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Friday, July 2, 2010

Something spicy for the blokes!

Spice system

Add a little spice to your life with a two-in-one regime to revitalise the scalp with a warming sensation.

Saving time without compromising condition, the new Redken for Men Clean Spice 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo is highly convenient for sophisticated men with a fast-paced lifestyle. The fast acting, multi-sensorial formula enriched with fortifying protein and essential wood oils moisturises and disciplines all hair types – even the hardest to manage – and leaves hair clean, soft, with frizz under control.

“Ease and no fuss formulas are the ticket with men and this two-in-one formula ticks all the boxes,” says Redken’s national education manager Katrina Foster. “The difference between this offering and standard two-in-ones is that this is a shampoo that has integrated conditioning components within, rather than trying to amalgamate a shampoo and conditioner into one product which is not technically viable. The formula is perfect for all hair types, including coarse and medium as well as sensitive scalps, containing an optimal concentration of invigorating and soothing ingredients to help maintain the scalps natural balance.”

The first creamy conditioning shampoo from Redken for Men instantly bursts into a warm, rich, foam that releases an aromatic blend of cedar wood, warm spice and sparkling ginger for a resolutely masculine style. Apply to wet hair, massage into lather in a circular motion for one minute, then rinse.

Redken for Men Clean Spice 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo (300ml) has an RRP of $31.00 and is available from August 1.


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

I love this Doctor!

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it...don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiency. What does cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So steak is nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And pork chop can give you 100% of recommended daily allowance of vegetable product.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No pain...good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food are fried these day in vegetable oil. In fact, they permeated by it. How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.


Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The “Transcalédonienne”, New Caledonia’s mythical adventure race

Held for the 19th time from 3rd to 4th July 2010

A bit of history

After the “Raid Gauloises” event in New Caledonia in 1991, two friends, Joan HOSKEN and Jean-Paul GRANGEON decided to organise a sporting event in the Territory to promote health through sport, without being sponsored by companies marketing toxic products. They created the “Transcalédonienne” which has become one of the annual meetings of Caledonian adventure racers and other racers. This popular event as Christian Perez, President of the Association Défi Santé (Health Challenge), organiser of the race today, likes to call it, is THE “sport-health-discovery” adventure race reference in the Pacific.

A hike to explore the unexplored “customary paths”

For 19 years, the Transcalédonienne has traced its route with the help of the tribes and brought the old customary paths back to life. In 2008, 233 teams, nearly 700 runners including 38 non-Caledonian ones took part in this Caledonian adventure race.
Forest and rocky trails, mountain ridges and crossing creeks, the Transcalédonienne 2010 will be held in the Southern Province on 3rd and 4th July 2010. For this 19th run, it will go through the Caledonian towns of Moindou, Sarramea, Farino and the Parc des Grandes Fougères (Big Ferns National Park) before arriving at La Foa.

The Transcalédonienne is also an opportunity to meet the mountain tribes and share some truly happy moments with these men and women.

This two day hike, through the Caledonian mountain chain is a sports event that offers participants the opportunity to discover not only the lifestyle of the more remote Melanesian tribes but also the unique flora and fauna of New-Caledonia, its beautiful lagoon listed on the World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

From trails to creeks with often major changes in altitude, the Transcalédonienne proves to be a selective and intense race but always coped with in good humour.

The Transcalédonienne, well rehearsed logistics

To handle the logistics, the Défi-Santé (Health Challenge) race includes:

130 volunteers for organisation and security (first-aid station every 5kms)
2 Helicopters
9 Doctors
1 cardiologist
1 Podiatrist
2 Physiotherapists
16 “RED-CROSS” safety Specialists
20 Students from the

Institute of Training for Health and Social Professions (Masseurs)
1 radio network
An ambulance
Support from the local police stations and medical staff (health centre).
Who is this race for?

Those who love hiking, accomplished sports people and courageous ordinary walkers wishing to explore the real New-Caledonia in a team, this hike is for you!

Mixed team of 3 people
Two day event on 3rd and 4th July 2010
Minimum age: 16

Team composed of three people of the same sex
Two day event on 3rd and 4th July 2010
Different ranking than the above category
Minimum age: 16

Trans-Discovery Mixed team
One day event on 4th July
Approximately 25 km
Minimum age: 16

Trans-Discovery- Unisex
Team composed of three people of the same sex
One day event on 4th July 2010
Approximately 25 km
Minimum age: 16

All participants are asked to provide: A medical certificate Proof of personal insurance Equipment consisting of a tent for camping and an individual emergency kit. A registration form is available on the Transcalédonienne website - registration fees for each participant will be mentioned.

Because sport and health is everybody's concern and after an initial successful experience in 2009, the Transcalédonienne made a point of honour of being open to people with disabilities throughout the country, belonging to an association or being under the auspices of supervision. For this category, teams will consist of three contestants and two accompanying personnel.

The route

On July 3, 2010, the real sports people of the Transcalédonienne registered in a mixed or unisex team will take the start from the Katrikoin tribe for a race of more than 35 km. After a well deserved night in a “one star” camp site but “under the stars”, the athletes joined by the teams from the Trans-discovery, will leave the Grand Coulis tribe for a final finish in La Foa on July 4, 2010 at the end of day.

The Red Cross will be in charge of safety with a first-aid station every 5 km.

In recent years the Transcalédonnienne has welcomed enthusiasts and nature lovers from the Pacific with Tahitians, New Zealanders and Australians, from the Indian Ocean with our friends from La Reunion, who also love hiking and adventure races, from Asia with our Japanese friends who are more and more numerous and of course racers from France.

They are all very welcome to share the adventure and beauty of New Caledonia.
Advice and information is also available to prospective future participants on the website.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Recycling Scheme Turns Mobile Phones Into Money

Mobile phone users will be paid for their old and unwanted handsets as part of an innovative New Zealand-first mobile phone recycling and recovery scheme. aims to fully recycle as many mobile phones as possible within New Zealand, and give corporations and individuals the chance to put extra money in their pockets and help the environment too.

The phones recycled within New Zealand will be on-sold to emerging and developing nations including India, Russia, South America and China.

“There are around 1.8 million unused mobile phones gathering dust in cupboards and drawers within New Zealand alone,” says director John Wilson.

“ encourages both individuals and businesses to send in their old mobiles for recycling and eventual sale to emerging and developing countries experiencing high demand for mobile phones.

“Kiwis will be able to help stop inappropriate and dangerous waste ending up in landfills and provide developing countries with affordable access to mobile phones, and at the same time make cash,” says Wilson.

The website offers a step-by-step guide to recycling mobiles for cash.

Mobile phone users will be asked to input their mobile make and model before grading their phone from ‘A’ (as new condition) down to a ‘D’ (poor condition, i.e. major scratching and missing battery or back cover).

Users will be given a price based on their input. Prices start from $1 for old phones and go up to $512 and payment will be made within five working days.

“When receives an order and it meets our terms and conditions, customers receive a payment direct to their bank account,” says Wilson.

Phones beyond repair will be used for parts and the company aims to recycle 75 per cent of all phones received.

Any surplus product not returned to a working category is stripped for parts to assist the correction of future faulty products.

“Handsets contain a number of hazardous components such as plastics, cadmium, lead and mercury in the batteries which are potential environmental threats if they are just thrown away rather than recycled,” says Wilson.

Users will be asked to remove old SIM or memory cards, as well as any existing data stored on the handset, before sending their phones to

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