Mbadika founder promotes women in tech

first_imgThrough her organisation, Mbadika, Netia McCray is getting children to see the benefits of engineering. (Image:Mbadika)Driven by her need to see many more women in the tech industry, American social entrepreneur Netia McCray founded the youth-focused social enterprise, Mbadika.Mbadika, which means “idea” in the north Angolan language of Kimbundu, hosts engineering workshops at which children are taught basic engineering principles through making simple DIY kits. It also explores possible solutions to the challenges faced by aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.During a trip to South Africa, McCray’s organisation taught young South Africans how to make low-cost, solar-powered USB chargers. Made from a solar panel, a USB circuit, batteries and other electronic components, the chargers can be used to power phones or USB powered devices.McCray believes if you have ever made something to solve a problem, then you are an engineer.GETTING MORE WOMEN INTO TECHMcCray spoke to Redbull Amaphiko about the importance of encouraging young curiosity.“Whenever I disassembled stuff at home, I always thought of myself as a detective unravelling the world’s mysteries,” she said. “I wanted to understand how the colourful wires and green boards dotted with silver holes would turn on our television or radio.”Her father encouraged her interests when she was a child, helping her to construct toys from plywood and learn the ins and outs of hardware. She would also strip her toys and household items to their circuit boards so she could better understand how they worked.Today, McCray is an electrical engineering graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She said it was very difficult to find female tech entrepreneurs as role models.“Women in tech are rarely given a platform to share their successes with the world. So, for little girls like me, having a tech career seemed as realistic as being a fairytale princess. If we want to see more women encouraging other women to enter the tech industry, we must start providing a platform for them to share their stories to young girls.”GOOD MENTORINGGood mentoring in any field is a powerful mechanism for success. Because there are not many mentors publicised in the tech industry, if one does not immediately come to mind McCray suggests finding a mentor by exploring local publications and looking through university tech departments.“Even if you can only reach your mentor through Twitter, Skype or Facebook a few times a year, it’s still worth reaching out. I promise you, more times than not, you’ll find support. We were once in your shoes and we want make your journey a little easier than ours.”McCray herself was inspired by Saran Kaba Jones, the founder of Face Africa, an organisation that installs water purification systems for Liberian communities. “Her work has provided me valuable insight on how to avoid costly mistakes when implementing large scale projects,” she explained.“If I had attempted to navigate my career solo, I would have quickly left for other more well-trodden paths. My mentor assisted me in my preparation for my career and ensured that I had the ability to take advantage of every opportunity that was available.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 18, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few changes to next week’s rain potential in terms of timing, but in general, we still see the same overall amount of moisture spread over the next 2 and a half weeks. Rain is slowly spreading northward across the state today. Areas from I-70 southward in Ohio see action this morning and into midday, and then this afternoon we start to see the light moisture sneak farther north. Still, a large part of northern Ohio may end up with no significant rainfall until overnight tonight, when scattered showers increase in frequency, intensity and coverage. We have rain in the forecast through tomorrow and Sunday. While action seems to die off quicker to the west, leading to a drier Monday afternoon period in Indiana, we draw the short straw here, and are actually seeing moisture linger and intensify through Monday and Tuesday. In fact, we may not see precipitation completely leave the area until overnight Tuesday night. And, we see bigger thunderstorm potential too, mostly Saturday evening/overnight, and Sunday evening through Monday morning. The hardest hit thunderstorm areas will be in southeast OH, near WV, but we don’t want to oversimplify and rule them out elsewhere. Because of the need to extend rain duration and ramp up thunderstorms in this forecast this morning, we are having to raise our rain totals too. We expect half to .75” rains on the low end of the scale, and have to allow for some 2” or even 2”+ rain totals on the top end. The coming 4 days will definitely bring out some field work delays. Rain coverage today will be no better than 60% today, but tomorrow through Tuesday, we see coverage at 70% per day at least, with total cumulative rain coverage at nearly 90% of Ohio. The map at right shows rain totals through next Tuesday evening.Dry weather returns for Wednesday and holds through the rest of the week next week. This is one major change in our outlook this morning. This will be a day dry stretch in a period where we thought we would see a minor system develop. The previous midweek event in our forecast (for late Wednesday into Thursday) just looks to lose its moisture source, and that is what effectively kills it.Late next week as we kick off the Memorial Day weekend, we have rain developing. Scattered showers arrive for Saturday the 26th and continue through Sunday the 27th. Rain totals can be .25”-.75” with coverage at 80% of the state. Then we go dry again for Memorial Day itself. The rest of next week is interesting. On one hand, we have the holiday weekend front trying to clear out the area and bring in drier air, and on the other hand, we see some tropical moisture trying to rise up across the Deep South, and cause some lingering, slow moving showers for the 29th-31st. We like the drier solution right now, as we think it’s too early to see significant tropical moisture on a northern push like this. Also, the models that try and show that are notoriously bad at handling early season tropical moisture. But, either way, we do have a nice front in for late the 1st into the 2nd. That front brings up to half an inch of rain.Farther out, we likely see a system around midweek the week of the 4th, but our forecast this morning is at least giving some slightly longer windows of drying, after we get done with the rains here in the short term (through early next week). Temps show no sign of backing off…staying mostly normal to above normal through the coming 2 week period.last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 5 September 2009

first_img22 – 23 September 2009: Melbourne, AustraliaMarketing Now!On September 22-23 a movement of highly engaged, passionate thought leaders and professionals will gather in Melbourne to demonstrate the power of social media for business today. Marketing Now! brings together the best of the best in new marketing innovation in two intensive days of interactive training designed to empower a new generation of change agents and business leaders. Marketing Now! will change the way you think about communications by equipping you with the tools and insight to foster advocacy and community for your business.Follow Marketing Now on Twitter for conference updates.30 September 2009: on TwitterTwittamentaryUpdate: Call for submissions of stories and videos is now open. In this documentary, filmmaker Tan Siok Siok peels away the hype and explores the human dimensions of how lives connect and intersect, and then are affected and changed, as result of encounters on Twitter.Twittamentary is created in the open spirit of the Web. Twitter users are invite to contribute ideas and videos to the film. When the film is completed, it will be released online under a creative commons license. In other words, you are both the contributor and the audience.The 24-hour storytelling event on 30 September 2009 shares the videos submitted up till then in a round-the-clock marathon in which participants get to watch the videos online, rate and comment on them, and tweet about them.8 October 2009: San DiegoMobile Application Stores conferenceAs a partner seminar of Intenational CTIA WIRELESS I.T. and Entertainment, the Mobile Application Stores conference will focus on the tremendous opportunities in the mobile apps stores eco-system. The event is designed to give a complete understanding of how to capitalize on this exploding market.Participants will discuss strategy and deployment in application stores such as Apple (iPhone), Google (Android), RIM (Blackberry), Nokia (Ovi), Palm Pre, and Microsoft, as well as other emerging application stores. To learn more, visit or write to [email protected] October 2009: London, EnglandCloud Computing World ForumThe Cloud Computing World Forum is the perfect event for professionals to learn and discuss the future development and integration of cloud services. This one-day conference will provide a focused platform for the global cloud computing industry.The Cloud Computing World Forum is the place to meet all the key decision makers from all of the cloud service providers in one place. Show highlights include:Hear from leading case studies on how to integrate cloud computing into working practices,Learn from the key players offering services in the cloud,Benefit from pre-show online meeting planner,Evening networking reception. andrew lobo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 23 October 2009: Durham, North CarolinaThe Social Media Business ForumThe Social Media Business Forum will feature national and local speakers from marketing companies, technology companies, and social networks discussing ways in which business communications have changed because of social media. Sessions will look at internal and external communications methods for both B2B and B2C companies and provide actionable takeaway items for attendees to immediately implement in their businesses. The forum targets business owners, executives, business communicators, key organizational stake holders, and anyone interested in gaining practical knowledge about social media.Early bird registration is $125 until September 18, and $250 thereafter.4 – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google,, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger,, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Summer’s nearly gone. Young ‘uns are back at school. But we’ve still got plenty of great events to keep you busy. Remember to download the calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.10 September 2009: San FranciscoMobilize 09GigaOM’s Mobile Web Conference is a one-day conference that brings together thought leaders of the next generation mobile Web for talk, demonstrations, and debate.Participants will examine what it means to have wireless broadband speeds at the Gigabit scale and how the explosion of platforms creates new opportunities beyond the traditional handset for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. Over 50 speakers and 500 delegates will be there.ReadWriteWeb readers save $150 on the regular ticket price up until August 14th. Register here with the code “RWW”.12 September 2009: New York CityTwestivalTwestival, famous for harnessing the power of social media to bring people together for great causes, is hosting a star-studded event in New York City, in association with Brooklyn Bowl and Flavorpill, benefitting non-profit CampInteractive. CampInteractive is a local non-profit that empowers at-risk, inner-city youth through the inspiration of the outdoors and the creative power of technology.100% of all money raised through ticket sales will go towards CampInteractive.With stars in abundance, NYC’s “Celebrity Bowling” tournament represents a unique opportunity for Twestival-goers to bowl with entertainment elite. Participants are invited to purchase a special group package that will score them a lane to bowl with a star.The night will be packed with live performances featuring some of New York’s most exciting emerging artists, including Twestival favorite, Eclectic Method.Buy your tickets now!21 – 23 September: San Diego, CaliforniaDEMOfall 09 ConferenceDEMOfall 09 promises to showcase the most comprehensive portfolio of credible emerging technologies, vetted by VentureBeat founder Matt Marshall and leading technology analyst Chris Shipley. Alpha Pitch, a new DEMO program, puts you in front of the most promising entrepreneurs with products in the alpha, prototype, and development stages of their life cycles. These are pre-revenue companies that have no more than one round of seed funding and are ready for your investment dollars.DEMO is the launch pad of emerging technology and a true market performer for visionary investors, entrepreneurs, and industry influencers alike.ReadWriteWeb readers pay only $1996. Save $500 off the standard fee by registering before August 15th.22 September 2009: LondonRealising the Benefits of Web 2.0 in Financial ServicesIf you are responsible for marketing, compliance, e-business, customer communications, or internal communications at a financial institution, you won’t want to miss this series of events:The UK’s first conference focusing specifically on Web 2.0 in Financial Services:What is happening now? Current applications and experiences of social media in the financial services market;Hear how social networking is changing the approach of firms to marketing, PR, and customer interaction;Explore opportunities to enhance internal communications, process improvement, and compliance;Understand the developing legal and regulatory framework for Web 2.0;Identify the next steps for social media in financial services.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 20% discount. Use the code KM6298RRWEB.22 – 23 September 2009: SingaporeSocial Networking World Forum — AsiaThis two-day conference hosted by the Social Networking World Forum – Asia features key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Tags:#Events Guide#web Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only Joint exhibition combining social networking and mobile social networking formatsEvening networking receptionDiscount for early booking (expires August 21st)Free pass for exhibition only 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 ConferenceAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Fundrazr: PayPal’s Adaptive Account and Payment APIs Realized

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Microapp#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Canadian company ConnectionPoint is about to unveil its FundRazr Facebook application as the only service utilizing both PayPal X’s Adaptive Account API and its Adaptive Payment API. Initially launched in private beta at TC50, Fundrazr allows users to collect fees and donations through Facebook. While this may seem like a simple Groups tool, users can add members, create fundraising campaigns, generate reports, add organizational admin and most importantly, collect payments. Some of the groups who benefit from Fundrazr include sports teams, school clubs, charities and campaign managers. Members of the company’s closed beta include major universities needing to charge fees, political candidates on the campaign trail and national nonprofits looking to overcome donor fatigue in a poor economy. According to ConnectionPoint CEO Daryl Hatton, the beauty of using PayPal X is that users never have to leave the Fundrazr page to setup a PayPal account. Charities no longer have to redirect donors to external payment sites in order to collect their donations. Instead there’s a frictionless process where donors have absolutely no reason to deny payment. To check out Fundrazr’s newest feature releases visit the blog at For an invite to the company’s closed beta program email beta[at] Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshirolast_img read more

Rosaiah has chosen sycophancy over the law

first_imgCan the chief minister of a state participate in a protest demonstration violating the prohibitory orders imposed by his own government? Well, that was exactly what Andhra Pradesh chief minister K. Rosaiah did last week, kicking up a major political controversy.Rosaiah participated in a dharna at the Basheerbagh cross roads in Hyderabad along with hundreds of party leaders and cadres to protest against the derogatory remarks made by former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh president K. S. Sudarshan against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.What the chief minister and other Congress leaders ignored was that the area has been declared as “Red Zone” as per the police records, since it falls within one kilometre distance from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, where prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code are always in force. The place is also adjacent to the Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate and Police Control Room.But the police turned a blind eye towards the protest demonstration for more than two hours. Only after the demonstration ended, the police entered the scene and took into custody some leaders including Congress MPs Anjan Kumar Yadav, V. Hanumantha Rao and a few state Congress leaders and let them off later. They did not dare book any case against Rosaiah and his cabinet colleagues for participating in the dharna violating prohibitory orders.The opposition parties lost no time in raising a hue and cry over Rosaiah’s participation in the demonstration. Telugu Desam Party politburo member K. Yerrannaidu demanded that a case should be registered against the chief minister for violating the law.advertisement”Never in the history of the state had any chief minister participated in a dharna. Rosaiah not only set aside the protocol norms, but also violated the existing rules and regulations violating prohibitory rules,” he said and alleged that the chief minister was only trying to get into the good books of Madam Sonia Gandhi by participating in the dharna.Lok Satta Party president Dr Jayaprakash Narayana said that Rosaiah had set a bad precedent by taking part in the sit-in demonstration in violation of prohibitory orders.”Had it been any other political party’s demonstration, the police would have taken the agitators into custody for causing disruption to public life. But, they did not touch the chief minister. In fact, by not arresting the Chief Minister and others for violating law, the police has in fact lost a golden opportunity to demonstrate that all are equal in the eyes of the law,” he said.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took the issue very seriously.A delegation of BJP leaders lodged a complaint with Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, demanding dismissal of Rosaiah from the chief minister post for encouraging lawlessness.”The Chief Minister is supposed to safeguard the Constitution and implement the rule of law. If Rosaiah himself violates the law, who will follow the rules hereafter?” BJP state president G. Kishan Reddy said.Interestingly, Rosaiah’s dharna reminded political observers of a similar action by former Telugu Desam Party chief minister N. T. Rama Rao in the 1980s, when Congress workers led by the then Pradesh Congress president Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy were demonstrating at the main gate of the State Secretariat demanding the Chief Minister to provide solutions to problems in the Rayalaseema region.When the Congress workers tried to gherao him, N. T. Rama Rao got down from his car and squatted on the road for a couple of hours braving scorching sun. He did not listen to the officials who told him that it was against the rule of law and as a chief minister he had to respect the law. It was only after the police cleared the Congress workers did he enter the Secretariat.Hyderabad gets a wild visitor One has come across incidents of wild animals like tigers, leopards, bears and elephants entering human habitations; but here is a rare incident of a crocodile entering the residential area in Hyderabad.Last week, some construction workers who were draining out water from a trench dug for construction at Nanakramguda village on the outskirts of Hyderabad were shocked to find a six- foot long crocodile popping up out of the water. They wondered how a crocodile entered the area, where there are no rivers or canals in the vicinity.The workers informed the police and the local municipality officials, who in turn, summoned a poaching squad from the Nehru Zoological Park. But the crocodile played hide and seek with the officials. The area turned into a tourist spot with a large number of onlookers gathering there. It took eight days for the officials to drain out water from the trench and then catch the crocodile by tranquilising it.advertisementIt is still a mystery as to from where and how the crocodile crawled all along the road and entered the water-logged trench. The officials suspect that the crocodile might have crawled its way from Bharatammakunta Lake about a kilometre from the area.Laxman dragged into intra-Congress disputePolitics in sports is not a new phenomenon in our country. And yet another classic example of this “politicisation of sports” is the controversy over naming of stands in the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Uppal in Hyderabad, where the second cricket test between India and New Zealand was played.A few days ago, the Hyderabad Cricket Association Board decided to name the Western Stand of the Uppal cricket stadium after stylish Hyderabadi batsman V. V. S. Laxman in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the game, on the lines of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar stands at the Wankhede cricket stadium, Mumbai.Within a few hours, the Board changed the decision and announced that the Western stand would be named after Bharati Cements, promoted by Congress MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of late chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Apparently, Jagan had offered to buy the stand by paying Rs 2.5 crore. The HCA board could not afford to lose such a big money and ignore a high profile politician like Jagan. So, they dumped Laxman and opted for Jagan.The HCA’s decision irked the sports lovers who raised a hue and cry over its sudden volte face. The Rosaiah government, which is strongly opposing Jagan’s ambitious plans, also entered the scene.Having no other option, the HCA told the government that it would rename the Northern Stand after Laxman, while retaining Bharati Cements’ name for the Western Stand. One can only hope that it will not change its latest decision again!last_img read more

Shah to spell out Bengal poll strategy in Saturdays Kolkata rally

first_imgKolkata: Amid heightened security in the backdrop of the canopy collapse tragedy in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting less than a month back, BJP chief Amit Shah is slated to address his first public rally in the city this year on Saturday, when he is expected to set the tone for his party’s political battle against the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) ahead of the 2019 general elections. Convened under the banner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the rally has been given a huge build-up by the party, which is fast emerging as the principal challenger to the state’s ruling TMC. All prominent state BJP leaders are scheduled to share the dais with Shah. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Political circles are according great significance to the rally — to be held on Mayo Road in the heart of Kolkata — in the backdrop of the recent publication of the first complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, which has pitted Banerjee in a high decibel war of words with Shah. The state BJP leaders have already started talking of the need for a similar NRC for Bengal — a state bordering Bangladesh — to identify infiltrators, and Shah’s speech could give an idea on how and up to what extent the BJP plans to project the issue in the poll campaign. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The BJP President previously came to Bengal on a two-day visit towards June-end. He had then addressed the intellectuals here, besides meeting the families of three slain party workers in Purulia, where he claimed that the BJP would win more than 22 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal next year. The party had bagged two LS seats in 2014. BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha said Shah might talk about low employment generation in the state during his address, besides flaying the Mamata Banerjee government for the poor law and order situation and frequent atrocities of the ruling party workers on the BJP activists. “Employment is a major issue in the state. No one is looking for Banerjee’s favours. The people of Bengal do not want rice at the rate of two rupees per kilogram. They want opportunities to earn their livelihood and live a good life. This government has failed to provide that,” Sinha told IANS. The BJYM is hoping to assemble close to four lakh activists and supporters to listen to Shah, and has even changed the direction of the stage from the one originally planned so as to accommodate the large audience on the scenic tree-lined road. “Till Thursday morning we were expecting a crowd of about three lakhs for the rally and made arrangements accordingly. However, another 80,000 supporters are willing to attend the rally. We can’t ask them not to come. So, we have decided to reverse the direction of stage to accommodate more people on the road,” Bengal President of BJYM Debjit Sarkar told IANS. Taking a lesson from the incident of canopy collapse in Modi’s rally in Midnapore town last month that left nearly 90 people injured, the organisers as also the city police are leaving no stone unturned to beef up security measures. The venue is being turned into a fortress, and Sarkar said they would have their own arrangement for crowd management and security apart from the steps taken by the police. The state BJYM chief said they would deploy 550 volunteers for managing the crowd, and a system would be put in place so that the volunteers are easily identifiable among the general public. The organisers will be flying multiple drone cameras too to monitor security of the much-awaited rally, irrespective of the city police’s permission for the same. “Kolkata Police has not clarified its stand about our decision to use drone cameras during the rally. However, there is no security caution notice or an act of Kolkata Police that can stop one from flying a drone above the city. So, legally they cannot stop us from using drones,” the BJP leader claimed. Several senior officers of Kolkata Police — including DC Traffic, Officer in-charge of two police stations, Special Branch, Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central IB, and officials of state Public Works Department (PWD), CRPF and CISF — held a meeting with the state BJP leaders on Thursday evening to chalk out the security blue print for Saturday’s rally and assured them of adequate security, a party insider said.last_img read more

Benefits of different teas

first_imgMultiple brands have come up with numerous tea variants ranging from green tea to organic, black, herbal and fruit-based infusions. While we all drink tea as a stress buster, comforter, there are many other hidden benefits that different types of tea offer if consumed in a definite time and manner, say experts.Razi Khan, Director – sales and marketing – at Typhoo, and Kaushal Dugar, founder and CEO at Teabox, have listed some of the benefits that you can reap from some of the commonly used tea variants: Also Read – Add new books to your shelf*Black tea: Black tea is rarely mentioned in the context of tea’s health benefits but it is rich in antioxidants, improves oral health, boosts weight loss and even brings down stress levels. Also being an oxidised tea, it is known for having anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties that help control levels of bad cholesterol in the body, improve bone density, mitigate cardiovascular ailments and promote wellness.*Green tea: Being a storehouse of many antioxidant compounds, it’s easy to assume that green tea is one of the healthiest beverages. According to traditional Chinese medicine, drinking green tea helps relieve body aches and pains, aids digestion, impacts the process of detoxification and, generally, enhances the quality of life. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAqueous extract of green tea polyphenols contains antimutagenic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and hypocholesterolemic properties.*Oolong teaWeight management: Oolong tea promotes fat metabolism (pushing the body to burn fat for energy), and blocks the absorption of excess fat and cholesterol. So regular consumption of oolong tea can boost your weight loss.Diabetes: Blood sugar and insulin can be regulated by oolong tea at any one time. This prevents the dangerous spikes and dips in blood sugar that spells disaster for type-2 diabetes patients. With regular medicines, oolong tea can balance the blood sugar levels.Stress management: A controlled experiment performed on mice showed that 10 to 18 per cent of subjects showed improvement in stress levels after consumption of oolong tea. The presence of natural polyphenols in it is cited as the reason.last_img read more