Gardasil is found to work widely

first_imgBy Linda A. Johnson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. – New data show that a vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer partially blocks infection by 10 strains of the virus on top of the four types the vaccine targets. That boosts protection – at least partially – to 90 percent of strains causing the deadly cancer, according to data presented Wednesday at a medical conference by Merck & Co., maker of Gardasil. Gardasil is the only cervical cancer vaccine on the market, approved for sale in 85 countries and pending approval in 40 more; it has racked up about $1 billion in sales since its June 2006 U.S. launch. GlaxoSmithKline PLC is awaiting approval of its own vaccine, Cervarix. There are more than 60 strains of the HPV virus. About 15 are thought to cause cervical cancer; Gardasil protects against 12 of those, plus another two that cause genital warts but not cancer. Two strains cause 70 percent of cervical cancer. Merck studies following 17,600 young women for three years found the vaccine to be 99 percent effective in blocking those strains.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Whitehouse Station-based Merck called it the first evidence of any vaccine providing cross- protection against other strains of the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Dr. Stephanie Blank, a gynecologic oncologist at the NYU Cancer Institute, said the finding could encourage more widespread use of Gardasil in developing countries, where some of the additional strains are more widespread and women rarely get Pap smears to detect early, curable cancers. “That could be huge,” Blank said. last_img read more

Fake cop arrested in stick-up

first_imgRESEDA – Cops identified the man arrested today for allegedly impersonating a police officer and robbing at knifepoint an elderly couple of $100 inside their Reseda townhouse as Dennis J. Bryley. Bryley was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on robbery charges and held on $1.1 million bail. The robbery occurred about 8 p.m. yesterday in the 7500 block of Corbin Avenue, when a man dressed in police-type clothing knocked on the couple’s door and inquired about an auto accident the couple was involved in earlier in the day, said Los Angeles police Officer Jason Lee. When one victim grew suspicious and asked the suspect for identification, he allegedly pulled out a knife and robbed the couple of $100 before fleeing on foot, Lee said. No one was injured in the robbery, Lee said. The man was arrested early today, according to a lieutenant at the LAPD’s West Valley Station. His name was not immediately released. The man usually is the one who confronts people on sidewalks while the woman stays in the car, described as a black foreign model with four doors. The heists have occurred in the following locations: Police said it did not appear that the man involved in last night’s stick-up was the same as a man involved in similar robberies involving crooks posing as law enforcement in the San Fernando Valley. In those cases, police were searching for a couple who has been impersonating sheriff’s deputies, detaining San Fernando Valley pedestrians and making off with cash. The man and woman have targeted four people in the Valley since July 19, swiping about $2,000, police said. None of the incidents have been violent, but the suspects – complete with khaki get-ups, badges and caps that say “sheriff” – pat down victims and go through their pockets, taking cash and whatever else they can find. The man is described as white, 30, between 5 feet 5 and 5 feet 9 and weighing 180 pounds. The woman is described heavyset, and 5 foot 4 with blond hair. center_img July 19 in the 10800 block of Oxnard Street, North Hollywood. July 31 in the 11200 block of Sherman Way, North Hollywood. Aug. 14 in the 8900 block of Canterbury Avenue, Pacoima. Aug. 25 in the 4900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood. Aug. 29 in the 2700 block of Fletcher Drive, Glassell Park. Sept. 4 in the 11200 block of San Fernando Road, Sylmar.It can be tough to tell sometimes who is an actual officer, partly because some work undercover, police said. If there’s ever a question, ask to see a badge, picture ID and where the cop works. “It makes it difficult for the public because people want to cooperate with police,” said Los Angeles police Detective Dan Jaramillo, who is investigating the cases. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies wear uniforms with green pants and tan shirts, Deputy Maribel Rizo said. They wear badges on their chests along with a name plate and a gun belt. They usually drive black-and-white patrol cars with lights and sirens. Undercover officers usually present their badges and will show photo IDs if anyone has questions, she said. Deputies never seize property unless the individual is put under arrest before they are frisked, she said. (818) 713-3635 —————————————————- For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A matter of life & death

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The fate of former Crips leader Stanley Tookie Williams was placed Thursday in the hand of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who held a private clemency hearing to determine if the convicted murderer of four people should be executed. As some 200 Williams supporters and death-penalty opponents rallied outside the Capitol, defense attorneys urged the governor to spare Williams, saying he has renounced his criminal past and dedicated his life to keeping youths out of gangs. But prosecutors, noting the brutality of the four murders and casting doubt on Williams’ redemption, maintained that he deserves to be executed as scheduled Tuesday. Attorneys for both sides refused to reveal details about the private hearing or to characterize the governor’s reactions. Officials with the Governor’s Office also declined to comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals A decision could come at any time. Lead defense attorney Peter Fleming Jr. told reporters that Williams has received 100,000 e-mails and letters in support of clemency, many of them from children, parents and teachers. “I believe that Stanley Williams, for the past 13 years, has struggled mightily in the most difficult circumstances to address that problem (of gang involvement) – and to address that problem particularly in those environments where life can be seen as most hopeless,” Fleming said. “You cannot fake that for 13 years.” While in prison, Williams has worked to prevent gang violence, written nine children’s books, helped broker gang truces and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A movie about his life, “Redemption,” starring Jamie Foxx, was released last year. But prosecutors argue that Williams was involved in the growth of the notorious Crips gang that has been responsible for thousands of killings. They say he has not truly been redeemed or helped as many people as his supporters claim. Williams has refused to tell authorities what he knows about the Crips gang, its founding and activities, saying that providing such information would make him a snitch. Prosecutors also note that Williams, who has maintained his innocence, never confessed or apologized for the four murders, although evidence of his guilt stood up through repeated appeals. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan, who led the presentation to the governor, said the murders were so senseless and brutal that the death penalty is warranted. The execution by lethal injection is scheduled for just after midnight Tuesday at San Quentin State Prison, where Williams has been on Death Row since 1981. It would be the state’s 12th execution since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977. It is the third death-penalty case to be considered by Schwarzenegger, who declined to grant clemency in the two previous cases. In one, triple murderer Donald Beardslee has been executed. In the other, Kevin Cooper, who murdered four people in 1983, has returned to court for further appeals. Schwarzenegger did not hold private hearings in those two cases, but a spokeswoman said he wanted to hear directly from the two sides in the Williams case. Schwarzenegger will be making the decision when he is already under political pressure from the Republican Party’s conservative base. He has angered conservatives by appointing a Democrat as his chief of staff, planning a multibillion-dollar infrastructure bond measure next year and taking other steps in a shift back to the political center. But Schwarzenegger also has faced an outpouring of high-profile public pleas from death-penalty opponents, Hollywood celebrities and others to spare Williams’ life. Joan Sturgis, a friend of the Williams family, said Williams has redeemed himself through his anti-gang work in prison. “If you were to look at his Web site and read all of the letters that have come to him from children all across this nation who had an opportunity to read his books and hear him speak over the phones into the classrooms, you’ll see he is deterring kids from gangs,” Sturgis said. Williams’ parents, ex-wife and son did not travel to Sacramento because of the stress they have been under recently, Sturgis said. With the governor’s decision now pending, Los Angeles community activists braced for possible escalation of racial tensions if clemency is denied. Tony Muhammad, western regional director for the Nation of Islam who is known for his anti-gang work and his own recent scuffle with police officers, said executing Williams might touch off “a serious powder keg” of anger at law enforcement within the black community. But Joe Hicks, vice president of Community Advocates and a former city Human Relations Commission leader, said he doubts there will be unrest. “There’s a lot of people in the community who see this guy as a thug and a killer,” Hicks said. Los Angeles Police Department officials said they are not expecting any civil unrest when the decision is announced, and the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations has sent a memo to community leaders, schools and clergy on peacekeeping strategies. “In light of the tremendous human trauma and damage to our communities that resulted from the rebellion/riots of 1992, we need to take steps to promote a nonviolent response to whatever the decision may be,” the commission executive director, Robin Toma, said in a written statement. Staff Writer Dan Laidman contributed to this story. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_imgTHERE’S no more debate about it – Patrick McBrearty’s shot WAS a point.This clip from The Sunday Game clearly shows the ball go over the bar….and only tail off to the right AFTER it goes over the bar. That’s why Donegal fans behind the goal – and around Clones – celebrated what they thought was the score to tie the game.Click play to watch….what do you think? WATCH VIDEO WHICH SHOWS McBREARTY SHOT WAS A POINT was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:patrick mcbreartypointscoreumpireslast_img read more

Man who couldn’t get taxi from festival is caught drink-driving

first_imgA man who couldn’t get a taxi home from the Clonmany Festival was caught by Gardai for drink-driving.Hugh Prior, aged 50, was stopped by Gardai at Strad, Clonmany at 10.50pm on Saturday night last, AUgust 12th. Gardai said that Prior was driving slowly and in an erratic manner and was unable to stay on the right side of the white road markings.Prior was arrested and a breath test which gave a reading of 47 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.Solicitor Kevin McElhinney said his client had been driving for 30 years and had no previous convictions for anything including road traffic offences.He said that Prior, a tarmac worker from Glenmean Close in Belfast, made the wrong decision on the night.He added that he had been waiting half an hour for a taxi at the festival but could not get want and took a chance on driving the one and half kilometres to his holiday home where he had visited for the past 19 years.“He accepts now it was the wrong thing to do,” he added.Judge Deirdre Gerathy said Mr Prior had put up his hands to the case fair and reasonably.She postponed a two-year driving ban until October 1st and also fined Prior €350.Man who couldn’t get taxi from festival is caught drink-driving was last modified: August 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clonmany Festivaldonegaldrink drivinglast_img read more

Upgrade sought to realise full potential of Newmills attraction

first_imgSeeds of change have been sown for the upgrading of the Newmills Corn and Flax Mill outside Letterkenny.The historic attraction could be set for redevelopment as Donegal County Council makes plans to engage with the Office of Public Works on improving the facility.The move follows a motion raised by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh at this week’s Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District meeting. Cllr Kavanagh said that visitor numbers could quadruple if the site is restored and if opening hours are changes.“It’s such an amazing facility that we have on our doorstep in Letterkenny,” Cllr Kavanagh said. “Some buildings are 400 years old.”“Admission is free, it only takes an hour to look around it. If you look at the reviews of TripAdvisor they are so positive. One criticism that comes up is there is no coffee shop or souvenir shop so we need to develop the site to its full potential,” he said.Newmills recorded just 3,258 visitors in 2017. Cllr Kavanagh said that the visitor numbers could also be boosted if the centre was kept open beyond the summer months.“The current opening hours from May to September makes it virtually impossible for schools to visit. If the opening hours changed to after St Patrick’s Day it would make a huge difference and it is something I think school children will find fascinating,” he said.Upgrade sought to realise full potential of Newmills attraction was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghletterkenny-milford municipal districtNewmills Corn and Flax Millslast_img read more

So Long Darwin Bicentennial

first_imgEven some Darwinians are growing weary of Darwin hoopla.  The Darwin Bicentennial and Origin of Species 150th Anniversary celebrations have come and gone, but Darwin is just as contentious and controversial as ever.  Historians may remember not just the pro-Darwin celebrations of 2009, but the strong internet and media presence of Darwin skeptics.    On the pro-Darwin side, Science magazine wrapped up its year-long blog Origins announcing its last post.  “Of course, Science’s interest in origins and all things evolutionary continues,” wrote bloggers Elisabeth Pennisi, Elisabeth Culotta and John Travis.  “For although 2009’s evolutionary parties are ending, the science behind them continues to serve as the firm foundation of modern biology as well as a rich source of new research.”  Nature’s feature Darwin 200 appears to be winding down, too.  Other December entries by Science Origins included reports of a Darwin Festival on Cambridge and a Darwin-themed string quartet.   All the posts were pulled into the page, where the only mention of skepticism of Darwinism included scare headlines about creationists influencing school boards.  “Eugenie Scott Toils in Defense of Evolution,” encouraged one headline.  The complete works of Darwin were posted online by the Cambridge University Library.  Corresponding with the Darwin hype were strident anti-religious attacks by the “new atheists” like Richard Dawkins, who not only portrays all religion as silly if not evil, but in the same breath proclaims Darwinian evolution as the “greatest show on earth.”    The anti-Darwin side capitalized on the Darwin Bicentennial with strong initiatives of their own.  Three films were released: The Voyage that Shook the World by CMI, God of Wonders by Eternal Films, and Darwin’s Dilemma by Illustra Media.  The latter was scheduled to be shown in the California Science Center on Oct. 25 but the sponsor’s contract was dropped unexpectedly and they sued (see 12/30/2009).  Calvary Chapel hosted a Darwin Was Wrong conference.  ICR held several “Demand the Evidence” conferences.  The Discovery Institute’s blog Evolution News & Views was very active all year, as was I.D. leader William Dembski’s blog, Uncommon Descent.  Stephen Meyer’s book Signature in the Cell was among many new books highlighting flaws in evolutionary theory and making a case for intelligent design.  Here at Creation-Evolution Headlines, we reported 170 news stories with commentary related to Darwin and his theory of evolution – an average of 14 per month.    Around America and Europe debates were held, panel discussions presented various views, and a great deal of ink was spilt about the hirsute guru of biology.  It would be hard to think of any other scientist or thinker who gets the attention Darwin gets.  The 50-year interval celebrations of 1909, 1959, and 2009 have become increasingly boisterous and vociferous.  Like it or not, the ghost of Charles Darwin is not leaving the culture any time soon.  And whether the pro-Darwinists like it or not, his skeptics are advancing and increasing their influence – especially with alternative media and world-wide internet access giving them platforms they lacked to counter the mainstream media 50 and 100 years ago.This has actually been a great year for the Darwin skeptics.  Sure, the Darwin Party hacks stride about as pompous as ever, but they seem to be making more furtive glances from side to side.  Eugenie Scott and Michael Shermer try unsuccessfully to shush the radical atheists from their harsh rhetoric, knowing it is politically expedient to present a gentle Darwin who can be piteous to religious people.  After all, they just don’t understand “science” (the Darwin Thought Collective, that is).    Their targets, however, are marching about with confidence, scholarship, charm, and scientific ammunition, increasing in numbers.  People are seeing through the ridicule and fear mongering by the Darwinists and realizing that most of the skeptics are sharp, smart people who are making good scientific and philosophical points.  Then just when E. Scott and her propagandists were poised to repeat their talking points about the Rules of Science, Climategate threw another curve ball into the game late in the year, showing that the Consensus of the Academic Community can be just as doggedly perverse as politicians (11/26/2009).  What a story – one of the biggest hyped consensuses of modern times was shown to be underlain by shenanigans, secret dealing, evidence-tampering and marginalization of opponents, while their big Copenhagen political gala was slowed down by one of the biggest snows in their history, casting doubt on the claims about global warming.    The parallels to the Darwin Consensus were not lost by the critics.09/30/2009).  They’ve gorged on their booze and croissants, sung their silly songs, worn their silly T-shirts, chanted their silly mantras (and hate speeches against their critics), watched their silly dancers and worshipped their bearded buddha.  Our readers have chuckled at all the Stupid Evolution Quotes.  Party’s over.  Now it’s time to get serious and shout, The buddha is naked.    By the way, don’t forget: 2009 was also the International Year of Astronomy (400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the telescope), and the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Reluctant Warrior

first_imgIn a sober acceptance speech in Oslo in December, Pres. Barack Obama addressed the paradox – and the criticism – of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize while leading wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by arguing that force, however cruel, is nevertheless occasionally “not only necessary, but morally justified.”The painful truth is, Obama conceded: “I’m responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill, and some will be killed.”  “I’m responsible for the deployment of thousandsof young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill, and some will be killed.”His moral dilemma is eerily similar to that confronting the warrior Arjun as he prepared to battle his cousins in the Kurukshetra battle, which is related in the Hindu epic The Mahabharat. Arjun pleads with Lord Krishna: “O Krishna, I feel all the ominous signs all over my body, my limbs are aching, my mouth is drying up, and my Gandiv bow is slipping off my grasp…. what will I gain by killing my own uncles, cousins, grandparents, in-laws and other relatives…. I do not want to kill my own kith and kin.”Obama’s rationale in Oslo is that a war is justified “if it is waged as a last resort or in self defense; if the force used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence.” His justifications have compelling parallels in The Mahabharat. In fact, The Gita, the treatise in which Lord Krishna engages Arjun’s moral apprehensions, opens with the words, “dharmakshetre kurukshetre samaveta yuyutsavah” (fighters eager to go to war are arrayed in formations in the battlefield of a just war in Kurukshetra).Let’s evaluate each of Obama’s justifications in turn against the injunctions of one of the world’s greatest war epic.He argues that a war is just when it is fought as a last resort. In The Mahabharat’s dynastic struggle over the throne of Hastinapura, attempts are made to convince Duryodhan and his father, the King Dhritarashtra, to grant Arjun and his other four brothers, who were Duryodhan’s first cousins from his father’s side, half of the kingdom following the prevailing rules of succession. The sage Vyas advised Dhritarashtra, “varyatam sadhu ayam moodhah, shamam gachhatu te sutahb” (stop this foolish son of yours, may he adopt the path of peace). His uncle, the wise Vidur, told the king, “tvam ma druhah pandavan nrip” (O king, do not pick up enmity with Pandavas). Even the queen Gandhari urges her husband to turn against her own son, “tyajatam kulapansanah” (kick this family-lineage destroying son out).The great granduncle, Bhishma, warns Duryodhan, “na chet grahishyate vakyam shrotasi subahun hatan” (if you do not listen to me, many will get killed). Even Yudhishthir, Arjun’s older brother, sends a message, through Sanjay, to the king, “ayuddham vai tat yuddhat gariyah” (it is far better not to go to war than to go to war, who will go to war if there is an option for peace). Finally, Lord Krishna himself makes a last ditch effort to avert war and strike a deal with Duryodhan proposing, “sarvam bhavatu te rajyam panch graman visarjay” (please part with mere five villages for Pandavas in your kingdom). But Duryodhan would not relent to even that modest concession. Only after all the options for a peaceful settlement are exhausted was the dharmayuddha (just war) launched. The rules for the Kurukshetra war provided: the horsemen should fight with the horsemen, the elephant infantry with the elephant infantry, the foot soldiers with the foot soldiers, the archers with archers and the charioteers with charioteers — all proportional to each other at every level of the army.Let’s consider Obama’s other preconditions for just wars, i.e. “if the force used is proportional and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence.” The rules for the Kurukshetra war (waged some 3,000 to 5,000 years earlier, according to historians) provided: the horsemen should fight with the horsemen, the elephant infantry with the elephant infantry, the foot soldiers with the foot soldiers, the archers with archers and the charioteers with charioteers – all proportional to each other at every level of the army. The rules of war also dictated: “nishkrantah pritanamadhyat na hantavyah kadachan” (one who has left the army should not be attacked); “samabhashya prahartavya na vishwaste na vihvale” (one who has let his guard down because one trusts the other side and one who is scared of fighting should never be attacked); and “nivritte vihite yuddhe syat priti nah parasparam” (when the battle stops in the evening all warring parties should be friendly with each other). The war rules enjoined taking advantage of the enemy in a wide range of circumstances: “yeken sah sanyuktah prapanno vimukhah tatha, kshinashastro vivarma cha na hantavyah kadachan” (one who is engaged in battling another or one who is seeking shelter or one who is running away from the battle or one whose body armor has been damaged – all these should never be attacked or killed).Reasonable people may debate whether the use of force by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan was proportional to the threat or even whether the country exhausted other options before waging war. But there can be no question about the toll on tens of thousands of civilians in the U.S. strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nor is there any question about the overwhelming technical superiority of the U.S. army over its enemies. Indeed, Mahabharat’s rule matching horsemen with horsemen would be dismissed as insane even under Obama’s enlightened logic.To be sure, Obama inherited both wars, but even he has acknowledged that the Iraq war, which he continues to prosecute, was not one of necessity. However elevated Obama’s soaring rhetoric (“force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason”), in many areas he surely fails to measure up to the lofty standards of war articulated in The Mahabharat. Perhaps recognizing the contradictions, Obama’s paean to just wars and peace eschewed any mention of the war in Iraq.In the speech, Obama paid tribute to the nonviolent visions of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, but also invoked his competing professional obligations: “I – like any head of state – reserve the right to act unilaterally if necessary to defend my nation.” It is a duty acknowledged in The Mahabharat, wherein Krishna tells Arjun, “dharmat hi yuddhat shreyonyat kshatriyasya na vidyate” (for a warrior there is no better law to follow than to go to war), and even taunts him, “klaivyam ma sma gamah” (do not be effeminate).Obama’s war calculus admits “that no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy.” Krishna’s answer to that predicament lies in explaining the temporal transcendence of life through the concept of a time-transcendent Atma (soul): “If you are worried about killing others and, perhaps, getting killed, let it be known to you, Arjun, that this Atma never dies, no one can kill this time transcendent Atma, it is not born, it does not die…. it is always there. Jatasya hi dhruvo mrityuh dhruvam janm mritasya cha (Even if you believe that it dies, then, it will get born again anyway). Your worries about killing others and getting killed are unfounded. So utishtha (get up).” Obama, understandably, cannot invoke such transcendental aspirations, turning instead to earthly ones – “hope for the chance to live out our lives with some measure of happiness and fulfillment for ourselves and our families.”Obama reflected also on the broader character of war in his speech, noting that “war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such.” In an interview on CBS 60 Minutes, he added: “I think that one of the mistakes that was made over the last eight years is for us to have triumphant sense about war.” It is a sentiment poignantly expressed in The Mahabharat in the post-war chapter called Shanti-Parva, literally meaning The Peace Chapter. After offering oblations to the deceased, the victorious Pandavas continue to live on the banks of the Ganges for a month, where many great sages and rishis visit King Yudhishthir to offer tribute, consolation and advice.The Mahabharat relates an exchange with the great sage Narad: “O Yudhishthir, by the strength of your arms and by the help of Krishna, you have conquered the earth. By good luck, you have escaped this great slaughter of men. O son of Pandu, after defeating the evil Duryodhan, are you not happy? I hope that grief and lamentation are not afflicting you.”Yudhishthir responds: “O Narad, indeed, I have conquered the whole earth with the help of Krishna and the blessings of the brahmanas and the strength of Bhim and Arjun. There is, however, a pall of heavy grief that is still hovering over my heart. I feel that my own greed has caused this great slaughter of my own kinsmen.”The commander of the losing army, Bhishma, from his deathbed of arrows, counsels a despondent Yudhishthir on his obligations: raj dharma, how to rule ethically, apad dharma, how to behave in difficulty, and moksha dharma, how to attain spiritual freedom. It is impossible to conceive of Pres. George W. Bush engaging in such an exchange with Saddam Hussain before his execution. More tellingly, who might serve as Bhishma to Pres. Obama, the newest apostle of peace, once the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are over?  Related Itemslast_img read more

Barcelona Apologise To Real Betis For ‘Junior Knows’ Tweet

first_imgBarcelona: Spanish champions FC Barcelona have apologised for a tweet they posted mocking Real Betis after beating them 5-2 in their Spanish league match. Barcelona posted a photo of defender Junior Firpo holding up five fingers after the match with the caption “Junior knows.””Barcelona wish to sincerely apologise for any offence caused to Real Betis,” the club tweeted. “No disrespect was intended, but we were wrong to publish it on a night that was very special for Junior.” Barca had signed Firpo from Betis in August. The 23-year-old made his debut during the win, coming on for Brazilian midfielder Rafinha in the 81st minute. Firpo featured in 29 games for Betis last season and was part of Spain’s U21 European Championship-winning side in June. barcelonajuniorla ligareal betis First Published: August 28, 2019, 9:49 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Exercise keeps the mind sharp in over-50s: study

first_imgMelbourne, Apr 25 (PTI) Are you over 50 and showing signs of cognitive decline? Then doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep your mind sharp, research suggests.Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found.This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline.Taking up exercise at any age was worthwhile for the mind and body, the BBC quoted Australian researchers as saying.Exercises such as Tai Chi were recommended for people over the age of 50 who could not manage other more challenging forms of exercise, the study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine said.Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and it is thought to play a role in warding off the brains natural decline as we enter middle age.The theory is that through exercise the brain receives a greater supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost its health as well as a growth hormone that helps the formation of new neurons and connections.In this analysis of previous studies, researchers from the University of Canberra looked at the effects of at least four weeks of structured physical exercise on the brain function of adults.In a variety of brain tests, they found evidence of aerobic exercise improving cognitive abilities, such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning, while muscle training – for example, using weights – had a significant effect on memory and the brains ability to plan and organise, the so-called executive functions.advertisementJoe Northey, study author and researcher from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise at Canberra, said the findings were convincing enough to enable both types of exercise to be prescribed to improve brain health in the over-50s.”Even if you are doing moderate exercise only once or twice a week there are still improvements in cognitive function, but the improvements were better the more exercise was done,” he said.He said people should be able to hold a conversation while doing moderate exercise.Dr Justin Varney, lead for adult health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said any physical activity was good for brain and body.”Whilst every 10 minutes of exercise provides some benefit, doing 150 minutes a week cuts the chances of depression and dementia by a third, and boosts mental health at any age.”Doing both aerobic and strengthening exercises leads to a greater variety of health benefits,” Varney said.Dr Dean Burnett, lecturer in neuroscience and psychiatry at Cardiff University, said the study gave a clearer picture of how exercise affected the brain – but there were still issues.”It could lead to increased pressure for the 50-plus age group to exercise more in order to stay mentally healthy, which is good advice but also overlooks the fact that as we age its increasingly difficult to engage in physical activity, as our bodies are simply less capable of it,” he said. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more