Archive for January, 2009

Forbes’ List of Illegal Drug Capitals of America

Espanola is a small city with a population not more than 10,000. But the rate of drug related deaths here is at a record level of 42.5 drug-related deaths per 100,000 people. The same rate when considered national wise accounts to an average of 7.3.

There are several such places in America, which can be called as drug capitals. The business of illegal drugs is runs very fine here in spite of all the concerns taken up by police and the government.

The drug abuse remains steady over past few years with 8 percent of the total population said to use drugs. The number didn’t decreases in spite of the major steps taken by the government against illegal drugs.

Forbes released a list of illegal drug capitals…
• Espanola with a population of around 10,000 but with a record of 42.5 drug-related deaths per 100,000

• Missoula of Montana with highest rate of illicit drug use. Here an average of 13.8% of households polled using illicit drugs during 2004, 2005 and 2006

• Our capital Washington DC, where one-third of adult arrestees tested positive for cocaine, as of September 2008

• Baltimore of Maryland, where 184 heroin-related overdoses were reported in 2006

• New Orleans of Los Angeles. Here there were a reported turf wars between drug dealers

• San Francisco of California, where highest rate of illicit drug-related emergency room visits were reported in 2006

• Atlanta of Georgia which has now become the East Coast distribution hub of the violent Mexican drug dealers
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Google’s Quarterly Profit Drops for the First Time

The recession even impacted the search engine giant Google with less profits. Google released its quarterly profit results, which fell for the first time since it raised public offerings in 2004.

Google had revenues of $382 million in the last quarter of 2008, which was a 68 percent drop from the last quarter in 2007. Google’s income per share was $1.21 in the last quarter of 2008, which was far less than 3.79 dollars per share in 2007.

But these results were enough for Goggle to beat Wall Streets expectations. Wall Street estimated that Google might have profits of $4.95 per share in 2008. But Google exceeded these expectations with its profits of $5.10 a share.

Revenues were solid with an 18 percent increase from the same quarter of 2007. Google had revenues of 5.7 billion dollars for the recently ended quarter.

After subtracting the commissions paid to the ad partners, the revenues of Google are still reported to be $4.22 billion.

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Soaring Crude Inventories in US Send Oil Prices Down

I do not know how happily U.S announced that it has good oil inventories; but it has turned woeful for the oil prices, which declined with this announcement.

The Energy Department’s officials released a note, which said that oil inventories in US rose by 14.3 percent to 332.7 million barrels since the previous year. Officials said that the inventories rose by 14 million barrels in just the past three weeks. I do not have news about oil consumption in US. The present position of the crude oil prices is in highly volatile condition.

The fall in the consumption must have halted the oil stocks and more production on daily basis must have added up to the already stored inventories.

In order to control this, there must be a limitation over production of oil from our production centers.

And in response to the decreased oil prices, we love our commodities getting cheaper. So do not bother about it.

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The Marvelous Brains of Ancient Scientists

It is not such a great accomplishment when you can discover something these days with the help of extraordinary technology, compared to the ancient times where people did marvelous wonders and discoveries.

First of all we must talk about those great scientists who said that earth is round even before Columbus proved it with his voyage. We must thank those great scientists who provided us zero and 1, through which all our computers work on.

Scientists those days possessed marvelous brains to have discovered and invented many those things which we use without any modifications even today.

How many of you can think of a strategy that can explain law on floating bodies while bathing? We do bathe everyday and most of use bath tubs but I am sure about 90% those people don’t even understand this law.

There are many scientists of ancient world like AryaBhatta, Archimedes, Ptolemy, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, and many more who have contributed much to the world.

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More Chances of Bone Fractures for Non-Exercisers

People who suffer from heart diseases are likely to suffer bone fractures than any other cardiac patients because they don’t do exercises. These patients can reduce the risk of weak bones or fractures by going through rehabilitation and increasing their exercise capacity.  People with heart failures should eat bone-strengthening diets for strong bones.

People with heart failures are at high risk for hospitalization and incapacitating hip fractures than healthier heart patients of similar age groups. In the condition in which heart can’t pump enough blood to the other organs in the body is considered as heart failure. Lung infections and major blood clots increase risk of hip bone fractures. Thirty percent of total patients who suffer from a hip fracture die within one year.

The study on risk of bone fractures for heart failure patients is conducted on 16,294 patients who visited emergency rooms with heart disease from 1998 and 2001 and patient’s ages ranged from 68 to 84. 4.6 percent of people with heart failure experienced a fracture after one year visit to the emergency rooms and patient with no heart failure had one percent hip fracture.

Even after looking all health issues, gender and various medications, patient with heart failure has more risk of bone fracture than other disease patients.

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Environmental Planning

Environmental Planning is a relatively new field of study that aims to merge the practice of urban thinking with the concerns of environmentalism. Essentially speaking, while urban planners hit traditionally factored in scheme development, transportation, sanitation, and other services into their decisions, environmental planners add sustainable (social, ecological & economic) outcomes as important factors in the decision-making process. What exactly constitutes the “Environment”, however, is somewhat open to debate among these practitioners, as is the exact scope of the intended environmental benefits. Chief concerns among environmental planners include the assistance of sustainable development, green building technologies, and the preservation of environmentally sensitive areas.

In the United States, for any project, environmental planners care with a full range of environmental regulations from federal to state and city levels. A rigorous environmental process has to be undertaken to examine the impacts and possible mitigation of any construction project. The environmental assessments encompass areas such as land use, socioeconomics, transportation, scheme and housing characteristics, air, noise, wetlands, endangered species, flood zones, coastal zones, visual studies among others. Depending on the scale and impact of the project, a full-blown environmental review is known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and the less extensive version is Environmental Assessment (EA). Procedures study guidelines from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and/or City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) and other related federal or state agencies published regulations.

The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) is a non-profit organization of interdisciplinary professionals including environmental science, resource management, environmental thinking and other professions contributing to this field. AEP is the first organization of its kind in the USA, and its influence and help hit spawned numerous other regional organizations throughout the United States. Its mission is to improve the technical skills of members, and the organization is dedicated to “the enhancement, maintenance and protection of the natural and human environment”. From inception in the mid 1970s the organization has been closely linked with the upkeep of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California being one of the first states to adopt a comprehensive law to govern the environmental review of public contract and project review.

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