Cut Music to "an Hour a Day" - WHO

People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests.

It says 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of permanently damaging their hearing by listening to "too much, too loudly".

It said audio players, concerts and bars were posing a "serious threat".

WHO figures show 43 million people aged 12-35 have hearing loss and the prevalence is increasing.

In that age group, the WHO said, half of people in rich and middle-income countries were exposed to unsafe sound levels from personal audio devices.

Meanwhile 40% were exposed to damaging levels of sound from clubs and bars.

The proportion of US teenagers with hearing loss went from 3.5% in 1994 to 5.3% in 2006.

WHO v The Who

Dr Etienne Krug, the WHO's director for injury prevention, told the BBC: "What we're trying to do is raise awareness of an issue that is not talked about enough, but has the potential to do a lot of damage that can be easily prevented."

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The Fascinating History of the Coca-Cola Bottle

The anniversary comes at a difficult time for the soda maker

Coca-Cola is making a lot of the 100th anniversary of its iconic bottle. Given what's happening with soda sales generally, and Coke sales in particular, the festivities come at a delicate time.

The celebration of the bottle includes an ad campaign in more than 100 countries featuring Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ray Charles, and an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta called "The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100." The exhibit will include "more than 100 objects, including more than 15 works of art by Andy Warhol and more than 40 photographs inspired by or featuring the bottle," the company said in a statement.

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Tết - Vietnamese New Year

Tết Nguyên Đán literally means the first morning of the first day of the new period. More simply known as "Têt," it is Viet Nam's version of the Lunar New Year and is celebrated by millions of Vietnamese all around the world to celebrate the Year of the Sheep/Goat, beginning February 19, 2015. Têt is normally the biggest and most important holidays in Vietnamese culture, almost like New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanks-giving, and Christmas all rolled into one. It's a holiday that is based on history but has also evolved into a modern celebration that incorporates new elements to produce new traditions.

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Life is for living so live it up, drink it down and laugh it off ...

"Laughter is wine for the soul - laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness - the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living."
― Seán O'Casey
Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

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Health Benefits of Durian

Are you a durian lover? If so, read on . . .

Durian is an exotic and controversial fruit in many parts of Southeast Asia, and is widely celebrated for its long list of health benefits, which includes the ability to boost your immune system, prevent cancer and inhibit free radical activity, improve digestion, strengthen bones, improve signs of anemia, cure insomnia, prevent premature aging, lower blood pressure, and protect against cardiovascular diseases.
Durian is often called the "king of fruits" in Southeast Asian nations, but is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, and possibly the Philippines, but debates still continue on that point. It is a large fruit, up to 1 foot long and 6 inches wide, with a hard, spiky exterior, with a range of yellow to red flesh. Out of the 30 species varieties, 9 of them are commonly utilized for cooking or consumption, and only one is found internationally, outside of the local growing areas. That species is called Durio zibethinus.

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Things need to know about time management

"You can't put more time in your life, but you can put more life in your time."
Research is pretty clear that multitasking is probably a myth. When people try to do three tasks simultaneously, it usually results in all three activities failing to get the focus they deserve. Singular focus is critical to improve results claims Mark.
As the year is coming to the end and to welcome year 2015, we'd like to take a look at managing time for maximum results by Mark Sanborn.
"We do 173 different things every day. The problem is 165 of them don't count. Of all the things you do every day, what are the 6-8 things that give you the greatest payback on your investment of time and expertise?" – Mark Sanborn.
Mark Sanborn shares 6 principles of time management

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IELTS READING: Son of the blacksmith

A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked,

'Have you received a scholarship for school?'

The boy replied, " No '.

'It was your father who paid for your studies?'

'Yes.'- He replied.

'Where does your father work?'

'My father is a Blacksmith.'

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Thanksgiving is here at last...

Yay!!! Thanksgiving is finally here, so let's not miss the opportunity to count our blessings, express gratitude and appreciate the efforts of our loved ones. Saying thank you is wonderful way to spread joy and happiness and warm the coldest of hearts.

Besides, the simple gesture has many other benefits as well. Several researches have proved that saying thank you and being grateful for your blessing bring about plenty health benefits. Expressing your attitude helps in curbing depression and anxiety, improve cholesterol and get better sleep. So, let's make the most of this occasion.

This year don't forget to say thank you to those who make a difference in your life by following five simple and touching ways to show appreciation and gratitude.

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1. Help someone and do a good deed

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Color and Its Meaning

Meanings of color
Here is a table of colors and many of the meanings they tend to evoke, particularly in Western cultures. Notice how colors can mean very different things - it is not that the colors themselves have meaning, it is that we have culturally assigned meanings to them. For example, red means warmth because of the color of fire. Likewise, it means anger because of the increased redness of the face when it flushes with blood. Purple symbolizes royalty only because the only purple dye that was available for many centuries was very expensive.

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Temperature
The more towards the red end of spectrum you go, the hotter it gets.
The more towards the blue/purple end of the spectrum you go, the colder it gets.
Weight:
Darker and more intense colors seem heavier.
Lighter colors seem, unsurprisingly, lighter.
Money:
Darker colors, such as burgundy red, tend to show opulence (they are often called 'rich' colors).
Dull shades, such as gray and dark browns indicate poverty.

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