One Direction might take a break says Simon Cowell

first_imgMedia mogul Simon Cowell has suggested that popular boy-band One Direction should take a break.Cowell, 55, who has been the band’s longtime mentor, said it is the perfect time for the band to take ‘some time off’ and try other things, reported Billboard.“In terms of the band, they’ve got enough hits now they can take some time off and do some other stuff they want to do,” he said.Cowell, who will be seen judging The X Factor with Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Verscin, said the band can get back together after their break. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Then I hope they’ll have a little bit of time apart and want to get back together again. It’s a fun job, but it’s absolutely their decision.” One Direction signed with Cowell’s record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third on the UK’s The X Factor in 2010.Earlier, One Direction’s Harry Styles said the group was working on their forthcoming album.last_img read more

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Football to join tea tourism as pillar of development for Darjeeling Kalimpong

first_imgDarjeeling: “Football” is all set to ring in development in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, hand-in-hand with tea and tourism. Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), is all set to embark on a trip to Spain and Germany in December, to explore this avenue and woo investors.”Industrial houses and sports clubs of Germany and Spain have shown keen interest in developing sports and games infrastructure in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills. They are willing to invest. Exploring these possibilities, we will be visiting Germany and Spain in December to woo investors,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe attended a meeting and interactive session organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in Siliguri on Tuesday. “After taking charge of GTA, we have ensured that peace is not disrupted in the Hills. There has been no bandh since we assumed charge. We have declared the Hills a strike-free zone. Tea and tourism have been the mainstay of Hill economy. We will be exploring football as an add-on to this,” stated Tamang. The chairman added that GTA, along with the Bengal government, has been working towards revival of football in the Hills. “In line with the famous Brigade of Gurkhas Gold Cup tournament which had been discontinued 35 years ago, from this year we are starting the GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup Tournament from this year,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFootball teams from all over the country, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh will be taking part in the tournament from December 12 to 26. Matches will be held throughout the Hills in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik. Prominent clubs of Spain and Germany have shown interest in training footballers of the Hills. “They are willing to help local football clubs, along with developing sports infrastructure. It’s a common thing to see abroad that cities have grown up revolving around games and tournaments. Such tournaments boost tourism as well. Darjeeling and Kalimpong have the perfect components like weather and scenic beauty to follow this model,” stated Tamang. Stadiums of international standards are to come up in the Hills. “We don’t have to spend money for building these stadiums. We have to provide suitable land only. The investments will be made by the foreign investors and clubs,” stated Tamang. A GTA delegation led by Tamang will embark on a week long visit to Germany and Spain on December 10. “We are already in touch with certain clubs in Germany and Spain. They are also scheduled to visit the Hills. We hope to sign MOUs with these clubs during our trip, along with wooing investors,” added Tamang. CII has plans to promote tea and tourism in a planned and sustainable manner in the Hills. They will be organising Destination East 2019, whereby international tour operators and travel writers will be invited to the Hills from January 16. “CII, as a part of the Hill Business Coordination Committee, has been working closely for the development of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts,” stated Kamal Kishore Tewari, chairman, CII, North Bengal.last_img read more

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Men Hit the gym for better bone health

first_imgEngaging in weight-bearing exercises such as resistance training and various types of jumps can help men protect their bone health, suggests new research.One year of targeted exercise can decrease harmful sclerostin, a protein made in the bone, and increase IGF-1, a hormone associated with bone growth. These changes promote bone formation, increasing bone density, said the study published in the journal Bone.”People may be physically active, and many times people know they need to exercise to prevent obesity, heart disease or diabetes,” said Pamela Hinton, Associate Professor at University of Missouri in Columbia, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”However, you also really need to do specific exercises to protect your bone health,” Hinton said.In the study, men 25-to-60-years-old who had low-bone mass were split into two groups. One group performed resistance training exercises such as lunges and squats using free weights. The other group performed various types of jumps, such as single-leg and double-leg jumps.After 12 months of performing the exercises, Hinton then compared the levels of bone proteins and hormones in the blood. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We saw a decrease in the level of sclerostin in both of these exercise interventions in men,” Hinton said. “When sclerostin is expressed at high levels, it has a negative impact on bone formation. In both resistance and jump training, the level of sclerostin in the bone goes down, which triggers bone formation,” Hinton explained. The other significant change Hinton observed was an increase in the hormone IGF-1. Unlike sclerostin, IGF-1 triggers bone growth.last_img read more

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Man involved in illegal fund deal in cop net

first_imgKolkata: Sleuths of detective department of Kolkata Police nabbed a person with cash worth more than Rs 87 lakh from Sudder Street in New Market on Sunday. It is suspected that the money was being used for an illegal transaction.According to the police, on Saturday afternoon, detective department sleuths got a tip-off that a deal involving huge amount of money was being made around Suddar Street in New Market area. Based on the information, plain-clothed police personnel started patrolling the vicinity of Sudder Street and Jawahar Lal Nehru Road from 3:30 pm. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOne of the police sources was also there to identify the suspect.Around 5:20 pm, the source pointed at a person who was coming along the Sudder Street carrying a backpack. The person was later identified as Md. Wasim Khan of Taltala and he was detained on suspicion.Sleuths found huge number of notes of denomination Rs 2000 and Rs 500 inside his bag. Khan was immediately taken to the DD facility in Lalbazar. It was found that Khan was carrying Rs 87.5 lakh. When asked why he had so much money with him Khan could not provide valid reason and necessary documents which could substantiate the possession of such a huge amount of money. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFollowing the interrogation, Khan was arrested under Section 379 IPC (punishment for theft by exercising the power conferred) and under Section 41 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) where a police officer may arrest any person without an order from the magistrate and without an arrest warrant. Sleuths are trying to find out how Khan got such a huge amount of cash. Also, investigations are on to find out where the money was about to be sentlast_img read more

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Eat hearthealthy diet to cut belly fat

first_imgTrying hard to reduce that ever burgeoning waistline? Following a heart-healthy diet – rich in fibre and low in saturated fats – could be the key, suggests a study.While dieting may help fight abdominal obesity, but the ones touted on the internet including intermittent fasting, high-protein diets, the “Paleo” diet, and green tea, all lack high-quality evidence. None of them has shown to be more effective than other types of energy-restricted (reduced-calorie) diets, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There is still no miracle diet, food, nutrient, or bioactive component that will target abdominal fat,” said Kari D. Pilolla, from the California Polytechnic State University. But a heart-healthy diet high in fibre and low in saturated fats is a great way to prevent and reduce abdominal obesity, Pilolla said, in the paper published in Health and Fitness Journal.Diets that particularly have lower intake of trans and saturated fats and higher intake of fibre appear helpful in reducing or preventing abdominal obesity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These recommendations are consistent with heart-healthy diets like the (US) NIH-developed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean-style diet,” Pilolla said. She said that independent of body weight, a larger waist circumference increases risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Pilolla also recommends health and fitness professionals to assess and monitor abdominal obesity in their clients, and to evaluate their cardiometabolic risks.last_img read more

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Students protest against vandalism

first_imgKolkata: Following the Vidyasagar College teachers’ rally protesting against the vandalism of the BJP workers, students and several alumni members took part in another protest march on Thursday. A silent rally was organised by the college authorities which commenced from Vidyasagar College. The day section along with students and teachers from morning and night sections took part. It started from the main building located at Sankar Ghosh Lane and went to the Vidyasagar statue at College Square which was garlanded. The rally finally concluded in front of the vandalised college campus. According to sources, an association of former students of Vidyasagar College proposed that they would arrange money for the construction of a new statue of the social reformer. Goutam Kundu, principal of Vidyasagar College said the proposal would be under consideration for the time being.last_img read more

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Mourning Fashion and Etiquette in the Victorian Era

first_imgWhen Prince Albert succumbed to illness on a bleak December day in 1861, this marked the beginning of Queen Victoria’s period of mourning, which ended with her death some four decades later, in 1901. The Queen never got over the loss of spouse of 21 years. Her prince’s death was premature, at the age of 42, so she stuck to dark outfits for the remainder of her years.At the same time, this tragedy within the royal household was sort of booster to mourning dresses and etiquette — a lucrative business on its own right.Queen Victoria in 1890.Crêpe, which was the most used fabric for sewing mourning attire, was used in such quantities that by the end of the 19th century, British fabric manufacturers Courtaulds had amassed a fortune by selling this type of textile alone.As mourners needed to be supplied with proper clothing quickly, there were also numerous vendors who catered for their needs. In London, one of the most popular was Jay’s Mourning Warehouse, which opened in 1841.Girl in a mourning dress holding a framed photograph of her father, who presumably died during the American Civil War.Mourning etiquette was not so rigid in the early years of the Victorian era, but after Queen Victoria’s own Annus horribilis in 1861, things changed. Principles were indeed reinforced. What came out of the royal household was copied at every other layer of society, including the working classes.The general rule was that a full mourning period over a loved one lasted a year, though the period was sometimes extended to two years, or as was the case with the Queen — it felt like it hardly ever ended.Elderly woman, possibly dressed in mourning clothes, 1890-1900.The full mourning period was coupled with a half-mourning period which lasted for an additional two years. Victoria herself sported half-mourning dresses, overwhelmingly dark except little bits of white or purple, decades after Prince Albert’s demise.It was toughest for widowed women, who were expected never to abandon their dark garments while grieving, as well as avoiding any social gatherings or events that had a hint of joy (as if this would aid the loss).Victorian-style mourning dress with bustle.The widow’s outfit was known as the widow’s weeds. While it was all sewn in crêpe, the collars and the cuffs of shirts were edged with black piping too. Buttons were black and jewelry was also supposed to be dark, such as black pearls or jet-stones for those who could afford them. Those who couldn’t used cheaper imitations.Another popular option was using a lock of hair belonging to the dearly departed. The relic was often woven in a beautiful knot and worn as a brooch, with it the memory of the lost one.Mourning jewelry. Photo by Detlef Thomas CC BY-SA 2.0 deIf a grieving person owned, for example, a pair of white gloves, these needed some adjustment. Embroidering with black thread would have done the trick.A rare exception would have been the funeral of a young deceased girl, where white was among the acceptable colors in the outfit combinations, as it symbolized purity. However, this practice somehow disappeared.To adjust to all such requirements of the abundant mourning etiquette required money and a manual. For the wealthier, a mourning period was more or less another chance to communicate their economic standing in society.Queen Victoria with the five surviving children of her daughter, Princess Alice, dressed in mourning clothing for their mother and their sister Princess Marie in early 1879.In case of multiple deaths in a household over a short period of time, it meant mourning phases extended for several years. All regular clothing during this period were stored away. By the time the mourning ritual was through, it was no surprise if those stored-away clothes had gone entirely out of fashion.On the benefits of mourning warehouses, it was bad luck to keep attire at home after the mourning was through. The used black clothes were discarded. If someone else died afterward, the required outfit was bought anew — if you had the money to so often change your wardrobe.Those who were unable to afford to purchase any black garments dyed and used what they already had.The five daughters of Prince Albert wore black dresses and posed for a portrait with his statue following his death in 1861.Those not so familiar with the correct etiquette were able to check in any of the popular household manuals that were published at the time. Women, who stood out as leaders of the household’s mourning procedures, normally kept a copy of these manuals at home. Cassell’s and The Queen were among the most popular ones (so you could learn to mourn like a queen).Such help books thoroughly instructed the reader on the most appropriate ways to mourn, among other tips on general dressing. There were tons of little rules that reflected on the sorrow and the sentiment of loss. And everyone was expected to abide by these when someone near and dear to them died.Woman’s mourning dress (1867-1869): silk bodice and skirt with black fringe, white lace cuffs, and white guaze collar. Museum of Funeral Customs, Springfield, Illinois, 2006. Photo by Robert Lawton CC BY-SA 2.0The amount of black to be worn was dictated by the various stages of mourning, such as the full mourning year and the half-mourning stage that followed.In specific cases, women were able to remarry past their sixth month of mourning, when there was a need: If the husband was abroad for years and missing, or perhaps suffered and passed due to a long, exhausting disease, and the woman had children to feed.Woman in blackOther than this, it was acceptable for a woman to adopt a little grey or little purple on her outfit once she entered the half-mourning period. At this point, she was also able to go back to social gatherings.The Workwoman’s Guide, published in 1840, details expected mourning time for loss of other relatives. A parent was to grieve up to half a year or a full year, and the same principle stuck for children older than ten. Below the age of ten, children were mourned up to six months. An infant was mourned six weeks at the least.Illustration of woman in mourning.Siblings were mourned in between six and eight months, and uncles and aunties from three and six months. Friends were mourned three weeks at the least.And men? It was a bit easier for them, at least with the outfit. A normal-looking dark suit combined with black gloves and dark-colored cravat would have been appropriate enough. A black ribbon was sometimes worn as an armband, too.Children themselves attending a funeral were not expected to wear any mourning clothes, though they were sometimes dressed in white clothes.Read another story from us: Dark Secrets and Scandals that have Rocked the VaticanThese rigid principles of deep mourning were somewhat abandoned once the Edwardian era commenced. Even more impactful was World War I. When the war was over in 1918, it seemed the entire world was mourning, and such rigidity didn’t really soothe anyone anymore.last_img read more

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Losing divides locker rooms not politics

first_imgColin says:If football coaches were actors, who would they be?Chip Kelly deserves credit for being good in crisis.Kaepernick’s job as a protester isn’t to solve the problem, it’s to bring attention to it.You don’t have to fully understand every detail of an issue to protest.We hold people to standards to which we don’t hold ourselves.If you want to stop talking Colin Kaepernick, stop jamming Colin’s phone lines.4 destinations for Tom Brady in the event of a Patriots divorce.Guests:Peter King – Founder and writer for the MMQB joins the show via the Cowherd Global Satellite Network regarding why there’s nothing the NFL can do procedurally to stop the current protests, why he thinks they’ll continue to grow, his takeaways on the Pats impressive opener, Dak Prescott’s 1st start, and his thoughts on Washington/Dallas this weekend.Eric Mangini – Former Browns and Patriots Head Coach is in-studio to talk about what causes locker room divisiveness, when to cut ties with a good player, why sometimes you need patience to develop them, and whether Brady leaving New England is possible or crazy talk.Joel Klatt – Fox Sports College Football analyst is in-studio to preview the Ohio State vs. Oklahoma headliner this weekend. He also gives his thoughts on Dabo Sweeney’s comments about player protest, his sometimes almost close college football Upset of the Week, and the Pac-12 “After Dark”.last_img read more

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Unlike Magic Kobe is Built to Run the Lakers

first_imgToolsould be crazy to leave Brad Stevens for the Knicks Also:– Luke Walton should consider quitting the Lakers for the Kings– Mahomes is more “dynamic” than Rodgers– Too many dots to connect Kyler Murray to Arizona– Kyrie would be crazy to leave Brad Stevens for the Knicks Guests:Sam Amick, Chris Broussard, Rob Parker, and Will Blackmoncenter_img Unlike Magic, Kobe is built to run the LakersMagic Johnson is out as Lakers team President, and it’s clear whoever steps in will have their work cut out for them to turn around a franchise in the midst of a tailspin. Colin never thought Magic was cut out for the daily grind of the NBA front office, he thinks Kobe Bryant would be, and would be the best option to as the team’s next president.Not only does Kobe have the mental makeup of an exec, he also has close relationships with Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, and also has the clout in L.A. to be an equal check on a LeBron hostile takeover of the franchise. Kobe’s always been lurking in the shadows the whole time anyway. Jeanie Buss should make it official.last_img read more

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3 Capabilities the Software Industry Needs to Solve the Developer Talent Crunch

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The software development world is changing drastically, making more and more new technologies and tools readily available and allowing for faster release cycles. Those faster cycles have come about in response to online users’ demands for not only those features themselves but for their faster introduction.Related: How to Atract In-Demand Tech Developers in the Competitive European MarketAnd that in turn has required a whole new version of “the product team,” whereby enterprises can deliver on user demands without sacrificing great customer experience.The challenge facing those teams will be to establish new standards for the future of work where software development teams can balance technical skills with non-technical skills in order to build exceptional products that will excel in the market.How to do that? The introduction of three key characteristics will redefine what makes for a successful product team and in the process will attract, retain and develop the talent necessary to achieve that perfect “balance.” Those characteristics:The ability to incorporate social skills into building product teamsSofter power skills such as creative thinking, communication and teamwork tend to be more prevalent in liberal arts studies in the humanities and social sciences, and in the creative arts. Creating outlets to marry traditional science with the humanities by either attracting new types of talent altogether or expanding training will add a better rounded perspective for product design. A product team that’s diverse in this way will be able to challenge a particular application in the context of varied customer scenarios, serving as a catalyst for user advocacy.As an example, look to Microsoft Windows’ AI assistant, Cortana. Microsoft built its team with not just software engineers, but also poets, comedians, fiction writers and other types of expertise beyond the traditional skills developers offer. Behind the biggest companies, including Apple and Amazon, we find diverse fields of studies designed to drive a more humanized technology.The ability to increase emotional intelligence using “soft skills”The more emotional intelligence (EQ) that’s found in products, the more successful those products will be in terms of their adoption by global populations. One big reason for that success will tbe the steadfast avoidance of biased or ethnically insensitive decisions during product development.Related: The 5 Non-Technical Skills Any Great Developer Needs in Order to AdvanceFor example, following a devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, family members searching for survivors received celebratory balloons and confetti in Facebook messages. The reason was that a Malay word, selamat, used in those messages means both “congratulations” and “survive.”Facebook’s automatic (and insensitive) displays of balloons and confetti, in that case, where user permission was absent, lacked emotional intelligence. But we can all learn from that episode: To leverage artificial intelligence and gather more data on users,  leading to greater insights about those users from that data, we will need to balance what’s been the traditional use of formulaic decisions … with softer people skills.“I think that the world is focused very heavily on hard skills like computer science, data science and artificial intelligence,” Anant Agarwal was quoted as saying in a Capgemini Digital Transformation Institute report on digital talent. Agarwal is founder and CEO of eDX, an open online education (MOOC) provider.“Let us be clear those skills are very important,” Aarwal said of hard skills. “However, the combination of hard skills and power skills, like communications, critical thinking and teamwork, is most vital. These skills are required in every job and are critical for professional success across all industries.”Software development teams are infamous for “hand-offs” between disparate teams that design, develop, test and deploy a product. But fostering co-creativity among teams will help foster a beneficial product for all stakeholders across the software development life cycle.For example, by having developers co-create feature requirements with designers and co-create tests with quality engineers, teams can ensure they are developing what the user actually wants. This practice is supported by modern approaches to development, like behavior-driven development.Today, we’re seeing more and more job descriptions for developers asking not only for test-driven experience but also behavior-driven design and development experience; and we’re seeing these job descriptions from major companies from GE Digital to Liberty Mutual Insurance.Incorporating approaches such as behavior-driven development can create a shared understanding on how an application fosters continuous learning and co-creation among all stakeholders.Related: Employers Are Paying Freelancers Big Bucks for These 25 In-Demand SkillsThe ability to incorporate user advocacy at every stage of software developmentThe future of work for software developers lies in the industry’s ability to embed diversity, emotional intelligence and co-creativity into product teams, in order to prioritize a user perspective. With user advocacy at the forefront, developers will be able to successfully enrich their technical expertise with people, social and communication skills to create powerful products and services that excel in the market. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read January 11, 2019last_img read more

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