Date:01.04.2010. Time: 22.00
FLU IN UK
The swine flu crisis is officially over leaving 411 Britons dead - a fraction of the number feared.
Date: 02.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21 (regardless of the astronomically correct date), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the twenty-first century, to April 3 in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar their celebration of Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8. Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In most European languages the feast called Easter in English is termed by the words for passover in those languages and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate passover. Relatively newer elements such as the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts have become part of the holiday's modern celebrations, and those aspects are often celebrated by many Christians and non-Christians alike. There are also some Christian denominations who do not celebrate Easter.
IT IS ALSO NATURE DAY IN THE COUNTRIES THAT CELEBRATE NOOROOZ
Date: 03.04.2010. Time: 22.00
How loved ones can help
Date: 04.04.2010. Time: 22.00
ADDICTION & SOLUTION
Addiction & Cocaine: What is it?
What are the effects ?
When cocaine is snorted, the effect is much slower as the chemical first passes through the bloodstream from the nose, into the liver (where it may be partly broken down) and then around the body to the brain.
The effects include :
• Intense sense of euphoria
• Sense of being wide-awake and full of energy
• Enhanced sense of confidence
Cocaine also has physical effects :
• Raised heart rate and blood pressure
• Increased body temperature
• Loss of appetite
Risks and withdrawal symptoms
In the short-term people may act irresponsibly, or over confidently, and so may take risks or have accidents as a result of careless behaviour. With regular use anxiety, panic attacks and even frank paranoia are common. There may be long-term changes to the brain of users, particularly in the brain’s "reward" circuits which control sense of pleasure, and personality changes. The physical effects of cocaine, especially on the cardiovascular system, increase the risk of problems such as:
• Heart attacks
• Seizures and respiratory problems
• Loss of libido
• Feeling constantly run-down when not taking cocaine
Management of cocaine addiction
Remedy – Drink plenty of clean drinking water, eating a good food is the best solution.
Date: 05.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Date: 06.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Five-a-day has little impact on cancer, study finds
Broccoli not biscuits
Date: 07.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Hassan and Hossien to be separated
Conjoined Twin Boys To Be Separated
Four-month-old conjoined twins from County Cork are to be separated by doctors at a top children 's hospital. The procedure to separate Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf is taking place at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. The twins were born on December 2 last year to Angie and Azzedine Benhaffaf who also have two girls, Malika and Imam. The boys have been doing so well that their operation has been brought forward. They are being operated on by a team at Great Ormond Street under the direction of consultant paediatric surgeon Edward Kiely. Mr Kiely says his team is the most experienced in Europe in caring for conjoined twins - it has already dealt with 21 separations. The boys are reportedly joined at the chest, although they do not share organs. The operation is expected to take 20 hours. A fund was set up shortly after the birth to help cover medical costs for the twins, who their mother calls "little fighters". Mrs Benhaffaf said shortly after the birth that her family's world had been "turned upside down" when it was revealed she was expecting conjoined twins. However, once the babies were born, she realised they were a gift. Mrs Benhaffaf said: "We do feel blessed by them. It was never expected that they would live or do as well as they probably have been doing - hence their (nick)name." Conjoined twins are very rare, occurring just once in every 200,000 births.
Date: 08.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Trial by error
Date: 09.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Plus & Minus
When we are recommended an operation or healthcare intervention, it’s likely we’re going to want some information about it. Not just who will do it, where and when, but also the chances of whether it could damage, maim or even kill. All procedures – even straightforward ones – entail the risk of complication, so it’s important to be informed. One way of doing this is to use “calculators” to predict these health risks. Some of these are available online, often targeted at assessing cardiovascular risk. By entering your age, smoking history, blood pressure, family history and diabetic status, a calculation is made projecting risk for cardiovascular disease over the following years. When it comes to operations, calculators are used to indicate whether a patient will survive, so they predict outcomes in shorter time frames. The euro SCORE (European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation) is one of the better-known utilities. Using data from 128 European hospitals, it was developed by analysing post-op outcomes and complications. Points were assigned to risk factors noticed before the operation, such as renal failure, then used to calculate absolute risk, or the number of patients out of 100 with similar conditions who were likely to die post-operatively. Several hundred US hospitals have recently been in the medical news for their use of a new calculator, this time to evaluate the risk of death or complications after bowel surgery. The Journal of the American College of Surgeons published a paper last year which used data from almost 30,000 people at 182 US hospitals. Researchers used 30 variables to predict risk after colon surgery; 15 factors were found to predict closely for morbidity and mortality. This system has now been rolled out to 250 hospitals in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, although it costs each hospital $35,000 a year to take part (the European heart calculator is free online). Better-informed patients can make more meaningful decisions, and risk adjusters may make it easier to compare institutions’ performance. But this can only be the beginning. There is no point in knowing the risk of an operation if we don’t know the risk of not having it, or if there is another operation that could offer the desired outcomes with less risk. I also have a niggling doubt that this calculator might be seen as a substitute for good communication skills. It can only ever be a part of, not a proxy for, a more nuanced conversation between doctor and patient.
Date: 10.04.2010. Time: 22.00
BLUNDER IN NHS
Health Secretary Andy Burnham said he deeply regretted the distress caused to bereaved families of people whose organs were removed without consent following a huge blunder affecting the UK donor register. Around 800,000 people had their wishes about the use of their organs wrongly recorded due to an error, it was revealed. An investigation found that 45 individuals for whom false data were stored have since died. The NHS is about to contact approximately 20 families who allowed organs to be taken after being misinformed about what consent had previously been given. Mr Burnham said: "Giving the gift of an organ is a most selfless act and organ donors transform the lives of thousands of people every year. "I want to assure the millions of people on the organ donor register that they can have full confidence that only their accurate information will be discussed with their families, and that their wishes will be respected. "This has clearly not happened in a small number of cases in the past, and I deeply regret the distress caused to the families. "In all cases, donation was discussed with family members before decisions were made. It is important that those who wish to donate tell their families of their wishes." He added: "I have asked NHS Blood and Transplant to take immediate steps to identify and contact all affected families. This process is under way and will be completed as quickly as possible. "I have asked Professor Sir Gordon Duff of Sheffield University to carry out a review to find out why this has happened, prevent mistakes like this being made again and ensure all necessary steps are taken to maintain confidence in the organ donor register."
Date: 11.04.2010. Time: 22.00
A British hospital has become the first in the world to give xenon gas to a stricken new-born baby to prevent it suffering brain injury. Riley Joyce received the life-transforming treatment at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, when he was taken there suffering from lack of oxygen. Riley was delivered at the Royal United Hospital, Bath in a critical condition, with no pulse and needed to be resuscitated. He was transferred to Bristol after his brain waves gave abnormal readings. On arrival his parents were told there was still a "50:50" chance of permanent injury and disability. They were asked if they would agree to Riley being the first baby ever to inhale xenon gas as an experimental treatment that might improve his chances of full recovery. After Prof Marianne Thoresen and her colleague Dr James Tooley had stabilised Riley at 33.5 degrees Celsius, Riley's breathing machine was connected to the xenon delivery system for three hours. Riley was kept cool for 72 hours, then slowly rewarmed and was able to breathe without the machine on day five. Prof Thoresen said: "After seven days, Riley was alert, able to look at his mother's face, hold up his head and begin to take milk." Riley's parents, Dave and Sarah Joyce, said: "We are delighted that Riley is doing so well and we are extremely grateful that we were given this opportunity. "Marianne was so passionate about the treatment and we truly believe that she had and still has the best interests of Riley in mind."
Date: 12.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Learning from the recession
There is no doubt that the recent recession has been a painful time for most businesses - but some have managed to come out on top. That's certainly true for the following quartet, especially as up to 120 small firms were going bust a day at the height of the financial crisis, according to accountants BDO. The four have had to work even harder in the business world, as they are all female entrepreneurs. A recent Business link survey found 20% of women entrepreneurs still feel they have to work harder than men to prove themselves in the business world. And while the ladies span the diverse sectors of fashion, construction and food all four have a similar tale of belt-tightening and innovation against a turbulent economic background. It also seems their hard work paid off - they were all nominated for this year's Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Award - so how did they do it?
Date: 13.04.2010. Time: 22.00
We have polluted the earth, water, air, soil and ...we have to pay the price....
China earthquake 6.9 kills hundreds in Qinghai
Date: 14.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Raising Awareness of MS
Can you help raise awareness of MS this year?
MS Awareness Week runs from 26 April - 2 May 2010. The week provides a great opportunity to help people across the UK understand what it means to have MS and to focus the debate on how to improve MS services. It also gives you the opportunity to do something to raise awareness of MS in your locality. You could set up an information stand at work, in your local library, your GP’s surgery or anywhere that you think might get people’s attention. Or you could organise an event with friends, colleagues or family to help give them a better understanding of MS and its effects. We can provide you with materials and information to display, whether you are doing this on a small or large scale. Contact us to find out how we can support you in raising awareness of MS.
Date: 15.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Let us talk and tell the truth for a minute
Clegg Cameron Brown
Erection Time and telling goodies but not doing goodies
Even if it did represent an Americanisation of our politics, this debate felt healthy and important. The fear was that it would be vacuous like it did in Iran in April 2009. And first impressions seemed to vindicate that. Live political debates are in no way a purely American phenomenon. Almost every democracy has them. But they carry the image of an Americanised, superficial political culture. The argument against today's debate was that we already have the Commons, where the leaders battle it out every week. There is no substitute for that in American politics. We have fierce general election campaigns, where leaders are thrown in front of critical journalists and members of the public every day. The televised debate seemed like another step away from substance and into personality and image. First impressions confirmed this assessment too. The tricks were on display. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown all cited personal anecdotes and told stories of the people they'd met. Clegg stared endlessly into the camera in a way that was clearly intended to be egalitarian but might have come across as unnerving. His manner while listening to the others - hand in pocket, disapproving expression - came across much better, but he adopted it in a way that revealed he had been told to do it. They all made a point of saying where they agreed with their opponents, a manoeuvre which makes the speaker appear consensual, reasonable and less party political. It's taken almost directly from the Vince Cable handbook. Where abuse was used (mostly Brown) it was clever and soft, not loud and childish as it often becomes during PMQs. Cameron's placing in the middle (they will rotate throughout the debates) was considered a victory by his team, but it gave the impression he was lost and victimised, even if this might have simply been an effect of his generally poor performance. Brown had clearly been well briefed. He avoided reeling off lists of statistics as he tends to do in more traditional debates - a tactic despised by many parliamentary observers and members of the public. And yet, these are all deeply superficial conclusions, seemingly vindicating the idea that this was an unhealthy step. It's not as simple as that. Last night's event genuinely gave voters another image of the three men who want to be prime minister. They were noticeably more conciliatory. It's not altogether absurd to suggest this might be an effect of the forum. With all three men stood together facing out at the audience, they seemed to naturally adopt a more consensual approach than they ever could in the face-to-face, adversarial arrangements of the Commons. Also, tonight was spent discussing policy. Political obsessive will focus, paradoxically, on the stylistic aspects, because they already know the policies, but that was not necessarily the case for many of the people watching. Given that the programme allowed for 90 minutes of discussion on serious issues without any of the rules and conventions of the Commons which so alienate the public, the onus is on those who disapprove to demonstrate why, rather than the other way around. Now that it has happened, it would be shocking and bewildering for these debates not to become a traditional part of the general election campaign.
Date: 16.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Iceland volcano: UK flights grounded for second day. More problem because we have polluted air, soil, water, foods, and ... Therefore we will pay the price.
Flights across the UK are to remain grounded for a second day as volcanic ash from Iceland drifts across Europe. Air traffic control body Nats extended its restrictions on UK airspace until at least 0100BST on Saturday. A tiny number of services will be permitted to fly into and out of Northern Ireland, western Scotland and south-west England. The continuing volcanic eruption caused cancellations across Europe amid fears the ash could cause engine failures. Experts say the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud from the still-erupting volcano could jam aircraft engines, as has happened in previous incidents of planes flying into plumes of volcanic ash. Nats, which restricted all UK airspace at 1200BST on Thursday, allowed five flights overnight from North America into Belfast, Prestwick and Glasgow airports overnight as gaps in the cloud became apparent. Nats said that flights between Northern Ireland and the western isles of Scotland to and from Glasgow and Prestwick would continue until 1900 on Friday, on a case-by-case basis. North Atlantic traffic to and from Glasgow, Prestwick and Belfast, it added, may also be allowed until then. A further update is expected at 1430.
Stranded passengers have flooded other modes of travel. Eurostar trains reported a complete sell-out of its services to Brussels and Paris for the second day on Friday. "We are carrying more than 38,000 people today and all our trains are full," a spokeswoman for the company said. "We are telling potential customers without bookings not to come to St Pancras because they will not be able to travel." Rail and ferry services are reporting rises in their passenger numbers, with ferry operators Stena and Fastnet saying there were significant increases in customers on services departing from Wales. European air traffic control organisation Eurocontrol has said that the situation was "as bad as on Thursday or worse". Eurocontrol spokesman Brian Flynn said that "we lost 8,000 flights of 28,000 on Thursday" and expected that number could rise to 17,000 today.
• The airspace of the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania is restricted as completely as in the UK
• Northern parts of Germany, France and Poland are also fully restricted
• A small number of flights to and from the west are operating from airports at Dublin and Shannon in the Irish Republic and smaller airports in Sweden and Norway
• Polish officials will take a decision on Friday about delaying the state funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash last Saturday
• Shares in airlines BA, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa were all down in early trading on Friday
The Nats extension of restrictions for the UK was the second since Thursday evening. So far an estimated 600,000 passengers have been affected in the UK. Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said he was "closely monitoring the situation" and would be meeting key transport officials. Mr Flynn told the reporters a lack of wind meant the ash cloud was "progressing very slowly eastwards" and remained "very dense" but was no longer heading any further south. Ash from the cloud was first detected at ground level on Scotland's Northern Isles on Thursday evening, and early reports from the Shetland islands said that the sky had a light yellow hue on Friday morning. The Health Protection Agency has stressed the ash does not pose a significant risk to public health, and Health Protection Scotland says only a low concentration of particles is expected to reach the ground. It advises that some people with respiratory problems may experience short-term effects, but there should be no serious harm. The Eyjafjallajoekull eruption was the second in Iceland in less than a month. Volcanologist Thor Thordarsson said if the volcano maintained its current phase of activity, then the eruption could be over in "a few hours or even a few days" meaning the atmosphere would clear shortly afterwards. But he added: "If the eruption has a phase change and starts to produce lava... then we might be in for a much longer haul, an eruption that might last for months or even years, with a quiet period in between intermittent explosions."
Date: 17.04.2010. Time: 22.00
All the flights have been canceled
Volcanic ash cloud grounds all UK flights again
Restrictions had been lifted in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday evening but were reapplied overnight. At the same time, the continuing ban on flights in England and Wales was extended from 1300 BST until 1900 BST. Officials have warned the knock-on effect of cancellations could disrupt European airspace for several days. Hundreds of thousands of passengers have been stranded in the UK and abroad by flight cancellations.
'Windows of opportunity'
• Switzerland closed its airspace to aircraft flying under 11,000 metres (36,000 ft) from midnight (2200 GMT on Friday) until at least 2000 local time (1800 GMT) and Romania also closed its airspace over the north-west from 0300 local time (0000 GMT on Saturday)
• Ryanair canceled all flights to and from northern Europe until 1300 BST on Monday. It will keep running in southern and central Europe, although flight restrictions are being imposed in Hungary and Romania
• The Jet2.com airline canceled all its flights on Friday and Saturday, adding additional flights for Sunday and Monday
• P&O Ferries said it had dealt with 30,000 calls on Friday - the most it had dealt with on one day in its history. It said it would be unable to accept any further foot-passenger bookings
It has warned customers without bookings not to go to London's St Pancras station because they will not be able to travel Experts say the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud could jam aircraft engines, as has happened in previous incidents of planes flying into plumes of volcanic ash. The last eruption of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano system that is creating the problems was on 20 March, when a 0.5km-long fissure opened up on the eastern side of the glacier at the Fimmvoerduhals Pass. The eruption prior to that started in 1821 and continued intermittently for more than a year.
Date: 18.04.2010. Time: 22.00
We have polluted soil, water, air, foods therefore we pay the high price
Date: 19.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Man who cares about humanities, environment pollution
Date: 20.04.2010. Time: 22.00
What is hair loss in women?
Causes and risk factors
Treatment and recovery
Myths about female hair loss
• It means you're not a proper women with two X chromosomes.
• It's caused by washing your hair too often.
• It's caused by too much brushing or combing.
• Hair dyes and perms can cause permanent loss.
• It may result from wearing hats and wigs.
• Shaving your hair will make it regrow thicker.
• Standing on your head will help it grow back.
• It's a sign of an overactive brain.
• There's a miracle cure out there waiting for you.
There are two main options:
• Scalp reduction - devices are inserted under the skin to stretch areas of scalp that still have hair, then the redundant bald areas are removed. Alternatively, flaps of hairy scalp can be moved around the head.
Date: 21.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Return to nature. We were created from soil and we will return to soil.
This is special soil which provide the best medical treatment.
Date: 22.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Who tells lie and who tells the truth?
Despite the polling upheavals of the last week, Gordon Brown and David Cameron's determination to tackle each other fatally compromised any expected demolition of Nick Clegg during the second televised leaders' debate. As anticipated, the Liberal Democrat leader was attacked by his Conservative and Labour counterparts on his opposition to a like-for-like replacement of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent. Brown also laid into Clegg for being "anti-American", while Cameron described Lib Dem proposals for a straight in-out referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union as a "con". But these attacks aside, and despite the essential and unprecedented parity between the three parties in recent polls, the prime minister and leader of the opposition focused on undermining each other's policies rather than confronting the growing Lib Dem threat. Cameron said Labour was trying to "frighten you" into backing the Conservatives. Brown said the recovery was "put at risk by Conservative policies". Both men may have been justified in refusing to change their overall approach, despite the apparently campaign-changing developments of the last week. While Cameron's best section was his "very, very angry" outburst against Labour "lies" over alleged Tory plans to cut measures helping elderly people, the prime minister was at his most prime ministerial when he unconsciously adopted the No 10 mindset. On Europe, for example, he blurted out: "I need to work with these other countries." Brown and Cameron were at their most united not in ganging up on Clegg, as many pundits had predicted, but during the section on a hung parliament. Despite prompts from the moderator, both men emphasised the "fundamental disagreement" which existed between Labour and the Conservatives on how to deal with the deficit in the next 12 months. The issue dominated the first week of the campaign and has rumbled along, unresolved, ever since. It was this fixation with each other's policies that led to their biggest error. For while they used their 'free debate' time to target each other, Clegg was slowly accumulating a series of statements designed to quell the fears about a hung parliament raised in the last seven days. "The world won't end. We'll talk to each other to provide the good government, the sound government, that you deserve," he said. "You deserve a government where we put your interests first and don't allow everything, constantly, to be hijacked by political pointscoring." Earlier the most striking section of the debate followed a question about restoring faith in politics and politicians. Clegg, again directly addressing the British people by looking into the camera (this time copied by Cameron, but not Brown), delivered an impassioned appeal to those who appeared to be wavering in his favour. "Get stuck in!" he urged the disaffected. "It's your country, it's your future, assert your right to vote, to shape your own future." As last week, placing the Lib Dem leader on a podium next to his two main counterparts has given him a huge boost. Cameron and Brown expended so much energy attacking each other they were simply less effective in confronting Clegg, and as a result he has still gained the most from tonight. On one level, the sheer effrontery of Brown and Cameron's decision to go for each other is breathtaking. On the other, as this morning's headlines show, perhaps they have realised something we haven't: intense press attention on the Lib Dems is doing a much better job of undermining Clegg than any of their efforts in tonight's short 90-minute exchange. By that measure, all three leaders will have reason to be pleased by their performances. Despite the polling upheavals of the last week, Gordon Brown and David Cameron's determination to tackle each other fatally compromised any expected demolition of Nick Clegg during the second televised leaders' debate. As anticipated, the Liberal Democrat leader was attacked by his Conservative and Labour counterparts on his opposition to a like-for-like replacement of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent. Brown also laid into Clegg for being "anti-American", while Cameron described Lib Dem proposals for a straight in-out referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union as a "con". But these attacks aside, and despite the essential and unprecedented parity between the three parties in recent polls, the prime minister and leader of the opposition focused on undermining each other's policies rather than confronting the growing Lib Dem threat. Cameron said Labour was trying to "frighten you" into backing the Conservatives. Brown said the recovery was "put at risk by Conservative policies". Both men may have been justified in refusing to change their overall approach, despite the apparently campaign-changing developments of the last week. While Cameron's best section was his "very, very angry" outburst against Labour "lies" over alleged Tory plans to cut measures helping elderly people, the prime minister was at his most prime ministerial when he unconsciously adopted the No 10 mindset. On Europe, for example, he blurted out: "I need to work with these other countries." Brown and Cameron were at their most united not in ganging up on Clegg, as many pundits had predicted, but during the section on a hung parliament. Despite prompts from the moderator, both men emphasised the "fundamental disagreement" which existed between Labour and the Conservatives on how to deal with the deficit in the next 12 months. The issue dominated the first week of the campaign and has rumbled along, unresolved, ever since. It was this fixation with each other's policies that led to their biggest error. For while they used their 'free debate' time to target each other, Clegg was slowly accumulating a series of statements designed to quell the fears about a hung parliament raised in the last seven days. "The world won't end. We'll talk to each other to provide the good government, the sound government, that you deserve," he said. "You deserve a government where we put your interests first and don't allow everything, constantly, to be hijacked by political pointscoring." Earlier the most striking section of the debate followed a question about restoring faith in politics and politicians. Clegg, again directly addressing the British people by looking into the camera (this time copied by Cameron, but not Brown), delivered an impassioned appeal to those who appeared to be wavering in his favour. "Get stuck in!" he urged the disaffected. "It's your country, it's your future, assert your right to vote, to shape your own future." As last week, placing the Lib Dem leader on a podium next to his two main counterparts has given him a huge boost. Cameron and Brown expended so much energy attacking each other they were simply less effective in confronting Clegg, and as a result he has still gained the most from tonight. On one level, the sheer effrontery of Brown and Cameron's decision to go for each other is breathtaking. On the other, as this morning's headlines show, perhaps they have realised something we haven't: intense press attention on the Lib Dems is doing a much better job of undermining Clegg than any of their efforts in tonight's short 90-minute exchange. By that measure, all three leaders will have reason to be pleased by their performances.
Date: 23.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Where do we dump our rubbish in UK
Beijing is waging war against the stench of its growing rubbish tips by using giant deodorant sprays to cover the smell as the warmer weather causes more waste to rot. Employees at the Gao'antun Garbage Landfill Plant, in the city's suburbs, used more than 100 cannons for the job after local officials were forced to apologise for the foul smells coming from the dump. Officially termed "high pressure long-range deodorant sprays", they blast a liquid created from plant extract onto waste arriving at the site and can reach up to 15 metres away. The biological compound neutralises the smell. The fragrance-covered rubbish is then buried under odour-eating covering sheets and further deodorant is sprayed on top. Other devices also been introduced, including a machine that extracts the foul-smelling gases and uses them to generate electricity. But waste management experts have expressed doubts over the deodorant scheme. "The cannons are stench-neutralising tools that should be used under special circumstances. But we cannot keep blasting all day long," said Nie Yongfeng, Professor of environmental and engineering sciences at Tsinghua University. "If these cannons keep blasting every day, they will definitely cause noise pollution to the surrounding area." Gao'antun landfill is just one of many sites struggling to process the mountains of rubbish produced by China's heaving capital. Beijing's 17.6 million residents produce 18,400 tonnes of household garbage daily, 90% of which is dumped in the 13 landfills dispersed around the city, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.
Date: 24.04.2010. Time: 22.00
A German Shepherd dog in Alaska has been given a hero's award for saving his owner's house from a fire. Five-year-old Buddy guided a team of Alaska State Troopers through winding back roads to the property in a remote area some 55 miles north of Anchorage. His owner, Ben Heinrichs, 23, was working on his truck inside his garage when a spark ignited near some fuel and caught fire, setting his clothes alight. Mr Heinrichs managed to run outside, closing the door to stock the fire from spreading, and rolled in the snow to extinguish the flames on his clothes. But he suddenly remembered the dog was still in the workshop and ran back to fetch him. While Buddy escaped unscathed, his owner suffered minor burns on his face and second-degree burns on his left hand. The dog subsequently ran off after his master said he needed help. He was found on a road by the Alaskan police who had been alerted to the fire but had got lost. As the police were about to turn down the wrong road, they caught sight in their headlights of Buddy who made eye contact with them and raced ahead down the right road, occasionally turning round to check they were behind him. The dog's quick reaction meant that the fire was restricted to the outbuildings and the family's home was left unscathed. "Buddy is an untrained dog who, for some reason, recognised the severity of the situation and acted valiantly in getting help for his family," Alaskan State Trooper chief Colonel Audie Holloway said at a ceremony to honour the dog. Buddy, whose good deed was caught on a patrol car's dashcam video, was given a smart dog bowl as a reward, and a big rawhide bone. His owners said they had known he was clever since they first took him as a six-week-old puppy and added that he was very brave too, having twice chased bears away when Ben was fishing.
Date: 25.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Aliens are very likely out there, according to eminent
scientist Stephen Hawking - but we should keep quiet and hope they don't notice
In a new documentary for the Discovery Channel, the theoretical physicist warns against making contact with any extra-terrestrials. Professor Hawking, who retired as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge last year, claims such space life would only abuse Earth's resources and move on. "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," he said. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach." "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans." The documentary, which begins on May 9, explores the British scientist's vision of the universe. While most aliens were in all probability simple organisms such as microbes, Professor Hawking said it would only take a few intelligent ones to spell disaster for humans. "To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational," he explained. "The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."
Date: 26.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Scientists have been given the chance to get inside the mind of one of Australia's most notorious gangsters. The brain of mob boss Carl Williams is set to be donated to science, a week after he was brutally murdered in a maximum security prison. Ex-wife Roberta Williams granted permission as experts look to learn what drove her baby-faced former husband to terrorise Melbourne's gangland. "I believe it's to help with research, and might explain why guys like Carl do the violent things they do," she told Australian magazine New Idea. Williams, whose notorious life of crime inspired the hit Australian drama series Underbelly, was beaten to death less than three years into his 35-year-minimum sentence at Melbourne's Barwon Prison. "I always had a bad gut feeling," Ms Williams said in relation to the death. "He dropped his guard and when he did, a maggot robbed my daughter of her dad. Somebody has to pay for that. My kids are victims. They always were." Victoria state police have charged a 36-year-old inmate over the death. According to Australian media reports, Ms Williams may also seek legal action, believing the 39-year-old's killing may have been linked to testimony he was preparing to give regarding a long-running investigation. She added: "Although the attack was reported to be very violent, I hope he died quickly so at least he didn't suffer. "He'd have been brain dead before the cardiac arrest and wouldn't have known about it. "I've never tried to excuse or justify Carl's behaviour and have always maintained that the real casualties of the underworld wars are the children on both sides." Commonly known as "Fat Boy", Williams will be buried on Friday near the grave of his friend, hitman Benji Veniamin, at Melbourne's Keilor Cemetery. Ms Williams also revealed gatherers will bid an ironic farewell to the murderer and drug trafficker with the classic George Gershwin song Funny Face.
Date: 27.04.2010. Time: 22.00
We do not trust Tony and George. Do you?
He has written his story. Let us see what he said about the war and what was achieved?
Bush memoir launch held back until after elections
Date: 28.04.2010. Time: 22.00
HOW MUCH MONEY DO WE NEED WHEN WE ARE RETIRED?
Couples must budget £600,000 for retirement
Couples need to budget nearly £600,000 to cover the cost of their retirement, new figures have disclosed. It means each pensioner needs an income more than double the basic state pension just to cover everyday costs such as food, petrol and clothing. The annual expenditure is a third higher than five years ago, with retiring workers hit by a double whammy of falling income from their pensions and rising costs. Laith Khalaf, a pensions expert at wealth managers Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "Millions of people are sleepwalking into an impoverished old age. You can not expect to spend twenty or thirty years in retirement without stashing away a substantial amount of money while you are still working." The latest figures, compiled by MGM Advantage, suggested the average household needs £564,227 to cover the cost of the first 20 years after quitting the workforce. The calculation is based on annual household expenditure for those aged 65 to 74 at £23,107, compared with £14,926 for those aged 75 and over. Five years ago, the figures were £17,737 and £11,700 respectively. The higher cost of living in London means an average retired couple needs a total of £668,553 over 20 years while the lower cost of living in the North East means households need £473,178. Chris Evans, chief executive of MGM Advantage, said: "There is significant pressure on pensioner income. Those people retiring today can expect to live for twenty years but with annuity rates falling and the cost of living rising, funding retirement is a difficult task. "With such large regional discrepancies in the cost of living in retirement, we wouldn't be surprised if more people considered relocating to other less expensive parts of the country in order to search out a better quality of life. As expenditure has risen, pension incomes have declined as investment companies factor in the cost of the aging population and lower returns during the financial crisis. A pension pot of £564,227 currently secures an annual income of £35,806, compared with £37,656 five years ago, according to Hargreaves Lansdown. The basic state pension of £97.65 per week equates to £10,155 per year for a couple in retirement. Only the very wealthy and those in the public sector with generous gold-plated schemes can guarantee a financially secure retirement, experts said. Ros Altmann, a pension expert and governor at the London School of Economics, said: "We have a real pension crisis and politicians have not woken up to it. Most people’s pensions are not going to deliver the figures they would have expected when they first started saving unless of course, you happen to work in the public sector." Separate research by equity release specialists Key Retirement Solutions suggested pensioners are entering retirement with average debts of £36,000, including credit cards, loans, mortgages, and overdrafts. With more immediate financial concerns such as avoiding having their homes repossessed and covering the cost of rising petrol bills, charities said households were failing to save enough for their retirement. Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK, said: "This report is another powerful reminder of the need for adequate pension provisions. It is not surprising many people are shocked by the drop in income and standards of living they experience at retirement."
Date: 29.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Man 'Survives Without Food' For 70 Years
Indian doctors are studying a remarkable 83-year-old holy man who claims to have spent the last seven decades without food and water. Military medics hope the experiments on Prahlad Jani can help soldiers develop their survival strategies. The long-haired and bearded yogi is under 24-hour observation by a team of 30 doctors during three weeks of tests at a hospital in the western city of Ahmedabad. Two cameras have been set up in his room, while a mobile camera films him when he goes outside, guaranteeing round-the-clock observation. His body will be scanned and his brain and heart activity measured with electrodes. "The observation from this study may throw light on human survival without food and water," said Dr G. Ilavazahagan, who is directing the research. "This may help in working out strategies for survival during natural calamities, extreme stressful conditions and extra-terrestrial explorations like future missions to the Moon and Mars by the human race." Since the experiment began on April 22, Jani has neither eaten nor drunk and has not been to the toilet. "The exercise of taking this yogi under the medical scanner is to understand what energy supports his existence," Dr Ilavazahagan added. "Jani says he meditates to get energy. Our soldiers will not be able to meditate, but we would still like to find out more about the man and his body." Jani, who dresses in red and wears a nose ring, grew up in Charod village in the Mehsana district in Gujarat. He claims to have been blessed by a goddess when he was aged eight, which has enabled him to survive without sustenance.
Date: 30.04.2010. Time: 22.00
Leading think-tank's message to party leaders:
Tell us the truth on the economy
a) Labour £44.1 bn of cut remained undefined
b) Conservatives £52.5 bn of cuts yet to be specified
c) Lib. Dems £34.4 bn hole in deficit reduction plans
All parties have all promised so many good things but failed to ascertained how they would achieved their objectivise without having enough fund or explaining where to get the money from?
Tory support is not actually much higher than it was during Howard's time. It would be unfair to Cameron, so many years into his modernisation process, to say he is merely a fortunate beneficiary of circumstance - of Brown's incompetence and the financial scandal. But he has not been remotely inspirational over the course of these debates. This was actually a fairly dispiriting end to the leaders' TV debates, which seemingly detonated onto the 2010 general election campaign three weeks ago. The debates have become more boring and unsurprising each week - a fact that plays well for Clegg. Voters only tend to remember the first event, and the relative flatness of the second two debates means these three broadcasts will go down as Clegg's, even if his performance failed to reach a crescendo.