Posts Tagged ‘News’

The Growing Case Against Red Meat

March 25, 2009 Leave a comment

From In more news that has steak-lovers feeling deflated, a study published in this week’s issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that people who indulge in high amounts of red meat and processed meats, including steak, bacon, sausage and cold cuts, have an increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease. The findings add power to the growing push – by health officials, environmentalists and even some chefs – to cool America’s love affair with meat.

The analysis of more than half a million Americans between the ages of 50 and 71 found that men in the highest quintile of red-meat consumption – those who ate about 5 ounces of red meat a day, or roughly the equivalent of a small steak, according to lead author Rashmi Sinha – had a 31% higher risk of death over a 10-year period than men in the lowest consumption quintile, who ate less than 1 ounce of red meat per day, or approximately three slices of ham. Men in the top fifth also had a 22% higher risk of dying of cancer and a 27% higher risk of dying of heart disease. In women, the figures were starker: women in the highest quintile of consumption had a 36% increased 10-year risk of death compared with women who ate little red meat; eating lots of meat was also associated with a 20% higher risk of dying of cancer and a 50% higher risk of dying of heart disease. (Read “A History of Beef, Times Two”.)….”

I’m definitly part carnivore.. maybe this was my problem.. 🙂

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Reality TV star Jade Goody dies

March 23, 2009 1 comment

This has been an interesting story over the last month or so, and its the kind of storey I wouldn’t have cared to follow if not for my current situation. Here is a 27 year old, who has been cut down before her time by cancer. She has had to live with the realities of it, as I am doing now, the chemo, the surgery, and sadly she doesn’t get to live with the survival from it. Whilst her lifestyle, education, and way of going about town is something I cant relate to, nor would I endorse, it doesn’t destroy the tragedy that cancer can sometimes be completely indiscriminate in who it decides to pick on.

Courtesy of the NZ HERALD

“Jade Goody, a dental assistant turned reality-TV star whose whirlwind journey from poverty to celebrity to tragedy became a national soap opera and morality tale in Britain, has died. goody1jpg

The 27-year-old had cancer and died in her sleep early Sunday at her home in Essex, southeast England, her publicist Max Clifford said.

Goody gained fame at 21 in 2002, when she joined the reality television show Big Brother, in which contestants live together for weeks and are constantly filmed. Loud and brash, she became a highly divisive star – initially mocked as an ignorant slob, then celebrated as a forthright everywoman by a hungry tabloid press…..”

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Did Google Find Atlantis??

February 22, 2009 Leave a comment

An article published in the The Telegraph, from the UK, claims to have found a large rectangular image on Google’s new ocean exploring feature of Google Earth, and questions whether or not it is the lost city of Atlantis.

The lost city of Atlantis?

The lost city of Atlantis?

Google Ocean: Has Atlantis been found off Africa?

“The network of criss-cross lines is 620 miles off the coast of north west Africa near the Canary Islands on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

The perfect rectangle – which is around the size of Wales – was noticed on the search giant’s underwater exploration tool by an aeronautical engineer who claims it looks like an “aerial map” of a city.

The underwater image can be found at the co-ordinates 31 15’15.53N 24 15’30.53W.

Last night Atlantis experts said that the unexplained grid is located at one of the possible sites of the legendary island, which was described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.

According to his account, the city sank beneath the ocean after its residents made a failed effort to conquer Athens around 9000 BC.”

Click on the Heading to read the full article.

Subsequent to this article, Google has responded by saying the grid is purely an artifact of ships during the sonar survey of the ocean floor. Their response (Also from The Telegraph) is here:

Google Ocean: Atlantis ‘found off Africa’ turns out to be boat mapping lines

“Keen observers had spotted what appeared to be the outline of a vast city on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

But the criss-crossing lines, located 600 miles west of the Canary Islands, were today explained by Google as sonar data collected as boats mapped the ocean floor.

A spokeswoman said: “It’s true that many amazing discoveries have been made in Google Earth including a pristine forest in Mozambique that is home to previously unknown species and the remains of an Ancient Roman villa.

“In this case, however, what users are seeing is an artefact of the data collection process.”

Again, click the heading to read the full article.

I like the idea that it is Atlantis better than boat mapping lines. 🙂

Boy Racer Crackdown

February 22, 2009 Leave a comment

This was a pretty serious crackdown, 67 vehicles!!! That’s a lot of cars for little old Christchurch to be impounding. I bet thieves will wanna know where the impound yard is, there would be some good pickings there. Either way, the next step is to crush them, crush them all!!!!! 🙂

Boyracer sting nets 67 vehicles, 17 arrests

“Nearly 70 boyracers are without their prized vehicles after they were impounded during a weekend police blitz in Christchurch.

Acting Senior Sergeant Greg Murton said the blitz was held to coincide with a car event in the city and involved 70 police staff, as well as court and New Zealand Transport Agency staff.

Sixty-seven vehicles were impounded for unpaid fines or being illegally modified, 17 people were arrested for minor offences and more than 300 infringement notices were issued.

“While many hundreds of `boyracers’ cruised the four avenues circuit all night Friday and Saturday nights, overall their behaviour was of an acceptable standard,” Mr Murton said.

“There were no major driving incidents and no large gatherings of boy racers conducting illegal activity.”