Water or Coke

by Krishna Pandey 

This is really an eye opener…. Water or Coke?
       We all know that water is important but I've never
       seen it written down like this before.

       WATER

       1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
       2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so
       weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

       3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's
       metabolism as much as 3%.

       4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger
       pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a
       University of Washington study.

       5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

       6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses
       of water a day could significantly ease back and
       joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

       7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzz
       short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and
       difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a
       printed page.

       8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the
       risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the
       risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less
       likely to develop bladder cancer.

And now for the properties of COKE:

       1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol
       carries two gallons of coke in the truck to remove
       blood from the highway after a car accident.

       2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and
       it will be gone in two days.

       3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into
       the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one
       hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke
       removes stains from vitreous China.

       4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub
       the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap
       aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

       5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals:
       Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
       away the corrosion.

       6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked
        in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

       7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
       the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and
       bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished,
       remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix
       with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

       8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke
       into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
       through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help
       loosen grease stains.

       9. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

For Your Info:

       1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
       Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about
       4days.
       Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones
       and is a major contributor to the rising increase in
       osteoporosis.

       2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the
       commercial truck must use the Hazardous material
       place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.

       3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to
       clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
       Now the question is, would you like a coke or a glass
       of water?

       Have A Great Day and Share It With Others.

The Secret of Longevity

By Chito Cruz

Man has the innate desire to enjoy long life and good health. The search for the elusive “fountain of youth” continues in the hope of finding that wonder elixir, that magic formula to achieve human longevity.

Would you like to know the secret to long life? I t has no less been validated by a Japanese who lived to a ripe old age of more than 100 years! It has nothing to do with auto suggestion, wonder medications or expensive salon treatments. It is so simple, most anyone can do it and it’s FREE!!

Have you ever come across the saying ”The life is in the blood?” The blood is the transporter of life giving substances to the organs and tissues of the body. When blood is circulated, it supplies oxygen, nutrients and other substances that sustain life to every cell in the body. On its way back, the blood carries away dead cells, carbon dioxide and other waste substances for proper disposal. The circulation of blood therefore serves a dual purpose of nourishing and house cleaning.

(As an aside, the concept of the circulatory system is simple and yet it was implemented in a brilliantly intricate and fully coordinated manner. Doesn’t it make us wonder- could this really be the product of blind chance-as the evolutionists would have us believe, or is it the outcome of deliberate planning and superior design?)

Proper blood circulation is necessary to keep our body cells alive and healthy. Indeed this intimate relationship between blood and life itself is given much respect by certain religious sects by following the biblical admonition to abstain from eating animal blood.

So what is the secret of longevity? There are many factors to be sure, but one if them is proper blood circulation! And the way to achieve it? ! It has nothing to do with auto suggestion, wonder medications or expensive salon treatments. It is so simple, most anyone can do it.

After taking a bath (and we should strive to bathe DAILY), give yourself a VIGOROUS RUBDOWN. Take a medium size towel ( I prefer this to the bigger, wrap around types.They become heavy as they get wet and can be cumbersome to use ) and rub yourself thoroughly from the crown of your head to the sole of your foot.

Dry your hair, then rub your face, neck, nape , ears, progressing down wards. Rub your back and sides to gently massage your lungs, liver, kidneys. Rub your chest and stomach to massage your heart and other vital organs in your abdomen. From your shoulders, rub progressively down to the biceps, arms, palm and back of your hand. Don’t forget your fingers and the spaces between them. Do the same to your groin area, then your thighs, knees, calves, ankles, feet and toes and the spaces in between.

At the end of the exercise your body should be thoroughly dry. Strive to do this everytime you take a bath. You will feel the beneficial effects of stimulating your circulation.Your body will wake up and come alive with renewed energy. Your skin will be smoother and more radiant. And the improved circulation will certainly help to add more to your years.

So there you have it , the secret of longevity. Happy rubbing!!

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UK travel advisory on RP

  • We advise against all travel to central, southern and western Mindanao, and the Sulu archipelago including Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Jolo, where there are ongoing military and police operations against insurgent groups. On 29 March 2006, an explosion on a passenger bus in Digos City, Mindanao injured at least 22 people. On 27 March 2006, an explosive device was detonated in Jolo Town killing nine people and injuring at least 20. You should take particular care and maintain high levels of vigilance when travelling to the rest of Mindanao, including Davao.
  • There is a threat of kidnapping throughout the Philippines. We continue to believe that terrorists and criminal elements plan to kidnap foreign tourists from islands and coastal areas in the southern Philippines – ie Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago. Kidnappings from other parts of the Philippines cannot be discounted. Boats travelling to and from offshore islands and dive sites are possible targets.
  • There is a high threat from terrorism throughout the Philippines. In February 2005, bombs in Manila and Mindanao killed at least nine people and injured over 130 others. We believe that terrorist groups have the capacity to mount attacks at any time and anywhere in the Philippines. Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets in public places, including those frequented by foreigners.
  • A week long state of emergency declared by the President of the Philippines following the arrest of three people for an attempted coup was lifted on 3 March 2006. However, public protests remain likely. You should avoid political gatherings or demonstrations.
  • You should also be alert to the risk of street crime.
  • Penalties for illegal drug importation and use are severe and can include the death penalty.
  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance.You should also be alert to the risk of street crime.
  • Penalties for illegal drug importation and use are severe and can include the death penalty
  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
  • Death squads in NCR?

    by Cesar 

    So what else is new Mila?  The killings and the counter killings even among
    themselves who claim that they are fighting for the poorest of the poor, the
    so-called members of the "progressive" groups, they were killing each other.
    Remember Ahos? Why not ask Satur et al what his group think of Walden and Joel
    and Dodong Nemenzo and vice versa?
    And if the death squads from Davao, other parts of Mindanao, Cebu, Samar and
    Leyte, and Mindoro, and Nueva Ecija and Central Luzon have been augmented, and
    the extra killers are sent to your congested and polluted Metro Manila, it
    does not need a Rumsfeld or a Karl Rove or those in the Philippine Military who
    believe that to be poor means that you have to be killed to anticipate this.
    And the 7,000 or 8,000 or 13,500 NPAs — depending on who is being quoted
    giving the figures — are aware of this, right?  The intensification of the
    killings.  But I really fear a Suharto in Indonesia in 1965 when an estimated 3
    million members of PKI were killed, hacked to death or fed to the emaciated
    Indonesian crocodiles. 

    Or the possibility of a proxy war between superpowers of the world. The 7,107
    islands would be a novelty where battlefield theories can be tested on each
    other.  Woe to the ordinary Juan or Juana de la Cruz and their whole caboodle
    of Juanitos and Juanitas who might be caught in the crossfire. If their
    pushcarts would run down for instance. And they cannot escape a whoozing mother of
    all bombs.

    And if the death groups — those paid by the military, the sparrows, the
    gangsters, the Lost Command, the Abu Sayyaf — run out of guns and bullets, there
    is more where they are coming from.

    Cesar

    In a message dated 3/28/06 6:07:57 AM, mila.d.aguilar@gmail.com writes:PRESS RELEASEInformation Bureau

    Communist Party of the Philippines

    Malacanang planning to deploy death squads in national capital–CPP

    March 28, 2006

    The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said that the

    Arroyo regime "is poised to unleash the death squads in the national

    capital region and step up their actions in provincial cities to

    complement the police and military units conducting arbitrary arrests,

    searches and seizures and suppressing mass protest actions."

    CPP spokesperson Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal said they have received

    information that certain military agents from Southern Tagalog are now

    in Metro Manila under the custody of the national police. "Their

    transfer to Metro Manila is highly suspect. It is probable that they

    will be used to carry-out hits against activists and leaders of the

    oust Arroyo movement."

    In a statement marking the 37th anniversary of the New People's Army

    (NPA), the CPP-Central Committee said the deployment of death squads

    is in line with its Oplan Bantay Laya and aims to combine with the use

    of concentrated armed forces and special operation teams against the

    revolutionary armed forces.

    "Oplan Bantay Laya seeks to intimidate the people by using death

    squads to kidnap, torture and murder leaders and members of

    progressive mass organizations and party list groups, human rights

    activists, priests and pastors, teachers, lawyers and journalists who

    are active in defending the interests of the people," the CPP-CC said.

    Oplan Bantay Laya has the announced objective of destroying the

    political infrastructure of the revolutionary movement. It is modeled

    after Plan Phoenix in the US war of aggression in Vietnam in the late

    1960s which resulted in the assassination of tens of thousands of

    people who were viewed as sympathetic to the revolutionary movement.Oplan Bantay Laya "is designed by no less than the Cabinet Oversight

    Committee for Internal Security (COC-IS) under the direction of such

    long-time US intelligence assets as Gen. Eduardo Ermita and national

    security adviser Norberto Gonzales," the CPP-CC added.

    The Arroyo regime is now relying heavily on the use of brute force to

    keep itself in power, the CPP-CC explained. "Arroyo and her Cabinet

    Oversight Committee or cluster in charge of Internal Security are

    claiming to have gotten from the US the license to kill communists and

    patriots in the name of anti-terrorism in order to cancel the 2007

    mid-term elections, prevent the legal opposition parties from winning

    and impeaching Arroyo and clear the way for charter change, the

    amendment of the 1987 constitution in a way mutually most desired by

    the Arroyo regime and the US imperialists."

    Reference:

    Marco Valbuena
    Media Officer
    E-mail:cpp_mediagroup@yahoo.com

    AUSTRALIA AND USA TOP IN GLOBAL HAPPINESS CHART

    The UK has the fifth happiest population in the world, behind Australia, the USA, Egypt and India according to new research by leading agency GfK NOP.

    The research, which interviewed 30,000 people in 30 countries, asked
    respondents how satisfied they were with their overall quality of life. 
    Australia topped the chart with 46% of its population saying they were
    ‘very happy’, followed by the USA (40%), Egypt (36%), India (34%).  The UK
    and Canada shared fifth spot, with 32% claiming to be very happy.

    On a global scale, 20% of people claimed to be ‘very happy’ with their life
    overall, 62% were ‘satisfied’, 10% ‘disappointed’ and 4% admitted to being
    ‘very unhappy’.

    Hungary is at the bottom of the happiness chart, with 35% of its citizens
    saying they were either ‘disappointed’ or ‘very unhappy’, followed by
    Russia (30%), Turkey (28%), South Africa (25%) and Poland (24%).

    In terms of what makes people happy, the research found that the more
    intangible factors, such as stability and family life, ranked above money
    and possessions.  Topping the list of what makes people happy was good
    health, followed by financial security, home ownership, a happy marriage
    and children.  Control over one’s life, an interesting job and leisure time
    also ranked high in the list, while material items, such as luxury cars,
    nice clothes and gadgets, rated comparatively low.

    While the research demonstrates that money doesn’t buy happiness, it does
    reveal a link between lack of money and unhappiness.  Of the less happy
    population, the majority are either in the low income groups or unemployed
    (32%).

    Happy people were found to worry less about money and more about issues
    such as AIDS, terrorism and education.  They were also more optimistic in
    their outlook – with 33% believing now is a good time to buy the things
    they need and 37% very confident that they will be better off in a year
    from now.  Personal appearance, getting enough sleep, faith, personal
    hygiene and taking holidays also characterise happy people; while alcohol
    and fast food tend not to contribute significantly to happiness.

    Age was also found to have a bearing on happiness. On a global scale the
    happiest age group was the 13-19 year olds, with 25% of this group claiming
    to be ‘very happy’. The 20-29 year old age group followed with 21% saying
    the same, followed by the over 60’s, 20% of whom regarded themselves as
    very happy. The age group with the lowest levels of happiness was 50-59,
    only 16% of which were very happy.

    Nick Chiarelli of GfK NOP comments “Overall this research shows that the
    global population is generally quite happy with life, with 82% claiming to
    be either very happy or satisfied. It also shows that while money does not
    necessarily buy happiness, people do want financial stability but beyond
    that they are more interested in good health and family life than material
    possessions. The UK does fairly well in the happiness stakes but we still
    have some way to go to catch up with Australia and the US.”

    In terms of how happiness has changed over time, comparisons with the NOP
    World (now GfK NOP) ‘Happiness Barometer’, carried out in 1999, reveals
    that Australia and the US have maintained their positions as the two
    countries with the happiest citizens, while the UK has become slightly less
    happy - slipping 4 percentage points in the amount of people claiming to be
    very happy in the last six years.

    The research was carried out by GfK NOP as part of its annual study of
    consumer attitudes, values and behaviours – Roper Reports Worldwide™ -
    which conducts in-depth interviews with more than 30,000 people in 30
    countries worldwide.

    Q&A on Parliamentarism

    KATIPUNAN, Simbahang Lingkod Ng Bayan
    Loyola House of Studies,Ateneo de Manila University

    Below is a "Question and Answer" on the Parliamentary system of government .

    This is in support of our educational campaign on major issues affecting
    the Filipino people

    QUESTION HOUR ON PARLIAMENTARISM

    1. What is the basis of our present form of government?

    The 1987 Philippine Constitution which officially took effect on February
    11, 1987

    2. What is the present form of government of the Philippines?

    Our constitutional form of government is Presidential. The constitution,
    specifically Articles VI, VII & VIII provides for three co-equal and
    independent organs of government - the executive, the legislative and the
    judicial. Their relationship is governed by the doctrine of "separation of
    powers".The executive power is vested in the President; legislative or
    lawmaking power with Congress which is composed of a Senate and House of
    Repressentatives and the judicial power with the Supreme Court and the
    lower courts.While these three branches are independent, and co-equal, the
    President enjoys preeminent or dominant position. Hence, the term
    "Presidential".

    3.How can the Filipino people change its pattern of governmentl into a
    Parliamentary form being proposed by some sectors foremost of whom are
    President Gloria Arroyo and the majority in Congress under Speaker Jose de
    Venecia?

    .
    By amending/revising the constitution in a manner provided for in its
    Article XVII. as follows:

    Firstly, Amendment/revision may be proposed either:

    a) By congress, as a constituent assembly,upon a vote of 3/4 of all its
    members, voting separately
    b) By a constitutional convention, or
    c) Directly by the people, through initiative upon petition of the
    required number of registered voters.

    Secondly, Ratification of the amendment/revision by a majority of the votes
    cast in a plebiscitel

    Any proposal made under any of the methods enumerated above will
    need the approval of the people for validity

    4. What are the significant differences between the Presidential and
    Parliamentary forms of Government?

    a) As to the Head of Government

    PRESIDENTIAL

    The President is both the head of State and the head of government.

    PARLIAMENTARY

    The Prime Minister is the head of goverment. The President who is
    head of state in a Parliamentary system is merely a titular head and
    performs ceremonial functions such as administering oath of office.

    b) As to the manner the Head of Government is Chosen

    PRESIDENTIAL

    The President is elected by qualified voters in a national election.

    PARLIAMENTARY

    The Prime Minister is chosen by the members of parliament (MP) from
    among its members; the President may be chosen even from non-members.

    Note: Members of Parliament are elected by the people the same manner as
    members of the present congress.

    c) As to the Relationship between executive and legislative branches of
    government.

    PRESIDENTIAL

    As stated above, the doctrine of "separation of powers" goverrns the
    three branches - the legislature, executive & judiciary. Retired Supreme
    Court Associate Justice, Isagani Cruz, quoting our late Justice Jose P.
    Laurel, declared that " the keynote of the conduct among the three
    departments should not be independence but interdependence" ( Oct. 8, 2005,
    Philippine Daily Inquirer, OPINION page). Noted Constitutionalist , Rev.
    Joaquin G. Bernas refers to this interelationship as " interdependence
    through coordination". Further, Isagani Cruz states, " One of the purposes
    of the doctrine is to promote efficiency, which can be attained if each of
    the departments can perform its functions without interference from the
    other departments"

    The state renders the executive constitutionally independent of the
    legislature with respect to his/her tenure of office and to a considerable
    degree also with respect to executive policies and acts. President and
    his/her cabinet have sufficient constitutional powers and prerogatives
    which enable it to prevent encroachment by the legislature. The President
    and members of congress both holds office for a fixed term. Same is true
    with the heads of the Judiciary

    PARLIAMENTARY

    The Government ( Prime Minister and his/her Cabinet) consists of the
    political leaders of the majority party. Since they are members of the
    Parliament the government is actually a committee in the parliament and
    integrated with it. Hence, the term " interdependence by integration" (Fr.
    Bernas). The executive arm remain in power only for as long as it enjoys
    the support of the majority of the members of parliament. The government
    loses its power if the majority withdraws its support or if the general
    elections change the majority structure of the parliament

    The parliament and government share in policy making. Policy execution
    is entrusted to the government under constant supervision of the Parliament..

    d) As to "Control Device"

    PRESIDENTIAL

    While the members of three branches enjoy constitutional independence
    and prerogtives, the separation of powers among the three principal organs
    is not absolute. The system of checks and balances operates along with the
    doctrine of separation of powers to make the presidential system feasible.

    PARLIAMENTARY

    The parliament can exercise what is called "vote of non- confidence" or
    "censure" to remove the Prime Minister. For its part, the Prime Minister
    enjoys the power to dissolve by which the legislature can be abolished and
    a new election can be called.

    Fr. Bernas considers this control device of dissolution and vote of
    non-confidence as belonging together like "piston and cylinder". He states
    that: "It is their potential reciprocity that makes the wheels of the
    parliamentary mechanism turn". ( p. 22 Constitutional Structure and Powers
    of Government, 1997 Edition)

    5. Name some outstanding features of the Parliamentary System being
    poposed for the Philippine state.

    The column of Rev. Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas (Philippine Daily Inquirer,
    February 6, 2006) commented on some of them . Fr. Bernas based his
    comments on the draft being debated by the Committee on Constitutional
    Amendments of the House of Representatives.

    The highlights of his comments are:

    The prominent figures of the proposed system are:

    a) Unicameral Parliament composed of as many members (MP) as the law will
    provide and who will have a term of 5 years with no limit on
    reelection."Expect a thickly populated Parliament however. The total number
    of its members can mean that it will be more expensive to maintain than the
    present bicameral Congress"

    b) Chief Executive (Prime Minister) who is much stronger than the current
    President who:

    - shall be elected by the MPs from among themselves

    - " Ironically, as in the 1973 version, the prime minister can veto
    bills passed by his or her creator and lord, the Parliament

    - shall have a cabinet whose members are also chosen from Parliament

    c) President - the head of state whose function is purely ceremonial "and
    is more like a grandfather figure or the Queen of England"

    d) A weaker Supreme Court

    In the same column. Fr. Bernas make the following comments with
    reference to the transitory provision of the proposed constitution:

    a) Possible Incorporation of the NO-EL ( No election) virus

    b) Incumbent President GMA will have more powers that she now enjoys and
    more because some of the limitations on her powers today will be removed.

    " The Chief Executive will also have greater leeway in the handling of
    public funds because, in the use of ddiscretionary funds and leftovers from
    especial funds, there are no constitutional rules."

    "Can she be removed by a no-confidence vote? Parliament can try. But
    she will have the power to dissolve parliament. And the Supreme Court is
    being stripped of the power to determine whether she has gravely abused her
    discretion."

    6. What are the elements of an effective Parliamentary System?

    "Preconditions of effective parliamentary system are:
    "a. strong viable political parties.
    "b. Credible electoral system
    "c. Efficient and functional bureaucracy"

    Above answer is taken from the column of Solita Monsod " It's Not the
    Constitution, stupid!" ( Philippine Daily Inquirer, Oct. 8, 2005). She in
    turn quoted it from the "Primer on Local Government in a Federal System"
    which was published by the Local Government Development Foundation.

    The observation on the matter by Ms. Monsod which is copied below, is
    enlightening and highly worth noting:

    " It is painfully clear that none of these conditions obtains in the
    country today. But even the least discerning citizen will realize that
    these are also preconditions for an efective presidential system. Which can
    only mean that shifting from a presidential to a parliamentary system will
    lead to more effective governance only if these conditions are in place. On
    the other hand, if these three conditions are in place, why change?"

    References:

    Constitutional Structure and Powers of Government by Joaquin G. Bernas,www.mozcom.com for details

    Identity systems


    by Mahesh CR, Senior Consultant, Capco

    Picture this; the customer of a major retail bank receives an email, asking them to update their logon and other details on the bank's systems. The customer does so and subsequently finds unauthorized transactions appearing on their account. This phenomenon, known as phishing, involves stealing and usage of a customer's online credentials. Gartner estimates that phishing related losses for credit card companies amounted to U.S.$1.3 billion in 2003. Identity systems could be one part of the solution to the phishing problem, although their usefulness is not limited to combating phishing and they can have wide ranging impact on how users and systems are authenticated and authorized in all online collaboration scenarios.

    Any online collaboration between systems and users presumes the existence of a trust relationship. The ability to identify and authenticate participants is the cornerstone that makes trust relationships possible. Without a fixed notion of identity there will be a never ending cycle of negotiation of trust relationships for every collaboration effort.

    Initial attempts:
    Identity and authentication problems exist whenever systems and users collaborate. A variety of strategies have been used, based on scenarios, to solve this problem. The first and the most common approach is the ad-hoc identity system where an application has a user name and password scheme. These credentials are used to authenticate the user every time they try to access the system. The second could be called the identity system for applications, where collaborating software programs use a standardized authentication mechanism, such as Kerberos and X.509. Both these approaches assume that the same mechanism is used on both the authentication requester and provider sides. The third approach, called identity service providers, uses services provided by a single entity for a variety of applications or entities. These identity providers act like mediators in the authentication process between consumers and other applications. The primary example of this approach is the Microsoft passport service.

    Current developments:
    A variety of offerings exist in the marketplace providing identity authentication applications, such as IBM Tivoli Identity Manager and Novel Identity Manager. Being vendor specific, these have not gained any serious traction within the intra-organizational environment. The trend has been towards either a consortium proposing a standard or a meta-system that can adapt to a specific identity system. These two approaches are being proposed/implemented by the Liberty Alliance, an offering spearheaded by Sun, and Identity Metasystem, a competing but more generic proposal from Microsoft and IBM respectively.

    System and metasystem:
    An identity system is a combination of technology, business, and policy guidelines that governs how federated identity services need to be implemented. The Liberty Alliance Federated Identity (LAFI) offering falls within this bucket. LAFI is based on SAML 2.0, an XML-based security assertion markup language that captures all the details around such identity services. The Liberty Alliance is a consortium of around 150 companies that collectively determine the direction of the standards for FI.

    Identity metasystem is an interoperable architecture for representing digital identities of systems and users. But instead of taking the committee route to consensus and building trust between collaborators, Microsoft and IBM are defining a specification, a meta-standard so to speak, which makes the question of what identity standard to use irrelevant. All identity technologies, both current ones (such as Kerberos, X.509, Digital Signatures etc) and the yet to be discovered, are incidental and an implementation detail that the consumers of this Metasystem will not have be concerned about.

    It is immaterial which of these approaches an organization chooses to use, the technology underpinnings for both these approaches are based on Web Services, a way of consuming computational services using XML. There are a host of smaller specifications that come together to make up the Web Services technology stack, like WS-Security, WS-Trust, WS-Addressing, and so on. IBM, Microsoft, and Sun even have an agreement on some of the more important of these standards to ensure interoperability.

    Identity service participants:
    The three participants that are required for a practical implementation are identity providers, relying parties, and subjects. Identity providers are issuers and authenticators of identity; analogous to credit card providers but with the difference that end users can, potentially, self-issue identities. Relying parties are consumers of such a service. Subjects are entities, which can be both systems and users, on whose behalf digital identities exist.

    Impact on banking and financial services:
    Every transaction that requires an authentication and authorization has the potential to be impacted by these identity systems, starting from users authenticating themselves on a retail banking site to back-end settlement systems that need to maintain an authorization audit trails. Every type of coordination required with third-party systems to accomplish some goal will be impacted. The immediate business benefits for organizations adopting such identity services would be better security, privacy of customer data, and consumer confidence in the entity that they carry out financial transactions with. In an increasingly online and collaborative world this will be a key differentiator between otherwise similar financial service providers.

    Impact of business and financial systems:
    Every application and system can choose to concentrate on the actual service it offers rather than carry out this ‘infrastructural,’ but crucial, task. Enterprise integration and system consolidation projects, as well as SOA-based service efforts, will all have to take into account the benefits of such a decoupled service. Some of the immediate benefits of this decoupled service are increased operational efficiency, centralized audit of all authentication and authorization requests, and better failure tolerance via single point back up systems. The most important benefit though would be the compliance to regulatory standards like SOX, which increasingly mandate rigorous mapping of identities and the resources over which they have access rights.

    Viewpoint:
    Identity system and metasystem are still in the definition phase and it will take another couple of years to gain momentum and mainstream acceptance. But the problems of security, privacy, and regulatory compliance are issues that our clients face today and the challenge is to ensure we mitigate, if not eliminate, this gap.

    Is milk potentially deadly?

    Why I believe that giving up milk is the key to beating breast cancer

    Professor Jane Plant is a wife, a mother, and widely
    respected scientist, who was made a CBE for her work
    in geochemistry. When she was struck by breast cancer
    in 1987 at the age of 42, her happy and productive
    existence seemed destined to fall apart. But despite
    the disease recurring a further four times, Jane
    refused to give in. As she describes in an inspiring
    new book, [Your Life In Your Hands] serialised by the
    Mail this week, she devised a revolutionary diet and
    lifestyle programme that she believes saved her life
    and can cut the chances of other women falling prey to
    the disease.

    Her theory remains a controversial one - but every
    woman should read it and make up her own mind. Today,
    she explains her personal breakthrough...

    I had no alternative but to die or to try to find a
    cure for myself. I am a scientist - surely there was
    a rational explanation for this cruel illness that
    affects one in 12 women in the UK?

    I had suffered the loss of one breast, and undergone
    radiotherapy. I was now receiving painful
    chemotherapy, and had been seen by some of the
    country's most eminent specialists. But, deep down, I
    felt certain I was facing death.

    I had a loving husband, a beautiful home and two young
    children to care for. I desperately wanted to live.
    Fortunately, this desire drove me to unearth the
    facts, some of which were known only to a handful of
    scientists at the time.

    Anyone who has come into contact with breast cancer
    will know that certain risk factors - such as
    increasing age, early onset of womanhood, late onset
    of menopause and a family history of breast cancer -
    are completely out of our control. But there are many
    risk factors, which we can control easily. These
    'controllable' risk factors readily translate into
    simple changes that we can all make in our day-to-day
    lives to help prevent or treat breast cancer. My
    message is that even advanced breast cancer can be
    overcome because I have done it.

    The first clue to understanding what was promoting my
    breast cancer came when my husband Peter, who was also
    a scientist, arrived back from working in China while
    I was being plugged in for a chemotherapy session.

    He had brought with him cards and letters, as well as
    some amazing herbal suppositories, sent by my friends
    and science colleagues in China.

    The suppositories were sent to me as a cure for breast
    cancer. Despite the awfulness of the situation, we
    both had a good belly laugh, and I remember saying
    that this was the treatment for breast cancer in
    China, then it was little wonder that Chinese women
    avoided getting the disease. Those words echoed in my
    mind. Why didn't Chinese women get breast cancer? I
    had collaborated once with Chinese colleagues on a
    study of links between soil chemistry and disease, and
    I remembered some of the statistics.

    The disease was virtually non-existent throughout the
    whole country. Only one in 10,000 women in China will
    die from it, compared to that terrible figure of one
    in 12 in Britain and the even grimmer average of one
    in 10 across most Western countries.

    It is not just a matter of China being a more rural
    country, with less urban pollution. In highly
    urbanised Hong Kong, the rate rises to 34 women in
    every 10,000 but still puts the West to shame.

    The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have
    similar rates. And remember, both cities were attacked
    with nuclear weapons, so in addition to the usual
    pollution-related cancers, one would also expect to
    find some radiation-related cases, too. The conclusion
    we can draw from these statistics strikes you with
    some force. If a Western woman were to move to
    industrialized, irradiated Hiroshima, she would stash
    her risk of contracting breast cancer by half.

    Obviously this is absurd. It seemed obvious to me that
    some lifestyle factor not related to pollution,
    urbanization or the environment is seriously
    increasing the Western woman's chance of contracting
    breast cancer.

    I then discovered that whatever causes the huge
    differences in breast cancer rates between oriental
    and Western countries, it isn't genetic. Scientific
    research showed that when Chinese or Japanese people
    move to the West, within one or two generations their
    rates of breast cancer approach those of their host
    community.

    The same thing happens when oriental people adopt a
    completely Western lifestyle in Hong Kong. In fact,
    the slang name for breast cancer in China translates
    as 'Rich Woman's Disease'. This is because, in China,
    only the better off can afford to eat what is termed
    'Hong Kong food'.

    The Chinese describe all Western food, including
    everything from ice cream and chocolate bars to
    spaghetti and feta cheese, as 'Hong Kong food',
    because of its availability in the former British
    colony and its scarcity, in the past, in mainland
    China.

    So it made perfect sense to me that whatever was
    causing my breast cancer and the shockingly high
    incidence in this country generally, it was almost
    certainly something to do with our better-off,
    middle-class, Western lifestyle.

    There is an important point for men here, too. I have
    observed in my research that much of the the data
    about prostate cancer leads to similar conclusions.

    According to figures from the World Health
    Organization, the number of men contracting prostate
    cancer in rural China is negligible, only 0.5 men in
    every 100,000. In England, Scotland and Wales,
    however, this figure is 70 times higher.

    Like breast cancer, it is a middle-class disease that
    primarily attacks the wealthier and higher
    socio-economic groups - those that can afford to eat
    rich foods.

    I remember saying to my husband-- 'Come on Peter, you
    have just come back from China. What is it about the
    Chinese way of life that is so different. Why don't
    they get breast cancer?'

    We decided to utilize our joint scientific backgrounds
    and approach it logically. We examined scientific
    data that pointed us in the general direction of fats
    in diets.

    Researchers had discovered in the 1980s that only l4 %
    of calories in the average Chinese diet were from fat,
    compared to almost 36% in the West. But the diet I had
    been living on for years before I contracted breast
    cancer was very low in fat and high in fibre.

    Besides, I knew as a scientist that fat intake in
    adults has not been shown to increase risk for breast
    cancer in most investigations that have followed large
    groups of women for up to a dozen years.

    Then one day something rather special happened. Peter
    and I have worked together so closely over the years
    that I am not sure which one of us first said: 'The
    Chinese don't eat dairy produce!'

    It is hard to explain to a non-scientist the sudden
    mental and emotional 'buzz' you get when you know you
    have had an important insight.

    It's as if you have had a lot of pieces of a jigsaw in
    your mind, and suddenly, in a few seconds, they all
    fall into place and the whole picture is clear.

    Suddenly I recalled how many Chinese people were
    physically unable to tolerate milk, how the Chinese
    people I had worked with had always said that milk was
    only for babies, and how one of my close friends, who
    is of Chinese origin, always politely turned down the
    cheese course at dinner parties.

    I knew of no Chinese people who lived a traditional
    Chinese life who ever used cow or other dairy food to
    feed their babies. The tradition was to use a wet
    nurse but never, ever, dairy products.

    Culturally, the Chinese find our Western preoccupation
    with milk and milk products very strange. I remember
    entertaining a large delegation of Chinese scientists
    shortly after the ending of the Cultural Revolution in
    the 1980s.

    On advice from the Foreign Office, we had asked the
    caterer to provide a pudding that contained a lot of
    ice cream. After inquiring what the pudding consisted
    of, all of the Chinese, including their interpreter,
    politely but firmly refused to eat it, and they could
    not be persuaded to change their minds. At the time we
    were all delighted and ate extra portions!

    Milk, I discovered, is one of the most common causes
    of food allergies.

    Over 70% of the world's population are unable to
    digest the milk sugar, lactose, which has led
    nutritionists to believe that this is the normal
    condition for adults, not some sort of deficiency.
    Perhaps nature is trying to tell us that we are eating
    the wrong food.

    Before I had breast cancer for the first time, I had
    eaten a lot of dairy produce, such as skimmed milk,
    low-fat cheese and yoghurt. I had used it as my main
    source of protein. I also ate cheap but lean minced
    beef, which I now realized was probably often
    ground-up dairy cow.

    In order to cope with the chemotherapy I received for
    my fifth case of cancer, I had been eating organic
    yoghurts as a way of helping my digestive tract to
    recover and repopulate my gut with 'good' bacteria.

    Recently, I discovered that way back in 1989 yoghurt
    had been implicated in ovarian cancer. Dr Daniel
    Cramer of Harvard University studied hundreds of women
    with ovarian cancer, and had them record in detail
    what they normally ate. I wish I'd been made aware of
    his findings when he had first discovered them.

    Following Peter's and my insight into the Chinese
    diet, I decided to give up not just yoghurt but all
    dairy produce immediately. Cheese, butter, milk and
    yoghurt and anything else that contained dairy produce
    - it went down the sink or in the rubbish.

    It is surprising how many products, including
    commercial soups, biscuits and cakes, contain some
    form of dairy produce. Even many proprietary brands of
    margarine marketed as soya, sunflower or olive oil
    spreads can contain dairy produce. I therefore became
    an avid reader of the small print on food labels.

    Up to this point, I had been steadfastly measuring the
    progress of my fifth cancerous lump with callipers and
    plotting the results. Despite all the encouraging
    comments and positive feedback from my doctors and
    nurses, my own precise observations told me the bitter
    truth.

    My first chemotherapy sessions had produced no effect
    - the lump was still the same size.

    Then I eliminated dairy products. Within days, the
    lump started to shrink. About two weeks after my
    second chemotherapy session and one week after giving
    up dairy produce, the lump in my neck started to itch.
    Then it began to soften and to reduce in size. The
    line on the graph, which had shown no change, was now
    pointing downwards as the tumour got smaller and
    smaller.

    And, very significantly, I noted that instead of
    declining exponentially (a graceful curve) as cancer
    is meant to do, the tumour's decrease in size was
    plotted on a straight line heading off the bottom of
    the graph, indicating a cure, not suppression (or
    remission) of the tumour.

    One Saturday afternoon after about six weeks of
    excluding all dairy produce from my diet, I practised
    an hour of meditation then felt for what was left of
    the lump. I couldn't find it.

    Yet I was very experienced at detecting cancerous
    lumps - I had discovered all five cancers on my own.
    I went downstairs and asked my husband to feel my
    neck. He could not find any trace of the lump either.

    On the following Thursday I was due to be seen by my
    cancer specialist at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

    He examined me thoroughly, especially my neck where
    the tumour had been. He was initially bemused and
    then delighted as he said, "I cannot find it.' None of
    my doctors, it appeared, had expected someone with my
    type and stage of cancer (which had clearly spread to
    the lymph system) to survive, let alone be so hale and
    hearty.

    My specialist was as overjoyed as I was. When I first
    discussed my ideas with him he was understandably
    skeptical. But I understand that he now uses maps
    showing cancer mortality in China in his lectures, and
    recommends a non-dairy diet to his cancer patients.

    I now believe that the link between dairy produce and
    breast cancer is similar to the link between smoking
    and lung cancer. I believe that identifying the link
    between breast cancer and dairy produce, and then
    developing a diet specifically targeted at maintaining
    the health of my breast and hormone system, cured me.

    It was difficult for me, as it may be for you, to
    accept that a substance as 'natural' as milk might
    have such ominous health implications. But I am a
    living proof that it works and, starting from
    tomorrow, I shall reveal the secrets of my
    revolutionary action plan.

    Extracted from Your Life in Your Hands, by Professor
    Jane Plant, to be published by Virgin on June 8 at
    16.99. Professor Jane Plant, 2000.

    Evidence that reveals the dangers lurking in a pinta
    Jane Plant's conviction that dairy products can cause
    cancer arises from the complex chemical makeup of
    milk. All mature breast milk, from humans or other
    mammals, is a medium for transporting hundreds of
    chemical components.

    It is a powerful biochemical solution, designed
    specifically to provide for the individual needs of
    young mammals of the same species. Jane says: "It is
    not that cow's milk isn't a good food. It is a great
    food- for baby cows. It is not intended by nature for
    consumption by any species other than baby cows. It
    is nutritionally different from human breast milk,
    containing three times as much protein and far more
    calcium.'

    Breast milk, like cow's milk, contains chemicals
    designed to play an important rote in the development
    of young cattle. One of these, insulin growth factor
    IGF-1,causes cells to divide and reproduce.

    IGF-1 is biologically active in humans, especially
    during puberty, when growth is rapid. In young girls
    it stimulates breast tissue to grow and, while its
    levels are high during pregnancy, the hormones
    prolactin and oestrogen are also active, enlarging
    breast tissue and increasing the production of milk
    ducts in preparation for breast-feeding.

    Though the concentration and secretions of these
    hormones in the blood are small, they exert a powerful
    effect on the body. All these hormones are present in
    cow's milk. IGF-1 is identical in make-up, whether in
    human or cow's milk, but its levels are naturally
    higher in cow's milk. It is also found in the meat of
    cows.

    High levels of IGF-1 in humans are thought to be a
    risk factor for breast and prostate cancer. A 1998
    study of pre-menopausal women revealed that those with
    the highest levels of IGF-1 in their bloodstream ran
    almost three times the risk of developing breast
    cancer compared with women who had low levels. Among
    women younger than 50, the risk was increased seven
    times.

    Other studies have shown that high circulating levels
    of IGF-1 In men are a strong indicator of prostate
    cancer. Interestingly, recent measures to improve milk
    yields have boosted IGF-1 levels in cows. Could IGF-1
    from milk and the meat of dairy animals cause a
    build-up in humans, especially over a lifetime,
    leading to inappropriate cell division? Though we
    produce our own IGF-1, could it be that the extra
    amounts we ingest from dairy produce actually cause
    cancer?

    Jane Plant already knew that one way the high-profile
    drug tamoxifen, used in the treatment of breast
    cancer, is thought to work by lowering circulating
    levels of IGF-1.

    IGF-1 is not destroyed by pasteurization, but critics
    argue that it is destroyed by digestion and rendered
    harmless. Jane believes the main milk protein, casein,
    prevents this from happening and that homogenization,
    which prevents milk from separating into milk and
    cream, could further increase the risk of
    cancer-promoting hormones and other chemicals reaching
    the bloodstream.

    She also believes there are other chemicals in cow's
    milk that may be responsible for sending muddied
    signals to adult tissue. Could prolactin, released to
    stimulate milk production in cows, have a similar
    effect on human breast tissue, effectively triggering
    the same response and causing cells to become
    confused, stressed and start making mistakes in
    replicating their own DNA? Studies have confirmed
    that prolactin promotes the growth of prostate cancer
    cells in culture.

    Another hormone, oestrogen, considered one of the main
    risk factors for breast cancer, is present in milk in
    minute quantities. But even low levels of hormones are
    known to cause severe biological damage. Microscopic
    quantities of oestrogen in our rivers are powerful
    enough to cause the feminisation of many male species
    of fish. While oestrogen in milk may not pose a direct
    threat to tissues, it may stimulate the ____expression
    of IGF-1, resulting in long-term tumour growth.

    Jane, who has found growing support for her theories
    from cancer specialists, stresses that she is not
    setting out to attack more orthodox approaches. She
    intends her dietary programme to complement the best
    therapies available from conventional medicine, not to
    replace them.

    Pure but deadly: Is milk potentially fatal?

    Something to think about…

    by Cecil Aguilar 

    Somebody once told me that* "*Finding the right person is very hard and
    very wrong*…..*it is best to be the right person for the one you love and start from there… *
    *you'll always end up disappointed when you set standards and define a
    "right person" for you…and don't rush things….coz somewhere somehow God is preparing somebody for you*.
    *"You can never be perfect…the person you love can never be perfect…*
    *but both of you can be perfect through love and prayers, and your love can be perfect through the both of you. *
    *But, no relationship is complete with out God….. that's why we have
    marriage..it's a bond not only between you and your loved one….but also
    with God. *
    *Our relationships fail not because (s)he's not the right person….
    it's because we expected too much and we decided on our own….*
    *let God do the work…you may call it waiting time….but while you are
    waiting…pray.*
    *Let God guide you always… He knows better. No, He knows best. *
    *Love is not what you think it is…. Sometimes we mistakenly feel that our first relationship will be our last.
    Because we are overwhelmed with joy and romance, we forget to learn the
    meaning of true love. *
    *Some are saying that love is unselfish, blind, unconditional or simply
    denying oneself  for the sake of someone very important in our life.*
    *Others are saying love is immortal and can never be defined.  *
    *When we think we're in love, the first thing we almost wanted the whole
    world to know is that our love for someone very special can never be taken
    away from us.*
    *We say this phrase "You are the most wonderful gift from GOD I have ever
    received…*
    "* After a terrible fight or sometimes even a petty quarrel we then say "You are the biggest mistake i've ever made for my entire life…!!!!".*
    *Now, how do you say and spell the word L-O-V-E?*
    *Are you really deeply into it?*
    *Nobody can tell what love really is until experience speaks and whispers
    right into our ears.*
    *Most of the time, these love promises like "Forever,Till Death do us apart, etc." would* *end up "Never" and "We should part ways,I'm no longer happy with you!*
    *My love for you is DEAD!!!". *
    *Many times we thought after having committed to someone and your trust to
    one another freezes down to zero degree "S/He ain't the right one. *
    *I should probably wait for the right one to come." *
    *But the big question anyone could not answer is "Is she/he the right one? and *"When is the right time?"*
    *That made us stick to whom we are with.*
    * Will you always be waiting for the right person to come and the right time to commit?*
    * A big YES is the answer.*
    *Don't be in a hurry to get into a relationship because you can never find
    love if you insist that you are already into it. *
    *Try to find time to really understand your real feelings, to know who you
    really are, and what you really want in a relationship.*
    *You're right, There is no such thing as a perfect relationship, but there's a compatible partnership that goes along with it. *
    *If you already knew that you're too big to fit into a small sized t-shirt, don't give it a try.*
    *You'll probably break it and pay for the damages you have made.*
    *If you knew and felt that the relationship will not last, don't go deeper
    into it.*
    *You'll just suffer the consequences and live like hell the rest of your
    life.*
    * It's really hard to say goodbye though, but you can't make it any better
    by just pretending you still have the same feelings. *
    *Try to let go and give yourself a chance to live life to the fullest.*
    *Give yourself a chance to grow and give your heart a much needed attention.
    *Then you will find that you have made the rightdecision and you made it all 

    *We are wrong, its just pity.*
    *We call it love when we're too attached and think that losing the one we
    love will somehow make us weak and unable to face the storms of life.*
    *We misunderstood, its just that we're too much dependent to them.*
    *We call it love when we give our whole life to them, the wholeness of us
    and imagined that if they leave no one would accept us and our past.*
    *We are mistaken, its just insecurity.*
    *But no matter what the definition is, the truth still remains that love
    isn't something you can buy nor beg. *
    *It is real and existing. *
    *You can't touch it but you can feel it in your heart. *
    *You can't find it, but it will knock before you when you least expect it to come. *
    *It can make you the happiest soul in heaven, but don't forget that it also can make you the most miserable person in the whole galaxy.