News Tidbits For March 15, 2018

Workout of the Day

Source: Globo 

Councilwoman Marielle Franco was shot to death in downtown Rio de Janeiro last night, around 9:30 p.m. The driver of her car was also killed. According to the police, the criminals pulled up alongside her car and fired at her. She was hit with at least four shots in the head.

Marielle was the fifth most-voted councilwoman in Rio. One night before her tragic murder, she tweeted, “How many more need to die for this war to end?”

Theresa May Kicks 23 Russian Diplomats Out

Source: The New York Times

Theresa May of Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil. She vowed to rein in the Kremlin’s spies and said there was no place for “serious criminals and corrupt elites” in Britain.

No members of the royal family will attend the World Cup in Russia this summer.

At the U.N. Security Council, Britain took the unusual step of accusing Russia of attempted murder.

Wanna Keep Your Heart Healthy? Think Exercise - Not Weight Loss

Source: The New York Times

For people with coronary heart disease, losing weight will not prolong life, a new Norwegian study reports, but increasing physical activity will.

Lowering body mass index by more than 0.10 in a year was associated with a 30 percent increase in the risk for death, but only in those of normal weight at the start. Weight gain was not associated with mortality.

Compared to patients who were inactive, those who did 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week reduced their risk by 19 percent. Those who exercised more than that had a 36 percent reduction in mortality.

“Being active has large effects, and doing even a little bit is better than doing nothing. Weight loss is beneficial for overweight people, but exercise is even better” (Trine Moholdt, lead author of the study).

Source: The New York Times

“The Godfather” opened in New York on this day in 1972, and was one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life.

It was directed by a young Francis Ford Coppola – who was selected after numerous other directors turned down the job, and in part for his Italian heritage – and became an almost instant classic. It was the top-earning film of 1972 and remains one of the highest-grossing (and most critically acclaimed) movies of all time.

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1973, “The Godfather” won three, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Marlon Brando, who played Vito Corleone, the family’s aging patriarch.

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