Self Defense Strategy: Three Ways To Avoid Blows

By Joseph Pressley

There are different strategies for self defense that you can choose from. These methods help you protect yourself from a very risky circumstance. A key self defense strategy is to avoid blows as much as possible and end conflicts as soon as possible.

The best way to avoid being injured in an attack is to avoid the attack itself or, barring that, to avoid the blows being thrown. This is something achieved with mental, verbal, and physical strategies that even the least physically imposing person can master. This means that anyone is capable of doing it and it is already a big advantage for you when in the middle of dangerous situations.

Mental strategies to avoid blows include simply being aware of your surroundings and the mental state of people in the general area. Is someone fuming and close to the edge as far as anger is concerned? Is there a person lingering at the fringe of a group, scanning the area for a victim? Are there cues to a person’s mental state that you should not only be aware of but convince yourself to take seriously? Are there areas in my path that are potentially dangerous?

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Being aware of potential threats and working to neutralize them is the first and best way to avoid injury. You need to avoid them if you feel that there is something very suspicious about their actions and whether you noticed that they have been following you from a distance.

Verbal strategies of self defense involve talking down a potential attacker before the situation escalates into a physical altercation. One strategy is to avoid responding to verbal abuse from the attacker and, instead, calming them down by perhaps even agreeing with them or otherwise placating them. Reminding the attacker of the consequences of their actions without taunting or threatening can de-escalate the situation as well. Even simply keeping the attacker talking while you edge out of the room is an effective means to avoid conflict. You must outwit your attacker if you seem to notice that he or she will likely hit or harm you.

Physical strategies for self defense aim to protect the face or head, two vulnerable spots on the body. Avoiding blows to those two areas is crucial. One strategy is to turn in to the attacker when grabbed, rather than turning away. Because the attacker expects you to flee, this strategy is surprising and puts him or her on the defensive. You are now positioned to swiftly attack with a jab to the eyes or a kick to the groin area.

Another simple avoidance strategy is simply to drop. When you suspect that a blow is coming, drop down quickly. Avoid further blows by kicking the attacker from the ground. If blows are unavoidable, protect your face and head with your arms and elbows.

Simple techniques for avoiding or shortening conflict will prevent injury and sometimes prevent the attack entirely. Once you have successfully prevented the attack, you have saved yourself from a very dangerous situation.

About the Author: Joseph Pressley is a certified TASER instructor and a Tae Kwon Do black belt and a father of two. He is the co-founder of BestStunGun.com which provides a good variety of Stun Gun and Stun Cane for personal protection. To learn more on how these products can save your life, please visit http://www.beststungun.com.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Progessive Conservative candidate Tyler Currie, Trinity-Spadina

Monday, October 1, 2007

Tyler Currie is running as an Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontario provincial election, in the riding of Trinity-Spadina. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Progessive Conservative candidate Tyler Currie, Trinity-Spadina

Monday, October 1, 2007

Tyler Currie is running as an Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontario provincial election, in the riding of Trinity-Spadina. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Most Successful Tv Manufacturers Today

Most Successful Tv manufacturers today

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These producers have created the very best advances from using picture tubes to lcd tv and light-emitting diode or even LED equipment which is used by almost all TV manufacturers in the present. One particular can very easily look for a television system which displays distinct moving graphics and also real colours in which it imitate the colors of real-life things.

Sony

Sony has previously been in existence since 1960 and it has already been one of the best producers to innovate and improve all new solutions to enliven consumers the very first. Coming from Betamax to VHS, the manufacturer has found a market on providing a form of storage for all forms of media which include the Blu-Ray technology. This has actually been probably the most productive projects of Sony. It is so impressive a large number of some other brands regarding televisions utilize the actual Blu-Ray format for their DVD players. Nowadays, their Bravia lines are one of the finest options for high definition home theatre systems and one that you must consider choosing. Sony is definitely the best corporation for you to really entrust in terms of television purchases.

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Sharp

Sharp is one other one of the most excellent firms that has been around in operating since the 1950s. Currently, television goods are marketed under the Sharp Aquos company. There are also additional electronic items which are available under this brand for instance cellphones, calculators including microwave ovens. This producer also gained praises for their energy-efficient goods and its move to offer the use of replenishable sources of energy. This implies lots in respect to the manufacturer and must be renowned for its endeavors to shift to sustainable production and also control over waste materials.

Matsushita/Panasonic

This particular conglomerate has two popular subsidiaries namely National and Panasonic. These two TV manufacturers have always been actively involved in developing tv sets who have picture tubes and labored on cathode rays. Presently, Panasonic has highly designed its Hdtv and Plasma Television systems to hit a unique sector to the market. Its present company name is Panasonic which is also involved in producing many different electronic equipment and even offering non-electronic services.

Samsung

Although this company has already only been around from the late 1980s, it is one of the main television set manufacturers today. This company continues to be the most impressive providers involved with affordable LED televisions and it is the only corporation that is not based in Japan or the US. This South Korean conglomerate is not only just renowned for its LED home theatre systems but also for its tablet and mobile phone devices. It has actually broken limitations when referring to first-class brand name recognition.

JVC

Another one of the greatest TV manufacturers by which purchasers depends on based on the quality also, the Most Successful Tv manufacturers in the present

The success of Tv manufacturers might be measured by their longevity in business capabilities. Also in the manufacturing of this type of electronic item, many of improvement have been engaged to create state-of-the-art televisions and entertainment bundles which we all know nowadays. These producers have made the very best strides by using picture tubes to liquid crystal display and also light-emitting diode and also LED innovation which is used by most TV manufacturers in the present. One can merely find a television which displays crisp moving projections and also true colours which simulate the pigments of real-life things.

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Rachel Weisz wants Botox ban for actors

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 

English actress Rachel Weisz thinks that Botox injections should be banned for all actors.

The 39-year-old actress, best known for her roles in the Mummy movie franchise and for her Academy Award-winning portrayal in The Constant Gardener, feels facial Botox injections leave actors less able to convey emotion and that it harms the acting industry as much as steroids harm athletes.

In an interview with UK’s Harper’s Bazaar, coming out next month, Weisz says, “It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen,” she claims. “Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?”

Currently living in New York, she also mentions that English women are much less worried about their physical appearance than in the United States. “I love the way girls in London dress,” she claimed. “It’s so different to the American ‘blow-dry and immaculate grooming’ thing.”

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Caribou plays the Bowery Ballroom

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 

Daniel Snaith, better known as Caribou, formerly known as Manitoba until a lawsuit by musician Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, recently played New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with the electronica pioneer.

David Shankbone: How is the tour going?

DS: How do European and American audiences compare to each other?

DS: But they are more electronic in Europe than they are here, right?

DS: You reach the same fans in each place?

DS: Do you play to larger audiences over there or here?

DS: Do you have a favorite venue?

DS: What would be a dream venue to play?

DS: Is there a continent you haven’t played where you would like to?

DS: Rio or São Paulo?

DS: How has the Iraq War affected you as an artist?

DS: Has it affected you as a person?

DS: Do you find you’re more inspired by manmade things or things in nature?

DS: What sort of ideas inspire you?

DS: Would you consider your music to be mathematical?

DS: Do you have a favorite mathematician or unsolved mathematical problem?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in other people?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in yourself?

DS: You think that might be a negative?

DS: That’s a challenge for any human of whether or not to pursue something you think is a greater good or indulge yourself. How do you wrestle with that question?

DS: Well, we need music in this world and if people are responding to it, you’re giving something to them.

DS: Maybe. [Laughs] Hillary or Barack?

DS: What do you think of Gordon Brown?

DS: What would be a bigger turn-off for you in bed, someone who was overly flatulent, or someone who spoke in a baby voice?

DS: Do you have a favorite curse word?

DS: Favorite euphemism for breasts?

DS: If you had to choose between the destruction of the entire continent of Africa or the entire continent of Asia, which would you choose?

DS: What are traits you respect in a woman?

DS: It doesn’t differ in men?

DS: What’s your most treasured possession?

DS: Any favorite films?

DS: What difficult question in an interview do you anticipate but are never asked?

DS: What question are you tired of answering?

DS: In the last year, where have you drawn most of your influence, and you can’t have been listening to them beyond a year ago.

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Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas dies at age 75

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas died Friday at age 75, after suffering from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He began the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1978 and taught acting classes there to noted actors including George Clooney and Gene Hackman. Katselas is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Katselas directed an off-Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, and received a Tony Award nomination for his 1969 direction of Butterflies are Free. Actress Blythe Danner won a Tony Award for her role in Butterflies are Free under Katselas’ direction. He moved to California to direct the film version of that play, and went on to direct films and television movies. Actress Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her role in the film version of Butterflies are Free.

Katselas directed the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! by playwright James Kirkwood, Jr. In his author’s notes in the publication of the script, Kirkwood acknowledged Katselas, and wrote that the plays were “directed with incredible energy and enthusiasm by Milton Katselas, to whom I am extremely indebted”.

Katselas directed the television movie Strangers: Story of a Mother and Daughter, and actress Bette Davis received an Emmy Award for her role in the movie. Katselas taught many famous actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Baldwin, and Patrick Swayze. Katselas was credited with being able to nurture actors with raw talent so that they could develop strong Hollywood careers. He utilized innovative techniques in his courses – one course called “Terrorist Theatre” had a simple premise: successfully get an acting role within six weeks or leave the course.

He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents who had immigrated from Greece, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg in New York at the Actors Studio, and received advice from directors Joshua Logan and Elia Kazan.

Katselas was a prominent Scientologist, and a July 2007 profile on Katselas in The New York Times Magazine observed that some of his students stopped taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse because they felt they had been pressured to join the Church of Scientology. According to the article, Katselas credited Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard “for much of his success in life”, and one of his students works at Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. The article commented that some in Los Angeles view the Beverly Hills Playhouse as “a recruitment center for Scientology”.

Katselas met L. Ron Hubbard after moving to California, and began studying Scientology in 1965. The New York Times Magazine reported that he had reached the level of “Operating Thetan, Level 5, or O.T. V.” in 2007. According to The New York Times Magazine when Scientologists proceed up the “The Bridge to Total Freedom” they learn the story of Xenu, and that: “75 million years ago the evil alien Xenu solved galactic overpopulation by dumping 13.5 trillion beings in volcanoes on Earth, where they were vaporized, scattering their souls.” A Church of Scientology publication, Source, lists Katselas as reaching O.T. V. in 1989.

Though some actors felt pressured to join the Church of Scientology after taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, at least one individual felt Katselas was not active enough with the organization. Actress Jenna Elfman left the Beverly Hills Playhouse because she felt Katselas was not committed enough to Scientology. Katselas had previously directed Elfman in half of Visions and Lovers: Variations on a Theme, two one-act plays about relationships that he had written himself. In 1999 Katselas had planned to adapt the script of Visions and Lovers to a film version, and Elfman was set to reprise her role from the play. In an article in Variety about the project, Elfman commented on her experience working with Katselas: “He is brilliant, and knows me so well as a person and an actress that he gets the most out of me.”

Other prominent Scientologist actors who have studied under Katselas include Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Leah Remini. According to Rolling Stone, Katselas also recruited actress Kelly Preston to Scientology. Actress Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), told Scientology publication Celebrity that Katselas motivated her to get more active in Scientology, and she stated she took the organization’s “Purification Rundown” and her life “took off completely”.

Anne Archer was introduced to Scientology while studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, as was former Scientologist and now outspoken critic actor Jason Beghe. Beghe told Roger Friedman of FOX News in April 2008 that “He [Katselas] gets kickbacks”, and that he was brought to a Scientology center by fellow Beverly Hills Playhouse classmate Bodhi Elfman, Jenna Elfman’s husband. In a 1998 article for Buzz Magazine, Randye Hoder wrote “In his class, Katselas is careful not to label anything as a tenet of Scientology, but there is no question that the church’s influence seeps into the playhouse.”

Anne Archer’s husband and fellow Scientologist, producer Terry Jastrow, commented to The New York Times Magazine that Katselas changed the way he experiences life on a day-to-day basis: “I go out in the world and look at human behavior now. I see a woman or man interacting with a saleslady, and I see the artistry in it. Life is an endless unspooling of art, of acting, of painting, of architecture. And where did I learn that? From Milton.”

Actor Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoke highly of Katselas in a 2002 interview with San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s this wonderfully intuitive teacher and his premise is basically: The only real barriers are the ones we put in front of ourselves. If you say, ‘My character wouldn’t do that’ — bollocks! Ultimately it’s you who wouldn’t say that. Who knows what your character might do.” In the acknowledgements of her 2004 autobiography Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs, and Lasagna, actress Doris Roberts wrote: “I thank my friend and acting teacher, the incredible Milton Katselas, for his insights, wisdom, and inspiration, which have helped make me the actress that I am.”

Katselas authored two books: Dreams Into Action: Getting What You Want, first published in 1996 by Dove Books, and Acting Class: Take a Seat, which came out earlier this month. Dreams Into Action, a New York Times Bestseller, sought to modify motivational acting exercises to the field of business.

In an interview in the 2007 book Acting Teachers of America, Katselas commented on his experiences as an acting teacher over the years: “I have very special teachers here at the Beverly Hills Playhouse—some have been with me for over twenty-five years. I believe that to make a difference over the long haul, we need to train teachers. I really care about the craft of acting. It’s absolutely necessary to take the time and patience to really develop an actor.”

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How To Get A Great Deal On A Smartphone That’s Right For You

Submitted by: Daniel Crow

Choosing the right smartphone is a big decision for anyone. For many people, it’s a device that is relied on every day to perform important daily tasks when away from home – such as emailing, editing documents, chatting to friends and even shopping online. Without it, most of us would be lost. As well as making sure our new handset meets all our needs, it’s also important that we get a good deal, and here’s how.

Undoubtedly, one of the best places to get a good deal on a mobile phone is online. Many people who shop in this way will know that there are far greater discounts to be found on the web in comparison to the high street. It’s also much easier, as you don’t have to take valuable time out of your busy schedule to shop around – which for most of us is a massive bonus.

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To make sure you get a smartphone that meets your requirements, there are a few questions you should ask yourself first. To begin with, are you a heavy internet user? If so then you’ll need a good deal on internet usage so you’re not charged a fortune for going over your limit. Also, do you use it every day? If this is the case, then you’ll need a handset with a good battery life. Another thing to consider is minutes. If you make a lot of calls, then you’ll need a deal that matches your call habits, otherwise you could find yourself faced with higher bills than expected. Other things to consider are features like cameras, type of screen, and general handling, as these will all be important factors when it comes to how easy it is for you to use the handset.

Once you’ve decided on the smartphone that’s right for you, simply go online to check out the latest deals. Smartphone comparison sites are great places to visit, as they show you all the best prices from various providers. Right now though, some great deals can be found at 3 Store. The 3 Store shows all the most recent deals from the leading mobile phone provider, so all the hard work has already been done for you. So once you have decided on which brand delivers what you need, just check out the current offers on 3 Mobile Phones, which include Apple, Samsung, HTC and Nokia.

With the latest deals from 3 Mobile Phones you can make huge savings on Android handsets. Models like the Samsung Galaxy SII and HTC Wildfire S are now available on a pay monthly contract for a very reasonable price, and with all the internet you like too. This deal is perfect for heavy internet users as there’s no usage caps. For those who would prefer the latest Apple iPhone, there are deals currently running on the 4S. It’s cheaper up front, and you also get a huge 16 GB of storage, so it’s great for people who like to store all their music, photos and documents on their handset.

For more information visit http://www.3-store.com

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Fires out at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 

After two days, the 2005 Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal fire has finally been extinguished.

The fires began after a series of explosions early on the morning of 11 December 2005. The terminal, known locally as the Buncefield Depot, is an oil storage facility located near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. These were some of the largest explosions ever to occur in the country and the incident has been described as the biggest of its kind in peacetime Europe.

The Hertfordshire Fire Service chief Roy Wilsher said: “There are still some small bund (concrete container) fires, but the tanks are out.”

Fire crews would remain at the scene over the next few days cooling the area to ensure fires did not break out again, he said.

A few residents are being allowed to return to their homes within an exclusion zone set up around the site.

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