الخميس، 3 يوليو 2014

Donate car to charity in California

The act of donating a car to charity is one of the most rewarding things you can do. When you donate your car, you do more than just support a charity. You actually help to improve someone's life. To help a needy person, please donate a car to one of these respected charities inCalifornia.

الأربعاء، 2 يوليو 2014

Structured Annuity Settlement

As interest rates remain low, investors - especially retirees - struggle to find yield wherever they can. Unfortunately, though, the necessity of earning a required return to fund financial goals becomes the mother of invention for a wide range of investment strategies, both legitimate and fraudulent. A recent offering of rising popularity is structured settlement annuity investing, often offering "no risk" rates of return in the 4% to 7% range. In general, the opportunity for "high yield" (at least relative to today's interest rates) and "no risk" is a red flag warning.

Speek Makes Conference Calls Better

Earlier this week I was scheduled to be on a conference call. I dialed in, entered in my pin, and was told by an automated voice that I was the first person on the call. After five minutes of elevator music, I hung up and dialed in again.

US fans react with mixed emotions after World Cup defeat

American soccer fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to Freedom Plaza and The National Portrait Gallery atrium in Washington DC to see their team knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in a heart-breaking game.

الخميس، 16 يناير 2014

Dian Fossey Life and Death

Dian Fossey Life and Death
Dian Fossey Life and Death
Dian Fossey Life and Death

Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey
Were she alive today, Dian Fossey likely would agree that she was both the best and worst thing to happen to the mountain gorillas of central Africa.
Utterly untrained, the native Californian journeyed to the continent in the 1960s to begin her famed field study of the giant apes. She would become the world's foremost advocate for the beasts.
But her study brought unprecedented international attention, and that attracted tourists, some of whom tramp on gorilla habitat, disturb the animals' migratory patterns and introduce human diseases into the endangered species.
Fossey was a complicated — independent and heroic, but also petty, selfish and fragile.
She made a few friends but far more enemies during two decades in the jungle.
She was feared and reviled by the native poachers who killed gorillas to sell their trophy — the hands and feet, which were made into ashtrays, and the heads.
Poached gorillas
Poached gorillas
She was competitive and often combative with fellow researchers, few of whom she trusted.
She frequently sparred with her funding sources, including the National Geographic Society, over her insistence that she maintain absolute control over her research center in Rwanda.
She had a complex relationship with American ambassadors in Africa, who eventually came to view her as more trouble than she was worth. And she parried regularly with the Rwandan government, its parks supervisors and its tourism office--nettled relationships that likely spelled her doom.
Fossey was found hacked to death in 1985. A Rwandan kangaroo court convicted two men in the murder, but international authorities dismissed those suspects as nothing more than convenient foils propped up by the government.
Her murder was considered unsolved for more than 15 years.
But today the man believed responsible, a mysterious former Rwandan government official known as Mr. Z, is in custody awaiting trial.
The Fossey allegation is the least of his worries. Mr. Z faces no charges in that case but in the appalling 1994 genocide of nearly one million ethnic minorities in Rwanda.

Dian Fossey was born in 1932 in San Francisco. Her parents divorced when she was six. She was raised by her mother, Kitty, but probably inherited her father's constitution and more than a few of his biological flaws. Dian Fossey was destined to become a chain smoker and heavy drinker, like her father, George. She also was prone to depression, again like George Fossey, who committed suicide in his mid-50s.
Dian was raised by Kitty and her second husband, contractor Richard Price. Her stepfather was a taskmaster and her mother a worrywart, according to Fossey's account of her childhood.
She left home for college and never returned except for brief visits. Fossey began studying veterinary science at the University of California, but she transferred to San Jose State College and switched majors to occupational therapy. She graduated in 1954 and moved 2,000 miles from her mother, taking a job working with autistic children at a Shriners' hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
She grew into a striking young woman. A shade under six feet tall, she had a willowy build and a vast nest of coarse auburn hair.
Through her work she became acquainted with doctors and their wives, and through those contacts she developed an active social life in Louisville, cavorting with men from the city's social register.
Among her suitors were two brothers, Franz and Alexie Forrester, scions of a Rhodesian family with royal Austrian roots. In part through their influence, Fossey became smitten by Africa. Coincidentally, two other friends — a newspaper reporter and a society doyenne — had traveled to the continent By 1960 Fossey was obsessed with the idea of going on safari.

The Africa of Fossey's safari
The Africa of Fossey's safari
"I had a deep wish to see and live with wild animals in a world that hadn't yet been completely changed by humans," Fossey would later write.
One problem: She had no money, and the month-long trip would cost $5,000 — more than a full year's salary.
Franz Forrester offered a solution. He proposed marriage, promising a safari honeymoon. But Fossey was not ready to settle down.
Instead, she saved every penny for two years, then took a loan against future income to raise the money for her safari. She departed Sept. 26, 1963, with an itinerary that included Zaire, Kenya, Rwanda, Rhodesia, Tanganyika and Uganda.
She had hired a British guide, John Alexander, whom she arranged to meet at the Mount Kenya Safari Club, a jungle playhouse for the wealthy outside Nairobi. Her 'Great White Hunter,' as she called him, proved surly and impatient, and he and Fossey would spend much of their time together disagreeing.
<em>Woman in the Mists</em> by Farley Mowat
Woman in the Mists by Farley
"He is a bore and I feel as though a huge tsetse fly were hovering over my head all the time I'm with him," Fossey wrote in her journal, quoted in Farley Mowat's book Woman in the Mists. "Yesterday I was tempted to abandon him and his Land Rover when he claimed some African had given him a bit of lip. It spoiled the whole afternoon of game-viewing for me. But on the other hand, when this jerk wants something, he's as obsequious as a lamb. He may be tall and handsome, but to me he's ugly."
That tone would come to define Fossey's relationships for decades to come. She was hard to please, and few people managed to live up to the standards she expected — even if she rarely attained them herself.

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السبت، 13 يوليو 2013

Five Must-Have Waterproof Devices That Make a Splash

Five Must-Have Waterproof Devices That Make a Splash
Five Must-Have Waterproof Devices That Make a Splash
Five Must-Have Waterproof Devices That Make a Splash

These new-wave electronic marvels can go anywhere you go this summer—even for a dip in the pool.
1. Camera: Olympus Tough TG-2 
Take photos at an ear-popping depth of 50 feet under water with the new Olympus Tough TG-2, which features super-fast autofocus and a brightest-in-class 4x-zoom lens that can get colorful shots even in murky waters.
2. Smartphone: Kyocera Torque E6710 
We've become used to armoring our frail-bodied phones in clunky cases. The Kyocera Torque E6710 changes all that: Dust, shock, extreme temperatures, and aquatic adventures are no problem for this military-grade Android model with a five-megapixel camera and nearly 19 hours of battery life.
3. Tablet: Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z can go underwater for up to half an hour and still work perfectly, but that's not even its best feature: The Android tablet has a sharp 10.1-inch display that uses the same technology found in Sony HDTVs and is housed in the thinnest shell on the market—leaner than the iPad Mini. 
4. MP3 Player: Pyle Audio PSWP4
Perfect for lap swimmers, Pyle's simple, compact, waterproof PSWP4 MP3 player is built into headphones with 4GB of memory—enough for about 1,300 tunes. And the battery lasts up to 10 hours for Michael Phelps-level training. 
5. Speaker: Ecoxgear EcoXBT
Besides pumping out far louder beats than you'd expect from a handheld speaker, the Bluetooth-enabled waterproof Ecoxgear EcoXBT can take a plunge and even floats in water. Plus, a built-in mic lets you field calls without leaving the pool. 

الخميس، 11 يوليو 2013

15 Healthy Food Combinations

15 Healthy Food Combinations
15 Healthy Food Combinations
15 Healthy Food Combinations

Healthy eating is all about math: subtracting fat, counting calories, dividing portions. But let's not forget adding: It's the little things we toss in the pot that often yield the biggest benefits. "Adding just one food to another can make a tremendous difference in your total nutrient intake and offer significant health gains," says Tara Gidus, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

With benefits ranging from stronger bones and better eyesight to a healthier heart and improved immunity, here are 15 of our favorite quick pairings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks--even beverages--that taste great, take seconds to make, and add up to amazing health.

Scrambled eggs + red peppers
The benefit:
Smoother skin
Tossing in 1/2 cup of chopped red peppers delivers more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs--which spells good news for your skin. Researchers in the United Kingdom looked at vitamin C intake in 4,025 women and found that those who ate more vitamin C had less wrinkling and dryness.

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Smoothie (any kind) + wheat germ
The benefit:
Heals cuts and bruises
 One-quarter cup of wheat germ packs nearly half of your day's requirements for zinc, an essential mineral that helps repair cells and strengthens the immune system. Even a slight deficiency can reduce your immunity, making it harder to heal.

Sandwich (any kind) + spinach
The benefit:
Reduces night blindness
 Stacking only three small leaves of spinach on your sandwich satisfies at least 20% of your day's vitamin A requirements. Vitamin A helps you see in the dark, but it also protects your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to vision loss.

Garden salad + canned wild salmon
The benefit:
Improves brain and heart health
Adding 3 ounces of canned wild salmon to your salad provides half of the weekly recommendation for healthy omega-3 fats. The fatty acids found in canned salmon are linked with improvements in heart and brain health. Choosing wild lowers your exposure to dioxin, which is a cancer-causing contaminant found in the feed given to the farm-raised variety, says Evelyn Tribole, RD, author of The Ultimate Omega-3 Diet.

Stir-fry (any kind) + kale
The benefit:
Strengthens eyes
 One-half cup of kale delivers at least 12 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids found in dark leafy greens that help combat cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Results from the Eye Disease Case Control Study found that people who ate the most of these nutrients--as much as 5.8 mg a day--had a significantly lower risk of AMD than those who ate the least. Stir-fry is the perfect way to throw it into the mix; if you're not a kale fan, other leafy greens such as Swiss chard and spinach offer similar benefits.

Salsa + chickpeas
The benefit:
Helps you lose weight
Adding chickpeas to a light dip like salsa adds bulk without lots of calories and boosts your intake of protein, so you fill up faster and feel fuller. Plus, eating chickpeas regularly may also improve your overall food choices. An Australian study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that people who ate 1/2 cup of chickpeas a day weighed a pound less and ate less food overall.

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Low-fat pudding + nonfat powdered milk
The benefit:
Eases PMS symptoms
Sprinkling 1/3 cup of nonfat powdered milk into pudding satisfies 40% of your day's calcium and 50 to 100% of your vitamin D requirements, depending on your age. Research shows that the combination of calcium and vitamin D reduces the risk of developing PMS.

 Water + unsweetened cranberry juice
The benefit:
Cuts down on cavities
 Unsweetened cranberry juice prevents the buildup of Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria behind most cavities, by preventing them from sticking to the tooth's surface. The unsweetened juice also interferes with plaque formation. Mixing it with water helps dilute the juice's tartness.

Nonfat Greek yogurt + strawberries
The benefit:
Maintains more muscles
Greek yogurt packs twice the protein of ordinary yogurt, and protein is essential for building, repairing, and maintaining muscles, which burn more calories than fat. Strawberries add a burst of natural sweetness.

Pasta (any kind) + parsley
The benefit:
Builds stonger bones
Topping a pasta dish with just six sprigs of parsley offers a fresh boost of flavor and delivers a full day's supply of vitamin K, says Marisa Moore, RD, an Atlanta-based nutritionist and ADA spokesperson. Vitamin K is important for bone health--studies show that it helps prevent fractures and may guard against bone loss.

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 Soup (any kind) + pinto beans
The benefit:
Lowers cholesterol
 Adding 1/2 cup of beans to soup lowers both total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol--the unhealthy kind that contributes to the buildup of arterial plaque--according to researchers at Arizona State University Polytechnic. They found that people who ate 1/2 cup of pinto beans a day lowered both their total and LDL cholesterol by about 8%. (Beans are high in fiber, which decreases levels of LDL by reducing its absorption.) One-half cup of black, kidney, or pinto beans supplies about one-third of your day's fiber needs. (The heat from soup cooks canned beans through, and they add heft to a lighter broth).

Seltzer + grape juice
The benefit:
Boosts heart health
Grape juice contains a phytochemical called resveratrol found in the skin of red and purple grapes. Research links resveratrol to lower blood pressure, reduced LDL cholesterol, and fewer blood clots.

Burger + ketchup
The benefit:
Helps lower cancer risk
 A tablespoon of this condiment supplies you a healthful dose of lycopene, an antioxidant that guards against various forms of cancer by blocking cell-damaging free radicals. Eating processed tomatoes (such as those in ketchup and tomato sauce) is best; cooking releases lycopene inside the plant cells, making it easier to digest and absorb, reports Steven J. Schwartz, PhD, professor of food science at Ohio State University.

Lemon + green tea
The benefit:
Lowers your risk of disease
 Green tea is already rich in antioxidants, but a study from Purdue University found that adding citrus juice led to a fourfold increase in disease-fighting catechins. Lemon juice in particular preserved the most catechins, while orange, lime, and grapefruit juices were less potent but effective. Love tea? Follow these 5 steps to brew the perfect cup.

Written by Winnie Yu, Prevention

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