7 Types Of People You Should Avoid Dating At All Costs

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Dating is a trial and error process. A “numbers game” so to speak. One of the only ways to determine what type of person you really want to be with, is to be with people who aren’t completely right for you.

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But, there are ways to avoid unnecessary heartache and skip over the wrong types of people in a better attempt to find the right one.

Here are seven types of people to avoid dating.

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1. The control freak.

While this one should be obvious, often times the “control freak” type can be disguised in the beginning of a relationship as someone who just, pays a lot of attention.

Eventually, though, you will begin to feel a little more closed-in and unable to make your own decisions. Additionally, the decisions you do make could feel judged or looked down upon. This is in an effort to mold you into…

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US, EU pressure Putin to save shaky Ukraine truce

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KIEV: US and EU leaders have heaped pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin to help his Western-backed counterpart in Ukraine end a separatist insurgency, as the clock ticks down on a shaky truce.

US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that additional sanctions would be in store if Russia does not move swiftly to reduce tensions in restive eastern Ukraine.

In a telephone call with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama also vowed he would press Russia to persuade separatist groups to abide by the fragile ceasefire agreement and “stop the flow of weapons and militants across the border”, the White House said.

Kiev and Washington still accuse Putin of covertly arming the rebels in retaliation for the February ouster of a pro-Russian administration.

US Secretary of State John Kerry echoed Obama Wednesday, saying at NATO talks in Brussels that Russia must take “many concrete” steps to de-escalate the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War.

Rebel commanders had agreed Monday to a temporary ceasefire set by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

However Poroshenko on Tuesday night threatened to unleash a powerful new military campaign after the downing by a pro-Russian militia of an army helicopter, killing nine servicemen outside the rebel bastion of Slavyansk, and the loss of two troops in sporadic attacks.

The 48-year-old chocolate tycoon´s ominous warning dented hopes of the sides mediating an end to 11 weeks of guerrilla warfare that has killed more than 435 people and brought the nation of 46 million to the brink of collapse.

The truce is set to end Friday after just two rounds of inconclusive talks. Poroshenko joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande for an urgently-agreed conference call with Putin Wednesday, which Paris said lasted more than an hour.

The French presidency said Hollande and Merkel “encouraged” Putin and Poroshenko to “work together, especially in order to put in place a mechanism to oversee the truce”.

Poroshenko´s office added that the four agreed to continue the talks on Thursday in order to discuss a series of proposals made by Merkel that may be difficult for the Kremlin to accept.

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US drone strikes set ‘dangerous precedent’: study

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WASHINGTON: America´s reliance on secretive drone missile strikes against terror suspects has set a “dangerous precedent” that could be imitated by other countries and trigger wider wars around the world, former senior US officials said in a report Thursday.

The ex-officials acknowledged that the robotic aircraft are a useful tool that is “here to stay,” but urged President Barack Obama to lift the veil of secrecy that surrounds their use, introduce stricter rules for the strikes and take a hard look at whether the bombing raids were genuinely effective.

“The increasing use of lethal UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) may create a slippery slope leading to continual or wider wars,” said the report by a bipartisan panel sponsored by the Stimson Center think tank.

The employment of drones for attacks outside of traditional battlefields “is likely to be imitated by other states as well,” fueling instability and increasing “the risk of widening conflicts in regions around the globe,” it said.

“US practices set a dangerous precedent that may be seized upon by other states — not all of which are likely to behave as scrupulously as US officials,” it said.

In the eyes of the rest of the world, the United States has essentially claimed the legal right to kill anyone it believes is a member of the Al-Qaeda network or its allies “in any state on earth, at any time, based on secret criteria and secret evidence,” the report said.

The pervasive secrecy made it difficult for lawmakers in Congress to serve as a check on executive power and threatened to undermine traditional legal principles that underpin international law, it said.

Obama has promised to curb the secrecy around the strikes and in May said that any operation should not “create more enemies than we take off the battlefield.”

The number of strikes in Pakistan and Yemen have decreased since 2010, according to unofficial tallies based on media reports, but the level of secrecy has changed little.

But the US president has faced criticism that he has failed to live up to his own pledges on drones to “uphold standards that reflect our values.”

Call to acknowledge strikes The report called on the Obama administration to adopt a more transparent stance and acknowledge drone strikes after they have been carried out in a foreign country. At the moment, US officials barely acknowledge the existence of the drone raids and do not reveal who was targeted and whether civilians were injured or how many killed.

“While secrecy may be required before and during each strike, strikes should generally be acknowledged by the United States after the fact,” it said.

To ensure more accountability for a campaign largely conducted behind closed doors, the report urged Obama to create “a non-partisan independent commission to review lethal UAV policy.”

The panel also said the Obama administration should fulfill its plan to transfer most of the drone strikes from the Central Intelligence Agency to the military, which operates under more transparent legal parameters compared to the spy service.

The authors questioned the overall efficacy of the drone strikes, saying it was not clear that the government had ever conducted a thorough analysis of the strategic advantages and disadvantages of using the robotic aircraft for counter-terrorism efforts.

It was time for the administration to conduct a “rigorous strategic review and cost-benefit analysis” of the drone raids, looking at the effect of past strikes on terror groups, local communities, public opinion and the cooperation of allies and partners, it said.

The ten-member task force that examined the controversial drone attacks included former senior intelligence and legal officials and was led by retired four-star general John Abizaid, who served as head of US Central Command, and Rosa Brooks, a former legal adviser at the Pentagon who is now a law professor at Georgetown University.

Human rights groups have long denounced the drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere as an unaccountable air war that operates virtually without scrutiny from Congress or the courts.

But the Stimson report was unusual as several of the authors were former high-ranking officials working in intelligence and counter-terrorism, including former legal advisers at the CIA, the State Department and the White House´s National Security Council.

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China´s richest man buys star Madrid skyscraper

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China´s richest man Wang Jianlin has bought a historic Madrid skyscraper which has stood empty for years from Spain´s biggest bank Santander for 265 million euros ($360 million), the bank said Thursday.

The 25-story tower of offices and apartments, completed in 1953 under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, dominates one end of the Plaza de Espana square in western Madrid.

It has stood empty since 2006, a symbol of the 2008 real estate collapse that thrust Spain into a double recession that wiped out millions of jobs.

Spanish officials had expressed hope that the sale of the building would breathe new life into the neighbourhood, a key part of the city.Santander said it sold the white and red brick Edificio Espana to Renville Invest, a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda which is chaired by Wang.

The bank paid 389 million euros for the red and white brick building in 2007, just before Spain´s decade-long building boom went bust, but in a statement it said the impact of the sale on its results and capital would be “immaterial”.

Wang, formerly a senior member of China´s ruling Communist Party, was ranked the richest man in China and 26th richest in the world, with personal wealth estimated at $14 billion, business magazine Forbes reported in February.

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT SET TO SLASH LASU FEES.

There are indications that the Lagos State government may slash the tuition fees of the state’s own university, Lagos State University, LASU, any time from now as the State Executive Council will deliberate on the issue at their next meeting.

The state Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye, on Tuesday at a ministerial press conference while answering questions on LASU fees, gave the indication that the government would slash the fees soon, saying that government is sensitive to the demands of the students.

Oladunjoye said: “I have it on authority as I was present at the meeting the governor held with these students. The students complained that the school fees were too high and we told them to come up with a programme of payment that they think would be suitable for them.

“According to the state governor, they came up with an idea a few days ago but he is yet to present it to the executive council. So the issue of LASU fees is not something we are sweeping under the carpet. We are looking at it and we have asked the students to be involved in the process of resolving it and they are involved in it. Very soon, you would hear from the government on the issue. We are not that insensitive. We know what is happening and we are proactive,” she stated.

Students and lecturers in the institution have been protesting against increase in the fees. This has led to the face-off between the state government and lecturers of the institution.

Government has accused the lecturers of hiding under the controversial school fees to attract public sympathy for their personal interest.

While answering questions at the press conference, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, said LASU lecturers were not being sincere and only came up with flimsy reasons to embark on industrial action.

“Let me say that the lecturers are only using this as a gimmick to attract public sympathy to embark on the strike. On the issue of promotion they are talking about, there is no vacancy. There is nowhere in the world you will be promoted when there is no vacancy. To be promoted, you must be tested, through both written and oral exams.

“It is after you have passed the tests that you can be promoted. For instance, if you are moving from level 15 to 16 and there are only 10 vacancies for 15 people that are due for promotion, the best 10 will be promoted, while the remaining ones will have to wait till next time.

“The lecturers are also going on strike because of retirement age for them. We have told them that the retirement age cannot be determined by the school. They have to write a formal letter to the state House of Assembly. The House will look at it, call for public hearing and then send the result to the Executive Council where the government will now sign,” he said.

Meanwhile, Commissioner For Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye, has also disclosed that the government was committed to the payment of fees of all Senior Secondary School III students sitting for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

She disclosed that the government had paid WAEC over N508.67 million for the examination and administrative fees of 47,000 SS III students who sat for the 2014 WAEC in the state.

Oladunjoye also revealed that the government has begun the teaching and learning of Chinese language in five schools in the state as pilot phase. The schools include Bolade Junior Grammar School, Oshodi, Ikeja Junior Grammar school, Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Junior High School, Maryland, Mende Junior High School, Maryland and New Era Junior Girls, Surulere.

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Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Get A Tattoo (but Having a Baby is Fine)

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I’m not super pro-tattoo or anti-tattoo.  I’ve debated getting one in the past but never that seriously.  But my mother is vehemently anti-tattoo.  Listed below are the reasons my mother has always given me for why I shouldn’t get a tattoo.

And I understand that she’s from a different generation.  And I love my mother very much.  She’s a really wonderful person and I’m not saying none of them is a legitimate reason, but I’m saying that after having a child, I find it really hard to take any of them seriously.

And so in case you were headed out to the tattoo parlor as we speak, here are:

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER, EVER, EVER GET A TATTOO ACCORDING TO MY MOTHER (but having a baby is fine)

1.  “A Tattoo is Forever”

Yes, a tattoo is forever.  Totally forever!  Except that a tattoo can, if needed, be erased with a laser.

 *Some of you read that and immediately thought, "I am so exhausted, please I need a laser that can temporarily erase a three year-old," but sorry, that is not a thing that exists.  
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Why I Hate New Orleans: a transplant essay

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I hated New Orleans from the first moment I set foot in it. I hate Tulane for giving me a scholarship. I hate the Newcomb girls for being so ugly and overdressed all the time. I hate the all-night bar in the basement of the school’s university center. I hate that friends who stayed active in Greek life remained friends with ones who never joined it. I hate not attending a party school, and, more importantly, not living in a party city. I hate that my mom convinced me to visit and that my dad also fell in love with the city once he visited. I hate that my baby brother went to school next door after he visited during spring break.

I hate that I moved here over ten years ago, tried to leave, and came crawling back. I hate that it took me this long to write a…

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Noah, The Biblical Story, and Stuff Christians Fight About

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I don’t usually blog about controversial topics, but I’ve seen so much about this and I have some thoughts, so I figured I would get them out. I think many (not all) of the issues some of my fellow Christians have about the new Noah film are much more telling about a problematic understanding of scripture within the modern day Church than about some evil, maniacal filmmaker twirling his mustache and trying to dismantle Christianity as we know it. Russell Crowe as Noah

It’s not as if the book of Genesis is the sole intellectual property of Christians and it’s also not as if the movie (or any of the press surrounding it) ever states that it is intended to be an accurate representation of the biblical story. It’s exactly what it’s marketed as, a big budget action film loosely based on the story of Noah. I mean, would so many Christians freak out…

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