Kolkata: The Indian Dental Association (IDA) will join hands with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Kolkata Municipal Corporation in spreading awareness against the consumption of tobacco.As a part of its anti-tobacco campaign, the IDA has taken up a host of initiatives on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. The health awareness camp will be organised at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital. The IDA has taken a pledge to hold various health camps to make people aware of the ill-effects of tobacco consumption in various forms. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRallies will be held, where people from all walks of society, will take part only to highlight the danger of consuming tobacco. Various others anti-tobacco drives will also be organised on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. IDA organises regular health talks, check-up camps and give suggestions to the state government and thus helps in implementing the anti-tobacco laws in West Bengal.India is home to one of the largest number of tobacco consumers in the world and West Bengal contributes largely to that. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2010(GATS), 36.3% of the population of West Bengal uses tobacco in some form. This would amount to as many as 2.5 crore of people.Oral cancer has been on the rise. Oral cancer constitutes about 40% of all forms of cancer in our country and 30% of them stem from the use of tobacco. People from all sections of the society are victims. Strict measures should be taken to check the use of Gutkha among the people in the state and also a ban on smoking in public places. Smokeless chewing of tobacco like gutkha, khaini, paan and so on leaves people of Bengal vulnerable to various ailments. Also, cigarettes, bidis and alcohol increase the risk further. Almost in all cases, the patient comes for check up due to toothache and finds he is in a pre-cancerous state, a radiation oncologist in the city said.Dr Raju Biswas, State Secretary of the Indian Dental Association said: “Tobacco epidemic is one of the major health threats to the public health system. Our initiative is to free West Bengal from the clutches of Tobacco epidemic. It is very encouraging to get full support from the state government.”
Make-up and women have been complementary terms for ages, but how do the two genders react to women with makeup? Men think women who wear make-up on are more “prestigious”, while women think women with make-up on are more “dominant”, reveals new research.The findings suggest that make-up changes perceptions of status depending on who is making the judgement – males or females.The research is the first to report on how males and females perceive women who wear make-up differently. “While both sexes agree that women with make-up look more attractive when it comes to ‘high status’, it really depends on who is looking,” said researcher Viktoria Mileva, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Men think women with make-up on are more prestigious, while women think women with make-up are more dominant,” Mileva noted. Research suggests that “high status” can be obtained through two main routes. “Alternatively, you can gain high status by prestige; by having positive merits and qualities that make others want to follow you,” she added. The findings were published in the journal Perception.The study also found that women held rather negative views of other women who wear make-up. “We did some follow-up studies as to why women might feel that other women with make-up are perceived as more dominant, and it looks like it might be related to jealousy and potential threat,” Mileva said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Women rating other women with make-up said they would be more jealous of them, think of them to be more promiscuous, and more attractive to men than their non-make-up wearing counterparts,” she noted.For example, at a job interview, knowing whether the hiring committee will consist of men or women might influence a female candidate’s decision about wearing make-up. “Whether the interviewers will view her as attractive, dominant, and/or prestigious can affect her and the interviewers’ actions and perhaps the outcome of the interview itself. Thus, understanding the potential implications of cosmetic use are important not only for the wearer, but also for the perceiver,” Mileva explained.
Register Now » May 24, 2018 Bots are dominating online communication, and most consumers don’t even realize the number of times they have interacted with a bot while browsing their favorite website or completing an online purchase.Bot technology is far from a new concept, though, as its origins date all the way back to 1966 with the invention of Eliza, a bot that managed to mimic a natural conversation through programmed responses. With no sign of slowing down, here are five innovative ways bot technology is advancing.1. The implementation of artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is a push toward being able to accomplish things that require human intelligence without needing humans. In the world of bots, the implementation of AI is geared toward creating environments where the bot you are speaking to is indistinguishable from a human being.The key difference between a bot with AI versus one without is that bots with artificial intelligence are designed to learn and evolve over time. The addition of AI to bot technology opens the door to endless possibilities for human interactions.Imagine a bot able to learn and adapt to the behaviors of someone with Alzheimer’s — identifying when a person has forgotten something and learning to remind them of things as their condition deteriorates.However, there is a dangerous side to bots — they have the potential to use learned speech patterns and information about people to impersonate them. With the amount of personal data stored on mobile applications, a bot could potentially use it to steal your personality, as well as your identity. Scary, right?This has led to a greater push for secrecy in mobile applications, with more decentralized and private messenger services are beginning to emerge like Ravn, which hides every aspect of a person’s identity and encrypts every part of a conversation.Related: Make Chats With Chatbots Work2. Brand awarenessIn the past, if you wanted to advertise your brand, you needed to create a one-off commercial or advertisement to grab the attention of your audience and encourage them to look at your offer.With bots, this is no longer the case. You can create a bot that represents your brand and spreads information relating to it. Bots can be available instantaneously to provide further information to prospective customers. They can not only raise a broader awareness of your product by being implemented in various mediums, but are also able to respond to millions of customers at once without the expense of manpower.For example, if you are an online clothing brand, you could have a bot that is programmed to gather information about a customer’s preferences and then offer to send them daily or weekly updates on fashion trends, with offers specifically catered to their interests.3. Intuitive programmingThe art of the sale is a skill that has been studied over and over for centuries, but what about the art of programming a sale? This is the thought process behind innovative new technologies aimed at guiding customers through a sale without needing a human sales representative.If you do a lot of online shopping, you more than likely have had a live-chat box pop up offering to help you. Most of the time there isn’t an actual human behind the screen — it’s a bot. This has led bot developers to make more intuitive bots that aim for comfort as much as convenience, because in order to convert, a customer needs to trust the person they are buying from.Bots are working behind the scenes as well. PassportRenewal.com is the TurboTax of passport renewals, made possible by its own “smart wizard,” which the company describes as a feature that “seamlessly automates customer information to help them complete many application tasks, including filling out forms.” So, not only are bots being used to attract conversions, but they are also being used to help funnel the customer through the entire process faster, post-conversion.Related: Key Points to Remember While Building your First Chatbot4. Bots with personalityWhether you want to sell something, gather information or simply entertain, the fastest way to lose your audience is by being boring. In the beginning, bots were clunky, slow and dull.They responded only to specific questions and only delivered programmed responses. Now, bots are more advanced — they have personalities. You can have a bot that tells jokes, or replies to kindness with kindness and sarcasm with sarcasm. The more complex bots become, the more they will seamlessly integrate themselves into our daily lives.5. The bad botsNot all bots are created to help, and many have become painfully aware of this, especially in the cryptocurrency market. This has brought a popular scam known as “phishing” to a whole new level.As described by the Oxford Dictionary, phishing is “the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information.” Previously, phishing was done by people sending emails, texts, etc. — using various scams looking for bites.Now, with bots, phishing is interactive. This is a problem that has led to the creation of bots that fight other bots. Companies like Coral Protocols use Telegram bots like Phishnet to catch and alert users to incoming phishing attempts.Phishnet is able to identify threats by applying trust scores to addresses in a particular blockchain. Millions of dollars in cryptocurrency are lost every day to phishing, and the phishing attempts are becoming more advanced daily. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Microsoft Azure Cloud was experiencing problems that left users unable to access its cloud services. The outage has taken several Azure Cloud services offline for U.S. users since yesterday. The reason for the outage was stated as “severe weather”. A cooling system is vital for data centers nowadays with thousands of servers that generate heat, aligned closely. If the cooling systems do not work, then the servers will simply overheat, damaging the machines. Therefore, on cooling failure, procedures are set in place to shutdown the servers when the temperature rises above a certain level. It is important to prevent machines from getting damaged and causing losses. The severe weather conditions in Texas may be coming from Gordon, a cat 1 tropical storm that was near the Texas coast at the time of the outage. The outage affected many of Azure cloud services for its South Central US data center including App service, backup, cloud services, Office 365, and others. You can find an update on the Azure status page. The outage affected developers who use Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services. They have been unable to access their accounts. The Microsoft developer Blog states: “Users located in South Central US will be unable to access their account until the underlying issue is resolved.” Microsoft stated on their Azure status page: “A severe weather event, including lightning strikes, occurred near one of the South Central US datacenters. This resulted in a power voltage increase that impacted cooling systems. Automated datacenter procedures to ensure data and hardware integrity went into effect and critical hardware entered a structured power down process.” As of now, services are partially recovered. The latest update at the time of writing on Microsoft’s blog says: “Mitigation efforts continue, as we work on getting the Azure resources in South Central US online. For more details about the issue please refer Azure Status Dashboard : https://status.azure.com” You can visit the Azure page for status updates. Read next Microsoft Azure’s new governance DApp: An enterprise blockchain without mining Microsoft Azure now supports NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) Automate tasks using Azure PowerShell and Azure CLI [Tutorial]