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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

June Rousso
June Rousso

June Rousso

Health

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

James Grundvig
James Grundvig

James Grundvig

Tech

CEO of Cloudnician LLC, a mobile-cloud startup with big data pull. He has 25+ years of engineering-construction experience on projects of scale. .. 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

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

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

Richard Cox
Richard Cox

Richard Cox

Business

Richard Cox is a university teacher in international trade and finance. .. view profile

Deborah Asseraf
Deborah Asseraf

Deborah Asseraf

Business

Deborah Asseraf is founder & CEO of Popcorn Productions, a company that explodes awareness for businesses through highly tailored campaigns. .. view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives in Florida and loves the sunshine... view profile

Zac Wassink
Zac Wassink

Zac Wassink

Sports

Covering the Browns and the NFL from a Cleveland viewpoint. .. view profile

Linda Moore
Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Business

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

Phil Butler
Phil Butler

Phil Butler

Travel

Phil is editor-in-chief of Argophilia Travel News, and Senior Partner at Pamil Visions PR. .. view profile

Barry Bassis
Barry Bassis

Barry Bassis

Arts & Culture

Barry has been a music, theater and travel writer for over a decade for various publications. .. 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

Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs

Cathy Hobbs

Life

As a nationally known interior design, real estate styling and home staging expert, Cathy Hobbs shares tips and insight relating to all aspects of the home... view profile






  • Regional allies are key in the fight against ISIL

    Despite the numerous air strikes, the battle against ISIL won’t be over anytime soon. But the big elephant in the room is what will the Coalition do once ISIL is weakened. As the UK considers expanding their military mission to Syria, an exit strategy needs to be envisioned once the air campaign has achieved …

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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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  • Friends Without Benefits: The US-Turkish Alliance

    At a time when humanitarian intervention was developing into a normative standard above and beyond a legal principle, highlighted by the “illegal but legitimate” intervention in Kosovo, Turkey was afforded a privileged position of international immunity. While behaving in a manner that ordinarily ought to have defined itself as an outlier nation and a candidate …

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  • Richard Tucker Gala Delivers Despite Some No-Shows

    Dario Acosta Photography/  Richard Tucker Music Foundation

    At the beginning of the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, the late tenor’s son Barry Tucker announced some cancellations. The most disappointing was Anna Netrebko, who sent a note saying she was not going to appear because she had just played Lady Macbeth in the Verdi opera the night before and she found …

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  • Chinese Investment In London Property Continuing

    Within the past couple of months, the Chinese have been venturing out of Asia to seek property investments. Nearly 2.5 billion dollars has been invested in real estate in London alone. This was the top destination in the world with the other cities being in Australia, the United States, and other metropolitan areas throughout the …

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  • What’s Unique about the Executive MBA

    Many people think that an MBA is a “one size fits all” degree for the young, semi-experienced professional. However, more seasoned professionals may not benefit as much from a regular MBA degree; they may seek out a more specialized MBA degree – the Executive MBA. The Executive MBA is specifically designed for the business-person who …

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  • Russia-US: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place on Syria

    President Obama has had his differences with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.  Russian aggression in Ukraine has struck a chord with President Obama and he has mobilized western allies to isolate Russia from the rest of the “civilized” and orderly world.  Further complicating the US-Russia relationship is Russia’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  The United …

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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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  • Opinion: Canada needs to wake up

    Canadian Parliament.

    The sovereignty of Canada has come under attack yesterday in the most heinous and cowardly fashion. The fact remains that regardless of the perpetrators in the ghastly shootings at the Parliament yesterday, and the attack on the two soldiers before that, Canada needs to wake up.

    The internal security structure of the nation needs to …

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  • Ways to Fight Colds and the Flu

    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

    With the cold and flu season upon us, we must think about boosting our immune system, and fending off viruses and bacteria. One of the basic ways is to make sure that we have adequate levels of stomach acid that work to help eliminate bacteria and viruses that they come upon. Our body makes less …

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  • Keeping your Information Safe Online

    mobile-data-security

    Online security has become a huge problem over the years. Hackers are getting smarter and information is being leaked more often. One of the latest attacks was to the popular app Snapchat, a program in which you can send photos and videos to others without the data saving to yours or their device. Many …

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  • Infographic Released Calculates The Cost Of Pain & Suffering

    pain

    Typically, people do not associate the cost incurred for pain and suffering. However, the events that are related to the cause of your pain and suffering could actually cost you money according to the “Calculating Pain and Suffering Infographic.” There may have been some situations that were beyond your control and led to …

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  • 3 Tips for Successful Network Marketing

    Businessman drawing network

    For several decades, hundreds of companies have utilized a direct sales or network marketing business model to get the word out about their products or services. Chances are that you’ve purchased something from a direct sales company. Despite the fact, that historically, some companies have given the industry a bad rep, it’s a burgeoning industry …

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  • Dealing with national economic pressures

    debt

    The last couple of years have not been easy on US citizens

    This last five years over 4 million home owners have lost their homes due to the dramatic upheaval in the economic condition of this country. Many retrenchments has taken place as well as the loss of many jobs which has not make it …

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  • Open Letter to Jason Paret, CEO of Bath County Hospital

    Jason, I think it’s time you and I had a little talk. I realize you’re not from Bath County. You’d be a better man today if you had been raised in Hot Springs, or any one of dozens of other small towns and villages that are tucked into the hills and ‘hollers.

    You may not …

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  • 52nd New York Film Festival Premiere of Maps to the Stars Red Carpet Photos

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    The 52nd New York Film Festival 2014 (NYFF52) U.S. Premiere of MAPS TO THE STARS, directed by David Cronenberg commenced Saturday, September 27, 9:00PM at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Red carpet arrivals included industry executives, cast and crew members. MAPS TO THE STARS in U.S. theaters in 2015.   Watch Trailer 

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  • NYFF52 Gone Girl Press Conference

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    The 52nd New York Film Festival 2014 (NYFF52) GONE GIRL press conference with director David Fincher, author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn, cast members two-time Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, English actress Rosamund Pike, Tony Award winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, and Award winning actor/author/screen playwright/producer/director/songwriter Tyler Perry moderated by director of programming/selection committee chair Kent Jones, Film …

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  • Are eCigarettes a Fading Fad?

    While government studies show that e-cigarette sales are, at the least, leveling off, some physicians are pointing to the dangers of using the devices because of chemicals contained in the generated vapor which is inhaled.

    Now, even fire marshals and medical examiners are pointing to potential hazards.

    Jacksonville News reported that on October 14, a …

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  • What about a Winter in Crete?

    Stavros

    Some travelers head for the ski slopes in winter, some fly like “snow birds” deep, deep down south to escape frozen breezes and toes. A few sojourners though, they head to Crete to enjoy a bit of moderation in between. Yes my favorite island has snowcapped mountains and wintry sullen beaches to trod, plus a …

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  • How to Get Rid of Chubby Cheeks

    Having cubby cheeks is cute as a baby but not as an adult. Adults with cubby cheeks are naturally self-conscious about their puffy cheeks as it suggests a lazy lifestyle and can even create an illusion of increased weight elsewhere on their bodies. While the bone structure of your face is hereditary and can not …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    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

    sports

    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

    lanterns4

    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 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “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 Forseeable

    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?

    fruit basket

    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

    sports

    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

    lanterns4

    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 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “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 Forseeable

    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

    Tea+side+2-2007+Dayi+Silver+Peacock+B

    “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?

    fruit basket

    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

    sports

    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

    lanterns4

    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 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “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 Forseeable

    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

    girl-eating-grapes-back-to-school

    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 Your Phone Might Soon Take the Place of Your Wallet

    In this era of instant gratification, it is not surprising that purchasing groceries, buying last-minute gifts, taking the train, and other similar financial-related activities have become much easier and faster. Thanks to contactless payment systems, all you need to do is tap your credit card, debit card, or pre-paid card, and you’re good to go. …

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  • Why Is It So Important to Choose the Perfect Conference Venue?

    There’s a lot that goes into planning a conference, from determining your budget to promoting the event. But in the end, the most important choice that you will make during the planning process is what conference venue you will use.

    Why is it so important that you choose the best conference venue for your event? …

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  • New Gadgets – Which is the Right One For You?

    If you’re looking for a new gadget but you’re not sure exactly what to buy, there are plenty of options. With an open mind or a lack of experience when it comes to gadgets, you might not be sure exactly what you’re looking for. In order to avoid getting the wrong thing or misunderstanding certain …

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  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), It’s Here: My Experience With exClone

    exclone

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is here. We’re surrounded by intelligent machines we’ve all somehow failed to notice lately, and the machines are getting smarter. exClone, a New York project to clone human experience and expertise, it may end up being the smartest so far. I talked with the very first exClone called Michael last week. …

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  • How to Make Your Website More Effective

    Nowadays no business or enterprise can hope to achieve success without having a website of its own. But how to approach the task of creating one if you can’t make heads or tails of it?Here are a few tips that will make this task a little bit easier:

    1.     Pay Attention to Design

    Or pay …

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  • Why You Should Never Want to Use Another Person’s USB Drive Ever Again

    In today’s business world, people hand out USB drives as easily as they hand out pieces of gum. Co-workers stop by other people’s desks, plug their USB drives into the machines and start working. Blank USB drives are included in almost every trade show door prize pack. Although perceptions of USB security took a slight …

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  • How Should You go about choosing an eBook Reader?

    It is quite obvious that there is a transition made to the digital books. It actually takes place a lot faster than anyone expected. Ever since the release of the Amazon Kindle, the evolution of the reader became obvious and prices kept going down. Now we have access to so many opportunities ranging from free …

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  • Adobe Photoshop Versus Corel Draw – What Should You Learn?

    There are thousands of people out there that do not actually understand the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw. The truth is that we tend to start learning the first program that we come into contact with. This can turn out to be a mistake since we cannot use both software programs for …

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  • TechUK, what happened to cybersecurity?

    When TechUK, the British trade association for the technology industry, released its bashfully titled manifesto “Securing our Digital Future” earlier this week, some of my colleagues were enthralled. Presented as a roadmap for 2015-2020, it calls on policy-makers to tackle head on the digital revolution head on by recognizing its importance in delivering growth and …

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  • 7 Things to consider while choosing web hosting services

    You’ve worked hard on your website and you’re ready to introduce it to the world, but there’s just one thing missing – a web host.  Unless you have the right equipment, your site will be rather useless without a web host. Fortunately, there are dozens of web host who would be more than willing to …

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  • Alfred Adjani: lessons learnt

    Tools To Find A Good Job Opportunities

    An innovative and out-of-the-box thinking young graduate recently landed the job of his life by taking a new, or some might say old approach to job hunting. Job hunting has certainly evolved over the years. His approach teaches us all something about shying away from convention.

     After applying for over 300 jobs after graduating from …

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  • The NSA is Monitoring These 5 Games

    If you thought only your gaming buddies cared about your online activities, think again. The NSA and its British counterpart the GHCQ are both monitoring online video games, which they insist make for excellent tools of communication, training, and even money laundering, but gamers are not so sure. So far most of their effort …

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  • Ways An Aspiring Model Can Use Technology To Further Her Career

    It seems like technology can help everything and this includes furthering your career for nearly every single industry. Modeling is a very difficult industry to get your foot in the door. There are politics involved with modeling whether it be the agent that the model has, the modeling firm that one signs with. This article …

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  • 5 of the Craziest Startups of All Time

    Do you feel like your startup is too crazy of an idea to launch? Well, check out these outrageous startups that chose to dream big on their search for success, but be cautious because not every idea is a great one and will fail if you are not careful and smart.…

    I Wear Your Shirt 

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  • Can Cancer Be Treated Without Radiation Therapy?

    Uterine cancer physician, Dr. Ann Klopp, comforts a patient in the radiation oncology clinic

    Can Cancer Be Treated Without Radiation Therapy?

     

    Radiation therapy makes use of very high energy rays which destroy cancer cells. The goal of radiation therapy is to eradicate as many cancer cells as possible. Radiation is painless and invisible and it destroys cancer cells to stall the growth of tumors. It can help shrink …

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  • Top Educational Tools for All Teachers to Try

    If you are a teacher who doesn’t keep up with the trends in contemporary, then you won’t be able to surpass the generational gap between you and your students. Today’s students don’t like the classic teaching methods where the educator explains the concepts and leaves the studying up to them. If you want to be …

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  • TGS 2014: Rumours For The Tokyo Games Show

    An in-development screenshot taken from the Last Guardian

    With exactly one month to go before the 2014 Tokyo Games Show opens its doors to the public, the hype train is plowing full steam ahead while rumours abound. Sony – who thus far appear to be winning the global console war – have claimed a strategic advantage over its US competitor by allowing Microsoft …

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  • 5 Easy Ways to Calculate the ROI of Your Social Media Campaigns

    Social media ROI continues to generate a lot of interest among marketers, because without ROI it can be difficult to report the success or failure of social media campaign. A recent survey conducted by Oracle indicates that only 10% of the surveyed businesses can actually tell if their social media campaigns resulted in increased revenue. …

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  • The Era of Niche Micro-Celebrities and How to Connect to Them

    micro-celebrities

    The Internet (and the social media boom) gave us an absolutely unique and amazing phenomenon: The emergence of micro-celebrities. It’s that era of “every little guy can get heard” that we didn’t dare to dream about just a few years ago.

    Moreover, it has given small business owners an opportunity to get a …

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  • Forget about Brazil, Colombia is the place for start-ups

    Ruta N - The Next Silicon Valley? via Flickr (c) Santiago Londoño Uribe

    In a previous blog post, I talked about the twitter revolution making waves in the South American continent. Such a revolution wouldn’t have been possible in the absence of a conducive environment, meant to foster a culture of cutting edge innovation – for Brazil to have the largest number of twitter users outside the …

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  • Extraordinary: Woman’s Missing Brain Surprises Doctors

    Neon Brain

    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

    The science of cloning mammoths and other animals. Credit: Leafloor, Deriv: (Flickr,  Rob Pongsajapan), (Flickr,  Sergei Golyshev)

     

    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

    T1000 Cyborg at Universal

    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?

    There are now millions of malnourished children in Africa. Taking away there crops will drive many to starvation.

    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

    Raining Cats and Dogs

    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?

    Burial mound, Denmark

    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

    Bonsai in 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

    Imilac Pallasite

    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

    Neptune Carving

    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

    Bronze bearded serpent

    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

    Mummy of the Ukok Princess/Siberian Ice Maiden. Tattoos line her arms. (Wikimedia Commons)

    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

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, pictured here is collapsing. Early predictions are for a 3 metre rise in sea-level.

    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

    Andrea Lynch was one of the lucky survivors of a Florida shark attack. She required 100 stitches to repair the damage done by a Bull Shark.

    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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  • World Ocean Day and eight kids

    With bamboo from the rainforest and grim determination, eight children set out to show the rest of the world what Ocean Day was all about.

    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?

    fruit basket

    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 trawling is one of the most destructive fisheries in the world.

    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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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    sports

    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

    lanterns4

    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 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “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 Forseeable

    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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  • 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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  • Cleveland Browns Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

    How quickly things can change in the National Football League.

    The Cleveland Browns were flying high a week ago following a dominating performance against division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers. Any good feelings Cleveland fans had as a result of that victory were erased this past weekend when the Browns failed to show up against the …

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  • Week 8 NFL power rankings

    If there was any doubt about Denver Broncos superstar Peyton Manning being the greatest regular season quarterback in the history of the National Football League, he erased those questions from conversations on Sunday night. Manning now holds the record for most career NFL touchdown passes, and he is somehow seemingly improving with age. The Broncos …

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  • NFL: Jaguars beat Browns 24-6

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will have to wait some time before he cashes in on any National Football League contract.

    Hoyer had the worst outing to date of his professional career, the Cleveland offense was dreadful, and what was a winless Jacksonville Jaguars team stunned the Browns and the football world to the tune …

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  • NFL Preview: Browns at Jaguars

    The Cleveland Browns are big road favorites to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming Sunday.

    This is a rarity.

    Truth be told, both teams have been National Football League laughingstocks over the years. That trend may be coming to an end. Jacksonville has a promising rookie quarterback who could be the answer to the franchise’s …

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  • Week 7 Fantasy Football Start or Sit

    National Football League Week 7 fantasy football start or sit advice.

    Week 7 fantasy football start or sit: Start QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

    It’s a perfect storm going Romo’s way this Sunday. The New York Giants are the walking wounded both physically and emotionally. Romo is a good fantasy football quarterback when at home, …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 7 NFL power rankings

    The Cleveland Browns routed hated AFC North rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time in over two decades. Veteran quarterback and hometown hero Brian Hoyer is playing well and keeping rookie Johnny Manziel on the sidelines. The defense of the Browns finally had a good game. Cleveland is at 3-2 and looking like a …

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  • Week 7 NFL power rankings

    How about them Dallas Cowboys? The clock has been turned back, as Dallas is responsible for the best team in all of the National Football League. That is represented in NFL power rankings following the Cowboys going out west and earning the biggest win the franchise has achieved in years.

    Week 7 NFL power rankings

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  • Jets CB Dee Milliner Suffers Achilles Tear

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 22:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)    Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets greets fans after a game against the Cleveland Browns on December 22, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Browns 24-13.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    The Jets’ secondary narrows with another loss to an inadequate and vulnerable position. 

    Jets second year cornerback, Dee Milliner underwent an MRI on Monday and tests confirmed that Milliner has a season ending torn achilles tendon – with rehab expecting to be about six to nine months. 

    Milliner exited in the first quarter of Sunday’s …

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  • Week 6 Fantasy Football Studs and Duds

    Conventional wisdom advised against starting Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in Week 6. Newton had been inconsistent throughout the campaign, and the belief was that he was not fully recovered from ankle and rib injuries that he had suffered before the start of the regular season. Add in that Newton and the Panthers were set …

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  • Cleveland Browns crush Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10

    The 2014 Cleveland Browns are playoff contenders in the middle of October.

    Fans and analysts alike said the same about the 2013 edition of the Browns before quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a torn ACL on a Thursday night during a game against the Buffalo Bills. Hoyer is healthy and playing well this fall, the Browns …

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  • NFL preview: Steelers at Browns

    It’s not just you if it seems as if it was long ago when the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers were true rivals. While the Steelers have dominated the so-called new Browns since 1999 — winning the Super Bowl on two occasions in the process — the Browns have been National Football League laughingstocks. It …

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  • Fantasy Football Week 6 Start or Sit

    Week 6 of the 2014 National Football League regular season brings with it multiple dilemmas for fantasy football owners. A plethora of first-choice running backs will be sidelined because of injuries. You could also find yourself without your WR1 or your TE1 because of injuries or Bye weeks.

    Even casual fantasy football owners don’t need …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 6 NFL power rankings

    The Cleveland Browns made National Football League history in coming back from a 25-point deficit to stun the Tennessee Titans at Tennessee. Last Sunday’s game involving the Browns and Titans was a tale of two halves, during which the Browns played like the worst team in the NFL and then like a true postseason contender.…

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  • Week 6 NFL power rankings

    The top young quarterbacks in the National Football League can still learn a thing or two from Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. 

    Manning and Brady put on shows during Week 5 of the NFL regular season. Both made history while helping guide their clubs to victories, turning back the clock to a time when there …

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  • Week 5 fantasy football studs and busts

    It seems that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can still be a serviceable fantasy football quarterback.

    Days after just about everybody out there,  myself included, recommended that fantasy football owners should bench Brady in favor of other options, the future Hall-of-Famer posted the sixth-most points among quarterbacks in routing the Cincinnati Bengals. Brady …

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  • Cleveland Browns rally to stun Tennessee Titans

    Comeback kings. Kardiac Kids.

    Just don’t call them the same old Browns.

    The Cleveland Browns scored 26 consecutive points en route to rallying from behind to stun the Tennessee Titans on the road on Sunday. The 29-28 Cleveland victory was a quintessential tale of two halves, with the Browns looking like one of the worst …

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  • NFL preview: Browns at Titans a must-win for Cleveland

    It’s rare for a Week 5 National Football League game to be must-win for any team.

    It’s also rare that the Cleveland Browns could in the hunt for a playoff spot.

    Wait.

    Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?!?

    Sure. Maybe.

    The Browns could, looking ahead at the team’s schedule, be at 6-6 or even better at the start …

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  • Week 5 Fantasy Football start or sit

    Fantasy football owners have a plethora of options for Week 5 with only two National Football League teams on the Bye. Those of you who favor weekly fantasy football leagues over season-long competitions would do well to examine several NFL match-ups before clicking the “submit” button for your lineup that last time.

    Week 5 fantasy

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    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

    sports

    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

    lanterns4

    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 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “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 Forseeable

    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

  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    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

    sports

    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

    lanterns4

    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 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “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 Forseeable

    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

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    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’

    Photo Marcus A

    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

    Brooch and Necklace -   Handcrafted wood -   Sterling Silver - Gold 18K

    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?

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    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

    Swastika Golden Earrings 18K - Natalia Basdeki

     

    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

    Lotus Flower Necklace

    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

    from workchic.com

    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

    Aim to have a wardrobe filled with colour, pattern & texture

    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

    STYLEBOOK from Sole NYC within PROJECT NYC 2013, is ready for a look. From the very vibrant to the very comfortable, Sole has you covered..…

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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

    A bride shows off her wedding ring after just recently being married in this file photo from 2010. (Henry Lam/The Epoch Times)

    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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  • Red Russia Goes Black

    Models pose during the Russian Fashion Industry Presentation and Reception at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation on Feb. 6, 2013, in New York City. (By Kris Connor/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK—Having immigrated to the States at the height of the Cold War, the last thing I thought I would be attending is a showcase of up-and-coming Russian designers at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation.

    Yet there I was, awed by the resplendent setting of the consulate, attending the Russian Fashion Industry Presentation …

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  • Catching the Wave: NYC’s Arrojo Salon

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    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 lace gowns, Spring 2013. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

    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

    Kelly Ripa and her daughter, Lola, enjoying the Ferris wheel at Super Saturday. (Andrew Walker/Getty Images)

    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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  • Richard Tucker Gala Delivers Despite Some No-Shows

    Dario Acosta Photography/  Richard Tucker Music Foundation

    At the beginning of the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, the late tenor’s son Barry Tucker announced some cancellations. The most disappointing was Anna Netrebko, who sent a note saying she was not going to appear because she had just played Lady Macbeth in the Verdi opera the night before and she found …

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  • Stunning Talents at Town Hall: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, with Cameron Carpenter and Judy Collins Later This Month

    The  Nonesuch album cover of the bass and mandolin stars

    What happens when two geniuses square off? As Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer demonstrated at their Town Hall concert, the result is beautiful music.

    Thile and Meyer are MacArthur “genius grant” winners. Thile plays the mandolin with occasional guitar and Meyer the double bass with occasional piano. They are each composers of distinction and are …

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  • Love and Death in the Met’s Doom-Ridden “Carmen”

    Don Jose Warning Carmen to Love Him or Die

    Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera is not for the faint of heart. Even before the music starts, the audience is placed on notice that they are about to witness a tragedy by the jagged red line, like a stab wound, across the curtain. The main reason for the enduring …

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  • Love Blossoms and Fades at the Met’s Vivid “La Boheme”

    Photo courtesy of Cory Weaver

    Is romance dead? Not at the Metropolitan Opera as long as it is still presenting the Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s “La Boheme.” The Met has been phasing out some of Zeffirelli’s productions (with mixed results) but it is wise to keep this one, which has been satisfying audiences since 1981.

    The combination of Puccini …

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  • Mysticism in Music—”Dreams & Prayers” by A Far Cry

    A Far Cry's "Dreams & Prayers

    A Far Cry is a self-conducted chamber orchestra, made up mostly of graduates of the New England Conservatory. The Boston based group, founded in 2007, has started its own label, Crier Records, and has a debut release, “Dreams & Prayers.”

    The imaginative program was conceived by one of the violinists in the group, Miki-Sophia Cloud. …

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  • Jane Bunnett’s Cuban Jazz and The Cookers’ Hard Bop at the Blue Note this week

    The Canadian flute and saxophone player forms a formidable group with Cuban female jazz artists.

    The Blue Note (131 W 3rd St, NY, NY; 212-475-8592) is one of those jazz clubs where you can wander in any night and find top-notch jazz musicians. In fact, I’ve met people from around the world who do just that.

    My most recent visit was to catch the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. The group …

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  • Trumpeter Alison Balsom’s “Paris” Honors the City of Love

    The English trumpet star plays works connected to the City of Love

    Alison Balsom is about as famous as any trumpeter in classical music today. The English virtuoso has received a number of honors; she was named Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013 and has won three Classic BRIT Awards, including the Female Artist of the Year award in 2011. The fact that she has movie …

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  • A Spanish Recital by an American Beauty: Corinne Winters Sings Songs of Spain

    Corrine Winters Sings Spanish Love Songs

    Soprano Corinne Winters has been garnering acclaim in opera houses and concert halls around the world. Her debut album, “Canción amorosa—Songs of Spain” (on GPR Records), is devoted to Spanish love songs. The Spanish word “duende” is defined as “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.” It could be used to describe the …

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  • Joyce DiDonato Uncovers Bel Canto Gems

    Joyce DiDonato Shows Why She is a Great Singer of Bel Canto arias

    The title of Joyce DiDonato’s new Erato album is “Stella di Napoli” (Star of Naples). The title is appropriate since no opera star today shines more brightly than this mezzo soprano. The collection brings together arias from the early days of bel canto. Her earlier collection of bel canto arias, “Diva, Divo,” won a Grammy …

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  • Duke Ellington’s Rare Bethlehem Albums Are Available on CD

    30 Years of Duke Ellington Hits

    By the mid-1950′s, big band jazz was in decline. Duke Ellington (1899-1974) kept his group together with money from his music royalties. (During his lifetime, Ellington composed more than 3,000 songs.) He signed a deal to record two albums for the Bethlehem label in 1956. “Duke Ellington Presents” and “Historically Speaking” were the two LP’s …

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  • Christopher Tin’s Masterful Work on the Theme of Water

    The large scale choral work  describes water in all its forms

    “The Drop That Contained the Sea” is an ambitious work by Chinese-American composer Christopher Tin. It is also successful, artistically and commercially. The CD (on the composer’s own label, Tin Works) debuted as number one on Billboard Music’s traditional classical albums. Tin has won two Grammy Awards, one for his 2009 classical crossover album “Calling …

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  • Netrebko Sings Divinely as Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco

    Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo as Father and Daughter

    The life of Joan of Arc has inspired countless works (of varying quality), including plays by Schiller, Shaw, Anderson and Anouilh and films by Dreyer, Bresson, Fleming and Preminger. The play by Schiller inspired Verdi’s opera, “Giovanna D’Arco” and was one of the sources of Tchaikovsky’s opera, “The Maid of Orleans.” The Schiller play and …

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  • Remembering One of Spain’s Leading Sopranos: Pilar Lorengar

    A new set featuring the Spanish soprano singing opera and songs

    Pilar Lorengar (1928-1996) was a leading opera singer for over three decades. The one time I saw her in person was at a Promenades concert at Lincoln Center.  (For these summertime concerts at Philharmonic Hall, now known as Avery Fisher Hall, the seats were removed and replaced by small tables and chairs.) My family was …

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  • George London’s Artistry in the Opera House and in Show Tunes

    The Great American Bass-Baritone Singing Show Tunes and Wagner Arias

    Bass-baritone George London (1920 –1985) was born in Montreal to Russian Jewish immigrants. When he was 15, his family moved to Los Angeles and he attended Hollywood High School and then Los Angeles City College, where he enrolled in an opera workshop. In 1947, he toured as a member of the Bel Canto Trio with …

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  • A Rock Musical about Nuclear Fission

    A musical about the development of the A-bomb

    “Atomic” is a new off-Broadway musical about the creation of the first nuclear bomb.

    The show has a book and lyrics by Danny Ginges and Gregory Bonsignore, and music and lyrics by Philip Foxman. “Atomic” was first performed in Australia. The New York production has a new cast of top-flight performers but they fail to …

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  • To Everything There is a Season: Remembering Pete and Toshi Seeger

    Judy Collins singing "Turn, Turn, Turn"

    As Pete Seeger lay dying at age 94 this past January, his wish was to have friends visiting his hospital room sing folksongs to him. And he certainly would have been pleased at the concert presented by Lincoln Center as part of its Out of Doors Festival in honor of Pete and Toshi, his wife …

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  • Ocean Breeze poem for inspiration

    The breeze is so cool

    like a swirling pool

    with the warm sand

    blowing in on our island.…

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  • A Boisterous Production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Baruch

    Michael Moss and Elissa Klie as Petruchio and Kate

    Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is a difficult play to present effectively and the production presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center and TGW Acting Studio and directed by Thomas G. Waites is uneven.

    The play begins with a sort of prologue in which a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly (Joshua Walter) is tricked into …

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  • “Essential James Taylor” – Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter’s 45 Year Career

    Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter's 45 year career

    An unknown 20 year old with a history of psychiatric and drug problems arrived in London in 1968 and within days was recording his debut album for Apple Records. The label was founded that year by the Beatles and it was an artist-focused label, reflecting their tastes and those of Peter Asher (formerly a member …

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  • Love, Birds and Revolution in “The Mapmaker’s Opera”

    Joel Perez (Diego Clemente) and Madeleine Featherby (Sofia Duarte)

    The New York Musical Theatre Festival is presenting “The Mapmaker’s Opera,” an ambitious new musical based on the novel of the same name by Bea Gonzalez. Victor Kazan wrote the book and lyrics and Kevin Purcell the music. There is much to commend in the work despite its flaws.

    The action takes place in the …

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  • Ways to Fight Colds and the Flu

    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

    With the cold and flu season upon us, we must think about boosting our immune system, and fending off viruses and bacteria. One of the basic ways is to make sure that we have adequate levels of stomach acid that work to help eliminate bacteria and viruses that they come upon. Our body makes less …

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  • How to Get Rid of Chubby Cheeks

    Having cubby cheeks is cute as a baby but not as an adult. Adults with cubby cheeks are naturally self-conscious about their puffy cheeks as it suggests a lazy lifestyle and can even create an illusion of increased weight elsewhere on their bodies. While the bone structure of your face is hereditary and can not …

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  • Communities Brace For More Bodies in Serial Sex Slayings

     

     

    Chicago, IL

     

    At least seven women’s bodies have been found in Indiana since Friday in what appear to be serial, sex-related murders of women in high-risk lifestyles. Hammond police are holding Darren Vann, a convicted sex offender, in connection with the murders and say charges are possible in at least six other murders …

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  • 4 Uniquely Awesome Juice Recipes

    Do you juice or are you looking to start juicing? Many people who juice find a couple good recipes and stick with their tried and true juices. While this makes for a consistently good drink, it can also quickly become a rut. Plus it causes you to miss one of the biggest benefits of juicing. …

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  • What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

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    A basic concept of nutritional dentistry is that the mouth is an indicator of the state of the body.

    The color of the tongue should be a major factor in oral diagnosis. Oriental medicine recognizes many different pathologies based on tongue color.

    The tongue is the most visible internal organ with a very high metabolic …

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  • Candidates Against High “Taxes” Seldom Talk About Gun-Related Taxes

    Chicago

     

    A dairyman and career capitalist are trying to unseat Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn in Illinois, respectively, with screeds against “career politicians” and higher taxes.

    The “career politician” epithet sounds populist and appealing until you look at its opposite: bumbling, naïve, politician-wannabes who embarrass themselves like the Tea Party Congressman who mistook …

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  • Reducing Breast Cancer Risk Through Nutrition

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    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I thought it important to write a blog that addresses how to protect ourselves from the risks of breast cancer. A diet that is nutritionally-dense and eliminates refined sugar is key to support optimal health. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients, especially anti-oxidants to fight …

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  • Dallas Health Worker Who Aided ‘Patient Zero’ Infected With Ebola

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    Hospital Personnel Wore Inadequate Protective Gear

    A health worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital got infected with Ebola.

    The worker was one of the personnel who took care of Ebola “patient zero” Thomas Duncan.

    According to reports, the health worker was wearing protective gear while treating the Duncan.

    Protective Gears Are Inadequate

    There have …

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  • Dance for human development and academic instruction

    Dance for human development and academic instruction from Emory M Moore Jr. on Vimeo.

    EM interview with Obediah Wright part 2.…

    Continue the journey, fellowship and conversation with EM Techniques and Obediah Wright.
     
    Join us as we discuss the exploration and complexities of movement art forms. Learn about the process of human development inherent

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  • Eating with the Seasons

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    The earth has provided us with an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and modernization has given us out-of-season produce year round. Sounds good, but there are many benefits to eating with the seasons. Starting the food cycle in spring, it is a time of cleansing and rebirth. There is nothing more cleansing than fresh organic …

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  • Why Are Chicago Religious Leaders Supporting a Pro-Gun Candidate?

     

    Guns have killed over 10,000 in Illinois in the last ten years and in Chicago, it is a daily blood bath, especially in minority neighborhoods. Yet five weeks ago, two prominent religious leaders from crime ridden communities, Larry Trotter of Sweet Holy Spirit Church and Pastor Corey Brooks, Sr. of New Beginnings Church endorsed a …

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  • Keep Your Hair Young

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    Research on human behavior has shown that we make rapid visual judgments about others within just a few seconds of our first meeting. One of the biggest influences on this initial judgment is the style, color, and overall health of our hair. A person with thinning or graying hair can be assumed to be up …

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  • Ode to the Egg

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    The egg – we all have consumed it in some shape, manner, or form, only to ask, “Are eggs really good for you?” The reply often has been, “Oh, no, eggs are high in cholesterol. Make that an egg white omelet, please.” Back in the day, my father was convinced that eggs, which he loved, …

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  • Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria Seems To Have Been Contained, CDC

    Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

    With quick and decisive measures by some of its top doctors, Nigeria seems to have contained it first Ebola outbreak, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday.

    Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with 177 million people. It is therefore not a mean feat given that the spread

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  • Whey vs. Casein Protein: Which One Is More Important For Weight Loss?

    Protein Diet for Weight loss

    Most of us do not have any clue as to what is more important whey or casein protein. To start with, these casein and why are the same since they are both proteins, but they are not the same when it comes to functions.

    Our bodies need protein to recover after exercise, in building lean …

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  • Dance for health and wellness

     
    EM interview with Obediah Wright
     
    Dance is a big word its effects are far reaching from culture to communication. Join us as we discuss its place in health and wellness. Dance a powerful modality for maintenance and change.
     

     

    Obediah Wright
     
    www.balancedancetheatreinc.org
     
     
    Emory M Moore Jr. 
    Founder of EM Technique – Way of body harmony
     
    www.emtechniques.com…

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  • How Your Oral Health Reflects Your Body’s Health

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    It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. I’m not too sure about that, but I am sure that the mouth is one of the mirrors of the body. Stop and think… what exactly is the mouth? Well it’s the beginning of your digestive tract and one of the few internal …

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  • Ongoing Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

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    When we experience ongoing stress, cortisol is released to prepare the body for the fight-flight reaction. Over time with ongoing stress, the adrenal glands can be taxed and compromise day-to-day living. Adrenal fatigue is a condition near and dear to me since I was diagnosed with it a year ago and have been on my …

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  • The History of the Ball Mason Jar

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    The mason jar has become a trendy decoration and hip glassware. While there are many cheap mason jars available, the original Ball Company Mason jars continue to be the most popular with consumers wanting to show off their timeless script logo.

    How the Company Started

    Five brothers (Edmund, Frank, George, Lucius, and William) started the …

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  • Are Deer Safe to Eat?

     

     States Make Money off Deer Despite Safety Questions

     

    It has been ten years since a “hunter-terrorist” ruined deer season in Wisconsin. In the fall of 2004, instead of shooting deer, Chai Vang, a Hmong immigrant from Laos, shot and killed hunters. Eight hunters were shot in northern Wisconsin, six of whom died including …

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  • What about a Winter in Crete?

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    Some travelers head for the ski slopes in winter, some fly like “snow birds” deep, deep down south to escape frozen breezes and toes. A few sojourners though, they head to Crete to enjoy a bit of moderation in between. Yes my favorite island has snowcapped mountains and wintry sullen beaches to trod, plus a …

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  • Discover why Torquay is the Capital of Beach Fun in the UK

    Torquay, UK

    Torquay situated in south-west coastal region of Devon has been a popular beach attraction since Victorian times but also boasts one of the earliest inhabitants dating back 40,000 years as well. So clearly the secret is out about Torquay.

    The Victorians loved to travel to the French Riviera enjoying the different landscaping, tree life and …

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  • Exciting Entertainment That Doesn’t Break the Bank in Tampa

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    It’s probably the pristine beaches, sunny climate, and stunning areas of natural beauty that make Tampa Bay one of Florida’s hottest getaway spots. A host of cheap eats, discount hotels, and a well-connected nearby airport also help to make this pretty harbor area a hit with the budget conscious traveler. We reveal five exciting entertainment …

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  • A Brief Cretan Wine Tour

    Bart Lyrarakis

    The land that was once the center of Bronze Age magnificence, for that time beyond any comparison, Minoan Crete was a place of refined society. Ages ago, the cultivated of pure fruits of the vine were central to daily life on Crete. The wines of Crete today, bear tasteful witness to a tradition that is …

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  • Your Vacation Guide for Visiting Phoenix

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    Phoenix is one city in the Western United States with sunny weather almost year round. If you’re heading to Phoenix for vacation, use this guide to help you plan your trip ahead of time.

    What to Do in Phoenix

    The iconic Route 66 runs through Phoenix and is a must see when you …

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  • 7 Awesome Road Trip Destinations in the South

    If you’re still working on your summer plans, consider a road trip through the South. Whether you fly into one city and out another – renting a car and stopping along the way – or if you’re nearby and just want to see what’s around you, there are plenty of cities to check out in …

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  • Another Side to Hong Kong: Explore the Best Nature Destinations

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    Think of Hong Kong and you’ll see super-tall skyscrapers, crowded streets, and one of the world’s busiest harbors. While urban density and commerce are certainly the region’s most well known characteristics, this special region on China’s seaboard is a surprisingly diverse and beautiful natural destination.

    You see, while many visitors think of Hong Kong as …

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  • 5 Underappreciated Attractions in Salt Lake City

    5 Underappreciated Attractions in Salt Lake City

    When many people picture Salt Lake City, they think of a destination only suited for outdoor enthusiasts. However, there are many attractions throughout the city that would appeal to a variety of people. The following are some attractions that don’t get as much recognition as they should.…

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  • Two Girls, 10 Days, and Some Crete Celebrity

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    Last month two colleagues of ours ventured to Crete for an end of summer holiday. What was intended as a beach getaway for friends though, ended up as publicity trip too. For Ruxandra Mindruta and Diana Abu-Zuaiter, suntan oil and toes in the sand turned to mini-Greek stardom. Before I relate their tale, I am …

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  • 4 Tips For Planning a Trip to Columbus

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    Columbus, the capital of Ohio, has a diverse economy based on steel, energy, retail, education, banking, and fashion. It is also home to Ohio State University and Fortune 500 companies such as Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, White Castle, Wendy’s, and Big Lots. With being packed and prepared for an awesome vacation to Columbus here are …

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  • 4 of Chicago’s Coolest Tourist Destinations

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    With over 2,500,000 residents, and 35,000 tourists visiting each year, Chicago is never a quiet town. The Windy City is home to a melting pot of cultures with plenty of activities and events to keep visitors entertained. Vacations can often feel like they fly by, so here are some of Chicago’s ABC’s to get a …

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  • 6 of the Best Beachside Bars in St. Petersburg Beach

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    From spring breakers to people wanting to relax and grab a nice drink, St. Pete Beach has a beachside bar for everyone. A surefire way to find the one for you is to cruise the aptly named “Miracle Mile,” which takes you along the coast and offers a variety of watering holes. In case you …

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  • Saint Petersburg, Crown Jewel of Europe

    The Bronze Horseman is a manificant equestrian statue of Peter the Great, stands on Senate Square in Saint Petersburg. It was commissioned by Catherine the Great and created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falcone in 1782.

    Saint Petersburg, Crown Jewel of Europe

    It was a warm sunny and pleasant day in July when I arrived in Saint Petersburg. I had visited Moscow a few times before but I did not know what to expect in this city, the old capital of Russia. During the communist era, Russia was perceived as being …

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  • Russia’s Putin Sends Travel Sanctions “Boomeranging” Back to EU

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    According to business daily Vedomosti this week, Russia will likely start  restricting European airlines use of Russian airspace on routes to and from Asia.  If such “reverse” sanctions on EU and other western airlines are enacted, some experts say the economic fallout on European carriers will be crippling. Western sanctions levied against Russia, in an …

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  • Ayn Rand and Socialism?

    Atlas at Rockefeller Center, by  Sasha Kargaltsev from New York, US

    Am I ready to sell my soul for money? Absolutely. The reason is because I know like any reasonable individual that there is no such thing as a soul, it is a metaphorical social construction, which means that I will make money by selling a non-existent thing.

    For the sake of not being so literal, …

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  • A voyage on The Canal Du Rhone through Camaruge

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    A voyage on The Canal Du Rhone through Camaruge 

    I have some familiarity with the river and the sea. I have been on ferries on several occasions in the past. As I also live near the river Thames, I have a strong connection to water, but have never really had much insight into living on …

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  • The Bravade in Frejus

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    I love going to the south of France. I have been going there every year for the last 6 years and never get bored. This year, I decided to spend more time in Fréjus and other beautiful villages in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

    I and my wife walked around the historic parts of Fréjus to discover …

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  • Greece Tourism 2014: A Template for Economic Recovery

    Olga Kefalogianni

    Hard times these past few years have forced a competitive filtering-reset to take place in tourism. Since the economic crisis began in 2008, some businesses have shined, while others have ended up stagnated or worse, bankrupt for many factors. However dismal the crisis has been though, in the end the customer/traveler is starting to benefit. …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

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    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

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    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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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    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

    sports

    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

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    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 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “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 Forseeable

    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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