Shopping Smartly on Holidays

Be it men or women, at one point, we do spend our time doing a lot of shopping because life throws occasions at us when we have to get out and buy stuff. When you are spending time, you are also spending hard earned money as well. If shopping is in your list of chores, you may as well use your time to shop smartly.

Read on to see how you can shop by spending less time and money..

Look out for holiday season:

Holidays are times when major sales occur with dealers giving away huge discounts and offers on practically, everything. To know more about these offers, all you need is a computer with internet because most of the store sites will let you know in advance about their impending offers at cheap prices.

Thanksgiving and Christmas deals:

The two most important times of the year when deals are out there to grab the attention of shoppers. Though you will find greatly satisfying deals during this time, beware of cheap or unworthy goods being sold at unreasonable prices. You just have to make smarter choices.

Install Store Apps:

Almost all branded stores have their application on play stores from where you can download and install on your mobile. You can always keep checking for deals and offers when you are on the go. Some major stores that have good deals are Walmart, eBay, Groupon, Macy’s, Kohls and many more. The list is huge.

Be keen on comparison:

If you are planning to invest a lot of money, say laptops, bedding, furniture, kitchen, Automobile, you’d rather be patient and cautious while making purchases. It’s a good idea to compare prices from different stores before making a selection. Some stores offer great deals for expensive items. Looking for good deals can save you anywhere from 100$-500$.

Make use of coupons:

A number of online stores and tabloids come with coupon codes to be used during shopping. Stock them as and when you get them. When you shop, use these coupons to get a considerable discount. Of course, be aware of the expiration date. Not all coupons come with a far expiry date.

Buy gifts for friends:

We all have to keep giving gifts every now and then. During offers, it’s a good idea to buy small gifts and stock them up for occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, appreciation, holidays or any other reasons. You can splurge on cards, small article gifts, gift cards that can be spent, chocolates, watches, perfumes.. the list goes on.

Happy shopping!! Happy Savings!!

Chital is an Indian novelist, blogger and an ardent reader. She has authored young adult fiction novels. cupom desconto approve

How to Make It As a Fitness Model!

People that follow my stuff know I generally write about nutrition, supplements, training, and other topics that are more science based than subjective topics, such as what is covered in this article. I decided to shuck my science geek persona, 30mg cbd gummies and write on a topic I know will be helpful to thousands of would be and want to be fitness models.

As well a known “hard core” science based no BS writer, why I am writing what some will perceive as a “fluff” article? Over the years I have gotten hundreds, perhaps thousands, of gals that ask me via email, letters, or in person “how do I become a fitness model Will? You have been in the business a long time, surly you of all people should know.” I get this from newbies and I get this from women that have been at it a while but have been unable to “break in” effectively.

The fact is, I have been in the fitness, health, and bodybuilding biz a long time, and though I am known as a science and nutrition based “guru” type, I have trained many a fitness athlete, and judged fitness and figure/bikini shows for the NPC, Fitness America, Fitness USA, and other federations as well as given marketing and business advice to all sorts of athletes, including fitness models. So, it’s not as far fetched as it might seem that I am going to use this space to cover a non scientific topic, which is, how one goes about being a fitness model.

This article will be useful to both experienced and novice types looking to “break in” to the biz. If you are already a professional and successful fitness model, I am sure you may still glean some useful information from this article.

First the bad news, there is no one way to become a successful fitness model. There is no single path or magic secret. There are however some key things a person can do to greatly improve their chances of “making it” in the fitness biz as a model, and perhaps using that success as a launching pad to greater things, such as movies, TV, etc.

Several of the top fitness models (Trish Stratus and Vicki Pratt come to mind but there are many others) have gone onto careers in entertainment of all kinds. Bottom line, though there is no magic secret to being successful as a fitness model, this article will be about as close to a blueprint for success as you will find.

“Do I need to compete?”

This is a question I get asked all the time and it’s not an easy one to answer. In fact, the answer is (drum roll) yes and no. The person has to deicide why they are competing in the 30mg cbd gummies first place to answer that question. For example, do you need to compete if your goal is to be a successful fitness model?

The answer is no. Many of today’s well-known fitness models have never competed, or they competed in a few small shows and it was clearly not part of their success as fitness models. However, competing does have its potential uses.

One of them is exposure. At the upper level shows, there will often be editors, publishers, photographers, supplement company owners, and other business people. So, competing can improve your exposure. Also, competing can make sense if you are trying to build a business that is related to your competing or will benefit from you winning a show.

For example, say you have a private training gym you are trying to build. Sure, having the title of say Ms Fitness America, or winning the NPC Nationals and being an IFBB pro, will help your reputation and the notoriety of your business. There are many scenarios were it would help to have won a show for a business or other endeavors.

On the other hand, it must be realized that winning a show does not in any way guarantee success in the business end (and it really is a business) of being a fitness model. The phone wont ring off the hook with big offers for contracts. Also, it’s very important to realize that it’s common that the 4th or 6th or 8th place finisher in a fitness or figure show will get more press than the winner. Why? Though the winner might have what it took to win that show, it’s often other gals the editor, publishers, supplement companies etc, feel is more marketable.

I have seen it many times where the winner was shocked to find she didn’t get nearly the attention she expected and other girls who placed lower have gotten attention in the form of photos shoots, magazine coverage, etc. Something to keep in mind when you ask yourself the important question “do I need to compete and if so, why am I competing?” Answer that question, and you will know the answer to the heading of this section. Winning a title of some sort can be a stepping stone, but it is not in itself any guarantee of success in the fitness industry. It’s like a college degree; it’s what you do with it.

Now. If you compete for the fun of it, then by all means go for it, but the above is focusing on competing as it relates to the business aspect of being a fitness model.

Right body, wrong federation?

Ok, so after reading the above you have decided you are going to compete, or will compete again. If you don’t plan to compete, you can skip this section. The biggest mistake I see here is so many gals have the right body for the wrong federation. Each federation has its own judging criteria and a competitor will do poorly simply because they didn’t bother to research which show would be best suited for them.

I will give you a perfect real world example of this. Recently I judged a show whose criteria for the figure round was the women should be more on the curvy softer side with some tone, vs. being more muscular and athletic with less bodyfat that other federations might allow. At this show one of the most beautiful Discount Code women I have ever seen came out. She was very proportional, great muscle tone, lean, and athletically shaped with narrow hips and waist and wider shoulders. How did she do at this show? She didn’t even place in the top ten!

Why? Because she was not what we were instructed to look for and didn’t fit the criteria. After the show I informed her that she looked great, but this may not the federation for her. I told her she had much more of an NPC type body, where a little more muscle, athletic build, and less bodyfat is rewarded.

The following week I was judging an NPC fitness, figure, and bodybuilding show and there she was. How did she do? She won the entire show with all judges voting her number one unanimously.

Conversely, if your body type tends to be more rounded and toned, but with a little more bodyfat, wider (but not fat!) hips, you may be better off competing in say the Fitness America Pageants. If you are going to compete:

(1) find out exactly what the judging criteria is for that federation and

(2) go see those shows as a spectator for several different federations and see which one your physique, style, etc will fit into best.

(3) You have to decide if you truly have the athletic abilities to compete in a fitness competition (which requires a routine) or a figure/bikini competition.

I often see women who would do well in a figure show but really don’t have the athletic abilities do the routines required to be competitive with other athletes in the show. Some shows will allow you to do both competitions and some wont.

Networking 101: dos and don’ts…

In so many respects, this is the area that will make or break you in any business, and yet, people in the fitness industry do an amazingly poor job at it. If you don’t network and market yourself properly, you can pretty much forget about having any real success as a fitness model, or a success in virtually any business. For the sake of space, we will stick to fitness.

When I first started out, I was a self marketing machine. I could be found at every show I thought might be an opportunity, walking the isles of trade shows, bodybuilding, shows, fitness show, and others. I gave out a zillion cards and I took a million home with me, and followed up on each and every one. I went to as many industry related meetings, outings, parties, etc. as I could get into. I now have the reputation and experience in the industry that I don’t have to go to such a show unless I feel like it, or have meetings, but they were quite helpful in the beginning.

I am always amazed at the number of fitness models who contact me who have never even been to the Arnold Classic Fitness Weekend, or the Mr. Olympia, or the trade shows like the NNFA Expo West and others. If you want to make it in the fitness business you sure as hell had better treat it like a business.

I have seen many a pretty girl who wants to be a fitness model who thinks if they stand there looking pretty long enough, someone is going to offer to put their face on the cover of a magazine. News flash, there are millions of beautiful women out there and to be noticed, you have to hussle to get that business like everyone else by networking your butt off, or having a good agent (if you can afford such a thing) who is doing it for you.

Pick a few major industry shows to attend (some of which were mentioned above) and go to them every year. Have a plan of attack of exactly how you plan to market yourself and network. Many fitness models, bodybuilders, etc see a show as one big party. If that’s you, then have fun at the party, but don’t think you are really marketing yourself as a serous business person or athlete.

Another thing that always amazes me is the number of fitness models who either have no business cards, or have some cards they printed up on their bubble jet printer at home! They ask me to help them or what ever and I say “give me your card” and they look at me like “I am so pretty I should not need a card you fool.” This attitude turns off editors, photographers, writers, and industry people faster then if they found out you were really a transvestite. Don’t do it. For every pretty girl out there who thinks the world owes them a favor, there are 100 who are ready to act like professionals.

Ever wonder why some fitness model you know is doing better than you are even though you know you are prettier than her? That may be why…never ever go to a show to network without good cards, bios, and professionally done head and body shots you can give to said editors, publishers, photographers, industry types, etc. Don’t stand around looking pretty assuming they will find you, find them first and introduce yourself. And of course it should go without saying you should be in good condition and have something of a tan to look your best.

You want to go to the shows and party? Fine, but do it in private after the work is done and don’t make a fool out of yourself at some industry sponsored get together. Hell, I was virtually poured into a cab at last years Arnold Classic after going to a sushi place with some well know industry types and companies owners (you know who you are!) but at least no one saw me! We had our own little private get together after the show to let loose.

Let me give you one final real world example of how NOT to market yourself. Last year I was on retainer as a consultant to a mid sized supplement company. The owner of the company asked me if I knew a couple of fitness model types that could work his booth for a trade show. In fact, he requested “unknowns, some new faces people had not seen yet but had real potential to grow with the company.” I went and found him two such gals I thought fit the bill.

He offered to pay their flights, room, and food plus a thousand dollars each for the days work. The two girls were told to be at the booth 9am sharp. The night before at the hotel, I saw the two girls getting in a cab at 11pm or so dressed to kill, clearly on their way out to party. The next day they showed up at the booth an hour and a half late and hung over! What was the result of this? (1) it embarrassed me to no end as I had recommended them to the company owner (2) they would never get work from that company again (3) they would never get any work from me again and (4) they would not get a reference from either of us for other jobs.

I see this type of thing all the time in the fitness biz, and it’s not limited to fitness models. Amazingly, a few weeks after the show they emailed me and the company owner wanting to know when their next job would be! Amazing…

Who loves you baby?

If there is one universal truth, it’s that the camera either loves you or it does not. Any professional photographers will tell you this. For some unknown reason, some people are very photogenic and some are not. Truth be known, there are some well known fitness models (who shall remain nameless as they would probably smack me the next time they saw me) who are not all that attractive in person. It’s just that the camera loves them and they are very photogenic, but not terribly pretty in person.

Conversely, I have seen the reverse many times; a girl who is much better looking in person than in photographs. Such is the fate of the person who wants to be a model of any kind, including a fitness model. If you find you are not very photogenic, keep working with different photographers until you find one that really captures you well and pay that photographer handsomely!

Now, to be bluntly honest, there are also some want to be fitness models who are not “unphotogenic”, they’re just “fugly”! There are some people out there who have no business trying to be fitness models. It does not make them bad people, it just means they need to snap out of their delusions and find a profession they are better suited for, like radio personality….

“How do I get in the magazines?”

This section sort of incorporates everything I have covered above, and adds in a few additional strategies. For example, as I mentioned before, competing in fitness shows and or figure/bikini shows can increase your exposure, thus getting the attention of some magazine publisher or photographer. Networking correctly at the various trade shows may also have the same effect, and of course having a good portfolio done by a photographer that really captures your look, a good web site, etc., will all increase your potential for getting into the magazines, or getting ad work, and so on.

However, all of these strategies are still somewhat passive versus active in my opinion. It’s still the fitness model waiting to be “discovered.” As far as I am concerned, waiting is for bus stops and pregnancy tests. Success waits for no man…or woman as the case me be. So, after all the above advice is taken into consideration as having an added effect to getting you magazine coverage, what else can be done?

For one thing, you should read and be familiar with all the magazines you want to be in so you know who is who and what the style of the different magazines are. I can tell you right now, if say the Editor-in-Chief of a good sized fitness or bodybuilding publications and says “hi, I am the Bob Smith what’s your name?” and the fitness model has no idea who Bob Smith is, Bob will not take kindly to that. Why should he? You should know who the major players are in the publications you want to be seen in. He is doing you the favor, not the other way around. You should know who the major players are and actively seek them out, don’t wait for them to “discover” you.

If you look at the masthead inside any magazine, it will tell you who the publisher is, who the Editor-in-Chief is and so forth. The mailing address for that magazine, and often the web site and email, can also be found. What is to stop you from looking up those names and mailing them your pictures and resume directly? Nothing, that’s what. If you see a photo spread you think is really well done, what is to stop you from finding out who the photographer is and contacting them directly and sending them your pics? Nothing, that’s what.

My point being, you want a get a break in the business, make the break, don’t sit there thinking it’s looking for you, because it’s not. Be proactive, not reactive! Luck is the residue of design. Be successful by design. As my older brother used to say to me as a kid when I told him I was too scared to ask out a pretty girl “what’s the worst that can happen Will? All she can say is no.” That’s the worst that can happen to you also.

Beware of web idiots, schlubs, morons, perverts, scum bags, and sleazoids!

This part is sort of self-explanatory but worth mentioning. As with all industries that deal in entertainment based media (e.g., television, theater, modeling, etc.), the fitness industry attracts its far share of web idiots, schlubs, morons, perverts, scum bags, and sleazoids, to name just a few.

There is also the class of person known as the schmoe, but we will leave that for another place and time. Point is you want to meet the right people while not getting involved with that group of worthless types who will only drag you down, delay you, or just flat out screw you up and over.

For example, a guy comes up and says he wants to “shoot you” for the magazines, but what do you really know of this guy? He has a camera and some business cards, so that makes him a photographer right? Wrong! If someone want to shoot you and they are not a well-known name (and you should know who the well known photographers are because you researched that already!), find out who they are. Do they have references you can call? Girls you can contact he has shot before and were happy with the work? What magazines has he published in? Does he do it professionally or as a hobby? That type of thing.

Another thing I see is the big web scam. I’m amazed how many girls get scammed by these web idiots. Lesson here is you get what you pay for, so when some person wants to build you a web site for free, you are getting what you pay for. Yes, there is good money to be made on the ‘net, and the net can be great for marketing yourself and making contacts, but most of it’s a scam.

You are better off paying a good web designer and web master who has experience with other fitness model types and has references you can talk to. I can’t tell you the number of girls who have been screwed over by some internet thing that went to hell, like the “fan” who volunteers to build a free web site and either runs off with any money made from the site or puts their picks on porn sites and any number of other things that made them regret like hell ever agreeing to the site in the first place.

Clearly, I can’t go down the list of all the possible pitfalls of the web idiots, schlubs, morons, perverts, scum bags, and sleazoids out there to be found in the entertainment business, but you get the idea. Be careful!

Conclusion.

Well that pretty much concludes my down and dirty guide to the basics of “making it” as a fitness model. Of course there are tons of business related issues I could cover and tricks I could give, but the above is the best advice you are going to find in s small space and will do more for you-if properly followed-than you may realize.

Good luck and see you in the magazines!

Alternative Pain – Relief Options

In today’s world, with the ever – expanding, opioid epidemic, doesn’t it make sense, to consider, some, non – drug, options, to relieving, and/ or reducing pain, etc? While there are times, when pain medications, may be needed, and necessary, especially, where can i buy cbd gummies in salem oregon when an accident, etc, creates an acute issue, there are many times, when using drugs/ narcotics, should only be a last – ditch effort, after alternatives have been explored. This holistic, and/ or wellness approach, is important to understand, and consider, so you might be able to enjoy a degree of relief, with a minimum of side – effects. With that in mind, this article will briefly consider, examine, review, and discuss, a few of the alternative approaches, which may be employed, safely.

1. Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an age – old, remedy, originally used in Asia, which has been successfully employed, for a wide variety, of ailments, etc. I was originally introduced, in the late 1970’s, to this modality, when I observed, oral/ dental surgery, performed, without any anesthesia, except for acupuncture. In the early 1980’s, I had oral surgery, performed on me, and developed muscular – trisma, in my jaw, which the oral surgeon, could not reduce. Shortly, thereafter, when walking around New York’s, Chinatown, I walked into the back of an herb – shop, and found an acupuncture, who in, under an hour, permanently, eliminated my discomfort, etc. More recently, because of my arthritis – related, pains and discomforts, I began using a local acupuncturist, who has successfully reduced, on a more temporary basis, some of my ailments, in mu shoulder, knee, and back, albeit on a shorter – term basis. However, these treatments significantly, help, for a shorter – period, and I receive treatments, which address these, every three weeks, or so.

2. Massage treatments: Professionally applied, massage therapy, helps many address chronic and/ or acute ailments, for many individuals. When one receives these from a licensed massage therapist, it often, relieves a lot of discomfort!

3. Topical ointments, etc: Many find considerable relief, suing certain herbal, etc, ointments and salves, such as using Turmeric, topical lidocaine, menthol, and other herbs. how much cbd is in super chill gummies However, one should make certain, there is no underlying cause, which might need, more aggressive approaches!

4. CBD: CBD, or hemp oil, has been effectively used, both, topically, as well as internally, either via, gummies, vape treatments, or herbal oils, etc, have often been effectively, used, as an alternative treatment, for health relief.

Open – your – minds, to the possibilities, and learn, your pain – relieving options, to determine, if any might help you, and avoid the need, for pain medications. If drugs become the last, instead of first option, our overall health might benefit.

 Sports Video Sites

 

Video sports sites are springing up all over the Internet these days. They vary in quality. The ease of navigating some of them leaves a lot to be desired. 토토사이트 Some of these sites make use of robot software. Robot software trawls the Internet looking for related videos, and places them on the site.

The robot can be set to do this at regular intervals. Campaigns are set up in the admin side of the site. The correct use of keywords is essential. For instance, if you wanted the robot to find a video on the soccer world cup. You would have to use that exact term. Otherwise without the use of the word soccer, the robot software would find any videos on any sport that had a world cup.

Most decent sites set up campaigns on a variety of soccer related topics. This makes the site much more attractive to the casual user. A hot topic right now is soccer tricks, and of course the world cup.

It could be argued that as the videos are not unique, and by that I mean they are already out on the Internet somewhere. That they are somehow not so valuable in the eyes of Google. That is a long way from the truth. People like to find information bundled together in one place and Google are aware of this. Also a good site will have plenty of unique posts as well as videos.

The better sites post good fresh content and have a blog attached so that you an leave your own opinions in the form of comments. The best and most successful video sports sites will always be very interactive places.

Passover Saga, Myth or History – 21st Century Verification of Bible, UCLA Study Group

The summons from Professor Barrett – for that is what it amounted to – was cursory, emailed the day after their customary third-Thursday sessions:

“Dear Students and Co-Investigators, Yesterday evening – absent our normal session – was a “bummer” for me – I missed our get-together. Also, I now feel we haven’t properly finished off our year-long project, so: next month – third Thursday – 7 p.m. – my home – everyone please bring a bottle of champagne – look sharp (I’ll be wearing my red bow-tie, short-sleeved shirt, creased pants and moccasins), also be mentally sharp: session subject; ‘Biblical Exodus, 21st Century Verification,’ Let’s really nail it down. No excuses short of a heart attack. Prof. Barrett.”

As Avi would later tell it, on reading the email, Bethe got that “look” on her face, grinned at him and grabbed the phone. The professor wasn’t in, so she rapid-fired into the message machine: “Professor, remember my comment at the end of the final session? I’ll have a surprise for you. Please have your secretary copy all the power point summaries of our sessions – will pick them up at 3 p.m. today.” 먹튀검증

Professor Barrett, on hearing her message, guffawed out loud, quickly called Bethe’s number. Her answering machine responded: “Bethe, I’m guessing what you’re up to. Great idea! Looking forward to it. Don’t tell others – great surprise for them. Thought you were into arcane mathematics – not fiction. You and Avi have fun. Barrett.”

On the Tuesday before the now-final session, Professor Barrett, Bethe and Avi had dinner (at a kosher restaurant) going over their plans. Bethe gave the professor a sheaf of papers which he quickly skimmed, the smile on his face broadening as he read the first paragraph. He clapped the two young people on the shoulders, “Wonderful – I’ll read the rest later. This is just fabulous. Congratulations. Now, let’s order and eat, then we’ll plan the session.”

After the meal, as they parted, the professor said, “OK Bethe, you’ll start it. Work with my secretary, make seven hand-out copies to distribute to the others, chapter by chapter – no reading ahead for them. After each chapter, I’ll take over. I want some real, solid judgment-estimates from all of us as to how much of the biblical narrative we’ve validated. Great idea and job, this – I’m proud of you two, every one will love it. Come an hour early.”

On the evening of the final session, Professor Barrett met all his students at the door, escorting them to the bar where open bottles of champagne were being poured into cocktail glasses. Everyone was neatly but not overly dressed, all eager to learn what was going on. As his grandfather clock toned seven-fifteen, the professor waved them to seats, stepping to the lectern.

“OK, let’s begin. Our imaginative Bethe and Avi have done themselves and us all proud. They’ve written a fictional account of Hebrews living the Exodus experience, the Passover saga – interacting with Moses and Pharaoh – just as told in the Bible.” The reactions from everyone were exclamations of pleased laughter. The professor continued, “They’ll pass out the first chapter now – then we’ll go over the charts of our first sessions, and begin progressively evaluating how much of biblical historicity we’ve validated by hard 21st century science.”

Everyone eagerly grabbed the sheets as Avi passed them out – Bethe then began reading aloud: “Chapter 1, Circa 1300 BC, Egypt; the Royal Palace of Pharaoh Dudimose, 36th Ruler, 13th Dynasty”. Bethe paused, looking around, and seeing everyone had sheets, she smiled and her voice deepened as she read the first words of the story, “As Binami, lying flat on the gallery floor, peered down through the open weave of the curtains onto the Throne Room below, – ” Bethe stopped, noting everyone was reading by themselves – many chuckling or openly laughing. some serious and quiet. Bethe slid onto the sofa next to Avi.

As they all finished, putting down their sheets, one by one they lifted their glasses of champagne to Bethe – silent toasts of approval. Looking up from her sheet, Lanit said, “Good writing, I particularly like that touch of implied future romance.”

The professor stood up, walked to a large “white-board” and cleared his throat, getting everyone’s attention. “OK, now let’s get to the business part. Our interest here is not as pious believers in religion, or dis-believers; it is to try to prove – whether or not – the Bible contains the literal words of a God-Creator, possibly written by humans as inspired writing instruments – whether or not the biblical tale of the Exodus is historically true or a myth. So, while we can enjoy reading Bethe’s and Avi’s fictional chapters, we now have to review our briefing charts, session by session, point by point – making our individual judgments as to the degree of verification we’ve unearthed. I’ve started with a number of questions – as we progress through the chapters, I expect we’ll think of many more. We’ll accept or reject them by majority vote, including mine. Then we’ll all judge each of the questions as to “relative significance” to the overall Passover story, a factor or percentage number, by majority average. Then finally, each of us will assign our own individual judgment factor of ‘credibility-validation’ for each question – using the following four criteria.” He wrote them on the white-board;

Credibility-Validation Factor (21st Century Artifacts):

Verified beyond reasonable doubt (.9 – 1);

Partial verification (.7 -.9);

Implied verification (.5 -.7);

No verification (0.0).

Laurence raised a hand, “What’s that “Relative Significance Factor” you mentioned before?”

The professor answered, “Let’s say we can’t find anything regarding some biblical passage – for example ‘manna’, supposedly provided miraculously for food every day. So we give it a zero for Credibility-Validation. But, after all, what’s the importance of manna to the overall Exodus story? There’s so much proof that a Semitic people did live as slaves in Egypt for centuries, evidenced by irrefutable archaeological ‘digs’; then there’s the Imhotep-Joseph statue and references to him, his position and accomplishments; then of the Moses story and the high percentages of buried Semitic infants; Pharaoh wanting to kill Moses; etc. And then there are so many Amarna letters, verifying that Hebrews lived in Canaan-Israel centuries later – thus, there had to have been an actual Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt. In addition, the Hebrews would hardly have starved without ‘manna’, having their cattle for milk and meat; also, there was grain and produce gleaned from the land – their traveling rate during the forty years was relatively slow, the area covered during the decades not large. So, while there’s no proof for “manna”, its significance to the overall story should be minimal, perhaps five per-cent or so. With the two factors, ‘significance’ and ‘validation’, we can rate everything in context – as to both importance to the overall Exodus story and for 21st century data verification.”

As almost all nodded in agreement, the professor handed out a sheet listing his start-up questions.

Questions Seeking Proof:

Was Egyptian Imhotep the Joseph of the Bible?

Was there a Moses, an Egyptian Prince?

Was he a Hebrew, saved from death in infancy?

Did a Semitic or Hebrew people live as slaves in Egypt for centuries?

Did the plague-miracles occur?

Was Prince Tuthanhumen the first child of Pharaoh, killed in the Tenth Plague (Death of the First-born)?

Was there an Exodus of the Hebrew people from Egypt?

Did Moses lead them?

Did they cross Yam Suf (Red Sea)?

Did the sea split (whether or not by an East Wind) revealing the traversable under-sea path?

Did Pharaoh’s chariot army drown? Did Pharaoh drown?

Are the alkaline wells on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba the “bitter waters” of the Bible?

Is the oasis town Al Bad, the site of “springs and palm trees” of the Bible?

Is the story of the Moses splitting a rock for water verified by what can be seen in book photos and on the Internet – a giant cleft rock?

Is the story of Mt. Sinai validated as Jabal al Laws in Saudi Arabia?

Do the two rock altars verify the biblical account?

Do the mounds of stone found surrounding Jabal al Laws verify the biblical account?

Do the remnants of twelve stone pillars verify the biblical account?

As the group began looking up from his listing, the professor continued, “We are serious students and pursuers of historical accuracy, so we want to assess the biblical tale – the millions of words that we all have absorbed on this subject this past year, versus what 21st century facts and artifacts have confirmed.”

The professor paused, then continued, “I’ve given much thought on how to evaluate our exposure to so many items, from major considerations such as the reality of that undersea path-way and those coral-covered chariot wheels.” He looked around. “Any comments by anyone before we proceed?”

Ranah spoke up, “That cleft rock to me, is the most dramatic proof of the general verification of the Bible story, followed by Mount Sinai. A sixty-foot-high, solid rock double boulder, with such a constant and parallel gap is just so un-natural, that it truly speaks to abnormal powers involved in this story.” There were many grunts of agreement.

Serah coughed, all eyes swinging to her. She spoke quietly but firmly, “As I elaborated in my ‘hypothetical’, that topography set-up is just overwhelming to me on a probability basis – so unusual yet so completely essential to the complexity of the Exodus saga: the land-layout first entraps the Hebrews, then it saves them, then it drowns the pursuing Egyptians. And all the topography is provable by artifacts existing today for any doubting eyes. Even to an atheist and skeptic – which I had always regarded myself as being – it is just extra-ordinary: starting with that undulating dried river, or wadi, between rugged hills, that leads to the mile-sized open beach – thus those pursued by the chariot army were truly ‘trapped’, just as the Bible phrases it. The only potential for safety was that undersea path-way, built-up by river silt run-off – from a mile-deep sea floor – to traverse a seven-mile-wide-crossing. Can all that unusual physical, land and sea layout be just shrugged off?” Serah’s rising voice emphasized her question – she then continued, “Then there are those coral-covered ancient Egyptian chariot wheels to prove it all happened – distributed along the under-sea path across seven miles of deep sea! It’s just too much to be accepted as ‘natural’ – yet there it all is – so easily verifiable by doubters.”

Everyone was silent, absorbing Serah’s words. Then the professor took over in a quiet voice. “There are also considerations such as, ‘Did the Nile really turn to blood? Did the staff of Moses really turn into a snake? Did alkaline well-water become sweet? Therefore, let’s get started – my secretary, Rosie will join us and help – we’re going to dredge up a bushel-full of numbers.”

At his words, his secretary emerged from the kitchen area, waving a “hello” to everyone, and going to a small table-chair set-up in a corner of the room. On the table was a stack of folders and a computer. She took the top folder and began passing out sheets to each of the group.

“OK,” said the professor, “Let’s start with the power-point listings of our first session, almost a year ago. Using the list of questions I passed out before, let’s finalize our group questions for the first chapter that was covered by Bethe’s fictional story. Rosie will type them up – then we’ll vote to accept or reject each one. Then we’ll establish a ‘Relative Significance Factor’ for each question by majority vote; then, finally, each of us will state our personal ‘Credibility-Validation Factor’. Rosie will tote it all up – and we’ll be done.”

He looked around the room. Some had looked at their watches and groaned. Others, however, laughed. “Great”, said Bethe, “Let’s get started.”

When they were done it had taken over three hours – the final figures were:

Number of Questions – the professor’s initial list of 18 had grown to 28;

“Relative Significance” percentages, established for each question by group majority decision – varied from 1.0 (for many questions) down to .1 and .05;

“Credibility-Validation Factors” – varied from 1.0 (complete validation) to 0 (no validation).

The number of separate confirming discoveries were 107, with only a single numerical count being given for the totality of about fifty Semitic names of slaves in the Brooklyn Papyrus; the Amarna letters with many biblical names; stelae with many names of ancient Hebrew cities; the Ipuwer scroll describing many of the Ten Plagues; all the coral-covered chariot wheels discovered; the total of all the skeletal bones of horses and men; etc.

The final totals of the individual overall validation numbers varied from 73% to 90%, the professor’s number being 83%. The average group value – from their detailed assessment of the overall validation by 21st century data of the biblical Exodus story – was 84%.

It was now after 11, but no one seemed anxious to go. Some were rereading the Bethe-Avi stories, with chuckles and comments.

“I sure enjoyed the military description of sword-spear-shield combat ” enthused Rick,” where does one learn about such things?” Bethe’s laugh was self-conscious, “Our imagination.” She said.

Stewart’s comment was measured, thoughtful, “I liked best the escape-scene over the undersea-path, it seemed realistic.”

“I’m a romantic”, said Lanit, “My favorite part was Binami, at the end of their lives, remembering his first embrace of Lansel, and the contented, philosophical sum-up of their love together and their lives of happiness and fulfillment – from slavery to a promised land, with an inspiring leader, Moses.”

“As for me,” said Dana? “Oft-times, I now think about the Bible – this small book that’s been around for millennia, the foundation of Judaic-Christian morality; I think about the Hebrews, the Jews, this tiny sliver of humanity that has somehow survived for thousands of years despite pogroms and holocausts and attacks every few decades – 8 million Jews at the time of the Romans, not even twice that today, two thousand years later. One has to wonder about this Bible of the Hebrews that we all have inherited.”

Said Serah, “I have to confess also – this journey we’ve all taken, these monthly sessions, all we’ve learned – can make a believer of anyone, at least soften to intellectual agnosticism, previous beliefs of atheism”

Finally Bethe and Avi got up, “We’ve got to go.” They moved to Professor Barrett their arms outstretched to enclose each other. Wordlessly one by one the others joined – like a reversed “un-peeling” of an artichoke – individuals becoming unified in the sharing of a unique experience. Finally all ten were bound in a tight group hug. No one spoke for long seconds. Then someone said. “What an unforgettable learning experience.” The year of shared intellectual inquiry had had a unifying effect. An atmosphere of nostalgia hung heavy in the room.

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The Development of Wood Carving Art

The art of wood carving is an art that forms a picture or motif on the wood object by forming cavity in the object. As the result, a picture or motif that is created is formed from the cavities. Then, this cavity is known as relief.

The motif of this relief brings unique themes, such as animals, plants or humans. There are even some themes that imitate the indentation style of beautiful embers, the cosmos or many other themes. The determination of this theme depends entirely on a sculptor. The equipment required to form a sculptural artwork is quite simple, like saws, planers, hammers and chisels.

It was mentioned that the first sculpture was the result of the culture or traditions of Malayan. Art was estimated to have been developed since 500 years ago. It was also mentioned that the area of Kelantan, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan had previously developed a lot of this art to make traditional ornaments and decorations – ornaments that were in the palace.

Today, wood carving art has been known by many people. Various motives have been created by artists of wood carving art, so that the public interest towards the art of wood carving is increasing. Today, you often find the work of wood sculpture at the gate, musical instruments both traditional and modern, furniture such as cupboard, a bed, chair, table, and head boat that is called as storks, tools of weapons, cooking utensils, carpentry tools and traditional transportation, like boats, horse-drawn carriages, ox-carts etc.

Currently, wood carving art has developed in various regions in Indonesia. One of the regions in Indonesia that is most famous with its wood carving art is Jepara. This region has produced a variety of wooden sculpture with a variety of motives that are not less beautiful than Malayan works.

Rotary engraving is the term used to describe engraving done with a rotating cutting tool in a motorized spindle. Rotary engraving can be performed on a wide variety of materials with plastic, brass, and aluminum being the most common in the awards industry. In this case, what you need is rotary engraving machine. Meanwhile, if you need the right and affordable engraving machine for wood carving art, used engraving machine furniture jepara might be able to be your answer.

Why Food Organizations Should Upgrade to the New ISSUE 7 of BRC Global Standard

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has published the seventh edition of the BRC Global Standard for food safety, an international recognized standard in January 2015.

The BRC Global Standards are internationally recognized as leaders in the market setting the reference point for good manufacturing practices in food, packaging, storage and distribution, agents and brokers, and consumer products. BRC Food Safety Certification enables customers to have confidence in their suppliers, and helps providers by enabling them to show they are maintaining high standards of safety, quality and legal compliance.

Importance of upgrading food system to BRC Global Standard for Food Issue 7

The development of the BRC Food ISSUE 7 followed a wide consultation to understand the requirements of stakeholders and a review of emerging issues in the food industry. The information has been prepared and reviewed by working groups composed of international stakeholders representing food manufacturers, retailers, food service companies, certification organizations and independent technical experts.

Benefits of Upgrading Food System to BRC ISSUE 7

Provide a standard with the flexibility to include additional voluntary modules to reduce the verification burden.

Continue to ensure the coherence of the audit process.

Encourage site to put in place systems to reduce their exposure to fraud.

Encourage greater transparency and traceability in the supply chain.

Encourage the adoption of the standard as a way to improve food security in small sites and facilities where the processes are still under development. 먹튀검증

Provides a single standard and protocol that governs an audit by accredited certification bodies by third parties, allowing credible.

An independent assessment of food safety and quality systems of a company.

Allows certified companies to appear in the publicly accessible part of the BRC Global Standards Directory, allowing recognition of their achievements and the use of a logo for marketing purposes.

Is it a global scope, covering areas of quality, legality and product safety.

Solves some of the legislative requirements of food manufacturer and their customers.

Enables businesses to ensure that their suppliers follow good food safety management practices.

The development of the BRC Food ISSUE 7 was based on the values of previous issues while ensuring that the upgrade reflects the latest best practices. The consultation with the users of the standard set the main objective for rewriting, which was to reduce the need for multiple audits and encourage consistency of the audit process; we believe that working groups have achieved this goal.”

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How To Buy Diamond Rings For Men Online

Diamonds have been the symbol of brilliance and class for the longest of time. Men have indulged into diamonds from time to time as well. However, when you buy diamond rings for today’s men; it is much easier, thanks to online retailers. Since it is an expensive choice, though, it is essential to ensure the right size and comfort. So, here is what you look for in while shopping for men’s diamond rings online:

Subtle & masculine design:

Compared to diamond rings for women, men’s diamond rings are far more masculine and subtle. Thus, with due regard to their inherent aggressiveness, best jewelry stores  their diamond rings will, for the most part,sport a diamond solitaire. It is more of a representation of class and masculine sophistication for men, so they will hardly need a flashy design, mostly sported by diamond rings for women.

Precious metal:

It is a known fact that most men do not appreciate yellow gold. While the higher carat value of yellow gold makes it appear as a great investment, men mostly prefer white gold. While there are very few masculine two-tone diamond rings for men, they do make an excellent choice. The unique and subtle look of the two-tone setting seems highly appreciable but white gold is a dependable choice for precious metal.

The certification:

If you are buying a diamond ring online for a man, you will need the right size for him to wear. But, men are far more objective about the jewellery than women. The right certification from the authentic gemmological institute in India will be equally important as they understand and appreciate the resale value of the diamonds. So, an organic diamond with the certification is the almost necessity. The necessity for certification doesn’t imply that they will sell it but it will make them comfortable to have it with the ring.

The wedding:

Despite changing times, the image of men wearing expensive diamond jewellery as fashion jewellery has still not caught mainstream attention. Fashion jewellery for men is still an extremely small market in the world of jewellery. The ring that most men prefer to sport is either an engagement ring or a wedding ring.

Buying jewellery for men is simple if you understand their unwritten rules, of sorts. It is much easier to buy diamond jewellery online for men as they are not so specific about the details of the jewellery, if you cater to their inherent needs well.

Neha Fernandez is a Lifestyle Jewellery designer and writer living in Mumbai. She writes a monthly blog and also is a part of JewelSouk’s Jewellery selection team. She explores over various Diamond Jewellery variants like Diamond rings at www.jewelsouk.com and also writes over online Jewellery transactions. Neha is an exceptional Jewellery analyst and expert.

Special Tax Rules For Auditing Wholesale Trade

Bookkeeping is the same for all businesses

– Large taxpayers can make transactions through banks, whereas smaller businesses can make all their transactions in cash 먹튀폴리스

– Registration of daily incoming payments is necessary

– Most of the wholesalers combine the use of cash with that of checks

– During public sales in the case of wholesalers each sale beyond Euro 80 should be accompanied with a tax invoice. It can be accompanied with every other invoice issued by the taxpayer’s system, but in special circumstances the tax offices can authorize the use of invoices issued from the taxpayer’s system.

Based on his interest to make as much circulation as possible, a wholesaler or importer works with large circulations for a small profit margin as compared to a retailer. The profit margin should be sufficient to ensure a high standard of living.

Recommended tax audits are as follows:

– Exercise to understand the price increase is considered essential

– Match the cash account – especially when we have to do with cash

– Match with the bank – if possible. Which are the bank transactions?

– Sales commissions – if necessary

– Compare personnel salary levels with sales – if necessary

– Check available goods – match this with registered data

– Select some entries or exits form the storehouse register and compare with invoices – if necessary

– Invoices – make sure rules have been followed

– Staff canteens in large businesses are considered separate from the main activity and have not been considered for VAT purposes – you should audit them too

– Copies of correspondence, including orders for foreign suppliers – foreign suppliers do not supply goods based on promises except cases when they have to do with regular buyers

– If the shipment is large, credit notes are prepared by the supplier through the bank system so that their money is guaranteed. Buyer should be aware of this fact

– The taxpayer should ensure the credit in order to pay for imported goods, otherwise, where will the money come from?

– Invoices should be issued by the foreign supplier and contain details of goods and prices applied

– Copies of incoming invoices for imports which state the import taxes that have been paid

– Evidence of current payment

– Check the price structure and pay attention to sales with considerable discount to related taxpayers (branches) and unregistered sales. This is known as “transfer pricing” and intends to ensure profit margins outside registered businesses and without paying VAT

– If there are credit sakes, check that the tax has been declared according to VAT rules; it is not common to issue invoices at the moment the money is received

– Are deposits required from some of the clients or from all of them, and if this is true, has VAT been paid correctly in the case of prepayments?

– Lists of clients and suppliers and the tax requirement to crosscheck information for suspected segments of the transactions;

– Discover what audits have been made by company management as regards employed sellers

– Is any certain product massively used for personal use – this is very likely to happen in the case of small wholesalers of food products.

– If they have their own transportation means, ask to see maintenance registrations – do this data match with the number of declared means of transportation in use?

As is the case with most traders, there is always a possibility that sales and purchases have been hidden. It is relatively easy to verify purchases, since all imports are sent to tax administration from the Customs.

– Checking invoiced prices versus payments and make sure that selected sales have been verified through customer’s accounts

– Discovering where the goods are stored if they have not been directly submitted to the importer or buyer and if it is necessary, making an audit visit to check the amount of stock available.

– As a tax auditor must be done declared imports match with the data from the Customs?

– If possible, must be matched the transportation invoices with the imports, since the taxpayer may not present the entire sum of his business transaction

– Inventories can be manipulated. Comparisons between available inventories may reveal a lot of things. The next step is to do incoming, outgoing and sales registrations match?

– Low declarations. Tax auditor have to check that presented prices reflect the full cost of the product, general costs, profit margin and the cost of re-packaging. If there are sales to related companies (branches), the tax auditor has the duty to do sale prices of the same nature applied on sales to other taxpayer’s match?

– The company may extend from financial funds. This represents a direct risk for the revenues if the company does not pay taxes. It is an extra reason to suspect that sales have been hidden

– Buyers who should have been registered for VAT, but in fact are not. Tax auditor must ask for data on sales to a particular buyer which is close to the registration thresholds during a 12-month period. The same principle applies for material suppliers who do not issue VAT invoices, but whose volume of work shows that they should have been registered. However, tax auditor needs to remember to send verification requests to respective tax offices.

Steel Security Doors

There was a time when houses in America and many other parts of the world were never locked. Today, with all our advancements and progress, crime has unfortunately also advanced to such a high degree, leaving a door unlocked is an open invitation to crime.

One of the best safety measures for the home is steel security doors; not heavy, ugly looking cages but elegant and well crafted doors, Security doors which enhance the aesthetics of the house. These doors are attractive and don’t look out-of-place, blending instead with the property and even enhancing the overall appearance.

When you are planning to go shopping for steel security doors you should conduct some research first. As with most things your options are quite wide ranging; steel security doors come in a range of styles, designs and colors. Some of the Steel security doors Melbourne doors are fitted with tempered glass, which is very useful in keeping out the elements like wind and rain. Additionally this glass is break proof as well.

A burglar attempting to break into a house fitted with steel security doors is in for a hard time. The doors come with real heavy duty hinges and locks that are virtually impossible to open short of blasting! Most of the newer models come fitted with screens to allow the flow of air into the house while keeping the creepy crawlies outside.

Steel security doors also have pneumatic closers; they will shut automatically behind you, however, it is recommended you don’t take anything for granted. When entering and exiting your house make sure the door is closed tight behind Front Security doors you. You can adjust the pneumatic closer to set the door to close or open at the speed you want – not too quick or too slow. Test the door to see how easily you can lock it while it is in the open position.

Steel security doors are made of heavy gauge steel to provide maximum security. The additional grill work and security bars are there to provide additional security and to make the door look attractive.

You can find steel security doors for most exits ranging from front doors (even double doors), sliding doors, patio doors and French doors. Make sure you choose doors with heavy duty locks, deadbolts and irreversible hinges. Glass should be shatter proof; this is normally a standard for most doors but you should check. Frames that have been sandblasted and have a powder coating will weather the elements well.

If it is difficult to find steel security doors to match your door frame you can always have them custom made; installation is usually part of the package price. Home improvement stores sell standard security doors that you can fit yourself. Don’t venture to do so if you are not a regular handyman! Security of the home is really important and not to be taken lightly. If you are going to do it yourself, take measurements very carefully. An improperly hung door will not shut properly and the whole purpose of fitting a security door is moot.

From residents to commercial offices and warehouses, steel doors are the first choice for the security conscious.

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