Apple Tells Court Qualcomm Chip Licences Are Invalid

Apple on Tuesday broadened a legal attack on Qualcomm, arguing to a US federal court that licence agreements that secure the chipmaker a cut of every iPhone manufactured were invalid.

If successful, Apple’s attack would undermine a core tenet of Qualcomm’s business model.

Apple sued San Diego-based Qualcomm in January, saying the chip maker improperly withheld $1 billion in rebates because Apple helped Korean regulators investigate Qualcomm.

Apple Tells Court Qualcomm Chip Licences Are Invalid

Apple’s initial lawsuit was a relatively narrow one focused on whether it violated a contract with Qualcomm by helping regulators that were investigating Qualcomm’s business practices. But the new filing expands Apple’s claims and seeks to stop Qualcomm’s longstanding business model using a legal theory based on a ruling last month.

The US Supreme Court made it harder for manufacturers and drug companies to control how their products are used or resold, ruling in May against printer company Lexmark International in a patent dispute over another company’s resale of its used ink cartridges.

In a Tuesday brief seen by Reuters, Apple took aim at Qualcomm’s practice of requiring customers to sign patent licence agreements before purchasing chips, known in the industry as “no licence, no chips”.

The licence allows Qualcomm to take a percentage of the overall selling price for iPhone in exchange for supplying the modem chips that let phones connect to cellular data networks.

 

Apple argued that the ruling involving Lexmark showed that Qualcomm was entitled to only “one reward” for its intellectual property and products.

Qualcomm should be allowed to charge for either a patent licence or a chip, but not both, Apple argued.

Apple wants to be able to buy chips without signing the licence agreement that forces it to pay a part of the overall iPhone sale price.

Apple also asked the court to stop lawsuits that Qualcomm had filed against Foxconn and three other contract makers that assemble the iPhone on Apple’s behalf and are the formal buyers of Qualcomm’s chip, as is standard in the electronics industry.

Apple argued that the court fight should be between Apple and Qualcomm.

 

 

 

Intex Aqua S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Indian domestic handset maker Intex on Tuesday unveiled a new entry-level smartphone, the Aqua S3. Priced at Rs. 5,777, the new Intex Aqua S3 is now available to buy via offline channels. The new smartphone from Intex will be competing against Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A which also comes at around the same price.

The new Intex phone supports 4G with VoLTE (voice over LTE) which means that it will support Reliance Jio’s network. Intex is also touting that the new Aqua S3 ships with a high capacity charger (2A) which is claimed to reduce charging time by around 35 percent. One of the biggest highlights of the smartphone is it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The Intex Aqua S3 supports Nougat-specific features like split-screen multitasking, support for quick reply, and Doze power saving mode to name a few.

Intex Aqua S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

For specifications, the Intex Aqua S3 features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832A processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage. The smartphone supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB). The dual-SIM phone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, and an f/2.0 aperture. There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash at the front. It measures 146.6x73x9.8mm and weighs 164 grams. The Intex Aqua S3 is backed by a 2450mAh battery and will be going on sale in Champagne colour.

Additionally, the smartphone also comes with QR code scanner that can scan codes automatically and shows the tagged information. Another feature is miFon security which is claimed to be a ‘9 in 1 security suite’ offering features like lost phone tracker, missing phone siren, antivirus, and data backup. The Aqua S3 will also come preloaded with the Gaana music app.

Commenting on the launch of Aqua S3, Nidhi Markanday, Director and Business Head, Intex Technologies said, “With Aqua S3 model having high capacity charger, we have ensured that your smart phone doesn’t go Off and provides endless entertainment, the biggest advantage otherwise found in feature phones. The Aqua S3 is also powered with latest Android Nougat and front LED flash for the ubiquitous users to enjoy seamless experience and become a customer’s delight.”

 

Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Chinese handset manufacturer on Tuesday announced a special Virat Kohli Signature Edition of the Gionee A1 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 19,999, the new Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition is now up for pre-orders via Amazon India, and will be going on sale from June 27 at 12pm IST.

Customers who prebook the Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition will get a Sennheiser headphone for free. Other launch offers on the new limited edition Gionee A1 include up to Rs. 1,280 as Amazon Pay balance on the purchase; additional Rs. 2,000 off on product exchange, and up to 45GB data free for five months on Vodafone. Gionee says that the limited edition Gionee A1 is targeted for all fans of the Indian cricket team captain.

Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Priced at Rs. 19,999, Gionee A1’s biggest USP is its big 4010mAh battery and, selfie photo quality. The Gionee A1 sports a 16-megapixel front-facing fixed focus camera with an f/2.0 aperture, a 1/3.06-inch sensor, a 5P lens, and a selfie flash. The dual-SIM Gionee A1 smartphone runs Amigo 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and is a dual-SIM smartphone. It bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) SoC. As for the rear camera, the Gionee A1 bears a 13-megapixel camera with a 1/3.06-inch Sony IMX258 sensor, and dual-LED flash. The smartphone was launched in India back in March.

Commenting on the launch of new limited edition, Arvind R Vohra, Country CEO and MD, Gionee India said, “The Signature Edition Gionee A1 is inspired by greatness and crafted with perfection, just like captain Kohli’s masterstrokes. With the launch of this exclusive edition that comes with Virat’s signature, we are extremely elated to reinforce our commitment of keeping our customers happy with a masterpiece beyond compare.”

 

Why you should practice Pranayama every day

Pranayama is a practice that dwells into giving energy to every cell of our body. It is a Sanskrit word which means ‘mastery of life force’ or quite literally, to draw out life force or the breath that sustains our body.

The practice of Pranayama may seem simple, but includes regular training. According to yogic science, the aim of Pranayama is to participate all that guides life force. Pranayama typically includes the practice of correct breathing. Since Pranayama requires you to breathe right, it involves all body parts. This means that fresh oxygen reaches every organ of your body.

Regular practice of Pranayam has the following benefits:

1. Pranyama is known to purify as many as 80,000 nerves in the body. Since it balances out the energy flow of the body, Pranayama is known to affect our overall well-being. There are many health as well medical practitioners that recommend the practice of Pranayama daily. It is said that this consistent practice brings with it a steady mind and a disease-free body.

2.Many have dismissed yoga for ‘just another meditation practice’; however, Pranayama is a practice that can help you achieve physical fitness. Since, oxygen is reaching all your organs, Pranayama balances digestive system and gives a natural glow to your skin. Pranayama is known to increase vitality of a person.

3. Pranayama also builds mental health when it comes to concentration, memory and stress reduction. Our mind is a powerful tool that can guide what our entire day will look like. Pranayama helps bring serenity to our mental nerves as it increases oxygen supply in the body. This means that blood circulation increases and helps the mind to relieve stress.

4. Those suffering with high blood pressure problems, Pranayama is an ideal practice for them. Since blood pressure spikes at an increased speed in this condition, Pranayama helps bringing this sudden rush in control. Since Pranayama is a meditative state, it calms body and in turn releases hormones that relaxes the body completely. Along with blood pressure, severe issues like diabetes and depression can also be helped with the regular practice of Pranayama.

5. Many studies have proven that Pranayama can increase life span of a person. This is because Pranayama helps a person to breathe systematically. The main problem with many of us is how we breathe. According to yogic philosophy, “our longevity depends on our breathing rate.”

6. Pranayama is great for those who want to lose weight. This is because Pranayama helps you in taking control of your body. When we start practicing Pranayama regularly, our craving for many foods decreases as it starts eliminating the imbalances in our body. When our body is in a tired, fatigued state, we tend to eat unhealthy foods. However, practicising Pranayama balances and increase our awareness towards the food that we consume.

How to do Pranayama:

1.Sit in a cross-legged position on your yoga matt/ folded sheet.

2.Close your right nostril with your thumb.

3.Inhale from your left nostril. Remember to keep your back straight, body relaxed and the left hand on your left knee.

4.Next, close your left nostril with your ring finger of your right hand, and then release breath from the right nostril.

5.Repeat the same for 15 minutes. Take a break every 5 minutes, if needed.

Know the history behind International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day, or commonly referred to as Yoga Day, is observed every year on June 21 since its inception in the year 2015. Yoga itself is a very old practice that is followed in India since time immemorial. Its origin can be traced back to Lord Shiva, who is also called the Adi Yogi (first guru) and is known as the teacher to all the yogis in the world. However, today, the need for a nation that practises yoga on a day-to-day basis was felt by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, himself.
The idea to observe June 21 as Yoga Day was first proposed by the Prime Minister during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014. June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. He has stated:

“For us in India, respect for nature is an integral part of spiritualism. We treat nature’s bounties as sacred. Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change and in bettering our well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

Historic Moment

The draft of the proposal was presented by India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji in UNGA in December 2014. It was a historic moment for UNGA as the draft received a very healthy support from its member states, the maximum that had ever been witnessed in its history. Of the total 193 members of the UNGA, the proposal was approved by a consensus of 177 co-sponsoring countries. “Little did I know the kind of unprecedented response our proposal would receive,” Modi said during his speech at the very first International Yoga Day celebrations at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi.

Modi stated the reason for proposing 21 June for the date as the day being the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (while being shortest in the southern hemisphere). The day is known as summer solstice and has special significance from the perspective of yoga. Summer solstice is known to mark a transition to Dakshinaya. This transition is considered supportive to yoga practitioners as Dakshinayana is considered as a period of natural support to spiritual practices. Post the summer solstice, the first full moon is known as Guru Poornima.

Besides this, it is also believed that Shiva started imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of humanity on this very day. It was the day when he became the Adi Guru (first guru) of yoga.

The adoption of this resolution by UN was supported by many yoga practitioners and several spiritual leaders in India. They included the founder of Isha foundation, Sadhguru, and the founder of Art of Living, Ravi Shankar, who appreciated and fully supported the move. Ravi Shankar said that yoga was almost an orphan before that and an official recognition by the United Nations of a dedicated day for Yoga can substantially help spread the benefits of yoga to the entire world.

The first International Yoga Day was celebrated all over the world on 21 June, 2015. The day was celebrated at Rajpath and the arrangements were made by Ministry of AYUSH. Narendra Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations participated in the celebrations and performed 21 yoga asanas.

India holds 2 world records on Yoga Day already

The celebration that happened at Rajpath has established two Guinness world records. The first one was for being the world’s largest yoga class as it featured 35,985 people and the second one was for having maximum number of participating nationalities, that is, 84.

During his speech at the celebrations of International Yoga Day in 2015, Modi stated, “From the Upanishads, comes the idea of Yoga to transform human consciousness through control of body and senses through constant practice. The body is the vehicle for the realization of the Supreme Being.”

Yoga’s aim is not only to heal body but to purify all three: Mind, body and soul. It facilitates a connection between ourselves and Mother Nature, taking us closer to our real selves. Emphasising on the problems that we suffer from in the modern era and how yoga can be a cure-all for them, he said, “The problems of modern lifestyles are well known. People suffer from stress related ailments, lifestyle related diseases like diabetes and hypertension. We have found ways to control communicable diseases, but the burden of disease is shifting to non-communicable diseases. Young people who are not at peace with themselves seek refuge in drugs and alcohol. There is ample evidence that practicing yoga helps combat stress and chronic conditions. If the body is a temple of the mind, yoga creates a beautiful temple.”

Weight Watchers eating plan: Get in shape for summer

For part one of the plan click here.

We have teamed up with Weight Watchers to help you get in shape for summer. Whatever it is you want to achieve – greater confidence, improved health or happiness, techniques for de-stressing and re-energising or fun ways to get moving – Weight Watchers can give you all the support you need and help you lose weight along the way.

Why we love it

l Weight Watchers’ unique and scientifically-proven SmartPoints system is tailored to your needs and gives you freedom to follow the programme your own way.

l No food is off limits. Say yes to the food you love at home, in a restaurant or on the go.

l Weight Watchers provides round-the-clock support from nutritionally trained coaches, members and advanced online tools, including the Weight Watchers app with barcode scanner.

l Losing weight is about more than what you eat, so tips on activity and wellbeing are also available.

l Weight Watchers works. You could lose up to seven-times more with a Weight Watchers plan than by dieting on your own.

Breakfast menu

How the plan works

Weight Watchers members get a personalised SmartPoints budget* to spend on any food – so stick to your budget and you’ll lose weight. Most fruits and vegetables have a SmartPoints value of zero. Filling up on these will make your budget go further and support healthy weight loss.

With mix-and-match meal ideas and snacks, you can create a menu based on a daily SmartPoints allowance of 30. Include ½ pint of skimmed milk (4 SmartPoints values) every day for good health and use it in tea, coffee, with cereal or as a drink. Fresh fruits and vegetables are planned in to help you get your five-a-day, but feel free to replace them with your favourite seasonal produce.

You are advised to drink plenty of fluids – between six and eight glasses a day. These can include coffee, tea, milk, low- or no-sugar squashes, diet drinks and water.

*For your personalised SmartPoints budget, join a meeting or become an online subscriber. The menus in this series of supplements are based on a typical daily allowance of 30 SmartPoints values. Your personalised budget also includes a weekly allowance to spend on bigger portions, treats or meals out.

Weight Watchers summer tips

l Success is not only about what you weigh, it’s about how you feel, how healthy you are, how much energy you have and much more. So it makes sense to set goals that don’t focus solely on the number on the scales. If you want to set a weight goal, make sure it is realistic – a healthy weekly weight-loss rate is between ½lb and 2lb.

l Be honest, be accurate and ditch the bad thoughts. There is nothing beneficial or helpful about feeling depressed if things haven’t quite gone to plan. Write down what you have eaten or keep track of it with the Weight Watchers App.

chicken and pesto pasta

Try chicken and pesto pasta for a tasty and healthy lunch

Breakfasts

All-day breakfast

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 6 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 9

Calories per serving: 351

Preheat the grill to medium. Mist a large, nonstick frying pan with calorie-controlled cooking spray and cook 4 reduced-fat pork sausages for 15 minutes.

Put 300g (10½oz) of mushrooms and 150ml (5fl oz) of vegetable stock made with ½ a cube in a large pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Empty a 420g (14¾oz) tin of reduced-sugar-and-salt baked beans into a separate pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally.

Arrange 4 Weight Watchers Extra Trimmed unsmoked back bacon rashers on the grill rack with 4 halved tomatoes. Cook for 4-5 minutes, turning the rashers once, until crispy.

Remove the sausages and keep warm. Break 4 eggs into the pan and cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Finish under the grill. Toast 4 slices of Weight Watchers White Danish bread and put 1 tsp of low-fat spread on each.

French berry overnight oats

Serves: 1

SmartPoints per serving: 6

Calories per serving: 287

Layer 35g (1¼oz) of oats, 200g (7oz) of 0% fat natural Greek yoghurt and 150g (5oz) of mixed berries in a jar or bowl. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir to combine the layers and top with 50g (1¾oz) of berries.

 

Weight Watchers eating plan: Shape up for summer

We have teamed up with Weight Watchers to help you lighten up this summer. Whatever you want to achieve, whether it is improved confidence, health or happiness, techniques for de-stressing and re-energising or fun ways to get moving, Weight Watchers can give you all the support you need – and help you lose weight at the same time.

Diet

Why we love it

l Weight Watchers’ unique and scientifically-proven SmartPoints system is tailored to your needs and gives you freedom to follow the programme your own way.

l No food is off limits. Say yes to the food you love at home, in a restaurant or on the go.

l Weight Watchers provides round-the-clock support from nutritionally trained coaches, members and advanced online tools, including the Weight Watchers app with barcode scanner.

l Losing weight is about more than what you eat, so tips on activity and wellbeing are also available.

l Weight Watchers works. You could lose up to seven-times more with a Weight Watchers plan than by dieting on your own.

How the plan works

Weight Watchers members get a personalised SmartPoints budget* to spend on any food – so stick to your budget and you’ll lose weight. Most fruits and vegetables have a SmartPoints value of zero. Filling up on these will make your budget go further and support healthy weight loss.

With mix-and-match meal ideas and snacks, you can create a menu based on a daily SmartPoints allowance of 30. Include ½ pint of skimmed milk (4 SmartPoints values) every day for good health and use it in tea, coffee, with cereal or as a drink.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are planned in to help you get your five-a-day, but feel free to replace them with your favourite seasonal produce. You are advised to drink plenty of fluids – between six and eight glasses a day. These can include coffee, tea, milk, low- or no-sugar squashes, diet drinks and water.

*For your personalised SmartPoints budget, join a meeting or become an online subscriber. The menus in this series of supplements are based on a typical daily allowance of 30 SmartPoints values. Your personalised budget also includes a weekly allowance to spend on bigger portions, treats or meals out.

Diet

Breakfasts

Ricotta & peach on toast

Serves: 1

SmartPoints per serving: 3

Calories per serving: 127

Toast a 22g (²/³oz) slice of calorie-controlled brown bread. Top with 40g (1½oz) ricotta and ½ peach, sliced. If you like, add 1 level tsp low-fat spread for 1 extra SmartPoint.

Avocado & bacon on toast

Serves: 1

SmartPoints per serving: 5

Calories per serving: 177

Toast a 22g (²/³oz) slice of calorie-controlled wholemeal bread. Top with ¼ mashed avocado and 2 grilled bacon medallions. Add 1 level tsp of low-fat spread for 1 extra SmartPoint.

Caramelised banana & blueberry porridge

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 6

Calories per serving: 210

Mix 125g (4½oz) oats, 500ml (17fl oz) skimmed milk and 1 tsp agave nectar in a microwave-proof bowl and cook on full power for 2 minutes. Stir well, then cook for another 2 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick frying pan and mist with calorie-controlled cooking spray.

Sear 1 sliced banana over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until caramelised. Drizzle on 1 tbsp honey and add 150g (5oz) berries. Shake the pan and let the mixture bubble for 1 minute. Serve the oats topped with the fruit mixture.

Homemade muesli

Serves: 10

Preparation time: 5 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 6

Calories per serving: 174

In a large bowl, mix 200g (7oz) jumbo porridge oats, 75g (3oz) sultanas, 50g (2oz) flaked almonds, 40g (1½oz) wheatgerm, 30g (1¼oz) sunflower seeds and 25g (1oz) golden linseed. Serve 42g (1½oz) with 120ml (4¼fl oz) skimmed milk. Store the remainder in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Greek berry overnight oats

Serves: 1

SmartPoints per serving: 7

Calories per serving: 233

In a small jar, combine 35g (1¼oz) oats, 60ml (2fl oz) skimmed milk, 60g (2½oz)

0% fat natural Greek yoghurt, 1 tsp maple syrup or honey and 85g (3¹/8oz) raspberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Top with 15g (²/³oz) raspberries to serve.

Lunches

Mozzarella & tomato panzanella

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus resting

Cooking time: 8-10 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 8

Calories per serving: 286

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/gas mark 4. Lightly mist 100g (3¾oz) sourdough bread, torn into chunks, with calorie-controlled cooking spray and put on a baking tray. Scatter over 1 tsp dried mixed herbs, season, then bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp and golden.

Combine 6 yellow cherry tomatoes, 6 baby plum tomatoes, 6 pomodorino tomatoes, all halved, and 6 vine tomatoes, roughly chopped, with ¼ cucumber, halved lengthways, deseeded and sliced. Stir in the bread and leave at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Whisk together 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tsp white wine vinegar,

2 tsps freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil and 1 garlic clove, crushed. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scatter on 75g (3oz) torn reduced-fat mozzarella and fresh basil leaves and drizzle with dressing to serve.

Diet

Beetroot “couscous” with roast squash & feta

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 3

Calories per serving: 259

V, GF

Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/gas mark 6. Cut 400g (14oz) butternut squash into bite-sized chunks and put in a roasting dish. Drizzle with ½ tbsp olive oil, season and stir to coat.

Roast for 35-40 mins or until tender and golden. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop 450g (1lb) raw beetroot. Blitz in a food processor until it resembles couscous. Mist a frying pan with calorie-controlled cooking spray and cook the beetroot for 4-5 mins, until just softened. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix the cooled beetroot, roasted squash and some chopped fresh mint and dill. Season. Crumble over 75g (3oz) reduced-fat feta to serve.

Roasted red pepper & ham quiches

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 7

Calories per serving: 248

Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/gas mark 6. Flatten 3 split Warburtons Brown Sandwich Thins with a rolling pin, stamp out 6 circles with a pastry cutter and push into a muffin tray. Mist with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes. Mix 2 eggs, 4 tbsps skimmed milk, chopped fresh herbs, 20g (¾oz) chopped lean ham and 25g (1oz) diced roasted red peppers. Season, spoon into the Thins cups and bake for 10 mins. Serve with mixed salad.

Chicken & bacon open sandwich

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 9

Calories per serving: 429

Preheat the grill to high. Mist 2 x 160g (5½oz) skinless chicken breasts with calorie-controlled cooking spray, then rub in 1 tsp paprika. Grill for 10-12 minutes, turning halfway, until the chicken is cooked through. Allow to cool slightly, then cut into thick slices.

Grill 4 Weight Watchers Unsmoked Extra Trimmed bacon rashers for 5 minutes, turning once, until crisp, and cut into long strips. Meanwhile, mix together 3 tbsps half-fat crème fraîche, 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard and 2 tsps lemon juice, then season. Toast 2 x 35g (1¼oz) slices of a Weight Watchers Thick Sliced Grained loaf and spread with the mustard mixture, reserving a little.

Top with baby gem lettuce leaves, sliced vine tomatoes, chicken and bacon. Sprinkle over 1 trimmed and sliced spring onion and serve seasoned and drizzled with the remaining dressing.

Snacks

l Weight Watchers yoghurt, (4½oz), any flavour

2 SmartPoints

l 1 bag Weight Watchers cheese & onion savoury snacks

2 SmartPoints

l Weight Watchers Rich

Toffee Bar

3 SmartPoints

l 2 squares of chocolate

4 SmartPoints

l 1 toasted crumpet topped

with 1 tsp yeast extract

4 SmartPoints

l Peaches tinned in natural juice, drained

0 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers summer tips

l For healthier barbecues, choose a couple of simple options for the grill, such as steak, lean hamburgers, chicken breasts or vegetable kebabs, and combine with colourful side dishes.

l Say yes to a fit new you. Join Weight Watchers 5k My Way, a four-week flexible training plan created by fitness experts to help you walk, run, swim or cycle your way to 5k. See #WW5kMyWay.

l Research within positive psychology has demonstrated that when we are happier we make healthier choices. As a starting point, keep track of how you feel, how confident you are, how well you sleep, how comfortable you feel in your own skin and how well you are taking care of yourself. You could give yourself a score on a scale of 1-10 for each of these elements, then focus on taking steps to improve over the coming weeks.

Dinners

Veggie mac ’n’ cheese

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

SmartPoints per serving: 9

Calories per serving: 328

240g (8¼oz) penne pasta

1 small cauliflower, cut into small florets

1 small broccoli, cut into small florets

40g (1½oz) cheddar cheese sauce mix

400ml (14fl oz) semi-skimmed milk

1 tsp wholegrain mustard

2 large tomatoes, sliced

Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta, adding the cauliflower and broccoli to it for the final 3-4 minutes. Drain and return to the pan.

Preheat the grill to medium-high. Put the sauce mix in a pan and whisk in a little of the milk. Pour in the remaining milk and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes until thickened. Remove from the heat, stir in the mustard and season with black pepper.

Pour the sauce over the pasta and vegetables and mix well. Transfer to an ovenproof dish, top with the tomatoes and brown under the grill.

 

How to jump-rope like a pro to lose the flab

Want to get into shape and lose the unwanted flab? Grab the jump rope. Skipping is being called the ultimate high-intensity exercise regimen. A full-body workout that starts with the wrists, it uses the legs, hands, shoulders and abs to leave you healthy and toned. Skipping also increases bone density and builds alertness. Folks are increasingly taking to this workout that you can do just about anywhere. Short bursts of high intensity exercise are said to wake up the body and it’s no wonder that celebrities such as Padma Lakshmi, Kate Hudson, Megan Fox and Justin Bieber are all said to be fans of skipping.
Here are a few rules to follow when using the jump rope…


1) Choose the right rope:
Size matters here, because if the rope is too short you may hit your shins. To know what works, step on the rope and extend the handles upwards. If they touch the armpits , it’s a comfortable size.
2) The turf: Jumping on the wrong surface can impact the knees adversely. Avoid cement as that is too hard. Instead, jump on grass or another soft flooring.
3) Your clothes: Remember, when skipping, the rope might hit your outfit, so avoid hoodies with long ropes. Stick to a T-shirt and fitted tracks.

4) Warm up: This is a strenuous activity, so work out before you jump rope.
5) Start gradually: New to this? Begin with a one-foot bounce and then go to a two-foot one. In a single bounce, you should be jumping only ½ an inch off the ground.
6) Your form: Never jump flat-footed, but land on the balls of your feet. Also, while jumping do not let your feet touch the ground.

DID YOU KNOW?
Jumping rope for 10 minutes = Running one mile

Happy Yoga Day: Facial Yoga, the Yogic Way of Toning Your Face Muscles

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared 21st June as International Yoga Day to celebrate the importance of Yoga in our day to day living. This date was chosen because it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. Yoga, as many already know embodies the unity between mind and body, thought and action and symbolises harmony between man and nature. It is a holistic approach to health and well-being and being accepted around the world for its many health benefits.

 

On the occasion of International Yoga Day, we look at a lesser known set of exercises that help rejuvenate muscles of your face. Facial yoga is practiced and advocated by many experts as a means to strengthen your facial muscles.

 

What is Facial Yoga?

 

‘Ageing gracefully’ can be a dreaded statement in this world of innumerable ageing creams and serums loaded with chemicals. But how about making it easier with adding yoga to it and keeping it naturally beautiful? According to Dr. Deepali Bharadwaj from the Skin & Hair Clinic, “Facial yoga is a form of yoga which is practiced using the facial muscles. It plays a role in keeping muscles of the face tighter, rejuvenated, fresher, looking younger, lesser lags, just as yoga does to the muscles all over the body, by giving oxygen to the facial muscles. For me facial yoga is a way of life and I make sure to practice it every day for about 10 minutes. I ensure at least a 10-15 minute facial yoga session while I am driving.”

yogaFacial yoga is a form of yoga which is practiced using the facial muscles​

Benefits of Facial Yoga

Face yoga or facial yoga is a set of exercises to help relax and tone your face muscles. Let us give you a lowdown on some benefits of facial yoga:

 

1. Helps slow down the aging process

 

As you grow older, you may witness fine lines and wrinkles forming with time and makes you look aged. With face stretching and other exercises, you will be able to get rid of these fine lines and eventually get a tighter and toned skin.

 

2. It helps release tension

 

Yoga helps make us calm. Our sedentary lifestyles have led us to sit at one place for more than 8 hours, leading excessive tension on the spinal cord, neck and core muscles. Facial yoga helps release the tension in these areas and helps you relax.

 

3. Can help eliminate double chin

 

If you hate looking at yourself in the mirror with a dreaded double chin, facial yoga might be just the perfect deal. Neck exercises in face yoga can help deal with the stubborn fat on the chin.

 

4. It is all natural

 

You can easily get a naturally glowing skin and toned face muscles just by facial yoga. Hence, you wouldn’t really need to use any anti-aging surgeries and other chemical interventions.

facial yogaFace yoga or facial yoga is a set of exercises to help relax and tone your face muscles​

Some facial yoga exercises

Here are some yoga exercises suggested by Dr. Bharadwaj:

 

1. The Fish Face

 

The fish face helps in tightening the cheek muscles, give rigidity and tone them, avoiding sagging. All you need to do is to smile as you purse your lips, then create a fish face by sucking the inside of your cheeks.

2. Kiss the Ceiling

 

Look up and pucker your mouth like you are kissing the ceiling. Hold for five seconds and repeat the exercise. This exercise is to get a prominent jawline and high cheekbones and strengthen the muscles in your neck.

3. Puffer Cheeks

 

To firm your cheeks, take a deep breath through your mouth and puff the breath from cheek to cheek. This pose will strengthen the cheek muscles and eventually prevent them from becoming thinner.

4. Say Bye to Crow’s Feet

 

Crow’s Feet also known as laugh lines are the fine lines formed around the corner of the eyes with age. Open your eyes wide like you are surprised. Pull skin back while doing this exercise with the help of your hand.

5. Baby Bird

 

If you want to prevent your chin and neck from sagging, press the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, pose a smile and while pointing your chin at the ceiling.

So on this International Yoga Day, pledge to take out some time to rejuvenate the, often ignored, tired muscles of your face.

CDSL IPO Oversubscribed 84 Times

New Delhi: The initial public offer of the Central Depository Services (India) Ltd (CDSL) saw huge investor demand with the issue being oversubscribed 84.29 times by late afternoon trade on the last day of bidding on Wednesday.

The IPO, to raise Rs. 524 crore, received bids for over 209 crore shares against the total issue size of 2.48 crore shares, data available with the NSE till 1445 hours showed.

CDSL on Friday raised Rs. 154.07 crore from 15 anchor investors. The price band for the share sale has been fixed at Rs. 145-149.

CDSL IPO Oversubscribed 84 Times

CDSL’s promoter and leading stock exchange BSE plans to sell 3.51 crore shares, including over 1 crore anchor investor shares.

The book running lead managers to the offer are Haitong Securities India Pvt Ltd, IDBI Capital Markets and Securities Ltd and YES Securities (India) Ltd.

CDSL is the second largest depository in the country.