Who Turned The Freaking Lights Out Again?

Can anyone tell me where the On/Off switch is? I am standing in complete darkness and I can’t seem to find the switch. I’m not sure how I got here but it sure would be nice to find the switch to illuminate this joint again. Does this sound familiar?

How is this possible? I would like to think that once the lights are on THEY ARE ON. But NOOOOOO, the crazy, crazy, crazy part is this that I truly do not know how the switch is turned on and off. I am aware of the powering up or down of the generator that supplies the juice to my switch. I am able to power it up with my spiritual practices, acts of kindness, spreading love etc. or power it down by allowing too much stress or negativity into my space. But I have not found the actual switch. The absolutely amazing part is that the generator can never ever lose its source of power. I know that I am always plugged in, that my source is just a flip of the switch away. Even cooler (dating myself) is that even if you are not aware of, neglect or deny this source you can never ever disconnect. Oh, we humans go to great lengths to try to disconnect from the source of our magnificence and perfection. Through our words and actions we may jump on it, pour toxic waste on it, we might go as far as taking a sledge hammer or chain saw to that connection and we may do this for years on end. But nothing and I mean NOTHING can disconnect us from our divine connection to the source of all power and light. So where the hell is the switch?

My walk through life would feel a lot lighter if I always was in a place of pure illumination. You know, that nummy energy of personal power, cloaked in the inner knowing of perfection. What I call the beautiful cobblestone path of expansion and creativity. I just love walking barefoot along that path feeling grounded and connected, which leads me to the emerald green mossy path of healing and illumination. AHHHHHH Lights Are On, all is well.

It is my experience that I need some darkness to appreciate the light. It almost seems to amplify the pristine beauty of the illuminating force. One day I might be whining and fear filled about what is, what isn’t, what should be or what hasn’t been, you know just plain old feeling dark and gloomy. Then it happens! The lights go back on. Kind of like when the power goes out in a storm. You never know when the power will return but it always does.

My final question today is who flips the switch? An angel, a guide, God, my mom (may she rest in peace) or maybe my higher self. I’m not sure, if I figure it out I will let you in on the secret, for now I remain in gratitude that someone or something knows where the switch is and that our Source will never leave us.

Standing in the pristine light of my knowing,

Job Interview Questions – Open-Ended Vs Close Ended

There are two types of questions you can ask a candidate during an interview, open-ended questions and closed-ended questions. But which type of questions is better? Below is a list of the positives and negatives of each.

Open-Ended Questions

Definition: An open-ended question gives candidates the ability to state their response and elaborate on it.

Examples: “Tell me about your past work experience.” “What are you looking to gain from your next position?” “Why do you want to work for our company?”

Positive Side of Having Open-Ended Job Interview Questions

  • Gives candidate the ability to expand on their knowledge
  • Gives candidate the freedom to expand on their strengths
  • Allows employer to test candidate’s ability to articulate their previous work experience
  • Gives candidate ability to elaborate on past job experiences
  • Allows employer to test candidate’s motivation level
  • Allows employer to test candidate’s communication skills
  • Allows employer to test candidate’s ability to problem solve
  • Allows employer to get a feel for candidate’s potential
  • Allows employer to determine if candidate is a cultural fit
  • Allows employer to determine candidate’s level of interest
  • Allows employer to look for noticeable concerns

Negative Side of Having Open-Ended Job Interview Questions

  • Miscommunication between employer and candidate
  • Candidate may take up a significant amount of time in answering a question
  • Depending upon schedule, employer may run out of time and will be unable to ask the remaining job interview questions
  • Candidate may answer the questions based upon what they thing the employer wants to hear instead of how they really feel

Close-Ended Questions

Definition: A close-ended question limits candidates to choosing a particular, solid answer.

Examples: “How many years of experience do you have as a team leader?” “What was your GPA?” “Have you ever worked from home?”

Positive Side of Having Close-Ended Job Interview Questions

  • Allows employer to receive a direct response from the candidate
  • Gives employer control of the question and response
  • Allows employer to uncover specific information from and about the candidate
  • Gives employer full control of the direction of the interview

Negative Side of Having Close-Ended Job Interview Questions

  • Does not allow candidate to elaborate on their feelings or preferences towards topic
  • Limits candidate from being able to demonstrate their abilities
  • Leaves certain situations unanswered or unclear
  • Frustrates candidates in not being able to explain or state relevant data

Brain Controlled Wheelchair

It may appear to be a fair tale to know that researchers in Toyota, Japan have successfully created a Brain Machine Interface, BMI, for controlling the movement of a wheelchair. First time when someone sees this onlooker is awe-stuck. It may look like a magic. It is one of the most impressive inventions of this century. It can respond to the wishes of the person processing the user's commands at great speeds.

Brain waves are analyzed just in a wink of 125 milliseconds. These signals are processed using the signal processing technology and commands are sent to the prime mover, which moves the wheelchair smoothly in forward or backward motion. It is a remarkable feat.

A laptop that is fixed to the wheelchair displays the feedback about what the system is going to do. This alerts the user with instant information letting the user know whether the commands are understood. As this predicts the onward motion, it is easy for the user to focus his attention to the next move so as to process the consecutive impulses.

Five sensors measure the activity in the brain using electroencephalography data and is capable of achieving close to eighty cent percent accuracy, it is claimed. Neverheless, the accuracy is subordinated to the learning of the system to the impulses of the user's thinking pattern, which is gained over a period.

Researchers are expanding the usefulness and capabilities of this system continuing the research in interpreting the brain activity and impulse. It is held that the wheelchair could be used to help patients who have very limited movement options to operate the same in many rehabilitation centers. When they perfect this system this is going to revolutionize the rehabilitation process of acutely ill patients.

How India Is Cashing In On The American Consumer

In 2018, it is estimated that there will be an estimation of 283 million social network users in India.

If you compare this with the number of online users, and senders and receivers of email communication, you can see there is a lot of catching up to do.

According to a Livemint (stat) the number of Internet users in India could cross 450 million by June 2017: says report. A recent IAMAI-IMRB report says Urban India has close to 60% Internet penetration, reflecting a level of saturation, but there are a potential 750 million users in Rural India, that number is simply staggering;

According to: Thetoptens website – The “Top 10” Countries With the Most Intelligent People Are… India is Number One. Simply said, the people of India are very smart indeed!

Quick history: “India was the first discoverer of” the laws of algebra, geometry, calculus, the binary number system. India is home to the first people to successfully carry out cataract surgery, and plastic surgery. India is the highest paid ethnic group in the United States and among the smartest employees (and employers) in the booming information technology industry.

  • Even 38% of doctors and 12% scientists in the US are Indians.

Other notable discoveries include: The Button, Prefabricated House, Chess, The Ruler, Shampoo, Cotton Cultivation, Fibonacci Numbers, Diamond Mining, Flush Toilets, Ink, Steel & Metal Works, Fiber Optics, and more..

OK, “So How is India penetrating the US Consumer Marketplace?”

To understand how India is approaching the US marketplace, for marketing purposes, let’s first let’s look at big data consumer databases from India. The Simplicity of email now allows for instant communication to a vast amount of consumer and business users in India; with big data companies like OfficialEmailMarketing they are one company to offer a 360 million (36 Crore) India consumer database of emails ID’s that includes over 400k Indians Mobile Numbers.

Where else can you get such an active audience? Social media takes time and knowledge is the argument, and might just be true, but email communication is instant.

India business owners are starting to understand that the wealthiest most active consumer marketplace is the United States. This is something that only big Indian businesses have capitalized on for many years.

With the globalization of communication small business now have the power to communicate to the masses.

“Be where the world is going.”

– Beth Comstock

Is true! Email is one of the most cost effective and safest ways to generate sales for your business, almost immediately. Most first-time marketers achieve success within just the first few days and ongoing email campaigns will only build bigger and more relevant.

If your looking to penetrate the US consumer marketplace you can easily get started small, and grow from your success: (recommended). With email marketing India can advertise their products and services into the US consumer marketplace and rapidly build product and brand awareness.

“Consumer email accounts in particular will continue to grow steadily: According to the Radicati group internet stats: The current internet user has 1.9 email accounts per user and this is statistic is growing.”

  • Many users typically have a primary and a secondary email account.

Email is no doubt one of the best platforms for direct communication to your potential clients. Companies that require leads and the ongoing consistent generation of leads, use email marketing the most. Email marketing is a proven funnel for the generation of leads and is commonly used by mostly all Fortune 1000 Companies, Big Data, Startups, Inventors, Marketers, Online Business, and even political campaigns.

Here are some common Q&A for first time email campaigners or newsletter marketers.

Will I get called out for spamming? Not if you use a reputable email marketing company that will allow you to upload your purchased email lists, or even lists that you might have been collecting for some time.

In many cases a marketer will upload an email lists they have been collecting for months or even years and clients don’t remember you. For these reasons it’s imperative to use a compliant email marketing platform that can alleviate these concerns.

“Being an entrepreneur is a tough job. You are the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Plumbing Officer.”

– Arjun Jagannathan

Do I need to download software on my computer and use my email address? No. With today’s email marketing management applications the software is web-based and you use the provided IP addresses, and domain addresses, for the sending and delivery. Nothing is sent from your computer, IPs, domains name, or internet connection. This is done to specialize the delivery process and give you your best results.

Email campaigns can be cumbersome and in some cases require special skills, or staff to accommodate the ongoing campaign duties.

This is why many companies tend to outsource email marketing campaigns and lead generation by using a full service company that can send, manage lists, better write your copy, and much more. The chances for success can increase.

According to OfficialEmailMarketing, Over 70% of marketer today agree email marketing is core to their business operation, and what’s even more interesting is that most marketers claim that an email is a critical tool for ongoing sales and new client acquisition. Another 20% of online marketers say their businesses “primary revenue source” is directly linked to email operations and this number is growing.

Making A Mexican Food Recipe With Sausage

Pork is one type of meat that is often used in Mexican cooking and especially to make a variety of delicious sausages. Spicier than the Spanish versions, Mexican sausages are used in recipes for creating appetizers, breakfast dishes, soups, stews, and tacos. Experiment with the type and amount of seasonings and spices used when you make your own version of Mexican sausage depending on the dish you are cooking.

Chorizo

Chorizo is a Mexican style of hot, crumbly sausage often served with scrambled eggs tucked inside of flour tortillas and eaten for a filling breakfast. Chorizo includes spicy flavors such as chili powder, coriander, cumin, garlic, and Mexican oregano. Sometimes chorizo is even spiked with a few shots of tequila for an extra, hot flavor.

Chorizo Verde

Rather popular in Toluca, chorizo verde is made with a mixture of fresh herbs and seasonings along with plenty of green chili peppers. The chilies give the sausage its green color hence the name verde.

Longaniza

Longaniza is a long, thin type of sausage similar in flavor to chorizo. The recipe for making longaniza varies in some regions of Mexico as different spices may be used. For example, in the Yucatan area, the sausage is always made with achiote before smoking.

Moronga

Moronga, or blood sausage, is considered to be a delicacy to some south of the border and is made from fresh pig’s blood. Some of the herbs and spices used for making moronga include cilantro, garlic, mint, onions, and chili peppers. Moronga is often served with chili verde or other sauces and eaten in tacos.

Salchichon

Salchichon is native to Spain and this cured sausage resembles hard salami. Salchichon is served in a variety of ways including wrapped in bacon inside of a hot dog bun, along with cheese, or as an appetizer.

Mexican Sausage (Chorizo) Recipe

What You Need

  • 6 ounces guajillos chilies
  • 2/3 cup vinegar
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

How to Make It

Clean the chilies, remove the seeds and stems then cut in half lengthwise. Place the chilies in a small bowl, cover with hot water and let sit for 30 minutes.

Discard the water and put the chilies in a blender or food processor with the vinegar and the peeled garlic cloves and then puree until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, add the ground pork, oregano, paprika, salt, black and red peppers, coriander, cumin, and allspice and mix well together. Add the pureed chili mixture to the pork and mix well.

Shape the pork into patties and fry in a skillet or frying pan for about 10 to 12 minutes until they are no longer pink inside.

Serve your chorizo for breakfast with your favorite type of eggs.

Serves 4 to 6 depending on the size of the patties.

Fast Food and Traditional Food

The term “cooking” includes a wide range of methods, tools and combination of ingredients to create the flavor and digestibility of food. Cooking technique, known as culinary art, generally requires the selection, measurement and combining of ingredients in a controlled procedure in an effort to achieve the desired result. Constraints on success include the variability of ingredients, ambient conditions, tools, and the skill of the individual cooking. The diversity of cooking worldwide is a reflection of many nutritional, artistic, agricultural, economic, cultural and religious considerations that impact upon it. Cooking requires applying heat to a food which usually chemically transforms it and changing its flavor, texture, appearance, and nutritional properties. There is archaeological evidence that the primitive human being used to cook their food with fire that was the most important thing discovered by the primitive human being. Cooking food and cuisine culture vary from country to country and from one culture to another and each cuisine has its specific particularity. Nowadays, because of the modern life that changes everything around us and influence our life style and eating habits, people are less preparing their own food. Eating habits tend to unify people from different society. The food production and the process of eating obtain new characteristics. Food available around us seems to be very different from the one that we used to eat.

Eating habits and modern life

Everything is running in high speed, people do not have time for cooking, don`t has the desire and patience to stay longer in the kitchen, and they don`t have the willing to prepare their own food. Old generation still prefer to cook their own food unlike young people who prefer to eat fast food because they don’t want to spend long time cooking and the desire for the cooking. The modern life shapes our eating habits and makes us like slave following its speed. It`s not hard to find fast food restaurant they are everywhere and every corner. Fast food consumption cause damages to the social and economic life of the country and leads to many health problems such as obesity and heart diseases according to many studies. Also, many nutrition experts from different countries have already declared the epidemic character of fast food. The rapid process of globalization and modern life influence our eating’s habits and gives opportunity to fast food restaurants to grow and flourish. Fast food seems to become very common everywhere, though some positive aspect of the fast food in easy to prepare, available in many places, and it is a substantial meal. But in other hand, we can estimate that its negative aspects are more important and bigger. I think it is easy to understand that fast food is one of phenomenon that is going to be accepted by people. We are going to see the process of disappearance of the traditional culture with the development of fast food restaurants in all countries all over the world.

How to fight fast food addiction

The best example of the fast food success to change the modern life is the invasion of the world’s food market by the giant fast food company such as McDonald, KFC and others. According to McDonald`s web site, McDonald has about 29.000 restaurants in 120 countries all over the world, and serves nearly 54 million customers each day. As well as it indicates the fact of such changing in eating preferences and even in the way of life itself. There is no doubt that right now fast food changes the face of many nations and eating habits around the world. To sum up, unfortunately, it is hard to prevent these global changes that traditional food is going to be replaced by new foods that common for all people in all countries all over the world. But the good news is that, recently there are some people and some movements which try to contrast the process of modern life and ask people to go back to their traditional food. To solve this problem we need restaurants that offers traditional food, and able to attract large amount of faithful customers. Also parents must teach their children how to prepare and cook the traditional food. Many People figure out that traditional food is much better for our health, so they want to preserve and keep the cooking tradition from evaporating. There is enormous hope of people to preserve their food preparation customs and tradition. The major obstacles are the modern life style. Some people might say that it is difficult to preserve our traditional food because it takes a long time to prepare and people today can not spend a long time in cooking. Other people, especially older people might say that, it is unfortunate to destroy culture and tradition. Those people might be right.

Conclusion

In these days, people have more health problems that are related with the new eating habits and fast food consumption. Despite some advantages of fast food the harm caused by fast food does not outweigh its benefit. I think that people should consider the negative fact of fast food consumption and the benefits of preparing their own food at home. It`s unfair that the traditional food which arrive to us from generation to generation we are going to replace it with junk food that will harm us more than benefit us. It`s unfortunate to lose the cooking tradition and eating homemade food prepared by our mothers together around the table. I am sure that all of us must think over this problem and try to find the appropriate solution to save our cultures, our traditional foods, and more importantly our health. So we should take action immediately to preserve traditional food and encourage people to prepare their own dishes, so they can stay healthy and live longer. Even though fast food is cheap, convenient, yummy and available in every corner in our cities, but that does not mean that our health is cheaper than the fast food that we eat.

Setting Up Your PC For Dual-Monitors – It's Easier Than You Think

The traditional view of a "PC"

If you ask just about anyone what their idea of ​​a "PC system" is they will probably list a tower, a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor. While it is true that these are the essential elements of using a personal computer, it is becoming more and more popular to use an alternative setup.

Sometimes two is better than one

It is becoming increasingly more common to see people using two towers with one keyboard, video and monitor. This is accomplished through the use of a KVM switch – as you probably already guessed, KVM standard for keyboard-video-mouse. This is great for people who need more computing power than they can get with one machine. A good example of this would be in a graphic design environment where you are consuming a high percentage of your available RAM and CPU power to run heavy editing applications.

Sometimes you need more room to be productive

For some people computing power is not a huge issue, but they could use more desktop space: enter the dual-screen setup. This allows you to have two monitors that essentially share your desktop. You can drag items from one monitor to another and if you have a long window you want to view, you can sprawl it out across both monitors. This is great when you need to use another screen as a reference or you want a static window that you can always check (with stock symbols, sales figures, etc.).

It's not that hard to do

A lot of people see dual-screen setups and they think that it's hard to do – it's really not. First of all you need a dual-monitor video card. Do not try to use two single-port video cards – you will probably have IRQ conflicts that will keep you from using both at the same time – special software is bundled with all dual-port video cards that allows both ports to peacefully co-exist .

DVI vs. VGA

For some reason most dual-port video cards have one VGA port and one DVI port. I am not saying that dual-port VGA or dual-port DVI cards do not exist, but I have never seen one. This can be kind of a pain because you might have two VGA monitors or two DVI monitors. Do not worry – there is a solution. You can easily find a DVI-to-VGA adapter or a VGA-to-DVI adapter from just about anyone who sells you a video card. Be aware that if you have two DVI monitors that your DVI signal will be downgraded to analog, but the quality loss is almost unnoticable unless you have a huge monitor. Also, using a VGA-to-DVI adapter will not upscale your signal to a digital signal – it will pass an analog signal through the DVI port.

You will need to install included software

Regardless of where you buy the card from there will be some software that you will have to install to get your new setup to work. As I mentioned earlier, this will resolve any IRQ conflicts that would otherwise align and give you some cool options for your desktop such as specifying which monitor should be the right-side of the desktop and which should be the left.

Be sure to uninstall your old card first

Whether you choose to use an AGP video card or PCI, you should definitely remove your existing video card first (and disable any software related to the old monitor). This will remove the possibility of a driver conflict and make you and the computer much happier in the long-run.

Luxurious Hotels in Columbus

Columbus is located in Ohio, one of the largest cities named after the famous Christopher Columbus. This city owns the Ohio State University, the largest in the US. It has concluded in one of the magazines to be the rising "global city," being the 8th best city to live in. The residents are called Columbusites.

The increasing population of tourists and residents brought rise to many hotels in the vicinity. Listed here are some of the commendable accommodations.

Doubletree Guest Suites Columbus
Doubletree Guest Suites is an all-suite hotel conveniently located in the downtown of Columbus. It overlooks the beautiful Scioto River. It is also a 15-minute drive from the Port Columbus International Airport, accessible to Huntington Bank Center, Riffe State Office Tower through paved paths, and many other local landmarks and business offices.

It is very ideal to those people traveling on business. The hotel caters on short and extended stays, having comfortable meeting rooms and banquet spaces for business and other social gatherings. It also provides services for business like photocopying, facsimile machines and audiovisual equipment. Guests are warmly welcomed upon checking in. The staff gives out chocolate chip cookies as their trademark.

This hotel features plenty of recreational activities for guests. Some famous local attractions to visit are the Columbus Art Museum, Blue Jackets Hockey, Clippers Stadium, Convention Center, Crew Soccer Stadium, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio State Fairgrounds, and the Nationwide Arena.

Doubletree features homely and comfortable double-room suites. Guests can also choose the penthouse bi-level suites for the ultimate downtown experience, providing the lovely views of the river. All of their guestrooms are spacious and are complete with amenities that can guarantee a memorable stay, either short or a long one in Columbus.

Complimentary bottled water, coffee / tea maker, and complimentary bottled water are available in the comfort of a room with coffee / tea maker and free Wi-Fi. The hotel takes pride of its friendly and courteous staff. They also offer laundry and valet service. They have venues for special occasions like a business center and comfortable meeting rooms. The hotel also provides wireless Internet connection. It is a pet-friendly hotel, and is wheelchair accessible.

You can dine in the Caucus Room Restaurant inside. It serves delectable American dishes everyday. Guests can also request for a room service.

Lofts Hotel and Suites
This luxurious hotel offers distinct and unique features. It is designed in a clean and contemporary style, contrasting yet blending to the strong and majestic features of the building. It elucidates a sense of rich history and beauty.

It is located near many local tourist attractions. Worth seeing are the Arena District, The Arena Grand Theater, Short North, Columbus Art Scene, German Village, Ohio State Football and Athletics, and the Memorial Golf Tournament.

Lofts Hotel features large rooms with floor to ceiling windows with amenities such as high-speed Internet access, garden tub toilets (for booking), Frette linens, concierge service, Frette terry robes, Aveda products that are all-natural, coffee service (in -room gourmet), two-line telephone, and fitness facilities.

Meeting rooms are spacious for movement and can be designed according to one's preferences. Loft's Hotel's staff are ready to assist to make any event a big success. This hotel also caters to wedding planners. Help them to assist is their sister's property, The Crowne Plaza in planning with their professional staff.

The hotel offers several packages. The Andy Warhol Exhibit Package for Two features films, paintings, videos, drawings, and other arts for exhibit. The Knock-out Boxing Wellness Package is inclusive of an overnight accommodation in one of the splendid rooms. The hotel offers a free DVD "Rocky" movie, boxing workouts, Swedish massage after the boxing workout.

The Soho Package covers overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, champagne, chocolates, rose petals and valet parking. The Boulevard Getaway includes overnight accommodations, champagne and chocolates, Cameron Mitchell Gift certificate worth $ 50, rose petal turndown, breakfast for two, and valet parking.

Other popular packages here are the 5th Avenue Package, Chocolate Lovers Package, Do the District Getaway, Hockey Getaway, Art-A-Go-Go, and Zoo-A-Go-Go.

Top 20 Rod Stewart Hits

He was born Roderick Stewart in London, England, in 1945. His first musical influences, while growing up, were Al Jolson, Little Richard and Bill Haley. Rod got his first guitar in 1959 and by 1960 he had joined a skiffle band called The Kool Kats.

Rod dropped out of school at the age of fifteen and, despite his father's desire for Rod to play football, Rod's desire for a musical career outweighed his father's ambitions for him to be a sports legend. While trying to get his musical career off the ground, Rod worked as a newspaper delivery boy, fence erector and a grave digger.

Rod worked as a folksinger, in Europe, in the early 1960's by playing and singing in numerous bands, including lead singer, in 1962, of The Ray Davies Quartet, later known as The Kinks. When Rod returned to London, he became heavily affected by the R & B sounds of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.

Rod was discovered by Long John Baldry (who also discovered Elton John). Baldry hooked Rod up with The Hoochie Coochie Men and later he was with Steampacket and then Shotgun Express.

In 1967, Rod joined the Jeff Beck group, where he stayed until 1969, when he and Ron Wood joined the group Faces. That collaboration remained until 1975. During that time Rod signed a solo recording contract with Mercury Records, where he had his first Top 40 hit with "Maggie May" in 1971.

On the charts, Rod has had 34 Billboard Top 40 hits. Four of those went to number one. Here's a look at Rod Stewart's twenty biggest hits, according to Billboard's Weekly Top 40 charts.

1. Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright) – 1976 – after not having a top 40 hit in 4 years, Rod returned with the biggest record of 1976, taking it to the top of the charts for eight weeks.

2. Maggie May – 1971 – Rod's first top 40 hit was also his first # 1 hit and was originally released as the B side to "Reason To Believe."

3. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? – 1979 – Rod was criticized for releasing this disco-oriented single and abandoning his R & B roots. His defense was that other rock artists were leaving similar material, including Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones.

4. All For Love – 1993 – from the 1993 film "The Three Musketeers", Rod shares the spotlight on this single with Bryan Adams and Sting.

5. Downtown Train – 1990 – Originally recorded by Tom Waits in 1985, Rod's cover version includes guitar work by Jeff Beck.

6. You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) – 1978 – from the "Footloose And Fancy Free" album, the single includes the lyrics "Celtic, United" which are the names of two of Rod's favorite football teams (Glasgow Celtic And Manchester United.)

7. My Heart Can not Tell You No – 1989 – from the "Out Of Order" album.

8. Passion – 1981 – from the "Foolish Behavior" album.

9. Young Turks – 1981 – also known as "Young Hearts" The video of this song is the first one shown on MTV displaying breakdancing.

10. Rhythm Of My Heart – 1991 – from the "Vagabond Heart" album, "Buggles lead singer, Trevor Horn, produced this single for Rod.

11. Have I Told You Laately – 1993 – written and originally recorded by Van Morrison in 1989 and winning him a Grammy, Rod's live version came from his "Unplugged … And Seated" album.

12. Infatuation – 1984 – from his "Camouflage" album and going to # 6 on the weekly charts.

13. Love Touch – 1986 – from the film "Legal Eagles" starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Darryl Hannah, this single was featured on Rod's "Every Beat Of My Heart" album.

14. The Motown Song – 1991 – also from the "Vagabond Heart" album, this single features backing vocals by The Temptations.

15. Some Guys Have All The Luck – 1984 – originally recorded by The Persuaders in 1973, a country version was recorded by Louise Mandrell in 1985 called, "Some Girls Have All The Luck."

16. This Old Heart Of Mine – 1990 – originally recorded by The Isely Brothers in 1966, Rod first charted in 1976 with this single and then rerecorded it with Ron Isely in 1990.

17. Crazy About Her – 1989 – from the "Out Of Order" album.

18. Forever Young – 1988 – a rewrite of a Bob Dylan song of the same title, Rod shares writing credits with Dylan, after fearing a plagiarism suit. Another version of this song is being used as the opening theme to the NBC TV series, "Parenthood."

19. Lost In You – 1988 – also from the "Out Of Order" album.

20. You Wear It Well – 1972 – from the "Never A Dull Moment" album.

In 2002, Rod released an album of old standards called, "The Great American Songbook." As of 2010, Rod has released five "Great American Songbook" albums garnering him 13 Top 30 singles on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Charts.

Rod has been married three times; First, to actor George Hamilton's ex-wife, Alana, from 1979-1984. In 1990, he married model Rachel Hunter and they divorced in 2006. He is currently married to model Penny Lancaster and is the father of seven children with the eighth due early in 2011.

In 1989, Rod Stewart won Grammy's Living Legends Award. He still enjoys performing and recording. He plays in a senior soccer league and is a model railway enthusiast.

Cyber Crimes And Solutions

We are currently living in Cyber age, where Internet and computers have major impacts on our way of living, social life and the way we conduct businesses.

The usage of information technology has posed great security challenges and ethical questions in front of us. Just as every thing has positives and negatives, usage of information technology is beneficial as well as insecure.

With the growth of the internet, network security has become a major concern. Cyber crimes have emerged rapidly in the last few years and have major consequences. Cyber criminals are doing every thing from stealing money, hacking into others computer, stealing intellectual property, spreading viruses and worms to damage computers connected on the internet and committing frauds.

Stoppage of cyber crimes is a major concern today.

Cyber criminal make use of the vulnerabilities in computer soft wares and networks to their advantage.

Hacking:

Hacking or Cracking is a major cyber crime committed today. Hacker makes use of the weaknesses and loop holes in operating systems to destroy data and steal important information from victim’s computer. Cracking is normally done through the use of a backdoor program installed on your machine. A lot of crackers also try to gain access to resources through the use of password cracking softwares. Hackers can also monitor what u do on your computer and can also import files on your computer. A hacker could install several programs on to your system without your knowledge. Such programs could also be used to steal personal information such as passwords and credit card information. Important data of a company can also be hacked to get the secret information of the future plans of the company.

Cyber-Theft:

Cyber-Theft is the use of computers and communication systems to steal information in electronic format. Hackers crack into the systems of banks and transfer money into their own bank accounts. This is a major concern, as larger amounts of money can be stolen and illegally transferred.

Many newsletters on the internet provide the investors with free advice recommending stocks where they should invest. Sometimes these recommendations are totally bogus and cause loss to the investors. Credit card fraud is also very common.

Most of the companies and banks don’t reveal that they have been the victims of cyber -theft because of the fear of losing customers and share holders. Cyber-theft is the most common and the most reported of all cyber-crimes. Cyber-theft is a popular cyber-crime because it can quickly bring experienced cyber-criminal large cash resulting from very little effort. Furthermore, there is little chance a professional cyber-criminal will be apprehended by law enforcement.

Viruses and worms:

Viruses and worms is a very major threat to normal users and companies. Viruses are computer programs that are designed to damage computers. It is named virus because it spreads from one computer to another like a biological virus. A virus must be attached to some other program or documents through which it enters the computer. A worm usually exploits loop holes in soft wares or the operating system. Trojan horse is dicey. It appears to do one thing but does something else. The system may accept it as one thing. Upon execution, it may release a virus, worm or logic bomb. A logic bomb is an attack triggered by an event, like computer clock reaching a certain date. Chernobyl and Melissa viruses are the recent examples.

Experts estimate that the Mydoom worm infected approximately a quarter-million computers in a single day in January 2004. Back in March 1999, the Melissa virus was so powerful that it forced Microsoft and a number of other very large companies to completely turn off their e-mail systems until the virus could be contained.

Solutions:

An important question arises that how can these crimes be prevented. A number of techniques and solutions have been presented but the problems still exists and are increasing day by day.

Antivirus And Anti spyware Software:

Аntivirus software consists of computer programs that attempt to identify, thwart and eliminate computer viruses and other malicious software. Anti spy wares are used to restrict backdoor program, trojans and other spy wares to be installed on the computer.

Firewalls:

A firewall protects a computer network from unauthorized access. Network firewalls may be hardware devices, software programs, or a combination of the two. A network firewall typically guards an internal computer network against malicious access from outside the network.

Cryptography:

Cryptography is the science of encrypting and decrypting information. Encryption is like sending a postal mail to another party with a lock code on the envelope which is known only to the sender and the recipient. A number of cryptographic methods have been developed and some of them are still not cracked.

Cyber Ethics and Laws:

Cyber ethics and cyber laws are also being formulated to stop cyber crimes. It is a responsibility of every individual to follow cyber ethics and cyber laws so that the increasing cyber crimes shall reduce. Security softwares like anti viruses and anti spy wares should be installed on all computers, in order to remain secure from cyber crimes. Internet Service Providers should also provide high level of security at their servers in order to keep their clients secure from all types of viruses and mallicious programs.

Written by:

Shaikh Mohsin Ayaz

Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi

LED Retrofit Kits And Their Benefits

Lighting cost is an area many people concentrate on especially when building. Everyone yearns for cheaper, more user friendly and environmentally friendly lighting options. Facility managers and even homeowners who are conscious about costs want modern solutions that still serve their purpose efficiently. LED retrofit kit make a very popular lighting solution for all. This is because the kit is long lasting, efficient and calls for minimal maintenance. The retrofit kits are popular options for both commercial and residential settings because of the following benefits.

1. The kits are energy efficient

Compared to conventional lighting systems such as incandescent bulbs, LED retrofit kits consume lee power with a huge percentage of high light output. The retrofits are therefore not only energy efficient, but also more economic. They make amazing choices for offices and showrooms among many other settings.

2. They are versatile

The LED retrofit kits can be used in a wide range of applications. They come in handy in offices, commercial buildings, garages and even homes. The kits are designed to fit almost any given place with illumination needs.

3. The kits are long lasting

The LED lights do not easily burn out compared to bulbs and fluorescent, they last thousands of hours thereby becoming an inexpensive lighting solution. The need to keep changing them every once in a while is eliminated.

4. The retrofit kits have exceptional dimming capacity

They offer maximum brightness immediately as compared to other lighting systems. In addition, you can easily regulate the brightness according to your demands and what you find most appropriate for the given setting. It means, therefore that you can still enjoy even lower energy use by dimming to the right levels.

5. They are free from UV rays and infrared

LED retrofit lights do not have ultra violet rays as compared to infrared rays and fluorescent tubes. They are free from UV transmission, thereby making the kits suitable for environments that are sensitive, such as museums, art galleries and archaeological sites.

6. They come with less maintenance needs

LED retrofit kit offer flawless lighting for years and there is no need for regular replacement. The kits are functional and do not require much maintenance to keep them functional as they are designed to do.

7. The kits do not flicker or make humming sounds

For this reason, the retrofit kits keep the lit area peaceful and quiet compared to conventional lights that keep flickering and make noise causing eyestrain and headaches because of these characteristics. An LED retrofit kits saves you from these annoying effects. When used in industries, the kits have shown to have positive effects on performance, wakefulness and mood.

LED retrofit kits come in different sizes and designs in that you can choose an option that suits your settings and lighting needs best. It is best that you get your kits from reputable suppliers for quality purposes to enjoy all the benefits they have to offer. There is so much to enjoy the energy efficiency.

Relation Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

While relating heart disease and diabetes, a renowned Cardiologist from Gurgaon says:

“People having diabetes develop a cardiovascular disease called as ‘diabetic heart disease’ (DHD). When compared to non-diabetics, people having diabetes at a younger age are at higher risk of heart disease.”

This statement applies to both type 1 and 2 patients- both female and male. The increase in blood glucose levels increases the risk. The high glucose level in the blood leads to deposition of fatty materials on inside walls of blood vessels leading to hardening of blood vessels and clogging a condition known as atherosclerosis.

Just like alcohol, smoking, diabetes and high blood cholesterol, diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks. When these elements are combined with different risk factors, like obesity, diabetes causes harmful. Patients with diabetes are less receptive to heart treatment like bypass surgery and angioplasty.

How are Diabetes and Heart Disease Related?

There are four types of heart diseases common in people with diabetes:

1. Ischemic Heart Disease: This is caused by thickening or hardening of walls of the arteries which are blood vessels that carries blood to the heart. Plague gets deposited on the walls of blood vessels and is known as atherosclerosis.

2. Congestive Heart Failure: It happens when a heart is not able to adequately pump the blood to meet the needs of the body. This occurs due to congestive heart failure where the fluid builds up inside the body cells.

3. Cardiomyopathy: This is a situation where the heart muscles get damaged, thereby leading to improper functioning of the heart.

4. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): This disease takes place when the blood vessels become narrow in the legs due to blockage by fat deposits resulting in an inadequate blood circulation in the feet and legs. This may lead to amputation of the feet or leg, or even increase the chances of heart attack.

What’s the outlook? – Diabetes and Heart Disease

Patients who have diabetes can reduce their risk of heart diseases by talking with the doctor about any prescribed medicines either for preventing or for controlling the risk factors and by making certain lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes include eating a healthy diet, physical activity, and stress management.

Take Action

If you are addicted to smoking, it’s time to quit now. Consult with your doctor and talk about it. If you have tried to quit the smoking habit before, it’s not too late. Many people have tried quitting several times before they kick start for a good habit.

Almost every individual with diabetes can benefit by doing more exercise. It keeps your heart healthy and controls the sugar level in your blood. Even a brisk walking daily for 20 minutes is fruitful. So there is no need of a gym anymore.

If you are an inactive individual, ask your doctor on how to get started. Your doctor will let you know what is safe for you to do.

Most of the diabetic patients take medicine to reduce their blood pressure or to improve cholesterol levels. A daily low-dose of aspirin is recommended by the doctor to protect against heart disease.

Be sure to be in touch with your doctor and be regular in your medical checkups. Attend all your appointments and let your doctor know how you are doing. Together you can make up a healthy heart.

Thiamine (Vitamin B1) How, Why and When to Supplement

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Sources and Physiologic Functions

Requirements and Sources: Pork, whole grains, and legumes are the richest sources of thiamine. Outer layers of seeds are particularly rich in this vitamin.

Populations at Risk: The populations most at risk of developing a thiamine deficiency are chronic alcoholics in Western countries and those with an over dependence on polished rice as a staple in undeveloped nations. In alcoholics it may be caused by decreased intake, reduced absorption, and impaired ability to use the absorbed vitamin. Thiamine is spared by fat, protein, sorbitol, and Vitamin C. High carbohydrate intake, parenteral glucose, pregnancy, lactation, high basal metabolic rate, and antibiotics will increase needs. Also, it is readily lost in persons consuming raw fish, tea, coffee, blueberries, red cabbage, and cooking with excess water and baking soda. Breast fed infants of thiamine deficient mothers are particularly at risk, as death from cardiac failure can result within a few hours, even though the mother appears healthy. Other risk factors include chronic colitis, fever, malignant disease, sprue, and thyrotoxicosis. Intestinal absorption of thiamine appears to be controlled and limited, and modest increases in the serum concentration were accompanied by active renal clearance.

Signs and Symptoms of Deficiency: Children present with aphonia, cardiomyopathy, and polyneuritis. Symptoms involving the heart include tachycardia, cardiomegaly, and cardiac failure. Neurological symptoms include mental confusion, anorexia, ataxia, nystagmus, and weakness of hands, calves, and feet as a result of degeneration of sensory and motor nerves. Thiamine deficiency in adults is called Beri-beri and is characterized by dry skin, irritability, disorderly thinking, and progressive paralysis. In chronic alcoholics, a syndrome of Wernicke’s – Korsakoff”s Psychosis develops. Ataxia and Nystagmus (Wernicke’s ) develop early and, if left untreated progresses to amnesia, confusion, and polyneuropathy ( Korsakoff’s ). Complete recovery at this stage is seen in only 25% of the patients. Vomiting, diarrhea, edema, and weight loss are other non-specific symptoms.

Safety:

Due to relative increase in sympathetic activity, nervousness, sweating, tachycardia and tremors can be seen with excess thiamine. Edema and vascular hypotension occur as a result of capillary leakage. Allergies, fatty liver and herpes are common. Folates and thiamine cause seizures and excitation when administered in high dosage directly into the brain or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of experimental animals, but have rarely been reported to cause human neurotoxicity, although fatal reactions to i.v. thiamine are well known.

Biochemistry: The biologically active form of thiamine is TPP (thiamine pyrophosphate). It acts as a coenzyme in the oxidative decarboxylation at the pyruvate and the alfa-ketoglutarate steps in the energy producing Kreb’s cycle and is particularly important in the tissues of the nervous system. It also acts as a coenzyme in the oxidative decarboxylation ( of alfa-keto acids and in the formation or degeneration of ketols ) by transketolase in the Pentose phosphate pathway, the intermediary products of which are used in the synthesis of ribonucleotides such as ATP & GTP, deoxyribonucleotides such as dATP & dGTP, and nucleic acids DNA & RNA. Thiamine is also essential for protein catabolism, acetyl choline synthesis, normal muscle tone in cardiac and GI tissues, and for normal growth and appetite.

In human the storage of thiamine is is in greatest concentrations in skeletal muscle, heart, brain, liver, and kidneys. The human stores about 25 to 30mg of thiamine. ThMP and free (unphosphorylated) thiamine is present in plasma, milk, cerebrospinal fluid, and just about all extracellular fluids. Unlike the highly phosphorylated forms of thiamine, ThMP and free thiamine are capable of crossing cell membranes.

Recommendations: RDA in mg

  • Infants birth to 6 mos – 0.3mg
  • Infants 6 mos to 1 yr – 0.4mg
  • Children 1 yr to 3 yr – 0.7mg
  • Children 4 yr to 6 yr – 0.9mg
  • Children 7 yr to 10 yr – 1mg
  • Adolescent males 11yr to 14 yr – 1.3mg
  • Adolescent females 11 yr to 14 yr – 1.1mg
  • Adolescent males 15 yr to 18 yr – 1.5mg
  • Adolescent females 15 yr to 18 yr – 1.1mg
  • Adult males 19 yr to 50 yr – 1.5mg
  • Adult females 19 yr to 50 yr – 1.1mg
  • Adult males 51 yr plus – 1.2mg
  • Adult females 51 yr plus – 1.0mg
  • Pregnant Women – 1.5mg
  • Lactating Mothers – 1.6mg

Thiamine hydrochloride is the common supplemental form. Thiamine therapy for alcoholics may involve a single injection of 10-mg thiamine or 50 mg of oral fat-soluble thiamine propyl disulfide that permits efficient absorption in alcoholics. Erythrocyte transketolase activity is considered the most reliable index of the functional state of thiamine.

Thiamine B1

Food Source – Serving Size – Number of milligrams per serving

  • Pork (lean arm braised) – 3.5 oz – 0.60mg
  • Pork (bacon cured/pan fried) – 4.48oz – 0.88mg
  • Navy beans (canned) – 1 cup – 0.37mg
  • Pinto beans (canned) – 1 cup – 0.24mg
  • Pinto beans (boiled) – 1 cup – 0.32mg

Literature:

A cross-sectional investigation of patients with congestive heart failure being treated with loop diuretic therapy showed that thiamine deficiency may occur in a substantial proportion of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and dietary inadequacy may contribute to increased risk. Men and nonwhite patients with CHF appeared most likely to have evidence of thiamine deficiency, although this reflects, in part, the gender composition of the patients recruited for the study. Patients with more severe CHF (as indicated by lower percentages of left ventricular ejection fractions) had greater biochemical evidence of thiamine deficiency. Another study found left ventricular ejection fraction to be adversely affected by thiamine deficiency and described that, when these patients were supplemented with thiamine intravenously, the ejection fraction improved significantly. Thus, nutritional assessment of thiamine status, including dietary intake, may be an important component of care for patients with CHF who are being treated with loop diuretic therapy.

Cognitive functioning

A study by Benton et. al demonstrated the association between improved thiamine status and improved performance on a range of measures of cognitive functioning in females. No such association was found in males. Although it was not possible to establish the reason for a beneficial response in females rather than males, there is evidence that females respond differently to dietary factors.

Alzheimer’s disease:

Results of one study suggest that probable Alzheimer’s Disease (pAD) is associated with a decrease in plasma thiamine levels. In another study, a 40-50% decrease of thiamine diphosphate (TDP) was found in patients with frontal lobe degeneration of the non-Alzheimer’s type (FNAD). As TDP is an essential co-factor for oxidative metabolism and neurotransmitter synthesis, and because low thiamine status (compared with other species) is a constant feature in humans, a nearly 50% decrease in cortical TDP content may contribute significantly to the clinical symptoms observed in FNAD. This study also provides a basis for a trial of thiamine to improve the cognitive status of the patients. A mild beneficial effect in patients with Alzheimer’s disease was observed on supplementation with Fursultiamine (TTFD), a derivative of thiamine, at an oral dose of 100 mg/day in a 12-week open trial. Similar benefits were observed in another trial with high dose thiamine (3-8 g/d), while a 12 month study with 3 g/d of thiamine showed no apparent benefit in slowing the progression of dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Thus, weak and contradictory evidence suggests that vitamin B1 may be helpful for Alzheimer’s disease.

Assessment of thiamine status

In several human studies during the past 10 years, thiamine status was assessed either by measuring thiamine pyrophosphate response alone or by using TPP response measures in conjunction of calculated estimates of thiamine intake from diet histories. Some investigators have combined estimates of thiamine intake with measures of thiamine status other than TPP response, such as erythrocyte TPP [18] or plasma TPP In several of these reports, poor thiamine status, as defined by TPP response, could not be related to less-than-adequate thiamine intake. Several authors have noted that valid TPP response measures depend on a kinetically normal enzyme. Hence, disease states, such as alcoholic encephalopathy, may affect enzyme-cofactor binding, and thus, TPP response. Rigorous statistical analysis of relationship between urinary thiamine excretion and TPP response seems to be lacking in the report generally cited as evidence of the validity of TPP response measures. In the ICNND report, categories of thiamine status appear to relate superficially to urinary thiamine excretion, but when there is no clear break-point in the curve for thiamine intake plotted against urinary excretion, it is difficult, in contrast to the case with urinary riboflavin excretion, to define deficiency. One author has demonstrated that in non-human species, pyruvate dehydrogenase appears to be a more sensitive indicator of tissue thiamine deficiency than is transketolase. A study by Gans et. al. raises questions about the usefulness of the TPP response as the sole indicator of marginal thiamine status. Thiamine status was measured in 137 incarcerated and 42 nonincarcerated adolescent males by use of both dietary intake data and a standard biochemical assay, thiamin pyrophosphate (TPP) response. Although average daily thiamine intake of nonincarcerated subjects was significantly higher than that of incarcerated subjects, both groups appeared to be at minimal risk for marginal thiamine status. Comparison of TPP response values indicated that there was no significant difference between groups. However, approximately 24% of the total population appeared to have less than adequate RBC thiamine on the basis of current standards for TPP response. Neither dietary intake nor reported previous alcohol intake was correlated with TPP response. Thus, clinical standards of thiamine deficiency seem to lack firm definition. Perhaps a better, more valid metabolic measure, such as thiamine or TPP in plasma, should be investigated and adopted. Also, intake data as well as some appropriate measure of enzyme activity or function may be important values to assess to describe the thiamine status of a group more correctly.

Summary:

Thiamine is essential in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It is also needed in the synthesis of ATP and GTP and nucleic acids DNA and RNA. It acts as a coenzyme in the energy producing Kreb’s cycle and is particularly important in the tissues of the nervous system. Thiamine is also essential for acetylcholine synthesis, maintenance of normal tone of muscle in cardiac and GI tissues, and for normal growth and appetite.

A number of claims have been made about the beneficial effects of thiamine on numerous conditions. (Fibromyalgia, HIV Support, Pregnancy and postpartum support, Canker sores – mouth ulcers, and Minor injuries)

Evidence strongly suggests that patients with CHF may benefit from thiamine supplementation. Patients with CHF who are on loop diuretics are shown to have thiamine deficiency and patients with more severe CHF showed greater biochemical evidence of thiamine deficiency. Thiamine supplementation is shown to improve the left ventricular ejection fraction significantly.

Thiamine supplementation may improve cognitive functioning and has been shown to improve performance on a range of cognitive tests in females.

Populations who are prone to be deficient in this vitamin, like chronic alcoholics, patients with malabsorption syndromes, and those who consume high carbohydrates should receive supplementation. Pregnancy, lactation, high basal metabolic rate, and parenteral glucose therapy will increase the requirements of thiamine. Breast-fed infants of thiamine deficient mothers should receive adequate supplementation, as death from cardiac failure can result within hours, even though the mother appears normal.

Our recommendation for adults is 25 mg/d. This amount can be obtained from approximately 41 servings of Pork (lean arm braised), 28 servings of Pork (bacon cured/pan fried), and 80 servings of Pinto Beans (boiled). The RDA for adults is 1.5 mg/d, although a range of doses from 1-25 mg/d is usually consumed. Thiamine therapy for alcoholics may involve a single injection of 10-mg thiamine or 50 mg of oral fat-soluble thiamine propyl disulfide that permits efficient absorption in alcoholics. Wernicke’s syndrome, which involves ataxia and nystagmus, develops early and, if left untreated, may progresses to Korsakoff’s psychosis, the neurological manifestations of which are irreversible in 75% of the patients. Fatal reactions to high doses of I.V. thiamine have been reported.

3 Advantages Of Owning A Synthetic Home Putting Green

A home putting green is quite useful. It'll make your game better without having the need to visit the golf course regularly. It also enables you to invite friends over for a round of mini golf. Because of this, having one in your own home is considered useful by many golfers. This is especially true for beginners who want to improve their game play.

3 Advantages Of A Synthetic Putting Green

Doubles As A Landscape

If the woman of the house is not too eager about the putting green because it would take up her garden space in the backyard, you can have your putting green double as a landscape. There are companies that install ornamental plants and fountains to make it also look like a landscape. The positioning and styling of the landscape is strategically done so that you can still practice your game on your green while having space for the garden.

This will get rid of the rivalry of spouses on who will have the right to use the backyard and turn it into a garden or a putting green. Also, this will make the house much more attractive. By having a backyard that is both useful and beautiful, you will make your home even more eye-catching. This will also make your practice nicer – because of the ambiance that the flowering plants and the fountain would give on your putting green.

Easier To Install

Because a synthetic green is often manufactured according to the specifications of the buyer, it is easier to install. You will not need any gardening supplies just to install it in your backyard because the grass is synthetic. You only have to have the synthetic turf installed according to your specifications and designs. You can also install the turf on your own. Just purchase artificial turf at the store of your choice and you can easily have your own in your backyard. Better yet, buy one online.

Requires Little To No Maintenance

A synthetic green requires very little maintenance because the grass does not grow. You do not need to mow it because the grass is synthetic and will not grow even a bit. It would also never require fertilizers and other stuff that natural grass would need to stay healthy and beautiful.

There are also zero chances of getting pests because insects and pests will not get attracted on the grass that they can not eat or make as their home. Because of this, you will have less headaches.

Many people believe that owning a home putting green demands too much effort because of maintenance. This could be quite true if the one in your own home is not a synthetic one. A natural green in your backyard may take up a lot of time because it needs constant maintenance. But if your home putting green is a synthetic one, it will save you a lot of time and resources.

Tuberous Breast And Breastfeeding

Tuberous breast also known as tubular breasts is a malformation of the breasts. It occurs as a result of an inborn deformity of the breasts. The condition can arise in both men and women. Although present at birth, it is noticeable only when the breasts begin to develop. One or both breasts can be affected. During puberty, a hindrance in development of the breasts causes a failure in their full and normal development.

The appearance of tubular breasts is that they are cone-shaped and the nipple area is extended in the chest. The areolae are also enlarged. If a single breast is affected, the condition is called breast asymmetry. This condition causes embarrassment and low self esteem to most affected women.

How Does the Breast Deformity Affect Breastfeeding?

The shape and size of a woman’s breasts does not necessarily have much to do with whether they’ll have problems breastfeeding. There are women with small-sized breasts who have a good supply of breast milk. On the other hand, there are women with large breasts who have problems producing enough milk for their babies.

Low breast milk supply is usually caused by inadequate glandular tissues in the breast. Some milk glands may not be fully developed thus making it impossible for cells to give out milk. The breasts appear empty since there is no fullness of milk. However, some women with tubular breasts and well developed milk glands can still breastfeed even twins.

The Solutions

If you’re a woman who has this condition and would want to breastfeed your babies, there is some good news for you. You can follow these steps in order to improve your supply of breast milk:

• Lactation consultation – Ensure that you seek counsel from a lactation expert before you give birth. You’ll be advised on what to do before giving birth to ensure that you don’t have problems with your milk supply after your baby is born.

• Consider un-medicated birth – If possible, you should consider having an un-medicated birth.

• Breastfeed after birth – Try and breastfeed your baby immediately he/ she is born. This will alert your hormones, brain and milk glands to start producing milk for your baby.

• Breastfeed often – Try as much as possible to breastfeed your baby frequently and when they want to. This will increase your milk supply. Don’t follow a schedule for breastfeeding.

• Pump some milk – It’s advisable to start pumping and storing milk a few days after giving birth. You can store the milk in the freezer for future use. This increases the milk supply and may help you later in case your milk supply drops.

• Take some herbs – Consider taking herbs like fenugreek and moringa oleifera. They help many mothers increase their supply of breast milk.

If you have the breast deformity, it’s important to note that your baby can still get nutritious breast milk from you. All you have to do is just add a little more effort to get to the required amount of milk supply.