Monday, July 30, 2007

Japan study finds coffee may prevent colon cancer

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This might just be the perfect news for coffee lovers all over the world!

TOKYO (Reuters) - Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day may cut the risk of colon cancer in women by half, according to a study by Japanese scientists.

Researchers from Tokyo's National Cancer Center studied data from more than 96,000 men and women aged between 40-69 over a period of up to 12 years from 1990, a member of the team said on Wednesday. They found no significant benefit in men.

Even after adjusting for other factors including diet and exercise, they found that women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had half the risk of developing colon cancer, compared with those who drank no coffee at all.

The researchers, whose findings have been published in the International Journal of Cancer, did not find any link between consumption of green tea and colon cancer.

"In Japan, almost all the male population drinks alcohol and there are a large number of smokers," said Manami Inoue of the research team. "There may be some benefit from coffee for men, but it may be that we were unable to adjust for these factors."

The mechanism by which coffee may prevent cancer is unknown, Inoue said. The caffeine it contains could stimulate the working of the colon, or the effect could be due to coffee's antioxidant properties, she said.

"Some people cannot tolerate caffeine, so they should not force themselves to drink coffee. But for people who like it, there is no reason to give it up," Inoue said.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Future of Hockey

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When I think of hockey, I think about the good old days when i was back in the states where there was ICE HOCKEY. There it was called NHL or national hockey league. Being from Philadelphia, I supported the flyers... man they were not that good....

Well good thing in american sporting leagues, if the team had a bloody lousy season like the flyers, they get to have the higher picks in the annual hockey draft. This ensures that the rookies with the most potential will go to the weakest team to balance everything out. - hockey

At Hockey Future, they not only anaylse the individual players entering the draft, but also whether or not they will have an overall impact on the team that has selected them. It gives readers great insight into new prospects entering the leagues.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Once again, this blog has moved!

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Yea I just love to keep posting this fact, I have moved the blog to Pls update any bookmarks or blogrolls. Cheers!

Chinese dubious of "fake" cardboard bun report

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Lots of funny rumours going around, hard to tell if this is now real or not...

By John Ruwitch

BEIJING (Reuters) - When the Chinese government said scandalous TV footage of a Beijing snack vendor stuffing steamed buns with flavored cardboard was a hoax, some quipped that even the news in China is fake.

But since the authorities detained hidden-camera-wielding reporter Zi Beijia and a handful of others last week, many ordinary Chinese have said they doubt the government's line and believe the story of the cardboard "baozi", as the buns are called in Mandarin.

True or not, the original report came at a sensitive time, with China under mounting pressure from abroad over food and product safety scandals and just days after the government blasted foreign media for blowing the story out of proportion. Full article

BP vs Chicago Tribune

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With all the recent hype about environmental issues, it is no surprise that we will see reports regarding the environment. In fact, recently the Chicago Tribune just ran an article about BP polluting the environment. Now we cannot just have 1 side of the story right? So BP has published a paper regarding how they are minimizing pollution. They have also included their plant Fact Sheet right here. Ultimately it is up to you the reader to decide for yourselves what is right and what is wrong. However we have to look at both sides of the story.

Here are some of the key points from the paper:

1) Only treated water is released into Lake Michigan, in fact it is more than 99.9% water — not sludge. All sludge is treated separately, according to state and federal requirements, and never discharged into Lake Michigan.

2) Energy security and diversity: BP plans to spend more than $3 billion to modernize
the Whiting Refinery to process additional heavy crude oil from Canada, a secure and
reliable source.

3) Modern technology: BP operate a modern wastewater plant in Whiting today and plan
to invest about $150 million to enhance the refinery’s wastewater treatment capability.

Full article can be found Here

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Milan to impose "pollution charge" on cars

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Nice move by the city of Milan, not only does it protect the environment.... it makes money!

MILAN (Reuters) - Milan will impose a "pollution charge" on vehicles entering its historic centre to try to halve exhaust emissions, the mayor's office said on its Web site.

The 10-euro ($14) daily charge will be aimed at the 89,000 vehicles which enter the centre during weekday daytime hours.

"Today we have approved an important measure for the protection of the environment and citizens' health," Mayor Letizia Moratti said.

The charge was approved by city council leaders on Friday and will be carried out on a trial basis for a year. Corriere della Sera newspaper quoted Moratti as saying the measures could start later this year.

Dating for Goths

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Are you a Goth, Goth-wannabe or a closet goth? Having trouble finding a date because people think you are “weird”, “odd” or just not their type? Unable to find the Gothic Love of your life?

Well gothic dating is a dating website targeting at a niche crowd, in this case, people who are into the Gothic Subculture. Normally online dating websites just target a mass audience, but not in this case. This time when you view a personal on this site, you already know the person would probably have the same interest or interests as you (assuming you are goth). You can view photos, profiles and the contact them if you are interested.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pupils browse porn on donated laptops

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Its rather sad to see a plan with such good intentions go awry.

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian schoolchildren who received laptops from a U.S. aid organization have used them to explore pornographic sites on the Internet, the official News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Thursday.

NAN said its reporter had seen pornographic images stored on several of the children's laptops.

"Efforts to promote learning with laptops in a primary school in Abuja have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials," NAN said.

A representative of the One Laptop Per Child aid group was quoted as saying that the computers, part of a pilot scheme, would now be fitted with filters.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Need a Friend?

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Sometimes we would love to know more people, meet more friends, get to know more contacts or just find that special someone. In this modern day and age it is often quite hard due to work.

That is where to benefits of an online searchsite like FriendFinder come in. You can search for people in the benefits of your own home at your own time. Futhermore being online, makes it easier to approach new people just by sending them a message. It helps people break out of thei shyness. As I go over their site I found a few distinct advantages it has. Firstly the user interface is intuitive, there is no problem at all figuring out what to do or where to go, its so obvious. The website is not cluttered and is pleasing to view. Best part is the first thing they show are the potential people you can get to meet from your country, not some random person from their database. This shows relavance as you know that there are people from your country who signed up with the service, not just you. Also if you have no idea what to do or how to approach someone, fellow members are around to shell out some good advice, now this is good as there is participation from the community!

Drunk takes a free bike ride on car roof

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I wonder how in the world did they NOT even see him when getting into their car.... good thing the police did not check the car owner for drink driving. Bet he was drunk

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Police officers in the Dutch city of Alkmaar were surprised to see a car passing by with a man sitting on a bicycle on its roof.

The driver and his wife, when stopped by the police, said they heard a noise while waiting at a traffic light, but did not realize they were taking on an extra passenger.

The 26 year-old man who took the free ride was fined for public drunkenness, not carrying an identity card and providing a false identity to the police.

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