Pedalling to good health Cyclists to participate in 1st World Bicycle Day

first_imgKolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will observe the first-ever World Bicycle Day on Sunday in New Town. The United Nations has declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day this year and it will be celebrated globally. Bicycles are not only an eco-friendly mode of transport but also keeps the cyclists physically fit and mentally alert. It helps to reduce obesity and improves the cardiovascular system.In New Town, the celebration is more significant as it is the only place in India where the Cycle Sharing Scheme has been introduced and it has become extremely popular. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHousing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) under the ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had awarded the scheme introduced by New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) in the Urban Transport category at a function in New Delhi in April.On Sunday, the World Bicycle Day will be celebrated with HIDCO keeping cycles in front of the golf course off Eco Park to be used by the enthusiasts. The ride is free and cycle lovers can take a ride to popularise cycling. Eco Park has a special zone where people come and do cycling and duo cycling as well and it is extremely popular among visitors. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the evening, Zoomcar, the company that has introduced the Cycle Sharing Scheme will host a programme at the NKDA football ground where people will be given free rides. They will be given modern cycles fitted with GPS which are used in the Cycle Sharing Scheme. There will be a treasure hunt show for the participants and the winner will be awarded.New Town has graded cycle paths and the Cycle Sharing Scheme is becoming popular. It may be recalled that to popularise cycling, Jagadish Chandra Bose used to come to Presidency College riding a cycle just to show that Indians are equally capable of riding bicycles like the British. At times, he was also accompanied by his wife Abala who was also an expert cyclist.last_img read more

8 of the Biggest Data Breaches Ever and How They Happened Infographic

first_img Register Now » 2 min read We live an overwhelming percentage of our lives on the Internet. And that means a lot of our personal information is stored there.Unfortunately, it also means a lot of our personal information can be stolen. This week alone, Apple confirmed that the accounts of several A-list celebrities were breached while Home Depot announced that a cyber attack on its systems may have exposed customer information.Related: Apple Confirms Some Celeb Accounts Were Breached in Nude Photo ScandalThe infographic below, compiled by webmaster tool WhoIsHostingThis.com, looks back at some of the worst data breaches in history, starting with the TJ Maxx hack in 2005 and 2006 where some 94 million credit cards were compromised. In that case, damaging software stripped information off of the magnetic stripe on credit cards and criminals in Eastern Europe forged credit cards with the information retrieved.Related: Why the Naked Celeb Photo iCloud Hack Should Make You NervousWhile retreating to Antarctica and living among penguins may be the only sure way to keep your personal information out of the wrong hands, there are certain things you can do right now to decrease the risk. For example, you can be sure to keep usernames private and you can create clever passwords (please don’t choose “123456” like everybody else).Take a spin through the infographic to learn about some of the other data breaches in history and an explanation of how they happened. Then, go update your passwords.Click to Enlarge+ Related: Home Depot Suffers Possible Data Breach, Tries to Ease Customer Fears September 4, 2014center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Amazon Turns to Robots to Help Fill Holiday Orders

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Amazon.com Inc has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 U.S. warehouses, a move that promises to cut operating costs by one-fifth and get packages out the door more quickly in the run-up to Christmas.The orange 320-pound (145 kg) robots, which scoot around the floor on wheels, show how Amazon has adopted technology developed by Kiva Systems, a robotics company it bought for $775 million in 2012. Amazon showcased to media on Sunday ahead of Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year.The robots are designed to help the leading U.S. online retailer speed the time it takes to deliver items to customers and better compete with brick-and-mortar stores, where the bulk of Americans still do their shopping.The robots also may help Amazon avoid the mishaps of last year’s holiday season, when a surge of packages overwhelmed shipping and logistics company UPS and delayed the arrival of Christmas presents around the globe. Amazon offered shipping refunds and $20 gift cards to compensate customers.Amazon deployed the robots this summer, ahead of the key holiday quarter, when the company typically books about one-third of its annual revenue. The updated warehouses are in five states — California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.The move comes at a cost. Amazon estimated in June 2013 that it would spend about $46 million to install Kiva robots at its warehouse in Ruskin, Florida, including $26.1 million for the equipment, according to company filings to local government.The Kiva robots have allowed Amazon to hold about 50 percent more items and shorten the time it takes to offer same-day delivery in several areas, said Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer services.At Amazon’s warehouse in Tracy, California, workers stack goods in shelves carried by more than 1,500 Kiva robots, which use markings on the floor to navigate and form a “big block of inventory,” Clark said.Squeezing the racks of items closely together eliminates the need for workers to navigate aisles to collect items ordered by consumers. Now, a worker calls for specific items and the robot steers itself to their particular work station. Each robot can carry as much as 720 pounds.In some cases, the robots have allowed Amazon to get packages out the door in as little as 13 minutes from the pick stations, compared to about an hour and a half on average in older centers.”It’s certainly proving out that it’s justified itself,” Clark said of the Kiva acquisition. “We’re happy with the economics of it.”(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Keith Weir) 3 min read Register Now » December 1, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more