Saturday, May 1, 2010

Teens’ Facebook walls may reveal their sexual intentions

Washington, May 1 (ANI): Display of sexual references on teens’ Facebook profiles is associated with their intention to initiate intercourse, claims a new study.he study, led by Megan A. Moreno, MD, MPH, MSEd, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, has been presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.“Parents and physicians are often seeking clues for when it’s time to have ‘the talk’ about sex with a teenager,” Dr. Moreno said. “Our study suggests that if sexual content is noted on a teen’s social networking site profile, it’s definitely time for that talk.”Dr. Moreno’s team previously found that 54 percent of MySpace profiles contained high-risk behavior information, with 24 percent referencing sexual behavior (”Display of Health Risk Behaviors on MySpace by Adolescents,” published in January 2009 in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine).The researchers hypothesized that these displays may represent involvement in risk behaviors, consideration of risk behaviors or just adolescent grandstanding.In the current study, researchers investigated what sexual displays on social networking sites represent in the offline world. They identified publicly available Facebook profiles of college freshmen, 85 of whom completed a survey measuring sexual experiences, risky sexual behavior, and for those not yet sexually active, sexual intention.Researchers found a strong association between display of sexual references on Facebook and self-reported intention to initiate sexual intercourse.The authors concluded that social networking sites present innovative opportunities for clinicians, educators and parents to identify adolescents who may benefit from targeted education regarding safe sex practices prior to sexual initiation. (ANI)

Manasvi Mamgai is Miss India World 2010

MUMBAI - Manasvi Mamgai, 22, was crowned Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2010 at a gala event Friday night. She will represent India at the global pageant later this year.Neha Hinge, 23, was crowned Miss India International 2010, while Nicole Faria, 20, is Miss India Earth 2010.A bevy of Bollywood stars like Shahid Kapoor, Salman Khan, Lara Dutta, Neha Dhupia and Vivek Oberoi mesmerised the audience with their performances.The contestants dazzled in beautiful creations by designers Ritu Kumar and Anita Dongre.The 18 finalists were judged by personalities like Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, writer Chetan Bhagat, tennis star Sania Mirza, boxer Vijender Singh, director Anurag Basu, designer Ritu Beri and actor Kunal Kapoor.This year, Sushmita Sen’s production company Tantra Entertainment has been awarded the India franchise to select participant for the Miss Universe contest and the winner will represent India at the international pageant.As a result, the Miss Universe title at the pageant was replaced by Miss International.

10 hours of sleep every day can help you hit 100!

LONDON - Want to live to 100? Well, then get 10 hours of sleep a night, suggests a new study.Sleep is a major factor in rejuvenating the body and activating the immune system.In the study, boffins found that people who reach 100 are three times more likely to spend at least 10 hours a night in bed.The study involved analysis of data from a 2005 Chinese survey. The sample was composed of 15,638 adults aged 65 and older, including 3,927 who were between 90 and 99 and 2,794 who were 100 or older, reports The Daily Express.Dr Danan Gu, of Portland State University in Oregon, said: “About 65 per cent of the sample overall reported that their sleep quality was good or very good, and the weighted average daily sleep time was about seven-and- a-half hours including naps.“Surprisingly, the oldest adults aged 100 and above were 70 per cent more likely to report good sleep quality than younger participants aged 65 to 79.“Participants who were 100 years of age and older were less likely to sleep for five or fewer hours a day but they were almost three times more likely to sleep for 10 hours or more.“Men were 23 per cent more likely than women to report sleeping well.”When humans sleep, their cells regenerate and they also remove toxins and activate immune system cells.The research has been published in the May issue of the journal Sleep. (ANI)

Call of Duty Black Ops Trailer

San Francisco - If you are an avid Call of Duty lover like me, this is time to rejoice because another release of Call of Duty is coming our way. Activision revealed the first trailer of the latest installment of Call of Duty series, named Call of Duty: Black Ops. It is developed by Treyarch and like other Call of Duty games, this game brings some new action. The release date of Call of Duty has been announced for Nov. 9th. Without further ado, let’s check out the trailer below.With Call of Duty: Black Ops, this is the seventh installment of the Call of Duty Series and it is the fourth game in the series developed by Treyarch after the Call of Duty: Big Red One, Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World at war. The website of Call of Duty: Black Ops is now pretty barebones and it says,We at Treyarch are excited to reveal our latest development Call of Duty: Black Ops! Be sure to head over to as more details begin to unfold! Follow @JD_2020 and @Treyarch on Twitter for the latest news & discussions regarding Black Ops.Thought no details are available for the game at this moment but it is reported that the players of the game will take the role of a Black Ops operative. They will be involved in different missions behind enemy lines. The missions may take place in areas like Cuba, the Arctic or Vietnam. We’ll find more details about the game when its marketing engine starts and we’ll be posting them here as soon as we find them.

I would run for U.S. President if law were changed: Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger has admitted that he would run for U.S. President if the law was changed to allow foreign-born candidates to stand.The bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician was born in Austria and the U.S. Constitution prevents foreign citizens from holding the nation’s top job.When asked if he would make a run for the White House if the law were changed, Schwarzenegger said: “Without any doubt”.However, the change would be a long, tough road, as Constitutional amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the House of Representatives and Senate, plus ratified by three-quarters of state legislatures.Schwarzenegger’s spokesman Aaron McLear said the governor does not think that will happen.The governor also declared the new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigrants “a mess” and something he “would never do”.“First of all, let me just say that I, as governor here, I would never do that in California,” he said.Schwarzenegger said the law is a result of “a shortcoming of the federal government” to act on immigration reform. (ANI)

Maharashtra Day Celebrations Today

MUMBAI, INDIA ( May 1 is celebrated in Maharashtra as Maharashtra day and this year the day will mark the golden jubilee of the celebration. Grand plans have been set to commemorate the occasion. A spectacular light and sound show will be held and it will be succeeded by a fireworks at the Marine Drive. Apart from the government of Maharashtra, a number of political parties have planned several shows and events to celebrate the day in their own style.At the beginning of the day Ashok Chavan, the C.M. of Maharashtra will offer tributes with flower bouquets to the martyrs associated with Samyukta Maharashtra Movement. He will be accompanied by governor K. Sankaranarayanan, deputy Chhagan Bhujbal and some other top level officials. The tricolor will be unfurled by the governor in the evening. After that the Governor will inaugurate a special exhibition arranged by the Directorate General of Information and Public Relations. This exhibition has the theme of Maharashtra’s Progress during the last 50 years. The venue is Shivaji Park.After the inauguration of the Shivaji park exhibition, the governor will attend an event organized by Mumbai’s Mayor Shraddha Jadhav. To remember the glorious social, cultural and historical heritage of Maharashtra a cultural program named Swarna Maharashtra will take place at night at Girgaum Chowpatty. Any occasion to celebrate anything related to Maharashtra cannot be missed by parties like Shiv Sena and BJP. A function will be arranged by Shiv Sena at Bandra. Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray is likely to be present at the venue. It will also have Lata Mangeshkar performing live in the Maharashtra Day ceremony.

NSCN-IM leader to visit native village in Manipur

National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM)’s General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah will be visiting his native Somdal village in Manipur’s Tangkhul community dominated Ukhrul district, about 100 km north of state capital next month after nearly 40 years.Hectic preparations are on for a public reception of the militant leader at the Ukhrul district headquarters, about 84 km north of Imphal.“A public reception will be held at the district headquarter ground on May 8”, a source from Ukhrul said today. Tangkhul organisations are also setting up stages for the public reception at Tangkhul Long ground.Though it couldn’t be confirmed when the NSCN leader will be arriving at Somdal,a Guwahati edition of The Telegraph on Wednesday reported that he will be driving down from Dimapur(Nagaland) on May 3 next after coming back from New Delhi on May 1.But another source however confirmed that Muivah will be staying back at his native Somdal village for a couple of days before visiting other places other Naga inhabited districts including Senapati district.The 75 year old leader Muivah who came to New Delhi in March last to continue further talks with the Centre after ceasefire was signed in August 1999, is likely to have consultations with the Naga organizations leaders during the homecoming.