Western Zodiac goes Metric in 2020

Western Zodiac goes Metric in 2020 by The Social Science Editor, Prue Crouch In a controversial decision, the Secretariat of the International Astronomical Union based in Paris has announced the metricification of the Zodiac meaning that from March 21 2020 there will be 10 star signs rather than the current 12. Each of the remaining 10 star signs will be given an extra six or seven days depending on the length of the month that their influence starts in. This announcement is associated with another decision the union made in August 2006 when Pluto, the smallest planet in the solar system, was demoted from planet status to dwarf planet because it did not meet the three criteria to be a true planet. "To be a classified as a true planet the body must have cleared away other objects from its area of orbit," astrophysicist Nigel de Grasse Tyson said when contacted by the Australian. "Pluto has not cleared its orbit, and as a result, those Sun signs with a strong Pluto influence will be absorbed into other signs. The two signs to be delisted as part of the metrification process will be Capricorn and Aquarius", Professor de Grasse Tyson said. Newspaper astrologers are outraged at the change labelling it draconian and arbitrary. Stella Walters, staff Astrologer with the Illawarra Herald said: "This decision will disenfranchise 16% of our readership. How dare some French standards body kill off two of the Zodiac's star signs, star signs that have been with us for ov...
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Common Beauty Treatments

Benefits Of Microdermabrasion, Waxing and Spray Tanning In case you didn't know, your skin is your body's largest organ, at least by body cell count. Unfortunately, however, it is constantly exposed to a variety of environmental elements such as pollution, dust, sun rays, etc., every day. And such exposure can take a toll on anyone's skin regardless of their genetic or ethnic background. Therefore, in a bid to reduce the occurrence of acne, fine lines, wrinkles, 'crow's feet', acne scars, age spots and other skin disorders, dermatologists have come come up with special skin treatments geared towards protecting the skin from such undesired pigmentation. Here is a quick primer on that. Microdermabrasion, which is one the latest skin treatment techniques in the skin care niche, is a non-invasive, non-chemical procedure that utilizes a spray of microcrystals to get rid of the outermost skin layer. A layer that is typically composed of dry, dead skin. Consequently, after the procedure, the skin is left looking younger, glowing and healthier looking. In addition, microdermabrasion also promotes the growth of a new underlying skin layer with higher levels of elastin and collagen. Now, remember that collagen and elastin are two of the most important elements involved in maintaining a healthy and younger-looking skin. And for most people, elastin is usually at its peak in their early twenties before it starts to diminish steadily giving way to wrinkles and fine lines. As you may al...
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Osteoporosis Treatment

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones. As the bones start loosing their usual density they become weaker & are more likely to break. Studies have shown that every one in two women & every one in four men above the age of 50 tend to break bones due to osteoporosis. It can cause serious complications & appropriate measures must be taken to avoid extreme consequences. There is no exact cure for osteoporosis. The idea of the osteoporosis treatment process is to strengthen the bones in order to protect them. The treatment primarily consists of a combination of drugs and suitable lifestyle changes that help in minimising the rate of bone resorption. Preventive measures include a modification in the general lifestyle factors, doing more muscle-strengthening exercises and ensuring adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D.The medications used for osteoporosis treatment are anti-resorptive agents. Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of resorption in the bones overtakes the rate of bone formation. The anti-resorptive agents intend to inhibit the rate of resorption to put things back to a balanced state. Drugs are the most aggressive way to hinder bone loss. Bisphosphonates are the most commonly seen osteoporosis curing drugs. They decrease the risk of hip, wrist and spine fracture for those who are affected with osteoporosis. The different types of bisphosphonates used are alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva), risedronate (Actonel) & zoledronic ...
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Teaming Up this Christmas – at Home and at the Office

If you conjure up images of Christmas’ past, it may involve a few friends or relatives in the kitchen cooking while the rest of the party drinks and waits for their Christmas feast. If you then think about the traditional Office Christmas Party, this generally involves eating and drinking but again no real connection or involvement. If you conjure up images of Christmas’ past, it may involve a few friends or relatives in the kitchen cooking while the rest of the party drinks and waits for their Christmas feast. If you then think about the traditional Office Christmas Party, this generally involves eating and drinking but again no real connection or involvement. Cheeky Food Group Managing Director, Leona Watson, explains the trends she has seen over the years, “The focus has gone from one person doing all the cooking to a combined effort. It’s also more fun to cook together and the days of the old style of never seeing the host are gone” Watson says. “Families now share the cooking, they ask people to bring dishes and also opt for less traditional dishes on Christmas Day.” This shift in cooking and entertaining has also been popular in the corporate market. “Christmas is our busiest time of year” tells Watson. ”The corporate world has increased pressure to shun lavish end of year parties with a focus on drinking. They’re looking to also include some interaction. Our team cooking events create just that – a fun activity (which also provides the entertainment!) but you st...
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WEB DESIGN USING GRID-BASED LAYOUT METHOD

With any beautiful design or structure, from architecture to painting, there lies beneath it a grid-based layout from which these creations were originally derived. It is, in essence, the unseen mathematical component of all design that, for many web designers, has become standard in the pursuit for the perfect web design. To understand what a grid-based layout for web design is, we first need to understand why it is referred to as “grid-based.” A grid is a structure consisting of intersecting straight vertical and horizontal guidelines that are made up of margins, flow-lines, columns, rows, gutters, modules, and spatial zones. This potentially complex composition provides the perfect structural base that allows a web designer to create graphic elements from, or to organise content within. It is this reason that grid-based layout is used in web design. By using grids in the website design a sense of uniformed structure is achieved for the overall website, this helps achieve better usability for website visitors as they are able to navigate and engage with the website much easily than if the content was simply thrown together without structure. Another reason grid-based layouts are used is efficiency. By designing to a grid, the actual design process is simplified because design guidelines are already in place, therefore making it easier to decide on design elements, such as width and height. When using grid-based layouts in our web design, we can either create our own grid, o...
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Jesters – Not Anyone’s Fools

A jester or fool was a type of entertainer and archetype in Medieval Europe, similar to a modern clown or comedian. With their colorful, eccentric outfits and repertoire of juggling, acrobatics and wit, jesters were a favorite of commoners and noblemen alike. Jesters were commonly travelling minstrels and acrobats, performing at village fairs and festivals. Those who were especially lucky or talented would be hired as court jesters, becoming a regular fixture of a noble or royal court. They would perform tricks, sing fables and satirize daily court life in front of the upper class. Court jesters were granted special privileges, and were allowed to speak in a way that other commoners were forbidden to. With this license to offend, court jesters served as a “voice of the people” in a culture with rigid social barriers. A court jester could openly mock and satirize their social betters without consequence, and were often favored by their lords as trusted advisors who could always speak their minds. Queen Elizabeth I is recorded as having scolding her court jester for not being harsh enough on her. A successful jester had to be skilled in both physical acts and possess a quick wit and knack for singing and storytelling. Jester performances were usually a mix of juggling, acrobatics and magic shows combined with fables, songs, jokes and political commentaries. There was no fixed costume for a jester, but costume usually involved loud, motley colours, bells and baubles and a ...
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