Let the light pierce through the darkness Close all old accounts, turn a new leaf Re-learn that old lesson of friendship Kill nor be killed, settle for lessening Amidst us of this fossilized hatred


Perhaps that time has not come yet when our, Gods would listen to the beats in our hearts, peace and happiness spread their glow, perhaps we would have to force Mother Time?.


Íngrid Betancourt returns to France

Friday, July 4, 2008

Freed hostage Íngrid Betancourt arrived in France today, two days after being rescued from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who had kept her captive in the Colombian jungle for more than six years.

Standing alongside President Nicolas Sarkozy at a military air base southwest of Paris, Betancourt said, “I cry with joy.” The Colombian-French politician was greeted at the air base by the President and the First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, along with some supporters.

“I have been dreaming for seven years of this moment. I owe everything to you,” she said, thanking France for pressuring Colombia to “think of other than military options”. She added, “France is my home and you are my family.” Sarkozy said her safe return shows people in difficult situations that “there is hope, light at the end of the tunnel.”

After the welcome at the air base, which was broadcast live on national television, Betancourt went to the Élysée Palace, the President’s official residence. Again accompanied by Sarkozy, she recounted her experiences as a hostage in the Colombian jungle, describing the lack of sunlight and hostile conditions.

“It’s a completely hostile environment with dangerous animals,” Betancourt said. “The most dangerous, of course, is man. Those men who were behind me with huge rifles, pushing me, telling me to walk, telling me to walk more quickly. And in this world of hostility where everything is an enemy, dangerous, against you, there is God. And above all, there was you.”

She called on Sarkozy to continue working toward freeing the hostages who were left behind. “We cannot leave them there where they are suffering, where they are alone,” she stated, saying that some of them are contemplating suicide. In response, Sarkozy said, “We will carry on working to free them.”

Betancourt was one of the 15 hostages rescued on July 2 by the Colombian army, who tricked FARC into handing over the hostages by pretending to be part of a non-governmental organization. She was kidnapped in February 2002 while campaigning for President of Colombia.

At a press conference, her third public event in the hours since returning to France, Betancourt condemned the actions of FARC. “I think the whole world is aware of the fact that FARC inflicts suffering on human beings”, she said, calling on the guerrilla organization to “accept defeat gracefully” and “stop being terrorists.” She called on the international community to help end the “terrible trend of kidnapping in Colombia”.

Betancourt also rejected the idea that the rescue operation was staged to cover up ransom payments to FARC. “I think what I saw was certainly not a staged event,” she said. “There was a degree of tension.”

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Letting go can be a tedious and painful process. Much like when you start to let go of the toxins in your body. It is inevitable to experience headaches or nausea as the body detox program is on its way to work its wonders. But as they say – no pain, no gain. In order to give the yourself the best body detox ever, you have to bear with some inconveniences.

Meanwhile, you dont have to take it sitting down. There are nutritional supplements that you can count on to ease some of the aches associated with detoxification. In the end, the process will get hastened and the body will be rid of harmful substances while you get the best body detox you deserve.

Vitamin Supplements

One important body detox tip to remember is that vitamin supplements do good to the body at all times. There are oil-soluble vitamins as well as water-soluble vitamins. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are the oil-soluble vitamins. What is common about these types of vitamins is that they are all important in cancer prevention. These vitamins also work as a team and give the immune system its much-needed support.

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In particular, Vitamin E guards the storage of Vitamin A in the body. Meanwhile, Vitamin D and Vitamin A promote bone health. It is recommended that the intake of Vitamin K be taken more regularly as it is not stored in the body but is found to be important in blood clotting.

On the other hand, the water-soluble vitamins are Vitamin C and the B-Complex Vitamins. The B-Complex is composed of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and niainamide, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, cyanocobalamin, folic acid and biotin. They are responsible for the functionality of the nervous and systems in the body. They also give the energy necessary for the metabolic processes to take its course.

Mineral Supplements

The supplement approach should be consistent with the natural body detox regime. As such, taking minerals that are found in the soil make the body detox program truly authentic. Mineral supplements are in the form of phosphorus, iron, calcium, zinc, iodine, sulfur, and magnesium among others. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese are all essential in bone development and maintenance.

Best Body Detox Supplements

There are supplements that are specific to the function of body detoxification. Milk thistle, or more popularly known as Silymarin, strengthens liver functions and helps it to purify the blood of toxic materials. This herbal substance also prevents diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver.

Meanwhile, a supplement of some vegetable superfoods is very effective. Spirulina and Chlorella superfoods come in tablet form, are cheap, and are readily available in health food stores. These two superfoods are actually micro algae that are rich in protein and anti-oxidizing attributes. They support the body detox system and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

An important warning though, all these nutritional supplements should not be taken when one is on a juice fast. Since they are meant to be just supplements, they have to be taken with foods that are nutritious by themselves.

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Controversial melatonin supplements confirmed as sleep aid

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA — An analysis of melatonin studies has upheld the controversial supplement’s effectiveness as a sleep aid.

The analysis, which included 17 peer-reviewed scientific papers, was aimed at determining whether supplements of the hormone can improve sleep among insomniacs, older adults and others.

“A meta-analysis essentially tells ‘yes’ or ‘no’—that a treatment does or does not have a significant effect,” says Richard Wurtman of MIT, the study’s principal investigator. “When a meta-analysis says ‘yes,’ there should no longer be any controversy about whether the treatment works.”

Previous studies by Wurtman and colleagues showed that small doses of melatonin, about 0.3 milligrams, are necessary for restful effects. The researchers found, however, that commercially available melatonin pills can contain 10 times the effective amount.

At that dose, says Wurtman, the hormone’s effects end after a few days because melatonin receptors in the brain become unresponsive when exposed to too much of the hormone.

Such inadvertent overdosing, say the researchers, has contributed to controversy over melatonin’s efficacy.

But the new meta-analysis shows that melatonin does indeed have positive effects on sleep—even though some of the analyzed studies also involved high doses of the hormone.

The research is reported in the journal Sleep Medicine Reviews.

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“Junk” foods may affect aggressive behaviour and school performance

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Dr. Stephen Schoenthaler, a Professor of Criminal Justice at the California State University in Stanislaus, has long argued that there is a link between a healthy diet and decreased aggressive behaviour, as well as with increased IQ and school performance.

Dr. Schoenthaler is well-known for a youth detention center study where violations of house rules fell by 37% when vending machines were removed and the cafeteria replaced canned food by fresh alternatives. He summarizes his findings by saying that “Having a bad diet right now is a better predictor of future violence than past violent behaviour.” In a very large test, Schoenthaler directed a study in meals at 803 New York City schools, in low-income neighbourhoods, finding that the number of students passing final exams increased by 16%.

Critics have questioned some of Dr. Schoenthaler findings, due to the lack of placebo control groups. However, more recent work by Dr. Bernard Gesch, a physiologist at the University of Oxford, has placed some of the work on a more scientific footing. Dr. Gesch found that nutrition supplements produced a 26% drop in violations of prison rules over a placebo, and a 37% decrease in violent offences. The Netherlands has embarked on a wider scale dietary research program in 14 prisons.

The short term behaviour consequences of ingesting sugar are well understood: an initial burst on energy, followed a sugar low in which your body produces adrenalin, which makes you irritable and explosive. However, Schoenthaler and Gesch suggest that there are long term impacts over and above the short term consequences of blood sugar variations.

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Hundreds of SUNY New Paltz students demonstrate, storm administration building

Saturday, October 22, 2005

New Paltz, New York — More than 350 U.S. students took part in a demonstration Friday outside the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building where student leaders used a bullhorn from the rooftop to rally the gathering on the concourse below. University police dispersed student leaders from the roof which was followed by more than 100 students storming the Haggerty Administration Building (HAB).

During the 2004–2005 academic year, students lobbied for a $10 million renovation project for their Student Union Building, which has not been renovated since its construction more than 30 years ago.

HAB spokesman Eric Gullickson said that the supplemental appropriation for the project is the largest in the history of the college and that the six-member advisory committee includes three students but that; “the Student Association, which was offered the first seat on this committee, declined the opportunity,” Gullickson said.

Student leaders, including Student Body President R.J. Partington III and Student Senate ChairJustin Holmes, who played a role in organizing this demonstration, testified during the Spring 2005 semester before the New York State Assembly Committee on Higher Education, eventually winning the renovation project. Holmes says that Gullickson’s assertions are; “an out-and-out lie. The SA was never offered such a seat. We were offered 1 seat on a seven seat committee, with the administration selecting the other six members.”

The major arguments for a capital project on the Student Union Building were that it:

During the Fall 2005 semester the HAB claimed that it would oversee the renovation project, citing the need for a larger lobby and bookstore.

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The crystallizing issue for the demonstration was the upcoming $10 million renovation of the Student Union building. The renovation, scheduled to begin in about two years, will be the first major change to the building since it was built 34 years ago, according to college spokesman Eric Gullickson, who said the supplemental appropriation for the project in the state budget is the largest in the college’s history.

Gullickson also said that a six-member committee had been formed to guide the design process, but student leaders, including Partington, were told that the proposed committee would be seven members, including four non-students and two students who were appointed by the HAB.

“No matter the size and makeup of the HAB’s so-called renovation committee, it has nothing to do with the actual renovation process, which will be administered by a student committee, with input from other parties of course considered,” responded Holmes.

During the Fall 2005 semester, Student Body President R.J. Partington III attempted to negotiate with Administrators, including HAB President Steven G. Poskanzer, over the project.

The HAB refused to concede to student demands.

At this point, the Student Senate passed legislation proclaiming that the project would be overseen by a committee where students constitute a majority, and Partington announced that he “did not recognize and would not sit on” any committee that did not meet the needs of students.

Vice President of Acacdemic Affairs & Governance, Stephanie Adika said, “If the HAB won’t even listen to us about our own building, how are they going to listen to us about all the other problems the students have with SUNY New Paltz.”

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For me, article writing on Fiverr all started one day when I needed an article written on a subject that was rather easy, but I was swamped with other work and needed to outsource. I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular, I just needed a simple article written and I felt maybe I could spend a few dollars and have someone crunch it out for me. A friend told me about Fiverr a long time before that, but I never had taken any time to really check it out.

So, I went on Fiverr to check out what was available as far as content writers were concerned, and I was surprised because I found several that looked as though writing an article wouldn’t be a problem. So, I started to get really happy because I felt I had found a perfect source to really get a few simple articles written. Now when I say simple, the articles I’m referring to are not structured, do not require keyword placement, nor do they require any type of optimization. To me that’s simple because they only need to read well, have a little structure, and have proper grammar and punctuation.

So I found a service provider and I placed an order for an article. The waiting period was 4 days which is a long time for 1 article but hey, the person was probably busy with a day job, who knows right? 4 days later I received an email that an order was ready on Fiverr, I proceeded over to the site to retrieve my goods. I signed in and downloaded the article, opened it up and began to read. OMG, I couldn’t believe what I was reading, or not reading. Honestly, the article read as though a 3rd grader put a bunch of words on paper, and forgot the proper order in which they needed to be arranged for someone to actually make sense of what was there.

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Okay, I felt I didn’t get what I paid for and requested this person to write another article for me, and their reply was even worse than the article they tried to write. So, I was feeling kind of bad, but I wasn’t beaten down, so gullible me tried again, and again, and again. WOW, it couldn’t be that bad, but it was. Now, this article isn’t about the bad experience I had when I tried to get some article content on Fiverr, although I could write and easy 1000 word article on it, but rather to help people understand how life can throw you a curve ball.

I’ve been writing for several years here and there about all different types of subjects, and on all types of topics. After my experience on Fiverr I began to really look at the feedback that a lot of these writers were getting, and to my surprise a lot of it was not good. Now there are always two sides to a story, as for the feedback issue that’s a whole new article to be posted soon. But to get back to the story, to my astonishment there were a lot of writers that had feedback that talked about grammar, punctuation, structure, not adding something that was supposed to be in the article, and blatantly missing the deadline for delivery.

So I thought to myself, I want to see what these writers were up against, so I joined. Within hours of joining, I got my first order. I completed the task and submitted the finished product. A couple hours later I received my first feedback, and it was a Thumbs Up. That was 7 months ago and I’ve been writing on Fiverr ever since. Now, I write for many different private clients as well, and many of them where referred to me by people that I have written for on Fiverr. When I hear people talk about their Fiverr experience, a lot of experiences are extremely good and people come away feeling as though they really got a good deal. On the other hand, there are those that come away feeling though they wasted $5 on something that was less than perfect or not worth the experience.

I spent $20 dollars 7 months ago, since that time I’ve written 878 articles on Fiverr alone. I’m sure you can do the math on that one. That little bit of extra income comes in handy around these tough times. Now before I go, there is one thing I would like to mention and this is for all those that wish to begin or continue their writing careers, and use Fiverr as a stepping stone. Write the very best you can because your skill doesn’t come from all the money you make, it comes from your ability to write, and write well. The more you practice proper writing, the better you will become, but it all begins with your ability to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard. Oh, and that 20 dollars I spent 7 months ago, it’s still paying off and I dare you to figure out how!

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Branding professionals in Taiwan promoted on the “Smiling Curve” in the “2007 Taiwan Brands’ Trend Forum”

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

As “Brand International Promotion Association” and “Taiwan Excellent Manufacturers‘ Association” merged to “Taiwan Excellent Brand Association” (TEBA), “2007 Taiwan Brands’ Trend Forum”, with the slogan of “Winning Global Economic with Taiwan Brands”, held yesterday and invited professionals from governmental, financial, and IT industries to share experiences on marketing MIT (Made in Taiwan) brands and encourage MIT brands market to the world by innovations.

Newly-elected Chairman of TEBA Andy Tzu-jen Hsieh remarked in the opening: “A product with MIT brand didn’t mean ‘cheap’ but ‘value’ of its good quality.” With Hsieh’s words, Minister of Economic Affairs of Taiwan Steve Ruey-long Chen echoed and said: “Self-made (MIT) brands were progressively refined with its innovations, R&D, and new ideas. Lots of good MIT brands became notable world-wide in the presence. But it’s uncertain to determine success or failure when a company manages its brand because companies with small-business scale were grown up. A brand needs a long-period management to keep it in a good image.”

Many participants and local media focused on the keynote speech by the founder of Multitech Stan Shih. He compared brands trend between Taiwan and other world-wide countries with The World Is Flat and proved the trend of optimization on global companies with his “Smiling Curve” theory. “We (the public) should determine a brand good or failure by its quality, nature, and notability but not its scale.” Shih said and stressed, “Companies with MIT brands (OBMs) can’t always be ODMs or OEMs because some (people) often confused on conceptions and basis of ‘Branding Taiwan’ and ‘Taiwan Brands’. If a company need a good brand, it (a brand) should has its (brand owner’s) creations and management strategies to mark it into the world in a good position.”

“The brand trends in Taiwan is from ODM in the past to OEM commonly in the presence. But after some products by MIT companies were presented to the public, lots of MIT brands became world-class brands such as BenQ, Giant, Acer so that Taiwan can enter into the OBMs’ era. If Taiwan can still be in the OBMs’ era, the global market competitiveness and world-wide media exposure of MIT brands will be improved. ‘OBMs in Taiwan’ will help companies from several industries keep their headquarters retain in Taiwan.” Tracy Chun-fang Hsu (Vice Director-general of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs of R.O.C.) mentioned in the forum.

Before the Panel Discussion, Jerry Wang (Vice Chairman of BenQ) corrected the difference between “Values” and “Value” with some quotes from Wikipedia. He said: “Value of a brand include values and consumers’ value. A factor who determine consumers to buy a product or not is emotion or self-need. A brand’s or a product’s nature can be known with differences on consumers’ population. Of course, in Taiwan or other world-wide countries, every self-made brand or product has its style, nature, and characteristics.”

In the final of Panel Discussion, 3 main speakers think that “Smiling Curve” theory is a key factor to determine a company pursue its “brand value” success or failure. If a MIT brands wants to become world-class and notable, a company (brand owner) should not only have its creations, images, and innovations but also consider feelings from consumers.

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