Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coffee: The Truth

Why is there resistance to the idea that coffee benefits your health?

Here’s why.
Almost thirty years ago researchers at Harvard University announced a connection between coffee consumption and cancer.
A few years later they retracted the study and recognized that the findings were flawed.
However, since that first study and the media frenzy that followed, coffee has been labeled with the stigma of being unhealthy.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
As you can see from the links to other pages at the end of this page, coffee can help in the prevention and treatment of diseases and illnesses as varied as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, liver disease, skin cancer, Parkinsons's disease and more.

Consider this news item...
Coffee Health Risks: For the moderate drinker, coffee is safe says Harvard Women’s Health Watch.
Despite 20 years of reassuring research, many people still avoid caffeinated coffee because they worry about its health effects. However, current research reveals that in moderation—a few cups a day—coffee is a safe beverage that may even offer some health benefits.
The latest research has not only confirmed that moderate coffee consumption doesn't cause harm, it's also uncovered possible benefits. Coffee may reduce the risk of developing gallstones, discourage the development of colon cancer, improve cognitive function, reduce the risk of liver damage in people at high risk for liver disease, and reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease. Coffee has also been shown to improve endurance performance in long-duration physical activities.
Source: Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School, 2006.

And they say there are no coffee benefits when it comes to health?
There is a great deal of research that shows drinking a few cups of coffee a day can be good for you. It not only protects you against a variety of serious diseases, but can also bring a lot of pleasure into your life.
In fact, if coffee were discovered today, it would likely be applauded as the greatest health elixir of all time. It not only tastes good, perks us up and sharpens our minds...but it also protects us against some of the most feared of today’s diseases.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Police warn against setting off explosive devices made from sparklers

Police warn against setting off explosive devices made from sparklers

PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2014 12:26 PM
Ahead of the festive season, the police have reminded the public that they take a serious view of setting off improvised explosive devices made with sparklers. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

SINGAPORE - Ahead of the festive season, the police have reminded the public that they take a serious view of setting off improvised explosive devices made with sparklers.
"Such improvised explosive devices are a potential fire hazard, and causes noise pollution and undue alarm to the public. The blast effect from the explosion can also cause injury to persons and damage to property," the police said in a press statement on Tuesday.
Police have, in the past, arrested a handful of people for setting off explosive devices constructed with sparklers.
Anyone caught setting off improvised explosive devices may be convicted of negligent conduct with respect to any fire or combustible matter, or negligent conduct with respect to any explosive substance.

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Three-man expert team to enter crash site, says Malaysia's transport minister

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Three-man expert team to enter crash site, says Malaysia's transport minister

PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2014 9:12 AM
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left) welcoming Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (centre) and Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai (right) during their meeting in Kiev on July 21, 2014, prior to talks. -- PHOTO: AFP
KIEV (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia has sent a three-man expert team to investigate the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site after getting assurances about their safety there.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the government received assurances from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the team's safety.
He also noted that Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko had also guaranteed a 40km radius of safety around the crash site for investigators and rescuers to work safely.
"OSCE assured us that it had discussed this with the Ukrainian government and also the separatist group.
"It is happy with the security situation there, although it cannot guarantee it will be 100 per cent safe.
"But this is a national call. We need to investigate, find out the truth and bring justice for our people," he said in Kiev on Monday.
The team, who will send progress updates to Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, left at around 8pm (1am Tuesday Singapore time) by air to Kharkiv on Monday.
They will be handed over into the care of pro-Russian separatists at Donetsk and move to Torez.
The team members are DCA senior assistant directors Capt Philip Joseph Selvaraju, 42, Mohd Naemy Fahimy Mustapa, 38 and Malaysia Airlines engineering director Azahari Dahlan, 53.
They will join three experts from the Netherlands and one more expert from the International Civil Aviation Organisation there.
Liow also hailed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's announcement that the remains of 282 victims would be handed to representatives from the Netherlands.
"It is great news that we will be able to move the remains.
"We have been working on this," he said.
Liow said he and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman would look into the details to ensure everything goes smoothly, including for the post-mortem and identification of bodies," he said.
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Accidents:Causes and How to prevent them

                Accidents:Causes  and How to prevent them
   Lately, the issue on accidents often featured in the newspaper and hotly debated among the community. This is a serious problem as it has involved the loss of many lives. Thus, all parties must take further action to address this problem before it is too late. There are many factors that caused an accident to happen.

   One of the causes on accidents is the driver's attitudes. Some drivers are extremely impatients.They beat the red traffic light and do it without thinking their risk of losing their lives.They think that stopping at the red signal is wastage of time and fuel.The red light beaters  not only jeopardize their  lives  but also the safety of other road users. Other than that, the carelessness and recklessness of a driver also can cause an accident. Most of the young drivers usually drive while talking on phone, chatting, eating, joking or any other misbehaviours. They are not focussing  on the road and driving carefully.

   Besides that, many drivers do not take a good care of their vehicles condition. Most of the accidents due to vehicles that are not serviced regularly and not in proper condition such as brake does not work, broken signal lights, defective  clutches or leaking tires. Other causes are unsatisfactory roads and highway conditions. Maintainence of roads and highways not carried out regularly cause to uneven roads and potholes.The broken traffic light or signboards that cannot be read also the most dangerous that can lead to many innocent people die.

There are many ways and possible preventions to avoid this big problem. Firstly, drivers must try hard to change their attitudes and do regular services on their vehicles.Drivers supposed to check on vehicles before they start their journey and drive carefully on the roads. One must follow the traffic rules whenever he is in hurry or rush for works as a saying goes, "Better late than never".  The drivers should avoid talking on phone while driving or they should stop by the roadside to answer a call.

Furthermore, the regular enforcement by authorities are highly recommended as the best way to prevent accident.The Road transport and police must carry out their responsibility in this problem by suing the drivers that not follow the road rules and driving dangerously. Apart from that, the Government should pay more attention to the maintainence of roads and highways. The damaged roads or potholes must be repaired immediately to avoid a possible fatal accident. 
   In a nut shell, accident is not a simple issue that can be ignored and avoid. Everyone must pay good attention to this problem and put the road laws ahead as an important priority  before start driving. Drive courteously and throw away the bad attitudes as casual attitudes about safety can result in a casualty.


   Nowadays, many tragic accidents happen everyday and everywhere and this situation is alarming.The rate of accidents keep on increasing from day to day not just in the cities but also in rural areas.These accidents  caused many people losing their families and loved ones. It is very tragic when we get news about accidents and innocent people die due to the faults committed by some reckless and inconsiderate drivers.Many people who lost their loved ones  are  in grief for a longer time and this is very pitiful.

The major cause of accident is speeding. Many reckless and inconsiderate drivers like to drive at high speed especially those who are driving heavy vehicles like lorries and express buses. Some of these drivers are very selfish and do not care about other road users.They simply speed up  on the road and highways and  they do not realize that their action may  harm other road users.If a driver is speeding and overtaking recklessly,it is highly risk that the vehicle may  skid,causing accident and probably deaths.They will ram  other cars from the opposite direction. There are also irresponsible drivers who drive at high speed and hit the red traffic light.Their unbecoming attitude is inconveniencing the  other road users and may cause death to innocent people.Most of the accidents happen  due to the driver’s fault. Some drivers are not in stable condition when they are driving.They are sleepy,tired and possibly drunk.Usually we can track these phenomema from the buses,lorries and other heavy vehicles drivers. They are sleepy and tired after driving for long hours  causing them  to lost their focus hence causing accidents and death.                              

Apart from that, vehicles which are not serviced for a long time may not be in the best condition to be on the road.A car which is not serviced may have problems like the brakes and clutches which cannot work efficiently and may cause accident. The bad condition of our  roads and highways is also another contributing factor which is causing accidents.The authorities take a longer time to repair the bad conditions of the roads thus many innocent motorists were trapped with potholes,uneven roads and landslides.

 I think there are many ways to  overcome accidents.Firstly,all drivers and motorcyclists must change their attitudes. They should follow all the traffic rules and speed limit. They should never drive or ride at high  speed and accelerate further at  traffic light when the light turns red.
They should give signal when they want to turn at the junction so that other drivers know where they are heading. If the drivers follow speed limit and not speeding, their journey will be safe and convenience the other road users.Next,the cars and vehicles must be serviced regularly to maintain their best condition. Failure to service the vehicles  may cause many technical problems and can injure the driver. The Works department(JKR) also must do maintenance of roads and repair damage on roads immediately before more accidents happen.Then, enforcement of traffic rules must be tighten.Officers from Road Ttransport Department and Police Traffic should always patrol and take action on any person who break the traffic rules.Heavier fines should  be imposed so that they will abide the traffic rules.Apart from that ,it is vital that the present ruling on licensing procedures to be changed.It is advisable to raise the minimum requirement for holding a valid licence from existing 17years to 21 years old.Usually motorcyclists and drivers who are 21years old and above are more matured and considerate.Thus we can cut down the  accidents rates.

In conclusion,majority of the accident cases begin from the drivers themselves. I think from now on, drivers should be more responsible and careful while driving vehicles. All people must take heed of ways to overcome accidents. I hope the rate of accidents will decrease as it is so sad to see many tears flowing especially losing their loved ones when accidents happen.We can change the situation.Let us behave nicely on the roads.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The title is not very nice, but it will do. This article explains how to become (or try to become) and nerd and act like a genius. The classic type.

NOTE: What this article will tell you about "nerds" is the socially acceptable version. If you are already a real nerd, you do not need this article, and you may despise it. Real nerdiness/genius denotes an unusually high IQ as well as a diverse vocabulary and general intelligence. They are usually socially-unaccepted, and plainly said: DO NOT CARE ABOUT OTHERS' OPINIONS ON WHAT YOU DO. Therefore, the fact that you are reading this means you are and will not be a nerd.

Choose your everyday clothes. Being a nerd doesn't mean you wear braces and glasses. Wear a hot outfit. And wear an awsome pair of eyeglasses, without frame. Enjoy your life. But remember, not to wear nail polish and makeup.Look naturally beautiful. Have confidence in your self. If someone ask you a question, solve it quickly. And for THE BULLIES, Have a little attitude. Be soft to the good and coarse to the bad.

  1. Do not read magazines what others read. Read magazines of your choice. Take interest in maths and science. Have a little attitude in your intelligence. Be rude to those BULLIES who think themselves to cool. Tell them that they are ugly and foolish.
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    Write fast and neat when taking notes or anything. But you should also be able to write neatly in both cursive and print also.
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    Try to impress your opposite gender. br>
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    It is not a good idea to like sports, although you still can be athletic. If you do watch sports, obnoxiously shout good advice to the players.
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    Do not watch television shows such as "CSI" or "Dancing with the Stars".Some good television watching for nerds is "PBS Create" or the Discovery Channel.
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    Have, at the least, one complete encyclopedia set in you house. Put it in a place where everybody can see it. If you want it to really be convincing, make a whole bunch of the pages dog-eared and marked up so it looks like it is read constantly.
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    Your room should be slightly messy, but not with toys and video game systems. It should have crinkled-up papers with writing on them. And books, books, books. Read non-fiction books about history and science, and some biographies about interesting people, such as Valentina Tereshkova (the first Russian woman in space).
    • The books do not have to be all nonfiction, as some fictional works greatly increase vocabulary. All books should be welcome because there are a lot of books excluded if you only read or own nonfiction books. Just make sure to read the nonfiction and fiction equally.
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    Increase your vocabulary, and use it! Don't get wordy, but substitute little words (jumped, typed) for better ones (lunged, hammered the keyboard frenziedly). Make sure you only use your brainy words when it is appropriate, or you'll look like a show off (and therefore a loser; not good). Make sure there's someone around to appreciate your vocabulary.
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    Ponder everything. If at any point you're not pondering, you need to try harder. Question yourself first and the world around you. Don't be afraid to ask others for their answer. Be ready to accept it and even adopt it if it's better than yours.
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    Learn your proper nerd habits. For example, a squeaky voice will always do. In math class, whenever a challenging problem is asked by the teacher, rivet your eyes (as large as possible) on the calculator, while clutching the device as close to you as you can manage, and press the keys non-stop. Panting and sweating is fine. If in English class you are called to write an essay, always tap the edge of your writing utensil on your head. No licking and sucking. Quite elementary, really.
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    Join the nerd industry! Nerds can often make a lot of money by tutoring.
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    Study math by night to get in advanced math classes.
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    Accumulate a larger vocabulary. Using a S.A.T vocabulary list is really good.
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    Read ahead in every literature book.
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    How high you put your bag depends on the school you're on and even the country. If low hanging bags are fashion, put it up as high as possible.
Add your own method


  • To be a nerd, you have to be very observant, as to catch faulty logic and other things similar to that.
  • ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS carry around a strap, over the shoulder bag (the ones they carry laptops with) ALWAYS; it finishes the look.
  • When walking, carry around a book.
  • Only be obnoxious at school or work. It is not a good idea to point out grammar mistakes at a so-called grocery store conversation, although point out faulty logic all the time.
  • Always carry one pen and one pencil in your shirt pocket. The pencil should always be mechanical, as a normal "graphite" pencil is not nerdy.
  • Read, read, read. This will help you become a genius-type person and a nerd.
  • Don't generalize nerds as snobby people who correct others.
  • Do not care what everybody thinks, be yourself, and do what you want; they do NOT control you, you do.
  • If wearing a cap, wear funny beanies, or Eskimo hats.


  • If being a nerd is not you, don't do it! There is nothing worse than a person who is not him/herself.
  • Don't be too old-fashioned. Tights are soooo gone. Please, "groovy" is unacceptable everywhere nowadays, especially to nerds.
  • Not everyone in your life will relish your nerdiness. Some may even taunt, boo, or try to convince you that no, you have it wrong — nerds actually are not cool. Whatever you do, do not listen to these idiots.
  • Don't be a know-it-all all the time! If you have to point out a mistake or a faulty logic, do it politely and discretely.
  • If you plan on calling yourself a sci-fi nerd, then you must explore the world beyond Star Wars, Buffy, or The Matrix. As for Star Trek, make sure you do your homework on the original series. You had also better brush up on your Doctor Who (original series), Red Dwarf, Robotech, Space 1999, Blake's Seven and other lesser known sci-fi classics that are too good for big budget Hollywood butchering. *Another good one is Fantastic Voyage. Watch the classic twilight zone episones and the old outer limits. You should learn to appreciate good sci-fi, both past and present, regardless of what could be admittedly said of some of their production values. Being too young to remember these titles is never an excuse; that's why they're called classics, right? Battlestar Galactica and Firefly and both excellent reasonably current sci-fi shows (Firefly is off-air).
  • Nerds are usually very unsocial. Lack of eye-contact and shoe-shopping-talk may be convincing.
  • If you want to be a computer nerd, don't use Internet Explorer. It is too mainstream, true nerds resent that. Good web browsers are Firefox and Google Chrome. Never refer to either web browser by their full name, IE FF and GC are the popular acronyms for the three.
  • If you constantly bully or mock someone who is less clever than you, they could get their friends to harass you or bully back.
  • Nerds may have a very different background from others. The reason why some people can change into a nerd is because of the hope to gain something, or due to their psychological mental side-effects.
  • Don't become so consumed with your obsession that you lose sight of reality. That's when you become a loser/social outcast and if you have become that lame then you have lost sight of your true nerddom.

Things You'll Need

  • A huge bulging Spiderman backpack. If you're too lazy to lug around the essences of a true nerd, then press cotton or whatever into your pack. The bigger the more impressive. Better yet, if anyone asks what's in there, bring out unnecessary item after unnecessary item (you know, birdhouse complete with food) and show them eagerly.
  • Hair tie. For girls, this is quintessential when working in the science lab (especially when using a flame or chemicals) and when reading your below mentioned tome.
  • Tome. May be spiritual, psychological, mental, whatever. Favorites include Sigmund Freud, the Bible, Einstein, and Darwin’s Origin of the Species. For “nerds in denial”, lighter reading may be used—namely a magazine, such as Scientific American, Astronomy Today, Windows Vista Magazine, or The Smithsonian.
  • Pens. At least five are needed. You could also keep your pens in the spiral of a spiral-bound notebook, or perhaps one tucked behind your ear and the rest in a discreet pencil bag. For girls with long hair, you can also use a pen as a hair-stick, instant accessibility.
  • The newest technology. Er, as in super calculators. Brag about these devices then say that you don't need them.
  • A club for Dungeons And Dragons (or your favorite RPG)

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