How to Make Any Woman Want You – Get Inside Any Woman’s Head!

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be the most attractive guy, or even richest, to make a woman fall head over heels in love with you in just a matter of minutes. Many men these days are accomplishing this through covert psychological methods of seduction. Read on to discover what these methods are and achieve killer results fast…

How To Make Any Woman Want You – Get Inside Any Woman’s Head!

Technique #1: “Perceived Popularity”. Dating back to childhood or teenage crushes, girls have always been programmed to find popular men attractive. It’s been proven that women typically find men already in relationships more attractive than single guys. Girls want the guys that other girls want or have.

This is why it’s important for men to psychologically up their net worth by painting a picture that they are immensely popular. Not just popular with women but respected and adulated by men as well. Call it “High School Quarterback” syndrome.

Perceived popularity will quickly grab the attention of women who find that type of thing appealing. One trick used by many men is surrounding themselves with lots of female friends. As strange as it may sound, many women find a guy hanging out in a group of female friends to be much more approachable than a guy hanging out with his buddies.

Technique #2: “Confidence”. Confidence is also a necessity when it comes to getting women. Women aren’t very attracted to weak or timid males. Some women tend to run away at the first sign of any male insecurity or lack of confidence.

Guys cannot approach women if their brain is full of ominous images of rejection. They are doomed before they even open their mouths because women notice such things. At the very least, guys should work on faking self-confidence to certain degree until their real confidence begins to emerge.

Technique #3: “Laid Back And Silent”. It’s also important to not come off overly interested in a girl. This can be misconstrued as desperation. A better approach is to only seem vaguely interested. Women are greatly attracted to men when there is a “chase” involved.

It’s called silent attraction and this tactic has worked tremendously for many guys that have discovered that a little “tease” can go a long way. Suddenly women are approaching THEM. And most men, after spending years chasing women, will appreciate seeing the ladies doing the work!

Taking a Look at the DaVinci Tool Soft Back Relief Product

One back pain relief product that has run into some mixed reviews is the DaVinci Tool Soft, which sells for about $17 on Amazon. People praise the product for its ability to release trigger points in the neck region, reduce charley-horse cramping in the calves and to relieve general neck tension. However, others criticize the product for its inability to hold one’s full body weight, treat sciatica or make any noticeable difference on back pain. Generally, this tool is designed to induce relaxation and to be used on more delicate areas, so if you want something harder, you may want to try the DaVinci Tool Firm or the Body Back Buddy cane.

To use the DaVinci Tool Soft, you lie down, placing the device at the top of the neck/base of the skull, and relax. You can position the tool in various locations to relieve tension, ease muscle spasms or treat sore spots. Each side of the tool has different patterns to work on your back in slightly different ways. The DaVinci is also commonly used by partners to minimize hand cramping or fatigue.

The DaVinci Tool Soft may not be rigid enough if you plan to work exclusively on the lower lumbar/mid-back areas — which are better served by the blue DaVinci Tool Firm. However, the red Soft version is designed primarily for the delicate head and neck regions. It’s also recommended that you use this tool as a companion to the Body Back Buddy cane or the Spine-Worx alignment system.

The DaVinci Tool Soft has received some positive reviews for its use on sore necks, tension headaches, aching calf muscles and skull tension. “I especially like how it can get under your shoulder blade,” says Douglas Figueredo of New York. “I am using this product at the base of my skull to open up my cervical vertebrae,” explains R. Anderson of Southern California. “This is a great little tool for pressure point therapy,” relates an anonymous reviewer from Washington D.C., who adds: “[It] also works great for relieving tension in my neck that causes headaches.”

A number of reviewers say that the DaVinci Tool Soft is not as effective as other products they’ve tried. Consumers have mentioned the Body Back Buddy cane, the Spine-Worx Realignment system, the Real-Ease Neck Relaxer from Dr. Riter, the DaVinci Tool Firm or even tennis balls! A number of reports mention that it’s hard to figure out how to use the DaVinci since there are very few instructions. General complaints are that it’s “too soft” to really get at the aches and pains or to hold one’s body weight. The DaVinci isn’t for everyone, but for $17 it could make a good traveling companion to reduce stress.

What Are The Common Problems Encountered On Project Management Work-Civil And Structural Engineer?

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One of the tasks of civil engineer is the project management. Wherever a project commence, it is starting of ‘live’ of project problem until it has been completed build. Below are some of common problems that civil engineer may faced:

1. Project commenced without acknowledgment of civil engineer. It is common especially for small scale of project; such as single unit of structure like bungalow. Engineer will only alert whenever problem is happened at site; and problem is unable to resolve it by contractor. Contractor will like to build it without interruption of engineer.

2. Even though civil engineer aware about the construction work, some of un- responsible contractor will try to do some work in the time that engineer is unable to present. As for example; contractor carry out the concreting work after office hour especially in the evening, nighttime and public holiday. Once concreted, engineer is unable to inspect it.

3. Whenever construction started, un-experience contractor will do work by referring to civil engineering drawings without read in-conjunction with other professional drawing such as architecture, mechanical and electrical drawings. As a result, there will be a number of hacking during or after completion of structural works. It incurred a number of arguments and costs.

4. Even though an inexperience contractor is read engineering drawings, somehow contractor is build to their own knowledge; especially from contractor previous project. If previously contractor had been built a number of pad footing foundation, contractor obtain a piling foundation project. The contractor will try to change it to pad footing foundation by his own knowledge. Or even in pad footing foundation, contractor will change pad footing to smaller size. It will end up with structural problem.

5. Some irresponsible contractor will ignore engineer instruction. Contractor will build to his own knowledge. Contractor will always persuade client that contractor is builder. Contractor tells client that he is more site experience than civil engineer. Engineer has not much site building experience. Most of the time, client will agree with contractor because contractor shown client with physical construction works and engineer without much of physical product. These will continue until problem happened and unable to resolve by contractor. Finally, they will seek for engineer advice.

6. Contractor perform cost cutting on project work. Now days, project cost is very competitive. In order to obtain a project by bidding, some contractor may lower down the bidding cost to below the cost. When project is awarded, contractor will perform unnecessary cost cutting. This will endanger client.

7. When client is contractor and contractor is client, civil engineer will be in difficult position on dealing with client and contractor. There will be always in conflict of interest.

These problems may faced by civil engineer. How to overcome them will mainly base on engineer experience. Junior engineer shall not advice to send them to resolve these matters. Anyway, junior engineer shall be in guidance of senior engineer whenever problems are being solved.

Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR) – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Central serous retinopathy (CSR), also known as central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), is a disease of the eye and retina, which affects vision. CSR is known to be closely related to stress, gastritis (H. pylori bacteria), kidney disease, and the use of medications like steroids. This condition usually affects males from the age of 20 to 50 years; however, females too may be affected. This condition results from leakage of choroidal fluid due to breaks in the retinal pigment epithelium, resulting in a swelling beneath the retina which accumulates under the central macula. This causes blurred or distorted vision, known as metamorphopsia. Retinal detachment may cause a blurred or grey spot in the central visual fluid.

Modern treatment of CSR consists of removing the known cause of the condition, discontinuing steroids, and providing counselling and psychotherapy for stress. No medication is known to provide benefit in the treatment of this condition; however, some physicians are of the opinion that mild dose aspirin may help in early recovery. Some patients report benefit with a short course of steroids; however, this treatment is controversial and possibly may cause a relapse or aggravation of the condition in the long run. Hot laser treatment, or cold laser is known to provide benefit by plugging the leakage in the retinal epithelium; however, care needs to be taken in the implementation of this treatment in order to prevent damage to the retina and long-term scarring.

The overall prognosis of this condition is usually quite good, with more than 90% patients reporting improvement within the first six months. However, about 5% of patients may have rapidly deteriorating vision due to a condition known as Type II CSR, in which there is a shallow but persistent fluid build-up. A few patients may report recurrence of the condition, resulting in progressive loss of vision. Scarring may cause persistent problems such as decreased night vision, reduced color discrimination and distorted vision.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment is especially useful in patients with recurrent CSR and in those patients with little or no response to modern medications or laser therapy. The aim of treatment is to prevent leakage of fluid by strengthening the basement retinal pigment epithelium and helping to resolve the fluid accumulation, so that retinal detachment can be treated or prevented. Treatment is also aimed at reducing stress and preventing strain of the internal parts of the eye.

Medicines like Saptamrut Loh, Tapyadi Loh, Ekangveer Ras, Trayodashang Guggulu, Maha Triphala Ghrut, Maha Manjishthadi Qadha, Saarivadi Vati,: Punanava Mandur, Lakshadi Guggulu, and Rasayan Ghan Vati are especially useful in the management of this condition. Herbal medicines which are useful in the treatment of CSR include Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Triphala (Three fruits), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Yashtimadhuk (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Patha ( Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus) and Kutki (Picrorrhiza Kurroa).

Medicines like Praval Panchamrut, Sutshekhar Ras and Kamdudha Ras are used to treat associated gastritis. Gokshuradi Guggulu, Chandraprabha Vati, and Punarnavadi Qadha are used to treat associated chronic kidney inflammation. Medicines like Saraswatharishta, Prasham, Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) are used to treat associated stress along with counseling.

Oral medications like Triphala Ghrut, Yashtimadhuk Ghrut, Shatavari Ghrut, and eye drops containing Triphala, Yashtimadhuk, and rose water can be used on a long-term basis to prevent relapse of the condition. Most individuals affected with chronic or recurrent CSR require Ayurvedic herbal treatment for about three to six months. Regular treatment can provide complete relief to individuals affected with this condition, as well as prevent a relapse and long-term complications. This treatment can also be given concurrently with modern therapy like laser treatment. Ayurvedic herbal treatment thus has a definite role to play in the management and treatment of CSR.

Can I Soundproof a Conservatory?

Soundproofing your home so that the neighbours don’t bother you – nor you them – isn’t difficult. Good insulation materials with shock-absorbing properties will deaden sound, and ensure that nobody suffers unwanted noise. However, one area of the home that can go overlooked in terms of ensuring privacy is your conservatory.

Having an all-season area as part of your home not only adds value and space, it’s more versatile than a standard extension, enabling you to enjoy your garden all year round. However, the acoustic tricks played by all that glass can at best make the space unbearably noisy during a rain or hailstorm, and at worst, amplify any sounds you yourself make inside the covered area, broadcasting music, television, and conversation sounds to your near neighbours.

So what can you do to improve the situation? Although conventional methods of soundproofing won’t work or be appropriate for a conservatory, it’s not impossible to cut sound ingress and egress considerably. That’s not to say that you won’t face one or two problems when looking at soundproofing solutions – glass covers can range from clunky to downright ugly, and heavy curtains and thick carpets, although perfect in a plush living room, might not be quite what you had envisaged in an outdoor-indoor area, with clean lines, blinds at the windows, and wooden or stone floors.

There are soundproofing solutions for your conservatory that maintain the look of a garden room, and yet still keep noise pollution to a minimum. The best place to start is the roof; standard roofing materials for conservatories tend to be polycarbons. Whilst durable, they offer almost no sound insulation whatsoever – for example, sitting inside a conservatory with a single-wall polycarbon roof during a hailstorm can be likened to sitting inside a dustbin whilst someone throws pebbles at it. Watching television or listening to music is impossible, and conversation can only be conducted at a steady shout. A double or even triple-layer roof with a gap in-between each can make a lot of difference.

Just as double and triple glazing can dull traffic noise from the street at the front of your house, so can layered glazing in your conservatory windows and doors. Whilst not cheap, it works, and it’s a good solution for making sure that you really can use the room year round, even when there’s thick snow on the ground in your back garden. It can also greatly improve the structure’s energy efficiency so it’ll cost less to heat too.

Stay Hydrated to Boost Your Metabolism

We all know that one should drink a lot of water everyday to enjoy good health and keep dehydration at bay! Depending upon our work style and activity level, we also need to vary our water intake. When you work out, your muscles contract to produce heat. As a result, your body starts sweating to lower its temperature. Do you know if you sweat out even two percent of your total body weight, it causes a bad effect on your metabolism? And, if you don’t drink enough water to match up increased requirement, it can even lead to “dehydration.” A person, who is dehydrated, experiences fatigue, muscle cramps, and reduced coordination.  

Staying hydrated is more important if you are an athlete or a sportsperson. During workouts, our body uses stored fat and starts creating waste. Our excretory system carries this wastage into our blood. Our body needs a good amount of water to accelerate the process of elimination. Moreover, appropriate water intake is required for muscle contraction. If your body remains dehydrates, it may even weaken your strength and affect your performance level. A fall of as low as 1% of your body water volume can reduce your performance by more than 10%.

Water also helps you lower the pain and discomfort after an exhaustive workout. When your muscles contract, they release a chemical called as hydroxyproline, which causes inflammation to the nerve endings. It is possible to eliminate this chemical from your blood along with other waste products provided your blood contains sufficient amount of water.  

How much water you should have everyday? If you are a professional runner, you should drink at least 6 to 8 ounces of water every half an hour during the workout. But, you may be required to increase your intake during hot weather conditions as you tend to sweat more. If you are spending just half an hour on a tread mill in an air conditioned environment, you need not watch your fluid intake during the workout. But, you should definitely drink water much before you feel thirsty. This will help you live hydrated throughout the day and boost your metabolism too!

The Key To Dissolving Prostate Stones

It is common for men to have small calcifications in their prostate. Prostate stones are calcified protein particles that are called corpora amylacea.

As men age, it is common for them to experience a swelling of the prostate (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia. This inflammation and swelling can cause secretions from the prostate to actually get stuck in the gland. Prostate stones occur when these secretions have sat in the prostate for just a short period of time. The stagnant secretions form like a pearl and become calcified like stone.

If you are having trouble starting a stream of urine, going in waves, having a weaker flow or trickling, these are all common sign of prostate stones. Most traditional allopathic medical doctors will not recognize this condition, so it is important to study the biological mechanics of your prostate and be well informed. Remember that blockages cause problems so the key to balanced health is to eliminate, assimilate and circulate. It is important to treat calcifications in a timely manner since it is easy for bacteria to grow in the prostate gland calcification and prostate stones. Without getting rid of this debris and congestion, prostatitis can never really be cured.

Magnesium is used to prevent and break up kidney stones. Magnesium also dissolves prostate stones and at times can be released in the urine. Prostatic calculi or stones are believed to be responsible for a certain percentage of chronic prostatitis cases. Treating an infection from the prostate becomes difficult once the stones take form within the gland and become stubbornly dug in. It is estimated that about 75% of middle aged men have this problem. That’s most of middle age men! Molecular analysis has shown that prostate stones contain ingredients that are generally found in urine and not prostatic secretions. This fact indicates a reflux of urine into the prostatic ducts.

There is a solution for calcification of the prostate! Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA helps dissolve calcifications and directs the calcium back into bones and teeth where it is needed and belongs. Using Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA in suppository form is both safe and effective, representing a valid alternative to intravenous chelation with Di-sodium EDTA. In addition, Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA also has shown to have certain beneficial effects not associated with the traditional Di-sodium form of EDTA. EDTA also increases nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide is a crucial element for erectile potency.

The most effective form of this supplement is in a suppository form. Placing the suppository right behind your prostate by-passes the digestive system, allowing the rich and nourishing ingredients to be absorbed directly into your prostate gland and maximizing full potency of the ingredients. I have studied in herbal therapy the importance of using an “herbal rectal bolis” in order to cure prostate problems. This method does just that!

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Peptic Ulcer – 10 Ways To Manage It

Different types of drugs are employed in the management of peptic ulcer. The different groups of drugs each play a specific role in the healing of the ulcer or in helping to reduce the secretion of gastric juices. Diet control and surgery can also be involved depending on the type and stage of the ulcer. Some of the drugs for the management of peptic ulcer include:

1. Anbiotics: With recent knowledge that peptic ulcer is caused by a bacterium, antibiotics treatment is now being employed to get rid of the offending organism. In most cases there is the use of a combination of two different antibiotics which ensure the organism is completely destroyed.

2. Antacids: Antacids are used for the symptomatic relief of peptic ulcer pains. They help to neutralize the gastric acid and also inactivate pepsin. When given for a fairly long period they aid healing. One basic problem they have is that they may interfere with the absorption of other drugs employed in the treatment of the ulcer. It is therefore advisable to take antacids about 1hr before taking other medications or 2hrs after. Examples of antacids include: Magnesium hydroxide (Philip’s milk of magnesia); Magnesium hydroxide and Aluminium hydroxide (Gestid, Maalox and Mylanta); Aluminium hydroxide (Amphogel and Alternagel); Sodium bicarbonate and Calcium carbonate (Rolaids, Titralac, etc)

3. Histamine H2-receptor antagonists: They block histamine receptor thereby minimizing gastric secretions. Examples of these drugs are Cimetidine (Tagament), Ranitidine (Zantac), Nizatidine (Axid), Famotidine (Pepcid) etc

4. Proton-pump inhibitors: helps to decrease gastric acid production and as such limit the damage done by the gastric acid on the gastric mucosal lining. Examples of this drug include Omeprazole (Prilosec), Rabeprazole (Aciphex), Esomeprazole (Nexium), Pantoprazole (Protonix) and Lansoprazole (Prevacid).

5. Sedatives: May help to reduce stress and tension which are known to increase gastric secretion. These drugs include Diazepam and Phenobarbitone. They may be given in large doses at bed time.

6. Anticholinergics: They inhibit the action of acetylcholine thereby helping to reduce gastric acid secretion and also reduce pain. They may produce nasty side effects such as decreased visual acuity, difficulty in urinating and dryness of the mouth. Example of such drug is Pro-Banthine.

7. Sucralfate (Carafate): This drug helps to make a protective coating over the crater created by the ulcer thereby preventing further damage to the affected area.

8. Surgery: Surgery may be advocated if the use of drugs fail to control the acid secretion. Surgery could also be carried out when there is severe bleeding or perforation. Some of the surgical treatments include Vagotomy and Gastric resection (subtotal gastrectomy). Gastrectomy involves removal of the ulcer bearing part of the stomach, while vagotomy is to select the branches of the vagus nerve supplying the stomach and resect it to reduce gastric secretion and decrease gastric motility.

9. Patient education: Patient should be properly educated as to the cause of the disease, complications and their prevention; the need to adhere to the diet and drug therapy and the need to report signs of complication to the doctor. Patient should also be told to avoid NSAIDS, corticosteroids, alcohol, cigarette, caffeine, etc

10. Other methods of management may include the use of herbs, homeopathy and chiropractic.

Do It Yourself Homemade Tattoo Removal at Home

Looking for do it yourself homemade tattoo removal methods to do at home? When it comes to finding the easiest and most effective way to remove a tattoo, you will be surprised how many different solutions are available.

So which homemade tattoo removing solutions are the best to remove temporary and permanent tattoos? How can you save money by using do it yourself methods instead of laser? You will find out the answers here in this free guide.

Generally here are the top most common ways to remove a tattoo:

– Laser treatment

– Tattoo bleaching creams

– Herbal treatments like lemon juice, salt, and glycolic acid

Each of these ideas have their own benefits and weaknesses. Some bring you faster and even instant results, and some others may take weeks or even months to help fade out your tattoo ink.

Among these methods, laser is known as the most effective one. But it is very costly – anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 depending on how big your permanent tattoo is.

What Are the Best Homemade Tattoo Removing Methods?

Fade out creams are a well known and safe way to help bleach your tattoos gradually while saving money. Because these bleaching tattoo creams are low cost and you can do it yourself at home.

Some people think creams only give a temporary lasting result. But when you choose the right cream recipe, your results will last permanently and the tattoo ink will fade out from your skin forever.

So to answer the question of how to permanently remove a tattoo using homemade do-it-yourself methods, the answer is using an effective proven bleaching cream.

Other herbal treatments like salt, lemon or lime juice, or glycolic acid can be effective too. But it will take a much longer time. So if you are in some sort of a hurry, using a cream can be your best solution to remove your tattoo.

So it safe to use these creams to bleach a tattoo?

The answer depends on the brand of the cream of course. Some of them are made at home and may not have the necessary health license to ensure it is healthy and safe for your skin. But if you consult your skin specialist doctor, you can certainly find a reliable and approved cream that helps protect your skin.

And if you are worried about the possible side effects, you can stick to herbal do it yourself solutions like salt and lime juice to fade out the tattoo over time.

Soccer Age Groups

Different age groups in soccer require different training methods to optimize their physical development and to prevent costly mistakes.

The wrong training at the wrong times can be potentially harmful and actually damaging to the soccer players’ health and career.

Whereas the right training at the right time will lay a good, solid foundation and ensure maximal performance whilst protecting against unnecessary injury.

Youth-development is a big factor in both the soccer clubs’ as well as the individual players’ future.

Window of opportunity

the window of opportunity, once missed, is difficult to make up for…

If taken full advantage of, it will allow the player to develop to his full potential.Let me give the stage on this to legendary master coach, al vermeil:

Taking advantage of the “window of opportunity” to develop junior athletes:

“Establishing a great training base as the body matures is like a savings account, the sooner you start, the greater the interest or return over a life time.Even if they take a break, it’s still there for them to build on when they resume training.”

• the window of opportunity is the time when the most significant changes in physical and skill development can be made.

• the optimal period is 7-17 for developing skill, strength and power!!

• the body and nervous system are very malleable, just like putty, and can be molded easier than in a mature athlete.

• during this crucial time of accelerated rate of development and lesser influence of genetics, it’s paramount that the correct training stimulus be applied.

• all these factors make this age group extremely adaptable to the training stimulus.

• if this window is missed or not properly managed it can limit their optimum performance and long term results.

• for those who utilize this window, they will be able to access it throughout their lifes as opposed to those who missed this opportunity.

• this only occurs once in a life, ages 7-17.

Al vermeil.

At varying ages, the kids/teenagers/adults/middle-aged players will require adequate training methods.

During the different stages in the young players’ life, different physiological systems are developed and should consequently be emphasized at that time.

Once this window is closed, other things need focusing on, not to waste time trying to develop something that simply will not further develop via these methods…

For example agility-training after 12-14 years of age.

We use the appropriate methods at the appropriate times for max results.

Age groups:

• 6-8: general development, multiple sports: climbing, balancing, throwing, jumping, games

• 8-10: speed development, focus on sprints and agility-drills, fun-training

• 10-12: nervous system development concludes: quickness, agility, speed, power

• 12-14: puberty, no plyometrics! Start adding external resistance. Specialization-age, position-specific training

• 14-16: same as 12-14, resistance and intensity are increased

• 16-21: full lifting, speed and plyometric work

• 21-35: maintenance of top-performance levels, focus on prehab

• 35-40: prehab/rehab, start using lower intensities in the resistance training, slow down on speed, power and strength work, focus more on hypertrophy

A note on specialization:

Too early a specialization can limit development for the following reasons:

1: overuse injuries

2: limits development of motor skills

3: creates undue pressure and expectation

4: the sport they excelled at between 7-15 may change due to the maturation process

5: denies a normal childhood experience

6: burn out

Note: more in-depth detail on specialized training for the different age groups following soon…

Integrity – The Iceberg Analogy – Below the Waterline (Part 2)

What is integrity? Integrity is like an iceberg. We can easily see the visible part above the waterline, but the larger part is below the water. “Above the waterline ethics” are usually very clear and written. Violating codified ethics can get you fired, fined, or thrown into jail.

While there are few grey areas above the waterline, integrity goes much deeper. What’s under the waterline is grey and not immediately visible. There are no laws, bibles, regulations, or company ethics guides to lean on. You won’t go to jail, you probably won’t get fired or maybe even promoted for compromising your integrity. But colliding with the invisible part of an iceberg can sink a person, an organization, or an entire nation. The Titanic sank because the iceberg popped rivets far below the waterline that held together the hull plates of the “unsinkable” liner.

Integrity and intellectual honesty ultimately determine your value as a human being, the trust of society, friends, and family. The cultural integrity of an organization is a strong factor in its long-term results. Success requires vision, being in the right business at the right time, innovation, resources, and a good bit of luck. But without integrity the right ideas can’t flourish. Without integrity, the wrong initiatives are funded for political reasons when it is impossible to have an intellectually honest discussion.

One of the telltale signs of an organization that has lost its integrity is forecasting. I have observed organizations that quite frequently missed their projections by a wide margin. Good planners often develop plans with optimistic and pessimistic assumptions, and then run the business with a realistic plan somewhere in between. But some organizations tend to present an overly optimist plan to their stakeholders. Unless everything goes perfectly the company is forced to announce missed earnings and usually layoffs. I have observed the most glaringly optimistic “hockey stick forecasts” in declining businesses, projecting a bright future where none exists, to postpone the inevitable downsizing. The same is true in government, in this case to protect positions and budgets for services that are no longer important.

Another symptom of compromised integrity is evident in new product development. Product programs are launched with unrealistic cost targets and revenue projections until “make or buy” decisions are settled in favor of “make”. By that time, the company invested too much to abandon the project.

Missed forecasts are often the result of a culture that lacks integrity, from the individual sales rep and product manager up to the CEO. Everybody knows that the projections are unrealistic, but over-commits to obtain funding or save their job for another quarter. This culture avoids “fessing up” until the CEO has to announce quarterly results, and then the stock takes a dive.

Integrity does not mean that forecasting is an accurate science, or that intellectually honest organizations never miss their projections. A trustworthy company can miss their objectives, and that presents an opportunity for the smart investor. The key question to ask is whether the underperformance was caused by one time, unpredictable and temporary market conditions, the delay (not loss) of a key deal, weather – or due to more fundamental problems. Investors may accept a quarterly earnings shortfall, or an “extraordinary charge”, and the stock recovers, but the market is astute enough to sense a downward spiral.

The downward spiral of many companies can be linked to a culture of compromised integrity. It starts with unrealistic projections leading to disappointing results, R&D cuts, layoffs, low morale, the avoidance of innovative risk taking, outdated product lines, the loss of key talent, more layoffs… the cycle continues.

In the downward spiral, organizations reward compliance rather than promoting an open dialog that is needed for success. A sign of trouble is frequent reorganizations, designed to show activity to stakeholders, but without a clear vision on how the change deploys resources and talent more effectively and makes the company more competitive. In survival mode, weak management often sidelines the brightest talent that may challenge the status quo. These reorganizations accomplish nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Without a radical change in management and culture, the slow and agonizing downward spiral caused by a missing integrity culture can be more damaging than “above the waterline” offenses. Changing top management alone usually does not solve the problem. A low integrity culture that has spread throughout the organization is like cancer. It requires radical and painful surgery and a long recovery.

When caught, organizations that violated laws usually end up in bankruptcy, or pay the fines and recover. But companies who lack integrity, especially technology companies who rely on innovation, seldom recover. They are sold at bargain prices, dismantled, or shrink to a fraction of their former value.

The most admired and successful companies are in a similar but positive cycle: Apple, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, and Amazon. Google gave up market share and potentially billions in revenue to avoid censorship in China but the stock is at near record heights. Winners attract the best minds, who seek not just big paychecks and stock options, but belonging to an organization they can be proud of.

Fencing Training Goals and Periodization

The fencing season in most US Fencing Divisions poses significant problems in the periodization of training for competitive fencers. Fencing is now a year-round sport, with competitions in all months, and in some cases opportunities for fencers to fence in a meet within driving distance every weekend. In this environment, planning a periodized training program requires close agreement between the goals of the individual fencer, the desire to win, and the overall structure of a club or salle training program.

Classic periodization creates four levels of training cycles:

  1. Super macrocycles – multi-year cycles to prepare for events that happen less frequently than a year; the Olympic quadrennium is an example.
  2. Macrocycles – a single training cycle that covers a year (in some cases two macrocycles may be appropriate).
  3. Mesocycles – a number of training cycles, as many as 6, within a macrocycle.
  4. Microcycles – the weekly training cycle.

The structure of training cycles is logically tied to the key competitive events in a fencing year. What those key competitive events are depends on the level and goals of the fencer. For an elite athlete working to make a national team, each of the events in the selection process is a key event. In this athlete’s program the typical Division A2 event is inconsequential, and is only valuable to the degree that it serves as training event. The real events vary with weapon and age group, but include North American Cup circuit events, Summer Nationals, and selected World Cup and Grand Prix events. For a senior foil fencer this is a minimum of seven events that award points for the national points list, culminating in the World Championships, the event in which the fencer should have the strongest performance. For the handful of very best elite fencers, this is a single macrocycle, with individual mesocycles for each targeted event.

For most fencers, however, just qualifying for the Junior Olympics or the Summer Nationals is a difficult task, much less succeeding in the event. For a cadet fencer this might be two macrocycles with the Junior Olympics as one and the Summer Nationals as the second. But these macrocycles each require performance in a qualifying event that is maximal for the average fencer, driving at least two mesocycles. The challenge is to identify, from the wide range of available tournaments, events within the macrocycle that will serve as important preparations for both the qualifiers and the national events, and that can serve as targets in mesocycles.

This is further complicated by the need to achieve the appropriate classification to qualify for the desired event. For example, I coached a Canadian fencer resident in the United States whose goal was to be able to fence in a Division 1 event. She earned her C classification in a Division 3 event, but did so too late to be able to enter a Division 1 cup circuit tournament (a C being the minimum classification for entry) before she returned to Canada.

What does this mean for the coach who uses periodized training? First, the coach and the fencer must have well understood and mutually agreed upon goals, and those goals must be long-term, strategic goals, supported by seasonal goals. The goals drive the overall design of the training program.

Second, the coach and fencer must pick events that logically contribute to meeting the objectives of the training program. Not every tournament deserves a maximal effort. Some tournaments should be skipped altogether or treated only as training events for the fencer to use to work on specific problems (given that understanding that medals or classifications are not the objective may be difficult for some athletes).

And third, enough time must be allowed between key tournaments for the training process to work. If a fencer trains 5 days a week and fences a weekend competition, it is possible to run a complete microcycle between competitions, including time for rest and recovery. However, if a fencer trains only one or two days a week, it is very difficult to vary the length, intensity, and composition of training sessions to achieve any significant progress. This is true even if one of the many alternate models of periodization is selected: conjugate, concurrent, skill/strength, or multi-pace.

All of this means that both the coach and the fencer must understand their goals and work together to find the best approach to training that meets the competitive goals within the reality of the club environment, the available time, and the fencer’s ability to train. Periodized training is a complex approach to training with a proven record of improving athlete performance. It is also a method that demands that both the coach and the athlete understand and be committed to its application.

How to Build a Rabbit-Proof Fence

If you live anywhere outside a major urban area – even in the suburbs – you’ve probably got rabbits close by. And even in downtown areas, if there are small fields near you, rabbits could be a problem. Invading the lawns and gardens of innocent homeowners is how they tend to survive in these places.

As cute as they might seem in pictures and at Easter time, rabbits can do significant damage to your lawn, garden and landscaping. They will eat many different plants and flowers, leaving little more than the roots. But with a simple and inexpensive fence, you can avoid these problems.

You need to keep two things in mind when planning your fence:

1. Rabbits can dig

2. They can squeeze through some tight spots

Rabbits are normally found above-ground – they’re not burrowing animals. But they make homes by digging into the ground and making little tunnels or caves to shelter them from the elements. If your fence only reaches the ground, or just above it, rabbits can quite easily dig underneath it.

When you erect your fence, the best way to avoid rabbits digging underneath is to bury chicken wire or mesh fencing 6 to 8 inches below the fence itself.

The other consideration is the spacing of the slats in your fence. A small rabbit can squeeze through an opening that’s only a few inches wide, so make sure the slats are close enough together to stop them from getting through.

The cost of materials will have some bearing on how you build your fence, especially since putting the slats closer together means you’ll need more of them. If you’re on a budget, chain link might be a better choice. The holes in standard chain link fences are small enough to keep rabbits out.

Another option if you’d prefer a post and rail design but want to keep costs down is to use wider spacing and supplement it with chicken wire or mesh on the lower 2-3 feet. Rabbits can jump quite high, but they can’t jump that high and squeeze through the slats at the same time.

If you choose this route, make sure the mesh isn’t a material that can be easily chewed through. Rabbits can chew through vinyl and plastic mesh, so choose a strong material.

Another option for minimizing the cost of your fence is to build smaller fences are the most important areas of your yard. If you enclose your garden with a fence, for example, it can protect it from rabbits while not costing as much.

You could even plant an area with clover or some other quick-growing greenery that could be an enticing snack for the rabbits, and help to keep them out of areas where you don’t want them.

Medical Neglect and Abuse at Nursing Homes

Nursing homes have a growing reputation for being unsuccessful and unhealthy environments for elders. Part of this is due to negligence, fraudulent practices, incompetence, and lack of training. The adverse effect on the health of the elders is terrible and if you have decided to entrust the care of your loved one to an assisted living facility, it is crucial for you to conduct thorough research on any institution you are considering.

If you suspect your elder has suffered pain or emotional abuse because of the negligent care of a nursing home attendant, it is very important for you to confirm contact law enforcement as quickly as possible to make sure that any abuse or neglect is stopped as quickly as possible.

Types of medical neglect and abuse

The professionals who work in the elder-care industry have an obligation to treat the individuals in their care with respect. Unfortunately, there are far too many individuals who fail to provide for the needs of the nursing home residents in their care. There are some warning signs by which you may be able to tell that your loved one has received abuse or neglect at the hands of those responsible for them:

  • Lack of necessary healthcare
  • Signs of malnutrition, such as rapid weight loss
  • Overdosing on medication
  • Dramatic changes in personality
  • Bruising or bedsores
  • Broken bones or sprains
  • Broken glasses or ripped garments

In your search for a nursing home, you might want to speak with  current residents, other potential residents, and discuss the accommodations with other family and friends. As people age, they  require additional care and comfort; your loved ones deserve to be in a facility that provides the best attention and care possible.

Hotel Management As a Career in India

Hotel Management has been rated as one of the most popular choice of students after 10+2 studies.

Introduction

In the present era, tourism in India has evolved from a simple leisure activity to a much more advanced – diversified activity having a direct bearing on the socio-economic progress and the effect on per capita income in India. The business volume of tourism in India is on a par with that of revenues earned from oil exports + automobiles, etc. India has earned the reputation of an incredible tourist destination with the diversity of experiences.

Visitors coming to India are influenced by the richness of Indian culture, touched by the warmth of Indians, amazed by the grandeur of Indian monuments and delighted with the excellent standards of Indian hotels.

To be able to cater to the increasing inflow of tourists in India, there are numerous international hotel chains across the country. Regardless of where you go & what your pocket allows spending for the purpose of boarding and lodging, India has all types of hotels ranging from budget hotels to 5 Star Deluxe Hotels in the country to cater to the varying tastes of all types of guests. So a degree in hotel management in India will open the door to a world of exciting career opportunities. Apart from this, hotel management students in India might also get the chance to go to exciting places abroad. The students can opt to work with hotels, resorts, cruise ships or other organisations affiliated to the Indian or International tourism industry.

The Indian Tourism sector has shown a remarkable capacity to adjust itself to the changing market conditions, fuelling growth & job creation around the world, despite the lingering economic & geopolitical challenges present in the world.

Demand in India for international tourism was strongest for destinations in Asia and the Pacific with a projected growth of 5%- 6% in the year 2015.

Career after doing Hotel Management Degree:

In the last 10 years, Indian tourism industry has witnessed an increase in foreign tourist arrivals plus spurt in domestic tourism with around 30 million Indians who travel within the country every year. The rising demand has given a boost to the employment opportunity in the Indian tourism sector. While most graduates usually seek work in 5 Star hotels or other private hotel chains, some find themselves seeking alternative employment, career avenues in restaurant management, cruise ship, hotel management, institutional & industrial catering, club or bar management, airline catering and cabin services or management of catering departments in Indian banks & insurance houses.

At middle management and supervisory levels in the Hotel Industry, students are absorbed in the multifarious areas of hotel operations including Front Office/ Food & Beverage Services/ Food Production or Kitchens/ Housekeeping and Marketing & Sales. All of these are specialized areas of operation and require a great deal of study and practical application in India. Coupled with this is the requirement for trained manpower in India in special areas such as airline and railway catering- industrial catering- institutional catering- etc. and that has warranted further augmentation of training capability and modernisation of existing facilities in India. The Indian hospitality industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 2 decades and the demand for trained manpower in this industry is immense.

Courses:

There are various short term and long term courses available in the Hospitality Management studies. Students can pursue Certificate (6 months- 1 Year), Diploma (1 Year) or Degree (3 Years). There are tremendous Hotel Management colleges in India to gain this professional education.