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This Independence Day, celebrate with Newcastle Brown Ale as they explore the country that could have been: Great Britain II. In “If We Won”, a 16 part series exploring hilarious and ridiculous alternate history, Elizabeth Hurley, Zachary Quinto and more give their insight into how America would be vastly different and greater. Check out Stephen Merchant as he explains the benefits we’d have as GBII. Visit http://www.ifwewon.com and http://facebook.com/newcastle for more content and hilarity.

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Can’t decide between the fame of being a celebrity and the respect of being a doctor? Some A-listers get the best of both worlds by having their doctorate degree but also a recognizable mug. Some of these celebs got their MD and practiced before getting famous, while others took advantage of their fame in order to fund their education. No matter how it was broached, it’s a great feat.

Here are a few of the smartest, most ambitious and driven celebrities who also go by “doctor.”

1. Graham Chapman

This British actor, comedian and writer is famous for his role in the Monty Python comedy troupe. He’s written regularly for programs on the BBC, but he led a completely different life before the entertainment industry called. He was a student of medicine at Emmanuel College (Cambridge) and then moved on to St. Bartholomew’s Medical College. Clearly his bedside manner served him well as he’s proven very successful across the pond.

2. George Miller

This Aussie director is famous for his role in Mad Max, and he took home the Academy Award for Happy Feet. Miller has also received two additional Academy Award nominations for Babe, but all these accolades came years after his first career in medicine. A student at the University of New South Wales, he won a student competition during his senior year with a one-minute video clip. He finished his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and worked as a doctor for years, but that senior kismet moment had to be fulfilled.

3. Jonathan Miller

This English director of opera and theater also dabbled in acting, particularly as a television presenter. However, his first calling was medicine, and he began at St. Paul’s School in London focusing on biological sciences. Later, at the University of London, he began to get into theater (balancing both passions) and only worked in medicine for two years before making the final switch.

4. Ken Jeong

The super celebrity of Hangover and Community fame was actually a physician for several years. He attended Duke and UNC Chapel Hill with a residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Still licensed to practice in California, it’s lucky for fans that Jeong’s true passion is acting.

If you’re considering medical recruitment to get into the career of your dreams, don’t forget to make time for your other passions. After all, if there’s already a club for Dr. Celebrities, you might have what it takes to be the next member.

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Did your dreams of being a million blogger, reality star or the next great American novelist not pan out? Human resources might sound a bit drab, but the reality is that it’s a lucrative career option that’s recession proof, and it’s where all the drama is. Managing resources (or in this case, people) is the perfect fit for those who are social and have a knack for conflict resolution. Of course, it’s also where all the juicy office gossip happens.

Plus, with today’s state of the art HR payroll system options at your fingertips, it lets you tap into your tech geek side, too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average HR manager earns an average of $99,720 per year. Of course, that’s taking into account managers in rural areas where the cost of living and salary is quite low. Here are a few more reasons you might want to look into this secure and lucrative career.

1. There’s plenty of variety

Yes, some tasks might get redundant, but if you blossom at the idea of hiring (and firing) people, it means there’s always something new. Maybe it’s the thrill of finding that perfect candidate, or the relief when you’re the one getting that dead weight out of the accounting department. Plus, reading all those resumes can be great entertainment.

2. It’s home central if you’re a people person

Even with today’s open office plans, many people can spend their entire day interacting with nothing but a screen. That won’t be the case for HR managers who are constantly on the go and working with different people. If you need that interaction, HR is where you’ll find it.

3. Recessions won’t hurt your jobs

Here’s the thing about HR departments: They’re charged with firing people and laying them off, which means that (whenever possible) they won’t sacrifice their own. Even during a recession when you’re laying people off, you get the heads up on what’s coming and can rest a little easier knowing your position is relatively safe.

4. It allows for endless networking and socializing

HR departments have possibly more conferences, events and conventions than any other department. Not only is this a place for you to network and make connections, it also allows for plenty of travel and continuing education, largely on the company’s dime.

If you’re on the fence about your future career but have a penchant for all things social, take a closer look at HR.

29Jun
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Are you trying to promote your brand? Have you just launched your business? Consider hiring a Web design agency! This is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to establish your brand and attract new clients. Professional Web designers can create a site that reflects your values and offer you a chance to make a meaningful impact. Many agencies, including DigiTech, also specialize in SEO, social media marketing, and mobile app development. These services can help you grow your business and reach your target market.

Do You Really Need Web Design Services?

Web design services are no longer optional. If you want to build a solid online presence, you need a professional-looking website. This isn’t something you can do yourself unless you’re a Web designer or a programmer. Statistics show that over 62 percent of companies that created a website specifically for mobile had more sales. Approximately 86 percent of U.S. small business owners cite websites as their most important online marketing strategy. More than 69 percent of American marketers say that dynamic content is essential to their website.

Recent studies indicate that over 48 percent of users cited a website’s design as the primary factor in deciding the credibility of a business. About 94 percent of them said that Web design was the reason why they rejected or mistrusted a website. Researchers have also found that 67 percent of customers are more likely to buy from a site that is compatible with mobile devices.

These numbers show that Web design services are crucial for the success of your business. Whether you work in real estate, public relations, Internet marketing, or sales, you can benefit from hiring a professional Web designer. Not only will they set up a website for your business, but they will also help you deliver the best online experience to your prospects. At the end of the day, you’ll have a site or blog that loads quickly, offers quality content, and reflects your brand’s identity. The content will be optimized for search engines and will provide value to your audience.

What Can a Web Design Company Do for Your Business?

Hiring a Web design agency is one of the best things you can do for your business. The best Web designers can enhance your brand’s image on the market and help you build customer loyalty. They will create a website or blog that works as a powerful marketing tool and generates sales. This will help you reach out to customers in the shortest possible time and build a strong online presence that gives consistency to your brand’s image.

Professional Web designers have several years of expertise under their belt and know what your customers want. They can create custom layouts and page styles within the same website. You can ask them to make your site available in multiple languages, install plugins and widgets, create a logo for your business, and even promote your site online. However, not all companies provide these services. Depending on your business goals, consider hiring a Web design agency that specializes in SEO and Internet marketing too.

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When time’s running out and everything is on the line, what do you do? Sometimes everyday situations feel like the premise for an action movie. CollegeHumor and BIC Razors have come together to add a little action to your daily grind. Check out what happens when a choice has to be made before time runs out.

21Jun
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The elusive Ebola virus has made itself known again, this time in areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. With no cure and no vaccine for the disease, medical professionals are putting their own lives at risk when they care for their ill patients. While Ebola is the stuff of horror films and nightmares, medical professionals do their best to ensure that as many lives as possible are saved, while at the same time working to halt the spread of this often fatal infection.

What Is Ebola?

Ebola is a virus named after a river in Central Africa. The virus causes a severe and often deadly infection in chimpanzees, gorillas and humans. Two days to three weeks after infection, those who are infected develop symptoms such as a fever and headache. Symptoms gradually worsen as the virus interferes with the clotting of blood. Profuse vomiting and diarrhea and bleeding from orifices can result in death in up to 90 percent of those infected. According to an article on CBC News, there are five strains of this deadly virus. The strains are Bundibugyo, Ivory Coast, Reston, Sudan and Zaire. The Reston strain is not known to cause human illness, but it is deadly to primates. The other four strains can all cause human death.

How Do Doctors and Medical Professionals Fight Ebola Virus Disease?

Medical personnel are not sure what the natural host of Ebola is, which makes development of treatments or vaccinations difficult. According to this article on CNN, most Ebola patients die within 10 days of developing symptoms. Doctors and other medical staff primarily treat patients with rehydration therapy to replace lost fluids from the vomiting and diarrhea. They may also provide medications to help restore proper blood clotting.

The Guinea Outbreak

What’s unique about the current Guinea outbreak is that the patients are spread out around a wide area. In past outbreaks of Ebola, the patients were mostly located in one place or a few close villages. However, this outbreak includes Guinea’s capital city where more than 2 million people live. Since the outbreak began in March, over 560 cases of Ebola were reported to health authorities, and, of those, 350 patients have died from the infection, according to the Center for Disease Control. Early treatment has lead to a death rate of just 60 percent in this outbreak, compared to the typical 90 percent rate.

How Medical Professionals Protect Themselves

Because Ebola is transmitted from person to person through bodily fluids, medical professionals must take extreme caution in caring for their patients. Before touching patients, physicians and other staff remove their regular clothes and change into their protective gear, which includes a layers of impermeable gear. They must wear protective scrubs, gloves, face masks and goggles to avoid coming into contact with bodily fluids. The profuse diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding of patients only adds to the challenge. They are then able to enter the isolation wards where patients are housed. Supplies and linens are incinerated after use.

08Jun
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The digital era has led to the evolution of a unique online culture. Companies have gradually realized that they can key into certain demographics by using Internet jargon, memes, and jokes to connect with potential audiences.

This type of marketing is most evident in the gaming and tech industries, since they draw audiences that are likely to be immersed in digital culture. But other industries are jumping onto this bandwagon as well.

Below are four aspects of Internet culture you might want to take into account before you launch your next online marketing campaign.

1. The power of memes

Image-based platforms such as Pinterest and Tumblr have opened up new avenues for companies to connect with consumers through the use of memes. These are the viral images and gifs that you see all over social media.

The use of these infectious visuals has become so popular in digital marketing that there’s even a name for it: memejacking. Tropes such as Success Kid and the Y U No meme are instantly recognizable among certain demographics, and have been re-appropriated to send marketing messages.

Netspeak

This is the abbreviated Internet jargon that English teachers loathe. However, online jargon has been embraced by multiple generations over the course of online and text-based communications.

While marketers run the risk of alienating some audiences with online shorthand, they will still be able to communicate directly with audiences who are “in the know.” Online and SMS-based speech patterns have even evolved into their own identifiable cultures, such as jejemon in the Philippines.

Multimedia

Memes and online tropes are even easier to spread through online marketing accounts, due to the adoption of image video ads by companies such as Instagram and Facebook. Now companies can connect with their audience through viral videos instead of only text or image-based memes.

Twitter trends

Most digital marketers will tell you to keep a close eye on Twitter trends. This will give you both a micro and macro picture of what’s hot internationally and domestically.

By consulting Twitter’s location-based searches, you can find phrases and hashtags that are culturally relevant at the town, state, and national levels.

Online culture is rife with promotional opportunities for companies. An Internet-savvy digital marketing firm understands the demographics that drive these cultures and how viral memes can boost a company’s success.

Start shuffling through your folders of goofy cat images and puns, because you might find the inspiration for your next marketing campaign!

06Jun
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online_gaming

Maybe you’re a late bloomer or you aren’t as good at gaming as you’d like to be. When you look around you, it might seem that some other people are natural born gamers, but you? Not so much.

The good news is that there are a number of “skills” and talents that can actually transfer pretty easily to online gaming (assuming you choose the right game). Be assured you have a lot of potential; you just need to tap into it.

If you’re solid at any of the skills or talents below, figure out how to make this work in your favor when you’re gaming, whether you do casino gaming online or a race game. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh perspective and innovative approach.

You might just find a gamer inside you after all.

Killer concentration and memory

Can you remember the most random of facts, do you dominate trivia, or do you easily remember patterns (such as the order of hummus stacked in the fridge)?

These skills are great for gaming, but especially for games that require the ability to remember order, such as online casino games. You can also tap into them for games that depend on a player’s memory for landscapes such as Zelda.

Great empathy and compassion

Are you the first person your friends call when they’re having a tough time? Being empathetic and compassionate isn’t something you normally associate with a competitive activity, but in gaming, it can work for you.

If you’re gaming with someone, you may be able to “read” their thoughts and emotions more easily, between the lines, and figure out what they’re likely to do next.

The ability to slip into “the zone”

It might seem as if just about everyone “zones out” when gaming, but that’s mostly just appearance. Some people are better at tuning out distractions than others.

Recent studies have indicated that multi-tasking actually means you’re not performing your best at any of the many tasks you’re assaying, so the ability to focus has become increasingly important, no matter what the subject.

Incredible patience

If you have the patience to deal with a horrible boss, be a parent, or can sit at the DMV with zero stress, you were built for gaming. Sometimes those challenges are beastly, and can require hours (or even days, months, or years) of dedication.

That’s not something that comes easily for most people, but for you, it’s cake. It’s all about choosing the right game and consciously using your innate characteristics.

Who knew that gaming was such an art and demanded so much?

05Jun
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Americans are battling an unprecedented health crisis as the result of inactivity, poor diet, and obesity. Our habits and diet are leading to high incidences of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Given the productivity and control we have gained from the use of our smartphones, it’s time to apply this technology to our health. Here are four ways you can start working toward better fitness with your smartphone.

1. Use a pedometer

This basic function measures the length, step count, and distance traveled when you walk or run. Most smartphones have gyroscopes and accelerometers built into them, so they can register each time you take a step.

Popular pedometer apps include Runtastic, Nike+, and Strava. These softwares can help you develop a keen sense of how much exercise you’re getting each day, and how many calories you burn.

2. Pair with wearables

These gadgets have become one of the biggest highlights of tech shows and conferences — for example, SXSW and the Consumer Electronics Show. These devices can record more data with greater accuracy, which makes wearable tech an ideal companion as you work to get into shape.

Wristbands have become extremely popular, with companies such as Jawbone, Nike, and Fitbit competing to create the ultimate fitness band. The technologies allow you to track fitness activity without even carrying your smartphone, so you can go for a long run or bike ride without carrying or strapping on a phone.

Alternatively, companies such as LG are building heart-rate trackers right into earphones, so you can constantly gauge the amount of work your body is doing.

3. Record your caloric intake

The U.S. Department of Agriculture understands how important diet is for weight management. It encourages children and adults to follow recommended caloric intake guidelines.

But how do you know whether you’ve reached these totals, let alone surpassed them? You can take control of your diet by starting a caloric journal.

This could be a simple smartphone note in which you manually calculate calories. Or you might decide to use one of the many free or inexpensive calorie-tracking apps on the market, for instance, Calorie Counter or MyFitnessPal.

Your smartphone can help you track other health goals, beyond just calories, steps taken, and body metrics. You can also log minutes of yoga performed, breath-training exercises, and miles traveled via bicycle.

The options are endless once you choose to put your technology to use. These gadgets can be instrumental in motivating you toward weight loss. Here’s to healthier diets and more activity!

04Jun
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India has long been a top travel destination for those who wander, but what you think you know about Mumbai and the reality may surprise you.

You’re not going to have your own Eat, Pray, Love experience, because Mumbai is a massive metropolitan region, similar to any other major urban area around the world in many respects. Simply getting from one side of the city to the other can take the entire day, so your dream of hopping from the Queen’s necklace to a rural village in 30 minutes isn’t going to happen.

If you really want to prepare for your trip to Mumbai, take it from someone who’s lived there. Here are a few things to consider when packing, if you wish to prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

1. Learn basic Hindi

Hindi is the language most commonly spoken in Mumbai, and shouldn’t count on anyone to know English. Basic phrases in order to ask directions and be polite is key.

Bonus points if you learn the Hindi alphabet, since many stores “spell out” English words phonetically in Hindi.

2. Get a card with no foreign transaction fees

You don’t want to travel with a lot of cash in India, and many places (including some taxis) accept credit cards. Choose one with no foreign transaction fee such as Schwab Bank or certain Chase cards.

3. Choose the right volunteer opportunity

If you want a volunteer vacation, you can find options in abundance in Mumbai, but they’re not all created equally. Do your research, talk with others who have completed the program, and choose a project you’re passionate about.

Mumbai is a huge city, so make sure to find housing that’s close to where you’ll be volunteering.

4. Dress comfortably and conservatively

Showing legs and cleavage (for women, of course) is considered sexy in India. You can safely you’re your arms, shoulders, and even glimpses of midriff, but expect to receive occasional stares no matter how you dress.

You’ll be walking on uneven roads and paths, however, so ditch the heels and embrace cool, spacious linens.

5. Travel with pepper spray

You don’t want to get caught in a tough situation, and it’s best to keep a mini pepper spray canister with you at all times (even in the US, for that matter). To be extra cautious, only travel in groups, don’t drink with strangers, and don’t go out at night without a male companion.

Relatively speaking, Mumbai is progressive for India, but it’s still India, and there’s no reason to ask for trouble.

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