Monsoon Monologues

first_imgCome August and Monsoons shall turn magical in Kolkata, as the city gears up to host the third edition of  Monologues, India’s only solo arts festival. The festival, hosted by Phreedom4Ever, an organisation led by Chaity Ghosh, that envisages cultural excellence, is the brainchild of popular elocutionist and theatre actor Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee. Being the only annual solo arts fiesta in the country, the forum has witnessed performances by stalwarts like Chapal Bhaduri (India’s last living female impersonator in performing arts), Saoli Mitra(the legendary actress and daughter of theatre maestro Shambhu Mitra), Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Bijoylakshmi Barman and many others over the last two years. The 2014 edition of Monologues shall kick off on 3 August at Swissotel with a solo by Mita Vashisht, who is an internationally acclaimed film personality. This is the first time that Mita shall present a theatrical performance in Kolkata and her act for the evening is called Weekend, a part of the very famous Teen Ekaant by novelist and activist Nirmal Verma, a noted figure in the Indian literary circles. Sujoy has always brought performances out of proscenium to alternative spaces and this festival endorses that. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Monologues 2014 showcases The Solo Room, the youth- section of the festival, on 9 August at Tantra, The Park as a matinee performance. Infact, Monologues is the only national arts festival that has a special segment dedicated to the youth and the arts. The Solo Room begins with an original dramatic act by Soumya Mukherjee, a very popular youth actor and the founder of M.A.D., a key youth-theatre player in Kolkata. Next on the cards shall be a musical solo by Kabir Chattopadhyay, who will entrance the audience with a whole lot western retro. The final act for the evening is a session of original lyrics and songs by the iconic music composer and vocalist Neel Adhikari. The finale of Monologues 2014 shall be on 10 August at Tollygunge Club. The evening begins with a solo comedy by much-admired media personality Anubhav Pal. What follows is a contemporary dance solo by internationally famous contemporary danseuse Paramita Saha, who shall revisit issues of gender construction through her performance. The crowning act shall be by the legendary Indian theatre personality and activist Usha Ganguly, who shall be premiering her new play Rozana, a monologue inspired by works of Franca Rame and Dario Fo.  Going solo becomes an expression of a trajectory of emotions that sums up life and art. No wonder, this solo arts carnival has become the nation’s delight.last_img read more

KMC to penalise firm if pump servicing is delayed

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will impose heavy penalty on the responsible private firm if the four pumps that have gone for servicing, are not ready by July 10.Tarak Singh, member, mayor-in-council (drainage) who had visited two pumping stations at Behala, said the civic authorities will not spare the firm for the inordinate delay in servicing the pumps. He said there are five pumps at Begorkhal pumping station.On the day when it had rained heavily last week, one pump was found to be functional, while four others could not be operated as the repairer had not installed them after servicing. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe said there are three pumps at the Behala Flying Club pumping station. Of these, one pump was working while the second one had developed a snag and the third one had been sent for maintenance, on the day when it had rained heavily last week.He said The Kolkata Environmental Improvement Programme (KEIP) had engaged two firms to repair the pumps. Of the two firms, one has become bankrupt and the KEIP has written to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to cancel the contract of the joint venture companies. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called up Mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Sunday, expressing her displeasure over the delay in clearing accumulated water from some streets of Behala. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPSome roads, lanes and bylanes at Silpara and Pora Asathwatala are still under water. In Sakherbazar, craters have come up on a stretch of Diamond Harbour Road. The potholes, which are covered with water, pose a serious threat to motorcycle riders and drivers.Senior KMC officials said patch repair will be carried out to cover up the potholes temporarily. Metro Railway is constructing the Joka BBD Bag Metro and because of the construction work, the underground pipeline has been damaged, causing waterlogging in some areas.last_img read more

The Unknown Gold

first_imgOlive oil is the liquid goodness we reap from the olive. This tree crop is mostly found in the Mediterranean Basin and has a lot to offer to humankind. We use it in the kitchen, on our bodies, furniture and so many other places. Olive oil’s health benefits are commonly known but the interesting and gripping history behind it is rarely spoken about. Of the many theories behind the evolution of olive oil, two of the most interesting are: The Big Fat Greek Theory Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAthens is named for the Goddess Athena who brought the olive to the Greeks as a gift. Zeus had promised to give Attica to the god or goddess who made the most useful invention. Athena’s gift of the olive, useful for light, heat, food, medicine and perfume was looked greatly upon. Athena planted the original olive tree on a rocky hill that we know today as the Acropolis. The olive tree that grows there today is said to have come from the roots of the original tree. Homer, the Greek poet called it ‘liquid gold.’ Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLight of JewsOlive oil lamp is the kind of lighting that was used in the Holy-land 2,000 years ago. It is the oil that was used in the Temple Menorah during both the first and the second Temple in Jerusalem. It was the oil that brought about the miracle of Hanukkah during the time of the Maccabees – over 150 years before Jesus was born and the oil that Jesus studied the Holy Scriptures by, in his childhood home in Nazareth.In Greece, they rubbed their bodies with this oil and it’s glow has illuminated it’s rich history, also the tree has been blessed with something close to immortality. They grow proud and strong no matter what harsh weather mother nature puts them through. This adds to it’s popularity , making it a household item. The benefits of olive oil are innumerable. From curing cancer cells to aiding hair growth to moisturizing the skin to removing the dirt from tiny nails. But an underrated concept of olive oil is its role in art. The main reason it is used for art is because Olive oil burns cleanly, without smoking. It doesn’t spread toxic hydro-carbons into the air. It is inexpensive and plentiful and a renewable lamp fuel. Instead of spending a fortune on decoration, using the bottle that contains the liquid gold is way more convenient. Olive Oil LampUsing pliers cut a 15 inch length of wire. Roll one end of the wire tightly around the nose of the pliers 4 to 6 times. Move to the other end of the wire and wrap a circle that will fit into the bottom of the jar that you’ve chosen for your lamp. Wrap this circle several times with the wire to make a firm foundation for your wick. Using tweezers, feed your wick through the circle made by the pliers, and pull through the top as in the photo. Place the wick in its holder in the jar. Fill with olive oil to within one inch of the top of the wick. Allow the wick to absorb olive oil to the top of the wick. This may take 10 minutes or more. Once the wick is saturated, light the wick with a match or candle and voila you have a olive oil lamp.Olive oil Painting Paint an empty wine bottle with non-toxic paint and fill with olive oil. Top with an oil pour spout that can be found at a gourmet cooking shop. Turn a wine bottle into an oil bottle Van Gogh on a wine bottleLemon-filled Olive Oil LanternsLoosely twist your wire around the wick leaving a small portion at the top in order to light on fire. Center your wick inside your container then bend the wire over the side to anchor it into place. You can buy special oil lantern wicks specifically to use with converting canning jars into lanterns. Then slice your lemons to your desired thickness and place them inside your container arranging them in a way to cover the sides without taking up the bulk of room inside the container. You want to fill it with as much oil as possible. After you’ve arranged your lemon slices the way you want, carefully fill the container with your oil. Not only are the lemons pretty but they also help scent the oil so it will give off a soft lemon fragrance the longer they soak in the oil.The real origin of the blessed olive is not certain but it is speculated to be from Syria or sub-Saharan Africa. For more than 6000 years, olive has developed alongside Mediterranean civilizations and is now commercially produced on more than 23 million acres in the Mediterranean basin. It is more just food or flavour for the people from the Basin. It is their identity and pride.Having been used for centuries, it is simply one of the least harmful fats in use no matter what our nutritional choices may be. It’s endorsement by all communities is the proof of it’s worth. Olive oil beauty products are a multibillion dollar business and its uses stretch far and wide – from human health to art – you name it, olive oil has a solution for it.last_img read more

Nine Tech Terms You Need to Know Before Starting a Business

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. No matter what kind of small business you’re starting or running, you will be expected to understand the jargon and culture of online information technology. That will be true whether you’re building your website yourself or hiring pricey contractors to lead your business to Internet glory.Full Web fluency is almost never necessary for success. As a busy entrepreneur, you have a million things to do. But a working knowledge of the terms and concepts businesses use online can be critical.Here is a basic guide to online terminology worth learning for business owners of all industries:1. Basic programming languages: There are dozens of programming languages used online, but HTML, HTML 5 and XML are the most common. They are written in short commands that tell a Web browser what to display onscreen. Also important are CSS and CSS3 — short for cascading style sheets — which determine the layout of multiple Web pages at once. Javascript is another, more complex programming language that is used to add interactivity to HTML websites.W3Schools.com can be a useful resource that contains definitions, tutorials and do-it-yourself programming exercises.Related: How to Recruit a Great Programmer as a Partner2. Static Web content: This refers to Web business content that remains more or less the same – such as the main pages on your site, contact information and “About Us” links. Think of these pages as your digital storefront. They have to be perfect, so they’ll take the most up-front investment of time and resources to create. It’s important to know that these pages are the foundation the rest of your online strategy will be built on.Website builders Yola and Wix.com allow you to make your own static content, but can require assistance from programmers if you want a custom site. 3. Dynamic Web content: This refers to Web material produced in real time, such as blogs, tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn updates. The point of dynamic content is to be fresh, well-thought out and compelling enough to drive customer awareness. Understanding the difference between static and dynamic Web content, and when each is required, can help you keep your business relevant online. Sophisticated content automation tools that pull in content from around the Web or automatically update social networking accounts can help make your content dynamic and compelling to customers. This includes traffic-boosting tools such as TweetAdder, which can help users quickly identity and interact with potential followers, and more involved content curation services such as Curata, which can aggregate specific content from around the Web for your blog. 4. Software as a service (SaaS): Unlike business applications such as Microsoft Office which are installed directly on your computers, software-as-a-service apps are installed on a computer or server outside your office and are accessed over the Web. Examples include task management tool Basecamp and office applications suites like Google Apps. These products back up information automatically, allow access to data from most any computer connected to the Web, and offer remarkable collaborative features. These applications offer businesses flexibility as employees can use them from anywhere. And because an external third party hosts SaaS applications, they also have the potential to ease the burden on your own I.T. staff. Other related terms for this family of products include “Web services,” “cloud-based app” and “Web app.” When deciding on a SaaS product, you might consider using Get App, an app search tool specially dedicated to businesses looking for software to use in their shops, or Google Marketplace.Related: One Way to Navigate the Business App Marketplace5. Organic search: This is the world of products, content and marketing efforts determined by proprietary algorithms that appear on the left side of results from the major search engines. The trial-and-error processes of “search engine optimization” and “search engine marketing” often require considerable effort and luck. If your business is looking for Web traffic, it’s important to understand the basic ways in which Google and others will direct users to your site. 6. Paid search: These are the sponsored advertisements that appear at the top and along the right side of search pages from search services like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Paid search requires using an ad service such as Google AdWords or Yahoo Advertising Solutions. Businesses bid on relevant search terms they hope will attract customers. Also called pay-per-click advertising, businesses pay only when an ad is actually clicked. Knowing how paid search works is critical to any serious online marketing effort. You might need help to manage the bidding process for a serious paid-search campaign. Consider paid search management tools such as Word Watch or ClickSweeper, which can automate parts of the bid process. Related: How to Run Business Software Between Macs and PCs7. ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’: These terms are the referrals social media services such as Facebook and Twitter can provide to a brand. Businesses often enter into the time-consuming process of creating their own social media content to drive both likes and follows. Companies can also purchase marketing on these platforms and reach potential customers directly.8. Payment gateways: These are the online version of credit-card terminals. They encrypt and connect sales orders on your website to your merchant bank. Examples of major payment gateways include Authorize.net and VeriSign. 9. Point-of-sale: The generic term for technology attached to a checkout location, either online or near an actual cash register. New mobile point-of-sale solutions such as Square and Intuit’s GoPayment use smartphone-attached card readers, so payments can be processed just about anywhere.While this list is by no means exhaustive, mastering these basics can give you a solid foundation upon which to expand your online tech chops.  February 2, 2012 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min readlast_img read more

Carnival Imagination heads to drydock for multimillion dollar reno

first_img Thursday, September 1, 2016 MIAMI — Carnival Imagination is scheduled to go into dry dock Sept. 4 – 25 for an extensive multimillion dollar renovation aimed at upgrading the ship’s food and beverage concepts.The new spaces will be added over the course of the three weeks. Following its makeover Carnival Imagination will resume its year-round schedule of three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach, California.The new additions will include:Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries Travelweek Group RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside watering hole with Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beersCherry On Top with bins of bulk candy, fun gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more Posted by Alchemy Bar, a  ‘cocktail pharmacy’-themed lounge where mixologists ‘prescribe’ concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil DropMore news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar Carnival Imagination heads to drydock for multimillion dollar reno Carnival Imagination already offers a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot Twister slide, the Serenity adults-only retreat and the Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.“Carnival Imagination provides a convenient, value-packed West Coast cruise option and with these new enhancements we’re making this fantastic ship even better,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more