Sunday, August 31, 2008

Love Your Liver



The main causes of liver damage are:
  • Sleeping too late and waking up too late are the main cause.
  • Not urinating in the morning.
  • Too much eating.
  • Skipping breakfast.
  • Consuming too much medication.
  • Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
  • Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
  • Consuming overly done foods also add to the burden of liver. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits.

Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to "schedule."

Because:

Evening at 9 - 11pm : is the time for eliminating unnecessary toxic chemicals (de-toxification) from the antibody system (lymph nodes).This time duration should be spent by relaxing or listening to music. If during this time one is still in an unrelaxed state such as socializing, drinking, eating out, this will have a negative impact on health.

Evening at 11pm - 1am : is the de-toxification process in the liver,and ideally should be done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 1 - 3am : de-toxification process in the gall, also ideally done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 3 - 5am : de-toxification in the lungs. Therefore there will sometimes be a severe cough for cough sufferers during this time. Since the de-toxification process had reached the respiratory tract, there is no need to take cough medicine so as not to interfere with toxin removal process.

Morning 5 - 7am : de-toxification in the colon, you should empty your bowel.

Morning 7 - 9am : absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, you should be having breakfast at this time. Breakfast should be earlier, before 6:30am, for those who are sick. Breakfast before 7:30am is very beneficial to those wanting to stay fit. Those who always skip breakfast, they should change their habits, and it is still better to eat breakfast late until 9 -10am rather than no meal at all.

Sleeping so late and waking up too late will disrupt the process of removing unnecessary chemicals.

Aside from that, midnight to 4am is the time when the bone marrow produces blood . Therefore, have a good sleep and don't sleep late.

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MOTOGP RESULT GRAND PRIX OF SAN MARINO 2008



MOTOGP RESULT GRAND PRIX OF SAN MARINO 2008

1.   Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team
2.   Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team
3.   Toni ELIAS (SPA) Alice Team
4.   Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda Team
5.   Chris VERMEULEN (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
6.   James TOSELAND (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha
7.   Loris CAPIROSSI (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
8.   Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP
9.   Marco MELANDRI (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team
10. Colin EDWARDS (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha
11. Sylvain GUINTOLI (FRA) Alice Team
12. Shinya NAKANO (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini
13. Anthony WEST (AUS) Kawasaki Racing Team
14. John HOPKINS (USA) Kawasaki Racing Team



Not classified
1. Casey STONER (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team
15. Alex DE ANGELIS (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Most Beautiful Beach On Earth



Raja Ampat (West Papua)

Raja Ampat* means "the four 'kings'", a name dating back to the 15th century, when the Sultanate of Tidore - one of the muslim sultanates in the original Maluku west of Halmahera - appointed four local "rajas" in Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.




This small area in Indonesia has the richest coral reef life in the world. Kind of the coral reef epicenter of the planet.





Rock paintings found in caves in Misool and in on the west coast of the Birds Head, as well as bronze artifacts, show that trade with other parts of Asia was already established 2 - 3 000 years ago.

By : Patrik Nilsson

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

What's Good About Swimming



some of the health benefits of swimming

Swimming is good exercise (that's obvious). Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body and the whole person! But what is it that makes swimming good, specifically? That depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

Swimming is a healthy activity that can be continued for a lifetime - and the health benefits swimming offers for a lifetime are worth the effort it takes to get to the pool.

Why do you swim? For the health benefits to your heart and lungs? For the chance to be with some of your friends at the pool? Because, in your case, running everyday hurts? Because you like the feeling of floating and sliding through the water? Or is it something else?If you are looking for a break from the heat of the summer, then a dip in the water is exactly what you need; swimming is a way for you to cool off. It fills a wonderful recreational need for individuals and families, from beach and pool fun to water parks.

Maybe you are a runner, training on a regular basis, and want to find an activity that keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off of your body. Perhaps you have been doing some other form of land exercise, and now an injury prevents you from putting weight on a knee or ankle. Swimming can help you. Kicking workouts, water aerobics, pool running, or a regular swimming workout can all give you a great exercise session without the weight of your body pounding you with each move.

Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. It can serve as a cross-training element to your regular workouts. Before a land workout, you can use the pool for a warm-up session. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water. After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.

Swimming does burn calories at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. If you weigh 150 lbs. and it takes you 30 minutes to swim one mile (1,760 yards or 1,609 meters), then you will be using about 900 calories in one hour. However, many swimmers do not swim that quickly, and many cannot swim for that distance or duration.

Spending time in a group workout, whether water aerobics or a master's swim practice, is a great social outlet. Exchanging stories, challenging each other, and sharing in the hard work make swimming with others a rewarding experience.

There are other psychological benefit to swimming, if you allow it to occur. Relax and swim with a very low effort. Let your mind wander, focusing on nothing but the rhythm of your stroke. This form of meditation can help you gain a feeling of well-being, leaving your water session refreshed and ready to go on with the rest of your day. Many swimmers find an in-direct benefit form swimming. They develop life skills such as sportsmanship, time-management, self-discipline, goal-setting, and an increased sense of self-worth through their participation in the sport. Swimmers seem to do better in school, in general terms, than non-swimmers as a group.

One thing swimming is not good for is losing a lot of weight. The on-line Merck Manual explains that swimming is not the best way to lose weight due to the cooling effects of being in the water. While you do use a lot of calories swimming, once you get out of the pool much of that calorie burning stops. Doing land based exercise like running or cycling may use about the same amount of calorie per hour as swimming, but once you stop exercising the land-based workout usually leads to continued increase in calorie use for as long as 18 hours after the workout. Why? Because when you are in the pool you don't heat up as much as you do on land, and your body does not have to work to cool you down as much once the exercise session concludes. Swimming does exercise almost the entire body - heart, lungs, and muscles - with very little joint strain. It is great for general fitness, just not a great way to drop excess pounds.

And I didn't mention the neat things chlorine and sun can do for the texture and color of your hair...

Swim On!

source : By Mat Luebbers, About.com

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F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF VALENCIA 2008



F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF VALENCIA 2008

1 Felipe Massa (BRA)Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2 Lewis Hamilton (GBR)Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
3 Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 Team
4 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN)Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
5 Jarno Trulli (ITA)Panasonic Toyota Racing
6 Sebastian Vettel (GER)Scuderia Toro Rosso
7 Timo Glock (GER)Panasonic Toyota Racing
8 Nico Rosberg (GER)AT&T Williams
9 Nick Heidfeld (GER)BMW Sauber F1 Team
10 Sebastian Bourdais (FRA)Scuderia Toro Rosso
11 Nelson Piquet (BRA)ING Renault F1 Team
12 Mark Webber (AUS)Red Bull Racing
13 Jenson Button (GBR)Honda Racing F1 Team
14 Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA)Force India F1 Team
15 Kazuki Nakajima (JPN)AT&T Williams
16 Rubens Barrichello (BRA)Honda Racing F1 Team
17 David Coulthard (GBR)Red Bull Racing



Not Classified
1 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
20 Adrian Sutil (GER)Force India F1 Team
5 Fernando Alonso (ESP)ING Renault F1 Team

Fastest Lap
2 Felipe Massa (BRA)Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:38.708 on lap 36 197.637

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

eBay insect fossil is new species



A scientist who bought a fossilised insect on the web auction site eBay for £20 has discovered that it belongs to a previously unknown species of aphid.

Dr Richard Harrington, vice-president of the UK's Royal Entomological Society, bought the fossil from an individual in Lithuania.

He then sent it off to an aphid expert in Denmark, who confirmed the insect was a new species, now extinct.

The bug has been named Mindarus harringtoni after the scientist.

"I was interested to see what it was because I've worked with a team of people involved in monitoring and forecasting aphids, those of greenfly and their relatives in this country," Dr Harrington told BBC News.

"I looked at it with my team and we thought we could identify it down to the level of genus, but we had no idea what the species was."

Dr Harrington sent the specimen to Professor Ole Heie, a fossil aphid expert in Denmark.

"He discovered that it was something that hadn't been described before," Dr Harrington explained.



The insect itself is 3-4mm long and is encased in a 40-50 million-year-old piece of amber about the size of a small pill.

"I had thought it would be rather nice to call it Mindarus ebayi," said Dr Harrington.

"Unfortunately using flippant names to describe new species is rather frowned upon these days."

Instead, Professor Heie named the new species after Dr Harrington.

"It's not uncommon to find insects in amber... but I'm not sure that one has turned up on eBay that has been undiscovered before. It's a rather unusual route to come by [a new species]," the researcher, based at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire, explained.

He said the insect would have fed on a tree called Pinetes succinifer which is itself now long since extinct.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Phelps claims Olympic-record eighth gold medal with relay win



BEIJING (AP) -- Michael Phelps locked arms with his three teammates, as though they were in a football huddle calling a play, then hugged each one of them.

It took a team to make him the grandest of Olympic champions. And one last big push from Phelps himself.

Going hard right to the end of a mesmerizing nine days in Beijing, Phelps helped the Americans come from behind Sunday in a race they've never lost at the Olympics, cheering from the deck as Jason Lezak brought it home for a world record in the 400-meter medley relay. It was Phelps' history-making eighth gold medal of these games.

"Everything was accomplished," he said. "I will have the medals forever."

Phelps sure did his part to win No. 8, eclipsing Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Games.

Aaron Peirsol got the Americans off to the lead in the backstroke, but Brendan Hansen -- a major disappointment in this Olympic year -- slowed them down with only the third-fastest breaststroke leg.

By the time Phelps dived in for the butterfly, the U.S. was trailing Australia and Japan.

That's when he really went to work.

With his long arms whirling across the water like propellers, Phelps caught the two guys ahead of him on the return lap and passed off to Lezak a lead of less than a second for the freestyle. The Australians countered with former world record-holder Eamon Sullivan as their anchor.

"I was thinking not to blow the lead," Lezak said. "I was really nervous."

Sullivan tried to chase down Lezak and appeared to be gaining as they came to the wall, but Lezak finished in 3 minutes, 29.34 seconds -- Phelps' seventh world record in his personal Great Haul of China.

The Aussies took silver in 3:30.04, also under the old world record of 3:30.68 set by the U.S. in Athens four years ago, while Japan held on for the bronze.

Phelps leaned over the blocks, looking to make sure Lezak touched first. Assured the Americans had won, he thrust both index fingers in the air, pumped his right arm and let out a scream. Peirsol also yelled and slapped Phelps in the chest.

Spitz's iconic performance was surpassed by a swimmer fitting of this generation: a 23-year-old from Baltimore who loves hip-hop music, texting with his buddies and wearing his cap backward.

"I don't even know what to feel right now," Phelps said. "There's so much emotion going through my head and so much excitement. I kind of just want to see my mom."

Debbie Phelps was sitting in the stands at the Water Cube, tears streaming down her cheeks, her two daughters by her side. After getting his gold, Phelps quickly found his family, climbing through a horde of photographers to give all three a kiss.

Mom put her arm around his neck and gave him a little extra hug.

Her son sure earned it.

"The Beijing Olympics has witnessed the greatest Olympian of all time -- Michael Phelps of the USA," the announcer said as Phelps posed with his teammates.

The Americans still had to wait a couple of tantalizing minutes for the official results to be posted. Finally, it flashed on the board.

World record.

Gold medal No. 8.

"Nothing is impossible," Phelps said. "With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination, and that's something I learned and something that helped me."

Phelps, who won three relays in Beijing along with five individual races, gave a shout-out to all his teammates for helping him take down Spitz.

"Without the help of my teammates this isn't possible," he said. "I was able to be a part of three relays and we were able to put up a solid team effort and we came together as one unit.

"For the three Olympics I've been a part of, this is by far the closest men's team that we've ever had. I didn't know everybody coming into this Olympics, but I feel going out I know every single person very well. The team that we had is the difference."

Phelps set seven world records and one Olympic record, doing a personal best time in every event.

"It can't be described. We'll never, ever see it again," said Australian distance king Grant Hackett, who came up short in his bid to win a third straight 1,500 freestyle title.

Beforehand, Hackett figured Phelps was likely to win six golds, just as he did in Athens four years ago when the first attempt to beat Spitz's record came up just short.

"Everything lined up for him incredibly," Hackett said. "He's a nice guy, a good bloke, and the last few years I've never seen him change."

Back in Baltimore, some 10,000 fans hung around after an NFL preseason game to watch the relay on the stadium's big screen.

"I think he's going to be a legend forever," Ravens fan Ann Williams said.

Phelps won some races by ridiculously large margins, others with the closest of finishes -- most memorably, his seventh gold by one-hundredth of a second over Serbia's Milorad Cavic in the 100 fly. Along the way, he became the winningest Olympian ever and left China with 14 career golds -- five more than anyone else with at least one more Olympics to go.

"It's been nothing but an upwards roller-coaster and it's been nothing but fun," Phelps said.

Ditto for Dara Torres, who capped her improbable comeback with two more silver medals, missing gold by one hundredth of a second in the 50 freestyle.

The 41-year-old Torres, a five-time Olympian and the oldest American swimmer ever, also anchored the American women to a runner-up finish in the 400 medley relay. She got silver in all three of her races in Beijing, giving her 12 medals in a remarkable career that began at the 1984 Los Angeles Games -- a year before Phelps was even born.

Surely this is the end.

Then again, never count Torres out -- she'll only be 45 for the London Games.

"I go home extremely thrilled," said Torres, who also made sure to mention her ailing coach.

Michael Lohberg is battling a rare, potentially fatal blood disease and couldn't travel to Beijing.

"I wouldn't be here without Michael," Torres said.

Germany's Britta Steffen nipped Torres at the wall to complete a sweep of the women's sprint events in Beijing. The middle-aged American smiled, her head dropping back, when she saw a time of 24.07 -- just behind Steffen's winning effort of 24.06. The German added to her gold in the 100 free.

Torres received her silver, then hustled back to the locker room to grab her cap and a pair of old-fashioned goggles that were probably older than some of her teammates. She was trailing as she took the anchor leg and couldn't catch Libby Trickett on a frantic sprint to the wall, with China claiming the bronze.

Still, not bad considering she had retired a second time after the 2000 Sydney Games, then got the urge to compete again after having her first child two years ago. Not content swimming in the old-timers' division, she set out to prove that age is only a number.

Consider that point made.

Torres got off to a good start in the 50 and appeared to be leading midway through the race, a frenetic sprint from one end of the pool to the other.

As they came to the wall, Torres and Steffen were stroke for stroke. The German reached out with her left hand and Torres stretched with her right. Steffen's fingertip got there first.

Completing a race for all ages, 16-year-old Australian Cate Campbell earned the bronze in 24.17.

Australia's relay women -- Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jess Schipper and Libby Trickett -- took the gold with a world record of 3:52.69. The Americans claimed silver with the second-fastest time in history, 3:53.30, while China took the bronze.

Torres was joined on the U.S. team by Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni and Christine Magnuson. Coughlin received her sixth medal of the games, giving her 11 in her career.

Hackett failed to become the first man to win the same event at three straight Olympics.

The Aussie was upset in swimming's version of the mile by Ous Mellouli, who won Tunisia's first Olympic gold at the pool in 14:40.84.

"It's like 90 yards of a touchdown. It was so close, but I didn't have much of a response," Hackett said. "It's disappointing I didn't win. I have no regrets, it certainly was a close race."

Mellouli held off Hackett in the closing meters of the grueling race, swimming's version of the mile. Hackett earned the silver in 14:41.53, well off his 7-year-old world record of 14:34.56.

"He's never hung on like that in the past," Hackett said of the winner. "He was the better competitor."

Mellouli, who trains in Southern California, was coming off a suspension after testing positive for amphetamines.

Ryan Cochrane of Canada took the bronze in 14:42.69.

After receiving his eighth gold, Phelps received another award from FINA, the sport's governing body, as the best swimmer of the meet.

Make it the best ever.

source : CNN

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1.   Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team
2.   Toni ELIAS (SPA) Alice Team
3.   Loris CAPIROSSI (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
4.   Shinya NAKANO (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini
5.   Anthony WEST (AUS) Kawasaki Racing Team
6.   Chris VERMEULEN (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
7.   Marco MELANDRI (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team
8.   Alex DE ANGELIS (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini
9.   Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP
10. Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team
11. John HOPKINS (USA) Kawasaki Racing Team
12. Sylvain GUINTOLI (FRA) Alice Team
13. James TOSELAND (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha
14. Colin EDWARDS (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha
15. Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda Team
16. Randy DE PUNIET (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP

Not classified
1. Casey STONER (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team



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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

America's Best - and Worst! - Restaurants



Eating out invariably raises a number of tricky questions: sit-down or drive-thru? Burgers or pizza? Thin or stuffed crust? And if you're dining with your family, add the biggest question of all: Will the food we eat today bring a fatter tomorrow for our kids? And fewer tomorrows for the rest of us?

So the choice between McDonald’s and Burger King shouldn’t be based solely on whether you're more terrified by the scary clown Ronald McDonald or that creepy masked Burger King. Choosing one over the other could be the difference of hundreds of calories in a meal, more than 10 unnecessary pounds over the course of a year, and countless health woes over the course of a lifetime.

During more than a year of research, my coauthor and I discovered vast dietary discrepancies between many of the places Americans love to eat most. So to help you separate the commendable from the deplorable, we put 43 major chain restaurants under the nutritional microscope — both for your benefit, and that of your family.

How did we judge the restaurants? We started by calculating the average number of calories per kid entrée, then rewarded restaurants for having healthy adult options that would appeal to the young palette, and for providing healthy vegetable sides and non-soda drink options. Finally, we docked points for those restaurants still harboring nasty trans fats.

The result is a Restaurant Report Card that holds each eating establishment fully accountable for the fare they’re serving up to all of us — moms, dads, kids, teens, and twentysomethings — along with a survival strategy for making it through any meal unscathed.

Did your favorite restaurant make the grade?

A
Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A excels in every category we tested for. With a slew of low-calorie sandwiches, the country’s “healthiest” chicken nugget, a variety of solid sides like fresh fruit and soup that can be substituted into any meal, and nutritional brochures readily available for perusing at each location, Chick-fil-A earns the award for America’s Healthiest Chain Restaurant (for kids, for the adults who drive them there, plus anybody else wise enough to make it their fast food choice).

Your Survival Strategy: Even the smartest kid in the class can still fail a test, so be on your toes at all times, even at Chik-fil-A. Skip salads with ranch or Caesar dressings, any sandwich with bacon, and avoid milkshakes at all costs.

A-
Subway

A menu based on lean protein and vegetables is always going to score well in our book. With more than half a dozen sandwiches under 300 calories, plus a slew of soups and healthy sides to boot, Subway can satisfy even the pickiest eater without breaking the caloric bank.

But, despite what Jared may want you to believe, Subway is not nutritionally infallible: Those rosy calorie counts posted on the menu boards include neither cheese nor mayo (add 160 calories per 6-inch sub) and some of the toasted subs, like the Meatball Marinara, contain hefty doses of calories, saturated fat, and sodium.

Your Survival Strategy: Cornell researchers have discovered a “health halo” at Subway, which refers to the tendency to reward yourself or your kid with chips, cookies, and large soft drinks because the entrée is healthy. Avoid the halo, and all will be well.

B+
Boston Market

With more than a dozen healthy vegetable sides and lean meats like turkey and roast sirloin on the menu, the low-cal, high-nutrient possibilities at Boston Market are endless. But with nearly a dozen calorie-packed sides and fatty meats like dark meat chicken and meat loaf, it’s almost as easy to construct a lousy meal.

Your Survival Strategy: There are three simple steps to nutritional salvation: 1) Start with turkey, sirloin, or rotisserie chicken. 2) Add two noncreamy, nonstarchy vegetable sides. 3) Ignore all special items, such as pot pie and nearly all of the sandwiches.

B
McDonald’s

Though not blessed with an abundance of healthy options, Mickey D’s isn’t burdened with any major calorie bombs, either. Kid standards like McNuggets and cheeseburgers are both in the acceptable 300-calorie range.

Your Survival Strategy: Apple Dippers and 2% milk with a small entrée makes for a pretty decent meal-on-the-go. McDonald’s quintessential Happy Meal® makes this possible — just beware the usual French fries and soda pitfalls. Adults should go for a Quarter Pounder without cheese.

C+
Domino’s

Domino’s suffers the same pitfalls of any other pizza purveyor: too much cheese, bread, and greasy toppings. If you don’t order carefully, you might bag your child a pizza with more than 350 calories per slice. To its credit, Domino’s does keep the trans fat off the pizza, and it also offers the lowest-calorie thin crust option out there.

Your Survival Strategy: Stick with the Crunchy Thin Crust pizzas sans sausage and pepperoni. If your must order meat, make sure it's ham. And whenever possible, try to sneak on a vegetable or two per pie.

C
Burger King

BK has only four legitimate kids’ entrées on the menu, and none of them — French Toast Sticks, hamburger, mac and cheese, chicken tenders — are particularly healthy. And while the recent addition of Apple Fries provides a much-needed healthy side alternative for kids, the menu is still sullied with trans fats.

BK pledged to follow in the wake of nearly every other chain restaurant and remove trans fats from the menu by the end of 2008, but so far, we’ve seen little action.

Your Survival Strategy: Adults can sign on for the Whopper Junior and a Garden Salad, and escape with only 365 calories. The best kids’ meal? A 4-piece Chicken Tenders®, applesauce or Apple Fries, and water or milk. Beyond that, there is little hope of escaping unscathed.

D
Chipotle

We applaud Chipotle’s commitment to high-quality produce and fresh meats, but even the most pristine ingredients can’t dampen the damage wrought by the massive portion sizes served up here. The lack of options for kids means young eaters are forced to tussle with one of Chipotle’s massive burritos or taco platters, which can easily top 1,000 calories.

Your Survival Strategy: Stick to the crispy tacos or burrito bowls, or saw a burrito in half.

F
Applebee’s, IHOP, Olive Garden, Outback, Red Lobster, T.G.I. Friday’s

These titans of the restaurant industry are among the last national chains to not provide nutritional information on their dishes. Even after years of communication with their representatives, we still here the same old excuses: it’s too pricey, it’s too time-consuming, it’s impossible to do accurately because their food is so fresh. Our response is simple: If every other chain restaurant in the country can do it, then why can’t they?

Your Survival Strategy: Write letters, make phone calls, beg, scream, and plead for these restaurants to provide nutritional information on all of their products. Here are the phone numbers for each of the restaurants that refuse to tell us the truth!

By David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding
2008 Men's Health. All Rights Reserved.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony Picture ( Wonderful )



Beijing Olympics opening ceremony 2008 held in the National Stadium known as the Bird's Nest.
These are some wonderful pictures that i have from internet.











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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Remove unused file to make your windows faster with this Free Software



CCleaner Portable is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it´s fast (normally taking less that a second to run) and FREE! :)

Cleans the following:
  • Internet Explorer: Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.
  • Firefox: Temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history.
  • Opera: Temporary files, URL history, cookies.
  • Windows: Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
  • Registry cleaner: Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more... also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.
  • Third-party applications: Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more...
  • 100% Spyware FREE: This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.
This is the portable version of CCleaner which does not require installation.

Notes for Portable version.
Start the CCleaner by double-clicking on portable.exe instead of CCleaner.exe and use CCleaner normally.

Known limitations:
CCleaner Portable requires administrator or power user rights to run. These rights are needed for registering the required CCleaner components.

CCleaner Portable Settings:
To change CCleaner Portable Settings you need to manually edit the values in portable.ini under [PORTABLE] section.
  • DebugMode - Show CCleaner
  • Portable debug window.  ( 0 - Disabled (default) ; 1 - Enabled )
  • CCleanerPath - Full or relative path to folder containing CCleaner files.
  • CCommandLine - Add parameters in CCleaner command line.
  • IfInstalled - Changes the behaviour when CCleaner is installed on the system. ( 0 - Backup installed CCleaner (default) ; 1 - Run installed CCleaner ; 2 - Error message )
CCleaner Portable command line options:
  • /DEBUG - Adds /DEBUG in CCleaner command line.
  • /AUTO - Adds /AUTO in CCleaner command line.
  • /REG - Registers CCleaner component´s and writes settings in registry.
  • /UNREG - Unregisters CCleaner component´s and removes CCleaner registry entries. *
  • /NOIC - Skip CCleaner installation check.
  • /DBG - Shows the CCleaner Portable debug window.
  • /FORCE - Starts CCleaner even when there is fatal errors.
  • When using /UNREG CCleaner Portable skips the CCleaner installation check.
CCleaner Settings:
Since version 1.37 CCleaner supports loading/saving settings to an INI file (CCleaner.ini) rather than the registry. CCleaner Portable uses this option and it should not be disabled. CCleaner settings are stored in CCleaner.ini under [Options] section.

What´s New in version 2.10.618:
  • Added Type Library cleaning to Registry Cleaner.
  • Improved File Extension scanning in Registry Cleaner.
  • Added /SHUTDOWN command-line parameter to shutdown the computer after cleaning. Only works with /AUTO.
  • Added Shutdown option to system tray menu.
  • Added support for Vista common dialogs.
  • Fixed bug in Uninstaller Tool where some items were hidden.
  • Fixed multi-monitor issue with dialogs.
  • Fixed incompatibility with Windows Search 4.0.
  • Added seconds to filename when saving .REG files.
  • Improved RegEdit location navigation.
  • Improved Google Earth cleaning and detection.
  • Memory usage optimizations.
  • Minor bug fixes.
Download:
CCleaner Portable

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

New Google Box For Offices Can Search 10 Mln Files



SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Tuesday it is an offering an upgraded version of the hardware appliance its sells to companies and government organizations for Google-style Web search of office documents.

The Web search leader said the latest version of the Google Search Appliance, a pizza-sized box that holds a self-contained search system for managing an organization's electronic files, can store up to 10 million documents in a single box.

The new product has the same capacity as a previous version that came in a five-box rack. Google already sells a 12-box version of the appliance in a rack the size of a stand-up refrigerator that can search up to 30 million documents.

The appliances contain Google software to power the search services, running on storage hardware from Dell Inc .

Once installed in a network, the appliances help staff find documents in various different corporate store houses, from EMC Corp's Documentum, IBM's FileNet, Open Text's LiveLink and Microsoft Corp's SharePoint.

New features in the latest model include greater encryption powers and the ability for Google Alerts to notify users when new documents are stored on the network by colleagues.

Network administrators will be able to manage Google Search Appliances in 27 languages, adding Turkish, Czech, Vietnamese and Portuguese. The boxes can, in turn, deliver search results to office workers in 40 different languages.

Mountain View, California-based Google does not disclose revenue for search appliances, which are part of its enterprise software and services business aimed at corporate buyers.

Roughly 98 percent of its revenue comes from advertising sold alongside services on Google.com and affiliated sites.

But because Google does not reveal revenue for the business, it is hard to verify its claims to be the market share leader in enterprise, as well as consumer, search.

"We estimate, with obviously imperfect information, that we are the market leader," Matt Glotzbach, product management director for Google Enterprise, said in a phone interview.

Rival providers of search used inside company networks include Microsoft, IBM, and Autonomy of Britain.

source: www.times.com
(Editing by Braden Reddall)



Monday, August 4, 2008

Breast vs bottle



Health workers are keen to promote the advantages of breastfeeding.

Experts, including the World Health Organization, recommend that a baby is breast fed exclusively for at least the first six months.

However, many women still prefer to use formula milk, and campaigners argue that the government needs to do more to encourage women to breastfeed.

The benefits of breastfeeding include:

  • Nutrition: Breast milk is the ideal food for a baby. It is nutritionally balanced, with the perfect amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and iron to help the baby to grow.
  • Boosting immunity: The baby receives the mother's antibodies to help it fight infection
  • Less likelihood that the baby suffers constipation, diarrhoea and wind
  • More protection against gastroenteritis, childhood diabetes, allergies like eczema and chest and ear infections
  • Convenience: There is no need to get up in the night to sterilise bottles. Breast milk is always at the right temperature, is available immediately, is easy for the baby to digest, contains all the nutrients the baby needs and is free
  • Reduction in the risk of the mother contracting early breast or ovarian cancer and fracturing her hips
  • A speedier return to the pre-pregnancy figure for the mother as breastfeeding helps the womb to contract and also burns up calories

The benefits of bottle feeding include:
  • Convenience: The mother does not have to do all the feeding and can leave the baby with others while she catches up on sleep or gets a break from the baby. Breastfeeding mothers can express their milk into a bottle to give themselves a break, but many find this uncomfortable
  • Less anxiety: The mother can measure how much milk the baby is taking in, although breastfeeding mothers can tell if their baby is not getting enough milk through monitoring their weight gain
  • More sleep: Formula milk is more difficult to digest for the baby so they tend to sleep longer.
  • Comfort: If a breastfeeding mother misses or delays a feed, her breasts may overfill and become painful and start leaking milk.
Some women develop an infection called mastitis - painful, inflamed breasts.

Others may experience lumps in the breast caused by blocked milk ducts.

Both conditions can be treated, for example, by changing breastfeeding position. Women with severe mastitis may need antibiotics. Although organisations exist to help breastfeeding mothers, many complain that they still do not get enough advice.

They often, for example, experience difficulty weaning babies onto formula milk once the baby is used to breast milk and they have to go back to work.

Women who return to work can continue to breastfeed at night and in the morning while giving their baby formula milk during the day.

However, they will not get as much protection as a baby who is wholly breast fed.

source : bbc

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF HUNGARY 2008



F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF HUNGARY 2008

1.   Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2.   Timo Glock (GER) Panasonic Toyota Racing
3.   Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4.   Fernando Alonso (ESP) ING Renault F1 Team
5.   Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
6.   Nelson Piquet (BRA) ING Renault F1 Team
7.   Jarno Trulli (ITA) Panasonic Toyota Racing
8.   Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 Team
9.   Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing
10. Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1 Team
11. David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing
12. Jenson Button (GBR) Honda Racing F1 Team
13. Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) AT&T Williams
14. Nico Rosberg (GER) AT&T Williams
15. Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 Team
16. Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda Racing F1 Team
17. Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
18. Sebastian Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso



Not Classified:
20 Adrian Sutil (GER)Force India F1 Team
15 Sebastian Vettel (GER)Scuderia Toro Rosso