Researchers find evidence of earliest instance of parental care in scavenger beetle

first_img Sexual conflict affects females more than males, says new research on beetles 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. Many species of scavenger or carrion beetles alive today exhibit instances of parental care—what they have in common are stridulatory files—finely ridged surfaces that are used for making sounds when some sort of scraper or plectrum is dragged across it—the most well known example of an insect with such structures in modern times are crickets. With modern scavenger beetles, the stridulatory files are located on the abdomen and are known to be used as a communications mechanism between adults and offspring—to warn of danger, for example, or to alert them to an action that should be taken, i.e. forms of parental care.In their studies, the researchers analyzed 37 silphid fossil specimens from two different biota environments across China and Myanmar including several that were preserved in amber. Using an electron microscope, the researchers analyzed the abdomens of the fossils and determined that specimens from 165 million years ago, did not have stridulatory files—suggesting they did not communicate with their offspring, and thus likely did little to care for them. Those that were 125 million years old, on the other hand, silphids of the Cretaceous, did have stridulatory files, which suggested they did communicate with their young, and thus likely offered some degree of care. More recent specimens, those from approximately 99 million years ago that were embedded in amber also had lamellate antennae, similar to modern burying beetles which suggest they likely were burying beetles as well—burying rodents or birds to provide food for their larvae.The researchers note that current theory suggests caring for young is likely a precursor towards social behavior—because of that, learning more about when caring for young evolved helps plot social evolution as well. More information: Early origin of parental care in Mesozoic carrion beetles, PNAS, Chen-Yang Cai, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1412280111AbstractThe reconstruction and timing of the early stages of social evolution, such as parental care, in the fossil record is a challenge, as these behaviors often do not leave concrete traces. One of the intensely investigated examples of modern parental care are the modern burying beetles (Silphidae: Nicrophorus), a lineage that includes notable endangered species. Here we report diverse transitional silphids from the Mesozoic of China and Myanmar that provide insights into the origins of parental care. Jurassic silphids from Daohugou, sharing many defining characters of Nicrophorinae, primitively lack stridulatory files significant for parental care communications; although morphologically similar, Early Cretaceous nicrophorines from the Jehol biota possess such files, indicating that a system of parental care had evolved by this early date. More importantly, burying beetles of the genus Nicrophorus have their earliest first record in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, and document early evolution of elaborate biparental care and defense of small vertebrate carcasses for their larvae. Parental care in the Early Cretaceous may have originated from competition between silphids and their predators. The rise of the Cretaceous Nicrophorinae implies a biology similar to modern counterparts that typically feed on carcasses of small birds and mammals. Silphids from the Middle Jurassic of Daohugou. Credit: PNAS, Chen-Yang Cai, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1412280111 (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Germany and China has found evidence of parental care in a scavenger beetle fossil dated back to 125 million years ago, making it the earliest example of its kind. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe their work in studying various beetle fossil specimens found in several parts of China and what they uncovered in doing so.center_img Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Researchers find evidence of earliest instance of parental care in scavenger beetle (2014, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-evidence-earliest-instance-parental-scavenger.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

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Earnings show less for lefthanded says study

first_img More information: Journal of Economic Perspectives, Volume 28, Number 4, Pages 193–212. pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/jep.28.4.193 A recent attempt in that direction is a paper published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, “The Wages of Sinistrality: Handedness, Brain Structure, and Human Capital Accumulation,” by Joshua Goodman, who holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University and is assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Those looking for confirmation that left-handed people are more fortunate than right-handed people will not be heartened by Goodman’s research.About 12 percent of humans are left-handed, with higher rates for males than females. Goodman said that compared to righties, lefties score a tenth of a standard deviation lower on measures of cognitive skill and are not over-represented at the high end of the distribution. The key discussion point from his paper is that “Lefties exhibit economically and statistically significant human capital deficits relative to righties, even conditional on infant health and family background.” Really? One can relate handedness to what happens to the person in the labor market? Goodman said that the physical preference for one hand over the other may create a comparative advantage or disadvantage in the labor market. Handedness may indicate differential brain structure. “If the structure of lefties’ brains affects the accumulation of skills, this may be reflected in labor market outcomes and measures of productivity. Left-handed individuals might fare poorly in the labor market not due to the manual nature of left-handedness, but as a consequence of the underlying neurological wiring that leads to it.” He said his paper was the first to demonstrate that lefties have consistently lower labor market earnings than right-handed individuals. “The evidence on occupational choice suggests that the primary disadvantage of left-handedness is not manual but cognitive.” Goodman used five longitudinal datasets in his research and they included United States and British datasets.Lefties born to right-handed mothers have cognitive skills roughly two-tenths of a standard deviation lower than righties. Interestingly, lefties born to left-handed mothers exhibited no statistically significant cognitive skill deficits. He said, “Intriguingly, the right-handed children of left-handed mothers exhibit cognitive gaps similar to those of left-handed children. In short, mismatch between parental and child handedness appears to be a key factor in the association between handedness and cognitive deficits. This may suggest that nurture is an important component of the handedness penalty, though other explanations cannot be ruled out.”In the US sample, male lefties’ median annual earnings were $2,500 lower than those of male righties, a gap of roughly 9 percent. In the UK sample, male lefties earned £1,300 less a year than righties, a gap of roughly 5 percent. Both of these differences were statistically significant. In the US sample, female lefties earned $3,400 less than female righties, a 19 percent gap. The female UK sample was the only one not to exhibit a statistically significant earnings gap between lefties and righties, “although the regression-adjusted logarithmic specification shows a marginally significant left-handedness penalty of about 7 percent.”In his conclusion, Goodman said, “the paper leaves for future work the question of whether such gaps are caused by left-handedness or instead arise from other factors for which left-handedness is simply a proxy.” He also said that “handedness is generated by neurological wiring that may affect a number of important channels relevant to labor market outcomes.” The author thanked his left-handed wife for encouraging his work “even when the coefficients troubled her.” Much has been thrown at left-handed people—they are quick to anger, quickly scared and, with the exception of heads of state, are more or less life’s losers. Much too has been bestowed upon left-handed people—they are creative and score highly on certain tests. Obviously, scientists need to rely on more than popular notions to make connections, if any, between left-handed people and success. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Earnings show less for left-handed, says study (2014, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-left-handed.htmlcenter_img What makes us left or right handed? New study rules out strong genetic factors 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 furtherlast_img read more

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Physicists set new record with 10qubit entanglement

first_img More information: Chao Song et al. “10-Qubit Entanglement and Parallel Logic Operations with a Superconducting Circuit.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.180511Also at arXiv:1703.10302 [quant-ph] False-color circuit image showing 10 superconducting qubits (star shapes) interconnected by a central bus resonator B (gray). Credit: Song et al. ©2017 American Physical Society 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. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Physicists have experimentally demonstrated quantum entanglement with 10 qubits on a superconducting circuit, surpassing the previous record of nine entangled superconducting qubits. The 10-qubit state is the largest multiqubit entangled state created in any solid-state system and represents a step toward realizing large-scale quantum computing. Citation: Physicists set new record with 10-qubit entanglement (2017, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-physicists-qubit-entanglement.htmlcenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Quantum computing on the move Lead researcher Jian-Wei Pan and co-workers at the University of Science and Technology of China, Zhejiang University, Fuzhou University, and the Institute of Physics, China, have published a paper on their results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In general, one of the biggest challenges to scaling up multiqubit entanglement is addressing the catastrophic effects of decoherence. One strategy is to use superconducting circuits, which operate at very cold temperatures and consequently have longer qubit coherence times. In the new set-up, the researchers used qubits made of tiny pieces of aluminum, which they connected to each other and arranged in a circle around a central bus resonator. The bus is a key component of the system, as it controls the interactions between qubits, and these interactions generate the entanglement. As the researchers demonstrated, the bus can create entanglement between any two qubits, can produce multiple entangled pairs, or can entangle up to all 10 qubits. Unlike some previous demonstrations, the entanglement does not require a series of quantum logic gates, nor does it involve modifying the physical wiring of the circuit, but instead all 10 qubits can be entangled with a single collective qubit-bus interaction.To measure how well the qubits are entangled, the researchers used quantum tomography to determine the probability of measuring every possible state of the system. Although there are thousands of such states, the resulting probability distribution yielded the correct state about 67% of the time. This fidelity is well above the threshold for genuine multipartite entanglement (generally considered to be about 50%).In the future, the physicists’ goal is to develop a quantum simulator that could simulate the behavior of small molecules and other quantum systems, which would allow for a more efficient analysis of these systems compared to what is possible with classical computers. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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A blast from the past

first_imgThe plays in the second week of Bharat Rang Mahotsav seem to have been painted in vivid colours. The first few days showed metaphysical themes and legends, where as plays staged mid week gave a history lesson to the audience. On Wednesday, five plays were staged. The play Balkan Women takes us to the time in history when Yugoslavia was undergoing partition. A bloody civil war was taking place between Christians and Muslims in Bosnia. Amina and her daughter Samira are interrogated by Lt. Blako, a Muslim-hater and subordinate of col. Herak who had once been involved with Amina and was Samira’s biological father. Worried about her daughter’s safety, Amina asks Herak for help and he employs Samira as a housekeeper at his residence. Over time the two develop a warm relationship, until one day Samira receives news about the brutal killing of her father and brother, and other atrocities against the Muslim community. To avenge this, she gives poisoned coffee to col Herak. Amina tells a shocked Samira that col Herak is her biological father. A repentant and grieving Samira is looked upon as a daughter by a dying col. Herak. Both mother and daughter are later killed by the new chief of the camp. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Assamese play Nokiyampo was set in the Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh, where there is a tribe called Nocte. In the recent past the Noctes had a unique marriage tradition in which before marriage young girls had to prove their fertility by giving birth to a child by co-habiting with a male member of their society. After the child was born, as per their rituals, it was killed and the girl was given in marriage to someone chosen by the members of society and the family. This tradition continued among the Noctes until 1962, when for the first time such a child was allowed to be brought up in the society in lieu of fine imposed by the society. Despite this, the unmarried mother and child had to face various socio-religious difficulties because of the customs and rituals of the tribe. This is the situation that Nokiyampo aims to recreate and explore. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSet in the backdrop of Ramayana, play titled Indrajit  is a chapter from the battle between Ram and Ravan. On hearing about the death of both Kumbakarnan and Ahthigayan, Ravana vows revenge. Mandodhari, Ravana’s wife enters receives the news of her son’s death. She mourns and asks Ravana not to wage war against Rama, but he doesn’t listen to her. She then tells her son Indrajit to stop his father, and Indrajit tells him that he will go to war field instead of him.  When Rama comes to know that Indrajit is coming to wage war against them he sends Lakshmana to face him. The performance looks at events as they enfold, from Indrajit’s putting of Brahmasthiram on Lakshmana, the episode with the Sanjeevi leaves, Indrajit’s Nikumbala Yagam, and finally his death at the hands of Lakshmana. The play, Thana Theke Aschhi which sees sub-inspector Teenkori Halder come knocking of industrialist Chandra Madhab Sen’s door to enquire about the suicide of a girl, unfolds a day ahead of Modi’s trip to the city to address a business meet. Based on JB Priestley’s famous play, An Inspector Calls, Thana Theke Aschhi has been adapted for both stage and celluloid before. The backdrop of the play is 2013. Set in a family of industrialists, it also shows how Modi’s visit gets the business circles buzzing. With an eye on next year’s parliamentary elections, the businessmen are seen excited about the prospect of meeting Modi –the poster boy of development. What is unveiled through the play is the insecurity of working in the private sector. The girl, who takes her life, was also faced with a similar crisis.Play, Untitled Phrase-02 is about parallel structures and their chaos are being questioned, broken and rebuilt repeatedly at every moment in our understanding and in our way of dealing with them. That is why they have the possibility of unpredictability and remain a source of potential hope of us.On Thursday three plays were staged, Hayavadana, A Kind Of True Story and Dharti Aaba. The  play Hayavadana, concentrates on the theme of ‘incompleteness’ and the superiority of mind over body.The human desire for completeness represented by Padmini ends in a fiasco as the transposition of heads gradually proves that it is the mind that rules.  After the transposition at the Kali temple, complications arise.  Initially, Devadatta, or rather the head of Devadatta, on Kapila’s body combines with it and reverts to his nature, while the other combination is  Kapila’s head and Devadatta’s body. But there is a difference.  Devadatta stops writing poetry while Kapila is haunted by the memories in his body.  Padmini, after the exchange of heads, feels that she has the capacity for complete experience.The play, A Kind of Love Story traces a year in the lives of eight people living in Mumbai. Their story is told from the perspective of the struggling writer, Sameer Sheikh, who is writing a script about these eight characters, including himself. It explores the characters’ interpersonal relationships, as well as their personal and professional struggles on a daily basis. The story is set in a middle class suburban building society that is going through the process of redevelopment.The structure of the play is non-linear with a mix of real and unreal situations. The play deals with the groups’ perception of ‘reality’, as ideas are broken and bared intermittently, until the audience is left questioning and revisiting truths usually considered absolute.The music is a mix of Western and Indian; there is live singing on stage and actors speak in both Hindi and English.‘I will return…soon I will return from my forests, on my mountains…I will return again amidst my Munda people…we have primeval blood. This is the blood of black people. It has been made by the coming together of hunger, accusation, insult, pain, ands sorrow. It from this blood that the fire of ulgulaan burns. This fire will never stop burning…never. I will return soon.’ This dialogue by BirsaMunda is the crux of DhartiAaba, which is based on the life and works of BirsaMunda, the leader and hero of the Munda tribal community.Birsa’s life was full of struggle. He first left school in protest against the derogatory treatment meted out to Munda students by the missionaries. Constantly troubled by the problems of those living in the forests, he eventually succeeded in taking his fellow community members towards a better socio-religious situation. Gradually he was able to instill the hunger and confidence to resist the feelings of slavery that the Mundas had internalized within themselves. Under his leadership the already existent rebellion of the Sardar Mundas was transformed into a struggle against foreign rule.last_img read more

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Tihar is not just a jail

first_imgThe Bollywood number Abhi Mujhe Kahin Baaki Thodi Si Hai Zindagi was among the many songs performed by the artistes of the band Flying Souls on Wednesday. This band is one that you don’t hear every day. The band is formed by the inmates of Tihar. It was interesting to see on the book launch at the Air Force Auditorium, how the inmates, with the help of the Police Department have made something of their lives in Tihar. The Coffee Table Book of Delhi prisons was launched by Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament and S K Shrivastava, Cheif Secretary, GNCT of Delhi.  The launch was held under the guidance of Director General (Prisons), Vimla Mehra. A spirited lady, she spoke of what one can expect in the book. She also spoke of how she has made constant efforts of reformation and rehabilitation of the prisoners. Also interestingly, the cover of the book is made of Khadi. That cloth has been made by the inmates. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Meenakshi Lekhi commented jokingly at this saying, ‘I told Vimla that the cloth quality is so fine. If you guys weave this cloth, I will wear sarees made only of this cloth then. I wioll be your brand ambassador (laughs). And if I wear it in the sansad, you can imagine the impact it will have.’T M Bhasin, CMD, Indian Bank was also present. Indian Bank has extended their hand towards Tihar Ashram, as they call it, for recruiting the people at insensitive positions once they are out of the prison. It was a very welcomed gesture by the various bureaucrats sitting in the event. Eminent people like Kiran Bedi and Vartika Nanda were also present at the launch. A book was also presented to Kiran Bedi who is seen as the foundation of the reform movement in Tihar. The launch ended with a scintillating performance by the Flying Souls band. The song, Tinka Tinka Tihar written by Vimla Mehra and Nanda ended the occasion.last_img read more

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The best stories are about people not events

first_imgBefore the moment, King hadn’t even known that his book was in the race. He didn’t know then that his account of four African American men, who were falsely accused of a crime against a white woman in Florida in 1949, would be featured in the top books of 2013. He wouldn’t have imagined that his book would be in line soon to be adapted into a Hollywood film.King received the Pulitzer in the non-fiction category for his book Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. The book is a well researched history of civil rights case of a former associate justice in the American Supreme court, Thurgood Marshall or as King calls him ‘Mr Civil Rights’, who fought in favour of four African American men, who were accused of raping a white woman. The case led to the Ku Klux Klan waging havoc on the town of Lake County in Florida. Burning African American houses and lynching black men followed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Marshall was even threatened and one of his associates were killed. King’s book brought to light numerous details  of the case with his research on the FBI files and other valuable materials.Gilbert King is a part of a panel discussion in 2015’s Jaipur Literature festival and he was in the national capital one bright Sunday to interact with school students. He talked about his love for writing and photography and why he chooses to write about injustice and his views about other pressing issues in the world. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix On Civil RightsHistory of slavery goes a long way in America and so after Abraham Lincoln the general perception was that the African community was better off now. But there was still segregation and a lot of racism. Around the time of the second world war, suddenly the African American community was deemed ‘equal’ and good enough to be sent to war. They travelled to different parts of the world where they were respected as American soldiers. They fought as equals with passion for their country. So once the war was over, and when they came back to America, they were again pushed back into living in ghettos and as second class citizens. This time they revolted and this resulted into the Klu Klux Klan lynching soldiers and other acts of violence. The county they fought for wasn’t protecting them. There was no society, no police to protect them. And this is when they turned to law. Thurgood Marshall rose as a leader and protector of civil rights then.My book is one of the many cases that remained untold. People didn’t know of all the horrific incidents that took place and writing this book was a matter of conscience for me. It was a crucial case at that time and Marshall rose as a hero. My book is a tribute to a hero.On Racial progress todayThe Internet and camera phones has made it easier to tell stories. For instance something like the Ferguson unrest would not have become this popular had it not been for the Internet, which has brought it to a higher level of consciousness for people. It has  drawn attention.While I was researching for Devil in the Grove, I used to wonder how the world would have reacted if an injustice like this would have been covered on camera. But look at Ferguson case, look at Eric Garner, an African American, who was choked to death by a police officer. A video was recorded and it went viral. But police brutality is somehow justified in our society.Today, we may feel good that we have Barack Obama as the President of the United States but the issue of racial injustice is as crucial as it was then. But having said that, I think the situation has improved a lot. People may point out at the Ferguson incident or the Trevor Martin incident  (17 year old African American who was shot by a neighbourhood watch volunteer). To say that the situation is the same is unfair to the leaders who fought for their rights. Back then no one would know about it. Today everyone recognises the issue and that is a victory in itself. You get to the court room today and at least there is a trial.On WritingI was always drawn to underdog stories. I used to read books like the Count of Monte Cristo and I was always interested in crime stories. As a photographer I love the idea of learning new things like a child would see. The enthusiasm came to me as a writer as well to learn and tell stories. Suddenly I was seeing new things, things I had never heard before. My writing is a way to tell people what I am thinking in my head, like a photograph should. As a student I was always distracted. My grades weren’t good and my teachers used to complain that I read other things than the class assigned books. I went about my way and ended up becoming who I am. To aspiring writers I would say, read. And read history. Make yourself comfortable with the structure of a story. Be it writing  a book or just journalism, people want to know the human narrative, the experience. One needs to understand  that the best stories are about people and not about events. They are not about banks, they are about people in the banks.On IndiaMy impression about Indians is that there is a certain joy in people, a certain sensitivity. This is my first trip to India but I have found that people appreciate life in a different way than America. Conversations revolve around families, about reflection on life, simple things unlike the fast paced conversation that I see in America. I think Indians in general and Indian writers observe things in details.I attended the Jaipur literature festival to listen to writers like V S Naipaul. My idea of Indian literature is that it is vast. There are so many Indian books I want to read and there are so many writers who inspired me during the festival. There is so much I take back from here, that a book on India cannot be ruled out.As far as the festival itself is concerned, I believe as writers we are always at our desks. We don’t interact, I don’t teach, so I am always researching and writing and it’s kind of lonely.Such festivals make me meet people I love. People I love reading and for me it’s also about appreciating the fact that ‘Oh my God, I am on the same panel with such renouned writers’.last_img read more

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Lodestars of Indian classical music

first_imgShriram Shankarlal Music Festival, the oldest music festival in the country has very successfully carried forward the tradition of incorporating a noteworthy synergy of the skills – of the country’s eminent maestros, with the vibrancy of exceptional young talent, without alienating the intrinsic heritage. Founded in 1947, the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra propagates Indian classical performing arts, mythological, contemporary and folk productions of epics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is back to enthrall the Delhiites. Commencing on February 19, the festival presents Shehnai by Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar  and vocal by Pandit Jasraj on the opening day. Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar were born in a family of musicians of Banaras gharana in which shehnai and flute have been played for the last 450 years and over, after formal training in pursuit of proficiency of the highest order in raga, taaland laya.Pandit Jasraj, the Mewati maestro, endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves. He has won several prestigious awards and honours, including the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, Marwar Sangeet Ratna Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second day of the festival will witness vocal by Raghunandan Panshikar and santoor rendition by Shiv Kumar Sharma. Raghunandan Panshikar commands in semi-classical genres (thumri, ghazal, bhajan, abhang, etc.) accounts for his versatility and singularity among Hindustani vocalists. Awards. Shiv Kumar Sharma has started a new genre of instrumental music. Through his performance career of over half a century, he has created millions of new listeners and ardent fans of Indian classical music. His performances are a brilliant combination of rich knowledge, perfect skill and abundant, spontaneous creativity an adherent of the Banaras gharana, Shiv Kumar Sharma has a long list of national and international awards.Third day of the festival will bring to you vocal by Manjiri Asanare  and flute by Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Born in a family of musicians, Manjiri’s interest in music developed under the guidance of Pt. C T Mhaiskar of Sangli. She has now been performing at prestigious music festivals, and has gained recognition as a fine upcoming musician of the Jaipur gharana.Natural talent, deep dedication, fine training and years of rigorous riyaz have made Chaurasia one of the top flutists in India today. Hariprasad Chaurasia has been honoured with several prestigious awards including the Padma Vibhushan.Day four will see vocal by Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra  and sarod rendition by Tejendra Majumdar, dhrupad rendition by Uday Bhawalkar followed by vocal by Ajoy Chakrabarty . Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra have been learning music since their birth with sounds of tanpura, sarangi, tabla and voices of forefathers vibrating in their home and surroundings. Tejendra Majumdar was awarded the President’s gold medal and the Pandit D V Paluskar award. Uday has also collaborated with artists from other disciplines and cultures, including the contemporary dancer Astad Deboo, Ensemble Modern in Germany and musicians from Spain, Georgia and USA. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty became a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, the son of the great Patiala Maestro Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan. He is the first recipient of the Kumar Gandharva award.When: February 19 – 22  Where: Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marglast_img read more

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SSKM canteen staff demand money for extra food

first_imgKolkata: One man’s meat is another man’s poison. The carcass meat row, which has created a ruckus across the state, has now cast its spell on the canteen services of SSKM Hospital. Taking advantage of the incident, a group of canteen staff in the Hospital were demanding money from patients or their family members for providing extra pieces of fish. The patients undergoing treatment in the hospital get their food for free. They are entitled to get one piece of fish in their meal. However, they were informed that if any one wants to have an extra piece of fish, he or she has to pay Rs 5 for each. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSome of the canteen staff, who are mostly contractual workers, have been making money in this way. It was learnt that this practice has been going on in the hospital for quite sometime.At around 1.55 pm on Tuesday, some canteen staff were distributing lunch among the patients undergoing treatment at the CTVS department of the hospital. A patient had asked for an extra piece of fish. One of the staff said she needs to pay Rs 5 for one extra piece. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe patient paid the amount to have an extra piece from the canteen employee. The state government has been spending crores of money over free treatment and other services to the patients. Despite the efforts by the government to extend quality services, a section of people within the system are maligning the government for their own benefits, alleged some relatives of the patients. It is learnt that canteen staff get an estimation from each department on the number of patients, based on which they prepare food. Patients can have food of their own choice. There are many patients who do not take fish. The pieces that remain undistributed are being served among other indoor patients in exchange of money. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream project to provide free health services in state-run hospitals across Bengal was initially criticised, following resistance by a section of doctors and paramedical staff, having some alleged links with drug manufacturers and suppliers. It would remain a half-pursued dream, if this ‘corrupt’ practice exists. A senior official at the state health department, on condition of anonymity, said a section of doctors and paramedical staff at government establishments were trying to oppose various health service schemes introduced by the government for their personal gains. It may be mentioned, that a few days ago, the store keeper of Bangur Institute of Neuroscience had been arrested on the charges of demanding money for an orthopedic implant, which the patient was supposed to get it for free.last_img read more

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Trading tales

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Foreign Trade commemorated its 52nd Foundation day at its New Delhi Campus. Professor Bibek Debroy, member, NITI Aayog, was the chief guest for the occasion. Surajit Mitra, director, IIFT, presided over the function. Mitra in his welcome address paid tribute to all its former and present faculty, employees and alumni of IIFT. Bibek Debroy in his keynote address, “IIFT — from now to where” dwelt at length on the challenges faced by the Indian and World economies and IIFT’s role in the changing global business environment”. Debroy also advised IIFT to play a substantially larger role in shaping trade policies and act as a think tank to all stakeholders.last_img

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Low sunlight exposure increases cancer risk

first_imgPersons residing at higher latitudes, with lower sunlight exposure and greater prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, are at greater risk of developing cancer, including leukemia, a type of blood cancer, new research reveals.Analysing data on leukemia incidence rates in 172 countries, the researchers found that people living in higher latitudes are at least two times at greater risk of developing leukemia than equatorial populations.“These results suggest that much of the burden of leukemia worldwide is due to the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency we are experiencing in winter in populations distant from the equator,” said Cedric Garland, adjunct professor at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Leukemia rates were highest in countries relatively closer to the poles, such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Ireland, Canada and the United States. They were lowest in countries closer to the equator, such as Bolivia, Samoa, Madagascar and Nigeria, the findings showed. “People who live in areas with low solar ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure tend to have low levels of vitamin D metabolites in their blood,” Garland said. “These low levels place them at high risk of certain cancers, including leukemia,” Garland noted.The findings were published online in the journal PLOS One.last_img read more

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Charges framed in MPS Group scam

first_imgKolkata: Charges have been framed in connection with the chit fund scam of the MPS Group. According to sources, charges were framed against Chief Managing Director Pramathanath Manna and the company MPS Greenary Developers Limited.Charges have been framed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of criminal conspiracy (120B IPC), cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property (420B IPC) and criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent (409 IPC). According to the sources, the charges were framed in Bidhannagar Court on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been learnt that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a chargesheet in connection with the case in June and the investigating officers had come to know that the group had collected Rs 2,900 crore from the market through various chit fund schemes. The investigating officers also came to know that CBI is continuing its probe in connection with this case.This comes at the time when CBI has taken up cases to probe 25 other financial institutions in the state, which allegedly collected money illegally.So far, the central investigating agency had been carrying out probe against 56 such companies. Now, the number has gone up to 81.last_img read more

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Delhis tribute to the Bard

first_imgShakespeare has withstood the passage of time. He stood out owing to his relevance through the generations. Not only does his plays on political conspiracy deliver foresight in terms of modern day ambition and lust for power but even his social comedies are of significance , as in its core, the truth is stated about propriety and its rootedness. On the occasion of William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary, Mahesh Bhatt presented ‘Do Deewane Sheher Mein’ inspired by Shakespeare’s less explored and very first play ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’, which was held last weekend in the Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An apt adaptation? Well, the play told the story of two friends and their intertwined love stories, set against the backdrop of modern-day Delhi. The trip from Verona to Milan in the Bard’s play became a business meeting in Goa; the Duke became a business tycoon; the two protagonists Shiv Chauhan (Sunil) and Imran Zahid (Sahil) were transformed from merchants to app developers. It was quite clever how they managed to make Shakespearean characters relatable to the audience. It was funny and a good experience overall. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play was directed by Kalyani Hiwale-an NSD graduate where she explores love and loyalty as its central theme. It is an entertaining and endearing story dealing with matters of the heart. Zoa Morani as Mayavi and Priyanka Lulla as Kashish, did a fine job as the modern-day love interests.Dreams dreamt by Shakespeare transcend the most luxuriant human imagination and paves the way for other incessant dreams including ‘Do Deewane Sheher Mein’. They celebrated the forgotten treasures of the original ‘Dream Merchant’ with the firm belief that his spirit will be blessing them.last_img read more

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Drape the nine yard wonder in different styles

first_imgNew Delhi: There are several ways of draping a sari which can make you look different and help you stand out in a crowd. Accessorise it with a waistband or team your sari with a jacket, suggest experts. Chantilly lace is used more in saris than any other type, owing to their classic, timeless look. It is advisable to go for pastel shades as they enhance that graceful look of a lace sari.Drape the sari as lehenga and pallu over a designer crop top. This is a modern look and is also very unique way of wearing a sari. You can accessorise with a waistband and minimal jewellery.Invest in a stitched sari. Slip in, zip up and simply pin the pallu as you wish as oit also saves time for some.A cross between the modern gown and traditional sari, a sari gown involves minimal draping and is pre-designed and structured to look like a gown, with a sophisticated pallu flowing across the shoulders gracefully. The look can further be enhanced with embellishments of karigari on the pallu.Rather than a lace sari, opt to pair a simple sari with a lace jacket. Jackets with embellishments and contrasting colours can help get a unique look.Apart from saris, lace blouses can add a lot of slinky charm to your sari, when teamed perfectly. Its intricate beauty can infuse glamour to a sari. To get it perfect, go for a full-sleeve lace blouse or a cut work blouse especially if you are opting for a fancy bash or then opt for chinese collars or boat necks for the casual outtings.When wearing a lace outfit the accessories need to be very subdued whereas the the make-up needs to be very distinct and the blouse can be of contrasting colour. Classic colours like black and red are best suited for lace outfits.Experiment with silhouettes fabrics and make unusual combinations of it.last_img read more

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WB guv convenes allparty meet in wake of postpoll violence

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi has convened a meeting of major political parties on Thursday in view of the ongoing post-poll violence in the state, sources in the Raj Bhavan said. Tripathi has sent a letter to all prominent political parties in Bengal, urging them to attend the all-party meet at 4 pm at Raj Bhavan, they said. Welcoming the move, West Bengal BJP unit president Dilip Ghosh said the state government should have taken the initiative. “We welcome the decision. We have received Tripathi’s letter. We would be attending tomorrow’s meeting,” he told PTI. The Trinamool Congress leadership, however, said it was yet to receive any letter. “Once we receive the letter, we would take a call on it,” said a senior TMC leader.last_img read more

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Brilliant The secret war mission that inspired the James Bonds neat tuxedo

first_imgSince his first on-screen appearance in the 1962 film Dr. No, James Bond, MI6 agent 007, has quickly risen to become one of the most popular fictional characters of all time. The sleek, charming, and cunning secret agent with a “license to kill,” created by Ian Fleming, a prolific writer with a background in the British Naval Intelligence Division, has appeared in 39 official books, authored by Fleming and five other writers, and 26 films.Connery during filming for Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. Photo by Mieremet, Rob / Anefo – Nationaal Archief, CC BY-SA 3.0 nlBond’s adrenaline-fueled adventures have been known to feature memorable supervillains, impossible stunts, weapons and contraptions that would easily fit in the realm of science fiction, and secret mission scenarios that often seem exaggerated and too elaborate to be even remotely possible in real life.Still, some of the unbelievable scenes were actually inspired by real-life events that took place during secret missions conducted by Allied spies, agents, and soldiers during World War II.Actor Sean Connery, the original James Bond, is pictured here on the set of Goldfinger with one of the fictional spy’s cars, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5. Photo by Getty ImagesOne such scene is featured at the beginning of the 1964 Goldfinger, the third film of the franchise and the first James Bond film one to win an Academy Award: somewhere in Latin America, Bond stealthily emerges from the ocean in his diving suit, neutralizes a guard, and plants an explosive device at a secret drug laboratory.He then removes the diving suit and reveals a neat and unscathed white dinner suit beneath it. As the clock on the explosive device ominously ticks on, Bond casually enters a nearby bar and blends in with the crowd. He lights a cigarette precisely at the moment that an enormous explosion announces the success of his mission.Peter Tazelaar (light coat) and Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (opposite him) as adjuncts to Queen Wilhelmina on her return to the continent, May 2, 1945.It may seem ludicrous that anyone, even a top-notch secret agent, would manage to keep an elegant dinner suit completely dry and neat underneath a soaking wet diving suit. However, Peter Tazelaar, a member of the Dutch resistance and a spy who worked for the British Special Operations Executive, managed to do just that in November 1941, during a risky secret mission codenamed “Contact Holland.”Queen Wilhelmina in 1948.In June 1941, Tazelaar secretly traveled from the Netherlands to England to establish contact with British intelligence forces and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who had fled to England in 1940, and teamed up with Allied intelligence agencies to strengthen the Dutch resistance.Things You May Not Know About James BondSince many Dutch insurgents were stuck deep behind enemy lines in the occupied Netherlands, Tazelaar and a handful of others formed a covert operations team with the goal of traveling to the shores of the Netherlands and extracting as many Dutch resistance fighters as possible.Scheveningen pier in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo by Marek Slusarczyk CC BY 3.0When the team approached the seaside resort of Scheveningen near the Dutch city of the Hague, Tazelaar and two others rowed to the shore in a small dinghy, then ditched the boat and swam for the last few hundred feet to avoid suspicion. Underneath his custom-made full-body swimming suit, which was designed to remain dry on the inside, Tazelaar was dressed in an evening suit with a white tuxedo not unlike the one worn by Bond.Tazelaar (left) with Rie Stokvis and Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema in Breda on 2 May 1945. Photo by WIllem vand e Poll CC BY SA 2.0When he removed the swimming suit, a member of the team gave him a bottle of Hennessy, which was his favorite liquor, and he purposely spilled some of the drink on his clothes so that he would reek of alcohol as though he had been drinking for hours.Tazelaar managed to fool the guards stationed around the resort and infiltrate a party where he drank, gambled, danced, and finally rendezvoused with a fellow resistance fighter. The two mingled with the Nazi crowd for a while, and then stealthily slipped back towards the beach to meet the other members of Tazelaar’s team.Peter Tazelaar (light coat) and Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (opposite him) as adjuncts to Queen Wilhelmina on her return to the continent, May 2, 1945.Several weeks later, Tazelaar tried to repeat the operation to extract another resistance fighter but was captured by the Nazi sentries who spotted him “wandering around” on the beach before trying to enter a hotel in Scheveningen. Fortunately, one of the prison guards was actually a disguised resistance fighter: he managed to convince the other guards that Tazelaar was a harmless local gambler with a penchant for drunk wandering, and Tazelaar was able to escape.Read another story from us: Lana Turner’s jealous boyfriend pulled a gun on Sean Connery. It really didn’t end wellWhen the intelligence officials learned of the daring and inventive ways in which Tazelaar accomplished his tasks during operation Contact Holland, he became somewhat of a celebrity. In 1944, he was awarded a Military William Order, the highest military honor in the Netherlands, for his role in the operation. After the war, he continued working in intelligence and even spent several years in the CIA. Just like the famous Agent 007, he was an awfully handsome gambler and adrenaline addict whose driving force was the constant search for dangerous adventures.last_img read more

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Celebrity jobs before they were famous

first_imgWhen we look at celebrities, we sometimes assume that they have always been famous but as these stories show, even our most beloved performers had to start somewhere. Steve Buscemi was a firefighterSteve Buscemi at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of Blank City. Photo by David Shankbone CC BY 3.0Buscemi is now known for his roles in Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Fargo but he started his career in 1980 as a firefighter in New York City.He worked with Engine Co. 55 for four years before making his stage debut in 1985. In 2001, he went back to his old company and helped during the aftermath of 9/11, working 12-hour shifts along with his old colleagues.Christopher Walken was a lion tamerChristopher Walken in a scene from the movie ‘McBain’ (1991). Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesWalken and his two brothers Kenneth and Glenn were child actors in the 1950s and when Walken was 16 he got a job as a lion tamer at a circus. The lion was called Sheba and Walken has been quoted as saying “she was very cute, like a dog.”Harrison Ford was a self-taught carpenterHarrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back directed by Irvin Kershner. Photo by Lucasfilm/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesBefore his big break Star Wars, Ford had some small parts in films such as Apocalypse Now and American Graffiti.During the 1960s Ford taught himself carpentry to support his family and it is still a hobby that he enjoys to this day.Christopher Lee worked for the Intelligence ServicesChristopher Lee at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013. Photo by Avda CC BY-SA 3.0The Hammer Horror favorite was born in May 1922 into a privileged military family. At the outbreak of World War II, the young Lee volunteered to join the RAF and was accepted for pilot training.Flying Officer C. F. C. Lee in Vatican City, 1944, soon after the Liberation of Rome.A damaged optic never meant that he was not able to fly and he was accepted into the RAF Intelligence Services instead, where he worked in North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Russia.Bob Ross was an Air Force sergeantBob Ross. Photo by Getty ImagesBeloved host of The Joy of Painting started his career as a carpenter then joined the Air Force at the age of 18. He would serve in the military for 20 years and rose to the rank of master sergeant.It was during his service that he discovered a love of painting and went on to learn the “alla prima” aka wet-on-wet method which would make him famous from his mentor, Bill Alexander.Helen Mirren worked in an amusement parkHelen Mirren attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014. Photo by See Li CC BY 2.0The multi-award-winning actress has always had the theatre in her heart. She started acting in plays at primary school and was accepted into the National Youth Theatre at the age of 18.Before she made the break into acting Dame Helen worked at an amusement park in her hometown of Southend-on-Sea. Her main job was to work as a “blagger,” someone who attracts people to rides within the park.Mick Jagger was a hospital porterBefore finding fame with the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger was set to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a teacher, but accepted a scholarship to study business at the London School of Economics.Mick Jagger – The Rolling Stones live at San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy, June 10, 2003. Photo by Kronos CC BY-SA 3.0During his tenure as an undergraduate student, Jagger worked as a hospital porter at Bexley Mental Hospital for 4 pounds 10 shillings a week. Apparently, his experiences there inspired the early hits 19th Nervous Breakdown and Mother’s Little Helper.Rod Stewart worked at Highgate CemeteryRod Stewart, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway. Photo by Helge Øverås CC BY 2.5Stewart left school at the age of 15 and worked as a screen printer. He tried to get into football but after he didn’t make it past the trials stage he focused on his second love, which was music.Highgate Cemetery.While waiting to make his big break he worked for a time as a gravedigger in Highgate Cemetery. Stewart says he only measured out plots, marking them off with string.Warren Beatty was a rodent catcherPublicity photo of Warren Beatty for film Shampoo.Prolific actor, writer, director and producer Warren Beatty was a star football player at high school and was offered ten football scholarships for college. Beatty declined the scholarships and went on to study liberal arts and acting in New York City.Read another story from us: Girls of the Swinging 60s – Vintage Fashion PhotographsBefore he went off to college at the age of 17, he got a job at the National Theatre in Washington, patrolling the alleys catching rodents.last_img read more

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Europes Greatest Castle was Built by a Mad King who Lived in

first_imgThe castles at Disney theme parks are named “Sleeping Beauty Castle” and many people throughout the world, when shown a picture of one, will automatically know that the building is at Disneyland, Disneyworld, Euro Disney or Disney Japan. Then show a picture of the structure that the castle was based on, and many will say “That looks like a copy of Disney’s castle.” The truth is, it’s the other way around.Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, aside from Disney’s knock-offs, is the most famous castle in the world. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 1800s, and along with its stunning beauty and setting, the castle is surrounded by mystery, murder, inspiration and possible insanity.Hohenschwangau, Germany – May 9, 2015: view of Neuschwanstein Castle near Hohenschwangau, Germany during spring afternoon surrounded by spring colours.Amazingly enough, Neuschwanstein (which literally means “New Swan Stone/Rock”) is not the only beautiful castle built by the Bavarian monarch, sometimes called “Mad King Ludwig”. Better, and perhaps more accurate epithets are “The Swan King” and “The Fairy Tale King”.Ludwig was born on October 24, 1845, though the record was changed to October 25th to give him the same birthday as his grandfather, Ludwig I, who was an art collector, and built some of the most beautiful structures in Bavaria and Europe. One of Ludwig I’s castles was Hohenschwangau (or “Upper Swan District Palace”), which his grandson later added to, and in which Ludwig II lived for a time in childhood.Hohenschwangau castle. Photo by Hiroki Ogawa CC BY 3.0Ludwig’s childhood probably destined him for a life living in his head, his imagination. German parents of the time, and especially royalty were not known to be “soft and cuddly” types, and worst yet, his mother, Princess Marie, was Prussian, whose lives were dedicated to a stoic, “spare the rod and spoil the child” outlook – in the extreme.To make matters worse, Ludwig’s parents didn’t like each other, much less love. Their marriage was meant to tie the royal houses of Bavaria (the largest independent German state in a time before German unity), with Prussia (the most powerful).Photograph of King Ludwig II of BavariaLudwig grew up in one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Sitting in the foothills of the Alps, it’s gilt-colored paint reflected the setting sun, coloring the area around and below it in a sort of golden haze.Inside were fanciful paintings depicting real German/Bavarian heroes of a bygone age, as well as takes from myth and legend. To escape the oppressive reality of his family life, Ludwig spent hours staring at the walls, making up stories and generally living in a dream world.Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (left) with his parents and younger brother Prince Otto in 1860When Ludwig’s father Maximilian died, the prince was just 18 and had not been properly prepared to rule. For Bavaria, this was likely fatal. Fatal in the sense that many of the plentiful German states and municipalities were pushing for a united Germany, led by Prussia – a militaristic and Protestant power.Bavaria and many of the other western German states were Catholic, and their outlook on life was much less severe than that of the Prussians. Soon, Ludwig would be leading his kingdom into a war with Prussia, one which he would lose.The result would be a semi-independent Bavaria whose king seemed to want to spend the territories money on castles and art rather than the necessities of life.Schloss Neuschwanstein (New Swanstone Castle) is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Deutschland.Ludwig, despite his extravagant expenditures and military defeat (it was unrealistic to expect a 20-year-old to defeat Europe’s most innovative military power), was immensely popular with the people of Bavaria.They saw him as a dreamer, and something about the handsome youth made many feel sorry for him. He also gave out large amounts of money to the people he interacted with on his many journeys through his kingdom.Neuschwanstein under construction.However, as time went by the defeat by Prussia bothered him more and more. Wanting to be a completely independent and powerful king who did not have to toe the Prussian line, he retreated into himself and began a descent into what some called madness.Ludwig became obsessed with the work of Richard Wagner, whose operas about German myth and heroes partially fulfilled the longing Ludwig II felt in his heart to live in a perfect romantic world.Neuschwanstein under construction: upper courtyard (photograph c. 1886)Wagner was a contemporary of Ludwig, though 32 years older than the king. Wagner filled the father-role that Ludwig never experienced, and for Ludwig, Wagner’s visions of a heroic and romantic German past matched perfectly with his imagination.Some believe that Wagner took advantage of the king’s naivete, and through it his deep pockets, but it seems to have been a mutually satisfying relationship.Wagner might not have risen to the fame he did without Ludwig, and Ludwig might not have created the beautiful structures that were inspired by the composer. Wagner’s famous opera house at Bayreuth was started with funds from Ludwig II.Neuschwanstein front façade and surroundings (photochrom print, c. 1900)Ludwig’s vision included building a beautiful and unparalleled castle high above the one he lived in as a child – outdoing even his grandiose ancestor and namesake. Neuschwanstein was meant to host grand versions of Wagner’s operas, the music flowing down the Alps into the valley below.Inside, mural after mural depicted scenes from Wagner’s operas/German myths, the most prevalent of those being from the tales of Parsifal, who found the Holy Grail in many sagas, and Lohengrin, the Swan Knight, who comes in a boat pulled by swans to rescue a damsel in distress. The castle even had an artificial grotto built within to hold a bevy of swans.Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau in Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and is located in Hohenschwangau in the Bavarian Alps. This shot is taken at the courtyard of Neuschwanstein.While he was building Neuschwanstein, Ludwig was putting the finishing touches on the Linderhof, a rococo-style palace also created to host grand Wagnerian operas and other musical performances.The cost of building the Linderhof and Neuschwanstein was enormous – in today’s dollars, the price tag would come in at nearly $250 million. Linderhof did not cost much less. Bavaria was a rich German state, but even today, all of Germany is only about the size of Washington and Oregon combined. The coffers of Bavaria were not limitless.Linderhof Palace. Photo by Softeis CC BY-SA 3.0This began to concern not only officials of Bavaria, but of all of Germany, as well as the people of the semi-autonomous state. Unchecked, Ludwig might bankrupt the state and all sorts of misery would ensue – at least that’s what many thought.Most of the money was Ludwig’s personally – Bavaria was an ancient kingdom. Still, the king showed signs of being unbalanced. He isolated himself within the Linderhof, whose huge dining room had a table for one. Ludwig was also becoming an embarrassment.Scenic view of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany in winter. Schwangau, Germany – November 29, 2017There were only two ways for him to be deposed, short of an actual revolution: assassination, or being declared mentally incompetent. The latter was chosen and four physicians certified that he was “mad”. Ludwig was removed from his throne and forced to live within Berg Castle, some miles away.The date was June 12, 1886. On the 13th, one of the doctors that had certified him insane took a lakeside stroll with the king. They were never seen alive again.A 1901 postcard of Berg CastleMany theories were put forward: Ludwig drowned himself after killing the doctor, whose body was found in the mud of the lake, showing blows to the head and neck. Ludwig is said to have drowned – but one problem remained: there was no water in the corpse’s lungs.Read another story from us: The Abandoned Spanish Dream Castle in the Australian JungleSome say he was shot and the body dressed up and buried before it could be examined by unbiased physicians. There are many different theories, but none has proved definitive.Ludwig lived in his beloved Neuschwanstein for just over a year and a half, off and on. It was never finished.last_img read more

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VIDEO Suspended Reds prospect appears to be doing cocaine in videos he

first_img#Kahaloa is a Pot&Coke head. Very disappointing! I’m the biggest Cincinnati Reds fan! &this discusses me! @MLB @Reds @CinRedsTweet pic.twitter.com/eQ2JaSz5MH— C.Reds (@Reds_1fan) March 18, 2017 Advertisement #Kahaloa #disgusting @MiLB @MLB @CinRedsTweet @Reds pic.twitter.com/qo7ZHKpBj0— C.Reds (@Reds_1fan) March 18, 2017 Reds pitching prospect Ian Kahaloa was recently suspended 50-games by Major League Baseball. Some Snapchat videos that have surfaced online give some insight into why.The tweets, which show four Snapchat videos posted by the 19-year old prospect, are timestamped from March 17. They show Kahaloa snorting a white substance that would appear to be cocaine. Other videos show marijuana and some bongs.Hopefully this kid gets his act together. He can start by not posting videos of him doing drugs online.@MiLB @MLB @Reds @CinRedsTweet @BsbLifestyle__ @SportsCenter #Kahaloa pic.twitter.com/5oz54qRK9X— C.Reds (@Reds_1fan) March 18, 2017 #kahaloa #disgusting @MiLB @MLB @CinRedsTweet @Reds pic.twitter.com/s4ISq2ssJs— C.Reds (@Reds_1fan) March 18, 2017last_img read more

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VIDEO Tim Tebow blasted his 2nd career home run continues assault on

first_imgTim Tebow continued his assault on minor league pitching when he blasted his 2nd career home run in 3 games last night.Tebow’s 2nd blast was a no doubt, 3-run shot to right field in the 5th inning to extend the Columbia Fireflies’ lead to 6-0.No big deal, just another step towards baseball immortality. The new definition of “Tebowing” is crushing bombs.Tim Tebow with his second homerun of the season! It was a 3-run HR to Right Field. #LetsGlow pic.twitter.com/jrusDpU6EL— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) April 9, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

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VIDEO Zion Williamson took down LaMelo Ball LaVar and the Big Ballers

first_imgIf some thought the NBA Summer League crowds for Lonzo Ball in Las Vegas were uncalled for, the crowd for the AAU game last night between the #2 ranked 2018 prospect, Zion Williamson, and LaMelo Ball, the #21 2019 prospect (both per Scout), would make those folks’ heads spin around.The two internet sensations went at it in front of an overly packed house, including the likes of  Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins and other stars. LeBron James reportedly planned to attend, but was encouraged to stay away so he didn’t blow the lid off the place. It also streamed live to 70,000 on Facebook Live.In terms of atmosphere for an AAU game, Kansas coach Bill Self said it was unprecedented.Bill Self to ESPN on the scene here tonight: “Unreal. Never seen anything like it.”— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 27, 2017 We flying out here ✈️ @ZionW32 #adidasUprising pic.twitter.com/o84yjLpGZf— Overtime (@overtime) July 27, 2017 To his credit, LaMelo finished with a game-high 31. He kept his team in it throughout and clearly has the stroke from deep that he’ll continue to refine. He’s only a Junior: LaMelo Ball is CASH ? @MELOD1P #adidasUprising pic.twitter.com/P9SbrUDlG8— Overtime (@overtime) July 27, 2017Here’s a recap with complete highlights. This was about as good as AAU gets: Advertisement Zion Williamson CAN’T BE STOPPED ? @ZionW32 #adidasUprising pic.twitter.com/ZqSVG5EUov— Overtime (@overtime) July 27, 2017 The headliners didn’t disappoint.Williamson ended up with 28, and grabbed a steal to seal the game with a trademark jam with less then a minute left. The and-one dunk put his SC Supreme team up 8, and he made the free throw to pushed it to 9. His squad grabbed the W, 104-92.Dunking will clearly never be Williamson’s issue at whichever level he plays.last_img read more

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