Thursday, April 30, 2015

9 Easy Ways To Boost Your Confidence

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Finding that extra dose of confidence in times of personal uncertainty is a tricky thing to master. And even when you’re able to find it, it can be even more difficult to maintain. Confidence is, however, one of the strongest personal traits we can posses. It has the remarkable power to help you maintain positivity and happiness in your life at a consistent rate.

Building confidence is a never-ending uphill battle, and cultivating it is a gradual process. But here are 9 easy ways to boost your confidence and help you feel like the worthy person you already are:

1. Don’t obsess over others

I used to believe that happiness and confidence was only for the famous or well-liked, but that’s not the case. Comparing your life to others is dangerous because it normally leaves you feeling worthless in some aspect. They have something you lack or they’re leading a life that you think you want. Keep in mind that everyone is human, and part of being human is dealing with things that aren’t always pleasant. Even LeBron James and Jennifer Lawrence have personal issues that challenge their confidence daily. Instead of focusing on what you lack, focus on your goals, talents, and the things you enjoy doing most. Cultivate your passions instead of trying to change them.

2. It’s okay to work in silence

For whatever reason, our culture is led to believe that the loud-mouth, showoff, pompous people are the most confident of the bunch. We believe worth goes unnoticed if you’re not socially recognized for something. This, too, is not the case. It’s often the ones with the most humility, who prefer work out of the public limelight, who are the most confident. Someone who shows a true display of strength, depth, and pure self confidence is the one who can continue pursuing a dream without a constant stream of public appraisal.

3. Everyone isn’t out to get you

I promise, it’s not just you who thinks you’re a walking target. You’re not the only one worrying about how others think about or perceive you. We all do it. Sadly, and thankfully in this case, we’re all pretty self-absorbed. Our internal dialogue, when we’re not petrified that others are judging us, usually defaults to the bills we have to pay, the chores we wished our roommate did, or the spaghetti we’re eating for the fifth time this week (…and it’s only Wednesday). Everyone else is fixated on something personal that’s looming, not the haircut you think looks bad or the small stain on your pants.

4. It’s okay to laugh it off

Everyone messes up from time to time. It’s pretty unavoidable unless you annex yourself somewhere deep underground or far into the woods, which would be a fairly anti-social existence. An easy way to boost self confidence is to accept your flaws, foibles, and failings in stride, with the understanding that mistakes build character. Every rejection or face plant is an opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed on the next try. Even if you can’t muster a chuckle when you fall, try at least smiling.

5. Let go of what you can’t control

Everyone wants to be in charge of their own life. The things that happen, the people they meet, the way things play out, anything and everything in respect to our life we want to control. Sadly, this just isn’t possible. In an effort to avoid a theological debate, no one can control everything that happens to them. What you can always control, no matter what happens externally, is your attitude and reaction. To echo the previous point, take negative happenings and occurrences in stride with the hope of growth and thankfulness for the learning opportunity.

6. Compliment others

Being internally negative often results in outward negative habits like gossip, insults, and passive aggression. An effective way to help change your negative internal dialogue is to consciously change your habits of praising others. Take a stand against focusing on irritating things other people do and look for the best in them instead. Also, honesty and sincerity go a long way with compliments. People can tell when it’s forced or fabricated. If you try to actively bring out the best in others, you will in turn be well very well-liked.

7. Collaborate with others

We’re all consistently too hard on ourselves. When we initially take on a project, or try to do something, we feel alone and solely responsible for the outcome. This, in turn, causes us to focus on the parts of the project we’re deficient in, lowering self confidence further. So, what if you were to gather like-minded people who share specialized skill sets to make something really great? This will allow and encourage you to focus on something you’re really good at. You’ll not only contribute to something you believe in, but your talents will also be recognized and praised by others.

8. Take yourself out on a date

We’re existing in the most interconnected period in the history of mankind. With the advent of social media networks, it feels like we’re always having six conversations at one time. Even though a slew of likes, comments, and post shares can elevate your self esteem, it can also leave us feeling worthless in times when we’re not getting any social media engagement. Sadly, lots of people, especially millennials, are letting their happiness run parallel with the amount of likes their latest Instagram post received. This is far from healthy. Try taking a step back, leaving your phone in a safe place, and spending some time alone doing one of your favorite activities.

9. Be kind

A simple idea that’s often the hardest to practice. One of the easiest ways to elevate your self worth is to do worthy things for others and yourself. Going the extra mile to help a friend in a pinch or staying an extra hour to bail out a coworker on a huge report will instantly make you feel confident. And, much like the sixth point above, kindness and “good vibes” always seem to find their way back to you. Simply put, if you act in accordance with the Golden Rule, you’ll start to think more highly of yourself.

Confidence is evasive, but you can find it. Utilizing the tips and steps listed above is a great place to start. Confidence isn’t built when the answers are known, but instead when you’re ready to face the questions.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Buildings and cars on fire, stores looted during riots in Baltimore

Several cars were set on fire and a number of shops were looted during protests that erupted in Baltimore, Monday, after thousands of mourners paid their final respects to Freddie Gray at the man’s funeral. He died from injuries he received during his arrest and time in police custody on April 19. The case spurred multiple protests, calling for the punishment of the officers involved in Gray’s arrest.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

‘Mother of the year:’ Baltimore woman slaps, scolds rioter

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After apparently finding her son dressed in black riot gear, a Baltimore woman was captured on camera slapping the young man and marching him away from the police. The scene quickly went viral online, with the woman being dubbed “Mother of the Year.”

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered a mandatory curfew to be imposed on Tuesday night after a violent riot erupted in the wake of the funeral for Freddie Gray, a young black man who died in police custody over a week ago.

Gray died as a result of severe injuries suffered in police custody. Escalating violence in the city pushed Rawlings-Blake to implement a week-long curfew, but one Baltimore woman took matters into her own hands when she found what many people believe to be her son ready to riot.

Those three slaps in the video inspired a Twitter user to comment that the woman was “mom of the year” and that “She’s just lookin’ out for her son apparently.”

A video captioned “that awkward moment you mom catches you rioting” also emerged.


‘Mother of the year:’ Baltimore woman slaps, scolds rioter

10 Things Only Outgoing Introverts Would Understand

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1. They feel that extroversion is overdone in our society

They may have done group work at school and team work when employed, but they feel that quieter time for reflection and the ability to work by themselves should be more valued in the workplace. They cannot always work in a group or together.

2. They can be the life and soul of the party

Outgoing introverts can be chatty, exuberant, funny and great company at a party. They will be completely drained afterwards and may not want to see anyone for a few hours or days!

3. They can make excellent sales persons

Tradition has it that an extrovert is the ideal person to clinch the sale, but the outgoing introvert has a lot going for them in the sales world it seems. They know when they should keep quiet and when they should push. They are also pretty good at tuning into a client’s needs and preferences.

4. They do not enjoy proms

“Everyone shines, given the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk”- Susan Cain author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Being forced to take part in certain rites of passage such as proms is a real turn off for many outgoing introverts. They would much prefer to stay at home and read a book.

5. They prefer social media

Social media has helped many an outgoing introvert to cope with all the shenanigans. It is sufficiently social while allowing for quiet downtime with no chatty interruptions. They do not have to move too far from their comfort zone. It’s an ideal combination – acting social and being alone!

6. They prefer to be left alone sometimes

This sometimes causes upset when they start to date. They can be chatty and great company but then they may seem to withdraw into themselves because they do not answer texts or calls. The fact is that their social batteries need recharging and this has to be done alone.

7. They don’t use their phones all the time

One thing you notice about these introverts is that they are deeply focused and they cannot flit from one chatty remark to a text or a phone call. Listening and talking are just not compatible with their deep thinking and concentration.

8. They pick and choose their social events

Going out may mean a lot of small talk and that can be pretty meaningless. Yes, they enjoy company and social outings but you can bet that they will be pretty choosy when doing so. Other social occasions are sometimes risky and tricky for them. They may go with the flow or they may appear withdrawn.

9. They value their introversion highly

Silence and moments of quiet are often regarded negatively. Yet, these qualities have led to great discoveries and advanced our civilization for centuries. The outgoing introvert regards his introversion as a great strength and is perfectly content to be that way. They get very angry when people start to imply that there is something wrong with them!

10. They find it hard to adapt

Problems arise when they are expected to be outgoing all the time and perform as if they were circus clowns. They have to do this to get a job, make friends or network. They know what society demands and expects. It is not always easy to switch on extroversion like a light.


10 Things Only Outgoing Introverts Would Understand

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Devastating 7.9-magnitude quake strikes Nepal, India LIVE UPDATES

People survey a site damaged by an earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015. (Reuters / Navesh Chitrakar)

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal and India, killing more than 1,800 people and injuring hundreds. The most severe damage was seen in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where buildings collapsed, burying people alive under the rubble.

The death toll has risen to 1,805 and another 4,718 people have been injured as a result of the earthquake, Reuters cited Nepal’s Home Ministry official. Many of the victims were in the Kathmandu Valley at the time the quake struck.

The epicenter of the quake was 80 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, a city with a population about 1 million. It was at a depth of 31km.

The shallowness of the quake made it even more destructive as buildings were toppled and large cracks opened in roads.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Japan's space agency aims for the moon in 2018

An artist's impression of JAXA's SLIM (Smart Lander for Investigating Moon) rover landing on the moon's surface.

CNN)Japan's space agency announced this week that the country would put an unmanned rover on the surface of the moon by 2018, joining an elite club of nations who have explored Earth's satellite.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), divulged the plan to an expert panel, including members of the cabinet and the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry on Monday.
"This is an initial step and a lot of procedures are still ahead before the plan is formally approved," a JAXA spokesperson told reporters.
If it is approved, the agency will reportedly use its Epsilon solid-fuel rocket technology to carry and deploy a SLIM probe -- the acronym stands for "Smart Lander for Investigating Moon" -- on the surface of the celestial body.
Japanese media estimates that the mission will cost in the region of ¥10 billion to ¥15 billion ($83.4 million - $125 million). JAXA spokesperson Chihito Onda confirmed to CNN that this estimate is realistic.
    The mission is expected to be used to perfect soft-landing technologies, which could be utilized in future, manned expeditions to the moon, or even Mars. The lander will use face recognition software found in digital cameras, which will be repurposed to enable the craft to recognize craters on the surface, Onda said.
    The move could be seen as Japan's attempt to play catchup to its Asian neighbors China and India, which have both notched significant extraterrestrial victories in recent years -- China's Yutu lunar rover outlasted expectations and India successfully put a probe into orbit around Mars the first time of asking.
    In 2008 Japan put its SELENE craft -- known in Japan as Kaguya, after a Japanese moon princess from a 10th century folk tale -- into orbit around the moon to gather data about its surface. The data gathered by the orbiter will also be used to calculate a suitable landing site for the rover.
    JAXA has also put a probe on an asteroid, which returned to Earth in 2010.
    Along with China, the United States and the former Soviet Union are the only other nations to have so far landed craft on the surface of the moon.

    New South Australian capability transforms way buildings are modelled


    A NEW alliance between three companies specializing in different aspects of 3D modeling promises to up the ante in the constantly evolving world of digital image modeling in Australia.

    Three companies have joined forces in South Australia to develop a capability to create three-dimensional visuals – from the panoramic to the highly detailed – of virtually any proposed building or development project.

    The joint venture between Redstack, Maptek and Avitus UAV Systems was inspired by the standard of end-to-end reality capture commonly available to businesses in Europe and the United States, but the game changer could turn out to be closer at hand – the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval in South Australia.

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    Redstack managing director Michael Lachs says the regular flow of sophisticated visuals that showed the public how the new stadium would look and how it would fit in with its surroundings raised the bar in terms of what can be achieved and what should be expected.

    Redstack, which specializes in CAD equipment, services and training to architecture and engineering firms in Australia, saw the potential to offer this level of expertise and technology across a range of industries in Australia.

    “We have seen the progression of digital technology through all the aspects of manufacturing and building,” Lachs said. “For us the next natural progression was the digitisation of existing pre-made objects. How do we get something existing into a digital form so that we can utilise it within our design process?”

    The answer was to approach Maptek, a specialist in 3D laser scanning software whose past projects include the Sydney Opera House and whose products are used at 1700 mining sites in 65 countries.

    And to get all this digital scanning and storage power off the ground they approached Avitus to build and pilot the venture’s specially-built Pegasus hexicopter drone.

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    New South Australian capability transforms way buildings are modelled

    Chile's Mt. Calbuco volcano erupts for first time in over 40yrs

    A total of 4,000 people were reportedly evacuated in southern Chile on April 22, following a massive double eruption of the Calbuco volcano – its first in over 42 years.

    The first eruption on Wednesday set off a bit of a panic in the region.

    "At the beginning, it was small, and later, the cloud grew and later there was a huge cloud over you and true terror starts," said one Puerto Montt resident.

    Another person said: "It was impressive to see an enormous mushroom cloud, with the immense force of the volcano, and to see the ashes. At that point, there was a lot of panic, lots of chaos, traffic jams, people going to supermarkets, everyone looking for water, trying to take out money from the ATMs."

    The eruption is a first for many in the region. The last major eruption was 1962. There was a minor eruption in 1972.

    Calbuco also belched out a bit of gas and smoke in 1996.

    Alejandro Verges, regional director at the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety, said Thursday afternoon that officials are concerned there might be a third eruption.

    "The situation is relatively calm right now, although people are understandably anxious about what could happen tonight," he said.

    New Research Finds That Facebook Use Is Linked To Depressive Symptoms

    Facebook Use Linked To Depressive Symptoms

    We’re increasingly used to viewing images in the media with critical eyes, assuming that they’ve been altered or airbrushed, but we tend not to apply the same level of scrutiny to our friends’ lives as we view them via social media updates, and the impact of the seemingly prefect lives that our friends have has been linked to depressive symptoms in a new study at the University of Houston.

    The research

    The research was conducted by Steers, Wickham and Acitelli at Houston and Paolo Alto Universities and was recently published under the title“Seeing Everyone Else’s Highlight Reels: How Facebook Usage is Linked to Depressive Symptoms” in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

    Steers and team carried out two studies which considered the association between time spent on Facebook and depressive symptoms.

    Comparing our lives to others can make us feel depressed

    Both studies provide evidence that people feel depressed after spending a great deal of time on Facebook.

    One of they key links that Steer found between Facebook and depressive symptoms was as a result of the social comparison that we can undertake with such ease using tools like Facebook. We can easily see how our lives and achievements are stacking up against those of our friends and wider circles.

    Social comparison way precedes Facebook

    We’ve been comparing ourselves to others for years – there are studies going back as far as the 1950s looking at how we compare ourselves to other people in face-to-face situations:

    “Although social comparison processes have been examined at length in traditional contexts, the literature is only beginning to explore social comparisons in online social networking settings,” says Steers.

    Steers’ research indicates that Facebook is more likely to lower our mood and impact on our feelings of self-worth than traditional face-to-face comparisons. This may be because of the way in which we share our lives on Facebook and how easy it is spend many hours privately comparing ourselves with others.

    The amount of different ways in which we can compare ourselves to our peers has also grown:

    “One danger is that Facebook often gives us information about our friends that we are not normally privy to, which gives us even more opportunities to socially compare,” Steers said.

    We feel depressed when we compare ourselves to others on Facebook

    Steers’ studies provided evidence that Facebook users felt depressed when comparing themselves to others. Perhaps because our friends are airbrushing their lives as well as their photos. We’re all guilty of thinking carefully about how we portray our lives on social media before we hit the publish button. Most people select only the best photos and the most positive status updates. The humdrum of day-to-day life might not seem worth a status update anyway, so we tend to just highlight and celebrate the good bits.

    “If we’re comparing ourselves to our friends’ ‘highlight reels,’ this may lead us to think their lives are better than they actually are and conversely, make us feel worse about our own lives,” says Steer

    Unused to assuming that those around us are airbrushing and sanitizing their lives before they share them (even though we all do it) we tend to compare our own lives, warts and all, to the positive online portrayal of other people’s lives and think we’re comparing like with like – which can be testing for even the most emotionally resilient of us.

    People who are depressed spend more time socially comparing on Facebook

    According to Steers’ research, the impact of Facebook on people facing depression may be exacerbated compared to non-depressed controls because people with depressive symptoms spend more time comparing themselves to others on Facebook.  More time spent socially comparing on Facebook was correlated with an increase in depressive symptoms – a bit of an unhappy catch 22.

    So what can we do about it?

    Whilst the study was small so we shouldn’t be too hasty in drawing lasting wide reaching conclusions from it, we could think carefully about our own engagement with Facebook.

    If we’re suffering from depression or are aware of spending a lot of time socially comparing on Facebook and this is bringing our mood down, we should perhaps make a conscious effort to spend less time doing so – or try to bear in mind that the highlight reels we read are just that – highlights – and that when we compare the total of our own lives with the highlights of others’ we are not comparing like with like.

    If we think our friends, colleagues or children are finding their internal struggles harder as a result of comparing themselves with a distorted view of friends and family on Facebook, we should highlight to them the differences between Facebook and real life – perhaps using our own timeline as an example and try to encourage them to spend less time socially comparing via social media.


    New Research Finds That Facebook Use Is Linked To Depressive Symptoms

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Powerful storm causes flash flooding in Australia

    Powerful storm causes flash flooding in Australia

    A powerful storm hit Australia's southeast, destroying buildings, forcing dozens to leave their homes and reportedly causing the deaths of three people on Tuesday. The storm has been pounding Sydney and other parts of New South Wales state since Monday and has already dumped more than 30cm of rain in some areas, with wind gusts reaching more than 100kph (60mph).


    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Have You Seen The Daughter of The King of Saudi Arabia?


    Don’t be surprised, but the daughter of the King of Saudi Arabia is a beautiful, modern woman, who doesn’t mind going out in public wearing only a scarf on her head and showing a bit of her hair!

    Adlah bint Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz Al Saoud, is a modern women, who calls for the freedom of women and who believes that “Al Niqab” is more of a tradition, while the scarf is more of what Islam calls for!

    Adlah sat in for an interview with the French newspaper “Le Figaro” and shared her views about marriage, Hijab, work for women and social media.

    Adlah is an active woman in Saudi Arabia. She participates in welcoming foreign delegations, she attends plays and events, she poses for photos with young women and men.



    Adlah sees that there’s a real problem with underage marriages and calls for setting the rules straight and setting an age for marriage.

    She also sees no problem in women and men working side by side, as long as there’s mutual respect and laws that indict harassment.

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    Have You Seen The Daughter of The King of Saudi Arabia?

    11 sentenced to death in retrial over Egypt football riot

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Sunday handed down death sentences to 11 people charged with involvement in Egypt’s worst football tragedy more than three years ago.

    The Criminal Court, holding its proceedings at the Police Academy on the outskirts of Cairo, referred the sentences to the country’s chief Islamic authority, the Grand Mufti, to approve or reject them — a routine legal procedure related to death sentences.

    The final verdict has been set for May 30.

    The court said it will also sentence 62 other defendants in the same case on May 30.

    None of the defendants’ families were allowed to attend Sunday’s court session for security reasons, legal sources said.

    The high-profile case is related to the death of 74 people in a riot at a stadium in the coastal city of Port Saeed in February 2012 following a match between the home team Al Masry and Egypt’s top club side Al Ahly.

    The defendants include nine police officers and three officials from Al Masry club, while the rest are fans of Al Masry club.

    Two of those sentenced to death are on the run.

    The incident prompted Egyptian authorities to scrap the domestic competition, the Premier League, for that season.

    The 2012 clashes in the Port Saeed stadium sparked days of violent protests in Cairo that led to the death of 16 more people in confrontations with security forces.

    A year later, dozens of people were killed again in the city during clashes that erupted after the lower court handed down 21 death sentences to accused in the case.

    The Port Saeed riots were the deadliest sports-related riots in Egypt. The authorities reacted by imposing a ban on fans attending club matches and held the games behind closed doors.

    But on February 8, at least 19 people died in a stampede after police fired tear gas at fans trying to force their way into a Cairo stadium for a club match that was open to the public.

    Television footage showed crowds squeezed inside a narrow metal enclosure, jostling to enter the stadium when the stampede erupted as police fired tear gas.

    The police reject the accusations and blame the unrest on Islamists. Sixteen suspects accused of clashing with police on that day have been arrested and referred to trial.

    In March 2013, a court sentenced to death 21 of the defendants, sparking a massive riot in Port Saeed. The other co-defendants were given varying jail sentences.

    Last year, Egypt’s top appeals court ordered a retrial for all the defendants. The retrial began last August.

    Clashes between supporters of rival football teams or incidents involving football fans and security forces are rather common in Egypt.

    Earlier this year, 20 people died in a stampede outside an army stadium near Cairo after police fired tear gas reportedly to prevent die-hard fans from entering without tickets to attend a Premier League match.

    The incident prompted a brief suspension of the competition.

    Egypt’s hard-core football fans, the “ultras”, have often clashed with police, including in political unrest that has seen two presidents toppled since 2011.

    The “ultras” were at the forefront of protests against long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down in early 2011 after an 18-day uprising against his rule.

    That uprising was essentially against the police, who were regularly accused of torturing detainees and of being involved in extra-judicial executions.

    — With inputs from AFP



    11 sentenced to death in retrial over Egypt football riot

    KFC delivers to Dubai beach by helicopter

    Chopper lands to hand out 3,000 sandwiches

    KFC surprised thousands of visitors to Dubai’s Kite Beach on Friday.

    The chicken restaurant astonished members of the public by delivering  using a helicopter, that swooped out of the skies to hand out free KFC sandwiches.

    The KFC stunt saw a giant KFC bucket full of sandwiches suspended from a helicopter flying over Kite Beach and landing at the location.

    An awaiting KFC team distributed the bucket’s 3,000 chicken sandwiches free to people enjoying the facilities at the popular recreation spot.

    The surprise quickly turned to many taking pictures and videos.


    Contraceptive pills ‘shrink’ part of brain influencing emotions - study

    Reuters / Srdjan Zivulovic

    California scientists have discovered contraceptive pills may change the structure of their users’ brains, eventually leading to anxiety and depression.

    The new finding adds to quite an array of previously known side effects, including headaches, mood swings, nausea, blood clots, breast, liver and cervical cancer.

    In particular, the synthetic hormones in the pills shrink two principal regions of the brain, changing their structure and function.

    Also, the same ingredient is believed to suppress natural hormones.

    Neuroscientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, studied the brains of 90 women, 44 of whom took contraceptive pills.

    The researchers found that the lateral orbitofrontal cortex and the posterior cingulate cortex were much thinner in the women who took the Pill.

    The lateral orbitofrontal cortex regulates a person’s emotions and response to rewards, while the posterior cingulate cortex governs the ‘internal state’: inward-aimed thoughts, processing emotions and finding memories.

    Taking the Pill can lead to increased anxiety and depression, and other alarming symptoms such as decreased attraction to their partner.

    “Some women experience negative emotional side effects from taking oral contraceptive pills, although scientific findings have been mixed. So it’s possible that this change in the lateral orbitofrontal cortex may be related to the emotional changes that some women experience when using birth control pills,”Nicole Petersen, the research’s lead author, told the Huffington Post.

    The scientists say they aren’t certain if the effects last after a woman stops taking the contraceptive pills.

    Furthermore, all risks associated with the Pill increase if a woman smokes, has thrombosis, is overweight, diabetic, has high blood pressure, or high cholesterol levels.

    The study was published in the Human Brain Mapping journal.


    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    16 Superfoods To Prevent Ageing

    It’s one of the most common fears in the world: ageing. Many of us fear getting older because of the toll it takes on our bodies. But what if there were things you could do to prevent ageing? There are! Try these foods:

    1. Olive Oil

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    Olive oil is one of the best foods around to stop the ageing process. Simply dip a piece of crusty bread into the the oil, or use it in your cooking to make everything taste better. The healthy fats found in the oil will make your hair, nails, and skin look better on the outside. On the inside, your heart will be healthier, especially if you swap out vegetable oil for olive oil in your cooking.

    2. Yogurt

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    Yogurt usually gets a bad reputation as a food that many people think is good for you, but it actually isn’t. Well, that just isn’t true – if you buy the right kind. Find the yogurts that don’t have as much fat and sugar or look for Greek yogurt, which has tons of protein. The natural bacteria inside yogurt will help keep your digestive track and bladder clear of any toxins. Plus it is super easy to top with some of the other superfoods on this list.

    3. Salmon

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    People who enjoy two or more servings of fish high in omega-3s, like salmon, tend to have better heart health and eat less overall. Instead of chowing down on a burger, consider having a lighter option of baked or broiled salmon with just a hint of parsley. Eating salmon will also keep your brain young and healthy – it has been shown to stop cognitive decline in older adults.

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    Unique 'Kornet-EM' anti-tank missile system designed in Russia

    An exceptional newly designed Russian anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, ‘Kornet-EM’, was shown in Tula on Wednesday. It will take part in the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9. The multi-purpose, long-range missile system is able to tackle current and future combat tanks.



    Unique 'Kornet-EM' anti-tank missile system designed in Russia

    Gas explosion fireball injures 15 workers & inmates at California gun range

    A firefighter watches the blaze after a gas line exploded near Fresno, California April 17, 2015. (Reuters/Fresno Fire Department)

    A huge gas pipeline line explosion at the Fresno County Sheriff’s gun range, where a construction crew that included jail inmates was using heavy machinery, has injured 15 people, sending a 60 meter tall fireball in the air.

    Authorities are still trying to determine what exactly caused the explosion in the central Californian town, but it is known that a jail inmate work crew has been doing some construction work with heavy machinery at the site. Witnesses said they saw flames shooting up about 200 feet.


    Gas explosion fireball injures 15 workers & inmates at California gun range

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Falcon 9 fails to land after SpaceX launch

    The footage shows the latest botched attempt of the Falcon 9 booster to land on a ship after a SpaceX launch on Wednesday. A successful mission would mean the opportunity to reuse the booster stage of the rocket, which can reduce the costs of space launches. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


    Falcon 9 fails to land after SpaceX launch


    Visual conditions are not what we believe they are. In fact, there’s a truth about visual conditions that has been hidden from you by the eye care industry. Eye care has become a very profitable business and in order to keep being profitable, they need you to keep being a patient.
    At 24 my eyesight started to degrade. I thought it was permanent and genetic. I couldn’t have been more wrong! 
    But let me start from the beginning, because my story is one that you need to read if you are tired of expensive ineffective visual treatments that make you feel hopeless.
    I know that feeling too well. I used to feel that way not so long ago, when I was diagnosed with severe astigmatism. Aside from the horrible headaches, the blurry vision and the scary thought that I may never be able to benefit from clear eyesight again, there was also the problem of driving at night.
    I worked as a taxi driver and this condition meant that I would have to renounce the most profitable shift. I couldn’t afford that. I had two little kids to raise and a mortgage that meant half my salary. I was desperate and I simply couldn’t see a way out. I told myself there must be something I could do to change this.
    So I tried everything in my power to restore my vision. I went to many doctors, I tried experimental treatments and I bought drugs and products to help my vision. Nothing ever worked. I felt like I was sinking in a pit of desperation and there was no one that could offer me a hand. I was living a nightmare, one that was blurry, with hidden faces in the dark that waited patiently as I sank deeper and deeper into my pit of desperation.
    That was until I discovered the truth about my condition.
    I thought it was permanent and geneticI couldn’t have been more wrong!
    In fact, it was learnt and temporary!
    I read about this in an program called “Restore My Vision”. After I read it, everything made so much sense. Nearly all visual conditions are actually learnt traits and not genetic issues. This is the key to everything! Because if something is learnt, that means it is reversible.
    You are not born with it; it is not part of who you are and so it can be changed. Glasses and contacts are actually worsening your condition, making you dependent on them.
    I believe that anyone who suffers from a visual condition should have access to the information that saved my life.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Giant Venezuelan flag unfurled in symbolic stance against US

    A giant Venezuelan flag about 1200 meters long and 10 meters wide was unfurled in the center of Caracas on Monday. Made with fabric scraps collected from all states throughout the country, the flag was made as part of a symbolic stance against the United States executive order that deems Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat.” Under the slogan “One flag, one heart,” the unraveling took place on the 13th anniversary of the defeat of a military coup which intended to overthrow late President Hugo Chavez. The flag was made collectively by artists, popular music singers and activists from across all 24 Venezuelan states.


    Giant Venezuelan flag unfurled in symbolic stance against US

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    20 Things Children with Autism Want to Tell You


    Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder (ICD 10, DSM-IV) that occurs on a spectrum and thankfully is no longer considered a psychosis. Persons diagnosed with ASD are commonly accepted as presenting with a triad of impairment. These impairments usually include; 1) social skills deficits which mean that forming friendships is a frequent difficulty, 2) language and communication difficulties which often mean that the person will have trouble understanding and retaining information provided in the verbal format and will struggle with subtleties of language such as sarcasm or inuendo, and 3) difficulties with flexible thinking which often means that a person with ASD has difficulty taking different perspectives, empathy, and any sudden changes to routines. Persons with ASD will often find comfort in repetitive routines which others cannot understand or may find unusual. Persons with ASD also regularly have difficulties with motor coordination and may have difficulties processing incoming sensory information. This list of difficulties is by no means exhaustive. There are many other daily struggles for a person presenting anywhere on the Autistic spectrum. But whether you are into brain training for children, are a parent or a teacher of a child with ASD, or are a certified Applied Behavior Analyst, here is a list of things that I think a child with Autism wants you to know.

    1. We struggle to make friends

    This doesn’t mean that we don’t want to have friends, but we have varying degrees of success depending on how we seek people out. In Lorna Wing’s classic book, The Autistic Spectrum, she identifies four types of social interaction impairments faced by persons with the condition. These included the aloof type (who often behave as though other people simply don’t exist), the passive type (who accept social approaches but do not initiate them), the active-but-odd type (this group will often actively seek out social contact but often will do so in a peculiar, one-sided fashion, or can go on about their own interests only without realizing that others may not share those interests), and, finally, the overly formal or stilted type (who try very hard to behave well and rigidly adhere to all rules and conventions). So, whichever category your autistic person falls into, struggling socially tends to be part of their condition.

    2. We struggle to communicate, but this does not mean we are not trying to be heard

    In 1943, when Leo Kanner first started talking about ‘early infantile autism’, this was one of the things that he reported. A person with autism may or may not have difficulty with their grammar or vocabulary, but most of them will struggle in the manner in which they use language. Many children with autism never learn to speak. However, many others do learn to speak and can speak quite well, but may learn much later than their same-age peers. Please do not confuse a difficulty communicating with not wanting to be heard. A person with Autism may try very hard to have their needs met or their feelings understood, but it can be very difficult to effectively get your point across when your expressive language skills are limited or your manner of communicating is not the same as those around you.

    3. We have difficulties understanding the spoken words of other people

    People with autism have extremely varied abilities to understand language. Lorna Wing reports that most do have some understanding, but this often does not include things like jokes or the finer nuances of language. Many take a literal interpretation of language that can make things like sarcasm and analogy quite confusing. However, many persons with autism, with practice, can make great gains in these areas, even though it may not ever come as naturally to them as it does their to their peers. We also have trouble understanding and using non-verbal communication. Sign language may not be enough if our spoken language is not well developed, because we often have equal difficulties understanding facial expressions, body language, and any range of gestures that usually coincide with the spoken word.

    4. We sometimes use a different intonation than other people

    In fact, sometimes we use a different accent from our families and communities completely. Sometimes our voices sound robotic or mechanical. This is not atypical for someone with autism, even though it might sound unusual to other people.

    5. Imagination and pretend games are not fun for us

    We like repetition and routine, not spontaneity and surprises. So, what seems like great fun for a person without Autism may actually be very upsetting for someone on the Autistic spectrum.

    6. We love simple, repetitive activities, but we may graduate to more elaborate, repetitive routines as we get older

    In 1973, Kanner described how some autistic children would invent routines for themselves such as tapping on a chair before sitting down or standing up and sitting down three times before eating a meal. He went on to describe how other children might require each member of the family to always sit in the exact same place at the dinner table or insist that a morning walk should always take exactly the same route. This is all part-and-parcel of how persons with ASD find comfort in sameness and are fearful of changes, but it can seem quite unusual to an outsider looking in. In fact, sometimes in our need for sameness, we might cling to an object that others simply cannot see the value of. Indeed, some of these objects may become our most preferred items.

    7. Many of us like Thomas the Tank Engine

    Some experts have speculated that this is because of the mechanical and repetitive characteristics of the characters in the show, but nobody really knows exactly why there is such a draw to Thomas the Tank Engine. Of course, there are many other shows and television characters that people with autism enjoy, but they often tend to be programs where there is a significant amount of repetition by the actors in a certain sequence.

    8. We often engage in stereotyped movements

    In plain English, this means that we might do things like repetitively flick our fingers, flap our arms and hands, jump up and down, roll our heads around, or rock while standing up. It is not known why autistic people perform stereotyped movements, but there seems to be an escalation of these movements when the person is excited or when they are trying to seek sensory input. Typically-developing babies and toddlers will engage in a lot of these movements too, but with increasing age and self control, many of these physical behaviors cease or greatly decrease. However, they may not cease in people with ASD. In fact, a person with ASD can become very distressed if forced to suppress these movements. If you want to help a person with ASD when they are in distress, please be aware that they may need this type of sensory stimulation, and indeed it might be very calming for them to engage in it.

    9. Some of us can be very clumsy, and we might have unusual gaits and posture

    When Dr. Hans Asperger originally described the syndrome as he saw it in 1944, he noted that many of these children had underdeveloped motor coordination skills, handwriting, and time management. This is still true today, but not every person with ASD has awkward or underdeveloped fine or gross motor skills. Indeed, there are many persons, particularly those that are on the higher-functioning end of the Autistic spectrum, that can be very skilled athletes.

    10. We have great difficulty imitating other people’s facial expressions, and yet we often imitate other people’s actions or echo their words

    The technical terms for these behaviors are echopraxia and echolalia (Wing, 1996). It is often seen as paradoxical that it is so common for an autistic person to echo another person’s words and actions in what seems to be a meaningless fashion, when it is so essential to social development to meaningfully imitate things like two-way conversations, facial expressions, and eye contact.

    11. We may ignore or seem not to hear loud noises, yet we might be extremely sensitive to sounds that other people barely notice

    This is another paradox of the autistic spectrum. It was first noted by Itard in 1801 in Victor, The Wild Boy of Aveyron. Itard noted that Victor never responded at all to the loudest of noises like the explosion of firearms, yet never failed to respond to the sound of a walnut being cracked open or any other “eatable” which he enjoyed. Other children with autism can become extremely distressed by certain sounds and noises, but this will often fade with increased age.

    12. We can have seemingly contradictory responses to visual stimuli

    For example, we may be fascinated by bright lights, but very distressed by flash photography. We also may not always look at a whole item or person, preferring instead to focus on an outline of a person or what others might consider some arbitrary physical features of an object (e.g., the leg of a chair rather than the whole chair). It has been suggested that the autistic child may make more use of the peripheral part of the retina which focuses on outline and movement, rather than central vision, for details. This part of the retina is mainly used by others in near-dark conditions. It is interesting to note that many autistic children can find their way perfectly well in the dark and may not always turn a light on. This, too, tends to fade with age.

    13. Certain textures, tastes, and smells that are barely noticeable to others can be very offensive and distressing to us

    While we might not be able to handle certain fabrics of clothing, we might not notice when something is too hot or too cold. We may not even notice if we have been badly hurt or injured. This seems unusual to non-ASD people, but it is seen regularly in someone with ASD. It seems that, like with all of our other senses, we just don’t seem to interpret incoming stimuli the same way that other people do.

    14. Many of us prefer the same narrow range of foods again and again

    This may be related to our need for uniformity, but some have speculated that we don’t always recognize the sensation of hunger. However, many of us drink liquids excessively and our thirst cannot seem to be quenched. One piece of good news here is that when we are engaged in other activities, we can forget about this sometimes constant thirst.

    15. Many of us have high levels of anxiety and fear, but this is not necessarily because we are autistic

    Much of this anxiety and fear comes simply from the fact that a situation has arisen that we do not understand or did not expect. If you were in our shoes, you might be scared too.

    16. Learning difficulties are common for those presenting with ASD

    That being said, about 10% of autistic children have very strong skill sets, even compared with typically-developing, same-age peers. This can sometimes come about because we practice a task in such a repetitive manner that we can become much more skilled than others. We also tend to obsess about small details in our special area that other people may not take the time to notice. This can really be to our advantage in developing a specialized skill set and can set us apart in a very positive way.

    17. We don’t always act the way you think we should

    In fact, very often, because we struggle with language and communication, we might do things that other people think are downright strange. We might think nothing of stroking the hair of a stranger on the bus or taking off our clothes for a dip in a neighbor’s swimming pool. We might also say things that will make others very uncomfortable, like commenting on your friend’s weight gain or the bus driver’s bald patch. Furthermore, it is difficult for an autistic person to tell a lie. We describe the world as we see it, without sugar-coating or rose-colored glasses.

    18. The most capable of us may go on to lead completely normal lives, and many of us might marry and even have children of our own

    However, for those with more significant impairments in intellectual functioning and social skills, we may need lifelong care.

    19. Whatever our age and intellectual ability, we can improve our skills

    We can make progress beyond what anyone has ever thought possible through the understanding and application of the science of human behavior. Behavior analysts have published hundreds of research papers in the area of autism. For this reason, Applied Behavior Analysis is regarded as the only scientifically validated treatment for autism. Click here to see more on how ABA can be used in the treatment of autism. Click herefor conferences and training for educators, parents and clinicians interested in using behavioral technologies for effective change.

    20. Finally, and for the last time, the MMR vaccine does not cause autism!

    There is no debate in the scientific community about this. Read Chapter 16 in Bad Science by Dr. Ben Goldacre if you don’t believe me. Check out theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 report if you don’t believe Dr. Goldacre. If you still remain unconvinced, you should note that the only scientist who ever published a paper suggesting that the MMR vaccine caused Autism was stripped of the right to practice medicine in the UK as a result of the paper he published being deemed fraudulent. The journal that published that paper, The Lancetretracted the paper in part in 2004 and in full in 2010

    13 Amazing Reasons Why Couples Who Travel Together Stay Together


    According to a survey of 1,000 couples about understand how important traveling affected their relationship positively, almost two thirds (63%) of the respondents claimed that traveling has helped them stay together. The truth is not so far-fetched, when you travel together, there are sudden and exciting elements that fire your relationship.

    1. A common goal and purpose

    They share a common goal and purpose to see the world together. The anticipation and yearning of unraveling destinations, committing themselves to an endless adventure somehow bonds such couples and offers them a reason to always want to be together.

    2. Understanding and adjusting to their limitations

    Traveling is revealing, not only to the outer world but also to each other. They discover their strengths and weaknesses and find out how to complement each on these roles as they keep on uncovering paths and destinations.

    3.They have better communication

    According to a survey it was found out that couples who travel together agree better and have fewer disagreements than couples who don’t travel together. Traveling makes them more understanding and patient for each other.

    4.They have a better sexual relationship

    According to a survey, couples who travel together have a better sexual relationship than couples who don’t travel together. Traveling together cuts the work and stress into half, enough to spark romance and affection. According to the survey more than three quarters of those who traveled admitted that they have a good sex life.

    5. Experiencing something new together

    The indelible treasure engraved in your hearts and minds when experiencing something together can be everlasting. What is new sort of creates a memory that will be forever unique to their relationships.

    6. It reveals who they are to each other

    Since you are together most of the time, there is a little space for keeping ugly secrets. There are no facades and you have to appreciate your partner the way he or she is. Whether he snores, has his underarm hair un-shaved or has her legs un-shaved, traveling reveals a bunch of ugly truths. And with this there is little or nothing to hide.

    7.Their sense of humor is built together

    You can’t travel together without turning up some humor here and there. There are times when things just go horribly wrong and you have to laugh over it. It could be the horrible food you just bought on the street corner, having your hotel room mixed up or losing a map… something goes wrong and it is enough to have something to laugh at and sustain your happiness along the way.

    8. They live the romance

    It goes beyond what you watch on cinema screens or read in any book, as a traveling couple you live the romance out of spontaneity and a state of mind that you could be led anywhere and something could sparkle another moment of beauty. It is never about the money but the experience that traveling together could bring. This is why 86% of respondents in a survey of traveling couples said that their relationship still had romance alive in it, compared to 73% of respondents who never traveled together.

    9. They live in the moment

    While other couples who don’t travel together worry about the future, and build their relationship with doubts, couples who traveled together were not worried about what was going to happen next because they were consumed and captured by the intensity of the wonderful moments experienced with each other. Traveling together didn’t give them the opportunity to over-analyze their situation and be critical on several subjects but made them appreciate the present moment.

    10. They have become best friends

    Since they have only each other to turn to and fewer disruptions by external bodies or persons they were able to give themselves their all to become better friends. They would stick with each other through challenges and differences to provide each other with the companion they need.

    11. They are educated together

    Traveling offers an opportunity for learning. And how do you feel with people who you learn a subject with? The learning experience bonds them together and offers them the opportunity to revel in knowledge as they open their minds and hearts to the world before them.

    12. They are more forgiving

    Traveling together offers room for mistakes to be made and flaws to be revealed. However there are challenges all along the way and couples who travel together understand the need for forgiving each other quickly and moving on.

    13. They experience freedom together

    Couples who have traveled together in the past relish the freedom and independence traveling provides. With such understanding they can find comfort in respecting each other’s solitude, privacy and sense of presence. This provides another healthy angle to the progress of their relationship.
    Traveling together excites and offers you amazing reasons to always be together.

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Iran deploys ‘real Iron Dome’ missile defense system

    An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable) (AFP Photo / Ebrahim Norouzi)

    ran says it has activated its own “real Iron Dome” missile defense system, which makes the airspace above the Islamic Republic the safest in the Middle East.

    “Today Iran’s Air Defense System has provided our country with an Iron Dome in its real sense and Iran’s airspace is the safest in the region,” said Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard, vice speaker of Iran’s parliament, as quoted by local Fars news agency.

    Aboutorabifard dubbed the system the “real Iron Dome,” in reference to the joint US-Israeli Iron Dome missile shield which protects the Jewish state from missiles fired by Hamas fighters.

    The vice speaker stressed that Iran’s air defense system has “the highest deterrence power in the region.”

    He also spoke of an unnamed US military official who, according to Aboutorabifard, acknowledged Tehran’s high defensive abilities, saying that Iran has harnessed the US military’s capabilities in the Middle East region.

    Iran first announced plans to create a mid-range and long-range national missile defense system back in August.

    READ MORE: Iran to unveil new defense system similar to Iron Dome – military commander

    The lieutenant commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia air defense base, Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard, said that the country’s anti-missile system is fully prepared to deal with any foreign threat.

    “Iran’s Air Defense and missile capabilities are progressing in proportion with the possible threats,”Sabahifard said.

    However, Tehran has so far provided no footage that would prove the effectiveness of the air defense system.

    Iranian "Saeqeh" (Thunder) fighter jets (AFP Photo)

    Iranian “Saeqeh” (Thunder) fighter jets (AFP Photo)

    The revelation of the “real Iron Dome” was preceded by claims of several other ambitious achievements by Iranian military scientists.

    On Sunday, Fars reported that the country has developed “the world’s first missile evading drone.”

    According to its creator, the UAV “can escape thermal and air-to-air missiles and no missile can approach the drone any closer than 250 meters.”

    The next day, an Iranian military commander reported the successful testing of three suicide drones, which “were a type of cruise missiles and have been fully manufactured by Iranian experts.”

    And, on Wednesday, Iranian Air Force spokesman General Hossein Chitforoush announced that the Islamic Republic has begun a large-scale mass production of the homemade Saeqeh fighter.


    Iran deploys ‘real Iron Dome’ missile defense system

    Here’s The Real Reason Why Photos Of Bin Laden’s Body Haven’t Been Released

    Osama Bin Laden

    There are a lot of puzzled expressions on people’s faces when it comes to the subject of the late Osama Bin Laden and why the White House has not authorized the release of any pictures of the body.

    Photographs and video were released of Saddam Hussein’s hanging, as well as post-mortem pictures of his criminal sons, Uday and Qusay, after Delta Force took them out.  Why not release a few pictures of Public Enemy #1 to prove that he is dead and show the world what happens when you take on the US of A?

    Matt Bissonnette, one of the SEAL Team Six operators on the raid, partially outs the reason in his book, No Easy Day.  The book reads, “In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless” (No Easy Day, Chapter 15).

    But this is perhaps the most measured and polite description that one could give of how operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body, two confidential sources within the community have told us. When all was said and done, UBL had over a hundred bullets in him, by the most conservative estimate.

    But was it illegal?  Under the Laws of Land Warfare, a soldier is fully authorized to put a few insurance rounds into his target after he goes down.  Provided the enemy is not surrendering, it is morally, legally, and ethically appropriate to shoot the body a few times to ensure that he is really dead and no longer a threat.  However, what happened on the Bin Laden raid is beyond excessive.  The level of excess shown was not about making sure that Bin Laden was no longer a threat.  The excess was pure self-indulgence.

    You may not care if Bin Laden got some extra holes punched in him, few of us do, but what should concern you is a trend within certain special operations units to engage in this type of self-indulgent, and ultimately criminal, behavior.  Gone unchecked, these actions get worse over time.

    The real issue is not that Bin Laden was turned into Swiss cheese, but rather that this type of behavior has become a Standard Operating Procedure in this unit. Of course, these attitudes and behaviors do not come out of nowhere.  Endless back-to-back combat deployments, PTSD, broken families, and war itself all plays into it.

    Now you know the real reason why the Obama administration has not released pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse.  To do so would show the world a body filled with a ridiculous number of gunshot wounds.  The picture itself would likely cause an international scandal, and investigations would be conducted which could uncover other operations, activities which many will do anything to keep buried.


    Here’s The Real Reason Why Photos Of Bin Laden’s Body Haven’t Been Released