July 15, 2017

Rent Or Buy? Whats The Best Move For Your Money?}

Submitted by: David Cunic

At one time I did a lot of work for Citi Mortgage as the creative lead on their online advertising. It was apparent what was going to happen, i.e., the crash.

Citis then CEO, his eminence Charles Prince III, was quoted as saying, Were going to keep dancing as long as the music plays.

Anyway, please raise your hand if youve ever heard any of these:

Renting is like throwing your money down the drain.

Homeownership is a time and money suck.

Youre young! Why tie yourself down?

Youre old enough shouldnt you own a home by now?

If youre stuck in the rent or buy dilemma how do you make sense of all the conflicting advice and decide whats right?


notwithstanding break the debate down into simple lifestyle considerations. Your choice comes down to which will give you the lifestyle you want.

The Joys of Renting:


Renters have the flexibility of moving quickly. If youre sick of downtown, head to the burbs. Or vice versa. If you lose your job, hate your hood, or decide to move in with sweetie pie, you can head out as soon as your lease expires (or pay for an early lease termination).

Access to amenities

You may be able to enjoy super amenities at a fraction of the cost of installing or subscribing to them. From the on-site gym to the swimming pool, your rent may cover it all.

Less responsibility

Leaky faucet? Call the super. Someone else handles the furnace breakdown, and you wont ever have to clear snow from the walkway, or pay for a new roof when renting a place.

Less financial pressure

Owning a home is a long-term responsibility. You are, after all, stuck with your mortgage. (Aside: Mortgage means Death Pledge in French.) When you rent, you dont face this struggle.

Ownership Has Its Privileges And Considerable Pleasures:

Ability to customize

Hate the cabinets in your kitchen? Change them out. Want to turn a laminate countertop into granite? Go for it. As a homeowner, your home is your canvas. Knock down a wall, create your dream kitchen no one will tell you what you can or cannot do.

Freedom to live how you want

Want a dog, a cat, or a litter of gerbils? Want to host a cookout? Feel free. You can do almost anything, as long as its legal and you dont disturb the neighbors when you buy your home.

Financial perks

Owning a home builds equity. And you can write off mortgage interest at tax-time, get tax credits for certain improvements, even turn your unused rooms into rental units. Plus with a fixed-rate mortgage, your mortgage payments never rise. And as inflation kicks in, youll repay your mortgage in cheaper dollars over time.

What Questions Should You Ask?

So where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?

How long will do you plan on living in the same town?

How stable is your job?

Can you afford a home you can grow into?

Are you prepared to sink a large amount of money into a home, or do you have other goals youd rather focus on?

Are you hands-on or hands-off?

Theres no right answer to rent or buy.

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Chávez warns oil prices could double if US invades Iran

Monday, November 19, 2007

The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, warned that the price of crude oil could reach $200 per barrel “if the United States committed the madness of invading Iran”, or attacked his country.

Chávez made this statement in the act of opening the third Summit of Chiefs of State of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Mr. Chávez pleaded that OPEC should adopt a more political agenda and requested “that the threats against the countries” of the organization should stop. He said that $100 dollars per barrel was a “fair” price and remembered that when he assumed presidency of Venezuela in 1999, the price went up to about ten dollars.

The prices of raw oil approached $100 last week before settling down again. Some observers think it is possible that the $100 barrier may be broken. During the trading session following this two-day summit, that is expected to result in the “Declaration of Riyadh”, the price of petroleum rose $0.80 in the New York market and $0.66 in London.

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July 14, 2017

How To Make An Ex Girlfriend Wildly Jealous}

Submitted by: Anthony Malibu

When everything you’ve been trying to get back your ex girlfriend hasn’t worked, making her jealous is a definite option. You can do this without mind games or stupid tricks – there are ways of making your exgirlfriend feel extreme jealously toward your situation after breaking up with you, if you know what they are.

If you’re looking to win back the love of your ex, nothing works quite as well – or as quickly – as that big green monster: jealousy. Creating it within your ex’s mind breeds attraction, desire, and a very heated sense of urgency to come running back to you. Making your ex girlfriend jealous is a great tool when trying to get her interested in dating you again, and it can fix a break up quicker than just about anything else. But as with all moves you make after your relationship ends, you must be careful how you go about doing it.

There are many ways to instill jealousy, even if your ex is the one who initiated the break up. The more of them you can score, the more desperate your girlfriend will be to get back with you. The biggest rule to remember however, is that you can’t let your ex know that you’re trying to make her jealous. If she suspects that you are, then the jig is up. You need to make her envious of your position, status, and emotional state – and you have to do this with an uncaring attitude, as if you’re not even concerned with your ex girlfriend at all. The best ways to make her feel jealous emotions is to let her think you’ve moved on with your life.

The following methods are best for making an ex girlfriend jealous:

Getting Over Everything Quickly

After she breaks up with you, your ex is still watching for your reaction. She’ll expect to see you upset and depressed, and she’ll be braced for you to fight to get her back. This is why the faster it appears you’ve moved on, the more stunned your exgirlfriend will be. When she sees that you’re not chasing after her, your ex will think she underestimated your attraction and need for her. All good things, because as you’re rattling her confidence it seems that yours is soaring.

Look Great and Feel Good

The days and weeks just after your break up should be a whirlwind of physical activity for you. Instead of sitting around waiting for the phone to ring, get out and exercise. Go to the gym, do some weight training, start running and work on your tan. As you get fit you’re going to feel better, and you’ll have tons more energy. All that sweat will release endorphins and stress. You’ll think less and less about your ex and more about yourself, which is what you should be doing. When you’re looking and feeling good, hit the mall and grab some new clothing. All of these things will make you instantly more attractive to everyone around you, including your ex girlfriend. Make her envious by looking better than you ever did while the two of you were dating.

Channel Positivity Everywhere You Go

Now it might seem hard to feel good about things right now, but you need to keep a positive outlook if you want to win your ex back. Don’t pity yourself, mourn the relationship, or lock yourself in your room. Suck things up, and concentrate on moving forward. Don’t hope or pray that you’ll get back together with your girlfriend – know that you will. When you radiate nothing but confidence, good things tend to happen all around you. You’re going to be more driven to succeed, and by staying active you’re allowing yourself more opportunites. All of these traits are highly regarded by women, and it’s what they look for in a man. The more of them you can give off, the greater your chances of sparking renewed interest from your ex girlfriend.

Date Other Women

Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing will make your ex more jealous than seeing you with another girl. She may have broken up with you, dumped you, not wanted you anymore… but once she sees that someone else wants you? All those things fall by the wayside. Suddenly she’s re-evaluating you as a potential mate, and envious of your new girlfriend. And if she hasn’t moved on yet? It’s going to be ten times worse for her. Few things hurt a girl more than seeing you move on with someone new while she’s still sitting at home, alone.

Now I’m not saying you should forget your goal of getting your ex back. Nor am I saying you should date someone just for the sake of making your ex jealous. But casually seeing a new girl or two? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. In fact, it’s healthy for you – and it’s healthy for stirring those old emotions that your ex tried so hard to bury when she broke up with you. Going out and dating again is a win-win scenario when it comes to winning back your ex.

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Canadian jazz star Diana Krall gives birth to twin boys

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Canadian jazz star Diana Krall has given birth Wednesday to twin boys named Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James in New York City, where the couple live.

“We are ecstatic!” and the “mother and sons are doing splendidly,” reads a statement released by Krall and her husband, English musician Elvis Costello, best known for songs such as Pump It Up and Alison.

The twins are Krall’s first children. Costello already has a child from an earlier marriage.

Costello, 52, and Krall, 42, shared the birth of their two sons on their third wedding anniversary.

“I have twins on my mother’s side,” Krall told People magazine in September.

Krall, born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, who is a Grammy award winner, and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005, released her latest album titled From This Moment On in September.

The couple married three years ago in a ceremony held at Elton John’s mansion in Surrey, England in December 2003. Paul McCartney and Pamela Wallin, Canada’s consul general to New York were invited among the 150 guests.

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IMF head remains in New York prison; charged over alleged hotel sex attack

Sunday, May 15, 2011

This sordid episode—no matter how it ultimately plays out—will spell the end of Strauss-Kahn as an effective leader of the IMF even if he retains his position, which is highly unlikely.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, remained in jail last night after being charged with sexually attacking a chambermaid at a New York City hotel. Strauss-Kahn has agreed to undergo forensic screening before he appears in court, and has vowed to “vigorously” defend himself against the charges, which are likely to create a leadership void at the IMF, disrupt emergency talks over the European debt crisis, and spell the end of his political career.

Strauss-Khan was the favourite candidate for the French presidency, and was expected to announce he would stand against Nicolas Sarkozy this month. But the allegations are expected to destroy the hopes of his supporters, increase infighting among the French left, and leave his political career in tatters. His arrest comes at a critical moment for the IMF, and will likely plunge efforts to stabilise the financial states of struggling eurozone countries into chaos. He was meant to discuss the bailouts of Greece and Portugal with European Union financial officials at a meeting in Brussels this week.

Eswar Shanker Prasad, a professor of international economics at Cornell University, said: “This sordid episode – no matter how it ultimately plays out – will spell the end of Strauss-Kahn as an effective leader of the IMF even if he retains his position, which is highly unlikely.” The IMF, however, insisted it remained “fully functioning and operational.”

Strauss-Kahn was to appear in court in Manhattan yesterday charged with three crimes, including attempted rape, but the hearing has been delayed so he can undergo forensic tests. He was taken into custody by officials while on an Air France passenger plane which was about to take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport for Paris; when detectives approached him in the first class cabin in the aircraft he reportedly asked: “What is this about?” Strauss-Kahn reportedly fled the hotel “in a hurry” after the attack, leaving a number of personal effects behind. “If our officers had been ten minutes later he would have been in the air and on their [sic] way to France,” a spokesperson for the New York Police Department said.

The chambermaid reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a man staying in a “luxury suite” at the Sofitel hotel near Times Square. “The maid described being forcibly attacked, locked in the room and sexually assaulted,” the police spokesperson said. Strauss-Kahn came out of the shower naked while the chambermaid was working in the room, tried to pull the woman onto the bed and locked the door, The New York Times reported, quoting police sources. She allegedly fought him off, but he sexually assaulted her again after dragging her to the bathroom, before he locked her in the room; she was reportedly hospitalized afterwards with trauma.

In 2008, a year after becoming the leader of the IMF, Strauss-Kahn was reprimanded by the organization’s board after being involved in an extramarital affair with another senior executive at the bank. More recently, he was pictured driving a luxury car in Paris, causing a media furore over whether his lifestyle fitted with the socialist attitude he claims to represent. But his wife, former television star Anne Sinclair, has dismissed the accusations. She said: “I do not believe for one second the accusations brought against my husband. I have no doubt his innocence will be established.”

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Australian researchers confirm stress makes you sick

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Australian researchers say they have scientifically proven that stress causes sickness. The Garvan Institute in Sydney has discovered that a hormone, known as neuropeptide Y, (NPY) is released into the body during times of stress. Their findings show the hormone can stop the immune system from functioning properly.

Neuropeptide Y is one of those hormones that gets unregulated or released from neurones when stressful situations occur…it’s known for example that it regulates blood pressure and heart rates so your heart rate goes up but it hasn’t been known that it actually can affect immune cells as well,” said Professor Herbert Herzog, one of the researchers.

Herzog feels it is good to finally have proof of something people have suspected for so long.

“Now we have proven without doubt that there is a direct link and that stress can weaken the immune system and that makes you more vulnerable when you for example have a cold or flu and even in the more serious situations such as cancer can be enhanced in these situations,” said Herzog.

The Garvan Institute study centres on two key events that enable the human body to recognise foreign substances and control invaders. When our body encounters a pathogen (bacteria and viruses), the immune cells retain and interrogate suspects. Their activation is made possible by NPY. These cells then return to the lymph nodes, which are found all over the body, with information about the foreign invaders. The lymph nodes are where decisions about defence are made.

“Most of us expect to come down with a cold or other illness when we are under pressure, but until now we have mostly had circumstantial evidence for a link between the brain and the immune system,” said lead Garvan researcher, associate Professor Fabienne Mackay. “During periods of stress, nerves release a lot of NPY and it gets into the bloodstream, where it directly impacts on the cells in the immune system that look out for and destroy pathogens (bacteria and viruses) in the body.”

In the case of bacteria and viruses, TH1 cells are part of the attack team that is sent out on the ‘search and destroy’ mission. But when their job is done they need to be turned ‘off’ and the immune system reset. The same hormone, NPY, that activates the sentry cells now prompts the TH1 cells to slow down and die.

“Under normal conditions, circulating immune cells produce small amounts of NPY, which enables the immune cells on sentry duty and the TH1 immune cells to operate – it’s a yin and yang kind of situation. But too much NPY means that the TH1 attack is prevented despite the foreign invaders being identified – and this is what happens during stress,” added McKay.

The impact of stress on the body has been observed in athletes. Ph. D researcher at the University of Queensland, Luke Spence, together with the Australian Institute of Sport, studied elite and recreational athletes over five months.

They found elite athletes were more susceptible to respiratory diseases under stress.

“A lot of elite athletes put themselves through vast amounts of physical stress in their training, but also their emotional, psychological stress of feeling the pressure of Australia on their shoulders, wanting to compete and wanting to do their best,” said Spence.

It’s not just athletes who are prone to stress. Pressures at work and at home may cause emotional and mental stress that can be equally damaging. Almost a third of all work absenteeism in Australia is due to illness, costing employers over $10 billion a year.

“I think it has a huge impact for the work force and also for employers – if their employees are constantly stressed, constantly under pressure, they are more likely to get sick,” Spence said.

Further research could lead to the development of new drugs which may inhibit the action of the neuropeptide Y hormone.

Herzog warns people to minimise stress before it becomes a problem.

“Relaxation methods like yoga will help you to prevent that but there will still be people out there that are not responding to that and treatment by interfering with the system will be important,” he said. “There’s obviously some time until such a treatment will be available but this is something we will definitely work towards.”

The Garvan research will be published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, Volume 202, No. 11.

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Kerala South India Tours Kochi Attractions}

Kerala South India Tours Kochi Attractions


Chandra Prakash

Are you planning for Kerala tours in South India? Looking for an exotic tourist place in Kerala? Well, your search ends here. Visit Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) in Kerala Gods Own Country. Believe me you will have an enduring travel and tourism experience to cherish for lifetime. Kochi is one of the most important cities in the charming and captivating states of Kerala appealing a large number of travellers and vacationers from different parts of the world. The city has the finest natural harbor on the azure Arabian Sea Cost of India. Also this city is the major commercial centre of the state. This city is often described as the Mini Kerala as the city enjoys everything for what Kerala is known for. Beaches, backwaters, temples, historical & religious sites, magnificent monuments, marvelous forts & palaces, houseboats, boat cruise, cultural wonders, exotic art form, art & architecture, tea coffee plantations, spice gardens, etc are featured attraction of Kochi city tours and travels in Gods Own Country.

Lovingly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is also an important sea port of India or often described as the Port City of India. The city captures hearts of tourists from across the world with a number of attractions and interesting tourist places. The city has a glorious history which spans over several centuries. Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Hill Palace Museum, Bolghatty Palace, Pareekshith Thampuran Museum, Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, Willington Island, Jewish Synagogue, Vypeen Island, Fort Kochi Beach, Cherai Beach, Katsurahama Beach, Backwaters, Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese Fishing Nets, Colonial Houses, Jew Street, Dutch Cemetery, Princess Street, Ernakulam, Spice Market, Sea Food, etc are prime attractions of Kochi visit. You will have a wonderful opportunity explore and relish all these attractions of Cochin on your exciting Kerala Tours in South India.

The most enjoyable activities in Kochi are cruising backwaters, relaxing at beaches, and exploring various islands. Visiting sunset from the gigantic Chinese Fishing Nets is a unique & cheering experience of Kerala Kerala Tour Packages and travels. You Cochin city tour is incomplete without enjoy shopping. Shopping in this city lets tourists a wonderful opportunity for shop for some exquisite handicrafts, local sea foods, spices & nuts, coir products, bamboo products, shells, brass, ivory, sandalwood items, etc. Major shopping centre is MG Road. Tourist visiting to Kochi can make excursions for some other popular destinations of Kerala such as Alleppey, Kumarakom, Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Cheyyappara Waterfalls, Malayattoor Church, Periyar, Kalady, Aluva, etc. Being a major city in South India, Kochi is easily accessible from the different parts of India. It is well connected to all the major cities and tourist places of Kerala and South India. The city has an international airport.

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July 13, 2017

Soft drink foes cheer victory, lament remaining junk foods in schools

Monday, May 8, 2006

Last week’s announcement that most soda manufacturers will stop selling their sugary products in U.S. schools did not mention that avoiding lawsuits was part of the motivation for the self-imposed ban. Some of those who threatened legal action to stop the soda sales are patting themselves on the back over the agreement, while lamenting that the deal did not go far enough, and now plan to press for more restrictions.

“Though there is room for improvement — sugary “sports” drinks still will be sold in schools, for instance — this voluntary agreement is certainly good enough that CSPI will drop its planned lawsuit against Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Cadbury-Schweppes and their bottlers,” said Michael F. Jacobson, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest . “I hope this settlement contributes to the momentum that is building in Congress for legislation that would require USDA to update its standards for foods sold outside of school meals. That would enable USDA to eliminate the sale of candy, cookies, French fries, potato chips, and other snack foods, as well as sports drinks, that are standard fare in school vending machines and stores.”

In the wake of the announcement of the agreement by the three largest soft drink companies, their bottlers and the public health advocacy group, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Jacobson thanked his team of litigators for “negotiating effectively with the soft-drink industry over the past six months, and for demonstrating that the judicial system can play an important role in spurring public health advances.”

Richard Daynard, a law professor and president of the Public Health Advocacy Institute, which threatened the soft-drink industry with lawsuits, said in an institute press release, “The industry agreement with the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association comes after sustained pressure from potential litigation and negotiations with public health groups and their lawyers. It is a credit to the role of litigation and the legal system as a component of effective public health strategy.”

“This agreement demonstrates the potential of public health litigation to help control the obesity epidemic,” he said.

In an email exchange with the James Logan Courier, Margo Wootan, director of Nutrition Policy for the Center for Science in the Public interest, said, “Last week’s announcement that soft drink companies will pull all sugary sodas from schools is great step toward improving school foods. This agreement is the culmination of the tremendous national momentum on improving school foods — from the local policies (in LA, NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, etc.), state bills (in 2005, 200 bills were introduced in 40 states to get soda and junk foods out of schools), the strong bipartisan bill pending in the U.S. Congress, and threats of litigation against soda companies.”

“While today’s agreement is a huge step forward, it is by no means the last step” wrote Wootan, ” We still have a lot of work to do to improve school foods.”

The agreement, announced Wednesday morning by the William J. Clinton Foundation, means that the nation’s biggest beverage distributors, and the American Beverage Association, will pull their soda products from vending machines and cafeterias in schools serving about 35 million students, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

Under the agreement, high schools will still be able to purchase drinks such as diet and unsweetened teas, diet sodas, sports drinks, flavored water, seltzer and low-calorie sports drinks for resale to students.

The companies plan to stop soda sales at 75 percent of the nation’s public schools by the 2008-2009 school year, and at all schools in the following school year. The speed of the changes will depend in part on school districts’ willingness to change their contracts with the beverage distributors.

Some food activists criticized the deal for not going far enough and undermining efforts to go further.

Michele Simon, the director of the Center for Informed Food Choices, based in Oakland, Ca., called the deal “bogus” and a “PR stunt” by “Big Cola” in an effort to “sugar coat it’s image.”

“This announcement could potentially undermine ongoing grassroots efforts, state legislation, and other enforceable policies,” wrote Simon in an article at,” For example, in Massachusetts where a stronger bill is pending, a local advocate is worried about the adverse impact, since legislators could easily think that Clinton has taken care of the problem and ignore the bill. What was already an uphill battle—getting schools and legislatures to take this problem seriously—was just made worse, not better, by this bogus agreement.

“Even from a health standpoint, the deal is hardly impressive. Diet soda full of artificial sweeteners, sports drinks high in sugar, and other empty-calorie beverages with zero nutritional value are still allowed in high schools,” Simon wrote, “Also, parents concerned about soda advertising in schools will not be pleased with the agreement. Not a word is mentioned about the ubiquitous marketing children are subjected to daily in the form of branded score boards, school supplies, sports bags, and cups (just to name a few), which is required by exclusive Coke and Pepsi contracts. “

She’s not the only one criticizing the deal.“ While the initial details are promising, PHAI is concerned about some aspects of the agreement as it is being reported,” Daynard said in the press release. “The continual sale of “sports drinks” is a cause for concern. While they have a role for marathon runners and others engaged in sustained strenuous sports, for most students “sports drinks” are just another form of sugar water. Furthermore, the change in beverages offered must be carefully monitored and cannot depend entirely on the schools’ willingness and ability to alter existing contracts. Soda companies have spent decades pushing these unhealthy drinks on children and should bear the responsibility for their removal. PHAI is also concerned about the enforcement of this agreement and its silence on industry marketing activities in the school system,” he said.

“Importantly, the agreement doesn’t address the sale of chips, candy, snack cakes, ice cream, or any of the other high-fat, high-calorie, high-salt foods that are sold widely in schools,” said Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “This is a voluntary agreement and is not enforceable, we need Senator Harkin’s school foods bill to lock in the beverage standards and give them the force of law.”

Even the diet drinks, which will still be offered, need to go, said Ross Getman, an attorney in Syracuse, NY. Getman has advocated that soda should not be sold in public schools and that long-term “pouring rights” agreements, which give a company exclusive access to sell their brands at a school, are illegal for a variety of reasons.

Getman, who contends that some diet sodas are contaminated with benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, said the soda “industry gets an “F” for incomplete” for “the industry’s failure to pull all soda from school and to recall products.”

Schools account for about $700 million in U.S. soft-drink sales, less than 1 percent total revenue for Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Cadbury, the nation’s largest soda companies.

Ten of the largest U.S. school districts have already removed soft drinks from vending machines, according to Getman. States including California, Maine and Connecticut have also banned sugary sodas in schools.

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Tackling Acne The Natural Way}

Submitted by: Praveen Pandey

Acne, also known as pimples or zits, affects people of all age groups. Scarring and post inflammatory discoloration are the most important complications of acne. No matter how severe acne is, it affects different people in different ways and many people with acne suffer from insecurities, depression, and a poor self-image. Teenagers and young adults are more prone to developing acne due to the natural hormonal changes that take place at that age. Factors like heredity, stress, dandruff, abuse of cosmetics and smoking can trigger acne. Just a few precautionary measures can help you to have freedom from acne.

Wash your face 2-3 times a day. Don’t overdo the washing. Too much washing can cause other skin problems, such as dryness or skin irritation. Use a mild soap or face wash. Apply the cleanser and wash it off with your fingertips. This reduces skin irritation. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything else can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts. Never scrub the skin. Scrubbing the skin clean does not clear acne. In fact, scrubbing irritates the skin and can aggravate acne.

Women must avoid oily makeup and cosmetics. It can worsen acne. If you have to use makeup, choose water-based and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) makeup. Makeup should be thoroughly removed before going to bed. Avoid facials, clean ups and face massages while having active acne.

Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so the skin should be gently cleansed as quickly as possible after perspiring. Men need to shave with care. Soften the hair before shaving. Wetting the face thoroughly with lukewarm water can help to do so. Experiment with various methods or technologies. Try shaving with electric and safety razors to see which works best for you. Make sure that the blade is sharp. This helps to prevent nicks from a safety razor, which can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts. Shave lightly. This can help avoid nicking acne lesions to make them worse. Never try to shave off the acne. This aggravates the condition further.

Shampoo your hair daily, especially if it is oily. Comb or pull your hair back to keep the hair out of your face. Avoid tight headbands. Control your dandruff. Use a mild antidandruff shampoo. Avoid oily hair care products, such as oil-containing gels and pomades as they can drip onto the skin and clog the pores to give rise to acne. Never scratch, rub, burst, pinch, squeeze, or fiddle with acne. This can lead to spread of the infection and scarring.

Have at least one lemon daily, either in the form of lemon juice or added to your vegetable or curry. Vitamin C helps to heal acne-prone skin more quickly and prevents the formation of new blemishes. Extensive scientific studies have found no direct relation between diet and acne. In other words, foods like chocolates, French fries, and pizzas do not cause acne. Nonetheless, some people insist that certain foods affect their acne. In that case, avoid those foods. Besides, eating a balanced diet always makes sense.

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July 12, 2017

Squirrel banned from Finnish supermarket

Friday, August 24, 2007

Health authorities in Finland have banned a squirrel from visiting a SIWA supermarket in the central Finnish city of Jyväskylä.

The squirrel had previously been allowed in by the store’s manager, Irene Lindroos, where it would enter daily via the open front door, and help itself to a Kinder Egg chocolate from the confectionery section. Once it had one, it would carry it back outside to eat it.

The appearance of the squirrel regularly amused customers, often with the effect of causing them to purchase Kinder Eggs themselves.

However, as of today, the squirrel has been barred from entering. “It’s a decision of the health authorities. The door of the store has remained open all summer, but now it will be shut,” said an employee of the supermarket.

The squirrel had received widespread press attention earlier in the year. “I named it the Kinder-squirrel, after the treats. It always goes after them, other sweets do not seem to interest it as much,” Irene Lindroos had said at the time. The sweets contain a small plastic toy, and Lindroos had said “It removes the foil carefully, eats the chocolate and leaves the store with the toy”.

The squirrel was banned by the authorities because they decided that the terms of the Food Act meant it could not remain there. Lindroos told reporters the squirrel had become very popular with customers, saying that almost everyone who entered the store had asked about it. She added that one customer had made a donation of 30 Euros (41 US) to fund the squirrel’s continuing chocolate-taking.

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