- 2 lb roasting potatoes cut lengthways into
- 1 * 4-5 lb chicken, whole or cut into serving pieces, skin
& fat removed
- Juice of 1˝ lemons
- 3-4 fl oz extra virgin olive oil
- ˝ tbsp coarse grain sea salt
- 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled, lightly crushed
- 4 tbsps rigani, crumbled
- crushed black peppercorns to taste
- 6 bay leaves
- ˝ oz unsalted butter
- 14 fl oz chicken stock
- ˝ tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley coarsely chopped
Heat oven to gas mark 5, 190 C. Rub the
chicken with the juice of 1 lemon, 3 tbsps of the olive oil
and the salt. Place the chicken in a deep heavy baking dish
and surround with the potatoes and garlic in a single layer.
Sprinkle the chicken with the rigani, pepper, bay leaves and
the remaining olive oil and dot with butter. Add half the
stock. Roast uncovered for 15 mins. Reduce oven temp to gas
4, 180 C and roast until tender, about 1 hour for a whole
chicken or 40 mins for pieces. Baste the chicken and
potatoes frequently, adding more stock if needed.
Transfer the chicken, potatoes, and garlic to a serving dish
and keep warm. Strain the pan juices into a small saucepan,
remove the fat with a spoon and add any remaining stock. If
this is more than about 12 fl oz's then reduce by rapid
Combine mustard, honey and half the remaining lemon juice
and stir into the sauce. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice to
taste. Heat to warm.
Pour just enough sauce over the chicken and potatoes to
moisten them. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve remaining sauce
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Vitamin B 'puts off Alzheimer's
A new study suggests high doses of B vitamins may halve the
rate of brain shrinkage in older people experiencing some of
the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease.
Brain shrinkage is one of the symptoms of mild cognitive
impairment, which often leads to dementia.
Researchers say this could be the first step towards finding
a way to delay the onset of Alzheimer's.
Experts said the findings were important but more research
The study, published in the journal Public Library of
Science One, looked at 168 elderly people experiencing
levels of mental decline known as mild cognitive impairment.
This condition, marked by mild memory lapses and language
problems, is beyond what can be explained by normal ageing
and can be a precursor to Alzheimer's and other forms of
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Half of the volunteers were given a daily tablet containing
levels of the B vitamins folate, B6 and B12 well above the
recommended daily amount. The other half were given a
After two years, the rate at which their brains had shrunk
The average brain shrinks at a rate of 0.5% a year after the
age of 60. The brains of those with mild cognitive
impairment shrink twice as fast. Alzheimer's patients have
brain shrinkage of 2.5% a year.
The team, from the Oxford Project to investigate Memory and
Ageing (Optima), found that on average, in those taking
vitamin supplements, brain shrinkage slowed by 30%.
In some cases it slowed by more than 50%, making their brain
atrophy no worse than that of people without cognitive
'Protecting' the brain
Certain B vitamins - folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 -
control levels of a substance known as homocysteine in the
blood. High levels of homocysteine are associated with
faster brain shrinkage and Alzheimer's disease.
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he study authors believe it was the B vitamins' effect on
levels of homocysteine that helped slow the rate of brain
The study author, Professor David Smith, said the results
were more significant than he had expected.
"It's a bigger effect than anyone could have predicted," he
said, "and it's telling us something biological.
"These vitamins are doing something to the brain structure -
they're protecting it, and that's very important because we
need to protect the brain to prevent Alzheimer's."
He said more research was now needed to see whether high
doses of B vitamins actually prevented the development of
Alzheimer's in people with mild cognitive impairment.
The Alzheimer's Research Trust, which co-funded the study,
also called for further investigation.
"These are very important results, with B vitamins now
showing a prospect of protecting some people from
Alzheimer's in old age," said chief executive Rebecca Wood.
"Further research is required before we can recommend the
supplement as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases,
such as Alzheimer's."
Fellows, though the month of spirituality has
passed but the spirit of charity shall remain as
Ramadan is meant to train us. The training
objectives are not achieved if the lesson learnt
is forgotten as soon as you step out of the
Eid was celebrated with simplicity by most
families this time so as to show solidarity with
those who had fell victim to the worst witnessed
flood in the recent history of Pakistan. It is
indeed an awe-inspiring feeling when you observe
people feel for others who are not of their kith
and kin. What made me especially happy was to
observe the way youth had done charity work.
Since it was summer vacations so they had ample
free time that they utilized positively in
serving their countrymen in need.
On the occasion of Eid, I happened to attend a
dinner party. The children of the host had
invited over their friends too. Instead of
wasting their time in playing video games or
watching some movie, the bunch of girls and boys
were busy sorting the items that were to be sent
to flood affected areas. One girl was ironing
the clothes while two were busy in packing them
neatly in bags and marking for which age group
were they suitable for. Boys were making cartons
of edibles. The way they were carefully packing
inspired me; they were putting just the right
amount of each thing in each box and carefully
It struck me there that in Saudi Arabia also, we
Pakistanis can do this work. Rather such aid for
food shall come from outside Pakistan by the
overseas Pakistanis. Because our country is
already running short on food as lot is lost in
water. So if we deplete the left over cities
with their food reservoirs as well, the chaos
will become paramount. My young friends, I have
a suggestion for you. Get up and do some fund
raising. Motivate your folks to contribute
portion of their eiddi for our countrymen in
need. Ask the elders to give in too. Then
arrange for the boxes. The big superstores let
you take their discarded empty cartons for free.
Go and buy stuff like small juices packs (which
usually come in packing of one or two dozen),
water bottles, ORS, biscuits, baby diapers,
dates, candies and snack items. You can find all
such items on promotion deals in some or the
other superstore. Now sort them in collected
cartons such that each is adequately filled for
a family of six people to last them through for
2-3 days. A good arrangement can be putting
three water bottles, 1dozen of juice packs,
2packs salty biscuits, 2 pack sweet biscuits, 2
packets of ORS, a packet of candies/dates,
couple of snack packets etc. They shall be not
thrown in the carton but arranged well so as to
fit in each other for best space utilization.
Then tape each box. Often friends get together
at weekends. This can be a good activity to do
then. And good news is that PIA is doing free
transportation for flood affectees. All you have
to do is drop them at one of their offices. Young fellows, get up and get going. We
have to stop begging others for aids. We have to
rely on our own forces. You, the youth, is the
biggest strength and asset for the country.
Prove to the world that Pakistani youth,
wherever they may be, always stand united and
can go to great lengths to answer their call of
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The founder of
I'mHalal, the world's first Islamic orientated search
engine, has said the site is seeing an "almost viral" surge
in traffic as it celebrates its first anniversary.
The site, which filters content that might be considered
‘haraam' or unclean, is turning over 300,000 queries a day
and has plans to roll out bespoke search engines for users,
said CEO Reza Sardeha.
Sardeha, a Kuwaiti-Iranian based in The Netherlands, said:
"The increase in user base is almost viral. A month ago we
were processing 100,000 search queries a day but yesterday
we processed over 300,000 search queries."
He added: "Pakistan was always our biggest source of
traffic, but we're seeing our user base from the United
States catch up."
In January, I'mHalal will launch an interface to allow users
to build their own search engines backed by the site's
Sardeha said: "This means in 2011, everyone can create his
or her own niche search engine based on halal standards."
I'mHalal filters search requests to ensure the results only
show content approved under Islam. Users can search in
several different languages, including Arabic and English.
The concept was borne out of complaints that mainstream
engines, such as Google and Yahoo, returned offensive
content. Though originally aimed at Muslim users, the site
has also proved popular with parents keen ensure their
children surf cleanly, said Sardeha.
He said: "We see I'mHalal more as a revolution since we're
providing internet users freedom from porn. We're the only
child friendly search engine."
The site turned one on 1st September.
Pakistan accounts for 31% of I'mHalal's traffic, followed by
the US which is home to 22% of users.
Indonesia is the third largest source of traffic, followed
by Malaysia and the UAE.
Sardeha, who is planning to relocate to the Middle East, is
debuting an advertising portal later this month designed to
target Muslim consumers. The 21 year old hopes to use the
profits from the platform to fund the site's expansion, by
capitalising on the rising number of mainstream firms keen
to target the Muslim market.
He said: "At the moment we're bootstrapping our venture
since there are not many investment vehicles located in the
Middle East that are actively investing in internet start
He added: "The concept of halal goes beyond foods and
drinks. I eat Halal, I think Halal, I live halal. Many
industries like the internet, clothes and the financial
industry could expand their target group significantly by
launching halal services aimed for Muslims."
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