US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%

US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 1.14%. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 0.98% and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up by 0.71 per cent

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US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%
Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. Source: Reuters
US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 345.25 points or1.14 per cent. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 35.88 points or 0.98 per cent and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up 75.75 points or 0.71 per cent. A Reuters report said that today’s strength was on the back of a report which said the Federal Reserve will likely debate on signaling plans for a smaller interest rate hike in December, reversing declines set off by social media firms after Snap Inc’s ad warning.

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Nasdaq Top Gainers and Losers

Source: Nasdaq

Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. The BSE Sensex ended at 59,307.15, up by 104.25 points or 0.18 per cent from the Thursday closing level. Meanwhile, the Nifty50 index closed at 17,590.00, higher by 26.05 points or 0.15 per cent. In the 30-share Sensex, 13 stocks gained while the remaining 17 ended on the losing side. In the 50-stock Nifty50, 21 stocks advanced while 29 declined.

Ten Reasons to Become a Pharmacy Technician

So, you’ve been in the job market or plan to hit it soon and are looking for promising professions to join. While one solid reason often suffices to start a career in a particular field, we can give you ten reasons for becoming a pharmacy tech.But before that, let’s try and understand what exactly is it that a pharmacy technician does. Pharmacy technicians are allied healthcare professionals trained in performing administrative, clerical and pharmacy-related tasks under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.You could call them the eyes and ears of a pharmacist as they provide a range of support services that help pharmacists fulfill their primary responsibilities. Here are top ten reasons why becoming a pharmacy technician may be a smart career move:Reason #1Positive job outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a much faster than average growth in the employment of pharmacy technicians over the next decade. According to the bureau, the growing number of older people requiring medication and advances in pharmaceutical research are expected to cause a 32 percent increase in the employment of pharmacy techs in the 2010-20 period.*Reason #2Minimal training requirement: Although pharmacy technicians do not have any formal educational requirements and can be trained on the job, but judging by the current employment trends, it’s best to complete a post secondary pharmacy technician training program and get professional certification to enjoy maximum opportunities. Career training in the field is available at vocational schools as well as community colleges. The training, depending on the program you choose, can last from a few months to a year.Reason #3Attractive remuneration: Pharmacy technicians enjoy attractive compensation, especially considering the fact that the educational prerequisites for the job are rudimentary at best compared to some of the other healthcare professions like nursing. According to the latest payscale.com data, pharmacy technicians make an average of $8.04 – $15.56 per hour or $16,773 – $35,199 per year in total pay, which includes annual salary, hourly wages, bonuses, overtime, tips, commissions, profit sharing, and other types of cash earnings.**Reason #4Online career training: Many schools offer online pharmacy technician training courses that are not just a flexible and convenient alternative to classroom training, but also accepted by employers as valid educational programs.Reason #5Flexibility in work schedule: Since a lot of pharmacies, especially the ones in hospitals, function round the clock, pharmacy techs may enjoy the flexibility to pick a work schedule that suits them. If you have other commitments during the day, you can request your employer for a late work shift.Reason #6Many work opportunities are available: Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of settings including hospital-based pharmacies, retail pharmacies, local drug stores, grocery and departmental stores, insurance companies, pharmaceutical research facilities, etc.Reason #7Opportunity to develop career skills: The job of a pharmacy technician can be a platform to develop important career skills that are also transferable from one job to another.Reason #8Work in clean environment: People with this job usually work in extremely clean and pleasant environment. In fact, part of their job is to keep the space they work in uncluttered and sanitized, so patients and/or their families can get their prescriptions filled without having to worry about contracting infections.Reason #9Potential to grow: With experience and further training, pharmacy technicians can rise up the ranks to supervisory roles. The work also provides an excellent training ground for pursuing advanced education in the field.Reason #10Become a part of the healthcare vertical: Becoming a pharmaceutical technician will provide you a chance to be a part of the flourishing healthcare sector and enjoy the prestige, stability, and gratification it offers. Not only will you receive the perks that come with being a healthcare professional, but you will also return home each day satisfied and content with having helped people at their time of need.Sources:*bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Pharmacy-technicians.htm#tab-6**payscale.com/research/US/Job=Pharmacy_Technician/Hourly_Rate

Make Your Own Premium Anti-Aging Skin Care Blends at Home

Have you always wanted to try the world’s finest skin care product, but found the prices somewhat outrageous? Ever considered making your own? It’s so easy to do, and you can create a formula precisely to match your skin type, with remarkable effective natural and pure botanicals (plant-based ingredients). Making these yourself will give you a skin care product that matches or exceeds the effectiveness of anything you can buy over the counter at a truly affordable price. Try one of these recipes and you may never go back to fancy labels, boxes and prices ever again!Essential Oils: The Best Skin Care BotanicalsYou’ll find essential oils in every “high end” mature skin beauty product, though sometimes you’ll see them discretely labeled as “plant extracts” or similar terms. The thing is that many folks still don’t realize that essential oils truly are medicine, not just fine smelling precious liquid in tiny bottles. When you understand that essential oils are simply the concentrated “volatile” (easily evaporated liquid) constituents naturally present in ALL plants, you’ll see that they’re nothing less than any other herbal concentrate. And essential oils are so very compatible with our skin — they are very easily absorbed — that they can actually work better than other types of botanical skin care ingredients. Making a custom recipe for yourself is as simple as matching the therapeutic properties of the essential oils to your skin’s needs — then mixing them together with one or more “fixed” oils, and voila! You’ve got the perfect daily skin care creation.
Woman’s Oil of Beauty: Rose Essential Oil
Again and again, in every natural skin care recipe book, one finds one oil more highly regarded than any other — Rose Otto, the steam distilled variety of Rose (it is also found as an Absolute, which is more appropriate for natural perfumes). Rose Otto has a host of therapeutic skin care properties: it hydrates without being greasy, it’s gently antiseptic, soothing to damaged skin, can heal broken capillaries, and supports the skin’s natural metabolism. It is also the most important oil for women for its heart opening, anti-depressant action — considered the “oil of the highest vibration” used in aroma-therapeutics. While a bit pricey, it’s very potent; only a few drops are needed in any recipe.Calendula: Nature’s Healing Magic

Calendula oil has been used for hundreds of years for all sorts of skin care uses. Its exceptionally soothing, with the traditional use being for infant’s skin care. The flowers have been hard to work with however, limiting the uses of this magnificent medicinal plant. A new extraction technique now offers us a Calendula oil concentrate, often labeled Calendula CO2. This new extract is highly antioxidant, powerfully wound-healing, and one of the most effective soothers of irritated or damaged skin available on Earth.Companion Oils for Balance and Vitality

One or more of these three oils are excellent companion oils to the Rose and Calendula. Rosemary “Verbenone” is a skin-care specialty oil, distilled from a particular variety of Rosemary herb. Long used in all sorts of body care preparations, Rosemary is thought to work by stimulating cellular metabolism (increasing the amount of nutrients getting into our skin cells), speeding the creation of new cells, and enhancing our skin’s vitality. Helichrysum is even more potently regenerative — often used in wound healing, Helichrysum will also increase new skin cell production, while drawing waste products from skin tissues. And lets not forget Lavender, the Grand-Daddy of skin-care medicine. Lavender is regenerative, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and aids skin conditions where stress may be an underlying factor.For specific skin care needs, we’ll also include Sandalwood and Myrtle essential oils in certain blends (you’ll see which oils go with which skin type in the recipes below). Both these oils are considered excellent for acne-prone skin. Myrtle is potently antiseptic, regenerative, and commonly found in acne and oily-skin formulas. Sandalwood is hydrating AND an excellent treatment for acne. Myrtle offers a great herbaceous “high note” to your blend, while Sandalwood gives a lovely earthy tone.Holding It All Together: Your Formula’s BaseWhile the essential oils are often considered the “active ingredients”, its important to consider the “carrier oils” are exceptionally therapeutic as well. For these recipes, we highly recommend the use of two very well-regarded tropical nut oils: Coconut and Kukui. Coconut has a very long history (thousands of years, actually) in skin care, mentioned often in Ayurvedic medicine. It is antimicrobial and hydrating (spanning the needs from the acne prone to the chronically dry). Kukui has similar properties, and remains liquid at room temperature — allowing easy mixing and application of your custom recipe. These two oils have been used by peoples of tropical climes to care for the skin of the young and old, successfully, for so long — and now you too can reap their benefits.Rosehip Seed: A Woman’s Beauty Gift from the Mountains of Chile
For everyone EXCEPT those prone to acne, Rosehip Seed oil is the third important base oil. Rosehip seed naturally balances the incredible tropical nut oils, coming from the high mountain arid regions of South America. Rosehip seed may be the most thoroughly studied carrier oil for skin care use — and with excellent results. Rosehip has been shown to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and scars, while smoothing overall skin texture and color. Imagine what its going to do with all these other top-notch therapeutic ingredients…let’s get on to mixing them.Get Yourself Started With These Ingredients and Instructions
Gather your ingredients: 1 glass bottle 30 or 60ml (1 or 2 ounces), preferably colored glass (helps protect the oils) with an eyedropper (makes it easy to dispense your formula later). ALL recipes are for EACH FLUID OUNCE, so you’ll want to know the size of our bottle to make measuring easier. A funnel might make things easier as well. And of course your selected base oils and essential oils (note for purchasing oils — the recipe calls for drops, and essential oils are sold in milliliters — there are 25 drops per milliliter).Mixing instructions: Add the required number of drops of each essential oil to your empty bottle. If making 2 ounces, double the amounts, 4 ounces, 4 times, etc. With a funnel, add approximate amounts of your carrier oil — if using all three carrier oils, for example, just fill the bottle about a third of the way with each oil. Don’t overfill, as you won’t be able to get the eyedropper in (if using one) without spilling! Gently invert the bottle several times and let set for a bit. The aroma will not really be brilliant until the following day, but you can use the mixture right away. The formulas are designed for using one to 3 times per day. On to the recipes:Brilliant Beauty Recipes for All Skin Types:
Moderate to sever dry skin with smile lines: Rose Otto 8 drops, Lavender 12 drops, Calendula CO2 6 drops, three parts Coconut and one part each Kukui and Rosehip seed oils.Mature skin with scars or color variations and smile lines: Rose Otto 6 drops, Lavender 8 drops, Helichrysum 6 drops, Rosemary V. 6 drops, Equal parts Coconut, Kukui, and Rosehipseed oils.Irritated or sensitive skin, perhaps with broken capillaries: Rosemary 8 drops, Lavender 6 drops, Calendula CO2 6 drops, Sandalwood 6 drops, in three parts Coconut and one part each Kukui and Rosehip seed oils.For oily, acne-prone or combination skin: Myrtle 10 drops, Lavender 8, drops, Rosemary V., 6 drops, in equal parts of Kukui and Coconut oils.Four easy recipes to get you started — and there’s so many essential oils to choose from, with a range of therapeutic properties. These blends described here can be VERY effective, and by making them yourself this first time, you’ll open up whole new doors to formulating your personal, customized, high-end skin care at a fraction of the cost of the Big Names in the business. May you have beautiful, healthy skin where every you go!