Month: August 2019

Audi Unveils iPhonelike Car PhoneAudi Unveils iPhonelike Car Phone


first_img Study: Tesla Autopilot misleading, overestimated more than similar technology 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. Explore further Citation: Audi Unveils iPhone-like Car Phone (2007, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-audi-unveils-iphone-like-car.html The Audi phone is part of the A1 Metroproject Quattro Concept, Audi´s latest urban car prototype. A hybrid, the A1 combines a 150 bhp 1.4-liter TFSI engine with power directed to the front wheels, and a 41 HP electric motor on the rear axle for extra torque. Operating only on electricity, the A1 can travel up to 62 miles, and can be recharged at a normal power outlet.One of the most innovative parts of the A1 concept is the phone, acting as a remote version of the in-car Audi MMI interface, which can slide into a slot on the dash. Equipped with both Wi-Fi and 3G UMTS technology, the phone features a combination key fob, remote starting, and even allows drivers to control the heating system remotely, warming up the car on cold winter mornings.And because everyone is going to want an Audi A1, the phone has anti-theft features, too. The phone teams up with an onboard camera, which snaps pictures when suspecting the entrance of an intruder, and then wirelessly sends the pictures to the phone. Then, acting like a LoJack, it switches on the car´s tracking device following the car´s location.The Audi phone can also function as an MP3 player and a navigation unit. The interface, a touch-sensitive screen with only four main softkeys (like an iPhone), can recognize Latin and Japanese characters, and can also decipher handwriting. Perhaps the biggest concern about such a high-tech device is getting used to safely using it—or not using it—while driving.via: Motor Authority and Jalopnik Audi has recently introduced a new concept car phone, cramming a ton of features into a tiny device. Called the Audi Mobile Phone, the handheld interface controls a number of systems on the car, while also serving as a phone, and video and audio player. The Audi Mobile Phone, part of the A1 Metroproject Quattro Concept, is a phone, MP3 player, navigation system, and also controls a multitude of features on the Audi A1.last_img read more


Jump into the screen with 360degree immersive videoJump into the screen with 360degree immersive video


first_imgAs you watch a video, have you ever wondered what’s happening beyond the camera frame? If you could jump inside the video and look around, you would have a 360-degree view of the world in your TV screen or computer monitor. Explore further Using virtual reality could make you a better person in real life A company based in Calgary, Alberta, called Immersive Media Corp. is trying to achieve exactly this type of immersive experience with a new camera and software technology. When watching a video filmed with the Immersive Viewer (IMViewer) system, users can control the scene, seamlessly moving the perspective up, down, sideways, or even behind the original frame. The technology is based on a Dodeca 2360 camera, which can record eleven image streams that are arranged in a geodesic geometry. The camera captures images at a resolution of more than 100 million pixels per second – significantly more than HDTV. The 20-pound camera also has four built-in microphones for simultaneous omni-directional audio recording. When recording, camera operators can check each individual lens to see what´s being recorded at every angle. Immersive Media’s software then turns the video files into “telemersion” files. A processor compresses, records, and synchronizes up to 12 channels at once. Then, the videos can be viewed on computer monitors, video screens, head-mounted displays, or projected onto a dome screen. When watching video on a computer monitor, viewers use the mouse to turn the viewing in any 360-degree direction (demos available at Immersive Media’s Web site). The viewing engine essentially blends camera image streams together in real time to make a movable window. With a head-mounted display, a viewer can see different angles simply by turning their head.To enhance the immersion experience, viewers can also “direct” the video by rewinding, pausing, speeding up, slowing down, or zooming in on certain areas. The technology is also compatible with GPS or other metadata, enabling viewers to determine the location they´e viewing.The software can also blend the entire 360-degree scene onto a single 2D screen, called a “sphere movie.” These sphere movies show the whole environment in motion at once, without having to direct the field of view. Sphere movies can be watched on standard software such as Quicktime or Windows Media Player, or recorded on DVDs. They’re also compatible with MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, and can be broadcast using HDTV-resolution channels.With another feature, viewers can watch three frames on a single screen: the controllable video, the full sphere movie (with crosshairs that correspond to where you are looking in the controllable frame), and a GPS frame telling you your location as you move. While Immersive’s camera technology was developed three years ago, it was originally used by the FBI to study street routes of visiting dignitaries for security purposes. More recently, Google Earth has used the technology to create its StreetView videos. Immersive also hopes to use the technology for applications such as urban planning, oil and gas resource management, emergency response and first responder operations, and commercial media.One notable company taking advantage of the technology is Adidas, which has featured videos incorporating the immersion capability on its Web site. Viewers can zoom in on their favorite basketball players and replay scenes to see reaction shots – in short, experiencing the event with a personal perspective.More information: Immersive Media Demos Citation: Jump into the screen with 360-degree immersive video (2008, February 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-screen-degree-immersive-video.html Immersive Media´s Dodeca 2360 camera. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


MIT spinoff plans to manufacture cheap efficient solar cellsMIT spinoff plans to manufacture cheap efficient solar cells


first_imgIn the new solar cell design by MIT researchers, more light can be captured, increasing efficiency and decreasing cost per watt. Image credit: 1366 Technologies. Sachs and his colleagues have started a company called 1366 Technologies. With the help of a recent $12.4 million grant, the team is building a pilot-scale manufacturing plant to fabricate their first batch of solar cells. The cells currently have an efficiency of 19.5%, and cost about $1.65 per watt. That´s a 27% improvement in efficiency over similar commercial solar cells of today, which have about 15% efficiency and cost about $2.10 per watt. 1366 Technologies´ solar cells are made from multi-crystalline silicon – a material that is normally less efficient than top quality single-crystal cells, but significantly cheaper. However, with the improvements by Sach´s group, the multi-crystalline solar cells reach about the same efficiency as the single-crystal variety.Over the next year, the group will decide whether their pilot manufacturing results justify building a factory for commercial production. Sachs also predicts that the cost of the solar cells will drop to around $1.35 per watt in the near future, due to anticipated advances.One of the biggest improvements to the new design is the addition of texture to the surface of the solar cells. In the past, this step has been very difficult for researchers to achieve with multi-crystalline silicon. The rough surface allows the cells to capture more light, since it bends the light and causes it to bounce around longer inside the cell, rather than reflect straight off the back and exit the cell. The researchers also etched wires inside the solar cell so that they too allow more light to enter the cell. Another improvement involved making the silver wires that harvest the current very thin, which cuts down on the cost and allows more light to enter the cell.Sachs, who is taking a leave of absence from MIT to help build the company, says that other solar cell makers will be free to use 1366 Technologies´ designs, and hopefully make solar power a more affordable and efficient method to meet global energy requirements. In the future, the company hopes to build industrial, 100-megawatt plants around the world.”Once the pilot plant has proven itself, we´ll work with governments and energy agencies worldwide to build a string of factories,” said Carmichael Roberts. Roberts is a general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, which – along with Polaris Venture Partners – is funding 1366 Technologies. Roberts is also joining 1366 Technologies´ board of directors as chairman. More information: 1366tech.comvia: MIT Technology Review Explore further Researchers from MIT have improved commercial solar cells that will soon be significantly cheaper and more efficient than those available today. Ely Sachs, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, predicts that by 2012 such solar cells will be comparable in price with coal, which is about $1 per watt. Best of Last Week: A loose thread in string theory, e-cigarettes harm brain stem, and diet’s role in obesity pandemic Citation: MIT spin-off plans to manufacture cheap, efficient solar cells (2008, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-mit-spin-off-cheap-efficient-solar.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Herding in the stock market may inspire humanguided trading algorithmsHerding in the stock market may inspire humanguided trading algorithms


first_img Journal information: New Journal of Physics 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. Investors’ risk tolerance decreases with the stock market, study finds What explains the correlations often seen between two arbitrarily selected stocks? Collective behavior between stocks is one feature that may be explained by human herding behavior. Herding may also explain some market features that are not well explained by rational factors. Credit: Shapira, et al. ©2014 IOP Publishing Ltd Citation: Herding in the stock market may inspire human-guided trading algorithms (2014, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-herding-stock-human-guided-algorithms.html © 2014 Phys.org More information: Yoash Shapira, et al. “Modelling the short term herding behavior of stock markets.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/5/053040 (Phys.org) —Humans have a strong tendency to belong to a group, an instinct that often manifests in herding behavior. Not limited to humans, herding exists throughout nature, for example in ant colonies, schools of fish, and flocks of birds. But what about the stock market? Explore further In an attempt to explain these features, the researchers developed a model of stock market behavior that consists of just two terms: a correlation coefficient that represents the individual tendency to follow the group (herding), and a random term that represents the individual’s unpredictable reaction to new external information. The researchers found that this simple model could capture several features of the market, including short-term price fluctuations, as well as partial long-term correlations of stocks with respect to other stocks and the index. Other known features of real markets that emerged in this model were the Epps effect (the phenomenon that correlations decrease as sampling frequency increases), short-term lagged autocorrelation (the correlation of a stock with itself), and synchronized “bursts” between stocks. Previously, some of these characteristics (such as the Epps effect) have been thought to originate in factors related to the technical aspects of trading. Others (such as lagged autocorrelation) have not been successfully explained by technical factors. The fact that all of these features can be explained by a model that at its core is based on herding behavior suggests that the social and emotional behavior of investors has a significant impact on stock market dynamics. As the researchers explain, understanding why investors make the decisions they do is important when trying to prevent market crashes and improve stability.”In the future, observed phenomena that do not necessarily conform with conventional financial theory should not be thought of as very intriguing or frightening, if they could be explained by taking into account human behavior effects,” Berman said. “This might reduce panic and prevent false alarms.”Accounting for the human element in financial trading could even have a fundamental impact on how computer algorithms are used in trading. In the past, traders used computers to analyze market activity and provide clues for making investment decisions. Today, “algo trading” has evolved to the point where the algorithm does the investing for humans. A major problem with this trading model is that, if everyone uses similar algorithms, then herding behavior emerges, which leads to market instability. “One of the things that I can see in the future is, if you show a human being financial information and record their brain response and associated behavior, then you can use this input to guide the computer in making trading decisions,” Ben-Jacob said. “So instead of using the computer to guide the human, you can use the human to guide the computer.”Understanding how the brain reacts to stress can also help traders make more rational decisions. As Ben-Jacob explains, most of the time humans behave somewhat—though not completely—rationally. However in times of stress, the brain secretes hormones that change the way it processes reality, changing its response. In stressful times, humans usually follow patterns that are familiar to them, avoid making individual decisions, and become more herd-like. Interestingly, there is even some evidence that the female and male brains respond differently to stress, which may provide insight into how to better respond to market fluctuations.”The female brain under stress tends to see more of the global picture and to think about continuation,” Ben-Jacob said. “In some sense, it reacts better in that it does not go into panic as much as the male brain.”In these ways, the merging of psychology and finance may offer unique benefits to understanding and improving stock market dynamics. Although we may like to believe that our rational side (“Homo economicus”) dominates when it comes to financial decision-making, a new study shows that herding behavior can explain several features of stock markets that are not explained very well by more rational factors. Understanding the human emotional side to investing could even lead to human-guided trading algorithms and improved market stability.The researchers, adjunct researcher Yoash Shapira, PhD student Yonatan Berman, and Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob at Tel-Aviv University in Israel, have published a paper on the influence of herding behavior in stock markets in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics.”It is important to understand that a big part of the activities in the stock market are not derived from rational thinking and the flow of information, but rather from emotional human behavior,” Shapira told Phys.org. “This is contrary to the accepted point of view that governs economic theories. Using physical terms, financial markets are very noisy. We show that most of the ‘noise’ is due to human emotional factors and has to be analyzed as such.”Usually when researchers model the stock market, they treat it as a network of many investors whose actions are influenced by both external information (such as quarterly reports or world news) and internal information (namely the stock prices, or in other words the trading behavior of other investors). Although these influences may seem straightforward, the resulting behaviors of the markets are very complex. For one thing, stock prices undergo large, rapid, and unpredictable short-term fluctuations. A second noteworthy feature of markets is the strong collective behavior between stocks and between different indexes in different markets.While previous research has attempted to explain these two features—price fluctuations and collective behavior—as the result of new information, this by itself is not sufficient for two main reasons. First, prices fluctuate much more rapidly than new substantial information is released. Second, the new information is often not clear enough to cause investors to use it to make universal trading decisions.last_img read more


How did genetic parasites overcome natural selection for billions of yearsHow did genetic parasites overcome natural selection for billions of years


first_img Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) Genetic diversity helps protect against disease Nearly half of the human genome is composed of genetic parasites—transposons, plasmids, viruses, and other genetic elements that have one thing in common: they don’t make any beneficial contributions to their hosts, and can sometimes have harmful effects. Genetic parasites—sometimes called “selfish genes”—originated early in the history of life and today are present in nearly all living organisms. Models of genetic parasites in a population of hosts. Credit: Iranzo and Koonin. ©2018 EPL The discovery that genetic parasites are so ubiquitous and abundant is one of the many surprising findings in the field of genomics, but many questions remain unanswered. One of the most basic questions is simply how genetic parasites have managed to persist for so long, despite the evidence that they are harmful at evolutionary timescales. Typically, natural selection results in deletions of harmful genes, so the main question is, why hasn’t natural selection wiped out genetic parasites?In a new study published in EPL, researchers Jaime Iranzo and Eugene V. Koonin at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, have found that horizontal gene transfer may be one of the keys to understanding the persistence and spread of genetic parasites over evolutionary timescales. In horizontal gene transfer (HGT), genetic information is transferred to an organism by a variety of mechanisms other than the traditional parent-to-offspring process of transferring DNA. For example, an organism may receive genetic material directly from another organism—even one of a different species—or pick up genetic material from the surrounding environment. For genetic parasites, HGT offers a way to infect new hosts, providing a potential mechanism to compensate for the losses due to natural selection.Early studies have shown, however, that it’s unlikely that HGT alone could enable genetic parasites to persist for long periods of time, assuming typical HGT rates. Later research suggested that random fluctuations in the HGT rates might allow for the persistence of some genetic parasites. Now in the new study, the researchers analyzed large amounts of data on the spread of genetic parasites in microbial populations, and used it to estimate the minimum HGT transfer rates required for the long-term survival of genetic parasites. The analysis involved using mathematical modelling and comparative genomics to quantify the effects of various factors on the spread and persistence of genetic parasites. Explore further The researchers found that, although the critical HGT rate depends on the strength of natural selection and the rate of gene deletion, the typical HGT rates of genetic parasites are generally high enough to guarantee their long-term survival. The findings provide evidence that genetic parasites may use HGT to overcome natural selection and persist in their hosts’ genomes for billions of years. Their results also help explain why different types of genetic parasites use different strategies.”By quantifying the cost of genetic parasites and the minimum HGT rate that parasites require to persist, we gained a fundamental understanding of why selfish genes differ in their parasitic strategies,” Iranzo told Phys.org. “For example, genetic parasites that are very deleterious need very high HGT rates, which can only be achieved by evolving autonomous mechanisms for HGT (the case of viruses and conjugative plasmids) or by piggybacking on another parasite that is autonomous for HGT (the case of toxin-antitoxin modules). Mild genetic parasites, such as transposons, have more options, such as evolving mechanisms that allow them to proliferate within their host genomes.”Although genetic parasites do not provide any functional benefits to their hosts, the competition between early living organisms and genetic parasites may have played a vital role in some of the major evolutionary events in the history of living organisms. For example, this competition may have been one of the driving forces behind cell compartmentalization as well as the origin of multicellular life forms, and may have also made living organisms more resistant to other parasite invasions. Understanding the persistence of genetic parasites has implications for understanding these events, as well as to help answer other questions. “A natural extension of our work is to study the interactions among different classes of genetic parasites,” Iranzo said. “How does the presence of a genetic parasite affect the long- (and short-) term survival of other genetic parasites? What ecological and evolutionary factors promote cooperation and/or competition among genetic parasites? A second focus would be capturing the transient dynamics observed at the scale of multiple populations and species, where genetic parasites seem to be proliferating in some species and declining in others.” Citation: How did genetic parasites overcome natural selection for billions of years? (2018, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-genetic-parasites-natural-billions-years.html © 2018 Phys.org More information: Jaime Iranzo and Eugene V. Koonin. “How genetic parasites persist despite the purge of natural selection.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/122/58001 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


On the other sideOn the other side


first_imgThey have assimilated within the cultural folds of India and any distinction now is only surface as the Sidi consider India as their home.The artist has assiduously compiled her work over six years travelling extensively through small pockets in the country where the Sidi reside. The photographs reveal the artist’s acute sensitivity about a community she engaged with.Seth has made a conscious effort to ensure that the camera does not make her subjects feel awkward; rather they communicate uninhibitedly, almost ignoring the presence of the camera which is a rare quality. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking about her photographs Sheth said, “For six years I travelled through much of Gujarat, Bombay, Goa, Hyderabad and the forests near Manchikere in Karnataka, where the Sidi live. It has been a long journey and my singular reward has been the friends and portraits I made on the way.These portraits bear witness to the quotidian of a community on the margins: the Sidi at home, at work, in celebration, in prayer, at births, deaths and marriages.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘These are exciting and aspiring times for practicing photography as art as it allows the subject to be interpreted and understood on many levels. The admirable and inspiring works by Sheth truly exploit the dynamism of Photography as a creative medium,’ said Prof. Lochan, Director, NGMA This exhibition is presented by NGMA in collaboration with Photoink.When: Till 3 November 10 am onwardsWhere: National Modern Art Gallerylast_img read more


Luxury an imperial artLuxury an imperial art


first_imgThe Imperial has been bestowed with the honor of Asia’s Best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’ by the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 amongst top hotels in the continent. The recognition was conferred upon The Imperial at the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony held at The Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa on December 6. The Imperial has been winning this award since 2010 as ‘The Leading Luxury Hotel of India’ from a list of nominations that featured most of the known brands in the industry and this is the 5th year of our victory as Continent’s Best Luxury Historical Hotel, in recognition of unsurpassed facilities and services. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The World Luxury Hotel Awards was established in 2006 to recognize the worldwide luxury hotel industry and legendary hotels with respect to overall service excellence.  Award winners raised the bar of service delivery within the industry ever since as some of the world’s top hotels .Over 1,000 hotels from 145 countries were nominated to participate in the world’s most prestigious Awards initiative for luxury hotels in 2014.  World Luxury Hotel Awards events offer hoteliers with a unique opportunity to savour and celebrate their achievements of the past year with their industry peers.  Gracing the red carpet at the award ceremony were well-known South African celebrities alongside leading hoteliers from around the globe.last_img read more


IITKGP alumni design customised ambulance for patients gift it to Alma materIITKGP alumni design customised ambulance for patients gift it to Alma mater


first_imgKolkata: In an initiative to strengthen the health and wellness programme of IIT Kharagpur, the alumni of the Institute have designed a customised ambulance for safeguarding dynamic patient requirements and gifted it to their Alma mater. “We have initiated process for two ambulances similar to those used by superspecialty hospitals for long distance transfer of patients under constant monitoring. The present initiative by the alumni to augment our fleet of ambulances is exemplary, considering the time spent and technical expertise extended to custom design this ambulance, which shows the level of affection of the students” said Prof Sriman Kumar Bhattacharya, Deputy Director, IIT Kharagpur. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe campaign comprises alumni: Ranbir Gupta, Asoke Deysarkar, Vinod Gupta and Arjun Malhotra of the IIT Kharagpur Foundation USA. They along with Delhi-based alumnus Achin Juneja worked towards understanding the requirements of the patients from the IIT Kharagpur campus who are referred to hospitals in Kolkata. “The patients need comfort and constant monitoring along with some uninterrupted emergency services during transit. While designing, we focused on the interiors of the ambulance and the power supply,” explained Juneja, an electronics engineer who graduated from IIT Kharagpur in 1972. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe consulted several doctors and super speciality hospitals in India to ensure best-in-class emergency medical fittings and effective vehicle design for long-distance journey.The medical equipment include transport ventilator, defibrillator, syringe pump, suction pump, fully regulated oxygen supply system for patient, patient monitor for BP, ECG, oxygen saturation in blood, respiratory rate, pulse rate and a foldable stretcher trolley for comfortable transfer of the patient to and fro the ambulance. The ambulance has dedicated batteries and alternators for uninterrupted power supply and air-conditioning one for the patient cabin irrespective of the engine function. The large wheelbase of approximately 3.5 metre give more room inside the patient cabinet. Custom fittings were fabricated.last_img read more


Battle of witsBattle of wits


first_imgFor Nitish Kumar, who is at the helm of affairs for the third time in his 10-year’s chief ministerial stint, there are challenges galore from both within and outside the party. Interestingly, the political battle in the state would be fought on a different note and tempo as friends have become foes and arch rivals have buried the hatchet to checkmate their one and only opponent, the BJP, in assembly polls. No doubt, the marriage of JD(U) and RJD is the result of the debacle that both the regional satraps faced in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. The pertinent question, however, is whether this realignment would survive for a long period. Also Read – Find your own happinessSome key issues such as who will be the face of the grand alliance and who gets what are some contentious issues which both the parties need to work on. In an attempt to keep the things under wraps, JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar presented an opaque picture on the matter of merger of both the parties in the state.The JD(U) spokesperson said, “First, let things take shape. I will personally tell you when the decision of merger happens. Senior leaders of both the parties are working on developing  a consensus on different models to tackle the challenges ahead of us in assembly poll.” Also Read – Into the wild“No doubt, we have several challenges to face in near future, but chief minister has a very concrete strategy to overcome those. The CM is known for devising problem solving strategies. It is the BJP who should be blamed for ditching the people of Bihar, not JD(U) or Nitish Kumar,” said Neeraj Kumar, who represents Patna in the Bihar Legislative Council.Hopefully, Nitish Kumar, who is also known as ‘Mr Clean’, must have weighed the issues that may give jolt during the legislative assembly polls. Among several other concerns, the social hatred propagated by Jitan Ram Manjhi, after the later was dethroned, may cost Kumar dearly. “Its a fact that caste parameter is at the core of politics in state elections. Since, the strategy of Nitish Kumar to garner Dalit votes by elevating Manjhi has failed. Kumar will have to first deal with this issue on urgent basis. It’s also an open secret that Manjhi is working on behest of his akkas in BJP, to dent the Dalit vote share of JD(U) or say grand alliance comprising RJD, Congress,” said Dr Shefali Roy, HoD of Political Science at Patna Women’s College. “It’s beyond our understanding that how a person like Nitish Kumar could leave the CM’s chair just to avoid face-off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi by playing the card of moral responsibility. This was not expected from him. The intelligentsia of Bihar is not convinced by this argument of Kumar,” said Roy, who is the only faculty in the Department of Political Science from the total 21 permanent teachers at Patna’s premier college.Going back in November 2005, when the first NDA government involving JD(U) and BJP and headed by Nitish Kumar was formed after destroying apturing the 15-year-old citadel of RJD, the situation was very different. The mandate was given to NDA to resolve the problems of law and order, power, irrigation, employment, infrastructure, etc. Somehow, in the first stint, the NDA government worked hard to change the tag from a BIMARU to a developing state. The government worked in the direction of reviving sick units and building roads in urban as well as rural areas.The decline of Nitish government started after he snapped the ties with the BJP in June 2013 over the decision of BJP to anoint Narendra Modi as party’s PM nominee. After that things went haywire. The government looked clueless on every key issue, including power generation, quality education and infrastructure development.Pointing out the challenges for Nitish government, a senior official in the Nitish government said, “The situation of education in the state is getting worse. The government has not opened a single technical institution and not even acted in the direction to appoint faculties. There are in total 80 technical teachers only across the state. The condition of primary education is pathetic as the Nitish government in its first spell recruited teachers in hoards on the basis of marks only, which is proving more fatal as students of Class V are able to solve the problems of Maths of Class II.” The government should have trained the teachers that would had helped them in imparting qualitative education to students. The instances of teachers not knowing the names of country’s President or Prime Minister, state’s chief minister are very common, the official further added.“No concrete step has been taken to promote industry in the state. Had the government promoted industry sector, there would have been more employment generation. There are several projects related to broadening of roads biting the dust,” a Patna-based trader said. Admitting the plethora of challenges, JD(U) leader Neeraj Kumar said, “The turnaround of Bihar by Nitish during the past over eight years has been marred by Manjhi interregnum. Nitish  has to work harder and also he has very little time.” “During the last nine months when Manjhi was at the helm of affairs, a brake was put on development and law and order situation deteriorated. Manjhi’s strategy to propagate the social hatred will come a cropper. The Dalit vote will remain intact,” Kumar added. Apart from manifold challenges before the chief minister, Kumar said, the biggest challenge is governance. “Nitish Kumar’s USP was good governance and now the improvement is required not only in law and order but on every front from education to health, infrastructure to development and social welfare to delivery. Governance during Manjhi era was affected mainly at bureaucratic level and transfer industry flourished that affected normal functioning of the government,” he added. Nitish has resolved to work with zeal and dedication and ready to deliver development with justice which he had pledged in the winter of 2005. He fully knows that not only on political scenario but social fronts has also changed.To win back the confidence of Mahadalit society would be an enormous task for him amid the reports of simmering discontent among this section of society in the wake of Manjhi episode. The Mahadalits who were mildly influenced with the crowning of their man in May last, are now quite bitter and angry over his removal. BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi retorted, “The Mahadalit society which had been a strong supporter of Nitish has fully turned against him and they are swearing to vote against him.”It might be a Herculean task to amend the numerous decisions that Manjhi has made for the Mahadalits, including reservation for them in contract for construction works particularly roads and bridges, five decimal land to Mahdalaits for house, deployment of cops of Mahdalit sections in each police station and others. Before quitting on February 20, Manjhi in just four days made over a hundred decisions, which are likely to be reviewed by the new government.On the political front, Nitish will have to manage and settle down with traditional rival Lalu Prasad in the changed scenario. In 2005 when he came to power, the BJP was an ally and the party extended full cooperation to him in running the administration. The RJD was not even a forceful Opposition then. But now with a powerful Opposition, Nitish will have to tread very cautiously. His concentration on improving governance during the next nine months might create certain hindrances in view of a crucial election and seat sharing with new allies even if the merger of the Janata Parivar is not materialised by that time.CHIEF MINISTERIAL SPELLS First Term: March 3, 2000 – March 10, 2000 On March 3, 2000 Nitish Kumar was appointed the Chief Minister of Bihar but he resigned seven days later as he failed to prove majority. RJD leader Lalu Prasad enjoyed the majoritySecond Term: Nov 24, 2005 – Nov 24, 2010In November 2005, he led the NDA to victory in Bihar assembly elections bringing an end to the 15-year rule of the Lalu Prasad-led RJD. He was sworn-in as the chief minister of the state on November 24, 2005. Under his government, Bihar developed an electronic version of the Right to Information Act called Jankari scheme. In addition, he launched the e-shakti NREGS programme, by which rural people can get employment information by telephone. He is credited with improving infrastructure, and reducing crime, widely felt to be serious problems in the state. Under his governance Bihar has had a record number of criminal prosecutions through fast track courts. His government generated employment in police services and teaching and Bihar recorded record construction work during his five year mandate, surpassing the national average. During this period, women and extremely backward castes were given 50 per cent reservation in electorals for the first time ever in India.Third Term: November 26, 2010 – May 17, 2014  In 2010, Nitish Kumar’s party swept back to power along with its allies (at that time), BJP. On November 26, 2010, Kumar took oath as the chief minister of Bihar. This was his second consecutive term as CM of the state. In a keenly fought contest, Kumar led JD(U)-BJP combine won with four-fifth majority. NDA won 206 seats while RJD won 22 seats. On May 17, 2014, he submitted his resignation to Bihar Governor – a day after his party fared poorly in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, winning just two seats against 20 in the previous election. Kumar resigned, taking the moral responsibility of his party’s poor performance in the election, and Jitan Ram Manjhi took over.Fourth Term: February 22, 2015 – till dateNitish Kumar took the oath as Bihar CM for the 4th time on February 22, 2015 after the former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi resigned on February 20, just a few hours before he was scheduled to prove his majority in the state assembly.last_img read more


Kathak is a bridge between the East and the WestKathak is a bridge between the East and the West


first_imgWhat does dance mean to you?For me, dance is my breath, my life. It is my expression, my identity and is the essence of embodiment of love, concern, sensitivity and humanity. How would you define yourself as a dancer?I am a dancer who uses the depth that comes from knowledge and understanding of music, poetry and literature and a deep awareness and sensitivity to the surrounding environment. I am deeply interested in different philosophical traditions and cultural interpretations.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ How did you get into dancing?I was extremely lucky to have been born into a family that, despite being traditional, was very forward looking and gave me the fullest support to be who I am. My family had several stalwarts in fields of literature, classical performing arts and politics. Hence it was natural for me to imbibe all these. It was no wonder that I was initiated into Indian philosophy and arts from my earliest years. I was initiated into dance at a very young age when I was not even three years old. To channelise the excess energy and because of the family background, my mother took me to the famous dancer-actress of yester years, Sadhona Bose. For me, I had found my life and breath! Dance, since then, has become my life, my breath, reason for my existence. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix You have been performing as a Kathak dancer for over six decades. How has your journey been?Life has been full of sweet and “not so sweet” experiences. This trajectory between birth and the inevitable death has been full of adventures. I was born at a time in Indian history where dance was not acceptable as a profession in an upper middle class family. People extolled my achievements awhile on the other hand, my parents and I had to face a lot of criticisms.  Even though I have been on stage for over six decades, but my early recognition as a professional dancer began in 1970-71. It has been a fascinating journey where one has seen so many changes in perceptions and acceptance towards dance, changing scenarios even within classical dance and changing aesthetics of presentation and content.As for me and my works, I can only say that I have always been instinctive and spontaneous. I love the entire vast canvas that Kathak affords, namely that of rhythmic abstraction at its height, as also the infinite vastness of the abhinaya canvas. Rhythmic wizardry is captivating not only to the performer (and that to in his/her youth) but also to the audience. I believe in being true to oneself and I believe in classicality of approach, depth, and expression. It is a heady process but so satisfying and enriching as I keep learning each time.  You have spearheaded and produced international collaborative works with leading dancers of West. How do you think they perceive Indian dance and how was the experience?I have found the Western audience to be most awed and interested in Indian classical dance as many of them take it as a true aesthetical representation of Indian philosophy, literature, music and movements including the costumes that all exude the flavour of Indian-ness. All dance forms in all cultures are narrative even in their abstraction yet the fascination for Indian classical dance is greater because of the extensive usage of gestures to convey the meaning of the accompanying text and of facial expressions. The intricacies of our rhythmic patterns and the ‘raga’ system of music that are intimately part of Kathak or any classical dance form, also has great appeal.But on collaborative works, I would like to state that dance, a universal vehicle of expression, has many clothings, each being colourful and riveting. If Kathak and Flamenco were gravity bound, then ballet’s approach was to release itself from gravitational pull. In this process of collaborative works, I also found that it is Kathak alone that can truly be said to be a bridge between the West and the East.In all our collaborative works, language was never a problem for all of us understood each other perfectly as we all spoke the one unifying language and that was the language of gestures and emotions! How easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in this field? What do you think one has to do to excel?All vocations including dance require dedication, solid foundation of training, hard work, depth in approach and execution, understanding of all related disciplines and perseverance. Then only can anyone hope to make a mark in the chosen field be it classical dance or something else.  How would you define yourself as a guru?As a guru, one strives to impart a solid training in all aspects of Kathak. Yet at the same time one exhorts the disciples to sensitise themselves to imbibe the ethos and spirit of dance, approach to a movement and so many related issues that can be imbibed through observation and experience. But at the same time, one is always exhorting them to reason and be sensitive to surroundings for dance helps in maintaining the innate sensitivity and concern. It is extremely important that one should be a brilliant dancer but it is equally important that one should be a good human with good values and ethics. As a Guru, one would like to see the disciple to grow and become an independent strong tree capable of flowering and bearing fruits. A thought that I usually share with all students and parents is that our ancient Indian philosophy has always laid equal emphasis on arts as well as academics thereby balancing the negative and positive elements within us (call it tandava and lasya or call it yin and yang etc). The emphasis has been on ‘balanced development’. What do you think is the future of Indian classical dance?Indian classical dance traditions have come down to us for the last several millennia. Speaking of Kathak, in its over 2500 years of recorded history it has weathered several storms of invasions, cultural impacts, winds of globalisation thousands of years ago. Yet Kathak has flowed and is still there, for all of us to see and experience. Unlike the popular arts that capture the imagination for a limited period of time, the classical performing arts reaches the inner being. Today one finds that there is a growing number of young children taking to classical arts in spite of being also captivated by the surrounding glamour of popular arts but also several grown-up individuals who are seeking inner fulfillment and inner peace in classical performing arts.   How do you think we can popularise Indian classical dance and music forms like Kathak across the world? Popularising classical performing arts should be such that it becomes part of a being and that the core values that it subtly entails all of us to understand, removed from the glamour of crass commercialism, are imbibed. The effort should start early at school level as part of main curriculum besides the home, because it is then that these individuals grow up to be citizens engaged in various vocations but who are imbued with a sensitivity and appreciation of the classical performing arts all over the globe. It is these citizens who form the audience, the rasikas.  Tell us about your favourite creation in your repertoire?It is difficult to say which has been or is my favourite creation. Each one is so different and they were all born out of my inner beliefs and thoughts, my response to various stimuli that could come from music, a text or an incident. These creations range from abstract rhythmic patterns to contextual creativities touching subjects of humanism, women and children issues, philosophical issues, the five vices of moh, lobh, kaam, krodh, ahankar among several others.last_img read more


Forging deep cultural bondsForging deep cultural bonds


first_imgIndia has a rich cultural heritage and the varied dance forms that we get to see here serve as a reflection of its diverse cultural traditions. When it comes to classical dancing, the country has a variety of options to present.In an attempt to promote classical music and dance, Kalptaru Arts organises Manthan, a two day festival of arts. The festival will bring the eminent personalities of classical genre on one stage. It will be hosted in Delhi at Stein auditorium, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road on July 27 and 28. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sangita Chatterjee, founder of Kalpataru and an eminent kathak dancer said, “Kalpataru strongly believes that culture is an integral part of a society and it has the power to positively transform the society and can contribute to its holistic growth. With this belief, the organisation is primarily engaged in preserving and propagating Indian cultural heritage along with giving exposure to International art forms in the form of cultural exchange programs.” The festival will be honoured by Birju Maharaj and Debu Chaudhary as Chief Guests. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFirst day of the festival will showcase a unique duet, Dilruba by Sandeep Singh and Hindustani classical vocal by Mahua Mukherjee, disciple of Ajay Chakraborty and a Kathak duet by Krishan Mohan Misra and Vaswati Misra will also be showcased. The festival will conclude with Kathak performance by Sangita Chatterjee and Mohan Veena by Grammy Award Winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. It will be accompanied by tabla players -Ram Kumar Misra, Govind Chakravarty, Ashish Sengupta and Kali Nath MisraA part of the fund raised through this concert will go to a West Bengal based NGO ‘Eternal Mission’, who are working for the upbringing of children.last_img read more


One arrested for duping budding photographers of their cameras expensive equipment worthOne arrested for duping budding photographers of their cameras expensive equipment worth


first_imgKolkata: It was like a dream come true for budding photographer Subhadip Sarkar of Jadavgarh when he was offered to shoot for a leading magazine. He did not think twice before travelling to Puri with his expensive camera and other shooting equipment for the assignment. However, his trip soon turned into a nightmare while shooting on the beach on September 4 as all his equipment went missing.A man, who identified himself as Amitava Paul and claimed to be an associate of a leading magazine, had assigned Subhadip to click photographs of the Puri sea beach. He promised him a good price for his clicks to which he had readily agreed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe had just gone for lunch keeping his camera equipment in the custody of Paul who had awarded him the assignment and when he returned, he found all his expensive shooting gear including his camera and laptop missing. Needless to say there was no trace of the person too.A devastated Subhadip immediately lodged a complaint with Puri police station and returned to Kolkata. He shared his experience on several WhatsApp groups and social media accounts and soon realised that several photographers like him had also been duped in a similar manner. They then reached Garfa police station and lodged a formal complaint. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Unfortunately, there was no distinct photograph of Paul. However, one of the photographers gave us a snap where Paul was trying to hide his face with his hands. Although his face could not be seen properly we noticed a ring on his right-hand finger and a black rubber band on his left hand. It was through this clue that we managed to track the person,” an officer of Garfa police station said.He was arrested from a hotel in Gariahat in which he was hiding on Friday. The sleuths have learned that he had been using Amitava as his pseudo name to rob the photographers and sold off their expensive equipment in the black market. His original name is Nilesh Mondal and hails from East Midnapore.A raid at his residence led to the seizure of four laptops, two modern sophisticated cameras, many expensive lenses, handy recorders, six mobile phones, hard disks, memory cards, laptops etc. amounting to almost Rs 15 lakh.”We even found five false Aadhar cards, false voter and PAN cards,” a police officer said.last_img read more


SSC Candidates eager to know number of vacant postsSSC Candidates eager to know number of vacant posts


first_imgKolkata: The candidates who had applied for the post of assistant teachers in IX-X level and are in the waiting list of the School Service Commission are extremely eager to know about the details of the third counselling session and how many vacant posts are still existing.It may be mentioned that many teachers in the IX-X level have already joined their services. The second counselling was conducted a few days ago. It was learnt that around 2,600 vacant posts are there. If the number of candidates who have not joined yet is taken into consideration, the figure may go up. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe vacancies are mainly of two types — firstly, those who have not taken part in the previous counselling or against those who have not joined service. All the related data have already been sent to the District Inspectors’ (DI) offices in the respective districts. The reports from the DI officers are yet to reach the office of the School Service Commission. It is, however, ready to conduct the third counselling. The number of vacant posts may go up after the Commission gets the details of candidates who have not joined their services. In case of teachers in XI-XII, the Commission has not found suitable candidates against as many as 822 seats. It is unable to fill up the posts only because their nature has not been changed yet. It may be mentioned that few SSC candidates held an indefinite sit-in demonstration on Mayo Road last week. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on March 2 visited them and urged them to withdraw their agitation and come for discussions with the government on the issue of filling up vacant posts.last_img read more


11 pc salary hike offerred in PGD in biz analytics by ISI11 pc salary hike offerred in PGD in biz analytics by ISI


first_imgKolkata: The final placements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analytics Programme (PGDBA) – collaborated by the ISI, the IIM Calcutta and IIT Kharagpur – for the 2017-2019 batch concluded with a record increase of 11 per cent in domestic offers from top corporate houses. The batch of 52 students received a total of 66 offers made by 35 firms, an IIT KGP statement said Wednesday. The programme witnessed a record increase of 11 per cent in domestic offers alone with the mean salary going up to Rs 24.40 lakh per annum, the statement said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose The PGDBA programme aims at helping shape the emerging profession of business analytics by delivering inter disciplinary educational experience to graduate applicants. The highest domestic offer made was Rs 35 lakh per annum while the overall average CTC has risen to Rs 25.05 lakh per annum from Rs 22.89 lakh per annum last year, it said. The major recruiters from the final placements include JP Morgan Chase, Adani Group, Viacom18, Flipkart, United Airlines, Piramal Group. Two international offers were also received. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata In the internship process, major recruiters are Amazon, PwC, Barclays, Gartner, Johnson & Johnson, Master Card and others. The average monthly stipend of the interns bettered last year’s figure by 22.8 per cent reaching Rs 1,13,565 this year, the statement said. “The outstanding placements this year demonstrates our focus on academic excellence and appreciation of PGDBA programme by the industry,” Faculty and Placement Convener of the PGDBA programme from IIT Kharagpur, Prof Arun Misra, said.last_img read more


EC to retain 200 companies of Central Forces till May 27EC to retain 200 companies of Central Forces till May 27


first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will retain 200 companies of Central Forces in the state till May 27, to assist counting and also to handle post-poll violence, if any. Out of the 200 companies, 82 will be deployed for the counting centres while the rest will be deployed in areas where the commission anticipates post-poll violence.”The remaining 510 companies of Central Forces that were present in the state during the last phase of elections on Sunday, will move out now,” a senior EC official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the EC official, there will be 58 counting centres across the state, with at least one centre in each of the 42 parliamentary constituencies. There will be 144 observers deputed for the counting process. “There will be a three-tier security system and section 144 will be imposed around all counting centres. The first layer will be maintained by the state police to keep interested people out of the purview of the counting centres. The second layer will be managed by the state armed police, while the third layer – in and around the counting halls – will be maintained by the Central Forces,” the official said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from the returning officers and the observers, none will be allowed with mobile phones and cameras within the counting halls. All the halls will be under CCTV surveillance and will be covered by webcasting so that it can be directly controlled by the Commission. The candidates will have to give detailed lists of the counting agents beforehand. All the people allowed to enter the counting halls will be closely frisked. The vehicles carrying the EVMs will be GPS-enabled, so that their movement can be tracked. According to sources in the CEO’s office in Bengal, the entire process of counting might take 14 hours or more. Only one table will be counted at a time. Once it is finished, counting will start for the next table. 5 percent of VVPATs will be counted from each Assembly constituency. VVPATs will be counted after the completion of counting the ballot units.last_img read more


VIDEO ExUCLA coach Jim Mora says the Browns should take Sam DarnoldVIDEO ExUCLA coach Jim Mora says the Browns should take Sam Darnold


first_img Advertisement Ex-UCLA head coach Jim Mora coached Josh Rosen, but he doesn’t thinks the Browns should take him with the 1st pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.In an appearance on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft, yesterday, Mora was asked about the pick and said USC’s Sam Darnold would be a better fit in Cleveland because he’s more of a ‘blue collar kid,’ which matches the personality of the city. He said either New York team would be a better fit for Rosen.Mora must be done trying to get college gigs because this clip of him not having his old player’s back would be death on the recruiting trail. Watch Mora hype his former rival over his former QB.Jim Mora: “I’d take Sam Darnold if I was the @Browns.”📺: Path to the Draft pic.twitter.com/fkKoDkXQ9p— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 26, 2018last_img read more


Tech Tools That Make Doing Business Internationally EasyTech Tools That Make Doing Business Internationally Easy


first_imgMay 23, 2012 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Doing business internationally isn’t just for the big enterprises anymore. Once-emerging markets such as India, China and Singapore now demand services that only smaller firms can provide. And globe-flattening technologies including Facebook, freelance marketplace Elance and PayPal mean even the smallest firms can seize a global opportunity.But those are far from the only technologies that can help a small company do big business overseas. From shipping to electronic payments to navigating confusing regulations, the following tools can help make doing business internationally easier.Shipping overseas? There’s an app for that.One of the biggest hurdles to doing business overseas is getting your products where they needs to go. Luckily, major shippers including UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service offer Web apps that track global shipments, estimate costs and check for compliance with country-specific rules, laws and tariffs.For instance, UPS offers a free international shipping tool called TradeAbility that shippers can use to estimate costs, look up duty fees and view international trade restrictions and other regulations. FedEx, meanwhile, arranges its services by the user’s experience in international shipping — from novice to expert — and includes a set of shipping tutorials. The USPS offers downloadable global shipping software for processing global shipments. Related: Headed to Asia for Business? Pack These Networking TipsMaking payments overseas, easily.Online financial transfer services can make and receive payments to vendors and most other parties overseas. For the casual, one-time vendor, consider starting with services from PayPal and American Express.Most vendors overseas accept PayPal, and it offers a full range of services in about 20 large countries, plus the ability to send and receive payments via PayPal essentially anywhere. PayPal charges a 3.9 percent transaction fee for international sales, plus another fixed fee based on the currency received.For more sophisticated exchanges, FX International Payments by American Express offers a convenient online portal for making payments, as well as the ability to manage and track favorable exchange rates. Enrollment in the program is free, but limited to customers with a U.S. business bank account.When transferring money overseas remember that currency rates can change dramatically and require more complicated accounting.Pay your employees no matter where they are.While you might consider hiring that rockstar software engineer who lives in another country, paying that person isn’t always so easy. Though services such as PayPal can be used for payroll, chances are they don’t meet regulations in some countries.Managing international payroll right requires juggling multiple currencies and compliance with diverse employment laws and regulations. Most firms that directly hire employees in other countries might find it necessary to outsource payroll management to a company specializing in the nuances of global payroll.Many of these services cater to bigger business, but companies such as Deerfield, Ill.-based Celergo and U.K.-based NorthgateArinso, a global HR firm, have payroll services in more than 100 nations and cater to smaller multinational firms. Pricing varies depending on the country and the number of employees being paid.Know how to do business in a complex world.In order to do business internationally, you’ll need to abide by the laws of your own country as well as those of other countries. One online resource is the U.S. Commercial Service, which offers country-specific trade statistics and market research. Also, the comprehensive primers at Export.gov cover several important topics, such as when a business needs an export license.It can also be wise to keep abreast of evolving international situations such as travel warnings and alerts, country-by-country, through the U.S. State Department’s travel website.Related: 10 Hot Export Markets for Small BusinessesTake the hassle out of business travel.Expedited clearance for certain “low-risk” travelers can be available through the U.S. federal government’s Trusted Traveler programs.Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program, is meant for frequent international travelers. There is no minimum number of trips necessary to apply. The signup process usually involves a trip to your local airport for a photo, identification and background check. There are separate programs for crossing the Canadian and Mexican borders, known respectively as NEXUS and SENTRI.International calling doesn’t have to cost a fortune.It’s not a secret that calling overseas can lead to massive phone bills. But look beyond services such as Skype and Google Voice in order to cut costs. Paid Web-based calling services can connect your business phone to an affordable international calling plan.Several options offer unlimited international calling, including McLean, Va.-based Lingo, which has flat-rate unlimited international calling plans to 45 countries starting at $23.95 a month. Similarly, the World plan by Holmdel, N.J.-based Vonage, starts at $9.99 per month for unlimited calling to all phones in 10 countries and landlines in 60 countries.Related: 5 Steps for Keeping Digital Data Safe When Traveling to China 5 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more


Googles New Recruiting App Helps Entrepreneurs Searching for TalentGoogles New Recruiting App Helps Entrepreneurs Searching for Talent


first_img 5 min read Register Now » January 19, 2018 In May 2017, Google launched Google for Jobs, a platform designed to link those looking for a new job to potential employers. Aside from this, the company’s search engine is one of the most powerful for undertaking job searches online because it allows people to find opportunities across a multitude of platforms some of which include LinkedIn, DirectEmployers and even Facebook, among many others.But, since then, Google has taken its professional matchmaking technology to a new level, giving candidates and employers alike the chance to meet the right people at the right time, all in one place. Not only this, the company’s new platform, Hire, is designed to offer both parties a seamless experience from the moment communications commence to the moment a hire takes place.In my most recent YouTube show on the Murray Newlands Show, I met with Google employee Berit Hoffmann to discuss Google’s Hire in more depth. According to the website, Hire is a recruitment application that allows companies to better recruit candidates through with G Suite. It gives big and small companies alike the chance to:Identify new talentCommunicate with potential candidatesOrganize interviewsCreate full assessments regarding candidatesHere are some questions that Berit was happy to answer regarding Google’s new recruitment platform:Related: Why Microsoft, Chase and Others Are Hiring More People With AutismHow does Hire help entrepreneurs?“Great, well, I’m excited to be here. So Hire is a recruiting application that we launched back in July.” According to Berit, “the way it helps entrepreneurs is that it helps them run more efficiently and more collaboratively. One of the best things it does is help hire great people.”She went on to explain how the team running the Hire program specifically spent a lot of time with clients in order to fully understand how they’re currently recruiting new team members. During this research, the team found that companies across the globe are using a lot of Google products to run a variety of recruiting activities.For example, G Suite is being used to send candidates and recruits emails regarding potential jobs. Not only this, it is being used to send emails about details regarding interviews. With this in mind, Google has created Hire to not only fully understand how the recruitment process works but to streamline and simplify it.Through Hire, Google aims to stop companies wanting to employ new people having to switch between general purpose tools to get the job done. In Berit’s words “Hire really understands how the recruitment process is run and helps them run it more efficiently.”Related: How to Avoid Hiring a PsychopathWhat are the specific stages of how Hire works with a company?According to Berit, Hire can help hiring companies undertake a variety of tasks, all from the comforts of one platform. Aside from allowing companies to post to job boards and public labs, the platform allows organizations to also collect applications from candidates.From the Hire platform, you can communicate with all potential candidates and keep those communications safe for future reference. Not only this, you can also collect interview feedback and schedule new interviews without leaving your platform. Lastly, you can sieve through old applications and find great talent from people that you may have interviewed in the past.Ultimately, Hire is a one-stop shop for both people looking for jobs and companies hiring. It syncs seamlessly with Gmail and Google Calendar, allowing you to stop bouncing between products to schedule meetings and send emails. It’s the perfect place to create the ultimate collaboration with new employees by making tracking applicants easy while also enabling you to nurture the candidates you value most for each available position within your company.Related: Simply Hiring More Women Isn’t Enough to Fix Tech’s Gender IssueIf people want to find out more where do they go?Berit closed her interview with me by saying that you can find out more about Hire by visiting Hire.Google.com. Aside from learning more about the application itself, you’ll be able to request a demo from the team and get in touch in order to get your Hire platform up and running.The pricing for Hire depends on the size of each individual organization. In order to start using the platform, you must:Already be using G Suite productsHave fewer than 1,000 employeesBe based in the United StatesWith each signup, Google helps you by migrating any existing data you have in order to provide a fully seamless user experience. Not only this, the platform comes with full, ongoing support via email, chat and phone, seven days a week. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more


Global Blade Server Market Size 2019 – Huge Growth OpportunitiesGlobal Blade Server Market Size 2019 – Huge Growth Opportunities


first_imgThe report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Blade Server industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Blade Server industry, followed by industry news and policies. The report performs an industry chain analysis, focusing on upstream raw material suppliers and major downstream buyers. The data is highlighted through the use of tables and figures, which also include manufacturing cost structure and market channel analysis. Major players involved in the Blade Server industry are also delineated, along with their market share and product types. Blade Server The major market players operating in the industry are Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, NEC About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. Buy Now @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/checkout/sales/502?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Anil We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. The research extensively analyses the key market players involved in the global Blade Server industry. With the help of tables and figures, valuable insights on production, value, price, and gross margin of each player are offered. center_img The content of the study subjects, includes a total of 15 chapters: Chapter 1, to describe Blade Server product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market driving force and market risks. Chapter 2, to profile the top manufacturers of Blade Server, with price, sales, revenue and global market share of Blade Server in 2017 and 2018. Chapter 3, the Blade Server competitive situation, sales, revenue and global market share of top manufacturers are analyzed emphatically by landscape contrast. Chapter 4, the Blade Server breakdown data are shown at the regional level, to show the sales, revenue and growth by regions, from 2014 to 2019. Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, to break the sales data at the country level, with sales, revenue and market share for key countries in the world, from 2014 to 2019. Chapter 10 and 11, to segment the sales by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application, from 2014 to 2019. Chapter 12, Blade Server market forecast, by regions, type and application, with sales and revenue, from 2019 to 2024. Chapter 13, 14 and 15, to describe Blade Server sales channel, distributors, customers, research findings and conclusion, appendix and data source. Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3125519?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Anil Big Market Research has added a report, titled, “Blade Server.” The report not only provides a comprehensive analysis of market overview and dynamics for the historical period, 2014-2019, but also offers global and regional forecasts on market value, volume production, and consumption during the future period, 2019-2024. The report also analyzes the key market players, especially the distributors, along with the industrial chain structure. The evolution of market trends is discussed along with the competitive landscape in various regions, which would help top and emerging market players to determine the lucrative investment pockets. The report segments the global Blade Server market based on factors such as type, application, and region. For the historic period, extensive insights on value, market share, production, growth rate, and price analysis for each sub-segment is offered by the report. Additionally, the report also delves into regional production, consumption, export, and import for the historic period. The regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Finally, the current market status and SWOT analysis for each region are elaborated, which would assist market players to gain a competitive edge by determining the dominant segments. Get a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3125519?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Anil Contact us: Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail : help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more