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- Juice of 1˝ lemons
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- ˝ 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
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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.
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Vitamin B 'puts off Alzheimer's
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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 was needed.
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 dementia.
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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 placebo.
After two years, the rate at which their brains had shrunk was measured.
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 impairment.
'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 shrinkage.
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."

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Flood affects and Sowing Crops in Pakistan after flooding
By CP Member Ch. Amjad Farooq, Riyadh

A Way to Celebrate
By
Amna Tariq

Assalam-O-Alaikum!
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 training module.
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 sealing them.
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 duty.

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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 technology.
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 ups."

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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