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Eating a diet from this region might help extend your lifespan, suggests a study. The diet appears to be associated with longer telomere length — an established marker of slower aging.
The Mediterranean diet has been consistently linked with health benefits, including reduced mortality and reduced risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease.
It is characterised by a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils), and (mainly unrefined) grains; a high intake of olive oil but a low intake of saturated fats; a moderately high intake of fish, a low intake of dairy products, meat and poultry; and regular but moderate intake of alcohol (specifically wine with meals).

Telomeres sit on the end of chromosomes (like the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces), stopping them from fraying and scrambling the genetic codes they contain. In healthy people, telomeres shorten progressively throughout life, more than halving in length from infancy to adulthood, and halving again in the very elderly.
Shorter telomeres are thus associated with lower life expectancy and greater risk of age-related diseases. Lifestyle factors, such as obesity, cigarette smoking, and consumption of sugar sweetened drinks, have all been linked to people having shorter telomeres than typically occur in people of a similar age. Oxidative stress and inflammation have also been shown to speed up telomere shortening.
Given that fruits, vegetables, and nuts — key components of the Mediterranean diet — have well known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, a team of US researchers, led by Immaculata De Vivo, Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, set out to examine whether adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with longer telomere length.risk of chronic diseases
They analysed data on 4,676 healthy middle-aged women from the Nurses’ Health Study — an ongoing study tracking the health of more than 120,000 US nurses since 1976. Participants completed detailed food questionnaires and had a blood test to measure telomere length.
A diet score ranging from 0-9 points was calculated for each participant, with a higher score representing a closer resemblance to the Mediterranean diet.
After adjusting for other potentially influential factors, the results show that greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet was significantly associated with longer telomeres. Each one point change in diet score corresponded on average to 1.5 years of telomere aging.
However, none of the individual dietary components was associated with telomere length, underlining the importance of examining dietary patterns in relation to health, not just separate dietary factors such as intake of whole grains, say the authors.
“To our knowledge, this is the largest population-based study specifically addressing the association between Mediterranean diet adherence and telomere length in healthy, middle-aged women,” they write. “Our results further support the benefits of adherence to the Mediterranean diet for promoting health and longevity.”

A Mediterranean diet is the cornerstone of dietary advice in cardiovascular disease prevention, and the fact that it also links with a biomarker of slower aging is reassuring, says Professor Peter Nilsson from Lund University, Sweden in an accompanying editorial.
He suggests that genetic background factors, reflecting ancestry, could probably explain some of the variation in the association between dietary patterns and telomere length, and that future studies on this question “should take into account the possibility of interactions between genes, diet, and sex.”

So, fruits, vegetables & nuts are good for you!

SOURCE: http://bma.org.uk

 
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China’s President Xi Jinping – Leader of Leaders

By Paul Chong – A Chinese by Descent, An Australia by Consent (Friday 19/12/14)

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Xi Jinping just got to be a very special person to be
at the helm of the country with 1.3 billion. He went
through the mills of every facet of leadership training & testing, through the rank & file before being appointed as China’s President. He’s wise, knowledgable, tough, fearless but not dangerous.

Here is a man who was groomed for the job.

His vast experiences have come to shape his speedy decisions & policies.

It’s said that some men are born great, others achieve greatness & still others have greatness thrust upon them.
You’d be the judge & jury on this point.

Xi Jinping (born 15 June 1953) is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People’s Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission. As Xi holds the top offices of the party, state, and military, he is sometimes informally referred to as China’s “paramount leader”. As General Secretary, Xi is also an ex officio member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s de facto top decision-making body.
The whole process of his positional attainment is essentially meritocratic, quite unlike Obama merely through a monetary process of democracy.
As I see it, there’s no merit on how an American ascends the Presidential throne. It’s all money politics, helped by financial supporters & sponsors, gift of the gap & rhetoric and in the case of Obama with the promise of “change”. Indeed, Obama did bring about changes for the US . . . from the position of victory to being vanquished economically by China.

Democracy is demo-crazy* as is depocrisy* (Two new words not in the dictionary yet).

The Rise of China’s Xi Jinping

Taller than most of his predecessors, he’s a man of substance & vision. He knows where he’s leading China to & since his accession he’s been exerting his influence on a wider global scale with his brand of leadership – fearless but not dangerous.
His rhetoric is written in deeds . . . not just mere verbal convention or rhetoric. Here’s someone acting his role as a real leader with none to compare. His book “The Governance of China”is to be read & we’ll be hearing more from & about him.

Sure enough, it’s just been announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping was the highest rated world leader in many fields, according to a survey published by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

This is not being conferred ironically the Nobel Peace Prize on President Barrack Obama, who waged more wars than all the other past Presidents.

In terms of ratings of their own leaders in their respective countries, Xi was the highest rated leader with a nine out of 10 rating. Russia’s Putin followed with an 8.7 with India’s Modi and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma rounding out the top. When it came to how the 10 leaders are rated by people in other countries, Xi also fared the best, with Modi, Merkel and Zuma trailing.

Xi is highly respected in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

The Chinese president had the highest average score, at 7.5, based on international scoring. With the exception of Japan, he is reasonably well received in all countries in this survey, according to the analysis of Anthony Saich, a China expert at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Findings also show that 93.9 percent of Chinese respondents claimed to pay attention to President Xi.
In regards to the confidence citizens have in how their own leaders handling of domestic and international affairs, President Xi topped the list in both categories at 94.8 percent and 93.8 percent respectively. In second on the list was Indian Prime Minister Modi with 93.2 percent and 93.3 percent respectively. Russian President Putin came in third with 86.2 percent and 86 percent.

The ten national leaders used in the survey are Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma.

The survey questioned people from 30 countries in total, 12 from Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Israel and Saudi Arabia), 4 from Africa (Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa), 4 from the Americas (United States, Canada, Brazil and Chile), 8 from Europe (Russia, Ukraine, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy and Finland) and 2 from Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).

In short, the findings cannot be disputed. It does make the Chinese proud – not just in China but right round the world.

Source: China Daily & Wikipedia

 
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China: National Memorial Day (Nanjing Massacre Victims) 3 December

By Paul Chong
A Chinese by Descent
An Australian by Consent
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Historical Background to the Japanese Arrogance & Atrocities in respect of the Nanjing Massacre/The Rape of Nanjing

The Chinese, the oldest existing civilisations in the world, once held the belief that their Emperors were “Sons of Heaven”, as descended from Heaven. In fact, the Emperor was the only one who had the privilege & access to pray to the Heavenly Father, as evidenced by the incredible grand old structure of the Temple of Heaven in the Forbidden City. He had the absolute power & authority
to rule over mankind.

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Temple of Heaven

The Japanese, through cultural influence by the Chinese, adopted & adapted many of the traditions as practised by the Chinese as in writing, attire & beliefs. The truth goes beyond the pages of history of a group of hundred young men & women who were sent to Japan by Emperor Qi Huang-ti in search of the medical herb of longevity. Not finding it & for fear of being beheaded back in China, never returned but settled down where they were in Japan. I cannot vouch for the truth of the legend or story, but it’s popularly passed down from generation to generation.

These Japanese, living in the confine of little island nation, always had (perhaps still have) the audacity & arrogance of claiming themselves to be the master of their Asian counterparts. The Chinese were looked down by them as the “sick men of Asia”. Only the Japanese , believed as they did (or do), had the power & heavenly authority to deliver them from the grip & influence of other western nations.

Despite China’s & South Korea’s warnings, displeasure & disapproval, Japanese cabinet ministers (led by their Prime Minister) continue to pay annual homage & honour
to their war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. These dead warriors were in fact war criminals of the Second World War.

This provocative act is a direct face slap to the Chinese & the Koreans, whose not only the men but the women as well suffered great atrocities & shame at the Japanese hands during WW2. Hundreds & thousands of women were forced & victimised as “Comfort Women” for the pleasure of the Japanese soldiers. Till today no apologies have been forthcoming from the Japanese let alone monetary compensations. To them, this never happened!

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Despite evidences of documentations & living testimonies of the war sufferers, the Japanese maintain that the “Rape of Nanjing” never happened or that the number of murders & killings was much less than 300,000. They even have the audacity to erase much of these evil happenings from the present pages of their history . . . so that the young would never learn of the evilness of the Japanese.

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Memorial Hall in Nanjing

After 77 years of such historical plight, perhaps a little late, but nevertheless a step in the right direction to bear down on the Japanese authorities & their emperor to remind them of their evilness.
For the first time, the Chinese authorities have initiated, instituted & dedicated a National Memorial Day for the Nanjing Massacre Victims.

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December 13 would be declared a public holiday, also as remembrance of the “Comfort Women”.

UnknownWould Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, & grandson of the former war criminal who escaped persecution & punishment, continue to deny & ignore this atrocious criminal act?

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National Memorial Day – a sign of frostiness with Japan.

 
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China Is Officially World Number One

Paul Chong – A Chinese by Descent, An Australian by Consent   Sunday, 14 December 2014

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President Xi Jinping – Fearless but not dangerous

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Figures don’t lie. It’s official now. China is the No. 1 economy in the GDP
world. This is a definite “vindication” of the hundreds of years
of Western humiliation, aggression, suppression & oppression. Step aside America
for the grand entrance of the awakened Dragon, which is ushering in progress & economic development for other nations as well.

“Zhongguoren zhan qi lai le”

The last thirty odd years of Chinese history has been phenomenon . . . spectacular & unprecedented in the history of human endeavour. Chinese have always been known to be the most assiduous people in the pursuit of economic achievement.

Tom Orlik, Bloomberg’s China economist, once heard a Chinese local government official say that the government measures the economy using fiscal revenue instead of GDP because “GDP is opinion, fiscal revenue is fact.”

When the World Bank formally adopted the PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) methodology back in the early 1990s and thus elevated China’s ranking, there were two general reactions in the Chinese media. One was that this represented Western recognition of China’s real bargaining power, against the backdrop of sanctions imposed in response to Beijing’s handling of domestic instability in the summer of 1989. The other was that the new ranking might as well be a Western propaganda ploy to trick China and the Chinese people to be less hard-working and, by extension, China should instead double its efforts to grow its economy.

Using a market exchange rate to compare China’s economy with that of the United States would make its economy around two thirds of the size of the economy of the United States. So what? China would still be superlative in many ways: the world’s largest producer and consumer of steel, the largest consumer of energy, the largest importer of soybeans, and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

You just can’t hold down the awakened Dragon from its peaceful slumber . . . Napoleon Bonaparte had wisely long ago decided not to rouse the sleeping Dragon.

Few noticed this great happening – a moment of considerable global importance. According to Brett Arends, from the US site MarketWatch, he reports: “There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: we’re no longer No.1. Today, we’re No.2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.”

That’s President Barack Obama’s legacy, right there. He’s overseen a national decline that has taken the US — in comparative terms — back to the days of Grant, who occupied the White House during the post-Civil War years from 1869 to 1877.

When Obama promised change, this may not have been what his fans expected.

According to MarketWatch’s analysis, the latest figures from the International Monetary Fund show that “China now accounts for 16.5 per cent of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3 per cent for the US.”

In 2014, China is expected to produce $US17.6 trillion worth of goods and services compared with America’s $US17.4 trillion.

China is well on the road of no return. It’s marching on . . . always remembering the Great March of Mao Zedong’s struggling years.
China surpassed Japan in 2010 as the second largest economy in the world, measured by GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

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Now, China is playing its role as the planet’s greatest-ever economic power. China’s rise is remarkable – only 14 years ago, MarketWatch writes, it was producing just one-third of America’s output. But just as remarkable is the soft treatment China receives from those who criticise the West.China now has a firm grip on the world & the wonderful thing about China’s leadership is that it is sharing & helping other nations to grow without shooting or intimidation. Obama, the ironic Nobel Peace Prize winner, has played its last role of creating & waging more wars than any of his predecessors.

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Xi Jinping, the newly acclaimed global leader, is fearless but not dangerous.
It’s going to be a more peaceful & progressive world!

WIN-WIN for ALL.

 
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Perth Hills – Spectacular Sunset

Perth Hills – Spectacular Sunset

Paul Chong / Saturday, 13 December 2014

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A picture is worth a thousand words

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Just look at the pictures
Taken by Yours Truly
with a simple digital camera
29 April – 20 May 2013

The Golden Sunset

As I look out towards the city
And behold the sunset in all its beauty’
Streaks of red, orange, yellow and gold
The magnificence of colours gradually unfolds.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe lights below slowly twinkle on
Seeming to respond in a song
As the sky slowly darkens
The multitude of lights brighten.

Like all good things twilight fades
Darkness & night come in their wake
How fleeting must this all be
SANYO DIGITAL CAMERALike all the wonders that we see.

Sunser precedes the dawn of a new day
Brave yourself, be glad & pray
The dark hours will soon pass
Dawn & sunrise will even surpass.

Paul Chong
Sunday 7 July 1991

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Chinese Internet Sensation “Little Apple” Wins at American Music Awards Gala

Paul Chong /Tuesday, 2 December 2014      Source: ChinaDaily

Little Apple – 2014 Hot Song in China – Hottest Holy Song for Square Dancing

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Recording artists Wang Taili (left) and Xiao Yang of the Chopsticks Brothers perform at the 2014 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theater Los Angeles, on Sunday. The pop duo’s Little Apple won the International Song Award at the gala. KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES /AFP

China’s Internet pop sensation the Chopsticks Brothers, whose viral hit “Little Apple” has been viewed more than 1 billion times on China’s popular video websites, won the International Song Award at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday.
The pop duo, singers Xiao Yang and Wang Taili, also performed the song at the gala. Chinese singer Zhang Jie shared the stage and won the International Artist Award.
“This is the first time that a Chinese pop duo performed at and won an award at an established international music award ceremony. Little Apple is China’s Gangnam Style and we will bring it to more international stages,”said Lu Fanxi, deputy director of Youku Tudou.
According to Lu, South Korean girl group Tara has collaborated with Chopsticks Brothers for a remake of the popular song. The song also enabled Chopsticks Brothers to become the first Chinese pop group to release their song on iTunes.
Lu said that a movie titled Little Apple has been planned for next year.

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Musical act The Chopstick Brothers arrive at the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014.[Photo/Agencies]

Before Little Apple, the pop duo, which was founded in 2007 by Xiao and Wang, had released an online film, Old Boys, and performed the title song of the same name.
In 2011, they joined video website Youku and released a movie called Father. The title song of the movie, Father, also became a viral hit.
According to Youku, the original intention of releasing Little Apple was to promote the duo’s film, Old Boys: The Way of The Dragon, which was produced and released by the video website in July this year, grossing over 100 million yuan ($16million).
With easy to follow, repetitive tunes and lyrics, the song instantly became a national phenomenon, playing on cellphone ring tones, at shopping malls and nightclubs. The song’s popularity also could be attributed to China’s dama, the retired ladies who gather every morning and evening at parks and public squares to dance.
The song and the pop duo’s performance at the 2014 American Music Awards, however, has also stirred controversy among music fans and critics.
According to Cui Renyu, founder of PocketMusic, a Beijing-based indie music label,”the song is stylistically outdated and the lyrics are nonsense. It’s just like fast food”.
“Unlike Kpop and Jpop, which have international influences, China’s pop music has not gained attention worldwide. Some songwriters and singers are eager to create the next Gangnam Style and attract wide attention. They just copy others’ successful ingredients but don’t focus on working on their own culture,” he said.

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The Chopstick Brothers pose backstage with their award for favorite international song for “Little Apple” during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

 
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A Benevolent Kind of “Thanksgiving” in China

Paul Chong / Monday, 1 December 2014

Xiong Shuihua - 54-Year Old Chinese Millionaire Businessman

Xiong Shuihua – 54-Year Old Chinese Millionaire Businessman

It’s that time of the year when American gather to celebrate their “Thanksgiving”. Across the world in China where such practice is alien, the story of a Chinese millionaire Xiong Shuihua performinghis kind & act of “thanksgiving” has gone viral.

It’s hard to believe such benevolence exists in this world of greed & corruption. To find such a character of a man would be comparable to finding a needle in the haystack. Shuihua never forget the kindness of the people who helped him in his days of poverty & struggle.

Now that he has made his fortune, he returns to his old village to give back to the society that helped him before.

It’s story like this that touches the hearts & mind of the community.

Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph & various media have splashed their headlines:
* Millionaire Chinese businessman bulldozes run down huts replacing them with flats for free . . .
* Chinese millionaire builds free luxury homes for entire village where he grew up

* Chinese millionaire providing free meals . . .

Summarily:
He has housed 72 families to repay them for their kindness in his youth.
A further 18 families who were particularly kind will be given villas to live in.
Elderly and low paid residents will also be given three meals a day for free.

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Xiong Shuihua was born in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China and said that his family had always been well looked after and supported by residents in his childhood.
So when the 54-year-old ended up making millions in the steel industry he decided to repay the favour – for free.

After making his millions, the business tycoon decided to return to the village and give everybody a place of their own to live.
The multimillionaire made his money first of all in the construction industry and later by getting involved in the steel trade.

Xiong Shuihua said he could afford the development as he had ‘earned more money than I knew what to do with.
He said: ‘I earned more money than I knew what to do with, and I didn’t want to forget my roots.
‘I always pay my debts, and wanted to make sure the people who helped me when I was younger and my family were paid back.’

Elderly local Qiong Chu, 75, said: ‘I remember his parents. They were kind-hearted people who cared very much for others, and it’s great that their son has inherited that kindness.’

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