Can e-cigarettes actually help smokers quit?

first_imgMedical devices don’t typically come in flavors like “Spiked Nog,” “Apple Jaxx,” or “Aphrodite’s Affair,” but proponents of e-cigarettes—introduced in 2006—have argued that the pen-shaped nicotine vaporizers could help cigarette smokers kick the habit. Now, a review of the scientific literature, published today, lends credibility to this claim, although the matter is far from settled.Conducted by the UK Cochrane Centre, the review focused on just two randomized controlled trials, but it also considered data from 11 cohort studies, which compared people who were already trying to quit with and without e-cigarettes. On balance, the data “suggest that electronic cigarettes can be helpful [for] stopping smoking and reducing cigarette consumption,” says lead author and behavioral scientist Hayden McRobbie of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London.After 1 year, trial participants who used the devices were more than twice as likely (4% versus 9%) to successfully quit compared with those who used a nicotine-free placebo vaporizer. Another 36% of e-cigarette users were able to reduce the number of traditional cigarettes they smoked by 50% or more. But 28% of placebo users also reduced their cigarette consumption by at least 50%, suggesting that some of the e-cigarette’s quitting power may be derived from the mere act of “smoking” it.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Because there are so few studies investigating how well e-cigarettes work as a quitting tool, the review’s confidence levels are low and estimates for efficacy are likely to change. But all the same, McRobbie says he’d recommend e-cigarettes to a friend or family member who was trying to stop smoking, and he thinks that health care professionals should be more open to recommending the devices.The Cochrane review looked for signs of serious adverse reactions to the e-cigarette therapy, but found none. That’s certainly not to say that e-cigarettes are completely harmless. “We don’t know the risk of long-term use yet,” McRobbie says. Previous analyses of their vapors have turned up numerous toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Whether these compounds are present in doses large enough to cause long-term health concerns remains to be seen. But compared with the harms of tobacco, “the actual health effects are quite likely to be smaller because e-cigarette vapor … has fewer toxins in it,” says Suzaynn Schick a biologist at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.Of course, the safest thing to do is to avoid cigarettes—electronic or otherwise—altogether. But for those already addicted to nicotine, e-cigarettes may be the lesser of two evils. “I hope now the debate can move on to how best we can advise and support smokers using these products to stop smoking completely as soon as possible,” said Ann McNeill, a professor of tobacco addiction at the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London, in an official statement. The Cochrane review calls for further study, specifically comparing e-cigarettes with other methods of quitting like the patch in terms of safety and efficacy. “We need some more data to strengthen the evidence,” McRobbie says.last_img read more

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Yaar Tujhe Salaam

first_imgThere is an ethereal quality to A. R. Rahman that you can experience by just being around him. It’s not his music, it’s his person. The way he looks at you, the way he smiles, the way he expresses happiness. There is a genuineness about his personality that just draws you to him. There is calmness, a sort of unexplainable peace that fills the heart when you hear him speak. When you talk to him, he listens with undivided attention.And when he makes music, time stops still. All that you are surrounded by is the melody. All the notes are perfectly arranged, the tempo is just right, and suddenly everything seems to be perfect in this whole wide crazy world. From Roja to Rang De Basanti and from Bombay Dreams to Lord of the Rings musical, Rahman is busy painting the world music scene with a kaleidoscope of his inimitable musical colors that have forever changed and enriched the international music scene.Trained in Western classical music at the Trinity College of Music in Britain, the “Mozart of Madras,” as he is affectionately known, has composed music for nearly 100 films in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. He also composed the music for the Lord of the Rings musical, based on the acclaimed, sci-fi bestseller and movie. He is also the recipient of the Padmashri award.At a retrospective of his works at Stanford University, Rahman strode into the Braun Music Center rehearsal hall to pin drop silence. He casually smiles at the student organizers for the evening’s function, glances at his watch and apologizes: “Sorry I am late. I had to make an unplanned stop at Wal-Mart,” drawing peals of laughter. The ice is broken. Dressed in casual white trousers and a shirt, he is sporting a crew cut hairstyle, a far cry from his trademark curly locks from “Ma Tujhe Salaam.” “It didn’t suit me!” he says laughing at his own joke. As everyone scurries around to make him feel comfortable, Rahman announces, “How about having some food while we talk?” Everybody responds enthusiastically and over steaming hot idlis, lemon rice, and besan halwa, the man of the moment talks about his music, his life, and his future. In an exclusive interview with Little India, A.R. Rahman shares snippets about the most precious part of his life — his music and how he creates magic that transcends geographical barriers and touches the deep core of a listener’s heart.. Is your style of composing more methodical or is it more spontaneous? By methodical, I mean do you follow a similar pattern while composing music or do you just let your mind free and it just comes to you in a sudden moment?It is more spontaneous, I would say. At the same time, my style is not completely intuitive. I believe in testing my music thoroughly before I share it with the world. Sometimes notes just come to my mind and I compose something. After hearing it two-three times, I suddenly start disliking the piece (smiles). The same cluster of notes that sounded so melodious and catchy just two-three days back now start sounding routine and mundane. It is surprising, but this has happened several times with me. Sometimes, I just discard the entire notation; sometimes I decide to give it a little bit of twist here and there to create something better and then there are times when I have to really do a big overhaul to give the notations a different look. I just go by my instincts when I am doing this “repair work.” Many times, I just blank my mind, pray and play around with a few notes to come up with a composition. Also, as I always say, music is a spiritual thing not a formula. Is there a particular raga that you keep going back to when you are composing? Is there a favorite for you?Raag Des? (laughs). Everyone says I keep composing in Des. Yes there are some rags that I like a lot and sometimes I keep going towards them and I have to stop myself from going there while composing every tune. In Lord of the Rings musical, you are going to hear a lot of Indian classical music getting blended into some interesting western music, it is going to be a concoction that many will love. Imagine the characters of Lord of the Rings and then imagine the notes of raag darbari and raag yaman kalyan intermingling in the background! (smiles slyly).What about your ‘famous’ working hours? Is it true that you work the whole night and sleep in the mornings?Yes, it is true (laughs loudly). My music making schedule starts at around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. and then goes on till 6 a.m. It is so quiet at night and the earlier hours of dawn, I just love it. Lataji was really surprised when she came to know my schedule, so for her one time I recorded in the morning (Smiles shyly). Another thing is that I only work in my studio in Chennai. It is not a very big place but it is equipped with everything that I need to create what I do.It’s been a while since you have gone international. How did it happen?Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is a very well known composer of musicals, hired me to compose his maiden stage production Bombay Dreams. It cost about $7 million and was one of the more expensive Broadway productions then. Before, I also worked on the theme song for the Indian version of the Chinese/English costume drama Warriors of Heaven and Earth with the background of the ancient Silk Route. I used Chinese, Turkish and Indian musical instruments. We got the music recorded in Prague. I composed this soundtrack in just three days! Actually to tell you the truth, I was really scared to compose in any other language than Tamil when I first started out. Back then, composing for a Hindi movie was a big step for me. And now, I feel composing in English is a lot of fun and I find it easy as compared to composing for any other language! Music should have no bounds. As a music director sometimes I am amazed by how well the music I make fits into a language that I don’t even know! I can still convey the emotions through my music. That is the beauty in music. There are no language or religious barriers in music! Are you a very religious person?Yes. I believe that my highest musical inspiration comes from Allah. I was here two days back listening to Farid Ayaz and his qawwali ensemble perform at this festival. I just closed my eyes and listened and was completely lost in their compositions.It is believed that creative people need stimulants to create great music. Any comments?I always thought that every creative person in the music world had to drink or take dope to be a good artist or composer. But then I heard Ilayaraja. He was making such beautiful music and leading a pure life. I was under the impression that if it’s music, whoever it is, they must have some bad habit. I always thought they have to drink, smoke and have cocaine to get their inspiration. The man who changed these impressions altogether was Ilayaraja. He proved that he can make good music without any bad habits. Even now he is an inspiration for me being so religious today and with the grace of God, I don’t need to drink or smoke to make my music.  A.R. Rehman is a phenomenon not only in the Indian film industry, but also in the world music scene. How does it feel to be so popular? Does this popularity come with more responsibility and expectations from everyone to outdo oneself every time?Scarry? (laughs). Expectations are there. But, I am a human being too. Even I have good and bad days. When I am composing, I just shut myself out from everything. It is just me and my music and the various sounds and beats that influence and inspire me. At this time, I don’t think about expectations or timelines. I just take my time to feel every note and compose. By the grace of my God, I compose music that everyone likes and accepts. You have been often criticized in the media for only using very feminine and shrill voices and never experimenting with husky ones as far as women singers go. What kind of voices do you like? Who are some of your favorite singers?Yes, I do go for softer voices. I like delicate and soft voices, but most importantly, I like voices that have their own distinct personality. I don’t want voices that sound like Ashaji’s or Lataji’s voices! Also for all songs I have different voice requirements and that is why so many singers have sung for me. I also am very open to hearing new voices. I will be sinning if I don’t provide an opportunity to talented people. Sometimes, I hear a voice and instantly know where it will fit.For example when I composed “Luki Chupi” for Rang de Basanti, I knew from the beginning that it was a song made for Lataji’s voice. Favorite singers? I don’t want to say someone’s name and then just upset the others! But I really like voices of Hariharan and of course Ashaji and Lataji’s voices. According to you, what is the single most compelling factor in your music?I think it is the right combination of melody and tempo. To achieve this balance is very tricky. Sometimes you fall in love with some notes so much that you ignore the importance of the beats that is going to make those notes sound even more melodious. I feel that in my songs I am able to achieve a balance between the melody and the tempo so even though “Chaiyya Chaiyaa” is foot-tapping, it is extremely melodious too. Does music have the power to bring peace? Music is very powerful but since it does not use any physical force to get its message across, it is not considered as an influential tool. Yes, I believe music has power to bring peace, both within oneself and also among people. What is a typical day in the life of A.R. Rahman?It’s very boring you don’t want to know (laughs loudly). The typical day in the life of A.R.Rahman doesn’t include any socializing, interviewing or partying. I am a very solitary person and prefer to spend my time in my studio surrounded by my music systems, my instruments and my musical gadgets. Sometimes when I am listening to a song, I don’t know the composer but yet I can say it is a composition by Rahman. What is this intangible something that makes the song your song?I think it is personality. Just like every person talks differently, walks differently, my compositions hreflect my personality and maybe my listeners know it and catch my tune.What do you do when you are not composing music?I like spending time alone with my family. It is a very peaceful feeling. My wife and three kids also travel with me whenever possible. Apart from that, when I am not composing music, I don’t feel alright. I just feel an urge to get to my studio and start composing. I keep thinking about some tune that I heard somewhere and keep humming it. In Indian cinema, whose music are you most influenced by?I love hearing R.D.Burman and Naushad compositions. These days I am also discovering a new love for Madan Mohan compositions. I am also learning Hindustani classical music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. What would you be doing if you were not composing music?I would have been a car chauffeur probably!As Rahman stepped into the Dinkelspiel Auditorium for the felicitation function of the evening, the 300 plus strong bay area crowd cheered. Amidst loud cries of “We love you Rahman” and shrill whistles, a visual presentation traced the history of Indian film music before 25-year-old energetic Rahman burst onto the scene in 1991 with Roja.As the variegated clips from Roja, Minsara Kanavu (Tamil), Rangeela, Bombay, Lagaan, Gentleman, Yuva, Saathiya, Tehzeeb, Meenaxi, Swades, Bombay Dreams, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, and Rang De Basanti appear on the screen, the audience cheers.What is most attractive about Rahman’s music is his ability to link modern rhythms with Indian classical and folk music. Rahman borrows equally beautifully from rap, disco, folk, reggae, Jazz, Qawaali, Hindustani and Carnatic music. Rahman plays a variety of instruments too. Remember the utterly unforgettable harmonium number between the vocals in “Kehna hi Kya”? Rahman’s magic fingers are at work there. As the program draws to an end, Rahman announces, “I almost forgot, someone asked me to sing here!” To loud cheers he sings “Dil Se.” As I rush over to him for one last question, he smiles broadly and with his eyes twinkling says, “Ask me two!” In that moment, he is not only the Mozart of Madras, the Isai Arasan (Emperor of Music) and the Isai Puyal (Musical Storm); he is also a person blessed with a heart of gold. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Arsenal Star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Crashes his Rs 2.48 Crores Lamborghini Hours Before Leicester Defeat

first_img arsenalAubameyangaventadorGranit Xhaka First Published: November 12, 2019, 1:15 PM IST Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has crashed his Lamborghini worth £270,000 (approx. Rs 2.48 crores). The incident occurred on Friday, October 8, hours before Leicester defeated Arsenal by 2-0 in Premier League. His silver Aventador ran into a Mercedes on the M25 near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. The Arsenal player was on his way back home after training.No one has been reported to be hurt following the crash. but the 30-year-old was pictured by passers-by. In the pictures, Aubameyang can be seen standing next to the crumpled bonnet of his supercar. A passerby told The Sun, “It was rush-hour so cars were not going fast and travelling around them.” There is no hidden secret about Aubameyang and his love for cars. The 30-year-old skipper is known to be a huge fan of supercars. Apart from the Lamborghini, the Arsenal player is also a proud owner of a £1million Ferrari. In addition, he also owns a Range Rover Sport Mansor, Porsche Panamera Turbo Techart and an Aston Martin D89 Volante 2. (Twitter Photo)Aubameyang was in news recently for his alleged promotion as Arsenal’s new captain. According to various reports, the star replaced Granit Xhaka as skipper at the Emirates Stadium last week. However, Aubameyang has rubbished the reports, calling it bu****it.As for the match, played against Leicester on November 9, Arsenal lost 2-0. The Gunners have now slipped to their third defeat of the season. They stand behind Sheffield United in the Premier League score table. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Paulinho – this is why Barca bought him

first_imgBarcelona Paulinho shows why Barca bought him to pile pressure on Madrid Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 00:37 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(19) Paulinho Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Getafe v Barcelona Getafe Primera División Opinion Transfers The Brazilian midfielder was widely written off before he kicked a ball for the Catalan club, but responded with a vital winner at Getafe on Saturday The signing of Paulinho was received amid much pessimism by Barcelona fans who had hoped to see Marco Verratti brought in to strengthen their midfield. However, on Saturday, we saw just why the Blaugrana bought the Brazilian.The former Tottenham midfielder was purchased for €40 million, an expensive fee for a 29-year-old playing in China, and there were boos and jeers at Camp Nou as he was unveiled the day after Barca’s 5-1 Spanish Supercopa loss on aggregate to Real Madrid.Getafe 10/3 to beat Celta Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing To make matters worse, the midfielder miscontrolled the ball as he tried to show his skills to the supporters, who showed their dissatisfaction by calling for the resignation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu.Poor Paulinho appeared to be a symbol of the troubled reign at Barca and a player seemingly unsuited to the Catalans’ style of play, but he himself asked for time to prove himself for his new team.Getafe Barca score“Everything I can do, I can do it by playing, so I will change the opinion of the people,” he said. “The best way to respond is on the field, helping my team-mates, striving for victories. I am very mature and I do not think about [criticism], only about helping Barcelona win titles.”And he added: “I’m certain I can fit in at Barca and prove that all the effort they made to get me here was worth it. I know Barca have their own style and DNA but I think I can play here.”Against Getafe, Barca were in need of some inspiration and he provided it. Trailing at half-time to a wonder strike by Gaku Shibasaki and with Ousmane Dembele off with a hamstring injury, the signs were worrying for the Catalan club.However, Ernesto Valverde sent on Denis Suarez for Andres Iniesta (who had started his sixth successive match for club and country) and the change worked, as the 23-year-old levelled with a superb strike. Later, the coach made another important switch when he introduced Paulinho for Ivan Rakitic.Ousmane Dembele Getafe BarcelonaDenis Suarez BarcelonaWhile he may not be the elegant ball player Barca fans have so enjoyed in recent years, Paulinho’s power, strength and ability to cover the pitch in a box-to-box role makes him different to any other midfielder at the club.”I think Barcelona are going through some changes but Paulinho will surprise a lot of people with his strength and character,” Pele said recently. On Saturday, Paulinho used his strength to storm into the Getafe area and hold off a strong challenge before beating Vicente Guaita with a powerful, angled finish late in the game.That strike proved good enough for all three points and the pressure is now very much on Real Madrid as Barca move provisionally seven points clear of Los Blancos ahead of their tough trip to Anoeta on Sunday night to face in-form Real Sociedad.It was for such moments that Barca bought Paulinho and if he can produce more of the same this season, the controversial €40m fee will not seem so expensive after all. Indeed, the vital victory at Getafe means he has already started paying back some of that money.last_img read more

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Ohio State Releases New Statement About Football Team Following Urban Meyer News

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has released a new statement on the status of the team in the wake of head coach Urban Meyer being placed on administrative leave following the report that surfaced from college football insider Brett McMurphy.Meyer is being placed on leave pending an investigation into the allegations that claim he knew more about the domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith than he led on at Big Ten Media Days.Ohio State has announced that moving forward, practices will be closed and no one will be available to speak to the media.“The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester. Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed,” Ohio State announced.From OSU: “The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester. Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 2, 2018Urban Meyer released the following statement about his administrative leave late on Wednesday night.“[Athletic director] Gene [Smith] and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion. This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter,” Meyer said in a statement.Ohio State is one month away from the start of its 2018 season. The Buckeyes open the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.last_img read more

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Govt appropriated 99 pc of RBIs profits since 2014 Yechury

first_imgNew Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury hit out at the Centre on Tuesday over the record cash transfer by the RBI, alleging the government had “appropriated” 99 per cent of the profits of India’s central banking institution since 2014.A politburo statement said the RBI was a “lender of the last resort” and condemned the manner in which its reserves were being utilized. It called upon all Communist Party of India (Marxist) units in the country to organise protests against this “merciless assault” on the economy and people’s livelihood. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Left party’s reaction came a day after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the transfer of a record Rs 1.76 lakh crore dividend and surplus reserves to the government, boosting the BJP-led regime’s prospect to stimulate the slowing economy without widening fiscal deficit. “Since 2014, the Modi government has appropriated 99 per cent of RBI’s profits every year to fund its propaganda campaigns. It has now siphoned off ?1.76 lakh crores ostensibly to recapitalise banks which have been looted by Modi’s cronies. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The health of our leading navaratnas in the public sector is badly damaged by both, falling demand and because of the financial burden imposed on them by the govt. siphoning off huge dividends. All sections, farmers, workers, MSMEs, youth and women workers have been hurt badly,” Yechury said in a tweet. “The economy and people’s livelihoods have never been assaulted so mercilessly as under this government,” the CPI(M) leader said. The Politburo, in its statement, said while Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of respecting “wealth creators”, wealth can be created only when value is generated. “The vast army of working people today have no work to generate value. All sections, farmers, workers, MSMEs, youth and women workers are being badly hurt,” its said, adding the surplus transfer termed as “dividend” to the government is almost double the previous record of Rs 65,896 crores.last_img read more

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Parties financial returns show Tories topped Liberals in 2018 fundraising

first_imgOTTAWA — Newly released federal party financial figures show the Conservatives entered this election year having outpaced the Liberals in fundraising by more than $8.3 million in 2018.The Conservatives raised about $24.2 million from 104,000 donors in 2018, more than the $15.9 million the Liberals raised from 66,000 people.The Greens raised over $3.1 million last year.The figures provide a window on the financial health of the parties as they ramped up fundraising efforts ahead of this fall’s federal election.Parties are required to provide their annual returns to Elections Canada by the end of June unless they receive an extension, as the New Democrats did this year.Figures made public by the elections agency as of this morning also show that the Animal Protection party raised almost $260,000 last year, the Marxist-Leninist party raised about $107,000 and the Marijuana Party raised $1,675.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Delhi Metro celebrates 25th foundation day

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) celebrated it’s 25th Foundation Day with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu as the chief guest. The Silver Jubilee celebrations were held at Manekshaw Centre on Friday. Speaking about the popularity that the DMRC has achieved over the past two decades, Vice President Naidu said, Delhi Metro is the pioneer in Metro expansion in the country. It is the symbol of the progress the country has made in the last few years.” The Vice President congratulated Delhi Metro for entering the 25th year and lauded the commendable efforts of DMRC in providing world class services. He urged the urban administrators to focus more on exploring different forms of public transport to decongest the urban space.last_img read more

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News Corp to name entertainment company 21st Century Fox

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 4:46 pm MDT News Corp to name entertainment company 21st Century Fox AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – News Corp. says the name of the entertainment company that will survive when its newspapers are spun off into a different company will be 21st Century Fox.That plays off its movie studio, 20th Century Fox, for the current century. Previously News Corp. planned to call the movie and TV show company Fox Group.CEO Rupert Murdoch said the new name draws on the rich heritage of the movie studio while hinting at the innovation and dynamism of its properties.21st Century Fox will hold pay TV channels like FX and Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast TV network, movie and TV studios under the 20th Century Fox umbrella and European pay TV providers such as Sky Italia.The publishing company will still be called News Corp. read more

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Stock indexes drop extending losses to third week as oil prices fall

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2015 2:15 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are closing lower, led by declines in utilities and materials stocks.The price of oil took another sharp turn lower Friday and the dollar moved higher against the euro, threatening to pinch the profits of big U.S. exporters.The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 145 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 17,749.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 12 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,053. The Nasdaq composite declined 21 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 4,871.Crude oil fell $2.21, nearly 5 per cent, to $44.84 a barrel in New York. Oil has fallen 10 per cent this week and is close to a six-year low.Rig operator Transocean dropped 5 per cent.U.S. government bond prices didn’t move much. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was unchanged at 2.12 per cent. Stock indexes drop, extending losses to third week, as oil prices fall and dollar strengthens AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Traders gather at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, March 13, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower a day after the market notched its best performance in five weeks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) read more

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SMMT technology roadmap webinar

The roadmap also focuses on industry trends and drivers, paying special attention to the technology developments needed to encourage a sustainable future for the automotive industry. Framework provided in the project includes:  Taking into account the views and expertise of supply chain representatives, academia and other specialists, the technology roadmap delivers information on evolving markets, products, systems and technologies. The broad scope of the roadmap reflects the complex nature of the road transport system and the changing environment in which it operates. The data was obtained from workshops carried out in 2008 and re-emphasises the importance that should be placed on technologies to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles. ·         Encouraging technological innovation in road vehicle systems in the short, medium and long-term.·         Enabling communication, discussion and action within industry collaborations, academia and networks.·         Mapping future innovation paths for key technology areas. To view the technology roadmap, login to the Low Carbon KTN at www.lowcarbonktn.org.uk and select roadmap from the navigation.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT held a successful webinar on 22 October, focused on the SMMT Foresight Vehicle Technology Roadmap, now live and available through the Knowledge Transfer Network. Over 60 people accessed the webinar online. SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt, discussed the significance of the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team’s recommendations on low-carbon technology.  Brian Lawrence, SMMT Foresight Vehicle programme manager, outlined the work of SMMT Foresight Vehicle in supporting the industry and provided a comprehensive synopsis of the new technology roadmap. read more

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Matchmaking event links researchers with community groups

Instead of a love connection, a recent ‘match-making’ event aimed to create a bond between Brock researchers and community organizations.The Nov. 8 session connected local groups with Brock academics whose expertise complements their specific needs in an effort to spark new community-University research projects.Julie Gregory, project facilitator with SJRI, and David Butz, SJRI affiliated professor of Geography, speak with Susan Venditti from Start Me Up Niagara.Making a Difference in Niagara: University-Community Research Collaborations was hosted on campus by Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI).Brock has a history of successful and meaningful engagement with the Niagara community, said Rebecca Raby, Professor of Child and Youth Studies and Director of the SJRI. The recent event was intended to help grow that engagement, creating mutually beneficial partnerships that better Niagara as a whole.“Making a difference is at the heart of Brock’s mission statement,” said Tim Kenyon, Brock’s Vice-President, Research, during the event’s opening remarks. That “difference,” he said, can happen in many ways, such as conducting new research, engaging in new ways of looking at problems, or informing new policies. “Research exists to make a difference,” he said. “Nobody gets into research because we hope nobody is ever going to read it.”University-community partnerships can help answer questions researchers often ask, he said, such as “How can I make a difference? How can I encourage uptake of my research? How can I make my research accessible to the people who need it?”Four community organizations attended Making a Difference in Niagara, presenting their research needs directly to Brock faculty and students who are concerned about social justice issues.For Jeff Sinclair, who chairs Niagara Region Homelessness Services’ program advisory committee, “idea generation” was considered a major benefit of working with the University.“Many people in our organization have been doing the work for years,” he said. “Students bring a fresh perspective.” Tools of Empowerment for Success (TOES) Niagara Executive Director Nyarayi Kapisavanhu, on the other hand, hoped Brock researchers may help evaluate the role of education in the empowerment of women leaders. The organization works to identify and interpret the leadership qualities of marginalized women leaders in the region.The clients of Start Me Up Niagara deal with issues of marginalization, isolation and loneliness, said Executive Director Susan Venditti. The organization, which she described as a “Petri dish for research,” is interested in research that conceptualizes its model of care.Melenie Neamtz, a program co-ordinator at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, focused her pitch on the organization’s Mental Health for Newcomers Program.“We need quantitative and qualitative data,” she said. “We know that stigma is a major barrier (to accessing services) among the newcomer population, many of whom come from countries where mental health is not something people talk about, even within their own homes.”Neamtz experienced the benefit of Brock partnerships after working with the University’s Nursing students on the recent Road to Resilience: A Multicultural Art Exhibition. The project has local artists and art students volunteering to create representations of newcomers’ stories of lived experience. Stories and art pieces will be displayed at The Robby, 85 Church St. in St. Catharines, on Tuesday, Nov. 20.This time around, Neamtz requested help with data collection and analysis, expertise around data management and privacy, and capacity to share and mobilize the data that is collected.All four organizations pointed to the need for local data, especially when it comes to applying or reporting to external funding organizations.“We need Niagara-specific information, not just information from Toronto or even Hamilton,” Neamtz said. “We know Niagara has its own problems, but we need to be able to point to the proof.”The benefits of University-community research projects are not just financial. All presenters noted how research can help them better serve their client base.“We understand our participants,” said Venditti, “but we need to evaluate what we are doing so we know what’s working. We need quantitative data.”Sociology Professor and SJRI affiliate Nancy Cook wanted to be sure the community organizations understood what to expect from working with the University’s SJRI. “We undertake our research with a social justice lens,” she said. “We are driven by our passions, values, commitment to progressive change.”The event may represent the early steps in several potential new collaborations. Faculty and student researchers, having heard the organizations’ pitches, were invited to indicate on cards which organizations they were interested in collaborating with. The team at SJRI collected the cards so they can match researchers with community groups and make the necessary introductions. Faculty and students expressed interest in all the organizations. Any interested faculty or students who could not make it to the event are welcome to contact Julie Gregory  at jgregory@brocku.ca for more information.Faculty affiliated with the SJRI are eligible for community engagement and research seed grants. Students wanting to get involved with community research should contact the SJRI or an affiliated faculty member.Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute aims to nourish the construction and mobilization of knowledge that addresses contemporary social problems, opens pathways to progressive social change, and ultimately, helps to build a more just society in and beyond the Niagara region. For more information, visit the SJRI website.Rebecca Raby, Director of Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute (far right) welcomed representatives from four community organizations: Nyarayi Kapisavanhu from TOES Niagara, Melenie Neamtz from Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, Susan Venditti from Start Me Up Niagara, and Jeff Sinclair from Niagara Region Homelessness Services at the Making a Difference in Niagara event Nov. 8. read more

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Matheny hired by Royals possible successor to Yost

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Matheny has been hired by Kansas City as a special adviser for player development, putting the former St. Louis Cardinals manager in position as a possible successor to Royals manager Ned Yost.The 64-year-old Yost has managed the Royals since 2010 and led the team to the 2015 World Series title, the second in franchise history after 1985. Kansas City announced on the final day of this season he had agreed to a contract for 2019.The 48-year-old Matheny succeeded Tony La Russa as Cardinals manager after St. Louis won the 2011 Series and became the first manager to lead his team into the playoffs in each of his first four seasons. He was fired on July 14 this year with the Cardinals at 47-46.Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Friday that Matheny will assist in scouting and player development. Like Yost, Matheny is a former major league catcher.“It has always been our policy to hire the best baseball people we can, and this is the perfect example of that,” Moore said. “Mike has contributed so much to our game as both a player and a manager and has a wealth of knowledge that can only make us better.”___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Sandia Labs demos inexpensive bombdefusing robot hand

first_imgYou’ve probably seen plenty of videos demoing incredible, lifelike robot hands. There’s a reason all you ever see is the video, though. Robotic hands are incredibly expensive to build — often into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. With the aid of a grant from DARPA, Sandia Labs is working on a robotic hand that is cheap enough to disarm bombs and work in other dangerous environments.For some tasks, the cold mechanical claw on most robots just won’t do it. At times like that, you want a more human-like touch. With grasping implements running so expensive, that often means a real person could be put in harms way to disarm that bomb. The Sandia Hand demoed on video looks like it at least comes close to the dexterity of the human hand.The device can be altered with interchangeable magnetic finger attachments. This extreme flexibility allows operators to use tools like screwdrivers, flashlights, and cameras. The modular approach also makes the Sandia Hand more durable in that fingers won’t break if the hand is struck — they just snap off. The robot can even pick up its own disconnected fingers and reattach them. I’m not sure if building self-repairing robots is a good idea in the long run, but it’s really neat.The hand has three fingers and a thumb, just like a Simpsons character. The articulation might not be as extraordinary as some other robot hands, but the cost is currently expected to be around $10,000 in low volumes. That’s already a fraction of what other systems run and the cost might come down further.last_img read more

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Greece calls snap referendum on bailout deal with Europe

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s prime minister has announced a snap referendum in a last-ditch attempt to get the country’s European creditors to back down on their demands to secure its eurozone future. Alexis Tsipras called the surprise vote, to be held on on July 5, having spent Friday night holed up in an emergency meeting with his cabinet. The question to be put before voters is whether or not the country is willing to submit to the conditions being demanded by the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank. Speaking to Greek television, Mr Tsipras said: “[Our creditors’] proposals, which clearly violate the European rules and the basic rights to work, equality and dignity show that the purpose of some of the partners and institutions was not a viable agreement for all parties, but possibly the humiliation of an entire people,” Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said it was time for the people to decide. As soon as the prime minister announced the vote, extreme Left wing elements within his party called for the country to reject the terms of the lenders. Panagiotis Lafazanis, Greece’s energy minister, said the Greeks should provide a “resounding no” to the deal on the table. It came after Greece rejected a €15bn rescue plan on Friday, lashing out at attempts to blackmail the country into submission. Eurozone finance ministers are due to meet in Brussels on Saturday, as differences over tax rises and spending cuts continue to hold back an agreement. The meeting had been billed as the last possible opportunity for Greece to cede to creditor demands and stave off a default. In the absence of a deal, creditors are planning for a series of emergency default scenarios, as the banking system would likely face ruin. Capital controls in the form of enforced bank holidays and deposit withdrawal limits could come as early as Monday, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. Source: The Telegraphlast_img read more

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WSUV students shift into high gear with OMSI exhibit

first_imgWashington State University Vancouver students are working together to create an OMSI exhibit, with the sponsorship of Vancouver-based Dick Hannah Dealerships. This is the first in an occasional series following their work.The 10 Washington State University Vancouver students walked into the meeting at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry with two ideas, knowing only one idea would survive. They’d spent weeks in friendly competition over how to create an educational exhibit on automobile technology that would appeal equally to adults and children.Soon, they’d be working together on the single project favored by OMSI’s exhibit staff and representatives of Vancouver-based Dick Hannah Dealerships, which is funding the exhibit. Their mission would be to complete their work before graduating from WSUV in May. But now they were trying to sell their competing ideas to a committee that would set the course for the rest of their term.The OMSI exhibit, tentatively named “Autovation,” represents a rare convergence of community priorities. By tapping students to create the long-term exhibit, OMSI gives a boost to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education. By providing $40,000 for project costs, Dick Hannah Dealerships shows its support of WSUV and, specifically, the university’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program that pushes innovative use of digital technology. By participating in the project, students can expect to gain skills they can leverage into jobs and careers.All big thinking aside, the students’ first major step was to pitch their ideas to officials from OMSI and Dick Hannah on a cold January morning. They didn’t get off to the best start. The first van carrying five students ran late from WSUV because its door locks had frozen shut. The second van was even later as students squeezed in a morning class before heading to Portland.last_img read more

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Hotel Stays For Harvey Survivors Extended To November 7

first_img Share Twitter User @statesatriskHurricane Harvey survivors who need more time to find housing are getting an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live.The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which pays for short-term hotel stays, has been extended. The new checkout date is two weeks away on Nov. 7.Participants eligible to continue in the program will receive a phone call telling them what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel. Applicants must meet certain requirements to remain eligible.Hurricane Harvey survivors who recently applied for assistance will be notified automatically of their eligibility. To be considered for TSA eligibility disaster survivors must be registered with FEMA for disaster assistance.More information can be found on the FEMA website. last_img read more

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Saluting the real stars

first_imgTarun Shienh, the real estate guru and CMD Premia Group graced ceremony as the chief guest of honour.Personalities like Kalpana Singh Chitnis(Indo American Poet and Film Maker), Navnit Sikera(IPS), Rohit Bal, Miland Lavate(Finance Investor) Arun Bakshi(singer and actor), Dr.M Wali (Medical), Rajesh Kumar Griha(Environment Scientist ‘C’) were some of the awardees of 2014, who have displayed exceptional work in their respective field and have devoted for the society and the nation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The award ceremony was conducted in the presence of honorable celebrities and distinguished personalities. Tarun Shienh gave away the awards for the various social activities.He said, ‘It’s been an honor for me that the foundation has invited me to honor these awardees who are recognized in their respective fields. All these personalities have done remarkable jobs in their respective fields and have set our country on the height of success and honor due to their hard work.  Rajiv Gandhi  was great personality and I pray to the almighty to give peace to the noble soul of our former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi and bless with divinity of mind and soul’.last_img read more

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In The Herd Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak embarks on life after Kobe

first_imgWith the Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour complete, nobody is under more of a microspore this coming season than Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. After 38 wins in the last two seasons, they’ll begin next year with a young roster led by rookie head coach Luke Walton.Last night, the Lakers drafted 6’11’’ stretch 4, Brandon Ingram out of Duke with second overall pick. Ingram adds more scoring and three point shooting to the stable of inexperienced talent like Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell.Mitch Kupchak joined The Herd today to talk about his expectations for the upcoming year and how Brandon Ingram fits into their plans. He said although he received considerable interest from teams wanting to trade up for the pick, none of the offers were worth passing up Ingram.“There was a lot of activity. There wasn’t much that we would do to trade the pick. We felt real comfortable with either one of those guys at the top.” The Lakers don’t look like they’re anywhere close to competing, but fans are growing impatient and want to see progress. Kupchak said that although the Lakers won’t be competing for a title next year, he wants to put an entertaining product on the floor that gives the fans hope.“To me the most important thing is not so much winning all the games we can win this year. I mean a we can add veteran free agents that may be a little long in the tooth and win an extra four or five games.But the most important thing, I think, is to develop our core, add some free agents if possible, and every 10 to 15 games next year, knowing that you’re going to lose some of them, show improvement. And bring something to our partners and our fans that they can watch over an 82 game schedule.”With Kobe gone, the Lakers will have to shift their focus from selling tickets to winning games, something they haven’t done a lot of recently. If they don’t, it could be Mitch Kupchak’s farewell tour. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Step into my office

first_imgColin takes you on a tour of his office after today’s episode of The Herd, his thoughts on today’s show, and tells you what you can expect to find on TheHerdNow.com.last_img

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