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Friday, November 26, 2010

Mahu Beli Peugeot Milik Dr Ahmadinejad?

Mahu Beli Peugeot Milik Dr Ahmadinejad?

Presiden Iran Dr Ahmadinejad setelah memenangi pilihanraya Presiden penggal pertama dalam tahun 2005 diminta mengisytiharkan asetnya. Apa yang beliau miliki ialah sebuah rumah berusia 40 tahun dengan keluasan 175 meter persegi di Selatan Tehran, dua akaun bank dan sebuah Peugeot tahun 1977. Agensi berita rasmi Iran hari ini memaklumkan, Dr Ahmadinejad akan menjual kereta kesayangan beliau untuk mendanai Yayasan Mehr, sebuah projek untuk membina perumahan untuk rakyat termiskin di Iran (untuk pembeli pertama). Ini memandangkan hartanah di Iran semakin meningkat naik.

Menurut Menteri Perumahan Iran, Ali Nikzad satu juta rakyat Iran layak untuk mendapat rumah tersebut. Dalam usaha mendorong derma, bantuan dana dan kempen menjayakan projek tersebut, Presiden Iran telah melelong kereta beliau ini (sumber). Tidak diketahui apakah kereta tersebut sudah pun ditempah. Sesiapa ingin mencuba menjadi pemilik Peugeot tersebut?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

6 of the World’s Biggest Vehicles on Air, Land & Water

You can only make a plane so big if you still want it to fly, or a vehicle so gigantic before it starts wrecking the land it travels across. Ships, too, face similar challenges the larger they get. We’ve found six gigantic examples that straddle the line between engineering marvel and disaster, representing the biggest vehicles on the planet today.

1. Antonov An-225 Mriya

World’s biggest what? Fixed-wing aircraft.

Built by: Antonov Design Bureau of Soviet Russia.

The An-225′s massive 290-foot wingspan makes it the largest plane flying today, and its cargo hold is so big that the entirety of the Wright brothers’ historic first flight could have taken place inside the Mriya. The craft can carry a space shuttle on its back, and it transports all manner of heavy loads, including train engines, 150-ton generators for power plants and 130-foot-long wind-turbine blades.


Here’s a pretty sweet Discovery Channel spot on the Mriya

2. Airbus A380

World’s biggest what? Passenger airliner.

Built by: Airbus

The A380 started flying commercially in 2007, and is considered a “superjumbo” jet as it’s quite a bit larger than its “jumbo” brethren, such as the 747-400. In fact, the A380′s interior is 1.5 times as large as a 747′s, with over 5,000 square feet of floor space that accommodates anywhere between from 525 to over 800 passengers, depending on the seat layout. There are less than 50 A380s in the world today, but in the next few years there could be well over 200 thanks to the demand from airlines, which will make it less of specialty aircraft and more of a workhorse.

3. Knock Nevis Supertanker

World’s biggest what? Longest ship ever built.

Built by: Sumitomo Heavy Industries of Japan.

To really get a sense of the size of the Knock Nevis, picture this: at over 1,500 feet in length, it’s longer than the Empire State Building is tall. The Nevis has been cruising the seas since 1979 under several different names, and it was actually sunk in the ’80s during the Iran-Iraq War, but the wreckage was bought, floated and rebuilt. In terms of pure tonnage, there’s a ship heavier — France’s Batillus-class supertankers — but none longer. The Nevis is going to be scrapped this year, so consider this a send-off.

4. MS Oasis of the Seas

World’s biggest what? Largest, longest passenger ship.

Built by: STX Europe of Finland.

The Oasis of the Seas, currently the only Oasis-class passenger ship in the world, proved just how big it was when it set a 6,000-passenger record. The ship boasts some crazy luxuries, including but not limited to two-story suites, a minigolf course and indoor zip-line, multiple pools, night clubs, bars and stores, and even the world’s first “living park at sea” with over 12,000 plants and dozens of trees on board. It will be joined by a second Oasis-class vessel later this year.

5. Bagger 288 Bucket-Wheel Excavator

World’s biggest what? Largest tracked vehicle (externally powered).

Built by: Krupp of Germany.

Over 700 feet long and 300 feet high, the Bagger 288 was built in 1978 to work Germany’s coal mines, and is actually part of a family of similar colossi. For the most part, the Bagger stays where it is: it moves at a literal crawl at 30 feet a minute at most, and requires an external generator cranking out nearly 17 megawatts just to operate. It really does test the limits of just how big a vehicle can be, yet its massive, 12-foot-wide tracks apply pressure over a wide enough area that it doesn’t tear up the ground as much as you’d think.

6. NASA Crawler-Transporter

World’s biggest what? Self-powered tracked vehicle.

Built by: Marion Power Shovel of America.

There are two crawler-transporters used by NASA, and today they carry space shuttles — boosters and all — along with each shuttle’s Mobile Launcher Platform into position. While not as large as the Bagger 288 above, the crawlers are the largest self-powered vehicles in the world, and can manage two miles per hour (compared to the Bagger’s 30-some feet a minute) when unloaded.

Monday, November 22, 2010

What Happens to Your Body When you Drink Coke

  1. In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
  2. 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get it’s hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
  3. 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dialate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
  4. 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
  5. 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
  6. 60 minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
  7. 60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gunners news : Everton 1 vs 2 Arsenal

Goals from Cesc Fabregas and Bacary Sagna were enough to give Arsenal the win and keep Everton in the bottom half of the Premier league in what was a entertaining game at the Emirates.

The Toffees started quickly and Steven Pienaar decided to make an early impression as in the first minute he lunged in at Bacary Sagna and drew the foul, bringing Howard Webb to warn him on his further conduct.

Everton’s first foray came via a corner from the right after Squillaci was forced to head the ball out. Mikel Arteta took the set-piece, but it produced nothing as Louis Saha also headed wide of Fabianski’s net.

Everton were given an excellent early chance to take the lead after Gael Clichy brought down Seamus Coleman on the edge of the Arsenal box. The Spaniard Arteta hammered the ball towards the goal but it failed to beat the wall.

The Toffees looked comfortable and dangerous in the opening exchanges and it seemed that David Moyes had told his men to start the game with fervour and enthusiasm.

Arsenal’s first chance came via Samir Nasri who, after making the most of an error by Leighton Baines, ran with purpose towards Tim Howard’s goal but his low right footed shot was blocked desperately by the diving Sylvain Distin deflecting the ball high.

Moyes’ men had a gilt edged opportunity to score after a terrific and powerful run down the right flank from Coleman left Cesc Fabregas floundering but his pinpoint cross was headed high and wide over the Arsenal net by Tim Cahill, much to the chagrin of Goodison Park.

The chances continued for both side as Andrey Arshavin saw his left foot volley from outside the box float wide of Tim Howard’s net.

Only moments later the Russian’s run through the Blues’ midfield produced another opportunity but once again his powerful shot failed to bring a save from Howard.

John Heitenga made himself very known to Howard Webb after a number of needless and niggling fouls caused the referee to speak to him on a number of occasions. These two have previous as Webb sent off Heitenga in the World Cup final in the summer and Webb once again had no chance but to show the Dutchman yellow for repeat offences.

Louis Saha was given a half-chance after 26 minutes when ponderous defending by Arsenal gifted the ball to the Frenchman but his placed left foot shot lacked any real power or precision to trouble Fabianski.

The Everton midfield were nearly made to pay dearly for giving up possession after 30 minutes when Arsenal launched a counterattack which involved Nasri, Sagna and Fabregas, but the cut-back pass from Fabregas must have been directed at the invisible man as no Arsenal support was there to surely take the lead from a fantastic position.

As the half continued Arsenal found their rhythm and looked more dangerous. Everton were allowing distant efforts to rain down on Tim Howard. One such long range shot from Nasri, which the American parried, was pounced on by Arshavin and the Russian sent the ball gently back into the danger area for Bacary Sagna to stab the ball over Howard from an acute angle. Another example of the scoring ability throughout the Arsenal team, and it was a fair reflection on the increasing threat the Gunners were posing.

Everton fans were given much to grumble about just before the half when Alexandre Song brought down Pienaar on the threshold of the box, but Howard Webb was unmoved. Everton could have evened it up in unusual fashion though, when on half time a corner from the Everton left was met unopposed at the back post by Saha who headed goalwards only for Fabianski to block, unwittingly, after the keeper had fluffed his initial lunge for the ball.

As the halftime whistle was blown the boos rang out - directed less at the hosts than at referee Webb - but Arsenal, who started slowly, had improved as the half progressed and perhaps deserved their lead.

Both managers made changes at halftime. Moyes brought off Heitenga and brought on Jack Rodwell, whilst Wenger replaced Jack Wilshire with Denilson.

Denilson made an immediate impact when after 48 minutes his run and pass triggered a moment of slick passing, typical of an Arsene Wenger side, which went to Fabregas. The Spaniard kept it moving to Chamakh, who returned the favour to his captain and Fabregas stroked the ball home to double the lead.

Only a short while later another decision from the referee drew hostility from the Goodison faithful as a marauding run from Saha was stopped abruptly by Squillaci. It wasn’t this act which infuriated Everton, but the decision not to play advantage as Seamus Coleman continued the attack and put the ball in the back of the net. Squillaci was booked, but if advantage had been played a greater form of retribution would have prevailed.

After 56 minutes Everton squandered another chance after a great run down the right from Coleman was sent into the channel for Pienaar to pick up and his squared pass to Rodwell was fired high over the bar. The Everton wastefulness continued.

On the hour mark Arsenal could have but the game beyond the Toffees with another example of clinical counterattacking football when Samir Nasri picked up the ball in his own half and tore towards the Everton goal leaving Phil Jagielka in his wake. Only a great save from Howard kept Everton’s third life intact.

That was threatened again when Nasri, this time on the right wing sent the ball inside to Fabregas who squared it to Chamakh who missed what was in effect an open goal. Shortly after Wenger made a change and brought on Tomas Rosicky for Arshavin.

With a two goal deficit, David Moyes decided to throw on more forwards to try to reclaim something from the game. Captain Phil Neville was brought off for Jermaine Beckford in a positive tactical change and Yakubu replaced Mikel Arteta.

After 80 minutes Beckford could have thrown the lifeline to Everton when a long ball over the top was picked up by the former Leeds man but his shot was wide of the Arsenal goal and another chance slipped through the fingers of Everton.

In a move to protect the lead, Wenger replaced Chamakh with Emmanual Eboue.

As the game drew to a close, Fabianski proved more and more valuable to Arsenal after he kept a string of chances out, but that luck ran out when after 88, from a corner on the right Louis Saha at the back post once more, headed the ball back across goal for Tim Cahill to volley the goal which sprung life back into Goodison Park.

The chances were numerous for Everton but the common theme of the afternoon prevailed as they were not taken and this, ultimatley is why Arsenal sit second in the table and Everton languish back in 13th.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gunners news : Wolves 0 vs 2 Arsenal

After a series of stumbles in their pursuit of the title Arsenal were looking for a perfect tonic, and so it proved as they beat Wolves at Molineux 2-0.

Arsene Wenger knows he commands the respect of his players, but even he couldn’t have expected such a quick fire response to his rallying call earlier this week. The lack of goals had troubled the Frenchman, but his players had obviously taken note as the north London team took the lead within 40 seconds of the kick off. Tomas Rosicky picked the ball up and ran at the Wolves defence before passing the ball out wide to Bacary Sagna. With the French international enjoying acres of space, he was able to pick his cross and find Marouane Chamakh who got between the two defenders and nodded into the bottom corner. The goal was clocked at 39 seconds, and relegation threatened Wolves were shell-shocked.

In a frenetic start to the game, Arsenal could have been two up six minutes later. Andriy Arshavin was put through one on one with Marcus Hahnemann, who was out quickly, made himself as big as possible and saved well at the Russian’s feet.

The Londoners were dominating possession and but for Hahnemann, could have been 3-0 to the good as concerted pressure gave Cesc Fabregasa sight at goal. The Spaniard was unmarked in the 18-yard box but could only fire his shot straight at Hahnemman.

With Arsenal looking in the mood to assemble a cricket score, Wolves could have gone into their shell, but Mick McCarthy’s men did not act as though they were shadowed with relegation fears. The midlanders were playing attractive football despite the early setback.

Arsene Wenger’s team had eased off slightly and Wolves were capitalising. Good work by Matt Jarvis on the left saw his cross squirt off a defender’s foot high into the air. As Stephen Hunt looked certain to plant it into the goal with his head, Lukasz Fabianski finger-tipped it away as Hunt rose. Arsenal’s early possession was being eaten up by Wolves and they were looking more the threatening as the half continued.

Despite this, there were no further clear cut chances until the whistle. After the break, Wolves – sensing the urgency of their situation – came out as they finished the first period. They were almost level as quickly as Arsenal after the restart. Matt Jarvis, who was switching from wing to wing, capitalised on a slip by Jack Wilshere. He burst into the area from the right before driving a low cross to the centre. Last ditch defending by Arsenal prevented Nenad Milijas equalising.

In an end-to-end second half, chances were coming thick and fast. Kevin Doyle was looking dangerous for the home team and he drew a fantastic save from Fabianski who was having an inspired match between the sticks for Arsenal.

As the game stretched even further, Wolves looked the likelier to score although both teams had shots cleared off the line and Andriy Arshavin hit the post for Arsenal. With time running out, Wolves put on Sylvain Ebanks-Blake to try and wrestle an equaliser from Arsenal, but Fabianski was proving the difference. Tempers were starting to flare as the crowd sensed there could be an equaliser.

In stoppage time however, Arsenal diffused the tension with the winning goal. Fabianski – who had been under siege from McCarthy’s team all night, saved brilliantly again from Kevin Doyle. His quick throw out gave Arsenal a counter-attacking opportunity and when the ball was squared to Chamakh in the centre, with Wolves stretched, his cool finish over Hahnemann settled the game. It was a cruel blow for Wolves, who deserved something, but for Arsenal their run of bad form has ended and they are right back in the title hunt.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

10 Negara tanpa pasukan tentera.

As said by famous French statesman George Clemenceau, “War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military,” and even today, his statement still stands true. While most countries have large military forces that are able to deploy and protect at any given time (the largest and most notable being China, at about 1,600,000 army personnel), some countries have no military at all.

Below is a list of ten countries that have no set military forces, each of them with varying reasons why; some because of the country’s history other because of its location. While many people believe that a military force is a necessity, there are countries that see or have no need for them; however, in many cases, there is a back-up plan in the case that the country is attacked or war is declared upon that country.

10. Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands, surprisingly, is not made up of just a few islands, but totals ranging in the thousands. Ever since the U.K. became the country’s protectorate in 1893, the country hasn’t had much of a military defense. During WWII the country did have the British Solomon Islands Protectorate Defense Force. Then, in 1976 the Solomon Islands were able to establish a government that was stable up until about 1998. During 1998-2006, the country was plagued with misconduct within the government, crime, and ethnic conflict. To properly resolve these issues, New Zealand and Australia both stepped in to restore peace and eventually disarm. Today the country internally has the Solomon Islands Police Force.

So who’s the protector?

There is no set protector of the Solomon Islands; however, the country had paid Australia for certain defense items. If a war were to ever be declared upon the islands, Australia would probably be one of the first countries to provide a defense. (Image: “Captain Warren Frederick Martin Clemens, British Solomon Islands Protectorate Defense Force (BSIPDF), with six members of the BSIPDF Scouts,”

9. Costa Rica

Though the country did once have an army, today, Costa Rica stands as one of many countries without a formal standing army. On December 1, 1948, José Figueres Ferrer, president at the time, signed legislation that would abolish the military after the fatal Costa Rican civil war that killed almost 2,000 people. To properly represent this abolishment, the president himself was able to break a wall of the Cuartel Bellavista, which was once an army headquarters location. Today the country has the Fuerza Pública which provides law enforcement, ground security, border patrol, and many other common duties held by a police force.

So who’s the protector?

Thanks to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance of 1947, if any country were to ever attack or declare war upon Costa Rica, the country can depend on 21 other countries, including the U.S., Chile, and Cuba to provide some sort of military force to provide defense. The treaty stands that if any of the signed countries were attacked, those other countries would be looked upon to help provide some sort of military defense.

8. Samoa

Today, Samoa has no set military force that could be used if ever necessary. Instead, the country would have to rely on outside friendships with other countries to find protection and defense in wartime. The country does have a Samoa Police Force, but of course, this is definitely not considered to be a military force for the entire country.

So who’s the protector?

Samoa has a friendship treaty with New Zealand, made in 1962. In the event of a war or other foreign invasion, Samoa can call upon New Zealand for any sort of necessary military aid. However the agreement does state that either country can pull out of the treaty at any time if wanted.

7. Palau

Despite the lack of a national military force, Palau does have a Palau National Police section that was created to provide the necessary protection for civilians. Like most police forces, the Palau National Police force is needed to keep the peace and attend to any internal unrest that may occur. If war were to ever arise, Palau would have to reach out for help from other countries to provide some sort of defense system.

So who’s the protector?

Standing as an associated state, Palau will be protected by the U.S. in the event that the country is attacked or if another country decides that war with Palau is a must. This is because of the Compact of Free Association of 1983 that basically made the U.S. the protectorate of Palau.

6. Andorra

Despite not ever having a true organized military, the tiny country of Andorra was bold enough to declare war on Germany in 1914 and join the so called Great War. With a 10-man strong army, the country did not do much and was not taken seriously. Even though the country did officially pick sides, Andorra was not invited to the Versailles Peace Treaty negotiations. In 1931 the group of men roughly called an army was replaced by the Andorran National Police. This group, made up of about 240 men, was created to help keep the peace and is even trained to provide hostage rescue. Joining the police force is a must if you’re a man who owns a firearm.

So who’s the protector?

Andorra has not one, not two, but three protectors. France and Spain have both pledged to be the militaristic protectors of the 181 sq mi. country because of its location (landlocked). In fact in 1933, France militaristic force was needed to help settle civil unrest in the country. Besides these two countries, NATO forces would also take part in protecting the country if ever necessary.

5. Grenada

Ever since the American-led invasion of Grenada, the country has not been able to establish a standing army. The invasion was mostly started because of a military coup and a power struggle within the government that led to the execution of the Grenadian Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop. Because of this invasion which successfully turned a communist state back into a democratic nation, the country does not have a standing army, but relies on the Royal Grenada Police Force as well as the Regional Security System.

So who’s the protector?

There is no set country that is set out to protect Grenada with a military force. Because of the Regional Security System, the country can look to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for some sort of military support; however, most of these countries do not have a big enough defense system to be of great assistance. It seems that inevitably the U.S. would run to the rescue.

4. Marshall Islands


Under the Compact of Free Association of 1983, the Marshall Islands was granted the status of a sovereign nation. Also involved in the pact is the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau. Under this agreement, the three countries would be free, but would stand as associated states to the U.S. This means that the U.S. will serve as the protectorate and that the Marshall Islands would have no regular military force, or any sort of responsibility for the country’s defense during wartime. The country created the Marshall Islands Police to carry out common police duties within the country.

So who’s the protector?

Since the Marshall Islands are considered to be an associated state to the U.S., the U.S. is fully responsible for the country’s defense and security. If the islands were ever attacked, the U.S. would have to provide the necessary military support to assist in the war.

3. Liechtenstein


Like a few others on the list, Liechtenstein is another country that decided to completely abolish its standing army. Liechtenstein got rid of its army in 1868 after the Austro-Prussian War because it was said to be too expensive for the country to afford. After the country was freed from the German Confederation, it was obligated to maintain its own army, but the funding just wasn’t available. However, to keep peace within the country, there is a police force known as the Principality of Liechtenstein National Police.

So who’s the protector?

There is no set country that would have to defend Liechtenstein in the event of a war or some other sort of attack. It is said that the country is allowed to rally up an army in the case of a war, but this army would probably be futile and help from Switzerland just might come. There have been talks of Switzerland being responsible for Liechtenstein’s defense, but neither country have proven or denied this claim. (Image:

2. Nauru


Nauru, known as the smallest island country in the world at just 8.1 sq miles is definitely unique in many ways, though like plenty others on the list, has no set standing army or any other type of military force. The country, possibly due to its size, doesn’t even have a capital. Though extremely small, the country does have a Nauru Police Force that is utilized to ensure that the country is able to maintain stability. Located in a group of thousands of small islands called Micronesia, the country is heavily relied upon for its readily accessible phosphate. Today the country keeps close contact with nearby Australia and other Micronesia islands.

So who’s the protector?

It is said that through an informal agreement made between Nauru and Australia that Australia would supply militaristic needs or basic country defense. In fact, in December 1940 when Germany attacked Nauru, the Australian Navy was called upon to defend the country as necessary.

1. Vatican City

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Named the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, unsurprisingly, is a country that does not have a de jure military; however, this hasn’t always been the case. In the past, there were numerous militaristic groups that were created to protect the country and most importantly the Pope. Notably the Noble Guard and the Palatine Guard did exist, but Pope Paul VI abolished both groups in 1970. Today, Vatican City’s best example of a militaristic force would be the Pontifical Swiss Guard. This group is meant to protect the Pope as well as the Palace of the Vatican. There is also the Gendarmerie Corps, but this group is considered to be a civilian force rather than military. They are responsible for keeping public order, traffic control, border control, and investigating criminal activity.

So who’s the protector?

Well, since Vatican City is located in Rome, Italy is fully responsible for protecting the tiny country within its own country’s capital. Italy has an organized armed force of about 186,798 men and women with 109,703 personnel in the Army and 43,882 in the Navy. The country also has an Air Force that can provide protection as needed.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Simple ways to reduce blood pressure

Following are the simple steps to keep your blood pressure under control

High blood pressure contributes to an alarming number of deaths each year. Although it may not have apparent symptoms, high blood pressure leads to heart attacks and strokes aside from also causing kidney failure. You can reduce your blood pressure by reducing your weight (if you’re obese) and making a few small changes in your life, say doctors.

- Walk it out — Walking at a brisk pace can help lower your pressure. A good workout will ensure the heart uses oxygen more efficiently. Getting a rigorous cardio workout 4 to 5 times a week can make a huge difference. Start by incorporating about 15 minutes of exercise in your daily routine and slowly increase the time and difficulty level.

- Deep Breathing — Learning some slow breathing and meditation techniques can do you wonders. It will help reduce stress drastically and keep your blood pressure in check. Try taking out 10 minutes every morning and at night. Inhale and exhale deeply. If you can, join a yoga class for some time so that you can learn the proper method.

- Go for potassium-rich foods — You have probably heard of the negative effects of sodium on the body and potassium is an essential mineral to counter the effects of sodium on blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium. Try adding sweet potatoes, tomatoes, orange juice, potatoes, bananas, peas, and prunes and raisins to your regular diet.

- Go slow on the salt — Whether you have a family history of high blood pressure or not, reducing your intake of salt can make a huge difference to your health. Before adding that extra pinch of salt to your food, think if you really need it. Try substituting salt with lime, garlic, pepper or other herbs and spices. Go slow on processed and packaged foods. Potato chips, frozen chicken nuggets, bacon etc are high in sodium. Try calculating your daily sodium consumption. Keep a food diary and you may be surprised at how much you're taking in.

- Dark chocolate benefits — The darker variety of chocolate has flavonols that make blood vessels more elastic. Choose one that has at least 70 per cent cocoa to really reap the benefits.

- Alcohol alert — While it does provide some health benefits, alcohol can also be bad for your health. If consumed in small amounts, it can help prevent heart attacks and coronary artery disease. But, more than one or two drinks and the benefits are gone. Keep a check on your drinking patterns and if you're a heavy drinker, start reducing slowly. Never indulge in binge drinking. Consuming four or five drinks in a row can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure.

- Tea benefits — Herbal teas are the way to go. In a study conducted, those who sipped on hibiscus tea daily lowered their blood pressure. Many herbal teas contain hibiscus or you can always opt for green tea. The effects of caffeine are still debatable. Drinking caffeinated beverages can temporarily increase pressure. The solution is to check your pressure within 30 minutes of drinking a cup of coffee to determine if it works for your body.

- Reduce work and relax — Reducing the number of hours you spend in office can help lower hypertension. Working overtime makes it hard to exercise and eat healthy. Ensure that you get out of office at a decent hour. Learning to relax by listening to soothing music (Classical, Oriental or Indian instrumental) can help.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gunners news : Arsenal 1 vs 0 West Ham

A last-gasp headed goal from Alex Song gained all three points for Arsenal as they eventually overcame a resolute West Ham to keep up with the pace at the top of the table.

For much of the match it looked like a combination of the woodwork and an impressive performance by the West Ham goalkeeper, Robert Green, would be enough to earn the visitor’s a valuable point.

However, Alex Song’s late intervention left bottom of the table West Ham devastated. Arsenal defender Gael Clichy cut inside from the left flank before delivering a right-footed cross, which the diving Song turned into the net with his head to relieve the frustration around the Emirates stadium.

After a goalless first half Arsenal came out strongly in the second period and almost immediately went in front after Samir Nasri’s long range shot was only kept out by the cross bar.

The home side maintained the higher tempo as their intricate passing game began to find gaps in a tiring West Ham defence. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, also brought on Theo Walcott and Niklas Bendtner for Denilson and Andrey Arshavin, respectively as the Gunners sought to break the deadlock.

It was the lively Walcott who had the biggest impact, as the woodwork frustrated the Gunner’s once again midway through the second half. A fabulous ball from Fabregas found Walcott in space on the right flank. The England international then used his speed to race away from Ilunga but his shot across the goal came back off the left hand post before rolling kindly into the arms of Green.

The England keeper then did much to restore his reputation after his World Cup disaster against the United States by saving well from both Fabregas and Walcott in a franctic last ten minutes.

West Ham manager, Avram Grant, had intimated his game plan to contain Arsenal with his team selection. Frederic Piquionne was asked to lead the attack on his own as Carlton Cole was dropped for Luis Boa Morte who took his place in a five-man midfield. In West Ham’s only other change, Henrita Ilunga was brought in for the injured Matthew Upson. Arsenal made only one alteration to the team that beat Manchester City last weekend as the fit-again Laurent Koscielny came in for Johann Djourou.

The plan worked well as, despite a bright opening and closing to the first period, Arsenal were unable to break down the Hammers in a goalless first-half. As many would have predicted prior to the match, Arsenal dominated possession and territory whilst West Ham were reliant on set-pieces and the impressive Mark Noble as their only creative outlets.

Andrey Arshavin took the game to the visitors in the opening 15 minutes as he broke frequently down the left flank. However, the Russia international seemed to fade as the half wore on and the focus of Arsenal’s attack switched to the right hand side of the pitch where Bacary Sagna exploited a lack of defensive discipline by the Hammer’s Jonathan Obinna.

Indeed, it was a break by Sagna that led to the first clear-cut chance of the match, midway through the first period. The Arsenal defender ran on to an exquisite through-ball by Alex Song before laying the ball back to Cesc Fabregas. However West Ham’s keeper, Robert Green, saved the Spaniard’s shot by diving impressively to his right.

However, a resolute West Ham defence stood firm until just before the break when Green was called into duty twice in quick succession. Firstly, he saved well from an Alex Song shot before tipping over a Squillaci header from a corner.