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Archive: August, 2005
Significant numbers of chickens sold in British shops are infected with antibiotic-resistant "superbugs". In a survey commissioned by the BBC, more than half of the chickens examined were infected with a form of E. coli that was resistant to at least one antibiotic. The Health Protection Agency scientits also found that 12 chickens, from a total sample of 147, had antibiotic resistant Campylobacter. A third bug, Vancomycin Resistant Enterococco, was found in one in 25 of the samples.
In most cases the the bacteria would be killed off during the cooking process. But if the meat were not cooked thoroughly, the bugs could cause serious illnesses. None of the chickens sampled was organic, and nearly half were reared in Britain. Dr Mike Millar, a microbiologist at St Barts Hospital in London, believes the findings could explain the rise in the number of women whose bladder infections don't respond to the standard antibiotic treatment. "Potentially this is very worrying," he told BBC Online.
So... do you want to know all the reasons I don't each chicken? Are you sure you want to know? (more...)
The weatherproof Vidstone is available with a 7-, 15- or 22 inch screen and fits into a pre-cut slot on a tombstone or mausoleum. It's solar-powered "serenity panel" features a slideshow of the deceased accompanied by music.
The BBC's TV channels could be made available on the internet according to a story on its website. The proposed plan would include a simulcast of BBC One or BBC Two, letting UK viewers see programmes on the web at the same time as they go out on TV. Proposals to make clips available on mobile phones are also being speeded up, director of TV Jana Bennett said following an announcement earlier in the week that a classic episodes of Doctor Who and Red Dwarf are being made available. A player to let viewers watch shows on the internet for a week after they have been broadcast on TV is also in development.
You may or may not realize that I can probably find out where you live, if not by simply typing phonebook:your name & city, then by spending ten or fifteen minutes Googlizing your life.
But what happens when you Google the CEO of Google? Well...
"[Google's PR Director] called back to announce that the company would not speak to any reporter from CNET for a year."
Russia and China have staged joint war games for the first time in their history.
The eight-day excercise, which involved around 10,000 military personnel and large numbers of ships, submarines and aircraft, began in Vladivostok and ended in the Shandong Peninsula. According to Chinese Maj-Gen Peng Guanglian, its purpose was to "frighten the three evil forces of ethnic separatism, religious extremism and international terrorism".
The Cumbrian town of Alston is facing a population crisis as men outnumber women by 10:1. Bachelors have launched an internet campaign at www.villagesincrisis.tk, urging ladies to the "Ibiza of the North" for romance and excitement.
Almost 100 posters advertsing the attractive aspects of their men were posted targetting the major cultural areas in the North of England:
â€œAre you female and single? Sick of putting up with boring, lazy, ugly, inconsiderate and poor men? Are you looking for some excitement in your life? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the town of Alston Moor is waiting for you.
Alston, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the North Pennines, is currently suffering from a population crisis. The results of an official count conducted on the 25/06/05 showed that the ratio of males to females is almost 10:1. It is for this reason that the Alston Moor Regeneration Society, in association with Cumbria County Council and its affiliates, have set up the following scheme to attract females to the area.
Here is what we have to offer: The average male in Alston is single, athletic, intelligent, well-groomed, an extremely good sense of humour, owns their own vehicle, and in many cases owns their own land and property as well. Compare this to the average male from your area and you will see why you were lucky to spot this notice.
â€œThe area of Alston offers all the amenities you would expect coupled with the benefits of the country lifestyle and a superb night-life, which lead to one travel critic describing the area as â€˜The Ibiza of the North!â€
Check out the Personal Ads to get a taste of what's on offer.
Just doing my bit ;@}
A splinter faction of Flickr photo-sharing community members is threatening a symbolic "mass suicide" to protest closer integration with the website's new owner, Yahoo.
The portal giant bought Flickr's developer, Ludicorp, for an undisclosed sum in March and took ownership of the site when it moved from Vancouver, Canada, to Yahoo's Sunnyvale, California, campus this summer. Now, angered by a new requirement to tie their member profiles with Yahoo accounts, some Flickrites say they plan to kill off their identities before they can be moved into the new family next year.
"If Flickr really forces me to join Yahoo in 2006 in order to still use my account, I will quit 24 hours before the deadline," wrote Thomas MÃ¼ller, a Hamburg, Germany-based artist who shows more than 1,400 photos at the site. On Wednesday, MÃ¼ller created a protest group, Flick Off, that has attracted almost 400 members.
At stake is a new user-profile stipulation that reads: "We will be migrating all independent Flickr accounts to Yahoo's network in 2006. At that time, if you have not done so already, you will be asked to create a Yahoo ID (or link your account to your Yahoo ID if you already have one) in order to continue using your account."
"This comes after many of us have invested so much time and effort; it makes it a chore to do anything except bend over, grab our ankles and smile," said Dana Smith, a San Francisco-based Flick Off supporter whose photographs rank among Flickr's most interesting material.
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But how does this help the Big Issue? (more...)
- 43% of nurses and 31% of doctors entering the NHS were trained outside the UK - Dept of Health. Hospitals would close without them.
- The British Hospitality Association has warned that it will have serious problems if it's unable to employ workers from abroad.
- Migrants CONTRIBUTE Â£2.5 BILLION more in taxes and National Insurance than they consume in benefits and public services - Home Office.
- The construction industry has warned of a 350,000 shortfall in workers. Migrant workers are needed to keep pace with the demand for housing.
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