MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Officials say a fire and subsequent explosion at a Georgia-Pacific paper mill in eastern Oklahoma injured at least five people.Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service operations director Ron Morris says four injured were taken to a hospital with smoke inhalation and undisclosed “minor trauma.” A fifth person was treated at the scene.Georgia-Pacific spokeswoman Karen Cole said two people were still hospitalized Tuesday.The fire and explosion that followed occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Monday at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Muskogee, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southeast of Tulsa.Cole said firefighters were still trying to determine what caused the blaze and that reports that the fire began on a propane-fueled fork lift are unconfirmed.Fire Chief Mike O’Dell did not immediately return a phone call for comment Tuesday.The Associated Press
“Finances are critical,” Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), told UN Radio at the end of the five-day Seventh African Development Forum in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.“We must mobilize our own resources to really again underpin the importance we attach to climate change. But this is the challenge that was imposed on Africa.“We are not contributing much to this phenomenon of climate change and therefore what we are saying is that those countries that have created this should really come up with the resources necessary,” Mr. Janneh said.The theme of the Forum was “acting on climate change for sustainable development in Africa,” and was jointly convened by the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and ECA.At the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, last December, developed nations pledged $30 billion of fast-track funding for developing countries through 2012 and committed to raise $100 billion annually by 2020. 15 October 2010African leaders gathered in a United Nations-backed meeting today urged the international community to support a fund intended to help poor countries adapt to the consequences of climate change and mitigate its effects of their economies and the environment.
TORONTO — The chairman of Canada’s telecommunications regulator says he is not reapplying for the role, days before his five-year term — one marked by clashes with industry at a time of seismic change — comes to a close.Jean-Pierre Blais assumed the helm of the CRTC at a time of technological upheaval with the rise of video streaming services like Netflix and the accelerating rollout of high-speed mobile networks.During his tenure, Blais championed a number of policies intended to be consumer-friendly, developing a reputation along the way for being one of the more activist CRTC leaders in recent memory.“I think we’ve made a difference and I’ll let it up to other people,” he said in an interview Monday. He said he did not know who would succeed him.Blais implemented so-called skinny TV packages for no more than $25 per month, enacted a wireless code of conduct and declared broadband Internet access a basic service — the latter a move applauded by consumer advocacy group OpenMedia, a frequent CRTC critic.Michael Geist, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, said the changes that came under Blais will have an impact long after his departure.“Shifting the culture of a government agency and working to bring Canada’s communications regulatory framework into the digital age is something that largely eluded his predecessors,” Geist said on his website.“Blais came to the commission with an exceptionally ambitious agenda. He achieved far more than could have reasonably been expected and he is likely to be regarded as the most consequential CRTC chair in a generation.”Blais repeatedly squared off with the big telecom companies, holding little back in his pronouncements.He slammed Rogers and Shaw after they shut down their video streaming service Shomi late last year, publicly musing whether they became too accustomed to a “protected ecosystem rather than rolling up their sleeves” to strengthen their businesses.Last October, he also incurred some corporate scorn after announcing interim rates that the big telcos must charge independent service providers to gain access to their faster networks. Some of the telcos warned that if those rates were maintained, that could hamper future investment in broadband networks.Even leaders of news organizations found themselves a target of the CRTC chairman. At a speech before the Canadian Club of Toronto, he painted some of them as greedy “corporate executives who own luxury yachts and private helicopters” with their hands out for public subsidies.He also hinted the CRTC may not renew licences of TV service providers that fail to respect the spirit of the regulator’s basic cable regulations. Blais, whose term ends Saturday, said he has no immediate plans.“Taking the summer off and we’ll see.”The Canadian Press
“Global warming is the greatest environmental threat this planet faces,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the Environment Programme (UNEP). “The scientific evidence, that pollution from sources such as factories, power plants and vehicles is changing the world’s weather systems, is already with us. The moral arguments are equally compelling as it is the poorest of the poor, on continents like Africa, who stand to suffer most from an upsurge in extreme weather events such as floods and droughts.”Canada’s move means that those developed countries that have so far ratified represent close to 44 per cent of the 1990 emissions of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas. In order for the Protocol to enter into force, 55 per cent of the developed world’s 1990 emissions must be covered. Russia, with over 17 per cent of the emissions, is crucial for the Protocol to become international law.Mr. Toepfer said Canada’s ratification was even more impressive given that country’s high reliance on coal, gas and oil. “The fact that Canada believes it can achieve its reduction targets, despite being a big user and producer of fossil fuels, gives the clear signal to others that fighting global warming is not economic suicide,” he said. “It shows that reducing the risks of climate change are realistic and necessary which, if managed sensibly, can have important economic benefits in terms of the development of new technologies, jobs and financial markets.”
CN forecasts double-digit earnings growth in 2014 on continued economic recovery by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2013 11:03 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway is expecting to deliver double-digit earnings growth in 2014 by boosting its carload volumes on a continued recovery in the North American economy.The country’s largest railway says its adjusted diluted earnings should be on top of the $3.05 to $3.10 per share forecast for 2013. That implies adjusted diluted EPS of $3.38 to $3.54, which is in line with the $3.52 per share forecast by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Free cash flow before dividends is forecast to range between $1.6 billion and $1.7 billion and capital expenditures are pegged at $2.1 billion.Chief executive Claude Mongeau says CN’s “agenda is gaining momentum.”“Our focus on efficiency and profitable growth continues to drive solid shareholder value,” he said in a statement.The Montreal-based railway said its revised 2013 forecast is consistent with its initial target of achieving high single-digit growth compared with the adjusted $2.81 per share earned in 2012.This year’s capital expenditures are expected to reach about $2 billion, including $1.1 billion to be spent on track infrastructure to maintain “a safe and fluid railway network.” It also plans to invest in productivity and growth initiatives.CN’s (TSX:CNR) stronger performance in 2014 is predicated on an improving economy, with North American industrial production or output rising one percentage point to three per cent, U.S. housing starts surpassing one million and U.S. motor vehicle sales rising 6.7 per cent to 16 million units. The Canadian grain crop is expected to be well above the five-year average in both years and above average in the U.S.Carloads are expected to increase by mid-single digits in 2014, up from two to three per cent in 2013.CN continues to expect volume growth of real GDP plus 0.5 to one per cent and prices rising by inflation plus 0.5 per cent.Analysts said the railway’s 2014 guidance is positive but could be conservative.“Based on CN’s habit of underpromising and overdelivering, we remain confident in its ability to deliver strong performance, especially in light of its ongoing market share gains and disciplined approach toward the use of capital, which should continue to drive a lower operating ratio,” Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets wrote in a report Wednesday.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said CN’s shares fully reflect the company’s outlook, providing little opportunity for them to go much higher.“We expect good EPS growth but the shares look relatively expensive, suggesting limited investment returns over the next couple of years,” he wrote, adding that the guidance may suggest “modest downside risk.”He also said CN could exceed its forecasts next year because of the possibility of a less harsh winter, lower pension costs, volume growth from intermodal and automotive contract wins from CP Rail (TSX:CP), and higher shipments of crude-by-rail.Canadian National transports about $250 billion worth of goods annually across a rail network that spans Canada and mid-America.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CN’s shares lost $1.11 or 1.86 per cent at $58.44 in trading midday Wednesday.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced that it will donate satellite terminals for both voice and high-speed data to WHO to support its emergency humanitarian work in the wake of the devastating storm, which, according to latest estimates, killed several thousand people and affected nearly 13 million overall, including some 4 million displaced and 2.5 million in need of food aid.ITU has already supplied 40 Thuraya satellite phones to facilitate health relief efforts in the worst-affected parts of the country.“At a time when the Philippines is recovering from the Haiyan crisis, relief efforts by UN humanitarian agencies are much needed to assist victims in the affected towns and villages,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said.The Geneva-based agency is also deploying an additional 50 satellite phones, including 25 Iridium Sat Phones, 10 Thuraya Sat Phones and 15 Inmarsat BGAN units, and is also deploying 25 laptops to help people re-establish contact with their family members in other cities of the Philippines and abroad.Richard Brennan, WHO Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, expressed his gratitude to ITU for its rapid assistance to fill a major resource gap in the health sector’s response to the crisis. “These satellite phones will be of tremendous benefit to our humanitarian operations in support of the Philippine Ministry of Health, as well as WHO and its partners, helping us gather and manage information for disease surveillance, early warning systems and sectoral coordination.” “We take our humanitarian work very seriously,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “In dire situations such as the one in the Philippines, ITU stands ready to support UN agencies in their humanitarian effort to assist people caught up in such disasters, especially those who have been afflicted by illness and those who have been displaced from their homes.”Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is reporting that access and logistics continue to improve, but there are still power outages in some areas. The relief operation has been scaled up substantially, especially in Tacloban, the area hit the hardest by the storm. All residents now have access to clean drinking water and hygiene kits are being distributed to help prevent outbreaks of water-borne disease, OCHA said.UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, who is the head of OCHA, today visited Roxas, an area badly affected by the typhoon and severe winds, where she met with people living in evacuation centres. She said that the top priorities are helping them build adequate shelters and getting their livelihoods back up and running. Ms. Amos also met the Governor and members of the humanitarian relief teams working in Roxas and praised the coordination among the authorities, humanitarian agencies and military units who are delivering aid.
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo pitied Ohio State Jared Sullinger after Saturday’s game. After helping guide MSU to a 58-48 win against the Buckeyes, Izzo made an obvious statement, saying that Sullinger faces an increased scoring burden when his Buckeye teammates, like senior guard William Buford and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who shot a combined 4-of-24 from the field, struggle to score. “(Sullinger) is so hard to guard and I just thought today … (Buford) had not a very good game and Thomas didn’t have that kind of game,” Izzo said. “Then everything falls on poor Sullinger.” Everything didn’t fall on “poor Sullinger,” though — he fell apart on himself, and grasped at the limbs of the opposition while he fell. Sullinger bundled 17 points and 16 rebounds with 10 turnovers in OSU’s loss to MSU at the Schottenstein Center. He was 5-of-15 shooting from the field, and was, at times, visibly disturbed by Saturday’s proceedings. When he wasn’t complaining to the referees, OSU’s sophomore forward appeared to jaw with Spartans’ senior forward Draymond Green throughout the game, emerging after some of the not-so-friendly conversations grinning and looking to the crowd for encouragement. In the second half, Sullinger hauled Green to the floor, grabbing the MSU player’s leg after falling. It should be noted that no foul was called on either player after the incident, and the two forwards shook hands at midcourt during the next stoppage in play. Make no mistake — the act of tripping Green was deliberate. It was a result of Sullinger losing his cool and one of them could have sustained an injury as a result. After the game, OSU coach Thad Matta said he wasn’t sure if Sullinger’s frustration on Saturday equaled previous bouts of in-game discontent, adding that the big man was a positive force in team huddles throughout the contest. “I’m not sure I saw frustration like I’ve seen him have before,” Matta said. “I thought he did a pretty good job of playing through all the things.” That’s a scary thought because it certainly appeared that Sullinger had blown a fuse. Sullinger is a fantastic player, but the focus didn’t appear to be there at times on Saturday. OSU can’t afford to have him fly off the handle like that because one more loss could put the Buckeyes out of the running for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Izzo is right. Sullinger clearly makes the Buckeyes go. That’s why the team needs him to keep his cool in the final six games of the regular season, as well as the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Sully, just keep your hands to yourself and let’s get on with it.
Grouse moors owners have hit back at claims that shoots harm wildlife by commissioning a report showing rare birds are thriving on their land.Last week Chris Packham called for an end to grouse shooting labelling the sport ‘moorland vandalism’ and criticised gamekeepers for killing hen harriers – Britain’s rarest bird of prey – to prevent them from eating chicks.The RSPB also claims that intensive land management practices, such as burning and drainage of peatlands, tracks and the use of veterinary medicines and killing of mountain hares to reduce the incidence of disease in grouse, harm wildlife.But a new study commissioned by a dozen grouse moors, and undertaken by Newcastle and Durham Universities which surveyed 18 moorland estates across England and Scotland between April and June this year, found some birds were flourishing.It found 76 bird species on the grouse moors including 43 endangered ones. In their preliminary results the researchers found equal numbers of birds of prey and owls where gamekeepers were most active compared with least active. 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. Jeff Knott, the RSPB’s Head of Nature Policy said, “This grouse moor funded report tells us what we’ve known for some time. Grouse moors are good for grouse.“Some other ground-nesting species benefit indirectly whilst others do not. Most notably hen harriers, which are completely absent. The fact that the killing of predators reduces predation is hardly ground-breaking.“The RSPB seeks a more balanced future for the uplands where grouse, birds of prey, mountain hares and people can all co-exist and where unsustainable management practices often carried out on intensive grouse moors, such as the illegal killing of hen harriers, are consigned to the past.” Chris Packham and the RSPB claim gamekeepers kill hen harriers to protect chicks and damage the land Credit:Graeme Hart The hen harrier is Britain’s most endangered bird of prey Credit:PA They also found that skylark were 32 per cent more prolific with intensive gamekeeper protection and there were six times as many curlew and eight times as many golden plover on sites with highly intensive predator control than on areas with hardly any control.Curlew are so endangered in Britain that RSPB scientists have said they should be “considered the UK’s highest conservation priority bird species.”The researchers found twenty-four times as many lapwing on the intensive sites with hardly any seen where gamekeepers were not active.Snipe and oyster catchers were also much more prolific when protected from predators like foxes, stoats and crows.In conclusion, first author Dr Nick Littlewood, of the School of Biology at Newcastle University, said: “The preliminary results indicate the importance of grouse moors for a number of upland birds, especially waders.” However the report did not look into hen harrier numbers, and conservationists say that grouse shooting is directly contributing to the rapid fall in numbers. There are just four breeding pairs left in England.
Oct 28th 2016, 8:20 PM Image: AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3053131 “Communications were re-established and the aircraft has been safely escorted by the Lossiemouth aircraft to Prestwick Airport.”A Police Scotland spokeswoman added: “An aircraft has been escorted to Glasgow Prestwick at around 2.40pm following reports of a temporary loss of communications.“A full emergency response has been put into action the airport and the aircraft landed safely at 3.57pm.“The emergency services are still in attendance to establish the full circumstances.”The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton email saga>Man appears before court a year after suicide of Northern Irish teenager > 25,395 Views 43 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share27 Tweet Email The Typhoon aircrafts were authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons, any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted. By Garreth MacNamee FIGHTER JETS SCRAMBLED to escort a commercial airplane to safety after the Airbus 320 lost contact with air traffic control.The flight, which was being operated by Mexican company Volaris, had seven crew on board but no passengers.The flight landed in Prestwick Airport in Scotland after being escorted by Typhoon fighter jets.An Royal Air Force (RAF) spokesman said: “Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft. Fighter jets escort plane to Scottish airport after communications fail The jets travelled at supersonic speed to catch up with the airliner. Short URL Friday 28 Oct 2016, 8:20 PM Image: AP/Press Association Images
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a trip to Bendigo last week, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine took time out to get up, close and personal with some heavenly Greek bodies. Dr Napthine visited Bendigo Art Gallery to attend a preview of its latest exhibition The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece – an exhibition which features more than 100 treasures from the British Museum’s world famous Greek and Roman collections, and explores the human body as seen through ancient Greek eyes.Speaking at the show’s preview, the Premier said: “I urge people from the length and breadth of Australia to come along and see the exhibition. It’s absolutely breathtaking”.Dr Napthine went on describe the show as a major coup for Victoria’s fourth most populated city.Particularly taken with one exhibit – the Discobolus statue; an iconic marble of a discus thrower from the second century AD, the Premier said that he was “blown away” by the show, which features over 100 historical works.The exhibition traces how Greek artists experimented – for more than 2000 years – with representing the human body; from abstract simplicity to the full-blown realism of the age of Alexander the Great. Bendigo Art Gallery Director Karen Quinlan told Neos Kosmos that the Premier had been a long-standing supporter of the project:“We were delighted to hear the opening remarks of the Hon. Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria [at] our thank-you event.“He was particularly keen to see the sculpture of the discus thrower, and keenly absorbed the curatorial descriptions presented to him by Dr Ian Jenkins from the British Museum.”Dr Jenkins – who is responsible for the ancient Greek collection at the British Museum – curated The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece with assistant curator Victoria Turner.Touring venues in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Bendigo Art Gallery is the only Australian venue to host the exhibition.
Le feu ravage les forêts du Texas et déplace ses habitantsLes feux de forêt qui ravagent le Texas ont fait deux morts, détruit plus de 500 maisons et entraîné l’évacuation de milliers d’habitants, selon un nouveau bilan fourni mardi par des responsables locaux cités par les médias.Le Texas, qui traverse sa pire période de sécheresse depuis les 50 dernières années, est en proie aux flammes. En effet, depuis la semaine dernière, plus de 180 foyers d’incendie se sont déclenchés dans l’Etat et ont détruit plus de 730 kilomètres carrés de forêt. Des feux qui se sont considérablement étendus, nourris par des vents secs attribués à la dépression tropicale Lee. Ainsi, ce week-end, les pompiers ont été appelés pour combattre pas moins de 63 foyers.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de Christmas”Il y aura de nouveaux départs de feu en raison du rafraîchissement de l’air” attendu d’ici à la fin de semaine, a averti lundi une porte-parole du département des forêts du Texas (TFS).A ce jour, le feu le plus important, se situe dans la ville d’Austin, et a détruit plus de 500 maisons, un seuil jamais franchi pour un seul incendie dans cet État. Il a ainsi conduit à l’évacuation d’au moins 5.000 personnes, informe Radio-Canada. “Ces feux se déplacent très vite. La population doit fuir au premier signe de fumée ou de flammes,” a averti un responsable du TFS, Justice Jones. Mais les incendies prennent aujourd’hui un aspect de “catastrophe” et de “désastre naturel majeur”, selon Mark Stanford, autre responsable du TFS. Si plus de 2.000 pompiers combattent actuellement les flammes, ils rencontrent des difficultés à se ravitailler en eau dans les lacs et les rivières, atteints par la sécheresse, rapporte LeFigaro. “Il y a une véritable armada dans les airs”, a expliqué Jan Amen, une porte-parole des services forestiers de Bastrop, expliquant que le principal problème est la juste répartition des bombardiers et des hélicoptères entre les différents incendies. Depuis le début de l’année, près de 1,5 million d’hectares ont été détruits par les feux de forêt.Le 7 septembre 2011 à 12:23 • Maxime Lambert
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – An American Airlines employee volunteered to transport an injured turtle to the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys for recovery.Khepri the sea turtle was found upside down and barely conscious on a rocky sea cliff in Saint Thomas on Feb. 28.“They thought he was dead. They really did. When they got down there and turned him over, he like gasped for air, like, ‘wow, this is a miracle,’” said Mark Nelson.Nelson works as a General Manager of American Airlines in the U.S. Virgin Islands and volunteered to bring the turtle to South Florida for further rehabilitation.“I’m going to check him out, make sure he’s stable for travel. I’m going to check a heart rate, going to put some lube on his eyes and get them dry in a nice comfortable tub to make the drive down to the Keys where we’ll have a veterinarian check him out,” said Bette Zirkelback, manager of the Turtle Hospital.His journey to South Florida was said to be a difficult one.Khepri bled for three days straight after he was found and suffered a massive injury to his right front flipper. “The flipper, just a quick look, doesn’t look to be necrotic, which would mean dying, so I think there is some hope that we can save the flipper,” said Zirkelback.Once found, he was kept at Coral World in Saint Thomas for two weeks where he stayed out of the water to regain his blood and strength.When he was deemed safe enough to travel is when Nelson and Khepri made their trip to Miami.“He may or may not need surgery. Some good news is if he were to lose that flipper a sea turtle can go back into the wild,” said Zirkelback.Officials said with a injury like the one Khepri is suffering from he probably will not be brought back into the wild for a few months.“Just the collaborative effort of Coral World, the folks in Saint Thomas, American Airlines working with the Turtle Hospital, the veterinary staff on both sides is just incredible. It’s a wonderful feeling,” said Zirkelback. “This world’s oldest species, the sea turtle, has been on this planet for over 200 million years. They’re resilient. All these people working to save them, it just makes you feel good.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has served a notice to India’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, terming its advertisements to promote 4G services as “misleading”.The self-regulatory body for advertising content in India has asked the operator to withdraw the advertisement.”The claim in the ad, ‘Airtel 4G is the fastest network ever’ and ‘If your network is faster, we will pay your mobile bills for life’, is misleading by omission in the absence of appropriate disclaimers in the print, TV, hoarding advertisements. The advertisement contravened Chapter 1.4 of the code,” said the notice.The advertisement was rolled out after Airtel announced its nationwide launch of 4G services in August.”We have advised the Advertiser to withdraw or to modify appropriately the said advertisement before 7 October 2015 or seek a review of the decision. If you continue to see the advertisement after the due date, kindly bring the same to our notice,” said the ASCI notice.The ASCI move comes in the wake of a complaint filed by a customer whose identity could not be traced, Livemint reported.Airtel said that it has asked the ASCI to review its decision and is furnishing data to defend its promotion of 4G service through the advertisement.”We are confident of getting a favourable response from them,” an Airtel spokesperson, told The Economic Times.”4G technology is proven to deliver the fastest Internet experience, and the same has been accepted globally. As the only commercial providers of this world-class technology in India, our advertising campaign revolves around the 4G promise of fastest Internet speeds and features a set of claims that are based on rigorous test conditions,” said a statement from Airtel.
A court here on Monday started recording depositions of witnesses against five accused, including Shafat Ahmed, in a case filed for raping two private university girls in a Banani hotel.Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 M Safiul Azam recorded the testimony of the complainant of the case in camera in the presence of the counsels of both plaintiff and the defence, reports UNB.The tribunal also fixed October 31 for the next hearing in the case, said plaintiff’s lawyer Fahmida Akhter Rinki.After the deposition of the complainant, Shafat’s lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal started cross-examining the witness which could not be completed today, she said.The five accused were produced before the court from jail during the proceedings.The two female private university students were raped at The Raintree Dhaka hotel at Banani in the city on March 28 last. One of the victims filed a case with Banani Police Station on May 6 over the incident.On June 8, police pressed charges against all the accused in the case.Of the accused, Shafat Ahmed, 26, and Nayem Ashraf, 30, were sued for raping the two female university students while Sadman Shafiq, 24, Shafat’s driver Billal, 26, and his unnamed bodyguard for abetting in the crime.The prime accused, Shafat Ahmed, is the son of Dildar Ahmed who owns top jewellery brand “Apan Jewellers” along with three of his brothers.
Keeping yourself physically and mentally active in middle age may lower the risk of developing dementia decades later, a study claims. Mental activities included reading, playing instruments, singing in a choir, visiting concerts, gardening, doing needlework or attending religious services, according to the study published in the journal Neurology. “These results indicate that these activities in middle age may play a role in preventing dementia in old age and preserving cognitive health,” said Jenna Najar from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s exciting as these are activities that people can incorporate into their lives pretty easily and without a lot of expense,” Najar said in a statement. The study involved 800 Swedish women with an average age of 47 who were followed for 44 years. At the beginning of the study, participants were asked about their mental and physical activities. Participants were given scores in each of the five areas based on how often they participated in mental activities, with a score of zero for no or low activity, one for moderate activity and two for high activity.The total score possible was 10. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants were divided into two groups. The low group, with 44 per cent of participants, had scores of zero to two and the high group, with 56 per cent of participants, had scores of three to 10. For physical activity, participants were divided into two groups, active and inactive. The active group ranged from light physical activity such as walking, gardening, bowling or biking for a minimum of four hours per week to regular intense exercise such as running or swimming several times a week or engaging in competitive sports. A total of 17 per cent of the participants were in the inactive group and 82 per cent were in the active group. During the study, 194 women developed dementia. Of those, 102 had Alzheimer’s disease, 27 had vascular dementia and 41 had mixed dementia, where more than one type of dementia is present, such as the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s disease along with the blood vessel changes seen in vascular dementia. The study found that women with high level of mental activities were 46 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and 34 per cent less likely to develop dementia overall than the women with the low level of mental activities. The women who were physically active were 52 per cent less likely to develop dementia with cerebrovascular disease and 56 per cent less likely to develop mixed dementia than the women who were inactive. The researchers took into account other factors that could affect the risk of dementia, such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. They also ran the results again after excluding women who developed dementia about halfway through the study to rule out the possibility that those women may have been in the prodromal stage of dementia, with less participation in the activities as an early symptom. The results were similar, except that physical activity was then associated with a 34 per cent reduced risk of dementia overall. Of the 438 women with the high level of mental activity, 104 developed dementia, compared to 90 of the 347 women with the low level of activity. Of the 648 women with the high level of physical activity, 159 developed dementia, compared to 35 of the 137 women who were inactive.
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