Insomnia is costing the average U.S. worker 11.3 days, or $2,280, in lost productivity every year, according to a new study. As a nation, the total cost is $63.2 billion.“We were shocked by the enormous impact insomnia has on the average person’s life,” said lead author Ronald Kessler, a psychiatric epidemiologist and professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. “It’s an underappreciated problem. Americans are not missing work because of insomnia. They are still going to their jobs but accomplishing less because they’re tired. In an information-based economy, it’s difficult to find a condition that has a greater effect on productivity.”These findings appear in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Sleep.The results were computed from a national sampling of 7,428 employees, part of the larger American Insomnia Study (AIS), which was led by Kessler and funded by Sanofi-Aventis Groupe. Participants were asked about sleep habits and work performance, among other things.The prevalence of insomnia in the AIS sample was 23.2 percent among employees. Insomnia also was found to be significantly lower (14.3 percent) among workers age 65 and older, and higher among working women (27.1 percent) than working men (19.7 percent). Clinical sleep medicine experts independently evaluated a subsample of AIS respondents and confirmed the accuracy of those estimates.Kessler said accurate estimates on the costs of insomnia in the workplace might justify the implementation of screening and treatment programs for employees. Because insomnia is not considered an illness—the kind that results in lost days at work—employers tend to ignore its consequences, he said.“Now that we know how much insomnia costs the American workplace, the question for employers is whether the price of intervention is worthwhile,” said Kessler. “Can U.S. employers afford not to address insomnia in the workplace?”The average cost of treating insomnia ranges from about $200 a year for a generic sleeping pill to $1,200 for behavioral therapy, according to study co-author James K. Walsh, executive director and senior scientist at the Sleep Medicine and Research Center at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.The study also found a lower than average insomnia prevalence among respondents with less than a high school education and among college graduates. Those with a high school education or some college education showed higher rates of insomnia. The AIS survey was conducted in 2008 and 2009.The research was sponsored by Merck & Co. and by Sanofi-Aventis Groupe. Kessler has been a consultant for both companies.This story was adapted from a release issued by Sleep.
Read Full Story Solar-powered bike paths that can melt snow and ice; pollution-eating vacuum towers near bicycle paths; bicycle parking stations with lockers, rest rooms, and showers; and bicycle wheels with rechargeable batteries that help propel riders up hills are just a few of the 70 innovations—some already in place, others still on the drawing board—outlined in a new compilation of inventive ideas aimed at encouraging people to bike.“Promoting Bicycling Through Creative Design: Innovations for Bicycles and Cycling Facilities” was compiled by Anne Lusk, research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the League of American Bicyclists, with support from the Helen and William Mazer Foundation.“The hope is that these innovations will move the needle faster in getting people to take up cycling,” said Lusk. There are lots of good reasons for doing so, she said, noting that bicycling is good for people’s health and good for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It may also boost local economies, she said. She cited a 2010 study of a retail area in Melbourne, Australia that found that $31 was generated per hour for each square meter of parking allotted to bikes compared with $6 for similar space allotted to cars—because bikes take up so much less space than cars, thus allowing for more shoppers in the area.Some of the innovations are already in use—such as the bicycle escalator in Trondheim, Norway that works like a ski lift. Others are still in the idea stage.
The U-16 side of Ghana Premier League club WAFA has been drawn against the American club Red Bull and Spanish side Valencia CF.The tournament is being held in Salzburg, Austria.WAFA will face Spanish side Valencia CF in their opener and then play New York Red Bulls.All matches will be played on Thursday, 8 August 2019.The format of the tournament includes a game against each opponent in the assigned group.Each half is only 25 minutes and the top two teams in the group advance to quarterfinals.This is the fifth time WAFA will be participating in the tournament and are currently the defending champions triumphing over the likes of Chelsea, Southampton, and Bayern Munich in the previous edition.
The fact that Ranganathan Madhavan is donning the director’s hat for his next movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, already has his fans excited. The hunky actor is portraying the role of scientist Nambi Narayanan in the film and his fans cannot get enough of the resemblance between the actor and the scientist.For his look as Nambi Narayanan, Madhavan has undergone a drastic makeover. The result? The Chocolate Boy from Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein days is a spitting image of Nambi Narayanan in his next film! R Madhavan as Nambi NarayananMadhavan took to social media to share pictures of his look from the film, where he has white hair and white beard. A lot like the 77-year-old ISRO scientist!The internet has unleashed its creativity on Madhavan’s new look and we have a host of memes.The best part about the memes is that Madhavan too is being a sport and having fun with them.Don’t believe us? See for yourself.All the single people in the house, this is for you.*when you’re 25 and unmarried at family function.*1) How you really look .2) How your relatives see you . pic.twitter.com/1FaWyd4gpQAditii (@Sassy_Soul_) January 23, 2019Doctors and medical students will relate to this one.1. Getting admitted into Medical college2. Coming out after the completion pic.twitter.com/g13Fk6JeUzHEISENBURGER (@_EMIname_) January 23, 2019And we have JNU too!*AT JNU *1st year student last year student pic.twitter.com/xgyyxZtVsQDictator (@whatsiniiid) January 23, 20192019Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma fans, this one hits home!advertisement*Me waiting for the last episode of tarak Mehta ka Ulta chashma*#RocketrytheNambieffect pic.twitter.com/RsJswJ5J9GTweetera (@DoctorrSays) January 23, 2019https://t.co/XgbzngcfRfRanganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) January 24, 2019Make goa plan. Finally Going. pic.twitter.com/R6coJAjAm2Pranjul Sharma (@Pranjultweet) January 23, 2019The last one is our favourite.ALSO READ | Madhavan is a spitting image of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in Rocketry The Nambi EffectALSO WATCH | ‘Hype about Tanu Weds Manu frightens us: Kangna and Madhavan
SAN FRANCISCO – A Canadian young computer hacker who American investigators say unwittingly worked for Russian spies was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo that U.S. federal agents say was directed by a Russian intelligence agency.U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during a sentencing hearing in San Francisco.Baratov, 23, pleaded guilty in November to nine felony hacking charges. He acknowledged in his plea agreement that he began hacking as a teen seven years ago and charged customers $100 per hack to access web-based emails. U.S. prosecutors allege he was “an international hacker for hire” who indiscriminately hacked for clients he did not know or vet, including dozens of jobs paid for by Russia’s Federal Security Service.Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but lived in Hamilton, charged customers to obtain another person’s webmail passwords by tricking them to enter their credentials into a fake password reset page.He was arrested in Hamilton in March 2017 under the Extradition Act after American authorities indicted him for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.After Baratov’s guilty plea, his lawyers told reporters he hacked only eight accounts and did not know that he was working for Russian agents connected to the Yahoo breach.“He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” lawyer Andrew Mancilla said at the time.In August 2017, Baratov decided to forgo his extradition hearing to face the charges in California. His Canadian lawyer at the time said that the move was to speed up the legal process.Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors said in court papers that Baratov’s Russian-language website named “webhacker” advertised services for “hacking of email accounts without prepayment.”They said Russian security service hired Baratov to target dozens of email accounts using information obtained from the Yahoo hack. Prosecutors argued that Russia’s Federal Security Service targeted Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and employees of financial services and other private businesses.Baratov and his lawyers also said his work with the Russia spy agency was unwitting.The court documents allege Baratov claimed he could access webmail accounts maintained by Google and Russian providers such as Mail.Ru and Yandezx. He would provide customers with a screenshot of the hacked account and promised he could change security questions so they could maintain control of the account.The U.S. Justice Department also charged two Russian spies with orchestrating the 2014 security breach at Yahoo to steal data from 500 million users. Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev and Igor Anatolyevich remain at large and prosecutors believe they are living in Russia, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States.He is alleged to have collected more than $1.1 million in fees, which he used to buy a house and expensive cars.“Deterrence is particularly important in a case like this,” the judge said during the hearing. He rejected prosecutors call for a prison sentence of nearly 10 years, noting Baratov’s age and clean criminal record prior to his arrest.Lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo, who represented Baratov while he was in Canada, said in an email that Baratov is satisfied with the court’s decision.“The judge used all criteria possible to assist Karim and, given the time he had already served and the time expected to serve, he will be out in approximately three years,” DiCarlo said. “The justice system worked for a man who took responsibility and I’m sure he learned many lessons.”Baratov has been in custody since his arrest last year. He told the judge Tuesday that his time behind bars has been “a very humbling and eye-opening experience.”He apologized to those he hacked and promised “to be a better man” and obey the law upon his release. The judge said it is likely Baratov will be deported once he is released from prison.– With files from The Canadian Press
The goal for Callihoo’s First Nation is to become a self-sufficient community that does not rely on government subsidies for the next seven generations, he said, and a stake in the pipeline project would go a long way to achieving that objective.The McMurray Metis are flourishing thanks to the economic opportunities provided by the oilsands, said chief executive officer Bill Loutitt, pointing to higher-than-average numbers of Aboriginal graduates in the region. The group will continue to push for a stake in Trans Mountain, he said.Loutitt said Trudeau’s government should pass legislation to urgently resume construction on the project in Alberta, while also fulfilling their obligations to consult and review tanker traffic impacts. It should consider including Alberta Indigenous groups in talks with B.C. First Nations, he added.“The one common thing that we’re concerned about is the environment,” he said. “But the way to take care of the environment is to be involved on the inside. That’s where you’re able to make the changes.” The McMurray Metis have opposed projects in the past and learned development usually happens regardless, he said, so the only difference is whether the community benefits from the project and has control over it.“I really see an opportunity for the coastal First Nations to be a big part in piloting these tankers and actually taking control of what’s going on in their backyard,” he said.But Rueben George, a representative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, said he couldn’t imagine his community ever supporting the project or purchasing a stake.The Tsleil-Waututh commissioned its own 1,200-page environmental assessment and concluded the project was a threat not only to its traditional territories but to the global fight against climate change, he said.“This isn’t good for Canada. This isn’t good for the world,” he said.The community could have negotiated a mutual-benefits agreement worth millions but it chose to protect the land and water instead, he added.But George said he understands why dozens of First Nations signed agreements and why some want to go further and invest in the project. Indigenous Peoples are statistically not doing well in Canada and communities have to make hard choices to keep members fed and housed, he said.“In some communities in our country, we have 90 percent, 95 percent unemployment. I understand they have to make moves forward,” George said. “They have to look out for their people.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “There are no shortcuts when it comes to consultation,” said Brad Callihoo, the chief executive officer of the Fort McMurray #468 First Nation. “(The ruling) identifies an issue that needs to be addressed. The system is broken when it comes to consultation and we need to fix it.”Canada has purchased the existing Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion and pledged to complete the expansion project, which would triple the line’s capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil a day and increase the number of tankers in Metro Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet seven-fold.Several First Nations in coastal and central B.C. filed lawsuits against the project, citing inadequate consultation. As they celebrated their win on the banks of Burrard Inlet on Aug. 30, dozens of construction workers from Callihoo’s First Nation were sent home from their jobs.Indigenous communities on either side of the pipeline fight say they respect each other’s stance and feel no sense of division between them. First Nations aren’t always going to agree, but all deserve meaningful consultation, said Callihoo.“Do I think there could be common ground for all the First Nations? Absolutely. But we have to be able to come to the table and meet the demands of the B.C. First Nations, just as (was done with) the Alberta First Nations.”Not all Aboriginal groups in B.C. oppose the project. Thirty-three First Nations signed mutual-benefits agreements with Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. before the expansion was taken over by the federal government, and Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey has expressed interest in buying a stake. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Some First Nations and Metis communities are determined to purchase an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite a court ruling that halted construction and potentially set the project back for years.The Federal Court of Appeal ruling quashed the government’s approval of the project, requiring it to examine the impacts of increased tanker traffic and consult more deeply with Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route.Indigenous groups in Fort McMurray, Alta., say they still want to invest in the project and believe the ruling creates an opportunity for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to get consultation right.
“We were happy to get on board to have the consultation in Fort St. John and have invited individuals, parents, support groups and those who care for adults living with developmental disabilities to participate and provide the province with feedback on what community inclusion should be”, said LaBoucane.The community inclusion meeting for adults living with developmental disabilities takes place November 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort St. John Association for Community Living, located at 10251-100 Avenue.For more information and for registration, you can call the Fort St. John Association for Community Living at 250-787-9262 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Social Development in partnership with the Fort St. John Association for Community Living will be holding a meeting to discuss community inclusion for adults living with developmental disabilities.The objective of the meeting is to update a shared vision for community inclusion and to guide planning for how provincial services and supports should change and evolve over the next 10 years.Renee LaBoucane, Executive Director of Fort St. John Association for Community Living, says they have invited various members of the community to attend.
Kolkata: The Election Commission (EC) has given the nod to the state government to continue with its social scheme “Rupashree”.Chief Secretary Malay De has recently sought clarifications from the EC regarding the continuation of some of its schemes with the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in place after the announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. The Commission, a few days back, had granted permission to the state government to continue its “Somobyathi” scheme. Under the “Rupashree” scheme that was launched in April 2018, one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 is given to the economically-stressed families at the time of their daughters’ marriages. In “Somobyathi”, a one-time ex-gratia grant of Rs 2,000 is given to the bereaved family members of a deceased who are in extreme financial need. It may be mentioned that a number of people had approached the state government informing about their difficulty as they were not getting benefits from certain schemes like “Rupashree”, “Somobyathi” and the like. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed De to take up the matter with the EC as she felt that the MCC should not be a hindrance in running schemes of public interest that have been announced much earlier and are ongoing. She also expressed her concern over the sufferings of people with the stalling of such schemes. “Marriages are settled much earlier and the rituals are performed as per the convenience of the family members. Similarly, an unfortunate death of a person may occur anytime. The Model Code of Conduct should not be a barrier in providing benefits under these schemes,” Banerjee had reasoned. A senior official of the state government informed that the government has also urged the Election Commission seeking an extension of procurement of potatoes from farmers by a week. The dates for the purchase of potatoes from farmers was scheduled from March 1 to 17. However, with heavy rains affecting the potato cultivation, the state had sought extension till March 24. “The EC is yet to respond to this plea,” the official said.
Gurugram: As many as 802 booths have been identified as sensitive. These booths are present in Sohna, Badshapur and even the Gurugram city. Under the 802 polling booths, 368 are 368 sensitive areas and 434 hypersensitive areas. The maximum number of sensitive booths have been identified in Sohna which s then followed by Badshapur and even parts of Gurugram urban area.According to officials, there is a possibility that in the booths that have been identified as sensitive there can be violence which can be initiated by the rival groups. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIn Sohna, there are 78 sensitive booths and 114 hypersensitive booths. In Pataudi, there are 44 sensitive booths and 45 hypersensitive booths while in Badhahpur there are 77 hypersensitive booths. At 13 there are also a substantial number of hypersensitive booths in Gurugram urban area. Gurugram deputy commissioner Amit Khatri said additional forces will be deployed in such polling stations to maintain law and order and ensure peaceful polling. A polling station is deemed normal, sensitive or hypersensitive after being ranked by the level of its vulnerability to violence based on criteria such as violent incidents in the past, if 75 per cent or more votes went to a single candidate, among other factors.
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday tendered an unconditional apology in the Supreme Court for wrongfully attributing to the apex court the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark in the Rafale verdict. He also sought closure of the criminal contempt proceedings against him on a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. In a fresh three-page affidavit, Gandhi said he holds the apex court in the “highest esteem and respect” and that he has never sought to do anything which interferes with the process of administration of justice. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The deponent (Rahul Gandhi) unconditionally apologises for the wrongful attributions to this court. The deponent further states that any such attributions were entirely unintentional, non-wilful and inadvertent,” Gandhi said in his affidavit. “The deponent most respectfully prays that this court may be graciously pleased to accept the instant affidavit and close the present contempt proceedings,” the affidavit stated. Gandhi also said the affidavit is made “bonafide and in the interest of justice, and nothing material has been concealed therefrom” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “At the outset the deponent herein most respectfully submits that he holds this court in the highest esteem, and respect. The deponent has never sought or intended to, directly or indirectly, commit any act that it interferes with the process of administration of justice,” the Congress chief said in his affidavit. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who filed the contempt petition against Gandhi, had alleged that he has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.