Shuttles mini PC with builtin touchscreen doesnt require a monitor

first_img 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. The Shuttle D10 PC (right) has a touchscreen display that allows users to monitor their home security system feeds as well as control their entertainment, such as watching TV (left), listening to music, or surfing the Internet. Credit: Shuttle, Inc. But according to Shuttle Inc., the Taiwan-based manufacturer that invented this “small form factor” computer called the D10, the device is intended specifically for the home. The company is highlighting the D10´s usefulness as an entertainment center and home security system that is simple enough for kids and the elderly to use.The D10 eliminates the need for not only the keyboard and mouse, but also the monitor. Shuttle promises that the PC´s graphic user interface allows users to control various multimedia applications in an easy-to-use format. The D10 can connect directly to TVs, and family members can enjoy movies, TV programs, Internet surfing and music using either the touchscreen display or an infrared remote control.The D10´s home security system lets users connect surveillance equipment and software, allowing home owners to monitor rooms and entrances of the house in real-time on the quadrant screen. When away from home, users can access the real-time information online. The dual display allows users to view and control both the entertainment features and the surveillance features simultaneously.The D10 PC comes with the choice of a Core 2 Duo E4000 series, E2000 series, or Celeron 400 series CPU, along with 2GB RAM, four USB ports, and other features.Shuttle plans to make the D10 available by the end of this week in Japan for a price of about 330€ (about $500). There is no word yet on releasing the device in other areas.More information: Shuttle D10via: Dvice and Akihabara News A small PC with an embedded LCD touchscreen may sound like an interesting idea, but you may wonder how practical it would be. Especially when the computer’s 7-inch screen has a resolution of just 800×480, making it difficult to stare at for too long. Citation: Shuttle’s mini PC with built-in touchscreen doesn’t require a monitor (2008, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-shuttle-mini-pc-built-in-touchscreen.htmllast_img read more

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Solar camera strap could put an end to dead dSLR batteries

first_img Most digital SLR cameras are powered by lithium-ion batteries that must be plugged into an electrical outlet when they need to be recharged. If the photographer has no spare, a dead battery means the end of the photo shoot.The Solar Camera Strap concept was the brainchild of designer Weng Jie, and consists of a row of tiny flexible solar panels on the strap that enables the camera batteries to be recharging whenever the photographer is shooting in daylight. A storage battery is built into each end of the strap. It is not clear if the solar strap will also be able to charge the battery inside the camera, and it seems likely cameras would need some modification to allow them to be powered by the solar camera strap itself.Similar devices have been considered in the past, but for more power-hungry devices such as smartphones. A solar camera strap may be more successful since the power requirements for modern cameras are very low.The strap is only at the concept stage and is not yet available and there is no word on when or if it will ever be commercialized.Yanko Design is a website focusing on introducing modern designs in a wide range of fields, including interior design, architecture, fashion, and industrial design. Other designs by Weng Jie include “Cornification,” a pillow made of Velcro sweetcorn kernels. Battery Wrapped in Solar Cells Recharges in the Sun Explore further 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. (PhysOrg.com) — A new concept introduced by Yanko Designs could put an end to dead batteries on photography excursions. The Solar Camera Strap is a sturdy strap to secure the camera and to power it via thin solar panels across the width of the strap.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Solar camera strap could put an end to dead dSLR batteries (2010, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-solar-camera-dead-dslr-batteries.html More information: www.yankodesign.com/2010/06/25 … ower-around-my-neck/last_img read more

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Production and shedding of tissues in sponges found to be slower than

first_img Field study suggests sponges creating food for coral reef organisms Journal information: Royal Society Open Science As we humans spew carbon dioxide into the air, the ocean continues to absorb some of it—one of the creatures in the sea that helps make that happen is the sponge. They collectively move carbon in seawater from the water column to the sea floor. Prior research has suggested that sponges are primitive creatures that rapidly produce and shed tissue, which is the means by which they send carbon to the bottom of the sea—the carbon gets into their bodies through pores and channels that the sponges use to filter water. In this new effort, the research pair has found that sponges are more complicated than believed, but they do not move as much carbon to the sea floor as has been thought.To learn more about the role sponges play in ocean carbon transfer, the researchers collected samples off the coast of Vancouver Island and in the Strait of Georgia from 2011 to 2015. They then subjected the samples to a variety of experiments designed to better understand the process by which new cells are produced and dead material is shed.The researchers discovered that cell division, as expected, was part of cell production, but they were surprised to find that some tissue was replaced via stem cells. They found also that the sponges did not shed nearly as much material as other reports have suggested, which they propose was likely due to observers attributing discarded fecal or mucus waste to shedding. Even more surprising, the researchers found that the rate at which cells were produced and discarded was seasonal. During warm summer months, the process moved rather swiftly, but it came to a virtual halt during the cold winter months.The findings suggest that sponges do not move nearly as much carbon as prior research has suggested, which the researchers note could have an impact on climate change models. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Production and shedding of tissues in sponges found to be slower than believed (2016, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-production-tissues-sponges-slower-believed.htmlcenter_img © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the University of Alberta in Canada has found that shedding and production of new tissue in sponges is much more complicated and slower than has been thought. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the researchers describe their multi-year study of sponges, what they found and what their findings might mean for future ocean management. More information: Amanda S. Kahn et al. The role of cell replacement in benthic–pelagic coupling by suspension feeders, Royal Society Open Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160484AbstractBenthic–pelagic coupling through suspension feeders and their detrital pathways is integral to carbon transport in oceans. In food-poor ecosystems however, a novel mechanism of carbon recycling has been proposed that involves direct uptake of dissolved carbon by suspension feeders followed by shedding of cells as particulate carbon. We studied cell replacement rates in a range of cold-water sponge species to determine how universal this mechanism might be. We show that cell replacement rates of feeding epithelia in explants vary from 30 hours up to 7 days, and change during different seasons and life-history stages. We also found that feeding epithelia are not replaced through direct replication but instead arise from a population of stem cells that differentiate and integrate into epithelial tissues. Our results reveal a surprising amount of complexity in the control of cell processes in sponges, with cell turnover depending on environmental conditions and using stem cells as rate-limiting mechanisms. Our results also suggest that for species in cold water with high particulate organic matter, cell turnover is not the mechanism delivering carbon flux to surrounding communities. The freshwater sponge Spongilla lacustris. Credit: Wikipedia/Kirt L. Onthank/CC BY-SA 3.0last_img read more

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Many students dont know how to study Heres how parents can help

first_imgResearchers and experienced educators have found that often students don’t have good study habits and skills, or that they rely on strategies that don’t work, frequently at the urging of teachers and parents. Busy teachers, however, may not be likely to add those lessons, so it often falls to parents. Nate Kornell, another researcher on the topic and a psychology professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., says helping your child study can be a good opportunity to learn about their coursework, progress and abilities — and a way to get to know them better. “It’s like magic when a kid understands how to study and values learning on a deeper level. And parents can really be involved in that,” he says. Read the whole story: The Washington Post Among the creative and maddening reasons kids come up with for not studying, one familiar one might be worth addressing: They don’t know how. “It is somewhat shocking how many students just don’t know how to do it, which frustrates them and can turn them off to enjoying learning,” says Henry Roediger III, a professor of psychology and brain science at Washington University in St. Louis and co-author of the book “Make It Stick.” “It’s something that needs to be taught in third or fourth grade and reinforced throughout their school years.”last_img read more

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Capitals date with ghazals

first_imgMusic Aficionados have always had an ear for ghazal and ghazal lovers of Delhi were recently in for a treat when Pakistani singer Attaullah Khan performed ghazal numbers. Bollywood lovers would recall Khan from the 90s hit song Acha Sila Diya Tune which was sung by Sonu Nigam in Bewafa Sanam. The lyrics of the song were written by Khan. Hailing from Punjab in Pakistan, Khan has performed naat and kalaam of famous Sufi poets like Mian Muhammad Baksh’s Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Saiful maluk and Bulleh Shah’s Keey Bay Dardan sang yaree. He has more than 1,000 music albums and has recorded more than 4,000 songs in seven languages.In Delhi, Khan began the evening with his famous song Ae Theve Mundari da Theva. He sang numbers like Acha sila diya tune mere pyar ka, Kameej teri kali and others. ‘Musical and cultural exchange programmes will revive the relationship between India and Pakistan,’ Khan said.last_img read more

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Saluting the real stars

first_imgTarun Shienh, the real estate guru and CMD Premia Group graced ceremony as the chief guest of honour.Personalities like Kalpana Singh Chitnis(Indo American Poet and Film Maker), Navnit Sikera(IPS), Rohit Bal, Miland Lavate(Finance Investor) Arun Bakshi(singer and actor), Dr.M Wali (Medical), Rajesh Kumar Griha(Environment Scientist ‘C’) were some of the awardees of 2014, who have displayed exceptional work in their respective field and have devoted for the society and the nation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The award ceremony was conducted in the presence of honorable celebrities and distinguished personalities. Tarun Shienh gave away the awards for the various social activities.He said, ‘It’s been an honor for me that the foundation has invited me to honor these awardees who are recognized in their respective fields. All these personalities have done remarkable jobs in their respective fields and have set our country on the height of success and honor due to their hard work.  Rajiv Gandhi  was great personality and I pray to the almighty to give peace to the noble soul of our former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi and bless with divinity of mind and soul’.last_img read more

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Ponting leads Oz greats in slamming Haddin axing

first_imgAustralia greats Ricky Ponting and Ian Healy say axing wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for the third Ashes Test against England starting on Wednesday is a mistake, while Matthew Hayden called it “outrageous”.Haddin, the vice-captain, has been overlooked in favour of the younger Peter Nevill, who impressed on his international debut in the second Test at Lord’s after the 37-year-old pulled out to be with his sick daughter Mia. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaFormer captain Ponting, who played 168 Tests, said the decision did not sit well with him.“I am disappointed with the decision to leave Brad Haddin out of the Test team for Edgbaston,” he said in a column for The Australian newspaper, adding that he was “the heart and soul of the team”.“All reports suggest he would have played at Lord’s but he made the only and right decision to be with his daughter Mia who was very ill in hospital and missed that match. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri“I know it would have been a hard call for him, he has been a single-minded and determined servant of Australian cricket, but he rightfully put his family first and has paid the price for it.“I know he won’t complain about being dropped. He is a tough character but it doesn’t sit right with me.”The decision was made by on-tour selector Rod Marsh, himself one of Australia’s greatest wicketkeepers, and coach Darren Lehmann, according to captain Michael Clarke. Haddin’s daughter reportedly suffers from neuroblastoma — a rare form of cancer that attacks children aged five years or younger.Ponting added that he feared Test cricket was now over for Haddin and “I am a little concerned that the team may miss him more than they expect. I hope I am wrong”. Haddin, who retired from one-day international cricket after helping Australia win the World Cup this year, turns 38 in October with Nevill now seemingly having the chance to make the Test position his own.Former opening batsman Hayden was even more outspoken, questioning the precedent set by selectors.“After the hell he’s gone through it is outrageous that Brad Haddin hasn’t gotten his spot back for the third Ashes Test,” he wrote in a column for news.com.au.“Any mum and dad who has experienced the issues Brad and his wife Karina are going through will understand there’s no way he was in a position to play cricket at Lord’s.last_img read more

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Creating opportunities for tourism

first_imgAccording to an official at the ministry of tourism, a proposal regarding this was cleared by Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State for Tourism and Culture recently. Some of the world heritage sites recognised by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), like the highly visited Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and monuments in Khajuraho had free entry, the official said. Salar Jung Museum of Hyderabad along with a few other museums welcomed visitors without entry tickets. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This was not be applicable in the state of Bihar, the official said. The minister had earlier said that India would also announce the setting up of a medical and wellness board to facilitate foreign tourists for availing quality healthcare services in the country.The union tourism ministry in July said the Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India have registered a 1.8 per cent growth compared to June last year, with the US contributing the highest number of tourists.September 27 has been globally recognised by the UN as World Tourism Day since 1980.With this year’s theme of ‘One billion tourists, one billion opportunities’, the World Tourism Day 2015 emphasised the impact of the sector on economic growth, job creation and development, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation.last_img read more

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Presidency teachers urge students to withdraw agitation

first_imgKolkata: A group of 36 teachers of the Presidency University has jointly urged the agitating students of the institute to withdraw their 12-day-old stir promising them to monitor renovation work of the Hindu Hostel building. Altogether 50 students have been on an indefinite sit-in at the university campus demanding that they be allowed to stay at the Hindu Hostel which has been on renovation for the past three years. Ayan Chakraborty, an activist of students’ body Independent Consolidation (IC), today said 36 teachers handed over yesterday a joint letter to the agitating students who comprises members of the IC, SFI and a few others who are not affiliated to any union. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “In the letter, the faculty members urged us to withdraw the movement stating that it is affecting the normal functioning of the institute and promised to monitor the renovation work of the Hindu Hostel,” Ayan said. They requested the students to withdraw the agitation and go back to the rented premises at Newtown, about 18 km away from the university, for the time being. “But we turned down their request to withdraw the sit-in as don’t agree with the teachers’ views that the agitation has been affecting the functioning of the university in any way,” Ayan added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed He said, “We are attending classes regularly. We are not disrupting the academic or administrative work. We are just staying at a particular place in the campus.” The students, who have brought pillows and mattress and were taking bath in the campus turning it into a hostel, demand that they be alloted rooms in the Hindu Hostel, which is under renovation. The Hindu Hostel, adjoining the College Street institution, had been shut down for repairs on July 29, 2015 and 150 boarders were shifted to a rented accommodation at New Town, which is around 18 km from the university. The Presidency authorities had last year assured the students that all the six blocks of the hostel would be opened for the boarders after completion of renovation work by the first week of August. Upal Chakrabarti, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and one of those having signed the letter, said the teachers will continue the dialogue process with the students and university authorities. A university spokesman said Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia already explained to the students that the renovation work will take five months to complete and urged them to reconsider their decision. The university hoped the students will understand the situation and cooperate with the authorities, he said.last_img read more

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The 1962 lessons

first_img50 years after the 1962 Sino-Indian war, in 2012, when much was written and commented in Indian media and some Chinese declassified records became available, United Services Institution of India (USI) took on the task of researching this war, juxtaposing the Chinese and Indian records.A team of officers with a flair for military history, headed by Lt Gen Vinay Shankar (retd), attempted to as he states, “clinically and objectively”, chronicles’ the battles and encounters of the 1962 war, based on an official version of the Chinese government and the synthesis of all that has been reported and written in India and abroad and also the leaked portions of the report of a study by Lt Gen TB Henderson Brooks and Brig (later Lt Gen) P S Bhagat, VC. Also Read – World War I’s forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacyThe eight chapters of the book are: 1. The Politico-Diplomatic Prelude (1947-62), 2. The Military Campaign, covering Ladakh, the Western Sector  and Kameng, Lohit, Subansiri and Siang Frontier Divisions, the Eastern Sector, 3. The Chinese Air Threat, 4. Public Opinion in the Build-Up to the War, 5. Indian Military Thought: 1947-62, 6. Epilogue, 7. A Road Map to Closure and 8. Tailpiece, which contains some personal reminiscences of the war based on first-hand experiences. It includes two narratives of the prisoners of the Chinese war. These also reflect the trauma of being vanquished in the war.  Also Read – Enid Blyton’s adventures get even more mouth-wateringOf the many battles fought between Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), during the Sino-Indian war of 1962, two battles-of Walong and Rezang La (la means a mountain pass) – both were fought by battalions of the Kumaon Regiment – merit is mentioned here because both the Kumaonis fought to the last man, last bullet.While such great valour must be highlighted in motivational lectures, in this case, it, unfortunately, reflects very poorly on the government of that day. Because not only was the Indian Army pitched into this war under-clad, under-armed, under-equipped and ill-prepared by the then main political players, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Defence Minister V K Krishna Menon, but they also (a) failed to appreciate the  situation the Chinese threat/intentions, (b) refused to heed the warnings about Chinese movements conveyed to them by senior field commanders, (c) interfered in the military chain of command (d) interfered in tactical decisions and (e) stupidly and stubbornly ordered the Army to undertake tasks for which, apart from deficiencies mentioned, the Army simply did not have the numerical strength of troops. On 12 October, 1962, at Palam Airport before departing on a visit to Colombo, Nehru  insouciantly revealed to the media that he had ordered the Indian Army “to throw the Chinese out”.Referring to the part of Henderson Brooks-Bhagat report, which was leaked out in 2014 by Australian journalist Neville Maxwell, Arun Jaitley had stated: “What has been made public is part-I of the report. It has already been reported in the media but pages 112 to 167 are still not known. Is it because these pages contain some material which can be embarrassing to those in power in 1962? The first 111 pages have been made public, rather than allowing public opinion be influenced by unauthentic sources, it is now necessary to make the balance pages public. The contents of the report also raise some legitimate questions. The military strategy of the then government has been seriously questioned. The intelligence assessment of the Chinese attitude was a flawed one. The military strategy in creating “forward posts” has been criticised as providing to the Chinese a pretext for invasion. It further appears from the report that the prime minister and his favourite set of officials both in the Army and in the Intelligence establishment were flawed in their assessment. In fact, the opinion of these officials close to the prime minister had cost this country heavily. The unpreparedness of the Armed forces is writ large in the contents of the report. Was a Himalayan blunder of 1962, in fact, a Nehruvian blunder? The leaked contents of the report serve as a lesson for us today. How prepared are we in our military strategy? Contemporary evidence indicates that our defence procurement has suffered. This adversely hurts our armed forces who are professional amongst the best in the world. Are we willing to learn lessons from 1962?”. However, soon after the BJP came to power and Jaitley became the defence minister he stressed that the Henderson-Brooks report “is a top-secret document and has not been declassified so far. The release of this report, fully or partially, or disclosure of any information related to this report, would not be in national interest”.Recollections by survivors of the 1962 battles make veteran’s blood boil. It is because these recollections rub in the fact of how clueless and callous leaders like Nehru and Krishna Menon were and how their impractical orders were followed by Indian officers and soldiers with utmost bravery, often knowing that they would not survive. As Major General Ian Cardozo (retd) recounts in Param Vir Chakra: Our Heroes in Battle: “Every single man of this company was found dead in his trench with several bullet or splinter wounds. The two-inch mortar man died with a bomb still in his hand. The medical orderly had a syringe and a bandage in his hand when a Chinese bullet killed him. A dozen bodies of Ahirs (this was an all Ahir battalion of the Kumaon Regiment-all plainsmen unlike the Kumaonis) were found outside their trenches indicating that they had in turn attacked the attacking Chinese when they were killed.”  Of the 1,000 mortar bombs with them, 993 had been fired. The mortar detachment personnel were readying to fire the other seven when they were killed. The end of this war saw Nehru, who had for long deceived the Parliament and the nation, a “broken man”. Too little, too late, he had to sack Krishna Menon. This book is an important trail-brazing reference base for further research by China watchers and a must read for all government leaders and officials dealing with national security.last_img read more

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Graceful reminder of China

first_imgYauatcha, the Michelin starred Dim Sum tea house from London is a contemporary yet casual teahouse that offers an all-day dining experience. Serving Modern Cantonese cuisine it offers affordable luxury in the world of eclectic food expression.Within a few years of its launch in India it has established a strong presence in the country with restaurants in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Kolkata. Modern authenticity is at the root of Yauatcha’s cuisine and service inspired by history, they acknowledge the traditions of the past while interpreting them for today. With the chefs taking recipes from all over China, and using cooking methods true to a thousand years of Chinese tradition, they have infused them with a modern sensibility. The result is authentic Cantonese cooking with a contemporary flair. Yauatcha’s architecture design relates to how the space feels. The palette of design materials used in Yauatcha forms a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse. The seating embodies the atmosphere of a congenially vibrant ‘chatter shop’, akin to the traditional Hong Kong dim sum restaurants. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe interiors with its blue glass, slim tropical fish tank decor and ceiling fans are now synonymous with the restaurant. Beautifully embroidered Chinese motifs on the leather chairs lend an added sense of grace to the restaurant. The light mood settings change as per the time of the day and so does the music. On walking through the reception, one discovers the expanse of the restaurant featuring the open kitchen where the master chefs are at work, the main dining area and a dramatic bar perched on the center stage of the restaurant. The main dining has contemporary partitions interspersed with blue glass and white marble. The restaurant is wrapped in cozy black pine and fly ash bricks. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveYautcha caters to Jain dietary preferences and chefs can alter wok dishes to accommodate an allergy condition of a guest. Some of their best alcoholic beverages include Lalu, Lychee Martini, Cha La Lai, Lam peak Martini, Baron Vert while their top five selling dishes are:• Crispy prawn cheung fun• Stir fry udon noodles in black pepper sauce• Schezuanmabo tofu• Crispy duck roll• Raspberry delicelast_img read more

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KMC takes first step to develop Mayer Bari rehabilitates 35 slum families

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s plan of developing Heritage Tourism with a total renovation of Mayer Bari in Bagbazar took a major stride on Saturday with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation handing over keys of apartments to 35 families who lived in slums located just opposite to Mayer Bari.”We will be coming up with 300 flats, each with an area of 300 square feet, and all the slum dwellers will be gradually relocated there. We have set a time frame of six months each for completing a single block. There will be a total of 15 such blocks that will be handed over. The first block is being handed over to 35 families today (Saturday),” said Mayor Firhad Hakim at a programme near Mayer Bari in Bagbazar. The funds for the project was first sanctioned under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) when it was agreed that the Centre would allocate 60 percent and state will be giving 40 percent. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”However the NDA government after coming to power in 2014 washed its hands off the fund allotment. It was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who announced that the renovation will be taken up with funds being provided by the state government. We are spending Rs 30 crore for the entire project,” Hakim added. Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare Shashi Panja, who is also the local MLA, said there were attempts to create division among people in the area but all hurdles have now been cleared. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The slum dwellers have willingly agreed to vacate their houses and move to apartments which we are constructing for them. I will appeal to all residents not to be carried away by any rumour. The government will ensure that nobody is deprived,” Panja maintained. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), with funds allocated by the state government, will come up with a vocational training centre and a children’s park after relocating the slum. The stretch around the heritage building will also be beautified and then decked up with illuminative lights to give it a majestic look. Ramakrishna Paramhansha’s wife Sarada Devi had lived at the two-storeyed house off Bagbazar Street, known as Mayer Bari, for 11 years (1909-1920). Hundreds of devotees and tourists from India and abroad throng the building every day. “The narrow lane leading to Mayer Bari is a major hassle, especially during festivals when thousands of devotees line up to pay homage to Sree Sree Maa. The roads will also be widened in view of this to make it easier for devotees to visit the place,” a senior official of the KMC said.last_img read more

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Here are the top 12 finalists of Sharad Sundari

first_imgThe most awaited beauty pageant, Sharad Sundari presented by Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers is back with its seventh edition. In the curtain raiser of the main event, Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers unveiled the top 12 finalists who would compete to win the crown. Renowned model and Miss Universe 2010, Ushoshi Sengupta was present at curtain raiser and shared her experience of winning the Indian beauty pageant ‘I Am She – Miss Universe India’. The event also witnessed the presence of Jaynataa Ghosh, Ricky Chandra and Nilanjan Saha. Rupak Saha and Arpita Saha from Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers were also present. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSharad Sundari is a hunt for the season’s most festive look who would be an embodiment of beauty, power and knowledge with the zeal to excel. With an aim to discover individuals who have a positive approach towards life with special focus on passion and creativity, this glamorous event witnessed the national participation of more than 6200 girls this year, mainly from West Bengal and Tripura from different walks of life.This enigmatic beauty pageant contest began in 2011 with the aim to spot the best faces showcasing the festive look of Durga Puja. The finalists were selected by spotting them at popular puja pandals and prominent housing societies across India. This has helped to accentuate the visibility of Sharad Sundari and make it a popular household name. The top 12 finalists were Sagarika Chakraborty, Srimoyee Roy, Ranali Saha, Anushka Samanta, Payel Sarkar, Dibyasha Das, Madhumita Soren, Manisha Sen, Aradhana Chatterjee, Moumita Sarkar, Sneha Saha and Sneha Bose.last_img read more

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Normal services restored at Kolkata airport after 9 hours

first_imgKolkata: A day after scores of passengers were inconvenienced at the Kolkata airport due to technical glitches in the check-in system, a senior official said it took the authorities nine hours to restore normal services. “The system, which slowed down and conked off around 5.15pm yesterday (Monday), was up and running by 2.30am,” Airport Director Kaushik Bhattacharjee said Tuesday. A tweet by Kolkata Airport thanked passengers and other stakeholders for their patience. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The Local Area Network has been restored around 2:30am. We thank our passengers, airlines and all the stakeholders for the patience and cooperation,” it said. Five Kolkata-bound flights were also diverted Monday evening owing to bad weather in the city. The technical snag did not affect the arrival of flights to Kolkata, thunderstorms and subsequent rain did, a spokesperson of Airports Authority of India (AAI) said. “A Singapore Airline flight was diverted to Dhaka, three others were diverted to Bhubaneswar and one to Lucknow,” the spokesperson said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Airports Authority of India (AAI) owns and manages more than 100 airports – including the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata. A fault was detected at the local area network (LAN) of NSCBI Airport Monday evening, hampering check-in process of the passengers. Around 30 flights were delayed by an average of 20-25 minutes as boarding passes had to be issued manually. The airlines, therefore, have been issuing boarding passes manually since 5.30 pm, the official added. “The Internet server has been down since 5.30 pm and it is likely to start working from 10.30 pm on Monday. Around 30 flights have been delayed in between 5.30 pm and 9 pm by an average time of 20-25 minutes,” said an AAI official. The official said the IT team of the AAI worked diligently to resolve the issue. Several thousand passengers who were to board flights at the Kolkata airport on Monday evening were caught in serpentine queues at airline check-in counters as the system used to issue boarding pass to passengers and tickets for registered baggage blanked out during peak hour. The glitch and the resultant slowdown in check-in process delayed departing flights by 25 minutes to an hour. Incoming flights were, however, not affected and touched down at the airport on time.last_img read more

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Mala Roy Sudip Bandyopadhyay maintain Trinamools lead in city

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress retained its seats in the two Kolkata constituencies with both Mala Roy and Sudip Bandyopadhyay leading by a comfortable margin from the Kolkata South and Kolkata North parliamentary constituencies.Roy had a lead of over 1.5 lakh votes over BJP’s Chandra Kumar Bose. In terms of voting percentage, Roy has got over 47 percent votes, significantly higher than the 36.95 percent votes won by TMC in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn the other hand, BJP’s vote percentage of over 34 percent is also a marked rise from 25.28 percent last year. In contrast, the vote percentage of CPI(M)’s Nandini Mukherjee stood at around 11 percent, a sharp drop from the 23.83 percent votes that she had amassed during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. “The people of South Kolkata have always blessed Trinamool Congress and this year it has been no exception. People have voted for us because they love TMC and our party supremo Mamata Banerjee,” Roy said, refusing to elaborate with the complete results still pending. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, Sudip Bandyopadhyay was last seen leading by a margin of over 1 lakh votes over BJP’s Rahul Sinha. In terms of voting percentage, TMC recorded around 49 percent, up from 35.94 percent in the 2014 polls, whereas the saffron party’s vote percentage hovered around 37 percent, up from 25.88 percent last year. CPI(M)’s vote percentage, which was over 20 in 2014, dropped to a paltry 7.5 percent. Roy, the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, was fielded from the Kolkata South seat replacing Subrata Bakshi, who had swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 with a margin of 1,36,339 votes over BJP’s Tathagata Roy. Bakshi’s vote percentage was 36.95, while that of Roy was 25.28. CPI(M)’s Nandini Mukherjee, who came third, could manage 23.83 percent votes. Interestingly, it may be recalled that Roy had contested on a Congress ticket in 2014 and had bagged over 1 lakh votes. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the voters of Kolkata South had bestowed their faith upon TMC as well, with present TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee winning from the seat by over 2 lakh votes. Banerjee bagged 57.19 percent votes, while CPI(M)’s Rabin Deb, who came second, registered 35.39 percent votes. South Kolkata has come to be known as a stronghold of TMC for over a decade, with party supremo Mamata Banerjee herself being a resident of Harish Chatterjee Street in Kalighat. It may be mentioned that in the Kolkata North seat, Bandyopadhyay had won in both 2009 and 2014. He defeated his nearest rival Sinha by a margin of 96,266 votes in 2014, while CPI(M)’s Mohammed Salim had lost by 1,09,278 votes in 2009.last_img read more

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The Troubled Life of Norma Jeane Before she Became Marilyn Monroe

first_imgBefore the world met her as Marilyn Monroe, she was known as Norma Jeane Baker. Born on June 1, 1926, everyone knows the life of this icon ended all too soon on August 5, 1962, at the age of only 36. Her name by birth would also echo 11 years after her death, in Elton John’s memorable ‘Candle in the Wind’ honoring the late American icon. The song was re-released in 1997, then in memory of Princess Diana. During the first part of her life, before she gained such huge popularity, Monroe endured a lot of struggles and suffering.Monroe as an infant, c. 1927.For instance, she never came to really know her father, and she didn’t have fond memories of her mother either. Monroe allegedly recalled that Gladys, her mother, tried to choke her as a baby while she was laying in a cradle, using a pillow. Gladys was later admitted to a mental institution.Marilyn and her mother.Monroe spent a great deal of her childhood with foster parents. In fact, she was relocated to 11 different couples. She spent probably a full year at the Children’s Aid Society Orphanage in L.A. Later on, Monroe would also testify she was the victim of abuse and rape at the age of only 11.Norma Jeane Baker, future film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962). Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.At the beginning of World War Two, Marilyn, still a teenager, was a Christian Scientist and had already married her first husband, James Dougherty. Therefore, she was Norma Jeane Dougherty for a while.She would later change religions, and husbands, and names… and obviously jobs. During the war years, the shy-looking girl was employed in a military factory. One of her tasks was to spray down aircraft with fire retardant.Quotes from Marilyn MonroePhotographer David Conover was lucky enough to take some of the first intriguing photos of the future actress, singer, and model. In the photos, she can be seen working in the factory.This early set of images of Norma Jeane reveal how she looked before she became a star (and before starting to use peroxide too): a natural brunette with curly hair. Her smile is as beautiful as ever.Monroe with her first husband, James Dougherty, c. 1943–1944.Conover would be commended for discovering Monroe. He was assigned to the factory where she worked in 1944 and on behalf the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit. The commanding officer of this unit was none other than Ronald Reagan, the future president of the United States.Norma Jeane Baker, with a hornbill on her arm, c.1941.Conover eventually pushed young Norma Jeane on a new life journey with his photography work. After this session, he recommended her to Bill Carroll, another photographer who was looking for a model. Carroll was reportedly looking for a girl who is “kind of kid you’d like to live next to.”Norma Jeane Baker tries her hand at sand skiing, c.1943.Norma Jeane looked like the perfect fit. She agreed to a session, and this generated her first income ever as a model; Carroll paid her 20 bucks.U.S. army – June 26, 1945. YANK magazine photo (colorized version) of Marilyn Monroe as Norma Jeane Dougherty.It is also interesting that Carroll didn’t realize who he had really photographed for some four decades. He reportedly came across a news story in Time magazine explaining about Conover’s pictures. Only then did he recognize this was Monroe before she became famous.After Carroll, young Norma Jeane sought out other opportunities to model. She also used different names during this period, including Mona Monroe and Jean Norman.Monroe posing for a photo during her modeling career, c.1945.Until she officially took Marilyn Monroe as her legal name in 1956, she also used names like Zelda Zonk, Jean Adair, or Faye Miller. The latest of these three she used when admitted to a psychiatric clinic. Perhaps her game-changing year was 1953 when she starred in the Technicolor musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.Monroe in a studio publicity photo taken when she was a contract player at 20th Century-Fox in 1947.Around the same time, she also married her second husband, Joe DiMaggio. She completed two trips to Korea, where she was invited to entertain U.S. Marine forces deployed there for the Korean War.Related Article: Joe DiMaggio and the Mysterious End of Marilyn Monroeone callOn one of the journeys, she traveled to the distant Asian peninsula alone. Her audience was a group of 13,000 army men. Monroe would later praise her trips to Korea as a life-changing experience, and describe this was the first time she felt was a real star.Indeed, by that point, the star–the blonde bombshell–was born.last_img read more

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Natives of a Small Pacific Island Worship Prince Philip as a Sacred

first_imgThousands of miles away from Buckingham Palace, on a remote small island in the South Pacific, Prince Philip, spouse and consort of reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II, has a cult attached to his name and it goes beyond his figure as a royal. He is venerated by the people who live in and around the village of Yaohnanen on Vanuatu’s island of Tanna. They worship the Duke of Edinburgh as their ‘tabu man.’ The designation attributes the 97-year-old royal such qualities that he is considered sacred.London, UK – May 3, 2011: Warm dawn sunlight illuminates the Portland stone facade, windows, balcony and ornate entrance gates of Buckingham Palace, London residence of the British Monarch, from the Victoria Memorial on The Mall.The extraordinary relationship that the local islanders garner for the longest-serving consort in British history is founded on an ancient story and prophecy.British author Matthew Baylis, who has spent some time living among these people, says the locals even believe that it is Prince Philip who reigns over the United Kingdom. That the Queen is merely there to help, not the other way round.Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1953.The Tanna people still live according to their traditional way of life. They have a self-sufficient gift economy which does not use cash, and their food is all locally grown. Some of the younger travel a great distance to see a proper school, but not everyone does so.The islanders believe that the Duke of Edinburgh is the embodiment of an ancient mountain spirit. This spirit, the prophecy says, has traveled miles away to foreign realms of the world, has taken the form of a white man and has espoused himself to a pretty powerful lady.HRH The Duke of Edinburgh with guests at Hillsborough Castle during a visit to present 100 Gold Award Certificates to Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. Photo by Aaron McCracken / Harrisons – Northern Ireland Office CC BY 2.0The prophecy also has it that eventually this man, who has been identified as Prince Philip, will one day come back on the island. Whether in bodily or more spiritual form, on the day he returns, he will stay among the locals. So, each year, if not each day, the Tanna people compassionately await their Prince Philip to join them.The origins of this cult can be traced to the 1950s. However, it really took hold after the British Royal family reached the shores of Vanuatu, at the time called New Hebrides, as part of a tour around the Commonwealth in 1974.Yaohnanen tribesmen show pictures of 2007 visit with Prince Philip. Photo by Christopher Hogue Thompson CC BY-SA 3.0A famous Tanna warrior, the late Chief Jack Naiva, caught a sight of Prince Philip on the royal yacht Britannia as it anchored at the country’s capital of Port Vila. In that same instance, it was clear for Chief Jack that this was indeed the embodiment of his peoples’ ancient spirit.A white pig that the Tanna people received as a symbolic gift from Prince Philip during the 1974 visit ultimately cemented his cult status among the villagers.Tanna domestic, Vanuatu, June 2009. Photo by Phillip Capper CC BY 2.0Subsequently, the villagers maintained a correspondence with Buckingham Palace, in which they received a signed portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh. In return, they sent a local gift to appreciate the gesture. In 2007, Prince Philip even welcomed a group of five men from Tanna at Windsor Castle. The meeting was held behind closed door.All of these stories are embedded in the local stories about Prince Philip. Ceremonies are held to honor his highly important figure. Significant world events are also attributed to his divine and mystical powers, or are at least in some way linked to the prince consort.The Duke of Edinburgh in Brisbane, Australia, in 1954.It was supposedly due to his great powers that President Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the U.S., reports Matthew Baylis. After that, the Duke of Edinburgh also aided President Obama in his mission to eliminate Osama bin Laden.When a strong cyclone hit the Pacific nation in 2015, it was perceived as a sign that Prince Philip would soon be visiting the island. Another storm that coincided with the announcement of Prince Philip’s retirement from royal duties, in 2017, was hailed as being triggered by this royal news.Prince Phili Photograph by Allan Warren, 1992 CC BY-SA 3.0Baylis suggests that the villagers “may well see his withdrawal from public duties as … having attained some higher rung of taboo, sacred status.”A local prophet known as Fred Nasse fueled the talk of Prince Philip returning on the island. In 2015, he persuaded his fellow-believers that something very significant would happen on the island soon. Something so great that everyone around the world will tune in to them and follow through the change.For now, no announcements have been issued by Buckingham Palace regarding Prince Philip changing his address.Read another story from us: That Time the Future Queen Elizabeth II Slipped Incognito into the London CrowdsFor those thinking that the Tanna people are silly for their religion, they have a perfect response. Chief Jack made a deep impression on writer Matthew Baylis. He had told him: “They’ve been waiting 2,000 years for a sign from Jesus. But our Philip sends us photographs! And one day he will come,” according to the Express.How the Tannese culture lives on after Prince Philip’s life eventually ceases one day, it remains to be seen.Perhaps his spirit will one day return to the village of Yaohnanen.last_img read more

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80s Cult Classic The Lost Boys to Return as a TV Series

first_imgWhen it comes to the edgy-scary-funny 1987 film The Lost Boys, not only is there a cult following still going strong but its members closely track any news reports on a TV-series adaptation in development. Now, finally, those rumors seem to be true.The CW has ordered a pilot of a series based on The Lost Boys from Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars and iZombie. Warner Bros Television and Gulfstream TV are also involved.Kiefer Sutherland. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY 2.0“The CW originally developed a series adaptation of the iconic 1987 Warner Bros horror comedy movie The Lost Boys with Thomas writing during the 2016-17 development season,” reported Deadline. “While the project didn’t go to pilot, the network brass remained very high on the title and had been looking to redevelop it.”This is good news to fans of the film, which stars Keifer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and Jamie Gertz, and was directed by Joel Schumacher.“The Lost Boys fans have gotten used to having their hopes dashed these past three decades. After all, rumors swirled for aeons about a possible sequel where Schumacher would return to direct a bunch of Lost Girls, and that project sadly never materialized,” reported Den of Geek.Jason Patric. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY 2.0“But when we heard that Rob Thomas, the man behind both the excellent Veronica Mars and iZombie, was behind a new TV series, we were pretty much immediately on board,” the writer continued.No casting choices have been announced.The original Lost Boys film had the tagline “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.” Its plot follows two teenage brothers, played by Jason Patric and Corey Haim, who with their widowed mother move to a California town filled with vampires, led by a sexy “young” gang.Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY 2.0The film is considered a major influence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, and The Vampire Diaries. The young actors in it were largely unknown, and after the film’s success went on to snare major parts in film and TV.In its original incarnation, the young people in the film were meant to be even younger, reminiscent of Peter Pan. The title is a reference to the companions of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. But the director, Joel Schumacher, hated the concept of child vampires, and made the characters older and sexier.Peter Pan statue by Sir George Frampton in Kensington Gardens, London.The town of Santa Cruz, California, was used as the location of the film. Several thousand of the locals answered the casting call for extras. Each year the film is screened near the boardwalk that features in the movie in order to enjoy it once more.The movie is also known for being the first one to star the two “Corey’s,” Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. Sadly, Corey Feldman was already using drugs while acting in the film. He is now an advocate for drug addict recovery and for stopping child sex abuse.Schumacher has credited the cast with the reason for its success, not just the young actors but the rest. The older-character parts were played by Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, and Barnard Hughes.It performed well at the box office, earning $32 million. It spawned a novelization and two direct to video sequels.Reviews were mixed. Roger Ebert wrote that the film “Starts out well but ends up selling its soul….the ending of the film is just another one of those by-the-numbers action climaxes in which the movie is over when all the bad guys are dead.”Read another story from us: Beautiful Golden Age Actress Hedy Lamarr Helped Invent Wi-FiBut others credited it with attempting something different at the time. “Instead of having their vampires as stuffy counts in evening dress, producer Richard Donner and director Joel Schumacher take a Peter Pan approach, creating a teenage rock band style vampire,” wrote Cinema Blend.“The Lost Boys has proven to be a classic. The movie has really held up well, and the effects look great compared to modern-day standards.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at ‘Entertainment Weekly,’ ‘Rolling Stone,’ and ‘InStyle,’ has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books, published in nine countries. Her new book, ‘The Blue,’ is a spy story set in the 18th century, published in original paperback, ebook, and audiobook. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

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The Peculiar Frenchman who Designed Washington DC

first_imgThe Statue of Liberty, believe it or not, is not the biggest nor the most impressive architectural contribution France has made to America. For much of Washington DC was in fact designed by a Frenchman. Born in France in 1754, Pierre Charles L’Enfant grew up following in the footsteps of his famed painter father who was in the service of King Louis XV.L’Enfant left his studies at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris, however, to go to America and fight on the rebellious colonials’ side in the Revolutionary War.Pierre Charles L’EnfantIn 1777 he enlisted in the Continental Army under General Lafayette as a military engineer. He went on to serve under General Washington himself, forming a close relationship aided by his production of several portraits of the future first president.After the war, L’Enfant set up a civil engineering firm in New York. He redesigned City Hall for the First Congress of the United States, providing the first example of the renowned Federal Style architecture for the country.Certificate of Membership in the Society of CincinnatiIntroduced in 1789, the Constitution of the United States provided for the development of a new city that would act as the federal district of the nation. Later named after the first president himself, Washington D.C. was allotted up to 10 square miles. L’Enfant nominated himself to plan the city and George Washington accepted, officially appointing him to the task in 1791.L’Enfant had grandiose ideas, taking inspiration from the architecture of his native France, wanting to reflect such palaces as the one at Versailles. In between the Potomac River and its Eastern Branch (today the Anacostia River), he developed a plan for the city that would compliment the contours of the land. L’Enfant’s biographer, Scott Berg, claims that, “The entire city was built around the idea that every citizen was equally important,” explaining why Congress was placed on the highest point overlooking the Potomac, traditionally an ideal location for the executive palace. In his Plan of the City […] L’Enfant described this location as “a pedestal awaiting a monument.”L’Enfant’s Plan of Washington Superimposed on the Rectangular System from which he workedThe President’s House, or Executive Palace (today the White House), was meant to be five times its actual size. Many of L’Enfant’s plans didn’t come to fruition at the time, however, including his development of the federal city. Urged by Thomas Jefferson, L’Enfant ended up resigning his post.Plan of the City of Washington, March 1792. Engraving on paper, Library of Congress recordThroughout the project, the temperamental French architect clashed regularly with city commissioners worried about the budget, local wealthy landowners whose residencies were demolished for the development of the city, and real estate firms looking to buy land which would impede L’Enfant’s vision.The Frenchman gained a reputation for an inability to work well with others. He also left the project to develop Paterson, New Jersey as well as the construction of Fort Washington, being replaced by less stubborn visionaries. This pattern would continue throughout the rest of his life.The White House ruins after the conflagration of August 24, 1814. Watercolor by George Munger, displayed at the White HouseWashington D.C. remained incomplete 110 years after L’Enfant’s resignation. In 1901 the McMillan Commission was formed by the Senate to complete the city, whose development continued based on the original and disputed plans of L’Enfant.The Commission saw to the completion of L’Enfants dream of the National Mall: an open-air space designed to be accessible, emphasizing the country’s democratic and egalitarian values. They were unable to, however, realize his plan for a waterfall on Capitol Hill.Tomb of L’Enfant at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Tim Evanson CC BY-SA 2.0Peter L’Enfant, having anglicized his name in honor of his adoptive country, died in poverty in 1825. Originally buried at Green Hill Farm in Maryland, his remains were exhumed in 1909 and relocated to the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. His final resting place overlooks the Potomac River and the United States capital that he designed.Read another story from us: War of 1812: The Burning of Washington and how a Freak Storm Saved the DayToday, the chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), John Cogbill, asserts that the NCPC accommodates L’Enfants original plan into all their work in Washington D.C. These plans are today guarded by the United States Library of Congress.last_img read more

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In The Herd Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak embarks on life after Kobe

first_imgWith the Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour complete, nobody is under more of a microspore this coming season than Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. After 38 wins in the last two seasons, they’ll begin next year with a young roster led by rookie head coach Luke Walton.Last night, the Lakers drafted 6’11’’ stretch 4, Brandon Ingram out of Duke with second overall pick. Ingram adds more scoring and three point shooting to the stable of inexperienced talent like Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell.Mitch Kupchak joined The Herd today to talk about his expectations for the upcoming year and how Brandon Ingram fits into their plans. He said although he received considerable interest from teams wanting to trade up for the pick, none of the offers were worth passing up Ingram.“There was a lot of activity. There wasn’t much that we would do to trade the pick. We felt real comfortable with either one of those guys at the top.” The Lakers don’t look like they’re anywhere close to competing, but fans are growing impatient and want to see progress. Kupchak said that although the Lakers won’t be competing for a title next year, he wants to put an entertaining product on the floor that gives the fans hope.“To me the most important thing is not so much winning all the games we can win this year. I mean a we can add veteran free agents that may be a little long in the tooth and win an extra four or five games.But the most important thing, I think, is to develop our core, add some free agents if possible, and every 10 to 15 games next year, knowing that you’re going to lose some of them, show improvement. And bring something to our partners and our fans that they can watch over an 82 game schedule.”With Kobe gone, the Lakers will have to shift their focus from selling tickets to winning games, something they haven’t done a lot of recently. If they don’t, it could be Mitch Kupchak’s farewell tour. Advertisementlast_img read more

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