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The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins is a must read for all workers. It proves workers do not have a voice in the process of Globalization and Free Trade. It is a testimony of a man who thought he had it all until he realized how people are sacrficed at the altar of greed. Almost twenty years ago another man came forward too. Sir James Goldsmith wrote The Trap. As a highly successful corporate raider, he was best known for his raiding of BF Goodrich. He would find weak companies and try to take them over for pennies on the dollar. Then one day he realized what he was doing was not a good thing for society. He converted to a Populist Activist. He was active in France and England before he died dedicated to restoring local value added economies in the world.

It is time to prepare for the post-Globalization era. Free Trade is the tool of Globalization. It now has a long history of failures dating back as far as 1956 when the U.S. Federal Goverment first sponsored the moving of production and factories outside the USA. This evolved into the Maquiladora factory programs which now have more than a thirty year history of failures. The Mexican workers are still flocking to the USA seeking economic survival. Since NAFTA was passed the number of factories moved to Mexico have doubled and now NAFTA and GATT trade agreements have more than fourteen years of failures. It is obvious this chaos can not continue.

In the USA a working poor class has replaced a working middle class. Hurricane Katrina exposed a vast underclass in the USA living in a silent depression. These workers do not make enough money to support Globalization and Free Trade and an the upper class in the USA is not large enough to support it either. Pay back time has come with one of the lighting strikes being on home ownership. Foreclosures are breaking all records. Mayor Jackson in Cleveland Ohio is suing more than dozen home mortgage investors and banks. He calls what the did a white collar crime. His actions may prompt a class action suite. We had many warning signs while those in power and small upper class was enjoying the rewards. They have rode the horse of Globalization and Free Trade but now that horse is worn out and will not reach the finish line. It is over.

John Perkins steps forward to tell us his confession as an EHM ( Economic Hit Man ) who thought he was doing everything the right way but found he was being used by powers behind the World Bank. He found he betrayed the common man and the common good and God gave him the power to confess his mistakes. He was sent out as an Economist to set up nations around the world in a scheme of schemes by external powers outside the will of the people in the USA and other countries.

In the preface of his book, he says,

“Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAIS), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new terrifying dimenisions during this time of globalization.”

— ” I should know; I was an EHM. ”

You can get The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man at your public library. Read it before you vote.

Reference http://www.bizarrepolitics.com/confessions-for-history

Soccer socks should better be as rugged as their owner. They get the brunt of the game as much as the player and should support all that physicality. Here are some features veteran soccer players look for in a pair of soccer socks.

Cushioned foot bed

When inspecting a pair of soccer socks, look closely at the foot bed. Soccer pros advise that you look for extra cushion down where your foot is in the shoe. Without sufficient cushioning at the foot bed, the player could sustain foot injuries.

Breathable

A very physical game such as soccer requires breathable soccer socks which allow micro-ventilation to allow evaporation of sweat and exchange of necessary for creating a comfortable degree of coolness. Socks which are not breathable get too hot right in the middle of the game that players often have to take them off for a while.

Right length

Soccer socks should be long enough to fit right above the calf so as not to let the shin guard slide down during the game. Socks which fall slightly below the calf run the risk of rolling down. They should not be too long as to create unsightly bunches along the sides. The bottomline is to look for socks with just the perfect length for you.

Perfect support

Perhaps the one feature most soccer players look for in soccer socks is the fit or support level. Soccer players want socks that fit just right-enough to offer sturdy compression without causing constriction or discomfort.

Dries fast

Some recommend soccer socks that are made of synthetic material for the reason that they dry fast. This feature eliminates odor issues associated with socks that dry slowly. Socks that can be washed in the sink, hanged for just a day and then be dry enough to be used the day after is certainly a convenience.

Seamless toe seams

It is bothersome to have soccer socks that bunch at the toe seams. The nature of soccer allows for some serious kicking at the toes so that socks with a smooth, almost seamless toe design would be a good pick.

Personal preference

Some features of soccer socks can be left for the players themselves to choose. Designs, colors and brands are personal preferences which reflect the player’s personality and quirks. Some prefer simple and classic socks while others want team socks as a way of rooting for their favorite soccer team. Usually, a soccer player collects several types of socks, shifting from simple to flamboyant according to his mood.

Back to back, Three-peat, eleven titles in thirteen season…the tag lines of dynasties past. Now days the power structure in the NBA shifts nearly every year. The Larry O’Brien trophy has been raised by five different teams in six years and none of them consecutive. The Spurs are undoubtedly the team of the decade but they’re best days are definitely behind them and although the Lakers and Celtics possess many of the pieces necessary to build a dynasty they’re both working against the clock among other factors. The Let us look ahead to the future of the NBA and to what must come to pass for a dynasty to reign supreme. We will examine the new face of the league and his team, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

1. No ifs ands or buts, we want to win NOW and we want to win for a LONG TIME!

This seems like a given but believe it or not there are some individuals and organizations in the NBA (we won’t use any names) who have higher priorities than winning championships. There cannot be a doubt in the mind of any individual working at nearly any level of what the true goal here is, and that is to win multiple championships. This goal must be commonly known and pursued by one and all because it simply is not going to happen any other way, especially not in basketball.

The extremely successful Southwest Airlines has a common goal, to be the lowest cost airline out there (while not putting anyone in danger of course), and because it is widely known and understood all the way through the organization employees on every level can make the right decision because they know exactly what the CFO would do if asked the same question; the lowest cost safest choice. This is imperative to the success of a large organization with many moving parts, a unified cause and a common goal and through this everyone prospers. The Cavaliers have a win now mentality, partially because of the pressure Lebron applies with his ambiguous responses about his impending free agency, but they also have a long time strategy (four of their starting five are 26 or younger). Most important of all is that everyone in the organization is of high character, commitment, and keep their eyes on the prizes!

2. The right men for the jobs, top to bottom…

It starts at the top, no question. The Cavaliers are now owned by Dan Gilbert a forty-seven year old mortgage maverick with seemingly endless resources (Cleveland had the 2nd highest payroll going into last season) who is like a less harmful version of Mark Cuban. Gilbert used to intern in the Cavaliers telecaster program while in school and is highly committed to the success of this team. They’re general manager and trade wizard the longtime Cavalier Danny Ferry has developed a knack for digging out diamonds in the rough for virtually nothing in return, trading for all-star guard Mo Williams for Damon Jones a “shooter” who averaged 19.9 min and 6.5 points in 07-08.

The head coach Mike Brown has more to prove than the general public really understands having never played in the NBA and starting out as a video coordinator turned NBA coach of the year and he would be the first African American coach to lead a dynasty. He began his assistant coaching career under Greg Poppovich and helped the Spurs win the 03′ title, and since has amassed a head coach record of 211-117 (.643) regular season record. Whether or not Brown will be the man to lead the Cavaliers to the promised land or whether he is player Doug Collins has yet to be seen but simply put he’s under as much or more pressure than anyone in this organization to win it all, either way he’ll do for now…for long term….depends on the alternative.

The role of leader and centerpiece is probably the soundest position in the organization, LeBron James is probably the second best leader in the NBA and I say second only because Tim Duncan has the rings and LeBron has none however that’ll eventually change. In 2008 when LeBron led the “Redeem Team” to the Gold medal in Beijing with other superegos like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony in line it took his leadership abilities to a new level. His unprecedented praise and acclamations along with the overall success of the team (#1 overall in 2008-2009) mixed with his refreshing way of remaining mostly humble is just what the doctor (Stern) ordered. The basketball public were swept away by the spectacle that is Michael Jordan, but eventually developed a bitter taste for show boaters like Shaquille and Kobe so having a guy who possess the same or more appeal as those megastars but with the general humility of Tim Duncan is a godsend to the league and to his potential dynasty in the making. Another must is a top 5 all-time *blank* (if Shaq were 10 years younger this would not be a conversation), the Spurs have a 10 all-time sixth man in Manu Gnobli, the Lakers had a top 5 all-time shooting guard in Kobe Bryant, and Michael obviously had a top 5 all-time small forward in Scottie Pippen. This player must be complementary to the center piece (Duncan, Shaq, and Jordan) and must be able to overwhelm the defense in the absence of the centerpiece for a stretch or particular play.

Many speculate that Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire would be there perfect fit and would ultimately provide Batman with his Robin however I speculate that even with the addition of such a player more changes may be necessary. For instance, perhaps moving Mo Williams to the bench to scorch the opponents second unit would give the Cavs their top 5 all-time sixth man or maybe it would take a Dwyane Wade, a top 5 shooting guard for sure, to compliment LeBron? Either way a big piece is missing from this dynasty blueprint. The Cavs are in no shortage of role players which are vitally necessary to dynasties (Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, Horace Grant, etc) however like these big names they need a bench captain or primary role player to emerge to provide the second unit with a visual/vocal leader when their two stars are on the bench. All dynasties have a bench captain and star role player and it has yet to be established on this Cavalier team.

3. I’d rather be lucky than good, the 2003 NBA draft lottery…

I’d say luck started to smile the Cavaliers way that warm May night in Secaucus, N.J. when the Cleveland won the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In doing so they won the rights to draft the high school phenom deemed “The Chosen One” who was already a national celebrity from a city only 30 miles out of Cleveland. You can also go as far to speculate that given the up coming “Summer of LeBron” in 2010 and given James’ close friendship with a few of the stars who will be free to roam wherever they so choose luck may be warming up to the Cavaliers yet again. It doesn’t hurt that Cleveland is in the eastern conference, it’s not as easy to win 66 games in an uber competetive western conference. The world follows cycles, what goes up must come down, the sun soon follows the rain, and Cleveland’s professional sports title drought is likely to end sometime and the Cavaliers might be on the verge of opening a floodgate but to do so luck is a must!

Cleveland has 2 of the three boxes checked in this scenario and they’re really only a player or two from sheer league dominance, but they like everyone else are working against the clock. Not because their pillars are aging, like the Spurs, Celtics, and even the Lakers, but because their dreams and doom rest with the guy (LBJ) who can walk away if he so chooses. It is highly unlikely since the Cavs are a top 5 team and are defense first which wins championship(s), and it doesn’t hurt that it’s basically his home town. But these Cavs are starting to warm up and it wouldn’t surprise me to see some very interesting things happen to their roster over the next two seasons…with the right moves and a little luck this team could live forever in basketball folklore with the dynasties that came before them.

Restructuring of health and social care is forcing many services to close or become streamlined and managers have had to find new ways to ensure they get financial support to continue services’ delivery. In the current climate of rationing services, preventative care should be re-in fenced to minimise accidents and service users’ health deterioration at home. The measure is intended to save health and social care money in the long run. By contrast, due to drastic cuts across the public sector organisations, unfortunately preventative services are often the first to be axed. This actually tantamount to negligence at core, which later challenges the existence of our prime services – to manage complex situations such as the critical and substantial care needs. Therefore, what is the rationale behind this policy decisions (Ugwumadu 2011).

Nonetheless, it could be argued that such decisions are accredited to the tunnel vision of some senior managers. In hindsight, some of them can only see within the parameters of their corporate responsibilities that is “to save money”. In reality, it is only the older people and the other vulnerable groups in society that would suffer the consequences of such irrational decision-making. Thus, the aims of this article is to illuminate how the managers could make the case for continuing care delivery in a changing economic environment in relation to; demographic change and linear family units in the 21st Century and beyond.

On reflection, best practice would suggest that in a time of economic and budgetary constraints, collaboration with the local primary care trusts, community organisations and the third sector institutions would prevail. This would ensure that the vulnerable service users will be supported adequately to become more independent in their homes. Partnership working between agencies has the propensity for sharing resources such as, staff, information technology, offices, intelligence etc. If we are to emulate the private sector, mutualisation would help in reducing unmet needs and service breakdowns in the community. Sharing responsibilities would also promote health and psychosocial well-being among service users as well as reducing the need for admissions into nursing homes or hospital admissions.

Managing community services require organisational cultures and political change, which would give rise to the sharing of intelligence between the collaborated organisations who are working for the benefits of service users (older people, learning disabilities or mental health). This approach is intended to provide opportunities in reducing services’ duplications, costs and antagonistic relationships between agencies. Whilst capitalising on intelligence sharing, a lot of soft evidences could turn to hard evidences, this coming directly from community health practitioners such as community nurses and social workers. This data would show for example, figures on how many older people or the other vulnerable groups that were admitted to hospital after a fall or care breakdowns and what these cost the NHS and social services in after-care (Cameron 2010).

Looking at the frequency of falls and care breakdowns among the service users in a given period, the estimated figure would provide a relative forecast for the number of incidents that could lead to hospital admissions in future, costs to local primary trust and cost of care packages to social services. These results would be instrumental to future planning for community base services and implementation of strategies appropriate in reducing falls or care breakdowns at home. The projected cost savings could be reinvested to preventative services in line with continuing safe environments, where older people and other service users could be rehabilitated to minimise falls.

In practice, good risk assessments provide the opportunity for service users to be assisted in a safe environments, this could be in their own home or in a residential setting. These should be incorporated into day-to-day operations and will often run alongside equality monitoring of services. This is about getting the balance right between planning, delivery of services and managing information. This approach should be robust and prudent as to ensure cost recovery and quality care management for service users and their informal caregivers. Information gathering and monitoring of services would intensify support for community services while users are able to make choices and control of their support networks.

Another important source of evidence is feedback and “quotes from service users”. This adds to the richness of evidence. Hence, the service users know what they want and the standards they are used to, rather than the professionals prescribing for them. This signals the process for change and how services could be delivered in future. The service users and their families should be part of the new thinking in a modernising health and social care sectors and they have rights like any other citizen of the state to make informed decisions and choices.

For health and social services to remain in the premier league of services delivery within the wider welfare and universal service frameworks, it is imperative that investment in research and development is forthcoming. This provides an apparatus for good evidence based practice, where data could be shared, analysed and put to action as a mechanism in maintaining safety net. In the light of this, there is every indication that unless mutualisation is considered each of the organisations would not be able to meet the increasing needs of the growing service users now and in the future.

Inevitably, advancement in technology is changing our world and the methods of working. Thus, capturing quality practice based evidence from service users and their families could be made simple by developing and implementing scorecard systems so that individuals who come to the service can tell us things. This could be on a scale of one to five for example, telling us how depressed they feel about their care; how they feel about their health; how many falls they had in the last one month and how to improve services further. These questions or survey could be repeated every three to six months in order to compare and contrast findings. The information gathered would help determine investment in human resources and hospital avoidance strategies necessary to support older people and the other vulnerable groups to be cared for in the community for as long as possible.

All things being equal, Data Protection Act (1998) and Freedom of Information Act (2005) could constrain sharing and flow of information between agencies and this would influence services delivery in the community. If that is the case, duplication of services would continue to be present coupled with poor information sharing between agencies. In practice, duplication of services and assessment works against the best interest of the service users, hence this can create anxiety, repetition of information and exacerbation of stress amongst the users. Equally, duplication of services could lead to costs escalations between agencies and these defies the objects for cost effectiveness and strategies for recovery and business turnaround (Ugwumadu 2011).

References

Camaron D (2010) The Big Society Agenda; The Conservative Party Manifesto. UK

Department of Health (1998, 2005). HMSO UK

Ugwumadu, F (2011) Reconstruction of Social work Through Personalidation. Author House. UK

As with any trade, a contractor entering into the pressure washing industry has their sight on one primary goal. That is to make money and LOTS of it.

This is probably the one common denominator that most pressure wash contractors give as their reason for joining the rank and file as a professional power washing contractor. Obviously there is nothing wrong with making money with your business; this is why you are in business right? Often time a contractors success is measured by prescribed benchmarks passed down from one generation to the next. One of them being how much money do you make? The formula has always been that money equals success. The other is whether or not you are busy? If a contractor is busy, then the old cliche is that they must be successful because their busy. And if a contractor is busy 7 days a week from sun-up to sun-down then obviously they are making great money ~ right?

The Rat Race of Success?

Imagine having a 5 year business plan that yields a surge of growth for your business that everything else in your life is on hold in order to accommodate the abounding growth you experience year after year? The influx of sales calls must be answered within 24 hours preferably. Once answered, then you must schedule the estimates. Do not forget to take the time to proof read your marketing fliers/postcards in between answering all the sales calls and the estimates that you just scheduled. Phone time with your distributor is a must in order to keep the chemicals/soaps stocked. The phone time with your distributor also affords you the opportunity to ask technical questions about the “rattling noise” you hear on your rig when it is in operation. For some of you, if your rig goes down then you are nonoperational at least for the next 24-48 hours at minimum.

Fellow contractors need their time also on the phone with you so they can “bend your ear” for tips and suggestions. Set some time aside at night to keep your companies web presence in the forefront for your customer base and to answer emails from customers that opted to not call you during the day. Training any new employee will take a good chunk out of a work day so plan accordingly. If you are a one-man operation you obviously will need to finesse your washing schedule in order to make time to actually perform the work that was booked from those sales calls mentioned earlier. In the past you were able to make bank deposits every Friday but today you just cannot seem to make it to the bank until after it is closed because you literally have a thousand other priorities going on with the success of your business.

In between this fast operation tempo you may manage to give your significant other a call on the phone to let them know that you will not be able to make it to your sons little league game or your daughters dance recital again as promised. You offer up a sincere and heart felt apology not only to your significant other but more importantly to your child who is obviously upset that you will not be there – again. You had every intention to make it this time when you left for work that morning but as luck would have it a customer frantically called at the last minute saying the stain you applied yesterday was not the right color! Before you hang up with your wife you mention that you will not make it home for dinner either. Has this been your routine lately? Do the demands of your business and the priorities associated with it overshadow the very reason why you are in business of pressure washing in the first place?

What is Your System?

Business growth and the effort that is required to manage that growth can be a pleasant experience as a pressure wash business owner. As your business grows externally i.e. sales, marketing, increase in contracts, you must ensure that you internal business infrastructure i.e. employees, managers, sales team is also growing to compliment this external growth. It is highly recommended that your business plan not only speaks on “systems” but more importantly that you understand the action on your part to place the right people into your business so that the “systems” in writing can turn to “systems” of reality. As business owners, we often overlook the infrastructure portion of our business plan by diverting our attention on only how to get our phone to ring. When this happens we find ourselves running our business in what is commonly known as ‘catch up mode’. This means that no matter what time of the day it is, you are behind schedule or in ‘catch up mode’ because your “systems” still lay dormant. In conjunction with just being behind schedule every day, we also unconsciously run a very high risk of losing out on the joys of spending quality time with our family and loved ones as described in the example above. Does this sound like you?

Who is in Charge?

There is good news and today you are empowered as the owner of your business to stop this cycle of madness and take control of your business instead of letting your business control you. The first step in order to regain control of your business is that you need to arrive to the understanding and belief that constant business growth is not necessarily the only indicator to success. As a pressure washing contractor with a family you owe it to your significant other and children to ensure that the growth of your business does not constantly overshadow the simple things in life that everyone in your household needs and wants.

Who ME??

As business owners, we have the luxury and the ability to ‘scale back’ our time in the field in order to make the time to give our family the attention they deserve. Why? Because you are the owner and the BOSS. That is right; YOU call the shots on the day to day operations and at what the operation tempo of your day will be like. If your ‘systems’ action plan only got as far as it being written on a piece of paper then you run a very high risk of burning yourself out very quickly. Coupled this along with the mental peer pressure from your significant other that you have not spent quality time with your family in the last 4-6 months, it is plausible that one day you may wake up and realize that you do not enjoy what you are doing i.e. pressure washing.

Instead of starting your pressure wash season with only the purpose of making as much money as you can, could it be feasible that you approach your pressure wash season with the mind set that your business and family will sustain a “balance” through out the year? Oh the joy of seeing a young boys face light up when he sees BOTH parents sitting in the bleachers to watch his little league game in the middle of the afternoon; Or the smile from ear-to-ear when a young daughter happily jumps into your arms because you came to pick her up from school. Establishing the right “systems” in your pressure washing business takes time and ultimately some trial and error. It is okay if you do not get it right after several attempts but be mindful and confident that you will get there eventually. Managing the growth of your company may even mean temporarily not growing at all until you able to find the right individuals that posses the skill set your business needs to take it to that next plateau.

Time To Reflect

If you find yourself in the middle of the pressure wash gauntlet today, take a moment and reflect on what is really important in your life on your terms. Ask yourself why you became a pressure washing contractor in the first place? Was it because you and your family wanted the freedom that you could not obtain working for someone else? If so, where is that freedom today? Take inventory on how your time away from the family may be viewed by your significant other and your children today. If making money at all costs is what drives you then congratulations on your success. If you seek that “balance” between pressure washing and family remember that you are empowered to be in control of your days. One of rewards of being a business owner is that you have the ability to keep any schedule that you wish.

I personally know a pressure washing contractor located in Kentucky that has carved out a pretty decent pressure washing business. One of the keys to his success is that he manages his business verses letting his business manage him. It is not uncommon for him to be out riding his Harley in the afternoon or taking his beautiful family to a local restaurant for an early supper on any given day. This is a prime example of how one pressure washing contractor has taking advantage of why he is in business in the first place; that is to enjoy life. I do not know how much money he makes a year but I would guess that he, along with other pressure washing contractors that have mastered this “balance” between work and family, is probably one of the richest guys in the industry and has very little if any to do with the size of his bank account.

Lets Go Out for Dinner

So as your phone continues to ring off the hook and you are attempting to be superman for all your customers all at one time, stop and asked yourself whether or not ‘is it really about all the money?’ If so, continue on your journey and you should be applauded for your sacrifice. If not, I am sure you would be superman, at least for that night, to your family when you show up at the house unannounced to tell them you are taking them out to dinner!

Aspiring physician assistants need to complete an accredited physician assistant program and pass the national certifying examination to get their license to be able to practice. The following are some of the top-ranking institutions that offer the best physician assistant programs and produces the best graduates in the league of medicine.

1 – University of Iowa

The University of Iowa’s physician assistant program has the highest rating among other universities offering the same program according to U.S. News and World Report. Its graduates rank consistently among the top 5-10% on the PANCE or the National Certifying Examination for Physician Assistants.

2 – Duke University

Duke University is very proud to be the pioneer of this profession. The program was founded during the 1960s by Dr. Eugene A. Stead Jr., the Chairman of the Department of Medicine during that time. It takes two years to be able to complete the program. The first year curriculum consists of pre-clinical studies while the second year consists of hands-on clinical practice in primary care and other specialties.

3 – Emory University

As a partner of the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project, Emory University is one of the best universities to offer community health and leadership programs. Aside from the excellent health programs, EU is also committed to provide health care to the medically underserved.

4 – George Washington University

George Washington University offers two unique programs. The first one is the PA-MSHS program that can be completed in 2 years. Graduates of this program receive a certificate and a Master of Science in Health Sciences. The other program is the PA-MPH program that can be completed in 3 years. Graduates of this program receive the same as the above mentioned program plus a Master in Public Heath.

5 – University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas

The UT Southwestern Medical Center is a medical school that is well recognized by the medical community. Their graduates have a 99% passing rate at the national certifying examination over the last five years.

The honeymoon! That sweet first journey of the newly-wed couple. All honeymooners want to make it special, interesting, memorable and as blissful as possible. Europe has always been in one of the top spots in the most preferred honeymoon destinations' charts because of its diverse culture, top-of-the-line hospitality standards, world famous traditions and prices suitable for any budget. There are so many European countries that can offer the experience of a lifetime that it can be quite a challenge for couples to choose one of them but neverless, the exquisite charm of the South has retained and proved its glory over the years for the some of the best European honeymoons.

France – This country has been the most popular holiday destination in the world for many years and honeymooners are certainly bound to spend an unforgivable and classy time in this most romantic part of Europe. Discover the city of light – Paris, with its breathtaking architecture, palaces on every second corner, delicious cuisine and quality shopping. Another option for couples is to head south and explore the magnificent sunny French Riviera with its gorgeous cities Nice, St Tropez, Cannes or Marseille. Palm trees, turquoise blue sea and designer boutiques will be just part of the dream-turned-into-reality experience of their European honeymoon.

Greece – Escape from time on one of the breathtaking Greek islands. Greece is another loved European honeymoon destination by couples who are looking for ultimate relaxation, quality accommodation, preserved nature and authentic atmosphere. Some of the most famous Greek islands include Santorini, Mykonos and Crete providing some of the best beaches in Greece, clear blue seas and the trademark white Greek houses. If you would really like to feel like a god or a goddess, the capital Athenes will simply captivate you with its mix of ancient culture and history and the most modern achievements of the hospitality industry.

Spain – The epitome of a sunny, colorful and delicious vacation. Enjoy amazing sightseeing with Spain's rich culture and traditions and your European honeymoon will be one of a kind. Spain offers lavish golden sand beaches and warm inviting Mediterranean waters in addition to one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia or Seville. A fantastic mix of old and modern, Spain will not disappoint any couple with its mouth-watering cuisine, great hospitality and fiery culture.

Italy – Another great and classy destination for honeymooners. Italy can offer you all you need – the eternal beauty and historical grandeur of its capital Rome with its people who worship life, excellent food, love and of course football. Newly-wed couples are to be spellbound by the easy-going atmosphere, beauty and charm of Italy. The city of Venice is a particularly popular European honeymoon destination with its magical canals, tiny and narrow cobblestone streets and magificent squares – the ideal setting for the most romantic honeymoon. Couples can also head south to the Tuscany region and let themselves be swept away by the gorgeous Italian nature, amazing food and blue skies that can not be seen anywhere else in the world.

Rather surprisingly, some researchers decided to look at the impact of football on the rates of death from heart disease. In 2003, a study was published:  ‘A matter of life and death: population mortality and football results. And what did they find? On days when the local professional football team lost at home, mortality attributable to acute myocardial infarction and stroke increased significantly in men.

No increase was observed in women. However, when France won the World Cup in 1998, there was a considerably lower mortality from heart attacks the next day – as written up in a paper called ‘Lower myocardial infarction mortality in French men the day France won the 1998 World Cup of football; and published in Heart. By the way, this is not fringe research. A study was published in 2002 called ‘Admissions for myocardial infarction and World Cup football: database survey; which revealed that: Risk of admission for acute myocardial infarction increased by 25% on 30 June 7998 (the day England lost to Argentina in a penalty shoot-out) and the following two days. No excess admissions occurred for other diagnoses. or on the days of the other England matches.

Do you mean that the stress of watching your football team lose can kill you?

Well, so can getting up on a Monday morning…Risk of admission for acute myocardial infarction increased by 25% on 30 June 1998 (the day England lost to Argentina in a penalty shoot-out) and the following two days. No excess admissions occurred for other diagnoses. or on the days of the other England matches.

The incidence of sudden cardiac death is markedly increased on Monday, more pronounced in non-hospitalized patients. Our results may point to the relevance of naturally occurring rhythmic fluctuations in human physiology, and socially determined rhythms in human behavior as underlying mechanism. So the number four does not wipe out us westerners, but Mondays do. In Japan, though, if you are a woman, Saturdays are deadly. I wonder why? Is not marriage a wonderful thing…Leaving Monday mornings behind for a moment, wherever you look you will find the same things.

Stressful events, be they physical or psychological, greatly increase the risk of dying of heart disease.

I’m writing this in hopes there are more people like myself that enjoy a great Christmas movie, one that the whole family can sit down with some hot buttered popcorn and not have to worry about the contents of the movie. I’m a person that appreciates a good family story. It covers a little of what’s going on in our world and portrays a close and loving family.

The main theme of this made for T.V. movie is the love story that ensues between Cody (John Haymes Newton) and Faith (Alice Evans) Their story begins when he receives The Christmas Card from a tenderhearted, loving woman, while he’ s serving in the war in Afghanistan. He finds the card keeps him going after the loss of a good friend in a bomb attack. He’s ordered to take leave and find out what life is like after serving several tours of duty in the army.

When on leave, he visits the home of his friend that was killed, than goes on seeing the picturesque town of Nevada City Calif. While riding his motorcycle threw town, he stops at the local diner, their he meets Faith Spelman (Alice Evans) for the first time.

He wants to attend church the next morning which happens to be the church that the Spelman family attends. The usher turns out to be none other than Luke Spelman (Ed Asner) He takes a liking to Cody (John Haymes Newton). After the service, Luke calls out to Cody just as he’s about to drive away on his bike. A car comes racing up the hill headed for Luke, Cody jumps in and saves his life. A grateful Luke, invites him to come home and have dinner with the family. After dinner and a game of touch football, Luke asks Cody where he’s going after he leaves, Cody says, “I don’t really know” Luke asks Cody to stay and work at the mill that he owns and Cody agrees to stay.

The story goes on with Luke planning to make Cody a part of the family. He says it’s just for the Christmas Holidays. Of course this a chance for Cody (John Haymes Newton) to get to know Faith (Alice Evans) Another person enters the picture, her long time boyfriend Paul, an international wine broker that is mostly international than home with his girl Faith. Paul, (Ben Weber) is not well liked by Luke. Faith’s loving mother Rosie Spelman is played by (Lois Nettleton) and Faith’s very nice and fun loving Uncle Richard is played by (Peter Jason).

Paul is home from his travels and becomes aware of the attraction between Faith and Cody. He asks her to marry him and “she says yes,” when Cody finds out about the engagement, he decides that the right thing to do is to leave against the prompting of Luke for him to stay and tell Faith that he loves her. Can’t tell you what happens but, if you like a good Christmas movie as I do, you will be a fan as I am. I haven’t mentioned that I am also a very big fan of John Haymes Newton’s. Get this movie, get the family together, and make some popcorn while you enjoy a great movie that will warm your hearts. P.S. It doesn’t have to be Christmas to enjoy this one. This was Hallmark”s highest rated film as told by Ed Asner in his interview.

If you are a John Haymes Newton fan as I am The Christmas Card is a must see!

“Hey, Ace, I heard about this brand new game,” was how my friend began his query, “a game that I hadn’t heard of before. Maybe you’ve heard of it….”

“Have you ever heard of some game called 3 Way-Action?”

“Uhhh, yep, I sure have,” was my response, although I wondered why my friend would label this as what he called a “brand new game.” Being in the casino party rental business, it’s my job to keep up on all the new trends, even when they’re NOT so ‘new.’ Agh, no problem, I said to myself, I’ll correct him later. “So, where did you see 3 Way-Action being spread?”

“Well, my friend saw it while he was up north (California), played it for a while, and thought it was a lot of fun, so he introduced the game to our Friday Poker Party, and it was a big hit! We played all night!” (Actually, that wasn’t an unusual suggestion by my friend, who goes by the name of ‘Night Owl.’ He and his card-playing buddies would stay up until 6 a.m. playing ‘Madden NFL Football,’ if the side bets were right.

“One problem,” the friend lamented. (Uh-oh….I’m smelling a rules-violation right about now.) “We’re not sure we’re playing it the right way. Could you come over to my place next Friday, and teach us the rules of the game?”

Wow, hmmm, let me see…..Well, it’s a tough choice between listening to my two sons fight over the ‘Wii’ system for three hours on Friday night, or go over to my friend’s house and spend the evening talking about my favorite thing in life — Casino games, and the best ways to play them. “Great, we’ll see you at 7 p.m.! Don’t bring anything, we’ll supply the food.”

Friday couldn’t come soon enough. My sons decided to boost up the night of the weekly ‘Wii’ argument from Friday to Thursday, so I wouldn’t miss all of the fun with them. (Gee, thanks, boys.) And, when Friday DID come around, I made the trek over to Friday Poker Party Central, in order to discuss the now-infamous “3 Way-Action.”

“Here, let’s show you how we’re playing 3 Way-Action,” my buddy says. And, as promised, he deals out a hand of the game in question, and it looks like they’ve got the right idea of how the game is dealt, but they’re a little off in the way the initial wagers are made. “OK, stop right here,” I say. “Let’s go over how the game works, right from the beginning.”

“First off, you’re asking how this ‘brand new game’ works, but it’s not new, at all. It’s been hanging around on the fringes of the casino industry ever since the WSOP’s own Joe Awada created the game for his company, Gaming Entertainment, quite some time ago.” (We consider it our job to keep up on ALL of the new games and trends in the industry, as well as their history. Hey, we’re not the top casino party company for nothing. Grin) After my short, boring history lesson about the game, it was time to get down to the business of how “3 Way-Action” worked. Here is how the game was taught to this very attentive group….

3-Way Action is a game played on a Blackjack-style layout, with three distinct betting boxes in front of each of the six players at the table. These bet-boxes are marked “High Card, Blackjack, and Poker.” To play the game, a player must place a bet in each of the three boxes, and unlike games like Let It Ride, the bets in the three boxes do not necessarily have to be in the same exact amounts. Players can make any size wager in each of the three boxes, but may not remove any wagers made after the first card is dealt.

The first game played at the table is “High Card,” also known by some players as “War” or “Combat.” It’s just as described – High card. The dealer will deal one card up to each of the players, and one card up to himself. If your card is bigger than the dealers, you win, simple as that. If not, you lose. If the player and dealer TIE, the player loses exactly half of the original “high card” bet, which is the “vig” for the house. The house edge for this part of the game, because of the half-bet loss on a tie is almost 3% (2.94%, to be exact).

Next up, we move to game #2 in 3 Way-Action, “Blackjack.” That “High Card” that you initially received to start the game? You keep it, and will be dealt another card, face up, so each player has a two-card Blackjack hand. (The dealer will deal HIS/HER second card DOWN, of course.)

Now, each player plays Blackjack against the dealer. Now, if you hit your 2-card Blackjack hand, all subsequent cards that you get will remain in your hand for the third part of the game, the poker hand. So, the players play Blackjack against the dealer, and those bets are paid or collected, with ties being a push. BUT….ALL cards that the players / dealer receive during Blackjack play remain on the table, as part of those players’ hands.

Note: If the player draws to seven cards totaling twenty-one (21) or less, the player wins automatically. (Even money.) House edge in Blackjack, taking all normal factors into account — About another 0.5%, give or take a smidge. You Basic Strategy players know the deal with this scenario.

So, now, with the Blackjack portion of the game completed, the table moves to the last of the games to be played – “Poker.” It’s now like Seven-Card-Stud Poker. Each of the players will be dealt cards face up, in turn, until each of them has seven cards in front of them, their poker hand. Simply stated, if your best five cards in your poker hand beats the dealers’ best five, your “Poker” wager is paid off, even money.

House edge for the third and final installment of 3 Way-Action — We’re figuring about 3.4%, maybe a little less, depending on what the payouts are in regards to an optional side bet on the poker hand-portion of the game called the “Bonus Bet.” This is a side wager made before any of the cards are dealt, and pays off players that end up with hands of 3-of-a-kind or more (which pays 3-to-1).

House edge on the bonus bet — Well, it depends on the payouts of he various poker hands, but the odds in regards to a “Bonus Bet” payout sheet that WE saw at a Northern California casino some time ago would land around a 12.5% vig for the house. (You know how those bonus bets are. Stay away from this one.)

“Wow, thanks,” my friend said, after the class was dismissed. “You really do have all the info on that game. Sounds like, all in all, the odds in favor of the house really aren’t that bad when it comes to 3 Way-Action, are they?”

I remember my answer…. “Actually, no, as casino games go, the odds in favor of the house aren’t that bad at all. Just remember your basic strategy when it comes to Blackjack, and to stay away from the optional Bonus Bet, and you should enjoy your next session of 3 Way-Action.”

“Thanks again,” my friend told me, as I was leaving his house, and heading back home. “We really appreciate it.” Have a good evening!”

“You’re welcome,” I shot back, as I walked back to my car, and back to what I was SURE was another “Wii War” waiting for me when I got home.

Hey, when you’re considered the top source for info on the best casino games, you have to know when you have the house edge, don’t you? Just one word will swing the percentages back into my favor, and give me back that coveted “House Edge.”

“Bedtime!”