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Anthony Carranza
Anthony Carranza

Anthony Carranza

Business

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

Stephen Edward
Stephen Edward

Stephen Edward

World

Stephen reports on Asia & Pacific news and politics. His primary interests include Japanese domestic politics, US-Japan relations, and geopolitics in East Asia... view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

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

Liz Leafloor
Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor

Science

Liz Leafloor is a Freelance Writer, Copy Editor, and Graphic Artist. She explores mysterious subjects and hidden histories... 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

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

David Goehst
David Goehst

David Goehst

Business

- You wanted information about local, national and global markets that wasn't diluted - you got it. Read everything you never wanted to believe right here... view profile

Maria Esteves
Maria Esteves

Maria Esteves

Entertainment

Maria Esteves is a information technologist for fortune 100 firms on Wall Street who persued her passion as a journalist in the arts in the aftermath of 9/11. .. view profile

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.
Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Opinion

Currently a Licensed Water Resources Civil Engineer in NJ, Carol has also been a political blogger in NJ since 2007, after being elected Councilwoman in 2006. .. view profile

Zac Wassink
Zac Wassink

Zac Wassink

Sports

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

Sheila Kemper Dietrich
Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Life

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

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

Daniel Chamberlain
Daniel Chamberlain

Daniel Chamberlain

Tech

A writer, programmer, and all-round nerd who will talk at great lengths about absolutely anything - regardless of his level of actual knowledge in the subject. .. 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

Linda Moore
Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Business

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






  • Where Brands Are Headed In The Next Five Years

    5NumberFiveInCircle

    I recently asked my magic eight ball where branding was headed in the next five years and it answered “concentrate and ask again.” It seems it doesn’t want to be held liable for any faulty advice. But, in the meantime, here is my take on where branding is headed and how you should get your …

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  • Kanye West ‘WheelchairGate’: Was Kanye Unfairly Demonized?

    Kanye West In Concert Getting Along Well with Fans

    The headlines spread like wildfire yesterday.  Kanye West had demanded that his audience stand up and then called out two handicapped fans for not standing up during his concert last Friday in Sydney, Australia.  Even I jumped on board for a second asking myself what was Kanye thinking about.

    Fast forward to today.  West releases …

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  • Samsung wary of fake mobile phones being sold by Guyanese company

    Fake Samsung check

    Georgetown, Guyana:  Samsung, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer is investigating dozens of complaints that were made against a Guyanese electronics store by consumers who felt that the store is selling mostly fake mobile phones that were not procured from Samsung.

    According to the South Korean company, several complaints were made against a Georgetown, Guyana …

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  • Keep Your Smoothie Healthy

    Smoothies are a great easy way to provide your body with the correct daily nutrition. Making them at home also lets you control and know exactly what you are drinking. Unfortunately, it’s easy for us to let unhealthy ingredients sneak into a healthy smoothie.

    Remember why smoothies are healthy

    Vitamins and Minerals

    Our primary source …

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  • Hot Chocolate Dispenser

    It seems that there are a lot of people who are very partial to drinking hot chocolate. This is a drink which usually contains some kind of chocolate powder especially the kinds which are manufactured by Nestle or Cadbury. There are also some people who prefer to include chocolate shavings into their hot drinks and …

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  • Career Cornerstones: 13 Life Lessons for Young Professional Women to Live By

    Deb at Podium

    I’m excited and honored to begin blogging for Epoch Times with this very post! I started my company, Women’s Advancement Compact (WAC) to guide professional NYC women toward living richer lives, and to help our community members prepare for the uncertainties in life that could hinder their success and happiness.

    Recently, in my keynote address …

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  • 2014 Week 3 NFL power rankings

    New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, removes his helmet after failing to pick up a first down against the Miami Dolphins late in the fourth quarter Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. . Miami beat New England 33-20. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine) FORT MYERS OUT

    It took just two weeks for the Seattle Seahawks to lose their hold of the top spot in 2014 NFL power rankings.

    Unlike Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the San Diego Chargers showed zero fear when hosting the defending Super Bowl champions. Philip Rivers could be as good as he has ever been, …

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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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  • 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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  • Ways To Quit Smoking Tobacco

    Smoking is something that has come to the forefront of bad habits that one wants to quit. Everybody has seen commercials taking about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. Cigarette smoking has had a stigma attached to it that smokers are dirty and have little self-control. As somebody who has smoked in the past, I will …

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  • Latest Casino Bonuses: Gaming’s Watchdog and More

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    People no longer need to travel in order to visit a casino. There are hundreds of online gambling sites that you can visit and win real money. Of course, with ease of creating a website and the transient nature of the internet, it can be difficult to know which sites are legitimate, and which ones …

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  • What Fred Sanford Taught Me About Positive Entrepreneurship

    entrepreneurship

    He’s a comedian by trade, but don’t let Red Foxx fool you: his character was a negative model for positive entrepreneurship.  If you’re a fan of the ‘reverse effect’, check out these teachings.

    A dingy red truck chock full of junk collected from the streets of South Central L.A. A sensible son wanting to expand …

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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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  • Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 Collection

    The CAROLINA HERRERA Spring 2015 runway show was held in the Theatre at Lincoln Center, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Monday, September 8, 2014, 10:00 AM. Herrera’s ready-to-wear collection inspired by the color code of a flower and techno fabric was twenty first century sheer elegance. The futuristic runway featured gowns, cocktail dresses, pants, …

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  • Special Teams And Turnovers Plays Integral Part In Giants’ Loss To Arizona

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts after a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

    An outbreak of penalties, a shaky Eli Manning and crucial turnovers led to an unhappy Tom Coughlin at MetLife Stadium. 

    “We’re always disappointed to lose,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said in a press conference on SNY. “We’re all men. Stop feeling sorry for ourselves. We had an opportunity but it slipped and there’s nobody …

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  • Big plays carry Cleveland Browns to comeback victory over New Orleans Saints

    FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel (2) listens in as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, center, talks with Brian Hoyer (6) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Cleveland. Manziel doesn't view himself as the Browns' savior, but almost everyone else does. The dynamic rookie quarterback will begin the season as Cleveland's second-string quarterback, but it may not be long before he's moved ahead of Hoyer, who already seems to be looking over his shoulder. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

    Last year’s Cleveland Browns lose to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

    The 2013 Browns don’t stop Drew Brees on a third-and-five at the Cleveland 31-yard line with 3:36 left on the clock. The 2013 Browns don’t convert on third down and fourth down on their final drive of the contest. The 2013 Browns don’t …

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  • Easy Homemade and Healthy Sweet Potato Chips

    It requires a little patience to make a crunchy homemade chip. Once you get it down you will love making them and sharing them.

    Every once in a while I get a hankering for a potato chip…the real kind. There is so much salt and fat in the store bought kind that I decided to experiment with creating my own. My first efforts resulted in tough, chewy chips. With a little more experimentation I came up with a yummy …

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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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  • 3 Ways to Relieve Back Pain

    Back pain is something that many people suffer from and this can be debilitating in many different facets of a person’s life. Whether it is a preexisting condition or a recurring injury, an aching back can change the way you live your life. These are the ways that a person can relieve pain without the …

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  • Gold: Setting Up For Another Fall

    In the final months of 2013, I issued multiple warnings for those bullish on precious metals and their ETFs: here, here, here, and here, until prices finally reached my proposed bearish target here. What was most surprising about the series was the fact that there was almost nothing that could …

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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 …

    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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  • 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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  • Where Brands Are Headed In The Next Five Years

    5NumberFiveInCircle

    I recently asked my magic eight ball where branding was headed in the next five years and it answered “concentrate and ask again.” It seems it doesn’t want to be held liable for any faulty advice. But, in the meantime, here is my take on where branding is headed and how you should get your …

    Read More

  • Hot Chocolate Dispenser

    It seems that there are a lot of people who are very partial to drinking hot chocolate. This is a drink which usually contains some kind of chocolate powder especially the kinds which are manufactured by Nestle or Cadbury. There are also some people who prefer to include chocolate shavings into their hot drinks and …

    Read More

  • What Fred Sanford Taught Me About Positive Entrepreneurship

    entrepreneurship

    He’s a comedian by trade, but don’t let Red Foxx fool you: his character was a negative model for positive entrepreneurship.  If you’re a fan of the ‘reverse effect’, check out these teachings.

    A dingy red truck chock full of junk collected from the streets of South Central L.A. A sensible son wanting to expand …

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  • Gold: Setting Up For Another Fall

    In the final months of 2013, I issued multiple warnings for those bullish on precious metals and their ETFs: here, here, here, and here, until prices finally reached my proposed bearish target here. What was most surprising about the series was the fact that there was almost nothing that could …

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  • Positive Sector Outlook Supports Campbell Soup Company

    With the major benchmarks trading within striking distance of their all-time highs and consumer confidence levels showing consistent progress, it is important to focus on select stock sectors that are positioned to run higher — even if we start to see downside corrections in the broader markets. Overall optimism in corporate earnings has not exactly …

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  • Newmont Mining: Watch For Further Dividend Cuts

    So far this year, we have seen some relatively impressive short-term gains in gold futures and in commonly traded ETFs like the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD). Whether or not these gains can continue is questionable, and this is an issue I have covered in other articles. But the improving scenarios in …

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  • Stock Picks For The E-Cigarette Surge

    Recent sales figures for companies that produce electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) have been encouraging in the last few quarters. But this budding industry has taken some time to filter into mainstream investment strategies. For those looking to gain some long-term exposure to the sector, it makes sense to look for companies that offer attractive dividend …

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  • 3 Dividend Stocks For Retirement

    As the US economy continues to post evidence of recovery, the Federal Reserve has more options available in defining its monetary policy strategies. We have already seen two decisions to reduce the monthly asset purchases that define the Fed’s quantitative easing programs, so there is a growing level of confidence that the US economy is …

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  • Closed-End Funds: The Best Way To Play An Elevated Stock Market

    Summary

    Stock benchmarks at elevated levels offer limited potential for upside.
    Closed-end funds create strong alternatives for those looking to gain stock exposure.
    NAV discounts and elevated dividends support the outlook for CEN and JGT.

    Stock markets have shown some pretty clear trends in the last few years, as the global economic recovery has given …

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  • Gold: The Declines Won’t Stop Here

    Summary

    Gold-positive drivers from early 2014 are not sustainable.
    The Fed Stance and rising interest rates are a gold bear’s best friend.
    GoldBugs, its time to stop avoiding the realities of the fundamentals.

    In previous articles, I have outlined some of the reasons why those that are bullish on gold should be preparing for another

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  • ECB Policy Stance Could Put Euro At Risk

    Summary

    ECB well aware that regional debt problems could resurface.
    Relative growth performance favors US currency.
    Eurozone macro data (in manufacturing and PMI surveys) suggest long-term weakness lies ahead.

    For most of this year, currencies like the euro and British pound have seen some surprising strength against the US dollar. The GBP/USD has rallied almost …

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  • Prospect Capital Continues To Build On Its Strengths

    Summary

    Prospect Capital continues to hold its position as a top-notch business development company.
    Recent strategies indicate plans to move back toward its core strategies.
    Alternative stock selections are present for those looking for broader access to BDCs.

    In the current market environment, there are many small and medium sized companies that have trouble gaining …

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  • Euro Rally Is A Selling Opportunity

    Summary

    Moves in Euro, Pound driven by technicals – not fundamentals.
    ECB policy stance suggests concern over Euro strength.
    Relative growth rates, policy agendas favor US Dollar.

    In the early parts of April, we have seen the yearly rallies in the Euro and British Pound re-establish themselves. Forex pairs like the EUR/USD and GBP/USD are …

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  • SPDR Gold Trust ETF: The Times Are A-Changin’

     

    Summary

    Gold’s historical position as the ultimate store of value no longer applies.
    Rising consumer inflation suggests the Fed has room to tighten monetary policy.
    Rallies in GLD have only generated false breakouts and bull-traps.

    For thousands of years, the financial market has viewed gold as the ultimate currency — and the ultimate store of

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  • Start Looking For Contrarian Positions In British Pound

    Summary

    Dollar weakness has reached extreme levels.
    Changing Fed stance will positively influence supply and demand dynamics in the Dollar.
    Growth rates, inflation figures suggest the overbought Pound should be sold.

    The early parts of this year have shown some very clear trends. In precious metals, we have seen gold bulls attempt to post recoveries …

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  • Latest Earnings Will Buy Time For Apple’s Cook

    Summary

    Quarterly earnings may have beaten weak estimates, but the underlying strength here is undeniable.
    Apple now has its opportunity to win back the market’s positive attention.
    Latest results will give Tim Cook the time and flexibility he needs to introduce Apple’s next product innovation.

    It can be said that innovation and performance at Apple

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  • Prospect Capital – Looking Solid Into Earnings Release

    Summary

    Volatility in BDCs likely to be short-lived.
    Prospect’s fundamentals and ability to generate elevated income still look favorable.
    Progress in company’s Harbortouch deal will be telling in terms of what to expect next in earnings.

    Earlier this year, Russell and Standard & Poor’s both announced decisions to cut business development companies (BDCs), and a …

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  • APB: A Closed-End Fund For An Elevated Stock Market

    Summary

    Elevated stock benchmarks make closed-end funds more attractive.
    Positive growth surprises in China support the outlook for emerging Asia.
    APB offers access to well-positioned companies that are difficult for US investors to buy directly.

    For most of this year, some of the most commonly watched stock benchmarks have been trading at or near record …

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  • Avoid GLD: Ukraine-Fueled Pop Is Unsustainable

    Summary

    Transitory geopolitical influences will only generate short-term rallies in GLD.
    Investors should be watching ETF outflows, rather than unrelated news headlines.
    Inability to generate significant momentum and break the September 2013 highs creates added cause for concern.

    Those bullish on SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD) have been on the receiving end of …

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  • ECB Will Prevent Further Euro Strength

    Summary

    Long positions in euro-based assets looking increasingly risky.
    Central bank stance supports outlook for lower euro.
    Relative growth performance still favors US dollar.

    The US dollar has been under pressure against most of its major counterparts for the first half of this month, and some of the clearest beneficiaries from these trends can be …

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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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  • 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 …

    Read More

  • 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 …

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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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  • 2014 Week 3 NFL power rankings

    New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, removes his helmet after failing to pick up a first down against the Miami Dolphins late in the fourth quarter Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. . Miami beat New England 33-20. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine) FORT MYERS OUT

    It took just two weeks for the Seattle Seahawks to lose their hold of the top spot in 2014 NFL power rankings.

    Unlike Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the San Diego Chargers showed zero fear when hosting the defending Super Bowl champions. Philip Rivers could be as good as he has ever been, …

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  • Special Teams And Turnovers Plays Integral Part In Giants’ Loss To Arizona

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts after a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

    An outbreak of penalties, a shaky Eli Manning and crucial turnovers led to an unhappy Tom Coughlin at MetLife Stadium. 

    “We’re always disappointed to lose,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said in a press conference on SNY. “We’re all men. Stop feeling sorry for ourselves. We had an opportunity but it slipped and there’s nobody …

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  • Big plays carry Cleveland Browns to comeback victory over New Orleans Saints

    FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel (2) listens in as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, center, talks with Brian Hoyer (6) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Cleveland. Manziel doesn't view himself as the Browns' savior, but almost everyone else does. The dynamic rookie quarterback will begin the season as Cleveland's second-string quarterback, but it may not be long before he's moved ahead of Hoyer, who already seems to be looking over his shoulder. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

    Last year’s Cleveland Browns lose to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

    The 2013 Browns don’t stop Drew Brees on a third-and-five at the Cleveland 31-yard line with 3:36 left on the clock. The 2013 Browns don’t convert on third down and fourth down on their final drive of the contest. The 2013 Browns don’t …

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  • Where the Cleveland Browns are in Week 2 NFL power rankings

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) passes with Johnny Manziel (2) during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Earlier Hoyer was named the opening day starter. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    So close, and yet so far.

    The Cleveland Browns played like the worst team in the National Football League during the second quarter of their 2014 regular season debut versus AFC North rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland’s offense couldn’t move down the field. Practically nobody on the defense of the Browns could cover wide receivers …

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  • Jets Use High-Powered Rushing Attack To Start Season Off At 1-0

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07: Chris Ivory #33 of the New York Jets stiffarms Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 7, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

    In a battle with rookie QB Derek Carr for the Raiders vs Jets’ sophomore QB Geno Smith, the New York Jets hinge on their vicious rushing attack to grasp a 19-14 win at Metlife Stadium to start the season off at 1-0. The Jets made a name for themselves when they used Chris Ivory to …

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  • Monroe Reluctantly Re-Signs: Seeks New Deal

    Detroit Pistons’ big man, Greg Monroe has at long last signed a one year deal worth approximately $5 million. His acceptance of the Pistons’ qualifying offer comes after holding out for weeks, seemingly in hopes to find a new team before the kickoff of the 2014 – 2015 season.

    Monroe has made it abundantly clear …

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  • Pacers Shopping Roy Hibbert

    The aftermath of Paul George’s potentially career ending injury is a nightmare in Indianapolis. Without George and without Lance Stephenson, a total overhaul and rebuild is required. The next Pacer to move on will likely be the athletic centerpiece of the club.

    Sources say that the Indiana Pacers made an offer to the Phoenix Suns …

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  • Paul George Suffers Severe Leg Injury During Team USA Practice

    Horrific news for Paul George, the Indiana Pacers, Team USA, and the entirety of the NBA as George suffers a serious leg injury.  Team USA practice ended tonight following George’s collision with the basket stanchion.  Chasing down James Harden and fouling him on a layup, George caught a lot of air and landed awkwardly on …

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  • Parker Agrees to 3 Year Extension

    NBA champion and future hall of fame point guard, Tony Parker has reached an agreement with the Spurs that will extend his contract for an additional 3 years, Yahoo Sports reports.

    The exact details of the contract are unknown per Spurs’ regulation. However, initial reports put the total value of Parker’s contract extension in the …

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  • Harkless Won’t Represent Puerto Rico In FIBA World Cup

     

    Maurice Harkless has decided not to play for the Puerto Rico national team in this year’s FIBA World Cup, The Orlando Sentinel reports. According to Magic insiders, the forward/guard reneged on his commitment to represent Puerto Rico in 2014 because he wants to focus on the Magic.

    The decision should come as no surprise.…

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  • Chip Kelly And Nick Foles Impressed With Sanchez At Camp

    QB Mark Sanchez speaking with a reporter after training camp. Anthony Carter/ Epoch Times

    PHILADELPHIA (July 30th, 2014) – On the 4th day of training camp, 2nd year head coach, Chip Kelly addressed the media before camp and one of the questions that arose were what are his observations of QB Mark Sanchez. 

    Sanchez, 27, was brought into the Eagles organization this offseason after being released by the New …

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  • New York Liberty Acquire Swin Cash

    NEW YORK – The New York Liberty announced that they have traded F Delisha Milton-Jones in exchange for F Swin Cash from the Atlanta Dream. 

    Cash is a three-time WNBA champion and a four time All-Star. According to a press release, Cash reunites with HC Bill Laimbeer where they have won two WNBA championships out …

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  • NBA Draft Recap: Numerous Trades

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Media await the first pick of the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Maribel de la Torre/Getty Images)

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – In the 2014 NBA Draft, there were several trades back and forth. Here’s the rundown:    

    - The Orlando Magic traded G Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier and the rights to (No. 56 pick) Roy Devyn Marble. 

    - The Denver Nuggets traded F Anthony Randolph and (No.11) Doug …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Utah Jazz

    With the 23rd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select G Rodney Hood from Duke 

    Harris, 6’8″, 215 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    16.1 PPG (Points Per Game)

    4.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

    2.1 APG (Assists Per Game)

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Outside shooter

                                 - Great size on the wing

                            

                        

    Quick Facts: 

    > …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Minnesota Grizzlies

    With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Grizzlies select G Jordan Adams from UCLA

    Harris, 6’5″, 209 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    17.4 PPG (Points Per Game)

    5.3 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

    2.3 APG (Assists Per Game)

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Mid-range Scoring

                                 - Attacking

                            

     Quick Facts: 

    > Collected 168 steals in …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Oklahoma City Thunder

    With the 21th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select C Mitch McGary from Michigan. 

    Harris, 6’10″, 263 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    9.5 PPG (Points Per Game)

    8.3 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Quick for his size

                                 - Can do damage offensively as a playmaker

                                  – Rarely turns …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Toronto Raptors Selection

    With the 20th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select F Bruno Caboclo [International]

    Caboclo, 6’9″, 200 lbs. 

    (No Available info/statistics on Caboclo) 

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  • NBA Live Draft Update: Chicago Bulls selection (2)

    With the 19th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select G Gary Harris from Michigan State. 

    Harris, 6’4″, 210 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    16.7 PPG (Points Per Game)

    4.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

    2.7 APG (Assists Per Game)

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Strong and Physical

                                 - Versatile offensive game

                                  – Solid ball …

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  • NBA Live Draft Update: Phoenix Suns selection

    With the 18th pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Phoenix Suns select G Tyler Ennis from Syracuse University. 

    Ennis, 6’2” weighs 180 lbs

     

    Strengths – Quality outside Shooter

    -  Good length

    - Great court vision

     

    Averages last season [Out of 34 games]

    12.9 – PPG (Points Per Game)  * Ranked second on …

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  • NBA Live Draft Update: Boston Celtics selection

    With the 17th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select G James Young from Kentucky. 

    Young, 6’6″, 215 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    14.3 PPG (Points Per Game)

    4.3 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Good size 

                                 - Light on his feet

                             - Looks over the top of the defense

                            

    Quick …

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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 …

    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, …

    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 …

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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 …

    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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  • 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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  • Sunlight

    The Poetess 

    The sun is pouring rays of love

    with every shining peace and whisper

    on every leaf glows a prayer

    on every gentle flower a word

    with every fish swims the sound

    every hour baskets of change

    our life flowing into miracles.…

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  • The Portrait of Beauty poem

     

     

    The smile sends a friend

    Into a peaceful descend

    In the flowers gentle colors

    Opens the scent of God’s door

    To our heaven’s floor

    Within faiths beauty

    Is the portrait to summers dynasty.

     …

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  • Tea and Honey

    The tea of summer

    Grows the finest measure

    Planting a masterpiece to joyful days

    Natural ways

    Warmness to inspire

    Dressed in healthy attire

    The honey of summer

    Brings roses of the purest

    Fresh flowers

    Twinkling showers

    Heavens embrace

    A Velvet  lace

    Vibrant towers 

    Of the highest power.

     By: JoyAnne O’Donnell…

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  • Savion Glover’s “OM” Seeks Transcendence Through Tap Dance

    OM (Savion Glover and Company)

    Savion Glover’s dance work, “OM,” begins with a recording of Kenny Garrett’s “Calling,” a jazz piece in the spiritual style of John Coltrane. Then, the stage is filled with votive candles, religious artifacts (a crucifix, a statue of Buddha, and a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi) and the images of famous African-American dancers (Michael Jackson, Gregory …

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  • Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks:” A Lonely Sailor Finds Romance at Irish Rep

    photo by Carol Rosegg

    If you’re seeking an evening of charm and romance, head to the Irish Repertory Theater where Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks” has been enchanting audiences.

    This two character play starts an epistolary work, letters back and forth between a man and woman. Colm Primrose (Patrick Fitzgerald) is a fisherman in a remote island in the west …

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  • Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in all its Majesty

    A legendary performance with Gobbi, Vickers and Christoff

    The 1958 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at Covent Garden is legendary for its combination of remarkable talents, notably the conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, the director of Luchino Visconti, and three of the greatest singing actors of the last century: Jon Vickers, Tito Gobbi and Boris Christoff. Unfortunately, there is no video available but …

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  • Keep Your Smoothie Healthy

    Smoothies are a great easy way to provide your body with the correct daily nutrition. Making them at home also lets you control and know exactly what you are drinking. Unfortunately, it’s easy for us to let unhealthy ingredients sneak into a healthy smoothie.

    Remember why smoothies are healthy

    Vitamins and Minerals

    Our primary source …

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  • The Role of Nutrition in Treating ADD/ADHD

    This week’s blog is on the role of nutrition in treating ADD/ADHD. Most treatments have focused upon medications, such as stimulant drugs. Millions of children are treated with medication and while successful for some, in many instances, there are unpleasant side effects. These can include nervousness, anxiety, palpitations, headache, insomnia, and loss of appetite.

    From …

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  • Should fitness be fixness (Butt and Gut)?

    Interview with Daniel Giel  Part 2.

    The joy of movement EM Technique continues the interview with Daniel as he shares insights into the process of teaching and learning the movement systems and healing modalities at his command. witness the joy of his movement…

    Give yourself permission to enjoy the joy of movement.

    Daniel Giel

    www.danielgiel.com…

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  • How to Juice while Travelling

    Drinking fresh cold pressed juice has provided me and thousands of others great results. We have lost weight, improved our energy, and address existing medical conditions with juicing. One of my keys to success is getting into a routine.

    My typical routine is to juice for 3 days and take a break for 4 days. …

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  • How to Start Juicing in 6 Steps

    Are you starting to feel like you are the only person in the world who hasn’t tried juicing? Have you done some research and want to give it a try but just aren’t sure where to start? Well today, I’m going to break it down into 6 easy digestible steps to help those that need …

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  • The Role of Nutrition in Overcoming Alcohol Addiction

    This week’s blog focuses on the role of nutrition in overcoming alcohol addiction. Studies also have found that alcohol decreases absorption of vitamins and minerals, and decreases appetite, limiting the nutrients that can be obtained from food. A whole foods diet can help to replace lost nutrients. Choose mostly organic fruits and vegetables, consuming at …

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  • Life After Robin Williams

    I didn’t want to blog about Robin’s death by apparent suicide until I could grieve some on my own. He was one of my favorite actors and comedians. So many could identify with or look up to him as he struggled to overcome his challenges, despite fame and fortune!  And, many of them are left …

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  • New Research Identifies 4 Plants that Battle Prostate Cancer

    This summer’s annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago created significant buzz in the medical community about 4 plants that may help patients battling prostate cancer. Researchers announced the results that tested 4 different ‘food pills’ vs. placebo in prostate cancer patients and tracked the Prostate Specific Antigen or PSA levels. The …

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  • 42 shot, 5 dead in Chicago last weekend but gun zealots say “carrying” is reducing crime

     

     

    Chicago

     

    Open and concealed “carrying” lowers crime because the bad guys know they better not try anything. It is pretty much a gun zealot catechism ever since John Lott’s More Guns Less Crime, published in 1998. Lott lost credibility when he was unable to produce data or records showing a survey he cited in the …

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  • 3 Ways to Use Fall Sunflowers

    Sunflowers are in full bloom right about now in most of the United States.  If you are lucky enough to grow them or live by someone like me who grows them, they are tall beautiful plants that add a great early fall contrast to your yard.  However, there are many additional ways you can use …

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  • What does High Hydrostatic Pressure do to My Juice?

    Freshly squeezed juices have become increasingly popular with Americans.  Americans have been drinking more and more fresh juice as a way to improve their health and daily nutrition.  While the trend is growing quickly, one of the biggest barriers to wide mainstream adoption is also what makes juice great.  The short shelf life makes traditional …

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  • The Role of Nutrition and Lifestyle in Mental Health

    This week’s blog is the first of a series on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in mental health. We tend to underestimate the power of food/lifestyle over our emotions and when depressed or anxious often resort to medication as the first line of defense. In many instances, food/lifestyle changes can address these emotional states …

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  • Victim of Chicago Killer, John Gacy, Becomes Author and Survivor Activist

     

    Chicago

     

    About 45 people gathered on a hot August night at a Chicago LBGT community center  to hear a chapter in Chicago history that is often forgotten–how John Gacy prowled the streets of Chicago’s northside from 1972 through 1978, picking up young men and murdering at least 33 of them. Gacy, one of the …

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  • Do you sink to the level of your training or rise to the occasion?

     
     
     

    EM Technique Interview with Daniel Giel founder of DGM
     
     
    How do you learn to move well? 
     
    How do you exercise well? 
     
     
    What are the basic common denominators in the journey of exercise and movement training? 
    EM Technique’s interview with Daniel evolves around the process of teaching exercise movement as well as an intimate portrait of

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  • Should People Watch the Animals They Eat Slaughtered?

     

     

    In Omaha, Nebraska, there is a proposal on the table for people buying meat to choose an animal and watch it being slaughtered.  But many are saying this encourages insensitivity and lack of empathy for suffering, whether human or animal. Many anthropologists say there is a strong cultural link between barbaric treatment of animals …

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  • Michael Brown and Ferguson Bear Strange Fruit

     

    “Face down in the street….in the ghetto…and a momma cried.” Those words from the eerily familiar song made famous by Elvis Presley bring to mind the images of Michael Brown’s body lying for hours in the middle of a narrow slice of asphalt in America’s heartland, an easy seven hour road trip east of Lebanon, …

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  • The Aging Brain: Ways to Boost Brain Power

    Many of us, starting in mid-life and accelerating in our sixties and beyond, are stunned at the extent to which we are forgetful. We lose our keys, cannot always retrieve words, especially names or find what we heard a moment ago evaporate into thin air. While many people quietly accept their fate, there are ways …

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  • Juicing the Pain Away

    Salsa Juice

    “Take Two and Call Me in the Morning” is the classic doctor line given to patients who call complaining of vague (but real to them) aches and pains.  In 2014, the updated phrase should be ‘Juice this and Call Me in the Morning’.

    Many of us experience chronic pain which may or may not have …

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  • A Holistic View of Weight Control

    Many of us have struggled with dieting and losing unwanted pounds. Sometimes we are able to lose weight, but only to regain it back over time.  Taking a more holistic view of weight control increases our chances of success in the long run.

    The basics of a holistic approach focuses not only on a healthy …

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  • Author of New Book Discusses Shame and Codependency

     

     

    Codependents often have trouble being open, honest and assertive with intimate partners says Darlene Lancer, an author and marriage and family therapist. In trying to manage, control and manipulate others, often by “people pleasing” or giving advice, codependents can “turn themselves into pretzels,” says Lancer.  Now, in her latest book, Conquering Shame and Codependency:

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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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