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For those who were excited to see women like Kathy Liebert and Sandra Naujoks succeeding in recent mixed field poker tournaments, mark your calendars because the best and brightest women in the game are going to be showcased in the upcoming Women’s World Open III organized by Matchroom Sport, will take place from May 24th-May 27th and will be filmed at Three Mills Studio in London, England.

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The format of the $3,000 buy-in tournament is essentially a double shootout. The 36 entrants will be divided into six six-handed tables and the winner of each table will advance to the final round. The six ladies who finished in second place during their opening heat will have a second chance to make the final table in a consolation heat. The winner of the consolation heat will advance to the seven-handed final table and vie for a piece of the $108,000 prize pool. The champion of the event will walk away with $50,000.

The event boasts an international field of female pros headlined by WSOPE Main Event winner Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad. This will be the Norweigan pro’s first appearance in the televised event. Others in the field include WSOP bracelet winner Jennifer Tilly, EPT Dortmund winner Naujoks, Maria Demetriou, Eliza Burnett, Jen Mason, Stefanie Bergener and the Women’s World Open II winner Soraya Homam of Germany.

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Free Carla Bruni CDs anger French taxpayers

A French government initiative to give away thousands of Carla Bruni CDs for free to promote exports has sparked an outrage in France amid plummeting popularity of President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom she married after a lightning romance last year.

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The album will be dispatched to admirers of the former Italian supermodel-turned pop singer with wine and cheese vouchers.

French taxpayers are outraged that up to 1 million pounds of their money has been transferred to marketing agency Sopexa to plug the Italian-born singer’s songs.

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Many believe France has still not digested the initial “bling bling” phase, symbolised by Sarkozy’s whirlwind romance with the Italian heiress.
At least 14,000 people in 19 countries have applied to receive one of the gift packs through the Ministry of Agriculture initiative.

Those set to get the free Bruni CDs have been asked to organise “Gallic evening” to showcase France’s best exports and then put their promotion on internet sites.

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The former supermodel’s third album was released soon after her marriage to Sarkozy last year but sold less than 90,000 copies in France.

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Bruni shrugged off the vitriolic reviews of her last album, saying: “It’s understandable that people can’t help mixing up my work as an artist and my official role.

As Sarkozy completes two-year in office, sixty-three per cent have written off his first 24 months as a failure, according to a poll today for Metro newspaper, with only 28 per cent holding a positive opinion.

The air that most Americans breathe may not be as clean as they think — depending on where they live, at least.
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City Rankings from American Lung Association

Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Ozone

#1 Los Angeles
#2 Bakersfield
#3 Visalia
#4 Fresno
#5 Houston
#6 Sacramento
#7 Dallas-Fort Worth
#8 Charlotte
#9 Phoenix
#10 El Centro
#11 Hanford
#12 Las Vegas
#13 San Diego
#14 D.C./Baltimore
#15 Cincinnati
#16 Philadelphia
#17 St. Louis
#18 New York City
#19 Knoxville
#20 Birmingham
#21 Baton Rouge
#22 Kansas City
#23 Atlanta
#24 Merced
#25 Memphis

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Roughly 60 percent of Americans live in areas where air pollution has reached unhealthy levels that can make people sick, suggests the 2009 State of the Air report released today by the American Lung Association.

Most Polluted U.S. Cities By Year Round Particle Pollution

#1 Bakersfield
#2 Pittsburgh
#3 Los Angeles
#4 Visalia
#5 Birmingham
#6 Hanford
#7 Fresno
#8 Cincinnati
#9 Detroit
#10 Cleveland
#11 Charleston
#11 Huntington
#11 Louisville
#14 Macon
#14 St. Louis
#16 Weirton
#17 Atlanta
#18 Indianapolis
#18 Rome
#20 Canton
#20 York
#22 Lancaster
#22 New York City
#24 Hagerstown
#24 Houston

Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Short Term Particle Pollution

#1 Pittsburgh
#2 Fresno
#3 Bakersfield
#4 Los Angeles
#5 Birmingham
#6 Salt Lake City
#7 Sacramento
#8 Logan
#9 Detroit
#9 Chicago
#11 Indianapolis
#12 Visalia
#13 Eugene
#14 D.C. / Baltimore
#15 Hanford
#16 New York City
#17 Modesto
#18 Merced
#19 Louisville
#20 Philadelphia
#20 San Jose
#22 Provo
#23 San Diego
#24 Harrisburg
#25 St. Louis

The 2009 report was based on data collected at some 900 monitoring sites across the country during a three-year period from 2005 through 2007. Researchers measured the air quality of different areas using three criteria — long-term particle pollution, short-term particle pollution and ozone concentration. All three forms of pollution have been shown to have negative health effects.

Swine Flu / Swine Influenza – An Epidemic

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The bloody swine influenza A (H1N1) virus that has infected humans in the U.S. and Mexico is a novel influenza A virus that has not previously been identified in North America. This swine flu virus is resistant to the antiviral medications amantadine (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine), but is sensitive to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Investigations of these cases suggest that on-going human-to-human swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is occurring.

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Symptoms of Swine Flu?

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Although uncomplicated influenza-like illness (fever, cough or sore throat) has been reported in many cases, mild respiratory illness (nasal congestion,  rhinorrhea) without fever and occasional severe disease also has been reported.

Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia, headache, chills, fatigue, and dyspnea.

Conjunctivitis is rare, but has been reported. Severe disease (pneumonia, respiratory failure) and fatal outcomes have been reported with swine influenza A virus infection.

The potential for exacerbation of underlying chronic medical conditions or invasive bacterial infection with swine influenza A virus infection should be considered.

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Infectious Period

Persons with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection should be considered potentially contagious for up to 7 days following illness onset. Persons who continue to be ill longer than 7 days after illness onset should be considered potentially contagious until symptoms have resolved. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. The duration of infectiousness might vary by swine influenza A (H1N1) virus strain. Non-hospitalized ill persons who are a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection are recommended to stay at home (voluntary isolation) for at least the first 7 days after illness onset except to seek medical care.
Interm Recommendations

For clinical care or collection of respiratory specimens from a symptomatic individual (acute respiratory symptoms with or without fever) who is a confirmed case, or a suspected case (ill close contact of a confirmed case) of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection:

Infectious Period

Persons with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection should be considered potentially contagious for up to 7 days following illness onset. Persons who continue to be ill longer than 7 days after illness onset should be considered potentially contagious until symptoms have resolved. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. The duration of infectiousness might vary by swine influenza A (H1N1) virus strain. Non-hospitalized ill persons who are a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection are recommended to stay at home (voluntary isolation) for at least the first 7 days after illness onset except to seek medical care.

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Case definitions

A confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as a person with an acute respiratory illness with laboratory confirmed swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection at CDC by one or more of the following tests:

* real-time RT-PCR

* viral culture

* four-fold rise in swine influenza A (H1N1) virus-specific neutralizing antibodies

A suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as a person with acute febrile respiratory illness with onset within 7 days of close contact with a person who is a confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

Close contact is defined as: within about 6 feet of an ill person who is a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

* Close contact is defined as: within about 6 feet of an ill person who is a confirmed case of swine influenza A virus infection

Acute respiratory illness is defined as recent onset of at least two of the following: rhinorrhea or nasal congestion, sore throat, cough (with or without fever or feverishness)

Treatment

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Antiviral treatment of a confirmed case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, either oseltamivir (Tamiflu) orzanamivir (Relenza) may be administered. Recommended duration of treatment is five days. These same antivirals should be considered for treatment of cases that test positive for influenza A but test negative for seasonal influenza viruses H3 and H1 by PCR.

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water. or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. we recommend that when you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in UK said the number of abandoned animals soared 57 percent last year to 11,586 the equivalent of more than 30 a day.

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Britons may have a reputation as animal-lovers but they are increasingly dumping their pets as they struggle to cope with the impact of economic downturn.

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The number of abandoned cats was up by 50 percent and a third more dogs were discarded, the charity said. Horses, farm animals and exotic pets were also being chucked out.

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In addition to the actual numbers being thrown out, there had also been a 52 percent rise in inquiries from the public looking to give up their pets.

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Tim Wass, chief officer of the RSPCA inspectorate, said the cause was “everything to do with the economics about owning a pet” from paying for food to veterinary bills.

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“It’s a huge rise and I’m afraid that we can only point to economics to find a solution to the current problem,” he told BBC radio.
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“It’s affecting pretty much every animal. We’re really struggling to cope at the moment.” Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Britain’s best-known animal refuge centre, located in south London, said in December it was at bursting point after taking in more than a thousand more strays than it had done a year earlier.

Unemployment in Los Angeles County is in the double digits, but prospects are looking up for 500 strippers, thanks to the reopening of a landmark nude dancing club on the Sunset Strip.

Salah Almudarris, who owns West Hollywood’s The Body Shop, says the club will reopen Thursday night, creating jobs for about 20 staff and as many as 500 of what he terms “independent contractors.”

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An electrical fire badly damaged the Sunset Boulevard venue in December.

Almudarris says about 50 women will work each night and they could earn upward of $1,000 each.

The venue dates back decades and was mentioned in the 1980s Motley Crue song, “Girls, Girls, Girls.”

Almudarris says area bars may get a boost too, as his club serves no alcohol.

Large-scale U.S. layoffs rose again in March & early April 09, according to Labor Department data on Thursday, as the economy struggles with what many expect will be the country’s worst post-World War II recession. With the number of people filing for unemployment in March surpassing that from the prior month, and the total number of people doing so the highest on record.

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About 640,000 people filed for unemployment for the first time in March, up from about 613,000 in February. Meanwhile, some 6.14 million people are on the jobless benefits rolls, setting a record for the 12th straight week.

ast month witnessed 2,933 more mass layoffs, defined as affecting 50 or more workers, than February. This brought the total number of people who lost their jobs in this manner to 299,388, the highest on a record that dates back to 1995.

The U.S. job market has been under severe strain as a crisis first evident in housing spread to the rest of the economy, severely curtailing corporate profits and consumer spending.

Ongoing pain was evident across sectors, with the Labor Department also reporting another record for blanket layoffs within manufacturing.

Mass layoffs now total 31,414 since the start of the recession in December 2007, resulting in the loss of more than 3.2 million jobs. The monthly mass layoff numbers are compiled from establishments with at least 50 initial claims for unemployment insurance filed against them during a five-week period.

Over the past year, the deterioration in initial claims, continuing claims, and the insured jobless rate has been just as bad as they were during the 1981-1982 recession, which has been the most severe in the post-World War II period,” said Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics.

The United States has lost 5.1 million jobs since the start of 2008. Earlier this month, the Labor Department reported that the nation’s unemployment rate is 8.5 percent, the highest in a quarter-century.

For those in Jobs

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Over the past year, though, the new term is ‘downsizing’ — shrinking the employee base so that employee costs match slower business growth. This fiscal, as the recession in the markets start biting, their tolerance for non-performers is down to zero.So those in jobs are not having any margin of doing any honest mistake.



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