National Eating Disorders Week hopes to raise awareness: How to get help

Designed to raise awareness of conditions such as anorexia and bulimia, National Eating Disorders Week occurs Feb. 23 to March 1. It’s also intended to help sufferers, parents and friends discover how to get help as well as what to do to prevent these diseases, reported Forbes on Feb. 22.

The three main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, but the causes and solutions are not so easily categorized, say experts.

“Eating disorders are complicated and vexing problems and we don’t exactly understand the pathophysiology of them,” noted Dr. Aaron Krasner, a practicing psychiatrist, and Director of the Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.

“Certainly there is both a genetic component and an environmental component,” he added. But “it is not a one size fits all remedy or a preventive strategy.”

An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation.

And eating disorders do not discriminate: Addiction specialist Drew Pinksy’s daughter Paulina just revealed that she battled bulimia and anorexia for seven years, reported USA Today on Feb. 24.

“Purging eight times in one day to cope with the emotional stress of being home during spring break had finally scared me enough to take action,” she wrote in an essay on body shame.

One of the keys to recovery: Talking about it rather than trying to hide the disorder, says Paulina.

“For me, talking about it normalizes talking about it. Eating disorders shouldn’t be a secret because that’s what perpetuates them,” she explained.

Dr. Drew said he takes pride in his daughter’s decision to get help.

“When she recognized she needed help she sought treatment and actively engaged in the process. And now she is using her insights to help others,” he stated.

But for those with eating disorders, the path to recovery can be long and difficult, revealed Jenni Schaefer recently in the Huffington Post. She’s the author of “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect)” and “Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too” (click for details).

Even after getting professional help, Jenni remained too thin. And she was obsessed with the “thigh gap” look symptomatic of women who are unnaturally slender.

Cheerleader Sochi job: Ex-NFL cheerleader almost caught in sex trafficking ring

A former cheerleader was in Sochi on a job — a job that she thought was legit. It turns out, however, that she almost became a part of a sex trafficking ring. On Feb. 25, Mail Online reported that Brittney Cason was approached by a company that she thought was a talent agency. She interviewed with the company for four months, thinking that she was going to go to Sochi and cover the Olympics for them — a job of a lifetime, really. Turns out, it was all a set up. Cason said that the company’s want for her to bring “friends” along and their willingness to hand out visas alerted her that something wasn’t right.

The cheerleader knew this Sochi job was curious. “I spent four months applying and interviewing and he’s sending my friend a work visa without even seeing her work? Now, my friend is really talented, but wanting her passport and social security number before her reel (reporting and presenting clips) just seemed fishy to me,” Cason said.

And so the FBI got involved and Cason never made it to Sochi — and she’s lucky that she didn’t end up getting on a plane. “So many of the stories I’ve heard from survivors start with ‘I was hired for a modelling job,’” said Cason, clearly realizing that she could have been in a serious predicament had she flown to Sochi.

Taking a Hike – Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Langkawi

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls in the north west of Langkawi Island comprises of seven interconnected pools fed by seven waterfalls. The waterfalls are in three segments and 638 steps up a steep hillside take visitors right to the top. Many stop at the second stage to enjoy a dip in the seven pools there.

Telaga Tujuh means seven wells and this refers to seven interconnected freshwater pools fed by seven waterfalls located in the northwestern corner of Langkawi Island. The waterfalls are part of the Machinchang Forest Reserve that is a dipterocarp rain forest. Not only do the tall trees of the rainforest provide a gorgeous backdrop for the waterfalls but it also harbours several species of endemic fauna.

The site is easily reachable by any mode of motorized transport and part of the way can be accessed by the Langkawi cable car as well. However visitors have to climb up 638 slippery steps at an angle of 45 to 60 degrees to get right to the top of the hill, the source of the waterfall. Since the waterfall is in three segments many just do two segments being exhausted from the climb. Those who have done the full climb estimate the first waterfall is reachable in about 10 minutes. The middle waterfall apparently can be reached in 20 minutes from the first. This is where the pools or wells are located and many visitors stop here to take a cooling dip in the pools which is really nice on a hot day. Another 15 minute climb from stage II takes visitors right to the top where those who have done it enthuse about the view. The whole trip takes up to 45 minutes, depending on individual fitness levels. The last waterfall, that is the first to come into view, cascades 90 meters to the foot of the mountain. The middle section of Telaga Tujuh waterfalls is the most impressive as unfortunately the bottom sections tends to dry up into a trickle particularly during the dry season. As with many waterfalls it is seen at its best after the rains. The hike through the rainforest to get to the sites brings into view long tailed Macaques, cream colour giant squirrels and even the occasional hornbill. Clearly marked hiking trails and visitor facilities at the foot of the falls and at the top makes climbing up and spending time there that much easier. The site has no opening and closing times. No one really attempts the climb late because the thick forest canopy makes the place dark pretty quickly.

Located on an idyllic 500 meter beach with views of tiny offshore islands, Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa offers the ideal tropical holiday destination. The selection of accommodation at this Langkawi beach resort includes superior and premium rooms, one and two bedroom suites finished in cool tones, with modern comforts and conveniences. Stay at this 5 star hotel in Langkawi and enjoy luxurious spa therapies, dining venues with a relaxing ambience and excellent menus, a fitness studio, multiple swimming pools, water sports and other onsite leisure facilities that make holidays for the whole family fun and adventurous.

Understanding Mandatory Fees and Dealer Fees

Buying a new car can be stressful, especially if you haven’t done it in over five years. There’s the issue of choosing a colour, make, extra features (if you want them), and of course the messy business of negotiating a price. If you don’t do the research before heading to the dealership, you could fall into a trap many buyers before you have succumbed to and leave the dealership with much more than you bargained for, and not in a good way.

Before you even start talking to a salesperson, arm yourself with enough knowledge about the car to reduce the likelihood of you getting taken for a ride (no pun intended). The first thing you need to do is the research on the car cost. Canada dealers get their units at wholesale prices. You can find out more about this via invoice price reports. Companies like Car Cost Canada offer invoice price reports at $39.95 while Unhaggle.com lets you access it for free. Once you get the factory price of the car, factor in what the dealer needs to make in profit and you can start benchmarking your price for negotiation.

Next, it is also important to understand which fees are mandatory and which fees are optional dealer fees that can be negotiated out of your purchase. The more information you have, the better your chances are of getting a reasonable price, and one that you can be happy with.

Here’s a quick rundown of the mandatory fees you’ll need to pay when purchasing a car according to the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry:

1. HST or Harmonized Sales Tax – 13% on car price
2. Air tax – Air conditioner excise tax of $100 for cars with air-conditioning
3. OTS tax or Ontario Tire Stewardship fee – For passenger vehicles and light trucks the fee is $5.84 per tire
4. OMVIC fee – A transaction fee to support OMVIC’s (Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council) dispute resolution activities
5. PPSA fee – If you finance/lease a car, the bank/leasing company will charge a fee for setting up the loan and registering the lien $50 to $75.
6. Licensing – Most dealerships will take care of this for you and will charge an admin fee of $50 to $75.

If it’s not listed above, consider it a dealer fee. An important thing to remember is that mandatory fees should not be added to the car’s price after you’ve negotiated it, it must already be included. The same goes for advertisements that include the price of a car – whatever is advertised should be the all-in price.

Don’t be pressured into buying additional products or features you don’t believe have value. If you’re being made to believe that a certain add-on is compulsory because it’s already been installed, you have the right to report them to the OMVIC for deliberately misleading you.

Dealer fees and add-ons like security packages which include a police traceable code in case of theft could already be part of your insurance coverage so make sure you do the due diligence and read your contracts before signing them.

A great way to avoid paying for more than the car is worth is to do extensive research online and see what other people are paying for the same car. Find out also if there are any on-going Canadian dealer incentives that you could take advantage of.

‘Bachelor’ spoilers: Who is the next ‘Bachelorette’ 2014?

“Bachelor” spoilers have been all over the internet greatly in part to Reality Steve who loves to give fans the 411 long before the season ends. One of the spoilers involves the next “Bachelorette” and on Feb. 24, Hollywood Life reported who that is rumored to be. Apparently Andi Dorfman will take the helm — she and Juan Pablo will not end up together (in case you didn’t read the finale spoilers).

The selection of Andi has a lot of fans in an uproar — while a lot of people liked her on “The Bachelor,” most don’t see her as “The Bachelorette” and were really hoping for some “fresh meat” so to speak.

“Bachelor” spoilers revealed who Juan Pablo chooses at the end of this season but also what will happen moving forward with the popular ABC franchise. Andi Dorfman will begin filming her season on March 11 or 12. According to the report, the “official” announcement will air on “After the Final Rose,” which isn’t anything new. And the fact that the news was spoiled? Also nothing new.

Geography Trips to Study the French Alps

Geography trips to the French Alps are an opportunity for students to improve their understanding of glaciated landscapes and the associated landforms by seeing and studying them for themselves. From dry ski slopes to rivers and gorge formations, the French Alps offer a wealth of options for youngsters seeking to expand their knowledge. Students can also examine the human uses of glaciated areas, and how the lifestyles of people living there are affected by their surroundings. Some potential highlights of geography trips to the French Alps are outlined below.

Gorges du Fier

Considered one of the natural wonders of the Alps, the Gorges du Fier is a stunning gorge carved by the River Fier. Youngsters can walk along a footbridge attached to the side of the gorge, giving excellent views of its features: stacked boulders, the play of light on the gorge walls, the circular ‘Giants’ Kettles’ eroded into the rock by the action of water bearing stones over extended periods of time, and the river running at the gorge’s base.

Gorges du pont du Diable

Another stunning gorge in the French Alps is Gorges du pont du Diable, gouged into grey marble amid a beautiful forest. It creates a link between the Leman’s Lake area and the Chablais Massifs. It can be admired from a footbridge over the rushing river.

Mer de Glace

The Mer de Glace (‘Sea of Ice’) is France’s longest glacier, at seven kilometres long and 200 metres deep, and is an excellent destination for geography trips in the Alps. Easily reachable by the Montenvers Train, it is located in the Chamonix Valley. It originates high in the mountains at an elevation of 2,400 metres and is fed by the confluence of three glaciers. It is renewed by accumulation and ablation, creating crevasses and seracs as it progresses downslope. It is also used for electricity generation, with tunnels bored under the ice to collect water from the glacier’s base and channel it to a hydropower plant downriver: a classic case of human use of the glacial landscape. Students visiting the glacier can also take a cable car to explore an ice grotto.

Barrage d’Emosson

Further evidence of people in the mountains using their landscape can be seen at Barrage d’Emosson, an impressive dam used for hydropower. The dam became operational in 1975. Water collected from the Mont Blanc massif is channelled into a reservoir lake at an altitude of 1,930 metres, which is controlled by the dam. This water is then used to power Vallorcine Power Station and La Bâtiaz Power Station. Visiting the dam on geography trips gives students a good sense of the scale of hydropower operations, as well as the stunning Alpine views around the reservoir.

Benefits of Tailor Made Tour Package in Kolkata

Most of us plan one or two vacations every year. The trend of international vacations has even more risen in the recent era. Quite naturally, criticalities of an overseas vacation are much elevated when compared to domestic travels. Nevertheless, you need to consider all essential aspects while you travel, no matter whether inside the country or abroad.

Among so many factors that are considered crucial while planning a holiday trip, money is most important. Most of the holiday destinations have separate demands and rates on pick seasons that attract more travelers from across the country. If you want to travel in any pick season, it is always wise to plan well in advance.

An advance planning offers an advantage of arranging all required aspects for making a vacation perfect. For example, if you have not your hotels booked at the travel destinations, you might find it difficult when reaching the spot. May be you get one after so much of searching, but the tariffs may raise your eyebrows quite easily. Considering all these factors, the comprehensive travel packages make the ideal option for anyone, who looks for safe and secured holidays. Whether you travel with your family or friends, the tour packages are efficient enough to offer you hazardless holidays at any time of the year.

If you have not traveled with package tours before, you must not be acquainted with the great advantages of the same. Here are few of the advantages that you must enjoy while traveling with package tours.

  1. Offers cost saving tours: Suppose, you are planning a trip to Jammu & Kashmir this summer. To accomplish this successfully, you need to book hotels in some popular tourist destinations like Srinagar, Pahelgaon, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Patnitop, and Katra for Vaishno Devi. Is it possible for you to book hotels on your own at all these locations? In addition, you will have to arrange transfers and sightseeing tours too. If you try doing this alone, you might end up paying a very high cost that would easily cross your budget. Going with a package tour prevents this unnecessary spending. Most of the holiday makers have tie ups with hotels and resorts at the holiday destinations. Hence, they could always ensure the best rates for you throughout all the seasons.
  2. Ensures worry-free journey: You need to arrange for all necessary staffs when traveling alone. From hotel booking to checking accommodation, and arranging train or air tickets, everything needs to be done within a fixed time. You can get rid of all these worries when choosing a holidaymaker. A tour operator will ensure all such works on your behalf without involving your valuable time and energy.
  3. Tailor made tour packages: Most people prefer package tours for tailor made tour package in Kolkata. Hurricane tours are made easy best when traveling along with such a reliable package tour company. They make a vacation a complete one. From foods to sightseeing, everything can be the way you like. You can cut short your travel destinations, or add one some more points according to your likings. Moreover, you do not have to take responsibility of anything such as domestic air ticketing in Kolkata, or international ticketing for foreign vacations.

Susann Stacy: Ky. woman’s horrifying Facebook ‘selfie’ may have saved her life

A Kentucky woman, beaten bloody by her husband, used her cell phone to take a “selfie” – a self-image picture – and sent it out via Facebook with a call for help. The Business Insider reported Thursday that Susann Stacy’s horrific photo of her broken face and her urgent plea – “Help please anyone” – likely saved her life.

Stacy told police her husband, Donnie Stacy, confronted her after he overheard her on the phone talking in their bathroom to another man. The police report says he used a handgun to beat her and ripped out the phone line so she could not call for help.

According to the report, although Stacy had no reception on her cell phone, she did have Wi-Fi connectivity, so she sent out her selfie to her Facebook friends. Fortunately, one of her friends saw Stacy’s shocking photo and immediately phoned 911.

Leslie County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Mullins commented on Stacy’s injuries.

“Several lacerations to the head. They appeared to be bad but we really couldn’t tell at the time, due to her hair was matted to her, and the blood,” Mullins said.

The couple lives in rural Leslie County, Ky. with a young son. Deputy Mullins said when they arrived, Donnie had fled the home, but was arrested a short time later. Police found the loaded weapon in the couple’s backyard by their son’s tire swing.

Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014 – A Showpiece Event

The thrilling Dubai Camel Racing Festival is an adrenaline-pumping event which is eagerly followed by its aficionados. The organisers of the event wish to popularise this exciting and attractive sport around the world.

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The Camel Racing Festival in Dubai is an exciting spectacle that always captures the imagination of the observer. The sight of many specially bred racing camels charging across a race track is a truly memorable scene that once experienced will never be forgotten.

Camel racing is an age-old sport which is a treasured part of the cultural heritage of the Arabian natives of the United Arab Emirates. In fact one of the objectives of the racing festival is to make the modern Emiratis familiar with this sport which was highly esteemed by their ancestors. The excitement and publicity generated by this exciting sport assure that this distinctive facet of the Emirati heritage will never be forgotten.

Although camels may not be as elegant or as aesthetically appealing as thoroughbred racehorses, they are capable of surprising speeds which often startle the observer. Racing camels are built for speed and sprinting is natural for these creatures.

In times past human jockeys piloted the camels but today the camels are directed by tiny robotic jockeys perched rather precariously on their humps. Camel racing is taken very seriously by its aficionados and many owners and breeders go to great lengths to produce a champion.

As the charging camels storm around the track they are accompanied by owners and enthusiasts who speed alongside the track in four wheel drive vehicles. These breeders and aficionados typically shout and gesture, spurring on the beasts to even greater efforts. Meanwhile the equally vociferous enthusiasts in the spectator areas create a din of their own.

The organisers not only wish to promote this sport in the Middle East, but endeavour to popularise it across the world. It is not surprising that this unique sporting event is gaining the interest of the wider public in different parts of the globe. The 2014 racing season is sure to be avidly followed by enthusiasts of all nationalities.

Dubai has consolidated its position as a premier visitor destination, offering sensational shopping opportunities, leisure options and an attractive cosmopolitan ambience. This bustling city in the Middle East is truly a meeting place for Middle Eastern and global holidaymakers.

Astute travellers desiring a convenient Dubai hotel will find an attractive choice in the Copthorne Hotel Dubai. This Deira hotel Dubai provides comfortable accommodation and discreet hospitality.

Sofex Jordan 2014 Where Marvels of Tomorrow Will Take Its Metal Shape

The Sofex Jordan will take place in the month of May 2014, in Jordan where latest innovations relating to peacekeeping equipment, homeland security, ammunitions and numerous security related products and services will be on display. It offers a unique opportunity for those interested in such aspects to learn more about the cutting edge developments taking place in these fields which have relevance for people and countries the world over.

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As greater emphasis is placed on national defense and security, and the technology advances to create devices that make life in the 21st century amazingly secure and comfortable by providing convenience and ease at the finger tips of man, more and more interest is vested on the new machines that are being called to life. In this setting, the Sofex Jordan takes place in the month of May 2014, in the city of Jordan, while countless people swarm in to witness the glory of this century expressed in mean machines.

Sofex Jordan will exhibit the latest additions to the portfolios of peacekeeping equipment, homeland security, ammunitions and numerous security related products and services. Manufacturers and suppliers of Armored Vehicles, Military Transport Vehicles, Counter Infiltration Equipment, Border Security, Long Range Reconnaissance Vehicles, CT Vehicles, Military Navigation Devices, Night Vision Systems, Land, Sea and Air delivery methods, Rapid Intervention Vehicles,, De-mining Equipment,, Military Procurement, Secure Communications Systems, NBC Warfare Equipment, Armour Weapons Systems and portable Anti-Tank, Surveillance and Target Acquisition Systems, Military Uniforms and Textiles, Special Forces Training, Small, Medium and Heavy Caliber Weapons, Vehicle Mounted Weapons Systems, Ammunition and Explosives (Military Ordnances), Field Medical Equipment, CT Training, Security Consulting and Internal Security Training will be present at this event.

The plethora of high tech wonders on display will attract large audiences to Sofex Jordan, including dealers and suppliers as well as manufacturers of vehicles both local and overseas, army personnel as well as foreign delegates. Media coverage will also be comprehensive at this outstanding event. Hence the return that the exhibitors receive in terms of brand visibility and exposure will indeed be immense.

Those who would like to attend the event is advised to pre book a hotel in Amman Jordan as hundreds of international visitors are expected to be present at the event to admire the technological marvels, which will be on display. An Amman hotel, such as the Millennium Hotel Amman which is centrally located in Amman will help the visitors to attend the event with less hassle while being treated to the best of Jordan’s luxuries.