For Sea World Feb. 24, 2010 will be a horrifying day no one at the theme park will soon forget. One of their veteran trainers, Dawn Brancheau was killed by one of the Orcas she worked with and loved.

When something like this happens everyone wants answers but not many will follow. The public has many opinions but who is correct? People want to see footage of what happened but many do not understand why someone would want to watch another humans life come to an end in such a tragic way. When things like this happen it is not uncommon for it to turn into a high public debate where many voice their opinion. Blogs, video blogs, articles, and public opinion pages on Squidoo and other sites are one of many places you will find pages of opinions.

Animal rights groups are calling for the release of this whale. Others want Tilikum put down like you would any other animal that kills someone. Some will defend the animal saying it did what is natural for that type of animal or that it was a accident. But who has the correct view and opinion on this matter?

There is one thing for sure, everyone thinks that their opinion is what is right. But decisions will not be made on public opinion or even their outcries. Sea World has been a leader worldwide at caring and rescuing sick and injured wildlife. Their opinions and decisions will outweigh anyone else’s because they are considered the experts.

Part of why Sea World is a leader in helping wildlife is because of the interaction they have daily with the animals they have at the parks. They are learning more everyday about these beautiful whales which gives them the ability to know better how to help sea life when it is needed. The theme park was founded on the emphasis of education and interaction. The public in general loves to be able to watch and interact that closely with animals normally unseen by many. Just like Dawn Brancheau what 9 year old child does not leave Sea World with dreams of one day being a trainer at Sea World. In your opinion Sea World may not make the best decision, but it is not up to you or me. This decision is left up to Sea World and we have to trust that they will make the right decision based on what they know.

Source by Shawn J Gourley

Like many art forms, taxidermy’s roots go way back in human history, to times when methods were primitive and results were spotty. In recent years, taxidermy has become so strongly supported by advances in technique and technology that it’s difficult to compare it to past forms of the art.

In some form, taxidermy has been around at least since the days of ancient Egypt; household pets and animals considered to be sacred were mummified much like humans in the ruling class were preserved. In the extreme short term, that kind of preservation was not unlike taxidermy, although it was not generally intended for public display or long-term preservation as modern taxidermy is.

The more modern form of taxidermy, the art of preserving and arranging an animal’s skin on a form intended to preserve what it looked like in life, was first mentioned during the Middle Ages. De arte venandi cum avibus, a treatise on falconry written in the 1240s by Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich II of Hohenstaufen, speaks of bird preservation. Forms of hunting decoys, first known to be used in the early 1300s, were made from literally stuffed bird skins –not as precise or accurate as modern avian taxidermy, to be sure, but it certainly required reasonably effective skin preservation techniques. Naturalist Pierre Belon wrote the earliest known scientific explanation and instructions for taxidermic procedures in 1555, and further instructions were offered in 1622 by Giovanni Olina and in the late 1620s by JC Aitinger. While no specimens from those early days of taxidermy survive, pieces from the collection of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), a physician, naturalist and collector, formed the basis of the British Museum and can still be observed to this day. Taxidermy has also preserved some intact bird specimens collected on the voyages of Captain James Cook, and Meriwether Lewis studied taxidermy in the months before the outset of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in order to return preserved specimens to the United States.

During the Victorian Era, taxidermy reached what may have been its greatest level of popularity, as travelers to distant lands sought to preserve mementos of their visits, and as museums around the world undertook to display specimens for study. Using taxidermy as a factor in interior design also came into fashion during this time. Several taxidermists branched into bizarre niche markets such as anthropomorphic taxidermy, in which the subjects were posed as if partaking in human activities. Walter Potter’s “Kittens’ Tea & Croquet Party,” in which thirty-seven ginger kittens were shown enjoying tea and mouse tarts at a garden party, is one of the more famous –or infamous!– examples of this alternative style of taxidermy.

As the 20th century dawned, Carl E. Akeley, William T. Horneday, Coloman Jonas and Leon Pray ushered in the modern era of taxidermy. Seeking to use taxidermy to fulfill its original intent –to portray animals as they were when they were alive– these men and other pioneering artists developed accurate and detailed forms arranged in realistic but aesthetically pleasing poses. Their new mounting techniques enabled taxidermists to pose animals not in general, vaguely inaccurate poses but in proper, lifelike poses specific to that particular animal.

Building on the foundation set by centuries of artists before them, today’s taxidermists use current technology to ensure that majestic animals of all types can be enjoyed well into the future.

Source by Shawn Dawson

What is the iMMACC?

Learning online marketing is perhaps one of the most crucial aspects of having a successful business and building a well-known brand, but figuring out how to really do it can sometimes present a challenge. Addressing this need, a team of entrepreneurs, headed by well-known internet mogul, Gerald Van Yerxa, created the Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching center. But what is it exactly and can it really help you to promote your existing business online? Read on to learn more about the iMMACC.

What is the Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching Center:

According to Gerald Van Yerxa, the iMMACC was created to provide business owners with the knowledge and tools to learn how to market more effectively online. According to their website, they are arguably the world’s largest online marketing and mentoring school available and teach the most effective and current marketing techniques to enable business owners to market and promote their services and products and stay ahead of the competition and at the front of the search engines.

What Tactics does iMMACC Teach?

The Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching Center provides ongoing live training and support as well as an enormous back office library of training seminars. They teach over 51 different on and offline marketing tactics including:

Video marketing

Article marketing


Social Media Marketing through such sites as Facebook and Twitter

Social Bookmarking

Back-Linking/Anchor-Texting and more

and Most importantly, Keyword Research (how to select the best keywords and use them in the most strategic way to ensure your online marketing campaigns will stay at the top of google.)

Additionally, the Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching Center focuses on instructing business owners in the exact specifics of keyword research and other critical search engine optimization techniques to ensure that these online marketing campaigns will not only be effective but really put the respective business where they want to be; which is in front of their target audience and clients.

The stand apart feature with the iMMACC as well is that the training is on-going and at multiple times throughout the week as opposed to other online marketing programs that last only a few months and provide limited support, access and resources.

The Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching Center Compensation and Referral Program:

The iMMACC has a compensation plan that allows people who are participating in the mentoring and marketing program to refer people to also enroll in the program and receive $1,000 USD for each person who also comes in. So for someone who doesn’t already have a product or service to market, this may open the door for either a second stream of income or an entirely separate program to promote and market as well.

So as you can see, the Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching Center provides a unique opportunity to learn how to really blow away the competition online and make huge strides in your internet marketing strategies. If you really want to stand out online and create massive success for your business, then the iMMACC may truly be a program to look at.

Source by Shawn Stoik

The following exercise that I am going to explain to you is deceptively simple to perform, yet the benefits that you can achieve in a relatively short period of time, if you are consistent in your workouts, are nothing short of amazing. NO, this isn’t some silly miracle technique or some secret training technique only known to a select few who learned it from a Tibetan monk. It is simply a solid basic exercise combined with any kick or kicks that you wish to combine with it. So, without further delay let’s get started!


The starting position for your basic squat is executed by facing directly forward (front facing squat position) while standing with your feet approximately a little wider than shoulder width apart and your upper body and back straight. In this particular case, I want you to keep you hands up in a fighting position, exactly like a boxer would hold his hands up.

From this position, slowly bend your knees keeping your upper body and back straight and your hands up, while lowering yourself down until the tops of your thighs are parallel with the ground. Make sure your head is up with your eyes focused in front of you, not on the ground. Once you reach this position, slowly raise yourself back up to your original starting position. Once you become familiar with this exercise and your bodies reaction to it, you can adjust the speed to where you alternate between doing slow repetitions and faster ones.


The only difference in this particular variation is that instead of standing facing directly forward, I want you to stand more sideways (side facing squat position) like you would if you were in an actual fighting position. One thing to remember though, keep your feet parallel with one another. Don’t actually have your feet in the position you would normally have them in during an actual fighting stance.

From this position, slowly bend your knees keeping your upper body and back straight and your hands up, while lowering yourself down until the tops of your thighs are parallel with the ground. Make sure your head is up and turned over your lead shoulder with your eyes focused in that direction, not on the ground. Once you reach this position, slowly raise yourself back up to your original starting position. After doing a predetermined set of repetitions, switch your feet so that you are facing the opposite direction with your opposite side of your body now facing towards the front.

Once you become familiar with this exercise and your bodies reaction to it, you can adjust the speed to where you alternate between doing slow repetitions and faster ones.


What kick or kicks you decide to do is entirely up to you. My only recommendation is to not do any kind of jumping kicks for several weeks until after your legs have become accustomed to the new training routine. You can execute your kicks at any height you prefer. The only thing to make sure and do is to alternate your legs after each squat, but more on that later.

SQUAT KICKS (The Exercise):

Start out by standing in either the front facing squat position, or the side facing squat position. Whichever position is more comfortable for you to be in. Eventually, you will want to do this series of exercises from both positions.

Keeping your hands up and your upper body and back straight, slowly lower yourself down until the tops of your thighs are parallel with the floor. Upon reaching this point, slowly raise yourself back up into your original starting position. However, as you start to reach your original position, execute any kick you prefer with your right leg. Immediately upon returning your kicking leg back down onto the ground, slowly lower yourself back down again into the squat position. Repeat this again and then execute your preferred kick with your left leg. This constitutes one (1) repetition.

Execute this 10 times executing the same kick ten times with each leg before moving on to your next kick.

Now I know what you are thinking. This is really simple! Well, you’re right, it is simple, but extremely effective in building strength and endurance in your legs. Not to mention improving the speed and power in your kicks.


I strongly recommend performing the following routine 3 to 4 times per week. You will need to adjust the number of repetitions to fit your own level of fitness.

Day One:

Knee Raises – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps (2 squats and 1 kick with each leg is one-rep)

Rising Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Front Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Side Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Back Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Day Two:

Knee Raises – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps (2 squats and 1 kick with each leg is one-rep)

Rising Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Crescent Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Reverse Crescent Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Roundhouse Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Day Three:

Knee Raises – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps (2 squats and 1 kick with each leg is one-rep)

Rising Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Axe Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Wheel Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Hook Kicks – 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps

Be sure and stretch properly before attempting to execute these exercises. They are simple in nature, but are a very brutal workout for your legs. These can even be done while watching your favorite TV show. However, if you do decide to do them at that time, I recommend that you perform the exercise during the show itself and take a break during the commercials. Try and work up to where you can do these during the entire time your favorite show is playing.

Final Note:

Please feel free to drop me a comment on this routine and let me know how it works for you.

Source by Shawn Kovacich

A New Perception on Purpose

Shawn Easton provides the key to unlocking your purpose in God’s kingdom in his book “Divine Connections.” This is a book for everyone with a desire to move to a new spiritual plane in experiencing God. Easton offers the reader insights into an understanding of the benefit of being a member of the “Body of Christ.” He sees the church as being made up of interconnecting divine links of individuals who are joined together to support each other in fulfilling His divine purpose.

Easton discusses the importance of the divine connection between New Testament personalities, Elizabeth and Mary, Ananias and Paul, as well as Paul and Barnabas. He draws attention to the impact of the stoning of Stephan on the life of Paul and the consequence of this divine encounter.

Examples are also taken from the Old Testament. The friendship that developed between David and Jonathan illustrates how individuals are prepared for divine connections. Easton uses David’s experience with Goliath to alert the reader to be vigilant for giants in their lives that keep them from discovering God’s purpose for them. Easton calls attention to the weapons God provides to defeat their enemies.

Other divine connections suggestions include: Godly marriages, friendships, and family relationships. Easton puts an emphasis on the importance of passing on generational blessings and also imparting the blessing down within the Body of Christ. He alerts the reader of the dangers of racial boundaries and of the importance of using time judiciously.

The book is user friendly and well formatted for ease in reading, understanding and appropriation. “Divine Connections” is a well-timed, significant book, challenging the reader to step out in faith, to move beyond their comfort zone and to determine their own God ordained divine connections and purpose.

xulon Press, 978-1606471821

As reviewed for Midwest Book Review

Source by Richard R Blake

With one single program written in 1999, an 18-year old Northeastern University computer science student named Shawn Fanning would unwittingly forever transform how people use the internet. The name of his program was Napster. Dubbed after his teenage nickname because of his nappy hair, Napster was a free downloadable program that could transform individual computers into servers that shared MP3 music files across the internet. Rather than a central server where all music files were stored, Napster instead worked as a medium. Users could log in to Napster, search for an artist or song title, and then proceed to download directly from another logged-in user’s hard drive. In a little more than a year after its initial launch, Napster soon became one of the most notorious and wildly popular sites in internet history. At its peak, Napster was touting a grand total of some 60 million users worldwide (Collins, 2002). Little did Fanning realize that his brainchild would soon become as ubiquitous on the internet as email and instant messaging. Nor little did Fanning realize the ensuing legal tempest that his creation would eventually create. Ultimately what began as a simple program written for his friends to share music soon caught the attention of not only young people worldwide, but also the ire of the recording industry.

The story of Napster begins just south of Boston in the city of Brockton, Massachusetts. A 17-year old Colleen Fanning was a high school senior there in 1980. One night, her older brother threw a party celebrating his high school graduation and hired a local band called “MacBeth” to play at the party. It was a resounding success, with some 3,000 people mobbing the house. Colleen’s younger brother John went around with a hat raising money to pay for the band and netting a couple of grand by the end of the night, his first entrepreneurial experience. That same night, say the Fannings, Colleen hooked up with one of the musicians and wound up pregnant. With her dad’s support, Colleen kept her baby, and named him Shawn. However, Shawn’s biological father who happened to be the son of one of the richest families in Massachusetts bailed out. Colleen eventually ended up marrying an ex-Marine who drove a delivery truck for a local bakery. His name was Raymond Verrier. The couple had four more kids, and Colleen took care of them all while her husband worked. “Money was always a pretty big issue,” Shawn said in a 2000 Business Week article. He added, “There was a lot of tension around that” (Ante, 2000).

Shawn grew up near the public housing projects in Brockton. At the time, Verrier could see her already-shy son was withdrawing from the inner-city chaos constantly surrounding him, “He went inside himself real deep and said, ‘I want to get out of this.’ Even though it meant losing him a little bit, it’s what I wanted for him,” said Verrier, employed then as a nurse’s aide. As Shawn grew older, Verrier turned to her business-minded brother, John, to help guide her son. As an incentive to learn, for each “A” he brought home from school his uncle John Fanning gave him money. He also bought his nephew an Apple Macintosh computer that Verrier could never have had the money for (Menn, 2003). Life for Shawn at the Fanning household however was steadily worsening. The relationship between his parents finally culminated when his mother and stepfather had a split. For a year Shawn and his siblings were forced to live in a foster home (Ante, 2000). Nevertheless, Shawn’s entrepreneurial uncle John Fanning was always there to offer support to his young nephew. Shawn worked summers as an intern in the division at his uncle John’s internet company, NetGames, in the nearby town of Hull. There, Shawn became quite deft at programming from fellow interns who were studying computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. Yet in spite of John taking a vested interest in his nephew, Shawn was reluctant to absorb his uncle’s attentive work ethic. Shawn had difficulty completing assignments and instead would often focus on playing video games. “I was just getting into programming, so I spent a lot of my time just fiddling with projects and hanging out,” Shawn said (Ante, 2000). It was also during this time however that Shawn learned about what would soon make him notorious, MP3 digital music files (Menn, 2003).

Soon upon graduating from Harwich High School in 1998, Shawn enrolled at nearby Northeastern University. What would eventually become Napster was created in the freshman dorm room of Fanning’s roommate at Northeastern University. After listening to the complaints of his roommate finding nothing but dead links for MP3 music files with conventional search engines like Lycos and Yahoo!, Shawn looked for an easier alternative. His idea was simple. He wanted to combine the conventional ease of use of the internet with file transferring technology similar to the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network. Shawn knew that there should be a way to combine the breadth of search engines like Google with the “presence awareness” of systems like instant messaging, which know who is signed on at any given time (Menn, 2003). This was combined with having the option of individual users choose what files could be shared with others while connected to the Napster network. These innovative elements of the Napster program and network finally eliminated the problems associated with dead links. Additionally, by having all users store their music on their own computers, the electronic pipes would not clog if the new system just connected a pair of people and then dropped its own connection to them (Menn, 2003). Finally, added to these elements was a feature that enabled online Napster users to chat amongst each other in real-time.

Shawn dropped out of Northeastern in January 1999 in order to devote his full time to perfect his invention. According to former colleague Tarek Loubani, he has seldom seen anyone so focused. “I don’t think people can appreciate how hard he worked,” said Loubani (Menn, 2003). He remembers only vaguely that stage in mid-1999, unable to recall exact months, weeks or days. Among the only memories he has of that time is being hunched over his Dell notebook computer, writing the code and snoozing on his uncle John’s couch or floor. Afraid of having a software company introduce a similar product before him, he obsessively wrote the entire source code of Napster in 60 straight hours (Greenfeld, 2000). In May 1999, Shawn’s uncle John incorporated the company as Napster. John Fanning would retain a 70% stake in the corporation while nephew Shawn would only retain 30% stake in the corporation. The justification offered by uncle John was that Shawn desperately needed a seasoned businessman like him to handle the nuances of running the company. (Menn, 2003).

Word quickly spread around the Northeastern University campus as soon as their former classmate Shawn had a preliminary beta program of Napster ready for testing on June 1, 1999. Soon, hundreds of college students were busy trading music. This new revolutionary file sharing service quickly became the buzz among the internet literati frequenting bulletin boards and chat rooms. The Napster network was growing and it was growing at a speedy pace. Faced with the prospect of unprecedented popularity within such a short period of time, the Fannings set out to raise capital for additional bandwidth and servers. The company relocated from Hull, Massachusetts to San Mateo, California to a more spacious location and hired additional workers. The additional capital investment in Napster came just in time. Napster became so popular that some college campuses were experiencing clogged up servers from the amount students using Napster alone. Schools such as the Pennsylvania State University in 1999 issued a moratorium on the use of Napster on campus computers and internet connections in an attempt to alleviate the problem. Napster’s woes were only beginning.

The notoriety eventually caught the attention of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The RIAA filed a lawsuit against Napster on December 7, 1999, alleging copyright infringement. Furthermore, the RIAA wanted compensation of $10,000 for every single copyrighted song traded across the Napster network. The unprecedented lawsuit garnered much media attention and further propelled Napster’s popularity, in particular with college students. Escalating droves of young people flocked to Napster to swap music, and the community soon touted millions of members worldwide. At any given time during this period, there would be millions of users online, trading hundreds of thousands of songs.

Later during spring of 2000, the heavy metal band Metallica learned that an unreleased studio outtake of their song “I Disappear” had been leaked and was being traded on Napster. The result was that the single was heard on numerous radio stations across America. Metallica was determined to find out how the song became so widely disseminated. The obvious culprit was Napster. A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed on April 13, 2000. After hiring consulting firm PDNet, Metallica soon discovered that during one weekend in April 2000, over 335,000 individual Napster users were trading their music online. On May 3, 2000 Napster was presented with 60,000 pages of user names that had allegedly traded copyrighted Metallica songs over the Napster network. Metallica demanded that Napster ban the 335,000 users for trading their copyrighted material, and Napster acquiesced. Napster attorney Laurence Pulgram stated, “Napster has taken extraordinary steps to comply with Metallica’s demands to block hundreds of thousands of its fans from using the Napster system.” He further added, “Napster has always stated that it would act in response to notice from copyright holders, and it has lived up to that commitment in good faith.” (Dansby & Uhelszki, 2000).

On May 5, 2000, Napster received a fatal legal blow. U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ruled that Napster was not entitled to “safe harbor” status under the 1992 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Napster’s original defense in its RIAA suit was that it was included under section 1008. This section in the Act explicitly stated that:

“No action may be brought under this title alleging infringement of copyright [1] based on the manufacture, importation, or distribution of a digital audio recording device, a digital audio recording medium, an analog recording device, or an analog recording medium, or [2] based on the noncommercial use by a consumer of such a device or medium for making digital musical recordings or analog musical recordings.”

The Court found that Napster’s users were engaged in widespread copyright violation. Furthermore, the ruling also stated that Napster is “contributorily and vicariously liable for their actions.” The exclusion under Section 1008 of the AHRA was inapplicable here, because the Act provides immunity only from noncommercial copying and not public distribution. The Napster network was composed of over 20 million people. Therefore, each time a user was logged onto the network and shared his or her hard drive contents, that user was distributing copyrighted material to the masses. Section 1008 of the AHRA deals with the reproduction and not the distribution of copyrighted material. Therefore According to the court, Napster users were in violation of copyright infringement and the Napster was facilitating copyright infringement. Judge Patel granted the RIAA request for a preliminary injunction and the site was ordered shut down on July 26, 2000.

In the interim, Napster appealed the judgment on October 2, 2000. The Napster appeal was lost on February 12, 2001. A bid of $1 billion from Napster to settle out of court with the recording industry was shortly rejected. On March 5, 2001, the Ninth Circuit Court ordered Napster to stop the trading of copyrighted material on its network. As a result, Napster began to use filters in its search engine. The Napster system completely blocked any artist or song title that was copyrighted from user searches. Popular artists and song titles were no longer showing up in search results. As a consequence, clever users of Napster circumvented the filters by intentionally misspelling the artist or song title on their hard drives. Napster users could still be able to download copyrighted music. As a consequence, Napster completely shut down its whole network in July 2001 to fully abide by the court injunction. On September 24, 2001, Napster settled with copyright holders to the tune of $26 million for the illegal use of music, and $10 million up front to cover impending royalty agreements. Napster announced on May 17, 2002 an agreement with Germany’s Bertelsmann AG. The agreement would allow a subscriber-based form of Napster to develop featuring the Bertelsmann AG music catalog, in exchange for the German company to drop its lawsuit against Napster. However on June 3, 2001 Napster filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. The sale to Bertelsmann AG was blocked, and Napster was forced to divest its remaining assets.

The current legal incarnation of Napster is as a subscriber-based pay service. Roxio purchased the Napster assets at auction in 2002. According to Wikipedia (2005) a monthly charge of $9.95 is billed to members that can provisionally rent songs, with the option of paying an extra $0.80 to $0.90 to permanently download songs. While the new Napster has only a fraction of the old Napster’s popularity, others have filled the void in the peer-to-peer file-sharing world. Popular services like Kazaa, Limewire and Morpheus utilize the technology made infamous by Shawn Fanning. Yet where the original Napster had a central server, these services rely on connecting directly to other network users. They are inherently more difficult to regulate for copyright infringement and likewise nearly impossible to stop.

Source by Marcus Mayer

A great number of people today are becoming more aware of the importance of being healthy. However despite taking food supplements, getting the right amount of exercise, and having a healthy diet, there are still times when you catch flu and colds.

The viruses causing flu can be treated using antibiotics but there are also instances when the antibiotics don’t work effectively. If you want to use alternative methods to lessen the flu symptoms like upset stomachs, read on.

What is flu? It is also called influenza and is a contagious infection of your respiratory tract. It can be transmitted through the air you breathe when someone with influenza sneezes or coughs out. The symptoms are similar to that of colds including dry cough, sore throat, aching joints and muscles, fatigue, infrequent nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and upset stomachs.

If you’re infected with the influenza virus, the symptoms will not appear immediately. It would take about 1-2 days of incubation until the symptoms appear. After about three days, some of the symptoms may subside but it will totally disappear within ten days. Fatigue and coughing may continue for another two weeks or so.

If you have flu, you will not feel like eating anything because you will find food tasteless. If you want to address your upset stomach caused by the flu, you can try the following:

o Chicken Soup – for many years now, chicken soup has been used to ease flu symptoms. The soup contains garlic that can boost your immune system. It may even reduce the pain that you feel. When preparing the chicken stock, don’t forget to add leeks or onion, celery, and of course, the garlic.

o Vitamin C – make sure that you get plenty of vitamin C. You can eat fruits high in vitamin C or you can take vitamin C supplements.

o Echinacea – according to studies, Echinacea can reduce the symptoms of flu especially if you take it as the flu begins

o Andrographis – if you don’t want to experience an upset stomach, make sure that you take Andrographis to help stimulate your immune system and reduce fever.

o Elderberries – way back during Hippocrates’ time, elderberry has been used to suppress influenza growth. It is a time tested alternative.

o Astragalus – this has been widely used in China for thousands of years now. It can help in building your immune system and fight pathogens found in the body. If you want to reduce symptoms and lessen the flu’s duration, take astragalus daily.

A lot of people now prefer natural means of treating health conditions like influenza. If you can’t find relief from commercial antibiotics, use the natural antibiotics and herbs. These treatment alternatives were proven effective for many years now.

If you don’t have enough money to spend on commercial antibiotics, try these natural treatment alternatives because you have really nothing to lose.

Don’t disregard flu symptoms because if you leave it untreated, it can aggravate underlying health conditions like lung and heart diseases.

Stomach upsets can really affect how you eat because you will feel dizzy and sometimes you even exhibit vomiting. If you don’t want your eating time disturbed by the stomach upsets caused by flu, try the natural treatments now. Chicken soup is really good and it tastes great too. Prepare some now and you can even store the unused portions in your freezer.

Source by Shawn Woods

If you like to sweat and you appreciate pushing your body to the brink of complete and utter exhaustion, than Shawn T’s “Insanity Workout” is definitely something that you will want to try. This workout is about has hardcore as they come, as Shaun pushes you further and further until you just feel the need to collapse to the floor.

The Insanity Workout uses something that is referred to as “Max interval training”. This basically involves you taking part in an exercise and going at 110%, then after a short break Shaun T will push you to give it 150%. It’s all about doing an exercise harder and faster to burn the most fat.

The Insanity Workout runs for a duration of 60 days, the first 30 days being easier than the next set of 30 days (though don’t be fooled; those “easier” first 30 days will certainly kick your butt). The workouts themselves are approximately 40 minutes, though they will gradually increase to about an hour in length.

It has been said that this work out can definitely rival P90X when it comes to toning your body and losing weight. Granted, if you can stick to such intense work out regimes each and every day, you certainly will be losing a ton of weight, especially if you take care to watch your calories and eat appropriate foods that repair and build muscle on either diet plan. Why the Insanity Workout seems to be becoming all of the rage recently is because it is a gradual process. With each different work out routine, you do start off at a pace that allows you to learn the correct move and posture before increasing the speed. Shaun T also keeps things moving along at a pace that keeps things interesting and challenging.

Anyone who has a disability, does not like exercise, or cannot perform high impact exercises will probably not carry through with the entire 60 day Insanity Workout plan. A lot of jumping, push ups, and up and down movements are involved. Because of this, this workout plan may also not be ideal for older people or those who have a health issue that causes them to suffer from fatigue or low energy levels.

All in all, if you think you can keep up with Shaun T – or at least give it all you’ve got – then you are guaranteed to succeed.

Source by Alana Jones

Cash larceny is the theft of cash that has already been accounted for in the books. Since there generally is a paper trail it is considered to be one of the easiest frauds to detect and prevent through the use of internal controls. In this section, I’ll discuss the different ways fraudsters can steal incoming cash.

1. Stealing Cash from the Register

Register theft is the most common form of cash larceny for the obvious reason that it is an easily accessible point of contact with cash receipts. At the time the cash is stolen from the register there already is a record of the transaction on the register tape. Register theft creates an imbalance between the cash in the drawer and the transaction totals on the register tape. In order to detect register theft it is necessary to reconcile both cash balances and track individual cashiers to ensure there are not employees that consistently have less cash in the drawer than cash balance on the register tape. Fraud prevention in this case is most effectively accomplished by informing employees of the reconciliation, assigning a password protected register to each cashier, and restricting the amount of cash present in the register with cash pickups.

2. Personal Check IOUs

This method of cash larceny is less effective in that it requires the fraudster to cover the balance with a personal check or transfer ticket that makes the cash balance reconcile. The biggest problem with this is that without removing the check the fraudster is no better off then when they began therefore they must find a way to prevent it from being cashed. Another inherent problem with this scheme is that the personal check can be detected by an observant employee that is reconciling the register. Companies should be create a policy that prevents employees from cashing their own checks therefore when they find one there is no reason it should be there unless there is a cash larceny scheme.

3. Reversing Cash Transactions

Reversing transactions is a way fraudsters can cover their tracks when committing register theft. By creating fraudulent returns or voids on the register they decrease the amount of cash that should be in the register and then they are able to steal the difference. Some schemes have involved the use of white out to change the cash balance on the register tape but if the tapes were properly examined it would be difficult to cover up the fraud. The easiest control to implement to prevent cashiers from having the ability to cover their tracks would be requiring a management override code in order to issue a refund or void.

For more on register theft check out Cash Larceny (Part 2)

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