2010 World Cup T20 tickets go on sale worldwide

Tickets for next year’s ICC World Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament, which would be held from April 30 to May 16 in the West Indies, are now on sale worldwide.

Having already been available to supporters based in the Caribbean nations for the past two weeks, tickets for next year’s ICC World T20 in the West Indies are now on sale around the world, ICC announced today.

Entry would be free of cost for spectators below the age of 16 for all group stage matches, while the age group would also enjoy significant discounts for all the other fixtures, an ICC release said.

Besides, entry to the group matches in the women’s version, which would be held simultaneously, in St Kitts also have been made free to all.

“In line with the past three major ICC events, we have ensured the ICC World Twenty20 2010 will be accessible and affordable. We believe the pricing structure in place is very fair and gives great access to this wonderful spectacle for the people of the Caribbean as well as visiting supporters,” ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.

“We want this event to be a celebration of cricket with all the atmosphere, fun and excitement traditionally associated with the game in the West Indies,” Lorgat added.

‘Forgive and forget’ more likely between lovers than friends


LOVABLE LIFE: Highly intimate relationships can both facilitate the greatest feelings of hurt, and best encourage their healing. These youngsters share a few intimate moments as the sun sets.

You are more likely to ‘forgive and forget’ when you have been hurt by a lover rather than by a friend, says a new study.

The study by Clinical Psychology Doctoral candidate, Jodie Burchell of Australian National University (ANU) is the first who asked people how hurt they have felt when wronged by a romantic partner, a close friend and an acquaintance.

Burchell’s study is investigating whether the closeness of the relationship with the perpetrator of the hurtful event predicts how hurt a person reports feeling.

“The study found that no matter the event – whether it caused low or high hurt – people felt most hurt by those they were in close relationships with,” said Burchell.

“However, over time, people felt less hurt from events occurring in a highly intimate relationship, such as with a romantic partner, than they did in a moderately close relationship, such as with a close friend.” Added Burchell.

“That suggests that highly intimate relationships can both facilitate the greatest feelings of hurt, and best encourage their healing,” adds Burchell.

The results are drawn from two questionnaires. In the first, participants read stories representing either low or high hurt situations across a range of relationships.

In the second, participants recalled the most hurtful thing that their current romantic partner, close friend or acquaintance had done to them, says an ANU release.

“The results taken together suggest that people that are closer to the victim of the hurtful event are more able to inflict hurt upon them, regardless of the type of hurtful act they commit,” said Burchell.

“However, people may be more willing to forgive their current romantic partners for hurtful acts, if they choose to stay with them. This is in contrast to close friends, where many people reported being unable to regain trust and quality of relationship after very hurtful acts.” Burchell added.

10 ways to cut risk of cancer


HAPPY FAMILY: Healthy lifestyle alone can keep the family united and happy.

Only a few everyday choices about diet, exercise and tobacco use can dramatically reduce a person’s risk of cancer, according to a Special Report on Cancer Prevention.

The Special Report examines the science and latest findings on 10 approaches that can make the real difference in preventing cancer. Here are some highlights from the list:

1. Don’t smoke: Quitting smoking reduces the risk of lung and other cancers, regardless of the number of years of smoking.

2. Eat fruits and vegetables: The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily because they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other substances that lower the risk of cancer.

3. Limit fat in the diet: Current guidelines recommend keeping fat intake between 20 and 30 percent of total daily calories, with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.

4. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer as well as cancers of the colon, endometrium, esophagus and kidney. There’s evidence that obesity increases the risk of cancers of the prostate, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, stomach, ovary and cervix.

5. Be physically active: From 45 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day, on most days of the week, is considered optimal to reduce the risk of breast and colorectal cancers.

6. Curb alcohol consumption: Women should limit themselves to no more than one alcoholic beverage a day. Men should have no more than two.

7. Limit exposure to radiation: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which comes from the sun, sunlamps or commercial tanning beds, is the primary cause of skin cancer, the most common of all cancers.

8. Protect against infection: Infections caused by viruses are recognized as risk factors for several types of cancer.

9. Consider chemoprevention: Chemoprevention is the use of natural or synthetic compounds to reduce the risk of cancer or its recurrence. Tamoxifen, prescribed to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women, is the best known chemoprevention agent.

10. Get recommended screening exams: Pap tests, mammograms, colonoscopies and other routine screenings cannot prevent cancer. But screenings can help find cancers early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.

The study has been published in the November issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s Health Source.

Flying car may soar by 2011

Washington, Nov. 14: If US company Terrafugia has its way, the world’s first road-registered, air-worthy, flying car could be on the highways and in the skies by the year 2011.

 The firm’s new vehicle is called the Transition Roadable Aircraft.

 Personal aircraft have been on Terrafugia’s drawing boards for years now, but this latest project combines road and air transport needs.

 The prototype is still going through testing and approval processes, but it really does fly and drive.

 As it is categorized as a light sport aircraft, the Transition only requires a sport pilot licence in the US.

 At the heart of the concept are folding wings that tuck in neatly beside the cockpit for road use. They are deployed and folded from the convenience of the cockpit.

 The plane to car transition is stated to take less than 30 seconds.

 The vehicle, would allow the driver and a passenger to drive to the airport, hit the runway after deploying the wings, fly to their chosen airport and then drive to their destination, which sounds like the ultimate in modern travel.

 Terrafugia also note that while other personal aircraft become grounded in bad weather, the Transition will shrug off stormy skies and simply take to the road, which means days of being stranded at the airport would be history.

 Having driven home from the nearest airport, the Transition can be easily stowed away in an average garage; so there’s no need for a hanger.

 For the safety conscious, there is a safety cage, crumple zone, side impact protection and the owner can also have a full vehicle parachute, not recommended for use on the freeway.

 The flying car, which would cost 195,000 dollars, would be officially launched in 2011. (ANI)


Handful of nuts a day can keep heart healthy

A daily dose of nuts—walnuts, almonds, pistachios— can make up for a heart-healthy diet, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

 Most nuts contain some nutrients that can benefit heart health and help with cholesterol control.

 They include unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, 1-arginine and plant sterols. Nuts have been shown to reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDL, or “bad” cholesterol) levels in the blood.

 Eating nuts also can reduce the risk of developing blood clots and improve the health of the lining of the arteries.

 The above benefits suggest that eating nuts, in limited amounts, may reduce the risk of heart disease, though studies haven’t yet proved this conclusively.

 Almost any type of nut is nutritious — and high in calories. It is best to eat nuts in moderation, no more than a handful a day.

 Also, choose unsalted or low-salt versions and use nuts as a substitute for saturated fats, such as those found in meats, eggs and dairy products.

 The study has been published in the latest issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource.


Calorie counts used as basis of diet plans may be wrong

London: Calorie guidelines followed by Britons to date have all been deemed incorrect in a new research.

 Weight conscious individuals, who religiously stick to the advised 2,000 calories a day limit for women and 2,500 for men, could be depriving themselves of food unnecessarily, the study suggests.

 In a major review of the official calorie advice, researchers found that these amounts could be raised as much as 16 per cent from the guidelines developed in 1991.

 And this is because nutrition experts under-estimated physical activity levels in the UK and set advice on energy intake too low.

 A 16 per cent increase would boost an adult’s daily limit by as much as 400 calories – equal to eating a regular cheeseburger or two packets of ready-salted crisps, according to food industry bible The Grocer.

 But increasing the daily calorie guidelines would pose problems for nutrition experts desperately trying to reverse the obesity epidemic.

 The current calorie guidelines are the basis for a raft of UK food and drink labelling schemes and any change to calorie guidelines would potentially require the food industry to overhaul its packaging.

 Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer, said that the latest scientific research would baffle calorie-conscious consumers.

 Nutrition experts have warned that the potential change does not give consumers the green light to eat even more high-calorie food and obesity rates alone in the UK mean adults do not need to consume more calories.

 Instead, the study reflects today’s more accurate understanding of the previously under-estimated physical activity levels in the UK.

 The independent Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition reviewed average daily calorie advice, developed in 1991, at the request of The Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health.

 Its draft report includes guidelines or “estimated average requirements” based on improved understanding of physical activity levels.”

 “For teenage boys from 15, girls from 11, and for all adults, estimate average requirement values are increased by up to 16 per cent,” The Daily Express quoted SACN as saying.


Coming soon, contact lenses with built-in virtual graphics

London: Researchers are working on the idea of projecting images into the eye from a contact lens.

 Scientists at the University of Washington are labouring on a contact lens that is a prototype of a device that could display information beamed from a mobile device.

 The proposal was the brainchild of Babak Parviz, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

 “Our hope is to create images that effectively float in front of the user perhaps 50 cm to 1 m away,” News Scientist quoted Parviz as saying.

 The expert further said that future versions would be able to gather power from a user’s cell phone without obscuring the wearer’s view.

 Mark Billinghurst, director of the Human Interface Technology Laboratory, in Christchurch, New Zealand, added: “A contact lens that allows virtual graphics to be seamlessly overlaid on the real world could provide a compelling augmented reality experience.”

 The team is due to present their prototype at the Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCas 2009) conference at Beijing.