December 2, 2019

Yeh Hai Asha!

first_imgThe lights dimmed and the voice, that has for over six decades, enthralled, mesmerized and enchanted generations of music lovers and still retains its sultry sensuality, it freshness, its melodious perfection and pitch, soared from the interiors of the back stage, and strains of the sizzling number “Kambaqht Ishq” from the film Pyar Tune Kya Kiya were welcomed by a roar from the audience. Resplendent in a gorgeous white ensemble, slim and sexy, oozing a sweetness and sensuality that makes her appear far younger than her soon to be 70 years, Asha Bhosle strode on stage at a sold out concert in Atlanta. Asha has said that she has worked for years to create a voice and a style that was different from her legendary sister Lata Mangeshkar, so that she could carve her own niche and not be banished to live her shadow and went on to show just how well she has succeeded in her efforts, as she enthralled the audience with numbers that showed the ageless quality of her voice.Even those who love the Mangeshkar sisters, don’t know the long and arduous road they walked to reach the heights that they have, but had life not thrown so many curveballs their way, perhaps they would be content middle class grandmothers in a suburb of Mumbai, humming melodies for a lark to their grandchildren, instead of wowing their fans worldwide.Anand Bhosle is the youngest of Asha’s three children, and while older sister Varsha is a hard hitting political columnist for The Times of India and older brother Hemant dabbled in music direction and then quit to fulfill his dream of being a pilot, Anand studied business in college and film direction, before mom decided he was to help her manage her career. His creativity came in handy as he directed her in the super successful television show Yeh Hai Asha. In an exclusive interview with Little India, both mother and son shared memories and special moments of the musical and personal journey, the grit and the grind that has made Asha the legend and the woman that she is today.You came from a musical family but the goal was not to become a singing star.Asha: My father was a very gifted man and he left home at a very tender age to learn singing. He formed his own drama company and had almost 200 people working for him before he forayed into films. Music was an intrinsic part of our life, and we all learnt music but the goal was the usual – to marry and have a home and family. It was the death of my father at a very early age that pushed Lata didi who was not yet 14 to go out and sing to make ends meet and I sang my first song at the age of 10. I did get married at a very young age to a man who was 20 years older than I was. It was a love marriage and Lata didi did not speak to me for a long time. She disapproved of the alliance. The family was very conservative and they could not handle a singing star for a daughter in law. There was abuse and ill treatment and I finally was asked to leave when I was expecting my youngest son Anand, and I did go back to my mother, sisters, and brother. I do not blame anyone and have no ill will. I feel if I had not met Mr. Bhosle, I would not have had these three amazing children and life turned out okay.Anand: My memories of growing up were happy memories. We lived in a joint family with my grandmother, aunts and my uncle and cousins, and I was the baby of the family and my grandmother’s favorite child. As kids, we had no clue that my aunt and mom were these famous singers. It was only when I went to school that people around me told me about it. Even then, I did not believe them. I had never seen them sing at home, only my uncle, and said to them, oh, no you are mistaken, it is my uncle who is a singer. We have this small room, which substitutes for a music room, and uncle would practice there. I think the hours mom and aunt put in at the recording studios, singing so many songs and rehearsing for them, gave them their practice. In fact, to this day we stay away from the glitz. Most celebrities have not been to our house and occasionally when one of them does show up, it is like a pilgrimage!While it is expected that the children of celebrities will follow the same path, you kept the children deliberately away from the industry.Asha: It is a very tough line. My daughter Varsha is a very talented singer, but realized very early on that she would have to live her life being constantly compared to her aunt and her mother and she was not willing to put up with that kind of nonsense. She was always politically conscious and wanted to study law, but eventually ended up being a journalist. Hemant is very musical, and gave music in films, but saw how frustrating and tough things were and finally decided to become a pilot. In fact, there was a time when R.D. Burman would play a wonderful tune and the producers would yawn, and then he would play another tune and pretend it was by his father and people would say “wah wah” and he would just look at me in disgust. That is how ignorant and fickle the industry is, and I steered Anand towards business and am very happy with that decision as well.Anand: I think because the singing career was thrust upon them, and not something they really strived for, there was no focus on their kids carrying on the family name. Hemant who did venture into giving music in films and did some quality work discovered the fact that a lot of producers and directors are tone deaf and would disregard a lot of the wonderful tunes he came up with, sometimes settling on mediocre stuff because they did not understand music and rather than compromise on his creativity and what he had to offer he quit the scene, and went on to become a pilot. His older son Chaitanya is part of a very successful boy band, his daughter who is a teenager, has no clue about Hindi music. My uncle’s daughter is in her early 20s and was very good, but she too has no intentions of pursuing this as a career. I had to come into this business in the early 1980s when concert tours were beginning to gain popularity and mom needed someone to handle the business and management end of things for her, otherwise I too would not be around.How hard was it to carve a niche for yourself and not languish in the shadows of your famous older sister?Asha: Very hard and not just her, there were already some very established stars like Noorjehan, Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt and others who were leading the way. Therefore, in the beginning, didi and they would get the cream of the songs and I would get the songs filmed for B and C grade films. I studied many different styles so that I could create a style that was different from didi’s. You can see that if you clone yourself on a star that is alive, you will get nowhere. As long as Kishore Kumar was alive, no one who even remotely sounded like him was anywhere in the running. It was only after he died the clones thrived. I don’t give up easily though. The one gift that my mother gave me was the gift of self-confidence. She always told us we to forget about household chores and just focus on music. She also told me that there was no one more beautiful, or more talented and that we should be so proud of who we were. That self-confidence and a very strong will power have stood me in good stead.Anand: That is true. Mom has an amazing will power. The more you tell her it cannot be done, the more she will go out and prove that it can. Some time back, she was on this tour, sick, her voice in a mess, she could barely croak and we were in two minds whether to cancel the show or just let Varsha go and fill in for her and let the other singers also sing. When mom was told, she would not hear of such a thing. She went and started singing and unlike other singers, her voice keeps on getting better as time passes. Suddenly in the middle of the show, her voice that had been tired and weak, suddenly soared and then there was no looking back. She brought the house down. At another time, she broke a finger in her foot and went about business. By the time, she saw the physician the fractured had healed by itself, and the physician was shaking his head wondering how she had managed to even walk, in that kind of excruciating pain for so long. The stories about the rivalry between Lataji and you, and how she tried to be one up on you have done the rounds of gossip mills. The movie “Saaz”, was supposedly based on your life story. How true is the gossip?Asha: Its not true at all. To have two women in long plaits, take a couple of incidents and exaggerate them into a 3-hour film is such a waste of time. We are indeed different people. She thinks with her head and is very image conscious, and even when hurt feels she needs to uphold that image of being reserved and gracious, while I think with my heart, am blunt and say it like it is. In fact, once we were having dinner and someone said something that I could not take, but because Lata didi was on the table, I was biting my tongue. Finally she said, “Asha go ahead, blurt it out, otherwise you won’t be able to digest your food!” Well I did and what a relief it was. I think the reason why I live my life honestly is because truth has a way of coming out and in the end the only person you are trying to fool is yourself. Lata didi is a different person at home. Many people do not know this, but she can be fun and she is a very good dancer, but you will never catch her dancing on stage. While I just go out and have fun, because I think it is necessary to change with the times, to go with the flow and not take life your yourself too seriously.Anand: Mom and aunt are really like North Pole and South Pole and if you see them on stage together, you will know what I mean. Even as singers, their styles are so different. Mom has to be very careful with her throat, while Lataji can eat anything. Lataji has been quite frail from the time she was a child and is always falling sick. She has had stomach problems, but as a child, she took some homeopathic medicine for diphtheria and for some reason it cured her of any throat problems for life. Mom on the other hand will deprive herself of ice cream that she loves and will have one cone of softie after a tour ends, but she is so strong willed that even if she is sick she won’t bother and it will be business as usual. As sisters, they were the closest. Mom is four years younger than Lataji and was this cute chubby child and Lata ji used to treat her like a doll and carry her all the time, in fact one time she fell down the stairs carrying mom and there is a scar on her forehead that is very visible in pictures. Also they were so inseparable that when Lataji went to school she would take mom with her, but one day the teacher protested and said we can’t have two students on one fee, and Lataji hrefused to return to school without her and quit her studies. To this day, she teases mom that she is uneducated because of her. Mom is very protective about Lataji. Once a music director was talking about a singer, who had a bachelor’s degree, a real big deal in those days and made a snide comment about how well educated the singer was. Mom just bluntly told him, he may be educated, but he still cannot be Lata Mangeshkar.So how true are the stories that the Mangeshkar sisters monopolized the music industry and would not let anyone else in?Asha: It’s like the saying “Nach na Jane angan teda” (the dance floor is warped, so I can’t dance well). Okay so we monopolized the industry, but tell me has there been anyone who is as good as the Mangeshkars? The fact is we had no godfather to display our talents and we worked long and hard to be where we are today. There were other singers who were established before us and still we managed to carve a niche for ourselves. In fact, once, for a movie, all the songs had been sung by Sudha Malhotra, but the producer on hearing them had them scrapped and got them re-recorded in Lata didi’s voice. He said only she could do justice to those songs. In the industry, no one will give you a plug even if you are related to them if you don’t have what it takes and people who talk about politics are the ones who either don’t have the talent or are not willing to work hard. The fact is if you have the talent no one can keep you down, but today most people think they can become famous and great artists just by cutting an album. Let me also tell you that there are some wonderful albums that I have sung on, but they have not seen the light of day because of rivalries between the music houses and some other petty politics. Therefore, the Mangeshkar sisters are not that influential.Anand: It is an unfortunate part of showbiz, and it is true that some wonderful albums that mom has done, one with Hariharan for example, and many others were not even marketed well. I agree with mom that today most people who have never seen wealth or fame can get dizzy, when it is showered on them. Fortunately, it is a temporary phase, because these types usually lose the fame pretty soon and get back to square one. As my Mom very well puts it, “Every artist, when he walks out on stage, must be prepared right in the beginning that the curtain has to come down at the end of the show” I guess the sisters think like this because their father was a huge celebrity in his time and they have seen the difficulties of life. They try to preach their philosophy to new entrants in the music world, but I guess one does not hear much through the din of the audiences’ applause. My mom and aunt had sung for over three decades in films before they ventured out for a concert tour. That is why wherever they perform the show is sold out. Mom tells a lot of these newcomers to slow down and work hard and go on tours after a few years, but today the newcomers have a CD in one hand an a plane ticket in the other. In addition, most people do not realize that mom and aunt stayed at the top because of their dedication and discipline. Look at their career span. There is no substitute for hard work.Your career has been divided into two main halves: the O.P. Nayyar days, when you came into your own, and the R.D. Burman days when you reached dizzying heights of success.. What has been the contribution of each music director?Asha: O.P. Nayyar felt that my voice sounded better when I sang at a lower pitch and created songs accordingly, but there was no challenge for me, those songs were easy to sing. However, the person who I credit with really having the courage to give me my first big break was B.R.Chopra. He by passed all established singers and gave me, a newcomer who till then had been relegated to B movies the opportunity to sing all the songs in the Dilip Kumar-Vyjanthi Mala starrer Naya Daur, and later songs for Dhool Ka Phool and Waqt. Of course, I did sing for other music directors and they all had their good points. Madan Mohan was a wonderful singer too, but did not like it if you sang the song differently from the way he sang it, but my personal favorite was Salil Chaudhry. His music had the complexities and challenges that makes it exciting for a singer to sing, and I found very few people who could do that for me. My regret is that I did not get to sing that many songs for him, but my all-time favorite of course is S.D. Burman, and of course, it was Pancham (R.D.Burman) who really exploited the full potential of my voice and challenged me to greater heights. I first met him when I was a mother of two and he was in 10th grade having dropped out to pursue music and I scolded him and asked him to not give up on studies. He told me later he was a bit irritated with me because he felt he would be wasting his time in school when music was his passion. When he offered me Aaja Aaja from Teesri Manzil, I was petrified. I had never sung a song with such heavy western influence, but didi said you are a Mangeshkar you can do it. Shammi Kapoor thought I would do an excellent job and kept teasing me do not sing it better than Rafi, I don’t want Asha Parekh to sound better than me! After rehearsing and quaking at the knees for 10 days when I finally sang the song, R.D. was so impressed he handed me a 100-rupee note! Between Lata didi, Kishore Kumar and I, we sang all of Pancham’s songs and Kishore always improvised on the spot, and I think he knew that I was the only one who could keep up with him. A lot of time, we would finalize things and then when we went in front of the mike he would sing something very different, and I would match him with improvisation of my own! Pancham was a genius, and the first musician to blend east and west so beautifully. Today all the musicians do is plagiarize from others and pass it as their own.Anand: I think the reason why the Burman-Mangeshkar-Kishore partnership worked was because Pancham gave them a free hand to improvise. Often the tune would start as an ordinary one and then these people would start experimenting and improvising and before you knew it, the song would turn into a b blockbuster. There were times that Pancham felt that his talent as a music director and arranger did not get the recognition it deserved and that the singers were the ones who hogged the limelight. Mom said to him that may be true, but try and get someone else to sing your tunes and then see the difference and he agreed that the magic was created because of what these three contributed to his tunes. In fact, mom has made every song come alive. She gave an example in a show recently, when she took the song “Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko” and showed the audience how she sang it in that very sultry way to make match Zeenat Aman’s personality and make her look like an excellent actress. Had she sung it in a flat voice, all of Zeenat’s oomph could not have redeemed the song. Perhaps it is this allure and ability to incorporate so many different nuances and emotions that has made her cross all barriers of time and language and age.You must enjoy singing with A.R. Rahman. He is the closest anyone has come to R.D.Burman’s talent and style of mixing east and west?Asha: Yes and he is very talented, but I think Pancham was still in a different league. I think Rahman, is very open-minded and lets me improvise.Anand: If you check out Rahman’s top 10 hits you will notice that 7 out of 10 songs are sung by mom, and the reason that is so is because he lets her sing and improvise. Mom can sing the same line in 20 different ways. His genius lies in the fact that he can pick the best of each line and put it together. There are several other music directors who will not budge and ask mom to sing a song as they want without her own contribution and both my aunt and mom in spite of being a treasure houses of musical knowledge will graciously do as they are told. Pancham was indeed leagues ahead of anyone. While Rahman is an excellent music arranger, Pancham was both an amazing musician and an arranger, and Rahman has told mom that there is nothing left for him to innovate because Pancham had pretty much done it all in spite of the limited technology at his disposal in those days.You have experimented with remixes, sung with Boy George, and many other boy bands, and also in English, Russian and Malaysian. I heard you just picked up some English cassettes went for a walk and returned to give a flawless rendition of your hit Ave Maria. How has the entire experience been?Asha: Well after you have sung in Tamil, English, Russian and Malaysian are a cakewalk! When I met some of these very successful artists wearing rags, I thought they were very poor and needed financial help! It was when Anand told me they are rich as anything and this is just the way they dress that enlightenment dawned! It was fun and very easy. I believe in moving with the times and enjoying myself. I think I decided to get into the remix scene because as Lata did said every body is botching things up, at least you will make less of a mess of it. Luckily, Rahul and I was greatly appreciated.Anand: Mom has a very finely tuned ear for music and languages. She has such a wide range that once when she was being nominated for the Grammies someone asked which category does she qualify for and I said she can sing anything from Pavarotti, all that is in between, to Michael Jackson. She has covered every aspect of music so it is not possible to slot her. In fact, in the song “O meri Jaan maine kaha” she has hit a note that is out side the keyboard!What do you think of today’s music and singers?Asha: Not much really. In those days apart from having great musicians we had amazing songwriters, that is why those melodies are evergreen. Today for how long are you going to listen to songs like “Kambaqht Ishq” and “Ishq Kamina.” In addition, television has given mediocre music an extended lease on life. A song is aired. you can see it is average, but when it is aired repeatedly, you start accepting it, but it never ceases to amaze me how people with such limited knowledge of music or little talent can go and release albums at the drop of the hat!What are the things that make Asha Bhosle the person and the singer that she is?Anand: As a singer, I guess no one can touch her in terms of talent and versatility. However, as a person she is a wonderful mother, grandmother and mother-in-law, and very popular with her grandkids, kids and daughters and son-in-law. She has a child-like curiosity about everything and a great ability to pick on things. The other day I was discussing NRI investment and she immediately picked up on the fact that NRIs have contributed very significantly to India’s economy and wanted to incorporate that observation in her show. Then of course, she has had to make a lot of sacrifices and her determination is amazingÖ. In addition, she is such a little girl at heart. We were on tour and reached Los Angeles and she wanted to stay one more day, why, because she wanted to go to Disneyland! In addition, I still remember this incident where we were taking a tour of Versailles and there was this very impressive and tour and a tourist guide waxing eloquent about the palace, the history and what was mom doing? She was totally oblivious to everything but the softie she had finally earned, after the concert tour and was licking it from top to bottom, not letting even a drop fall. My sister and I thought it was really funny and started giggling. Then an American man looked at her and he started chuckling. She looked up when she heard the laughter and asked, “What’s so funny?” She is very honest and thinks with her heart and maybe that is why she has not received her due from so many people.Asha: I do believe in living life with honesty, and I have taught my children the same thing. The difference is they are more diplomatic, but I just take the liberty to say it as it is. Well it has been a great journey and yes, I think with my heart and won’t change that. I am glad I have the ability to never give up, and to change with the times, to see the positive in the negative. I am looking for new challenges, to build a legacy. I really enjoyed doing the Legacy album with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and I am planning a couple of exciting new albums, and working on my autobiography.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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November 26, 2019

Euro 2016: Marcus Rashford says England call still doesn’t seem real

first_imgManchester United’s 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford admits being a member of England’s Euro 2016 squad still feels like a dream.Rashford was the surprise selection in Roy Hodgson’s squad after a rapid rise from United’s youth team to first-team regular, having only made his debut in February.”When I first went into the changing room and saw all of the players’ names on the back of their shirts, it didn’t seem real,” Rashford said in an interview alongside club and national captain Wayne Rooney on the Football Association’s website on Thursday. (Young English team ‘most serious’ in years, says Sagna)”I remember going home after and speaking to my brother about it, and he agreed with me. He didn’t think it was real either. That’s what it’s like until you get used to it.” (Euro 2016: Players to watch out for)DREAM DEBUTRashford marked his Manchester United debut with two goals against Denmark’s Midtjylland in the Europa League in February, then scored two more in his Premier League debut against Arsenal.He scored again on his England debut in the first few minutes of a friendly against Australia last month.”(At Christmas) I was actually trying to work my way into (United’s) under-21s side and all of a sudden I appeared in the first team. You have to be ready when your chance comes,” he said.”At the end of the season you hear talk and stuff, but to be here now is just amazing. For it to be in my hands to go out and help the country is an amazing feeling.”advertisementRashford is vying with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Rooney and Daniel Sturridge for a striking berth.”I think it’s a good way to end the season for me, and hopefully we get some joy in the tournament,” he said.last_img read more

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November 18, 2019

AEK Draws Austria Vienna, Advances in Europa League

first_imgFormer champions League winner Marseille, Copenhagen, Athletic Bilbao and AEK Athens were among the eight teams to qualify for the knockout stage of Europa League on the final night of group matches on Thursday.Marseille advanced from Group I after a 0-0 home draw to group winner Salzburg.Bilbao clinched the top spot in Group J after a 2-0 victory at Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk.In the battle for second spot in Group H behind already-qualified Arsenal, Red Star Belgrade eliminated Cologne with a 1-0 victory.Earlier, Copenhagen and Lokomotiv both advanced from the tightly contested Group F after victories over Sheriff Tiraspol and Zlin, respectively.AEK needed a point and got it from a 0-0 draw at Austria Vienna to join AC Milan in the next phase from Group D.Two other clubs advanced from the early kickoffs, with Astana making it through from Group A after a 1-0 victory at Slavia Prague, and a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim proving enough for Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad to qualify from Group C.Sixteen clubs had already booked their places in the round of 32, which will also include eight third-place teams from the group stage of the Champions League.Elsewhere, already eliminated Everton recorded its first victory of the campaign, a 3-0 win at Apollon Limassol, courtesy of two first-half strikes by Ademola Lookman and another by Nikola Vlasic three minutes before the final whistle.The draw for the Round of 32 will be held on Monday.Here’s a look at Thursday’s Europa League action:___GATTUSO DEFEATEDCroatian champion Rijeka spoiled the European debut for Milan’s new coach Gennaro Gattuso with a 2-0 victory in Group D.A perfectly executed free kick by Jakov Puljic shocked the Italian powerhouse seven minutes into the game and Mario Gavranovic extended that lead two minutes into the second half.Milan, one of the competition’s favorites, had already secured top spot in the group with 11 points, three more than AEK, which drew its last five group stage games.Rijeka and Austria Vienna are eliminated.___TIGHTEST GROUPPieros Sotiriou and Michael Lueftner scored in the space of three minutes early in the second half to help Copenhagen to a 2-0 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol and a place in the next stage. Group F had remained wide open until the last round of matches.A draw would have been enough for the Moldovan champions to make the next round for the first time.Aleksei Miranchuk scored in the 70th minute and Jefferson Farfan added another five minutes later for Lokomotiv to seal a 2-0 away victory over Czech side Zlin.Lokomotiv finished top of the group with 11 points, followed by Copenhagen two points behind. Tiraspol also finished on nine points but was eliminated by its head-to-head results.___EASY FOR ARSENALAlready certain to finish top of Group H, Arsenal completed the group stage with 13 points and a 6-0 rout of BATE Borisov.Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere all scored in the first half to put the outcome beyond doubt. Denis Polyakov made it 4-0 in the second half with an own goal before Olivier Giroud netted from the penalty spot for his 17th goal in his 40th appearance in European competitions. Mohamed Elneny finished BATE off with the sixth.Cologne has endured a miserable season at home after 11 losses in 14 games, and has only three points at the bottom of the Bundesliga.Europe is no consolation.Midfielder Slavoljub Srnic scored the decider in the 22nd minute for Red Star to join Arsenal in the next round with nine points.Cologne is eliminated with six points, followed by Borisov on five.—KAREL JANICEK, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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November 16, 2019

Mike Gundy Can’t Use a Computer so His Son Helped Him Recruit Jeff Carr

first_imgKyle Boone nicely detailed how much buzz Jeff Carr had received this fall a few weeks ago. Guess what? It hasn’t gone away since then. In fact, Carr has doubled down on his success and appears at least temporarily set as the No. 3 running back on a team that will use them all.Mike Gundy talked about recruiting Carr on Thursday after a scrimmage and I laughed out loud at how it all went down. We laud Gundy as this world class recruiter, but he admitted (tongue in cheek, I presume) that his son had to help him find what appears to be the steal of the 2015 class.“I was at home and got a call the day before signing day. So I went in on the computer and had my son pull it up because I don’t know how to pull things up on the computer. So he pulled him up and clicked him on and he and I watched him and we definitely agreed that he’s good enough to play at this level.”AdChoices广告$3.6 million a year, people, $3.6 million a year.Gundy did warn against comparing this year’s running game to the best running games of the Gundy era.“Our offensive line is better, but we’re still not where we were the years we were averaging those kinds of yards. I don’t want to say we’re to that point yet.”But soon?“We’ll know a lot more in 4-5 weeks.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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October 28, 2019

17 days agoWATCH: Arsenal defender William Saliba leads St Etienne fans sing-song after Lyon win

first_imgWATCH: Arsenal defender William Saliba leads St Etienne fans sing-song after Lyon winby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender William Saliba has been filmed singing from a microphone in front of St. Etienne’s fans following the Ligue 1 club’s win over Lyon.Saliba was immediately loaned back to France after completing a move to Gunners this summer.He was imperious in the match, which was his first league start for the season.William Saliba & Kieran Tierney both whipping out megaphones after an away win vs Spurs in 2021. I’m absolutely here for this. https://t.co/jk98LyyPzI— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 7, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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October 22, 2019

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road, in Upper Branch, north of Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for 4.6 kilometres for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Birch Hill Drive, in Conquerall Mills near Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for about half a kilometre for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch The following roads in Lower Branch have alternating lane closures until Monday, July 31, for repaving: INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, near Whycocomagh, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. The lane reduction starts about four kilometres west of Exit 4 and continues for 8.4 kilometres west. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people will be on site. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from about four kilometres west of Fox Island Road east to Canso, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, July 22. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Town of Yarmouth for about 6.9 kilometres to Exit 34 at Hebron, is reduced to one lane for road work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Signs and traffic control people are on site. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Kingsburg Hirtle Beach Road to the end of the parking lot at Hirtle Beach, in Kingsburg has alternating lane closures for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. John Arnold Avenue, from Harris Drive for about 300 metres to Owen Drive Harris Drive from John Arnold Avenue for 100 metres to Glendale Avenue –Glendale Avenue (paved section only) for 600 metres. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, east of MacGee Road, is closed to replace a culvert. A detour is in place. Work should be completed by Thursday, Aug. 31. NEW WORK QUEENS COUNTY: Danesville Danesville Loop, from the Queens-Lunenburg county line for 2.5 kilometres to Highway 103, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road, are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Sept. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction.last_img read more

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October 20, 2019

MeT predicts no relief from scorcher in South Bengal dists

first_imgKolkata: South Bengal districts continue to burn in the scorching summer heat with humidity level on the higher side. However, North Bengal districts have received heavy rainfall in the past few days which has lead to a flood-like situation in some areas.There is no prediction of heavy rainfall in South Bengal in the next few days. There will be no respite from unbearable heat and humid conditions in the South Bengal districts. Some scattered rainfall, in some parts, have failed to bring the mercury down. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMonsoon made its official entry to South Bengal on June 21 bringing rainfall in various parts of the state. There was a deficit of rainfall in June and the current month may also witness the same situation, the weather experts apprehend. Deficit rainfall has hit paddy cultivation in the districts. Various crops have also been hit due to high-level of humidity. Scattered rainfall in South Bengal failed to provide any considerable relief to the people as the prolonged heat coupled with high humidity have been causing discomfort. The weather is sultry mainly because of two reasons — the scattered rainfall did not last and due to the increasing level of humidity. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHeat spell conditions have been prevailing in all the Western districts such as Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Birbhum and West Burdwan. The temperature in the Western districts is likely to hover around 37-39 degrees Celsius in the next few days, while the Real Feel temperature may be slightly higher due to humidity level in the air. “Heavy rainfall will continue in North Bengal in the next couple of days. However, there is no prediction of heavy rainfall in the city and other South Bengal districts yet. There may be scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal. The sultry and discomfort will stay in South Bengal in the next few days,” a weather official said. Incessant rain over the past few days jeopardized normal life in North Bengal with a flood-like situation looming large in the low-lying areas and triggering landslides in the Hills. Five districts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal — Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar — received heavy rainfall in the past few days. People were shifted to safer locations. Hundreds of people from different villages in Moynaguri block were taken to safer places on Saturday. Due to continuous rainfall, landslides were triggered in the Dooars region of North Bengal. Many areas in Malbazar, Moynaguri and Dhupguri towns were inundated. A man died in Jalpaiguri district after he fell into an overflowing drain, a police officer said on Sunday, as incessant rain continued to wreak havoc in the low-lying areas of North Bengal. Bimal Sil, a man in his early 40s, reportedly slipped into the gutter while wading through a flooded street on Saturday night at Shanupara locality of the district, he said. Sources in the administration said downpour over the past five days had inundated several parts of the sub- Himalayan districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar. The Met department warned of “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in these districts till Monday. Among other areas, Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur are likely to experience heavy rain, the weatherman said. Overflowing rivers have breached banks at many places, flooding localities and displacing thousands of people, an official said. Water level at Teesta, Sankosh, Raidak, Kaljani, Korola, Shil, Torsa and Ghish rivers have risen to alarming levels owing to rainfall, he official. Traffic movement on National Highway-10, which was disrupted over the past two days due to landslides, have, however, resumed, following clearing of debris from the throroughfare, the official said. In the worst-affected Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts, several people have taken shelter in school buildings and some were seen moving to higher ground. At Moynaguri town of Jalpaiguri district, around 200 families had to move to safer locations after rainwater entered their homes. Angry residents on Sunday blocked National Highway-27 for more than five hours, protesting lack of relief materials and shelter provisions in the area. Jalpaiguri recorded the highest rainfall at 204 mm in 24 hours till Sunday 8 am, the Met department said. Among the other north Bengal districts, Alipurduar recorded 150 mm rainfall, followed by Coochbehar at 110 mm, Siliguri at 105 mm, Kalimpong 60 mm and Darjeeling at 30 mm.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

MINURSO Discussions between Morocco and UN were Fruitful French Ambassador

New York – Talks between Morocco and the United Nations were “fruitful” as an agreement between the two parties was reached as part of “a clearly positive trend,” France’s permanent representative to the United Nations, François Delattre, said Tuesday in New York.“There is clearly a positive dynamic today as we have noticed 15 days ago. Deep discussions between Moroccan authorities and the United Nations were fruitful as an agreement was reached between the two parties,” the French diplomat pointed out before the start of a Security Council meeting on the MINURSO, noting that under this agreement, a first group of 25 civilian members of the MINURSO returned to headquarters in Laayoune.France, he said, is “very committed to MINURSO’s full functionality”, adding that “the progress made so far is a significant step in this direction.” “We will continue to fully support the political process led by the United Nations for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution”, the French diplomat stressed, noting that his country deems the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 as “a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution.”Morocco’s plan to return to the African Union is “an important contribution to the growing integration of Africa,” he pointed out, adding that “a united Africa is indeed a factor of peace, stability and development for the continent and the rest of the world.”With MAP read more

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October 12, 2019

Hawaii hotels report February was worst month in a decade

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s hotel industry has reported February was its worst performance month in about a decade.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that the Hawaii Tourism Authority report published the previous day used analytical data from the hotels.One hospitality consultant says a drop in occupancy is a carry-over from last year’s volcanic eruption on Hawaii island and severe weather events.The report says statewide occupancy fell nearly three percentage points to 83.4 per cent from February 2018 and revenue decreased nearly six per cent from a year ago to $360 million.The report says the average daily room rate dipped more than 1 per cent to $290 and revenue per available room declined more than 4 per cent to $242.The newspaper reports the last time Hawaii’s hotels reported similar performance levels was August 2009.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

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October 8, 2019

Metro acquires majority stake in readytocook meal service MissFresh

MONTREAL — Grocery store retailer Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) has signed a deal to acquire a majority interest in ready-to-cook meal delivery service MissFresh Inc.Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.MissFresh was started in Montreal in 2015 by Marie-Eve Prevost, Bernard Prevost and Ritter Huang.Metro says MissFresh’s three co-founders will retain a 30 per cent stake and continue to take an active part in the company’s management.

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October 7, 2019

US stocks fall giving up some ground after 3 straight gains

U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading Tuesday, weighed down by a mixed batch of company earnings and another decline in bond yields.Banks drove much of the selling as investors reacted to the decline in yields. The 10-year Treasury note slipped to 1.54% from 1.59% late Monday. When bond yields fall, it pulls down the interest rates that banks pocket on mortgages and other consumer loans. Bank of America slid 1.2% and Wells Fargo dropped 1%.Technology companies, which like banks have tended to lead the market’s gains recently, also took heavy losses. Chipmakers were among the biggest decliners a day after climbing on news that the U.S. gave Chinese telecom giant an extension to buy more supplies from U.S. companies. Advanced Micro Devices fell 2.3% and Nvidia dropped 1.5%.Home Depot climbed after the home improvement retailer reported earnings that topped Wall Street’s forecasts. But two other big retailers didn’t fare as well. Investors sent Kohl’s and TJX lower after their latest quarterly report cards fell short of analysts’ expectations.The selling erased some of the indexes’ gains from a three-day winning streak, the latest twist for the market, which has been caught in the grips of volatile trading all month.Investors are trying to parse conflicting signals on the U.S. economy and determine whether a recession is looming. A key concern is that the escalating and costly trade conflict between the world’s two biggest economies will hamper growth around the globe.The S&P 500 was down 0.4% as of 10:16 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 75 points, or 0.3%, to 26,055. The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, dropped 0.3%.Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced plans to extend tariffs across virtually all Chinese imports, many of them consumer products that were exempt from earlier rounds of tariffs. Although many of the tariffs have been delayed, the founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Tuesday he expects no relief from U.S. export curbs due to the political climate in Washington. He expressed confidence the company will thrive because it develops its own technology.Ren Zhengfei also said he doesn’t want relief from U.S. sanctions if it requires China to make concessions in a tariff war. He noted that the biggest impact will be on American vendors that sell chips and other components to Huawei, the biggest maker of network gear for phone companies.Huawei has become a big part of the trade war, with the White House showing a willingness to use sanctions against the company as a bargaining chip. The U.S. government blacklisted Huawei in May, deeming it a national security risk, meaning U.S. companies aren’t allowed to sell the company technology without government approval.“While it is not unexpected, the extension for the easing of Huawei sanctions had added to the relief for markets at the start of the week,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist for IG in Singapore.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more

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October 2, 2019

Empower teachers give them the freedom to teach UN urges on World

Target 4C of Goal 4, in particular, calls for “substantially increasing” the supply of qualified teachers by 2030, and in that context, underlines importance of international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States. Marked annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers – the primary reference framework that addresses teachers’ rights and responsibilities at the global scale. The theme for this year’s commemoration is Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel, which complements the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, stressing the importance of teacher autonomy and academic freedom in building a world in which education and learning are truly universal. “Being an empowered teacher means having access to high-quality training, fair wages, and continuous opportunities for professional development,” the heads of key UN agencies and programmes said today in a joint message on World Teachers’ Day. Empowerment also means teachers having the freedom to support the development of national curricula, the professional autonomy to choose teaching methods and approaches and being able to teach in safety and security during times of political change, instability and conflict, they added. The joint message was issued by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Guy Ryder, the Director-General of International Labour Organization (ILO); Anthony Lake, the Executive-Director of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP); and Fred van Leeuwen, the General-Secretary of Education International (a global federation representing organizations of teachers and other education employees). It emphasized that academic freedom – while important for teachers at all levels of education – is especially critical for higher-education to support the educators’ ability to innovate, explore, and stay up-to-date on the latest pedagogical research. “This World Teachers’ Day, join us in empowering teachers to teach in freedom so that, in turn, every child and every adult is free to learn – to the benefit of a better world,” they urged. The importance of building a skilled, valued and empowered education workforce has also been underscored in the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more

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September 22, 2019

VIDEO Australian PM lashes out at sexist Abbott

first_img(YouTube: NewsOnABC)Gillard said she had been offended by many of Abbott’s remarks over the years, including that she should “make an honest woman of herself” politically and a comment that abortion was “the easy way out”.Sexism and misogyny“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man,” she railed in parliament as she pointed at Abbott.I will not, and the government will not, be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, not now, not ever. AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER Julia Gillard launched a scathing attack on opposition leader Tony Abbott earlier today, accusing him of sexism as he attempted to have the parliamentary speaker sacked.Gillard, the nation’s first female leader, lashed out after Abbott called for the removal of speaker Peter Slipper over lurid text messages sent to an aide which included crude references to female genitalia.Fit and properAbbott said Slipper was not a “fit and proper” person to hold the office after court documents revealed text conversations he had with ex-staffer James Ashby, who has accused him of sexual harassment.The texts included one in which Slipper called a conservative female politician an “ignorant botch (sic)” and another in which he said women’s genitalia looked “like a mussell (sic) removed from its shell”.Abbott said:Every day the prime minister stands in this parliament to defend this speaker will be another day of shame for this parliament, another day of shame for a government which should already have died of shame.But in a blistering address, Gillard accused Abbott of hypocrisy and double-standards:What the leader of the opposition should be ashamed of is of his performance in this parliament and the sexism which he brings with it. If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror.Slipper stood aside in April amid claims of gay sex harassment and travel fraud, while proclaiming his innocence and slamming a “trial by media”.The travel fraud claims were later withdrawn. But the sex harassment case, in which the married Slipper is accused of sending former aide Ashby lurid and inappropriate text messages, is ongoing.Abbott’s motion to remove Slipper was defeated 70 votes to 69.His removal would have been a blow to Gillard who last year engineered his promotion to speaker after he defected from Abbott’s Liberal Party, a move that lost the opposition one vote and shored up her wafer-thin hold on power.Read: Australian parliament votes down proposal for same-sex marriage>last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Active Interest Media Buys Marine Group Assets from Source Interlink

first_imgThis is the second acquisition AIM has done with Source Interlink. In 2010, AIM bought 7 print magazines serving the equine market, including EQUUS.And with this deal, AIM has built up a significant marine group, having purchased Passagemaker and Passagemaker’s Trawlerfest event, along with the Soundings brands from Dominion Enterprises in July, 2011. The company already had Yachts International magazine and produces the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and other boat shows in St. Petersberg and Sarasota.According to Clurman, the deal closed on the first of February, and the back office and other systems will be decoupled from Source Interlink by early April. Sail will remain in its Boston offices, while Power & Motoryacht will relocate from New York City to the Essex, CT office where the Soundings titles are produced. Active Interest Media, the enthusiast publisher with titles and events in the healthy living, home buying, marine and outdoor markets, has taken over the marine group from Source Interlink Media in an asset deal. The brands included in the transaction are Power & Motoryacht and Sail. Terms were not released, but AIM is effectively taking over the publishing of the brands in an asset deal, with a performance-based buyout down the road—a deal similar to one AIM’s outdoor group did with Skram Media in June, 2010. AIM COO Andy Clurman declined to offer more details on the terms of the deal, only noting it was an asset sale, not a stock-based transaction. Power & Motoryacht is a monthly with a circulation of almost 150,000. According to Source Interlink, its website gets about 150,000 monthly uniques. Sail, also monthly, claims a rate base of 100,000.last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Juul vaporizer What is it why are teens addicted and is it

first_img 12 Photos Comments Meet the smart vapes: App-enabled vaporizers seek to cash in on cannabis Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: In a statement, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “…the nicotine in these products can rewire an adolescent’s brain, leading to years of addiction.”But, he continues: “Make no mistake. We see the possibility for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products like e-cigarettes and other novel forms of nicotine-delivery to provide a potentially less harmful alternative for currently addicted individual adult smokers … But we’ve got to step in to protect our kids.”How did the company get its start? Juul Labs spun off from Pax Labs in 2015. Founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees co-founded the company when, as former smokers, they decided they wanted a better alternative to cigarettes than anything that was already on the market. Their idea of “better” manifested as Juul’s high nicotine content and slim design that puts off very little vapor compared to other vapes. Since its debut, Juul has grown to dominate more than 50 percent of the market share.In December 2018, Altria — one of the largest companies in the world that produces tobacco products — bought a 35% stake of Juul for $12.8 billion dollars. Altria owns Phillip Morris, which owns the brands Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Parliament and other cigarette brands.Juul copycats zonk-cotton-candy-400x400Candy and dessert-flavored e-juice is enticing to kids who might be otherwise turned off by vaping or smoking. Zonk E Liquid Juul’s staggering success prompted many e-cigarette brands to follow suit with high nicotine content and new designs. The FDA isn’t happy with these copycat brands, and neither is Juul, who filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission for patent infringement. Everyone should be concerned about copycat Juuls, especially those that openly market to children using enticing flavors like Blue Slushie Lemonade and strawberry whipped cream. The attributes of these vapes — attractive, compact and free of odor — make them popular with young people because they can easily hide them from authority figures, like teachers and parents. Juul’s popularity and the influx of similar products raises concern that this new “pod mod” class of e-cigarette products is not just a trend and will influence the decisions and habits of adolescents for their entire lives.Staying true to its stance on nicotine use among minors, Juul announced that they are going after companies who do market to children and teens, but the FDA warns that this is an ongoing battle.  Watch genetically modified T-cells kill cancer cells Get your vitamins by vaping 1:40 Juul pods currently come in eight flavors; cucumber, creme, mint, mango, menthol, fruit, Virginia tobacco and classic tobacco. It’s worth noting that the FDA’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned flavored cigarettes in 2009, so it’s possible that this might come into play for vapes one day, too. How much nicotine does a Juul deliver?juul-pods-and-chargerThe Juul charger and pods look like USB drives. Natalie Weinstein / CNET Juul measures nicotine content by weight, which is different from most brands, which usually measure by volume. Juul originally only sold pods with 5 percent nicotine by weight, but started offering 3 percent pods in August 2018.According to an older version of Juul’s FAQ page, one 5 percent pod contains roughly the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes, or about 200 puffs. However, this information is no longer available on Juul’s website, and there’s no precise information about 3 percent pods, either. However, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine says that the 5 percent pods contain a concentration of 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid. In contrast, most vapes pre-Juul frenzy contained roughly one to three percent nicotine by volume. A study in the journal Tobacco Control notes that the new average seems to be rising to that 5 percent mark. Juul’s creators increased the nicotine because they felt other vapes on the market couldn’t compare to the sensations delivered by regular cigarettes. juul-website-faq-april-2018Enlarge ImageAn older version of Juul’s FAQ page disclosed precise information about the nicotine content in Juul pods. However, this information is no longer on the site. truthinitiative.org Is it addictive? Is it more addictive than cigarettes?Nicotine is a known addictive substance, and Juul is no exception. There are no studies that prove whether or not Juul is more addictive than regular cigarettes, I certainly know people who seem as addicted to their Juul as they are to their iPhones, and I’ve watched friends throw fits when their pod runs dry. Nicotine is a harmful drug, regardless of delivery method. It’s linked to various changes in the body and brain, and public health officials worry that most people, especially youth, aren’t aware of the potential consequences.What are the risks of vaping?Many people consider vaping a safer alternative to smoking because it eliminates tobacco, which is a known carcinogen. But cigarettes contain many chemicals beyond tobacco, and e-cigarettes contain some of the same. Studies have detected acetamide (a compound used in industrial solvents), formaldehyde and benzene (another known carcinogen) in various e-cigarettes brands. Not all e-cigarette liquids contain all of these toxic compounds, and even in those that do contain them, the concentration isn’t always high enough to present concern. No studies to detect these chemicals have been conducted specifically on Juul e-liquid. The real issue arises when companies don’t disclose what’s in their products. Juul openly states its e-liquid ingredients, all of which appear to be safe in reasonable doses — except the nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that causes cravings and bonafide withdrawal symptoms when those cravings are ignored. Whether or not vaping is a “gateway” to cigarette smoking is irrelevant because vaping itself is an addictive habit. Nicotine isn’t just addictive, but it’s also toxic. It stimulates your adrenal glands, spiking adrenaline production and leading to a series of bodily reactions: Users experience a release of glucose and an increase in heart rate, breathing rate and blood pressure. The drug seems to act as both a stimulant and a depressant at the same time, as it’s linked to increased alertness but also increased relaxation. Use of nicotine is also associated with a number of side effects on organs and organ systems, including:Increased risk of blood clotsAtherosclerosisPeptic ulcersChanges in heart rhythm Lung spasms Nicotine can also alter or harm the development of the brain in children and teens. “The prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for decision-making, logic, personality expression, and many other traits integral to one’s personality, is not fully mature until around the age of 25,” Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, Chief Medical Officer of American Addiction Centers, told CNET. “Introducing nicotine to the brain 10 years prior to that, without speaking of the massive amount of nicotine contained in each cartridge, will undoubtedly alter that developing brain.”Looking beyond nicotine, using e-cigarettes — Juul or otherwise — comes with many health risks, including the possibility for seizures, heart attacks, lung damage and birth defects.Dentists have also been noticing that their patients who vape are experiencing more cavities, tooth damage and dental issues. Especially when it comes to the enamel on your teeth, once damage is done it cannot be reversed.Lastly, e-cigarettes work by heating a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. While the amount of aerosol in a single puff isn’t likely to harm anyone, it’s worth noting that inhaling aerosols is associated with impaired judgment and functioning. Can vaping cause heart disease?The Stanford School of Medicine released a study in May 2019 that suggested the e-liquids in Juuls and other vapes could increase a person’s risk of heart disease. When inhaled, the e-liquid affects a certain kind of cells, called endothelial cells, that line the inside of blood vessels. Researchers found that endothelial cells exposed to e-liquid or to blood collected from people who smoked e-cigarettes exhibited DNA damage and cellular death. Damage occurred even in the absence of nicotine, which means other compounds in the e-liquids are harmful. Interestingly, the severity of the damage varied by flavor, with cinnamon and menthol found as the most harmful. The endothelial cells the researchers tested were grown from stem cells, but the implications still mean a lot for human endothelial cells. “This study clearly shows that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes,” said Joseph Wu, director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, in a press release. “… We saw significant damage. The cells were less viable in culture, and they began to exhibit multiple symptoms of dysfunction.”Why is Juul so popular, especially among teens?juul-starter-kitJuul’s starter kit contains the Juul device, a USB charger and four Juul pods for $50. juul.com Although Juul demands age verification upon navigating to its website and holds a firm stance against minors’ use of Juuls, these vapes are still wildly popular with teens. Depending on the state, no one under 18 or 21 is supposed to be able to purchase e-cigarettes, or any tobacco products. But according to a report from the CDC, e-cigarette use is rising among middle school and high school students, and more than 3.5 million of them used e-cigarettes in 2018.Advertising is part of the problem. According to the CDC, more than 18 million high school and middle school students combined were exposed to e-cigarette ads in 2014. And Stanford researchers point out that Juul’s marketing hasn’t been congruent with its adults-only stance. One can guess it’s so popular for a few reasons:It’s relatively inexpensive: You can buy Juul’s “starter kit,” which includes the e-cigarette, USB charger and four pods for $50. After that, packs of four pods cost $21.It’s discreet: People may be more inclined to use Juul because its compact design is easy to hide from parents, teachers and other authority figures.It doesn’t smell like a cigarette: Cigarette smoke permeates the air in a relatively large radius. Juuls, on the other hand, don’t give off the smell of tobacco or smoke.It comes in many flavors: Juul’s sweet flavor options make it a more palatable option than regular cigarettes and many other e-cigarette options. One CDC survey notes that 31 percent of survey respondents (all students in grades six to 12) chose e-cigarettes because of  “flavors such as mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate.” The explosive popularity of Juul and others like it among kids is particularly troubling because they often do not see it as harmful. A report showed that 63% of people aged 14 to 25 aren’t even aware that vaporizers like Juul contain nicotine at all.What’s the FDA’s stance on Juul?Well, the FDA doesn’t love Juul. In April 2018, the FDA demanded that Juul submit marketing and research documents, and explain what Juul knows about the use of its products among teens. A month later, as part of the FDA’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, the agency also requested information from several other e-cigarette manufacturers. And in October 2018, FDA visited Juul’s San Francisco headquarters to gather information on the company’s sales and marketing tactics.Despite the fact that selling tobacco products to minors is illegal, the FDA has so far uncovered 40 violations for illegal sales of Juul products to young people. Warning letters were issued for those violations. The company also shut down its Facebook and Instagram accounts in November 2018 to avoid promoting its product to teens and non-smokers — two groups that Juul specifically says it does not want to become customers. Now playing: Watch this: Eva Hambach / AFP/Getty Images Vaping has become one of the biggest public health issues of our time, and at the center of it is San Francisco-based e-cigarette company Juul. While there are many vaporizers on the market, Juul has gained popularity (especially among teenagers) for its sleek design and easy-to-use pods. Even after the company was forced to shutter its social media presence while the FDA investigated concerns that Juul was promoting underage use of tobacco products, Juul continues to prove popular with rising sales and affectionate nicknames, such as the “iPhone of vaporizers.”But what exactly is Juul, and is it safe to use one? Here are all the details you need to know about Juul. Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction expertsWhat is it?Juul is like many other e-cigarettes, but with a couple caveats that set it apart. First, this vape is sleek and hardly noticeable: It’s USB-drive design can be enclosed in the palm of a hand, and it doesn’t produce a massive plume of vapor like some other e-cigarettes. Second, the nicotine content in its cartridges or “pods” set a new precedent for the e-cigarette market. E-cigarettes work by converting liquid nicotine into a vapor that the user inhales. They’re battery operated and intend to provide a similar stimulus to that of smoking regular cigarettes. Vaping Increases Among TeensJuul is small and discreet Portland Press Herald/Getty Developed by two former smokers, Juul’s mission is to “improve the lives of one billion adult smokers by eliminating cigarettes.” One way the company encourages the switch from cigarettes to Juul is with their Juul calculator, where people can estimate how much money they’d save if they used a Juul instead.How does Juul compare to other e-cigarettes?Juul’s high nicotine content used to be an anomaly in the e-cigarette market, but now researchers note it seems to be the rule. After Juul’s surge in popularity, other e-cigarette manufacturers began bumping up the nicotine content in their products.Juul uses a closed system, which means users can’t refill the pods themselves, a helpful factor for quality control.  Some e-cigarettes, such as the Suorin Drop, use open systems that allow users to refill the vape themselves with bottles of e-liquid or e-juice.Juul’s small size, compact design and minimal plume make it more discreet than many other brands. With no buttons or switches — just disposable, snap-on cartridges — Juul is simple, and its built-in temperature regulation prevents you from experiencing a “dry hit.” Dry hits occur when vape cartridges get too low on liquid or when they overheat, and produce a burnt taste and throat irritation. The Juul vaping system in Washington, DC.The Juul e-cigarette uses closed cartridges of “juice.” The Washington Post/Getty What is in the liquid that the Juul turns to vapor?The Juul comprises two parts. There’s the e-cigarette itself, which contains the battery, temperature regulator and sensors that read the charge level. The pod contains Juul’s patented e-liquid formula. A mixture of nicotine salts, glycerol, propylene glycol, benzoic acid and flavorings.Glycerol serves as a humectant, which means it adds moisture to the solution. Glycerol is classified as “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA, so it’s approved for consumption. Propylene glycol is a synthetic compound commonly used in polyester production, but it’s also approved as an additive for food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Benzoic acid occurs naturally in many plants, but its synthetic form is also widely used as a food additive and preservative. It’s “generally recognized as safe” for those uses, but can be an environmental and health hazard in large quantities.Flavorings is an ambiguous term, but most often refers to various natural and synthetic ingredients that companies use to flavor their products. For example, Juul doesn’t specify what’s in it’s mint-flavored pod, but it probably contains peppermint extract or oil. The nicotine salts in Juul pods are a type of nicotine that supposedly feels more like a cigarette when inhaled, as opposed to other vapes that use freebase nicotine. Freebase nicotine, which can cause coughing and leave a film in people’s throats, is harsher and commonly used in cigars. 21 4:37 Tags Wellnesslast_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Ninja disgusted with Twitch after pornography appears on his channel

first_img Disgusted and so sorry. pic.twitter.com/gnUY5Kp52E— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 1/ Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.— Emmett Shear (@eshear) August 11, 2019 A subsequent tweet stated “this wouldn’t even have been an issue if they didnt (sic) use my channel to promote others in the first place.” Blevins notes this practice isn’t the norm for Twitch streamers who have changed platform, with dormant channels usually featuring a breakdown of the streamers channel information. Not so for the ridiculously popular page run by Ninja, however, with a message that read “the streamer you’re looking for is in another castle.” Shortly after Ninja’s video went live, Twitch pulled the plug, reverting the channel to the normal state and removing the message. 16 Photos Twitch CEO Emmett Shear responded, via Twitter, on Sunday evening, saying the company has been “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline,” in addition to personally apologizing to Blevins for the indiscretion. Share your voice Comments Tags Fortnite’s Epic spectacular at E3 2019 Originally published Aug. 11, 5:12 p.m. PT.Update, 6:46 p.m.: Adds Emmett Shear comments.Correction, Aug 12: Earlier version of this article listed Ninja as having 14.5 million subscribers. Twitch calls these “followers”.  19 Gaming Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Getty/Johannes Eisele One of the world’s most popular video game streamers, the blue-and-red-haired Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, has taken to Twitter to air his grievances with video streaming Goliath Twitch, after pornography appeared on his offline channel on Sunday. After dropping Twitch video and moving to rival platform Mixer earlier this month, Ninja’s channel was being used to promote other content across the platform.Blevins made his name streaming Fortnite and had amassed around 14.5 million followers on Twitch before jumping ship to Microsoft’s Mixer on a new exclusive deal. His Twitch channel remained available to view, but offline, with Twitch taking the unusual step of promoting a feed of “popular Fortnite channels” across the streaming service in place of the usual offline page. The top channel on that feed featured hardcore pornography.Blevins took to Twitter with a message for his followers that he was “disgusted and so sorry” about the mishap. Twitch has now reverted my channel back to how an offline page should look. Thank you.— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 Ninja Pornography Twitchlast_img read more

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September 2, 2019

Houston Man Sentenced To 16 Years For Attempting To Assist ISIS

first_imgA Federal Court on Monday sentenced Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan — who was living in Houston at the time of his arrest in 2014– to 16 years in prison for plotting to leave the United States and join ISIS as a soldier and bomb-maker. According to court records the Iraqi-native was also trying to build a bomb for use in Texas. Share New images of alleged #Houston terror suspect Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan https://t.co/sVrfKdqWHK More on #KPRC2 @ 6p pic.twitter.com/PMZu47sec0— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) January 8, 2016After federal officials discovered Al Hardan had acquired manuals on circuitry and military circuitry, a federal informant met with him 17 times and learned that he planned an attack on a military facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. The convicted man also discussed how a mall could be bombed with the informant.Judge Lynn N. Hughes, of the U.S. Southern District of Federal District Court said that lying in an attempt to obtain a passport so the convicted man could join ISIS as a bomb-maker and soldier, is why he determined the sentence of 16 years. Making claims on social media, having and ISIS flag in his home, watching training videos on how to build a bomb, and obtaining five cell phones to use in detonating bombs was not why he was giving the 192 month sentence, which is guidelines of 51 to 71 months.Al Hardan arrived in the U.S. in 2009 and got his green card in 2011. Federal authorities began monitoring his activities in 2012.The judge called the sentencing process, “almost mechanical,” and said his decision was, “cold, rational, and a fully informed decision.”last_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Durant is Mondawmin Santa For More Than Three Decades

first_imgLuke Durant has been the Mondawmin Mall Santa Claus for 34 years. Here Kashton asks Santa for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Ninja Megazoid. Mondawmin Mall, in the heart of West Baltimore, is one of the oldest malls in America.(Courtesy Photo)last_img

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September 1, 2019

Detmers Shines in Louisvilles Series Opening Win Over James Madison

first_imgDetmers had it working from the outset Friday, striking out the first five hitters he faced. He retired the first eight batters of the day before hitting a man with two outs in the third. The runner didn’t deter him though, as a groundout on the next pitch ended the inning. PDF Box Score Detmers, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, dazzled on the mound Friday. The southpaw held JMU hitless for the first seven innings of the contest before exiting after eight with one hit allowed and a career-high 14 strikeouts. Reid Detmers Postgame Story Links With a four-run lead, Detmers continued to dominate. He struck out two in the sixth and set the side down in order on strikes in the seventh. The no-hit bid came to an end in the eighth, as a hard-hit ball deflected off the glove of a diving Wyatt at first base. Detmers would finish off the inning without trouble though, finishing his night with eight scoreless innings. Henry Davis tacked one final run onto the Louisville line score with a single that brought home pinch-runner Trey Leonard in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Cardinals then turned the game over to Michael McAvene, who worked a perfect ninth to finish off the victory. Highlights Next Game: James Madison 3/2/2019 | 12:00 PM Live Stats Louisville (6-3) went with two outs in the third, started by a Tyler Fitzgerald single. The junior proceeded to steal second and third base and Oriente legged out an infield single to allow Fitzgerald to score and give UofL a 2-0 advantage. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the second straight week, University of Louisville starting pitcher Reid Detmers stole the show, as the eighth-ranked Cardinals blanked James Madison 5-0 in the series opener Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville and James Madison will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday scheduled to begin at noon ET. Photo Gallery Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster ACC Network Extra Meanwhile, the Louisville offense gave him a little cushion with a run in the second and third innings. Logan Wyatt doubled to lead off the second and Danny Oriente followed with a single that put runners on the corners. Alex Binelas then cashed in the run-scoring opportunity with a sacrifice fly to get the Cardinals on the board. The sophomore worked seven no-hit innings in his previous start against Brown and built his streak of consecutive hitless innings to 14.2 before a leadoff single in the eighth. After tallying 11 strikeouts in his last outing and 14 on Friday, Detmers is the first Cardinal to reach double digits in back-to-back starts since 2017 Golden Spikes Award winner Brendan McKay did it in three straight in March of 2017. Detmers kept rolling on the mound, piling up two more strikeouts in the fourth and another in the fifth before the offense added to the lead. Fitzgerald started the action again in the fifth, this time with an infield single with one away. Again, the shortstop stole second and third base before coming across on another swing by Oriente. Following a walk to Binelas, Ethan Stringer picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice to stretch the margin out to four. Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored for the Cardinals. His four stolen bases match the Louisville single-game record, done eight other times with the most recent coming from Corey Ray against Longwood on March 8, 2016. Print Friendly Version Dan McDonnell Postgame Previewlast_img read more

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August 19, 2019

United to fly nonstop between Chicago and Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. United Airlines announced plans Wednesday to begin new non-stop service on several international and domestic routes in the spring, including weekly year-round service between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and San José, Costa Rica, scheduled to begin April 13.The flight is subject to government approval and will operate using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the company said in a release.From other hubs, United also will begin international service between Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport and San José, subject to official approval.The airline is set to launch new domestic services from Dulles to Vancouver, British Columbia, between Newark and Edmonton and between Denver and Fort McMurray, Alberta. Facebook Commentslast_img

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