Swing into the party season at home with cocktail-inspired furniture and accessories

Swing into the party season at home with cocktail-inspired furniture and accessories

The party season is swinging into action once more, but this year, hosting soirees at home has become the new going out, as more and more of us swap the cocktail bar for the kitchen. Entertaining at home was predicted by drinks giant Diageo to be a key lifestyle trend for 2017, and interiors have followed suit, with elegant, statement furniture in luxurious materials making the move from the hotel bar to your living room. Several key trends, including the vogue for velvet, marble and metallics (not to mention the…

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Apple Watch Series 3, Which Makes Calls, Turns Comic Book Fantasy Into Reality

Apple Watch Series 3, Which Makes Calls, Turns Comic Book Fantasy Into Reality

HIGHLIGHTS The new Apple Watch Series 3 comes with cellular connectivity option It now features over 40 million songs via Apple Music Apple Watch has another non-cellular Series 3 variant More than two years after releasing the Apple Watch, Apple Inc has finally been able to replicate 1940s comic strip technology, an advance that analysts say will spur sales. The Series 3 of the Apple Watch, released on Tuesdayalong with the much-anticipated iPhone X, features wireless LTE connectivity. That means customers will be able to make phone calls or send text messages from the watch…

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Dear parents, take note. Children who snore are likelier to grow up into obese adults

Dear parents, take note. Children who snore are likelier to grow up into obese adults

If your child snores, don’t ignore it. It could lead to some serious health trouble later in life. A team of researchers has shed some light on the vicious cycle of childhood obesity and snoring. Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) looked at the relationships among maternal snoring, childhood snoring and children’s metabolic characteristics – including body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance, which reflects future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease – in approximately 1,100 children followed from gestation through early adolescence. Led by endocrinologist Christos…

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Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers. Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times. The approach has been shown to work in mouse studies, described in the journal Science. The researchers say the technology could help patients around the world. Childhood immunisations come with tears and screams. And there are a lot of them. Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib and hepatitis B at…

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United Bank of India slips into red with Rs 211 crore net loss in first quarter

United Bank of India slips into red with Rs 211 crore net loss in first quarter

State-owned United Bank of India (UBI) on Saturday reported a net loss of Rs 211.46 crore during the first quarter ended June, on rise in Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) and higher provisioning. The bank had registered a net profit of Rs 38.32 crore in the April-June quarter of previous fiscal. Total income of the bank during the reported quarter was marginally up at Rs 2,852.61 crore as against Rs 2,819.37 crore year ago, the bank said in a regulatory filing. Bank’s bad loan proportion rose substantially as gross NPAs rose to…

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Trump doesn’t think Mueller should look into his business transactions. Too late.

Trump doesn’t think Mueller should look into his business transactions. Too late.

Just yesterday, President Donald Trump told a trio of New York Times reporters that if special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation turned to his finances, he’d view it as a “violation” of Mueller’s charge. “This is about Russia,” Trump said. But according to a new report by Bloomberg’s Greg Farrell and Christian Berthelsen, investigators had already been investigating several Trump business transactions with Russians. The Bloomberg reporters quote “a person familiar with the probe” as confirming that several transactions in particular have piqued investigators’ interest, including: The 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which was held…

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Compound Exercises: The quickest way to get into shape this year

Compound Exercises: The quickest way to get into shape this year

Are you too busy for a workout? If your answer is affirmative, then you definitely need to find out about ‘smart’ exercises. Exercising too hard and for too long is passe. Fitness professional Nawaz Modi Singhania says, “There have been times when my day has ended at 2 or 3 am, and I haven’t managed to get a workout in. But I still do a quick compound workout in just eight or 10 minutes.” There are days when you know you have to look fit the next morning and cannot…

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Don’t carry your sleep debt into 2017

Don’t carry your sleep debt into 2017

Yes, Mumbai is the city that never sleeps, but its citizens are taking that adage quite literally. And it’s causing more harm than ever. More people are sleeping less, which is dangerous, say experts. Do you find yourself in snooze mode all the time, even after getting six hours of shuteye? That’s due to a backlog of sleep debt — a spillover effect of late timings from the weekend into the week and due to poor daily sleeping habits as well. As the year draws to a close, city doctors…

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Trick Your Brain into Craving Healthy Food

Trick Your Brain into Craving Healthy Food

You can teach your brain’s reward centers to crave healthier, lower-calorie foods over junk, research at Harvard and Tufts U. recently found. And it’s easier than you think. For six months, obese adults followed the scientifically designed “iDiet,” which prescribes healthy foods and helps eaters understand their “food instincts”—e.g., hunger, availability, familiarity—and learn to control them. At the end, MRIs showed that the reward center in the dieters’ brains “lit up” more intensely at photos of healthy food than at shots of the unhealthy crap that used to excite it. One of the biggest keys to retraining your…

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How to get more fibre into your diet

How to get more fibre into your diet

Most of us need to eat more fibre and have fewer added sugars in our diet. Eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Government guidelines published in July 2015 say that our dietary fibre intake should increase to 30g a day, as part of a healthy balanced diet. As most adults are only eating an average of about 18g day, we need to find ways of increasing our intake. Children under the age of 16 don’t need as…

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