Tiger on Delhis mind

first_imgA leading telecom company recently tied up with Galerie Art Eterne to mobilise the art world and unleash their vision of the tiger on the canvas. The art project ‘Strokes for Stripes’ featured various artists who showcased their imagination of the tiger, the national animal and pride which is sadly on the verge of extinction.The works of the artists culminated in the form of a calendar for 2013. These soul stirring art pieces were subsequently auctioned to raise funds to highlight the need of tiger conservation and create awareness for the cause. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Vivek Menon, executive director, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) said: ‘Wildlife conservation would not be possible without support and funding from charitable organisations, institutions and individuals. CSR focus on wildlife has also been on a rise in the country, which is a positive trend.’Eminent artists whose works were showcased included Arpana Caur, Jai Zharotia, Niladri Paul, Prof. Niren Sengupta, Sanjay Bhattarcharya, Ajay Zharotia, Krishnendu Porel, Pratul Dash, P. Shivani Bhardawaj, Amarendra Maharana, Prittam Priyalochan, Sandeep Jigdung and Vinita Dasgupta. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘I am proud to be a part of this cause. Doing my bit for this social cause gives me an inner satisfaction, that is all I wanted to do,’ said P. Shivani Bhardawaj, whose portrait was sold for Rs 2 Lakh at the auction.The portraits which were originally priced at Rs 1 lakh each were sold for Rs 3-4 lakhs at the auction. The proceeds from the auction were donated to WTI, the initiative’s cause partner who will channelise these funds for ‘Save Our Tigers’ initiative.The event witnessed performances by Louis Banks, a Grammy Award nominated music composer and adman-lyricist Prasoon Joshi who wrote a few lines especially for the occasion. Diverse groups such as artists, environmentalists, conservationists were present at the event, to lend their support to the cause.last_img read more

Not just moms expectant dads get depressed too

first_imgWhile “baby blues” as well as prenatal depression are linked mainly with women, researchers have now found that a significant number of first-time expectant fathers too experience depression during their partner’s pregnancy.The findings may have important clinical implications for depression screening and early prevention efforts in expectant fathers.“The mental health of men remains a neglected area of research and one that is not adequately addressed during the transition to parenthood,” said senior study author Deborah Da Costa, associate professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The research team recruited 622 men in Canada over a period of one and a half years. Expectant fathers completed online questionnaires measuring various factors such as mood, physical activity, sleep quality, social support, marital adjustment, financial stress, and demographics, during their partner’s third semester. Researchers found that 13.3 per cent of expectant fathers experienced elevated levels of depressive symptoms during their partner’s pregnancy. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMost of the factors associated with depression in men were identified to be modifiable, meaning that tools are available to help cope with these difficulties. The researchers also found that men who were having sleep difficulties were more at risk of experiencing depression.“These are important signals because some of these factors may worsen in postpartum; certainly sleep will be compromised in the first years,” Da Costa explained.The findings appeared in the American Journal of Men’s Health.last_img read more

Aboard the Friendship bandwagon

first_img“When you’re alone you don’t do much laughing.” – PG Wodehouse“Did you know,” said my friend the other day, while stuffing her face with food, “that Winnie the Pooh is the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations?” She then, proceeded to wash the burgers down with a Coke and started chomping on her fresh order of fries. I said I did not, and watched her suck the salt off a French fry with amusement as I reminisced happy memories from our past of similar nature.There is no telling what makes a person tick when it comes to choosing chums for life, I concluded, after having trifled away another invaluable hour of my life, watching my amiable friend gobble and guzzle. Awash in the friendship day fever, my peer rambled on about her forthcoming merry-making and I was forced to resign myself to a silent expression of disapproval not much unlike Aristotle and Cicero, who too, would have sunk into chairs, profoundly dejected by the redefined, abysmal notions of friendship espoused by the masses today.The emergence of social media, like a siren’s song, has lured multitudes into the sea of virtual reality where human contact has been replaced by electronic forms of interaction. The spirit of friendship, akin to a flower uncared for, is wilting away. Cyberspace, by a sustained blitzkrieg of discombobulation, has lulled masses into a false sense of security wherein they refuse to exercise judgment when it comes to revealing intimate details of their lives to complete strangers disguised as friends. So deeply enmeshed it has become with the lives of individuals that the mere thought of disengaging themselves from it, is distressing enough to make them clutch their brows and break into fits of hysteria. Face-to-face conversations have now become part of a dying institution. People today, have many acquaintances in the digital realm, but few friends outside of it. True friendships, are results of deliciously inexplicable happenings, built and nurtured on moments of shared excitement, passion, uncertainty and fierce camaraderie. The human ability to forge bonds of friendship is a characteristic trait, as is the innate desire for cooperation and companionship. To say, that one does not desire occasionally, to break free from the mundane task of being one’s self and pretend to be somebody else entirely, would be paltering with the truth. But on occasions, when a fellow needs a friend, I find the prospect of dropping down into a cozy sofa with a friend and watching her demolish several plates of food oddly comforting.last_img read more

Tensorflow 19 now officially supports Raspberry Pi bringing machine learning to DIY

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi board developers can now make use of the latest TensorFlow 1.9 features to build their board projects. Most developers use Raspberry Pi for shaping their innovative DIY projects. The Pi also acts as a pathway to introduce people to programming with an added benefit of coding in Python. The main objective of blending TensorFlow with the Raspberry Pi board is to let people explore the capabilities of machine learning on cost-effective and flexible devices. Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi project, says, “It is vital that a modern computing education covers both fundamentals and forward-looking topics. With this in mind, we’re very excited to be working with Google to bring TensorFlow machine learning to the Raspberry Pi platform. We’re looking forward to seeing what fun applications kids (of all ages) create with it.” By being able to use TensorFlow features, existing users, as well as new users, can try their hand on live machine learning projects. Here are few real-life examples of Tensorflow on Raspberry Pi: DonkeyCar platform DonkeyCar, a platform to build DIY Robocars, uses TensorFlow and the Raspberry Pi to create self-driving toy cars. Object Recognition Robot The Tensorflow framework is useful for recognizing objects. This robot uses a library, a camera, and a Raspberry Pi, using which one can detect up to 20,000 different objects. Waste sorting robot This robot is capable of sorting every piece of garbage with the same precision as a human. This robot is able to recognize at least four types of waste. To identify the category to which it belongs, the system uses TensorFlow and OpenCV. One can easily install Tensorflow from the pre-built binaries using Python pip package system from the pre-built binaries. One can also install it by simply running these commands on the Raspbian 9 (stretch) terminal: sudo apt install libatlas-base-devpip3 install tensorflow Read more about this project on GitHub page Read Next 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50 Build your first Raspberry Pi project How to mine bitcoin with your Raspberry Pilast_img read more