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Wall Street to Main Street: News, Views and Commentary: June 19, 2006

It’s Monday June 19, 2006, and it’s the first day of the trading week and it should be an interesting one. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has taken the bull by the horns as they struck a multiyear deal with PBS TV Stations to carry a wide array of PBS programming on the new Verizon TV Business. The lines are getting thinner and the war between phone companies and cable operators will begin to heat up this summer.

On the heels of that, the new FCC rules that would loosen the noose on major phone companies have been upheld by the U.S. Appeals court. Basically the large phone companies will not have to provide access to their networks in the residential arena. So smaller phone companies that are trying to grab market share from companies like AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon will have a tough time of it as the major carriers own the infrastructure that allows for service to a majority of the residential areas through out the country.

Political Front

In the Saddam Hussein trial prosecutors      cania-consulting    are pushing for the death penalty for Saddam Hussein and three of his former aides for crimes against humanity following a 1982 crackdown on Shi’ites in which hundreds were killed and tortured. So Hussein will rant and rave until the gavel comes down and his fate is sealed.

North Korea plans on testing a missile launch that, fully fueled, could reach as far as Alaska. So both the United States and Japan have warned North Korea against the launch. North Korea is taking advantage of the worlds attention that is diverted to Iraq and Iran to run this test. So this is a developing story.

Here in New York, city lawmakers are coming down hard on the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to cut anti-terror funding. This comes on the heels of a report that came out over the weekend that showed that al-Qaida had a plan to attack the NYC subway system in 2003.

Tid Bits

To combat the mighty Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERICY) Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens (NYSE:SI) have both agreed to a joint venture that will merge their mobile network operations, creating a $20 billion entity. Now the new venture will be called Nokia Siemens Networks and is still subject to regulatory approval, but if this should go through two things will certainly happen, one is that Ericsson will be given a run for their money and two , close to 10,000 jobs will be eliminated. That is the casualty of this mobile network war. It is a smart move for both companies, as the mobile arena is getting tighter. So expect for these stocks to trade higher on this news.

After months of Intel Corp (NASDAQ: INTC) creating historic lows in its trading history. UBS sees value in the company. The upgraded the stock from a Neutral to a Buy and gave the stock a target price of $23 and that is up from $21.Now the question is will the Institutional money begin to flow back into Intel or will the UBS upgrade just entice individual investors to jump on board. The stock closed at $18.30 on Friday.

Now lets take a look at the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) front, last week Bill Gates stated that he will be stepping down from the Day to Day duties of Microsoft. Now this is definitely getting mixed reactions as he was the visionary behind the company and at one point in time gave a helping hand to Apple Computer (NASDAQ: AAPL) when the company was down on its luck. But times do change, Microsoft, once being a vibrant young company that dared to be different, topping the one time juggernaut IBM (NYSE: IBM) seem to have gotten too big to have that burning desire and vision. With Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) looking to grab software market share from Mr. Softie by giving people what they want but for free seems to be just another nail being driven into the coffin of Microsoft. Now don’t count them out just yet, Mr. Softie is coming out with guns blazing against Apple’s iPod success by launching its own MP3 player. Some think that its late in the game but technology is constantly changing so they still may have a shot, but 10 years or so ago would Mr. Softie have waited so long to be at the forefront of an evolution?, all that we can do at this point is wait and see what the reaction will be to the new product line, the shift in management and whether the software giant will consider splitting the company at some point down the road.

Movers and Shakers

Some major movers in yesterdays trading session included Focus Media Holdings (NASDAQ: FMCN) , we mentioned Focus Media when it hit a ceiling of $68 three times in a row and sent out an alert that it could pull back into the $51 range, which it did. We also alerted our readers that once it found a bottom that their next trip up to $68 would be fierce and create a base in that level. The stock traded up $6.28 on Friday to close at $60.78, the momentum has been building up in the company and you should see it try to reach that ceiling this week. We also mentioned that their United States based mirror image is a small little known company by the name of Impart Media Group (OTCBB: IMMGE), for those that have taken steps in researching and getting involved in the company should listen in on their analyst/investor conference call that is set up for this Thursday. Take a look at their latest press release for call-in details.

Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) made nice movement on Friday, trading up $4.69 to close at $44.31. The company announced about a week ago that they have upped their stake in a ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Alaska offshore project called Cosmopolitan Unit, from 10% to 50%. So the stock moved up along with several other Natural Gas companies but investors had time this weekend to ponder many things that happened in the previous week and Pioneer Natural may be one of them.

Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) made moves on the upside on Friday after reports surfaced that the New York based Polo was on the road to striking a deal with JC Penney (NYSE: JCP) in the form of an exclusive partnership. This would give a big boost to Polo and definitely add to JC Penney’s bottom line. Polo closed up $2.30 to close at $57.00 on Friday.

Other stocks that made nice moves on Thursday include Martek Biosciences (NASDAQ: MATK) which traded up $2.77 to close at $29.48, Cigna (NYSE: CI) traded up $2.25 to close at $93.45, Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) traded up $2.21 to close at $30.64, Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) traded up $1.71 to close at $67.39 and New Century Financial (NYSE: NEW) traded up $1.69 to close at $47.00.

Neurocrine (NASDAQ: NBIX) traded down on heavy volume on Friday, the stock tumbled $4.19 to close at $15.18 after stating that the company may have to supply the FDA with additional safety data to get the approval from them. This could lead to big delays, as they will undoubtedly need to conduct further clinical studies to get the FDA the information that they need.

After OmniVision Tech (NASDAQ: OVTI) announced great numbers analyst had a chance to review their quartley earnings and question the quality of those earnings. Analyst at both Piper Jaffray and Needham & Co questioned that as well as the company’s outlook. So this drove the stock down $3.37 to close at $23.44 on Friday, this was on over 14 million shares traded. Their average volume has been approximately 1.8 million. So once the bleeding stops OmniVision may require a second look.

Under Ten

Some stocks that made moves on the upside under ten bucks include Britesmile (NASDAQ: BSML) for some odd reason closed up 90 cents to close at $3.23 on Friday. Initially the stock gained lots of interest on the heels of a fluff bid from one of their private competitors, which Britesmile graciously turned down. So you can expect the stock to slip back a bit over the coming days after the bump up last week. But who knows perhaps the fluff bid for the company may be backed up by a solid financial group, but that may not be likely just yet.

Orthovita (NASDAQ: VITA) traded up 41 cents on Friday when word got out that the Food and Drug Administration approved its product for controlling bleeding during surgeries. Now this may also pull back a bit even though the run wasn’t tremendous it did hit a new 52 week high, which could cause for a pullback.

Wet Seal (NASDAQ: WTSLA) received an upgrade by Matrix Research from a Sell to A Hold, this morning and it should be a welcome upgrade which could give boost to investor confidence in Wet Seal. So look for a tad bit of movement in this one today.

Other stocks that moved higher yesterday under ten bucks included Catalyst Semiconductor (NASDAQ: CATS) which traded up 27 cents to close at $3.89, Memry corp (AMEX: MRY) traded up 23 cents to close at $2.90, Great Basin Gold (AMEX: GBN) traded up 20 cents to close at $1.85 and Novavax (NASDAQ: NVAX) traded up 19 cents to close at $4.71 on Friday.

Analyst Upgrades/Downgrades

Recent Analyst upgrades include aQuantive (NASDAQ: AQNT) was upgraded to a Buy from a Neutral by Merriman, Curhan Ford & Co and to an Outperform from a Market Perform by Piper Jaffray, Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE: MLM) was upgraded to an Outperform from an In-Line by Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) was upgraded to an Overweight from an Equal Weight by Lehman Brothers, Vulcan Marterials (NYSE: VMC) was upgraded to an Outperform from an Inline by Goldman Sachs and Monster Worldwide (NASDAQ: MNST) was upgraded to a n Overweight from an Equal-Weight by Morgan Stanley.

Recent Analyst downgrades include Petsmart (NASDAQ: PETM) was downgraded to a Neutral from an Outperform by Credit Suisse, and Michaels Stores (NYSE: MIK) was downgraded to a Peer Perform from an Outperform by Thomas Weisel Partners.

Recent analyst coverage initiations include Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE: VSH) which was initiated with a Hold rating and a $16.50 price target by Citigroup Investment Research, Novacea Inc (NASDAQ: NOVC) was initiated with an Outperform rating by Cowen 7 Co, Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) was initiated with an Outperform rating and a $30 price target by Credit Suisse, RH Donnelley (NYSE: RHD) was initiated with an Overweight rating and a $64 price target by Lehman Brothers, the stock closed at $51.55 on Friday and Allscripts Healthcare Solution (NASDAQ: MDRX) was initiated with a Neutral rating by UBS.

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Is a Muzzle Right For Your Dog? Advice For Pet Grooming

Home pet grooming can be a harrowing experience for both animal and owner. The activity stresses out some dogs and cats and, as such, they behave differently when they are getting a bath or having their nails clipped. They may snip or bite at the pet groomer even if they familiar with the human grooming them. A loving, docile pet can become all teeth and nails if they do not want to be groomed. The best, most humane way to protect both human and animal during pet grooming is to use a muzzle.  sieumarketing   Though some people think that a muzzle is cruel, it can keep the animal restrained and stop them from possibly doing harm.

A muzzle fits around the dog’s mouth and is secured around the back of the head with ties or straps. Pet grooming experts agree that the animal feels no discomfort when wearing the muzzle. It leaves enough room for the pet to breathe and at the same time restricts the animal from biting. Muzzles are made in many different sizes. Even small dogs with tiny mouths can inflict a nasty wound. There are no muzzles for cats but there are “head bag” contraptions that fit over the entire head, restricting biting. Pet grooming experts say that the bag is thin enough for the cat to breathe, but will keep the animal from biting the groomer.

There are many styles of muzzles the home pet groomer or pet grooming expert can use. The most popular one is called the softie. The softie is made of a pliable, soft, but resistant material that gives your dog the ultimate comfort as they are being groomed. The DuPont fabric is tear-resistant and durable, able to hold up during any pet grooming experience. It is stain resistant and can be machine washed. If you are grooming several dogs in succession, it is wise to wash the softie between dogs or to use another muzzle so diseases or bacteria will not be passed on.

There are several sizes of softies even for little breeds like Yorkies or Chihuahuas. Pet grooming experts do emphasize to not keep the muzzle on for an extended period of time. The muzzle could interfere with the animal’s natural cooling system.

The softie should not be used with overly aggressive dogs. When grooming an animal known to bite or attack, a leather muzzle is best. The leather will have enough strength to restrain the dog’s jaws and keep the groomer from getting bit, while having adequate space for the dog to pant and cool down. Besides pet grooming, these muzzles can be used during walks. They will warn passers-by that the dog is not friendly while protecting the public from a dog who doesn’t get along well with strangers. The drawback of the muzzle is that if your animal is attacked by another, it will have no way to defend itself.

Whether you are pet grooming or just worried about the disposition of your animal, the muzzle will protect you and your pet. Remember to look into multiple muzzling options before settling on any one model – find out what variety works best for your pet.

Jonathan Hook own Bow Meow Pet Care Centre in North Bay, Ontario. Much more information about dog care and general pet care is available

Men and women should know that Sirdar is a famous brand when it comes to knitting patterns, and yarns. This brand is well known for quality yarns for hand knitting. It has a mark in creating wonderful, new fashion yarns and colours every season. Along with other brands Sirdar has extensive range including yarns for baby, classic, and fashion knitting. These fashion knitting range of yarn weights from 2 Ply to super chunky. Informatively a wide array of fibers are used from classic wools, mohairs, alpacas, silks, cottons to newest favourites such as knitters, soya and bamboo. Women always check the quality, reliability, durability, yarn weight, ball weight, and their affordability. All these are important aspects of purchasing knitting patterns and yarns available for all ages in the market. You can avail knitting patterns and yarns of Sirdar for babies which are incredibly versatile and comes in handy 25g balls, can say a perfect size for all the little toy knits.

Buyers can find latest trends of Sirdar knitting patterns and yarns having fantastic collection of 19 fun shades, and these colors are introduced for knitting toy designs with the inclusion of some funky colours creating exciting dolls clothes and perfect flesh tone too. Especially this brand is famous among ladies as they like Big Softie which is an incredibly soft and lightweight super chunky yarn, with a fashionable loose twist construction which is once again incredibly easy to knit on 10mm needles. Also found that its products are quite beneficial for babies, and is also perfect yarn for beginners and for knitters who want a really quick and amazing results. Moreover Big Softie also knits all the Denim Ultra designs to reach every level of customers. Some of the examples of knitting designs of Sirdar are Baby Bonus 4 Ply, Baby Bonus DK, Baby Bonus Lustre DK, Big Softie Super Chunky, Bonus Aran etc.

 

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Affiliate Marketing For Softies

Everyone wants to make money online from home without the need to be a technical expert. Acronyms like HTML, FTP and the stomach churning SEO strike terror into the hearts of all internet ‘wannabies’.

Add to this the pressure of creating your own product, website and marketing campaign and your average newbie will be thinking that the 9 to 5 treadmill isn’t so bad after all.

It’s all very well for gurus to suggest sub contracting all of this stuff, using sites like elance,  sieumarketing   however the very reason many are attempting to sell online is that they need more income and quickly ! Spending a pile of money outsourcing before earning any is a little like giving a drowning man a do-it-yourself lifeboat kit.

In order to speed up the money making process, ‘affiliate’ marketing – selling someone else’s existing, successful product – has obvious appeal. No product to develop, this has already been done for you. The product creator might also supply a whole raft of goodies from promotional graphics, sales copy and perhaps a ready-to-go email campaign.

Then, as importantly, what you don’t get involved in. Handling complaints and queries, returns as well as after sales support. Most important of all, the time, effort and cost of product creation. Furthermore if you choose wisely from an affiliate agency like Clickbank, you know, in advance, that you are promoting an already in-demand product. Your own creation, despite lots of research and market surveys, might still bomb.

Any downside to affiliate marketing ?

Well it isn’t your product, which means that not only do you not keep all of the sales income but you cannot modify it. With your own creation you could turn it into an audio or video product, make it part of a larger package or split it up into smaller, less expensive units. Talking of sales, I will not handle any affiliate product that pays less than a 50% commission or $40 (£20) per sale.

All things considered I believe that affiliate marketing should be the second stage in any ones online business; the first being eBay for reasons I have explained, at length, elsewhere.

‘What is the easiest, quickest and least painful way of getting into affiliate marketing ?’

You see I contend that speed of results and ease of execution to be crucial. It is understandable for a back bedroom internet empire builder to become easily discouraged. Working alone on what, at times, seems am impossible mission is only bearable if some sort of success, no matter how small, is achieved reasonable quickly. This is the spur needed to carry on. Weeks of work followed by yet another expensive failure leads, all too often, to the towel being thrown In.

So what is the least complicated affiliate program known to man ? – An eBay one !

eBay have the products ( at least 60,000,000 at any one time ), one of the worlds largest websites and customers logging on to buy !

The final piece of the jigsaw, therefore, is to establish what is the best eBay affiliate program available. After much research I believe the BANS – Build A Niche Store – to be head and shoulders above the rest for lots of reasons.

If you recall I suggested that affiliate marketing should be the next stage following a spell of selling on eBay, so what could be a more natural choice than to become an eBay affiliate ?

Click through to the BANS site to find out how you choose your niche, build a website, link it to eBay, display the relevant ‘live’ listings, promote the site, collect your cut of the eBay listings fee then move onto your next site. I just wish to highlight what makes BANS so different.

Before you buy you can check out dozens, if not hundreds, of live, successful BANS produced sites, visit today’s forum – live and check out their huge list of glowing testimonials. Their after sales back up is second to none and their commitment to helping you achieve success cannot be faltered.

With am almost inexhaustible choice of niche sites for you to create, making money online from the comfort of your own home and establish a real business.

A combination of the power of eBay coupled with the limitless help by the BANS people to get your eBay-linked site up, running and profitable is a formidable team.

You owe it to yourself to check out this inexpensive opportunity without delay – it even has an eight week money back guarantee!

Please click through to [http://www.banswithbonus.com] to find out more about the amazing ‘BANS’ program and should you decide to make money online from your home by using this proven system, I will give you a copy of my book ‘Ebay My Way’ with my compliments as well as my free weekly newsletter.

 

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Italian Mastiff – Is This Big Dog Actually a Softie?

Sharing the traits of the Mastiff breed, the Italian Mastiff can seem very intimidating with its large body build and its rugged appearance. Don’t let appearances fool you though, as this dog is among the most sensitive mastiffs that you’ll be able to meet. Known for their intelligence, even-mindedness, endurance, and agility, these dogs make the best watchdogs to guard your family and your home.

As a protector, it has enough strength to guard their masters even from even wild boars and bears.  ソフト闇金   In this aspect, the Italian mastiff will not let you down as its protective instincts make it extremely wary of strangers and other animals. However, it will not go out of its way to pick fights with dogs and other animals. In the presence of its master they can learn to relax their defensive stance if they perceive that their master is not threatened. With enough training, they can be submissive and very accommodating to other family members, even children.

Somewhat betraying their intimidating build, Italian mastiffs actually possess a gentle demeanor, and are very tolerant and patient with kids. They also tend to be very protective of women and children, regardless of their gender.

The Italian mastiff’s ability to notice small changes to their environment shows just how much sensitivity this dog breed has. As such, they might react negatively whenever you rearrange your furniture at home.

You should also be prepared to give your dog a lot of attention, because the Italian mastiff is one breed that needs to be given much affection by its master. It must not feel ignored or unwanted or else it will suffer. When training it, be sure to avoid scolding it too much or it will be very upset!

Still, Italian mastiffs are very easy to train so you shouldn’t have much trouble with your pet at all. In exchange for your attention and the love that you shower on it, you will be rewarded with the companionship of a dog that is very affectionate and would want nothing more than to be with you as much as it can.

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Everyone wants to make money online from home without the need to be a technical expert. Acronyms like HTML, FTP and the stomach churning SEO strike terror into the hearts of all internet ‘wannabies’.

Add to this the pressure of creating your own product, website and marketing campaign and your average newbie will be thinking that the 9 to 5 treadmill isn’t so bad after all.

It’s all very well for gurus to suggest sub contracting all of this stuff, using sites like elance, however the very reason many are attempting to sell online is that they need more income and quickly ! Spending a pile of money outsourcing before earning any is a little like giving a drowning man a do-it-yourself lifeboat kit.

In order to speed up the money making process, ‘affiliate’ marketing – selling someone else’s existing, successful product – has obvious appeal. No product to develop, this has already been done for you. The product creator might also supply a whole raft of goodies from promotional graphics, sales copy and perhaps a ready-to-go email campaign.

Then, as importantly, what you don’t get involved in. Handling complaints and queries, returns as well as after sales support. Most important of all, the time, effort and cost of product creation. Furthermore if you choose wisely from an affiliate agency like Clickbank, you know, in advance, that you are promoting an already in-demand product. Your own creation, despite lots of research and market surveys, might still bomb.

Any downside to affiliate marketing ?

Well it isn’t your product, which means that not only do you not keep all of the sales income but you cannot modify it. With your own creation you could turn it into an audio or video product, make it part of a larger package or split it up into smaller, less expensive units. Talking of sales, I will not handle any affiliate product that pays less than a 50% commission or $40 (£20) per sale.

All things considered I believe that affiliate marketing should be the second stage in any ones online business; the first being eBay for reasons I have explained, at length, elsewhere.

 

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Hypertension and High Blood Pressure Cures

One highly effective remedy that has also been proven as effective is the co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This is a naturally occurring compound that exists throughout your body. Over time, however, the natural levels of CoQ10 in your body decline, which helps to explain some age related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and high blood pressure. Evidence has been found that actually links taking CoQ10 as a supplement to improved health and lower blood pressure. Whatever form you would like to take this supplement in, it is likely available, since it comes in capsules, tablets, liquids and varying strengths levels. Buying these supplements from a trusted source is very important, since they only work properly if the body absorbs them. Omega-3 and other healthy fatty acids are very important in the lowering of blood pressure and the risks of heart disease. This is why you should take fish, cranberry, olive, flax or coconut oils if you want to reduce your risk of high blood pressure. People who take fish oil supplements should make sure that the fish used in those supplements were from clean and healthy waters which is becoming harder and harder to do all the time. This is why some people want to get their healthy fats from other supplements or sources but it is still possible to get some sort of healthy fish oil supplement too. Taking in enough healthy fats is a simple way to reduce both your cholesterol and your risk of high blood pressure.

Fruits and vegetables–when you eat enough of them–can really help you lower your blood pressure. While we’ve been given this advice for some time now, many people still don’t follow it, and eat mainly meat, carbohydrates and sweets. Make sure to eat lots of fresh veggies, especially leafy greens like cabbage, celery and asparagus as well as fruits like mango, blueberries and pomegranate so that you can be sure to keep your blood pressure low. “Superfruits” like noni, mangosteen, goji and acai can also help you.

Aside from this, drink plenty of water. You’ll find that these steps can improve your health, and you’ll also have less room for junk foods. All of these things can help you lower your blood pressure.

In summary, it’s important that you regularly check your blood pressure and, if the number gets too high, call your doctor. The good news is that natural remedies and changes in your daily habits have been proven to effectively help you with your hypertension. In this article, we have examined some of the ways that you can treat your hypertension and, sometimes, combining several treatments along with changing your exercise program and eating habits can be quite effective.https://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/striction-bp-reviews-2021-is-strictionbp-ingredients-effective-any-side-effects-and-complaints/Content?oid=36080488

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What is Static Software Testing?

When people think of software testing they are usually referring to the execution of a program in order to detect the presence of defects. This type of testing, that executes a piece of code which could be a program or a smaller component, is more formally referred to as dynamic testing. Dynamic testing can be performed either manually or automatically (via an automated testing tool) but it is always characterized by the execution of code.

The compliment of dynamic software testing is static software testing. Static testing refers to code walkthroughs, inspections and any review of software that does not require the actual execution of the code itself. Some web references identify this type of testing as ‘inspections and walkthroughs’, thereby leaving the general term software testing to any activity that involves code execution.

Although, in essence, a question of semantics it is useful to divide all testing activities into two broad  inspection software testing categories as these activities (that is dynamic and static) form a comprehensive quality control strategy for the entire software project.

In order to allow for broad software quality control, within the typical software development lifecycle (SDLC), all project work items need to be subjected to static testing. This means that business requirements, technical specifications and even test plans themselves are the subject of static testing (i.e. inspections or walkthroughs).

Subjecting all major project work items to static testing implies that the term ‘software’ (within the broader term static software testing) refers to all project work items. Although this definition (for static testing) is broader than the scope of the term software in dynamic software testing, this scope implies that all quality control of a software project can be accomplished by either static or dynamic testing.

Just as dynamic testing can be automated there are certain static tests that can also be automated. One example of an automated static software testing tool would be a tool that measures the complexity of the code within a given program. To measure code complexity the program (being tested) does not need to be executed but the measurement can be taken using a software tool. Also the structure, paragraphs used etc, of business requirements or specifications can be verified using a parsing tool so that conformance to standards can be verified (i.e. tested).

In general, the static testing of work items (such as business requirements) implies a standard or format that can be used for reference. Many companies have procedures that facilitate a process for verifying that a given work item conforms to standards. This type of static testing (i.e. standards verification) would be documented and scheduled within the project software quality control plan.

Given the categorization of all software testing into either static or dynamic groupings a comprehensive software quality control plan can be produced at the beginning of the project and referenced to monitor and control the software delivery throughout the complete SDLC (starting with the business requirements).

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Identifying Difficult People Through BaZi Profiling

In last week’s article, I talked about how a person’s BaZi (Four Pillars of Destiny) can be used to categorise them into one of five basic BaZi Profile types: Wealth, Influence, Output, Resource and Companion.

These profiles are derived by using a BaZi technique called Structures. I also shared with you the various characteristics, traits and types of each profile and I hope you’ve managed to road-test my BaZi Profiler on my website.

This week, I want to share with you some insight into handling each of these five profile types,  astrazion  but within the context of extreme versions of each type.

When a person manifests an extreme version of their BaZi Profile type (an occurrence caused by an imbalance in the elements in the BaZi chart), they become very challenging to handle.

They become those difficult clients or customers, staff, bosses and shareholders: “the Difficult Ones”. Difficult people are an inevitability in the world of business. So figuring out how to effectively handle these people is important.

Here is where BaZi Profiling is useful. By determining which type of extreme profile type a difficult person possesses, you not only can determine which individuals are likely to be difficult people, but you can determine HOW that difficult person’s “difficultness” will manifest.

Elemental extremists

From last week’s article, we know that there are five basic BaZi Profiles: Wealth, Influence, Output, Resource and Companion. In certain instances, a basic BaZi Profile becomes an “Extreme” variant.

Here, the negative characteristics of each profile type will manifest more strongly than the positive characteristics. For example, we know that Wealth profile people are responsible, organised and diligent workers.

An Extreme Wealth profile person becomes a control freak, is unable or refuses to delegate and has difficulty letting go. An Extreme Wealth profile employee causes friction in the organisation by over-working and thus putting pressure on staff or co-workers to match his or her level of productivity.

Let’s look at how the “Extreme” variants of each of those profile types would manifest, and how best to deal with these individuals.

For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to refer to the extreme manifestations of each of these five basic profile types as Extreme Wealth, Extreme Influence, Extreme Output, Extreme Resource, and finally, Extreme Companion.

Extreme Wealth profile: Control freaks, poor delegation skills, overly responsible, unable to be a team player. Use intimidation, power play and bully tactics to get their way. Highly judgemental and often hold others to their own standards, which are usually absurdly high. Extreme perfectionists.

Extreme Output profile: Know-it-alls, highly critical, poor receptiveness to suggestions, big-picture types, blunt and forceful, egotistical, superiority/God complex. Exhibit a strong preference for the new and the untested, keen to try out unconventional approaches or tactics. Extreme contrarian approach. Lone rangers.

Extreme Resource profile: Procrastinators, over-thinkers, pedantic, circuitous thinking or approach, unable to commit or make a “big decision”, complainers, people who refuse responsibility, don’t step up to the plate and look to hide their mistakes. Poor focus, diffuse thinking and lack guts. Forgetful, prone to losing important documents and glossing over details.

Extreme Companion profile: Too nice, and so get nothing done because they can’t get anyone to do anything. Poor tolerance for conflict. Bland and lacking in any opinion or thoughts. Yes-men, even when they can’t deliver. Never lead, prefer to follow. Sneaky as they tend to complain behind your back. Poor decision-making skills. Lack guts and fearful of offending people.

What I’ve outlined above are the broad strokes of each Extreme variant of the five basic profiles. The power dynamics of your relationship with this Difficult Person will typically yield a more precise insight into how their “difficultness” will manifest.

For example, an Extreme Wealth profile superior will have difficulty delegating and may micro-manage to an excessive level. An Extreme Wealth client would be extremely focused on wringing out as much benefits as possible for the lowest cost (an extreme manifestation of responsible financial attitudes) while demanding daily update reports on what is going on with their project or job.

Next time: how to deal with each type of Extreme profile’s “difficultness”.

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This article appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, August 30 2010.

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Joey Yap is the founder of the Joey Yap Consulting Group, a global organisation devoted to the teaching of Feng Shui, BaZi, Mian Xiang and other Chinese Metaphysics subjects. He is also the Chief Consultant of Yap Global Consulting, an international consulting firm specialising in Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology services and audits.

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What Is BaZi and How It Works on Improving Relationships

Previously, I talked about how Feng Shui can be used to help improve relationships and also about the meaning of ‘relationship’ in classical Feng Shui. Feng Shui certainly can bring about positive effects for individuals facing problems with relationships.

But it is important to remember that classical Feng Shui is not just about improving one’s love life, nor is it ‘love voodoo’ that can be used to make someone fall in love with another person. It is about improving your interactions with people in general, so as to help overcome problems such as back-stabbing, lack of support at work, hostility in a business  エイジングケアアカデミー  or personal relationship, enabling an amicable ending to a personal or business relationship and also, to smoothen out dealings with people around you.

So, let’s look at some simple methods to help improve your personal relationships with those around you, through Feng Shui. I will also talk about how your BaZi can help shed light on relationship-related issues.

Tapping into Yan Nian

One of the easiest techniques that almost anyone can use to help improve their personal relationship is tapping into the Yan Nian direction. If you will remember from last week’s article, Yan Nian is the direction derived from the transformation of the BaGua and the Early Heaven Combination of Ten. Yan Nian is the direction where Yin and Yang Qi are perfectly balanced, thus, creating ideal energies for developing healthy, positive people-to-people relationships and also, to calm emotions and bring balance.

We all have a personal Yan Nian direction and it is derived based on the person’s Life Gua. So for example, if you are Li Gua, then your Yan Nian direction is North. If you are Gen Gua, then your Yan Nian direction is West.

Once you have determined your personal Yan Nian direction, tap into the Qi in this direction. If you are facing relationship problems at work with colleagues or superiors, try locating your work desk to face this direction. If it is more family or personal relationships that you are having trouble with, then try to adjust the direction of your bed so that your head sleeps pointing in the direction of Yan Nian.

If you find that you cannot align your bed in the direction of Yan Nian or you cannot change the position of your desk, then see if you can make use of the Yan Nian sector of your house. To find the Yan Nian sector of your house, you will need to first know the Facing Direction of the house. Once you have ascertained the Facing Direction of your house, find the Qi map that corresponds to your house.

To help improve and enhance your personal relationships, use the particular room for reading, working, as a bedroom or just try to spend more time in this sector. Remember, in Feng Shui, we do not always need to ‘put’ objects nor do we always have to think about ‘activating’ the Qi. Being in the room and spending time in the room, where there is positive Qi or the kind of Qi we want to make use of is also a means in which to make use of Feng Shui.

For those of you with some familiarity of Flying Stars, the Annual Star #4 can also be used to help foster and improve relationships. For the year 2006, the #4 star is in the NW sector. In 2007, it flies into the W sector and in 2008, it can be found in the NE sector.

Now, you might be wondering at this point, how does facing a certain direction or sleeping with your head towards a certain direction help with relationships?

Direction is one of the primary methods used in Feng Shui to tune into a particular type of Qi, whether it is the person that is trying to tune into that type of energy, of the property. This is because different types of Qi reside at different locations so by being at the location or facing that direction, we are trying to tap that particular type of energy. That is why you find that in Feng Shui, the orientation of the property is of paramount importance. Similarly, when an individual is trying to make use of certain energies, they do so by either being in a particular location in the house, or by sleeping in or facing that direction.

You might also be wondering why Feng Shui practitioners frequently make reference to sleeping in a particular location (for example, a South room) or sleeping with your head facing a particular direction. It’s quite simple – most people spend between 8-12 hours sleeping and resting. So it makes sense to make use of that time to tap into useful and helpful energies. Otherwise, those 8-12 hours are literally just spent sleeping!

The Peach Blossom Factor

Now, whenever the subject of relationships is discussed, ‘Peach Blossom’ always crops up. Almost everyone out there knows about or has heard about ‘Peach Blossom’ (Tao Hua). It has to its great misfortune, acquired a rather needlessly scandalous reputation. If some of the things written about Peach Blossom are to be believed, it is the reason for husbands straying, and also the sole saviour of single women out there! So let’s understand what exactly Peach Blossom is and how it relates to relationships.

The term ‘peach blossom’ comes from Chinese imagery and poetry, which associates the ‘peach blossom’ flower with love and romance. So when the Chinese people say, a person is going through ‘Peach Blossom Luck’, it is a short form way of saying, they are having a lot of luck with the opposite sex.

In both Feng Shui and BaZi, ‘Peach Blossom’ is a type of star. Sometimes, if for some reason, the Yan Nian sector, or the #4 star is not usable in a house, then the Feng Shui consultant may suggest the use of Water to activate the Peach Blossom star direction for that property. The mis-interpretation of this technique is probably what led to the misguided ‘vase with flowers’ technique for enhancing one’s love life luck. It is not the vase, or the flowers, but the Water and Wood element that is doing the work.

This technique is not always recommended because using the Peach Blossom star direction of the house triggers Peach Blossom for every resident in the house, and not just the person who needed the help. Also, if too much Water is used, Peach Blossom Sha may become the problem, and Peach Blossom creates hassles rather than brings about positive effects.

The Code of Attraction

In the study of BaZi, there is also a Peach Blossom star. How does this star manifest? Well, I’m sure you know of some people who naturally enjoy good personal relationships with people. Someone who is very ‘smooth’, has that magic touch when it comes to dealing with people. These are people who no one says a bad word about and who could probably charm the birds from the trees! They have a way of calming angry people, soothing the upset and irate and can make people feel at ease with them. And generally, these people also enjoy particularly good relationships with the opposite sex. They are not always handsome or good-looking mind you but somehow, they have a certain attraction factor, a certain magnetism.

These are people who usually have Peach Blossom stars in their personal BaZi chart. Politicians, rock stars, actors and individuals in the public eye will usually need to have a little Peach Blossom in their BaZi to help them with their endeavours.

A person with Peach Blossom in their personal BaZi chart tends to easily attract attention from the opposite sex and have a way with people, including the opposite sex. Now, romance of course, probably comes a bit easier to these people because people naturally are attracted to them. But, that does not mean that they always attract the people that they actually like or also attracted to! Sometimes, the feeling is not mutual! Also, too much Peach Blossom in a BaZi chart is also unfavourable – it leads to Peach Blossom hassles.

If you have a Peach Blossom star in your BaZi, then you probably don’t need to use Feng Shui to enhance your appeal. However, if you don’t have a Peach Blossom star in your BaZi and you are having relationship problems, whether at work or in your personal life, then it might be an idea to look to tap into Yan Nian, to help smoothen and build the relationships.

These are of course quite simple and elementary techniques you can make use of to improve relationships but also, understand where your relationship issues may be. But at the end of the day, too much or too little attraction should never be the issue. Being attractive is just one part of the equation when it comes to relationships. Building and managing your relationship is just as important. And that isn’t about Feng Shui or BaZi, but about you.

Joey Yap is the founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics, a global organization devoted to the teaching of Feng Shui, BaZi, Face Reading and other Chinese Metaphysics subjects. Courses on what is Bazi can be found on http://www.MasteryAcademy.com

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Bazi Drink With Jujube – A Sports Nutrition Breakthrough

World class athletes in all sports are always on the lookout for the “tool” to provide them a way to triumph over rivals. Increasing numbers of them are now relying on the Bazi drink to fill the need. Why Bazi? Premier athletes demand the most powerful and innovative coaching systems and exercise regimens to stay at the very peak of their game. Smart ones also seek out needed nutrition and supplementation to give them the ability to perform at their best. To answer this growing market, a wide variety of companies have invented a wide variety of nutritional products, supplements, and sports drinks.  ナールスコム  Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, energy drinks, you name it – there’s no end to the products which promise to legally boost an athlete’s energy by keeping his or her body in supreme working condition. But few of them can compare to the Bazi drink when it comes to benefits delivered.

Now, don’t misunderstand–there are a ton of good products in existence, and many of them can have real benefits. Proper nutrition is required for peak athletic performance. Lacking the supply of the proper nutrients, the body is unable to work at maximum efficiency, and it can’t recuperate as quickly from the stress that a physically taxing workout or athletic performance puts on an someone’s system. And many of these products will meet a single specific need. Unfortunately, few of them can help in many different areas. And the athlete or health conscious individual winds up forking over quite a bit of money and taking a huge amount of assorted supplements in order to get the required vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. But not with Bazi.

It’s a unique formula specifically created to be a total supplement. What is Bazi? Bazi is a Chinese term meaning “eight characters”. The Chinese word was picked to reflect the fact that the Bazi drink has an interactive formulation of eight of the fruits that nutritionists are most interested in these days – Jujube Fruit, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Goji Berry, Mangosteen, Raspberry, Acai, and Seabuckthorn. These are referred to as the Super Fruits because they are so rich in the nutrients and antioxidants that we are lacking in. Every one of these foods is so healthy, and has so many benefits for the body, that they each deserve their own article. Even alone, just one of these fruits can have powerful effects on someone’s wellness and vitality. Mixing every one of the eight Super Fruits combined complete in one formula, Bazi is supercharged with the antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that everyday people and sports competitors need the most, and in an exact blend.

With the Bazi , someone can experience the exact same benefits (and much more) that they could get with taking many assorted tablets and drinks, in a simple one ounce serving every day. A small one ounce serving of Bazi is all someone needs to help them to perform at his or her best. That’s the reason more than three hundred and fifty premier athletes, like World Series Most Valuable Player Curt Schilling, take Bazi. Expense isn’t a factor with these elite athletes -they can purchase the very best in sports nutrition no matter the cost, and they still prefer the affordable Bazi. If you’re searching for that competitive edge, or simply desire to enjoy the best well being you can, listen to the ones who know – premier athletes. Choose Bazi!

Gene Stewart AP is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in anti aging, nutritional and functional medicine. He practices in the Orlando Florida area. More information on the benefits of jujube and Bazi can be found

 

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Connecting Feng Shui, BaZi Astrology and Face Reading

My earliest exposure to the field of Chinese Metaphysics came many years ago when I was in Hong Kong. I turned on the television and chanced upon a talk show, which featured a well-known Hong Kong Feng Shui master. The gentleman had been invited to the talk show to demonstrate his face-reading skills. Members of the audience were picked randomly and invited up onto the stage, where the Master would promptly read their faces, tell them about themselves, just by looking at their faces.

Face reading, aside from its obvious practical advantages it offers in business and daily dealings,  github is considered an important complementary discipline for Feng Shui practitioners. A handy back-up skill as it were that helps a Feng Shui consultant practice more effectively and efficiently.

Originally, Mian Xiang or Face Reading was developed for medical purposes. The famous Chinese medical text, the Yellow Emperor Classics, contains many references on how to make use of facial features to ascertain medical problems. Later on, the basic principles of Face Reading were extended beyond medical diagnosis, to support Destiny Analysis. Imperial advisors would use it often to vet candidates for Imperial positions. You see, in the olden days, a person didn’t submit his CV for an imperial position – instead he would submit his BaZi or Destiny Code.

Now, occasionally, a candidate might attempt to submit a false BaZi to improve his chances of securing a position on the Imperial payroll, which in those days, was a very desired job posting, since a person was more or less assured of what the Chinese call an ‘iron rice bowl’. So, the Imperial advisors would use Mian Xiang to confirm the BaZi, and make sure the candidate did actually have the skills he professed to have.

If you have been reading my past articles, most of you would probably be familiar with how BaZi and Feng Shui work together. As I have indicated in the past, a complete Feng Shui consultation usually involves the use of BaZi, which is a person’s Destiny Code, to determine the nature of the problem faced by the person at that particular point in time. The Feng Shui consultant then uses Feng Shui as a prescription, to help resolve or alleviate the problem, diagnosed using the help of the person’s Destiny Code.

However, there are some occasions where a person’s Destiny Code is not available or the client asks something on the spot, during the consultation, and the BaZi chart is not available. In such cases, a Feng Shui consultant who has studied face reading, can use Mian Xiang or Face Reading, as a back-up discipline to see where the client’s problems are, or what challenges he is facing at that particular point in time. This is because Mian Xiang represents what we call Later Heaven Luck – it tells us about the present, the outcome of current events as a result of the present state of mind, beliefs, character and virtues.

By examining Qi colour on the face, and the specific age point co-relating to the client’s age, and looking at the contours and features on the face at that particular age point, the consultant can get a concise snapshot of the person’s state of health or luck at that point in time. A person’s face, almost always will confirm, what is in his/her BaZi generally. So for example, if a person has a problem with holding on to money in his/her BaZi, what we call a Rob Wealth (Jie Cai) problem in BaZi consultant terminology, this will invariably show on his/her face, in the form of very thick eyebrows.

A case of Prevention is better than Cure

A good illustration of how useful Mian Xiang is, when combined with BaZi and Feng Shui is when it comes to a person’s health. I remember a client from a few years back, who had engaged me to audit his house, which was being built at the time.

The client met us at my office to show us the way to his property. When the client sat down in my office to show me the plans of the house, something on his face drew my attention: he had a distinct line crossing the lobe of both his ears (see attached diagram). In the study of Mian Xiang, this is usually one indication that the person has a risk of developing heart-related problems. I double-checked my concern by looking at his eyes. There was a distinct blue ring around the pupil of his eyes, another clear indication of heart-related problems.

Now, often, a conclusion derived from one discipline, such as Mian Xiang, will be supported and confirmed through another discipline, like Feng Shui or BaZi. So, we proceeded to the gentleman’s house.

The house was in the process of being constructed at the time but it was enough for me to ascertain where his Main Door would be located and the facing of this property. I also noticed that he had a lamp post directly in the part of his Main Door, a formation known in Feng Shui as Piercing Heart Sha. This is definitely an unfavourable formation to have at the Main Door. As you will recall, the Main Door is one of the three important factors that must always be considered when we are looking at the Feng Shui of a property. When the Main Door is affected, the Qi that enters the property is blocked or is transformed into negative or Sha Qi.

A simple check of the directions with the Luo Pan revealed that the lamp post was located in the South sector of his house. Now, the South sector of a property is governed by the Gua known as Li Gua. Li Gua, amongst other things, represents the eyes and the heart. Now, I think most people can pretty much figure out what it means if you have Piercing Heart Sha, located in the sector that is governed by the Gua that represents the heart and the eyes. Hence, it matched my initial concern from what I had seen on the client’s face, i.e. he may have a heart-related problem, especially if he were to also move into the house he was building with the environmental feature located where it was.

So what then was the outcome you might be thinking? How does the story end? Positively, I’m pleased to say! The client decided, that since he hadn’t been for a medical check up in a while, he would go for a thorough one. He also, decided to change the design of the house to move the location of the Main Door, which was not too difficult to rectify since the house had not been finished yet and he could still make changes to the design.

When I checked the gentleman’s BaZi, it revealed a clash between the Zi (Rat) and Wu (Horse), known in BaZi terminology as Shui Huo Xiang Cong or Fire and Water Clash. This is an explosive clash of the Fire and Water elements and is an indication of a heart problem also.

What the face and the BaZi reveals in this case is an area that is a cause for concern, but more importantly, action. Hence, I have always emphasised the importance of taking the right action, once you have been alerted to a potential problem.

I recently saw my client again, on a different matter, and I noticed that the lines on his earlobe had diminished significantly. He told me that since then, he has also been trying to eat better and had been exercising more, as the medical check-up revealed some problems which if he did not change his lifestyle, could lead to heart problems.

Now, it’s not absolutely essential that your Feng Shui practitioner know Mian Xiang or practice it as a complementary discipline to his Feng Shui practice, but as you can see from this little story, it is a very helpful back-up discipline to have, as it helps the Feng Shui practitioner fine-tune and focus his efforts. By combining his knowledge of BaZi with Mian Xiang, a Feng Shui practitioner can zero in on not just long-term problems, but also short-term and more immediate, pressing issues at hand, such as health concerns.

Joey Yap is the founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics, a global organization devoted to the teaching of Feng Shui, BaZi, Face Reading and other Chinese Metaphysics subjects via classrooms and online courses. Courses on what is Feng Shui can be found on http://www.MasteryAcademy.com

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