Surviving The Recession With Us Bank Home Mortgage

By Sean A. Kelly

During the recent recession, many mortgage companies and financial institutions had to shut down their businesses as they failed to cope with the economic downturn. When that happens, many consumers with low or moderate incomes may also find it difficult to buy or refinance a home as mortgage companies and financial institutions that did not shut down may not be able to offer the type of loan that they can afford. Once the federal government came up with new solutions to make home buying more affordable for many consumers, US Bank Home Mortgage also started playing their part in order to improve the property business in the country as well as helping more consumers to be able to afford buying a home.

US Bank Home Mortgage may be one of the major financial institutions that offer the Making Home Affordable program as announced by the U.S. Treasury Department as one of the government’s proactive efforts to help boost the property market and allow eligible borrowers to refinance or modify their mortgage loans so that they can better afford the payments. The idea is to assist families to lower their monthly payments and avoid foreclosure as well as foreclosure scams. You may think that by doing so the bank may be losing more money as the reduced payments may mean that they would be making less money than before. However, compared to the extremely high cost of foreclosure and the possibility of losing all their money, US Bank may at least be able to gain back some of their money from their consumers.

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Under the Making Home Affordable program, US Bank rates and mortgages offer considerably lower interest rates to meet the requirements of the program to enable home buyers to refinance their home and reduce their monthly payments. Of course, consumers may have the option of refinancing or modifying their loans but with lower interest rates. In general, the rate may be based on market rates in effect at the time of the refinance and modification application. Home owners may also be subject to any associated point and fees. Even though the interest rate also depends slightly upon the discretion of US Bank, it may still be lower depending on the eligibility of the applicants. The upside is that the refinanced loans may not have any prepayment penalty or balloon payments.

Home owners may also apply for US Bank Refinance Home Loans under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in order to be able to maintain ownership of their own homes. In this time of bad economy it may be harder to keep your home than to lose it. In order to qualify for a HARP refinance with US Bank you may have to ensure that your current mortgage is backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. If it is then you may proceed to contact a US Bank loan officer to apply. Of course, it would help speed up your application process if you could gather enough information prior to applying such as your gross income pay stubs, income tax returns, any junior lien mortgage on your home and also account balances of your credit cards and other debts.

The HARP program is designed to help consumers maintain ownership on their home during the global recession and the US Bank clearly supports the government’s efforts to improve the current state of the property market. Basically by doing so, US Bank may also benefit from the program as they too may have the opportunity to recover their losses should their consumers be forced to foreclose.

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Blair ally Lord Levy arrested

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Police have arrested Lord Levy, chief fundraiser to the Labour Party and close associate of Tony Blair. Lord Levy was arrested by the Specialist Crime Directorate of London’s Metropolitan police as part of an on-going investigation into the cash-for-peerages row which has troubled the Labour government since the start of the year. He was bailed on Wednesday afternoon without charge pending further enquiries.

In a statement, Lord Levy said the arrest was “totally unnecessary”. A spokesman also said: “He has not been charged and does not expect to be, as he has committed no offence.”

The cash-for-peerages affair erupted earlier this year, after an independent body reported that Tony Blair had sold peerages (the title of Lord) to businessmen in exchange for secret donations to the Labour Party. This potentially breaks the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act of 1925 which was originally introduced after Prime Minister Lloyd George was caught selling peerages for personal funds.

The ruling Labour Party admitted soon after that it had borrowed over £14 million before the last general election in 2005. The opposition Conservative Party also admitted it had been loaned £16 million by wealthy businessmen. It’s believed that as chief fundraiser, Lord Levy arranged the Labour Party’s loans.

All political parties deny any wrong-doing, although the arrest of one of the Prime Minister’s closest allies is going to provide yet more scandal for the already troubled party.

Downing Street has so far declined to comment on what they call a “party matter” and Levy himself has accused the police of “over-reacting”. Some politicians have commented that the situation could be very serious for Mr. Blair.

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Viktor Schreckengost dies at 101

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Viktor Schreckengost, the father of industrial design and creator of the Jazz Bowl, an iconic piece of Jazz Age art designed for Eleanor Roosevelt during his association with Cowan Pottery died yesterday. He was 101.

Schreckengost was born on June 26, 1906 in Sebring, Ohio, United States.

Schreckengost’s peers included the far more famous designers Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes.

In 2000, the Cleveland Museum of Art curated the first ever retrospective of Schreckengost’s work. Stunning in scope, the exhibition included sculpture, pottery, dinnerware, drawings, and paintings.

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Lost Antarctic shipwreck from 1915 Shackleton expedition, Endurance, rediscovered

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The shipwrecked remains of Endurance, which carried the British 1915 expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica, were rediscovered beneath the Antarctic waters on March 7, it was announced yesterday.

The find by the Endurance22 expedition comes over a century after the vessel was marooned off the Antarctic coast and pushed by sea ice to the bottom of the Weddell Sea.

The vessel appeared to be in excellent condition, preserved by the frigid waters. The ship’s timbers seem intact, and the name Endurance is clearly visible below the stern and above the five-pointed star Polaris — both unchanged after so much time.

Submersible craft launched by Endurance22, formed and funded by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, laid cameras on the Endurance at a depth of about 3,008 meters (9,868.8 ft). The probing vehicles were launched from the main hub of the expedition, the South African icebreaker S.A. Agulhas II.

The Endurance was originally the main vessel of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition by the United Kingdom, which sought to complete the first land crossing of Antarctica. Sir Ernest, a pioneer in British Antarctic exploration in the early twentieth century, and his expedition were stranded when the Endurance became trapped by sea ice and was slowly crushed.

They camped on the ice until able to launch lifeboats to eventually reach safety. All survived, but the Endurance sank.

For years, it had been nearly impossible for explorers to locate the ship’s remains, as the Weddell Sea is covered by thick sea ice year-round. However, the past month has seen the lowest recorded level of Antarctic sea ice since satellite records began. This allowed the multinational team of experts assembled by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust to make its uncovering.

Expedition leader Dr. John Shears said of the successful expedition: “We have made polar history… and successfully completed the world’s most challenging shipwreck search” and that it was “what human beings can achieve and the obstacles they can overcome when they work together.”

Director of exploration Menson Bound said: “It is not all about the past; we are bringing the story of Shackleton and Endurance to new audiences, and to the next generation, who will be entrusted with the essential safeguarding of our polar regions and our planet. We hope our discovery will engage young people and inspire them with the pioneering spirit, courage and fortitude of those who sailed Endurance to Antarctica.”

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Muscle Milk A Review Of Cytosport’s Muscle Protein}

Submitted by: Mark Pommett

I just finished my first tub of Cytosport’s Muscle Milk protein supplement, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the taste of Muscle Milk, so I decided to try the vanilla cream flavor. I’m happy to report this stuff tastes as good as it works.

There are a ton of protein powders on the market and the majority have a really unpleasant taste and are quite similar – depending on user preference of taste, price, brand name, etc. In addition, there are a wide variety of protein powders targeted for different needs and goals. For example, whey protein is recommended to be taken post workout, and slow-release protein blends are preferred before bed. Whey concentrate is the least expensive form of protein and usually costs around $30-$40 for a 5lb container. On the other hand, an isolate can cost around $30 or more for just 2lbs.

Muscle Milk is a protein blend that is most effective during the day but also works well as an evening protein supplement. Cytosport suggests you take Muscle Milk post workout. I would not necessarily advise this. This is because Muscle Milk is mix of whey and casein proteins – otherwise known as Cytosport’s EVOPRO formula.

What is Muscle Milk – Evopro?

As previously stated, Muscle Milk is an ideal protein to take before bed due to its blend of whey and casein protein. “EvoPro” is what Cytosport considers “Nanture’s Ultimate Anabolic Protein”. How so? In addition to the whey and caseins, Muscle Milk is patterned after human mother’s milk, which has considerable anabolic growth potentials.

Muscle Milk provides a unique blend of powerful ingredients.

Alpha-Lactalbumin has a protein efficiency ratio of 4.0 whereas whey and casein protein have a 3.6 and 2.9 respectively. Alpha-Lactabumin also offers higher biological value then whey and casein proteins. In addition, it contains large amounts of essential amino acids.

Bovine Colostrums – Colostrum strengthens the immune system by providing antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and other growth factors. Bovine colostrums plays an important role in immunity to diseases among other important functions.

The reason why whey and casein is so effective as a nigh time protein is due to their different rates of absorption. Whey protein is digested rapidly filling your blood with amino acid However, the effect doesn’t last long. Whey protein is a quick release protein. A surge in amino acid blood levels inhibits muscle breakdown and stimulates protein synthesis. It should be noted that whey protein is oxidized as much as it is used for protein synthesis. This means that some of the whey you ingest fails to contribute to muscle development.

This is remediated by taking casein protein. Casein proteins have a slower rate of digestion, thus giving it more to time to fuel muscle growth, and less into energy production. So, to recap, whey protein provides your body amino acids almost immediately, and once all the whey is digested, casein kicks in and provides an extra dose of amino to your muscles in a slow-release manner.

Muscle Milk Nutritional Content: Serving Size (scoop) 2 Calories 348 Fat Calories 162 Total Fat (g) 18 Cholesterol (mg) 3 Sodium (mg) 200 Potassium (mg) 595 Total Carbs (g) 12 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Sugars (g) 6 Proteins (g) 32

Muscle Milk Ingredients EVOPRO is an amino acid matrix containing evolution-based protein and peptides engineered to closely mimic the nitrogen components and ratios found in human milk.

A closer look at the fat content of Muscle Milk and you’ll see that it’s quite high. There is no need for alarm since this is the intended formula of Muscle Milk. Most of the fat is made up of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) – they are more rapidly absorbed and burned as energy. MCT is also shown to increase the amount of calories burned compared to other fats.

The Taste Of Muscle Milk

One of the great things about Muscle Milk is the taste. Fortunately, Muscle Milk comes in a wide variety of delicious flavors: vanilla, strawberry, mocha joe, root beer, banana, and more. I’ve tried the vanilla and banana.

I was really surprised by how pleasant it tasted. In fact, it’s delicious. The banana smells just like fresh bananas. I’m so used to holding my nose when I take protein supplements. Therefor, this was a great surprise. I would give it a 9/10 based on taste.

The vanilla is really good too. I’m usually not wild about vanilla but I mixed together my first shake and found it to be very satisfying.

Muscle Milk retails for $40 for a 2- lb jug, but you can find muscle milk for cheaper online.

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Race to save Chilean miners trapped underground from spiralling into depression continues

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It has emerged that the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground after the mine they were working in collapsed could be brought to the surface in a shorter time than was initially feared. While officials publicly announced that the men would not be brought to the surface until Christmas, sources inside technical meetings have revealed that they could in fact be on the surface by early November. The news comes as families were allowed to speak by radio-telephone to their trapped loved ones on Sunday. Over the weekend, video images filmed by the miners emerged showing the miners playing dominoes at a table and singing the Chilean national anthem. The miners also used the camera to send video messages to their families on the surface, saying that they regularly broke into tears, but were feeling better having received food and water.

The grainy nightvision images, filmed on a high definition camcorder that was sent down a small shaft to the mine, show the men in good spirits, chanting “long live Chile, and long live the miners.” They are unshaven and stripped to the waist because of the heat underground, and are seen wearing white clinical trousers that have been designed to keep them dry. Giving a guided tour of the area they are occupying, Mario Sepúlveda, one of the miners, explains they have a “little cup to brush our teeth”, and a place where they pray each day. “We have everything organized,” he tells the camera. Gesturing to the table in the center of the room, he says that “we meet here every day. We plan, we have assemblies here every day so that all the decisions we make are based on the thoughts of all 33.” Another unidentified miner asks to rescuers, “get us out of here soon, please.” A thermometer is shown in the video, reading 29.5C (85F).

As the film continues, it becomes evident that the miners have stuck a poster of a topless woman on the wall. The miners appear shy, and one man puts his hand to his face, presumably dazzled by the light mounted on the cameraman’s helmet. One miner sent a message to his family. “Be calm”, he says. “We’re going to get out of here. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your efforts.” Another said that the miners are “sure that there are people here in Chile that are big people, that are powerful people, that are intelligent people, and they have the technology and they will all work together to get us out of here.” Speaking to the camera, one says: “we have had the great fortune that trapped in this mine there are good, professional people. We have electricians, we have mechanics, we have machine operators and we will let you know that while you are working to rescue us on the surface, we are down here ready to help you too.” It has been reported that Mario Gómez, 63, has become the group’s “spiritual leader”, having worked in the mines for over fifty years. He has requested that materials to build a shrine be sent down to the cavern.

Upon seeing the video in a private screening, family members, who are living in a small village of tents at the entrance to the San José copper-gold mine—which they have named Camp Hope—were elated. “He’s skinny, bearded and it was painful to see him with his head hanging down, but I am so happy to see him alive”, said Ruth Contreras, the mother of Carlos Bravo, who is trapped in the mine. The video, of which only a small portion has been released to the public, shows the miners, many of them wearing helmets, cracking jokes and thanking the rescuers for their continued efforts. The supplies are being sent to the men through a small shaft only twelve centimeters wide, and a laboratory has been set up with the purpose of designing collapsible cots and miniature sandwiches, which can be sent down such a narrow space.

CNN reported on Friday that “officials are splitting the men into two shifts so one group sleeps while the other works or has leisure time .. On average, each man has lost 22 pounds (10 kilograms) since they became trapped three weeks ago, and dehydration remains a threat. But a survey of the men indicates that at least nine miners are still too overweight to fit through the proposed rescue shaft. Initially, the miners survived by draining water from a water-cooled piece of equipment. To stay hydrated in the 90-degree mine, each miner must drink eight or nine pints of water per day.”

But while there are jubilant celebrations on the surface that the miners are alive, officials are now nervous that the miners could become depressed, trapped in a dark room the size of a small apartment. Chilean health minister Jaime Mañalich said that, on the video, he saw the telltale signs of depression. “They are more isolated, they don’t want to be on the screen, they are not eating well”, he said. “I would say depression is the correct word.” He said that doctors who had watched the video had observed the men suffering from “severe dermatological problems.” Dr. Rodrigo Figueroa, head of the trauma, stress and disaster unit at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, explained that “following the euphoria of being discovered, the normal psychological reaction would be for the men to collapse in a combination of fatigue and stress … People who are trained for emergencies – like these miners – tend to minimize their own needs or to ignore them. When it is time to ask for help, they don’t.” NASA has advised emergency workers that entertaining the miners would be a good idea. They are to be sent a television system complete with taped football matches. Another dilemma facing Mañalich is whether the miners should be permitted to smoke underground. While nicotine gum has been delivered to the miners, sending down cigarettes is a plan that has not been ruled out.

With the news that drilling of the main rescue tunnel was expected to begin on Monday, officials have informed the media that they hope to have the miners out of the mine by Christmas—but sources with access to technical meetings have suggested that the miners could actually be rescued by the first week of November. A news report described the rescue plan—”the main focus is a machine that bores straight down to 688m and creates a chimney-type duct that could be used to haul the miners out one by one in a rescue basket. A second drilling operation will attempt to intercept a mining tunnel at a depth of roughly 350m. The miners would then have to make their way through several miles of dark, muddy tunnels and meet the rescue drill at roughly the halfway point of their current depth of 688m.” Iván Viveros Aranas, a Chilean policeman working at Camp Hope, told reporters that Chile “has shown a unity regardless of religion or social class. You see people arriving here just to volunteer, they have no relation at all to these families.”

But over the weekend, The New York Times reported that the “miners who have astonished the world with their discipline a half-mile underground will have to aid their own escape — clearing 3,000 to 4,000 tons of rock that will fall as the rescue hole is drilled, the engineer in charge of drilling said Sunday … The work will require about a half-dozen men working in shifts 24 hours a day.” Andrés Sougarret, a senior engineer involved in operating the drill said that “the miners are going to have to take out all that material as it falls.”

The families of those trapped were allowed to speak to them by radio-telephone on Sunday—a possibility that brought reassurance both the miners and those on the surface. The Intendant of the Atacama Region, Ximena Matas, said that there had been “moments of great emotion.” She continued to say that the families “listened with great interest and they both felt and realized that the men are well. This has been a very important moment, which no doubt strengthens their [the miners’] morale.” The phone line is thought to be quite temperamental, but it is hoped that soon, those in the mine and those in Camp Hope will be able to talk every day. “To hear his voice was a balm to my heart … He is aware that the rescue is not going to happen today, that it will take some time. He asked us to stay calm as everything is going to be OK … He sounded relaxed and since it was so short I didn’t manage to ask anything. Twenty seconds was nothing”, said said Jessica Cortés, who spoke to her husband Víctor Zamora, who was not even a miner, but a vehicle mechanic. “He went in that day because a vehicle had broken down inside the mine … At first they told us he had been crushed [to death].”

Esteban Rojas sent up a letter from inside the mine, proposing to his long-time partner Jessica Yáñez, 43. While they have officially been married for 25 years, their wedding was a civil service—but Rojas has now promised to have a church ceremony which is customary in Chile. “Please keep praying that we get out of this alive. And when I do get out, we will buy a dress and get married,” the letter read. Yáñez told a newspaper that she thought he was never going to ask her. “We have talked about it before, but he never asked me … He knows that however long it takes, I’ll wait for him, because with him I’ve been through good and bad.”

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‘Criminal in a police uniform’ given eleven years jail for role in English drugs gang

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Liverpool Crown Court jailed an ex-policeman who led a double life as a senior figure in a Preston, England drugs gang. Salim Razaq, described by his Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke of Lancashire Constabulary as “nothing short of a criminal in a police uniform”, received eleven-and-a-half years imprisonment on Tuesday after being caught during a ‘turf war’ with a rival gang.

The 33-year-old spoke to his brother over the phone while the latter was in jail on remand for kidnap and assault. Hafiz ‘The Enforcer’ ‘Big Haf’ Razaq was involved in hijacking Mohammed Begg’s BMW and abducting him. Begg, linked to the Fishwick gang, was tortured and beaten for three hours by Hafiz and other Deepdale gang members. Salim and Hafiz discussed money laundering and plans to intimidate witnesses in Hafiz’s trial. Other officers bugged the calls, their suspicions aroused when Salim improperly used the force computer system to check on family members and associates.

It cannot be exaggerated that the guns you knowingly had in your possession were three sub machine guns with many rounds of live ammunition

Lancashire Police’s Professional Standards Department then raided Salim’s home in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, and found £72,000 in laundered cash hidden in the police sergeant’s bedroom. Three machine guns — two Uzis and a Sten — were concealed under the stairs. 228 bullets, a bullet-proof jacket, a balaclava, and a knuckle-duster were also confiscated.

Last month he entered guilty pleas to two counts of perverting the course of justice, three counts of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, conspiracy to transfer criminal property, conspiracy to acquire or retain criminal property and misconduct in a public office. The conspiracies referred to money laundering; the misconduct was for abusing the police database.

Salim joined the police in 2001 and served as a traffic cop patrolling motorways, before his promotion to sergeant in January last year. He was dismissed in June when the force convened a Special Case Hearing to fast-track the process.

Salim and Hafiz’s mother Gulshan admitted perverting the course of justice; her role was to intimidate witnesses. Hafiz entered guilty pleas to money laundering and two counts of perverting the course of justice. Two more gang members — Jason Lawrenson and Daniel Cookson — admitted money laundering, and another man, Louis Bamber, admitted possession of a firearm.

Gulshan was given a 44-week sentence suspended for two years and Hafiz received three-and-a-half years, this in addition to a six-year sentence for the attack on Begg. It was this attack that initiated the war, with a Deepdale member being shot in the throat in retaliation.

In sentencing Salim Judge Henry Globe QC said “The offending took place over an extended period of time. It amounts to a breach of trust, a dereliction of duty and it amounts to extremely serious and persistent criminal offending whilst ostensibly, supposedly upholding criminal justice in your capacity as a serving police officer. Your actions have brought potential discredit to the police force. It would have made the tasks of other officers more difficult. In particular, I make reference to the gravity of your offending in relation to the firearms offences.

“It cannot be exaggerated that the guns you knowingly had in your possession were three sub machine guns with many rounds of live ammunition to be used with them. There was no conceivable, lawful or justifiable purpose that anyone could have had to have them in their possession.”

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Study links foie gras consumption with Alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes, other diseases

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A study published on June 18 in the American Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found a link between the consumption of foie gras and other meat products and a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus type 2, tuberculosis, and amyloidosis. The link exists in genetically susceptible individuals.

The study was lead by Alan Solomon, M.D., a professor and researcher at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and the director of the Human Immunology and Cancer / Alzheimer’s Disease and Amyloid-Related Disorders Research Program. Amyloidoses are a group of disease states caused by the deposition in vital organs of proteins in the form of fibrils, causing a range of symptoms such as swelling and kidney damage. The deposition of amyloid beta in the brain is central in the origin of the disease process of Alzheimer’s disease. Foie gras is made from the livers of ducks or geese that have been force-fed.

According to Solomon, “we posit that this and perhaps other forms of amyloidosis may be transmissible, akin to the infectious nature of prion-related illnesses [such as mad cow disease]. In addition to foie gras, meat derived from sheep and seemingly healthy cattle may represent other dietary sources of [the fibrils]. People with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or other amyloid-associated diseases should avoid consuming foie gras and other foods that may be contaminated with fibrils,” continued Solomon.

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Get Your Pets Spay And Neuter In Oahu

byAlma Abell

Spay and Neuter in Oahu are important services for the health and life span of your cat or dog. Spay at six months of age or older to help reduce risks of diseases and conditions such as cancers, tumors and infections. You will also have a calmer and emotionally more stable pet. Neutering is also done at 6 months of age and reduces risk of hernias, tumors, cancers and prostate issues. Both procedures increase the life span of your pet. Unless you are a licensed breeder, it is recommended you get your pets spay and neuter at the appropriate time. In Oahu, those procedures are available in complete surgical packages that include pre-surgical lab work, surgery and post surgical care at a pet clinic.

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You want to find a place that is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and utilizes the latest diagnostic technology and treatments available for your pet. The Honolulu Pet Clinic, for example, offers comprehensive medical, surgical and dental services for your pets. They have an in-house laboratory, a surgical suite and a therapeutic facility in the same convenient location. You want a clinic that can care for all your pets’ needs from routine care, radiology services, emergency care and cremation services when the time comes. If you can find one place that handles everything, your pet will get used to the professionals, the environment and the atmosphere so he/she will have less anxiety about appointments. It is the same for pet owners. If you know the people and the environment, you will feel better about taking your pet to appointments, knowing they will get the best care available.

In addition to Spay and Neuter in Oahu, you may want to look into such procedures as micro chip implant, flea and tick control and behavior counseling if you are having issues with your pet. The micro chip implant will make it easier to find your pet if it runs away or gets lost or stolen. Flea and tick control can take place during routine bathing and grooming and keep your pet resistant to bites, illness and infestations. Behavioral counseling can help if you are having issues training your pet or are not sure whether to crate your pet or not. Your pet is a member of your family, so be sure he or she gets the best medical and dental care available. You can also watch videos on Youtube.

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Teen broadcasts suicide online

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Pembroke Pines, Florida teenager killed himself Wednesday, November 19, while broadcasting on the live video site After making suicide threats and being encouraged by viewers and forum members, Abraham K. Biggs, 19, committed suicide by taking an overdose of opiates and benzodiazepine, which had been prescribed for his bipolar disorder.

Biggs first began blogging about his planned suicide 12 hours before the actual event. He died after taking pills and lying on the bed in front of the webcam. After the broadcast, viewers who apparently thought it was a hoax posted messages such as “OMG”, “LOL”, and “hahahah”.

Hours later, after being alerted by viewers who had noticed that Biggs had stopped breathing, law enforcement and paramedics arrived, discovered his body, and covered the camera. The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office has reportedly confirmed Biggs’ death.

According to Montana Miller of the Bowling Green State University, the circumstances of this case were not shocking: “If it’s not recorded or documented, then it doesn’t even seem worthwhile. For today’s generation it might seem, ‘What’s the point of doing it if everyone isn’t going to see it?'”

Biggs’ sister Rosalind was angry that neither the website nor its viewers reacted soon enough to save him. “They got hits, they got viewers, nothing happened for hours,” she said. She described him as “very happy” and “friendly and outgoing.” “On a normal day, you couldn’t really tell that he got as low as he did.” However, he did have relationship problems with his girlfriend, according to a friend.

Mental health professionals have warned about the possibility that other mentally troubled people would copy his actions. According to Dr. David Shaffer of Columbia University, “Any video showing it as heroic or romantic or glamorous could reduce the anxiety people might feel about suicide. It becomes a respectable behavior and lowers the threshold of suicide.” He and other psychiatrists recommend that potentially suicidal teens talk to others and “tell what’s going on.”

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