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Churchill Insurance

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Shortlisted team for the PWA Award for HR Excellence through Technology: Personnel Today Awards 2000A home-grown computer-based training scheme has transformed learning of technical knowledge for Churchill Insurance’s frontline staff, and saved the company at least £28,000.As the UK’s second largest direct insurer, Churchill has a customer base in excess of 1.5 million people. It employs more than 4,500 staff in the UK and another 40 in New Delhi, India who are primarily involved in IT programming.All staff dealing directly with customers used to sit a cumbersome written test every six months to ensure they were up to date on knowledge of Churchill’s products. It was a labour-intensive process involving a lot of paperwork, administration and lengthy marking. It also required staff to spend too much time away from their desks. In November 1998 IT trainer Stuart White decided it was time to convince senior HR managers and the board that the process could be streamlined and training made more effective using CBT. White quickly realised that no existing off-the-shelf software products would be appropriate to meet Churchill’s needs, so for a small outlay of £2,000 he bought Macromedia Attain Authorware and adapted the content and design.The new system had to be easy to use, reliable and capable of testing individuals and immediately producing reports. Churchill used existing expertise to tailor the software. The team members involved were diverse and spread across a number of sites, including India, yet the initiative was ready to roll out within four months. By March 1999 they had transferred all testing to the new system and were beginning to change the way staff perceived testing on the job. Under the old paper-based testing, employees saw it as a performance measure in which line managers were trying to catch them out. With CBT, staff had to be shown that testing was a developmental tool not a disciplinary one. The format of the tests remained the same but a bank of 60 questions were created for each skill. Each department in Churchill nominated an expert to assist in the writing of the questions and these were then passed to the technical services unit for approval.While Stuart White was responsible for the design and user experience of the training modules, HR colleague Rita Jeffery tackled the technical content, the tests and the initial pilot. CBT has reduced the amount of time spent on inductions for new staff, avoided duplication of training, ensured consistency of technical training and streamlined the whole process. So far, just under 3,000 tests have been conducted nationwide. Now others areas of the business are looking to apply CBT. The company’s key value is “kaizan” – continual improvement – and this is being applied through linking CBT to the intranet, recruitment and assessment of staff and to enhance self learning. White and Jeffery are also keen to add sound and video to their existing modules to make the learning experience more dynamic. Overall, they believe the development of CBT as fundamental to Churchill’s strategy of world-class staff producing a world-class service. “We now have a system in place which is both quick and fair,” says Rita Jeffery. “Staff no longer see testing as a threat and are now so keen that even if they lose one market they want to know why. Previously they were more concerned with passing.”“The beauty of this was that it was home-grown and therefore gives us so much more control,” says Stuart White. “We are handling just under 5,000 more customer calls per year now because we saved staff so much time and they are more effective.”‘ This is the second time that Churchill Insurance has been shortlisted in the Personnel Today Awards. Last year, the HR team was a finalist in the Excellence in Training category. Company fact fileTeam Churchill Insurance HR and Training Team, Bromley, Kent Team leaders Karen Coleman, HR senior training & development manager; Stuart White, IT trainer HR Number in HR team 30, including IT specialists in IndiaNumber of employees responsible for Over 4,500Main achievements Huge savings and improved effectiveness of training by introducing a new computer-based system for testing staff knowledgePriorities for next 12 months Computer-based training is now so popular at Churchill that all areas of the business wish to adopt it. There are plans to link CBT to the company intranet, to use it in recruitment and assessment and to add sound and video modules to enhance self learning Judge’s Comment “At first sight, Churchill’s electronic testing of customer-facing staff may be seen as a narrow application of technology. However, movement to electronic testing has turned an unpopular, time-consuming chore into a vehicle for fast feedback to staff and management. This particular project is a good example of relevant technology to meet key business goals. The management of the project, using IT staff based in India, is also noteworthy” Churchill InsuranceOn 3 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Slightly Stoopid, Ben Harper, MGMT, More

first_imgThe inaugural Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival will take over sunny San Diego’s Waterfront and Downtown areas this fall on November 22nd-24th.On Monday, the three-day event revealed their phase one lineup, with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, MGMT, and San Diego locals Slightly Stoopid topping the bill. Wonderfront will also see performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Thievery Corporation, Vince Staples, Big Gigantic, STS9, Pepper, Phantogram, Big Wild, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Boombox, Ghost Light, Sunsquabi, Exmag, and many more. More artists will be added to the impressive lineup in August.With the help of fellow co-founder and Pechanga Arena General Manager Ernie Hahn, Wonderfest co-founder Paul Thornton brought local sports heroes Tony Hawk, Trevor Hoffman, and Rob Machado onto the festival team as investors and brand ambassadors. The three-day event will include music, arts, food, wine, spirits, beer (with a giant craft beer village), yacht parties, water taxi cruises, water activities, Tony Hawk’s HuckJam, a silent disco, and so much more, all along the downtown San Diego Waterfront. Attendees will be able to come and go as they please with their Wonderfront RFID wristband.“Our goal with this lineup was to have it stacked from start to finish each day with great artists,” festival co-founder Paul Thornton said in a press release. “So, it’s hard to really call any certain bands our headliners as so many bands on this festival are headliners in their own right. We’ve had a tough time fitting so many great bands across so many genres into the number of stage slots available. We also wanted a great mix of artists across the time slots so that not all the bigger names were just playing at the same later times. We really appreciate the artists who have worked with us to make that possible.”Subscribers to the festival’s WonderLIST will have access to pre-sale Early Bird tickets on Friday, June 7th. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, June 14th at 10 a.m.Head to the Wonderfront’s website for more information.last_img read more

Letterkenny Folk Festival hosts thrilling Soap Box Derby – Picture Special

first_imgA revised version of the popular Letterkenny International Folk Festival took place over the weekend drawing in huge crowds. One of the events that caught the imagination from those at the Folk Festival was the Soap Box Derby and it made a return for the 2019 version in association with the RNLI Lifeboat.The starting ramp was located at the Golden Grill on the Port Road, Letterkenny. Enthusiasts turned out in their soap boxes to compete for the €500 in prize moneyJoe Boland (NWNewspix) was in attendance to capture the thrilling encounter. Letterkenny Folk Festival hosts thrilling Soap Box Derby – Picture Special was last modified: August 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Raptors 113, Warriors 93: NBA Finals-worthy preview? Not on this night

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – The Warriors did not offer an NBA Finals preview. Instead, they displayed regular-season sluggishness.The Warriors fell to the Toronto Raptors 113-93 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena, marking two distinct differences from when they played nearly two weeks ago. Unlike their three-point overtime loss in Toronto that Steve Kerr called “the most entertaining game of the year so far,” the …last_img

Live updates: Warriors vs. Blazers, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors face Oakland’s Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers at Oracle.The Warriors are looking to atone for a rough Christmas night performance against the Lakers when they were humbled in a 127-101 loss. Golden State (23-12) is hoping things go as well against Portland (19-15) as they did last month when the Warriors rolled to a 125-97 victory …last_img

Saturn-Day and Moon-Day Arrive

first_imgLast Saturday, we looked at news about Saturn and its rings. This Saturday we look at news about Saturn’s moons.The planet Saturn just surpassed Jupiter in number of moons. Twenty more moons were discovered in Cassini data, Science Daily says, bringing the total to 82, compared to Jupiter’s 79. NASA is calling on the public to help give them names. But actually, Saturn has so many moons, they could never be counted. Within the rings are “propeller” moons that, while not obvious, leave evidence of their existence in propeller-shaped wakes consisting of disturbed ring particles. And actually, every ring particle is a moon orbiting Saturn, some as large as houses, some mere specks of dust. Here we concentrate on two of the most noteworthy moons of Saturn: Titan and Enceladus.Titan’s theoretical interior (NASA).Titan NewsLakes on Saturn’s moon Titan are explosion craters, new models suggest (Science Daily). Some of the small polar lakes on Titan have steep rims hundreds of feet high. A new model that might account for them considers them craters where frozen nitrogen exploded upward, contributing to Titan’s nitrogen-rich atmosphere. In order to keep Titan billions of years old when they know the atmosphere cannot be sustained that long, some planetary scientists like Jonathan Lunine (whose prediction of a global ethane ocean was falsified by Cassini) are now envisioning “cycles” —Over the last half-billion or billion years on Titan, methane in its atmosphere has acted as a greenhouse gas, keeping the moon relatively warm — although still cold by Earth standards. Scientists have long believed that the moon has gone through epochs of cooling and warming, as methane is depleted by solar-driven chemistry and then resupplied.This, however, amounts to special pleading, and could not work. By now (if the current atmosphere were at most 10 million to 100 million years old, as they believe), there would have been 45 to 450 cycles of methane depletion and resupply over the assumed age of the solar system. We know, however, that the methane is subject to the solar wind 20% of Titan’s orbit. Nothing is going to resupply it. And the ethane should have formed that global ocean over billions of years, as Lunine had predicted; it would be going nowhere, so where is it?Cassini explores ring-like formations around Titan’s lakes (European Space Agency, via Phys.org). Cassini found “around 650 lakes and seas in the polar regions of Titan—300 of which are at least partially filled with a liquid mix of methane and ethane.” Some of the lakes have steep-walled rims, as noted above, and some have broken rims. But others “are surrounded by ramparts: ring-shaped mounds that extend for tens of km from a lake’s shoreline” that completely enclose the liquid. How did these form? So far they cannot tell if the ramparts are “old” or “young.” They may have to wait for the next mission, named Dragonfly, to look from ground level instead of from orbit.‘Bathtub rings’ around Titan’s lakes might be made of alien crystals (Science Daily). Cue the Twilight Zone music: the rims of Titan’s lakes “might be encrusted with strange, unearthly minerals, according to new research being presented here.” Once again, though, confirmation of these features, which resemble rings of precipitated salt around salty lakes on Earth, will await more data from the next mission. They might consist of butane, acetylene and benzene, which are known to precipitate in Titan’s atmosphere. These alien crystals, though, appear to form snowflakes with ethane molecules captured inside.Flying on Saturn’s moon Titan: what we could discover with NASA’s new Dragonfly mission (The Conversation). Think of what scientists could see with a drone flying around Titan above the surface, instead of from orbit. That’s the plan for a follow-up visit to Titan. The mission is named Dragonfly. To promote it, Christian Schroeder (U of Stirling) has learned his propaganda well. Insert the L-word life to trigger public drooling.Flying on other worlds is the next leap in the exploration of our solar system. The Mars Helicopter will piggyback on the NASA Mars 2020 rover mission to demonstrate the technology. But this is only the start. The real prize will be the Dragonfly mission in 2026, sending a drone to Saturn’s largest moon, Titan – as just announced by NASA.For a craft to become airborne, it needs air or, more generally, an atmosphere. Only a handful of objects in our solar system fit that bill. Titan boasts an atmosphere thicker than Earth’s, which has shrouded this world in mystery for a long time. Studies have shown Titan may be able to host primitive lifeforms and is the ideal place to study how life may have arisen on our own planet.SMU’s ‘Titans in a Jar’ could answer key questions ahead of NASA’s space exploration (Southern Methodist University). This university long ago went from “Methodist” in the tradition of John Wesley to “Methodological Naturalist” in the atheist sense. As such, its research department will spend its $195,000 NASA grant looking for evidence of a naturalistic origin of life.Before the rotorcraft lands on Titan, chemists from SMU will be recreating the conditions on Titan in multiple glass cylinders — each the size of a needle top — so they can learn about what kind of chemical structures could form on Titan’s surface. The knowledge on these structures can ultimately help assess the possibility of life on Titan — whether in the past, present or future.Saturn’s moon Enceladus with “Tiger Stripes” fissures where geysers eruptEnceladusSaturn’s Icy Moon Enceladus Is Likely the ‘Perfect Age’ to Harbor Life (Live Science). Astrobiological fervor about Titan is only exceeded by the fervor of looking for life on Enceladus. As we saw last week, the evolutionary moyboys that control planetary science these days need to keep these moons old in order for life to have time to emerge by chance (as if time helps). They realize that just a few tens or hundreds of millions of years is far too short for that. One way they keep them old is just to declare them old, hoping nobody will notice that it’s an evolution-based assumption, not a measurable fact.Below the ice-covered surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus hides a vast ocean.This sprawling ocean is likely 1 billion years old, which means it’s the perfect age to harbor life, said Marc Neveu, a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center last Monday (June 24) during a talk at the 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference.In order to appear sciency, the chief wizard Neveu ran some computer simulations with contrived parameters to make Enceladus look just old enough for the time he thinks would be needed for the miracle of life to happen, if you had carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen available (Enceladus has lots of water ice, but very little of anything else). Yet Neveu has to admit that it’s rather surprising Enceladus would have an ocean left after all this time.One of Cassini’s major discoveries was that Enceladus had an ocean filled with hydrothermal vents. “It’s very surprising to see an ocean today,” Neveu told Live Science after the talk. “It’s a very tiny moon and, in general, you expect tiny things to not be very active [but rather] like a dead block of rock and ice.”Neveu needs the moon to be the right age. So he imagines it, guided by evolutionary magic.If the ocean is too young – for example, only a couple of million years old – there probably wouldn’t have been enough time to mix those ingredients together to create life, he said. What’s more, that’s not enough time for little sparks of life to spread enough for us Earthlings to detect them.On the other hand, if the ocean is too old, it’s as if the planet’s “battery” is running out of juice; the chemical reactions needed to sustain life might stop, Neveu said.In this world, the elements that needed to dissolve would have dissolved, all the minerals needed to form would have formed, he said. The moon would’ve then reached an equilibrium, meaning that the reactions to sustain life wouldn’t take place.That means Enceladus’ ocean may be the perfect age to harbor life.How he got to that non-sequitur isn’t clear. In the meantime, his computer simulations continue running.Organic Compounds Found in Plumes of Saturn’s Icy Moon Enceladus (Space.com). Ready to supply some building blocks of life for the astrobiologists, this article triumphantly announces “organic molecules” in the plumes of Enceladus, but doesn’t say what they are. (Note: many deadly poisons are “organic molecules”). It only teases readers that “Similar compounds on Earth take part in the chemical reactions that form amino acids, which are the organic compounds that combine to form proteins and are essential to life as we know it.” Were any of these things found? No.Saturn’s moon Enceladus is having a snowball fight with other moons (New Scientist). Now here’s a finding that should put the moyboys into clinical depression. The geysers of Enceladus are spray-painting other moons white with icy snow. The amount of snow is not trivial, either:Look how tiny this moon is!Alice Le Gall at the University of Paris-Saclay in France and her colleagues analysed these radar observations and found that three of the moons, Mimas, Enceladus and Tethys, seem to be twice as bright as we previously thought. They presented their work this week at at a joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences in Geneva, Switzerland.That can be partly explained by Enceladus: it has huge geysers that spew water from its subsurface ocean into space, which then freezes and snows down on the nearby moons and Enceladus’ surface. Le Gall and her colleagues calculated that this layer of ice and snow should be at least a few tens of centimetres thick.“Now we know that the snow is actually accumulating, it’s not just a thin veneer but a much thicker layer of water ice,” Le Gall says.Could that go on for billions of years? Enceladus, remember, also builds a huge E-ring around Saturn, but this tiny moon is only about the diameter of Washington State. Neveu in the previous article said that this small moon should be like a dead block of rock and ice after all this time. As usual, the scientists completely ignore the age implications of this discovery. Spray cans give out after a while of continuous spraying.Diagram of Saturn’s E-ring created by EnceladusWhy are the planetary scientists ignoring this? They will never admit defeat. Charlie & Charlie* are too important in their pantheon to disgrace. *Lyell, Darwin (Visited 333 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, April 3, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The state gets a little wet today with light rain overspreading the region. This morning and early afternoon, the northern part of the state will be most likely to be seeing rain. This afternoon and tonight, the central and southern thirds of the state will see better rain chances. Combined, we see rain totals for the entire event at a few hundredths to .4” with coverage at 70% of the state. Precipitation continues through a large part of tomorrow too, adding its best moisture totals early in the day, with action falling off in the afternoon an evening . It can add another tenth or two, but generally, we look for combined event rain totals to be at a half an inch or less over 90% of the state. We continue to forecast a great start to the weekend with sunshine dominating Saturday. Temps should moderate as well. But our next system remains on track to impact the second half of the weekend, with clouds increasing Saturday night. Rain arrives on Sunday and continues through Monday, even lingering into early Tuesday. Rain totals remain at .25”-.1” with coverage at near 90%. A few areas in southern southern Ohio may end up with better thunderstorms chances or perhaps multiple thunderstorms. That would push a few local areas above an inch of rain, but not many. The map at right shows rain totals from today through next Tuesday midday, which is a combined total of 2 weather systems. Later Tuesday and Wednesday will feature a mix of clouds and sun. We do not expect any well-organized shower action there. But we do see a better threat of rain coming later Wednesday night through Thursday and into early Friday. That system has really shown big signs of development over the past 24 hours and will shift in from NW to SE. Rain totals can be from .25”-1”, and we think there is good potential for some thunderstorm action. We turn out partly sunny on Friday and stay dry with sunshine through early the 14th. The extended period gets active rather quickly. We continue to watch several waves of moisture coming through for the 15th through the 18th. We are leaving rain potential at 1-3 inches for now, with coverage at nearly 100% of the state. We go drier for the 19th and 20th. But model agreement is fleeting, so there is plenty of time for data showing less moisture for the extended period to emerge.last_img read more

OSVehicle unveils modular self-driving car concept

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Autonomous#B2B#driverless#EDIT#featured#modular#OSVehicle#Self-Driving#top IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… OSVehicle, a modular car startup and an alumnus of our sister Readwrite Labs accelerator, has unveiled a self-driving concept called EDIT. The car is aimed at the B2B market and could be a route into affordable autonomous ride-sharing and delivery services.For brands looking to design a unique car for their brand, EDIT has a lot to offer. It is a white-label product, meaning brands can slap their logos on the exterior and change the interior of the car to make it fit for purpose.‘EDIT’ Self-Driving Car by OSVehicle from OSVehicle on Vimeo.An example of this could be a food delivery service outfitting the back of the car with an oven, to keep food warm while in transit. Domino’s has already done this with own delivery vehicle, the DXP, though that still requires a driver.OSVehicle is also making all of the code open source, allowing developers to change and improve the self-driving software. Developers may be able to create apps that work with OSVehicle’s software, streamlining the experience.“We see the potential of a unified modular vehicle for the future of mobility as a service, that will allow car fleets last 10X longer under heavy usage conditions like car and ride sharing and enable hardware upgrade of self-driving, connected car technologies seamlessly,” said Tin Hang, CEO of OSVehicle.See Also: New study shows just a few driverless cars help ease trafficThe startup is backed by Y Combinator and has been working on EDIT for a year now. It is not OSVehicle’s first venture into modular cars, in 2013 it launched the Tabby, which was sold as a car anyone could build in an hour.EDIT is more impressive in its scope, but there’s still no details on the price and slim details on how much brands can change and add to the vehicle.center_img David Curry Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

10 health concerns prevent & tackle now!

first_imgMinakshi Desai spoke to several experts and came up with a list of the top ailments that affect the Indian family. Read on to know more…Malady 1DiabetesCurrently the diabetes capital of the world, India sees the numbers grow every day. There are two kinds of diabetes – type I and type II. Type I diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas don’t produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. It can happen at any age, but is common among children, adolescents, or young adults. Type II diabetes, or diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterised by high blood glucose triggered by insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency. Factors that cause hyper insulin can be genetic, poor food habits and lack of physical activity. Symptoms may include excessive passing of urine and thirst, weight loss, exhaustion, and numbness in the arms and legs.Children and DiabetesMore often than not, children are afflicted with type I diabetes, which is a genetic disorder. In India itself, the cases of childhood diabetes have increased three times in the last 30 years. If your child has diabetes, follow the prescribed treatment religiously to avoid serious complications. Teach him how to inject himself with insulin when he is old enough. Tackle your diabetes now, because complications of long-term diabetes include – damage to the retina, kidney disease, stroke, heart disease, ulcers and decreased immunity, to name a few.What steps to take:PreventPeople with a family history of the disease can prevent it only by exercising regularly and following a healthy diet.Avoid foods that are high on sugar and fats; and processed foods.advertisementManageGet enough knowledge on the disease; it will help you tackle it well.If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, make sure you visit the doctor regularly and monitor your sugar levels via blood and urine tests.Go for a brisk walk or do yoga daily.Don’t miss meals and follow your prescribed diet religiously. The same goes for medication.If you are hypoglycaemic (where your blood sugar levels drop suddenly), always carry something sweet.Make sure you include cereals, wholemeal (such as multigrain bread and flour), fresh vegetables and fruits and fibre in your diet.You are at a high risk of contractingDiabetes if…You are overweight or obese.You have high blood pressure.Your cholesterol levels are high.If there has been a family history of the disease.Malady 2ObesityFor most of us, obesity is more of an aesthetic issue rather than an actual health problem. Unfortunately, the underlying threats to one’s health caused by obesity – diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and a shorter life expectancy – are by and large ignored. A sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, and eating high-calorie foods can lead to this problem. You know you are obese if your BMI (body mass index) is above normal. BMI is a formula used to estimate how much body fat a person has. The BMI formula uses your height and weight measurements to calculate a number. This number is then plotted on a chart, which tells a person whether he or she is underweight, average weight, overweight, or obese.Obesity in childrenIn recent years, there has been an alarming rise in obesity in Indian children. Around 20 percent of school-going children in our country today are reported to be overweight or obese.More and more tweens and teens today are staying indoors, using high-tech gadgets and watching TV for long hours, with no outdoor activities. Plus, the stress levels caused by studies have also increased and so have bad eating habits. These are the main contributing factors of obesity.’There are many cases of infantile obesity as well. This happens when babies are overfed on commercial baby products.* So try to breast feed as much as possible or choose the best brands in the market to avoid this,’ says Dr MD Shah, paediatrician, pulmonologist and consultant at Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai.’Don’t stop your child from eating. The trick is to manage the quality of food you offer and not the quantity,’ advises Dr MD Shah. ‘You should have frequent meals (five in a day) instead of three heavy ones, so that you don’t burden your pancreas.’What steps to takePrevent and manage Awareness is the first step – know more about obesity-related health hazards, and read self-help books to get started.Consult a dietician and a doctor for guidance. Remember, a doctor may not be sufficiently qualified or up-to-date on diet and nutrition-related matters.Monitor your weight and cut down on junk food, fried snacks and fatty foods. Opt for wholemeal products, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Eat small but frequent meals.Exercise regularly; no need to necessarily go to the gym; opt for a sport you like such as tennis or badminton. Start with a 30-minute brisk walk daily if you’ve been sedentary so far.Don’t follow fad diets. Although they will help you drop weight quickly, the euphoria will be short-lived, as the kilos will come back on fast, as soon as you resume your normal diet. Follow a long-term, doable weight reduction programme under the guidance of a well-qualified and reputed nutritionist instead.advertisementMalady 4Atherosclerosis (Leading to heart attack and stroke)’The accumulation of plaque (mostly made of cholesterol) on the inside of your arteries causes its narrowing. This restricts blood flow and leads to clotting, which may in turn result in a heart attack or a stroke, depending on the location of the blockage,’ says Dr Umesh Thakker, consulting physician and cardiologist, Parvish Nursing Home, Mumbai. ‘A hectic work schedule, stressful lifestyle and bad eating habits can lead to this life-threatening disease. Stress induces catabolic hormones, such as, cortisones and these increase the level of cholesterol in the blood,’ he adds.What steps to takePrevent and manageDr Thakker explains, ‘High blood pressure speeds up the formation of plaque. You can control it by restricting your intake of salt and junk food. You must also exercise as it improves the heart function by extracting more oxygen from the blood. Include more fibre-rich foods in your diet such as fresh fruits, vegetables and wholegrain products. Avoid fried foods. Cut smoking as it causes arterial spasm, which restricts blood flow; and alcohol too is a killer, literally! Most drugs prescribed for cardiac diseases cause constipation. When you strain while passing stool, it puts undue stress on your heart. Eat bulk fibre foods.’Switch to heart-friendly vegetable oils such as rice bran, corn, soya, peanut or olive oil. Rotate oils to get the best of all. Substitute whole milk with low fat milk. If you like eating red meat, trim the fat before you cook, and include fish in your diet. Fish is low in saturated fats and high in protein. It also contains omega 3 fatty acids; these prevent the accumulation of triglycerides and increase the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood.Malady 5Hypertension’Hypertension is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated. The causes can be stress, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, or a genetic trigger. Hypertension causes your arteries to harden and clog. This can eventually lead to a stroke, heart failure and coronary disease,’ says Dr Ravi Patel, general surgeon and owner, Parvish Nursing Home, Mumbai.There are no obvious symptoms of hypertension. If you are overweight, you can bring down blood pressure with exercise and diet control. However, this does not mean that if you are slim and exercise regularly, you cannot have hypertension. If your systolic reading is 140 and above, and the diastolic reading 90 or above, you have high blood pressure. The parameters differ, depending on your age, sex and environment.advertisementWhat steps to takePrevent and manageExercise regularly. Brisk walking or swimming (30 minutes daily, to begin with) is the best activity, but you should start it only after getting a thorough health check-up done and on approval of a doctor. Practise meditation and yoga regularly, as they are known to benefit people with hypertension. Asanas such as yashtikasana, matsyasana, savasana, and nispand bhava are good for hypertension.Diet plays an important role in controlling this disease. Reduce your intake of salt, pickles, papad, junk and processed foods.Malady 6Constipation’Irregular bowel movement and hard, dried out faecal matter that is difficult to pass out of the body are the symptoms of constipation. You may be constipated if your diet lacks roughage and fibre or if you are under certain medication (especially for heart disease). Accumulation of faecal matter in your colon can cause gas, bloating and in worse cases, piles or a fissure tear in the anal area,’ says Dr Ravi Patel.What steps to takePrevent and manageEat a diet that is rich in fibrous foods such as fruits and vegetables as it will stimulate peristalsis (wave- like movement) of the colon. And, increase your fluid intake (8-10 glasses a day) – it will help soften your stool. Dr Ravi Patel says, ‘Use laxatives only as a last resort as they can become a habit and hinder the normal functioning of your intestines. Bowel motility drugs taken under a doctor’s supervision can help treat chronic constipation. Exercise regularly and do yoga as it improves digestion. Aim to get close to this: 2 portions of fruits, 3 portions of vegetables and 1 portion of salad every day,’ he adds. Prunes, figs and papaya are beneficial too; include them in your diet.Malady 7DiarrhoeaMore of a symptom than a disease, diarrhoea usually indicates that there is irritation or an infection in the intestines. The lining of the intestines, as a result, is unable to absorb the water and salt from the food you eat, which are therefore passed out of the body. ‘Diarrhoea may or may not be accompanied by cramps and pain in the abdomen. The stool can be semi-formed or watery, with or without blood. In severe cases, you may have to replace the fluid by intravenous drug infusion,’ says Dr Ravi Patel. Diarrhoea causes loss of essential salts and fluids, which can lead to dehydration. In babies and small children, it can prove to be fatal if not treated in time.What steps to takePreventWash your hands before you eat and keep hygiene while cooking.Avoid intake of roadside foods.ManageTake sugar and salt solutions to avoid dehydration. Give your child lots of fluids. If not water, even soda drinks, “flattened” (where the gas is out), is good – it is better than no fluid. Most mothers think only water will do, or the next best thing is fresh fruit juice. That is not true. The important thing is “fluid intake”.Malady 8Insomnia’Difficulty in falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, or waking up too early with trouble going back to sleep again, are the symptoms of insomnia. These could occur all together or individually,’ says Dr BR Agarwal, MD psychiatry, MAPA, USA. Certain health problems, stress, depression and a change in one’s environment can lead to this. If the problem is transitory, then there is nothing to worry about, but when poor sleep becomes a pattern, there is cause for concern, as it can affect your health. He adds, ‘There is no standard span of time that specifies what “normal” sleep is. While some people survive on as less as 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night, others need more. If you’re feeling well in the morning and tired by afternoon, it could be a symptom of depression and insomnia. If you have not been sleeping for a minimum of 6 hours a day over a period of 2 to 3 weeks, you should consult a doctor immediately. Find out the reason why you are unable to sleep well. Your doctor may prescribe sleeping pills for a period of time (it will not make you an addict) to induce the habit, but natural sleep is better for your overall health.’What steps to takePrevent and manageTake a warm bath before you go to bed.Make sure the curtains in your bedroom are drawn properly, so that no outside light disturbs.Keep your room clean and clutter-free.Do not drink tea or coffee in the evenings.Look for alternative methods of treatment such as meditation and yoga. Deep breathing exercises will help relax your mind and body, and may get you to sleep better.’Watching TV when you can’t sleep aggravates the problem, as the flashing lights stimulate the brain and therefore increase insomnia. Instead, try light reading in bed,’ says Dr Agarwal.Malady 9Depression’Depression can be “reactive” – that is when the symptoms arise as a reaction to a situation; or it may be endogenous, where you may be depressed because of certain chemical changes in your body,’ says Dr BR Agarwal. ‘Reactive depression can arise from the loss of a loved one, or problems in one’s relationship, or on the work front. In most cases, depression disappears when the problem gets solved or when the patient takes the help of psychotherapy,’ he explains.Endogenous depression, however, requires medication. The symptoms of which may be a sense of being overwhelmed by the drudgery of day-to-day existence, a feeling of helplessness, dejection, bouts of unexplained crying, and suicidal thoughts. He adds, ‘Depression is fully curable, and should not be equated to mental illness. Consult a psychiatrist if you think you have issues, without worrying about what the society might think or being ashamed of it. When there is a lack of interest in daily activities and you feel sad for more than three weeks, consult a doctor to know what ails you and what you should do to manage this condition.’What steps to takePrevent and manageTake help and support from your friends and family. Talking about your problems helps.Involve yourself in physical activities that would require you to get out of your house and meet people. At first this will be difficult; force yourself to do it in small bouts? reaction is guaranteed. Or participate in mentally stimulating things such as word puzzles or sudoku.Do not miss any dosage of prescribed medication.There is no shame consulting a psychiatric. At worst, she will tell you, that you are in fact, not clinically depressed, but just feeling naturally bad or low about something and it will pass.You need to change your attitude or work harder. The doctor can suggest ways to do this, but you must follow through.Malady 10Vaginal infection’The glands situated in the cervix and the vagina secrete a fluid that keeps the vaginal passage clean and healthy. When there is an infection, the discharge that is generally clear or white, changes colour,’ says Dr Archana Gaonkar, obstetrician and gynaecologist, BSES MG Hospital, Mumbai. ‘The infection can be fungal, bacterial or parasitical. The symptoms of a vaginal infection are itching, burning, redness of the external genitalia and a foul smell. As soon as you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical assistance, as the infection can spread to your internal genital organs if not treated in time,’ she explains.What steps to takePrevent and manageWear cotton panties instead of nylon, lycra or lace, especially at the time of infection. Avoid tight jeans, thongs and other fitted garments.Keep your genital area clean. After using the toilet, always clean yourself from front to back so as not to transfer the anal bacteria to the vagina.Avoid using harsh detergents to wash your undergarments. Gentle liquid soaps are good.Consult the doctor if it is advisable to have intercourse when you’re undergoing the treatment.last_img read more

Milan snatch late win against Roma

first_imgPatrick Cutrone gave AC Milan lift-off in Serie A this season as the substitute snatched a 2-1 victory over Roma deep into stoppage time at San Siro on Friday.Stand-out recruits Gonzalo Higuain and Steven N’Zonzi each had goals ruled out via VAR reviews for their respective sides after visiting defender Federico Fazio cancelled out Franck Kessie’s 40th-minute opener.It was a frustrating night in front of goal for Higuain but the ex-Juventus man turned provider in the 95th minute, threading a fine pass for Cutrone to slot home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Gennaro Gattuso led raucous celebrations as his team bounced back from last weekend’s chastening 3-2 loss at Napoli, while Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma are now winless since the opening weekend.By the way, it’s full-time!  Sorry, but we’re busy celebrating! A proposito, è finita!  Scusate, stavamo impazzendo per il gol di Cutro! #MilanRoma 2-1 pic.twitter.com/AJdYNFagHL — AC Milan (@acmilan) August 31, 2018 Milan right-back Davide Calabria fizzed just over Robin Olsen’s crossbar before Roma’s Sweden international goalkeeper was called upon to thwart Higuain and Suso.The breakthrough arrived when Ricardo Rodriguez proved too nimble for Fazio and Kessie caught the left-hand side of Roma’s defence napping – stealing in for a close-range finish.Higuain sloppily lost possession for his opposite number in Roma’s attack, Edin Dzeko, to curl wide in the 49th minute.The pressure was building on Milan and Fazio atoned for his part in the opener with a fine volleyed finish when the ball was worked back into the box after Gianluigi Donnarumma punched poorly from a corner.The Rossoneri thought they had an instant response but replays showed Higuain was fractionally offside when he scampered in between Fazio and Kostas Manolas to finish coolly.N’Zonzi was the next man to fall foul of technology, although the shaky set-piece defending on display from the hosts made Roma appear the most likely winners. Cutrone had other ideas.90’+4′ CUTRONEEEEEEEEEEEEE CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? WITH THE LAST KICK OF THE GAME! / ALL’ULTIMO RESPIROOOOOOO #MilanRoma 2-1 pic.twitter.com/sHvsSf73nO — AC Milan (@acmilan) August 31, 2018  What it means: Good news for Juventus already Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing understandably stole the headlines but Juventus are confronted by an ambitious chasing pack this season. Among them, Roma have four points from nine and Milan are yet to truly convince, despite this last-gasp victory.Pat on the back: Olsen looking the part Alisson left sizeable gloves to fill at Roma. Olsen might lack the flashy footwork of his Brazilian predecessor but he is proving an instantly reassuring presence and chipped in with fine saves in either half.Boot up the backside: Donnarumma ensures tale of two keepers By contrast, Donnarumma was culpable for Roma’s equaliser. The youngster’s talent is beyond doubt but, as Gianluigi Buffon plays out the autumn of his career in Paris, it is time for him to eradicate such lapses from his game.Key Opta facts- After four Serie A losses in a row against Roma, AC Milan have won two consecutive league matches against the Giallorossi for the first time since 2012.- Roma have earned four points after three league games played, their lowest tally since 2012-13.- Roma have conceded a Serie A away goal for the first time since March (1-1 against Bologna).- Franck Kessie has found the net with his very first shot on target in each of his three Serie A campaigns.What’s next?After a weekend of watching their rivals in action and the subsequent international break, Roma must bounce back at home to Chievo on the same day Milan travel to Cagliari. read morelast_img read more