A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Profile Write startVarun Agarwal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one reason. He is not only the cofounder of Alma Mater, which is a million dollar venture, but he has also just published his debut,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.ProfileWrite startVarun Agarwal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one reason. He is not only the cofounder of Alma Mater, which is a million dollar venture, but he has also just published his debut novel How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company. Alma Mater is an online store that sells T-shirts and accessories of various premier schools and colleges in India.Commencing his online venture in 2009, what had started as an idea, with a trial run in his former school in Bangalore has since expanded to over 500 schools and colleges not only in India but across the world. The book is the young entrepreneur’s story in which the reluctant engineering graduate chronicles his journey to success. Varun says he finished the manuscript in eight days while recovering from a brief illness which kept him at home, and gave him the time to fast track the writing process.The book is a breezy work of nonfiction meant to inspire young people to follow their hearts rather than succumb to familial and societal expectations. Released recently by Rupa Publications, the book which was launched with a modest number of printed copies has already gone into reprint.(Varun Agarwal is an engineering graduate. He didn’t want to get a conventional corporate job and had to fight several odds before setting up his own company. His personal experiences inspire his debut book).-Ayesha AleemRestaurantadvertisementTake it easyLe Cristaal is the new hip joint in town for great continental cuisine. This chic new restaurant that has just opened its doors on Vittal Mallya road brings forth the idea of ‘casual fine dining’ and the menu is a mix of French, Italian and Greek cuisines, with the dishes being reasonably priced as well as delicious.The all-day deli has been designed to look like a Parisian cafe with dramatic red floors, stark black high gloss furniture and decals of chandeliers on the walls. On a pleasant day you can also sit at one of the tables outside to enjoy some sun and fresh air. Stop by in the morning for a breakfast of sunny side up eggs or an omelette with asparagus and goat’s cheese. There’s also the more familiar mushroom and cheese omelette as well as pancakes and waffles with either maple syrup, honey, nutella and seasonal fresh fruits. For lunch or dinner, try the penne arrabbiata with spinach ricotta ravioli and black olive tapenade or seafood risotto with saffron and roasted bell peppers.Get your caffeine fix with an espresso, cappuccino or cafe latte and choose from exotic teas like cranberry raspberry and elderflower or Earl Grey. Also, the mixologist here makes a mean line of foam-based cocktails.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes (without alcohol).At: 36, Vittal Mallya.Tel: 41462747.-Ayesha AleemWhat’s upAugust 10-19: Collective art showThe third edition of the premier art and culture festival, ‘Art Bengaluru’ will be on at The Collection at UB city this month. All works on display will also be for sale. An annual forum which brings together various stakeholders in Indian art, this year’s show will feature artworks from 15 art galleries across India.At: The Collection, UB City, 24 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore.Tel: 25001169.All through this month: Italian indulgenceGet out this weekend for an Italian style Sunday brunch at Bene. On offer are dishes like risotto with sun dried tomatoes and shaved parmesan, molten provolone cheese with marinated capsicum and grilled polenta cake with rosemary and balsamic vinegar.Price: Rs 1,295 plus taxes per person.At: Sheraton Bangalore Hotel, Brigade Gateway, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road.Tel: 42521000.Ongoing till August 31: All that glittersAmrapali has now opened a new silver jewellery store in the city, where the Treta Yuga collection is on display. The collection features eight unique pieces that include ethnic, tribal, contemporary and antique pieces.Price: Rs 500 to Rs 2 00,000.At: Horizon Building, Wood Street, Richmond Road.Tel: 25361130.GadgetsNokia Lumia 610Nokia has launched the Lumia 610 to take on the onslaught from affordable Android smartphones. Featuring a 3.7 inch capacitive touch display, it runs the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. It has a 256MB RAM and 8 GB storage onboard, with no expandable memory card slots. Unlike other Windows phones, the 610 is powered by an 800 Mhz processor and has a 5 MP ca era.Price: Rs 1,299.Karbonn Smart Tab 1It is Karbonn’s turn to launch an affordable tablet. Its Smart Tab 1 is a 7 inch tablet with five capacitive touch points. Running the Android Ice-Cream Sandwich OS, this tablet has a 1.2Ghz single core X-Burst processor, 2 MP camera, 3700 mAh battery and Full HD video playback. It has Wi-Fi compatibility and will support 3G connectivity using a USB dongle. Karbonn is giving a Reliance NetConnect free with the tablet.Price: Rs 6,990.Canon Cinemaeos C300 and 650DCanon India has entered the cinematography imaging domain in India with the launch of its Cinema EOS range consisting EOS C300, EOS C500 and EOS 1D-C. The EOS C300, featuring cinematic 2K video recording with 50Mbps 4:2:2 XF codec, a compact body and a 35mm equivalent CMOS sensor, will be the first to be available in India. Canon has also announced the launch of its new flagship entry-level DSLR, the EOS 650D. The 18 megapixel camera stands out for its high-speed sensor-based hybrid AF system and 3 inch touchscreen viewfinder which can be used to focus as well as shoot. The speed needed for the camera comes from the DIGIC 5 processor, which is six times faster than its predecessor.Price: Rs 13,90,000 and Rs 55,995 (body only).Sandisk SuiteThe new SanDisk Extreme Pro micro SDHC UHS-I card is the world’s fastest memory card, ideal for smartphone and tablet users. The SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive is USB 3.0 enabled and can store and share large files up to 10 times faster with speeds of up to 190MB. It is available in 16GB to 64GB capacities. The 128GB Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive is SanDisk’s highest-capacity USB drive ever, while the Cruzer Facet is a durable drive with stainless-steel casing designed with a variety of rich vibrant colors and a faceted texture. The Cruzer Pop, meanwhile, has a unique design that opens with a “pop” and conceals and protects the connector when not in use.Price: Rs 283 onwards.Mitashi Full HD TVsMitashi Edutainment Pvt. Ltd has launched Full HD LCD and LED TVs in 42 and 32 inch screen sizes. The new range of televisions offer dynamic contrast ratio of up to 500,000:1 and a viewing angle of 178/178 and can play multimedia files directly from USB storage devices. The televisions feature 2 USB ports and 3 HDMI ports for you to enjoy multiple connectivity options.Price: Rs 23,990.Toshiba Satellite SeriesToshiba India has introduced a new stylish range of laptops under its C, L, M and U series. Powered by Intel’s 3rd generation Core processors, the highlight features of the Satellite Series laptops are a high speed start up (30 per cent faster than normal boot time), USB 3.0 for 10X faster data transfers, Bluetooth 4.0, high-definition Webcam and HDMI connectivity ports, SRS premium sound HD and Toshiba Audio enhancement. The ‘sleep and charge’ USB option is also available in the L series laptops.Price: Rs 23,000 onwards.Sennheiser IE 80 and IE 60Sennheiser’s IE 80 and IE 60 ear-canal phones are ideal for those who want to hear music with as much fine detail as possible. They use dynamic transducers that cover the entire frequency range, keeping distortion at a minimum even at high sound pressure levels. The IE 80’s dynamic transducer is capable of reproducing the most subtle nuances in complex musical passages.Price: Rs 24,990.Sony Smart WatchDesigned for consumers who want to do more with their smartphones, the SmartWatch launched by Sony Mobile syncs with Android phones over Bluetooth. Available in different colours, this good looking watch has an OLED display that can be used for reading SMSes and email, calendar, Twitter and Facebook updates. The watch can also answer, reject or mute calls as well as act as a remote snap button for your Android phone.Price: Rs 6,299.Samsung DishwasherSamsung Electronics has for announced its foray into the dishwasher segment in India with the launch of the smart and powerful DW-FN320T. Packed with features like intensive wash programme, Power 3 Nozzle spray, Delay Start, Half Load, Flexible Racks, Samsung claims it is perfect for Indian cooking styles and utensils. The appliance boasts 50 per cent reduction in noise, 30 percent reduced water consumption and 20 per cent less electricity than the most energy-efficient dishwashers available in the market. The Samsung DW-FN320T has quick and easy out-of-the box installation and carries a oneyear warranty.Price: Rs 31,990.Available at: 2nd Floor, Forum Mall, Koramangala Tel 64518820; GK Vale, MG Road Tel 41232098; Computer Warehouse, Barton Centre, MG Road Tel 41713972; Sennheiser Electronics India, Cunningham Road Tel 49037800; Sony Centre, 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar Tel 42116677.Gadget Reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inadvertisementadvertisement
New Delhi: Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed authorities to expedite promotions of Delhi government employees to fill posts and also streamline direct recruitment through a time-bound action plan.Baijal asked Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev to amend the recruitment rules wherever required within a fortnight. Directions were issued as the Lieutenant Governor reviewed the status of vacancies of various cadres. “Reviewed status of vacancies in various cadres of Delhi Government like Health, FSL & Delhi Fire Services. Directed to expedite promotions to fill post & streamline direct recruitment through a time bound action plan,” the Lt Governor tweeted. “Advised CS to amend RRs wherever required within a fortnight (sic),” he said. It comes close on the heels of the LG directing authorities to identify “tainted” officers and “compulsorily retire them”. The move is aimed at weeding out “deadwood” and “dark sheep”, and eliminate corruption and improve functioning of the government.
News Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the Meters, Kate Bush, and Nina Simone also make the list of nominees for the class of 2018Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 5, 2017 – 7:21 am The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2018 nominees, which includes GRAMMY winners Bon Jovi, Radiohead, Eurythmics, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Dire Straits, LL Cool J, Judas Priest, and Rage Against The Machine. Radiohead, Bon Jovi, LL Cool J Among 2018 Rock Hall Nominees NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Judas Priest Win Best Metal Performance Who’s Nominated For The Rock Hall For 2018? radiohead-bon-jovi-ll-cool-j-among-2018-rock-hall-nominees Email Twitter Facebook Also making the nominee cut are Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, the Cars, J. Geils Band, MC5, the Meters, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, and the Zombies. To be eligible, a nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1992 or earlier. The artists making their first appearance on the ballot include Radiohead, Bush, Dire Straits, Judas Priest, Nina Simone, Radiohead, and Rage Against The Machine, with the latter two appearing in their first year of eligibility.The class of 2018 will be announced in December. The 2018 induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2018, at Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. For the sixth year in a row, the public can cast votes for the nominees they believe deserve induction via the hall’s website until Dec. 5. The top five acts will comprise the “fan’s ballot,” counting as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2018.Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Announces Solo Tour, Album Reissue
Comment Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 2:25 AT&T is locked in a race with Verizon and other network operators to move to the next-gen wireless technology as quickly as possible. Its 5G network went live in a dozen US cities last month, but you need a 5G-compatible phone to use it. Manufacturers are expected to start releasing 5G phones this year.AT&T also said Tuesday it’s installing a 5G network at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — home of the Dallas Cowboys. The network will deliver new types of connected entertainment at the stadium, AT&T said.”5G is expected to alter the in-stadium experience in dramatic, exciting ways by blurring the physical and digital experience in ways that are simply not possible on today’s networks,” Igal Elbaz, AT&T’s senior vice president for wireless technology, said in a statement.The stadium’s 5G network is expected to be up and running in the coming months.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. 5G 4G LTE AT&T Verizon 5G, the next-gen wireless tech, is making a lot of promises. Improving health care is one of them.AT&T is helping telemedicine take a step forward by partnering with Rush University Medical Center to create the first 5G-enabled hospital in the US. The technology is expected to speed up network communications and reduce latency to help improve care at the Chicago hospital, AT&T said Tuesday.”Imagine a hospital where rooms are intelligently scheduled, patient care is enhanced with artificial intelligence and augmented reality is used in training medical students,” Mo Katibeh, AT&T Business’ chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “It sounds like the future, but it’s not that far off.”In addition to better speeds, responsiveness and coverage, 5G is seen as the foundation for a vast swath of new tech such as self-driving cars and virtual reality. It promises to make data speeds 10 to 100 times faster than the typical 4G LTE networks today.”We strongly believe 5G is a game-changing technology that when fully implemented will help us support better hospital operations as well as provide the highest quality patient and staff experience,” Dr. Shafiq Rab, chief information officer at Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System for Health, said in a statement. “High-speed, low-latency 5G technology will help enable care to be delivered virtually anywhere at any time.” 1 Tags The Future of 5G: Empowering people with disabilities Mobile Tech Industry
Extending for 3,861 square miles (10,000 square km) just north east of the Orkney-Shetland Islands, and about 1.2 miles (almost 2 kilometers) beneath the surface, the undersea terrain appears to have once existed above sea level, forming an island. By examining data from echo-sounding technology employed by contractors working for oil companies, maps of the ocean floor were able to be made. The maps constructed are 3-D in nature, and thus are able to show not just the ocean floor, but what lies beneath; hence its use in looking for oil. In looking at the maps, the researchers were able to see that beneath the layers of silt and other assorted debris, was a lost land of sorts, one that had been pushed up by the Icelandic Plume, or expansion of the mantle due to the hot magma below.The images constructed were sharp enough to allow the researchers to identify ancient rivers and mountain peaks and even some fossils, all from some 56 million years ago. The images also suggest that the ocean floor rose in three distinct stages of about 200-400 m each, creating the island which they believe lasted for about a million years, before once again disappearing beneath the cold waters of the North Atlantic Sea. White describes the seascape as appearing for all the world like that of a modern landscape.The echo-technology used by the contractors involved releasing highly pressurized air beneath the surface of the sea, which produced sound waves capable of passing through the ocean floor sediment. When the sound waves eventually bounced back, they were captured by microphones dragged behind a boat and fed into a computer to produce the 3-D images.The initial research team followed up on the 3-D imagery by taking core samples, some of which contained pollen and coal, suggesting land-dwelling life once existed there. The Cambridge team also found fossils indicating there was also a marine environment at one time.The research team thinks that the now sunken landscape is part of a much bigger region that at one time merged with modern Scotland and may have reached all the way to Norway. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: New exploration shows parts of North Atlantic seabed were once above sea level (2011, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-exploration-north-atlantic-seabed-sea.html 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. UNH-NOAA ocean mapping expedition yields new insights into arctic depths More information: Transient convective uplift of an ancient buried landscape, Nature Geoscience (2011) doi:10.1038/ngeo1191AbstractSedimentary basins in the North Atlantic Ocean preserve a record of intermittent uplift during Cenozoic times. These variations in elevation are thought to result from temperature changes within the underlying Icelandic mantle plume. When parts of the European continental shelf were episodically lifted above sea level, new landscapes were carved by erosion, but these landscapes then subsided and were buried beneath marine sediments. Here, we use three-dimensional seismic data to reconstruct one of these ancient landscapes that formed off the northwest coast of Europe during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum. We identify a drainage network within the landscape and, by modelling the profiles of individual rivers within this network, we reconstruct the history of surface uplift. We show that the landscape was lifted above sea level in a series of three discrete steps of 200–400 m each. After about 1 million years of subaerial exposure, this landscape was reburied. We use the magnitude and duration of uplift to constrain the temperature and velocity of a mantle-plume anomaly that drove landscape formation. We conclude that pulses of hot, chemically depleted, mantle material spread out radially beneath the lithospheric plate at velocities of ~35 cm yr−1. Image (c) R A Hartley et al./Nature Geoscience (2011) doi:10.1038/ngeo1191 (PhysOrg.com) — Using data obtained from oil searching contractors, researchers have discovered that parts of what is now the ocean floor off the northern coast of Scotland, were at one time raised up enough by thermal expansion beneath to have jutted at least 1 kilometer above the sea. Nicky White, senior researcher from the University of Cambridge and his team explain what they’ve found in their paper published in Nature Geoscience.
‘Female Dj’s are no dolly birds!’ says DJane July Loop. Before this beauty hits Zerzura on 4 May, she gets candid with Millennium Post. Read on…Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you start from?I am from Ukraine and working as a DJ from past 4 and a half years and have travelled across the world for work. I have played in countries like Switzerland, Italy, Poland, China, Korea, Turkey, Egypt and many more. I started my career as a DJ from my own city – Ukraine. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Where did the interest in music come in and the plans to become a DJ and go behind the console?I love listening to music and doing mixing. I was crazy about rock music since I was in my teens. I used to party a lot with my friends. One of my DJ friends taught me how to play, but at that time it was just a hobby. But now music has become a part of my life and I can’t live without music and crazy people on the dance floor.Tell us about what made it for you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy never-ending love for music and the crazy grooving people on the dance floor. I mark a success for myself when I make the entire crowd in the venue dance like crazy on the beats I play. I will always remember the big artists I have worked with like Tara Mcdonald, Armin van Buuren, Dj Ralvero, Ottawan etc. They really helped me to reach where I have. Tell us about making it big – was it a long journey and a tough struggle?In the beginning of my career I used to play in small parties, usually a pre-party. It wasn’t a long journey for me because I got my first break to work with a well known DJ from London. It was my first assignment abroad in Istanbul. I played warm up for him. After the show we worked together for almost one month and I at that moment understood what is really to be a DJ. Is it harder to be a female DJ as compared to your male counterparts?Female DJ’s were largely regarded as a gimmick, a ‘dolly bird’ to gaze at and to be taken seriously, as someone who might actually know how to present music, was almost an impossibility. People in various countries have different mindsets. Some people don’t believe that a female DJ can play and take a party on a high. They look at me or my photo and think I am just a model standing near the console. I love facing the challenges and with these people I love breaking of that stereotype thoughts. Usually, after my party, people come to me and say: Wow you really can play!!! What are the essential ingredients needed to become a DJ?You should love music and have an ability of sensing the crowd’s music requirements. Sometimes the taste of the crowd is far different from yours, at that moment you need to change your preferences and need to adapt according to the crowd.Is this your first visit to India? What sort of reaction are you expecting from Delhi?It is my third trip to India. I have heard that the Delhi crowd is the most energetic crowd. I am expecting a lot from the Delhiites. I want to drive my crowd crazy with my beats. Earlier Delhi crowd was only open to Bollywood and commercial music. But now with the increase of music knowledge among Delhiites the preferences has been changed. People are better informed now and they also enjoy all the genres of music. Tell us what tops your playlist right now – the top tracks on it…The top tracks on my playlists are: Baauer – Harlem Shake; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop; Pitbull and Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, November 20, 2018 By: The Associated Press Communities flee eruption at Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire GUATEMALA CITY — About 4,000 residents fled Guatemala’s volcano of Fire Monday as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year.Guatemala’s volcanology unit said that explosions from the 12,300-foot (3,763-meter) high mountain shook homes with “constant sounds similar to a train locomotive.”Incandescent material burst as high as 1,000 metres (3,200 feet) above the crater and flows of hot rock and ash extended nearly 2 miles (3 kilometres) down one flank of the volcano. Hot blasts of pyroclastic material pushed down canyons on the slopes, while a column of ash rose nearly 23,000 feet (7,000 metres) above sea level and drifted toward Guatemala City to the east.Hundreds of families heeded the call of disaster co-ordination authorities to evacuate 10 communities, piling into yellow school buses for trips to shelters. The national disaster commission said 3,925 people had been evacuated by early Monday. As the hours passed, however, the intensity of the volcano’s activity decreased and many decided to return to their homes or seek shelter with friends or family.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe Volcano of Fire is one of the most active in Central America and an eruption in June killed 194 people. Another 234 are officially missing, although organizations supporting the communities have insisted there are thousands of missing persons.It spewed more ash and hot rock in October, prompting warnings for the nearby communities.The biggest danger from the volcano are lahars, a mixture of ash, rock, mud and debris, that can bury entire towns. On Monday, there had been no reports of such flows reaching populated areas, though authorities were taking no chances; they were harshly criticized for not calling for evacuations earlier in June.Four shelters have been set up for evacuees. Dora Caal, 26, and five members of her family took refuge under a nylon tent at a sports stadium in the nearby town of Escuintla.“Last night we heard the volcano roar, you could see fire, we couldn’t sleep,” said Caal, whose town of El Rodeo was largely evacuated.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“At dawn we said we’d better get out, we were afraid,” Caal said as the sun beat down fiercely at the improvised shelter. People like Caal are still reeling from the effects of the June eruption.“Back then I lost my job at a farm that was on the slopes of the volcano. They closed it and we can’t work there anymore,” she said.Enma Hernandez, 42, left her home in El Rodeo to evacuate, but her 20-year-old son stayed behind to protect the family home from looters. In fact, many men stayed behind in the town; there were mainly women and children at the shelter. Tags: Guatemala, Volcano Share
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Asia, Trafalgar Posted by Thursday, July 25, 2019 TORONTO — Nine new trips have been unveiled as part of Trafalgar’s 2020/2021 Asia program, bringing its total offering in the region to 32 trips across nine countries.“We are so excited to be unlocking more of Asia in 2020/2021, with our nine new trips being a reflection of how much our clients love exploring Asia with Trafalgar,” said Janice Farnum, the brand’s Director of Product for Asia and Africa. “With four nights in each destination, one of my personal favourites, which I know clients will love, is our new Saigon and Bangkok Explorer. They can settle into the rhythms of these iconic cities and really feel like a local – which is what we’re all about.”New additions include the ‘Saigon and Bangkok Explorer’, which is part of the company’s ‘City Explorer’ series. Available as a nine-day standalone trip or with a three-day Phuket extension, this trip includes a ‘Be My Guest’ experience featuring a farm-to-table lunch on an organic farm outside Ho Chi Minh, and a factory visit to learn about the silk industry.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAlso new is ‘Colourful India – Celebrate Holi’ featuring Diwali, the Festival of Light. Guests will don traditional attire and join a local family to take part in the ‘puja’, a sacred ritual and offering to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.Trafalgar is also extending its ‘Be My guest’ series to include a brand new Japanese Kaiseki and Tea Experience, during which clients will participate in a Yamato tea drinking ceremony with a local family.Moreover, the company continues to stay true to its commitment to using travel as a force for good by including at least one ‘JoinTrafalgar’ experience on every Asia itinerary. These experiences allow clients to make a meaningful difference in the places they visit, and include a performance by a group of blind youth musicians, which supports the Ho Chi Minh Blind Centre that provides training for the visually impaired.“With the colours of Holi, our incredible ‘Be My Guests,’ our wonderful Travel Directors and experiences that ignite the senses, Trafalgar Asia 2020/2021 offers more for clients than ever before. With JoinTrafalgar initiatives on all our Asia itineraries, I’m proud we can enable clients to make a positive impact in the places we visit. It’s a travel experience you cannot get elsewhere,” added Farnum. Travelweek Group Share Trafalgar’s 2020/2021 Asia Program includes nine new itineraries