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Saturday, March 5, 2005 Simply massaging low birth weight babies with sunflower seed oil can protect them from potentially fatal infections.

Infections and complications from preterm birth cause more than half of all neonatal deaths, and very low birth weight babies are particularly vulnerable.

Preterm babies have immature skin that lacks a protective film called vernix that has antimicrobial properties.

In some countries, such as India, newborns are routinely massaged with mustard oil.

But mustard oil, says Gary Darmstadt of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, can delay recovery of the skin barrier and have a toxic effect on skin.

Seeking an alternative low-cost product, Darmstadt and colleagues experimented with sunflower oil and an ointment called Aquaphor that comprises petrolatum, mineral oil, mineral wax and lanolin.

The researchers tested the treatments on 497 newborns (72 hours old or less) and preterm babies (less than 33 weeks gestation) between 1998 and 2003 in Bangladesh.

They applied the treatments to the entire body besides the scalp and face three times daily for the first 14 days and then twice daily until discharge.

Babies treated with sunflower oil were found 41% less likely to develop infections than controls.

“Evidence is emerging that the skin is much more important as a barrier to infection than previously recognized, particularly in preterm infants whose skin is underdeveloped,” says Darmstadt. “The good news is that treatment is available to strengthen the function of the skin as a barrier in these vulnerable newborns.”

Is Buying A Rent-to-Own Car A Feasible Option?


Alan Hendricks

A poor credit score can become a lingering nightmare and affect numerous aspects of your life. If you are credit-challenged and wish to purchase a car, getting an auto loan approval may seem like a tedious task. However, rent-to-own cars have gained significant popularity amongst those with a bad credit score. Typically, a rent-to-own car means renting and using the car from a dealership whilst paying a down payment and making weekly payments. Once you have completed the weekly payments of the car, the ownership of the rent-to-own car shifts to you, the buyer. As the dealer requires no significant credit check for the purchase of the car, many credit-challenged individuals turn to rent-to-own cars. Although they may seem like a lucrative option, the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.

What are the Downsides of a Rent-to-Own Car?

1) Expensive Purchase

When the dealer lines up used cars under rent-to-own category, he marks them higher than other cars. As no interest rates are charged on rent-to-own cars, he tries to make a profit through sale of the car. Therefore, purchasing a rent-to-own car means paying more to own a used car with a lower resale value.

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2) Frequent Payment Schedule

The payment schedule associated with a rent-to-own car is more frequent as compared to a used car. The dealer requires you to make weekly payments as against the regular monthly payments on a used car. Due to frequent payments, it can become difficult to keep tracks of payments, thereby, attracting the possibility of a late payment fee.

3) No Effect on Credit Score

Regardless of your timely payments, your credit score will not improve due to a rent-to-own car. With the purchase of a regular used car, the ability to increase your credit score is a possibility. However, with the purchase of a rent-to-own car, the payments do not reflect on your credit report and will not help in improving your credit score.

4) Absence of Warranties

There are no warranties on rent-to-own cars. As you use the cars, the probability of a breakdown is higher than a regular used car. Therefore, any repairs, damages and breakdowns are your responsibility as a buyer of a rent-to-own car.

Is there an Alternative Option?

If you do not wish to buy a rent-to-own car, you can still avail a bad credit auto loan to purchase a regular used car. The advantage with purchasing a regular used car is that monthly payments can help you structure your finances and warranties can shield your car from any potential future damages. Thus, purchasing a used car can provide greater benefits in the long run.

A damaged credit score does not necessarily mean that you should opt for a rent-to-own car. The downsides of purchasing the car include expensive purchases, frequent payment schedules, little or no effect on your credit score and absence of warranties. The good news is that purchasing a regular used car with a bad credit auto loan is a suitable alternative.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Yesterday in UEFA Euro 2016, Italy defeated Sweden 1–0 and assured their advancement to the knock-out stage. Croatia vs Czech Republic resulted in a 2–2 draw and Spain defeated Turkey 3–0 as Álvaro Morata scored twice. Spectators from the Croatian end threw flares before the final whistle.

Italy faced Sweden in the first match of the day. Sweden led in terms of ball possession but, in the 88th minute, Éder scored for Italy. Italian captain Gianluigi Buffon was yellow carded in injury time as he delayed a goal-kick. Italy numerically assured their advancement to the knock-out stage by winning this game.

Croatia were 1–0 up at half time as Ivan Periši? scored in the 37th minute. FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakiti? scored a second goal for Croatia chipping the ball over Petr ?ech just before the one hour mark. Later, Milan Škoda scored from a header in the 76th minute for the Czechs. The match seemed to being inching towards a 2–1 victory for Croatia but Czech Republic won a penalty and Tomáš Necid equalised late in the match, having replaced Jaroslav Plašil.

In the 86th minute, spectators threw flares on the ground and delayed the game by five minutes. A hearing is scheduled to take place today.

Later, Davor Šuker, president of the Croatian Football Federation, said, “We will seek the help of the French police [to investigate] […] Something is rotten in our country, and this […] deserves zero tolerance.” ((hr)) Croatian language: Tražit ?emo od francuske policije pomo? našem sudstvu, da se vidi tko baca baklje […] Nešto je trulo kod nas, a ovo ostalo zaslužuje nultu toleranciju.

Turkish captain Arda Turan faced his FC Barcelona teammate Andrés Iniesta as Turkey took on Spain. Spanish captain Sergio Ramos was booked in the opening moments of the game. Just after the half-hour mark, Nolito assisted Álvaro Morata, who scored a header. Three minutes later, Nolito scored the second goal of the match. Three minutes after half time, Morata scored from Jordi Alba’s pass.

Spain won the game 3–0 and qualified for the Last 16 knockout phase.

David de Gea maintained a clean sheet for his first five international appearances and set a new world record breaking the previous record of Gordon Banks.

Submitted by: Paul Yates

I suppose in some ways we’ve got to be thankful for the vast array and diversity of fresh fruit and vegetables that we have available to us through our supermarkets. I remember when I was a kid it was pretty much apples, bananas and oranges and that was it. Now you can get just about anything.

The downside of course is that it’s all picked under-ripe and airfreighted to the point of consumption and all this means is that the fruit in our supermarkets needs time to ripen. There’s nothing better than a great big juicy pineapple in the fruit bowl to add to the presentation of any fruit serving but so often I’ve cut into my pineapple only to find it woody through to the core and not sweet and juicy how I want it.

Conversely there’s also been many a time for the reason that I’ve just stated that a pineapple will sit in our fruit bowl at home until it starts to attract the flies, and by that time it’s well past its best and you usually find that the base of the fruit is a soggy mess. So when is it the right time to eat a pineapple?

You can tell very easily when the fruit is ripe by plucking one of the leaves that sprout out of the top. If it comes away easily then it is ripe, if however you have to tug and put some effort into it then you are probably best to leave it a few says more.

If it is still slightly less than ripe don’t forget the old trick of putting next to the bananas. Bananas emit ethylene gas and this will help ripen the fruit, despite most reporting this as a tip for ripening an avocado, it does in fact work with any fruit. As always though you just have to be careful to keep an eye on progress, the banana effect can be quite rapid. So that’s it, you now have a ripe fruit but what are you going to do with it?

To really bring out the sugar content and ensure that there’s absolutely no sourness, my favorite way to serve pineapple is to grill it in rings. It tastes great and it’s really easy to do.

Using a chopping board and a knife, peel the exterior skin off the fruit (take extreme care), then place the fruit on the board, turn it on to its side and slice into circles that are about 1 centimetre thick. Next core out the centre of each slice and then you’re almost ready to go so how about grilling it?

This makes a great dessert not just because it’s sweet but also because a charcoal grill with dying embers is the prefect temperature. Just pop the slices on and the grill and sprinkle with a little brown sugar.

With gentle heat the sugar will melt and ooze a wonderful caramelised flavor throughout the fruit as it warms up. Ten minutes each side over gentle heat and you’ll have a wonderful dessert that just needs topping off with a little crme fraiche.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Drag—dressing in the clothing atypical of your born gender—in recent years has found mainstream success. Films such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar have prominently featured drag performers. But they have all focused on men in drag as women.

Murray Hill is a comedian, emcee and performer. He is also a drag king. Called “The Hardest Working Middle-aged Man in Show Business”, The New York Times christened him “the current reigning patriarch of the downtown performance community.” He is seemingly everywhere, emceeing a bingo night at the now closed, Jimmy Fallon-backed Mo Pitkins’ House of Satisfaction on Avenue A, or hosting the Polyamorous Pride Day in Central Park. Hill has become a legend in New York’s “anything goes” counterculture theater scene who is beginning to find mainstream success; which would be a first for a drag king.

David Shankbone’s examination of New York City‘s culture has brought him to the whip’s end of a BDSM dungeon, on the phone with RuPaul, matching wits with Michael Musto, grilling Gay Talese, eating dinner with Augusten Burroughs and quizzing the bands that play the Bowery Ballroom. In this segment he talks to downtown legend Murray Hill, former New York City mayoral candidate and comedian, on the last night of Mo Pitkins’ House of Satisfaction.


  • 1 Murray Hill the performer
  • 2 Murray Hill the person
  • 3 Drag as performance art for women
  • 4 The gay community and drag artists
  • 5 Drag queens and drag kings: the differences
  • 6 The direction of New York downtown culture
  • 7 Sources
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By Dominik Hussl

When it comes to motorcycle gloves there are a lot of choices, some of these depend on your riding style and what you want to wear. I personally like full fingered gloves but a lot of guys that ride cruiser’s will not wear a glove at all or they wear half fingered gloves. These look a lot like weight training gloves where the palm and top of the fingers are covered but the tips are exposed. The advantage to these gloves is that you don’t loose all the sensitivity where with a totally closed glove you will. Also the short fingered motorcycle gloves will keep your hands from sweating. Hatch makes a really nice pair of these gloves called shorty gloves. Hatch makes quality gloves so I would recommend those if you like short fingered gloves.

Short fingered gloves are a favorite of the cruiser crowd. I guess they go with the whole image and they do offer some protection in case you go down. I have seen a guys hand that had a spill without any gloves on and the road took all the meat of the palm of his hand. Not a real nice feeling I am guessing, therefore it is essential to wear some sort of hand protection when you are out riding. If you do fall I can almost guarantee 99 percent of the time your hands are going to touch that pavement and unless you have some leather on them your hands are asking for a serious case of road rash if youre lucky. So at a minimum a set of short fingered gloves will do the job nicely.

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Full fingered gloves offer a bit more protection then their short fingered counterparts. Most of your sport bike crowd will use a full fingered glove. Some are gauntlet style or just a regular glove. Icon makes some really nice gauntlet style gloves as does AGV and Alpinestars. I personally own a pair of Alloy Alpinestars gloves which I have had for about 3 years now. These gloves are perforated and a are perfect for warm weather riding which is about 9 months out of the year where I live. I also like these gloves because they are simple and even when I am out on my chopper they look good where some of your more flashy hard core sport rider gloves are a bit to flashy for a cruiser these do double duty quite nicely. Icon also makes a set of gloves called pursuit gloves that are much along these lines. However if you want the ultimate in protection you will want to get a pair of gauntlet style road racing or track gloves. These types of gloves are made to really do the best job when it comes to protecting you in a spill. Most of them offer some sort of knuckle protection as well as a reinforced palm, also the seams are usually reinforced in order to ensure that the glove will stay in one piece under extreme conditions.

Ultimately the choice is yours, whether to wear gloves or not period. You will find that most bikers that have been riding for a while do wear some sort of hand protection. Their are many different styles of glove available so there is bound to be one that suits your needs. It doesn’t matter who makes them but I would recommend you go with a quality manufacturer of motorcycle apparel like Alpinestars, Hatch, Icon or AGVSport. When you go with one of them you can be ensured that the gloves you are getting are of the best quality and will do the job they are designed for.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

In the Opening Day of 2008 AutoTronics Taipei (April 9), the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI) invited Jamie C. Hsu (Consultant of Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Republic of the China and Former Management Executive Director of General Motors Global Technology) for a speech in the “Pavilion of Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC)” to forecast the future of automobile industry in Taiwan, which echoed the “Taiwan Automotive International Forum & Exhibition”, held at TWTC Nangang in conjunction with 2008 Taipei AMPA.

Before the main show, Department of Industrial Technology of Ministry of Economic Affairs supervised the establishment of TARC by ITRI, Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Metal Industries Research & Development Center, and the other academical and industrial units to improve the level of research and development including applications on security, artificial intelligence, and energy-saving.

There were several crisis for the automobile industry in Taiwan because of the decrease of market scale, low self-independence, technology transition, and the rise up of oil prices. But after in conjunction with light-weighting, electronical, and energy-saving related industries, there were other chances and challenges for the automobile industry in Taiwan. Currently, the Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium should do a proper role on R&D, policy driving, and quality improving, even though urban and rural differences, and key issue of carbon dioxide wasting, if there is a new innovation, Taiwan will be a good example in the automobile industry in the world.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

On Monday, France announced a rescue plan for its struggling automotive industry. The plan totals 6.5 billion (US$8.5 billion). The European Commission, which enforces European Union legislation, said the conditions may break EU rules.

The plan calls for PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault, the two largest French automakers, to receive a five-year loan of €3 billion at 6% interest, each. Meanwhile, Renault Trucks, which is owned by Volvo Group of Sweden, will receive a €500 million loan.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the funds should be invested in environmental technology. Sarkozy added that “Renault and PSA have also committed to not to close any production sites for the duration of their loan and to do whatever they can to avoid layoffs.”

“It’s a commitment that I applaud because it ensures that this acute but temporary crisis will not destroy our industrial base and automotive know-how,” the President concluded.

The European Commission is concerned about the implied obligation to not close production facilities, which would go against EU rules.

“There are indications that carmakers will be obliged to maintain their center of production in France as a condition for government support,” said Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for the Commission on Tuesday in Brussels. “The Commission will not authorize aid that would tend to undermine the single market.”

Conditions that violate these rules “would render the aid illegal and will not be tolerated by the commission,” Todd said. “If there are measures that question the single market, the risk would be that the recession would be much worse, even becoming a depression as in the 1930s.”

“Today the Commission has written to the French authorities to ask for clarification of the plan,” Todd explained at a briefing. “We have not actually reached any conclusions as regards the French measures. We have a few concerns with what we saw in the press.”

Slovakia has already said that it will appeal to the EC, if the loans amount to a distortion of competition law.

“The philosophy of the EU is a single market without any barriers to transfer products and services,” Ján Po?iatek, the finance minister of Slovakia said.

In Germany, Verband der Automobilindustrie executive director Klaus Braeunig said that the French plan is “a clear distortion of competition.” He added, “We don’t want an international race in subsidies.”