Taxed Enough Already!



Today I submit my income tax through E-Filing.
I waited for the last day because I love the last minute rush.
Frankly speaking I love the E-Filing System.It is so easy and convenient over a cup of TEA.

Taxes are a way of paying our fair share towards a country that gives us so much. People live in a nation and pay taxes not because they fear prosecution but because they show love for the country and think it is their duty to pay taxes so that they can do their bit to improve the public school system, public health system that vaccinates kids against childhood disease, for a fortified national security system, and of course for a balanced federal budget.

 

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Swine flu – what you need to know

UPDATE: 27 July 2009

Health experts recommend 5 steps to avoid catching A/H1N1 flu



The deadly A/H1N1 flu has swept the world since its first detection in Mexico in March, now linked to more than 700 deaths and over 100,000 have been infected. Here are five steps recommended by health experts to take to help you avoid catching the virus.

Step 1: The first and most important is frequent washing of hands with soap and water or hand sanitizers, especially if you have been out in public.

Step 2: Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands as the moisture in these areas make them primary sites of transmission.

Step 3: Face mask may help avoid transmission of the virus if you are caring for the sick. Since flu can spread to surfaces after coughing or sneezing, sanitize these surfaces with alcohol.

Step 4: Avoid people who are sick. People with flu can remain contagious for up to ten days. This might mean just keeping distance between you and people you meet during the day, or avoiding public places altogether.

Step 5: Avoid greeting someone with a kiss or a handshake. Stay out of crowded places.




Mexico health authorities urged people to avoid hugging and kissing in public over worries about a possible global pandemic of the deadly swine flu virus.
The virus has killed at least 149 people in Mexico and possibly dozens more, prompting authorities worldwide to step up health and safety measures.



Avoid hugging and kissing in public

What is swine influenza?

It is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. It regularly causes high flu outbreaks in pigs but with low death rates. There are four main sub-types of the virus, but the most recent isolated influenza viruses from pigs have been H1N1 viruses.

How does it spread?

Swine flu viruses do not typically infect humans though they do occur through close proximity or contact with infected pigs or contaminated areas. Cases of human-to-human spread have been documented.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are similar to those of regular flu:
- Fever
- Lethargy
- Runny nose
- Cough
- Sore throat
- Lack of appetite
- Vomiting and diarrhoea in some cases.

How common is swine flu infection in humans?

In the past reports of about one human swine flu virus infection had been received every one to two years in the United States. From December 2005 till February 2009, 12 cases have been reported.

Has this strain of flu been seen before?

No. Flu mutates constantly, so it is common for new strains to emerge. Pigs can also be infected with both human and avian influenza, and the current circulating swine flu strain appears to contain genetic elements from all three.

Can swine flu be treated with antiviral drugs and flu vaccine?

The swine flu is resistant to two common drugs – Amantadine and Rimantadine. The H1N1 swine flu viruses are very different from human H1N1 viruses. Therefore, vaccines for human seasonal flu would not provide protection. However, a “seed vaccine” has been specifically tailored to this swine flu and will be manufactured if officials deem it necessary.

Can people catch swine flu by eating pork?

No. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 70ºC and above kills the swine flu virus.

How long is someone with swine flu considered contagious?

People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic; possibly for up to seven days following the onset of the illness. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.


Face masks actually do very little to protect you from contagions. The best way to avoid contracting the virus is to wash your hands as regularly as possible after touching surfaces and objects.


What can I do to protect myself from the swine flu?

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against the swine flu.

However, you can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by:

- Covering your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the waste basket after you use it.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also helpful

- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. - If you get sick with influenza, stay at home and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

- Consult your nearest healthcare facility if you think you have any of the symptoms.

Which countries have had cases of the swine flu?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed human cases of swine flu in Mexico, the United States, Canada and Spain. Only Mexico has reported deaths from the new strain.

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Four-year-old Edgar Hernandez (L) who has recovered from the A/H1N1 flu influenza recently, and his mother rest in a free dining room at his hometown in Veracruz state in Mexico May 2, 2009. Hernandez is the first patient who was infected by the A/H1N1 flu influenza in Mexico.


Prevention is better than cure.

The best form of prevention is to take the right precautions. Any list of precautions must include advice on how best to build immunity to tackle the virus. It is imperative to keep the body’s immune system in prime condition. A few simple inclusions in the daily diet can significantly enhance our immunity against infections like the swine flu.

Beginning the day with two cups of black tea is a good idea. A Harvard study says drinking five cups of black tea in a day enhances the T-cell activity (responsible for maintaining immunity) in the body. These cells then pump out more than the usual amount of Interferon, the virus-fighting protein. Interferon boosts from tea can also reduce the severity of an ongoing infection. Green tea works just as well, if not better. A word of caution — it is not necessary to down the five cups in one sitting!

Having oats or barley on the breakfast menu is a tried and tested way to enhance immunity. Just one serving (20 grams) of either oats or barley provides enough beta glucan, which has antimicrobial and anti oxidant properties.





UPDATE: 15 MAY 2009

Malaysia confirms first case of A(H1N1) flu

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Friday confirmed its first case of the A(H1N1) flu in a 21-year-old student who returned from the United States on Wednesday morning.

All the 192 passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH091 from Newark on Wednesday are urged to contact the Health Ministry by calling 03-88810200 or 03-88810300

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the case made Malaysia the 36th country to be affected by the virus.

 

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Asian Girls follow fashion blindly

A NEW fashion trend among young ladies in Asian that they are following blindly.
Well, it's unfortunate to see our ladies exposing their undies. To me any woman who exposes her self that way simply lacks self confident and moral. You see the reason they do that is because they want to attract a man. The forget that the man will only get attracted to them just for sexual reason. Asian women should not look up to the westernied women who have no culture about decency. We should know better. It's very irritating seeing such, especially the G-Strings that some of them flaunt around!


















 

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Tattoos on the face is ugly

I think tattoos can be very pretty but not on the face






 

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Bony or beautiful?

Australia’s Miss Universe contest was thrown into controversy today with doctors and dieticians complaining a leading finalist was “skin and bones” and dangerously malnourished.
Sydney model Stephanie Naumoska, 19, was one of 32 contestants from more than 7,000 hopefuls to make the glittering final at an event promoting “healthy, proportioned, bodies”.


“Bony or beautiful?” newspaper headlines said over photographs of a gaunt Naumoska posing in a red string bikini.


Health professionals said Naumoska, who is 1.8 m tall and weighs just 49 kg, had a body mass index of just 15.1, well under the official 18 benchmark for malnutrition.

“She would be categorised as underweight and I would certainly want to be doing an assessment of her diet to make sure she doesn’t have some type of eating disorder,” dietician Melanie McGrice told local newspapers.

“She needs blood tests, diet analysis and an overall assessment.”
Pageant director Deborah Miller said brunette Naumoska, who was defeated in the final by 20-year-old television presenter and model Rachael Finch, had Macedonian heritage, which accounted for her extreme thinness.

“They have long, lithe bodies and small bones. It is their body type, just like Asian girls tend to be small,” Miller said.

But Australian Medical Association president Rosanna Capolingua, whose organisation represents Australian doctors, said the contest should impose a minimum BMI cut-off of 20.

“The most unhealthy part about it, though, is the image it is showing other young women who may view this as normal, when clearly it s not,” Capolingua said.

While Naumoska refused to speak to media, nutritionist Susie Burrell told the Herald Sun newspaper there was no such thing as a Macedonian body type.
Eventual winner Finch will compete in the Miss Universe world finals in the Bahamas in August.

 

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Korea miniskirts fashion to get shorter


South Korean fashion mavens said miniskirts in the country are likely to shrink to no longer than 9.8 inches long during the coming summer season.
Chung Il-chae, chief merchandiser for Shinsegae Department Store, said skirt length is tied to the state of the global economy, The Korea Times reported.
"Women's skirts are going to get shorter as the economy continues its downswing cycle," Chung said.
He said the trend in women's fashion will likely not stop with miniskirts.
"Everything is going to shrink," he said.
Kim Sun-ae, a shop manager at Lotte Department Store, said the coming of shorter skirts is likely to increase the sales of shoes with heels more than 4 inches high.
"Don't think about lowering those heels," Kim said. "There's nothing that complements a miniskirt better than a pair of power heels."




 

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Handbags made of snake's skin

Whilst fur has virtually been wiped off our fashion radar, other types of animal skins have yet to provoke either public outrage or sympathy for the animals from whom they are stripped. Alligator, crocodile, python, cobra and lizard - and even frog, shark and salmon skin - are turned into so-called ‘luxury‘ items.

Python is particularly popular at the moment. According to designers, it is cheaper than crocodile and each skin is large enough to require only a few seams to turn it into a finished garment. Snakeskin shoes and crocodile bags often retail for hundreds of pounds. One wonders just what is so luxurious about skin ripped from the back of a dead animal - particularly one who has been farmed in appalling conditions, or been torn from the wild, and possibly skinned alive.


WARNING: Animal lovers might not like this!


























 

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Tourists flock to Dead Sea for its healing black mud

A growing number of medical patients and visitors are flocking to Jordan's Dead Sea for its black mud, which is thought to possess healing properties that can treat skin diseases.



The "black mud" from the bottom of the Dead Sea Lake is very well known for it's healing properties. The Black mud is applied carefully on your wounds. Black mud can do miracles for your skin. Without using creams, cortisone or antibiotics, the Dead Sea combination of mud salt and sun has been particularly successful in treating severe skin complaints.



Known since biblical times for its rejuvenating effect on the skin,
Black mud stimulates the blood circulation and has been found
effective in the treatment of rheumatism.



The rich black mud, is comprised of layers of sedimentary clay formed over thousands of years. Captured within is an extremely high concentration of minerals it is scientifically proven to be essential to the maintenance of healthy skin.



A tourist covered with black mud walks on Jordan's side of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

 

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Most Beautiful Woman in the World


Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has been named the Most Beautiful Woman in the World in a new Vanity Fair poll. The stunner pipped supermodel Gisele Bundchen to land the crown.



Second place Bundchen




Third place Halle Berry


Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto

The ‘Wanted’ stunner garnered 58 per cent of the vote compared to newlywed Bundchen's nine per cent and third-placed Halle Berry with four per cent, reports ‘Contactmusic’.
Leonardo DiCaprio's current girlfriend Bar Refaeli tied for fourth place with Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Connelly with three per cent each.
Other celebrities to make the countdown include Beyonce Knowles, Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto, Kerry Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow.

 

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Don't Get Matching Tattoos


A lot of couples do that thinking if they put that permanence on their body, the relationship will last forever. There's no guarantee

If you think that getting matching tattoos would help relationship last forever, then you need to reconsider the idea – for it didn’t work well for Lindsay Lohan-Samantha Ronson and Rihanna-Chris Brown.
"It's a terrible idea," ‘New York Daily News’ quoted Dr. Jeffrey Rand of New York's Tattoo Removal Centre as saying.
"All you need to do is look at the divorce rate [and] beyond that, the break-up rate of relationships before marriage," he added.


Jolie had hers removed after splitting from Billy Bob Thornton in 2003


Angelina Jolie's "Billy Bob" dragon tattoo also didn’t work, for the actress had to split from her ex-husband in 2003.
"When we're so madly in love with a partner it''s associated with the same feeling of being addicted to drugs," said couples therapist Rachel Sussman.
"A lot of couples do that thinking if they put that permanence on their body, the relationship will last forever. There's no guarantee," she added.




Rand said that most of his workday is spent lasering off names or matching tattoos from a love affair gone bust.
"There's no more motivated person than someone who wants to have a matching tattoo removed," he said.
Sussman advices, "Buy roses, buy chocolate, buy a puppy and share it. Don't get matching tattoos."




Rihanna's tattoo

Angelina Jolie's tattoo

 

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