Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts

Monday, 3 August 2015

Watch: Celebrities colouring their hair - RAINBOW STYLE

From Kate Moss' pale pink hue to Lady Gaga's vibrant turquoise, see our favourite celebrities that have dabbled with bold hair colour.

Georgia May Jagger is the latest celebrity to join the rainbow hair club, courtesy of Bleach London, August 2015.
For Coachella Kylie Jenner wore her hair blue. She went back to brunette shortly after but she's hit the bleach bottle again...
Debuting a much paler, pastel colour at an event in Hollywood, July 2015.
Lourdes stepped out in New York with a new look, July 2015.
Add captionBig Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting debuted not only pink hair but pink eyebrows too on Twitter, May 2015.
Miley Cyrus debuted her blue hair at the Met Gala in New York, May 2015.














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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

INSPIRING COCKROACH STORY BY Sundar Pichai - an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome CEO of GOOGLE





A beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai - an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome:
The cockroach theory for self development
At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady.
She started screaming out of fear.
With a panic stricken face and trembling voice,she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.
Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.
The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but ...it landed on another lady in the group.
Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.
The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.
In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter.
The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt.
When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.
Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach
responsible for their histrionic behavior?
If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?
He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.
It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed the ladies.
I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it's my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me.
It's not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.
More than the problem, it's my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.
Lessons learnt from the story:
I understood, I should not react in life.
I should always respond.
The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.
Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of.
A beautiful way to understand............LIFE.
Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life..
He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his life is right !
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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Everything you need to know about National Beer Day

As Beer was banned in the United States from 1920 to 1933 as Drunkenness was condemned and punished, but only as an abuse of a God-given gift. Drink itself was not looked upon as culpable, any more than food deserved blame for the sin of gluttony. Excess was a personal indiscretion.Tea merchants and soda fountain manufacturers generally supported prohibition, believing a ban on alcohol would increase sales of their products

In 1933 ,  National Beer Day was celebrated on April 7 the first day in 13 years,that people could legally buy, sell, and drink beer.It is also an unofficial holiday.

National Beer Day is a celebration of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. That law went into effect on April 7 of that year, allowing people to buy, sell and drink beer again as long as it was < 3.2% alcohol-by-weight (4.05% alcohol-by-volume). People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday. Today, April 7 is recognized as National Beer Day and April 6 is known as New Beer's Eve.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Mums post breastfeeding selfies in Facebook protest after social network removes photo for 'nudity violations'

Dozens of mums have taken to Facebook to post their breastfeeding selfies, after one mother’s photo was reported for nudity violations.

Mum-of-two Kaya Wright, 32, posted a picture of her nursing her 16-month-old son Kayden in the bath on a closed breastfeeding group on the social network.

But the 32-year-old said that she received a notification from Facebook saying that they were ‘reviewing’ the image she shared with Liverpool Community BAMBIS.

It comes just days after breastfeeding mothers were outraged after being banned from feeding their children - at a breastfeeding conference.

Kaya, who works as a nurse, told the Liverpool Echo: “At first I thought it was a joke. Facebook said the image had been reported for nudity but you really couldn’t see anything. Then I was a bit disappointed at the thought that someone in the group had reported the image.

“It’s a breastfeeding group, so what do you expect? Some of my friends thought that maybe it had been reported by mistake.”

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But after Kaya told the group what had happened, dozens of other mums started to post their breastfeeding selfies in solidarity.

Kaya who also has an older son Daniel, five, added: “I tried to breastfeed Daniel but it didn’t work out. But it was completely different with Kayden.

“Breastfeeding is amazing, everyone should try it. But in this country I’ve noticed there is a different attitude to breastfeeding. Ever since Kayden was born, people have kept asking me when are you going to bottle feed. Breastfeeding is hard and it’s made ever harder by other people’s perceptions. I think breastfeeding should be taught in schools to raise more awareness.

“In the Western world breasts are sexualised, you see celebrities with their boobs out so people associate them with sex. But people need to remember that first and foremost breasts are for feeding babies.”

Later, Facebook contacted Kaya to say they would not be removing the picture as it did not violate their rules on nudity.

Source Mirror
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Why studying all night may not work

Memory neurons lull us to sleep in order to consolidate what we have learned, say researchers from Brandeis University in the US, who advise students against pulling all nighters to prepare for tests. Knowing that sleep, memory and learning are deeply intertwined, the Brandeis team set out to find out whether memory is consolidated during sleep simply because the brain happens to be at rest or whether those neurons provoke sleep in order to do their job.
In the study, which was published in the journal eLife, the researchers focused on a specific group of neurons called the dorsal paired medial (DPM), which are well known to implant memories in fruit flies.
In what’s thought to be a first-of-its-kind observation, the flies slept more when the DPM neurons were activated, yet continued to buzz about when these neurons were switched off.
As these neurons start to convert short-term memory to long-term memory, they do their best to make sure you stay sleeping and actually hinder wakefulness, according to the study. In the case of the fruit flies, the part of their brain in charge of memory and learning — called the mushroom body — is also what determines wakefulness and, consequently, it’s where the DPM are housed.
“It’s almost as if that section of the mushroom body were saying ‘hey, stay awake and learn this,’” says co-author Bethany Christmann, a graduate student at Brandeis. “Then, after a while, the DPM neurons start signaling to suppress that section, as if to say ‘you’re going to need sleep if you want to remember this later.’’

Christmann points out that knowing how sleep, memory and learning work together in the fruit fly brain can help researchers know what to look for when working with human participants. “Eventually, it could help us figure out how sleep or memory is affected when things go wrong, as in the case of insomnia or memory disorders,” she says.
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Chewing gum enhances oral health!



Chewing gum can enhance oral health by removing 100 million bacteria from your mouth in just 10 minutes, suggests a new study.
Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands found that chewing gum can trap and remove bacteria from the oral cavity.
In the study, five biomedical engineering students were recruited to chew two different standard types of spearmint gum for various lengths of time ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
Afterwards, the gum was spit into a cup filled with sterile water to be analysed, 'Medical Daily' reported.
There were were about 100 million bacteria detected on each piece of chewed up gum, with the number increasing as chewing time increased.
However, after 30 seconds of chewing, the gum starts to lose its adhesiveness, meaning it traps fewer bacteria overall.
"Trapped bacteria were clearly visualised in chewed gum using scanning-electron-microscopy," researchers said in the paper published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Previous research has shown that using a new, clean toothbrush without any toothpaste can remove around 100 million colony-forming units (CFUs) per brush, which would put chewing of gum on par with the mechanical action of a toothbrush.
"Chewing gum however, does not necessarily remove bacteria from the same sites of the dentition as does brushing or flossing, therefore its results may be noticeable on a more long-term than those of brushing or flossing," researchers said.

Source ~ Zee News
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Photographer documents the death of real-life conversation

As our smartphones make it easier to connect with people across the globe, they often can make it harder to connect face-to-face.

London-based photographer Babycakes Romero doesn't own a smartphone. Instead, he treks along in his beloved city, camera in hand, capturing whatever catches his eye. "As a person dedicated to observation, I just feel I would be missing too much of the world around me if I was staring into the palm of my hand the whole time," he says.

See also: The Hard Truth About Your Online Life

In his photo series, Death of a Conversation, Romero captures people connection with their digital devices rather than with each other — a phenomenon he believes is only creating more pain and social awkwardness to the world. "I saw that smartphones were becoming a barrier to communication in person. I saw how people used it as a social prop, to hide their awkwardness, to fill the silence ... they basically allow people to withdraw rather than engage."

People walking around parks, in shopping centers, at restaurants and at social events all have one thing in common: no matter how public or social their setting might be, Romero caught them at a time when they were using their smartphone rather than interacting with each other.

As Romero says, "they do not even seem present in the real world. They are 'plugged in' to a virtual world of their own making."

On the other hand, it is very possible that people could be receiving an urgent message or checking a map on their phone in that one snippet of time in which their photo was taken. Romero says he is not entirely averse to technology, however, thinks "people are starting to derive more pleasure from their 'computer cuddles' than from their person to person interactions."

In the end, Romero hopes to educate people who see his photos and hope to raise a discussion about social smartphone etiquette. "Maybe [people] would at least consider how they used their smartphones and question whether it is appropriate to do it at the expense of those around them and also themselves," he says.

Romero also runs a daily photo series called #MyLDN. His other work can be seen on his website and on Twitter.









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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Bosses use social media more than employees, study proves

Bosses are more likely to use social media for private purposes during working hours than their subordinates, a new study has found.
The research from the University of Bergen (UiB), Norway, shows that managers are more critical of private use of social media at work. However, middle managers and top executives are most negative to private social media use at work.
"It is very interesting that top executives, who are negative to private web-surfing during working hours, are the ones who surf the most for private purposes when at work," said Postdoctoral Fellow Cecilie Schou Andreassen at UiB's Department of Psychosocial Science.
Men browse the internet more for private purposes than women do during working hours

She suggests that this can be explained by the fact that top executives have longer working hours, and that work and leisure are much more integrated than it is for employees. "It is likely that managers are worried about reductions in output and financial loss as a result of use of private social media among their employees," said Andreassen. About 11,000 Norwegian employees participated in the study. The study also found that younger employees use social media for private purposes more than older employees do. Men browse the internet more for private purposes than women do during working hours. People with higher education are the most active social media users, researchers said. Singles are more active on social media than those in relationships. Extrovert and nervous people are more active online, they found. "Social media probably has a greater social function for singles than it has for people in relationships," said Andreassen. Those with higher education and socioeconomic status are likely more familiar with computer use, which may explain why they are more active online than those with lower education. Their work situation may also provide more opportunities to engage in private use of social media at work compared to those with lower education. "The finding may also reflect that people with a high socioeconomic status, are not as afraid to lose their job as those in low-status jobs," said Andreassen. The study also showed that people who are outgoing, so-called extrovert personalities, and neurotic people spend more time online and on social media for personal purposes during working hours than their counterparts. People who are organised and punctual, however, spend the least time online for personal purposes during working hours, researchers said.
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Monday, 30 June 2014

'Legal highs' off the bill at this year's Glastonbury Festival

Festival goers watch Metallica perform on the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, during the Glastonbury Festival June 28, 2014. Picture taken June 28.
Revellers enjoyed plenty of mood enhancement along with the music at the Glastonbury Festival, but this year any euphoria was less likely to be fueled by so-called "legal highs" after organizers took a stand against them. Glastonbury, which attracts more than 135,000 people, joined with other festivals earlier this year to ban the drugs, which mimic the effect of illegal drugs like Ecstasy, LSD and cannabis but are legal and have in the past been sold openly at stalls. Britain's Association of Independent Festivals coordinated the campaign under the banner: "Don't be in the Dark About Legal Highs". England-based consultant psychiatrist Ian Rodin, who is part of the medical team at Glastonbury, applauded the effort to highlight the risks of the drugs. "The problem with legal highs is people had assumed that if they were harmful they would be illegal, so people haven't exercised the same caution as they would with an illegal drug," he said. Also known as designer drugs, legal highs are flooding global markets, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said last month. New psychoactive substances (NPS), aimed at the same market as drugs like ecstasy, are proliferating, it said, with 348 types reported globally in over 90 countries at the end of 2013. Deaths from the drugs, which can be sold freely as long as they are labeled "not suitable for human consumption", jumped from 10 in 2009 to at least 68 in 2012, according to Britain's National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths. The drugs are being created faster than authorities can keep up with them. "The only reason they aren't illegal is because it's impossible for the law to keep up with it," Rodin said. The government said the designer drug AMT, which acts in a similar way to LSD, should be banned along with other deadly substances in a group of chemicals known as tryptamines, including a drug called 5-MeO-DALT, know as "rock star" or "green beans". AMT led to the death of a teenager in Southampton, southern England, last year. Festival goer Jamie, aged 21, from North Wales, said he had seen the effects that legal highs could have. "People think because it's legal, it's as safe as buying your tea-bags," he said. "But there's always a risk with everything you take."
-Reuters
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Sunday, 29 June 2014

New Jersey may be first state to ban smoking on beaches, in parks

New Jersey may be first state to ban smoking on beaches, in parks
(Reuters) - New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products in all public parks and beaches if Governor Chris Christie signs into law a sweeping anti-smoking bill approved by lawmakers. The bill passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature with strong bipartisan support and was sitting on Chistie's desk on Friday but the Republican presidential hopeful would not indicate his intentions. The legislation would completely prohibit smoking inside all state, county and municipal parks. Public beaches would also be smoke-free, though local officials can opt to save 15 percent of beach land as a designated smoking section. "This is definitely groundbreaking," said Karen Blumenfeld, the executive director of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy, a proponent of the New Jersey bill. "We would be the first state to impose such a wide ban in all public outdoor spaces and the legislation will continue the trend of New Jersey being a model for other jurisdictions' anti-smoking policies," she said. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and second-hand smoke exposure has been linked to asthma, lung cancer, and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Supporters say the ban will allow New Jersey residents and visitors to enjoy parks and beaches without the distraction of wafting cigarette smoke and would drastically reduce litter, fire risks and children's exposure to smoking. "No one needs to sit in an ashtray when ‎enjoying the beach," state Senator Joseph Vitale, a sponsor of the bill, told local media. Blumenfeld said the measure has a "critical mass" of support in the state. But some residents said the measure would trample on personal liberties. "I don't think the government needs to be involved," said Bryan Adamson, 32, of Blairstown. "As a smoker I use common sense and respect for the environment and those around me," he said. Others said it was time to put an end to the outdoors as a last sanctuary for those who choose to light up. "Even when I smoked and was on the beach next to a smoker I would be frustrated because frankly I don't want to be stuck around it if I don't have to be," said Lauren DiGenova, 26, of Waldwick. New Jersey has some of the strictest anti-smoking policies in the country. It was the first state to prohibit smoking in college dormitories in 2005, Blumenfeld said. A year later, Trenton banned indoor smoking in bars and restaurants. More than 200 New Jersey cities, towns and boroughs have already passed their own restrictions on cigarette and tobacco use in parks and beaches. The legislation would cover outdoor public spaces across the state. Offenders would face a $250 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for each additional citation. Christie's office would not say where the governor stood on the bill.
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Maryland fast-food customer gets a bag of pot with her fries

(Reuters) - A Maryland woman who ordered a meal at a Sonic Corp fast-food restaurant got something extra with her French fries - a bag of marijuana. Carla McFarland, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, and her children, ages 6 and 8, were about to eat a chicken strips lunch on Thursday when she discovered a small, green plastic bag of marijuana in her fries, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Spokeswoman Lieutenant Jennifer Bailey said on Friday no arrests had been made and the incident is under investigation. McFarland posted about her find on Facebook, along with a photo of the bag. "I order, food comes, I open a bag and this is what I see after 3 double takes ... yes that's what it is," she wrote. McFarland said a Sonic employee claimed ownership of the marijuana and was promptly fired. McFarland also called police. Sonic spokesman Patrick Lenow said restaurant management contacted police and was cooperating with authorities. "The employee involved is no longer associated with the company, and the franchisee is conducting an investigation to ensure the issue is fully resolved,” he said in a statement. The Frederick franchise location opened last month. Possession of small amounts of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Maryland.
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California bee attack sends 90-year-old woman, neighbors to hospital


(Reuters) - A 90-year-old California woman, her dog and three neighbors were sent to hospital after being attacked by a swarm of bees whose hive the woman inadvertently sprayed with water as she tended her yard, police said.
There were so many bees that police officers rushing to help the woman in Pasadena on Thursday evening hid inside an ambulance until the swarm dispersed as night fell, Pasadena Police Department spokesman Jason Clawson said.
"Other than the complaints of pain, she was in good spirits," Clawson said of the elderly woman.
The woman, who has not been identified, was stung at least a dozen times after spraying the hive under her porch, Clawson said. She and the neighbors, who were possibly attempting to help her, were also taken to hospital. Their condition was not immediately known.
The woman's dog, badly stung, was taken to an animal hospital, and the hive was slated for removal by authorities on Friday, Clawson said.
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Miss Delaware loses crown for being a few months too old


(Reuters) - A beauty contest winner, stripped of her crown as Miss Delaware due to age, said on Friday she had done nothing wrong and wants to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant even though she will turn 25 this year.
Amanda Longacre said she learned on Tuesday that she had been disqualified because the Miss Delaware pageant determined that she had violated the age requirement. On NBC's "Today" show on Friday, a tearful Longacre said she was consulting a lawyer.
Pageant rules require Miss Delaware contestants to be no older than 24 and they cannot turn 25 before the end of the year. Longacre's 25th birthday is Oct. 22.
In another upset, the winner of the 2014 Miss Florida pageant was dethroned on Friday just a week after her coronation when organizers said they had crowned the wrong woman after a vote-count error.
Pageant officials said Elizabeth Fechtel, a 20-year-old University of Florida student, would have to turn over her tiara to the true Miss Florida, 21-year-old Florida State University student Victoria Cowen. (Full Story)
Delaware's Longacre said on Friday that she had been honest when she turned in her pageant application, providing her birth certificate, driver’s license and other documents.
"I did absolutely nothing wrong and I want to make that clear," Longacre said in an interview with the News Journal of Wilmington.
"Now I have lost everything, my scholarship money for school, my prizes and my crown, all because of a technicality that was not caught by the executive board."
Sam Haskell, chief executive and board chairman of the Miss America pageant, said Longacre will get the $9,000 scholarship given to the pageant winner, as will the new Miss Delaware.
“Because we’re a scholarship organization, because we want to be benevolent and because our heart breaks for her, we’re going to give her the $9,000," he said in an interview.
A resident of Bear, Delaware, Longacre won the title of Miss Delaware on June 14. The winners of state pageants compete in September to become Miss America.
Longacre was replaced this week by the first runner-up in the pageant, Brittany Lewis, 23, of Wilmington, who was crowned at a special ceremony on Thursday.
"It's like they're trying to erase me in a way like it never happened," Longacre said on "Today."
"And it's not fair because I won outright and I deserve to represent my state and I want the chance still to go to Miss America."
An attorney for the Miss Delaware pageant, Elizabeth Soucek, said the pageant would have little comment because litigation could be pending.
"All I can say is that there is an age requirement to be eligible to compete in Miss America," Soucek said.
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Nanny from hell? Fired caretaker won't leave California home


(Reuters) - A California family is exasperated - and fearful - after a 64-year-old woman they hired as a live-in nanny stopped working and has refused to move out of their home after being fired.
Marcella Bracamonte says she and her husband, Ralph, hired Diane Stretton in early March to do chores and watch over their children, ages 11, 4 and 1, in exchange for room and board in their home in Upland, in the Los Angeles area.
About three weeks later, however, Stretton stopped working, saying she has a chronic pulmonary disease, and ignored repeated requests to leave the house, Bracamonte said. She added that the woman also threatened to sue the family for wrongful termination and elder abuse.
"I am very frustrated and very upset. She'd stay in her room 90 percent of the day," Bracamonte told Reuters on Friday. "She was never there to help prepare a meal but was always there to eat the meal, and that was really the only time I would see her."
Bracamonte says she is frightened for her children and her property, adding: "Obviously, she isn't right in the head."
Police have declined to intervene in a civil matter, Bracamonte said, so the family has started a formal eviction process, which they fear could take months.
An Upland police official declined to comment on the case but said that, once a person establishes residency, they must be "formally evicted" under California law, a process that could lead to a court-ordered "forcible eviction" carried out by county sheriff's deputies.
Stretton, who was hired after answering the family's ad on Craigslist, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Her name appears on California's so-called Vexatious Litigant Lists. Bracamonte said the nanny has not been in the family home for about a day.
Video footage from local CBS-affiliate KCAL shows Ralph Bracamonte handing a stoic-looking Stretton a court document as she walks through the living room to her bedroom, and then removes a taped piece of paper from her door.
Another image is that of a bicycle lock securing the refrigerator door handles.
"I am scared that she is going to poison our food, that’s why we lock our fridge, Bracamonte said. "I am scared that one day I will come home and I will be locked out of my house. I am scared because her room is right across from my kids. I am scared because she knows the law so well. I am scared that, in this whole fiasco, we are going to get hurt.”
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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

For Obama, post-White House future includes a drink in a coconut

U.S. President Barack Obama attends a question and answer session next to Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp (not shown) in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, June 10, 2014.
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he has big plans for working with young Americans after he leaves office in early 2017 - but first, he will take time to kick back. "I know what I'll do right after the next president's inaugurated," Obama said at the end of an interview on the microblogging platform Tumblr, aimed at an audience in their 20s. "I'll be on a beach somewhere, drinking out of a coconut," Obama said, drawing laughter from a group of Tumblr users who were in the White House state dining room for the interview. But first, the president said he is focused on "making sure that I make every day in the next two-and-a-half years count" in his time in office. After the next election, Obama said he plans to work with young Americans to promote leadership after his presidency and wants to counter cynicism he sees in the millennial generation. "You guys are fed a lot of cynicism every single day about how nothing works and big institutions stink and government's broken," he said. "Look out on the horizon, and there's a lot of opportunity out there," he said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Detoxify, sleep well for radiant skin

Hectic work schedules often keep women away from spending any time on nurturing their skin. But it's easy to do it at home by detoxifying the body and getting proper beauty sleep.
Sun, stress, pollution and dirt leads to several skin concerns like uneven skin tone, blemishes and dull looking skin.
One of the key steps to looking healthy, beautiful and happy is making sure your skin shows
However, an expert at cosmetic brand Lakme has shared tips on how one can get the desired flawless and radiant skin in the comfort of your home, said a statement. Detox your body
Your body is a result of what is going on inside it. Skin problems develop when your skin can't do its job of eliminating toxins efficiently. Drink warm water with lemon every morning to help flush toxins from the body. Reduce your intake of alcohol for a few days to give your body and skin a break. Up your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and water to boost the amount of skin-saving nutrients you're getting.
Get some beauty sleep
Sleep affects your physical and mental well-being. When you sleep, you're allowing your body to begin the healing process. Good sleep directly leads to fresh looking skin. Try and hit the sack earlier than you usually do and you will see the result within no time on your skin.
Skin serum is in
Gone are the days when serum was only for your hair. Skin serums are the latest trend in skin care. Whoever thought skin serums were only used by experts at the salon, think again. You can now use skin serums even in the comfort of your home with ease. Vitamins in these serums help make your skin even and radiant.
Don't forget to apply sunscreen We know, you've heard it a million times, but stepping out of the house during the day without wearing sunscreen is like directly forcing your skin to dullness. Sunscreen not only prevents your skin from tanning but also keeps it moisturized and hydrated throughout the day. Applying sunscreen everyday helps your skin retrieve its natural moisture.
Strip off your make-up before going to bed
Leaving make-up and dirt on skin doesn't just clog pores but it also causes skin dullness. Always wipe off your make up and wash your face with a face wash to remove all the dirt and grime that your skin has collected throughout the day. Massage your face with a hydrating creme after you wash your face to help replenish your skin while you sleep.
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Monday, 19 May 2014

Harry Styles or Piers Morgan? The top 10 most bizarre items cruise passengers have taken on holiday with them



 



Who would you choose? Harry Styles, left, was the poster boy of choice for a teenage girl while Piers Morgan, right, went up on the wall of a smitten 70 year old

British holiday makers are often labelled a wacky bunch, and it seems cruise fans might just pick up the prize for being the most bonkers.
Among the strangest things they have smuggled on board ship are a life-size Harry Styles cardboard cut-out, a Batman costume, a Piers Morgan poster and a tent.
A recent survey by online cruise travel agency bonvoyage.co.uk questioned more than 1,800 UK adults who had taken a holiday at sea in the past.

The top ten list of bizarre baggage also features a suitcase full of noodles and a Grow your Own Boyfriend kit.
'The facilities and amenities on board cruise ships these days are extensive, but travellers clearly need a secret piece of themselves or home to travel with,' said cruise development manager Steph Curtin.
The research done by bonvoyage.co.uk flagged up the top ten strangest things cruise passengers have brought on board with them.
'Anything else madam? Your Piers Morgan poster is up in your cabin by the way'
 
. A suitcase full of noodles: One man said he had travelled on a Caribbean cruise with a suitcase full of his favourite instant noodle snack in case he didn't like any of the food available on the ship.
2. A Harry Styles Cardboard Cut-Out: One family revealed how their youngest daughter managed to sneak her foldaway cut-out into her suitcase, without their knowledge. She said she would've missed the pop star too much to leave him at home.
3. A Piers Morgan poster: A lady in her seventies said she wanted her cabin to feel more 'homely', on her trip round the Med, so she brought along her favouite (only?) poster of the TV journalist and interviewer. The cruise company did not reveal however where the poster was hung
Just in (suit)case: One man filled his luggage with noodles
Just in (suit)case: One man filled his luggage with noodles

4. An inflatable doll: One passenger taking part in a University friend's pre-wedding cruise to Spain and Italy swapped the grooms suitcase for one packed with at least five different inflatable dolls for what he described as 'the ultimate stag do prank'.
5. A tent: A husband celebrating his silver wedding anniversary packed a one-man tent so he could spend a night or two during his cruise sleeping up on deck.A camping fan indeed.
6. A Batman costume: One cruiser decided his trip would benefit from a full, collector's edition Batman outfit. He told his family he wanted to make sure it was safe, but admitted he tried it on once or twice for fellow passengers.
7. A Zorb Ball: One passenger was aiming for a 'walk on water' experience and brought along their own giant inflatable ball for the extremely fun sport of zorbing on water.
8. Grow Your Own Boyfriend: One single woman grew her own boyfriend on board ship after friends bought her the joke present at Heathrow airport for her 30th birthday.
Can I put my Batman costume on now? People bring bizarre items on holiday with them, a survey on cruises has revealed
Can I put my Batman costume on now? People bring bizarre items on holiday with them, a survey on cruises has revealed

9. Framed picture of a car: One traveler said he takes a framed picture of his car on every holiday he goes on Taking pride of place next to his bed during his trips, he admitted he misses his car more than his grown-up children.
10. 'How to Swear Around the World' book: One passenger was clearly so intent on offending fellow passengers, he took a 'How to Swear Around the World' book with him on his cruise to the Norwegian Fjords.

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World's first DRINKABLE sun cream goes on sale - and just a teaspoon will offer three hours' protection

Source- DailyMail

  • Harmonised H20 UV claims to offer wearers factor 30 protection
  • US company Osmosis Skincare is selling 100ml bottle for £17
  • Works by molecules vibrating on skin, cancelling UVA and UVA rays

  • The days of carrying bottles of suncream to the beach could be over, as the world's first drinkable SPF is launched.
    Harmonised H20 UV claims to provide holidaymakers with up to factor 30 protection, meaning sunbathers could be able to soak up the rays for longer without fear of getting burned.
    Once ingested, the product's liquid molecules vibrate on the skin, cancelling out 97 per cent of UVA and UVB rays, according to US company Osmosis Skincare.


    The liquid sunscreen - which claims to be the world's first - is on sale now, costing £17 for a 100ml bottle.

    There are two varieties available - 'tanning' and 'non tanning', the former allows users achieve a tan while being protected from harmful sun rays.

    On its website, the medical skincare brand advises: 'Take 2ml every 4 hours while in the sun (preferably with 2+ oz of water).

    'Wait 1 hour before exposure to the sun. Monitor sun exposure carefully.

    'Take second dose if still in sun 3 hours after first dose.

    'For extended intense exercise outdoors or if taking sun-sensitizing medications, use alternate protection after 30-40 minutes.'

    Dr Ben Johnson, who founded the company, adds in his blog: 'If 2 mls are ingested an hour before sun exposure, the frequencies that have been imprinted on water will vibrate on your skin in such a way as to cancel approximately 97% of the UVA and UVB rays before they even hit your skin.

    'This results in coverage for approximately three hours. 

    'This is similar to the amount of UV reflection created by SPF 30 titanium/zinc sunblocks but distinctly better than UVB chemical sunscreens which prevent certain damage that leads to the visible/painful/inflammation reaction we identify as sun damage.'

    Harmonised H20 is yet to be endorsed by dermatologist bodies, however, the company website does carry testimonials for the product.

    One, submitted via Facebook, said: 'I tested the UV Protection Harmonized Water (my skin burns in 15 minutes w/o sunscreen so i was nervous) SUCCESS!! I was outside for 2 hours with NO sunscreen during peak hours and wasn't even pink!
    'My year and a half year old drinks it as well and hasn't burned once this summer and is outside everyday! Thank You, Thank You for this product!
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    Sunday, 18 May 2014

    How to end a relationship in 10 days

    If you want to break-up with someone, the easiest (and the safest) way, is to tell him or her, straight up.

    If, however, you want to lose him/her in a matter of days, without going through the break-up talk, or you worry about being seen as a failure for ending things, or worse, you fear your partner will not accept your decision or beg you to take him/her back, take a breather.

    Here are some sure-shot, wacky (and not-so-wacky) ways to break up with him/her, without hurting his/her feelings. Well almost, because, with these tips, you can actually get him/her to break up with you! Just what you wanted, isn't it?

    1. Freak him/her out on social media
    Assault all his/her social media accounts - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+. Just know your goal - you have to prove your serious stalker tendencies.
    Here's how - start liking every post; comment on these posts with a plethora of emoticons; comments should be on these lines: 'OMG I love this <3 font="">.
    Also, start randomly adding a bunch of his/her friends to your social media accounts. This is important. Better still create a YouTube video of your photos together with a One Direction song in the background.
    Now, start sharing this video and tag his/her friends
    2. Invade his/her laptop/ phone/ iPod
    Grab his/her beloved gadget and delete all his/her favourite songs, playlists and photos. Then, add a bunch of tracks you know he/she'd find annoying. Create playlists with titles like 'Our songs', 'Songs that remind me of you'. Name the album, 'We were meant to be together <3 p=""> He/she will get furious!
    3. Don't carve out time for him/her, make plans with others
    In a working relationship, people take out time for each other, because they like each other and enjoy spending time together. But your situation is different. So, always stay busy - work late, run lots of errands, hang out with co-workers, friends and family.




    4. Start a blog about your relationship and give all details
    Start blogging every little thing about your relationship. Take it a step further and use his/her real name. Write insane lovey-dovey poems, notes. Mail the url to all your friends and his. You have to live the blog. So, stay glued to your phone, tablet, laptop when with him/her and keep the live updates going.
    5. Flirt with others
    This is something any man/woman will absolutely despise, for obvious reasons. This could escalate and cause some pretty heated exchange, so be careful. The trick is to flirt subtly, so you can deny it when he/she brings it up and say you were 'just being friendly'.

    4. Start a blog about your relationship and give all details
    Start blogging every little thing about your relationship. Take it a step further and use his/her real name. Write insane lovey-dovey poems, notes. Mail the url to all your friends and his. You have to live the blog. So, stay glued to your phone, tablet, laptop when with him/her and keep the live updates going.
    5. Flirt with others
    This is something any man/woman will absolutely despise, for obvious reasons. This could escalate and cause some pretty heated exchange, so be careful. The trick is to flirt subtly, so you can deny it when he/she brings it up and say you were 'just being friendly'.




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    Saturday, 17 May 2014

    Inactivity is greatest heart risk factor for women over 30: study

    Women exercising at a gym

    (Reuters Health) - Heart disease is the single biggest killer of women and inactivity is the biggest contributor to heart disease for all but the youngest ones, according to Australian researchers.
    They parsed the sources of cardiovascular risk among women of all ages in Australia and found smoking, obesity and high blood pressure are near the top of the list. But if all sedentary women ramped up their activity levels, the largest number of deaths would be averted.
    “Understanding the risks associated with the development of serious health problems can inform more targeted intervention strategies,” said the study’s lead author Wendy Brown, an exercise physiologist at the University of Queensland.
    Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States, where an estimated one in four women dies of the disease, and similar statistics prevail in Australia.
    To measure the importance of various risk factors for heart disease, Brown and her team analyzed data from a long-term study that followed Australian women from 1996 to 2011, surveying them about their lifestyle and health every three years.
    The roughly 30,000 participants ranged from 22 to 90 years old and fell into three groups born from 1973 to 1978, 1946 to 1951 and 1921 to 1926.
    The researchers calculated for each group the extent to which the presence of heart disease could be attributed to body mass index (BMI, a measure of weight relative to height), physical inactivity, high blood pressure or smoking.
    Overall, being sedentary was the greatest contributor to heart disease among women over age 30, including women as old as 90.
    Smoking was the biggest culprit among women between the ages of 22 and 27. In that group, where heart disease is rare, smoking accounted for about 60 percent of it, according to the results published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
    High blood pressure was least common among the youngest women, and high BMI (overweight or obese) was most common in the middle age group.
    Inactivity was widespread, with 65 percent of women 73 to 78 years old and 81 percent of those 85 to 90 getting little or no physical activity.
    Based on rates of death from heart disease in Australia, the researchers calculated that if all the women represented by the study population could do about 1 hour of moderately intense activity a day, some 2,612 deaths would be avoided.
    That’s more Australian women than are killed in road accidents each year, they point out.
    “Physical activity hasn’t been studied as well; the other risk factors (like body mass index) have been more targeted in the past,” said Nisha Parikh, a cardiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the study.
    “The nice thing is all these things track together,” Parikh told Reuters Health. “If you increase your physical activity, you generally lower body mass index, and you’re also going to have an impact on lowering blood pressure,” she said.
    The study shows the importance of boosting activity levels at all ages, she added, and although that can be difficult, there are many simple ways for busy people to get in a few extra steps each day, like taking the stairs and parking a little farther away from their destination.
    “Those kinds of things increase physical activity in a way that doesn’t impact the rest of the things busy people have going on,” Parikh said.
    SOURCE: bit.ly/1jEjPrA British Journal of Sports Medicine, online May 8, 2014
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