Monday, December 31, 2007

What To Do When You Have Acne: The Acne Treatment Just For You

Acne, acne, acne. We all dread having it. It can be called the bane of one?s existence, the enemy of our social lives. Unfortunately, it can?t be avoided. Whether you are Caucasian, Asian or from East Germany or from Tibet, you will, at one point in your life, have this little (and sometimes big) red, ugly and swollen bumps in the face. So what to do when you have one or even several? Read this article to find the right acne treatment for you.
Home Acne Treatment
Acne can be treated at home especially if it?s just a few innocent bumps. It is very important the acne infested area is clean by washing the affected portion twice a day with a mild and unperfumed facial cleanser. It is very important to use a mild cleanser because strong soaps strip the face of its View the rest of this article

Know When To Get An Agreement In Writing

Although most people believe that it is always necessary to get any agreement in writing, there are cases where a verbal agreement is legal and valid. However, since there are just as many instances where a written agreement is necessary or, at the very least helpful, it is a good idea to know which situations call for which types of agreements.
The general rule of thumb for deciding if a contract needs to be in writing is determined by the nature of the contract. For example, any agreement that is related to your business, large personal assets such as your home and contract work that will take over a year to complete should be written down in a contract and made binding. However, an agreement that involves a low amount of financial risk, is between family membe View the rest of this article

Traffic Exchanges - Do They Work For You?

Traffic exchanges, also known as hit exchanges and start exchanges, are a very simple means of driving traffic to a website.
Being in a traffic exchange is like being in a club. You surf, using a specially designed “surf bar” unique to the traffic exchange in question, and view the other club member’s websites. Every time you view a website you get a credit, or a point, and these are exchanged for visitors who view your website. Normally there is a “ratio” involved and - for free members - it is often one return visitor for every two websites that you view.
Most exchanges are free to join but many have a “pro upgrade” option where you can get a better view/return view ratio (say 1:1) for a monthly fee, typically a few dollars a month. The large majority of me View the rest of this article

The First Pair Of Baby Shoes

Any parent will tell you that there is nothing quite like watching as your child takes her first steps. When little Tom or Katie start to teeter around upright for the first time there are a few messages that should flash through your mind in order of importance. Somewhere after ?please don?t fall, oh please don?t fall? and ?hmmm? the ?out of baby reach? shelves need to be a bit higher now? should be ?time to get the little one some shoes.? And so the hunt for baby shoes begins.
Once your baby starts taking those first steps, it is definitely shoe time. While it is perfectly acceptable (and actually quite helpful) to allow a new walker to go barefoot while le View the rest of this article

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Reaching Local Customers With Online Sales

**Can you sell your product online?**
If you are already in business and you are thinking of promoting your products or services online, one of the first questions you have to ask yourself is "Do I have a product I can sell online?" This question is at the very heart of the decision whether or not to try online marketing.
Most of the problems with products are the result of delivery issues. Either your product must be delivered within a narrow time frame (like pizzas and fried chicken), or it is too fragile or too large to be economically delivered, or there is not enough profit margin built into your pricing to allow for delivery. Most local businesses address these issues by a combination of strategies. Either they do not provide delivery, or they charge fo View the rest of this article

A Palm Springs Vacation Guarantees A Playful And Fun Time

Palm Springs, California is located just about 110 miles east of Los Angeles and is one of the most popular desert resort towns in the United States. The population is just about perfect with under 50,000 residents and along with eight neighboring cities including Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella makes up the Palm Springs area. The name ?Palm Springs? comes from the region?s original inhabitants, the Cahuilla Indians. They named the area ?la palma de la mano de Dios?, which translates to ?the palm of God?s hand.?
Palm Springs is mainly famous for its Golf Courses. From mainly flat to flat and rolling courses, there is a course for every golfer in Palm Springs. For those who prefer to spen View the rest of this article

Basic Dog Training

If you have a new dog or puppy, you may be interested in getting some basic dog training. Dog training can be taught by an obedience instructor, or you can do the dog training yourself.
Dog training with an obedience instructor can vary in price and it usually takes place in a class. If you do the dog training yourself, it is usually free and you can do it from your own home. If you do choose to do the dog training yourself, it is best to get educated on dog training.
There are 3 basic things your dog should learn through basic dog training. These are: sit, stay, and come. The first part of dog training is to teach your dog to sit. To start this dog training, you will first need some dog treats.
Do this dog training in a quiet environment so your dog does View the rest of this article

Ebay – Part Time Or Full? How To Decide.

Going full-time as an eBay seller is living the dream: making a real income, working from home, being your own boss and all the rest of it. It’s the promise of a million scams, and it’s finally come true – at least for some.
What they don’t tell you in the success stories, though, is that becoming a full-time eBay seller is by no means for everyone. You really, really ought to try it part-time before you even consider taking it up full-time, and even then, caution is advisable. Before you burn your suit, here’s a list of questions you should ask yourself.
How Much Do I Earn From eBay Now?
Work out how many hours a week you spend doing eBay-related things (be honest here), and divide it by the average amount of profit you make in a week. If you were doing View the rest of this article

Is It A Boy? Is It A Girl?

I Don?t Know? Find Something Green!
Purchasing shower gifts without foreknowledge of the baby?s gender:
There are some things we take for granted in today?s world. Day in and day out we know the sun is going to rise in the morning and set at night, the freeway is going to be jam packed with traffic every Friday afternoon from about three pm until six or seven, and people who are having a baby shower will be able to tell us whether the cute blue sailor suit or the pretty pink dress will be an appropriate gift. Until, of course, we learn that the drive home on Friday was smooth sailing and the expectant mother whose shower we?re attending has no idea what the gender of her baby is. Eyeing the sun superstitiously, we head to the mall and try to figure out what s View the rest of this article

Delight Your Dog With A Natural Dog Treat

As dog owners become more aware of their pet's nutritional needs, they increasingly recognize the advantage of providing their pets with natural dog treats.
Natural dog treats contain no added chemical preservatives or fillers, leaving your dog with straight nutritional value, nothing more. Natural treats also use the highest grade of edible products and processing techniques to ensure they’re even fit for human consumption – which who knows, might help if you ever get stuck in a survival situation with your dog! Let's examine a few commercially-available natural dog treats, and then a few treats you might stumble across in your own back yard.
Commercial Natural Dog Treats
As odd as they sound on first blush, pig ears are a natural favorite for man View the rest of this article

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tips For Keeping Your Money Safe While On Vacation

When it comes to spending money on vacation you have three main choices. Credit cards, cash, or traveler's checks.
Credit cards are the safest way to pay for your vacation. If they are stolen you have limited liability and they are easily replaced. The ability to dispute the charges with the credit card company give you protection against poor merchandise or service.
Many transactions such as hotel reservations and car rentals are impossible without a credit card. When traveling overseas you can usually get the best exchange rates using your plastic but beware. The credit card companies have been charging high fees for the privilege and usually don't tell you ahead of time.
The downside to credit cards is they can be unreliable, especially overseas. You c View the rest of this article

8 Things You Must Know To Build A Great Website

Last week we talked about how a bad website can do your business more harm than good. That column brought several emails asking what is the key to building an effective business website. I replied with the same answer I always give: building an effective business website is a simple matter of definition.
Before the first graphic is drawn or the first line of code is written, you must define the website’s budget, purpose, target audience, design, navigation, and content. And when that’s all said and done you must define the marketing that will bring visitors to your site.
It sounds easy, but you’d be amazed at how many really bad business websites there are out there. Yours might even be one of them. If so, listen up. For nearly ten years now my company has be View the rest of this article

Your Rights As An Ebay Buyer.

When you buy things on eBay, you pay the seller before they send you anything. This means that you, as a buyer, are vulnerable to all sorts of problems. You might not get the items you have paid for, or they might be damaged or faulty. Luckily, you have two very important rights when you buy on eBay.
The Right to Receive Your Item.
Maybe the seller never sent the item, or maybe it got lost in the post. Whatever happened, you paid for the item. If it doesn’t arrive in the post as described, you have the right to a replacement or a refund, whether it’s the seller’s fault or not.
The fact that you bought something on eBay doesn’t mean that you don’t have the exact same rights that you would have if you bought it in a shop (these rights are pretty much the sa View the rest of this article

Tarpon Fishing And Catching The Elusive Silver King - Megalops Atlanticus

Growing to lengths of more than eight feet and weighing more than 280 pounds, it is easy to see why the tarpon is one of the most sought after saltwater gamefish in the world. It's habitat is close to the shoreline so fishermen of all types and skill levels can catch them.
If you have ever had the privilege of hooking up on a big tarpon then you know the exhilaration and thrill of testing yourself in battle against one of the most sought after gamefish in the world. This distinction is easy to see at first glance as the tarpon starts a series of spectacular acrobatic leaps in the air that will have your heart pounding, your rod bending and your drag screaming. You better hold on!
Since the tarpon's habitat is so close to the shoreline, fishermen of all types View the rest of this article

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wireless Merchant Account?

A wireless merchant account can bring your business into the 21st century by enabling you to accept credit payments while on the go. All you have to do is get approved for a merchant account and then purchase or lease a wireless credit card processor that can be transported from one location to another by employees who collect credit payments from customers. Here’s how it works.
1. Apply for a wireless merchant account by finding a reputable merchant services provider to partner with. You can browse many kinds of merchant account Websites on the Internet to find those that will approve your company for a commercial account that will let you accept credit card payments using a wireless processor. Shop for banks, credit unions, or other financial institutions that View the rest of this article

Powerful Article Writing Strategies For Exploding Traffic And Link Popularity.

One of the most discussed topics today is Article Writing. Many Webmasters are jumping into the bandwagon and are trying to revive and reinvent their old writing talents to good measure.
It is a known fact that there are several benefits in article writing and submitting articles to article directories. The main objective of most webmasters is to obtain one way links, thereby increasing Link Popularity and to generate Targeted Traffic.
Success is much easier to achieve when tried and tested strategies are adopted.Given below are such strategies, if adopted will have a tremendous impact in Boosting your link popularity and Exploding Traffic to your website.
In article writing the most important thing is to choose the right Topic. Though you m View the rest of this article

Songwriter Confessions #4

Once a recording studio reaches a certain size, it has to have a studio cat. That seems to be Nature's unwritten law and you resist it at your peril. It happens as you're unwrapping the new Lexicon reverb unit that will take you up to the next level of sound. Before the carton has been cleared away, there is a scratching at the studio door. And you really don't have any say about the applicant. Apparently there is some mystical studio cat network, and when that unheard alarm goes off, Ma Nature picks the kitty and sends it to the door.
On this particular morning, I opened the door and there was Macca, alias Mac Daddy, alias the self-propelled wrecking crew.
Scat!: I said and cat strolled past me and boinged onto my favorite chair where it proceeded to chew th View the rest of this article

An Overview Of Asbestos Disease- Mesothelioma

What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos disease, mesothelioma cancers, lung cancers and asbestosis are the diseases caused because of asbestos exposure. Asbestos constitutes different naturally occurring fibrous minerals in some rocks and soil. It has found widespread use in industries and building materials such as fireproofing, roofing shingles, electric insulation, furnace, hot pipe covering, and friction products.
Recent studies have, however, revealed that exposure to asbestos can have damaging health implication resulting in asbestos disease and mesothelioma for both workers in industries making use of asbestos as well as those who live in the environment surrounding such places. Workers may inhale fine asbestos particles in the air; they also become exposed through View the rest of this article

How to get a lower blood pressure using medical treatment

The treatment for lowering the blood pressure is usually recommend by physicians for patients with a blood pressure of above 160/95mmHg. For those with a blood pressure immediately bellow these values it is taking into account age, sex or other individual factors of the patients before taking the treatment.

The first kind of treatment recommended by all the doctors will be a change in the your lifestyle.

First important change will be stop smoking, second is the moderation of drinking, the consume of alcohol increase the blood pressure. Another good point in lowering blood pressure is the correct alimentation like choosing food low in salts and sodium, consuming a lot of seaweeds, they will dissolve the 'fatty build-ups' from the blood vessels. The View the rest of this article

Top 7 Small Business Tax Tips

Here are seven ways for owners of small businesses to save money on their taxes.
1. Incorporate Yourself: If you`re still a proprietor or partner of a business, it`s time to incorporate yourself. Not only will you limit your liability, but you may enjoy lower tax rates on small business income and other tax advantages as well.
2. Be Home Based: If possible, continue (or switch to) being a home based business. Not only will you keep your overhead down, but you will be able to write-off (or deduct) the business use of your home.
3. Income Split: Pay reasonable wages to your spouse and children. In this way, you can legally divert income taxed at your higher rate to your family members that are in a lower tax bracket.
4. Rearrange View the rest of this article

Design Tips For Ebay Templates.

Templates are the design elements that you might have noticed some sellers using on their auctions, like the borders around the edge, and the different fonts. Many sellers who are new to eBay don’t bother using them, and you might not have either – generally, a descriptive listing and a good picture will do the job just fine.
If you want to really finish your auctions off and make a really good impression on your buyers though, it’s useful to have a good template. Here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do.
Choose something appropriate. The most important part of your template is what you choose in eBay’s listing designer (in step 3 of the Sell Your Item process), or the equivalent in whatever listing software you’re now using. You might prefer to u View the rest of this article

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ten Top Tips For Successfully Setting Goals

"Goals. There's no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there's no telling what will happen when you act upon them." ~ Jim Rohn
Would you like to achieve positive results in your life and get what you really want? This tried and tested goal setting strategy is an effective way to set and achieve your goals. My Ten Top Tips are as follows:
? Write them down. By writing down your goals you are showing personal commitment and declaring your intention to succeed, as well as helping to clarify your thinking.
? Be specific. Write down goals that are specific, measurable and positive. Focus clearly on what you desire, not what you lack or want to get rid of from your life.
? H View the rest of this article

Golf Carts: Not Just For Golfers Anymore

According to new research, more than 60% of cars in the USA North America travel less than 15 miles per day and nearly half of drivers travel less than five miles away from home. With gas prices climbing higher every day and air being polluted with gas emissions, a golf car is the most environmentally friendly vehicle out there. With all the golf cart accessories available, golf carts can become the most stylish and eco-friendly vehicle on the road.
Golf carts are widely used in university campuses where they transport people, goods and equipment, and are even used in cases of medical emergencies. They are also used in quiet neighborhoods, at large sports events by the personnel, and of course, on golf courses by golfers. Many golf carts are purchased by disabled View the rest of this article

Lowering blood pressure in a natural way - eating dark chocolate

Of course this is not a joke, a study was made in the US by specialists and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association about eating dark chocolate to lower the blood pressure. One bar of chocolate is enough to lower the blood pressure in a natural and so enjoyable way. It is also helping to improve the insulin resistance. It was already known that food rich in flavinols are lowering the blood pressure. Flavinols are also called in a medical scientific language as natural antioxidants, and the aliments that are containing these antioxidants are like tea and red wine, but from now on we will put on this list the dark chocolate, too. The study was pretty simple. It took place at University of L?Aguila in Italy particular for lowering the blood pressure, View the rest of this article

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Fast Fax - A Long History And A Modern Truth

The facsimile, or fax as we call it today was one of the earliest concepts in modern technology. First patented in 1843 by Scottish physicist Alexander Bain, the fax is an encoding and/or imaging method that reads text and/or images in small areas at a time, assigns numerical values based on darkness and lightness and then transmits them to a receiver. The receiver produces corresponding marks on paper as the transmitting fax proceeds to scan the next lower line continuing until the entire document has been scanned, digitized and transmitted. We typically think of the fax as transmitting documents via telephone line, but history verifies that Bain patented his original invention 33 years before the telephone and Morse code became standard transmission methods. The fa View the rest of this article

Great Tips on Planning a Furniture Removal

Moving from one place to another can be quite a traumatising experience. Moving all the heavy pieces of furniture, keeping an eye on the workers to make sure they don?t break anything, packing all your things, then unpacking them, arrange everything? these can turn out to be a heavy ordeal. But this whole moving operation could be completed without big headaches if you plan it carefully in advance. Here are a few tips you should apply whenever considering the possibility of a furniture removal operation. The planning should start a month ahead the moving day. Start gathering all kind of necessary moving supplies like tape, boxes or rope. Get some newspapers for the breakable things if you don?t want to spend money on bubble wrap. Always make the necessary travel/tran View the rest of this article

Wireless Networks: How Do They Work?

Wireless networks use radio waves instead of wires to transmit data between computers. Here's how: The Binary Code: 1s and 0s It's well known that computers transmit information digitally, using binary code: ones and zeros. This translates well to radio waves, since those 1s and 0s can be represented by different kinds of beeps. These beeps are so fast that they're outside the hearing range of humans. Morse Code: Dots And Dashes It works like Morse code, which is a way to transmit the alphabet over radio waves using dots (short beeps) and dashes (long beeps). Morse code was used manually for years via telegraph to get information from 1 place to another very quickly. More importantly for this example, though, it is a binary system, just as a computer system is. Wirel View the rest of this article

How Can Green Tea Benefit My Family?

No doubt you've heard of Green Tea and the health benefits you can experience from drinking it.
Are you giving your family this powerful antioxidant daily?
Here is a refresher on some of the benefits you can experience with Green Tea.
Historically, Green Tea has been one of the world's most popular beverages. The Chinese have been drinking it for thousands of years. It is now the second most popular beverage in the world, after water!
Green tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis is black tea. The difference is that Green Tea is unfermented, which means that the powerful antioxidant properties are fully intact.
The power of Green Tea lies in its catechin polyphenols, particularly something called epigallocatechin gallate (say that 5 time View the rest of this article

How To Accept Credit Cards Without A Merchant Account

To increase sales on your website, you must accept credit cards. To process credit cards, you could apply for a merchant account through your bank or other financial institution.
Sometimes, though, you would be further ahead to use the services of a credit card processor. This is especially true when you are first starting out and have more limited resources. In this way, you may process credit card transactions without the high front-end costs and requirements of a merchant account.
Here, then, are just a few ways of accepting credit cards without a merchant account. I personally use all of these vendors and can recommend them wholeheartedly.
1. Clickbank
If your product is downloadable (such as electronic books or software), you might conside View the rest of this article

Turn Media Interviews Into Sales

Many people don't understand what soundbites are. They don't know how to create soundbites that sell. They don't know that it's not enough to be clever, entertaining or quippy. That might make TV and radio hosts happy, but it often won't bring in the kind of results you're looking for: to grow your business, sell more product, get new clients, more customers, or increase your fees.
You want to develop soundbites that speak to who you are, what you do and how well you do it. Soundbites are the essential messages that will create sales and recognition. They consist of anecdotes, analogies, stories, one-liners, and facts that you can speak in 15-30 seconds. They should be singly focused on what you want your audience to know. To turn media interviews into sales here View the rest of this article

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Positive And Negative Effects To Expect When You Quit Smoking

Before you read the rest of this article, understand that quitting smoking can be one of the best things you can do for yourself as a smoker. You are guaranteeing a healthier life, and a longer life. Make no mistake; no negative effect you may observe when you quit smoking is so bad that you will decide to keep smoking. There are no positive effects by continuing to smoke, but when you quit, you may notice some changes that you may not have expected. Since the pros outweigh the cons when you quit smoking, I will address the negative aspects of quitting first. The first thing a smoker will notice when they kick the habit is sudden mood changes and mood disorders.
Having probably smoked for years, you have come to the point to where you end up smoking when you feel View the rest of this article

New Generation Of Financial Information Systems Makes Crunching Numbers Faster And Easier

In what seems like only a few short years, fiscal selective information systems (FIS) have evolved from simple, back-office support systems into fully integrated solutions that can handle everything from payroll to accounts receivable and gross cycle management. But such increased functionality would not be possible without the ability to combine disparate databases into a single source of entropy that can be mined at multiple levels.
The importance of data mining quickly became apparent to corporate executives at James Edmund Scripps Wellness in San Diego, who had been working with six separate databases before upgrading to a newer variant of Dawn Approach Coach/Affected role Fiscal Handler from Boca Raton, Fla.-founded Eclipsys Corp.
Edward Wyllis Scripps c View the rest of this article

Japanese Hair Straightening ? Is It Right for You?

Japanese Hair Straightening, also known as Thermal Reconditioning, is one very popular hair straightening technique you just might want to think twice about before having done. Originating in Japan in the late 90?s the chemical products used in the process go by the names Liscio, Yuko and U.S. made Bio Ionics. The treatment can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours and involves numerous steps with costs ranging from $300 to $1,500 depending on the salon. A cheaper price should raise some red flags as to the quality of the chemicals used or the expertise of the stylist according to the experts. The result is permanently straight hair but after 4 to 6 months any new hair growth will need to be treated as well. This usually costs close to the same amount as the original treat View the rest of this article

10 Incredible Ways To Sell Your Products Now

1. Make your reader visualize they have already bought your product in your ad. Tell them what results they have gotten and how it makes them feel. They'll already become emotionally attached before they buy.
2. Turn your ad into an article. It could be a story, or how-to article. This will lead them into your ad without them knowing it's an ad. They'll already be interested when they get to your sales pitch.
3. Make sure you show your reader that they are getting a bargain. Tell them the usual price you sell your product for is $99. Then tell them if they order today they can buy it for $69.95.
4. Direct your ad headline to your target audience. Your readers will feel important and belong to a select group of people who buy your product. For example; "At View the rest of this article

Monday, December 24, 2007

Your Wedding Budget: Setting And Sticking To It

Want to make sure your marriage doesn't end up on the rocks before you get to the chapel? Then set a realistic wedding budget -- and stick to it. In the process of planning a wedding, budget concerns often is a source of disagreement for a couple. They may have different ideas about what kind of wedding they want, and about what they can afford. To make the wedding a truly happy occasion, it is important that the couple discusses financial constraints early. Set A Budget And Save For It The first tip is -- discuss finances before the wedding plans begin. Everyone involved in the decision-making process needs to understand exactly how much money is available for the wedding. To maximize that budget, you should start saving early for your wedding. Advance planning and View the rest of this article

A Simple Sales Strategy: Turn Customers Into Raving Fans!

What's next after someone becomes your client? What's next is to deliver on what you said you would, and more! As they say, "Under promise and over deliver." People expect you to deliver results. Surprise them by also going the extra mile over and over again. As soon as you get a new client, thank them for doing business with you. Send them a thank you note, an extra report or something of value. Let them know that you appreciate their business and show them you care about them. One small act that shows how much you value your new client can create a client for life. The formula for having your clients turn into raving fans is: good product + great service. Interestingly enough a good product + bad service gives you unhappy customers no matter how good your product i View the rest of this article

Tag, You're It! (Or, How To Write Slogans)

Some call them "tag lines"; others refer to them as"catch lines" or "tie-in-slogans." Whatever the words used to refer to them, they are perhaps the most important part of your promotional writing.
Do you recognize any of these? :
"Like a rock..."
"Fly the friendly skies..."
"It's the real thing !"
"Quality is job number one"
"The quicker-picker-upper"
Most of those tag lines are recognizable by us without even including the name of the company or product.
They summarize in a very few words the essence of the thing they are promoting. They communicate a good, positive feeling or relationship to the product. They do it with a simple,memorable phrase that is easily repeated.
The shorter the description is, the more challenging it is View the rest of this article

How To Profit From Private Label Articles

How To Profit From Private Label Articles
Free content is great. I love how easy is to enrich a website in minutes republishing free articles written by real expert authors. Furthermore they give me the invaluable ability to profit from niches I really don?t know nothing about.
Lately I have been thinking about how to develop my strategy, and I ended thinking about outsource my writing content creation. The only drawback is the difficulty in finding good writers delivering quality articles for let?s say $5-6 each. I think this is aperfect solution from a business perspective. But in a more pragmatic sense, it is even more sophisticate than I?d really needed.
During my research for alternatives, I?ve found that private label content with limited distributi View the rest of this article

Alcohol Detox Even If You Are Just A Social Drinker

Your body may be sending you signals that you need to take a break from alcohol. It may be time to detox alcohol from your body if you are feeling run down and tired, having digestive problems or experiencing achy muscles. If you drink and party regularly and have any of these symptoms, a simple alcohol detox may be for you.
With repeated or long term use, alcohol can cause liver and kidney problems, addiction and weight gain. While drinking and partying often seem harmless, ingesting alcohol on a regular basis can lead to the build up of toxins and sugars and eventually to alcoholism, or addiction to alcohol. Overuse and dependence on alcohol can have serious health risks as well.
However, most of us don?t have a serious problem, and use alcohol socially. Ev View the rest of this article

Credit Card Processing

Does your company need credit card processing? It does if you can benefit from the following:
Credit Card Processing Enhances Your Professional Status. When customers know that you accept credit payments, they often are more likely to pay more, return often, and tell their friends if the service is good. This is because a company that makes credit payment options available to clients is telling the world that they care about customers and they are professional enough to invest in systems that will enhance the shopping experience for guests. No one likes that disappointed feeling when, after browsing, you find something you want to buy but then fail to find enough cash in your wallet to purchase it. Writing a check may put you over the balance, and you don’t want View the rest of this article

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Curve Drawdown - A Sensitive Aspect of Stock Trading

If you are a new player on the stock market, you should know that things aren’t always nice and shiny when it comes to stock trading. There are downsides and upsides as in any other trading or investing process and you have to be prepared to cope with the negative aspects. The drawdown is the worse thing a stock trader may experience along the years. You should know that a peak in a share’s price is always followed by a going down to the bottom period. But don’t panic, this negative impact is also followed by an ascending trend, so your shares will be going up again.

Experienced systems traders are well aware of this drawdown trend; the ‘rookies’ (new traders) are those who panic and start selling their shares. This drawdown period represents an important p View the rest of this article

Bachelor Degrees, Online?

Should you get your bachelor degree online? For many people this would seem hard to do. Depending on the field of study that you plan to get, it can be actually quite welcoming and a great way to get in the education that you have always wanted. Sure, it isn?t easy but neither is college for that matter. The online bachelor degree programs are a good way for many to get the education that they need without having to get into a college that is set up traditionally.
There are many programs that are offered through online bachelor degrees. If you would like to know if any of the programs or classes that you need to take are available to you on the web, all you need to do is to log on to any of the various online schools and find out. This level of education that the View the rest of this article

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Save Money ? Stay In An Orlando Villa

Did you know that an Orlando vacation rental could cost the same if not LESS than a hotel or motel but offer you SO much more?
Imagine you are going on holiday with friends or extended family and there are 10 people (for example) in your party. You could squeeze 4 or 5 at a time into a hotel room ? 2 in each bed plus a rollaway bed ( which could be an extra charge). Picture it ? all these people in one room, with one T.V. and one bathroom to share. There is no guarantee the rest of your party will be located in adjoining rooms.
Now imagine your own home for the length of your Orlando vacation. Your own car is parked on your very own driveway and you have a maximum of 2 people to a bedroom. Almost all bedrooms have their own private bathrooms PLUSView the rest of this article

The 7 Basic Rules Of Proper Presentation Design

Abstract: This article elucidates the rules of presentation visual design that, if heeded, will almost always assure that your audiences will be able to follow your ideas every step of the way. Of course, you must keep in mind that visual design is only one-third of the package required for a successful presentation, the other two being content and delivery. Like a fine dining experience that requires equal parts food, service and atmosphere to really work, the visual design part of the presentation process is every bit as necessary as the others to achieve the desired result – in this case, true knowledge transfer.
So without further ado:
7. Maintain paragraph integrity. First, all 1st Level Paragraph text must be the same size in every slide. Likewise, all View the rest of this article

Show You Care -- Neuter Your Cat

The hordes of homeless and feral cats everywhere are growing by leaps and bounds, and finally people are beginning to wake up to the necessity of neutering their cats. Population Explosion Because cats can reproduce several times a year, and kittens mature quickly, just 2 feral cats (the wild offspring of domestic cats) can quickly become 2,000. In fact, the feline reproduction statistics are staggering. 2 uncontrolled breeding cats produce: 2 litters a year, at a survival rate of 2.8 kittens per litter. Continued breeding will produce 12 cats the first year, 66 cats the second year, 2,201 cats in the third year, 3,822 cats in the fourth year, 12,680 cats in the fifth year, and on and on . . . Unaltered Cats Spread Disease Many of these feral cats are actually unalte View the rest of this article

Strap Into Fun And Free Falling While Tandem Skydiving In New Jersey

Tandem skydiving in New Jersey is a very popular sport. Since tandem parachuting is one of the easiest, and perhaps the best for a novice, ways to experience the extreme sport of skydiving. There are several benefits to tandem skydiving. One benefit is that there is not very much training involved. Another benefit is that is that you can take comfort in the experience of the jump instructor you'll be working with. One final benefit is that there is an automatic activation device on the parachute, so your chute will be sure to deploy at the appropriate time during a jump.
Classes and Lessons
Skydiving begins with a training session. The session will teach you the basics of skydiving, the equipment necessary, and what to do in the air. After your trainin View the rest of this article

Casinos ? What Do They Offer?

Casinos often offer much more than gambling. In Las Vegas, casinos are famous for their live entertainment, free buffets and much more. At Caesar?s Palace, there are regular shows by all types of famous celebrities including singers, comedians and magicians. Caesar?s Palace also offers a wide range of eating venues from fine dining restaurants, to casual dining cafes and plenty of bars and lounges. In addition to all of this, there is a large shopping area, and at the famous Venetian you can go gambling to your heart?s content, then take a gondola ride to wind down the evening. If you are not interested in gambling, entertainment, dining or shopping, maybe you can wind down with a full body massage in Caesar's Palace spa and fitness center.
Of course, all the fre View the rest of this article

Friday, December 21, 2007

Anyone Tired of Dating Online?

Anyone tired of online dating? I have heard that over 40 million people in the USA alone will log onto an online dating or matchmaking website during the course of a year. You would think with that many single people it would be like shooting ducks in a barrel.. Wrong! As a 49 year old man, with a 16 year old son, being single has been an absolute nightmare to say the least. The only thing worse than online dating is in- person dating. All joking aside, The fact of the matter is that at my age I am too old to go the bars and nightclubs filled with men and women young enough to be my children. Even if I did go out, what would be the point? Time and maturity (and wrinkles and gray hair) have made that not an appealing option. I have another problem. I am self-employed, View the rest of this article

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Brand-Name Drugs, Generic Drugs, And Illegal Prescription Drugs

If you've thought about buying prescription drugs on the internet you may have found the whole experience rather confusing.
-- Are generic drugs as good as brand-names?
-- Are drug copies such as "generic viagra" safe to use?
-- Does it matter if a drug is not "FDA approved"?
-- Are you breaking US laws if you buy non-FDA-approved drugs on the internet?
These are just some of the questions many people have about online pharmacies and online drugs. The purpose of this article is to answer some of these questions
1. What is a Generic Drug?
In the US and many other countries, a "generic" drug is a copy of a brand-name drug. It has identical active ingredients as the brand-name version, and so it is the same as the brand-name version in dosage View the rest of this article

The Best Custom Street Cars

Having one of the fastest street cars in the world is a dream come true for any car lover. Fast car fans all over the world, demand for newer and faster street cars. The famous car industries like Ferrari, Mclaren, BMW are constantly challenging each other in terms of speed and style. The craze for the fastest cars is undying and manufacturers of fast street cars are providing their customers with some exotic car designs, combined with brilliant acceleration and top speed.
The speed of the car is determined by its acceleration RPM and top speed. Other factors like weight design do matter in making a car zoom through roads. Let’s have a look at the features of some of the best and the fastest street cars of the world.
1996 Ferrari f 50
1996 Ferrari f 50 is View the rest of this article

The Pro's Of Recumbent Biking

You've noticed them on the trail and thought, "gee, that looks so easy, and comfortable!" Welcome to the world of recumbent bikes, or "bents" as they are sometimes called by enthusiasts. Ask anyone who owns one and they'll tell you that riding a recumbent bike is outrageously comfortable.
When you are riding a recumbent bike you are leaning back, as if you are sitting in a chair with a back support. No sore butt or chaffed legs. No sore back! Your legs are out in front of you, as they are if you are driving your car. Your butt is comfortably cushioned in a nice wide seat.
It will take time to get used to the feel of handling a recumbent bike. Recumbent bicycles have steering located above the seat or under the seat. The above seat steering handlebar is locate View the rest of this article

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Experience The Adventure Of A Lifetime With River Rafting Trips

River Rafting Trips
If you?re the type of person that enjoys an outdoor adventure, river rafting trips are right up your alley. Until you?ve tried it, you can never understand the exhilaration of shooting the rapids one minute, while taking in some of the world?s most breathtaking scenery the next. Many rafting companies can provide all the equipment you need, plus the benefit of a skilled guide to navigate your family or group through an incredible river rafting experience. From white water to smooth sailing, river rafting trips have to be experienced to be believed.
Difficulty Classifications of River Rafting Trips
If you?re worried about the skill required for participating in various river rafting trips, there are unique classifications View the rest of this article

IT Networks: How to Argue for a Bigger Budget

IT network managers have to fight the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mindset to win resources. With computer networks, that mindset is dangerously complacent. IT networks will keep pumping data until they die or let in hackers. Here are some winning arguments against "if it ain't broke…"

IT Network Maintenance: Better Analogies

Don’t let your IT network's budget get lumped with IT in general--or worse, operations in general. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" sometimes makes sense in IT or operations. Upgrading workstations or desks can cost productivity, making it self-defeating.

You have to stress that IT networks are different from workstations or desks.

Life Insurance And The Law. A Layman's Introduction.

There are no laws in the UK that require a person to have life insurance. It?s an entirely voluntary insurance. About 40% of the UK's working population are covered by life insurance either through their own policy or via an arrangement through their employer.
So the simple things first. You have to be a UK resident in order to buy a life insurance policy from a UK based insurance company. This is not a requirement laid down in UK law, but UK laws and tax arrangements make it impossible for a UK based insurance company to offer insurance to anyone other than a UK resident. But be aware that if, having taken out life insurance, you later live abroad, your policy will be invalidated. Naturally, invalidation does not apply if you are on holiday but if you have a sho View the rest of this article

4 Great Skydiving Tips For You

Hold on for your life! There's no thrill greater than jumping from an aircraft with a parachute attached to your back and free falling at unbelievable speeds to the on-coming ground below. When the chute opens, your world transforms from extreme to divine as you float through the silent sky. Discover the best way to get started and prepare yourself for a true extreme sport that sends you hurtling through the air! It's a so great feeling the one you have when your parachute opens that makes me tell all my friends and colegues to at least try this great extreme sport called sjydiving. I will outline in this article some great tips to help you get started right in practicing this sport. 1. Make sure you really want to practice skydiving. If you really want it then you w View the rest of this article

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Planning Ahead Of Everyone Else To Win

Planning Ahead Of Everyone Else To Win
By: Martin Lemieux
What does it take to plan like a champion?
Well lets take a look into our minds a little bit to answer this question.
For these next questions, I need you to be extremely honest with yourself. No need to lie, no one else but you will know the answers.
1) Are you afraid to fail your plan?
2) Do you regularly plan ahead?
3) Does your plans involve EVERYTHING you ever wanted?
4) Do you plan ahead with your business and family in mind?
5) Do you visualize your plan being achieved?
6) ** How far ahead do you actually plan???
That wasn't so bad was it???
It's important to always ask yourself these questions. Doing so will ultimately lay ou View the rest of this article

The War On Low Apr Credit

The interest rate is definitely a key factor consumers consider before signing up for a credit card. This is especially true for those carrying balances, as a card with low rates will generate significant savings. Thus, MasterCard, Visa and other leading credit card groups are now competing in terms of varying low APR (annual percentage rate) packages.
The huge market for card shoppers has also made banks tie-up with card companies or set up their own card units. Based on figures from, corporate credit cards have now grown into a $500bn market in the US. The sector's growth has progressed due mainly to increasing acceptance and demand for electronic transactions worldwide and a requirement among more US firms for corporate card use - offsetting View the rest of this article

A Simple Sales Strategy: What To Say When Asked For A Discount

Has anyone ever said to you, "Your price is too high and I'd like a discount." In this article I outline two approaches for responding to this comment. One of the approaches even has the potential for you to make a bigger sale than you originally anticipated. Curious?
First, giving discounts in the right way may well be the most appropriate thing to do. Conversely, giving a discount in the wrong way can not only lose you a sale but could lose you all possible future sales from a potential client. Read on to see what I mean.
Just suppose you say "yes" and immediately give a discount. What do you think this potential client now thinks?:
* You seem desperate for the sale.
* I wonder how far you will lower your price. Mmmm, maybe I should ask for an even View the rest of this article

I'm A Credit Card Deadbeat: You Can Be One Too!

I am delighted to say that I am a credit card deadbeat! In fact, some of you might already be credit card deadbeats too, if so, I commend you for your excellent work! Now, as for those who don?t know what a credit card deadbeat is, before you start thinking I have a screw loose, you may want to continue reading!
When I say that I am a credit card deadbeat, I don?t mean that I avoid my credit card bills. To the contrary, a credit card deadbeat is the insider term used by credit card company executives and refers to all of the credit card users who pay off their bill each month promptly; in doing so, such customers pay no interest and prevent the creditor from making any profit! That?s me! I love being a credit card deadbeat!
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Making Spanish Paella The Easy Way

Paella is a saffron-flavored dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken and seafood. Spain and the Catalan languages, paella means frying pan or pot. The traditional paella pan is flat and of large diameter, it can also have handles on each side.
In fact, paella is one of the most versatile dishes to make. Paella also has the advantage of being great to clean out the fridge and use up leftover meats and vegetables. Any combination will eventually be great the secret is in the chemistry. Spanish Paella is a dish that is generally made to feed several people. Moreover, Spanish Paella is quite flavorful the next day as the tastes have had time to mix together and become stronger.
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Medicinal Plants In India

Traditional medicines ar secondhand by approximately 60 per penny of the world's universe. These not alone(p) exploited for primary wellness maintenance not just in rural areas in developing countries, merely also in developed countries as well where modern font medicines predominantly used1. While the traditional medicines derived from medicative plants, minerals, and organic matter, the herbal drugs prepared from plants merely. Use of plants as a source of medicament has been inherited and is an important component of the upkeep organization in Republic of India. In the Amerind systems of medicinal drug, most practitioners formulate and dispense their own recipes, hence this requires proper documentation and inquiry. In western world also, the usage of herbal medic View the rest of this article

Tips For Choosing The Right Bathtub

Many people spend a considerable amount of time in the bathroom.
Some people feel that spending time in the tub rejuvenates their energy and revitalizes their spirit.
Whatever the reason for spending some time in the bathroom, one thing is certain, the bathtub is one of the most important aspects of the bathroom.
If you are building a house, or if you are renovating or redesigning your house or bathroom, you shouldn't just choose any bathtub. Apart from considering the color that will go well with the color of the bathroom, or the latest design, or the manufacturer, there are other things that should be considered.
* Size of the tub
Aside from the obvious point, that this is important in checking how the bathtub will fit the designated space, this View the rest of this article

How To Teach Your Children To Beat Stress

We are sending our children into a future filled with stress and conflict. Parents and teachers have the responsibility to model behaviors and teach skills that will enable our children to be productive, accepting, healthy, and above all, resilient.
1. Self-understanding and acceptance
Self-esteem is a realistic estimate of your own capabilities and worth. People with high self-esteem are productive, responsive, imaginative, and attentive to the needs of others. Encourage your children to develop their natural aptitudes and interests. Set them up for success. Empower them to be more responsible.
2. Adults' understanding and acceptance
Give your children regular, focused, undivided attention. This, more than anything else, communicates your uncondition View the rest of this article

How can we prevent smelly feet?

Smelly feet can cannot only be an embarrassment but can seriously damage the self esteem. There are many people, especially guys, who have to deal with this problem every day, and also are the victims of numerous medicines that didn?t help. To help them I wrote this article hopping to at least make them understand what is causing this problem and how to prevent it. So here it is.
Smelly feet, also known as ?bromohydrosis?, are the result of the interaction between perspiration and the bacteria that lurk in you shoes and socks. The foot and hands contain the most sweat glands than any other part of the body ( about 3000 glands per square inch). Inside the shoe the temperature reaches sometimes 102 F. So this temperature combined with the moisture generated by the View the rest of this article

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Understanding Obesity - How to Successfully Reduce Weight

THE CAUSES OF EXCESSIVE WEIGHT If you eat more nutrients containing energy than you need for your daily activities, for the internal processes of your body, and for the burning process that maintains the body temperature, the excessive nutrients can be transformed to fat and stored in the fat depots in your body. The causes of this occururing, and thus of overweight, are one or more of these factors: 1. Consuming too much fat: Fat is the most energy-rich nutrient, and over-consume will cause the eccessive fat consumed to be deposited in the body. 2. Consuming too much sugar, starch or other carbohydrates: Carbohydrats are also important energy sources. Over-consume of carbohydrates will cause the eccess to be converted to fat and stored in the body. 3 Consuming too m View the rest of this article

The Benefits Of Traveling Off-Peak

The European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) defines traveling off-peak as "traveling outside rush-hours to avoid overcrowding in public means of transport." This sounds all too simple and as we might expect - easier said than done.
For both air and car travel, avoid the crowds by traveling during the week, especially from Tuesday through Thursday. An added bonus is that airfares for travel Tuesday through Thursday are usually cheaper.
Mid-morning and late afternoon flights tend to be less crowded, plus you can really avoid commute traffic during this time. This site also offers the load on late-night flights (also known as red-eye flights for obvious reasons): these flights can help you avoid traffic but it's only effective if you ca View the rest of this article

Your Children Are On Their Own Soul's Journey

In a phone session with Gerald, one of my clients, he expressed to me that he was feeling very sad about his son, Luc. Luc, 29 years old, was not doing much with his life, and Gerald was berating himself for how he had parented Luc.
?I should have spent more time with him. I should have motivated him more. I should have been a better role model. I should have been more firm with him.? On and on he went, judging himself for how he had been as a parent.
?Gerald,? I said, ?Luc is on his own soul?s journey. Even if you had been a perfect parent ? and none of us really knows what that means ? Luc might still be having the challenges he is having.?
?Really? Wow! That makes me feel much better! I never thought of it that way. Tell me more about what you mean by View the rest of this article

Monday, December 17, 2007

Why Educated Consumers are Better Customers

Not too long ago, a colleague asked me why we invest so heavily in consumer education. We have made a conscious decision to spend marketing dollars on consumer education for a very simple reason. Educated consumers are simply better customers.

Lets take a closer look at why educated consumers are better customers.

Less Technical Support.
1.) Educated consumers require less technical support. The reduced technical support results in lower overhead costs. Often educated consumers can further reduce the support burden by assisting or educating other customers or potential customers in forums, newsgroups, user groups or elsewhere in an industry community.

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How a Head Cold Got Me Married

Now that I’m really settled down for bad or good, I can’t help but reflect on my lengthy past as a happy-go-lucky single. How can I forget the many bizarre, crazy, and benighted times I’ve misled myself into a man’s twin loving arms, and how very much I miss loving every minute of it? How?
Why, I squirm as if caught in a velvet trap…well, I could, but my husband is standing right behind me and might ask me what I’m sitting on.
Yes, it’s been nothing but high misadventure for me, especially since I lost my extremely brave and sincere first husband, a wonderful Austrian-American Jew, to combined MS and cancer on February 23, 1985.
I loved him so much…even after more than a dozen intensive, fascinating, and downright roller-coaster relationships before then, View the rest of this article

Having Healthy Pups: A Few Tips On Keeping Your Dog Healthy

The responsibility of a new pet is sometimes overwhelming. One of your new duties as a dog owner is to take care of your pet's health. Here are two pointers for you to follow in taking care of your pet.
- The Veterinarian Is our Friend
Part of your duty as a dog owner is to know when to call for the vet. Don't take a "wait and see" attitude when it comes to your pet's health. Sometimes, that approach is fine but most often professional help is needed to treat your dog's sickness. Depending on the dog's condition, there are many ways a veterinarian may help.
There are several instances when it is essential that you call your veterinarian:
a) Always call your vet when your dog has been in an accident. If your regular veterinarian is not available, look View the rest of this article

Making Your Dog Win In Sled Races

So, you decided to train your dog win in sled races. Here are some tips to do it.
1. Provide dry and clean bedding.
If you want to have a winning dog, provide him first with a clean and complete house. It is your duty and responsibility that your dog must have adequate and clean bedding.
2. Give high quality diet.
Give your dog the best diet that you can find. All year round, feed him with the best diet possible. This includes giving the dog some quality fat in his diet. Fat gives your dog enough energy to run. How much fat you give depends on various factors. For example, Alaskan Huskies are burning fat seemingly by just standing still! Some dogs like Malamutes and Siberians do not require fat as much. Don?t scrimp on quality.
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid).

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)is a hormone imbalance caused when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.
What are the Symptoms of Hypothyroid? The most common are fatigue and intolerance to cold. If everybody is wearing short sleeves and you are wearing a jacket, you most likely have a hypothyroid issue. Other common symptoms are mental instability or depression, muscle weakness and fatigue, poor memory, lethargy and headaches. Still other symptoms are deep slow speech, loss of hair, cold hands and feet, constipation, pale thick skin, brittle nails, and swelling of the face and eyelids. And finally? excessive and painful menstrual flow, nervousness and palpitations.
How to Know for Sure?
You can ask your doctor to perform a thyroid test and/or View the rest of this article

Woman's Touch: Dating Do's And Dont's For Females

It can be difficult to be a woman in the dating arena. A lot of things can go wrong for you more than it can for your male counterpart. Plus, men can be really dense about a few things. Well, no worries. Here are a few tips on what to do and not to do during a date:
1) Timing is important - Timing as in 'on time'. No matter what they say, there is no such thing as 'fashionably late'. For the first date, this can give the guy jitters and make him think that you've stood him up. For the later dates, having him wait for you in the living room for half an hour with either your roommate, your sister or, worse, your father is not something you want him to do - whether it be for the embarrassing stories or Dad's 'eyes of doom'.
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The History Of Seven Card Stud Poker

As it is with most popular card games, the origins of Poker and the history of 7 Card Stud Poker are shrouded in mystery. No one is entirely sure how or where the game began. Further, when considering the history of 7 Card Stud Poker, you should first know how Poker is thought to have come about.
There are many theories about the history of Poker and the history of 7 Card Stud Poker. The most commonly held belief is the name Poker came from the French card game Poque (from the German word pochen, which means “to knock). However, the game itself more closely resembles a Persian game called Nas, which was played with a five-suit deck. Likely the game of Poker as we know it resulted from some combination of Poque and as Nas. The concept of bluffing in Poker came fro View the rest of this article

Chew Your Way To Diet Success This Holiday Season

If you?re looking for a new and innovative way to stay away from all the holiday goodies this year, you might not need to look for anything other than a pack of sugarless gum. A survey conducted by the Mayo Clinic revealed that chewing gum can actually raise your metabolic rate by as much as 20%. The study suggested that chewing gum may also make it possible to lose as much as an additional 11 pounds per year. Above and beyond the benefits of increasing your metabolism and burning calories; chewing gum may also have significant advantages when it comes to staving off the temptation to indulge in holiday foods.
A recent study conducted by Wrigley confirm that an astounding 70% of Americans eat more at holiday parties than they normally would any other time of the View the rest of this article

Puppy House Training Do's And Don'ts

House training a puppy is important for the well being of your puppy and for your own sanity. The lack of house training is the number one reason that dogs wind up neglected, abandoned, or in animal shelters, but it's the failure of the owner - not the puppy.
It's very important for you to house break your puppy properly. Proper toilet habits need to be established when your puppy is young, since these habits can last a lifetime, and are very hard to break once they're established. In most cases, true house training can't begin until your puppy is six months old because puppies younger than that probably lack the bowel and bladder control needed for true house training.
Before they reach that age, puppies should be confined to a small, puppy proofed room duri View the rest of this article

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Africa Travel

Birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world. In America, bird watchers rose from 21 m in 1982, to an astonishing 68 million in 2000. In the US, birding is now the second most popular outdoor recreation after gardening. Technology advances have made this hobby more fun and appealing. It is now easier with powerful binoculars and other equipment to view birds from a distance. And Global Positioning Systems have improved navigation in unfamiliar places. Parents are also able to amuse their youngsters by luring birds from the bush with recordings of bird songs.
Africa is a treasure house for birding. The continent has over 2,050 bird species recorded, two thirds of which are found nowhere else. East Africa, in particular, has an amazing variety of bird View the rest of this article

Swimming Pools – Important Facts And Aspects

Swimming pools are very popular in the warmer parts of the United States because they provide great opportunities for entertainment, fun, and exercise. There are two basic options when it comes to buying a swimming pool for a private home – above ground and in-ground. Above ground pools range in cost from $1500 to upwards of $5000, according to details and size of the pool. The advantages of above ground pools are the cheaper prices, portability, and ease of installation. In fact, an above ground pool may be installed and ready for use within hours. These type pools can also be self-installed to save money on installation, though professional installation is always recommended.
In–ground pools are considerably more expensive. They range in price from $7000 to ove View the rest of this article

Online Video Poker Games: Strategy For Fun

Some people that enjoy a good poker game at a buddies house on Saturday night also enjoy heading to a casino to play the game. A casino offers not only traditional poker games that are played at a table, but also offers video poker games. The biggest difference between table poker and video game poker is that the machine can be preset to have particular odds as to how often the player will win.
Of course, with a video poker game, there are buttons and virtual opponents as opposed to being able to hold your cards and look other players in the eye. The nice thing about video poker games, is that no matter what version of this popular pastime you enjoy the most, it is likely to be available. If you don?t happen to have a favorite, are new to the game or just don?t k View the rest of this article

Dog Training - Discover What Training Is The Best Way And Foundation To Accomplish Many Types Of Dog Trainings

There are many different styles of dog training, and finding the one that works best for you is important for creating a dog that is a talented, loyal and faithful member of the family. All successful methods of dog training work to reinforce the relationship between dog and handler, and the foundation of any successful training program is getting the respect of the dog. Fortunately, dogs are wired by nature to seek out leaders, and to follow the direction of those leaders. Both leash/collar training and reward training have been around for a very long time, and they have proven their effectiveness over time. The type of training that works best will vary from dog to dog, and from breed to breed. It is important to remember that each breed of dog has its own unique q View the rest of this article

Tis' the Season to Wassail

December 16, 2005 Tis’ the Season to Wassail By Stan Dyer “Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green; here we come a wandering so fair to be seen…”, or something to that effect. I remember first hearing this song when I was eight years old. I didn’t know what a-wassailing was, and I was pretty sure I had never seen one, so I asked my more mature, older sister about the meaning of this strange, new word, “wassail”. She informed me that it was the old English way of saying “caroling”. From that moment on, the two words were synonymous, although I preferred to use the more familiar word in order to avoid the embarrassment of having to explain myself. It wasn’t until a number of years later that I discovered the word actually had various meanings, and a colorfu View the rest of this article

Friday, December 14, 2007

Immerse Yourself In The Greek Language And Culture

The Greek language is over 3,500 years old, though it has evolved through the years. Over 15 million people worldwide speak Greek. It is the official language of Greece and Cyprus, and is spoken natively by immigrants living in many countries around the world. The Greek alphabet is considered the first real alphabet, and was a predecessor of the Latin alphabet, and eventually our own alphabet. The Greek language is one of history and passion, and is an ideal representative of the people who speak is fluently. If you are interested in learning a second language, consider Greek.
Learning the Greek language might seem intimidating. The alphabet doesn?t look exactly like the English alphabet. The word pronunciation sounds totally different as well. But there are seve View the rest of this article

Short Term Health Insurance

If you are between jobs or are awaiting another health insurance policy to come into effect you may find that you have a gap in your health insurance coverage. This period is a high risk as you are effectively uninsured when it comes to health insurance. So what are you to do in this interim period? Well one of the best options in such situations is to consider taking out a short-term health insurance policy. This will cover you for a limited or fixed term.
Usually, short-term health insurance policies last for periods of less than six months. There are policies that will cover you for up to twelve months also however. If you need coverage for periods longer than this, you should probably be considering standard individual or family health insurance plans.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Getting The Biggest Benefit From Tax Help

Taxes are a way of American life. They are own duty to pay and file. Many people go in search of someone to help them when tax time rolls around. Tax help seems to be in abundance from January 1st to April 15th. Unfortunately, some tax help is best avoided. Other times the tax help is something that many people have no idea how to find. Getting the biggest benefit from tax help depends why you need help in the first place and where you get that help.
Most people seek tax help because they simply can not figure out he complicated tax codes. Every year it seems something has changed and people fear doing something wrong on their taxes and ending up in trouble with the IRS. Many people look at tax help as a way to guarantee an accurate and correct tax return. They a View the rest of this article

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Insight Into Trading - What Percentage Of Your Trades Are Winners?

An Inquiry into Trading Systems, Money Management and the Human Psyche
At a recent seminar, I got involved in an interesting discussion with other attendees centered on trading success. More specifically, the percentage of successful trades and the percent of accuracy you should realistically expect from trading.
For whatever reason, our minds tend to focus on accuracy as the primary way of evaluating a speculative endeavor. True to form, accuracy - our mental magnet of making money - has very little to do with finding success.
Reality - No Great Expectations
By and large, the record of the past teaches us that on balance, the investment newsletter writers (commodity, stock or mutual funds) don't do such a hot job. As a result, taking a quick peak at View the rest of this article

Clinical Research Software

Clinical research software can provide a single, integrated data capture and study management platform for post-approval research and registries conducted by biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) and Academic Medical Centers (AMCs). Clinical research software integrates the two core functional needs of any clinical study, Clinical Data Capture and Study Management, into a single platform. Many software companies on the Internet today are willing to deliver via a web-based, on-demand architecture that streamlines clinical studies by eliminating the integration headaches associated with multiple unrelated platforms, reducing project efforts and costs from startup to conclusion, and empowering project stakeholders to make View the rest of this article

A Look At The Different Credit Card Types

Every financial decision you make is an important one. Making the wrong decision can lead to trouble or at the very least, less than favorable rates. This is certainly true of picking a credit card. The credit card market is awash with numerous different offers and even picking the right type of credit card can seem difficult. Introductory offers, lifetime lows, cash back cards, gasoline cards, reward program cards, air mile cards and travel reward cards are only some of the offerings, do you know the best type for your requirements? Introductory Offers. Strictly speaking, of course, these aren’t a specific type of card but as a general rule credit cards can be broken down into those with introductory offers and those with lifetime low rates. Introductory offers do View the rest of this article

Bad Credit Mortgage Refinancing

Bad credit mortgage refinancing loans are used to solve two different problems.
Problem Number One: The homeowner has bad credit, significant high interest credit card debt and a home with substantial equity. In order to pay off the high interest bills, the person refinances his/her home and cashes out all or part of the equity. The cash from the equity is used to pay off the high interest obligations. Although the interest rate on the bad credit mortgage refinancing loan may be higher than that of a conventional loan, the house payment should still be less than the total of the high interest consumer debt.
A bad credit mortgage refinancing where the owner intents to use the cash from the home?s equity to pay off bills is called a debt consolidation loan. The View the rest of this article

Monday, December 10, 2007

How To Contact The IRS Without Breaking Into A Sweat

We all love to criticize the IRS, don't we? It's easy to ridicule a huge organization of government bureaucrats who often seem to be Public Enemy #1.
Our negative attitude toward the IRS can lead to a strong desire to just ignore it altogether. But
self-employed people who ignore the IRS do so at their own peril.
So when it comes to providing free information about taxes, let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. The IRS does provide some excellent resources to help us make the best of a potentially bad situation.
If you need tax assistance and prefer not to pay for it, do not overlook these five ways to obtain help from the IRS:
1. The Internet
There's a wealth of information just for small business owners and s View the rest of this article

Bad Credit Auto Loan Refinance - Bad Credit Auto Refinance Tips

Most people know that it is possible to refinance their homes but did you know it is also possible to refinance your auto? Indeed for many people who have high interest sub prime car loans, refinancing their auto loans may be a wise decision. How do you know when refinancing your bad credit auto loan might be a good idea? And once you have decided to refinance, how should you go about doing it so that you actually improve your loan situation?
Just as when you refinance your home loan, when you refinance your auto loan the old loan is paid off in full and it is replaced by a new loan. If when you bought your car your credit score was below 620, the interest rate on your auto loan may be significantly above the interest rate you can qualify for today. By refinancin View the rest of this article

Jazz Wedding Music, Perfect for Every Wedding Day Event

Whether a bride wants to walk down the aisle to a touching melody or dance to a swinging tune, jazz musicians can deliver both and more. “Jazz musicians are unique because they can adapt jazz music to every wedding ceremony, wedding reception, cocktail hour, luncheon, dinner and more,” Chandler Judkins, owner of Las Vegas Wedding Music in Las Vegas, said. “This also saves money for couples because they can use the same band throughout the day so they don’t have to hire other musicians for different aspects such as a string quartet for the ceremony. The jazz musicians can do the wedding ceremony too.” Las Vegas Wedding Music is the number one music contracting company in Las Vegas and their jazz music package is one of their least expensive. Ceremony: String View the rest of this article

Easy Article Writing Tips

Whether you are just starting out with your online business or you are seasoned pro, writing and distributing articles is one of the most effective and low-cost ways to drive lots of targeted traffic to your site. Writing articles and submitting them to the article directories will get you free traffic when people click on the link in your resource box. It is also a great way to improve search engine rankings, since you will have plenty of incoming links to your site. Let?s take a look at how you can get started writing articles. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Write a Top Ten List
An easy way to get started with an article is to come up with a Top Ten List. Find a topic related to your business and jot down ten reasons why someone should purchase you View the rest of this article

Automotive Financing - Benefits To Applying Online

You can do everything else online, why not acquire an auto loan as well? Some people are hesitant to use the internet for financial transactions or decisions. They don't realize that online auto loans actually have significant advantages to standard auto loans. There are several benefits of applying online for an auto loan.
Lower interest rate
There are several places where one can get a loan. You can get a car loan from the dealership, bank/credit union, home equity, and online. The online resource typically will have the lowest interest rates of all methods. There are even sites in which auto lenders will compete for your business. This creates much lower interest rates than you could ever imagine at a bank or dealership.
No Additional Fees
Another View the rest of this article

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Congratulations Valencia Spain

For many years, Valencia Spain has been struggling to be recognized as the third most important city after Madrid, its capital and Barcelona. It has long been notorious for its Valencia Fallas Festival but now, after having been chosen for the Americas Cup host city and having opened its latest building in the impressive ?City of the Arts and Sciences?, Valencia is becoming well-known world-wide.
Sail along with Valencia Spain
On November 26th, 2003, Valencia was proclaimed the official welcoming city for the upcoming Americas Cup 2007. The Swiss team ? Alinghi?, the winner of the America?s Cup 2003, had the chance to choose the headquarters for the following competition because Switzerland was obviously at a loss without a sea or ocean and Valencia am View the rest of this article

How To Get The Chemistry In Your Relationship Back

Most relationships start out in a way that its like there?s fireworks everytime the two people are together. Both of you just cant get enough of each other, you enjoy the times you spend together and cant wait to do it again. There is some kind of chemistry developing between the two of you that just seems to bind and fuse the two of you together the more you spend more time with each other. Sparks just seem to fly when you get together and more and more people tend to notice the chemistry between the two of you.
Everybody tends to say that a two person have chemistry when they are fit for each other. Its more than just a cliché ³ince chemistry cant really be described, its just the way two persons seem to just click. You know you have chemistry with another pers View the rest of this article

Increased Consulting Fees Through Self-Confidence

Sometimes consultants and other service providers are hesitant to charge a fair rate for their services.
Maybe they feel that the services they provide are so basic that you really can't justify charging much or anything for them.
Perhaps they feel that they don't have the knowledge or experience that other consultants have.
Thus, they hesitate to charge fair rates because of a lack of self-confidence. This is natural (especially for new consultants). However, what you know and do has real value.
By the way, I'm sure that most people find it more appealing to deal with someone who is humble enough to admit their limitations than someone who is arrogant and cocky and not as great as they think they are.
To stay in business, though, you need to char View the rest of this article

Show Your Designer Jeans Savvy

Oh no! You?re having a jeans crisis and can?t decide on which perfect pair to buy! Don?t despair! Help is on the way.
No matter if you are plus size, petite, tall or average, it?s difficult to find the perfect pair of jeans, so we could also use a few tips.
It?s not always easy finding the right pair of jeans. There are just too many styles to choose from. By keeping some of these tips in mind you can find that perfect pair of jeans.
Some useful hints include:
? Before deciding on which pair of jeans to wear, it?s imperative to choose the type of shoes you?ll be sporting. This is because the heel normally will determine how the jean will fall or lay to the ground.
? Also remember that most jeans are not pre-shrunk when you purchase them. So make s View the rest of this article

Saturday, December 8, 2007

How To Win Playing Poker: Learn To Play Your Opponent

When you are entering the world of poker you must be aware of the fact that in order to achieve the best performance you must become skilled not only at playing poker as a game but also at playing poker players as persons. This basically translates through a play that is generally perfect when it comes to techniques and that will also be adjustable to the other?s style and skill. You play must rely on the weaknesses of you opponents and take shelter from their strong points. To do this you have to constantly observe them and pick the most appropriate strategy in each specific case.
You have to consider things like advertising you game. This will give you a variety in your game when mixed with raises with low hand and calls with high hands and will not allow other View the rest of this article

Rediscovering Grilled Pizza

America?s favorite food has long been the pizza cooked in a traditional oven but is that about to change? While most Americans have probably never indulged in a grilled pizza, the origins of pizza are making a big comeback. There is no denying that we love our traditional backyard barbeque but rarely, if ever has the barbeque included grilling a pizza. Despite the seemingly odd combination of grill and pizza, the grill is the ideal tool for cooking pizza and in fact is deep in the origin of pizza making. The high, dry heat is ideal for a nice crisp crust and the flavor provided from your grill will on a whole new world of backyard grilling.
Before the word pizza was ever used, Greeks and Romans used wood-fired brick ovens to prepare the original version of pizza View the rest of this article

Avoid Getting Ripped Off From Payday Loans

Payday loans can, at first, seem like the long awaited answer to all your financial problems. Payday loans offer customers the opportunity to be pre-approved no matter what their credit history and receive quick, easy, cash loans prior to their next payday. What could go wrong? In fact, payday loans can put uninformed customers in debt much faster than typical loans. Payday loans usually come along with an extremely high interest or APR rate that presents a problem for customers. Instead of getting regular interest rates, customers who take out payday loans find themselves having to face double and sometimes triple the normal interest rates for loans.
Payday loans are meant to be paid back within a short period of time. The idea of a payday cash advance is that y View the rest of this article

Flipping Real Estate: Calculating Costs

If you been in the real estate investing business, or more specifically been flipping real estate, for more than a few days, you?ve inevitably gotten an email that reads something like this:
?Investor?s Dream. This property will go QUICK.
- Property Address: 1234 Main Street
- Asking Price: $100,000 (Add or subtract zeros!)
- After Repair Value: $150,000
- Repairs: $15,000
- Profit: $35,000
- Details: Needs paint, carpet, tile, new kitchen, update bathroom, some roof damage.
- Tenant occupied. Need to evict!?
STOP! Before you read on? Take a guess at what you think the ?real? profit?s going to be on this real estate investment?
If you haven?t ever gotten an email or fax broadcast like this, then rest assured, you will! I?m about to prob View the rest of this article

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Where To Place The Bird Bath

When it comes to providing a place for birds in your area to splash, bathe, play, and drink, a bird bath can please both the feathered and human inhabitants of the property. Bird baths serve as a huge draw to entice birds of all types to your yard, and in turn, the birds receive a necessary place to refresh themselves on hot summer days or chilly winter nights. Before you purchase a bird bath, first consider where you will place the bird bath in your yard or garden to ensure the specific style you wish will fit the outdoor space.
You have countless options when it comes to where to place a bird bath, but the most popular places include:
? Decks or Porches: If you do not have a great deal of space in your yard, or do not have a yard at all, consider purchasing View the rest of this article

Friday, December 7, 2007

9 Tips For Getting Started Ballroom Dancing

Learning to dance is fun and it is easy. In a sense it is like learning a new language, a language in which moods and emotions are expressed in movement; a language of rhythm, grace and harmony. It is new, but in a very real sense it is the oldest language in the world, for dancing is the oldest form of art.
Dancing is a wholesome, natural outlet for the emotions. It develops grace and poise, timing and balance. Men take pride in their ability to lead their partners with assurance and poise. Ladies enjoy the ability to follow their partners smoothly, expertly and correctly. The ability to dance develops personality, and above all?it is fun.
Taking dance lessons is a great way to improve your confidence, it is a way to get fit and did I mention they?re fun? View the rest of this article

Cash Advances And Credit Card Checks - A Closer Look

Chances are you own numerous credit cards but you may not have realized that they offer other methods of extending you credit. One such alternative is the credit card check. Not commonly used but it does have its place in certain circumstances. Another commonly used method of extending credit offered by the credit card companies is the cash advance.
Cash advances are simply industry speak for withdrawing cash directly from your credit card, either to your bank account or from a cash machine. However, both alternatives - credit card checks and cash advances should only be used as a last resort. The reasons are many and it's not feasible to delve into all the details here but I have outlined a few of the most compelling reasons below.
Much Higher Interest
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Fishing Pole

Fishing is about being with nature and for those who have been doing it for a very long time; it takes more than just a simple fishing rod and bait. For others though who want to try it and perhaps do it more often, investing in the right tools and accessories will make it a worthwhile experience and at the same time enable the person to catch a lot of fish.
The most important piece of equipment is the rod. For beginners, the basic rod and some bait will do. During this time, the type of material used and the features it has is not important. What matters is getting the feel of it and having fun. When the person is already comfortable and ready to move on to the next level, then one can invest in other more complex pieces of fishing equipment.
There are sever View the rest of this article

No, No, No ? Living With A Two Year Old

If your child is approaching the age of two, your life is about to change dramatically. I know, your life already has changed dramatically, but you?re about to enter a whole new level of, well, frustration and despair. Luckily, the difficulties only last for about two years???..sigh. Well, to help you out, let me give you some tips about living with your two year old.
First ? you need to understand that toddlers have no impulse control. This is a critical piece of information, and you will need to chant it to yourself several times a day. Even when a toddler knows what she?s doing is wrong, and knows she?s going to get into trouble for it, she can?t help it. She just has to do it. So, don?t think your child is incapable of being trained when she gets into the toi View the rest of this article

The Heavenly Vehicle

The Toyota Celica’s name is actually a Spanish word that means “heavenly” or “celestial”. This vehicle was originally crafted and designed for those people who were young at heart and also for those people who desired and longed for simple transportation. Planning for this vehicle started in 1967. This vehicle lived a ripe age up until 2004. During the time of its planning and design, the Toyota Celica sported a style that was considered to be revolutionary for that time. It also became quite an influential vehicle as per the establishment of the sporty subcompact market segment.

Originally, this vehicle was equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine. It was made available in only one trim level which was the ST form. This vehicle was a sport View the rest of this article

Putting The Critics In Their Place

I once read that if you were a writer, it wasn't enough to just write. "You must publish what you write" was the given advice. I believe that's true and it's great advice. But when you do that, you have to know at least three things are going to happen: 1.) Someone will like your writing. 2.) Someone will dislike your writing. 3.) Someone won't care! If you allow all these reactions to make or break you, you'll be on an endless emotional roller coaster ride. You can smooth out the peaks and valleys, though, if you ask yourself a few questions.
Who is Saying it?
You may have heard the saying "consider the source". That's important when you're weighing any commentary on your work. In the case of teachers, editors or book reviewers, you want to be confident that View the rest of this article

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Future Of Cell Phones

Cell phones probably will not look any different in the future, but what they will be capable of doing will significantly change. By the year 2010, 85% of U.S. households will own mobile phones. Here are some examples of what future cell phones will do:
High Speed Data Acess. Imagine your Cell phone browsing the internet at DSL speed. Browsing the internet on your cell phone is nothing new, but DSL speed would be.
Video Cameras - This technology is actually already here. While currently a cell phone camera may have limited capabilities, it's only a matter of time for it to exceed and surpass the performance of astand alobe video camera, although there is some concern over somebody being videotaped without their consent.
Watching TV or movies - Provides li View the rest of this article

0% APR Credit Cards: Use Them To Your Advantage!

The era of 0% APR credit cards is still with us. Yes, you can obtain a spanking new credit card featuring a very low introductory interest rate and take advantage of what amounts to "free money" for you for up to one year. You can use your new card to your advantage, but you must be careful that you fully understand how a 0% APR credit card works to order to maximize its effectiveness. I will show you how, so please keep reading for all the informative details!
Soon after the new millennium started, interest rates began to drop to historically low levels. By 2002, loan rates for government funds dipped to just less than one percent, pushing consumer loan rates down with it as well. Credit card providers, seeing a terrific opportunity unfolding, immediately began View the rest of this article