Unwinding before bedtime could be challenging: There are phone notifications to check, TV shows to binge-watch, and late night snacks to eat. However, Casper is here to help with its high-tech “night light” called the Casper Glow.Our sister site PCMag.com says the Casper Glow is a smart device that can help improve your sleep cycle. Even though it’s a bit more pricey at $89, it has a high-efficiency LED that can help lull you to sleep at night and gently wake you up in the morning, and it doubles up as a night light that you can easily carry around your home if you wake-up at 3 a.m. and need to use the bathroom.The Casper Glow is 5 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and weighs slightly over 11 ounces, so it easily fits on a nightstand or dresser. Another plus is its sleek shape, which blends in with most home decor setups.If the thought of a “smart night light” is bugging you, no worries: The Casper Glow is very easy to use with simple gestures. Flip it to turn it on or shut it off, rotate it to increase or decrease the amount of light it’s casting in your space, and gently wiggle it if you want a tiny glow before you head to sleep. The device’s battery can last up to one week without charging, however, you might have to recharge it sooner if you plan to use it frequently.The Casper Glow gives off different color hues when you’re getting ready for bed. It transitions from a bright white to a yellow tone, and then to an orange phone before turning off. When you wake up in the morning, it slowly gets brighter with the orange color and ends with the white color by your exact wake-up time, so it’s like experiencing a sunrise. The Casper Glow doesn’t have a snooze button, so you might want to set a backup alarm on your phone if you have trouble getting up.One more cool feature to note is the Casper Glow app: Available for Android or iOS, the app includes customization options to schedule its dimming and brightening activity, so you’ll be able to go to sleep and wake-up according to your schedule. Plus, it’s also Bluetooth-friendly, so you can program multiple Casper Glows for the ultimate sleep ritual.For more specs on the Casper Glow, head over to PCMag.com to read the device’s extensive review. And, if you still need some sleep assistance or want to access other health vitals, check out our Geek Picks for the Fitbit Charge 3 and the Nokia Sleep device.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Fitbit Charge 3 Makes It Easy to Track Health StatsGeek Pick: Blue Snowball Ice Microphone Geek Pick: ‘Harry Potter Ultimate Trivial Pursuit Is #GameNightGoals Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
Median basic pay is expected to increase by 1% over the 12 months to June 2018, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Adecco Group.Its Labour market outlook: summer 2017 report, which surveyed 1,139 HR professionals and senior decision makers, also found that 40% of respondents who are planning to make a pay decision in the next 12 months expect basic pay to increase at their organisation during that time, compared to 12% of respondents who plan to freeze pay.The research also found:1% of respondents expect average basic pay to decrease in the next 12 months.18% of public sector respondents expect to freeze pay in the year ahead, compared to 10% of private sector respondents.34% of respondents plan to provide a basic pay increase of 1-1.99% in 2017, 22% anticipate a basic pay increase of 2-2.99%, and 11% expect basic pay to increase by 3-3.99%.25% of respondents cite the rippling effect of the national living wage as having an impact on pay decisions, and 33% state the going rate of pay elsewhere as a consideration when deciding pay.23% of private sector respondents cite delivering the national living wage as a reason why pay growth has slowed, 21% state uncertainty over access to the single market as having an impact on pay growth, 21% cite pensions auto-enrolment, and 21% identify affordability as reasons for weak pay growth.43% of respondents report that their wage bill has increased because of the national living wage.32% of respondents that have seen their wage bill increase as a result of the national living wage plan to take lower profits or absorb the costs, 29% plan to manage the increase through improved efficiency and increased productivity, and 18% plan to pass the costs on to consumers.52% of respondents would respond in some way if the government were to increase the national living wage in April 2018 from £7.50 to £7.80. This includes absorbing costs or taking lower profits (15%), improving efficiency and productivity to offset costs (13%), and reducing the number of employees through redundancies or recruiting fewer staff (12%).Respondents expect median basic pay to rise by 2% in the private sector in the 12 months to June 2018, compared to 1% in the public sector, and 1.4% in the voluntary sector.The median basic pay award among respondents that have conducted a pay review in 2017 is 1.5%.Gerwyn Davies (pictured), senior labour market analyst at the CIPD, said: “Predictions of pay growth increasing alongside strong employment growth is the dog that hasn’t barked for some time now, and we are still yet to see tangible signs of this situation changing in the near term. The facts remain that productivity levels are stagnant, public sector pay increases remain modest while wage costs and uncertainty over access to the [European Union] market have increased for some employers. At the same time, it is also clear that the majority of employers have still been able to find suitable candidates to employ at current wage rates due to a strong labour supply until now.”Alex Fleming, president of general staffing at the Adecco Group UK and Ireland, added: “This quarter’s report demonstrates strong and stable employment intentions. These have remained in a positive range for the last two years during which time we have seen unemployment consistently fall. Context is important here though: employers continuing to hire isn’t, necessarily, an indication that they are convinced of a bright economic future, rather that nothing significant has changed in recent months. Many employers are getting on with the day-to-day hiring required to keep their businesses ticking along until they have enough information to build concrete recruitment plans.“However continued subdued wage growth that the labour market is currently facing is a real issue that employers need to tackle head on. Employers must to invest in staff to increase productivity, thus in turn providing them with the opportunity to increase wage growth.”
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, the last Congress leader to preside over the state, died here on Monday following cardiac arrest, his family said. He was 82. Nitish Mishra, son of the three-time Chief Minister, told IANS that his father, who had been ailing for some time, passed away around 9.45 a.m. Mishra had been reportedly suffering from multiple ailments and was receiving treatment at a Delhi hospital. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Once a powerful figure for the Congress in Bihar politics, Mishra first became Chief Minister in 1975 and then returned to office in 1980 and 1989 before Lalu Prasad succeeded him. Mishra was also a former Union cabinet Minister. His brother, L.N. Mishra, had been assassinated. Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi condoled the death of Jagannath Mishra, saying he always stood for the interests of the deprived and marginalised minorities in society. “He will be remembered for a long time to come,” she said in a statement. In 2013, a special CBI court in Ranchi convicted Jagannath Mishra along with 44 others in the fodder scam.
Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official FacebookSo, the final season of Game of Thrones is right around the corner and fans are losing their minds in anticipation.There are a whole bunch of theories out there that are starting to get some credibility ahead of the final season’s premiere.And it seems that HBO is adding to the hype by dropping hints about who could actually end up on the Iron Throne.Be warned. Spoilers abound. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys TargaryenHBOReportedly HBO posted a photo of the inky black throne, and if you didn’t look close enough, you might have missed that the throne is actually the head of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon Drogon. Danerys Targaryen’s dragon resplendent or at the very least adorning the throne could mean two things, either Daenerys won or somebody else did and took Drogon as a trophy.But it seems that Daenerys Targaryen may not make it after all, as signs point to her dying in the White Walker war. And this theory seems more credible as Daenerys is a fan favourite character and Game of Thrones is known for killing off its fan-favourite characters.The final season of Game of Thrones will air in April and will have six episodes. So, fans can expect every moment of every episode to be packed with epic moments. And apparently, the cast and crew have been saying their goodbyes while also teasing the end of the series to their friends and loved ones. Sophie Turner recently confessed to revealing the ending to her friends. It seems that everyone wants to know who will end up on the Iron Throne. We can’t wait for the final season of Game of Thrones. You can check out the video here:
Reliance Jio Republic Day 2018 Offer. The telco’s rapid growth since its launch in 2016 has been powered by aggressive marketing and brutal price wars.IBTimes India/Sami KhanMukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio is eyeing an initial public offering that may also coincide with its climb to the top of the mobile communications market. The Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) subsidiary already has the second biggest market base of 31.7 per cent nipping at the heels of market leader Vodafone Idea that has 32.2 per cent share. After having overtaken Bharti Airtel, which now has 27.3 per cent share, with aggressive pricing policy, Jio now hopes to become the top player by early next year, reports say.RIL, however, wants to first clean up its books by hiving off the fibre and tower assets to two infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) it has created with external investor participation, a report in the Economic Times says. The report cites sources as saying that the IPO plans have advanced much through several meetings the company’s top management had with banks and financial advisers.”The telecom company has informed bankers that it expects to topple competition on the subscriber front shortly, which would bring in more revenue, and roll out its fibre to the home (FTTH) network, all of which will ensure a successful IPO,” the report quotes an unidentified source as saying. Another source said that concerns “were raised over Jio’s falling average revenue per user (ARPU),” a key industry parameter. The ARPU of Jio, that began operations in 2016, dropped for the fifth straight quarter to Rs 126.2 in March quarter from Rs 131.7 in the preceding one. Meanwhile, rivals Airtel and Vodafone managed to improve ARPU sequentially, signalling that their customers subscribe to higher tariff plans.Jio was the only telco to post profits in the March quarter, up 65 per cent year on year against a 56 per cent rise in revenue, the report says. But sequential profit growth was 1 per cent in the March quarter against 22 per cent in the previous quarter as the company was hit by a fall in ARPU and higher network cost and rising depreciation and amortisation expenses. A woman checks her mobile phone as she walks past a mobile store of Reliance Industries’ Jio telecoms unit, in Mumbai, India. Jio is aiming for to top market share and hopes to close the gap with leader Vodafone Idea in a matter of months.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe telecom unit’s enterprise value is pegged at around Rs 4.41 lakh crore, according to a note by brokerage IIFL. Rival Bharti Airtel, which has yielded the top position in market share to Vodafone and fallen to the third position behind Jio, has a market capitalisation of nearly Rs 1.79 lakh crore, at the close of trade on Thursday. Its stock closed 2 per cent higher at Rs 348.65 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Vodafone Idea share ended 4 per cent higher at Rs 11.90, giving it a market cap of over Rs 34,195 crore.RIL has apparently made it clear that the IPO could take place only after the recently demerged fibre and tower businesses – Jio Digital Fibre Pvt Ltd and Reliance Jio Infratel Pvt Ltd respectively – get monetised via external investments, according to media reports. Earlier reports said Brookfield Asset Management is close to investing in the portfolio of 170,000 towers currently valued at around Rs 36,000 crore. After transferring of debt to the tune of Rs 1.07 lakh crore to the two demerged units, Jio’s net debt stood at Rs 67,000 crore by March-end. “Since regulatory guidelines state that the telco can be listed after three years of financial reporting, the IPO cannot come before March 2020. But that will be too early – it’s likely late 2020 or even in 2021,” said one of the people cited above, according to the report.The return to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi heading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seen to be more business-friendly, may also encourage companies to go public as the investment climate is expected to improve. Reliance Jio wants fresh funds to expand the 4G network and take part in the imminent 5G spectrum auctions.
A Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in an alleged gunfight between two groups of criminals at Kosba-Kocuikhali area in Gangni upazila of Neherpur early Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased Monirul Islam, 30, is a criminal, claimed police.Gangni police station officer-in-charge Obaidur Rahman said on information that two criminal gangs were exchanging gunfire police rushed to the spot and found bullet-hit Monirul lying on the ground.He was taken to Gangni Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.Monirul was wanted in a number of cases, the OC added.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in the year of 2018.In the first five months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 162, the rights body said on its website.
Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas Governor Greg Abbott convenes the third of three roundtable discussions on school safety and student mental health issues, at the Capitol in Austin on May 24, 2018.Gov. Greg Abbott will announce a plan Wednesday to make Texas schools safer in the wake of the deadly Santa Fe shooting, according to his office.Abbott is set to unveil the set of proposals during two events, one in the morning in Dallas and the other in the afternoon in San Marcos. They come less than two weeks after the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 people dead. Abbott’s plan will follow three school safety roundtables he held last week at the Capitol, soliciting input from victims, parents, teachers, lawmakers, law enforcement officials and other experts. Abbott tweeted Friday night that he would “soon announce many substantive details that can be implemented before the next school year begins.” Abbott’s proposals are expected to fall into two categories: those that can be implemented immediately and those that the Legislature will have to consider the next time it convenes. Lawmakers are not due to return to Austin until January, though Abbott has not ruled out calling a special session to bring them back earlier.
The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode 16 features senior Blaire Bass. Episode 16: Blaire BassThe Bass FileNumber: 3Full name: Blaire Elisabeth BassNickname: BeezyPosition: OFBats/Throws: R/RHometown: New Roads, La.High School: Catholic High School of Pointe CoupeeTravel Team: Birmingham ThunderboltsMajor: CommunicationsFun Fact: Her left pupil is always bigger than her right. Print Friendly Version Story Links
The study undertaken jointly by Yahoo and Mindshare analyses the shopping behaviour of customers to reveal that 31 per cent shoppers opt for online shopping in order to save the time and effort that might be spent on physically going to stores to buy the same products.About 28 per cent customers are driven to buy online due to the availability of discounts and promotions while the convenience to shop anywhere, anytime attracts the remaining 21 per cent, it said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study also highlights how more and more customers are taking to mobile phones to make online purchases as compared to other electronic devices.“The e-commerce landscape in India is perhaps the most dynamic in the world, largely due to the rapidly evolving mobile ecosystem. This research highlights the role of mobile from the top of funnel to the bottom and how it varies across product categories. It will help us develop sharper, more connected communication strategies for brands,” MA Parthasarathy, Chief Product Officer, Mindshare South Asia said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to the survey, majority of consumers use only mobile devices while making purchases related to apparels, electronic devices, baby and pet care products.Most purchases made online over mobile phones tend to be regular or impulsive buys rather than expensive ones, the study claims.Over 90 per cent of the consumers use mobile devices for quick and frequent purchases of travel, music and movies, contrary to 36 per cent who purchase high consideration products like insurance on their PC or laptop. About 30 per cent people prefer buying products of personal hygiene from the store itself.The study also provides marketers with insights on India, to sharpen their digital and mobile commerce initiatives and build a strong mobile strategy.“The study shows that the consumer path-to-purchase is turning more complex and nonlinear, with mobile at the center of this evolution.“As mobile devices become more important in the consumer’s last mile of purchase decision, brands need to build targeted, more seamless shopping experience across all channels to strengthen sales and acquire new customers,” Francis Che, Head of Insights, APAC, Yahoo said.For those who continue to prefer in-store shopping, major detractors include non-authentic goods, unreliable delivery and lack of quality control.
To many these days the abbreviation “AI” means “Artificial Intelligence.” However there is another definition in the scientific community. One that has less to do with machinery and more to do with humanity… Artificial Insemination. Russian biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov made his name in this field of AI, tinkering round the edges of what was seen as God’s plan. Bypassing the traditional method of conception, he gave life and hope to those who had none.Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov (biologist)However in the years after his death he was also known by another title — “Red Frankenstein”. He got that through his interest in blending the human and animal kingdoms. In the 1920s, Ivanov set out on an ambitious research mission. The destination? Africa.What he had in mind sounded like the business of a mad scientist. Yet for Ivanov it was all part of a day’s work. He’d already crossed a zebra with a donkey. Now he was looking to fuse a person with their genetic ancestor… the ape.A 2008 article on the New Scientist website writes, “Despite the disapproval of the scientific establishment Ivanov got the go-ahead – and the funds to mount an expedition to Africa to collect apes. Documents show that the decision was pushed through by leading members of the Bolshevik government…”Photo by shakko CC BY-SA 3.0He also received support from the Pasteur Institute in Paris. They ran a center for primates out in Guinea, West Africa and agreed to supply the raw material for Ivanov’s experiments in the form of native chimps.Ivanov’s plan was thwarted by nature at the last minute. Having traveled all the way to Guinea, he was disappointed to discover no suitable candidates for his unusual enterprise.Instead he worked for a while in the French capital, planning to try and catch his own primates later in the year. During this period he worked alongside surgeon Serge Voronoff on another mind-boggling pursuit.Serge VoronoffVoronoff’s reputation preceded him. New Scientist gives details of an “increasingly fashionable ‘rejuvenation therapy’. In a now notorious operation, Voronoff grafted slices of ape testes into those of rich and ageing men hoping to regain their former vigour.”Ivanov and Voronoff made a powerful but bizarre combination. Rather than using their Summer to catch some rays and watch movies, they “made headlines by transplanting a woman’s ovary into a chimp called Nora and then inseminating her with human sperm.”Following this failed side project, Ivanov made a second trip to Guinea. As a 2011 piece on the Scientific American blog mentions, “He only attempted to inseminate three females before being forced to abandon the project as useless.”Chimpanzee.But Ivanov chose not to return home and kept chasing his theory. In a development that wouldn’t look out of place in a horror movie, he took drastic measures.“Desperate to make use of his limited funding,” the blog writes, “Ivanov then made the horrific decision to attempt the insemination of African women with chimpanzee sperm without their knowledge.”The authorities in Guinea soon shut down that avenue of exploration. Ivanov went home to Russia, but the snow wasn’t all that was frosty. Word spread about his scheme to exploit female fertility, and it blackened his name.Ivanov attempted to reproduce the experiments, this time with willing Soviet volunteers. He spent the rest of the Twenties trying to realize a human/ape hybrid, but greater forces intervened that had nothing to do with science or the natural world.Oliver the chimpanzeeIn 1930 Ivanov was arrested on charges of sabotaging his rivals’ endeavors. He was exiled to a labor camp in the city of Alma-Ata in Kazakhstan, and by 1932 he had died from a stroke.The Russian establishment had turned against him, after the initial encouragement which led to Ivanov’s African excursion. Why was this? The answer lies in the complex political situation of the time, in a country thrown into a new era by the Revolution.Scientific American writes, “While some of his previous support was based in the political ideology at the time, there were strong political divisions that split scientific opinion on a range of issues and Ivanov was caught in between.”14-year-old boy after having an ape thyroid gland grafted onto his ownAccording to historian Alexander Etkind, whose ideas are referred to in New Scientist, Ivanov’s work was “part of an ambitious plan to transform society. The high-ranking Bolsheviks who backed Ivanov were intellectuals who saw science as a means of realizing their dream of a socialist utopia…”Their aims went beyond scientific prestige. They reportedly sought to alter the mindset of the nation so it would be more in line with their way of thinking.The article continues, “One way to do that was through ‘positive eugenics’, using AI to speed up the spread of desirable traits – a willingness to live and work communally, for instance – and to get rid of ‘primitive’ traits such as competitiveness, greed and the desire to own property…”Oliver the chimpanzeeBy looking back at Man’s primal ancestors, it was hoped human heritage could be used to change society for the common good.The Bolsheviks’ dismissive attitude toward religion was said to be courted by Ivanov, who highlighted the Darwinian dimension to his African proposal. Other theories behind the government’s enthusiasm include an interest in Voronoff’s monkey-fueled rejuvenation techniques!Some believe that Ivanov shared the Bolshevik ideals and it was partly a political decision for him. Others state that “AI” was his only goal, and the African situation was the perfect springboard to put his thoughts into practice.Whether his views were strictly political, or scientific, or both, the winds of change blew. Stalin took up residence in the Kremlin, and he was at odds with those who funded Ivanov.Scientific American describes how “other scientists rejected genetic research as bourgeois or imperialist and advocated the inheritance of acquired characteristics (what is commonly known as Lamarckism). It was these researchers… who had Stalin’s support at the time.”No matter what Ivanov’s standing as an eminent biologist, he wasn’t greater than Stalin’s influence. The dictator believed projects such as Ivanov’s would beat a path to fascism, and from that moment the ape man’s genetic golden goose was cooked.It’s easy to see the controversial Ivanov as a monster, the “Red Frankenstein” and an isolated case of a mad scientist. There’s a strong case to say he was. Though by no means the only expert mixing up human and animal genes, he certainly went too far trying to force artificial insemination on women.In echoes of Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum), Scientific American sums up his contribution by saying “Ivanov represents a scientist, widely respected in his field, whose dedication to find out if something could be done blinded him to ask whether it should be done.”Read another story from us: World’s First Painting Produced By Artificial Intelligence Fetches Huge SumHe also “reminds us of the role that politics can play in the development of scientific research even if the scientists directly involved are not political themselves.”Perhaps Ivanov’s tale of genetic experimentation is best viewed as a cautionary tale, much like the original Frankenstein himself.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hiking in NepalExpedia has announced a partnership with Gap Adventures in a bid to increase customer access to adventure tours.The new partnership is expected to benefit venturesome people through easy searching and booking systems via the Expedia website.Expedia Australian and New Zealand General Manager Nicolas Chu said the agreement will offer customers more choice.“We believe that where you book matters and Gap Adventures, an established partner of Expedia in Canada, has a unique and comprehensive product offering which we believe our Australian customers will embrace as the popularity of adventure travel continues to rise.”“Expedia’s consumer reach and commitment to putting the traveller first aligns with Gap Adventures’ philosophies to change people’s lives through travel, to lead with service and to provide travellers with the opportunity to see the world in an authentic and sustainable way,” Gap Adventures Australia and New Zealand Head Pete Rawley said.Via the Tours tab on the Expedia website customers will have access to Gap Adventure’s 100 worldwide tour groups including; sailing around the Greek Islands and mountain climbing in Nepal.
Home Prices Housing Permits Jobs National Association of Home Builders 2014-03-07 Krista Franks Brock Energy Sector Growth Boosts Recovery March 7, 2014 445 Views Nationwide, the economy and housing market are functioning at a level about 87 percent of their pre-crisis normal levels, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and First American’s Leading Markets Index released this week, which measures metro markets based on housing permits, home prices, and employment.Fifty-nine of the 350 metro markets are at or above their pre-crisis norms, according to the index, up from 58 metros last month. At the same time, 130 markets are at least 90 percent of their pre-crisis levels, according to NAHB.A little less than half—about 45 percent—of the normalized markets are located in areas benefitting from strong employment in the energy sector.“The strong energy sector is at the forefront of the recovery and centered in many small and mid-sized markets in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Wyoming,” said David Crowe, chief economist at NAHB. He also pointed out that eight of the top 10 markets in NAHB’s index are located in these four states.A look at the unemployment rates in these states supports NAHB’s findings. Texas’ unemployment rate is 6 percent; Wyoming’s is 4.4 percent; and North Dakota’s is a meager 2.7 percent, according to December data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Among major metros, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ranked highest on NAHB’s Leading Markets Index with a score of 1.41, indicating the market is “41 percent better than its last normal market level.” Honolulu, Hawaii; Oklahoma City; Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also ranked near the top.A few smaller markets outranked the best of the larger metros. Odessa and Midland, Texas, both scored at least 2.0, indicating their markets are performing twice as well as they did before the economic downturn, according to NAHB.“Despite the cold weather that has constrained economic and housing activity across much of the nation this winter, markets are returning to normal levels,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of NAHB. “As the job and housing markets continue to mend and the onset of spring releases the pent-up demand for new homes, this will bode well for the remainder of 2014.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Share