The Formalities Necessary to Form a Limited Company

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, December 23, 2007 0 comments
There are certain dos and don'ts attached to the formation of a limited company. The Companies House in the UK looks after the matter of company formation. In order to form a limited company in the UK, one needs to provide the concerned authority (in this case it is the Companies House) with necessary information and documents. These are clearly dictated in the booklets published by the House, both in online and print versions. There are basically three types of limited companies in the UK: private company limited by shares, private company limited by guarantee and public limited company. The first one is similar to a private limited company. The second type of company does not have share capital; rather, it is guaranteed by its members. The members agree to pay a fixed amount in the event of the company's liquidation. One can form a limited company in any of these ways. In a public limited company, the shareholders would only be liable to pay the amount that remains unpaid on the shares. This amount is usually zero as shares are issued fully paid. The shareholders in the limited companies always have a limited liability. In order to form a limited company in the UK, one needs to register it with the Companies House. The registered office can be in England and Wales, Scotland and North Ireland. The registered office and all the other things involved in company formation process in the UK have some formalities attached to them. The very naming of a limited company has a legal formality attached to it. If you are to form a limited companyin the UK, you have to include the word 'limited' in its name. The contracted form of the word, 'ltd' will also do. This way, there are some other dos and don'ts to be taken care of while forming a limited company in the United Kingdom.

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Long queues in Gujarat as BJP, Congress claim victory

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, December 16, 2007 0 comments
Hundreds of thousands of men and women stood in long queues to vote in the final phase of Gujarat's assembly elections Sunday as both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress claimed victories.

After a poor start to polling due to cold winds, voter turnout went up rapidly across Gujarat's northern and central areas as the day progressed in a do-or-die battle involving 599 candidates in 95 constituencies.

In some places, however, voters gathered at polling centres even before they opened at 8 am.

A total of 18.7 million people are eligible to vote on Sunday, and cities and towns in both regions witnessed maximum enthusiasm to pick a new assembly.

A confident and combative Chief Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the BJP would sweep the elections to retain power in a state whose electoral outcome is widely expected to have an impact on national politics.

BJP leader and prime ministerial candidate L.K Advani also made a similar assertion.

After casting his vote in Ranip area of Sarkhej constituency, Modi flashed a V sign to his cheering supporters. "The BJP is fighting for the future of Gujarat. I am sure we will get an unprecedented majority," he said.

A large crowd of Modi fans who had been waiting for the chief minister went wild as he reached the polling booth, screaming in unison: "Modi! Modi!"

Modi's cabinet colleague Amit Shah is contesting from Sarkhej, the biggest seat in size and number of voters.

The chief minister, who has turned the Gujarat ballot as a Modi-versus-Congress battle, himself is pitted against central minister Dinsha Patel in the adjoining constituency of Maninagar in Ahmedabad.

Shortly before Modi spoke, Advani voted in Shahpur constituency of Ahmedabad amid chaos after an electronic voting machine (EVM) at the polling booth failed to function.

Advani told reporters later: "The BJP is going to win in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. And the results are going to decide the timing of the mid-term (parliamentary) elections."

The Congress made similar claims.

State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said: "There is a wave for change. This time the situation will be a reverse of what it was in 2002."

But Advani insisted that there was no anti-incumbency. "The BJP will form the government in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh," he said, referring to the two states going to the polls this month.

Several heavyweights from the BJP, which has ruled Gujarat for almost a decade barring a short break, and the Congress, which is desperate to oust the BJP, are in the fray.

Issues of security and terrorism dominated the acrimonious campaign in the second round. Developmental issues, with which the campaign began in the state, took a back seat.

Among the other high profile contenders on Sunday are cabinet ministers Anandiben Patel, Amit Shah, Prabhatsinh Chauhan and Ashok Bhatt. Congress veteran Narhari Amin is also in the fray.

Sunday began with a major embarrassment for the BJP when one of its candidates was arrested within an hour.

Police took into custody Jayanti Rathwa, candidate from Pavi Jetpur constituency of central Gujarat. He was charged with illegal possession of weapons, which were seized from three vehicles driven by his supporters.

Also, the Election Commission has charged Gujarat Education Minister Anandiben Patel with violation of poll conduct after she allegedly distributed saris among voters in her Patan constituency in the northern region.

The EVMs did not function well in more than one place. In some seats, voters complained that their names were not in the Election Commission list though they possessed the relevant identity cards.

Naturally, arguments erupted in several places between angry voters and exasperated officials.

In 2002, the BJP swept central Gujarat and dominated the northern region of the state in the aftermath of communal violence. The Congress is making a determined bid to bounce back to power.

The first phase of the Gujarat assembly election took place December 11. The votes will be counted December 23.

Scientists Cure Mice Of Sickle Cell Using Stem Cell Technique

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, December 9, 2007 0 comments

Using a recently developed technique for turning skin cells into stem cells, scientists have cured mice of sickle cell anemia -- the first direct proof that the easily obtained cells can reverse an inherited, potentially fatal disease.

Researchers said the work, published in yesterday's online edition of the journal Science, points to a promising future for the novel cells. Known as iPS cells, they have been touted by President Bush and some scientists as a possible substitute for embryonic stem cells, which have been mired for years in political controversy.

But researchers also cautioned that aspects of the new approach will have to be changed before it can be tried in human patients. Most important, the technique depends on the use of gene-altered viruses that have the potential to trigger tumor growth.

"The big issue is how to replace these viruses," said Rudolf Jaenisch of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Mass., who led the new work with co-worker Jacob Hanna and Tim M. Townes of the University of Alabama Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in Birmingham.

"Induced pluripotent stem," or iPS, cells, are virtually identical to embryonic stem cells. They can morph into all of the more than 200 cell types in the body but are derived from skin, not from embryos. Mouse iPS cells were first derived earlier this year, and scientists reported last month to great fanfare that they had created similar cells from human skin.

The new experiment started with the removal of a few skin cells from the tail tips of mice sick with sickle cell anemia, which can cause painful circulatory problems, kidney failure and strokes.

The researchers converted those skin cells into iPS cells by infecting them with viruses engineered to change the cells' gene activity so they would resemble embryonic cells.

Using DNA splicing techniques in those cells, the researchers then snipped out the small mutated stretches of DNA that cause sickle cell disease and filled those gaps with bits of DNA bearing the proper genetic code.

Next, the researchers treated the corrected iPS cells with another kind of virus -- this time one designed to induce a genetic change that encouraged the cells to mature into bone marrow cells.

Finally, each mouse that gave up a few skin cells at the beginning of the experiment was given an infusion with the corrected marrow cells created from its own skin cells. Those cells set up permanent residence in the animals' bones and began producing blood cells -- the major function of marrow cells -- and releasing them by the millions into the circulatory system.

But now the blood cells being produced were free of the sickle cell mutation.

"All the parameters we can measure are now normal," Jaenisch said. "The mice are cured."

People with sickle cell disease can be cured with bone marrow transplants, but only about 20 percent of patients have a healthy sibling whose tissue type is a close enough match to avoid immunological complications, Townes said. Even in those cases, about 20 percent of the transplants fail, and sometimes they result in a potentially deadly reaction called graft-vs.-host disease.

Those problems do not arise with iPS cell transplants because the cells are genetically identical to the animals getting them.

"These are not just matched, they're identical," Townes said.

The mice were given low doses of radiation just before the transplants to kill some of their existing bone marrow cells and to make room for the newly injected, corrected ones. Tests indicate that about 80 percent of each animals' marrow is now made up of the new cells. And four months after treatment, no tumors have been seen.

Even a 20 percent marrow substitution can be therapeutic in people, Townes said, in part because healthy red blood cells live for about four months in the circulatory system, while their diseased counterparts last only 40 days.

"I think it is a really exciting proof-of-principle that clinical applications of iPS cells are technically feasible," said George Q. Daley, a stem cell researcher at Children's Hospital Boston. "There will be lots of unanticipated setbacks before we end up in the clinic, but this work suggests that we will ultimately get there."

Jaenisch said the success with iPS cells does not mean that research on human embryonic stem cells can be dropped, as some opponents of the work have asserted.

"All the progress in this field was only possible because we had embryonic stem cells to work with first," Jaenisch said. "We need to make more ES cells and really define which are going to be the best ones for different applications."

3 Depression Alternative Treatments You Should Consider

Posted by Vipul Mistry Thursday, November 15, 2007 0 comments
Depression alternative treatments have become popular, because of one simple fact. There are 21 million people suffering from depression in the world today, and less and less are experiencing progress with traditional depression treatments. In this article, I will offer three depression alternative treatments that you should be aware of, so you can make the best decision for the treatment of your depression.

Two standard treatments for depression deal with a combination of medications and psychotherapy. Medications are used to help the body restore its natural chemical balance, as well as to stimulate the release of certain chemicals which have been associated with causing happiness. Psychotherapy is used to get to the root and cause of the depression, so strategy is can be made to manipulate the root problem so it no longer causes your depression. However, these are not your only two options. Let's look at some depression alternative treatments.

Acupuncture is currently rising in popularity as a form of treatment for depression. This is mostly used by those who suffer from moderate or mild depression, and many patients have reported relief from the symptoms associated with these depressions. Basically, pressure is applied to different points on the body, with the goal to release blocked energy in the body, especially energies associated with depression.

In addition, acupuncture has shown that it stimulates the release of endorphins, which have both a calming effect, as well as helping the patient's mood to be elevated.

The second option is used as an alternative for medication. Instead of using synthetic medication, the patient uses herbal therapy, to help correct chemical disturbances in the body. This form of treatment has become especially popular in Europe. In fact, the British Medical Journal recently published a report stating that one specific type of herbal treatment -- St. John's wort -- worked just as well as traditional prescription medications for antidepressants, but without any side effects.

The third option is a specific type of therapeutic treatment, known as cognitive behavioral therapy. Everybody has generalized thoughts which make up their core beliefs. The theory is that damage core beliefs are what are causing your depression. And by being able to repair damage core beliefs, you will change your negative behavior responses associated with them. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been used for years as a therapeutic technique, but only more recently to deal specifically with depression.

In conclusion, I have given you three depression alternative treatments to consider.
Steven Ross has written a number of excellent articles on how to solve Depression and Anxiety.

20 Ways To Make Someone Smile

Posted by Vipul Mistry Wednesday, October 3, 2007 0 comments
Do you want to put a smile on someone's face today? Maybe make their day a little better. It won't cost you a single penny or much time to do just that. And because smiling is contagious, it probably won't just be one person you make smile today.

Here are 20 ways to turn that frown upside down.

1. Send some flowers to your partner at work.

2. Compliment a friend or work colleague on their appearance.

3. Donate something to charity.

4. Take a friend out to lunch.

5. Let someone know you miss them.

6. Make a surprise telephone call to your partner at work, just to say hi.

7. Hold a door open for someone walking behind you.

8. Hug your partner for no reason.

9. Leave a joke on a friends answer machine.

10. Send a card to a friend letting them know what a good friend they are.

11. Give up your seat on the train to someone when there aren't any left.

12. Share your umbrella on a rainy day.

13. Ask a friend if they need anything while you're out shopping.

14. When it's raining, plan an indoor picnic with your children.

15. Leave a love letter somewhere where your partner will find it.

16. Send someone an unusual and unexpected gift like chocolate, flowers or sex toys.

17. Tell your child you're proud of them.

18. Tell someone you thought about them the other day.

19. Cook a surprise meal for your partner one night, especially if they normally do the cooking.

20. Tell your partner you love them.

Did you know it takes only 17 muscles to smile, but 43 to frown. Why waste all that energy frowning when you could just smile.

Here are 5 more facts about smiling.

1. Women smile more than men.

2. Smiling releases endorphins that make us feel better.

3. We are all born with the ability to smile, it's not something we learn from others.

4. A smile is a universal expression of happiness.

5. A smiling person is thought to be a more pleasant, attractive, sociable, sincere and competent than a non-smiling person.

Just remember, smiling is the easiest and cheapest way of improving your looks.

Online Degrees - Tips You Can Use Now

Posted by Vipul Mistry Monday, October 1, 2007 0 comments

Today there are even consortiums formed of universities, such as Canadian Virtual University, which offers no courses or degrees, but simply acts as a portal for courses from 14 universities across Canada. Many established colleges and universities are now offering online courses and online degree programs. The recognition of the quality of online degrees compared to on-campus degrees varies.

If you're already working but would like to earn a degree, then the opportunity is there more so today than ever before. The time, distance and the financial hardships of a higher education really no longer exist with the arrival on the scene of online technology. It has been reported that employers felt that an employee receiving an online education degree compared favorably, in terms of knowledge learned, to someone with a resident degree.

Until recently, students enrolled in online degree programs were ineligible for federal student aid unless at least half of their program was campus based (a law established in 1992 and known as the 50-percent rule). Many people are earning a bachelor, masters or doctorate degree online in their field whether it's an online nursing degree they want or online education degree, online psychology degree, or even an online criminal justice degree without conforming to a traditional, time consuming schedule. The Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize the Distance Education and Training Council as the accrediting organization for distance learning institutions and education programs that offer online degrees.

Types of online degrees also include: business administration degree online, online computer degree, online marketing degree, online biology degree, online doctoral degree, online degree, online IT degree, electrical engineering degree online and online theology degree. Offering successful job placement by the institution, after graduating or completing your online course, may be the deciding factor in your program search. Now some of the types of degrees include: business degree online, online nursing degree, online education degree, online psychology degree, criminal justice degree online, online accounting degree, mba degree online and online teaching degree.

Types of online degrees available include: associate degree, bachelor degree, master degree and doctorate degree online. Make sure that any online credits you earn are transferable; ask the institution directly because most schools vary from course to course and with the individual school policy. Make sure the institution you're considering is accredited; the value of the degree often rests on whether or not an institution is accredited.

You can ask the counselors or representatives handling the accredited online degree program or bachelor degree online program what the job prospects are. Try to find online forums or chat rooms with actual students who are attending the school you have in mind. Make sure to find out if you have to go to a campus to take some exams or complete some of your online coursework; would you have difficulty getting to the campus during the evenings and on weekends?

Students seeking online degrees should get proof of accreditation from a regional or national accrediting body in the US if you have any doubt. Today if you want to earn a degree if you're working or you're just a busy person with a busy schedule, know that it just isn't as hard as it used to be. And there are online schools that are complete, stand-alone online universities with no campuses, football teams or fraternities.


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Want to Change Your Life?

Posted by Vipul Mistry Tuesday, September 18, 2007 0 comments
Some people are satisfied with they way they are. They don't see a need to change, or may they just think they're OK the way they are.Some will even go so far as to say, "This is the way I've always been. I can't change."Can't usually means won't. If you really want to change your life, then you need to ask yourself several questions. They answers you find will be your first step to changing your life into the life you've always wanted.1. What do I really want?Most think they know what they want, but if they really did, wouldn't they have it?What is it you really want?Once you ask yourself this, then ask yourself why you want it. Knowing why you want to something is as important as knowing what you want.This is your first step to getting the life you want.Don't be afraid to dream big. Think really hard, and then write down these things you want. Don't edit yourself.2. What do I need to do to change?Some of us may have huge obstacles we need to overcome. In fact, your obstacles may be so high that you have to overcome your obstacles before you can start working on your goals.This can be anything from losing someone we love (grief), or having something happen to us we need to let go of.It's up to you to decide how you will do this. Maybe you need counseling, or you just need to talk to someone about issues you have in your life.Do you need to seek counseling? Do you have something in your life you need to let go of so that you can be happy?Do whatever it is you need to do to clear up any issues you may have in your life.3. What motivates me?What really motivates you? If your dream is to have a lot of money, then ask yourself why. There is certainly nothing wrong with having a lot of money.As a proponent of the book, "The Science of Getting Rich", I believe that we can do more and help others more if we have money.My point is really this: everything you want must have a real purpose.If you want more money, or anything else, because, for example, you were picked on as a kid, or you had a tough life growing up, having more money won't make your life better.What motivates you must have a purpose. A good purpose. If you want to use the money to help other disadvantaged kids, or even your family, then this is a good purpose.Hollywood is proof that having money is simply not enough. Your life has to have meaning and purpose.4. Am I willing to do what it takes to succeed?Are you willing to invest the time and effort into what you want?Having a dream isn't enough. You have to be willing to take the steps necessary to get ahead. Sometimes this involves sacrifice.However, a little sacrifice is worth it if you get what you really want in life and stop settling for what you have.5. What steps do I need to take?Once you've made a decision on what you want, what will you do to get it?Outline your steps. Maybe there are a few things you don't know. Maybe there are a few things you will have to learn.Once you know what you want, then you need to take those steps.

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Keep Your Computer Cool

Posted by Vipul Mistry Friday, September 14, 2007 0 comments

If the computer after several hours’ use suddenly rebooted and does not show any sign of system failure, there could only be one thing. The computer is overheating.
Unknown to many, (especially those who are not into technological stuff) the computer could generate a large amount of heat when it is in use. Adding video or sound cards could also add more heat generation from your computer.
The temperature inside the computer or laptop that has high-powered processors that runs with multiple applications reaches one hundred forty (140) degrees.
The more drives, memory and even colored lights stuffed in today’s CPUs and laptops, the less space there is for internal air circulation. Combine that with poor exhaust or surrounding ventilation, and systems slow, applications run poorly, or the computer could reboot to cool itself down, or crash altogether.
The popularity of cheap computers is fast increasing. People are drawn to buying the cheap computers but they are not aware of the reductions made just so to meet the demand.
One of these reductions is the size as well as the effectiveness of cooling fans on the computer. As the computer gets warmer, the computer speed also gets slower.
With the proper cooling device in the computer, rest assured that the performance of the computer would be better. It could also extend the life of the computer, motherboard and the processor.
Cooling products help drop the temperature of the CPU and its components by circulating, dissipating, cooling and pulling air from a desktop or laptop computer.
Some fans mount in the front drive bays of computers, while others slip into PCI slots to suck air out the back. Copper or aluminum “heat sinks” mount atop the processor to cool that device itself.
When buying a new computer, visit a retailer and touch the computer case to see how hot it gets. Consider adding additional fans to the PCI slots or atop the processor.
Other cooling tips include cleaning dust away from the CPU’s fan, or opening the unit and using a can of compressed air to blow dust off the components.
Keep the CPU off the floor, and install filters atop the fans, to reduce dust, pet fur or other debris from getting into the unit. A small electrical fan aimed to blow across the CPU also can help disperse heat and cool the unit.
Keep the computer in a location where air can circulate freely. Keeping the tower in a desk cabinet, leaving the doors open or removed to aid circulation also helps air to circulate inside the computer.
For general office cooling, a flat-panel monitor, or LCD, can reduce the amount of heat generated, as compared to a traditional CRT monitor.
Laptop heat is especially common. Many road warriors, teleworkers and home office workers place the laptop literally upon their laps to work.
This not only can block exhaust fans, but can trap and build heat. Laptop pads dissipate heat by either elevating the unit from the surface, or by using fans to help draw heat away from the device.
Many slot coolers are being marketed today. There are two things that you have to consider before buying one. The intake of fresh cool air is very important. Case temperature drops with the intake fan in the case. T
he position of the fan is the other. It has to be positioned one slot away from the AGP card. The extra space would help the airflow inside the computer. This way the computer heat would be lessened.

Google now in ‘desi’ Indian flavor

Posted by Vipul Mistry Thursday, August 23, 2007 0 comments
In the process to widen the target audience, Google, one of the world’s most popular search engines has now become ‘local’ as yellow pages and ‘desi’ as regional and Hindi site, announced Vinay Goel, Google’s Country Head in India, for products and Prasad Ram, R& D head for Google India in Bangalore on Aug 21,2007.
'Our vision for the 60th year of independence is to empower Indian users by providing organised accessible information and products. The India labs is one such effort to enable users to test and provide feedback on products that are relevant to them’, said Prasad Ram.
Google has now launched its search engines in Hindi, Nepali, Sinhala along with 12 regional languages, so that the regional surfers, who are not so efficient in English can now search and browse internet in their mother tongue. Users will feel more proximity with this new flavor of Google tools. Besides this now Google has also been local like yellow pages in which any one can search the local business of any particular city or can add their business in the online Google directory, informed Google official to the media.
Google software engineers M.T. Raghunath and Gokul Nath Babu Manoharan in a Google blog post said, “In line with our mission of making information universally accessible, we're now offering an easier way to search in 14 Indian and South Asian languages,".
Google has developed this tool at its India-based development labs as well as the large number of Indian-origin engineers at its U.S. headquarters. Google has launched a slew of products for the large number of potential users of its services in this country, who may be challenged by their lack of proficiency in the English language. It has seven labs across the US, China, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.
Google has simplified the search tool by entering a virtual keyboard and transliteration tool, which transforms the typing words phonetically in English Script in to Hindi (Devnagri) and other regional languages chosen by the users according to their mother tongue. Many vowel and consonant combination has been provided for typing on the virtual keyboard. User can type the text on the virtual keyboard and paste it onto Google search window and also can create Indian language contents in other applications such as blogs, spreadsheets or word processors etc. User can also search queries directly on the search window only using mouse by selecting the available vowels and consonants that would generate the desired query on the search window. Google had earlier already launched the Hindi transliteration for Blogging service this year.
In the other service the company has launched a local search tool like other local magazine or yellow pages, in which Indian users can access any information on local businesses like restaurants, shops and hotels of any city on the web. This will usually provide the address, contact numbers and location of local shops, establishments and institutions and will also link their own websites if available. Users can also upload their business and its profile on these tools. “We have provided a link where local businesses could upload their own profiles, pictures and service descriptions”, said Vinay Goel.
The links to the Indian language keyboards and the Hindi transliteration tool is available at the home page of Google India Labs: http://labs.google.co.in/, while the local search tool is available on: http://local.google.co.in/, for adding new business details on the web follow the link: www.google.co.in/local/add.

SOURCE : NEWS TRECK INDIA

Global warming forecast predicts rise in 2014

Posted by Vipul Mistry Friday, August 10, 2007 0 comments
Here is the climate forecast for the next decade; although global warming will be held in check for a few years, it will come roaring back to send the mercury rising before 2014.

The overall trend in warming is driven by greenhouse gas emissions
Overall warming trend is driven by greenhouse gas emissions

This is the prediction of the first computer model of the global climate designed to make forecasts over a timescale of around a decade, developed by scientists at the Met Office.

The new model developed at the Met's Hadley Centre in Exeter, and described in the journal Science, predicts that warming will slow during the next few years but then speed up again, and that at least half of the years after 2009 will be warmer than 1998, the warmest year on record.

Over the 10-year period as a whole, climate continues to warm and 2014 is likely to be 0.3 deg C warmer than 2004.

The overall trend in warming is driven by greenhouse gas emissions but this warming effect will be broadly cancelled out over the next few years by the changing patterns of the ocean temperatures.






Earlier computer models attempted to make projections up to 100 years into the future and to do this only needed approximate information on the current state of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, since the biggest effect comes from global warming. But their predictions were relatively uncertain over around a decade.

The new model developed by a team led by Dr Doug Smith can make these shorter term predictions significantly more accurately because it incorporates information about the actual state of the ocean and the atmosphere today, so it is possible to predict both the effects of natural factors, such as changes in ocean circulation, and those caused by burning fossil fuels.

The resulting improved climate forecasting should help decision-makers and businesses focus on where and when the most severe climate change will be happening and might provide new insights into pressing issues, such as the impact of warming on hurricanes.

As a bonus, the model could help show when the looming threat of global warming will be masked temporarily by the natural variability of the climate.

The team can be confident in its work because they tested it on past cases- hindcasts - over two previous decades it provides a more accurate predictions of global surface temperature The model successfully predicted the warming of El Niño, for example, and the effect of unusually warm or cold waters around the world.

A common criticism of conventional computer models, particularly for predicting the coming decade, has been that they only include factors, such as solar radiation, atmospheric aerosols and greenhouse gases, which are affected by changes from outside the climate system, such as the number of cars or processes in the Sun.

Likewise, they neglect natural changes within the system, like the ocean warming called El Niño, fluctuations in ocean circulation and anomalies in ocean heat content.

These lead to changes over a year to a decade, especially at the regional level, that can be opposition to those expected over the next century resulting from human activities. One example is a pattern in the variations of ocean warming, called the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, which can affect climate worldwide.

The new model incorporates the effects of sea surface temperatures as well as other factors such as man-made emissions of greenhouse gases, projected changes in the Sun's output and the effects of previous volcanic eruptions - the first time internal and external variability have both been predicted.

"This is a very valuable step forward," Science was told by meteorologist Rowan Sutton of the University of Reading. "It's precisely on the decadal time scale and on regional scales that natural variability and anthropogenic (man made) effects have comparable magnitudes."

Apple iPod rumours

Posted by nimisha mistry Saturday, August 4, 2007 0 comments
Keeping the rumour wheels spinning like they've been lubed with go faster grease, Apple's iPod is the subject of more and more speculation at the mo as to what we can expect to see in its next incarnation. While talk of a full touchscreen 'Pod remains robust, there are numerous other opinions out there. Word of a new shorter and fatter 'Pod is actually, according to specialist website 9to5Mac, the new Nano, reputedly a two-inch square design with the familiar scroll wheel, video playback and 4GB and 8GB flavours. We should also see a new choice of colours but a static price point. The big interest is in that range-topping touchscreen 'Pod, or 'phoneless iPhone', as it's being described. Some sites are even claiming a 7 August launch date, with shouts made that it's already shipping to the States. Apple has confirmed a new launch on said date, but only of a new line of Macs, but then again Mr Jobs is fond of surprises…

Business Value Of Web 2.0 Tools Hard To Measure

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, July 29, 2007 0 comments
Business IT pros said Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, generated the highest value while blogging produced the lowest, the Forrester Research survey shows.

While Web 2.0 technologies are beginning to take root in businesses, measuring the value of the cutting-edge tools remain elusive for most companies, a research firm said Friday.

Nearly two out of three IT decision-makers surveyed by Forrester Research said their companies used traditional value metrics, such as return on investment and total cost of ownership, to evaluate success or failure of Web 2.0 deployments. Yet, rather than point to hard facts, such as support center calls offset by a self-service rich Internet application or Web site traffic from an RSS feed, respondents more often pointed to softer benefits, such as business efficiency and competitive advantage as the true value of Web 2.0 in their companies.

As a result, Forrester believes that many businesses will shy away from adopting Web 2.0 tools, or wait to expand their use, until they are able to better quantify the business value. The researcher's finding was in line with a recent survey by InformationWeek, which found more than half of business technology pros either skeptical about blogs, wikis, online social networks, and other new Web tools, or willing -- but wary -- about adopting them.

In the magazine survey, business technologists were concerned about security, return on investment, and the staffs' skills in implementing and integrating new Web tools. Forrester, on the other hand, found that busy IT departments are likely to pass over Web 2.0 projects without tangible business value justification. As one large company CIO quoted in the Forrester report said, "We've got so many things we are asked to deliver for the organization right now ... if you can't put together a good business case that has some cost benefit justification, it's difficult to get those types of efforts launched."

Forrester surveyed 275 IT pros on their firms' Web 2.0 implementations and found that Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, was the highest value technology, with nearly one in four reporting "substantial value." RSS was most frequently used for corporate communications or content aggregation, while one in three respondents said it was used for external marketing.

Blogging, on the other hand, impressed the decision-makers the least, with only 11 % saying it had substantial value. Nearly half of the respondents, however, found moderate value in blogging, an indication that the technology drove good, but not transformational, value, Forrester said. The analyst firm believed the findings pointed to a misuse of blogging. "Many business users still associate blogs with personal diaries, and some firms use blogs simply as a way to surface existing content, muting the effect," the report by Forrester analyst G. Oliver Young said.

None of the Web 2.0 tools matched the value of another technology that took root with consumers -- instant messaging. Fully, 37% of respondents reported substantial value from IM, compared with an average of just 16% for the other Web 2.0 tools.

The survey focused on companies that had deployed RSS, podcasting, wikis, social networks or blogs. Forrester found that companies that had deployed all five got the biggest bang for their buck, while those that deployed two or three tools saw the least average value. "This suggests that firms need to adopt a 'critical mass' of Web 2.0 technologies before the deployments truly start to pay off," the report said.

Respondents also said that no single Web 2.0 technology was maximized until other, complementary technology was added. Blogging, for example, was less effective without RSS. Forrester, however, could not find any "killer combination" of tools.

Because of the absence of a clear favorite combination, the most likely driver of adoption was positive feedback from users. If decision-makers saw high value from one tool, then they were more likely to take on a second, third or fourth, Forrester said.

Source : www.informationweek.com

Vaastu remedies through Fenghsui

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, July 22, 2007 0 comments

Some minor changes could still be made without carrying out major structural changes by implementing some basic Feng Shui cures.
The general guidelines of Vaastu and Feng Shui are basic thumb rules that need to be looked into while designing a home according to these methods. However, these are basic tenets and not specific to the individuals who occupy the space. It is always better to design homes and offices specific to people occupying the space, but if you are already in a place of dwelling that has deviated from the prescribed Vaastu or Feng Shui norms, some minor changes could still be made without carrying out major structural changes by implementing some basic Feng Shui cures.

In a city, the facing directions of the plot or house can't always be chosen, so irrespective of the facing directions, use some of the following tips to counter the ill effects of the positioning of the main doors: If your main door faces south, paint it deep maroon, shades of pale yellow or shades of vermillion red.
Place plenty of green and tall healthy plants on either side of the door and place a pyramid above the main door to transform the bad energy. If your main door faces north, suspend a six-rod allmetal wind chime over it. Off white, pale blue and light teak are good for doors facing this direction. If your main door faces east or southeast, the principles of Vaastu recommend placing a single decorative urn filled with water and fresh flower petals to the left of the door from inside. Also place fresh flowers and plenty of plants inside and outside the southeast door.
If your main door faces west, the door brings in the evening sun and this can be controlled by suspending faceted glass crystals near the main door, which refracts the evening light and reduces the harshness and with it, the the spectrum of colours transforms the energy around the doorway . If your plot has missing corners, then it's possible to have a rectangular-or square-shaped site. The simplest method is to recreate the missing corners inside the house with regard to the specific direction and type of energy.
For example, if a portion of the north and east segments are missing, then placing a water feature or urn of water with flowers at the northeast sector of the living room alleviates the ill effect. Placing tulsi plants at the northeast sector of the plot or even in balconies (in small containers, not heavy ones) can transform any bad energy into positive and good energy. Similarly, jasmine plants can bring in a flow of good energy with a wisp of its fragrance.

Spielberg Endorses Clinton in Her Race for the Presidency

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, July 8, 2007 0 comments
Famous Hollywood film producer and director, Steven Spielberg, has decided to endorse US Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton for the democratic nomination for President in 2008.

Barack Obama seems to have been a Hollywood favorite, which in turn created some tension in Hollywood, since the industry appears to have close ties to Hilary and of course former President Bill Clinton.

In February, billionaire mogul David Geffen, and former Hilary ally, decided to extend his support out to Obama. Geffen helped sponsor a fundraiser worth $1 million dollars for Obama. Speilberg actually helped co-sponsor this event, which brought in $1.3 million dollars for Obama.

In recent weeks, however, Spielberg has turned his favor towards Clinton as he, along with television mogul Haim Saban, hosted a beautiful reception for Senator Clinton at the home of News Corporation President Peter Chernin. Together, with another celebrity filled event, a total of around $1.1 million dollars was raised for Clinton.

Many will agree that Hollywood plays a crucial rule in influencing how the people vote. Therefore, many believe that with this strong source of support, Clinton will enter the race with great momentum.


Murdoch finally gets Wall Street Journal

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, July 7, 2007 0 comments
Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Dow Jones, owner of the Wall Street Journal, is almost close to completion. The Business, a UK magazine, reported unequivocally that Murdoch has succeeded with his $5-billion bid for Dow Jones, quoting sources acting for the Wall Street Journal owner’s board. The announcement, said the magazine, is due next week.

Media and M&A watchers here jumped on the news-break, as it was bylined by Andrew Neill, former editor of the Sunday Times, and known as a key Murdoch lieutenant and now chief executive of Press Holdings, which owns the magazine. The magazine is part of the Barclay Brothers-owned Telegraph group in the UK.

Soon after the break, agencies reported that a spokesperson for Dow Jones said that the news is ‘incorrect’ and quoted unnamed sources that the discussions are still on about issues like pricing.

News Corp is expected to pay $60 a share for Dow Jones stock, a 67% premium on the $36 a share price in April before news of the bid leaked, the magazine said. The chances of Mr Murdoch’s bid success jumped after Pearson and General Electric decided against making a rival offer.

Younger members of the Bancroft family are believed to have pressured their relatives to accept the offer, the Guardian reported. It quoted News Corp insiders as saying it is ‘much more likely’ that a deal will be reached with the majority of the Bancroft family, after the Journal’s managing editor Marcus Brauchli gave cautious support to an agreement, backing an independent committee to safeguard editorial independence.

The deal, said reports, is expected to include measures for the editorial independence and integrity of the Wall Street Journal. The Bancroft family, it is reported, are unwilling to be seen as selling out the editorial independence of the WSJ.

The arrangement, which includes an independent panel with veto power over News Corp’s decisions to appoint key editorial people, is a tougher version of the one put in place by the British government when Murdoch bought The Times and The Sunday Times in 1981, reports said.

NEWS FROM : THE ECONOMICS TIMES

Diana concert a 'perfect tribute'

Posted by Vipul Mistry Monday, July 2, 2007 0 comments
Simon LeBon
Duran Duran were the second act to perform, with a trio of hits
The charity memorial concert for Diana, Princess of Wales was "the most perfect way of remembering her", Princes William and Harry have said.

Prince William told the 63,000-strong crowd at London's Wembley Stadium his mother would have enjoyed the tribute.

Sunday's gig marked the life of Diana, who died in a 1997 Paris car crash, on what would have been her 46th birthday.

Sir Elton John brought the concert to a close after sets by stars including Sir Tom Jones, Take That and Rod Stewart.

Prince William and Prince Harry opened the six-hour show and returned to the stage at the end of Sir Elton's final set, praising the artists for an "incredible evening".

"Thank you to all of you who have come here tonight to celebrate our mother's life," Prince William said.

"For us this has been the most perfect way to remember her, and this is how she would want to be remembered."

Concert-goers give their views about the Wembley event


Proceeds from the event, broadcast to 140 countries, go to charitable causes favoured by the princess.

Prince William, 25, added that he hoped the show had raised "enough money to make a difference".

The princes later mingled with the stars of the concert at the after-show party at Wembley Arena.

In a video tribute, ex-South African President Nelson Mandela had earlier praised Princess Diana's "energy, courage and selfless commitment" as he urged the crowd to "support the work that continues in her name".

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and ex-US President Bill Clinton were also among those who recorded video tributes to Diana.

"I think that in William and Harry, the qualities that made Diana special live on," said Mr Blair.

Earlier in the concert Prince Harry paid tribute to fellow soldiers serving in Iraq.

Prince William and Harry on stage at Wembley
In years to come, if you ever get tired of running the country, you can come and work for me producing TV shows
Simon Cowell to Princes William and Harry

The 22-year-old was due to be deployed in Basra, in Iraq, this year, but military commanders decided it was too much of a risk.

"I wish I was there with you. I'm sorry I can't be. But to you and everybody else on operations at the moment, we would both like to say 'stay safe'," he said.

Sir Elton, 60, who famously performed a reworked version of Candle in the Wind at Diana's funeral, opened the concert with a rendition of Your Song, performed in front of a giant photograph of Diana by Mario Testino.

He was followed by '80s stars Duran Duran, who played a trio of songs including Wild Boys - which they dedicated to the princes - and Rio, one of their mother's favourites.

Lily Allen
Lily Allen was a crowd favourite
The English National Ballet - of which Princess Diana was a patron - brought a change of pace to the day, a reminder of the princess's love of ballet, while the theatrical theme continued later with a medley of hits from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Status Quo, Sir Tom Jones, Will Young and Joss Stone all took to the stage in the afternoon.

But rumours that Robbie Williams might join Take That on stage proved unfounded.

Some of Princes William and Harry's favourites followed, including a poignant moment when P Diddy dedicated his track I'll Be Missing You to the princess.

"Ten years ago, Princess Diana went to a better place," he said. "Today we celebrate her life and I dedicate this song to her."

The evening wrapped up with entertainment from comedian Ricky Gervais, who was forced to improvise when technical problems caused a minor delay to Sir Elton's closing set.

English National Ballet
Ballet stars performed an extract from Swan Lake
Earlier, Prince Harry had made a joke at the expense of the Extras star, saying: "When William and I first had the idea, we forgot we would end up standing here desperately trying to think of something funny to say.

"We'll leave that to the funny people - and Ricky Gervais."

Simon Cowell, a judge on The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, paid tribute to the princes' efforts in organising the concert.

"You've put on one heck of a show," he told them.

"In years to come, if you ever get tired of running the country, you can come and work for me producing TV shows."

source : bbc news

Icebergs are 'ecological hotspot'

Posted by nimisha mistry Friday, June 22, 2007 0 comments
Melting iceberg (Image: Kim Reisenbichler)
Melting icebergs release minerals into the surrounding water
Drifting icebergs are "ecological hotspots" that enable the surrounding waters to absorb an increased volume of carbon dioxide, a study suggests.

US scientists found that minerals released from the melting ice triggered blooms of CO2-absorbing phytoplankton.

These microscopic plants were then eaten by krill (shrimp-like organisms), whose waste material containing the carbon sank to the ocean floor.

The findings are published in the online journal Science Express.

The study, carried out in the Southern Ocean's Weddell Sea in December 2005, has helped researchers understand the impact of free-floating icebergs on the marine environment.

Floating feeding stations

The number of icebergs found in waters around Antarctica has increased in recent decades as a result of global warming, the researchers wrote in the paper.

"We got a satellite image that covered roughly 11,000 sq km (4,200 sq miles), and counted the number of icebergs within that area," explained Ken Smith, an oceanographer from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, California.

We are going to go back and look at smaller icebergs to see how important they are
Dr Ken Smith
Oceanographer

"We had almost 1,000 icebergs."

The team focused its attention on two icebergs, one measuring 2km by 0.5km (1.2 miles by 0.3 miles) and another 21km in length and 5km wide (13 miles by 3 miles).

Using instruments that included a trawl net and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with a video camera, the researchers sampled waters from the ice blocks to 9km away (5.5 miles).

They found a "substantial enrichment" of minerals, phytoplankton, krill and seabirds in the surrounding water up to 3.7km away (2.3 miles) compared with areas with no icebergs.

"These results suggest that free-drifting icebergs can substantially impact the (open sea) ecosystem of the Southern Ocean and can serve as areas of enhanced production and sequestration of organic carbon to the deep sea," the scientists wrote.

Dr Smith said these findings would be followed up next year by a much more intensive examination.

"Ninety percent [of the icebergs in the area] were smaller than the ones we studied," he told BBC News.

"We are going to go back and look at smaller icebergs to see how important they are, and to see if they also have an associated enrichment of the surrounding water."

SOURCE : BBC NEWS

Sony Ericsson – announcement of the new products. Analyses of the company’s strategy on the market

Posted by nimisha mistry Sunday, June 10, 2007 0 comments

Lawyer agency (outsourcing company of Sony Ericsson) began a correspondence with our site. It demanded to remove messages from our users in one of the forums. Nature of the e-mails showed that the company didn’t think that people (usual readers) had right to share their opinions, publish information (including photos) which they have. So, tomorrow we’ll publish our position regarding this question and the correpondence with this agency which represents Sony Ericsson. Now I could make the following comment – we haven’t met such unprofessional and destructive approach to the situation within our Internet activity. The person who even couldn’t introduce himself made the demands of the company acted on behalf of Sony Ericsson. Only the fifth e-mail was processed according to elementary demands (receiver, sender, number, address of the company, phone number). Before this e-mail ultimatums were processed in an informal way as SPAM messages. I recommend you to read this article which will contain several funny facts. The main topic will be an unprofessional way of the company to defend rights of the customer which can become a way of creating problems to the latter one.
Then, I would like to prevent different questions of our readers about indexes of products and those information which they could read earlier on our forum and other sites. For example, there are rumours about T650. I’ll try to explain the reasons of these rumours. Each manufacturer has inside cycle of products development and gives code names to the new products. One year or even half a year before announcement nobody knows its full index. Series number is usually known. We can presume the index of the future product but can’t be sure. Sony Ericsson uses women names to mark products. But it is impossible to show position of the product in its series, just describing this product with such name. That is why, your humble servant, made bold to give an index to the future product (T650, in our case), while the manufacturer changed its plans and positioning of the devices. We didn’t change the index not to entangle the readers. We understood that it’s better not to call new products and we decided not to do it in future. We would speak about products according to our internal classification, explaining the indexes we use.
Linea 3 is an example of product which allows to follow how the product name could change. This smartphone is the successor of P900 but it is difficult to presume which index it will have when it will be launched. May be it will be P1000 or P980. So, if now we name it P1000 and describe its specifications, we’ll arouse an unnecessary discussion. The other example is OH9. It is a revolutionary and deserves attention. The problem is that an expected date of launching is the beginning of 2005 or even later. So, it is possible to speak only about products that will appear in two-three months not to entangle facts. Now let’s turn to new product line of Sony Ericsson.
On the 9-th of March Sony Ericsson will introduce three new models (K700, S700 and Z500) and several new accessories. For those who’d like to receive an official information we’ll put it in the separate block. Links to specifications of the new phones, analyses of the market situation and short description of the model line you could find below it.

Sexy iGasm gets Apple worked up

Posted by nimisha mistry Sunday, May 27, 2007 0 comments



A British sex toy shop's ad campaign for a vibrating iPod peripheral has drawn ire of Apple Inc. The vibrating sex toy accessory for the iPod appears to have got Apple's legal team all hot and steamy.
According to a British Tabloid reports, adult store Ann Summers, the seller of "iGasm," has been threatened by Apple with legal action over its advertising posters. Mind you, it is not the `i prefixed name that has bugged Apple, it's mainly the posters they do not like. Those seemingly demean the iconic music player and that has got Apple's goat. The sex toys shop chain recently began marketing the iGasm, which is an egg-shaped device that plugs into the Apple iPod and vibrates at different speeds depending on the volume of the music. The $60 device comes with "two silicone ticklers," as well as a splitter that allows the user to plug in earphones and listen to music at the same time. "Go at it hard and fast with a pounding drum and bass track or chill with the ambient classic," reads a marketing brief for the $72 iGasm, which plugs into any music player and vibrates in sync with the beat. Apple complains that the iGasm ads are a rip-off of its own iPod ads. The iGasm ad features a young woman in her underclothes with her arms crossed over her head, holding her iPod. Out of the player come two sets of wires, one going to her earphones and the other disappearing into her panties, where it presumably is attached to the iGasm. "We hope this request to remove it [the ads] immediately will prevent us having to consider further action," the tabloid quoted a legal letter sent by Apple's lawyers as saying. Incidentally, this is not the first time that Apple has had a run-in with iPod sex toy makers. Last November, it was reported that Apple scuttled a Japanese company's attempts to launch a device called gPod. Apple said the gPod, which has features similar to the iGasm, infringed on its "pod" trademarks.
SOURCE : THE TIMES OF INDIA

GM patent rejected after 13 years

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, May 6, 2007 0 comments
The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a patent owned by global agricultural giant Monsanto for the genetic modification (GM) of soybeans, saying the technique it approved 13 years ago lacked "novelty".The technique, which describes a way of creating any kind of GM soybean without reference to the specific genes being introduced, has helped make Monsanto the dominant force in GM soybeans — the company owns nearly 90% of the global market. Opponents complained that the patent gave Monsanto de facto control over all GM soybeans, and have been fighting against it since it was granted in 1994.At a hearing on 3 May, the EPO revoked the patent. The board's decision is final, says Rainer Osterwalder, spokesman for the EPO, with no further appeals available.The decision will no doubt have an impact on other GM technology patents, Osterwalder told Nature. "Case law is important," he says.But the patent was due to expire in 2008 anyway. A spokesperson for Monsanto says: "We do not expect this decision to have an impact on Monsanto's business." The EPO will not issue a detailed written explanation of the legal basis of its decision for three to six months, Osterwalder says.Firing lineThe application for the soybean patent was first submitted in 1988 by US biotech company Agracetus under the title 'Particle-mediated transformation of soybean plants and lines'. The technique, dubbed a 'particle gun', involves introducing foreign genes into regenerable soybean tissues by coating on carrier particles, which are physically accelerated into plant tissues. The tissues are then recovered and regenerated into whole sexually mature plants. The progeny are recovered from seed set by these plants; a portion will contain in their genome the foreign gene.This idea was actively researched by several teams during the 1980s, one of which was the team at Agracetus, according to Ricarda Steinbrecher, a molecular geneticist at the Oxford-based non-profit science watchdog group EcoNexus. Steinbrecher, who served as a scientific expert at the hearing in Munich, notes another use of the technique on onions1 in 1987 was cited in the EPO hearing as an example that others were working on the technology.Osterwalder notes that GM technology was much less developed then than it is now, and patents in the field were new. "Guidelines are now better developed on whether to grant or refuse these patents," he says; a higher percentage of GM plant patents are now refused than in the past. Not the usual suspectsThe original patent approval was opposed by a strange mix of groups, including the Canadian environmental group ETC and a long list of big agribusiness firms involved in GM research. One of the opposing firms was Monsanto, which dropped its opposition in 1996 after acquiring Agracetus, thus becoming owner of the patent.Christoph Then, a GM expert at Greenpeace Germany, which cooperated with ETC in opposing the patent, was at this week's hearing in Munich. He says representatives from the Swiss agribusiness firm Syngenta provided some of the strongest arguments against the patent.
It is "a little strange", he admits, for Greenpeace and ETC — which are generally opposed to the use of GM soybeans — to be arguing the same side as Syngenta, a manufacturer of GM crops. It was also unusual, adds Then, for Greenpeace to be arguing a case that would effectively give other companies more unrestricted access to GM technologies.Then says Greenpeace is strongly opposed to any patent that would give a company basic control over a plant species and allow them to restrict access to technology. "For us, this patent was highly symbolic," he says.

Source :www.nature.com

Nanotechnology

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, April 22, 2007 0 comments
Nanotechnology is a field of applied science and technology covering a broad range of topics. The main unifying theme is the control of matter on a scale smaller than 1 micrometer, normally between 1-100 nanometers, as well as the fabrication of devices on this same length scale. It is a highly multidisciplinary field, drawing from fields such as colloidal science, device physics, and supramolecular chemistry. Much speculation exists as to what new science and technology might result from these lines of research. Some view nanotechnology as a marketing term that describes pre-existing lines of research applied to the sub-micron size scale.
Despite the apparent simplicity of this definition, nanotechnology actually encompasses diverse lines of inquiry. Nanotechnology cuts across many disciplines, including
colloidal science, chemistry, applied physics, materials science, and even mechanical and electrical engineering. It could variously be seen as an extension of existing sciences into the nanoscale, or as a recasting of existing sciences using a newer, more modern term. Two main approaches are used in nanotechnology: one is a "bottom-up" approach where materials and devices are built from molecular components which assemble themselves chemically using principles of molecular recognition; the other being a "top-down" approach where nano-objects are constructed from larger entities without atomic-level control.
The impetus for nanotechnology has stemmed from a renewed interest in colloidal science, coupled with a new generation of analytical tools such as the
atomic force microscope (AFM) and the scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Combined with refined processes such as electron beam lithography and molecular beam epitaxy, these instruments allow the deliberate manipulation of nanostructures, and in turn led to the observation of novel phenomena. The manufacture of polymers based on molecular structure, or the design of computer chip layouts based on surface science are examples of nanotechnology in modern use. Despite the great promise of numerous nanotechnologies such as quantum dots and nanotubes, real applications that have moved out of the lab and into the marketplace have mainly utilized the advantages of colloidal nanoparticles in bulk form, such as suntan lotion, cosmetics, protective coatings, and stain resistant clothing.

source:wikipidia

Pune rave party: Several test positive

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, April 8, 2007 0 comments
A month after the infamous rave party at Donje village, near Sinhagad Fort in Pune district, it has been found that as many as 248 youths who attended the party had consumed drugs. Of the 287 blood samples sent to the Pune regional Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), 248 tested positive, that is, they contained drug components, SP (Pune rural) Vishwas Nangre-Patil told TOI. "It means that a majority of the party-goers - 86% - had consumed drugs. These also include the blood samples of a few girls, which also tested positive," Nangre-Patil said. The FSL submitted the reports of 287 blood samples to the Pune rural police on Friday. The samples contained chemicals found in marijuana and hashish, it said. "It's a THC (Tetrahydrocannibinol) test, which proved the consumption of drugs by party-goers and organisers," he said. Nangre-Patil said the party goers - except for those who were involved in drug peddling and the supply of drugs - will be sent to de-addiction centres and will not be prosecuted, provided they complete a de-addiction course from a recognised institute. The Pune rural police had rounded up 287 boys and girls including seven drug suppliers, party organisers and a farm land owner, from a mango farm at the foothills of historic Sinhagad Frot at Donje village, some 30 km from Pune, on March 4 this year. The arrested youth and girls included call centre and IT firm employees, sons and daughters of affluent businessmen, air hostesses and college students. The police had seized seven bottles of phenylfine hydrochloride, two-and-half kg of marijuana (ganja), 100 gm of hashish (charas), beer cans, cigarettes, music systems, 45 cars, 29 two-wheelers and an unspecified number of mobile phones. The 287 youth were arrested under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), 1985. However, local courts have granted bail to all the party-goers and the organisers. Nangre-Patil said the police would chargesheet the 287 youth but since a majority of the party-goers were first-time offenders, they had decided not to take stern action against them. Nangre-Patil said the police will seek the help of psychologists, psychiatrists and institutes like Muktangan and Sadhana Trust to help the party-goers. The 287 suspects cannot leave the country as the city court has already seized their passports. Meanwhile, the police are still gathering information about the website, which was used by the party organisers and goers to select the spot and to organise the party on the night of March 3.

SOURCE : THE TIMES OF INDIA

Web 2.0 for Designers

Posted by Vipul Mistry Wednesday, March 28, 2007 0 comments
In Web 1.0, a small number of writers created Web pages for a large number of readers. As a result, people could get information by going directly to the source: Adobe.com for graphic design issues, Microsoft.com for Windows issues, and CNN.com for news. Over time, however, more and more people started writing content in addition to reading it. This had an interesting effect—suddenly there was too much information to keep up with! We did not have enough time for everyone who wanted our attention and visiting all sites with relevant content simply wasn’t possible. As personal publishing caught on and went mainstream, it became apparent that the Web 1.0 paradigm had to change.
The Web of documents has morphed into a Web of data. We are no longer just looking to the same old sources for information. Now we’re looking to a new set of tools to aggregate and remix microcontent in new and useful ways.
Enter Web 2.0, a vision of the Web in which information is broken up into “microcontent” units that can be distributed over dozens of domains. The Web of documents has morphed into a Web of data. We are no longer just looking to the same old sources for information. Now we’re looking to a new set of tools to aggregate and remix microcontent in new and useful ways.
These tools, the interfaces of Web 2.0, will become the frontier of design innovation.
The evidence is already here with RSS aggregators, search engines, portals, APIs (application programming interfaces, which provide hooks to data) and Web services (where data can be accessed via XML-RPC, SOAP and other technologies). Google Maps (in beta) provides the same functionality as similar competing services but features a far superior interface. Flickr’s interface is one of the most intuitive and beloved around. Del.icio.us offers personal and social functionality, and reaches far beyond its own site. Interfaces like these are changing the way we store, access, and share information. It matters very little what domain content comes from.
Web 2.0 has often been described as “the Web as platform,” and if we think about the Web as a platform for interacting with content, we begin to see how it impacts design. Imagine a bunch of stores of content provided by different parties—companies, individuals, governments—upon which we could build interfaces that combine the information in ways no single domain ever could. For example, Amazon.com makes its database of content accessible to the outside world. Anyone can design an interface to replace Amazon’s that better suits specific needs (see Amazon Light). The power of this is that content can be personalized or remixed with other data to create much more useful tools.
There are six trends that characterize Web 2.0 for designers. In this introductory article we’ll summarize each of those trends and give brief examples. In upcoming articles we’ll explore each trend in more detail.

source : www.digitalwebmagazine.com

Good Health With Feng Shui

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, March 11, 2007 0 comments
Health Sector
Product:- Metal Turtle With Water Plate
Purpose:- Good health & career
Location/Direction:- North side of the living room. Turtle Tail should be towards the North

Product:- Chinese Calabash Fruit
Purpose:- Good health & longevity
Location/Direction:- Hang anywhere in the living room or bed room, cut top of the fruit

Product:- Bunch of Five Crystals
Purpose:- Attracts good health
Location/Direction:- Hang at the center of the living room or bedroom

Product:- Three Legged Frog with Blue Ribbon in the Mouth
Purpose:- Attracts good health & longevity
Location/Direction:- Keep in the living room at the center facing inside the home

Product:- Feng Shui Agarbatti{Incense}
Purpose:- Attracts good health
Location/Direction:- Should be light up at the East corner or commonly any corner in the morning & evening

Disastrous Nishabd

Posted by Vipul Mistry Friday, March 9, 2007 0 comments
The disastrous opening of much hyped Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘ Nishabd’, starring Amitabh Bachchan and the sexy siren Jiah Khan, at the box office on Friday has made the whole film industry truly Nishabd (speechless). The exhibitors are in a state of shock as the collections on the first day was around seven percent at New Empire and going maximum to twenty eight percent at Cinemax, Sion. At most of other theaters the collection was well below twenty percent on the first day itself.
Trade analysts are attributing this dismal performance at the box office to several factors associated with the film industry. As one analyst puts it, ‘the pre- Holi period is always considered as thanda, in terms of collections. Secondly, this kind of love story does not appeal to Indian viewers. The audiences in India are very orthodox and can not accept it. Lastly, Ram Gopal Varma’s credibility has taken a backseat in recent times. It is a reality that in India, such stories cannot be accepted. There are certain things that can not be shown publicly.’
In fact, the audiences, who did see the movie, were of the opinion that they could not relate to the theme of the film which was quite unrealistic. The director has dealt with a complex subject in a childish fashion. Others felt that it was a poor adaptation of ‘ Lolita’ which was a bold movie. In ‘ Nishabd’, Ram Gopal Varma has avoided the sexual angle completely and has tried to give a philosophical touch to relationship between Amitabh Bachcan and Jiah Khan.
In fact, the film has Amitabh playing the part of a photographer, while Jiah Khan is his daughter’s friend and comes over to stay with them. In the meantime, she is attracted to Big B and slowly Amitabh too feels himself attracted towards her. But in the whole process sexual element is completely missing and that is what audiences could not fathom. Some sexual overtures on the part of Big B could have changed the outcome at the box office. After all sex sells!


SOURCE : STARDUST

Asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, UN urged to act fast

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, March 3, 2007 0 comments
SAN FRANCISCO: An asteroid may come uncomfortably close to Earth in 2036 and the United Nations should assume responsibility for a space mission to deflect it, a group of astronauts, engineers and scientists said. The 20-million-tonne asteroid could be heading the way towards Kamchatkans and Venezuelans. Californians have even more reason to worry the asteroid is more likely to hit the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America. Calculations show it would strike somewhere along a narrow track that stretches eastward from Siberia to the west coast of Africa. Astronomers are monitoring the asteroid named Apophis, which has a 1 in 45,000 chance of striking Earth on April 13, 2036. Although the odds of an impact by this particular asteroid are low, a recent congressional mandate for Nasa to upgrade its tracking of near-Earth asteroids is expected to uncover hundreds, if not thousands of threatening space rocks in the near future, former astronaut Rusty Schweickart said. "It's not just Apophis we're looking at. Every country is at risk. We need a set of general principles to deal with this issue," Schweickart, a member of the Apollo 9 crew that orbited the Earth in March 1969, told an American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Francisco. Schweickart plans to present an update next week to the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on plans to develop a blueprint for a global response to an asteroid threat. The Association of Space Explorers, a group of former astronauts and cosmonauts, intends to host a series of high-level workshops this year to flesh out the plan and will make a formal proposal to the UN in 2009, he said. The favoured approach to dealing with a potentially deadly space rock is to dispatch a spacecraft that would use gravity to alter the asteroid's course so it no longer threatens Earth, said astronaut Ed Lu, a veteran of the International Space Station. The so-called Gravity Tractor could maintain a position near the threatening asteroid, exerting a gentle tug that, over time, would deflect the asteroid. An asteroid the size of Apophis, which is about 460 feet long, would take about 12 days of gravity-tugging, Lu added.

SOURCE : TIO SCIENCE

Apple iPhone at Oscars

Posted by Vipul Mistry Tuesday, February 27, 2007 0 comments
Commercials have been synonymous with the Oscars. This year was no different. As rumored, Apple aired its first iPhone television ad at the glitzy awards ceremony.
The commercial, aired multiple times throughout the awards ceremony, featured a number of movie and television clips with actors and actresses answering the telephone. "Hello?" Eventually, the commercial cuts to the iPhone itself and then says "Hello ... Coming in June." Earlier this week, Apple settled a dispute with Cisco over the use of the iPhone name. Under terms of the agreement, both companies have the right to use the name. Apple introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo in January. While not yet released, the $499 smartphone has caused waves in the wireless market as analysts expect the demand for the touchscreen device to be high. In the year 1984, Apple's advertisement shown during the Super Bowl had introduced the Macintosh to the world.

SOURCE : INDIA TIMES

A 'bad apple' spoils the whole office

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, February 18, 2007 0 comments
WASHINGTON: One "bad apple" can spread negative behaviour like a virus to bring down officemates or destroy a good team, according to a new study examining conflict in the workplace.

Negative behaviour outweighs positive behaviour, so a bad apple can spoil the whole barrel, but one or two good workers can't "unspoil" it, researchers at the University of Washington said in the current issue of the journal Research in Organizational Behaviour.

"Companies need to move quickly to deal with such problems because the negativity of just one individual is pervasive and destructive and can spread quickly," said co-author Terence Mitchell, a professor of management and organisation.

If a bad apple slips through screening in the hiring process, he or she should be placed to work alone as much as possible, the study's lead author, William Felps, said.

The study defines negative workers as those who do not do their fair share of the work, are chronically unhappy and emotionally unstable, or bully or attack others.

Felps said he was inspired to investigate workplace conflict by his wife's experience with a "bad apple" and what happened when the worker was out sick for several days.

"When he was gone my wife said the atmosphere of the office changed dramatically," Felps said. "People started helping each other, playing classical music on their radios, and going out for drinks together after work.

But when he returned to the office, things returned to the unpleasant way they were." "He truly was the bad apple that spoiled the barrel," Felps said.

The researchers said they found that a single "toxic" or negative team member can be the catalyst for a group's downward spiral.

In a follow-up study, the researchers found the vast majority of the people they surveyed could identify at least one "bad apple" with whom they had worked and who had produced organisational dysfunction.

SOURCE : THE TIMES OF INDIA

Troubled Britney dons a bikini

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, February 17, 2007 0 comments
New York: Troubled pop singer Britney Spears surprised onlookers when she swapped clothes with a dancer at a nightclub.

Spears arrived wearing a red mini-dress but wanted to change because she did not like the dress. Pagesix.com quoted a source as saying: "She didn't like what she was wearing, so she asked one of the dancers to trade clothes with her." Spears eventually changed out of her red dress and came back wearing a bikini and busboy under the coat and continued to dance.

'Terror attacks on India has Pak origin'

Posted by Vipul Mistry Thursday, February 15, 2007 0 comments
The US on Friday said the terrorist groups responsible for attacks in India, including in Mumbai recently, have 'origin' and 'links' in Pakistan and hoped the anti-terror joint mechanism proposed to be set by the two neighbours would produce results. US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, however, insisted that India has not told his country anything about Pakistan's involvement in terrorism here and maintained that the two countries ought to sort out their issues between themselves. Talking to newspersons here, he refused to comment on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement about 'credible' evidence of ISI's involvement in the July 11 Mumbai blasts. "The Mumbai blasts and the series of blasts in India highlight the need to deal with the problem of terrorism," said Boucher who discussed terrorism with Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon here earlier this morning. "Many of the links (of groups) that are talked about go back to their origin and ties in Pakistan. We all need to work together against terrorism through effective actions so that people in India do not suffer from these blasts," the US official said. He, however, added that all the groups blamed for terrorism in India have been banned in Pakistan as well. The comments assume significance as they come just ahead of the Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan during which New Delhi is expected to convey its concerns over terrorism continuing to emanate from that country.
SOURCE : THE TIMES OF INDIA