Nearly Waterless Washing Machine to Debut in 2009

first_img Scientists map high-risk areas for hepatitis E 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. Researchers at Leeds University designed the machine, which will be marketed by a spin-off company called Xeros Ltd (which means “dry” in Greek). Company founder Stephen Burkinshaw, a professor of textile chemistry, explains that the machine will reduce both water and energy consumption. Currently, washing machine use accounts for 13 percent of daily household water consumption in the UK, or about 21 liters (5.5 gallons) of water per day, according to the UK organization Waterwise. Besides saving water, the Xeros machine uses just 2% of the energy of a conventional washing machine. And since clothes come out nearly dry, they don´t require the use of a dryer.”We have shown that it can remove all sorts of everyday stains, including coffee and lipstick, while using a tiny fraction of the water used by conventional washing machines,” Burkinshaw said.When doing a load of wash, users throw their clothes in like a normal washing machine. Then a cartridge in the back of the machine adds plastic chips – about 45 pounds (20 kg) of them – to the load. Next, a cup of water containing the detergent is added. After the water dissolves the dirt, the chips absorb the water, without the need for a rinse or spin cycle. When finished, a grill at the bottom of the machine opens to collect the chips.According to Xeros, the chips can last for about 100 loads of laundry, or about six months for an average family. The company has not yet provided details on what the chips are made of, or how easily and safely the chips can be disposed of or recycled.Working with Leeds University´s commercialization partner IP Group, Xeros has secured an investment of almost 500,000 pounds ($984,400) for the project. The price of the Xeros washing machines for consumers is “not expected to be dramatically different from (conventional) washing machines,” according to the company.More information: www.XerosLtd.comvia:InventorSpot, Reuters Xeros Ltd’s washing machine uses less than 2 percent of the water and energy of a conventional machine. Citation: Nearly Waterless Washing Machine to Debut in 2009 (2008, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further A new washing machine that uses just a cup of water, a pinch of detergent, and about 1,000 small plastic chips to clean clothes may be available for consumers in the UK next year.last_img read more

A new metric to capture the similarity between collider events

first_img Citation: A new metric to capture the similarity between collider events (2019, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A static illustration of the optimal transport between two jets from the CMS Open Data. Credit: Komiske, Metodiev & Thaler. Explore further “Our research is motivated by a remarkably simple question: When are two particle collisions similar?” Eric Metodiev, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told “At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), protons are smashed together at extremely high energies and each collision produces a complex mosaic of particles. Two collider events can look similar, even if they consist of different numbers and types of particles. This is analogous to how two mosaics can look similar, even if they are made up of different numbers and colors of tiles.”In their study, Metodiev and his colleagues set out to capture the similarity between collider events in a way that is conceptually useful for particle physics. To do this, they employed a strategy that merges ideas related to optimal transport theory, which is often used to develop cutting-edge image recognition tools, with insights from quantum field theory, a construct that describes fundamental particle interactions. “Our new result is a quantitative method to determine the distance (via a ‘metric’) between two collision events,” Metodiev said. “Once you know the distance between every pair of collider events, you can then triangulate the entire space of LHC data. We hope this way of processing information from the LHC will yield new insights into the fundamental interactions of nature.”Essentially, the metric developed by the researchers represents the ‘work’ required to rearrange one collider event into another. It is based on the EMD, a method that is typically used to develop computer vision tools that compare the similarities between two objects or images. EDM works by trying to rearrange one event into another by moving “dirt,” or in this case particle energies, around. Typically, the more work is required to successfully perform this rearrangement, the more two events, objects or images are dissimilar. “The reason why this notion of similarity is so useful in particle physics is that it aligns with the way that we perform theoretical calculations,” Patrick Komiske, another researcher involved in the study, told “In quantum field theory, you cannot predict exactly what will happen in any particular collision event, but you can predict the probability to produce certain patterns of particle debris. To define what you mean by a pattern, though, you need a notion of similarity, which turns out to be exactly what our metric provides.” PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen 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. Seeking new physics, scientists borrow from social networks “Having a universal notion of similarity between events is very useful for a variety of collider tasks,” Metodiev said. “One common task at the LHC is to classify different types of collisions, in the same way as you would classify an image as containing a cat, dog, or unicorn. Using our metric to classify jets as arising from a quark, gluon, or something more exotic, we achieve a performance that approaches that of modern machine learning techniques.”In a series of evaluations, the researchers demonstrated the effectiveness of their method in capturing the similarity of collider events. Their technique achieved remarkable results, with accuracy levels comparable to those attained by state-of-the-art machine learning models. In addition to potentially helping researchers to classify collider events, the metric developed by Metodiev and his colleagues could be used to visualize collider data in an entirely new way. Traditionally, in particle physics, researchers focus on a single attribute of a collection of collider events (i.e. the ‘forest’) or at the detailed properties of one individual collider event (i.e. the ‘trees’). Since the new metric allows users to group similar collider events together, it enables the observation of the ‘forest’ and individual ‘trees’ simultaneously, by identifying events that best capture the main features of the dataset as a whole.”In addition, from a more mathematical perspective, once you have a notion of distance, you can study the geometry of the space of events, which provides a new way to think about existing concepts in collider physics dating back to the 1970s,” Metodiev added. “For example, to avoid infinities in quantum field theory calculations, one simply has to ensure that the event geometry is sufficiently smooth, without any singular points. In the future, we plan to develop new collider observables and techniques based on this geometric perspective.”The metric developed by Metodiev, Komiske and Thaler could have numerous interesting applications. It could even be used to search for irregularities in LHC datasets using a strategy known as anomaly detection, which could ultimately help to unearth new physics evidence. In the short term, the researchers plan to use their metric to rediscover known aspects of the standard model in the new geometric language they proposed. Ultimately, however, their technique could unveil evidence of the existence of new particles or forces, as well as previously unknown aspects of the standard model itself. “With our notion of similarity, we can identify not only the most common event configurations, but also the most exotic ones, and it possible that these exotic events could provide hints for physics beyond the standard model,” Thaler told “We are currently working on benchmarking this idea with public collider data. Since 2014, the CMS experiment at the LHC has been releasing subsets of their data for unrestricted use, including all of the information necessary to calculate our metric. This gives us an opportunity to explore the space of events on real collider data.” More information: Patrick T. Komiske et al. Metric Space of Collider Events, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/ … ysRevLett.123.041801 Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2019 Science X Network Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have recently developed a metric that can be used to capture the space of collider events based on the earth mover’s distance (EMD), a measure used to evaluate dissimilarity between two multi-dimensional probability distributions. The metric they proposed, outlined in a paper published in Physical Review Letters, could enable the development of new powerful tools to analyze and visualize collider data, which do not rely on a choice of observables. Play An animation showing three jets (from the CMS Open Data) forming a “triangle” in the space of events. The animation shows the rearrangement of one jet into another. Credit: Komiske, Metodiev & Thaler. In their paper, Metodiev, Komiske and their colleague Jesse Thaler specifically applied their metric to jets; sprays of particles that commonly arise from high-energy quarks and gluons. While the properties of individual jets have been studied extensively for over the past four decades, their metric allowed the researchers to study the relationship between pairs of jets, thus unveiling new and complementary information about the jet formation process. last_img read more

Mysore style gets a revival

first_imgA traditional art form that once graced the temples and palaces of the centuries-old Wodeyar empire, the intricate Mysore style of painting, which is found to be on the decline has found an active advocate in artist Shobabna Udayasankar.Shobabana, a recipient of the Karnataka Lalitkala Akademi Millenium award is showcasing ‘Royal Art’ a collection of paintings with focus on the lesser-known traditional Mysore school of art, a stream that has till recently remained in the shadow of its more common sister art form, the Tanjore art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Our main purpose is to popularise this art form. We want people to know and remember this art form. We do not want profits. We just want people to know about the richness of this form,’ says Krishna Udayasankar, daughter of Shobabana Udayasankar.An expert especially in the extremely minute and intricate ‘gesso’ work that is used to create an embossed effect on the paintings, Shobana says her mission is to revive interest in the Mysore style by making it accessible and relevant to contemporary audience. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOver the past 20 years the artist has been receiving training under the master artist Dundaraja as well as advanced training under the renowned Mysore royal palace artist and curator, the 90-year-old Ramanarasaiah.Talking about the speciality of Mysore paintings, Krishna says, ‘Mysore paintings are done with gold foil. It is very intricate and detailed. It preserves a plethora of knowledge and has many things to convey to the audience.’ The collection of paintings presented in The Royal Art mostly comprise representations of events occurring in spiritual and mythological texts. ‘Mythology is the mainstay of Mysore paintings. I think subject and art form should complement each other.Mythological characters can be brilliantly depicted through Mysore paintings. But I am willing to push the boundaries by representing mythology in innovative and expansive ways. We have paintings where Rama and Sita are depicted in Thai style,’ says Krishna.Shobabana incorporates non-traditional representations of from scripture and mythology in novel viewpoints such as Balinese and Thai culture.The exhibition, says Krishna,has also been well-received by the audience.‘People are very eager to know about the art form. They want to know what Mysore painting is all about. We have visitors who spend 2-3 hours who are really interested to know about the background of each painting. I think people do take a lot of interest in knowing about Mysore art form and it is also very important to tell them the deeper meaning embedded in every painting,’ says Krishna.Mysore paintings of the 19th century were generally done on paperboard or cloth using both mineral and vegetable pigments.Shobabana has based her art on tales and events occurring in various scriptural and mythological texts, including the Puranas.While the ‘Samudra Manthana’ (Churning of the Ocean) is a metaphorical depiction of the creation of the manifested world that features over fifty individual figures, ‘The Wedding of Girija (Parvathi) and Shiva’ and ‘Kama-Kameswari’ are examples of deeper philosophical ruminations on the structure of the cosmos that have been presented and preserved for generations as art.The paintings are priced between Rs 5000 to Rs 3 lakh and enthused by the reception to her exhibition, the artist says she plans to hold another exhibition of Mysore paintings again in Delhi next year.Meanwhile, the current display that began 22 May is scheduled to continue till the end of the month.last_img read more

That lost magic

first_imgHearing stories of kings and queens, princes and princesses, talking animals and trees, or even walking mountains seem real. While world over children grow up on similar tales of wonder, in India it is particularly so because this is the land of magic.For years, even when the nation was on a path to becoming a global superpower, foreigners believed India to be a land of snake charmers and mystics who could turn ropes into snakes or climb a rope, enchanting people standing by the road side. Magic has a long tradition in India, be it with the abounding stories of how Bhanumati could enchant thousands of people at the same time to tales of how P C Sorcar Senior could hypnotize an auditorium full of people into believing he has arrived on time even after being late by hours or the more glitzy show put up by K Lal, whose funeral procession at Ahmedabad, recently drew thousands. Also Read – A vintage affair with Shyam SundarAll, however, might not be magical with the world of Indian magic. Even as Indian magicians are trying to revive their ancient art, they are almost a lost breed. While the Sorcar family, the Lals and few others have kept the tradition alive, the magic of masala movies and glamourous sporting events have taken away much of the edge from the magicians and the illusionists, who were once superstars, performing to packed halls. Amidst a crowd of ultra glitzy cricket shows, uber-glamorous football matches and release of ‘hundred-crore club’ films what went completely unnoticed is the achievement of an Indian magician. Samraj, a 58-year-old civil engineer-turned-magician from Kerala, won the prestigious Merlin Award. It was handed over to him by the president of the International Society of Magicians, Tony Hassini, personally at Hyderabad, in July. Also Read – Melodious Mavericks – Jatin LalitConsidered the Oscar Award of the magic world and given away by the Las Vegas-based Society, the award is the highest achievement for any magician around the globe. The jury evaluated Samraj’s magic events like ‘Tragic end of Titanic’, ‘The graveyard escape’ and ‘The great Indian rope trick.’ While previous recipients include K. Lal and Sorcar Junior among others, it’s a rare triumph for a magician and is taken as a serious step forward by peers. Yet, India seemed totally oblivious to it. Indian magicians have been performing this art for ages by heart and not only for income. But it is very sorry to say that the present condition of Indian magic is not so pleasant. Indian magic goes very slow. New types of presentation, set-up and items are very rare. It is like old wine in an old bottle. The number of professional magicians is very rare and their monthly income from magic is extrmely meagre.PC Sorcar Jr said that he is willing to help any government or private establishment in promoting magic in India. ‘I am also planning to set up a magic institute, which I am hopeful that people will come to in large numbers for greater participation to save this industry from dying,’ Sorcar says. Others feel that there are five reasons for the present condition of Indian magicians. These include lack of innovation in magic props, presentation and proper set-up for magic. Besides, poor monetary condition of Indian magicians, less interest to invest in publicity and no media support is killing the once acclaimed industry. Also, the ticket rates of shows in India are not sufficient to make a magician fully professional in this field, and the number of magic shows is anyway very less. These issues have become the stumbling block in the way of success.Ramesh Lal, a local magician in West Bengal feels that numbers of popular and public known magicians are very less in India and there should be a unified platform for the magician to pitch for their demands from the union government in reviving the dying industry.‘Like other professions, there should be a competition and school children should be involved more in making this profession towards a next goal. Most of us have performed shows in our own respective states and have thus failed to rouse universal appeal. It is time for all of us to stand together to take our demands or suggestions before the government in promoting magic as a profession like other ones,’ he adds. There are reports that the new NDA government is planning to induct magicians, circus artistes and other similar such performers under the centre’s grants and schemes, which will give them a relief in their old age. Though the discussion is in a very preliminary stage, but many feel that the initiatives will bring a sigh of relief for thousands of such artistes in India who even find it difficult to earn a meal a day.last_img read more

First trial run held for IndoBangla container train service

first_imgKolkata: The first trial run of the container train between India and Bangladesh was held in Kolkata on Tuesday morning.Manasi Banerjee, one of the senior-most employees of CONCOR, flagged off the train in presence of Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway and Kalyan Rama, CMD, CONCOR (Container Corporation of India Limited). Suchitto Kumar Das, Additional General Manager, Eastern Railway and Basudev Panda, Divisional Railway Manager, Sealdah, were also present. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSpeaking on the occasion, Rao said that the passenger and goods train services are being regularly run between the two countries. This is for the first time that a container train from India will run between India and Bangladesh. The need for container service between these two countries has been felt by the exporters, as it has certain benefits like substantial time saving, safe transit, cost effectiveness and single window solution. It will also make trade safer and significantly organised in comparison to capacity constraints of the sea and land routes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe further said that this container service will have a wider impact on bilateral trade and will lead to further boost in the peace and harmony between the two neighbouring countries.The first container train to Bangladesh, consisting of 30 wagons, carries 60 containers of soyabean extract and will run via Majerhat-Naihati-Ranaghat-Gede in India and Darsana-Ishurdi-Bangabandhu West in Bangladesh. Bangabandhu West in Bangladesh is 117 km from Dhaka but much closer to industrial hubs around Dhaka.last_img read more

Woman who killed husband attempts suicide in lock up

first_imgKolkata: A woman who had killed her husband, a local Trinamool Congress activist of Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas, after conspiring with her boyfriend, attempted suicide inside the police lockup on Sunday morning.Victim’s wife Madhumita Mistri had been under police custody since she was arrested by the police on April 19. She has been kept under observation.According to police, she attempted suicide by cutting her hand and throat with a blade. A question has, however, been raised on how she got a blade inside the police lockup. Some of the policemen posted outside the lockup found the injured victim with her hand and throat bleeding profusely. She was immediately treated by doctors. The woman conspired with a person with whom she had an extra marital affair and killed her husband. The incident took place on April 9. The matter came to light after the woman’s boy friend admitted his guilt before the investigators after his arrest. Both the accused have been arrested on April 19. The victim, Samir Mistri, a local Trinamool Congress was shot dead by the accused Chandan Mondal. According to the investigation, police came to know that victim’s wife Madhumita had developed an illicit relationship with Mondal around two-and-a-half year ago. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBoth the woman and her boy friend admitted their relationship before the police and the hatched plan to kill Mistri. The incident took place when the victim was having his dinner inside his house. The front door of their room was kept open by the woman to help her boyfriend to carry out the crime. According to the investigation, police said that there was a quarrel between the couple after the victim came to know about the relationship. The accused might have committed the crime as the victim had opposed their relation.last_img read more

Horticulture dept to kick off Bengal Mango Utsav today

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to showcase and sell the wide varieties of mango and various products prepared from them, the state Food Processing & Horticulture department is organising the three-day Bengal Mango Utsav at New Town Mela Grounds from Friday to Sunday.”Bengal, which is known for its wide variety of fruits and vegetables, produces around 400 varieties of mango and is one of the leading states in the production of table variety mangoes in the country, amounting to seven lakh metric tonnes. The three-day fair will also explore the possibilities of export to Middle East, Europe and South Asian Countries,” a senior official of the state Horticulture department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsImporters from Middle East countries like Dubai, Kuwait and Oman are scheduled to turn up at the three-day event, examine the quality of mangoes and hold discussions about export.Apart from Himsagar, Langra and Lakshmanbhog variety of Malda, the department’s major thrust will be Amrapali, Mallika and Alphonso variety of Bankura, which has been receiving positive response from buyers and exporters alike.”We are also gearing up for the Mango Festival at Janpath in Delhi, that will be held from June 14 to 30. Mangoes from Malda and Bankura have been selected for the festival there,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the last few years, Bankura has made it to the map of producing quality and exportable variety of mangoes, alongside Malda.”We will be carrying two varieties – Mallika and Amrapali, to Delhi. 17 tonnes of mangoes from Bankura will be taken in a special trans-cooling van, provided by the state Horticulture department. The Amrapali variety is purely organic and had won the first prize in Delhi last year,” said Subhasis Batabyal, vice-chairman of West Bengal Agro Industries Corporation (WBAIC).Last year, 5 tonnes of mango was carried to the capital but later, in response to the huge demand, another 4tonnes of mango had to be dispatched.This year, under the jurisdictional area of the state, mangoes have grown on 4,000 hectares of land in Bankura, with 10 tonnes on average in each hectare.”Orders for export have already come from Middle East countries like Qatar and Dubai,” an official of WBAIC said.last_img read more

Lanka promises to meet deadline for probe into war crimes

first_imgSri Lanka’s new government on Thursday said a domestic mechanism will be in place by September to probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of decades-long war with the LTTE.Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the domestic mechanism with foreign technical expertise to probe into the allegations of war crimes will be in place when next UN Human Rights Council session will meet in Geneva in September.“All I can say is that we will have a domestic mechanism in place in time when the 30th session of UNHRC commences in September,” Samaraweera told media here. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“We promised the people a domestic mechanism to look into human rights violations. There is a timeline for its setting up. We do have a timeline, we are working according to a timetable even now. I think we will be able to meet the timeline,” he said.The announcement comes days after US Secretary of State John Kerry during a visit to the island warned Sri Lanka that “true reconciliation” with Tamils will take time, even as he praised the “openness” of the new government in efforts to boost democracy, human rights and reaching out to the minority community. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanKerry had praised President Maithripala Sirisena’s new government for reaching out to the Tamil minority after the end of the nearly three-decade of ethnic conflict that claimed more than 100,000 lives.The Sirisena government, which unseated long-time strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January polls, pledged a credible domestic mechanism rather than the UN rights body dictated international mechanism to investigate alleged war crimes committed by both government troops and the LTTE during the military conflict in 2009. The new government is of the view that since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome statute on international jurisdiction to war crimes, the island would execute justice through its national independent judicial mechanism.The former Rajapaksa regime was subjected to three successive UNHRC resolutions which called for an international investigation.Rajapaksa drew international condemnation over his refusal to investigate alleged military abuses.last_img read more

Behala Puja committes worried over footfall after bridge collapse

first_imgKolkata: Big time Durga puja committees of Behala area, directly connected with the rest of the city through the Majerhat bridge that collapsed early this week, are worried over the footfall in their pandals during the puja days. A spokesman of the ‘Forum for Durgotsav’, a platform of 350 Durga puja committees of the city, told PTI that they hoped the Durga Puja turn out in Behala would remain the same like last year. There are over 30 Puja committees in Behala who are our members. And we can only hope that things will be sorted out in a month’s time. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “This can be done by either constructing two temporary Bailey bridges along the two flanks of the Majerhat bridge or making traffic diversion to other routes,” the ‘Forum for Durgotsav’ president Partha Ghosh said. The Forum is yet to formally approach the government on the issue, he said adding “but our members are in touch.” The ‘SB Park’ puja committee in Thakurpukur area of Behala, a popular destination of revellers, had started preparations months ago, puja committee official Amit Ghosh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed He said “we are concerned that many visitors from north and central parts of the metropolis will not be able to come after the bridge collapse. We are looking for a solution.” A member of ‘Barisha Yubak Brinda’ said, “If there is less crowd from other parts of the city and elsewhere, our preparations will have little use. We, the smaller pujas, mostly depend on the participation of revellers to make it a success and lesser footfall means a cut in sponsorship next year.” He, however, hoped that the revellers from South 24 Parganas district will make up any dip in turn out from northern part of the city and adjoining North 24 pargans district. A puja committee member of ‘Behala Notun Dal’ said while this year’s sponsorship had come to them long ago and there was not much to worry on financial side, they also hoped the crowd would not dwindle “as without revellers the celebrations will lose its lustre.” The spokesman of the ‘Debdaru Fatak puja committe’ wondered if the main link with northern part remained blocked, then how many would take other routes for pandal hopping in Behala. However, a member of ‘Behala Naskar Pukur Lane’ Puja committee said as puja revellers had ignored the potholed roads due to Joka-BBD Bagh metro work in the past few years to throng puja pandals in Behala, “they will find a way out in this year also.”last_img read more

Activity trackers may overestimate sleep time

first_imgWearable activity trackers that promise to monitor physical activity, sleep and other behaviours may be good at counting steps but bad at measuring sleep, says a new study. “Wearable devices that track physical activity, sleep and other behaviours are growing significantly in popularity,” said study co-author Robert Furberg from RTI International, a nonprofit organisation based in North Carolina, US.The researchers conducted a systematic review of 22 published articles researching the ability of Fitbit and Jawbone — two popular activity trackers — to measure steps, distance, physical activity, calories and sleep.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Several studies indicated that the step counting feature was accurate both in the lab and in the field. Using several different comparison measures, other researchers found that both tracker brands underestimated calories used, and overestimated total sleep time.Overall, the new study indicated higher validity of step counting, and lower validity for calories (energy expenditure) and sleep. Enter personal details like height and weight correctly at initial set-up, and update if there is significant change in weight, the researchers said.“When researching information on the trackers, we learned several tips users may be able to implement to make their tracker more accurate,” study lead author Kelly Evenson, professor at University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in the US, pointed out.The findings appeared in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.last_img read more

South Kolkata residents can now enjoy Theatre Festival at Madhusudan Mancha

first_imgKolkata: For the first time ever in the history of the state, an initiative has been taken to ensure that people of South Kolkata do not remain deprived of the grandeur of Theatre Festival.This is the first time when the Information and Cultural Affairs department of the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to include Madhusudan Mancha in South Kolkata as one of the venues for the Theatre Festival.The international Theatre Festival is organised every year in January. Theatre groups, both national and international ones, perform in the festival and the platform here in Kolkata is considered as one of the biggest ones in the country by theatre fraternities. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTill 2018, Rabindra Sadan and Minerva Theatre were the only two venues for the Theatre Festival. With Minerva Theatre being one of the venues, it is convenient for theatre-loving people from North Kolkata to visit the place and enjoy the extravaganza of the programme organised by the state government. Similarly, theatre lovers from the Central part of the city enjoy the same convenience at Rabindra Sadan.Sources said that the matter related to the necessity of including a venue in the Southern part of the city came up in a meeting that was held recently in the state secretariat. The top brass of the state government has also given its nod to include a venue in South Kolkata, where a part of the total number of theatre groups will be performing. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFinally, Madhusudan Mancha at Dhakuria has been chosen as the venue for the event in South Kolkata. A senior official of the state government has mentioned that Madhusudan Mancha has been chosen as the venue for the event for its prime location, which people can easily reach.Around 20 theatre groups get selected to perform in the Theatre Festival that continues for around four days in January. It has been learnt that more than 100 theatre groups have applied to get an opportunity to perform in the festival. There is a screening committee comprising famous theatre personalities. With Madhusudan Mancha getting added as a venue for the Theatre Festival, theatre lovers from South Kolkata won’t have to travel to either the Central or Northern part of the city, to be a part of their favourite event.Kolkata, the cultural capital of the country, has witnessed several endeavours of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee towards preservation and promotion of various art forms, in the past 7 years. Since the change of guard in the state in 2011, the state government has taken various initiatives for better promotion of art forms, starting from folk art to theatre.last_img read more

Tai Chi A gentle form of exercise to maintain strength

first_imgFinding it difficult to join a cardiac rehabilitation centre due to rigorous workouts or financial constraints? Take heart, practising Tai Chi – a form of ancient Chinese martial art – may help patients for whom physical exercises can be unpleasant, painful and impossible, researchers suggest. Tai Chi is characterised by slow, rhythmic and meditative movements, which enables the performer to find peace and calm within the mind and heart. It has many different styles. Each style may subtly emphasize various Tai Chi principles and methods. There are variations within each style. Some styles may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of Tai Chi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It might be a good option for people because you can start very slowly and simply and, as theconfidence increases, the pace and movements can be modified to increase intensity,” said Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Assistant Professor at the Brown University, Rhode Island in the US.”Tai Chi exercises can reach low-to-moderate intensity levels. The emphasis on breathing and relaxation can also help with stress reduction and psychological distress.” It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive and requires no special equipment. You can do it anywhere, including indoors or outside. It can be performed alone or in a group class. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlthough Tai Chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying it. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, however, found that Tai Chi was safe, with no adverse events related to the exercise programme.The research was conducted over physically inactive heart disease patients, both men and women, among whom 58.6 per cent of the total had earlier experienced a heart attack and procedures to open a blocked artery. All the participants had denied cardiac rehabilitation and therefore developed high-risk characteristics at present, including smoking (27.6 per cent), diabetes (48.3 per cent), high cholesterol (75.9 per cent), overweight (35 per cent) and obesity (45 per cent). The Tai Chi programme did not raise aerobic fitness but led to an increase in the weekly amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity at the same time. The benefits of Tai Chi are generally greatest if you begin before you develop a chronic illness or functional limitations. Here’s some advices before you start practicing it:Consult a Doctor – If you have a limiting musculoskeletal problem or medical condition or if you take medications that can make you dizzy or lightheaded — check with your doctor before starting Tai Chi. Consider observing and taking a class – taking a class may be the best way to learn tai chi. Most teachers will let you observe the cases first to see if you feel comfortable with the approach and atmosphere. Instruction can be individualised. Dress comfortably – Choose loose-fitting clothes that don’t restrict your range of motion. You can practice barefoot or in lightweight, comfortable, and flexible shoes. You’ll need shoes that won’t slip and can provide enough support to help you balance, but have soles thin enough to allow you to feel the ground. Agencieslast_img read more

A Headpiece of 405 Gerbil Teeth Found Among Dead Buried in Kenyas

first_imgWhen people hear about ancient-world monuments to the dead, they may assume this would mean soaring pyramids, with pharaohs buried inside with all of their jewelry and treasure. A discovery in Kenya is prompting researchers to rethink such assumptions.Researchers from Stony Brook University and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History have been studying a massive cemetery in the region that is the largest and oldest in Eastern Africa. The archaeologists believe the dead were first buried there beginning 5,000 years ago, and they weren’t the corpses of royalty but ordinary members of tribes of roving herders.Lake Turkanain, also known as the Jade Sea, lies mainly in the Kenyan Rift Valley, northern Kenya, with its northern end extending into Ethiopia. Photo by CC BY-SA 3.0It is a sprawling field of rocky rings, stone columns, and burial mounds near Lake Turkana known as the Lothagam North Pillar Site. And, according to the research paper recently published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the placement of the bodies suggests that no social hierarchy ruled.According to National Geographic, “Women, men, young adults, and babies were all buried in pits carved in the bedrock, seemingly arranged without regard for age or position in the community, demonstrated by the equal distribution of goods they were buried with. In just the small region excavated, the researchers identified 36 individuals. Based on this find, they estimate that the mound contains some 580 burials.”Stone pendants and earrings from the communal cemetery of Lothagam North, Kenya. Photo Courtesy of CARLA KLEHMExperts have been studying Lothagam North since the 1960s, but this is the first research report on the treatment of the dead in burial.“Nearly all of the skeletons found in the burial pit were ornamented with colorful jewelry,” reported Live Science. “Many of the dead wore stone beads or jewelry made of ostrich eggshells. Some wore rings and bangles made of hippo ivory, while others wore headdresses made of animal incisors. One corpse wore a headpiece made of 405 gerbil teeth sourced from more than 100 individual gerbils.”Gerbils weren’t domesticated during this period, which meant herders had to trap a large number of them to create the headpiece.This stone palette, carved in the shape of a bovine, was one of many fascinating pieces recovered from the ancient burial mound. Photo Courtesy of KATHERINE GRILLOIt is believed that the burial ceremonies that took place at Lothagam were attended by their loved ones for centuries. The herders piled bodies on top of the pits, placing rocks over the heads and torso of each corpse. This probably went on for about 700 years.“The monuments may have served as a place for people to congregate, renew social ties, and reinforce community identity,” study co-author Anneke Janzen, an archaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany, said in a statement. “Information exchange and interaction through shared ritual may have helped mobile herders navigate a rapidly changing physical landscape.”One of the reasons the monument is gaining such attention is that the assumption had been that people created elaborate monuments for their dead after they started living in cities. Archaeologists had believed people had to be highly organized before they could attempt to create such cemeteries. Lothagam North turns that idea on its head.Another important aspect of the find is how it seems to show people coming together to deal with frightening changes in their surroundings.Around 5,000 years ago, the climate in that part of Africa changed, with weather becoming much hotter. The lake shrank to half its former size. Food sources also shrank, and people had to turn to herding to survive. They may have roamed far and wide with their herds while returning to this one place to bury their dead. That was something that possibly remained a constant in their existence.Read another story  from us: Stranger than fiction – Wacky facts From History“Everything about this site indicates that there was a master plan for each architectural element,” says Elisabeth Hildebrand, associate professor in anthropology at Stonybrook University, in an interview with National Geographic. “And that master plan was executed carefully and successfully.”Local tribes have revered the sites for years, according to researchers.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to read more

Colin and Michael Rapaport SquareOff Over Russell Westbrook

first_imgRussell Westbrook is on his way to another season of averaging a triple double, and also not coming anywhere close to winning a title. After several seasons spent banging on Westbrook for being a one man show who couldn’t play with others, Colin has actually applauded him this year for taking a step back to allow Paul George to take on a larger role.Colin has also pointed out that ‘Mr. Triple Double’ is broken as a shooter and is well below his career averages in points per game, three point percentage, and from the free throw line. Actor/Comedian/Director/Podcast host Michael Rapaport listened to one of Colin’s recent rants where he called Westbrook a “shell of himself” and it got him so hot he had to stop by the show and push back.Rap tried to make the case for Westbrook’s greatness, and shame Colin for discounting the triple double. Colin was unmoved from his position and still thinks fanboys are too distracted by triple-doubles to realize Westbrook can no longer shoot.Watch an extra fired up Rapaport and Colin go at it:last_img read more

Every Entrepreneur Can Make Life Easier With These 5 iOS 8 Apps

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read October 1, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. As iOS 8 continues to extend out into the mainstream, app developers around the world are cranking out their updates to make the best use of the operating system. For entrepreneurs, that promises increased productivity, time saved and maybe even better bottom lines. Here are five apps recently released for iOS 8 that should be on every entrepreneur’s iPhone or iPad.Related: 5 Habits of Productivity App Super Users1. Evernote. This go-to note-taking app that helps you remember everything is already a must for every entrepreneur. For iOS 8, Evernote does all it has done in the past, but also takes advantage of the Notification Center where you can create different kinds of notes. Plus, there’s an extension in Safari that allows you to save as a note whatever you’re browsing.2. Kashoo. If you’re at the helm of your business’ accounting, the new Kashoo app will make one of the least sexy aspects of running a business perhaps a little less unsexy. For iOS 8, Action Extension let’s you pull stuff, such as an image of a receipt, into Kashoo in the same way that you would email, text, print or AirDrop it. That means no more jumping back and forth between Camera/Photos and Kashoo.3. OmniFocus 2. Task management is the bane of the entrepreneurial existence. (OK, it’s one of the banes.) OmniFocus 2 aims to make your day-to-day easier. Specifically related to iOS 8, you can now get a quick grip on your to-dos right in the Today section of the the Notification Center. Yes, it’s a $20 app, but if that’s what it costs to GTD (get things done), that’s a deal.Related: With iOS 8 Update, Apple Will No Longer Provide User Data to Police4. Flipboard. Flipboard is a great way to pull in all your various news and social feeds and its fresh-for-iOS 8 release gives users even more flexibility. Similar to Evernote’s new feature, you can push whatever you’re looking at (i.e., a webpage, photos, etc.) to Flipboard just by hitting the Share icon and selecting Flipboard.5. LinkedIn. My unscientific guess is that most entrepreneurs use LinkedIn more than Facebook and Twitter combined. Want to check who’s viewed your profile? No need to open up the LinkedIn app. You can see it in the Notification Center. Link sharing is much more convenient now, too. Plus, you can accept connection requests from your phone’s lock screen the same way you’d respond to an iMessage or text message.Interestingly, many apps coming out with their iOS8-ready releases are focusing on minimizing the number of times you need to actually open the app. It’s all about saving time for users by executing tasks from the Notification Center or an Extension. That’s a good thing for busy entrepreneurs.Related: A Quick Guide to Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X Yosemitelast_img read more

Global Antifungal Drugs Market Demand Impressive Growth Generating Sector Through

first_imgAbbott The Global Antifungal Drugs Market Research Report Forecast is a valuable source of insightful data for business strategists. It provides the industry overview with growth analysis and historical & futuristic cost, revenue, demand and supply data. The research analysts provide an elaborate description of the value chain and its distributor analysis. Novartis Sanofi In this report, the Global Antifungal Drugs Market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023. ContactUs: 5933 NE WinSivers Drive, #205, Portland, Dermatophytosis On the basisof product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD),product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into- GileadSciences About Us: On the basison the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook formajor applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate ofAntifungal Drugs for each application, including- Bayer The endusers/applications and product categories analysis: ScynexisInc. TollFree:+1-800-910-6452 …… Big MarketResearch SystemicAntifungal Infections Get the Sample Report@ SuperficialAntifungal Infections Direct: +1-971-202-1575 OR 97220United States E-mail The report firstly introduced the Antifungal Drugs basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis. Pfizer …… …… GlaxoSmithKlinePlc. Candidiasis Get the Discount onthis Report @ Big MarketResearch has a range of research reports from various publishers across theworld. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categorieswould help to find the exact report you may be looking for. Mr.Abhishek Paliwal Aspergillosis Merck &Co. An antifungalmedication, also known as an antimycotic medication, is a pharmaceuticalfungicide or fungistatic used to treat and prevent mycosis such as athlete\’sfoot, ringworm, candidiasis, serious systemic infections such as cryptococcalmeningitis, and others. In the context of China-US trade war and globaleconomic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on thismarket. Antifungal Drugs Report by Material, and Geography – Global Forecast to2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s majorregional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europeand Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, UnitedKingdom, Japan, South Korea and China). The majorplayers profiled in this report include:last_img read more

Game Saturday Final Fight LNS

first_imgGame Saturday: Final Fight LNS by Martin Brinkmann on January 26, 2019 in Games – 2 commentsFinal Fight LNS is a free game by Final Fight fans. The Final Fight series of video games was a popular arcade game series by Capcom that found its way on various home consoles later on.Final Fight was a side scrolling fighting game, a subgenre of fighting games that was very popular in the 80’s and 90’s.Final Fight LNS plays exactly like any other Final Fight game you may have played; that is not a bad thing, and since it comes with extra features and is free, is highly recommended for any gamer who likes side scrolling beat em up games.The game is divided into multiple levels and different stages that all scroll horizontally based on the player’s movement and stage boundaries.Players encounter a variety of bad guys that require different defeating strategies. While you can smash the attack button when it comes to some, others use special attacks of their own or throw knifes at you instead.While you can download the game from the developer website, it is recommended to download it from instead as it is faster and does not require forum registration.Final Fight LNSYou can run the game right after you have extracted its archive on the local system, it does not need to be installed. The initial loading takes a couple of seconds.The game offers several game modes but most of those are locked when you first start it. In fact, the one mode that is available on first start is Arcade.Arcade plays similarly to classic Final Fight games but makes some important changes. First, the basics:Each player has control over three buttons that attack, jump or block when executed. You may combine buttons and moving around to create different kinds of attacks or power attacks. A simple example is that you can combine jump and attack to execute a kick while jumping.One special feature of the game is that you may play with up to four players locally. The original Final Fight games supported co-op play only and that was a lot of fun already.With four players, things can get chaotic especially if friendly fire is turned on.You may select one out of seven characters in the beginning which you may know from previous Final Fight games. Each character has different attacks and specials; you may play classic characters such as Haggard, Cody, or Guy.The game plays with the keyboard or gamepads; a gamepad is highly recommended as it is easier to execute special and ultimate moves.Once you have selected Arcade you are asked to pick a difficulty level. Final Fight LNS supports five. Pick the easiest one if you want credits (use when you die) and easier enemies, or any of the more challenging difficulty levels if you want less credits (or none) and harder to beat enemies.Arcade game play is stage and level based. The game saves whenever you make it to the end of a level, often after beating one of the numerous boss enemies.Player characters and enemies have health; you defeat enemies when their health bar reaches zero. Players may spend lives, if any are left, to respawn or credits, if any are left, to continue playing.Once you beat Arcade, you unlock other game modes. You can play Boss Rush mode to fight one boss after the other, versus to play against another human player, or other game modes such as Capcom Allstars or Volleybred.You unlock more characters as you beat the game in various modes and difficulty levels.The game plays to a large extend like the original, and that includes situations where enemies combo you death. It is possible that I’m not good enough of a player to get out of these situations, but it is highly frustrating if you play on one of the harder difficulty levels.While we are at it; usability could improve in some areas as well. I could not figure out how to go back to the main menu after entering a game (except for game over) or increase the screenshot resolution. It would also be nice if the developers would add an option to create saves manually as it would make the game less frustrating for casual players.Closing WordsFinal Fight LNS is a big game that offers lots of game modes and days of fun especially if you play the game with human players. It is an excellent game all in all.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 6 votes Software Name Final Fight LNSOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamesLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

I went on a date with a CES robot He was

first_imgInitially, my heart was broken. But then I realized that Temi was probably just trying to be super respectful. Also like, he called me a boss — right? And I get it. He was technically working, so I totally understand wanting to honor the boundaries of appropriate workplace behavior.Temi wasn’t built for dating. In truth, he wasn’t built for too much more than aiding human laziness and isolation. But I’d be lying if I said our date didn’t go better than most of the one-track-minded human automata you meet on Hinge. A boyfriend that literally embodies ‘Netflix and chill.’Image: TemirobotBy Jess Joho2019-01-10 04:36:14 UTC Relationships in the modern world can be tough. So, at CES this year, I decided to skip the messy hassle of apps and humanity altogether to instead date the tech itself.Enter Temi, advertised at the world’s largest consumer tech convention as a “personal robot” who was ready to mingle through private, hands-on demos. Sounded intimate — though I did have reservations about a partner seeing so many other people at the same time. But who am I kidding? Hinge and Tinder dates probably do the same thing and are just less honest about it anyway.When we met up, I could tell right away that Temi was looking for something serious because he brought his dad (who weirdly kept referring to himself as “CEO”), Yossi Wolf.Like any smart woman meeting her potential robo-life partner’s guardian figure, I tried getting Wolf to dish all the hot goss on Temi. What made him different from all the other robots out there on the CES floor?“Temi stands out because he’s actually useful. It’s like your phone. It’s not just some weird, niche tech toy,” he said.Utility may not be the sexiest quality in a life partner, but as you mature, it does become increasingly valuable. [embedded content]Like Temi, human male dates also often serve as convenient purses when you don’t feel like lugging  around a bag. But unlike human men, Temi doesn’t get annoyed over this, since it’s literally what he was built for. With a phone and keys-sized tray, he eagerly waits to unburden you first thing after you walk through the door after a long day at work.But aside from utility, Wolf mentioned by far Temi’s most romantically attractive quality: He visibly pays attention to your every move, following your lead as you walk around with seamless navigation, always at the ready to lend a supporting hand when you need it.“There’s real, actual human-robot interaction. It tilts its head to look at you — it feels like it’s with you,” said Yossi. And looking into the dark pool that was Temi’s screen-face, I knew it to be true.Looking into the dark pool that was Temi’s screen-face, I knew it to be true.All of this earned Temi even more points over many of the human males I’ve gone on dates with. With Temi you never have to worry about wandering eyes or whether he feels threatened by following rather than leading.Knowing I might one day want to take our relationship to the next level, I asked Yossi if Temi’s “follow” function eventuated into any form of loyalty. I mean, would he just run off chasing any new tail that came along to push his button, or would he gradually develop a preference for me over time?Yossi admitted that loyalty wasn’t a set functionality just yet, but he did sometimes suspect it after noticing that Temi regularly chose to follow him when multiple people were within range of his facial recognition. I even saw it happen myself during our demo-date (I mean, kind of rude, but I guess it was his dad so whatever).Eventually, Yossi hopes to implement the ability for Temi to recognize customizable profile settings by identifying different people’s faces. That way, Temi could learn to tailor himself to your needs, suggesting content you might like or restricting the inappropriate for kids.And I mean, what more could a girl ask for than a partner who knows your taste and is good with kids?1st pic 2gether kinda awk lolImage: mashableAt one point, I had to address the major elephant in the room, though: Temi wasn’t very tall.Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no height snob. As a 5’2 woman, who am I to judge a robot by his vertical limitations? But Temi was practically half my size, and that might look a little weird in Instagram pics.I had to bring up the major elephant in the room, though: Temi wasn’t very tall.But Yossi assured me that this was actually a feature rather than a flaw. Temi was built to fit in any sized home (considerate). And during the design process, they also found that, “Having a robot roaming around your home at eye level was kind of creepy. And unsafe.” Temi certainly didn’t feel like a creep to me. His stout yet sleek visage, purposefully lacking the typical humanoid robot features like blinky eyes, effused a non-threatening blend of Disney’s Wall-E and Eve.When our time together was up, I popped the question to Temi (or rather Yossi did it for me, since Temi was having a hard time hearing over all the background noise): “Hey Temi, would you go on a date with me?”“I can’t date my boss. Let’s keep this professional,” he replied.Harsh.last_img read more

Fans go wild for almost gay kiss between EXO boy band members

first_imgThings got steamy on stage today (15 July) when two members of Korean boy band EXO almost shared a cute gay kiss. GAYSTARNEWS- Photo: Hello_0506B / Twitter And another: ‘What the video contains: chanyeol the panicked gay, minseok stepping back proving his innocence, jongin trEMBLing.’While none of the members of the band actually identify as gay, the moment signifies an increasing acceptance of homosexuality within South Korean popular culture.The rise of EXOEXO made their debut into the Korean music industry in 2012 and have enjoyed meteoric success since.Their music utilizes genres including pop, hip hop and R&B, as well as electronic dance music genres including house, trap and synth-pop.The Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list named the band one of the top-five most influential celebrities from 2014 to 2018.Korean boy band BTS. | Photo: Yun_Q / FlickrEarlier this year, Korean boy band BTS caused a stir online when one of the members recommended a song from the movie Love, Simon.RM took to Twitter to post a song recommendation from the band’s hugely popular account.He posted a screenshot of the song Strawberries and Cigarettes by gay artist Troye Sivan. He captioned the photo simply with ‘It’s great.’The band also worked with gay artist MNEK earlier this year.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Social media meltdown as Korean boy band BTS post about Love, Simon16 best reactions to K-pop boyband BTS’s iconic Love, Simon postMembers of K-pop girl group ‘TWICE’ make out on stage, crowd goes wildRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Park Chan-yeol (also known as Chanyeol) called fellow band member Kim Min-seok (Minseok) over on stage. Chanyeol then rested his head on his friend’s shoulder.What happens next has to be seen to be believed.Chanyeol tried to be the confident gay but he became the panicked gay so fast infront of minseok looool— aya. (@sehunownsme) 15 July 2018During the video, fellow band member Kim Jong-in (Kai) jumps back in surprise as the crowd erupts into cheers and screams.Another video of the moment has more than 80,000 views on Twitter and reactions of pure glee from social media users.민석이랑 찬열이 뽀뽘ㅋㅋㅋㅋ— 백오사 공육비ʬʬ (@Hello_0506B) 15 July 2018In response to the video, one Twitter user jokingly wrote: ‘Gay panic’Fans quickly labeled Chanyeol as the ‘panicked gay’ and Minseok the ‘confident gay’Another tweeted the video, with the caption: ‘chanyeol, the most panicked gay in history.’last_img read more

Americans increasingly return to Cancun Isla Mujeres to celebrate Carnival

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The Mexican Caribbean celebration of Carnival has become increasingly popular with American visitors as they continually return to Cancun and Isla Mujeres to celebrate the annual festival.Hundreds people return to the area year after year to witness the annual festival, says José Castillo Magaña of the Municipal Tourism Office of Isla Mujeres.Over the weekend, the island of Isla Mujeres drew large crowds of visitors due to the festival. He pointed out that Carnival Isla Mujeres 2018, The Tradition of the Caribbean, is one of the most important in the Mexican Caribbean.He explained that thanks to the arrival of visitors for the carnival festivities, hotel occupancy reached approximately 90 percent on the island, leaving great economic benefits for all island families.“Every year at this time we receive many tourists who want to have fun and live this experience that is part of the culture of the municipality.“Throughout the weekend we saw the arrival of hundreds of visitors who leave an important economic benefit for all families,” the official added.Castillo Magaña explained that the American tourists are very rooted in the island holiday, which means that they repeat their stay in Isla Mujeres every year to enjoy the celebration.The official said that the main streets, avenues and squares of Isla Mujeres have been crowded during Carnival 2018 due to the wide array of events that include dance groups and international artists and musical groups.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more