GLAAD Media Awards nominees announced

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Campaign group Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced the nominees for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards. The awards are for films and television programs that present a “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community”.

Gus Van Sant’s biopic Milk, starring Sean Penn as the gay title character Harvey Milk, is nominated in the film category along with Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Julian Jarrold’s version of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Guy Richie’s RocknRolla and Peter Sollett’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

British Doctor Who spin off Torchwood joins American series such as Brothers and Sisters, The L Word and True Blood in the television drama category while Channel 4‘s Skins is nominated for best comedy with ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty amongst others.

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Special awards are to be given to Tyra Banks, Suze Orman and Lucia Mendez as well as Sirius XM Radio’s documentary The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later: The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard. Macy’s, Absolut Vodka and IKEA are nominated for positive advertisements and The Denver Post and The Des Moines Register are amongst the nominated newspapers.

The GLAAD Media Awards have been presented annually since 1990.

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Comprehend the importance of electricity and maintenance precautions



Safe and economical use of electricity at home is important for your family’s welfare and may assist you to reduce electricity usage. Following simple tips helps in proper maintenance of electrical appliances and to ensure it is in perfect working order.

Avoid using any faulty or ageing electrical appliance that has a cracked cord or broken plug. Such appliances give shock. Damaged or frayed cords require immediate replacement or dispose the appliance. Many old plugs lack safety barriers, just replace with modern plugs or marshal the appliance.

Repair faulty electrical appliances hiring a licensed or qualified electrician or repairman.

Do not attempt to repair any loose or broken power point switch. Arrange to replace it by hiring a licensed electrician.

Service your appliances following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Clean the lint filter after each use from your clothes dryer.

Check electric blankets during winters for damaged wires, hot spots, leads or plugs, before the winters and dispose of damaged electric blanket, if any.

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Remove unwanted build-up of materials such as dust, fluff or lint around exhaust fans electric motor.

Clean filters, cooktops and ovens regularly, thus prevent build-up of burnt foods and spilled fats.

Avoid spraying household detergents, cleaners and insecticides on electrical accessories as it my crack resulting in electrical hazard.

Energy efficiency

Purchasing any electrical appliance for the household should be done reading the Energy Rating Label. This helps in selecting an energy efficient appliance that reduces your electricity usage.

Energy Rating Labels are designed to ensure energy efficiency and to improve the appliances energy efficiency. Household appliances that must have energy labels are TV, dishwasher, refrigerator, air conditioner, dryer and clothes washer and storage water heater.

Checklist for electrical safety as home maintenance

A seasoned homeowner also must give electrical checkup occasionally for your home to ascertain the circuit breakers, wiring, plug and outlets are in proper working order ensuring safe use. Electricity, like any other tool, must be carefully handled.

To ensure proper maintenance of your electrical systems at home, here are simple to-do’s that you can double-check for safety of wiring.

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For regular fuses tripping or blowing, call a professional to inspect.

Ascertain proper grounding for your circuits so that the electrical current transportation to appliances and lights in your home is perfect.

Wet location outlets should have GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters.

Unplug appliances, before you wipe or wash. Replace frayed wires or loose fit or wobble plugs to prevent fires or shocks.

Put protectors or tamper-resistant outlets, if you have small children in homes.

Do not run cords under the blankets or rugs. Use extension cords only for a temporary solution. Also do not leave plugged extension cords when not in use, it may result in a fire or electrical hazard.

Hiring a professional electrician and getting your electrical systems checked is a smart maintenance.

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English Football: Manchester United News for August 6, 2008

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

English football team Manchester United’s star striker, Wayne Rooney, will likely miss the opening match of the English Premier League, England’s top-level football league, on August 17, the BBC reported Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Rooney, who also plays for English National Team, contracted a mystery illness on United’s pre-season tour of Africa.

“I doubt Wayne will be fit for the start of the season,” United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told the BBC. “It’s a virus he picked up in Nigeria and it’s not a nice one. He’s not been back in training yet.”

The striker position, also known as forward in some countries, is the closest offensive position to the opponent’s goal and is more likely score goals than other position. Rooney played in 43 matches last season, scoring 18 goals with seven assists.

With absence of Rooney at striker, Argentine Carlos Tévez is the only fit veteran striker available for United. Portuguese striker Nani is suspended, while Anderson is playing for Brazil in the Olympics. Fraizer Campbell and Frenchman Louis Saha, both largely untested in the Premier League, remain two options, as does the signing of an outside player, such as, the BBC reports, Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Ferguson also said Tuesday that Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at Manchester United, and not transferring to Real Madrid, as has been reported, both in the media and on blogs this summer.

“The matter is closed now,” Ferguson said Tuesday. “He is a Manchester United player — it’s finished. He’ll be playing here next season believe me. It’s finished.”

Whether or not Ronaldo does indeed stay at United, he will have to remain on the sidelines until an ankle injury heals. The BBC reports it will be September or later before Ronaldo is playing fit.

The winger position, a type of midfielder, is the middle position in relation to the opponent’s goal, behind strikers, but ahead of defenders. Wingers typically play toward the left and right sides of the pitch. Ronaldo score 42 goals in 48 appearances last season, the most of any United player.

United has two more friendlies this pre-season, facing Juventus and Portsmouth on August 6 and August 10. Manchester United, 2008 winners of both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, starts their season against Newcastle United.

2,000 face redundancy at English steelworks

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Corus Group, the world’s fifth largest steel producer, announced on Friday that it may be forced to mothball its steelworks in Redcar, England. This move would threaten the jobs of the works’ 1,920 employees.

Corus may be forced to close its Teesside operations as a consortium has refused to honour a 10-year contract with Corus’ Teesside Cast Products, which accounted for 78% of the plant’s operations. Corus’ chief executive, Kirby Adams, said he was “extremely disappointed that the consortium members have seen fit to take this irresponsible action.”

Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, said “it is essential that Corus does everything it can legally, and with the government’s assistance, to reinstate the agreement”. Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, shared this view saying, “We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the contract is upheld.” Mandelson also said “we are not prepared to reconcile ourselves to the inevitable closure of this plant”.

The leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Councillor George Dunning, said “Today is like being hit by a mini earthquake compared to what’s happened in the past.”

Martin Callanan and Stephen Hughes, Tory, and Labour MEPs for North East England, supported the idea that the government should subsidise wages in the plant on a temporary basis. Hughes and Fiona Hall, Lib Dem MEP, suggested that the government should apply to the EU’s Globalisation Adjustment Fund. Hall said “if the worst comes to the worst and jobs are indeed lost, I trust the Government will change its mind and support an application to the European Globalisation Fund in order to fund skills training for those who have lost their jobs.”

This move could “bring to an end a fine heritage of steelmaking at Teesside”, according to Adams. Steelworks in Teesside, which previously belonged to British Steel and Dorman Long, produced steel for famous structures like the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Corus had said it was likely there would be a “very significant number of redundancies” and a 90-day consultation period is due to begin.

Corus’ owner, Tata Steel, are also facing difficulties with another UK operation, automobile company Jaguar Land Rover.

Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas}

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Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


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Generally speaking, mothers love to take good care of their home and living environment, and this makes items for the home an extremely popular type of gift on Mother’s Day. If you are looking for the perfect gift idea for your mother, perhaps you should look for something that complements the home and is a great gift at the same time. Here are a few tips and gift ideas to get you started.

When you are buying a gift for the home, you probably won’t be thinking in terms of buying large, expensive items such as furniture, unless you have a clear idea of what your mom likes, and what sort of furniture she needs at the moment, also bearing in mind whether there is actually any space in the home for it. Buying a smaller gift allows you to find something that will complement the home as well as fitting in with your mother’s tastes.

You could choose a smaller item such as a decorative jewelry box, an attractive picture frame, beautiful ceramic items, clocks, lamps, and so on. It is a good idea to choose a gift that fits in with the current style of the home, and this will make it a lot easier for your mother to find a place to put it.

The gifts mentioned above are just a small example of the total variety of beautiful home items that you can choose from. Some of the things that you can find to decorate the home make absolutely great gifts even though they are small. Many handcrafted items are very unique and special, particularly if only a limited amount of them were produced. This is also true of vintage décor.

The beauty of handmade items is that you can even make them yourself, and your mom will really appreciate the time and effort you took to create her special gift, even if the gift itself is not perfect. This really allows you to create something that you know she will love, such as outdoor ornaments, or decorations for the home.

Some great gift ideas for inside the home include quirky ornaments that she may never have seen before. For example, you could get some beautiful hanging decorations to go over the doorknobs, or you could choose a unique gift such as a poem keepsake. Gifts like this will always come as a surprise.

These gift ideas should help to get you started when it comes to Mother’s Day. Just remember that you should think about what your mother likes to do in her spare time, or how she keeps her house, in order to find her a gift she will truly love.

All of your gift ideas should match your mom’s personality, no matter what that may be. It might mean buying a particular design, or it might mean buying her something arty or something practical. Just a little thought can go a long way to make this Mother’s Day perfect for her!

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Irish inflation creeps upwards to 2.4%

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

The inflation rate in Ireland, as measured by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), edged upwards to hit a five month high in May at 2.4%. This represents a 0.2% rise on the previous month when the rate stood at 2.2%.

The major contributors to the rise were increased transportation, healthcare, and education costs. In April the EU25 average rate of inflation was 2.1%, with Latvia having the highest rate at 7.1% and Sweden the lowest at 0.4%.

Despite the increase in the rate, Irish inflation remains very low – having hit 7% during 2000 and remaining around the 5% until the beginning of 2003. Another major factor easing any worries about the increase is Ireland’s very strong GDP growth – expected to be around 5.5% this year

On an annual basis the cost of footwear and clothing have fallen by 2.7% whilst energy costs have soared by 10.4%. The cost of food, furniture, and communications also fell over the last 12 months.

The Consumer Price Index is made up of over 55,000 prices consisting of 613 headings which cover over 1,000 different items.

Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

India is the latest of the countries where the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) experiment has started. Children from the village of Khairat were given the opportunity to learn how to use the XO laptop. During the last year XO was distributed to children from Arahuay in Peru, Ban Samkha in Thailand, Cardal in Uruguay and Galadima in Nigeria. The OLPC team are, in their reports on the startup of the trials, delighted with how the laptop has improved access to information and ability to carry out educational activities. Thailand’s The Nation has praised the project, describing the children as “enthusiastic” and keen to attend school with their laptops.

Recent good news for the project sees Uruguay having ordered 100,000 of the machines which are to be given to children aged six to twelve. Should all go according to plan a further 300,000 machines will be purchased by 2009 to give one to every child in the country. As the first to order, Uruguay chose the OLPC XO laptop over its rival from Intel, the Classmate PC. In parallel with the delivery of the laptops network connectivity will be provided to schools involved in the project.

The remainder of this article is based on Carla G. Munroy’s Khairat Chronicle, which is available from the OLPC Wiki. Additional sources are listed at the end.


  • 1 India team
  • 2 Khairat
    • 2.1 The town school
  • 3 The workplace
  • 4 Marathi
  • 5 The teacher
  • 6 Older children, teenagers, and villagers
  • 7 The students
  • 8 Teacher session
  • 9 Parents’ meetings
  • 10 Grounding the server
  • 11 Every child at school
  • 12 Sources
  • 13 External links

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Diet for People with Breast Cancer


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Good nutrition will help improve your chance to recover from breast cancer. You will have to set your eyes on specific foods to help you do this. Read on.

1. Right after surgery, you will have to consume protein-rich foods to combat infection as well as to fix cells. They will aid you in the process of recovery and get your strength back. Choose to add grated cheese to your salads. Incorporate dry milk to your daily dishes as well. When in the grocery store, look particularly for snacks with protein like almond nuts.

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2. Go for low-fat foods like whole grains, vegetables and fruits because these will assist you to enjoy more years of your life. Several studies have stated that women who were diagnosed with breast cancer and adopted low-fat diet were able to live longer than the other females with the same illness. Experts say that this is because certain foods that are lower in saturated fats (eggs and other dairy products) enable women to take only little bit of calories that therefore results in healthy body weight.

3. A study executed at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center learned that among the almost 700 survivors of breast cancer involved in the study, many of them who ate over 15.5 gram of insoluble dietary fiber per day have reduced their potential for relapse by almost 50 percent than other breast cancer patients who have eaten no more than 5.4 gram per day. Foods abundant with insoluble fiber are brown rice, broccoli, seed, whole wheat, cabbage and whole grains.

4. Some studies suggested that following a diet high in beta carotene may reduce your likelihood of dying from this illness. Beta carotene gives vegetables and fruits their orange color. Good examples are sweet potato, spinach, carrot, butternut squash, collards and lettuce.

5. Individuals affected by breast cancer should also consider including lycopene in their diet plans. It is a compound that gives yellow, orange or red color to some vegetables and fruits. Lycopene helps in reducing the risk of breast cancer. It can be found in papaya, carrot, guava, tomatoes, dried herbs, red bell peppers and others.

It is also important to keep yourself hydrated. Water, juice and soups are your good resources for water. Similarly, don’t let yourself to experience hunger before you eat. You may think of eating six small meals rather than having three large meals for the entire day. Ensure that there is enough food stored in your home so you can easily have a bite. Likewise, look for recipes that are simple and fast to prepare.

Of course, it is still better to meet with a nutritionist first and discuss about your goals. He or she will design a diet particular to your condition and needs. This is especially if you have health problems other than breast cancer. This is why it is very important for every cancer patient to work with a healthcare team. Your physician or oncologist and your dietitian will work together for your recuperation.alternative treatments to cancer

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Media reports exaggerate cell phone risks again

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Several mainstream news outlets have misstated and overstated a possible link between cellular phone use and decreased fertility in men. A single experiment, which has not yet been published in any peer reviewed journal or replicated by other scientists, observed an average decrease in sperm motility and an increase in free radicals among laboratory sperm samples that were exposed to radiation similar to the radiation produced by cellular phone use.

Dr. Ashok Agarwal of the Cleveland Clinic estimates the overall health impact of cellular phones as “very safe” and reassured a Cable News Network reporter that the research was too premature to advise lifestyle changes for the public. “Our study has not provided proof that you should stop putting cell phones in your pocket. There are many things that need to be proven before we get to that stage.” He noted that his own cell phone was in his trouser pocket while he was giving the interview. Dr. Agarwal is the lead researcher for the study and Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Cell phone industry spokesman Joe Farren agreed with Dr. Agarwal’s assessment about the devices’ overall safety: “The weight of the published scientific evidence, in addition to the opinion of global health organizations, shows that there is no link between wireless usage and adverse health effects.”

The controlled experiment used sperm samples from thirty-two donors: twenty-three healthy men and nine men who had fertility problems. Sperm were then exposed to radiation for one hour at 850 megahertz, the most common frequency for cell phones in the United States. Dr. Agarwal’s study raises a possible concern that cell phones kept on belts or trouser pockets and used in conjunction with wireless bluetooth earpieces “could cause harmful effects due to the proximity of the phones and the exposure that they are causing to the gonads.” He also noted that follow-up research is needed to determine whether the body’s skin and other tissue affords protection from the potential damage.

Several news sources ran misleading reports that overstated the risk.

The Los Angeles Times asserted a fallacious causal relationship that Dr. Agarwhal had not drawn and ignored his opinions that cellular phones are safe and no change in phone use is necessary. Instead, the piece opened by ordering men to stop keeping cell phones in their pockets:

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“Attention male cellphone users of reproductive age: Take that phone out of your pocket. Information published today suggests that the radio-frequency energy released by cellphones decreases sperm quality in men.”

Ciol News ran a similar account:

“Beware men! Do you have the habit of keeping your mobile phone in the pockets of your trousers while talking on hand-free? Or do clip the mobile to your belt while talking? If so you are doing that at the cost of your fertility, warns a recent study.”

Mobile Magazine went a step further, also alluding to previous media exaggerations about cellular phone dangers:

“Oh no! It seems that mobile phones are getting even more problematic than ever. After getting linked to everything from migraines to cancer, it seems that the radiation from cell phones is now being connected to stupid sperm. Yes, I’m talking about the little swimmers that lead into a conversation about the birds and the bees.”

Mobile Magazine also ended in a misleading manner with “I wonder if it’s healthier to put your phone in your shirt pocket instead,” failing to mention that Dr. Agarwal had addressed that concern and had called it an unnecessary precaution.

Not all news sources overplayed the findings. CNN and United Press International ran balanced reports that did not suggest dangers or precautions beyond the lead researcher’s conclusions.

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Michael Jackson doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of Michael Jackson, who Murray was doctor to. Dr. Murray was with the singer when he died on June 25 last year.

The doctor is alleged to have acted “unlawfully and without malice“. The prosecution’s complaint said that when Dr. Murray gave Michael Jackson a powerful sedative to attempt to assist Jackson with his sleeping, he acted “without the caution and circumspection required”. During rehearsals for a series of return concerts planned in London, England last year, the entertainer had employed the doctor to be his personal physician for the spring. If convicted of the charges, Dr. Murray could be imprisoned for up to four years.

According to Ed Chernoff, Dr. Murray’s lawyer, he will not plead guilty. Speaking on Monday, before the charge was filed, Chernoff stated: “We’ll make bail, we’ll plead not guilty and we’ll fight like hell.” The coroner’s office in Los Angeles, California, US reported that the death of Michael Jackson was a homicide, with the cause being an overdose of sedatives.