Buxton man shot in execution attempt

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident is now nursing gunshot wounds to his body during a shooting incident at his home on Wednesday evening.  The injured man has been identified as Brinsley David of Brusche Dam, Buxton.According to information, the shooting incident occurred at about 23:00h. Investigations revealed that the victim’s wife, Zion Clarke went to the washroom and upon her return, she saw someone pointing a black object through the bedroom window.She immediately raised an alarm and it was then the perpetrator discharged several rounds, hitting the man to the body before escaping. David was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.The police have launched an investigation into the shooting.No arrests have been made thus far.last_img read more

Burnley 4-1 Derby: Clarets move up to third in the Championship as the Rams’ winless run continues

first_img1 Burnley struck three times in 12 minutes to beat Derby at Turf Moor to leapfrog the Rams and move into third in the Championship table.Derby defender Richard Keogh put through his own net in the first half, before Jacob Butterfield levelled the scores less than a minute later.However second-half penalties from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes, plus a Scott Arfield goal put the game out of reach of Paul Clement’s side.The win leaves the Clarets five points off to top of the Championship table after remaining unbeaten since Boxing Day’s defeat to league leaders Hull.Derby raced out of the blocks and were almost ahead inside 10 minutes but Tom Heaton beat away Tom Ince’s early effort while full-back Cyrus Christie caused chaos with a number of dangerous, whipped crosses.The game exploded into life on 29 minutes when, completely against the run of play, Burnley took the lead.Former Aston Villa man Matthew Lowton’s cross was flicked in beyond his own goalkeeper by Derby’s Keogh.However, a mere 26 seconds later, the visitors were level through a stunning Butterfield volley from 20 yards after a great flick on from Chris Martin.The Rams began the second half similarly to the way they began the first, keeping Burnley’s defence penned back into their own half while maintaining good pressure on the goal.However, just like in the first half it was Burnley who scored when Gray bundled through two challenges before he was brought down by Keogh.Gray stepped up and converted the resulting penalty, sending Scott Carson the wrong way.And Carson found himself facing another spot kick when Jason Shackell, on his return to the club he once captained, literally handed Burnley their second penalty in four minutes.This time it was Vokes who took the responsibility and stroked the ball down the middle of the goal to put the Clarets 3-1 up.It got worse for Shackell on 66 minutes when the shot of Arfield hit him to balloon over Carson to continue Derby’s terrible winless run which stretches all the way back to Boxing Day. Sean Dyche last_img read more

Leaky Fat Blobs Produced Life

first_img“How life began remains an open question,” said David Deamer in Nature,1 then filled the opening with a speculation: maybe life started in leaky blobs of fat.    The imaginary first primitive cells would have had a problem.  Without transport proteins that control entrances and exits, any lucky ingredients that might have come together inside a primitive membrane might leak out.  But if the membrane was too protective, the inside molecules would be trapped.  “A model of a primitive cell suggests that early membranes were surprisingly permeable,” the article subtitle teased.  Indeed, a team writing in the same issue published results of their laboratory simulations of an artificial vesicle that “allows small, organic ‘nutrient’ molecules to pass through its membrane.”  Would that solve the problems?    Deamer switched imaginary views to a primitive earth with volcanoes popping out like acne.  The“local conditions were far from equilibrium – a constant flux of energy drove organic reactions towards ever-increasing complexity,” he imagined.  “This would ultimately have yielded various polymeric products, perhaps including prototypes of nucleic acids or proteins.”  Next, he envisioned “vast numbers of microscopic assemblies of molecules” that became enclosed in fatty bubbles.  By chance, life emerged:In this theory of the origins of life, each cell-like assembly had a different composition from the next.  Most were inert, but a few might have contained a particular mixture of components that could be driven towards further complexity by capturing energy and small ‘nutrient’ molecules from the environment – the beginnings of a heterotrophic system.  As the nutrient molecules were transported into the internal compartment, they became linked together into long chains in an energy-consuming process.  Life began when one or more of the assemblies found a way not only to grow, but also to reproduce by incorporating a cycle involving catalytic functions and genetic information.The leaps in that scenario are astonishing, but finally Deamer acknowledged a problem: “the membrane that forms the compartment of the putative cell is also a permeability barrier.”  How to get nutrients inside for the catalytic cycle, assuming it got going?  He pointed to the work of Mansy et al in the same issue.2  They experimented with prefabricated vesicles that were able to selectively permit the passage of ribose or nucleotides but exclude polymers.  The researchers “establish for the first time that a simulated prebiotic protocell can work with an external source of reagents,” he said.  “a heterotrophic origin of primitive cellular life is feasible.”3    In his closing paragraph, Deamer took a swipe at the strong minority of origin-of-life researchers who believe life took hold in metabolic cycles before cells emerged: “Cells are the basic unit of all life today, and there is increasing reason to think that the first form of life was a primitive version of a cell, rather than a replicating molecule supported by a metabolic network.”1.  David Deamer, “Origins of life: How leaky were primitive cells?,” Nature 454, 37-38 (3 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/454037a.2.  Mansy et al, “Template-directed synthesis of a genetic polymer in a model protocell,” Nature 454, 122-125 (3 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07018.3.  Heterotroph (other-nourished) means an organism that lives off the nutrient manufacture of others; i.e., humans are heterotrophs.  Autotrophs (self-nourished) organisms make their own food.  Because autotrophs, like plants, require much more complexity in order to harvest energy and make food, origin-of-life researchers have preferred to believe that the first life-forms were heterotrophs.  Though the complexity gets divided up somewhat, it begs the question of how heterotrophs obtained their required nutrients with no autotrophs around.More powerful than a loco motive, leaping tall conceptual hurdles with a single bound, faster than a speeding roulette, it’s Supermad!    For more cartoons, stay tuned to the Nature channel.  Now, for a word from our sponsors.  Do you sometimes feel like a fat blob?  Are you lacking energy and feeling lifeless?  Here’s a tip; jump into a volcano.  That’s right.  The far-from-equilibrium conditions at the Volcano Mountain Health Spa are sure to drive you toward higher degrees of complexity and fitness.  It will also improve your sex life.  You’ll find yourself growing and reproducing in no time.  Spend a few million years on our metabolic cycles and read our magazines, filled with genetic information.  Join today and get a free cart load of our sugary snacks made of 100% pure ribose, just in from Death Valley! (11/05/2004).    If you’re tired of cartoon re-runs (09/03/2004), get some realistic intellectual nourishment at Creation-Evolution Headlines.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

You Can Trust a Scientist – Can’t You?

first_imgAfter the flap over the “missing link” Ida last week (05/19/2009), paleontologist Christopher Beard warned about how such stunts damage scientific credibility.  “The only thing we have going for us that Hollywood and politicians don’t is objectivity,” he told Science magazine.1  Can the public trust the objectivity of scientists as a class?  Do they get more credibility points than other groups of professionals?  Do the processes of scientific publication warrant a higher level of trust?    A study reported on Science Daily may shake that trust.  “In the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE,2 Daniele Fanelli of the University of Edinburgh reports the first meta-analysis of surveys questioning scientists about their misbehaviours” (a meta-analysis is a study of the studies).  “The results suggest that altering or making up data is more frequent than previously estimated and might be particularly high in medical research,” the article began.  It says that the well-publicized cases of fraud “could be just the tip of the iceberg, because fraud and other more subtle forms of misconduct might be relatively frequent.”    Fanelli began her report with these unsettling words:This pristine image of science is based on the theory that the scientific community is guided by norms including disinterestedness and organized scepticism, which are incompatible with misconduct.  Increasing evidence, however, suggests that known frauds are just the “tip of the iceberg”, and that many cases are never discovered.She found only 2% who admitted to falsifying research, but many more – 34% – who admitted to other forms of scientific misconduct.  These include distorting data, fabricating data, plagiarism, and “cooking” the data – which Charles Babbage defined in 1830 as: “an art of various forms, the object of which is to give to ordinary observations the appearance and character of those of the highest degree of accuracy.”   Some scientists remove anomalous data points, for instance, based on a gut feeling that they cannot be correct.    Babbage’s remark reveals that scientific misconduct is nothing new.  The percentages of misconduct Fanelli found, however, show it is a bigger problem than often believed.  She explained why her findings are likely underestimates:All the above estimates are calculated on the number of frauds that have been discovered and have reached the public domain.  This significantly underestimates the real frequency of misconduct, because data fabrication and falsification are rarely reported by whistleblowers (see Results), and are very hard to detect in the data.  Even when detected, misconduct is hard to prove, because the accused scientists could claim to have committed an innocent mistake.  Distinguishing intentional bias from error is obviously difficult, particularly when the falsification has been subtle, or the original data destroyed.  In many cases, therefore, only researchers know if they or their colleagues have wilfully distorted their data.Instances of misconduct fall into the categories of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.  These, in turn, can affect data collection, test results, and interpretation of findings.  Misconduct can be subtle.  A scientist might intentionally omit publication of results, use a biased methodology, or mislead a reporter.  And these are only aspects of scientific misconduct dealing with intent to deceive.  What would the percentages be if unconscious biases, group pressure, and human fallibility (e.g., 05/04/2009) were factored in?1.  Ann Gibbons, “Celebrity Fossil Primate: Missing Link or Weak Link?”, 05/19/2009), Science 29 May 2009: 324:5931, pp. 1124-1125, DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1124.2.  Daniele Fanelli, “How Many Scientists Fabricate and Falsify Research?  A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Survey Data,” Public Library of Science One 4(5): e5738; doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005738.Many of us have grown up with an unrealistic image of science.  The scientist is supposed to be the honest, objective, unbiased, sincere seeker of the truth in a white lab coat, using a scientific method (whatever that is) guaranteed to sift the kernel of empirical fact from the chaff of subjectivity.  And even if he or she fails, the scientific community, with its rigorous demands for PhD certification and its peer review process, catches any mistakes before publication.  Don’t be deceived.  Real scientists often wear denim and are as fallible as the rest of us.  The same goals of integrity should apply to any professional endeavor, whether theology, philosophy, political science, economics, art, or car repair.    Real science is often rewarded according to what works.  It’s not an ultimate source of understanding.  If your model or equation gets you to the moon, great.  If your pill cures a disease, terrific.  Repeatability adds credibility.  Science is probably the best method civilization has devised for finding workable answers to physical questions.  When it comes to understanding the world, or ourselves, or our past, scientists (like other humans) often draw inferences that go far beyond the evidence (e.g., attempting to describe the “evolution of altruism,” 05/13/2009).  Scientists are often chained to paradigms.  Peer pressure and ingrained ideologies prevent them from straying outside the paradigm, or from even asking different questions than their peers consider worthwhile (e.g., 05/27/2009 on human evolution).  Add to that the temptations of money and prestige, and the clear liberal bias of the scientific institutions (05/18/2009, 12/02/2004) and it’s a wonder you can trust anything the scientific community says.    But even in the most optimistic view of science (and science admittedly does have many practical successes in its win column), the practice of science is dead in the water without character.  Honesty, integrity, love of the truth: these are fundamental requirements for science.  Do you learn those things in science class?  Do you discover them with the scientific method?  Do you envision them as chance inventions of imaginary ape ancestors?  Obviously not.  Those things must be in place before you even begin following the desire to become a scientist.  You learn those things in church – specifically, in a church that teaches its children, teens and parents about a moral Creator who commanded, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”    True scientists must have the moral courage to stand alone against all their peers when they discover things that contradict the groupthink of their institutions.  Since the money-grubbing, religion-bashing, atheistic, politically liberal, Darwin-worshipping scientific institutions of today are almost uniformly allied against the Source of truth, do your part to help improve the statistics on scientific integrity.  Do your part to help scientists tune in to that inner voice of conscience.  Take a scientist to church.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s culture, heritage and people defined

first_imgSouth Africa needs to use its strengths, tied up in the spirit of ubuntu, to our advantage.(Image: Brand South Africa) 30 August 2016South Africa was still a young, evolving nation, agreed participants in the Culture, Heritage and People plenary session of the Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum. It was, however, a nation of stories, with a people who were inventive, spellbinding storytellers.The forum is a gathering of the government, business and civil society with the objective of defining an inspiring narrative that can be used by all stakeholders when marketing South Africa internationally. It was launched by Brand South Africa on 24 August 2016.It is a proactive marketing programme that will be a flagship initiative for Brand South Africa and will be used to promote a positive nation brand image and reputation.The plenary participants said that apart from this storytelling talent, South Africans were also passionate, friendly, tolerant and kind. These qualities – summed up in one word, ubuntu – were the strength and advantage that set the country apart from other nations. This was what people experienced when they visited South Africa, and what they remembered when they returned home.The group took the time to define arts, culture and heritage to guide their conversation. For the group, the arts served as a means of individual and collective creativity and expression. It was through art that a nation created identity.This identity, especially as it was expressed through popular art forms, was our culture, the things we held important that formed our collective identity.Heritage, in the opinion of the group, was the shared inheritance that South Africans embraced as a people.Together, they created an identity that referred to as Brand South Africa. If it was true that a brand was more than symbols, as was argued in the group, and was the emotional connection a person formed through experience, then South Africa worked from a position of strength.How best to take advantage of its strengths led to lively debate. Through consensus, participants decided on four points:–   South Africans needed to focus on their shared history and heritage.–   They needed to document their history, keeping in mind the context.–   South Africans needed to avoid selective amnesia.–   The country needed to build up and promote new icons who embodied the South African story.In relooking at who South Africans were, it was important to remember their place in Africa, geographically and historically. South Africa had a unique recent history, one that gave it a louder voice to change the “heart of darkness” narrative people used to tell the story of Africa.For Brand South Africa, it is important to find a way to change the misguided, but popular narrative of the country. The country should remind the world that it is a “nation of achievers in the midst of adversity”. South Africa’s  great richness is its  rich heritage and cultural history. (Image: Brand South Africa)last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Best of the Buckeye Scholarships due June 15

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Best of the Buckeye participants pursuing an agriculture-related post-secondary degree are encouraged to take advantage of academic scholarships available through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Best of the Buckeye program, thanks to scholarship sponsor Franklin Equipment.Academic scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are available to high school juniors and seniors pursuing a post-high school degree who are participating in the 2015 Best of the Buckeye program. Scholarships will be awarded based on academics and extracurricular activities. All scholarship applicants will be required to submit an essay along with their scholarship application on the topic of “How will you stay involved with the cattle industry through college and in the future, and how will programs like Best of the Buckeye help you achieve this?” Application deadline is June 15, 2015, and applications are available online at www.ohiocattle.org/best-of-the-buckeye or by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or beef@ohiobeef.org. Scholarships will be presented at the 2015 Ohio State Fair.The Best of the Buckeye program is hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair, and recognizes top-placing Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. Thanks to generous sponsors, $45,000 will be presented during 2015 in the form of premiums at the two shows, scholarships and awards. This year’s sponsors are Green Oak Farms, heifer division; Steve R. Rauch, steer division; and Franklin Equipment, scholarship division.Best of the Buckeye exhibitor rules along with additional nomination details are available at www.ohiocattle.org/best-of-the-buckeye or by contacting the OCA office. For more information, contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736, email beef@ohiobeef.org.last_img read more

News Briefs

first_imgSmart meter case settledA protracted legal squabble over the installation of smart meters in a Chicago suburb may be at an end.According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the Naperville City Council has voted to pay Kim Bendis $117,500 to settle her federal lawsuit alleging the city and police officers violated her constitutional rights during an arrest two years. Bendis, an outspoken critics of the city’s plan to install smart meters, was filming a smart meter installation at the time.As GBA reported earlier, Bendis and a group she founded objected to the installation of smart meters on privacy grounds. A federal district court judge earlier this year, however, blocked the group’s efforts to stop the installations. Colorado now offers energy scorecardColorado has become the second state in the country to offer the Home Energy Score program, a rating system that provides home efficiency scores and recommendations to both buyers and sellers.The rating system was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in Colorado will be run by the state’s Energy Office. Connecticut began offering the program in April and a number of other states also have expressed interest, the Energy Department said.Qualified assessors collect information about a property and generate a score on a scale of 1 to 10. Assessments give buyers the benefit of an energy rating similar to the miles-per-gallon sticker on a vehicle, and guide sellers on how to make their houses more attractive to buyers.Colorado is offering $750 for every 1-point improvement a borrower makes on the score at the time of purchase or refinance, up to $3,000 for a 4-point improvement, DOE said. Price of solar energy hits all-time lowUtility-scale solar developers have been negotiating power sales agreements with utilities at prices averaging 5 cents per kilowatt hour, an all-time low, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said in a report.The lab attributed lower prices to lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a surge in the number of projects in anticipation of a sharp cut in the investment tax credit at the end of 2016. Utility-Scale Solar 2014 also reports that installed project costs have dropped by more than 50% since 2009, with median up-front costs falling from about $6.30 per watt in 2009 to $3.10/watt for projects completed last year.Newer projects also generate electricity more efficiently. Projects finished in 2013 had an average capacity factor of 29.4% in 2014, what the lab called a “notable improvement” over projects built in 2012 and 2012. Power purchase agreements also have fallen to new lows, the report said, and make solar “an increasingly cost-competitive option for utilites.” Student design competition opensThe U.S. Department of Energy is looking for college design teams to develop plans for low-cost, zero-energy homes suitable for mainstream builders.Registration is now open for DOE’s 2016 Race to Zero Student Design Competition, to take place at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., next April 16 and 17.The 2015 competition attracted 33 teams from 27 U.S. and Canadian universities. According to the DOE website, teams are given a specific design problem and asked to either redesign an existing floor plan or create a new design that satisfies project requirements.There are four categories, with up to 10 teams competing in each: suburban single-family detached, urban single-family detached, attached (two- to six-unit duplex or townhouse style), and small multifamily (three or fewer stories above grade). There’s more information at the Department of Energy website.center_img PHIUS wins foundation grantThe Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has picked up a $200,000 grant that will fund its efforts to develop high-performance affordable housing.The money, awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, helped pay for programming related to multifamily Passivhaus housing at the recent North American Passive House Conference in Chicago.In addition, the grant will underwrite a variety of related PHIUS efforts on multifamily construction, including a design guide for wall assemblies, ventilation and other building components; more technical support for WUFI Passive, the modeling software used for building design; and webinars specific to multifamily design and construction.The money will be paid out over an 18-month period and furthers the organization’s goal of broadening the reach of its North American building standard.“Over the past 10 years, PHIUS has made significant progress in developing a solid designmethodology and energy performance standard appropriate for North American climates andconstruction practices,” the organization said in a news release. “Until recently, however, passive house remained something of a boutique niche for forward-thinking single-family homeowners. Not any more.”PHIUS also said it was compiling presentation slides and selected videotapes from the Chicago conference and making them available online. For more, browse its interactive website and follow the links. A business code for solar installersThe Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has adopted a new business code to guide transactions between solar companies and their customers.The SEIA Solar Business Code covers advertising, customer acquisition, sales and marketing, and terms of contracts with consumers. The trade group has published the code at its website.“We’ve had a Code of Ethics for years, but wanted to push further in consumer protection,” CEO Rhone Resch said in a news release. “SEIA and the solar industry are taking the right path in helping to make sure both solar companies and consumers fully understand each and every transaction.”The rapid increase in residential solar installations has brought some growing pains to the industry. Early this year, more than a dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked two federal agencies to investigate claims that consumers might be targets of “potentially deceptive sales tactics.”SEIA later published a residential consumer guide to solar power. The Federal Trade Commission also has published a guide for consumers.last_img read more

Three arrested in Amarnath pilgrim attack case: Police

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday said three people, alleged conspirators in the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, have been arrested by its Special Investigation Team (SIT).The men provided logistical help to four Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who carried out the attack that left eight people dead, IGP Munir Khan told the media here.The men, who had allegedly helped the four terrorists by providing them with vehicles and shelter, were arrested recently and taken into remand for further questioning, the police said.The police said the four LeT militants, led by Abu Ismail, a Pakistani national, had attempted an attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 9, but were frustrated by heavy security arrangements.Another militant in the group of four had been identified as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the police said. Efforts are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis. The police also released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar.The the three “co-conspirators”— Bilal Ahmed Reshi, Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed — had carried out reconnaissance exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the attack could be carried out, the police added.The trio had also provided shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of South Kashmir, Khan said. Bilal’s elder brother Adil, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist, was killed by security forces earlier this year.The Jammu and Kashmir Police had constituted an SIT led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani to probe the attack on the pilgrims.last_img read more

Try these places

first_imgHeading out of the city? Try these places.Delhi MacacaThe mood of this recently opened restaurant is peppy and energetic-in keeping with the cheerful decor done up in shades of red, green and hot pink. The music is an interesting mix of retro and lounge. When here, one can choose from,Heading out of the city? Try these places.DelhiMacacaThe mood of this recently opened restaurant is peppy and energetic-in keeping with the cheerful decor done up in shades of red, green and hot pink. The music is an interesting mix of retro and lounge. When here, one can choose from American classics, Mediterranean and European preparations, as well as Indian dishes with a modern twist. Take your pick from their sumptuous selection of grilled fish, parmesan chicken steak, fillet mignon and mushroom steaks. Save some room for dessert-there are walnut brownies and Mexican chocolate sizzlers to choose from.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.At: J 4-5, First Floor, Sector 18, Noida.Tel: 0120 49422222.Coffee WorldAn ideal joint for a great cuppa, Coffee World, a high-quality coffee outlet has opened its fourth outlet in the city. Unlike other coffee joints, Coffee World does not only serve the traditional variations of coffee-based drinks but also has delightful bites like Belgian waffles on offer. The waffles are always prepared fresh for every customer and are served with honey and strawberry syrup. The decor here is a mixture of grey and black walls with contemporary furniture, making the place cosy and private-ideal for a cup of coffee and a quick snack. Other picks from their menu would include the smoked chicken and pepper sandwich as well as the Mexican fajita wrap (a great option for vegetarians).Average meal for two: Rs 600 plus taxes.At: K 79, Lajpat Nagar II.Tel: 011 41048800.KolkataBaan ThaiFor an authentic taste of Thailand in aplush setting, Baan Thai at Oberoi Grand is one of the best options todine at in Kolkata. Right from the waiters in traditional Thai attirewho greet all guests with folded palms and a sawasdee kaa to the selectkhung tok (low seating) tables to the ample Thai figurines positionedacross this 54 cover restaurant inside the Grand Dame of Chowringhee, it all comes together to recreate a truly Thai experience. SatayKai, grilled chicken skewers served with peanut sauce, spicy lemongrassflavoured tom yum soup and som tam salad rustled with raw papaya andpeanuts are some of the recommended starters here. For maincourse, pick from the strongly spiced green and red curries or the PhaeMassaman, a lamb curry with peanuts. Known for their innovations, thelatest in line has been the vegetarian menu, in which even the Thaicurry paste that includes shrimp paste had to be done away with.Average meal for two: Rs 2,500 plus taxes.At: Oberoi Grand, 15 JL Nehru Road.Tel: 033 22492323.advertisementMachchanMachaan is the city’s only jungle-themed restaurant and behind its glass doors is a replica of a wildlife park replete with life-size figures of a baby elephant that trumpets intermittently, a giraffe, a monkey, a snake and a flock of birds chirping from various corners. The dimly lit interiors are laid out with artificial greenery and the wooden tables with uneven edges and the leaf-shaped backrests for the chairs only add to the experience. The menu is North Indian all the way. Try the soft lentils of dal Machaan, the baby potatoes of bhatti ka aloo, the succulent fish of ajwaini tandoori bekti and the pickle-spiced jumbo prawns of ambi ka jhinga with an olive chili naan. Fine touches in keeping with the theme of the restaurant are the leopard-print shirts that the waiters sport and the cutlery items with their handles resembling forked branches of trees.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: Mani Square Mall, 4th Floor, 164/1 Maniktala Main Road, EM Bypass.Tel: 033 65364680.Bangalore100 Ft.100 ft. was one of the first shops in Bangalore to introduce the concept of a boutique alongside a restaurant when it first opened in 2001. In the decade since their opening, both the boutique and the restaurant have managed to develop loyal clienteles of their own. While the restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean fare, the store stocks unusual products and accessories sourced from all over the country. The decor does not follow a traditional layout, but resembles that of a lived-in house.The merchandise is displayed in various nooks and crannies, on walls or casually propped on shelves and window sills. In fact the clothes and jewellery are placed in the bedroom in such a manner that it looks like you have accidentally stumbled into someone’s stylish personal space.Cost: Rs 200 onwards for coasters to Rs 1,500 onward for home decor pieces.At: 777/1, 100ft. Road, Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 080 25277752; 100ft.inThe Orange BicycleA one-stop shop for all things quirky, kitschy and colourful, The Orange Bicycle is the place to let your wild side free. A bungalow that has been converted into a shop, the place has a laid back feel to it and is highly conducive for lazy browsing through the quirky collections for hours.On offer here are jewellery, bags, clothes, shoes and soft furnishings among other knick knacks like stationary and fridge magnets. Selections here include serving trays with fun messages printed on them, large beaded lights in bright orange and fuchsia and old-style trunks made new with a fresh coat of paint and funky designs.Cost: Rs 100 for a magnet.At: 3353, 5th Cross 12th A Main Hall, 2nd Stage Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 080 41255242.advertisementLe CristaalLe Cristaal is Bangalore’s hip new joint for great continental cuisine. This chic all-day deli has been designed to look like a Parisian cafe with dramatic red floors, stark black high gloss furniture and decals of chandeliers on the walls. Stop by in the morning for a sumptuous breakfast comprising eggs, pancakes and waffles served with maple syrup, honey and fresh fruits. For lunch or dinner, we recommend you try the penne arrabbiata, spinach ricotta ravioli or seafood risotto with saffron and roasted bell peppers.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.At: 36, Vittal Malaya, Bangalore.Tel: 080 41462747.PsybabasFor all things psychedelic and trippy, head down to Psybaba. Set up to resemble a Goan flea market, this shop is a repository of vibrant and colourful products and accessories. There are so many goodies on offer here that they are stacked all the way up to the ceiling! Psybaba is a haven for backpackers, tourists and even locals who are looking for something different. There are large oversized multicoloured pants that are super comfortable, junk jewellery, leather wallets, and among the hot sellers are organic perfumes whose fragrance closely matches many designer ones.Cost: Rs 20 onwards for a pair of earrings.At: 41/2, Castle Street, Ashok Nagar Bangalore.Tel: 09886527782.PuneOut of the BlueThe famous Mumbai restaurant Out of the Blue, has recently opened an outlet in Pune. If in the mood for a creamy cheese fondue, risottos or pastas, head to OOTB. The pastas in a variety of sauces and DIY sizzlers remain the highlights. End your meal in true OOTB style, with some delectable cheesecake and chocolate pastries. Like its Mumbai outlets, the new OOTB will also host events like bazaar nights. Housed in the ESquare mall at the lobby level, the restaurant, however, doesn’t have the lazy charm of its original Mumbai outlet.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: E Square Mall, Ganeshkhind Road.Tel: 020 66044247.FlambosFlambo’s is the newly opened restaurant by Anita Lazar that promises a Latin-European feast! So, expect great cuisine from Brazil, Italy and Portugal along with some French and Spanish delicacies thrown in. The kitchen and menu are designed by celebrity chef Christopher Salim Agha Bee, the man behind Sublime in Goa and The Sunset Ashram in Ibiza. In keeping with its Brazilian leanings, it has free range meats and well-done steaks, with the Steak with Blue Cheese being a hot seller. Make sure you don’t miss the wasabi prawns, rosemary lamb chops and the Californian filo pastry.Average meal for two: Rs 1,600 plus taxes.At: G 4 Metropole, Near INOX, Camp, Bund Garden Road.Tel: 67265806.HyderabadadvertisementBidriThe dimly lit short passage that leads to Bidri aims to prepare you for the sensory delights that lie ahead. You see inspirations from the traditional craft of Bidri, a silver inlay work, native to the region of the same name in Karnataka, adorning the restaurant all over. Recently revamped, the restaurant known for its Hyderabadi cuisine now includes not just local delicacies but also Mughlai cuisine treats. So whether it’s finely prepared roganjosh in Kashmiri style or the kachche gosht ki biryani from Hyderabad, a meal here promises to be a mouthwatering experience.Average meal for two: Rs 2,500.At: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road.Tel: 040 27522577.KanganA far cry from the typical Indian restaurant, Kangan is where you will find a stylish blend of the traditional and contemporary. The many rows of bangles catch your eye as soon as you enter the eating joint which has anotherwise simple, no-frills decor. Dishes like galwati kebab (clove smoked patties with caramelised onion pate straight from the kitchen of the Lucknowi Nawabs), nalli roganjosh tempered with Kashmiri chili, safed murgh ka salan cooked with sesame seeds, almonds and coconut gravy are show stoppers here. A plate of kulfi or angoori rasmalai are good ways to wrap up your meal.The service is efficient and hospitable. You can even get a few bangles made for yourself by the lacquer bangle artisan who’ll be more than happy to indulge you.Average meal for two: Rs 2,200 plus taxes.At: Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, Raheja IT Park, Madhapur.Tel: 040 67676767.ChennaiSky Lounge BarIf you’re jaded by the usual clubbing scene in the city with predictable music and crowded bars, then the High at The Raintree, Anna Salai, could be your much needed respite. The view of the cityscape from this eleven floor-high sky lounge is breathtaking, with many city landmarks such as the newly built State Secretariat glimmering against the night sky. Try their cocktails such as the High Kaffir Lime Martinia signature drink with a confluence of premium vodka, kafir lime leaf, lemon juice and sugar syrup, besides international classics like Manhattan, Rob Roy and Bloody Mary while here. If you’re feeling peckish, we suggest you try their mezze platter with pita, lavash, hummus, muhammarah and tabouleh or paprika spiced fish fingers with tartar sauce.Average meal for two: Rs 2,000 plus taxes.At: The Raintree Hotel, 636, Anna Salai.Tel: 28309999.last_img read more