YESBOLEH WISHES ALL READERS A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011.
When the clock strikes twelve on December 31st, people all over the world cheer and wish each other a very Happy New Year. For some, this event is no more than a change of a calendar. For others, the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow.
A 94-YEAR-OLD Indian farmer is claiming to be the world's oldest dad.
Ramajit Raghav claims his wife Shakuntala, 59, gave birth to their son Karamjit just last month.
The couple have described the boy as "god's gift" — and aren't ruling out having more.
Ramajit said: "It is great that I have become the world's oldest dad.
"I am a strong follower of Lord Shiva. I wanted to have an offspring and prayed for him. This child is god's gift to me."
The proud father, who was a wrestler in his youth, puts his virility down to his high-calorie diet. He added: "My daily diet comprises of three litres of milk, half a kilo of almonds and half a kilo ghee (clarified butter).
"I had visited a quack in the village and he gave me some tablets but I didn't take them and threw them away."
When asked whether he was worried about his child's future, Ramajit said he would still be playing with his son in a decade.
He added: "Nothing will happen to my child as I will die only if a black snake bites me and that is very far.
"Visit me after 10 years and you will find me in the same appearance."
It is unknown how many children Ramajit has.
The farmer lives in the village of Kharkhoda in Haryana, northern India. If his claim is true Ramajit would take the title of the world's oldest dad from another Indian Nanu Ram Jogi.
Nanu fathered his 22nd child at the age of 90 in 2007.
Doctors have, however, questioned the validity of Ramajit's claim. Dr Paramjeet Singh, chief Medical officer at the Kharkhoda civil hospital said: "It was a normal delivery and the baby is quite healthy and fine.
"Having babies at such an age is a remote possibility but then it can't be ruled out as it just needs one sperm to fertilise the egg."
Villager, Karan Singh, 39, was surprised to hear one of the elders had become a father.
She said: "At first I didn't believe it but it is the god's grace and most importantly Ramajit is quite healthy and hard-working."
Ramajit claims to be 100, but according to the old-age pension records he is 94.
The farm labourer earns just £44 per month.
Britain's oldest father is Raymond Calvert, 79, who fathered a son this year with a woman 54 years his junior
The pensioner and 25-year-old Charlotte Calvert became proud parents of Jamie Rai.
It turns out that older men chasing younger women contributes to human longevity and the survival of the species, according to new findings by researchers at Stanford and the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Hugh Hefner, the twice-married founder of Playboy, is taking the plunge again. Hefner, 84, said on Saturday in a posting on Twitter that he and his girlfriend Crystal Harris, 24, got engaged on Friday. "When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," Hefner tweeted. Hefner, whose magazine was founded in 1953, was divorced from his second wife, Kimberley Conrad, earlier this year. His first marriage to Mildred Williams ended in divorce in 1959. Harris was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009. Hefner, known around the world by his nickname, Hef, has championed sexual freedom and civil rights, published stories challenging McCarthyism and the Vietnam War, and backed gay causes and the legalization of marijuana. With a cover featuring a calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe, Hefner put the first issue together on the kitchen table in his flat. It hit the stands in December 1953 and sold 51,000 copies -- enough to finance a second issue -- and led to a multimillion dollar international corporation.
A woman born with no legs and only one arm is getting used to caring for her new baby.Melek, 24, and boyfriend Mehmet are overjoyed with their son Semih, who is now nine-months-old.
The couple first met when they were 14, introduced by family friends after Mehmet moved to Denmark from Turkey, and slowly fell in love. "I have had a lot of other girlfriends but never felt for anyone like I do for Melek," Mehmet said.
The pair became lovers when they were 18; later moving in together before getting married in Turkey two years ago, though their union isn't recognised in Denmark. Melek said: "We always wanted children and we were so happy when we found out I was pregnant. I took the test five or six times."
However, both doctors and Melek's family were concerned about how her body would respond to, not to mention cope with, being pregnant. She was determined to give birth naturally but the decision was taken out of her hands when her waters unexpectedly broke.
Semih was born by caesarean section, weighing a healthy 8lb 6oz, the next morning with Melek under a general anaesthetic as doctors were unable to administer an epidural. But since leaving hospital it has been a sharp learning curve for the new mother, and Mehmet, as she is still learning how to handle the baby. Melek added: "Family and friends have all said that they will be happy to help. We hope to get a bigger apartment that has a lift, a room for the baby and space for our dog Chanel."
Clothing manufacturers everywhere are definitely feeling the affects of rising raw material costs these days.Silk and coarse wool prices have shot up drastically. And cotton hit a 15-year high recently. As Cotton Prices Increase… The Clothing Industry Faces A Dilemma . So Women please do not worry about what to wear. The Korean will create dresses entirely out of a variety of foods for the future. Makes sense, right?
Korean artist Seong Yeonju created dresses entirely out of a variety of foods, such as tomatoes, bananas, mushrooms. Seong is a fine artist who uses photography as her main medium to create her vision. She graduated from Hong Ik University in 2010, and her work will be showcased in an upcoming Korean Contemporary Art Group Exhibition in Los Angeles in January, 2011.
Fancy a Big Mac made of bugs? Don’t stick your tongue out — it could be the food of the future. As food resources get more expensive due to the increasing global population, it’s not surprising that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is formally considering a policy paper to promote insects as food to the world. FAO held a conference in 2008 in Thailand on the theme “Forest Insects as Food: Humans Bite Back,” to push for greater development of insects as food sources and, in their 2013 world congress, will further discuss the subject.
In the UN paper, the author, Dutch Professor Arnold van Huis, an entomologist at Wageningen University in Holland, argues that bugs have high nutritional value, use less land and need less feed, thus are cheaper to farm and would produce far less greenhouse gases than current livestock. Health risks are also lower, as being biologically different from humans, insects are less vulnerable to contagious diseases like mad cow disease.
Food of the future.
Eating creepy crawlies and grubs might sound like something straight out of Fear Factor for some, but for people in some countries, bugs are as common as fast food. Moviegoers in South America eat roasted ants instead of popcorn, and in Mexico, it’s considered good luck if the agave worm in tequila bottles ends up in your glass. One man’s meat is certainly another man’s poison. In Asia, the Thais, Laotians and Cambodians think nothing of snacking on fried grasshoppers, crickets, locusts or water bugs. Dragonfly boiled in coconut milk is a delicacy in Bali, and hachinoko, or boiled bee larvae, is a traditional Japanese dish.
Chinese people are known to eat “anything that moves” so finding locals delighting in insect snacks and delicacies shouldn’t come as a surprise. Just head to a local street market such as the one in Tianjin, Hangzhou, Canton or the Wangfujing Night Market in Beijing for a weird and wonderful array. Silkworm cocoons, cicada larvae, fried locusts, crickets and grasshoppers and eight-legged critters such as scorpions, tarantulas and spiders are a common sight.
Beondegi or silkworm pupae is a popular snack for South Koreans. They can be bought on the street, are served in bars and restaurants as appetisers, and are even canned. Beondegi can be eaten boiled, steamed, stewed or stir-fried.
The Japanese have been eating insects for centuries, especially aquatic insects which were an important source of protein. Restaurants in Tokyo and many parts of Japan still offer various insect-based dishes such as hachinoko (boiled bee larvae), Inago no Tsukudani (stewed grasshoppers or locusts in sweet soy sauce), zazamushi (aquatic insect larvae), semi (fried cicadas) and sangi (silkworm pupae; known as beondegi in Korea).