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ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogFILE PHOTO - A group of retired people take part in a Tai Chi class session in Nice February 19, 2013. REUTERS Sedentary older adults who start exercising may not reduce their risk of becoming frail, but they may experience less disability, a new study suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 1,635 adults ages 70 to 89 to participate either in a structured exercise program or in health education workshops. The exercisers did up to 150 minutes a week of walking and activities to improve strength, balance and flexibility. After two years, people who weren?t frail at the start of the study were no less likely to become frail with exercise than without it, the study found. But with exercise, they were less likely to lose their ability to rise from a chair, one component of frailty. ?The benefits of physical activity in terms of preventing physical disability still persist in older adults who are already experiencing symptoms of frailty,? said senior study author Roger Fielding of Tufts University in Boston. ?Nearly all older adults can benefit from a regular structured program of physical activity including those who are frail,? Fielding said by email. ?In non-frail older adults, exercise may reduce the risk of developing specific components of the frailty syndrome like losing the ability to rise from a chair.? At the start of the study, participants typically had some functional limitations, but they could walk 400 meters (0.25 miles) in 15 minutes or less without assistance. About 6 percent of the people in the exercise group and 5 percent in the health education group were already considered frail. People were considered frail if they could not rise from a chair 5 times without using the arms, had lost a significant amount of weight recently, and felt like they had no energy. Two years later, about 19 percent of the people in the exercise group and 21 percent in the health education group were frail. The difference between the groups was so small that it might have been due to chance. The inability to rise from a chair was the only frailty criterion that was influenced by the exercise program. The percentage of participants who couldn?t accomplish this task was about 3 percent to 6 percent lower in the exercise group than in the health education group. One limitation of the study is that researchers didn?t have data to show which individual components of the exercise program might have influenced frailty or disability. Still, the results suggest that most elderly people can benefit from exercise, said Dr. Rebecca Brown, author of an accompanying editorial and a geriatrics researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. ?While there isn?t definitive evidence (yet) that exercise can prevent frailty, this study shows that exercise reduces the risk of disability, whether or not you are frail,? Brown said by email.
KHYBER AGENCY: More than 500 tribal elders held a grand jirga on Thursday and rejected the possible merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The elders, hailing from the tribal areas, were of the opinion that FATA should be given the status of a separate province. The jirga also announced to hold a protest on December 23 in Islamabad. The issue of the merger of the FATA with KP is one of the pending matters for the incumbent government and has dominated the political discourse of the country in recent weeks. Earlier today, the members of opposition parties staged a walkout from the National Assembly (NA) in a bid to press the government to introduce the FATA Reforms Bill. The recommendations to bring the tribal areas at par with the rest of the country were approved by the federal cabinet on March 2 but the matter has been delayed since then. Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said the government wanted to sideline the FATA reforms and the area's merger with KP. Demanding FATA reforms, opposition walks out of NA PPP's Naveeed Qamar said the government is being blackmailed to not present the bill in Parliament On Dec 11, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) began its long march from Khyber Agency to Parliament in Islamabad to press for the merger with the province. Imran Khan also demanded the government to immediately table a "full package of FATA reforms", which should include the abolition of the Frontier Crimes Regulation, extension of the Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court's jurisdiction to FATA and an amendment in Article 106 of the Constitution to allow an increase of seats in the KP Assembly to accommodate representatives from the tribal areas. The KP Assembly had adopted a resolution on December 14, 2016 in favour of merging FATA with KP that would help rehabilitate and reconstruct the infrastructure including roads, communications, power lines, water supply, education and health facilities. Almost all the political parties support the demand of merger of Fata with KP, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). It is pertinent to mention here that FATA is being governed by the British-era law called FCR Act that legal experts say is a violation of universal human rights and contradicts the 1973 Constitution. Sources said the merger of FATA with KP would extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the high court to the tribal areas by amending the Article 247 and other relevant laws, so that those who want to protect their fundamental rights can do so like any other citizen of Pakistan.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsNews is just getting weirder day by day. The latest bizarre one to add to the list comes from the villages bordering the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Authorities in the area are suspicious that the families living in villages around the Tiger Reserve are intentionally sending older members into the forest as tiger prey, and then are relocating their dead bodies to fields, in order to fake attacks. This would entitle the families to claim lakhs in compensation from the government. Since the villagers won't be eligible for any compensation if their kin die in the reserve, people have reportedly started resorting to such extreme and downright illegal measures. © Twitter Authorities based their speculation behind the fact that there has been a string of fatal tiger attacks on the elderly in the area, with seven reported deaths in the proximity of the Mala forest range alone since February 16. Kalim Athar of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau examined the tiger attacks in the vicinity of PTR, looking into all the individual cases, with the location of the bodies, and the accounts of locals. After this thorough examination, he apparently arrived at this conclusion. "Bureau authorities have decided to refer the matter to the National Tiger Conservation Authority for further action," Athar told TOI. © Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Locals, however, have a different take on the matter, and claimed that family elders were willingly participating in the whole affair. "They think that since they can't get resources from the forest, this is the only way their families can escape poverty," farmer Jarnail Singh, 60, told TOI. The last reported attack occurred on July 1st, where a 55-year-old woman was killed by a tiger in her field. But after further inspection, conservator of forests, V K Singh, dismissed the claim. Instead, he said that since the woman's clothes were found elsewhere and there was evidence of tractor treads leading into and out of a forest nearby, she probably died about 1.5km inside the forest, and her body was relocated. © Pilibhit Tiger Reserve This may be one of the weirdest news we've heard, but this also brings out the condition of poverty in our country, our sad reality. People have become so desperate that they are willing to do anything, even if that includes their elder family members dying in a brutal tiger attack.