The Core Exercise Trainers Love (No, It’s Not A Plank)

We’re not here to play games: The truth is, there’s no magical workout move that does it all. However, there are certain exercises that set you up to move better and lift things more easily. Many of these involve strengthening your core, because a strong midsection is essential for every workout, sport, and fitness activity — not to mention daily life. And that’s where the core reach (also known as the dead-bug exercise) comes in.
This move — think of it as a flipped-over version of a moving plank — is functional, safe, and strengthens the same muscles you use for everything from doing squats to hauling groceries. It’s also especially useful for runners because it teaches trunk stability and control while you’re moving your arms and legs in opposition. This mirrors what you do when you’re walking and running, explains Ashleigh Kast, trainer at Drive Clubs in New York City and founder of Sophisticated Strength. This stability helps establish a more efficient stride pattern that controls breathing and prevents lower back pain often caused by poor running form.
You can include the core reach as part of your warm-up before a gym workout or run, or try it as a quick exercise first thing in the morning. Plus, it’s simple to increase or decrease the intensity level depending on where you are in your fitness journey. Just lace up a pair of supportive and cushiony adidas UltraBOOST X sneakers and follow along with brand ambassador Jera Foster-Fell. Time to kick-start your workout.
The Core Reach
Start lying on your back with arms extended straight in the air with wrists over shoulders. Bend your knees to a tabletop position, making 90-degree angles with your shins parallel to the floor. While pushing your low back against the ground, extend your right arm overhead and your left leg outward until they hover a few inches off the floor, but not so low that your back arches. Immediately return to the starting position, and repeat on the opposite side. Do 10 reps on each side, alternating arms and legs each rep.
“The most common mistake I see people make is beginning with the back arched,” Kast says. Fix this by flattening your back on the floor before you start moving, and be conscious to maintain that position throughout the entire exercise.
“This move is an amazing opportunity to begin linking your breath to your movement, which is key for mastering any exercise or sport,” says Kast. Inhale as you lower your arm and leg and exhale as you pull them back in.
Just Getting Started? Try This Beginner-Friendly Variation
Keep your arms extended by your sides on the ground or directly overhead. Bring your legs into that same tabletop position and — keeping your knees bent at 90 degrees — lower your right heel to tap the ground. Return your leg to the starting position, and repeat with your left leg. By shortening the length of your legs, you reduce the load on your core, thus requiring less stability, and you’re using your arms to help you balance. Do 10 reps on each side, alternating legs each rep.
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For More Of A Challenge, Add Some Weight
While holding a five- to 10-pound medicine ball (a kettlebell or single dumbbell does the job, too), extend your arms directly above your head and perpendicular to the floor. Keep your arms in place while extending one leg at a time. The goal here is to create maximum tension in the body, so imagine you’re trying to crush the ball between your hands. This tension helps stabilize your core and adds work for your upper-body muscles. Do 10 reps on each side, alternating legs each rep.
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Julia Lipscombe: Postpartum hair loss is no joke — but it grows back

Julia Lipscombe, with her son Indiana in their Edmonton home on Feb. 2, 2017, noticed a few strands of hair fall from her head about three and a half months after her son was born.David Bloom / Postmedia

“Thinking about getting pregnant again so that my hair stops falling out.”

It was an innocent Facebook post a few months ago. And, for the record, I’m not recommending that.

The post was just a joke that I thought would make a couple of people smile. But it ended up being one of the most popular mom-related things I’ve ever put on social media.

The women in my larger Internet circle really wanted to talk about their hair falling out. And mostly, it seemed, this was one of those things they hadn’t been prepared for.

Personally, I’d heard about the glossy, shiny and thick hair you’re supposed to acquire during pregnancy. I hadn’t been aware, however, that after you give birth you will be leaving a trail of DNA behind you everywhere you go.

My hair loss went something like this.

At three-and-a-half months postpartum, I noticed a few strands of my almost chin-length bob coming out in my hands in the shower. It wasn’t gradual — from that moment on, I couldn’t touch my hair without several coming loose.

There are a few different causes for postpartum hair-loss, said Dr. Jonathan Tankel, an obstetrician gynecologist working at the Hys Centre and the University of Alberta’s University Health Centre.

“By far, the most common cause is called telogen effluvium. There’s different phases of hair development — there’s a growth phase, and a resting phase. (In this case), the resting phase, where you lose the hair, tends to be accelerated and the growth phase is decreased.”

Telogen effluvium isn’t exclusive to women who’ve given birth, and can also occur when someone has had major stress, a major surgery or has nutritional deficiencies, for example.

There are two types of this condition — acute, the kind most women will experience after childbirth, and chronic.

“The acute type will usually occur in the first few weeks or months after childbirth and most people will start regrowing their hair by a year or a year-and-a-half afterward,” said Tankel.

In other words, most people shouldn’t stress too much about it.

But how much hair loss is too much?

“If someone is having hair-loss that is ongoing for more than a year, it’s worth seeing their primary care physician, just to make sure there’s no other cause. For example, we would generally check people’s blood count, we would check their iron.”

He also suggests seeking help from a family doctor or dermatologist if the hair loss is causing psychological distress, or if it’s showing cosmetically.

I was pretty lucky.

The shedding slowed down by five-and-a-half months postpartum, and by six months it had altogether stopped. My hair is not noticeably thinner.

But, there’s another thing they don’t tell you about — regrowth.

My now legitimately chin-length, curly brown bob is accented by a ring of short, copper-brown curls that stick out around my face like a crown — including new short sideburns. I love curly hair, but the inconsistency is pretty funny.

When I wear my hair down, it looks like I have a tangled nest around my head before my regular hair starts. And when it’s up, I have a sort of Orphan Annie thing going on. My hairstylist, Quinn, is able to straighten and therefore hide the tiny hairs when I see her for special events, but I can’t do it at home for everyday.

On the grand scale of life’s annoyances, this is tiny and insignificant. Hair grows back. I joked to my mom friends that I’m paying more attention to wearing cute outfits so that people don’t look at my mane. Ball caps have become my best friend.

I wonder though, is there anything I could have done to be proactive? To stop the shed in the first place? Can I make my little wisps grow faster? My original Facebook post resulted in plenty of tips that some of my friends swore by. But I’m skeptical about most miracle beauty cures.

Tankel suggests that supplementing with iron might make a difference, but is uncertain about other remedies. “Some studies showed that taking extra iron — even if the iron levels weren’t low to begin with — could make a difference.

“There are other supplements that people use. For example, some people use zinc, some people use biotin, some people use vitamin D. But there’s no clear proof that they work. I can’t say that (they definitely don’t work), but I’m not aware of any clear evidence that they do.”

Vance Elliott, of the Advanced Hair and Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery Clinic, agrees.

“There’s no harm in taking biotin, but it doesn’t do anything,” he said. “But there is also treatment that does work.”

Like Tankel, Elliott suggests that postpartum women experiencing hair loss for a year should see a doctor. And if you’re worried about it, he said, there’s no harm in seeing a doctor before then.

“If they’re concerned that their hair isn’t going back to normal or is continuing to thin, they should have it looked at. I don’t like the idea that treatment gets delayed for someone just because it gets chalked up to, ‘This is what happens after babies’.”

Elliott said that significant, prolonged hair-loss after childbirth can, in some cases, be the onset of female pattern hair loss.

“If someone genetically has inherited the genes that predisposes them to female pattern hair-loss, sometimes pregnancy or their series of pregnancies can be what kicks that off.”

If you’ve seen your physician and determined your hair loss is outside of the postpartum norm, there are two main medical treatments that are effective, said Elliott.

“Minoxidil, which is also on the market as the brand name Rogaine, which is a topical medicine. And low-level laser therapy, which is not medication. It’s a laser modality that’s applied to the scalp externally.”

You can undergo laser therapy while breastfeeding, said Elliott. But the safety of Minoxidil during breastfeeding is not known and Elliott recommends discussing either option with an obstetrician or family doctor first if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

For most of us, though, the worst things we’ll have to deal with is a drain full of hair and all that pesky regrowth.

“It’s a normal thing,” said Tankel. “In the vast majority of people, the hair will come back.”

In the meantime, it’s summer — invest in a good floppy hat.

[“Source-nationalpost”]

No fellowship to non-NET candidates: UGC

In 2015, the commission announced the annulment of non-NET fellowships owing to shortage of funds, which prompted nationwide protests.

No fellowship to non-NET candidates

No fellowship to non-NET candidates

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Retired professors and international students will not be allowed to attain non-NET research fellowships for MPhil and PHD programmes.

The notification was announced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday.

“The UGC has been receiving requests from various individuals… regarding admissibility of the scheme of UGC non-NET fellowships to retired professors for doing MPhil/PhD programme as well to foreign/NRI/overseas students,” the UGC circular said.

“It has been decided as a policy decision that retired professors and foreign students are not eligible to receive fellowship under the UGC scheme of non-NET fellowships,” the circular added, as reported in The Indian Express.

Scholarship:

While senior research fellows are awarded with Rs. 28, 000 per month, 30 per cent house rent allowance, and a contingency grant, non-NET fellows receive Rs. 8, 000 on a monthly basis for PhD and Rs. 5, 000 for MPhil.

Junior research fellows are awarded with Rs. 25, 0000 per month, 30 per cent of house rent allowance, and avails a contingency grant under the National Eligibility Test (NET) fellowships for the period of two years.

Brief stint of the background

In 2015, the commission had announced the annulment of non-NET fellowships owing to shortage of funds, which prompted nationwide protests

source”cnbc”

Samsung,Galaxy,S8,Plus,renders,hint,at,dual,camera,,no,stereo,speakers

We’ve seen several 3D renders of the Samsung Galaxy S8, but the one render we have of the Galaxy S8 Plus did not show its back.

And the back matters – according to rumors, only the Plus model will have a dual camera on the back. Not that these renders show it, but the hole for the camera is suspiciously wide and much wider than that of the vanilla Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Front Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Back (note the camera hole - wide enough for two)
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Front • Back (note the camera hole – wide enough for two)

The sides of the phone are quite interesting too. Initially, we thought that the Power button moved on the left, but we now see it in its original position (on the right). Recent rumors have mentioned that Bixby, Samsung’s upcoming AI digital assistant, will have a dedicated button.

There's an extra button - it should summon the dedicated AI assistant, Bixby There's an extra button - it should summon the dedicated AI assistant, Bixby There's an extra button - it should summon the dedicated AI assistant, Bixby
There’s an extra button – it should summon the dedicated AI assistant, Bixby

And we move to the bottom to find a USB-C port. Like the camera, we can’t fully trust what has been drawn, but the hole is wide enough to accept USB-C (it could be that the case maker is just playing it safe). And, of course, there’s the 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.

Bottom with USB-C and headphone jack Top with no grill for the second speaker
Bottom with USB-C and headphone jack • Top with no grill for the second speaker

That said… where’s the speaker grill for the top speaker? The smaller Galaxy S8 had stereo speakers (top and bottom).

source”cnbc”

Analyst: No iPhone SE refresh coming in March 2017

Apple won’t be releasing an update to the iPhone SE in March 2017, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated in a note to investors that AppleInsider got their hands on. Unlike any other major smartphone, the iPhone SE’s life will be extended past the usual one year period.

As reasoning behind such a decision on Apple’s part the analyst (whose predictions in the past have more often than not been right on the money) suggests a push to maximize gross margins and spare the true flagship iPhone 7 from internal competition. All that said, the forecast only covers the second fiscal quarter of 2017 (ending in March), so a later refresh is not entirely being ruled out.

Kuo has also forecast a total number of iPhone shipments for the current quarter between 40 and 50 million – down from the 51.2 million for the same period last year. For Q2 2017 the number he projects is 35 to 40 million, compared to 40.4 million last year.

source”cnbc”

Spanish parents call strike demanding ‘no homework’

The Spanish Alliance of Parents Associations (CEAPA) called the strike that covers some 12,000 state schools across the country

Children in Spain are complaining about excessive homework, which is also being supported by their parents, who have decided to go on a strike against their children’s school load for the entire month of November.

The Spanish Alliance of Parents’ Associations (CEAPA) called the strike that covers some 12,000 state schools across the country.

Views of the President of CEAPA:

  • President of CEAPA, Jose Luis Pazos told AFP on November 2 that parents had launched the unprecedented initiative as it was quite evident that homework is detrimental to children and is also damaging their extra-curricular development
  • Education in Spain was still very dependent on the traditional method of rote-learning i.e. memorising work, said Pazos
  • Mentioning the availability of information in current society, he said, “what we have to teach children isn’t to memorise everything, but how to manage information, to be critical, to select what is worth it and what isn’t.”
  • “Society has changed deeply, but the environment in the classroom hasn’t,” he added.

Spanish students score low in maths, reading and science: More on the PISA education report

  • According to the 2012 PISA education report, on the basis of the 38 countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Spain ranked fifth as the nation with most homework after Russia, Italy, Ireland and Poland out with 6.5 hours a week compared to an average of 4.9
  • The workload does not help the Spanish students to perform better and the students score low in maths, reading and science, said the PISA report
  • In comparison, countries like Finland and South Korea have spent less than three hours on homework. These countries have the best student performances, said PISA.
  • source”cnbc”

AT&T Priv’s ‘No Service’ issue: BlackBerry working with AT&T to expedite the fix

BlackBerry has announced that it’s currently working with AT&T to speed up the release of a fix to the ‘No Service’ issue that some Priv users have been facing on the carrier’s network for over a month now.

“The root cause for this issue has been identified, and a solution will be made available shortly as BlackBerry is working with AT&T to expedite the release of a software fix,” the company said. “As soon as this is available the knowledge base article will be updated, as well as this thread so everyone is aware.

For those who aren’t aware, several BlackBerry Priv users on AT&T have reported a ‘No Service’ message on the status bar of their phone. The issue is said to affect several services like email and texts. The only workaround that’s currently known is to restart the handset.

source”cnbc”

AU no longer a factory of IAS

Allahabad University

The perpetual pride of Allahabad University (AU), known as the ‘factory producing IAS officers’ institute, has suffered a serious decline in the recent times.  The varsity hasd been producing impressive numbers of civil servants until its decline in 2011.

There are time when the AU was swarmed with aspirants to pursue political science, history, economic, and many more subjects. Since then the varsity has been producing several luminaries such as such AN Haksar, then Principal Secretary to PM Indira Gandhi,  Nripendra Misra Principal Secretary to PM Narendra Modi, NC Saxena, former Planning Commission member, and Vikas Swarup, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson.

AU Timeline:

  • AU has been producing over two dozen of IAS cadre annually during the early1990s
  • AU secured 4th position among 152 institutes by securing 26 selection in CSE
  • As many as 25 students made it to final cut in  2009 thus attributed AU to 5th position amongst 170 institutes
  • The varsity stood 8th position amongst the 171 institutes by securing 21 selections in 2010
  • Eight years ago, before the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) become independent from AU, MNNIT has contributed in producing bureaucrats for AU in large proportion and is among the top 50 institutes across the country today.

However, that once considered as the ‘Oxford of the East’ and ‘factory producing IAS officers’ is now prevented from producing IAS and other allied bureaucrats.

The decline of AU:

Experts have an opinion that the reason behind the decline of AU in producing IAS is the alteration of civil service examination (CSE) pattern in 2011 with the introduction of CSAT. The introduction of CSAT in 2011 making English a prime component of the CSE appeared as a stumbling block for the students of AU. Several ex-bureaucrats pointed out that the sidelining of English in CSE has invited difficulties for the AU’s students. “In 1966, a violent anti-English movement began on the campus. Students set fire to a petrol tanker and a power sub-station on November 5 that year,” said IAS retired Badal Chatterjee, and alumni of AU.

“In 1968, varsity authorities removed English from the list of compulsory papers. With their focus away from English, AU students started stumbling in civil services examination,” added Chatterjee.

After the coming of CSAT, the exam patterns are now based on analytical abilities rather than fact based. “Even the question papers of humanities were made analytical,” said Prof Yogeshwar Tiwari who teaches History at the university.

“Since 2011, CSAT has also been evolving in the form of changing ratios of questions from different test areas. AU students have failed to grasp this. They are concentrating on traditional subjects like general studies in which they are scoring well, but are losing out in CSAT,” added Tiwari, as reported in HT.

The much lauded varsity went downhill in 2011 when it produced a meager number of candidates, seven, and fall to 37th rank amongst the institutes in producing IAS cadres. The ranking went further down to 41 when the varsity could only manages even 6 selections in the CSE 2012.

The varsity witnessed a complete wash out in 2013 when no students was able to clear the coveted selection.

IIT Allahabad and MNNIT:

According to the latest UPSC report, technical universities in Allahabad have been outperforming AU at succession. Ever since the MNNIT became independent, the institute has been producing a considerable numbers of IAS officers. Of the 76 students, who faced the civil service examination (CSE) board in 2011, 11 students successfully cleared the CSE. While 10 MNNIT students managed to clear the final cut in 2012, it produced 16 students in 2013 which were qualified for the CSE interview. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Allahabad produced 5 successful candidates in 2013.
source”cnbc”

AU no longer a factory of IAS

Allahabad University

The perpetual pride of Allahabad University (AU), known as the ‘factory producing IAS officers’ institute, has suffered a serious decline in the recent times.  The varsity hasd been producing impressive numbers of civil servants until its decline in 2011.

There are time when the AU was swarmed with aspirants to pursue political science, history, economic, and many more subjects. Since then the varsity has been producing several luminaries such as such AN Haksar, then Principal Secretary to PM Indira Gandhi,  Nripendra Misra Principal Secretary to PM Narendra Modi, NC Saxena, former Planning Commission member, and Vikas Swarup, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson.

AU Timeline:

  • AU has been producing over two dozen of IAS cadre annually during the early1990s
  • AU secured 4th position among 152 institutes by securing 26 selection in CSE
  • As many as 25 students made it to final cut in  2009 thus attributed AU to 5th position amongst 170 institutes
  • The varsity stood 8th position amongst the 171 institutes by securing 21 selections in 2010
  • Eight years ago, before the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) become independent from AU, MNNIT has contributed in producing bureaucrats for AU in large proportion and is among the top 50 institutes across the country today.

However, that once considered as the ‘Oxford of the East’ and ‘factory producing IAS officers’ is now prevented from producing IAS and other allied bureaucrats.

The decline of AU:

Experts have an opinion that the reason behind the decline of AU in producing IAS is the alteration of civil service examination (CSE) pattern in 2011 with the introduction of CSAT. The introduction of CSAT in 2011 making English a prime component of the CSE appeared as a stumbling block for the students of AU. Several ex-bureaucrats pointed out that the sidelining of English in CSE has invited difficulties for the AU’s students. “In 1966, a violent anti-English movement began on the campus. Students set fire to a petrol tanker and a power sub-station on November 5 that year,” said IAS retired Badal Chatterjee, and alumni of AU.

“In 1968, varsity authorities removed English from the list of compulsory papers. With their focus away from English, AU students started stumbling in civil services examination,” added Chatterjee.

After the coming of CSAT, the exam patterns are now based on analytical abilities rather than fact based. “Even the question papers of humanities were made analytical,” said Prof Yogeshwar Tiwari who teaches History at the university.

“Since 2011, CSAT has also been evolving in the form of changing ratios of questions from different test areas. AU students have failed to grasp this. They are concentrating on traditional subjects like general studies in which they are scoring well, but are losing out in CSAT,” added Tiwari, as reported in HT.

The much lauded varsity went downhill in 2011 when it produced a meager number of candidates, seven, and fall to 37th rank amongst the institutes in producing IAS cadres. The ranking went further down to 41 when the varsity could only manages even 6 selections in the CSE 2012.

The varsity witnessed a complete wash out in 2013 when no students was able to clear the coveted selection.

IIT Allahabad and MNNIT:

According to the latest UPSC report, technical universities in Allahabad have been outperforming AU at succession. Ever since the MNNIT became independent, the institute has been producing a considerable numbers of IAS officers. Of the 76 students, who faced the civil service examination (CSE) board in 2011, 11 students successfully cleared the CSE. While 10 MNNIT students managed to clear the final cut in 2012, it produced 16 students in 2013 which were qualified for the CSE interview. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Allahabad produced 5 successful candidates in 2013.

source”gsmarena”

Windows: When no growth is an improvement

Microsoft yesterday said that revenue in the September quarter for the More Personal Computing group was down 2%, the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines and the fifth contraction in the last six quarters.

Windows revenue, which accounts for the bulk of More Personal Computing’s (MPC) total, was flat. But that was an improvement over the prior quarter, when sales of the operating system were down 4%.

“Our total [Windows] OEM business was flat this quarter, more in line with the PC market and better than we expected,” said Amy Hood, Microsoft’s chief financial officer, during a call with Wall Street analysts Thursday. Most of Microsoft’s income from Windows comes from license sales to device makers, called OEMs for “original equipment manufacturers.”

MPC—one of three financial reporting groups—recorded revenue of $9.3 billion, down from last year’s $9.5 billion. Much of the blame could be put on Microsoft’s evaporating phone business, which was down $799 million, or 72%.

That disappearing act was nearly five times the difference between MPC’s second- and third-quarter revenue: If the phone revenue had been what it was a year ago, the division would have posted a 7% increase for the period.

Hood forecast a continued contraction of phone revenue through the 2017 fiscal year, which began July 1 and ends June 30, 2017.

Nor did she have much hope for a near-term rebound in Windows revenue. “We expect our OEM business and the underlying PC market to be closely aligned,” Hood predicted.

Research firms like IDC and Gartner have continued to forecast contraction, not expansion, in the PC business. Only when enterprise migrations to Windows 10 kick into gear do analysts see a reversal of the industry’s historic slump. That isn’t expected to happen until next year.

Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates, agreed, citing his firm’s data on enterprise adoption of Windows 10, and commentary by Intel during its latest earnings call, when the chip maker said enterprises were only just starting to replace aged PCs.

Also in play—and a boon to Microsoft—is a subtle shift by consumers toward higher-priced PCs, Gold argued in an email: “[That] translates into higher-level licenses for Microsoft.”

Other analysts have pointed out that some consumers are choosing more expensive systems, crediting those decisions to a realization by buyers that they will hold on to their new PCs for much longer than prior purchases, and so are willing to pay a premium price for something that will last six, seven or even eight years.

“The PC space is still stagnant but not as bad as some had predicted,” Gold said. “[As] more companies migrate to Windows 10 over the next six to 12 months, that will mean more enterprise PC refresh as most companies will buy new machines rather than upgrade just the OS.”

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Revenue booked by Microsoft’s More Personal Computing division fell 2% in the September quarter, with flat sales of Windows and another huge decline in phone sales to blame.

source”gsmarena”