Bista eyes separate division for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling Member of Parliament Raju Bista will be making the demand that the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) be converted into a separate railway zone or division.At present, it is under the North Eastern Frontier Railways. On Tuesday, the MP visited the railway station in Darjeeling and spoke to the officials and employees. “The DHR is a world heritage. It is an integral part of the lives of the people of this region. It is a part of the daily life of people through which the train passes. It carries the rich history and legacy of this place. We have to be more focused on the DHR,” stated the BJP MP. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTalking to media persons in Siliguri, Bista stated that as soon as he returns to Delhi he will take up the issue of creating separate DHR division or zone. “This will give more focus to the DHR. People from all over the world visit Darjeeling to see and ride the DHR. We have to overhaul it and improvise on it,” stated Bista. In Kurseong, the MP was apprised of the Railway printing press that has been shut down as manual tickets are no longer printed. “However the local residents have approached me with the proposal that this age old printing press should be converted into a museum. I will take it up with the Railways,” assured Bista. In 1879, work first started on the DHR, then called the Darejeeling Steam Tramways. DHR was inscribed as the a world heritage site on December 2, 1999.last_img read more

Armin Van Buuren On Expanding His Label To NYC We Feel There

first_img Email News Armin Van Buuren Talks Armada NYC Label Expansion armin-van-buuren-expanding-his-label-nyc-we-feel-there-business-opportunity-here Armin Van Buuren On Expanding His Label To NYC: “We Feel There Is Business Opportunity Here” Twitter Before taking the stage at Ultra Miami in late March, the Dutch DJ spoke to the Recording Academy about why Armada Music, with offices in Amsterdam and London, made the move to the Big AppleJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 11, 2019 – 5:18 pm GRAMMY-nominated DJ and producer Armin van Buuren is staying busy. Not only did he recently premiere a few songs at Ultra fest in Miami and bring his radio show, “A State Of Trance,” to more than 100 FM stations across the world every Thursday, he’s also expanded his Armada Music label to New York City.Before taking the stage at Ultra Miami in late March, the electronic music juggernaut spoke to the Recording Academy about why Armada Music, which he founded in 2003 with Maykel Piron and David Lewis and has offices in Amsterdam and London, made the move to the Big Apple. “We believe that there is a lot of potential growth for dance music in the U.S.,” he said. “Not to say that the American labels aren’t already great, but we really want to, especially for the American acts that we sign, we wanna give them the feeling that we have actual presence in the U.S. … we feel there is business opportunity here.”The van Buuren says the offices in NYC will also work in A&R. “It all happens in New York or L.A. nowadays; All the great writing teams are there, so we have to be present there,” he said. He did his own songwriting on a song he premiered at the fest called “Phone Down,” which he wrote with Fernando Garibay. The song about modern communication, he said, is relatable to many people.”Your phone has become your only connection to your lover and we all stare at our phone so much, your smartphone is the center of your life and we wanted to write a song about that.”The DJ, who was joined by David Lee Roth of Van Halen during his Ultra set, also announced that he will bring his A State of Trance festival to Oakland, Calif. on June 29 to 25,000 people. “It’s gonna be the biggest presence a State of Trance has ever had in North America,” he said. The Woman. Collective Wants Music Festivals To Be A Safe Space For “Every One”Read more Facebook last_img read more

Climate strike Students the world over take to streets demanding action

first_imgThe next time you think today’s kids only care about playing video games and posting selfies on Instagram, remember the day hundreds of thousands of kids around the world took to the streets to raise awareness of climate change.On Friday, students protested the lack of action from adults on environmental issues with the #ClimateStrike walkouts.  Basically.#ClimateStrike #ClimateChange NYC City Hall pic.twitter.com/bJKFuInfoY— Caroline Lewis (@clewisreports) March 15, 2019 Cape Town’s #SchoolStrike4Climate outside Parliament this afternoon. 🌍✊🌿📢⛰#FridaysForFuture #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/q6DBYez59u— Jo Jackson (@jojacks0n) March 15, 2019 Oh boy, look what happened in Lisbon, Portugal.#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/K1Ew1Zg4ey— Angela Fay (@lifelearner47) March 15, 2019 Sci-Tech 3 Tags Students inspired by Thunberg planned walkouts all over the globe Friday, including remote places like Antarctica. In a tweet, Thunberg said over 1 million people participated in 125 countries, citing numbers from climate action group 350.org. Last year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed in an alarming report that even if we meet the targets set by the Paris climate accord and stop our reliance on fossil fuels, the world faces serious impacts of climate change. So youth protests like #ClimateStrike could help remind the older generation that action needs to be taken.”Today you are hearing from children all over the world,” teen activist Alexandria Villasenor told a crowd  at the New York City climate strike protests. “We are telling you, we are trapped, and the time has come for you to turn the furnace off and save us all.”With the #ClimateStrike hashtag trending on Twitter, teens and adults alike are sharing photos, videos and thoughts about the worldwide mass protests and calls to action. Sign: “So bad even the introverts are here!”Victor, 15, St Paul, Minnesota#climatestrike #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/EsWukqMHIn— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 15, 2019 There’s an estimated 20,000 schoolkids including myself at the #ClimateStrike today in London. These are absolutely inspiring scenes with 100’s from each school across the city. Young people are political – we’re taking a stand and we’re not stopping anytime soon. pic.twitter.com/ejjB5titGL— Hasan Patel 🌹 (@CorbynistaTeen) March 15, 2019 In front of Trump Tower. #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/WRwOxzuQ5T— Rex Santus (@rexsantus) March 15, 2019 @GretaThunberg today in Helsinki we had at least 5 000 young people marching and striking for their future! We haven’t seen anything like this in Finland😍🌍💚#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/PTOqwkeQO0— Atte Ahokas🇫🇮🇪🇺🌍 (@A_Ahokas) March 15, 2019 There are thousands of students on the streets of Dublin taking part in #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/BkcJ8fxTPP— Natura Token (@naturatoken) March 15, 2019 Hundreds of young people striking outside the MA State House right now! The energy here is amazing and inspiring! 🌎 (video better with volume on) #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/xXWZb8zPzh— Mass Sierra Club (@MassSierraClub) March 15, 2019 Many were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who was just nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, Thunberg gave a popular TED Talk explaining why she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming. She protested outside the Swedish parliament and in the process grabbed the world’s attention. “The climate crisis has already been solved; we already have all the facts and solutions,” Thunberg said in the talk. “All we have to do is to wake up and change.” Students around the world are striking today to demand action on climate change. Many were inspired by 16-year-old @GretaThunberg, who was just nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.Watch Greta’s full TED Talk here: https://t.co/VVDR58QgSO #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/olAjLgHvtL— TED Talks (@TEDTalks) March 15, 2019 Share your voice “We are not responsible … I am here to say NO MORE.” #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/NXYjMaRIxq— Sierra Student Co. (@Sierrastudent) March 15, 2019 Gathering at Churchill Square in Brighton this morning! #youthstrike #youthstrike4climate #climatestrike #schoolstrike #fridaysforfuture #youthstrike4climatejustice pic.twitter.com/rNHD7Sakpv— YouthStrike4Climate Brighton (@Strike4YouthBH) March 15, 2019 My son JJ He stood alone at his school in Ck-on-Shannon, Co. #Leitrim for #ClimateStrike – but he stood there in the knowledge that millions of kids, all over the world are standing with him today.❤Very proud Mum moment!#Ireland #ClimateStrike #fridaysforfuture pic.twitter.com/ksua2hbO02— Leah Doherty (@LeahNiD) March 15, 2019 LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE MARCH IN BRUSSELS!!! Young people are rising in 2052 places in 123 countries on every continents. There is no time to waste. We must #ActOnClimate. #climatestrike #klimaatstaking #FridayForFutures #GreenNewDeal @GretaThunberg 🎬 via @JohnHyphen pic.twitter.com/3CGLMDYE8v— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) March 15, 2019 #FridaysForFuture#ClimateStrikeThe new generation is more woke than you think… This is a photo of my city, Parma, we were so many… I’m so proud I was part of this pic.twitter.com/Mt0DSKxJLv— I ᴀᴍ: мιяιαмα (@Miriama03_Stay) March 15, 2019 @GretaThunberg #climatestrike #SchoolsStrike4Climate #FridaysForFuture Today In Rome.. 🌍 pic.twitter.com/JatqbxQysR— maxander61 (@maxander61) March 15, 2019 It’s not a trend – it’s a movement. #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/LJsKKsHS68— Ashley Shimabukuro (@AshShimabukuro) March 15, 2019 Commentslast_img read more

AsiaPacific information superhighway proposed

first_img.Bangladesh has come up with a proposal for an inter-state internet highway, to be dubbed the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (APIS). This proposed internet highway will connect 32 countries of the Asia-Pacific region through underground optical fibre cables. This will be the same length as the Asian highway, that is, 145,000 km. The Bangladesh part of this highway will be 1768 km.The proposal for this internet highway basically came from Bangladesh. The matter was discussed in detail at the United National Economic Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (UN-ESCAP) steering committee meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand, last December. Representatives of India, China, Japan and other countries of the region were present at the meeting.Based on the decision taken at the meeting, a feasibility study is being carried out on the project. The prevailing telecommunication system in the region is basically dependent on the submarine cable which is significantly most establishment and maintenance than underground cables, pushing internet bandwidth costs in Asia much higher than that of Europe and North America. For example, in Singapore and Hong Kong, the MBPS (mega-byte per second) internet bandwidth cost on average is USD 1.79 and USD 1.83 respectively. Yet it Paris and New York this can be availed at USD .45 to USD .78 on average.If the APIS can be implemented, this will be the world’s largest terrestrial interstate internet network, providing speedy broadband internet in the region. More wholesale markets for bandwidth will be created, bringing prices down to the level of Europe and the US.According to a study of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Asia-Pacific region has the highest rate of digital disparity when it comes to the use of internet technology. Only 8 per cent of the region’s population has access to speedy broadband internet use, resulting in a large section of the population being deprived of using digital technology for education, health and financial transactions.According to official data, there are 80.8 million internet connections in Bangladesh with internet bandwidth usage being 500 to 550 GBPS (giga-bytes per second). That is why Facebook, Google and such organisations do not have servers in Bangladesh.Member of US-ESCAP’s APIS working and steering committee Abu Sayeed told Prothom Alo, the combination of submarine cable and underground cable in Europe and America’s inter-state telecommunication infrastructure has created stiff competition in the bandwidth market. The submarine cable is in the hands of limited number of government and private owners and so the Asian bandwidth market has been captured. That is why though Asia has the highest use of the internet, it is costly and has low bandwidth use per head. APIS will eliminate this discrimination.Abu Sayeed Khan went on to say, “Today we can use mobile phones at reasonable rates due to the stiff competition created by reforms in the telecommunications policy. APIS can also resolve the artificial crisis for bandwidth and render broadband easily available to all.”last_img read more

Paleopathologist finds gigantism in third century Roman skeleton

first_img More information: Pituitary Disease from the Past: A Rare Case of Gigantism in Skeletal Remains from the Roman Imperial Age, Published online before print October 2, 2012, doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-2726 (Phys.org)—Paleopathologist Simona Minozzi and her team working at the University of Pisa, have published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism describing the skeletal remains of a Roman man from the third century that was first partially unearthed in 1991 in Italy. It is believed the man had gigantism, a metabolic condition that causes people to grow exceptionally tall. The skeleton was believed to have been from a man between the ages of 16 and 20 when he died, who would have stood 6 feet, 8 inches tall. Citation: Paleopathologist finds gigantism in third century Roman skeleton (2012, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-paleopathologist-gigantism-century-roman-skeleton.html © 2012 Phys.org To no longer grow is a ‘blessing’ for world’s tallest man Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism Credit: (c)2012 [i]Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism[/i], doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-2726 Gigantism generally occurs due to a tumor in the pituitary gland that causes growth hormones to be released in an abnormal manner while a person is still young. It’s extremely rare, occurring in just three people in a million, causing them to grow to heights ranging from seven to nine feet tall. In early Roman times, such a tall person would have stood out from the crowed, as the average height for a man in the third century Roman world, was just 5 feet, 6 inches.In studying the skeleton, Minozzi and her team found evidence of skull damage that appears to have occurred as the result of a tumor causing distention, a frequent occurrence with those that have the condition today. They also found evidence that the man had not yet ceased growing, another common symptom found with people that have the disorder. Dying young is also common for those that have gigantism as such growth tends to lead to other problems such as with the circulatory system. Thus far, the research team has been unable to identify the cause of death in this case, however.The team also looked for clues that might provide some insight into how the man was treated by people around him as surely his great height would have made him a curiosity. Unfortunately, his tomb, which was originally discovered back in 1991 held no artifacts, though the manner in which he was laid to rest indicated that his burial was no different from others of his time. During the original dig, it was noted that the tomb was unusually long, but it wasn’t opened until recently. Noting the unique skeleton, the remains were sent to Minozzi’s facility for further study. 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

Students of 4 RKM Schools in top 10

first_imgKolkata: The students of four Ramakrishna Mission Schools have ranked within 10 of the merit list of the HS examination results of which were announced on Monday. Five students from Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission have ranked between 5 and 9 in the merit list. Seventy students have scored more than 90 percent, 75 have got above 85 percent and 76 students have got above 75 percent. Four students of Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ Home High School, Rahara, have ranked between 5 and 9 in the merit list. Out of 129 students who appeared from this school, 57 got more than 90 percent marks. 100 students have got above 80 percent while another 107 scored more than 75 percent. Aritra Mondol, an orphan student, has scored 472/500 in Arts. Out of the 32 tribal students in Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Jhargram, 18 have got more than 75 percent marks. Two from Midnapore Ramakrishna Mission came 9 and 10 in the merit list while one from Malda claimed theighth position in the merit list.last_img read more