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21 февраля, 16:30

Insurance Stock Q4 Earnings Slated for Feb 22: PRA, Y & More

Let's find out how these four insurers - PRA, AMSF, Y EIG - might perform when they come up with their quarterly numbers on Feb 22.

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21 февраля, 15:34

New Zealand garden gnome thefts 'fund meth trade'

Police say hundreds of garden ornaments pinched to raise cash for drugs deals.

21 февраля, 09:24

Понемногу обо всем (53) Голосуй или проиграешь: TOP 30 GURUS NLP

http://metapractice.livejournal.com/543713.htmlTOP 30 GURUS NLPhttp://globalgurus.org/nlp-gurus-30/Richard BandlerDr. Richard Bandler is the Co-Founder of the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. A distinguished visitor to Menninger’s Foundation, a Keynote Speaker for many Associations and Foundations. He has participatedat many grand rounds at teaching hospitals. He was an Associate Professor at UCSC and a Graduate Advisorat Colleges. The Society of NLP-Richard Bandler has over 600 Institutes around the world. Dr Bandler isa consultant to many Fortune 500 Companies., the US Military, US Intelligent Agencies, Major League Baseballteams, NFL players and Olympic Athletes. He is a true designer of training programs. He has been the CEO ofseveral corporations from Training and Consulting companies to a Research and Development company specializingin Optics and Holographic Storage systems. Dr. Bandler has continued to improve and evolve the field of NLPand gone on to develop other seminars as well, Design Human Engineering, Persuasion Engineering, Neuro-HypnoticRepatterning to name a few. He has been interviewed by a variety of magazines from Psychology Today to Newsweek.Most major newspapers, TV Networks and Radio Stations around the world have interviewed him over the past30+ years. Dr. Bandler, a mathematician, philosopher, modeler, teacher, artist and composer for four decadeshas left a legacy of books, videos, audios, art, students and a body of knowledge that will change therapy,education and medicine forever. He has hundreds of thousands of students and hundreds of licensed institutesall over the world. Dr Bandler has made his mark and says he is just getting warmed up. His record of helpingpatients who had been deemed incurable is unsurpassed. How inspirational is this Guru?John GrinderJohn Grinder now refers to the original NLP modelling projects as Classic Code NLP; his more recent work iscalled New Code NLP. John Grinder initiated The New Code originally with Judith Delozier and more recentlywith Carmen Bostic St Clair. The New Code streamlines and brings significant enhancements to the now thirtyyear old Classic Code. John and Carmen deliver a full schedule of New Code NLP-based seminars around the world.John and Carmen teamed up with Michael Carroll of the NLP Academy UK to launch the International TrainersAcademy of NLP (ITANLP). The purpose of the ITANLP is to bring some of the standards that John, Carmen andMichael have integrated into their own work to the general NLP community. John, Carmen and Michael lead anannual Trainers Training to a worldwide audience training new NLP trainers to the highest standards. The Grinder,Bostic, Carroll training is rigorous and all who qualify can become members of the ITANLP. How inspirational is this Guru?Derren BrownAlthough Derren Brown is most famous for his fascinating television shows broadcast in the UK, he has a solidreputation for his unequaled development of NLP and hypnosis. In fact, Derren’s effortless demonstration of NLPto manipulate the thoughts of his guest stars was what got me interested in NLP in the first place! Derren Brownactually has a flexible view of NLP which is similar to my own. Rather than adhering to rigid methods set out byNLP’s original creators, Derren uses wordplay that works well and has adapted a lot of NLP techniques to makethem work a bit more seamlessly. It is for this reason that Derren’s methods are my chosen schema for thetechniques on this website. They work the best. It’s as simple as that. How inspirational is this Guru?John La ValleJohn La Valle One of the World’s most respected corporate consultants and the co-author of ‘PersuasionEngineering’ with Richard Bandler.”When I first became interested in NLP, it was quite by accident. I cameacross a one day basic introduction program and was wowed in the first hour. As soon as I could, I attendedmy first Practitioner program. I quickly figured how best to adapt the technology of NLP into businessapplications. Since then, I have personally trained with most of the ‘major players’ in the field in the 1980’s.I met Richard Bandler early in my training and his attitude and skill appealed to me. He could get results!Being a bottom line business person, I liked that! No fluff, no theories, just get down to it and change!I liked it. What I found most interesting was the fact that I could get results in the business arena.I am still in contact with a lot of my corporate clients across the globe, many of whom have seen theirbusiness multiply year after year. They still bring me in for ‘tune-ups’ from time to time. They hire betterpeople, promote the right ones, train differently and even manage differently. Ultimately they lower theircosts and increase profits. That’s the bottom line! People have asked me what the turning point was for mein my own training. Well the first thing was the moment I realized that it’s not just enough to want, butthen to do. Stepping across that line and just going for it! The second was realizing how powerful languageis and how easily we can change behaviour using just language. How inspirational is this Guru?Robb WhitewoodRobb Whitewood established Dynamic Mind Works in 1999. His vision is to assist as many people help as manypeople as he can. He would like to leave a legacy of ways to make life better for millions of individualsaround the world. Robb Whitewood is a rare combination of trainer, entertainer and motivator. Robb has travelledthe world since 16 and worked in many fields including acting and stunt acting within film and television.He has mastered Hypnosis and NLP both as a master trainer and as a clinician spanning over 30 years. He hasstudied and practised Chinese Medicine since the age of 15 and is highly qualified and skilled as anAcupuncturist and Diagnostician. His students have referred to him as an Earth Angel. His corporate clientsrefer to him as “The Gun” for his sharp shooting behavioural profiling skills. Robb Whitewood founded the ABNLP(Australian Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming) in 2004 and the AANLP (Association for Applied NeuroLinguistic Programming) in 2015. How inspirational is this Guru?Steve AndreasSteve Andreas, with his wife and partner Connirae, has been learning, teaching, and developing patternsin Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) since 1977. Steve and Connirae are the co-editors and/or authors ofmany NLP books (both classics from the early days of the field, and new innovations) and over fifty NLParticles. They have also produced over fifty videotaped and audiotaped demonstrations of NLP patterns forpersonal change. Steve’s new two-volume book, Six Blind Elephants; understanding ourselves and others, (2006)presents a comprehensive unified field theory of thinking and personal change. It shows how all personalchange can be understood using three simple variables, and how to use these understandings to track someone’sthinking and adjust it so that it is more satisfying. Steve has also written a new book entitled TransformingNegative Self Talk available through Norton or Amazon.com. There is also a second volume entitled Help withNegative Self Talk, vol 2 available in eBook form from Real People Press. The two books include many unique andpowerful new patterns for quickly transforming troublesome internal voices. How inspirational is this Guru?Jamie SmartJamie Smart is an internationally renowned writer, speaker, coach and consultant. He shows individuals andorganizations the unexpected keys to clarity; the ultimate leverage point for creating more time, betterdecisions and meaningful results. Jamie is a gifted speaker, equally engaging in front of large audiences andmore intimate groups. He’s passionate about helping individuals and businesses to deepen their understandingof Innate Thinking and to create the results that matter to them. In addition to working with a handful ofcoaching clients and leading selected corporate programmes, Jamie runs professional development workshops forbusiness leaders, trainers, coaches and consultants. He has appeared on Sky TV and on the BBC, as well as innumerous publications. In 2003, Jamie started the company Salad, quickly growing a tribe of over 80,000 peoplewho devoured his articles and personal development products. Salad soon became the world’s leading NLP productbusiness, and he was acknowledged by his peers as one of the world’s finest trainers. Then, in 2008, Jamieshifted his focus to a new paradigm, the principles of Innate Thinking. He stopped teaching NLP and in 2012,sold Salad. Prior to starting Salad, Jamie led multi-million pound organizational change programmes and wasalso brought in as a troubleshooter to rescue struggling projects. His client list includes the Guardian newspaper, Sweet & Maxwell, Payzone and Dun & Bradstreet. Jamie lives in London. When he’s not working, he lovestravelling, walking, drinking coffee and exploring. How inspirational is this Guru?Paul MckennaPaul Mckenna is one of the best known hypnotists in the UK, known for some of his radio shows and TV appearanceswhere he performed hypnosis on people to act in comedic ways, the TV show Hypnotic World of Paul Mckenna wasshown all around the world. Paul has done a lot of one to one hypnotherapy with celebrity clients around theworld including such celebrities as Ricahrd Hammond from the TV Show Top Gear. Paul has trained with RichardBandler to NLP Master Practitioner level and has continued his study way beyond that spending countless hourstraining with the Co Creator of NLP. Paul has a good selection of written books and audio books including the“I can make you xxxx” series, I have listened to some of his material and found his voice and material to beof high quality and motivating! How inspirational is this Guru?Sid JacobsonSid Jacobson, Ph.D. was one of the early Certified Trainers by the Society of NLP. Early on he carved out hisspecialties in the areas of education, training, and writing, in addition to psychotherapy applications, usingthe latest technology from the rapidly advancing field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He has worked as aresearcher, trainer, and consultant to professionals, hospitals, schools, clinics, businesses, and professionalathletes. As well as serving on several local boards of directors he served as the 1995-1996 Director of theNeuro-Linguistics Forum in the American Society of Training & Development, internationally. Sid is the authorof five books and the co-author of another, as well as many papers & articles on NLP. Sid is considered to bean expert in the application of NLP to education and training, psychotherapy and communication skills. He hasbeen training professionals for over 30 years. How inspirational is this Guru?Michael HallMichael Hall, Ph.D., visionary leader in Neuro-Semantics and NLP, created the Meta-States Model (1994) to modelself-reflexivity, the special kind of consciousness unique to humans, acknowledged by INLPTA in 1995 as the“most significant contribution to NLP in 1995.” Co-developed International Society of Neuro-Semantics (ISNS)with Dr. Bob Bodenhamer (1996) to take NLP to a higher level ethically and professionally (www.neurosemantics.com). Co-develop the Meta-Coaching System (MCF) with Michelle Duval (2002). Co-edited “Innovations in NLP” with Shelle Rose Charvey (2011), author of over 50 books in NLP which includes 12 books on Coaching (www.meta-coaching.org ). Identified “the secret history of NLP” (2005) while developing the Self-Actualization Psychology Diploma (www.self-actualization.org). Co-lead the NLP Leadership Summit with Frank Pucelik (2011) unifying leaders in NLP worldwide (www.NLPleadershipsummit.org ). How inspirational is this Guru?James LawleyJames Lawley is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, coach in business, and certified NLP trainer, and professionalmodeller. He is a co-developer of Symbolic Modelling and co-author (with Penny Tompkins) of Metaphors in Mind:Transformation through Symbolic Modelling. For over 20 years James and Penny have been NLP trainers, NLPtCApsychotherapists and supervisors. They train internationally and have consulted to organisations as diverse asGlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn SpiritualCommunity. How inspirational is this Guru?Tad JamesAttractive and charismatic with a profound ability to bring out the best in people, Dr. Tad James is a staunchbeliever in the inexhaustible inner potential of human beings. He is an exciting, dynamic transformationalseminar leader, and a pioneer in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). As a successful PersonalSuccess Coach and NLP Master Trainer, Tad is the creator of a revolutionary new paradigm for human changeknown as the Time Line Therapy techniques. He is the author of seven (7) books and numerous audios and videosin the field of NLP, including the Best Seller The Secret of Creating Your Future. Tad James was born inWashington DC. His father, Preston James, tried to induce traditional values and beliefs of friendlycompetition and hard work in his son through his own example (he was Chairman of the Geography Department atSyracuse University). He set high expectations and wished that Tad would be the most successful in whateverhe does in the future. His mother, Eileen, played a significant role in his upbringing. She taught him thateveryone is created equal and that all people have a potential locked in their minds which if tapped intocan create real miracles. Never being trained in NLP, Eileen was always a happy and cheerful person; sheused to say I never let my mind think bad thoughts. This was a lesson the young Tad never forgot. Tad Jamesattended Syracuse University, and graduated with a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. He began his careeras a manager of a Radio station, ultimately managing his own radio station. At this time, the plight of thesmall businessman led him to become a business consultant. How inspirational is this Guru?Matthew B. JamesMatthew B. James, MA, Ph.D., is President of The Empowerment Partnership, where he servesas a master trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a practical behavioral technology for helping peopleachieve their desired results in life. Dr. Matt delivers seminars and cultural trainings throughout the UnitedStates, Canada, Asia, and Europe. Due to his expertise on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), indigenouscultures, and his research on forgiveness, Dr. Matt is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post andPsychology Today blogs. He is also often quoted in magazines, newspapers, and has been featured on Fox News,CNN Headline News, and many other TV and radio shows around the world. As an international speaker and educator,Dr. Matt embodies the principles he teaches. Dr. Matt has been chosen to carry on a lineage of Huna, the ancientHawaiian science of consciousness, energy healing, and mental health and well-being. In his first book, TheFoundation of Huna: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, Dr. Matt details the forgiveness and meditation techniquesused in Hawaii for hundreds of years. These traditions span 28 generations and have been presented to the UnitedNations to further peace amongst diverse countries and cultures. How inspirational is this Guru?Steven LeedsSteven Leeds, MA, LMHC, NLP Trainers is the co-founder and co-director of The NLP Center of New York. Stevenholds masters degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Secondary Education is a licensed NYS Mental HealthCounselor and certified Master Practitioner and certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Steven beganstudying NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis in 1981 with John Grinder, Richard Bandler, Robert Dilts, Leslie CameronBandler and Virginia Satir. He has also studied extensively with Stephen Gilligan and Jack Canfield. For over25 years, Steven has designed and conducted NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis training in the United States andEurope. He conducted the first NLP Certification Trainings in Zurich, Switzerland. How inspirational is this Guru?Rachel B. HottDr. Rachel B. Hott, who holds a Ph. D. in clinical psychology is a certified master practitioner and trainer ofNeuro-Linguistic Programming and co-director and co-founder of The NLP Center of New York. She is a NYS licensedclinical psychologist and holds a master degree in Dance/Movement Therapy. She is also a hypnotherapist certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH). Rachel has been a course leader for American Management Association and a private consultant for executives. She has been trained by Jack Canfield to facilitate self-esteem trainings. Herspecialization areas include: Performance anxiety, Sexuality, Life Transitions, Addictions and Healthy Lifestyles including weight control, sleep and exercise. In addition to NLP, she includes Thought Field Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Self-Relations in her therapeutic repertoire. Rachel is also authorized and endorsed by NLP Comprehensive to conduct Core Transformation workshops. Rachel has written numerous articles for Anchor Point magazine. Read an interview with Rachel here. How inspirational is this Guru?Robert DiltsRobert Dilts has Recognized internationally as one of the foremost developers, trainers and practitioners ofNeuro-Lingustic Programming, Robert has done consulting and training throughout the world to a wide variety ofprofessional groups and organizations. He has lectured extensively on NLP, making presentations and givingkeynote addresses for distinguished academic institutions and major corporations around the world. Robert isalso the author of 19 books, several monographs and over 2 dozen articles on NLP, including The Encyclopedia ofSystemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding, (co-authored with Judith DeLozier), The Hero’s Journey:a Voyage of Discovery (co-authored with Stephen Gilligan) and his most recent book, NLP II: The Next Generation(co-authored with Judith DeLozier and Deborah Bacon Dilts). Robert’s current itinerary of lectures, seminars andworkshops is available on line. Please contact him using the link provided on this website to inquire aboutupcoming events in your area or to arrange to sponsor an event. How inspirational is this Guru?Connirae AndreasConnirae Andreas, PhD, has had a lasting impact on the field of NLP through many innovations, including hergroundbreaking work with Aligning Perceptual Positions and Core Transformation, and original work in AdvancedLanguage Patterns, Timelines, grief, and shame resolution. She has co-authored or edited 11 books and manualsof wide acclaim, including Heart of the Mind (with Steve Andreas), an accessible case-oriented introduction toNLP’s range of effectiveness. Books she has authored or edited have been translated into 18 languages. Aninnovative trainer since the early days of NLP, Connirae is perhaps best known for her ground-breaking workdeveloping Core Transformation, a simple ten-step process for discovering a profoundly healing inner core ofbeing that people frequently describe as a spiritual experience. The process offers a path directly and simplyto experiences people describe as oneness inner peace love or being, that works easily for people of any (or no)spiritual orientation. Connirae developed and tested this process in 1989, first teaching it in early 1990. Sheco-authored the book Core Transformation and the new Core Transformation Trainer Materials Packet with hersister, Tamara Andreas. How inspirational is this Guru?Georges PhilipsGeorges Philips, is a Change Architect, Neuro Linguist, Hypno-analyst, Master hypnotist and Beliefs changespecialist. He has a private practice in London where he has worked since 1989. With his wife Lyndy, he teachesbelief restructuring and Neuro Linguistics both in the UK and Europe. Georges is available for one to onesupport as well as group development training for corporate clients. Today’s demands require that the stratergieswe use are up to date. That they are practicaly usefull and simply aplied. Simplicity underpins This is about asup to date as it gets. As an international keynote speaker, Georges invigorates his audience with a style thatis authentic, thoroughly provocative and filled with intriguing. Most of all it is fun. Despite being dyslexic,Georges has written several books ranging from Analytical Hypnotherapy and Belief Restructuring to Neuro LinguisticProgramming and Stress Management. Georges latest book with a forward by Edward de Bono is “Change Directions”. It explains clearly what has stopped you from reaching your dreams and more importantly a proven method to make them possible. How inspirational is this Guru?Tim HallbomTim Hallbom is widely considered to be one of the most talented and accomplished NLP trainers in the world. Heis an internationally known expert in how to change limiting beliefs through the medium of NLP, as well asco-author of the best selling books, Beliefs: Pathways to Health and Well-being and NLP: The New Technology ofAchievement. Throughout his expansive NLP career, Tim has worked with individuals and organizations, authoredseveral articles and books, founded training centers and professional organizations, keynoted internationalconferences and lectured all over the world. His vast experience and innate flexibility helps him to besuccessful with virtually everyone that he works with. Tim is dedicated to helping individuals have lifechanging breakthroughs and organizations experience fundamental improvements. How inspirational is this Guru?Wyatt WoodsmallDr. Wyatt Woodsmall is the President of Advanced Behavioral Modeling, Inc., a consulting and training firmcommitted to increasing the performance and productivity of organizations and individuals through the use ofadvanced behavioral and learning technologies. Engaged in federal service and private practice for over fortyyears, he has provided training and management consulting expertise to the federal government, service andathletic industries, and the scientific community, with specific emphasis in culture shaping and in predictingand modifying behavior using specialized behavioral technologies. Dr. Woodsmall is also a Senior Vice Presidentof the International Research Institute for Human Typological Studies which specializes in research on humantypologies. His main emphasis is on the connection between human differences and performance and on the shapingof cultures to create high performance organizations. Recently Dr. Woodsmall conducted training programs onAdvanced Learning and Teaching Techniques, The Inner Game of Leadership, The Master Map of Success, PersonalityTypes, and How to Use Your Brain Thought Control with Eben Pagan, AKA David DeAngelo. He also conducted an 18day NLP Practitioner Training with his wife Marilyne. How inspirational is this Guru?Fran BurgessFor 15 years Fran Burgess has focused her attention on modelling the process of NLP Modelling in her desire tolearn how to simplify it and make it an enjoyable, simple and productive endeavour. To this end she has workedand learnt not only from the best modellers NLP has to offer, but also from equally demanding teachers hertherapeutic clients. Fran was Director of Training at The Northern School of NLP until the school was closed inOctober 2011. She is a registered UKCP psychotherapist and continues an active practice. Her book The NLPCookbook was published in November 2011 by Crown House Publishing, and she continues writing and downloadingher 30 years experience of NLP into resource based website The NLP Kitchen (http://www.nlpand.co.uk/). How inspirational is this Guru?David SnyderDavid Snyder, Recognized as one of the worlds leading experts on – Specialized Hypnotic Influence Technologiesaka (S.H.I.T.). Has Personally Trained members of the Legal Profession law enforcement, entertainment, martialarts and hypnosis communities, teaching advanced mind/body technologies for peak performance and persuasionrapid healing, relationships and more. He is a certified Hypnosis Trainer, Master Practitioner and Trainer InNeuro Linguistic Programming a member of the Society of Experiential Trance; David tirelessly works to developtraining and educational opportunities designed to powerfully raise the skill level and professional status ofhypnotists all over the world.He is the founder and creator of the CPI: Conversational Persuasion & InfluenceSystem™. In addition to his many credentials in the field of hypnosis and NLP, David holds a Master of ArtsDegree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences where hepioneered the use of hypnotic technique in combination with acupuncture therapy and 9th Degree Black Belt InThe Martial Arts. How inspirational is this Guru?Jeremy LazarusJeremy Lazarus is a former management consultant, corporate treasurer and Finance Director, with nearly 30year’s business experience. He is now a Certified NLP Master Trainer as well as a business and sports performancecoach. He has been training and coaching professionally since 1999. He is accredited as a trainer by NLP (ANLP)which is UK based. He is also an accredited coach with the Association for Coaching. Jeremy is helping Britain’selite pistol shooters in the mental aspects of their preparation for the forthcoming Glasgow CommonwealthGames in 2014 and was assisting them at the London 2012 Olympics. He is a guest lecturer at Middlesex Universityon sports science courses, and is an accredited lecturer for the MA in Applied Coaching run in partnershipbetween The Performance Solution and the University of Derby Corporate. How inspirational is this Guru?Laureli BlythLaureli Blyth has over 20 years in the field of NLP. She is a well known and respected International NLP MasterTrainer, Clinical Hypnotherapist, & Numerologist. American by birth she now makes her home in Australia. Shelectures & teaches programs in Australia, USA, Europe & Asia Pacific. The founder & director the AustralasianInstitute of NLP in Sydney, she inspires & assists others to use their minds, get their voice & have the lifethey desire. Laureli has a vast knowledge of the psyche & assists her students & clients to integrate theirmind, body & spirit. Her wholeness approach & extent of her knowledge is displayed in her range of books thatare available throughout the world, Neuro Intelligence, Brain Power, Dream Power, The Numerology of Names & 30Days to NLP How inspirational is this Guru?Dr Richard BolstadDr Richard Bolstad is a certified trainer with the International NLP Association. He has a doctorate inclinical hypnotherapy and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He has taught theRESOLVE model to psychotherapists and counsellors around the world. He is a co-author of the acclaimed book,‘The Structure of Personality’. In his groundbreaking book, Richard Bolstad’s R.E.S.O.L.V.E. framework showshow to integrate the effective brief therapy of NLP into the personal encounter of psychotherapy. In this way,techniques are used that access the deeper structure of the brain for fast, permanent change. RESOLVEdemonstrates how to:– identify which techniques work with which clients – create a relationship that empowersrather than merely conveys understanding – give clients the more basic changes in life-approach that maketherapeutic change last – access people’s own inner skills, strategies and strengths so that change is fasterand makes sense to them – ensure that change is occurring in the deeper brain structures where older patternsof behavior were first laid down – recognize which stage in the therapeutic process you are at, and respondmost effectively for that stage. How inspirational is this Guru?Jason D. WestJason D. West, MNLP, MTT, CCHt is a board certified clinical hypnotherapist, master NLP practitioner, publishedauthor, speaker, and the creator of the POWERPERSUASION Boot Camp. As the lead certification trainer forTransform Destiny, he has certified hundreds of people from around the world in the fields of hypnosis andNeuro Linguistic Programming. Jason draws from his training as a former Marine, his business acumen from runninga successful computer services business for 11 years, and as a coach for Dale Carnegie to offer a highly uniqueblend of real world experience to his clients. He is passionate about the mind and human behavior and loves touse his knowledge and experience to transform people’s lives in his clinical practice. How inspirational is this Guru?Heidi HeronHeidi Heron has been involved with the technology of NLP for most of her life and is an International MasterTrainer of NLP, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Doctor of Psychology. She has obtained her Doctorate in Psychology;Masters in Adult Education and Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Communication. Heidi has a background inCorporate Human Resources Management and Personal Development. She has studied NLP with some of the top leadersin NLP and continues to up-skill herself personally and professionally. Heidi has been working in the field ofHuman Development since 1992. Currently, Heidi holds the role of Chairperson for the Australian Board of NLP(www.abnlp.org.au). Heidi is the co-author of the book 30 Days to NLP. How inspirational is this Guru?Neil ShahNeil Shah is an International Speaker, Stress Management/Wellbeing expert Management Consultant, ExecutiveCoach, Trainer, A leading internationa expert on Stress Management and Wellbeing. An engaging and inspiringmotivational speaker and success coach, he also has a long-standing interest in hypnotherapy, neuro-linguisticprogramming and strategies to promote wellbeing, and has trained extensively in these fields. He is the authorof the NLP: A Practical Guide” (Icon Books) and upcoming title The 10-Step Stress Solutions’ (Random House).Neil is the founder and Director of the Stress Management Society (www.stress.org.uk) a leading internationalauthority on stress management and wellbeing issues. He is also Managing Director of consultancy firm PraestoTraining and Development. All of the products and services provided by his various enterprises focus on thereduction of stress and the promotion of wellbeing. He’s walked on fire; climbed Mount Everest; ran the LondonMarathon four times and previously steered his own consultancy firm to a multi-million pound turnover andoffices in three countries. Neil is a regular award-winner. A former Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of theYear, his trophies include nominations for the DTI/EU ‘Best European Small Business Initiative’ and winningthe Success through People award.. How inspirational is this Guru?Terrence McClendonTerrence McClendon one of the pioneers of NLP, Terry has lived and breathed NLP for over thirty years, sinceits inception in the early seventies. Terry introduced NLP to Australia in 1979 and is the only Australian-basedNLP trainer to study with co-developers Richard Bandler and John Grinder for over a decade along with Milton H.Erickson and Virginia Satir; placing him in a uniquely qualified position. Terry is mentioned in the book“NLP Volume 1” as a recognised contributor in some of the clinical exercises and techniques in the book. Hehas also contributed along with other significant core members of the development of NLP to the recent book“The origins of NLP”. Terry has trained thousands of individuals throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, NewZealand, South East Asia and the UK. He is author of the first history of NLP, “The Wild Days: NLP from 1972to 1981” and Happy Parents, Happy Kids. Feature author in “The Origins of NLP” and designer of advanced NLPsoftware. He has a masters degree in psychology, is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, fellowwith the International Association of NLP (IANLP), a master trainer and founder of the Australian Instituteof NLP. How inspirational is this Guru?Kris HallbomKris Hallbom is an internationally recognized trainer, author and coach. She is the co-creator of the WealthyMindProgram, which has been taught to live audiences in over 20 countries around the world; and has helpedthousands of people create more of what they want in their lives. She is also the co-founder of the NLP &Coaching Institute, and has been actively involved in the field of NLP for over 25 years. Recognized for herability to translate complex ideas into practical skills, and for her warm, approachable style, Kris hastrained and coached clients throughout Europe, Australia, Russia, Mexico, Japan and the USA. She is acontributing author to the best selling books, “Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide” and “Innovationsin NLP”; and has produced numerous DVDs and articles on positive psychology, wealth consciousness and systemsthinking. Kris began studying NLP in 1987 while obtaining her degree in Psychology, and went on to become aMaster Practitioner and Certified Trainer of NLP. She worked at Anchor Point Associates, an internationallyrecognized NLP training organization from 1988 to 1996. During that time, the focus of her job was on educatingthe general public about NLP and enrolling students at the Institute. Kris went on to became a ProfessionalNLP Coach in 1996, and has done over 5,000 hours of life coaching with her clients and students throughout hercareer. She still maintains a busy coaching practice and works with an international array of clients fromaround the world. How inspirational is this Guru?

21 февраля, 05:30

Government Knows Best - Junk Food Ban Goes Global

Obesity is a 'big' (pardon the pun) problem in the Pacific Islands.  In fact, a recent World Bank study found that over half the adult population in 16 of the 17 Pacific Island countries and territories were obese while over 75% of the population was obese in 11 of those counties.   So what do you do when you just can't count on citizens to make sound judgements about their own personal health decisions?  Well, you call in the Nanny State to ban sodas and sugary snacks, of course...which, according to the New York Times, is exactly what the tiny Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is doing. While many governments struggle to ban soda to curb obesity, the tiny Torba Tourism Council in the remote Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is planning to outlaw all imported food at government functions and tourist establishments across the province’s 13 inhabited islands.   Provincial leaders hope to turn them instead into havens of local organic food. The ban, scheduled to take effect in March, comes as many Pacific island nations struggle with an obesity crisis brought on in part by the overconsumption of imported junk food.   “We want to ban all other junk food from this province,” Luke Dini, the council’s chairman and a retired Anglican priest, said in a telephone interview from Torba. He said the province had about 9,000 residents and got fewer than 1,000 tourists a year, mostly Europeans.   Not surprisingly, so-called "public health experts" have praised Vanuatu's ban on imported food while blasting international consumer goods companies for "exploiting these nations by providing a food supply that is not, in the long term, better for health" while "decimating" local populations. Public health experts who study the island nations of the Pacific welcomed the ban, saying that bold measures were necessary for an impoverished and isolated region of 10 million people — one where the cost of sending legions of patients abroad for dialysis treatment or kidney transplants is untenable.   “Imagine if 75 million Americans had diabetes — that’s the scale of the epidemic we’re talking about in Vanuatu,” Roger Magnusson, a professor of health law and governance at Sydney Law School in Australia, said in an email.   “Can anyone seriously say that Vanuatu doesn’t have the right to exercise its health sovereignty in every way possible to protect its population from an epidemic of that scale?” he added.   “It is so wrong what is being done to exploit these nations by providing a food supply that is not, in the long term, better for health,” said Elaine Rush, a professor of nutrition at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand who has studied health problems in the Pacific islands. She described the effect that the health crisis was having on families there as “decimating.” Of course, there are just a couple of small problems with the "evil corporation" theory as presented by "public health experts" and the New York Times.  Unfortunately, while the "health experts" would like for you to believe that obesity is a new problem plaguing the people of the Pacific islands, as Wendy Snowden of the World Health Organization points out, in reality obesity rates on these islands were simply "higher to start with."  Moreover, as Snowden also notes, one other small problem is that no level of "taxes and prohibitions" on sugary food products has "been able to demonstrate reductions in obesity prevalence." Still, Dr. Snowdon said, the taxes and prohibitions on drinks in the Pacific islands — along with education, food labeling and school-nutrition programs — have not reduced the region’s overall incidence of obesity or its associated health problems.   "No country in the world has been able to demonstrate reductions in its obesity prevalence, so we’re not that different,” she said. “It’s just that our levels are higher to start with.” But rest assured, dear citizens of the world, that your Nanny State's aggressive, invasive policies stripping you of your basic personal liberties are intended for your own good and are in no way a meaningless attempt to cram their liberal agendas down your throat at all costs, irrespective of scientific data proving their complete lack of effectiveness in achieving their stated goals.

20 февраля, 19:01

NZ court: Dotcom can be extradited

A New Zealand judge yesterday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the US to face criminal charges.

20 февраля, 17:00

The Week's Key Economic And Financial Events

In this holiday-shortened week, attention will be on the US FOMC minutes, housing data and consumer confidence. There will be GDP, PMI and inflation releases across the Euro Area as well as the latest Greek Eurogroup meeting. Look for GDP and public finances data in the UK. In emerging markets, there are monetary policy meetings in Brazil, Colombia, Korea and Kazakhstan. Watch Fed minutes for more clarity on March FOMC The minutes of the February 1st FOMC meeting are likely to reveal that Fed officials have become increasingly constructive on the outlook for the economy. There will likely be a mention of the meaningful improvement in business and consumer sentiment surveys. The FOMC is also expected to note that the labor market is likely close to full employment and that signs of underutilization have diminished. Finally, there could be some mentions of concern over "external" developments. Any discussion about the Fed's balance sheet should also garner interest: recent comments from Fed officials suggest there being an increasing debate about the future of the Fed's balance sheet. Eurogroup meets on Greek economic adjustment program Grexit is back, though as a tail risk. If all three sides insist on their red lines, the logical outcome would be Grexit. While this would likely not be in the political interest of either Greece or the creditors, markets could become nervous as we approach the July maturities (€6bn excluding bills). There is also a high risk of a snap election which initially could be market negative, but ultimately lead to a more stable government. The week ahead in Emerging Markets There will be monetary policy meetings in Brazil, Colombia, Korea and Kazakhstan. Brazil’s BCB is expected to cut the Selic rate by 75bp. In other data In the US, focus is largely on the Feb FOMC Minutes. Also due are home sales data along with a wide range of Fed speakers currently on schedule. In the Eurozone, meaningful releases include consumer confidence and PMIs. In the UK, data about public sector finances and GDP is on deck. In Japan, the main data releases include trade balance and PMIs In Australia, we get RBA minutes for February along with wage price index and construction data. Nothing major due from New Zealand. A daily breakdown of key events from Deutsche Bank: To this week’s calendar now. With the US on holiday for President’s Day (and markets subsequently closed) the data this morning is reserved for Europe where we’ll get PPI in Germany and CBI selling prices data in the UK. Euro area consumer confidence data will also be released. Kicking things off on Tuesday will be Japan where we get the flash February manufacturing PMI. It’ll be all about the PMI’s in the European session too with flash manufacturing, services and composite readings all due. We’ll also get CPI in France and public sector net borrowing data in the UK. In the US we’ll also get the three flash PMI readings. In the Asia session on Wednesday the lone data release is property prices data in China. Over in Germany we’ve got the IFO survey results for February as well as preliminary Q4 GDP for the UK, along with the various growth components. The final January CPI figures for the Euro area will also be watched. In the US on Wednesday the lone data is January existing home sales, while we’ll also get the FOMC minutes from the January meeting. Thursday kicks off with more GDP data, this time the final January report in Germany while we’ll also get confidence indicators out of France. In the US data due includes initial jobless claims, FHFA house price index and Kansas City Fed’s manufacturing survey. There’s nothing of note in Europe on Friday while in the US we’ll get new home sales and the University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading. Away from the data the Fedspeak this week consists of Kashkari, Harker and Williams on Tuesday, Powell on Wednesday and Lockhart on Thursday. Another focus for markets will be today’s Eurogroup meeting where finance ministers are due to discuss Greece’s bailout situation. Also of note today is the House of Lords commencing a two-day debate on the draft law passed in the House of Commons with a vote due on Tuesday. BoE Governor Carney is also due to testify before UK Parliament on Tuesday. A tabular summary of key events courtesy of SocGen Finally, here is commentary from Goldman of all key US events, together with consensus estimates: Monday, February 20 President's Day. US markets are closed. Tuesday, February 21 08:50 AM Minneapolis Fed President Kashkari (FOMC voter) speaks:Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari will give a speech on the US economy and the role of the Federal Reserve to the Financial Planning Association of Minnesota in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Audience Q&A is expected. 09:45 AM Markit Flash US Manufacturing PMI, February preliminary (consensus 55.2, last 55.0) 09:45 AM Markit Flash US Services PMI, February preliminary (consensus 55.8, last 55.6) 12:00 PM Philadelphia Fed President Harker (FOMC voter) speaks: Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker will give a speech on the economic outlook at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Audience and media Q&A is expected. 03:30 PM San Francisco Fed President Williams (FOMC non-voter) speaks: San Francisco Fed President John Williams will give a presentation on economics to students at Boise State University. Wednesday, February 22 10:00 AM Existing home sales, January (GS +2.0%, consensus +0.9%, last -2.8%): We look for a 2.0% rebound in January existing homes sales, following last month’s 2.8% decline. Regional housing data released so far suggest sequential improvement in closed homes sales, consistent with the 1.6% rise in December pending homes sales (which represent contract signings). Existing homes sales annual revisions are also scheduled to be released. Existing home sales are an input into the brokers' commissions component of residential investment in the GDP report. 01:00 PM Fed Governor Powell (FOMC voter) speaks: Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell will give a speech on the economic outlook and monetary policy at the Forecaster’s Club of New York’s luncheon at the Cornell Club in New York. Audience Q&A is expected. 02:00 PM FOMC Minutes from the January 31-February 1 meeting: The FOMC kept policy rates unchanged at its January meeting and made few revisions to its statement, which described the economy as expanding “at a moderate pace” and characterized job growth as “solid.” In the minutes, we will look for any hints about the timing of the next hike as well as any comments about the FOMC’s evolving expectations for fiscal policy under the new administration. Thursday, February 23 08:30 AM Initial jobless claims, week ended February 18 (GS 240k, consensus 241k, last 239k); Continuing jobless claims, week ended February 11 (consensus 2,065k, last 2,076k): We expect initial jobless claims to edge up by 1k to 240k. The ongoing improvement in jobless claims provides additional evidence of underlying improvement in the pace of layoffs, and we also note the year-to-date improvement in several energy-producing states. Accordingly, we expect the pace of layoffs to remain low. 09:00 AM FHFA house price index, December (last +0.5%): The FHFA house price index has a wider geographic coverage than the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, but is based only on properties financed with conforming mortgages. On a year-over-year basis, FHFA home prices rose at a 6.1% pace in November. 11:00 AM Kansas City Fed manufacturing index, February (last +9) Friday, February 24 08:35 AM Atlanta Fed President Lockhart (FOMC non-voter) speaks: Atlanta Federal President Dennis Lockhart will speak on his tenure at the Fed during the bank’s 2017 Banking Outlook Conference. President Lockhart will be officially leaving his post on February 28. 10:00 AM New home sales, January (GS +9.5%, consensus +6.5%, last -10.4%): We expect new home sales to rebound 9.5% in January, mostly reversing a 10.4% drop last month that we believe was partially driven by unseasonably high snowfall in the Midwest. We expect a favorable fundamental backdrop and the elevated level of single-family building permits to mitigate the negative impact of higher mortgage rates on new homes sales activity. 10:00 AM University of Michigan consumer sentiment, February final (GS 96.2, consensus 96.0, last 95.7): We expect the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index to rebound 0.5pt to 96.2 in the February final estimate, reflecting improvement among more timely measures of consumer confidence as well as the favorable stock market performance over the last two weeks. The University of Michigan’s survey of 5- to 10-year ahead inflation expectations fell 0.1pp to 2.5% in the preliminary February reading but remains above the record low of 2.3% in December. We expect this measure to remain stable or edge up in the final reading. Source: BofA, DB, SocGen, GS

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20 февраля, 08:57

Court rejects Kim Dotcom's appeal against extradition to U.S.

A court in New Zealand has denied internet mogul Kim Dotcom's bid to avoid being sent to the United States where he faces criminal charges.

20 февраля, 08:00

‘We won but we lost anyway’: Kim Dotcom eligible for extradition to US - High Court of NZ

The New Zealand High Court has ruled that while Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three co-accused in his case cannot be extradited on copyright infringement charges, there are other grounds making them eligible for extradition to the United States. Justice Murray Gilbert has upheld on Monday a lower court decision that said there were enough grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited to the US. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/83l9 RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

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20 февраля, 07:06

Kim Dotcom extradition to US can go ahead, New Zealand high court rules

Dotcom faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted in the US of piracy, which authorities say cost copyright owners hundreds of millions of dollarsThe high court in New Zealand has ruled Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the United States to face a multitude of charges including money laundering and copyright breaches.US authorities had appealed for Dotcom’s extradition to face 13 charges including allegations of conspiracy to commit racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering and wire fraud. Continue reading...

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20 февраля, 02:50

New Zealand startup offers unlimited holiday and profit share to attract workers

Gaming company Rocketwerkz claims staff focus better when not stressed by issues that need attention outside the workplace A gaming company in New Zealand is luring employees from around the world by offering unlimited paid annual leave, a share in the company’s profits and no set work hours.Dean Hall became famous in international gaming circles for being the lead designer on the popular zombie apocalypse video game DayZ. Continue reading...

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19 февраля, 01:00

Warren Gatland warning puts Lions on behaviour alert for New Zealand

The head coach wants his Lions to ‘mend some stuff’ from the 2005 tour in which Clive Woodward’s squad were mocked, goaded and whitewashedThe last time Warren Gatland had a dig at New Zealand, one of their national newspapers put a cartoon of him dressed as a clown on the front page of their sport section. That was in November, when Gatland said he was “embarrassed” that the New Zealand Herald had run a picture of the Australia coach, Michael Cheika, wearing a red nose and a yellow ruff around his neck.So, of course the paper then gave Gatland the very same treatment. “It was a bit of a lesson for me,” Gatland says. “I was really disappointed with that. I was really upset them turning me into a clown.” He pauses, and offers just a hint of a grin. “They could have at least made me a happy clown.” Continue reading...

18 февраля, 19:35

You don’t need Herculean strength to make these delicious delights

When you come home in the evening, there’s nothing better than sitting down and drinking a cup of tea with a warm oatmeal cookie. You immediately feel cozy and your worries and stress disappear. Ah... Russian Oven: Сhocolate pryaniki If you want to find the crossroad where healthy meets tasty, then try Russian oatmeal cookies. They are made with Hercules oat flakes, something that every Russian knows since childhood. These unprocessed flakes bear the name of Hercules, the Ancient Greek hero famous for his enormous strength, because it was easier to persuade children to eat oat porridge if it had the name of a great hero. If children ate Hercules oatmeal for breakfast, they too could have the strength of the legendary hero — as many Russian mothers told their children. In the Soviet Union oat porridge was considered one of the most nutritious breakfasts; rich in fiber and good for digestion. Oats contain natural elements that reduce cholesterol levels and can mitigate depression. Corn: Not the right ingredient for building communism Oatmeal cookies and cakes have long been popular in culinary history. Wild oats came to Europe from China in the 2nd century BC. Oats were used in Ancient Rus' and on the British Isles. The Scots brought oats with them to North America, where it became the most common grain crop. The oat triumphed in the mid 19th century when a mechanical processing method was invented. The oat could now easily be cleaned and flattened, and once processed into flakes the grains cooked faster and were easier to consume and digest.  At the time when it was prepared without sugar the oatmeal cookie was not a delight or snack. In fact, oatmeal cakes often were substituted for bread because they could be preserved longer. During World War I there was an oatmeal cookie called Anzac was popular in New Zealand and Australia. It stood for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps," and today the term Anzac is inscribed in Australian law. Once, the oatmeal cookie was called "a soldiers' cookie," and that brings us to the two theories on the cookie's origin. Ingredients (for 20 cookies): 150 gr. (half a cup) of oat flakes 2 eggs 70 gr. (3.5 tablespoons) of butter 50 gr. (2.5 tablespoons) of sugar 20 gr. (1 tablespoon) of flour, which can be substituted with wholegrain flour A pinch of cinnamon and vanilla According to one theory, the soldiers themselves invented the oatmeal cookie recipe from their provisions. Another theory claims that oatmeal cookies first appeared thanks to the soldiers’ wives, who sent them to the front. Whatever the truth, the cookie preserved its freshness even after a long journey, which was crucial for hungry troops during wartime. How to make it: 1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (360 degrees Fahrenheit). Credit: Daria Sokolova Mix room temperature butter with sugar and cinnamon. To reduce the cookie’s calorie content and make it more nutritious, honey or chopped dried fruit — raisins, prunes or dates — can be used instead of sugar. Credit: Daria Sokolova 2. Separate the egg whites from the yolks, and add the yolks to the dough. Mix well and add oats to the dough. To achieve the necessary consistency use natural unprocessed oats, and not processed ones that cook quickly. The oats, however, can be pulverized in a coffee grinder or a blender. Oatmeal flour can be used instead of flakes; in that case ordinary flour won’t be needed.  Credit: Daria Sokolova Add flour and mix all the ingredients. 3. Whip the egg whites in a blender and slowly add to the dough, which should not be very hard. 4. Cool the dough in the refrigerator for 20 to 60 minutes so that the oats swell and soften. 5. Place a piece of foil on a baking tray. Shape the cookies with the help of a teaspoon; make the little balls the size of walnuts, and place them on the foil. Credit: Daria Sokolova Leave space between the balls because during baking the cookies will rise and spread. Place the tray into the oven for 15 minutes, and when finished the cookies will be soft, though they will harden as they cool. Credit: Daria Sokolova It’s important not to overcook the cookies otherwise they’ll be too dry. Cool the baked cookies for 30 minutes, and serve them with tea or coffee. Oatmeal cookies contain 390-440 calories per 100 grams.

18 февраля, 13:00

Eddie Jones’s astute changes leave Six Nations rivals playing catch-up | Paul Rees

England have harnessed the power of their squad as they close on the All Blacks record and it may come down to Scotland to halt their grand slam chargeEddie Jones will soon have a bigger record collection than the late John Peel. If England beat Italy at Twickenham next Sunday, and it is all but a case of when, it would be their 10th consecutive Six Nations victory and would equal the longest winning run in the tournament’s 134-year history.The Tasmanian has added devil to England since taking over as head coach 14 months ago but the transformation from World Cup laughing stock to a side that are two home wins away from equalling New Zealand’s record of 18 successive Test victories for a tier-one nation is stark. If they make it 19, it would mean the first back-to-back grand slams in the Six Nations era. Continue reading...

17 февраля, 23:34

Mylan's Proposed Biosimailar for Cancer Under Review in U.S.

Mylan N.V. (MYL) and Biocon Ltd. announced that the FDA has accepted their biologics license application for a biosimilar version of Amgen's (AMGN) Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) - MYL-1401H.

17 февраля, 20:00

Indonesia files appeal against WTO panel ruling on agricultural import measures

Indonesia filed a notice of appeal on 17 February 2017 in the cases brought by New Zealand and the United States in “Indonesia – Importation of Horticultural Products, Animals and Animal Products” (DS477 and 478).

17 февраля, 18:14

Ranked: Useful Fictions in International Politics

The normal ebb and flow of diplomacy relies on a few agreed-upon falsehoods.

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17 февраля, 18:00

Republican Plan Will Vault U.S. Tax Code to the Top

America has the worst tax code in the industrialized world. Now we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix it https://t.co/Or15bzLFyq pic.twitter.com/u4qwXwaPbY — Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) February 16, 2017 “America has the worst tax code in the industrialized world. It is killing economic growth. It is driving companies to become foreign companies. More and more and more U.S. companies are going to leave this country because of our tax laws.” That was Speaker Ryan yesterday at his weekly press conference. So, just how bad is it, and just how much better can we do if we fix our tax code? Well, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation’s International Tax Competitiveness Index ranks our tax code behind all but four Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member nations. This means our tax code is putting American businesses at a steep disadvantage to our foreign competitors. Now we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change this. A new report from the Tax Foundation analyzes the impact of the Republican tax plan on American economic competitiveness—and the results of staggering. According to the assessment, “If the U.S. were to enact this reform, the U.S.’s ranking would improve significantly on the Index. Our tax code would move from 31st plan (out of 35 countries) to 3rd, just behind Estonia and New Zealand.” This plan will make America’s tax code so competitive and so pro-growth that we will leapfrog from almost dead last to the front of the pack. That’s why we are so determined to finally get tax reform done. Leveling the playing field for our businesses and providing incentives to bring jobs back from overseas would revitalize the economy and help  more Americans get back to work. To learn more about our plan, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below. Learn more: A Tax Code to Level the Playing Field Momentum Builds for Republican Tax Plan A Destination-Based Tax Code to Increase American Competitiveness A Simpler and More Competitive Tax Code 

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17 февраля, 09:25

Zealandia: Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?

It's almost all under water, but Zealandia should be considered a continent, say researchers.

17 февраля, 05:43

The Difference Between an Ally and a One-Night Stand

Leon Hadar Security, Americas Political-military alliances are supposed to reflect common strategic interests. In response to President Trump’s recent animated telephone conversations with Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, pundits expressed concern that the exchanges would devastate the U.S. relationship with two “long-time allies.” But should Mexico be regarded as an “ally” of the United States? It is certainly a geographical neighbor and a trade partner. Many Mexicans live in the United States as legal and illegal immigrants, and much of the cooperation between Washington, DC and Mexico is actually aimed at preventing more Mexicans from crossing the border into a relatively unwelcoming neighbor. Yet geographical proximity doesn’t necessarily make for a friendly, neighborly relationship, as attested by the history of relations between Germany and France or Turkey and Greece. If anything, common land borders can lead to tensions between countries. Nor do robust economic ties create the conditions for close alliances. The United States is Venezuela's largest trading partner, and much has been written and said about the growing trade and investment links between China and the United States. But no one would describe Caracas and Beijing as allies of the United States. In fact, relations with those governments tend to be adversarial on many levels. That millions of citizens and noncitizens of Mexican extraction live in the United States may have helped strengthen the bonds between the two countries, but that has also been a source of tensions in the relationship. And in any case, despite the fact that German Americans are the largest of the ancestry groups, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau (with an estimated size of forty-six million in 2014), the United States and Germany ended up fighting two shattering world wars in the twentieth century. The relations between Australia and the United States do exhibit almost all the marks of an alliance—and also feel that way. They have been formalized by the Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty and the two countries’ membership in the exclusive Five Eyes group, or FVEY, an intelligence alliance that consists of the United States, Australia, Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand. The alliance commits them to joint cooperation in signals intelligence. Read full article

16 февраля, 19:01

NZ firefighters save homes from flames

Firefighters in New Zealand’s second-largest city were able to halt a wildfire’s advance on suburban homes yesterday after it burned down 11 houses in the hill suburbs and forced hundreds of people to

31 января 2015, 08:17

Новая Зеландия: Блинные скалы

 Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punakaiki Paparoa National Park is on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It was established in 1987 and encompasses 306 km².[1] The park ranges from on or near the coastline to the peak of the Paparoa Ranges. A separate section of the park lies to the north and is centered at Ananui Creek. The park protects a limestone karst area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paparoa_National_Park zyalt: Блинные скалы, Новая Зеландия Одно из самых удивительных мест в Новой Зеландии - Блинные скалы (Pancake Rocks). Находятся на западном побережье в нацпарке Папароа. Название свое они получили из-за необычной формы. Скалы напоминают стопки сложенных блинчиков. Образовались они 30 миллионов лет назад в результате эрозии известняковых пород. Их слоистость объясняется тем, что породы, из которых сложены “блинные стопки”, имеют различную плотность. Со временем вода и ветер вытесали на поднявшихся из морских глубин скалах затейливую резьбу. Вид на скалы с моей летающей камеры ). Собственно, блинная часть справа находится.