Monthly Archives: March 2014

A cup of Earl Grey ‘as good as statins’ at fighting heart disease, study finds

twinings_early_geyDrinking Earl Grey tea could help guard against heart disease, it has emerged, after a study found that bergamot extract – a key ingredient in the hot drink – is just as effective as statins at controlling cholesterol.

Scientists believe bergamot, a fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Early Grey tea its distinctive flavour, can significantly lower cholesterol.

They say it contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can attack proteins in the body known to cause heart disease.

The study found bergamot could even be as effective as statins, used to control cholesterol but which can have side effects in patients. Continue reading

NHS users should pay £10 a month, says former health minister

nhsEveryone in the UK should start paying a £10-a-month NHS “membership charge” to save it from sliding into a decline that threatens its existence, a former Labour health minister has urged.

Lord Warner, who served under Tony Blair, warns that the NHS will become unsustainable without new sources of funding and painful changes.

“Many politicians and clinicians are scared to tell people that our much-beloved 65-year-old NHS no longer meets the country’s needs,” Warner writes in the Guardian. Continue reading

South Korea fires shells into North Korean waters

North Korea, South KoreaSouth Korea has fired shells into North Korean waters after shots from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the rivals’ disputed western sea boundary.

The artillery exchange comes just days after Kim Jong Un’s reclusive nation threatened to launch a ‘new form’ of nuclear power tests.

Residents on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, located in the battle-stricken Yellow Sea, were evacuated to shelters during the exchange.

No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, an official with South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. He provided no other details and spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules. Continue reading

Balakrishna’s Legend – Movie Review

Legend Telugu MovieNandamuri Balakrishna’s ‘Legend’ has hit the screens worldwide with an outstanding buzz.The movie targeted both masses and family section. All Balakrishna’s fan has great hopes on this Boyapati Sreenu film, so let us check out.

The movie starts showcasing Balakrishna (Krishna) in Dubai. He lives away from his family where his Grandmother stays in India. Krishna falls in love with Sneha (Sonal Chauhan). Krishna visits India to surprise his grandmother and to get her blessings for his marriage with Sneha. With his proclivity for saving people in distress, Krishna soon ends up in rivalry with Jeethendra (Jagapathi Babu) by killing Jeethendra’s Son. Interval episode and twist have good impact value.

The movie enters into flashback mode when Jeethendra meets Krishna. There is an old enmity Continue reading

Pope Replaces German ‘Bling Bishop’ After Inquiry

Pope_FrancisPope Francis on Wednesday permanently removed a German bishop from his Limburg Diocese after his 31 million-euro ($43 million) new residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful.

Francis had temporarily expelled Monsignor Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from Limburg in October pending a church inquiry.

At the center of the controversy was the price tag for the construction of a new bishop’s residence complex and related renovations. Tebartz-van Elst defended the expenditures, saying the bill was actually for 10 projects and there were additional costs because the buildings were under historical protection.

But in a country where Martin Luther launched the Reformation five centuries ago in response to what he said were excesses and abuses within the church, the outcry was enormous. Continue reading

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 in India

Samsung-Galaxy-S5The much awaited Galaxy S5 is set to hit stores starting from April 11 in 150 countries including India. For the past many years, the Samsung Galaxy has been the most foreseen smartphone launches along with the iPhone and the Nexus devices. Galaxy S5 is expected to be priced between Rs 51,000 to Rs 53,000., though the special pricing has not been shared by the company yet.

Samsung also announced three wearable devices. Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. These devices will be available across the country through Samsung’s retail stores and e-commerce sites from April 11 onwards. Galaxy Gear 2 is priced at Rs.21,900 and both Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and Galaxy Gear Fit are priced at Rs.15,900. Continue reading