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Lorenzo Odone dies at age 30

The man whose parents’ battle to save him from a nerve disease was told in the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil” died Friday at his home in Virginia, having lived more than 20 years longer than doctors had predicted.

Lorenzo Odone, who doctors had predicted would die in childhood, died one day after his 30th birthday, said his father, Augusto Odone.

Lorenzo Odone had come down with aspiration pneumonia recently after getting food stuck in his lungs, his father said. He began bleeding heavily, and before an ambulance reached their home his son was dead, Odone said.

“He could not see or communicate, but he was still with us,” Odone said Friday. “He did not suffer. … That’s the important thing.”

Odone was found at age 6 to have adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. His doctors told his parents the disease — caused by a genetic mutation that causes the neurological system to break down — would lead to death in two years.

The disease leads to the accumulation of substances called very long chain fatty acids in cells, which damages the material that coats nerve fibers in the brain.

Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte starred as Michaela and Augusto Odone in 1992’s “Lorenzo’s Oil,” which recounted their efforts to formulate the oil they said helped their son fight the neurological disease, despite lacking scientific backgrounds.

Sarandon earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance.

A study published in 2005, based on research with 84 boys, showed that a treatment made from olive and rapeseed oils — patented by Augusto Odone — can prevent onset of the disease’s symptoms for most boys who receive an ALD diagnosis.

Odone plans to take his son’s ashes to New York to mix them with those of his wife, who died in 2000. Then, Odone said, he will sell his home in Fairfax, Va., and move back to his native Italy.

Odone also plans to write a book memorializing his son, “to tell the story of Lorenzo as a way to make him live on.”

Sameer Mishra is the new Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion-2008

Sameer spelled the winning word was Guerdon without much stress.

This was Sameer’s fourth year in the competition. His best previous finish was 14th in 2006. He wins $35,000 in cash plus more than $5,000 in other prizes in the 81 years of the championship. He is 13 years old.

A record 288 spellers were entered in this year’s bee; the 45 semifinalists were the survivors from Thursday’s preliminary and quarterfinal rounds. Twelve spellers advanced to the finals, which was aired live on ABC.

The top there were Sidharth Chand (Second), age 12, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., his first year at the bee and third Tia Thomas, 13, of Coarsegold, Calif. She was one of only two five-time repeaters at this year’s bee. Last year, she finished eighth.

 

Uncontacted Indian tribe spotted in Brazil

Skin painted bright red, heads partially shaved, arrows drawn back in the longbows and aimed square at the aircraft buzzing overhead. The gesture is unmistakable: Stay Away.

Behind the two men stands another figure, possibly a woman, her stance also seemingly defiant. Her skin painted dark, nearly black.

The apparent aggression shown by these people is quite understandable. For they are members of one of Earth’s last uncontacted tribes, who live in the Envira region in the thick rainforest along the Brazilian-Peruvian frontier.

Thought never to have had any contact with the outside world, everything about these people is, and hopefully will remain, a mystery.

 

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Uncontacted tribe

Painted: In a thick rainforest along the Brazilian-Peruvian border, these tribespeople are thought never to have had any contact with the outside world

Their extraordinary body paint, precisely what they eat (the anthropologists saw evidence of gardens from the air), how they construct their tent-like camp, their language, how their society operates - the life of these Amerindians remains a mystery.

‘We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,’ said Brazilian uncontacted tribes expert José Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior. ‘This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence.’

Meirelles, who despite once being shot in the shoulder by an arrow fired by another tribe campaigns to protect these peoples, believes this group’s numbers are increasing, and pointed out how strong and healthy the people seemed.

But other uncontacted groups in the region, whose homes have been photographed from the air, are in severe danger from illegal logging in Peru and populations are being decimated.

 

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Aerial view of tribe

Mystery: The tribespeople are likely to think the plane that took this photograph is a spirit or large bird

Logging is driving uncontacted tribes over the border and could lead to conflict with the estimated five hundred uncontacted Indians already living on the Brazilian side.

‘What is happening in this region [of Peru] is a monumental crime against the natural world, the tribes, the fauna and is further testimony to the complete irrationality with which we, the ‘civilised’ ones, treat the world,’ said Meirelles.

It is extraordinary to think that, in 2008, there remain about a hundred groups of people, scattered over the Earth, who know nothing of our world and we nothing of theirs, save a handful of brief encounters.

The uncontacted tribes, which are located in the jungles of South America, New Guinea and a remote and the beautiful and remote North Sentinel island in the Indian Ocean (the inhabitants of which have also responded to attempts at contact with extreme aggression) all have one thing in common - they want to be left alone.

And for good reason. The history of contact, between indigenous tribes and the outside world, has always been an unhappy one.

 

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Aerial view of uncontacted tribe

Human nature: One man points at the plane. Others ready their weapons

In our overcrowded world their very future hangs in the balance. Almost all of these tribes are threatened by powerful outsiders who want their land. These outsiders - loggers, miners, cattle ranchers - are often willing to kill the tribespeople to get what they want.

Even where there is no violence, the tribes can be wiped out by diseases like the common cold to which they have no resistance.

According to Miriam Ross of Survival International, which campaigns to protect the world’s remaining indigenous peoples, ‘These tribes represent the incredible diversity of humankind. Unless we want to condemn yet more of the earth’s peoples to extinction, we must respect their choice. Any contact they have with outsiders must happen in their own time and on their own terms.’

As to who these people are, how they live their lives, what language they speak - we know nothing. ‘Normally you can tell who tribes are by their language, how they wear their hair, how they adorn their bodies and so on, but in this case the photos don’t allow us to get close enough to see,’ says Ms Ross.

 

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Uncontacted tribe

Hidden homes: The tribe’s tent-shaped dwellings deep in the rainforest

 

When anthropologists first overflew the area, they saw women and children in the open and no one appeared to be painted. It was only when the plane returned a few hours later that they saw these individuals covered head-to-toe in red. ‘Tribes in the Amazon paint themselves for all kinds of different reasons - one of which includes when they feel threatened or are aggressive,’ Ms Ross says.

‘And they are almost certain to feel threatened by or aggressive towards a plane, which was where the photos were taken from. They are almost certain not to understand what the plane is - perhaps a spirit or a large bird.

‘The jungle is fundamental to their lives and survival. It’s their home, their source of food, the source of their culture etc. Without it, they could not exist as a people.’

Contact is usually a disaster for these remote tribespeople, who live a life probably unchanged for more than 10,000 years. Even if the loggers do not shoot them (which they often do) or force them off their land, diseases against which these isolated humans have no resistance typically wipe out half an uncontacted tribe’s numbers in a year or two.

Tribe and huts

Stay away: The anthropologists saw evidence of gardens, but exactly what they eat, how they build their huts and why they paint their bodies remains unknown

Ms Ross added: ‘These pictures are further evidence that uncontacted tribes really do exist. The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in  accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct.’

Who needs sex when you can steal DNA?

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tiny freshwater organisms that have amazed scientists because of their sex-free lifestyle may have survived so well because they steal genes from other creatures, scientists reported on Thursday.

 

They found genes from bacteria, fungi and even plants incorporated into the DNA of bdelloid rotifers — minuscule animals that appear to have given up sex 40 million years ago.

 

“Bdelloid rotifers are small freshwater invertebrates that apparently lack sexual reproduction and can withstand desiccation at any life stage,” Irina Arkhipova and Matthew Meselson of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and colleagues wrote in a report in the journal Science.

 

They spring back into action after being dried out and also resist radiation.

 

Their resilience is surprising, given that sex is used by an overwhelming majority of life forms to cope with changing circumstances, by allowing organisms to get useful new genes and ditch harmful, mutated ones.

 

The translucent, waterborne creatures, which range in size from 0.004 inch to 0.04 inch long (0.1 mm to 1 mm), lay eggs, but all their offspring are female. So Meselson’s team looked at their DNA to see how they manage to survive.

 

Evidently, they steal.

 

“In bdelloid rotifers we found many genes that appear to have originated in bacteria, fungi, and plants,” they wrote.

 

“These fascinating animals not only have relaxed the barriers to incorporation of foreign genetic material, but, more surprisingly, they even managed to keep some of these alien genes functional,” Arkhipova said in a statement.

 

Understanding how the animals acquire and make use of these new genes could have implications for medicine. Genetic mutations, which occur constantly in any living organism, underlie cancer, heart disease and various other diseases.

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Rachael Ray caught up in scandal

 According to Reports,

Ray wore a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men.

Michelle Malkin explained, “The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad. Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant and not-so-ignorant fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons.”

Dunkin’ Donuts at first dismissed the complaints, claiming the black-and-white wrap was not a keffiyeh.

The Ideal Resume

When one goes for an interview, the potential employer has no idea of who the applicant is. In some cases, the person applied to the ad while others used a headhunter or job site on the internet and matched their credentials for the position.

The first impression employers always look at is one’s resume. Given the many that apply, this usually takes about 30 seconds and so with the limited words, one must be sure that the resume is well written and grammatically correct.

The resume must say almost everything about the person. This should always start with pertinent information such as the person’s name, age, address, contact number and social security number. The details here are needed so if one is considered to be a potential employer, it will be easy for the company to get in touch with the applicant and be scheduled for an interview.

Next is the career objective which is the reason why the applicant wants to apply for the position. By putting a strong goal in mind and not a general one, the employer will see that this person has a direction which is why that person wants to work for the company.

The next section should include the relevant skills and knowledge one has had in the current and previous jobs as well as highlighting one’s major accomplishments. By putting in detail the things one has done in that position and experiences learned from it, that information is already basis for the employer to see the potential the applicant has for that position. It shows the qualities one possesses and the benefits one can contribute to the further growth of the company.

After that, the resume should show one’s educational background. Some companies prefer someone with a degree in a certain field, a licensed professional to do the job or one who possesses a master’s degree. By showing one’s credentials, it is a good indicator of the type of training one has possessed in school and the accomplishments one has achieved in the course of one’s career.

The latter section should provide details such as hobbies, interests and character references. Employers look at potential applicants who not only have the qualifications for the job but also those who also those who are well rounded. Being active in a certain organization and be seen as a leader in a group shows one’s social skills with others. Character references do the same and give people an idea how one performed working with that person.

There is no ideal resume. It depends on the job. It is an important step one must pass before being called for that first interview.Article Source: http://www.articleset.com

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How to Choose a Fashion Design School

The big question is whether Fashion Design School is for you - and if so, how to choose the best from all the rest.

Is sewing one of your skills?

Do you find creating designs enjoyable?

Do you love to change patterns to create different garments from the original?

If your passion is fashion, a fashion design school just might be the right place for you.

Below are some of the reasons that should influence you to attend a fashion design school:

. Up-to-date styles that people buy is one of the things you will learn about.

. Earning your degree will greatly increased your level of confidence about making a living in the fashion industry.

. The rewarding experience of studying and working in a field you love.

. The various principles of the patterns you have worked on and will work on is an area you will learn much about

. Magnifying the shape and cut of your designs with the mixing and matching of color will be something you will become knowledgeable about.

. You will learn how to mix, match and accessorize to stunning effect. This will show you that there are endless possibilities.

. In fashion design school, the people you work with, share ideas with and form relationships with will be of many different kinds but with the shared passion for fashion.

. These relationships will set the foundation you need to start your career in the fashion world in meeting key people such as business partners, employees or employers, begins with the relationships you form in fashion design school.

There are quite a number of fashion design schools around the world. Located in London, the central Saint Martins College of Art and Design is one of the most famous. Other famous schools in London are The Royal College of Arts and the London College of Fashion. In other locations are such famous schools as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and AIU in Los Angeles.

In the schools listed above, most of the course studies last for about three years.

Now, how are you going to choose the school that is best for you?

The ten tips below may be of help to you in making your decision:

Tip#1 Decide what area of fashion you would most like to go into. Then compare the schools to see which has the program that fills your needs

Tip#2 Make a list of things you will need to look into, such as tuition, location, programs offered, degree levels offered, placement record and many more that you might think of. Use this list in your search to find the right school.

Tip#3 Compile a list of fashion design schools that you wish to consider.

Tip#4 Find out everything you can about each school at their websites and list the pros and cons of each one.

Tip#5 Apply your list to the schools you are considering to narrow the field.

Tip#6 If possible, visit the schools that are left on your list. If a personal visit isn’t possible, a video or virtual tour online may suffice.

Tip#7 Submit your application to those schools that remain on your list and meet your criteria.

Tip#8 Search the Internet and apply for grants and scholarships you may be eligible for while you wait to hear from the schools applied to.

Tip#9 Once you receive responses from the schools you applied to and from scholarship grantors, carefully review and compare, then make your final decision.

Tip #10 Now prepare for a journey in life like you have never experienced and enjoy!

You are on your way to one of the best fashion design schools the world has to offer!

Former aide Scott McClellan attacks George W. Bush

ONE of George W. Bush’s most loyal former aides, Scott McClellan, has launched a blistering attack on the President, saying Mr Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the Iraq war and that the administration has “veered terribly off course”.

In a new book, Mr McClellan, Mr Bush’s former press spokesman and who had been by his side since his days as Texas governor, said the President was not “open and forthright on Iraq” and he had not served the US well as a wartime leader.

“I still like and admire President Bush,” Mr McClellan writes in What Happened - Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, “but he and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candour and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war.

“History appears poised to confirm what most Americans today have decided - that the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder.

“No one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now when we can more fully understand its impact.

“What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.”

He adds Mr Bush was terribly ill-served by his top advisers, especially those “involved directly in national security,” in a swipe at first-term national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, who now serves as Secretary of State and remains Mr Bush’s closest confidante.

While Mr McClellan also described Mr Bush as “sincere” and “authentic”, his critique has stunned administration’s insiders, and likely the President himself, who instils an intense sense of loyalty in his staff.

This is the most openly critical book of the Bush years from someone who has been so close to him during the White House years.

At one point, Mr McClellan also discusses rumours of Mr Bush’s possible cocaine use in his younger days _ a charge that dogged him on the campaign trail for the presidency in 1999. Despite public denials, Mr McClellan says Mr Bush told him privately he “could not remember” if he used it.

“I remember thinking to myself, how can that be?” Mr McClellan writes. “How can someone simply not remember whether or not they used an illegal substance like cocaine? It didn’t make a lot of sense.”

Mr Bush, he said, “isn’t the kind of person to flat-out lie.

“So I think he meant what he said in that conversation about cocaine. It’s the first time when I felt I was witnessing Bush convincing himself to believe something that probably was not true, and that, deep down, he knew was not true,” he writes.

“And his reason for doing so is fairly obvious - political convenience.”

He described this “penchant for self-deception” would have devastating consequences in the US’s foreign policy _ saying Mr Bush was too “stubborn to change and grow” in the White House.

When Mr McClellan resigned in April 2006 after three years as press secretary, Mr Bush noted that “one of these days, he and I are going to be rocking on chairs in Texas, talking about the good old days”.

That would appear less likely now. His book is in stark contrast to his years as a spokesman when he was admired by Mr Bush for his willingness to obfuscate from the White House podium, so much so that he was dubbed the “Unanswer Man” by The Washington Post.

But at just 40, Mr McClellan is now playing a textbook Washington game. By spilling some beans on administration as it winds down, he is looking to sell some books while also trying to distance himself from his former employer whose popularity with the American people continues to sag.

The 341-page book also offers, for example, a scathing analysis of the President’s response to Hurricane Katrina which wiped out parts of New Orleans in August 2005.

He said the White House “spent most of the first week in a state of denial”.

One of the worst images of the crisis for the President was a photo of Mr Bush surveying from the window of Air Force One as he flew over the city.

Mr McClellan puts the blame for that disastrous piece of political imagery squarely at the feet of Karl Rove, the former White House aide to Mr Bush who the President once dubbed the “architect” of his political success.

“One of the worst disasters in our nation’s history became one of the biggest disasters in Bush’s presidency,” he writes.

Christmas Cookie Decorating 101

Many bakers ask for tips and instructions on decorating cookies. Well that’s a tall order because there are as many ways to decorate cookies as there are cookies! Here are a few guidelines for novices and experienced bakers alike to help you generate your own ideas for cooking decorating.

DECORATING COOKIES BEFORE BAKING

Cookies can be decorated before baking with materials that withstand the heat of baking. Some things that you can place on your cookies before baking are:

-colored sugars or natural sugars such as pearl sugar
-jimmies, non-pareils, silver and gold dragées, and other sprinkles
-raisins and dried fruits such as cranberries
-nuts

These items can be placed on top of almost any cookie to dress it up a bit and give it a more festive appearance.

Paint a masterpiece
You can also paint your cookies before baking them. Make an edible food paint out of an egg yolk mixed with a few drops of food coloring and paint the cookies with a clean paintbrush. The paint will dry while baking and give the cookie a colorful, glazed appearance. This is a fun activity for kids!

A bit of trompe l’oeil
The folks at Better Homes and Gardens have a creative recipe for Colored Cream Dough ( http://www.bhg.com/bhg/story.jhtml?page=2&storyid=%2Ftemplatedata%2Fbhg%2Fstory%2Fdata%2F11429.xml&catref=SC1407 ) which is a dough of frosting consistency that can be piped onto cookies with a pastry bag fitted with a writing or star tip, and then baked. The result is a cookie that looks like it has been frosted but the frosting is baked on and hard.

DECORATING COOKIES AFTER BAKING

Decorating cookies after baking them requires that you apply some kind of liquid-based substance that will adhere to the baked cookie, or that will act as a glue to attach other items. Usually, this takes the form of frosting, icing, or melted chocolate.

Frosting vs. Icing
There is a big difference between frosting and icing. Frosting is thick and holds shapes like rosettes and shells like those you see piped around the edges of a birthday cake. It remains soft to the touch and has a creamy texture, and most people think it tastes better because of the creamy buttery flavor. Icing, on the other hand, is a thinner, more liquid substance, and as it dries it thins out, becomes very smooth across the surface of your cookie, and hardens. This is the icing to use for the most beautiful, professional results.

Working with frosting
You can use frosting in two ways. One way is to simply use a knife or rubber spatula to spread the frosting across the whole surface of your cookie. The other way is to place the frosting in a pastry or decorating bag fitted with a small tip and piping out thin lines or rosettes of icing onto the cookie. Either way, once the frosting has been applied to the cookie you can then further embellish it by using colored sugars, non-pareils, or any of the decorating items mentioned in the Decorating Before Baking section above. Christmas-Cookies.com has a delicious recipe for Buttercream Frosting at http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/recipe.php?recid=306. See detailed instructions on piping frosting from Better Homes and Gardens at http://www.bhg.com/bhg/story.jhtml?page=3&storyid=%2Ftemplatedata%2Fbhg%2Fstory%2Fdata%2F11430.xml&catref=SC1407

Working with icing
Icing is a little more difficult to work with but its smooth surface produces the most beautiful results! Icing should always be piped onto a cookie because it will run off the edges if spread with a knife. Once iced you can apply silver dragées, or other sprinkles just as mentioned with the frosting above, before it hardens. Christmas-Cookies.com has an excellent recipe for Royal Icing at http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/recipe.php?recid=42. There is also a recipe for Powdered Sugar Icing ( http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/recipe.php?recid=288 ) that dries less hard than Royal Icing and has a shiny surface. Martha Stewart’s website features an excellent article on how to pipe icing onto cookies for professional-looking results ( http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel172011&catid=cat258 ).

Melted chocolate
Just about any cookie can be embellished simply by dipping it in chocolate or drizzling chocolate over it. You can even dress up the everyday chocolate chip cookie for gift-giving or serving at parties. Melting chocolate is a simple process, but a few rules must be followed in order to make it a success. For Easter, try using white chocolate tinted in pastel shades with food coloring. Use the gel, paste or powdered kind of food color, because the liquid drops may make the chocolate seize up.

What you need
You can either use chocolate chips or baking chocolate (the kind that comes in 1-ounce squares) and the same process applies whether you use dark chocolate or white chocolate. A small amount of shortening should be added at the ratio of 2 tablespoons shortening for 1 cup of chocolate chips or chopped up baking chocolate.

Double boiler
Place chocolate and shortening in the top half of a double boiler or in a metal bowl that has been placed on top of a saucepan filled with hot water. The water must be very hot, but not boiling, because the steam generated by boiling water could get moisture into the melting chocolate which makes it curdle. Allow the chocolate to melt over the hot water and stir it occasionally until it has achieved a liquid consistency.

Microwave
Place your chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it on medium power for 1 minute. Stir. Continue microwaving 20 seconds, stir again. Keep doing this until the chocolate is almost melted. Remove it from the microwave and stir it until completely melted.

Dipping
Dip one end of your cookie, or half the cookie, or even the whole cookie into the melted chocolate. Set the cookie on a wire rack to let the chocolate harden. If you wish, you can sprinkle chopped nuts, coconut, or non-pareils over the melted chocolate before it hardens.

Drizzling
Scrape melted chocolate into a ziplock baggie. With a sharp scissors, snip off a very small corner of the baggie. Drizzle top of cookies with zig-zags of melted chocolate. Cool until chocolate is set.

Using these simple techniques will help you produce a variety of beautiful-looking cookies at Christmastime and throughout the year.