medals were revoked, as were his disability benefits. His sister, however, contacted the press and notified them that a “baby vet” was in prison. As a result of the negative press, Calvin was released after only three months, but without an honorable discharge.When he returned to Houston he was a hometown hero and treated as a bit of a celebrity. This quickly faded, however, and Calvin struggled. He tried to go back to school but was too far behind other kids his age to keep up. He married young – at only 14 years of age – became a father at 15, and divorced by 17. He sold magazine subscriptions to support himself.When President Jimmy Carter was elected in 1976, Calvin wrote to him about this wartime experience. He had heard about a discharge program for deserters and believed that he was just as entitled to an honorable discharge.Read another story from us: Unknown Civil War Faces are Being Identified Through Facial Recognition AppIn 1978 he received his wish, and his medals were re-awarded, except for the Purple Heart. He would not receive that honor until 1994, two years after he had died.Calvin Graham died in Forth Worth, Texas in 1992, having been the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during the Second World War.
Advertisement It’s time for Colin’s Blazin’ 5 for NFL Week 15. Colin broke even last week, posting a 2-2-1 record in Week 14. He’s still a more than respectable 39-29-2 on the year, and he’s ready to roll this week.Colin doesn’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice, he just wants to stuff your stocking until it’s overflowing with cash.Here are his Blazin’ 5 plays for NFL Week 15.Packers (-6.5) at Bears – 6.5 is a big number, but Colin is rolling with red-hot Green Bay, on the road against struggling Chicago. Aaron Rodgers has eaten the division rival Bears for lunch throughout his career. He’s 13-4, with 38 touchdowns, only 9 picks, a 68% completion percentage, and a quarterback rating of 106.8 in his career against Chicago. 11 of his 13 wins have come by 7+ points. Over his last 4 games overall, Rodgers has completed 70% of his passes, with 10 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a passer rating of 121.1. Also, the Green Bay defense is finally healthy and playing better. They’ve allowed 12 points per game with 9 sacks and 8 takeaways in their last 3 games. The Packers have won their last 5 games in Chicago, and they’ll win this one, too. Take Green Bay and lay the 6.5. 31-20, Pack.2. Raiders (-3) at Chargers – Colin likes the Raiders, even giving 3 on the road against the Chargers. Oakland has had 10 days off since their Thursday night loss in Kansas City, which snapped their 6-game winning streak. The Raiders have averaged 11.5 points per game in their 2 games against the Chiefs this year, but 30.5 against the rest of the league, and are 6-1 on the road.Philip Rivers has thrown an NFL-high 17 interceptions this year, and should face significant pressure from Khalil Mack and the Raider pass rush. Mack has a sack in his last 8 games (10 total over that span), and he’s forced a fumble in 5 of his last 6 games. Oakland has won their last 3 against San Diego, and they’ll win this one, too. Take Oakland and swallow the field goal. 34-26, Raiders.3. Titans (+5.5) at Chiefs – Colin has been a big fan of Andy Reid and the Chiefs this year, but he’s taking the Titans getting 5.5, on the road in KC. The Titans are 7-6, after winning 2 straight, and 3 of their last 4.Tennessee leads the NFL in red-zone TD efficiency (71.4%), are the best team in the AFC in 3rd-down conversion percentage (46.0%), and are 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards per game (144.5). The Chiefs win a close one, but Tennessee covers the 5.5. 27-26, KC.4. Lions (+4.5) at Giants – Colin is all over the Lions as a 4.5 point road dog, heading into MetLife to face the G-men. The Giants just beat the Cowboys, but Eli Manning is completing just 59.2% of his passes over his last 4 games, and Odell Beckham is New York’s only reliable offensive weapon.Matt Stafford is a legitimate MVP candidate, and has thrown 15 touchdowns against only 3 interceptions in his last 9 games. The Lions have won 8 of 9, and they’ll pull the outright upset here. 26-24, Lions.5. Bucs (+7) at Cowboys – Colin likes Tampa getting 7 against the Cowboys in Big D. The Bucs defense is for real. During their current 5-game winning streak, they’ve forced 14 turnovers and have 13 sacks, while allowing only 12.8 points per game. They’re also tied for the NFL lead in takeaways (25). Defense travels, and Tampa is 5-1 on the road this year.Dak Prescott’s recent struggles have been well documented, including a career worst 45.9% completion percentage last week against the Giants. Dallas gets the win, but Tampa covers the 7. 26-23, Cowboys.Make sure you download, listen and subscribe to Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast with RJ Bell every Saturday morning through the end of the football season. He’ll sit down with RJ and see how this week’s Blazin’ 5 stacks up against the Vegas sharps.Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com,iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t miss it!
Their team was hit with a delay of game technical for the court storming with time left on the clock. VCU hit the game-tying free throw to force overtime and won the bizarre contest 83-77 in the extra period.Fans don’t usually have as much impact on sporting contests as they think they do, but you can pin the L on them for this.Major buzzkill, bro. The debate over court storming has been heavily litigated over the last handful of years. Supporters of the practice say it’s the height of college student fun, and those that oppose it are cranky, fun-hating puritans that don’t know how to have a good time.The Anti-court storming crowd has taken some lumps, but the students at St. Bonaventure gave their cause some solid ammunition at the end of the Bonnies’ A-10 match up against VCU.After Bonnies Junior guard Matt Mobley hit a go-ahead three with .4 seconds left in the game to give the Bonnies a 66-65 lead, the student section stormed the court to celebrate.Apparently, none of the Bonaventure students are taking Basketball Rules 101. Advertisement Here’s a view of the chaos unfolding from the crowd.St. Bonaventure hit this three to go up 1 against VCU w .4 secs left on the clock. Students stormed the court, SBU got T’d up, lost in OT. pic.twitter.com/CTAAFddbYA— B.J. Boyer (@wcboyer24) February 4, 2017