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30th. September 2010
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Thursday 30th. September 2010
DINNA SPIK DORIC!
SMET: SPEAK ENGLISH IN EUROPE Flemish-speaking Belgian minister wants English to be Europe’s ‘common language’
cots and Doric speakers from the North East can sympathise with the Waloons of Belgium who have been told to lose their language to the dominance of English. Doric is the dialect and local lingo spoken here in the North East of Scotland, especially around Aberdeen City and the County of Aberdeenshire. Go to The Broch, the Fraserburgh area, to hear a broad accent of the Doric. Just as Scots was phased out that this is English, which is an era ago Flemish and French already the lingua franca of may be on the way out as international economics and mainstream languages. Pascal politics. French is not spoken Smet, the schools minister anywhere in the world while for Flanders, has horrified English is now increasingly his country’s ‘francophones becoming a global language.” by suggesting that Flemish Mr Smets proposal that children, who are Dutch children in Flanders can speakers, should learn English dispense with French have as their second language, rather deeply angered Belgian than the French spoken by two Walloons already fearful over fifths of their countrymen in their fate and Belgium’s future Wallonia. after Flemish separatists won As well as dismissing French the largest share of the vote in as one of Federal Belgium’s elections three months ago. official languages, Mr Smet Talks between the Flemish has picked a broader fight by and Walloons over forming calling for the language of a new government remain Shakespeare to supplant that deadlocked and have been of Moliere as the expression of damaged by the comments, the European ideal. all the more so because Mr “I note that the engine Smets is a Socialist and not a of European integration is supporter of an independent sputtering. One reason is that Flanders. we do not speak the same “These unfortunate remarks tongue, hence my plea for a are hardly going to help common European language,” improve relations between the he said.“It seems logical to me Flemish and French speakers
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in this country,” said MarieDominque Simonet, the Walloon education minister. Dutch speakers make up three fifths of Belgium’s population, where only the capital Brussels is officially bilingual. The remarks are also likely to concern Paris. France is already concerned that English is becoming the dominant language within the EU. Figures for 2009 show that three quarters of working documents within the EU were originally in English, an increase of 20 per cent in 10 years. Original documents in French comprised just eight per cent, down 24 per cent in the same period. Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, is so anxious that earlier this year he sent JeanPierre Raffarin, a former Prime Minister, to assert the “intransigence” of France when protecting the status of French as a working language.
MEL’S EX GETS $15M FOR TAPES MEL GIBSON’S exgirlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, had a $15 million agreement to destroy incriminating tapes against the star, it has been claimed.
Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend had a $15 million agreement to destroy incriminating tapes against the star. Oksana Grigorieva and Mel both signed the document in May in which the ‘Edge of Darkness’ actor agreed to pay the Russian singer the huge sum in return for her handing over “evidence”
against him so it could be erased. The pair are now locked in a fierce legal battle, with Oksana claiming Mel assaulted her and verbally abused her, while Mel claims Oksana - with whom he has an 11-month-old daughter Lucia - tried to extort money from him and deliberately leaked audio tapes revealing his behaviour. A source who was involved in the alleged two day mediation which produced the agreement told gossip website TMZ: “It was all about the audiotapes and everyone in the room knew it.”
Thursday 30th. September 2010
NEWS - EVENTS - ACTIVITIES
CHALLENGING TIMES FOR ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL ABERDEENSHIRE Council, like authorities across Scotland, is facing budget reductions on a large scale. Councillors will meet today, Thursday September 30, to discuss a report outlining three outcomes to the national UK and Scottish Government budget announcements to ensure it is in a strong position to deliver services. Another meeting of the council’s Policy and Resources Committee will take place to discuss major projects in the area and the impact of the financial situation. The majority of Aberdeenshire Council’s budget of over £550million comes from Scottish Government (around 80%) and the rest is made up of council tax, fees and charges. Councillors will receive information on a range of scenarios which will result in savings being made of either £42.2million, £57.8million or £72.9million over the next two years. Members will also receive information on the findings from the recent Independent Budget Review commissioned by the
Scottish Government. The council is not making decisions on savings at this point in time however an interim budget is proposed for a future full council meeting on November 25. The figure of £73million is related to the potential protection of funding for health services, which would impact heavily on local government finances. Aberdeenshire Council Leader Cllr Anne Robertson said: “We know there are savings to be made but we won’t know how much until we get information from the UK and Scottish Governments and as a responsible authority we will take time to assess this information carefully. “There are many factors to consider and if the health service is protected then more cuts will fall on local government and that is why we are preparing for the worst case scenario. “What we can say is that although we may have hard decisions to make, we will continue to deliver services in line with our priorities and I urge you all to work with us during these challenging times.
“If you, as a resident, have any concerns then please do contact your local councillor but be assured that we have your interests at heart and we will continue to ensure that services continue to be delivered to a high standard.” On Wednesday, October 20, the Comprehensive Spending Review will take place to set the budget for all UK public services. The Scottish Government settlement will be agreed in December before Aberdeenshire Council plans its new budget in February 2011. Aberdeenshire Council’s Chief Executive, Colin Mackenzie, said: “We have a wealth of experience in managing change. “The future will be different and our council might be smaller, however we are committed to a programme of community, employee and trade union engagement. “We won’t know the full extent of the savings we have to find for a few months, however, we have already been making progress by asking senior management and staff at all levels to suggest how we can be even more efficient.”
FRASERBURGH HERITAGE CENTRE Fraserburgh’s SNP councillor Brian Topping and local MSP Stewart Stevenson dropped into the Heritage Centre Open Day on Saturday (25th. Sept.) to show support for the facility and the dedicated team who run it. Mr Stevenson and Cllr Topping met with volunteers and staff and toured the exhibition. C o m m e n t i n g afterwards, Stewart Stevenson said: “The Fraserburgh Heritage Centre is a remarkable facility and is wellworth a visit. “It is full of fascinating items and exhibits about the Broch’s history and provides quite an eye-opener into Fraserburgh down through the ages. “The volunteers and staff I met were all very enthusiastic about the centre and extremely knowledgeable about the various exhibits.
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Teen Drinking IN TODAY’S society more and more teens are drinking alcohol underage. Alcohol is promoted everywhere we look, whether it’s in TV shows, movies, music or even through other people’s examples. Alcohol abuse and binge drinking is something that is discussed casually. Does this make it more acceptable? Because so many people talk about it and discuss it so dismissively, could this be behind the recent spike in underage drinking? All young people hear about drinking alcohol is that it livens up a party, it makes you do things that you wouldn’t normally do, it’s a release. What most people don’t know is what binge drinking is. For some, a standard night out would include having one or two drinks, this isn’t classed as binge drinking… right? In some cases this assumption is wrong. Having two glasses of a regular cider like Strongbow or Magners counts as 5.7 units, this is over the national guidelines and is technically classed as binge drinking. Even two pints of beer is considered binge drinking, and this for some is a reasonable amount to drink. Most people drink until they feel the effects of the alcohol, when in actual fact it only takes 5 minutes for alcohol to reach every part of your body after you start drinking, imagine what drinking to excess does to you. When teens go out, all they’re thinking about is having a good time, everything else is an after thought, like how they’re going to get home. Someone once gave me some very helpful advice, they told me to keep some taxi money in my sock or underwear, that way you won’t spend it and hopefully not lose it and you have a way home. When people dress to go out, fashion and how they look is a key factor, they don’t care about the weather, it’s all about style before practicality. What most people don’t realise is that alcohol lowers the body temperature. Not many people realise the dangers and high risks of catching hypothermia when dressed like this. Also the amount of drinks that are being spiked in bars has gone up. Some bars may offer Spikeys for free, to put in drink bottles to lower the risk of getting your drink spiked, some don’t. It’s easy enough to say “don’t leave your drink unattended”, but it’s another thing entirely when you’re actually in that situation. What some people don’t realise is that any drink can get spiked; it doesn’t have to be alcohol. Even if you have a soft drink it isn’t safe to leave it unattended, leave it with a friend you can trust. The most common drug used in drugassisted sexual assault cases is alcohol. It has also been proven that in the case of emergencies shouting the word “fire!” attracts more attention than the word “help!” Another thing that may help keep people safer if out is not to drink too much alcohol; pace yourself
and drink soft drinks in between to help you stay sober longer. Some people also do not know that drinking darker drinks like red wine and whisky can give you a worse hangover than drinking lighter drinks like white wine and vodka because of the chemicals in darker alcoholic drinks. There are certain myths surrounding the dreaded hangover. Many people believe that “hangover cures” like eating a fry-up will soak up the alcohol. Eating a fry may soften some of the symptoms of a hangover, but only time will rid the alcohol from your body, it takes one hour per unit of alcohol to leave the body. For the teens of today drinking alcohol is something that some are pressured into, some think it’s a right of passage, others just find it fun; either way more and more teens are getting drunk underage and getting themselves into trouble. Alcohol is also one of the main ingredients for teenage pregnancy, if we stopped promoting the use of alcohol, would this stop so many teenagers’ lives being affected by early childbirth? If you are under 16 and are caught drunk and able to look after yourself, the police can arrest and charge you, they can also take you back to your parents the next day and could submit a report into the children’s panel or to the social work department about your behaviour. Alcohol doesn’t just affect the drinker; it can also affect their family. I believe if people are going to have alcohol that people should think before they drink, think about the consequences of their actions and remember how to keep themselves safe. Kayleigh MacLean is a 2010 S6 School Leaver. She will embark on a Journalism course at College in September. The Buchaneer is committed to helping young journalists, photographers and other young people with an interest in the media in their chosen career. If you have anything to offer why don’t you do what Kayleigh did? Contact our Features Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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30th. September 2010
BODYGUARD SUES BRITNEY SPEARS AN ATTORNEY for Britney Spears’ ex-husband called child abuse claims levelled at the singer by a former bodyguard baseless and motivated by money. Fernando Flores, who worked on the singer’s security detail, sued Spears last week claiming sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. His lawsuit claims Spears repeatedly exposed herself to him and that he witnessed her punish her young sons with his belt and act inappropriately in front of them. Kevin Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told The Associated Press that Flores’ accusations had been looked into before the suit was filed and warranted no action. He said Federline takes any allegations of abuse or wrongdoing regarding the former couple’s children seriously. “He is satisfied that the allegations are a product of economic motives,” Kaplan said. “They are as baseless as they seem.” Federline has custody of the former couple’s sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, but Spears has substantial visitation with the boys. Kaplan said if Federline believed the children were in danger, he would have stepped in already. He noted that Flores’ lawsuit was leaked to before the suit was filed. “I think that the timing of this and
the nature of the allegations speak for themselves.” The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and includes several lurid allegations of Spears allegedly exposing herself to Flores. Spears’ publicist Holly Shakoor did not return email messages seeking comment on the case. The lawsuit claims that Spears, among other things, exposed herself to Flores and summoned him to her bedroom while she was naked. The bodyguard’s employment with Spears appeared to be brief – his court filings state he started working for her in February and had “exhausted his administrative remedies” with a state agency by July. Flores also sued his former employer, Advanced Security Concepts Corp. A woman who answered the company’s phone Wednesday declined to comment and refused to be identified. Spears remains under a court-ordered conservatorship in which her personal and financial affairs are controlled by her father and an attorney, and monitored by a judge. The conservatorship has prevented Spears from being deposed or testifying during previous cases in which she was sued. Despite a high-profile custody battle, Spears and Federline reached an agreement in 2008 and neither side has sought changes to the custody arrangement in nearly a year, court records show.
My LITTLE pony... SHE may be small, a mere 17 inches and weighing only 60 pounds. But she is all horse. Born as a dwarf to a miniature horse, Thumbelina is officially the world’s smallest horse. She may never aspire to be a champion show-jumper – she is so tiny she would find it hard to jump over a bucket. But these things matter little to the feisty Thumbelina, who has been officially recognized as the world’s smallest horse. That title was conferred on her in 2006 when the five-year-old entered the Guinness Book of Records. The real-life My Little Pony was born on an American farm to a couple who specialize in breeding miniature horses. Normally these horses weight about 250lb and rise to a height of 34 inches when they are fully grown. But from the day she was born it was clear that tiny Thumbelina would never grow to that size. She weighed in at only 8lb – the size of a new-born baby - when she was born. Eventually she grew to just 60lb. Her amazing size has been explained as dwarfism. This makes her a miniature of a miniature. She may be a mini-horse, but small means beautiful as far as her owners, the Goessling family in Goose Creek farm in St. Louis, are concerned. She likes to hang out with the cocker spaniels rather than the other horses on their 150-acre farm. “When she was born, she was so small we thought she wasn’t going
to make it. She looked very ill. We feared the worse. “Because her legs are proportionally smaller than her body and her head, she has to wear orthopaedic fittings to straighten them out a lot of the time. “But we love her and wouldn’t want her any other way,” said Michael Goessling, whose parents Kay and Paul bred the miniature horses. She only measures up to the shins of the normal-sized horses in the paddock. Michael’s parents have bred hundreds of miniature horses, but they have never had one as small as Thumbelina. She has become something of a celebrity in her home town in America. She lives on a cup of grain and a handful of hay, served twice a day. She is expected to live to the age of 17 years because of her size – normal horses live for about 35 years. “She was just a complete fluke and we call her a mini mini. She is too precious to sell. I think my parents would sell me before they part with Thumbelina. She has that special Wow factor, which you only get when you see how small she really is,” said Michael. While she has the ability to get pregnant and give birth, the Goessling family have decided not to allow this to happen. There could be complications during the pregnancy, they believe, so it is better to avoid the risks. And also they don‘t feel it is right that the gene which creates dwarfism in horses be carried on through future generations.
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Internet Safety for Kids So, you’re a concerned parent and want your kids to be safe online. What parent wouldn’t? You have security software on your computer and its up-to-date, you may have added filtering or monitoring software for added protection. Then you discover your child has created several social networking profiles and email addresses from a friend’s house , the public library or from their school as a work around to your best intentioned efforts. What is a parent to do? These situations do arise and kids will be kids. Their rebellious behaviour can be frustrating at times and can keep a parent on their toes. While this can be irritating it also stresses the need for developing an honest open dialog with your children on the importance of practicing safe online habits. Straightforward and open communication is one of the best ways a parent can get through to a resistant child and sharing stories of real life situations involving other children and problems they encountered while going behind their parents back can really drive your point home. Sharing stories your child can relate to can aid in providing Internet safety for kids. As an example take Aberdeen mother Sharon Hamilton. Sharon recently caught her 15 year old son frantically deleting text messages from his mobile phone in an attempt to keep her from viewing them. She grabbed the phone
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away from her son and saw a message from a phone number she did not recognize. The message read “Good night Babe.” After some discussion her son finally admitted to his mum that the message was from a 30 year old female he had met online while playing the video game “World of Warcraft” After Sharon had done further investigating she discovered that her son’s female friend was actually an adult male. Her son was as shocked as she was. Stories like this show the need for open dialog between parents and kids and the ability to form an honest and trusting atmosphere from which you can communicate with each other can help to bridge the gap between parents and their children. As a parent you can spend a little time online and find a multitude of stories like Sharon’s that you can share with your kids and help to teach them the importance of Internet safety rules and hopefully curb their need to go behind your back. You never really know who a stranger online could really be and by raising your child’s awareness to this fact you can both work as a team and help prevent potentially dangerous encounters. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jon Angel is committed to helping parents and kids stay safe online. Actively helping parents teach Internet safety for kids to keep their children safe online.
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20 Health Benefits of Turmeric Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful healers. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye. The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its antiinflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet: 1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. 2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. 3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice. 4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide. 5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. 6. Is a natural liver detoxifier. 7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain. 8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer. 9. It is a potent natural antiinflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects. 10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice. 11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor. 12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management. 13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression. 14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects. 16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer. 17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma. 18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors. 19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin. 20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules. Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue. Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
Thursday 30th. September 2010
SPACE PROBE RETURNS ASTEROID SAMPLE TO EARTH The 500kg space probe Hayabusa (meaning ‘falcon’), which was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) in 2003 and which landed on the 500m long near-Earth asteroid Itokawa in 2005 in an attempt to collect and return a dust sample to Earth for analysis, landed (or, more accurately, slammed into) the Woomera weapons testing range in South Australia at around midnight local time today. Much of the probe burned up in the atmosphere as planned, forming a fireball from which the capsule could be seen separating. Witnesses said it looked like a shooting star with a star burst behind it. Jaxa spokesman Makoto Miwada said the first photo of the capsule, with a diameter of 40cm and a height of 20cm, was encouraging: “We have only one photo and it looks very safe.” If the mission has been successful, it would constitute only the second time that a spacecraft has brought a sample from another body in the solar system back to Earth remotely, the first being the Russian Lunokhod 1 and 2 vehicles which brought material back from the Moon in 1969 and 1970. Scientists hope it could shed light on both the solar system’s formation and the risk to Earth from asteroid impacts: as leftover matter from the building of the solar system, asteroids could tell us about its formation and possibly the origins of life, and as an asteroid impact is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs, knowing the physical characteristics of near-Earth asteroids would be useful should one be found to be on a collision course with the Earth in the future.
THE BRAIN’S DISTORTED BODY IMAGE Neuroscientists at University College, London, in research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, have found that our brains produce distorted representations of the size and shape of our hands. More than 100 volunteers were asked to place their left hand palm-down on a table. The researchers then covered the volunteers’ hands with a board and asked them to indicate on it where they thought landmarks such as fingertips and knuckles lay underneath. This data was then used to reconstruct the “brain’s image” of the hand. The results showed a strong tendency for the volunteers to think of their hands as being shorter and broader than they actually were, with a consistent overestimation of the width of the hand by around 80%. Matthew Longo, of UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, who led the work, said: “It’s a dramatic and highly consistent bias. It was the same with estimation of finger lengths, where the bias was to judge them as shorter than the reality. When you get to the ring finger, with the largest bias, it’s 30-40% underestimation.” The brain uses several ways to work out the location of different parts of the body, including feedback from muscles and joints, and an internal model of the size and shape of each body part. Until now, it had been assumed (on the basis that, since we see our body all the time, it wouldn’t be surprising if the brain had developed a faithful representation of it) that this internal model was accurate. However, this research shows that the brain’s internal model can be highly inaccurate. These findings could have implications for how the brain unconsciously perceives other parts of the body, and therefore significance in treating certain eating disorders in which people’s body image becomes distorted.
30th. September 2010
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BE A TENDER WINNER FREE workshops to help firms win public sector business Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council will hold a series of free workshops next month to help North-east businesses win public sector contracts. The course of three half-day sessions, spread over three weeks, will go ahead on Wednesdays 6, 13 and 20 October at the Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen. The ‘Tender Ready In 10 Steps’ programme will provide practical training for businesses to help them understand the tendering process and how to maximise their chances of winning contracts. The workshops are targeted at small and medium-sized companies with little or no experience of public sector tendering and will help them to: • understand how public sector tendering works and what buyers are looking for • learn how to find and assess opportunities • obtain practical guidance and templates to help in the bidding process • create structured tender responses that attract high scores • develop a blueprint for a professional ‘tenderdesk’ and an action plan for successful tendering The public sector spends about £8 billion a year tendering for goods and services but many small and mediumsized enterprises find it difficult to enter the public procurement market. Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils are members of the Supplier Development Programme (SDP), which allows businesses in the North-east to access the full range of support available when they register with the scheme at the SDP website, www.sdpscotland. co.uk. Registered companies receive e-bulletins of forthcoming events and information updates. The first SDP event, ‘A Guide to Procurement – A Scottish Perspective’, was hosted by the two local authorities at the start of this month and attracted over 30 delegates from local businesses and social enterprises to Woodhill House to learn more about the public
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and remembering. These changes are especially severe in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that helps us form new memories. Additionally with Alzheimer’s disease the ventricles, which are fluidfilled spaces within the brain grow larger. Sufferers become unable to recognise family members, and sometimes even forget their own name. Clearly such physical deterioration indicates Alzheimer’s disease as a major organic mental disorder. The specific cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown at the moment, which makes treatment difficult. There are currently 750,000 people with dementia in the UK. Of this it is estimated 62,000 people have dementia in Scotland, 33,550 or 55% of who have Alzheimer’s disease. Two thirds of people with dementia are women, and the proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group. One third of people over 95 have dementia, and it is estimated that there will be over a million people with dementia by 2025. 60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to dementia. Statisticians tell us that delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce deaths directly attributable to it by 30,000 a year. Such a reduction would have a serious impact on the financial cost of dementia in the UK, which is currently running at over £20 billion a year. In real terms this figure is
As many Scottish students can attest the psychology correspondent of The Buchaneer has long held this to be self-evident, but what exactly does this revelation mean? Dementia is an organic mental disorder. An organic mental disorder is caused by brain infection, tumour, brain damage or degeneration of the central nervous system. Dementia is a chronic and progressive disease that is characterised by a decline in the sufferer’s memory and intellectual functioning. This decline is thought caused by changes to the person’s brain chemistry and brain structure. This causes brain cells to die. There are over 100 kinds of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease. Most people with Alzheimer’s disease are over 70 years old. It is uncommon for people to develop it under 60, and it is very rare under the age of 50. In the Alzheimer brain the cerebral cortex shrivels up. The cerebral cortex is a sheet of neural tissue that is exterior to the cerebrum of our mammalian brain. Such shrinkage affects thinking, planning
even higher as family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £6 billion a year. Given the hard economic times we live in it is important we take on board the very latest research in this area. In July, 20101 a UK and Finnish team of scientists found that people who stay in education for longer appear to be better able to compensate for the effects of dementia on the brain. Researchers conducted post-mortems on the brains of 872 people who had previously been part of three large ageing studies. Part of these studies had participants’ complete questionnaires about their education. Post-mortems showed the pathology, or signs of disease, in the brains of people with and without long educations were at similar levels. However data from the earlier questionnaires told scientists that the more education someone had, the better able they were to cope with changes in the brain associated with their condition. This influenced the visible onset of dementia symptoms.
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According to Dr Hannah Keage co-author the report from Cambridge University “Education in early life appears to enable some people to cope with a lot of changes in their brain before showing dementia symptoms” One person may show lots of pathology in their brain while another shows very little, yet both may have had dementia.” In the light of the Conservative Liberal government’s de-emphasis on a University education it is politically important to appreciate that the report also showed that, for each year spent in education, there was an 11% decreased risk of developing dementia. The Buchaneer calls for Scotland to work towards becoming a ‘dementia resistant’ society. Let’s start right here in North-East Scotland. Engage in lifelong learning, and encourage others to do so as well. Just as we physically exercise to keep us physically healthy, we need to mentally exercise as well. The mental health benefit is now there for all to see. Build brain tissue through intellectual stimulation. You will ward off the symptoms of dementia in later life. of
Can I Get Different Results with the Same Habits? by: Dr Kirk Laman
YOU want to lose weight. You want to quit smoking or exercise more, but your habits are keeping you from making these changes. Is it possible to get different results and not make changes in life style habits. Albert Einstein said that this is the definition of insanity-”doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” You would be surprised to know that many, many people expect just this. Not long ago, a middle-aged man came into the hospital. He was suffering from congestive heart failure and a rapid heart beat. His heart had become weakened. The heart pumping function had dropped from a normal value of 55% down to 30%. When I suggested that he would need to be on medications long term and lose weight (he weighed over 20 Stones) to help his heart returned back to normal he said, “Why, I’ve been living this way for many years. Why should I change?” I explained that his current habits had created a situation in which his heart was failing. His blood pressure was off the charts. His legs were massively swollen, retaining fluid. I asked him, “Do you think you can do the same thing but get different result?” Amazingly, he had to think for a long, long time. “I’ve had skipped beats for many years.” “Yes, you probably have, but now they’ve progressed to an abnormal heart rhythm. This has caused your heart to weaken. So it’s not the same,” I said. His face scrunched up in a state of disbelief. I could tell he didn’t want to accept what I was trying to say to him. He had to know that things were different. Sure he may have had skipped beats before, but now he was in the hospital and had excessively laboured breathing. I stayed in his room for 10 more minutes,
but I couldn’t convince him that he would have to make some major changes in his life. He said, “I like what I do. I’d rather die than give up the things I love (eating, smoking) . Later that day I began to ponder what had happened with this patient. Why was it so difficult for people to accept change, or to recognize that they needed to change their lives? 1. People are creatures of habit. They like routine. It makes them feel safe. 2. They don’t like stepping out into what they perceive as an unsafe area of their live. 3. People want it easy. They are too willing to give up and not do something they may perceive as difficult. Are you someone like this? Do you have bad habits that are ruining your health? If you’re someone who is suffering because of this predicament, I have a few suggestions and thoughts: 1. Sticking your head in the sand may work for a short period, but eventually life has a way of exposing such wrong headed thinking. 2. The quicker you wake up and address your problems, the more likely you’ll be to avoid permanent damage to your health. 3. There are worse things than dying. If you ignore serious health issues you may not die, but may have to suffer horrible pain or suffering because of your illness. 4. Continue trying to change. Don’t give up. Even if you fail this day, or this week- try again. Most people who succeed have failed before. I hope you find this helpful in your efforts to overcome unwanted lifestyle habits. Dr. Kirk Laman is a practicing cardiologist whose interest is in helping people heal their whole-heart.
30th. September 2010
RENEWABLE ENERGY IN NE SCOTLAND AND YOU! Continued from issue 3: The concluding section of Gerry McGarvey’s Energy in Scotland.
SO, WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
Most renewable energy comes either directly or indirectly from the sun. Sunlight, or solar energy, can be used for heating and lighting homes and other buildings, for generating electricity, and for hot water heating, and solar cooling. The sun’s heat also drives the winds, whose energy, is captured with wind turbines. Then, the winds and the sun’s heat cause water to evaporate. When this water vapor turns into rain or snow and flows downhill into rivers or streams this energy can be captured using hydroelectric power. Such Microgeneration Technologies can be used by individuals, small businesses and communities to meet their own needs. The most commonly used MT’s for small renewable energy initiatives are:
Solar power uses the energy of the sun to create electricity or to heat water for your home using solar panels. How do solar panels work? The sun’s energy is trapped by solar panels in your roof that use special photoelectric cells to convert light energy into electricity. Solar panels don’t need strong sunlight to function, just regular daylight will do. However, long hours of strong sunlight will obviously generate more power than a grey winter’s day. The beauty of solar panels is that the power they generate can be used straight away or linked back into the power grid. So if you happen to produce more than you need, you can sell it back to an energy provider. What’s involved? Solar panels can be installed on roofs and conservatories – basically anywhere that can hold some weight and attract light. They can range from grey solar tiles (that resemble roof tiles) to transparent cells that can be fitted on conservatories. What’s the cost? The cost you pay depends on whether you opt for solar tiles or panels. Solar tiles have a higher price tag than conventional panels, but you can expect to pay around £5,000 to £8,000 per kilowatt (kW) yield, with most homes requiring 1.5 to 3kW.
Gerry McGarvey would like to acknowledge the assistance of Jamie Glackin of Renewable Energy Consultants Ltd. www. renewableenergycsl.co.uk for additional information and guidance.
Today’s modern wind turbines can be found on rooftops or as part of large wind farms all around the world. The world’s biggest proposed wind farm, the London Array is set for development just 20 km off the coast of Kent and Essex. When it opens this year it will consist of 341 turbines and create 1,000 megawatts of energy – enough to power one-third of London homes, and save millions of tonnes of CO2 every year. Apart from controversial farms, there are the less well established domestic turbines. How do wind turbines work? When wind moves the blades of a wind turbine, an internal rotor spins, and electricity is generated. The faster the blades turn the more electricity is produced, which is why wind turbines are best located on a mast or tower, ideally on a hill with clear exposure to the wind. What’s involved? Wind turbines are suited to homes with an annual average wind speed of 6 metres per second or more, and where there is no obstruction from nearby buildings, trees or hills to block the wind. What’s the cost? Depending on whether you install it on a mast or a roof, you can expect to pay anything between £1,500 to £20,000 for a turbine, mast, inverters, battery storage (if required) and installation – depending on the size and system. However, the turbine should last over 20 years, requiring checks every so often and battery changes every six to 10 years.
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businesses wishing to invest in microgenerating technologies. These schemes have been replaced in turn by new proposals from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for clean energy cashback via Feed-In Tariffs for generating electricity from April 2010 and the Renewable Heat Incentive for generating renewable heat from April 2011.
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A method to encourage folk to take up producing their own small scale renewable energy where for every unit of electricity generated the supply company pays YOU a very favourable rate in return. This is paid whether you use the electricity yourself or export it to the National Grid! It reduces your own bills and payments are fixed and guaranteed for 20 years Feed-In Tariffs are intended to be an incentive to small-scale (less than 5MW), low-carbon electricity generation. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in intended to incentivise the generation of heat from renewable sources. These grants can see as much as £1,500 paid towards the fitting of household applications and technologies, with businesses, communities and charities also eligible for funding. They also currently offer up to 41.3p per kWh in the Feedback Tariff plus another 3p for the Export Tariff - an overall figure which could see a household earning back double what they currently pay for their electricity!
SO HOW DO I GO ABOUT IT? HOW TO GET STARTED?
Even though it can look like a complicated business if you want to go down this road, there is plenty of help at hand as both the Westminster and Holyrood governments are keen to actively promote the use of renewables for homes and small businesses. Listed below are a few pointers to help you consider what might be best for you, point you in the right direction and help you on your way to a brighter and greener future. h t t p : / / w w w. a l t e s t o r e . c o m / h o w t o / G e t t i n g Started-Renewable-Energy-Sustainable-Living/ Renewable-Energy-Options-Which-AlternativeEnergy-is-Right-for-You/a41/ http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Diol1/DoItOnline/ DoItOnlineByCategory/DG_067573 http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreen erliving/Energyandwatersaving/Renewableandlow carbonenergy/DG_064372 http://www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk/ cares.asp
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we’re not, said Nathan, but I have to advise you. Isn’t this typical of companies these days, they charge plenty for the goods, yet grumble when they have to provide some REAL customer service. Putting the cost onto the customers just to profit more, this is not just profit, it’s profiteering. Many businesses these days are doing the same thing. If there is something wrong with your internet, the provider will insist it is your telephone line. And budget airlines deviously charge extras for things that should be part of the flight service. Yes, I would be happy for a Hotpoint engineer to come out and charge me if we have had the washing machine plumb in wrongly. But I want to know if their plumber is certified infallible and fully calibrated to ISO3845, is a member of FSB, an investor in people and a provider of equal opportunities. If that’s Ok with Hotpoint?! (Well. I wish I had said all that!) However, I would not be surprised if a the same plumber, who originally installed, arrives representing Hotpoint, as companies like them often employ local plumbers as their agents in the area. I would like all businesses to offer a proper customer service. That means doing something that doesn’t always have to cost more. Building goodwill means longer life for companies. Or doesn’t that matter any more? The names of the people have been changed, because I don’t remember who the hell I spoke to in the first place.
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The Travellers in Scotland “Scottish Gypsies are distinct ethnic group”
By Gerry McGarvey
Formerly Stirling Council’s Gypsy Traveller Education Liaison Officer
“Scottish Gypsies are distinct ethnic group”, rules judge. This was the headline in The Herald Newspaper in what was regarded as a landmark ruling almost two tears ago in October 2008. It followed an industrial dispute in Aberdeenshire where an employee of Gypsy Traveller Education and Information Project was dismissed following his advocating on behalf of Gypsy Travellers, but appealed that decision on the grounds of racial discrimination. Until this point the legal status of Gypsies was ambiguous, but with this ruling it became a feature in law that prejudice against Travellers is racism. It is nothing more, or nothing less, than racism. The move meant that the travelling community is now entitled to the same legal protection as other ethnic minorities, as outlined by the Race Relations Act of 1976, and this newly recognised status means that they can bring claims of racial discrimination to employment tribunals, after an appeals tribunal in Aberdeen overturned a previous decision to the contrary. But prejudice in all its forms, including racism takes longer to eradicate than the utterings of a judge and being identified as illegal. Real change comes about from people being informed and opening up their minds rather than slaves to blind ignorance. Prejudice towards Gypsy and Traveller people continues to be ‘respectable’ in many quarters and that it is a significant factor affecting the lives and life-chances of children and young people who are targeted by it. A further negative consequence is that the task of winning the trust of children and young people of Gypsy and Traveller backgrounds is rendered even more difficult and sensitive. But unless it is done, and that trust won, the culture of mistrust and mutual suspicion will continue. A young Traveller explains; “I’m a girl of age 13. Sometimes
Traveller children don’t go to school. I would like to tell you why that is. I just wanted to share how it feels to be a Traveller who goes to school and how difficult that it is for me. Maybe it is different in some schools but, for me, this is how it is. I don’t have many friends in school because they don’t want one of their friends to be a Traveller so, when I am in school, I feel isolated from my class and I can always hear them talking about me behind my back and calling me a “pikey”. Most of my teachers won’t have time for me. They think I am just wasting their time because all the other Travellers that have been to my school have never stuck it out as it is so lonesome. I don’t think they know how hard it is when you are being called names every day and getting abused. At other times, when there are parties or when some of the girls in my class are going to the pictures, I don’t get invited because I am a Traveller. At break and at lunchtime, I am always looking over my shoulder because I am scared in case anyone comes up and hits me or shouts abuse at me. So, the next time you might wonder why Travellers never stay in school or come to school, that’s why!” Sections of the print media frequently create, and then exacerbate, moral panics amongst their readers. This makes rational discussion and deliberation all but impos-
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sible, not only in the media themselves but also in wider society, including schools. Prejudice is generally borne out of fear, ignorance and stereotyping, and usually a bad experience – someone else’s, as well as a failure to appreciate this different way of life The origins of the Scottish Gypsy Traveller population remain disputed, but they have their roots in a Celtic - and possibly pre-Celtic - nomad population in Scotland. That said, though, the contemporary Scottish Gypsy Travellers in Scotland are part of a nomadic community that has endured for centuries throughout the whole of Scotland. There has been substantial Scottish Gypsy Traveller migration from Scotland and Britain since at least the period of the main Highland Clearances, if not before. In short, there is a long, shared history, but it is clear that Scottish Gypsy Travellers have long had awareness of self-identity and of difference from the settled population in both Britain and within Scotland itself. In an age that all but demands uniformity, recognising that there is difference is the key. Celebrating the difference may take that while longer but one less racist a day is something we could all be proud of.
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As I was rushing to work on morning I saw my neighbour’s 11 year old daughter Katie sunbathing – fully kitked (if that’s the phrase) in her best Primark bikini, poundshop sunglasses and a bottle of Superdrug suntan lotion beside her. “Aren’t you supposed to be at school?” I asked. “Suspended” she retorted, getting back to her sunbathing. “And why would that be?” “Punched the teacher in the face, didn’t I, she told me to sit down when I was busy talking to my best friend on the phone!” Well, forgive the teacher for making such a silly suggestion. In the cruel past when sparing the rod meant spoiling the child, now a ten year old may have a case in the Human Rights Courts for not having an ipod. And being suspended in the summer, on a hot day was really harsh punishment. Really? School must be a draconian place. Why not suspend all children and give the teachers a well earned break. This could save millions of pounds and help reduce the national debt in these times of recession. I know this is radical, but it could work. Suck it and see. This is exactly what Katie was doing to the iced lolley she held in her hand. If education doesn’t work, try ignorance. Where is the summer? Here we are ready for a BBQ and the sun keeps disappearing . We have had several good days but not the stretch of good weather that we need for a really good summer.
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BURKA BAN RE-OPENS DEBATE
The French National Assembly’s vote for a ban on women wearing full-face veils in public has prompted the reopening of the Burka debate in Europe. The Burka, covering from head to toe, is now widely accepted as a no absurd dress in the Quran, the book Muslims believe to the God’s word verbatim – only that both men and women should dress modestly. In the Quran, Mary, mother of Jesus, is given an exalted position ‘above all women’. She had been away from home for a very long time and when she returned with the baby Jesus, she was recognised instantly. Had she been wearing a Burka no-one would have known who she was. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is an exlempary character for Muslim women, if she did not feel the need to wear a hijab, then why should they? It’s unfortunate that some people want to make this identity statement and want to show the differences in an extreme fashion. The Burka can be a dangerous item too. Helmets aren’t allowed in some public building such as banks, so why should a Burka? A jeweller’s shop in Glasgow was robbed by two men dressed in a Burka. Not being able to see someone’s face is social handicap. Some professional career women have lost their cases in court when they claimed a right to wear the Burka, and quite rightly so.
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In England dog owners and especially guide dog owners have complained that Muslim taxi drivers and bus drivers refuse to let them travel as their dogs are not allowed in the vehicles. This is because mistakenly many Muslims believe dogs to be ‘unpure’. Like many other religious observance there is no basis for this belief. The Quran mentions dogs which can be used for hunting for food and does not forbid eating the meat of any animals caught and killed by the dogs. Also, in the Quran, there is a story of the ‘Sleepers in the Cave’. A group of young ‘believers’ hid in a cave for a long period with a dog as their companion. Clearly keeping dogs as pets is allowed as these Muslims were happy to have their dog with them. So there shuld be no problem with giving dogs taxi rides or taking your dog on a shopping trip by bus.
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The Gathering: Homecoming Scotland 2009 was the showpiece for Alex Salmond’s and the SNP. However, now it seems as if the problems connected with it have come home to roost. MSPs are now investigating the circumstances surrounding a £180,000 government loan to the private company that ran the The Gathering in Edinburgh. The business colappsed with debts of over half a million and as a result the loan had to be written off. It appears that no checks were made to ensure the company’s ability to repay the debt and the audit committee of the Scottish Parliament wants Mr. Salmond to appear before Holyrood and explain the circumstances that led to this dire situation. However, instead of Alex Salmond, the culture minister Michael Russell is being sent to answer questions. The chairman of the committee, Labour MSP Hugh Henry, seems to disagree with this and has said Mr Salmond could be compelled to attend, which would be a humiliating climbdown for Mr. Salmond. “The protocol which exists between the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government clearly states that a committee may request the attendance
of specific ministers,” he Mr. Henry. “In this case the public audit committee has requested the attendance of the first minister. The committee also has powers to compel the attendance of witnesses – but I hope it would not come to this. “I see no reason to withdraw the request but I will take the matter to committee members for them to reflect on the first minister’s letter. In the meantime I have advised the first minister that the request still stands unless he hears otherwise. I have also suggested that he should continue to work to the appropriate timescale for an appearance before the committee.” He said Mr Salmond must appear because of his “very personal involvement”.
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Asda are seeking a court order to have a group of travellers evicted from their car park at the store in Portlethen. The group had pitched six caravans A different group of travellers, who were part of another gathering recently pitched at Torry in Aberdeen to heated local protest, have been told
Worldwide JAPAN Tokyo says no grounds for apology following its release of Chinese trawler captain detained in disputed waters. Japan has refused to apologise to Beijing for detaining a Chinese boat captain in disputed waters after Tokyo gave ground and released him. China’s foreign ministry said it was angry at the detention of the captain, arrested by Japan over two weeks ago after his trawler collided with two Japanese patrol boats in waters near islands that both sides claim. The ministry demanded an apology and compensation and said China’s claim to the islands, which it calls the Diaoyu and Japan calls the Senkaku, was “indisputable”. In response, Japan’s foreign ministry said: “There is no territorial issue that needs to be resolved over the Senkaku. “China calling for apology or compensation is groundless and is absolutely not acceptable.” AFRICA Zimbabwe’s president has demanded that Africa get permanent representation on the United Nations Security Council. Robert Mugabe told the UN General Assembly on Friday that the continent should be given two permanent seats, which bring the power of veto over resolutions, on the body. “It is completely unacceptable that Africa remains the only continent without permanent representation in the council. That historical injustice must be corrected,” he said. “We therefore urge member states, including those that have vested interests in maintaining the status quo, to give due and fair consideration to Africa’s legitimate demand for two permanent seats, with full powers of veto, plus two additional non-permanent seats.“Africa’s plea for justice cannot continue to be ignored. We all have an obligation to make the council more representative, more democratic and more accountable.”
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The British people live in the country with the most on street cameras may now have one more type of spying device inflicted Police forces and government agencies are exploring the potential of unmanned drones for covert aerial surveillance, security, or emergency operations across the UK. Public tender notice by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), which works closely with police forces and MI5 requests submissions from suppliers of airborne observation “platforms” that can be adapted for “target acquisition” and intelligence-gathering. The proposal comes as the use of helicopter microdrones for law enforcement spreads. At least four forces – Merseyside, Essex, Staffordshire and British Transport police – have already bought or used them. Several government bodies, including the Environment Agency, have examined similar IRAN’S president has defended remarks he made on 9/11 attacks during his speech at the UN General Assembly. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that the background to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the US in 2001 was “suspicious”. A day earlier US and several Western diplomats walked out of the UN summit as Ahmadinejad said many believed “some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack”. Speaking to journalists in New York on Friday, he challenged the UN to set up a fact-finding mission to investigate the attacks in which almost 3,000 people died. “I did not pass judgement, but don’t you feel that the time has come to have a fact finding committee,” Ahmadinejad said. America US authorities are having a harder time detecting terrorism threats on American soil, even though they believe that al-Qaeda in Pakistan is at one of its weakest points. Speaking at a US Senate hearing on Wednesday, Michael Leiter, the chief of the US counter-terrorism centre, said that the al-Qaeda threat to the United States had grown more complex in the past year and emphasised the challenges of pinpointing and blocking terrorist plots. Nonetheless, Leiter said, the terrorist group remains capable and determined enemy that has proven its resilience over time. “Groups affiliated with al-Qaeda are now actively targeting the United States and looking to use Americans or Westerners who are able to remain
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undetected by heightened security measures,” said Robert Mueller, the FBI director. Mueller told lawmakers that the main concern now was from al-Qaeda affiliates in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Iraq. VENEZUELA Rival candidates have wrapped up their final campaign rallies as Venezuelans prepare for legislative elections in which 165 seats in the National Assembly are up for grabs. Hugo Chavez, the president, has been on the campaign trail in an attempt to keep the two-thirds majority his supporters have in the legislature. Chavez is not up for re-election on Sunday but he is hoping a good showing this weekend will consolidate his power. “We’re going to give them a beating,” Chavez told supporters in the city of Barquisimeto on Thursday as he called for an overwhelming victory. He denounced his opponents as “the Yankee empire’s candidates” and, as he has often alleged during his 11-year presidency, accused them of backing his critics in the US. The assembly has been almost entirely proChavez since opposition parties boycotted the last vote in 2005, citing concerns about electoral fraud. GAZA Palestinian fisherman has been killed after being fired on by the Israeli navy off Gaza - as furious negotiations continue to prevent the Middle East peace talks collapsing.
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Top Billing? This year saw the passing of the Digital Economy Bill, writes David Hanvey, now at first glance it appears to make sense with the basic premise of the bill is to act against online copyright infringement, by P2P users. Sounds great right. Now this bill will give OFCOM greater powers to act and place a responsibility on your internet service provider to pass on information and IP addresses of where infringements have occurred from. There have been major outcries from consumer rights and privacy groups due to ISP essentially having to spy on their customers online habits. Then there are the problems in enforcing it, as the downloads will be tracked through the IP address it may put a stop to cafes, hotels and libraries offering free WI-FI facilities. This is a bill that has been greatly supported by the music and film industry, but a recent study by the RIAA has thrown up some results that may call into question the industries support for such a bill. The study has shown that piracy is a problem for the music industry, but it also shows that P2P users actually buy more music than is typically conceded. Three out of four P2P users admit to buying music after downloading it online, with almost 21% of P2P users also claiming to have bought tracks they had previously downloaded on more than 10 occasions. 25% have claimed to purchasing previously downloaded tracks only once or twice, while 27% have claimed to have done it less than 10 times but more than two. It’s clear to see here that people are buying music after downloading it on P2P, meaning that the music
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ONLINE STORAGE : WILL GOOGLE LOCK THE DEAL? BILLBOARD Magazine says that Google is planning to incorporate a digital music locker for their much anticipated online music store. The report suggests that the search giant would charge users £12 a year for cloud storage that they could use for their music purchases. Google are allegedly asking the top record labels about this added online storage feature. In addition, The Billboard Magazine states that subscribers of the Google music locker would also benefit from additional features such as one-time full-track streaming and social networking tools. This may mean that the service will be quite limited unless you pay for a locker. Whatever the outcome it will be interesting to see how or what Google finally comes up with for their digital music service. Most people probably already know that lockers aren’t a new thing. Several established services on the Internet already provide customers with their own private online storage space -- 7Digital, Hmv, and mSpot all offer some form of cloud-based service (downloads / streaming music). With consumers expecting (and getting) so much free storage, can Google take a a large portion of the online music market with its music locker, perhaps costing £12 a year? Wait and see.
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Motors:: The New Hybrid Infiniti M35h At The 2010 Paris Motor Show A high performance V6 sports saloon with a hybrid half that makes motoring with zero tailpipe emissions more pleasurable than ever is set to headline on the Infiniti stand at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The production-ready Infiniti M35h stands out for all the best reasons, not least the fact that the first European deliveries are set to start next Spring when Infiniti will offer luxury saloon buyers a choice of V6 petrol, V6 diesel and V6 petrol/electric hybrid powertrain options. Infiniti, Japan’s newest luxury automotive manufacturer, is using the biennial Paris exposition to showcase its first hybrid and publish eagerly-awaited technical details and figures. They will confirm why Infiniti has dubbed the Infiniti M35h “the driver’s hybrid” for its high power output, Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid technology and strong rear-wheel drive bias to looks and driving feel: • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in less than 5.9 seconds • CO2 emissions: less than 170 g/km • Top speed (limited): 250 km/h • Combined fuel consumption: 7.3 l/100km (38.6 mpg) All of this is delivered in a large (4945mm long) fourdoor, five-seat saloon with an
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Shi-Gaku-Kan Karate Three things you know about karate, and why they are wrong: You have to be young and fit to practise karate. Wrong: Karate can be practised by people of all physical abilities, men and women, children and pensioners. Students of karate are brutal or inadequate. Wrong: The art is taught in the context of self-discipline and respect, respect for teachers and for fellow students expressed through stictly observed etiquette. Karate is just fancy kicks, and no use at all for anything but show. Wrong: Students of karate train their bodies to be fit to escape, and to avoid fighting if they can: if they can’t they are prepared to defend themselves effectively. Three things you don’t know. Karate is good for your physical health. Students of karate are develop strong, supple bodies, and increased aerobic fitness. Karate is good for your mental health. Progress in the art demands concentration and the remembering complex sequences of actions, and the practice improves decision-making and shortens reaction times. Karate is good for your emotional health. Karate emphasises the importance of meditation and control of the breathing as ways to reduce stress and anxiety. How to practise karate You can’t learn karate out of a book. You need to join a karate club, and this is the first problem. There is no accreditation for karate instructors. Anybody can start a karate club and can claim to be a qualified instructor, so you need to be careful
choosing your club. Most instructors offer a free lesson to potential club-members, so you can give karate a try. Things to look out for in a karate club: Positive The charges will be reasonable: As an adult you would currently expect to pay about £5.00 for a training session of an hour or 90 minutes, less for a child. Your instructor will have an up-to-date First Aid certificate and will have Government Certified Full Disclosure qualifying him to teach adults and children. The students will be decently turned out in clean white uniforms, and will show respect to the instructor and to one another. The instructor will teach a recognized style of karate, one of the following four: Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Goju Ryu, Shito Ryu, or a close variant. Negative The instructor will try to lock you into a contract with fees to be paid by direct debit. The fees per lesson might be relatively cheap, but they are paid whether or not you can attend. Rapid progress to the black belt is promised. Flashy certificates in which much of the text is in Chinese characters, the rest mentioning Okinawa, Tokyo, and other places in Japan will be on display. The uniforms will not be white. The word ‘freestyle’ is likely to appear in the club’s title. In conclusion: It would be prudent to shop around to find a long-established club with a good reputation and reasonable fees. Mark Donaghy, 5th Dan, is the Chief Instructor of Shi-Gaku-Kan Karate in Peterhead.
TEACH CHILDREN A BALANCED LIFESTYLE
Thursday 30th. September 2010
LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SPORTS NEWS
COMMENWEALTH GAMES: DELHI WARNING CAME TWO YEARS AGO WARNINGS came two years ago about the conditions athletes could face in Delhi Yet it seems the key message of the report that progress in Delhi had to be closely and constantly monitored - fell on deaf ears. However, the first members of Team Scotland touch down in Delhi after guarantees are given over security and facilities. Around 80 have already made their way to the athletes’ village after guarantees were made over security and living conditions. Those to arrive first included members of the archery, lawn bowls, shooting, tennis and weightlifting teams. Concerns were raised early this week that the facility was not fit for purpose and a party of 41 athletes and staff delayed their departure to India on Tuesday after complaints about conditions. But guarantees have since been given by the Delhi 2010 Organising Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Scottish team manager Vicky Strange, who
is already in Delhi, said: “Our accommodation for Team Scotland is actually very much ready. It has been a hard week. But it definitely has paid off.” One athlete who will not be making the trip is Scots tennis player Elena Baltacha. She issued a statement explaining that due to a chronic liver condition - primary sclerosing cholangitis - the health risks of going to the Games were “too high”. Baltacha, 27, added: “I suffer from a liver condition which is linked to my immune system and makes me susceptible to picking up infections.” At least eight nations expressed reservations over the haphazard preparations for the Games, and accommodation for athletes was described as “unfit for human habitation”. Individual athletes, including reigning Commonwealth triple jump champion Phillips Idowu, decided not to attend over safety fears. These were heightened when a footbridge to the main stadium collapsed and the roof of the weightlifting venue fell in.
ASCO PENALTY SHOOT-OUT RESCHEDULE
The ASCO Penalty Shoot-Out, Peterhead Football Club’s new half-time competition, expected to start at last Saturday ‘s match. Regrettably it was cancelled at the last minute due to high winds. Now you can expect to see it up and running at the next home match, Peterhead v Queen of the South, which is scheduled on October 9th. Raffle tickets to enter can be purchased from the club shop
VILLAGE RAISES £291 FOR MACMILLAN CHARITY
A big thanks to all those who contributed Aberdeen Sports Village raised £291 for the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning event. A big thanks goes to everyone who contributed and a special thanks to the University of Aberdeen’s Evergreens. The Aberdeen Sports Village raised the money by selling home bakes and coffee. Keep an eye out for some more fundraising events for our chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
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