Atkins diet

The Atkins Diet, officially called the Atkins Nutritional Approach, is a low-carbohydrate diet promoted by Robert Atkins from a research paper he read in The Journal of the American Medical Association published by Alfred W. Pennington, titled “Weight Reduction”, published in 1958.[1]

Atkins used the study to resolve his own overweight condition. He later popularized the method in a series of books, starting with Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution in 1972. In his second book, Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution (2002), he modified parts of the diet but did not alter the original concepts.

The New Atkins for a New You (2010) is based upon a broad array of information gained over the last decade not covered in previous editions, including nutrient-rich foods. The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook was released in 2011 by Colette Heimowitz to provide dieters with simple, low-carb recipes.

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IBM China workers strike over terms in $2.3 billion Lenovo deal

Visitors walk past the IBM booth at the 9th China International Software Product & Information Service Expo in Nanjing, Jiangsu province September 6, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

More than 1,000 workers at an IBM factory in southern China have gone on strike against the terms of their transfer to Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd caused by the U.S. company’s $2.3 billion sale of its low-end server business.

Several workers gather outside gate of the International Business Machines Corp factory in Shenzhen on Thursday said production remains suspended for a fourth straight day.

“So far, we’ve heard nothing from the management or the government in response to our demands,” said Hou Hongbo, a 10- year worker at the factory. “The company’s attitude so far is to ignore us, but the entire production remains shut down.”

The workers want higher pay if they choose to transfer to Lenovo or higher severance packages if they choose to leave. Hou said they were determined to keep their action going.

“We will definitely keep striking tomorrow,” he said.

The terms offered to workers at the International System Technology Company factory in Shenzhen are “comparable in aggregate to what they currently are receiving,” IBM spokeswoman Florence Ma said in an e-mailed statement. If workers choose to leave, they will receive an “equitable severance package,” Ma said.

“We are hoping employees will decide to remain with ISTC,” Ma said.

Lenovo declined comment.

Workers at Chinese factories are increasingly turning to protests and factory shut-downs when they feel the terms of international takeovers are not good enough or labor conditions have worsened.

Hundreds of employees stopped work at a Nokia factory in Dongguan in November, complaining of changes following Nokia’s sale of its mobile phone business to U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp.

Last August, 5,000 workers in eastern Shandong Province went on strike to protest Apollo Tires Ltd’s proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of U.S.-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Birth parent search

Article source: http://mikikouros.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/birth-parent-search/

Birth mother search is a worldwide adoptee and real parents search registry designed to reunite adoptees with their birth parents and siblings. The legal system does not offer much in the way of help in finding birth parents. Thats where i-am-adopted.com comes in. A social networking service that allows registrants to create unique personal profiles and communicate online with family members. ‘I want to find my mother’, ‘I want to locate my real parents’, ‘I want to find my child’, ‘I would love to locate my biological mother’ are all combined here, through i-am-adopted service. It is FREE of charge. Just register create the profile of the person in search, upload images, communicate whith possible relatives and moreover have the option also to make your web page public visible and increase the possiblity to find the person to maximum.

Naxos Beaches

Naxos Island has some of the very best beaches in Greece.

Saint George is the beach of  Naxos Town (Hora).  It is located in the so named bay and it stretches almost one kilometre to the south.

Agios Prokopios is a fine sand beach located south the headland of Stelida peninsula.

Agia Anna, the next cove south is a beautiful resort with small port for the fishing boats and the yachts.

South of Agia Anna is Plaka beach, one of the best on the island, an almost five kilometre stretch of fine sand and almost uninhabited in the southern part of it.

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Further south are Mikri Vigla and Kastraki beaches. Further still, Pyrgaki, is the last stop of the coastal bus route. In Pyrgaki there are three coves. The last one has the better beach.

Driving further to the south -5 kilometres unpaved road from Pyrgaki beach, Agiassos is a lesser known bay with sand and shallow sea.

On the north-west part of the island,  Abraam (or Abram) is an 150 metres of sand and cobble in a sheltered cove.

Apollon  (sand and pebbles) at the north end of the island is a popular destination for day trippers or for those who wish tranquility and relaxation.

Moutsouna at the east side of Naxos has sand and further south of Moutsouna are Psili Ammos and Panormos Bay both uncrowded with fine sand.

Source: http://www.vacation-in-greece.gr/naxos/naxos-beaches.aspx

Funeral poems

The following funeral poems were written by other people who experienced the pain of losing someone dear. It is likely that you will be able to relate to some of these and if by any chance you ever feel inspired to write your own poem for your parents funeral service, for example, or in loving memory of someone else, be sure to send it to us, and we shall post them for you. In addition we added a solid number of funeral songs. All of the poems will be and are credited.

God Only Takes The Best by Christopher Warner

God saw that she was getting tired and a cure was not meant to be So He Put His Arms Around Her And Whispered “Come With Me” With Tearful Eyes We Watched Her Suffer And Watched Her Fade Away Although We Loved Her Dearly We Could Not Make Her Stay A Golden Heart Stopped Beating And A Warm Loving Heart To Rest GOD Broke Our Hearts To Prove To Us That He Only Takes The Best

In memory by Kimberly N. Chastain

A thousand times we needed you A thousand times we cried If love alone could have saved you you never would have died A heart of gold stopped beating two twinkling eyes closed to rest God broke our hearts to prove he only took the best never a day goes by that you’re not in my heart and my soul.

In Our Hearts by Rose de Leon

We thought of you with love today, But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday. And days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have is memories. And your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake. With which we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping. We have you in our heart.

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Mykonos Airport

Mykonos Airport is located in Chora, 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) southeast of the town of Mykonos, Greece. The transfer time from Chora to Mykonos airport is about 10 minutes. So, the probability of a person missing the target, while driving from the Mykonos town to the airport or vice versa, comes down to zero. Whilst the town and its harbor are perched on the western coast of the island, the airport is situated in the interior part of the region.

Mykonos airport is served by international airlines and charters during summer season and by domestic airlines, primarily Aegean and Olympic, during winters.

A duty free shop inside the terminal building offers an assortment of perfumes, spirits, cosmetics, travel accessories and other gift items. Although there are no restaurants available at the airport, a cafeteria in the terminal building serves scrumptious snacks and delectable light meals. The passenger terminal at the Mykonos airport has other amenities as well including baby-changing rooms, information services, parking spaces for both short and long-duration, and Commercial Bank of Greece’s ATM cash machine.

Known for its picturesque view, beautiful sandy beaches and active night life, the small island of Mykonos invites over 350,000 passengers every year. Mykonos airport makes this effulgent destination easily accessible.

To get from Mykonos airport to your destination, you can choose from manifold travelling options that include a public bus service which operates on a regular basis from the airport to the town centre, taxi which can be easily found at the taxi rank situated in front of the terminal building, a shuttle bus service and renting a car.

Certain hotels in the town center of Mykonos, propose a transfer to and from the airport by some private mini buses, thereby increasing accessibility to the airport.

You ca find more on Mykonos airport, mykonos, beaches e.t.c. on Mykonos airport

Why Adoptees Need To Find Their Biological Parents

While surfing around I found a great piece about adoptees and biological parents. I knew about social networks like facebook (www.facebook.com) and  I am adopted focusing on parent search, still there are more resiurces out there. Here it is:

I can’t speak for all adopted children but I can say—after interviewing several of them over the years—that many of us have trouble feeling completely comfortable wherever we are—no matter how welcomed we may be. At times our discomfort can manifest in distancing, indifference, or even rudeness, but we usually don’t intend to insult anybody. We just seem to have an internalized nomadic notion that we don’t belong anywhere in particular. Even when we do settle somewhere we often work our asses off to prove our worthiness—just in case anyone gets any ideas about putting us back up for adoption. While watching my oldest daughter play at a neighborhood park, I thought to myself: “Wow, she looks just like me. What a miracle!” Well, to me it was a miracle. It was thrilling and heart-warming, but it was also a little strange—I almost cried. For the next several months I had to work on emotionally claiming her as my own.

Some of us who were adopted in “closed states” (or states that don’t allow for the free exchange of even the most vital information such as a health history) have a lingering fear that we might drop dead at any moment. I just love filling out the medical history questionnaire at a new doctor’s office; the one that asks what diseases your parents suffered from. How about the question: What age was your father when he died? How should I know? The great state of so and so…won’t tell me. Not knowing one’s medical history is especially annoying to those of us adoptees who have biological children. What am I passing on? Will I be around for the weddings?

By the time I hit my forties I was tired of the intrigue. My adopted parents were deceased and I felt it was time to explore what I came to see as a hole in my life. The research indicates that many adopted children feel this way, and may embark on a biological search even if they’ve had a positive experience with their adopted parents. I also wanted to explore the fantasy that my biological father was Al Pacino and my mother was Candace Bergen (Don’t laugh…she and I both went to Penn).

The search process, as it is affectionately known, was not for the faint of heart—but it was fascinating. By calling in a few favors and hiring a private investigator, I was able to have bio mom tracked down within a few days. Apparently, PIs don’t just sit in cars with a zoom lens; they now use powerful computers to find people. Initially, bio mom was reluctant to speak with me. The PI said she was afraid that I was looking for money. But after convincing her that I was more interested in my medical chart than her portfolio, bio mom allowed me to charm her. No, bio mom wasn’t Candace Bergen—and she assured me Pacino wasn’t pop—but she jokingly told me that as long as I continued to exercise and consume my share of bran muffins I would have a better than even chance of dancing at my daughters’ weddings.

I also discovered that bio mom had some significant attachment issues—go figure. She told me that she was ashamed of putting me up for adoption. Apparently bio dad (deceased by this time) was less than thrilled about being a father at 50. But I got a stronger sense that these two antiseptic, orderly people were thrown off course by the emergent threat of yours truly…and headed for the hills. By the way, bio parents actually had me, put me up for adoption, and then married. More often than not a pregnant teenager is the bio mom and the father is some long-lost guy she barely remembers.

Bio mom and I continued our telephone relationship for the next several years, but sadly enough, it just plain wore out. I got tired of playing in a fixed pursuer-distancer dance and so I did what a lot of adopted kids might do in a situation like this—I disappeared. I took my medical history and a few more tidbits and I faded with a new appreciation for my adopted parents. They weren’t perfect, but neither was I. As for bio mom, I hope she lives forever. She wasn’t a bad sort, and my kids could sure use the good genes.

Article source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/magnetic-partners/201104/why-adoptees-need-find-their-biological-parents