Skin Care Tips By Experts

Most of us dont think about taking care of our skin, weconsider it very time consuming. At such times, think about how our skin helpsour body. It is a shield from all sorts of harmful elements. Through out thelife, the skin goes through wear and tear due to the environmental factors aswell as the genetic factors. Therefore it is important to include anti aging skin careas part of our health andfitness plan.

The way your skin looks, determines how you look. You willnot look young with a saggy skin. The first skin care tipsfor yourskin is to avoid damage. The main elements that could damage your skin are; sunrays, wind and pollutants.

  • Excess sun exposure can affect your skin adversely. It causes wrinkles and dryness in the skin. It is best to avoid going out in the sun in the peek times (10 am to 4 pm). In case of skin carefor men, the nature of their job may be such that they have to be out in the sun during the day, for such situations you could wear long sleeved and light colored clothes. Use sunscreen on the exposed parts of your skin or a moisturizer with SPF 15.
  • Smoking is not only harmful to health, but also makes your skin look old and wrinkled and ends up in premature ageing of the skin. Due to the smoke, your skin is not able to retain oxygen and these results in narrowing of the blood vessels in the skin. Thus it is not able to get all the required nutrients. Your skins collagen is also damaged due to the smoke which leads to less elasticity and strength of the skin.
  • Skin carefor men and women are not as different as people think. In fact men need to take care of their skins more as they are the ones who face the dirt and pollution during the day. One important skin care tip for both, men and women, is not to spend time in the hot baths. This can remove some important oils and moisture from the skin. Use mild cleansers and moisturizers on your skin and avoid products which are made of more number of chemicals.
  • Another skin care tip is to eat healthy. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can benefit your skin and give it a natural glow making it look younger.

Proper daily skincare program is very important for avoiding ageing of the skin. Here aresome skin care tips you could follow to give your skin a clean, glowing and younglook:

  • Cleansing: The most important part of skin care for men and women, is to clean your skin daily. You can purchase a good quality cleanser from your nearest drugstore. According to your skin type, you can choose the cleanser which best suits you. Cleanse only once in the day and do not rub the skin too roughly. If you have dry skin, a cold cream can be applied after cleansing your skin. Washing your face with lukewarm water in the morning is enough to remove the excess oils.
  • Exfoliate: You can exfoliate your skin once a week. Scrubs remove the dead skin layer, revealing the fresh skin beneath. You could also use toners. These remove the dirt, oil and make up without harming your skin.
  • Moisturize: It is important to moisturize your skin daily. They soothe the dry skin and make it look healthy.
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Wikinews interviews candidate for New York City mayor Vitaly Filipchenko

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

In early May, Wikinews extended an invitation to Vitaly Filipchenko, an independent candidate in the 2021 New York City mayoral election, set to take place November 2nd, alongside other candidates. Filipchenko answered some questions about his policies and campaign during a phone interview.

Filipchenko, registered on the New York City Campaign Finance Board as Vitaly A. Filipchenko, is the first Russian candidate for New York City mayor, being born in Tomsk, Siberia in 1973, according to news agency Sputnik. He has since naturalised as a United States citizen. According to the web site, Filipchenko has been educated in road construction and maintenance and owns a moving services company; he describes himself on his web site as a “small business owner”. On his web site’s platform page, he says that “[m]y English may not be perfect – but my platform is.”

Incumbent Democrat mayor Bill de Blasio, who won re-election in the 2017 New York City mayoral election by 66.5%, cannot run for a third term under term limits. As of April 28, 22 candidates are currently running, the majority of whom are also Democrats. Ahead of the June Democratic primary for New York City mayor, a poll conducted May 23 and 24 by WPIX and Emerson College of 12 Democratic candidates with a margin of error of 3.2 per cent has former commissioner for the New York City Department of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia and Borough President of Brooklyn Eric Adams leading with 21.1% and 20.1%, respectively.

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Advocacy groups complain about sex-ed website

Tuesday, April 5, 2005The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) has written a March 31 letter to Michael Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The letter presents a number of complaints about the new HHS website for parents, called

An additional 145 advocacy groups have signed on to the letter, including notable liberal groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Among the concerns expressed in the letter about the website:

  • It contains factual errors and outdated terminology.
  • It is politically biased, and only credits one non-governmental organization, the National Physicians Center for Family Resources (NPC), which the letter claims has “strong ties to right wing religious organizations like the California Family Council, Alabama Family Alliance, and Focus on the Family.”
  • It introduces anti-abortion language, such as referring to the developing fetus as an “unborn child” and defining that pregnancy begins at fertilization, rather than at implantation, the definition previously accepted by the HHS.
  • It also “does not address the needs of many youth, including sexually active youth, youth who have been or are being sexually abused, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.”

SIECUS further requested that the site be “immediately taken down and that a formal review of its content and techniques for communication and behavioral learning be launched,” in which SIECUS and its related associations would be assisting.

According to the website, ” is part of a new national public education campaign to provide parents with the information, tools and skills they need to help their teens make the healthiest choices.” Whether this implies that other websites or educational materials will be released in the near future was not made clear.

The site appeared to particularly focus on parent-child communication and the delivery of sex-ed information to parents in order to support that cause. The stated goal of this campaign is improvement of public health through the reduction of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and other health-related issues that affect teens.

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Niels Joergen Haugesen

By Jessica Whittaker

Versatility is the word that perhaps best describes this architect from Denmark who told the world how important it was for furniture to be operative. Niels Joergen Haugesen did not believe in extremely beautiful artwork unless it matched its beauty in effectiveness and efficiency.

In 1956 when Niels Joergen Haugesen was twenty years old, he was trained as a cabinet maker. It goes without saying that design was incorporated into his brain at a very young age for Haugesen showed all signs of vigor, capability and originality. Niels Joergen Haugesen spent five worthwhile years of his life at Arne Jacobsen in Copenhagen and learning all about furniture design. Today Jacobsen is one of his idols and motivations.

Niels Joergen Haugesen designed the Haugesen Table for which he won the ID Prize in 1986 and he won that award again the next year for his much liked X Line chair. The X Line chair is very interesting to look at with its legs forming the shape of X. It looks just like its diagrammatic representation and thus it exudes the simplicity of design-the Niels Haugesen style.

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Niels Joergen Haugesen collections are tremendously appealing. For instance his collection of seats called Distance gets its name from its unique backrest. There is a thin split between the two halves of the backrest joined by thin but durable poles. This makes the seat look like the upper part of the support is just suspended in thin air. This nature of his design proves that there need not be too many complications for furniture to be innovative and chic. Distance sofas are available as two and four seaters and the designs are available in plain fabric; and also a vibrant, eccentric use of multicolored stripes is seen in other pieces.

Another geometrical wonder from Haugesen is the Nimbus Table System. This distinctive design combines five separate table tops and arranges them to form one piece of a single table top. Using this style, a combination or permutation of endless table tops can be used to form bigger tables. Haugesen has a series of five such Nimbus Tables each experimented with different types and colors of wood. This gives the table top a unique look because while we can easily tell the diverse nature and separateness of each top, the stunning blending of these tops can be admired at the same time.

The Xylofon collection is a nice crisscross of metal and wood. While the seats are made of teak wood which is known for its stability and solidity, the legs are connected to the support system and the seat by steel. This prevents the Xylofon Bench and the Xylofon chair from being wobbly.

In 1996, the designer won the Danish Furniture Award which was quite expected after his deserving wins of the Danish Forest Associations Furniture Award and Danish Furniture Industries Design Prize. In 1998, the Danish State Art Fund took notice of this mans creative genius and gave him the lifelong Artists Grant. In the USA, he is represented in the much renowned Museum of Modern Art in New York.

When it comes to grandeur minus the shall we say imbroglio in furniture, Niels Joergen Haugesen definitely warrants a worthy mention.

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U.S. military confirms Qur’ans were kicked, stepped on and splashed with urine at Guantanamo

Saturday, June 4, 2005

On Friday, the U.S. military released the results of their investigation and confirmed that in 5 separate incidents, American guards at the Guant√°namo Bay prison “mishandled” the Islamic holy book. However, they stress that guards were usually “respectful” of the Qur’an.

One incident involved splashing a Qur’an with urine by urinating near an air vent while others involved kicking, stepping on and writing in Qur’ans.

Brigadier-General Jay Hood, the commander of the jail, said that these incidents are the exception to the rule. In a statement issued late Friday, he said: “The inquiry … revealed a consistent, documented policy of respectful handling of the Qur’an dating back almost two-and-a-half years.”

Gen. Hood looked into the allegations, published and then retracted by Newsweek, that American personnel flushed a Qur’an down a toilet. He said that the inquiry did not find any evidence supporting this particular allegation. “The inquiry found no credible evidence that a member of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay ever flushed a Qur’an down a toilet. This matter is considered closed.”

The incidents reported are:

  • a guard kicking a prisoner’s Qur’an;
  • Qur’ans wetted by water balloons thrown by guards;
  • a “two-word obscenity” written, in English, inside the cover of a Qur’an. Military officials state that it is equally possible that a guard wrote this in the prisoner’s Qur’an or that the prisoner wrote this in his own Qur’an;
  • a guard who urinated too close to an air vent, spraying a Qur’an with urine;
  • an interrogator who stepped on a Qur’an during an interrogation.

The investigation also revealed 15 alleged cases of Qur’an mistreatment by detainees themselves. Detainees used Qur’ans as pillows, urinated on them, and, several times, tore pages out of copies of the books, according to the report. For example, the report states that a guard observed a “detainee place two Qur’ans in his toilet and state he no longer cared about the Qur’an or his religion,” on February 23, 2004. It is believed that such behavior is intended to cause disruption and problems for the guards.

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WHO’s reaction to H1N1 influenced by drug companies, reports claim

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Reports suggest the World Health Organisation’s declaring a swine flu pandemic was an error driven by drug companies, and lead to unjustified fear. A year after the swine flu pandemic was declared, stocks are left unused and governments try to abandon contracts, pharmaceutical companies have profited at least ¬£4.6billion from the sale of vaccines alone.

Reports by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) and the Council of Europe claim that The World Health Organisation reaction to H1N1 was influenced by pharmaceutical companies and that key scientists behind advice had financial ties with firms Roche and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). These conflicts of interest have never been publicly disclosed by WHO, an apparent violation of its own rules.

The World Health Organisation issued H1N1 guidelines in 2004, recommending countries to stockpile millions of doses of antiviral medication. The advice prompted many countries around the world into buying up large stocks of Tamiflu, made by Roche, and Relenza manufactured by GSK.

A joint investigation with the BMJ and the BIJ, found that scientists involved in developing the WHO 2004 guidance had previously been paid by Roche or GSK for lecturing and consultancy work as well as being involved in research for the companies. “The WHO’s credibility has been badly damaged,” BMJ editor Fiona Godlee said in an editorial.

A report by the health committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a 47-member human rights watchdog, found that the WHO’s reaction was influenced by drug companies that make H1N1 antiviral drugs and vaccines. It criticised WHO lack of transparency around the handling of the swine flu pandemic and says the public health guidelines by WHO, EU agencies and national governments led to a “waste of large sums of public money and unjustified scares and fears about the health risks faced by the European public.”

We’re still in the pandemic

A spokesman for WHO said the drug industry did not influence its decisions on swine flu. Margaret Chan, the organisation’s director, had dismissed inquiries into its handling of the A/H1N1 pandemic as “conspiracy theories” earlier this year, she had said: “WHO anticipated close scrutiny of its decisions, but we did not anticipate that we would be accused, by some European politicians, of having declared a fake pandemic on the advice of experts with ties to the pharmaceutical industry and something personal to gain from increased industry profits.”

Yesterday, a 16-member “emergency committee” consisting of advisors from the World Health Organisation said that the H1N1 pandemic is not yet over. The WHO has refused to identify committee members, arguing that they must be shielded from industry pressure, so possible conflicts of interest with drug companies are unknown. The BMJ report also reveals that at least one expert on the “emergency committee” received payment during 2009 from GSK.

In related news, Reuters reported, Pfizer Inc, the world’s biggest drugmaker, is selling its swine vaccine business to Chinese Harbin Pharmaceutical Group for $50 million.

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United Nations suspends operations in Gaza after schools and trucks are hit by Israeli forces

Friday, January 9, 2009

The United Nations (UN) suspended all of its operations in Gaza from yesterday, after the bombing of a convoy of UN aid trucks which killed one Palestinian driver, and wounded three others. Thursday was the second day of attacks on UN targets after three UN schools housing refugees were bombed on Tuesday, killing over 50 civilians.

“UNRWA decided to suspend all its operations in the Gaza Strip because of the increasing hostile actions against its premises and personnel,” Adnan Abu Hasna, a Gaza-based spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said yesterday. Richard Miron, spokesman for the UN said that the Israeli military had been notified in advance of the coordinates of the relief trucks saying, “This underlines the fundamental insecurity inside Gaza at a time when we are trying to address the dire humanitarian needs of the population there.”

The bombing of the UN trucks was the last straw for the UN, already angered after Israeli tanks fired on a UN school housing refugees killing 50 including an entire family of seven young children. The UN said that they had given Israel the GPS coordinates of their schools, and demanded accountability for the attacks. Israel’s government says it is investigating the incidents.

More schools were attacked including the al-Fakhora School killing 40 people, many of them women and children. Hours before the attack on the al-Fakhora School was an attack on Asma Elementary School which killed three Palestinian cousins. The cousin’s father said the bodies were so mangled he couldn’t tell the bodies apart, “We came to the school when the Israelis warned us to leave,” he said. “We hoped it would be safe. We were 20 in one room. We had no electricity, no blankets, no food. “Suddenly we heard a bomb that shook the school. Windows smashed. Children started to scream. A relative came and told me one of my sons was killed. I found my son’s body with his two cousins. They were cut into pieces by the shell.” Like al-Fakhora, Asma Elementary is an UNRWA school.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on yesterday that they were trying for four days to get their ambulances to a Gaza neighborhood before being allowed to by Israeli military forces. After getting there, they said, they found four starving children sitting next to the bodies of their dead mothers.

“This is a shocking incident,” said Pierre Wettach, ICRC chief for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. “The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded. Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestinian Red Crescent to assist the wounded.”

Israel granted a three-hour ceasefire yesterday that they gave for aid workers to enter areas that they had closed off. 50 bodies were recovered during the ceasefire, raising the death toll to 763, including more than 200 children, since air raids first began on December 27. 3,121 people have also been wounded. Eight Israeli soldiers and three civilians have died in the same period. Israeli forces also shot a Palestinian man in the West Bank during a protest against Israel’s actions in Gaza. Yesterday, a Palestinian man was killed by Israeli forces after a confrontation in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ma’ale Adumim near Jerusalem.

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Finding The Right Face Lift Surgeon

Finding The Right Face Lift Surgeon


John Pawlett

Face lifts are becoming commonplace these days. It s important to remember, however, that a face lift is still surgery. You should choose a face lift surgeon as carefully as you choose any other doctor involved in your health care. A good place to begin is word of mouth. Talk to people who have had face lifts about their doctors. Develop a “short list”–two or three doctors you might be interested in working with and then schedule a consultation visit with each of them.

Since any doctor can claim to be a plastic surgeon, the first things you want to look for are professional affiliations. The plastic surgeon doing your face lift should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and ideally by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery, as well.

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Ask the doctor how many face lifts he or she has done in the last year. Were there any complications? You should also ask to see some before and after pictures.

Ask where the doctor will be doing the surgery. Some plastic surgeons operate in their own office suites; others prefer to work in the operating theater at a hospital. Since even the best planned face lift procedures can go wrong, it s a good idea to select a doctor who has a hospital affiliation in case you need to be admitted in an emergency.

Finally, how do you get along with the doctor? Do you feel a rapport? Avoid doctors who try to push you into more surgery than you feel comfortable with, or doctors who act as if your questions are a nuisance.

Take the time to ask questions until you re comfortable, and when the day of your face lift arrives, you should be able to go into surgery confident that you ve chosen the best doctor for you.

Getting a face lift is a huge decision and you want to make sure that you have all of the information you need to ensure that you are making the best decision for you. A face lift can change your life and make you feel better about yourself, but you have to be sure that what you are doing is something that you will be comfortable with because once its done its done! You will find that there is a lot of literature in bookstores and online that can help you learn more about the different face lift procedures. There are several different procedures that you can choose from and you should be well informed about all of them.

While there is a lot of face lift information available, your best resource is a licensed plastic surgeon. A licensed plastic surgeon can look at your perceived problem areas and advise you on the procedures that will best suit your needs. If you want the least invasive procedure such as a tightening around the eyes or the mouth, your plastic surgeon may suggest one procedure. On the other hand, if you want to revitalize the whole face, youd need a complete face lift. There are a lot of options and you should work with your doctor to determine which is right for you. If you dont seem to be compatible with your surgeon, you should find another, as it is very important that you are able to communicate openly.

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FBI investigates AT&T security breach

Sunday, June 13, 2010


The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a probe into a security breach that allowed hackers to retrieve 114,000 e-mail addresses of iPad users on the AT&T network.

The FBI announced the investigation Friday, which will determine exactly what allowed a group of hackers using the name “Goatse Security” to access the data. The security breach was first announced by the blog Gawker on Wednesday. The FBI has since asked Gawker Media LLC, the owners of the site, to retain all information relating to the incident. The company was also involved in another recent case with Apple Inc., which included the iPhone 4. Gawker said that it does not believe it is the main target of this FBI investigation.

Editors at Gawker were able to verify the information the hackers sent to them, and did not post full e-mail addresses or any other identifying information in its initial story of the incident. Gawker said that it did not pay Goatse Security for the data. One of the hackers later wrote that they did not reveal the addresses to anyone else and had already deleted them.

The hackers were able to obtain the data after discovering a program on AT&T’s website that provides the e-mail address of a user when that user’s identification number is given. The hackers essentially guessed and then saved the numbers for the 114,000 users. They did not tell AT&T of the security hole.

A spokesperson for AT&T said Wednesday that the company “was informed by a business customer on Monday of the potential exposure of their iPad ICC-IDs [the identification numbers]”, and had disabled the e-mail-providing program by Tuesday. AT&T also said that no other information was stolen other than the e-mails addresses of their customers, and that “there is no evidence that any other customer information was shared.” The company says it will notify all of the iPad users whose information was compromised.

Many of the users involved are high-ranking government or corporate officials, including Rahm Emanuel, the current White House Chief of Staff, and Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City. Others include employees of Google and the U.S. military.

Apple has not commented about the breach.

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Highway bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Interstate 35W Mississippi River eight-lane bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota has collapsed on both sides of the highway over the Mississippi River during rush hour.

Previous reports indicated at least nine people had died, but Minneapolis police revised this to four during a 7:30 a.m. (local time) press conference. Tim Dolan, the Minneapolis Police Chief later stated that “several [adding to the four] people are confirmed dead at the scene,” but would not elaborate on how many. At least 79 have been injured and at least 8 are still missing, still believed to be in the rubble.

The road was busy with bumper-to-bumper traffic in four lanes when the entire 1907 foot (581 m) steel arch bridge collapsed. At least 50 cars were traveling on the bridge, including a school bus. The Red Cross said that 60 children were aboard a school bus, and that ten of those were admitted to a hospital.

The entire length of the bridge over the river collapsed at 6:05 p.m. CDT (UTC-5). The bridge, built in 1967, cleared the water level by 64 feet; the deck surface and pavement were considerably higher.

Reports say that people may be trapped in the water. Further, “many voids may contain survivors, but we cannot search those voids until it’s safe,” said Jim Clack, Minneapolis Fire Chief, during a press conference.

“One has died from drowning,” said a doctor from the medical center during an 8:00 pm press conference, who also said that so far 22 are in “yellow condition” and at least six are in “critical condition.”

Minneapolis officials have stated during an earlier press conference that “people are being sent downtown and all survivors are off the bridge. We are seeking help from the Red Cross.” and “[…]at least 60 children are receiving trauma care some with severe injures, some with minor injuries.”

Most of the injured have been received by Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis for medical treatment. Area hospitals are requesting all off duty staff and all Minneapolis ambulances to report. Residents are being encouraged to stay away from the area to let emergency crews do their work.

It is not known what caused the collapse, but there was construction being performed on the bridge’s road surface which included the use of jackhammers and the FBI has ruled out terrorism.

“Although it is much too early to make any determination of the cause, we have no reason at this time to believe there is any nexus to terrorism,” said Paul McCabe, an FBI spokesman.

In 2001 a stress inspection was done and Minnesota Department of Transportation stated that the bridge “should not have any problems with fatigue cracking in the foreseeable future.”

Typically an eight-lane bridge, the bridge was reduced to four lanes (two in each direction) during the current construction. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) had just announced overnight lane reductions on the bridge to one lane in each direction for the late evening hours of July 31 and August 1.

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