Saturday, May 27th, 2017 | Author:

By Lawrence Reaves

Yes, you can send your shirts out to be laundered and ironed. But you should also know how to take care of them on your own. If Mom didn’t teach you, here are the basics on what every man should know when it comes to ironing.

Before you begin, get the right tools in order. You wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, start taking your car engine apart without the necessary tools. Don’t try that with ironing either. You need a good iron, a hard surface on which to iron, preferably an ironing board, and it’s good to have some spray starch.

The first thing you want to do is read the clothing tag before you start. This will tell you if the garment can be ironed as well as the proper heat setting. Generally cotton or linen garments need a higher setting, cotton blends or wool need a medium setting and silk or synthetic garments need a low setting. Ignoring this advice will likely end up in ruining your clothes. If you’re ironing corduroy steam them first to loosen up the wrinkles before you iron.

Spray starch will help your clothes to feel crisp and look better. It will also cut down on your ironing time considerably. Lay the garment on the ironing board and spray the starch from at least a foot away.

To be thorough, it’s best to iron both the inside and outside of your clothes. Iron the inside first. Stretch the clothing firmly across the ironing board.

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For your shirts, start with the collar, move the iron up and down smoothly over the entire area. Next do the cuffs and the sleeves. Make sure you follow the natural creases of the shirt. After the sleeves iron around each buttonhole, then move to the front of the shirt.

Now on to the pants. Start with the waistband and slowly move your way down to the cuff or hem. Place the pants parallel on the ironing board. Slowly move the iron up and down until you’ve gone over all the wrinkle areas. Be sure to follow the natural lines and creases of the garment.

Hang up your ironed clothing immediately. Otherwise, when it comes time to wear them, you’ll have to do this all over again. For shirts, button the top and middle buttons so that it will hang correctly and preserve the shape.

You should make sure that your clothes are clean and in their best shape before you begin to iron. Ironing a dirty shirt could permanently set stains into the fabric.

Wash your clothing with a good quality detergent and fabric softener. This will help keep the fabric in good condition for a longer period of time. Even if you can’t get to the ironing right away, get your clothes out of the dryer and fold or hang them as soon as the drying cycle stops. In the long run, this will save you time and grief when ironing.

Keep in mind these important safety tips.

Never leave a hot iron unattended. It could tip over and burn something or someone. In the worst case scenario, it could start a fire. Unplug it and make sure it’s cooled down before you leave it.

Always unplug your iron before filling it with water.

When ironing delicate clothing you can place a cloth or towel between the garment and the iron. You’ll especially want to do this for thinks like linen or nylon.

Items such as suits or silk shirts really do require a trip to the dry cleaners. It will be worth it.

Don’t be afraid to take on your own ironing. Whether you need it just in cases where you don’t have time to get to the cleaners or whether you just want to save money, it’s a skill every man should have.

About the Author: Lawrence Reaves is a free lance writer with knowledge of household products including irons. For more information about how to find a good iron visit


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

China lifted its three-day block on 16 of the country’s Twitter-like services, including the two largest, which are Sina’s and Tencent’s microblogging sites.

China said it carried out the ban on the sites’ commenting function because microbloggers were using the sites to spread conspiracy theories and rumors about the disappearance of politican Bo Xilai on March 15. Bo was once mayor of Dalia, the party chief of Chongqing, and thought to be a likely candidate for the China’s elite Politburo Standing Committee. Bo vanished a short time after his former chief of police, Wang Lijun, had also been reported missing after he attempted to seek asylum in the United States through a consulate. The government said Wang had left due to stress. Bo’s disappearance came to light when the microbloggers posted the news. China retaliated for what it called illegal chatter about Bo’s disappearances and claims of military operations, weapons fire, and even a purported coup.

Sina and Tencent both referred to the government’s action in statements as a “cleaning up” period. As many as 700 million subscribers were unable to comment on posts during the period of the block, although they were still able to write new messages and forward messages to others. The talk persisted through those two functions, especially the forwarding of messages. The block was not the only fallout from the incident as six people were taken into custody for fabrication and others were brought in for questioning.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

A man who hijacked a domestic flight over Afghanistan has been found to be working for British Airways.

34-year-old Nazamuddin Mohammidy was one of nine men who forced the Ariana Airlines airliner to divert to the United Kingdom’s Stansted Airport in 2000. A standoff followed for the next 70 hours with the men, who had guns and hand grenades, threatening to kill all 160 on board unless asylum was granted to them. The men ultimately gave themselves up to police and SAS.

Mohammidy was jailed for 30 months but he and the other eight had their convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal, claiming the Taliban was subjecting them to “medieval and brutal tyranny” forcing them to flee. They went on to win a High Court case to prevent their deportation.

It has since emerged that British Airways have employed Mohammidy to clean their offices, including a training center one mile from Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport. It came to light when police officers stopped him near Terminal 5 believing he may be an unlicensed taxi driver, but he was able to suppply a worker’s pass. He is now facing unrelated charges concerning an alleged assault on his landlord.

It would be an outrageous and potentially devastating breach of security if a former hijacker had access to British Airways property near the airport and a pass allowing him access to secure areas.

The Conservatives have used this as an opportunity to attack the current Labour government. Shadow home secretary David Davis said “It would be an outrageous and potentially devastating breach of security if a former hijacker had access to British Airways property near the airport and a pass allowing him access to secure areas. Days after it was revealed that foreign airside workers at our airports do not have to pass proper security checks it is clear the Government do not have a grip on airport security.”

British Airways say he did not have a pass to allow him onto the tarmac at Heathrow and did not work inside the airport, but he could get into some secure company areas.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

For the past ten years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been overseeing the asbestos clean-up in the small town of Libby, Montana, which has been on the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List since 2002.

On Wednesday, the Obama administration declared Libby and the immediate area a “public health emergency”. Under this state of emergency the EPA is increasing clean-up assistance and medical care. According to federal prosecutors, asbestos has taken 200 lives and is the root cause of at least 1,000 illnesses in the surrounding area.

“This is a tragic public health situation that has not received the recognition it deserves by the federal government for far too long,” according to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

In the 1920’s The Zonolite Company began producing vermiculite, a mineral that is often used in insulation. Between 1963 and 1990, W.R. Grace & Company took over the mine operations. Tremolite asbestos was discovered in the vermiculite product. A study conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry discovered that the incidence of asbestosis in the population of the mine site area is far higher than the national average.

Airborne asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, a cancer which develops in the sac surrounding the lungs and chest cavity, the abdominal cavity, or the sac surrounding the heart. Prolonged exposure can lead to lung scarring, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma generally are left with six months to a year before death.

We will continue to push until Libby has a clean bill of health.

The tremolite dust from the mine began leaking into the air from the plant in 1919. This resulted in a hazy asbestos dust cloud covering lawns, cars, clothing, and school athletic fields, creating an issue that citizens of Libby had to deal with on an everyday basis. The large amount of dust gave the impression of the aftereffects of a light sandstorm.

W. R. Grace and Company did not deny that asbestos was found contaminating the vermiculite in the old mine. They said they proceeded in a responsible manner to clean up contamination following the mine closure. Grace will reimburse the EPA for US$250 million of the US$333 million that the EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services has set aside for medical expenses and asbestos clean-up. This money will be invested over the next five years, and does not include the millions in medical costs already footed by the company for residents of Libby and the nearby town of Troy.

“Today is the day that after years of work we were able to succeed in getting this [emergency declaration] done,” Senator from Montana Max Baucus said, speaking at the EPA press conference. “We will continue to push until Libby has a clean bill of health.”

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Getting a Marcy Home Gym? Know Your Choices



A Marcy home gym ranks as one of the top choices for home gym equipment among many weight lifters and fitness buffs. For reliability, ease of use and value for money, Marcy home gyms have it all. To see what this favorite home gym brand has to offer, here is a sneak peek at some of its popular machines:

Marcy Powerstation

For a Marcy home gym equipment that offers all-in-one features, the Marcy Powerstation is a great choice. The equipment itself is made with heavy steel, so you are assured of power and stability that can last you for years. The grips are made from basic foam, but they are comfortable enough to assure a continuous home gym workout.

The Marcy Home Gym Powerstation is best for building the upper body and can work your arms, chest, back, shoulders and arms effectively. The abs can also be targeted using 5 different positions. This is a terrific home gym system that is easy to assemble and use.

Marcy Multi-Station MWM 1800

This Marcy home gym equipment features two weight stacks of 100 lbs. each, perfect for buddy home workouts. The abdominal strap, lat bar and straight bar are included in the basic equipment. For serious weight lifters, the weight stack can be purchased separately.

The Marcy MWM 1800 includes a free chart featuring the pin placements for the weight amounts of every exercise your perform. This helps you plan your workout progress as you go along. The Marcy Home Gym MWM 1800 works smoothly and offers value for its price. It’s easy to use, although assembly might take a while. It’s also a bit bulky, so make sure you have enough space in your home.

Marcy Personal Multi-Gym MWM 900

Beginner fitness fans will love this machine. For value and features, the Marcy Home Gym MWM 900 offers a lot of challenge to work out different muscle groups and keep the body toned and strong. Comfort is also high on the list of the manufacturers when this home gym was built and the hardware are top quality.

The arm press doubles as a chest press and you can also work out your pecs without changing or shifting anything. All the other parts such as the pulley stations, the lateral bar and the straight bar offer a lot in terms of exercise variety. There is no reason for you to be bored when using a Marcy home gym machine.

The rollers are padded for extra protection and the back and lumbar areas are supported with contoured pads, so there’s no need to worry about straining your body during a good workout. The Marcy MWM 900 is pretty quiet and the smooth operation is tops on the list of many gym users.

Marcy Personal Multi-Gym MWM Premier

If you want a more challenging workout, the Marcy Home Gym MWM Premier offers a tougher challenge. The basic equipment includes a 150-lb weight stack made of cast iron that can push your muscles to build strength and definition. Once you’ve begun to progress, you have the option of getting another 50-lb. weight stack for a heavier workout.

The pectoral contractor and preacher curl are fully adjustable and the handles rotate, allowing you to go through different motions without having to change your grip. Like the MWM 900, the arm and chest press lets you shift your focus without having to move or get up from your seat.

Comfort is also addressed by this home gym machine – the seats are padded, the back is contoured for a snug fit and provides lumbar support. There are also a wide range of exercises you can perform and the quiet action ensures that you get to focus on your tasks perfectly.

Marcy MWM 1600

The Marcy MWM 1600 home gym lets you shift and play with the resistance to create thirty different settings for better, tougher training. This is via the power booster system that features three positions.

Once you’ve fully mastered the motions, you will find at least 20 different exercises for strength training, enough to keep you challenged and interested. All the muscle groups are addressed by this home gym equipment and the parts are constructed in such a way to be ergonomically effective, so the only aches you’ll worry about is the feel of your muscles growing.

The Marcy Home Gym MWM 1600 is bigger than the MWM 900 so floor space is an issue. If you do have the room for it, though, the MWM 1600 is a machine that can offer you total body workout and the best results.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

An American football coach has been shot at his school gym in Iowa, United States. Ed Thomas was shot in front of his students at around 8.00 am local time. Thomas was in the weight room at the time of the shooting. An adult male has been arrested suspected of his murder.

Thomas was the head football coach at Aplington-Parkersburg High School. He had coached 37 seasons of High School football in his career and has a career record of 292-84 of which 156-31 is with Aplington-Parkersburg. He led Parkersburg to 19 state playoffs and won state titles in 1993 and 2001. He was named NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2003 and previously coached four active NFL players including Brad Meester, Jared DeVries, Casey Wiegmann and Aaron Kampman.

Thomas was well known in the local community for his work. When Parkersburg was hit by a tornado in the summer of 2008 Thomas worked endlessly to restore the damaged football field. County Sheriff Jason Johnson said that “Coach Thomas is the pillar of the community. Anything that affects him affects Parkersburg.”

No students were injured during the shooting.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Torture proliferates American headlines today: whether its use is defensible in certain contexts and the morality of the practice. Wikinews reporter David Shankbone was curious about torture in American popular culture. This is the first of a two part series examining the BDSM business. This interview focuses on the owners of a dungeon, what they charge, what the clients are like and how they handle their needs.

When Shankbone rings the bell of “HC & Co.” he has no idea what to expect. A BDSM (Bondage Discipline Sadism Masochism) dungeon is a legal enterprise in New York City, and there are more than a few businesses that cater to a clientèle that wants an enema, a spanking, to be dressed like a baby or to wear women’s clothing. Shankbone went to find out what these businesses are like, who runs them, who works at them, and who frequents them. He spent three hours one night in what is considered one of the more upscale establishments in Manhattan, Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, where according to The Village Voice, “you can take your girlfriend or wife, and have them treated with respect—unless they hope to be treated with something other than respect!”

When Shankbone arrived on the sixth floor of a midtown office building, the elevator opened up to a hallway where a smiling Rebecca greeted him. She is a beautiful forty-ish Long Island mother of three who is dressed in smart black pants and a black turtleneck that reaches up to her blond-streaked hair pulled back in a bushy ponytail. “Are you David Shankbone? We’re so excited to meet you!” she says, and leads him down the hall to a living room area with a sofa, a television playing an action-thriller, an open supply cabinet stocked with enema kits, and her husband Bill sitting at the computer trying to find where the re-release of Blade Runner is playing at the local theater. “I don’t like that movie,” says Rebecca.

Perhaps the most poignant moment came at the end of the night when Shankbone was waiting to be escorted out (to avoid running into a client). Rebecca came into the room and sat on the sofa. “You know, a lot of people out there would like to see me burn for what I do,” she says. Rebecca is a woman who has faced challenges in her life, and dealt with them the best she could given her circumstances. She sees herself as providing a service to people who have needs, no matter how debauched the outside world deems them. They sat talking mutual challenges they have faced and politics (she’s supporting Hillary); Rebecca reflected upon the irony that many of the people who supported the torture at Abu Ghraib would want her closed down. It was in this conversation that Shankbone saw that humanity can be found anywhere, including in places that appear on the surface to cater to the inhumanity some people in our society feel towards themselves, or others.

“The best way to describe it,” says Bill, “is if you had a kink, and you had a wife and you had two kids, and every time you had sex with your wife it just didn’t hit the nail on the head. What would you do about it? How would you handle it? You might go through life feeling unfulfilled. Or you might say, ‘No, my kink is I really need to dress in women’s clothing.’ We’re that outlet. We’re not the evil devil out here, plucking people off the street, keeping them chained up for days on end.”

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Bill & Rebecca, owners of Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, a BDSM dungeon.


  • 1 Meet Bill & Rebecca, owners of a BDSM dungeon
    • 1.1 Their home life
  • 2 Operating the business
    • 2.1 The costs
    • 2.2 Hiring employees
    • 2.3 The prices
  • 3 The clients
    • 3.1 What happens when a client walks through the door
    • 3.2 Motivations of the clients
    • 3.3 Typical requests
    • 3.4 What is not typical
  • 4 The environment
    • 4.1 Is an S&M dungeon dangerous?
    • 4.2 On S&M burnout
  • 5 Criticism of BDSM
  • 6 Related news
  • 7 External links
  • 8 Sources
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Submitted by: Berly Montano

The aged care industry in Australia is continuing to grow and develop. This industry is growing up giving a way to many great work opportunities. If you want to switch your career or looking for a new career which offers great potential, then you may want to consider taking a good aged care course so that you can get involved in this field.

Mentioned below are a few things about aged care courses that will provide you great information so that you can decide whether you should invest in an aged care career or not.

Advantages of Certified Aged Care Courses

When it comes to enrol yourself in aged care courses, the very first thing that you should decide is whether you are sure about making a career in this field or not. One of the main advantages of getting enrolled in such courses is that these offer a variety of flexible entry arrangements to the field. After you get your certificate, it becomes easy for you to get started in a good career.

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You also will find out that there are many different career options available which you can follow when you are certified, giving you quite a few choices. Many individuals who get this certification find that work comes to them, helping them to avoid a long job search. You will also enjoy great job security, since the need for caregivers in this area will only continue to grow in the future.

Career Options

When you complete aged care course, you will find out that you have several possible career options to choose from. These courses will prepare you to offer psychological, physical and social care to those with disabilities and elderly people. You can work in homes, communities and even nursing homes. One of the prospective career option is- assistant in nursing, which is a great option for those who want to work in a nursing home.

For those who want to offer passionate and considerate care, a personal care assistant may be a great career. Community support workers can get benefited from a course in aged care as well, since they work with those with disabilities, the elderly and their families. You may even want to consider a career as a home care assistant, which allows you to offer assistance and help to elderly patients that want to remain living at home.

Well, if you have decided to take a good aged care course, it could be tough to decide which training organisation to go with. In order to ensure that you choose a quality course, there are a few tips you need to keep in mind. First of all, make sure that the course is nationally recognised and it should also be at least 10-12 weeks in duration. Ensure that practical training is offered as a part of the course and good work experience is offered. Enrolling yourself in such certification courses will help you start a new and fulfilling career.

About the Author: Academia’s school of community services provide aged care or child care courses in Melbourne. All Academia courses are nationally recognized by Government of Australia. For more information, you can visit at:


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Sunday, February 8, 2009

At least one fisherman has died and 134 others were rescued on Lake Erie off the shores of Ohio after an eight mile wide piece of ice broke off the frozen lake’s ice shelf and began to drift. The United States Coast Guard says the unidentified man who died fell into the water while trying to find a way off the ice. Rescuers were able to get him out of the water, but he died while being flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The Coast Guard also said that the fishermen were warned that the ice could break, but many didn’t believe there was any danger.

“We were in no danger. We knew there was enough ice out there,” said Swanton, Ohio resident Norb Pilaczynski, one of those rescued from the ice. Before heading onto the already broken ice, they made a makeshift bridge from wooden pallets to get to and from the shore, but the ice shifted and the bridge was destroyed. It left all 135 people stranded more than 1,000 yards from the shoreline.

The ice in most parts of the lake can be up to two feet thick, but on Saturday temperatures rose above freezing, with winds of over 35 miles per hour. The combination of both high winds and temperatures, broke the thick ice into dozens of large pieces.

Ottawa County sheriff Bob Bratton called those who avoided the warnings “idiotic”.

“What happened here today was just idiotic. I don’t know how else to put it,” stated Bratton. The rescue operation took nearly five hours to complete. Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in the U.S., but the smallest by volume, and the tenth largest fresh water lake in the world.

Several helicopters were called in from Detroit, Michigan and Traverse City. A C-130 was also used to survey the lake which was flown in from Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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