Kolkata: The state Transport department has decided to ply AC trams between Nonapukur and Shyambazar via Dharmatala on a regular basis shortly.The department has already introduced two AC trams with modern facilities in the city, which are currently used as joyrides. The initiative aims to promote tourism and revive the 130-year-old tram system in the city. Local residents will be happy to see the new avatar of trams once they hit the streets. AC buses, introduced by the state transport department, are also hit with the commuters. The introduction of AC trams will give a boost to the transport system in the state. “People, who commute by trams on a regular basis, will be extremely happy on the introduction of AC trams on the Nonapukur and Shyambazar route,” a senior official of the transport department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are plans to introduce a few more AC trams on certain routes. Some new AC trams will also be built at Nonapukur workshop of the state transport department. The department is also trying to enhance the speed of trams, said a source. The AC trams would ply at a stretch of 8.44 km between Nonapukur and Shyambazar via Dharmatala. The trial run of these trams has already been conducted on the Nonapukur and Shyambazar route. Altogether, there would be six trips on the route and there are around 24 seats in each tram. According to a source, the fare of AC trams has been fixed at Rs 20 upto 5 km and Rs 25 if the distance exceeds 5 km. About 40 to 45 trams are being run by the Transport department on various routes in the city. A month ago, the state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari launched the two AC trams. The trams have been built at a cost of Rs 25 lakh each. The exterior of the trams was built at the Nonapukur workshop. The trams are fitted with 5.5-tonne ACs each.
I used to be the anti-role model for lunch. Everyday, I would get my lunch out of the office fridge, bring it to my desk, open up Gmail, and check my emails while eating lunch. Efficiency, right? Wrong. Turns out there are many problems with eating lunch at your desk, and there is such a thing as the perfect lunch break.I was comforted to discover I was certainly not alone in my lunch eating habits. Research has shown that 62% of Americans eat lunch at their desk. And half of American workers eat lunch alone. In research conducted by the Hartman Group, almost one quarter of those surveyed about their lunch habits agreed with the statement ‘‘I eat alone to multitask better.’’Christine Bosch, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Mannheim, found that workers who said they used their lunch break to relax or to spend time with others felt significantly more rejuvenated after their lunch break than those who spent time alone or not engaging in relaxing activities. This is possibly not surprising – of course relaxing during lunch will lead to feeling more re-charged afterwards.But where things got interesting is the impact this had on work performance. Those who felt recharged after lunch felt more confident in their work performance, such as in their ability to overcome challenges they faced.There was a negative flow on effect for those who felt less recharged after their lunch break. When surveyed at the end of their workday, they reported feeling more tired at the end of the day, compared to their lunch charged colleagues. Indeed, the less re-charged people had more difficult concentrating on tasks in the afternoon. And for those charged up post-lunch, they also reported feeling more engaged in their work over the course of the afternoon.One of the most interesting findings to come from this research relates to what academics call “psychological detachment”. This basically means not thinking about work tasks at all. Psychological detachment had no impact on feeling recovered at the end of lunch, suggesting that thinking or talking about work during lunch is fine – and won’t impact on how recovered you feel after your lunch break.To eat together, or not eat together?Eating, and even going so far as cooking, with your work mates can be a very effective strategy for organisations to create. While we can’t all have the chef-prepared meals in funky cafeterias of the Googles and Facebooks of the world, even providing a communal eating table can yield great results.Research conducted at Cornell University by marketing professor Brian Wansink and his team investigated the impact of cooking and eating lunch together at 13 firehouses. Wansink found that eating together and cooking meals together lead to significantly greater work performance. In addition, supervisors reported that communal meals lead to greater cooperation between firefighters. Indeed, those who ate together were more likely to proactively go out of their way to help their co-workers.Should you force people to take a lunch break?It’s not just as simple as mandating a lunch break at a set time for you and your team. Giving people a choice plays a pivotal role in the effectiveness of a lunch break.Research lead by John Trougakos, an associate professor in the management department at the University of Toronto, examined the impact of choice in how their lunch breaks were spent increased or decreased how fatigued employees felt at the end of a workday. The research revealed some interesting findings.Trougakos and his team found that the impact of socialising or doing work during a lunch break had completely different effects on end of day energy levels. As control over the activities one spent their lunch break doing increased, the impact of lunch break activities switched from increasing end of day fatigue to reducing it.For example, when employees didn’t have a choice over lunch break activities, socialising during the break lead to higher fatigue at the end of the day. In contrast, when people had a choice over what they did during their lunch break, socialising didn’t have these negative effects.Get some fresh airResearch published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine examined the impact of just 10 minutes of exercise during a worker’s lunch break. Over an eight week period, those who got active over lunch reported feeling more energy and resilience in the afternoon.And what’s particularly exciting about these results is you don’t even need to do this every day to reap the benefits. Participants in this study only got moving 3 or 4 times per week.Other research has supportive the huge benefits of fitting in a bit of exercise over lunch, ranging from feeling more relaxed, more enthusiastic, and less nervous. But it would seem from the aforementioned study that the minimum effective dose is as little as 10 minutes three times per week.Now if you really want to supercharge the benefits of a light walk over lunch, find your nearest park. Research from the University of Tampere found that people who took a 15 minute walk in a park during lunch experienced greater concentration levels and reported having more energy in the afternoon.While the habit of eating lunch at your desk can be a hard one to break, set yourself the challenge of trying to avoid desk-eating for one week, and reflect on how this change impacts your afternoon productivity and end of day energy. The change you will probably feel might just be enough to motivate you to kick that desk eating habit forever.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Why You Need To Stop Eating Lunch At Your DeskApril 10, 2018 by Dr. Amantha Imber 348SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: Lifestyle, Resources Tagged With: Brian Wansink, Christine Bosch, Inventium, John Trougakos
ShareDavid Ruth713email@example.comAmy Hodges713firstname.lastname@example.orgRice U. expert available to discuss Facebook IPO As investors and the general public await Facebook’s IPO filing, James Lenz, associate director of the El Paso Corporation Finance Center at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is available to discuss Facebook‘s future as a publicly traded company.“The social media IPO wave, starting in 2011, has struggled to meet investor expectations,” Lenz said. “Zynga, Pandora, Zillow, LinkedIn, and Groupon, on average, have fallen below their first-day closing prices. However, Facebook has a revenue and income stream well beyond its 2011 IPO peers, promising the biggest IPO in recent memory, eclipsing Google’s in 2004.”Lenz said that Facebook’s decision to go public could potentially impact the user experience within the social network.“The question remains, how will Facebook succumb to the pressures of meeting quarterly expectations and grow its revenue?” Lenz said. “The company will continue to try to monetize its user base, while simultaneously attempting not to alienate the 800 million people who have profiles on its servers. And externally, there is another potential strategic pitfall for Facebook. As the company tries to find new ways to generate sales via advertisements and/or content, Facebook will step on the toes of tech behemoths, like Google and Apple.”Prior to Lenz’s current position with the Jones Graduate School of Business, he was an equity analyst and portfolio manager for Woodway Financial Advisors in Houston. At Woodway, he analyzed and reviewed securities in the industrial, telecommunications and information technology sectors. Lenz received his MBA from Rice University, where he served as the chief investment officer of the student-managed M.A. Wright Investment Fund.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. To schedule an interview with Lenz, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or email@example.com.-30-Related materials:El Paso Corporation Finance Center: http://business.rice.edu/El_Paso_Finance_Center.aspxJones Graduate School of Business: http://business.rice.edu“Like” Rice University on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RiceUniversity AddThis
Kolkata: Various agencies of the state government have started doing patchwork along the stretches of all the important roads in the city, where potholes have been created due to heavy showers for the past few days.Incessant rain in the city and its adjoining areas have bared the skeletons of major roads, causing difficulties to the commuters, the bikers especially. Agencies like PWD, KMDA, KMC and others are taking all possible measures to repair the damaged portions of roads. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDiamond Harbour Road has also developed countless pockmarks as the rain has damaged the bituminous surface. The worst stretch of DH Road is near Behala Chowrasta, where craters are wide and deep. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed Mayor Sovan Chatterjee to take necessary steps to repair the potholes on Diamond Harbour Road. Repair work has been started on DH Road on a war footing.People commuting along the EM Bypass have been in precarious condition, particularly where the Metro Railway constructions have been going on. Areas where Metro construction is in progress have become a nightmare for the commuters. It may be mentioned here that the temporary patchworks do not last more than a few months. The state agencies are unable to re-lay the road due to the on-going construction of Metro Railways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAround a 17 km stretch between Garia and Ultadanga, many potholes have been created due to heavy rain this season so far. People are witnessing a bumpy ride due to the bad condition of EM Bypass. It has become difficult for the agencies like PWD, KMDA to repair the potholes as the heavy rainfall is washing away the patchwork in various stretches.In some stretches of Jessore Road, big craters have been created with the advent of monsoon in the state. Patchwork has begun to tackle the situation. According to the experts, many heavy duty trucks plying through Jessore Road everyday has been causing uneven pressure on the road. The situation is common for other roads as well. The incessant rain has further complicated the situation as water percolates down to the bottom of the road and damages it. Patchworks do not always necessarily provide the permanent solution, felt the experts.State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said that in most of the parts of the city and its adjoining areas the soil is soft, as a result of which it gets washed away during heavy rain. Due to such incidents, roads often cave in.