“Whore Contest” or Beauty Pageant?

Feb 16, 2014 by

The triumph of Megan Young as the first Filipina to win the Miss World crown almost came to naught when Islamic hardliners animadverted bitterly on the show of flesh as “pornography.”

Originally slated to be held in part at the 10,000-seat Sentul International Convention Center (SICC) in Sentul just outside Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, it was determined that it was safer to hold the entire Miss World event in southern Bali at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), which could accommodate only 2,000.

Among the protesters was the Indonesian Ulema Council, which claimed that the contest was not in line with Islamic teachings. The Islam Defenders Front as well as the Islamic People’s Forum were also not shy about their disapproval of the pageant, and demanded that it be cancelled. To appease the protesters, Miss World organizers took out the traditional swimsuit portion of event, but it was not enough. So instead of having the finals at the much bigger SICC, the coronation was held at the BNDCC.

Vania Larissa, the representative of Indonesia in the Miss World Pageant, won as Miss World Talent 2013 and was one of the top 10 finalists. The representatives of Cape Verde, Suriname and Uruguay did not attend the event.

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Yasmin Side Effects

Feb 3, 2014 by

There is nothing more joyful, or more terrifying, than having a child. A child born of loving, stable and responsible partners can only enhance an already great relationship. But when there are difficulties in the way, such as financial straits, a career, or emotional instability, the right thing to do is to exercise birth control. In many cases, it is the women who bear most of the responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancies, perhaps because they will also have to carry the child to term. The most popular, because it is the easiest, is with the use of birth control pills, and one of the most popular of these pills when it was introduced in 2001 is Yasmin.

It is not the ideal solution, because even the most advanced (fourth generation) birth control pills still have side effects. In general, these side effects include breast tenderness, mood swings, weight gain, and spotting. On the other hand, birth control pills have been known to be efficacious in controlling moderate outbreaks of acne.

Birth control pills typically include progestin and estrogen which interrupts or prevents ovulation. Fourth generation birth control pills such as Yasmin include drospirenone, a manmade version of a naturally-occurring steroid hormone called progesterone. When it first came out, birth control formulations containing drospirenone was touted as the safer alternative to other oral contraceptives because the severity of the side effects were reduced and the human body could tolerate it better.

It was not long, however, when a bigger danger than a little weight gain emerged with the use of Yasmin. Reports began to come in that Yasmin was apparently causing blood clots to form suddenly in its users, about six times more than other oral contraceptives. This can lead to serious, potentially fatal, conditions such strokes, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, or deep vein thrombosis.

If you or an immediate family member has used Yasmin and suffered serious injury, consult with an experience product liability lawyer. You could be eligible to file a Yasmin lawsuit against manufacturer Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.

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Concerns for Workers

Feb 2, 2014 by

Getting hurt at work is probably not the main concern of employees when they go to work every day; they expect to be able to come home safe at the end of the day. The primary concern is having a job to go to, not a given in today’s economic environment, and to be paid fairly and regularly.

Because of the uncertainty of the job market, some employees are afraid to report an employer who fails to pay overtime wages. Unpaid overtime is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). While this is understandable, employers should not be allowed to take advantage of their employees. With the help of an experienced FLSA lawyer, the employee can assert his or her rights to overtime pay without fear of retaliation.

On the other hand, even with a fair and conscientious employer, a worker may be out of luck. Workplace injury does not only mean being in an accident such as getting a tie stuck in the shredding machine or having a thumb smashed with a hammer. There are some types of injury that can sneak up on one from the daily grind. An example would be carpal tunnel syndrome, a rising concern with many office-based workers, and back pain, which can affect both white collar and blue collar workers alike.

These are debilitating conditions that can effectively disable an employee just as much as an active injury such as broken bones. Fortunately, such injuries that take place in the workplace are eligible for a workers’ compensation insurance claim, which will replace lost income during recovery as well as medical bills.

It may be difficult for employees under certain circumstances to make a claim, however. In most cases, the employer or the insurer will challenge the eligibility of an injury to minimize their exposure. When this happens, it would be advisable to consult with a Fayetteville Workers Compensation Lawyer as soon as possible to iron out the kinks in the works. An attorney will be able to guide you through this difficult time in a professional manner.

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