‘Love Hormone’ Has Same Effect on Humans and Dogs

first_imgIf we humans inhale oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone,” we become more trusting, cooperative, and generous. Scientists have shown that it’s the key chemical in the formation of bonds between many mammalian species and their offspring. But does oxytocin play the same role in social relationships that aren’t about reproduction? To find out, scientists in Japan sprayed either oxytocin or a saline spray into the nostrils of 16 pet dogs, all more than 1 year old. The canines then joined their owners, who were seated in another room and didn’t know which treatment their pooch had received. The owners were instructed to ignore any social response from their dogs. But those Fidos that inhaled the oxytocin made it tough for their masters not to break the rule. A statistical analysis showed the canines were more likely to sniff, lick, and paw at their people than were those given the saline solution. The amount of time that the oxytocin-enhanced dogs spent close to their owners, staring at their eyes, was also markedly higher, the scientists report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Getting a whiff of oxytocin also made the dogs friendlier toward their dog pals as determined by the amount of time they spent in close proximity to their buddies. The study supports the idea, the scientists say, that oxytocin isn’t just produced in mammals during reproductive events. It’s also key to forming and maintaining close social relationships—even when those are with unrelated individuals or different species.For more on man’s best friend, see the Science News team’s latest coverage of doggy science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

2,000 Stranded Indian Workers Wait for Dues to be Cleared in Kuwait

first_imgAbout 2,000 Indian workers are stranded in Kuwait as they have not received wages from the construction company, Kharafi National, where they have been working for over a year.The misery of the workers seems to only rise with each day, as they are without food and amenities to shield them in winter, the Times of India reported. Their visas have also expired, making their stay illegal as they wait for the company to settle the issue.“I can only think of suicide. I haven’t been paid for the last 10 months and my stay here has become illegal. I have a lot of debts to repay in India,” Naresh Naidu, a worker, said, TOI reported.The workers said that the company informed them it was not in a position to pay salaries as it doesn’t have projects to execute.The workers hail from different parts of India, such as Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.As many as 45 workers are demonstrating in front of the office, carrying placards. They are asking for their dues to be cleared and that they be sent back to India. The company has put them up in a camp, which is 60 km away from office.“We do not have money to travel daily to the office to plead our case. The only thing we can do is sit here, sleep here and wait till our plea is considered. But no one seems to be bothered,” the report quoted 42-year-old Irfan Ahmed as saying.The company has also kept the workers’ passports. They cannot leave Kuwait even if they decide to forego their dues and return to India.Since their visas have expired, they also have to pay a fine for overstaying. “If I have to return home, I will have to pay Rs 75,000 as fine. Where will I get it from? And if police arrest me for overstaying, I won’t ever be able to return to Kuwait for work,” another worker said.The condition of the workers has moved Shayeen Sayeed, a social worker in Kuwait, who has been trying to provide food to them. “We requested a local gurudwara and they have come forward to assist us. There are many workers who have become suicidal and need help. I’ve been counselling them against taking any extreme step,” Sayeed said, the report added.Many sympathizers have taken to the social media to lend a voice to the issue, posting videos of the stranded protesting workers and also trying alert the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.11th Night KN head office Stranded Indian Workers In Kuwait @PMOIndia @SushmaSwaraj @indembkwt @ProtectorGenGOI @vijaypdwivedi @KTRTRS @humanrightindia @Gen_VKSingh @mjakbar @meaMADAD@MEAQuery @MEAIndia @IndianGov @sushilrTOI pic.twitter.com/HL5hkaPczZ— Shaheen Sayyed (@nihahs24) January 3, 2018 Related ItemsEmploymentGulfKuwaitlast_img read more

Estrella nails game-winning, step-back 3 as Mapua stuns Letran

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I just shot the ball and it went in,” said Estrella. “Coach told me to get the ball and take the last shot. I had a lot of confidence before I took that shot.”The Knights still had a chance to force overtime, but Rey Nambatac airballed his three-pointer at the buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEstrella carried much of the load for Mapua with 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while JB Raflores notched a double-double with his 12 markers and 11 boards.Leo Gabo, who is playing his first game since serving the last of his four-game suspension dating back from 2015, went on a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, two of which coming in the final three minutes as the Cardinals mounted a huge fightback after going down 71-65. He finished with 12 points and four assists. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend PH Dragon Boat team eyes Asian Games gold Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndoy Estrella came up with the biggest shot in the clutch, drilling a gutsy step-back three to carry Mapua to a 78-75 stunner over Letran Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The senior playmaker took the ball when it mattered the most and drained the game-winning trey with five seconds to spare over the outstretched arms of Jeo Ambohot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIEScenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Quarters: 17-19, 38-41, 56-61, 78-75. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Jerrick Balanza topped Letran with 15 points, while Nambatac got 13 markers and three assists.Prodigal sons Bong Quinto and JP Calvo almost delivered the victory for the Knights as they took charge in the fourth quarter. The two combined for 23 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort.The Scores:MAPUA 78 – Estrella 18, Raflores 12, Gabo 12, Bunag 10, Victoria 8, Aguirre 6, Pelayo 5, Nieles 4, Orquina 3.LETRAN 75 – Balanza 15, Nambatac 13, Quinto 12, Ambohot 11, Calvo 11, Taladua 6, Vacaro 4, Bernabe 3, Balagasay 0, Gedaria 0, Pascual 0, Mandreza 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Tennis: Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces comeback,Tennis: Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces comeback

first_imgCOMMENTS Published on Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, says she is coming out of retirement and returning to the tennis tour next season.The 33-year-old Frenchwoman made the announcement via a Twitter post yesterday. “Hi, guys. I have something to tell you: I am coming back…It’s going to be a huge challenge,” Bartoli said in a video she put on Twitter. “I have still a lot of practice ahead of me, but I am hoping to be ready for March and the Miami Open,” she said.Bartoli mentioned three events she is particularly looking forward to—the French Open, the Fed Cup and Wimbledon.She surprisingly won her only Grand Slam title while seeded No. 15 at the All England Club four years ago. Less than two months later, after losing a match at another tournament, she abruptly retired from professional tennis.Bartoli was an original player, and personality, during her playing career. She hit two-fisted shots for forehands and backhands, just like her idol, Monica Seles.Bartoli was coached by her father, a doctor, and they came up with other unique elements. She would cross her arms before serving, never bouncing the ball before a toss. She would stand well inside the baseline to receive an opponent’s serve. And she would hop in place or take practice swings between points. × declined defend titleHer first big breakthrough came in 2007, reaching the Wimbledon final before losing to Venus Williams.Then came the magical two-week run to the championship there six years later. Bartoli never dropped a set and capped her fortnight with a 6–1, 6–4 victory over Sabine Lisicki in the final, closing the match with an ace. A year later, Bartoli became the first woman in 17 years who declined to try to defend her Wimbledon title.At a news conference before the 2014 tournament, Bartoli tugged at the collar of her white top to reveal strips of blue tape providing support for her right shoulder and explained, “Literally, I can’t even lift my arm every morning.”That, she said, was why she harbored “definitely no regrets at all” about walking away from tennis back then.Bartoli since moved on to other pursuits, including TV commentary, launching a shoe line and designing jewelry. SHARE December 20, 2017 sport tennis COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Brady Denies Any Wrongdoing

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension for the scandal known as Deflategate, writing July 29 in a 507-word Facebook post: “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.”Breaking his silence a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the punishment, Brady also denied destroying his cellphone to keep it out of the hands of investigators.“To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong,” the three-time Super Bowl MVP said. “There is no ‘smoking gun’ and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.”Brady was suspended four games and the team was docked $1 million and two draft picks after the league found improperly inflated footballs were used in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.Investigator Ted Wells zeroed in on two equipment managers — one who called himself “The Deflator” — and said Brady was “at least generally aware” of the illegal deflation scheme.The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl for their fourth NFL title under Brady and coach Bill Belichick.Brady, who had earlier denied cheating accusations with the tepid “I don’t think so,” more forcefully defended himself in the Facebook post, claiming he cooperated with the investigation except where doing so would have set a bad precedent for his union brethren.“I respect the Commissioners authority, but he also has to respect the (collective bargaining agreement) and my rights as a private citizen,” Brady wrote. “I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.”Much of the post involved an explanation of Brady’s cellphone swap, which was cited by Goodell as new evidence of the quarterback’s failure to cooperate. Brady said he replaced a broken phone only after his lawyers told the league they couldn’t have it.“Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January,” he wrote.Brady’s comments were liked by 51,000 people — including his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen — in the first 30 minutes after it was posted on Facebook.The Patriots were scheduled to open training camp later July 29; it was not clear when Brady would speak to the media for the first time.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League: Bengaluru Bulls beat Gujarat Fortunegiants to lift maiden title

first_imgPro Kabaddi League 2018-19: Bengaluru Bulls defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants in the final to lift their maiden Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) title in Mumbai on Saturday. In a high-octane summit clash, Bengaluru Bulls came from behind to win the contest 38-33 against Gujarat Fortunegiants, who finished runners-up for the second time.Pawan Sehrawat of Bengaluru Bulls was the star performer of the night as he collected 22 points from 25 raids. Pawan Sehrawat’s brilliance on the court helped Bengaluru Bulls become the fourth team to win the Pro Kabaddi League crown.Jaipur Pink Panthers had won the inaugural championship in 2014 while U Mumba lifted the title in 2015. Patna Pirates then created history by winning the titles three times in a row in (2016, 2016 and 2017).It was heartbreak for Gujarat yet again like the last season, when they lost the final against Patna Pirates.Victory is always a confetti-filled blur. It hides the many years of dreams & hard work. Bravo @BengaluruBulls The dream is now reality. Time for Bengaluru to celebrate their hometown heroes @ProKabaddi #vivoprokabaddifinal #VivoProKabaddi pic.twitter.com/aUiQSGGPxuanand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 5, 2019Pawan was the difference between the two teams as he pulled back his side into the game after trailing 9-16 after the first half at the NSCI Dome at Worli.Congratulations @BengaluruBulls on winning the #ProKabaddi LeagueEmphatic throughout the tournament #CupNamade #Bengaluru #PlayBoldRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) January 5, 2019Heartiest congratulations to @BengaluruBulls for winning the #VivoProKabaddi Season 6 title #TheEagles #DilBoleDilli #vivoprokabaddifinal #vivoprokabaddiseason6 @ProKabaddi @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/GJZ1Ltoef1advertisementDabang Delhi KC (@DabangDelhiKC) January 5, 2019A resurgent Bengaluru, courtesy Pawan’s show, inflicted all-out not once but twice on the Gujarat team to move ahead and then held their nerve to come out triumphant.Well played @Fortunegiants. Thank you for giving us a memorable match! #FullChargeMaadi #VivoProKabaddiFinal #BENvGUJBengaluru Bulls (@BengaluruBulls) January 5, 2019The new CHAMPIONS have been CROWNED!!!#FullChargeMaadi #VivoPKL6 #FINAL #BENvGUJ #VivoProKabaddiFinal #BengaluruBulls #BB #Kabaddi #VivoProKabaddiLeague #Season6 #KhelKabaddi #LePanga pic.twitter.com/wclVJWu6NuBengaluru Bulls (@BengaluruBulls) January 5, 2019Earlier, Bengaluru opened their account by sending off Gujarat’s star raider Sachin Tanwar in the opening minute. Gujarat’s raider K Prapanjan made it 1-1 after a successful raid.After Gujarat went ahead 2-1, they brought back Sachin Tanwar. But Pawan Kumar Sehrawat attempted two successful raids to take them 3-2 ahead.MOTHER of all COMEBACKS!!!#FullChargeMaadi #VivoPKL6 #FINAL #BENvGUJ #VivoProKabaddiFinal #BengaluruBulls #BB #Kabaddi #VivoProKabaddiLeague #Season6 #KhelKabaddi #LePanga pic.twitter.com/6mC0Hs9A6eBengaluru Bulls (@BengaluruBulls) January 5, 2019In a final where every point mattered, the two teams were going neck-to-neck with 4-4, after the initial seven minutes of the match.The two teams showed amazing skills, that included super tackles and raids, and were locked at 7-7 with eight minutes to go for the completion of first half.But then Gujarat seemed to have found the momentum as they surged ahead 11-7 with a couple of successful raids and tackles. And then Gujarat inflicted an ‘all-out’ on their opponents to increase their lead to 15-9. At the half-way mark, Gujarat led 16-9.After the change of ends, Bengaluru, with some fine defence and tackles, made it 17-21.However, the turning point came when Sehrawat grabbed six points for his side after two successful raids which led to Gujarat’s all-out as Bengaluru edged ahead 23-22, with about nine minutes before the final whistle.Bengaluru and Gujarat were tied at 29-29 at one point. Again it was Pawan, who grabbed two points for his team, to take them 31-29 ahead, with two minutes remaining for the final whistle.Again a successful raid by Pawan meant that Bengaluru inflicted another ‘all-out’ and surged 36-30 ahead and then ended the game at 38-33.Bengaluru went home richer by Rs 3 crore while Gujarat bagged Rs 1.80 crore as prize money. The seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League will begin in July.last_img read more

STATE OF ORIGIN DVD FOR SALE ON LINE

first_imgThe State of Origin Touch Football Series played between Queensland and New South Wales in August 2006 at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Sporting Complex is now available for you to own on DVD by ordering on-line on the Touch Football Australia web site.Recapture all the fast and furious action from a memorable Origin Series between the sport’s traditional rivals as the Blues and Maroons go head to head for Origin supremacy in the toughest test of minds and bodies at domestic level the sport has to offer.  The DVD contains action from the Men’s Open (Game 2) and Women’s Open (Game 3) clashes in the three game series.  Many of Australia’s leading Federation of International Touch 2007 World Cup stars are on show for their respective States in the DVD displaying the skill level, athleticism, and dexterity required to excel in the cauldron that is State of Origin Touch Football. The elevated octane level of a high stakes Men’s Open clash sees interstate rivalry bubbling to the surface in early exchanges, before the combatants get down to treating fans to a brilliant display of Touch Football at its very best.  Current Australian Men’s Captain Gavin Shuker, the man with the magic feet Drummayne Dayberg Muir, and speed machine Ben Robinson lead the Queensland Men’s charge against the Gary Sonda captained Blues combination featuring Australian Open Men’s Vice-Captain Jason Stanton, and the precision passing game of Daniel Rushworth. The New South Wales Women’s team featuring 9 current Australian World Cup players, including Blues skipper Melissa Pitfield, ‘wonder twins’ Kristy and Amanda Judd, and Player of the Series Louise ‘Squeeze’ Winchester, take on a Queensland outfit led by Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams, ball playing sisters Peta and Hayley Rogerson, and speed merchant Roxy “Rocket’ Winder. The games are shown in the exact format that was featured on Pay Television giant Fox Tel’s Fox Sports channels over recent months. The cost of the State of Origin DVD is $ 25 including GST, plus postage. Stocks are limited, so to relive all the magic of origin ’06, and avoid disappointment, order your copy on-line through Touch Football Australia today.To order your copy please click here  and go to Technical Resources.last_img read more

Group pitches plan for international ski racing on Montreals Mount Royal

first_imgMONTREAL – Downhill skiers could be whizzing down the slopes of Montreal’s beloved Mount Royal in a few years if a Quebec promoter gets its way.Gestev, a sports and entertainment event management company, is mounting a plan to resurrect the mountain’s long-closed ski hill to host a future World Cup parallel slalom race.President Patrice Drouin said the group has been looking for a site for several years but only recently realized that the mountain’s dimensions could fit the technical standards required by the International Ski Federation.“In finding that the slope already existed, and served for competitions and an initiation to skiing for many people in Montreal and the surrounding region, (we thought) ‘Why couldn’t the event be the trigger to bring back this trail on the mountain to serve the population before or after the competition?’” he said in a phone interview.Gestev’s plan involves clearing and rebuilding the old ski hill on mountain’s north slope, which closed in 1979.Remnants of the old ski lifts can still be found alongside the site of the former path, which is now mostly covered by trees that have grown in naturally to fill the space.The project would involve removing some of those trees as well as building temporary infrastructure to accomodate racers and spectators, Drouin said.Ideally, he said, the mountain would host three or four years of international races beginning in 2020 or 2021, and could be open to the public afterward and in between.While he’s likely to encounter some resistance from people who don’t want the natural landscape tampered with, he argues that the group is bringing back part of the mountain’s heritage rather than building something new.“It’s not a question on enlarging, of extending, of excavating,” he said.“We’re saying the path is already there, and we could use it exactly as it was and put it back in place for the event.”The company has yet to order a to gauge the project’s environmental impact.The three-headed mountain that sits at the heart of Montreal was declared a historic site by the Quebec government in 2005.Les Amis de la Montagne, which advocates for the mountain, unsuccessfully lobbied to have the area included on a Canadian list of potential UNESCO World Heritage sites.While the mountain offers a number of winter sports including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, snow tubing and skating, the group has expressed concerns that downhill skiing and snowboarding could harm the mountain’s natural environment and destroy fragile vegetation.“The importance of making smart decisions relative to the types of activities that are (or not) permitted on Mount Royal is critical for the sustainability of the natural area,” reads the group’s website.Drouin said the plan to bring skiing back to Mount Royal is still in its early stages.No budget has been proposed, and the scope of the project could be scaled up or down based on the input of citizens, government and concerned groups.Drouin said the group is now meeting with various sports federations and public officials to find out if there’s enough support for the project to move ahead.He said the responses he’s received from sports federations and public officials thus far have been “fairly enthusiastic,” although he has yet to receive any official endorsements.Drouin said the company should decide by March 2019 if it plans to move forward and formally submit the project to the the International Ski Federation.last_img read more

Canadian dollar continues to rise as Toronto stock index slides lower

first_imgTORONTO – The loonie continued to strengthen against a weakened greenback Thursday, as the Toronto stock index fell moderately amid slumping oil prices.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 81.15 cents US, up 0.12 of a U.S. cent.The U.S. currency has fallen to three-year lows and fell sharply on Wednesday following comments by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who said the weaker dollar is good for U.S. exporters.America’s economy has grown at a faster pace in the last few quarters, and usually the U.S. dollar gets stronger when economic growth picks up. But the economies of many other countries are growing at a faster pace, which has made currencies like the euro stronger compared to the greenback.“Canadian investors that have money abroad are certainly continuing to feel the pain regardless of what one is making on U.S. equities — much if not all of those gains are being compromised to the exchange rates,” said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc. in Toronto.“The Canadian dollar and its exchange rate with the U.S. certainly plays into how Canadian investors will feel about their portfolios if they have exposure outside the country, which most do given how small the Canadian market is.”In equity markets, Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 80.20 points to 16,204.01, amid a broad-based decline in major sectors.South of the border, Wall Street indexes were mixed as lacklustre technology companies held back gains elsewhere.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 140.67 points to 26,392.79, as the S&P 500 index inched up 1.71 points to 2,839.25 — both record highs. The Nasdaq composite index edged back 3.90 points to 7,411.16.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Rogers Communications Inc. were down 58 cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $60.34 after the telecommunications giant reported a fourth-quarter profit of $419 million compared with a loss of $9 million a year ago. While the earnings were ahead of estimates, the lack of an expected dividend hike Thursday caused analysts to grill its CEO about the company’s spending priorities.In commodities news, the March crude contract was down 10 cents to US$65.51 per barrel and the March natural gas contract added two cents to US$3.10 per mmBTU.The February gold contract advanced US$6.60 cents to US$1,362.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was down one cent to US$3.22 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

UN fund set up to help protect refugees in Chad Central African

24 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has set up a trust fund to help the Governments of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) build the law and order capacity needed to ensure the security of hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) endangered by the spill over of violence from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region. The Fund, supporting the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), has already received $2.2 million from the Government of Japan, $1 million from the Government of Norway and €250,000 from the Government of Belgium, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson announced today in a statement.Discussions are advanced with the European Commission for a contribution of €10 million.“The Secretary-General appreciates these generous donations and would like to use this opportunity to invite all interested donors to support MINURCAT’s mandate through a contribution to the United Nations Trust Fund,” the statement said.MINURCAT, for which the UN General Assembly has already authorized $182 million, was set up by the Security Council in September as a multidimensional presence including European Union military forces and comprising 300 police and 50 military liaison officers, as well as civilian staff, focusing on the areas of civil affairs, human rights, the rule of law and mission support. More than 400,000 refugees and IDPs have been driven from their homes by fighting and insecurity in the two countries and neighbouring Sudan, and an estimated 700,000 others in host communities have also been affected. read more

Fragile advances in Middle East need to turn into real progress UN

Briefing the 15-member panel on the latest developments in the region, Lisa Buttenheim, Director of the UN Department of Political Affairs’ Asia-Pacific Division, said it was clear that progress has been made on several fronts compared with a year ago.Ms. Buttenheim cited the recent ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the continued commitment of all sides to the goal of the so-called Annapolis peace process, which aims to achieve an agreement by the end of this year.But she said progress on other fronts, such as the dire humanitarian conditions inside Gaza and the failure to release the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and Palestinian prisoners, has not been sufficient.“The bilateral negotiations need to find common ground on the core issues,” she said. “Measures to support the Palestinian Authority and economy in the West Bank must be intensified, including by donors fulfilling pledges for budgetary support and by Israel easing closure [of the border crossings].“Road map obligations need to be acted upon, particularly an Israeli settlement freeze. Palestinian efforts on security performance and reform should continue and be supported. The Gaza calm needs to be respected by all concerned, and to be supported with improved socio-economic conditions and efforts to solve outstanding issues so that there can be an orderly reopening of crossings under the Palestinian Authority. Internal dialogue to this and broader ends should be fostered.”Ms. Buttenheim said the daily living conditions in Gaza remain extremely grave and need urgent attention. Continuing fuel restrictions are leading reduced water supply, the use of vegetable oil to run vehicles, the accumulation of 600 tons of rubbish a day on the streets and the dumping of 77 million litres of raw or partially treated sewage into the Mediterranean Sea every day.New procedures applied to the movement of UN agencies operating in the West Bank, including searches of UN property, the refusal to accept UN identification and the requirement that UN Palestinian staff walk across crossings, “are also causing increased operational concerns to our staff on the ground.”Ms. Buttenheim also noted that the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, was in Ankara yesterday and will visit Damascus tomorrow to underline UN support and encouragement for the continuing indirect talks between Israel and Syria under Turkish mediation.Turning to the issue of Lebanon, she said she hoped that agreement on the composition of the Lebanese cabinet in the national unity government will be reached soon and that it will help to foster a climate of lasting reconciliation.She added that the need to ensure the recent Doha agreement is fully implemented has been underscored by disturbing security incidents between Government and opposition supporters earlier this week and a series of incidents in and around Palestinian refugee camps. 27 June 2008The recent “fragile but real” steps forward in the Middle East peace process will not turn into real progress unless Israeli and Palestinian negotiators can find common ground on the core issues, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today. read more

Recession shows need for Cambodian garment factories to diversify – UN agency

Nearly 90 per cent of the 66 factory managers surveyed reported having been adversely affected by the economic crisis, listing falling export orders, heightened pressure to reduce prices and the increased cost of inputs as the three main pressures they are facing.The report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) said the recession has also exposed the need to look into boosting domestic demand for Cambodian garments.The industry is almost entirely owned by foreigners and is export-oriented, and factories hire, on average, 700 workers and specialize in one of the following areas: T-shirts, jeans, pants, sportswear, underwear and pyjamas.The ILO found that production-level workers have borne the brunt of job losses, while managers and other non-production staff have not been as severely affected.A study released earlier this year found that factory closures or cutbacks due to reduced orders have forced many garment workers out of a job, with one in 10 unemployed workers having lost their positions two or more times last year and most still looking for work.Today’s publication reported that only 5 per cent of factories exporting their products have provided assistance – in the form of counselling and help in securing new employment – to the workers they terminated.It also pointed out the renewed urgency now for Cambodia to “develop a reliable and cost efficient electricity supply, for the benefit of all businesses,” including the garment industry, since high power costs are impeding the regional competitiveness of its garment firms. 27 April 2010The global downturn has shed light on the need for Cambodian garment factories to both expand and diversify their markets to include those in Asia to reduce reliance on those in the United States and the European Union, according to a new report by the United Nations labour agency. read more

UNsupported project brings Afghans one step closer to cleaner cooking stoves

28 February 2012The United Nations and its partners have teamed up with local villagers in Afghanistan to develop clean cooking stoves that could potentially save lives by improving indoor air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on wood for fuel. Afghanistan is among the 10 countries worst affected by indoor pollution, given that over 95 per cent of its estimated 30 million people burn wood and other solid fuels in their homes, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).Indoor smoke from traditional Afghan tandoors, or drum-shaped ovens which are used for cooking and heating, is a major health issue. A recent WHO study found that inhaling smoke from indoor heating and cooking kills about 54,000 Afghans per year. Regularly breathing smoke also leads to childhood pneumonia, lung cancer and other cardiovascular diseases. The inefficient use of dung and wood for fuel is also adding to stress on the environment, says the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which notes that all Afghan forests will disappear within 30 years at the current rate of deforestation. “As Afghanistan moves from conflict and humanitarian crises to a development-driven agenda, practical programmes focusing on economic development, labour creation and the sustainable management of the environment are a high priority,” said Andrew Scanlon, officer-in-charge of UNEP’s Afghanistan programme.The UN-supported project brings together local metal-smiths, engineers and environmental experts in Bamiyan province to design prototypes for clean cook stoves and other low-cost energy solutions which are now being tested by villagers. The design team has so far developed four prototypes: a tandoor (called the Sutra, meaning clean), a bhukari (called the Foladi, meaning iron), improved briquettes and a solar water heater. The project is part of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which is calling for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020 to cut the estimated 1.6 million to 1.8 million premature deaths each year linked to indoor emissions from inefficient cook stoves.As the stoves and other products are produced, they will be traded, rather than given away, as part of providing income sources and empowering local communities, according to Mr. Scanlon.The project has added significance in that 2012 is the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. The initiative aims to bring about concrete action to achieve universal access to modern energy services and double both the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global mix by 2030. read more

Thomson family tops list of Canadas richest yet again as net worth

The Irving family, which owns Atlantic Canada’s largest chain of gasoline stations, a major oil refinery, shipbuilding yard and other businesses, continues at No. 3 with an estimated worth of $7.85 billion, down 3% from $8.07 billion.The Rogers family, which controls the cable, wireless and media company that owns Canadian Business magazine and the Toronto Blue Jays, retained No. 4 spot at $7.6 billion, up 18%.Vancouver-based businessman James Pattison, who heads the private Jim Pattison Group, had a net worth of $7.39 billion, up 10% to continue in the No. 5 spot.This year’s Top 10 list includes the Saputos, who head one of Canada’s largest cheese and dairy businesses, the estate of Paul Desmarais Sr., the head of Power Corporation who died recently, eBay founder Jeff Skoll, the Winnipeg-based Richardson family and Carlo Fidani, a Toronto-based businessman who heads the Orlando Corp. TORONTO — The Thomson and Weston families have seen double-digit growth in their net worth since last year, according to an annual ranking of Canada’s wealthiest people.[np_storybar title=”Canada’s top 10 wealthiest” link=””]1. Thomson family $26.1 billion2. Galen Weston $10.4 billion3. Irving family $7.85 billion4. Rogers family $7.6 billion5. James Pattison $7.39 billion6. Saputo family $5.42 billion7. Estate of Paul Desmarais, Sr. $4.93 billion8. Jefferey S. Skoll $4.92 billion9. Richardson Family $4.45 billion10. Carlo Fidani $4.08 billionSource: Canadian Business [/np_storybar]Canadian Business magazine estimates the Thomson family’s net worth has grown to $26.1 billion, up 30% from $20.1 billion last year.The Thomson family has long topped annual lists of Canada’s most wealthy people.Among its major holdings is Thomson Reuters, a public company that delivers professional information to several industries, and the private Woodbridge Co., majority owner of the Globe and Mail.No. 2 on the list with a net worth of $10.4 billion is Galen Weston, whose son Galen Jr., heads the Loblaw grocery business. The Weston fortune is up 24% from last year’s estimate of $8.2 billion.Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Gucci read more

How many people can you fit in a Honda Civic Nine young

first_img Honda plough into the back of the Audi in the Belgrave area of the city The young men pile out of the vehicle The silver Honda ploughed into the back of an Audi in the Belgrave area of LeicesterCredit:SWNS The ninth young man exits the Honda through the bootCredit:SWNS Seconds later, the group of young men stream out of the vehicle, which suffered a smashed front bumper as a result of the crash.At one stage, three men are seen climbing over one another as they attempt to escape from the rear-passenger door. One resident who lives nearby, who did not want to be named, said: “It was like a clown car, the people just kept appearing.”It’s the kind of shunt you often see in wet conditions and with the light fading. But what happens next is astonishing. The young men pile out of the vehicleCredit:SWNS “First one guy gets out, then another, then another, and then another – they just keep on coming. It’s like they’re never going to stop.” As the group of youngsters flees the scene, one of them returns to open the boot to free a ninth man who was also travelling in the car at the time.The video shows the Honda plough into the back of the Audi in the Belgrave area of the city at around 7.20pm on Friday. The ninth young man exits the Honda through the boot This is the extraordinary moment a car crashes into the back of an Audi before nine young men flee the vehicle, including one who was locked in the boot.The crash was captured on CCTV that showed a Honda Civic smash into the back of a white sports car at a junction in Leicester.Moments after the collision, the driver of the silver car gets out to inspect the damage, quickly followed by his seven passengers. The 53-second video of the crash has gone viral, with more than 20,000 users viewing and sharing the clip.Nobody is thought to have been injured in the crash, which is being investigated by Leicestershire Police. 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.last_img read more

Three siblings win record £1 million damages from the Church of Scotland

Ian Samson was jailed in 2013Credit:BBC ian samson 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. The Lord and Lady Polworth Children’s House lord and lady polworth A sister and two brothers have won record damages of £1 million from the Church of Scotland after being sexually abused in a care home.The siblings were repeatedly attacked by the “snarling” predatory paedophile Ian Samson while he worked at the Kirk’s Lord and Lady Polworth Children’s House in Edinburgh.The sister, who cannot be named, was forced to have an abortion after she became pregnant when he raped her.Samson, 78, the former care home superintendent, was jailed for 14 years in 2013 after being found guilty of 22 serious sexual offences, including 12 rapes, spanning three decades.After raising a legal action last year, his female victim secured £500,000 from the Kirk while her two brothers each received £250,000. It is thought to be the highest compensation payment made by a religious body in Scotland.In a statement the siblings said Samson was an evil man who had robbed them of their childhood and their future. Some of his care home victims were said to have hid in cupboards or in dog baskets to avoid abuse.During his trial it emerged that he kept his role despite being suspected of taking obscene photos of a child.The siblings said they could never escape the torment of the abuse, and even struggled to cope with the memory of the “snarl on his face” as he carried out his crimes.Kim Leslie, specialist abuse lawyer and partner at Digby Brown Solicitors, led the civil action against the Kirk on the grounds of vicarious liability.She said: “Ian Samson was rightly jailed for abuse he inflicted upon children after exploiting his position with the Church of Scotland.”The significant sum secured for our clients also gives you an idea of just how extreme Ian Samson was and how horrifically our clients suffered – in terms of settlements made public against religious groups, this is certainly the highest value I’m aware of in the 20 years I’ve practised law.”Sadly, there will be other brave survivors who have fallen victim to similar campaigns of abuse and to them I would say stay strong, keep going and when you’re ready to talk or take action then there’s a wealth of support for you when the time is right.”A Church of Scotland spokesman said: “The abuses perpetrated by Ian Samson at Lord and Lady Polworth Home in the 1970s are matters which have been examined by the criminal courts and by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and for which we have expressed our deep and sincere regret.“We became aware of the full facts in 2013 at which point we offered our full support to the victims. While Samson’s abuse of children was wider than his activity in Lord and Lady Polwarth Home, it felt important to us that there was full acknowledgment of the harm which did occur in our care at the time, and the longer term consequences for three siblings involved.“The safety of children is of paramount importance to us, we have carried out a full independent review of the circumstances occurring in the 1970s so that we could learn any lessons for our safeguarding practices today. We did offer sight of that review to the family affected before it went for publication, through Police Scotland, however we are not aware of whether they have seen it.“Whilst this settlement can never undo what has been done, we hope that it finally brings a sense of justice to the individuals affected and provides some small redress for the trauma which they experienced while in our care.” They added: “Our case has never been about the money. Raising a civil action in the courts was the only way we could get any sort of acknowledgement from the Church of Scotland.“It’s a shame that an organisation which promotes ‘goodness and morals’ can’t do the right thing themselves and hold their hands up and apologise rather than force victims to go endure further legal proceedings.“We nearly gave up so many times in getting the Kirk to accept responsibility so we’re delighted this is now over and have the justice and closure we need to get on with life as best we can.“To anyone else affected by abuse – be strong and step forward. You can get closure and together we can all make a difference.”The trio raised a civil action through the legal firm Digby Brown Solicitors and the case was settled out of court.Samson, who worked at Lord and Lady Polworth alongside his wife who was a matron, carried out a campaign of abuse between the 1970s and 1990s.As well as sexually assaulting children at the Kirk-run home, he abused young customers of his ice cream van and children employed at his Musselburgh shop. read more

Iceland Aron Palmarsson is the Player of 2011

← Previous Story EURO 2012: Bogdan Wenta calls 19 players – Szmal “big loss” Next Story → Karacic to leave Bosna BH: “Club is without any ambitions” Icelandic Player of the Year is THW Kiel’s playmaker, Aron Palmarsson (21). Last “Wunderkind” of Icelandic Handball, became a part of THW Kiel in 2009. His debut in the National Team was a year before, when he was known as the World’s Best Player of his Generation. His debut on the big events was on the EHF EURO 2010 in Austria.Last year Award Winner was Alexander Petersson from Fuchse Berlin. Aron PalmarssonIcelandic handball read more

Medical Facilities Barred from Closure during Transition to New Agency under Defense

Medical Facilities Barred from Closure during Transition to New Agency under Defense

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The conference report for the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill retains language from the House version of the legislation barring DOD from closing any of its 680 hospital and clinics until the military services have finished transferring them to the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Conferees revised some of the original language, though, and the deadline for the services to transfer their military treatment facilities has been moved back to Sept. 30, 2021, a three-year delay from the existing deadline; the House version had moved the transfer deadline back two years. DOD established the DHA in 2013 to assume management responsibility for numerous functions of the military health system. The FY 2017 defense authorization bill set Oct. 1, 2018, as the deadline for the new agency to be responsible for the administration of each treatment facility, covering budgetary matters, information technology, and health care administration and management. That measure also called for the department to prepare an implementation plan detailing how the transition would eliminate duplicative activities carried out by the DHA and the services, and maximize efficiencies in the activities carried out by the DHA.Section 711 prohibits the department from closing or downsizing any military treatment facility “that addresses the medical needs of beneficiaries and the community in the vicinity of such facility, center, hospital, or care center” until it submits to the congressional defense committees a report describing the methodology and criteria the department will use to close or downsize treatment facilities in conjunction with the transition. Closures connected to the transition also are barred from being carried out until 90 days after DOD informs Congress about the particular action.Army photo by Sgt. Micah Merrilllast_img read more

Netflix Is Paying Less Than 30 Million for Albuquerque Studios Which Cost

Netflix Is Paying Less Than 30 Million for Albuquerque Studios Which Cost

first_imgNetflix is getting a steal on a huge TV and film production facility in Albuquerque, N.M.Netflix estimates it will make a total capital investment of about $30 million to acquire and improve ABQ Studios, located south of the city’s center, under a deal the streamer announced last week, according to documents filed with the City of Albuquerque. The site’s present assessed value is $22.7 million, according to the Bernalillo County Assessor’s office — less than one-third the original $91 million cost of the facility, which opened in 2007.“Netflix occupancy, maintenance, and rehabilitation will return the studio to at least the $91M value it cost to build the facility,” according to Netflix’s application for Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) project approval.In addition, as if the deal needed a sweetener, Netflix is set to receive $14.5 million in government funds for the ABQ Studios purchase ($10 million from the state of New Mexico and $4.5 million from the city of Albuquerque). Furthermore, Netflix’s productions in the state are eligible for a tax credit of up to 30%, under the New Mexico Film Tax Credit Program. Popular on Variety Pictured above: Aerial view of ABQ Studios Per Netflix’s proposal, the company expects to occupy and operate the facility starting in October. The company has committed to $600 million in direct spending related to New Mexico on or before Dec. 31, 2023, and an additional $400 million in direct and/or indirect spend related to the facility between Dec. 31, 2023, and the end of 2028. Netflix will incur financial penalties, payable to the city and state, if it falls short of those spending targets (based on the percentage shortfall).On the Netflix side, negotiations for Project Zia were led by Ty Warren, VP of physical production, along with Jason Hariton, head of worldwide studio operations and real estate, and Rajiv Dalal, head of global production and investment policy (former president of the Association of Film Commissioners International).For the city, the talks were coordinated by Albuquerque film liaison Alicia J. Keyes, a former Disney international acquisitions exec and independent producer-writer, whom Keller hired earlier in 2018.ABQ Studios sits on a 28-acre site at 5650 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, N.M., less than 15 minutes from the city’s airport (which is a two-hour flight from L.A.).Keller, Albuquerque’s mayor, said the Netflix deal builds on the state’s efforts to become a world-class entertainment production destination, rivaling Georgia, New Orleans and Michigan after New York and L.A. “We’re sending the signal that Albuquerque is on the rise,” he said, adding that Facebook, Intel and Fidelity Investments also have major operations in the city.The economic value of the Netflix deal will extend beyond its direct spending on productions, Keller noted. The company’s move into Albuquerque will generate $24 million to $50 million in annual spending on goods and services in the area, according to an economic analysis commissioned from the U. of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.The people Netflix employs for its productions will “be buying houses, going to restaurants, and spending at retail” in the city of Albuquerque, Keller said.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ABQ Studios is part of the larger Mesa del Sol master-planned community — which didn’t take off as hoped when the U.S. housing market collapsed in the late 2000s. The studio facility entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in 2010, and was acquired the following year by New York-based Amalgamated Bank.Tim Keller, mayor of Albuquerque, told Variety that Netflix’s commitment to spend at least $1 billion on productions over a 10-year span is a much more important element of the deal for the local economy.“It’s going to resuscitate this quarter of the city that’s been stagnant,” Keller said. “The sustained commitment [from Netflix] makes this much different from someone just renting the space.”The Albuquerque City Council is scheduled to vote on the Netflix proposal at a special meeting Thursday, Oct. 18. Last week, the Albuquerque Development Commission voted unanimously to recommend the council’s approval of the deal.The ABQ Studios site includes eight sound stages totaling 132,000 square feet of space, plus 100,000 square feet of production offices and support space and a large backlot.Over the years, ABQ Studios has been home to productions including four seasons of “Breaking Bad,” Marvel’s “The Avengers,” Disney’s “The Lone Ranger,” and “Sicario.”Netflix currently has two ongoing productions in the Albuquerque area: supernatural drama “Chambers,” starring Uma Thurman, and religious drama “Messiah,” from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Together, the two series have provided jobs for over 700 New Mexican crew members. Previous Netflix productions in New Mexico have included limited series “Godless,” Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six” and “Longmire.”Netflix’s bid for the Albuquerque facility — which was code-named “Project Zia” — is expected to create 500-1,000 local crew jobs per year throughout the state of New Mexico.last_img read more

Dreams dont catch fire

Dreams dont catch fire

first_imgRemember your graduation days, all the fun, escaping the punishments, bunking with friends and late night dorm studies? Yes Dada by Vibhor Tikiya will take you back to your golden era.Dada, is the guy your parents warned you about when you were joining college. He is the quintessential ‘bad influence.’ And this is the story of a young boy from Kolkata who did fairly well  in his studies, was loved by his father, adored by his mother and also has a sharp brain. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Life takes a turn when his father dies unexpectedly in an accident.From there on, he barely manages his studies and in an attempt to support his mother, he masters the art of manipulation. He scores 45 per cent in his 12th standard examinations. But his mother dreams of seeing him studying in one of the premier engineering institutes of the country.Being the manipulator that he is, Dada forges a few certificates to get admission in one of the best colleges of the land. Surprisingly, he gets in and from there on, his life revolves not around studying, but making money, selling alcohol in the campus, bartending, copying and so on. He forms a gang of four, Vivek – the geek, Divya – the beauty with brains, Jhon – the good for nothing and Dada himself. The story revolves around these four friends and their (mis)adventures through the glorious years in college. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAll four of them look upto Dada in times of trouble. It is evident that Dada’s adventures tend to succeed most of the times as he has nothing to lose. He has incredible negotiation skills, he cares about his friends and though he is reluctant to change and try new things, but he does chart fresh waters after a bit of motivation from his friends.It is how they handle several tricky situations, pull strings and finally manage to get an engineering degree forms the core of the story. By the end of the college years, after fulfilling his mother’s dreams of getting a respectable degree, Dada realises that he doesn’t have a dream of his own so he sets out to fulfil his father’s wish of becoming a teacher.The second half of the book is set in US where Dada has joined an engineering firm to complete his PhD. After failing the first few exams he changes his department and moves to fine arts. Story unfolds from there on…The book talks about how a person grows up by making mistakes, laughing and crying with friends, trying to fulfil responsibilities. But at the core its message is clear ‘Properties catch fire, Dreams don’t.’ However, it does leave you with some questions.How do you handle challenges presented by life and people around you, as it determines how successful you will be. Can you confront a challenge, or do you plan to run away from it? Do you succumb to your fate and adjust to it? Learn to deal with challenges well and you’ll enjoy the same.last_img read more