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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Be well-informed: The facts about mysterious bird we love to eat on special occassion

Americans love turkey, Britain’s like chicken and the Nigerians love all feathered friend but what do we really know about this mysterious bird? Sure it’s indigenous to the Americas, but how did it become the symbol of Thanksgiving delectableness? What do they even eat? Check out the unusual facts about one of America’s most beloved birds.
                                                   Turkeys Can Fly

Wild turkeys feed on the ground, which might explain the myth of their flightlessness. They can, in fact, soar for short bursts at up to 55 mph.

                                                   They Have Distinguishing Droppings
A turkey’s gender can be determined from its droppings – males produce spiral-shaped poop and the females’ poop is shaped like the letter J.

                                                        They Eat Reptiles
Okay, so that's not all they eat, but turkeys do have quite a diet throughout their lifetime. Baby turkeys, called poults, eat berries, seeds and insects, while adults have a more varied diet that can include acorns and small reptiles.

                                                           Turkeys Eggs Wouldn't Sell
Chickens are champion egg-producers. Turkeys are not so good in producing egg. Turkey eggs are bigger, so their nests tie up coop space. And farmers have learned that they make more raising turkeys for meat rather than eggs. Oh, and some turkeys are protective of their eggs, making the gathering more challenging.

                                               There's Less Dark Meat Because...

Meat is muscle. And muscle is fed by blood. In the blood is myoglobin, which binds with oxygen and stores it in muscles for when it's needed. Myoglobin also makes meat dark. Muscles that are used most, like those in drumsticks (legs), have more myoglobin.

                                      It's Not the Turkey That Makes You Sleepy

Turkey contains a natural chemical called tryptophan, which we need to build proteins for our bodies. Indeed, tryptophan is also related to the production of serotonin, which helps us sleep. But all meat has about the same amount of tryptophan. Cheddar cheese has a lot more.

                                                                       They Were Nearly Extinct
The wild turkey was hunted nearly to extinction by the early 1900s, when the population reached a low of around 30,000 birds. After World War II, biologists started the first successful hatch-and-release efforts, which helped bring about a resurgence of the bird in North America.
                                                             The Pilgrims Did Not Eat Turkey

Contrary to popular belief, most of the traditional foods that adorn American holiday tables today were not consumed by the pilgrims and Native Americans. America owes its feasting tradition to the work of one woman: Sarah Josepha Hale.

Hale, an entrepreneurial homemaker in the mid19th century (think Martha Stewart of the 1800s) championed the idea of a holiday to celebrate America by being thankful for what we have and giving back to others who do not. Hale’s early articles featured substantial turkey dinners in ladies’ magazines and cookbooks. After lobbying several politicians for 17 years, she was eventually able to convince President Lincoln that Thanksgiving needed to be a national holiday, which was declared on October 3, 1863.




Update: 6 feared dead and 32 injured in police helicopter pub crash

Clutha Bar in Glasgow

The Police Scotland helicopter crashed into The Clutha pub on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow City Centre at around 10.25pm last night, leaving at least six people dead and more than 30 people were injured.

Emergency services had to drag customers out of the premises after the aircraft fell from the sky 'like a stone'.

A police officer at the scene said there were a 'few confirmed deaths' but could not say how many.

According to Sky News reports, sources have said that six people have been killed.

Customers who were wounded in the busy venue were carried out by eyewitnesses who created a human chain, lifting people to safety.

Many of the wounded were treated at a nearby Holiday Inn as 80 firefighters attended the scene. A witness said it looked as though the rotor blades of the aircraft were not working as it fell from the sky.
Labour MP Jim Murphy, who was at the scene, said: 'It's a terrible, terrible, terrible scene.' Firefighters were still working to make the scene safe.

Caution!!! Sugary drinks linked to increased endometrial cancer risk

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Sugar-sweetened beverages have long been associated with a number of health risks – including diabetes, obesity, dysentery and heart disease.  And now, a new study reveals that sugary drinks may also be associated with a significantly increased risk of a common type of endometrial cancer.
In a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, researchers analyzed data collected from 23,039 postmenopausal women as part of the Iowa Women’s Health Study. The data included information on the women’s dietary intake and medical history.
As part of the study, participants were asked to report their typical consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages – including Coke, Pepsi and other carbonated beverages with sugar – in addition to their consumption of noncarbonated fruit drinks, like Hawaiian Punch or lemonade.
Overall, the researchers discovered that the women who reported the highest intake of sugary drinks had a 78 percent increased risk of developing estrogen-dependent type 1 endometrial cancer – the most common type of endometrial cancer. The more sugary drinks the women consumed, the worse their risk for developing the cancer.
According to the researchers, type 1 endometrial cancer is an estrogen-dependent cancer, which may explain why sugary beverages are linked to an increased risk for the disease.
“High consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages may increase body fat, and higher body fat may increase estrogen levels,” study author Maki Inoue-Choi, a research associate at the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health in Minneapolis, told
Interestingly, the study didn’t find any correlation between increased intake of other criticized foods, such as sugar-free sodas, sweets or baked goods and starches.
While this study is the first to link sugar-sweetened beverages to endometrial cancer, Inoue-Choi emphasizes that more research is still needed to confirm the connection. But everyone should follow the current guidelines to avoid sugar-sweetened beverage intake, because it may increase the risk of other health conditions like obesity, diabetes heart disease and cancer.
Stay alive!

Teen, 18, banned from touching any cars after several theft attempts report says

A teenager who police say admitted to theft and attempting to steal a vehicle was sentenced to 12 weeks in a young offender’s institution and was told by a magistrates court that he cannot "touch or enter any unattended motor vehicle without the express permission of the owner."
The Manchester Evening News reported that Joshua Rushton, 18, was given a three-year anti-social behavior order, where the terms are laid out.  
The court justified the punishment due to his past record of being convicted of receiving stolen good and other offenses.
"He doesn’t own a car but he can’t go past one without trying the handle or seeing if there’s something in it," a police official from Stockport police station told the paper.

“A very testing time for Glasgow” Police helicopter crashes into Glasgow pub roof

Police and Scottish Fire and Rescue services at the scene of the crash

A number of wounded people have been taken to hospital but others remain trapped inside a Glasgow pub after a police helicopter came down on its roof, officials said.
The police helicopter came down on the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub, on the banks of the Clyde, at 10.25pm yesterday evening. There were a number of customers in the Pub.
Police Scotland confirmed the helicopter involved was a Eurocopter EC135 T2 with three people on board - two police officers and a civilian pilot.
A major incident has been declared and First Minister Alex Salmond has warned that "we must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood of fatalities".
Helicopter crashes into roof of pub (Image © Twitter/@crushtina)

Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said it was difficult to tell how many people were trapped inside. "It's a case of working hard within the building to try and determine how many casualties are there," he told reporters.
Police have set up a telephone number for members of the public who are concerned about relatives who may have been involved in the crash. It is 0800 092 0410.
The Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed that multiple ambulance crews and the Special Operations Team were at the scene. One image of the crash showed the dark blue helicopter on the roof with yellow ''POLICE'' insignia on part of the wreckage.
Vic Emery, chairman of the Scottish Police Authority, said: "My thoughts, and those of all in the authority, are with the relatives of all those affected by this very serious incident.




Friday, 29 November 2013

Texas teen survived 2 strokes and scores memorable touchdown of his life

Just three months after Kenbriel Hearn emerged from a coma, the 18-year-old football star scored the most memorable touchdown of his life.

The senior at Memphis High School suffered two strokes caused by a bleeding mass on his brain and spent three weeks on life support. By the time he awoke this past summer, 5-foot-7 frame had withered from 160 pounds to 112. He was paralyzed on his right side, unable to walk or talk.

His football season was the last thing on his mind.

Once regaining the ability to jog, Hearn found himself back in pads when his coach asked him to suit up for the Cyclones' final home game. He figured he was on the sideline for moral support, but unbeknownst to him, both coaches had arranged for a special moment to highlight his road to recovery.

With Memphis trailing 35-0 in the final minute, Hearn was sent into the huddle and given directions to take the handoff and go.

He jogged 48 yards to the end zone, where players from both teams cheered him. He briefly knelt to pray as his mother,  Tammy Henderson, looked on, tears streaming down her face.
It wasn't the first touchdown Hearn scored in his three seasons as a Memphis receiver and safety, but it was his sweetest.

"I will remember this one more because I battled through so much," said Hearn, who continues speech and physical therapy. "It was pretty great."

Cyclones coach Andy Correll hatched his plan the week before the Nov. 1 game in Memphis, about 85 miles southeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. He emailed his counterpart at Stratford about his plan to let Hearn have one play. Stratford coach Eddie Metcalf went for it.

Hearn's mother had been clued in earlier in the day that her son would get into the game. She kept mum but acknowledged it was difficult not to tell anyone.

"When he got the ball and started running tears just started streaming down my face," said Henderson, 43. "Him taking the field that last day, it was just joyful."

Just a few months earlier, Henderson faced the real prospect of losing her son. Doctors told her the mass on her son's brain was a congenital cavernoma -- a collection of small blood vessels in the central nervous system that is enlarged and irregular in structure. They are believed to occur in the general population once in 1,000 people.

Hearn's cavernoma was at the base of his skull on his brain stem. Bleeding from it caused Hearn's first stroke. Three days after surgery to remove the mass, he had another stroke, this one affecting his breathing and swallowing. CPR brought him back to life and being on life support allowed the healing to continue.

After recovering Hearn went to San Antonio for rehabilitation.

The seriousness of a cavernoma depends on its location, said Dr. Ben Baronia, who was not involved in Hearn's treatment and is an assistant professor of surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock.

Cavernomas can be fatal, especially when they are near areas of the brain that control breathing, as was the case with Hearn, he said.

Before he graduates to pursue a career as a juvenile probation officer, Hearn aims to accomplish more in high school athletics this spring by joining the track team.

He has regained all of his weight -- and more -- can walk and talk again but will have to get a follow-up MRI in a few months. If all is well, doctors will use other than bone to replace the flap removed from his skull during surgery.

He'll also continue rehab to meet his goal of running on the track team in the spring. He's now able to run a lap around the track, do a few sprints and lift some weights.

Hearn said his faith helped him survive, and the lessons he learned will remain for the rest of his life.

"It showed a lot of people don't let anything stop you," Hearn said. "Just put God first. No excuses."



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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Little princess swagger! Sophia Grace "Girls Just Gotta Have Fun" Official Music Video

I just love this kiddo!

Video - Jaden Smith ft Jhené Aiko The ......

Jaden Smith is the popular talented  teenage rapper, dancer and actor with films like “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Pursuit of Happiness,” “Karate Kid” and “After Earth”.
Jaden just released a remix of Jhené Aiko’s new single, ”The Worst” and it looks like Jaden is making new strides to be like his idol Drake and Kenya.
Drake released a song on his recent album NWTS featuring Jhené Aiko and it seems like both the lyrics and the approach in Jaden’s remix could have come straight out of Drakes rhyme book.
Listen to the music below:

This is for the ladies!!! Why financially independent women still need men


Over the past several decades, society has witnessed a profound change in the way women view men and marriage. It began with the baby boomer adage “never depend on a man.” 
This message resulted in a generation of women who turned their attention away from settling down and onto the workforce. They did what their mothers told them to do: they became financially independent so they’d never have to depend on a man.
In time, “never depend on a man” turned into the full-blown belief that men are unnecessary. In 2010 Jennifer Aniston claimed women needn’t “fiddle with a man” to have a child. I guess she made that comment after Angelina was able to satisfied Brad Pitt with dozens of children.
Well, to be financial independence is a great thing, but you can’t take your paycheck or salary to bed with you. And there’s nothing empowering about being bound to an employer when what you really want is to have a baby and a homely home. That’s dependency of a different sort.
This may strike you as an isolated case of foolishness, but Aniston’s willingness to put it out there speaks volumes about modern cultural attitudes. No actress would have said such a thing in the 70s, 80s, or even early 90s.
Fortunately, most women come to the realization that they do, in fact, need a man—at least if they want a family. 
This is the conclusion to which most women have come. According to Suzanne Venker, “what women want more than anything else is not to work full-time and year-round but to live balanced life.” 
How will they do it? That’s the number-one conversation among women today.
‘Round and ’round we go, asking how women can gain more control over their lives. How can they spend more time with their children? How can they make time for exercise or even a social life? How can they keep their houses in order and still have time to cook? The answer is obvious.
Lean on your man. As we all need somebody to lean on!
I know what you’re going to say. Where are these men on whom women can depend? And you’re right: there are fewer men these days who seem eager to be primary breadwinners.
But ask yourself why, and I bet you know the answer.

Must read!!! -How Your Middle Name Could Affect Your Credit

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In the movie “J. Edgar,” there is a scene when the main character is denied credit at men’s clothing store because “John Hoover” owes the clothing store money. Dicaprio’s character explains that he was named after his father, John, but he also sometimes goes by the name Edgar. When pushed to choose just one name, he signs his name J. Edgar Hoover.

Many of us were born with a standard name sequence: Our first name is the name we go by, then our middle name is rarely used (unless mom is yelling at us!), and then our last name. For example, John Edgar Hoover might typically go by “John.” But that’s not the case for everyone, as was the case with the founder of the FBI. Someone could be called by their middle name (“Edgar,”)

Unfortunately, this has the potential to keep you from having the best credit possible or even to hurt your credit, just as it did for Hoover.

Although credit reporting agencies try to allow for it by reporting a primary name and aliases, it’s not a perfect science to collect every variation of a person’s name. Here’s how it could affect you:

  • Bad credit from others could be reported as yours. As depicted in the movie, the main character may have had very good credit but his name was saddling him with his father’s bad credit.
  • Big changes could eliminate all credit history. A woman who goes by the name Alaba Mariam Saliu at 123 Main Street may get married and move into a home she co-owns with her husband, and now she’s Alaba Jones at 456 King Street. Will the credit reporting bureau recognize that both names belong to the same person? You want to make sure your name change is updated with your creditors and always confirm your name is correct on your credit reports.
  • Name variations might not be reporting to your credit. If Alaba Mariam Saliu also had a credit card that was issued under her middle name (“M. Alaba Saliu”), then the credit reporting agency might not realize that these are one and the same person.

In all three examples (and numerous others), names can create an additional layer of complexity that might affect your credit.

Therefore, don’t let J. Edgar Hoover’s problem keep you from getting the credit score you deserve.

"Choose your world carefully" Mother of three banned from Facebook over obesity comments

Fit mom Maria Kang has been caught in another media conflagration. The mother of three was temporarily banned from Facebook after comments she made about obesity went viral.
After seeing an article in the Daily Mail about obese and plus-sized women posing in lingerie, Kang took to Facebook to express her opinions about the photos.
"The popular and unrelenting support received to those who are borderline obese (not just 30 to 40 lbs overweight) frustrates me as a fitness advocate who intimately understands how poor health negatively effects a family, a community and a nation," Kang wrote, according to News 10.
Watch the video from here According to Kang, her post was taken down within three hours of going viral. Facebook then shut down her account, saying her words constituted “hate speech.” 
Kang originally drew criticism in October after she posted a photo of herself showing off her toned physique while surrounded by her three children.  The caption of the photo read, “What’s your excuse?”  Many viewers took offense to the message, saying it was an attack on overweight people.
Kang’s Facebook account has since been restored, but her original post was removed.  In a statement to News 10, Facebook said the account removal was a mistake:
"A user reported content on her page, and it was mistakenly removed by Facebook. When we realized the error we corrected it immediately, and restored full access to Ms Kang. We apologize for the inconvenience."
After regaining access to her Facebook account, Kang wrote a post titled, “Sorry but not sorry,” in which she said she felt misunderstood.

Video: At least 2 die in Brazil World Cup Stadium accident

Two people die as a crane falls into the roof of a Sao Paulo stadium due to host the opening ceremony of Brazil's 2014 World Cup finals.
A collapsed at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, caused the death of two workers

The accident at the Arena Corinthians, known locally as the Itaquerao, could hardly have come at a worse time - just a week before the draw to decide the tournament's schedule and with the top names in football all descending on Brazil.
Preparations have been plagued by setbacks including cost overruns, stadium delays, accidents, labour strife and huge street protests in the run-up to the June tournament.
The accident yesterday could lead to recriminations between local organisers and world football's ruling body FIFA, which has set a December deadline for all 12 World Cup stadiums to be ready. The tournament begins on June 12.
The club said workers will not return before a three-day mourning period.
The stadium was nearly finished before the collapse, which happened when a construction crane crashed into a 500-ton metal structure. That structure then cut through the outer walls of the venue, destroying part of the outside of the building and slamming into a giant LED panel that runs across the stadium's facade.
FIFA has said it would not accept the same delays that plagued stadium construction before football's Confederations Cup earlier this year, for which only two stadiums were ready on time.
Other problems have seen heavy rains flood the construction site at Rio's Maracana Stadium last March, forcing the cancellation of a FIFA inspection visit.


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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

3 teenage sisters held captive in Arizona home for 2 years, police say


Three teenage sisters have been rescued from an Arizona home after reportedly being held captive for two years.
Police tell that the girls, ages 12, 13 and 17, were discovered after the younger two escaped to a neighbour’s house and claimed their stepfather had threatened them with a knife. Authorities found the 17-year-old inside the Tucson home. 
Tucson Police Capt. Michael Gillooly said at a news conference that all three girls were malnourished and dirty, and they told officers they hadn't taken a bath in up to six months. Adding that, the two youngest girls were kept in a separate bedroom from their 17-year-old sister. 
The younger sisters told authorities they had been kept in the home for two years and they had not seen their older sister in that time. The girls also said they were fed only once daily and had been imprisoned in their bedrooms.
Police said a 34-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of three counts of kidnapping, three counts of child abuse-emotional abuse and three counts of child abuse-physical abuse.
The man also was accused of one count of sexual abuse of a person under age 15, according to police, who didn't immediately know Tuesday night if the couple had attorneys. Neighbours told police they did not know children even lived in the home. Police went to the midtown home on reports of a domestic violence incident about 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to Gillooly.
A resident who has lived in the neighbourhood for about five years told the Arizona Daily Star there was no visible activity at the house, but other neighbours had told her that they had heard what sounded like children playing inside the house at night. 
The Star reported that police removed plastic bags containing evidence from the home and what appeared to be a computer. The girls are now in protective custody.

Feeding the poor: Augusta Pastor delivers Thanksgiving sermon in an unlikely place

Kindly see the homeless as a human being. Just to let you know they are our brothers and sisters, colour does not matter, treat them well, they have soul just like you and me!
 A Pastor based in Augusta, Ga. is taking his sermon outside and he is not only feeding the soul with the word of God, he is also serving a Thanksgiving dinner.
Pastor Roger Gardner from the New Hope Worship Centre goes straight to those in needs and meets them in an unlikely place – under a bridge.
“They [the homeless] live in small communities under the bridges and downtown in the abandoned buildings and homes,” Gardner told Fox News’ Lauren Green.
Gardner meets his parishioners under the 15th Street Bridge in Augusta every Saturday. On average “300 to 350” people come to meet with the Bridge Ministry. For the past several years they have volunteered their Saturdays before Thanksgiving to help less fortunate families by giving out food and clothing.
The Bridge Ministry also had a food pantry for those in need. The ministry emphasizes that people shouldn’t turn away from the homeless but embrace them.
“We see them as a soul, as a human being … people have the idea that poverty is being poor and hungry and naked but poverty is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for … they are our brothers and sisters,” said Gardner.

Major League Soccer to take break during World Cup in Brazil

Just for those of us who love footie, it has been reported that Major League Soccer will take a two-week break in June during the first round of the World Cup.
There will be three games on the day before the June 12 World Cup opener in Brazil. The season will resume when Vancouver hosts Montreal on June 25th 2014, the next-to-last day of group-stage play.
It's similar to the format used for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The MLS season opens March 8 with Seattle hosting Kansas City followed by seven more matches that night. The season ends October 26th 2014.
As announced last month, San Jose will host Seattle on August 2nd 2014 in the opener of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Each of the 20 teams will play a 34-game schedule, and the playoff finalist with the best record will host the MLS championship.

“Wow that’s .......!” Freaky Fish Found in Canadian Arctic

long-nosed chimaera found

What is that? Can people eat it?
According to a researcher at a Canadian university, it is a hardly ever seen fish from the arctic.
Nigel Hussey, a researcher who works with the Ocean Tracking Network says that the fish is a mysterious breed known as a "long-nosed chimaera." The photo of this fish–which has only been caught one other time– has gone viral across the Internet.


The fish was reeled in by a fishing boat along the Davis Strait in Nunavut, the northernmost territory in Canada and was mistaken as another breed of fish known as a goblin shark.
According to Hussey, "Only one of these fish has previously been documented from the Hudson Strait". "Potentially, if fish deeper, maybe between 1,000 and 2,000 meters [3,000 to 6,000 feet], there are actually quite a lot of them there. We just don't know."
The freaky find displays characteristics from relative breeds of Sharks and Stingrays with a tail like a whip and a long, pointed nose and can grow to over three feet in length.
Some species of chimaera are even eaten as food in some parts of the world.