If you could subtract examinations from student life, those years would add up to magic. Unfortunately, studies and evaluations go hand in hand and often lead to undue stress in your child. Fix it fast!Stress is a vicious cycle: Once you start worrying, it can block the mind and make you forget faster than you learn. It manifests itself in inexplicable stomach pains, menstrual cramps, headaches, nausea, diarrhoea. It could express itself with sweating, irritability, insomnia, asthma and blackouts. “High levels of stress lead to the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol which weakens your immune system,” explains Dr PV Vaidyanathan, Mumbai-based paediatrician and author of two parenting books, Make Your Child Stress-Free and Managing the Unmanageable Child.However, experts say some amount of stress is necessary for a student taking exams. This is called eustress or good stress which boosts performance. If your child is absolutely cool about the exams, her performance may not be up to the mark. So balance it out.To help your child retain everything, perform well and keep upbeat in the run up to the exams and during those days you need to start ahead. Make sure her immunity is built with good food, exercises, enough rest and sleep and a happy environment.Serve her the right food: She will not only be stronger and more energetic, but her memory will also be strengthened with the right foods. “Turn her plate into a colourful palette with a rainbow of fruits and veggies that includes a variety of colours-red, green, yellow and orange. Strawberries, tomatoes and carrots are all great immunity boosters,” says Mumbai-based nutritionist Naini Setalvad.”Serve up food rich in memory-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids such as flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds, etc,” she says. Grapes, cherries, apples, spinach, broccoli and beet root are also great for memory. “Vitamin B-complex is excellent for better memory too. So reach out for oats, bananas and avocados,” adds Setalvad. Make sure she drinks enough water. Dehydration can play havoc with memory.Allow her enough rest: Sleep rests the brain, sharpens concentration, boosts memory and retrieval of facts. So make sure that your child follows a healthy sleep pattern. “While eight to nine hours should do, some children may need 10 to 12 hours’ sleep a day,” says Vaidyanathan.Leave her with free time: Stress and physical inactivity are directly linked. “Dance or a sport like cycling, skipping, swimming or a short sprint will not only give him a rush of happy hormones but also improve his concentration,” says Dr Gaurav Sharma, sports medicine specialist, Holy Angel Hospital, New Delhi. Make sure that he gets enough free time and breaks. Sometimes indulging in a comparatively sedentary hobby like music can also lift his spirits.Fight the fear factors: Identifying the exam fear factors that are stressing out your child and addressing them immediately are essential to steer through these days. We have identified some for you along with expert solutions. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you think you can’t cope alone.I have sudden panic stations: Where it comes from: Inadequate preparation, poor time management, frequent comparison with others.How to handle it: Comfort your child and try to cheer him up by chatting about lighter matters. Help her strategise well and seek tips from teachers. “Let her not waste time by discussing with friends or class mates over the telephone,” says Jeromey Jaypaul, guidance counsellor, Bishop Cotton Boys School, Bengaluru. Friends can mislead and want to distract and unnerve you. “Ask your child to avoid people who make him feel low,” says Dr Jayanti Dutta, consultant clinical psychologist and associate professor, Clinical Psychology, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi.I won’t retain a thing! where it comes from: Poor sleep, bad eating habits, stress-induced panic.How to handle it: Says Dr Jitendra Nagpal, senior consultant psychiatrist, Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, New Delhi, “Whenever memory blanks out, one should sit back, relax for a while, put one’s head down and concentrate. It may take few minutes to recollect the information but it is possible to get hold of it.” The trick is to be calm and concentrate. Study hours should be punctuated with short breaks to retain and remember! To build memory for your kid, keep quizzing her with brain games and puzzles through the year.There is an awful lot to cover,where it comes from: Disorganised, last-ditch study, lack of concentration.How to handle it: Studying can be like eating a meal. Suggest that your child breaks it into different courses and goes systematically with bite-sized portions. Encourage studying in short bursts of 40 to 60 minutes. Improve her concentration by de-cluttering the room she studies in. “It doesn’t matter if you haven’t covered all the topics. Select a few but be thorough. Think positive,” suggests Dutta.My parents will be embarrassed. Where it comes from: Unduly high expectations from parents or lack of communication, or both.How to handle it: Keep the talk lines open. “Tone down your expectations from your child and praise her for her achievements in other areas,” says Dr Arvind Taneja, advisor and senior consultant, Paediatrics, Max Healthcare, New Delhi.advertisementadvertisementRather, help her explore other career options if academics is not her strongest point. Ensure that she doesn’t take poor academic performance as personal failure and loss of face socially. Also, don’t compare your child with other children-this exacerbates fear.
The prospect of India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan playing in the second Test at Trent Bridge seems remote.”He has shown a considerable improvement and we would take a call on him on the eve of the match in consultation with the team physio,” stated team manager Anirudh Choudhary in Nottingham.But those who witnessed Indian team’s training session knew that the manager’s statement was far from convincing.Zaheer bowled 13-odd overs in the first Test at Lord’s, London, before a strain in his right hamstring forced him to sit out and severely handicapped the Indian bowling attack as England thrashed India by 196 runs.As soon as Zaheer arrived at the training session with his teammates on Wednesday, the prying eyes of the Indian media contingent was on the injured speedster.Long after almost all the Indian players had their nets, Zaheer came out in company with team physio Ashish Kaushik. He did a few rounds of lap of the ground, did some sprints under the physio’s observation and then picked up his jumper, only to disappear again inside the dressing room.His bearing wasn’t the one of man who is looking to bowl for India in 48 hours.Ishant Sharma didn’t bowl a delivery in anger and it was apparent he had a few other personal issues to handle like shaving off his flowing hair which have been much like his personal statement in the last four years. His new look created a huge buzz among the electronic media.Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir were two of the other notable cricketers who had fitness issues during the first Test.advertisementTendulkar, unlike his second innings appearance, was crisp and smartly shaven and was one of the first ones to walk to the nets. Gambhir too look eager to have a hit even though the bowling on offer wasn’t great shakes.Ishant didn’t bowl at all and neither did Munaf and Sreesanth, after sending down a few serious overs.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, certainly rattled by his recent batting failures, indulged in some furious hitting down the ground.-With PTI inputs
Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year—Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps—helped SI.com gain exposure on hundreds of Web sites. (Time was unable to provide a figure for how many uniques SI.com received.) CNN/Money’s mobile site was the number one mobile site in the business/finance category in October, according to Nielsen, with a 53 percent growth in unique users month-over-month, placing it ahead of Yahoo! Finance, CNBC.com and the Wall Street Journal.Of course, Time Inc. isn’t releasing its “insignicant” growth figures. But for a company that has seen its print side slide—and plenty of layoffs, too—this is something positive. At a Time Inc. digital showcase in December, EVP John Squires said that the company achieved “significant” growth online. Here are some numbers just released by Time Inc. that appear to back up his claim:Time.com had roughly 30 million page views in mid-December, after Barack Obama was announced Time’s 2008 Person of the Year. (More than 1.2 million votes were cast in the online poll deciding the winner.)People.com reported 46 percent year-over-year growth (compared with the industry average of about 10 percent), including an average of 8.6 million monthly uniques, a 36 percent increase year-over-year.
.Facebook remains the most popular social networking site among Bangladeshi youth by a fairly wide margin.The other popular social networks are imo, Youtube, WhatsApp, and Viber, says a survey conducted by Org-Quest Research Ltd and initiated by Prothom Alo.The survey was conducted on 1,200 youths, who are15 to 30 years old. Of them, 494 use social networks regularly.When asked about their favourite social network, 95 per cent youths said their first preference is Facebook.Among the 494, a total of 468 youths have only one social networking site account, Facebook, indicating 94 per cent youths consider Facebook their social network.The 494 survey participants spend 52 minutes on average on Facebook every day.Of them, 80 per cent give 30 minutes to 1 hour daily and the rest spend more than 1 hour on Facebook.The second choice of the youths is imo as 57 per cent of them use the app based site regularly.Youtube stays in the third position among Bangladeshi youths. Among the survey participants, 33 per cent youths regularly use Youtube. The video-sharing site is more popular among boys than girls.WhatsApp is in the fourth and Viber in the fifth position among youths’ choice list of social networks.Social network expert Fahim Masroor told Prothom Alo, young people are losing their depth of thought because of this Facebook addiction.This addiction is triggering off social unrest, intolerance and militancy, he said.Fahim Masroor thinks the authorities should give the youth reading rooms, sports facilities, and other recreational activities so that technology cannot control them. *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.
The Greater Houston Storm Relief FundHouston mayor Sylvester Turner has created what he’s calling the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund to accept flood recovery donations.Turner announced the fund today ahead of a community meeting in the Greenspoint area where he plans to answer questions and respond to concerns from residents on the north side.Waste Management donated $50,000 to open the fund and a nonprofit organization will continue to operate the fund at no cost.Turner says 100 percent of donations will go to flood victims. For more information: www.houstonrecovers.org.Salvation ArmyDelivering essential food items to flood victims. This story is being updated as more information becomes available. This story was originally published on April 19th, 2016. The American Red CrossA new shelter is opening up in the Greenspoint area at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The American Red Cross says it is for those who are not able to remain at their homes due to storms and flooding. It is located at the New Light Christian Center, 1535 Greensmark Drive, Houston, Texas 77067. The American Red Cross urges anyone impacted by the flood can meet with a Red Cross caseworker and register their household by calling 866-526-8300 – option 1.Those who wish to donate to flood relief may do so at redcross.org/donate. Share
Share Twitter via @realBillWhiteThomas WhitakerThe Texas parole board on Tuesday made a rare recommendation to commute a death sentence, unanimously endorsing a “lesser penalty” for a man set to be executed this week for masterminding the killings of his mother and brother.Thomas “Bart” Whitaker is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday for the shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003. Whitaker’s father, Kent, also was shot in the attack but survived. He said he wants his 38-year-old son to live.The recommendation from the seven-member Board of Pardons and Paroles goes to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. It’s unclear whether Abbott will accept or reject it. The governor appoints the parole board members.It’s only the fourth time since the state resumed executions in 1982 that the parole board has recommended clemency within days of an inmate’s scheduled execution. In two of those cases, then-Gov. Rick Perry rejected the board’s recommendation and those prisoners are among the 548 executed in Texas, more than any other state.David Gutierrez, the parole board’s presiding officer, said the panel recommended the governor commute Whitaker’s sentence “to a lesser penalty.” Jurors who convicted him and sentenced him to death in 2007 had only one other option, life imprisonment.In the clemency petition, Whitaker’s attorneys said his execution would “permanently compound” his father’s suffering and grief, and compared the case to the biblical story of Cain and Abel, where God sent Cain to “restlessly wander” after killing his brother.Kent Whitaker has said he’s seen “too much killing already,” has forgiven his son and believes his son is a changed person.Whitaker, his son’s attorney and supporters awaited the decision in a conference room in the Texas Capitol. As lawyer Keith Hampton read the outcome, Whitaker covered his face with his hand and wept softly. After about 15 seconds, he looked at Hampton and murmured, “Thank you.”“I never, ever believed that we were going to get a unanimous decision in favor,” he said as he and Hampton headed immediately across the building to Abbott’s ceremonial office — even though the governor wasn’t there — to plead with the governor that he honor the board’s recommendation.“The best we were hoping was a 4-3,” he said. “This is beyond amazing. I can’t tell you.”At his trial, Bart Whitaker said he took “100 percent” responsibility for planning and carrying out the killings. Prosecutors said he hated his parents and hoped to collect an inheritance.“I think it’s the wrong decision and clearly the wrong decision,” said Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey, whose office prosecuted Whitaker and convinced a jury to convict him and send him to death row.He said Tuesday that he didn’t know if he could speak with Abbott before the governor made a decision.“I don’t know if that’s part of the allowed protocol,” Healey said. “It’s a unique situation.”Evidence showed the murder plot included two of Whitaker’s friends and was at least Whitaker’s third attempt to kill his family. The shooting was made to look like an interrupted burglary at the family’s home in Sugar Land, southwest of Houston, and Bart Whitaker was shot in the arm to draw attention away from him.About six months after the shootings, he disappeared. A year later, he was apprehended in Mexico.The gunman, Chris Brashear, pleaded guilty in 2007 to a murder charge and was sentenced to life in prison. Another man, Steve Champagne, who drove Brashear from the Whitaker house the night of the shootings, took a 15-year prison term in exchange for testifying at Whitaker’s trial.In 2007, death row inmate Kenneth Foster was spared and his sentence commuted to life. The board had voted 6-1 in favor of a commutation. Perry said Foster and a co-defendant in a fatal robbery in San Antonio should not have been tried together for capital murder. Foster was the getaway driver in the slaying and both he and a partner received death sentences. His co-defendant was executed.In 2004, Perry overruled the parole board’s 5-1 vote favoring clemency and convicted killer Kelsey Patterson was executed. He took the same action in 2009 in the case of death row inmate Robert Lee Thompson, who was executed despite a favorable a 5-2 ruling from the board.
Kolkata: Passengers of Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express today complained of “undercooked” food served by the onboard caterer, following which the IRCTC decided not to renew its contract with the company responsible for supplying food in the train. Stating that strict punitive action will be taken against the caterer, IRCTC group general manager (east zone) Debasish Chanda said an enquiry has been ordered into the complaints by the passengers of the train, which arrived at Sealdah this morning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “The food was served in the south central zone of IRCTC at Puri. On receiving complaints over the quality and standard of the food served last night, we have decided to not renew the contract of the catering company,” Chanda said. He said the contract of the company to supply food in Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express was due to expire within a few days and owing to the complaint, it would not be renewed. “Passengers complained of undercooked chicken served to them in the train for dinner last night,” said the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) official. The 22202 Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express is run by the Kolkata-headquartered Eastern Railway.
Violin is considered one of the most noble percussion instruments that has the capability to produce music of any genre ranging from classical to western to fusion. The Carnatic music Violin arangetram of Anandh Kalyanaraman and Shivapriya Dayal was held on January 9 at the Sri Sathya Sai auditorium in the national Capital. They have been training for five years under the tutelage of Guru Kalaimamani V.S.K. Chakrapani, who was a top grade artist of All India Radio. He has been performing, teaching and promoting carnatic music for the past five decades. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The chief guest of the evening was Aruna Bahuguna, Director of the National Police Academy, Hyderabad. Dr Vageesh, retired Deputy Director General of All India Radio, in his speech complimented the efforts of the children. Padma Shri Guru Geeta Chandran spoke of the importance of music training in our lives.The arangetram commenced with a varnam in raga arabhi, a composition of Tiger Varadachari, followed by a Muthuswami Dikshitar’s composition vathapi ganapathim in raga hamsadhwani. The main piece played by the children was a kriti by Tyagaraja – rama ninnu nammina – in raga mohanam, which they started with an alapana. The percussion accompaniments came together to perform what is called the ‘taniyavartanam’. ‘taniyavartanam’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe two hour long concert was a journey through compositions ranging from that of Arunagirinathar, the 15th century shaivite saint to the 18th century composers-Thyagaraja, Dikshitar, Puranadaradasa, patriotic songs of Subramania Bharati, Narsinh Mehta’s Vaishnava janato, to name a few. They concluded with a thillana in raga dhanasree composed by the Maharaja of Travancore – Swathithirunal.The musicians included Anandh Kalyanaraman, class 9 student of D.A.V. School, Vasant Kunj and Shivapriya Dayal, a student of class 8 of Shriram School, Aravali, Gurgaon, who apart from being great musicians are also academic enthusiasts, performing very well at school.The children were ably supported by accompanying artists – Shri Padmanabhan on Mridangam, Shri Harinarayanan on Ghatam and Shri Ravikiran on Morsing.