UGC red flags FRIDU V-C’s appointment

first_imgThe University Grants Commission has red-flagged India’s premier Forest Research Institute Deemed to be University (FRIDU) in Dehradun over alleged appointment of the Vice-Chancellor in violation of rules framed for maintaining the standards of higher education.Responding to a petition challenging the appointment of a bureaucrat, Dr. Savita, as the V-C of the university, the UGC has submitted before the Delhi High Court that the rules mandate appointment of an academician with a minimum of 10 years of experience as a professor.“There is nothing on record to show that the Respondent No. 4 Deemed University has followed the above regulations in the present case,” the UGC said in an affidavit before the High Court.The regulator thereafter backed the removal of Dr. Savita, an Indian Forest Service officer, as V-C of the university if the appointment was not as per rules. “It is submitted that if the appointment of the Respondent No. 5, Dr. Savita, IFS, as Vice-Chancellor of the Respondent No.4 is in violation of the UGC regulations, the same is bad and is liable to be set aside,” it said, adding that the regulations “are mandatory in nature and cannot be overlooked by the university at any stage”.The petition filed by Mr. Hilaluddin, a former scientist with the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, sought to quash Dr. Savita’s appointment claiming that she did not have the “requisite qualification”.PhD degreeThe plea claimed that the UGC’s minimum academic qualification for the post of V-C is PhD degree holder who has spent a minimum of 10 years as professor in a university. It said that Dr. Savita, also the Director of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, has never held the post of a professor in any university nor was she posted as scientist in any academic institution.The High Court has posted the case for hearing on October 16.last_img read more

Sachin, Rekha’s absence from Rajya Sabha unjustified, says Javed Akhtar

first_imgJaved AkhtarNoted lyricist and Rajya Sabha member Javed Akhtar on Tuesday joined the list of MPs attacking cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood diva Rekha for remaining absent from the House, saying it is unjustifiable.”There is no way we can justify MPs’ absence from the Rajya Sabha, especially Sachin’s. His presence counts because he is a sports legend. His words carry weight and he can have a large impact on the people,” Akhtar said.He was talking to reporters in New Delhi at the launch of a song he has penned for promoting child immunisation.Since their nomination two years ago, Sachin has attended the Rajya Sabha only three days and Rekha seven days. Their absence has invited criticism from many leaders and fans alike.Akhtar’s remark came days after several members cutting across party line termed their long absence as “disrespect to House and nation”.Akhtar also feels that politicians and celebrities from the creative community should dedicate themselves to the social causes because they are public figures and own a responsibility to the country.”It would be a crime on my part if I do not contribute in a social cause. One will feel guilty if somebody in my position would not do his or her bit for the country. MPs should come forward and even the artistes should promote causes like child healthcare,” he said.last_img read more

Arsenal Stood Still While Its Rivals Got Better

What has changed is the rest of the Premier League. The average points taken by the other big clubs (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham) this season through 35 games was 72.8. In previous seasons this average has not exceeded 70. Among the weakest four of the big six, the clubs Arsenal directly needs to beat in order to qualify for the Champions League, the average point total through 35 matches this year is 67.7. Only once previously (2013-14) has the average been close, and Arsenal was fortunate enough to be clear with 70 points through 35 matches that year.The strategy of Wenger’s Arsenal has been to build a team good enough to reach the top four, usually with 70-75 points and a goal difference between plus-20 and plus-30. The strategy has worked in part because the other clubs with the resources to match these results failed to achieve Arsenal’s consistency. This year they have improved and Arsenal has not.But that is not the whole story. Expected goals, a statistical measure of the quality of chances created and conceded, suggests that Arsenal in 2016-17 are running below the level of quality they have in the recent past. Arsenal’s expected goals difference is only plus-13, easily the club’s worst statistical performance in the last six years. This drop-off has been most pronounced in recent weeks. Since March 1, Arsenal has gone 5-1-4, but the Gunners have conceded as many goals as they have scored. Their expected goals difference is even worse, at minus-4.The most notable change in this time is that Wenger has, for the first time in years, switched to a formation with three center backs, utilizing winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a wingback and deploying a varying set of forwards — including Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott — in a front three. Playing in the new formation has brought a good haul of points, but in those matches Arsenal has conceded more clear scoring chances to its opponents (9) than it has created (5). The streak is unlikely to continue unless the underlying performances pick up. The one constant in the English Premier League is that no matter what else happens, Arsenal will finish in the top four. Under manager Arsene Wenger, the club has never finished as low as fifth, a run dating to the 1996-97 season. After 21 years, Arsenal may finally drop outside the top four. The Gunners are currently in fifth place with only a 22 percent chance of fighting their way back into the top four.The implications for Arsenal go well beyond just the trivia. First, it would cost the North London club an annual influx of cash it has grown accustomed to. The top four clubs in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League, which provides a major revenue boost; last season Arsenal made about $58 million from the Champions League. If Arsenal finish outside the top four, the club will qualify for the Europa League, where Tottenham Hotspur earned almost $23 million last season for a similar performance.It may also cost them players. Playing in Europe’s premier club tournament offers prestige and glory that in turn helps attract better players on transfers. Arsenal should be particularly worried about maintaining their Champions League streak because star forward Alexis Sanchez has only one season remaining on his contract. If Sanchez does not sign a new contract this summer, he may have to be sold in order for Arsenal to recoup a transfer fee from his departure. The sharks are already circling, with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Chelsea rumored to be considering bids.But the most significant casualty of Arsenal’s disappointing season may be Wenger himself. The long-tenured manager has not signed a contract for next season. If Arsenal cannot right the ship, he may be gone, ending an unprecedented run of consistency at the top. (Since he took the reins at Arsenal, 159 different coaches have held a job in the EPL, plus another 53 have held interim positions.)So with three Premier League games remaining for most of the teams at the top of the table, the stakes could hardly be higher. With yesterday’s victory at Southampton, Arsenal remained in the top four race with a 22 percent chance of Champions League qualification. To get there, Arsenal will need Liverpool or Manchester City to drop points, and the Gunners will probably need to win all of their remaining matches. Arsenal projects to a 61 percent chance of finishing in the top four if it wins out, with chances falling fast if any more points are dropped.So how has Arsenal found itself in this predicament? The streak is evidence that the team hasn’t had a really bad spell in decades. But that doesn’t mean the team has gotten any better — and that’s part of the problem. Wenger’s Arsenal for years has treaded water in the third- and fourth-place spots — last season was the first time Arsenal had finished above third since 2005. All it would take for the Gunners to fall would be for the other big clubs in the Premier League to play up to expectations. And this season that is exactly what has happened.Arsenal has taken 66 points through 35 matches with a plus-26 goal difference. These numbers are not particularly unusual for Arsenal in the last several seasons. Since 2010-11, Arsenal’s points through 35 games have ranged from 64 to 70. The goal-difference numbers are ranged similarly, from plus-21 to plus-32. The Gunners’ stats this season show up at the lower end of the team’s recent level, but they are not outliers. What is most notable about the changes in formation and personnel is that Arsenal usually isn’t tinkering this late in the season. Wenger is known for giving his attackers freedom to improvise on the pitch and to build off relationships and experience. It stands to reason that in such a system, stability in personnel and tactics would lead to higher levels of performance, as players develop understandings from playing together. Arsenal’s statistics over the last six years bear this out. During seasons in which Arsenal has maintained stability in its first 11 over the final weeks of the season, the club has finished hot. In the only two seasons when Wenger made major changes, Arsenal has averaged just 1.6 and 1.1 points per match, respectively, down the stretch.Regardless of whether Wenger continues to tweak tactics in these final three games, his team needs to win — and even that may be not be enough. With luck, perhaps these new tactics and new formation will click and the streak can be extended. But if it doesn’t pull off late-season heroics, Arsenal won’t be seen in the Champions League next fall, and the team that will be seen in England may look much different. read more

July 4 2003 HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY To this repor

first_imgJuly 4, 2003HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: To this reporter it seems important to acknowledge the steady, every day persistence in good solid work as the true basis for any independence. Whether the insistence to be free of oppression, or simple daily toil, only consistency in the approach yields any result. Here at Arcosanti our foundry crew is a good example. The production of bells is a tough job, especially in the hot summer month. The foundry crew produces bells five days a week with 3 or 4 heats [bronze pours] every day, molding, pouring, cleaning, drilling and assembling. [Photo & text: sa] Crewmember Jim Huth impresses a design into the silt form. [Photo & text: sa] Design detail. [Photo & text: sa] The crew at work. [Photo & text: sa] Crewmember Melinda Barnadas. [Photo & text: sa] The crew takes turns to pour the bronze. This time Andrew Kle [middle] is guiding the crucible with Melinda tailing. [Photo & text: sa] Tom Sargent and James Moscovic are shoveling, a stand-by security incase any bronze tries to escape. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> The bells get cleaned, brushed and extra flashing is ground away. >>right>> Crewmember Sarah Merando assembles some of the bells. [Photo & text: sa] With beautiful designs and a clean sound, Soleri bells are a trademark all over the world of a courageous endeavor. There is not much romance in a repetative job, but the steady labour of this foundry crew insures in large part the ‘Independence’ to continue a dream, the slow but steady building of Soleri’s ‘Urban Laboratory’ here at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

The Real Reason Starbucks Recently Had to Shut Down Failure to Tie

first_imgStarbucks July 27, 2018 Don’t end up like Starbucks with its nationwide closing for anti-bias training. Devote the up-front time needed to make sure employees get it right. Next Article Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Guest Writer Raj Narayanaswamy When customers visit Starbucks, they expect a tasty beverage in a timely manner (read: as fast as possible), and good customer service. That helps explain Starbucks’ business model as a high-frequency operation that must run at peak efficiency to realize profits.Related: What Business Leaders Should Learn From Starbucks’ Shut Down DayThen there’s Starbucks’ commitment to racial sensitivity as illustrated by its decision to close roughly 8,000 company-owned stores for anti-bias training. This followed the incident in April of two African American men being asked to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks when one of them requested to use the restroom without having purchased a beverage. The men were waiting for an associate to arrive before they ordered.Starbucks’ subsequent training shocked the business community nationwide, due to the financial loss the chain incurred, estimated to be around $16.7 million. While no business of Starbucks’ scale can predict something like the Philadelphia incident, businesses can use time intelligently to try to prevent similar incidents. Specifically: Had Starbucks been more proactive at time management and training, the situation in April could have been avoided. Saving the brandAny business dealing with an occurence of racial bias or other discrimination has to tread carefully in its search for a solution to protect its brand image. Even though the Starbucks case was isolated to one store, it quickly became a national story that prompted a nationwide response. Starbucks could easily have made a hollow gesture — like a simple donation — but the company understood that the issue needed to be addressed head-on.Related: Don’t Be the Next Headline: How to Implement Diversity Training the Right WayStarbucks needed a big, bold statement, and it made one through the resource of the time it expended on the training. By doing so, Starbucks showed its consumer base that it takes racial bias very seriously. And it devoted the valuable asset of time to properly train employees on a matter that’s important to the enterprise.The lesson here: The company wouldn’t have had to expend that time and money had it, earlier on, expended more time in its standard employee training.Time to focus on trainingThe resource of time can often be overlooked on the corporate level. But in a business processing hundreds of thousands of transactions a day, the failure to directly connect time to outcomes is wasted time.Small and large corporations alike have difficulty in allotting and managing time for employee training. Spending too much time training an employee can result in lost profits, but spending too little time can leave an employee unable to properly do his or her job. In Starbucks’ case, the company’s leaders understood that this training was needed no matter how high the financial cost.Once again, though, this cost could have been avoided with proper up-front time management in its training process.Training has to consist of more than just how to mix a latteQuality assurance and consistency across multiple locations is a top priority for international companies rolling out new food and drink on a consistent basis. This means that product training should have been, and should be, a thorough part of all Starbucks’ employees’ time.From order to pick-up, Starbucks employees must be able to do more than create drinks. Considering that positive customer interactions are a major part of the process, Starbucks misallocated the up-front time needed for training, and exposed its vulnerability; the result was that it was forced to pour more resources, that it shouldn’t have had to, into fixing things later in the barista-service pipeline.Had Starbucks incorporated thorough racial bias training beforehand, it could have called Philadelphia an isolated incident. Instead, the company was backed into a corner, to save its reputation by training most of its employees at over 8,000 stores. While this was an impressive way to call attention to and work its way out of a corporate image crisis, the massive training the coffee giant hosted proved wasteful in terms of attaching time to outcomes.How can you avoid being wasteful? That is what corporate “time intelligence” should look like on a preemptive, rather than reactive, basis.Using time strategicallyWhile time is not a renewable resource, a business employing a proper platform for time management can harvest time with ease.Businesses looking to be smarter about this resource must rethink time as a corporate asset that is unified through all levels of the organization. From the C-suite to the retail employees who interact with customers daily, time can be reallocated and better managed using the same data analytics that are helping businesses to become more efficient.Once a business is able to understand where its time is being spent, it can take an objective look at where employee time is being mismanaged, and reallocate those workers’ work efforts without needing to add more staff.In an ideal world, businesses won’t need a major incident like the one in Philadelphia to start down the path to more strategic time use. Starbucks has seen that it needs to be more time efficient, and instead of closing down for large-scale trainings, it could have implemented a long-term anti-bias training initiative that wouldn’t have to be done in one time slot nationwide.Related: These Companies Are Battling Sexual Harassment By Teaching Employees to Recognize Unconscious BiasThis newfound awareness may not be enough for the company to rebound, however: It recently announced the closing of 150 stores over the 2019 corporate year. Instead of looking for stores to close, perhaps Starbucks would benefit more by streamlining its workforce processes and training process. Also required there would be intelligent time-tracking to ensure that the company was receiving the most output from its time input. Co-founder and co-CEO at Replicon Image credit: BRYAN R. SMITH | AFP | Getty Images The Real Reason Starbucks Recently Had to Shut Down: Failure to Tie ‘Time’ to Outcomes Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 5 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Investors Urge Yahoo to Sell Core Search Business Instead of Alibaba Stake

first_imgYahoo! November 19, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read Add to Queue Investors Urge Yahoo to Sell Core Search Business Instead of Alibaba Stake Activist investor Starboard Value LP asked Yahoo Inc to drop plans to sell its stake in Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd due to tax concerns, and instead urged the company to sell its core search and display advertising businesses.Yahoo’s current net cash holding and the funds raised from a sale of the business could be returned to shareholders through buybacks and dividends, Jeff Smith, Starboard’s head, said in a letter to Yahoo on Thursday.Starboard, calling itself a “significant shareholder” in Yahoo, said it made the letter public as efforts to talk with the company privately over the past year had not yielded positive results.The hedge fund had supported the sale of Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba, worth more than $20 billion, before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in September denied a request for a private letter ruling on whether the spinoff would be tax free.Yahoo’s shareholders may have to pay about $9 billion in taxes if the IRS denies the tax-free status after the sale, which is expected to close in the current quarter.”If you stay on the current path, we believe the potential penalty for being wrong is just too great, and the potential reward for being right is not materially better than the other alternative,” Smith said.Yahoo, whose shares were up flat premarket on Thursday, was not immediately available for comment. Alibaba was also flat.Starboard, which has recently agitated for change at Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP.N) and Brink’s Co (BCO.N), said Yahoo had snubbed its requests to appoint Smith as a board member at least four times in the last four months.”I think the investors are not particularly likely to give a lot of credit to the board of Yahoo, as it stands now,” Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser said.”It wouldn’t be a very hard proxy fight for Starboard if they go down that path.”Yahoo’s search and display ad businesses, which account for a lions shares of total revenue, has been struggling and Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s efforts to revive the business has made little progress.Many analysts attribute little or no value to the business and say Yahoo’s worth – about $31 billion as of Wednesday’s close – lies in its Asian assets: the Alibaba stake and a 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan Corp.The Wall Street Journal had reported Starboard’s plans earlier on Thursday.(Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar and Lehar Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza) Reuters Image credit: Katherine Welles / Shutterstock –shares Next Article last_img read more

The Definitive List of Google Search Easter Eggs

first_imgGoogle This story originally appeared on PCMag There are all sorts of little pranks hidden throughout the greater Google-verse. Evan Dashevsky –shares Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Atari breakout Next Article The Definitive List of Google Search Easter Eggs Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. September 1, 2016 9 min read Today, anyone with an Internet connection has damn-near real-time access to nearly all the information in the world. That’s a truly astonishing thing, especially for those of us who had to Dewey Decimal our way to certain information.Still, it’s easy to take the modern-day magic that is a Google search for granted, in part because the team behind the tech is so good at what they do. They work tirelessly to ensure that Google never goes down, is available via all the screens in your life, and only ever improves at its core mission. But here’s another thing about the Google dev team: They’re huge gigantic nerds.We know this by the trail of Easter eggs they leave behind. There are all sorts of little pranks hidden throughout the greater Google-verse. Nearly all of them are of the geek variety — there are many (occasionally super obscure) references to old video games, science fiction and mathematics. You know: nerd stuff.This roundup attempts to compile a definitive list of the Easter eggs currently found inside Google’s core product: Search. If you know any we missed, please drop a line in the comments, and we will award you some PCMag Points (which have no market value whatsoever) and add it to the list with due credit given.Please note that there are plenty of search eggs that have been retired over time (e.g. searching weapons of mass destruction and clicking “I’m Feeling Lucky” used to return a bit of agitprop; or searching Let It Snow used to give a holiday surprise). Also, there are some search eggs specific to regional versions of Google (e.g. searching Jason Isaacs on google.co.uk returns a little surprise that makes sense to the Brits, but nothing special happens on Google.com). In this piece, we’re only collecting active eggs available on Google.com. Let’s jump in.1. Searching Atari breakout and clicking “Images” will prompt an occasionally buggy game of Super Breakout made out of all the images of the game.2. Super Mario Brothers brings a special NES-y surprise. You know you were a 90s kid if one of the Super Mario Bros. sound effects automatically makes you feel all warm and cozy. And you can bring it up from any computer by searching “Super Mario Bros.” Look in the side info card for a blinking question mark box; click it and you’ll get some coins. Enjoy.3. Searching Askew will tilt the screen. Searching anything else afterwards will bring everything back to the level.4. Blink html will cause the word “blink” to blink anywhere on the screen. Even in cases that have nothing to do with coding — like returns about Malcom Gladwell’s 2005 collection of essays, Blink.5. Festivus adds a Festivus pole to the left side of the screen. If you don’t know what that means, then you are a young person who should read up on your TV heritage.6. Do a barrel roll or z or r twice will cause the screen to do a 360, which is probably a reference to Star Fox in which the player prompted a barrel roll by pressing z or r twice.7. Google in 1998 will make the page appear as it did when Google took its visual design cues from Yahoo.8. Zerg rush will cause a bunch of Google Os to attack the screen, which you can fight off by clicking on them. If you let it run through, eventually a group of red and yellow Os form a big “GG” in the middle of the screen. If you are wondering what that term means, it’s an online gaming term to describe an overwhelming attack of multiple entities from one player on another in real-time strategy games.9. Bletchley Park will prompt an info card on the side of the page where the headline will appear as if it is being de-coded. Bletchley Park is the location of the UK’s code-breaking center, which helped the Allies break Axis power codes in WWII.10. Flip a coin prompts a card with an animated coin flip. Related: roll a dieprompts a card that randomly rolls a standard six-sided die.11. Search play dreidel and you’ll be presented with an interactive little dreidel-spinning game. It’s fun for a good 10 seconds.12. [Any actor’s name] followed by “Bacon Number” will reveal how many degrees of separation they are from actor Kevin Bacon, who has been the victim of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game since the 1990s.13. Recursion (definition: the repeated application of a recursive procedure or definition) prompts Google to ask “Did you mean: recursion” (i.e. the exact same word). When you click that word, it prompts the same follow-up question, repeating ad infinitum.14. Conway’s Game of Life prompts a seemingly random animation of blobs on the right-hand side of the screen. This “life simulation” was created by British mathematician John Conway in 1970. Technically, it’s considered a “game” (in fact, a zero-player game), but it’s just about the most boring game you’ll ever “play.”15. Webdriver Torso transforms the Google logo into a series of blinking blocks. Why? It’s kind of a long and stupid story. In a nutshell: There’s a mysterious YouTube channel account called “Webdriver Torso” with hundreds (if not thousands) of videos featuring seemingly random red and blue shapes on a white background accompanied by random tones and sounds. (You can visit it here if you’re curious, but it’s really dumb.) The strange channel — which has no descriptions or identification — briefly became a source of rampant speculation (aliens, spies). Google eventually took credit for the site, which it uses to test video streaming quality. And now it’s an Easter egg.16. Anagram will prompt a response asking “Did you mean: Nag A Ram.” (Get it?) Related: Searching define anagram prompts the response asking “Did you mean: nerd fame again.” (Sigh)17. Google Pacman will return a card that links to a pop-up screen of the famous Google Pac-Man Easter egg. Oddly, if you search the correct spelling “Google Pac-Man” (note the hyphen), it prompts you to the incorrect spelling “Google Pacman.”18. The answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything prompts an info card with a calculator pre-filled with “42,” i.e. the famous question and answer from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Note: inserting grammatically correct serial commas (i.e. …life, the universe, and…) doesn’t work. Alternatively, entering the loneliest number prompts a calculator info card pre-filled with “1,” which references the song “One is the Loneliest Number.”Also, searching once in a blue moon prompts “1.16699016 × 10−8 hertz.” One of our readers, Phil Smith, pointed out that this equals about 2.7 years. And, as it turns out, 2.7 years is a pretty spot-on representation of “once in a blue moon.” A blue moon is the term used to describe a second full moon in a single calendar month — and it happens once every two or three years. So, Phil gets 2,000 PCMag Points. Congrats!19. Search fun facts or I’m feeling curious, and you’ll get a “fun fact” card filled with a bit of trivia and the chance to get another random factoid.20. Hover your mouse over the “I’m feeling lucky” button with nothing else in your search box and it will roll over all casino style to a number of other options like “I’m feeling playful,” “I’m feeling trendy,” or “I’m feeling generous,” which will take you to a corresponding search. I don’t know if that’s exactly an Easter egg, but a cool hey-did-ja-know all the same.21. Search metronome to prompt a handy simple little metronome that can keep a beat from 40 BPM all the way up to 208. Easter egg? Useful tool? Whatevs. Just know that it exists.22. Need to waste some time? Google can help. Search solitaire or tic-tac-toeto prompt a pair of in-browser games. Goodbye, productivity. Now all Google needs is Minesweeper. Maybe Snake, too.23. Want to know if that picture you just hung on your wall is level? You could download one of the many level apps out there, or (gasp) resort to using an actual analog level — like a cave person. OR you could simply search bubble level to turn your mobile browser into a virtual bubble level. For reasons that I hope would be self-evident, this search only works on mobile. (Seriously, what levels would you be checking with your laptop?) This little trick probably fall more into the area of useful tool, as opposed to Easter egg, but there ya go. Now go make sure everything in your home is at the correct angle in peace. Features Editor Image credit: Atari breakout Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Healthy diet can reduce depression symptoms

first_img Source:https://www.manchester.ac.uk/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 5 2019An analysis of data from almost 46,000 people has found that weight loss, nutrient boosting and fat reduction diets can all reduce the symptoms of depression.Dr Joseph Firth, an Honorary Research fellow at The University of Manchester and Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, says existing research has been unable to definitively establish if dietary improvement could benefit mental health.But in a new study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, Dr Firth and colleagues brought together all existing data from clinical trials of diets for mental health conditions.And the study provides convincing evidence that dietary improvement significantly reduces symptoms of depression, even in people without diagnosed depressive disorders.Dr Firth said: “The overall evidence for the effects of diet on mood and mental well-being had up to now yet to be assessed.”But our recent meta-analysis has done just that; showing that adopting a healthier diet can boost peoples’ mood. However, it has no clear effects on anxiety.”The study combined data from 16 randomised controlled trials that examined the effects of dietary interventions on symptoms of depression and anxiety.Sixteen eligible trials with outcome data for 45,826 participants were included; the majority of which examined samples with non-clinical depression.The study found that all types of dietary improvement appeared to have equal effects on mental health, with weight-loss, fat reduction or nutrient-improving diets all having similar benefits for depressive symptoms.”This is actually good news” said Dr Firth; “The similar effects from any type of dietary improvement suggests that highly-specific or specialised diets are unnecessary for the average individual.Related StoriesCPAP treatment for sleep apnea can improve depression symptomsPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationSome children are at greater risk of ongoing depression long after being bullied”Instead, just making simple changes is equally beneficial for mental health. In particular, eating more nutrient-dense meals which are high in fibre and vegetables, while cutting back on fast-foods and refined sugars appears to be sufficient for avoiding the potentially negative psychological effects of a ‘junk food’ diet.Dr Brendon Stubbs, co-author of the study and Clinical Lecturer at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and King’s College London, added: “Our data add to the growing evidence to support lifestyle interventions as an important approach to tackle low mood and depression.”Specifically, our results within this study found that when dietary interventions were combined with exercise, a greater improvement in depressive symptoms was experienced by people. Taken together, our data really highlight the central role of eating a healthier diet and taking regular exercise to act as a viable treatment to help people with low mood.”Studies examined with female samples showed even greater benefits from dietary interventions for symptoms of both depression and anxiety.Dr Firth added: “We’re not yet sure why not know why some of our data showed significantly greater benefits from diets for women.”So more research is needed on this. And we also need to establish how the benefits of a healthy diet are related to improvements in physical health”It could be through reducing obesity, inflammation, or fatigue – all of which are linked to diet and impact upon mental health.”And further research is still required to examine the effects of dietary interventions in people with clinically-diagnosed psychiatric conditions.”last_img read more

Anyone can get hernias especially after abdominal surgery

first_imgAny factors that put increased pressure on those areas like obesity and pregnancy, as well as factors that weaken your tissues or decrease wound healing, such as diabetes and nicotine use, will increase your risk. And sometimes people form hernias and we just don’t know why.”Britney Corey, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, UAB Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 21 2019Anne Rhodes is back to doing what she loves after being treated for a hernia at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Frankly, a hernia wasn’t even on her radar.”I had a lot of misconceptions about hernias,” Rhodes said. “I thought it was just something you got when you tried to lift something too heavy.”A hernia is a common medical condition that occurs when part of an internal organ or tissue pushes through a weak area of muscle, creating a bulge.After having colon resection surgery, Rhodes, a Montgomery native, develop a such a bulge on the left side of her stomach.”A friend of mine who works in the medical field told me that I had a hernia,” Rhodes said.Most hernias occur in the abdomen, between the chest and the hips, and they can develop in men, women and children, often from a combination of muscle weakness and straining, like lifting something heavy. Some people are born with weak abdominal muscles and therefore may be more likely to develop a hernia. The most common treatment for a hernia is surgery to repair the opening in the muscle wall. Untreated hernias tend to keep growing, often causing pain and health problems.Rhodes scheduled an appointment with Britney Corey, M.D., and Abhishek Parmer, M.D., both assistant professors in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and had her hernia repaired on March 4, 2019.Corey says that people with a prior incision or operation in the abdominal area are at higher risk for developing a hernia. Related StoriesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsRewiring of nerves gives movement to paralyzed arms and handsFight for Sight poll: Brits put their eyesight at risk through unsafe contact lens habitsCorey says that, if someone is pregnant and develops a hernia, individualized care is recommended, with surgery typically put on hold until after pregnancy.”Future pregnancies may put the hernia repair at risk,” she said.Parmar says treating patients with hernias is like having a chess match. It takes a thoughtful approach to think about the downstream effects.”The real art of hernia care at UAB is that we really try to keep the whole picture in mind and consider how hernia surgery might affect a patient, not just immediately, but for the rest of their life,” he said. “We consider the whole patient and, with the help of many other doctors, try to give patients the best chances of succeeding with surgery. That’s one of the benefits of being at an academic institution like UAB.”Once diagnosed with a hernia, patients are usually referred to a surgeon. Post-surgery, patients may stay in the hospital for a few days or go home the same day of the procedure.”Patients usually can resume normal activities quickly, with lifting restrictions for two to six weeks,” Corey said.Rhodes, a retired librarian, said her care at UAB was top-notch, and now she is able to do things that she loves again, like swim 40 laps at her local pool.”I thought my care was wonderful,” she said. “Dr. Corey and Parmar were very professional, informative and intentional.” Source:University of Alabama at Birminghamlast_img read more

Iconic Taj Mansingh to be reauctioned on July 18

first_imgSHARE NDMC decided to lease the property after IHCL’s lease expired in 2011 More than 10 days after NDMC fail to gather enough bidders for the e-auction of Taj Mansingh, the municipal council has announced that the iconic hotel would now be re-auctioned on July 18 from 11 am onwards, as mentioned on the website of the council.Those seeking to buy the property can visit the site from 16 June to 22 June. The interested parties can submit their bids from June 28 to July 9, 2018. The tender document would cost Rs 5 lakh and the parties will have to pay the bid security amount of Rs 25 crore.The earlier date for the e-auction of iconic hotel was June 19 but it got cancelled after the council failed to get three bidders which is a minimum requirement. Last time, Tata Group’s Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) and ITC had applied for bid. However due to technical reasons ITC’s bid could not get accepted leaving IHCL to be the sole bidder.The five star hotel, situated on Man Singh Road, was given to IHCL on a lease for 33 years. The lease expired in 2011 and the NDMC decided to auction the property. Later, IHCL knocked the doors of Delhi High Court challenging the decision. After several extensions, the Supreme Court gave its nod for e-auction last year. RELATED View of the iconic five star hotel Taj Mansingh. File Photo   –  The Hindu Supreme Court says yes to Taj Mansingh e-auction SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on Taj Mansingh: Dates for fresh bids of e-auction likely on Monday June 18, 2018 Delhi Corpn to decide next week on Taj Mansingh auction Taj Mansingh e-auction: Only two parties submit bids COMMENTSlast_img read more

Assam floods School building collapses in seconds as Brahmaputra water level crosses

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 22:07 IST The primary school in Tengaguri area in Morigaon district collapsed within a few seconds due to the rising water level in Brahmaputra.Another year, another monsoon — Assam has been hit once again by the monsoon floods. The flood situation in the state has gone from bad to worse as the Brahmaputra river is now flowing above the danger level in many districts.On Saturday, a video of a school buidling collapsing in the Brahmputra in Morigaon district emerged. The primary school in Tengaguri area in Morigaon district collapsed within a few seconds due to the rising water level in Brahmaputra, news agency ANI reported. No casualties have been reported so far.Currently, the Brahmaputra at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns, while the Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj are flowing above the danger mark.The flood situation in Assam continued to deteriorate with one more person losing his life on Saturday, taking the toll to seven, as over 14 lakh people were affected by the deluge across 25 districts of the state.At present, 2,168 villages are under water and 51,752 hectares of crop areas have been damaged, according to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA),Massive erosion has been reported at several places of Chirang, Barpeta, Sonitpur and Bongaigaon districts, the report added.At present, over 14.06 lakh persons have been affected by the floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cacha and West Karbi Anglong districts, the ASDMA said.Barpeta is the worst hit with 5.22 lakh people suffering, followed by Dhemaji (1.38 lakh people) and Morigaon (nearly 95,000 persons).Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been hit at various places in Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Kamrup, Barpeta, Baksa, Kokrajhar, Hojai, Darrang, Biswanath, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Nalbari, Dhubri, Majuli, Sivasagar, West Karbi Anglong, Hailakandi, Golaghat and Bongaigaon districtsThe NDRF and SDRF have rescued 848 persons in the last 24 hours across the state, while 4,476.74 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 7,907.11 litres of mustard oil have been distributed along with tarpaulin, water pouches and other essential items.Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called Union Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him about the latest flood situation in the state.Sarbananda Sonowal said 24×7 flood control rooms have been activated across the districts and that he is monitoring the situation personally.ALSO READ | Assam floods: Sheshnag in trouble as Brahmaputra water hisses over danger mark in GuwahatiALSO WATCH | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Next Assam floods: School building collapses in seconds as Brahmaputra water level crosses danger mark | WatchThe flood situation in Assam worsened as the Brahmaputra river is now flowing above the danger level in many districts. On Saturday, a video of a school buidling collapsing in the Brahmputra in Morigaon district emerged.advertisementlast_img read more