Is today the saddest day of the year? Know what “Blue Monday” is

It is based on a formula created in 2005 by Cardiff University professor Cliff Arnal to launch a marketing campaign

Blue Monday, Known as the saddest day of the year, it is celebrated in 2021 on this January 18. It is based on a pseudo-mathematical formula without scientific basis created in 2005 by Cardiff University professor Cliff Arnal to launch a marketing campaign for a travel agency, by which it is determined that the third Monday in January is the saddest day of the year.

Arnall tried to find out through a mathematical calculation when there was a greater predisposition of consumers to book vacations. It was then that he ended up coming up with a formula that worked in the field of marketing and it stayed to be used by some brands and establishments.

The formula is:

This is the formula that determines that today is the saddest day of the year

Tt: Travel time

D: Delays

C:Time spent in cultural activities

R: Time spent relaxing

ZZ: Time spent sleeping

St: Time spent in a period of stress

P: Time taken to prepare a luggage

Pr: Time consumed in general preparation.

Other factors that place the saddest day of the year on the third Monday in January are the weather, the debt, the monthly salary, the time that has passed since Christmas, the time since the purposes of the New Year, the low motivation and the urgent need to act before this.

Is today the saddest day of the year?  Know what is the

Is today the saddest day of the year? Know what “Blue Monday” is

In Anglo-Saxon culture, blue (blue) is more than just a color and is used to talk about sadnessHence, Professor Arnal borrowed it to designate this day.

However, the lack of scientific rigor of this formula led to the scientific community to pronounce itself to deny it. And not only the scientific community, Arnall himself, who defines himself in social networks as a psychologist, coach and happiness consultant, is also an activist of the #StopBlueMonday movement started in 2016 together with Tourism of the Canary Islands to banish with a myth expanded over the years.

Despite having denied it, the concept of ‘Blue Monday’ It continues to be commemorated year after year, and continues to be very present on social networks, especially by some brands that take advantage of it to promote their products and services and encourage their consumption.

In addition to not acknowledging Cliff Arnall’s “discovery”, many psychologists take the opportunity to mention the importance of treating feelings of anguish and sadness, not letting them be, and expressing them in time. Some of the recommendations they make to the regarding are:

– Set goals simpler and possible to achieve.

– Avoid emotional isolation.

– Relativize when negative thoughts abound.

– Seek professional help in case you feel necessary.

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Maryland goes under against Indiana

Munich – The top duel of the Big 10 in college football found a clear winner. The Indiana Hoosiers prevailed confidently with 27:11 against the Maryland Terrapins.

Running back Stevie Scott III, who paved the Hoosiers victory with three touchdowns at 80 rushing yards, was man of the game.

Taulia Tagovailoa with three interceptions

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, however, had a black day. The younger brother of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa made three interceptions. In addition, he did not even attach 50 percent of his passports. The only bright spot two minutes before the end of the game was a 43-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr., who threw up on the sidelines in the first half.

At the Hoosiers, starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. injured himself in the third quarter, who had only brought six of his 19 attempts to pass the man. Backup Jack Tuttle then managed the tour until the end of the game.

Indiana is 5-1, Maryland has a balanced record with 2-2.

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Peloton strikes multiyear content partnership with Beyoncé

Peloton has seen booming demand for its exercise equipment during the pandemic.

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Peloton Interactive Inc. launched a new partnership with Beyoncé geared around new fitness classes and outreach to historically Black colleges and universities.

Beyoncé has been the most requested artist on Peloton’s
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platform, and the company announced Tuesday that she worked with Peloton to create a number of workouts themed around Homecoming, an annual fall celebration for students who attend historically Black colleges and universities (known as HBCUs). The workouts seek to “extend Homecoming to Peloton members” and they span categories including cycling, running, yoga, and meditation.

As part of the partnership, Peloton and Beyoncé will also give free two-year Peloton Digital memberships to students attending 10 HBCUs—Bennett College, Clark Atlanta University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse Collegeand Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College, Texas Southern University, and Wilberforce University. The memberships will work regardless of access to Peloton’s own exercise equipment and the company said it would build relationships with the 10 schools focused on internships and other areas of recruitment.

Peloton shares initially traded higher at the beginning of Tuesday’s session, though they’re now trading down 6.3%. That decline extends a 20% slide in Monday’s session upon upbeat vaccine news from Pfizer Inc.
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Peloton had been a beneficiary of stay-at-home trends during the pandemic, which drove a sales surge and inventory shortages. The concern is that Peloton and other stay-at-home winners could lose some of their momentum once the COVID-19 crisis gets under control and people are able to resume normal activities.

Peloton’s stock has rocketed 240% so far this year as the S&P 500
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has gained 10% during the same period.

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They develop a mammogram without x-rays | HEALTH

A team of scientists from the National University of the Center of the Province of Buenos Aires (UNICEN) will develop a prototype mammograph that does not use x-rays. It is a group of professionals that since 2004 has been conducting research on the application of light for medical diagnoses.

The mammography prototype is based on infrared light, which avoids radiation during the time that the study is carried out on people, according to Juan Pomarico, director of the Biomedical Optics Group of the Faculty of Exact Sciences of UNICEN.

The objective was to find a technique that could detect injuries in people’s bodies – in this case cysts or tumors – and that would use light as a tool. This type of practice is known as non-ionizing radiation, which uses harmless infrared light.

The MamoRef prototype is a mammography system that does not compete with x-rays, but can provide other types of information and, at the same time, seeks to complement the traditional diagnostic system, in a safer and more comfortable way for patients.

This device could detect oxy and oxyhemoglobin in tumors and would allow a diagnosis with almost no margin of error, since x-rays can give false results. “These two molecules absorb light differently, according to the wavelength with which they are illuminated. In this way, it is possible to detect the concentration of each one of them and, indirectly, decide if it is a tumor ”, explained Pomarico to the University Supplement.

Other benefits that it would have is the possibility of continuous monitoring, since it would not be harmful to people’s health, and if necessary, “the study could be carried out once a week, to keep a much more exact control ”Said the scientist.

This prototype mammography machine avoids the usual compression of the breasts between the plates, since it consists of a stretcher with a transparent base on which the patients lie, with the torso down, and the compression is given by the weight of each body. Below this transparent base, the measurement system will be placed that will allow to identify, if there is a tumor area.

Once the device was devised, the team of scientists partnered with the project accelerator Centro de Innovación Tecnológica, Empresarial y Social (CITES), which will make the investment to advance the development of the project and test its effectiveness on humans. “If it is effective, it will be under evaluation by the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT), to later become a medical equipment that may be for sale,” said Pomarico.

The cost of the device could be “well below what a mammogram or tomograph costs,” as he explained and explained: “That the device has a competitive price would allow supply, not only in highly complex centers, but also in private clinics ”.

The UNICEN teacher stressed that any medical tool that contributes to the detection of any injury to the human body is used for “early prevention.” In that sense, he pointed out that this prototype mammography machine “contributes to prevention, because it is not invasive and does not produce pain in women”, referring to the resistance of some women to undergo studies due to the pain they cause.

The team of scientists participated in 2018 in the 8th Edition of the IB50K Contest and obtained the second prize for the MamoRef project. This award is awarded by the Balseiro Institute and aims to promote the entrepreneurial capacity of students and young professionals from national universities.

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An attack on Kabul University kills 22

At least 22 people were killed, including the three attackers, and the same number were injured in an armed attack this Monday that lasted for five hours in the Kabul University, where thousands of students were.

“The terrorist attack on Kabul University ended with the death of the three terrorists. Unfortunately, in this attack other 19 people died and 22 more were injured“Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a statement.

Among the dead there are at least ten girls, Arian later detailed to EFE, who celebrated the rescue of hundreds of students and university personnel during the almost five hours that the operation lasted, while the security forces are now making an effort to remove unexploded explosives from the area.

Among the injured are students, teachers, administrative employees of the university and a taxi driver, the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Akmal Samsour, explained to EFE, revealing that although most of the injured “have bullet wounds“, all are” stable “.

The attackers chose the first hour of the morning, in the shift with the highest class attendance, to enter the universityWhen, according to what the spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, Hanif Farzan, explained to EFE, some 15,000 people were on campus, including students, teachers and other employees.

Social networks were soon filled with videos filmed by students with their mobile phones, in which young people of both sexes were shown jumping walls and fleeing the campus, while gunshots were heard in the background.

Local media have spread images of the university with student bodies scattered throughout the classrooms and hallways.

For now no insurgent group has claimed responsibility of the attack.

The main Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a brief statement that the fighters from the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call themselves) had nothing to do with the attack on the university.

The convictions for the attack on one of the main educational institutions in Afghanistan were immediate, among them those of the office of the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, or the highest authority in the Afghan peace process, Abdullah Abdullah.

“I strongly condemn today’s cowardly terrorist attack against Kabul University. Attacking educational institutions is a heinous crime. Students have the right to study in peace … We will prevail over the forces of evil,” President Abdullah said on Twitter. of the Superior Council for National Reconciliation.

Also the NATO representative for Afghanistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, condemned what happened and recalled that “this is the second attack in 10 days against an educational center in Kabul”, after the attack against a study center of the Hazara Shiite minority that left 24 dead, mostly students, and 57 wounded.

Afghanistan also experienced insurgent actions against universities in the pastSuch as the one that occurred in October last year in the southern province of Ghazni, in which 23 students, mostly women, were injured after a classroom bomb exploded.

In addition, in August 2016, in the Afghan capital, an attack on the American University of Kabul, which lasted for ten hours, caused 17 deaths and 45 injuries.

The attack occurs when since September is taking place in Doha el start of peace talks between representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan Government, who seek to end almost two decades of war in Afghanistan. IS claims it

The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) assumed responsibility for the attack on the University of Kabul that caused at least 22 deaths and numerous injuries, according to the Amaq agency, related to the extremists.

Afghan security sources assured the same agency that “two Islamic State fighters managed to storm a meeting organized by the Afghan government at the University of Kabul to graduate judges and researchers after completing a course at university. “

The same sources assured that “the balance of deaths and injuries in the attack is almost 80”, among the Afghan judges, investigators and security personnel, while “the two attackers died during their confrontation with security personnel”, according to Amaq.

Security personnel were protecting the meeting and others arrived at the place after the confrontations, “detailed the agency related to the jihadists.

The attack ended with 22 dead, including the three attackers, and 22 wounded, according to the Afghan government.

The Islamic State did not disclose in its statement sent through the Telegram messaging network the number of deaths and injuries, although it did identify the two attackers as Anas al Banshery y Tariq al Kharasany.

The attackers chose the first hour of the morning, in the shift with the highest attendance to classes, to enter the university where about 15,000 people were on campus, among students, teachers and other employees, explained to Efe the spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, Hanif Farzan.

Afghanistan has also experienced insurgent actions against universities in the past, such as the one that occurred in October last year in the southern province of Ghazni, where 23 students, most of them women, were injured after a classroom bomb exploded.

According to a report by the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released last week, during the first nine months of this year at least 2,117 civilians were killed and another 3,822 were injured by the armed conflict in the country.

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Schools in the Irkutsk Region are advised to prepare for distance learning

Schools in the Irkutsk region are advised to prepare for remote sensing, but for now the guys are on vacation.

A photo: PYKHALOVA Julia (archive)

Schools in the Irkutsk region are again preparing for distance learning due to coronavirus. This follows from the decree of the governor of the region Igor Kobzev, which was amended on October 23.

Thus, the Ministry of Education of the region is recommended to organize training in schools, as well as technical schools, colleges and institutions of additional education “at a distance using e-learning, distance educational technologies.” The same is true for the administrations of the territories of the Irkutsk region and for the heads of private training centers.

Does this mean that after a long autumn vacation, which will last from October 26 to November 8, the children will stay home to study?

– No, at the moment such decisions have not been made, everything will depend on the epidemiological situation, – explains “KP” -Irkutsk Minister of Education of the Angara region Elena Apanovich. “However, you need to be prepared in advance for the remote format.

Recall that before the holidays in the Irkutsk region, those classes or schools that were temporarily quarantined due to COVID-19 studied remotely.

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Ambassador ruled out Russia’s responsibility for the murder of a teacher near Paris :: Society :: RBC

School setting in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, France

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Russia cannot be held responsible for the murder of a history and geography teacher at one of the French colleges in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Saint-Honorine, of which an 18-year-old native of Moscow is suspected of committing. This was reported to RBC by the press attaché of the Russian Embassy in France, Sergei Parinov.

The diplomat recalled that earlier at a press conference, the French prosecutor had confirmed the Russian origin of the murder suspect and his family.

“They entered France in 2008, while the offender himself, who was shot during the arrest, was then at the age of six. Based on this, we believe that Russia cannot bear any responsibility for the tragedy that occurred in France, which we deeply sympathize with, ”the diplomat said.

According to Parinov, in such situations, it is not so much where a person was born that matters, but where he was formed as a person, where he took the path of radicalization and terrorism, “which Russia has long consistently condemned in all its manifestations.”

“It must be stated that in this case it happened in France. The representatives of the embassy remain in full contact with the employees of the French interior affairs to find out further details and circumstances of the tragedy that happened yesterday, ”the diplomat added.

According to prosecutor Jean-François Ricard, the 18-year-old attacker had refugee status and lived in Evreux (the administrative center of the Ayr department), RTL radio reports.

French prosecutors reveal details about teacher’s murder

School setting in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, France

The attack on the teacher near the college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine occurred on October 16 at about 17:00 (18:00 Moscow time). The attacker tracked down the teacher at the college, attacked him and beheaded him.

According to French media reports, the motive for the murder could have been the fact that the deceased during one of the classes showed students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. After that, he and the college began receiving threats.

As reported by the BFM TV channel, the attack was carried out by an 18-year-old native of Moscow, who was a Chechen by nationality. According to the TV channel, before the attack, the man shouted the phrase “Allahu Akbar”.

After the murder, the suspect posted a snapshot of the teacher’s severed head on Twitter. He accompanied his post with a comment that the teacher was “executed” for “humiliating the Prophet Muhammad”. After the murder, the young man tried to walk to the neighboring commune of Eragny, but the police noticed him. During the arrest, law enforcement officers shot him dead.

Subsequently, BFM TV reported that the attacker’s name was Abdulakh Anzorov. Despite the fact that he did not differ in radical views, there is information that Anzorov was in a gang.

Nine people were arrested in the murder case, including relatives of the alleged offender. French President Emmanuel Macron called the incident “a typical Islamist terrorist act.”

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Montaña Central Leonesa refuses to “mortgage the mountains” to build wind farms

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa holds a meeting with entities opposed to the projects of wind farms for the Mountain of León. In the image, the president of the platform, Esther Domínguez. / Campillo / ICAL

Miriam Badiola / ICAL
| 09/27/2020 – 1:05 p.m.

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa showed once again this Sunday its rejection of the wind farm projects for that area, considering that “they do not want to mortgage the mountains or replace their economic use by a monopoly of multinationals who want exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “, according to one of its representatives, Sergio Díez.

This was pointed out by the representative of the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa during the celebration in Pedrún de Torío of a meeting of 25 groups and entities of the province, from different areas, both social, educational, sports and ecological that have decided to join together to “be able to work together against the installation of wind projects in the Leonese mountain” and that in today’s meeting they decided to “set a roadmap to work together”.

“We are not against wind energy, it seems very necessary to us, but in addition to being renewable we remember that it also has to be sustainable, for which it has to be an energy that cannot be located anywhere, but has to cause a minimum impact on the environment “, explained Sergio Diez, while pointing out that” the mountain areas in which the macro-wind farms are projected are not the ideal ones “, which is why” they have generated a rejection in the population very important”.

Campillo / ICAL

For this reason, he considered it “essential” that the administrations “take into account that if these projects do not arise from the inhabitants themselves, the territory must be very aware that they are multinationals that come to plunder the resources in some way”, which is why that “they do not have the approval of the inhabitants.”

An approval that is not available because, according to the representative of the Platform, “what is not wanted is to mortgage the mountains, one of the main values ​​that we have, during the 30 years that the concessions of the parks “, since in addition” the areas are used as economic use at the level of pastures, livestock and other types of activities such as tourism, which today generates a fabric that is true that it is small and should be promoted “, but” very diverse “which” is not to be replaced by a monopoly of multinationals that want to exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “.

Diez recalled that “there are many cases at the national level and in the province of León itself of what this type of monopolies mean in the end the day that companies decide to close and disappear because they are no longer profitable”, so that “the inhabitants become they are once again in an empty territory and without resources “and” they would throw away the last 15 years in which they are working to diversify the economic offer “.

For all these reasons, Sergio Diez set his sights on the actions taken by the Platform at the moment in which the administrative process of the wind farm projects begins in order to present allegations. For this reason, from the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa, informative talks are being held in different parts of the province, while keeping an eye on these deadlines to start legal processes.

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Montaña Central Leonesa refuses to “mortgage the mountains” to build wind farms

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa holds a meeting with entities opposed to the wind farm projects for the Mountain of León. In the image, the president of the platform, Esther Domínguez. / Campillo / ICAL

Miriam Badiola / ICAL
| 09/27/2020 – 1:05 p.m.

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa showed once again this Sunday its rejection of the wind farm projects for that area, considering that “they do not want to mortgage the mountains or replace their economic use by a monopoly of multinationals who want exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “, according to one of its representatives, Sergio Díez.

This was pointed out by the representative of the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa during the celebration in Pedrún de Torío of a meeting of 25 groups and entities of the province, from different fields, both social, educational, sports and ecological that have decided to unite to “be able to work together against the installation of wind projects in the Leonese mountain” and that in today’s meeting they decided to “set a roadmap to work together”.

“We are not against wind energy, it seems very necessary to us, but in addition to being renewable we remember that it also has to be sustainable, for which it has to be an energy that cannot be located anywhere, but rather has to cause a minimum impact on the environment “, explained Sergio Diez, while pointing out that” the mountain areas in which the macro-wind farms are projected are not the ideal ones “, which is why” they have generated a rejection in the population very important”.

Campillo / ICAL

For this reason, he considered it “essential” that the administrations “take into account that if these projects do not arise from the inhabitants themselves, the territory must be very aware that they are multinationals that come to plunder the resources in some way”, which is why that “they do not have the approval of the inhabitants.”

An approval that is not available because, according to the representative of the Platform, “what is not wanted is to mortgage the mountains, one of the main values ​​that we have, during the 30 years that the concessions of the parks “, since in addition” the areas are used as economic use at the level of pastures, livestock and other types of activities such as tourism, which today generates a fabric that is true that it is small and should be promoted “, but” very diverse “which” is not to be replaced by a monopoly of multinationals that want to exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “.

Diez recalled that “there are many cases at the national level and in the province of León itself of what in the end this type of monopolies suppose the day that companies decide to close and disappear because they are no longer profitable”, so that “the inhabitants They are once again in an empty territory and without resources “and” they would throw away the last 15 years in which they are working to diversify the economic offer “.

For all this, Sergio Diez set his sights on the actions taken by the Platform at the time the administrative process of the wind farm projects begins in order to present allegations. For this reason, from the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa, informative talks are being held in different parts of the province, while keeping an eye on these deadlines to start the legal processes.

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Coronavirus: Oxford Says Adverse Effects in AstraZeneca Trials Would Not Be Vaccine Related

The security reviews started when volunteers of the vaccine candidate, called AZD1222 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, developed unexplained neurological symptoms which included limb weakness or changes in sensation.

“After an independent review, these diseases were considered unlikely to be associated with the vaccine or there is insufficient evidence to say with certainty that the diseases were related to the vaccine.” According to the document. (https://bit.ly/2FDHoEN)

Trials of the vaccine have resumed in Britain, Brazil and South Africa, but not yet in the United States. Trials of the vaccine have resumed in Britain, Brazil and South Africa, but not yet in the United States.

AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford did not immediately respond to requests for comment from international news agencies.

AstraZeneca is the industrial partner of the British University of Oxford and its vaccine is one of the most advanced in the Western world.

It has already been tested in tens of thousands of volunteers in the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa and – since August 31 – also in the United States, in the so-called phase three of clinical trials, the last before confirming its safety and efficacy .

AstraZeneca is one of nine companies currently in phase 3 trials for their vaccine candidates.

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