Archivio Agosto 2005

Malaria drug gets recommendation

31 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

Malaria drug gets recommendation

Mosquitoes carry the malaria parasite
Malaria experts are changing their advice after a study showed a drug can save more lives than current therapy.

The World Health Organization said it will recommend artesunate, a drug derived from traditional Chinese medicine, for severe malaria.

The move follows a Lancet study that showed using this drug in adults living in areas of low malaria transmission cut deaths by over a third.

Previously, doctors often used quinine based drugs to treat severe malaria.

The difference in mortality is huge
Lead researcher Professor Nick White

The trial, funded by the Wellcome Trust and conducted in Bangladesh, Burma, India and Indonesia, compared the effectiveness of quinine and artesunate.

The death rate was much lower among the adults who received artesunate compared to those who received quinine – 15% compared with 22%, respectively.

Lead researcher Professor Nick White, who is chairman of the Wellcome Trust South East Asian Tropical Medicine Research Programmes and an expert adviser to WHO, said: “The difference in mortality is huge. For between every 11 and 20 patients who come into hospital you save one life.

Big benefits

“Until this, there has never been any trial in severe malaria which showed a clear difference in mortality between the two treatments.”

He said artesunate should now be the first treatment of choice rather than one of the treatments of choice for severe malaria.

In areas of low disease transmission, artesunate would be a preferred option over quinine
Dr Peter Olumese from WHO and Roll Back Malaria

Professor White said a trial was currently being conducted to see if the same is true in children with severe malaria.

He said artesunate was also easier to use and slightly cheaper than quinine.

Dr Peter Olumese from WHO and Roll Back Malaria said: “For the first time they have shown a mortality advantage of artesunate over quinine.

“Now we can make recommendations that in areas of low disease transmission, artesunate would be a preferred option over quinine for adults with severe malaria.”

He said new guidelines advising doctors of this would be published soon.

Access issues

Dr Olumese and Professor White said the issue now was to make sure that the drug was available to those who need it.

Professor White said artesunate was not yet approved by regulatory authorities in many countries, which was a problem.

Dr Olumese added: “Unless something is done to increase production, supply might become an issue.”

There are some 300-500 million cases of malaria each year, with one million resulting in death.

About 80% of the deaths occur in areas of high transmission and the remaining 20% in areas of low transmission, said Dr Olumese.

Sexy posters to protect Mexico’s turtles

30 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

Sexy posters to protect Mexico’s turtles

simpatica iniziativa…
Una campagna pubblicitaria sponsorizzata dai gruppi ambientalisti locali, comparirà a partite dala mese di settembre sui muri del territorio di Guerrero,Mexico.
Per proteggere le uova di tartaruga dalla razzia che ogni anno subiscono, si è pensato ad un campagna che chiarisca l’infondatezza delle capacità afrodisiache attribuite alle uova di tartaruga.
Un poster con l’immagine di una splendida modella (argentina) in abiti succinti che dichiara ” il suo uomo non ha bisogno di uova di tartaruga.. perchè sa che non lo aiutano ad essere più virile” è il messaggio inviato..
sperando che serva a limitare la razzia!


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Sex sells everything from diet products to car tires, but Mexican authorities have found a new use for posters of scantily dressed young women: protecting endangered sea turtles.

An advertisement campaign featuring an Argentine model casting a sexy gaze is to be launched in September in the southern state of Guerrero to dispel myths that sea turtle eggs are an aphrodisiac, environmentalists said on Thursday.

“My man doesn’t need turtle eggs. Because he knows they don’t make him more potent,” reads the poster, aimed at stopping poachers from stealing eggs.

Every year, tens of thousands of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on Mexico’s Pacific and Caribbean beaches. Many fall prey to poachers who kill the females, extract the eggs from their wombs and sell them as a supposed aphrodisiac.

But the posters have outraged a government body defending women’s rights, which says using images of women to raise consciousness is degrading, even if it is for a good cause.

Earlier this month, poachers bludgeoned and chopped to death some 80 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles for their eggs and left their shells scattered on a Pacific beach in Mexico.
08/19/05 04:16

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Perso la Messa? non ti preoccupare, scaricala sull’IPod…

29 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

Missed Church? No Worries. Download It to Your IPod.

sviluppo clericale tecnologico:
il reverendo Mark Batterson dal mese scorso ha avviato un servizio per fare il download della Messa su IPod così da poter sentire la celebrazione quando si vuole…

Published: August 29, 2005

Mr. Lewis, who regularly attends services of the National Community Church in Alexandria, Va., listened to the sermon while he was at the gym, through a recording he had downloaded to his iPod. Instead of listening to the rock music his gym usually plays, he heard his pastor’s voice.

The home page of, introduced by the Rev. Mark Batterson of the National Community Church, who started “godcasting” last month.
“Having an iPod is a guaranteed way to get the sermon if you’re going to be out of town,” Mr. Lewis said, adding that he listens to the pastor’s podcast at least once more during the week, usually while driving to work, even during weeks he makes it to services.

Mr. Lewis’s pastor, the Rev. Mark Batterson, started podcasting, or “godcasting” as he prefers to call it, last month to spread the word about his congregation. The hourlong recordings of his weekly service, available on, have already brought new parishioners to his church, he said.

“I can’t possibly have a conversation with everyone each Sunday. But this builds toward a digital discipleship,” he said. “We’re orthodox in belief but unorthodox in practice.”

Just as Christian organizations embraced radio and television, podcasting has quickly caught on with religious groups. Since the beginning of July, the number of people or groups offering spiritual and religious podcasts listed on Podcast Alley ( has grown to 474 from 177.

“Basically every church can have its own radio show,” Pastor Batterson said.

Sending spiritual messages over the airwaves is nothing new. The Vatican made its first radio broadcast in 1931 and today offers worldwide programming in 34 languages (and now offers some programs as podcasts, as well). Evangelical Christians in the United States turned first to radio, then to television, to spread their message, and in the process built minibroadcasting empires like the Christian Broadcasting Network of Pat Robertson and the Trinity Broadcast Network.

New technology like podcasting updates the mission, although on a much smaller scale for now. But Pastor Batterson says he believes that podcasting will have an impact on the church as profound as that of the printing press when the first Bibles were printed in the 15th century.

“If you really believe in the message you’re preaching, you want as many people as possible to listen,” he said. He likes the idea of “spiritual multitasking” to keep people connected to their faith throughout the week. Before his podcasts, he also used his blog to connect with the 800 members of National Community Church, who gather for worship each Sunday in two movie theaters, one in Washington and the other in Alexandria, Va.

Odeo (, a podcast directory, plans to encourage more churches, synagogues and mosques to use them, said Adam Rugel, the Web site’s director of content. Odeo lists a broad range of religious podcasts, including programs from Buddhists, Muslims and Jews.

Despite the variety of religious podcasts, Christian programs make up by far the largest segment of the category. Shows range from recordings made at the kitchen table to slick broadcasts with pulsing music and crisp audio, like that of “RevTim” ( The Rev. Tim Hohm, a Protestant minister from El Sobrante, Calif., makes two 15-minute podcasts a week about family and work issues. He said an average of 6,000 people downloaded the program from the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Mainstream religious broadcasting in the United States has long been dominated by conservative evangelicals like James Dobson and Al Mohler. Both men are hosts of daily radio programs and claim audiences of millions, and both now offer some broadcasts as podcasts.

Melissa Rogers, a visiting professor of religion and public policy at the Wake Forest University Divinity School, finds podcasting a good illustration of the entrepreneurial drive behind Christian evangelicals. Nevertheless, Ms. Rogers does not expect podcasts to replace going to church.

“Podcasts provide a way for people who are very busy these days to get their religion on the fly, but for most people this will be a supplement, not a substitute,” she said.

The Godcast Network (, which began last October, offers 16 programs of Biblical readings, sermons and Christian rock. “Rachel’s Choice” is a weekly show by 8-year-old Rachel Patchett, daughter of the network’s founder, Craig Patchett, in which she plays a favorite Christian rock song, followed by a reading from the Bible.

Most religious podcasts can be subscribed to using R.S.S. (Really Simple Syndication, a tool for condensing information into a feed), which enables automatic downloading of a new show to the listener’s computer as soon it becomes available. For godcasters who record prayers or psalms, the function is especially appealing, because it offers their listeners easy access to daily devotional readings. Pastor Batterson, for instance, is aiming to attract 10,000 subscribers in the next two years who are looking for doses of spirituality on demand.

One of the most popular Christian podcasts, Catholic Insider (, already exceeds 10,000 listeners for each program. The founder is the Rev. Roderick Vonhögen, 37, a priest from the Netherlands, who heard about podcasting from one of his parishioners and has become an avid fan of Adam Curry, one of podcasting’s founders.

Father Vonhögen began podcasting during a trip to Rome in February. When Pope John Paul II fell ill he captured reactions in and around the Vatican. Since then Father Vonhögen has done programs on the spiritual aspects of the “Star Wars” films and has discussed the Christian dimensions of the Harry Potter books.

“I don’t force people to take my view,” he said, to which he attributes his popularity. Listeners have gone along on walks in Rome, through the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany, and across the city square in his hometown of Amersfoort while Father Vonhögen enthusiastically talks about pop culture and religion, and can sometimes be heard eating French fries or gelato while he is talking.

“Podcasting for us has been a resurrection of radio,” Father Vonhögen said. “It’s the connection to a new generation.”

Umani in mostra allo zoo di Londra

26 Agosto 2005 2 commenti

Per quattro giorni nel recinto al posto degli orsi uomini
e donne coperti da foglie di fico e assistiti dai guardiani
Umani in mostra allo zoo di Londra
per provare la loro natura animale

LONDRA – Allo zoo di Londra ci sono i leoni, gli elefanti, gli orsi e gli umani. E per quattro giorni anche gli uomini. La struttura inglese ospita una “speciale” sull’homo sapiens, con alcuni esemplari, maschi e femmine, che in costume da bagno se ne staranno in mostra nel recinto che di solito è occupato dagli orsi di montagna.

Per un compromesso tra la naturalezza e la decenza, gli esemplari, tutti volontari, sono coperti da slip e bikini che riproducono la foglia di fico. Staranno sui sassi e nelle piscine proprio come i loro compagni dei recinti attigui e saranno accuditi dai guardiani dello zoo. Proprio come accade per gli altri animali, gli addetti del parco cercheranno di rendere meno dura la loro prigionia con “intrattenimenti” e giochi per arricchire le loro potenzialità.

La mostra ha lo scopo di sottolineare la basilare identità tra uomo e animale e di porre l’accento l’impatto che l’uomo ha avuto sul resto del regno animale.

(26 agosto 2005)

Italy Red Cross May Have Hidden Insurgents

26 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

Italy Red Cross May Have Hidden Insurgents

o meglio ” Lo Sputtanamento”…



ROME (AP) – Italy’s Red Cross treated four Iraqi insurgents with the knowledge of the Italian government last year and hid them from U.S. forces in exchange for the freedom of two kidnapped aid workers, a top Italian Red Cross official said in an interview published Thursday.

Maurizio Scelli, the outgoing chief of the Italian Red Cross, told the Turin newspaper La Stampa that he kept the deal secret from U.S. officials, complying with “a nonnegotiable condition” imposed by Iraqi mediators who helped him secure the release of Italians Simona Pari and Simona Torretta. They were abducted in Baghdad Sept. 7 and freed Sept. 28.

“The mediators asked us to save the lives of four alleged terrorists wanted by the Americans who were wounded in combat,” Scelli was quoted as saying. “We hid them and brought them to Red Cross doctors, who operated on them.”

They took the wounded insurgents to a Baghdad hospital in a jeep and an ambulance, smuggling them through two U.S. checkpoints under blankets and boxes of medicines, Scelli said.

Also as part of the deal, four Iraqi children with leukemia were brought to Italy for treatment, he said.

Scelli said he informed Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s government of the deal and of the decision to hide it from the United States through Gianni Letta, an undersecretary in charge of Italy’s hostage crises in Iraq.

“Keeping quiet with the Americans about our efforts to free the hostages was an irrevocable condition to guarantee the safety of the hostages and ourselves,” he told La Stampa. He said Letta agreed.

Officials at the Italian Red Cross headquarters in Rome said Scelli was out of the office and could not be immediately contacted.

In a statement Thursday, the Italian government stopped short of denying it knew about the deal. It said Scelli acted independently and that the government “never conditioned or oriented his action, which … was developed in complete autonomy.”

The statement also did not directly address if Italy had kept the United States in the dark about Scelli’s efforts but reiterated that Italy has always maintained a “full and reciprocal” cooperation with its American allies in Iraq.

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack sidestepped questions on whether the United States has asked the Italian government for an explanation.

“Our views, the United States policies with respect to negotiation with hostage-takers are well known. We don’t do it,” McCormack said, adding that Rome and Washington are “close friends” and allies in the war on terror.

The head of the Italian parliamentary commission overseeing secret services, Enzo Bianco, said the commission would hold hearings soon with Scelli and government representatives, news agency ANSA reported.

Opposition leaders called on the government to tell Parliament what really happened and contended the alleged deal endangered Red Cross neutrality.

“Scelli conducted an improper negotiation using the symbol of the Red Cross as a shield,” said opposition lawmaker Tana De Zulueta. “The Red Cross is obliged to offer assistance to all parties involved in a conflict.”

The International Red Cross said it was not involved in or informed of Scelli’s activities. It said the Italian Red Cross is an independent organization that doesn’t answer to the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross.

“Scelli worked mostly in a personal capacity,” said spokeswoman Antonella Notari. “I would not qualify what he did as an Italian Red Cross activity.”

Notari would not comment on whether Scelli’s initiatives violated the ICRC’s pledge of neutrality, saying the commission needed more information from the Italian branch.

Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Labeed Abbawi, in Rome, declined to comment about Scelli’s allegations, saying “we were not part of that negotiation.”

“All we ask countries is that they should not give any political or financial concessions” to insurgents, he added.

Televangelist Calls for Chavez’ Death

23 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

bell’esempio di imbecillità allo stato puro.. diffusa via etere…


Televangelist Calls for Chavez’ Death

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called on Monday for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a “terrific danger” to the United States.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, said on “The 700 Club” it was the United States’ duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a “launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.”

Chavez has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush, accusing the United States of conspiring to topple his government and possibly backing plots to assassinate him. U.S. officials have called the accusations ridiculous.

“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”

Electronic pages and a message to a Robertson spokeswoman were not immediately returned Monday evening.

Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter and a major supplier of oil to the United States. The CIA estimates that U.S. markets absorb almost 59 percent of Venezuela’s total exports.

Venezuela’s government has demanded in the past that the United States crack down on Cuban and Venezuelan “terrorists” in Florida who they say are conspiring against Chavez.

Robertson accused the United States of failing to act when Chavez was briefly overthrown in 2002.

“We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,” Robertson said.

“We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,” he continued. “It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”

08/22/05 23:06

La Sharapova sul cell? Mai più senza!!!

22 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

August 2005

ho trovato il link a questa suoneria per cellulari con..
le urla della Sharopova!!!

qualcuno è ancora senza?

ps: spettacolari i commenti che alcuni clienti hanno lasciato sul sito..

Legal step for Vioxx case Britons

22 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

il Vioxx, antidolorifico prodotto dalla Merck, multinazionale farmaceutica americana, è stato riconosciuto responsabile di un certo numero di morti ( ritenute apparentemente accidentali in principio) avvenute in tutto il territorio Usa.
Questo grazie ad una serie di azioni legali che hanno portato alla condanna del colosso americano per aver introdotto sul mercato un prodotto di cui non si conoscevano a fondo le controindicazioni ( che sono ulcere allo stomaco e sanguinamenti interni)
Dopo la pronuncia della sentenza, il prodotto incriminato è stato ritirato dal mercato.
Gli esperti, considerando l’alto numero di cause pendenti per lo stesso motivo, stimano in 18 miliardi di dollari le spese che la Merck dovrà affrontare per risarcire i, ad oggi, 4200 casi.
ed ora si apre un fronte europeo…


Last Updated: Monday, 22 August 2005, 02:49 GMT 03:49 UK

Legal step for Vioxx case Britons

A law firm representing Britons alleged to have suffered from their use of the painkiller Vioxx is preparing to submit clients’ medical records to US doctors.

After a US jury found Merck, the drugs’ manufacturer, negligent in the death of a user, MSB Solicitors in Liverpool said thousands of Britons could sue.

The case of Lancashire woman Christine Peckham will be one of the first to be examined to see if Vioxx made her ill.

MSB said: “If a link can be established US attorneys will file the action…”

Ms Peckham, from Skelmersdale, Lancs, took the drug to relieve arthritic pain.

As a result of her use, she claims to have suffered two strokes, which left her partially paralysed, visually impaired and epileptic.

Lawyer Gerard Dervan said: “We hope to have Christine’s case ready for trial within 12 to 18 months. This is the start of a long fight.”

Britain’s Legal Service Commission has decided not to fund any actions against Merck so the case is being fought in the US, where a no-win no-fee system would apply.

Stroke risk

Vioxx, which was withdrawn last September amid safety concerns, was seen as a breakthrough in pain relief for arthritis sufferers because it did not have the same side effects as other drugs.

But it was taken off the market after a long-term study found that the risk of heart attacks and strokes was doubled if patients took the drug for 18 months.

The drug is known to have been taken by more than 20m people worldwide before it was withdrawn. Almost 500,000 Britons have used it.

It has been estimated that Vioxx could have caused 27,785 heart attacks or deaths since it was approved for use in 1999.

Worldwide, more than 4,200 lawsuits have been filed against Merck over the drug.

Texas case

A jury in Texas on Friday awarded a $253.4m (£141m) settlement to the widow of the US man who died suddenly after using Vioxx.

It found Merck negligent in the death of 59-year-old Robert Ernst and the court also heard claims that Merck had played down safety fears about the drug for a decade.

But Merck has always maintained that it investigated the safety issues as soon as they arose. It said there was no scientific base for the US ruling and it would appeal.

After the ruling in Texas, Merck attorney Jonathan Skidmore said: “There is no reliable scientific evidence that shows Vioxx causes cardiac arrhythmia, which an autopsy showed was the cause of Mr Ernst’s death.”

Mr Dervan said the Texas case was a “shot across the bows” for Merck.

From mujahideen to mountain guide

8 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

il Professor Pinelli di Roma sta, anzi ha già cominciato a formare guide esperte di montagna per accompagnare i turisti, tra gli ex mujahidden dell’Afganistan.
Una nuova attività per dare loro una possibilità di riscatto dopo anni di conflitti.
Con la speranza che si incrementi il turismo.

vediamo quanti giorni ci mette questa bella notizia a raggiungere la stampa italiana..

From mujahideen to mountain guide

By Andrew North
BBC correspondent, Kabul

How to turn a veteran Afghan mujahideen fighter into a mountain guide.

That is one of the goals of an Italian-run course in the peaks north of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
“I have lots of experience in these mountains fighting the Russians,” said Commander Rahim Khan, one of the former mujahideen fighters, who handed in his weapons earlier this year.
“Now I can use this for peaceful reasons.”
For centuries, Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountains have served mainly to keep out would-be invaders – from the British to the Russians.
The hope is the peaks could now work the other way – attracting climbers, trekkers and other visitors, amid tentative efforts to exploit the country’s potential as a tourist destination.

Untapped potential

It’s early days. Because of security concerns, serious tourist dollars remain a distant prospect – not least because the US and many other governments still advise their citizens against visiting Afghanistan.
No one doubts the potential is there though – especially in its mountains, some of the highest in the world and many of them unclimbed.
That’s why the Rome-based organisation, Mountain Wilderness, has started training people as guides, “ready for when they start arriving,” explains the group’s energetic leader Professor Carlo Pinelli.
Twenty-two would be mountain guides – including 2 women – were signed up for the first course.
Nine of the trainees are former mujahideen fighters, selected by the nationwide UN-backed DDR (disarmament, demobilisation and re-integration) programme responsible for disbanding militia groups.
The plan is also getting support from the Aga Khan foundation and the US Agency for International Development.

Mountaineering Mecca

Before heading to the mountains in the Panjshir valley, north of Kabul, the students were put through classroom sessions on safety and hygiene.
There were classes on the geology, flora and fauna of the region, as well as environmental awareness.
The group says that’s a key concern, as it seeks to encourage visitors in.
Three decades ago, Afghanistan was becoming something of a new mountaineering Mecca, as climbers sought out new, un-scaled summits.
But war closed that all down.
“We want to open again the door of the Afghan Hindu Kush to mountaineering,” says Mr Pinelli, who first climbed here in the 1960s.
He began that effort two years ago, organising an expedition to climb Nowshak, the country’s highest peak at almost 7,500 metres – the first time it had been scaled in more than two decades.

Basic skills

The trainees on this course reached heights of over 5,000 metres.
They were taught essential techniques like crossing snow fields and glaciers, abseiling and the basics of rock climbing.
Rohina, one of the two female students, was enthusiastic.
“Three years ago, I couldn’t even leave my house,” she said.
“Now I have climbed a mountain.”
All 22 students passed the course, but it has only given them basic guiding skills.
By comparison, a guide in the French Alps has to train for several years before being certified.
Despite their knowledge of the mountains, making the transition may be particularly difficult for Rahim Khan and his fellow mujahideen fighters.
None of them speak English, crucial for dealing with foreign visitors.
“This is a first step,” Mr Pinelli acknowledges.
He is hoping his trainees will build on their skills by guiding trekking and walking groups.
But he admits “it will be some time before there are regular clients to guide”.
Next year, he plans to run a more advanced course in the Wakhan corridor, where the country’s highest peaks are found.
A new era of Afghan mountaineering may be about to begin.

I deputati siciliani si regalano 3.000 euro

6 Agosto 2005 Commenti chiusi

Il BelPaese si conferma come punta di diamante a livello europeo nell’equità e nella oculatezza dei suoi cittadini e rappresentanti….


Gli stipendi dei consiglieri sono così stati parificati a quelli del Senato
I deputati siciliani si regalano 3.000 euro
Delibera estiva dell’Assemblea regionale: 420 euro di aumento lordo mensile con effetto retroattivo da gennaio

PALERMO – I deputati dell’Assemblea regionale siciliana (Ars) si concedono un aumento di stipendio prima della pausa estiva e nell’ultimo anno di legislatura: un aumento di 420 euro lordi mensili (270 netti), a decorrere dal gennaio di quest’anno, incassando in questo modo arretrati per quasi 3 mila euro.
Tutto merito dell’equiparazione del trattamento economico e giuridico dei parlamentari dell’Ars a quelli del Senato, retaggio del dopoguerra che si estende anche alle pensioni, nonchè al personale amministrativo. La burocrazia del parlamento più vecchio (e tra i più ricchi) del mondo, ha proprio in questi giorni definito i conteggi e varato con la firma del suo presidente, Guido Lo Porto, l’aumento.
L’incremento in busta paga fa lievitare l’appannaggio dei deputati regionali che si aggira ora sui 20 mila euro lordi, 11.500 netti. Questo nel caso in cui non abbiano altre cariche. Ma a Palazzo dei Normanni, almeno il 50% dei 90 deputati ha un incarico supplementare, tra consiglio di presidenza dell’Ars e ruoli di vertici nelle commissioni legislative. Senza contare che coloro che possono vantare anche i gradi di assessore, percepiscono più o meno 2 mila euro in più.
06 agosto 2005