Winning At Backgammon Variant – Plakoto

Plakoto a variant of backgammon is a popular game in Greece. The motive behind playing Plakoto is to bring all your checkers around to your own home board and then bear them off. The player who bears off all of his checkers first wins the game. This game is usually palyed along with the two other variants of backgammon, namely Fevga and Portes. Together these three games are called Tavli and are played in sequence usually one after the other. They have matches of three, five or seven points. A Bulgarian version of Plakoto is known as Tapa. Playing Plakato Every player has fifteen checkers to start with. These checkers are placed on opponents one-point. The players have to move …

Food Companies Fail To Tackle Diet Crisis

The bigger you are the better you are – well not in this case. The world’s 25 biggest food companies are failing to take the global crisis in diet seriously and often only change their practices when faced with adverse publicity that could damage their sales, a new study claims. From Wal-Mart to McDonald’s to Coca-Cola to Cadbury, the world leaders of the food industry are accused of a “pathetic” performance on meeting targets set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2004 to take basic action to improve diet that will in turn tackle obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The study judged each company on responsible marketing, in particular to children; reductions in fat, sugar and salt; portion …

Children Traveling alone for the Holidays

Due to the number of non-traditional families in our society, it is common for custody agreements to require children to travel over the holidays to be with the other parent. This is an issue that many parents have to deal with in the best way possible. If the parents live in close proximity they can easily drive them to the agreed upon destination. If the divorce is amicable it may even be possible for each parent to drive half way for the exchange of the children. However, it isnt always possible for parents to be able to do this for one reason or another and that means that children will end up traveling alone for the holidays. You want to …

The Problem with Autograph Authentication

As recently as 1997, the FBI estimated that between 50% and 90% of all collectibles in the marketplace are not authentic. Everyone that cares about the hobby agrees that something must be done. And most think that autograph authentication paying a third party company to certify that an autograph is real – is a logical solution that benefits everyone involved and eliminates counterfeiting. Last month, we featured a story by a small business owner (and friend of mine) who would strongly disagree with that statement (check it out at http://www.sportslizard.com/article9.php ). He sold a Michael Vick autographed mini helmet on eBay. The buyer sent it to be authenticated by PSA/DNA and, upon not receiving authentication, demanded a refund. My friend …