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  1. India's Hindu nationalist government is ending a decades-long policy of offering discounted airfares to Muslims embarking on the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo: file NEW DELHI: India's Hindu nationalist government is ending a decades-long policy of offering discounted airfares to Muslims embarking on the Hajj pilgrimage, it announced Tuesday. The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party has accused its opponents in the Congress party -- who introduced the Hajj assistance scheme in the 1950s -- of trying to woo Muslim voters through handouts. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government wants to assist India´s roughly 175 million Muslims without resorting to political "appeasement" along religious lines. "Development with dignity is what we believe in," he said in announcing the decision to scrap the travel subsidy. He said the cash saved from the scheme would be channelled into economic opportunities and education for Muslims, who make up about 14 percent of India´s 1.25 billion people. Every year more than 100,000 pilgrims travel from India to the holy site of Makkah in Saudi Arabia for a spiritual journey that every faithful Muslim strives to make at least once in their lifetime. Critics have long argued that India, a secular country, should not extend handouts to any religious community for their faith-based celebrations. India´s top court in 2012 said the scheme should be phased out. Interestingly, the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi spends millions for Hindus undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar and Kumbh Mela, a sacred bathing ritual that draws millions of pilgrims over four weeks. Naqvi said 175,000 Indian Muslims would embark on Hajj this year -- a record number -- suggesting enthusiasm for the annual pilgrimage would not shrink without the government's financial assistance. Muslim leaders in India have also urged the government to abolish the travel subsidy, saying state-run carrier Air India was the biggest beneficiary.
  2. Amir Khan and Eddie Hearn at London's Dorchester Hotel. Photo: Reuters Amir Khan has ended feud with his former rival Eddie Hearn, teaming up with him for a three-fight deal. According to British media, the Bolton-born fighter will have his first fight in the United Kingdom on April 21 at Liverpool?s Echo Arena. Amir believes that teaming up with Hearn can help him become world champion for the third time as the latter is also the promotor of his rival, Kell Brook. The boxer ? who has not fought since being knocked down by Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez in May 2016 ? said he was thrilled to be teaming up with Hearn?s Matchroom stable. Matchroom Sport, founded by Hearn?s father, owns, manages and promotes sporting events. ?The decision is not one I have taken lightly as I?m at a hugely important time in my career,? the British media quoted Amir as saying. ?But having spoken to Eddie at length, it was clear he and I were on the same page on terms of what I want to be doing and what I still want to achieve. Amir said he was determined to win world championship once again and was confident of the team that was behind him. ?I?ve been out of the ring for too long and I?m desperate to make up for lost time, starting in April,? the boxer said. As per reports, Hearn wants Amir to fight twice in 2018 for lead to a clash at the end of the year, most likely against Brook.
  3. NEW DELHI: The ?triple talaq? bill which was passed by India?s lower house (Lokh Sabha) just over a week ago in December did not meet the same fate in the upper house (Rajya Sabha) on Friday, when the winter session of the house came to an end. The matter has now been pushed to next session which will start in February and will focus on the budget. The Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage Bill 2017 also known as the ?triple talaq? bill seeks to make the act of divorcing a wife by uttering the words thrice, a criminal offence proposing a sentence that could extend up to three years. While voting on the bill was on the agenda for the Rajya Sabha session on Friday, the ensuing deadlock between the government and opposition it did not come up for a vote. The Congress has demanded that the bill be sent for a review by a parliamentary committee. According to media reports, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in any form ? spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp ? "illegal and void" and provides for a jail term of three years for the husband. The bill will now be sent to the upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, for discussions. Introduced in the Lok Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasadand and prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh the bill, according to officials, aims to protect the rights of married Muslim women and prohibit divorce by mere pronouncement divorce by the husband. Officials say the law gives the the affected woman the power to approach the court seeking "subsistence allowance" for herself and minor children, and also seek custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue. In August 2017, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the law, which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word "talaq" three times. Muslim women had petitioned the court, arguing the practice of husbands divorcing them through "triple talaq", including by Skype and WhatsApp, not only violated their rights but left many women destitute.
  4. A pumpjack brings oil to the surface in the Monterey Shale, California, US, April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files CALGARY: US oil prices closed above $60 a barrel on the final trading day of the year ? the first time since mid-2015 ? as the commodity ended 2017 with a 12 percent gain spurred by strong demand and declining global inventories. International benchmark Brent crude futures ended the year with a 17 percent rise, supported by ongoing supply cuts by top producers OPEC and Russia as well as strong demand from China. The spread between the benchmarks widened throughout the year, as Brent responded to the drawdown in supply from major world producers while US output continued to grow. The gains indicate that the global glut that has dogged the market since 2014 is shrinking. Earlier this year, oil prices slumped on concerns that rising crude production from Nigeria, Libya, and elsewhere would undermine output cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia. But prices have rallied nearly 50 percent since the middle of the year on robust demand and strong compliance with the production limits. ?That trend is likely to continue into 2018 and worldwide oil inventories will continue their decline,? Andrew Lipow ? the president of Houston-based Lipow Oil Associates ? said. Lipow said he expected US crude prices to creep up to around $63 a barrel by the end of next year, while Brent would remain around $67 a barrel as US oil exports rise to record levels. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures settled at $60.42, the highest close since June 2015. Brent crude futures were last up 45 cents at $66.62 a barrel at 1932 GMT. Brent broke through $67 this week for the first time since May 2015. WTI prices were supported by data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) late Thursday showing domestic oil production declined last week to 9.75 million barrels per day (BPD) from 9.79 million BPD the previous week. Monthly EIA data released on Friday showed US crude production hit a 46-year high in October, but the country?s oil exports and demand also rose. US output is up almost 16 percent since mid-2016. Analysts expect production to top 10 million BPD in the next few weeks and to keep growing, limiting efforts by other producers to cap global supplies. ?The US shale impact is now encroaching on uncharted territory,? analysts at RBC Capital Markets wrote this month, saying it had ?redrawn the global crude flow map?. WTI prices were further boosted by an EIA report of a 4.6 million barrel weekly drop in US commercial crude storage levels. Inventories are down by almost 20 percent from historic highs last March, and well below this time last year or in 2015. Extreme cold weather across much of North America could also boost US crude prices by causing production problems in the oilfields. Pipeline outages In international markets, China has issued crude oil import quotas totalling 121.32 million tonnes for 44 companies in its first batch of allowances for 2018. China?s imports at around 8.5 million BPD ? already the world?s biggest ? are expected to hit another record in 2018 as new refining capacity is brought online and Beijing allows more independent refiners to import crude. Pipeline outages in Libya and the North Sea have supported oil prices, although both disruptions are expected to be resolved by early January. Libya is to start repairing the pipeline near the Es Sider terminal this weekend, a Libyan oil official said, while the Forties pipeline was already pumping close to normal levels, according to trading sources.
  5. SHANGHAI: China's yuan strengthened through the day in holiday-thinned trading on Monday, reaching its highest level in three-and-a-half months against the US dollar at the official local close, following a much strengthened official midpoint. The spot market opened at 6.5745 per dollar and, by the 0830 GMT domestic close, settled at 6.5404, the strongest such close since Sept. 13. If the yuan closes at the level in the night trading session, it would have gained around 0.55 percent of its value from the previous late night close of 6.5765 per dollar last Friday. Its offshore counterpart also followed Monday's trend and was changing hands at 6.5405 per dollar. Recent advances have pushed the yuan's year-to-date gains to around 6.2 percent against the dollar. It declined roughly 6.5 percent in 2016, the worst annual performance since 1994.
  6. Former Arsenal midfielder and Czech national side playmaker Tomas Rosicky -- dubbed ?Little Mozart? for his vision and pinpoint passing -- ended his professional career on Wednesday after years of injuries often kept him off the pitch. Rosicky, 37, retired at Sparta Prague where he began his career before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2001 and to Arsenal in 2006 where he played for a decade. He returned to Sparta in 2016 but only appeared 12 times due to injury. ?My body was telling me for a long time that it does not want (to do it) any more,? he told a news conference. ?I would probably have nothing to offer my team mates and Sparta.? The attacking midfielder, who made his international debut at age 19, started 105 games for the national team, making him the third most-capped player in the country?s history. Rosicky won a Bundesliga title with Dortmund and two FA Cups with Arsenal, for whom he appeared in 246 games and scored 28 goals. ?I lived through beautiful moments but unfortunately also terribly negative ones,? he added. ?Without even thinking about, I would immediately do it again.?
  7. When Chile?s President Michelle Bachelet leaves office in March, it will mark the end of a generation of women leaders in Latin America, leaving the region without a female head of state as it shifts to the right politically. At the start of this decade, women held the top jobs in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Chile, collectively representing about 40 percent of the population in a region better known for its machismo. But conservative Sebastian Pinera?s victory in the second round of Chile?s presidential election on Sunday drew that period to a close. Bachelet was the first of her female counterparts to rise to power in a leftist tide that swept South America during a commodities-fueled economic boom. She served as president from 2006 to 2010 before winning re-election in 2013. Together with Brazil?s Dilma Rousseff and Argentina?s Cristina Fernandez, Bachelet embodied the major strides made by women across a region that has passed laws deterring rampant violence against women and set quotas for political participation that have given Latin American women a bigger share of parliamentary seats than in Europe. But now some worry that progress on women?s rights could stall. ?We?re seeing a shift to conservative politics that is questioning the advances of the last 15 to 20 years,? said Eugenia Piza-Lopez, who works on gender in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program. Conservative groups are targeting gender equality across the region, said Piza-Lopez. Protests over curriculums aimed at empowering girls to rise above traditional female duties have helped topple education ministers in Peru and Colombia. During campaigning in Chile, Pinera voiced concerns about the country?s declining birth rate as he took aim at changes to abortion laws under Bachelet, who loosened a strict ban to make exemptions for rape, unviable fetuses and the risk of death during labor. While there is no definitive study showing female leaders do more to advance women?s wellbeing than men, Farida Jalalzai, a political scientist at Oklahoma State University, said her research on Latin America suggested that was the case. ?Dilma (Rousseff), for example, would take a policy that was already in existence and reframe it in ways that made it clear it was a women?s issue, whether it was poverty or home ownership,? Jalalzai said. Piza-Lopez said Fernandez, who ruled Argentina from 2007 to 2015, helped narrow the gender poverty gap with her generous spending on social programs aimed at women. Stella Zervoudaki, head of the European Union delegation in Chile, pointed to Bachelet?s creation of a ministry of women, her programs to finance companies led by women and work for marriage equality. ?I?m not sure this would have been as forceful without a woman leader,? Zervoudaki said. She said Bachelet had pressed for a chapter on gender in an update to an EU trade agreement that called for progress on equal pay, fair maternity leave and better access to technology for women. CORRUPTION SCANDALS In a region where corruption scandals often hurt presidencies, South America?s women leaders were no honorable exception. Rousseff was removed from office in 2016 on accusations she manipulated budget laws and was later charged with graft. A judge in Argentina has charged Fernandez, now a senator who is also under investigation for graft, with treason for allegedly covering up Iran?s possible role in a 1994 bombing. Both women deny wrongdoing. Rousseff recently visited Fernandez in her apartment in Buenos Aires to commiserate, and has said sexism played a role in her own impeachment. Brazil?s conservative President Michel Temer appointed an all-male cabinet after Rousseff?s exit. She was voted out after lawmakers held up signs saying ?bye, dear!? In contrast, Pinera said on Monday he would announce the ?women and men? who would form his team, a sign he would create a balanced cabinet, perhaps taking his lead from Bachelet, whose first cabinet was exactly half men and half women. Bachelet?s own approval ratings were hit hard after her daughter-in-law was accused of using political ties to get access to a bank loan. SIX ELECTIONS Although Latin America is poised to hold six elections next year - in Costa Rica, Paraguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil - the chances for another female president are slim. In Mexico, leftist frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has repeatedly referred to his rival Margarita Zavala as ?the wife of Felipe Calderon? - her husband and a former president - angering her supporters, who charge it is sexist. She is polling around 10 percent of votes. In Brazil, Marina Silva, who has lost the presidency twice, recently joined the race and lies third in most polls. A number of female candidates are expected to compete in Colombia?s presidential race, though none is expected to win. Maria Eugenia Vidal, the governor of Argentina?s largest province of Buenos Aires, is the country?s most popular politician, according to several polls, but is not expected to run for president in 2019. Still-rampant sexism and sexual harassment in politics remain deterrents to women who want to rise to the top, said Mercedes Araoz, Peru?s Prime Minister and a former presidential candidate. ?I?ve been a victim (of sexual harassment),? Araoz recently told journalists. ?It?s important to realize how discouraging it can be.?
  8. Bollywood seldom does a good horror flick and if you push the time back by a whole decade, then '1920' was one movie that did entertain us all. Remember the gorgeous Adah Sharma walking up the wall like a spider and shouting 'test test' like Linda Blair from 'Exorcist'? So after a long wait of 10 years, the sequel to the hit movie is back. '1921' stars Karan Kundra and Zareen Khan in the lead roles. The movie has the clichéd recipe with your regular 'aatmas', poltergeists, some love making and lot of random spook thrown in. Karan plays the character of a young guy who goes to London to learn music and paranormal stuff starts happening in his home. He meets and falls in love with the woman who is helping him decrypt the entire scenario, which is played by the gorgeous Zareen Khan. © YouTube Karan Kundra is making his full fledged B-town debut and was earlier seen in a small role in 'Mubarakan'. Zareen was recently spotted in the erotic thriller 'Aksar 2'. Vikram Bhatt explained the logic behind making this sequel. “The point is to just not scare but to make the audience feel for the characters and to want them be protected. '1921' is a film that goes beyond the genre. Why can't the villain of a great love be a great evil." The movie is set to release on 12th January 2018.
  9. Everton captain Wayne Rooney equalised from the penalty spot in a Merseyside derby that ended 1-1 at Anfield on Sunday and left Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp fuming. With the snow swirling, Rooney stepped up in the 77th-minute and sent the ball straight down the middle. It was his first goal in a match between two of English football?s greatest rivals. Mohamed Salah earlier fired Liverpool ahead with a 42nd-minute stunner that sent the Egyptian clear of Tottenham Hotspur?s England striker Harry Kane as the league?s top marksman with 13 goals this season. Liverpool stayed fourth with 30 points, 13 adrift of leaders Manchester City who were playing later at second-placed Manchester United. Chelsea are third on 32 with Sam Allardyce?s Everton moving up to 10th. While Salah?s goal was a breathtaking effort, the penalty left Klopp far from speechless with the German taking issue with the referee?s decision after Dejan Lovren was adjudged to have pushed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the back. Lovren was still protesting with officials after the final whistle while Klopp argued with a Sky Sports television interviewer. Asked what he had said to the referee, Klopp replied: ?That I don?t understand what he?s doing. That?s what I said. I didn?t use one swearing word.? The German, who defended his decision to take off Salah with 22 minutes remaining, refused to accept it had been a penalty and said his side had been the only ones trying to win. ?The other team was not even in our box, I don?t know if they had a shot on target apart from the penalty. To give them an open door like this, in my understanding, that?s not OK,? he added. Klopp said Lovren had not even made a challenge. ?Calvert-Lewin makes a step...the hand is like this on the back, you saw it,? continued the manager. ?If you think it is a penalty do it, say it.? When told that it looked a soft one, Klopp laughed out loud. ?So, then we can stop the interview because I only want to talk to people that have a little bit of understanding of football.? He later apologised, adding: ?There are greater catastrophes on this planet than getting a point after a game like this but it feels not too good.? Klopp?s side are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, and stretched their unbeaten run against Everton in all competitions to a record-equalling 15 games. But the manager?s team selection was called into question after he left Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino out of the starting lineup. Firmino eventually came on for Salah. Everton enjoyed only 21 percent of possession in the game while Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson completed more passes (60) in the first half -- than all of the visiting players put together. Allardyce said it was a huge point and had no doubt the penalty call was correct, with the referee ?very brave? in his decision. ?Our defensive shape as a team was extremely good today and stopped one of the most fluent, attacking goalscoring sides probably in Europe,? said the former England manager. ?Twelve goals in two games they?ve scored and a brilliant goal today from Salah to get 1-0 up. But I can?t honestly say they had too many clear-cut chances after that. ?While we didn?t do too much in possession, we completely and utterly shut Liverpool down from an attacking force and waited for what had to be just one opportunity.?
  10. LAHORE: Protesters of a religious group ended their seven-day-long sit-in on Lahore's Mall Road late Friday, after they reached an agreement with the Punjab government. Holding a press conference here, Ashraf Asif Jalali thanked participants for staging the sit-in for seven consecutive days following the agreement. He said the names of those responsible for the change in the amendment to the Finality of Prophethood declaration for electoral candidates, in the Elections Act 2017, will be made public by December 20. Jalali also claimed the government has provided them a list of martyrs, wounded and arrested protesters. He further said that a committee will be formed with regard to the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, warning, "If the agreement isn't acted upon in a month's time, then we will again take to streets."
  11. This Sunday was one of the most nail-biting weekends of all time with people glued to their TV sets waiting to see who will become the next Miss Universe 2017. It was a dreadful moment for all the finalists, not because of the unimaginable pressure, but because the name was to be announced by none other than the legendary host Steve Harvey. For those having a tough time remembering why Harvey is feared so much, go ask Miss Colombia 2015 and Miss Universe 2015 and they will tell you how he botched the event for both of them back then. © Reuters Well, keeping the past aside, two years later Harvey was back to announce who will take the coveted crown home and thankfully he did not get the name wrong this time. And the people found their Miss Universe 2017 in 22-year-old Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa. Congratulations to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the winner of the 2017 #MissUniverse competition! — Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) 27 November 2017 In the backdrop of the glamorous pageant night that is in its 66th year, 92 gorgeous beauties from across the globe came together in Las Vegas to fight for the coveted spot. This is considered to be largest number of contestants since 2011 and 2012. Nel-Peters dodged first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second-runner up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett to bring the crown home. © Reuters This victory is massive in all proportions because South Africa took home the crown after 39 long years. Nel-Peters is the second woman from the country to win the crown. The first Miss Universe from South Africa was Margaret Gardiner who won in the year 1978. © Reuters Well, for someone who managed to stay calm throughout Grammy winner Fergie's performance on 'A Little Work', while walking down the stage wearing gowns, she sure deserves to be crowned as Miss Universe. Jokes apart, Nel-Peters thanked South Africa for showering her with all the love and support for the pageant. South Africa, thank you for support and love throughout my #MissUniverse journey. I may be the new Miss Universe but I will always be your Miss South Africa - we did it! ð¿ð¦ð¿ð¦ð¿ð¦ — Demi-LeighNel-Peters (@DemiLeighNP) 27 November 2017 So what all has the new Miss Universe in store for her? Reportedly, she will get a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City during the time of her reign. © Reuters Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is not someone who only depends on her beauty. She recently earned her business management degree from North-West University and has earlier actively worked for the welfare of women and even developed a program to train women in self-defense. In fact, a month after she was crowned as Miss South Africa, she was robbed at gunpoint, which further compelled her to work for women safety and empowerment. After Manushi Chhillar brought home the Miss World crown after 17 years, our bar of expectations went really up when we got to know that Shraddha Shashidhar will represent India at the prestigious pageant. However, Shraddha did not manage to make it to the top 10. Guess, the charm of 1994 and 2000 cannot be recreated every time.
  12. MOSCOW: CSKA Moscow earned their first home win of the Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Benfica on Wednesday that strengthens their push to reach the knockout stages while shattering the Portuguese side?s chances. Georgi Schennikov put CSKA ahead after 13 minutes with a left-footed finish, having been assisted by Bibras Natcho?s short through ball that shredded Benfica?s backline. The visitors? troubles worsened after the interval as defender Jardel then clumsily deflected a cross by CSKA?s Vitinho into the back of his own net after 56 minutes. CSKA?s win puts them into second place in Group A on nine points behind leaders Manchester United, who take on Basel later on Wednesday. Yet the result ensured that former European champions Benfica, still without a point, are now certain to finish last.
  13. Donald Trump said he had done ?a really fantastic job? on a five-nation tour of Asia in which he had made a lot of friends, but he ended it abruptly Tuesday by skipping most of a Philippine summit. Photo: AFP file MANILA: Donald Trump said he had done ?a really fantastic job? on a five-nation tour of Asia in which he had made a lot of friends, but he ended it abruptly Tuesday by skipping most of a Philippine summit. The US president, who began his journey in Japan 12 days ago, said his trip had seen progress in his goal of narrowing America´s trade deficits. ?I've made a lot of friends at the highest level," Trump told reporters shortly before boarding Air Force One in Manila, adding the trip was ?tremendously successful?. ?I think the fruits of our labour are going to be incredible,? he said, later predicting an already unveiled $300 billion worth of trade deals ?is going to be quadrupled very quickly? to over a trillion dollars. He offered no evidence for this assessment. ?It's been a really great 12 days,? he said. ?I think we have done a really fantastic job.? Before leaving, Trump gathered briefly with 18 other world leaders ahead of the start of the East Asia Summit, the final set piece of his trip. The former reality TV star had initially planned to skip the summit, then backtracked after criticism it could be seen as a snub. But he did not stay for the official start of the summit on Tuesday afternoon, also missing the preceding group photo with his fellow leaders. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sat in for him at the summit, which was scheduled to run into the evening. The summit groups the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations with Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Russia, as well as the United States. Pomp and pageantry In a trip that was dominated by the North Korean nuclear crisis, Trump was treated to pomp and pageantry in Japan and South Korea, where he repeatedly blasted the regime of Kim Jong-Un. Aboard Air Force One, he claimed success ?in terms of North Korea and getting everybody together. I think their acts are all together?. In China, where President Xi Jinping rolled out the red carpet for a ?state visit plus? ? a welcome Trump declared ?people really have never seen anything like? ? the White House trumpeted more than $250 billion of trade deals. Analysts say the headline figure hides a paucity of deliverables, with lots of the agreements being non-binding memorandums of understanding. They say many will take years to yield results and some will never materialise. En route to Hawaii, however, Trump was bullish, predicting a rapid closing of American trade deficits. ?I think one of the things we really accomplished big is relationship, and also letting people know that from now on, things are going to be reciprocal,? he said. ?We can't have trade deficits of $30, $40, $50 billion; $300 billion in the case of China. We can't do that. We have to have reciprocal trade. ?You will see numbers that you won't believe over the years. Because over a period of years, they will be treating us much differently than they have in the past.? During a stop in Vietnam, the issue of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election reared its head again when Trump appeared to endorse President Vladimir Putin's assertion that there had been no plot by Moscow. In the Philippines, Trump sparked headlines with his pally relationship with President Rodrigo Duterte, a man who has boasted of personally killing people and whose drug war has claimed thousands of lives. Speaking to reporters as he flew over the Pacific Ocean, Trump again made no mention of human rights or the extrajudicial killings that campaigners say are part and parcel of Manila´s drugs war. But he praised the ?important military location? of the country and said ties, which soured when his predecessor Barack Obama spoke out against Duterte's campaign, were back on track. ?Now we have a very good relationship there. We're back with the Philippines,? he said.
  14. People react as they run following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran. REUTERS ANKARA: Iran said on Tuesday that rescue operations have ended in areas hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands of others, state television reported. ?The rescue operations in the (western) Kermanshah province have ended,? Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran?s Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV. Sunday?s 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep. At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected. State television said thousands were huddling in makeshift camps while many others spent a second night in the open for fear of more tremors to come after some 193 aftershocks. A man walks past a damaged building following an earthquake in Darbandikhan in Sulaimaniya Governorate, Iraq, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/ A homeless young woman in Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the hardest-hit towns, told state TV that her family was exposed to the night chill because of lack of tents. ?It is a very cold night... we need help. We need everything. The authorities should speed up their help,? she said. Iran?s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered his condolences on Monday and called on government agencies to do all they could to help those affected. Iranian police, the elite Revolutionary Guards and its affiliated Basij militia forces were dispatched to affected areas on Sunday night. President Hassan Rouhani will visit the area on Tuesday, state TV said. Television showed footage of rescue workers frantically combing through the rubble of dozens of villages immediately after the quake. But Iranian officials said the chances of finding any more survivors were extremely low. Bitter cold Hospitals in nearby provinces took in many of the injured, state television said, airing footage of survivors waiting to be treated. Hundreds of critically injured people were dispatched to hospitals in Tehran. Iran?s Red Crescent said emergency shelters had been given to thousands of homeless people, but lack of water and electricity as well as blocked roads in some areas hindered aid supply efforts. Local authorities said traffic chaos on roads, caused by people from nearby provinces who were rushing to help, further hampered the flow of aid to quake-hit areas. ?People in some villages are still in dire need of food, water and shelter,? governor of Qasr-e Shirin Faramarz Akbari told state television. More than 30,000 houses in the area were damaged and at least two villages were completely destroyed, Iranian authorities said. Houses in Iranian villages are often made of concrete blocks or mudbrick that can crumble and collapse in a strong quake. Photographs posted on Iranian news websites showed rescue workers digging people out of collapsed buildings, cars smashed beneath rubble and rescue dogs trying to find signs of life under the twisted remains of collapsed buildings. ?More people will die because of cold. My family lives in a village near Sarpol-e Zahab. I cannot even go there. I don?t know whether they are dead or alive,? Rojan Meshkat, 38, in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj told Reuters by telephone. Iran is crisscrossed by major fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 that reduced the historic southeastern city of Bam to dust and killed some 31,000 people. The quake, centered in Penjwin in Iraq?s Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region, killed at least six people in Iraq and injured more than 68 others. In northern Iraq?s Kurdish districts, seven were killed and 325 wounded.
  15. Hussain (left) and Hasan Nawaz. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The thirty-day deadline given to Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, sons of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, to appear before the accountability court hearing corruption cases against them expired today. With the expiry of the deadline, properties of the scions of Nawaz family may be seized at any given time as they both will be declared 'proclaimed offenders'. The two are accused in all three references ordered by the Supreme Court in its July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case: Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and Flagship Investment Ltd. At a hearing of the references on October 9, Judge Mohammad Bashir had accepted NAB's plea to declare Hussain and Hasan proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them. SECP ordered to freeze shares of Hussain, Hasan Nawaz in six companies NAB informed accountability court today that Nawaz Sharif's sons own shares in six companies as per SECP's record The accountability court will hear Hasan, Hussain's case on November 14. Their non-bailable arrest warrants, issued at the last hearing on October 2, remain in effect. Earlier, the judge had directed for initiating the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders. This involved publication of notices in newspapers directing the accused to appear in court. Failure to do so would result in seizure of property and issuance of further warrants. On October 12, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) posted the court's proclamation order on the main gate of the Sharif family's residences in Jati Umra and Model Town, Lahore. NAB Rawalpindi said the action was taken in light of the accountability court's directions for the initiation of the process to declare them proclaimed offenders, as they failed to show up in the court's last hearing. Later, the court ordered the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to freeze the assets of Hasan and Hussain. Proclamation orders against Hussain, Hasan Nawaz - Geo News As the hearing against the brothers, whose trial in the high-profile corruption case has been separated from other family members' owing to their continued absence, went under way, the NAB submitted a report detailing assets owned by Nawaz's sons in Pakistan. NAB said in its report that according to the SECP, Hasan and Hussain own shares in six companies. The court then directed the SECP to freeze their shares and ordered both accused to appear in court by November 8, which they failed to do. Both brothers are based outside the country.
  16. “Can you consume too much protein? Is too much protein converted into fat? Will it help me build more muscle?” I usually face all these questions on a regular basis as a health coach. People seem to believe that a calorie is just a calorie and if they consume anything in excess, it is bound to get converted into fat. But this is just not true. You can't treat the calories coming from carbohydrates the same as protein. Another set of people seem to think that since protein builds muscle, more protein will build more muscle. Well, this is a myth as well. With this piece, I am going to clear all your doubts about this subject once and for all. How Much Is Too Much Protein? © Thinkstock/Getty Images People generally follow a protocol of consuming 1.8-2.0 gms of protein per Kilo of their body weight, per day. Even active individuals are recommended to have around 0.8 gm per kg protein of body weight. Excess consumption of protein means when you consume more than 2 gm per kg of your body weight in protein, generally. Now in this situation, it is believed that the excess protein in your diet will be converted into fat by a process called gluconeogenesis. Does Excess Protein Get Converted Into Fat? The argument behind this notion is that if you eat more calories from protein, the excess is converted into fat. Protein is metabolized into amino acids and ammonia. The leftover carbon compound gets converted into glucose which is used by the body as energy. Though it might sound good in theory, practical research has a different story to tell. Especially, with respect to trained athletes and people who lift heavy. A study was conducted by Exercise and Sports Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, San Francisco in which athletes consumed 5.5 times the recommended daily allowance of protein. They consumed 4.4gm /kg/day of protein, which is the highest that has been studied so far. The result was that even such a hyper caloric high protein diet has no effect on body composition and neither did it result in gain in fat mass. Excess calories that come from protein are not metabolized by the body in a manner similar to carbohydrates. So we can surely conclude that even if you consume more than the upper limit of your protein intake, you're not going to gain fat. Also, more protein will not build more muscles either. When Is Protein Stored As Fat? © Thinkstock/Getty Images Previous overfeeding studies were conducted on non-trained athletes who had a sedentary lifestyle. In those studies, the subjects had shown an increase in fat mass after consuming excess calories from protein. But in that case too, they were also consuming more calories from carbohydrates, so it would be wrong to just blame protein for an increase in fat mass. The truth is that it is very difficult and a rare situation where your body will start converting protein into glucose and store it as fat. Even gluconeogenesis is not a self-triggered process; it only kicks in when you starve yourself with extreme calorie restrictions. Conclusion So given the fact that most people who are reading this piece are already protein deficient, getting fat from eating too much protein shouldn't be bothering you at all. It's out of the question. If you are a well trained athlete, eating upwards of even 3 grams of protein per kilo of your body weight won't make you fat. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  17. File photo Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said Thursday it will suspend from next March flights to the US city of Dallas rendered unprofitable after American Airlines ended a codeshare deal with it. In July, American Airlines said it would no longer share flights with Etihad and Qatar Airways as part of its push against what it views as unfair government subsidies to Middle East carriers. "The unfortunate decision by American Airlines to terminate a commercial relationship that benefited both carriers has left Etihad with no choice but to suspend flights" between Abu Dhabi and Dallas, Etihad CEO Peter Baumgartner said. Etihad has operated daily flights to the Texas city since December 2014. The airline's other 35 flights each week to New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago will remain unaffected. After American Airline's July announcement, Etihad blasted the decision as "anti-competition and anti-consumer". Along with fellow US carriers Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, American Airlines has called for the White House to crack down on an alleged $50 billion in state subsidies to carriers in the Middle East. The US companies say the government financial backing allows the Gulf airlines to illegally compete in the American market, something which the Gulf carriers have strongly denied. In August, Qatar Airways dropped plans to buy a 10 percent stake in American Airlines.
  18. An oil pump jack is seen at sunset in a field outside Scheibenhard, near Strasbourg, France, October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann NEW YORK: Brent oil closed on Monday at its highest level since July 2015 and US crude closed at a peak not seen since February on expectations OPEC-led production cuts would be extended beyond March, although such gains are likely to spur more US production. Brent crude futures settled at $60.90 a barrel, up 46 cents. Brent has gained 9.5 percent in the last 16 trading days. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, on the other hand, settled up 25 cents at $54.15 a barrel, highest since February 23, 2017. The US contract has been strong of late as well, gaining 10 percent in the last 16 trading days. ?The market has now held over $49/bbl for over a month, establishing that as the low end of the new range,? wrote analysts at The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) plus Russia and nine other producers agreed to cut 1.8 million barrels per day (BPD) from January 2016 to clear a supply glut. The pact ? already renewed once ? runs through March 2018. But Saudi Arabia and Russia, which are leading the effort, have voiced support for a further extension. OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said Russian-Saudi backing for an extension cleared the fog before the group?s meeting in Vienna on Nov. 30. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the weekend repeated the kingdom?s support for extending the deal. ?The market has rallied pretty significantly and I think it?s predicated on the fact that the Saudis and Russians are continuing the cut agreement,? Gene McGillian ? the manager of research at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Conn ? said. Monday?s rally pushed Brent?s December 2017 contract to a premium of $2.60 a barrel over the December 2018 contract. This structure, known as backwardation, was at the top of OPEC?s ?to do? list, along with targeting record-high global inventories. Such a premium gives holders of physical oil an incentive to sell their stored barrels for a higher price, thus tightening markets. ?A lot of the investment firms are raising their price targets so there?s a bit of a change in sentiment,? John Kilduff ? a partner at Again Capital LLC in New York ? said. J.P. Morgan raised its 2018 Brent and WTI forecasts by $11 and $11.40 to $58 and $54.63 per barrel, respectively. The bank said the revision reflects OPEC and non-OPEC cuts and higher-than-expected demand growth tightening the oil market. However, traders said a 900,000 BPD export capacity increase from Iraq?s southern ports, to 4.6 million BPD, had prevented Brent rising further. Iraq has increased exports from its southern oilfields to 3.45 million BPD to make up for a shortfall from the northern Kirkuk fields, Basra Oil Company Director-General Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said.
  19. Kid Rock on Tuesday ended months of speculation that he would run for the US Senate, saying he fed the rumours as a publicity stunt. Photo: AFP file CHICAGO: Kid Rock on Tuesday ended months of speculation that he would run for the US Senate, saying he fed the rumours as a publicity stunt. In an expletive-laden interview on shock radio jock Howard Stern´s program, the outspoken musician said he had created a fake campaign website and fueled rumours on social media in order to promote his new album, "Sweet Southern Sugar." The musician used the F-word and then said, "I´m not running for Senate. Are you kidding me?" "Who couldn´t figure that out? I´m releasing a new album. I´m going on tour, too," said Rock, 46, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie. The Michigan-based musician, who supports US President Donald Trump, had received some encouragement from the Republican Party establishment to challenge incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat. The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, had expressed support for the musician over the summer. There were even polls conducted to gauge Rock´s political standing in the midwestern state. The latest showed he trailed Stabenow by eight points.
  20. Philippine military airstrikes aimed at militants battling soldiers in a southern city instead killed 10 troops and injured seven others (AFP Photo) CLARK, PHILIPPINES: A five-month battle against Daesh supporters in the southern Philippines that claimed more than 1,000 lives has ended, the nation´s defence secretary said on Monday. "We now announce the termination of all combat operations in Marawi," Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Clark, a northern Philippine city. Lorenzana said there were no more militants, known locally as coming from the Maute group, providing resistance following an intense final battle after which 42 bodies were recovered. "Those are the last group of stragglers of Mautes and they were caught in one building and so there was a firefight so they were finished," he said "All terrorists, fighting troops. All hostages have been recovered." Hundreds of gunmen who had pledged allegiance to Daesh rampaged through Marawi, the Islamic capital of the mainly Catholic Philippines, on May 23, then took over parts of the city using civilians as human shields. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and security analysts said the militants were trying to establish a Southeast Asian caliphate in Marawi. The ensuing US-backed military campaign to evict the militants claimed more than 1,000 lives, displaced 400,000 residents and left large parts of Marawi in ruins. Duterte travelled to Marawi on Tuesday last week and declared the city had been "liberated", shortly after the Southeast Asian leader for Daesh, a Filipino militant named Isnilon Hapilon, was shot dead there. However the continued fighting raised questions over whether the city was indeed free of the militants. US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Monday praised the Philippines for its success in Marawi. "One of the first things I´m going to do when I get there is commend the Philippine military for liberating Marawi from the terrorists," Mattis told reporters on board a flight to the Philippines to attend the security meeting in Clark. "It was a very tough fight as you know in southern Mindanao (the local region). And I think the Philippine military sends a very strong message to the terrorists." Hapilon, who was on the US government´s list of most-wanted terrorists, was killed along with one of group´s other leaders, Omarkhayam Maute, according to the military. Hapilon and Maute, along with hundreds of other militants, had been able to defy near daily bombing raids that left much of the city in ruins by sheltering in basements and travelling through tunnels, according to the military. The impoverished southern Philippines, home to many of the nation´s Muslim minority, has for decades endured conflict. The nation´s biggest Muslim rebel group is in talks with the government to end a rebellion that began in the 1970s and has claimed more than 120,00 lives. But more extreme groups have emerged have emerged with no interest in forging a peace. Some of those, including those led by Hapilon and Maute, had in recent years declared allegiance to Daesh.
  21. KARACHI: The Supreme Court ended the legal battle between the Sindh government and the Ayesha Bawany Trust on Thursday and handed over the custody of Ayesha Bawany Government College to the provincial government till 2019. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, heard the case on Thursday. The bench handed over the custody of the college to the government till May 2019, after which the educational institution will be handed over to the trust. Moreover, the Sindh government also gave a cheque worth Rs8.5million to the trust. The court also ordered that further admissions to the educational institute be stopped till 2019. The SC bench ruled that Ayesha Bawany Trust can be registered under another name, adding that after two years, the name of the trust will be removed from college?s name. The bench further directed the provincial government to hand over three of the 17 classrooms of the college to the trust by May 31. Sindh High Court orders opening of Aisha Bawany College Court instructed the concerned authorities to continue teaching activities at the educational institution Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh warned both the parties of dire consequences if they fail to abide by the apex court's orders. ?Both sides would face severe consequences if they fail to abide by the court's orders," he remarked. The college was closed earlier in September after its trustees approached a lower court to seal the premises until its ownership was determined. The government claimed that the trustees, who allegedly own the school, want to use it for commercial purposes and thus approached a lower court to grant a stay on educational activity. However, the school administration and government officials petitioned the Sindh High Court, which ordered its reopening after suspending the lower court?s order. Despite the SHC order, the college was not opened on September 18 and resulted in a protest by students outside the institution's premises and the staff of the education department and trustees. Following this, the matter was referred to the Supreme Court.
  22. Artists Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, and Francis McDormand arrive for the UK premiere screening of 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri', on the closing night of the British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival at the Odeon, Leicester Square in central London, Britain, October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor LONDON: The London Film Festival closed on Sunday with a violent and profanity-laden dark comedy featuring Frances McDormand, as a small-town mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, tipped for an Oscar nod. At the end of a movie fortnight overshadowed by a cascade of allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, writer-director Martin McDonagh said he was happy to close the festival with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, calling it ?a proper cool film? with a woman at its heart. ?I mostly wanted to write a really strong female lead for a film so I came up with this idea of a very angry mother who goes to war with her local police department,? McDonagh told Reuters on the red carpet in London?s Leicester Square. ?Once I thought that Frances would be the perfect person for it, it wrote itself almost.? McDormand shot to global fame in Fargo, another small-town black comedy, as a North Dakota police chief, a role that won her the Best Actress Oscar in 1997. In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, her character decides to confront the police chief, played by Woody Harrelson, by hiring advertising hoardings to berate him for failing to find the culprit who raped and murdered her daughter. ?McDormand?s performance is every bit as commanding as her Oscar-winning work in ?Fargo? 21 years ago,? Daily Telegraph critic Robbie Collin said in his five-star review of this ?gut-twisting, cinder-black comedy? that won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Harrelson, who starred in Martin McDonagh?s last movie, Seven Psychopaths said of the British-Irish filmmaker best known for In Bruges, ?He?s turned into a real master of his craft and I think he has just gotten better each time.? A day after the Academy of Motion Pictures expelled Weinstein over allegations of sexual harassment, some actors were more forthright than others over the scandal. Clarke Peters, who plays an African-American police chief in the small Missouri town beset by racial tensions in Three Billboards, said Hollywood ?should go into a room and reassess their humanity?. Abuse in the film industry was not limited to one individual, Peters said, adding, ?We all get accosted in one way or the other.? ?They have this wonderful machine to communicate to all of these people, why use it in such a despicable way?? The New York Times and The New Yorker have published allegations from a number of women that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1980s, including three who said they had been raped. Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations. Weinstein, 65, has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone.
  23. PARIS: People, it seems, have never been so afraid of their food -- and, say some experts, an obsession with healthy eating may paradoxically be endangering lives. Twenty-nine-year-old Frenchwoman Sabrina Debusquat recounts how, over 18 months, she became a vegetarian, then a vegan -- eschewing eggs, dairy products, and even honey -- before becoming a "raw foodist" who avoided all cooked foods, and ultimately decided to eat just fruit. It was only when her deeply worried boyfriend found clumps of her hair in the bathroom sink and confronted her with the evidence that she realised that she was on a downward path. "I thought I held the truth to food and health, which would allow me to live as long as possible," said Debusquat. "I wanted to get to some kind of pure state. In the end, my body overruled my mind." For some specialists, the problem is a modern eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa. Someone suffering from orthorexia is "imprisoned by a range of rules which they impose on themselves," said Patrick Denoux, a professor in intercultural psychology at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaures. These very strict self-enforced laws isolate the individual from social food gatherings and in extreme cases, can also endanger health. Paris nutritionist Sophie Ortega said she had one patient who was going blind due to deficiency of vitamin B12, which is needed to make red blood cells. B12 is not made by the body, and most people get what they need from animal-derived foods such as eggs, dairy products, meat or fish or from supplements. "A pure, unbending vegan," her patient even refused to take the supplements, said Ortega. "It was as if she preferred to lose her sight... rather than betray her commitment to animals." 'Disease disguised as virtue' The term orthorexia nervosa was coined in the 1990s by the then alternative medicine practitioner Steven Bratman, a San Francisco-based physician. To be clear, orthorexia is not an interest in healthy eating -- it´s when enthusiasm becomes a pathological obsession, which leads to social isolation, psychological disturbance, and even physical harm. In other words, as Bratman said in a co-authored book in 2000, it´s "a disease disguised as a virtue." But as is often the case in disorders that may have complex psychological causes, there is a strong debate as to whether the condition really exists. The term is trending in western societies, prompting some experts to wonder whether it is being fanned by "cyber-chondria" -- self-diagnosis on the internet. 'Not medically recognised' Orthorexia is not part of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, set down by mental health professionals in the United States that is also widely used as a benchmark elsewhere. The fifth edition of this "bible," published in 2013, includes anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, but not orthorexia. "The term orthorexia was proposed as a commonly used term but it is not medically recognised," said Pierre Dechelotte, head of nutrition at Rouen University Hospital in northern France and head of a research unit investigating the link between the brain and the intestines in food behaviour. Even so, says Dechelotte, it has a home in the family of "restrictive food-related disorders -- but it´s not on the radar screen." Alain Perroud, a psychiatrist who has worked in France and Switzerland over the course of a 30-year career, says orthorexia "is much closer to a phobia" than to a food disorder. As with other phobias, the problem may be tackled by cognitive behavioural therapy -- talking about incorrect or excessive beliefs, dealing with anxiety-provoking situations and using relaxation techniques and other methods to tackle anxiety, he suggested. Denoux contends that between two and three percent of the French population suffer from orthorexia, but stresses that there is a lack of reliable data as the condition has not been officially recognised. Denoux´s figure seems coherent to Dechelotte, who says that women seem to be more than twice as susceptible to the problem as men. 'Bubble of restriction' Outside the world of clinicians, orthorexia seems to be creeping into wider usage. American blogger Jordan Younger has helped to popularise the term, documenting her own painful downward spiral -- since reversed -- into unhealthy living. On her blog, she describes it as "a bubble of restriction," obsessing over a diet that was "entirely vegan, entirely plant-based, entirely gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, flour-free, dressing/sauce-free, etc." Those who seem to be most worried about healthy food are often concerned about food scandals in the West, Pascale Hebel from the Paris-based CREDOC research centre told AFP. Over nearly three decades, Europe has experienced a string of food safety scandals -- beginning with mad-cow disease and continuing recently with insecticide-contaminated eggs -- as well as mounting opposition to the use of antibiotics, genetically modified foods and corporate farming practices. The disorder reflects a craving for control, suggested Denoux: food is seen as a form of medicine to fix a western lifestyle that may be seen as polluting or toxic. "We are living through a time of change in our food culture, which has led us to fundamentally doubt what we are eating," said Denoux. Among believers, this "suspicion of being poisoned is deemed proof of insight."
  24. Despite of being one of the most researched supplements on Earth, creatine is considered to be a rather notorious supplement by many. The reason for that is either its misuse or misinformation about it. The truth is that creatine is completely safe to use and is one of the most widely used supplements for both sportsmen and bodybuilders alike. One of the biggest myths related to creatine usage is hair loss. A lot of people have been made to think that creatine supplementation causes baldness. Does this statement true? Well, lets dig into the details of what creatine really is. What is Creatine Monohydrate? © Thinkstock Before we start correlating creatine to various other supplements, let us tell you a little bit about creatine. Creatine is already available in your body and 95% of it is stored in the skeletal muscle. Being an ATP amplifier, it provides your cells with short bursts of explosive energy for athletic and short workouts. The Creatine and Hair Loss Connection © Thinkstock People correlate creatine with hair loss because creatine increases DHT levels in the body. DHT is short for Dihydrotestosterone, which is a potent androgen. An enzyme called 5-alpha reductase converts testosterone into DHT. Higher DHT levels are responsible for hair loss and baldness. This theory actually came to light when there was a study conducted on 40 rugby players. The players were put on creatine monohydrate supplementation for 7 days and after 7 days of creatine loading and 14 days of creatine maintenance dose. The level of DHT increased by 56% after seven days and remained 40% above baseline on the maintenance dose. This study is the only reason why creatine monohydrate is said to cause baldness in men. No Study To Show A Direct Relation The study that has been discussed above shows a relation between higher DHT levels and consumption of creatine monohydrate. It does not establish a direct relationship between creatine monohydrate and hair loss. The purpose of the study was to establish the effects of creatine monohydrate on selected androgens. In fact, there hasn't been any other study on creatine monohydrate and male hair loss pattern. Another thing to note here is that in conclusion of the above study, it was clearly mentioned that further investigation is warranted before coming to a conclusion as the group was too small to establish the findings. Creatine Monohydrate is Safe, Completely Safe © Thinkstock Personally, I am yet to see a case where creatine usage has caused baldness. This myth starts making inroads as people started relating a study that actually was conducted for a totally different objective altogether. Hair loss and baldness has more to do with hereditary factors than anything else. If your father and grandfather had good hair growth, chances are you will also have the same, irrespective of the fact that you take creatine or not. And if they were bald, no matter how many precautions you take, chances are that you will also lose your hair. So, go ahead and supplement with creatine and don't worry about losing your hair. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  25. Note- The article reflects the understandings of the coach and might differ from that of other coaches on MensXP Health. There are plenty of articles over the internet debating cardio versus weight training for fat loss. Cardio has been used as the main tool for fat loss ever since the bodybuilding business kicked in. Back in the day, during season time for a competition, while competitors prepped, they made two important changes in their style of eating and training. They followed a diet conducive to fat loss and also changed their style of training. Light weight with more reps and extra sessions of cardio. However, over the period of time, science and research have come to the conclusion that cardio training is not the best tool for fat loss. The benefits of weight training towards fat loss happened to outweigh the benefits of cardiovascular training. Suddenly people realized the importance of weight training when it came to fat loss. Why Is Weight Training More Superior For Fat Loss 1) More calorie expenditure while lifting heavy 2) More break down of muscle, which means more EPOC (Excess post exercise oxygen consumption) More EPOC means more calorie burnt, post exercise. 3) Greater surface area of damage to muscle means more calorie expenditure during repair, growth and super compensation. 4) Weight training promotes more lean muscle mass, which increases BMR since muscle is a metabolic active tissue. Those are some pretty good reasons to choose weight over cardio for fat loss. However, Let's Look At Some Points Of Practicality Before We Bash Cardio Training For Its Contribution Towards Fat Loss 1) To increase cardiovascular efficiency 2) To increase capillarization 3) Reduce stress related issues 4) Increase efficient flow of blood all over the body However cardiovascular training has one more benefit and that is to contribute towards calorie expenditure. Now that we have sorted out the advantages of both types of training, Let us see how we can take advantage of both worlds and increase fat loss. 1) Cardiovascular Training For Advanced Gym Goers For an experienced lifter, it wouldn't make sense if he did a lot of cardio for fat loss. For someone who can reap the benefits of weight training, it will take him a long way if he focused on his diet and lifted heavy for fat loss goals. However, doing cardio will also contribute to calorie expenditure, and if he plans his workouts cleverly, he can surely add cardio into his routine. The process of fat loss will be quicker. 2) Cardiovascular Training For Beginners After listing all the benefits of weight training when it comes to fat loss, would a beginner who's never lifted weight his entire life be able to take advantage of what weight training has to offer when it comes to fat loss? I think not. There are certain challenges a novice person will experience while he begins his introduction to weight training 1) Proprioception to lifting weights has not been developed yet 2) The central nervous system is not yet trained to recruit the required number of motor units to lift heavy 3) Form and technique to efficiently lift weights have not been worked on. 4) The mental focus and experience of lifting are not yet prevalent. 5) Other components of fitness such as the flexibility to get the body in a particular posture or cardiovascular endurance to not fatigue too soon while lifting may not be to its best potential. All the points mentioned above will reduce the capacity for a beginner to reap the benefits of what weight training can do for him when it comes to fat loss. Since a lot of time will be spent on working on form and technique etc. using very light exercises, the amount of calorie expenditure will not be as high as it can be if he spent time doing cardio. The breakdown of muscle to create sufficient EPOC will not be enough. The intensity of the exercise will be too low and hence not be as efficient as it's meant to be. In such cases, it makes perfect sense for a beginner to focus on cardio for fat loss, as this would be a domain he will be more comfortable or confident during his early days. Does this mean he should stick to only cardio? Absolutely Not! Excessive cardio can lead to muscle loss. Period and it has been proven! A client who is a beginner should be made to understand the bigger picture. He should also be educated in weight training and made to understand its importance in fat loss in the long run. Although a beginner's workout will involve more cardio for his fat loss, weight training should not be neglected. A proper program can be made where the first half of his training is focused on weight training and understanding form and technique and preparing him for the big picture and the remaining time can be dedicated to cardio to focus on that excess calorie burn that is required for a beginner to stay lean. Hence neither cardio nor weight training should be bashed about, as they all have a role to play case.