Navy Names AABoomer, Michelle Howard First Woman Four-Star Admiral
DECEMBER 17, 2013 BY CLUTCH
President Obama nominated Navy Vice Adm. Michelle Howard for the appointment to the rank of admiral, making her the first woman in Navy history to achieve a fourth star.
Howard, 53, was also nominated for the assignment of vice chief of naval operations, which is the second-highest ranking officer in the U.S. Navy, and one step below the Navy’s highest rank, chief of naval operations.
But this isn’t Howard’s first. In 1999, Howard was the first black woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy.
In an interview with TIME Howard was asked if it was tougher dealing with sexism or racism in the service. “Sexism within the service, and racism outside the service,” she says
5 Ways to Not Gain Weight Over The Holidays
It’s that time of year: Holiday office parties, Christmas dinners, sugar cookies and festive cocktails. Add to the mix a dose of holiday stress and there’s no wonder why most of the average American’s annual weight gain occurs between October and February.
Here are 5 tips to avoid excessive weight gain during this holiday season:
- De-stress. Holiday stress can raise cortisol levels, contributing to belly/visceral fat. Counter stress with the “Luckie 7″ breathing technique: Inhale to a count of 7, hold for a count of 7, exhale to a count of 7. Do this 7 times.
- Catch some Zzzzzzs. A lack of sleep can suppress leptin ( hormone that signals fullness) and heighten ghrelin ( hormone that signals hunger).The adverse effect on these hormones can contribute to overeating. Low quantity/quality sleep can also exacerbate the stress many of us feel this time of year. Attempt to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to assist in keeping your appetite and stress in check.
- Travel with snacks. Avoid going to holiday parties and dinners on an empty stomach. This can contribute to overeating. Instead, consume high fiber snacks (just before festive events) to assist with satiety. Healthy choices include apples, raw nuts and popcorn ( with iodized sea salt, no cheese, no butter).
- Load up on water. Water tricks the body into feeling full and can reduce the risk of overeating. Water also counters some of the dehydration effects of alcohol.
- Exercise. Stick to your workout regimen (or start one) to keep off the excess pounds. Exercise is also a great stress buster.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season.
AABOOMER , IRA CURRY, SHARES SECOND LARGEST MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT
On her way to work, Ira Curry heard on the radio that one of the winning lottery ticket numbers was her family's lucky No. 7. She called home, her daughter checked the ticket and in an instant, Curry was a multi-millionaire.
Curry came forward Wednesday to collect half of the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second largest in U.S. history. She'll take the lump sum of about $120 million after taxes, which will be given to her in about a week or two. The other winning ticket was sold in San Jose, Calif. The winner there has one year to come forward.
Curry, her husband and other family members came to the lottery headquarters in Atlanta to claim the prize, surprising officials who thought the winner may take some time to get their affairs in order.
"She said she was just in a state of disbelief," Georgia Lottery chief executive Debbie Alford said.
It wasn't clear whether she ever made it to work Wednesday. Alford said Curry bought just one ticket and chose the numbers based on relatives' birthdays and the lucky 7.
7 Priceless Holiday Gifts that are Free
by Keisha Stoute on December 18, 2013
Keisha Says Holiday Guide
Everyone gets caught up in spending money and a substantial amount of time shopping for the holidays but often forget about the meaningful gifts that are free. This time of the year is about spreading happiness to others, reflecting and spending time with friends, family and love ones. Materialistic gifts are nice to have but after a while they get thrown into the closet or a box and are forgotten. Priceless gifts don’t come with a price tag but are significant in thought and feeling. The responses that you receive by giving a priceless gift will far exceed any monetary amount. Celebrate the season by opening up your hearts and incorporating a few of my 7 priceless holiday gifts.
1. Donating Items
Donating old or unused items to people that are in need can bring tears of joy and peace this season. In this economy there are many families and individuals who are less fortunate and need your help. Make it happen!
Volunteering is a great way to provide assistance to a particular cause. This can turn into an excellent opportunity for you to network with others who can offer you career advice and/or a job etc.. When people see that you are willing they can vouch for your work and are more willing to help. Your services will be greatly appreciated and you will feel good knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life.
3. Saying I’m Sorry
Saying I’m sorry is liberating and freeing to your spirit and body both physically and emotionally. By acknowledging your faults you are taking control of your life and environment. It shows growth and maturity that allows you to communicate effectively to those that you have scorned. This priceless gift will go a long way and can rebuild and redefine relationships.
4. Reconnecting with someone
In this tech savvy world everyone loves to send text messages, emails etc. but what about picking up the telephone and making a call. Let’s go old school. During this holiday season people often look back and see the error in their ways and want to make things right. A great surprise could be reconnecting with a long lost friend, family member or an old flame. Don’t let time pass you by. Take a few minutes out of your busy day to make that phone call!
5. Saying I Love You
This is huge! When you are having a bad day or enduring tough times, hearing those three words will definitely turn your frown upside down. Knowing that others care and support you goes a long way and gives you a sense of peace and joy. Priceless!
6. Send an e-greeting card
Giving an e-greeting card shows that you are willing to go the extra mile. There are several e-greeting sites that are free. You can be as humorous or creative as you want. Let your artistic side run wild.
7. Giving Thanks
This seems like a simple task to do but many people fail to do it. Giving thanks isn’t just about saying “thank you” but also offering why you are thankful. There is always a story behind every thought of gift given. Tell everyone in your life how much you appreciate them and why.
Make this holiday a memorable one by offering a few priceless gifts. The best kinds of gifts are the ones that you are not expecting and those that truly come from the heart. It’s the little things in life that hold significant value. Make it count!
Tuloko Changing the Face of Black Spending Power
The Phoenix Unleashed
Tuloko is here to empower the spending power of blacks. As African-Americans we are so powerful in many aspects, yet we still have failed to fully embrace this truth and our spending power is no exception.
According to insightnews.com if the African-American community were a county unto itself, economically it would be the 16th largest nation in the world. Now that’s power! However is seems to be power spent in all the wrong places.
A 2011 study concluded that the African-American dollar has a collective worth of more than $1.1 trillion annually. But with such collective wealth, many ponder why and how so many African-Americans languish in poverty and as a whole has an unemployment rate that is nearly double that of the national average.
Economist Nicole Kenney offers some disheartening information. The Asian dollar stays within their community for one month and within the Jewish community 20 days. The same dollar stays within the African-American community for only six hours.
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