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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

Jake Crosby
Jake Crosby

Jake Crosby

Health

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

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

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

Linda Moore
Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Business

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

DJ Miller
DJ Miller

DJ Miller

Tech

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

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Adam Torkildson
Adam Torkildson

Adam Torkildson

Business

I am a business owner, and have been involved in startups and large companies at many different levels. Which I love to write about... 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

Tommy Wyher
Tommy Wyher

Tommy Wyher

Business

Tommy is a native of the great state of Florida and has been a part of numerous startups, some successful and some not so much... view profile

Dennis Adonis
Dennis Adonis

Dennis Adonis

News

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

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

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

Milad Doroudian
Milad Doroudian

Milad Doroudian

Milad Doroudian is writer, historian, and the Senior Editor of The Art of Polemics Magazine... view profile

Liz Leafloor
Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor

Science

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

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

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

Parm Parmar
Parm Parmar

Parm Parmar

Travel

Parm Parmar is a freelance travel and food writer based in Toronto. Connect with her on twitter @parmiep, or via her blog Planet Blue Adventure... 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

Maria Esteves
Maria Esteves

Maria Esteves

Entertainment

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






  • Historic English Music Clubs Today

    The British Invasion of the 1960s did more than start a worldwide music phenomenon; it spawned a cultural phenomenon as well. As the artists’ fame grew so did the locations where they bought their clothes, the food they ate, and the books they read. As a result, Carnaby Street became as familiar in Los Angeles …

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  • Romania In The First World War: A Forgotten Narrative

    Romanian Troops in Transylvania. Image by Gogu Negulesco.

    There have been numerous movies and books dedicated to the Western Front, rightly so as after all it was an egregious stalemate-turned-massacre, yet historians do not seem to want to pay too much attention to the other side of the conflict, namely the Balkans, where another type of war played out.

    Romania, a place where …

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  • Want To Double Your Profits? Track These Lucky 7 Crucial Numbers

    Want to know if you’re a serious business owner? Start reciting your profit margins and sales conversion rates without consulting your accounting books. Stumped? It might be time to track your numbers more closely. Studies show that business owners who monitor the critical financial numbers of their business are more likely to achieve financial goals. …

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  • Massive Growth in Bulk Buying Online for Business

    Regardless of your business niche, you will need to replenish your basic supplies from time to time for the smooth running of the business.   For instance, a bottling business will need regular supplies of PET bottles from time to time. However, buying these supplies in bulk at competitive prices is often difficult in many cases …

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  • Legal Troubles Keeping You From Traveling to Canada

    There are many different reasons for another country to disallow a person to enter their country. Often times it has to do with legal issues that the person has had in the past. The offenses can be minor or major, it is still up to the country being entered to allow the person to enter …

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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  • Japan: from Pacifism to “Collective Self Defense”

    In 2014, Japan has seen some major shake-ups regarding its military philosophy, its national ideals, and even its constitution. The conservative government, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has begun moving the country away from its peaceful roots and towards a more offensive-minded utilization of its military. Here’s everything to know about Japan’s move towards …

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  • AUMF Sunsets and Concluding Wars

    There is still much to be said about the draft or working language President Obama presented to Congress for authorization to use force against the Islamic State group two weeks ago. One of the most ironic headlines surrounding congressional reaction to the president’s AUMF is that both Democrats and Republicans reject it for totally opposite …

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  • Birdman Wins Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards

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    The 87th Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) for outstanding film achievements of 2014, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris was held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre & Highland Center, televised live on ABC Network and in over 220 countries Sunday, February 22, 2015. Four Oscars went to Birdman or

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  • The Menopause Transition

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

    Menopause is a transition in life that women sometimes dread, anticipating the discomfort of hot flashes along with other symptoms such as nervousness, depression, irritability, and mood swings.  Women can come to feel badly about themselves and have a poor body image, in part, because of negative perceptions associated with menopause, some of which are …

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  • Getting Rid of Scary Stubborn Carpet Stains

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    Whether you’ve just spilled coffee on your beautiful new carpet or you’ve moved into a new house that has old, set in carpet stains, don’t lose hope yet. Some stains are pretty easy to clean up if caught in time, but others take a little more creativity. However, Trusted Cleaner even admits that there are …

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

    foodtruck

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

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

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  • Design Recipes: Cathy’s Home Staging Secrets – Home Staging Success: How to Create a Discussion Piece

    When selling a home, you’re faced with a tremendous amount of competition. Potential buyers generally scout out a number of homes in one day, which means that it can be easy for yours to get lost in the crowd.

    One way to help your home stand out, is by investing in a discussion piece. A …

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  • Video Conferencing Usage in the U.S. is on a Rise

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    The days of tight budgets are here to stay as companies from small to Fortune 500 contemplate a global business environment that demands a faster response than traditional meeting formats can provide. Certainly the number of meeting that professionals need to attend has exploded along with the globalization of supply chains and the advent of …

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  • MBFW Tokyo Runway Meets New York Fall 2015 Show

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    TOKYO RUNWAY meets NEW YORK show debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Lincoln Center, Thursday, February 19, 2015. Creative and performing artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, fashion designer Nick Wooster, Malaysian Australian recording artist Che’Nelle, actress Di Quon, Grown Ups, recording artists Liv Nervo and Miriam Nervo attended the show.

    The seven Japanese designers that …

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  • 5 Top Video Streaming Service Companies in the U.S.

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    With a love for media, Americans are constantly on the hunt for new and innovative ways to gain access to television, movies, and music. The following takes a look at the top five streaming services companies in the U.S. for 2015, in no particular order:

    1. Vudu

    Much like other streaming giants, Vudu has made …

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  • Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Website

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

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  • We’re In It Together: Men’s Role in Advancing Women in Business

    Men Helping Women in Business

    Recently I found myself at a hedge fund conference before a panel discussion about women in hedge funds. I was there to feel out the participants on their ideas about women’s advancement in this field, but had regrettably come away with a sour taste resulting from the unfortunate outlook of one particular male attendee.…

    First,

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  • How To Clone Yourself In Your Business

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    If you run your own business or work more than 60 hours a week, then you probably have been asking yourself two questions for a while now: “How do I make a day contain 36 hours?” and “How do I clone myself?” Though time-warping is still under development, perfecting the ability to clone yourself (in …

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  • Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect Turns to Short-Selling

    The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme has given the green light to traders to short Shanghai shares, in a statement released by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

    Set to commence on March 2, the move comes as plans to bring about a successful trading link between Hong Kong and mainland China were offset by a …

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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

    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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  • 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 …

    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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  • 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

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Read More

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

    foodtruck

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

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

    Read More

  • Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Website

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

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  • 5 Major Issues Facing Supply Chain Leaders

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

    Never trust …

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

    Take a good look at them (C) williamhook of Flickr

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

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  • Do We Take Our Car Tech For Granted?

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

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  • Influencers Help With Online Marketing

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

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  • Wyatt Jozwowski — Exclusive 1 on 1 Interview

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

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  • Using Your Phone To Increase Business Productivity

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

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

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  • Auto Likes For Instagram On The Rise

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

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

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

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  • Instagram Marketing: How to Create Awesome Videos for Instagram

    instagram

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

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

    Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Scandal

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

    According …

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  • How to Make Money Selling Your Old Media and Tech

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

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  • Step by Step instructions to Go About Using Windows Movie Maker

    Windows Movie producer is utilized for making motion pictures, snaps and alongside that it is likewise utilized for making the authority presentations. It is not difficult to utilize and side by side it is exceptionally intriguing likewise for the individual who know how to utilize it as a part of a legitimate way. It is …

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  • The Future of Online Gambling Hangs in a Limbo

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    In 2006 Online Gaming took its biggest hit and faced its biggest challenge of existence yet. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed in 2006 as a way to prohibit U.S. banks from processing transactions from illegal gambling businesses. When the bill was passed, there was not a single legal online poker site …

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  • The Dirty Secret Behind Comparison Sites

    Comparison websites promise to help you find the best deals on everything from groceries to fashion, airfares and credit cards but what you see is not exactly what you get. While it is true that these services offer comparisons for a range of brands and products, they actually make money off commissions from the very …

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  • Auto DIY’ers Flooding Online Parts Suppliers

    People who are a part of the auto parts industry from those that sell to those that buy are feeling good about auto parts sales as a whole. One reason why sales are so good is because of online purchases. Auto part sales at brick and mortar stores rose only 1.5 percent over 2013.

    “We’re …

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  • The Web in Auckland New Zealand

    If you are a company doing business in Auckland, New Zealand, you should have your own specific website. Auckland Web companies have access to more than 3,810,144 Internet users. That accounts for more than 86 percent of the total population of New Zealand. Internet usage has grown steadily from 22.2 percent of the population in …

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  • How Technology Can Help You Overcome Your Gambling Addiction

    We all have our weaknesses, and for a small percentage of the population, this is gambling. Whether it’s a bitcoin casino website that you just can’t seem to pull yourself away from or you just love going into the betting shop and trying your luck with the latest horse races or sports games, most gamblers …

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  • Are we killing the Great Barrier Reef?

    The Great Barrier Reef, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World is soon to be listed as World Heritage in Danger.

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

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

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

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  • Witches’ Familiars, Spirit Guardians and Demons

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

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  • Extraordinary: Woman’s Missing Brain Surprises Doctors

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • Cleveland Browns Week 11 NFL power rankings

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

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 10 NFL power rankings

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

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 9 NFL power rankings

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

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  • Week 9 NFL power rankings

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

    Can we fast forward past …

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  • NFL: Raiders at Browns preview

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

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

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

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

    One bad game.

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

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  • 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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  • 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 …

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

    Silvano sings her own tunes with Mike Abene on piano

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

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  • Everyone Loves Elena in “La Donna del Lago”

    Joyce DiDonato as Elena in  "La Donna del Lago" (photo by Ken Howard)

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

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  • The Art of Elena Obraztsova

    Elena Obraztsova, The Fiery Mezzo-Soprano

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

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

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

    Tchaikovsky's opera makes its debut at the Met

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

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  • Abdrazakov Earns a Standing Ovation at Carnegie Hall

    Russian bass brings the audience at Carnegie Hall to its feet

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

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

    A Memorial to the Victims of the Holocaust

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

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  • Opera Star Ildar Abdrazakov to Perform at Carnegie Hall

    The great Russian bass will give a recital at Carnegie Hall

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

    He is married …

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  • Four Decades of Live Recordings by the Royal Opera

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    The Royal Opera was formed, along with the Royal Ballet, after World War II. Performing in a theater in Covent Garden in London, the company has developed its own stars and brought in talents from around the world. Opus Arte (distributed by Naxos) has recently released a mammoth 32-CD box set titled, “Great Performances,” containing …

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

    Tom Dugan as Wiesenthal (photo by Carol Rosegg)

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

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

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

    Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression

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

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  • The Merry Widow Waltzes into the Met

    Renee Fleming and Nathan Gunn in "The Merry Widow" (photo by Ken Howard)

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

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

    Angela Christine Smith as Buttercup (Photo by Noah Strone)

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

    From the …

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  • Gotham Holiday Swing at Town Hall

    photo by Steve Friedman

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

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

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

    The late folksinger and civil rights activist is honored in dance

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

    By Barry Bassis

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

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

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

    Cover courtesy of Decca

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

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

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

    Chris Botti is Spending his 10th Annual Holiday Residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club

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

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

    These are the last performances of the Schenk production

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

    This is the Otto Schenk production …

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  • The Spirited “Barber of Seville” at the Met

    Photo by Ken Howard

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

    The …

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

    Two members of the unconventional Sycamore family

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

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

    John Waters Portrays John Lennon

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

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

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

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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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  • 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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