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Google Doodle honors legendary surfer Eddie Aikau savior of hundreds of lives

first_img Share your voice Online Sports Tags Google honors legendary big-wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau. Google Eddie Aikau was an iconic Hawaiian surfer as famous for his prowess on big waves as he was as a lifeguard who saved hundreds of lives from the dangerous surf of Oahu’s north shore.But it’s for his final rescue attempt that he’s beloved in the Hawaiian community. To honor the legendary surfer and lifeguard, Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Aikau on what would have been his 73rd birthday. For almost as long as Google has been around, it’s livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among many other things, Pac-Man’s anniversary, Copernicus’ birthday, Mother’s Day and the World Cup, as well as reminding us of lesser-known real-world heroes. Aikau was one of those real-world heroes.Born in Maui on May 4, 1946, Aikau was a descendant of the high priest to King Kamehameha I. After his family moved to Oahu, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 to take a job at the Dole pineapple cannery; his paycheck allowed him to buy his first surfboard.In 1967, Aikau was hired as the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s north shore, where waves frequently reach 30 feet or higher. He’s credited with saving more than 500 people during his brief career, never losing a soul on his watch.Aikau also made his mark as a big-wave surfer, riding every major swell to hit the north shore between 1967 and 1978. “Eddie was a pretty quiet guy, but when there was a challenge, or some risk to be taken, or a game to be played that everybody wanted to win, Eddie seemed to rise to the top,” his younger brother Clyde said in a profile published by surfboard maker Quiksilver. “He was high risk at an early age.” In pro surfing, Aikau reached a rank of 12th best in the world and won several surfing awards, including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.In 1978, he was chosen to join the crew of a cultural expedition between Hawaii and Tahiti on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea. During the 30-day, 2,500-mile voyage, the double-hulled canoe developed a leak and capsized about 12 miles south of the island of Molokai.In an effort to get help for the crew, Aikua paddled off on his surfboard toward the island of Lanai. The crew was eventually rescued by the US Coast Guard, but Aikau was never seen again.In 1985, a big-wave surfing tournament called Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, aka The Eddie, was established at Waimea Bay to honor Aikau’s legacy. Before the competition can be held, the tournament’s rules require open-ocean swells must be at least 20 feet high, which generally generates wave faces in the bay of about 30 feet. As a result, the tournament has been held only nine times, most recently in 2016. Comments 2 Google Doodlelast_img read more

Childhood stress may make women gain weight

first_imgChildhood stress may have a bigger influence on weight gain by women than stress during adulthood, says a study.Interestingly, the study that appeared online in the journal Social Science & Medicine found that neither childhood nor adult stress was associated with weight gain for men. “These findings add to our understanding of how childhood stress is a more important driver of long term weight gain than adult stress, and how such processes differ for men and women,” said one of the researchers Hui Liu, associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers analysed data from a survey of 3,617 people (2,259 women and 1,358 men) who were interviewed four times in a 15-year period.Childhood stress was measured on a range of family-related stressors that occurred at age 16 or younger such as economic hardship, divorce, at least one parent with mental health problem and never knowing one’s father.Adult stress included such factors as job loss, death of a significant other and parental and care-provider stress. The researchers found that women who experienced higher levels of childhood stress gained weight more rapidly than women who experienced less childhood stress. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Change in body mass is a process that unfolds throughout life and childhood may be a critical period for establishing patterns that have a long term impact on women’s weight over time,” Liu said.“Men and women respond to stress differently. It may be possible that women eat more to cope with stress, whereas men are more likely to engage in less weight-related strategies such as withdrawing or drinking alcohol,” Liu added.last_img read more

53 of women in India physically inactive

first_imgWhile men and women in India are largely physically inactive, women were found to burn less calories than their male counterparts, finds a survey of over one million Indians.The survey – “Physical activity levels of Indians” showed that 53 per cent of Indian women are “inactive” and burn less than 50 per cent of calories that a person should burn through physical activity, daily, as against 44 per cent of men. The average calorie burn budget of Indian men is 476 calories per day vs. women’s 374 calories per day, out of which men burn 55 per cent (262) while women burn just 44 per cent (165). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver 30 per cent men are “active”, burning more than 80 per cent of their calories, and only 24 per cent women are “active” and 22 per cent “mildly active”. “It is a matter of grave concern that almost half of all Indians are inactive and burn less than even 50 per cent of their calorie budget. Inactivity and unhealthy food habits can lead to several lifestyle diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol,” says an expert in the field. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”From our experience, we are already witnessing an increase of such cases amongst people as early as in their 30s.” Everyday physical activity and good eating habits can play a crucial role in avoiding and even reversing such diseases. It is time that we start taking ‘working out’ more seriously.Further, the survey found that Tier 1 cities continue to be more active than Tier 2 cities, burning 407 calories in a day versus 371 in Tier 2. Bengaluru, Gurugram and Noida were found as the most fitness conscious, while Kolkata, Jaipur, Lucknow and Ahmedabad were the least active cities.last_img read more