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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Beware of paper cups

Beware of paper cups

Varun*, an IT professional working in Technopark, was finding himself with an upset stomach every night. While normal medical checks revealed nothing wrong in him, deeper probes revealed the reason – his stomach was collecting significant amounts of wax. And doctors identified the villian – the ordinary paper cups he used for drinking his tea at his office pantry.

Disposable paper cups have become quite popular in office pantries due to the convenience it offers. What many overlook is the fact that these paper cups are coated with a tiny layer of wax, which is essential to prevent water from seeping into the paper. When very hot liquids are pour over this cup, the wax may disintegrate and a little may come off, which will promptly be sent along with the drink into our stomachs! While our body can discard minor amounts, over the long-term, it does become a problem.

So what can be done about it? You can try to bring your own glass cups. Glass is one of the least reactive materials in the world (remember acids are stored in glass vessels, blood samples are collected in glass plates – these are for a good reason). But glass does have the problem of breaking easily, so it requires good care. Ceramic cups are probably the best bet. Of course, you can also use your ordinary stainless steel glass, but never use plastic ones – its dangers are even worse than wax!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gunners news : Man Utd. 1 vs 0 Arsenal

Ji-Sung Park was the hero of the night as Manchester United returned to the summit of the Premier League with a victory over Arsenal in what was an extremely even game at Old Trafford.

Park's sixth goal of the campaign was enough to send the Gunners back down the M6 empty handed and gave United momentum going into their next game against Chelsea.

Both teams set out to attack and chances were surprisingly in short supply. The game was very evenly distributed in the first half. United’s first clear chance came from Nani whose shot from a rebound flashed across the face of Wojciech Szczesny’s goal. It was as close to a goal as the game had seen.

United then took the lead in the 41st minute. Wayne Rooney had time and space to run with the ball. The England man then spread the play wide to Nani who continued the move. His run was enough to beat Gael Clichy and his cross found the head of Ji-Sung Park whose flicked back header looped over everyone, including Szczesny and into the Arsenal net.

It was perhaps a little tough on Arsenal as in a half which offered very little in way of goalmouth action, to concede in such a fashion would have left a bad taste in the mouth of Gunners everywhere. However United, probably just deserved to be in the lead after 45 minutes.

The second half continued in much the same staccato rhythm as the first with both sides showing the intent but lacking the instinct required to pierce the other. One of the few opportunities came to Anderson after bullish work from Rooney resulted in a through ball which the Brazilian stabbed at Szczesny, but the young Pole dropped to the ground to deflect the ball away with his feet.

Only a few moments later, a cross-cum-shot from Samir Nasri was deflected in the path of Marouane Chamakh but the diving Nemanja Vidic saved United’s lead.

Trailing in the game, Wenger’s hand was forced into changing his formation in the hunt for the equalising goal. Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky were replaced with Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas respectively. It was clear the Frenchman was prepared to gamble in the pursuit of a goal.

The game was still evenly balanced when dogged wing play from Nani resulted in a penalty being awarded to United. Clichy, whilst jockeying Nani, slipped and the ball rolled against his arm. Referee Howard Webb took advice from his assistant and pointed to the spot.

Wayne Rooney stepped in and with an unusual run-up, smashed the ball over the bar. The ball landed somewhere in the Stretford End and the fans were shocked as their talisman failed to expand the lead.

With this penalty miss it would have been expected for Arsenal to rally but this offensive was not forthcoming and as the Chilean miners, who were guests at the game made their way into the Manchester night the result was less and less in doubt as United held on comfortably for all three points.

Monday, December 13, 2010

How to Make 6 Pack Abs | Get six pack abs from Cardio Exercise

As you embark on your effort to sculpt your six-pack, you a need to factor in effective weight loss and super body-toning through a high-intensity cardio workout. Other important parts of your regimen are diet modifications, different high-intensity workouts and ab exercises.
Follow these simple instruction regularly to have six pack abs.

* Get yourself checked for high blood pressure, heart troubles etc before starting any high-intensity workout, especially those that challenge your heart.

* Start with a low-intensity, short workout.

* Initially start with just a few minutes of a few cardio exercises: power walking, spot jogging. Then increase at a slow but steady pace (around 10 per cent every week) to work up to 15 to 20 minutes over a few weeks, increasing the length of the routine and the variety of exercises.

* Do a combination of four to five exercises. This takes the pressure off the knees and keeps your interest level high.

* Work with a trainer to ensure the workouts are regularly modified to challenge your muscles and to remove boredom.

* Even in simple exercises, learn to introduce variety. For instance, when spot jogging or jumping, learn to jump sideways to make it more challenging. You can also twist-jump later to intensify the challenge.

* Always do some power stretches before you start and cool down after a workout.

* Workout at least four times a week if you intend to get a six-pack.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gunner news : Arsenal 3-1 Partizan

Supersub Walcott Eases Nerves Before Nasri Clinches Place In Last 16

Despite being the vastly superior side on paper, the Gunners were, for long periods, not their fluid best against the Serbians who had brought over a team bent on stifling the home team.

Predictably, Arsene Wenger’s men started the more composed, controlling most of the play and looking – where it was evident – the more likely to grab a lead. That said, the English side were not playing with the urgency their fans or their group position suggested.

In the other game in Group H, Braga could hijack second place if they won at table toppers Shakhtar Donetsk. While Arsenal were failing to take the lead, their situation was precarious.

After a prolonged period of possession the Gunners provided the first piece of dazzling football. Samir Nasri, who was looking spritely, showed a slick piece of skill to turn away from his marker.

After passing to Bacary Sagna, he made a darting run into the box as the Frenchman returned the compliment. His weighted ball to Robin van Persie was precise, but the Dutchman could only steer wide from a near-impossible angle.

Although Partizan were not looking like a dynamic attacking force, playing as they were with a lone striker, they started to look more comfortable and were having their own share of possession.

As a drab half meandered into its final third, Arsenal warmed their shivering fans with the opening goal. It was testament to the stuttering game that defensive errors were the cause.

Partizan failed on two occasions to clear the ball before it bounced through to Van Persie in the box, he took it away from the goal and made the most of a poor lunge by Marko Jovanovic. Contact was slight and Van Persie was dramatic, but there were few complaints when the referee pointed to the spot.

Having won the spot-kick, Van Persie dispatched it, with aplomb, to the goalkeeper’s left.

The rest of the half was uneventful with Emmanuel Eboue – who had come on for the injured Kieran Gibbs – providing a sparkle. The Ivorian made a jinking run down the left before delivering a delicious cross with the outside of his right foot, but it was cleared away.

The second half began with a little more verve. Great work by Arshavin found Denilson on the left. His low cross broke off a defender’s boot to Nasri, but the Frenchman flashed high over the bar from 12 yards.

Home fans were starting to get tetchy and this moved into fear when Partizan equalised. A ball into Moreira was touched delightfully to Cleo on the edge of the box. His shot was destined to be saved but took a horrible deflection off Sebastien Squillaci. This bamboozled Lukasz Fabianski in the Arsenal goal, and the Pole could do nothing as the ball looped over him into the back of the net. Home fans were silenced.

Suddenly, Partizan were playing like a team uncaring. Gunners’ supporters were now roaring their team on in desperation and Arsenal were enjoying all the possession.

Wave after wave of Arsenal attacks were bearing down on Partizan's goal, and after Van Persie had stung the hands of goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, it was no surprise they re-took the lead.

A brilliant ball in from Sagna was headed out by Jovanovic. Unfortunately for the man who conceded the penalty, his night got worst as his clearance fell straight to Theo Walcott. The England winger, on as a substitute instinctively hit a dipping shot, which beat Stojkovic's despairing dive into the corner.

With the situation looking more relaxed, the Gunners put the result beyond doubt with their slickest play of the evening. Intricate one-touch passing between Nicklas Bendtner and Alex Song was surpassed by a beautiful slalom run by the Cameroonian. He touched the ball to Nasri, who, not to be outdone, turned gracefully on the penalty spot before steering his shot wide of the keeper's desperate dive, into the back of the net.

The tension had dissipated dramatically following the two-goal cushion, but Arsenal's night was soured by the late dismissal of Sagna. As Aleksandar Lazevski bore down on goal the Frenchman clipped his heels, just outside the box.

Despite having defenders back, the referee deemed it as a foul preventing a goalscoring opportunity and gave Sagna his marching orders. It was a bitter end to Arsenal's second half performance and Arsene Wenger was ugly with anger. From the resulting free-kick, Fabianski saved well from Mladen Krstajic.

It proved to be the last moment of real action at the Emirates, and Sagna's indiscretion aside, Arsenal can look back on the game with pride at their resilience and determination.

Your Reading Skills

This was developed as an age test by an R&D department at Harvard University .

Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake.

The average person over 40 years of age can't do it!

1. This is this cat
2. This is is cat
3. This is how cat
4. This is to cat
5. This is keep cat
6. This is an cat
7. This is old cat
8. This is fart cat
9. This is busy cat
10. This is for cat
11. This is forty cat
12. This is seconds cat

Now go back and read aloud the third word in each line from the top down and I betcha you can't resist passing this along.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gunners News: Arsenal 2-1 Fulham

Sensational Samir Nasri Bags A Brace As Gunners Advance In Premier League Title Race

Arsenal managed to put two past Fuham despite some fragile defending to move ahead in their quest to win the Premier League.

Samir Nasri opened the scoring with a superbly crafted goal, but a collision of heads in the Gunners' back line saw Diomansy Kamara restore equilibrium in the tie. But the French international eclipsed his earlier effort with an even better goal to ensure that his side took three points on the day.

The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made nine changes to the side that beat Wigan Athletic in a midweek game in the League Cup. And of the changes he made, Samir Nasri and Sebastien Squillaci returned to action as they made a a recovery from slight knee injuries.

Lukasz Fabianski was the No 1 for this game, as Manuel Almunia sustained a fresh elbow injury in training that kept him out of this encounter. And in the absence of Cesc Fabregas, Tomas Rosicky led the team as the Gunners looked to push further up the table.

The visitors' boss Mark Hughes had Andy Johnson back after the striker returned from a hamstring injury that had kept him out of the draw with Birmingham City last week. But the forward had to settle for a spot on the bench. And in the meantime, full-back Carlos Salcido was unable to feature owing to a recurrence of a hamstring problem.

And so began the London derby with two teams closing in on two diametrically opposite ends of the table, with the Gunners looking upwards with their opponents looking to stay away from the relegation zone.

Arsenal began the game in a very positive manner by dominating play right from the start, as Nasri, Jack Wilshere and Alex Song managed to dictate play in the midfield.

In one of the free flowing moves by the Gunners, Wilshere sent in a cross that saw Squillaci send the ball for Andrey Arshavin to take a volley. It was almost as though time had stood still for the Russian to take the shot, but he only managed to send the ball straight at goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

But it was not long before the visiting side's defence cracked, as Nasri scored his 10th goal in 13 starts for his side. The Frenchman invited two challenges, feigned on both occasions, and remained calm and composed to fire the ball into the top right hand corner. It was a goal that even a striker such as Thierry Henry - who was in the crowd - would have been proud of.

The home side were in full swing and were looking like steamrolling past their opponents as they had several chances, but on each occasion the finish was found wanting. In the meantime, the Cottagers slowly plugged away and began to take the game to their opponents after a brief spell of possession.

And in one of their attacks, Laurent Koscielny collided with Squilacci initially, which allowed the visitors to get a little extra time on the ball. This was Clint Dempsey send the ball to Kamara, who was able to put the ball into the back of the net.

Koscielny was on the ground for a some time after the collision, but was unable to get up and was eventually stretchered off. Johan Djourou came in place of the injured defender, as concerns mounted concerning the back line with Thomas Vermaelen still injured.

Poor anticipation from Djourou saw Kamara break through on goal as he went one-on-one with the 'keeper, but Fabianski was up it as he managed to make a save and prevent the opponents from taking the lead. But the striker would likely have felt he should have scored on that occasion.

Fantastic goal | Nasri continued his rich vein of form by scoring a superb goal

Arsenal began the second-half in a morose manner, as some sloppy passing coupled with defending that lacked anticipation was beginning to look like it could be a problem.

But the stand-in captain Rosicky managed to show some positivity, as he fired a half-volley that looked like going in but eventually missed the target. This appeared to have had an effect on his team-mates, as it was only a few minutes before some fleet-footed play from Arshavin saw him beat two defenders before firing a well struck low shot in heavy traffic. But all the same, Schwarzer managed to produce a superb save to keep his side in the game.

Both full-backs, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, were beginning to go forward more as the manager decided to make a change and replace a midfielder with another striker, with Rosicky being substituted as Robin van Persie came on.

With the back line looking fragile and the home side playing out an all too familiar scenario, the home side's fans took out their frustration on Clint Dempsey as he went down and stayed down claiming to be injured. But the referee put things in perspective as he ordered the player to get up as the game continued.

With 15 minutes left to go, it was Nasri who rose above the rest of the players to be the saviour. The 23-year-old Frenchman showed brilliant poise, control to superbly dance past Aaron Hughes and John Pantsil as he rushed goalwards. Having ended up with a tight angle, the midfielder turned and sent in a wonderful shot to give his side the all-important lead. It was a goal that could very well be a strong contender for the goal of the season.

Fulham staged a bit of a fight back late on as Zoltan Gera fired a well struck shot that went goalwards, but Fabianski was on hand to produce a good save to ensure that his side kept their advantage.

As the man in charge brought the game to a halt, Nasri's brilliant performance saw Arsenal move forward in the title race.

The World's Happiest Countries

By and large, rich countries are happier--and that's no coincidence.

Quantifying happiness isn't an easy task. Researchers at the Gallup World Poll went about it by surveying thousands of respondents in 155 countries, between 2005 and 2009, in order to measure two types of well-being.

First they asked subjects to reflect on their overall satisfaction with their lives, and ranked their answers using a "life evaluation" score from 1 to 10. Then they asked questions about how each subject had felt the previous day. Those answers allowed researchers to score their "daily experiences"--things like whether they felt well-rested, respected, free of pain and intellectually engaged. Subjects that reported high scores were considered "thriving." The percentage of thriving individuals in each country determined our rankings. Click here for the full story.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Top 10 richest people in 2010

Mukesh Ambani is ranked fourth among the World's top 10 billionaires by the Forbes Magazine with total assets worth $29 billion followed by another Indian, steel tycoon L N Mittal, who ranked fifth with a total value of $28.7 billion.

The Forbes Billionaires list for 2010 has witnessed Mexican Carlo Slim surpassing Bill Gates and Warrant Buffett to be the richest man on the earth. Slim's total worth rose $18.5 billion during the year to an estimated $53.5 billion, the Forbes Magazine said. Gates remained second with a fortune of $53 billion.

Apart from Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Head of ArcelorMittal L N Mittal, there were four other Indian tycoons in the top 50 list and 49 others in the complete list of 1,011 billionaires.

The four Indian businessmen, besides Ambani and Mittal, in the top 50 list are Azim Premji (ranked: 28, worth: $17 billion), Sashi Ruia and Ravi Ruia (ranked: 40, worth: $13 billion), and Savitri Jindal (ranked: 44, worth: $12.2 billion).

DLF's K P Singh (74), Aditya Birla Group's Kumar Mangalam Birla (86) and Bharti Airtel's Head Sunil Mittal (87) are the other Indians who are among the top 100 wealthy in India.

Top 10 list

1. Carlos Slim Helu

Top 10 richest people in 2010


2. Bill Gates

Top 10 richest people in 2010


3. Warren Buffet

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4. Mukesh Ambani

Top 10 richest people in 2010


5. Lakshmi Mittal

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6. Lawrence Ellison

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7. Bernard Arnault
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8. Eike Batista

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9. Amancio Ortega

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10. Karl Albrecht

Top 10 richest people in 2010


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gunners News: Arsenal 2 vs 0 Wigan Athletic

Arsenal 2-0 Wigan Athletic: Bendtner Strike And Alcaraz Own Goal Steers Wenger’s Side To Semi-Finals
The Gunners beat a resilient Wigan Athletic side to edge a step closer to Wembley

A strike from Nicklas Bendtner and an own goal by Antolin Alcaraz was enough to secure Arsenal a safe passage through to the semi-finals of the League Cup, as they beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the Emirates on Tuesday.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger gave Robin van Persie his first start since returning from injury and recalled Bendtner to the frontline.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez dropped winger Charles N’Zogbia to the bench and started with Victor Moses supporting Mauro Boselli in attack.

As expected, the home side settled quickest and could have been in front within two minutes but Bendtner could only direct the ball past the right hand post from a Van Persie free-kick.

Wigan stood tall and although they strung together some nice passes, only Moses’ low shot that hit the side netting was worth taking note of.

A bumper crowd had descended upon the Emirates despite the ‘big freeze’ and as the half progressed, the Gunners didn’t give them much to cheer about, often being surrounded by two or three players when on the attack.

However, the crowd should have been lifted from their seats on 25 minute when Mexican striker Carlos Vela found himself clean through on goal and managed to chip the ball over the onrushing Ali Al-Habsi, only to see the ball trickle just wide of the left post.

But despite Vela’s bad luck, and a penalty appeal that had been turned down by the referee, when the ball appeared to strike the hand of Maynor Figueroa, Arsenal went in front five minutes before half-time.

Theo Walcott drifted a corner in from the left and although Bendtner rose highest, the ball hit Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz and landed in the net.

However the Latics defender nearly almost immediately made up for his own goal, but his header from a Ben Watson corner was easily saved by Gunners 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny as the home side went into the break a goal ahead.

A blizzard greeted the players as the second half began, but it was the home side who again seized control of the game, their passing and creativity causing problems for the Wigan defence.

However the Latics were not buried beneath the snow and still threatened going forward with substitute N’Zogbia, who replaced the injured Moses in the first half, looking the most lively, but the final ball was not good enough to trouble the Gunners defence.

And Arsenal were to make them pay as they doubled the lead just after the hour mark. Vela found space on the left and his low cross was turned in by Bendtner who scored his third goal of the season.

The shackles seemed to loosen thereafter for the Gunners as they continued to press and tried to put the result beyond doubt, with Vela and Walcott, three times, going close for the home side.

There was even time for Vela to add a third for the Gunners towards the end of the game but Alcaraz cleared the ball off the line for Wigan, but the game ended 2-0 as Arsenal reached the semi-finals and a step closer to Wembley.