John Travolta coming to Riyadh this Friday

John Travolta
Updated 14 December 2017
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John Travolta coming to Riyadh this Friday

JEDDAH: Hollywood legend John Travolta will be making his way to the Saudi capital this weekend to interact with his fans in the Kingdom.
The “Saturday Night Fever” star will be interviewed by Saudi presenter Sara Aldandarawi at the Apex Convention Center in Riyadh on Friday.
“Have you ever visited a Hollywood event with red carpets? Now in Riyadh, we will share this unique experience with world star John Travolta on his first visit to Saudi Arabia, and enjoy a lively and direct dialogue in front of an audience to talk about his career, his movies, and the secrets of Hollywood,” the General Entertainment Authority announced on its event calendar website, Roznamah.
“A night with John Travolta” will start at 9 p.m. and end at 12 a.m. Tickets for the event are available online.
Travolta became a star as Vinnie Barbarino in the TV series “Welcome Back Kotter,” followed by the highly successful films “Saturday Night Fever,” which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s, and “Grease.”
The 63-year-old actor has been honored twice with Academy Award nominations, the latest for his riveting portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” (1994). He also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards.
Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation “Get Shorty” (1995), winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
 


Marriage is (literally) good for the heart: study

Updated 19 June 2018
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Marriage is (literally) good for the heart: study

  • The risk of dying was likewise elevated for the non-married, by 42 percent from coronary heart disease and by 55 percent from stroke
  • The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, adding weight to the results

PARIS: Even if marriage is sometimes more a bed of nails than roses, living into old age with a partner may help ward off heart disease and stroke, researchers said Tuesday.
A sweeping survey of research conducted over the last two decades covering more than two million people aged 42 to 77 found that being hitched significantly reduced the risk of both maladies, they reported in the medical journal Heart.
The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, adding weight to the results.
Compared to people living in spousal union, the divorced, widowed or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 16 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease, the study found.
The risk of dying was likewise elevated for the non-married, by 42 percent from coronary heart disease and by 55 percent from stroke.
The results were nearly the same for men and women, except for stroke, to which men were more susceptible.
“These findings may suggest that marital status should be considered in the risk assessment for cardiovascular disease,” concluded a team led by Chun Wai Wong, a researcher at Royal Stoke Hospital’s department of cardiology, in Stoke-on-Trent in Britain.
Four-fifths of all cardiovascular disease can be attributed to a proven set of “risk factors“: advanced age, being a man, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes.
Marriage, in other words, could be an important share of the missing 20 percent.
More precisely, living together — with or without a wedding band — is probably the operative factor, if indeed conjugal status has any impact at all.
But most of the 34 studies reviewed by Wong and colleagues did not identify couples out of wedlock or same-sex unions, so it was not possible to know whether, statistically, such arrangements were the equivalent of being wed.
Because the study was observational rather than based on a controlled experiment — something scientists can do with mice but not humans — no clear conclusions could be drawn as to cause-and-effect.
That leaves open the question of why marriages may be “protective.”
“There are various theories,” the researchers said in a statement.
Having someone around to take care of one’s health problems and keep track of one’s meds is probably a plus, as are two incomes or pensions instead of one.
More intangibly, not living alone is thought to be good for morale, and for neural stimulation. People living in couples, earlier research has shown, also have lower rates of dementia.