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As cosmetic dentistry has risen in popularity recently, cosmetic dentists have correspondently upgraded our patient comfort. No more do we have to sit in a hard chair in a dim room with last year's magazines on the table and one dusty plant in the corner.

Cosmetic dental offices have given them a smile makeover

We can enjoy well-constructed, comfortable chairs while we wait (a short wait too). Well-cared for plants abound, pleasant color schemes create a relaxing atmosphere; paintings or weavings soften the walls; and we can enjoy coffee, tea, juice, bottled water, and snacks. This is just the introduction to our comfort.

Needle-free numbing

Instead of the big old needle of yesteryear, our modern dentists can begin the anesthesia with a type of swab, which numbs the area to be treated. Then an electronic unit can gradually administrate the right amount of anesthetic for your dental procedure. You will not feel this as a needle or syringe injecting something into your gums. It's comfortable and gentle.

Extra anesthetic

For those who are extra sensitive, extra anesthetic is available for the asking. Your cosmetic dentist will not proceed with the work until you're completely comfortable and relaxed.

Sedation dentistry

If you've been avoiding dental visits because of anxiety or fear, sedation dentistry is for you. There's a variety of ways to induce a relaxed or drowsy state of mind, such as:

· A prescription sedative – which you can take before you go to the dentist's office. You'll need someone to drive you there and home again afterwards. You'll be sleepy, but not completely unconscious, and the dental staff will monitor you through your procedure. You'll have little or no memory of the visit.

· A sedative given after you arrive at the office – this could be done orally or intravenously. You'll be drowsy but not entirely unconscious, and the staff will monitor you closely. Again, you'll have little memory of your dental procedure (s).

· Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) – which leaves you calm but alert to comments or requests from the dentist. This is usually offered in conjunction with local anesthetic done in a pain-free way.

Sleep dentistry

With sleep dentistry, you're given general anesthesia, either orally or through an IV. You'll be completely asleep through the whole visit, and afterwards will have no memory of having been to the dentist. Many procedures can be done in one visit with sleep dentistry. An anesthesiologist will monitor you through so you'll be completely safe.

At last you can let go of your dentist phobia! Find yourself a good cosmetic dentist and you'll be enjoying warm blankets, music or videos of your choice, massaging chair pads, heated neck pillows, and a dental staff that's kind and highly trained to look after you.

Source by Sara Goldstein

In today's times, it is not important to be born perfect anymore. We can change whatever we do not like about our physical appearance to improve our looks for the better. Let us take the case of teeth as an example for your better understanding of the discussion. A lot of people are extremely unhappy about the way they look when they smile. It could have a bad arrangement of the teeth in the mouth or their complete absence due to an accident or poor oral hygiene. A cosmetic dentist has a big role to play in such a scenario. With the help of their specialization, you will be able to steal a million hearts with a flash of that unforgivable pearly white smile. There are a lot of benefits of visiting a professional cosmetic dentist and some of them have been discussed below.

The best thing about visiting cosmetic dentists is the fact that they have the expertise in this particular field and also have a lot of knowledge regarding the subject. There are a lot of people who are extremely ashamed of their teeth and the way they look when they smile. As a result of this, they often totally isolate themselves from their friends and family and refuse to socialize. This is certainly not a healthy attitude and can bring about a considerable amount of decrease in your self esteem. Cosmetic dentists can prove to extremely beneficial under such circumstances. They give you a perfect smile so that you can live a healthy and a better life. Their efforts bring back your lost self esteem and you can handle your life in a more confident manner in the personal as well as the professional front.

Cosmetic dentistry is a fast process. Your smile can be transformed entirely within a couple of visits. For the cases of teeth whitening, one visit will be enough. This way you save up on your precious time as well as get to see the results soon. Apart from this, cosmetic dentistry is also a painless procedure. It does not involve the use of painful braces and therefore can be considered suitable for all age groups. Porcelain veneers have replaced the braces as they can be molded to fit any shape.

Before selecting a cosmetic dentist, Boston, MA residents need to find out if the dentist in question has the required degree for the job. If not, it is best to steer clear and look for the ones who are qualified and reliable enough.

Source by Gardner M Wilkinson

In this day and age it's rare that a rock n 'roll career lasts more than a few years, much less a decade. Of course there are some acts that have lasted the years through fluctuations of styles and genres of music's ever-changing fads. However, few can even come close to bragging of a career that's spanned three decades, as Sir Paul McCartney can.

The greatest part of it all is that it goes beyond that, since the three decades that we speak of are only from his solo career. Of course you can not forget the thirteen years before that while he toured with a small little group known as The Beatles. You may have heard of them.

Paul began his solo career by releasing his first album, "McCartney" two weeks before the Beatles released their last album "Abbey Road." That first solo album had a warm welcome from fans, and so he went on to release a second album in 1971 called "Ram." On this one, he included his new wife Linda McCartney so that they could be on tour together.

After "Ram," he started the super group Wings, with wife Linda McCartney, as well as Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, and drummer Denny Seiwell. The band started an unexpected tour in 1972 through Europe in small venues and various British University Auditoriums.

Wings' first live show was unannounced – and uninvited – and was for students at Nottingham University on February 9, 1972. Paul and Linda, their children, the band and pet dogs all drove north from London in a van, heading for towns picked at random and asking passers-by if their town had a university.

"Our first stop, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, said no," said Paul, "Nottingham said yes."

The price of entry at Wings' first show – at lunchtime in the Nottingham students union hall – was 50p on the door. Wings – Paul, Linda, drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarists Denny Laine and Henry McCullough, received a bag of 50p pieces, which were distributed among the band later in the back of the van.

For their first UK tour in 1972, Wings set out with no promoter, no advance or on-the-road publicity, no venues booked and no hotels booked. Hotels were called at the last minute.

From there, McCartney appeared to get the touring bug again and started producing albums and touring with Wings almost every year to year and a half through to 1979. These included 1973 UK tour, 1975-1976 world tour & 1979 UK tour. The last ever kings concert was at Hammersmith Odeon, England December 29th 1979 and was a charity concert for the people of Kampuchea.

Wings were also due to tour Japan in 1980 but unfortunately Paul was arrested and jailed in Japan for carrying marijuana and the tour was canceled. This was also the end of wings

In the 1980s McCartney ventured out on his own again, and recorded "McCartney II," where, just like on his first self-titled album, he played every instrument on the album himself.

One thing that did change for McCartney during that year was his ambition to tour – following the murder of his longtime friend and Beatles band mate John Lennon on Dec.. 9th, 1980.

McCartney did not want to tour following this tragic event and did not until play live again until 1985. In an interview with Playboy magazine in 1984, McCartney revealed that it was because he feared that he would be next to be killed.

After he appeared at Live Aid in 1985, he got the touring bug and despite it was not until 1989 he did his 1st live concerts for Fan Club members he kept right on going, recording and touring right into the 90s with two live albums in 1990 and 1993 as well as venturing into classical music that same decade.

In the new Millennium, McCartney fulfilled world tours from 2002 through to 2005 once again providing himself as one of the most prolific musicians on the planet. In 2006 he performed with rapper JayZ and rock band Linkin Park at the Grammy Awards, performing "Yesterday" in honor of the death of Coretta Scott King.

At age 64 this year, who knows what will come out of Sir McCartney next, but you can be sure that he will not be settling down anytime soon.

Source by Jason Hobbs

When a country has a drug problem, it's easy to assume that the people of that country are, to a greater or less degree, out of control. Freedom to do what you want is, of course, a good thing for the citizens of any country. The downside is that many people will use their freedom in unintelligent or dangerous ways. For many people in America, this means using or selling drugs. You'd think, however, that much more tightly controlled countries would not have a drug problem. North Korea shows that this thinking is all wrong.

Living in North Korea

It's difficult for outsiders to fully comprehend, but living in North Korea is unlike living almost anywhere else in the world. The government fully controls its people and almost every aspect of their lives. You can be thrown into a prison camp for unthinkably trivial offs and subjected to torture and execution without trial.

In such a controlled, Orwellian atmosphere, how would drug use ever get started? There are several factors involved, but the first is that tightly controlling your country's economy simply does not work. North Korea has severely any trade with other countries, so its people often starve when crops in the country fail. Without outside food and other supplies flowing in, the country is large on its own, for better or worse.

A Dubious Solution

The Washington post reports that in the early 1990's, an overwhelming famine was starving so many North Koreans that many international experts predicted that the country would soon collapse. North Korea did not collapse, however, because they came up with a very unusual solution. The government began manufacturing methamphetamine in huge quantities and secretly shipping it across the border into China to sell to China's meth addicts.

By shipping out meth to bring in money and other supplies, the government was able to limp along until crops improved. The government also allowed the door they had opened into China to stay slightly open, and the citizens of North Korea and China began shipping other goods and food back and forth. An unintended consequence of the government's plan was that some of that meth getting shipped across the border into China started making its way back into North Korea, and North Koreans started getting hooked.

Is Meth Cheap Medicine

Again, due to the tight controls of the government on North Korea's economy, it's extremely difficult for ordinary people to get medicine, and it's incredibly expensive when they can. What is cheap and plentiful, however, is meth. The people of North Korea have now been using the drug for decades in an attempt to cure themselves of simple diseases. In the process, they have been hooking themselves on the drug at epidemic rates.

Some experts estimate that 40% to 50% of adults in some northern areas of the country are now addicted to the powerful drug. Other experts estimate that the percentage is lower, but they all agree that the country has a serious problem with the drug. With the lack of doctors and effective medicines to help treat the country, however, there is no end in sight for the spread of drug addiction.

A Way Out of the North Korean Drug Problem

The main way for North Korea to get rid of its drug problems would be the main way it could fix most of its other problems as well. When North Korea finally stops oppressing its people and allows freedom and free trade, many of its economic woes and human rights issues can be handled almost immediately. Then, with effective drug education and rehabilitation centers, the country could also take a crack at its spreading meth epidemic.

Source by Daniel M Manson

Earlier, they use to say that “Your First Impression is the last impression” and now, they say that “your first impression is not the last impression but long-lasting impression. Hence, there is a scope to rectify your “first impression” and at times there is also a need to do so. There are times when we think that we have made a mistake…we should not have carried ourselves the way we did and then we look forward to one chance to correct our “first impression”.

In this article, we will be discussing about this and other related issues such as things you should do or should not do to make a “Perfect” first impression; what will you do to change your first impression and will you give one more chance to someone to rectify his / her first impression.

Understanding the term – “First Impression” (FI)

Before talking about “First Impression” (FI), lets discuss, what is “impression” to start with. Though, your looks and appearance is a part of your impression but that is not the only thing, which matters. Your impression means your overall personality and it consists of:

1) The Way you carry yourself

2) Your Dress-up

3) The way you express yourself

4) Your Mannerism

5) Your Behavior

6) Your Communication

7) The way you treat the other person

These all are the traits which consist of impression and thereby are related to your FI.

For an impression to be called as FI, this must be your first meeting with that person. FI can be of two types – Planned and Unplanned. It is planned, when you are aware of it. For example,

1) Your job – interview

2) Business meeting with client

3) Dating

4) You are invited as a guest

FI can be planned, when you are not prepared for it. For example, people looking at you when you are walking down the street; when you are traveling; when you are just passing through a place, you are at a place where people around you hardly matters to you etc.

This first impression process occurs in every new situation. Within the first few seconds, people pass judgment on you – looking for common surface clues. Once the first impression is made, it is virtually irreversible.

The process works like this:

A. If you appear to be of comparable business or social level, you are considered suitable for further interaction.

B. If you appear to be of higher business or social status, you are admired and cultivated as a valuable contact.

C. If you appear to be of lower business or social standing, you are tolerated but kept at arm’s length.

If you are in an interview situation, you can either appear to match the corporate culture or not, ultimately affecting the outcome.

For the purpose of this article, we will be concentrating on Planned FI because people making an impression about you, when you are walking down the street, hardly matters to anyone.

Changing your FI

Now, let’s discuss about this. Suppose you are at the receiving end, you met a person and he made certain opinion about you, it can be about your behavior or the way you carry yourself. Or he has read about you or has heard about you and based on that there was already some notion in his mind. You know that you are not what the other person is thinking or assuming about you. Will you make an attempt to correct that impression or assumption?

I asked this question in some of my training programs. I have asked this question to 748 people. I also discussed this with some of my friends. Around 67% of them said, “NO”. They will not make any attempt to change FI. They said that it hardly matter to us. Let anyone carry any impression that they want to carry. 26% said that once they know, what type of impression the other person is carrying, they might make an attempt to change that impression. 7% respondents remain neutral.

Some of the responses are:

Jim Lenahan (Owner, Data Basics International, Inc. / WebSecretaries.com): I do not try to correct someone else’s opinion of me. Others’ opinions of me do not matter to me.

Mayank Bhargava (Analyst at Infiniti Research): I actually don’t work on changing the opinion a person has about me. Work hard and eventually reality comes in the fore figure.

Steve Aditya (Account Manager at IMS Health): I think if I see no benefit for me in changing their opinion about me then I’ll let it be but if I see future relationship with that person, certainly I’ll try to make him change his view. How?

– By building a relationship with him so as time goes by he can see my true personality

– Using third person (a common friend) to endorse me.

Ajay Prasad (Manager with Global Payments – HSBC): I would definitely not like to influence what the other person perceives me as. Because impression is two communications – one, what I show to others (need to find out what kind of mask we are wearing in front of others and second what kind of mindset or presumption the other person has). If you are a nice human being, you should let the show be a real and original. Masking ourselves and handling situation is always easy but to be real and then facing others is a bit difficult job.

Sheilah Etheridge(Owner, SME Management: Management and Accounting Consultant): I see no point in trying to change the first impression or the opinion formed as a result of that impression. People will believe what they want to believe. I will continue to be who I am and they will either maintain that opinion or they won’t. That is their choice.

Mudassir Ehsan (Business Development Manager at Frost & Sullivan): If I feel, for whatever reason, Mr. X has got an incorrect impression about me, I would not take any immediate steps to rectify that impression….here is what I would think:

A) Why is that I gave a wrong impression about myself to anyone….now that someone has got a wrong impression…that means, I am capable of giving wrong ideas about myself to others? I would firstly work on that…find out why I did whatever happened.

B) As far as rectifying the impression is concerned, well…this certainly depends on who has got a wrong impression about me…is he/she an influential person…do I foresee any kind of opportunities with that person in the future ? Now then…some may argue that anyone in this world is important as they could provide you opportunities…don’t shut the doors on anyone….Agreed…but these people are also like opportunities…I take some and leave some….

So my answer is that I will only try rectifying my image to people of immense importance mainly ! The rest would come to know the real-me automatically….in due course of time.

How am I going to rectify my image…well if this person is of so much importance…I might create a situation to interact more with that person and give myself a chance to quickly portray my correct image.

Gerald Lo (Project Manager at Watson Pharmaceuticals):”An inaccurate first impression is, I think, nearly inevitable. Once people get to know me, I believe their impressions and opinions change. It is not something I feel I can change through effort; I believe that respect must be earned over time by action and attitude, not words.

I try to conduct myself with some reserve during my first introductions to others, and presume that others may do the same. As a result, I try to condition my expectations regarding those first impressions, as they may sometimes be illusory. I also do not depend on someone new giving me the benefit of the doubt from our first meeting.

Through coincidence, someone new to us may resemble someone from our pasts. A mannerism or physical likeness might remind us of somebody else altogether. It is human nature, I think, for our brains to associate the new person with that old impression of another one altogether. What might help distinguish us from certain animals may be our ability to reason and try to overcome our more primitive instincts of association.

The circumstances might extenuate an individual’s behavior on the occasion of the meeting. I find I am much more receptive to appreciating someone’s company and character when we are not meeting under the conditions of an emergency.

I think making an effort to present a respectful and respectable external demeanor is generally a good practice, whether being introduced to a new acquaintance, undergoing an interview, having dinner, or encountering a poisonous reptile. One doesn’t need to love it, but it certainly demands respect, in my opinion”.

In my views, I think we are taking things a bit too lightly. It is true that, with so many people around us, it hardly matters what people think about you but if we take it in a positive manner, people will not remember who you are; they will not remember how you look like, but they will always remember how you made them feel like; how you treated them; how you behaved with them. I think it is very important to have a good impression. That is how people will remember you. Hence, though there is a very little possibility that you get “another chance” to rectify your impression but if you get, make a best use of it.

Giving a Chance to Someone to Improve the First Impression

Let’s be fair on this. We all know that your first impression might not be the impression that you want to create. Just, only in this article we also proved that. I asked one more question in my training programs. I have asked this question to 748 people. I also discussed this with some of my friends. We discussed the scenarios that suppose you are the person who is judging another person. You met a person and made certain opinion about him or her. Your assumptions about the person might not be correct. So, will you give that person another chance to rectify that “first-impression”? How easy or difficult will it be for you to change your first impression about that person? Around 34% respondents said that for them the first impression is the final impression and they will go by their gut feeling. 59% respondents said that they will give as many chances as possible to that person to rectify his / her FI. 7% respondents were neutral.

Some of the responses are as follows:

Around 63% of them said, “NO”. They will not make any attempt to change FI. They said that it hardly matter to us. Let anyone carry any impression that they want to carry. 21% said that once they know, what type of impression the other person is carrying, they might make an attempt to change that impression.

Jim Lenahan (Owner, Data Basics International, Inc. / WebSecretaries.com): I give people plenty of opportunities to prove my first impression right or wrong. Like I said, I’m wiring sometimes — especially when reaching a conclusion on a paucity of data. It is thus easy for me to change my opinion (not my first impression — that remains locked in history) due to my large amounts of practice.

Mayank Bhargava (Analyst at Infiniti Research): My personal experience says that people should be given more than one chance to be judged. I don’t say that you might find a gem of a person; however there are certain genuine cases who deserve 2nd chance. On the other hand there are some very smart people who never reveal themselves in the first meeting. In such a case one quick decision can jeopardize our situation.

Steve Aditya (Account Manager at IMS Health): I personally believe in second chances and I don’t judge people by first impression basis. I don’t believe in making the right assumption (judge) people that way.

Ajay Prasad (Manager with Global Payments – HSBC): This purely depends on the purpose of interaction. If there is a pre-defined purpose, then I would also be very clear of what I want out of the other person. During interaction I would definitely judge the person against the parameters set by me. But in case I do not find some of those required parameters in him/her, I would rather share those with him/her. As I mentioned earlier perception is a two-way communication, and it does depend on how communicative the other person is. There might be instance where the person has some attributes but does not show in his behavior. In those cases, we are at risk of losing the right person (only because of perception).

Sheilah Etheridge (Owner, SME Management: Management and Accounting Consultant): I am fairly on target on the opinion I have of people. I have been proven wrong a couple of times but it is not often. I generally give people the benefit of the doubt and keep an open mind before really forming an opinion. But there are times that I will get an instant dislike for someone (they don’t even need to speak). If that happens and I am not sure why I feel that way and nothing has happened to cause me to dislike them there is generally a valid reason I just haven’t found yet. To date, I have never instantly disliked someone and then later found I was wrong.

Mudassir Ehsan (Business Development Manager at Frost & Sullivan) : Regarding myself giving others a chance…..well I will always give others a chance to build his correct impression on me. Coz, it is possible that the concerned person was right and my judgement was wrong….hence, I would never shut the doors on assessing anyone until we have interacted enough to know each other.

Kajal (Assistant Branch Manager at Citizens Bank): Yes, I would give more than one chance for a person to change their first impression. It depends on the situation……if you are interviewing someone and he showed up late…..I will first find out what happened and see how well everything else goes. And then, you can decide. Sometimes, you just get this “feel” for a person and I think no matter what that person does it is difficult to change your impression and I think that most of the times this” feel” is almost the right impression of the person.

Lucy Garrick (Principle Consultant at NorthShore Group): “Changing first impressions difficult for anyone. This is because our impressions are a result of a lifetime of memory and inferred meaning processed by the brain in less than a nanosecond. The question is perhaps not how to change first impressions, but how to change the meaning of 1st impressions.

Change begins with noticing that you have a 1st impression, then letting go of the story and judgments about those impressions to be curious and open to other possible conclusions. Another important question is “what is the impact of your first impressions or assumptions about another?

A simple skill to practice and remember is “Say Why, Ask Why”

When you interact with another, tell them the motivation for your interaction. When their response is puzzling to you, test your assumptions about why they are responding as they are. Curiosity will open the door to better relationships and more effective interactions”.

As some people expressed above that though they will be giving chances and opportunities to other people to rectify their first-impression but at the same time they also agreed that with this the other person will only be able to change the opinion and the first-impression will remain unchanged and locked in the memory. Hence, it is very important to go that extra mile and make a knock-out first impression.

Factors one should consider while making first impression

Basic principles to make the BEST “First Impression”

A. A Winning Smile: “Smile and the world smiles too.” So there’s nothing like a smile to create a good first impression. A warm and confident smile will put both you and the other person at ease. So smiling is a winner when it comes to great first impressions. But don’t go overboard with this – people who take this too far can seem insincere and smarmy, or can be seen to be “lightweights”.

B. A Word about Individuality: The good news is you can usually create a good impression without total conformity or losing your individuality. Yes, to make a good first impression you do need to “fit in” to some degree. But it all goes back to being appropriate for the situation. If in a business setting, wear appropriate business attire. If at a formal evening social event, wear appropriate evening attire. And express your individuality appropriately within that context.

C. Be on Time: The person you are meeting for the first time is not interested in your “good excuse” for running late. Plan to arrive a few minutes early. And allow flexibility for possible delays in traffic or taking a wrong turn. Arriving early is much better that arriving late, hands down, and is the first step in creating a great first impression.

D. Be Yourself, Be at Ease: If you are feeling uncomfortable and on edge, this can make the other person ill at ease and that’s a sure way to create the wrong impression. If you are calm and confident, so the other person will feel more at ease, and so have a solid foundation for making that first impression a good one.

E. Be Open and Confident: When it comes to making the first impression, body language as well as appearance speaks much louder than words. Use your body language to project appropriate confidence and self-assurance. Stand tall, smile (of course), make eye contact, greet with a firm handshake. All of this will help you project confidence and encourage both you and the other person feel better at ease.

Almost everyone gets a little nervous when meeting someone for the first time, which can lead to nervous habits or sweaty palms. By being aware of your nervous habits, you can try to keep them in check. And controlling a nervous jitter or a nervous laugh will give you confidence and help the other person feel at ease.

F. Be Positive: Your attitude shows through in everything you do. Project a positive attitude, even in the face of criticism or in the case of nervousness. Strive to learn from your meeting and to contribute appropriately, maintaining an upbeat manner and a smile.

G. Be Courteous and Attentive: It goes without saying that good manners and polite, attentive and courteous behavior help make a good first impression. In fact, anything less can ruin the one chance you have at making that first impression. So be on your best behavior. One modern manner worth mentioning is “turn off your mobile phone”. What first impression will you create if you are already speaking to someone other than the person you are meeting for the first time? Your new acquaintance deserves 100% of your attention. Anything less and you’ll create a less than good first impression.

H. Present Yourself Appropriately: Of course physical appearance matters. The person you are meeting for the first time does not know you and your appearance is usually the first clue he or she has to go on. But it certainly does not mean you need to look like a model to create a strong and positive first impression. The key to a good impression is to present yourself appropriately.

Start with the way you dress. What is the appropriate dress for the meeting or occasion? For business and social meetings, appropriate dress also varies between countries and cultures, so it’s something that you should pay particular attention to when in an unfamiliar setting or country. Make sure you know the traditions and norms.

Appropriate dressing and grooming help make a good first impression and also help you feel “the part”, and so feel more calm and confident. Add all of this up and you are well on your way to creating a good first impression.

I. Small Talk Goes a Long Way…: Conversations are based on verbal give and take. It may help you to prepare questions you have for the person you are meeting for the first time beforehand. Or, take a few minutes to learn something about the person you meet for the first time before you get together. For instance, does he play golf? Does she work with a local charitable foundation? Is there anything that you know of that you have in common with the person you are meeting? If so, this can be a great way to open the conversation and to keep it flowing.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that your first impression is very important and most of the time you get only one chance to make that knocking impact. It is also true that usually you do not get another chance to rectify your first impression. However, if you are lucky enough to get another chance, hold that with both hands and make an everlasting impact. Here, there are two types of people…people at your workplace, people in your family and those with whom you meet occasionally, once in a year or so…one should take care of that.

At the end, I only like to say, that it is very important to know the type of person you are going to meet and what type of future you are looking forward, involving that person in your life; so based on that…one should be prepared. This is life and in life, there is no retakes…only one shot.

Looking forward to your comments and feedback

With Love

Sanjeev Himachali

(BLOG: http://sanjeevhimachali.blogspot.com/ and http://sanjeevhimachali.multiply.com/)

(E-mail: ss_himachali@yahoo.com and sanjeev.himachali@gmail.com)

References

1. Managing First Impressions at Interviews – David Jensen

2. Making a Great First Impression! – Mind tools

3. Do You Make Your First Impression Your Best Impression? – Michelle Sterling, Global Image Group

Acknowledgement

I like to say a big and very special thanks to all the below listed people for sharing their views and thoughts. They are:

1. Lucy Garrick (Principle Consultant at NorthShore Group

2. Kajal (Assistant Branch Manager at Citizens Bank)

3. Mudassir Ehsan(Business Development Manager at Frost & Sullivan

4. Sheilah Etheridge (Owner, SME Management: Management and Accounting Consultant)

5. Ajay Prasad (Manager with Global Payments – HSBC)

6. Steve Aditya (Account Manager at IMS Health)

7. Mayank Bhargava (Analyst at Infiniti Research)

8. Jim Lenahan (Owner, Data Basics International, Inc. / WebSecretaries.com)

9. Gerald Lo (Project Manager at Watson Pharmaceuticals)

Source by Sanjeev Himachali

If you've visited a foreign country before, like me, you know that it can be difficult to work around the native language, and finding the bathroom is sometimes impossible. What if you were a tourist in your own country? You may find a problem like this in Miami. In fact it is not a problem at all, and shows how diverse our country and the city of Miami is. Miami has the largest Spanish speaking population in the western hemisphere next to of course to South America. Spanish Speakers account for over 65% of Miami residents. For a tourist those are pretty bad odds to find an English speaker.

Most of the people in Miami are bilingual so I joke about not being able to find a bathroom. I lived in LA for 20 years and spoke easily with the millions of Mexican Americans I went to school and worked with. But the numbers in Miami are astonishing. 67% of all Miami residents are Spanish speakers as their first language! This may be due to the fact that Miami is closer to Cuba than it is Tallahassee, the states capitol. There have been many stories in the news of Cuban immigrants defecting and transplanting to Miami.

What does this culture do for the city? Some of the best cuisine around is ropa vieja (which is shredded flank steak, tomato sauce), with black beans and yellow rice. If you have not tried it and go to Miami, this should be your dish of choice. Cuban influence has also drastically affected government and politics in the region as well. 3 current city commissioners wear the name Hernandez, Sanchez, and Gonzalez, including the mayor of the city, Manuel Diaz. Hispanic culture has influenced Miami culture in a huge way. In addition the buildings are Spanish style like Havana, and even though there are a lot of Colombians, and Puerto Ricans, Miami is mostly Cuban.

Miami is a beautiful port city with an accelerating economy and growth. The Cuban influence started in the 80's and 90's and has now been embroidered by Miami residents and forever embedded in the Scar Face minds of the American public. Before we are quick to judge the cultural differences between us, and what we are forced with, let us think about what the people of Cuba have done for our great city and why it is so cool to be an El Norte de Cuban, Spanish or not.

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Many historians have incorrectly portrayed Inverlochy Castle has having been first built in the 13th Century by the Comyns (Cummings). The structure built by the Comyns of Badenoch is nothing more than a refinement of the castle originally constructed in the 8th Century for King Achaius.

Achaius is derived from the Latin Eochaidh. The name Eocho or Eochu was anglicised to Eochy, and further developed into Eochaid and Eochaidh. It is also said to be based upon the Greek Achaeans or Achaioi. It is this lineage from which Achaius’ name was founded. Many Scots Gaelic names surround this line, including geographical landmarks and cities, all of whom are prefixed with the word Achna.

The Scottish meaning of Achaius is: horse friend, or friend of a horse. This is said to be a fitting name for King Achaius as his rule was enforced through the use of cavalry, his family reign brought on through the use of armed riders, and their great fondness of horses as witnessed by extensive stables.

King Achaius was the Pictish King of Scots, ruling from 797 through to 819. Although he had several fortified strongholds and castles throughout the Highlands of Scotland, his primary residence was at what is shall be referred to as Early Inverlochy Castle. There is little information regarding the exact date of the construction or demise of this fortress, but many scholars do accept the facts of his rule and the its whereabouts, noting the destruction by Danish invaders.

Inverlochy has strategic significance, as it was accessible by sea, via Loch Linnhe and the River Lochy. The site of Early Inverlochy Castle was ideal, as it was bordered along one side by a river, and the remaining sides by a moat. The moat has since filled with silt and then dirt, but its placement is obvious when viewing the site.

Roads leading away from Inverlochy Castle carried visitors, troops, and residents in one direction to a smallish settlement, later to be founded as Fort William, and in the opposite direction, towards present day Inverness.

King Achaius is most widely known for his alliance with Charlemagne. Scotland, under Achaius, and France, Germany, Italy, under Charlemagne, were under constant siege from the Saxons. Word of Achaius ability to repel, and defeat, the invaders spread across Europe. Because of this notoriety, Charlemagne visited Achaius, and proposed a treaty.

The treaty, signed in Achaius’ second year of rule, was an agreement stating that should either ruler be attacked by England, the other would come to his aid.

As a showing of solidarity between Scotland and France, King Achaius took for his standard a yellow background featuring the Red Lion Rampant in the fore. Rampant means the lion is standing upright, on its back legs. Two circles of fleurs-de-lis, the French emblem, surround the red lion. This combination of Scottish and French symbols represented the alliance between Charlemagne and Achaius.

Charlemagne was so impressed with Achaius that he offered the hand of his daughter in marriage, thus sealing the deal. The two went on to marry, have three sons and one daughter.

Charlemagne, further enamoured by Achaius and his troops, went on to employ Scottish bodyguards. It was about this time that King Achaius established the Most Noble Order of the Thistle. Achaius appointed 12 others to join him in The Order, making the total of Knights 13. This number was selected to be symbolic of Christ and his 12 apostles. For several hundred years afterward, there were never more than 13 Knights. King George IV changed this law, thus allowing more than 13 Knights in The Order.

Early Inverlochy Castle continued for many decades after the rule of King Achaius, before its destruction by Danish invasion somewhere between the 10th and 11th Century. It was later rebuilt in the early 13th Century by Comyns of Badenoch, and named Inverlochy Castle.

In 1836 Lord Abinger built a new Victorian chalet and named it Inverlochy Castle, a few miles from the ruins of the ‘true’ Inverlochy Castle, in Torlundy. Lord Abinger’s decision to name his new home, which is a present day hotel, Inverlochy Castle has sparked a naming controversy. There is now Early Inverlochy Castle, home to King Achaius, Old Inverlochy Castle, built by the Comyns, and Inverlochy Castle, the hotel built by Lord Abinger.

Regardless of its name, the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle are just a few minutes from Fort William, in the Lochaber Region of the Scottish Highlands, and definitely worth a day trip to enjoy.

Source by Hamish McCurry

When a country has a drug problem, it's easy to assume that the people of that country are, to a greater or less degree, out of control. Freedom to do what you want is, of course, a good thing for the citizens of any country. The downside is that many people will use their freedom in unintelligent or dangerous ways. For many people in America, this means using or selling drugs. You'd think, however, that much more tightly controlled countries would not have a drug problem. North Korea shows that this thinking is all wrong.

Living in North Korea

It's difficult for outsiders to fully comprehend, but living in North Korea is unlike living almost anywhere else in the world. The government fully controls its people and almost every aspect of their lives. You can be thrown into a prison camp for unthinkably trivial offs and subjected to torture and execution without trial.

In such a controlled, Orwellian atmosphere, how would drug use ever get started? There are several factors involved, but the first is that tightly controlling your country's economy simply does not work. North Korea has severely any trade with other countries, so its people often starve when crops in the country fail. Without outside food and other supplies flowing in, the country is large on its own, for better or worse.

A Dubious Solution

The Washington post reports that in the early 1990's, an overwhelming famine was starving so many North Koreans that many international experts predicted that the country would soon collapse. North Korea did not collapse, however, because they came up with a very unusual solution. The government began manufacturing methamphetamine in huge quantities and secretly shipping it across the border into China to sell to China's meth addicts.

By shipping out meth to bring in money and other supplies, the government was able to limp along until crops improved. The government also allowed the door they had opened into China to stay slightly open, and the citizens of North Korea and China began shipping other goods and food back and forth. An unintended consequence of the government's plan was that some of that meth getting shipped across the border into China started making its way back into North Korea, and North Koreans started getting hooked.

Is Meth Cheap Medicine

Again, due to the tight controls of the government on North Korea's economy, it's extremely difficult for ordinary people to get medicine, and it's incredibly expensive when they can. What is cheap and plentiful, however, is meth. The people of North Korea have now been using the drug for decades in an attempt to cure themselves of simple diseases. In the process, they have been hooking themselves on the drug at epidemic rates.

Some experts estimate that 40% to 50% of adults in some northern areas of the country are now addicted to the powerful drug. Other experts estimate that the percentage is lower, but they all agree that the country has a serious problem with the drug. With the lack of doctors and effective medicines to help treat the country, however, there is no end in sight for the spread of drug addiction.

A Way Out of the North Korean Drug Problem

The main way for North Korea to get rid of its drug problems would be the main way it could fix most of its other problems as well. When North Korea finally stops oppressing its people and allows freedom and free trade, many of its economic woes and human rights issues can be handled almost immediately. Then, with effective drug education and rehabilitation centers, the country could also take a crack at its spreading meth epidemic.

Source by Daniel M Manson

Do you ever wonder how some people get that ultra bright white smile? It can costs hundreds of dollars to go to the dentist for professional teeth whitening, but there are do-it-yourself methods that are just as effective.

If you were to ask your dentist what teeth bleaching options they have, you'll soon find out that it is just not worth it. They can charge as much as $ 600 to get a mouth piece fitted and for your first batch of solution. Then you have to check back in with your dentist to get your mouth piece refitted and purchase more solution. It's no wonder that movie stars and models were the only ones getting this procedure done.

That's until recently anyway. The same companies that provide professional grade supplies have finally made these kits available to the general public. That means you no longer need your dentist, who tacks on a 725% profit margin for himself.

Instead, you can get your own teeth whitening kit for a heck of a lot cheaper, and you'll get the same results. There are a few different approaches to whitening your teeth, so the exact contents of your kit will vary. There are whitening strips and bleaching tips, but the most effective methods are the solutions that bring back the natural glimmer to your smile. These are non-harmful, easy to use, and the results are almost instantaneous. By using a teeth whitening kit, you'll not only bring back the shine that has faded away, but you'll instantly look more sexy.

Source by Sarah Zener

Hurricane Katrina struck the city of New Orleans on August 29th, 2005 catching the city unprepared for the massive floods that its squalls would bring. Katrina led to the structural failure of New Orleans' federally constructed levee system, leaving 80% of the city totally flooded and leading to the deaths of 700 citizens. The storm would serve as a cultural watershed for America, not only because of the massive loss of human life, but because of the consequent failure of the federal government organization, FEMA, to respond and rescue the survivors of the hard-hit areas in time fashion. The wards of New Orleans that were most heavily flooded and subregively neglected by FEMA were also mostly populated by African-American citizens, leading to a debate of wherever racism still influenced policy in the United States at its highest levels.

Flooding

There are few hurricane survival tips that could prepare New Orleans residents to survive the massive floods that Katrina brought. Many homes were flooded up to their roofs, communication infrastructure had been destroyed in many areas, and the city lacked the medical and food supplies to care for many of the people who took refuge in areas like the Superdome. For several days after the storm, New Orleans ceased to resemble any part of civilization as the scenes being broadcast that depicted its aftermath were more reminiscent of the ongoing US war in Iraq. Bodies were lying dead in the streets, entire city blocks were destroyed, and refugees were holed up in areas that lacked the infrastructure and supplies to care for them all. Most painfully, the lack of response from FEMA made it seem as if the rest of the country did not care about the match that had befallen New Orleans.

Controversy

During a live, televised charity drive for victims of Katrina, musician Kanye West appeared onscreen, clearly agitated by the aging suffering in New Orleans. Near the end of his broadcast, he boldly blurted out "George Bush does not care about black people," which sparked envious controversy around the country. West suggested that the snail's pace by which FEMA had gone to assist the black areas of New Orleans while the districts populated by mostly whites had been rapidly assisted was due to a structural level of racism on part of the federal government. His words, whether or not they were true, clearly fanned the flames of negative sentiment surrounding the entire disaster and effectively added another dimension to the suffering taking place there.

Moving Forward

The events following Hurricane Katrina led to a total restructuring of FEMA and the resignation of its director. The tragedy greeted many together, but pushed many apart, and would prove to be a pivotal moment in United States history.

Source by Kristen Morton

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