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Teens dicing with death through choking game
School students in Australia are dicing with their lives by playing dangerous choking game in which they partially strangle themselves to get a ‘high’, warn doctors. Youngsters revealed that the choking game, in which they become semi-asphyxiated, enables them to achieve a hypoxia-induced euphoric state. They undergo a partial or complete loss of consciousness brought about by the intentional deprivation of oxygen to the brain for a short period. Adolescents psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg claim it to be ‘incredibly dangerous’. "Children get bored, there is not much stimulation in their lives and they look for a cheap thrill," the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying. Dr Carr-Gregg also advised parents not to overlook the destructive behaviour and discuss with them the potential dangers of any such behaviour. "The one thing I would advise parents to do is discuss it with their children . . . let them ...
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Co-ed schools boost both boys and girls’ academic performance
If you think that sending your baby girl to an all-girls school rather than a co-education institution would be a good idea, you’re mistaken, for according to a new study keeping boys and girls together is actually beneficial for their academic progress. The study, conducted by Tel Aviv University researchers, found that girls improve boys’ grades markedly at school. “Being with more girls is good for everybody,” said Prof. Analia Schlosser, an economist from the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. “We find that both boys and girls do better when there are more girls in the class,” she added. In the study, the research team investigated girls and boys in mixed classrooms in the elementary, middle, and high-school grades of the Israeli school system. In an unpublished paper, Prof. Schlosser concluded that classes with more than 55 percent of girls resulted in better exam results and less vio...
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Girls’ participation in sports not active enough, despite record high
A report released by the University of Minnesota has revealed that though the number of girls participating in sports have hit a record high, still there are certain barriers that prevent them from taking part in activities outside the organised sports, as they move from childhood into adolescence. The researchers reviewed the most recent research related to physical, psychological, social and cultural benefits that girls derive from participation in sport and physical activity and the barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential. “The research within the report confirms that many good things are happening when it comes to girls and physical activity,” said Nicole LaVoi, researcher and associate director of the Tucker Center and a report author. “Girls are participating in organized sports more than ever and at all levels -- from organized youth sports, to interscholastic sports and up through Olympic competition,” she a...
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Ditch family gatherings, pals to save money, says the tightest man Down Und
Forget cutting on food from restaurants and making a budget diary - the best way to halt your pocket from getting lighter is by avoiding family gatherings and big spending friends, advocates Australia’s ‘tightest man’. The penny-pincher Paul Squires advises avoiding family gatherings, limiting your friends and ignoring Mother's Day. "I'm tight, but I'd like to think there are people out there much tighter," News.com.au quoted Squires, as saying. "There are times when my wife is even tighter than I am,” he added. In his new book, ‘Wealthier Than You Think’, the 43-year-old promises to cut readers' debt, and put as much as 50,000 dollars back into consumers' pockets over five years. He believes many Australians are living beyond their means, and there is a "river of money slipping through people's fingers every day". Among his strategies for a financial makeover are having ...
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French seeking British help to spice up their sex lives
It is called the land of Eros, the country of expert lovers, but it looks like the French have lost their touch when it comes to the ‘naughty’ activities happening under the sheets. The country’s folks are now seeking help from the British to put a bit of oomph back into their love lives. The newest trend in France for chic designer boutiques offering tips to couples on how to spice up their sex life is being fuelled by erotic products from over the Channel. “We are supposed to be the land of Eros, the country of expert lovers,” Times Online quoted Patrick Pruvot, owner of Passage du Desir, one of several new ‘love stores’ in the centre of Paris, as saying. “As a matter of fact, about a third of the products I sell come from Britain,” he added. Anna Ciulla, owner of Les Nuits Blanches, where she seats customers on a red velvet sofa to talk about sex, says that she sells many products from Britain. &nbs...
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Brit girls far more likely to abuse drugs than boys
British teenage girls are being exposed to drugs earlier than boys and experimenting with a wider range of narcotics from a younger age, reveals a new survey. The report by a Crew 2000, an Edinburgh-based drugs advice centre found that girls and young women are more likely than boys to have taken almost every recreational drug, including Ecstasy, cocaine, LSD and amphetamines. The annual survey looked at 18 drugs, and found two-thirds of girls had accessed more drugs than males. A quarter of females questioned admitted taking speed and Ecstasy, almost a half had used cannabis and more than one in five had tried cocaine. Ten per cent had taken the dance drug ketamine, 18 per cent had tried hallucinogenic mushrooms and more than 55 per cent had smoked. The figures for males were lower, with about 15 per cent admitting to taking amphetamines, Ecstasy, cocaine and magic mushrooms, 6.9 per cent trying ketamine, 45 per cent using cannabis and less than ...
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‘Fat’ Brit minders putting celebs at risk
Brit super-richies, celebrities are being put at security risk because their bodyguards are ‘too fat’. British heavies – employed to protect royalty, stars and mega-rich businessmen – were considered among the best in the world. But according to experts standards have plummeted since a Government quango was introduced. In order to work as a bodyguard – officially known as a close protection officer –a person needs to have a licence from the Security Industry Authority. But anyone who passes a written exam gets a licence – even if they are overweight, elderly or even disabled. “Anybody can pass. You don’t have to be fit or have self-defence training,” The Daily Express quoted Robin Barratt, founder of the British Bodyguard Association, as saying. “There are overweight people weighing 20-plus stone with SIA licences because they can sit down and pass an exam. &...
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Allow young boys to play with toy guns, say experts
Boys at nursery should be allowed to play with toy guns because it plays a key role in their development, say experts. The experts have called on to revoke the ban on use of toy guns in nurseries in Scotland. Researchers from Government agency Learning and Teaching Scotland who teamed up with a Perthshire primary school for the study, found that playing with toy guns promoted boys’ learning and inclusion, enhanced their imagination and prevented the playtime sport from being driven ’underground’. Many women’s groups had claimed that playing with toy guns made children aggressive that could lead to long-term damage. Murdo Fraser, MSP, the Scottish Conservative deputy leader has welcomed the findings and said that this is one in the eye for the politically correct brigade. “Little boys will always want to play with make-believe weapons and it has been completely misguided to try and ban them from schools and nurseries,...
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Ageist language can reduce employees’ productivity
Use of wrong language - denigrating older workers, even if only subtly can have an outsized negative impact on employee productivity and corporate profits, says a leading researcher. According to Bob McCann, an associate professor of management communication at the USC Marshall School of Business, ageist language is still to be found in many workplaces, and can have severe repercussions for both older workers and their employers. "Our research has clearly shown links between ageist language and reported health outcomes as broad as reduced life satisfaction, lowered self-esteem, and even depression," said McCann. The workplace is a particularly fertile and problematic area for ageist communication, given that people derive so much of their identity from work. "It is quite plausible that retirement decisions may be hastened and work satisfaction affected by intergenerational talk at work," he said. For the plaintiff, ...
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‘Sweets are the best way to end kids’ tantrums’: Gwyneth Paltrow'
Treating your child with sweets is the best way to end their embarrassing public tantrums, says Gwyneth Paltrow 's nanny. Rachel Waddilove, nanny of Paltrow's kids, daughter Apple and son Moses, in her new guide to raising toddlers, suggests that treating tots with sweets can help in controlling their supermarket tantrums, reports the Telegraph. In her guide she said, “It is a case of 'needs must' when you are out, so don't feel guilty about buying a treat or some sweets to placate your child." "If the child goes completely ballistic in the supermarket and you are coming up to pay, give them a little something. “I'm not saying give in every time. But perhaps give them a little treat, or say you'll do something fun afterwards," she added. ‘The Toddler Book: How to Enjoy Your Growing Child’ is Mrs Waddilove's second child-rearing manual after ‘The Baby Book’.
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Charlize Theron Touches A Guy's Boob
Charlize Theron got the Harvard Hasty Pudding treatment. It's all quite wacky, the cross-dressing and the parade and the giving awards to hot actresses in the hopes of copping a free feel or two. That's why people want to send their kids to Harvard - for the free feels. And the cross-dressing.
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Dostana: Karan Johar's next movie
Filmmaker Karan Johar's next movie is a tribute to his late father.He has decided to name his next production - Dostana - after the 1980 blockbuster of the same name made by his father, Yash Johar.The story is set in Miami and Karan's assistant - Tarun Mansukhani - will start shooting it, this summer.Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra lead the glamorous cast.Says Karan, "Tarun Mansukhani's brilliant script (about friendship between two guys played by Abhishek and John) is funny, sassy, and hilarious!"Karan gets nostalgic about the title."When my father produced Dostana in 1980, he was going through hard times. But all the three principal actors - Amit uncle (Bachchan), Shatrughan Sinhaji and Zeenat Aman - co-operated to the fullest. That's how the film was made."So is the new Dostana a love triangle like the old one?"Ha! Well, yes and no. All I can say on record is that, we've never had a love triangle like this before, and, you'll never see Abhishek and John ...
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Chashme Buddoor remake in the pipeline!
It's remake/sequel time in Bollywood these days!Everyone is on a remake spree and the latest one to join the bandwagon is Onir - of My Brother Nikhil fame - who will be adapting the classic movie, Chasme Buddoor, directed by Sai Paranjape, starring Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Baswani and Saeed Jaffrey."Though we have bought over the rights, it won't be a remake, but it will be an adaptation of the earlier film," reveals Onir.And will he be repeating any of the old star cast?"No, we will have a new star cast for the new film," he says. Let's hope, it doesn't turn up like Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag!Here's a quick look on some other remakes/sequels, which are in the pipeline:# Now 'Nayee Padosan 2'# Tezaab 2 in the pipeline# Will Shah Rukh Khan act in Hindi 'Casablanca'?# Amar Akbar Anthony to roll by year end# Now Raaz 2 with Emraan Hashmi# Now Khiladi 2, Baazigar 2 and Baadshah 2!# Now Bheja Fry 2 and Bheja Fry 3!# Chupke Chupke remake in the pipeline!# Padosa...
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Shilpa Shetty meets Yoga Guru, Baba Ramdev
Shilpa Shetty proved to be a diligent Yoga practitioner, when she was spotted in the wee hours of wednesday morning at Baba Ramdev's Yoga camp.According to the people present there, not only did Yoga Guru provided Shilpa with divine intervention, but also advised the sexy siren to get married!If my dear readers recall - unlike other stars who treat yoga as a mere technique for personal fitness - Shilpa went ahead and launched her own Yoga DVD last month, to highlight the importance of Yoga.In response to Baba Ramdev's advise, Shilpa said, "If your blessings are with me, even marriage can take place. What can I say. I have just been following Babaji."Considering Shilpa is going steady with her beau, Raj Kundra, one can hope to hear wedding bells soon, based on Baba Ramdev's advise to the starlet!
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Bipasha Basu's new look!
When it comes to being experimental and gutsy, there is no female in Bollywood who can compete with Bipasha !Known for initiating the short-is-in trend last year, the sultry actress is once again sporting a stunning short bob.Absolutely chic and classy, her first public appearance with the new hair do was at the MTV Hero Honda Roadies event in Mumbai, which really made heads turn.Adding the ultimate touch to Bipasha's new look, are the copper and reddish brown hair tones.If you are wondering what prompted Bipasha to chop off her wavy locks even before it is summer, it was just the need for that 'change'.It seems, Bips just called up Sapna Bhavnani - her hair stylist - and told her that she would drop in the next day to have a short crop. What followed was a two-hour session which ended up in Bips getting a trendy, classic bob cut!"Bipasha is one of those few people in Bollywood who love to experiment with their hair. Also, what works in her favour is the fact that her hair is lusc...
Amy Winehouse's Drunk Ass Is Not Allowed Into The U.S.
Amy Winehouse has been denied a visa to enter the U.S., and will therefore not be able to perform at this weekend's Grammy Awards. The statement from Amy's publicist:The singer has been invited to appear at the event on Sunday after receiving an amazing six nominations for the prestigious awards. Unfortunately, her application for a visa to enter the United States of America has been rejected at this time by the American Embassy in London.Amy has been progressing well since entering a rehabilitation clinic two weeks ago, and although disappointed with the decision, has accepted the ruling and will be concentrating on her recovery. Amy has been treated well and fairly by the Embassy staff and thanks everyone for their support in trying to make this happen. There will of course be other opportunities and she very much looks forward to visiting America in the near future.Amy thanks everyone at the Embassy for their support. Sure she does. She looks forward to visiting America in...
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Pix Of Angelina In Baghdad
Yes, Angelina Jolie is indeed in Baghdad on one of her mercy missions. Here we see her pretending to eat with a Marine. Trust me, there's no way any of that slop went into her mouth. And if it did, you know she went behind a tent and puked it back up. "This is the same face I make when I'm pretending to listen to Brad. Yes, hmmm, it's very interesting that you want me to respect your feelings Brad. No, I'm not just staring at your forehead and nodding.""In-coming!!!!" Oh man, what I wouldn't pay...No. I take that back. It's so wrong.But it feels so right.
I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want Tom Cruise pointing at my unborn and smiling like that. "I got dibs on the girl." Well, he'll need to replace Katie one day, won't he?
Oh Yeah, Almost Forgot...Kirsten Dunst Is In Rehab
Kirsten Dunst checked herself into Cirque Lodge to deal with her substance abuse issues. I wonder what finally convinced Kirsten that she needed help. The fact that she could no longer get the puke-smell out of her clothes?"She desperately needed help," a source told Star Magazine. "She seemed to be intoxicated when she checked in because she was acting really erratic. She was extremely emotional, constantly breaking down in tears."She not in a good place right now, but thankfully, she's getting the help she needs."The same help Lindsay got in Cirque Lodge. Oh, I can't wait for the pics of Kiki whitewater rafting...while trying to smoke. "Someone tell the fucking water to stop splashing my fucking cig. Jesus man. This is so bogus!"(source)
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Angelina In Iraq
Angelina Jolie is in Baghdad right now in her capacity as an official publicity-grabber for the United Nations. Angelina's alleged mission, per the statement from her philanthropic advisor Trevor Neilson, is "to learn more about the humanitarian crisis and the 4 million displaced people, 58 percent of whom are under 12."Angelina has a philanthropic advisor. It never fucking ends.Angie is taking her little mission seriously though. "There's lots of goodwill and lots of discussion, but there seems to be just a lot of talk at the moment, and a lot of pieces that need to be put together. I'm trying to figure out what they are," she told CNN, referring to all the refugees who need to be returned to their homes. Then Angie got all big-picture, saying, "What happens in Iraq and how Iraq settles in the years to come is going to affect the entire Middle East. And a big part of what it's going to affect, how it settles, is how these people are returned and settled into their homes an...
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The Most Horrifying Picture Ever
Madonna went ahead with her scam charity event to raise money for Raising Malawi which is really just a front for Kabbalah's efforts to brainwash African youth. And speaking of brainwashing...Tom and Katie showed up. And so did Rosie O'Donnell. And they all took a picture together with poor little Lourdes who is actually the least-freaky individual in the entire thing.If only Angie and Brad had been there too...then it would've been perfect. Perfectly evil.
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Norwegian Air says traffic rose in January
OSLO: Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Thursday reported a rise in traffic volume in January . Norwegian carried 503,646 passengers in the month, up 20 per cent from a year earlier, while its yield an indicator of average fares fell 16 per cent. Total passenger traffic rose 37 per cent from the same period last year, the company, a low-cost rival to Scandinavian airline SAS, said. "The increase in passenger traffic, production and passenger is related to the company's expansion in well-established markets and to the introduction of new routes from February 2007 to January 2008," the company said in a statement. Norwegian estimated its yield, or average revenue per passenger carried and kilometre flown, fell to 0.55 Norwegian crowns. In December, the yield was estimated at 0.60 crowns. "Certain routes in Scandinavia/Nordic region show pressure on yield from increased competition," Norwegian said, a repetition from statements over the last few months. International passenge...
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Railways to seek help from Italy for modernising
In its bid to modernise railway stations across the country, Indian Railways is seeking the help of Italian experts. A three-member high-level team from Italian Railways is coming after Sunday to share their experience with the Indian Railways officials on the redevelopment of railway stations through public-private partnership (PPP) model. "We have already taken a decision to modernise some of our stations. We will seek the visiting team's expertise on it," said a senior Railway Ministry official. The three members of Italian Railways - Giovanni Rocca, Massimo Paglialunga and Aleberto D'Amico - will come to India on a two-day visit from February 13. "The Italian team will visit a nearby railway station to get a first hand knowledge of our railway system," said the official. Apart from world class stations like Bologna Central and Milan Central, Italian railway system, considered to be one of the best in Europe, is known for its effective signalling system and advanced accident pr...
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Jet Airways, American Airlines launch code share partnership
NEW DELHI: Jet Airways and American Airlines today launched their code share partnership which would benefit passengers and frequent flier members of both airlines. The frequent flier members of both carriers would have the benefit of earning points as they travel on these code share flights, Jet Airways said in a statement. They would be able to redeem these points on the route network of either airline. "With this partnership, Jet Airways and American Airlines will offer their passengers enhanced connectivity and seamless travel from key Indian cities to Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas (Fort Worth), Raleigh-Durham and Washington and vice-versa," Jet Airways CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said. Jet Airways would market American Airline tickets and vice versa. - Economic Times
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DLF, Niho to set up 5-star hotels in Jamnagar
Jamnagar may just prove to be a big draw for top hoteliers apart from being home to world class oil refineries. The Saurashtra town, that has shown 75% growth (from 0.21% in 2001-02 to 0.365% in 2006-07) in contribution to the country’s GDP over the last five years, will see real estate development of 10 lakh sq ft that includes two five-star hotel projects by corporate biggies DLF, Niho groups and one budget hotel from the Tata group. The three groups are seeking to cater to the high-flying executives of Reliance and Essar oil refineries as well as high-spending tourists enroute the religious city of Dwarka. Delhi-based Niho Construction is coming up with Scottish City Centre (SCC), that will see an investment of around Rs 250 crore. The project, which will be spread over 8 lakh sq ft, will include a 5-star hotel project. The biggies are betting big on Jamnagar as the city will be the centre of attraction in the coming years when both Reliance and Essar will have a combined crud...
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BSE Sensex choppy, Reliance Comm up 1 pct
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian shares see-sawed on Thursday with no clear direction as many markets in Asia were closed for holidays, but No. 2 mobile operator Reliance Comm unications climbed more than 1 percent on plans for a unit's IPO. Traders said investors were cautious with global markets easing on worries the United States may be slipping into a recession, which would hurt export-focused companies. By 10:14 a.m., the benchmark BSE 30-share index was up 0.21 percent or 38.6 points at 18,178.05, with 20 components in gaining. It started higher but quickly turned negative, falling to a low of 18,056.88 in early deals. "This is not a bounce back. The volatility is likely to remain in the near term, mostly due to uncertainty in global markets," said Chetan Shah, a senior portfolio manager, who helps manage funds worth 4 billion rupees at Religare Securities. The index, which dropped 2.8 percent on Wednesday, is more than 14 percent below a record 21,206.77 hit on Jan....
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Ranbaxy gets tentative FDA OK for generic Nexium
MUMBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has received tentative U.S. approval to sell a generic form of AstraZeneca Plc's blockbuster heartburn and ulcer pill Nexium , the Indian drugmaker said on Thursday. The move highlights the risk that cheap generic copies may soon cannibalise sales of AstraZeneca's top seller in the world's top market. Nexium is also the second biggest prescription medicine globally, with sales of $5.2 billion in 2007. Ranbaxy has first-to-file status on the drug, which is also known as esomeprazole magnesium, potentially giving it 180 days of marketing exclusivity when Nexium loses patent protection. An automatic 30-month legal stay on generic versions of Nexium in the United States lifts on April 14. AstraZeneca contends it has valid U.S. patents protecting Nexium from generics for many years and the legal strength of those patents has yet to be tested in court. Ranbaxy could take the risk and launch anyway in April, once it gets fina...
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ONGC Mittal eyeing contracts in Iraq - Mittal Exec
MUMBAI (Reuters) - ONGC Mittal Energy Ltd, a joint venture between India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp and Mittal Investments Sarl, is eyeing for opportunities in exploration and production in Iraq , Sudhir Maheshwari vice-president for finance at ArcelorMittal told Reuters. He declined to comment if ONGC Mittal would seek registration with the Iraqi government for exploration.
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BSE Sensex falls more than 1 percent on the day
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian shares fell more than 1 percent by Thursday afternoon, led lower by Reliance Industries Ltd, weighed down by weak sentiment in global markets. By 1:17 p.m., the 30-share BSE index was down 1.1 percent or 200.1 points at 17,939.44, with 24 components in the red. The 50-issue NSE index was down 1.3 percent at 5,252.60.
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Glenmark sees $60 mln in milestone profits in FY09More articles from this author:
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd expects $60 million in net profit from milestone payments in 2008/09, Managing Director Glenn Saldanha said on Thursday. The company has so far earned $60 million in milestone payments for 2007/08. Saldanha had earlier forecast milestone sales to contribute $75 million to revenue and $63 million to net profit for the year to March 2008. "We are attempting to try and close one more out-licencing deal before the end of the fiscal year," he told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference.
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