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Fighting malaria with one hand tied back

February 3, 2012

Mosquitos on a net

It’s more often than not that mortality figures are under-estimated or lower than reported…are you really surprise? Malaria is a serious disease…  No matter how strong you may think you are…your immunity to malaria may not be enough to succumb to the disease. How long will the insecticides to effective in keeping the populations of mosquitoes at bay?….well until they develop a resistance to the chemicals we are using…..there’s got to be a more natural approach in curbing the over-population of these blood sucking critters..! Any ideas out there…share it with us…

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Powered by article titled “Fighting malaria with one hand tied back” was written by Sarah Boseley, health editor, for The Guardian on Friday 3rd February 2012 06.29 UTC

Decades of assumptions about the lethality of malaria have been overturned by the publication of a paper in the Lancet from an academic institute in Seattle which says the disease kills twice as many as everybody thought. Even more extraordinary – it would seem that conventional wisdom about the disease has been wrong all this time.

It does not just kill babies and children under five — it kills adults too, in nearly as large proportions.

The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation has astounded the global health community by claiming it has been fighting malaria apparently with one hand behind its back. The death toll has come down since 2004, thanks to huge efforts to get insecticide-impregnated bednets to households and treat those who are sick with better drugs, but all the while an older age group has been neglected.

“These are certainly results which surprised us when we first did the analysis,” said Steve Lim, one of the authors of the Lancet paper. “It is new to what is taught in public health and medical school, which is that when kids are exposed to malaria at a very young age, it conveys immunity.”

Only last year the World Malaria Report gave mortality figures which are half those the institute has found – 655,000 deaths compared to 1.2 million. It is an extraordinary gulf and there will be lots of debate about the statistical methods used by the Seattle team.

But the institute has form. This is part of a five-year project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to obtain the best possible data for the toll of death and disease from vario

Newt Gingrich sets his sights on Florida’s Latino communities

January 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich little havana

Politicians will always be politicians…so as it goes, Newt Gingrich is reaching out to the hispanic community to assure a victory in Florida…the hispanic vote will be necessary for Gingrich to win in Florida…the hispanic population has been hit hard during these difficult economic times…Gingrich is hoping that the hispanic community will rally up and send a message to Washington…that it’s time for a change…again..Can Florida be the spring-board Gingrich needs to the White House?

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Powered by article titled “Newt Gingrich sets his sights on Florida’s Latino communities” was written by Ewen MacAskill in Miami, for The Guardian on Thursday 26th January 2012 21.32 UTC

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made a short stop at the Versailles coffee shop in Miami’s Little Havana recently. It has a reputation for good pastries and strong, sweet, dark Cuban coffee, but Gingrich was not stopping just to sample the fare.

He was there to persuade Cuban hardliners that he has not gone soft on the Castro brothers. If the Versailles clientele are anything to go by, the tactic seems to be working.

Juan Santana, a 53-year-old security guard, born in Cuba but living in exile in Florida since 1974, was among those so taken by Gingrich that he went on to support the candidate at a campaign event this week in Miami.

Santana is about as hardline as it gets, viewing Castro’s Cuba as “satanic communism” and a terrorist entity which he says is working with Iranian intelligence agents. He sports a military-style cap embroidered with the legend “Operation Mongoose Cuban Readiness Force” in a tribute to a CIA operation dating back to the 1960s to overthrow Castro. He was accompanied by about half a dozen others wearing similar caps.

Cuban-Americans remain a powerful political force in southern Florida and Gingrich and his rival Mitt Romney are going all out to court a group that could prove decisive in a tight race. Both were in Miami on Wednesday seeking to win over Cuban-Americans and other Latino voters and both will be back again today, speaking at a major Latino leadership conference. Both are backing up their campaign with Spanish language ads.

Florida’s Latinos account for about 20% of the population, with Cuban-Americans the biggest grouping, followed by those of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent. Of the 368,000 registered Republicans in Miami-Dade county, about 75% are Cuban-Americans and they turn out to vote in large numbers. The man who captures this section of the vote is likely to take the state.

According to the polls, Romney is more likely to be that man. A poll for the Spanish-language channel Univision and ABC on Wednesday gave him a 15-point lead over Gingrich among likely Hispanic voters. But there are signs that Gingrich is closing the gap, and it is the Cuban-Americans who are fuelling that movement.

Little Havana is rundown and seedy now. Many Cubans have moved out to more affluent areas to be replaced by other, poorer Latino groups. But the cigar shops, bars and restaurants remain, as do the anti-Castro monuments and murals.

Gingrich is getting advice from a strategist who helped Marco Rubio, one of the rising stars of the Republican party, to victory in the Senate, and he has tapped into the mood better than Romney. Although he was forced to drop an ad saying Romney was anti-immigrant, Gingrich’s language is much more belligerent towards the Castro brothers than Romney’s. Gingrich has also reversed his previous support for Barack Obama’s easing of the Cuban embargo and is now opposed.

On Wednesday, at a meeting on a university campus in Miami, Gingrich called for a “Cuban spring” and US support for non-military covert action to bring down the Castro brothers.

Santana, who lives in Hialeah, outside Miami, applauded this. A Republican who will be voting in Tuesday’s primary, he likes Romney but prefers Gingrich. “I am going to support Gingrich because I think he will be the best president for America at this time because of the threat of terrorism from Iran, Venezuela and Cuba.”

A cigar tucked in his pocket and on his shirt a Gingrich campaign badge ‘Don’t Believe The Liberal Media’, Santana said he does not believe the resolve of the exiles has weakened. He himself is as staunch as ever.

“Castro has done a lot of damage to Cuba. He has destroyed our values as a Judeo-Christian nation through satanic communism.”

Romney arrived in Florida at the start of the week with a better organisation and more money in place in the state than Gingrich. He has won the endorsement of many Latino Republican politicians.

But he has a huge disadvantage. In order to pander to rightwing white conservatives in the presidential debates, he took a tougher line than Gingrich on illegal immigration. While Gingrich risked alienating those white Republicans by backing what he called a humane approach to illegal immigrants, Romney said he would veto the Dream Act, which offers a route to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

In an interview with Univision, Romney insisted he was not anti-immigrant but pro-immigrant. He even joked about his father being born in Mexico. He could not claim he was Mexican-American, much as he would like to in a Florida primary, he said, as people would see through that as dishonest, but he joked that it would help if Univision was to put that label about.

Romney, with the support of Rubio, forced Gingrich this week to drop an ad saying he was anti-immigrant. The ad might have gone but the sense that Romney, unlike Gingrich, is not sympathetic enough to Latinos lingers on.

Santana, like many other Latinos, wants a route to citizenship for illegal immigrants: “The Dream Act is important. I believe it should be a humane policy. I came as a refugee. As long as they are decent, they should be allowed to stay.”

Academics argue younger people do not share their parents’ and grandparents’ passionate hatred of Castro. There is support among many of the younger generation for Obama’s policy of easing the embargo on Cuba. For many young Cuban-Americans, the overriding concerns are the same as Americans elsewhere: jobs, tuition fees and other economic worries.

Mercedes Chavez, 20, a pre-med biology major at Florida International University and a Republican, has not made up her mind who to vote for but is leaning towards Romney. The top issue for her is education. Chavez, who is of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Mexican descent, said: “Cuba is not an issue. It is not my top priority when it comes to my heritage.”

Another of the younger generation of Latino Republicans, John Partridge, 26, echoes this. Partridge, who is of Puerto Rican descent and is leaning towards Gingrich, feels the economy is what matters. “For my generation Cuba is not as big an issue as it was for the older generation … It has been 50 years.”

But not all Republican students are indifferent to the island lying 100 miles to the south. A student at Florida International University, Hector Lans, 20, a Cuban-American, has not made up his mind who to vote for on Tuesday, but said the economy is his immediate concern. But that does not mean he does not also care about Cuba. “Cuba is about the same for me as the economy,” he said. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Costa Concordia captain tells judge how he left stricken cruise ship

January 18, 2012

Costa Concordia

The captain should always be the last person off the ship…it will be hard to prove a jury of your peers otherwise. The women and children rely on leadership to assure their safety on the open sea. This story is far from over…there will be many more cowards being questioned….I am sure heros will also emerge.

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Powered by article titled “Costa Concordia captain tells judge how he left stricken cruise ship” was written by Tom Kington in Rome, for The Guardian on Wednesday 18th January 2012 19.33 UTC

The cruise liner captain accused of abandoning ship after he struck rocks off the Tuscan coast last Friday has reportedly claimed he could not lead the evacuation because he slipped and tripped into a lifeboat while helping passengers leave the stricken vessel.

Captain Francesco Schettino said it was an accident that he left the Costa Concordia, according to Italian press reports.

“The passengers were pouring on to the decks, taking the lifeboats by assault,” he was quoted as telling a judge during a hearing to determine whether he should be held in custody on charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship.

“I was trying to get people to get into the boats in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, since the ship was at a 60-70 degree angle, I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That’s how I found myself in the lifeboat,” Schettino said.

The death toll among the 4,200 passengers and crew stands at 11, with 21 people still unaccounted for. Eight bodies have been retrieved from the grounded vessel, while three drowned trying to reach the shore. One of the bodies found on the vessel was identified on Wednesday as Sandor Feher, 38, a Hungarian violinist who worked on board the ship and was last seen helping to put crying children into life jackets before returning to his cabin to pack his violin.

Italian officials said a German woman who was mistakenly listed among the missing had been located alive in Germany.

Schettino, who was handed command of the newly launched, 114,500-tonne Costa Concordia in 2006, admitted responsibility for crashing into rocks close to the island of Giglio which tore a hole in the Costa Concordia.

“I don’t know why it happened. I was a victim of my instincts,” he said. He confirmed he sailed close to the island to salute a retired captain, Mario Palombo. He said he was not afraid of a drugs test. “I don’t do drugs and I had not drunk,” he said. By grounding the vessel close to the shore after it struck rock, he claims he saved the lives of many passengers.

A report released on Wednesday by the judge, Valeria Montesarchio, revealed Schettino was sailing at more than 15 knots when he struck rock and left the vessel while 300 people were still on board. After his “gravely imprudent” behaviour, Schettino remained “completely inert” on rocks as others scrambled to help the evacuation, the report stated.

The judge interviewed Roberto Bosio, a cruise ship captain who was aboard by chance and has been hailed a hero in Italy after he reportedly stayed on board to take charge of the evacuation.

The judge’s decision to free Schettino from custody and place him under house arrest is to be subject to an appeal by prosecutor Francesco Verusio, who said Schettino “doesn’t appear unhappy about what he caused” and could flee.

Verusio doubted Schettino’s story about falling into the lifeboat. “Even if he fell in the lifeboat, he could have got back on the boat,” he said.

Support for Schettino came from his parish priest, Father Gennaro Starita, who said the captain was being “killed” by a “media circus”.

On Giglio, divers searching for passengers on the half-submerged ship were urgently pulled off the vessel on Wednesday after sensors revealed the ship had shifted about 1.5 metres, following a smaller shift on Monday which prompted fears the vessel may move from the rocks on which is now lodged and tumble into 70 metre depths.

Navy divers had been planning to blow three holes in the hull with explosive charges after five holes blown on Tuesday allowed access to a lower deck where they found five bodies.

As the hope of finding passengers alive fades, Italy’s environment minister Corrado Clini said two weeks would be needed to empty the ship’s 15 fuel tanks of 2,280 tonnes of fuel to avoid the possibility of a leak.

The tiny port on Giglio has this week become a thriving hub for 600 rescue workers and journalists, prompting about 700 winter residents to reopen shops and hotels closed until the summer.

Relatives of missing passengers visited the port on Wednesday to meet officials and appeal for information.

Posters appeared on the walls around the port asking for news of Giuseppe Girolamo, 30, an Italian musician who was hired to play in a rock band on the Costa Concordia in December.

Girolamo was reportedly seen boarding a lifeboat on Friday before leaping back on board the cruise ship to help other passengers disembark. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Iowa caucus results make Mitt Romney the man to beat

January 4, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hugs his wife Ann

Sure Mitt Rommey won the Iowa caucus but Rick Santorum was only 8 votes behind…so we can almost say it was a tie….but a win is a win for many. It’s still a long way to the White House…so expect to see the politicians use everything in their arsenal to get your vote…the best is yet to come…

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Dr Anthony

Powered by article titled “Iowa caucus results make Mitt Romney the man to beat” was written by Martin Kettle, for The Guardian on Wednesday 4th January 2012 13.29 UTC

In most presidential election years, by the dawn of the day after the Iowa caucuses, the White House hopefuls are mostly already on the stump in the snows of New Hampshire, cranking up their campaigns for the primary a week later in the state whose motto is Live Free Or Die.

That’s true in January 2012, just as it was in January 2008. This time around, the frontrunners Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are all either in or on their way to New Hampshire for the 10 January Republican primary. As ever, winning in New Hampshire, a small state in which campaigning will be intense for the next seven days, can make or break a presidential run.

Yet it was already clear from the early dynamics of the 2012 Republican race – and it is even more clear after the result in Iowa yesterday – that New Hampshire may not be as decisive this year as it was in 2008, when John McCain brushed aside Mitt Romney’s well-financed campaign to top the poll and establish a momentum in the race to the nominating convention he never really lost.

Paradoxically, that’s because Romney is looking much harder to beat in New Hampshire in 2012 than he was in 2008. The polls put him at approaching 50% of the vote there, making him an all-but-certain victor next week. But Romney, as Iowa proved, is not loved by his increasingly red meat conservative party. This means, in turn, the best windows of opportunity for his chief challengers are likely to come in the crucial two primaries later in the month – in South Carolina on 21 January and in Florida 10 days after that – rather than in the north-east next week.

These two southern states, South Carolina relatively small and highly conservative; Florida large and more heterogeneous both demographically and politically, look likely to offer a much more crucial proving ground for the men who want to challenge Barack Obama in November.

Both of these states offer bigger opportunities to whichever of the competing “Anyone but Romney” candidates can generate enough excitement, raise enough money and get enough votes in the ballot boxes to mount the most effective challenge against the former Massachusetts governor.

That will be much easier for Santorum, Gingrich and the others than it will be in New Hampshire, though they have to fight hard there nevertheless to maintain credibility going into South Carolina. But you could almost say now that a Romney win in New Hampshire is such a given, that the real battle is already taking place in the two southern states.

That’s because the Republican party has not warmed to Romney any more than it did four years ago. Romney did well in Iowa this week. Coming first by eight votes is a lot better than being beaten by any margin. But three-quarters of Iowa Republicans voted for his opponents, and there is no way Romney’s narrow win gives him anything approaching hegemony in the contest. He is both too strong and too weak.

But which of his opponents stands to profit from Romney’s inability to fire up the Republican activists and voters? The obvious answer from Iowa is Rick Santorum, who pushed him so close in the cornfields. Santorum is a high-profile social conservative, one reason why he has ousted from his Pennsylvania US senate seat in 2008. But so is Gingrich of Georgia, who until recently was very much the man to beat in South Carolina. His campaign has faltered badly recently, but he is a man who knows how to ride the political roller-coaster. And don’t forget Paul, who has promised to stay in the race and who commands a devoted following.

In the end, the suspicion is that none has the strength to brush the others aside decisively enough to stop Romney. All of them together, though, have the strength to sap Romney’s credibility. The 2012 Republican race, in other words, looks strangely like the 2008 one, when the Anyone but McCains fought each other to a draw, allowing the Arizona senator to close his grip on the nomination. Four years ago, Mitt Romney was one of the also-rans. This time he is now the man to beat. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Make Your New Years Resolutions for 2012

December 31, 2011


Make Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 come True

Many of us are starting to make promises to ourselves or to love ones that 2012 will to the year that makes all the difference. We all start our with great intentions in adhering to a list of goals to accomplish for the new year. But as we dive into the new year…we sometimes lose sight of those goals. In order to be successful, start off with those goals  that can be reasonably accomplished in a short time. By knocking out the short term goals, you begin to have a feeling of accomplishment and pride.

A good tip to keeping resolutions for 2012 is to be clear on the goals you want to set for yourself. When I say make it clear, I mean to right down on paper exactly  what it is you want to accomplish. Serge Prengel, author of  “Resolutions that Work”, believes that adopting the techique of image visualization can prepare us and improve our ability to staying focus on our goals. Many successful athletes have used and continue to impliments techniques in image visualization to help improve their performance.

We can adopt these techniques in order to control our emotions and prepare us to achieve whatever we desire out of life. So enjoy the attached free ebook by Serge Prengel and make the year of 2012 the beginning of many productive years to come…Happy New Year from

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Medicinal tree used in chemotherapy drug faces extinction

November 11, 2011

Peeling Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolin) Bark for Taxol

The forests and jungles are being harvested faster than it can be replaced. Trees are an important resource that needs to be protected from extinction. I am surprise that we are still talking about saving trees…its time to shut up and take action…save our trees before its too late…where is my medicinal tree?

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Powered by article titled “Medicinal tree used in chemotherapy drug faces extinction” was written by Hanna Gersmann and Jessica Aldred, for The Guardian on Thursday 10th November 2011 07.30 UTC

A species of Himalayan yew tree that is used to produce Taxol, a chemotherapy drug to treat cancer, is being pushed to the brink of extinction by over-harvesting for medicinal use and collection for fuel, scientists warned on Thursday.

The medicinal tree, Taxus contorta, found in Afghanistan, India and Nepal, has seen its conservation status change from “vulnerable” to “endangered” on the IUCN’s annual “red list” of threatened species.

Taxol was discovered by a US National Cancer Institute programme in the late 1960s, isolated in the bark of the Pacific yew tree, Taxus brevifolia. All 11 species of yew have since been found to contain Taxol. “The harvesting of the bark kills the trees, but it is possible to extract Taxol from clippings, so harvesting, if properly controlled, can be less detrimental to the plants,” said Craig Hilton-Taylor, IUCN red list unit manager.

“Harvest and trade should be carefully controlled to ensure it is sustainable, but plants should also be grown in cultivation to reduce the impact of harvesting on wild populations,” he added.

The red list is currently the most detailed and authoritative survey of the planet’s species, drawn from the work of thousands of scientists around the globe. For the first time, more than 61,900 species have been reviewed. The latest list categorises 801 species as extinct, 64 as extinct in the wild, and 9,568 as critically endangered or endangered. A further 10,002 species are vulnerable, with the main threats being overuse, pollution, habitat loss and degradation.

Tim Entwisle from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said: “There are 380,000 species of plants named and described, with about 2,000 being added to the list every year. At Kew we estimate one in five of these are likely to be under threat of extinction right now, before we even factor in the impacts of climate change.”

The Chinese water fir, for example, which was formerly widespread throughout China and Vietnam, is critically endangered. The main cause of decline is the loss of habitat to expanding intensive agriculture. The largest of the recently discovered stands in Laos was killed through flooding for a newly constructed hydropower scheme.

In the granitic Seychelles Islands, 77% of the assessed endemic flowering plants are at risk of extinction, including the Coco de Mer, which is illegally harvested for its supposed aphrodisiac properties.

Some 25% of all mammals were deemed to be at serious risk, according to the list. The black rhino in western Africa has officially been declared extinct. The white rhino in central Africa is on the brink of extinction and has been listed as possibly extinct in the wild. In Vietnam, poaching has driven the Javan rhinoceros to extinction, leaving the critically endangered species’ only remaining population numbering less than 50 on the Indonesian island that gave it its name.

But it is not all bad news for conservationists. Przewalski’s horse, also known as the Mongolian wild horse, was listed as extinct in the wild in 1996. Thanks to captive breeding and a successful reintroduction programme, the population in central Asia is now estimated at more than 300 and the wild horse has improved its status from critically endangered to endangered.

“This update offers both good and bad news on the status of many species around the world,” said Jane Smart, director of the IUCN Global Species Programme. “We have the knowledge that conservation works if executed in a timely manner, yet, without strong political will in combination with targeted efforts and resources, the wonders of nature and the services it provides can be lost forever.”

The overall message is that biodiversity continues to decline and governments need to take action to achieve the goal of a 10-year plan that was agreed on the international biodiversity summit in Japan last year. It reads: “By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained.” © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Steve Jobs honoured by Silicon Valley

October 16, 2011

Steve Jobs honoured by Silicon Valley

What’s next now that Steve Jobs is no longer with us? Who will be the one to follow into the future? How will his passing impact this industry? We are left with many questions…

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Powered by article titled “Steve Jobs honoured by Silicon Valley” was written by Ed Pilkington in New York, for The Guardian on Sunday 16th October 2011 21.39 UTC

Some of Silicon Valley’s top executives were set to gather at Stanford university on Sunday evening to celebrate the life and genius of the Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Fittingly perhaps for a memorial of a man who was notoriously secretive, the precise location of the event and its guest list is under wraps. It is being billed as strictly private, with no public or media coverage welcome.

Last week Jobs had a small private funeral following his death on 5 October, aged 56, from pancreatic cancer. On Wednesday morning, another private event will be held at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters for the company’s employees to pay their respects to their deceased leader.

Despite the primarily private nature of the commemorations, Jobs’s many admirers and fans have been able to express their sentiments through an outpouring of messages and cards to Apple stores and the company’s website.

In California, the governor Jerry Brown declared Saturday “Steve Jobs Day”. In a proclamation, he said: “It is fitting that we mark this day to honour his life and achievements as a uniquely Californian visionary. He epitomised the spirit of a state that an eager world watches to see what will come next.”

Security around the Stanford commemoration has been so tight that scarcely any details have yet emerged. Reuters reported that the president of one of Apple’s bitterest rivals, Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-yong, would be among the attendants.

Samsung and Apple are fighting for supremacy in the smartphone and tablet markets. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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The Genius of Potato Chips

September 25, 2011

Who made the first potato chips? I have always wondered how certain things got popular…potatoes have a long history all around the world. Ireland considers the potato an  important crop for their country…the people in the USA all have heard about the Idaho potato. Watch this video and learn how a frustrated cook came up with the now thinly cut potato chip. Pass the potato chips please.

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Africa and Middle East in spotlight as group launched to tackle homophobia

September 12, 2011

Rolling Stone newspaper, Uganda

People around the world still being executed for their sexual orientation…what the hell are they thinking?  Homophobia? Human life can be taken away for being different…because a sector of a population doesn’t fit with a majority…many of my friends tell me that I over-react…that I don’t know the people being killed…perhaps they are right…but I will never accept the killing of innocent people…the taking of a precious life…

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Dr Anthony

Powered by article titled “Africa and Middle East in spotlight as group launched to tackle homophobia” was written by Saeed Kamali Dehghan, for The Guardian on Sunday 11th September 2011 23.05 UTC

An international pressure group is to be launched in Britain on Tuesday to tackle the rise in homophobic violence around the world, with a focus on Africa and the Middle East.

The UK’s three main political parties have declared their support for Kaleidoscope, an independent group campaigning for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, after a series of high-profile attacks on sexual minorities in developing countries.

In January, the Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was bludgeoned to death after he was pictured on the front of the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone alongside the headline Hang Them. Last week three men were executed in Iran for homosexuality.

According to Kaleidoscope, more than third of all countries still have laws against consensual homosexual acts and 38 of the 54 members of the Commonwealth criminalise homosexuality.

Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian gay rights activist who fell foul of the authorities after being the first person in his country to come out on a national television, is among the founding members of the organisation.

“I was attacked, tied up and beaten in my own home in Lagos. For the first time in my life I not only saw a gun but I felt it right against my head. I was forced to leave my country. My dream is that others like me will be free to stay and be happy, surrounded by the love of their friends and families,” he said.

Despite some progress for gay rights in the US and Latin America — such as the abolition of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the US military and the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New York and Argentina — the global campaign for the rights of sexual minorities has experienced a series of setbacks in recent years.

In May, the UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, warned that hate crimes against LGBT communities were on the rise around the world.

Speaking from Uganda, Francis Onyango, the lawyer representing several other gay activists also named by Rolling Stone, said not much had changed since Kato’s death. “The danger is always there. All activists mentioned in that newspaper still face death threats by religious fanatics in their so-called war on homosexuality, and stigmatisation remains widespread. But international pressure can play an important role.”

The new initiative has pledged to use “effective international lobbying” with its access to the UK government and the EU to delay or prevent homophobic legalisation around the world and help strengthen groups of men and women “who take a stand against injustice and discrimination in their own countries”.

Apart from its focus on international discrimination against LGBT people, Kaleidoscope will also campaign for national causes.

“There are still some big issues to address,” said Lance Price, a Kaleidoscope founding member and former 10 Downing Street media adviser. “Gay marriage is one; the attitude of the immigration service towards people seeking refuge from countries where their lives could be in danger is another.”

Despite the achievements in the UK, the prominent gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said many refugees fleeing homophobic persecution “are still being refused asylum and locked up in detention centres like common criminals”. The UK Border Agency rejected an asylum application of a gay Iranian on the basis that he could ‘remain discreet’ in his country, although homosexuals are executed there. The ruling was later reversed in court.

Paul Canning, an activist who has campaigned for those with a well-founded fear of persecution who have been refused asylum, highlighted the case of the Ugandan gay man Robert Segwanyi.

“Segwanyi fled jail and torture for what he hoped would be sanctuary here,” he said. “Despite everyone describing him as ‘obviously gay’, the Home Office still wants to return him to what would be a likely death: it has taken a big campaign to – we hope – stop them. There are many cases just like Robert’s.” © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Daryl Hannah arrested at protest

August 31, 2011

US actress Daryl Hannah shows her oil-contaminated hand

You have freedom of speech in America…but it always seems you can still get arrested for it…or should we say quietly removed from the streets. Daryl Hannah arrested? You go girl…tell them what’s on your mind… still I like her style and courage to stand up for what she believes in …instead of standing home or sitting in a bar …drinking and complaining about how America is going down the toilet…Are we still Americans?

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Powered by article titled “Daryl Hannah arrested at protest” was written by Ben Quinn and agencies, for The Guardian on Tuesday 30th August 2011 20.34 UTC

Actor Daryl Hannah has been arrested in front of the White House along with other environmental protesters who oppose a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the US Gulf Coast.

The sit-in on Tuesday involved dozens of activists campaigning against the Keystone XL pipeline which would go through six states to refineries in Texas.

Before she was arrested, Hannah said the protesters want to be free from dependence on fossil fuels and that she hoped Barack Obama will not give way to oil lobbyists.

The actor sat down on the pavement near the White House and refused orders from US Park Police to move.

TransCanada, a major energy corporation, says on its website that the $13bn (£7.98bn) Keystone pipeline system will play an important role in linking a secure and growing supply of Canadian crude oil with the largest refining markets in the US, “significantly improving North American security supply”.

Hannah, who made her name in films of the1980s such as Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street and Steel Magnolias, has been arrested in the past for environmental causes.

She and Nasa climate scientist James Hansen were among 31 people arrested in June 2009 as they protested against mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia.

On that occasion, all were released after being charged with impeding traffic and obstructing an officer after they blocked a road near a Massey Energy subsidiary’s coal processing plant.

Police forcibly removed her from a tree in Los Angeles in 2006 as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a community farm which had become a cause celebre among other Hollywood figures. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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10 Top Tips for Effective Marketing

August 29, 2011


By Jay Allyson at

Nearly all internet marketing professionals use video as one of the core methods for marketing their business. Video grabs people’s attention far more quickly and effectively than text, audio or photographs. Making a short video can capture a thousand words and pictures and helps to get across your personal brand and lifestyle.</p>
<p>Research your top keyword phrases and use these in your upload descriptions and titles. It’s important to stand out in the crowd on video channels and search engines. Aim your headlines at capturing the imagination regarding your topic. So don’t be dull – test out curiosity, shock or fun tactics for getting those download clicks.</p>
<p><em>These ten tips aim to help you create short, attractive, effective videos based on solid keywords that convert and that stand the test of time. </em></p>
<p><strong>First of all, get set up.</strong></p>
<p>When you’re starting out, it’s ok to just use your webcam. This is what I’ve used in this video for illustration. You can see it’s not great, but it does the job. It will give you the opportunity to practice while you’re honing your presentation skills before you fork out for a camcorder. When you’re ready, you can buy an inexpensive digital video recorder, like say the Flip and a tripod and you’ll be set up to rock and roll.</p>
<p>Make sure you take your videos in well-lit conditions. Inside your office you’ll need decent lighting, or you can whip out your camera when you’re out and about. It makes for a much more interesting back drop.</p>
<p><em>OK. So now let’s go through each of my TOP 10 TIPS for creating and using videos to market your business.</em></p>
<p><strong>TIP 1: Keep your videos short</strong></p>
<p>Whether you’re loading videos on YouTube or just putting them up on your website or blog, it’s really important to keep them short. Just 5 or 6 minutes is really all that’s needed. It’s just enough for introducing yourself to people that may not know you yet. In fact, will not accept videos over 10 minutes. I guess that’s a maximum for all kinds of reasons that make sense.</p>
<p>If needed, you can of course break longer topics up into a series of smaller videos, which you could market as a series – see tip 10.</p>
<p><strong>TIP 2: Post videos on your sales pages</strong></p>
<p>You can use video on your sales page to introduce the main benefits of your product or business opportunity. You might even put a very short video on your landing page or capture pages. It can help to orientate visitors and to highlight the main points of your regular, written sales letter. People often want to listen or watch an explanation rather than read a whole long story. And let’s face it, sales letter are becoming more and more alike these days, with everyone using what they think it ‘good sales copy’ to draw buyers in and provide proof and testimonials.</p>
<p>So you can use videos to introduce yourself and what you represent, to demonstrate your product or an explanation, and talk about how easy it is to get started and to get in touch with you personally. Often what we prefer is to hear it from the horse’s mouth.</p>
<p><strong>TIP 3: Choose your keywords carefully</strong></p>
<p>This is really important tip, because it will affect how your video gets picked up by the search engines and other internet ‘bots’ that seek out content. If you’re loading your videos onto YouTube then it’s really important that you allow people to find those videos. So if they are putting in words or phrases into a search box like google, yahoo, msn or on YouTube itself, you need to ensure your video shows up.</p>
<p>Pick keywords that will attract the right kind of traffic and leads – research like crazy to find out what your prospects are looking for – and then use a keyword tool to identify long tail keywords that you can really dominate. Make sure you headline and description includes your main keywords.</p>
<p>Getting this right is critical because it will help people again to find your video when they type in those keywords and over time will mean you get ranked higher. Doing this research and tracking click thrus (CTR) and conversions will help you secure your most cost-effective keywords and keyword phrases.</p>
<p>For example, if you pick a long tail keyword such as “find online marketing coach in uk” (use exact match or phrase match), there may not be many searches but when there are, you should find your video comes up high.</p>
<p>Once you find a set of keywords that are fit-for-purpose, make sure your video answers those questions, give visitors solutions to what they were searching for, make things crystal clear. (With the above example, you’d certainly want to introduce yourself as coming from the UK. Make a different video for any other countries you might want to target.)</p>
<p><strong>TIP 4: Have a clear purpose & structure</strong></p>
<p>Your keywords will help make sure you target your video on the right purpose before you start. Keep on topic and provide value – unique value if possible – and the videos will convert much better for you.</p>
<p>Write down a structure – a set of headings – for what you’re going to cover, so you don’t waffle on. Have a script if necessary (but be careful you don’t appear to be reading from it and not looking at the camera, see tip 5!) So be very clear what is the focus for each video and have a list in front you. It really does help you to stay on topic and to present things in a logical flow.</p>
<p>For example, if your video is on the topic of using video to market your business… don’t go too far off on a tangent and start talking about blogging or SEO. If there’s a link (see tip 9), make the point and move on. Those links will provide you ideas for other topics and you can mention in your video that you have another video specifically on that related topic. So in my video about making videos, I would mention about putting your video or a link to it on your blog, and then tell them about my other video on using blogs to market your business.</p>
<p><strong>TIP 5: Look at the camera</strong></p>
<p>The aim here is to connect with your audience, both in the topic you choose and the content but also in your communication style. Remember you are talking to people – real live people. What are their needs and wants, hopes and fears.</p>
<p>With regards to presentation, stick your list of headings right next to the camera. This way, you’ll stay looking in the camera at all times, rather than looking away at a screen on down at your notes. This gives you a far better connection with your audience.</p>
<p>A video made from the heart can come across as far more authentic than a skillful, broadcast-like production. So don’t worry if you’re not up to TV presenter standards. Just be yourself and enjoy the opportunity to reach out to people in a different way than using text copy.</p>
<p><strong>TIP 6: Create a clear call to action</strong></p>
<p>You should create one very clear offer and call to action. It’s very important that people know exactly what to do as a result of watching your video. What is your most wanted response (MWR)? Don’t confuse visitors with lots of options and different offers. Focus on the single most wanted response.</p>
<p>So it might be you want them to visit your website. You can provide your domain link. For example, your can add your web address (URL) as a title on your video, so that’s it’s showing throughout or comes up at the start or at the end. Make sure it’s there for sufficient time for people to write it down or put it in their browser.</p>
<p>Alternatively, you can put your video up next to a sign up box – linked to your email marketing – and you clearly ask them to opt in, more than once. Provide an incentive, such as a free report or further video coaching resources. And clearly say “just put your information in the box on the right… and you’ll get instant access to…”.</p>
<p><strong>TIP 7: Encourage comments on your video</strong></p>
<p>One of the best things about video is that it’s very personal, social medium. So the more you can link into other social activities, the more exposure you’ll get. So if you’re posting your video on YouTube or your blog, make sure you enable comments. Allow visitors to enter comments about your video, add their own tips or advice. The more people that are talking about your video and passing it on, the more buzz you’ll create. Visitors may return to your page to see who has commented since their last comment. There may accumulate a whole list of tips that have been created by your niche community, prompted by your initial video post.</p>
<p><strong>TIP 8: Write articles, forum posts and blog & emails about your video</strong></p>
<p>Write a short article (500 words – like this one) on the same topic as your video. Then create a short blog post that links to your article and/or video. Have a link on your blog to your video, send people watching on your video back to your blog or capture page.</p>
<p>If you have a list of existing contacts and subscribers, send them an email with information about your new video you just posted up. Ask them to pass it on to their contacts and lists. This can help with the viral process and get your video out beyond your own marketing circle of influence. You may have joint venture (JV) partners and could send them a personal email asking for some feedback on your video and if they’d like to make any joint offers or provide a free report. They may even blog about your video or send out an email to their list or include it in their regular newsletter or digest.</p>
<p>This relates to tip 8 in many ways. It’s about linking different marketing on a single, focused topic and ultimately setting up many different entry routes into your marketing or sales funnel, using the linkages and relationships you have already built up.</p>
<p><strong>TIP 9: Make linkages with other content, social sites </strong></p>
<p>Use the social sites to jump start the viral effect. One of the mistakes newbie marketing make is they spend a lot of time creating videos, or writing articles and blog posts, even twittering and don’t make enough linkages between these. Yet they often don’t unleash the true power of social marketing and they totally lose out on getting more leads out of their efforts.</p>
<p>Creating links between other marketing you’re doing helps with the viral effect, and you’ll get more leads than just the sum from the individual components – they work in synergy. So you need to link to and embed your video into social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc. Integrate icons for sharing tools, like Digg, StumbleUpon etc to allow visitors to pass your link onto to their contacts.</p>
<p>Make those integrations really work and the momentum will really build up on your marketing activities.</p>
<p><strong>TIP 10: Use time twice by re-purposing and repackaging your videos</strong></p>
<p>Finally, following on from tips 8 & 9… put your videos on a DVD or CD and give it away for free in exchange for their contact details or other call to action (see tip 6). If you create 10 videos on different marketing topics, you would have a neat series of using internet strategies to market your business. For example, one video would be on using videos to market your business. A second might focus on using twitter, another on article marketing, using blogs, pay-per-click, and so on.</p>
<p>You can use your 10 video series in different ways. You can offer a ‘boot camp’ via email; subscribers receive an email explanation with a link to your video and/or full article each day or week. You could create a microcontinuity programme over 10 or more weeks; subscribers pay a monthly fee to get their package each week. You might simply create a webpage with links to the full set of videos on your opt-in thank you page.</p>
<p>How about creating a physical DVD product as a “free plus shipping” offer for subscribing members or as a ClickBank product for affiliates to market. You’d need to create or buy some attractive graphics. You could even include an upgrade for the set of associated articles you have written.</p>
<p>People like to get a physical product in the post. You can follow up subscribers whose addresses you have with postcard marketing, for a free gift account, and start bringing in offline methods to complement your online marketing.</p>
<p>To summarise… your video marketing checklist: Short – Focused – Clear offer – Complemented – Linked – Viral – Repurposed</p>
<p><em>Were these tips useful? </em></p>
<p><em>More advice, coaching & resources on my personal site at <a href=””></a></em></p><p>Article Source: <a href=”” title=”10 Tops Tips For Effective Video Marketing For Your Business”></a></p>
<strong>About the Author</strong><br />
<p>Jay Allyson</p>
<p>Pro Marketing Master Consultant</p>
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<p>I’m an Internet Marketing Coach and Home Business Owner. Teaching People To Make $100-$250k in 12 Months. Family Strategy .. Love my Freedom .. Dream Lifestyle</p>

Al-Qaida could use hidden ‘belly bombs’ to attack passenger planes, US warns

July 6, 2011

Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri

I am getting ready to board my airplane…….I guess reading this article about Al-Qaida isn’t going to make anyone feel secure about flying…these fanatics are now hiding bombs inside their bodies..should we be surprise? Of course not…they are determined to continue this war on Americans…I firmly believe we must continue pressuring them into nothing less than total surrender.

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Powered by article titled “Al-Qaida could use hidden ‘belly bombs’ to attack passenger planes, US warns” was written by Dominic Rushe in New York, for The Guardian on Wednesday 6th July 2011 20.03 UTC

American officials have warned airlines that they believe al-Qaida is developing “belly bombs” to beat airport security and allow suicide bombers to launch terror attacks on board passenger planes.

The department of homeland security has sent a bulletin to airline executives saying it has identified a potential threat from terrorists who could “surgically implant explosives or explosive components in humans”.

Although many airports use advanced imaging technology that can “see” through people’s clothing, the technology might not pick up a bomb which is hidden inside a body.

“Due to the significant advances in global aviation security in recent years, terrorist groups have repeatedly and publicly indicated interest in pursuing ways to further conceal explosives,” said Kawika Riley, spokesman for the department’s transport security administration.

“As a precaution, passengers flying from international locations to US destinations may notice additional security measures.”

Experts say the explosives could be implanted in abdomens, buttocks and breasts allowing suicide bombers to pass undetected through airport body scanners. Explosive compounds such as pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) could be implanted, then the person’s wounds allowed to heal, making the material difficult to detect. On board the plane, the material could be detonated by injection.

US officials have been on high alert for terror attacks since US forces killed al-Qaida’s leader, Osama bin Laden in May. They say there is no intelligence about a plot, but US and international carriers are being urged to consider the threat.

The bombs are thought to be a particular risk in Europe and the Middle East where full body scanners are not as widely used as they are in the US.

Authorities told ABC News that these “belly bombs” were thought to be the work of 28-year-old Ibrahim Asiri, who became a high-profile target for the US after his failed attempt to hide bombs in printer cartridges being moved from Yemen to Chicago.

He was also believed to be behind the attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on 25 December 2009 by the “underwear bomber”, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

The Nigerian had a pouch of PETN in his underwear. He tried injecting the pouch with a chemical to create a detonation but he set his clothes on fire instead and was overpowered by passengers.

Research conducted by the BBC after the underwear bombing suggests that Abdulmutallab would have failed to damage the plane’s fuselage even if the bomb had gone off.

The BBC documentary claimed that the blast would only have been strong enough to kill the bomber and the person who was sitting next to him.

Al-Qaida terrorists are known to have hidden explosives inside their bodies for suicide bombings. In August 2009 Asiri’s brother, Abdullah Hassan, died trying to kill Saudi Arabia’s deputy interior minister with a bomb hidden in his anal passage. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Rod Blagojevich, former Illinois governor, found guilty of corruption

June 28, 2011

Rod Blagojevichs

Another politician crashes and burns with the latest guilty verdict of former Illinois govenor Rod Blagojevich. I personally met Rod Blagojevich years ago at a political function and he seemed like a decent guy trying to do the right thing for the people of Illinois. I am sure many are not happy with this verdict and many that are…

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Powered by article titled “Rod Blagojevich, former Illinois governor, found guilty of corruption” was written by Dominic Rushe in New York, for The Guardian on Monday 27th June 2011 21.43 UTC

Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois and one-time presidential aspirant, has been found guilty of trying to sell president Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

After 10 days of deliberation, a Chicago jury found Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts , including fraud, attempted extortion and bribery. He was acquitted of another bribery charge, and the jury was undecided on charges of attempted extortion.

An earlier trial had ended in a deadlock. Blagojevich, 54, is the son of a steel worker from Serbia. He trained as a lawyer and married into one of Chicago’s most politically connected families, rising rapidly to become a star of the local Democratic party. Former aides say he once saw himself as a presidential contender.

Two years ago Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges following an investigation — codenamed Operation Board Games — launched just months after he took office.

Under Illinois state law the governor was required to name a senator to replace Obama after his election to the presidency in November 2008. Tipped off about his plans, federal agents recorded hundreds of hours of expletive-filled tapes in which Blagojevich discussed what he wanted in exchange for the seat.

The governor, commonly known as Blago, was recorded on tape saying Obama’s former senate seat was “a valuable thing – you don’t just give it away for nothing.” He said that unless he got “something real good” he would take the seat himself.

The recordings also led to the charges of swapping state funds for campaign donations and attempting to intimidate the Chicago Tribune into sacking writers who had criticised him.

Blagojevich said that his intention was to use the seat as leverage to pass legislation that would have benefited the residents of Illinois and not himself.

A father of two, he now faces up to 20 years in jail.

Blagojevich is the second consecutive Illinois governor to be convicted of corruption, and the fourth governor jailed in recent history. Former governor George Ryan is currently serving a six-and-a-half-year sentence. A University of Illinois study calculated that corruption in politics costs the state 0m (£188m) a year. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Afghanistan withdrawal: Barack Obama says 33,000 troops will leave next year

June 23, 2011

US president Barack Obama

I don’t know if its time to begin withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan. I will be the first to say bring our soldiers back home…but what if our job is not done and hostility grows back up in our absence. Are the Afghan sercurity forces equipped to handle the resistance from al-Qaida and the Taliban?  I am not a military strategist but there is one constant in war, our enemies will not rest….they will take the withdrawal as an opportunity to reorganize and strengthen their position. Is it time to leave Afghanistan and allow its people to defend themselves without America on their side?

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Barack Obama has begun the long retreat from Afghanistan in a televised statement to the US, declaring success against al-Qaida and the Taliban and the withdrawal of about a third of US forces next year.

Obama said 33,000 US troops would be withdrawn by the summer of 2012 or by September at the latest. The first 5,000 would return next month and another 5,000 by the end of the year.

The president said that when he ordered the 33,000 extra troops to Afghanistan in 2009 they had a clear mission: to refocus on al-Qaida; reverse the Taliban’s momentum; and train Afghan security forces to defend their own country. “Tonight, I can tell you that we are fulfilling that commitment,” he said, adding: “We are meeting our goals.”

He was careful to avoid repeating George Bush’s ill-fated prediction on Iraq in 2003 of “mission accomplished”. He settled instead for: “We have put al-Qaida on a path to defeat.”

Obama claimed al-Qaida was under more pressure than at any time since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. Half of their leadership has been killed, along with its leader Osama bin Laden. “This was a victory for all who have served since 9/11,” he said.

He addressed criticism that the US should not be spending billions on wars overseas while the country is struggling economically at home and promised to shift from foreign to domestic issues. “America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home,” he said.

But US and other Nato military chiefs fear that the president is taking a gamble with the scale of early drawdown, ignoring the advice of US and Nato commanders who warned that withdrawal of anything more than a few thousand in the coming months could endanger substantial gains made over the winter in the battle against the Taliban.

US and Nato commanders argued that they could handle the withdrawal of about 5,000, mainly support staff. But 10,000 this year would create logistical problems and interfere with the summer “fighting season”, they warned.

The decision is a setback for the US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, who urged only a minimal withdrawal, as did defence secretary Robert Gates, who retires next week. Petraeus, who is to return to Washington as head of the CIA, refused to endorse Obama’s decision, according to administration officials quoted by the New York Times.

If there are military setbacks over the coming year, Obama will be open to accusations that he was overly hasty and that he put politics ahead of security.

Military commanders wanted the number of combat troops held at near to maximum to confront Taliban forces mounting summer offensives this year and next.

Although 30,000 US troops are scheduled to be withdrawn, 70,000 will remain in the country. All US combat troops are scheduled to leave by the end of 2014 but a core of trainers and other troops will remain beyond that date. A Nato conference on Afghanistan will be held in Chicago next year.

The withdrawal, which comes against a backdrop of rising US public weariness with the longest war in American history, could form part of Obama’s pitch in the 2012 White House election campaign.

The president phoned leaders in Afghanistan, Pakistan, France, Germany and Britain to inform them of his decision. David Cameron is expected to make announcements on substantial UK troop withdrawals at the beginning of July.

It is likely to represent the biggest troop withdrawal since British forces left Iraq but precise numbers have yet to be reached.

In their phone call, Cameron and Obama agreed that good progress was being made by the Afghan army in strengthening security and would be able to manage more of the country on their own. Senior British officials have been in Washington working through the details of the withdrawal with the Americans. Britain has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan. Other international forces have another 40,000, bringing the total international force to about 150,000.

Downing Street said last night: “The prime minister fully agreed with the president’s assessment, noting the good progress being made on security transition. The prime minister and president agreed that in due course the progress on transition would make it possible to sustain pressure on the insurgency while allowing a progressive reduction in [troop] levels.

“The prime minister reaffirmed that UK forces will no longer be in a combat role in Afghanistan by 2015 and that decisions on the scale and timing of reductions over the intervening period would be based on conditions on the ground.”

One White House official said that there had been no terrorist threat emanating from Afghanistan for the last seven or eight years and the main threat had been from Pakistan. The US and its Nato allies had been able to degrade the ability of al-Qaida to recruit, train and carry out operations and had killed many of its leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The US assessment may turn out to be over-optimistic, given the Taliban’s ability in the past to mount surprise attacks, the corruption in the Afghanistan government, the shakiness of Afghan army and police forces, and the double-games played by the Pakistan intelligence services.

John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House, speaking before the announcement, expressed caution about a “precipitous withdrawal”.

Downing Street accepted that the UK and US assessment of the threat posed by Afghanistan to security in the west is similar. The prime minister’s spokesman was adamant yesterday that Cameron’s assertion that UK combat operations would end in Afghanistan in 2015 was a deadline that would not be breached. That leaves open the possibility of UK troops remaining to train and mentor Afghan forces.

Cameron’s relatively inflexible position is not supported by the Conservative chairman of the defence select committee James Arbuthnot.

Arbuthnot said unless there was greater clarity about what UK troops would remain and the degree “of nuance and flexibility, then Britain runs the risk of destabilising local people who won’t be sure whether the coalition is going to desert them”. He added: “If we stick to a completely arbitrary date and withdraw whatever the conditions then that would be a serious betrayal not only of our people but of the Afghan people”.

Obama’s speech came as William Hague, the foreign secretary, held talks today with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai in Kabul and visited UK troops in Helmand. In an effort to underline Arab support for the military operation, he was accompanied by his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

Speaking in the capital, Hague said the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan would continue for “many years” after the withdrawal of combat troops. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Anthony Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin reportedly pregnant

June 9, 2011

Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner

This guy is going to need a miracle to pull out of the troubles he is in…good luck with that! Don’t post embarassing pictures of yourself on the internet! A lesson for everyone…Weiner’s problems are just beginning..starting with Huma…

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Powered by article titled “Anthony Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin reportedly pregnant” was written by Ed Pilkington in New York, for The Guardian on Thursday 9th June 2011 00.08 UTC

Huma Abedin, the wife of the Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, who is currently engulfed in a cringe-inducing scandal over sexually suggestive images of himself he sent over the internet, is reportedly pregnant with her first baby.

According to the New York Times, the couple have told family and intimate friends that Abedin is pregnant.

The news comes out just two days after Weiner, a rising star within the Democratic party, made a grovelling televised apology in which he admitted he had sent semi-clad photographs of himself to at least six different women, some of which had occurred after his marriage.

The politician at first denied he had sent via Twitter a photograph of himself in his underpants. For a week he claimed that his account had been breached by a hacker.

Even within a party sadly accustomed to sex scandals – the Democratic governor of New York Eliot Spitzer was forced to resign after it was revealed that he enlisted the services of prostitutes and the former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is currently facing charges that he used campaign money to hush up an affair – the Weiner scandal has been excruciatingly embarrassing in its detail.

Yet the New York representative has doggedly refused to resign. He is currently engaging in a round of calls apologising to top Democratic figures in an attempt to save his political career.

Abedin is herself a prominent figure in Democratic politics. She has been a close aide to Hillary Clinton since the 2008 presidential nomination race and she continues to work for the secretary of state. As news of the pregnancy broke, the two women were in the air bound for north Africa on an official visit. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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Are You Ready for Your Interview?

April 29, 2011

Hello everyone and welcome to Your Educational Podcast,  I am your host Dr. Anthony.  Our website is for professionals and students who are looking to improve their English as a second language.  Your Educational Podcast is written and published by Dr. Anthony.  Today’s topic is “Are you ready for your interview?”  Whether you are preparing for your university or a job interview, there are certain steps you can take to prepare for it.  Being able to answer confidently will depend on how much time, practice, and research you do before that important day.  Many of the questions that are asked during the interview do not have a right or wrong answer.  What is most important about answering questions during the interview is how you answer them.  What the interviewers are looking for is an individual who can answer a question without seeming too nervous.  The interviewers like to see their applicants show control and knowledge during the interviewing process.  Even before the interview has begun, the first impression that you give your interviewer is your appearance.  So you need to dress in a professional and comfortable attire. Let’s take a look at some examples of questions that may come out in a typical interview.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

2. Why do you want to be a part of our university or company?

3.  Do you work well under pressure or deadlines?

4. Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years?

5. What have you learned from your mistakes in the past?

6.  What makes you angry?

7.  What are your strengths?

8.  What are your weaknesses?

9.  What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?

10.  What are your future ambitions?

11.  What do you like most about our university or company?

12.  Are you a creative person?

13.  Do you have any regrets?

14 what is the most difficult decision you have ever made?

15. Do you believe you are an honest person?

The above is a small sample of questions that many institutions use to qualify or disqualify a candidate.  You should do a little research on the Internet about the university or company that you’re interested in.  Knowing a little information ahead of time can give you an edge over other individuals seeking the same position. The Internet is a great resource to find different questions to practice .  Read over the questions that you find and write down an answer for each one . Have a friend or family member, pretend to be the interviewer and rehearse your responses.  Be sure to keep your answers clear and short.  Do not bore your interviewers with long responses.  Maintain good eye contact, it shows that you are confident and interested.  Try to avoid negative words, and keep the tone of your conversation on a positive note. The more you practice your responces,the more successful you will be at your interview.

This is your host Dr Anthony signing off.

South Korea to press for nuclear talks with North

January 26, 2011

South Korean activists call for peace talks at demonstration in Seoul

Government officials are still pushing to get the North Koreans to sit down and talk with the South Koreans over nuclear weapons. Lets cross our fingers and hope for the best. The people in this region want to see this issue resolved soon and so does the rest of the world.

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Powered by article titled “South Korea to press for nuclear talks with North” was written by Justin McCurry, for The Guardian on Monday 24th January 2011 11.14 UTC

Hopes have risen for progress in dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, after South Korea said it would propose high-level talks with its neighbour.

Last week the two Koreas agreed to hold broad defence talks next month, amid an easing of tensions on the peninsula – and the South has now said it intends to press for separate talks on nuclear weapons.

Officials in Seoul said they would propose nuclear negotiations in the coming days, with a view to holding working-level discussions in the middle of next month.

“As soon as [internal] discussions conclude, we will be making a proposal to the north on high-level military talks and also official meetings on denuclearisation,” said Lee Jong-ju, a spokeswoman for the unification ministry.

If successful, the nuclear talks could pave the way for the resumption of six-party negotiations aimed at persuading Pyongyang to abandon its atomic programme in return for aid.

Talks involving the two Koreas, China, the US, Russia and Japan have not been held since Pyongyang walked out of the process in April 2009.

The following month it conducted a second nuclear test, and there are reports that it is planning a third this year.

The reopening of channels of communication between North and South Korea could help ease the worst crisis on the peninsula since the end of the Korean war in 1953.

In March last year the North sank a South Korean navy vessel, killing 46 sailors, and in November it shelled Yeonpyeong island – just south of the countries’ disputed maritime border – killing four people and destroying dozens of homes.

The prospect of a détente comes after reports last week that Barack Obama had warned his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, that the US would redeploy forces in the region unless Beijing attempted to rein in North Korea, a major recipient of Chinese aid.

Experts on North Korea say the country is desperate for aid after sanctions dented its exports of arms and weapons technology, a key source of foreign currency.

The US and China have both said that dialogue between the two Koreas must begin before six-party negotiations can resume.

Doubts persist, however, over Pyongyang’s willingness to abandon its nuclear programme.

“North Korea should decide on its own whether it will choose a dead-ended road of confrontation and enmity or a road of peace and prosperity,” the Yonhap news agency quoted South Korea’s foreign minister, Kim Sung-hwan, as saying.

In November, it emerged that North Korea had built a new uranium enrichment plant that could give it the ability to drastically strengthen its nuclear capability.

It is known to have enough fissile material from its plutonium-based programme to make between six and 12 nuclear bombs, but has not proved it has a working nuclear weapon.

Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford University professor who was shown around the plant at the North’s nuclear facility at Yongbyon, said it contained about 2,000 uranium-enrichment centrifuges. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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