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Thu, 28 Jun 2007 15:56:35 GMT

A New Implant for Pete Doherty

A New Implant for Pete Doherty
It is very difficult to imagine about Pete Doherty minus his cigarette. He has done it all from heroin to cocaine and battled hard to beat the drugs. But it seems now he is very keen to quit drugs as he is set to marry Kate Moss.

But now it seems the Babyshambles frontman is very serious about his plans to quit drugs. He is having a new implant to help him in his battle against the vulnerability to drugs.

The implant is a pellet containing naltrexone which will be inserted under the skin of Pete’s stomach.

Doherty, who has announced his engagement to Moss, is looking forward to an early marriage but the lady has strictly said that the marriage will only take place after Dohery stops doing drugs.

Keep it up boy, you can do it. And you must do it if you want the things to proceed as per your plans.


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Wed, 27 Jun 2007 16:59:47 GMT

Aftermath of Jail for Paris Hilton: $1m Pay Day !

Aftermath of Jail for Paris Hilton: $1m Pay Day !
Nothing succeeds like success in Hollywood , better still if you are a celebrity in news for wrong reasons.

This is what has happened with Paris Hilton who was all over the place for her infamous jail term. Her first television interview following her release from jail next week is going to get her a whopping $1m if the industry news is to be believed.

NBC, the U.S. based news channel is ready to please her with a staggering amount for her interview. NBC has infact reportedly won a bid which was on a war footing to secure an exclusive chat with the heiress, who is serving a 45-day sentence for driving on a suspended license following a drink driving offence.

The sources in The New York Post said NBC News had willingly promised to pay up to one million dollars (500,000 pounds) for the interview with Miss Hilton, who is due to be released from the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, California, on Monday.

While replying to one of the fan mail’s Paris thanked the fan from the core of her heart for being with her “at such a difficult and scary time”. She wrote,

I read your letter and just wanted to thank you for your kind words of love and support,”

The craze to woo her for her maiden interview post jail-term between the TV channels has soared beyond imagination. The fans at large are very sure of one thing. By offering such a whopping amount, half of the battle is already won by means of publicity so far as NBC is concerned. Nevertheless, fans arent complaining at all since it would be a icing on the cake for them.

Image: bartcop

Via: Telegraph

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Wed, 27 Jun 2007 16:50:51 GMT

First Whale of the Season Butchered in Japan

First Whale of the Season Butchered in Japan
Carving whales is a part of ceremony, tradition and business in Japan that is carried out in front of children even as they cringe at the gruesome spectacle. Its to reinstate in their minds what Japans food culture is about!

The whale is washed with sake in a ceremonial act

The process of cutting the whale up then begins

Hunting of whales goes to feed a huge market for whale meat.The meat is sold as food and the bones and innards are used as fertilizer.

These days, Japan’s government limits coastal whalers to a total of 66 whales a year which is apart from the 1,000 whales that Japan catches under a scientific program sanctioned by the IWC. Truly plunder with dishonesty.

Gallons of blood gush from the body as workers cut away the meat

Like any butchering operation, the show is a bloody one

IWC restrictions on the types and numbers of whales that can be caught have dealt a major blow to Wada and three other Japanese towns that host coastal whalers.

Hooks, chains and a winch are used to peel thick strips of blubber from the body

Japan has fought for years against a 1986 IWC moratorium on commercial whaling, but anti-whaling nations such as the United States, Australia and Britain have so far blocked Tokyo’s efforts to win more hunting rights for its whalers.

Whale meat being packaged

Source: Telegraph

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Wed, 27 Jun 2007 15:45:50 GMT

Chris Benoit Murder Suicide

Chris Benoit Murder Suicide
Pro wrestler Chris Benoit canceled a pay-per-view appearance at the "Vengeance" event in Houston because of "personal reasons" a day before he, his wife and their 7-year-old son were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

Investigators believe Benoit, killed his wife and son over the weekend and then himself sometime Monday. The bodies were found Monday afternoon in three different rooms of the house on Green Meadow Lane, in a subdivision off a gravel road about two miles from the Whitewater Country Club.

Sheriff's Lt. Tommy Pope told WSB-TV that the three were found about 2:30 p.m., but he wouldn't release other details.

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Wed, 27 Jun 2007 07:13:48 GMT

A Parent's Guide to Social Networking

A Parent's Guide to Social Networking
The Internet is a great place to meet new friends, play games and learn things. It can also be a place where predators have free access to your children. This Parent's Guide to Social Networking will help you learn what the dangers to your child are and what you can do to keep your kids safe online.

This parent's guide is full of great tips to help ensure that your children know what the dangers of the Internet are. One such tip is "Warn your kids about the dangers of flirting with strangers online". You need to tell them. They really don't know anything unless you tell them first. Explain to them what flirting means and what it can lead to. Then tell them about how dangerous it can be.

It's hard to talk to kids under 14 about things like this, but if they're going to be out in the real world or online with strangers, then they need to know.

Another great tip listed in this parent's guide, and something you may not have though of before, is "Check site privacy policies". You don't want your child signing up for a site only to have that site sell your child's email address to a bunch of spammers or porn sites.

Read through this list with your child. Explain every item on the list to your child one by one. Do it over a course of days if it's too much for one sitting, but do it.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2007 04:18:48 GMT

Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal

Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal
FCUK was responsible for launching this poster advertisement in Ireland to strengthen its brand image, which eventually received several complaints for being offensive. The poster featured two women in a fighting position along with the companying text, French Connection. Fashion V Style. The complaints alleged that the advertisement was promoting casual acts of violence and considered the advertisers were being provocative just for the sake of it. Complainants also argued that the advertisement has used a mixture of sex and violence to portray the shock effect of female violence to promote their products.

The advertisers in their defense said that their intention was to highlight a symbolic conflict between style and fashion in an appealing manner and not to cause alarm or incite violence. They further clarified that the concept of the advertisement was derived from a famous Yves Saint Laurent quote Fashion fades. Style is eternal. The complaint committee of the advertisement watchdog expressed some concerns, but they did not consider that the advertisement was in breach of the Code and consequently did not support the complaints. However, it reminded advertisers that obtaining approval from CAP in the UK did not mean that advertisements are mechanically agreeable even at this platform.

Via Best Rejected Advertising

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Fri, 22 Jun 2007 04:12:20 GMT

US Economy Growing at Moderate Pace

US Economy Growing at Moderate Pace
The Federal Reserve in its latest Beige Book report on the economy gave a more encouraging assessment of US regional economies, as manufacturing and job growth picked up. The economy continued to expand at a moderate pace in most regions of the country, the report said. Consumer spending and manufacturing were on the rise in April and May, the Federal Reserve banks further reported. However, housing continued to remain weak, but the sluggishness was partially counterbalanced by somewhat improved conditions for commercial real estate. At the same time, inflationary pressures were present but it was not growing stronger. The report was unveiled soon after the government announced that the retail sales jumped by the most in more than a year.

Moreover, the latest Beige Book report offers credibility to the prediction by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and his colleagues that US economic growth will bounce back from last quarter’s growth of 0.6 percent, marking the slowest in more than four years, although inflation gradually glides down. According to the report, ‘most districts reported that overall wage pressures do not seem to have increased’. In addition, despite higher energy costs in most districts and at least two mentioning rising food prices, ‘reports generally did not point toward an increase in overall price pressures’.

The federal Resrve further said in its report that most districts reported that manufacturing movement was up in the most recent times. However, growth rates varied by industry group and some districts experienced modest or no overall growth. The survey also revealed continuing weakness in residential real estate and construction sector. Most parts described their housing markets as soft or weak, the survey reported. Still the Beige Book report observance of generally moderate US economic growth has helped lift bond prices. Analysts are of the view that investors still see US economic growth picking up in the second quarter and the Fed is expected to hold interest rates stable for the anticipated future.

Overall, it is safe to conclude that the report has suggested that inflation is holding in check, with the higher growth pace having little impact on price pressures. Some experts are of the opinion that the second-quarter expansion pace accelerating to 3 percent and some have gone on to anticipate that even 3.5 percent is possible. In the meanwhile a separate report released by the Commerce department showed a 1.4 percent increase in May retail sales added to that optimism, since consumer spending accounts for about two-thirds of economic activity. Image


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Fri, 22 Jun 2007 03:07:56 GMT

An Unloved SUV Guzzles Its Way Into The Sunset

An Unloved SUV Guzzles Its Way Into The Sunset
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Saab's badge engineered 9-7X is taking its final bow next year (at last!) after just three years of poor sales. Few of the Saab party faithful were swayed by the 9-7X which was assembled not in Trollhattan, Sweden, but at a GM plant in Moraine, Ohio.

Despicably plain in appearance and woeful in execution, the Saab SUV shared most components with GM's cheaper Chevrolet Trailblazer. The main differences between the Chevy and the Saab lay in a console mounted ignition, an upgraded sports suspension, and some minor aero kit adjustments to exterior sheetmetal.

There's no word as to whether Saab will hazard another 4X4.


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June 20, 2007, 9:53 AM CT

Chinese and White immigrants highest homeowners

Chinese and White immigrants highest homeowners
In both Canada and the U.S., Chinese and White immigrants have the highest adjusted homeownership rates of all groups, at times even exceeding comparably positioned native-born households, as per a University of Alberta sociologist who compared rates by skin colour and across countries. Black immigrants, conversely, have the lowest rates of all groups, with Filipinos and South Asians situated between these extremes.

Dr. Michael Haans study is the first to look at homeownership patterns across these two countries over a 30-year period. The paper is reported in the journal International Migration Review.

I expected it to be easier for immigrants in multicultural Canada to become homeowners, said Haan. There is a lot of literature on mortgage discrimination and redlining in the United States, so you might expect problems to be more prevalent there. Eventhough research is lacking on housing discrimination in Canada, my results suggest that were not as different from Americans as we often like to think. Life is getting increasingly difficult for immigrants in both countries.

A number of of the differences can be traced back to differences at, or shortly after, time of arrival, says Haan, and not to trends that emerge while in Canada or the United States. Those first few years in a new country are critical, said Haan. To understand whats happening there, you have to look at things like wealth, social networks, attitudes towards housing, and knowledge of the real estate market. All of these things matter.........

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June 20, 2007, 9:43 AM CT

Global investors' sustainable energy 'gold rush'

Global investors' sustainable energy 'gold rush'
Climate change worries coupled with high oil prices and increasing government support top a set of drivers fueling soaring rates of investment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, as per a trend analysis from the UN Environment Programme.

The report says investment capital flowing into renewable energy climbed from $80 billion in 2005 to a record $100 billion in 2006. As well, the renewable energy sectors growth eventhough still volatile. is showing no sign of abating.

The report offers a host of reasons behind and insights into the worlds newest gold rush, which saw investors pour $71 billion into companies and new sector opportunities in 2006, a 43% jump from 2005 (and up 158% over the last two years. The trend continues in 2007 with experts predicting investments of $85 billion this year).

In addition to the $71 billion, about $30 billion entered the sector in 2006 via mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and asset refinancing. This buy-out activity, rewarding the sectors pioneers, implies deeper, more liquid markets and is helping the sector shed its niche image, as per the report.

While renewables today are only 2% of the installed power mix, they now account for about 18% of world investment in power generation, with wind generation at the investment forefront. Solar and bio-fuel energy technologies grew even more quickly than wind, but from a smaller base.........

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