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Dr. Ian Smith returns to reformatted ‘The Doctors’ as new host

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Dr. Ian Smith returns to “The Doctors” — this time as the revamped show’s solo host for its 13th season premiering Monday (8 a.m.) on WLNY/Ch. 55.

Smith, a physician and best-selling author, co-hosted “The Doctors” during its sixth season (2014-15) and has forged ahead with his TV and writing career; his newest book, “The Unspoken” — a fictional private-eye mystery out Oct. 1 — is already #1 on Kindle.

So Smith says he was surprised when he got the call on a Friday afternoon asking him if he wanted to return to “The Doctors,” which moved from LA to a studio in Stamford, Ct. for its new season — and counts Phil “Dr. Phil” McGraw and his son, Jay McGraw, among its executive producers.

“I was in my garden weeding on my knees, sweaty and dirty, when a number I didn’t recognize came up on my cell phone,” says Smith, 51, who lives in Chicago.  “It turned out it was one of the executive producers of ‘The Doctors.’ We hadn’t spoken in a long time and she said, ‘We’re going to change the show around, reformat it, and we want different leadership on the air. Are you willing to do it?’

“By Monday we were talking about a deal. It happened very quickly and unexpectedly,” he says. “Sometimes things happen when you don’t expect it.”

This season’s theme, “Take Your Power Back,” is an umbrella mantra of sorts for how the pandemic has impact everyone,” Smith says.

“This is such an important season — perhaps the most important season in the show’s history,” he says. “We won’t be exclusively covering just the Xs and Os of medicine like the latest surgical procedure or dermatological secret. That’s our bread-and-butter, of course, and we’ll still be talking about that, but … we’re also expanding to cover wellness — mental health, spirituality — and finding topics that relate to our viewers.

“We’re doing a book club [encompassing] all types of books and we’re doing a segment I created called ‘The Pivot,’ where we’re talking to people with interesting stories and how they pivoted during COVID in their personal and professional lives,” he says. “We’ll have COVID-related segments on how to date, how to parent, how people can cook on a budget and about financial health and literacy.

“We’re also going to have musicians on the show,” he says. “Music is medicine and [musicians] will share their experiences and sing to us.”

Smith will host “The Doctors” in the studio and will interview guest remotely via Zoom.

“I’m in the studio by myself and the production staff is smaller than it’s been in past seasons,” he says. “We have to be more creative and there’s a lot of technology to deal with and it doesn’t always go smoothly. My days will be a little longer than they would be with a live audience.

“We want to inspire, challenge and have some fun,” he says. “People need to laugh a little more.”

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Japan’s New PM Yoshihide Suga: The son of a farmer

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After the resignation of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as the new Prime Minister of the country. Let me tell you that Yoshihide Suga was recently elected the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. At the age of 71, Yoshihide Suga will be the oldest Prime Minister to hold the post after Kichi Miyazawa in 1991. His term will be until Shinzo Abe’s term till September 2021. Shinzo Abe recently announced that he decided to resign from his post due to health-related problems. Abe, 65, had said that he wanted to avoid problems with the government due to his deteriorating condition. He said that he is again battling ulcerative colitis, due to which his first term was over. Let me tell you that he suddenly resigned during his earlier tenure in 2007 due to his illness.

Who is Yoshihide Suga?

YoshohidaSuga is the eldest son of a common farmer, his father used to cultivate strawberries. He moved to Tokyo after completing high school in his hometown. According to a media report, to meet his expenses, he had to work in a cardboard factory as a security guard and sometimes in a fish market. In fact, Suga was studying at Hosei University with work.

After graduation, Yoshihide Suga joined the corporate world of Japan and started working on a lucrative salary, but he did not like it here and went into politics. Suga was elected to the assembly of the port city of Yokohama in 1987. Abe and Suga lived together for a long time. While Shinzo Abe’s father had been the Foreign Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga was from a common Japanese farmer family.

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Suga is best known as the voice of the government serving Japan for the longest time. He worked as Abe’s chief cabinet secretary for over 7 years. As a chief cabinet secretary, Suga gained a reputation for ruthlessly controlling the bureaucracy and stonewalling the media at daily press conferences. After elected Japan’s PM, Yoshihide Suga promised that he would continue to pursue Abe’s key policies, including aggressive monetary easing, fiscal stimulus, and the Abenomics of structural reforms. These efforts are to revive the Japanese economy hit by the recession. In addition, said that he will keep focusing on coronavirus infections under control and will continue to use the 230 trillion yen (the US $ 2.2 trillion) package allocated for the combat of epidemic.

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Thursday Market Highlights | Top gainers, losers & much more

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Thursday Market Highlights: The Sensex and Nifty continued their last day’s negativity and ended on a negative note for the fourth trading day of the week. This negative trend was mainly dragged by global selloff in stocks as fears of fresh pandemic restrictions kept domestic investors worried. The Sensex closed at, 36,553 points, 1,115 points lower than the previous trading while Nifty closed at 10,805 points with a loss of 326 points. During the last trading day (Wednesday), the Sensex closed 66 points lower at 37,668 points, while the Nifty decreased by 22 points to close at 11, 132 points.

Stock Market: Key highlights from Thursday’s trading session: –

  • The share market continued their last day’s negativity and ended on the negative side for the fourth day of the week. Mainly dragged down by global selloff in stocks as fears of fresh pandemic restrictions kept domestic investors worried.
  • Nifty moved down by 326 points to finally stand at 10,805 points.
  • Sensex lost 1,115 points to finally stand at 36,553 points.
  • Nifty Bank went down by 722 points to finally stand at 20,457 points.
  • HDFC Bank and ICICI Dragged the Nifty Bank down by 403 points.
  • Midcap Index went down by 414 points to finally stand at 16,040 points.
  • All Sectoral Indices traded in the negative territory.
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  • Top Indices losers: Metal, IT and PSU Bank.
  • 48 Nifty Stocks traded in the red and closed in the negative.
  • Top Nifty index loser: IndusInd, Tata Motor, Bajaj Fin, and Grasim.
  • Rupee ended at 73.90 against dollar.
  • FMGC Majors HUL and Nestle became the gainers amid the weak trading session.
  • Sell Muthoot Finance. A relative underperformance we have seen in this stock in last one and half month. Technically, it has recently given a breakdown from a head and shoulder pattern which is a negative sign.
  • Reliance Jio has started new post-paid plans starting with Rs. 399 a month offering 75GB of data and unlimited voice calls.

 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes honest admission after Man Utd sneak victory at Brighton

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Manchester United secured their first Premier League win of the season with a 3-2 victory at Brighton (Picture: BT Sport)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United were extremely fortunate to emerge victorious from Saturday’s five-goal thriller against Brighton.

The Red Devis ultimately bounced back from their opening day defeat against Crystal Palace, but required a 110th minute penalty to edge a thrilling contest during which their hosts hit the woodwork on five different occasions.

United appeared to have blown two points when Solly March had deservedly drawn Graham Potter’s side level moments earlier, but Neal Maupay’s needless handball allowed Bruno Fernandes the opportunity to win the game from 12 yards.

‘We got away with one,’ confessed Solskjaer afterwards. ‘Maybe one point we deserved, we didn’t deserve more.But the character deserved more.

‘Last season we had too many draws, so that is a big plus for us. You have to be happy Jose is not here to measure the goal posts.

‘They are a difficult team to play against. We don’t have the legs and sharpness but we will get there. We have plenty of work ahead.’

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