Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character baring their souls and showcasing their humanity. It has been a privilege to see his genius at work.”A Life Devoted to His Art and CraftFreeman first earned recognition for his acting skills at age 12, when he won a statewide drama competition in Mississippi. As a young actor he paid his dues in small roles, pausing only to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Theater beckoned first, then film and television.As he breathed life into memorable characters, widespread critical acclaim came accompanied by enraptured audiences and commercial success. Freeman invariably ranks as one of the five worldwide top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having earned over $4.5 billion in cumulative ticket sales.An Indelible Presence in FilmFreeman has earned four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He received the SAG Awards Actor® for his performance in the Best Picture Oscar winning Million Dollar Baby, a role that also garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award and an Image Award. Two films starring Freeman are held in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry: Unforgiven, which received four Oscars, and The Shawshank Redemption, for which Freeman received Best Actor nominations for a SAG Award, Oscar and a Golden Globe.Among Freeman’s extensive list of credits – now nearing 100 films – another milestone is Invictus. His portrayal of Nelson Mandela received the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and an Image Award along with nominations for another SAG Award, Oscar and Golden Globe. In addition, the picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment, the company Freeman and Lori McCreary co-founded in 1996 with a mission “to produce films that reveal truth” and to stay in the forefront of digital entertainment.Other credits in that still-growing list include Street Smart (Freeman’s 1987 breakthrough role), The Dark Knight, The Bucket List, Glory, Lean on Me, Se7en, Amistad, Bruce Almighty, and Along Came a Spider.Further demonstrating his astonishing versatility, Freeman most recently starred in Warner Bros.’ Going In Style, Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur, Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me 2 and Focus Features’ London Has Fallen. Freeman’s upcoming films include Broad Green Pictures’ Villa Capri and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.Integrity and Inspiration in TelevisionFreeman first became nationally known and loved in 1971 when he starred in the seminal Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) show The Electric Company, for which he created characters including the iconic Easy Reader. Known as the most popular instructional show on television over its six-year run, the series won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series and a Grammy® for its soundtrack album. Freeman’s indelible impact on a generation was reflected when fellow cast member Rita Moreno, a life-long friend he met on the show, asked that he presented her with the 50th SAG Life Achievement Award.Most recently, Freeman is an executive producer with McCreary on the Revelations Entertainment series Madam Secretary for CBS, which will air its fourth season starting in October. Freeman hosts and is an executive producer for the Revelations Entertainment, three-time Emmy nominated series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, which recently completed its seventh season for the Science Channel. Also through Revelations, he hosted the Emmy nominated event series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the National Geographic Channel, which completed its second season. Through Revelations, he will next host The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, which premieres October 11 on the National Geographic Channel.A Respected, Trusted VoiceFreeman’s is one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved voices. He most recently narrated The C Word, the latest in a string of prestigious documentaries that includes the IMAX film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, Science Channel’s Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking, and the informative IMAX feature We the People. Three previous narrations are the Peabody Award winning ESPN 30 For 30 documentary The 16th Man and two Academy Award-winning documentaries, The Long Way Home and The March of the Penguins.He could also be heard in the presidential campaigns for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In a lighter vein, Freeman was the overwhelming choice when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asked the millions of Facebook users what voice Zuckerman’s smart home system should have.Authenticity and Insight on StageAfter earlier roles in the off-Broadway stage productions of The Niggerlovers and the transformational all African-American production of Hello Dolly, Freeman’s 1978 role as Zeke in The Mighty Gents earned him a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award® nomination. His arresting, moving performances went on to earn three Obie Awards even before he portrayed Hoke Colburn in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy, a role for which Freeman received an Oscar nomination when he reprised it for the Best Picture Oscar winning film of the same name. Freeman most recently trod the boards in the triumphant revival of Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols.Helping to Shape the FutureIn 1973 Freeman co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop, now in its 37th season, which supports and nurtures promising African-American playwrights to ensure those voices can be heard. He additionally supports Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education, organizations working to create hope and better lives for countless people.Freeman provides a boost for another group of artists on an immediately practical level. He co-owns the Ground Zero Blues Club, which celebrates and features performances by authentic blues musicians. It’s next-door to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in the heart of the area’s rich blues heritage that Freeman loves.In his spare time, Freeman enjoys the freedom of both sea and sky – he is a long-time sailor and has earned a private pilot’s license.
WONSAN, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — For North Korean factory managers, a visit by leader Kim Jong Un is the highest of honours and quite possibly the most stressful event imaginable.The chief engineer at the Songdowon General Foodstuffs Factory had looked forward to the visit for nearly a decade. His factory churns out tons of cookies, crackers, candies and bakery goods, plus dozens of varieties of soft drinks sold around the country. In its showroom, Kwon Yong Chol proudly showed off one of his bestsellers, a nutrient soup made with spirulina, a blue-green microalgae “superfood.”“Ever since construction began everyone here had wanted the leader to visit, and this year he did. His visit was the biggest thing that could happen to us,” Kwon, smiling broadly, said of Kim Jong Un’s visit in July. “He ate our instant noodles. He said they were delicious.”Not all managers have been so fortunate.There’s a lot on the line for North Korea these days. And Kim means business.___Though the international spotlight has been on his denuclearization talks with Washington, the North Korean leader has a lot riding domestically on his promises to boost the country’s economy and standard of living. His announcement in April that North Korea had sufficiently developed its nuclear weapons and would now focus on building its economy marked a sharp turn in official policy, setting the stage for his rapid-fire meetings with the leaders of China, South Korea and the United States.It also set in motion an ambitious campaign of “on-the-spot guidance” trips to rally party officials, factory managers and military troops.After the announcement of the “new strategic line” and his first round of summits, including his meeting in June with President Donald Trump, Kim embarked on nearly 20 inspection tours around the country in July and another 10 in August, all but one of them to non-military locations. The military inspection rounds are instead being handled by the country’s premier, Pak Pong Ju, who has gone on 18 inspection tours from July, mostly to military facilities.On-the-spot guidance tours are a tradition Kim inherited from his father and grandfather, the late “eternal General-Secretary” Kim Jong Il and “eternal President” Kim Il Sung.They date to the late 1940s, when Kim Il Sung began gradually institutionalizing the visits to demonstrate his hands-on leadership and, as invariably portrayed by the North’s media, his deep care and concern for the well-being of the people.Factories, farms and important industrial facilities are the usual destinations. But Kim Jong Un’s focus on them this year marks a break from excursions in 2017 to nuclear weapons facilities and missile sites.Reflecting the gravity of his current mission, Kim has shown little patience for cadres who come up short.On his July tour in the northern part of the country he lambasted officials at a factory that produces backpacks for students, saying their attitude was “very wrong” and “has no revolutionary spirit.” He then dressed down officials at a power plant that has been under construction for 17 years, criticized people in charge of a hotel project for taking too long to finish plastering its walls and slammed the authorities responsible for building a recreational campsite.“Looking round the bathroom of the camp, he pointed out its very bad condition, saying bathtubs for hot spring therapy are dirty, gloomy and unsanitary for their poor management,” said an official report of the visit.___Most inspection tours, however, go like Kim’s two-hour visit to the Songdowon processed foods factory.With a gaggle of cameramen in tow — the tours are always top news in North Korea’s media — the site’s senior manager generally serves as the guide. Members of Kim’s entourage frantically take notes as he suggests tweaks of this or that and offers praise or encouragement.Many factories put up red and gold plaques to commemorate the event. Some have special wall displays made afterward that show the exact path the leader took in little LED lights that can be turned on at the press of a button.At Kwon’s factory, which has 300 employees and is located on the outskirts of the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, Kim advised managers to improve operations on an “automated, unmanned and germ-free basis, holding aloft the banner of self-reliance.”Before the obligatory group photo session, the North’s official news agency reported, Kim voiced “his expectation and conviction” the factory would produce more quality foods “and thus more fully demonstrate the honour of being a factory loved by the people.”But Kim also had a broader point to make.He told the factory management that they must be prepared to work in a more competitive environment, to modernize and cut the fat. These are special times and they, and basically all managers throughout the country, need to step up their game.“The Respected Marshal Kim Jong Un pays much more attention to the quality of a product,” Kwon said. “When he came to this factory he gave instructions to maintain a high level of hygiene because food is closely associated with the health of the people, and to keep the highest level of quality of products that people like. He said we must produce products that are world class, and produce a lot of foods that people like.”Kwon said the pressure isn’t just coming from above.“The people demand more quality,” he said. “When people look at the product, they must feel like they want to have it. So we are designing things in line with that. We have to satisfy the demands of the people.”___Talmadge is the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @EricTalmadge.Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press read more
Kolkata: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has condemned the idea of ‘Bridge Course’ to create cadres of mid-level health practitioners by allowing dentists to practice mainstream medicine in various health centres.Niti Aayog, along with the health ministry, is examining a proposal to introduce Bridge Course for the dentists so that they can be used as mid-level health providers in various health centres across the state, particularly where there is a crisis of MBBS doctors. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDr Santanu Sen, national president of IMA, declared that there is no shortage of doctors in the country. “Around 63,250 MBBS graduates come out of 494 medical colleges in the country. But India has only 23,729 post graduate seats,” Dr Sen said. “The fact remains that the government does not have the capacity to absorb the rest of them. Every year the unemployment among young medical graduates is a great cause of concern. The frustration of these youngsters with an undergraduate degree has to be addressed first,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayCondemning the idea of mid-level practitioners, IMA secretary general Dr RV Asokan said the government’s attempt to provide half baked medical care to the citizens through mid-level practitioners is dangerous. “The government should give permanent posting to MBBS graduates in 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres. Ad Hoc postings are not acceptable,” he said. It may be mentioned here that a meeting on this proposal is scheduled to be held at Niti Aayog on April 22. read more
According to the former Manchester United manager, both players have distinctive traits that make them the best in the world.Former Manchester United and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, has spoken what he thinks about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.“I think it is unfair to both of them when someone says one is better than the other one,” he told beIN SPORTS as quoted by Sky Sports.“I think they are just different.”Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“The only thing that I can say is that when I had Ronaldo on my side I was a very happy man,” he added.“And when I had to play against Messi I had to think a lot to try and help my team to have chances to succeed.”“The thing to admire is the number of years that they have stayed at the top,” he commented.“To win once, it can happen. To win and win and win and win and win is much more difficult.” read more
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Despite all that work, the project is still ongoing, and the brand says it plans to keep adding more content to the timeline. “The Atlantic is uniquely positioned with such a vast archive to continue this project and we’re also imagining new ways to bring these individualized stories to a collective audience.” A spokesperson from Atlantic Media tells Folio:’s sister site min that the idea grew out of a “sprint,” a Silicon Valley innovation process that the company—which regularly boasts about its startup mentality—recently adopted to stay nimble and innovative. “More than a year ago, TheAtlantic.com Deputy Editor Matt Thompson had the idea to create a product that found a story from The Atlantic’s archives pegged to the midpoint of a reader’s life, which is often a tricky date to summon on the fly, much less remember what was happening in the world at that time,” the spokesperson says. “From there, a team crossing divisions—editorial, special projects, product & development, sales, social and design—spent a week together, collaborating and developing a solid theory of what the tool would be and how it would work.” The Atlantic team fed the computer model more than 1,500 milestones, which were fact-checked and copy edited and paired with photographs and deep linking. “The product team also constructed a complex logic engine to make sure every timeline felt robust, to balance serious events with lighthearted ones, and to make it easy for users to browse from their timelines to related coverage and back,” the spokesperson says. “And the sales and marketing team brought on board an advertiser for launch.” Even better, the project is sponsored by National Geographic in order to promote its “Origins: The Journey of Humankind.” The buy includes two pieces of native content for every timeline launched by a user, plus more traditional ad units wrapped around The Atlantic’s adjacent archival content. We did have one final question: How does it narrow down a lifetime of significant news to about a dozen milestones for any given individual? Essentially it was an editorial process that was led by Thompson and his team. Research, crowdsourced ideas, internal conversations (and perhaps occasional debates) and technology like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, all played a part in the process but the spokesperson says it was ultimately finalized by The Atlantic’s editorial team. The concept is actually pretty simple. Visitors land on the Life Timeline homepage and just enter their dates of birth. From there, readers are served between 10-13 milestones that happened during their lifetime, which The Atlantic was there to cover (unless a reader was born before 1857). The Atlantic isn’t interested in preserving its 160 years worth of content for just posterity’s sake, nor is it interested in keeping it locked up behind a paywall for only subscribers to see if they feel compelled. In fact, the brand has developed a new way to get extra mileage out of its generations of content while also monetizing it and offering readers a new experience in content consumption. Life Timeline rolled out last week, and it’s a case study in how publishers can repackage content, develop a custom product for advertisers and engage readers in a totally new way. This story originally appeared on minonline.com. read more
Does this new performance announcement signal that Florence & The Machine will be releasing a new album soon? Only time will tell.Morrissey Talks New Album, Future Of Etienne Records Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Florence And The Machine – Touring News Florence & The Machine have been announced as headliners for the Ferropolis, Germany-based Melt Festival taking place July 13–15, 2018, along with the xx. Other musicians slated to perform include Tyler, The Creator, Nina Kraviz, Mura Masa, and the Black Madonna. Florence & The Machine Set For 2018 Melt Festival florence-machine-plot-return-2018-melt-festival-germany GRAMMY-nominated band will make their way back to the big stage next year for Germany’s annual music festRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2017 – 4:17 pm With a sweeping sonic landscape, it only takes one listen to recognize the powerful sound of Florence & The Machine. Though things have been quiet for the GRAMMY-nominated band since 2016, it looks like there will be some activity in the new year. Twitter Florence & The Machine Plot Return At 2018 Melt Festival In Germany Facebook read more
Hatchbacks Electric Cars Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh The Peugeot 208 is a French hatchback steeped in history, but it’s about to make history again with a new electric variant at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.Peugeot on Monday unveiled its new 208 hatchback before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Now available in both traditional and electric forms, the 208 gains more versatility alongside a fresh new look that has us hoping for the 208 as part of Peugeot’s plans to reenter the US market. No word on that for the time being, but in the interim, let’s see what makes this little guy so intriguing. More From Roadshow • 52 Photos 1 reading • Peugeot 208 lands in Geneva with new looks, new EV variant 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Share your voice Geneva Motor Show 2019 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster See All 1:29 The exterior bears a passing similarity to the hatch-on-stilts Audi Q2. The hatchback has a nice curve to it, while a distinct lack of sharp, straight creases adds to the hatch’s cute factor. Up front, there’s a modestly sized (for 2019) grille, hanging out between large headlights with a long running light that practically scrapes the ground at its bottom terminus. The shapely silhouette doesn’t appear to mess up rearward visibility all that much, which is nice.Inside, Peugeot makes use of interesting layering on the dashboard, with the gauge cluster and infotainment screens mounted nice and high. There’s a sort of white-space gap between that and the lower dashboard, which has centrally mounted switchgear, two USB ports and a load of storage space. The shifter packs a wild design that looks like an accessory for a game of Duck Hunt. It’s on the modest side, but it still looks futuristic.Enlarge ImageSmall hatchbacks offer versatility over sedans without requiring the owner to go out and buy a crossover. Peugeot The Peugeot e-208 packs an entirely electric powertrain. Its 50-kWh battery is integrated into the floorpan, which maintains cargo space and provides for a sportier center of gravity. The electric motor isn’t the most powerful at about 134 horsepower, but that thrift allows for a decent driving range of 211 miles (by Euro-spec WLTP standards). It’ll take more than 20 hours to charge the e-208 using a conventional wall outlet, but a dedicated home charger drops that time to about 8 hours. The cabin can be preconditioned using Peugeot’s smartphone app, which also handles remote charging duties.The standard Peugeot 208 has four engines on offer. There are three 1.2-liter inline-3 gas engines available, and one 1.5-liter inline-4 diesel. Transmissions vary depending on the engine, but both manual (five-speed or six-speed) and automatics (eight-speed) are available. It can be loaded with just about every safety system under the sun, including adaptive cruise control, active park assist, autobrake, lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available through the car’s touchscreen, available in both 7-inch and 10-inch variants. The new Peugeot 208 goes on sale in Europe in late summer. However, eager buyers can shell out for a reservation as early as the end of March. Pricing will likely be announced closer to its on-sale date. Now playing: Watch this: Geneva Motor Show 2019 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never Comment Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Peugeot’s new 208 is just too darn cute Tags Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Peugeot read more
A team of researchers with NASA, Uppsala University, Columbia University and the Planetary Science Institute has created several simulations of conditions on Venus billions of years ago using Earth climate models and has found some instances that suggest the planet may at one time have been capable of harboring life. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes their simulations and the factors they used in creating them. Venus approaches the Sun in a 2012 transit visible from Earth. Credit: NASA Citation: Simulations suggest Venus may have once been able to support life (2016, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-simulations-venus-life.html 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. Why is Venus so horrible? More information: arxiv.org/abs/1608.00706AbstractPresent-day Venus is an inhospitable place with surface temperatures approaching 750K and an atmosphere over 90 times as thick as present day Earth’s. Billions of years ago the picture may have been very different. We have created a suite of 3D climate simulations using topographic data from the Magellan mission, solar spectral irradiance estimates for 2.9 and 0.715 billion years ago, present day Venus orbital parameters, an ocean volume consistent with current theory and measurements, and an atmospheric composition estimated for early Venus. Using these parameters we find that such a world could have had moderate temperatures if Venus had a rotation period slower than about 16 Earth days, despite an incident solar flux 46-70% higher than modern Earth receives. At its current rotation period of 243 days, Venus’s climate could have remained habitable until at least 715 million years ago if it hosted a shallow primordial ocean. These results demonstrate the vital role that rotation and topography play in understanding the climatic history of exoplanetary Venus-like worlds being discovered in the present epoch. Explore further Venus is, by all accounts, an extremely hostile planet—at least from the perspective of humans. It is extraordinarily hot, volcanically active and has an atmosphere that is mostly carbon dioxide. But the simulations created by the research team suggest it may not have always been that way. They started with the idea that Venus and Earth were probably similar billions of years ago—a time when Earth’s atmosphere was also mostly carbon dioxide. From there, they created four possible scenarios for the future of Venus based on climate models developed for studying the history of Earth’s climate. The models differed only slightly, with variances in energy received from the sun, or the length of days. They also considered conditions with shallow oceans. They let the models run, creating simulations of the planet as it evolved for approximately two billion years.The team found that one simulation resulted in a planet with temperatures low enough to support life—one with clouds and sometimes snowfall—and it persisted until 715 million years ago—a period during which life was already present on Earth.But if such simulations are accurate, what caused the conditions that exist today? The simulations did not advance that far, but the researchers note that the speed at which the planet spun on its axis might have had something to do with it—they noted that speeding up the rotation slightly resulted in rapidly rising temperatures as weather patterns that tended to keep the planet cool were disrupted. Today, it takes 243 Earth days for Venus to spin just once, which is actually longer than the amount of time it takes to circle the sun—225 days. Journal information: arXiv © 2016 Phys.org read more
Bratya Basu, the theatre maestro of Bengal, has mesmerised his audience again with his directional deftness, by picking on the Bengali classic film of the sixties, Meghe Dhaka Tara, directed by the legendary Ritwick Ghatak for his play. Basu has done what nobody has dared to dream.On January 2, Kolkata witnessed a rendezvous between two master directors of two different art forms at the newly renovated University Institute Hall. The play projects the pain, anguish, solitude, exploitation, and the unfulfilled desires and expectations of a family in the poverty-stricken refugee camp dealing with the aftermath of the Partition of Bengal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When asked why he selected this film for the play, Bratya said, “Refugee issues have always besieged Bengal. While Bengali cinema to some extent has explored this subject, Bengali theatre hasn’t done as much. This play does offer a piece of the life of the refugees that Bengal witnessed once upon a time. As long as borders are there, we will have the refugee crisis: latest being Syria. True, the way refugee crisis came to be highlighted in the works of Manto or other authors in Punjab, was not done in Bengal.” Meghe Dhaka Tara (A Cloud-capped Star) is a film written and directed by Ritwick Ghatak in 1960 based on the social novel by Shaktipada Rajguru. It was a part of the trilogy of three films directed by the same director on the corollary of the partition of Bengal. The other two films were Komal Gandhar (1961) and Subarnarekha (1962). Bengal was then facing unprecedented human misery when national refugee care agencies were at a nascent stage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGhatak wanted to inform the people about the plight of the refugees trying to reconstruct their lives amidst the rise of colonies in divided Bengal. The film revolves around Neeta, a beautiful young sibling of a poor school teacher Madhab, known as ‘Madhab-master’. After partition, the family has shifted from East Pakistan to the suburbs of Calcutta as refugees. Neeta is the provider to the family who aspires to help everybody in the family, including her fiancée, Sanat. She is exploited by all. Her mother, Ramala does not even think twice before marrying off her younger daughter, Geeta to Neeta’s fiancée to prevent the sole earning member in her family from leaving them. Sanat, unable to keep pace with her sacrificing attitude and constant anxiety amidst the clutch of poverty, takes no time in deciding to marry her sister. Neeta’s elder brother, though empathetic towards his sister, does not hesitate in taking her help to make a career in singing. Her younger brother, a budding soccer player leaves home to make his career too. Finally Neeta loses her job and gets infected with tuberculosis. She is quarantined and has no option but to stay away from her family. The dreams, hopes and aspirations of the protagonist crash amidst the growing demand of family members and her deep concern to save her family even at the cost of sacrificing her own interests. The original film was very melancholic, somber and melodramatic in tone. The lingering, surrealistic music used by Ritwick Ghatak left a feeling of numbness among the viewers. The magnitude of suffering rendered the audience speechless. Bratya Basu has used his flair and competence to create these nuances in the play and has paid a fitting tribute to the marvel of Bengali films. Basu has narrowed down the difference between a film and a theatre, on stage further. He has used the projection of original film clippings and the newly filmed footages in the background with impeccable perfection. Debarati Gupta has used the camera shots in a way to bring out the effect of close-ups seen in Ghatak’s film. The artistic finesse of Basu is seen in the subtlety with which the characters in the play express the varying orders of human emotions on stage. The stage presentation is not so overcast like the original film but it is an epitome of financial crisis. The tin sidewall of the house with a bed made of local wood and a photoframe dangling from the wall, an ordinary table with a chair and a meat-safe do not exactly depict the condition of a refugee camp. The books of Yeats, Elliot on the table carries the intellectualism of the middle class. But the loud colours of plastic flowers and a dream elevation in the backdrop seem to stand out exclusively in terms of representing the glaring difference between the world of fantasy and heart breaking reality. The characters move up the elevation whenever they think about an unfulfilled dream, or search for signs of happiness. The rise pulls them above the drudgery of their daily poverty stricken depressing life into a world of desires. Neeta’s flight of imagination, in the worst of moments, helps her fight the hopelessness and misery of her life. The bridge is her belief in the castle of dreams that she builds in the sky. The play represents these moments as the eternal hope in the bleak world of human beings. The conflicts of idealism, strengths and weaknesses of a post-colonial middle class family were clearly noticeable. Prithwis Rana surely deserves an accolade in building the stage. Veteran actor Subhasish Mukherjee as Madhab master has re-established his talent as an actor on stage. His flawless movements on stage and skills of getting absorbed into the character are a lesson for the younger stage actors and a treat to watch. Credit goes to the director again for utilising his talent on stage so efficiently. Poulomi Basu, in the role of Neeta has shown maturity in acting. She steals the heart of the audience with her heart-rending expressions ranging from sweet satisfaction of fulfilling family demands to shocking disbeliefs of being hurt by her near and dear ones. She has undoubtedly created a niche in the role of the protagonist, hailed in the film as having won million hearts with the epoch making dialogue, Dada, ami banchte chai (Brother, I want to live). Partha Bhowmick as Shankar, Kathakali Deb as Geeta and veteran actor Suranjana Dasgupta as Ramala have done a credible job to give their roles a distinctiveness to cherish. The background music and sounds used in the play is different from the original film. When asked about it, Bratya said, “Let’s take the use of the sound of a running train in the background, the sound of falling raindrops, the sound of water trickling down. I feel these help in bringing out a signature sound that one identifies with colony life.” Dishary Chakraborty used all these sounds with the classical line ups from Ustad Bahadur Khan. The script writer Ujjwal Chatterjee has written a delicately balanced script. Meghe Dhaka Tara is the first production of Naihati Bratyajon. Partha Bhowmick, MLA from Naihati and the director of the theatre group says, “We have decided, under the guidance of Bratya Basu, to stage the Bengali Classical films which carry social statements. Meghe Dhaka Tara is our first production in that direction.” They have decided to stage the play every Saturday at the University Institute Hall, in the educational hub of Kolkata.The next play, Adya Shesh Rajani, directed by Basu awaits the premier show on February 21 at Mohit Maitra Mancha, Kolkata. read more
About four years ago, 15-year-old Anyabai won Rs 54,000 when she led her school team to victory in a state-level football match. The prize money was more than what her mother earned in an entire year. Hailing from Alakhpura, a village some 30 km from the district headquarters of Bhiwani in Haryana, Anyabai is a Dalit by caste and desperately poor by means.Her father died of a heart attack when she was just two and the burden of earning for the four-member family passed on to her mother, Maya Devi, whose life story provides a window into the struggles of people at the lowest rungs of society. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfScheduled Caste communities like hers, comprising about 16.6 per cent of country’s population, are generally an oppressed lot, particularly in impoverished rural areas where they are discriminated against by higher castes and are condemned to menial cleaning jobs that no one else will do. There are also those who have defied the system and become achievers in their own right. One of them is the fatherless girl Anyabai, who could have been a victim of the oppressive systems of caste and patriarchy, but her skills as a footballer helped her challenge both. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJust a few years after she started playing, she has already represented India twice at the international level.”She gets around Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 for playing every national match. Last year, she won around Rs 2.5 lakh by playing a few matches,” Sonika Bijarnia, her school coach said. “She manages to play two-three matches every year.”So football is not only helping her find a purpose in life and represent her country at the highest levels, but is also helping her bring her family out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Anyabai played in the U-15 South Asian Football Federation in 2017, in which India lost to Bangladesh in the finals. She recollects the final with a bit of disappointment, saying: “We lost 1-0.”Anyabai, who has a sister and a brother, is her mother’s pride. “Nobody in the entire family has achieved so much,” Maya Devi said. “I didn’t have any hopes (while) Anyabai kept playing,” she said.In 2016, she played in the Indian U-14 women’s football team at the AFC Regional (South and Central) Girls Championship in Tajikistan.”When I go out of my village, my country, there is fear about going to an unknown land. It is a very different feeling. It’s also nice that I get to make friends from other parts of the country and the world,” Anyabai said.”I used to struggle with English earlier. I try speaking the language now. There is less hesitation.”More than a decade back, when Anyabai was small and hadn’t started playing, it was really tough for Maya Devi to manage the family with just the Rs 150 a day that she got as a daily-wage worker. “This income depended on the farming season and yes, I struggled… used to borrow money and somehow managed,” she said.”I made many efforts to bring my kids up all by myself. If Anyabai achieves something in life, I will consider my life to be successful. I have worked very hard,” she said. Two years back, she was given the job of a “safai karamchari” (sanitation worker). Among the five cleaners in the village, she is the only woman. Despite some improvements, the life of struggle continues for Maya Devi and her family. She has modest dreams for her daughter. But Anyabai’s dreams are bigger. “I wish to grow up and play like (Argentine footballer Lionel) Messi,” she said passionately.The girl has plans of taking up social sciences as her subject in class 11 along with language and vocational subjects. “I will study further after class 12, but then I wish to just play and study football after that.”Anyabai recounts the village’s journey which goes back nearly a decade. The then school coach was busy training boys for kabaddi when girls began pestering him, and he was forced to indulge them by giving them a football to play with. She developed a fascination for the game. After that, there was no looking back. read more
New Delhi: The amount of plastic garbage increases as the population grows, and disposable plastic products, like wet wipes, coffee cups, drinks bottles, sweet wrappers and other packets, accumulate over time. In India, we generate around 15,000tonnes of plastic waste per day and is growing every day. As per a study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in few major cities of the country, it has been observed that around 4,059 tons of waste is generated on per day basis. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBig players of consumer-goods such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble pledged to use more recycled plastics for their products in order to initiate change for sustainable future. As the concern over plastic waste increases around the world, scientists, entrepreneurs and engineers have begun to come up with solutions that could help our planet to survive for the coming generations. Slow but effective development can be seen as some are coming up with methods for recycling plastics, while on the other hand few are developing products that are safe and biodegradable in niche segments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMs. Rishu Gandhi, Founder, Mother Sparsh says “In Consumer goods category wet wipes are 3rd largest contributor of plastic based pollution in the world, it takes centuries for these 80% polyester-based wipes to degrade. To tackle the plastic pollution, we as brands need to go organic like what we did with our offerings which started with natural and eco friendly products line of wipes in the market.” In India, with over 1.5 million births every month we are doubling the consumption of wet wipes every month with the increasing population. To add to the concern, Waste management is itself a problem in India hence, plastic waste management is very poor. These plastic wastes are either burned releasing toxic gases, buried to degraded over centuries or thrown in our oceans to make them more polluted and harmful for oceans ecology. According to Social Activist Mr. Vneet P Yadav, “Plastic is a concern for environment specially for humans if we burn it, it never gets burnt completely and release harmful gases like styrene which affects eye & mucous membranes, central nervous system. Dioxin which is a carcinogen and hormone disruptor also is emitted in the air which gets settled on our crops and water thus into our food. Dioxin also gets accumulated on body fat and passed on to babies of expectant mothers. Hence, a useful invention has been abused so much that it has become a concern for the planet.” To add to that, scientists have found that micro plastics which can not be seen are getting mixed in our air and water. Given the state of Indian infrastructure, we have successfully added micro plastics as a pollutant in the long list of chemicals and particulate matter. A report from UK suggested that we inhale around 130 tiny plastic particles in a day, so the situation is much more alarming if we look at the Indian scenario where air quality refuses to leave severely polluted category. “We are breathing polluted air induced with harmful chemicals and gases. We as human beings are completely oblivious of the fact that we inhale plastic substances every day, w hich makes way to our lungs – causing us serious health issues. We need to understand that outdoor air pollution is not only endangering our lives but even indoor air pollution is contributing to this menace.” Said Mr. Rohit Bansal, AQI Expert & Founder, aqi.in. Plastic has proven to be a resilient opposition in terms of pollution of air, water and land. Whether it is visible or invisible the plastic waste is here to stay and we as humans are not just using plastics but are carrying plastic in our bodies which is an alarming sign. Hence, Government has to work more aggressively towards this problem before it becomes hard to contain. read more
Belgian cable operator Telenet said it achieved revenue growth of 8.2% for 2012, ahead of expectations of growth of between 7-8%. Adjusted EBITDA growth of 7.5% was also ahead of expectations, while accrued capital expenditure accounted for 23.7% of revenue ahead of expectations of 24-25%.Telenet’s balance sheet at the end of the year included €906.3 million in cash and equivalents and debt of €3.843 billion.
The government appears to be trying to hide information that could show the impact of major changes to “fitness for work” guidance that risked the lives of thousands of disabled benefit claimants.It is the second time this month that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has breached the Freedom of Information Act in an apparent attempt to hide the impact of its welfare reforms on disabled people.Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) reported how DWP had refused to explain how its new universal credit system of working-age benefits would financially affect disabled people with high support needs.But DWP has also been refusing to release any written documents that describe the impact of significant changes that were made to employment and support allowance (ESA) guidance in December 2015.The changes, which did not need parliamentary approval, were made to the guidance that is given to benefits assessors.The guidance in the work capability assessment handbook explains to assessors how they should translate ESA regulations 29 and 35, which concern whether decisions to find someone fit for work or able to carry out work-related activity would cause a substantial risk of harm.The guidance was designed to prevent people self-harming and taking their own lives.The changes introduced in December 2015 mean that DWP is now far less likely to place a claimant with a mental health condition in the ESA support group because of the risk to their health if forced into work-related activity.Previously, the handbook had included six indicators of “substantial risk”, which were marked “D” for “definitive” – including someone who was currently sectioned, who had active thoughts of suicide, or had had a documented episode of self-harm requiring medical attention in the last 12 months – to show that that person should be placed in the support group.But the December 2015 edition of the guidance said only that such indicators “might” give rise to a substantial risk in “exceptional circumstances”.The month after the new guidance was sent out, the proportion of claimants placed in the support group of ESA began to fall sharply, and it has since remained at a far lower level*.The changes appeared to show that ministers had made a calculation that it was worth risking the loss of some lives so that they could cut benefits spending and force more disabled people into their discredited back-to-work programmes.DNS put in a freedom of information request on 26 January after seeing an equality analysis sent by DWP to freelance journalist Chaminda Jayanetti.In the equality analysis, sent to Jayanetti in November 2016, following a freedom of information request, DWP promises to “monitor and evaluate” the impact of the changes to the guidance.The DNS request in January asked for any written reports that describe the impact of those changes, in the two years since they were introduced.Under the Freedom of Information Act, DWP should have replied to the request within 20 working days, but it failed to respond for more than 30 working days.A DWP spokeswoman told DNS this week: “We are monitoring the impact of the change to the guidance and are still working on our evaluation.”She added: “The Information Commissioner’s Office’s compliance threshold is to answer at least 90 per cent [of freedom of information requests] on time, and in 2017 we answered 93 per cent on time.“According to the last published figures, DWP was the second most transparent government department, meeting 63 per cent of requests in full.”The following day, DWP’s strategy freedom of information team released a short response, claiming that the information requested “is not held by this Department as an evaluation has not been concluded”.DNS has now asked for an internal review of this response, arguing that even if the evaluation is not yet complete, it is likely that some written reports will mention the impact of the change in guidance since it was introduced.*For assessments completed in December 2015, 56 per cent of those applying for ESA were placed in the support group; the following month that fell to 49 per cent, and then to 34 per cent in February, and 33 per cent in March 2016. The latest figures, for September 2017, show 38 per cent were placed in the support group. See data tables, table 2a. read more
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article Ahead of Apple Event, Blogger Leaks iPad Air 2 Details 2 min read Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shares October 7, 2014 Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Just as talks of bending iPhones are beginning to die down, chatter is growing around another Apple product: the iPad Air 2.Next week, the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant will reportedly hold an event on Oct. 16 to unveil a few new products including the iPad Air 2, the next generation of the iPad mini, the latest iterations of the iMacs and the much-anticipated mobile-payment service Apple Pay. There just may not be too much to say about the iPad Air 2, thanks to tech writer Michael Andrew.Related: Apple Partner Files for BankruptcyApparently two researchers working for Andrew have gotten their hands on the iPad Air 2 specs and Andrew is telling the world about it on his blog The Michael Report. Andrew says he also has photos and illustrations of the product, though the images were not released on his blog.So what can Apple aficionados look forward to from the latest tech according to the Michael Report team? The iPad will be 0.5mm thinner and come with a “fully-laminated” display. The tablet will be offered in new color gold, along with the original black and silverRelated: 11 Products You Used to Love That Apple Has Quietly KilledThe mute/vibration button is no more on the thinner version, the volume buttons are “more recessed,” and microphones have shifted from the top of the tablet to be nearer to the cameras. The new cameras will be 8 megapixels, up from 5. The speakers now are on one row grill instead of two. Andrew wrote that it seems that Apple is also dropping the 16GB storage for the iPad Air in favor of 32, 64 and 128GB options. The tablet is also rumored to have a Touch ID function on the home button. iPad Register Now » read more
Source:http://news.ntu.edu.sg/pages/newsdetail.aspx?URL=http://news.ntu.edu.sg/news/Pages/NR2018_Nov21.aspx&Guid=af569264-037b-4792-a22c-6ca2fa43e059&Category=News+Releases Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 21 2018Analysis of doctor-patient conversations to help shape design of future specialists’ communication trainingA joint study by researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and clinicians at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has yielded insights into how doctors can better communicate the value of clinical investigations to patients.The research team is one of the first groups in Singapore to use Conversation Analysis, a method for studying social interaction, in a hospital setting.In Conversation Analysis, video recordings of interactions in an authentic setting are transcribed verbatim. Researchers analyse the verbal and non-verbal aspects during each person’s turn to talk, paying attention to context and identifying recurring patterns of interaction.This micro-analysis is richer in insights compared to retrospective interviews and surveys commonly used in health communication studies. Researchers can subsequently give clinicians specific recommendations in terms of what to say, and how to say it at a specific point, in order to enhance the communication process.For example, when addressing a patient’s concern about pain during a procedure, just explaining the use of anaesthetics may not be enough to reduce the fear. Instead, the doctor can share what his past patients said about their experience.The research outcomes are expected to shape the design of medical communication modules for training of future urologists in TTSH.The study which involved an analysis of 150 doctor-patient conversations at TTSH’s Urology clinics was led by Professor Luke Kang Kwong Kapathy and Assistant Professor Lim Ni Eng, both from NTU School of Humanities, in collaboration with Adjunct Assistant Professor Png Keng Siang, Senior Consultant, Department of Urology, TTSH.”Conversation Analysis is a fresh look into communication in healthcare which doctors were not previously exposed to. We are excited that our day-to-day doctor-patient interactions can shed so much insight through the use of this novel approach,” said Adjunct Asst Prof Png Keng Siang.”Current medical education already includes communication training, but we want to go a step further in looking at the actual interactions in the clinics. Studying the languages, responses and social psychology in the clinical setting gives us insights on what makes patients more receptive to doctors’ recommendations, which may lead to patients being more willing to go through necessary tests and increased patient satisfaction,” said Prof Luke, who is the Chair, School of Humanities, and Associate Dean (Research), College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences at NTU.Related StoriesAre physical examinations by family doctors still needed?How to get a cheaper prescription before leaving the doctor’s officeNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsRicher insightsThe study involved filming 150 first-visit consultations at TTSH urology clinics. A preliminary study involving 50 patients and three urology consultants started in July 2016.From the initial findings, a larger study involving 100 patients and clinicians from the urology department was conducted from mid-2017 to mid-2018. Patients had given their written consent to participate in this research project, which was approved by National Healthcare Group’s ethics review board.A common reason for patients to be referred to Urology clinics is the presence of blood in urine. As this can be caused by various reasons, a first-visit consultation often involves the recommendation of various diagnostic procedures, in order to pinpoint the exact cause behind the symptom. These tests may consist of a urine test, renal ultrasound, as well as cystoscopy which involves running a thin tube with lens to the bladder through the urethra.Recurring scenarios include patients’ expression of fear towards cystoscopy, and apprehension towards going through multiple tests. To enhance the communication process, doctors can be more aware of patients’ subconscious signs of fear. To patients who may view the tests as being optional, they can also explain upfront that all the tests are needed to pinpoint the exact cause behind the symptoms, before going into test details.NTU’s Asst Prof Lim said, “Our study also brings up the question of how much patients know or do not know about the various medical procedures when they enter the clinic. How this knowledge affects patients’ interaction with doctors and their decision-making process can be further studied.”Throughout 2018, the research team had presented their findings at several international conferences such as the Singapore Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference, the International Symposium on Healthcare Communication, and the Global Health Histories Seminar jointly organised by the World Health Organisation and Sri Lanka’s government.NTU and Tan Tock Seng Hospital have been collaborating in advancing patient care through their engagement in the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and Health City Novena.The NTU team is part of a medical humanities research cluster at the university, which looks at the linguistic, social and cultural aspects of medical practice.Other ongoing projects by the same team include enhancing communication in TTSH’s Ophthalmology clinics and in the training of medical students. The researchers also aim to apply Conversation Analysis in palliative care in future. read more
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 17 2019Republican and Democratic governors have strikingly different visions for the future of health care, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Public Health. While Republican leaders favor maintaining or shrinking public health insurance programs, Democratic leaders are advancing several new proposals to expand public coverage, including “public option” and single-payer health reforms.Researchers analyzed the health care platforms of the 72 Republican and Democratic nominees running for governor in the 2018 election, examining position statements posted on campaign websites. They identified four major health care reform proposals advanced by gubernatorial candidates: introducing work requirements for Medicaid, expanding Medicaid in states that have not yet done so, creating a public insurance option, and transitioning to a state-based single-payer system.Related StoriesJohns Hopkins experts release digital health roadmapFirst smartphone app to detect childhood ear infectionGovernment policy and infrastructure have substantial impact on hospitalization of seniorsFive Republican nominees proposed adding work requirements for their state’s Medicaid program, of whom one was elected (in Ohio). In the 22 states that had previously expanded Medicaid, no candidate from either party proposed rolling back coverage.Six Democratic nominees proposed creating a new public insurance option to compete alongside private plans, of whom five were elected. Importantly, a public option was proposed by newly elected governors in Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, and Maine who will be working with Democratic state legislatures, bolstering the political viability of reform. Seven Democratic nominees proposed single-payer health care plans, of whom three were elected. These newly elected governors–in California, Colorado, and New Mexico–will all be working with Democratic-controlled state legislatures.All Democratic nominees included health care platforms on their campaign websites, but only half of Republican nominees did so. Their omission did not appear to have electoral consequences: 13 of the 18 Republicans offering no health care platform won their elections.According to Micah Johnson, an author of the AJPH article and M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School, “With a divided government in Washington, states have an opening to provide leadership on health reform in the next two years. State efforts to expand public coverage could serve as a model for future national reform, much as the Massachusetts health reform plan in 2006 provided the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act.”Sanjay Kishore, an author of the article and M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School, said, “At a time when many voters consider health care their top priority, it’s remarkable that ten candidates for governor led with a platform of single-payer or a public option, reforms never achieved anywhere in the U.S. This may signal a desire for more progressive health policy.””Laboratories of Democracy: Health Care Reform Platforms in the 2018 Governor Elections.” Micah Johnson and Sanjay Kishore. American Journal of Public Health, Jan. 16, 2019. Source:http://www.pnhp.org/ read more
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 15 2019In a study of healthy volunteers, National Institutes of Health researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important role rest may play in learning.”Everyone thinks you need to ‘practice, practice, practice’ when learning something new. Instead, we found that resting, early and often, may be just as critical to learning as practice,” said Leonardo G. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., senior investigator at NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and a senior author of the paper published in the journal Current Biology. “Our ultimate hope is that the results of our experiments will help patients recover from the paralyzing effects caused by strokes and other neurological injuries by informing the strategies they use to ‘relearn’ lost skills.”The study was led by Marlene Bönstrup, M.D., a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Cohen’s lab. Like many scientists, she held the general belief that our brains needed long periods of rest, such as a good night’s sleep, to strengthen the memories formed while practicing a newly learned skill. But after looking at brain waves recorded from healthy volunteers in learning and memory experiments at the NIH Clinical Center, she started to question the idea.The waves were recorded from right-handed volunteers with a highly sensitive scanning technique called magnetoencephalography. The subjects sat in a chair facing a computer screen and under a long cone-shaped brain scanning cap. The experiment began when they were shown a series of numbers on a screen and asked to type the numbers as many times as possible with their left hands for 10 seconds; take a 10 second break; and then repeat this trial cycle of alternating practice and rest 35 more times. This strategy is typically used to reduce any complications that could arise from fatigue or other factors.As expected, the volunteers’ speed at which they correctly typed the numbers improved dramatically during the first few trials and then leveled off around the 11th cycle. When Dr. Bönstrup looked at the volunteers’ brain waves she observed something interesting.Related StoriesNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with aging”I noticed that participants’ brain waves seemed to change much more during the rest periods than during the typing sessions,” said Dr. Bönstrup. “This gave me the idea to look much more closely for when learning was actually happening. Was it during practice or rest?”By reanalyzing the data, she and her colleagues made two key findings. First, they found that the volunteers’ performance improved primarily during the short rests, and not during typing. The improvements made during the rest periods added up to the overall gains the volunteers made that day. Moreover, these gains were much greater than the ones seen after the volunteers returned the next day to try again, suggesting that the early breaks played as critical a role in learning as the practicing itself.Second, by looking at the brain waves, Dr. Bönstrup found activity patterns that suggested the volunteers’ brains were consolidating, or solidifying, memories during the rest periods. Specifically, they found that the changes in the size of brain waves, called beta rhythms, correlated with the improvements the volunteers made during the rests.Further analysis suggested that the changes in beta oscillations primarily happened in the right hemispheres of the volunteers’ brains and along neural networks connecting the frontal and parietal lobes that are known to help control the planning of movements. These changes only happened during the breaks and were the only brain wave patterns that correlated with performance.”Our results suggest that it may be important to optimize the timing and configuration of rest intervals when implementing rehabilitative treatments in stroke patients or when learning to play the piano in normal volunteers,” said Dr. Cohen. “Whether these results apply to other forms of learning and memory formation remains an open question.”Dr. Cohen’s team plans to explore, in greater detail, the role of these early resting periods in learning and memory.Source: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/News-Events/News-and-Press-Releases/Press-Releases/Want-learn-new-skill-Take-some-short-breaks read more
CHENNAI: With Isro yet to officially announce the nature of the technical snag that prompted it to call off launch of Chandrayaan 2, a former space scientist Tuesday commended the team for halting the high-stake Moon mission. The launch of India’s second Moon mission aimed at landing a rover on the unexplored Lunar South Pole was aborted early Monday due to a “technical snag” minutes before the scheduled lift-off of the country’s most powerful rocket GSLV-MKIII from the spaceport of Sriharikota. Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Nambi Narayanan, credited for his contributions in the development of cryogenic technology in the country’s space programme, said calling off the launch was disappointing not just for the general public but even for the brains behind the Rs 978 crore project. “It is a pity that countdown was stopped. They (scientists) might have noticed something wrong. I feel the problem might (have been even) small but they must not have wanted to take a chance”, he told PTI. Narayanan’s comments came even as the Isro was yet to make any formal announcement on what went wrong during the final hour of countdown that prompted the space agency to call it off 56 minutes before the lift-off. Though none of the Isro officials whom PTI contacted responded, experts have said a glitch might have been noticed when the rocket’s liquid propellant was being loaded into the cryogenic upper stage engine. Incidentally, an update by Isro at around 1.34 AM Monday had said “Filling of Liquid Hydrogen in Cryogenic stage of #GSLVMkIII-M1 completed. #Chandrayaan2 #ISRO Stay tuned for more updates..” Narayanan said it was good ISRO halted the launch after noticing the glitch. “It may be a small thing, but that is always good (halting a launch instead of going ahead). They are now trying to understand what went wrong. what actually happened. So, we need to wait..” he said. Isro had earlier scheduled the launch of the mission, headed by women scientists Ritu Karidhal and Muthayya Vanitha, in the first week of January but shifted it to July 15 after choosing a launch window between July 9 and 16. Chandrayaan-2, comprising an orbiter, a lander and a rover, was to have been injected into an Earth orbit about 16 minutes after lift-off with the lander to touch down on the Moon surface 54 days later through a series of critical orbit rising manoeuvres. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for you read more
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Kosarachukwu Udegbunam (51yrs), Hilariously enough, Xcel Energy’s principal manager for North Dakota who represents wind energy on the commission, There’s no challenge confronting the state that cannot be surmounted with prayers. mostly from northeast North Dakota, the APC through President Buhari has set a bar of integrity. a way more developed country than Liberia. read more