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High-tech threads sense how and when the wearer moves – SlashGear02.02.21

Tufts University engineers have developed a flexible thread-based sensor that can measure neck movement and provide data on direction, angle of rotation, and degree of displacement of the head. Researchers say the breakthrough has the potential to be used as a thin tattoo-like patch that could measure athletic performance, monitor worker or driver fatigue, assist with physical therapy, enhance VR games, and improve computer-generated imagery for cinematographers. The thread-based sensors can be woven directly into textiles.

The researchers placed two of the threads in an X-pattern on the back of the subjects neck. Threads are coated with an electrically conducting carbon-based ink. The sensors detect motion when the threads bend, creating strain that changes the way they conduct electricity. When the subject performs a series of head movements, the wire sends signals to a small Bluetooth module that can transmit the data wirelessly to a smartphone or PC for analysis.

By analyzing the data, machine learning algorithms interpret the signals and translate them into quantitive head movements in real-time. The sensors in the algorithm are 93 percent accurate. The wireless sensors allow the tracking of motion without interference from wires, bulky devices, or limiting conditions such as the requirement for cameras. Subjects also dont have to be confined to a room or laboratory for measurement.

Researchers say the algorithms have to be specialized for each location of the body, but the sensors could measure movement in other limbs. The tech could be used to create skin patches or form-fitting clothing containing threads used to track movement in settings where measurements are most relevant, like the field, workplace, or classroom.

The researchers believe that for the athletic field, their threat-based sensor approach could be a game-changer. Tattoo-like patches can be placed on different joints allowing athletes to track their physical movement or form.

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Tattoo artist Les Bowen reflects on 61 years inking bodies and change from underground to art form – ABC News01.27.21

A few sewing needles tied to a cork, a bottle of Indian ink and plenty of ego gave Les Bowen his start as a tattoo artist.

It was 1959 and the then 17-year-old was practising tattooing skulls and letters on his friends.

"You go around and graffiti all of your friends and get banished by their parents," he laughed.

Sixty-two years later, Mr Bowen is one of Australia's most well respected and awarded tattoo artists with honorary membership to international tattoo associations including the exclusive Japan Tattoo Club.

Despite six decades in the business, his passion for tattooing has not faded and his skill is unwavering.

"I'm still fascinated by tattooing.

"I always wondered whether I would, as I got older, have shaky hands, but it has gone the opposite way I think, I'm more steady in the hands than I have ever been.

"I have been in control of the movement of my hands for so many years that I can keep them very still indeed."

In 1960, the tattoo industry had a pretty seedy reputation, tattoo artists were very secretive and parents warned their children job prospects would dry up if they got a tattoo.

It was in 1960 when Mr Bowen ordered his first proper tattoo equipment from an American mail-order catalogue.

He had no knowledge of how to use it and tattooists were tight-lipped about the trade but Mr Bowen used his skill as an illustrator as a bargaining chip.

"I ran into another tattoo artist who started talking to me about the actual process of tattooing which was a thing that tattoo artists didn't do at the time.

"I used to draw designs for him, because I was one of the few tattooists that could draw and he used to impart little snippets of information to me."

Mr Bowen was living in a house next to the Brisbane showgrounds, and the day before show day he put a sign out advertising tattoos.

"The sign hadn't even been out there an hour when there was a knock at the door and there were about 100 people at the door every sideshow and ride operator from the showgrounds had seen the sign and passed the message on.

"And there I was, with no knowledge or skill but plenty of ego so that's really how it started."

When Mr Bowen opened his Second Skin Tattoo shop in Townsville in 1980, tattoo studios outside capital cities were rare.

He said he had seen tattoos change from the realm of "gangsters and knockabouts" to an accepted art form.

Despite many positive changes, he laments the loss of the underground mystique of the industry.

"I sort of miss the bad boy thing, I miss the design sheets on the wall, I miss the simplicity of it, it has become a very complicated business.

"At the time when I started really artistic ability wasn't a pre-requisite, now it is pretty much a pre-requisite to be a good or at least a reasonable artist because demands are so high for the quality of the artwork."

Mr Bowen has worked on many famous bodies including Australia's most well-known tattooed woman Cindy Ray.

He has several pieces on Tom Waits and does not deny the rumour he has tattooed former AC/DC frontman Bon Scott.

"I pick and choose what I do now, I only do the jobs that I want to do and I pick the people that I want to tattoo on.

"I feel I am semi-retired but I could never walk away from it completely."

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New Mexico Department Of Health County Map Update: Los Alamos Reaches Yellow Level; Almost Every County Improving In Health Metrics And Suppressing…01.27.21

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SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health announced today the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Jan. 27, with seven New Mexico counties at the Yellow Level and one at the Green Level, reflecting an improving overall COVID-19 outlook for the state.

Twenty-eight of 33 counties saw improvements in their average daily per-capita rate of new cases in the last two weeks, and 29 counties saw improvements in their test positivity rate. In addition, the states most populous counties Bernalillo, Doa Ana, Sandoval, San Juan and Santa Fe each improved dramatically in both of the two health gating criteria metrics.

The states county-by-county system uses key health metrics the per-capita daily incidence of new COVID-19 cases and average COVID-19 test positivity within county borders to determine the level of public health risk and requirement for each county. A county that meets one criterion may operate at the Yellow Level; a county that meets both may operate at the Green Level.

Harding County met both health metric thresholds and may continue to operate at the Green Level, which it first reached Jan. 13. The counties of Colfax, Grant, Los Alamos, San Miguel, Sierra, Socorro and Union met one of the health metric thresholds a positivity rate below 5 percent in each county and may operate at the Yellow Level beginning Jan. 27.

Twenty four counties reported a positivity rate below 10 percent, close to the state threshold of 5 percent, an increase from 11 counties below 10 percent two weeks ago.

IMPROVING PER-CAPITA CASE RATES:

Over the past two weeks, 28 counties saw their per-capita new daily case rate improve; two other counties (Harding and Socorro) saw no change. The improving counties are: Los Alamos, Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Doa Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lea, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Torrance, Union and Valencia, with Catron, Lea, Sierra, Mora and Union seeing the greatest improvements by percentage.

Other than sparsely populated Harding County, the county with the lowest daily per-capita new case rate is Catron County, at 10.1 per 100,000 as of Jan. 27. It is followed by Union County (10.5), Mora County (14.1), Torrance County (21.5) and Quay County (25.5). The state threshold for moving to a less restrictive level is 8 per 100,000.

The counties of Lincoln, Luna and Taos saw an increase in their per-capita new daily case rates.

IMPROVING POSITIVITY RATES:

Over the past two weeks, 29 counties saw their test positivity rate improve, with one county (Harding) seeing no change. Those improving counties are: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Doa Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lea, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance, Union and Valencia, with De Baca, Catron, San Juan, Roosevelt, Colfax and Lea seeing the greatest increases by percentage.

Other than sparsely populated Harding County, the county with the lowest daily per-capita new case rate is Union County, with 2.1 percent of tests returning positive as of Jan. 27. It is followed by Socorro County (3.56 percent), San Miguel County (3.96 percent), Grant County (4.35 percent) and Sierra County (4.55). The state threshold for moving to a less restrictive level is 5 percent.

The counties of Luna, Lincoln and Taos saw an increase in their test positivity rates, though Taos remains on the threshold of the Yellow Level at 6.07 percent of tests returned positive.

POPULOUS COUNTIES:

The states five most populous counties Bernalillo, Doa Ana, Santa Fe, Sandoval and San Juan each increased in both of the health metrics.

Bernalillo County saw a new daily per-capita case rate of 32.7 per 100,000, a decrease of 36.5 percent over two weeks, and a test positivity rate of 6.68 percent, a decrease of 37 percent over two weeks.

Doa Ana County saw a new daily per-capita case rate of 39.6 per 100,000, a decrease of 19 percent over two weeks, and a test positivity rate of 9.46, a decrease of 27 percent over two weeks.

Sandoval County saw a new daily per-capita case rate of 36 per 100,000, a decrease of 39 percent over two weeks, and a test positivity rate of 6.14, a decrease of 43 percent over two weeks.

San Juan County saw a new daily per-capita case rate of 60.4 per 100,000, a decrease of 42 percent over two weeks, and a test positivity rate of 12.17, a decrease of 36 percent over two weeks.

Santa Fe County saw a new daily per-capita case rate of 33.1 per 100,000, a decrease of 29 percent over two weeks, and a test positivity rate of 6.24 percent, a decrease of 31 percent over two weeks.

The color-coded tier system Red Level, Yellow Level and Green Level enables counties to shed restrictions and provide local communities the flexibility to operate more day-to-day activities as soon as public health data show the virus is retreating within their borders.

The public health order, the red-to-green framework and frequently asked questions are all available at cv.nmhealth.org/redtogreen, where New Mexicans can also view the test positivity rate and new case incidence for each county as of Dec. 2.

The requirements for each level are available below and at cv.nmhealth.org/redtogreen.

GREEN LEVEL:

Counties at the Green Level have both a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions

Essential retail spaces: 50% of maximum capacity

Food and drink establishments: 50% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining

Close-contact businesses: 50% of maximum capacity

Outdoor recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity (unless required to have less capacity under the states COVID-Safe Practices)

Close-contact recreational facilities: Remain closed

**All other businesses: 50% of maximum capacity

Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises

Places of lodging: 75% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 40% of maximum occupancy for all others; 10 guests maximum for vacation rentals

Mass gatherings limit: 20 persons, 100 vehicles

YELLOW LEVEL:

Counties at the Yellow Level have either a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, or an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions

Essential retail spaces: 33% of maximum capacity

Food and drink establishments: 25% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoors dining; any establishment serving alcohol must close by 10 p.m. each night

Close-contact businesses: 25% of maximum capacity or 20 customers at one time, whichever is smaller

Outdoor recreational facilities: 25% of maximum capacity (unless required to have less capacity under the states COVID-Safe Practices)

Close-contact recreational facilities: Remain closed

**All other businesses: 25% of maximum capacity or 125 customers at one time, whichever is smaller

Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 33% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises

Places of lodging: 60% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 25% of maximum occupancy for all others; 5 guests maximum for vacation rentals

Mass gatherings limit: 10 persons; 25 vehicles

RED LEVEL:

Counties at the Red Level are those with a new COVID-19 case incident rate of greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period greater than 5%.

Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions

Essential retail spaces: 25% of maximum capacity

Food and drink establishments: No indoor dining permitted; 25% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining; any establishment serving alcohol must close by 9 p.m. each night

Close-contact businesses: 25% of maximum capacity or 10 customers at one time, whichever is smaller

Outdoor recreational facilities: 25% of maximum capacity (unless required to have less capacity under the states COVID-Safe Practices)

Close-contact recreational facilities: Remain closed

**All other businesses: 25% of maximum capacity or 75 customers at one time, whichever is smaller

Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 25% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises

Places of lodging: 40% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 25% of maximum occupancy for all others; 5 guests maximum for vacation rentals

Mass gatherings limit: 5 persons, 10 vehicles

Categories and definitions within the public health order:

Essential businesses (non-retail): These are any business or nonprofit entity falling within one or more of the following categories:

Essential retail spaces: These include grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, farmers markets and vendors who sell food, convenience stores, and other businesses that generate more than one-third of their revenue from the sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food, animal feed or supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other consumable food and drink products; automobile repair facilities, bike repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile or bike repair products; hardware stores; laundromats; and dry cleaner services.

Food and drink establishments: These are restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops, or other similar establishments that offer food or drink.

Close-contact businesses: These are barbershops, hair salons, tattoo parlors, nail salons, spas, massage therapy services, esthetician clinics, tanning salons, guided raft tours, guided balloon tours.

Outdoor recreational facilities: These are outdoor golf courses, public swimming pools, ski basins, youth programs, youth livestock shows, horseracing tracks, botanical gardens, outdoor zoos and outdoor skating rinks.

Close-contact recreational facilities: These are indoor movie theaters, indoor museums with interactive displays or exhibits and other similar venues, miniature golf, arcades, amusement parks, aquariums, casinos, concert venues, professional sports venues, event venues, bars, dance clubs, performance venues, go-kart courses, automobile racetracks, adult entertainment venues, bowling alleys, indoor ice-skating rinks and other places of recreation or entertainment. For purposes of the public health order, a bar is defined as any business that generated more than half of its revenue from the sale of alcohol during the preceding fiscal year.

Houses of worship: These are any church, synagogue, mosque, or other gathering space where persons congregate to exercise their religious beliefs.

Places of lodging: These are hotels, motels, RV parks, and short-term vacation rentals.

Mass gatherings: These are any public gathering, private gathering, organized event, ceremony, parade, funeral, or any other grouping that brings together a specified number of individuals in a single room or connected space, confined outdoor space, or open outdoor space. Mass gatherings also include coordinated events in which individuals gather in vehicles. Mass gatherings do not include the presence of any number of individuals where those individuals regularly reside. Mass gathering does not include individuals who are public officials or public employees in the course and scope of their employment.

**All other businesses: These are any entities that are not identified explicitly as an essential business, house of worship, outdoor recreational facility, food and drink establishment, place of lodging or close-contact recreational facility. Examples would include non-essential retail spaces like a clothing store, a gym, a group fitness class or a personal training service, among others.

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Should you be double-masking? An Indianapolis doctor weighs in on 2-mask debate – WISHTV.com01.27.21

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) As new coronavirus variants spread, some health experts suggest using two masks could be better than one and like many things during the pandemic, there are differing opinions.

A recent News 8 Twitter poll shows 76% of those who responded voted no to wearing two masks while 23% voted yes.

Gina Logan from Columbus, Indiana is one of those who voted yes and says she started double masking three weeks ago wearing first a cloth mask that has three layers and then the disposable mask with the fitted metal.

I try to follow what the public health experts recommend and once they started talking about the variants and suggesting double masking, I started doing it, said Logan, who says she wears her masks to work and doesnt remove them all day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend having two or more layers of washable breathable fabric which, to some, can seem like a vague description.

Dr. Christopher Belcher is the medical director of Infection Prevention at Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis and says when it comes to a mask, its the layers and the fit that matter most. Too loose and droplets can make their way in, but too many and it could become harder to breathe.

If it gets harder to breathe because you keep putting layers on the front of the mask its going to get harder for air to go through the filter and instead it will leak around the sides and you will suck in air around the nose or sides and thats bad, said Dr. Belcher.

For Logan, wearing two masks may make it slightly harder to breathe, but she says its worth it.

Its a little harder, I guess but a small thing to keep me and my husband safe, said Logan.

Still, Dr. Belcher says there are so many variables to masks that he isnt convinced everyone needs to double up.

If you have a multi-layer mask thats comfortable, great but if you only have a single layer mask or youre in a crowded area, it makes sense that two would be better than one, he adds.

As for Logan, she finds that wearing two masks helps the bottom layer stay on better which gives her peace of mind.

Whether you choose to double mask or not, Dr. Belcher says wearing one is better than not wearing any at all.

Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 40 more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 9,470. A total of 617,176 Hoosiers have tested positive for COVID-19.

With information from the Indiana Department of Health through Jan. 25, 2021, this timeline reflects updated tallies of deaths and positive tests prior to that date.

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Businesses in the dark as Manitoba’s current COVID-19 restrictions set to expire – CBC.ca01.05.21

Tattoo artist Rich Handford is banking on reopening his business on St. Anne's Road Saturdaythe day after the current public health order expires.

Handfordis a member of the Manitoba Body Art Association (MBAA), which haslobbied the provincialgovernment to be considered under Phase 1 ofreopening plans. The MBAA, born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a non-profit organization representing tattooing, piercing and permanent cosmetic services in Manitoba.

The province'scurrent red-level public health orders, whichprohibit nearly all visitors at private residences and forbid the sale of non-essential items in stores, will expire at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Handfordsays the industry has come up with a plan to safely reopen and has submitted it to the premier, the health minister and to ChiefProvincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin.

"We want to raise public awareness as to the level of training within our field. All of our practitionershave training in cross-contaminationprevention and infectioncontrol protocols, we are set to reopen and to do it safely,"said Handford.

But with only three days left before the current rules expire, Handfordsays there has been no government response. He is still going ahead with plans, eventhoughhe is frustrated he isn't getting any direction on what will happen and when.

"As a business owner already drowningin debt, we are still going to arrange for staffing," he said. "Sterilizationequipment has to be tested and sent to labs.

"There's a lot of work that goes into resurrectinga shuttered businessand that all takes time," he said.

Handford isn't the only one hoping to seean influx of clients soon. Megan Gabert owns OrangetheoryFitness franchises in the Sage Creek and Bridgewaterareas in Winnipeg. After two lockdowns and laying staff off twice, Gabert isn't optimistic it will be business as usual come the weekend, despite members constantly contacting her about when they can get back to the gym.

"I watched Dr. Roussin's news conference Monday. There were some very strong hints that the restrictions are going to be extended. I don't think we will be reopening [Saturday], and I just can't do that on the turn of a dime," said Gabert.

Before the pandemic and public health restrictions forcedher business to close, Gabertworked hard to pay off hertwo franchises. She said despite accessing help through the federal governments emergency COVID-19 programs for businesses and staff,it didn't cover everything. She had to take on a lot of debt to stay afloat.

"This has been the hardest part to deal with. Now I am back to Square1 back to being a start up," said Gabert.

Still, she is hoping the government will see the value offitness for mental and physicalwellness at a time whenpeople are stressed beyond the limit.

"What I would like them to do is not open up until they are confident we don't haveto close again, ever," she said.

"I would rather wait another two or four weeks and have a better chance of opening and staying open...rather than having to keep doing this dance of opening, closing, opening, closing that'sway too hard."

There are hundreds of otherbusinessescaught in the same dance. Hair salonsare waiting for the word. On Facebook, Edward CarriereSalon posted on Dec.8, 2020,"as mandated by the province, we will be reopening for full service on Saturday, January 9."

When contacted by CBCNews Monday, the message was: "we haven't heard anything yet and are waiting patiently."

Staff at Hunter and Gunn Barbershop on Broadwaysay they are also waiting for clarity and are poised to open, if given the go ahead.

Tonics Spa and Hair is booking online appointments, but a voice message says it's not known when they will reopen.

Thermeais currently only open for massages, but is looking to expand that to saunas, pools and relaxation areas.

During a news conference Monday,Dr. Roussin said now is not the time for Manitoba to relax its efforts against this virus.

The current public health orders are under review, he said, but new rules have not been determined.

"Our test positivity rates are still quite high, the hospitalization and ICU numbers are still high, and it's also too early to know what the effects of gathering over the holidays may have had on our numbers," he said.

"We haven't yet landed on the new restrictions."

Thisis leaving businesses in limbo, holding on to a thread of hope.

"Iwould love to reopen sometime in January if not early February. I would love to stay open. I would love for it to just get better and better,"said Gabert.

"I understand we will open with restrictionsagain. Buthopefully by summer or fall we may be back to some kind of normal."

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Planning to get a tattoo during your holiday trip? Here’s what to keep in mind – Travel Daily News International01.05.21

Are you fond of tattoos, or you are the one of those afraid of having them in your body? Are you trying to put some of it in your body, and you tend to think that it is your self-expression? Tattoo, whether permanent or not, is a form of art in your body that designing your skin thru and a spot of ink and a needle. It pierces the skin with needles and injects paint, dyes, and pigments into the skin's deep layer. Tattoos used to be done manually, but nowadays, there are many ways to do it, and one of them is electronic.

People getting their tattoos for different reasons, stories, and dramas in life. Many of us people have a broken heart, and they pull out their emotion and bring it to the tattoo. Some are related to their spiritual or cultural beliefs. Others are for recognition that they belong to a certain group organization. Mostly for self-expression or artistic manifestation of oneself. Addiction may be found for those people who are body has fully loaded with a tattoo.

Tattoos and piercings have been around for centuries, but it's only now that they're being accepted as means of self-expression in society. But definitely, having minor operations is also the same as getting a tattoo. In many ways, they are the same, and in both procedures, we must consider the safety precaution to ensure the health of the tattoo fanatics.

Here are some actions that are essential to consider before, during, and after the tattoo process.

Things to do before undergoing tattooing Look for a licensed tattoo shop. All aspects of the workshop should be tidy and well-ordered, including needles, ink, equipment, and a stand-by area. Don't proceed if you notice something unpleasant like dirty or unorganized devices, even the artist's appearance.

One of the most important to consider before entering or engaging in inputting your tattoo is checking the artist or shop accreditation. It is usually shown in the shop, and if you don't find one, there is no problem to ask. This is not considered to be rude but being straightforward leads to your safety.

Usually, the artist explains to the customer from the very start of the process. To prepare the client for the procedure. On what they will expect, including the aftercare course of action like the need for a tattoo lotion, how long it will take, or the session's time frame. It also discusses the degree of pain and a second or succeeding meeting to finalize the design.

It would be best if you examined your tattoo aftermath. If you are satisfied, review the design if this is according to your request. If the tattoo is in word design, verify the spelling if this is right. If possible, get a copy so you have it on your file that you can enlarge and display any place in your house feeling proud. Be sure you don't have regrets before leaving the shop.

Set a date for the tattoo session. Have it on the weekend, or any day you can have the next couple of days to rest.

Next to consider is the tattoo session date. Choose the date accordingly like you have a day to rest so that the wound would heal easily as you are not doing too much action if you are going somewhere. What I mean is take the day as the weekend or holiday.

Attire is also important and considered when you are putting your tattoo. Select appropriate dresses like if your tattoo is sporting in your arms. Better to wear a sleeveless so the garment will not touch the fresh wound. If you are not confident and feel a companion, do not hesitate to have a company, especially if the ink is so big and you will have fainted afterward.

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Things to do while undergoing tattoos Inspect the sanitation procedures. Be sure that the needles, bags, and tubing to be used are new, that the artist washes his or her hands and wears new disposable gloves. Other devices should be properly sterilized and disinfected. All equipment, even the clinic, should be spotless.

Examination for allergy reactions. Excellent tattoo inks can also cause extreme rashes and allergic reactions on hyper-sensitive skin. Ask for a rapid allergy screening before you undergo a tattoo treatment.

Do not drink alcohol at least one day before the tattoo session. Alcohol makes your blood thinner, and no one wants to see flowing thin blood from your wound.

Better to arrive early than your schedule to avoid the rush and catching your breath while starting the procedure

Always inspect the best before the date and the ink if this is approved to use in tattooing. Expired ink may cause infections.

Attire should be pleasant and not fitted.

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Things to do after getting a tattoo Hold the bandage on for 24 hours. The raw wound is also vulnerable to airborne bacteria and potential infections.

Clean the cut with warm water and liquid antibacterial soap. Don't rub the part. To dry, pat softly with a clean towel or paper towel.

Generously apply antibiotic ointment with Vitamin A and D. This will speed up the healing process and keep away infections.

Stop soaking and swimming for at least two weeks. Fast baths are prescribed to help keep the wound clean. Just make sure you don't have daily bath soap, shampoo, and conditioners on your cut.

Keep away from too much exposure to the sun. For now, skip the beaches. Steam rooms and any forms of swimming, rivers, and the sea are highly avoided before the tattoo is fully healed.

Use at ease and relax clothing. As much as possible, let the tattooed location expose. Stop wearing tight outfits that might touch against the tattooed skin.

It's going to itch, and it is an indication that recovery is going well. But don't rub. Most tattoo artists consider using a gentle moisturizer to keep the skin safe. Using wet and moist compresses to smooth the scab and avoid peel it.

Whether it is an expression of your love, dedication to your advocacy, status symbol, a representation of yourself, a crying emotion, a cryptic image you want to convey, indication of your religious beliefs, token of appreciation to somebody, emblem of your belonging to a certain group or even a no reason for putting a tattoo, we must consider securing our health. One mistake made in the course of the tattoo may lead to certain diseases if not properly executed.

An unclean tattoo needle can carry a blood-borne disease such as hepatitis B and C, and worst is the dreaded disease, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This is just a reminder and not making you stop undergoing tattoos. Take the necessary precautions. Finding a good and accredited tattoo shop and health should always check before getting your tattoo, especially if you want to acquire it during your travel to which you are not familiar with the places you are going through. Again always think of your health as health is wealth.

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Your Morning Dump… Where Fast PP is showing there’s value in the 20s – The Sports Daily01.05.21

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here highlighting the big storyline. Because theres nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

What else can we say about Fast PP at this point? The 22-year-old rookie is legit.

Some believed Pritchard could get a chance to start in Mondays game with Marcus Smart and Jeff Teague both sidelined, but it was Tremont Waters getting the nod. Waters finished with five points on 1-for-8 shooting with four turnovers. Pritchard was a major spark plug with23 points and eight assists in 32 minutes.

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Oh how long ago the NBA draft seems

Remember that crazy Wednesday? Tomorrow night marks seven weeks since the Cs shockedand disappointeda large and vocalsection of their fanbase with the selection of Payton Pritchard at the 26 spot.

Whether it was guys immediately seeing crypto-anarchist messages in a tattoo*, or just making fun of the guy for looking, basically, like a 50s NBA role-player, the Pritchard pick was not popular.

Instead, as Grant Williams did last year, Pritchard is showing the value that guys who decline the one-and-done route to the NBA can bring to the game in their rookie years.

There is a huge adjustment going from college to the NBA, but the adjustment is even greater for guys who didnt even stay in college long enough to second-guess their major, or learn which profs needed to be avoided at all costs. Plus, guys bodies can change well into their early 20s. True story: Pants I took to college were too short by the time I graduated.

With the Cs surfeit of draft picks over the past few years, weve gotten to revel in the performance of guys who were still in their teens when they started their first games for Boston, but its also been fun to watch upper classmen come in and look like veterans.

Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard were both viewed as low ceiling guys when they were picked because they were already in their 20s, and indeed, neither is likely to become a perennial all-star, but theyve both provided immediate value to a very good NBA team.

Pritchard had nine points and three assists, including a hook shot in the lane a unique weapon for a 6-foot-2 guard. The Celtics made a 22-9 run to erase the deficit and tie the game 36-36 in the second quarter.

With Smart cheering animatedly from the bench, Pritchard had 23 points and eight assists in his 32 minutes. He made eight of 13 shots and two out of four 3-point tries. He made jumpers and floaters and changed speeds on his drives keeping Torontos veteran guards off balance.

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Pritchards game last night showed the value that comes from spending a full four years in a respectable college program: Hes coming into the NBA with a bigger bag of tricks than a one-and-doner. Guys that come into the league early have rarely mastered change-of-pace drives. They simply havent had to. If youre good enough at basketball to join an NBA team before youre 20, youve been able to just blow by almost everyone youve ever played against. And adjusting to the NBA as a rookie means adjusting to opponents that are smarter than you and almost as fastor faster.

And I like that the guys got a hook shot. Its a difficult shot to master because the shoulder & elbow mechanics are totallydifferent than a jump shot, but its also a difficult shot to defend. The release point for a hook shot is such that its nearly impossible to block without foulingunless the defender is wayyyy taller than the shooter, and in that case, the shots going to be easy to block no matter what. Its a viable alternative to the up-and-under or the pivot for a guy working in the low post, and honestly, I wish we saw it more often.

The final stat line for the rookie was 23 points and eight assists while playing solid defense against one of the leagues best point guards in Kyle Lowry. As pointed out by Celtics broadcaster Sean Grande, the only other Celtic to hit those numbers in the first half of their rookie season is Larry Bird. That coincidence should set off the appropriate amount of overhype.

Control is the operative word. Pritchard isnt a rookie trying to find his way in the league. Hes a sixth man settling into his role. Hes going to have the rookie experience, as Stevens put it, and not every night is going to have him in the same sentence as Larry Bird. But somehow we are both two weeks into the season and yet 11.1 percent through the season. Its too early to be confident this is sustainable and also a large enough body of work to believe this is who Pritchard is.

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Theres a great clip of Vincent DOnofrio looking very much like an older Orson Welles, delivering one of Welles best quotes:

Two of the articles Ive written forArs Technica deal with the development of the C programming language and the Unix operating system. Both came about because programmers had to get creative in order to work around some pretty severe constraints. Its a theme I like investigating: How people find creative ways to solve problems. Im not a horror movie fan, butThe Blair Witch Projectis a great example: The filmmakers couldnt afford the equipment or special effects required to make a conventional horror film, so they doubled down on the limitations of their equipment, and that became a key reason why the movie worked as well as it did.

Pritchard has already made a good start maximizing what hes able to do with his physical resources, and thats probably one of the reasons why Marcus Smart is such a big fan of his game.

Smart is 6-4, albeit a solid 6-4. Yet guys that are a head taller than him struggle to post him up, because Smart has learned how to make the most of his body. He knows how to position himself in such a way that his opponents height advantage becomes a liability, and Im looking forward to seeing Pritchard build his basketball IQ.

Yikes.

Tom Westerholm says thats the Running Man, but whatever the heck that is bears about as much resemblance to the Running Man as Easy Cheese does to real cheese.

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Beyonc to donate $500000 to people impacted by the eviction crisis – WISHTV.com12.27.20

(CNN) Beyonc will offer $5,000 grants to help people facing foreclosures or evictions due to the housing crisis caused by thecoronavirus pandemic.

People can apply for the grants beginning January 7, 2021, the singerannouncedon her website Tuesday. Grants will be sent out to the 100 people selected in late January.

Beyonc is continuing her heart of support and helping where needed most. Phase Two of the BeyGOOD Impact Fund will now help those impacted by the housing crisis, according to anews release.

The housing moratorium is set to end on December 26th, resulting in mortgage foreclosures and rental evictions. Many families are impacted, due to the pandemic that resulted in job loss, sickness and overall economy downturn, the release said.

An estimated9.2 million renterswho have lost income during the pandemic are behind on rent, according to ananalysisof Census data by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Once the moratoriums are lifted, many of these renters will be expected to pay their entire back rent or come up with some sort of payment plan with their landlord or they could face losing their homes.

Those who apply for the grants must submit the necessary documentation to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) by the deadline.

This is not Beyoncs first effort to help communities hurt by the pandemic.

BeyGOOD hasteamed upwith the NAACP to support Black-owned small businesses impacted by the pandemic, so far providing 250 businesses with $10,000 grants.

In May, she set upmobile COVID-19 testing siteswith her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, in their hometown of Houston, Texas. She also donated, in partnership with Jack Dorseys Start Small fund, $6 million to coronavirus relief in April.

With information from the Indiana Department of Health through Dec. 22, this timeline reflects updated tallies of deaths and positive tests prior to that date.

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400 meals delivered to hospital staff working on Christmas Eve – WISHTV.com12.25.20

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) The hospital staff at Franciscan St. Francis Health hospital received some Christmas Eve cheer in the form of 400 free meals thanks to donations from the community.

On a day where many of them are still hard at work on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, people looked for ways to say thank you.

Meals went to the hospital staff from the doctors and nurses to the hospitality and security teams in different departments of the hospital. Most of them didnt have a clue it was happening.

I think its just a nice Christmas surprise, said the hospitals community outreach coordinator, Joan Himebrook. Everyones so busy with the pandemic and weve just been just like every other essential worker. Just slammed. Its just so nice that we can offer something to brighten their day.

I had no idea, said Kevin Kimemia, a registered nurse. I was just coming downstairs to just get some gifts to patients from their family and I just saw you guys here and the boxes.

Kimemia wanted the people involved to know that a a simple box of food goes a long way toward helping them get through some long days in the hospital.

Little things like this help, he said.Especially during times like this where people dont even have the means to provide but you know that these people are still reaching out. It brings me joy, because you know its nice to see that someone is still thinking about us outside of here.

The hospital also made time to spread some cheer to their patients dealing with COVID-19 and cancer with some Christmas stockings. They filled them with seasonal gifts, games and more reminders that they are not forgotten this holiday season. Some cannot be with family.

Those are going to all the patients today to lift their spirits, Himebrook said.

With information from the Indiana Department of Health through Dec. 22, this timeline reflects updated tallies of deaths and positive tests prior to that date.

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Kalamazoo man sentenced to 43 years in prison for killing man he said deserved it – mlive.com12.25.20

CASS COUNTY, MI A Kalamazoo man was sentenced Friday, Dec. 18, to a minimum of 43 years in prison for the January killing of 40-year-old Dowagiac resident Michael Collins.

Justin Robert-Gabriel Carlton, 41, pleaded guilty in October to one count of second-degree murder for his role in the Jan. 17 slaying.

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Carlton was given credit by Cass County Circuit Judge Mark Herman for 325 days served and could serve up to 70 years in prison, said Ravan Bakeman, administrative assistant with the Cass County Prosecutors Office. Carlton will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 43 years of the prison sentence.

As a result of his plea in October, Carlton had 12 other charges against him, stemming from the incident, dismissed. Those charges included one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, four counts of armed robbery, one count of possession of methamphetamine and six felony firearm charges.

While pleading guilty to the murder charge, Carlton admitted to entering Collins Dowagiac home, saying he did so along with co-defendant Jay Penar of White Pigeon. Carlton also admitted to shooting Collins and then stealing items from the home, and unloading the bulk of them at a drug house in Kalamazoo.

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Dowagiac Police Detective Jason Rutkowski testified in February at Carltons preliminary hearing that Carlton had told him he did not know Collins personally, but that the defendant was not remorseful for his actions.

Rutkowski told the court that, the night after the shooting, Carlton admitted to him that he shot Collins and the guy deserved it.

After the shooting occurred, according to court records, Carlton and Penar tied up Collins and three other individuals before going through the house looking for items to steal. The two men reportedly took cell phones, purses, methamphetamine, marijuana, tattoo equipment, electronics and money, some of which was later recovered in a truck that had been driven by Penar to drop off Carlton in Kalamazoo Township.

Police said Penar, now 39, had previously lived at the Dowagiac home.

The White Pigeon man was arrested in Three Rivers after contacting police to tell them what happened just hours after Collins was killed. Penar then led Rutkowski to a Kalamazoo Township home where he had dropped Collins off earlier that day, the detective testified in February.

Penar, like Carlton, was charged with one count of open murder, one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, four counts of armed robbery, one count of possession of methamphetamine and six felony firearm charges. He has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Jan. 4 in Cass County Circuit Court.

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