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The complete Dagu Lu Shanghai massage guide

One of the biggest issues locals and visitors in Shanghai face is where to get a massage.

With so many options dotting the city, do you choose the blind massage? Maybe your simple local rub down or aluxe detox? Hard choices.

The main drag of Dagu Lu has just about any Shanghai massage you could want. The western side of the two-block long street boasts almost a dozen massage places, making it one of the most massage-dense areas of the city.

Here's the lowdown of which places to hit.

2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

Marriage Counseling: 7 Signs You Might Need Professional Help

By Jenny Tiegs

This article originally appeared on GalTime.com

There's no question -- marriage can be challenging. Maybe marriage counseling should be something you register for when you tie the knot. Much like a new set of dishes that gets scratched from constant use, relationships can also show wear and tear over the years. So how do you know if your marriage has hit a rough patch or it's something more serious... requiring professional help?

Sign 1: Poor Communication.

Martin Novell, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, ur

2 weeks ago

Life Healthcare to spend up to $1 billion on European acquisition | Reuters

By TJ Strydom


JOHANNESBURG Life Healthcare Group (LHCJ.J) is ready to pay up to $1 billion on a European acquisition, its chief executive told Reuters, as South Africa's second-biggest private hospital company chases growth outside its home market.

Stiff competition and flagging economic growth have pushed South African private hospital groups to broaden their horizons by expanding in Europe, the Middle East and India.

Domestic prospects are also clouded by a broad market inquiry by South Africa's Competition Commission, which is examining pricing and competition in the sector.

Life Healthcare has been slower off the mark than rivals Mediclinic International (MDCM.L) and Netcare (NTCJ.J) but it is loosening the purse strings in an effort to increase revenue from outside its core market to 20-30 percent of group revenue by 2020.

"We think the transaction size will be in the order of 8 billion rand to 14 billion rand ($600 million to $1 billion)," Chief Executive Andre Meyer said after the company's inclusion in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's benchmark Top-40 index on Monday.

Mediclinic, which entered the United Arab Emirates with its acquisition of Al Noor Hospitals last year and holds 29.9 percent of Britain's Spire Healthcare (SPI.L), sources more than 60 percent of its profit from outside South Africa. Johannesburg-based Netcare, meanwhile, runs Britain's biggest private hospital network, BMI Healthcare.

Though Life Healthcare has invested in India and Poland, the group still earns 95 percent of its revenue and 98 percent of profit in South Africa, where economic growth is forecast to be barely positive this year.

"We think in India we have a five-year horizon to see really good earnings," Meyer said, citing a growing middle class in the world's second most populous nation as a key factor.

Meyer said his company wants to buy a more mature business that has both scale and growth potential. It is only interested in European markets where business can be conducted in English, he said, adding that this includes Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

"We actually think Brexit has given us a opportunity to pick up a good asset at a more acceptable multiple," Meyer said, referring to Britain's June vote to leave the European Union, though he did not name any potential targets.

"We're not chasing anything and everything that is for sale," the CEO added, though he said that Life Healthcare would also consider assets in complementary healthcare, such as mental health, occupational therapy, renal dialysis and oncology.

In Poland, the company sees opportunities to add smaller businesses to its Scanmed business, though Meyer said he remains cautious about the market after the state increased cardiology tariffs this year.

($1 = 14.0700 rand)

(Editing by David Goodman)

2 weeks ago

How to Deal with Adolescent Behavior

People who deal with adolescents often associate the phase with something that has to be feared, or compare it to walking on egg shells. But that is really not the correct way to look at things. Many people don't seem to realize that adolescence is an age that is characterized with being a confusing time in a person's life. It is an age in which there are several physical, psychological, and behavioral changes taking place in a person, which happen due to the release of several hormones. It's therefore a time that is neither here nor there (neither a child, nor an adult) and thus there are bound to be times when dealing with adolescence can get to be extremely difficult.

Teenagers are

3 weeks ago

CNN.com - Awards honor African journalists

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) -- Peter Murimi, working for Camerapix, Kenya, has been awarded the top prize at this year's CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards ceremony.

Murimi was chosen among 465 entrants from 30 nations across the African continent for his story, "Walk to Womanhood."

Chris Cramer, Managing Director, CNN International, and Peter Matlare, Group Chief Executive Officer, SABC, presented him with the award at a gala ceremony hosted by CNN in partnership with the SABC and the Awards sponsors at The Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, on June 19.

Chairperson of the Judging Panel, Dr. Doyinsola Abiola, said: "This year's entries echoed, once agai

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Two complementary views of peacemaking: the Palestinian-Israeli case.

The Palestinian-Israeli dispute is an archetypical example of an

intractable conflict: a protracted, violent, drawn-out struggle in which

generation after generation is socially conditioned to continue

fighting. The phenomenon perpetuates a destructive evolutionary

mechanism: almost every element that benefits the conflict survives,

while whatever operates against it becomes extinct. In order to change

this progression, a beneficial revolutionary process is required that

would bring the peace process to the point of no return, a place where

extremists, radicals and "professional" spoilers cannot stop

the progression toward resolu