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Person finder app from the google crisis team

Person Finder is the special app launched by Google, the search engine giant mainly to trace thousands of people who went missing in the Himalayan Tsunami.

Since last week, the state of Uttarakhand in India has been struggling with severe floods. It is clear that most of these areas in the state are highly not reachable with sporadic communication, Google Crisis team brought in the Person Finder,” Google APAC senior Product Manager, Jayanth Mysore, said in the blog post.

This, Google’s crisis response app is an online database that allows relatives and friends to trace anyone missing after the tragedy.

News says that around 14,000 people are missing as of now. It is also expected that the floods in northern India namely Uttarakhand, Kedarnath may result in the increase in number of death who were missing.

With Hindu shrines set amid its stunning scenery, Uttarakhand is often referred to as “the Land of Gods.”

Rescue Operations focuses around 27,000 people who were stuck in the worst-hit of Kedarnath temple area – one of the holiest Hindu temples of Lord Shiva, located at the top of the Garhwal Himalayan range.

Unlike other areas this area has escaped from major damages but it is now covered with debris and the bodies of pilgrims which had turned it into a ghost town.

The tool is designed in such a way that the database is fully available to the public so that they can access the missing ones. The tool is presented in both English and Hindi version.

The app showed its determination during the strong earthquake in Japan, 13-foot Tsunami and also during the Boston Marathon bombings. But in India it is bit uncertain about the tool because most of the stranded victim may not have a viable internet connection.

Whatever it is Google is sure that the app will play a vital role in the rescue measures. Smiley

Miss World 2011 – Ivian Sarcos

The 61st edition of the Miss World pageant took place at the Earls Court Two on 6th of November 2011 in London.

Delegates from 113 countries and territories competed for the title of Miss World 2011 this year in London.

Miss World 2010 - Alexandria Mills

Miss World 2010 - Alexandria Mills

At the end of the competition Miss Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos was crowned the 61st Miss World 2011 taking over the reign of Alexandria Mills, Miss World 2010. Ivian Sarcos was crowned by Miss World 2010.
Miss World 2011 along with the runners up

Miss World 2011

The first runner-up was 20-year-old Gwendoline Ruais of Philippines.

The second runner-up was Amanda Perez of Puerto Rico.

The 15 semi finalists included Indonesia, Korea, Italy, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Philippines, US VI, Spain, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Scotland and England.

Miss Venezuela was also crowned as the first runner up in Miss International 2011.

Foods to lift your mood

Some of our days will make us to feel anxious, irritable, frustrated or depressed. Here are some food items which help in boosting up your mind.

1. Bananas

Bananas are rich in natural sugars and mood-lifting nutrients helps to put a smile on your face. In addition to this banana also contains

Tryptophan – an essential amino acid which boosts serotonin levels

Magnesium – helps you to relax

Vitamin B6 – helps to relieve depression

2. Nuts

Consumption of Walnuts and Brazil nuts could be the perfect healthy way to boost up your mood. Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6 and tryptophan in Walnuts offer you the mood boosting properties.

Brazil nuts and Walnuts

Brazil nuts and Walnuts

The nuts are also a good source of Folate also called as Vitamin B9; the deficiency of which leads to depression.

As low levels of selenium causes depression, irritability and anxiety, snacking on Brazil nuts plays a vital role in secreting selenium.

3. Vitamin B12 and Oily fish

A dose of B vitamins namely vitamins B12 and B6 helps to lift your mood. B vitamins are required for normal brain function and for producing mood boosting serotonin.

As Marmite is fortified with vitamin B12, this is a good choice of people who struggle to get their recommended intake.

Omega-3 fatty acid in oily fish is good for heart, brain health and is a good mood booster.

University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine concludes from a research that lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood make them feel moderately depressed and have a negative outlook.

4. Chocolate

Chocolate is the most favourite snack of many which includes

  • Relaxing magnesium
  • Calming anandamide
  • And pleasure-inducing phenylethylamine.

Chocolate dipped with strawberries

Chocolate dipped with strawberries

Chocolate when dipped with strawberries gives you a healthy treat with mood-boosting benefits. Being a good source of vitamin C, Strawberries helps in the production of endorphins and also contains rich mood-enhancing flavonoids.

A tribute to Pataudi – the Great Seducer of his time

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi – nicknamed Tiger Pataudi, former Indian cricket captain was born on 5 January 1941.

Pataudi was the youngest captain at the age of 21 in the Indian cricket team’s history and is regarded as one of the finest ever.

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, former Indian cricketer

Pataudi has totally played 46 test matches for India from 1961 to 1975 and also captained 40 test matches thereby winning nine of them.

His right eye got damaged in a car crash even then he continued playing and scored 2,793 runs at an average of 34.91 per innings.

This great tiger died on 22nd September 2011 in Delhi Hospital because of lung infection.

Miss Universe 2011 – Leila Lopes

The 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant was at the Credicard Hall in Brazil on 12th of September 2011.

Delegates from 89 countries and territories competed for the title of Miss Universe 2011 this year in Brazil.

Miss-Universe 2010

Miss-Universe 2010 - Ximena Navarrete

After a tough competition Miss Angola, Leila Lopes was announced as Miss Universe 2011, taking over the reign of Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe and Miss Mexico 2010. At the end of the event Ximena Navarrete of Mexico crowned her successor, Leila Lopes of Angola.

Miss Universe 2011

Miss Universe 2011 - Leila Lopes

An African beauty has not been crowned Miss Universe since 1999, when Miss Botswana, Mpule Kwelagobe, took the crown.

Responding to questions, Lopes said that she has never had cosmetic surgery of any kind and that her three tips for beauty were

  1. To get a lot of sleep
  2. Use sunscreen even when it’s not sunny
  3. To drink lots of water

She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition.

The first runner-up in the competition was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine.

The second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil.

The third was Miss Philippines and the fourth Miss China.


Miss Universe 2011 winner and runner up

Miss USA (and Miss California) Alyssa Campanella is there in the 2011’s Top 15 out of a total of 88 contestants.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Movie review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction film. The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt. It is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series.

Planet of the apes movie

Planet of the apes

The story starts with the scientist Will Rodman, currently residing in San Francisco. He is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by performing tests on apes.

During his test a female chimpanzee gives birth to a baby chimpanzee named Caesar. Steven Jacobs orders to put down all the test chimpanzees after the escape of the female chimpanzee.

Robert Franklin, the subordinate responsible for carrying out this was not able to kill the baby chimpanzee and instead he kept it in his house. Caesar haves high intelligence, and learns unbelievably well.

Rise of the planet of the apes caesar

Rise of the planet of the apes - caesar

Will gives a sample of his cure to his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Initially his father improves but illness came back again.

On by attacking a neighbor who threatened Will’s father, Caesar is forced to leave Will’s house and entered a primate facility in San Bruno, where the apes are held in cages and are cruelly treated.

Rodman again creates a more powerful cure to treat his father and begins testing on chimps begin. The new Cure strengthens the intelligence of the apes, but is critical to humans. Franklin dies because of his exposure towards the virus.

Rise of the planet of the apes

Rise of the planet of the apes

Caesar escapes from his cage and releases an airborne strain of the virus that increases the intelligence of the apes.

Because of the virus Caesar was able to speak and it made all apes escape from the primate facility, Will’s research institute and San Francisco Zoo.

They all escaped through the streets by fighting with a police blockade who stopped them from crossing.

The movie is most surprising in its seriousness as it shows a forceful character study of Caesar.

Overall it is rated as 5/8 with most satisfying subject.