Thursday, July 30, 2009

Whose Decision

Whose Decision
 by: Wayne and Tamara
Direct Answers - Column for the week of May 5, 2003
I'm very disturbed these days, and if it continues, I might get mad soon. I am 28. I recently went to see my parents in India and met a girl for marital purposes. I got convinced by my parents and family she is a perfect match for me.
In an impulsive moment I said yes and got engaged. Very soon afterwards I realized I don't like her, and there are major compatibility and personality issues between us. Now my parents and her parents are pushing for marriage as soon as possible.
I tried to speak to them and the girl about all the things going on in my mind. From that moment on I was like a rebel in the family, and everyone is against me. They want me to marry this girl. I told the girl I want to call it off, but she doesn't agree to my theory.
I know deep inside me it's not going to work, but at the same time I love my parents and don't want to make things ugly. If we marry, I can see we will both live a miserable life as I won't be able to develop love for her, and it will end in a dreadful divorce.
Ajay, what a way to step into marriage! You thought you were going home for a family visit, and your parents thought they were planning the rest of your life. You don't like your prospective bride, and now you have to weigh why this decision does not belong to you.
In these circumstances many people cave in. In an odd twist of fate those forced into marriage often become defenders of arranged marriage, just as those hazed joining a fraternity enthusiastically haze new members.
You would like to find a reason which will silence all arguments on the other side, but the more you justify yourself, the more they will wear you down with counter arguments and "success stories." The problem with letting other people make decisions for us is that we, not they, have to live with the consequences.
The only thing they can't argue with is, "No." There is no appeal from a simple no. The worst thing your family can do is disown you. But they can only do that once. If you accede to their wishes now, they can use the hammer of disapproval over many other issues.
You have to decide what your life will be. That is part of growing up and becoming an adult. When you make your own decisions, good or bad, you will feel life is under your control. There is a sense of justice, a deep sense of fairness, in a life lived this way.
Upstairs Downstairs
I met my downstairs neighbor on a Saturday morning a month ago when he complained about my loud music. He noted it's good music, but this particular day it was past his breaking point. I felt horrible, but I couldn't remember his face because I hadn't put my contacts in. I recall another time he banged on the ceiling at 1 a.m.
Last week we spoke again about neighborly ground rules. It was a comfortable and easy conversation. I wore my contacts, and yes, he is cute. He noted whenever I see his car in the driveway, he's home, except for next Thursday when he'll be at a game. Is this a hint to follow up on?
Torri, this is definitely a hint to follow up on, but the question is what is he hinting.
My guess is he thinks you are his annoying neighbor who plays her music too loud. If that's right, he wants the car in the driveway to be a warning to you to keep the music down and stop dancing on his head. But he could have other intentions. If so, they will soon be plain enough.

Finding discount prices on European vacations. by: Mike Yeager Imagine saving 30%-40% in airfare expenses as you get ready to travel to an exciting, exotic location. How exciting would that be? Inexpensive European vacations to travel Italy and Ireland travel can be found if you're willing to do just a little research.
So Many DietsÂ… So Much Failure. What's A Person To Do? by: Ed Kalski What's the biggest reason diets are so difficult to implement successfully? Are you ready? Here's the answer: All diets require you to change your lifestyle in a major way.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Monaco Yachts

Monaco Yachts
 by: Laura Ciocan
Sea and rich people: where else to find a better combination than in Monaco! A real yacht parade can be admired throughout the year in the Hercule Port besides the local yearly yachting events. From imposant, big-sized ones to neat, small, jewel yachts. If you are a yachting amateur or if you are hardly interested in the matter (as I was before seeing this impressive display) you will find something to like here.
There is a restraint, exclusivist rich group that has a thing for yachting, mainly because they can afford to! You and I, we both know that we'd like to own even a small, "unpretentiuos" sailboat, don't we? And have at least once dreamed to relax on the deck of a luxury yacht in Monaco. But, hey, who needs a yacht in a so busy world? Do we wake up in the morning with nothing better to do than dress in white completely (maybe some blue too), have our cafe au lait (maybe a croissant also if not on diet) and go to the quay ordering around the employees to rub up better that side? We certainly don't! If you say you do, that's another story!
What better place (and object) for a competition: who has the bigger, more expensive model, envies arise, disputes start... Shirley Bassey reportedley complained of the big size of "Le Grand Bleu" belonging to the Russian billionaire Abramovich. The yacht appearantly spoiled the view on the port of her uphill apartment. Well, what else would you like rich people to do?...
Besides occasional cruises and constant care some rich peolpe find a practical use to their yachts: some rent them, others live there. Owning a yacht can be extremely useful if you are a tax exile, especially UK citizens who live in Monaco but work in the UK. Renting is very profitable, especially during holidays season or when big events happen in Monaco: prices go from EUR25,000 per week to EUR365,000 per week, depending on the size and facilities.
Some of world's famous yachts rest in the waters of the bay. Some of them are so big that they have helicopters on their top decks. Among worlds' 100 largest yachts are: Octopus - owned by Paul Allen, the Microsoft cofounder; Tatoosh - owned also by Paul Allen; Atlantis II - owned by the Niarchos family, descendants of Onassis' rival Stavros; Le Grand Bleu - owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich; Delphine - owned by the American car magnate Horace Dodge; Montkaj - owned by Prince Mohammed bin Fahd, son of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.
Following its policy of capitalisation of all (though scarce) natural resource, the Principality quickly became aware of the potential of the Hercules Bay and started a yachting tradition. There is a Yacht Club founded in 1953 by Prince Rainier and it was all along supported by himself and his son Albert, who is also its President. The Yacht Club de Monaco gained international fame attracting worlds' greatest names in sailing to came and do battle on the Monegasque waters.
Naturally, there are also prestigious yachting events of international interest, excellent opportunities for yacht owners all over the world to show off. There is Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse, Challenge Inter-Banques, Monaco Classic Week, Fête de la Mer, Régates Corporatives, Monaco Yacht Show. The events are organised with the support of H.S.H. Prince Albert I and of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III. All of these events have display and competitions parts, except for Monaco Yacht Show which is the greatest in-water yacht exhibition in Europe, without competitions show.
So, rich or less rich, you can enjoy for free at least a great show if you happen to be in Monaco at the right time. Welcome aboard!

The Power of God Makes Life Easier by: Missionary Georgia Jackson When the storms in your life are raging, just believe, "the power of God makes life easier." Additionally, the real key to dealing with problems that challenge us daily while seeking peace, is found in the wisdom of God's Word. He plays a vital role in every aspect of our character, and life's journey requires help that only God can provide.
Most often Thrush are plump, soft plumaged, small to medium sized insectivores or sometimes omnivores. Often thrush will feed from the ground.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Stop The Itchy Fleas!

Stop The Itchy Fleas!
 by: Disney Pieces
"No, your dog is not pregnant but she has fleas", said the vet.
"Excuse me?"
(She lifts up the dog's tail) "You see all these fleas"
I was stunned. I give my dog flea preventative every month! She bathes monthly and she rarely goes outside. So how could she get fleas?
I learned that all the things I thought mattered did not. After all, what good is flea preventative if it doesn't work?
Based on my experience, I am going to tell you how to treat and prevent dog fleas.
First, an ounce of prevention is worth…well you know the rest.
It's easier to prevent fleas than to treat them. I recommend using a high quality flea preventative monthly. Avoid the cheap ones you find in the grocery store and the flea collars. You want to get a treatment that is applied directly to your dog's skin in between the shoulder blades.
If your dog gets fleas, you not only have to worry about getting the fleas off of your dog, but you have to get the fleas out of the environment. That means everywhere your dog has run, jumped, rested or thumped is full of flea eggs that you have to eliminate.
When you notice that your dog has fleas (If your dog has a lot of fleas, they will be easy to spot. But if it's only a few fleas you will need to check under your dog's belly. Then look under their tail)
If you notice fleas, it's time to act quickly. First you need to treat your dog. Your dog needs a Capstar pill which is a pill that immediately kills all adult fleas within a half hour. You can get this from your vet which will run you about $7 a pill, or you can check out some online stores where you can find it for $14 for a package of 6 pills.
After you apply the Capstar you need to follow up with a flea preventative. This is because the environment still has fleas and you don't want your dog to get re-infested during the treatment process. Though it can get pricey, I would recommend using Frontline or Advantage.
Next you need to treat the environment. Remove all the dog bedding and immediately wash it. Vacuum all the floors where the dog has had free run; after you vaccum throw away the vacuum bag because it probably contains flea eggs. Next you need to get your pet out of the house and spray your house down. I would recommend getting a bottle of Knockout ES from your vet. Spray all the carpet, all couch cushions, under all furniture and all nooks and crannies. If you use Knockout ES you will need to leave the house for a few hours after you spray because it is very strong.
Now you should have your dog and the environment under control. But there is still a chance that flea eggs did not get treated and are ready to hatch so in 2-3 weeks you need to repeat the environment treating. In 4 weeks, reapply toe Frontline or Advantage to your dog.

10 Simple Ways to Honor Your Uniqueness by: Julie Jordan Scott One message we hear from the time we are children is that it is better to give than receive. It is best to be humble.
But at certain times each day, a train would come along and the bridge would be turned sideways across the river, allowing a train to cross it. A switchman sat in a small shack on one side of the river where he operated the controls to turn the bridge and lock it into place as the train crossed.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

How To Pack 48 Hours Into Your Day

How To Pack 48 Hours Into Your Day
 by: Ayesha Dean
Too much to do, too little time, constant stress. Most of us have been there. Not too long ago this is how I lived my life. I had deadlines to meet but I would constantly come up with excuses not to do the work that needed to be done. "I'll start after watching this TV show." or "I don't have time to complete this tonight. I'll start on it first thing in the morning." are some of the things I'd tell myself.
Of course the result would be that I was always rushing to finish things at the last minute and I'd produce poor quality work.
Usually, there's not much you can do about the amount of work that needs to be done. But there's a way you can increase the time you have to do it in. A recent time management study by the University of Leicester, in England, found that for every hour we spend working only 30 minutes are actually productive work. The rest of the time, we waste on little or no value tasks. The study also found that most people worked in short bursts followed by periods of waiting, distraction or mini-breaks. Just think: If you could do an hour's worth of work every hour, you'd be able to pack 48 hours into each day!
Bad work habits usually result from some form of fear of failure or procrastination. You learn over time to protect yourself from the hurt of failing by making excuses. "I would have done better if I had more time" becomes a self fulfilling reality. In order to have that excuse you unconsciously leave things to the last minute. Watching a show you always hated suddenly becomes very appealing when you have work to do.
So how can you learn to pack 48 hours into each day? Surprisingly, it's not that difficult. Most bad work habits tend to be sub-conscious. To avoid them, you first need to be aware of them. Try these five tips to a more productive way of working.
Break tasks down. It's much easier to get motivated to start and finish a small task than a large one. For example if you need to do yard work tomorrow, chances are that tomorrow will come and you'll find a dozen excuses why you can't work on the yard. However, if you break the task down into smaller pieces: (a)Rake the leaves. (b)Mow the lawn. (c)Trim the edges. (d)Mulch the flower beds. Then tell yourself that tomorrow, you'll start by raking the leaves. Chances are pretty good that when tomorrow comes, you will rake the leaves because you know exactly what to do and it's not a big job. If you do that, then guess what, you just started on your goal of doing the yard work.
Set achievable goals. Break tasks into bite-sized pieces. Don't say I'll tidy the lawn because that's too vague and too big. You'll find a dozen excuses not to get started on that. Far better to say rake, mow, edge the lawn instead.
Reward your successes. It's very important to give yourself a mini-reward for achieving your mini-goals. For example, if you tell yourself "I'll start by raking the leaves but I'll have a can of coke after I finish edging the lawn." You'll be amazed at how fast you finish edging.
Start on the best tasks first. The hardest thing is to make a start so if you schedule your favorite tasks first then it's much more likely that you'll start on them. Once you make a start, the momentum will carry you over into the other tasks.
Keep records. I use 5 x 3 index cards to list all the things I want to do on any day. In the top left corner of each card I write the date in red ink. Everything else, I write in pencil. At the start of a day, the card usually has three or four high level items listed in order of priority. Then I expand each of them into sub-tasks (here's where using pencil becomes important). Some days, I might reprioritize tasks onto the next day's card. The point of the cards is to train myself to be more disciplined. I never remove a high level task from a card. I may only write down a few sub-tasks under it but it's important that I make at least a start on each high level task. As I work, I jot down task related notes on the card itself. By the end of the day, not only have I used the card to pack more into my day, the card itself becomes a record of what I did that day. I use the date in the top left corner to file the card.
Technology can also help in your quest for the 48 hour day.
The most underrated piece of technology for managing your time is your watch. It's very easy to spend way too much time on tasks that you enjoy and too little on ones you don't. A glance at your watch or clock every now and then will give you a balanced sense of time. It's OK in the beginning to be way off on your time estimates. You may write down too many or too few items on your 5 x 3 card. Eventually, you'll gain an instinctive feel for how long tasks will take you and what you write on your card will exactly fit your 48 hour day!
PDAs are really useful for 48 hour dayers. They can be used to store all your to do lists and almost all have schedulers and clocks built in. When shopping for one, be sure to get the lightest, slimmest one that has the features you want. I can speak from personal experience that once the novelty wears off, you won't want to carry around that bulky PDA. Which kind of defeats the purpose of owning it.
Another invaluable time management tool, if you work in an office is the online group calendar. In our office, we rely on our web calendar as a centralized office notice board. We've set up sub-headings for each person in the office and use them to communicate with the group on our schedules, our vacations, important deadlines, whose turn to make the coffee etc. Another really useful feature, for when I'm away from the office, is that our group calendar can also be accessed from a cell phone or a PDA.
It's not difficult to gain control over your work habits. It is mostly being aware of the excuses you make to yourself and countering them. If you start saying to yourself: "I may not be able to finish this today but I'll start now and see how far I get." You'll be surprised how many times you actually do finish today.

I took all of the necessary precautions — drank bottled water, did not eat from street vendors and peeled my own fruit — but it got me anyway — Travellers' Diarrhea.Travellers' Diarrhea can be a debilitating illness and may be difficult to manage in remote surroundings. Adults who experience Travellers' Diarrhea usually feel ill for three to five days and the symptoms can last much longer in small children.
You now have the power to adjust your rhythm, volume, tone, and pitch to exactly how you like! When you want to change the way your meditation sounds, you can easily do this by re-recording the script! All the more power to you!Setting the MoodBefore you begin your recording session check out the next 10 points first:1. Choose the quietest room you can work from. Will there be background noise? Close off doors and windows and shut down (where possible) anything that will create background noise.2. Pencil in some recording time in your diary and let people know you're going to be off-line for an hour or so.

Monday, July 20, 2009

US Women Soccer Superstars - Victims of Their Own Success

US Women Soccer Superstars - Victims of Their Own Success
 by: Chris Lauber
With the imminent retirement of long-time veterans Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Joy Fawcett from the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, I often find myself thinking how fortunate my family has been to witness their heroics on the field and their positive influence off of it.
But the last game we saw in person stands out as a very different experience from the first game we saw nearly nine years ago.
Last summer, I attended a soccer match between Brazil and the United States Women's National Team in New Orleans with my teenage daughter, Leah. It was a great game with plenty of action on a beautiful, sunny afternoon, and the U.S. Team won on a Tiffeny Milbrett goal in the 90th minute.
For Leah and I, it was a bittersweet experience.
It was a wonderful "dad and daughter" 42-hour trip from our home in St. Petersburg, Florida to New Orleans and back again. We talked, we laughed, and we listened to each other's music for each of the 20 hours and 1393 miles in the car. During our short stay, we visited Bourbon Street at night and the Cafe du Monde for breakfast.
But our journey's focus was to see our soccer heroes in action again. That's right, I said OUR heroes. Ever since that rainy night in February of 1996 when we first saw our National Team play in Tampa, these outstanding women became my heroes every bit as much as my daughters' heroes.
I remember being awestruck as I watched them for the first time – their skills, their strength, and their obvious passion for the game. But it was after the game, that I was won over as a dedicated fan.
Earlier that day, Nicole, my younger daughter, asked me if she should bring her Official U.S. Women's National Team Calendar for autographs. My response - "This is our National Team with the best players in the world. I really doubt you will get any autographs," I said. "With the rainy weather, you don't want to ruin your calendar, but bring your autograph book, just in case."
When the game ended, I couldn't believe my eyes. Every single player came over to the bleachers where about 1,900 spectators anxiously waited. Not only were they willing to sign autographs, but EACH OF THE PLAYERS HAD THEIR OWN PENS! They talked with the fans, posed for pictures, and most importantly, they really seemed to enjoy doing it. We were immediately hooked.
Since then, we've been extremely fortunate to witness some of their most important games: the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal match in Atlanta, the historic 1999 Women's World Cup Championship game in Los Angeles, and even Mia Hamm's record-breaking moment for career goals in Orlando in 1999.
We've had several encounters with the players, including clinics, autograph sessions, and we even attended a few training sessions in Orlando. Five years ago, while Leah worked as a junior reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, she wrote five features for the weekly X-Press Page for kids.
Along the way, Leah interviewed nearly every team member and even Head Coach Tony DiCicco. Afterwards, at the age of twelve, she wrote a book, Soccer Dreams, to share her adventure, promote the positive values she learned from the team, and to encourage readers to DREAM BIG! It was published last year and has earned very positive customer reviews at Amazon.com.
So our commitment to the Women's National Team runs deep. As a family, soccer has been a unifying force ever since Leah and Nicole played on the same U-8 team, which I coached. This great sport has provided us with countless memories, as participants and as spectators.
So why, you might wonder, was it bittersweet in New Orleans, to see our team again after more than four years of nothing but televised games? Most of the players were the same, and they all had the same intensity on the field we've come to expect.
But this time, the team had already broken through. Ever since the 1999 Women's World Cup, huge crowds cheer them on wherever they play. In New Orleans that day, they played in front of 15,000 spectators, with a live national television audience and a horde of media members reporting their every move.
They were enjoying all the fruits of their many years of labor. Their dreams of just a few years ago, playing in front of huge crowds, of being recognized, had been realized - repeatedly.
In the beginning, we wanted nothing more than for these players to be given their due, for them to enjoy their success. Now they are living like the superstars they have always been, with fans hanging out in their hotel lobby and screaming for autographs wherever they go. Easy access is probably gone forever. Recognizing and understanding that was an eye-opener.
Imagine being a Bruce Springsteen fan in the early Stone Pony days, before he rocketed to worldwide fame and glory. Perhaps you had a chance to talk to him, maybe even hang out with him. While you knew he was something special and you wanted him to reach the rarefied air of superstardom, once he did, your little secret was out. No more casual chats. No more hanging out. Now you're lucky to get an overpriced ticket in the nosebleed seats from a scalper.
But of course, like Bruce, try as they might, our National Team can no longer satisfy everyone. They still carry their own pens for autographs after the games, but now there are increased post-game media demands.
While goalkeeper Briana Scurry did the post-game ESPN interview that day in New Orleans, forwards Cindy Parlow and Mia Hamm were the first to be interviewed by the local media, followed by forward Tiffeny Milbrett, defender Brandi Chastain, and Head Coach April Heinrichs. The rest of the players signed autographs, but with 15,000 fans, it was simply impossible to accommodate every fan.
Leah didn't try to acquire autographs that day. She already has plenty, and on that day, we also had field photo credentials. Not only is autograph-collecting taboo for "objective" journalists, but our memories of the game will be in the photos we captured.
After the game, as the players boarded the bus, I saw one woman approach a team official. She was ranting and raving that she had driven five hours to bring her daughter to the game and that her daughter didn't get any autographs from the players. The team official explained that the players signed autographs for a half hour INSIDE the stadium, which was true.
Apparently, this woman and her daughter had been positioned in the wrong place and were headed home empty-handed. As she stormed off, she yelled, "BOOO Women's National Team!! I'll never come to another game! BOOO!"
I am certain other fans left empty-handed as well or disappointed with just one or two autographs. I am also certain this woman's experience will be repeated during the current 10-game Fan's Celebration Tour and at future games as well.
Our National Team players are victims of their own success. After working so hard, for so long, to develop their fan support, it is simply impossible for them to continue to be so accessible and provide autographs to every fan who wants one.
So if you are lucky enough to see our National Team play this year or in any other games in the future, go to enjoy the skill, the intensity and the passion these gifted athletes put into their effort. If you are really lucky, and do get an autograph or two, even better.
But you shouldn't be disappointed if you don't get any autographs. And you should forewarn your kids that it might not be possible this time around, which will lessen their disappointment.
Finally, as you're driving home, take advantage of the opportunity to focus with your kids on the positive values (hard work, commitment, perseverance) these incredible athletes exemplify. Those are lessons we should want all our children to learn.

5 Tips for Successful Bird Watching by: Chuck Fitzgerald Can you name the number one spectator sport in North America? It's not baseball, figure skating or racing.
Another reason is it could be a vitamin deficiency. One other reason for the poop eating is that it is an instinctual behavior in the wild to eat the poop to keep other predators from tracking their movements.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Giants part-owner Burns dies of cancer

San Francisco Giants' part-owner Sue Burns was at fixture at AT&T Park, including the night Barry Bonds hit his 756th career home run in 2007.San Francisco Giants' part-owner Sue Burns was at fixture at AT&T Park, including the night Barry Bonds hit his 756th career home run in 2007. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Sue Burns, a part-owner of the San Francisco Giants, has died at the age of 58.

Burns died late Saturday night of complications from cancer, team spokesman Jim Moorehead said. She was recently diagnosed with the disease.

Giants players and coaches had their annual picnic with Burns at her suburban Atherton home on July 8. Always dressed in orange, Burns was a fixture at the ballpark in the lower-box seats near San Francisco's dugout.

Her husband, Harmon, died in 2006 at age 61.

The Burns family was involved with keeping the Giants in the Bay Area in 1992.

Halladay turns heads in win over Red Sox

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay mows down the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay mows down the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Toronto ace Roy Halladay ended his four-game winless streak on Sunday as the Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 at the Rogers Centre.

The Jays ace had some trouble early but settled in nicely down the stretch.

He went the distance, holding the Red Sox to only one run on six hits. Halladay (11-4) tallied seven strikeouts on the way to the win.

Boston lefty Jon Lester (8-7) almost matched Halladay pitch-for-pitch, throwing seven innings and giving up three runs on five hits and four walks.

Toronto catcher Rod Barajas drove in all three Blue Jay runs, two with a double in the second, and another with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Neither team looked very good with runners in scoring position. Toronto was 2-for-10, stranding seven, while Boston was 0-for-4 and left five men on base.

It's the first series win in six tries for Toronto, which last took one back in late June. The Jays are now 10 games back of the American League East-leading Red Sox.

Boston took an early lead off the Doc, as David Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly to score Dustin Pedroia, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 advantage before Toronto came to bat in the first inning.

But Toronto gained a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the bottom of the second when Barajas drove his double down the left-field line to bring home Lyle Overbay and Alex Rios, who were put on base by a couple of walks from Lester.

The Red Sox threatened again after the Jays took the lead when the top of the order came around in the third, but Halladay managed to retire both Ortiz and Jason Bay with runners in scoring position to end the threat.

Toronto loaded the bases in the fourth, but leadoff hitter Marco Scutaro grounded out and the Jays came up empty.

They would take advantage of their chance in the sixth, again thanks to Barajas. He hit a sac fly to deep centre field that scored Overbay from third, putting the Jays up 3-1.

Boston right-hander Manny Delcarmen came into the game for Lester in the eighth inning.

Evacuation orders and alerts in effect for the Kelowna area

Details follow of the evacuation orders and alerts in place for residents affected by wildfires in the Kelowna area, as released by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Residents in the following areas are now on evacuation alert:

  • West Kelowna Estates to Bear Creek Road
  • The area on the north side of Shannon Lake Road from Stevens and Bartley including Talus Ridge Drive, Boulder Lake Boulevard, Pebble Place, Stonegrove Crescent, Cobble Stone Drive and Tuscany in the Talus Ridge s

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Acne Control The Natural Way!

Acne Control The Natural Way!
 by: Kirsten Hawkins
Want to get rid of those zits in your face but you are currently low on budget? How about looking for acne control to avoid the sudden appearance of acne in your skin? So how do we do this?
First, what is acne? Acne is a skin disorder caused by the hormones action on the oil glands of the skin which is called the sebaceous glands. The excretion of oils from this glands can lead to congested skin pores. This is when acne occurs. The face, neck, chest, back and shoulders is where the glands are most profuse, that is why most acne are found on this locations. People who are with this kind of disorder often tends to be depressed, and humiliated.
There are a lot of factors that can generate acne to transpire. First is our Genes. Genetics can't be changed but other factors like our daily routine and the way we take care of our skin can be improved to make acne control no problem at all. Don't feel so sad about your acne because there's lots of things you can do. This acne control tips will help you say bye-bye to those zits.
1. Include Fruits and Vegetables in your daily Diet. A healthy diet consists of at least four to five servings of fruits and vegetables. Acne control will be a lot easier if you start including this in your daily habit.
2. Rose water can be used as a facial cleanser. Dipped in a cotton, clean your face using this everyday for at least two to three times each day.
3. Don't wait for your pimples to form. If you see a bit of it in your face, do something. Acne control is best done early. Pat some ice on the affected area for this will make it less swollen.
4. Acne control is easier when accompanied with multivitamins. Start taking vitamins that contains zinc supplement. Zinc helps in making your skin stronger and acne resistant.
5. Cucumber can help in acne control. Blend it with some water to form a mask. Put it in your face and leave it for about half an hour before rinsing it off. This is a good and affordable acne control remedy that can also refresh your skin.
6. Use only mild soaps and avoid soaps that contains petroleum based products and animal based ingredient for this causes your skin to get dry and irritated.
7. Using alcohol free facial cleansers makes Acne control trouble-free. Alcohol tends to dry your skin more.
8. Makeup also prompt the occurrence of acne. Choose your makeup wisely. Most of the makeup available contains petroleum based ingredients that makes skin dry. An all natural makeup helps acne control become more effortless.
9. Lastly, Drinking loads of water is very important. It flushes out the dirt in our body, Making acne control more natural.
Now you have a list of some helpful tips in acne control. It is your choice if you are to do these methods. There are lots of ways in acne control, be it naturally or by technology. Skin products are always around for you to pick your choice. The thing is, these products are very costly. If you are the innovative type of person, better try this methods in acne control. It is all natural and wont do any harm in your body. No side effects of course! Plus, you can really save a bunch out of this. There's no harm in trying! Saying goodbye to those acne is just a step away!

Dog Breeds: How To Choose The Perfect Dog Breed For You! by: Richard Cussons If choosing dog is such a straight forward process, and it is, how come so many puppies find their way into adoption centres every year? Well one reason is that people choose the wrong dog breed.Don't let your puppy become a statistic.
Double Calories Burned With Five Minutes Of Exercise! by: Tim Webb Recent studies have shown that if you perform just five minutes of reasonably intense exercise in the morning you can potentially burn up to twice as many calories you normally would during the day! What this means is that for those people who often claim "I don't have time!" there really is no excuse now for not doing five to ten minutes of physical training each day.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Are You a Wildflower?

Are You a Wildflower?
 by: David Leonhardt
Wildflowers grow from mere dust to reach their full potential.
Wildflowers grow well, even in adverse soil conditions.
Wildflowers don't require late nights at the office to grow.
Wildflowers grow thick and stick together.
Wildflowers grow strong and tall.
Wildflowers display their brilliant personalities for all to see.
Wildflowers withstand drought and grow all the more beautiful when watered.
Wildflowers withstand frost and hale.
Wildflowers last late in the season, when other flowers have given up.
Are you a wildflower?

If you called an airlines reservation desk and asked for cheap airfares information to a given city, you would be quoted a rate that may not be the lowest you could find. Many times you'll find that the cheap airfares are only offered on the internet, because when booking your ticket online your not taking up staff time telephone expense.If you've never done it before, explore the exciting options available to you when booking your next trip by doing your research on the internet.
Take a Vacation---You Deserve It. by: Mike Yeager A vacation is just what the doctor ordered for many people.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

What started it all - the History of Volleyball

What started it all - the History of Volleyball
 by: Rebecca Blain
Surprisingly, one of the most well loved sports in the world is also relatively young. Despite the game's youth, it has gone through a wide variety of changes and evolution as a part of its rich history.
Believe it or not, but at one time there wasn't Asics or Nike women's volleyball shoes or even volleyball uniforms for sale anywhere, let alone online!
To fully understand and appreciate how much the game has changed and how much work was put into to make it successful, you need to search back to the very origin of Volleyball, and study when and why changes were made.
Just over 100 years ago, in 1895, William G. Morgan developed the first game of Volleyball. At the time, Morgan dubbed the game "Mintonette". "Mintonette" was created for business men as a game that involved less physical contact at the chapter of the YMCA where he worked at in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Morgan borrowed aspects from several games to create his own game. The first aspect was from tennis, borrowing the net. Instead of the standard net, however, he raised it to be 6 foot 6 inches high, so it was just over the heads of average men. Other sports he borrowed from include basketball, baseball and handball. During one of the demonstration games of the sport, one of the spectators commented the game was more about volleying, and the games name was changed to Volleyball.
That was only the beginning.
In 1896, the first official game of Volleyball was played at Springfield College. This game signified the first real take-off of the sport, and led into further games being played at a variety of different Colleges. In the year 1900, Volleyball had taken off enough where a special ball was designed just for the game. Another feat also accomplished in 1900 was that the YMCA took the sport from America to Canada, the Orient and the southern hemisphere. Five years later, Volleyball also spread to Cuba. This spreading was what signified the start of the Volleyball era. Unlike most sports, Volleyball moved International in its early days, allowing for the game to evolve to meet the players needs world wide.
In 1907, Volleyball received its first recognition of being one of the most popular sports at the Playground of America convention. This was the first recognition the sport received, and helped to further its popularity. In the following ten years, the YMCA continued to spread the sport to Brazil, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. In 1913, the first official Volleyball competition was held in the Far Eastern Games.
1916 saw Volleyball have its first true evolution. In the Philippines, the set and spike offensive pass was introduced, and game play was altered to involve this new form. The Filipinos developed the "bomba", which is the kill, and the named the hitter the "bomberino". In this same year, the NCAA was invited by the YMCA to alter the rules of the game, and it was initiated into Colleges and other schools as a part of the standard physical education courses and intramural programs. A year later, the scoring system was also adjusted so that a game ended after 15 points instead of 21. This allowed more games to be played within the same span of time, in an attempt to make the sessions a little shorter for the players.
Three short years later, in 1919, the American Expeditionary Forces donated 16,000 Volleyballs to the troops, which provided a stimulus for growth in foreign countries. With this rise in growth of the sport, new rules began being developed. A year later, the three hits per side rule and the back row attack rules were put into place.
By 1928, players and fans of the sport realized that "official" tournament rules and regulations were required. The United States Volleyball Association was formed, and the first U.S. Open Volleyball tournament was held. The U.S. Open allowed for squads that were not YMCA sanctioned to participate, which was a breakthrough at the time. This evolution permitted lovers of the sport to fully enjoy the game without having to be tied to the organization that created it.
After 1928, the game of Volleyball was forever changed. With the "official" rules set down, and a tournament that wasn't private to the YMCA, the popularity of the sport was allowed to sky rocket. The Men's U.S. Open was held every year thereafter, with the exception of three years. 1943, 1944 and 1989 did not have the yearly tournaments, due to wars and other obstacles.
In 1934, Volleyball saw another extensive change through the recognition of official referees to oversee the games. This change in particular drastically altered the calls and the fairness of the game.
The 1940's held several special events for Volleyball. Not only was the forearm pass introduced into the game, the first world championship Volleyball game was held. It was during this time that the volleyball movement saw fruition, and squads from all over the world could find out who was the best. This became a yearly event, allowing for more publicity of the sport, which aided in its growth. Around this time, over 50 million people were playing world wide, in over 60 different countries.
By 1964, Volleyball had spread enough to warrant introduction into the Olympic games. The first games took place in Tokyo, where a rubber carcass with leather panels was used for the ball. This ball became the one that would be used in most modern competitions. As a part of the Olympic games, Volleyball was allowed to grow even further, until it secured a place for itself as the second most played game in the world.
Despite this high level of popularity, it wasn't until 1986 that the Women's Professional Volleyball Association, or the WPVA, was formed. With the growing rate of professional interest by both sexes, Volleyball was finally allowed to reach its full potential for popularity. Elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges all invested into the game by providing courses in Volleyball in their physical education, so that the sport was known in most households around the world.
While still trailing behind Soccer for popularity, Volleyball has done extremely well for a game with roots so young.

Tantra is derived from two Sanskrit words - Thanoti ( to expand ) & Trayate ( to liberate). This Science has the power to expand and liberate ! Expansion means to grow beyond one's boundaries.
Ready to Lose Your Glasses? Ten tips to choosing a LASIK or Laser Vision Correction Center by: Robert K. Maloney Ready To Lose Your Glasses? Ten Tips To Choosing A LASIK or Laser Vision Correction Center The world of ophthalmology is one of the fastest evolving fields of medicine.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Predator Tropical Fish

Predator Tropical Fish
 by: Nate Jamieson
Some tropical fish, either because of their size, feeding habits, or just their natural behavior, are not suitable for beginners to try and raise in a community tank. These are some of the big and bad, that you may want to avoid until you're more experienced.
Oscar- This native of the Amazon River and its tributaries, is a large fish, reaching 13-14" in length, although it can be sexually mature and laying eggs at 4". They do best in a tank with no "fussy" things like slender plants or ornaments. They prefer a medium texture substrate because they're great diggers, but do like wood or rock platforms that create a cave. The recommended food for Oscars is feeder goldfish, because they basically will eat anything small, that moves. This is why they can't be kept with smaller fish, or livebearers that will have young. Most hobbyists use a special large stick food that absorbs some water and moves with the motion in the aquarium, so it mimics prey.
Jack Dempsey- Another South American native, the Jack Dempsey comes in many of the same dark colors and spotting as the Oscar, featuring greens, brown and gray areas, which may help large species like this to hide amongst the bottom rocks. The Dempsey is similar to the Oscar in other ways as well, being a bottom digger, and preferring caves and wood to rest under. They are also a live feeder that will devour anything that moves, but unlike the Dempsey, they pursue their prey, and are considered to have "attitude" that makes them best suited to a tank of like-minded fish.
Discus- While not the bottomless pits that Oscars and Jack Dempseys are for feeding, the Discus is still a large fish, even at 6", and because of their native Amazon River environment, require a fairly specific habitat. In the wild they lived where trees had fallen into the river, and made their homes under and around the branches. In an aquarium, that means keeping a thick substrate where the light does not reach down to, as well as lots of wood pieces for hiding, and vegetation that goes from bottom to top. They are live feeders as many large fish are, but generally subsist on a diet of shrimp, tubifex and daphnia in good quantity. They are a fish that lives naturally in groups of five or six, and in the home environment, do not take well to upsets or changes in the tank.

Aquarium Supplies Part 1 - My First Experience With Bettas by: Jonathan Wangsa Keeping fish as pets takes more than just feeding them and changing the water every once in a while.
The History of Erectile Dysfunction and Prescription Drugs by: David Turner Modern sciences have changed the concept of erectile dysfunction, beforehand impotence was linked with age; people used to believe that ED was common with the growth of age. Fortunately modern sciences and changing attitude has debunked this myth, people nowadays are more conscious and do not hassle in discussing the issue with doctor.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Acne - a Nightmare!

Acne - a Nightmare!
 by: Luna Sol
Saturday night is coming and you are planning with your friends what to do during the weekend. You don't know if you go to the movies or if you go to that brand new dance club in that fancy neighbourhood. The thing is that all of you have plenty of things to study and because of that you decide to go to the movies. However, the cutest guy from the football team comes to you and asks you out. It is obvious you accept that invitation that you have been waiting for so long.
You and your friends spend the rest of the week planning this date. Everything seems to be ready and perfect. Saturday finally comes. You wake up happy and as soon as you got up and walk to the bathroom... Ahhhhhhhh! A big pimple is there! In the middle of your forehead! And you are not havig a nightmare: the pimple is really there.
Just who had been through something like this can describe the feeling. That's why learning about acne is so important. Keeping skin healthy can be the difference between being gorgeous on the date of your life or being noticed due to something on the forehead.
But acne doesn't have to be a nightmare. If everyone learns about this skin condition, many problematic stuff can be avoided. And every body will be able to live their dream life without worrying if a flare up will occur.
An important thing about acne is anxiety. It's not that you'll have acne everytime you get anxious, but this can increase the chances. Since acne is related to stress, it sounds common that it is also related to anxiety, which is a sort of stress manifestation.
Many are the option for someone to treat acne. However, nothing is more important than knowing how it develops and why are some people more affected than other. And it is not just a matter of poor higyene as many people think. Acne is far beyond that. In fact, hygiene does not play a major role when it comes to acne.
A healthy diet habits is another thing that should be taken into account. Some people say that "we are what we eat" and if it is true and since skin is considered to be the largest organ of human body, it is not impossible nor abnormal that a lack of nutrients can be noticed by a sign on the skin. This sign can be acne.
Squeezing your pimples is not the right way to get rid of that. In fact, when you squeeze you may help o spread the inflammation over the skin. It is not necessary to say that it can get worsen acne.
Besides all of these, some extra care are needed, some products have to be used in order to keep acne under control and to restablish the skin balance and health.

Aquarium Supplies Part 2 - My First Experience With Goldfish by: Jonathan Wangsa If you are seriously considering keeping fish as pets or are just starting out, I would like to stress again the importance of having some basic knowledge about aquariums and fish keeping in order to enjoy the hobby for a significant length of time and to avoid frustrations and disappointments.In the first article I illustrated this by sharing my own childhood experience with bettas, and now I shall share my experience with goldfish.While I still had my bettas I also wanted to keep some goldfish since I also found them attractive and interesting.
4 Surefire Ways NOT To Lose Weight At Your Health Club by: Dr Jeff Banas Everyone has their own individual reason for joining a health club, lose a few pounds, tone up, lower your blood pressure, strengthen a bad back or shoulder, perform better in sports, or just keep in shape by playing some basketball or racquetball.By joining the gym you have shown a time, and a financial commitment to achieving your goals, congratulations! However, joining the gym is only the first step.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Silent Macau

Silent Macau
 by: Ieuan Dolby
A failed or neglected city springs to mind when walking around Macau during the day time. Around the outskirts of the Islands the doors of modern buildings never seem to open. Hotel restaurants tend to sole customers with reluctance: public gardens remain empty except for the lone tramp rooting around in the bins, roads remain unsullied with tyre tracks and the silence is loud all around. Inside and up the hill cracked and uneven pathways run along to meet the next, weeds compliment the falling cement on graying walls. Unpainted fences balance precariously around crazy paved basketball pitches whilst graffiti gives color to an otherwise drab setting.
The Portuguese gave the place some amazing buildings when they ruled and controlled, in fact Macau was the first European Settlement in the Far East. The Portuguese beat the Dutch and the British by a hairs breadth with their establishment of this well positioned and soon to be rich trading post. Hong Kong, Singapore and .Malacca followed many years later as the British, Dutch and other nations established a presence in Far East Asia but at the beginning Macau ruled the roost. The Dutch tried many times to get hold of the Islands as did the Spanish and the British once or twice. A prize jewel had Macau become and Portugal managed to retain control throughout, only really giving it up in 1999 when they handed it back to mainland China.
China now rules Macau under what has become known as a SAR. This stands for a Special Administration Region and basically comes under the Mainland Chinese Policy of "one rule, two systems". A status-quo in which Macau governs itself for the most part, and it makes and lives under its own laws, but it belongs to China however it is run or seen to be run.
Today it is a little paradise steeped in history and culture. Large imposing, century old structures now vie for space amongst the tattered remnants of shoddily built 20 century brick houses and classily built modern glass offices that reach to the sky. Massive and squat stone offices of a colonial era sit regally and steadfastly among haphazard and leaning towers of steel girders: gray stone snubs orange brick and the slate roofs still keep out the water were the tin cladding has long since failed.
New roads lead around the coast in smooth patterns, over long and impressive bridges they flow before swooping gracefully in arcs around flashing advertisements and over reclaimed land that oozes intent. Newly built high speed, two-lane, motorways pass futuristic glass structures and cloud hitting spirals, they zoom over decorated spanned bridges that are a feat to modern engineering, they whiz past glittering hotels that invite money to be spent and all before lowering themselves in stature to greet and pass over to times gone by.
Working inwards and upwards modern tarmac meets old cobbles as the flat ground turns into the steep climb. Little lanes hobble through culture that crowds-in upon itself. Houses of times past squash and bulge against each other and hang precariously over paths that defy the eyes to follow. Hanging baskets swing delicately from balconies that threaten to pull down the houses that they belong to, whilst open windows give glimpses to the crowded life beyond.
The modern steels and glass facades of hotels and office blocks, the colonial stone museums and Portuguese Officialdom of yesteryear that grace the flatlands around the coast are left behind when walking inland. The hilly centers of the Islands house the main population: looking at houses from many years ago the place strikes chords of a fishing village in Portugal when looking one way and China Town the next. These small houses built along old cobbled streets crowd in upon each other and bring life and activity all around.
But all is not as it seems. From the heat of the day, when cool drinks and light foods go together with a swimming pool and air conditioning, the evening brings change. From the dull and fading brick work and overgrown flowerbeds, from the graffiti and flaking paint on shop walls springs lights of dazzling proportions. From a forgotten City lying to waste in its own decay grows a glittering display of neon power, one that transforms the place and everything within. As the sun sets on the horizon people come out to play, tourists put aside their bathing towels and no longer think of cold air, workers get ready for the night ahead and hotel lobbies transform from desolate halls to crowded and bustling bee hives filled with action and intent.
Public Gardens become noisy meeting points for those going out on the town, overloaded buses groan along roads that are a mass of spinning wheels and alert taxi drivers fight for the needy customers with skill and adeptness. Policemen wipe the sleep from their eyes and come out of their cubby holes, ready and watchful for the evening ahead. Bars stock up with large muscled men who hang around the doorways with folded arms silently saying, "make trouble and you will have me to deal with". Hopeful jewelers open their doors and invitingly offer tourists the once in a lifetime chance to buy gold at the cheapest prices in Asia, the Indian on the corner suggests that he can measure and make a suit in a day and the electronics stores beckon where they had not during the day.
But what is really going on? Aside from the tourist scene, apart from the night life and the activity that springs up after the sun hides away, what is really going on. What makes Macau what is today and why do most people prefer to sleep during the day, workers and tourists alike and what changes the city from a neglected and desolate place under the sun to a fun filled bundle of activity in the night?
It is all about Gambling. The Macau government makes seventy percent of its revenue from Gambling. Most Hotels are built with gambling in mind and thus they boast many a casino and gambling dens on its premises. Limousines carry the rich gambler to his seat for the evening, the one who has not yet sniffed defeat. Hotels lay on special packages for those with money to loose and girls lie in wait to help spend money that prospectors may have had thoughts of keeping. Bars keep drinks flowing to loosen punters stiff fingers, fast food flows to produce contentment and security in the high rollers and the large muscled men act positively when throwing out the losers.
Banks close down and turn over their business to rows upon rows of fast acting machines that spout out money like it is going out of fashion. Urgent and edgy punters queue at these machines, itching to get into the action, worried that they have no money left. Security guards watch metal detectors closely and search handbags with vigor, hidden cameras turn circles as unaware gamblers throw their money on luck and doormen's arms ache as they ceaselessly open doors for the excited newcomers and help the defeated out. Receptionists check-in new arrivals by the hundreds as tours from Mainland China pour off trains like ants from a mole hill. Airport-staff sweat freely, as planes land in quick succession to throw out more determined miners from Taiwan, the Philippines, from Singapore and other corners of the world.
Newly arrived punters race against time to grab their bags, get through immigration and to catch a cab for their hotel and the casinos next door, above or beneath. Time is precious and time is money – money that will be spent despite dreams that suggest otherwise.
Not all arrivals and visitors to Macau are gamblers on a mission. Some visitors are genuine tourists who wonder why the city is so bare and drab during the day, those that have no idea as to the other face of Macau. And from Taiwan and other expensive Asian economies comes another bunch of visitors, the group or package tour and should one see the tour as it engorges itself from the plane, one will notice that it is all men. These men are on a mission, they will also be all over the age of fifty and the average age will probably be about seventy. This is a specially arranged tour that may for example start off from Taiwan and fly to Macau for a three day visit. And it is special in that it is for men only, that they are going to Macau to get a woman, to have three days of sex and romp and then to climb back onto their plane alone and back to Taiwan: maybe to repeat the process in a years time, if they can afford it or their wives don't find out. Yes, another side of Macau; the availability of prostitutes who service the Taiwanese or overseas visitor or who relieve punters and gamblers of any change that they may still have jangling in their pockets after the gambling halls have shut for the night.
Prostitutes hang around doorways and exits from casinos, they balance precariously on high heels that defy gravity and they are covered in layers of make-up that gives competition to a skilled plasterer. Skimpy skirts ride high on slim legs and breasts push eagerly against tight tops that are all but not present. Little purses swing invitingly from hands that wander fleetingly as males pass by, smiles are issued freely to those that look and glares are given as those looked walk on.
Innuendos are made and promises of a new life are given as punters exit casinos for new ground or with nearly empty pockets. New entrants are given the choice of female company as they prepare to spend and while away the night and whatever one can think of it is there. Slim girls with long legs, short girls with big busts, tall girls with big busts and short girls with long legs are all around leaning against doorways and offering hope and suggestion in husky voices. Slim waists peek out as hips thrust invitingly, nipples protrude as tongues are run along lips and eyes smile to all who see. Men dressed as woman, large woman with massive breasts and large men with even bigger breasts stand in the background for those inclined and little girls with spirit and enjoyment run around touching bottoms and kissing cheeks like they are in love.
A neglected city it may be during day light hours, but prostitutes, bouncers, gamblers, airport staff, taxi-drivers, croupiers, fast food hall owners, barkeepers, bus drivers, doormen, receptionists, bankers, service engineers, thieves and security guards need to sleep during the day so that when the sunsets they will be ready for a new night of action.
And the only daylight customers are the tourists who never knew the other face of Macau and the cleaners who must make the city ready for the next plane load of enthusiastic passengers and the next train full of excited amateurs with their pockets full of cash and dreams of a rich and enjoyable future ahead of them.

Break And Move Beyond The Length Of The Chains by: Ty Howard "Never let fear, procrastination or the longing for approval from others to take possession of your mind, they become self-forged chains." ~ Ty HowardHave you ever experienced a moment in your life where you wondered "What to do next?"Have you ever had a bolt of confidence spring into your being just as you were going to start working towards a new goal, but your comfort zone held you back?Have you ever had the feeling "It's now or never!" but you didn't make your move?If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, you at one time wore the self-forged chains.I think we all have, or at least will don the self-forged chains in our lives at one time or another.
Strangely enough, when she lived in Beverly Hills the seclusion loving Hepburn developed the habit of sneaking into her neighbor's houses as a hobby. She became expert at climbing trees, avoiding alarms and dogs, and revealing herself just before her nervous neighbors called the police.

Friday, July 3, 2009

German Sheperds

German Sheperds
 by: Keith Davies
People love big, protective and loving dogs and that's why there are a lot of german sheperd breeders.
The German Shepherd is sometimes called an Alsatian because that's where they originated in Germany. Many Germans still called them Deutscher Schaferhund because of their original sheepdog function but the breed is not very old and was really developed from a variety of sheep herding farm dogs in the late 1800s. In 1899 Max von Stephanitz, a German cavalry officer, was president of the first German Shepherd association in Germany. Since then German Shepherds have turned up all over the world and they came to the USA as early as 1908 where they were popular with the Red Cross, the police and as guard dogs.
This was partly because they are extremely loyal and courageous dogs and they are very intelligent and retain specialized training for a long time. Temperament is what ensures the usefulness of the German Shepherd and since this comes from good breeding it is essential to find a good and reputable breeder. With a bad temperament these dogs are a disaster. They are highly territorial and will know and recognize their people and place by about six months of age. This is when their protective loyalty starts to show itself!
There are many german sheperd breeders and you should have no problem finding a good one, but just remember that they come in a range of colors and will protect you no matter what!
They have proved a popular breed over the years for use in both the police force and as guard dogs for security companies. They have a very acute sense of hearing which means that they are invaluable to anyone wanting to protect both themselves and their property.Because they are a large dog they are a very useful deterrent against theives.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Argos hammer Ticats in CFL opener

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Kerry Joseph threw for 227 yards on Wednesday. Toronto Argonauts quarterback Kerry Joseph threw for 227 yards on Wednesday. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

There wasn't much of a Canada Day celebration at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Wednesday.

The visiting Toronto Argonauts took a 20-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, handing their arch rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats a 30-17 defeat and silencing the hometown crowd at the CFL season opener.

The Boatmen led from start to finish, scoring early and often to spoil the opening night party in Hamilton.

Argos quarterback Kerry Joseph threw touchdowns on Toronto's first two possessions of the game and added one more in the third quarter, passing for 227 yards and going 14 for 29.

Jamal Richardson ran for 124 yards and a touchdown in the Argos' victory.

Hamilton quarterback Quinton Porter, who got his feet wet as a starter last year and earned the No. 1 spot for this season, was picked off twice.

Porter threw for 234 yards, two touchdowns and went 26 for 39.

Toronto got on the board just before the 10-minute mark when Joseph rolled right and found slotback Arland Bruce III streaking to the corner of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

On the Argos' next possession, Joseph hit wide receiver Reggie McNeal in the end zone with a 7-yard touchdown pass.

Andrus wins his 1st as Argos coach

Robertson scored Toronto's third when he broke through the middle on the last play of the first quarter to make it 20-0 with the conversion.

Kicker Eddie Johnson was seeking medical treatment on his arm and wasn't able to kick the Argos' first conversion of the game, which running back Jarrett Payton attempted and missed.

Johnson returned and was perfect the rest of the game. He was also good for a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Wednesday marked the first regular-season CFL appearance for Argos coach Bart Andrus, who coached in the NFL Europa league and last season served as an offensive assistant with the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

Andrus got a water from a water cooler dumped on his head at the end of the game to celebrate his first CFL victory.

Porter got the Tiger-Cats on the board in the second quarter when he hit running back Terry Caulley with a three-yard outlet pass, and Caulley ran it into the end zone.

Kicker Nicholas Setta hit the conversion to make it 20-7 and later in the quarter made an 18-yard field goal attempt to bring the Ti-Cats to within 10 points of the Argos.

With 30 seconds to go in the half, the Ti-Cats were in the Argos' red zone, but Porter's end zone pass to wide receiver Chris Davis was picked off by Argos defensive back Lin-J Shell.

Ti-Cats score with 58 seconds left

Porter threw another interception earlier in the half, a floater that was picked off b

U.S., Afghan forces launch major operation against Taliban

Thousands of U.S. Marines and hundreds of Afghan troops moved into Taliban-controlled villages with armor and helicopters early Thursday in the first major operation under U.S. President Barack Obama's revamped strategy to stabilize Afghanistan.

The offensive was launched shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday local time in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold in the southern part of the country and the world's largest opium poppy producing area.

The goal is to clear insurgents from the hotly contested Helmand River Valley before the nation's Aug. 20 presidential election.

Dubbed Operation Khanjar, or "Strike of the Sword," the military push was described by officials as the largest and fastest-moving of the war's new phase, involving nearly 4,000 of the newly arrived Marines and 650 Afghan forces.

British forces last week led similar, but smaller, missions to fight and clear out insurgents in Helmand and neighboring Kandahar provinces.

"Where we go, we will stay, and where we stay, we will hold, build and work toward transition of all security responsibilities to Afghan forces," Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson said in a statement.

Southern Afghanistan is a Taliban stronghold but also a region where Afghan President Hamid Karzai is seeking votes from fellow Pashtun tribesmen.

The Pentagon is deploying 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in time for the elections and expects the total number of U.S. forces there to reach 68,000 by year's end. That is double the number of troops in Afghanistan in 2008, but still half as much as are now in Iraq.

Capt. Bill Pelletier, a spokesman for the Marines, said the troops involved in the Thursday operation were sent in by a mixture of aircraft and ground transport under the cover of darkness.

The operation is aimed at putting pressure on insurgents, "and to show our commitment to the Afghan people that when we come in, we are going to stay long enough to set up their own institutions," Pelletier said.

Bouwmeester most comfortable with Flames

Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, left, and Flames GM Darryl Sutter meet the media Wednesday at the Pengrowth Saddledome.  Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, left, and Flames GM Darryl Sutter meet the media Wednesday at the Pengrowth Saddledome. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester celebrated Canada Day in his native Alberta with family, friends and the Calgary Flames.

Bouwmeester, 25, was welcomed aboard Wednesday by the Flames, who signed the Edmontonian to a five-year contract worth $33-million US.

"All my family and friends are pretty excited about it," he said. "Some people give you a hard time because it is Calgary."

Had he not reached terms late Tuesday, Bouwmeester would have become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday at noon ET.

"We had no intention of waiting for today," Flames general manager Darryl Sutter said. "We prioritized the position and the player.

"We talked a lot of different ideas for him in terms of longer, shorter [contracts]. But what it always kept coming back to was this was the market he wanted to play in."

"It just got to the point where I was totally comfortable with things here," Bouwmeester told reporters at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

"It probably wouldn't have really mattered what else was out there. I liked the situation.

"I cannot really explain it. It is just one of those things [where] you just kind of know."

Calgary acquired Bouwmeester's negotiating rights at last Saturday's NHL draft in return for the rights to fellow defenceman Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick.

Known as a workhorse, Bouwmeester brings durability and mobility to Calgary's defence corps, which already boasts Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr and Cory Sarich.

"That is what was one of the things that was real attractive here," Bouwmeester said. "You look at the solid group of guys they already have … it seemed like it would be an easy place to slide in and, hopefully, have some success."

'It is about young players'

Bouwmeester, Phaneuf, Regehr, Sarich, netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, captain Jarome Iginla and forwards Olli Jokinen and Daymond Langkow account for roughly $44 million US of Calgary's player payroll.

With the NHL's salary cap set at $56.8 million US next season, that leaves little else to re-sign unrestricted free agents like Adrian Aucoin, Todd Bertuzzi, Anders Eriksson, Carsen Germyn, Andre Roy and Rhet Warrener.

Mike Cammalleri, also an unrestricted free agent, signed Wednesday with the Montreal Canadiens for $30 million US over five years.

"We're not walking away on anybody but, at the same time, the philosophy doesn't change," Sutter said. "It is about young players."

Players like Bouwmeester, a perfect fit for Calgary's blue-line blueprint.

"You can put him in any situation вЂ" power play, penalty kill, 5-on-5, 4-on-4 вЂ" and because he is such a smart player and such a great skater, he brings a lot of things to the table," Flames head coach Brent Sutter said. "He has a great understanding of how to play when the team doesn't have the puck and how to pay attention to detail."

Bouwmeester had spent his entire NHL career with the Florida Panthers, posting 53 goals and 150 assists for 203 points in 471 games since being drafted third overall in 2002.

He had 15 goals and 42 points in 82 games last season.

With files from the Canadian Press