Q&A with Gary Roma

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, Gary Roma sat in his therapist's office pondering a conundrum of human behavior: Why is it so hard to do what's good for us?For instance, Roma knew that flossing his teeth might add years to his life, and yet most nights he failed to crack the Glide container. He had covered his apartment with Post-it notes. On some he issued commands to himself ("floss!") and on others he pleaded ("floss - pretty please"). Each note would work for a day or two, but then became so much wallpaper; Roma had to plant another Post-it or balance a floss container on top of his alarm clock as a reminder. This had gone on for years. His apartment had filled with notes and little tombstone-shaped boxes."If I can't even get myself to floss, what's the use of trying to tackle the bigger issues?" he asked his therapist."Let's try to look at this problem together in a more creative way," the therapist suggested. Roma had already produced several short documentaries, so for the rest of the session the two men dreamed up ideas for a "floss movie." Of course, Roma had no intention of shooting an actual film about dental floss. Rather, he looked on the brainstorming session as the therapist's way to help him change.Then Roma got home and - just for the hell of it - sat down at his computer to Google the word "floss." First he discovered that an inmate had used dental floss in a daring escape from a West Virginia prison. Then he stumbled across the lyrics to Frank Zappa's "Montana," in which the singer spins a fantasy about a dental-floss farm. It was at this point that Roma suspected that he had stumbled across a great idea.The result is a new film called "Hanging by a Thread," which Roma has been showing around town in its rough-cut form. He hopes to debut the film at the Museum of Fine Arts next year.IDEAS: How did people react when you told them you wanted to include them in a documentary about floss?ROMA: Most of the people I contacted were intrigued and responded positively. For instance, I wrote a letter to Gail Zappa [Frank Zappa's widow] and she loved the idea so much that she called me and we spoke at length about the film. She said she would set up for me an interview with Frank's dentist!Unfortunately, the first prison story I found on Google didn't work out. I'd read about an inmate who busted from a maximum-security facility in West Virginia using a rope he'd woven from dental floss. When I spoke to the warden, he was embarrassed about the incident, especially because of the way the inmate had hidden the floss from guards: by wrapping it around his testicles. So the warden refused to grant me access to the prison.

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Hundreds Protest Kidnapping' in Norway's Child Welfare System
Hundreds Protest Kidnapping' in Norway's Child Welfare System
Driving rain in Oslo didn't put the several hundred protesters off from making their viewpoint heard, as they assembled by the city's Central Station, before marching towards the parliament building. Banners were held aloft, with messages including: "Children are not business," and, "Bring back our children." They are angry at the Norwegian foster care system 'Barnevernet,' (Child Protection Service), which has seen families in the country lose their children for alleged abuses, such as accidently dislodging a child's loose tooth. Eva Michalkova, who is originally from the Czech Republic, has felt the wrath of the Barnevernet, after she lost her two children."It's a mixture of feelings. It's sadness, frustration, it's a feeling you you don't know what to expect and all you can say is used against you, all you can do is used against you. So it is very difficult," she told RT's Ruptly video agency.READ MORE: 'Similar to Nazi foster care': Czech president slams Norwegian child welfare Michalkova's case stems from an incident in 2011, when her two sons were taken into protective care, after one of her children told a nursery teacher that his father had "groped inside his pajamas," the Norwegian online newspaper Nettavisen reported. No charges were ever brought over the incident, but the Barnevernet placed the children into two separate foster families. The children's parents have since divorced, but Eva is fighting a legal battle to regain custody of her kids. The incident brought a furious response from the Czech President Milos Zeman, who in February compared the Barnevernet system to Nazi Germany's infamous 'Arian breeding program.'"The boys are in a foster facility similar to Lebensborn. Their mother can meet them for 15 minutes twice a year. She must not talk in Czech to them. In other words, the kids are being estranged from their national identity," Zeman said, as cited by the Czech News Agency. In October 2014, the Barnevernet snatched the young son of a Russian couple after the child told classmates that his mother had pulled out a loose tooth. According to Natalya and Sergey Shianok, their son Oskar, who was five at the time, had told fellow kids at his school that his mother had accidently yanked out one of his baby teeth. Natalya explained that she was helping him to pull a T-shirt over his head and knocked out a tooth that was already loose. The Barnevernet said this was child abuse and that the mother had deliberately knocked the tooth out."For the moment Oskar remains in the care of a Norwegian foster family, and his mother has no idea where," says Igor Lapitsky, head of the Russian consulate in Norway, reports RadioVesti.ru.READ MORE: Javelin dentistry: Former Olympic champ removes daughter's tooth with spear In comparison, former US athlete and Olympic gold medal winner, Bryan Clay won praise from across the internet, when he tied a piece of dental floss to a javelin, which he then threw, to dislodge his daughter's loose tooth. Marius Reikeras, a human rights activist is critical of the Norwegian government's spending on Barnevernet, saying that the money could be more effectively channeled elsewhere."We are putting a lot of money in the Child Welfare System. No country in the world puts more money per capita than the government when it comes to CPS. If we could help these families, if we could provide these families with the money we put into the CPS system instead, I am pretty much sure that we could help almost every family," he said. Norway's Child Welfare Services says on their website that they are committed to providing help and support to children, adolescents and parents who are experiencing challenges or difficulties within the family. The service adds that parents are responsible for providing care and protection for their children. "The Child Welfare Services must base its actions on the best interests of the child. Sometimes the child's best interests conflict with those of the parents. The Child Welfare Services' first duty is to provide help and support to the parents, so they can take good care of their children," the service's website said.
The Invention of the Toothbrush
The Invention of the Toothbrush
"The first thing I do in the morningis brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue."Dorothy ParkerAs I recall - the kid loses a tooth and it gets stuffed under a pillow before he or she drifts off to sleep. (Sometimes it's stashed in a glass of water beside the bed...I've been told it's easier to find the little bugger that way.) And when the sun cracks over the horizon a replacement is often found - be it a quarter, a buck, or a gift - and its all thanks to The Tooth Fairy.The Tooth Fairy is this mythical, make-believe, whatcha'-ma-call-it that nocturnally twitters through the night air and speeds from bedside to bedside collecting the fallen teeth of little children, sometimes leaving a trinket for the tooth as an honorarium for its loss. It gives the rug-rats a false sense of belief in the intangible, a whodunit to solve, and forces them to begin to distinguish the difference between the actual and the make-believe, thus beginning every child's mistrust of its parental units.At about six years, baby teeth naturally start to wiggle, loosen and usually fall out so that adult teeth may have their permanent home. And while this event might cause any kid to completely freak out, it's a normal part of life and it happens to us all-Tooth Fairy, or not.Although it might be natural for teeth to fall out as a child, it isn't for adults, and one of the best ways to make sure that your teeth stay firmly planted in your adult head is by daily committing to brushing them. That means getting in there a few times a day (at the least, once in the morning and once in the evening, but best after every meal) with a brush and your favorite toothpaste...it's the optimum way to remove plaque, which consists mostly of bacteria. (And of course, remember to shut that running tap off while you're brushing and sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" in your head-when the song is done, you're done!). A toothbrush can get most of the oo-and-goo, but the flotsam and jetsam left behind is easily tackled with dental floss. When you get into the swing of flossing you'll discover the thrill of what many consider the best way to remove plaque from all of the nooks and crannies along the gumline where periodontal disease most times begins. (A regularly scheduled professional cleaning and polishing by a dental hygienist is also a nice touch.)And to keep your toothbrush fresh as a daisy - after brushing - rinse it completely with water, allow it to air-dry (who invented that silly toothbrush-cozy...heh?), stash it at least six feet away from a toilet (ewww...yes guys, that's how far you splash!) in an upright position and without touching other toothbrushes. The manufacturers of synthetic toothbrushes recommend disposing of them every three or four months, too. And it's also a good idea to break-in a new toothbrush once you have finished with a cold.Because it's such a common item, one would think that the toothbrush would have been made in the seven days that the heavens and the earth and Adam and Eve where created. (I just assumed they both must have had Pepsodent Smiles-didn't you?) This week, however, marks the observance of the humble toothbrush's creation. (How do I know these things? Don't ask, just trust me!)The toothbrush as we know it was invented in the 15th century in China and was originally concocted of boar's hair or horsehair and bamboo or bone. Immediately loved for its functionality, toothbrushes were hauled back by the boatload to Europe by travelers to the East, thus introducing the Western world to a new and convenient form of oral hygiene -quite possibly Western man's first attempt at it ever! (Next, I think, came deodorant, but that's for another blog.)The modern, disposable toothbrush that we've all come to know and love, however, is most often made of more durable and long-lasting synthetics and plastic. And all of this made me start to thinking about how we need to be mindful of the small stuff that makes up our lives and how small actions can have big consequences. Take for instance the simple act of throwing away that synthetic and plastic toothbrush:If you consider that the average human life expectancy today is about 78 years and then multiply that by the times one might replace a toothbrush (every 4 months or so) you get a grand total of 312 toothbrushes used and then discarded by any given individual during his or her time on the planet.Then, figuring that each toothbrush weighs 16.5 gm, in total, every person on the planet (about 6,602,224,175) throws away approximately 11 pounds of toothbrushes in a lifetime. Soooo - if 6,602,224,175 people throw away 11 pounds of toothbrushes each, we're stuck with something like 72,624,465,925 pounds of non-biodegradable waste. That's 36,312,233 tons - a pile the size of 80,000 Statues of Liberty. (It sure redefines the line "...the wretched refuse of your teeming shore" from the famous Emma Lazarus poem found at Lady Liberty's feet.)So the next time you or someone in your household needs a new toothbrush, consider switching to a newfangled biodegradable one made of corn or potato starch, flax or wood fiber, and natural bristles. You can easily find them on line.Although The Tooth Fairy could once ease the pains of losing baby teeth - powerful as she (or he) may be - nobody can make 36,312,233 tons of discarded toothbrushes disappear. That heap of non-biodegradable trash can only vanish by not making it in the first place.Now go floss!
Debunking Beauty Hacks -
Debunking Beauty Hacks -
Experts weigh in on some common skin and hair care solutions made popular by bloggersYou've probably seen the YouTube videos or checked the Instagram posts - there are various beauty hacks that bloggers and even models swear by. But while they appear to be an easy and often cheap solution, do they work and can they instead cause damageAcne is one of the most common issues that plagues millions of men and women. And while there are many product lines for the same, beauty blogger Huda Kattan suggests turning to a fruit. She wrote, "Just take the peel of a ripe banana, and rub it on your blemish for 10 minutes or so. You'll see a big difference in your acne, especially after a few days. Why does this work A lot of reasons! Bananas have so many anti-inflammatories, like vitamin A, zinc, and manganese. The peels are also natural exfoliants to remove toxins and helps to prevent bacterial infections that may contribute to acne. The enzymes help to heal scars and prevent new pimples from popping up, and the starch unclogs your pores."Dr Vandana Punjabi, dermatologist and cosmetologist consultant Nanavati Super Specialist feels there is no scientific reason to applying bananas on the face. "In fact, this may irritate or aggravate the acne, in some cases. As a dermatologist, I would advise my acne patients to eat banana and other fruits as they are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. It is advisable to apply retinol or retinoic acid creams to clear the acne and the blemishes," she says.Instead of going for expensive facials and clean-ups, beauty vlogger Sukhi Mann says one can eliminate blackheads and whiteheads with a dental floss toothpick. She posted a video showing herself using a hot towel first to open up the pores and then gently using a flosser to get rid of the blackheads. She says, "Take the disposable floss pick and drag it in a scraping motion. This option is cheaper and less likely to scar you than using a metal extractor."Dental floss can be used on piled up secretion of whiteheads and blackheads, says Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, MD Skin, consultant dermatologist, Dr Trasi's Clinic and La Piel. "After steaming for a few minutes, use gentle pressure. Floss tips can help for blackhead removal." Dr Soma Sarkar, dermatologist and medical director, Skin Inn, however, warns that one should be careful as dental floss is something which normally is not sterile and extracting whiteheads this way can leave permanent scarring on the face.Your favourite aerated drink may have some beauty use too. A couple of years ago, model Suki Waterhouse revealed she used Coca Cola on her tresses at times. She said, "I don't like my hair when it's washed - it's fine and limp - but Coca-Cola makes it tousled, like I've gone through the Amazon or something." Other beauty bloggers have also experimented with their strands and liked the texture it gives.Dr Soma Sarkar feels cola can add waves and volume as it contains sugar, which adds to the fullness. "The phosphoric acid which has a very low pH tightens the cuticle, which makes the hair look smoother and the curls tighter," she adds. Frequent manicures and pedicures, as well as use of gel nail polish can weaken nails over time. Many suggest adding a teaspoon of chopped garlic into your base coat and applying it to strengthen them.Dr Vandana Punjabi says for strong nails, it is good to focus on a diet rich in iron, protein and calcium, " A supplement advised by your dermatologist will also help in strengthening brittle nails. It is always better to avoid too much contact with water, strong detergents and irritants like onion, garlic, chillies etc as these may damage the nail folds and further worsen the problem," she says.Despite women's fear that shaved hair will grow back faster, darker or coarser, many are turning to razors for soft, glowing skin. Also known as dermaplaning, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor would use a razor to shave the fuzz of their face and achieve smoother, exfoliated skin.Dr Geeta Fazalbhoy Dermatologist founder of Skin and You Clinic says shaving the face does not increase hair growth if followed by laser hair removal. "This is a safe technique for hair removal but can sometimes leave skin with boils and dryness. Remember to wash the skin well before shaving and apply a mild moisturiser. Also, shave along the hair growth always," she adds.
Bing's Not a Bad Guy, Court Rules
Bing's Not a Bad Guy, Court Rules
Steve Bing may have dismissed a pregnant Liz Hurley with a caddish "I'm not your baby's Daddy," but don't call the millionaire playboy a bad guy--or else. A British newspaper has been ordered to apologize to Bing for falsely accusing him of mounting an anti-Hurley smear campaign. Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre and journalist Daniel Jeffreys publicly apologized to Bing and his attorney-to-the-stars, Marty Singer, in London's High Court on Wednesday. The newspapermen have also agreed to fork over "substantial sums" to British children's charities. "They accept that the article was not true, and they sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and distress which they have caused the claimants. They have undertaken not to repeat the libels," said the defendants' attorney, Rebecca Jackson. When told Hurley was with child, Bing initially claimed the kid wasn't his, suggesting the two, who dated for 18 months from 2000-01, were "not in an exclusive relationship when she became pregnant." Meow-ouch! Hurley claimed otherwise. Regardless, three weeks after Damian Charles' birth on April 4, 2002, Bing went to court to officially challenge the paternity claim. But a DNA test subsequently proved that the Brit babe was right, Bing was the father of her child. He has since offered to provide Hurley with child support, but the handout was rejected by the still-stung supermodel, who called the cash "not wanted or welcome." Bing's initial brush off raised the ire of Hurley's fellow countrymen, who publicly raked the sometime movie producer and real-estate heir over the coals via the tabloid press. The current libel suit stemmed from a December 22, 2001, article published in the Daily Mail that claimed Bing and Singer tried to drag Hurley's name through the mud. Bing's attorney Nathalie Paterson detailed the article's allegations before the English court: "According to the Daily Mail's article, the so-called "anti-Hurley" team deployed by Mr. Bing included a private detective named Anthony Pellicano who was engaged to "dig up dirt" on her and lawyer Perry Wander, plus a string of models. "The alleged purpose of the campaign was to reduce the sum of money which a California jury would order Mr. Bing to pay Ms. Hurley in any paternity suit brought against him if he should prove to be the father of her child. "The defendants now accept there was no truth whatsoever in these allegations. No such campaign was waged or orchestrated by Mr. Bing or by Mr. Singer on Mr. Bing's behalf. "They had not instructed Anthony Pellicano, or the others named in the article to brief the media against Ms. Hurley. Mr. Singer has not been involved in a campaign to black Ms. Hurley's name," concluded Paterson. Wednesday's court victory was the second Bing has scored over the Daily Mail. Last year, he took the paper to court after it called him a "sleazeball," published his phone number and encouraged readers to call him up and "say exactly what you thing of him." The paper later issued a front-page apology to settle the suit. Some in Hollywood, where Bing has burned bridges, may sympathize with the tabloid's cause. Last year, Bing, 38, found himself in the middle of another paternity battle, this one involving billionaire MGM owner Kirk Kerkorian. Kerkorian's ex, onetime tennis pro Lisa Bonder, has asked the movie mogul to pay $320,000 a month in child support for her four-year-old daughter. But Kerkorian balked, claiming Bing fathered the child (Bonder has since admitted the child is not Kerkorian's but has yet to identify the biological father). In May, Bing filed a $1 billion invasion-of-privacy suit against Kerkorian, claiming the mogul had his lackeys go through Bing's trash to find dental floss that they could use for a DNA test to establish Bing's purported paternity--the two moneymen later agreed to a secret deal and that's the last we heard. Not so subtle was Bing's dispute with Sean Penn. The outspoken actor filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the aspiring Hollywood player in February, accusing Bing of reneging on a movie deal because of Penn's outspoken stance against war in Iraq. Bing went one better, filing a $15 million lawsuit against Penn, accusing the "irrational and irresponsible" actor of trying to extort an eight-figure acting fee from the producer. At stake is the validity of an oral agreement the two men reportedly had to produce the anti-matrimonial comedy Why Men Shouldn't Marry. Bing claims Penn wouldn't commit to signing a contract and, as such, forfeited the role. Penn disagrees and wants his $10 million payday under a pay-or-play clause that nets the star his paycheck, regardless of whether the movie is ever made. When not employing lawyers, Bing, whose money comes from his dad's real-estate empire, does produce and write the occasional movie. He helped, um, mastermind the surprise hit Kangaroo Jack and is already working on a sequel. His current infatuation is reportedly ex-Baywatch-er Brooke Burns. Hurley, meanwhile, has been generating plenty of tabloid ink of her own, thanks to her affair with Bombay-based computer mogul Arun Naya. The couple, both 37, have been an item for just four months, but the gossip sheets say Hurley's pushing for marriage--as soon as Naya divorces his wife.
When a Bee Falls in Love It Can Be a Real Tongue-twister
When a Bee Falls in Love It Can Be a Real Tongue-twister
CANADA must be the best place in the world to learn French, for the simple reason that products are labelled in French and English, by law. Yes, a far- sighted Canadian government has made language lessons easy by insisting on bilingual labelling, and it was not until I came here that I learnt what the French for 'dental floss' was. Every morning, while shaving, I have been staring at a small white box marked ' soie dentaire' and have tumbled to the fact that this is dental floss. Dental 'silk'? Nice idea.Then I go to breakfast and find myself staring at my nephew and niece's box of Honey Nut Cheerios. These unappetising-looking morsels are, I'm sad to say, Cheerios in both French and English, but at least the packet contains 'Riddles and Giggles]' and so I now know, by studying the subtitles, that 'Riddles and Giggles' in French are 'Devinettes et Farces'. In fact, I can bring you one of the riddles in English.Q. What do you say to a nasty bee?A. Buzz off]All right, not very original, but now go across to the French and what do you find?Q. Que disent les abeilles amoureuses?A. Bise] Bise](Q. What do amorous bees say?A. Bise] Bise])That is plainly not a translation of the other one. It is nothing like the other one. The translators obviously said: 'Look, we don't have an expression in French like 'Buzz off', so the joke won't work. We'll have to think up another one which does work in French.'So that's why we get this incomprehensible joke about Bise, Bise] I do remember, actually, from the depths of my memory, that the French don't shout 'Encore]' when they want an encore. They shout 'Bis]', which is the Latin for 'Twice]' But why 'Bise'? Well, if you read some of the other French riddles on the Cheerio box, you find one about the bees' favourite food being 'bizzcuits', and you put two and two together and suddenly wake up to the fact that, to the French, bees don't go 'buzz'. They go 'bizz'. It's pretty exciting, this language-learning business. I've only been in Canada 10 days, and already I've learnt the French for 'dental floss' and 'riddle' and 'buzz] buzz]'.Of course, not everything is such plain sailing. I have also found a packet of crisps (' croutilles') which have a taste described in English as 'Hot Stuff]' and I turned the packet over impatiently to the French side to discover what Hot Stuff is in French. It's 'Saveur de Barbecue'. Now, by any standards, that's a fudge. Not so much a fudge as those bee riddles, but almost. In contexts where I normally exclaim 'Hot Stuff]' I can't see myself saying, 'Saveur de Barbecue]' across the Channel, and getting any extra marks.(Incidentally, the back of the Cheerio packet is quite big, and they run out of riddles halfway down, so they put in some tongue- twisters, and I am proud to say that I now know the French for a tongue-twister. Anyone? That's right - 'un fou-bouche'. I never knew that.)Now, if I am just here for two weeks, and have already soaked up this amazing amount of French, you can imagine how much the average Canadian soaks up in a lifetime, can't you?Right? Wrong. They soak up none at all. When they are inspecting goods in the supermarket, the Canadians always turn to the side that has their language and totally ignore the French (or English) side. Every Canadian product has an unexplored area on it, like the dark side of the moon. If the average English- speaking Canadian was magicked to France, I wonder if he could understand anything that was written on anything.This is not just idle speculation. I have done my own research. I have asked a simple section of middle-class, educated, English-speaking Canadians if they knew what the French word for 'steering-wheel' was, and all of them havea) stared at me as if I were madb) smelt my breath for alcoholc) said 'No'.Well, they should know. In Canada, as in most countries, there is an anti-drink-driving campaign. The English slogan is 'If you drink, don't drive.' The French one is 'Si vous buvez, ne prenez pas le volant', or, if you drink, don't take the steering-wheel.This slogan is printed in both languages on every receipt given out at every liquor store in Canada (I have visited as many liquor stores as possible over the festive period to check this out), yet, as far as I can make out, no English- speaking Canadian has ever read as far as the French version, and therefore has no idea that a steering-wheel is 'un volant'.Tomorrow: more revelations about this split-personality country.
How to Dry Cayenne Pepper & Avoid Mold
How to Dry Cayenne Pepper & Avoid Mold
Cayenne peppers are commonly grown in the home garden. The peppers are decorative on the plant and full of robust flavor when used to spice up a favorite culinary dish. Harvest cayenne peppers when the peppers are fully ripe and have turned from green to bright red, as peppers are best when allowed to ripen on the plant. Cayenne peppers dry easily and no prep work is needed, other than a quick rinse to remove garden dust. When thoroughly dried and properly stored, cayenne peppers are unaffected by mold.Dry cayenne peppers in a food dehydrator or in your oven. Rinse the cayenne peppers to remove any dust, then use a paring knife to cut a small slit in each pepper. Spread the peppers in a single layer on your dehydrator's rack. To dry cayenne peppers in the oven, spread the peppers on a baking pan or cookie sheet. Turn the temperature of your dehydrator or oven to between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn the peppers with a spatula at least once every hour to promote even drying. Drying in an oven or dehydrator can take up to a day.Dry cayenne peppers outdoors if daytime temperatures are above 85 degrees F. Slit small cayenne peppers and cut large peppers in half lengthwise. Place the peppers one layer deep on a screen or drying rack. Cover the peppers with netting or cheesecloth to keep pests away from the peppers. Bring the peppers indoors during the night. Drying time takes at least several days, but varies widely depending on air temperature humidity and size of the peppers.Air-dry cayenne peppers by hanging the peppers in a dry, well-ventilated room. To air dry peppers, first rinse the peppers, or wipe them with a clean, damp cloth. Thread a large needle with dental floss, fishing line or sturdy thread such as carpet thread. Insert the needle through the stem end of each pepper and string the peppers together. Hang the peppers on a nail or hook. Drying may take up to a month, depending on room temperature.Dry cayenne peppers until the peppers are dry and shriveled and the color has deepened to deep red. Crumble or grind the dry peppers, then store the peppers in a tightly sealed, airtight container. Store the peppers in a dry, well-ventilated spot. A dark spot is best, as sunlight quickly fades the red color of the peppers.
Alltracel Upbeat on Q1 Performance
Alltracel Upbeat on Q1 Performance
Irish biopharmaceutical company Alltracel is expecting first quarter sales of €4.1m. The company says its revenues are being fuelled by m-doc shipments in Europe, the start-up of Seal-On trade shipments to Wal-Mart and Walgreen in the US and strong private label dental floss shipments in the US and Europe.The company, which is listed on London's AIM, said its m-doc partnership programme continues to strengthen. The m-doc product helps bleeding to stop. During the first quarter of 2005, the company also completed the €8m acquisition of Westone, the specialist oral care product development business.'Our Q1 revenue performance reflects the successful acquisition of Westone in January, as well as continued growth from Alltracel's core woundcare business,' commented Alltracel's CEO Tony Richardson.'We remain comfortable to exceed full year revenue expectations of €21m,' he added.Earlier this week, the company reported an operating loss of €4.4m for 2004 compared to a loss of €2.8m in 2003. This was as a result of a fourfold increase in marketing expenditure, the hiring of four new senior managers and increased costs associated with the increased levels of trading.However, revenue jumped by 355% for the year to €4.6m compared to €1m the previous year as the company's brand partnership programme signed up an additional 25 brand partners during the year.
Sexy New Naked Bra' Trend Is Slammed by Women That Joke Who Knew String Could Cost so Much'
Sexy New Naked Bra' Trend Is Slammed by Women That Joke Who Knew String Could Cost so Much'
VALENTINE'S Day may have been and gone but that hasn't stopped a rather risqué lingerie trend from emerging on social media.FashionNova's very cheeky 'naked bras' are being snapped up by brave shoppers who are sharing snaps of the racy sets on Instagram.And while the items are sure to prove a hit in the bedroom they offer little in the way of support - with many women mocking the trend online describing the items as 'dental floss'.Commenting on a barely-there set on the brand's Instagram page, one user wrote: "$40 for pieces of string!!??" while another commented: "I didn't know pieces of strings could cost so much."Agreeing, one fan added: "I didn't know dental floss came in red."One woman joked: "This would just sink in my love handles like quick sand."Others were concerned that they wouldn't even get as far as putting it on, with lexyxo1 writing: "First off, there's no way I would ever figure out how to put this on & I know for sure myself & no man is gonna know how to take it off either."However, there were a select few who felt brave enough to embrace the trend - with the sexy ensemble amassing over 88,000 likes on Instagram.One keen shopper commented: "I'm buying this ASAP!" while a second wrote "F*** the Victoria secret one I'm getting this one".This is not the first time that FashionNova has garnered attention for its bold fashion choices with shoppers slamming a cropped jacket that fails to cover your breasts.The e-tailer is selling a two-piece outfit, made up of trousers and a long-sleeved jacket, has been mocked by shoppers for how ridiculously short it is.Posting a photo of the £37.94 ($49.99) blue set on Instagram, they captioned it: "Not your boyfriend's hoodie".Elsewhere the brand has caused confusion with a divisive pair of 'bum-flashing' suspender shorts - with shoppers begging the store to "make some which cover the butt".
'The Bachelorette' 2011 Recap: Ashley Meets Her Men
'The Bachelorette' 2011 Recap: Ashley Meets Her Men
It seems like just yesterday we were watching dental student Ashley Hebert mend her wounded heart after Bachelor Brad dumped her. Doubts and insecurities got the best of her, but given the outcome of Brad and Emily's troubled relationship, Ashley may have gotten the better deal. 25 guys vs. Brad Womack, a two-time dud of a Bachelor Heck, maybe she threw that competition on purpose.But that was then, and this is now, and now is about the new, reformed Ashley. The once unsure dental student is now a changed woman. She's confident. She wants love. She deserves love. Yadda, yadda, yadda ... We've heard this before. After a few dancing-in-booty-shorts scenes (apparently she moonlights as a hip-hop dance instructor), a Rocky-like montage filmed in Philly, and a scene of Ashley pretending to be a dentist (ha, just kidding), we're ready to get this season started. "I'm gonna do it right this time," Ashley tells us. That's what they all say, honey.In the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, contestants will do nearly anything to get attention right from the start. After all, they've got to survive that first night elimination to even get a chance at the hot-tubs, fantasy suites and helicopter rides that await on this journey for love. Here's a look at the best, the worst, the weirdest and the sweetest gestures from the men as they stepped out of the limo and into the fray for Ashley's heart.Most awkward entrance: Mickey, a chef, decides to deliver his own rendition of Chantal's infamous entrance last season. Chantal told Brad that she had a message from every woman in America, and then gave him a playful slap across the face. Mickey doesn't slap Ashley, but he does go in for a full kiss. Considering she nearly does a backbend to avoid the smooch, this move wasn't a success.Corniest introduction: West, a widower from South Carolina, gives Ashley a broken compass that happens to be stuck on the W. "I hope that if you ever start feeling lost in this whole process that it will help you find your way back to me," he tells Ashley. "That's very clever of you!" she quips.Biggest attention seeker: Jeff, an entrepreneur from St. Louis, exits the limo wearing a black mask over the top half of his face. "I wanted to take my face out of the game and have you learn a little bit about what's inside," he says. "Are you going to keep that on all night" she asks, nervously laughing. If the promos for the season are any hint, Jeff is going to keep the mask on for awhile, much to the dismay of the annoyed guys who have to stare at Creepy Masked Man all day and night. And yes, we're calling him Creepy Masked Man (C.M.M. for short) for the rest of the season.Cutest prop: Constantine, a restaurant owner from Atlanta, had us wondering what he was going to do with the pack of pink dental floss in his pocket. Is he really going to floss his teeth, here and now No, no, no Constantine... don't go there, don't do it. Instead, he reaches for her hand and creates a makeshift bow ring on her finger. "Hopefully when we get inside, you can remember that I was the one who tied the pink dental floss on your finger," he says. It sounds weird, but trust us, it worked. Ashley loves it. "You are too cute," she says.Best villain: Bentley, a Salt Lake City businessman, has set himself up to become the most-hated Bachelorette suitor since smooth-talkin' crooner Wes tried to steal Jillian's heart. In the pre-party chat with host Chris Harrison, Ashley lets an interesting tidbit slip. She's already been warned by one of her Bachelor friends that one of the contestants is not there "for the right reasons." "Never in the 10 years that I've done this show have we had drama before the limo arrives," Chris tells her. Turns out, the warning was right. The divorced father, who has a little girl named "Cozy," makes it clear he's not really that into Ashley. "Even though I'm not overly attracted to her... I'm very competitive," he tells the camera. His dream gal is Emily Maynard, the blond Southern belle who won "The Bachelor" last season.Loser of the night: How do you get kicked off "The Bachelorette" before the first rose ceremony Tim, a 35-year-old liquor distributor, may have set the record for the speediest exit in Bachelorette history. The reason Drunk as a skunk. Tim got so completely obliterated that he passed out and started snoring. Ashley tried to wake him but couldn't get him to budge. Several of the guys readily volunteered to help escort their fallen comrade out of the mansion and into a van. Tim, come on. You're a liquor distributor, and you can't hold your liquorBiggest overachiever: Ames, 31, works in finance in New York City. He got his undergraduate degree from Yale. Oh yeah, he's got two master's degrees from Columbia, too. And after that, he got his doctorate at Harvard. For work, he's traveled to about 70 countries - no big deal. In his spare time, he's run about 39 marathons. Since those aren't really enough of a challenge, Ames likes to lace up his sneakers for some ultramarathons. He's also saved 12 puppies from a burning building, swum across the Atlantic Ocean and killed a crocodile with his bare hands. (OK: that last sentence isn't true. Just making a point with the ridiculousness of his whole persona.) Run Ashley, run. He'll never be able to make time for you.Most sincere: J.P., a 34-year-old construction manager from New York, is one of our early picks to make it far this season. He's cute as a button, totally relaxed and just so darn likable. Not to mention, he's got a smile that's the best of the bunch. Watch out though: his ABC bio says he's stubborn, impatient and easily frustrated. J.P. could be pushed to his limits with Creepy Masked Man and Bentley the Villain.The first impression rose goes to: Ryan P., a 31-year-old solar energy businessman who likens his sun-friendly business to changing the world. "If you really want to make a difference, you have to love what you do," he tells us. His warm smile and quick wit (telling Ashley: "Brad's loss is my gain.") got him the coveted first impression rose, which means that he's an early frontrunner. "From the second you stepped out of the limo, something about you just got my attention," Ashley told him. Ryan bears a strong resemblance to Glee's Matthew Morrison (minus the curls).Other early favorites: Ben F., a winemaker from California, got lots of time on camera. He's ruggedly handsome and seems to be at ease with Ashley. William, a cellular phone salesman, has a gregarious personality that could take him far.Best sign-off line: Seven guys went home on the first night. It's the ultimate walk of shame for a single guy who's now got to tell all of his friends that the Bachelorette ditched him after a two-minute conversation. Anthony, a New Jersey butcher who unbuttoned his shirt just enough to show some chest hair and a gold chain, made sure he got some airtime out of his failed stint on the show."I'm a little pissed off that things ended the way they did. I've been single for 7 years. I don't know how to feel anymore. Who wants to be hurt, you know But, she's a pretty girl. She's a nice girl. And I hope one of the guys can make her very happy for the rest of her life. Clearly, I'm not that guy."She may have her hands full with some of the guys she picked tonight. But hey, if she wants to spend the rest of her life with Batman, hey, what do I know I'm just a small-time butcher from Jersey, and I'm going back."And with that, he blew a kiss to the camera.Next week: Will Creepy Masked Man finally reveal his true self What about Bentley Will Ashley finally believe her friend's warning and kick him to the curb, or will he continue to dupe her Can Ryan P. build on his momentum from the first impression rose• New Jersey butcher to compete for love on 2011 edition of ABC "The Bachelorette"• Finale live blog: Ali's season finale pick between Roberto, Chris• Finale preview: The Bachelorette Ali season finale preview: Chris Harrison says Ali made right choice• Week 10 (part 2): The Bachelorette Ali: 'The Men Tell All' but Justin, Frank no-show• Week 10 (part 1): The Bachelorette: Ali faces the men she rejected before picking between Roberto, Chris• Week 9 (part 2): The Bachelorette Tahiti: 'Frank and Nicole' bombshell leaves Ali with Roberto, Chris in final two• Week 9 (part 1): The Bachelorette: Ali gets dumped by Frank for ex-girlfriend Nicole• Week 8: The Bachelorette Ali picks her final three after hometown dates with Kirk, Frank, Roberto, Chris• Week 7 (part 2): The Bachelorette: Ali Fedotowsky picks her final four in Portugal• Week 7 (part 1): The Bachelor Jake Pavelka, Vienna Girardi trash each other on ABC after breaking engagement• Week 6: (part 2): The Bachelorette: Justin has two girlfriends, Ali is ready to wrestle&bull Week 6: (part 1) The Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky learns Justin has not one girlfriend, but two• Week 5: The Bachelorette Iceland edition: Kasey's tattoo gets the cold shoulder• Week 4: The Bachelorette N.Y. edition: Kasey gets a tattoo, Joshua Radin performs• Week 3: Bachelorette week 3: 'Wrestler' Justin stays, Roberto appears to be front-runner• Week 2: Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky gets a Hollywood kiss, a 'dangerous' man goes home• Week 1 Bachelorette 2010: Ali Fedotowsky meets her 25 bachelors in season premiere
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