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Events Are Planned For John Lennon 70th Birthday Celebration

John Lennon in 1970

John Lennon in 1970

John Lennon would’ve turned 70 on Saturday October 9, had he not been killed by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 in New York City.

In conjunction with  his birthday, the film “Nowhere Boy” will be released on Friday to the theatres. “Nowhere Boy” is a tribute to his famous song, “Nowhere Man”, which has been referenced as the autobiography of Lennon. The movie was set in Liverpool in the mid 1950′s about the life of a young 15 year old John Lennon. He was brought up by his aunt and uncle, however, his mother had the most influence to his musical interest. The film eventually showed the meeting between Lennon and Paul McCartney.

John Lennon’s birthday anniversary will be celebrated all over the world, from Los Angeles to New York to Liverpool. Many events are planned including concerts, and exhibitions in museums, parks and clubs in various cities.

John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, will celebrate his 70th birthday with a series of events in Iceland. Ono will also be presented with a Biennial award for her contribution to world peace during one of the events.

Even Google has unveiled a new illustration doodle on it’s home page dedicated to the life of John Lennon.

10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection

October 8, 2010 Featured News, Health No Comments

10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection

10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection

Throughout October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, experts from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and its clinical care partner, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, are offering a series of weekly research-based tip sheets regarding a variety of topics related to breast cancer, including breast cancer prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, and survivorship. The series will conclude Friday, Oct. 22.

Today’s tip sheet, the second of four in the series, is “10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection” provided by Constance Lehman, M.D., Ph.D., director of Breast Imaging and medical director of Radiology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

10 TIPS FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND EARLY DETECTION

1. If you are over 40, get a mammogram. Early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for a cure. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance supports the American Cancer Society’s recommendation that women begin annual mammography screening at age 40.

2. Where you go matters – choose a mammography expert. Many studies show that doctors who specialize in mammography are more accurate at interpreting the images when compared to physicians with less experience. Get your mammogram read by a doctor who specializes in reading them. The American College of Radiology offers an online search for accredited facilities and “Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence” such as the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. http://www.acr.org/accreditation/AccreditedFacilitySearch.aspx

3. Go digital. Centers that specialize in digital mammography are best for women with dense breast tissue and for women under age 50. Digital scans can do a better job of detecting cancer in these women than traditional film mammography.

4. Don’t put off screening because of discomfort. A mammogram should never be painful. Fear that the exam will be uncomfortable is one reason women put off scheduling a mammogram. To reduce discomfort, try to schedule the exam after your monthly period, when breast tissue is less sensitive. You may benefit by taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen before your mammogram. Above all, tell the mammography technologist about any discomfort you may be experiencing. They can work with you to make the experience more comfortable.

5. Don’t put off screening because of fear. Most abnormalities found after a mammogram are not cancer. However, in some cases you may be called back for more tests, such as additional mammography or ultrasound screening, to confirm that the area on the screening mammogram is normal. That’s why you may be asked to return for a follow-up exam.

6. Consider getting results while you wait. Particularly for your first mammogram, you may want to schedule your exam so you receive your results before you leave the imaging center. Or if you have found that you are frequently called back to your mammography center for a second scan, you can ask that your appointment include getting results to you while you wait.

7. Know how your breasts feel normally. Your health care provider can show you how to do breast self-exam. If you notice a change in your breasts, such as a lump or swelling, skin irritation or dimpling, talk to your health care provider.

8. In addition to mammography, have a regular breast exam by your health care provider. The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 and over should receive annual clinical breast exams. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam by a health professional at least every three years.

9. Know your risk.  If you have family members who have had breast cancer, especially a mother or sister, and if they had breast cancer before reaching menopause, tell your doctor, as your own risk of cancer may be higher than average. Some women at high risk may be recommended for annual MRI in addition to a screening mammogram.

10. Try an online risk calculator.  The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, designed by the National Cancer Institute, is a questionnaire to help women determine their chances of developing invasive breast cancer. You can find it on the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance website at http://www.seattlecca.org/breast-cancer-risk-assessment.cfm

COMPLETE BREAST CANCER TIP SHEET SCHEDULE

Oct. 1 – “10 Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention” by Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Hutchinson Center’s Prevention Center, a member of the Public Health Sciences Division, and author of “Breast Fitness” (St. Martin’s Press).

Oct. 8 – “10 Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection” by Constance Lehman, M.D., Ph.D., director of Breast Imaging and medical director of Radiology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Oct. 15 – “10 Tips for Breast Cancer Patients During Treatment” by Julie Gralow, M.D., director of Breast Medical Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and co-author of “Breast Fitness” (St. Martin’s Press).

Oct. 22 – “10 Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors” by Karen Syrjala, Ph.D., director of Biobehavioral Sciences and co-director of the Survivorship Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Female Crash Test Dummies Are Now Used In U.S. Crash Test

Female Crash Test Dummy

Female Crash Test Dummy

U.S. Federal Government reported their first round of crash test results from a group of 34 cars. BMW 5 Series and Hyundai Sonata cars came out on top with five stars rating

The new and more stringent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety rating system was used on this year safety tests. All vehicles were given a rating from one to five stars based on the several tests including front and side crashes, and rollovers.

Also for the first time female dummies were used in the crash tests to simulate crashes involving women. According to the NHTSA, women are more likely smaller than the men, and they can be harmed differently in an accident.  While the old dummies measured only the chest damage, the new and more advanced dummies record injury information to the chest, head, neck and legs.

“With our upgraded Five-Star Safety Ratings System, we’re raising the bar on safety,” secretary of transportation Ray LaHood said in a press conference in Washington. “Through new tests, better crash data, and higher standards, we are making the safety ratings tougher and more meaningful for consumers.”

With the exception of, Toyota Camry receiving a three stars rating, and Nissan Versa getting a two stars, all other cars received four stars ratings from NHTSA.

The test results are posted on NHTSA’s website: http://www.safercar.gov.

Rogue Trader Jerome Kerviel found guilty, ordered to pay back EUR 4.9 Billion with 3 years in jail

jerome-kerviel-Olivier_MetznerThe Paris court found Jerome Kerviel guilty of all charges on Tuesday. He was sentence to 3 years in prison and was order to pay back EUR 4.9 billion, or US $6.75 billion, to the French bank, Société Général. He was charge for forgery, breach of trust and unauthorized computer use.

Olivier Metzner, Kerviel’s lawyer, said that he would appeal immediately. “This judgment is totally unreasonable. It suggests that the bank is not responsible for anything, that no system of control could have prevented this.”

Kerviel, 33 year old from Brittany, is a free man untill the appeal is heard.

Before the verdict, it was expect that the fine to be around EUR 375,000 or US $460,000.

Kerviel was a trader for the bank in European Index Futures. He was the only person that was charged. He claimed that his bosses knew all about his activities and had helped to cover for him. He admitted that he had falsified documents and had entered fake trades to hide his unauthorized activities. Kerviel claimed that his bosses had made “colossal amount of money” in bonuses from his bets.

The Bank decided to pull the plug on Kerviel after it had learned that Kerviel had EUR 50 billion , US$ 61 billion in unhedged bets. The EUR 4.9 billion damages was a result from unwinding Kerviel’s trades in the early 2008. The bets was in the black before the bank took over.

In the fourth quarter of 2007, Société Générale recorded a EUR 1.7 in profit directly from Kerviel unauthorized trades.

Kerviel is considered by some to be a folk hero, a latter day Robin Hood. He is praise by some for humiliating the banks and by exposing the madness of the trading floor. He came from a modest background, with a hairdresser mother and a metal shop teacher father. He was a common man that was able to dupe so many bosses who came from the French’s top elite schools.

Self-Proclaimed $873 million man, the Facebook Spammer, Adam Guerbuez, Said He Won’t Pay

Adam Guerbuez on vacation

Adam Guerbuez on vacation

On Tuesday, a second court in Quebec Canada upheld the original California court ruling in 2008 of charging Adam Guerbuez and his company, Atlantis Blue Capital, US$873 million in fines and damages. This amount is calculated based on a $100 fine plus another $100 in damages for each spam message Guerbuez had sent out using Facebook.

Facebook filed legal action against Guerbuez in August 2008. Facebook claimed that Guerbuez tricked people into disclosing their usernames and passwords. He then sent out millions of unsolicited messages to them via Facebook about penis enlargement, erectile dysfunctional and sexual products.

“Does Facebook expect to quickly collect 873 million dollars and share the proceeds in some way with our users?” Facebook wrote on its own blog. “Alas, no. It’s unlikely that Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honour the judgment rendered against them. But we are confident that this award represents a powerful deterrent to anyone and everyone who would seek to abuse Facebook and its users,”.

This is the largest fine ever awarded under the CAM SPAM act, which made Guerbuez an entry into the listing in the Guinness Book of World Records. Guerbuez is trying to cashing on his fame by looking into book and film deals. He claimed to be the $873 million man on his blog. He called a press conference to claim that he had filed bankruptcy and that he doesn’t have to pay Facebook anything. He even showed photos and videos on his blog of himself taking luxury vacations and dining in expensive restaurants. He said he had received several job offers, and he had Facebook to thank for. It appears that all he suffered from this saga is that he is banned from using Facebook, and that he had to file bankruptcy.

“After that, life goes on,” Guerbuez’s lawyer said. “It’s treated as any other debt.”

Guerbuez will hold another press conference on Wednesday to discuss the Quebec court ruling.

Albuquerque Unveils North America’s Largest Concave Fresco

October 5, 2010 Featured News, Travel No Comments
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Masterpiece at the National Hispanic Cultural Center will make debut on 10/10/10

Rarely does a destination have the opportunity to announce a project that transcends geographic boundaries and cultural norms. With the completion of a 4,000 sq. ft. fresco inside the Torreon of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque (www.ItsATrip.org), visitors are invited to experience an extraordinary work of art and labor of love.

New Mexico artist Frederico Vigil has spent close to a decade on the project, which shares the story of Hispanic culture through the ancient art of fresco. The mural depicts Hispanic history through historical periods plus significant and iconic people and places.

The fresco will be unveiled as the NHCC (www.nhccnm.org) celebrates their 10th anniversary on October 10, 2010.

Following in the footsteps of fresco masters such as Giotto, Michelangelo, Masaccio and Goya, and, more recently, muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco, Vigil continues this time-honored tradition inside the Torreon of the NHCC.

The intricate process of fresco requires many steps for each component of a mural. When the exhibit is completely finished, the NHCC will offer interpretive materials, classes and workshops showing the process so even non-artists can comprehend the magnitude of the masterpiece they are viewing.

As it is painted in the round, there are several points of entry into the fresco, allowing visitors to begin their journey wherever they choose. Over 3,000 years of Hispanic history are depicted in the broadest sense. In short, the fresco depicts and conveys the complexities, diversity and richness of the Hispanic experience. Themes such as science, literature, religion, acculturation, and technological evolution are followed across geographical expanses and time.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Artist Frederico Vigil grew up infused with the rich history that has become the trademark of his art. Vigil first became involved with fresco during an internship in the 1970s with Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, who were notably, apprentices to Diego Rivera.  This initial experience piqued his interest and he has since dedicated his life to creating frescos. Since completing his first fresco in 1984, he has created 12 major frescos; the one at the NHCC is his largest to date.

Sports & Recreation

SportsMetriX System Linked to NCAA Tournament Upsets

6 Nov 2010

NCAA Basketball Tournament

The unprecedented number of upsets in last season’s NCAA tournament was no coincidence. SportsMetriX software was the one common link that helped Butler, Northern Iowa, Murray State, Baylor, and Cornell for preparing pregame reports for their opponents. Sienna and Montana …

Terminal at 4-years-old, Triumphant at 22, Ryan Dant to Watch His Hero Nolan Ryan and His Beloved Rangers Take on Giants in Game 3

30 Oct 2010

Ryan Dant

Ryan Dant wasn’t supposed to be a 22-year-old. Or an 18-year-old. Or even a 12-year-old. At three-and-a-half, the little boy who loved baseball and Nolan Ryan and his Texas Rangers in particular was told, along with his parents Mark and …

World-Class Snowboarding for the First Time in China

15 Oct 2010

Snowboarder-Shaun-White

The 2010/2011 snowboard season is starting with a big bang: The legendary snowboard contest Air & Style is coming to Beijing, People’s Republic of China, with the 6-star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event “Oakley and Shaun White present Air …

Entertainment

Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Cliff, and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, Support Human Rights Organization Using Video to Expose Human Rights Abuses

11 Nov 2010

Human Rights Abuse

Music legend and human rights activist Peter Gabriel will host the 6th Annual Focus for Change benefit dinner and concert for WITNESS, the international human rights organization, on Thursday, December 2nd at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The event …

Creative Channel Services’ Study Suggests Set-Top Box Is Preferred Upgrade Solution

9 Nov 2010

Internet TV

The Internet is most likely to debut in the American living room via a set-top box that is streaming rented content, says a nationwide survey of 3,600-plus consumer electronics retail sales associates conducted by Creative Channel Services (CCS). Recently, the …

Nissan Whistleblower After being Jailed a 3rd Time Starts Stand-Up Comedy

8 Nov 2010

Sharyn Bovat

Sharyn Bovat, the middle Tennessee relocation consultant assigned to manage the move of Nissan board member Carlos Tavares was arrested and taken to jail on July 7th, 2010 by the Franklin police in Williamson County (case # gsc-3714); the details …

Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Aggressive Tobacco Control Strategy and Proposed Graphic Warning Labels

10 Nov 2010

Smoking

Legacy applauds HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the leadership at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its bold new effort announced today to …

Terminal at 4-years-old, Triumphant at 22, Ryan Dant to Watch His Hero Nolan Ryan and His Beloved Rangers Take on Giants in Game 3

30 Oct 2010

Ryan Dant

Ryan Dant wasn’t supposed to be a 22-year-old. Or an 18-year-old. Or even a 12-year-old. At three-and-a-half, the little boy who loved baseball and Nolan Ryan and his Texas Rangers in particular was told, along …

BODY WORLDS’ Producer Sets Sights on Disease Prevention, Creates New Museum Exhibition Addressing American Health Issues

26 Oct 2010

Body World

Anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens and physician, Dr. Angelina Whalley, the trailblazing scientist and creative designer behind Gunther von Hagens’  BODY WORLDS — the anatomical exhibitions seen by 32 million visitors worldwide — announced BODY …

Featured News

Does Travel + TSA = Traveling Trauma?

22 Nov 2010

Airport Security Body Scan

Immediately prior to one of the heaviest travel days of the year, there are a multitude of people crying ‘Foul’ on the increased Travel Security Administration security (TSA) measures.  The overall response has said the ‘enhanced pat-downs’ simply go too …

GM’s IPO is hot, and China’s Automaker, SAIC, wants a piece of the action

12 Nov 2010

GM Headquarter

SAIC Motor Corp, China’s largest automaker, is a joint-venture partner with General Motors in China. The Chinese company wants a 1% stake in GM share and is willing to pay between $500 Million to $ 1 Billion for the GM’s …

Consumers Don’t Feel Their Financial Interests Are Being Well Protected and Are Dissatisfied With Many Areas in Financial Services

11 Nov 2010

Financial freedom

A new survey on regulatory reform by TNS, the world’s leading custom research firm, finds that only 46% of American consumers feel  their financial interests are being appropriately protected by laws and regulations.  For consumers who are over-indebted this is …

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Business

GM’s IPO is hot, and China’s Automaker, SAIC, wants a piece of the action

12 Nov 2010

GM Headquarter

SAIC Motor Corp, China’s largest automaker, is a joint-venture partner with General Motors in China. The Chinese company wants a 1% stake in GM share and is willing to pay between $500 Million to $ 1 Billion for the GM’s …

Based on 16 Million Barcode Scans by Smartphone Users, ShopSavvy Reveals the Hottest Gifts for the 2010 Holiday Season

11 Nov 2010

shopsavvy

In the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season, ShopSavvy users performed 16 million product scans with ShopSavvy’s built-in barcode reader, with nearly a third of the smartphone app’s 6.5 million users scanning at least one item from Nov. …

Nissan Whistleblower After being Jailed a 3rd Time Starts Stand-Up Comedy

8 Nov 2010

Sharyn Bovat

Sharyn Bovat, the middle Tennessee relocation consultant assigned to manage the move of Nissan board member Carlos Tavares was arrested and taken to jail on July 7th, 2010 by the Franklin police in Williamson County (case # gsc-3714); the details …

Finance

Consumers Don’t Feel Their Financial Interests Are Being Well Protected and Are Dissatisfied With Many Areas in Financial Services

11 Nov 2010

Financial freedom

A new survey on regulatory reform by TNS, the world’s leading custom research firm, finds that only 46% of American consumers feel  their financial interests are being appropriately protected by laws and regulations.  For consumers who are over-indebted this is …

High Unemployment Rates Lead Consumers Searching For Debt Resolution Morgan Drexen Supports Attorneys In Reducing Debt

1 Nov 2010

Attorneys In Reducing Debt

After several months out of work Stephanie Silver had drained her 401(K) and her debt was rising. Personal savings were not an option for Stephanie an Oregon resident; she started using her credit cards for everyday items. Stephanie’s husband was …

Identity Theft 911 Recommends Identity Theft Services Shopping Tips From The Consumer Federation

23 Oct 2010

National Protect Your Identity Week

In recognition of National Protect Your Identity Week,Identity Theft 911 (http://www.identitytheft911.com) announces its support for the checklist “Nine Things to Check When Shopping for Identity Theft Services” released by the Consumer Federation of America this week. Identity Theft is the …

Technology

Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Cliff, and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, Support Human Rights Organization Using Video to Expose Human Rights Abuses

11 Nov 2010

Human Rights Abuse

Music legend and human rights activist Peter Gabriel will host the 6th Annual Focus for Change benefit dinner and concert for WITNESS, the international human rights organization, on Thursday, December 2nd at Roseland Ballroom in …

Based on 16 Million Barcode Scans by Smartphone Users, ShopSavvy Reveals the Hottest Gifts for the 2010 Holiday Season

11 Nov 2010

shopsavvy

In the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season, ShopSavvy users performed 16 million product scans with ShopSavvy’s built-in barcode reader, with nearly a third of the smartphone app’s 6.5 million users scanning at …

Creative Channel Services’ Study Suggests Set-Top Box Is Preferred Upgrade Solution

9 Nov 2010

Internet TV

The Internet is most likely to debut in the American living room via a set-top box that is streaming rented content, says a nationwide survey of 3,600-plus consumer electronics retail sales associates conducted by Creative …

Travel

Does Travel + TSA = Traveling Trauma?

22 Nov 2010

Airport Security Body Scan

Immediately prior to one of the heaviest travel days of the year, there are a multitude of people crying ‘Foul’ on the increased Travel Security Administration security (TSA) measures.  The overall response has said the …

Yakima Vehicle Racks Gives Thanksgiving Travelers Smart Options for Carrying Gear, Luggage and Family

5 Nov 2010

YAKIMA-car-rack

With Americans downsizing to smaller cars and hybrids, Thanksgiving travelers face new challenges on where to put luggage, family and gear. Yakima (www.yakima.com), known for vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping, winter sports gear, trailers …

Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas Begins Nov. 1

29 Oct 2010

OZARK MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

With dozens of star-filled Christmas music shows and a glittering array of light displays, including the 1-mile Branson Area Festival of Lights drive-through, “The Live Music Show Capital of the World” kicks off its annual …