SEE ALSO: Recently Folded? Beware of Angry SubscribersHallmark Cards has shuttered its bimonthly Hallmark magazine. The February/March issue will be its last.According to Hallmark president and CEO Donald J. Hall Jr., the decision to stop publishing the magazine was reached after a “comprehensive analysis” of the overall magazine industry.“Despite favorable consumer acceptance of the publication, we cannot justify continued investment in the magazine at a time when we must focus our efforts and resources only on those projects that will lead to long-term profitable revenue growth for the company,” he said. The magazine’s 28 employees have been laid off, the company said. In addition, 10 Kansas City, Missouri-based positions in the company’s creative division will be eliminated.Hallmark was launched in 2006 with a 400,000 rate base, which grew to 800,000 this year. Last year, Hallmark was one of the few magazines to grow its ad pages, increasing 11 percent in 2008, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.
The 8.9 inch version of the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab will be available for $469 (and $569 with extra storage memory). The 10.1 Galaxy Tablet will be sold from $499 to $599. The new tablets were unveiled Tuesday morning in Orlando, and is thinner than the iPad 2 by .2 mm. 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the tablet. A study conducted by PRTM claims that there are 104 tablets currently for sale or in development. With 17 million tablets sold in 2010, PRTM forecasted 200 million tablets to be sold annually for 2014. RIM and Samsung have announced release dates for their versions of the tablet computer, with the RIM Blackberry Playbook on sale on April 19th and the new Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy tablet line launching June 8th. Both companies are looking to grab a hold of a piece of the iPad-dominated tablet market. Apple’s second version of the iPad was unveiled in San Francisco on March 2nd, and shipped March 11th. Reportedly, Apple sold 14.8 million iPads in 2010. The RIM PlayBook will feature a 7 inch screen, Flash compatible video and front and rear cameras. The 16GB version will be available for $499, a 32GB for $599 and a 64GB with a price tag of $699. The PlayBook will have Wi-Fi capabilities, but they cannot utilize 3G without being connected through a Blackberry phone.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.August 25 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmsGaouette FarmSeafood Express CoCupcake City-ReadingPurple Carrot Bread Co.EJ’s Pizza / Grab & GoTewksbury HoneyHawaiian Jim’s Shave Ice & Co.Guilday GlassKittredge CandlesGrateful TastesSusan Anton, LMTAdditional Attractions:Visit 4-H Science Pirates, Wilmington Minutemen, Wilmington Kiwanis Club, and the Global Children School at the Community TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 4In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 18In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”
Testing Verizon’s 5G network: A wild goose chase for mind-blowing data speeds 5G is here as Galaxy S10, Mate X and other phones debut. But it’ll cost you Samsung Galaxy S11 5G may be slimmer, last longer thanks to Qualcomm Galaxy S10 5G isn’t the only 5G phone coming. Here’s a (probable) list of more MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about reading • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Now playing: Watch this: There’s been a whirlwind of 5G news. This spring, 5G networks went live in the US and South Korea. In the US, Verizon turned on its 5G service in early April in Chicago and Minneapolis. Sprint followed in June, with 5G service in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. And various handset makers, including Samsung and LG, have started selling their first 5G devices. T-Mobile’s turned on its network in six cities, including a test we conducted in New York, but the coverage is still minimal.Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, has launched the Galaxy S10 5G across all four nationwide networks in the US, including on T-Mobile on Friday. LG’S V50 ThinQ is also live on networks such as Sprint and Australia’s Telstra. The OnePlus 7 Pro launched on EE’s fresh 5G network in the UK. At MWC in February, Oppo talked up its first, not-yet-named 5G phone. Also at MWC, Huawei showed off its 5G-powered Mate X foldable and Xiaomi detailed its Mi Mix 3 5G. The show also marked the debut of ZTE’s Axon 10 Pro, while Sony and showed off prototypes for devices they’ll launch this year. That doesn’t mean you should jump on the 5G bandwagon just yet. Here are a few reasons to wait a bit.Sparse coverageAT&T says it had the first mobile 5G network in the US, but when it comes to where you can actually tap into the next-generation service, things get a little mysterious. “They’re small pockets in the cities,” Fuetsch said earlier this year, noting that all of the customers using the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot are small businesses. “We haven’t disclosed them publicly.”The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G will be one of the first 5G phones on the market. Juan Garzon/CNET AT&T and Verizon have invested in superhigh frequency radio airwaves known as millimeter wave spectrum, which brings tremendous speed and capacity. The downside of that high capacity is limited range. How limited? Think a block or two. So even if AT&T and Verizon say they have 5G coverage in a city, you may struggle to actually get on the network, even with a compatible device. A Verizon spokesman admitted earlier this year that the initial deployment would be small. That’s exactly what CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt found in April when she traveled to Chicago to test the Motorola Moto Z3 phone with a 5G Moto Mod. Dolcourt at times detected the high download speeds promised by Verizon — between 450 Mbps to 1Gbps in less than 30 milliseconds — but those speeds were few and far between.”I’d like to be able to say that using Verizon’s 5G was a mind-blowing experience, with download speeds beyond my wildest imagination,” she wrote. “I wish I could tell you that I downloaded entire albums of music and streamed video instantly. Unfortunately, all I can say after a long day is that I found it confusing. Frustrating. Absolutely insane.” A second test of the Verizon network was more impressive than the first attempt, with data speeds a month later blowing past 1Gbps. And Verizon at least has launched its service for mobile use. AT&T turned its network on in December but still hasn’t made access available for consumers. A CNET speed test of its 5G network in the closed off Warner Bros. studio in Los Angeles, however, nabbed our highest peak speeds. At MWC in February, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray told CNET that his company has fired up millimeter wave spectrum that supports the upcoming Galaxy S10 5G, but that it likely won’t market the network since the coverage area is so small. Ray said T-Mobile’s full 5G launch will happen in the second half of the year. He didn’t specify when, but there may not be phones that run on the company’s broader 5G network until the fourth quarter, or even early 2020. That’s because devices for T-Mobile’s network will require Qualcomm’s upcoming second-generation modem, the X55, and that isn’t yet available for devices. Smartphones coming in time for the holidays later this year will still use the first-generation modem, the X50, Qualcomm’s Amon said in an interview at MWC. “There are some [handset makers] who are aggressive with their launch dates,” he said. “We could see some X55s, but most of the smartphones coming from Q2 2019 all the way to the holiday season will be … X50.”A T-Mobile spokeswoman would say only that the broader network launch would happen in the second half.Both Ray and Fuetsch are shooting for nationwide coverage using lower frequency (and longer range) spectrum by 2020. The carrier with the biggest early 5G coverage could actually be Sprint. Yes, that Sprint. The company claim roughly 2,180 square miles of coverage, which covers 11.5 million people, makes it the largest 5G network in the country. CNET’s Lynn La traveled to Dallas to try out the LG V50, a $1,152 5G phone distinguished by its second-screen attachment (the attachment won’t be made available in the US). She found speeds weren’t as fast as on Verizon’s network, but Sprint’s “coverage was impressively consistent.””Unlike Verizon’s 5G network, you don’t have to be near or within eyesight of a node to get high-speed data from Sprint,” La wrote.Expensive phones5G phones don’t come cheap, with most of them breaking the $1,000 mark. At the high end of the spectrum is Huawei’s Mate X. The foldable phone will cost a jaw-dropping 2,300 euros ($2,600) when it eventually goes on sale (Huawei planned to launch it midyear, but it has delayed its release). That’s pricier than feared, even though it’s one of the world’s first foldable phones. Huawei’s second 5G phone is the Mate 20 X 5G. It’s been pulled by EE in the UK, but should retail for £999 (or about $1,279 in the US and AU$1,856 in Australia), the device has a huge 7.2-inch display, a 4,200mAh battery and a triple rear-camera setup. EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 were supposed to carry the Mate 20 X 5G, but it’s clear if it’ll actually show up. It won’t be coming to the US.EE’s network, by the way, is up in five cities. And despite some strong speeds, coverage remains inconsistent, according to our early speed test. (Sense a theme here?)Verizon began selling the Galaxy S10 5G in May. Priced at $1,300 — $300 more than the Galaxy S10 Plus — and originally unveiled during Unpacked, it has a 6.7-inch display, four rear cameras and the ability to wirelessly charge other devices. The device also became available on Sprint on June 21, followed by AT&T and T-Mobile. Samsung also will launch a 5G variant of its foldable Galaxy Fold, but that phone’s launch has been delayed due to screen issues. It hasn’t yet detailed how much the 5G model will cost, but the 4G variant is $1,980.The LG V50 ThinQ is available for Sprint users for $1,152, and Verizon is selling the phone for $999. It will come to T-Mobile and AT&T later in the year.On the other end of the pricing spectrum are phones from Motorola/Lenovo and Xiaomi. Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 5G retailed for 599 euros ($679) when it hit the market in May, an amount that’s less than many 4G phones today.Lenovo’s first 5G device was 2018’s Motorola Moto Z3. Its successor, the Moto Z4, launched in May without much fanfare. Like the Z3, the Z4 connects to 5G with a Moto Mod modular accessory, which attaches to the back of the phone using magnetic pins. The phone is $499 and the Mod costs extra, but for a limited time you can get both for $440, making the Z4 the cheapest 5G phone yet.As for a Motorola phone that wouldn’t need an accessory to connect to 5G, the company is working on making such a device, but you’ll have to wait much longer. Doug Michau, Motorola Mobility’s director of technical sales and operations, said that phone would come much later than early 2019. More specifically, Michau said it would launch in “definitely less than three years, but no time frame yet.”Ultimately, the additional features added to 5G phones “will determine the premium,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “Rest assured, there will be one.”Wireless plans also cost more. Verizon 5G service is a $10 premium over the regular plan, but your first three months are free. Sprint’s Premium Unlimited plan to access 5G costs $80 to $90 a month. Carriers are spending billions of dollars to build out 5G networks. Device makers need to use pricier components like 5G radios and bigger batteries. Those higher costs will likely flow down to you through more expensive service and phones. And the shift to 5G gives carriers and phone makers the chance to charge more for those top speeds at a time when they’re not selling as many devices. Mobile World Congress 2019 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 5:18 See All “Initially, the price of 5G phones will be higher than 4G phones, that’s for sure,” Yenchi Lee, senior director of product marketing for MediaTek’s wireless communications business, said in an interview at MWC. The company at the trade show unveiled its first 5G modem, which’ll be in smartphones in early 2020.Once chips like Qualcomm’s new integrated Snapdragon 5G processor hit the market next year, companies making less expensive phones will also be able to include 5G in their devices. “We’re trying to get to 5G not just to that flagship tier but to other tiers as fast as we can,” Qualcomm’s Amon said. The integrated chip will be in phones in the first half of 2020.Compatibility issuesThanks to everyone embracing 4G LTE, we’d finally gotten to the point where phones could be taken to almost any carrier and still work. Then 5G came along.Though everyone is using the same wireless technology, the carriers are employing different bands of spectrum. And the first-generation chip and antennas can’t tap into all those frequencies at the same time. Instead, whatever 5G phone you buy that has Qualcomm’s X50 modem (which is basically any 5G phone except those from Huawei) will be tied to a specific carrier. The 5G phone you buy for Verizon will work only on Verizon’s 5G network. Once the X55 chip and new Qualcomm radios are out, a phone will be able to run on all major spectrum bands, all over the world. That means we can finally get unlocked 5G phones — if that’s what the handset makers choose. No killer apps yetThroughout MWC, countless booths showed off how 5G can change the experience on your phone, with, for instance, video calls and polished console-level games running smoothly, thanks to much of the processing power being handled remotely. But consumers aren’t going to pay a premium just to eliminate a little buffering. Huawei’s Mate X is a foldable phone that runs on 5G networks. Andrew Hoyle/CNET “The industry’s challenge is finding what’s the killer app for 5G,” said Dan Hays, a consultant for PWC. Those apps will come, even if it takes time. Remember, until 4G improved the quality of the services, things like Uber or livestreaming through Facebook didn’t exist, and watching streaming video from the likes of Netflix and YouTube didn’t take off. But in the early days, there may not be a lot of ways to take advantage of all that bandwidth.Mobile 5G beyond phonesThough the world’s biggest handset makers plan to release 5G phones as soon as possible, other, smaller players are being more cautious. HTC for one “questioned whether it was right to do [5G] on a phone.” For now, at least, HTC doesn’t think phones are the way to go. Instead, it’s focusing on delivering 5G to customers through its 5G Hub, which’ll be available in the US on Sprint’s network. “The beauty of the hub concept is it doesn’t matter what device you’ve got,” Nigel Newby-House, HTC associate vice president of product planning and go-to-market, said in an interview ahead of MWC. “Whether it’s VR, notebook, tablet, this is your gateway that could be shared across devices. We’re trying to spare you the cost of having 5G in your phone, tablet, etcetera.”But buying the hub doesn’t automatically mean you’ll have 5G speeds on a 4G phone. You’ll get faster speeds only if your phone has 802.11ad, which enables WiGig Wi-Fi speeds. If your phone is older and runs only 802.11ac Wi-Fi, you’ll end up with a bottleneck where the hub is trying to deliver data faster than your phone can handle. MWC wasn’t the last time we’ll hear about 5G phones. But you might want to wait until next year before you rush to buy one. Originally published on March 2 at 5 a.m. PT. Update March 3 at 6 a.m. PT: To include background.Update April 4 at 4:36 p.m. PT: Adds Verizon 5G network launch info.Update June 29 at 5 a.m. PT: Adds additional background about AT&T and T-Mobile 5G tests. Qualcomm Xiaomi 5G Oppo AT&T Huawei LG Samsung Sony Sprint T-Mobile Verizon OnePlus Galaxy S10 5G camera, 5G demo at MWC 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 See also Share your voice Getty Images At a Mobile World Congress keynote panel in late February on the timing of 5G devices, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon declared with confidence, “The phones are ready; we’re just waiting for the networks.” About an hour later, in a briefing room a mere 10 feet below that keynote hall, AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Fuetsch told CNET, “The issue is devices. Frankly, we’re waiting on the devices.”After years of work on 5G networks, hyped as the life-changing foundation for tech trends like augmented reality and telemedicine, the super-fast wireless technology has finally gone live. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android handset maker has talked up plans to launch a 5G device this year. • 28 Photos Tags 53 Phones Components Tablets Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Comments
The current heartthrob of the country, Vicky Kaushal, is flying high and how! From giving back-to-back hits to having created a milestone for himself so early in his career, the Kaushal boy is making waves with each performance he delivers.While the young lads of the industry consider and name him as the most talented star, almost all female contemporaries have their eyes set on him. From Katrina Kaif to Alia Bhatt, the leading ladies of the industry want to be paired up opposite the Uri actor. However, when it comes to his personal life, things aren’t going that smoothly.There have been reports of Vicky Kaushal having parted ways with girlfriend Harleen Sethi. She has not only unfollowed Vicky on Instagram but has also been liking a couple of heartbreak posts on social media. Although Vicky still follows Harleen on Instagram, the latter has unfollowed him. Also, Harleen has liked a few sad posts on Instagram, suggesting that she is going through a heartbreak.A set of reports claimed that Vicky’s growing proximity to female stars and a busy schedule was the reason behind their breakup. But, speculations of Katrina Kaif and Vicky’s camaraderie having led to the cracks in his relationship with Harleen had also started floating around. More so, because of Katrina’s open declaration of admiration for Vicky Kaushal on Koffee with Karan. However, as per a Mid-day report, not Katrina Kaif, but, Bhumi Pednekar could be the reason behind the split.Recently on a show, Vicky had said, “We happened to meet through common friends. It felt right from the very beginning. We never questioned it. The beginning isn’t too far off. It only started last year. It was beautiful to get to know each other. But at the same time, feeling right from the very beginning. And whatever happened, happened in a very organic way. We didn’t rush it or question it. It just seemed right. We enjoy each other’s company. We are our best critics. It’s a happy space.”
Suved Lohia with Salman Khan.PR HandoutActor Suved Lohia has been a part of Bollywood films like Aryan: Unbreakable (2006), directed by Abhishek Kapoor, and Jai Ho (2014), directed by Sohail Khan. In Jai Ho, he shared screen space with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan although in a small role.Suved Lohia, after having had a decent journey as an actor, ventured into business. He is currently one of the successful entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry. However, the journey wasn’t a cakewalk for him. He worked hard in many different companies to reach the position he is in, in his professional space right now.In 2017, Suved Lohia became a Director at Dailly Bread & Butter Hospitality Private Limited. By 2019, the entrepreneur has achieved great heights in his career and he is a partner at Manu Restaurants and Clubs.With his hard work and determination, Suved Lohia has truly set an inspiring example to those who dream big. We wonder if he is going to turn to act again or film production, too. Maybe with Salman Khan again?
Former White House Chief Strategist Bannon speaks during a campaign event in Fairhope. Reuters file photoPresident Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday backed away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump’s son in a new book that sparked White House outrage and could threaten Bannon’s influence as a would-be conservative power broker.Bannon, ousted from the White House in August, was quoted in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by journalist Michael Wolff, as saying a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and his father’s top campaign officials was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”The president responded by saying Bannon had lost his mind, and the White House suggested the hard-right news site Breitbart News part ways with Bannon as its executive chairman.Bannon said in a statement released on Sunday that his comments were directed at Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, and not aimed at the president’s son.“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around,” the statement said.“I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr. has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency,” Bannon said.Uproar over the book has dominated news coverage for days, putting the White House on the defensive just as Trump and his advisers sought to plan and bring attention to their policy goals for 2018 ahead of a November congressional election.The former strategist’s statement could be aimed at trying to secure his job at Breitbart, a platform he has used while backing anti-establishment candidates for election to Congress.The book portrays Trump, a former reality TV star who took office nearly a year ago, as mentally unstable and unfit for the demands of his job.‘SLOPPY STEVE’Trump said last week that Bannon had nothing to do with him or his presidency. That scathing response left Bannon alienated among the more conservative factions of Trump’s Republican Party.Bannon said he still supported Trump, whose public break with his one-time strategist and use of a derisive nickname for him, “Sloppy Steve,” reflected the depth of the president’s anger.“My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda,” Bannon said in Sunday’s statement. “I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism, and I remain ready to stand in the breech for this president’s efforts to make America great again.”In the book, Bannon voiced astonishment over the meeting that Trump Jr., the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Manafort attended at Trump Tower in New York with a Russian lawyer, who was said to be offering damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.Bannon was quoted as saying he was certain Trump Jr. would have taken the Russians who took part in the meeting to meet his father.Bannon did not specifically dispute the quotes, but said his criticism was meant for Manafort, who is being prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of a probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends,” Bannon said.On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday a senior aide to Trump, Stephen Miller, assailed the book, released on Friday, and launched an attack on news coverage before his TV host, Jake Tapper, urged him to calm down and cut off their interview.Miller, a senior policy adviser, said the book was a “grotesque work of fiction” and said it was “tragic and unfortunate” that Bannon made the comments in the book that he did.
Citation: Mummified ancient bird offers clues about flight during mid-cretaceous (2016, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-mummified-ancient-bird-clues-flight.html Tree resin captures evolution of feathers on dinosaurs and birds The team actually found two bird samples inside a single small piece of amber (which was originally found in Myanmar), both of which belong to enantiornithines—a group of birds that went extinct at approximately the same time as the other dinosaurs—66 million years ago. Prior research had found that such birds had both teeth and wings with claws on their tips. The birds were tiny (the amber piece as a whole was just a few cubic centimeters) and likely juveniles.The team reports that they were able to analyze both samples under microscopes and also by using X-ray micro-computed tomography scanning—they also used UV light to examine the entire amber piece with the bird remains inside to learn more about the way the amber flowed before hardening. That allowed them to make out claw marks near one of the bird samples, which the researchers suggest is likely evidence of the bird struggling to break from the tree resin. They noted that both birds had adult-type feathers which suggested they never had to go through a molting phase, they hatched with feathers already fully formed. The group also notes that the samples are a rare find, most fossilized bird remains are 2D images formed in sedimentary rock. The birds in the amber are true 3D samples which offer the researchers evidence of both skeletal and feather structure in one sample. They also offer something else—color. The feathers are believed to be the same hues they were when the birds were alive, approximately 99 million years ago—pale darks on top with some dots and darker browns on other parts.Interestingly, the researchers also found that the feather arrangement was very similar to modern birds, which meant that despite a different shoulder structure, they probably flew in much the same way as those we see flying around today. The researchers are hoping further study will shed more light on the middle stage of the evolutionary development of flight—between gliding and full powered flying. Explore further Enantiornithes wing and skin sections encased in amber, nicknamed “Rose”. Credit: Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM/ R.C. McKellar) More information: Lida Xing et al. Mummified precocial bird wings in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, Nature Communications (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12089AbstractOur knowledge of Cretaceous plumage is limited by the fossil record itself: compression fossils surrounding skeletons lack the finest morphological details and seldom preserve visible traces of colour, while discoveries in amber have been disassociated from their source animals. Here we report the osteology, plumage and pterylosis of two exceptionally preserved theropod wings from Burmese amber, with vestiges of soft tissues. The extremely small size and osteological development of the wings, combined with their digit proportions, strongly suggests that the remains represent precocial hatchlings of enantiornithine birds. These specimens demonstrate that the plumage types associated with modern birds were present within single individuals of Enantiornithes by the Cenomanian (99 million years ago), providing insights into plumage arrangement and microstructure alongside immature skeletal remains. This finding brings new detail to our understanding of infrequently preserved juveniles, including the first concrete examples of follicles, feather tracts and apteria in Cretaceous avialans.Press release Journal information: Nature Communications © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from China, Canada and the U.S. has found an example of mummified remains of a bird from the mid-cretaceous period, in amber. As they note in their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the remains represent the first example of skeletal material alongside feathers in Mesozoic amber. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: The state Forest department is going to impose some restrictions on the usage of plastic material in the parks that are owned by the department.During a programme organised on the occasion of World Environment Day at Central Park in Salt Lake, state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said that the visitors will not be allowed to enter parks with any plastic items or bags. During the programme, some saplings were planted in the park while some others were distributed among the people by the Forest department. The principal secretary of the department Chandan Sinha was also present at the programme. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBurman said that his department will impose restrictions on the entry of people who are carrying plastic substances. The step has been taken to protect the environment of the parks. It is often seen that people dump plastic bags and other items in the waterbodies inside the parks, which in turn cause damage to the animals and plants in the water.The minister also instructed the senior officials of his department to carry out extensive campaigns against the use of plastic items, which disrupt the ecological balance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedVarious awareness programmes would be held by the department to make people aware about the ill effects of the plastic items. He also urged the people to plant more trees in their neighbourhood, which is one of the steps to keep the nature intact.The Forest department would also urge the stalls situating near the parks not to sell plastic items to the people. It may be mentioned here that the Forest department often distributes saplings among the people for protection of the environment.