Indium arsenide may provide clues to quantum information processing

31 Aug 2019

first_img“We’re not saying we’ve built a quantum computer,” Andreas Fuhrer tells PhysOrg.com, “but this is an important first step towards spin manipulation via the spin-orbit interaction.” Citation: Indium arsenide may provide clues to quantum information processing (2007, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-indium-arsenide-clues-quantum.html Fuhrer, a scientist with the Department of Solid State Physics/Nanometer Consortium at Lund University in Sweden, points out that one way quantum information processing might come about is through the manipulation of spin states. Fuhrer and his colleagues have directly measured spin-orbit interaction strength in a two-electron molecule along a nanowire made of indium arsenide (InAs). With the first example of tunable few-electron quantum dots in a material with strong spin-orbit interaction, they believe that spin-orbit based spin manipulation is a step closer to becoming reality.Fuhrer worked with Fasth and Samuelson, also associated with the Solid State Physics/Nanometer Consortium, and with Golovach and Loss from the University of Basel in Switzerland to understand the spin-orbit interaction of electrons in quantum dots along a nanowire. Their findings are published in a piece in Physical Review Letters titled, “Direct Measurement of the Spin-Orbit Interaction in a Two-Electron InAs Nanowire Quantum Dot.”“This is the first time tunable quantum dots with a single electron have been realized in indium arsenide nanowires,” Fuhrer explains via email. “While other material systems often require complex gate arrangements to confine the electrons in artificial atoms, the nanowire basically has the confinement in two directions built in due to its nanoscale crosssection.”The scheme set up by Fuhrer and his colleagues works fairly simply. Indium arsenide nanowires self-assemble during crystal growth into rods. “It’s not a bulk semiconductor like some other materials used for this purpose,” Fuhrer points out over the phone. “It is a really thin wire that is an ideal starting point for making quantum dots. You can induce as many of these artificial atoms along the nanowire as you like and couple them to each other.” In addition, the spin-orbit interaction might allow the spin states of quantum dots to be manipulated merely by applying pulses to the gates that confine the electrons. “Usually six gates, or sometimes more, need to be used.” In the paper, Fuhrer and his coauthors use four gates, but they have data to show that it would work with two gates per quantum dot. Additionally, most efforts to manipulate spin make use of conventional electron spin resonance, a technique that can be difficult to bring close to each individual quantum dot. “We expect that with our scheme it will be enough to pulse the gate.” Fuhrer then goes on to expound in greater detail through email: “When the gate is pulsed, you jerk the electron to one side along the nanowire, and by the movement of the orbital part of the electron wavefunction, also rotate the spin because of the spin-orbit coupling. This promises to be faster and easier than existing spin-manipulation techniques if we can demonstrate that spin states live long enough for computations to be feasible.”The main problem with this setup, Fuhrer admits, is that quantum information can be lost through decoherence. Typically, the idea is to decouple the spin from everything, including orbital motion, in order to avoid destroying the quantum calculations. “We’re hoping, though, that by strongly confining the electrons and by keeping track of the orbital energy levels, we can get around this.” Fuhrer says that realizing few-electron quantum dots in InAs is an important first step. “The next step is to measure the spin lifetimes and manipulate the spins.” He points out that within the next five to ten years efforts will be made to use such a setup for quantum information processing. “We still need to study this alternate option of spin state control. It could offer the possibility of manipulating qubits more easily.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img“We’re not saying we’ve built a quantum computer,” Andreas Fuhrer tells PhysOrg.com, “but this is an important first step towards spin manipulation via the spin-orbit interaction.” Citation: Indium arsenide may provide clues to quantum information processing (2007, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-indium-arsenide-clues-quantum.html Fuhrer, a scientist with the Department of Solid State Physics/Nanometer Consortium at Lund University in Sweden, points out that one way quantum information processing might come about is through the manipulation of spin states. Fuhrer and his colleagues have directly measured spin-orbit interaction strength in a two-electron molecule along a nanowire made of indium arsenide (InAs). With the first example of tunable few-electron quantum dots in a material with strong spin-orbit interaction, they believe that spin-orbit based spin manipulation is a step closer to becoming reality.Fuhrer worked with Fasth and Samuelson, also associated with the Solid State Physics/Nanometer Consortium, and with Golovach and Loss from the University of Basel in Switzerland to understand the spin-orbit interaction of electrons in quantum dots along a nanowire. Their findings are published in a piece in Physical Review Letters titled, “Direct Measurement of the Spin-Orbit Interaction in a Two-Electron InAs Nanowire Quantum Dot.”“This is the first time tunable quantum dots with a single electron have been realized in indium arsenide nanowires,” Fuhrer explains via email. “While other material systems often require complex gate arrangements to confine the electrons in artificial atoms, the nanowire basically has the confinement in two directions built in due to its nanoscale crosssection.”The scheme set up by Fuhrer and his colleagues works fairly simply. Indium arsenide nanowires self-assemble during crystal growth into rods. “It’s not a bulk semiconductor like some other materials used for this purpose,” Fuhrer points out over the phone. “It is a really thin wire that is an ideal starting point for making quantum dots. You can induce as many of these artificial atoms along the nanowire as you like and couple them to each other.” In addition, the spin-orbit interaction might allow the spin states of quantum dots to be manipulated merely by applying pulses to the gates that confine the electrons. “Usually six gates, or sometimes more, need to be used.” In the paper, Fuhrer and his coauthors use four gates, but they have data to show that it would work with two gates per quantum dot. Additionally, most efforts to manipulate spin make use of conventional electron spin resonance, a technique that can be difficult to bring close to each individual quantum dot. “We expect that with our scheme it will be enough to pulse the gate.” Fuhrer then goes on to expound in greater detail through email: “When the gate is pulsed, you jerk the electron to one side along the nanowire, and by the movement of the orbital part of the electron wavefunction, also rotate the spin because of the spin-orbit coupling. This promises to be faster and easier than existing spin-manipulation techniques if we can demonstrate that spin states live long enough for computations to be feasible.”The main problem with this setup, Fuhrer admits, is that quantum information can be lost through decoherence. Typically, the idea is to decouple the spin from everything, including orbital motion, in order to avoid destroying the quantum calculations. “We’re hoping, though, that by strongly confining the electrons and by keeping track of the orbital energy levels, we can get around this.” Fuhrer says that realizing few-electron quantum dots in InAs is an important first step. “The next step is to measure the spin lifetimes and manipulate the spins.” He points out that within the next five to ten years efforts will be made to use such a setup for quantum information processing. “We still need to study this alternate option of spin state control. It could offer the possibility of manipulating qubits more easily.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Imaginary Phone iPhone as a hand phone w video

31 Aug 2019

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Once you have had your smart phone for a while using your touch screen becomes a bit of second nature. You begin to know where you icons are and how to do things without looking down at the screen. What if that means that in order to do some of those operations from memory, you did not have to take your phone out at all? Researchers in Germany are working on a new tool that would allow you to use your phone while it is still inside your pocket, by recreating the actions on the palm of your hand. The system, called ‘Imaginary Phone’, which would pair the movements that you made on your palm with the screen of your phone relies on a depth-sensitive camera that is designed to pick up the sliding and tapping motion that are made on your palm. The system uses a special software that is designed to analyze the video and send a wireless radio signal to the iPhone in question. More information: Project page: www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisc … imaginary_phone.html Citation: I-maginary Phone: iPhone as a hand phone? (w/ video) (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-i-maginary-iphone-video.html The tool, which the team, led by Patrick Baudisch, professor of computer science at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, pictures this as a short term solution that is used when touching your phone would not be desirable, say when you are washing your dog or paining your living room. The lack of visual feedback on the phone does not seem to be an issues for the users. A study submitted to the User Interface Software and Technology conference in October showed that about two-thirds of iPhone users could find the location of their apps with up to 80 percent accuracy. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Palm’s new smart phone synchronizes with iTunes 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.last_img read more

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Once you have had your smart phone for a while using your touch screen becomes a bit of second nature. You begin to know where you icons are and how to do things without looking down at the screen. What if that means that in order to do some of those operations from memory, you did not have to take your phone out at all? Researchers in Germany are working on a new tool that would allow you to use your phone while it is still inside your pocket, by recreating the actions on the palm of your hand. The system, called ‘Imaginary Phone’, which would pair the movements that you made on your palm with the screen of your phone relies on a depth-sensitive camera that is designed to pick up the sliding and tapping motion that are made on your palm. The system uses a special software that is designed to analyze the video and send a wireless radio signal to the iPhone in question. More information: Project page: www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisc … imaginary_phone.html Citation: I-maginary Phone: iPhone as a hand phone? (w/ video) (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-i-maginary-iphone-video.html The tool, which the team, led by Patrick Baudisch, professor of computer science at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, pictures this as a short term solution that is used when touching your phone would not be desirable, say when you are washing your dog or paining your living room. The lack of visual feedback on the phone does not seem to be an issues for the users. A study submitted to the User Interface Software and Technology conference in October showed that about two-thirds of iPhone users could find the location of their apps with up to 80 percent accuracy. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Palm’s new smart phone synchronizes with iTunes 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.last_img read more

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Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to

31 Aug 2019

first_img Citation: Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to light level exposure (2014, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-thickness-eggshells-wild-birds-exposure.html Explore further Different bird species lay their eggs in different places—most everyone knows that—some birds lay their eggs in nests in trees, others on the ground, while still others lay them in nests hidden from view inside of holes, etc. Wild bird eggs also come in a wide variety of colors and some have markings that serve as camouflage. Less well known is that shell thickness varies between species and previous research has found that some pigments in shells help fight embryo infections. In this new study, the researchers set out to determine if shell color and thickness might be related to how much sunlight exposure the eggs get. To find out, they analyzed eggshells residing in various museums—measuring thickness, pigment concentration, permeability, and their surface reflectance spectrum (color)—in all eggshells from 74 different species were examined. Most specifically, they focused on measuring how much light could come through a particular shell using a spectrophotometer. Once the examinations were complete, the researchers related what they’d learned about the eggshells to the environment in which the eggs were incubated and that led to correlations between color and sunlight exposure.The team found that eggs exposed to a lot of sunlight, such as those nested on the ground, had more pigment than did those that were hidden away, such as those tucked in tree holes or concealed in burrows. Eggs from hidden nests were the ones that were pure white, allowing the most light to penetrate the shell. The team also found that species with longer incubation periods tended to also have more color and thicker shells.The researchers conclude that eggshell thickness and color are a form of sunscreen, allowing in just the right amount of UV radiation—if there is too little light the babies inside won’t develop properly—if there’s too much, damage would result. Dinosaur egg study supports evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs A team of biology researchers with members from Australia, the U.S., Czech Republic and the U.K. has found a correlation between eggshell color and thickness and the amount of light that shines on the eggs during incubation. In their paper published in Functional Ecology, the team describes their study that involved the analysis of eggshells from many native bird species in Britain and the results they found in doing so. More information: Functional Ecology, 29 JUL 2014. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12314center_img Journal information: Functional Ecology © 2014 Phys.org 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. Image: Flickrlast_img read more

first_img Citation: Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to light level exposure (2014, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-thickness-eggshells-wild-birds-exposure.html Explore further Different bird species lay their eggs in different places—most everyone knows that—some birds lay their eggs in nests in trees, others on the ground, while still others lay them in nests hidden from view inside of holes, etc. Wild bird eggs also come in a wide variety of colors and some have markings that serve as camouflage. Less well known is that shell thickness varies between species and previous research has found that some pigments in shells help fight embryo infections. In this new study, the researchers set out to determine if shell color and thickness might be related to how much sunlight exposure the eggs get. To find out, they analyzed eggshells residing in various museums—measuring thickness, pigment concentration, permeability, and their surface reflectance spectrum (color)—in all eggshells from 74 different species were examined. Most specifically, they focused on measuring how much light could come through a particular shell using a spectrophotometer. Once the examinations were complete, the researchers related what they’d learned about the eggshells to the environment in which the eggs were incubated and that led to correlations between color and sunlight exposure.The team found that eggs exposed to a lot of sunlight, such as those nested on the ground, had more pigment than did those that were hidden away, such as those tucked in tree holes or concealed in burrows. Eggs from hidden nests were the ones that were pure white, allowing the most light to penetrate the shell. The team also found that species with longer incubation periods tended to also have more color and thicker shells.The researchers conclude that eggshell thickness and color are a form of sunscreen, allowing in just the right amount of UV radiation—if there is too little light the babies inside won’t develop properly—if there’s too much, damage would result. Dinosaur egg study supports evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs A team of biology researchers with members from Australia, the U.S., Czech Republic and the U.K. has found a correlation between eggshell color and thickness and the amount of light that shines on the eggs during incubation. In their paper published in Functional Ecology, the team describes their study that involved the analysis of eggshells from many native bird species in Britain and the results they found in doing so. More information: Functional Ecology, 29 JUL 2014. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12314center_img Journal information: Functional Ecology © 2014 Phys.org 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. Image: Flickrlast_img read more

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What An Insect Can Teach Us About Adapting To Stress

31 Aug 2019

first_imgThe epic destruction wrought by swarms of locusts is downright biblical. Exodus tells of a plague that left nothing green in all of Egypt, and we’ve seen these harbingers of destruction at work in modern day Australia, Argentina and Israel, just to name a few. But for centuries, one essential piece of information about these strange insects eluded scientists: Where do they come from? These massive swarms just seemed to pop up out of nowhere, decimate everything and then vanish. What if we told you that you could learn a lot about handling adversity from the life of a bug? In their explorations of humans and how we interact with the world around us, the team that makes NPR’s Invisibilia stumbled on a surprising fact about the insect world — one that could inspire a new way of looking at ourselves. center_img Read the whole story: NPRlast_img read more

first_imgThe epic destruction wrought by swarms of locusts is downright biblical. Exodus tells of a plague that left nothing green in all of Egypt, and we’ve seen these harbingers of destruction at work in modern day Australia, Argentina and Israel, just to name a few. But for centuries, one essential piece of information about these strange insects eluded scientists: Where do they come from? These massive swarms just seemed to pop up out of nowhere, decimate everything and then vanish. What if we told you that you could learn a lot about handling adversity from the life of a bug? In their explorations of humans and how we interact with the world around us, the team that makes NPR’s Invisibilia stumbled on a surprising fact about the insect world — one that could inspire a new way of looking at ourselves. center_img Read the whole story: NPRlast_img read more

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UN panel calls for North Korea referral to international court

31 Aug 2019

first_imgThe UN General Assembly committee dealing with human rights on Tuesday called for the UN Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The vote followed a UN Commission of Inquiry report published in February detailing wide-ranging abuses in North Korea, including prison camps, systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities. The resolution passed by the UN Third Committee linked the alleged abuses to the policies of North Korea’s leadership and called on the Security Council to consider targeted sanctions against those responsible. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe vote increases political pressure on North Korea but it is largely symbolic. It is unlikely to lead to action in the International Criminal Court at The Hague, which looks at serious abuses like genocide and other crimes against humanity.Diplomats said N Korea ally China would probably use its Security Council veto power to stop any ICC referral. They said Beijing’s stance would likely be supported by Russia. China and Russia backed an amendment to the resolution by Cuba, which was voted down, to remove the call to refer North Korea to the ICC.last_img read more

first_imgThe UN General Assembly committee dealing with human rights on Tuesday called for the UN Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The vote followed a UN Commission of Inquiry report published in February detailing wide-ranging abuses in North Korea, including prison camps, systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities. The resolution passed by the UN Third Committee linked the alleged abuses to the policies of North Korea’s leadership and called on the Security Council to consider targeted sanctions against those responsible. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe vote increases political pressure on North Korea but it is largely symbolic. It is unlikely to lead to action in the International Criminal Court at The Hague, which looks at serious abuses like genocide and other crimes against humanity.Diplomats said N Korea ally China would probably use its Security Council veto power to stop any ICC referral. They said Beijing’s stance would likely be supported by Russia. China and Russia backed an amendment to the resolution by Cuba, which was voted down, to remove the call to refer North Korea to the ICC.last_img read more

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An ode to classical beats

31 Aug 2019

first_imgIndia Habitat Centre is hosting a musical evening titled An Ode to Indian Classical Music featuring Bishnumurari Chattopadhyay (popularly known as Champak). The  show that will witness Khayal, Thumri, Tarana and Bhajan will also Siddhartha Bhattacharyya will be accompanying Chattopadhyay on tabla. The classical singer believes that nothing rotates and run without the existence of God. With his larger-than-life heart, he owes his success story to many people in life. “I was initiated in music by my elder sister Purabi Chatterjee, a well-known classical vocalist and exponent of Nazrulgeeti. And then, my trainings with vocal maestro, Prof. Subhas Chakladar, a disciple of legendary Ustad Mehendi Hussain Khan of Rampur Gharana, and Ustad Abdul Gaffur Khan of Jaipur Gharana enhanced the skills,” shares the singer.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Having completed his MA in Music from Kolkata, he took taalim of ‘tala’ and ‘laya’ from the Tabla maestro, Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan. A recipient of Sangeet Gunakar from ‘Sadarang Sangeet Samaj’, West Bengal, Bishnumurari has the distinction of participating in a large number of music conferences in Kolkata and Delhi. With more than 25 years experience in teaching music, he has also directed group performances in Bengali light, semi-classical music, Nazrulgeeti, and composed songs of different genres, including devotional hymns for agomoni, bhajans, raga-based songs, adhunik songs and patriotic songs in Hindi for children, which have been universally appreciated. Champak has had the opportunity to regale great maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar with his performances from time to time, and get their invaluable appreciation and blessings.When: May 25Where: Amaltas Hall, India Habitat CentreTiming: 6:30 onwardslast_img read more

first_imgIndia Habitat Centre is hosting a musical evening titled An Ode to Indian Classical Music featuring Bishnumurari Chattopadhyay (popularly known as Champak). The  show that will witness Khayal, Thumri, Tarana and Bhajan will also Siddhartha Bhattacharyya will be accompanying Chattopadhyay on tabla. The classical singer believes that nothing rotates and run without the existence of God. With his larger-than-life heart, he owes his success story to many people in life. “I was initiated in music by my elder sister Purabi Chatterjee, a well-known classical vocalist and exponent of Nazrulgeeti. And then, my trainings with vocal maestro, Prof. Subhas Chakladar, a disciple of legendary Ustad Mehendi Hussain Khan of Rampur Gharana, and Ustad Abdul Gaffur Khan of Jaipur Gharana enhanced the skills,” shares the singer.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Having completed his MA in Music from Kolkata, he took taalim of ‘tala’ and ‘laya’ from the Tabla maestro, Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan. A recipient of Sangeet Gunakar from ‘Sadarang Sangeet Samaj’, West Bengal, Bishnumurari has the distinction of participating in a large number of music conferences in Kolkata and Delhi. With more than 25 years experience in teaching music, he has also directed group performances in Bengali light, semi-classical music, Nazrulgeeti, and composed songs of different genres, including devotional hymns for agomoni, bhajans, raga-based songs, adhunik songs and patriotic songs in Hindi for children, which have been universally appreciated. Champak has had the opportunity to regale great maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar with his performances from time to time, and get their invaluable appreciation and blessings.When: May 25Where: Amaltas Hall, India Habitat CentreTiming: 6:30 onwardslast_img read more

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90 injured at PM Modis rally in Midnapore after pandal collapses

31 Aug 2019

first_imgKolkata: Indiscipline by few BJP workers led to the collapse of a portion of a pandal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at Midnapore College ground on Monday in which around 90 people were injured, five of them seriously.The pandal was situated close to the main podium from where the Prime Minister addressed the gathering.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee got in touch with the West Midnapore district administration and inquired about the condition of the injured. She instructed Midnapore Medical College and Hospital authorities to take care of the injured properly. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe tweeted later: “We pray for the speedy recovery of all those injured at the Midnapore rally today. The government is giving all help for medical treatment. “In a joint statement issued by TMC’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee and party’s MP Derek O’Brien held the state BJP responsible for the accident and said they should take responsibility.The accident took place when some BJP workers climbed to the top of the tent to have a clearer view of Narendra Modi. The latter, before addressing his speech, requested them to come down. But the workers turned a deaf ear and the pandal collapsed at around 12.50 pm when Modi was delivering his speech. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe injured were rushed to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital. The Prime Minister also paid a visit to those admitted there, inquired about their health and also spoke to a few.Because of heavy rain that had hit the district, the ground was wet and the bamboos used to set up the makeshift pandal could not bear the additional load of the people particularly when they climbed to the top. The bamboos broke leading to the collapse of the pandal.The state BJP leaders had supervised the setting up of the makeshift tent. They even failed to bring down those supporters who had climbed to the top of the pandal. Senior police officers said as the ground was wet, the state leaders should not have allowed anyone to climb up. But there was no initiative from their side which finally led to the collapse.Hospital authorities said most of the injured had been released after treatment. Five have been admitted and doctors are monitoring their condition.The district administration has ordered a probe regarding the matter.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Indiscipline by few BJP workers led to the collapse of a portion of a pandal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at Midnapore College ground on Monday in which around 90 people were injured, five of them seriously.The pandal was situated close to the main podium from where the Prime Minister addressed the gathering.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee got in touch with the West Midnapore district administration and inquired about the condition of the injured. She instructed Midnapore Medical College and Hospital authorities to take care of the injured properly. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe tweeted later: “We pray for the speedy recovery of all those injured at the Midnapore rally today. The government is giving all help for medical treatment. “In a joint statement issued by TMC’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee and party’s MP Derek O’Brien held the state BJP responsible for the accident and said they should take responsibility.The accident took place when some BJP workers climbed to the top of the tent to have a clearer view of Narendra Modi. The latter, before addressing his speech, requested them to come down. But the workers turned a deaf ear and the pandal collapsed at around 12.50 pm when Modi was delivering his speech. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe injured were rushed to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital. The Prime Minister also paid a visit to those admitted there, inquired about their health and also spoke to a few.Because of heavy rain that had hit the district, the ground was wet and the bamboos used to set up the makeshift pandal could not bear the additional load of the people particularly when they climbed to the top. The bamboos broke leading to the collapse of the pandal.The state BJP leaders had supervised the setting up of the makeshift tent. They even failed to bring down those supporters who had climbed to the top of the pandal. Senior police officers said as the ground was wet, the state leaders should not have allowed anyone to climb up. But there was no initiative from their side which finally led to the collapse.Hospital authorities said most of the injured had been released after treatment. Five have been admitted and doctors are monitoring their condition.The district administration has ordered a probe regarding the matter.last_img read more

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Poetry festival A treat for audiences in City Santiniketan

31 Aug 2019

first_imgIt’s spring,a time to celebrate poetry. It would be more of a meet among poets, their friends, listeners, followers meant for exchanging their creative thoughts through poetry. It is an initiative of Abrittilok, Kolkata, in association with Bratati Parampara in collaboration with Bengali Department, Visva Bharati, Sahitya Akademy and Ministry of Culture, Govt of India between Feb 22 and Feb 25, 2018, in Santiniketan and Kolkata.A curtain raiser will take place in association with the Press Club Kolkata on Feb 20 in the august presence of Bratya Basu( IT Minister, WB) followed by the audio enactment of Mrityunjay, a presentation by Nandikar at Kolkata Press Club. This year, the focus is on the poets from North Eastern region of India. On Feb 22, at Lipika (Santiniketan), the inaugural ceremony would be graced by Amal Pal (Head, Bengali Dep, Visva Bharati ), Gautam Paul ( Office-In-Charge, Sahitya Akademy,Kolkata), Malabika Mitra( President, Abrittilok,Kolkata), Bratati Bandyopadhyay (Director, Bratati Parampara ) at 5.30 PM. It would be followed by an evening of poetry with the inaugural recitation by Bratati Parampara, Santiniketan, solo recitation by Bratati Bandyopadhyay,Shubhabrata Roy Chowdhury, Avik Ghosh, Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Ei Banglar Shikore( Compilation by Soumitra Mitra ), presentation by Abrittilok and Bratati Parampara , Jagannath Bose and Urmimala Bose (Joint recitation). On Feb 23, the celebration of poetry would take place at Uttarayan Prangan. Inaugural recitation will be by the Techno India, Santiniketan. Poetry collage- Mrityur Poreo Jeno Hente Jete Pari by Soumitra Mitra, Sumantra Sengupta, Rabin Mazumdar, Nupur Bose and so on will e followed by the solo recitation by Debshankar Haldar, Sutapa Bandyopadhyay will be followed by Kobitar Gaan by Lopamudra Mitra, a musical presentation by Visva Bharati. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThen it’s time for Kolkata. On Feb 24 and 25, the sessions will take place at P C Chandra Garden. On the first day, Shaoli Mitra will recite poems of Tagore followed by an audio enactment of Raktakarobi directed by Bratati Bandyopadhyay. The performers are Sumantra Sengupta, Srikanta Acharya, Kalyan Sen Barat, Madhubani Chatterjee, Manoj Murali Nayar, Alok Ray Ghatak, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, students of Kabyayan and so on. On the final day, Bratati Parampara will present Pratham Puja followed by a solo recitation by Soumitra Chatterjee, Pranati Tagore, Sohini Sengupta, Sovan Sundar Basu and then Tagore songs by Jayati Chakraborty. Special guests on the occasion will be Shankha Ghosh, Shirshendu Mukherjee and so on.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s spring,a time to celebrate poetry. It would be more of a meet among poets, their friends, listeners, followers meant for exchanging their creative thoughts through poetry. It is an initiative of Abrittilok, Kolkata, in association with Bratati Parampara in collaboration with Bengali Department, Visva Bharati, Sahitya Akademy and Ministry of Culture, Govt of India between Feb 22 and Feb 25, 2018, in Santiniketan and Kolkata.A curtain raiser will take place in association with the Press Club Kolkata on Feb 20 in the august presence of Bratya Basu( IT Minister, WB) followed by the audio enactment of Mrityunjay, a presentation by Nandikar at Kolkata Press Club. This year, the focus is on the poets from North Eastern region of India. On Feb 22, at Lipika (Santiniketan), the inaugural ceremony would be graced by Amal Pal (Head, Bengali Dep, Visva Bharati ), Gautam Paul ( Office-In-Charge, Sahitya Akademy,Kolkata), Malabika Mitra( President, Abrittilok,Kolkata), Bratati Bandyopadhyay (Director, Bratati Parampara ) at 5.30 PM. It would be followed by an evening of poetry with the inaugural recitation by Bratati Parampara, Santiniketan, solo recitation by Bratati Bandyopadhyay,Shubhabrata Roy Chowdhury, Avik Ghosh, Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Ei Banglar Shikore( Compilation by Soumitra Mitra ), presentation by Abrittilok and Bratati Parampara , Jagannath Bose and Urmimala Bose (Joint recitation). On Feb 23, the celebration of poetry would take place at Uttarayan Prangan. Inaugural recitation will be by the Techno India, Santiniketan. Poetry collage- Mrityur Poreo Jeno Hente Jete Pari by Soumitra Mitra, Sumantra Sengupta, Rabin Mazumdar, Nupur Bose and so on will e followed by the solo recitation by Debshankar Haldar, Sutapa Bandyopadhyay will be followed by Kobitar Gaan by Lopamudra Mitra, a musical presentation by Visva Bharati. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThen it’s time for Kolkata. On Feb 24 and 25, the sessions will take place at P C Chandra Garden. On the first day, Shaoli Mitra will recite poems of Tagore followed by an audio enactment of Raktakarobi directed by Bratati Bandyopadhyay. The performers are Sumantra Sengupta, Srikanta Acharya, Kalyan Sen Barat, Madhubani Chatterjee, Manoj Murali Nayar, Alok Ray Ghatak, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, students of Kabyayan and so on. On the final day, Bratati Parampara will present Pratham Puja followed by a solo recitation by Soumitra Chatterjee, Pranati Tagore, Sohini Sengupta, Sovan Sundar Basu and then Tagore songs by Jayati Chakraborty. Special guests on the occasion will be Shankha Ghosh, Shirshendu Mukherjee and so on.last_img read more

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Frequent dining out can harm your health

31 Aug 2019

first_imgNext time you order a sandwich from your favourite fast food joint or plan a dinner with your friends at a nearby restaurant, you must give a try to home-cooked meal first. According to researchers, dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called “phthalates” in the body, especially among pregnant women, children and teenagers.”Phthalates”, a group of chemicals used in food packaging and processing materials, are known to disrupt hormones in humans and are linked to a long list of health problems. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This study suggests food prepared at home is less likely to contain high levels of ‘phthalates’, chemicals linked to fertility problems, pregnancy complications and other health issues,” said senior author Ami Zota, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.For the study, researchers used data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) collected between 2005 and 2014. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe 10,253 participants in the study were asked to recall what they ate and where their food came from in the previous 24 hours.The researchers then analysed the links between what people ate and the levels of phthalate break-down products found in each participant’s urine sample.The team found that 61 per cent of the participants reported dining out the previous day. The study found that sandwiches consumed at fast food outlets, restaurants or cafeterias were associated with 30 per cent higher phthalate levels in all age groups. The researchers also found the association between phthalate exposure and dining out was significant for all age groups but the magnitude of association was highest for teenagers.last_img read more

first_imgNext time you order a sandwich from your favourite fast food joint or plan a dinner with your friends at a nearby restaurant, you must give a try to home-cooked meal first. According to researchers, dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called “phthalates” in the body, especially among pregnant women, children and teenagers.”Phthalates”, a group of chemicals used in food packaging and processing materials, are known to disrupt hormones in humans and are linked to a long list of health problems. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This study suggests food prepared at home is less likely to contain high levels of ‘phthalates’, chemicals linked to fertility problems, pregnancy complications and other health issues,” said senior author Ami Zota, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.For the study, researchers used data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) collected between 2005 and 2014. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe 10,253 participants in the study were asked to recall what they ate and where their food came from in the previous 24 hours.The researchers then analysed the links between what people ate and the levels of phthalate break-down products found in each participant’s urine sample.The team found that 61 per cent of the participants reported dining out the previous day. The study found that sandwiches consumed at fast food outlets, restaurants or cafeterias were associated with 30 per cent higher phthalate levels in all age groups. The researchers also found the association between phthalate exposure and dining out was significant for all age groups but the magnitude of association was highest for teenagers.last_img read more

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Smaller expressions of a restless mind

31 Aug 2019

first_imgFrom the realities of life that he has observed in the city he loves, to the men and animals that are depicted with passionate distortions, Shuvaprasanna has remained a restless innovator through an artistic journey spanning nearly half a century. Through all these creative years, he has contributed both to the artistic identity of Kolkata that remains his primary source of inspiration and to the creative consciousness of those who have fed on his bold initiatives. The large canvases in a string of impressive shows had seen him making sharp observations on social issues that had haunted him at different phases of his work. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt one point, the encounters with Gunter Grass became a turning point, shaping an artistic mind that was inevitably drawn towards broken images and a natural movement towards unconventional spaces. But seldom, if ever, has the artist chosen to shift his format from the large compositions where he could indulge in a good deal of creative freedom to the small format that he presented in his show called ‘Mixed Media’ at Art Exposure. The subjects were communicated in the visual language that was striking as ever but this time he sprang a pleasant surprise by transforming the idiom to a smaller format but largely with the same radical tendencies that, quite predictably, revealed the same kind of restless energy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe series of contemporary images in a smaller format came with a powerful blending of technical skill and social concern. The battered impressions of common men and women were as lasting in their impact as the refreshing warmth of flowery patterns that greet the visitor with a tender package of compositions and colours. Shuvaprasana never burdens the mind with complex statements even when he is seen to be driven by dark realities around him. His narratives mostly in an urban context are simple yet hard- hitting, easy to access and yet bold in their overall appeal. What makes the drawings of men and animals quite extraordinary is the power of their lines, the softness of his colours and the lingering effect of his distorted images. The sleeping elephant, birds locked in a romantic moment, mime artistes concealing the agony of life in comic postures, cats and crows frozen in their curious gestures and lovers lost in their fragile emotions all seem to be an integral part of his creative expression. The attention to detail and the perfection of his textures are unmistakable elements of his work. This time it acquired a fresh dimension in the intimate space of Art Exposure that Uma Mitra and Soma Bhowmik have visualised with care and artistic consciousness. This is evident from some of the shows that have been curated with an elegant flavour since the gallery opened its doors in 2006. Selections from two veterans – Lalu Prasad Shaw and Thota Vaikuntam – recaptured the faces in the social environment they were familiar with and, quite predictably, grabbed a resounding response. But in its concern for giving the art fraternity in Kolkata a glimpse of the emerging talent from other regions, the gallery brought experimental pen and ink drawings by Laxman Aelay that dealt with musicians eking out a livelihood in remote areas of rural Telengana. The same spirit of bringing veterans and prodigies on a common platform has brought Shuvaprasanna’s personal visual statements. Clearly there are influences drawn from his exposure to European masters that he acquired during his extensive travels but essentially they belong to his own environment and the city that has nourished his creative freedom. “As a conscious citizen or conscious worker, I can’t close my eyes. They are always open. So my way of looking and thinking continued to change through internal and external lessons and varied experiences at different point of time in my life. My language has been shifting, my concerns are changing, my approaches to art are seeking new forms and expressions”, the artist tells visitors who have expressed their curiosity about the new texture and format. But those who have been observing him had no reason to be surprised by the mixed media comprising acrylic, charcoal and ink that has served to take the new idiom to another level of popular interest. The show that added another dimension to the veteran’s impressive repertoire produced another splurge of structured metaphors that appealed to the eye as much as they stir the mind.last_img read more

first_imgFrom the realities of life that he has observed in the city he loves, to the men and animals that are depicted with passionate distortions, Shuvaprasanna has remained a restless innovator through an artistic journey spanning nearly half a century. Through all these creative years, he has contributed both to the artistic identity of Kolkata that remains his primary source of inspiration and to the creative consciousness of those who have fed on his bold initiatives. The large canvases in a string of impressive shows had seen him making sharp observations on social issues that had haunted him at different phases of his work. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt one point, the encounters with Gunter Grass became a turning point, shaping an artistic mind that was inevitably drawn towards broken images and a natural movement towards unconventional spaces. But seldom, if ever, has the artist chosen to shift his format from the large compositions where he could indulge in a good deal of creative freedom to the small format that he presented in his show called ‘Mixed Media’ at Art Exposure. The subjects were communicated in the visual language that was striking as ever but this time he sprang a pleasant surprise by transforming the idiom to a smaller format but largely with the same radical tendencies that, quite predictably, revealed the same kind of restless energy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe series of contemporary images in a smaller format came with a powerful blending of technical skill and social concern. The battered impressions of common men and women were as lasting in their impact as the refreshing warmth of flowery patterns that greet the visitor with a tender package of compositions and colours. Shuvaprasana never burdens the mind with complex statements even when he is seen to be driven by dark realities around him. His narratives mostly in an urban context are simple yet hard- hitting, easy to access and yet bold in their overall appeal. What makes the drawings of men and animals quite extraordinary is the power of their lines, the softness of his colours and the lingering effect of his distorted images. The sleeping elephant, birds locked in a romantic moment, mime artistes concealing the agony of life in comic postures, cats and crows frozen in their curious gestures and lovers lost in their fragile emotions all seem to be an integral part of his creative expression. The attention to detail and the perfection of his textures are unmistakable elements of his work. This time it acquired a fresh dimension in the intimate space of Art Exposure that Uma Mitra and Soma Bhowmik have visualised with care and artistic consciousness. This is evident from some of the shows that have been curated with an elegant flavour since the gallery opened its doors in 2006. Selections from two veterans – Lalu Prasad Shaw and Thota Vaikuntam – recaptured the faces in the social environment they were familiar with and, quite predictably, grabbed a resounding response. But in its concern for giving the art fraternity in Kolkata a glimpse of the emerging talent from other regions, the gallery brought experimental pen and ink drawings by Laxman Aelay that dealt with musicians eking out a livelihood in remote areas of rural Telengana. The same spirit of bringing veterans and prodigies on a common platform has brought Shuvaprasanna’s personal visual statements. Clearly there are influences drawn from his exposure to European masters that he acquired during his extensive travels but essentially they belong to his own environment and the city that has nourished his creative freedom. “As a conscious citizen or conscious worker, I can’t close my eyes. They are always open. So my way of looking and thinking continued to change through internal and external lessons and varied experiences at different point of time in my life. My language has been shifting, my concerns are changing, my approaches to art are seeking new forms and expressions”, the artist tells visitors who have expressed their curiosity about the new texture and format. But those who have been observing him had no reason to be surprised by the mixed media comprising acrylic, charcoal and ink that has served to take the new idiom to another level of popular interest. The show that added another dimension to the veteran’s impressive repertoire produced another splurge of structured metaphors that appealed to the eye as much as they stir the mind.last_img read more

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Govt has taken several initiatives for the rejuvenation of the cooperative sector

31 Aug 2019

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives on Saturday sending across a message on how her government has taken up several steps to revive the co-operative sector.Banerjee tweeted: “Today is International Day of Cooperatives. Our govt has taken several initiatives for the rejuvenation of the cooperative sector. We have set up customer service points (CSPs) at cooperative societies in order to provide banking services in the remotest corners of #Bangla.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataProviding banking services through co-operatives has been a major step in the rural areas where people hardly had a financial institution to borrow money during the previous Left Front regime. The move taken by the Mamata Banerjee government has brought a change in the socio-economic scenario in the villages. In order to ensure that villagers do not face any difficulties in borrowing money, steps to set up customer care points have been taken. The state Co-Operation department decided to set up 2,631 Customer Service Points (CSP), particularly in areas where there are no nationalised banks. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee had also instructed the Co-operative department to take bank services to areas which lack nationalised and private bank branches. Following her instruction, the department also set a target of constructing CSPs in 2,631 Gram Panchayat areas across the state. A sizeable number of CSPs has already come up in the offices of the co-operative societies with all facilities of a banking service branch. The state government has been spending Rs 15 lakh for each unit and the total cost has been earmarked at Rs 300 crore.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives on Saturday sending across a message on how her government has taken up several steps to revive the co-operative sector.Banerjee tweeted: “Today is International Day of Cooperatives. Our govt has taken several initiatives for the rejuvenation of the cooperative sector. We have set up customer service points (CSPs) at cooperative societies in order to provide banking services in the remotest corners of #Bangla.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataProviding banking services through co-operatives has been a major step in the rural areas where people hardly had a financial institution to borrow money during the previous Left Front regime. The move taken by the Mamata Banerjee government has brought a change in the socio-economic scenario in the villages. In order to ensure that villagers do not face any difficulties in borrowing money, steps to set up customer care points have been taken. The state Co-Operation department decided to set up 2,631 Customer Service Points (CSP), particularly in areas where there are no nationalised banks. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee had also instructed the Co-operative department to take bank services to areas which lack nationalised and private bank branches. Following her instruction, the department also set a target of constructing CSPs in 2,631 Gram Panchayat areas across the state. A sizeable number of CSPs has already come up in the offices of the co-operative societies with all facilities of a banking service branch. The state government has been spending Rs 15 lakh for each unit and the total cost has been earmarked at Rs 300 crore.last_img read more

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Homebased weight management benefits kids parents

31 Aug 2019

first_imgResearchers have found that home-based weight management programmes may be beneficial for both kids as well as parents. The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour, found that the DRIVE curriculum – Developing Relationships that Include Values of Eating and Exercise – reduces weight gain in kids and also prompts their parents to lose weight. “Parents are the most important and influential people in a child’s environment,” said study researchers Keely Hawkins and Corby K. Martin from Louisiana State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, 16 families were examined based on their child’s obesity risks for over 19 weeks. Kids aged 2-6 years, and with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 75 per cent were enrolled. Families were randomly assigned to receive health information only or DRIVE intervention. Children in the DRIVE intervention sessions – which included establishing regular snack and meal times, reducing screen time, and encouraging physically active play – maintained their body weight with a modest reduction in BMI. Additionally, parents who participated in the DRIVE sessions also decreased their body weight. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut the children who received only health education, significantly increased their body weight and BMI. “Our results showed that at the half-way point of the study, children were becoming healthier. Changes in the health of the parents, though, did not happen until the end of the study. This points to the need for long-term, family-based programmes to support behaviour change,” the researchers added.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers have found that home-based weight management programmes may be beneficial for both kids as well as parents. The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour, found that the DRIVE curriculum – Developing Relationships that Include Values of Eating and Exercise – reduces weight gain in kids and also prompts their parents to lose weight. “Parents are the most important and influential people in a child’s environment,” said study researchers Keely Hawkins and Corby K. Martin from Louisiana State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, 16 families were examined based on their child’s obesity risks for over 19 weeks. Kids aged 2-6 years, and with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 75 per cent were enrolled. Families were randomly assigned to receive health information only or DRIVE intervention. Children in the DRIVE intervention sessions – which included establishing regular snack and meal times, reducing screen time, and encouraging physically active play – maintained their body weight with a modest reduction in BMI. Additionally, parents who participated in the DRIVE sessions also decreased their body weight. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut the children who received only health education, significantly increased their body weight and BMI. “Our results showed that at the half-way point of the study, children were becoming healthier. Changes in the health of the parents, though, did not happen until the end of the study. This points to the need for long-term, family-based programmes to support behaviour change,” the researchers added.last_img read more

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The Orgiastic Drunken Spectacles of Viking Religious Ceremonies

30 Aug 2019

first_imgVikings prompt thoughts of huge, muscled warriors pillaging up and down the coasts of northwestern Europe. But who were they, really? They were Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes — mostly farmers, traders, blacksmiths, and craftsmen, according to History on the Net. The men who went on raids didn’t do it year-round: they took to their boats during the summers to do their raiding, while their wives kept the farms going. They were usually home for the harvest.Detail from runestone G 181 in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm. The three men are interpreted as the Norse gods Odin, Thor, and Freyr.Vikings had law and government, and Viking women had more basic rights than most women in Europe at that time. They were a complex and colorful society… And they practiced human sacrifice.According to the National Museum of Denmark, there have been several long-standing and horrible accounts of sacrifice in the Viking Age.A goði leads the people in sacrificing to an idol of Thor in this painting by J. L. Lund.The 10th century holy man and jurist Ahmad Ibn Fadlan described the “violent, orgiastic, drunken spectacle” of Viking religious ceremonies. Ancient Origins goes on to say that in the Viking tradition, if a chief died, he was placed in the ground while his burial clothes were prepared for 10 days, during which his followers drank and had sex with doomed slave girls “purely out of love.”A German Bishop described how Vikings met every nine years at Lejre, on Zealand, Denmark, in January.He said they “offer to their gods 99 people and just as many horses, dogs, and hens or hawks, for these shall serve them in the kingdom of the dead and atone for their evil deeds”.Another German monk wrote a similar description in 1072 about the sacrificial tradition at Gammel Uppsala in Sweden, saying that, to ensure the goodwill of the gods, the Vikings met there in a holy grove every nine years to sacrifice nine males of all kinds of creatures. He said that horses and men hung from trees.The Royal mounds of Gamla Uppsala in Sweden from the 5th and the 6th centuries. Originally, the site had 2000 to 3000 tumuli, but owing to quarrying and agriculture only 250 remain. Photo by OlofE CC BY-SA 3.0How trustworthy these accounts are is a matter for debate. Neither man ever actually saw such activities occurring, and both were writing in the late Viking period and early middle ages, when Christianity was gaining an increasing foothold in Scandinavia, and human sacrifices were no longer considered acceptable. For this reason, some scholars have attributed these accounts to fabrication and propaganda.Check out 10 things you may not know about the Vikings:Recent archaeological discoveries, however, clearly establish that there was a tradition of human sacrifice among the Vikings. Real Clear Science relates the discovery of a gold neck ring which led to the discovery of what would become a major excavation site near Tisso in Denmark. That turned out to involve one of the largest Viking settlements in Northern Europe.Tissø, part of the Kalmargård excavations at Fugledegård. Photo by Västgöten CC BY-SA 3.0The site is thought to include a royal residence, and since its discovery in 1990, more than 12,000 items have been found that suggest that this was a very active and prosperous settlement. At this site, there is a wealth of ritual facilities and sacrificial sites around the chieftain’s residence.In 2011, scientists found a place at the highest point of the site where there was evidence that people ate ritual meals, and jewelry and human bones were found, suggesting ritual sacrifice. This had scholars revisiting old theories about some other peculiar sites at Trelleborg, Sweden.At Trelleborg a sacrificial site was discovered, in the form of five wells, each about 10 feet deep. Each well held the skeletons of animals and humans, along with tools and jewelry. Of the five human sacrifices that were found, four of them belonged to children between the ages of 4 and 7.Odin, in his guise as a wanderer, by Georg von Rosen (1886).It’s considered significant that the bodies were found in wells, as Vikings considered wells to have great importance. The Norse god Odin was said to have gained wisdom by drinking from Mimir’s well, although he had to sacrifice one of his eyes to do it. Imagine what sacrificing an entire person would say to their gods, instead of just one eye.Not all human sacrifices were made to the gods, either. Live Science reported that in Flakstad, Norway, the remains of 10 different people were found in multiple graves. There were two or three bodies in some of the graves, and some of them had been decapitated.Flakstad, Norway.Analysis revealed that those who had been decapitated ate a very different diet from the others. The scientists who made the discovery, including Elise Naumann, proposed that where there were people buried two or three to a grave, the bodies may have come from different strata of society, and that slaves could have been offered as grave-gifts during the burial.Vikings were known to keep slaves, or thralls, to help with farm work. The team analyzed mitochondrial DNA from the remains and learned that the bodies were not related, at least on the maternal side.Naumann said that analysis of the bones suggested that the beheaded bodies ate more fish, while the others ate more of a land-based diet, reinforcing the idea that they came from different classes.Read another story from us: It’s Hammer Time! The Viking Method of Rap BattlingNaumann further remarked that there have been other examples, elsewhere, of human sacrifice attached to burials, where there were bodies which had been tied hand and foot, beheaded, or showing other means of sacrifice, also appearing to be grave gifts.Human sacrifice was just one more facet of a very complex culture, one that was both brutal and civilized.last_img read more

first_imgVikings prompt thoughts of huge, muscled warriors pillaging up and down the coasts of northwestern Europe. But who were they, really? They were Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes — mostly farmers, traders, blacksmiths, and craftsmen, according to History on the Net. The men who went on raids didn’t do it year-round: they took to their boats during the summers to do their raiding, while their wives kept the farms going. They were usually home for the harvest.Detail from runestone G 181 in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm. The three men are interpreted as the Norse gods Odin, Thor, and Freyr.Vikings had law and government, and Viking women had more basic rights than most women in Europe at that time. They were a complex and colorful society… And they practiced human sacrifice.According to the National Museum of Denmark, there have been several long-standing and horrible accounts of sacrifice in the Viking Age.A goði leads the people in sacrificing to an idol of Thor in this painting by J. L. Lund.The 10th century holy man and jurist Ahmad Ibn Fadlan described the “violent, orgiastic, drunken spectacle” of Viking religious ceremonies. Ancient Origins goes on to say that in the Viking tradition, if a chief died, he was placed in the ground while his burial clothes were prepared for 10 days, during which his followers drank and had sex with doomed slave girls “purely out of love.”A German Bishop described how Vikings met every nine years at Lejre, on Zealand, Denmark, in January.He said they “offer to their gods 99 people and just as many horses, dogs, and hens or hawks, for these shall serve them in the kingdom of the dead and atone for their evil deeds”.Another German monk wrote a similar description in 1072 about the sacrificial tradition at Gammel Uppsala in Sweden, saying that, to ensure the goodwill of the gods, the Vikings met there in a holy grove every nine years to sacrifice nine males of all kinds of creatures. He said that horses and men hung from trees.The Royal mounds of Gamla Uppsala in Sweden from the 5th and the 6th centuries. Originally, the site had 2000 to 3000 tumuli, but owing to quarrying and agriculture only 250 remain. Photo by OlofE CC BY-SA 3.0How trustworthy these accounts are is a matter for debate. Neither man ever actually saw such activities occurring, and both were writing in the late Viking period and early middle ages, when Christianity was gaining an increasing foothold in Scandinavia, and human sacrifices were no longer considered acceptable. For this reason, some scholars have attributed these accounts to fabrication and propaganda.Check out 10 things you may not know about the Vikings:Recent archaeological discoveries, however, clearly establish that there was a tradition of human sacrifice among the Vikings. Real Clear Science relates the discovery of a gold neck ring which led to the discovery of what would become a major excavation site near Tisso in Denmark. That turned out to involve one of the largest Viking settlements in Northern Europe.Tissø, part of the Kalmargård excavations at Fugledegård. Photo by Västgöten CC BY-SA 3.0The site is thought to include a royal residence, and since its discovery in 1990, more than 12,000 items have been found that suggest that this was a very active and prosperous settlement. At this site, there is a wealth of ritual facilities and sacrificial sites around the chieftain’s residence.In 2011, scientists found a place at the highest point of the site where there was evidence that people ate ritual meals, and jewelry and human bones were found, suggesting ritual sacrifice. This had scholars revisiting old theories about some other peculiar sites at Trelleborg, Sweden.At Trelleborg a sacrificial site was discovered, in the form of five wells, each about 10 feet deep. Each well held the skeletons of animals and humans, along with tools and jewelry. Of the five human sacrifices that were found, four of them belonged to children between the ages of 4 and 7.Odin, in his guise as a wanderer, by Georg von Rosen (1886).It’s considered significant that the bodies were found in wells, as Vikings considered wells to have great importance. The Norse god Odin was said to have gained wisdom by drinking from Mimir’s well, although he had to sacrifice one of his eyes to do it. Imagine what sacrificing an entire person would say to their gods, instead of just one eye.Not all human sacrifices were made to the gods, either. Live Science reported that in Flakstad, Norway, the remains of 10 different people were found in multiple graves. There were two or three bodies in some of the graves, and some of them had been decapitated.Flakstad, Norway.Analysis revealed that those who had been decapitated ate a very different diet from the others. The scientists who made the discovery, including Elise Naumann, proposed that where there were people buried two or three to a grave, the bodies may have come from different strata of society, and that slaves could have been offered as grave-gifts during the burial.Vikings were known to keep slaves, or thralls, to help with farm work. The team analyzed mitochondrial DNA from the remains and learned that the bodies were not related, at least on the maternal side.Naumann said that analysis of the bones suggested that the beheaded bodies ate more fish, while the others ate more of a land-based diet, reinforcing the idea that they came from different classes.Read another story from us: It’s Hammer Time! The Viking Method of Rap BattlingNaumann further remarked that there have been other examples, elsewhere, of human sacrifice attached to burials, where there were bodies which had been tied hand and foot, beheaded, or showing other means of sacrifice, also appearing to be grave gifts.Human sacrifice was just one more facet of a very complex culture, one that was both brutal and civilized.last_img read more

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VIDEO Worst boxing ref ever inexplicably stops fight in 1st round after

30 Aug 2019

first_imgBoxing has always struggled defending itself against accusations it’s a corrupt sport, and a recent Mexican boxing match won’t do much to quiet critics that don’t think it’s on the level.In this clip from Box Azteca fight night on Mexican TV, the fight ends when the worst boxing referee ever steps in to stop the fight in the 1st round after one boxer manages to dodge a flurry of punches without taking a serious direct hit.The victim of the TKO is beside himself that the fight was called, and after watching it it’s hard to argue. This ref is either the worst to ever do it, or he’s on the take.This is as bad as it gets. The fix is in.last_img

first_imgBoxing has always struggled defending itself against accusations it’s a corrupt sport, and a recent Mexican boxing match won’t do much to quiet critics that don’t think it’s on the level.In this clip from Box Azteca fight night on Mexican TV, the fight ends when the worst boxing referee ever steps in to stop the fight in the 1st round after one boxer manages to dodge a flurry of punches without taking a serious direct hit.The victim of the TKO is beside himself that the fight was called, and after watching it it’s hard to argue. This ref is either the worst to ever do it, or he’s on the take.This is as bad as it gets. The fix is in.last_img

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VIDEO Tom Brady thoroughly enjoys talking smack to Steelers fans while exiting

30 Aug 2019

first_img Advertisement Tom Brady and the Patriots were riding high after likely locking up home-field advantage through the playoffs with a miracle 27-24 win in Pittsburgh.After the final whistle, Brady was in the mood to have some fun by taunting Steelers fans, whom he now owns, as he left the field after the massive win. A jacked up Brady screamed, ‘How ’bout that!’ and ‘Let’s go!’ at the dejected homers. Unlike Jacksonville or Oakland, he didn’t even get a beer shower or hit with a car battery. Maybe the fans were still in too severe a state of shock to hurl projectiles.To the victor goes the smack talk. Brady capitalizes here.Tom Brady yelling at Steelers fans after a win is what I live forpic.twitter.com/izBTwob8eF— WTP Boston (@WTPBostonSports) December 21, 2017last_img read more

first_img Advertisement Tom Brady and the Patriots were riding high after likely locking up home-field advantage through the playoffs with a miracle 27-24 win in Pittsburgh.After the final whistle, Brady was in the mood to have some fun by taunting Steelers fans, whom he now owns, as he left the field after the massive win. A jacked up Brady screamed, ‘How ’bout that!’ and ‘Let’s go!’ at the dejected homers. Unlike Jacksonville or Oakland, he didn’t even get a beer shower or hit with a car battery. Maybe the fans were still in too severe a state of shock to hurl projectiles.To the victor goes the smack talk. Brady capitalizes here.Tom Brady yelling at Steelers fans after a win is what I live forpic.twitter.com/izBTwob8eF— WTP Boston (@WTPBostonSports) December 21, 2017last_img read more

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Help Wanted

30 Aug 2019

first_img Register Now » 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 1, 2003 Entrepreneurs are always looking for creative ways to accomplish more of their business goals for less money. One way to save time, money and frustration is to outsource as much work as possible to external service providers. And what better place to find Web-based talent than on the Web?Consider Cheri Rychlee Tracy of Wilmette, Illinois-based Beautyofasite.com Inc., a Web marketer that sells beauty products–from hair-care items to soaps. Rychlee Tracy’s company has had 50 percent growth and just under $1 million in yearly sales. Last year, Rychlee Tracy wanted to make her Web site easier to use, but instead of hiring an in-house Web designer, she outsourced the project. Rychlee Tracy used the Yellow Pages and search engines to find a Web designer, but the process was expensive and time-consuming.Searching Google one day, she learned about a company called Elance; its online marketplace allows businesses (the buyers) to post descriptions of their projects free of charge–in categories such as graphic design, Web design and business strategy–then receive proposals from a pool of professional service providers.With Elance, businesses post projects on the marketplace, and qualified service providers bid on the projects. The business then determines which bidder is best for the job by reviewing feedback from previous buyers who’ve used that service provider, bid amounts, and service provider portfolios and experience.Once a project is accepted, the business and service provider can use an online workspace and message boards to manage the project. The system also lets businesses pay service providers online. To gain access to the network, providers pay a subscription fee to Elance that varies depending on the type of service category in which they participate. And Elance collects a small fee once the service provider is paid.Businesses can also browse service provider descriptions, and if they find a service provider they want to work with, they can invite that person to bid on their particular project. “We chose an open bidding, but we also asked three people whose portfolios we liked to bid on our project, and all of them e-mailed us back,” says Rychlee Tracy, 32. “The designer we chose [cost] $750; he was based in the Ukraine.” This price was a lot less than the Web designers she found in her local area, who quoted her $1,500 to $7,500 for the project. The average bid from Elance was $1,389.Rychlee Tracy says the service offered many benefits over the Yellow Pages and online searches. “[Elance] gave us a chance to learn what the designers’ turnaround times were,” she says. “That was important because we had an idea, and we wanted to get it to market fast.” The process of finding someone took about five days.”Elance is like a talent agency,” says Christa Degnan, research director at the Aberdeen Group in Boston. “It opens a small business to a wider range of freelancers or small companies that they can partner with and uses the latest technologies to allow them to put jobs up for bid and get competitive pricing.”Doing the Right Thing Beautyofasite.com is also launching its own line of bath and body products–called Urban Apothecary–to be sold in its retail salon and online. Rychlee Tracy turned to Elance again to find designers to create marketing materials and a logo/package design for the new line. So far, she has hired two designers to help her. She found one through Elance, and the other she invited to a project after having searched and found a designer with exactly the right style.For the best experience working with outside vendors or contractors-whether using the Web to find service providers or evaluating quotes from vendors the “old-fashioned” way–Elance provides a few suggestions:Clearly define the scope and schedule for your project.Evaluate a service provider as you would a full-time employee.Look for someone with specific experience who fits the style you want.Don’t choose a vendor based solely on price.Review portfolios and samples thoroughly.Elance also suggests starting small, tying payment to defined project milestones. A good guideline for IT and software development projects, for example, is to pay no more than 20 to 30 percent of the total project price upfront, with the rest of the payments awarded based on the completion of three or four milestones. In addition, Elance recommends you negotiate ownership of the work upfront, making sure not to forget about support after the project is complete. And be sure to get everything in writing.Following these tips will help ensure you have the best experience possible when working with outside vendors, which in many cases are just as important as full-time employees.Although Elance is the market leader, there are other companies out there offering a similar business model, like Contracted Work, FreelancersDirect.com and Freelance Seek. Keep in mind, however, that these sites are not as popular as Elance, and therefore, are pretty small by comparison. For example, a recent browse revealed that Freelance Seek had four open projects, and Contracted Work had about 50–compared with 1,200 new projects posted on Elance. You can find more options by searching Google under “bidding for contract work.”Melissa Campanelli is a marketing and technology writer in Brooklyn, New York. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the September 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

first_img Register Now » 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 1, 2003 Entrepreneurs are always looking for creative ways to accomplish more of their business goals for less money. One way to save time, money and frustration is to outsource as much work as possible to external service providers. And what better place to find Web-based talent than on the Web?Consider Cheri Rychlee Tracy of Wilmette, Illinois-based Beautyofasite.com Inc., a Web marketer that sells beauty products–from hair-care items to soaps. Rychlee Tracy’s company has had 50 percent growth and just under $1 million in yearly sales. Last year, Rychlee Tracy wanted to make her Web site easier to use, but instead of hiring an in-house Web designer, she outsourced the project. Rychlee Tracy used the Yellow Pages and search engines to find a Web designer, but the process was expensive and time-consuming.Searching Google one day, she learned about a company called Elance; its online marketplace allows businesses (the buyers) to post descriptions of their projects free of charge–in categories such as graphic design, Web design and business strategy–then receive proposals from a pool of professional service providers.With Elance, businesses post projects on the marketplace, and qualified service providers bid on the projects. The business then determines which bidder is best for the job by reviewing feedback from previous buyers who’ve used that service provider, bid amounts, and service provider portfolios and experience.Once a project is accepted, the business and service provider can use an online workspace and message boards to manage the project. The system also lets businesses pay service providers online. To gain access to the network, providers pay a subscription fee to Elance that varies depending on the type of service category in which they participate. And Elance collects a small fee once the service provider is paid.Businesses can also browse service provider descriptions, and if they find a service provider they want to work with, they can invite that person to bid on their particular project. “We chose an open bidding, but we also asked three people whose portfolios we liked to bid on our project, and all of them e-mailed us back,” says Rychlee Tracy, 32. “The designer we chose [cost] $750; he was based in the Ukraine.” This price was a lot less than the Web designers she found in her local area, who quoted her $1,500 to $7,500 for the project. The average bid from Elance was $1,389.Rychlee Tracy says the service offered many benefits over the Yellow Pages and online searches. “[Elance] gave us a chance to learn what the designers’ turnaround times were,” she says. “That was important because we had an idea, and we wanted to get it to market fast.” The process of finding someone took about five days.”Elance is like a talent agency,” says Christa Degnan, research director at the Aberdeen Group in Boston. “It opens a small business to a wider range of freelancers or small companies that they can partner with and uses the latest technologies to allow them to put jobs up for bid and get competitive pricing.”Doing the Right Thing Beautyofasite.com is also launching its own line of bath and body products–called Urban Apothecary–to be sold in its retail salon and online. Rychlee Tracy turned to Elance again to find designers to create marketing materials and a logo/package design for the new line. So far, she has hired two designers to help her. She found one through Elance, and the other she invited to a project after having searched and found a designer with exactly the right style.For the best experience working with outside vendors or contractors-whether using the Web to find service providers or evaluating quotes from vendors the “old-fashioned” way–Elance provides a few suggestions:Clearly define the scope and schedule for your project.Evaluate a service provider as you would a full-time employee.Look for someone with specific experience who fits the style you want.Don’t choose a vendor based solely on price.Review portfolios and samples thoroughly.Elance also suggests starting small, tying payment to defined project milestones. A good guideline for IT and software development projects, for example, is to pay no more than 20 to 30 percent of the total project price upfront, with the rest of the payments awarded based on the completion of three or four milestones. In addition, Elance recommends you negotiate ownership of the work upfront, making sure not to forget about support after the project is complete. And be sure to get everything in writing.Following these tips will help ensure you have the best experience possible when working with outside vendors, which in many cases are just as important as full-time employees.Although Elance is the market leader, there are other companies out there offering a similar business model, like Contracted Work, FreelancersDirect.com and Freelance Seek. Keep in mind, however, that these sites are not as popular as Elance, and therefore, are pretty small by comparison. For example, a recent browse revealed that Freelance Seek had four open projects, and Contracted Work had about 50–compared with 1,200 new projects posted on Elance. You can find more options by searching Google under “bidding for contract work.”Melissa Campanelli is a marketing and technology writer in Brooklyn, New York. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the September 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

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The Best Salesperson Your Website

30 Aug 2019

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. I know that a business’s website is one of the most powerful sales tools a small business can have, but I’ve never thought of a website as a salesperson until now. Do it yourself and you might start looking at websites differently.If you think of your website as a salesperson, you’ll begin to think of it as more than just a glorified brochure. You’ll even want it to be better designed, since you probably want your sales reps to look good.To help develop your website into a salesperson, Local Na8ion asks these four questions:1. Does your website know everything about your business that it should?2. Do you measure your website’s success (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually)?3. Do you offer your website “training” on your business fundamentals, new trends or economic changes in your local market or in the national business climate for your industry?4. Does your website have all your current products, services and pricing?You would never send a sales representative to prospective clients without ensuring he or she had all the needed information, so your informational expectations of the website should be no different.If you are selling a line of women’s handbags and scarves in person, for example, it would make sense to describe the fabric and the show the bags from all angles, detailing which scarves are machine washable and which scarves are not. The same sales routine applies to your website.Sales representatives also educate themselves about their clients, so they spend a lot of time listening to the customer’s needs and concerns before selling a product or service. The same applies to your website.While building your website, keep in mind an overall profile of your customers. Be prepared to update your website as your customer base evolves. For example, if you are selling to an older audience, it wouldn’t be a great idea to have text with very small characters (hard to read as you get older) and a confusing (what young people might call cool) layout.In “10 Web Site Musts,” I offer 10 steps for building a business class website that will help you to make sure your most important “salesperson” has the skills to pitch your audience the right way.In the same way you would expect your salespersons to gain new skills and new sales tools from year to year, the expectations of your website should progress with time. The salesperson of 1980 might have carried around a bag of product samples, but today’s salesperson should carry around some initial inventory on a notebook computer and provide a DVD to potential customers.You could even consider adding an avatar to your site to add a more “human dimension” to it. The avatar could greet customers, ask questions and direct customers to areas of the site they might be interested in. SitePal is a company that offers this kind of technology.Giving your website a boost of intelligence and enabling your human sales reps to know when prospects are on your website and what web pages they’ve visited, can also provide insight. Genius.com offers these sales intelligence tools to add to your website.Ensuring you can communicate to your audience, that they can communicate with you and that your audience can communicate with each other is important and is what Web 2.0 communication is all about. A blog is the best way to start this. Word Press, Movable Type, Type Pad and Blogger are all options to start marketing and selling through a blog.Remember your website is probably one of your best–if not the best–sales assets you have. If nurtured and taken care of, it will boost your sales and grow your business, just like a human salesperson.Ramon Ray is Entrepreneur.com’s “Tech Basics” columnist and editor of Smallbiztechnology.com. He’s the author of Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses and currently serves on the board of directors and the technology committee for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Register Now » March 13, 2008 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. I know that a business’s website is one of the most powerful sales tools a small business can have, but I’ve never thought of a website as a salesperson until now. Do it yourself and you might start looking at websites differently.If you think of your website as a salesperson, you’ll begin to think of it as more than just a glorified brochure. You’ll even want it to be better designed, since you probably want your sales reps to look good.To help develop your website into a salesperson, Local Na8ion asks these four questions:1. Does your website know everything about your business that it should?2. Do you measure your website’s success (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually)?3. Do you offer your website “training” on your business fundamentals, new trends or economic changes in your local market or in the national business climate for your industry?4. Does your website have all your current products, services and pricing?You would never send a sales representative to prospective clients without ensuring he or she had all the needed information, so your informational expectations of the website should be no different.If you are selling a line of women’s handbags and scarves in person, for example, it would make sense to describe the fabric and the show the bags from all angles, detailing which scarves are machine washable and which scarves are not. The same sales routine applies to your website.Sales representatives also educate themselves about their clients, so they spend a lot of time listening to the customer’s needs and concerns before selling a product or service. The same applies to your website.While building your website, keep in mind an overall profile of your customers. Be prepared to update your website as your customer base evolves. For example, if you are selling to an older audience, it wouldn’t be a great idea to have text with very small characters (hard to read as you get older) and a confusing (what young people might call cool) layout.In “10 Web Site Musts,” I offer 10 steps for building a business class website that will help you to make sure your most important “salesperson” has the skills to pitch your audience the right way.In the same way you would expect your salespersons to gain new skills and new sales tools from year to year, the expectations of your website should progress with time. The salesperson of 1980 might have carried around a bag of product samples, but today’s salesperson should carry around some initial inventory on a notebook computer and provide a DVD to potential customers.You could even consider adding an avatar to your site to add a more “human dimension” to it. The avatar could greet customers, ask questions and direct customers to areas of the site they might be interested in. SitePal is a company that offers this kind of technology.Giving your website a boost of intelligence and enabling your human sales reps to know when prospects are on your website and what web pages they’ve visited, can also provide insight. Genius.com offers these sales intelligence tools to add to your website.Ensuring you can communicate to your audience, that they can communicate with you and that your audience can communicate with each other is important and is what Web 2.0 communication is all about. A blog is the best way to start this. Word Press, Movable Type, Type Pad and Blogger are all options to start marketing and selling through a blog.Remember your website is probably one of your best–if not the best–sales assets you have. If nurtured and taken care of, it will boost your sales and grow your business, just like a human salesperson.Ramon Ray is Entrepreneur.com’s “Tech Basics” columnist and editor of Smallbiztechnology.com. He’s the author of Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses and currently serves on the board of directors and the technology committee for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Register Now » March 13, 2008 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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BlackBerry Is Gearing Up to Enter the Sizzling Smartwatch Scene

30 Aug 2019

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » January 8, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img 2 min read “OK, Google. Check my BBM messages.” Good news for people who own smartwatches that run on Android Wear and use BBM on their smartphones: You’ll soon be able to track and respond to BlackBerry Messenger notifications right from your wrist.   The struggling Canadian smartphone pioneer broke the news of the coming tool for “discreet messaging from your wrist” yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show and on its official blog. The announcements come a year and a half after BlackBerry unveiled its initial plans to bring the popular branded instant messaging app to Android and iOS devices.Related: Kim Kardashian Apparently Wants to Buy BlackBerry, and Thinks Twitter Is the New GoogleLaunched last March, Android Wear is Google’s mobile operating system for smartwatches and other wearables, among them the LG G Watch, the Motorola Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear Live. The OS connects compatible paired smartphones and smartwatches to each other. BlackBerry says BBM for Android Wear will work with “a wide variety” of these smartwatches, though a complete list is not yet available.#BlackBerry moving into #wearables – @BBM running on Android Wear smartwatches #CES2015 Read more http://t.co/j8B2vz6oAy— BBM (@BBM) January 7, 2015The app will enable users to quickly accept or ignore BBM invites and send “canned” replies to messages on the sly, ideal for when users are too busy to BBM message by smartphone, like when they’re in a meeting or in class (“Got it,” “I’m busy right now. Will reply when I can,” etc.). The simple, slick BBM for Android Wear will also let users quickly respond to messages hands-free via Google Voice, a voice-to-text tool that unfortunately doesn’t always translate properly.  Related: Despite Less Revenue, BlackBerry Turns a Small ProfitBlackBerry isn’t saying exactly when its inaugural smartwatch app will land on Android Wear-ers’ wrists, only that it will be available sometime early this year. At first glance, it looks like it’s worth the wait.Take a peek at the app in action below, care of Android Central.  Related: BlackBerry CEO: Don’t Be Tempted By Trendy, Popular Phones. Buy Ours Instead.last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » January 8, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img 2 min read “OK, Google. Check my BBM messages.” Good news for people who own smartwatches that run on Android Wear and use BBM on their smartphones: You’ll soon be able to track and respond to BlackBerry Messenger notifications right from your wrist.   The struggling Canadian smartphone pioneer broke the news of the coming tool for “discreet messaging from your wrist” yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show and on its official blog. The announcements come a year and a half after BlackBerry unveiled its initial plans to bring the popular branded instant messaging app to Android and iOS devices.Related: Kim Kardashian Apparently Wants to Buy BlackBerry, and Thinks Twitter Is the New GoogleLaunched last March, Android Wear is Google’s mobile operating system for smartwatches and other wearables, among them the LG G Watch, the Motorola Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear Live. The OS connects compatible paired smartphones and smartwatches to each other. BlackBerry says BBM for Android Wear will work with “a wide variety” of these smartwatches, though a complete list is not yet available.#BlackBerry moving into #wearables – @BBM running on Android Wear smartwatches #CES2015 Read more http://t.co/j8B2vz6oAy— BBM (@BBM) January 7, 2015The app will enable users to quickly accept or ignore BBM invites and send “canned” replies to messages on the sly, ideal for when users are too busy to BBM message by smartphone, like when they’re in a meeting or in class (“Got it,” “I’m busy right now. Will reply when I can,” etc.). The simple, slick BBM for Android Wear will also let users quickly respond to messages hands-free via Google Voice, a voice-to-text tool that unfortunately doesn’t always translate properly.  Related: Despite Less Revenue, BlackBerry Turns a Small ProfitBlackBerry isn’t saying exactly when its inaugural smartwatch app will land on Android Wear-ers’ wrists, only that it will be available sometime early this year. At first glance, it looks like it’s worth the wait.Take a peek at the app in action below, care of Android Central.  Related: BlackBerry CEO: Don’t Be Tempted By Trendy, Popular Phones. Buy Ours Instead.last_img read more

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Hungry for Patents Samsung Approaches BlackBerry About a Buyout

30 Aug 2019

first_img Samsung Electronics Co Ltd recently approached BlackBerry Ltd  about buying the company for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.South Korea’s Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, which represents a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry’s current trading price, the source said.Executives from the two companies, which are working with advisers, met last week to discuss a potential transaction, the source said, asking not to be identified because the conversations are private.Shares of Blackberry jumped as much as 30 percent on heavy volume in afternoon trading in New York.The offer price would imply an enterprise value of $6 billion to $7.5 billion for BlackBerry, assuming conversion of $1.25 billion of convertible debt, according to the documents.BlackBerry announced a high-profile security partnership with Samsung in November. The partnership will wed BlackBerry’s security platform with the South Korean company’s own security software for its Galaxy devices.Representatives for BlackBerry declined to comment while Samsung could not be immediately reached for comment.(Reporting by Jennifer Ablan and Liana Baker in New York, Editing by Soyoung Kim and Christian Plumb) 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 14, 2015last_img read more

first_img Samsung Electronics Co Ltd recently approached BlackBerry Ltd  about buying the company for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.South Korea’s Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, which represents a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry’s current trading price, the source said.Executives from the two companies, which are working with advisers, met last week to discuss a potential transaction, the source said, asking not to be identified because the conversations are private.Shares of Blackberry jumped as much as 30 percent on heavy volume in afternoon trading in New York.The offer price would imply an enterprise value of $6 billion to $7.5 billion for BlackBerry, assuming conversion of $1.25 billion of convertible debt, according to the documents.BlackBerry announced a high-profile security partnership with Samsung in November. The partnership will wed BlackBerry’s security platform with the South Korean company’s own security software for its Galaxy devices.Representatives for BlackBerry declined to comment while Samsung could not be immediately reached for comment.(Reporting by Jennifer Ablan and Liana Baker in New York, Editing by Soyoung Kim and Christian Plumb) 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 14, 2015last_img read more

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The 5 Most Reliable Ways to Make Money Online

30 Aug 2019

first_img In 1994, the internet went mainstream. This is the year the first AOL discs came out to let people “dial up” to the internet. They were everywhere. You could get them at the grocery store, and they came in the mail. People made art out of these shiny discs. I’m not kidding.And the way you connected to the internet back in 1994 was crazy. You put the disc in your computer and dialed the internet up on your phone line. Do you remember that sound? Screeeeeechhhh… as your phone connected into the mysterious world wide web.At that point, most people didn’t know what the internet was or how it could be used. There was mostly a lot of talk about it being a bad influence on teenagers at the time and how it would be used for horrible things. Meanwhile, just about everyone was getting an account.Related: 7 Realistic Ways to Make Money OnlineNobody knew then that the internet would morph into the biggest information, entertainment and shopping portal ever seen in human history. But that is exactly what it’s become. And even though your Aunt Martha might tell you otherwise, there are tons of ways to make money online, at home, in your pajamas or even over-looking a beach if that is what you prefer.Here are five ways to earn money — and often a full-time living — online.1. Making money with Google Adsense.Adsense is a program run by Google. Google acts as a broker between people who buy ads and other people’s websites. If you own the website that the ads are on, you get money when people click.There are two types of ads you can display on your website — text-based ads and display (image) ads. What you choose to put on your site is up to you. But if you have a website that gets traffic, Adsense is a great way to monetize that traffic without having to do any ongoing work.Don’t be fooled into thinking you can only make small amounts of money with Adsense. Some people make thousands of dollars a month by placing Adsense on sites they own. The impact can be huge on your bottom line, especially if you have information sites or content related blogs.2. Selling other people’s products with affiliate marketing.I’m sure you’ve seen affiliate marketing before. It’s where one person recommends someone else’s stuff and makes a commission. Affiliate marketing is a great way to learn how to market online because you can focus strictly on marketing and nothing else.You don’t have to source any products or do any delivery. You just recommend the products, and when people click on the special link the company gives you, you make a commission on that item. Commissions range from 3 percent up to 75 percent on some items. It all depends on what you are recommending.One thing to note: Sometimes it is tempting to only go with high percentage commission items, but I’ve found that actually going for lower commission, better-selling items often makes more money.Related: 7 Lucrative Online Jobs That Can Skyrocket Your Income3. Selling ebooks on Amazon.com.People have been selling ebooks on the internet since the early dial-up days I was talking about, but it was Amazon.com that made ebooks both popular and accessible.One lady I know writes and publishes her own ebooks about her traveling adventures. Another gentleman, who had wanted to be an author since high school, is self-publishing his horror novels with great success.Becoming an author on Amazon.com is pretty easy, and every time your book sells, you make money.4. Selling your own information products.There has long been a market for study-at-home courses. A guy I know bought a study-at-home photography course back before the internet — when it came in a box with audio tapes. But the internet has changed the nature of study-at-home. There are two factors involved in this.First, the amount of information available today is overwhelming. So even if the info is available for free, many people will pay for you to pack it up neatly for them so they don’t have to search for it.Second, you can now deliver information in interesting ways, like videos, how-to guides and interactive software. So if you are an expert at anything — it can be woodworking, winemaking, how to get six-pack abs, how to have great relationships or any other subject you can think of — you can often put together that information and sell it online.5. Promoting services like coaching and consulting.The internet has broadened the reach of coaches, consultants and people who provide services everywhere. Think of the explosion of online schooling. This is a service that used to be provided solely in a classroom or with a tutor. Now it can be provided in a virtual setting.Whether you want to do coaching online, or just attract people to your existing local service, using online avenues for generating traffic and delivering service can net you a lot of money and dramatically increase your business.Related: 15 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money at HomeMaking money online used to be a pipe dream. But walk into any Starbucks and most days you’ll see people typing away at their computer. A good portion of them are using the the power of people working remotely, running online businesses and using their computers to generate income.If they can do it, so can you. These five ideas are a great place to start, and the good news is you don’t have to do it on screechy dial up. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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first_img In 1994, the internet went mainstream. This is the year the first AOL discs came out to let people “dial up” to the internet. They were everywhere. You could get them at the grocery store, and they came in the mail. People made art out of these shiny discs. I’m not kidding.And the way you connected to the internet back in 1994 was crazy. You put the disc in your computer and dialed the internet up on your phone line. Do you remember that sound? Screeeeeechhhh… as your phone connected into the mysterious world wide web.At that point, most people didn’t know what the internet was or how it could be used. There was mostly a lot of talk about it being a bad influence on teenagers at the time and how it would be used for horrible things. Meanwhile, just about everyone was getting an account.Related: 7 Realistic Ways to Make Money OnlineNobody knew then that the internet would morph into the biggest information, entertainment and shopping portal ever seen in human history. But that is exactly what it’s become. And even though your Aunt Martha might tell you otherwise, there are tons of ways to make money online, at home, in your pajamas or even over-looking a beach if that is what you prefer.Here are five ways to earn money — and often a full-time living — online.1. Making money with Google Adsense.Adsense is a program run by Google. Google acts as a broker between people who buy ads and other people’s websites. If you own the website that the ads are on, you get money when people click.There are two types of ads you can display on your website — text-based ads and display (image) ads. What you choose to put on your site is up to you. But if you have a website that gets traffic, Adsense is a great way to monetize that traffic without having to do any ongoing work.Don’t be fooled into thinking you can only make small amounts of money with Adsense. Some people make thousands of dollars a month by placing Adsense on sites they own. The impact can be huge on your bottom line, especially if you have information sites or content related blogs.2. Selling other people’s products with affiliate marketing.I’m sure you’ve seen affiliate marketing before. It’s where one person recommends someone else’s stuff and makes a commission. Affiliate marketing is a great way to learn how to market online because you can focus strictly on marketing and nothing else.You don’t have to source any products or do any delivery. You just recommend the products, and when people click on the special link the company gives you, you make a commission on that item. Commissions range from 3 percent up to 75 percent on some items. It all depends on what you are recommending.One thing to note: Sometimes it is tempting to only go with high percentage commission items, but I’ve found that actually going for lower commission, better-selling items often makes more money.Related: 7 Lucrative Online Jobs That Can Skyrocket Your Income3. Selling ebooks on Amazon.com.People have been selling ebooks on the internet since the early dial-up days I was talking about, but it was Amazon.com that made ebooks both popular and accessible.One lady I know writes and publishes her own ebooks about her traveling adventures. Another gentleman, who had wanted to be an author since high school, is self-publishing his horror novels with great success.Becoming an author on Amazon.com is pretty easy, and every time your book sells, you make money.4. Selling your own information products.There has long been a market for study-at-home courses. A guy I know bought a study-at-home photography course back before the internet — when it came in a box with audio tapes. But the internet has changed the nature of study-at-home. There are two factors involved in this.First, the amount of information available today is overwhelming. So even if the info is available for free, many people will pay for you to pack it up neatly for them so they don’t have to search for it.Second, you can now deliver information in interesting ways, like videos, how-to guides and interactive software. So if you are an expert at anything — it can be woodworking, winemaking, how to get six-pack abs, how to have great relationships or any other subject you can think of — you can often put together that information and sell it online.5. Promoting services like coaching and consulting.The internet has broadened the reach of coaches, consultants and people who provide services everywhere. Think of the explosion of online schooling. This is a service that used to be provided solely in a classroom or with a tutor. Now it can be provided in a virtual setting.Whether you want to do coaching online, or just attract people to your existing local service, using online avenues for generating traffic and delivering service can net you a lot of money and dramatically increase your business.Related: 15 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money at HomeMaking money online used to be a pipe dream. But walk into any Starbucks and most days you’ll see people typing away at their computer. A good portion of them are using the the power of people working remotely, running online businesses and using their computers to generate income.If they can do it, so can you. These five ideas are a great place to start, and the good news is you don’t have to do it on screechy dial up. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 3, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more

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