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Health Checkup: How to Live 100 Years

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2011


A century of life was once a rare thing, but that is changing. Science is slowly unraveling the secrets of the centenarians

Six of the eight Hurlburt siblings live in New England, including Peggy (79), Helen (88), Millie (93), Peter (80), Agnes (96) and Muriel (89)

Don’t write that down! Put your pencil away!” Agnes Buckley is trying in vain to head off an entertaining story her sisters are telling me about how she used to sneak out of the house as a teenager. (She favored boys with motorcycles.) When their father hid her shoes to keep her at home, Agnes simply bypassed the front door and leaped out the window.

“Everyone is going to think I was a troublemaker,” she laments.

Don’t worry, Agnes. You may have had some fun as a teen, but there’s a lifetime of evidence to prove you’ve grown into respectability. A lifetime, that is, that already includes a full decade and a half more than the 80 or so years that a girl born in the U.S. today can expect to live. Agnes was born in 1913 — the year that Grand Central Terminal opened in New York City and the U.S. Postal Service began delivering packages as well as letters — which makes her 96 years old. Two of her 11 brothers and sisters are nonagenarians too. The other surviving members of the clan are pushing 80 or well beyond it. And, as Agnes points out, “none of us have canes.”(See portraits of centenarians.)

In fact, the entire Hurlburt family is a model of long-lived, healthful vigor, which makes it a perfect candidate for the Long Life Family Study (LLFS), an investigation into the factors that help certain families produce members who live into their 80s, 90s and even 100s. The study — sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health — includes investigators from four U.S. research centers and one Danish one. The idea, says Dr. Thomas Perls, the principal investigator at the Boston University Medical Center location, is to figure out which genetic, environmental and behavioral factors contribute to longevity. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Optimism Bias

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2011


We like to think of ourselves as rational creatures. We watch our backs, weigh the odds, pack an umbrella. But both

Illustration by Noma Bar for TIME

neuroscience and social science suggest that we are more optimistic than realistic. On average, we expect things to turn out better than they wind up being. People hugely underestimate their chances of getting divorced, losing their job or being diagnosed with cancer; expect their children to be extraordinarily gifted; envision themselves achieving more than their peers; and overestimate their likely life span (sometimes by 20 years or more).

The belief that the future will be much better than the past and present is known as the optimism bias. It abides in every race, region and socioeconomic bracket. Schoolchildren playing when-I-grow-up are rampant optimists, but so are grownups: a 2005 study found that adults over 60 are just as likely to see the glass half full as young adults.

You might expect optimism to erode under the tide of news about violent conflicts, high unemployment, tornadoes and floods and all the threats and failures that shape human life. Collectively we can grow pessimistic — about the direction of our country or the ability of our leaders to improve education and reduce crime. But private optimism, about our personal future, remains incredibly resilient. A survey conducted in 2007 found that while 70% thought families in general were less successful than in their parents’ day, 76% of respondents were optimistic about the future of their own family.(See “The Case for Optimism” in TIME’s special: 10 Ideas That Will Change the World.) Read the rest of this entry »

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WHO Predicts Tobacco To Kill 600K Non-Smokers Yearly

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2011

It could be Great if really be able to achieve the goal
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Mero Desh Dubna Lagyo by-Satya/Swoorup Raj Acharya

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2011

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Pentagon Considers Cyber Attacks To Be Acts Of War: WSJ

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2011

Cyber war itself very dangerous.
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अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय सांस्क्रितिक पर्वमा प्रमुख आकर्षण नेपाल

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2011

झण्डै सात महिनाजतिको प्रयास र तिन महिनाको अथक प्रयास । अन्तिम अवस्था मा के होला भन्ने धुकचुक, हुटहुटी र पिरलो थियो फ्रान्सको लियों शहरमा हुने अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय सांस्क्रितिक पर्वमा नेपालको उपस्थिति कस्तो होला भनेर । तर गज्जब भयो । ४३ भन्दा बढि देशको सहभागिता रहेको यो पर्वमा नेपालले सबैको ध्यान एकोहोर्‍याउन सफल भयो । फोटो खिच्ने, ब्रोसर लिने, बुद्दका बारेमा सोध्ने कति कति । हैरान भए, भ्याइ नभ्याइ थियो नेपालको जानकारी दिन बसेका फ्रान्सेली मित्रहरुलाई । साँच्चै नेपालले आफ्नो गौरव देखाएरै छोड्यो । अमेरिका, बेलायत जस्ता विश्वका धनी देशले लाखौं खर्च गरेको तुलनामा नेपालले सामान्य आर्थिक खर्च र मेहनतकै भरले विश्वलाई चकित पार्न सफल भयो ।

पर्वको आखिरमा सबै भन्दा ठूलो आकर्षण यहि साकेला न्रित्य भयो । फ्रान्सेली किशोरीहरुले जम्मा तिन घण्टा जतिकै प्रयासमा यो टपक्कै टिपीहाले । यो न्रित्य सिकाउन भनेरै नेपाली दुतावासका मिनिस्टर काउन्सिलर जिवनप्रकाश श्रेष्ठकी पत्नी समेत रहेकी निता श्रेष्ठ करिब चार दिन पहिले पुगेकि थिइन् आफ्ना दुई छोरी जैनु र निजूको पढाइ छुटाएर ।

मंगलबार २३ तारिखका दिन साँझ हामी पुगेपछि एउटा हलमा साकेला सिक्दै किशोरीहरु । तिनलाई सिकाउँदै निता श्रेष्ठ । Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Porn Watching Lead to Divorce?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2011

As America did not bring Osama’s porn loving proof in time, many could have doubt. Why America could not bring everything in time and did part by part with long time interval? This is globally sensitive case and America’s activities seemed to be immatured in this case.
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Sepp Blatter Cleared, Two Senior FIFA Officials Suspended In Corruption Scandal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2011

Why people so greedy everywhere­?
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Mid night Coup averted, Indian RAW, Congress-I backs ex-Nepal King

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2011

Telegraph Nepal

A great political turmoil, as the luck would have it, got averted.

The now sidelined King, Gyanendra Shah, was all set to stage a grand come back had the parties failed to extend the Constituent Assembly tenure.

Though the CA tenure has been extended through foul means yet the extension has averted the political disaster which was about to grip the country for some time to come.

High placed sources claim that the former King had already drafted a message to be addressed to the nation wherein he was supposed to have announced his taking over the charge of the nation once again.

Clearly, the message former King had drafted was all the handiwork of the visiting RAW officials, Alok Joshi.

Joshi, according to the high placed sources, had mainly come to Nepal with a single objective: To install the sidelined King in Nepali throne if the parties failed in extending the CA tenure.

Joshi stayed in Kathmandu for over a week.

A tentative message which was to be broadcast on May 28 late evening read like this: “We had abandoned the throne hoping that the political parties will act as per the aspirations of the people but we are pained to record that the political parties failed in their mission……”

This statement was about to be sent to various media houses late evening May 28, 2011. The message further stated that the sidelined King was hurt with the increasing confusion in the nation due to the failure in drafting the constitution and carrying the peace process to its logical end. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Greater Nepal “In Quest of Boundary” full movie

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2011

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Tell Me Why-Declan Galbraith

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घरबाटै विश्वब्यापी कविता प्रतियोगितामा भाग लिनुहोस्

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2011

ब्रुनाई २८ अप्रिल ११, विश्व नेपाली साहित्य महासंघले आयोजना गरेको विश्वब्यापी खुल्ला अडियो कविता प्रतियोगिता को सम्बन्धमा छलफल गर्न बसेको बैठकले विभिन्न विषयहरुमा निर्णय गर्यो ।

प्रतियोगितामा प्रथम हुनेलाई विनेसाम साउदी अरेविया शाखा र विनेसाम रसिया शाखाले रु २० हजार नगदको प्रायोजन गर्नेछ । दोस्रो स्थान प्राप्त गर्नेलाई नवोदित साहित्यिक मोवाइल पुस्तकालय कतारले रु १० हजार र तेस्रो स्थान प्राप्त गर्नेलाई अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय नेपाली साहित्य समाज युएइ च्याप्टरले रु ५ हजार प्रायोजन गर्ने निर्णय गर्यो । त्यस्तैगरि निक्कै खर्चालु मानिएको प्राविधिक पक्षको खर्च प्रवासी नेपाली साहित्य समाज वेलायत ब्रुनाईले गर्ने निर्णय भयो जो अघिल्लो बर्ष विश्वब्यापी खुल्ला अडियो गजल प्रतियोगिताको आयोजक रहेको थियो । प्रायोजनको लागि रकम यहि बैशाख महिना भित्र महासंघको बैंक खातामा जम्मा गर्ने पनि निर्णय भयो ।

प्रतियोगितामा साहित्य महासंघका केन्द्रिय पदाधिकारी पार्षद र सहआयोजक संस्था तथा शाखाका अध्यक्षले प्रतियोगिको रुपमा भाग लिन नपाउने तर अप्रतियोगिको रुपमा रहनसक्ने निर्णय गर्यो । प्रतियोगि कविताहरु धमाधम लिन शुरु गरिएको र पहिलो दोस्रो र तेस्रो चरण गरेर अत्यधिक कवीहरुको सहभागिता गराउने निर्णय भयो । पहिलो चरण बैशाख महिना भित्र दोस्रो चरण जेठ २० गते सम्म र तेस्रो चरण तथा अन्तिम चरण जेठ २८ गते तोकिएको छ । प्रतियोगिताको परिणाम साहित्य महासङ्घ स्थापना तथा भानु जयन्तिको दिन असार २९ गते घोषणा गरिनेछ । उक्त दिन महासंघको सम्पूर्ण शाखाहरुलाई साहित्यिक कार्यक्रम गर्न पनि आग्रह गरेको छ ।

प्रतियोगि कविताहरुको मूल्याङ्कनको लागि यथासम्भव समावेसि रुपबाट कविता क्षेत्रकै अग्रजहरुलाई आग्रह गरिनेछ र नतिजा प्रकाशनपूर्व मूल्याङ्कनकर्ताहरुको नाम गोप्य राखिनेछ । मूल्याङ्कनकर्ताहरुको नियुक्ति कविता संकलनको दोस्रो चरणमा गरिनेछ साथै मूल्याङ्कनकर्ताहरुको समय बापत वहाहरुलाई उपहार स्वरुप नगद प्रदान गरिनेछ ।

रसियाबाट डा. मधु माधुर्य, कतारबाट तीर्थसंगम राई, भानु सुनुवार, मलेशियाबाट दीप दर्शन, इजरायलबाट उमा सुवेदी, साउदी अरेबियाबाट खगेन्द्र अधिकारी, थाइल्याण्डबाट खगेन्द्र पन्धाक, युएइबाट समदर्शि काँइला, इराकबाट रामकृष्ण सुनुवार, ब्रुनाईबाट सुरेन्द्र इङनाम, विश्वास दीप तिगेला लगायतको उपस्थिती रहेको थियो । Read the rest of this entry »

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प्रथम अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय नेपाली महिला साहित्यकार सम्मेलन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2011

अमेरिका । अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय नेपाली महिला साहित्यकारहरुको प्रथम सम्मेलन अमेरिकामा हुने भएको छ । सम्मेलन अमेरिकाको वासिङटन डिसीमा आगामी जुलाईको पहिलो साता गरिने निर्णय गरिएको छ ।
नेपाली साहित्य प्रतिष्ठान, उत्तर अमेरिकाको आयोजनामा हुने प्रथम अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय नेपाली महिला साहित्यकार सम्मेलन सफल पार्न एक समिति समेत गठन भएको छ ।
सम्मेलन सफल पार्न साहित्यकार सीता पाण्डेको संयोजकत्वमा अमेरिकामा बसेर निरन्तर साहित्य सिर्जनामा लागि राख्नु भएका महिला साहित्यकारहरु समेटी संयोजन समिति गठन गरिएको हो ।
समितिका सदस्यहरुमा गंगा लीगल, सीता खरेल, नम्रता गुरागाई, पूनम काफ्ले, पुष्पा गौतम पल्पशा, प्रमिला शर्मा, बिटु केसी, भगवती न्यौपाने, मोहनी श्रेष्ठ र शान्ता घिमिरे रहनु भएको छ । संयोजकको सहजताको लागि सह संयोजकमा नीलम कार्की निहारिकालाई तोकिएको छ ।


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Cheryl Cole speaks for first time: ‘Why did Simon Cowell do this to me?’ –

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 29, 2011

Desolate Cheryl Cole was last night considering whether to walk away from UK X Factor as bosses gave her a midnight ultimatum.

And she broke her silence about her sacking from the US show to say: “Why did Simon Cowell do this to me?”

Last night, still stunned at the speed of her US demise, tearful Cheryl was holed up in a secret location back in Britain.

The distraught star said she could not believe she had been fired from US X Factor after just four days of ­auditions. “I still haven’t been given a reason,” she told a friend.

Yesterday Cheryl was refusing to take calls from TV bosses demanding to know whether she will agree to be on this year’s UK show – which starts filming on Wednesday.

Cheryl Cole speaks for first time: ‘Why did Simon Cowell do this to me?’ –

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Miracle Dog Survives 40 Gun Shots and Being Buried Alive in Malta

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 29, 2011


It’s been a tough week for dogs.

Right on the heels of this heartbreaking (but also sort of uplifting?) story of a dog surviving a tornado, we hear of another miracle dog.

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A stray dog in Malta proved that she had the heart of a champion, when police officers discovered her buried in sand up to her face, her legs and snout bound, and suffering from pellet gun shot wounds to the head. Despite the horrible abuse (she had more than 40 pellet gun bullets removed from her skull), the dog, named “Star” by her rescuers, has managed to pull through. Read the rest of this entry »

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