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Anthony Carranza
Anthony Carranza

Anthony Carranza

Business

Digital and social media journalist reporting on the latest happenings on the web. Existing contributor to Social Media Today and Examiner... view profile

Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

World

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist. American by birth and now based in South America, Jerry covers social justice issues globally... view profile

Marika Asikainen
Marika Asikainen

Marika Asikainen

Life

A writer and editor, Marika enjoys living in Toronto and tracking down the hottest fads and trends... view profile

Jake Crosby
Jake Crosby

Jake Crosby

Health

Epidemiologist and graduate student at University of Texas School of Public Health, Editor of Autism Investigated www.autisminvestigated.com.. view profile

John Christopher Fine
John Christopher Fine

John Christopher Fine

Life

is a marine biologist with two doctoral degrees, has authored 24 books, including award-winning books dealing with ocean pollution... view profile

Miles Young
Miles Young

Miles Young

Travel

Travel Duder covers vacations, destination, travel tips, hotels, gear and everything else an adventurer needs to know... view profile

DJ Miller
DJ Miller

DJ Miller

Tech

DJ Miller is an accomplished tech writer and blogger. In his spare time he writes

Fantasy sports articlesview profile

Janet Walters Levite
Janet Walters Levite

Janet Walters Levite

Entertainment

is an Optioned Screenwriter and Film Crtiic / Entertainment Writer for The Guardian Liberty Voice. She resides in New York City... view profile

Linda Moore
Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Business

I am a freelance writer and enjoy reporting on a variety of topics... view profile

Dennis Adonis
Dennis Adonis

Dennis Adonis

News

Dennis Adonis is a Contributing Writer at The Epoch Times, Yahoo.com, The Oslo Times, CNN, and several other media outfits He is also the Author of 19 books... view profile

Sheila Kemper Dietrich
Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Life

Sheila is the Founder and CEO of Livliga. She created Livliga and the VisualQs philosophy out of a desire to embrace and share a healthier lifestyle. .. view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives to fish... view profile

June Rousso
June Rousso

June Rousso

Health

June Rousso, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and holistic health consultant in N.Y.C. with a focus on dietary and lifestyle changes to support health. .. view profile

Liz Leafloor
Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor

Science

Liz Leafloor is an Editor, Writer and Designer. She explores mysterious subjects, strange science, and hidden histories... view profile

Veronica Davis
Veronica Davis

Veronica Davis

Life

Veronica is a wife, freelance writer and work at home mom. Her and her husband live in Missouri with their three boys. .. view profile

Henry Stanek
Henry Stanek

Henry Stanek

World

is an independent EU Affairs consultant based in Paris, France. He has worked extensively with EU institutions throughout his career. .. view profile

Martha Rosenberg
Martha Rosenberg

Martha Rosenberg

Health

Martha is a Chicago-based health writer and author of the expose "Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health." .. view profile






  • The Advancement of Eco-Friendly Vehicles Now and in the Future

    One of the biggest trends in the automotive industry is the use of electric engines to conserve fuel and help the environment. Since fossil fuels are in limited supply and oil companies will soon reach the peak oil stage of petroleum production, the future of driving depends on powerful, efficient engines that run on alternative …

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  • 5 Handy Apps Every Lawyer Will Love

    5 Handy Apps Every Lawyer Will Love

    Efficiency and productivity are both your middle names if you have been working in the legal field these days. These five apps will help you keep a paperless office, do more things on the go, and always have necessary references at hand.

    1. CudaSign

    This app quickly became a true hit — even NBA star …

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  • How to Create a Perfect Reading Nook

    A reading nook should be a standard feature in any home.

    What better way to curl up with a good book, forget about the outside world, and allow yourself to be taken away by a story?

    Having a special place where you and your book can spend some quality time will not only increase the …

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  • FITCuba 2015

    FITCuba 2015

    FITCuba 2015 – the 35th edition of the International Tourism Fair – was officially opened on 5th May at the Melia Jardines del Rey resort hotel in Cayo Coco Island in Ciego de Avila. Cuban Tourism Minister, Manual Marrero cut the red ribbon in the presence of hundreds of tour operators and journalists from around …

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  • Taking Personal Branding To An Experiential Level

    Taking Personal Branding To An Experiential Level

    I get asked by business owners all the time: How do I communicate my value in such a clear way that prospects choose me every time? The answer is simple, but the deliver is quite complex. What you need to do is rethink your personal brand and make it as experiential as possible so that …

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  • 6 Things That Will Kill Your Business’s SEO Rankings

    6 Things That Will Kill Your Business’s SEO Rankings

    SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is important, even in 2015 when social media signals are stronger than ever. Why? Because ultimately, people are still going to search online for information and deals regarding any purchase they make. You might think that coming in first in Google is not as important as it was a couple of …

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  • Whistleblower Contact’s Attorney: Andrew Wakefield “Hijacked The Story”

    Whistleblower Contact’s Attorney: Andrew Wakefield “Hijacked The Story”

    In a videotaped lecture given to the group “Moms in Charge,” de-licensed British doctor Andrew Wakefield defended his outing of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whistleblower scientist William Thompson. While silently backing off from the previously dispelled claim… that the disclosure was with Thompson’s permission, Wakefield suggested the outing was in cooperation with

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  • A View To A Grill: My Grilled Veggies-For-Carnivores Recipe

    A View To A Grill: My Grilled Veggies-For-Carnivores Recipe

    In early April, a short vacation found me in a place and predicament where a temporarily odd diet was in order. You see, my intolerance to seafood combined with the decadence of some of the best restaurant menus in Boca Raton had me tempted beyond resistance to consume meat for ten meals in a row….succulent, …

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  • OO-Tray, A New Way to Think Cuisine

    OO-Tray, A New Way to Think Cuisine

    Their meals are delicious and substantial. These are not Californians playing
    with food. Everything is tasteful and savory, only the restaurant’s name is
    unconventional, perhaps hard to pronounce. Oo-Tray is a consternation of the
    French word ‘outré’ which in my old Larousse French dictionary from school means
    ‘exagere.’

    Yoel Sanchez and his partner Chef David …

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  • Patriot Act Reauthorization: Implications and Politics

    The latest fuss in Washington has focused on the set of provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire on June 1.  In true Washington fashion, the procrastination of approaching the reauthorization led to late night and weekend theatrics in the Senate, which still did not yield any tangible results.  Specifically, Section 215 of the …

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  • Luxottica Venturing Into The Omnichannel and E-commerce Space

    Luxottica Venturing Into The Omnichannel and E-commerce Space

    One of the ongoing challenges for brick and mortar retailers is integrating existing business with the disruptive nature of digital technologies. In the age of overwhelming use of smartphones and social media networking plenty of options exist for businesses to tap into their targeted customers.

    The Italian eyewear company-Luxottica- the world´s largest company that controls …

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  • Oltremare Restaurant at Amara Cay Resort

    Oltremare Restaurant at Amara Cay Resort

    Oltremare is brand new and beautiful. Created off the lobby of the Amara Cay
    Resort oceanside at Mile Marker 80 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Oltremare
    boats ‘Cucina Italiana.’ The setting is open with an open modern bar. A huge
    grouper mural in black is set against translucent glass behind the bar. It
    immediately …

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  • An American in Paris Operas: Bryan Hymel’s ‘Héroïque’

    An American in Paris Operas: Bryan Hymel’s ‘Héroïque’

    New Orleans native Bryan Hymel became a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic when he stepped in to replace the tenor stars in the highly demanding role of Énée in Hector Berlioz’s “Les Troyens.” First, he filled in for Jonas Kaufmann at Covent Garden, and six months later in 2012, he took over the …

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  • Why Gov. Chris Christie Deserves the Nero Award

    Why Gov. Chris Christie Deserves the Nero Award

    The Exxon Deal

    Like many New Jersey residents, I was appalled to find out that  Gov. Chris Christie’s Administration interfered in the Exxon pollution lawsuit and prevented what would have been an incredible windfall for New Jersey, by cutting a secretive deal that would not even cover the costs of the gigantic cleanup that was …

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  • Argentina Government Refuses to Honor Its Commitment to Malvinas War Veterans — Again

    Argentina Government Refuses to Honor Its Commitment to Malvinas War Veterans — Again

    The arena was thick with imagery and anyone that even glanced in the direction couldn’t help but see the irony of the time, the place and the situation.

    On one end of the street stands The Pink House. Argentina’s version of The White House. The facade was covered with flashing lights, dancers and singers, and …

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  • The Florida Keys, The Way They Were

    The Florida Keys, The Way They Were

    Nothing is really remembered without nostalgia. The way things were during
    vacations taken long ago are memories of wonderful times, simpler times, when it
    was normal to take time, to spend time, to enjoy time. It was more than just
    getting some place, cell phone and computer in hand, then getting home; it was
    an …

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  • Investment Strategies for the Bullish Biotech Sector

    Investment Strategies for the Bullish Biotech Sector

    So far, 2015 has been a great year for biotech stocks.  When we look at broad activity in the iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index ETF (NASDAQ:IBB), we can see gains of more than 20% year-to-date and these strongly bullish trends have brought a lot of new attention to the …

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  • L.A. Law

     

    “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

          Some people think that lawyers have no soul because they appear emotionless, without empathy, as though a person’s loss or impending doom is irrelevant. The …

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  • Friday Favorites: Wall Art – Find Your Style

    When choosing wall art, the style of your home, the space you have, and the mood that you are trying to convey should all factor into your decision.

    If you’re looking for some tips on choosing art that will brighten up your home, here are some different types of art to help you find your …

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  • Throwback Thursday: It’s Time to Update Your Kitchen

    Is your kitchen in need of a makeover?

    When it comes to updating the kitchen, you don’t have to break the bank for an updated look. There are plenty of fast and simple things that you can do to revive your kitchen space.

    Improved Lighting

    Upgrading your kitchen lighting can make a big difference in …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

    Read More

  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

    Read More

  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • 30 Years Of Nobel Peace Prize To Solidarnosc and Walesa Whose Dream Has Yet To Be Fulfilled

     Mr Zenon Kwoka, Interfactory Strike Committee, assists Solidarnosc leader Lech Walesa carried by the Gdansk shipyard workers in August of 1980. / Photo Courtesy of Mr. Zenon Kwoka/ Private Archives

     

    Exactly thirty years ago this month Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarnosc movement, won the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, it was the Nobel …

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  • World Cries for Personalism Not Capitalism

    The high rate of prolonged unemployment is a symptom not an essence of the problem, which will lead to civilizational failure. Personalism, which is based on new economic paradigm is an answer. 

    Dr. Norman Bailey belongs to a small group of economists, who warned against the current financial crisis. He does not argue that the …

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  • Ladies And Gentleman, Whoever Among You Heard About Judge Clark?

     Photo: “Nobody else helped the President so much to change the history by breaking the Evil Empire like Judge Clark”
    Judge Clark (in the middle) next to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger talking to President at the White House. December 1983. (Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)

     

    The closest friend of President Ronald Reagan, …

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  • Not As Good As Dongding Oolong

    Back in the days, in Hong Kong, I used to have weekly tea sessions with Mr. Liu.

    In one of our first sessions, I brewed him a Taiwanese Oolong called Dongding Oolong, which he really, really liked. I can’t remember how he described it at that time, but he was so elated by it that …

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  • The Unfathomable Pu-erh

    The Unfathomable Pu-erh

    “Pu-erh” tea is the classical music of tea. It has depth, complexity, purity, and a spiritual dimension. It is one of the few things that actually gets better with time, as it evolves rather than decays. Long-term stored Pu-erh can increase in value multiple times and is called a drinkable antique. And it surely tastes …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

    Read More

  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

    Read More

  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

    Read More

  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

    Read More

  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

    Read More

  • Back to School: Fun Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

    Back to School: Fun Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

    Packing lunch for your kids is a good way to make sure they’re getting something they like and something that’s healthy for them. Yes, school lunch programs have made progress. But some schools are still very much lacking in their food’s nutritional value. Plus, it is often much cheaper to make your own. 

    The downfall …

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  • How to keep Twitter alive

    How to keep Twitter alive

    Twitter is in the woods. The company’s latest quarterly results, leaked ahead of schedule by a little known data miner called Selerity hours before the market’s closing bell, were, to put in mildly, terrible. Twitter registered lower than expected figures, investors jittered, and its stock price went down by a whopping 25% in one day. …

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  • ‘Lords of Secrecy’ – Drone Technology’s Impact on Law

    ‘Lords of Secrecy’ – Drone Technology’s Impact on Law

    Like the runaway BP Oil Spill, the U.S. National Security drone program has exploded in scope, proliferating so many state secrets that it’s corroding the rule of law and undermining foreign policy.

    For BP and its subcontractors they raced to cover up the sprawling disaster. They shredded data, low-balled spill estimates, and sank the truth …

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  • Dolphin Breaths Measure the Health of the Ocean

    Dolphin Breaths Measure the Health of the Ocean

    Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, as an indicator species, are the windows into the health of their ecosystem, the ocean.

    But how can scientists pull data from mobile, fast moving, seafaring creatures in their element? And what would a half-century of human impact, from farm and pharmaceutical runoff, to urban sprawl and industrialization look like in marine …

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  • Blogger Outreach Code Of Ethics

    Blogger Outreach Code Of Ethics

    I will never forget the first time I was approached by a PR rep asking for a blog post about their product.

    At the time, I was not working for my own website but as the primary blogger for another person’s brand. We were primarily news focused, but we did have a section for various …

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  • The Importance Of Security In Big Business

    Cybercrime is currently the biggest threat that is driving organizations and companies to do business with security firms that can protect their data and network. Every year, more and more businesses are being famously hacked, leaving customers and consumers worrying about the information that they hand out to these big businesses.

    It is estimated that …

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  • Research Shows There’s No Slowing the Growth of Online Shopping

    With each passing week, month, and year, it becomes increasingly evident that online shopping is not just part of the future – it is the future. Not only are ecommerce sites launching at incredible rates, but brick and mortar stores are starting to feel the effects. Some sources even suggest physical stores will experience significant …

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  • Old Problem, New Solution: Another Challenge in Detecting Plagiarism

    “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it”

    Benjamin Franklin

    Academic dishonesty has become a stumbling block ever since educational establishments emerged. When you write an essay or term paper you are likely to be willing to check whether you’ve quoted all the borrowed ideas, …

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  • 5 Tech Tools to Boost Your Food Truck’s Bottom Line in 2015

    5 Tech Tools to Boost Your Food Truck’s Bottom Line in 2015

    The food truck industry is growing exponentially and shows no signs of slowing down in the near future. According to IBIS World, the industry is expected to be worth $803.8 million by the end of this year. Not bad if you’re considering joining the ranks.

    But, in order to attain success in such an oversaturated …

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  • Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Website

    Websites are in higher demand than ever before because of the booming ecommerce market and people’s reliance on using the internet to look up local businesses. The difference between having a good or subpar website can mean the difference between having a very successful business and a mediocre business at best. There are common mistakes …

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  • 5 Major Issues Facing Supply Chain Leaders

    The supply chain is a complex network of companies and individuals that ensure that a product leaves the manufacturer and ends up in the hands of the consumer. As you may imagine, this all looks great on paper but acts of man, the weather and other disturbances can lead to supply chain problems.

    Never trust …

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  • How DNA and the NSA are slowly rendering hard drives irrelevant

    How DNA and the NSA are slowly rendering hard drives irrelevant

    It has been a rough week for the ole’ hard disk drive (HDD). Two unrelated but complementary developments have dealt a mortal blow to what we thought about the ubiquitous magnetic drive. On February 15th, a study released by Switzerland’s ETH University to write and retrieve without error information encoded on to strands of DNA. …

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  • Do We Take Our Car Tech For Granted?

    In our daily lives, there are literally hundreds of breakthroughs in engineering and design that we literally walk past, and even walk on, without even knowing about it. We take these technologies for granted because we see and use them every day. They have become so embedded into our lives that we don’t even notice …

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  • Influencers Help With Online Marketing

    There are at least 200 social media websites. More than 3.063 billion people are using the Internet today. More than 52 percent of them participate on at least two or more social media websites. If you were interested in promoting yourself or your business, then wouldn’t it be wise to reach out to this group?…

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  • Wyatt Jozwowski — Exclusive 1 on 1 Interview

    I have been given the pleasure to interview Wyatt Jozwowski, a high school dropout who is an internet marketing dream kid. He is the owner of DripApps, a search engine optimization (SEO) blog. He discusses underground SEO techniques that are used by some of the most successful SEO‘s. Over 20,000 people are subscribed to his …

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  • Using Your Phone To Increase Business Productivity

    Using Your Phone To Increase Business Productivity

    As a business owner, it’s normal to worry that employees’ cellphone use might create a lag in productivity. However, by incorporating smartphone use into a business model, your employees’ handhelds turn into traveling management desktops.

    Give your office on-the-go power. Here are a few ways to turn your employees’ cellphones into productivity platforms instead of …

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  • Auto Likes For Instagram On The Rise

    There are many different reasons for somebody wanting followers on Instagram. Some people do it for attention while others want to garner attention so they can build their personal brand. There is another reason as well, this is the building of a company’s brand by showing off their latest projects and things of that nature.…

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  • Using Technology To Stay in Touch When Out of The Country

    There was a time when writing letters was the most viable way to stay in touch when a loved one was out of the country. This is because phone calls were very expensive and the internet had not existed as of yet. Now with the advent of many different technologies and programs, staying in touch …

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  • Instagram Marketing: How to Create Awesome Videos for Instagram

    Instagram Marketing: How to Create Awesome Videos for Instagram

    Instagram has previously been a platform based almost entirely around images. But videos are becoming an increasingly important part of interaction on the network, and it is now one of the most viewed forms of content there. Marketers are taking advantage of this fact by creating their own high quality video clips to improve their …

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  • Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Scandal Highlights Perils of Privacy in the Digital Age

    Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Scandal Highlights Perils of Privacy in the Digital Age

    The biggest news story over Labor Day weekend was the publication of hundreds of nude photos of dozens of A-list Hollywood celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice.  The images surfaced first on the popular image-sharing bulletin board site 4Chan and now can be found virtually all over the Internet. 

    According …

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  • How to Make Money Selling Your Old Media and Tech

    Do you have old tech devices or media like games, music and movies that you don’t use anymore? Too often these products get forgotten in boxes and closets and eventually dragged out to the trash or garage sales. But the Internet provides many additional options for getting rid of these unwanted electronics, and offers a …

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  • Asian Air Pollution Causes Super-storms

    Asian Air Pollution Causes Super-storms

    Last November Category 5 Typhoon “Nuri” roared towards Japan and the Bering Sea with 300 km per hour winds. Incredible video images and headlines popped up all over the internet as well as talk of 50-foot-plus waves and the endangered Alaskan crab fishing fleet. This super-typhoon was so powerful that it changed the entire Northern …

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  • Drowning Paradise; Global Warming Kills the Carteret Islands

    Drowning Paradise; Global Warming Kills the Carteret Islands

    Global warming is killing the Carteret Islands as tides sweep away a people’s community and culture.

    The last time I wrote about global warming,the collapse of ice sheets and rising sea level several readers contacted me with views ranging from “Stop scaring my children” to “Don’t you know climate change is a hoax”. We all …

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  • Are we killing the Great Barrier Reef?

    Are we killing the Great Barrier Reef?

    I began my research on the Great Barrier Reef way back in the 70’s.

    There didn’t seem to be many fishermen around then and everywhere I looked the coral and marine life was flourishing. It was incredible!

    Yesterday I read a research report by Dr. Matthew Spencer and Jennifer Cooper from the prestigious NIMBioS Institute. …

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  • Witches’ Familiars, Spirit Guardians and Demons

    Witches’ Familiars, Spirit Guardians and Demons

    The folk lore of the wicked witch and her diabolical familiar is a well-known and often repeated tale. When the seasons change and the nights get long it’s not uncommon to see images and symbols of a dark-cloaked witch with an evil black cat or toad at her side. This is a fantastic archetype of

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  • Extraordinary: Woman’s Missing Brain Surprises Doctors

    Extraordinary: Woman’s Missing Brain Surprises Doctors

    When a 24 year old Chinese woman approached doctors complaining of nausea and dizziness, none of them could have expected what an extraordinary case they were dealing with. A brain scan revealed something shocking– part of the woman’s brain was missing.

    The young woman had lived normally for two decades, but had experienced dizziness and …

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  • Cloning: The Science of Resurrection

    Cloning: The Science of Resurrection

     

    What do woolly mammoths, pandas, and John Lennon have in common?

    Someone out there wants them cloned. And depending on how quickly science and biotechnology develops, that might come about sooner rather than later.

    Cloning is the process of creating an exact genetic replica of an organism. We have cloned animals in the past, …

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  • Forget Killer Robots, It’s the Rise of the Cyborgs

    Forget Killer Robots, It’s the Rise of the Cyborgs

    There’s an old curse which says ‘may you live in interesting times’. 

    Cursed we are then, for living in very interesting times, especially in the innovative fields of robotics, neuroscience, and biomedical technologies. As we hurtle toward the potential disaster of a robot apocalypse, we should examine the upside of the ongoing cyborg revolution.

    It’s …

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  • Is Biofuel the Answer?

    Is Biofuel the Answer?

    The UK Energy Research Centre claimed (2009) that oil production was likely to peak before 2030 and possibly as early as 2020. We are facing a time when oil becomes increasingly expensive as resources dry up. Scientists in Kuwait predicted in 2010 (the latest prediction) that world conventional crude oil production will peak in 2014; …

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  • Incredible Things That Have Fallen From the Sky

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    Humans in their hectic, day-to-day lives are often too busy rushing about to pause and reflect; to stop, look up, and gaze at the beautiful sky. But perhaps we should pay more attention to matters above, because history shows that when we least expect it, strange things can fall out of the sky and change

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    Ancient Remains: Iron Age Necromancy on the Bones of the Dead?

    In 2012 ancient remains were discovered in a bog in Denmark – not an uncommon occurrence. However, after examining the bones, archaeologists were startled by what appeared to be a brutal desecration of the skeletal remains. The macabre discovery tested what we thought we knew about the rituals and beliefs of Iron Age man. Archaeologists

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    The Strange Things We Shoot into Space

    It’s official – humanity loves shooting things into space. Over the course of human space exploration we’ve shipped many strange things into our upper atmosphere and beyond in the name of curiosity, discovery, and science.

    This was demonstrated most recently through the art exhibit, Exobiotanica. Japanese artist Azuma Makoto launched a large helium balloon into …

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    Falling Stars and Black Stone: Humanity’s Worship of Meteorites

    NASA’s Curiosity rover recently discovered a massive metal meteorite on the surface of Mars. The first encounter of its type, the two meters (6.5 feet) wide iron meteorite has been named ‘Lebanon’, and scientists are eager to examine the find. It is the largest ever discovered on the planet.

    Back on Earth, meteorites have …

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    Ring of Skulls: Ancient and Modern Sacrifices to the Water Gods

    The macabre discovery of a ring of children’s skulls buried in the earth around lakes in Germany and Switzerland has revealed an age-old tradition of making offerings and sacrifices to the water gods.

     

    Archaeologists from Basel University, Switzerland found the skulls of children forming a protective ring around the settlements in what they believe …

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    Snakes With Beards and Other Strange Serpent Tales

    The snake is one of the oldest and most pervasive mythological symbols in the world. There are as many creation myths about snakes as there are religions and cultures, and as many interpretations to the meaning of the serpent as there are stars in the sky.

    Certainly a powerful symbol, the snake is often seen …

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    Ancient Ink: Mummies and Their Amazing Tattoos

    Tattoos have played a role in the lives of prehistoric and modern man alike. Societal status, art, religion, and medicine all create a tradition in tattoo design that spans across centuries and around the globe. Depending on the times and culture, body art was considered to be lowly and barbaric, or a signifier of very …

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    Antarctic Ice Collapsing; Sea To Rise

    Just over a month ago I was sitting somewhat bewildered at my desk and rereading two research papers about the antarctic ice collapsing. I had known about sea level rise for many years now but this was big news; the enormous West Antarctic ice shelf was melting and breaking up on a slow slide into …

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    Shark Attacks; The Australian Story

    I’ve spent the last 40 years in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef and shark attacks were always a big concern. During the ‘early days’ I saw so many sharks that I included them in my census work just because they were all around me. In many places, sharks of all species averaged about …

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    Another year had passed and concerned people were celebrating World Ocean Day on June 8th. We all depend on a healthy and clean ocean for our very survival and the latest scientific research is painting a dismal picture of things to come. Most of us know we need to act to turn around the damage …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • Shrimp Farming; Recipe for Disaster

    Shrimp Farming; Recipe for Disaster

    In my last post I was talking about one of the world’s most destructive fishing methods; bottom trawling for shrimp. This is the way most wild shrimp are caught and it has created an environmental disaster in terms of destruction of the seabed and what lives there. Bottom trawling has to end if we are …

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  • Cleveland Browns 2015 NFL Draft Grade

    Cleveland Browns pass on taking a quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine and team general manager Ray Farmer both stated in the weeks and days leading up to the 2015 National Football League Draft that they were happy with the quarterbacks already on the club’s roster. It certainly appears, …

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  • Cleveland Browns Select Danny Shelton, Cameron Erving in 2015 NFL Draft

    The Cleveland Browns held true to their NFL Draft board, which was always the plan to begin with.

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine told NFL Network reporter Andrea Kremer earlier this week that the Browns would not be “desperate” during the first round of the 2015 National Football League Draft. It turns out that …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Cleveland Browns

    You’ve done it, NFL mock draft. You’ve finally broken me into making big changes.

    It took weeks — months, even — to get me to break regarding my NFL mock draft. Sorry, Cleveland Browns fans who are hoping that the team somehow ends April 30 with one of the top to-be rookie quarterbacks in this …

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  • Cleveland Browns backing Johnny Manziel; for now

    Johnny Manziel has plenty of friends inside of the locker room of the Cleveland Browns. How long that will last will be seen.

    Day 2 of the Johnny Manziel redemption tour did not include the Cleveland Browns quarterback speaking with the media. Instead, it was other members of the Browns talking Johnny Football with reporters, …

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  • Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel is back

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has returned to the team. Will he be around for long?

    He’s back. He now has a long journey ahead of him if he is to be the franchise quarterback of the Cleveland Browns.

    Quarterback Johnny Manziel has returned to Cleveland, and he took part in a voluntary workout with …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Cleveland Browns

    This NFL mock draft cares not for the “silly season” predictions that have the Cleveland Browns making a noteworthy trade.

    The silliest part of the so-called silly season that occurs before every National Football League Draft is upon us, and thus analysts/fans/random people are linking the Cleveland Browns with just about every move possible. Some …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Cleveland Browns

    Hoping the Cleveland Browns will go crazy during the 2015 NFL Draft? If so, you can probably stop reading here.

    It has admittedly been too long since my latest NFL mock draft, and that largely has to do with apathy. Things have gotten so dull regarding the current state of the Cleveland Browns that current …

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  • NFL: Cleveland Browns still like Johnny Manziel

    Fans may not be sold on him, but make no mistake that the Cleveland Browns have to be keen on Johnny Manziel.

    Perception is reality for many sports fans who are on the outside, and the notions that have been floated out there regarding Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel since even before the Browns grabbed …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Cleveland Browns

    Honesty alert: I have no idea what the Cleveland Browns are doing, so I am throwing darts with my latest NFL mock draft. 

    Things are a little weird — well, weirder than normal — these days. The Cleveland Browns opened up the beginning of the latest edition of National Football League free agency by doing …

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  • Cleveland Browns pass on NFL free agency again

    The Cleveland Browns are apparently too good for NFL free agency; or something.

    There is a part in A Charlie Brown Christmas when Charlie Brown ventures out to the mail box to see if anybody has sent him a Christmas Card. “Hello, in there” Charlie yells into the mailbox, and the noise of his voice …

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  • Cleveland Browns silent on day one of NFL free agency

    Maybe the Cleveland Browns forgot that NFL free agency started on Tuesday.

    Those running the Cleveland Browns, most notably owner Jimmy Haslam and team general manager Ray Farmer, claimed that the Browns were not going to make a major splash in National Football League free agency this time around. We are only one day into …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 Cleveland Browns

    Looking for changes from an earlier NFL Mock Draft? You’ve come to the right place.

    With March 10 less than a week away, it is the final NFL Mock Draft before the new National Football League calendar and free agency open up. Not a lot has gone down since the conclusion of the NFL Combine …

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  • Of Course the Cleveland Browns Should Pursue Ndamukong Suh

    Cleveland Browns cannot let fear keep them from pursuing Ndamukong Suh.

    Give yourself enough time, and you will be able to talk yourself out of just about anything. Maybe, just maybe, the love of your life is not, in fact, your soulmate and the person you should be with until death forever separates you. Perhaps …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Cleveland Browns

    The NFL Combine, as expected, changed little for the Cleveland Browns as it pertains to my NFL Mock Draft.

    The 2015 National Football League Scouting Combine has come and gone, and, as most knowledgeable people expected, not a lot has changed as it pertains to the Cleveland Browns. While the Browns still need to know …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 11 NFL power rankings

    The 2014 Cleveland Browns are one of the more positive stories in the National Football League. A team that has largely been a NFL laughingstock is in first place in the AFC North standings in the middle of November, and northeast Ohio is the center of the sports universe thanks to the Browns and to …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 10 NFL power rankings

    The Cleveland Browns once again impressed and disappointed against a lesser opponent, this one being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the first Sunday of November. Cleveland’s offense failed to produce touchdowns in the first half, and the defense of the Browns could not deal with the combination of quarterback Mike Glennon and rookie wide receiver …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 9 NFL power rankings

    The Cleveland Browns have been on a roller coaster ride as it pertains to results and to their spots in weekly NFL power rankings. A Sunday after the Browns lost to a winless Jacksonville Jaguars side, Cleveland struggled at home against the 0-6 Oakland Raiders. It all worked out for the Browns in the end, …

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  • Week 9 NFL power rankings

    Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are playing like the two best quarterbacks in the National Football League. Yes, it is still the year 2014. You haven’t gone back in time. The two will meet again this coming Sunday for what could be an early NFL Game of the Year candidate.

    Can we fast forward past …

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  • NFL: Raiders at Browns preview

    The Cleveland Browns will be looking to avoid a second-straight loss to a winless team, this time the Oakland Raiders.

    It all went wrong for the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. What was supposed to be the start of a run that ended with Cleveland at 6-2 crashed and burned right out of the gates, as …

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  • Should Browns have Brian Hoyer on a short leash against the Raiders?

    Cleveland Browns can’t afford to be all-in on quarterback Brian Hoyer.

    One bad game.

    That is what some would say of the performance had by Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer last Sunday in the team’s 24-6 loss to what had been a winless Jacksonville Jaguars side. Hoyer and the rest of the Cleveland offense …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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    Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

    Read More

  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

    Read More

  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • Street Style Paris Fashion Week

    Street Style Paris Fashion Week

    Street Style is the new runway,  where the fashionistas shine and those with creative style get to show their best, on the streets of Paris. If your looking for something classic and understated or if your color is black then save it for next year and think outside the box! Fun is in the air …

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    These Boots are Made For Stylin’

    My editor thought I lost my style mojo when I said CAT was a fashion-forward footwear brand and that there was a CATfootwear fashion show hosted by King’s County Distillery in Brooklyn NY. After I directed her to the CAT footwear website, her disbelief turned into: “Oh my words, these are good.” Reputation saved.

     The …

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  • Jewellery inspired by the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Jewellery inspired  by the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    When I was little, my teacher brought me a present, the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull and it was one of the best books I ever read. It talks about freedom and the way back to your true self, which is by my understanding limited by the illusion of this material world we live in. I …

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  • Breaking with “Tradition” — Who Pays for the Engagement Ring?

    Breaking with “Tradition” — Who Pays for the Engagement Ring?

    Once upon a time, if a man wanted to propose marriage to a woman, he would buy her a diamond engagement ring worth two months’ salary, get down on one knee, and propose to her. Diamonds were thought to symbolize eternal love and commitment. And therefore, they were the perfect center stone of such a …

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  • The Story of the Swastika Symbol

    The Story of the Swastika Symbol

     

    The Swastika symbol 卍  has long been a powerful and positive symbol in a multitude of cultures spanning the globe. It is a symbol of wealth and good fortune and has always been used as a symbol of light and wisdom. Can be found in China, Greece, Peru, India, Japan and many other areas …

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  • The Story of the Lotus Flower

    The Story of the Lotus Flower

    Hello Everyone!  

    Let me introduce my self, I’m a sensitive artist from the microscopic jewellery world! Through this blog I will share with you my small creations and the stories behind them. Through my art, I aim to make people happy, remind them of some lost cultures and values, and bring them back to the …

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  • The Art of Layering your Clothing

    The Art of Layering your Clothing

    Being able to layer your clothing is not just a easy way to stay stylish, it is incredibly practical. When you are in-between seasons as we all are, knowing you can wear a multitude of fine layers perfect for the climate that will not bulk you out is great.

     How many ways to layer? Many, …

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  • The Life of a Personal Stylist

    The Life of a Personal Stylist

    When you go to a party and people ask what you do for a job, do you get a standard next question? As a Personal Stylist I do. Men often say “Is there really a market for that?” Women “wow, cool, but what is it that you actually do?” Both regularly ask if they are …

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  • PROJECT NYC 2013 has Soul with PROJECT Sole NYC

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  • PROJECT NYC 2013, Heats up New York with Men’s Fashion

     

    The 90 degree heat isn’t the only thing hitting New York City these days.
    PROJECT NYC 2013, the Menswear Fashion  buyers mart, will heat up Pier
    94, Sunday, July 21st. 

    Lucky  there is  the Hudson River nearby to cool down the scene.

    PROJECT NYC 2913, will house three “destinations for retailers and
    wholesalers alike …

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  • How to Buy an Engagement Ring

    How to Buy an Engagement Ring

    Let’s take the ring out of bewildering. Rather, the process of buying an engagement ring should be about discovering a woman’s style and translating that into a unique, lovingly chosen ring that she will proudly wear. Here are some money-saving and time-saving tips to help you get on the right track this engagement …

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  • Catching the Wave: NYC’s Arrojo Salon

    Catching the Wave: NYC’s Arrojo Salon

    NEW YORK—I’ve never been a person to complain about my hair. 

    I’m fortunate to have hair that more or less does what it is told even in bad-hair-day conditions. It is naturally straight with long layers, not too thick or thin. 

    If I want a wave, I’ll let my hair air dry with it wrapped …

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  • Jill Stuart Spring 2013

    Jill Stuart Spring 2013

    NEW YORK—With her Spring 2013 collection, Jill Stuart stuck with what she does best—feminine, lady-like frocks that do everything to enhance the female form.

    The color palette resonated with monochromatic looks of nudes, champagnes, blushes, and of course, black.

    She briefly departed from those colors with a sea-foam Grecian goddess creation and a silver sequined …

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  • Super Saturday Raises $3.6 Million for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

    Super Saturday Raises $3.6 Million for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

    WATER MILL, NY—Every summer, hundreds descend to an open field in Water Mill, N.Y., to shop ’til they drop in the name of charity—specifically the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), the largest private nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to funding ovarian cancer research.

    Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Super Saturday is …

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  • Adventure and Relaxation in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

    Adventure and Relaxation in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

    From there, things got a little fuzzy. I’m not entirely sure how we made it to the car, but within 10 minutes, I was at the Cabarete Medical Center. And this is when I received the second biggest shock of the day (the first being the hard fall). I proceeded to receive the best medical …

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  • The Birth of Bebop: “The Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions”

    Mosaic is a label dedicated to high-quality reissues of jazz recordings. Its recently released box set, “The Complete Dial Masters,” documents the achievements of one of the most important independent labels, Dial Records, which was owned by Ross Russell (1909-2000).

    Russell owned the Tempo Music Shop in L.A. and, when he started his own record …

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  • Judi Silvano Sings Her Own Songs on “My Dance”

    Judi Silvano Sings Her Own Songs on “My Dance”

    Judi Silvano is a singer whose work I have enjoyed for many years. Her 11th album as a leader, “My Dance” (on JSL Records) confirms that her vocal powers are intact and her imagination as free as ever. She is one of those singers who can animate an old pop song or even cross over …

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  • Everyone Loves Elena in “La Donna del Lago”

    Everyone Loves Elena in “La Donna del Lago”

    Hardly anyone reads Sir Walter Scott’s novels and poems anymore, but he inspired many movies (e.g., “Ivanhoe” and “Quentin Durward” in the 1950’s) and musical works, notably Donizetti’s “Lucia de Lammermoor.” His narrative poem, “The Lady of the Lake,” was adapted into a bel canto opera by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) that was popular for a …

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  • The Art of Elena Obraztsova

    The Art of Elena Obraztsova

    On Monday, January 12, 2015, the great Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova died, at age 77, in a clinic in Germany. Coincidentally, the Melodiya label released a tribute album (distributed by Naxos) in its Stars of the Bolshoi Theatre series titled simply “Elena Obraztsova.”

    Obraztsova was born in Leningrad in 1939 and survived the siege of …

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  • One is Blind and the Other Sees Too Much: The Heroines of “Iolanta” and “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Met

    One is Blind and the Other Sees Too Much: The Heroines of “Iolanta” and “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Met

    The Metropolitan Opera has a new production, pairing Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” with Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.” A co-production with the Polish National Opera, directed by Mariusz Trelinski, the two pieces are linked visually and benefit from starring two of the most dynamic singers on the international scene, Anna Netrebko in the Tchaikovsky opera and Nadja Michael in …

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  • Abdrazakov Earns a Standing Ovation at Carnegie Hall

    Abdrazakov Earns a Standing Ovation at Carnegie Hall

    Ildar Abdrazakov made his highly anticipated American solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall on January 29th. The Russian bass was accompanied on piano by Mzia Bakhtouridze. The charismatic singer showed off the many facets of his art—from producing a rich sound with a range of colors to conveying the meaning of each piece, from songs …

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  • Pergament’s “The Jewish Song:” A Holocaust Memorial

    Pergament’s “The Jewish Song:” A Holocaust Memorial

    The reissue on CD of Moses Pergament’s “The Jewish Song” (“Den Judiska Sang”) on Caprice brings to light a work that has musical and historical significance. Composed in 1944, near the end of World War II, the large-scale composition (for soloists, choir and orchestra) is described by its composer (in a statement contained in the …

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  • Opera Star Ildar Abdrazakov to Perform at Carnegie Hall

    Opera Star Ildar Abdrazakov to Perform at Carnegie Hall

    Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov’s international career took off after he won the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Italy during 2000. He made his debut in “La Sonambula” at La Scala the following year when he was only 25 years old and quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading basses.

    He is married …

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  • “Wiesenthal,” the Nazi Hunter, Comes to Life on Stage

    “Wiesenthal,” the Nazi Hunter, Comes to Life on Stage

    “Wiesenthal” is the one-man off-Broadway show about the Nazi hunter written by and starring Tom Dugan.

    The play takes place in Wiesenthal’s office (the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, Austria) during April 2003. It is the last day before the 93-year old retired—he died two years later—and he speaks to a group of visitors about …

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  • “Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression” –The Book and the Singles Set

    “Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression” –The Book and the Singles Set

    When I started listening to jazz, I discovered that the one label I could trust was Blue Note Records. The music and even the covers were distinctive. While the label had a number of jazz hits, like “The Sidewinder” and “Song for my Father,” some of my favorite albums were those I picked off the …

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  • The Merry Widow Waltzes into the Met

    The Merry Widow Waltzes into the Met

    Franz Lehar’s 1905 “The Merry Widow” (“Die Lustige Witwe”) is one of the most popular operettas and the new production at the Metropolitan Opera shows why. Two Broadway veterans in their Met debuts are among the reasons for the success of the revival: director-choreographer Susan Stroman (of “The Producers,” “Contact” and “Crazy for You”) and …

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  • H.M.S. Pinafore Sailed Gracefully into the New Year

    H.M.S. Pinafore Sailed Gracefully into the New Year

    I spent New Year’s Eve, as I often do, at the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. The troupe was founded by Albert Bergeret in 1974 and is still going strong. The operetta performed was the perennial favorite, “H.M.S. Pinafore” (one of the G&S big three, along with “Mikado” and “Pirates of Penzance”).

    From the …

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  • Gotham Holiday Swing at Town Hall

    Gotham Holiday Swing at Town Hall

    Vince Giordano was the host and leader of his band, the Nighthawks Orchestra and they brought the ebullient sound of jazz to Town Hall to celebrate the holidays.

    The band got off to a swinging start with a rollicking rendition of “Jingle Bells.” Then vocalist Molly Ryan came out in a red dress to sing …

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  • The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s Welcome Return to City Center

    The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s Welcome Return to City Center

    The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s Welcome Return to City Center

    By Barry Bassis

    Under its current artistic director Robert Battle, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company continues to develop exciting new works and to present high quality interpretations of dances from outside choreographers.

    The program I attended began with Hofesh Shechter’s “Uprising.” This is a testosterone-fueled …

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  • Three Opera Recordings Starring Pavarotti at his Peak: Turandot, Madama Butterfly and L’Elisir d’Amore

    Three Opera Recordings Starring Pavarotti at his Peak: Turandot, Madama Butterfly and L’Elisir d’Amore

    If asked to name the most popular recording by an opera singer during the past 50 years, the obvious answer is Luciano Pavarotti singing “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” Decca was Pavarotti’s label for his entire career and it treats his work with the proper respect.

    Decca has just released three complete operas on Blu-ray …

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    An Interview with Chris Botti as he Gears Up for 3 Weeks at the Blue Note

    It’s hard to make news playing the national anthem, unless the performer messes up, as when singers mangle the words. Trumpeter Chris Botti performed “The Star Spangled Banner” recently at the New York Giants/Indianapolis Colts game. His rendition was so moving that Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was caught on-camera shedding a tear. The video …

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  • The Last Days of the Schenk Production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”

    The Last Days of the Schenk Production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”

    Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” clocks in at almost six hours, which may be too much of a good thing. Maybe not. The Metropolitan Opera’s revival has undeniable charm, some laughs and stirring sections, starting with the overture, beautifully played by the orchestra under the baton of James Levine.

    This is the Otto Schenk production …

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  • The Spirited “Barber of Seville” at the Met

    The Spirited “Barber of Seville” at the Met

    Giuseppe Verdi once called Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville), “the finest opera buffa in existence.” The audience at the current revival at the Metropolitan Opera would no doubt heartily agree. The opera was first performed in the Met’s first season (1883-84) and has lost none of its luster.

    The …

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  • “You Can’t Take it With You” is Revived with Verve

    “You Can’t Take it With You” is Revived with Verve

    One of the more entertaining plays last season was a dramatization of “Act One,” Moss Hart’s memoir about his early career culminating in his first collaboration with George S. Kaufman. The most successful of their plays together was the 1936 comedy “You Can’t Take it With You,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and was made …

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  • “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion” Recreates the Man and His Music

    “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion”  Recreates the Man and His Music

    “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion” is a modest, but effective homage to the late singer-songwriter.

    The 65-year old John R. Waters doesn’t try to look like John Lennon or imitate his singing though he does approximate his Liverpudlian accent. This is simply a two man show. Waters handles the narrative, the lead vocals and plays …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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