A survivor of the London 7/7 bombings has committed suicide in the wake of last Monday’s suicide blast in Manchester.
52-Year-Old Tony Walter was discovered dead in his home hours after the deadly explosion at the Manchester Arena.
Tony, who was from Tottenham, survived a bomb detonated nearly 12 years ago on the London underground as a tube train departed Edgware Road station. Friends believe recent events brought back horrific memories Tony could no longer cope with.
He is the 23rd victim of Salman Abedi ‘s suicide bombing.
While another commented:
He didn’t want to live in a world where these terror attacks continue.
Tony was reportedly just ten feet away from Mohammad Sidique Khan who carried an explosive device onto the tube, and survived despite being hit by considerable shrapnel.
The attack on the underground in 2005 took the lives of seven people, including Khan.
One friend explained that his struggles with the rise in terror related incidents on UK soil were plain to see.
After the Westminster attack Tony really struggled. He was off work for a few days saying he couldn’t cope with how it brought back the memories of 7/7.
Eventually he returned to work but seemed so withdrawn and glum. We were worried about him. When he didn’t appear at work following the Manchester Arena atrocity, his colleagues began to get worried. He’d not been in a good way and people were concerned at his state of mind.
Everyone that knew Tony believes he is the 23rd victim of the Manchester Arena attack.
Our thoughts remain with all those affected by recent events.
Looking in the mirror and seeing a double chin can be disheartening. It’s even more frustrating if you’re trying your best to get rid of it, but to no avail. While many double chins are put down to being overweight, unfortunately sometimes it can just be because of aging or genetics.
But understanding what a double chin is and what you can do to prevent or get rid of one will allow you to get rid of a double chin efficiently.
What Is A Double Chin And What Causes It?
A double chin is essentially an extra layer of fat that forms around your neck and sags down below your chin. This causes a noticeable crease and bulge that can become more prominent if weight is gained.
Although fat is usually the main culprit, it can be due to excess water being retained in that area, and many people have this as a hereditary trait, making it difficult to get rid of.
Alternatively, the aging process means our skin is susceptible to sagging, especially in the chin and neck area where the skin is delicate. The muscles in your chin can slacken over time adding to the development of a double chin.
How Can I Get Rid Of A Double Chin?
If your double chin is making you feel insecure, then along with a general good diet and exercise regime, there are target-specific exercises you can do. Making these a daily habit can work the two main muscles found in the neck (sternocleidomastoid and platysma) enough to help prevent the double chin from forming.
This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down but it’s important to keep your back and spine straight while doing this exercise.
Start with moving your chin over to your right shoulder.
Keeping your head down, slowly move to a central position
Move your chin over to the left shoulder. You should feel the tension in your neck and chin.
Repeat 10-15 times.
Working the Platysma Muscle
This muscle connects from your jawline to your shoulder, and is the best muscle to target when getting rid of a double chin.
Open up your mouth nice and wide.
Pull your bottom lip tight over your bottom teeth.
Move your jaw up and down.
Repeat this 10-15 times.
This exercise tones the muscles in the chin, neck, and jaw.
Keeping your back and spine straight, slowly tilt back your head so you are looking skyward.
Pucker your lips so that they form a pout.
Hold this position for 5 seconds and then release.
Repeat 10-15 times.
Can I Prevent A Double Chin Long Term?
There are several daily habits you can adopt in order to get rid of a double chin alongside exercises. Doing these can help with the problem, depending on what is causing it.
Losing Weight Through Exercise And Good Nutrition
The most obvious solution, if your double chin is due to excess weight, is to go on a healthy eating and exercise regime. Losing overall body fat will result in your double chin reducing in proportion to the rest of your body. Avoiding foods high in saturated fats and processed sugar will not only help with your weight, but also your skin.
In addition, drinking plenty of water will not only help with the quality of your skin, but it will help speed up and regulate your metabolism; this means fat will be burned overall, including the double chin area.
Vitamin E to Supplement The Skin
Increasing your intake of vitamin E could help prevent sagging of the skin under the chin. This is because vitamin E plays an important role in slowing down the aging process for our skin, due to fighting off free radicals. While it won’t target your double chin, it will give your skin a fighting chance to prevent it.
Foods such as fruits, nuts, brown rice, legumes, olive oil, and dairy products all contain good amounts of vitamin E, so get these incorporated into your diet. If you find this hard to do, you can also consider taking a vitamin E supplement, but make sure not to exceed 540mg a day.
Chewing Gum To Help Tone Muscles
Chewing gum doesn’t just have to be about fresh breath. The movements we make when chewing are constantly using the small muscles in and around the face and jaw. By chewing gum regularly, you’re toning these muscles, which will go toward lessening a double chin. Just make sure it’s sugar free gum, and you’ll be doing a favor to your oral health too.
So, don’t fret over your double chin. Doing daily exercises and making sure you’re eating a good nutritional diet, along with general regular exercise, will go towards reducing the amount of double chin you have.
Google’s own flight finder and price tracking service, Google Flights, has steadily added on to its features and reliability since its launch in 2011, making it an excellent companion app for prospective travelers looking for a great deal on international and local flights. Google Flights works its magic by comparing prices across thousands of flights from flag carriers, budget airlines, and charter flights to bring the best price, and in addition, Google works in its own search magic into the mix, allowing users to filter their searches through a variety of parameters, searching for flights by date, departure or destination airports, and more. Google also added a price prediction feature, alerting you to price changes, and likely fluctuations in price.
Since the US and Cuba forged new ties, visitor numbers are on the rise
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TREAT DAY: Cuban food is full of fresh elements
SINCE THE 2014 relaxation of travel restrictions to Cuba by the Obama administration, the island has been rediscovered as a travel hot-spot by Americans and the US media.
Trips by US visitors, officially described as “cultural exchanges”, surged to 615,000 in 2016.
Cuba thinks the next big thing will be a rise in cruise ship visitors, with eight US-based cruise lines setting up stops in Cuba. The move should also ease the increase in pressure on Cuba’s hotel infrastructure from American travellers.
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Many more were injured. Since, London has showed overwhelming solidarity in the face of this hateful attack, and this latest demonstration is a particularly poignant example of that.
The attack has fanned the flames of an already worrisome debate, tainted with Islamophobia. These women stand strong in the face of those damaging sentiments, and stoically protest the attack on all Londoners.
From the moment we get out of bed, we have to constantly make decisions. Some decisions are smaller and some are bigger. The main reason why we sometimes have trouble making decisions is that we worry about the consequences. We are afraid of making bad decisions—and perhaps we should be.
While choosing a less-than-healthy lunch option may not do much damage, picking the wrong major at university or the wrong career path may have a disastrous impact on our lives.
We have put together a list of the most viewed TED Talks about decision-making, where professionals and successful people share their insights about the topic. These talks will help you understand some of the important factors contributing to a good decision, the thinking process behind decision-making, and a lot more.
1. Ruth Chang: When it comes to making hard decisions, reasoning is more than judging.
“Part of being rational is doing the better thing rather than the worse thing. … [But] it’s nuts to believe that the reasons given to you dictated [your decisions].”
Very often, when we make big decisions, we have a hard time comparing our options. We find it difficult because the alternatives are neither ‘better’ nor ‘worse’ than one another—at least, not obviously. Instead, each of them can be good or bad for us for different reasons. Realizing how we can make our own reasons other than ‘good’ and ‘bad’ empowers us to stay true to our personalities.
Ruth Chang is a law-graduate-turned philosopher at Rutgers University. She studies decision-making and its relation to freedom.
2. Benedikt Ahlfeld: Most of the time, we underestimate the power of each decision we make.
“Maybe if you went to Ikea, chances are when you’re at the cashier’s desk, you’ve got at least one product more in your basket than you originally planned.”
More and more studies show that the majority of our decisions are made quickly and with little thinking. Ahlfeld teaches us how to make use of science to make better choices, and warns us of the limitations of our decision-making power.
Benedikt Ahlfeld became a self-taught entrepreneur at the age of 16. He specializes in the psychology of decision-making and shares his experience with the world.
3. Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: Always decide to rise.
“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
When things become challenging, we are always faced with the decision to give up. However, if we decide instead to keep going, what we earn in the end will be more than success alone. Also, the ability to push through difficulties is actually more important than talent.
Angela Lee Duckworth is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on how ‘grit’ can predict a person’s success.
4. Barry Schwartz: Limit your options for better decisions.
“When there are hundreds of different styles of jeans available, and you buy one that is disappointing, and you ask why, who’s responsible?”
Having options makes us happy, but too many options can actually do the opposite. This is because decision-making is stressful, and we feel bad about ourselves when we fail to make the right decisions, adding even more stress to the equation.
Barry Schwartz is an American psychologist. He is interested in the intersection of psychology and economics.
5. Dan Gilbert: Examine your own goals and wants and decide what’s truly best for you.
“I’m telling you something you already knew: namely, that comparison changes the value of things.”
We think that good decisions are the ones that make us happy, so we choose what we believe will make us happy. Unfortunately, we aren’t very good at that. We are often mistaken about what’s ‘good’ for us, leading us to poor decisions.
Dan Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. His research interest is in happiness.
6. Sheena Iyengar: Look at the options objectively to make good decisions.
“Choice is just as much about who they are as it is about what the product is.”
We want to have options. Indeed, in the modern economy, we are spoiled with too many options, so many that we simply cannot review them one by one. Sometimes, we just don’t see how different they are. Which is why, instead of deciding among the alternatives available, we often turn to our inner desires and feelings.
Sheena Iyengar is a professor of business at Columbia Business School. She looks into how our perspectives on choices affect our decisions.
7. Dan Ariely: We’re not as rational we we believe.
“Our intuition is really fooling us in a repeatable, predictable, consistent way.”
When we make decisions, we believe we have the power to do so. However, this may only be an illusion. The choices we make are easily influenced by the options available. We may be confused by too much (but irrelevant) information, or even by our own minds. After all, we are not as rational as we think.
Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist at Duke University. He studies the factors that determine human behaviors.
8. Adam Grant: Sometimes, the decision of procrastinating intentionally leads to great ideas.
“But idea doubt is energizing. It motivates you to test, to experiment, to refine.”
If we want to be more creative, we have to be willing to try more and produce more. Procrastination is the enemy of productivity but interestingly, the decision to procrastinate ‘intentionally’ can actually lead us to greater ideas.
Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in how helping others motivates us to be more productive.
9. Daniel Kahneman: Our life experiences and happiness affect how we make decisions.
“[The] reason we cannot think straight about happiness is that we do not attend to the same things when we think about life, and we actually live.”
Our idea of happiness greatly influences how we make decisions. Observation tells us that we look at happiness from 2 perspectives—the ‘experiencing self’ and the ‘remembering self’. Learning about the different wants of the two selves gives us insights into the complexity of decision-making.
Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist at Princeton University He is the father of behavioral economics, focusing on the psychology of risk-taking.
10. Moran Cerf: Maybe, we don’t have that much control on our decisions.
“We live in our head. Things happen to this body, and we assume … we must have wanted them. But the reality is that sometimes we’re not entirely in control.”
We like to think we have free will—that we are in charge of our own decisions. However, recent findings in neuroscience suggest that it may be possible to predict our decisions even before we make them. This makes some scientists believe that decision-making is actually a pre-determined process independent of us. Moran Cerf discusses who is making our decisions (in our heads).
Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business at the Kellogg School of Management. He studies the neuroscience of decision-making, and how much free will we have in our decisions.
For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that buying a house makes much better financial sense than renting one. After all, you’ll have to spend a large chunk of your income on housing either way, so doesn’t it make more sense to invest that money in something you’ll eventually own, rather than simply forking cash over to someone else?
And conventional wisdom may be right about that — in some situations. However, a number of factors can make renting a much wiser financial decision than buying. Here are four good reasons why it may be smarter for you to rent instead of buy.
1. You’re not staying in the home very long
The sooner you intend to move, the less sense it makes to buy.
If you plan to stay put for less than two years, then buying a house would be a poor investment. In such a sort amount of time, the home likely wouldn’t gain enough value to make up for the costs of buying and selling it, like realtor commissions, closing fees, moving expenses, and so on. And don’t forget that buying or selling a house is a huge hassle compared to switching from one rental to another, so doing both within a couple of years will add a lot of work and stress to your life.
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And then there’s the tax issue. The home sale tax exclusion makes up to $500,000 of the gain on the sale of your house exempt from taxation. But one of the requirements for this exclusion is that you must have lived in the house for at least two out of the last five years, and if you’re moving within two years of buying, you obviously won’t meet that requirement. So if you’re lucky enough to sell your house for a profit, you’d be stuck paying taxes on that gain — potentially costing you thousands of dollars.
2. You’re in an inflated housing market
Some parts of the country are prohibitively expensive to live in. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City are notorious for high housing costs for renters and homeowners alike, but they’re hardly the only expensive cities in the U.S. Coming up with a down payment for a $500,000 house is considerably harder than coming up with a down payment for a $150,000 house. But what makes certain highly desirable urban areas really problematic is that home prices in these areas can be driven steeply upward by the high demand (i.e., a housing bubble). Not only would you have to pay an inflated price for the house, which makes it harder for you to turn around and sell it for a gain in a few years, but you’d also have to pay far more each month as a homeowner than you would as a renter for the same amount of house.
For example, SmartAsset calculates that in San Francisco, it costs on average over $550,000 to buy a house that would cost $1,000 a month to rent. Even if you forked over a 20% down payment on such a house, your monthly payments on a 30-year, 4.5% interest mortgage would be over $2,200 — more than double the cost of renting. If you live and work in such an area and are determined to buy a house, you might consider looking just outside the area for more affordable options — for example, shopping for a home in San Francisco’s surrounding communities instead of trying to buy a house in the city itself.
3. Your income isn’t secure
If you’re not confident in your job security, then now is not the time to make a huge purchase like a new house.
If you suddenly lose a major source of income, then you may need to cut your housing costs in order to get by. That’s a relatively quick and painless process if you’re renting; you might pay a fee to end your lease early, but you could move to a cheaper home in a matter of days. If you own your home, then a career crisis could force you to sell your house at a bad time; it may take months to find a buyer, or you might end up selling the house for less than you paid for it.
4. You have no savings
If an emergency savings account is important for a renter, it’s absolutely crucial for a homeowner. As a renter, if something goes wrong with the house, you can simply call the landlord, who will have to pay to fix the problem. As a homeowner, all the expense lands squarely on your shoulders. Even if nothing expensive breaks down on you, homeowners have ongoing additional costs such as homeowner’s insurance (depending on your state, average annual premiums range from $534 to $1991) and property taxes (the average annual property tax in the U.S. is $2,127 but it can be much more depending on your state and county).
If you don’t budget for such expenses or run short one month, you may end up having to tap into savings to pay for them. And if you don’t have a well-funded savings account, you may be forced to turn to credit cards — and that repair bill will be made even more expensive by interest and possibly fees. Before you even start looking for a house, make sure you set aside at least enough money to cover three to six months’ worth of expenses.
Also don’t forget that ponying up a down payment will take a big bite out of your savings. You’ll need to make sure you still have a solid emergency fund after you’ve paid out the down payment and the cost of moving. After all, what’s the point of buying home if you’ll be too busy fretting about expenses to enjoy it?
It’s been rumoured for months, but now it seems we may have some actual evidence that the Call of Duty franchise will head back to its World War II roots, if these newly surfaced images are to be believed.
A YouTuber called TheFamilyVideoGamers says in a video that he was handed a heap of supposed promotional material from an anonymous source, confirming – what many already believed – that Call of Duty 2017 will be set in the Second World War. You can check out his video just below.
There’s already plenty of evidence to suggest that this year’s COD will be set during WWII. Not least thanks to an earnings call Activision had in February where they said they would take the series back “to its roots” following the critical backlash from Infinite Warfare‘s futuristic setting.
Despite this, the images should obviously be taken with a generous pinch of salt. It would be easy to mock up some “leaked images” if you have a few Photoshop hours under your belt, and people have already speculated heavily on the game’s setting.
Anyway, take a look at the pictures and make your own mind up. Regardless of the legitimacy, they’ve certainly got people talking.
Ask 20 people how they mounted their flatscreen TVs and you’ll probably get 20 answers. But what’s the ideal viewing angle and height to get the most immersive television viewing experience?
The last thing you want is to squirm, squint or get a headache while watching Fast & Furious 47. The truth is, it’s a combination of personal preference and trial and error.
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Here’s some quick tips.
The middle 10 inches of your screen is 10-20 or so inches from the bottom of the TV. To get a comfortable viewing range of 35-45 inches, the bottom of your screen should be 25 inches up the wall.
Make a tiny dry-erase or pencil mark on the wall to the left and right of where the center of the screen should be.
Hold the mount to the wall about 15 inches up from the marks, then make another set of marks where mount screw holes are.
Providing the mount connects to the TV in the center, you will have a comfortable viewing height for the entire household.
If you haven’t checked out the proper screen size and viewing distance for your home, be sure to do that first.
Now let’s concentrate on the ideal height. We stress “ideal” here because not every home has ideal mounting options, as we’ll cover below.
Most action on a TV happens in the center third of the screen–so that’s the part of the screen you’d ideally have at eye level.
The most ergonomic view is to have the middle of the TV screen at eye level, according to Geek Squad installer Brandi Jorgensen. But in most cases where there are multiple people watching TV, it isn’t practical (or fair) to have the screen height to one set of eyes only. Because of this, you want to consider a comfortable range for the entire gang.
There are several factors that go into “eye-level,” of course: your height, the height of your seat cushion, the distance of the screen from your seat and the height of your TV screen. A math formula would make you crazy, so conducting your own research will do the trick. Grab a measuring tape and measure your eye height from the floor. Say it’s 40 inches.
Most action on a TV happens in the center third of the screen–so that’s the part of the screen you’d ideally have at eye level. If the height of your TV is 30 inches, the middle 10 inches are what you’re generally fixated on. This is approximately 10 inches from the bottom edge of your screen, depending on how much plastic “framing” is around the visible screen.
Credit: Adobe StockA quick calculation tells you the base of your TV (and table top of your TV stand) should be around 25 inches from the floor. This gives you a comfortable viewing range of 35-45 inches high and the center of the screen right at your 40-inch eye level.
The only true test for comfort is trial and error, says Jorgensen. She first recommends recruiting at least two strong friends to help you out. Then, just sit in your favorite spot while your friends start low and incrementally (and manually) raise the TV until it feels right to you. Sure, you can follow any number of formulas, but at the end of the day, you just need to be comfortable looking at a screen for hours at a time (with popcorn breaks, of course). Once you’ve got it figured out, mark the wall and calculate your mounting from there (see below for tips).
Remember, you’re looking for a comfort range, not exact fractions of inches. The ideal height for wall-mounting is the same, but doing a couple of measurements will make the actually TV hanging bit easier.
When it comes to horizontal angles, of course, having the TV screen perpendicular to your eyeballs is perfect. But Jorgensen says the newer TVs have such clarity, wide viewing angles and refresh rate, that the “sweet spot” isn’t entirely necessary to enjoy your television. She says that having the screen at +/ 25 degrees horizontally is perfectly acceptable. She stresses that comfort and the reduction of glare are more important than the measure of the angle itself.
One universally bad idea when mounting your TV is to put it above a fireplace—active or otherwise. The electronics inside a TV are sensitive and could be destroyed by the intense heat generated by the fire, and the occasional smoke and soot that escapes and rises straight into the TV.
The fireplace height is an unnatural angle to cock your head.
Second, the viewing angle for a screen mounted that is uncomfortably high. The reason the front row of the movie theater is empty is because you get a stiff neck after looking up for prolonged periods of time.
The fireplace height is similar in that it’s an unnatural angle to cock your head. The ideal viewing angle is to have the middle of your screen at eye level. But sometimes you have no choice; the shape of the room, orientation of the furniture and TV usage habits may dictate mounting it above an inactive fireplace.
Just remember, in this case, you’re going to want to use an adjustable mounting bracket that tilts forward significantly so that you’re not grabbing your neck for three hours during The Godfather (the original, of course). You’re not ever going to get the perfect angle, you just need to tilt the screen until it’s flat-facing your viewing position–and feels right.
If you’re getting tired of beans and quinoa, this umami chickpea burger is a fun way to get your plant protein. It’s hearty, flavorful, and craveable, not to mention a great addition to meal prepping and batch cooking, as it saves well, and can be eaten hot or cold.
You can dress this burger up any way you want: use two patties in a burger, or skip the buns and put it on top of a salad or roasted veggies.
Here’s the recipe:
Umami Chickpea Burger
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 20 min
Total: 40 min
olive oil or unrefined coconut oil
1 yellow onion, diced (about 5.5 oz or 1 1/4 cups)
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 teff flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 can chickpeas (about 1 1/2 cups)
In a skillet, over medium heat, add about 1 tsp. olive oil or coconut oil. Saute the onion and mushrooms for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the mushrooms and onions start sticking to the pan, add about a teaspoon of water. Then add the garlic, and cook an additional minute or two.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, add the almond meal, teff, salt, and pepper. Mix.
Next, in a food processor or high-speed blender (on speed 1) briefly pulse or blend the chickpeas until they are broken down or chopped, but still retain some texture. Remove half of them and put them into the center of the mixing bowl.
When the mushroom mixture is done, add that to the food processor or blender (half of the chickpeas should still be in there), and blend for 20-30 seconds until a paste-like consistency is formed. Spoon that into the mixing bowl. Mix everything well, until evenly combined. Split into about 6 portions, roll each into a ball, and then flatten into a patty.
Back in a clean skillet, heat it over medium heat, add about 1 tsp. of coconut or olive oil and then add the patties, cooking about 3 minutes each side. (Depending on size of pan, you will probably have to do two batches).
Remove to a plate, and build your perfect burger, or serve over vegetables or a salad.
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