From not asking for bedsheets and toiletries unnecessarily to making good use of door cards, there are many ways one can make a vacation eco-friendly while having fun, say experts. Here are few tips to make a vacation eco-friendly. Don’tsAsk for fresh bedsheets and towels if not really necessary: A lot of water gets wasted in order to wash the bedsheets and towels. Being conscious about what you request for will lead to a more eco-friendlier space and help reducing carbon-footprints that today stand as a cause of destruction of our planet. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAsk for more toiletries: Almost all of us at some point of time have taken that shampoo we liked so much and kept it in our bags. A lot of hotels actually prefer to refill the bottles with shampoos and save the cost of buying another plastic bottle, you can do your bit to save that extra plastic bottle.Leave the power connection turned on: Leaving your room without turning off the lights or taking that key card out of the power socket. Take the responsibility and don’t waste that energy for no use. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDo’sMake use of door cards: We often ignore doors cards and directly call up the housekeeping to get cleaning done. Door cards can be really useful when you don’t want the housekeeping to clean your unsoiled bedsheets or towels by putting the ‘Do not disturb’ card at the knob. Make use of the water from the restaurant or hotel: The essence of not purchasing that bottled water and going for the tap water instead lies in saving your own carbon footprint. Plastic is also absolutely non-perishable and hence it really helps to use that water jug.
Kolkata: INTTUC affiliated to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Employees’ and Workers’ Union felicitated a few sanitationworkers and clerks of the civic body on International Women’s Day. State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay presided over the felicitation event. This is for the first time, the services of civic body women employees and sanitation workers have been recognised. Chattopadhyay said the motto of the Trinamool Congress government was to empower women. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThrough Kanyashree, lakhs of girls could pursue their higher education, he said. He said: “Sanitation workers and those engaged in 100-day work scheme toil to keep the city clean. “But their work is seldom acknowledged. Women clerks of the civic body also work very hard round the year. By felicitating them we acknowledge their service inspire thousands of people.” Hundreds of civic body employees attended the felicitation event and support the mission of women empowerment.
Kolkata: Seven Bangladeshi nationals were recently arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport with a large amount of foreign currency. Officers of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) grew suspicious when the airport officials were checking bags.The money was spotted during the scanning of luggage. According to sources, on Wednesday morning, when the luggage of the flyers was being checked for a Dhaka-bound flight, the on duty Central Industrial Security Force officer had some suspicion about a few bags after he saw their images on the scanner screen. To investigate the matter, the officer decided to check the baggage physically. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter opening the luggage nothing suspicious was found. Later, during a thorough check a small false space were found at the bottom of the every luggage bag. Immediately, the bottom of the luggage bags were cut open and the Central Industrial Security Force officer found a huge amount of foreign currency inside them. Seven passengers were immediately detained and taken to the Central Industrial Security Force custody. They have been asked to submit valid documents in support of carrying such a huge amount of foreign currency. As they were not able to produce any document, the money was confiscated and all seven of them have been handed over to the customs authority. Later, customs authority arrested the accused persons. A source informed that the total amount of the seized money is valued at $7.43 lakh, which is worth Rs 5.14 crore. On Saturday morning, a Bangladeshi national identified as Alam Sah was arrested with $ 70,000 which is worth Rs 47.42 lakh. The dollars were hidden inside a false compartment at the bottom of his bag.
Kolkata: Five West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies – Balurghat, Maldaha North, Maldaha South, Jangipur and Murshidabad will go to the polls in the third phase of elections on Tuesday. The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, BJP and Congress are the main contenders in the five seats in which the fate of 61 candidates will be decided by a 80,23,852-strong electorate. Four seats will see four-cornered contests between the three parties and the Left. It will be a three-cornered contest in Maldaha South as no Left party is in the fray in the seat. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The constituencies saw high-octane campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi who raised a series of issues ranging from corruption to communalism, NRC to chitfund scams and development to security, besides infiltration. The TMC has fielded sitting MP Arpita Ghosh against BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar in Balurghat. The Congress has named Sadik Sarkar and RSP, a Left Front constituent, has fielded Ranen Burman. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state In Maldaha North, the TMC has named former Congress MP Mausam Benazir Noor against BJP’s Khagen Murmu, while Congress has nominated Isha Khan Chowdhury and CPI(M) Biswanath Ghosh. Maldaha South will see the ruling party’s Moazzem Hossain locking horns with BJP’s Sreerupa Mitra Choudhury. Congress’s Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury is also in the fray. The CPI(M) has not fielded any candidate. In Jangipur, TMC’s Khalilur Rehman will contest against former president and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit. The BJP has fielded Mafuja Khatun and the CPI(M) Zulfikar Ali. Abu Taher Khan is the TMC candidate from Murshidabad against BJP’s Humayun Kabir. The Congress has nominated Abu Hena and the CPI(M) named Badruddaza Khan for the seat. The Election Commission will deploy 324 companies of central forces to cover over 92 per cent of the 8528 polling booths in the five Lok Sabha seats to ensure free and fair polling, officials said. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPAT will be used in all polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.
Playing video games may not be as bad as we always thought and certain games that foster creative freedom can help in increasing creativity, researchers say. In the experimental study published in the Creativity Research Journal, the researchers analysed 352 participants. They compared the effects of playing Minecraft, with or without instruction, to watching a TV show or playing a race car video game. After 40 minutes of play or watching TV, the participants completed several creativity tasks. To measure creative production, they were asked to draw a creature from a world much different than Earth. More human-like creatures scored low for creativity and those less human-like scored high. It was found that those given the freedom to play Minecraft – a game that allows players to explore unique worlds and create anything they can imagine – without instructions were the most creative while those instructed to be creative while playing Minecraft were the least creative. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s not just that Minecraft can help induce creativity. There seems to be something about choosing to do it that also matters,” said Douglas Gentile, Professor at the Iowa State University. There is no clear explanation for this finding but there could be some possible reasons why the instructed Minecraft group scored lower, said study lead author Jorge Blanco-Herrera from the varsity. “The instructions may have changed subjects’ motivation for play. Being told to be creative may have actually limited their options while playing, resulting in a less creative experience. It’s also possible they used all their ‘creative juices’ while playing and had nothing left when it came time to complete the test,” he said. Most games encourage players to practice some creativity. For example, players may create a character and story for role-playing games or be rewarded for creative strategies in competitive games.”
Kolkata: The Bengal unit of National Investigation Agency (NIA) has nabbed a Jaamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorist from Madhya Pradesh. The terrorist, identified as Jahirul Shaikh, was wanted in the Khagragarh blast case. He has been brought to Kolkata in transit remand on Tuesday.According to sources, since the Khagragarh blast Shaikh had been absconding. He is a resident of Thanarpara area in Nadia and had obtained training from Simuliah madrasa in Burdwan, where several other terrorists used to take shelter. Following his training, Shaikh was given the responsibility of recruiting young men and women and training them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn 2014 October, a blast took place in a house at Khagragarh in Burdwan. During investigation it came to the light that several terrorists used to prepare Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and other high intensity explosives inside the house. During investigation, several JMB terrorists including some top level leaders of the banned organisation were arrested. NIA had also seized a Tata Nano which Shaikh used to drive. Following seizure of the car, NIA officials conducted a raid at Shaikh’s house in Nadia and seized liquid explosive material in huge quantities. Since the last five years, NIA has conducted raids in multiple locations across the country in search of him. However, Shaikh had managed to elude them so far. A few days ago NIA got information about Shaikh hiding in Madhya Pradesh. Based on the information, a raid was conducted and he was arrested. He is being interrogated about his plan and whereabouts of his associates. NIA is also trying to know whether he has any plan to execute during Independence Day.
The Northern Lights is an almost mythical light show that occurs when charged particles of the sun collide with earth’s upper atmosphere. It’s a phenomena that few people get to experience in person, but the International Space Station captured a time lapse of the lights in time-lapse video from space that will take your breath away.Take a minute away from the stress of everything that’s currently going on and enjoy this for a half a minute.
Dallas made the right decision by ditching DezThe Cowboys cut Dez Bryant today, and Colin thinks it was the right decision. Once an elite wide receiver, Bryant’s dramatically decreased production didn’t justify his $16.5 million yearly salary, or the distractions he caused. Without Bryant’s looming presence and locker room distraction will also help Dak Prescott’s continued development. Lakers process is working, it just doesn’t have a catchy nameThe Lakers missed the playoffs, but Colin thinks they made some important strides in their rebuild, this season. Not only did Lonzo Ball show he can play point in the NBA, Brandon Ingram also took a huge leap in his second year. They also found rookie steal Kyle Kuzma, and Julius Randle went from malcontent to key contributor. In the difficult Western Conference, the Lakers put together a respectable second half and Head Coach Luke Walton proved he belongs as an NBA head coach.They still need to sign key veteran free agents before they can seriously be considered a contender, but this season should help convince potential targets that they have some key pieces. The Lakers process is working, even if it doesn’t have a catchy name.Also:– KD’s move to Golden State has revealed his weaknessesGuests:Rick Barry = NBA Hall of Famer and former Warriors great joins the show to talk how steph’s Curry impacts Golden State’s title chances.Matt Mosely – DallasNews.com columnist joins the show to discuss Dez Bryant getting cut by the Cowboys.Earl Watson – Former Suns Head Coach is in-studio explaining why he thinks the Spurs can beat the Warriors in their first-round matchup.Joe Vardon – Cleveland.com Cavs Beat Writer is in-studio talking Cleveland playoff prospects and Kevin Love becoming the second option.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 17, 2015 Three of Venture for America’s fellows — Mike Wilner, Taylor Sundali, and Matt Fulton — noticed that over 50 percent of small businesses don’t have a website, and of those that do, over 90 percent aren’t optimized for mobile visitors. So, they started a company, Compass, to address this. Related: 3 Ways to Improve Conversions on Your WebsiteI believe that Compass is going to become a multi-million dollar business in the coming years. I know what you’re thinking: “A ‘website company’ is a good opportunity? Isn’t it 2015?” Or maybe you’re asking, “How the heck do so many businesses not have websites? Isn’t that the first thing you’d do nowadays?” Especially now that there are so many do-it-yourself services like Squarespace, Wix and Weebly. Understanding the answers to these questions requires some context. I’m going to start close to home, with my 67-year-old mom. She’s an artist, and she recently wanted to build a website to display her paintings and sell prints. So she called me, her (theoretically) tech-savvy, 40-year-old entrepreneur son and asked for my help. What did I do? I didn’t build her a website. I didn’t want to sit there and figure out Squarespace and produce something she wouldn’t like anyway. I didn’t recommend her to an agency. I knew she didn’t want to spend much money, and website creators generally cost at least $5,000. Instead, I thought to myself, “Hmm, what human beings do I know that build websites that won’t rip my mom off?” The truth is that most independent businesspeople are in their 30s or older, and most of those people don’t have the time to figure out how to build a website on their own. The proportion of people who start trying to build a website on Wix and actually finish is only 2 percent. That means that 98 percent of people give it a whirl and quit. That’s a lot of unbuilt websites and a lot of businesses that still need them. I could have told my mom to use a freelance platform like Elance, Upwork or 99designs. But these platforms require you to submit specs, vet submissions, decide on pricing, provide content, etc. It’s a whole project-management exercise. I would have been punting my mom into a maw of complexity. How does Compass surmount these difficulties? It builds customized websites for $800 to $1,800 and has a network of highly curated freelancers (many of whom are Venture for America Fellows). It also has a well-designed process to get the info needed from the business owner, in order to deliver a quality product quickly and reliably. Related: 10 Options for Hosting Your Startup WebsiteWhat’s more, its freelancers are paid $40-plus an hour and don’t have to do all of the meta-work that makes this kind of thing painful for creatives (sell, negotiate, educate, gather content and info, etc.). Freelancers generally want as friction-free an engagement as possible. And Compass smoothes out the friction. The market is enormous: $12 billion a year is spent by small businesses on web services each year. And there’s more: It’s not just websites, but search engine optimization, email marketing, social media, analytics and everything else a small business would want to do online. So, many companies today are saying, “Here are the tools; we’ve made it easier than ever (for you to do)!” And if you’re a small business, it’s easy to understand that approach. Those companies can go big and keep costs down by minimizing the services component. Yet, just providing better tools is not going to solve this particular problem. The vast majority of small business owners want nothing to do with figuring out a website. They are neck-deep in their business trying to keep it going. If that business is catering, they’re in a kitchen, or shopping for supplies or sending thank-you notes, etc. If the business is in landscape, the owners are hiring people, mowing lawns, maintaining equipment, etc.In short, business owners are time-starved and trying to move things off their plate. So, the key isn’t better tools; it’s accessibility, ease, convenience, process and, above all, service. I myself ran an education company that became the leader in its category. Theoretically, our customers could have gone out and taxonomized the primary materials or found a freelance tutor; our instructors could have hung out their own shingles and tried to attract students.Instead, we made things accessible and easy by curating the best instructors, packaging the materials in a digestible form and format and delivering a high-quality service. The company subsequently grew to tens of millions in revenue, and continues to grow to this day. (Yes, even though educational content online is now theoretically “free” online and ubiquitous. It turns out that the completion rate for those open online courses is only about 4 percent.)At our company, we never raised any money; investors probably wouldn’t have liked the business model anyway. Too many people involved. So, there’s a lesson here for entrepreneurs looking for opportunities: Technology is transforming industries and enabling unprecedented levels of both reach and access. It’s getting better all of the time. But each new toolset or means of communication requires another investment on the part of businesses and individuals that may not be in a position to make that investment.And clearly when people approach a transaction or task they don’t necessarily want to equip themselves or become experts. There’s a reason that headhunters still thrive, despite LinkedIn; and real estate brokers still make money, despite Zillow. If you go deep into a problem, most all of the time you’ll find more problems that need to be solved from the ground up. Yet technology can create needs, even as it addresses them. Sometimes solving the base problems requires a lot of work — and that is where opportunity lies. Related: 7 Things You Need to Know About SEO to Remain Relevant in 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 6 min read Register Now »