Kolkata: The Health department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will give away 120 prizes to the Durga Puja committees this year to acknowledge their efforts in creating dengue awareness. The move of awarding Puja committees with “Swastha Bandhab Sarad Samman” for their efforts in curbing the vector-borne disease in their respective areas was started by the civic body last year and prizes were given to 80 Puja committees. “We have found in the last few years that a good number of dengue cases have been reported after the Durga Puja. So we have decided to involve the Puja committees in our campaign against dengue. The idols, the décor of the pandal are an integral part of the festival. But the clubs should not forget their responsibility to keep the residents safe and secure,” said Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh who is in-charge of KMC Health wing. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMayor Firhad Hakim cautioned the Puja committees to check the space under the stage where the idols are placed to ensure that water does not accumulate in any sort of container. “We have been able to eradicate smallpox and have now taken up the challenge to prevent dengue and malaria,” he added. The Puja committees will have to create awareness in their areas from September 18 to 22 and then will organise a day’s camp.
March 13, 2015We reported about work on the roof of East Housing in July 2014, you can see details on July 18. – 23. and July 28 2014, as well as March 4, 6, and 11. 2015.The construction crew built a form around a set of utility vents on the East Housing roof. This will be a retaining platform on which steel housing will be mounted to protect the utility vents.Concrete had to be transported a long way, from the keystone all the way to the top of the East Housing roof.[photos by archive volunteer Chihiro Saito]The concrete is transferred from wheelbarrows to buckets to make it easier to carry up a long set of steps.Workshop participant Brendan Workman.Workshop participant Hunter Eary.Workshop participant Francesco Marchegiano.The crew is finishing the surface of the slab. More to come
Switzerland-based online TV service provider Zattoo has signed a deal with Swiss commercial broadcaster 3 Plus Group to broadcast its 4+ channel over the web in the country.The recently launched 4+ channel, which went live in October, broadcasts movies – particularly action, fantasy, thriller and comedy titles. It also airs US series in German and documentary series.The news comes a day after Zattoo said it would also stream linear RTL Group channels over the web in Germany by the middle of the year.Zattoo said it will live-stream programmes from the RTL, VOX, n-tv, RTL Nitro, Super RTL and RTL II networks.Zattoo is headquartered in Zurich and is now active in seven European cities, where it offers 200 channels – including 55 in Germany. Users have the choice between ad-supported or subscription viewing models and can access the service from computers, mobiles, tablets, connected TVs and games consoles.
Eutelsat has launched an ultra HD channel showing HDR (High Dynamic Range) content using HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) technology, the new HDR standard developed by the BBC and NHK.Eutelsat has partnered with 4EVER-2, the French collaborative project on Ultra HD, ATEME and Samsung to demo HDR Ultra HD at IBC this week.Called “Hotbird 4k2 HDR”, the new channel is broadcasting across Europe from Eutelsat’s flagship Hotbird neighbourhood and is showing sports, cultural and wildlife content from the 4EVER-2 consortium, dBW Communication, The Explorers Network and RAICom.The channel is broadcast at 50 frames per second, with 10 bits of colour depth (one billion colours) in the BT2020 environment.“This new channel will benefit players in the broadcasting chain who are seeking to acquire expertise in HDR Ultra HD broadcasts,” said Eutelsat’s senior vice president, new TV formats, Michel Chabrol.“Since Ultra HD blazed a trail three years ago Eutelsat’s strategy has been to support our customers as they embrace the race to the highest image quality. HDR is the newest step in this adventure and one that gives new meaning to the industry ambition to deliver a spectacular and immersive viewing experience.”