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Country versions for YouTube to be launched June 20, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in YouTube.
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YouTube local versions will be available for Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the U.K, complete with relative country specific domains such as youtube.fr and youtube.jp.

The new sites include fully translated site content and will eventually deliver country specific popular content. The new sites will be provided as an option to all YouTube users, although YouTube will be encouraging local users to switch by offering them direct links to local versions.

YouTube’s broadcast partners in the rollout countries include the BBC, France 24, the Spanish Antena 3 and Cuatro TV, the Portuguese RTP, the Dutch VPRO and NPO, along with a number of Football, Soccer, Clubs and not-for-profit organizations.

The only thing remarkable about the move to provide localized versions of YouTube is the fact that it hadn’t been done before. YouTube has been phenomenally successful to date; opening up the site to a non-English speaking audience will drive a new wave of growth that will further cement YouTube’s place as the leading online destination for on-demand internet video.

Source > Techcrunch

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Drinking coffee protects our eyes to blindness June 20, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Drinks & Beverages, Health.
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The most obvious candidate for the protective effect is caffeine, but the low frequency of decaffeinated coffee intake in Italy prevented us from examining the effects of caffeine on blepharospasm.

People who drink coffee are less likely to develop an involuntary eye spasm called primary late onset blepharospasm, which makes them blink uncontrollably and can leave them effectively ‘blind’, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

The effect was proportional to the amount of coffee drank and one to two cups per day were needed for the protective effect to be seen. The age of onset of the spasm was also found to be later in patient who drank more coffee, 1.7 years for each additional cup per day. Previous studies have suggested that smoking protects against development of blepharospasm, but this Italian study did not show a significant protective effect.

Late onset blepharospasm is a dystonia in which the eyelid muscles contract uncontrollably; this starts as involuntary blinking but in extreme cases sufferers are rendered functionally blind despite normal vision because they are unable to prevent their eyes from clamping shut.

The study involved 166 patients with primary late onset blepharospasm, 228 patients with hemifacial spasm, a similar muscle spasm that usually begins in the eyelid muscles but then spreads to involve other muscles of the face, and 187 people who were relatives of patients. The second two groups acted as controls.

The participants were recruited through five hospitals in Italy and asked whether they had ever drank coffee or smoked and for how many years. They were also asked to estimate how many cups of coffee they drank and/or packs of cigarettes they smoked per day. The age of onset of muscle spasms was recorded for patients who experienced them and a reference age was calculated for each of the patients’ relatives based on the duration of the spasms in the other group.

Regression analysis was used to observe the relationship between coffee drinking and smoking on the development of blepharospasm. The authors say: ‘Our findings raise doubt about the association of smoking and blepharospasm but strongly suggest coffee as a protective factor.’ ‘The most obvious candidate for the protective effect is caffeine, but the low frequency of decaffeinated coffee intake in Italy prevented us from examining the effects of caffeine on blepharospasm.

They suggest that caffeine blocks adenosine receptors as has been proposed for its mechanism in protecting against Parkinson’s disease. The authors estimate that people need to drink one to two cups of coffee per day for the protective effect to be seen.

‘Considering that the caffeine content of a cup of Italian coffee (60-120 mg) is similar to the average content of a cup of American coffee (95-125 mg), the protective effect on the development of blepharospasm might be exerted at caffeine doses greater than 120-240 mg, comparable with the caffeine doses suggested to be protective in Parkinson’s disease,’ they say.

Cheese ice cream with honey from Danisco June 20, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Drinks News.
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Are you moving back and forth between ice cream and a cheese plate?

Why don’t you try this cheesy ice cream with Greek Feta taste! It is a perfect combination of salted cheese topped with a sweet, golden syrup with honey.

Cremodan 1001 IcePro Emulsifier and Stabiliser System ensures a good ice cream texture, and the Feta Cheese Flavouring T02246 provides the very distinguished taste of the famous Greek cheese.