Women Bikinis Big Event Bucks for Shape

first_imgWhat’s the key to launching a new face-to-face event in these tough economic times? Women in bikinis isn’t a bad place to start.While other publishers and magazine associations are pulling the plug on their annual conferences, American Media Inc.’s Shape magazine today said it is kicking off a two-stop “Bikini Body Tour.”Each event will feature professional trainers teaching cardio and full body conditioning classes as well as calorie-burning dance instructions. Also on hand will be 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit of the Year cover model Marisa Miller. The first is scheduled for May 16 in Santa Monica, California. The second stop is Miami, Florida on June 13. So, exactly how attractive is a consumer event for bikini clad babes on sun-soaked beaches? The event, which has attracted 15 sponsors including Victoria’s Secret and Pantene, is Shape’s “most successful program event launch,” a spokesperson told FOLIO:.I’m sold. Where can I sign up?last_img read more

8 apps to help plan your best Valentines Day

first_img Woo your lover in Klingon 1:41 It’s hard to ignore Valentine’s Day whether you’re excited about it or absolutely loathe it. The supermarket aisles are full of pink and red things. Cupids dangle from unexpected places. Shelves buckle under heaps of heart-shaped candy. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth Valentines Day with your sweetie, or if you plan to spend the evening with your pals, these apps can turn it into a fun time. Tags Get the food rightIf you’re confident in your cooking abilities and want to impress your date, check out BigOven (download for iOS or Android). The app has more than 350,000 recipes and seasonal collections that are sure to impress. Mark and organize your recipes under Favorite or Try and create folders and categories. BigOven can also create grocery lists, take pantry inventory, and sort items by store department or recipe. As you shop, you can check the items off or remove them from your list.If you’d rather not play chef, you can book a reservation at a restaurant through the OpenTable app (download for iOS or Android). The app lets you pick a section in the restaurant when you make your reservation. As of last year, more than 46,000 restaurants had joined the service.For a more casual Valentine’s day, a food delivery app like Uber Eats (download for Android or iOS), Postmates (download for Android or iOS) or DoorDash (download for Android or iOS) would be perfect. Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Stream the perfect showWhether your night is romantic or platonic, relaxing with a good movie or binge-watching a TV show is an easy win. You can pick from great titles on Netflix (download for iOS or Android) like the new psychological thriller You, or an old favorite like The Office. Don’t miss: Best Valentine’s Day movies on Netflix for 2019If you’re not subscribed to a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu (download for iOS or Android) or Amazon Prime Video (download for iOS or Android), you can check out Elizabeth Olsen’s Sorry for Your Loss on Facebook Watch for free. You can always snuggle up and watch together on your phone or tablet, or use Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay to stream from your phone to your TV screen.Netflix Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order movie tickets from your phoneIf you’re not in the mood for a movie on the couch, getting out and going to the movie theater is a long-standing Valentine’s Day tradition. If you don’t mind fighting the crowds, many of today’s movie theaters offer a better experience than ever with reclining seats, a variety of food and often a bar.Instead of calling the movie theater or Googling what’s playing, check out Fandango (download for iOS or Android) or one of these apps for booking your seats. The apps often show user ratings for each movie and let you watch trailers. Some even offer free snacks for registering.Fandango provides movie information and filters films based on genre, rating, film formats and more. You can watch trailers, browse ratings and pick the theater with the best amenities.Tickets for most major movie theater chains can be purchased in the apps. Pick your film, showtime, seats and more. Payment, splitting the bill and exchanging tickets is easy as well.Fandango Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Hold a vote on Google MapsDon’t get trapped in an endless cycle of, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” Use Google Maps’ (download for iOS or Android) Explore feature to find the perfect activity.Your significant other or your friend group can find restaurants, events or other locations with the Explore tab. Any potential activity can be added to a short list for the group to vote on. Apps like Yelp (download for iOS or Android) and Gravy (download for iOS or Android) are also helpful in planning an evening.Google Maps Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Find a unique gift on EtsyA unique or personalized gift is a great touch for Valentine’s Day. If you’re not much of an artist, check out Etsy (download for iOS or Android) for beautiful, handmade gifts.You can specify your searches to gifts for him, for her, for spouses, for kids, decorations, cards and more.Since Etsy sells handmade goods, you’re also supporting artists. Keep in mind that because items are custom-made, they might be a bit more expensive in some cases. And make sure you give yourself enough time to have them delivered.Etsy Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order flowers from an appGetting an arrangement of flowers is always a nice surprise. If you’re planning to surprise a loved one, send some to yourself or want to drop a hint to your significant other, try the ProFlowers app (download for iOS or Android). You can order and quickly send a flower arrangement or a plant. Pick out your gift, add the recipient’s address, add a personalized message, select a delivery date and press Send. ProFlowers ships its arrangements in a free vase or pot and guarantees freshness, so they can be enjoyed longer.Proflower Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Take a relationship quizCommunication is a big factor in a healthy relationship. The Happy Couple quiz app (download for iOS or Android) can help you learn more about a new relationship or strengthen an older one. After linking the apps, partners can tap Play Quiz to start. Happy Couple adds 10 new questions daily, like “Who picked up the check the first time you ate together?” You can choose from “I did,” “He did,” “We split it” or “We argued about it.” You can compare your answers afterward and discuss where you agree or disagree. Happy couple Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Tinder, Bumble or PickableThere’s nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day. If you’re hoping to find your true love or a simple date to a party, a dating app is as good a place to start as any. Tinder (download for iOS or Android), and its famous swipe right interface, probably comes to mind first for most. Swipe right if you like someone, swipe left if you don’t. If you both swiped right, you match. If Tinder isn’t for you, there are plenty of other dating apps to choose from. Bumble (download for iOS or Android) lets women make the first move. Vibes (download for iOS) focuses on matching personalities and combats the negativity often found in dating apps. Pickable (download for iOS or Android) empowers women by letting them remain anonymous while browsing for dates. Tinder Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET 0 Gifts for your ‘foodie’ Valentine Read moreSurvive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budgetWhite Castle taking Valentine’s Day reservations: Plan ahead, romanticsFor Valentine’s Day, buy this seductive heart-shaped meteoriteThe best apps for renting and buying movies in 2019 (Download.com)LGBTQ dating app HER can help you meet your perfect match for Valentine’s Day (Download.com)Best free dating apps for hooking up and relationships (Download.com)Employees do not mentally start their work year until Valentines Day (ZDNet)Great last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for tech and gadget lovers (TechRepublic)center_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 1:08 Post a commentlast_img read more

SpiceJet shares skyrocket 6 close to 52week high

first_imgA SpiceJet passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 8, 2014.Reuters fileShares of low-cost carrier SpiceJet rose as much as 6.33 percent to hit an intraday high of Rs 82.70 on the BSE before shedding gains and were trading at Rs 82 at around 2.45 pm. Other aviation stocks such as IndiGo-owner Interglobe Aviation and Jet Airways were trading with minor gains.The 52-week high for SpiceJet is Rs 85.60.The spurt in SpiceJet share prices was apparently due to the carrier’s CMD Ajay Singh saying that the Delhi government’s decision to slash sales on ATF prices from 25 percent to 1 percent on RCS routes will benefit the company. RCS, or regional connectivity scheme, is aimed at promoting aviation services in remote areas of the country. SpiceJet is one of the carriers to have bid for flying under the scheme. The government of India is likely to officially announce the RCS routes to the concerned carriers and services are expected to commence as early as April.”…it seems that what the Delhi government has done is they have passed on that same benefit aircraft which are fuelling in Delhi. So all aircraft which are flying under the RCS scheme, when they fuel their aircraft in Delhi will have to pay a reduced sales tax of 1 percent when they travel on these RCS routes,” Ajay Singh told news channel CNBC-TV18.Under the RCS norms, airlines serving the destinations will be entitled to ATF that will attract a concessional sales tax rate of 1 percent. Once the same is extended by the Delhi government also, it would result in cost savings for SpiceJet, Singh added.In January 2017, SpiceJet’s market share in the domestic air traffic business stood at 12.8 percent. The largest carrier by volume is IndiGo, at about 40 percent. Domestic carriers flew 95.79 lakh (9.57 million) passengers during the month, marking a growth of 25.13 percent over 76.55 lakh passengers flown in January 2016.There are 12 domestic carriers in the Indian civil aviation space comprising budget carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and AirAsia India, and full-service airlines including national carrier Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara. The Tatas have a stake in AirAsia India and Vistara, the latter co-owned by Singapore Airlines.last_img read more

19 injured in Narail clash

first_imgAt least 19 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Sarole village in Lohagara upazila on Saturday night.Police said two groups of villagers — one led by Alam and the other led by Khokan — had been at loggerheads over establishing dominance in the area.As a sequel to the enmity, supporters of the two groups engaged in a clash in the night equipped with local weapons, leaving at least 19 people of both groups injured.The injured were admitted to Lohagara Upazila Health Complex, said sub-inspector Prabir Das of Lohagara Police Station, adding that additional policemen have been deployed in the area to ward off further trouble.last_img

DUCSU VP Nurul among 20 injured in BCL attack

first_imgAt least 20 people, including VP of Dhaka University Central Students` Union (DUCSU) Nurul Haque, were injured in an attack reportedly by BCL men in the Bogura town on Sunday afternoon.At least 20 people, including vice president (VP) of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) Nurul Haque Nur, were injured in an attack allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Bogura on Sunday, reports UNB.BCL is the student wing of ruling Awami League.Witnesses said Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council organised an iftar party at Woodburn Public Library auditorium where Nurul was supposed to speak as the chief guest.In their apparent bid to foil the iftar party, around 40-50 BCL men, led by Govt Azizul Haque College unit general secretary Abdur Rauf, reportedly took position at the venue and asked for shutting down the programme, alleged convener of the district unit of the council Rakibul Hasan Rakib.DUCSU VP Nurul and his companions reached the venue in a microbus around 5:00pm, he said, adding that as soon as they got down from the vehicle, the BCL activists swooped on them.The attackers punched them and beat them with sticks, Rakib said.They also beat the cameraperson of Jamuna Television Shahnewaz as he was taking footage of the attack, he added.Of the injured, Nurul and several others were sent to Dhaka after providing primary treatment.Rakib said they arranged the iftar party after taking permission from the local administration.Meanwhile, in-charge of Stadium police outpost inspector Mostafiz Hasan said a group of miscreants suddenly launched the attack.Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council joint convener Faruque Hasan said their several leaders and activists were injured in the attack. “Of them, Nurul’s injuries are severe,” he said, adding that they took primary treatment in Bogura but started for the capital in an ambulance fearing more attacks.No version of local BCL was available immediately in this regard.Nurul, who came under BCL attack several times previously, is a student of English department of Dhaka University and a joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, which led the protests for reforms in the quota system in government jobs in 2018.He was elected DUCSU VP on 11 March last.last_img

Investigating the motility of swimming Euglena

first_img Researchers at SISSA, the National Institute of of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have recently carried out a study investigating the motility of Euglena Gracilis, a Euglenid, particularly in its response to confinement. In their study, published in Nature Physics, they examined the responses of swimming Euglena gracilis in environments of controlled crowding and geometry. “The large-amplitude coordinated movements of Euglena cells, called metaboly, have been described for centuries, and still today fascinate microbiologists, biophysicists and amateur microscopists,” Marino Arroyo, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “To our knowledge, no other unicellular organisms can move with such elegance and coordination. Yet, how and why they do it is a mystery. Curiosity was what drove us to study the motility of Euglena.”The large-amplitude and coordinated body deformations observed in Euglena are typically referred to as ‘euglenoid movement,’ or ‘metaboly.’ Metaboly varies greatly between species and sometimes even within a species, ranging from a rounding and gentle bend or twist to periodic and highly concerted peristaltic waves that travel along the cell body. “Amongst biophysicists, metaboly was thought to be a way to swim in a fluid, where these cells live,” Arroyo said. “However, protistologists are not convinced by this function for metaboly, since Euglena can swim very fast beating their flagellum, as do many other cell types. Instead, the predominant view is that metaboly is a functionless vestige ‘inherited’ from ancestors that used cell body deformations to engulf large prey. Watching cells executing such a beautiful and coordinated dance, we did not believe that it served no purpose. Our study started as an effort to substantiate such a non-scientific gut feeling.” Dilute cultures of Euglena cells generally swim using their flagellum and without changing their body shape. Arroyo and his colleagues, however, observed that as time passed and the fluid under the microscope evaporated, their culture became more crowded and cells started to develop metaboly. © 2019 Science X Network Explore further More information: Giovanni Noselli et al. Swimming Euglena respond to confinement with a behavioural change enabling effective crawling, Nature Physics (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0425-8 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-019-0425-8 “Inspired by these observations and amateur YouTube videos, we hypothesized that the cell deformations could be triggered by contact with other cells or boundaries in a crowded environment, and that under these conditions, metaboly could be useful to crawl, rather than swim,” Antonio De Simone, another researchers involved in the study, told Phys.org. “Confirming this hypothesis was remarkably easy. As soon as we slightly pressed cells between two glass surfaces, or drove them into thin capillaries, they started to systematically perform metaboly, which resulted in the fastest crawling by any cell type, as far as we know,” added Giovanni Noselli, the first author of the study. Once they finished testing this hypothesis, the researchers started comparing the crawling behaviour they observed in Euglena with that of animal cells, for which a greater number of studies are currently available. Past studies observed that animal cells crawling in a thin tube tend to push against its walls in order to move forward and overcome the resistance of the fluid in the tube.”We found that, thanks to their peristaltic deformations, Euglena can push either on the walls or on the fluid to move forward, making of metaboly a remarkably robust mode of confined locomotion,” De Simone said. “They can actually move displacing very little fluid in a ‘stealthy’ propulsion mode, and they cannot be stopped even if the hydraulic resistance in the capillary is increased substantially.”In their experiments, Arroyo, De Simone, Noselli and their colleague Alfred Beran noticed that Euglena cells were able to adapt their gait to varying degrees of confinement. To perform this behavior, the cells could be using a sensory system to detect their surrounding environment and some form of internal information processing to adapt their activity according to the degree of confinement. The researchers found this explanation perplexing, however, particularly seeing as Euglena are single cells with no nervous system. To better understand how a single Euglena cell can control such an adaptable and robust mode of locomotion, Arroyo and his colleagues computationally modeled the motile apparatus of Euglena cells, which is essentially a striated cell envelope.”We wondered if their active envelope, called a pellicle, responsible for the cell deformations, would mechanically self-adapt to varying mechanical conditions,” Arroyo said. “To examine this, we developed a computational model showing that the compliance of the materials and molecular motors that make up the active envelope of Euglena could explain this adaptability, which in robotics is called mechanical or embodied intelligence.” Arroyo and his colleagues gathered fascinating observations about the body deformations of some Euglenids, suggesting that this behavior could, in some cases, be triggered by confinement. In addition to demonstrating one function of metaboly, their study established a new category of cellular crawlers, which are particularly fast, robust and adaptable. “If crawling by metaboly is so advantageous, one may wonder why it is not conserved amongst other species,” Arroyo said. “The answer is that it requires an intricate machinery, the pellicle, which is a striated envelope made out of elastic strips connected by molecular motors. This selectively deformable surface lies somewhere between the rigid wall of plant cells and the fluid envelope of animal cells. Beyond biology, we think that the underlying physical/geometric principles that enable shape changes of this envelope can be applied to artificial engineered systems, e.g. in soft robotics.”The computational model developed by Arroyo and his colleagues could finally shed light on the function of widely documented euglenoid movements. Their findings suggest that the gait adaptability of these organisms does not require specific mechanosensitive feedback, but rather could be explained by the mechanical self-regulation of an elastic and extended motor system.In their recent study, the researchers successfully identified one function of and the operating principles behind the adaptable body deformation of Euglena cells. They are now planning to further investigate the cellular mechanisms by which metaboly is triggered and by which cellular deformations propagate. “We plan to examine metaboly across different species of Euglena,” DeSimone said. “Preliminary observations reveal various flavors of metaboly. We are also working on building artificial materials and devices inspired in the active and deformable envelope of Euglena cells”. Journal information: Nature Physicscenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Some species of Euglenids, a diversified family of aquatic unicellular organisms, can perform large-amplitude, elegantly coordinated body deformations. Although this behavior has been known for centuries, its function is still highly debated. Pond dwellers called Euglena swim in polygons to avoid light Citation: Investigating the motility of swimming Euglena (2019, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-motility-euglena.html Credit: Noselli et al.last_img read more

The five classic days

first_imgAnanya is organised by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad and Seher. The event will open up with a power-packed Bharatnatyam performance by Spanda Dance Company led by noted danseuse Leela Samson. The second day of the festival (9 October) will witness Kolkata-based Anjika Centre for Manipuri Dance presenting Anantasakti. Choreographed by the group’s founder Priti Patel, it will present the cosmic play of the cycle of life and death. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ritualistic dances of Lai Haraoba showcase creation while Thang Ta dance form showcases the annihilation of evil. The third part enacted through Rasleela, shows the act of preservation that maintains order and also makes us realise the power of supreme force that makes everything happen around us.  Neena Prasad and her group from Thiruvananthapuram will present Krishnaarjuneeyam through Mohiniattam on 10 October. It depicts the life and times of Lord Krishna and his favourite disciple Arjuna. On 11 October, Gauri Diwakar will enthrall the audience with her Kathak performance. The festival ends with Odissi dance performance by Sujata Mohapatra and her group. It begins with Mangalacharan and ends with Pallavi, dance of pure joy.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnanya festival is also organising an interactive seminar, Pratibimb. The interactive seminar will be held for two days, 10 and 11 October at India International Centre (IIC). Each of the five dancers, choreographers will speak on the creative process behind the performance. Choreographers and dancers will hold an open discussion with the audience, which hopes to have the dancer-choreographers articulate their own thought process as they create. Where: Purana Qila When: 8 – 12 October Timing: 7 to 8.15 pm, Entry Freelast_img read more

Can you guess which destination is at the top of boomers bucket

first_imgCan you guess which destination is at the top of boomers’ bucket lists? Tags: Hawaii, Trend Watch Here’s something that comes as no surprise: Hawaii has topped all other U.S. destinations as the top bucket list destination among boomers.According to a new study by AARP, about 18% of boomers listed the island chain as their top domestic destination, above Alaska (12%), California (8%) and Nevada (7%).Couple this with the news that Hawaii was named the happiest state in the United States by a Gallup poll and you’ve got the makings of the perfect travel destination! After interviewing 177,000 adults across the country, Gallup determined a “well-being score” based on respondents’ views on their social lives, finances, community, motivation and physicality. Hawaii ranked #, ahead of Alaska, Colorado, West Virginia and Kentucky, for the sixth time. Travelweek Group Monday, March 27, 2017 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sharelast_img read more