Anirban Lahiri turns to meditation for inner calm

first_imgAnirban Lahiri is unusually calm despite this being his Major debut. Hitting balls next to some of the biggest names in the game, Lahiri showed no signs of nerves or tension as he went about his work on the eve of the 141st Open Championships, which begins at the Royal Lytham and St Annes on Thursday.He is keeping the excitement within himself as he prepares for the big moment. A two-time winner on the Asian Tour, Lahiri has matured into a fine player with an ability to handle the good and the bad, even if only with a moderate degree of success at times.The other Indian in the field is the biggest Indian golfing name – Jeev Milkha Singh, who is fresh from his win at the Scottish Open on Sunday. Talking about his game, Jeev said: “I am feeling good. I am playing well and as I said earlier, being free from injuries is the greatest feeling in a long, long time. It is also nice to be able to play at The Open, because the last time (in 2009) I came here and pulled out due to a shoulder injury. The only other time was in Carnoustie in 2007 and I missed the cut.” The field also includes Daniel Chopra, who played his early golf in India before taking Swedish nationality. But his heart, as he says, is “very much Indian.”As for Lahiri, Jeev said: “He is a fine young player and is level headed. He has done well in Asia and could do well elsewhere, too. He has the game and more importantly, he also has the right attitude and that is important.”advertisementLahiri is accompanied by his father and says that he brings with him a sense of calm and familiarity. But the greatest source of calm for Lahiri is meditation, which he practises regularly. “I’ll stick to my meditation and stay in the moment and not get carried away and focus on what I need to do. It’ll play a critical role. In times of great highs and low, the mind gets muddled and unclear. I have to rely on meditation as it’ll only do me good,” said Lahiri, who at the start of the season spent more than a week at a camp in solitude, where he did not speak with anyone else to achieve ‘inner calm’.”The benefit is that I’m able to stay in the present. That’s what everyone talks about, hit one shot at a time and we all wonder how to do it. Meditation has taught me to block out the scoreboard, what the group in front is doing or how far back or ahead I am. All those things kind of get sidetracked and the focus comes back to what I need to do,” he explained.”It’s like a process, like an exercise. You can be in that state during the round depending on how strong your practices are. If you can put yourself in that state, you can go through 18 holes in your own world without being affected by what’s around you.”Lahiri spent a few days in May with his coach Vijay Divecha, trying to iron out some areas in his game. “I played a few rounds with my coach and that helped. Then I went back and returned to Lytham on Saturday. I have played three practice rounds and am ready to go,” he added.He admits that people often talk about the ‘bad’ weather that is normal at The Open.”Frankly I may not enjoy this weather, but I enjoy playing golf in this weather. It is true test. A lot of people here whom I’ve met are not comfortable in this condition but I’m feeling fine,” he added.last_img read more

Want more football players to play outside India: Gurpreet

first_imgMumbai, Aug 31 (PTI) Playing in Norway for top division club Stabaek has helped him grow as a footballer, feels goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh, who wants more of his countrymen to follow in his footsteps to help India rise as a power in the sport.”My aim was to play in Norway, break into the first team and play in the first team. I have grown as a player in all aspects of the game. I will try to keep getting better. Playing in Europe is better for me,” said the 24-year-old goalkeeper who has been called up for the international friendly against Puerto Rico at the Andheri Sports Complex stadium here on September 3. “I feel good that at least we have a player (himself playing overseas). I would have been happy if it was anyone else too. Its an important factor, playing outside India. “Thats the only way Indian football is going to progress, with more players playing outside. I believe every one of them can play outside India, especially the under 17 players. The younger the better,” Gurpreet told reporters today. “My contract expires next year. I would try for another club, the higher the league, higher the club, whichever country, its okay for me,” said the Mohali-born youngster, who is the first Indian to figure in a competitive match for the first team of a top-division European club.”It has been an uphill battle for me. When I went to Norway first I was not at that level. I had to make myself capable to play at that level when I was ready I challenged him (first choice goalkeeper Sayouba Mande of Ivory coast). I learnt a lot from him and he says he has learnt a lot from me. I dont know what,” said Gurpreet about his stint in the Scandinavian country.advertisement”I never thought I would be at this point, its dream come true to play in Europe. I am always proud of what I have done.”My debut was against Asias no. 1 team (Iran). Thats the first time ever I got to play against Asias best team,” he said about his appearance against the West Asian giants in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Bengaluru when asked about his most memorable moment when playing on Indian soil. (More) PTI SSR RSY AH AHlast_img read more

Heat Scorch The Nets, 104-98

first_imgNEW YORK — When Dwyane Wade and the Heat come to Brooklyn, they usually come away with a win.Wade scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, Hassan Whiteside added 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Heat beat the Nets 104-98 on Dec. 16 for their third straight victory.Miami has won five in a row against Brooklyn and 11 of the last 13 meetings on the road.“Dwyane had a real pep in his step. This is what he’s built his career on,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He had the full pie chart going.”Goran Dragic added 16 points, Gerald Green had 13 and Justise Winslow scored 11 for Miami.Brook Lopez scored 25 and Jarrett Jack had 22 points and 10 assists for the Nets, who lost the final three games of their six-game homestand.The Heat led by 11 points on Wade’s basket with 5:14 left in the third quarter, but the Nets pulled within 86-85 on Donald Sloan’s three-point play with 7:31 left in the game.The Heat then went on an 11-2 run, capped by another basket by Wade with 4:09 remaining.The Nets cut it to 101-98 when Jack made three free throws with 1:01 left. However, Wade countered with a floater with 43 seconds remaining.“You never know,” Wade said. “Last game I got so many great shots in Atlanta and couldn’t knock them down. I told my teammates if I get those same shots versus Brooklyn, they’re going in.”Thaddeus Young missed a reverse layup on the Nets’ next possession. Wade got the rebound and Brooklyn did not commit a foul. Miami ran the clock down and Dragic missed on a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and Jack did the same with 7 seconds remaining.Dragic closed out the scoring on a free throw with 5 seconds left.“I told them to foul. I mean, come on,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “You got to foul.”The Nets made their first five shots and took a 26-16 lead on Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 2:49 left in the first quarter. Miami rallied and took the lead for good at 44-42 on Green’s 3-pointer with 4:58 left in the first half.The Heat then took a 55-50 halftime lead on Dragic’s coast-to-coast layup with less than a second left.“They are a veteran bunch. They stay the course,” Jack said. “We hit them in the mouth early, but they weathered the storm. They still have that championship pedigree in that locker room.Wayne Ellington finished with 12 points and Andrea Bargnani had 10 for Brooklyn.(JEFFREY BERNSTEIN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Canadian doctors to prescribe museum visits to treat patients’

first_imgToronto, Oct 29 (PTI) A trip to an art gallery may be more than just intellectually stimulating, as a group of Canadian doctors will soon prescribe museum visits as treatment for an array of ailments. Starting November 1, physicians from Medecins francophones du Canada (MdFC) will be able to prescribe patients visits to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in a first initiative of its kind targeting health and wellness through art. These prescriptions will enable patients, accompanied by family or care-givers, to enjoy the health benefits of art on a free visit to the museum, MMFA said in a statement. The MMFA-MdFC Museum Prescriptions programme is a new treatment tool that makes museum visits accessible to thousands of patients suffering from a variety of physical and mental health problems, it said. The prescriptions contribute to a patient’s well-being and recovery by offering free admission to a safe and relaxing environment. It also provides a revitalising experience, a moment of respite, and an opportunity to strengthen ties with loved ones, according to the statement. In the first phase of the project, participating physicians will be able to issue up to 50 prescriptions for a visit to the MMFA collections and exhibitions. “I am convinced that in the 21st century, culture will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century. Cultural experiences will benefit health and wellness, just as engaging in sports contributes to fitness,” said Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the MMFA. “Sceptics would do well to recall that just a hundred years ago, sports were believed to distort the body and threaten women’s fertility. Just as doctors now prescribe exercise, they will be able to prescribe a visit to the MMFA,” Bondil said.advertisement More and more studies show that contact with works of art has a real impact on people’s physical and mental health, noted Helene Boyer, Vice-President of MFdC, and an associate professor at McGill University in Canada. The museum prescription programme follows another pilot project launched in 2017, which makes it possible to recommend group art therapy sessions at the museum to certain patients, tailored to their state of health and pathologies, the statement said. The artistic experience and contact with works of art have a positive impact on health and well-being, as described in Pedro Mendonça’s meta-analysis of numerous studies, it said. The studies stipulate that the arts stimulate neuronal connectivity that supports psychological resilience. They also show a positive impact on attention and working memory, promoting relaxation and more complex neural activity. PTI SARSARlast_img read more

Why did Joe Randle drop to the 5th round?

first_imgUSATSI_6564012_154512258_lowresPhoto Attribution: USATSIYou may have heard of this event that happened at the end of last week. It was covered lightly by some major media outlets though, frankly, I’m worried didn’t get enough attention by most.Anyway, OSU had one player taken — one of my favorite players in recent memory, Joe Randle want to the Dallas Cowboys in the 5th Round. His tweet celebrating the moment was pretty outstanding too:Extremely blessed to be a Cowboy again!— Joseph Randle (@JRAN_1) April 27, 2013And the audio of Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones welcoming him to the team, as genuine a celebration as you’ll hear from an athlete in 2013.You don’t know how big a fans my family is of the Cowboys.All of this is great, he’s going to back up DeMarco Murray who, as one of my friends put it over the weekend, is made of glass — so Randle should see plenty of time. He’s reunited with Dez Bryant and Dan Bailey, Boone may have gotten him drafted, and well, you don’t know how big a fans my family is of the Cowboys.My question though: why would you leave the Big 12 title favorite to be a 5th round pick? And more importantly, why was the best RB in the Big 12 the last two years a 5th round pick?Last year the 151st pick in the draft made $437,900. That’s around what Randle will get.When he first came out in January I wrote that it was a good idea. He’d hit his ceiling as a college player and you have to cash those checks as a running back before you pile up too many miles on the odometer.I read that he would probably go between rounds two and four and though four probably wouldn’t be justification (three and two would) it would still be the right choice. But then he started sliding and…and…Andrew McGee, a teammate of Randle’s in 2010, had a theory:Screen shot 2013-04-29 at 12.29.51 PMHmmm…I don’t follow Randle but I would assume that if he said anything insane I would have heard of it. It’s a curious notion for sure, one I don’t totally understand, but maybe there’s more to this story that hasn’t surfaced yet. McGee certainly knows him better than I do.Randle has always struck me as a thoughtful, if not a bit arrogant guy. He majored in engineering at OSU and always seemed like he understood the game (of college/pro sports) and how to play it.I think he’ll be a good pro (not a great one), make some good coin, and hope he goes on to have a successful life.I’ll always wonder why he slid so far in the 2013 draft though.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

KSAC Stages Gospel Concert on the Waterfront March 28

first_imgThe Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be hosting a gospel concert on Holy Thursday, March 28.Entitled ‘Gospel on the Waterfront’, the concert will be held on Ocean Boulevard in downtown Kingston.The concert, which is free to the public, is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. Patrons are being encouraged to wear a touch of white, symbolising peace.Featured acts for the show will include: Sandra Brooks, Jermaine Edwards, Carlene Davis, Kevin Downswell, Omari, Vauxhall Choir, Emmanuel Apostolic Pentecostal Choir, Carey Sayles, Lubert Levy, Ryan Davis, I-WORSHIP, and Denise Wright.The event is being held in association with the Jamaica Information Service, RJR Communications Group, The Gleaner, Digicel, Social Development Commission, Urban Development Corporation, Courts, Ammars, CVM TV, Caribbean Broilers, KFC, Nationwide, BH, Newstalk 93FM, Power 106 and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Montego Bay Ripe for Diaspora Investment

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says that Montego Bay offers tremendous opportunities for investment, which will be highlighted during next month’s Diaspora Conference.The State Minister, who was addressing a forum on the upcoming conference held recently at the Sunset Resort in the city, pointed to the potential for housing development, and further expansion of tourism, agriculture and other business ventures.[RELATED: Foreign Affairs State Minister Confident of Uptick in FDI]She said that members of the Jamaica Diaspora and local investors need “to seize the moment” for the development of Montego Bay.“A big growth strategy by the Government is investment and Montego Bay is a prime place for investment. There are many different forms of tourism that we have not yet explored and we need to develop,” she stated.She noted for example, that the Montego Bay Convention Centre could be utilised for faith-based tourism.“Nassau in the Bahamas has a lot of that and they make a lot of money. We need to also position Montego Bay in that industry. We want to make Montego Bay the place to retire for returning residents,” she stated.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said that the Government will be making the June 16 to 19 conference the best in its 10 year history, so that all can seize the opportunities that Jamaica has to offer.“I want to see Montego Bay flourish in business, because I believe that there is a lot more that can be done here, and the Diaspora is key to that in terms of investment in Jamaica. We have not tapped into all of the resources that the Diaspora has to offer,” she pointed out.[Special Page: 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference]“I know the potential in the Diaspora is there, and the will in the Diaspora is there. The money is there, and what we need to do is to position ourselves properly, organise it properly, and make sure that the money comes back to Jamaica,” the State Minister said.“This is an opportunity for us, we can do it, the Diaspora Conference is well organised, and this is an opportunity for us to seize, develop and grow,” she added.Meanwhile, Director of Diaspora and Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lloyd Wilks, reported that there is increased interest in the conference by locals and nationals living overseas.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

Madonna Pledges Support For Detroit Community Groups

first_imgMadonna has pledged funding for three Detroit community groups following her recent visit to the city.The Material Girl grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, and made a visit to the city in early June.“I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people who I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty,” said Madonna. “I have seen the results their commitment and hard work have already accomplished.”The three groups she has donated to are the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, the Detroit Achievement Academy and the Empowerment Plan.“From meeting the kids at Downtown Youth Boxing Gym who have a 100% high school graduation rate, to seeing how eager the students at the Detroit Achievement Academy are to learn about the arts, to understanding the value of giving homeless women the opportunity to become self-sufficient through The Empowerment Plan, it was obvious to me that I had to get involved and be part of the solution to help Detroit recover,” Madonna said in a statement. “A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit and I’m humbled to be able to give back to my community.”According to, dollar amounts were not disclosed, but the contributions will entail:• A “significant donation” toward a new facility for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, which serves 65 young people with after-school boxing and mentoring.• Equipment, art supplies and music gear for the Detroit Achievement Academy, a progressive charter school on the city’s northwest side, including iPods, iPads and Smart Boards for classrooms.• Funding to train three seamstresses at the Empowerment Plan, which tutors homeless women in job skills while creating coats that serve as sleeping bags for the homeless.last_img read more

UPDATE – Dawson Creek RCMP asking for help finding missing senior

first_imgUPDATE as of Sept 1 – The Dawson Creek RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 71 year old female reported missing has been located, and she is safe and sound. Thanks to the media and public for your assistance.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Kamloops woman.Bonnie Beattie who is 71 years-old was reported missing to the Dawson Creek RCMP on August 31.  According to the RCMP Beattie went for a drive Friday morning to visit a family member in Tomslake and never arrived. Beattie used to live in Dawson Creek area and had visited Tomslake earlier this week on Wednesday.The Dawson Creek RCMP are concerned about her wellbeing as she may have become confused or disoriented during her drive and may be lost in the area. Beattie is reported to be driving a red Pontiac Vibe that has extensive body damage to it. The taillights are said to be held together with red tape.She is described as:Caucasian140-150 poundsWith long gray hairGlasses5’4″And may appear confused.The vehicle is described as:Pontiac VibeRedBC license plate: CM117SExtensive damage all around vehicleTaillights being held on by red tapeAnyone with information on Beattie’s location is requested to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700, or if you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

Vancouver man in court after child porn investigation

first_imgVancouver police arrested a Vancouver man suspected of possessing child pornography following a monthslong investigation.Darrell Leonard Velasco, 61, was arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing and viewing child pornography and possession of methamphetamine and cocaine.Velasco made a first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court.According to a probable cause statement filed with the court, Google sent an automated message in October to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which maintains a tip line to detect and prevent trafficking of child pornography over the internet.The center forwards those reports to law enforcement agencies. One such tip was forwarded to the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit.Using data from Google’s report, investigators linked identifying information to Velasco. To get more information, they applied for, and received, a warrant to search his information with Google, CenturyLink, Facebook and T-Mobile.The search yielded communications between Velasco and others regarding sharing child pornography, along with chatter from others trying to secure drugs, the police said in court records.Officers searched his home, in the 10000 block of Northeast 21st Street, in the Burton Ridge neighborhood, last Friday.In a recorded interview after his arrest, Velasco told officers the messages the investigators found were his, and that he once kept a collection of child pornography.last_img read more

Paintings in national parks spark investigation furor

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West’s most pristine, well-known national parks has sparked an investigation by authorities and a furor online.National Park Service agents have found the images at five parks in California, Utah and Oregon so far. Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said the vandalism could lead to felony charges for the person responsible. The images appear to come from a New York state woman traveling across the West this summer and documenting her work on Instagram and Tumblr, said Casey Schreiner of, whose blog post tipped off authorities. The investigation also is the subject of well-trafficked Reddit threads, with people railing against the drawings as the defacing of irreplaceable natural landscapes. “You’re seeing this emotional response of people who feel like they’ve been kicked in the gut,” Schreiner said. It’s not the first time vandalism in parks has been documented on social media. Last year in Utah, two Boy Scout leaders caused an online uproar when they recorded themselves toppling an ancient rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park and posted it on YouTube. But in this case, the woman appears to consider the work an artistic expression, Schreiner said. One photo online shows a painting of a woman’s face on a rock outcropping against the panoramic sweep of Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park. In another, a line drawing of a woman smoking a cigarette appears on red rock in Utah’s Canyonlands. It is about the size of a backpack.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 1925 October 2017

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on between 19 and 25 October 2017 were:Facebook and Northern Gas and Power among UK’s best organisations for workplace cultureHeineken awarded for pensions communicationEXCLUSIVE: 30% of employers plan to prioritise wellbeing for 2018Weetabix Food Company reports a 5.4% mean gender pay gapEXCLUSIVE: Fitflop holds global step challenge for 200 staff worldwideEXCLUSIVE: Hays holds pensions roadshows for 3,500 UK employeesPoll: 56% think employers in the gig economy should provide minimum benefitsNew Zealand to increase minimum wage to $20 an hourThe Central Intelligence Agency motivates canine staff with playtimeSavers access £14.2bn through pension freedomslast_img

Mountaineer feted

first_imgSecunderabad: The 2 Telangana (T) Battalion NCC felicitated mountaineer Amgoth Tukaram here on Friday for successfully scaling the Mount Everest. Commanding Officer of the Battalion Shashikant Y Jadhav congratulated the mountaineer for setting a record in summiting the Mount Everest. Speaking on the occasion, Tukaram said that students must focus on setting targets and achieving them which would help them in career and life. He also shared his travel experience, success and about his achievements. It is to be recollected that Tukaram was the NCC cadet in the same Battalion during 2015 to 2017.last_img

Reliance Jio faces obstacles like low ARPU to gain customers CLSA

first_imgAlthough Reliance Jio is expected to launch its 4G services at cheaper prices, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries could face problems in gaining subscribers due to low average revenue per user (ARPU) and acceptance of 4G/VoLTE handsets, according to a global brokerage firm.Reliance Jio has delayed the launch of its 4G services to next fiscal. Earlier, it had planned to roll out the services by December this year.”…new entrant Reliance Jio will still face the daunting task of convincing/bundling/subsidising 4G users to adopt new handsets when 95 per cent of subscribers are still prepaid with an average Arpu (average revenue per user) of Rs 160 per month,” CLSA said in a report.”We maintain that switching to 4G handsets in this low-ARPU prepaid market and wide consumer acceptance of 4G/VoLTE will remain the key hurdles for the new entrant,” the report added.VoLTE is a new version of Internet-based call technology Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which is being offered by Skype, WhatsApp and others.”VoLTE is yet to be launched even in China and even after Reliance Jio will launch commercially, users will need 4G VoLTE phones and interconnecting to incumbent voice networks will be key…While the number of 4G-enabled handsets being offered in the market has jumped, the availability of VoLTE enabled handsets remains low,” CLSA said.While some analysts expect increased competition between domestic telcos after the launch of Reliance Jio services, CLSA sees Bharti Airtel, India’s biggest telecom operator, as the major beneficiary of mobile data boom in the country due to its “highest quantum of spectrum”.Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel, has recently said that the company would spend $3.5 billion in the current fiscal, nearly $750 million more than it invests usually, to boost its 4G plans.”We maintain Bharti Airtel as the best play on India’s mobile data boom and accelerating data network rollouts by top operators will drive Bharti Infratel’s (infrastructure arm of Bharti Airtel) growth,” PTI quoted CLSA, as saying.last_img read more

Lucasfilm is Producing Animated Shorts Celebrating the Women of Star Wars

first_imgStay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… We have a new Star Wars movie coming out every year, an ongoing animated series, a constant stream of new novels, and multiple fantastic canonical comics series. You know what this world needs? That’s right, more Star Wars. Disney and Lucasfilm are pumping out a constant stream of new Star Wars stories, and will likely continue until long after we’re all dead. Fortunately, everything they’ve put out so far has been awesome. This latest animated project though might be the coolest.Ahead of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced Star Wars Forces of Destiny. It’s a series of two to three-minute animated shorts featuring the coolest, most important women in the galaxy. Each short will bring us new stories about Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others we don’t know about yet. This behind-the-scenes teaser shows off some early drafts of what the series will look like. Even in animatic form, these shorts look pretty cool.Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, and Lupita Nyong’o are reprising their roles as Rey, Jyn Erso, and Maz Kanata, respectively. I’m especially excited to see more of Ahsoka. She was the best part of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and she’s had some great action scenes and emotional moments on Rebels.The series will be on Disney’s YouTube Channel in July and will air on the Disney Channel in the fall as a two-part event with eight more shorts. And of course, no new Star Wars series wouldn’t be complete without merchandising. According to Deadline, the shorts will be well-represented in the toy world. Hasbro is putting out a new series of action figures and “adventure figures,” which I guess look a little more like dolls than traditional Star Wars toys. Hey, it’s about time we got some cool-looking toys based on the women of Star Wars. At least they can’t forget to make a Rey figure this time.last_img read more

AMD kills Catalyst replaces it with a mini OS called Radeon Software

first_imgIn September, AMD turned its graphics unit into a standalone business. Now, the Radeon Technologies Group is getting ready to release the first version of its software. They’re calling it a graphics mini-operating system.Senior VP Raja Koduri says that Radeon Software is being built with a focus on gamers, professional graphics, and virtual and augmented reality applications. They’ve torn down the old Catalyst Control Center and rebuilt a whole new experience that puts responsiveness, discoverability, and ease of use front and center. Radeon’s Terry Makedon says that they want you to be able to “control your GPU through one simple, modern application.”Radeon Software is due to arrive before the end of this year, and they’re pretty excited about what’s going to ship. Some of the improvements you’ll see include faster start times, more intuitive navigation throughout the app, a new game manager, an overhauled Overdrive for simplified overclocking, and enhancements to AMD’s six display-capable Eyefinity.They’re also pretty stoked about the new brushed metal look, but you’ll probably be much more impressed  by the fact that the new Radeon Software will start in just 0.6 of a second (instead of 8 seconds) on an under-powered AMD E-350 laptop. It’ll launch even faster on more muscular rigs.Makedon mentions that there will be “some performance improvements,” but doesn’t get any more specific. Those of you running a Radeon GPU will have to wait for the software to roll out to find out what kind of boost you can expect from the first RTG software release.After the initial download, you won’t be waiting as long for future releases. They’re promising to deliver software updates on a monthly basis.last_img read more

Santhal beats at Surajkund

first_imgThe second day of Surajkund International Craft Mela 2017 in which Jharkhand is participating as the theme state, began with the display of ‘Santhal,’ interacting with people who visited the mela with its specialities in art and culture.The tribe exhibited through its actions and body languages, its nature and how it effects their lives and basic amenities. The ‘Santhals’ did not fall behind in displaying their belief in sustainable development. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe tribe were also in full display as to how their traditions are celebrated and language is spoken to effectively communicate their cause with folks, in and around, which the visitors enjoyed and relished the most in the Surajkund mela.Santhal tribe is the third largest tribe of India, belonging to the pre-aryan period. They were great fighters who waged war against the British in 1855. They speak Santhali belonging to the Austro-Asiatic lingua family.The participating ‘Santhal’ community in exhibited their preferences in terms of food which is largely rice and as to how it is served to the guests who visit them at Jharkhand. This exhibition of acceptance was also enjoyed by the spectators who came to the second day of Surajkund International Craft Mela.last_img read more

By Humankind picks up 4M to rid your morning routine of

first_imgSingle-use plastics are the scourge of the environment, which is why many lawmakers are working to eliminate them.Today, a new brand is launching to try to eliminate single-use plastic in the area of personal care. With $4 million in seed funding led by Lerer Hippeau (with participation from Red Sea Ventures, BoxGroup, SV Angel, Great Oaks, SoulCycle co-founder Elizabeth Cutler, and CPO of Adobe, Scott Belsky, among others), By Humankind offers deodorant, shampoo and mouthwash.But unlike your typical personal care products, the By Humankind portfolio products are rethought from the ground up to eliminate single-use plastic and be kind to the environment.For example, the mouthwash doesn’t come in a big plastic container, but rather in tablet form. Users can drop a tablet into a small cup of water and the mouthwash, which is alcohol-free, dissolves into a liquid. With the shampoo, the By Humankind team decided to eliminate the plastic bottle by simply taking a page out of the old soap bar playbook, creating a shampoo bar.Meanwhile, the By Humankind deodorant comes in a refillable plastic roller, with paper-pod refills (which the company calls KindFills).The company says that its products eliminate single-use plastic by 90 percent when compared to other products in their respective categories. Moreover, By Humankind has designed its shipping packages with biodegradable, bamboo fiber-based materials.“Keeping our packaging footprint to a minimum is an extension of our mission, which is enabling our customers to reduce their single-use plastic waste, while not sacrificing quality or convenience,” said co-founder and CEO Brian Bushell.Bushell came from Baked By Melissa, where he was co-founder and CEO. A couple of years after leaving the company, Bushell went on a trip with his girlfriend to Southeast Asia. On a scuba excursion, he noticed a large amount of plastic trash in the ocean, which took him by surprise as he believed to be in one of the few untouched, idyllic parts of the planet.“We went to the hotel into the bathroom and looked at the stuff we brought on the trip and realized that we were part of the problem,” said Bushell. “That’s when the idea was hatched to build a personal care brand that not only cared about ingredients but about the containers they come in.”But Bushell knew that the mission would only be successful if the products performed well. That’s why the company spent time and resources creating high-performance formulas for its products, such as the By Humankind deodorant, which the company says kills odor-causing bacteria 40 percent faster than other leading natural deodorants.According to By Humankind, customers that switch from their current products to all three By Humankind products, with normal usage, will save five pounds of single-use plastic over the course of a year.last_img read more

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