Showing posts with label usa. Show all posts
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

'I am free', tweets Yuvraj Singh after being discharged from the hospital

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
New Delhi:  Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh was today discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy to recover from a rare germ cell cancer in Boston, USA.

"3rd chemo cycles over, back from hospital n I am free. Road to recovery starts now. Can't wait to be back home," Yuvraj tweeted.

"Thank you 4 all ur love n wishes from the bottom of my heart I'm sure they have worked well with the doctors therapy," he said.

    3rd chemo cycles over, back from hospital n I am free. Road to recovery starts now. Can't wait to be back home.-- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 18, 2012

Yuvraj, who has been in Boston since last month, is expected to be back on the field in the first week of May, according to his doctor. The 30-year-old has gone bald during the treatment.

Meanwhile, Yuvraj also paid tribute to his veteran teammate Sachin Tendulkar for completing a century of international hundreds.

"Overwhelmed and full of emotions Tendulkar take a bow What he has achieved is immeasurable and what he has done is unachievable@sachin_rt," he tweeted.

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Microsoft releases Windows 8 for public testing

Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp released an incomplete version of Windows 8 for the public to download and try out on Wednesday, looking to rev up excitement for the slick, new-look operating system that it hopes will restore its fading tech supremacy.

Windows 8, as the first Microsoft operating system compatible with low-power microprocessors designed by ARM Holdings Plc, will run on tablets as well as desktops and laptops, in an effort to counter the runaway success of Apple Inc's iPad.

"It's an even better Windows than Windows 7," said Steven Sinofsky, head of Microsoft's flagship Windows unit, as he demonstrated the new system at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Windows 7, Microsoft's last operating system, was its fastest-selling ever, racking up 525 million sales in less than three years. But Microsoft has found itself sidelined in the rush toward mobile computing by Apple, Google Inc and Inc.

"It's incredibly fast and fluid to just navigate this UI (user interface)", said Sinofsky, showing off Windows 8 on a tablet and an ultra-thin laptop at the event in Barcelona.

Anyone can download the new version of Windows, but it will only work on PCs and laptops running standard Intel Corp x86 chips. Consumers will have to wait longer to try out the full experience on ARM-compatible tablets.

It is available for download at

Sinofsky said people from 70 countries had already downloaded the software on Wednesday morning, but he did not give exact numbers.

Microsoft says it is aiming to get machines running on both the ARM and Intel platforms into the market at the same time, but has not set a target date. The world's largest software company generally tries to bring out a new version of Windows every three years, so that would indicate a full release date around October this year, in time for the holiday shopping season.

In both versions, Windows 8 features a completely new interface, borrowed from what Microsoft calls the "Metro" style of the current Windows Phone software. It features blocks or "tiles" that can be moved around the screen or tapped to go straight into an application.

The latest version of Windows 8 unveiled on Wednesday has better performance, quality and reliability than the version it released to developers last autumn.

For the first time, this version of Windows 8 includes the Windows Store, where users can download and try out apps and get access to cloud storage with the ability to move content across a range of devices including Windows phones. It also uses a test version of Microsoft's newest browser, Internet Explorer 10.

The Windows Store has a range of apps including a reader for Gannett Co Inc's national newspaper USA Today, games such as Cut the Rope, and other titles compatible with Microsoft's Xbox video game system. But it is still tiny in comparison with the 140,000 apps available for the iPad. Users need to sign on with a Microsoft account to download apps, which are all free during the test period.

The test version of Windows 8 has mail, calendar and messaging apps, but no evidence of Office, Microsoft's dominant suite of work applications. Sinofsky said earlier this month that a version of Office would be included in Windows 8 for ARM tablets.

Microsoft's shares fluctuated on the Nasdaq, but briefly hit a new four-year high of $32.00 in early trading. The shares were down 17 cents at $31.70 in afternoon trading.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Top 10 Life Insurance Companies in USA

Top 10 Life Insurance Companies in USA
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Ideal insurance policy is known as a great investment and is a significant way to be adopted to save the future of your family. If you get prepared with a superb insurance policy it comes to our save when you find yourself in troubled in any situation, as it also helps in gaining the economical strength relating to your children. To decide the true insurance policy, factors like reliability, price, budgets and flexibility play a significant role, and choosing the right life insurance company also becomes a crucial decision. Organizations that stand the top 10 life insurance companies in USA for 2012 can be justified as per their reputation and according to their sales volumes.

Find a list of top 10 insurance coverage companies in USA which enjoys reputation as well as are insurance coverage businesses that register phenomenal growth in their revenues, season after season, and on top of it are esteemed businesses that provide excellent service.

MetLife is a renowned life insurance company in the USA, and it provides Term Life Insurance which gets provided in three modes. Their commitment to provide service to the underprivileged and the marginalized has catapulted MetLife into one of the top life insurance provider, and their Corporate Social responsibility has helped them stay afloat in the healthy competition that prevails in the life insurance market in the USA. Having an international presence, MetLife is one of the top 10 life insurance companies in the USA which also offers Permanent Life Insurance to the citizens of the USA. MetLife happens to be the top life insurer in the USA, and is a leader in retirement and savings policy among the other areas of significance.

Prudential Insurance Company of America happens to be a part pertaining to Prudential Financial and is one of the top notch insurance players that provide life insurance to many in the USA. As one of the top 10 life insurance companies in the USA, this life insurance company offers life insurance policies under five categories, which are the Term Life Insurance, Universal Life Insurance, Whole Life Insurance, Variable Life Insurance and Survivorship Life insurance. To cater to the varied needs of the individuals who seek to acquire life insurance policy, Prudential Insurance Company of America offers insurance under these categories that carry many benefits.

Being a major player to occupy centre stage in the life insurance market in the USA, New York Life Insurance has changed its offerings as in a way to suit the times, and in effect has trimmed their strategy and operations to meet the varied requirements of individuals as well as to fall in line with the market. This life insurance company provides life insurance policies that get classified into four categories, which embrace the term insurance, permanent life insurance, survivorship insurance as well as life insurance for that of business. New York Life Insurance has been receiving highest rankings in the life insurance industry, and the ratings have been provided by the best of insurance rating agencies, as it is undoubtedly a major player to find a place in the top 10 insurance companies in the USA.

The primary focus pertaining to TIAA-CREF is life insurance, and there are various lines of life insurance at TIAA-CREF, which includes level as well as renewable term, apart from that of the universal as well as survivorship life insurance. This insurance company is one among the top financial services organizations in the USA as it offers term insurance in two types and permanent insurance in two types. Headquartered in New York, it has 60 branches spread across the USA, and with its performance, it enters the list of top 10 life insurance companies in the USA. Earning good rankings from the reputed insurance rating agencies, this insurance company is also one of the insurance companies that stays on top when sales is concerned.

MassMutual Financial Group happens to be the marketing name pertaining to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company which has its headquarters at Springfield. As one of the leading insurance companies in the USA, the term-life insurance related to MassMutual offers coverage for that of set periods pertaining to time. The financial strength of this life insurance company as well as its strong performance has registered tremendous growth, and to satiate the needs of clients, MassMutual Financial Group also offers disability income insurance, retirement plan services, long term care insurance as well as annuities. As one of the best insurance companies in the USA, it strives to help clients in the decision making process with respect to their financial planning.

Lincoln National is one of the reputed insurance companies in the USA, and the types pertaining to life insurance that comes from the stable of Lincoln National include Term Life, Universal Life, Linked Benefit Life and Variable Universal Life. Known for their focus to provide professional financial advice, Lincoln National provides a wide range of insurance products that addresses the long-term needs of the individuals seeking insurance policies, as it also offers annuities. It is one of the successful as well as the largest of life insurance companies found in the USA, and is a strong contender to enter the list of top 10 life insurance companies in the USA.

Consistently rated as the one of best, Genworth Financial life Insurance is headquartered in Richmond as it offers traditional term life insurance, universal life insurance and term life insurance with that of premium options. As one of the prime providers of life insurance in the USA, it also finds a place in the top 10 insurance companies in the USA. The financial strength of this insurance company in meeting the obligations related to policy holders doesn’t come as surprise to many, as this factor has not only earned recognition for Genworth Financial but also has been a major reason for the top insurance rating companies to shower praises on this insurance provider.

American Family Life Assurance Company or the AFLAC happens to be a top rated US insurance companies as it unveils a host of health and accident insurance policies, which comes as perfect solutions to individuals as well as to employers. Based in Columbus, AFLAC is a behemoth, as it possesses massive assets and the clientele encompasses sea of individuals found around the globe, and which is also a top life insurance player in the USA. It strives to offer affordable life insurance products to employers and customers, as innovative strategic marketing that entwines with that of well-researched as well as quality products have paved way for value for money and cost-effective life insurance plans, which ultimately has pushed this life insurance company into the list of top 10 life insurance companies in the USA.

Northwestern Mutual is one of the recognized players in the field of life insurance in the USA, and the life insurance policies that come from Northwestern Mutual proffers many benefits, as they also pave way for many add-ons. The benefits like Guaranteed Death Benefit, Guaranteed Minimum Cash Value and other such benefits have been lapped by many clients, and Northwestern Mutual, which is one of the top 10 life insurance companies in the USA also unveils additional purchase benefits, indexed protection benefits as well as waiver of premium that come as other benefits offered by Northwestern Mutual

Principal Financial is another reputed life insurance company in the USA that provides insurance policies for businesses as well as individuals. Quality service is an inherent feature of this life insurance company, and apart from offering life insurance it also offers dental and vision insurance. The life insurance encompasses varieties like term insurance, survivorship life insurance, group health insurance among the other types, and it also provides aid for individual retirement planning. It is one of the top 10 life insurance companies in the USA that provides excellent services.

If you think that a life insurance company in the USA of repute has been left out in this list, please let us know as well as provide your comments.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Iran threatens U.S. Navy as sanctions hit economy

iranian submarine
Iranian Submarine
(Reuters) - Iran threatened Tuesday to take action if the U.S. Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, Tehran's most aggressive statement yet after weeks of saber-rattling as new U.S. and EU financial sanctions take a toll on its economy.

The prospect of sanctions targeting the oil sector in a serious way for the first time has hit Iran's rial currency, which reached a record low Tuesday and has fallen by 40 percent against the dollar in the past month.

Queues formed at banks and some currency exchange offices shut their doors as Iranians scrambled to buy dollars to protect their savings from the currency's fall.

Army chief Ataollah Salehi said the United States had moved an aircraft carrier out of the Gulf because of Iran's naval exercises, and Iran would take action if the ship returned.

"Iran will not repeat its warning ... the enemy's carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf," army chief Salehi said.

"I advise, recommend and warn them over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once."

The aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis leads a U.S. Navy task force in the region. It is now in the Arabian Sea providing air support for the war in Afghanistan, said Lieutenant Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the U.S. 5th Fleet.

The carrier left the Gulf on December 27 on a "preplanned, routine transit" through the Straight of Hormuz, she said.

Forty percent of the world's traded oil flows through that narrow straight - which Iran threatened last month to shut if sanctions halted its oil exports.

Brent crude futures were up more than $4 Tuesday afternoon in London, pushing above $111 a barrel on the news of potential threats to supply in the Gulf, as well as strong Chinese economic data.

Tehran's latest threat comes at a time when sanctions are having an unprecedented impact on its economy, and the country faces political uncertainty with an election in March, its first since a 2009 vote that triggered countrywide demonstrations.

The West has imposed the increasingly tight sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran says is strictly peaceful but Western countries believe aims to build an atomic bomb. After years of measures that had little impact, the new sanctions are the first that could have a serious effect on Iran's oil trade, 60 percent of its economy.

Sanctions signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama on New Year's Eve would cut off financial institutions that work with Iran's central bank from the U.S. financial system, blocking the main path for payments for Iranian oil.

The EU is expected to impose new sanctions by the end of this month, possibly including a ban on oil imports and a freeze of central bank assets.

Even Iran's top trading partner China - which has refused to back new global sanctions against Iran - is demanding discounts to buy Iranian oil as Tehran's options narrow. Beijing has cut its imports of Iranian crude by more than half for January, paying premiums for oil from Russia and Vietnam to replace it.


Iran has responded to the tighter measures with belligerent rhetoric, spooking oil markets briefly when it announced last month it could prevent shipping through the Straight of Hormuz.

It then held 10 days of naval exercises in the Gulf, test firing missiles that could hit U.S. bases in the Middle East. Tuesday's apparent threat to take action against the U.S. military for sailing in international waters takes the aggressive rhetoric to a new level.

Experts still say they do not expect Tehran to charge headlong into an act of war - the U.S. Navy is overwhelmingly more powerful than Iran's sea forces - but Iran is running out of diplomatic wiggle room to avert a confrontation.

"I think we should be very worried because the diplomacy that should accompany this rise in tension seems to be lacking on both sides," said Richard Dalton, former British ambassador to Iran and now an associate fellow at Chatham House think tank.

"I don't believe either side wants a war to start. I think the Iranians will be aware that if they block the Strait or attack a U.S. ship, they will be the losers. Nor do I think that the U.S. wants to use its military might other than as a means of pressure. However, in a state of heightened emotion on both sides, we are in a dangerous situation."

Henry Wilkinson at Janusian Risk Advisory consultants said the threats might be a bid by Iran to remind countries contemplating sanctions of the cost of havoc on oil markets.

"Such threats can cause market confidence in the global oil supply to wobble and can push up oil prices and shipping insurance prices. For the EU powers debating new sanctions, this could be quite a pinch in the current economic climate."

The new U.S. sanctions law, if implemented fully, would make it impossible for many refineries to pay Iran for crude. It takes effect gradually and lets Obama grant waivers to prevent an oil price shock, so its precise impact is hard to gauge.

The European Union is expected to consider new measures by the end of this month. A blockade would halt purchase of Iranian oil by EU members such as such as crisis-hit Greece, which has taken advantage of the discounted price of Iranian crude.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Paris wants new measures taken by January 30, when EU foreign ministers meet. President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed freezing Iranian central bank assets and an oil embargo, Juppe said.

A German foreign ministry spokesman said Berlin was in discussions with other EU states on "qualitatively new sanctions against Iran" to "ensure the sources of funding for the Iranian nuclear program dry up."

Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said member states would discuss the issue this week in the hope of reaching an agreement on new steps before the January 30 meeting.

"The ball is still in the Iranians' court," he said.

Iran has written to Ashton asking to restart talks over its nuclear program that collapsed a year ago. The EU says it does not want talks unless Iran is prepared to discuss serious steps, such as halting its enrichment of uranium.


Although China, India and other countries are unlikely to sign up to any oil embargo, tighter Western sanctions mean such customers will be able to insist on deeper discounts for Iranian oil, reducing Tehran's income.

Beijing has already been driving a hard bargain. China, which bought 11 percent of its oil from Iran during the first 11 months of last year, has cut its January purchase by about 285,000 barrels per day, more than half of the close to 550,000 bpd that it bought through a 2011 contract.

The impact of falling government income from oil sales can be felt on the streets in Iran in soaring prices for state subsidized goods and a falling rial currency.

Some currency exchange offices in Tehran, when contacted by Reuters, said there was no trading until further notice.

"The rate is changing every second ... We are not taking in any rials to change to dollars or any other foreign currency," said Hamid Bakshi in central Tehran.

Housewife Zohreh Ghobadi, in a long line at a bank, said she was trying to withdraw her savings and change it into dollars.

Iranian authorities played down any link between the souring exchange rate and the imposition of the new sanctions.

"The new American sanctions have not materialized yet," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

The economic impact is being felt ahead of a nationwide parliamentary election on March 2, the first vote since a disputed 2009 presidential election that brought tens of thousands of Iranian demonstrators into the streets.

Iran's rulers put those protests down by force, but since then the "Arab Spring" revolts have show that authoritarian governments in the region are vulnerable to street unrest.

In a sign of political tension among Iran's elite ahead of the vote, a court jailed the daughter of powerful former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Tuesday and banned her from politics for "anti-state propaganda."

Rafsanjani sided with reformists during the demonstrations following the 2009 vote. Daughter Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani went on trial last month on charges of "campaigning against the Islamic establishment," news agency ISNA said.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures

Breast Cancer
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
  • The risk of breast cancer increases with age and if you live to 90 years your risk of developing this cancer is almost 14%
  • 1.7 million breast cancers were diagnosed worldwide in 2007
  •  465,000 (approx.) women died due to breast cancer in 2007
  • North America, Australia, Europe have the highest incidence of breast cancer
  •  Large parts of Africa and Asia have the lowest rates
  • In the last 25 years it incidence has gone up by 30% in the western world
  •  Increased risk of developing breast cancer include -
  • Start of menstrual period at an early age
  •  Menopause later in life 
  • Having a first or second degree relative with breast cancer
  • Obesity
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Never having children
  • Using contraceptives
  • Using hormone replacement therapy during post-menopausal years
  • Certain inherited genetic mutations for breast cancer (BRCA1 and/or BRCA2)
  • Decreased Breast cancer Risk -
  • Breast feeding
  • Moderate Physical activity
  • Maintaining normal weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Breast cancer can be prevented by screening
  • Early treatment can increase chances of 5 years survival to 98%
  • Women with a BRCA mutation who get their ovaries surgically removed can reduce their risk of breast cancer by over 50%.
  • A study from North Carolina State University indicated that Women who performed the act of fellatio and swallow semen regularly (one to two times a week) may reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 40 percent !!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Unable To Find 12th Woman Of The Year, BBC Crowns Panda Instead

women of 2011
Faces of 2011 (Pic:BBC)
In a move that is sure to go down in adorable bear history, the BBC has named a female panda named Sweetie one of its female Faces of the Year. 2011 was either lacking severely in girlchievements or a banner year for lady pandas. So what was Sweetie's glorious achievement that elevated her, a bear, over that of all female humans who did stuff?

She got off of an airplane in Scotland, to great fanfare. That's it. Hooray for Sweetie the panda, woman face of the year.

Not only is a bear deemed to appropriately fit the "woman" category, the rest of the list will leave people who were hoping for a progressive set of female movers and shakers disappointed. Sure, it includes Michele Bachmann, who, for all of her frothing, hateful votemongering, is at least a politician, and Dilma Rousseff, the first female President of Brazil. But the list also includes Charlene Wittstock, a woman famous for almost not marrying a prince, a very wealthy Spanish duchess who married a younger man, and Pippa Middleton, a woman famous for being related to a woman who married a prince. We've also got two sexual assault victims on the list— Eman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who was dragged away from reporters while trying to tell them she'd been raped by Gaddafi forces, and Nafissatou Diallo, the woman who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in his $12 zillion per night hotel room. And then there's the US Marine who successfully asked Justin Timberlake to go to a dance with her.

All in all, more than half of the BBC's "Faces of the Year: Women" are rape victims, princesses and thereabouts, or bears.

We really can have it all, ladies. Girl power.

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