Painkillers May Curb Memory Loss From Medical Marijuana

first_imgMedical marijuana can alleviate pain and nausea, but it can also cause decreased attention span and memory loss. A new study in mice finds that taking an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen may help curb these side effects.  “This is what we call a seminal paper,” says Giovanni Marsicano, a neuroscientist at the University of Bordeaux in France who was not involved in the work. If the results hold true in humans, they “could broaden the medical use of marijuana,” he says. “Many people in clinical trials are dropping out from treatments, because they say, ‘I cannot work anymore. I am stoned all the time.’ ”People have used marijuana for hundreds of years to treat conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. Studies in mice have shown that it can reduce some of the neural damage seen in Alzheimer’s disease. The main psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat anorexia in AIDS patients and the nausea triggered by chemotherapy. Although recreational drug users usually smoke marijuana, patients prescribed THC take it as capsules. 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In the brain, THC binds to receptors called CB1 and CB2, which are involved in neural development as well as pain perception and appetite. The receptors are normally activated by similar compounds, called endocannabinoids, that are produced by the human body. When one of these compounds binds to CB1, it suppresses the activity of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). The enzyme has many functions. For instance, painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin work by blocking COX-2. Researchers have hypothesized that the suppression of COX-2 could be the cause of THC’s side effects, such as memory problems.But that’s not what researchers found in the new study. A team led by Chu Chen, a neuroscientist at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, discovered that giving THC to mice increased the activity of COX-2. Blocking this activation alleviated the memory and learning problems triggered by THC. For instance, mice that received a dose of THC daily for a week had problems remembering the location of a hidden platform in a water tank. If COX-2 was blocked, however, mice given THC found the platform just as fast as mice that were not treated with THC did. This result suggests “that the unwanted side effects of cannabis could be eliminated or reduced … by administering a COX-2 inhibitor,” the authors write today in Cell.Raul Gonzalez, a psychologist at Florida International University in Miami, praises the “elegant set of experiments.” But he warns that it is not clear whether inhibiting COX-2 blocks the beneficial effects of marijuana. In the study, Chen and colleagues showed that some positive impacts of THC, such as those observed in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, are still seen if the mice also receive a COX-2 inhibitor. But such an inhibitor may still interfere with the positive effects of THC on other disorders such as AIDS, Gonzalez writes in an e-mail. “It is much too early to tell, but the current study will undoubtedly spur some exciting new research.”One conclusion of the paper is that THC and endocannabinoids can cause opposite effects when they bind to CB1, Marsicano says. That suggests that it may be too simple to think of a receptor like CB1 as a mere switch that always does the same thing if it is activated, he says. For instance, CB1 may come in slightly different forms, and THC may be particularly good at binding to only one of these forms.The authors argue that a painkiller like aspirin may also prevent some of the downsides of cannabis abuse. But Gonzalez cautions that smoked cannabis contains many more active compounds than THC does, and they may also be involved in harming the memory and other side effects.As for people who use marijuana recreationally, taking ibuprofen as well might kill the buzz they’re looking for, Marsicano says. For instance, he says, impairments in working memory may make people prone to jump from one topic to the next during conversation, and they may have fun doing that. “So what we call side effects may attract people to marijuana in the first place.”last_img read more

PVL: Pocari drops BanKo Perlas for 2nd straight win

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Myla Pablo and Desiree Dadang eventually weathered the storm for Pocari putting the Lady Warriors at 26-25.Pablo unleashed 23 points to lead the Lady Warriors while getting ample support from Kai Nepomuceno who had 14 points, and Panaga and Elaine Kasilag who finished with 13 and 11, respectively.De Jesus led BanKo Perlas with 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pocari Sweat improved to 2-0 while the Perlas Spikers are now at 0-2.Pocari’s win exposed head coach Rico De Guzman’s worry of his team’s habit of lagging and allowing opponents to catch up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lady Warriors held a 22-20 lead in the fourth set, but the Perlas Spikers managed to take a momentary 23-22 lead due to Jeanette Panaga’s error.“That’s what I told them, we will go up by three or four but we will commit those errors,” said De Guzman. “I said that we’re allowing ourselves to play the same pace as the opponents.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Season 93 Preview: Young Letran Knights out to turn heads Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat turned back BanKo Perlas, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, for its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Perlas Spiker Ella De Jesus had the unfortunate mistake of awarding the Lady Warriors the victory when her final attack went awry.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

India’s Commonwealth Weightlifting Champ Ravi Kumar Katulu Gets Four-year Ban for Doping

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. banCommonwealth gamesDopinggold medal First Published: November 5, 2019, 1:22 PM IST New Delhi: India’s Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medal winner Ravi Kumar Katulu has been banned for four years after failing a drug test, a top anti-doping official told AFP on Tuesday.The 31-year-old Kumar, who won the 69kg title at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a silver in 2014 (77kg), tested positive for Ostarine, media reports said. Ostarine helps increase muscle mass though is not available to the public.”Ravi Kumar has been suspended for four years,” National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) director general Navin Agarwal told AFP without naming the substance involved.Ostarine is a “selective androgen receptor modulator”, or SARM, which doping experts say has been increasingly used as an alternative to steroids. No country has yet allowed its use as a medicine but it is widely available on the black market.The ban is a new blow for scandal-tainted Indian weightlifting, which has been restricted to only four Olympic places — two men and two women — in Tokyo next year because of its high number of doping cases. last_img read more

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s cool cat Mohammed Siraj overcomes early nerves to shine on debut

first_imgGhouse Mohammad is an auto-rickshaw driver by profession and he may not have had enough time to stay tuned to the frenetic world of the Indian Premier League as it spread its fangs across the cricketing fraternity in the last decade.WATCH: How WAGS inspired their cricket star husbands in IPL 2017But on Wednesday evening, surely, he would have spared some time to see Sunrisers Hyderabad overwhelm Delhi Daredevils . The hosts were set up for victory by two leading lights of international cricket – Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson but there was a rivetting story to be seen and felt as the plot unfolded through the rest of the evening. (SRH vs DD: Kane Williamson feels fortunate after dream comeback)A 23-year-old pacer, Ghouse’s son, Mohammed Siraj was making his debut for SRH in front of home crowds. He must have longed to get into the stands just for a glimpse of his cricketing superstars, growing up as a kid. As a son of an auto-rickshaw driver, just to hang out with global cricket superstars was a wild dream. VVS Laxman is a local legend, Yuvraj Singh revered and adored in a city that breathes cricket in every nook and corner.Did Siraj really dream that big? Would he one day rub shoulders with the who’s who of cricket? These questions were answered when he bagged a whopping Rs 2.60 crore deal with the Sunrisers. The media thronged his lower-middle class house in Banjara Hills. A proud father beamed, standing next to his son.advertisementThere was so much to look forward to. A family was now going to go places because their son had dared to dream big.Two weeks after the IPL got underway, it seemed like Siraj had been forgotten in a galaxy of stars. But he was finally given a game on his home turf and against a unit that has looked determined and keen to improve.SRH were defending a massive total, thanks to brutal knocks from Williamson and Dhawan but totals of 192 have been chased down before with alarming regularity.And Siraj was faced against Sanju Samson, who had already hammered a hundred this season and the dangerous Sam Billings.It helped that Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a superb first over and it did not help that Siraj conceded three boundaries off his first four deliveries to Billings. It looked like DD would get off to the kind of start they desperately needed – SRH under pressure.And just then Siraj pitched full and on the pads but Billings clipped uppishly only to find Deepak Hooda gleefully accept a simple catch at midwicket. Siraj had struck in his first over.That was not the end of it. He came back for his second spell to see off Samson, who was en route another of his hurricanes. A dream debut had been sealed. Siraj was on top of the world.But it was not an easy day – he had just been informed of his maiden IPL game in the morning and there must have been butterflies in his stomach.I got to know in the morning that I would get to debut but I was fully prepared,” Siraj told iplt20.com after the match and conceded he was under pressure but understood the need to deal with it as best as he could. “When I was running in to bowl the first ball, it felt like someone had caught my feet. But I was more relaxed after that.” And the famous SRH team bonding sessions have obviously helped. Senior pacers like Bhuvneshwar and Ashish Nehra are easing going guys, who are only too eager to help. (SRH vs DD: David Warner hails ‘exceptional’ Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul after win over Delhi Daredevils)”We have bonded well together and I have learnt a lot from Bhuvi and Ashish bhai. God willing, I can do even better in the next match.Siraj said getting those two wickets was a good feeling and he understood the importance of bowling dot balls to some of the most attacking batsmen in the league – pressure can do funny things to the best in the business.It was a night of triumph for the Sunrisers who edged past Mumbai Indians to nestle in at No.2 in the points table. It was also a surreal night for Mohammed Siraj, whose primary concern now is to pick more wickets for his IPL team – isn’t it so much better than wondering how he can buy a bigger house for his parents? That, certainly, is already settled.advertisementlast_img read more

India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: Dream 11 Prediction, captain and vice-captain

first_imgAfter rain playing spoilsport in the first ODI of the three-game series in Guyana, India and West Indies have moved to the Queen’s Park Oval for the second game and both teams will be looking to start on the attack after a washed out opening game. Interestingly, Chris Gayle has been ignored for the Test series, so this game and the last one at the same venue could be the last couple of times that one sees the legend take the field on the international stage.The Indian middle-order kind of picks itself as the team didn’t get to bat in the opening game. So while Shreyas Iyer should get another go after having made the XI in the first game, Rishabh Pant definitely will be playing the role of the finisher unless there is a top-order collapse. Kedar Jadhav is also set to get a game over Manish Pandey as was the case in the opening tie.Dream 11 predictions, 2nd ODI: India vs West Indies BatsmenWell, leave out Chris Gayle at your own peril. The West Indies opener is all set to become the most-capped player for the country in ODIs on Sunday and he will be hoping to celebrate the landmark with a big ton. Rohit Sharma, who was in imperious form in World Cup 2019, can certainly be your opener in the Dream 11 team.India captain Virat Kohli showed he is hungry for more when he hit a match-winning fifty in the final T20I last week. If you are risking Kohli to play at No. 4, you can also slot in Evin Lewis who looked in fine touch in the 1st ODI in the top four of your batting order.advertisementDelhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer is certain to play at No. 4 and he will be hungry to prove his mettle on Sunday. He is certainly a good choice in the top 5 but the likes of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer can also be good picks.WicketkeeperShai Hope is certainly a good choice but you wouldn’t want to risk leaving out Rishabh Pant, especially after the way the India wicketkeeper-batsman shone in the final T20I vs West Indies.All-roundersRavindra Jadeja will be keen on continuing from where he left in the World Cup semi-final and he will come in handy for your Dream 11 team. West Indies captain Jason Holder is an absolute must in the team.BowlersMohammed Shami can be the first name on your Dream 11 team sheet. The India pacer was excellent in his 1st spell in the 1st ODI. West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell was impressive throughout the T20I series. Kuldeep Yadav, who showed glimpses of returning to form in the 1st ODI, can also be a good addition for the spinner’s spot.Dream 11 team for India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: Chris Gayle (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Evin Lewis, Virat Kohli, Nicholas Pooran, Rishabh Pant, Jason Holder, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shaimi, Kuldeep Yadav, Sheldon Cottrell.Captain and vice-captain recommendation for 2nd ODIChris Gayle – Captain; Rohit Sharma – vice-captainSquadsIndia: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.Also Read | Chris Gayle 300: Can India play party poopers in West Indies star’s landmark ODI?Also See:last_img read more

Mike Gundy Relaxed, Confident and Comfortable With 2017 Season Approaching

first_imgOn Friday, less than one week until the start of one of the most hyped football seasons in Oklahoma State history, Mike Gundy was relaxed, mullet flowing down his back, exuding a quiet confidence that only a coach of Gundy’s demeanor would be comfortable letting on.Emphasis on the relaxed part.“I thought Donald Trump was over here or somethin’!” Gundy quipped of the media scrum surrounding Mike Yurcich he saw upon his entrance at the suite level for his press conference Friday.Gundy, as well-known for his CEO-like traits as any coach in the country, was ultra-cool with a little extra pep in his step. He showed up 30 minutes early (by accident), and stood around to talk to OSU staffers about what I can only presume was the brand of butch wax he’s using these days. Naturally, the first words I heard come out of his mouth reminded me more of Kevin Hart than of a Division I head football coach of a top 10 team.That’s just the mood of a confident coach preparing for the football season.As entertaining as Gundy’s press conference was — where he fielded questions about Bob Stoops’ interest in joining the College Football Playoff Committee, the newly-released depth chart, how his quarterbacks are developing behind Mason Rudolph, and everything in between — it felt like a genuine, regular guy talking to the media.He wasn’t trying to put on a show. He was loose, cracking jokes like all of us were cracking a cold one together on the back porch of his ranch. And he embraced the talk of his quiet football players — a tradition that has earned a small spot on his bingo card — and leaned into the running joke by raving about the players (Justice Hill and James Washington) who hardly say a word. All the while, he wore that wry smile framed by his locks that makes you think he’s both telling the joke and in on it as well.When it finally came to taking stock of his 2017 roster, though, he didn’t shy away from comparisons to 2011 and shot straight from the hip about his assessment of his roster.“I think we have a really good team,” said Gundy. “I said that earlier this year. I ride in the car a lot of times with teenagers because my boys are teenagers. They argue over who’s a better player — Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. They look at their phones and try to throw stats out. They ask me, and you can’t compare something like that. They’re both great players.“I think this is a really good football team. I think they’ve been committed to each other. That’s not coach’s talk. You know I’m beyond coach’s talk by now.”OSU has a lot of holes to plug from last season to be the team that is a trendy pick to win the conference. Cornerback, although talented as all get-out, is a question mark with two new starters. The running back position will feature a true freshman in J.D. King and, likely, Chuba Hubbard. And the offensive line, which has allowed 104 sacks over the last three seasons, is breaking in a new left tackle. There’s a lot of unknowns.Even with the lofty preseason expectations that come with a top 10 ranking and a College Football Playoff projection from a major media outlet, Gundy appears as confident and relaxed as ever as he prepares for Game 1 of the regular season next Thursday.While it’s entirely possible his relaxed persona has only become public as he’s grown into his role as the face of the university, I think Gundy is quietly confident this team might be prepared to achieve something special in the 2017 season. A mountaintop that only one of his teams has ever touched before. A Big 12 title.And maybe even more.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Michigan State Fans Aren’t Happy With This Mark Dantonio Comment

first_imgA closeup of Mark Dantonio wearing a green Michigan State polo.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 07: Michigan State Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio prior to the start of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan State fans don’t appear to be happy with what head football coach Mark Dantonio said today.Dantonio, speaking about the Spartans’ 2018 season, said he “firmly believes” this year will be a success.Michigan State, meanwhile, is 6-5 and coming off of a loss to Nebraska. The Spartans should improve to 7-5 with a win against Rutgers.Dantonio: “I firmly believe this year will be a success.”— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 20, 2018Michigan State fans have reacted like this:I’m interested in learning how he defines “success.”— Johnny Bridges (@MattBuckelew) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/TpbgVSwKCu— Sean (@SeanFbeezy) November 20, 2018They must have a very broad definition of success…— the real ian scott (@IanScott1982) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/aDFjrhy0br— Savage?Beast (@Skeets24) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/wRsGHyYKWL— Trevor Upchurch (@SidewaysMosque) November 20, 2018Welp.Michigan State and Rutgers are set to play on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

Improved Benefits to NHT Contributors Take Effect

first_imgEffective July 1, 2017, some new National Housing Trust (NHT) loan applicants began benefitting from improvements in Home Grants and financing for NHT scheme solutions. There are also special benefits for persons with disabilities. These include reduced interest rates and a special grant to assist with retrofitting their houses. The policy changes were announced by Prime Minister the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness during his 2017/2018 budget presentation in March and are aimed at making home ownership even more affordable for contributors.Leading the new policy changes is the NHT’s offer of 100% mortgage financing for all housing units it produces. This means that the Trust will lend qualified contributors the full amount required to buy NHT units, providing that they can afford the monthly loan payments.Currently, NHT contributors with a disability, who are certified by the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, repay their loans at a rate of interest of two-percentage points below that of the income group in which they fall. As of July 1, individuals earning up to $30,000 weekly will borrow at a rate of 0%. The NHT will also provide a grant of $150,000 to NHT mortgagors with disabilities or to mortgagors who reside with and care for a family member who is disabled, to retrofit or upgrade the dwellings to make them more suited for their needs.Meanwhile, NHT’s lowest earning contributors can now access increased funding following improvements made to the Home Grant programme. Contributors earning below $12,000 weekly and who have been contributing for over seven years, will be able to access up to $2.5 million for an NHT Home Grant. By combining their mortgage loan and the Home Grant amount, these contributors should be able to purchase a unity equivalent in value to an NHT studio. Previously, contributors could benefit from a maximum Home Grant of $1.5 million.Earlier this year, the NHT implemented policies which saw an increase in the loan limit for Home Improvement Loans to $2.5 million up from $1.5 million. With this new policy, two qualified NHT contributors can co-apply and access up to $5 million for home improvements. In addition, the loan limit for a House Lot loan was increased to $2.5 million from the previous limit of $2 million.The Trust’s housing programme for the 2017/2018 Financial Year will see the NHT commence construction of almost 6,000 housing solutions across Jamaica. Ground has been broken for approximately 3,000 solutions to date. For the 2017/2018 financial year, the NHT plans to write approximately 8,500 new loans at a value of $17.5 billion.last_img read more

Best foot forward

first_imgTulsi, you are known for soulful numbers. How different was it to sing a dance number like O saki saki? Tulsi Kumar (TK): I have done many dance numbers earlier too. I did a song called Love mera hit hit in 2009, then there was Nachange saari raat and Gulabi 2.0 – but definitely, O saki saki has grabbed all eyeballs for the right reasons. It has brought immense love and appreciation for me and my team including Neha Kakkar, B Praak, Tanishk (Bagchi) and Nora. The combination played out very beautifully. As far as my vocals are concerned, everyone relates me to soulful and melodious numbers. But I think this was a challenge for me to get out of my comfort zone and do something very different. I am happy to be a part of O saki saki and really elated that people love this new side of Tulsi. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaNora, your song Dilbar became a huge hit last year. Did that anywhere pressurise you to match expectations while preparing for O saki saki?Nora Fatehi (NF): Yes, of course it did. After Dilbar, Kamariya followed and after that, everybody saw the Arabic version of Dilbar. That pressure was most when Kamariya was releasing, which was just about a week after Dilbar had released. When I did the Arabic Dilbar too, there was fear about whether this will be accepted by people here. I made it for a different market but since I am working here, I need things to work out for me here even though I am creating something for another market. The day before Arabic Dilbar was releasing I was quite stressed and finally it was received well by people despite it being in a different language! Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaAs we shot O saki saki, I was just more excited to offer something different visually and take the dancing to a new level. But the day before Saki was releasing, that pressure came back to me all over again. It was an overwhelming fear – will this be as good as Dilbar? Of course, you can’t compare it to Dilbar because it is totally different both visually and musically. Even the dance style is different. My fear was about whether the audience will appreciate this song as they had earlier. When you see people on social media making dance videos, doing their own workshops and trying to learn the dance steps, then you know that they have enjoyed it. Right now, my Instagram is flooded with videos of people dancing to Saki saki, attempting the hook step, doing their own choreography and so much more! Do you feel that this age of overwhelming digital and social media helps singers and performers connect better with their audience? TK: Definitely! There was a time when you didn’t know how your song was faring. You would know after maybe a couple of days when you chance upon the song playing somewhere. Those were the parameters, but now it is all in front of you because of social media. The comments, the numbers, the views and the ‘likes’ will tell you how the song is doing with the audience. Like Nora said, there are so many digital platforms like Tik Tok, YouTube and Instagram where people are uploading performances on the song. You then know that your song is actually being loved and talked about! NF: As a performer, I would say that the digital platform is adding a new dimension to our work. The way we can engage with our audience is mind-boggling. This is why whenever I do a project, like a dance number, I make sure it is engaging. People would want to try it at home or with friends. It should be engaging, it should make you want to get up and hit the dance floor. It needs to be aspirational and energetic. I remember, during Dilbar there was an argument where I thought, should we really do something like this? It might be tough for people and how do we know that majority of people can attempt belly dancing? But we thought we must as it was something very different. Once the song became a hit, all these girls and the belly dancers within them had come out and they were doing the hook step so beautifully! I was so impressed to see those girls attempting it with confidence, then I thought, don’t underestimate the audience! Would you consider Dilbar to be a turning point in your career? NF: You know, for the longest time I thought Dilbar was the song because everybody just said that Dilbar is the reason why I am here. But you know what, it’s not; it is Naah, the song with Harrdy Sandhu. Naah was the first song to reach five million views on YouTube in India and it broke a record. At that time, I was just a girl from Bigg Boss and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. People and even filmmakers actually noticed me in that song! Secretly I feel that is what propelled my career while Dilbar was the boom! Tulsi, recently your two songs Tera ban jaunga and Shaher ki ladki got more than 100 million views. What does this mean to you considering one is an original and the other is a recreated version? TK: I think every song has its own charm and destiny. The end product is what the listeners get to hear and the prime motive is to have them entertained with these songs. Both my songs in the last month, Kabir Singh’s Tera ban jaunga and Khandaani Shafakhana’s Shaher ki ladki did well. Shaher ki ladki was again the iconic recreation in which we had Raveena (Tandon) Ma’am and Suniel (Shetty) Sir as a part of the video, which was amazing. I was really thrilled to be the voice of Raveena Tandon. I have grown up listening to her and watching her on screen and here I was to be her voice! When you make a recreated version of an already popular song, what nuances do you add to make it look fresh while you also maintain the original flavour? TK: That is best done by Tanishk. When he recreates a track he ensures that it isn’t a simple copy – and that’s why they are called recreations and not remixes. With this recreation too, we began with a totally new part in Main teri aankhon ka sahil, main tere dil ke hi kaabil… In fact, in between too there are several new aspects that are combined with the hook of O saki saki. When I am a part of recreation, I don’t like to go back and watch or hear too much of the original song. That was an already iconic song and here we were trying to lend new perspective to it. So, with due respect to all iconic songs that are recreated, I try to add my own feel and flavour. There’s always a set of people who negatively react to recreations. How do you deal with that? TK: With love there has to be some criticism, especially with recreations. Some sections of the audience are so attached to what they have heard earlier that they can’t accept anything new. But on the other hand, our newer generation enjoys these iconic songs in a recreated version. Recreations should be done with a lot of care and when handled properly, there is no harm!NF: They are created for entertainment and not to stress you out, so people shouldn’t get really emotional about this. These songs are made for you to dance, have fun and enjoy. In Batla House, there is a reason why the song happens, why my character is dancing, etc. When you see the film you will understand why the song is there! Nora, you are known for your chartbuster songs. The trailer of Batla House shows you doing something different. What can we expect from your character? NF: I play a character called Huma and she is a small town girl. She is a performer. She is really important for the story. You have to see the film on August 15 to know what it is about. For my career, it is a step up. It is great that Nikkhil Advani gave me this opportunity. It was very exciting for me because these are the things that I am really looking forward to doing more and more in my career.last_img read more

Inafirst a Durga puja by elderly

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to rediscover youth, members of Swapno Bhor, the only centre for the senior citizens in New Town, will organise Durga Puja for the first time since its inception.The puja titled Prabinder Sarodatsav will be held at the activity centre of Snehodiya, the state of the art living facility for the senior citizens. It is the only Durga Puja in and around Kolkata where the senior citizens will manage the puja which include buying the idol, worshipping it for four days and them immersing it without taking any help from the youths. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBhaskar Sardar, general secretary of the puja committee, said the experience in organising Durga puja which the members had gathered in their youths will be used in organizing the puja now. Many of the members had held high posts in government offices and private sector and the expertise acquired over the years in doing a work flawlessly will be used to make this puja a success. A book containing writings of the members on their experiences in celebrating Durga puja in their adolescent and youths will be published. The book does not contain any advertisement. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere are around 700 members in Swapno Bhor. The willing families would be requested to donate Rs 1,000 for holding the puja. Sardar said to make the puja an eco-friendly one earthen utensils and pitchers will be used. The money required to buy the image of Durga, the pujas that will be performed on four days along with the flowers, dhakis and priests will be donated by the members. On Asthami, prasad will be distributed on large-scale while the women,who will be engaged in the pujas will be treated on Sasthi and Dasami. Senior citizens will take part in the cultural shows, which will be held in the evening on all four days. It may be mentioned that Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( Hidco) is organizing round the year activities for the senior citizens at Swapno Bhoor, which include annual fair, cultural shows and trip to religious places.last_img read more

In first for UN peacekeeping allfemale police unit arrives in Liberia

The new officers serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) are “very confident, they are trained, and I think they will perform well out here,” said their commander, Seema Dhundiya.She emphasized that the Unit, which consists of 103 women performing operational tasks and 22 men doing logistics work, is well-prepared to meet the challenges ahead. “Our contingent has been carved out from a paramilitary force and as far as training is concerned, it is almost on the same line of what army recruits get.”Ms. Dhundiya pledged that the officers, who are armed with sophisticated weapons, will carry out their work with utmost professionalism. “We are definitely going to perform to the best of our abilities and raise the expectations of our senior authorities and our own country.”Describing the disembarkation of the female police, UN spokesman Ben Dotsei Malor said they looked sharp and motivated despite having just arrived by air. “Even though they have just come off this flight they look like they are ready for action,” he said.Mr. Malor emphasized that the Indian blue berets would help the Liberian National Police (LNP) while supporting the work of the UN in the country. “We hope that the presence of this all-female contingent will serve as an incentive and an attraction to encourage young Liberian women to join the Liberian National Police,” said UNMIL Police Commissioner Mohammed Alhassan.Ms. Dhundiya was optimistic that her officers could function as role models. “I think the Liberian people are going to welcome us with open arms and more of the local population will get inspired seeing these girls properly dressed, well equipped and probably they will get motivated to join the UN police officers, especially the girls.”The Indian women “are the right people at the right time to come here now,” said Mr. Malor. “They are professional, skilled, capable, and they will be able to do the job just as well as their male counterparts are already doing on the ground if not better in some instances.”“The arrival today of the all-female FPU from India is an extra boost to our policing efforts here in Liberia,” agreed Mr. Alhassan.The new Unit joins 82 female UN police officers serving with UNMIL in various capacities. 30 January 2007For the first time in the history of United Nations peacekeeping, an all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) arrived today in Liberia to join the world body’s operation as it works to strengthen the rule of law and maintain peace in the West African country. read more

Norfolk rejects MNR wetland review

Norfolk council has rejected the Ministry of Natural Resources’ latest attempt to define wetland areas in the county.It did so Tuesday after more than 200 landowners crowded the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square to share their concerns.The MNR’s latest round of aerial mapping re-designated hundreds of acres of farmland in Norfolk as wetland, affecting 1,200 landowners. Some farmers have seen as many as 40 acres or more encumbered with no hint of compensation or a reduction in taxes.“Council better realize this is a no-go,” Kathy Manary of Walsingham said during the public meeting.“If you don’t, farmers will stand shoulder to shoulder and do what is necessary to regain our rights. There is no way you can just walk in and take my land. If you want my land, you will have to compensate me for it.“Don’t think we’ll stand silent. Just because we don’t know yet how we will stop this, we will figure it out. If you’re going to take my farm, I’m going to come after you.”The MNR came up with its new maps several years ago following an aerial survey.The new wetland boundaries have been incorporated into Norfolk’s new official plan. The point of Tuesday’s meeting was to incorporate the new boundaries and the new mapping into Norfolk’s zoning bylaw.Council rejected staff’s recommendations. In fact, after many landowners voiced their objections, council voted against the zoning amendment and asked staff to set out a process for striking the new maps from the county’s official plan.Planning staff explained that adjusting Norfolk’s zoning bylaw to reflect the new boundaries would benefit anyone with plans for new development. The former maps are inaccurate, staff said, and may cause confusion and disappointment if not replaced.Beyond that, Norfolk isn’t the ultimate local approval authority for developing wetlands. That responsibility rests with the Long Point Region Conservation Authority and – in a small section of the county — the Grand River Conservation Authority. Council accepts that requiring a zoning change to build in the new wetland areas duplicates the permitting authority of the LPRCA and the GRCA.“This is a prime example of red tape,” Simcoe real estate lawyer Nate Kolomaya said. “The protections are already there. There is absolutely no need for this.”There are strict prohibitions on developing or farming “provincially significant wetland.” Wetlands have priority as habitat for species-at-risk, as reservoirs and purifiers of water, and come with the additional encumbrance of a 120-metre buffer zone.Council had other reasons for rejecting the update.These include numerous complaints that the new maps are inaccurate and impose on farmland that has been tilled for generations by the same families.Several Norfolk landowners sent emails, saying they will agree to the wetland changes provided the county or the province pay expropriation fees of $10,000 a day.Local federations of agriculture also weighed in.On behalf of the Norfolk Federation of Agriculture, Bob Vogelzang of Waterford said the MNR needs to conduct site visits before re-designating farmland. Vogelzang added that wetland boundaries should stop where the proportion of aquatic vegetation drops below 50 percent of the total.Despite numerous complaints, the MNR refuses to review obvious errors. Instead, the onus is on landowners to pay a consultant to explain why a designation is flawed and should be changed.In an email to the county, Glenford John Deming of Delhi complained because the new mapping designated parts of his front and back lawn as wetland.“You are also showing areas that are at higher elevation than Nixon Road on my property,” Deming said. “I find the proposed areas marked very erroneous.”Council also rejected staff’s recommendation because the Ford government is conducting a regulatory review of needless red tape. Council deemed it unwise to add to the regulatory morass at a time when the trend is toward repeal.Mayor Kristal Chopp reminded the crowd that ultimate responsibility for wetland designation rests with the province. Municipalities, she said, have no say. If landowners want to halt creeping encroachments on their property rights, Chopp said local MPPs, such as Toby Barrett, would be a good place to start.“We’ve taken a little heat tonight,” Chopp said. “Staff has taken a little heat. I think Toby needs to take a little heat, too.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Security Council briefed on killing of Red Cross workers in DR of

“We will be following this and hoping that those who can are engaged in finding the people responsible and holding them accountable,” Council President James Cunningham of the United States told the press today after the Council heard a briefing by UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi on the incident. The six workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were killed on 26 April on the road between Djugu and Fataki in the northeast of the country, some 40 miles north of Bunia. They had been on their way to deliver medicines to a health centre in the area.”This is a subject of great interest to the Council and it has obvious connections to what we are trying to achieve in the Congo,” Ambassador Cunningham said. “We’ll keep this on our agenda and, as I told the Secretariat and the Council members, it’s something that we should not forget. We should try to follow this up and see that some measure of justice is done.” read more

LeBron May Already Be The Greatest Laker Of AllTime

CelticsBird • Pierce • Parish1,21363% 1James+11.1Mikan28.5Chamberlain.248 You can make the case that Jabbar — and maybe also Chamberlain and Karl Malone, who had a cup of coffee with the Lakers when he was 40 — generated more total value in their careers than James has to date. So his case as the greatest player to ever wear a Lakers uniform is not totally open and shut. But the fact that James can even enter the argument, a day into his tenure with one of the most decorated franchises in pro sports history, is telling about his stature among NBA legends.It remains to be seen if James will be the Lakers’ lone surefire future Hall of Famer next season; whether he gets big-name help will likely determine L.A.’s viability as a true threat to the Golden State Warriors’ supremacy right away. Whatever happens, though, James has finally restored to the Lakers the one resource they’ve scarcely been able to live without over the years: legendary talent. Thunder/SonicsPayton • Durant • Westbrook56636 PistonsLanier • Thomas • Hill56239 LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform used to be the stuff of fan photoshops and NBA 2K’s franchise mode.1Usually accomplished by switching off the game’s trading AI. But now it has become reality, after the announcement Sunday night that James is signing a four-year, $153 million free-agent contract with L.A. It might be jarring at first to see James in Lakers gear this fall — but he’ll fit right in with a franchise whose destiny has always been determined by Hall of Fame talent. In fact, even among the Lakers’ many, many historical stars, James could be the best player who ever suited up for the team the first second that he steps onto a court wearing Forum blue and gold.In their 70-year history, the Lakers have won 16 NBA championships, one behind their archrival Boston Celtics for the most by any franchise in the league. And most of that success has been due to the team’s immense star power: players such as Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor … the list goes on and on. If we measure player value using a mixture of Basketball-Reference.com’s Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares, and look back in history to 1963,2For accounting purposes, this was the first season for which we know exactly how many minutes a player split between teams if he switched teams midseason. Los Angeles has gotten nearly 1,200 total wins above replacement3Using the same replacement-level threshold as in Daniel Myers’s VORP metric. from players who either eventually ended up in the Hall of Fame or are likely to be there someday — a number that represents roughly 60 percent of the team’s total wins above replacement over that period. In each regard, only the Celtics have gotten more out of their Hall members, and the Lakers might have surpassed even Boston if we could have also included the contributions of Mikan and Vern Mikkelsen (who played before we have a precise accounting of a player’s minutes spent with each team during a season). KnicksEwing • Frazier • Reed56339 5Horry+4.8Jabbar23.0West.213 4O’Neal+5.3West23.1Johnson.225 BPM is calculated since 1974. PER and WS/48 are calculated since 1952.Source: Basketball-Reference.com JazzMalone • Stockton • Dantley55841 * Weighting active players’ WAR by their Hall of Fame probability.WAR is calculated using a mixture of Win Shares and Player Efficiency Rating.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 3Jabbar+5.4O’Neal26.1Jabbar.228 WarriorsCurry • Barry • Mullin53939 10Harper+3.8Baylor21.8Bryant.171 9Grant+4.0Howard22.3Howard.172 RocketsOlajuwon • Harden • Malone68845 6Bryant+4.4Johnson23.0O’Neal.208 8Russell+4.1Bryant22.4Dantley.189 SpursDuncan • Robinson • Gervin73939 LakersBryant • Jabbar • Johnson1,16558 Top 10 in BPMTop 10 in PERTop 10 in WS/48 Which teams have relied on Hall of Famers?The franchises with the most wins above replacement (WAR) from players who are currently in, or are likely to be in,* the Hall of Fame, 1963-2018 7Gasol+4.4Chamberlain22.8Malone.205 The Lakers’ greatest players, by the numbersWhere LeBron James ranks in career Box Plus/Minus, Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares per 48 minutes relative to other Lakers 76ersBarkley • Erving • Chamberlain71350 2Johnson+7.4James28.3James.238 From 1997 through 2013, the Lakers had picked up double-digit WAR from Hall of Fame players in 16 of 17 seasons, almost always managing to pair Bryant with an all-time great like an O’Neal or a Pau Gasol (who, perhaps surprisingly, has a 93 percent Hall probability according to Basketball-Reference). It was part of a pipeline that had flowed nearly uninterrupted since the days of Mikan in the 1950s. But since 2014, Los Angeles has gotten a mere 2.4 WAR from future Hall of Famers, almost all of it belonging to Gasol before he departed for the Bulls. (Apologies to Lou Williams and Jordan Hill, but they’ll probably have to pay to visit Springfield like the rest of us.)Even granting that we don’t know what the future will ultimately hold for younger prospects such as Julius Randle, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers had never gotten fewer than 7 WAR from Hall of Famers in any five-year span since 1963 — and that dark period came from 1992 to 1996, right after Johnson abruptly retired after contracting HIV. The franchise really was never forced to confront life without an NBA legend for so long until very recently.And thanks to James, it won’t have to anymore. Our CARMELO projection system thinks LeBron will add about 12 wins to the Lakers’ tally next season. Depending on whether L.A. can also trade for Kawhi Leonard (or sign another star to pair with James), the team could see its Hall of Fame contributions be rebuilt even further. Either way, the Lakers’ pipeline of all-time talent is gushing again.Moreover, by the historical metrics, LeBron might instantly be the best player who has ever suited up for the Lakers (in terms of stats produced across a player’s entire career, not just with the Lakers). James is the NBA’s all-time career leader in Box Plus/Minus (which can be calculated going back to 1974), easily outpacing Johnson. Among fellow Lakers, he trails only Mikan in Player Efficiency Rating (ranking one slot ahead of O’Neal), and he trails only Chamberlain in Win Shares per 48 minutes (coming in one spot better than Jabbar): FranchiseTop three HOF players by WARWAR By all HOFHOF % of total WAR read more

Fisheries revival could scupper Scottish independence dream

first_imgWe shouldn’t be too hard on Ruth Davidson who wasn’t even born when Ted Heath signed away some of the richest fishing grounds in the northern hemisphere. But successive Tory leaders failed to heed the pleas to re-negotiate the hated CFP which allows the UK only 13 per cent by value of the fish caught in what were previously British waters. Small businessmen like fishing boat skippers and processors were natural Tories, hence their accusations of “betrayal” by Heath and his successors for nearly half a century.  A Department of Agriculture and Fisheries paper as far back as 1970 warned that allowing such massive access to European boats would ‘lead to a weaker and less efficient national fleet’.Scottish Tories duly paid the price for Heath’s “betrayal”. Replaced in all their coastal constituencies by the Nationalists, they were subsequently wiped out throughout Scotland as a whole in 1997. With Alex Salmond representing the key fishing constituency of Banff and Buchan, the SNP was able to build itself into the political behemoth it has become. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. ian duncan Scottish Tories went into the EU referendum advocating a “remain” vote. So, it’s fair to say that its leadership has found itself on the right side of the fisheries argument purely by default. Outraged at the collapse of their whole way of life, “fisher folk” and “fermin folk” united to turf Alex Salmond out of his rural Gordon constituency, replacing him with a Turriff farmer. But throughout the North East the fishing vote clearly played the key role in the SNP’s rout. Fergus Ewing, the current fisheries minister, claims the SNP has always opposed the CFP.  The truth is somewhat different. The party’s spin has always been that successive incompetent UK governments could not negotiate a favourable deal for Scotland. trawler Scottish trawlermen in Atlantic watersCredit:getty On a recent trip to Peterhead, David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, lifted up a giant cod for the media to photograph. It was hard to decide who looked the more startled suddenly to be hailed as the fishermen’s friend, Mundell or the dead cod.Cod, as a stock, has seen an impressive comeback in recent months.  So has the Tory brand, particularly in the heartlands of Scotland’s fishing industry, the North East.  What makes the revival remarkable is that it has come as a direct result of Brexit.Indeed “hard Brexit” is seen by many as the potential saviour of an industry that has been too long in the doldrums. Orders for new boats are up and former crewmen are clamouring to get back to sea. Far from revivifying the independence dream there is now the very real prospect that Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, and consequently from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), could actually trigger its demise.center_img Lord Duncan is well versed in the issuesCredit:Stuart Nicol Seagulls over a large fishing vessel in LerwickCredit:Getty The Tories now have a golden opportunity to put Heath’s “betrayal” behind them. Lord Duncan, the Scotland Office Minister and a former deputy CEO of the Scottish Fishing Federation, well understands the complexities of fisheries negotiations. Westminster’s man in charge will be Michael Gove, the adopted son of an Aberdeen fish merchant. Gove and Duncan seem ideally suited to hold the Brexit negotiators’ feet to the fire.  Doubtless, EU vessels will continue to fish in the UK pond post-Brexit, but the British (and Scottish) governments, not Brussels, will have the right to decide who fishes where and for what species. It’s exactly the deal with the EU that Norway enjoys. It’s the kind of deal Britain could have had years ago if only the courage and political will had been there.Ted Brocklebank was a Tory MSP from 2003-2011 and is a former fisheries spokesman    fishing Could Salmond’s personal nemesis be the beginning of a nation-wide disillusionment with a party that promotes a failed Brexit negotiation as its best electoral hope? Could the bursting of the independence bubble come from the same fisheries heartlands that gave it birth? The evidence is stacking up as SNP stalwarts, including Alex Neil and Jim Sillars, openly question the absurdity of their party’s position on fisheries. What was needed was SNP determination and persuasiveness at the Brussels negotiations. Try telling that to the hapless Richard Lochhead, the SNP’s long-serving rural affairs spokesman, who sat alongside British fisheries ministers for years, and saw at first hand the impossibility of getting agreement among more than twenty EU countries. At the recent election, SNP candidates in fishing constituencies echoed the Ewing line, while Nicola Sturgeon was blithely claiming that Scotland in Europe would remain part of the CFP. Indeed the SNP’s fate in the fishing heartlands was probably sealed in Andrew Neil’s pre-election interview with the First Minister, when she conceded that in exchange for full EU membership a Scottish government would readily hand control of fisheries back to Brussels.  Previously booming fishing ports like Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Burghead and Lossiemouth have struggled for years under catch quota reductions and cuts in fleet sizes.  In 1974, when Heath signed up to the EEC, Britain had Europe’s biggest fishing fleet and 80 per cent of all its fishing waters. In that same year more than 500 boats worked out of Peterhead alone. It’s still Britain’s biggest landing port, but Peterhead has seen its fleet reduced to a rump with half of its remaining 90-odd vessels under 10 metres in length.last_img read more

Preliminary hearing scheduled for man accused of killing SDPD Officer Jonathan JD

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday for a man accused of fatally shooting San Diego police Officer Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman and wounding his partner in Southcrest in 2016.Jesse Michael Gomez, 58, faces the death penalty if convicted of murder, attempted murder and a special circumstance allegation of murder of a police officer. The preliminary hearing will determine whether Gomez will proceed to trial on those charges. He remains held without bail.Gomez is accused of shooting DeGuzman and Wade Irwin — two gang-unit officers — about 11 p.m. on July 28, 2016, when they tried to detain him in the 3700 block of Acadia Grove Way.Patrol personnel responding to the officers’ call for backup found them suffering from gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.DeGuzman, a 16-year SDPD veteran, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital.Gomez was taken into custody in a ravine off South 38th Street, a short distance from the scene of the shooting. He was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Preliminary hearing scheduled for man accused of killing SDPD Officer Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 17, 2019 Elizabeth Alvarez Elizabeth Alvarez, Posted: June 17, 2019last_img read more

Ryan Lauren Tannehill welcome new baby boy to their family

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami Dolphins are adding a little leaguer to the team thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Tannehill.Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his wife, Lauren, welcomed a baby boy into their family.Lauren gave birth on Sunday, and the first-time parents said they couldn’t be happier.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Why Better Homes Gardens Is Going MobileFirst

first_imgBetter Homes & Gardens rolled out a new website this week and, with it, a new mobile-first strategy. Folio: So what was the goal with the new build? Folio: Did you also survey your readers or look for any kind of feedback from power users or was this all based on internal ideas? Stewart: Yes, we integrated our advertising placements across our core pages more. We have our ads integrated within the card layout; we’ve eliminated the right rail on core pages and really integrated it within the content. Native is big for us, so getting native placed within all the different types of content. Obviously increased ad viewability was a big thing for us too. Stewart: Our mobile environment wasn’t that great so we really focused on improving the mobile site experience with a responsive design. As I’ve said before we’ve moved to the more usable features by surfacing the content so we’re really thinking of mobile first. Folio: Did you build this all in-house or did you work with a third party? Stewart: No, we get lots of emails from our readers so we take that into account. Also, we have our social users who are responding to us and then we also have focus group data. All that stuff helped with the new site concept.  Lory Stewart: Probably five years now, obviously we’ve made some enhancement throughout there but not a big change with the design.  Folio: First, how long was the old site active? Stewart: We’ve moved more to a modern usability feature so we have infinite scroll on our channel and category pages, more card layout, we’re better serving our content so videos, articles, slideshows, blogs, all of our content is going to be surfaced higher on the page so it gets to the user right away. The channel and category pages are by far our biggest change with the infinite scroll and card-type layout. Stewart: Over 50 percent of our users are coming through mobile devices today and our mobile visits have nearly doubled since this time last year.center_img Stewart: Our goal with the new website was to have a more modern design that showcases the BHG imagery. We wanted to improve our mobile experience, improve the user experience around content discovery; daily content programming and we wanted to increase the page speed to make our users happier. So those are kind of the bigger goals that we had for the new site.  With an emerging younger demographic and technology changing fast, the brand decided it was time for a change in order to expand its average digital audience of 9 million monthly unique visitors. Here, Folio: talks with Lory Stewart, general manager of digital at BHG, to learn more about the relaunch and the brand’s strategy. … If you think mobile shouldn’t be a priority for the brand because of its core demo, think again. It’s gaining huge traction through that channel, and the brand reports that almost half of its audience (49 percent) is under the age of 44.  Folio: Did you launch anything new or cooperate with advertising partners on getting the best viewability, better products for advertisers on this site? Folio: In terms of more granular features, is there anything new that you’re excited about? Stewart: We built it all in-house. We have a product centric organization that works in an agile environment. We have a dedicated Scrum team, we have a dedicated testing and design team, and we have great collaboration between product and technology, our editorial brand, advertising and design. All of these groups were really intimately involved in the refresh process. Folio: What needed to change with the UX? Folio: What kind of data were you seeing from your users that led to a mobile-first strategy?last_img read more

Kodiak jig fishermen explore other markets during poor cod season

first_imgDarius Kasprzak and his vessel, the Marona, which he says he’s in the process of repainting. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT)Kodiak processors and fishermen are seeing the effects of the 80 percent cut to cod quota in the Gulf of Alaska.Listen nowSome small boat fishermen who previously relied on targeting cod are turning to other means to make a profit. One way to do that is to join a community supported fishery, or CSF.That’s what some Kodiak jig fishermen are doing to bolster their incomes.Jig fisherman Darius Kasprzak holds up a scrap piece of iron from WWII. He says he picked it up off a beach and uses it as a weight for his line.“When people were making money cod fishing, you’d just buy lead weights, but those days are over,” Kasprzak said.Kasprzak is the president of the Alaska Jig Association, and says – like him – a lot of jig fishermen made the bulk of their income off cod.And with the decline of cod, he says he’s also seen the association drop from around 40 members to 15 or 16.Kasprzak says where he once harvested rockfish in the summer to diversify his catch, it’s now his target species. However, he says his rockfish catches have been less plentiful recently.“We can no longer continue to do business on a volume oriented business model, because the volume just isn’t there anymore,” Kasprzak said. “You have to get paid more for less fish. It’s the only way we can remain in business.”Kasprzak describes a careful process of ensuring the rockfish remains fresh from sea to dock. The goal is to emphasize quality over quantity.“When you hold the finished sample in your hands, it’s just a like a piece of Ivory soap. It’s just white and clear, there’s no bruising, there’s no gapping.”That’s the kind of quality people in the Lower 48 are willing to pay for. At least that’s what some jig fishermen are banking on.Kazprzak along with a handful of other fishermen are selling rockfish to Sitka Salmon Shares, a direct-to-consumer group that markets fresh, sustainably-caught product to customers in the Midwest.The organization is also working with a couple of processors around Kodiak, like Global Seafoods.Plant manager Nik Morozov says Global Seafoods had the space available to accommodate the group.“And then we just in general didn’t want to turn down the small guys in town, so we decided to take on a project,” Morozov said.And Morozov says with the 80 percent cut to cod quota this year, it also provides his employees with extra work.“So, anything that we could plug up into those empty spaces there would help,” Morozov said. “It gives them at least an extra couple of hours here and there.”Right now, Sitka Salmon Shares’ business is not a money maker.Morozov says they’ll be breaking even, and they’d like more fishermen and a bigger harvest to make a profit.Ryan Horwath is the Kodiak fleet manager for Sitka Salmon Shares and calls their 4 to 6 fishermen a “happy” number of participants for the group at this point.But Horwath hopes there could be room to grow in the future.“If we can fill these orders, these early orders, then they are talking about expanding their business to include more species from Kodiak,” Horwath said.Horwath says Sitka Salmon Shares is buying more rockfish out of Kodiak this year after a preliminary purchase in 2017.That’s good news for fishermen targeting rockfish. Horwath says Sitka Salmon Shares offers vessels around a dollar a pound for the fish, which is at least twice the profit Kodiak jig fishermen would usually make on rockfish, if not more.And while Horwath is optimistic about getting other processors involved, he says companies may give priority to more profitable operations. Breaking even might not be enough in the long run.last_img read more

Armed forces ready to help flood affected people Army Chief

first_imgBangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed. File PhotoBangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed has said the armed forces are ready to help the countrymen if the flood situation worsens in the coming days, reports news agency UNB.He made the remarks while replying to a question at the end of the first session of the fourth day of deputy commissioners’ conference at the secretariat in Dhaka on Wednesday.General Aziz said they have informed everyone that the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are ready to help, if needed.The flood situation has been worsening in a number of districts across the country for the last few days. Rising water has cut off road communications and stranded hundreds of thousands of people.The situation has also led to a shortage of food and drinking water and spreading water-borne diseases.last_img read more