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June 20, 2007, 9:39 AM CT

Are we on track?

Are we on track?
The General Assembly of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations convened to discuss progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Patrick Webb, PhD, dean for academic affairs at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, presented on the status of the Millennium Development Goal One (MDG1): radically reducing extreme poverty and hunger.

The MDGs were developed at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 to set measurable goals and targets for a range of pressing global problems, including poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. MDG1 has a twofold objective: reduce the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day, and reduce the proportion of people suffering hunger by half. In order to meet these goals, Webb highlighted recent successes that can guide future efforts.

There are three priority issues to be tackled in seeking to address the second objective (on hunger) removing the invisibility of hunger by better measuring and highlighting areas making limited progress, promoting innovations in programming, and integrating mainstream lessons from successful action in humanitarian settings (saving lives and reducing acute malnutrition) into development interventions. Development efforts can address these issues by improving protocols and products for treating malnutrition, and preventing malnutrition by enhancing behaviors and choices that lead to improved nutrition throughout the lifecycle.........

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June 19, 2007, 4:59 AM CT

Sex, drugs and dating make teens feel older

Sex, drugs and dating make teens feel older
A Canadian study has confirmed what parents have long suspected: dating, sexual activity and substance use seem to make teens feel older than they really are. And, as adolescents get older, the gap between their chronological age and their self-perceived age widens.

Scientists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, with assistance from the University of Victoria, surveyed a random sample of nearly 700 adolescents from a medium-sized North American city and asked them questions about dating, sexual experience, smoking, alcohol and drug use. The participants, males and females between 12 to 19 years of age, were also asked how old they felt in comparison to their same-sex peers. Survey results indicated that, as is typical for teens, the sample felt older than their chronological age.

Kelly Arbeau, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Alberta and co-author of the study, explained that she and her fellow scientists set out to find whats behind the discrepancy between how old teens feel and how old they really are.

We observed that specific behaviors do have an effect on adolescents self-perceived age, said Arbeau. For example, having an older dating partner seems to give a teen a higher subjective experience of age.

Sexual activity, particularly starting at an earlier age, was found to have an important relationship to teens subjective experience of age (SEA). Sexual experience is unequivocally the realm of adult behavior, Arbeau explained. So, when teens are having sex and their peers arent, it can make them feel more adult, more mature than their non-experienced counterparts.........

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Sun, 17 Jun 2007 13:01:57 GMT

Lead Dust Killing Atleast 4000 Birds

Lead Dust Killing Atleast 4000 Birds
The picturesque coastal town of Esperance, in Western Australia is highly poisoned by lead dust. It has also polluted the rainwater tanks of the town, which is the main source of drinking water. The tanks are fcontaminated with dangerously high levels of lead or nickel in more than a third!

Though the health officials told the people living in the area not to worry, coming across dead lorikeets, wattlebirds, honeyeaters and silvereyes in their parks and back yards are alarming the locales.

With the seabed at the Esperance port through which nickel and lead carbonate are mined inland are shipped to Asia being tested, it is found to contain 130 times the recommended health levels of the two metals!

Even the fact that 4,000 birds had died of lead poisoning has been established. Contradictory to the prevailing scenario, the authorities still insisted there was no cause for concern.

Graham Jacobs, a GP and local politician said,

I think it is appalling. Lead is a serious heavy metal pollutant, and it has enormous implications for the vulnerable people, particularly, in our community.

It’s a bit like me saying my patient is not having a heart attack, without looking at the blood test or the ECG (electrocardiogram).

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Fri, 15 Jun 2007 20:06:25 GMT

Frameline 31.

Frameline 31.
The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, opening tomorrow and running through June 24, often goes by two names - that full-blown mouthful or, more simply, Frameline plus the number of the edition, in this year's case, 31.

Johnny Ray Huston opens the San Francisco Bay Guardian's cover package with a brief take on The Witnesses (Les Temoins): "Choosing [Andre] Techine's intimate Paris-set look at love under siege at the beginning of the AIDS crisis as its opening-night film, the Frameline fest.... acknowledges its maturity. While LGBT identity might be thriving in the marketplace, The Witnesses does the hard work of looking back. Did gay culture almost die in the 80s?"

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Fri, 15 Jun 2007 20:02:47 GMT

Putin Seeks to Develop WTO Alternative

Putin Seeks to Develop WTO Alternative
Russian President Vladimir Putin urges developing nations to develop an alternatWorld Trade Organization that would favor developing economies and suggested giving a greater role to regional currencies.

President impeached that world trade organization could not fulfill their proposed goal to win the favor of all developing and developed nation. Putin blamed that organization failed to narrow the gape between the varied economies and remarks that today’s international economic organizations “look archaic, undemocratic and awkward” as organization is mainly protecting the interests mainly of developed economies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told:

Today protectionism which the WTO is intended to fight oftentimes comes from developed economies that set up this structure

Russia has been criticizing the modus-operandi of the trade organization since its inception, alleging that it is wrangling between rich and poor countries over eliminating barriers to farm trade.

Apart from the Russia, other developing nations were also raising their voice frequently against organization’s waywardness ruling and since trade organization’s inception hardily any issue sorted outDeveloped nations blamed developing nations for the failure of member nations meeting, whereas developing nations blasted at prosper nations for not getting any break through in the highly expected trade organization’s summit.

In the new anticipated system, Russia vows that both categories of the economies will be at the equal recipients’ side, and will get their deserving share from the trade.

The emergence for the new trade organization rises on the wake of dominating instinct of developed countries on the institutions of world trade in an “inflexible” manner. Now developing countries are also providing overwhelming shares in the world marked and in some section it has surpassed the developed nations. Putin assert that 60 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product was now produced outside of the Group of 7 countries, so it became necessary to architect new trade forum with new norms based on trust and mutually beneficial integration.

Via: IHT

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Fri, 15 Jun 2007 19:59:18 GMT

China's Stock Markets: Hong Kong

China's Stock Markets: Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) is the seventh largest stock market in the world (after the NYSE, Tokyo SE, NASDAQ, London SE, Euronext, and Toronto SE). It is China's biggest stock exchange.

Informal trading activity dates back to 1861 in Hong Kong. The HKEX was established in 1891 as the Association of Stockbrokers in Hong Kong. In 1914 it was renamed "Hong Kong Stock Exchange." Competing stock exchanges have repeated arisen in Hong Kong but have always eventually merged into the HKEX.

The HKEX trades from 10:00am to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm to 4:00pm local time in Hong Kong.

The HKEX is far more open to foreign investors than either of China's other two stock markets. The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) are dominated by local investors - many of them individual investors from China's middle and working class. This is one reason (among many) that the HKEX is less volatile and less speculative than the exchange in Shanghai.

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Fri, 15 Jun 2007 19:55:26 GMT

Amy Winehouse beats husband when she's drunk and angry

Amy Winehouse beats husband when she's drunk and angry
Everyone has that friend who gets really drunk and cries or gets really angry. Amy Winehouse seems to be on the evil bitch side of the spectrum when she's had a few beers. The missing tooth wonder recently spoke in an interview about her drunken violence. What kind of puss is her husband if he lets a chick who weighs a buck-O-five beat up on him?
“I’m either a really good drunk or I’m an out-and-out s***, horrible, violent, abusive, emotional drunk.

I’ll beat up Blake when I’m drunk. I don’t think I’ve ever bruised him, but I do have my way. If he says one thing I don’t like then I’ll chin him.

I’m not a fighter, but if I am backed up against the wall I’ll kick the s*** out of anyone. I don’t think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It’s to do with how much anger is in you.”

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June 15, 2007, 12:53 AM CT

Global Impact Of Cities

Global Impact Of Cities
Issue cover
Credit: Journal of Industrial Ecology

The global impact of cities is the focus of cutting-edge research in a special issue of Yales Journal of Industrial Ecology.

Cities are an environmental paradox. As dense centers of commerce and industry, they are responsible for more than their population share of global environmental impacts, said journal Editor-in-Chief Reid Lifset. Conversely, their compactness provides opportunities for economies of scale in transportation, waste and water services and infrastructure.

The environmental impact of cities extends beyond their borders. Cities produce greenhouse gases whose impact is global. More subtly, urban residents stimulate resource extraction and manufacturingwith all the attendant environmental pressures beyond the city boundaries.

The topics in the special issue, Industrial Ecology and the Global Impact of Cities, range from the prospects for addressing global warming in urban policy to resource flows in cities. Contributors examined the environmental impacts in Singapore, Barcelona, Toronto, China and Southeast Asia as a whole.

We have always known that cities are a fundamental piece of the environmental equation, as a source of both challenges and opportunities, says Gus Speth, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. What is new here is recognition, front and center, that they have a global role to play.........

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Wed, 13 Jun 2007 20:26:33 GMT

Ultimate Solution to Curb Carbon Emissions?

Ultimate Solution to Curb Carbon Emissions?
While the G8 summit has clearly figured out the burning need to take action to combat the emissions of greenhouse gases, no one is out with the best feasible way to do that till the date. I think, one man has a good solution to this problem. Clemes Betzel, president of G24 Innovations, feels strongly that the devices that generate their own power must be part of the solution.

The governments are coming forth with the ideas of large scale power generation and distribution projects to tackle the problem of climate change but Betzel believes that such things are not the sole solution. Now, such large scale products are the prime focus of the governments but are not properly attended.

The second solution is Micro-generation but the costs associated are too high. What comes next? Yes, its Nanogeneration - where devices generate their own power. Healthy examples include solar powered chsolar powered cellphonesNanogeneration refers to the ‘greening up’ of everyday products so that they are as near to self-sufficient in terms of energy consumption as is possible.

Well, if we take a far-fledged look at the idea, it seems to be a kind of winner. The growth of nanogeneration will eventually replace the least efficient form of energy storage, the battery and I Think that would have a significant effect in the long run to rein in the carbon emissions. Moreover, it could also turn out to be a great way of bringing in sustainable clean energy to the developing world. In nutshell,
nanogeneration, along with microgeneration, could prove to be the real power solution.

Via: TreeHugger

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Sun, 10 Jun 2007 01:12:59 GMT

The Italian Mustang

The Italian Mustang
As EVO's scribe Henry Catchpole suggests, most concept cars are one-off, paper-lions that are all show and absolutely no substance.

To use his words, "most concept cars are made of sticky-back plastic and pipe cleaners. Occasionally they work and we're allowed to drive them, but this usually happens on a deserted airfield and you'd often travel faster on foot."

But this wasn't the case recently when the British magazine was lucky enough to score the review of Giugiaro's impressive Mustang concept. The Italian penned muscle car that was showcased at last November's LA Auto Show came with a supercharged, 4.6 liter Ford V8 that pumped out a rubber roasting 500 horsepower.

EVO likened the driving dynamics to that of a fussy Italian exotic - too large for Italy's narrow lanes, impractical (review cameras instead of mirrors), but also eminently thrilling.

Alas, no confirming word as to whether this beautiful Italian 'stang will see production.

Read on bhere.

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