Sunday, December 30, 2012

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When you feel more prosperous, you will lead life of improved health, happiness and prosperity. However, when most of us think about our finances, most of the time we don?t have thoughts of prosperity.
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Rice wins Armed Forces Bowl, 33-14 over Air Force

Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz (11) pitches the ball as Rice defensive end Tanner Leland (13) chases during the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz (11) pitches the ball as Rice defensive end Tanner Leland (13) chases during the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Air Force running back Mike DeWitt is wrapped up by Rice safeties Paul Porras (24) and Gabe Baker (27) after a gain during the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. . (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue is checked on the bench after he left the game with a concussion during the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game against Air Force, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Air Force running back Cody Getz (28) runs against Rice defensive end Jared Williams (97) during the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Rice wide receiver Jordan Taylor (15) catches a touchdown pass against Air Force defensive back Chris Miller (3) during the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(AP) ? When Rice freshman quarterback Driphus Jackson was suddenly thrust into action in the Armed Forces Bowl, he drove the Owls within 2 yards of a tying touchdown before his errant pitch.

Jackson more than made up for that miscue that ended the first half.

After starter Taylor McHargue was knocked out the game because of a concussion, Jackson threw for 264 yards with two second-half touchdowns to Jordan Taylor, and Rice beat Air Force 33-14 on Saturday.

"I couldn't get down (after the fumble). The guys had all the confidence in the world in me," Jackson said. "Things slowed down for me in the second half."

Rice (7-6), which had to win four in a row just to get bowl eligible, has won both of its bowl games under sixth-year coach David Bailiff. Before their 2008 Texas Bowl victory, the Owls had lost their only four bowl games since winning the 1954 Cotton Bowl.

"This football team has overcome a lot of adversity and really played well down the stretch," Bailiff said. "We had a very motivational talk with our team just before the winning streak, and our coaching staff and players worked hard and kept improving every game."

And this is a Rice team with only seven seniors, three of them tight ends.

The Owls were 1-5 after a loss at Memphis on Oct. 6, and their only loss was 28-24 to Conference USA champion Tulsa.

"We had our ups and downs. To cap it after the start we had, it means the world," said running back Turner Petersen (nine carries for 81 yards).

Air Force (6-7) scored on consecutive drives in the second quarter with backup quarterback Kale Pearson in the game. But the Falcons had a season-low 214 total yards.

Jackson's first series ended with a bad pitch near the goal line only 2 seconds before halftime, when the Owls trailed 14-7. It was the third lost fumble by Rice in the second quarter.

"We didn't make a lot of adjustments at halftime," said Taylor, who had nine catches for 153 yards and three TDs, including a 16-yarder from McHargue in the first quarter. "The coaches just told us to execute and protect the football better than we did in the first half."

Jackson had consecutive completions of 25 and 22 yards before a 2-yard keeper and then a 22-yard TD to Taylor on Rice's opening drive of the second half.

The Owls went ahead to stay, 21-14, when Jackson hit six passes in a row to set up Charles Ross' 2-yard TD run.

"As soon as the starter went out, we knew there were adjustments we had to make," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. "We put an enormous amount of strain on our defense. Any time you make only 12 first downs, you're going to tax your defense."

Jackson, who started against Houston when McHargue had a shoulder problem, completed 15 of 21 passes and rushed for 32 yards.

"After having one start under my belt, I knew what to expect," Jackson said. "I had an idea of how to manage the game. They gave me the keys and told me to go."

McHargue never returned after a helmet-to-helmet collision on a 5-yard run with about 5 minutes left in the first half.

He put his head down and ran into defensive back Steffon Batts, and fumbled. McHargue was noticeably wobbly while being helped to the sideline.

The Falcons then went 35 yards in nine plays for a 14-7 lead. Mike DeWitt converted fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard run, and Wes Cobb scored on a 1-yard run.

Jackson then came in for the Owls and had keepers of 5 and 14 yards before a 23-yard pass to Taylor. After another 10-yard pass for first-and-goal from the 2 before Jackson's bad pitch.

McHargue hit 6 of 8 passes for 31 yards. He stood on the sideline after halftime wearing a warmup suit and a cap.

Since the Falcons' last game, senior quarterback Connor Dietz has graduated from the academy and been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Dietz ran six times for 11 yards and completed only 1 of 3 passes.

Pearson wasn't must better, 2-of-8 passing for 44 yards with six carries for 11 yards. But he was on the field for both of Air Force's scoring drives with a 9-yard TD run

The Falcons have made a school-record six consecutive bowl appearances under Calhoun, but are 2-4 in those games (1-3 in the Armed Forces Bowl). Air Force lost four of its last five games to finish this season.

Chris Boswell made field goals of 24 and 25 yards in the fourth quarter, before Jackson hit Taylor for a 34-yard TD with 1:38 left.

Boswell, who made six field goals of at least 50 yards during the regular season, had apparently made a 52-yarder early in the second quarter before officials blew the whistle for an Air Force timeout. Boswell got another try, but pushed it wide right with about 9 minutes left in the first half.

That's when Pearson took over for Air Force, leading them 66 yards in 10 plays. He had a 15-yard pass and ended the drive with a wide sweeping run to get into the front corner of the end zone to tie the game at 7.

"We really struggled. We had a good second quarter," Calhoun said. "But there's no way you win this game playing well in one quarter."

Associated Press


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Jobless claims fall to lowest in almost 4-1/2 years

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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid fell last week to nearly its lowest level in 4 1/2 years, a sign that the labor market is healing.?

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised to show 1,000 more applications than previously reported.?

After spiking in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in late October, the weekly levels of new claims have now dropped to their lowest levels since the early days of the 2007-09 recession. The four-week moving average fell 11,250 last week to 356,750, the lowest since March 2008.?

That suggests the surge in layoffs since the recession may have run its course, although companies still are adding to their payrolls at a lackluster pace.?

The report included a caveat, at least for the latest week. President Barack Obama declared Monday a holiday for federal workers and many state offices followed suit and were unable to provide complete data for last week's jobless claims. Data for 19 states was estimated, a Labor Department official said. Fourteen of those states submitted their own estimates, which tend to be fairly accurate because the state officials work with a significant amount of data, the Labor Department official said.?

Besides the federal holiday, there were no special factors influencing week's claims data, the department official said.?


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The Very Best 5 Features of Outsourcing ... - ???????, ??????

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Many organizations today are constantly trying to find better ways in which to implement their payroll processing. After much study and countless meetings, they?ve discovered that the alternatives may well lie within the reigns of outsourcing these plans to others who are specialized in certain areas of expertise. There are 5 reasoned explanations why many businesses elect to outsource their payroll processing services as follows:1. To avoid tax fines -:When a business is outsourced they are ?up to date? on the many state and federal tax laws, as well as the yearly changes that are borne. Each time a corporation?s regular workers are in charge of the payroll, often the brand new changes pertaining to fees are over looked, which could both charge the organization money and possibly even cause legal issues that may otherwise perhaps not be prevalent.2. Offer strong deposit -:Direct deposit is an available feature when payroll processing is outsourced. This way, the payroll payments are not even on the house of the corporation, and number bank excursions for the purposes of deposits are utilized. Here again, the issues related to safety and reliability are absolutely eliminated.3. Costs are paid down -:It is just a fact that outsourcing is cheaper for a business than hiring its workers. One particular explanation is that outsourcing could be the implementation of specific services that could possibly be the focus of the outsourcer this designates a less expensive way to accomplish these processes.4. Prevent technological discrepancies -:The organizations developed to outsource are prepared to keep current with the many changes that occur in technology, while a company?s workers do not have the full time to effectively keep up with these many changes. Even those aspects which can be related to duty tables, an such like. are changed from month to month, so an excellent outsourcing company can keep current on many of these issues.5. Reduces the possibility of fraud -:The work of outsourcing reduces the chance of fraud from within the business. It is a problem that?s been noticed previously several years, and companies are doing their utmost to reduce these concerns. Issues of fraud not just cost a firm much money, but also apply bad press, which may in reality influence business in a negative trend. Outsourcing generally seems to minimize and even eradicate these issues.Yes, outsourcing is just a popular trend for several reasons, primarily those associated with supporting an organization decrease cost and economic challenges.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Beauty and Size: The Wild Sex Merry XXXMas Marathon Continues...

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The next two episodes of Wild Sex are by far the most popular. In the first, aptly titled ?Beach Babes and Boob Jobs?, I look at the concept of beauty in the animal kingdom and how this concept does not really apply to the human animal. In ?Size Matters?, we take a look at some of the largest penises in the natural world, and scale them up for some pretty crazy visual drama. Can we say 40 foot long penis?! We also compare and contrast the evolutionary history of male primates when it comes to both penis length and testicle size. You might be surprised at how different apes ?measure up? to each other.

Carin BondarAbout the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar ? Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.


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LA offers groceries for guns in annual buyback

Motorists wait inside their cars to drop guns to waiting Los Angeles Police officials at the LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Los Angeles police are offering groceries for guns in a buyback program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy. Police officials will be accepting weapons Wednesday at the LA Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple. Weapons can be turned in with no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns can be exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards. An automatic weapons will earn a $200 card. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Motorists wait inside their cars to drop guns to waiting Los Angeles Police officials at the LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Los Angeles police are offering groceries for guns in a buyback program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy. Police officials will be accepting weapons Wednesday at the LA Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple. Weapons can be turned in with no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns can be exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards. An automatic weapons will earn a $200 card. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Los Angeles Police officials get weapons back from motorists at the LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Los Angeles police are offering groceries for guns in a buyback program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy. Police officials will be accepting weapons Wednesday at the LA Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple. Weapons can be turned in with no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns can be exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards. An automatic weapons will earn a $200 card. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Los Angeles Police officials get an assault weapon back at the LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Los Angeles police are offering groceries for guns in a buyback program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy. Police officials will be accepting weapons Wednesday at the LA Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple. Weapons can be turned in with no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns can be exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards. An automatic weapons will earn a $200 card. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(AP) ? Long lines of cars and people formed Wednesday to take advantage of a guns-for-groceries exchange program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

Police officers filled bins with more than 1,500 rifles and handguns outside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Officials were mindful of both the massacre of students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., and a gunman's ambush that killed two firefighters in Webster, N.Y.

"All of us are still mourning the tragedy at Newtown, Conn.," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "So many young innocent children were mass-murdered in the way that they were, and now the assassination of two firefighters ... just breaks the heart of so many of us, particularly in this holiday season."

The anonymous buyback program allowed weapons to be turned in with no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns could be exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards. Assault weapons earned a $200 card.

The program, designed to get guns off the streets, usually is held in May. Villaraigosa decided to do it now in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The last buyback netted about 1,700 guns.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

7 Healthy Foods to Eat With Diabetes - Alternative Medicine Now

11850074_sWhen it comes to having diabetes you probably already know that you need to watch what you eat.

However, some foods are better for you ? and healthier as well.

In this article we?re going to examine the health benefits of 7 foods to consider adding to your diet, whether you live with diabetes? or not.

The good news?

By eating well balanced meals, staying fit and active, and taking any required medications (if necessary) you can keep your blood sugar levels in check.

Seven ?super? foods

In no particular order they are:

  1. asparagus
  2. blueberries
  3. beans
  4. broccoli
  5. carrots
  6. fish
  7. apples

Do you notice some commonalities here?

Green vegetables and fruits dominate the list. And when it comes to ?meat? fish is clearly the healthier alternative.

Now let?s take a closer look at each one?


Asparagus is a non-starchy vegetable that is low in carbohydrates and high in dietary fiber.

It is also a good source of:

  • B vitamin folate
  • vitamin C
  • glutathione

Glutathione is an antioxidant may help boost your immune system and is thought to promote lung health.

The American Heart Association recommends adding or including foods in your diet that contain folate and other forms of B vitamins, since these help lower homocysteine levels (an amino acid in the blood that has been linked to a higher risk of coronary heart disease).


Blueberries are a great fruit to add to your diet because they are healthy? and versatile.

You can enjoy them on their own, blended in your favorite smoothie or when found in baked goods such as pancakes and muffins.

They are a great source of:

  • dietary fiber
  • vitamin C
  • antioxidants such as anthocyanins and flavonoids

What?s a flavonoid?

Flavonoids are a type of phytonutrient that offer you antioxidant protection. Antioxidants are known to boost your immune system and help to fight inflammation, and anthocyanins may promote heart health.

Blueberries may also help decrease LDL (the ?bad? cholesterol).


Vegetarians have long known the benefits of adding beans to your diet as a substitute for meat.

They are high in fiber and protein and are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as:

  • folate
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • potassium

Potassium is especially important in your diet since it helps to balance your electrolyte levels.

Protein is an essential part of your diet since it helps the body repair and produce cells as well as building muscle and bone.

What?s more, according to the American Heart Association we should be eating about 25 to 30 grams a day of both soluble and insoluble fiber. This amounts to roughly twice the amount the average American consumes daily.


Growing up my mom insisted that we have broccoli at least 3 times a week for dinner. To her, broccoli was a ?super? food ? along with all other green vegetables.

Turns out she was right.

Broccoli (another non-starchy vegetable) is a better source of vitamin C than oranges.

It?s true.

It?s also a good source of:

  • fiber
  • vitamin C
  • the antioxidant beta-carotene

Our bodies use beta-carotene to make vitamin A, and this vitamin helps to promote healthy vision, teeth, bones, and skin.

And vitamin C, as you may know, is essential for helping your body heal, especially wounds or injuries. It is also considered a disease-fighting antioxidant.

A growing number of doctors are now proposing adding vitamin C to your diet before, and immediately after, any planned surgical procedure.


Carrots are a great addition to any diet.

They are can eaten cooked or raw, and offer you a wide variety of options for adding them to any meal.

For example, eat them raw with a sandwich in place of fries or chips, include them in your favorite juice recipe, or have them steamed as a side dish with your meal.

What?s more, carrots are a good source of:

  • fiber
  • flavonoids
  • vitamin A from beta-carotene

It is believed that beta-carotene may help prevent cancer and heart disease, and carotenoids found in yellow and orange produce may also help reduce insulin resistance according to Healing Gourmet: Eat to Beat Diabetes.


The health benefits of fish are well known, as they are a great source of omega-3s.

Omega-3s help to reduce inflammation, help to lower blood pressure and help to reduce the risk of blood clots.

And though fish have long been considered a healthy alternative to meat, recently concerns have been raised about the levels of mercury and other toxins found in fish because of pollution to their environment. Clearly, eating fish from polluted waters raises the risk of consuming contaminated fish.

The American Heart Association has identified fish with lower mercury levels, which are:

  • wild salmon
  • herring
  • catfish
  • canned light tuna


Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?

Try one and find out for yourself?

Apples are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber. And diets that are high in fiber are believed to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. What?s more, the soluble fiber found in apples may also slow digestion, which may help to regulate your cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels.

The good news?

One medium sized apple contains roughly 3 grams of fiber.

Apples (skin on) are also a good source of:

  • fiber
  • vitamin C
  • flavonoids

So what is the one common thread that connects all the various foods listed here?

They are low in carbs, high in fiber, and good sources of antioxidants. They also help to promote healing and your immune system, something that is especially important for people with diabetes.

Would you like more information?

Perhaps it?s time for?

Holistic nutrition counseling

The Fit MD program combines healthy nutrition, physical fitness goals, and addresses any accompanying emotional problems that may be holding you back.

If you live in Westchester, NY you can find out more information about The FitMD program and nutrition counseling by clicking the link, or if you prefer give us a call at 914-721-0071 today.

You can review our staff of personal trainers in Westchester by clicking the link to review their profiles.

And if you have any questions regarding nutrition in general or keeping a food diary in particular give us a call, or leave a comment.

After all, it?s your health and well-being?

During weight loss, your diary helps to track your success and can boost your motivation.


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Berlusconi allies fire barbs at Monti, ending Christmas truce

ROME (Reuters) - Italian politicians resumed their bickering on Wednesday, with supporters of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi taking aim at his successor Mario Monti despite a Christmas call from the Pope for political peace.

Just before midnight at the end of Christmas Day, Monti tweeted: "Together, we saved Italy from disaster. Now we have to renew politics. Complaining won't help anything. Rolling up sleeves will. Let's rise to politics!"

That irked center-right supporters of Berlusconi, who resigned last year to let Monti take over and is now scrapping with center-left and pro-Monti centrist blocs ahead of elections due February 24-25.

"Monti did not save Italy, he merely reaped the merits of four year of work by Berlusconi", said Gianfranco Rotondi, a parliamentarian from Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party.

Anna Maria Bernini, also of the PDL, accused Monti of spouting "pure propaganda", adding: "It is shocking to see how a man can present himself as a savior after bringing the country to recession, taking all the merit (for successes) and attributing all the disasters to others."

The mud-slinging took place less than a day after Pope Benedict urged Italian politicians in a Christmas address to "favor the spirit of cooperation for the common good".

Monti resigned last week as promised after the budget was passed, and is staying on in a caretaker capacity until the formation of a new government after the elections. Although his exact plans for after the elections are not entirely clear, he is expected to remain influential.

Berlusconi has said it would be "immoral" for Monti to fight the election after governing as an unelected premier with the support of the main parties.

But not all of the center right opposes the prime minister. Italia Libera (A Free Italy), a group of 11 parliamentarians who have defected from Berlusconi's PDL, praised Monti's economic reform plans as "a Copernican revolution for those who are used to something that is as erosive and unproductive as the duel between forces for or against Berlusconi".

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Peter Graff)


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Egypt's leader signs contentious constitution into law

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has signed into law a new Islamist-drafted constitution he says will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on fixing the fragile economy.

Anxiety about the deepening economic crisis has gripped Egypt in past weeks, with many people rushing to take out their savings from banks and the government imposing new restrictions to reduce capital flight.

Results announced on Tuesday showed Egyptians had approved the text with an overwhelming 63.8 percent, paving the way for a parliamentary election in about two months.

The win gives Islamists their third straight electoral victory since veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a 2011 revolution, following their earlier wins in parliamentary and presidential elections.

The presidency said Mursi signed a decree enforcing the charter late on Tuesday after the official announcement of the result of a referendum approving the basic law, Egypt's first constitution since Mubarak's overthrow.

The text has sharpened painful divisions in the Arab world's most populous nation and prompted often violent protests on the streets of Cairo.

Opposition groups condemn the new basic law as too Islamist and undemocratic, saying it could allow clerics to intervene in the lawmaking process and leave minority groups without proper legal protection.

But Mursi, catapulted into power by his Islamist allies, believes adopting the text is key to ending a protracted period of turmoil and uncertainty that has wrecked the economy.

He argues the constitution offers enough protection to all groups, saying many Egyptians are fed up with street protests that have prevented a return to normality and distracted the government from focusing on the economy.

An atmosphere of crisis has deepened in Egypt since the vote, with many Egyptians rushing to take out cash from banks and hoarding hard currency savings at home.

Sharpening people's concerns, the authorities imposed currency controls to prevent capital flight. Leaving or entering Egypt with more than $10,000 cash is now banned.

Rocked by often violent protests in the run up to the two-stage referendum this month, Cairo was calm, with only a small group of protesters burning tires overnight.

Mursi's government says its opponents are damaging the economy by prolonging political upheaval. It has pledged to impose unpopular tax increases and spending cuts to win a loan package from the International Monetary Fund.

Adding to the government's long list of worries, Communications Minister Hany Mahmoud resigned from his post citing his "inability to adapt to the government's working culture".

The United States, which provides billions of dollars a year in military and other support for Egypt and sees it as a pillar of security in the Middle East, called on Egyptian politicians to bridge divisions and on all sides to reject violence.

"President Mursi, as the democratically elected leader of Egypt, has a special responsibility to move forward in a way that recognizes the urgent need to bridge divisions," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

(Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Jon Boyle)


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Iran says defeats cyber attack on industrial sites

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Internet virus attacked computers at industrial sites in southern Iran, in an apparent extension of a covert cyber war that initially targeted the country's nuclear facilities, an Iranian official said.

Iran, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, has tightened online security since its uranium enrichment centrifuges were hit in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer worm, which Tehran believes was planted by arch-adversaries Israel or the United States.

The unit tasked with fighting cyber attacks, the Passive Defence Organisation, said a virus had infected several sites in Hormozgan province in recent months but was neutralised.

"Enemies are constantly attacking Iran's industrial units through Internet networks in order to create disruptions," Ali Akbar Akhavan, head of the Hormozgan branch of the organisation, was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students' News Agency on Tuesday.

"This virus has even penetrated some manufacturing industries in Hormozgan province, but with timely measures and the cooperation of skilled hackers in the province, the progress of this virus was halted," Akhavan said.

"As an example, the Bandar Abbas Tavanir Co., a producer of electricity in the province and even adjacent provinces, has been the target of Internet attacks in recent months," he said.

Bandar Abbas is the capital of Hormozgan province on Iran's southern coast and home to an oil refinery and container port.

Israeli officials have threatened military action against Iranian nuclear facilities if Western sanctions on Tehran's banking and oil sectors do not persuade the Islamic Republic to shelve its disputed atomic program.

Western powers suspect Iran is trying to develop the means to produce nuclear weapons. Tehran says it is enriching uranium only for civilian energy.

Iranian authorities said in April that a computer virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island - which handles the vast majority of Iran's crude oil exports - but the terminal had remained operational.

Cyber attackers also slowed Iran's Internet and attacked its offshore oil and gas platforms this year, Iranian officials have said.

(Reporting By Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by William Maclean and Pravin Char)


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Credit Card 101 ? How to Choose a Credit Card ? Bnr.Co

Here are some ideas to maintain in mind when deciding on a credit card. Whilst in the past finding answers to these questions was like decoding a cipher, recent legislation now demands companies to be significantly much more up front than they would be otherwise. Even so, the language can be convoluted, so read the promotional material cautiously.

Type of card:

If you strategy on paying off the balance each month, then a charge card like American Express is greatest. If you require to obtain items now that you can?t afford to pay for in its entirety, a credit card would be the very best choice. And if you just want to transfer the balance of another credit supply, get a card that offers a low interest rate on balance transfers.

Annual Percentage Rate:

The annual percentage rate is what banks charge you for borrowing their cash and is expressed as a yearly rate. Companies are needed to disclose this quantity and it must be on every statement you get. Verify if the rate is fixed (does not change with out your notification) or variable (changes based on simple economic interest rates). Needless to say, fixed interest prices are almost always in your very best interest.

Grace Period:

The grace period is the quantity of time you have to pay your balance in total just before finance charges are added. This applies primarily only if you pay off your balance every month. The grace period begins when the issuer prepares your statement, not when you obtain it in the mail. Nevertheless, they are required to mail your statement 14 days just before the due date. The grace period is typically 25 days but might be shorter, and examine your fine print for some companies can alter the grace period at their discretion.


Utilizing a credit card can result in costs beyond the item bought and interest on the amount borrowed. The most typical are application costs, late costs, annual charges, over-the-limit fees, balance transfer fees, money advance costs and finance charges.

How Finance Charges are Calculated:

Whilst interest rates and how finance charges are calculated vary from a single organization to the subsequent, they are all necessary by law to disclose each. Look on the back of your statement for the explanation. The six techniques they calculate finance charges are Adjusted Balance, Typical Everyday Balance, Every day Balance, Double Billing Cycle, Ending Balance, and Previous Balance. The Adjusted Daily Balance method advantages the customer the most.

Credit Limit:

The credit limit is the quantity you can charge to your account. Charge Cards like American Express generally do not have a limit. Credit Cards, on the other hand, have a certain amount and if you exceed it, you can be in for some hefty charges. Credit Card companies like to increase your limit from time to time, but be wary. This tends to simply make you feel richer and a lot more liable to incur a lot more debt.

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NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station

People keep touting the idea of mining metals from asteroids and using it to build spacecraft outside of the earth's gravity well, but do we actually know how to do that?

The mining side of things seems relatively straight-forward (not easy, but you wouldn't need anything radically new), but smelting and refining significant amounts of ore in low gravity could be rather difficult. As far as I understand, a traditional iron smelting plant uses gravity to help with the purification, allowing the slag to float to the surface, before tapping the good quality iron from the bottom of the blast furnace.

It seems like purifying and working ore in space would require entirely new ways of working with the raw materials. Perhaps using some kind of high temperature centrifuge to spin and separate the material.

I'm not saying it's not possible, but it doesn't seem quite as easy as some of the more excitable science-fictiony plans for space exploration treat it. Many of these plans feature major problems to solve that get glossed over as minor technicalities.


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Egypt ex-jihadi group: opposition used violence

CAIRO (AP) ? The leader of a former jihadist group who is now a member of Egyptian parliament accused the largely secular opposition on Monday of using violence in the country's political struggle.

Another member of the same group, who served 29 years in prison for his role as a conspirator in the 1981 assassination of President Sadat, charged that opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are trying to drag the country into a civil war.

The two ? Safwat Abdel-Ghani and Tarek el-Zumor ? are members of the Islamic Group, or Gamaa Islamiya, which was among militant groups behind one of the longest waves of violence against the Egyptian regime in the 1980s and 1990s. The group renounced violence while most of its leaders were imprisoned under Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Since Mubarak's ouster in February 2011 following a popular uprising, the group has formed an Islamist political party and its leaders have become important players in the new political scene, dominated by Islamists.

The accusations come amid a highly charged atmosphere in Egypt after a polarizing, monthlong fight over the Islamist-drafted constitution. The charter passed with 64 percent in a referendum, according to unofficial results.

Official results had been expected on Monday but did not come out. An official at the electoral commission said it is currently reviewing more than 400 complaints of fraud and violations by the opposition before announcing the results on Tuesday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Abdel-Ghani was speaking at a news conference to launch his group's initiative for a national dialogue aimed at bridging the deep rifts.

"There is no doubt that the opposition has failed miserably in achieving its goals. This failure has reasons," Abdel-Ghani told a news conference. "The first of these reasons is that it resorted to violence and used thugs to express its opinions."

Abdel-Ghani was detained in 1981 as a suspect in Sadat's assassination but was released a few years later and not charged. He served other prison sentences in a later assassination of the parliament speaker in the 1990s. President Mohammed Morsi appointed him over the weekend to the upper house of parliament, just days before the chamber assumes temporary legislative powers.

Islamist groups have risen to domination over Egypt's government in the wake of the uprising, and some of them have threatened to push their own vigilantes to protect them against violent clashes. Islamist groups also accuse former regime officials of using the charged political atmosphere to create chaos and undermine Morsi.

The opposition, made up of liberal and leftist groups, has accused Islamists of trying to clamp down on dissenting voices and spreading fear.

"We call on all political forces in Egypt ... to immediately give up all elements that almost led Egypt to civil war and for all those who participated in this to apologize," said el-Zumor of Gamaa Islamiya.

The recent flare-up of political tensions has turned deadly at times. On Dec. 5, clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of Morsi at the presidential palace, when Morsi supporters attacked the opposition. At least 10 people died, and the Brotherhood claims most of those who died were their supporters.

The offices of the Brotherhood and the liberal al-Wafd party were attacked.

Hossam Mounes, a member of the opposition National Salvation Front, said the accusations of using violence are "clumsy" and not based on evidence.

"The history of Islamist groups was based on bearing arms, and now they speak of democracy," he said. "Some of the Islamist groups are really feeling the tension against them and they can't understand that democracy is a practice and is not only a means to get to power."

Abdel-Ghani also said the opposition has failed because it campaigned against Islamic law, or Shariah, and relied on mobilization of Christians by the church to take part in protests.

With the referendum results expected on Tuesday, Morsi ordered parliament's upper chamber, the Shura Council, to convene on Wednesday.

The new constitution would give the council powers to legislate until the lower house is elected within the next two months. Morsi has held legislative powers for months now since a court disbanded the lower house of parliament.

Over the weekend, Morsi appointed 90 members to the Islamist-dominated Shura Council, in an attempt to make the body more representative. The 90 include at least 30 Islamists and a dozen minority Christians. The council now has a total of 270 members, two-thirds of them elected. Critics, however, say most of the representatives are either Islamists or their supporters.

The council was elected last winter in a vote with an extremely low turnout of less than 10 percent of Egypt's 51 million eligible voters.


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Recipe: Pickled herrings with creme fraiche and ... - Sammy & Bella

Firstly, a big thank you to New Idea mag for publishing our delicious Polish Christmas recipes this week! If you haven?t already, make sure you pick up a copy of this week?s New Idea.

Pickled herrings, also known as soused herrings or rollmops, have been a Baltic favourite since 3000 BC.? Poles, Germans, Russians, Scandinavians and of course the vikings have long survived harsh winters on these little fish, which are preserved through curing then marinating in vinegar. The icy cold waters of the Baltic sea make them rich in natural fats, especially omega 3 which is essential for healthy brain function and has important anti cancer properties.

In Poland they are eaten year round, but are especially important on Christmas Eve, when they form an essential part of a 12-dish meal called wigilia. In this special religious meal, the dishes represent each of the 12 apostles and no meat is allowed. Classically we eat:

  1. Sledzie: pickled herrings
  2. Wedzone ryby: Smoked fish, especially salmon and mackerel. For the families who can afford it, some caviar is also served.
  3. Ryba w galarecie: Poached carp in aspic (which we have replaced with a big Aussie bowl of prawns in our family!)
  4. Salatka jarzynowa: Root vegetable salad with mayo
  5. Ryba po grecku: pan fried fish marinated with tomato and celeriac
  6. Grzyby marynowane: pickled wild mushrooms, especially yellow chantarelles and bolettes. In Australia, we pick wild mushrooms every April and pickle them ourselves J
  7. Barszcz: Beetroot broth
  8. Krokiety: crepes or vol au vent pastries stuffed with wild mushroom duxelle, served alongside the barszcz. Alternatively, uszka, a pasta filled with mushroom can be served inside the broth.
  9. Pierogi: dumplings stuffed with cheese and potato, or with sauerkraut
  10. Makowiec: a poppyseed brioche roulade cake
  11. Sernik: baked cheesecake
  12. Piernik: gingerbread cake with plum jam

Traditionally, pickled herrings are served with rye bread (which you can buy at Eastern European and Jewish delis) or potatoes and can be flavoured with onions, bay leaves, red capsicum, mustard, sour cream and dill.

A Polish meal always starts with zakaski, which is a pre-dinner snack not dissimilar to the Italian concept of antipasta. A traditional zakaski platter features herrings, hams, salami, pate, pickled cucumbers, breakfast radish, pickled mushrooms and rye bread ? all of which simply must be washed down with a shot of vodka. Some of our favourite Polish vodkas are Belvedere and Chopin. A special honey infused vodka called krupnik is also common, and we love drinking kompot, a non alcoholic (what?!?!) hot drink made by infusing dried fruits with spices such as cloves and cinnamon. To some Australians, it may seem strange to have shots of vodka before dinner has even started! It?s a very traditional way to say na zdrowie, or cheers, at the beginning of the meal and everyone over 18 simply must have one ? even 90 year old grandmas! With tonnes of food on offer, no one gets drunk off 1 shot.

This is one of our late grandmas ?babcia?s? recipes, and our favourite way to eat herrings. The flavour is quite strong but is mellowed by the sour cream and sweetened with apple, so it?s a great way to introduce the Australian palate to this new and interesting flavour. Let us know what you think!


300g packet or jar of pickled herrings

? granny smith apple

1 eschallot

2 Tbsp dill

4 Tbsp cr?me fraiche

salt and white pepper

rye bread and unsalted butter to serve



  1. Rinse herrings in cold water then pat dry with a paper towel. Cut into 1cm slices.
  2. Finely chop the apple, eschallot and dill, then mix with herrings and cr?me fraiche. Season with salt and white pepper
  3. Serve chilled with some generously buttered rye bread.


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Yesterday, we brought you the bizarre story of Suzy Favor Hamilton, the three-time Olympian runner -- and mom in her 40s -- who led a double life as a high-price Las Vegas escort. You can read the full details of that story on The Smoking Gun.

Favor Hamilton was the most decorated female athlete in NCAA track and field history, and as such Nike paid her as an endorser. She made this ad for the sportswear company, in which she plays a horror movie "victim" who is so fit she outruns her attacker. The ad is from the year 2000.


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Ex-Tunisian dictator's property goes under hammer

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) ? Tunisian authorities are putting property confiscated from ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali up for auction. That includes a pair of miniature gold sphinxes, a diamond-encrusted pen and a staggering 39 luxury cars.

Officials hope the sale, which was inaugurated by Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali in Tunis Saturday, will fetch some 20 million dinar ($12.9 million) for the state.

One of the rarities up for grabs is a super-pricy Mercedes that belonged to Ben Ali's nephew. Mohammed Lassaad Hamayed of Tunisia's confiscation committee calls the car "a handmade gem made of carbon fibers that costs more than ?2 million ($2.6 million)."

He says "only Mohamed VI (the King of Morocco) has a similar one."

Ben Ali was ousted by a popular uprising in January 2011.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

On Studying the Humanities: What Does it Mean to Be Human?

It's a given. Every time I tell someone that I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at Waldorf College, they ask "So what do you teach?"

Most of the time, the questioner wants to know the practical answer: I teach Writing, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, and German. But occasionally people want an answer to a deeper question: What is (or are) the humanities?

The humanities include the stories people tell, the art and music they make, the buildings they live and work in... and the list could go on. It's about finding answers to this question: What does being human mean?

First some etymology. The word humanity comes to English from the Latin humanitas, which first shows up with the writer Cicero. He used it to describe good people, that is to say "civilized" human beings. It entered English usage in the 14th century.

The main definition of the singular form -- humanity -- refers to being "humane" and is synonymous with civilized and well-educated. Humane people recognize and practice concepts like "hospitality" and "justice" even if precise definitions might vary in different times and places. The word also refers to a collective -- the human race.

Used in the plural -- humanities -- it usually becomes "the humanities" or a field of study within university settings, a group of "subjects" scholars study, discuss and debate including history, music, art, languages, philosophy, religion, and literature. The humanities have been part of the curriculum since the very beginning of universities.

Makes perfect sense, right, this definition of the subject I teach? No? Perhaps if I say a bit more.

When we study the humanities we study people, only not psychologically or biologically (although those fields do come into it from time to time). Mainly we're learning about how people in earlier ages or faraway places created the world they lived in, and how the world they lived in made them the people they were. And while studying the many different subjects contained with the humanities, we inevitably end up learning about more than simply past or distant cultures. We end up learning how we create the world we live in now, and how the world we live in makes us the kind of people we are.

The humanities are at the core of a Liberal Arts education because they are about understanding how people are active creators of culture, not just passive recipients of tradition. We choose to do many things with our lives -- career, spirituality, music, art -- and those choices shape who we become.

The longer I go on and on about the humanities, and trust me, I can go on and on, the more often someone says this: That's all very nice, but what can students do with a BA in the humanities after graduating?

Parents and students have legitimate practical concerns. Will graduates get jobs with decent incomes? Will they be happy and successful? Will they ever move out of their parents' basement and into a place of their own?

Here is my standard answer: With degrees in the humanities, students can head in just about any direction, from law to business to politics to parenting and homemaking. As students analyze the various artifacts presented to them in history, literature or religion classes, they learn how to think critically, solve problems, and see issues from a variety of perspectives. Plus, they learn how to speak and write with conviction. Ninety percent of employers list those skills as the ones they look for in future employees.

So it's hard to come up with a career or vocation in which those skills aren't important; building a career after studying the humanities depends more on a student's ambition than on anything else, something that is true for anybody heading into the world of work. What do students want to do? College degrees and career offices can help, but students have to create a tangible path that turns their dreams into their success.

Looking past questions about earning potential, however, the windows on the human experience opened by the humanities reveal many different kinds of people and ways of thinking about life, the universe and everything. I think they teach us how to be humane -- how to be good people -- wherever we live and whatever we do.


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China to US embassy: Stop telling people how bad the air is in Beijing.

Air quality in Beijing is notorious for being 'crazy bad.' The US Embassy in Beijing started tweeting air quality reports, but now China says it's unfair to judge it by international standards.

By Peter Ford,?Staff writer / June 5, 2012

A cleaner wears a face mask as she works in front of the giant portrait of former Chinese chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Gate on June 5. The Chinese government today warned the US Embassy in Beijing to stop telling the world how bad the air quality really is.

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The Chinese government today warned the US Embassy in Beijing to stop telling the world just how bad the capital?s air really is.

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For the past three years or so, the embassy has Tweeted the hourly readings from a pollution monitor on its roof, providing the only real time indicator of what we are breathing here.

Deputy Environment Minister Wu Xiaoqing, however, told reporters today that this was a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Only the Chinese government is allowed to measure and publish air quality information, he said.

The trouble with that is that I am not the only person in Beijing who has sometimes found it hard to reconcile the soupy grey fog that I often see outside my window with the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center?s insistence that pollution is ?light.?

The US embassy spokesman was unavailable to comment on Mr. Wu?s admonition, but @BeijingAir, its Twitter feed, was still posting at 6 p.m.; it found the air to be ?Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.?

That is a definition taken from the US EPA, and Wu said it was not fair to judge Chinese air by American standards, which are stricter than Chinese ones, because of ?our current stage of development.?

This is not the first time the US Twitter feed has got into trouble. On Nov. 19, 2010, when the Air Quality Index soared above 500 ? the top of the US scale ? the reading was described in a tweet as ?crazy bad.?

The term appeared to have been inserted into the monitoring program by a programmer who never expected such an outlandishly high reading: Anything over 300 ?would trigger a health warning of emergency conditions? in America, according to an EPA website.

Nowadays, readings over 500 (20 times higher than World Health Organization guidelines) are described simply as ?beyond index.?

The Beijing municipality website publishes its own hourly readings of PM 2.5 tiny particulate matter, regarded as especially dangerous, but only 24 hours after the fact. It also publishes an average figure for air quality over the previous 24 hours, but does not characterize it as good, bad, or hazardous.

Wu?s warning to the US embassy will doubtless re-focus public attention on the real quality of Beijing?s air, which cannot be good for the authorities. What?s odd is that for the past few early summer days here the air has mostly been clear, and even gloriously sharp on one or two evenings.

If the embassy Twitter feed dies, we shall just have to go back to trusting our eyes and our noses. Just because we cannot put a scientific figure to it, doesn?t mean we don?t know what we are breathing.

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