Monday, 26 June 2017

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The common mistake that makes your toilet a health hazard!

Most of us wouldn't consider the toilet a 'clean' place, but hygiene expert Stephanie from Expert Home Tips revealed to NetDoctor two common mistakes that turn it into a real health hazard.
Mistake 1: Not closing the lid when you flush
Despite many of us being brought up to 'put the toilet lid down' after use, a Scrubbing Bubbles survey found that 68 per cent of men flush with the toilet lid up. What's so wrong with this? Well, it turns out there's some scientific reasoning behind closing the lid before you flush.
Stephanie points out that the role of the flush is to take away the toilet bowl contents. This contains various bacteria including Salmonella and Shigella in high quantities. The flush must be powerful in order to carry waste away, and can fire up to 15 feet in the air as a result.
The dirty, contaminated water from our flush lands on other surfaces in our bathroom, be that the sink, floor, or worst of all, our toothbrushes!
Stephanie advises: 'The safest thing to do with regards to preventing the spread of germs in the bathroom, is to put the toilet seat down before flushing. This keeps any germs inside the toilet bowl, away from other surfaces we come in contact with.'
What happens when the flush isn't enough? Most of us turn to a toilet brush, but Stephanie has identified this as another area of concern:
Mistake 2: Not letting your toilet brush dry
Using the toilet brush to scrub away faecal matter and then storing it away in the holder whilst wet is a common mistake. The bacteria found in stools is transferred to the toilet brush, before being placed back into the toilet brush holder, which provides perfect conditions for germs.
Stephanie adds: 'Bacteria thrives in moist environments, so storing your toilet brush in this way encourages germ multiplication. In order to minimalize this risk, the toilet brush should be bleached after each use to kill germs, then left to sit over the toilet bowl until dry. It can them be replaced in the holder.'
Most of us can't imagine going to the loo without having a toilet brush handy, but some expert are very much against them.
The authors of The Cleaning Bible advise against using toilet brushes completely, calling them, 'an unworthy compromise for strict hygiene.' Instead, they recommend using rubber gloves and cleaning products to get the job done.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Work your way to success!

How To Make Your Old, Slow Laptop Feel Like New Again!

Using a speedy laptop is infinitely more satisfying than staring at a frozen screen for minutes/hours/days on end.
If you want to give your laptop a spring clean, we've got some tips covering the latest versions of Windows and macOS.

How to clean up Windows
The most effective way to clean up the clutter on Windows is to remove apps you don't use: They take up disk space, they take up memory, and they give the operating system unnecessary work to do. In Windows 10, you can uninstall apps from the Apps section of Settings (which also shows you which apps are taking up most room).
After you've dealt with apps you don't need, you can turn your attention to personal files. Again, be ruthless with the ones you don't actually need-free tools like CCleaner and Duplicate File Finder can help you hunt down files that aren't doing anything but taking up room, though you do get full control over what's erased and what isn't.
Windows actually has its own cleaning tool that you can find by typing "disk clean-up" into the search box on the taskbar, and clicking on the top match. Select the types of files you want to remove, from temporary installation files to old antivirus definitions (click on any entry for more information), then select OK to start the clean up process.
To really tidy up Windows, you need to get it back to something approaching the state it was in when it was first installed, and thankfully the latest versions of the operating system make this much easier than it used to be. If you open Settings then click Update & Security, you can find the relevant options under Recovery.
Click Get started under Reset this PC to roll back your Windows software. You have the option to keep your personal files in place if you wish, but all apps and settings will be removed, so it's important to make sure you've got backups of your important data and know how to reinstall your applications again. It's a drastic move, but it can make a big difference in cutting down on the clutter and digital debris on your system.
How to clean up macOS
A lot of the clutter-cleaning tips we mentioned above for Windows also apply to macOS. For example, you can start by uninstalling all the applications you're not actually using very much-on macOS this is done by dragging the relevant icon from the Applications window to the Trash, or clicking and holding an icon in the Launcher and clicking the cross icon, or using the built-in uninstaller to get rid of a program.
Then, it's on to files-do you really need all those vacation photos your cousin sent you? Or downloaded movies you're never going to watch again? The latest Sierra version of macOS comes with built-in tools that can help here: To find them, open Spotlight (Cmd+Space) then type "Storage Management" and open the top hit.
All of the options here can help you remove files you don't need on your system, whether it's old emails that can be archived or iTunes movies that are safely backed up in the cloud. Work through the recommendations as you need to, or click through the individual entries on the left (applications, documents, and so on) to take a more hands-on approach.
If you feel the tools integrated into macOS just aren't doing an effective enough job, you can enlist the help of a third-party program like CleanMyMac, which covers everything from redundant program files to old mail attachments. It's smart enough to know what you need to save and what can be safely jettisoned too.
Finally, as we mentioned for Windows, a complete system reset is the most drastic and also the most effective way of cleaning up macOS-just make sure all your important files and folders are backed up first. You need to reboot your machine and launch the Disk Utility to get started, and Apple has a full guide to the process.
From Esquire UK

Thursday, 22 June 2017

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Big Day for Afghanistan and Ireland as Test Status Looms!

London: Afghanistan and Ireland are poised to become the 11th and 12th members of Test match cricket's close-knit club on Thursday when the sport's governing body meets in London.
It's been almost two decades since Bangladesh were the last country to be granted Test status but International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson believes both Afghanistan and Ireland have impressive credentials.
"It's never wise to try and make a call too early, but certainly the applications of both are very well founded," said Richardson. 
"They both, on the face of it, meet the majority, if not all, of the full member criteria that has been set. 
"I'm optimistic that they'll be given serious consideration to have every chance of succeeding."
No longer rank minnows, Asghar Stanikzai's Afghanistan are up for consideration following their victories over Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup in March.
Unlike the sport's other major players, Afghanistan was never a colony of the British Empire.
Instead many Afghans' first contact with the sport took place during the 1980s and 1990s, as refugees fled to Pakistan to escape the Soviet invasion.
Cricket struggled under the hardline Islamist Taliban, who viewed sports as a distraction from religious duties - and famously shaved the heads of a visiting Pakistani football team as punishment for wearing shorts.
But it has become hugely popular in the country since the regime was toppled in a US-led invasion in 2001. 
Recent successes, particularly in last year's ICC World Twenty20, have further raised the country's profile.
Spinners Rashid Khan, who idolizes former Pakistan international Shahid Afridi, and Mohammad Nabi both made their mark in the Indian Premier League.
Khan was the sixth-highest wicket-taker in his debut IPL with 17 scalps, and the pair broke into the top 10 of the ICC one-day international bowling rankings during the just-concluded tour of the West Indies.
'Best decision of the century'
Their former batting coach and former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif said a place among the Test nations was well deserved and would benefit them in the future.
"Afghanistan deserves Test status because their performances are good. Once they get to play Tests, more and more players will come forward just like happened in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - Kenya suffered because they were not awarded," he told AFP.
"I think it will be the ICC's best decision of the century."
Last year, Afghanistan's national team shifted its base from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Noida, Delhi, while India's former batsman Lalchand Rajput replaced Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq as their national team coach.
There are nevertheless questions about how well Afghanistan and Ireland will do in the game's longest format. 
Bangladesh famously floundered for their first decade while New Zealand took 26 years to win their first Test.
Ireland, meanwhile, have beaten the West Indies, England and Pakistan in their time.
However, standing on the verge of Test status is a far cry from the years when the highlight of Ireland's season was the visit for a one-off match by the touring Test team to England or, in alternate years, a two-day game at Lord's against MCC, invariably made up of Minor County players.
The old Irish Cricket Union was founded in 1855 –- Phoenix Cricket Club, founded 25 years earlier, is one of the oldest in the British Isles - but it was not until more than a century later that the Ireland team first made the rest of the cricket world take notice.
On July 2 1969, Ireland dismissed the West Indies for just 25 at Sion Mills in a match recorded for all time by television. 
It has gone into folklore that the West Indies, who had flown in the night before, after the conclusion of the Lord’s Test, had immediately availed themselves of some typically generous Irish hospitality. 
But whatever the truth of that, they were bundled out in 25.3 remarkable overs.
Ireland knocked off the runs for the loss of one wicket, but with the game over so quickly, the teams agreed to play on and West Indies even had a second innings, reaching a more respectable 78 for four, after Ireland had declared on 125 for eight.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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Godzilla 2 goes on floors, makers confirm new monsters!

The shooting for “Godzilla 2” directed by Michael Dougherty has begun in Atlanta. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures announced the news confirming the full cast, official synopsis and production details of the upcoming monster movie, reported AceShowbiz. The sequel to the 2014 film was previously titled “Godzilla: King of Monsters”, but the statement released by the production companies did not refer to the movie by any title, suggesting the name might undergo a change.
According to the synopsis, “The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. “When these ancient super-species-thought to be mere myths-rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.”
The cast includes Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and Zhang Ziyi.
“Godzilla 2” is scheduled to release on March 22, 2019 in the US.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Healthy & Delicious tiffin recipes for kids!

Healthy Wraps

Wraps are a healthy snack option as they can be made with rotis/ chapatis & stuffed with vegetables that full of nutrients. Wraps can be made in multiple ways & look very appealing. Apply little cheese spread on rotis and fill them up with veggies of choice like cooked carrots & spinach leaves, sliced cucumber & chopped tomatoes. Roll the chapatis and secure them with a toothpick so that they do not fall apart while they stay in the tiffin boxes. 

Healthy Vegetable Sandwiches

There are many ways of putting healthy sandwiches together. Here’s a version that is not too time consuming to make as well as very healthy. Slice 1 cucumber, 1 tomato, 1 boiled beetroot and 1 boiled potato. Apply some butter on the bread loafs and place all these ingredients on the slices. Sprinkle salt and some ketchup for taste. If your child expects something more exciting, adding some chaat masala or a slice of cheese will add more flavour to the sandwich. You can also add a layer of lettuce leaf. Eggs are known to be powerhouses of nutrition and sandwiches filled with boiled egg slices along with some salt, pepper and mayonnaise also make for wonderfully delicious and healthy meals for kids. 

Healthy Vegetable Idlis

Idlis are considered as one of the healthiest Indian breakfast snack. Made with fermented rice and urad dal, idlis are a great source of carbohydrates and proteins. They are light and easily digestible. If you wish to amp up the nutrition quotient of idlis, add some vegetables to them. Most kids are fussy when it comes to consumption of vegetables; hence smartly incorporating vegetables in food works well for parents. Bring together some healthy vegetables like carrots, french beans, cauli flower and chop them finely. Mix all these veggies together and combine them with the idli batter. Add some salt and mix everything well. Heat sufficient amount of water in a steamer. Grease the idli moulds with oil and fill each one of them up with spoonfuls of batter. Place the idli mould in the steamer and cook for 10 – 15 minutes. Incase you do not have a steamer, you can make idlis in a pressure cooker too without the whistle. “Creative Commons Vegetable Idli” by Zee Patel is licensed under CC BY 4.0


Mothers of fussy food eaters, here’s something for you! If your kids show resistance in consuming vegetables, here’s a smart way to get veggies in their stomachs. Boil some spinach, broccoli, bottle gourd (lauki), pumpkin and carrots in a pressure cooker. After 1 whistle, shut the gas and allow the pressure cooker to cool off. Once cooled, remove the vegetables and puree them in a blender. Mix this puree in 3-4 cups of atta (wheat flour), along with some salt and jeera powder. Knead it the way you would for rotis. Once the dough is ready, make small balls and flatten them out individually with a rolling pin. Pour some ghee on a hot tawa and place each piece on the tawa and flip till each side is cooked evenly. Pack these parathas with some homemade chutney or ketchup and hopefully your kids will love it. “Creative Commons Stuffed muli paratha” by Zee Patel is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Image for representation purposes.


Theplas are a healthy & fuss free snack option for kids. Take some methi (fenugreek) leaves, wash and chop them. Take 2 bowls of wheat flour and half bowl of gram flour (besan) and mix together. Add the methi leaves to this. To this add 1 spoon of ground ginger & garlic. Add salt, half spoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of red chilli powder (depending on your child’s tastes), 2 teaspoons of oil and knead the entire mixture into a soft dough. Then just like parathas, make small balls out of the dough, flatten then with a roller pin and fry on a hot tawa in ghee. “Creative Commons Thepla served with raita” by Kanikatwl is licensed under CC BY 4.0


Poha is a complete meal in itself and is a great source of iron and carbohydrates. Here’s how we make it for kids – Rinse about 1 cup of poha (beaten rice) in a strainer 2-3 times and keep aside for a few minutes. Over rinsing poha will lead to breakage and sogginess hence be careful during this process. In a non-stick utensil heat some oil. Add mustard seeds, peanuts and curry leaves. Fry them for a minute or two and add salt, turmeric powder and stir. Then add the poha and give everything a good mix. If you wish to add potatoes, add 1 chopped potato at the first stage itself when you pour oil in the utensil and cook till they become brown and tender. You can make poha with brown rice poha too. Follow the same process as above. “Creative Commons Cooked Poha” by ampersandyslexia is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Semolina (Rawa/ suji) is an excellent source of phosphorus, zinc and magnesium – something which kids need in the years they are growing up. Hence including an item like semolina in their meals is a must. And what better than the classic upma? Dry roast about 1 cup of suji in a heavy bottomed pan till it turns brown and keep aside. Add oil in the same pan along with mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal. Add some chopped onions, curry leaves, carrots and french beans. Sprinkle some salt and give everything a good stir. Once the ingredients begin to cook a little add the roasted semolina and stir. Add about 1 ½ to 2 cups of water. Keep stirring it to avoid any lumps. Cook till the semolina absorbs all the water and you achieve the desired texture. “Creative Commons Suji Upma” by Ravi Talwar is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Healthy Burgers

Kids and burgers have a historical love story. The smile on their faces the minute they spot a burger, is priceless. Though burgers usually figure in the “junk food” category, they can be healthier versions produced at home. For the patties – Take 2 potatoes, 1 carrot, some green peas and some spinach leaves. Boil them in the pressure cooker. Switch off the flame after 1 whistle. After the cooker cools down, strain out all the veggies and mash them with a potato masher. Add some salt, red chilli powder (depending on your child’s spice threshold), jeera powder and chaat masala. Make round shaped tikkis out of them. Coat them in besan (gram flour) and shallow fry them. Place them between whole wheat or multigrain burger buns along with a slice of tomato, cheese and lettuce leaf. If you child likes ketchup, then add that as well. Secure burger by inserting a toothpick in the centre so that it stays stable till your child opens the tiffin box. “Creative Commons Veggie-Burger” by Sujalajus is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Homemade Cookies

Cookies work best for toddlers and pre – schoolers who go to school a couple of times a week or for 2 – 3 hours everyday.Take 3/4 – cup granulated sugar, ¾ – cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup salted butter, 2 large eggs, 1-teaspoon vanilla extract, 1-teaspoon table salt, 1-teaspoon baking soda, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pre heat the oven to about 200 degrees Celsius. Bring all the ingredients together and make a dough. Now take scoops from dough and make cookie shaped dollops. Place them on a baking sheet. You can flatten and size them as per your requirements. Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes and your cookies should be ready. There are very fancy and innovative baking cookie cutters available in designs of cartoon characters, animals and stars. You can make dough cut outs from these moulds too and bake them. 

Colourful Mixed Fruits

Simple, light and very filling. This option is a great one when kids experience days of upset stomach and poor appetite. Also most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories. They are essential sources of many nutrients like potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C and folic acid. Just bring a handful of sliced fruits together. Combine some cut apples, bananas, grapes, oranges with any seasonal fruit. If berry – fruits are easily available in a market near you, add those too. Sprinkle some salt and mint leaves for flavour and a colourful tiffin box is ready.

Friday, 9 June 2017

It's time to reclaim your lunch break!

Despite the fact that most of us have lunch breaks written into our job contracts and are therefore entitled to them, it's surprising how few people take advantage of them. Although taking a lunch break might be guilt-inducing for people who work in offices that encourage a "working lunch" culture, taking that hour out of your work day to focus on yourself is an important practice that can have positive effects on your physical and mental health. Read on for four reasons that'll convince you to reclaim your lunch hour.

Stress Relief

High stress levels can affect your mental health and lead to anxiety and depression. If you simply don't have the time to go for a run or fit in a yoga practice to relieve the stress, stepping away from your triggers - like work -can be just what you need. Taking a lunch break gives you the chance to eat your way to stress-relief and practice a quick feel-good-inducing activities.

Better Blood Circulation

Taking time away from your desk at lunch time requires movement. Stretching isn't just something you do to begin and end a workout; it's important in your everyday life, too. Going for a short walk during your lunch break gives your muscles a good stretch, which improves blood circulation and maintains range of motion in your joints, thereby making our bodies less susceptible to dizzy spells and cramps and helping us avoid injury.
Vitamin Top-Up
Although you can eat your way to healthy vitamin D levels, taking a break from the artificial light in your office and walking out into the daylight can greatly improve your body's intake. When human skin is exposed to direct sunlight, namely UVB sun-rays (with sunscreen on!), it produces vitamin D. A deficiency in this vitamin can affect you in many ways including anxiety and depression, diabetes, and bone diseases.

Improved Concentration

You may think sitting down at your desk all day increases your productivity, but in actuality it does the opposite. Taking regular breaks isn't a waste of time; it improves your cognitive function by giving your mind something else to focus on in between stressful or pressurised tasks. Any time out works to deactivate and reactivate your goals which gives you a new sense of purpose and focus when approaching a task.

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