Webb halts Sorenstam's Mizuno run -


TOKYO, Japan -- Australia's Karrie Webb fired a six-under-par 66 to win the Mizuno Classic on Sunday, breaking Annika Sorenstam's five-year winning streak at the event.

Webb began the final round a shot behind overnight leader Momoko Ueda but six birdies gave the Hall of Famer a 14-under total of 202 for a four-shot victory in Japan's only LPGA Tour event.

Japan's Kaori Higo finished runner-up on 10-under at the Kashikojima Country Club in western Japan.

World number one Sorenstam finished a further stroke back, failing for the second time in a month to win an LPGA Tour event a record six times.

The Swede also missed out at last month's Samsung Championship.

Webb's victory was her fifth of the season, equalling Lorena Ochoa's haul for the season, and it moved her into second place behind the Mexican in the money list on $2,069,613.

"It's an unbelievable feat to win a tournament five years in a row," said Webb, who earned $180,000 for her 35th career title.

"You can't take anything away from Annika. You don't go out there trying to beat someone. I just wanted to make as many birdies as possible. It was very close at the turn but I had a fantastic back nine."

Sorenstam was less than pleased after a closing 70 gave her a three-round total of 207. "I'm feeling a little disappointed about the way I played," she said. "I couldn't get anything going at all."

Yard debris burn likely behind South Carolina fire, official says


(CNN) -- The cause of a South Carolina wildfire that has charred about 19,600 acres appears to be a yard debris fire, the head of the state's Forestry Commission said Friday.

The blaze hovers late Wednesday at North Myrtle Beach in a shot from iReporter Shawn Birmingham.

Derek Boos sifts through the wreckage of his in-laws' house Friday after a fire in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The blaze seems to have been caused by a yard debris fire in the Woodlawn subdivision, an unincorporated part of Horry County, halfway between Conway and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Forestry Commission Forest Protection Chief Darryl Jones said.

The fire began Saturday and rekindled itself Wednesday evening, according to the Forestry Commission.

Officials said about 70 homes had been destroyed in the county, which contains a stretch of popular tourist spots, including Myrtle Beach. About 100 other homes were damaged, Horry County officials said.

The blaze left only charred rubble and the smoldering, skeletal remains of some houses, even as adjacent homes went untouched. The fire swallowed up pines and dry brush, sending a smoky gray smudge into the sky that could be seen for hours from miles away Thursday.

"It's better now, but the smoke was pretty much everywhere," said Chavdar Pavlov, a CNN iReport contributor who lives 20 miles from where the fires raged. "At nighttime, it was like snow in the air, but it wasn't snow; it was ashes."

The Horry County Council's Brent Schultz said, "The only way to describe this is tragic."

At a Friday morning news conference, frustrated residents who had evacuated demanded to know when they could return home, yelling at Bob Grabowski of the Horry County Council.

"I just want to go home," one man cried out, prompting Grabowski to pause. "Come on," others said.

"That will be addressed," he said. "We'll get with you on that."

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About 2,500 people were evacuated Thursday, authorities said, and more than 400 people were in shelters. No fatalities or injuries have been reported from the blaze.

Horry County said the fire was about 40 percent contained by early Friday. VideoWatch as residents face uncertainty about their houses

"It's on everybody's mind and in everyone's conversation," said the Rev. Marion Brazell, whose Conway church was serving as a shelter. "It's pretty flat area, so you can see the smoke from a distance."

Brazell had not yet arrived at the church Friday, but he said he believed only Red Cross and other emergency workers were staying there. The evacuations occurred north of Conway, he said.

He added good-naturedly, "Shelters are often the last place people will go. They'll go to hotels and motels" that may offer rooms for free. "I'd rather go to a motel than sleep in my church. ... It's much more comfortable than sleeping in a cot," he said.

The fire has mostly kept its distance from tourist areas, and as the South Carolina officials provided updates and warnings to residents, they urged visitors to stay.

"For tourists coming here for vacation, we should have no problems taking care of our guests and visitors that are going to come to Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach," Grabowski said.

And North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley, answering a question about tourism, said Thursday: "People who have reservations can certainly come onto the Grand Strand area and enjoy themselves. It is not affecting the majority of golf courses; there should be no reason that anyone is canceling their vacation."

Hatley said she could not say if any golf courses had been damaged. "The golf course property itself was not our first priority," she said.

CNN's Mike Phelan, Lisa France and Taylor Gandossy contributed to this report.

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Key & Peele Were Too Busy To Do A Sketch With President Obama


Key & Peele Were Too Busy To Do A Sketch With President Obama

Popular comedic duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were so busy filming their sketch show Key & Peele that they turned down Barack Obama, the president of the United States, and his offer to make a comedy sketch together about the Affordable Care Act.

In a surprising turn of the tables, it wasn't President Obama who had to turn down an offer due to his busy schedule, but a group of comedians who didn't have time for the leader of their country. Key and Peele revealed in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that President Obama approached them to do a bit about his recently passed (but fairly unpopular) healthcare bill, nicknamed Obamacare. Key and Peele were unable to accept the offer because their schedules were so busy.

"We had to turn [President Obama] down," Jordan Peele explained to Entertainment Weekly. "We were making the season. We literally couldn't fit it in to our schedules... so we actually had to relieve the president of his duties. We couldn't help him out on that one particular time. But this is a country where we technically have status over our elected officials. So you gotta remember, Obama works for us."

It's difficult to tell whether or not Key and Peele were disappointed not to work with President Obama, particularly due to Peele's tone at the end of this statement in claiming that Obama works for the American people. After all, Peele does poke fun at President Obama quite a bit on his show, and Key & Peele doesn't need any more positive publicity-while the Affordable Care Act definitely does.

According to The Washington Post, Obama decided not to give up on the sketch idea, however, and instead turned to another popular comedian, Zach Galifianakis. The Hangover star agreed to a Between Two Ferns sketch with President Obama to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act. The short and awkward comedy clip featuring Obama himself chatting with Galifianakis provides laughs and information on how American citizens can sign up for health care using the newly implemented online marketplace. The goal of Obama's Affordable Care Act is to provide as many Americans as possible with relatively affordable health care and shrink the number of uninsured people in the country. For more on Obama's push for the the Affordable Care Act, click here.

What do you think about Key and Peele turning Obama down? Would you have preferred to see Obama in a Key & Peele sketch rather than on Between Two Ferns?

AP IMPACT: US fails to tackle student visa abuses


Student Visa Abuses

Aug. 24, 2010: Iuliia Bolgaryna sits for an interview in Surf City, N.C. Bolgaryna came to work on a J-1 visa at a souvenir store in Surf City, N.C. The store manager offered to let her and two other women from the Ukraine stay with him for $120 a week. But he wouldn't let them eat at the table, so they huddled together for meals on the floor. They worked loads of overtime but were only paid for 40 hours a week. (AP)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Lured by unsupervised, third-party brokers with promises of steady jobs and a chance to sightsee, some foreign college students on summer work programs in the U.S. get a far different taste of life in America.

An Associated Press investigation found students forced to work in strip clubs instead of restaurants. Others take home $1 an hour or even less. Some live in apartments so crowded that they sleep in shifts because there aren't enough beds. Others have to eat on floors.

They are among more than 100,000 college students who come to the U.S. each year on popular J-1 visas, which supply resorts with cheap seasonal labor as part of a program aimed at fostering cultural understanding.

Government auditors have warned about problems in the program for 20 years, but the State Department, which is in charge of it, only now says it is working on new rules. Officials won't say what those rules are or discuss on the record the problems that have plagued J-1 visas.

John Woods, deputy assistant director of national security for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, told the AP there were at least two federal investigations under way into human trafficking related to J-1 visas. He would not provide details.

The AP interviewed students, advocates, local authorities and social service agencies, and reviewed thousands of pages of confidential records, police reports and court cases. Among the findings:

-- Many foreign students pay recruiters to help find employment, then don't get work or wind up making little or no money at menial jobs. Labor recruiters charge students exorbitant rent for packing them into filthy, sparsely furnished apartments so crowded that some endure "hotbunking," where they sleep in shifts.

Students routinely get threatened with deportation or eviction if they quit, or even if they just complain too loudly. Some resort to stealing essentials like food, toothpaste and underwear, according to police.

"The vast majority of participating students in this program find it a rewarding experience and return home safely," the State Department said in an e-mail to the AP.

But it's not hard to find exceptions. Most of the nearly 70 students the AP interviewed in 10 states, hailing from 16 countries, said they were disappointed, and some were angry.

"This is not what I thought when I paid all this money to come here," said Natalia Berlinschi, a Romanian who came to the U.S. on a J-1 visa hoping to save up for dental school but got stuck in South Carolina this summer without a job. She took to begging for work on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk and sharing a three-bedroom house with 30 other exchange students.

"I was treated very, very badly," Berlinschi said. "I will never come back."

-- The State Department failed to even keep up with the number of student complaints until this year, and has consistently shifted responsibility for policing the program to the 50 or so companies that sponsor students for fees that can run up to several thousand dollars. That has left businesses to monitor their own treatment of participants.

The program generates millions for the sponsor companies and third-party labor recruiters.

Businesses that hire students can save 8 percent by using a foreign worker over an American because they don't have to pay Medicare, Social Security and unemployment taxes. The students are required to have health insurance before they arrive, another cost that employers don't have to bear.

Many businesses say they need the seasonal work force to meet the demand of tourist season.

"There's been a massive failure on the part of the United States to bring any accountability to the temporary work visa programs, and it's especially true for the J-1," said Terry Coonan, a former prosecutor and the executive director of Florida State University's Center for the Advancement of Human Rights.

The issues are serious enough that the former Soviet republic of Belarus told its young people in 2006 to avoid going to the U.S. on a J-1, warning of a "high level of danger" after one of its citizens in the program was murdered, another died in what investigators in the U.S. said was a suicide, and a third was robbed.

-- Strip clubs and adult entertainment companies openly solicit J-1 workers, even though government regulations ban students from taking jobs "that might bring the Department of State into notoriety or disrepute."

"If you wish to dance in USA as a J-1 exchange visitor, contact us," ZM Studios, a broker for topless dancers, advertised on its website this year. The ad said ZM Studios is "affiliated with designated visa sponsors" and can get women J-1 visas and jobs at topless clubs in cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

ZM Studios president Julian Andreev denied employing J-1 students in an e-mail to the AP, but the company's site on Friday still guaranteed help getting visas for prospective dancers, noting that they need a J-1 or one of two other types of visas to work legally.

J-1 students have been recruited to smuggle cash that authorities said was stolen from U.S. bank accounts, court records show, and their identities have been used in a million-dollar income tax scam.

"It's difficult to prosecute these cases because the workers usually leave the country within a few months. That's why the J-1 is the ideal visa to exploit," Coonan said.

In the worst cases, students get funneled into sexual slavery.

The J-1 Summer Work and Travel program, which allows college students to visit for up to four months, is one of the State Department's most popular visas. Participation has boomed from about 20,000 in 1996 to a peak of more than 150,000 in 2008.

The visas are issued year-round, since students come from both hemispheres on their summer breaks. They work all over the country, at theme parks in Florida and California, fish factories in Alaska and upscale ski destinations in Colorado and Montana.

The influx has been especially overwhelming for some resort towns.

In Maryland, the Ocean City Baptist Church served more than 1,700 different J-1 participants from 46 countries who sought free meals this summer, sometimes upward of 500 in one night, said Lynn Davis, who leads the food ministry.

Down the coast in Virginia Beach, Va., a homeless shelter that typically feeds 100 people a day was serving twice that many this summer as the site became overrun with J-1 students. The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center began running out of food on some days and was forced to limit how often the students could eat there, said Tony Zontini, the shelter's assistant director.

Hotels, restaurants and other businesses often hire third-party labor recruiters to supply the J-1 workers. Many of those brokers are people from the students' native countries, often former Soviet bloc nations.

These middlemen commonly dock students' pay so heavily for lodging, transportation and other necessities that the wages work out to $1 an hour or less, according to George Collins, an inspector at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department in the Florida Panhandle who has worked cases involving J-1 students since 2001.

Collins, who once notified the State Department that "J-1 abuse is epidemic here," told the AP the same companies often exploit students year after year despite his reporting them.

For years, the State Department has refused to publicly discuss problems in the program in any kind of detail.

The AP asked the State Department in a Freedom of Information Act request in March 2009 for a full list of complaints related to the program. In May, more than a year later, the department finally responded that it kept no such list, and that it keeps records related to the program for only three years.

Last month, the department said it had finally created a database of complaints.

"It turns out that until this year, we did NOT keep a record of complaints. Now, we do," Marthena Cowart, a senior adviser for the department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, said in a Nov. 10 e-mail.

Cowart did not provide a copy of the complaint database to the AP or indicate how many complaints it included. And the department declined to discuss the AP's findings on the record.

"We are deeply concerned by any allegations involving the poor treatment of participants as this potentially undermines our goal of promoting mutual understanding and goodwill between the people of the United States and the people of other countries," the department said Friday in declining an interview request.

For the many J-1 women who end up working in strip clubs, whether by choice or force, the changes can't come soon enough.

In Florida, a 19-year-old Russian told the AP she went to work as a cocktail waitress this summer at a topless bar in Fort Walton Beach because the souvenir shop where she worked didn't pay much and the shop owner had her living in a crowded, run-down apartment.

She gave the AP only her first name, Oleysa, because she hadn't told her parents.

"My father doesn't know where I work," she said, lowering her gaze to a tray of beers and mixed drinks.

A Ukrainian woman who said she was forced to strip in Detroit asked the AP to identify her only as Katya, because she fears for her life.

Katya, who used the same alias when testifying to Congress in October 2007 about how sex trafficking brought her to the U.S., said she was studying sports medicine in Kiev back in 2004 when her boss told her about the J-1 program.

Instead of waitressing for a summer in Virginia as she'd been promised, however, Katya and another student were forced to strip at a club in Detroit. Their handler confiscated their passports and told them they had to pay $12,000 for the travel arrangements and another $10,000 for work documents, according to court records.

Katya said he eventually demanded she come up with $35,000 somehow, by dancing or other means.

"I said, 'That's not what I signed here for. That's not right.' He said, 'Well, you owe me the money. I don't care how I get it from you. If I have to sell you, I'll sell you.'"

The women were told that if they refused, their families in Ukraine would be killed, Katya said.

Over the next months, the two men beat the women, threatened them with guns and made them work at Cheetah's strip club, court records state. Katya said one of the men also forced her to have sex, a memory she still struggles with.

The two men are now in prison, and Katya's old boss in Ukraine is a fugitive. Katya was allowed to stay on a different visa designed for victims of human trafficking and other crimes, and her mother was allowed into the U.S. because of threats on her life in Ukraine.

Even J-1 students who avoid physical or sexual abuse often face other challenges.

Exchange student Munkh-Erdene Battur said he and four others were fired from their fast-food jobs last year in Riverton, Wyo., after complaining about living in what looked like a converted garage and paying $350 apiece per month for the accommodations.

"In my whole life, I've never lived in that kind of place and that kind of conditions," said Battur, who is from Mongolia.

Iuliia Bolgaryna came to work this summer at a souvenir store on the outskirts of Surf City, N.C.

The store manager offered to let her and two other women from the Ukraine stay with him for $120 a week. But he wouldn't let them eat at the table, so they huddled together for meals on the floor. They worked loads of overtime but were only paid for 40 hours a week.

The store manager declined to comment.

"It was almost normal that he screamed, that we worked 14 hours, that we ate on the floor," she said. "That was our America."


Mohr reported from along the Florida Panhandle. Weiss reported from Myrtle Beach and Columbia, S.C. Baker reported from Surf City, N.C. Associated Press writers Michael Kunzelman in New Orleans and Mike Schneider in Orlando contributed to this report, as did The AP News Research Center in New York. AP videojournalist Jason Bronis contributed from Detroit and the Florida Panhandle.


The AP National Investigative Team can be reached at investigate(at)

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An Inexpensive NOAA Weather Radio Can Give You The Time To Seek Safety.

Shortly before sunrise on November 16 an F3 tornado ripped through the tiny community of Riegelwood, NC. Within seconds 8 people were dead and 20 more were seriously injured. Among the dead were 4 children under the age of 12.

The tornado struck at a bad time. Most of the residents were still asleep or just beginning their day. There was little warning. The National Weather Service office in Wilmington, NC issued a tornado warning at 6:29 am. Eight minutes later the tornado touched down.

Severe Weather Can Strike At Any Time

Severe weather like tornadoes and thunderstorms can strike with little warning. They develop very quickly and their lifespan is relatively short. But during their brief time tornadoes bring terrible destruction, injury and loss of life. Other weather-related events like flash flooding and lightning can put many lives in jeopardy.

While we currently don't have technology to control the weather, we do have technology in place that can warn us to approaching severe weather and give us enough time to seek safety.

Weather Warnings by Radio

NOAA Weather Radio is perhaps one continue reading this.. of the best kept secrets in the United States. Many of us are unaware that the National Weather Service operates nearly 1,000 radio transmitters throughout the country. The transmitters are in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously streamming current weather conditions, forecasts, warnings, and other crucial weather information.

NOAA Weather Radio advises people of severe weather watches and warnings, buying extra time for people to react before dangerous storms hit their area. When you're in the path of something like a tornado, seconds can mean the difference between life and death.

However, a special kind of radio receiver is needed that is capable of receiving the alerts. Special NOAA Weather Radios are available in electronics stores, sporting goods stores, marine supply stores, and on the Web. They are inexpensive (starting at about $30.00) and programmable for a specific area. NOAA Weather Radio receivers are built to utilize the features of NOAA Weather Radio.

Each advisory, watch, or warning transmitted by NWS is preceded by a special alert tone. When the radio detects the tones transmitted by the NWS, it activates itself. Weather Radios respond to the alert tones by activating a built-in audio or visual alarm. The alarm feature is especially useful for warnings that are issued during the night when most people are asleep.

SAME Technology

The best Weather Radios use SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding)technology. SAME uses a series of digital tones that identifies the type of warning being sent and the denotes the specific geographic location the event affects. SAME allows you to filter out distant warning broadcasts and monitor only those messages intended for your local area. For example if you live in a coastal county but not right on the beach, you may not be interested in a Coastal Flood Warning.

SAME technology is also the primary trigger for activating the Emergency Alert System used by commercial radio, television and cable TV outlets.

Each county in the U.S. is assigned a 6-digit code by the NWS. This code can be easily programmed into the radio (Detailed instructions for your area are included with the radio.). Once the code is set the radio responds only to alerts issued for the area programmed. If you move, the radio can be reprogrammed for your new location.

Depending on the model you choose, further programming can be done to minimize false alarms or to include neighboring counties in your alert area. This is important for those who live near county borders.

SAME radios are available in desktop and portable models. Portable radios allow you to take the radio with you wherever you go and they can be reprogrammed to work when you're on vacation or on the road. If you work outside or participate in outdoor activities a protable unit can alert you to unknown weather dangers wherever you happen to be.

For desktop models, a battery backup feature is important. Having the option to operate independent of commercial power will keep the receiver armed and working even if the power fails.

Weather Radio has evolved over the years to broadcast non-weather emergency information making the system an "All Hazards" network. Information of events such as chemical spills, earthquakes, and even terrorist attack are broadcast if the need arises.

While we cannot recommend any specific brand of receiver, we do recommend that the radio you consider buying comes with the Public Alert logo. The Public Alert Standard was adopted by the Consumer Electronics Association in conjunction with the National Weather Service. Radios that carry the Public Alert logo meet specific technical standards and include the features we mention here.

We have smoke detectors in our homes that alert us to fire. We have carbon monoxide detectors that alert us to potential deadly gasses from our furnaces/fireplaces/gas heaters. An NOAA Weather Radio should be included in your arsenal of weapons to safeguard against severe and deadly weather events. Early warnings of severe weather can give you just enough time to take cover.

Consider purchasing NOAA Weather Radios as gifts this holiday season. It could save the lives of those you love.

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Your Super Powers - And How To Use Them.

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How To Create, Build, Govern, And Control Your Own Income - You're Own Destiny - And Your Own Business

The Andrew Carnegie Secret To Riches In Life.

Learning How To Act As If You Already Are - Until you become that person. A good actor can get paid twenty million dollars just to act as if they were someone else in a motion picture.

Stepping Up To A Higher Rate Of Vibrations - Bringing into operation the "Law of Harmonious Attraction." Like attracts like.

Self Mastery - Either you conquer and master yourself, or you will be conquered by yourself. Either life is the rider and you are the horse and you go where life takes you - or- life is the horse and you are the rider and you take life where you want to go.

Overcoming Obstacles, Adversities And Discouragement - The Chinese have two symbols - one stands for trouble, and the other for crises - when put together, they represent opportunity.

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If They Can - So Can You. There Is Nothing You Can't Overcome.

There Still Is And Always Will Be An Abundance.

The Two Biggest Lies That Lead To Failure.

What Does Everyone Want To Gain, To Be, To Do, And To Save?

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Opportunity Is Always Knocking - Find A Need And Fill It.

Uncovering Your Heart's Desire - To succeed in life you must succeed in being yourself.

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Defining, Developing, Pursuing And Achieving Your Definite Major Purpose In Life

Life's Greatest Riches.

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Personal Security.

Persistence - Perseverance - Persisting with bulldog determination that will eventually mow down all opposition. There are many starters in life, but very few finishers.

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The Power Of Controlled Attention.

Building Stronger Faith, Belief, And Confidence In Yourself. The Subconscious Mind - How to make it work for you.


Affirmations - The science of the spoken word - What you say is what you're going to manifest.

Creative Visualization - Treasure-Mapping - One picture is worth a thousand words.

Animal Magnetism (The Power Of Sex Transmutation).

Positive Thinking - We think approximately 10,000 thoughts per day - 90% are negative. Staying away from the negative thinkers and joy-killers - their influence is deadly. Accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative.

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Pulling The Weeds Of Destruction From The Garden Of Your Mind.

Reprogramming Your Mind For Greater Success.

Posting Your Security Guard At The Door Of Your Mind.

Instructing Your Nightshift Foreman To Work For You While You Are Sleeping.

Getting The Most Out of Your Most Priceless Possession - Your Time. Accomplishing more in life while doing less. The secret of a happy and successful life consists in "Taking time to live." Effectiveness verses Efficiency.

What's Your "Bottom Line"?

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It's OK To Get Rich. Here's How.

Napoleon Hill's Journey Through The Black Forest - Overcoming The Enemies Of Success - In your journey through life there is a dangerous forest you must pass safely through. This lesson is your guide and road map.

The Major Causes Of Failure To Avoid.

The Enemies Of Success, Happiness And Peace Of Mind.


Success Habit Formation And Fixation - We are where we are in life and who we are because of our habits - good or bad. Learn how to establish "success habits" and become a slave to them.

Creative Thinking. Imagination - Every great idea and accomplishment first started in someone's mind. How to dig for gold in yours.

Idea Development.

The Gold Mind Between Your Ears.

The Three Sources Of All Ideas.

Becoming An X-pert In A World Of Amateurs.

Joining The Top 5% In Life.

"You" Incorporated - Running your life like a successful corporation.

Going The Extra Mile. Q + Q + MA = C.

Personal Initiative - There are three kinds of people: People, who make things happen, People who watch someone else make it happen, and people who don't know what's happening.

Anhedonia - The inability to experience joy and pleasure in life - the walking dead.

Learning To Live In The Now - Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. You don't have a guarantee that you will be here tomorrow - A successful life consists in taking time to live. Success - is turning your NOW into total fulfillment.

Life Is?

Overcoming Your Fears, Doubts, And Worries.

Problem Solving Techniques That Are Foolproof.

The Science Of Goal Achieving - Learn how to "fix it" so you won't fail.

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Revitalizing Yourself For Greater Accomplishments.

Building Your Personality, Presence And Personal Magnetism. Some people brighten up the room when they enter - Others brighten up the room when they leave.

The Most Distinctive Qualities Of An Attractive Personality.

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Personal Magnetism Test.

Personal Magnetism.

An Engaging Personality.

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Building Your Charisma.

Developing Greater Confidence And Poise.

Highlighting Your Uniqueness.

Filling Your Body Language And Facial Expressions With Sizzling Vitality.

Tactfulness And Skill In Dealing With, Influencing And Winning People.

Common Habits Which Destroy Your Personality.

Standing Out In A Crowd.

Building A Flawless Character.

How To Radiate And Glow.

The Song Is You.

How To Arouse Interest.

Harmony In Human Relations.

Getting People To Like You

Leadership Qualities - You Become The Guide. Everyone is looking for someone to look up to - someone they can trust to lead them and guide them to a better life. There are many followers in life - the sad thing is that most of them are following the wrong person. They are playing "follow the follower." What a good leader is.

The Quest For Excellence.

The Attributes Of A True And Great Leader.

Conscience - An Inner Voice.

Truth And Integrity.

Character. Prudence.

The Golden Rule.

Harmony Among All People

The Art Of Listening To Others.

Empathy-Ego Balance.

The Capacity To Understand People.

Visions And Ideals.


The Time Is Now.

Getting Your "Masters Degree" In Success.


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Rick Gettle

Listed #1 Out Of 40,000,000 Google Worldwide Listings Under "Success Achievement Courses"

And #1 Out Of 20,000,000 Under "Success Achievement Books."

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Rick Gettle Bio:

President/Founder Of The Master Mind Alliance International, Philosopher, Publisher, Author, Success Achievement Consultant, Teacher, Speaker, Trainer, Human Resources Development Consultant, And Personal Coach To Individuals, Including Managers And Owners Of Many Mainstream Businesses.

Rick Started Studying Napoleon Hill's Books And Works In 1951 At The Age Of 20 When He Was Working As A Crew Member On A Ship Heading For India, And Since Then Read Each One Over Thirty-Five Times (He Stopped Counting): Law Of Success, Think And Grow Rich, The Master Key To Riches, Grow Rich With Peace Of Mind, Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude, You Can Work Your Own Miracles And Succeed And Grow Rich Through Persuasion.

Then, He Started Buying Every Other Book He Could Find On The Works Of All Of The Most Successful Writers On Success And Achievement Over The Last 60 Years, And Reading The Best Ones Again And Again. (You Will Find All Of These Book Titles Listed In His Book) "The Science Of Success Achievement Course," Which Is Listed #1 Out Of 25,000,000 Google Listings Under "Success Achievement Courses," And, Also, #1 Out Of 20,000,000 Google Listings Under, "Success Achievement Books."

Rick Spent Three Years In The Army Air Corp And Another Three Years In The United States Merchant Marines And Then From 1954 Until 1960 He Spent His Time In Professional Selling, Sales Training And Sales Management.

From 1961 Until 1970, He Was In Advertising, Promotion And Marketing.

In 1970, Rick Represented Nightingale/Conant Corp (Earl Nightingale's Company. Earl Was Heard Daily On Over 1,000 Radio Stations), Rick Also Represented "Success Unlimited" Magazine, And Bought A Distributorship To Market Napoleon Hill's "Philosophy Of Success" Program And Started Teaching His Success Principles.

He Created The Master Mind Alliance Success Clubs International, (Which Is Now #1 Out Of 40,000,000 Google Listings Under Success Clubs), To Help His Students Follow Through And Put The Principles Into Practice.

In 1971, Rick Started Developing And Teaching His Own Course, "The Science Of Success Achievement Course." His 426 Page 8 X 11 Book Covers 142 Of The Most Important Lessons On Achieving And Maintaining Greater Financial Security, Freedom, Peace Of Mind And Happiness In Life - And How To Live A More Satisfying, Rewarding, And More Meaningful Life.

Since Then, He Has Been Teaching It Live On An Average Of 3 Times Per Week - 52 Weeks Per Year - For Over 40 Years. There Were Times When Had Over 6 Different Classes Going On Per Week. That Comes To Over 6,240 Times He Has Taught His Success Course.

Some Of The Groups He Taught The Course To Included New Your Life, Metropolitan Life, Amway, Mary Kay Beauty Consultants, Herbal Life Distributors, Shearson Leamen, Century 21 Realty, Prudential, Coldwell Banker, San Quentin Prison, The Delancy Street Foundation, People On Self Growth.Com, FACEBOOK, And Linkedin.

In The Early 80's, Rick Got A Phone Call From A Mr. John Haid Who Was The President Of The Napoleon Hill Academy. He Said That He Heard Quite A Bit About Rick's Classes And That He Wanted To Fly Out To San Francisco To Meet With Him. When They Got Together, He Told Rick He Was Going To Set Up A Napoleon Hill Academy Franchise In Northern California And Wanted To Find The Most Qualified Person To Run It. He Was Here For About A Week And Interviewed Several Eager People Who Wanted That Privilege, Including Rick. Many Of Them Were Very Successful And Had Lots Of Money To Gladly Pay For The Franchise. After Several Meetings With Each One Of the Prospects, John Decided That Rick Was The Most Knowledgeable On Napoleon Hill's Success Principles And Gave The Franchise To Him.

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