More from our inbox: Conservatives and Climate Change Those Undeserving of Political Donations Olympians, Join the Rest of Us My Refuge: Shooting Hoops To the Editor: Re “ Calling Addiction a Disease Is Misleading ,” by Carl Erik Fisher (Opinion guest essay, Sunday Review, Jan. 16): Dr. Fisher’s opinion piece about addiction was misleading and polarizing. His arguments ignore decades of biomedical and behavioral research that have taught so much about the nature of substance use disorder, as it is now called, and what to do about it. First, the originators of the concept did not say that addiction is only a brain disease; we acknowledged how important behavioral and social elements are to its development and to recovery. Moreover, the concept that substance use disorder is a brain disease does not at all imply that “drugs hold all the power.” No one would ever assert, for example, that people are powerless to affect their hypertension or … [Read more...] about Should Addiction Be Viewed as a Disease?
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In October, we invited students to submit short, powerful stories about meaningful life experiences for our second annual personal narrative writing contest . Three months, 60 judges and nearly 9,000 entries later, we have selected seven winners, as well as 130 additional finalists, that stood out for their superb storytelling, moving messages and artistic use of language. These 600-word essays offer us a peek into the lives of teenagers and the moments that have shaped them: a meal from a mother’s home country; a father’s terminal illness; a sexual assault; an unexpected first love. And while these essays struck us because of their uniqueness, underneath they were stories that almost anyone, anywhere could relate to — stories about family and belonging, about claiming one’s identity, about seeing the world (and oneself) anew, about cherishing life in the face of death. Below, we are publishing the seven winning narratives in full. We hope that, like our judges, you’ll admire … [Read more...] about The Winners of Our 2nd Annual Personal Narrative Contest
People wear multiple layers of woollen clothing to keep warm during the winter season. Woollen clothes act as a heat conductor, trapping the heat emitted by the body and keeping you warm. Many people also prefer to sleep wearing only sweaters or woollen socks at night. However, this habit could be extremely harmful to your health as there are several disadvantages of wearing woollen clothes while sleeping. Nervousness or restlessness: According to experts, blood vessels narrow during the winter season, and sleeping in woollen clothing can cause problems such as restlessness, nervousness, and low blood pressure. To avoid this, you should only sleep in cotton clothing. Rashes or itching If you frequently sleep in woollen clothes at night, you may also develop an allergic reaction and itching on the skin. People with dry skin are more likely to experience this issue and may face problems like skin rashes, pimples and acne. It is, therefore, recommended that you apply body … [Read more...] about Why You Must Avoid Sleeping in Woollen Clothes At All Costs
Lesson Overview Featured Article: “ Inflation Has Arrived. Here’s What You Need to Know. ” by Jeanna Smialek Have you noticed any prices going up? Say for food, gas or rent? Or for things like bikes or burritos? The Times reported on Jan. 12 that inflation , as tracked by the Consumer Price Index, is rising at its highest rate since 1982. But what exactly is inflation, what is causing prices to go up and why are many economists worried about its continued rise? In this lesson, you will learn about inflation and what the current rise in prices means for you, your family and your community. In a Going Further activity, you will act as an economic adviser to President Biden and make a recommendation for how to best tackle the problem. Warm-Up What do you know about inflation? What do you want to know? Have you and your family talked about rising prices? Has the higher cost of things affected what you buy and whether you save money? Part 1. Watch a video … [Read more...] about Lesson of the Day: ‘Inflation Has Arrived. Here’s What You Need to Know.’
The Omicron wave of the coronavirus appears to be cresting in much of the country. But its economic disruptions have made a postpandemic normal ever more elusive. Forecasters have slashed their estimates for economic growth in the first three months of 2022. Some expect January to show the first monthly decline in employment in more than a year. And retail sales and manufacturing production fell in December, suggesting that the impact began well before cases hit their peak. “Those are Omicron’s fingerprints,” said Constance L. Hunter, chief economist for the accounting firm KPMG. “It will slow growth in the beginning of the first quarter.” On Monday, global markets were in a frenzy , with the S&P 500 plunging nearly 4 percent before recovering its losses. Market analysts said the early declines reflected fears that the Federal Reserve might need to respond more aggressively than expected to rapidly rising prices, a prospect that some economists say has been made more likely … [Read more...] about Omicron’s Economic Toll: Missing Workers, More Uncertainty and Higher Inflation (Maybe)
This lesson is a part of our new Accessible Activities feature, which aims to welcome a wider variety of learners to our site and to The Times. Learn more and tell us what you think here . Lesson Overview Featured article: “ Where Do Your Spices Come From? ” by Aina J. Khan In this lesson, you will join the reporter Aina J. Khan as she visits a spice farm in Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean that is part of Tanzania, to find out how cinnamon, cardamom and other spices are produced. Then you will research a spice you’re curious about so you can teach others about it. Warm-Up What are your favorite spices? Which spices do you or your family members regularly cook with, eat or drink? As a class or with a partner, share the spices on your lists and discuss how much you know about where they come from. For example, with a spice like vanilla or ginger, do you know where it grows, what the plant looks like or how it is harvested? … [Read more...] about Lesson of the Day: ‘Where Do Your Spices Come From?’
If there’s any morning ritual that can freshen you up and get you ready to go about your day, it’s bathing. Bathing is an essential personal hygiene ritual that’s performed daily in most parts of the world, including in India. Studies suggest that bathing has many health benefits to impart apart from the obvious cleanliness it promotes. According to a 2018 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine , people who bathe with hot water every day tend to have good health status, are more likely to be stress-free, get more rest, sleep better and are happier. Many studies also show that bathing with hot water can help you control body weight, body mass index and waist circumference better. But while bathing has so many benefits, many people tend not to bathe as often during the winter season. This practice can be both unhygienic and harmful for your health, so it’s best to stick with healthy bathing practices even during the colder months. The following are … [Read more...] about 5 Essential Bathing Rules to Follow Every Winter
LONDON — Boris Johnson , Britain’s new foreign secretary, has a quality unusual for a nation’s top diplomat: He can be spectacularly undiplomatic. Mr. Johnson has suggested that President Obama had an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire,” written a poem insinuating that Turkey’s president had sexual relations with a goat, and likened the European Union — which he helped lead the campaign for Britain to leave — to Hitler’s Third Reich. And that was only this spring. In December, he compared Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, to Dobby the House Elf , a “Harry Potter” character. In 2007, he wrote that Hillary Clinton looked like “a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.” In 2002, he referred to Africans as “flag-waving pickaninnies.” So it was with no little shock that the world reacted to the news Wednesday evening that Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, had named Mr. Johnson to lead the rarefied Foreign and Commonwealth Office , which employs … [Read more...] about 7 Times Boris Johnson, Britain’s New Foreign Secretary, Was Anything but Diplomatic
The World Health Organisation has criticised political leaders for comparing coronavirus to flu again and stressed it is still "full of very nasty surprises" despite restrictions lifting in the UK. Announcing the scrapping of Plan B measures in England last week, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that with "Omicron in retreat" we "must learn to live with COVID " as it could be "with us forever". But Dr David Nabarro , WHO special envoy on COVID-19 , warned that "governments everywhere should not suggest the data has suddenly changed, or the virus got incredibly weak". Follow live coronavirus updates from the UK and around the world He suggested that although the end of the pandemic "is in sight", Europe is only "passing the halfway mark in a marathon" with a "long, long way to trudge". Advertisement Here Sky News speaks to scientists about what challenges lie between the UK removing COVID measures and the global pandemic being declared … [Read more...] about COVID-19: As UK restrictions lift, what challenges do we face before the ‘end’ of the pandemic – and when could that be?
The Colleyville synagogue hostage-taking was a nightmare, a vicious, antisemitic attack on a vulnerable Jewish community. It is tempting to obsess on the antisemitism, to see it as the great, sole evil. But if we want change, we must recognize that Colleyville was about more. Especially since the 2018 shooting that killed 11 people and injured more at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life, synagogues and other Jewish institutions have been ratcheting up their security. Guards, often armed, are commonplace, as are bulletproof glass, “buzz-in” entry systems and strategically placed panic buttons. This is a consequence of a rise in antisemitism. We’re scared. A 2020 Pew Study found that most American Jews think there is more antisemitism today than there was five years ago. More than half of those surveyed say that, as a Jew, they personally feel less safe than they did five years ago. Opinion Op-Ed: The Texas hostage-taking was a symptom of conspiracy theories run amok … [Read more...] about Op-Ed: Attacks like the one in Colleyville are about more than antisemitism