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Rachel Weisz wants Botox ban for actors

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

English actress Rachel Weisz thinks that Botox injections should be banned for all actors.

The 39-year-old actress, best known for her roles in the Mummy movie franchise and for her Academy Award-winning portrayal in The Constant Gardener, feels facial Botox injections leave actors less able to convey emotion and that it harms the acting industry as much as steroids harm athletes.

In an interview with UK’s Harper’s Bazaar, coming out next month, Weisz says, “It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen,” she claims. “Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?”

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Currently living in New York, she also mentions that English women are much less worried about their physical appearance than in the United States. “I love the way girls in London dress,” she claimed. “It’s so different to the American ‘blow-dry and immaculate grooming’ thing.”

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By Bruno

Are you thinking about adding a purebred puppy to your household? Every purebred dog breed is genetically predisposed to its own unique list of medical problems. However, a few breeds are notorious for having more than their fair share of medical issues, and committing to a lifetime of care for these breeds without full understanding of the time and cost required is unfair to both yourself and the dog. This article describes the most common medical issues of three popular breeds: the Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, and Dachshund. Read on to become educated and decide if one of these breeds is really the right dog for you!

With so many different dog breeds available, choosing the one that’s right for your household can be overwhelming. Most people do a fair amount of research before purchasing a purebred puppy, and commonly make the decision based on the breed’s size, appearance, and personality. These are all important factors, but one very important factor is often overlooked: medical issues. Purebred dog breeds have essentially been inbred over generations, which ensures consistency in the breed’s traits, but also allows genetic defects and medical disorders to be propagated in the breed. A few dog breeds are notorious for their medical problems, and it is crucial to have an understanding of these issues before you commit the time and money to caring for a dog for its lifetime.

The Bulldog: Respiratory Difficulty, Skin Infections, and Corneal Ulcers

The English Bulldog is famous for its appearance. It has a short, stocky build and a wide stance giving it a tough and sturdy appearance. It has a short muzzle and prolific facial folds. It is a widely popular breed, and appears in numerous commercials and print advertisements for pet products. Unfortunately, the breed is also famous for its medical problems. The short, smashed-in face that makes it so adorable also creates some medical issues. The Bulldog suffers from what is called Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS). The four components of this syndrome are: Stenotic nares (nostrils that are disproportionately narrow), hypoplastic trachea (the tracheal diameter is disproportionately small), elongated soft palate (the tissue in the roof of the mouth extends too far back into the throat), and redundant pharyngeal tissue (excessive tissue in the back of the throat). All of these anatomical problems taken together mean that the Bulldog has a very difficult time breathing. It is so difficult for this breed to move air to their lungs that you can actually hear them breathing, even at rest. The problem worsens exponentially if the animal is stressed, overworked, or overheated. It is very easy for a Bulldog to go into a state of respiratory distress, necessitating emergency veterinary care. In some cases, surgery is necessary to correct the anatomical abnormalities to allow the animal to breath. Expect to pay a few thousand dollars if surgery is necessary.

The Bulldog’s difficulty breathing is not its only challenging trait. The excessive facial skin that creates those adorable wrinkles also causes some major problems for the breed. The valleys of skin between the facial folds create a dark, moist environment perfect for bacteria and yeast to proliferate. This causes smelly, oozy skin infections that require constant attention. The excessive skin on the Bulldog’s face also predisposes the breed to a condition called ‘entropion’, which is the inward folding of the upper or lower eyelid. When the eyelid rolls inward, the eyelashes act as an abrasive irritant to the sensitive cornea, which is the clear outer surface of the eye. Constant rubbing of the cornea leads to corneal ulcerations and abrasions, which require veterinary attention. Many Bulldogs are cursed with repeated corneal ulcers and the only permanent solution to entropion is surgical correction, which is expensive and sometimes requires repeated attempts for success.

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The Cocker Spaniel: Severe Ear Infections and Oily, Smelly Skin

The Cocker Spaniel is traditionally one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. ‘Lady’ from Lady and the Tramp, probably the most famous Cocker in popular culture, embodies the more endearing qualities that draw people to the Cocker – the long, heavy ears, the long eyelashes, and the luxurious hair coat. Cocker Spaniels tend to have easy-going personalities and can make great family pets. However, a few characteristics of the Cocker Spaniel can make it less than appealing for the average dog owner.

Cockers are notorious for having severe and chronic bacterial ear infections. Their long, heavy ears combined with underlying skin abnormalities create the perfect place for bacteria to thrive. Ear infections require intense at-home care, and it is not uncommon for an ear infection that is not appropriately treated to become so severe that pus literally oozes from the ear canal. The infected ears have a very distinct, pungent odor that can be smelled from across a room, and handling the ears for treatment leaves a smell on the hands that is only removed after repeated washings. Many Cocker Spaniels with chronic ear infections develop narrowed, inflamed ear canals, which can actually cause the ear canals to be closed off from the outside. This condition requires surgery, which is expensive and painful for the animal.

In addition to the horrendous ear problems, Cocker Spaniels also suffer from a condition known as primary seborrhea, which is a disorder that causes the skin to be flaky, oily, and smelly. This can make petting, or even being close to the dog unpleasant. Seborrhea also affects the way the oil glands function, and causes the formation of sebaceous adenomas, which are benign oil gland tumors resembling warts in appearance. It is not uncommon for an older cocker spaniel to have dozens of sebaceous adenomas on its body. The problem is largely cosmetic and the tumors are benign, but they can be irritating to the animal and sometimes bleed, necessitating removal.

The Dachshund: Intervertebral Disc Disease and Periodontal Disease

The Dachshund, or ‘wiener dog’, was bred for hunting small mammals. It’s long back, long muzzle, and short legs make it perfect for sniffing small animals out of their holes. The Dachshund is a very popular breed because of its small size and ability to integrate well into a family. However, anyone thinking of purchasing a Dachshund needs to be aware of a few potential problems with the breed.

First of all, the Dachshund’s extraordinarily long back makes it prone to a condition called Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). IVDD is a degenerative weakening in the intervertebral discs, which are the spongy cushions between the individual vertebrae that make up the backbone. When the disc is weakened, it is at risk of rupturing and protruding into and compressing the spinal cord beneath it. When the spinal cord is compressed, neurologic function in the rear legs is compromised. This results in anything from mild weakness in the hind legs to complete hind limb paralysis and loss of control of the bladder and bowels. IVDD is commonly seen in middle-aged Dachshunds who are otherwise healthy, and many times emergency spinal surgery is necessary to save the function of the legs.

In addition to IVDD, Dachshunds are also genetically predisposed to severe periodontal disease, which is the degenerative loss of structural support around the teeth. Although this may not sound like a big deal, severe periodontal disease has a major effect on quality of life for the animal. If the periodontal disease is severe enough the teeth will become very painful and infected, and will have a terrible odor associated with them. Periodontal disease can affect the animal’s ability to eat, and will require surgical extraction.

In conclusion, choosing which breed to integrate into your household is a very important decision. Common medical problems of the breed should be one of the factors you examine closely when making that decision. The Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, and Dachshund can be great pets, if you are willing to commit to caring for them. Be aware of the potential time and financial commitments that you may be taking on by purchasing a purebred puppy, as you will be doing a disservice to both yourself and the dog if you are not prepared to deal with its potential problems.

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School on Australia’s Sunshine Coast makes staff redundant, requests they apply for ‘new’ jobs
This article’s primary contributor, Patrick Gillett, is an alumnus of Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wikinews has obtained a list of middle management teaching staff allegedly made redundant, or laid off due to restructuring, by Sunshine Coast Grammar School (SCGS), in Queensland, Australia. Sources say that those staff have been told that they can apply for new positions that have opened up.

The list, published on the SCGS alumni Facebook page, contains the names of twenty-two staff members, eight of which taught this article’s primary contributor. Seventeen positions are reportedly being opened up by the private Christian school, eight of which seem to significantly overlap the old ones.

The changes are, apparently, designed to get teachers back into the classroom. “We are not cutting subject choices and extracurricular activities, but retaining a student-driven curriculum that integrates with the new Australian Curriculum, in keeping with our commitment to teaching and learning opportunities,” said headmaster Nigel Fairbairn.

Fairbairn could not guarantee that any of the staff would be given a position in 2011. “That will depend on how many people on that list apply for new positions of responsibility and are successful,” he said.

“The Head of the School cannot guarantee the 21 staff a job at the School in the future, with many of the positions being advertised to external applicants,” said Terry Burke, secretary for the Independent Education Union of Australia Queensland branch (Queensland Independent Education Union, QIEU).

“There has been little or no consultation with affected staff, who should not have to reapply for their jobs,” he said. “Most of the proposed restructuring is highly questionable and places at risk the high quality education at the School.”

Some former students responded angrily to the news.

Four of the affected teachers “were the backbone of the school when [controversy surrounded founding headmaster John Burgess] happened,” a former prefect (student leader) said. “They got it through that crisis and this is the thanks they get.”

“People are angry and shocked,” they continued. “I am aware of at least 10 families who have said they will pull their children out of the school – it’s that bad.”

The student body has not ruled out protesting the schools plans. “It’s getting to that stage,” the former prefect said. “People are trying to look at it in an intelligent way but there is so much anger out there.”

Wikinews understands that Fairbairn attracted criticism when he was a head teacher in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a former student claimed that Fairbairn “replaced the open and welcoming culture … with the tyrannical and oppressive one.”

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U.S. manufacturer General Motors seeks bankruptcy protection

Monday, June 1, 2009

United States automobile manufacturing firm General Motors filed for bankruptcy and Chapter 11 protection from its creditors at 12:00 UTC Monday, in a Manhattan, New York federal bankruptcy court. This was the largest bankruptcy filing for a U.S. manufacturing company, and with declared assets of $82.29 billion and a debt of $172.81 billion, and the fourth largest bankruptcy filing in recent U.S. history — after the bankruptcies of {{w|Lehman Brothers|| ($691.06 billion), Washington Mutual ($327.91 billion), and WorldCom ($103.91 billion).

The filing, expected to be the first of many, was for a New York GM affiliate, Chevrolet-Saturn of Harlem Incorporated. Numbered 09-50026, it named GM as a debtor in possession, and was filed before judge Robert Gerber.

GM is to be represented throughout the filing process by Weil Gotshal & Manges, a New York law firm specializing in bankruptcy.

The chief restructuring officer, named in the filing, is to be Al Koch, a managing director at AlixPartners LLP in New York, who will report directly to Fritz Henderson, the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors.

In its bankruptcy petition, GM listed its primary creditors as:

Name Amount owed (USD millions)
Wilmington Trust 22,000
United Auto Workers union (UAW) 20,560
Deutsche Bank 4,440

The amount owed to UAW excludes “approximately $9.4 billion corresponding to the GM Internal VEBA”. USD22,760 millions are owed to bondholders.

Analysts have observed that the effect of the bankruptcy filing on the U.S. economy is not expected to be as major as it once would have been. One such voice, Mark Zandy, an economist at Moody’s Economy.com, commented that “Bankruptcy now is irrelevant in terms of the economic consequence of what’s happening to GM.” Such analysts believe that the economic impact of GM’s problems has already been felt, with its effects on parts suppliers and employment. They also believe that GM’s programme of accelerated payments, and its participation in a U.S. Treasury program to ensure prompt payments to parts manufacturers, will have cushioned the effect of the bankruptcy itself.

Speaking on Bloomberg Radio, David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, stated that the fragility of the parts suppliers, the loss of whom would threaten the entire automobile manufacturing industry, was of more immediate concern than the GM bankruptcy.

Also filing for chapter 11 protection today were Saturn LLC and Saturn Distribution Corporation, subsidiary companies of General Motors.

As a consequence of the bankruptcy, General Motors Corporation (GM.N) was removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and was replaced by Cisco Systems (CSCO.O), these changes scheduled by Dow Jones & Company to take effect from the opening of trading on June 8.

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Carmel Dentistry: What Carmel Dental Patients Can Expect From A Carmel Dentist

Submitted by: Hubert Peavler

You don t have to go to New York or Chicago to get first class dental work. You can get it from a Carmel dentist. And you don t have to go to Los Angeles to feel like a movie star. Your experience in a Carmel dental office could leave you feeling like Hollywood royalty.

Dentistry in Carmel can compete with dentistry anywhere in the world these days. You can find Carmel dental offices that boast computer stations in the reception areas and serve you free coffee and juice while you wait for treatment.

What services should you expect from Carmel dentistry?

When you visit a Carmel dentist, expect the staff to greet you by name and help you with your medical history and insurance forms. Don t expect to be kept waiting for a dental appointment. A good dental office respects your time. The waiting area should also be attractive and inviting.

Expect the dentist to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. And, once you re in the dentist s chair, expect to relax and listen to a CD or watch a movie.

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What about the actual dental care from a Carmel dentist?

At a Carmel dental facility, expect state of the art equipment. Expect to find a Carmel dentist with impeccable credentials and unsurpassed skills. More than the movie or CD, knowing that you re in good hands and that the dentist has solutions to your problems is what will ultimately enable you to truly relax.

What dental procedures are available in Carmel?

If you have teeth that are damaged or in poor condition, you may benefit from a dental procedure called full mouth restoration. It will restore your dental health and dramatically transform your smile. Other dentistry procedures that restore seriously damaged teeth are natural looking crowns and bridges which are also available in Carmel.

Dentistry services in Carmel also include full or partial dentures that are custom-fit and can be anchored to dental implants to prevent slippage. Many people seek out a Carmel dentist for cosmetic procedures. Power teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and tooth-colored fillings all help contribute to a glamorous smile. If you re going to feel like a movie star, you might as well look like one too!

Realistically you can t expect great service, a pleasant atmosphere, and great dental work from every Carmel dentistry practice. But you should know that it is available in Carmel so why settle for less?

If you ve been looking into having cosmetic dental work done then chances are you ve heard veneers mentioned. But you may not be sure what they are or why you might need them. In brief, they re a thin shell that gets attached to your tooth; they cover the fronts of your teeth and improve your smile with minimal reduction of tooth structure.

How & Why Veneers May Be Right for You.

Veneers are made from either porcelain or a composite material, and can be built directly in the mouth or fashioned in a lab and bonded to the teeth after; among other differences in materials, the porcelain ones are less likely to stain over time than the composites. Veneer application may have repercussions, but in general they re an extremely effective tool for covering cosmetic imperfections. Veneers fill the bill when, for example, braces are not an option or when teeth have been worn away for some reason. They also give teeth an even appearance and cover unsightly stains, making them particularly popular with long-term smokers whose teeth are permanently yellow or brown.

Understand Your Options, Talk with Your Dentist.

With many options available, it s worth having a conversation with your dentist about the best corrective dental procedure for you, whether veneer or not. Today, veneers are known to last 10 to 30 years, making them an effective long-term solution for superficial teeth problems you might have thought were permanent. There s no reason to still be walking around covering up your smile. Talk with your dentist today.

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State Farm Insurance allegedly destroying papers

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State Farm Insurance allegedly destroying papers
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6 Jan

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Zach Scruggs, a lawyer for United States Senator Trent Lott, says that State Farm Insurance Company is destroying records related to claims for damage from Hurricane Katrina.

The records allegedly contain information saying that State Farm fraudulently denied insurance claims made by its policy holders, including Lott, that had homes there were damaged or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina came ashore on the Gulf Coast.

Scruggs said that Lott has “good faith belief” that many employees of the insurance company in Biloxi, Mississippi are destroying engineer’s reports that were inconclusive as to whether or not water or wind was the main cause of damage to the buildings affected by the hurricane.

Lott is among thousands of home and/or business owners who had their property damaged or destroyed during the hurricane and had their claims denied because State Farm claimed that their policies don’t cover damage caused by floods or water that was driven by the wind.

State Farm has not issued a statement on the matter so far.

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Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder

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Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder
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Friday, March 20, 2009

In the United States, a suspended Pennsylvania state trooper has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband.

Kevin Foley, 43, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for slashing to death John Yelenic, a Blairsville dentist who was in the final stages of divorcing his wife, Michele. Foley’s attorney said he plans to appeal the decision. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Foley previously said he “loathed Dr. Yelenic” and asked another fellow trooper to help kill him. During his testimony, which lasted several hours, Foley claimed he was joking and had no true intention of carrying out the threat, but the Indiana County jury rejected that defense after about six hours of deliberations.

John Yelenic was found dead in his home on April 13, 2006, one day before he was planning on signing his divorce papers. Charges were brought against Foley in September 2007, more than 17 months after the murder.

Foley, who had been on suspension from the Pennsylvania State Police, was himself the final witness to take the stand Wednesday in the trial. Foley insisted he was innocent during his testimony, and even made jokes that the jury laughed at on a few occasions.

“I never made a threat with the intention of carrying it out,” Foley said under cross-examination by the prosecution.

When Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek pressed Foley for what was funny about asking another state trooper to help him kill Yelenic, Foley answered, “There isn’t any joke. It’s just my personality, my behavior (with co-workers).”

Prosecutors said Foley killed Yelenic after going to the dentist’s house to confront him over the terms of the divorce. Prosecutors claim Foley slashed Yelenic several times with a knife and pushed his head through a small window. Yelenic bled to death.

“John has his justice tonight,” Mary Ann Clark, a cousin of Yelenic, told MSNBC. “John deserved this; he was the most wonderful person in the world. He died the most horrible death and tonight, this is his night. The system worked.”

Foley had been living with Michele Yelenic for two years at the time of the homicide. Prosecutors previously said Foley and Michele helped perpetuate rumors that Dr. Yelenic molested their son. John and Michele Yelenic had been separated in 2002. Michele Yelenic stood to collect Dr. Yelenic’s estate and a US$1 million life insurance policy, and could lose about $2,500 a month in support if the divorce was finalized, a Pennsylvania grand jury previously determined.

Michele Yelenic, who has not appeared at the trial, may face legal action herself, media reports indicated. A sentencing hearing for Foley is scheduled for June 1.

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6 Steps In Bloodborne Pathogen Training

By Greg Garner

A pathogen, in simple terms, is a germ or a virus. So this makes a bloodborne pathogen a germ or a virus that is present in the blood. These pathogens can cause a number of diseases in case you come in contact with infected blood, bodily fluids vaginal secretions, mucus, feces or any potentially infectious material. Bloodborne pathogens are not only limited to the Hepatitis B virus or HIV, its a lot more. An accidental prick by a needle or any sharp object is one of the easiest ways of coming in contact with the virus, for instance. Other ways such as open wounds, cuts or even acne could be a way to contract it.But to be clear, there are certain misconceptions about transmission of the virus. Touching an infected person, sneezing or coughing or using the same equipment such as showers or even water fountains, does not lead to the virus being transmitted.

The government, too, sees merit in addressing issues related to bloodborne pathogens because theylead to approximately 200 deaths and 9,000 infections a year. Thus with the help of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), they have been able to put together a standard to protect workers from such infections.

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The healthcare industry takes a lot of precautions and is extremely particular about the way they handle blood and bodily fluids. But there are a number of other occupations that could come in contact or be susceptible to bloodborne pathogens. Thus there are a few precautions that an employer can take to make sure its employees are at least risk. And in case there are any such organizations that deal with blood or bodily fluids, they should, as a rule, educate and inform everyone connected about such pathogens.

As an employer of an organization that works with blood or such potentially infectious fluids, you can make sure that all your employees are on the same page in terms of precautions. There are a few things that can be done, such as:

Make sure there are written guidelines about what to do and more importantly what not to do when in contact with such fluids. Seminars and discussion should be made a mandatory annual event for all the employees. Introduce personal protective equipment to make sure exposure to such pathogens is limited. Keep updating and spreading information at regular intervals. Try to side-line cost implications when looking at updating or getting better equipment for your employees. In case one of your employees becomes infected with the virus, make sure you are with them at every stage to help correct or improve their situation.

As an individual working with blood or such bodily fluids, you can be at a high risk of the virus. With the help of OSHA, there are a number of online courses that you can take to make sure you are clear about bloodborne pathogens. Have a clear about the basics and work towards enlightening and educating as many colleagues as you can. As you can see, one can easily come in contact with them.

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As increase in digital music sales slows, record labels look to new ways to make money

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As increase in digital music sales slows, record labels look to new ways to make money
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Every September, the Apple iPod is redesigned. Last year saw the release of the iPod Nano 5th generation, bringing a video camera and a large range of colours to the Nano for the first time. But as Apple again prepares to unveil a redesigned product, the company has released their quarterly sales figures—and revealed that they have sold only 9m iPods for the quarter to June—the lowest number of sales since 2006, leading industry anylists to ponder whether the world’s most successful music device is in decline.

Such a drop in sales is not a problem for Apple, since the iPhone 4 and the iPad are selling in high numbers. But the number of people buying digital music players are concerning the music industry. Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian, wrote that the decline in sales of MP3 players was a “problem” for record companies, saying that “digital music sales are only growing as fast as those of Apple’s devices – and as the stand-alone digital music player starts to die off, people may lose interest in buying songs from digital stores. The music industry had looked to the iPod to drive people to buy music in download form, whether from Apple’s iTunes music store, eMusic, Napster or from newer competitors such as Amazon.”

Mark Mulligan, a music and digital media analyst at Forrester Research, said in an interview that “at a time where we’re asking if digital is a replacement for the CD, as the CD was for vinyl, we should be starting to see a hockey-stick growth in download sales. Instead, we’re seeing a curve resembling that of a niche technology.” Alex Jacob, a spokesperson for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents the worldwide music industry, agreed that there had been a fall in digital sales of music. “The digital download market is still growing,” they said. “But the percentage is less than a few years ago, though it’s now coming from a higher base.” Figures released earlier this year, Arthur wrote, “show that while CD sales fell by 12.7%, losing $1.6bn (£1bn)in value, digital downloads only grew by 9.2%, gaining less than $400m in value.”

Expectations that CDs would, in time, become extinct, replaced by digital downloads, have not come to light, Jacob confirmed. “Across the board, in terms of growth, digital isn’t making up for the fall in CD sales, though it is in certain countries, including the UK,” he said. Anylising the situation, Arthur suggested that “as iPod sales slow, digital music sales, which have been yoked to the device, are likely to slow too. The iPod has been the key driver: the IFPI’s figures show no appreciable digital download sales until 2004, the year Apple launched its iTunes music store internationally (it launched it in the US in April 2003). Since then, international digital music sales have climbed steadily, exactly in line with the total sales of iPods and iPhones.”

Nick Farrell, a TechEYE journalist, stated that the reason for the decline in music sales could be attributed to record companies’ continued reliance on Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, saying that they had considered him the “industry’s saviour”, and by having this mindset had forgotten “that the iPod is only for those who want their music on the run. What they should have been doing is working out how to get high quality music onto other formats, perhaps even HiFi before the iPlod fad died out.”

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When Jobs negotiated a deal with record labels to ensure every track was sold for 99 cents, they considered this unimportant—the iPod was not a major source of revenue for the company. However, near the end of 2004, there was a boom in sales of the iPod, and the iTunes store suddenly began raking in more and more money. The record companies were irritated, now wanting to charge different amounts for old and new songs, and popular and less popular songs. “But there was no alternative outlet with which to threaten Apple, which gained an effective monopoly over the digital music player market, achieving a share of more than 70%” wrote Arthur. Some did attempt to challenge the iTunes store, but still none have succeeded. “Apple is now the largest single retailer of music in the US by volume, with a 25% share.”

The iTunes store now sells television shows and films, and the company has recently launced iBooks, a new e-book store. The App Store is hugely successful, with Apple earning $410m in two years soley from Apps, sales of which they get 30%. In two years, 5bn apps have been downloaded—while in seven years, 10bn songs have been purchased. Mulligan thinks that there is a reason for this—the quality of apps simply does not match up to a piece of music. “You can download a song from iTunes to your iPhone or iPad, but at the moment music in that form doesn’t play to the strengths of the device. Just playing a track isn’t enough.”

Adam Liversage, a spokesperson of the British Phonographic Industry, which represents the major UK record labels, notes that the rise of streaming services such as Spotify may be a culprit in the fall in music sales. Revenues from such companies added up to $800m in 2009. Arthur feels that “again, it doesn’t make up for the fall in CD sales, but increasingly it looks like nothing ever will; that the record business’s richest years are behind it. Yet there are still rays of hope. If Apple – and every other mobile phone maker – are moving to an app-based economy, where you pay to download games or timetables, why shouldn’t recording artists do the same?”

Well, apparently they are. British singer Peter Gabriel has released a ‘Full Moon Club’ app, which is updated every month with a new song. Arthur also notes that “the Canadian rock band Rush has an app, and the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, led by Trent Reznor – who has been critical of the music industry for bureaucracy and inertia – released the band’s first app in April 2009.” It is thought that such a system will be an effective method to reduce online piracy—”apps tend to be tied to a particular handset or buyer, making them more difficult to pirate than a CD”, he says—and in the music industry, piracy is a very big problem. In 2008, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry estimated that 95% of downloads were illegitimate. If musicians can increase sales and decrease piracy, Robert says, it can only be a good thing.

“It’s early days for apps in the music business, but we are seeing labels and artists experimenting with it,” Jacob said. “You could see that apps could have a premium offering, or behind-the-scenes footage, or special offers on tickets. But I think it’s a bit premature to predict the death of the album.” Robert concluded by saying that it could be “premature to predict the death of the iPod just yet too – but it’s unlikely that even Steve Jobs will be able to produce anything that will revive it. And that means that little more than five years after the music industry thought it had found a saviour in the little device, it is having to look around again for a new stepping stone to growth – if, that is, one exists.”

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Surprising Male Organ Stimulation Tricks The Role Of The Brain In Sensual Pleasure

Mention male organstimulation to most guys, and their mind usually runs to images of their memberenveloped by a beautiful babe’s nether regions or a pair of red lips lovinglyexploring the underside of their shafts. Yes, it’s a physical sensation thatguys will focus on, but it’s being created inside their heads; the fact is thatmen engage in more male organ-centered mind games over the course of a day thanin actual physical intimate activity. Although not out of choice; if a mancould spend the entire day having his member pleased, he would.Goodmale organ healthis not just about the way in which thephysical world acts upon a guy’s rod; it’s also about the role the mind playsin sensual activities.

Which is bigger?

Although men areconstantly focused on the size of their male organs, it’s generally agreed thatthe biggest reproductive organ in the body is actually the brain.It’s the brain, not the junk thatsends out the signals that control blood flow and get the manhood going.

Also, it’s the brain thatcreates sensual mental scenarios.Whena guy is playing solo and creates that situation involving himself, a waitresswith a large can of whipped cream, and a trampoline, it’s of course his brainthat’s behind it all.Butit’s also his brain that trips him up with those unwanted fantasies that comewhen he is in a meeting and suddenly fixates on what his boss would look likeunclothed save for a leather halter.

Mental male organstimulation is fun.

While all males have gonethrough an inconvenient bulging-jeans-in-public experience, the fact is thatmental stimulation is actually a lot of fun.Sure, it’s even more fun when a guycan follow it up by whipping his tool out and bringing himself completepleasure; but there’s a lot to be said for using one’s brain to simply getone’s manhood all stirred up.Thedanger, of course, is that a guy can go too far in this case and end up withsticky briefs – but it’s usually worth it.

It’s good practice.

Using mental images tocreate interest and to provide hands-off stimulation is also a good way to keepthe male organ in shape and to work on “lasting longer.”Many men are able to come close tolosing a load through their fantasies, but stop in time; this experience maycome in handy when they’re in bed with a particularly exciting partner and wantto make sure they don’t explode with pleasure before the appropriate time.

Make it a game.

No one can read aperson’s mind, so indulging in mental stimulation can be a harmless way to keepthe old male organ exercised. Here are a few fun games a guy can explore:

1. Mind alone. A guy usesonly his mind to achieve get hard and then stay that way for as long aspossible. There’s no touching allowed, and that includes shifting the legs sothat the member rubs against underwear or trousers.

2. Kegel it. Stillno touching of body shifting allowed, but a guy is permitted to flex his kegelmuscles to move his male organ back and forth against his pants fabric.

3. Walk it off.This game is to be played”commando” – without benefit of underwear. After mentally stimulatinghis male organ to full attention, a guy goes for a long walk.The challenge is to keep fromreleasing a load, which without the shield of underwear could be a bitembarrassing.

Some of these male organstimulation mind games, such as “walk it off,” might result in a soremember.This can becorrected through the use of a top drawermale organ nutrient cream(health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil).Sorenesswill soon disappear with the warm application of a cream with vitamin E and/orshea butter, which are excellent for their moisturizing properties.The cream should also includeingredients to address other common mens health issues, such as alpha lipoicacid (to help prevent male organ wrinkling) and vitamin D (to enable cellfunctionality).