Buttocks and Boobs banned in new Grammy Awards dress code


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A wardrobe advisory from Grammy Awards broadcaster CBS has been circulated which expresses that stars must avoid nudity during the event.

American broadcaster CBS has issued a warning against wardrobe “obscenity” ahead of its airing of the Grammy Awards on Sunday. The warning, which came in the form of an email headed “Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory”, was published on Deadline.com. The advisory made clear that buttocks and “female breasts” – specifically the bare sides or “under curvature” – should be adequately covered, and made an intriguing reference to “puffy” bare skin that accompanies exposure of the genital region.
The Grammys are a notoriously fleshy event: pop star Pink trapeezed across the stage in a nude bodysuit during her 2010 performance; Jennifer Lopez wore a see-through Versace gown slashed to her hips; and Katy Perry teamed a pair of wings with an irridescent sheet in 2011.

Some, however, have covered up – in 2009 Lady Gaga arrived in a giant egg, and Cee-Lo Green also sported an avian look when he arrived covered head-to-toe in feathers at the 2011 awards. Last year, British singer Adele picked up six Grammys in a modest black dress.

Folk band Mumford and Sons, rock band Muse and Sir Paul McCartney are nominated for this year’s awards.

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Polar bears ‘may need to be fed by humans to survive’


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Photograph: Paul Souders/Corbis

The day may soon come when some of the 19 polar bear populations in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Norway, and Russia will have to be fed by humans in order to keep them alive during an extended ice-free season or prevent them from roaming into northern communities. Some bears may have to be placed in temporary holding compounds until it is cold enough for them to go back onto the sea ice. In worst-case scenarios, polar bears from southern regions may have to be relocated to more northerly climes that have sufficient sea ice cover.

Far-fetched, draconian, and unlikely as some of these scenarios may sound, 12 scientists from Arctic countries are, for the first time, suggesting that the five nations with polar bear populations need to start considering these and other management strategies now that sea ice retreat is posing serious challenges to the bears’ survival. In worst-case scenarios, the scientists say that polar bears with little chance of being rehabilitated or relocated may have to euthanized. Zoos, which are currently having a difficult time acquiring polar bears because of stringent regulations that prevent them from doing so, will at some point likely be offered as many animals as they can handle, according to the scientists.

This crisis management plan for polar bears as Arctic sea ice disappears is laid out this week in an article in Conservation Letters, the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. Polar bear experts Andrew Derocher, Steve Amstrup, Ian Stirling, and nine others say that with Arctic sea ice disappearing far faster than originally estimated, it’s time for Arctic nations to begin making detailed plans to save as many of the world’s 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears as possible.

“We really never have been here before,” says Amstrup, chief scientist for Polar Bears International and a lead author of a landmark U.S. government-appointed panel that predicted in 2008 that two-thirds of the polar bears in the world could disappear by mid-century.

The University of Alberta’s Derocher added, “We have covered the science side of the issue very well, but the policy and management aspects are locked in the past. We still manage polar bears in Canada like nothing has changed. Other countries are moving on some aspects of future polar bear management, but it is glacial compared to the actual changes we’re seeing in sea ice and the bears themselves.”

The alien-sounding concepts presented in this week’s paper — with names like supplemental feeding, diversionary feeding, translocation, and intentional population reduction — may become increasingly put into practics as Arctic sea ice, continues to disappear in spring, summer, and fall. Forty years ago, when the first International Polar Bear Agreement was ratified, the threats facing polar bears were chiefly hunting and mining and oil development. But the overriding threat now is climate change.

Without adequate sea ice for enough of the year, many bears will not be able to use the ice as a feeding platform to hunt their favored prey, ringed seals. As a consequence, polar bears will be forced to spend more time fasting on land, where they pose a greater risk to human populations in the Arctic. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Polar Bear Specialist Group recently concluded that only one of the 19 polar bear subpopulations is currently increasing. Three are stable and eight are declining. For the remaining seven subpopulations, there is insufficient data to provide an assessment of current trends.

Derocher and some of his colleagues have been thinking about the need for dramatic rescue plans for polar bears for at least five years. The scientists say a record disappearance of Arctic summer sea ice in 2007 increased the urgency for emergency planning, as did research by Peter Molnar — Derocher’s one-time graduate student and now a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University — suggesting that the collapse of some polar bear populations may occur sooner than climate models predict.

Over the past two years, scientists began considering a specific list of actions to save polar bear populations. A draft paper by Derocher and others was circulated last August just as Arctic summer sea ice hit striking new lows, with sea ice volume dropping 72 percent from the 1979-2010 mean, and ice extent falling by 45 percent from the 1979-2000 mean.

“If you talk to any of the polar bear biologists, you’ll find that the public is already asking us about the issues we cover in the paper,” Derocher said in an interview. “I’ve had well-positioned conservationists waiting to start the fund-raising to feed polar bears.

“I don’t view the options we lay out as a way of not dealing with greenhouse gases,” he added, “because without action on that front, there’s little that could be done in the longer term to save the species, and we’ll see massive range contractions and possibly extinction.”

Two key ideas in the current paper are supplemental feeding, to make up for the loss of ringed seals that polar bears can kill on ice, and diversionary feeding to draw hungry polar bears on shore away from human settlements. Supplemental feeding is nothing new; it is done for numerous species, from elk in the United States to brown bears in Eastern Europe. But feeding polar bears poses major challenges.

Derocher said in an email that the goal would be to distribute food, such as seals, in sufficient quantities over large distances so that hungry bears, forced ashore by lack of ice, would not come into conflict by vying for the same food. The goal would be to keep bear populations widely scattered, as attracting too many bears to central locations could increase the risk of disease transmission. Helicopters could be used to deliver the seals, but the logistics and expense of such a plan would be daunting. Thousands of seals would have to be killed by wildlife officials every summer to meet the needs of hungry bears, who each consume up to five seals a week.

“There is not a lot of experience with any of these issues, so it would take coordination and learning from the east Europeans, who already feed brown bears,” said Derocher. Still, he is convinced that we will someday be feeding polar bears in the wild. “The public pressure will be intense to do so,” he says, “and the public influences policy.”

Another possible measure would be to relocate bears from more southerly regions, such as Hudson Bay, to more northerly regions, such as M’Clintock Channel in Nunavut in the high Canadian Arctic. The number of bears in the icier M’Clintock Channel area has been significantly reduced by overhunting, so there is room to relocate bears from Hudson Bay and James Bay without creating territorial conflicts, scientists say. Cubs from one population could also be flown to more northerly regions and placed with females that would rear them as “foster” cubs, Derocher said.

In Derocher’s view, feeding and relocation will only work for polar bears so long as they have some habitat remaining, which is unlikely in the next century if greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed dramatically. “Keeping hundreds of semi-wild bears on a diet of bear chow doesn’t fit my personal philosophy, but perhaps centuries from now, it will be viewed as visionary, if we eventually control those greenhouse gases,” Derocher says.

The paper notes that another option is holding polar bears temporarily in the Arctic in enclosures during low sea ice periods. A similar thing is now done with problem bears around Churchill, Manitoba on western Hudson Bay.

The report acknowledges that in a worst-case scenario, where the primary goal is to preserve the genetic structure of the species, zoos around the world could play an important role. Amstrup, the U.S. zoologist, says there are signs that the U.S. is at least considering the idea of easing restrictions on the importation of orphan cubs found in the wild.

“Regardless of whether reintroducing polar bears or their genes ever is practical, we cannot overlook other ways zoos may contribute,” he says. “Dozens of species are healthier and more abundant in the wild today because of captive breeding and other zoo programs.”

As a last resort, the paper mentions “intentional population reduction'” — the killing of starving bears. “Controlled reduction of population size through harvest might be necessary to ensure both human safety and a viable but smaller polar bear population as a result of declining habitat,” the paper said. “Euthanasia may be the most humane option for individual bears in very poor condition that are unlikely to survive. Under these circumstances, it will be important to develop clear guidelines for identification of starving animals.”
Amstrup emphasizes that the purpose of the article is not to promote one management strategy over another or to suggest that they will all work. “The purpose is to remind the readers, and hopefully policy people, that the long-term future of polar bears is in jeopardy,” he says. “It makes managers and policy people aware of the various kinds of on-the-ground actions that may be applied and makes them begin to think of the varying levels of cost that may be involved in the different options they may choose.”

Stirling, a biologist at the University of Alberta, said in an e-mail that the paper is “a starting point that clarifies the need to be developing some preliminary plans for dealing with such problems.” The scientists realize that it will be difficult to sell these controversial management strategies to the public and to policy makers. One impetus for action will likely be an increasing threat to humans in the Arctic from hungry bears being forced off the ice and onto land. “The sooner we consider the options, the sooner we’ll have a plan,” said Derocher. “The worst-case scenario is a catastrophically early sea ice break-up with hundreds of starving bears, followed by inappropriate management actions.

“It has always seemed that we’ve been behind the curve on climate change and polar bears,” he said, noting that conservation planning for polar bears has typically extended several decades into the future. “That time frame leads one to think you’ve got time. But the science is clear that this is a fallacy.”

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What drugs are involved ?


PEPTIDES
Peptides are amino acids, like proteins. Two main types are used in sport: protein peptides and hormone peptides. Protein peptides are proteins broken down into small particles that can be rapidly absorbed by the body. Hormone peptides are proteins usually secreted by the pituitary gland, such as growth hormone and insulin. They include:

GHRP-2 and GHRP-6
Effects: Stimulate the release of growth hormone by the pituitary gland. Stimulate hunger and aid in energy metabolism. Increase strength and muscle mass, rejuvenate joints and aid recovery from injuries such as bone fractures.

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Side effects: Hot flushes, sweating and increased appetite.

CJC-1295
Effects: A synthetic growth hormone-releasing factor that boosts lean muscle mass, reduces fat and improves performance. Increases energy, vitality and endurance, accelerates healing and strengthens the heart. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain and swelling and help repair of injured tissue.
Side effects: None listed, not approved for human use.

AOD-9604
Effects: This experimental anti-obesity drug mimics the way natural growth hormone stimulates the breakdown of fat and inhibits fat build-up. Boosts cartilage tissue formation and enhances muscle growth.
Side effects: None listed, not yet approved for human use.

Hexarelin, Ipamorelin and Sermorelin
Effects: Synthetic growth hormone-releasing peptides that increase strength, growth of new muscle fibres and the size of existing muscle fibres, joint rejuvenation and assistance in healing. Have no effect on appetite.
Side effects: None listed

GROWTH FACTORS


IGF-1 and MGF: IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) is one of the primary human growth hormones secreted by the liver. MGF (mechano growth factor) is derived from IGF-1. Both occur naturally in the body but are available in synthetic forms.
Effects: IGF-1 boosts muscle growth while MGF aids muscle repair and recovery after exercise.
Side effects: None listed

SARMs
Selective androgen modulator receptors, also known as Ostarine or Enobosarm. They are used to treat a range of medical conditions, including fighting muscle wasting in cancer sufferers.
Effects: Boosts body’s ability to utilise testosterone. Believed to promote muscle growth.
Side effects: None listed

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Man who drank eight litres of cola a day loses all his teeth


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  • William Kennewell has had a full set of dentures fitted to replace his teeth
  • The Australian drank six to eight litres of cola each day
  • His addiction to the sugary drink even left him with blood poisoning

A fizzy drink addict who sank a staggering eight litres of cola a day has lost all his teeth – and he’s only in his twenties.

Australian hotel hospitality worker William Kennewell ignored repeated warnings from dentists that his fondness for soft drinks would rot his teeth and has now been left with a full set of dentures at the age of 25.

Mr Kennewell’s addiction to the sugary drink even left him with blood poisoning.

He said: ‘I drank between six and eight litres of soft drink, mostly cola, every day.

‘I’m told a normal person has about 23 teeth, but I only had 13 left and they had to be removed,’ he told The Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide.

 

n fact, most adults will have 28 or 32 teeth, depending on whether they have their wisdom teeth, making Mr Kennewell’s initial teeth loss even worse.

Mr Kennewell, who lives in Salisbury, 15 miles north of Adelaideadded: ‘It started because I wasn’t a huge water fan and working in the hotel industry, I had easy access to Coke.

‘Because my teeth were decaying so badly, it caused blood poisoning which just made me sick – but my health improved with the dentures.’
Australian health experts are now using Mr Kennewell’s addiction as a case study to show why youngsters should avoid fizzy drinks.
Dr Jason Armfield, senior research fellow with the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health has called for health warnings on soft drink labels to include the risks of tooth decay.
He has already conducted research among 16,800 Australian children that found 56 per cent of those aged between five and 16 consumed at least one sweet drink – a soft drink or juice – every day.
Mr Kennewell agreed that health warnings on soft drinks was a good idea – but he wondered how effective they would be.
It is little wonder that Mr Kennewell’s teeth rotted, as the average 335ml can of cola contains an astonishing 39g of sugar

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‘Go On’: Courteney Cox joins Matthew Perry for ‘Friends’ reunion


If you’ve been wondering what Monica and Chandler have been up to the past nine years, you won’t find out in an upcoming episode of “Go On.” But you will get to see Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry on screen together again.

Cox will join her former “Friends” co-star for an episode of the freshman NBC comedy in April, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She’ll play a woman Anne (Julie White) thinks would be a good match for Ryan (Perry).

In addition to the on-screen reunion, Cox will also be working again with Scott Silveri, “Go On’s” creator and a long-time writer and producer on “Friends.”

With her “Go On” appearance, Cox will have appeared with three of her “Friends” castmates in shows since that series ended in 2004. She and Lisa Kudrow have appeared on each other’s shows, “Cougar Town” and “Web Therapy,” while Jennifer Aniston has guested opposited Cox on “Cougar Town” and “Dirt.”

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Want to Get Drunk Faster?


A new study released in the journal Alcoholism reveals that mixing alcohol with diet soda might make the concoction more potent than using a full-calorie beverage to cut the booze.

Researchers found that mixing alcohol and sugar-free soft drinks resulted in higher breath alcohol content than mixing alcohol with regular soft drinks.

“The results were surprising,” assistant professor in the department of psychological science at Northern Kentucky University Cecile A. Marczinski said.

The study involved observing subjects after being served either vodka added to a diet beverage, vodka added to a regular drink or a regular soft drink with a vodka scent added to it so that the study participants would think it was an alcoholic beverage.
The subjects who were given the vodka and diet soft drink cocktail had a higher breath alcohol content and the highest level of behavioral impairment compared to all the other participants.
“We are talking about significant differences here,” Marczinski said. “Participants who drank diet soda with vodka had blood alcohol contents as high as 18 percent more than when sugar-containing mixers were used.”
The belief is that drinks containing sugar act like eating a meal does and therefore, delays alcohol absorption in the bloodstream because it delays stomach emptying.
“This is why the southern European countries have lower rates of alcoholism despite their increased alcohol intake,” said Petros Levounis who was not involved in the study and is the director of the Addiction Institute of New York. “They always drink while eating.”
Diet beverages contain no sugar and do not trigger the same response, allowing alcohol to reach the bloodstream quicker.

“The choice of what you mix your alcohol with can make a difference,” Marczinski said. “In the long run, it’s more harmful for your body to be exposed to a higher alcohol concentration than a few extra calories.”

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Lindsay And Dina Rejected From Two California Hotels


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Guess they weren’t on the “preferred guests” list. Lindsay Lohan and her mother, Dina, were turned away from two swanky California hotels early Wednesday, just hours before Lindsay’s court appearance.

Lindsay and Dina headed to Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., on Wednesday morning around 1 a.m. in hopes of getting a room for the night, according to TMZ. Dina went inside to try and get a room, but it wasn’t long before Mama Lohan was turned away. Apparently, Shutters had blacklisted Lindsay after she trashed one of their rooms back in 2007.

The mother-daughter duo then headed to the Loews Hotel on Ocean Avenue, only to be turned away yet again, reports TMZ. Management at Loews claimed they were booked for the night.

On Thursday, TMZ reported that the Lohans eventually scored a bed at the Beverly Hills Hotel — a locale favored by Liz Taylor for her honeymooning.

Hotels are a sore spot for the 26-year-old.

In August, Lindsay was banned from the Chateau Marmont for failing to cough up $46,000 for an outstanding bill. She was accused of hitting a man with her car when leaving the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City in September. That same month, she accused a congressional staffer of assaulting her at the W Hotel in Union Square.

The “Canyons” actress jetted to the West Coast fearing repercussions if she failed to appear in court for a hearing regarding her June car accident. Lohan’s lawyer had told the judge his client was sick, but after the troubled star was spotted out shopping she was forced to head to Los Angeles or face an arrest. Her next trial date is set for March 18, according to the Associated Press.

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