Huggies’ owner Kimberly-Clark to close 10 factories !
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Huggies’ owner Kimberly-Clark to close 10 factories !

Kimberly-Clark, the maker of Huggies diapers and Kleenex tissues, announced Tuesday it will cut about 13 percent of its workforce globally, or at least 5,000 jobs, in a bid to reduce costs as sales wane.
The company plans to shutter or sell 10 of its 91 production factories worldwide. In all, it is anticipating more than $2 billion in cost cuts by 2021. About $1.5 billion will come from reducing costs within its business. An added $500 million to $550 million will come from the efforts to streamline its manufacturing supply chain and overhead. For years, consumer companies have enjoyed what has been widely considered to be overly optimistic stock prices. Now, the names are grappling with the reality of a new landscape. These companies must find growth to match up with investors' expectations, but are faced with changing shopping habits and competitive pressures. Making matters worse, retailers are cutting prices in a fight for market share. Retailers like Target and Costco need to attract shoppers to their stores rather than having consumers buy their staples online. Meantime, retailers like Walmart, Aldi and Lidl — all known for low prices — continue to open new stores and increase their influence. Procter & Gamble on Tuesday acknowledged that discounting aimed at boosting its Gillette razor business had eaten into its sales. As one of the biggest consumer products companies, P&G's prices often set a bar for its competitors. P&G, with its Pampers brand, and Kimberly-Clark, with its Huggies, are fierce competitors in the diaper aisle. Adding to the pressure, Amazon has launched a private-label diaper business. Diapers are a good example of a product shoppers tend to refill on a routine basis. Increasingly, shoppers see this as a category that is more convenient to buy online. Kimberly-Clark is weighing the sale of its consumer tissue business. The segment, which includes its Cottonelle and Scott toilet paper brands, comprises roughly 1 percent of its sales. Kimberly-Clark would join a number of its consumer peers like Unileverand Nestle that have looked to shed underperforming businesses as scrutiny intensifies. "The changes we are making will improve our underlying profitability, provide more flexibility to invest in growth opportunities and help us compete even more effectively," Chief Executive Officer Thomas Falk said in prepared remarks. Shares of Kimberly-Clark were up less than 1 percent midmorning Tuesday. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Kimberly-Clark reported net income of $1.75 per share, compared with $1.40 one year ago. After excluding items, the company earned $1.57 per share. Net sales climbed 1 percent, to $4.6 billion, while North American sales dropped 2 percent. Analysts expected the company to earn $1.54 per share, on revenue of $4.6 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Selling prices fell 4 percent in the latest period, Kimberly-Clark said, which consisted of greater promotional activity in most categories. Net sales in fiscal 2018 are expected to increase 1 to 2 percent.
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Want to cut obesity ? Include Peas and broccoli in your diet
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Want to cut obesity ? Include Peas and broccoli in your diet

Consuming of dietary fiber like peas, broccoli, raspberries, blackberries, coconut and figs daily can prevent obesity, suggests a recent study. According to Georgia State University researchers, consumption of dietary fiber can prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and adverse changes in the intestine by promoting growth of "good" bacteria in the colon. The findings indicated that enriching the diet of mice with the fermentable fiber insulin prevented metabolic syndrome that is induced by a high-fat diet and they identified specifically how this occurs in the body. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions closely linked to obesity that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels and when these conditions occur together, they increase a person's risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Obesity and metabolic syndrome are associated with alterations in gut microbiota, the microorganism population that lives in the intestine. This study found the fermentable fiber inulin restored gut health and protected mice against metabolic syndrome induced by a high-fat diet by restoring gut microbiota levels, increasing the production of intestinal epithelial cells and restoring expression of the protein interleukin-22 (IL-22), which prevented gut microbiota from invading epithelial cells. Researcher Dr. Andrew Gewirtz said that manipulating dietary fiber content, particularly by adding fermentable fiber, guards against metabolic syndrome. For four weeks, the team fed mice either a grain-based rodent chow, a high-fat diet (high fat and low fiber content with 5 percent cellulose as a source of fiber) or a high-fat diet supplemented with fiber (either fermentable inulin fiber or insoluble cellulose fiber). The high-fat diet is linked to an increase in obesity and conditions associated with metabolic syndrome. The results indicated that insoluble cellulose fiber only modestly reduced obesity and dysglycemia. When they switched mice back to a chow diet, the colon mass was fully restored.
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Railways Would Soon Install 12 Lakh CCTV Cameras In Trains
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Railways Would Soon Install 12 Lakh CCTV Cameras In Trains

The Indian Railways will reportedly procure approximately 12 lakh CCTV cameras in its bid to provide passengers with a safer and more secure travel experience. In order to procure these CCTV cameras, the government is expected to set aside around Rs 3000 crore in Budget 2018. According to Railway officials, this would ensure the presence of state-of-the-art surveillance systems across all trains and stations operating in this country. This amount, however, is not expected to cover the cost of buying these cameras, and expectations are that the Indian Railways may enter the market and raise the necessary capital. These cameras will be installed in all 11,000 trains, spread across premier and suburban services, and 8,500 stations.
There will be eight CCTV cameras installed in each coach “covering the entry gates, aisle and vestibules,” in addition to all significant blind spots in train stations, according to Indo-Asian News Service. At present approximately 395 stations and 50 trains are equipped with CCTV cameras.
“All mail/express and premier trains, including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and local passenger services, will be equipped with the modern surveillance systems in the next two years,” said a senior Railway Ministry official . The footage generated by these cameras will constantly be monitored by trained personnel of the Railway Protection Force. According to the Press Trust of India, the station master is also expected to be given access to watch the CCTV footage. These cameras are expected to aid the process of tracking the past movements of an offender who enters coaches reserved for women on a local train so as to arrest the person on his next trip. By the end of 2018, reports state that six such cameras will be installed in each coach of trains operating under CR. In total, the railway body is expected to procure 11,160 such cameras.
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You Could Win $20,000 If You Find a Chunk of the Michigan Meteorite
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You Could Win $20,000 If You Find a Chunk of the Michigan Meteorite

If you're out hunting pieces of the meteorite that shook Michigan on Tuesday 16, Darryl Pitt, curator of the Macovich Collection of Meteorites, has an offer you can't refuse: be the first to bring him a 2.2 pound (1 kilogram) chunk of the space rock, and he'll pay you $20,000. Pitt is taking inspiration from video games and sending Michiganians out on a quest for fame, glory - and fortune. Pitt, who's also a meteorite consultant for auction house Christie's and one of the largest private collectors of meteorites in the world, is putting up a reward of $20,000 for the first man, woman, or child who can bring him a 2.2-pound or more of the meteorite that crashed in Michigan three days ago. He described the yet-to-be-retrieved space rock as a "winning extraterrestrial lottery ticket," adding that the time is now for would-be treasure hunters to turn their efforts into a handsome profit.

Starter quest

"It's better to go out there and find them sooner, because the longer they're on the ground, the more they tend to blend in with Earth rocks," said Pitt. "I really want this to be found and the only way that's going to happen is if there are more boots on the ground."
Preliminary NASA estimates place the meteorite that struck Michigan at around 6 feet in diameter (1.8 meters), and the force of its impact roughly around 10 tons of TNT. However, until we get our hands on a sample of the rock, we won't be able to refine these estimates or determine exactly where it came from. That's the main reason Pitt issued his reward for the meteor. Furthermore, he's a Michigan native who grew up in Southfield and studied at the University of Michigan and has a strong interest in space rocks. He remarked how unique it is for bystanders to witness an impact firsthand, saying that the event heightened public awareness and helped make central lower Michigan a hotbed for meteorite hunters. He adds that it isn't very common for him to offer a reward for meteorites, simply because there aren't many known meteor events where the public is aware of its specific trajectory and location.
"Earth is bombarded regularly by materials, but two-thirds of those materials end up in the ocean, and a very large percentage lands in uninhabited areas and places where you can't find it," Pitt said.
The fate of this meteorite is still far from settled, however. William Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Alabama, says that the meteorite was spotted after 8 p.m. on Tuesday. He estimates that the meteor fragmented about 20 miles (32 kilometers) above the surface "give or take 5 miles." You can see it happening here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvFcY9rTPx8 Those are about the only clear answers we have so far. NASA couldn't reliably track the rock after that, as the material released as it broke apart screened the rock from radar. On Wednesday, the agency released a narrowed-down impact area to the west of Hamburg Township in Livingston County (which seems to be pretty accurate). A better-defined search area would give residents a relatively solid chance of finding meteorite material, Pitt says, although the likelihood, as usual, remains fairly small. Aspiring questees should take heart, however, and not falter in the face of unfriendly odds. We don't know what the Michigan meteorite is made of, Pitt explains, but it could teach us a lot about the universe.
"We know that there are many meteorites that contain amino acids or building blocks of proteins of life that have never been seen before on Earth. They're very important, fascinating objects."
In the end, both Pitt and Cooke would like to remind everybody they must always ask permission from the owners if their search leads them to private properties. You can contact Pitt via his email or at 917-213-8265.
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No More Fur Farming in Norway !
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No More Fur Farming in Norway !

The Norwegian government has just passed a total ban on all fur farming. The legislation, which was announced by the Norwegian Animal Rights Organization (NOAH) on last week, will make it illegal for the country’s 340 fur farms to continue business. The facilities will have until 2025 to close down entirely. The ban’s approval was adopted after a 30-year campaign conducted by Norwegian animal rights organizations against the inhumane practice. Camilla Björkbom, chairman of the Animal Rights Society, says that the legislation sends a strong message to other Scandinavian countries such as Sweden. “We welcome the Swedish Government’s proposal to investigate the welfare of minkers on Sweden’s fur farms, but today we see that Norway shows that a ban on fur farming is possible. This is a great news … because it sets a good example for Sweden and the upcoming Swedish investigation.” “Norway is talking about today’s message to the growing number of countries in Europe who discontinue fur farming. By 2017, the Czech Republic and Germany have also decided to shut down fur farms,” Björkbom said.
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Their Dogs Rescued A Confused Senior Shivering in the Snow At 4:30 AM
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Their Dogs Rescued A Confused Senior Shivering in the Snow At 4:30 AM

Two labradoodles are being hailed as heroes after their animal instincts led to the rescue of an elderly woman who was lost outside in the snow. Eva and Adam first woke up their human owners at 4:30AM on Saturday morning when they began tugging on their clothing and begging to go outside. Confused by their pups’ unusual behavior, Susan and Lonnie Chester opened their front door to let the dogs outside. Before they could even fully open the door, however, Adam and Eva raced outside and led the Chesters to an older woman who was dressed in nothing but a night gown.
The senior, who looked to be in her late 80s, was sitting in the snow near the Chesters’ truck.   “She looked up at me and said, ‘I’m so cold,’” Lonnie told MLive. “I have no idea how long she had been out there. She must have been terrified.” Lonnie took the woman inside, covered her in blankets, and called 911. Shortly after emergency crews showed up at the house, the senior’s family also arrived on the scene to help escort her to the hospital for medical treatment.   According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Norvell Township, Michigan were as low as 9 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 degrees Celsius) this weekend. “We’re just so proud of our dogs knowing they may have saved a life. I hope this serves as a wake-up call for everyone, especially with it being so cold out,” Susan told MLive. “It could have been a tragic outcome had Adam and Eva not woken us.” (WATCH the interview below)
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Company Recalled Renault Kwid To Fix Steering Issue
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Company Recalled Renault Kwid To Fix Steering Issue

Renault has issued a recall for its entry level car, the Kwid 0.8-litre. The issue stated is with the steering assembly of the Kwid, which would be inspected and fixed free of cost. Renault hasn’t yet announced which lot of cars have been affected but it is contacting individual customers whose cars are part of the recall. Also, this is confirmed for the 800cc models but since both the cars (0.8- and 1.0-litre) use the same electronically assisted setup, it is advised that 1.0-litre Kwid owners also get in touch with their nearest dealership.
Renault Kwid
Renault recently launched the Live For More 2018 Reloaded Edition for the Kwid. It gets 10 new cosmetic updates and is available in the top three variants. Updates include chrome inserts on the grille, new ‘Speedster’ graphics and the Climber’s roof rails. The Speedster graphics are present on the bonnet, side panels doors and the boot gate. That’s not all, there are bright lime graphics on the ORVMs and wheel covers. But if you still want more, ‘Live For More’ insignia on the doors should round things up. The Kwid LFM is offered with reverse parking sensors as standard. Powering the Kwid is a 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder motor which produces 54PS of power and 72Nm of peak torque. This engine comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. The other engine is a 1.0-litre petrol producing 68PS/91Nm and comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. The biggest selling point of the Kwid is its SUV-inspired looks, the 7-inch touchscreen which is shared with the big guns like the Duster and the Captur, and the boot space of 300 litres, which is much larger than even hatchbacks from a segment up. The Kwid rivals the likes of the Maruti Alto and the Datsun redi-GO.
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Cinema owners are still not able to decide whether to screen the movie Padmaavat
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Cinema owners are still not able to decide whether to screen the movie Padmaavat

Even as police assured protection to cinemas showing Padmaavat on Thursday, and the Karni Sena in Gujarat appealed for peace, owners of multiplexes and single screen cinemas across Gujarat remained divided on whether they would screen the film on the day of the release, January 25. A day after protesters indulged in arson in Surat city, Police Commissioner Satish Sharma on Monday said that nobody would be spared and “those behind the conspiracy to create disturbances in the city will also be arrested and dealt with strictly”. Ahmedabad Police Commissioner A K Singh has aleady passed orders to book offenders found in violent acts, under section 308 that deals with attempt to commit culpable homicide. “We have still not taken any decision on screening the movie seeing the aggression and protest from Karni Sena activists. We will think and talk to our counterparts in Baroda and Ahmedabad. If they will decide to show the movie, then we will also show it in Surat,” said the owner of a cinema hall in Surat, on condition of anonymity, after meeting Police Commissioner Sharma and District Collector Mahendra Patel on Monday evening. Out of the 25 cinema halls and multiplexes in Surat, 22 owners were present in the meeting with the District Collector, but only eight cinema owners showed willingness to screen the movie. “The state government is firm with the decision to screen the movie, and now it is up to to the cinema hall owners whether they will show Padmaavat or not. We have assured them all possible police protection, if they demand… We have met some of the members of Karni Sena. They told us that they will protest if the movie is released. They will sit on dharna outside the Mamlatdar office in different talukas and protest,” District Collector Patel told The Indian Express. In Ahmedabad, while the multiplex owners are clear about not screening the movie, the single screen owners are yet to decide on the matter. “We are not screening the movie till we are sure that there will be no problem or violence. We are holding meetings on the matter and monitoring the issue. No multiplex in Ahmedabad is screening the film as of today,” said Manu Patel, president of Ahmedabad Multiplex Association. Rashmikant Bhalodia, president of single screen association of Gujarat, said that they were not stopping anyone from screening the movie. “It is an individual choice. The association does not dictate anything in this matter. As far as I am concerned, I am not going to screen the movie,” said Bhalodia, who owns a theatre in Rajkot. The Anand Cinema Association on Sunday had declared that it will stay away from releasing Padmaavat in the district, citing security concerns. The association members said that since the onus of protection of the cinema patrons would lie on the cinema houses, therefore they do not wish to take a chance by attracting any protesters. Meanwhile, according to a government notification, a platoon each of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) would secure theatres and multiplexes which have decided or shown willingness to screen the film Padmaavat. The notification added that those indulging in violence as part of the protests against the film would be booked under Section 308, which deals with attempt to commit culpable homicide, of the Indian Penal Code. The offence attracts a jail term of three years. On Sunday evening, Karni Sena members came out on the streets of Surat city, burnt tyres and pelted stones at buses. Police had to use force to control the situation. Police arrested over 22 people. “We have found that the incidents were pre-planned… Even after our warning if such incidents take place again, our policemen will not keep patience in dealing with them,” said Surat Police Commissioner Sharma. Meanwhile, the impact of Karni Sena’s statewide protests on Monday was restricted to parts of north Gujarat regions of Palanpur, Vadgam, Danta, Mansa and Vijapur. According to GSRTC secretary K D Desai, traffic in these areas was completely closed for a second day in a row. “The police were trying to ease the situation in these areas and were trying to bring it back to normal,” said Desai. According to him, the transport corporation has suffered a loss of property amounting to Rs 2 crore in the two days of protests. Mehsana SP Chaitanya Mandlik said that the bus services might have been hit in the interior areas but there was no problem on the highways. “We are ready to help them out whenever they need police help,” Mandlik said.
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5-Foot Tapeworm Found Inside A Mans Body After Eating Sushi
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5-Foot Tapeworm Found Inside A Mans Body After Eating Sushi

Tapeworm infection from eating sushi is now more than ever a cause of alarm after the Fresno incident. What is really the downside of consuming raw or undercooked fish? The recent news about a man pulling out a 5-foot tapeworm from his bottom while inside the toilet raises serious concern over the possible risks of eating raw fish. The man from Fresno claimed that his years of consuming sushi from raw salmon is the culprit for the tapeworm that resided inside his body. Numerous reports in the past have also linked eating raw fish delicacies to tapeworm and other parasitic infections among humans Dangers Of Eating Raw Fish The experts have warned repeatedly that eating raw fish increases the risk of Japanese tapeworm or parasitic infection in humans. "The risk of becoming infected with the Japanese tapeworm parasite is most prevalent when consuming raw or undercooked fish, particularly in dishes such as sushi, sashimi and ceviche," states a 2017 report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many fish-borne parasites can live in humans. While some parasites do not cause acute symptoms to its host, many may cause serious harm in the long run. A specific tapeworm, the Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense species, can survive in fish and infect humans, bears, and wolves. The anisakid nematodes, a type of roundworm, causes parasitic infection in humans called anisakiasis, where the worm larvae invade the stomach's lining. This kind of infection may require surgery or endoscopy to remove the parasite from the human body. Liver fluke flatworms cause opisthorchiasis, a disease that attacks and infects the liver, bile duct, and gallbladder. Likewise, eating raw seafood contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria, Salmonella and Vibrio parahaemolyticus also causes certain food-borne illnesses. In the past, tapeworm infections were only widely documented in Japan. Eating or consuming of raw fish in the country is considered as part of their diet. It was only in 2008 when tapeworm infection was first reported in North America. Last year, researchers said the Japanese tapeworm could be present in the Alaskan-caught wild salmon, increasing the risk of parasite infection in people who eat raw fish. Best To Eat Cooked Fish People with medical conditions such as liver disease, cancer, and immune system problems are strongly advised against consuming raw or undercooked fish. Pregnant women, children, and elderly people are also at high risk of being infected with fish-borne parasites and food-borne illnesses. Listeria infection, although rare, may cause fetal death in pregnant women. There are also fish species that contain high amounts of pollutants and toxic heavy metals. Mercury content is high in tilefish, king mackerel, swordfish, marlin, and tuna. Raw fish dishes are growing in popularity in many cuisines. Some of the most common are sushi, sashimi, poke, ceviche, carpaccio, koi pla, soused herring, and gravlax. Although these dishes may sound and taste appetizing, experts advise people to freeze and cook fish properly before eating.
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Not able fight your carb craving ? This is why
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Not able fight your carb craving ? This is why

Saying no to a warm bowl of pasta or a hot pizza is difficult. Have you ever satisfied your carb craving and immediately regretted it? Well, new research finds it may not be your fault. Japanese researchers have found that neurons active under social stress increases one's appetite for carbs. In a study conducted on mice, the team at Japan's National Institute for Physiological Sciences discovered "neurons activated ate high-carbohydrate food at a rate of three times the mice under normal conditions" while decreasing appetite for fats, the report revealed. Lead author of the study, Yasuhiko Minokoshi said the research is the first to show how the brain plays a role when it comes to preference for carbohydrates or fats. Researchers hope their findings could help lead to a way for people to avoid unhealthy junk food. While we human mostly choose what we eat depending on taste, how it really works is not yet known. "Many people who eat sweets too much when stressed tend to blame themselves for being unable to control their impulses," Minokoshi said. "But if they know it's because of the neurons, they might not be so hard on themselves," he further added. However, despite the incredible insight from the research, we are still a long way from improving human diets. Minokoshi explained suppressing the neurons is no solution as it can trigger side effects. "However, if we could find a particular molecule in the neurons and target it specifically to suppress part of its activities, it could curb excessive eating of carbohydrate-heavy food," he revealed.
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