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Fake impotence drugs linked to low blood sugar outbreak

  • Posted on July 13, 2018 at 1:04 am

Thursday, February 12, 2009

An article in the February 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reports on an unusual cause for an outbreak of low blood sugar among men in Singapore: illegal use of sexual performance enhancement drugs that were contaminated with a diabetes drug.

Between January and May 2008, 149 men and one woman between 19 and 97 (mean age 51) were admitted to five public hospitals for unexplained low blood sugar. Similar cases were reported in media reports from Hong Kong. Seven Singaporean patients remained in a coma because of prolonged sugar starvation of the brain, and four subsequently died. The diabetes drug glyburide was found in blood and/or urine samples in 85% of cases; 30% admitted having used illegal sexual performance enhancers.

The contaminated products were a counterfeit version of the drug Cialis (meant for the treatment of genuine erectile dysfunction), and three purported herbal preparation (the affected brands included Power 1 Walnut and Santi Bovine Penis Erecting Capsule). All four preparations additionally contained Viagra in varying concentrations. Two herbal products contained traces of the weight loss drug sibutramine, a compound related to amphetamines.

The drug packaging mentioned names of non-existent overseas production facilities, so the source of the contamination with the diabetes drug could not be established.

The authors underline the risks that is known to be associated with purchasing drugs from unreliable providers or from online resellers. The clandestine use of impotence drugs as sexual performance enhancers seems to have provided a good illustration of this problem. They further call for more efforts by national and international health and law enforcement agencies to curb the manufacturing, international transport and sales of untrustworthy medication.

Fake impotence drugs linked to low blood sugar outbreak

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Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes

  • Posted on July 13, 2018 at 1:02 am

Monday, November 28, 2005

U.S. Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham (RCA) pled guilty today to conspiring to take bribes in exchange for using his influence as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to help a defense contractor get business. In total he pled guilty to one count of income tax evasion and four counts of conspiracy, namely mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery of public official and accepting bribes. U.S. District judge Larry A. Burns scheduled Cunnigham to be sentenced on February 27. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and nearly $500,000 in fines, as well as forfeiture of unspecified amounts of cash and property.

In the court hearing, Cunningham admitted to accepting “bribes in exchange for performance of official duties” between “the year 2000 and June of 2005”, taking “both cash payments and payments in kind” and following up by “trying to influence the Defense Department”.

The federal investigation against Cunningham was triggered by his sale of his California residence to defense contractor Mitchell Wade in late 2003. However, Wade never moved in and sold the house at a $700,000 loss three quarters of a year later. At the same time Wade’s company MZM won tens of millions of dollars in defense contracts. Subsequent investigations discovered more questionable business transactions, including interactions with the defense contractor ADCS. In his plea agreement he testified that, among other charges, he “demanded, sought and received at least $2.4 million in illicit payments and benefits from his co-conspirators in various forms, including cash, checks, meals, travel, lodging, furnishings, antiques, rugs, yacht club fees, boat repairs and improvements, moving expenses, cars and boats.”

Cunningham announced his resignation after the hearing. In a written statement released by his law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP he declared “The truth is — I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.”

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Super high speed internet launched in New Zealand

  • Posted on July 11, 2018 at 1:28 am

Friday, September 1, 2006

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, yesterday unveiled Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN). It is super high speed Internet that is capable of transmitting data with speeds of up to ten gigabits per second, 10,000 times faster than the current speed of broadband (1Mbps), and 200,000 times faster than dial-up.

The New Zealand Government put NZ$43 million ($28.1 million USD) into the Crown company: Research and Education Advanced Network of New Zealand (REANNZ) organization, responsible for the running of KAREN.

KAREN will link universities and research institutions in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Nelson and Rotorua and then to the rest of the world via a TelstraClear fibre optic cable.

The network will allow geologists/geophysicists to access U.S. data on fault lines, 3D modellers the ability to collaborate on international mapping projects and students will be able to participate in interactive video lectures with experts, anywhere in the world.

The technology so far is limited to just universities and research institutions but Minister for Education Steve Maharey said: “The network will be extended over time to include other institutions, including schools, libraries and museums.” It is also limited to just one university in the South Island, it is located in the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury.

Clark said: “The link is crucial in order to attract and retain scientists, because it allows a greater level of real time collaboration between scientists based in New Zealand, and their colleagues around the world.”

The Telecommunications’ Users Association of New Zealand chief executive, Ernie Newman, said: “Karen was a ‘great initiative’ for the science community, and that would have wider benefits for the country.”

Dr. Mark Billinhurst, HIT Lab director, said: “The network meant the country was now legitimately part of the international research community.”

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Courts uphold firing of Pennsylvania cop who lost sense of smell

  • Posted on July 11, 2018 at 1:16 am

Saturday, March 28, 2009

An appeals court said a Pennsylvania police department was justified in firing an officer because he lost his sense of smell in an off-duty motorcycle accident.

The court said the Collier Township firing was valid because police need their sense of smell to detect substances like drugs, alcohol, hazardous materials, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled.

David Agostino, 44, suffered anosmia, a partial or full lack of sense of smell, due to head trauma suffered from a 2004 crash in Ohio. Officials in Collier Township, a Pittsburgh suburb in Allegheny County, honorably discharged him because they were worried the condition created a risk.

Attorneys for Agostino unsuccessfully argued a sense of smell is not part of the physical exam for prospective police officers, and that there was no statute or police regulation that cited lack of sense of smell as grounds for firing a police officer.

But during the court hearing, a fellow officer testified Agostino could not smell the odor of marijuana and alcohol after pulling over a motorist following a high-speed chase. His police chief also said he failed to smell leaking gas from an elderly resident’s furnace.

“[The chief] explained that Agostino’s inability to smell if the furnace was leaking gas created a hazardous situation, placing Agostino, the resident and the public in danger because ‘it could have possibly caused an explosion,'” Judge Bernard L. McGinley wrote in the decision.

Agostino, of South Fayette Township, could not be reached for comment by media reports after the decision by the three-judge Commonwealth Court panel.

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3 Important Services Offered By A Pawn Store In Lincoln Park

  • Posted on July 11, 2018 at 1:08 am

byAlma Abell

Pawn shops have been serving their communities as far back as 206 B.C. when Chinese merchants loaned money to rich and poor alike and accepted personal items as collateral. Over the years, the businesses have expanded and become more common, but continue to provide the same essential benefits. For instance, many residents rely on a local pawn store in Lincoln Park for quick cash. Area businesses like Clark Pawners & Jewelers also sell a wide range of valuables at discount prices.

Short-Term Loans Solve Cash Flow Problems

Despite the number of banks and payday loan services available, many residents depend on a Pawn Store in Lincoln Park for quick cash. The shops do not require credit checks because they use customers’ valuables to secure loans. The process is very quick, and most borrowers can walk out with needed cash in less than an hour. Their belongings are kept safe until the money is repaid and the items are returned. If they cannot repay loans, all that happens is that the store sells their things. Customers are never hounded by bill collectors.

Clients Can Make Money on Unwanted Items

There are also pawn shop customers who get fast cash by selling their things. They often visit sites like http://clarkpawners.com to find out what kinds of things the stores sell. Sites invite clients to “Visit us“ and have items evaluated. Customers typically find that they can sell items like jewelry, diamonds, coins, laptops, TVs, and even bikes. Stores even pay well for scrap jewelry, especially if it contains gold. When customers bring their things in, appraisers offer a value and, if clients accept, pay them cash on the spot. Clients often sell unused or inherited things to pawn shops.

Bargain Hunters Find Deals at Pawn Shops

Because pawn shops take in so many valuables, they are excellent shopping destinations. Couples who are looking for high-quality, affordable engagement and wedding rings often shop the stores. Their inventory includes valuables like designer jewelry, watches, musical instruments, coins, and electronics. In addition, store jewelers provide services that include re-sizing jewelry, replacing watch batteries, and removing watch band links.

Every year, thousands of customers get fast, easy loans at pawn shops. Many also make money by selling unwanted valuables to the stores. In addition, clients consider local pawn shops great places to find a huge variety of affordable valuables for sale.

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Doctor: Hoodies are a health risk

  • Posted on July 11, 2018 at 1:05 am

Thursday, November 16, 2006

According to New Zealand doctor, Doctor Glenn Twentyman from Child, Youth and Family Services at Wiri, South Auckland, hoodies can be a health risk because they block sunlight which causes a vitamin D deficiency, thus weak bones and low energy.

Dr Twentyman said: “It’s the hoodies and the hats and the downward glance of the teenagers, shading your face all the time.”

Dr Twentyman said that every young person that he had tested showed a deficiency of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps vital minerals to be absorbed into the bones. Vitamin D is given to our body from the sun. “A lot of these kids stay away from sunshine. They don’t hang out at the beach or in the bush. Some are into drugs and alcohol and a lot of it is indoor activity and night-time activity. They sleep during the day. They are wearing those hoods and literally they don’t get out in the sun.”

Even though vitamin D is usually absorbed through sun it can also be found in: fatty fish, liver, eggs, full fat milk and butter.

There is an increase in reports of vitamin D deficiency in Oceania. This is most likely because of people trying to cover up because of the higher risk of getting skin cancer due to the ozone hole over New Zealand. His comments come as evidence mounts of increasing vitamin D deficiency in Australasia, partly caused by covering up to avoid skin cancer. Also one student from Tangaroa College, Vincent Wesche, said that he wears a hoodie because “I don’t want to lose my hair,” also referring to rugby player, Carlos Spencer, “Carlos Spencer is starting to lose his hair from the sun.”

Doctor Cameron Grant, from Starship hospital in Auckland, said that he had done a study for four years which found that infants living in Auckland did have a deficiency of vitamin D. “We know that vitamin D deficiency is a health issue in New Zealand. We know that people who are at risk of vitamin D deficiency are for example groups who keep themselves clothed and keep themselves indoors for religious reasons … so his idea is not an unreasonable one.”

Another study also showed that 87% of pregnant woman living in Wellington were vitamin D deficient.

Dr Twentyman said that the people who are most likely to have a vitamin D deficiency are “depressed people and the elderly, such as those kept indoors in rest homes all day.”

Doctor: Hoodies are a health risk

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2007/08 UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs. Barcelona

  • Posted on July 11, 2018 at 1:04 am

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

April 29, 200820:45 (CET)
Manchester United 1–0 Barcelona Old Trafford, Manchester, England Attendance: 75,061 Referee: Herbert Fandel
Scholes 14′ (1)Carrick 63′Ronaldo 68′Nani 77′Giggs 77′Scholes 77′Fletcher 77′Evra 90′ + 3′Silvestre 90′ + 3′ Match Report 52′ Zambrotta 54′ Deco 61′ Iniesta 61′ Henry 70′ Touré 72′ Eto’o 72′ Bojan 88′ Touré 88′ Guðjohnsen

Manchester United are heading to Moscow, Russia to play in the UEFA Champions League Final on May 21 after beating Barcelona 1-0 on Tuesday evening. The aggregate score finished 1-0 after last Wednesday’s goalless draw in Barcelona, Spain.

Former England midfielder Paul Scholes scored the only goal of the match in the 14th minute with a swerving strike from 25 meters after collecting a loose ball that resulted from a Gianluca Zambrotta clearance error. Scholes and team captain, former Wales international Ryan Giggs are the last remaining players from the Manchester United side that beat FC Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, played in Barcelona’s own Camp Nou stadium.

Manchester United’s defensive resiliency continued from last Wednesday’s 1st leg and withstood Barcelona’s attack as Lionel Messi and company failed to unsettle United’s back line, despite a 4-3-3 formation spearheaded by Eto’o, Messi, and Iniesta’s persistent pressure in the attacking third of the pitch. Barcelona managed to put several shots near the home goal, but never really tested Dutch international goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar.

The win for Manchester United guarantees the first all-English final in European Champion League and Champions Club Cup history when they face Chelsea in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on May 21.

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News briefs: April 15, 2012

  • Posted on July 10, 2018 at 1:30 am

Monday, April 16, 2012

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Chilli Peppers: Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels And Lose Weight With The Capsicum

  • Posted on July 10, 2018 at 1:25 am

By Estelle Coughlan

Heart disease is the Western World’s biggest killer, and it is high cholesterol (high levels of LDL Cholesterol (bad cholesterol)), that is the primary cause. High levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) that circulate in the blood can develop into plaque, which leads to clogged arteries. This occurs when LDL Cholesterol that circulates in the blood, develops into plaque.

The body also requires HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), which carries the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) to the liver to be flushed out of the body. However, when LDL cholesterol levels are high, HDL levels are low, this results in a build up of LDL cholesterol in the body, and therefore the risk of blocked arteries.

Weight gain is also a world wide epidemic, and combined with high cholesterol levels in your blood, you are a time bomb just waiting to go off, at risk from serious and fatal illness.

For centuries, the humble chilli has been used as a health tonic in many countries, in addition to its common use in food across the globe. However, it is only now, that the Capsicum, also known as the red pepper or chilli is really coming to the fore for its healthcare benefits. It is a great solution to lowering your cholesterol, whilst also being highly beneficial for weight loss.

Until very recently we were unable to take this superfood in a supplement form, due to it aggravating the digestive tract. However, due to a recent technology launch, we are now able to take a concentrated form of this incredible weight loss food in tablet form.

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So How Can Chilli Lower My Cholesterol and Weight At The Same Time?

The capsicum, when taken in high doses, acts by considerably speeding up the metabolism and burning fat before it is able to be absorbed by the body and stored as fat. It also helps to suppress the appetite, making you much less likely to overeat, snack or binge throughout the day.

Calories that are eaten during a meal and not used immediately are converted to triglycerides and transported to fat cells to be stored. The Capsaicin stops the fat being absorbed, by raising the metabolic rate which means the fat is better mobilised around the body. The higher your metabolic rate is, the more fat you will lose.

The chilli also increases blood circulation, so more oxygen and nutrients are carried through the body at a faster and more efficient rate. This promotes a healthier body and ensures ongoing weight loss. By taking a quality capsicum supplement you will enjoy all these incredible health benefits.

The Capsicum contains vitamin C and vitamin A, which contain beta-carotenoids, which are both powerful anti-oxidants. These antioxidants eliminate free radicals and other toxins from our bodies and clear the metabolic pathways, therefore helping our body to run more efficiently. The supply of nutrients to the tissues is also increased.

If free radicals are left unchecked in the body, a build up of harmful chemicals and toxins can incur, dramatically increasing our chances of serious illness and disease.

The antioxidants in the Capsicum wipe out free radicals that can also increase cholesterol levels, which can also go on to cause heart disease.

The capsicum also contains vitamin B6 and folic acid. Vitamin B reduces high homocysteine level, which has been shown to cause damage to blood vessels and is associated with a greatly increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It also converts homocysteine into other molecules which is beneficial to lower cholesterol levels.

Capsaicin, the compound in the chilli that is responsible for its heat, also helps to reduce bad cholesterol and triglyceride (the chemical form in which most fat exists in food as well as in the body) levels. When Capsaicin is ingested, the typical increase in liver and blood serum cholesterol levels are significantly reduced.

Capsicum has also been found to help regulate blood pressure, encourage better blood circulation, and reduce common respiratory illness such as asthma, the common cold, sinusitis and bronchitis, as it also dilates the airways of the lungs.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the chilli can do for us, and there really is no end to the talent of the humble little chilli!

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Prince Philip of UK makes last solo public engagement after 65 years

  • Posted on July 10, 2018 at 1:17 am

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The United Kingdom’s Prince Philip, 96, performed his last solo official royal public engagement, before retiring from his official duties as the consort of Queen Elizabeth II after 65 years of service, with a Captain General’s parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

As the Captain General, he took the royal salute and inspected the soldiers to mark the end of the 1664 Global Challenge. He told the soldiers humorously “You all should be locked up” after they completed a 2,678 kilometer (1664 mile) trek in support of the Royal Marines Charity. 

Buckingham Palace announced Philip’s retirement plan in May. Philip succeeded King George VI — Elizabeth’s father — as Captain General of marines in 1953, the year after she succeeded him as monarch. On the announcement in May, Prime Minister Theresa May offered her well wishes and gratitude to Prince Philip, 95 years old at the time.

Lady Myra Butter, an acquaintance of Philip’s for more than eight decades, said on BBC Radio 4 program Today, of Philip’s future after retirement, “I’m sure that he won’t disappear, he will be greatly missed by everybody. He’s been such a stable character in all our lives — he’s always there and he’s always been there for the Queen and I think we’re very, very lucky to have him.”

Serving longer than any other British consort, Philip has made 22,219 solo public engagements as consort, 637 solo overseas visits, 5,496 speeches, and 14 books. He currently supports or belongs to more than 780 organisations.

Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, is a nephew of late King Constantine I of Greece, and was born on the Greek island of Corfu. Philip is a former naval officer and courted Elizabeth during his service in the Royal Navy. He married her in 1947 in Westminster Abbey. This November will be their 70th wedding anniversary. Elizabeth described Philip as “my strength and stay”.

Prince Philip of UK makes last solo public engagement after 65 years

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