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    Why Every Toilet Should Have A Bidet

    January 22nd, 2018

    Despite the fact that there are a variety of benefits that come with using one, bidets are generally an unheard of accessory in America. Naturally, people don’t have much of an inclination to discuss how they do what they do in the bathroom, and more so when it comes to researching alternatives or improvements.

    Luckily, bidets have slowly been rising in popularity thanks to a bit of marketing and the general push towards a clean and healthy lifestyle. The general consensus is that bidets are great, and most owners often express how they feel dirty not using one. However, skepticism would naturally exist around new concepts like these, so here are a few reasons why every toilet in your house should have a bidet.

    Caring For The Environment

    Around 54 million trees are cut down in the US annually to be turned into toilet paper. That turns into around three million tons of waste. The manufacturing process that goes with creating toilet paper is also quite wasteful, using 3.7 gallons of water per American per day to produce. Don’t forget the fuel and subsequent pollution that comes with transporting toilet paper to stores where even more resources are used.

    Using a bidet will result in you consuming much less toilet paper, allowing you to do your part in saving the environment, while also saving yourself money in the long run. No more clogged toilets and storage space taken up by toilet paper rolls.

    It’s Better For You

    Dry toilet paper is naturally quite rough and can leave rashes, along with permanent damage to your skin. Certain conditions that occur in your nether regions can make using toilet paper a painful process. But with bidets, there is no pain at all. If anything, the stream of water (which is adjustable) provides a soothing effect.

    Bidets are also a lot better at cleaning up and removing residue that would otherwise linger after using toilet paper. Many offer additional features such as a seat warmer and an air dryer. Seat warmers will make freezing winters a little less painful while an air dryer will further eliminate the need to use any toilet paper.

    Everyone Else Uses It

    If you’re still not convinced, here are some stats: In Venezuela and its neighbouring countries, up to 90% of toilets have bidets. They have slowly becoming popular in Europe and the Middle East as well. In Japan, around 60% of homes feature bidets. Why the US has been so slow to adopt the technology is a mystery, but it’s never too late to try. If you’re wondering whether your toilet can support one – most do – check out theplumbinginfo.com for some useful information.

    Conclusion

    It should be clear by now that the benefits outweigh the (usually low) cost. With a bidet, you can go from looking at using the toilet as a chore to enjoying it and making it a soothing and satisfying experience. You can also rest easy at night knowing that you’ve played your part in saving the environment and cutting down your monthly costs.

     

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    Price of Diesel on the Increase

    January 10th, 2018

    While many parts of the U.S. are still thawing out after record-setting low temperatures and snowfall in areas that haven’t seen snow in years, if not decades, it looks as though the transportation industry will have another issue to contend with, and that is rising diesel prices. The first week of January marked the largest weekly gain since the beginning of November, and could actually show a trend for where diesel is heading, at least in the first few weeks of 2018.

    Drivers Were Hit with a Rather Substantial Price Increase

    For those heading to the pump right now, there was a real shock to see the rise of seven cents per gallon of diesel. Right now, the current price is sitting around $2.973 per gallon, and as mentioned this was the largest weekly gain since back on November 6, when the price rose by 6.3 cents per gallon.

    The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) states that this increase can partly be blamed on the cold weather that engulfed so many parts of the country at the end of December and heading into the New Year.

    What makes this gain even more significant is that it was the second straight weekly gain, which took place at the end of December and heading into January. As far as the WTI Crude price, it currently sits at $60.37 at the time of publication.

    The Increases Have Been Steady for Two Years Now

    While this latest increase may have you feeling the pinch, if you look back at what the prices have done over a longer period of time, diesel prices actually starting increasing back in January 2016. The prices also vary according to what area of the country you are in, with some of the highest prices historically being in the region of California.

    The weather is certainly a contributing factor in the price increase, but there have been other factors as well. Throughout 2017, there was a rise in the price of diesel, not just in the U.S. but in a number of places around the world. At the same time, there was a decrease in diesel production, which causes the price to go up. As consumption continues to climb, look for the prices to reflect the same trend, according to the Energy Department.

    Take Steps to Help Conserve Your Fuel

    So, for those looking to find a little relief, you may want to take some extra steps and measures that will help you to conserve diesel. These include keeping your truck well-maintained and in proper running condition, make sure you are planning routes in the best possible way so as not to travel further than needed, keep your tires at the correct air pressure, and consider adding a surcharge on shipments.

    If you’re looking to make modifications to your truck itself in hopes of bettering your diesel consumption, then you’ll want to check out blacksmokemedia.com, which covers all things truck related.

    Watching and Waiting

    For now, it appears that truckers can only watch and wait to see if these prices continue to trend upwards.

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    How You Can Take Advantage of the Boom in Employment

    January 9th, 2018

    With the start of the New Year, experts are already throwing out all kinds of economic forecasts, including just what will happen with the job market. By all accounts it’s looking like 2018 could shape up to be a very healthy time in terms of the country’s gross domestic product output and the unemployment rate. All signs are pointing at 2018 being the year when looking for a job is ideal.

    Of course, with that said, there are some tips and tricks that you can use that will help to boost your odds of finding that new job or career. Let’s take a closer look.

    Familiarize Yourself with Online Job Boards

    It’s been said that when searching for a job, it’s all about who you know, and while that may have been true in the past, today the job search has taken on a new approach. It’s all about technology and living in the digital age, which means you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the many online job boards out there.

    Part of what makes these job boards so effective is that they allow you to focus on particular industries, or plug in search criteria. The jobapplicationworld.com website is a perfect example as it provides information about jobs in the delivery service, pharmacy, restaurant, retail, and service industries. The site provides you with step-by-step job application guides and official printable forms, making the process quick and easy.

    Increase Your Skills

    Another tip for 2018 is to amp up the amount of skills and knowledge you have. This could mean taking part in an internship, volunteering, or even taking some educational courses. This is a great way to get on-the-job experience that can then be added to your resumé. If you find that you are getting turned down for jobs because you don’t have enough experience, this can help remedy the problem.

    Insert Yourself in the Industry

    If you’ve got your eye on a particular industry but haven’t yet found a job, there is no reason you can’t go ahead and engage in that industry. This could mean attending seminars and open events that allow you to gain more knowledge and insight, all while networking. The more you put yourself out there, the greater the odds you will have of making a name for yourself and landing a job.

    Be Proactive in Your Approach

    One of the biggest mistakes you can make when looking for a new job is to sit back and wait for that “perfect opportunity” to come up. Instead you want to be proactive about the search, and don’t be afraid to try new things. Even if it doesn’t seem like the “perfect” job, as long as it offers you experience that can help you land that perfect job, it is likely still worth considering.

    Be Part of the Boom

    These tips and advice will help you to be part of the boom that is being predicted for 2018.

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    Three Ways Netflix is Quietly Changing the World

    January 9th, 2018

     

     

    Netflix is one of the biggest brands in media today, and has an ongoing program of expansion into new territories, as well as developing its own programming (and now, with the new Will Smith movie Bright, also high budget movies). It is easy to forget how this brand came into being – as an online service that sent DVDs out in the mail to its subscribers, way back in 2000 when both the DVD format, and mainstream internet were still finding their feet.

    As the name suggests, movies were what Netflix originally dealt in, and it was perhaps the shift from this to TB ‘box sets’ just as much as advancing from a mail based service to streaming that made Netflix what it is today. At its inception, Netflix’s biggest rival was Blockbuster, who went out of business in 2013 after hanging on perhaps a little too long after the physical DVD rental market died. Now, its rivals are effectively its imitators, in the form of Amazon Prime and Hulu.

    Netflix, and companies like it, are changing the way both the media industry itself and consumers operate. It has happened subtly, but Netflix has in a few ways changed the world:

     

    • Binge Watching

     

    You have probably noticed that the brand itself has become part of the modern lexicon – the word ‘Netflix’ itself having become shorthand for chilling out and binge watching a TV show, much as the word ‘Google’ became shorthand for ‘looking it up on the internet’.

    Netflix was smart in terms of knowing how their customers use their product. The value for money Netflix offers comes from using it a lot, rather than logging in once a week to see the new episode of a series you are following. Netflix release their TV programs – both their own productions and shows bought from networks like CBS and FOX – as complete series. Netflix users can wolf down an entire season of a newly released Netflix original the day it is released if they want to, and marathoning one’s way through a series is no longer considered something you do when you’re sick, but a normal way to enjoy TV. Looking at Netflix guides to discover new possible gems to get addicted to has become an international pastime.

     

    • A New TV Production Giant

     

    Back in 2000, it would have been strange to imagine movie stars appearing in TV shows at all, let alone ones made by the company that rents out DVDs via the mail.

    Times have changed in the media industry too, with TV shows now seen not as lesser than movies, but perhaps even as more prestigious for actors, if it is a series with a lot of cachet. When Netflix first started making their own shows, people were impressed by their ability to secure not only the cult hit franchise Arrested Development, but also its all-star cast, which included people like Michael Cera and Liza Minelli. Now, Netflix makes a huge array of shows featuring the likes of Drew Barrymore in lead roles, and managed to attract Will Smith for their first movie.

     

    • ‘I Don’t Own a Television’

     

    Not owning a television in the early 2000’s was a pretty bold lifestyle statement. These days, however, a lot of people don’t – and yet that doesn’t mean they have decided not to watch. Netflix has made it the norm to watch on computers, tablets and mobile devices, although the option is always there to stream it to a TV, for example through a games console, and watch ‘the old-fashioned way’. When people want to save, often things like cable TV are the first to go, as cheap Netflix can easily fill its place for entertainment.

    While Netflix may have the feel of a new company, it is almost two decades old, and it seems like its biggest impacts on media and its consumers may still be unfolding.

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    Escalating Tension between the US & North Korea – What History Can Teach Us

    January 5th, 2018

    For several years now, the tension between the United States and North Korea has been growing because that geographically small Asian country now has nuclear capabilities. They have repeatedly threatened to launch against the Western World, the United States in particular, largely due to the Korean Conflict of the last century.

    If North Korea has a vendetta against anyone in particular, it would be the U.S. and it continues to escalate because of our involvement with South Korea, and our pledge to keep them safe against their would-be oppressors to the north. At this point, perhaps it would be wise to look at the history of wars in recent years to see if there is anything we can learn from both victories and defeats.

    Is Military Strength Enough?

    Looking back at history, WW2 as just one example, we can learn that military strength is often not enough. Great Britain had much to lose because the Axis were invading Europe rapidly and even though they were lacking in military strength, they continued to keep Germany and Italy at bay. They had European countries helping in the effort, but the greatest strength, albeit weaker than the Axis, was the UK. It is wise to keep in mind that the United States only entered the war towards the very end and the combined power of the Allies was enough, then, to tip the balance.

    The point here is that Germany had better technology at the time and greater manpower, so how did the Allies hold off for so long? This is one question to be asked, but the answer is quite obvious. They had more to lose than Germany had to win! The sheer strength of will and determination kept them going until the U.S. joined the efforts and Russia switched sides due to Germany attacking their southern border. Consequently, it can be argued that military strength alone cannot win a war. If you could ask the best generals of WW2 their take on this, they’d agree. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will there’s a way.

    The Greatest Losses Bring the Ultimate Victory

    There is something else which political strategists need to keep in mind when determining how to handle the growing tensions between the United States and the now nuclear North Korea. Many people don’t know that the Allies suffered the greatest loss of human life yet still won the war! If North Korea were to launch a nuclear warhead towards the East Coast of the United States, where it is predicted to go, the loss of life would be cataclysmic if it couldn’t be intercepted in time.

    That being said, they would ultimately lose because our arsenal of nukes along with those of other nations with vested interests in avoiding WW3 would totally annihilate that tiny Asian country. But at what price? What would the cost of human life be? What would the ecological ramifications be if just one nuke was launched? Perhaps the best outcome would be to show strength but continue talks. If you close the channels of communication, the outcome could truly be catastrophic. It is a whole new hi-tech society in which we live but the basis for all that we should do and continue to focus on is human life.

    Have we learned from history? War solves nothing other than to prove who is stronger. But just like WW2, the strongest may suffer the greatest losses. Is it worth it in the end? That’s a question we hope we never have to answer again.

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    4 Unique Spiders You’ve Probably Not Heard Of

    January 5th, 2018

    Spiders are a creature with eight legs that are a member of the arachnid family. Biologists estimate that there are at least 35,000 different species of spiders in the world. Though many of them are venomous, only some of them can actually harm humans. For the most part, spiders are a useful creature, and there are many beautiful and strange varieties. Here are four of those unique creatures.

    Argyroneta Aquatica

    The Argyroneta Aquatica is also called the water spider or the diving bell spider. It is native to Europe and Asia, and is the world’s only completely aquatic spider. It lives in the water and, to make sure that it has oxygen, it builds a little bubble for itself out of silk. It then fills this with air, and as it fills with air, the bubble becomes more bell shaped. The spider moves along in its bubble, getting more air as it needs it and eating water creatures.

    High Rise Flying Spiders

    The high rise flying spiders are an interesting phenomenon seen in Chicago. Every year, these spiders migrate through the area, meaning that there are flying spiders in Chicago once a year. They are attracted to the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Centre, and seem to also be drawn to bright lights. Scientists have stated that these flying spiders can get as high as ninety-five stories up in the air. Fancy hotels, like the Hilton in Chicago, warned guests that during the spiders’ migration, they should keep their windows closed. This then keeps the spiders out of the hotel and off the guests. Despite the inconvenience, the spiders help Chicago avoid a fly problem later in the year.

    Spiny Orb Weaver

    Shiny Orb Weavers, also called horned spiders, are named because of the horns that they have on their bodies. This is a genus of spider that has at least 70 different types in it. They look rather terrifying, but they are actually harmless. Found all over the world, they have spines all over their bodies in addition to their horns, which is supposed to discourage predators from eating them. These spiders also add little flags to their webs. This makes the webs visible to little birds, who can then avoid the webs. This keeps the webs from being destroyed.

    Wheel Spider

    The wheel spider is also known as the Cartwheeling spider, the Golden Wheel spider, or the Carparachne aureoflava. It is native to South America, and got its name from the rather unique defense mechanism that it uses. The wheel spider escapes from predators by turning cartwheels, and can move at a speed of one meter per second. It is also not harmful to humans, though can be a little unsettling to observe.

    The term arachnophobia refers to the irrational fear of spiders and is a common fear. However, these four spiders are just some of the examples of this wonderful creature that is worth catching and setting free. Some spiders can be very dangerous to humans, so if you are moving into a new area, be sure that you know which spiders to avoid.

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    The Responsibilities of Blogging

    December 21st, 2017

     

    As you might have noticed, this blog isn’t being posted to very regularly. And posting regularly is one of the key pieces of advice given to those who want to blog well. So why have I not been posting? In a nutshell… Life. Contrary to popular opinion, bloggers do have them, usually they check the text here. In my own case, I am a single mother with a small child. I am a university student. I am renovating a house to sell and trying to orchestrate a move. I am in the process of setting up a charity. I have real life friends and family who require some of my time. I get sick. I get tired. And so on and so on…

    This blog was an unrealised dream for quite a while before I started it, and I started it when I did, not because it was the perfect time for me, but because I was fortunate enough to receive the domain name and hosting as a prize from All For Women, for which I am extremely grateful. But it is still to a certain extent an unrealised dream, because I have expectations of myself as a blogger, of which posting regularly is only one.

    This raises an interesting question about blogging, for me at least. When I don’t meet my own expectations as as a blogger, I feel as though I haven’t met my responsibilities.

    Why is this so?

    Many personal bloggers start by blogging “only” for themselves but once readers come into the picture, the dynamic changes. It took me a long time to get that first reader but as soon as I did, I realised that this art form is not like most others. It is not only interactive: It is social.

    And it brings with it, I think, social obligations.

    That is one of the reasons why, in my very small blogroll, I list the Reader Appreciation Project. They are all about meeting those obligations: Doing those simple things like replying, like saying thank you. I have a lot of respect for their blogging philosophy and the writers, and other bloggers like them, are what makes being part of the blogosphere so rewarding.

    The blogosphere is about giving.

    Other art forms are about giving too, of course. If art is a form of expression, it is also a way of sharing; sharing ideas and emotions and ways of perceiving the world. And sharing in this way elicits a response. Few mediums have the ability to appreciate the response directly the way that blogging does. And actor can take a bow to acknowledge the audience’s applause. A blogger has many more options available. But one thing which perhaps doesn’t get discussed so frequently, is that other kinds of artists show their appreciation by performing well.

    Obviously, this is a complicated form of appreciation, because it is also it’s own reward and the art is practised for the love of it. But it does generate a responsibility to perform as well, and especially so in blogging where the audience involvement is so immediate.

    Other bloggers, with a different character than mine, might use different language to express this idea, or might strike a different balance between the satisfaction of private creation and the joy of communicating, but I do feel it as an obligation, as a responsibility I took on when I decided to communicate this way.

    So I’m wondering, do you? Or are you able to draw a defining line between blogging just for the love of it and the audience who rewards you?

     

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    Three Reasons Greater Transparency is the Key to Success

    December 13th, 2017

     

    Transparency should be the norm across the world, for every industry. There simply isn’t a place for closed doors policies in the age of the Internet. Not only can this lead to problems, it can also allow outdated practices to fester. Policies that you might not think twice about could be ruining or stunting your company’s growth. If you aren’t careful, these policies could come to light and hurt your public image.

    Transparency doesn’t just include with the public, either. Being transparent with your employees and amongst teams can also bolster your company’s efficiency and allow everyone to work towards a better goal. You don’t want to feel the backlash of the Internet when something comes to light that doesn’t adhere to today’s standards, like an unequal pay-gap. Not only can this occur, but it can also come up because of your own mistakes. There are so many avenues of communication that it can be easy to let something slip.

    Being transparent is not only how you can improve your company, it is how you can:

     

    • Rectify Misconceptions

     

    If your company has a black mark on it, but that black mark occurred years if not decades ago, being transparent can help erase that. This is especially true if you make overnight changes (with planning, of course). It is also how you can ensure that credible news agencies don’t cause a negative backlash from the company. For instance, after one of the largest purchases of an American company, consumers and news agencies have every right to ask, “Who owns Smithfield Foods?”, and to be provided the answer. Being transparent about positions, names, and responsibilities will help alleviate concerns that a once-American company has been completely taken over.  

     

    • It Allows People to Trust You

     

    Being transparent is the only way to get people to trust you. It allows more informed customers to believe in your company and your values, yes, but more importantly it allows the news media to trust you and for business partners to trust you. If you have no skeletons in your closet, then they can’t be used against you.

     

    • You Won’t Associated with Bad Industry Tactics

     

    Similarly, if you are transparent, then your company won’t be dragged into the mud when another company in your industry is outed. In fact, you can use that opportunity as a chance to gain great press, new customers, and even new business relations. You can do this because people who were associated with said company and the customers who are now aghast at their policies will be looking for someone to fill the gap. If you not only compete in terms of quality, but are also the champion of good practices, you can come out a winner.

    Being transparent is the way to go, because it is the only way to ensure that your company is doing the best it can. It can be the added value that gives you a larger market share, simply because people want a company they can trust and believe in.

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    Eight signs which show that you need a job change

    December 8th, 2017

     

    Aren’t you finding peace in your job? Are you really stressed about your work? Do you have this feeling that you do not fit in your job? If yes, then it might be the time to move on. In this context, “move on,” actually means to move out of your job – just quit. If you are unsure whether you really want to leave your job or not, here are some other instances which will tell “you are all set to move on!”

     

    • You do not feel like going to office: Monday morning blues are normal. But when every morning you are up for office and your enthusiasm level is low, you know that you should look for your next job. Things might seem miserable to you. It is like ‘you do not want to go to office,’ but there is no other better option.
    • You are constantly in search of better opportunity: When you are constantly exploring jobs on websites like The Job explorer, it certainly means that you are looking for some new opportunities, and the current role does not interest you any more.
    • You do not find compatibility with your boss and office mates: You have been constantly facing issues with your boss and subordinates, lately. Sometimes they are not fixable to you and sometimes, you are not fixable to them.
    • Your office work is affecting your personal life: Your office work has negatively affected your personal life and physical health. There is no me-time left for you. You are working overnight and taking a lot of stress. You are not able to hang out with your family and friends. You are trapped in office work 24/7.
    • Your performance is sinking: You are not the great performer as you used to be. Your performance graph is going down. Now, you do not feel like performing the same old task again and again, anymore. This tells that you need a break and you need a new job.
    • You are not able to utilize your skills fully: In the present job, you feel trapped as you are not able to utilize your skills to the fullest. You feel like you are not getting the right opportunities to showcase your skills and strengths. Work routine of your office lacks adventure and it is highly monotonous.
    • You are missing on work-life balance: In your day, you are spending most of the time working on the laptop, not spending time with family and friends. You are even using your personal time to cater to your office work.
    • The company is about to close: There is no sincerity in staying with a drowning ship. Preserve your life and seek for better opportunity. Also, this sign cannot be ignored at all.

     

    The moment you find any of these signs haunting you, know that it’s time to bid adieu to your current professional role and look for the next best opportunity.  

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    Social Media Marketing Tips for Medical Practices

    December 4th, 2017

    For many doctors and other health professionals, the idea of marketing on social media can be an intimidating prospect. However, with more and more patients turning to the internet for health advice and in their search for the right practitioner for their needs, having an online presence has never been so imperative for medical practices. Social media can be one of the best marketing tools out there, and not just for e-commerce stores. Many medical practices have had great success via engaging with their existing and potential patients on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram. We’ve put together some great social media marketing tips for your medical practice.

    Tip #1. Keep it Up to Date

    One of the biggest mistakes that any business owner can make, regardless of whether they are in the medical field or not, is to fail to keep their social profiles updated with fresh new content. Whether it’s a status updating your patients on the latest in-practice news, infographics to help better explain health conditions, interesting news stories about the CNA salary in CT, or engaging videos helping your followers to better understand their health, aiming to update your social profiles at least once a day is imperative.

    Tip #2. Engage with Followers

    Your social media profiles aren’t just there to help prospective new patients stumble across your practice – you must also use them for providing an excellent standard of service and care. Today, the internet has quickly become one of the preferred methods of contact for many individuals, whether they are making inquiries about the type of food that a restaurant serves, or they need advice on various health symptoms that they are experiencing. As a medical provider, you can expect many questions on your social profiles from individuals who are looking for advice on the best course of action to take regarding their health. Having a team member manning social media, who can engage with them and provide helpful advice, is essential.

    Tip #3. Share Useful Content

    When it comes to social media marketing, sharing useful content that will provide valuable information to your followers can enable you to establish yourself as a leading expert in your field. One of the best methods of incorporating useful content into your social media marketing strategy is to put together a practice blog, where you can share your knowledge to offer your patients tips and advice on staying in good health. Along with that, don’t be afraid to share useful content from other medical websites, blogs, and anything else you are inspired by.

    Tip #4. Provide Essential Information

    Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of social media when it comes to finding new patients. With the option to share crucial information such as contact details, location, and even your opening hours on your social media profiles, making sure that this section is complete and up to date will improve your chances of gaining more patients when you reach out to your target audience.

    Let us know in the comments if these tips were useful.

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    Looking for a New Hairstyle? These 3 Apps Can Help

    November 29th, 2017

    It’s time for a new do and you just don’t know what is trending, and worse yet, what will look good on you. In fact, you don’t want to settle for something that looks good, you want to look great. You want to turn heads. That’s where technology comes to the rescue! Thanks to a number of apps, you can now see exactly how some of those styles, colors, and cuts will look on you. Are you ready to have some fun while choosing your next new do? Let’s look at these three apps that will help you choose what’s right for you.

    1. Hair at Home

    Are you looking to find the right style before visiting a salon or are you looking for a new style you can do yourself? If you are a DIYer when it comes to your beauty needs, Hair at Home is the perfect app. This particular app features a well-known UK hairstylist, Anita McMillan, who will not only walk you through a variety of trending styles but will take you through doing them at home and step-by-step. Check out some of those trending styles on mynewhairstyles.net and then let Anita walk you through them.

    2. InStyle Hairstyle Try-On

    This app requires you to do a little research and thinking. InStyle Hairstyle Try-On lets you choose a celeb with a face contour much like yours and then will superimpose their head onto yours so you can get a pretty fair idea of how that cut or color will look on you. But, you need to be realistic here. Seriously, look in the mirror to find a celeb with a face shaped much like yours. For example, if you have a round or heart-shaped face, you wouldn’t look at all the same as Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, or Meryl Streep. These three are among celebs with iconic long faces but a round face can be just as regal with the right style and color!

    3. Hair Color Booth

    Now, it’s time to choose a new color. Fantasy colors are all the rage but not all fantasy colors are flattering to all people! Do you want a trendy hair color to wear this season? Check out this app that lets you literally choose any color imaginable to see what you might look like in that color or shade. Whether you are looking for a temporary, semi-permanent or permanent color, Hair Color Booth leaves nothing to the imagination. There is one thing to remember though. Your particular hair condition and texture may make a bit of difference in how well your hair will accept a new dye or rinse, so always allow for slight variations in the final color.

    There you have three apps that will allow you to envision what you will look like in that new do. These are much cheaper than sitting in a stylist’s chair for a consultation and much more realistic in the long run. In fact, you can actually play around with the apps until you find the style that’s right for you and then take your mobile phone with you to your appointment. Your stylist will see in living color what you want and before you know it, you’ll be the new you. Once again, in 21st Century living, it’s technology to the rescue.

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    The rise of at-home beauty

    November 29th, 2017

     

    Beauty treatments used to be something people were shy about admitting to having – those who indulged in them wanted everyone to assume that their good looks were natural or that they were younger than they really were. As that stigma faded, going to clinics for cosmetic surgery and beauty treatments became a fad, and as prices dropped, people from all backgrounds started using the services. Now the market is changing again with new technologies making it possible for people to do at home what they would once have paid a professional to do.

    Teeth whitening

    Teeth whitening was once the preserve of specialist dental hygienists. Now there are a number of different at-home options available, including bleaching and abrasive toothpastes, whitening strips and brush-on whiteners for use after meals. They’re much cheaper than traditional dentist-prescribed products and they’re designed for ease of use. The market for these products is now worth $1.4bn annually, with around 39 million Americans thought to have used them in 2017, and the figures continue to grow.

    Hair removal

    Hair removal has been seen as a social necessity for women for longer than tooth whitening, but salon treatments designed to accomplish it have always been one step ahead of at-home options. That’s now changing. Women can now not only body wax at home, but can use abrasive treatments previously available only in spas, and can even undertake at-home electrolysis. Although electrolysis is meant to remove hair permanently it might be seen as having limited commercial potential, so large sections of the home-use market remain untapped and the sale of machines is supplemented by the sale of gels to be used with them.

    Injectables

    Many forms of beauty treatment that once required surgery are now being superseded by non-surgical options as new technologies become available. Among the most popular options for facial sculpting are fillers, and while most of these still need to be administered by a trained professional (after all, you wouldn’t expect to make a first attempt at any other kind of sculpture and get professional quality results), others can be used at home. Lip fillers are the most popular, creating the Kylie Jenner-style pout popular among young people.

    A changing market

    The availability of all these new products and the growing public appetite for them has led to retailers expanding their beauty sections. If you visit www.asseenontvstore.com you’ll find a range of at home beauty products, proving the popularity of such items. Skin care and make up products alone generated almost $1bn in 2016. Attitudes to beauty are changing – young people are no longer satisfied with enhancing what nature gave them but want to undertake more fundamental change.

    If this seems odd to older readers, it’s worth noting that young people don’t have the same attachment to the idea of naturalness. They’re much more focused on keeping up with fashion, and products that enable them to do so in the comfort of their own homes look likely to remain popular for quite some time to come.

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    How To Improve Your Outlook On Your Pregnancy Instantly

    November 28th, 2017

     

    It’s challenging being pregnant, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the ride. All you need is the right mindset and tools to get you feeling better and thinking more clearly. Be kind to yourself and ask family and friends for support when you need it.

    Avoid situations, activities and foods that are going to aggravate you and make you irritable; you and your baby need to be as healthy as possible. Focus on what’s going right, and the positive aspects of your pregnancy. Remember that you’ll have a beautiful baby to show for it, and that being pregnant is a beautiful life experience like no other. See how to improve your outlook on your pregnancy instantly.

    Plan Ahead

    Now’s the perfect time to use your organizational skills and start checking items off of the list. You’re going to be pregnant for ideally nine months, so you may as well consider what’s going to happen once it’s all over, as well as what may happen during. Prioritize the items, so you don’t become overwhelmed by it all. Work on getting the baby’s nursery ready and preparing your home for a new child. Share the news with your boss and notify work that you’ll be taking leave once the baby is born. Schedule appropriate check-ups and screenings.

    Look Forward to the Shower

    Most likely your friends and family will throw a baby shower for you. Use this event as a day to look forward to and get you excited about what the future holds and the fact that you’re going to have the baby of your dreams. This is a momentous and happy occasion, as it’s a fun celebration of your family and baby. You’ll be showered with beautiful gifts, good food and lovely company. This should be a time that allows you to see all of the love and support that’s surrounding you and make you feel special. Being pregnant will start to become more real for you, and the gifts you receive will help you see a blissful future.

    Educate yourself

    There’s no reason to ever be in the dark about what’s going on during your pregnancy. You’ll have lots of questions at important milestones, like when you’re 10 weeks pregnant and the pregnancy is progressing. Hop online and get all of your questions answered in an instant. You’ll feel better and less confused about what to expect. Also, have a list of questions to ask your doctor and talk to other women who’ve been through pregnancy and can offer you support.  

    Budget Accordingly

    Babies are expensive, and there’s no way around it. Your best bet is to create a budget and plan for the expenses. Do this well in advance, so you’re not caught off guard once your newborn arrives. Start saving early and figuring out ways to be smart about your finances as you’re getting used to having a baby around. Accept that you may have to cut back in some areas to make up for the cost of starting a family. Talk to your spouse and come up with a plan together.

    Relax more

    Stopping running yourself ragged and start embracing the fact that you’re supposed to rest more. Use your pregnancy as a chance to slow down and put you and your baby before everyone else. Kick up your feet and have your partner wait on you once in a while. Get proper sleep and work fewer hours at the office if possible. Read a book, or take a hot bath before bed, and stop trying to do it all. This is your time to take care of you and the baby, so you have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Pushing yourself to the limits is only going to put you in danger of possibly facing complications.

    Put Comfort first

    Look at pregnancy as a chance to look cute, but also be comfortable. Put your heels away and get cute shoes you can actually walk in. Find leggings you can wear with any top and throw your hair up into a nice up-do. Go shopping and find clothes that compliment your new figure and make it easy for you to move around. Embrace the maternity style and wear it with confidence. There’s no point in trying to force outfits that do nothing for you anymore and make you uncomfortable. You should also invest in pregnancy pillows, and any other furniture that’ll benefit you. If you’re happy, then baby and everyone else around you is happy too.

    Source:

    http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-life/preparing-for-baby/pregnancy-checklist/

    http://www.madeformums.com/pregnancy/relax-10-ways-to-de-stress-when-youre-pregnant/29807.html

    https://www.pampers.com/en-us/pregnancy/pregnancy-calendar/10-weeks-pregnant

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    The Growing Trend For ‘Glamping’ Vacations and What It Can Tell Us About Our Changing Travel

    November 9th, 2017

     

     

     

    The terms ‘glamping’ and ‘staycation’ have been around in the travel industry for a few years now, and are both concepts that have been growing massively in popularity.

    While a staycation is a period of vacation time spent at or close to home (whether you stay at home or go camping in nearby countryside, for example), doing local activities and visiting local places of interest you may not have seen before, glamping is a style of camping aimed at people who want to go camping but with a little more luxury than on a more rugged camping trip.

     

    • Why Has Glamping Become So Appealing?

     

    A lot of people like the idea of camping, as a way to get out of the city and be in nature and also because it tends to be about the cheapest kind of vacation you can do. However, there are elements of camping that some people don’t like the idea of, such as the basic bathroom facilities, sleeping in cramped conditions, and not having access to things like electricity.

    The idea of glamping addresses these things by creating luxury campsites with catering, electricity, and comfortable, beautifully decorated luxury sleeping spots. If the idea of sharing normal 6 person tents with your whole family for a few days doesn’t sound like something you’d enjoy, and you don’t really want to eat food cooked in a can over a camping stove, glamping is the happy medium between the thriftiness of camping (as it is still generally cheaper than hotel accommodation) and the luxuries of a hotel.

     

    • The Rise in Popularity of Glamping Vacations

     

    A 2017 survey of 1400 people showed that a third of them would like to try glamping as a vacation model – and half wanted to try a locally based camping vacation in general. Glamping businesses have also reported huge increases in bookings in 2017, for instance one luxury campsite in the same report reported an 11% rise in profits in August 2017 compared with August 2016.

     

    • What Does the Rise in Camping, Glamping and Staycations Mean?

     

    What we can surmise from the huge increases in popularity for vacations that don’t involve long distance travel or conventional hotel accommodation is that while people still value their vacation time and want to spend it doing enjoyable things, the shift towards ‘belt tightening’ has caused more and more of us to look for fun in new ways.

    Another hint towards this is the rise of Airbnb. For those who want to go to another city, region or country on vacation, this is now often the first port of call to find somewhere suitable to stay for less than a hotel, despite Airbnb meaning a self-catering stay without hotel amenities like a pool or restaurant.

    Travel trends, like any other trends, do tend to come and go, just as all-inclusive became a big deal in the ’90s and glamping is rising to prominence now. However, all the signs suggest this is a travel trend that has not peaked yet, and one many still want to try!

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    In Defense Of Zoos

    November 1st, 2017

    There are few of us who don’t have fond memories of visiting the zoo as children. After all, what kind of child doesn’t love seeing new and exotic animals? For many of us, zoos were a place of wonder and discovery, places where our childhood selves could learn about and get a first-hand glimpse of animals that we wouldn’t otherwise get an opportunity to encounter.

    It is sad then that for many of us, this image doesn’t last into adulthood when we can’t help but be aware of how unnatural the zoo environment is and how the animals have no choice about their surroundings. A lot of adults, both individually and through groups such as PETA, insist that visiting a zoo is incompatible with being a lover of animals. As a result, many adults end up feeling guilty about indulging their curiosity in these places.

    However, many of us believe that, while there are some very important ethical concerns and debates to be had regarding animal welfare, by working with animal rights groups and other experts we can design zoos that provide a safe and comfortable habitat for animals while educating people about conservation and environmentalism.

    Education

    Educating people, particularly children, about the world around us is always a noble and worthwhile goal. While children will learn about other countries and the different ecosystems around the world as part of their schooling, this is often very abstract. A child can be taught about the existence of poachers and the threat that they pose to lions, tigers, and other such animals, but these lessons are much more effective when the child can actually see a real lion in front of them.

    As well as learning about the different wildlife that exists around the world, zoos are a great way to educate visitors about the ways that people coexist with different animals. For example, the average person only has a basic grasp on the steps and processes involved in conservation initiatives. By teaching people about the kinds of methods that are successfully used in conservation efforts, we can show them how easy it is to contribute to the efforts themselves, even if only in a small way.

    Only Chance to See

    It is a very sad fact of the modern world that animal populations in some areas are being devastated by human activity. Whether animals are hunted directly for meat or other resources, or their habitat is threatened by human activity and climate change, there are a great many species that most people will never see, even in their usual habitat.

    Allowing people to see these animals isn’t just about entertainment. Various studies show that if people, particularly children, see an animal live in front of them, then they will care much more about its plight and will retain information they are given at a much greater rate.

    Breeding

    For more common animals, zoos are sometimes the only places where endangered or shy species can be seen in infancy. For example, echidnas are very shy animals and therefore it is hard to find a baby echidna in the wild.

    By securely housing endangered species and breeding them in captivity, we can ultimately use them to ‘seed’ the development of a colony in their natural habitat.

    When zoos are done badly they can be cruel and depressing places, but when done properly they are places of wonder and discovery that can make a real difference to our conservation efforts as a species.

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    How Do Millennials Get Their News?

    October 31st, 2017

    Despite reports to the contrary, millennials still find keeping up with the latest updates and news very important. In fact, 85% of millennials surveyed by the Media Insight Project still follow current events from various sources. The result of the study may be seen as a counter-argument to the way people consider millennials to blame for the fall of the newspaper industry; this isn’t necessarily true.

    The decline of the newspaper and print industry has mainly been caused by a massive shift in the way people get their news. In the case of millennials, social media is the new hero.

    News from Peers

    It is true that the majority of millennials now get their news from social media platforms, particularly Twitter and Facebook. These two major platforms are considered the most suitable for sharing and reading news, prompting news outlets to be savvier with their use of social media.

    Instead of going to news sites to read the latest headlines, millennials prefer to receive news from their peers. What people within the same social network share matters. Consumption of shared news is high too, with millennials spending an average of 40 to 50 seconds doing a quick pass when they find an interesting headline on their social media streams.

    The 50-second pass can quickly turn into a longer read when the news is interesting and well-written. On the other hand, the same pass can become an instant bounce because of factors such as a bad article structure.

    The Attention Span

    It is believed that millennials have a shorter attention span; 8 seconds, to be exact. News outlets are racing towards optimizing their sites to allow for faster loading and better user experience. While it may be true that the initial attention span is shorter, that isn’t always the case once millennials are exposed to the news.

    This generation is more affected by clickbait and bombastic titles. They turn away very quickly the moment they realize there is a lack of substance in the news they read. At the same time, millennials often rely on titles and short descriptions to capture news quickly, resulting in a lot of misunderstandings due to the excessive use of clickbait by media outlets.

    A Shift to Video

    TheBannerHerald.com recently discovered a sharp increase in video-based news consumption among millennials. The site has been using social media to reach a new audience base and they are now making the shift to video news for this reason.

    A lot of media outlets are doing the same too. Vice regularly publishes short, two-minute videos on Twitter and Facebook to better deliver important topics. CNN and other news channels are making summaries of their reports to better fit the constraints of social media. More importantly, the shift is working.

    The New York Times, on the other hand, relies on immersive user experience and better site technology to attract a younger audience. Their recent big news reports are presented in a more interactive way, and it has been effective in retaining the audience’s attention for longer.

    So, how do millennials get their news? They get them from social media, often from a more diverse set of sources.

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    Will Online Gambling Make the Revolution

    September 27th, 2017

    Times are changing. And they are changing fast! There is new technology coming up everyday and as the old adage says, “move with the times, or face redundancy”. This applies in all industries including the online gambling industry. The online gambling industry has existed for close to two decades. And for it to become, it had to revolutionize from the brick and mortar platforms to the online platform which has seen the market growth to be valued at $50 million.

    But the revolution does not end. People are discovering better ways to get things done. More efficient ways through which people can access services and products, faster ways to get things done, safer ways to go about your business are being created everyday. It is only wise for every player in every industry to adapt or die.

    Revolution in The Online Gambling Industry

    Had someone told you that there would be an online gaming platform in 2017, you would have probably looked at them with an eye of wonder and asked them to get help. But here we are. With a fast-growing online gambling platform that’s only set to get bigger. But for this to happen, the players in this industry had to make decisions that seemed extreme, perhaps?  Since then, the following changes have continued to happen;

    While playing in online casinos is a great experience and quite convenient since you need not go all the way to a brick and mortar casino to indulge, the experience is not quite like being seated in front of your favorite game waiting for the dealer to deal you a fresh pack of cards for your poker, or roll the dice for your roulette. And while this doesn’t sound like a big deal to some people, it is quite important to others. And while the market leaders in gaming software provision sat around soaking in their ‘achievements’, the industry underdogs were busy finding ways to make the online gaming experience more real.

    Evolution game managed to take the gaming industry a step ahead with the live gaming option for the casinos. The industry big boys had to follow suit or risk losing clients. To truly experience the ‘live gaming’ the following factors would have to be taken care of;

        The punter would have to get a genuine feeling that they were sitting right across a live dealer.

        The player must have a sense that they game they were playing is fair and safe.

        The visual quality of the game has to be close to the real feel of someone looking right across another one.

    The number of casinos that offer live gaming is still quite small. This revolution needs to be adapted or punters will move to casinos that truly care about giving near real experiences.

    •     Mobile Gaming

    This is the fastest-growing aspect of the online gambling industry. Currently, 53% of the population that owns a smartphone plays online slot machines on it. It would, therefore, be a miscalculation (and a major one) if the gaming software providers did not work on making the casino accessible via mobile phones. And making a game that is compatible with the various operating systems has the following advantages;

        The accessibility of gambling games through the mobile and other handheld devices would mean that more people would play the casino games because they can access the game for even 10 minutes as they take a break, move from one point or another, or as they relax.

        The cost of creating websites that can be accessed through the mobile phone or apps for the smartphones is low.

        The constant update of the apps would result in a consistent outcome.

        The mobile phone options for the games have a replay feature which is more important than the graphics.

    This is the newest player in the online platform. The introduction of the blockchains is about to change online gambling as we know it. The introduction of cryptocurrencies has seen a paradigm shift in the gambling industry. Cryptocurrencies are great because they have the advantage of maintaining the player’s anonymity, they are safer to work with since they are made and protected using military encryption. Using the cryptocurrency also helps eliminate third parties like banks and money transfer platforms making trading with either Bitcoin and Ethereum simpler and faster. Some casinos have begun accepting payment in Bitcoins as well as the other cryptocurrencies.

    •     Rise of Virtual reality

    Virtual reality is when the digital platform is manipulated to create a virtual world in which players exist. Gaming providers are trying to create virtual realities for their games in order to give their clients a near real experience.

    •     Legalization of Online Gambling

    Online gambling is restricted in many countries across the globe. However, this might change seeing that the industry is raking millions of dollars in revenue. There is no government that would not want to have a slice of this delicious cake. The fact that more people have access to the internet and this statistic will only go higher in the future means that the other governments will have to legalize this trade, in order to be able to properly control it, and earn the revenue.

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    Money Studies: Are they useful in Getting Rich?

    September 1st, 2017

    Money Studies: Are they useful in Getting Rich?

     

    Where is that special secret that will make you rich and wealthy once and for all? This question is often speculated on both in the Internet and the real world. Trainings, books, coachers promising readers that special knowledge are flourishing. Let’s turn to figures and findings related to money so that to know pick the wheat from the chaff, and whether data received can help ordinary folks to cure the financial conditions.

    • A few years ago the Pew Research Center made a study of interdependences between an income level and a religious group. They found out that 44% American Jews earn $100 000 and more per year. One may think that this figure strengthens the perception of the Jews as a rich nation, or increases any jewish dating site traffic. Though, the Pew Research Center has other explanation. It is not brand-new. More than that, it proves the words of our parents who were not tired of emphasizing us in our childhood to study hard. Yes, that is education. They relate high earnings to good education, not to the religion. And now there is one more basis for believing that education is a powerful factor for improving our well-being.

     

    • Getting rich when you have family members and children to take care of is often challenging. And it gets more challenging when money conflicts regularly take place in marriage. Researches of Brigham Young University and Kansas State University decided to explore that issue in-depth. Their findings are really amazing since they showed that that was not the level income that contributed to the marital conflict based on money. That is perception. If a husband thinks his wife spends too much, and a wife whose husband perceives her as a great spender, then these perception of both sides are enough conditions of regular financial conflicts. Note, that the level of income does not play a role; it is a matter of perception. That’s why, if future spouses have not discussed a money matter before marriage, they have a high risk of financial conflicts, and any deep fissure in marriage hardly contributes to getting rich.

     

    • In the hard pursuit of money it seems that once you get rich, you’ll never be unhappy and miserable, that only then you can enjoy life to the fullest. Though, not always money brings positive changes. Being rich may have a negative impact too, particularly, on our behavior. Watch here the brilliant Paul Piff’s talk. The study deserving a special attention was held by Paul in California. It revealed that drivers of expensive cars like to ignore people crossing the road. The more expensive car was, the weaker their intention to follow the rule of stopping before pedestrians was. There are also studies showing that rich people are less prone to charity.  

    That is not the final list of money-related studies. Scientists show their interest (and will keep on doing this) because money is a big part of people’s lives. They help us to understand our nature more, benefit more from their findings and be aware of possible consequences.

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    US Powerball Jackpot Makes Lottery History

    September 1st, 2017

     

    On Wednesday, August 23rd, the entire world was in awe when the $758 million jackpot of the US Powerball was won. While the main attraction was the sheer size of the prize, there were some additional aspects that made this jackpot truly one to remember. In this article, we are going to tell you why the $758 million Powerball prize was so important for the history of the lottery.

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    The $758 Million Powerball Jackpot – The Second Largest Prize in Lottery History

    The US Powerball jackpot of August 23rd, 2017, worth $758 million is currently the second largest jackpot to ever be won in the entire history of the lottery. And while this is impressive enough on its own, let us put it into context for you so that you can take in its true value.

    The US Powerball and the Mega Millions lottery have been competing for the top spot in the American lottery market for quite a few years now. On March 30th, 2012, Mega Millions had a huge jackpot of $656 million, which became the largest lottery prize at the time.

    It took the US Powerball until 2016 to overshadow such a large prize, but when they finally did, it was all that everybody talked about. On January 13th, 2016, the Powerball lottery held the single most important draw of all times. Millions and millions of lottery fans were all in the game to win the legendary $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot.

    After this draw, the Powerball lottery became the best-known lottery in the whole wide world because it was the only one to ever exceed the billion-dollar threshold. It took the record for the largest jackpot from the Mega Millions, which became the runner-up. Since then, lottery players from all over the world have been waiting for history to be repeated because the $1.58 billion jackpot was simply larger than life.

    And in August 2017, it came close to doing exactly that, as the jackpot got larger and larger with every rollover. And on August 23rd, one very lucky player from Massachusetts took home a whopping $758 million. All of sudden, nobody cared that the jackpot did not get to $1 billion because the win as an event in itself.

    It became the second largest jackpot of all times and it moved the Mega Millions $656 million prize to the third spot on the list, which is a very important move for the Powerball lottery. Another record set by the $758 million jackpot was that for the largest lottery prize to ever be won on a single ticket, which makes this one a true jackpot for the books.


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    Mavis Wanczyk – The Biggest Lottery Winner of All Times

    Soon after the event draw of August 23rd, the big US Powerball jackpot winner came forward and the internet cannot get enough of her. Her name is Mavis Wanczyk, she is from Chicopee, Massachusetts and she’s been a healthcare worker for many years now.

    Everybody fell in love with her when she quit her job as soon as she got her jackpot because it was a memorably bold move. Not only is she the biggest winner of all times, but she has already become a household name.

    But how much money did Mavis Wanczyk actually get? First off, she opted for the lump payment on her $758 million jackpot, which amounted to $480 million. Please note that her other option was getting the full $758 million in annual installments. When lottery winners want their prize in a single payment, the amount of the prize is sizably reduced.

    The, Mavis had to pay her taxes to the United States and to the state of Massachusetts. The federal tax for her $480 million was 25%, which left her with $360 million. Then, she had to pay a 5% state tax, which was approximately $24 million, which left her with $336 million in the end.

    While this might not be $758 million, it is still an outrageous amount of money. Mavis Wanczyk’s life changed completely and it was all thanks to that one lucky lottery ticket. She told the press that she had bought five tickets for the big Powerball draw, two of which featured random numbers.

    But the one that actually got her the jackpot was the one featuring numbers related to family birthdays and her lucky number for the Powerball. It remains to be seen what Mavis will spend her millions on, but she is already an internet sensation, so prepare to hear a lot more about the biggest lottery winner of all times!

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    Guyana Goldstrike assists local miners and reported first gold sales from Marudi

    August 13th, 2017

    Guyana Goldstrike Inc. (GYA.V) recorded first sales of 910 ounces of gold at the Marudi gold project, located in Guyana, South America.  

    The gold was mined and recovered by local small-scale alluvial or artisanal miners through a corporate social responsibility program and cooperative agreement established by the company. The artisanal miners have been given company-controlled access, with Guyana Goldstrike oversight, to work the alluvial areas (creeks, edges and new channels) of the property and the alluvial tailings that had been previously mined by previous artisanal miners.

    A stipulation of the agreement is the requirement that the artisanal miners incorporate only those mining practices acceptable to the Environmental Protection Act of Guyana. Owing to their efforts, the company has successfully poured its first Dore gold bars and sold those bars to the Guyana Gold Board.

    Under the terms of the agreement, the artisanal miners pay the company a 10% royalty on all gold mined from the property. In the five months ending March 31, the artisanal miners recovered about 910 oz of gold from mineralized material mined from the property’s alluvial areas and artisanal alluvial tailings. This resulted in 90.9 oz of gold paid to Guyana Goldstrike in royalties.

    History

    Guyana’s history has been inextricably linked to gold for the last 500 years. One of the earliest European explorers, Sir Walter Raleigh, believed Guyana contained the gilded city of El Dorado. Lust for gold drove colonization in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Small-scale miners became an important social force in the interior after significant quantities were found in the 1840s.

    Diamonds were discovered in 1887, but many of the main deposits have been exhausted and extensive prospecting has failed to find large deposits. Guyana was one of the first bauxite (aluminum ore) exporters. One of the major reasons Guyana was forced to undergo structural adjustment was the nationalization of the bauxite industry in the 1970s. The U.S. responded by severely reducing aid, and Guyana defaulted on its foreign debt. The World Bank and the IMF promote large-scale gold mining and extraction industry.

    Mining Characteristics

    Guyana is part of a larger geological structure known as the Guiana Shield, which encompasses French Guiana and Suriname, as well as parts of Venezuela and northern Brazil. Most mining occurs in the mineral-rich interior, covered in dense forests that impede infrastructure and mostly peopled with Amerindians.

    Guyana has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, and most of the interior’s inhabitants depend on the natural environment for subsistence, so contamination is a serious threat to public health and welfare. Proponents of large-scale mining often claim it has fewer negative environmental, social, and cultural impacts than smaller-scale operations, but given the corruption and absence of government oversight and economic alternatives in the interior, large-scale mining threatens to exacerbate the harm smaller-scale operations inflict, by, for example, increasing violent competition over access to mineral deposits. Mining’s social, health, and environmental effects threaten Amerindians’ continued existence.

    The company sold gold for $1 266.45/oz for a net sale of $106 490, after smelting costs and a 5% royalty paid to the Guyana government. The gold was assayed at 97% purity.

    The Marudi gold project, a permitted mining license comprising about 13 500 ha, is located 230 km from the town of Lethem in southern Guyana. The property has good infrastructure with all-season road access mainly through open savannah.

    The Marudi property contains a historic noncompliant mineral resource estimate of 880 000 oz of gold in the hard rock bedrock. The estimate is derived from two main development sites at Mazoa Hill and Marudi North. There exists strong potential to significantly increase the hard rock ounces through further exploration in the open areas of the development sites.

    The agreement with alluvial miners allows the company to generate sales from areas that generally fall outside the company’s primary exploration targets or mineralized areas of interest.

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