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Study suggests optimistic pupils with ‘happy childhood memories’ have lower drink, drug risk

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Washington [US], January 30 (ANI): Teenagers with happy childhood memories are likely to drink less, consume fewer drugs, and enjoy learning, suggest the findings of a new study.
The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Addiction Research and Theory’. The findings, based on data from nearly 2,000 US high school students, show a link between how pupils feel about the past, present, and future and their classroom behaviour.
This in turn influences their grades and risk of substance misuse, according to the study. The authors said action is needed now because COVID-19 has left many teenagers struggling with online study, suffering mentally, and turning to drink and drugs.
They are calling on teachers – and parents – to help students develop more positive mindsets and become motivated to learn so they are less likely to binge drink or use marijuana.
“School often seems a source of stress and anxiety to students,” said John Mark Froiland from Purdue University in Indiana, US.
“This puts them at greater risk of not participating in lessons, getting lower grades, and of substance misuse. Many teenagers also aren’t engaging with online learning during Covid or have lower engagement levels,” added Froiland.
“But they’re more likely to be enthusiastic learners and not use drink and drugs if teachers take time to build more positive relationships with them. They can help students see that everything they’re learning is truly valuable. Parents have a role to play too,” Froiland stated.
Teenagers with a balanced attitude towards their childhoods and other time periods have already been shown by studies to be more likely to abstain from drink and drugs and achieve academically. This is compared to those with a pessimistic outlook.
The aim of this study was to establish how substance misuse and behaviours towards learning are affected by students’ feelings about the past, present, and future.
The data was based on assessments and questionnaires completed by 1,961 students at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than half (53 per cent) of the pupils included in the study were female.
The study authors looked at responses from pupils where they rated how nostalgic they were towards their childhood, current happiness levels in life, and how much they look forward to future happiness.
They also analysed marijuana and alcohol habits over the past 30 days including binge drinking, and average academic grades. They analysed motivation levels and behaviour in lessons such as how much teenagers paid attention and listened.
Statistical techniques were used by the researchers to assess the associations between all these different factors and establish the key predictors for alcohol and marijuana misuse.
In general, the study found that positive attitudes towards the past, present, and future put adolescents at lower risk for alcohol use, binge drinking, and marijuana. The opposite was true for those displaying pessimistic or negative ways of thinking or feeling about their life in the past, now, or ahead of them.
The reason for this was that content and optimistic outlook increased the likelihood they would be motivated and behave in a focused way on the chance to learn.
Other findings include girls having stronger levels of behavioural engagement than boys, and students who drank being most likely to use cannabis.
The study did not examine the long-term relationship between positive attitudes, levels of student engagement, and substance misuse. The authors said this is an area for future research. (ANI)

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SAG Awards 2021 to be hour-long, pre-taped

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): This year’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are going to a bit different as the ceremony has undergone major changes owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Unlike the recent Golden Globes 2021 hybrid format, which featured some in-person and virtual appearances, the SAG Awards 2021 will be completely virtual and pre-taped.
As per Variety, the award show, airing on April 4, will also only run for one hour. The SAG Awards will not have a host, a red carpet, or even a set.
The ceremony will include the presentation of 13 awards and feature comedy bits as well as the traditional ‘I Am An Actor’ segments from nominees and other presenters. The event will also include an ‘In Memoriam’ segment.
Among performers who have already signed on to participate are Sterling K. Brown, Lily Collins, Daveed Diggs, Ted Danson, and Mary Steenburgen.
“We’re looking at trying to do a unique award ceremony in an hour and leave people saying, which they very rarely do with an awards show, ‘Man, I wish we had more,'” co-executive producer Todd Milliner told Variety.
The awards will be handed out in the days ahead of the air date in Zoom rooms for each category, where the nominees will gather and the winner will be announced. The winner will then get the chance to make an acceptance speech. This means spoilers are possible, but co-executive producer Kathy Connell hopes that won’t happen.
“We hope they respect the show enough and everybody does, and their fellow actors, that they don’t want to disappoint the audience at home by letting any surprises go,” Connell said of nominees who will know outcomes ahead of the show’s airdate.
Apart from Milliner and Connell, ‘Will and Grace’ actor Sean Hayes is also a part of the team of executive producers.
The much-awaited nominations for the 27th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were announced last month, with ‘Ma Rainey` Black Bottom,’ Da 5 Bloods’, ‘Minari,’ ‘One Night in Miami’ and ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ featuring prominently in the nomination list.
Late actor Chadwick Boseman received two posthumous nominations from the SAG Awards.
Originally, the award show was scheduled for January 24, before the pandemic forced a move to March 14. But when the Grammys shifted to that date, the SAG Awards moved again, to April 4. (ANI)

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Meghan Markle claims royal family is ‘perpetuating falsehoods about us’

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Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): Meghan Markle did not hold back her feelings toward Buckingham Palace and claimed that the royal family is “perpetuating falsehoods” about them in a new teaser for American talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming tell-all interview.
On Wednesday, CBS released yet another sneak peek of the Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview, in which the former ‘Suits’ actor accused the royal family of “perpetuating falsehoods” about the couple.
This accusation came to light when Oprah asked Meghan, “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?” to which Meghan said that “there’s a lot that’s been lost already” in regards to her relationship with the royal family.
“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” the Duchess of Sussex said in the clip.
“And if that comes with the risk of losing things, I mean — there’s a lot that has been lost already,” she added.
As per Variety, Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is set to air on Sunday on CBS and promises to dive into the couple’s experience with royal life, handling the public eye, and their future goals.
The CBS special will feature a wide-ranging interview between Oprah and Meghan on subjects spanning from “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure.”
Harry will later join the women to discuss “their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”
The special is produced by Harpo Productions. Terry Wood and Tara Montgomery will executive produce, along with co-executive producer Brian Piotrowicz.
Oprah is no stranger to the couple. She was a guest at their 2018 wedding in England. Apart from attending Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding at Windsor Castle, Oprah is also one of the couple’s neighbours in their Montecito, California neighbourhood, where they moved last summer.
Oprah is also teaming up with the Duke of Sussex for a mental health docuseries for Apple TV+. In a 2019 interview with podcast host Bryony Gordon, Harry said the series, which will premiere this spring, will unveil examples of “human spirit fighting back from the darkest places.”
In early 2020, Meghan and Harry had announced that they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They live in Santa Barbara, California, and are expecting their second child.
Apart from the upcoming interview, the pair struck a major multi-year deal with Netflix in September that will see them developing documentaries, feature films, scripted television shows, and children’s series.
They also recently launched a podcast on Spotify under their Archwell Audio production company, with the goal of building “community through shared experience, narratives, and values.”
Harry and Meghan, who tied the knot in 2018, welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, in May 2019. (ANI)

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SINGER HARSHDEEP KAUR, HUSBAND WELCOME JUNIOR ‘SINGH’

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MUMBAI: Singer Harshdeep Kaur on Wednesday shared the news with fans that she has been blessed with a child. The singer and her husband Mankeet Singh welcomed their first child, a boy, on 2 March. Harshdeep tweeted, “A little bit of heaven just came down to earth and has made us Mommy & Daddy. Our Junior ‘Singh’ has arrived and we couldn’t be happier!” The singer also shared a throwback photo from her pregnancy days with husband Mankeet, where he is holding a tiny T-shirt.

Reacting to her tweet, fans and followers showered love and wishes for the newborn and also posted congratulatory messages for the new parents. Harshdeep had announced the news of her pregnancy with this tweet in the first week of February: “So excited to meet this little baby who is half me and half the one I love the most. Junior Kaur/Singh arriving in March 2021. Need your Blessings.”

Harshdeep tied the knot with childhood friend Mankeet in a hush-hush ceremony on 20 March 2015. The wedding was attended by family and close friends.

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SONAKSHI SINHA ANNOUNCES ‘BULBUL TARANG’

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Sonakshi Sinha announced her next project ‘Bulbul Tarang’ on Instagram on Wednesday. The film, directed by Shree Narayan Singh, will have an OTT release. Like Shree Narayan’s previous films ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, and ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’, his upcoming directorial venture is also inspired by a true incident. The film also features Raj Babbar and Tahir Raj Bhasin.

 Sonakshi dropped a vibrant first look of her characte, dressed in a blue salwaar kameez, on Instagram with the caption, “Meet Bulbul… A girl out to make her dream come true! Thrilled to announce my next film #BulbulTarang streaming soon on @netflix_in. #AbMenuMeinSabNew @tahirrajbhasin @reliance. entertainment #ShreeNarayanSingh #ArshadSayeed @sarkarshibasish @monishasinghkatial @ vivekbagrawal”

Introducing his character, Tahir shared, “When Rishi met Bulbul he knew his life would change forever. He just didn’t know how much. What happens when Bulbul embarks on the journey of making an innocent dream a reality? A story like never before! So excited to announce Bulbul Tarang. Directed by #ShreeNarayanSingh. Streaming soon on @netflix_in! #AbMenuMeinSabNew @aslisona @reliance.entertainment #ArshadSayeed @sarkarshibasish @monishasinghkatial @vivekbagrawal” Sonakshi has acted in both commercial and content-driven movies like ‘Dabangg’series, ‘Lootera’, ‘Akira’, and ‘Mission Mangal’. Sonakshi is looking forward to the release of ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’, also starring Ajay Devgn. She is making her digital debut with the Amazon Prime Video series reportedly titled “Fallen”. Directed by Reema Kagti, the web series also stars Gulshan Devaiah, Vijay Varma, and Sohum Shah.

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VARUN DHAWAN HOWLS LIKE A ‘BHEDIYA’

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A few days after Varun Dhawan announced his horror comedy ‘Bhediya’ with Kriti Sanon as co-lead, on Wednesday the actor revealed that he is working hard for the film and shared a clip howling like a werewolf.

The ‘Student Of The Year’ actor took to Instagram to post a video in which he is seen howling just like a wolf as is about to board his private jet.  In the video, Varun is sporting a casual look as he donned a back T-shirt and a leather jacket, and a pair of denim. He accessorised his look with a pair of sunglasses and looked handsome as he sports a full-grown beard.

The video showcased Varun, as he listens to the person holding the camera counting 1, 2 and as soon as he says go, the ‘Kalank’ actor starts howling as he looks high up in the sky and smile afterwards. Taking to the captions, he wrote, “Woooo (a wolf emoticon) #BHEDIYA”.

This horror-comedy drama will mark Varun and Kriti’s third collaboration after sharing screen spaces in ‘Dilwale’, and ‘Kalank’.

‘Bhediya’ will bring together the dynamic duo of producer Dinesh Vijan and director Amar Kaushik, who also helmed ‘Stree’. Starring Kriti, Varun, Abhishek Banerjee, and Deepak Dobriyal, the story is written by National Award Winner Niren Bhatt.

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VICKY KAUSHAL SHARES A GLIMPSE FROM HORSE RIDING SESSION

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MUMBAI: Vicky Kaushal on Wednesday treated fans with a glimpse from his horse riding session. The ‘Masaan’ actor shared a video on Instagram in which he could be seen riding a horse on a humongous ground. The short clip showcased the sun in the background with Vicky sitting easily on the saddle and riding a horse smoothly. The ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ actor captioned this video as “Walk and trot, back to basics.”

 It seems like Vicky is indulging in the horse riding session to prepare for his superhero role in the film ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’. He has been preparing for his upcoming role for a long time. Vicky is putting in long hours at the gym to make sure he gets the physique right. He has much-anticipated projects in the pipeline like ‘Sardar Udham Singh’, ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’ and the biopic on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

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