News Item on Tropical Storm Joaquin

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2015 – NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 12PM TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015.… JOAQUIN GRADUALLY STRENGTHENING WHILE DRIFTING WESTWARD …AT 11AM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.5°NORTH AND LONGITUDE 70.8° WEST OR ABOUT 425 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST AT 5 MPH, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 45 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES (110 KM) FROM THE CENTER.THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 6PM. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:tropical storm joaquinlast_img read more

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Eight arrested villagers granted conditional bail in Daribhit School case

first_imgKolkata: Eight villagers, who were arrested in connection with the Daribhit High School incident, were granted conditional bail when they were produced before the Islampur Court on Tuesday.It may be recalled that trouble had broken out over appointment of teachers at a school in Islampur in North Dinajpur on September 20, an incident which had claimed two lives. Police had arrested some people in connection with the incident. The school also remained closed for a few weeks. Finally, the school reopened on November 10. On Tuesday, the eight persons were produced before the court. They were granted conditional bail against a bail bond of Rs 10,000. At the same time, all of them were directed to visit Islampur police station once a week. It may be recalled that local people had agitated a few days ago, demanding release of the eight people who were arrested in connection with the incident.last_img read more

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Pet dogs help older adults stay active

first_imgOwning a dog may help older adults to meet World Health Organisation’s recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, according to a new study.Health professionals could encourage dog ownership or shared care of a dog to motivate older adults to be more physically active, researchers said.”We found that dog owners aged 65 and over spent on average an additional 22 minutes walking, taking an extra 2,760 steps per day when compared to people who did not own a dog,” said Philippa Dall, senior research fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Over the course of a week this additional time spent walking may in itself be sufficient to meet WHO recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity,” said Dall, lead author of the study published in the journal BMC Public Health. The researchers also found that dog owners had fewer sedentary events – that is continuous periods of sitting down – than non-dog owners, although the total time spent sitting down did not differ between the two groups. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Our results indicate that dog ownership may play an important role in encouraging older adults to walk more,” said Nancy Gee from WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, UK.”Our research will provide insights into how pet ownership may help older people achieve higher levels of physical activity or maintain their physical activity levels for a longer period of time, which could improve their prospects for a better quality of life, improved or maintained cognition, and perhaps, even overall longevity,” said Gee, co-author of the study. Study participants were aged 65 years and over and wore an activity monitor continuously during three, one-week data collection periods between April 2013 and November 2014. The researchers monitored the time spent walking moderately, time spent standing, total time spent sitting, as well as the number of times people sat down and how long they sat down for. Dog owners and controls were matched on a range of variables such as gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. “Most of the research in this area has relied upon self- report measures of physical activity,” Dall said.”The use of objectives measures of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, collected by using activity monitors, provides opportunities to gain greater insight by providing objective data on both the intensity and patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. This allows closer scrutiny of the potential relationship between changes in physical activity due to dog ownership and health,” said Dall.last_img read more

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Watch your waistline as you bingewatch

first_imgOn-demand, services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are leaving no stone unturned to increase their Indian subscriber base. Their library of movies and shows forces you to binge-watch. So do TV channels with their marathons, but don’t let watching shows or movies back-to-back be the reason for your expanding waistline, warn experts. Excessive screen time is a concern across the world, says Ramen Goel, Senior Bariatric Surgeon and Director, Center of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Wockhardt Hospitals. ‘There are multiple associated health issues with people, especially the younger generation constantly glued to the phone, monitors or TV. It restricts the time for physical activities which are essential for not only physical health but also social health, camaraderie and team-building,’ Goel told during an interactive session. Subconscious eating while watching screen-based programmes is a fact. ‘It is an accepted contributor to an obesity epidemic,’ he said.In fact, sitting idle for long in front of screens lowers the metabolism of the body.Your body burns more calories while sleeping than during watching TV. Eating a lot of snacks like potato chips, junk food and consuming aerated drinks while watching TV… These high-calorific foods will make a person obese.Experts say that as you will be losing out on precious sleep, your metabolism will drop further and thus lead to more weight gain. Binge-viewing has affected all age groups. From children glued to their cartoon channels to housewives and elderly people watching their unending soaps, binge-watching has become common.Since almost all of the available time is being consumed in front of the screens, the only muscles getting exercise are probably the eyeballs. So, the mismatch of excessive calorie intake and binge-viewing is severely affecting the body metabolism leading to obesity according to experts.The problem doesn’t end with obesity.Once they get obesity, they develop diabetes, heart and kidney problems much earlier in their lives. Technology also interferes with sleep. ,’ said Manjunath Malige, Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru.Sharing a case study, Malige said once a 14-year-old boy became so obese that now he has pre-diabetes.’The kid was addicted to gadgets. So, he was not involved in any physical activities,’ said Malige. Also, excessive screen time is believed to distract a person from the realities of life and many live in a make-believe world created by movie producers and game developers. It is believed to restrict time for family moments which is likely to result in stressed and disjointed families.So what can be done to break the habit? Here are few tips given by the experts: Go for a walk or do things that you like doing such as cooking. Spend time with your family or friends. Make sure you do not eat while binge-watching.As for the younger lot, parents have to play an important role in helping their children get rid of their habit. Parents should make the kids understand the importance of physical activity. They should restrict the usage of electronic gadgets and fix the timings for the same so that children do not become addicted to it.They should be encouraged to get off the couch and take part in physical activities such as swimming, dancing, jogging or other sports activities.But that doesn’t mean you force a new sport or activity on your child.Instead, let the child pick the kind of physical activity it likes. Block off the fitness time and make sure all other distractions like phones and tablets are put away.last_img read more

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Mamata to lead rally in city on International Womens Day

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lead a rally on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8. The rally will start from Shraddhananda Park in Central Kolkata and end at Esplanade. Incidentally, Banerjee is the only woman Chief Minister in the country.Banerjee’s mission of empowering women through the Kanyashree project had bagged the United Nations award for public service in June 2017. The ceremony was held at Hague, Netherlands and Mamata Banerjee took the award on behalf of the state government. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe project was introduced in 2013. Under the project, girl students up to the university level receive stipends. Nearly 53 lakh girls have been benefitted by the project, which has brought down the rate of school dropouts by 11.5%. Meanwhile Sabuj Sathi, another unique project of giving cycles to the students of Classes IX to XII in state-run and aided schools, has successfully reduced the number of dropouts for girls as well. Under Sabujshree, saplings are given to the mothers of girl children so that when the child grows into an adult, the parents can sell the tree to help the child carry on with higher studies, whereas under Rupashree the government gives financial assistance to parents during the marriage of their daughters. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile distributing health cards under the Swastha Sathi project, Banerjee declared that the card would be issued in the name of the eldest woman in a family. It may be mentioned here that Trinamool Congress has 35.2% of its seats occupied by women, the highest number for any political party in the country. In the state Assembly there are 29 women legislators. The party also has 12 MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha. In the corporations and municipalities there are several women councillors. Even the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is a woman. In the three-tier Panchayats, there are Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samities which are headed by women. There are also many women-run self-help groups (SHGs) working successfully throughout the state. The Chief Minister has said repeatedly that parents should not feel sorry for their girl children, but provide them with proper education to become useful citizens of the country.last_img read more

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