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Saudi Champaign
Fruit Punch

- 1 (900 ml) bottled Apple juice
- 1 (900 ml) bottled White grapes juice
- 1 bottle (750ml) any sparkling spring water. I use Perrier.
- One Apple. Half diced
(not pealed) and other half pealed and grated.
- One Orange diced.
- Six Strawberries, chopped.
- Juice from one large Lemon.
- 10-15 Mint leaves washed thoroughly. Very finely chopped.
- Ice cubes enough to keep the punch bowel chilled. Do not put any ice inside the drink.

A well known drink but my recipe slightly differs from what you get in the restaurants. This drink can be served on cocktail parties and also goes very well with special dinners. Server it with cocktail snacks or with main course at the dinner table.  Remember it is a special drink so needs to be served in special Champaign glasses from your Crystal ware collection. The recipe is to make a full punch bowel enough for 12 adults.

All the juices and water needs to be kept in the Refrigerator till the time required for preparation. Add Lemon juice and chopped mint leaves in a mixing bowl. Use a spoon to whisk  it for like 5 minutes. Pour this mixture in the punch bowl. Add diced and grated Apple, Orange and chopped Strawberries. Pour Apple and Grapes juice. Do not open the bottle of the sparkling water till you are ready to serve. Now keep this mixture in the Refrigerator for at least two hours. The best way to serve this drink is to hold the punch bowl with Ice cubes. I do it by putting the punch in a basket that is full of Ice cubes. If this sort of arrangement is not possible for you then keep the drink and the water bottle in your freezer for at least 1 hour. Do not put ice in the drink it will ruin the flavour of the drink.  At the time of serving get them out and pour the sparkling water into the already made mixture of juices, stir and serve

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What is depression?

Anyone can suffer from depression. The most common symptoms include:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness

  • Feeling useless, inadequate, bad

  • A sense of self hatred, constant questioning of thoughts and actions and a constant need for reassurance

  • Feeling vulnerable and being oversensitive to criticism

  • Sense of guilt

  • Loss of energy and the ability to concentrate and be motivated to do even the simplest tasks

  • Harming oneself

  • Sudden loss or gain in weight

  • Sleep disruption or a need to sleep very long hours

  • Agitation and restlessness

  • Loss of libido

  • Physical aches and pains

Most people only suffer two or three of these symptoms at any one time. People with severe depression may also experience suicidal feelings, stop eating or drinking and suffer from delusions or hallucinations. Many people who need treatment for depression suffer further bouts later in life. Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression, but three times as many men commit suicide. Experts say this could be because women are more likely to admit to depression because of the stigma attached to mental illness.  
Different types of depression
There are many different types of depression, including clinically diagnosed depression, manic depression and post-natal depression. Manic depression is marked by extreme mood swings, between highs when a person experiences excessive energy and optimism and lows when they may feel total despair and lack of energy. It is often treated with lithium or, in extreme cases, electro-convulsive therapy. Post-natal depression can occur from about two weeks after the birth of a child to two years after and differs from the mood swings suffered by many in the first few days after the child is born. Other forms of depression include Seasonal Affective Disorder which is thought to be associated with the approach of winter and may be linked to lack of sunlight.
Causes of depression
Depression can be caused by a combination of factors. It often runs in families, suggesting a genetic component, but it may be triggered by stressful events. Major depressive illness is usually linked to some form of chemical imbalance in the brain.
It is also thought that people with low self-esteem, a pessimistic outloook on life and difficulty coping with stress are more prone to depression.
Life events which may trigger depression include bereavement, chronic illness, relationship problems and financial difficulties. Treatment
In recent years, the market has been saturated by a range of new drugs called anti-depressants. These include Prozac which is thought to stimulate the growth of brain cells in an area of the brain called the dentate gyrus. Other types of drugs may also be used to treat depression. Many positive claims have been made for anti-depressants, but some patients experience bad side effects. Other ways of treating depression include psychotherapy, which aims to uncover the reasons for depression and help the patient to find ways of overcoming them. Self help groups may also offer people a forum for talking about their condition and sharing it with others so that they do not feel isolated and alone. In extreme cases, a person with depression may need to be treated in hospital, for example, if they are threatening or have attempted to commit suicide. If the person is deemed a risk to himself or others, he may have to be committed to hospital. Besides psychotherapy and a course of anti-psychotic drugs, people in hospital may be offered or forced to undergo electro-convulsive therapy. This involves applying electric currents to the brain. The treatment is controversial, but safety procedures have been improved in recent years. Some psychiatrists are against its use, particularly without the patient's consent, but others believe it can be effective in dealing with life-threatening depression.


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The Universe is home to numerous exotic and beautiful phenomena, some of which can generate almost inconceivable amounts of energy. Supermassive black holes, merging neutron stars, streams of hot gas moving close to the speed of light ... these are but a few of the marvels that generate gamma-ray radiation, the most energetic form of radiation, billions of times more energetic than the type of light visible to our eyes. What is happening to produce this much energy? What happens to the surrounding environment near these phenomena? How will studying these energetic objects add to our understanding of the very nature of the Universe and how it behaves?
The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) will open this high-energy world to exploration and help us to answer these questions. With GLAST, astronomers will at long last have a superior tool to study how black holes, notorious for pulling matter in, can accelerate jets of gas outward at fantastic speeds. Physicists will be able to study subatomic particles at energies far greater than those seen in ground-based particle accelerators. And cosmologists will gain valuable information about the birth and early evolution of the Universe.
For this unique endeavor, one that brings together the astrophysics and particle physics communities, NASA is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Energy and institutions in France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Sweden. General Dynamics was chosen to build the spacecraft. GLAST was launched June 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm EDT.

Mission Objectives
  • Explore the most extreme environments in the Universe, where nature harnesses energies far beyond anything possible on Earth.
  • Search for signs of new laws of physics and what composes the mysterious Dark Matter.
  • Explain how black holes accelerate immense jets of material to nearly light speed.
  • Help crack the mysteries of the stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts.
  • Answer long-standing questions across a broad range of topics, including solar flares, pulsars and the origin of cosmic rays.


UAE Hikes Fees for Visit Visas

K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News
ABU DHABI, 9 June 2008 — The price of visit visas to the UAE is to be increased from 100 dirhams to 500 dirhams beginning Aug. 1, a senior official announced yesterday. “Visit visas valid for 30 days will cost 500 dirhams. This cannot be renewed. A visitor wishing to stay for an extended period must obtain a visit visa valid for 90 days that costs 1,000 dirhams,” said Lt. Gen. Mohammad Salem Al-Khaili, director general of the Federal Naturalization and Residency Department (FNRD). Al-Khaili also added that multiple entry visas are valid for six months from the date of issuance and allow visitors to remain in the country for 14 days at a stretch.
“A person who wants to undergo treatment must take a visa for treatment. This visa costs 1,000 dirhams and the duration is 90 days,” he added. People wishing to get student visas, which cost 1,000 dirhams, must be registered at one of the UAE universities, obtain health insurance and place a refundable deposit of 1,000 dirhams. Student visas can be renewed for a similar period at a cost of 500 dirhams. One-month tourist visas cost 100 dirhams.
However, citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein and Hong Kong can obtain a 60-day visit visa free of charge upon arrival.
The Naturalization Department also introduced a new visa, Mission Visa, which is issued for the purpose of temporary work in the country. It is issued for a maximum of 180 days with a combined fee of 1,800 dirhams. It is issued for three months against a fee of 600 dirhams and can be renewed for another three months against a fee of 1,200 dirhams. It has been introduced to facilitate the Labor Ministry’s temporary work permit. An applicant must obtain the permit from the Labor Ministry first to get the visa.
Meanwhile, Labor Ministry officials said that six-month and one-year labor bans have been reinstated. All expatriate employees in the UAE face an automatic six-month ban if they cancel their employment visa or quit their jobs.
“If the former employer issues a no-objection certificate, there won’t be a ban,” said a Labor Ministry official. However, the six-month ban does not apply to government departments or free zones.
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 Don't Let the Devil Leave His Bags Behind 
Friends, in one of our recent article we talked about how a devil makes us slave him. Sometimes we successfully do overcome the devilish powers but some of its marks stay behind. It is like we kick out the devil but not his belongings. There are many manifestations of this.
When one gets out of a bad habit or addiction, but still longs to try it just one more time, he/she is actually letting the devil leave his bags.
When someone runs out of money because of his imprudent spending on luxuries, luckily gets over the financial crises, but doesn’t learn from the experience and still yearn to spend on frivolous things, he is letting the devil leave behind his bags.
To forgive and forget is a good habit but a least practiced one. When a person gets in dispute with someone; he may get over it but still feel aggrieved and angry. This way he is allowing the devil leave behind his bags.
Sometimes, one is able to root out a bad habit in him. But then repeats it again saying that it is just for one more time, it means the devil and his baggage has not been thrown out completely. On the first day of every New Year, many of us make resolutions. Most promise themselves that they will not lie. They do stick to their resolution but then a situation comes where they feel weak and lie saying that they are just doing it for now and then this continues and they keep lying.
Fellows, we have to keep battling our struggle with the devil. The devil can never be happy when Allah’s wisest creation-man turns to Allah and become His obedient follower. The devil keeps using his tactics to get us off from the right track. But by conscious efforts we can ward off these attempts of devil.
Friends, don’t let the devil ploy you. Keep seeking Allah’s forgiveness and He will bless you in His infinite Mercy.
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