May 21, 2017

Avoiding Common First Time Massage Mistakes

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By Lizz Pugh

You cant really make a mistake when you receive a massage. However, there are a few things that most first-timers do that can make it harder to relax and that create difficulty for the therapist. Knowing about these things in advance will help you avoid them and have a better experience.

Getting Frustrated: Receiving massage is a skill like any other. It takes time to allow yourself to fall into a comfortable rhythm with your therapist and focus on the massage. Its easy to get frustrated with yourself for not being able to pay attention and simply relax. After youve received your first massage youll know what to expect. There are no massage police and no one is going to know if your mind wanders a few times or you fall asleep (unless you snore, of course!). Try focusing on your breath and on feeling the sensation of the therapists hands.

Helping: When the therapist is lifting or moving your head, arms, or legs, you dont need to help unless asked. Pretend that you are a limp noodle and simply let him or her move you. Tensing up or trying to help and anticipate what they want will negate the therapeutic effects of the range of motion, stretching, or muscle positioning. Helping can even cause the therapist to work harder.

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Not Communicating: Its very important that your therapist know what your goals for the session are as well as if the pressure is comfortable. Many people complain that the massage wasnt deep enough or it was too deep and hurt. When asked if they said something, the answer is almost always no. Take responsibility for your experience so that you can get the most out of it. And by all means, please speak up if the room is too cold!

Tough Guy/Girl: So many people think that in order to have an hour of me time, there has to be something uncomfortable, tedious, or downright painful to justify it. If you dont enjoy or need deep pressure, dont say, you can go deeper if you want. We only want to go deeper if YOU want. Its up to you. Dont ever feel that were holding you up to some standard and that if the pressure isnt as deep as it was for the last guy were going to ridicule you. Many of our clients want a light but firm massage, and theres nothing wrong with that! Ask for what YOU want, not what you think you should want.

Canceling: As the first massage appointment creeps up on the calendar, many new clients get nervous or suddenly feel guilty for spending time or money on themselves. Being on a massage table and trusting someone with your physical being is a little stressful the first time. This is normal. Being nervous is normal. Therapists are used to it and sometimes sharing your feelings with them helps. A variation to this theme is only making an appointment if they can take you same day. A talented therapist likely already has a steady client base and may not be able to accommodate the last minute request. Please dont decide not to get a massage if you cant get in immediately.

One=All Syndrome: Each massage therapist is completely different. Personality, training, talent, compassion, listening skills, and many other aspects go into the experience that is created for their clients. Keep in mind that your own state of being will impact the massage as well. Should you have a bad experience, please recognize that every massage by every therapist will be different. If you have a great experienceand you likely willreward that therapist by rebooking (making another appointment) and telling your friends and coworkers. Referrals are the lifeblood of our business.

Harboring Unrealistic Expectations: Massage should be a part of your wellness plan, however it is not to be taken in place of medical advice. Multiple sessions are usually needed to get maximum relief, depending on your injury or pain, and sometimes maintenance treatments will also be needed. In addition, you will need to be compliant with (actually do) any homework the therapist gives you such as stretching, drinking more water, and self-treatments.

About the Author: Lizz Pugh is a licensed massage therapist in Sarasota, Florida. She and her husband offer massage, skin care, spa parties, and onsite chair massage. Find out more at


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Home-invaders pose as NYC police

Monday, July 16, 2007

In two separate incidents, men posing as members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), have invaded homes in the New York City area. In both cases, they robbed the residents, but in the most recent, they sexually assaulted a woman.

On Saturday, July 14, at 1:09 a.m. EDT (UTC-4), four men knocked on the door of a Yonkers, New York, apartment. The 33-year-old male that lives there opened the door, as the men outside wore NYPD hats and t-shirts, and had badges hanging around their necks.

The men promptly ordered the male victim to the floor. “When this guy pushed me, he had a gun in my face,” the victim said. “I could see the other guy. He motioned to the others, come on, let’s go, let’s go.” The intruders shouted “Where are the drugs?” as they ransacked the apartment.

Two of the men entered the bedroom and sexually assaulted the 30-year-old female. The couple has a five-year-old child, who was sleeping in another bedroom. “The more I resisted, the more he began to hit me,” the woman said. She said she was sexually assaulted by two of the men while her boyfriend was bound and guarded.

Frightened. Make you think twice before you want to open the door, you know

Police said the men then left with a cell phone, a laptop computer, a diamond ring and a gold chain. Police do not believe that they were real officers. As of this afternoon, no arrests have been made.

On Thursday, July 5, shortly after six p.m. in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn five men knocked on the door claiming to be “the police.” When the victims opened the door, they pushed their way in demanding the family give them drugs and money.

When police responded to a call reporting a robbery, they found the family, husband, wife and their daughter, tied up. The man suffered a head injury when he was pistol-whipped. Police say the robbers got away with a camera, jewelry, and US$5,000 in currency.

Neighbors told NY1 that they were stunned. “Frightened. Make you think twice before you want to open the door, you know,” said one of the neighbors. “Now you be asking for all this ID and stuff and even still you’re going to wonder, are they for real? So it’s kind of scary.”

There is no word about whether the two cases are connected. Yonkers is on the border of New York City, but is outside the jurisdiction of the NYPD.

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Helpline: Do you know this pianist?

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

On April 8, 2005, police picked up an unidentified man wandering the streets of Sheerness, United Kingdom. The man was wearing a formal black suit and white shirt with all labels removed, and was soaking wet, as if having been in the sea.

He has not spoken a word since he was found, but when given pencil and paper he drew a piano. Seeing the picture of the piano, the medical staff at the Medway Maritime Hospital where he was admitted showed him the piano in the hospital chapel. To their amazement he sat at the instrument and played classical and pop music for several hours.

Many press reports have emphasized the piano playing, and the man has been labelled “The Piano Man” by many news services, although the hospital staff has been calling him “Mr. X.”

However, the chaplain of the hospital, the Reverend Steve Spencer, said the man “is not the virtuoso that he has been portrayed in the press. He knows a small number of tunes and plays them over and over. I recognized some John Lennon and a snippet from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.”

The man also pointed to a flag of Sweden when shown an atlas, initially leading the hospital staff to believe he was from Sweden. To date this lead has not panned out. A different account from the National Missing Persons Helpline (NMPH) indicated that the man actually drew the flag.

The NMPH is appealing to anyone who recognizes the man to contact Teri on +44 20 8392 4509. All calls will be treated as confidential. The NMPH can also be reached at +44 500 700700. Emails can also be sent to


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Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.


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May 11, 2017

Fun And Profit With Scale Classic Cars Models For Collectors

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By Adrianna Noton

Car models are exact replicas or representations of automobiles scaled down to miniature size. Once upon a time they were manufactured as toys for children to play with. Since the sixties however, collecting these tiny treasures has become a hobby unto itself and today scale classic cars models for collectors is fairly big business.

The car-collecting craze began in the post World War II thirties and forties with wooden, tinplate or iron die cast metal scale replicas. Car manufacturers began making 1 to 25 scale cars as promotional tools for their dealers and salespeople. Inevitably, kids got their hands on them and started trading and collecting in addition to playing. By the fifties and sixties the collecting hobby had caught on and car model-making kits first made an appearance. With these fans could pay homage to their favorite classic cars by building them, chrome component by chrome component.

Over time, kits became more and more sophisticated and detailed, with astonishing degrees of accuracy and working parts. Collectible plastic and metal cars, cast or in kit form, now come in a range of scale to original from the most loved scale of 1 to 43 (this is even referred to as the collector scale) of rare vintage hand-made models all the way down to 1 to 64 or even smaller of matchbox replicas.

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As with most collectibles scale models of beloved classic cars tend to appreciate in value over time. Limited editions are always desirable and mint condition vintage models or kits can command astonishing re-sale prices. But trading and collecting is much more than a profit-making venture.

All the hobby experts give the same advice to collectors. Never buy something you do not actually love. They also suggest that diversifying a collection as much as possible will maximize overall value when it comes time to sell. At the other end of the spectrum, lower price models made of innovative new resins have become attractive to a new generation of collectors.

Collectors are resourceful when it comes to uncovering the most coveted cars. These tend to be the more classic models that everyone recognizes and admires. Aside from specialty shops catering to the informed collector, there are many online forums and hobbyist sites to choose from. Collectors tend to band together in associations and clubs where they can trade deals, information and news about their hobby. They also share tips about spotting fakes and counterfeits made without the blessing of the classic car manufacturer.

Limited edition and vintage classic car replicas can sometimes be found on eBay and other auction sites. And for the old-fashioned treasure hunter, flea markets, garage sales and junk shops can still sometimes yield hidden gems.

Today there is a profusion of outlets selling scale classic cars models for collectors. Building a strong collection will likely one day prove profitable when it is finally sold but most model car buffs will tell you that they are in it for the love not the money. Either way there is a lot of fun to be had with these miniature marvels.

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Leaked cables cause Australian concern

Friday, December 10, 2010

Leaked diplomatic cables between Australia and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have raised controversy in the Australian community. The documents were released by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. The cables between the then prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, revealed that China may need to be forced to integrate into the international community. The secret documents also contained information of a conversation between Clinton and Rudd in Washington. In the interview, Rudd stated that China was “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet.

The sensitive documents may place a strain on diplomatic relations between Australia and China. Despite this, Kevin Rudd reassured the public that the “robust” relationship between Australia and China wouldn’t sustain any substantial damage to the relations between the two countries. At this stage, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has provided no further comment on the matter, other than to ensure that the relationship between China and Australia would allow opinions to be expressed without any threat to either side.

At the heart of the leaks is Australian founder, Julian Assange. Wikileaks have now released 821 of their promised 251,287 US diplomatic cables. The cables are being released on a stage-by-stage basis. Earlier this week, Assange was arrested on suspicion of rape in London under a Swedish arrest warrant placed on him from a court in Stockholm on November 18.

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FEMA official in New Orleans blasts agency’s response

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Marty Bahamonde, the only FEMA emplyee in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina, testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, contradicts former FEMA director Michael Brown’s testimony and says Brown ignored his pleas for help.

In an August 31 Blackberry email:

“Sir, I know you know that this situation is past critical. Here are some things you might not know. Hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food or water. Hundreds still being rescued from homes” and “medical staff at the Dome expect to run out of oxygen in about 2 hours”

In an email from one of Brown’s aids: “Please schedule Joe Scarborough this evening… Also, it is very important that time is allowed for Mr. Brown to eat dinner. Gievn[sic] that Baton Rouge is back to normal, restaurants are getting busy”

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Scholastic sued for Harry Potter copyright infringement

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A trustee of the estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs filed a lawsuit against the US publisher of the Harry Potter series, Scholastic Inc, on Tuesday. He claimed that J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, had copied scenes from Jacob’s novel, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, to the fourth novel of the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The suit followed a similar case last year, in which the trustee sued the UK publisher of the series, Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Both of these cases are currently pending.

The complaint stated that in both books, the protagonists “are required to deduce the exact nature of the central task in the competition”, and had done so in a bathroom. Both books also involved “rescuing hostages imprisoned by a community of half-human, half-animal creatures.” The suit also claimed that Christopher Little, a literary agent of Rowling, was originally the literary agent of Jacobs. The claim was denied by Scholastic.

Scholastic called the claim “completely without merit”. They pointed out that Rowling had said in February that she had never read Jacobs’ book. The trustee said that the US was the world’s largest foreign market, so they brought their first overseas action there. He demanded that all copies of the Harry Potter novel be destroyed, and all the profit made by the book given to him.

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May 5, 2017

Galvin Green Trousers And Clothing}

Galvin Green Trousers and Clothing


Payal Gupta

The latest trend has swept over the whole golfing world and nothing has been spared. How can something be in any case? After all, the phenomenon has grown so big that one hardly fails to appreciate the effect it has had over players and the play itself. The Galvin Green Trousers and Clothing have become the latest fashion statement on the circuit and to a great extent, off it too. Players wear it all the time when they are on the turf and have started wearing them off it as well. The colossal rage it has become over time has dominated user conscience. You will feel being at the wrong place if you do not wear the Galvin Green trousers and Clothing while playing golf. Adding insult to injury, that sensation will be coupled with awkward stares and patronizing smirks!

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Believe it or not, the Galvin Green Trousers and Clothing have become a rage. Players categorically make it a point to wear them when they come to play. Moreover, the appeal is such that they can also be worn otherwise. One does not have to think twice before donning the trousers with a T-Shirt or a well fitted vest. They can be seen everywhere. Those who do not play golf that actively wear it so that they too get a feel of what t is like being an active pro on tour. Apart from that, it has become a routine wear with regulars. They also wear it at home for the comfort it offers and the way it fits. Even women have taken a liking for it with the Galvin Green Ladies wear being available everywhere at stores and places.

There are multiple reasons that make Galvin Green trousers and clothing so famous amongst folk everywhere. First, the fabric out of which this apparel is made is so comfortable that it sticks to your skin like a peel. It makes you feel so comfortable that you do not even realize you happen to wear it. The other factor is the level of perspiration consumed by it. When you are playing on the turf, you start perspiring because of the sun that hovers over you in the sky. The cloth absorbs all that sweat which comes out and never even allows that sensation to penetrate, which might prey into your concentration big time. You can simply carry on with the game and be completely oblivious of all the sweat.

Women have a different kind of fondness towards the Galvin Green Ladies. They wear it as it fits them well. One gets a feel as if it is tailor made. They do not have to bother about stretching or being comfortable. What more, they can even wear it at home. They can wear it with a light shirt or can team it up with a well fitted tailor shirt.

The Galvin Greens seem to be the best thing to have happens to golf in recent times. People all around are very fond of it. They have the conviction that it would look good on them wherever they are, whether playing golf on the turf or off it doing something else. The appeal of this apparel cuts across generations and people have taken a liking for it right away. They know it looks very good on them and get a deep sense of comfort. The clothing is available in many designs and forms and the buyer will find it easy to take his pick. In fact, he will be very spoilt for choice and will have a tough time choosing as they all look good and better than the other.

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May 2, 2017

Sports footwear companies progress towards eliminating sweatshops

Sunday, February 6, 2005 A United Nations report has shown that sports footwear companies are making progress towards ending the use of sweatshops and are implementing more worker-friendly codes of practice than clothing companies and retailers.

The study, published by the International Labour Organisation, suggests that consumer pressure is behind the changes. As a result of consumer’s concerns, footwear companies have been diverting financial and human resources towards developing and implementing better codes of conduct for suppliers. Large teams have been established within companies to work toward the goal of better conditions for factory workers.

The study, based upon interviews with hundreds of managers, activists, government officials, factory workers and worker representatives and visits to companies all over the world, goes on to suggest that workers should be given more powers to oversee conditions in their places of work.

Clothing companies have been failing to make such good progress due the large number of constantly-changing suppliers they use, with the ILO study describing progress as “spotty.” A major retailer may have a supply base of over 5,000 different companies, making it more difficult to establish stronger, more effective links with supply companies. They have also assigned less manpower to the task of compliance with codes of practice.

In some areas of the retail industry, there has been almost no compliance with codes of practice.

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