Daniel Craig To Reprise The James Bond Role In ‘Bond 25’

Latest update reveals that Daniel Craig has confirmed that he will reprise his role as James Bond in an upcoming “Bond” movie. According to reports, the actor recently confirmed that he will be returning to his James Bond role. It is reported that Craig told “Late Show” host, Stephen Colbert that he will be reprising the role of James Bond for his fifth film in “Bond 25.”

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Daniel Craig To Reprise The James Bond Role In ‘Bond 25’

The new update that was revealed Tuesday night came as a surprise to many. However, it is an amazing update for James Bond fans who have been hoping that the actor will reprise his role in the upcoming movie. Although there have been lots rumors and speculations about the return of Craig, nothing was confirmed until now.

It is reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Craig has now officially confirmed that he will reprise the role of Agent 007 in Bond 25. He replied in the affirmative when asked if he will reprise his role in the upcoming movie. Craig stated that he has known for a couple of months now that he will return to the franchise as the James Bond actor.

He added that “We have been discussing it, we have just been trying to figure things out…… I always wanted to, I needed a break.” Meanwhile, the James Bond actor also confirmed during the show that this will be last time he will play the role of the spy in the franchise. “I just want to go out on a high note, and I can’t wait,” he said, according to a report by IGN.

Daniel Craig has been portraying the role of Agent 007 since “Casino Royale” that was released in 2006. The actor has featured in other James Bond movies including “Quantum of Solace” released in 2008, “Skyfall” in 2012 and “Spectre” in 2015. There were controversies over the return of the actor in 2015 after he made headlines for making negative remarks about the possibility of reprising the role in the future.

However, he told Colbert during the recent interview that “There’s no point making excuses about it, but it was two days after I had finished shooting the last movie and I went straight to an interview where someone asked, ‘Would you do another one?’ and I went, ‘No!'” The upcoming “Bond 25” was officially announced last month by EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters November 8, 2019.


Death Toll Rises To 20 In The Konduga Suicide Bombing Attack

New reports reveal that at least 20 people have been confirmed dead in the Konduga suicide bombing attack. According to reports, the Tuesday suicide bombing attack on the Konduga community has claimed the lives of around 20 people and left eight others critically injured.

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Death Toll Rises To 20 In The Konduga Suicide Bombing Attack

The twin suicide bombing attack was launched on Mandarari town of Konduga Local Government Area, which is about 25 kilometers to the southeast of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The terrorist attack was initiated at about 5:50 pm on Tuesday.

Although not much is known about the deadly attack, it is reported by Sahara Reporters that a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) revealed to its correspondent that the death toll will likely rise above 30. This information was obtained when the rescue operations were still underway. The JTF spokesperson added that the attack occurred at a motor park.

According to a report on the Channelstv website, the spokesperson for the JTF added that the attack was launched by three suicide bombers, two of which are females and the other a male. The report added that the bombers took turn to detonate the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that were strapped around their bodies.

The recent attack was launched not long after the Nigerian Military allowed Mobile Strike Teams into the Theatre of operation in order to improve the efficiency of its operations. It is reported that the sounds of heavy ammunition being shot could still be heard from a distance at 10:00 pm on Tuesday.



Google Adds 30 New Languages To Its Speech Recognition Technology

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Google Adds Speech Recognition Support For 30 Additional Languages

Latest updates state that Google has added support for 30 additional languages to its speech recognition technology. According to reports, the technology giant recently announced that it is expanding its speech-to-text to include support 30 new languages and dialects across the globe.

This is said to be an amazing news as it will give more people from different parts of the world the ability to use and enjoy the service. This is especially an interesting update as it allows users to search and translate using their voices. It is reported by TechRadar that the Cloud Speech API can now convert words spoken by users into text for a total of 119 languages.

The report added that the 30 new languages include Azerbaijani (Azerbaijani), Gujarati (India), Javanese (Indonesia), Bengali (Bangladesh, India), Lao (Laos), Khmer (Cambodian), Nepali (Nepal) and Amharic (Ethiopia). Also in the list are, Armenian (Armenia), English (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania), Georgian (Georgia), Kannada (India), Marathi (India), Latvian (Latvia), and Sundanese (Indonesia).

Malayalam (India), Tamil (India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia), Urdu (Pakistan, India), Sinhala (Sri Lanka), Telugu (India), and Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya), according to Engadget. It is reported that the tech giant intends to incorporate support for the new languages on other applications including Gboard add-on and Google Translate. It is believed that this is a wise step as it will mean that the support for the new languages will be extended beyond speech recognition to include instant translation and voice search.

Furthermore, Google reportedly announced that it is augmenting voice dictation to support emojis over speech English users in the United States. If the new update is to be considered, this means users can get the emoji’s of their choice by simply saying something like “Angry emoji” to express their state of mind, thereby making it easier to access the emoji gallery. The company stated that it will expand its support to cover more languages in the future.

New Male Contraceptive Option May Effectively Prevent Pregnancy

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New Male Contraceptive Option May Effectively Prevent Pregnancy

Male contraceptive methods which include condoms, withdrawal and vasectomy have been the trend over the years. Although most people have hoped for a comfortable, more reliable option, it seems the end of the traditional options is not in sight. However, last year, it was reported that a research found new male contraceptive shots that are effective in preventing pregnancy.

It is reported by Science Daily that the traditional methods are mostly associated with high rates of pregnancy. Others are especially not comfortable with vasectomy because of its permanent nature. The report added that there are currently no long lasting and reversible contraceptives options available for men.

The constantly growing demand for new methods of a male contraceptive has been met with increasing numbers of medical research to the effect. A new survey reportedly finds that while the majority of men would love to have a new contraceptive option, only 20 percent already rely on the existing methods.

Meanwhile, it is reported by Eurekalert that research on the topic has discovered various targets for male contraception but, none of the new products have successfully made it to the market. The report added that a new study was conducted in groups of rhesus monkey on the use of Vasalgel to confirm the findings of a previous preclinical trial in rabbits. The rabbit study was conducted to check the efficacy of the new technique.

According to reports, Vasalgel is a high molecular weight polymer that includes SMA (styrene-alt-maleic acid) that has been dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide. It is believed that this could be the first long-lasting, reversible and non-hormonal male contraceptive option to hit store shelves.

The new technique works by forming a hydrogel and blocking the passage of sperm when injected into the vas deferens. It is been reported that the gel allows fluids to pass slowly through it, thereby reducing back-pressure on the epididymis. In addition, the researchers who conducted the study stated that the effect of Vasalgel has been successfully reversed in a rabbit model.

Reversal is done by flushing out the materials with a sodium bicarbonate solution. The resumption of quick flow of sperm was recorded afterward. Interestingly the study authors found that the new method was effective in preventing pregnancy, which was the ultimate goal of the study. While conducting the study, the researchers compared the efficacy of the new technique to that of vasectomy.

“While vasectomy is a quick and relatively simple procedure in humans, in monkeys there can be additional complications, as it is inherently more complex. We were impressed that this alternative worked in every single monkey, even though this was our first time trying it,” lead veterinarian on the study, Angela Colagross-Schouten said.

Boko Haram Update: Terrorist Group Releases A Video Mocking The Muhammadu Buhari Administration

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Boko Haram Update: Terrorist Group Releases A Video Mocking The Muhammadu Buhari Administration

New updates reveal that the Islamic extremist terrorist group popularly known as Boko Haram has released a new video. According to reports, the new video mocks the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, former president Goodluck Jonathan, and the current chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai.

It is reported by Sahara Reporters that the video features the leader of the terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau as well as a few other members dressed in their usual camouflage and holding weapons. The report added that the 36-minute video showcases Shekau speaking in Arabic. All he reportedly said was hurtful and defamatory remarks about the current administration and how they have failed to stop the group in their so called jihad.

Although the Muhammadu Buhari administration has previously stated that the Boko Haram terrorist group have been technically defeated, Nigerians keep seeing otherwise with every passing day. This is mostly because the group still stage attacks on local communities through out the affected areas. The destructive activities of the group are mostly carried out in some parts of northeastern Nigerian including Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the new video was released not long after the group staged an attack in a remote community called Amarwa in Borno state. They engage in using catastrophic methods like suicide bombings and kidnappings to achieve their goals.
The activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group centers on attacking and destroying the lives and properties of the citizens since the insurgency first started in 2009.

It is reported that the group which was established in 2002, has been linked to over 20,000 deaths throughout Nigeria. It is also responsible for the displacement of more than 2.3 million people in both Nigerian and the greater lake chad region.

However, the new video ended with the leader of the group shooting sporadically into the sky. It is still not clear if the group has been defeated as the Nigerian government says one thing and the group says another, but stay tuned for more Boko Haram update.

Yoga May Be Effectively Used To Manage The Symptoms Of Depression, Study Finds

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Yoga May Effectively Manage The Symptoms Of Depression, Study Finds

A recent study presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association finds that yoga could be an effective remedy for the symptoms of depression. According to reports, the researchers who conducted the study discovered that yoga can be used as a complement to the traditional therapies by individuals who are suffering from depression. It is reported that this is because the practice is effective in reducing the symptoms of depression.

“Yoga has become increasingly popular in the West, and many new yoga practitioners cite stress-reduction and other mental health concerns as their primary reason for practicing. But the empirical research on yoga lags behind its popularity as a first-line approach to mental health,” chairman of a session highlighting research on yoga and depression, Lindsey Hopkins, Ph.D., of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center said.

It is reported by Science Daily that the new study that was conducted on 23 male veterans who participated in yoga classes twice-weekly for eight weeks, focused on the acceptability and antidepressant effects of hatha yoga – a type of yoga that involves physical exercises. It also has to do with meditative and breathing exercises for a better well-being.

According to Eurekalert, the researchers found that on a scale of 1-10, one being the lowest, the average enjoyment rating in the yoga classes for the study participants was 9.4. In addition, all the participants involved in the study reported that they would recommend the program to friends and family.

Furthermore, the researchers noted that there was a significant reduction in the depression symptoms of participants who had elevated depression scores prior to the yoga program. The results were evaluated after eight weeks of the program.
It is reported that Sarah Shallit, MA, of Alliant University in San Francisco also investigated into another type of hatha yoga known as Bikram yoga. The study involved 52 women, who were between the age of 25 and 45. The study authors divided the participant’s into two groups one of which was assigned to participate in yoga classes twice-weekly for eight weeks.

The second group was informed that they were wait-listed. After that, the researchers tested the depression levels of all the study participants at the beginning of the study, and also at weeks three, six and nine.

Maren Nyer, Ph.D., and Maya Nauphal, BA, of Massachusetts General Hospital also presented data in the same session from a study conducted on 29 adults who participated in a Bikram yoga program at least twice-weekly for eight weeks. The researchers discovered a significant reduction in the symptoms of depression and also an improvement in other measures including quality of life, optimism, and cognitive and physical functioning.

Study Finds Fennel Can Be Used In The Effective Management Of Postmenopause Symptoms

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Study Finds Fennel Can Be Used In The Effective Management Of Postmenopause Symptoms

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers finds that Fennel, an anise-flavored herb commonly used for cooking could also be effectively used in the management of post menopause symptoms including but not limited to sleeplessness, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and anxiety.

According to reports, the new study found that fennel which is famous for its numerous health benefits could be used to manage the symptoms that accompany the period of menopause without any serious side effect.

It is reported by Science Daily that fennel can also be used to manage an array of other health conditions including premenstrual symptoms and indigestion. The report also states that although the use of alternative medicine for the effective management of post menopause symptoms has been the trend in recent years, most women just seem to prefer it over hormone therapy.

Notwithstanding the fact hormone therapy (HT) is considered the most effective treatment solution used in managing symptoms that accompany menopause, most women experiencing the condition still prefer alternative medicine because of the said negative side effects linked to hormone therapy.

Meanwhile, Fennel, on the other hand, is a herb that contains essential oils, and phytoestrogen properties according to Eurekalert. The report added that Phytoestrogens are chemicals that are more like estrogen in plants and have been used over the years to effectively manage postmenopause symptoms.

While conducting the new study, the researchers administered soft capsules containing 100 mg of fennel twice daily for eight weeks to the study participants that included 79 Iranian women who were between the age of 45 to 60 years. The authors then compared the improvement levels between the intervention participants and the placebo group at four, eight, and 10 weeks.

Interestingly, they found a significant statistical difference between the two groups of participants. This made the researchers conclude that fennel is a safe and effective treatment solution for postmenopause symptoms. They also noted that it has no serious side effect.

“This small pilot study found that, on the basis of a menopause-rating scale, twice-daily consumption of fennel as a phytoestrogen improved menopause symptoms compared with an unusual minimal effect of placebo. A larger, longer, randomized study is still needed to help determine its long-term benefits and side effect profile,” executive director of NAMS, Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton said.

The researchers published the findings of the study titled “Effect of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (fennel) on menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women: a randomized, triple-blind, placebo-controlled trial” online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

New Study Finds That Hormone Replacement Therapies May Encourage The Spread Of Breast Cancer

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri finds that hormone replacement therapies could worsen and help breast cancer spread. According to reports, the findings of the new study suggest that natural and synthetic progestins are associated with the increased production of certain breast cancer cells, which act like stem cells in the human body.

According to a recent report by Science Daily, the new study finds that women who take hormone replacement therapies are likely to have a higher risk or worsen symptoms of breast cancer. Hormone replacement therapies including medications that contain female hormones are usually used as a substitute for the hormones the body is no longer able to produce.

They are also often prescribed to reduce the symptoms of menopause in women. The new study has now found a link between these natural and synthetic progestins and the production of a particular type of cancer cells that imitates stem cells in the human body.

The researchers believe that the findings of the new study could further assist scientists in their struggle towards targeting these cells that cause breast cancer to grow, spread and metastasize in other areas. It may also help medical practitioners to identify immunotherapies to inhibit the growth of breast cancer, as reported by Eurekalert.

“In previous studies, we have shown that both natural and synthetic progestins accelerate the development of breast cancer and increase their metastasis to lymph nodes. Our laboratory is committed to identifying these cancer stem mechanisms that bring about increased breast cancer risks.

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New Study Finds That Hormone Replacement Therapies May Encourage The Spread Of Breast Cancer

“Recently, our research focused on special cells – which are called ‘cancer stem cell-like cells’ – that induce aggressive tumor growth, metastasis, and cancer recurrence,” a Professor in Tumor Angiogenesis and professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, Salman Hyder said.

While conducting the study, the researchers ran a series of tests in which they utilized human breast cancer cells that are hormone-responsive to examine the effects of progestin on the cell markers that are commonly found in persons with breast cancers. The researchers found that the natural and synthetic progestins increased the protein expression of CD44 significantly.

It is reported that this is a molecule associated with cell proliferation, cell communication as well as migration. Furthermore, the authors discovered that the mere presence of progestins made the components to act like cancer stem cells. They added that these cancer stem cell-like cells have the ability to renew themselves and also create identical copies of themselves, thus proliferate exponentially. However, the authors found that the rare subset of breast cancer cells was actually enriched by progestin.

In conclusion, the study found that exposure to natural and synthetic progestins could further lead to the development of these cancer stem cell-like cells. They highly increase the possibility of resistance to therapies and high risk of metastasis.


Amazon To Offer Ready-To-Eat Meals That Do Not Require Refrigeration

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Amazon To Offer Ready-To-Eat Meals That Do Not Require Refrigeration

Latest updates reveal that Amazon is planning on adding the delivery of ready-to-eat meals that do not require refrigeration to it services. According to reports, the online merchant is actively working on offering ready- to-eat meals that do not require refrigeration to its customers.

The new update comes not long after it was reported that the online merchant has filed trademarks for a meal-preparation service. Now, the reports suggest that the retailer has more in mind when it filed for the trademark as the new service will reportedly involve offering prepackaged meals that will be delivered to customers in a ready-to-eat form.

According to a report by New York Times, the new technology that Amazon is looking to explore was first created for the United States military. It was formerly used to produce delicious packaged meals that do not need to be refrigerated. The report also states that the goal can be achieved by utilizing a technique known as the microwave assisted thermal sterilization (MATS).

It is reported by TechRadar that MATS works by putting sealed food in pressurized containers of water, which are then heated with the help of microwaves for a required period of time until properly cooked and sterile. The report added that the sealed packages can be preserved on shelves for up to one year without any need for refrigeration.

According to reports, officials at the Amazon start-up firm in charge of marketing the technology revealed that the company has already concluded plans to offer ready-to-eat meals such as a vegetable frittata and beef stew as soon as 2018. however, Amazon is yet to officially confirm this information. It is believed that the MATS technique could be a huge hit for the online merchant as it will enable it to save a lot from refrigerated transport and storage.

It is being reported that this is also a good thing for buyers as dishes would be easy to store, it would not require refrigeration and would likely be cheaper compared to take-out from restaurants. Delivering ready to eat meals will help boost Amazon’s Fresh service that has already been delivering groceries to buyers’ homes for a decade. It could help the company to grab more share of the grocery industry in addition to its recent $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods a few months back.