Physicists Predict Stock Market Crashes

first_img This graph shows the probability of 10-minute price variations during 1984-1995. The significant increase in 1987 resulted in black Monday, and the increase in 1990 did not result in a crash, likely because of the influence of the Iraq-Kuwait and Gulf wars causing sluggish stock activity. Source: Kiyono et al. This graph shows the behavior of log returns in the S&P 500 index during 1984-1995. The inset shows the log returns on a 10-minute scale in region C (black Monday). The probability of large fluctuations at this time accompanies the onset of the crash. Source: Kiyono et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Physicists Predict Stock Market Crashes (2006, February 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-02-physicists-stock.html Although stock prices fluctuate, the variations across the overall market are relatively small, as well as similarly random (or “Gaussian”) on a large time scale. Nobody knows what causes the giant drops that result in market crashes, except that crashes involve a variety of factors. Explore furthercenter_img New study: How much do climate fluctuations matter for global crop yields? “If the same characteristics can be observed in other stock indices, our approach may be applicable to quantitative risk evaluation,” the scientists reported. Does an increasing probability of price fluctuations necessarily mean a crash will occur? Not at all, since even the most statistically promising analysis cannot account for external factors. For example, the team observed extreme price fluctuations in log returns before 1990. However, because the Iraqi attack on Kuwait in August 1990 and the Gulf War in 1991 led to declining stock prices and action, the internal dynamics of the market underwent a radical change and a phase transition and critical point did not occur.Citation: Kiyono, Ken, Struzik, Zbigniew R., and Yamamoto, Yoshiharu. Criticality and Phase Transition in Stock-Price Fluctuations. Physical Review Letters. 96, 068701 (2006)By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com On Monday, October 19, 1987 – infamously known as “black Monday” – the Dow fell 508 points, or 22.9%, marking the largest crash in history. Using an analytical approach similar to the one applied to explore heart rate, physicists have discovered some unusual events preceding the crash. These findings may help economists in risk analysis and in predicting inevitable future crashes. While analyzing stock-price fluctuations based on critical dynamics and phase transitions, physicists from the University of Tokyo (Kiyono et al.) have observed some surprising behavior preceding market crashes. During the year before black Monday, the team found that the probability of large price fluctuations increased unexpectedly (“non-Gaussian” behavior), as if approaching a critical point signifying a major change. At the critical point – or day of the crash – an abrupt phase transition did indeed occur as the probability model changed from being scale dependent to scale invariant. Scale invariance, which in this case meant that the prices no longer depended on the time scale, is characteristic behavior observed at a critical point.“Because the probability of the occurrence of extremely large fluctuations shows a sharp increase before black Monday…our observations suggest that, through the internal dynamics, the system gradually approaches a critical point where inherent, multi-scale fluctuations are likely to result in a crash,” said the scientists in a study published in a recent Physical Review Letters. This “critical” model builds on the idea that the volatility, or variation, of price changes can quantitatively measure how much the market may fluctuate. In fact, volatility – not actual price – is the key input in Black and Scholes’ “option pricing” model on price variation over time, developed in 1973 and highly influential in financial markets.However, volatility alone could not explain the occurrence of large price fluctuations found by Kiyono et al. The team also studied price changes on a short (10-minute) time scale, and discovered a probability of large fluctuations on this scale, as well. This similarity of fluctuations on different time scales resembles the behavior of earthquakes and heartbeats, which are also scale invariant. The physicists think that the small-scale stock price fluctuations may have caused highly clustered behavior of individual traders, which then grew rapidly through internal interactions in the stock market.last_img read more

Study of Saharan dust offers insights into past and possible impact on

first_img Journal information: Nature Image taken from the International Space Station over West Africa looking eastwards, showing a ‘river’ of dust being transported towards the Americas by the East African jet stream. Credit: NASA / Norman Kuring / Aqua – MODIS Image taken from the International Space Station over Libya looking in a south-south-westerly direction, showing a dust storm stretching several hundred kilometers across the Sahara. Isolated cumulonimbus clouds are developing within the dust layer. Credit: NASA / ISS – Digital Camera Arrival of a density current made visible by the soil particles it lifts as it progresses, in Hombori, Mali. This phenomenon, which is of a convective nature, is known as a haboob. Photograph taken during the AMMA (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis) campaign. Credit: Françoise GUICHARD/Laurent KERGOAT/CNRS Photothèque Simulations suggest global warming will increase strength of winds associated with AEWs 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. (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the U.S. and France has found evidence of cycles of Saharan dust movement into the atmosphere in the past and has used the information they gathered to predict dust level changes heading into the future. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the nature of their study and why they believe changes in the Sahara could mean more potent Atlantic storms in the future. Explore furthercenter_img More information: Amato T. Evan et al. The past, present and future of African dust, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17149AbstractAfrican dust emission and transport exhibits variability on diurnal to decadal timescales and is known to influence processes such as Amazon productivity, Atlantic climate modes, regional atmospheric composition and radiative balance and precipitation in the Sahel. To elucidate the role of African dust in the climate system, it is necessary to understand the factors governing its emission and transport. However, African dust is correlated with seemingly disparate atmospheric phenomena, including the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, the North Atlantic Oscillation, the meridional position of the intertropical convergence zone, Sahelian rainfall and surface temperatures over the Sahara Desert, all of which obfuscate the connection between dust and climate. Here we show that the surface wind field responsible for most of the variability in North African dust emission reflects the topography of the Sahara, owing to orographic acceleration of the surface flow. As such, the correlations between dust and various climate phenomena probably arise from the projection of the winds associated with these phenomena onto an orographically controlled pattern of wind variability. A 161-year time series of dust from 1851 to 2011, created by projecting this wind field pattern onto surface winds from a historical reanalysis, suggests that the highest concentrations of dust occurred from the 1910s to the 1940s and the 1970s to the 1980s, and that there have been three periods of persistent anomalously low dust concentrations—in the 1860s, 1950s and 2000s. Projections of the wind pattern onto climate models give a statistically significant downward trend in African dust emission and transport as greenhouse gas concentrations increase over the twenty-first century, potentially associated with a slow-down of the tropical circulation. Such a dust feedback, which is not represented in climate models, may be of benefit to human and ecosystem health in West Africa via improved air quality and increased rainfall. This feedback may also enhance warming of the tropical North Atlantic, which would make the basin more suitable for hurricane formation and growth. Wind pulling dust into the atmosphere from the Saharan desert has more of an impact than just making life difficult for the people that live there; it is also responsible for dumping dust particles onto the Amazon rain forest, allowing the forest to exist. It also has a calming impact on storm formation over the Atlantic Ocean—dust particles reflect heat back into the atmosphere. But now, the researchers with this new effort suggest that Saharan dust patterns could be changing. They undertook a study to determine the degree of sand being moved into the air by winds since the mid-19th century and found that there have been cyclical periods of more or less dustiness.To learn more about dust activity in the area, the researchers studied data from NOAAS’s Earth System Research Laboratory, which is based on satellite data and also studied terrain in the area, which allowed for looking back at the impact of wind and sand to approximately the 1850’s. After assimilation and analysis of the data, they found patterns emerging—from the 1910s to the 1940s, for example, there was a period of elevated dustiness, and another during 70s to the 80s. In contrast, there were periods of less dustiness during the 1860s, the 1950s and in the 2000s. They also noted that different weather phenomenon could impact Saharan dust levels, such as the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, the North Atlantic Oscillation and West African Monsoons. The team then used the data they had obtained and input it into climate models to try to predict dust levels heading into the future. The models showed a looming period of less dustinees, due to global warming, which they note, would be beneficial to those living in the area. But it would not be good for the Amazon rain forest, or for people in the America’s as it would suggest more or stronger storms developing over the Atlantic and lashing the shores of landmasses in their path. Citation: Study of Saharan dust offers insights into past and possible impact on future climate change (2016, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-saharan-insights-impact-future-climate.html © 2016 Phys.org Arrival of a density current made visible by the soil particles it lifts as it progresses, in Hombori, Mali. This phenomenon, which is of a convective nature, is known as a haboob. Photograph taken during the AMMA (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis) campaign. Credit: Françoise GUICHARD/Laurent KERGOAT/CNRS Photothèquelast_img read more

Subpicosecond photonefficient imaging using singlephoton sensors

first_img Active imaging has broad applications across disciplines that range from autonomous driving to microscopic imaging of biological samples. Key requirements for these applications include high accuracy with timing, fast acquisition rates, dynamic operating ranges and high detection sensitivity to image objects hidden from a camera’s view. Remote sensing and automated applications demand acquisition ranges from <1 meter to the kilometer scale. Non-line-of-sight imaging relies on obtaining encoded information via the few returning photons of multiply scattered indirect light, in addition to the directly reflected light. To enable these applications, ultra-sensitive detectors were developed to record individual photons returning from a pulsed source of illumination. Single -photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) are one of the most sensitive time-resolved detector technologies that can be produced using the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) manufacturing process. The SPADs were rapidly established as a core detector technology for 3D imaging.In its principle-of-function, SPADs are reverse-biased photodiodes that operate in Geiger mode, i.e. above their breakdown voltage. When photons are incident on the active surface of a SPAD, a time stamped electron avalanche can be triggered. Repeated time stamping of photons returning from a synchronously pulsed illumination source that typically operate at MHz rates can accumulate a histogram of photon counts in time. The resulting histogram documents the approximate intensity of the returning light pulse to recover and characterize the distance, reflectance and 3D geometry of an object hidden from view. The performance of the proposed method was assessed on two scenes with highly varying reflectance and depth profiles, which included the Statue of David and a Bas-relief scene. Both instances contained objects with complex geometries and varying reflectance properties including specular behavior for the "Statue of David" and Lambertian reflectance with spatially varying albedo in the 'Bas-relief" scene. For both scenes the scientists captured a ground truth reference measurement (information provided by empirical evidence) with a 5% neutral density filter, which eliminated pileup distortions by damping the source intensity. The hardware of the system contained a time-resolved sensor, pulsed laser, illumination and collection optics. The setup also had a set of scanning mirrors to achieve a raster scan illumination pattern. The timing of photon arrivals was captured with a PicoHarp 300 time-correlated single photon counting module. The illumination source was a 450 nm or 670 nm picosecond laser (generating full width at half maximum FWHM, pulse widths of 90 ps and 50 ps). The collection optics consisted of a 75 m objective lens, 30 mm relay lens and a microscope objective, designed to extend the field of view of the SPAD across the area scanned by the source of illumination. The experimental measurements served as input for the proposed method and were acquired without any filters in the optical path. Depth and albedo reconstructions along with corresponding error maps were obtained during the study. The results verified that the proposed method achieved high-quality reconstructions unaffected by scene-dependent pileup or shot noise (electronic noise associated with the particle nature of light). The results were compared to conventional methods, such as the log-matched filter-estimate and Coates' pileup correction method that did not as effectively suppress pileup and suffered from scene-dependent depth precision. In contrast, the method introduced by Heide et al. achieved sub-picosecond accuracy. Experimental hardware for 3D imaging. The schematic illustration shows the ‘Statue of David’ scene, source of illumination and the procedure of time-stamping for image reconstruction. Credit: Scientific Reports, Doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35212-x Experimental reconstructions. A recorded spatio-temporal distribution of photon counts. (a,e) is processed to estimate a 3D point cloud (b,c,f,g) that contains both depth and albedo information, here shown for two different scenes (photographs shown in (d,h)). The color-coded errors maps (d,h) directly compare the results of several depth estimation techniques, including log-matched filtering, Coates’ method followed by Gaussian fit (on high-flux measurement), and the proposed method. Credit: Scientific Reports, Doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35212-x Explore further Citation: Sub-picosecond photon-efficient imaging using single-photon sensors (2018, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-sub-picosecond-photon-efficient-imaging-single-photon-sensors.html Sub-picosecond 3D Imaging Framework. (a) A collimated, pulsed laser illuminates the scene at a single point. The laser is laterally scanned using a 2-axis mirror galvanometer. Timing and control electronics time-stamp each detected photon arrival relative to the last emitted pulse and accumulate these events in a histogram of spatio-temporal photon counts (b). This histogram is processed to estimate both reflectivity and depth information (c). Two points are highlighted, one corresponding to high-flux (d) and the other to low-flux (e) measurements. Whereas the latter are noisy, high-flux measurements suffer from pileup distortion which introduce a significant bias for the depth estimation of conventional algorithms. The proposed estimation method accurately models both of these scenarios, allowing for reflectance information and travel time to be estimated with sub-picosecond accuracy from severely distorted measurements. Credit: Scientific Reports, Doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35212-x Optimal photon count regime. Depth reconstruction accuracy for varying photon counts for the 450 nm Alphalas LD-450-50 laser (FWHM of 90 ps). The conventional log-matched filter, Coates’ method, and the proposed method are compared. The optimal number of photon counts lay around the unconventional region of 1 photon detected per pulse on average, independent of the impulse response and for a broad range of histogram bin widths. Credit: Scientific Reports, Doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35212-x © 2018 Science X Network Depending on the expected application, SPADs can operate in free running mode (that allows all photon events to be simultaneously detected at all arrival times) or gated mode (where only photons in a specific time window between pulses are detected). All applications are subject to a fundamental phenomenon known as pileup distortion that severely limits accuracy. Pileup can inherently limit the working principle of the SPAD detector. For example, after each triggered electron avalanche, the detector requires quenching prior to detecting further photon arrival events. During this 'dead time' (ten to hundreds of nanoseconds), the detector is inactive. This may result in the earlier photons of a single laser pulse triggering an avalanche, while later pulses are likely ignored in the dead time; creating inaccurate skewed measurements known as pileup. The phenomenon can be avoided by operating active imaging systems in a low-flux regime, as seen with state-of-the-art techniques used for first-photon imaging before. However, conditions vary for 3D imaging applications in robotics, biological imaging or automotive sensing as they operate in environments where objects reflecting both high and low numbers of photons are essential for decision making. The large variance in acquired photon counts that results from diverse depths or the varying reflectivity of different objects is crucial for 3D imaging. In this work, Heide et al. introduced a new algorithm of estimation that overcame existing limitations of active 3D imaging systems using free running SPADs. The proposed method improved the accuracy of the existing depth and albedo estimation, across a wide range from low-flux to high-flux measurements. The scientists introduced a probabilistic image formation model that included pileup, with efficient inverse methods derived for depth and albedo estimations. The reconstruction framework jointly estimated all unknown parameters to overcome algorithmic limitations that previously restricted the timing precision. The proposed method allowed highly accurate and fast 3D imaging to open new operating regimes of photon-efficient 3D imaging applicable in conditions with dramatically varying photon counts. center_img The code and data used by Heide et al. to generate the findings of the study will be available on GitHub. In total, the proposed probabilistic image formation model and corresponding inverse methods attained sub-picosecond accuracy for active 3D imaging, despite the laser pulse widths being larger than 50 ps. The novel method achieved high precision across a dynamic range from low-flux to high-flux measurements compared to traditional techniques. In the future, the proposed method can facilitate long-range acquisition by multiplexing multiple pileup affected responses. The proposed innovation paves the way for fast and precise photon-efficient 3D imaging systems, where widely varying photon counts are observed in practice. Applications can range across broad disciplines to include 3D mapping and navigation, art reconstruction and conservation, autonomous driving, vision for robots and machines, geographic information, industrial and microscopic imaging. Single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) are promising detector technologies that may be used to achieve active 3D imaging systems with fast acquisition, high timing accuracy and high detection sensitivity. Such systems have broad applications in the domains of biological imaging, remote sensing and robotics. However, the detectors face technical impairments known as pileup that cause measurement distortions to limit their precision. In a recent study, conducted at the Stanford University Department of Electrical Engineering, scientists Felix Heide and co-workers developed a probabilistic image formation model that could accurately model pileup. Using the proposed model, the scientists devised inverse methods to efficiently and robustly estimate the scene depth and reflectance from recorded photon counts. With the algorithm, they were able to demonstrate improvements to the accuracy of timing, compared to existing techniques. More importantly, the model allowed accuracy at the sub-picosecond in photon-efficient 3D imaging for the first time in practical scenarios, whereas previously only widely-varying photon counts were observed. The results are now published in Scientific Reports. Journal information: Scientific Reports More information: 1. Sub-picosecond photon-efficient 3D imaging using single-photon sensors doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-35212-x , Felix Heide et al, 07 December 2018, Scientific Reports.2. Mapping the world in 3D www.nature.com/articles/nphoton.2010.148 , Brent Schwarz, July 2010, Nature Photonics.3. The correction for photon ‘pile-up’ in the measurement of radiative lifetimes iopscience.iop.org/article/10. … 22-3735/1/8/437/meta, P B Coates, February 1968, Journal of Physics E: Scientific Instruments, IOP Science.4. Photon-Efficient Computational 3-D and Reflectivity Imaging with Single-Photon Detectors ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7150537 , S. Dongeek et al, July 2015, IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging. Researchers generate 3D images using just one photon per pixel (w/ video) , Nature Photonics , Science 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

HKVs new love spot

It is interesting to witness the mini transformation that Hauz Khas Village is undergoing. From an arty farty jaunt 10 years back to a designers’ den even a few years back, the small urban village, is slowly becoming Delhi’s very own St Germaine.  Yes, it is still dotted with designer studios and small shops which stuff themselves with art and quirky posters, but eateries rise above the clutter. No matter where you look, you are bound to hit a restaurant or two. And new ones keep opening before you could say ‘Enter’.   We went to one such place on a weekday evening [though going by the rapid metamorphosis HKV is undergoing, you won’t be incorrect if you brand Amour an old restaurant by now], and found it packed to the brim. Quite a feat especially because the patio, cafe and bar boasts of an extensive area. Apart from seating inside, one can also sit out at the terrace if the weather is any good. The décor is impressive, with dim lighting, chandeliers and comfortable high-backed chairs and sofas. We decided to sit out [don’t expect much of a view because the lake is across the road and from the terrace you can only see the parking area around the building, apart from bits of other nearby restaurants] with some decent Seafood salad. It comes with a generous amount of king prawns, Sri Lankan squids, octopus and lots of cherry tomatoes. The menu is a mish mash of Continental and Mediterranean which leaves one with lots of options unless you are a little snobbish [like me] about sticking to particular cuisines. What we liked was the Wild duck confit. The duck was cooked to perfection. However, keep second options ready when you are ordering your drink because the bar needs stocking up. Walk in with lots of time in your hands since the service is sluggish. Overall, could serve as a nice venue for that next party.  GRILLED BASA NISCOISE STYLEINGREDIENTS180gm Basa fish5gm Garlic60gm Tomato50gm Potato20gm Green beans20gm Green peas10gm Bell pepper5gm Capsicum15ml Olive oilMustard paste, to tasteSalt, to tastePepper, to tasteMETHODPeel and blanch potato with butter. Trim the green beans and make a bundle. For the sauce, saute garlic in olive oil. Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Finish with seasoning. For the dressing, cut the bell pepper and capsicum. Mix with lemon vinaigrette. Marinade the fish with salt and pepper, lemon juice. Pan sear the basa fish fillets. Arrange delicately on the plate. Serve hot and garnish with garden fresh greens. read more

Documentaries from Down Under

first_imgShowcasing eight seminal contemporary documentaries that explore and examine a wide range of issues including investigative, biographical and first-person stories reflecting the emotion and drama of the human experience, India International Centre is organizing a festival, Stories from Australia – A Festival of Award Winning Films from 17 to 20 July 2013. With a candid glimpse into a domestic issue unknown to even most Australians, the festival will open with Jennifer Crone’s Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Divorce: Aussie Islamic Way. The film portrays how couples with differing social and religious customs go about formally breaking up? This will be followed by Closing Ranks – an extraordinary piece of investigative journalism that examines the process of police internal investigations into one of its own.  Then The Wind Changed – recipient of the Walkley Documentary Award 2012 will present an in-depth and personal account of a community recovering from a devastating bush fire, demonstrating both empathy and intelligence in story-telling.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixScarlet Road directed by Catherine Scott and Pat Fiske to be screened on 20 July is an astonishing and illuminating insight about sexuality and disability that is surprising, funny, moving, informative and confronting. The Tall Man, powerful and multi-award winning documentary to be screened on 20 July skillfully examines the circumstances surrounding the death of Cameron Doomadgee who swore at a policeman and died 40 minutes later in a watch-house cell. Filmmaker Rick McPhee will personally present Go Back to Where You Came From – Season 1 on 20 July. It is a ground-breaking three part series that challenges a group of Australians – and through them, the viewer, to imagine what life would be like as a refugee.The festival closes with multiple-award winning film, Mrs Carey’s Concert, a contagious and rousing documentary about the passion that music teacher Karen Carey feels for her music. An inspiring documentary in which all 1200 students of a Sydney girl’s school are required to participate in a classical concert at the Sydney Opera House.  Many of these films have been shortlisted for the prestigious annual Walkley Awards, which recognizes excellence in Australian journalism across all mediums of broadcast.last_img read more

Spice and Sula sunshine

first_imgWhen we talk about the food palette, you can’t separate Indians from their spice. Connoisseurs will have you known that a particular wine must be paired correctly with the specific type of food to bring out the right flavour. At Shiro, we got a chance to experience exactly that with the spicy and sweet combinations of food and wines.We were greeted with the sparkling Sula Brut Rose NV Champagne which went quite well with the Korean chilli potato and Malaysian sambal chicken. After, we headed to the live grill where the chef served Thai baby corn, Teriyaki mushroom, misho fish and chicken satay paired with Cono Sur Pinot Noir. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The sushi served included spicy avocado maki, spicy tuna maki and spicy chicken shiitake maki and  was paired with Hardys Riesling Gewurztraminer from Australia. The Sula Riesling complimented the hot chicken and coriander dim sums perfectly. The dessert platter of chocolate sushi, coconut and pecan tart was paired with Sula late Harvest Chenin Blanc. Commenting on the wines presented, Cecilia Oldne, the global brand ambassador of Sula said, ‘We have especially arranged this to show how our wines go well with the Indian taste which mostly consists of spicy food. Usually wines are a little difficult to pair with spicy food but the wines we have exhibited hear have a high sugar content which compliments well with the spicy flavour and helps neutralise it.’last_img read more

A balanced story

first_imgHistory repeats itself. The play Bagiya Banchharam Ki written by Manoj Mitra braces this statement. The play which is a Hindi adaptation of Sajano Bagaan (Bangla) opens in what we call a no man’s land. The story of the play revolves around Bancharam in his old days. Bancharam is a farmer who owns a bagiya (fertile garden full of trees) was targeted by a zamindar for his property and was evicted from his own land. The farmer  took the case to court and to which the judge pitied and warned the zamindar not to intrude.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Twenty years later, another landlord took over and tried taking Banchharam’s property. But as Banchharam grew old and weak, he was having a hard time to make ends meet. He trusted no one as his successor and therefore agreed to give his land to the landlord after his death. Banchharam took care of the bagiya with all his heart and soul. He nourished every plant that existed and reaped the fruits of his hard work. He gave up his youth in nurturing his garden. But due to his growing age and weak physical condition, he was no longer able to same effort in maintaining his property the way he used to do earlier.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play shows how nature restores balance. Earlier, when Banchharam was nearing his death, the evil landlord who was after Banchharam’s property was hale and hearty.  It was then when they both came into a negotiation that after his death the land will go to the landlord and till then he will provide Banchharam with two thousand rupees per month.It is the money that brought balance where the landlord kept losing his health and Banchharam gained his health back. The transition between the scenes in the play was smooth and didn’t look exaggerated. The actors seemed to had incorporated the character within themselves. One can say that had these characters been real, they would look exactly as portrayed in the play.  The comic scenes tickled everyone’s funny bones but then provoked the audience to think how prejudiced and shallow humans can be by laughing at someone’s misery. It is the ending, where a hope was born, in the form of Banchharam’s great grandson which changed the mood of the play.The end, however, surprised the audience even when it was anticipated. The landlord had nothing with him even after being rich, his kids did not care for him, and only bothered about money. With the death of the landlord, it was then understood that there is more to life than earning money and building property.Directed by Bahrul Islam, the play is a delightful amalgamation of humour and tradegy. The play was performed on the second day of Nepal Sadbhawana Aayojan on May 18 at National School of Drama.last_img read more

Govt to introduce integrated online platform to monitor projects

first_imgKolkata: The state government is planning to introduce an integrated online platform to monitor projects of all its departments.The step has been taken up to ensure that all projects are monitored from a single platform, as it will help in better execution of the projects taken up by all the departments of the state government.Sources in the state secretariat said the preliminary task of introducing the integrated project monitoring system has been carried out and it will be presented before Chief Secretary Malay De within the next one to two weeks. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOnce the top brass of the state government gives its nod after going through the proforma, or gives certain suggestions, the next step would be taken towards the introduction of the same.It has been further learnt that there was discussion on certain aspects in this connection on Monday. Representatives of some of the crucial departments of the state government, including the state Finance department, were in the meeting where the discussion in this regard has taken place. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSources said that all the departments are crucial stakeholders of the project, as they have to provide necessary data that has to be corroborated to give a complete shape to the entire project, which will ensure monitoring of all ongoing projects through one single platform. Officials of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department and Public Works department were also present in the meeting. It has been learnt that there was discussion on monitoring of projects that the PHE department usually takes up. It may be mentioned that Bengal has witnessed a series of development works in the past seven years, after Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011.Projects were taken up for development of both the urban and rural parts of the state. In the past seven years, flyovers and bridges have been constructed at different places and at the same time, schemes have been taken up that cover a person, starting from his or her birth to death.Moreover, in a bid to ensure that all projects are implemented properly and timely, the Chief Minister visits every district to hold administrative review meetings with concerned officials. She also identifies the work that needs to be carried out for the districts, during the meetings.She always directs officials to take steps for ensuring timely completion of projects during these meetings.It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government has also introduced the Integrated Finance Management System (IFMS) and it has smoothened the system of managing finance related issues.last_img read more

Hakim turns saviour for 15 illfated mishap victims

first_imgKolkata: The humanitarian face of state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim came to the forefront in the wee hours on Sunday morning, when he came to the rescue of around 15 people who met with an accident at Dum Dum Park area on VIP Road.According to sources, at around 3.10 am when the minister was returning from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport after welcoming the pilgrims who had returned from Haj, he came across a matador that had toppled onto its side, with a number of people found trapped inside the vehicle. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister immediately got down from his car and drew the attention of the patrolling police. He, along with his guards and the policemen joined hands to rescue the trapped and injured persons. Under the minister’s instructions and supervision, prompt arrangements were made to transport the injured persons to a nearby hospital as soon as possible. A police vehicle and three app cabs that were found on the road at the time were used for carrying the injured. “The minister supervised the entire operation and left only after all the injured persons reached the hospital,” said a close aide of the minister, who was accompanying him. According to police sources, the ill-fated matador was going towards Chakla, the birthplace of Baba Lokenath. Chakla Dham is a well-known pilgrimage site located near Basirhat in North 24-Parganas. “Bengal is known for its unity in diversity and upholding of communal harmony. It is my duty as a public representative to stand by everyone if they are in crisis,” the minister said.last_img read more

Spice up your Sunday Brunch

first_imgHow would anyone think of a Sunday, overlooking a lazy morning and some exciting food? The foodie leaps up within us with high hopes of exotic delicacies as Sundays approach, yet neither of us really feel like taking the responsibility of cooking them. Café Knosh at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel hosts an array of mouth watering items at brunch for you to indulge in. The all-day-dining restaurant has some of the best gourmet offerings from across the continents.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith a variety of choices, this café will cast a spell on you, and make you come back for brunch over and again. There is more than enough room for your whole family to enjoy in the warm and comfortable ambience at the restaurant. With several classy salads and various  kinds of soup and starters, you may start your meal carefully keeping in mind not to stuff your tummy with them! There are several more dishes in the menu which you need to try out before satiating your stomach. The extensive buffet has Indian, Chinese, Middle-eastern and Western cuisine available for lunch and dinner. It also features a live pizza oven for the beloved Italian delicacies. Their chicken pumpkin soup is a masterpiece – one would never have wondered how good pumpkin and chicken might taste together in a soup. Those with their hands up for Western dishes will be in awe tasting the baked mushrooms, fried chicken and grilled fish. The soft and creamy mushrooms are a delightful bite, whereas the crispy chicken adds on to the much-needed crunch in a meal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe thin crust chicken pizza, which comes out fresh from that live oven, is something that you must not miss on your visit to Café Knosh, or you would lose out on heaven! If your palate is more inclined to Indian cuisine you would be on cloud nine to find the variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian curry based delicacies, varied type of roti and rice. You might not want to gorge on the food with a dry mouth (enter the exquisite drinks!). In case you are fond of mocktails, definitely try the watermelon juice based mocktail or the Virgin Mojito for a refreshing feel. Cosmopolitan – a vodka-based cocktail will uplift your mood with its perfect taste. Moving on to the sweet endings, dessert lovers will go gaga over the exhaustive display of desserts. The mango vanilla mousse melting in your mouth will take you back to fond summer memories with the juicy mango pulp tingling your taste buds. If you are fond of creme brulee and want to try one here, you might not be very overwhelmed, but the tarts will instantly win your heart.last_img read more

Korean dancers enthrall Delhiites at DIAF

first_img12th Delhi International Arts Festival witnessed gala performance of ‘echo of South and North traditional music and dance’ by South Korean artists in its opening ceremony at Purana Quila.It was the first time in India that South and North Korean dance performances were presented on the same stage. This performance was special in its way as it gave a strong message of unity and peace to the world. The leading performer, Choe Shin-ah, is a North Korean defector who was dance director in North Korea, and now she is a South Korean national and is leading a dance troupe in South Korea. She has been performing from last 26 years and founded her own troupe in 2015 in South Korea. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter Korea got divided into north and south respectively, dance style also has been changed as the time passed. Both the south and the north dance have their own characteristics which the performing group performed on one single stage. The stage performance published the beauty and the excellency of Korean culture. The team comprised of S. Korean dance, N. Korean dance and Korean traditional music. There group prepared over all 12 performances. The opening day witnessed four performances which included dance and songs. The first performance was ‘Tri-colored fan dance’. In this using 2-metre-long fan a splendid and dynamic dance was displayed which amazed the audience. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSecond performance was Teapyung dance. 3rd dance Love song from Chunhyang story – The third performance is known as Pansori. Pansori is the representative style of music where the two people involved namely the ‘gosu’ who leads the rhythm and sets the melody and a ‘sorykkun’ singer who shares descriptive stories have a musical conversation with each other by weaving the two aspects into one. Forth performance was Seosonal dance. Another performance included ‘Jeanggang dance, it is the representative dance of North Korea. In this dance performers wore steel bracelets and danced to the rhythm of merry tunes. The performers also presented ‘Chukwon dance’. This extravagant style is danced during happy occasions, and when foreign envoys visit. There was also ‘Jindo drum dance’ It is the representative dance of South Korea in which the performer dances while thrashing the sticks with both hands. The other performances included Janggo solo dance, Cutting gourd from Heungbu song, Longing Gangnam, Teapyung dance, Nangamhanae, Beautiful country and Sesonal dance.last_img read more

Why Superstitious Thieves Turned Severed Hands Into Candles for Good Luck

first_img“Criminals,” explained Batman in his 1939 first appearance, “are a superstitious, cowardly lot.” The Dark Knight Detective didn’t know the half of it.In 1935 a gnarled human hand was donated to the town museum in Whitby. A faded fishing port in North Yorkshire, Whitby is best known for inspiring one of its best known visitors — Bram Stoker — in the composition of his landmark work of gothic horror, Dracula.Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire, UK.This mummified hand had been found in the late 1800s hidden above the door frame of an old thatched cottage in Castleton, a village deep in the North York Moors.The cottage had previously belonged to a local rogue, although he was never convicted of any crime, and this disgusting discovery was instantly recognized as the Hand of Glory.Hand of Glory, Whitby Museum. Photo by John W. Schulze CC BY 2.0It was and still is, the only surviving example of its kind. The house’s new owner was tempted to rebury it in the village cemetery, but instead passed it onto a local historian who eventually donated it to Whitby Museum.An old thieves’ charm, the Hand of Glory or Dead Man’s Candle, was just one of the many by-products of the gallows.Once night fell, those condemned criminals — preferably murderers — who were publicly hanged found that their indignity wasn’t over.The hand of glory on display at Whitby Museum. Photo by www.badobadop.co.uk CC BY SA 4.0Their dangling body was hacked up for various purposes by the desperate and the despicable alike.By special permission surgeons carted them away for public dissections, but they were an honest exception.Splinters of the gallows were taken as protective or healing charms (or popped in the mouth to ease toothache); the rope itself was said to cure headaches; teeth were prised out for the making of dentures; and various stomach-turning folk medicines called for human fat, blood and the moss growing on the skull of a hanged man.Hanging of a buccaneer at Execution Dock.The most potent of the hanged man’s body parts, however, were his hands. Across the 18th century there are reports the sick lining up to place their withered limbs, or even their sickly babies, into the lifeless hands of a hanged man, often the executioner himself would charge a small fee for access to the corpse.Hardened criminals, though, had a far more nefarious and gruesome use in mind for the dead man’s digits.The cadaver’s right hand was cut off, it was drained of all blood and wrapped in a burial shroud with which to draw out the last drops of ichor. The fingers were moved into their new position, and the hand was pickled for two weeks in an earthenware jar with salt, long peppers and saltpetre (potassium nitrate). Then it would either be left to dry in the sun or dried in an oven with vervain, a herb that was said to repel demons.Illustration of a demon.Finally — in the case of the Whitby Museum Hand of Glory — it was coated in wax. This hand was designed so that the fingers and thumb were lit like gristly candles. So long as they remained alight, all who slept within the household would remain in a deep, unstirred slumber while the burglars went about their business.If the fingers refused to light, it was an omen that someone in the household was still awake, or that the thieves had miscalculated the number of people in the home. Once lit, the Hand of Glory could only be prematurely extinguished with blood or milk.Hand of Glory print.An alternate recipe from the 1722 French grimoire Petit Albert call for the fingers of the hand to clutch a single candle, made from human fat from an executed felon and horse dung, which would burn in the dead man’s grasp.In this incarnation the burglar should “use the Hand of Glory as a candlestick to hold this candle when lighted, and then those in every place into which you go with this baneful instrument shall remain motionless.”Torturing and execution of witches.The same book offers a counter-charm with which the paranoid to protect their households, if you prefer your house smelling like the drains of an abattoir to having it robbed:“The Hand of Glory would become ineffective, and thieves would not be able to utilize it, if you were to rub the threshold or other parts of the house by which they may enter with an unguent composed of the gall of a black cat, the fat of a white hen, and the blood of the screech-owl.”This account of the Hand of Glory stopping people in their tracks is echoed in reports from witch trials over a century earlier, attesting to a long belief in the charm.A papier-mâché hand of glory. Photo by Kuriologist CC BY-SA 4.0In 1588 two German women, Nichel and Bessers, confessed to digging up two corpses from the churchyard so that they could make Hands of Glory. A few years later in the 1590s North Berwick Witch Trials — Scotland’s largest and most infamous — a schoolmaster called Dr John Fian was tortured into admitting that he had used a Hand of Glory in order to break into a church and conduct blasphemous inversion of a religious ceremony to honour the Devil.Read another story from us: The ‘Yeti Skull’ which Still has People Scratching their HeadsThese last two may be tall tales born out of forced confessions, but it’s clear at least from Whitby Museum’s Hand of Glory that some people believed enough in these ghoulish charms to make them… and perhaps use them.last_img read more

Questions Surrounding the True Image of Ava

first_imgThis story starts in 2800 BC in a population known as the “Beaker folk.” These people took part in a mass migration from the Iberian Peninsula, up into Central Europe, and eventually into the British Isles. They are known as the Beaker folk because of their propensity for making decorative beakers that have a distinct bell shape. They were very advanced for their era, having lived by farming cattle and using local plants to craft medicines.While advanced in these aspects, the true strength of the Bell-Beaker culture was in the art of war, which led them to search for rare metals. These metals were essential in the advancement of metalworking into the Bronze Age.The distinctive Bell Beaker pottery vessels shaped like a reversed bell, early examples from southwestern Germany (Stadtmuseum Bruchsal). Photo by Thomas Ihle CC BY-SA 3.0In 1987, a groundbreaking discovery was made in the county of Caithness, northern Scotland. A grave was cut into the bedrock of Achavanich, a horseshoe shaped structure of standing stones that was thought to have been created during the Bronze Age. This was odd, because according to the Smithsonian, most Bronze Age graves were indicated with cairns (mounds of stones), not carved into solid rock as this one was.It’s not known why this grave was different than most; it doesn’t appear to be that of a particularly wealthy person. The grave contained a large beaker-shaped pot, cow bones, and flint artifacts. The skeleton was that of a woman who was thought to be between the age of 18 and 25. Because of where she was discovered, in the ruins of Achavanich, she was dubbed “Ava.”“Ava” forensic facial reconstruction (2016 version after DNA analysis) by Hew Morrison.Archaeologists believe that her ancestors migrated to the area just a few generations before her birth, making her one of the first generations of the Beaker people to live in the British Isles. This became a base for long term study in the area.The next breakthrough would come in 2016 in a project led by archaeologist Maya Hoole. Together with forensic artist Hew Morrison, they produced a model of what Ava would have looked like 4,250 years earlier, when she was still alive.Bronze Age beaker fragment. Photo by The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) CC BY SA 2.0This process included taking extensive photographs and measurements of the skull, then using a database with information on the tissue depth of modern European women of roughly the same age and ancestry as Ava.Then, they proceeded to shape her head and facial features based on all this information. One of the first things that they found studying Ava was the unusual shape of her skull, perhaps from a birth defect or a cultural binding, or perhaps simply from how she slept as an infant.“Ava” forensic facial reconstruction (2018 version after DNA analysis) by Hew Morrison.Much of this study happened before having access to the DNA results from Ava, and, because of this, some assumptions had to be made about her image. Morrison told the BBC that facial reconstructions done on unidentified human remains usually don’t focus on hair, eye color, or specific skin tone, as that is not identifiable from a skull.In this situation, however, the forensic artist has license to theorize, imagine, and make assumptions. The had guessed, being in Scotland, that she would have had blue eyes, red hair, and fair skin.This assumption would end up being debated — upon receiving Ava’s DNA profile, they determined that she would have had straight black hair, brown eyes, and darker skin.This discovery shocked the team that had been working on this skeleton for so long. It didn’t change her facial features drastically, but the difference in her eye and hair color changed how she looked in an unexpected way. Again however this was debated.Unlike the first picture of her, which strongly resembled modern day Scots, she looked much closer to the ancestry of the Iberian Peninsula, specifically modern day Spain.Read another story from us: Lost Final Resting Place of Celebrated Explorer Finally Found Beneath London StationAccording to the Daily Mail, her dark hair and eyes indicated a southern European heritage. Materials buried with her indicated that she worked with cattle and that she might have been injured before her death.Studies continue into Ava’s life and times and how the Beaker people’s immigration affected Scotland. Ava helps give a face to a fascinating time in history.last_img read more

How the Hunchback of Notre Dame Once Saved the Crumbling Cathedral

first_imgMonday April 15, 2019 became a terrible day for people from all over France, and arguably the world, as they watched the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris going through a destructive fire. The fire notably caused the roof of the cathedral to collapse, including its famous spire. Stephen Murray is an art historian and professor at Columbia University. According to the Washington Post, he is also a member of the Friends of Notre Dame of Paris Foundation. “Parisians have had a direct relationship with their cathedral,” Murray commented to the Washington Post. “And I think it was largely because of the wave of interest because of the book.”The fire at an early stage, viewed from the south. Photo by Wandrille de Préville CC BY-SA 4.0Notre Dame was indeed a symbol of Paris. Built between 1163 and 1345, the monument has withstood many hardships during its history. As reported by National Geographic, Notre Dame went through a difficult renovation under the reign of King Louis XIV. Over the course of time, these reparations ended up damaging the Cathedral more than fixing it. The recent fire which engulfed much of Notre Dame also happened during renovation works. See a video of it here:Many of the stained glass windows were then replaced with clear glass. The three rose windows are the only ones known to be from the original work, and which survived the recent fire. The French Revolution brought more troubles to the cathedral. Because the French monarchy had been strongly attached to Catholic traditions, revolutionaries rebelled against the Catholic Church. The crowd most notably destroyed the statues in the cathedral’s Gallery of the Kings, mistaking the ancient Kings of Judea and Israel for the French royal lineage.The east facade of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris by photographer Edouard Baldus, 1860sNot only was the cathedral sacked, with many of its statues and relics destroyed and its lead used for bullets and canons, but revolutionary leader Robespierre made great efforts to de-Christianize it. Notre Dame was then used as a sanctuary for Robespierre’s own religion, the cult of the Supreme Being.The cult of the Supreme Being aimed at connecting religious, civic, and moral ideas, according to Alpha History. It was sanctioned as a French national religion in 1794 by the National Convention (government of the French Revolution).Notre Dame, 1890–1900After the Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte started a movement to restore Notre Dame. While he was Consul of the French Republic, Bonaparte gave control of the cathedral back to the Catholic Church in 1801, and in parallel outlawed the Cult of the Supreme Being. He was crowned French Emperor in Notre Dame in 1804, after leading restoration works. But the cathedral owes its most significant renovations to a novel.Portrait of the writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885).Famous French author Victor Hugo was a leader of the romantic literary movement of the 19th century. According to Britannica.com, “Romanticism emphasized the individual, the subjective, the irrational, the imaginative, the personal, the spontaneous, the emotional, the visionary, and the transcendental,” and took interest in cultural nationalism. It also had an interest in medieval architecture, leading to the Gothic Revival.In 1831, Hugo wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the story of Quasimodo, a hunchbacked bell ringer who falls in love with a beautiful gypsy girl named Esmeralda. Rejected by the locals, Quasimodo finds sanctuary inside the cathedral, which becomes the theatre of an intense love story.Illustration from ‘Victor Hugo et son temps’ (1881) by Alfred Barbou, showing the galerie des chimères of Notre-Dame de ParisNotre Dame is, in fact, the main character of Hugo’s book, the Washington Post says. Two chapters are entirely devoted to the sole description of the monument. As Romantic authors’ appreciated Gothic architecture, Hugo’s book is a tribute to Notre Dame, dedicated to its preservation.Hugo was an important advocate of preservation. He so firmly opposed the destruction of medieval buildings he wrote: “It is difficult not to wax indignant, before the numberless degradations and mutilations which time and men have both caused the venerable monument to suffer.”Reproduction of the first page from Victor Hugo’s historical masterpiece, Notre-Dame de Paris. From the Autodidactic Encyclopedia Quillet, Tome 3, 1960.His efforts did not take long to pay off. In 1844, French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was put in charge of a new renovation project. The colossal work nearly took 25 years, but resulted in an impressive revival of the old cathedral. Rare footage of the cathedral at the end of the 19th century along with other Parisian sights was captured by the Lumiere Brothers, one of the earliest creators of moving pictures. Take a look at the beautiful footage here:As National Geographic describes, Viollet-le-Duc restored the façade of the Gallery of the Kings, and added features such as the spire, the statues of the Twelve Apostles, and the gargoyles which became famous thanks to Hugo’s novel.Eugène Viollet-le-Duc“Viollet-le-Duc must have lived and breathed that building,” said Murray. The Hunchback of Notre Dame has become such an iconic novel, it has been adapted to movies more than a dozen times, the Washington Post reported. Back in the 19th century, it had a tremendous impact on the restoration effort of the cathedral.Publicity still from film ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ (1923)Today, Hugo’s novel is already having another impact: according to The Guardian, various editions of the book were ranked among the top positions of Amazon France’s bestseller list.Read another story from us: Assessing the Damage of Notre Dame – What Survived and What Didn’tWhile the book sales may not pay for the reparations the building will have to go through, they are a sign of how attached to their beloved cathedral French people are. Hugo’s book can also provide relief, as a symbol of a monument previously restored, which can go through yet another challenge.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield doesnt have NFL franchise QB judgment

first_imgBaker Mayfield doesn’t have NFL franchise QB judgmentMany of the NFL Draft experts are all in on Baker Mayfield, and seemingly have him going higher and higher in each new mock draft.Colin thinks Mayfield is too immature for an NFL GM to risk taking with a high first round pick because of his history of bush league on-field behavior, and off-field red flags that include a video of him running from the cops.Judgment is one of the most important characteristics for an NFL franchise quarterback, and Mayfield hasn’t shown he can handle getting the keys to a billion dollar NFL franchise, based on his own actions. Hard to buy that Mark Cuban wasn’t aware of toxic Mavs’ cultureThe details about a prolonged pattern of sexual harassment in the Mavericks’ organization have painted an ugly picture about the culture created by Mark Cuban. Cuban says he was completely unaware of the incidents described in the article, but Colin finds that hard to believe.Even if Cuban has become more focused on other business ventures and less with the day-to-day operations of the team, it’s tough to buy that he hadn’t heard something, especially when many of allegations center around the team’s former CEO. Guests:-Time to stop comparing Kawhi Leonard to LeBronGuests:Frank Isola – Knicks beat writer for the Daily News is in-studio talking Mavs harassment scandal; and if Westbrook is too hard to play with.Aaron Torres – College Basketball Writer for The Athletic joins the show to talk the potential implications of the FBI college basketball probe; and his long relationship with LaVar Ball.Mike Bresnihan – Spectrum Sports Lakers Analyst joins the show to discuss All-Star weekend in L.A.;  if LaVar Ball Is creating real problems for the organization; and if Kobe’s recruiting helps or hurts pursuing free agents.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield and Colin square off in person

first_imgCavs need to make a big move on draft night to try and keep LeBronThe Lakers are the odds on favorites to land LeBron James, but if the Cavs are going to have any shot to convince James into staying Colin thinks they need to make a big move on draft night. He thinks they should package the eighth pick and Kevin Love and try to make a splash move that will make LeBron re-consider. Trae Young is definitely not the “next” Steph CurryThe NBA Draft is tonight and one popular take by media and fans is the idea that Oklahoma sharpshooting guard Trae Young is the “next” Steph Curry. Young has some range, but Colin thinks the comparisons are ridiculous because Curry has literally revolutionized the modern NBA and already won three titles.The reality is there is no “next” Curry, like there isn’t a “next” LeBron. Young definitely isn’t it and could be a bust because he doesn’t play defense. Also:– Baker Mayfield and Colin square off over Cowherd’s criticism– Lakers making more moves to set up for a run at LeBronGuests:Baker Mayfield – Browns quarterback is in-studio to push back on Colin over his on and off-field criticism.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst on why he doesn’t think Popovich should agree to any trade for Kawhi with the Lakers.Warren Barton – Fox Sports Soccer Analyst is in-studio discussing his impressions after the first matches from the World Cup group stage.Lee Jenkins – Sports Illustrated Senior Writer stops by to discuss the uncertainty in the NBA this offseason and his take on the Kawhi/Spurs divorce.last_img read more

Jimmy Butlers trade demand devolved into a social media war between Stephen

first_img Advertisement The NBA is the best soap opera in all of sports, and yesterday proved it again.A day that started with news breaking that Jimmy Butler was demanding to be traded from the Timberwolves ended up devolving into a social media war between former #1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and former 14-year NBA vet, Malice in the Palace alum, and friend of The Herd, Stephen Jackson.The timeline of the entire mess is basically an epic day of high school, but with NBA millionaires instead of teenagers.Following the Butler trade demand news, Wiggins’ brother posted a quote tweet of NBA Insider Shams Charania declaring ‘Hallelejah.’ Jackson, never one to back down from a fight, then responded to Wiggins post with another video essentially saying if the two ever meet in person, Wiggins better be ready to throw down. The odds are this would be bad for young Andrew. After Butler posted a video responding to the tweet, Stephen Jackson took to Instagram to defend Butler and question Wiggins’ heart. For the record, he isn’t the first to do so.center_img Wiggins responded to Jackson’s video with his own Instagram post calling Jackson an old bum. The NBA is just The Real World with a ball, which is why people love it. The odds are this drama isn’t over yet. From a media perspective, let’s hope it’s not.last_img read more

Employment Trend for 2014 Miserable Millennials

first_img Work ForceThey’re young, hip, smart … and crying in their parents’ basements. Thirty-six percent of Millennials–otherwise known as Generation Y, which includes those born in the early 1980s to the early 2000s–were living with mom and dad last year, according to a report by Pew Research Center. Those 21.6 million people represent the highest share of young adults living at home in at least 40 years.”[From] a long-run perspective, this is a relatively new phenomenon. If you look from the early 1980s to 2007, the share of young adults living with their parents wasn’t up that much; it was fairly stable up to 2007,” says Richard Fry, author of the study. “There’s a basic association between employment and whether you live with mom and/or dad. … Having a job is a springboard to being able to have independent living arrangements.”Illustration © David SchwenIn 2012 only 63 percent of young adults had jobs, down from 70 percent in 2007. A June Generation Opportunity jobs report measured the effective unemployment rate for 18- to 29-year-olds at 16.1 percent. While Pew reports that one-third of 25- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. had completed at least a bachelor’s degree in 2012 (a record number), a survey by Braun Research for staffing firm Adecco found that 66 percent of hiring managers do not believe college grads are ready for the work force. Rather than hiring new graduates for entry-level positions, recruiters are looking to take on people with experience.”I think at the most fundamental level, we have a jobless recovery,” says David Grusky, professor of sociology at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. “We have fewer jobs in terms of the proportion of the potentially working population. We’re having good stock market performance, money is being made, but workers are not bearing the fruits of that recovery the way all of us would like.”If being unemployed and stuck in their childhood homes isn’t dispiriting enough, Millennials also seem plagued by a worldly dissatisfaction that is new to this generation. Raised by doting Baby Boomers with the notion that they could be anything they dreamed of, Millennials made “follow your passion” a catchphrase for career inspiration, expecting to bask in the economic prosperity of their forefathers and find not only a job, but a fulfilling one at that. Instead, they graduated into one of the worst economic downturns in history.So what does the future hold for Millennials? Will the murkiness of a career path have them reconsidering job-hunting and turning instead to job-creating?”Evidence shows that the proportion of income that goes to capital as opposed to workers is increasing,” Grusky says. “The implication is that this is a good time to be a capitalist, bad time for workers.” Ominous, perhaps, but this could spur fresh ideas, a more innovative economy and a generation of entrepreneurs. And who’s better at navel-gazing than a Millennial?More from Trends 2014Inside Breuckelen Distilling’s Labor of LoveMoss of the Month Club? 15 Unique Subscription ServicesPublishing Trend for 2014: A New Demand for Eye-Catching CookbooksInvesting Trend for 2014: Equity CrowdfundingEmployment Trend for 2014: Miserable MillennialsGlobal Startup Trend for 2014: Consider BrazilFashion Trend for 2014: Country Couture on the RiseEcommerce Trend for 2014: Buying Into the Subscription Service ModelEntertainment Trend for 2014: Low-Budget Movies=Big BusinessFood and Beverage Trend for 2014: The Rise of Craft DistilleriesTech Trend for 2014: The Risk in BYOD Offices This story appears in the December 2013 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read November 19, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Galaxy Tab S4 vs iPad Pro Which Tablet Is Right for You

first_imgStorage64GB64GB Henry T. Casey, Display10.5-inch Super AMOLED (2224 x 1668 pixels)10.5-inch LCD (2560 x 1600 pixels) Design/PortsXX microSD CardNoYes (up to 400GB) Size9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches59.8 x 6.5 x 0.28 inches Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S4 is a very good tablet, offering a gorgeous OLED screen, desktop-like DeX mode and snappy overall performance.But how does it match up to Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which offers excellent stylus input, fantastic battery life and a bright, vivid display of its own? Let’s find out.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/galaxy-tab-s4-vs-ipad-pro?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 iPad Pro vs. Galaxy Tab S4 Battery LifeX Memory (RAM)4GB4GB 10.5-inch iPad ProGalaxy Tab S4 Battery Life13:559:34 DesignThe Galaxy Tab S4’s biggest change is that it doesn’t feature a home button, which Samsung dropped to shave the slate’s bezels down. The iPad Pro’s got slightly thicker bezels, but not so much that it looks antiquated.  The front-facing cameras inside the Tab S4 enable biometric logins, while the iPad Pro’s home button offers Touch ID authentication.Otherwise, these tablets are pretty similar.  The biggest aesthetic difference is that the iPad Pro’s got a brushed-aluminum back, while the Tab S4’s back panel is made of glass.MORE: Best Apple LaptopsThe iPad Pro (9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches) is slightly thinner than the Galaxy Tab S4 (9.8 x 6.5 x 0.28 inches), though Samsung’s tablet is narrower. Both slates weigh 1.1 pounds.Winner: TieDisplayWhen it comes to their screens, the Tab S4 and iPad Pro differ in the ways we always expect from Samsung and Apple devices. While watching a trailer for The Meg, we noticed stronger color from the Tab S4, with oceans looking bluer, a glowing sphere emitting more-intense light and clothing rendering in hues that popped off the screen.This created a spike in contrast and loss of detail, however, as a character’s hair and Jason Statham’s face appeared darker on the Tab S4 than on the iPad Pro. Fortunately, the Tab S4 gives you multiple screen modes, so we remedied this issue by switching from the default screen setting (Adaptive Display) to AMOLED cinema mode, which brought the colors back to realistic tones and restored detail.According to our colorimeter, the Tab S4 produces an amazing 219 percent of the sRGB gamut, a rating that is high above the 122 percent we found in the iPad Pro. The Galaxy Tab S4 emits up to 463 nits of brightness, which is slightly dimmer than the 477 nits from the iPad Pro.Both slates offer impressive viewing angles, with colors staying strong at 80 degrees to the left and right.Winner: Tab S4AudioWhen I listened to music and podcasts on each tablet side by side, the winner was a no-brainer (literally). The DJ Khaled song “No Brainer,” for example, sounded fuller and stronger on the iPad Pro, which offered a wider soundstage, allowing for stronger vocals and harder bass. On the Tab S4, the same song came out flatter. Total55 X Weight1.1 pounds1.1 pounds StylusX Samsung is finally catching up to Apple in the tablet arena. Not only is the Tab S4’s DeX mode better for productivity, but the included S Pen also gives you more flexibility out of the box.But if you want the longest battery life, the speediest stylus and the strongest overall performance, the iPad Pro is the tablet for you. Plus, Apple has the larger selection of tablet-friendly apps.Which tablet are you thinking of getting? Let us know in the comments!Credit: Laptop MagLaptops with the Best Overall PerformanceBest and Worst Laptop BrandsBest and Worst Laptop Gaming Brands Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.center_img 10.5-inch iPad ProGalaxy Tab S4 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue BookAll The Pick-Up Trucks You Need To Research In One PlaceKelley Blue BookUndoTODAYCeline Dion Reassures People After Major Weight Loss Raises ConcernsTODAYUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.com47 Interesting Billionaires Who Run CanadaForbes.comUndoCNN International for ANAHow To Keep Cool In Competition With Your IdolsCNN International for ANAUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Diplay X PerformanceX X X Desktop Productivity I noticed an even greater difference while watching The Polygon Show podcast, in which the hosts’ voices sounded bright and chipper on the iPad Pro and slightly muted on the Tab S4.Winner: iPad ProKeyboardI’ve never written a face-off in which I didn’t want to name a victor, but with keyboards like these, it’s hard to say anyone’s truly winning. Testing both the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard ($159) and the Tab S4’s Book Cover Keyboard ($150) was an exercise in frustration, as my fingers flailed away at the too-soft keys.I hit similar rates with the two keyboards on the 10fastfingers typing test, with 63 words per minute (and 98.4 percent accuracy) on the iPad Pro and 64 words per minute (with 92.4 percent accuracy) on the Tab S4.MORE: Kids Tablets to Buy (or Avoid)The iPad Pro’s keyboard is the worst of the two, as it presents users with fabric-covered keys that don’t click as much as they move down. The Tab S4’s keyboard isn’t much better, with its flimsy-feeling keys, but at least those have 0.7mm of vertical travel, which is 20 percent more than the 0.5mm in the iPad Pro keys.Winner: Galaxy Tab S4StylusTo compare the iPad Pro’s Apple Pencil (sold separately; $100) and the Tab S4’s S Pen (included), I asked Laptop Mag Deputy Director of Photography Jef Castro to draw with both styli in Adobe Photoshop Sketch. When I asked for his feedback, he said, “Well, the S Pen’s just a hair slower than the Apple Pencil, which draws more naturally and fluidly.”Physically, Jef said, the styli were equals in terms of how they felt in his hand and the sense of feedback they gave when pressed against each tablet’s glass screen.Winner: iPad ProPerformanceApple’s iPad Pro may be over a year old, but it’s not slowing down. The iPad Pro’s A10X Fusion CPU with 4GB of RAM holds up against modern competition, repeatedly offering more speed than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU with 4GB of RAM in the Tab S4.I saw no stutter when splitting either tablet’s screen between a 1080p YouTube video and 12 web browser tabs, and both ran Fortnite at relatively smooth rates.Synthetic testing gave a nod to the iPad Pro, which earned a 9,233 on the Geekbench 4 general performance test, scoring much higher than the Tab S4 and its 6,592. The iPad Pro also won in the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme graphics benchmark test, in which it posted a score of 4299, beating the Tab S4’s 3481.  MORE: 100+ Great iOS Games for iPhones and iPadsThe iPad Pro also won our video test, transcoding a 4K video to 1080p in 38 seconds, a small fraction of the 2:50 time from the Tab S4 (which required Adobe Premiere Clip to be side loaded).Winner: iPad ProDesktop productivityThe iPad Pro and the Tab S4 both aim to make the tablet a more-productive device, but which is closer to replacing your laptop? The biggest difference between the two is the maximum number of simultaneous open windows they allow; the iPad Pro hits a ceiling at three, with two apps in split-view and a third in slide over. The Tab S4’s DeX mode, though, has a higher cap, allowing up to 20 windows open at once (though it could use a snap-to-corner functionality).Admittedly, both the iPad Pro and the Tab S4 are limited by their operating systems, as iOS and Android will reset an app if it lingers in the background for too long.Winner: Tab S4Battery lifeThe Tab S4 lasts a decent amount of time on a charge, but the iPad Pro made it even longer. The Laptop Mag Battery Test (web surfing at 150 nits) took 9 hours and 34 minutes to drain the Tab S4 of its charge, while the iPad Pro posted a time of 13 hours and 55 minutes.Winner: iPad ProValueThese tablets provide pretty similar features, but one stands out with its perks. The Tab S4 and iPad Pro start at the same $649 and include the same amount of storage (64GB) and memory (4GB). But while Samsung throws in its S Pen for free, Apple will charge you an extra $100 for its Pencil stylus. Also, the 256GB version of the Tab S4 costs $749, which is $50 cheaper than the $799 256GB iPad Pro.Winner: Tab S4Overall Winner: It’s a tie! Keyboard Starting Price$649$649 CPUA10X FusionQualcomm Snapdragon 835 Author Bio Value AudioX Henry T. Casey, onlast_img read more

Apple Music Finally Gets Chromebook Support

first_img Author Bio Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoAdvertisement Henry T. Casey, center_img Henry T. Casey, on Every month we get news of Apple’s services landing outside its walled gardens — be it on Alexa or Samsung Smart TVs — and it’s almost not surprising anymore. The latest Apple app to cross the line is Apple Music, which has finally been approved for Chromebooks.First spotted by Chrome Unboxing, the release notes for Apple Music’s Android app’s latest version start by saying “The latest update includes: Support for Chromebooks.” As an Apple Music subscriber myself, I can’t wait to check this out because Chromebooks pack a certain allure, with a super-simple operating system and keyboards that don’t require company spokespersons to apologize (ahem, Apple).MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-music-finally-gets-chromebook-support?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 MORE: Best Chromebooks: Reviews & ComparisonsWhile all Android apps should run on Chromebooks thanks to Google Play emulation, that’s not the case when it comes to app by app testing, something I saw when reviewing the Google Pixel Slate. Further, games run at wildly different levels of smoothness, which I’ve seen when testing apps for my Best Android Games to Play On Your Chromebook page.This direct support for Chromebooks existing is something of a first for Apple, which has tried to combat Google’s laptops by positioning the iPad as a computer for the education market. I hope to see support for Apple TV+ to also land on Chrome OS in the future, but that’s less likely, as that would require porting a whole new app (the TV app) to Android.Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advicelast_img read more