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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Twitter will now let you download your tweet archive


Twitter will now let you download your tweet archive

San Francisco: Twitter’s 200 million active users can soon savour or cringe over every single statement they’ve tweeted when the social media company begins sending users their entire archive of 140-character messages.

Only English-language users have this service for now, but Twitter will eventually send a download link containing the full personal archives in one file to any user who asks, the company said on Wednesday.

“Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary, or just see your first few Tweets. We know lots of you would like to explore your Twitter past,” Mollie Vandor, a Twitter engineer, wrote in an official blog post Wednesday.

Since Twitter launched the service in 2006, tweets have evolved from a tool for youngsters to chat about frivolous things into a force for social change.

It has served as an alternative to government-controlled media, for example, in the Middle East. And during Superstorm Sandy this year, news organizations and emergency response officials turned to Twitter as an essential source of real-time information.

In 2010, the Library of Congress pledged to preserve every public tweet as a matter of record – a significant undertaking, given that some 400 million tweets are dispatched worldwide everyday.

Bookending that archive will be one noted dispatch by Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey, who is widely recognized as its inventor. Dorsey, ignoring punctuation, brought the service to life shortly after 1:00 p.m. on March 21, 2006 with a supremely pedestrian update about his experimental social network.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Two infants die in J&K hospital allegedly due to negligence after power cut


Two infants have died in a government hospital in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, allegedly due to non-availability of electricity for over two hours.

The infants' families have alleged that the babies were on ventilator support when the electricity supply went off. The hospital officials allegedly didn't turn the generator on for two hours on Friday evening.  

"The superintendent killed my babies. There was no electricity, not even a candle. Even the nurse was missing. We were holding our babies under the light of the mobile phones," the mother of one of the infants said.

"The babies died because there was no staff in the hospital, nobody to turn on the generator, where is the staff?" she added.

The state health department has responded by initiating an open enquiry into the matter. Three specialist doctors from various hospitals in the valley will be heading the enquiry.

This incident comes two days after a senior doctor was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police for the murder of a newborn in a government hospital.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Supreme Court notices to six Andhra ministers


The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to six Andhra Pradesh ministers and 11 bureaucrats for their alleged role in issuing orders during the tenure of late chief minister Y.S. Rajashekara Reddy to favour the business interests of his son, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

The notice was issued on a petition seeking a probe against the ministers and the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in the case involving the alleged illegal assets of Jaganmohan Reddy.

Jagan, as the MP from Kadapa is popularly known, is already facing a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged illegal assets amassed during his father's tenure.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari issued the notice on a petition by Nellore-based advocate P. Sudhakar Reddy seeking a probe into the government orders favouring Jagan.

The notice to the CBI, the ministers and officers were issued with regard to 26 government orders issued during the tenure of YSR, who died in a helicopter crash in 2009.

The ministers include P. Sabita Indra Reddy (home), J. Geeta Reddy (major industries), Dharmana Prasada Rao (panchayati raj), Ponnala Lakshmaiah (information technology), Kanna Lakshminarayana (agriculture) and Mopidevi Venkatramna (excise).

The petitioner has challenged a Andhra Pradesh High Court order rejecting a probe. A special CBI court in Hyderabad had also rejected the plea.

Sudhakar Reddy contended that the investigation into the disproportionate assets should not be confined to Jagan but should also include the role of the ministers and bureaucrats in facilitating his business dealings.

The CBI court in December last year had rejected Sudhakar Reddy's petition seeking directions to the CBI to register FIRs against the six Andhra Pradesh ministers and the 11 IAS officers. The high court upheld the CBI court's order.

The high court in August last year had ordered CBI probe against Jagan on a petition filed by a state minister and some leaders of the opposition TDP.

The investigating agency subsequently booked a case against Jagan and 72 others.

The YSR Congress party, floated by Jagan exactly a year ago, has hailed the notice to the ministers. The party has been arguing that all the concerned ministers were equally responsible for the orders issued by the government.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Shehla Masood's murder a crime of passion

Shehla Masood's murder a crime of passion
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday denied giving a "clean chit" to BJP legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh in the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood.

The CBI also described the murder as a "crime of passion".

CBI director A.P. Singh reached Bhopal on Monday night to review the case.

Officers of the premier agency told reporters in Bhopal that they are not sure whether the BJP legislator is a mastermind of the crime, but had not given him a clean chit.

Shehla Masood was killed near her house in the state capital on August 16 last year.

The CBI took up the case in September and so far three people - architect Zahida Parvez, her friend Saba Farooqui and city based criminal Shaqib 'Danger' - have been arrested by the agency. A contract killer from Kanpur, Irfan, has been arrested by the special task force in Uttar Pradesh.

"So far, it seems that Zahida had contacted Shaqib to eliminate Shehla," officials told reporters.

The officers said that with the support of local police they had so far examined 900,000 call details in the case.

They claimed that they will solve the high profile case in one month's time.

Meanwhile, in Indore the three accused Zahida, Saba and Shaqib were presented before a special CBI court. The three are in CBI custody and on Tuesday, the court of Shubra Singh granted them remand till March 13.

The court also accept CBI officials request to conduct lie detector test on the accused.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Encounter deaths: NHRC notice to TN police


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notices to Director General of Tamil Nadu Police and Chennai District Magistrate asking them to investigate the death of five suspected burglars in a police encounter.

The direction came after the commission received a complaint on the basis of media reports regarding the Chennai encounter on Thursday in which the police killed five people suspected to be involved in bank robberies.

The notices have been issued to Tamil Nadu’s Director General of Police and the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police in Chennai.

“The commission has directed them to respond to its notices within eight weeks along with the magisterial enquiry report, the post-mortem report and the independent investigation report into the incident as per the guidelines of the commission,” an NHRC spokesperson said.

Quoting reports, the commission said that the police was on the lookout for a gang of robbers reportedly involved in a series of bank robberies in the city.

In this connection, they surrounded a house at Velachery in Chennai where some suspects were lodged. According to the police, the encounter happened when instead of surrendering, the alleged suspects opened fire at the police injuring two inspectors.

The five persons, four from Bihar and one from West Bengal, were identified with the help of voters ID cards and driving licences recovered from the spot. The deceased are Chandrika Ray, Harish Kumar, Vinay Prasad, Vinod Kumar (all from Bihar) and Abhay Kumar from West Bengal.

In less than a month, branches of Bank of Baroda and Indian Overseas Bank in Chennai were robbed of Rs 19 lakh and Rs 14 lakh on January 23 and February 21 respectively in daring daylight heist by armed men, sending shock waves. The police had set up 30 special teams to crack the cases.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Israeli Embassy Car Blast in Delhi


Blast rips through Israeli Embassy car in Delhi

Israeli Embassy Car Blast in Delhi
Monday's attempted assassination of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi — and Tel Aviv's reflexive indictment of Tehran for the incident — threatens to put India bang in the middle of escalating tensions in West Asia and raises new fears about its vulnerability to international terrorism.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, an embassy official who is also the wife of Israel's defence attaché, sustained serious injuries when a bomb fixed to her Innova car went off at 3.15 p.m., less than 500 metres from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's official residence. Ms. Koren was on her way to pick up her children from school.

The diplomat, who was travelling on the back seat, sustained serious injuries as the blast ripped through the vehicle's metal body. Her driver, Manoj Sharma, lost control of the car after the explosion, and was injured when it crashed into a road divider. Delhi residents Manjeet Singh and Arun Sharma, who were driving behind the van, were also injured.

Eyewitnesses said the injured diplomat and her driver were evacuated by passers-by. “People rushed to the car,” said bystander Ravi Singh. “An Air Force fire truck later doused the flames.”

Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta said eyewitnesses confirmed that “a device had been affixed to the vehicle by a motorcyclist” who passed the car. Police sources told The Hindu that they were sifting through high-resolution images obtained from closed-circuit cameras installed in the area.

Also on Monday, police in Tbilisi, Georgia, defused an identical magnetic explosive device shortly before the attack. Interestingly, similar devices have been used to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists in attacks in Tehran last year — attacks western media have attributed to Israel's secret service, Mossad.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hooch kills 24 in Odisha


24 die after consuming spurious liquor in Odisha

At least 24 people died in Odisha after consuming spurious liquor laced with medicines, authorities said.

The victims from Cuttack and Khordha districts fell ill Tuesday after taking the drink that officials said contained drugs used to treat cough and cold and to dress wounds.

District Collector S.N. Girish told IANS that among the dead was Baidhar Bhoi, the brew seller. He was the first to die -- Tuesday morning.

Other deaths took place during Tuesday. The toll climbed to 24 Wednesday afternoon.

The toll may increase further as nearly 20 were in critical condition.

According to officials, people from several areas had gone to Tukuliapada village in Cuttack district to buy the drink Monday night.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said a judicial commission led by a retired Odisha High Court judge will probe the deaths.

Excise Commissioner Sudarsana Nayak said the medicines used in the brew contained a high percentage of alcohol.

Three people, who are relatives of the liquor kingpin, have been arrested.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

How Facebook uses your data

How Facebook uses your data
Last week, Facebook filed documents with the government that will allow it to sell shares of stock to the public. It is estimated to be worth at least $75 billion. But unlike other big-ticket corporations, it doesn't have an inventory of widgets or gadgets, cars or phones. Facebook's inventory consists of personal data - yours and mine.

Facebook makes money by selling ad space to companies that want to reach us. Advertisers choose key words or details - like relationship status, location, activities, favorite books and employment - and then Facebook runs the ads for the targeted subset of its 845 million users. If you indicate that you like cupcakes, live in a certain neighborhood and have invited friends over, expect an ad from a nearby bakery to appear on your page. The magnitude of online information Facebook has available about each of us for targeted marketing is stunning. In Europe, laws give people the right to know what data companies have about them, but that is not the case in the United States.

Facebook made $3.2 billion in advertising revenue last year, 85 percent of its total revenue. Yet Facebook's inventory of data and its revenue from advertising are small potatoes compared to some others. Google took in more than 10 times as much, with an estimated $36.5 billion in advertising revenue in 2011, by analyzing what people sent over Gmail and what they searched on the Web, and then using that data to sell ads.

Hundreds of other companies have also staked claims on people's online data by depositing software called cookies or other tracking mechanisms on people's computers and in their browsers. If you've mentioned anxiety in an email, done a Google search for "stress" or started using an online medical diary that lets you monitor your mood, expect ads for medications and services to treat your anxiety.

Ads that pop up on your screen might seem useful or, at worst, a nuisance. But they are much more than that. The bits and bytes about your life can easily be used against you. Whether you can obtain a job, credit or insurance can be based on your digital doppelganger - and you may never know why you've been turned down.

Material mined online has been used against people battling for child custody or defending themselves in criminal cases. LexisNexis has a product called Accurint for Law Enforcement, which gives government agents information about what people do on social networks. The Internal Revenue Service searches Facebook and MySpace for evidence of tax evaders' income and whereabouts, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been known to scrutinize photos and posts to confirm family relationships or weed out sham marriages.

Employers sometimes decide whether to hire people based on their online profiles, with one study indicating that 70 per cent of recruiters and human resource professionals in the United States have rejected candidates based on data found online. A company called Spokeo gathers online data for employers, the public and anyone else who wants it. The company even posts ads urging "HR Recruiters - Click Here Now!" and asking women to submit their boyfriends' email addresses for an analysis of their online photos and activities to learn "Is He Cheating on You?"

Stereotyping is alive and well in data aggregation. Your application for credit could be declined not on the basis of your own finances or credit history, but on the basis of aggregate data - what other people whose likes and dislikes are similar to yours have done. If guitar players or divorcing couples are more likely to renege on their credit-card bills, then the fact that you've looked at guitar ads or sent an email to a divorce lawyer might cause a data aggregator to classify you as less credit-worthy.

When an Atlanta man returned from his honeymoon, he found that his credit limit had been lowered to $3,800 from $10,800. The switch was not based on anything he had done but on aggregate data. A letter from the company told him, "Other customers who have used their card at establishments where you recently shopped have a poor repayment history with American Express."

Even though laws allow people to challenge false information in credit reports, there are no laws that require data aggregators to reveal what they know about you. If I've Googled "diabetes" for a friend or "date rape drugs" for a mystery I'm writing, data aggregators assume those searches reflect my own health and proclivities. Because no laws regulate what types of data these aggregators can collect, they make their own rules.

In 2007 and 2008, the online advertising company NebuAd contracted with six internet service providers to install hardware on their networks that monitored users' internet activities and transmitted that data to NebuAd's servers for analysis and use in marketing.

For an average of six months, NebuAd copied every email, Web search or purchase that some 400,000 people sent over the Internet. Other companies, like Healthline Networks Inc, have in-house limits on which private information they will collect. Healthline does not use information about people's searches related to HIV, impotence or eating disorders to target ads to people, but it will use information about bipolar disorder, overactive bladder and anxiety, which can be as stigmatizing as the topics on its privacy-protected list.

In the 1970s, a professor of communication studies at Northwestern University named John McKnight popularized the term "redlining" to describe the failure of banks, insurers and other institutions to offer their services to inner city neighborhoods. The term came from the practice of bank officials who drew a red line on a map to indicate where they wouldn't invest. But use of the term expanded to cover a wide array of racially discriminatory practices, such as not offering home loans to African-Americans, even those who were wealthy or middle class.

Now the map used in redlining is not a geographic map, but the map of your travels across the Web. The term "weblining" describes the practice of denying people opportunities based on their digital selves. You might be refused health insurance based on a Google search you did about a medical condition. You might be shown a credit card with a lower credit limit, not because of your credit history, but because of your race, sex or ZIP code or the types of websites you visit.

Data aggregation has social implications as well. When young people in poor neighborhoods are bombarded with advertisements for trade schools, will they be more likely than others their age to forgo college? And when women are shown articles about celebrities rather than stock market trends, will they be less likely to develop financial savvy? Advertisers are drawing new redlines, limiting people to the roles society expects them to play.

Data aggregators' practices conflict with what people say they want. A 2008 Consumer Reports poll of 2,000 people found that 93 per cent thought Internet companies should always ask for permission before using personal information, and 72 per cent wanted the right to opt out of online tracking.

A study by Princeton Survey Research Associates in 2009 using a random sample of 1,000 people found that 69 per cent thought that the United States should adopt a law giving people the right to learn everything a website knows about them. We need a do-not-track law, similar to the do-not-call one. Now it's not just about whether my dinner will be interrupted by a telemarketer. It's about whether my dreams will be dashed by the collection of bits and bytes over which I have no control and for which companies are currently unaccountable.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crib death horror continues at BC Roy


Crib death continued to stalk BC Roy Memorial Hospital for Children on Monday with the death of three more babies. The number of crib deaths in the past 48 hours rose to eight, taking the toll to 31 since Friday.

On Monday, Domkal's eight-month-old Ashiya Khatun, Gaighata's one-month old Jaya and a six-month-old male baby from Chapra lost their lives at the hospital. According to hospital sources, all of them were referred from other hospitals in a serious condition.

"Reasons for the deaths include bronchial pneumonia, septicemia and meningitis. In fact, two babies who had congenital heart ailment were suffering from pneumonia as well. All of them were brought in a serious condition. There has been no negligence on part of the hospital staff," said hospital principal Dr Mala Bhattacharya.

Hospital sources corroborated the principal's comment, saying five to six deaths per day in this hospital was nothing 'abnormal'. They explained that the hospital gets about 70-80 cases referred from districts everyday, apart from patients who are brought to the hospital directly. Most of these referral cases are critically ill babies.

At present, BC Roy has 400 beds. A 30-bed unit sick neo-natal care unit was set up after the crib death incidents in July. Despite the expansion, not much has been achieved in controlling crib death. The state's only referral hospital for children has been dogged by crib death from time to time, with 21 babies dying in 48 hours in July last year.

"It is mostly the babies brought from district hospitals who die here. Therefore, there is the need to upgrade facilities and improve services in peripheral hospitals," said Dr MK Chatterjee, paediatrician and ex-principal of BC Roy hospital.

On Monday, the hospital authority met health officials, including director medical education Dr S K Bandyopadhyay, to report on the recent spate of baby deaths. Bandyopadhyay gave a clean chit to the hospital saying the infants were already in critical condition before being brought to the hospital.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Uttarakhand elections result 2012


Uttarakhand elections: 70 per cent polling recorded

Nearly 70 per cent polling was recorded in the Uttarakhand Assembly elections, which sealed the fate of 788 candidates including Chief Minister B C Khanduri and state Congress president Yashpal Arya.

The polling to elect 70 legislators to the state Assembly largely remained "incident-free".

About 70 per cent of the 63 lakh voters exercised their franchise till the end of polling at 5PM, state Chief Electoral Officer Radha Raturi told PTI.

The polling, which began on a dull note in the morning, picked up momentum as the day progressed.

Only 10 per cent polling was recorded during the first two hours till 10 AM. However, as the day progressed, the number of voters reaching the polling stations increased.

Tight security arrangements were made for the election, which largely remained incident-free, Raturi said. The counting of votes will take place on March 6.

There are over 63 lakh electorates in the state where the ruling BJP is locked in a close fight with Congress.

Chief Minister B C Khanduri, former Chief Ministers Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Nityanand Swami and N D Tiwari and Assembly Speaker Harbans Kapoor were among the early voters.

Khanduri, who is BJP's chief ministerial candidate, said, "There is a very good response (from the people for the party)... We feel we will form the government comfortably but again it is for the people to decide."

After casting his vote, senior Congress leader Tiwari told reporters that there are bright chances of a change (of power) in the state. "People have seen the government of other party (BJP) in the past five years. I hope that they would now give a chance to Congress," he said.

The elections will also decide the fate of top state leaders including Khanduri from Kotdwar, Nishank from Doiwala, the Leader of the Opposition Harak Singh Rawat from Rudraprayag and Arya from Baajpur seats.

Monday, January 23, 2012

13/7 Mumbai blasts case cracked


13/7 Mumbai blasts case cracked, 2 from Bihar arrested: ATS

Maharashtra ATS on Monday claimed to have made a major breakthrough in the July 13 triple blasts in the city last year that claimed 27 lives, with the arrest of two of the accused hailing from Bihar.

Naqi Ahmed Wasi Ahmed Sheikh (22) and Nadeem Akhtar Ashfaq Sheikh (23) were arrested on January 12 but the mastermind of the crime Yasin Bhatkal, a top Indian Mujahideen operative, and the planters of the IEDs used in the blasts are still evading arrest, Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Rakesh Maria told reporters.

Maria said while Naqi came to Mumbai in September 2010, Nadeem, his co-villager, from Bihar's Darbhanga district, was living in Antop Hill area of the city.

Naqi, according to Maria, came in touch with Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal alias Imran in 2008.

He said Nadeem was called to Delhi by Bhatkal and handed over a cloth packet containing the explosive and detonators used in the blast that was handed over to Naqi.

Naqi, he said, was given Rs 1.5 lakh by Bhatkal as commission for the crime in which at least Rs 10 lakh, received through hawala channels, was used. He said Naqi and Nadeem had stolen two Activa scooters that were used for carrying out the explosions. Two motorcycles also stolen by them and kept for future use have also been recovered from Bihar.

Rubbishing media reports that Naqi was innocent and that he was being tortured in police custody, Maria said he was aware of Bhatkal antecedents.

Naqi not only assisted Bhatkal in scouting for an apartment in Habib Building in Byculla but also paid the money for accommodation, the ATS chief said.

Maria said while Bhatkal and two others, who had planted the explosives and whose names he refused to divulge lest it would hamper investigations, were eluding the police dragnet, another accused in the case--Haroon Rashid Naik--had already been arrested by ATS in a counterfeit currency case.

Naik, he said, had been arrested in August last year and ATS would on Monday seek a transfer warrant for him from the court. "We need the custody of Naik from Mumbra for investigation of economic trail and conspiracy in the case," he said.

Maria trashed media reports that Bhatkal was in the city for several months after the blasts and that he was to visit the landlady of the Byculla apartment when he got the whiff of impending action by Mumbai police due to lack of coordination between Delhi police's special cell and Maharashtra ATS and escaped.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Brahmaputra Mail accident with Jharkhand goods train

Brahmaputra Mail accident with Jharkhand goods train
Four dead in Jharkhand goods train accident

Four people were dead and 14 people injured when the Brahmaputra Mail collide with a stationary goods train at Karanpurato station of Jharkhand's Sahibganj district Wednesday morning.

"Four people have been killed in the accident. Fourteen were injured, two critically," Deputy Commissioner of Police Arun Kumar Singh of the district, 500 km from here, told IANS over phone.

"A sleeper coach of the Brahmaputra Mail got derailed. Rescue operation is on," he added.

A railway official said: "The goods train was standing as it's engine developed a snag. The passenger train hit it." The incident took place at 5.50 a.m.

The Brahmaputra Mail was going to New Delhi from Dibrugarh. A relief train has reached the spot.

Monday, January 9, 2012

How Designer Evening Dresses stands popular among all dresses?


In the past few years the attention of women has tending headed for designer evening dresses. Earlier these dresses only meant for rich and high class women. Now a days, women from middle class also start consider having a collection of these dresses. The reasons that it is fast becoming popular as evening wear is shown below

First-rate Quality dresses

It is enhanced in provisions of quality as contrasted to the schedule evening dresses. To start with, the cloth used for designing designer dresses is of greater quality. In addition, the shiny flecks, beads and other trimmings used for designer dresses are genuine in nature.

Better-quality Stitching dresses

The famous designers who make designer dresses are specialist in as long as the most excellent stitch to these dresses. These designers are capable and skilled and use the preeminent of their familiarity to sew these dresses in the most appropriate way.

Extensive Life dresses

Since better quality clothes and improved stitching, the costume can provide for longer than the normal costume. Designer dresses uphold their appearance and worth for long and grant the unsurpassed price for money.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Cyclone Thane in TamilNadu Updates


Cyclone Thane kills 33 in southern India

Cyclone Thane
Cyclone Thane, with a wind speed of 140 kilometers (85 miles) per hour, has lashed the coastal districts of southern India, killing at least 33 people.

The cyclone ripped through the coast between Cuddalore city in Tamil Nadu state and the union territory of Pondicherry on Friday, according to India's National Disaster Management Authority.

Officials say the deaths have been mostly due to building collapses and electrocution caused by heavy rainfall and strong winds, which have uprooted trees and power lines.

Cuddalore is the worst-hit region, with an estimated 5,000 fishermen's homes damaged.

The bad weather has also affected trains and flights in the region.

The cyclones that form frequently over the Bay of Bengal bring widespread destruction and flooding to India's southern and eastern coasts.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall dead


Former Miss Venezuela dies of breast cancer at 28

Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall dead
Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall, whose struggle with breast cancer was closely followed by Venezuelans, has died at age 28.

Her family said Ekvall died Saturday at a hospital in Houston.

Ekvall was crowned Miss Venezuela at age 17 in 2000, and the following year she was third runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant in Puerto Rico. She went on to work as a model, actress and television news anchor.

She also authored a book, "Fuera de Foco" ("Out of Focus"), about her struggle with cancer, which included images by Venezuelan photographer Roberto Mata.

She told the newspaper El Nacional in an interview last year after the book was published that "I needed to send the message of the need for cancer prevention."

On the cover was a portrait in which she appeared with makeup and her head shaved. The book also included images of her while going through chemotherapy.

"I hate to see photos in which I come out ugly," Ekvall told El Nacional. "But you know what? Nobody ever said cancer is pretty or that I should look like Miss Venezuela when I have cancer."

At the time, she was hopeful of overcoming cancer and wanted to write more.

Ekvall's family said in a statement Sunday that her remains were being cremated in Houston on Monday and that a service is to be held in Venezuela once her remains are returned to the country.

Ekvall said in a 2007 interview published in Venezuelan news media that although her mother is Jamaican and her father is American of Swedish and Hungarian descent, "I feel more Venezuelan than anybody."

Monday, December 19, 2011

Britney Spears Engagement Ring with Jason Trawick.


Britney Spears’s ‘Princess’ Engagement Ring.

Britney Spears Engagement Ring
Britney Spears and her fiance Jason Trawick made their debut as an engaged couple at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Friday evening.

The pair, who originally planned to be in the city to celebrate Trawick's 40th birthday, made it a double celebration after getting engaged the night before. Us Weekly broke the news.

Spears wore a pale pink dress as she proudly showed off the three carat Neil Lane sparkler given to her by her former agent beau.

"This is something they've both wanted for a long time," a source explains to Us. "It's a way to cement their family. They're both extremely happy and can't wait to become man and wife."

Jessie J 2012 goals


I want to gain more weight in 2012: Jessie J

Most New Year resolutions include dieting. Not for Jessie J. The British singer says her goal for 2012 is to gain more weight.

Jessie J says she's "been working hard this year" and that "it's important to know when you need to gain weight, or when you need to lose weight and be healthy."

The 23-year-old is known for her slim figure and skin tight outfits.

She released her debut CD "Who We Are" earlier this year. It's double platinum in the United Kingdom, where she has four Top 10 hits, including the No. 1 tune "Price Tag." That song has reached the Top 40 in America.

The singer also plans to shave her head for charity.

Says Jessie J: "I want to make a difference in the world."

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sleeping pills can be fatal


Sleeping pills can be fatalA recent study found those who took sleeping tablets were 36 percent more likely to die at any given time than others.

In the study American researchers focused on a brain enzyme called calcium kinase, which controls sleep in humans, said researcher Fiona Macrae, Daily Mail reported.

In an experiment conducted by the researchers, a drug was given to mice that stopped the enzyme to work in the brain and making the animal sleep more.

Encouragingly, the doses used were minimal, a study in the Journal of Neuroscience reported.

"Sleep, one of the most mysterious regular shifts in consciousness, is regulated by a delicate balance between biological processes, the environment and behaviour, but the mechanisms involved in the regulation are not well understood," said Subimal Datta, researcher, Boston University.

"Current treatments for sleep disorders do not achieve the ideal behavioural outcome, and are usually accompanied by many undesirable side effects," he said.

"A more specific, fine-tuned approach to treating these disorders by promoting alertness and treating insomnia would greatly benefit public health," he added.

Lack of sleep is linked to a host of health problems, from heart disease and memory loss to diabetes.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ana Ivanovic Novak Djokovic wedding


Ana Ivanovic gossips on Novak Djokovic´s wedding

Ana Ivanovic Novak Djokovic

The former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic said that, she feels either may not invited to wedding ceremony of fellow country mate and good friend Novak Djokovic.

The four-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, who has been dating with her long time girl friend Jelena Ristic planning to marry soon in this year. The Report says that, Djokovic and Jelena Ristic will marry in October or November, as the wedding ceremony will be held at a traditional church in his home town Monaco in Serbia in front of his family and friends. Recently, the couple also appears on the cover page of a Serbian edition of Hello Magazine.

The 2011 US Open champion Djokovic wants to enjoy his married life like Roger Federer, who has been spending his career experience with wife Mirka Vavrinec along with his twin daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. Serbian star Djokovic and Ivanovic have been best friends, since their childhood and both the players are excited to watch each other matches at the Grand Slam tournaments.

The 24-year-old Djokovic, who has withdrawn from the 2011 China Open and Shanghai Rolex Masters in Beijing, where he wants to marry Jelena Ristic, during this break time. Djokovic hopes to play his next tournament at Basel Indoor courts in Switzerland, which will begin at 31st October, 2011.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fire at Paragon footwear factory: Bangalore


Paragon footwear factory at Peenya here was engulfed in a massive fire on Friday September 30.

As per reports, 13 fire engines have been rushed to the spot. The incident occured at around 3 pm.

Firefighters are struggling to douse the fire, and even after three hours, the fire is yet to be brought under control, it is learnt.

The factory had several stocks of PVC materials used in footwear.

No casualty has been reported as yet.

Peenya is an industrial area in Bangalore which houses factories of several well-known companies.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two airliners in near miss over Hong Kong


Two Hong Kong-bound flights carrying more than 600 people narrowly missed each other over the Asian city, according to officials, after pilots scrambled to react to warning signals.

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 arriving from New York and a Dragonair Airbus A330 from Taiwan were both told to hold off landing due to bad weather on September 18 but strayed into each other's path.

Airline officials said they were one nautical mile (2,000 metres) apart at the same altitude southwest of Hong Kong airport when the traffic collision avoidance system warning sounded.

The Dragonair pilot put his aircraft, carruying 284 passengers and 12 crew, into an immediate climb while the Cathay flight, with 299 passengers and 18 crew on board, descended to resolve the conflict.

According to Hong Kong's former civil aviation chief the two planes came within six seconds of impact, based on their distance and normal aircraft speed.

"The chance of a crash is absolutely high. The passengers really came back from hell," Albert Lam told The Standard newspaper.

A spokesman for Cathay Pacific, which also owns Dragonair, said that there had been a "loss of separation" but said: "There was no risk of collision and at no time was the safety of the flights compromised.

"At the closest, they were one nautical mile (2,000 meters) apart when abeam from each other with increasing vertical separation."

Both flights landed at the airport without incident, 14 minutes apart.

Cathay said the incident has been reported to civil aviation authorities and pledged to cooperate with the probe.

Shanghai subway crash injures dozens


A subway train in China's commercial center of Shanghai has smashed into the back of another train, injuring dozens of people.

Local reports say the accident Tuesday on Line 10, one of the city's newest lines, may have been caused by problems with the signaling system, similar to a crash in July on one of China's high-speed train lines.

Shanghai TV says more than 100 people were taken to hospitals for treatment. The exact number of injuries could not be immediately confirmed.

Shanghai, a city of 23 million, has rapidly expanded its subway system in recent years. Some lines have had problems with faulty signaling, doors not opening properly and poorly trained operators.

Facebook tracks you even after logging out


Facebook tracks what you do online even when you're logged out.

Facebook tracks you even after logging out
An Australian technologist has claimed that Facebook can track the web pages you visit, even when you are logged out of the social networking giant.

According to Wollongong-based Nik Cubrilovic, when the user is logged out of Facebook, rather than deleting its tracking cookies, the site merely modifies them, maintaining account information and other unique tokens that can be used to identify its users.

This simply means that any time you visit a web page with a Facebook button or widget, your browser is still sending personally identifiable information back to Facebook.

"Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit," Cubrilovic wrote in a blog post.

"The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions," he added.

Cubrilovic said he tried to contact Facebook to inform it of his discovery but did not get a reply, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

He said there were significant risks to the privacy of users, particularly those using public terminals to access Facebook.

"Facebook are front-and-centre in the new privacy debate just as Microsoft were with security issues a decade ago," Cubrilovic said.

"The question is what it will take for Facebook to address privacy issues and to give their users the tools required to manage their privacy and to implement clear policies - not pages and pages of confusing legal documentation, and 'logout' not really meaning 'logout'," he added.

Should pregnant women wear high heels?


Is it safe for pregnant women to wear high heels?

Should pregnant women wear high heels?Have you ever worn a pair of knee-high, 5-inch platform boots? It's like operating two mechanical bulls with your feet. Reality star and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is a pro at it. She also happens to be pregnant. Is it a health risk to be rocking mega heels in your third trimester?

It is if you ask foot doctors. In June, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists issued a warning for all pregnant women to avoid the extra lift. Shoes with too much height put both mom and baby in danger. "High heels alter your posture, shorten your calf muscles and place increased pressure on your back and knees," podiatrist Lorraine Jones told the BBC. "In pregnancy this places extra pressure on your joints when they are already under strain—which can result in a host of foot, leg and back problems."

High heels also leave pregnant women for vulnerable to spills. Because your center of gravity changes with a baby bump, balancing on heels is a challenge after 25 weeks, even for stiletto veterans. Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Lilly Allen all lost their footing while wearing high heels at appearances during their pregnancy.

That's not to say pregnant women should turn strictly to flats. The SCP recommends supportive pumps with a 1.2-inch heel on average. The tilt distributes the weight of your body in a more therapeutic way so the soles of your feet aren't bearing all the burden. Still got those Easy Spirits from the '80s? Now's a good time to break them out. They may not be head-turners but at least they're vintage.

Happy Birthday Dev Anand


Bollywood's 'Young Man' Celebrates 88th Birthday

Happy Birthday Dev Anand
Bollywood's yesteryear evergreen star Dev Anand celebrated his 88th birthday on Monday September 26.

Of late, Dev Anand has been busy promoting his upcoming movie 'Chargesheet' and is also working on a sequel to his 1971 movie titled 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna'.

Several celebrities from Bollywood conveyed their wishes to the star. Anupam Kher wrote a birthday note on social networking site Twitter that read, "Dev Saab is one of the main reasons for me being in films. Bunked school to watch his movies. Happy Birthday YOUNG man. You inspire us."

Film maker Madhur Bandarkar wrote, "Wishing Dev Anand saab many happy returns of the day. Have an evergreen rocking birthday blast Sir!!!"

Also actor Riteish Deshmukh and Subhash Ghai have written birthday wishes for Dev saab.

Speaking about his plans for his birthday, earlier, Dev Anand said, "I have lots of fans waiting at my office to wish me; they will shake my hand and not want to leave my hand. I don't have the guts to stay away from my fans because they have come to me with so much love and so it becomes my duty to spend time with them."

Japanese Encephalitis Virus


Three more kids die of Japanese encephalitis, toll 332

Japanese Encephalitis Virus
Three more children succumbed to the killer Japanese encephalitis virus Monday, taking the toll in eastern Uttar Pradesh to 332, officials said.

“Of these, 305 are children and 27 adults,” an official spokesman told IANS.

As many as 1,942 cases of Japanese encephalitis were detected during the current monsoon season, when the virus spreads, the spokesman added.

The districts to be affected by the disease were Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Maharajganj, Sant Kabir Nagar, Basti, and Siddharth Nagar, he said.

K.P. Kushwaha, who heads the encephalitis unit at the BR Medical College in Gorakhpur that has become the nodal centre for dealing with JE said that they also received a lot of patients from neighbouring Bihar.

As per hospital records, about 250 patients admitted over the past two months were from Bihar.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kareena Kapoor's birthday


Happy Birthday To Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor's birthday
Kareena Kapoor News Updates! Despite loads to celebrate, looks like actress Kareena Kapoor’s birthday today will be a low-key affair.

The actress along with beau actor Saif Ali Khan has postponed the big celebration to a later date due to Saif’s father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s ill health.

According to sources, the actor will be shooting for a brand commercial in the first half of the day and then spend the evening with her family. The family had apparently been making elaborate plans to celebrate her birthday with a lavish party to celebrate her recent success, they have postponed it for now.

“Concerned for Saif’s father, Bebo and Saif are both in no mood to party at present. They only hope for his full recovery. It’s a sensitive issue and the mood is naturally sombre,” added the insider.

Kareena says, “We are all really worried and hope that he gets well soon.” As for her birthday, she says, “It’s the people around me who make my birthdays special, so whether it’s a lavish bash or a quiet dinner, it’s just as special for me.”

Unlike several actors, Kareena reveals that getting a year older doesn’t worry her at all. “Heroines may have a short shelf life, but actresses don’t,” she smiles. “Besides, I’m not the kinds to chalk out plans for the future. I believe in ‘living the now’ and enjoying it to the fullest. And right now, I’m in a happy space professionally and personally,” adds.

So, what’s the birthday wish going to be? “I’m working with the best in the industry, be it actors or filmmakers and I have a great guy to come back home too. What else can I ask for?” she smiles. More hits? “Hits are always welcome, but for me my happiness also has much to do with my family and friends, so just wishing for happiness always,” she signs off.

Bomb Blast in Turkish capital


Blast kills 3, wounds 15 in Turkish capital

Bomb Blast in Turkish capital
News Updates! A suspected car bomb went off near a high school in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, igniting other vehicles and killing three people in a nearby building, the interior minister said. The blast also wounded 15 people.

The explosion was "highly likely to be a terrorist attack," said Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin. "The explosion occurred in a place where car and people traffic is intense. It looks like the intension was to inflict as much harm to people as possible."

The parked car was purchased a week ago but it was not yet registered.

Kurdish rebels fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey have recently escalated their attacks on Turkish targets, but Islamist and leftist militants have also carried out some bombings in this NATO member and U.S. ally.

Kurdish rebels were blamed for a small bomb attack in the Mediterranean resort town of Kemer that wounded 10 people, including four Swedes on Aug. 28. Turkish warplanes bombed suspected rebel hideouts in northern Iraq last month in response to the escalation of attacks by the guerrillas.

The bodies of three people were found in a building near the car that exploded in downtown Ankara, Sahin said. Fifteen people were also wounded, he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said police had information that a bomb was planted on the car, although other officials quoted a witness as saying that a burning gas canister had been tossed onto the vehicle.

The explosion sparked a series of blasts in adjacent vehicles.

Reyhan Altintas, a neighborhood administrator, said she rushed outside after hearing a loud blast. It was followed by three other blasts, apparently caused by cars catching fire.

At least five of the wounded were in serious condition, said Sahin.

"I had never heard anything like it in my life," witness Adnan Yavuz said of the initial blast. "Then came another explosion and parts of a car dropped from the tree."

The wounded were initially treated in the school yard before medics rushed to the scene and whisked them away to hospitals, NTV television said. Authorities evacuated the school as worried parents rushed to pick up their children.

Earthquake toll over 80


India 68; as more bodies are found in Sikkim

Sikkim Earthquake
News Updates! Around 68people have died in India, 50 of them in Sikkim, in the devastating earthquake which measured a forceful 6.8 on the Richter scale. Most of the deaths have been reported in north Sikkim.

The quake hit parts of North India at around 6 pm on Sunday and was centred on the Sikkim-Nepal border, 64 kilometres north-west of Gangtok. Casualties have also been reported from neighbouring Bihar and West Bengal.

At least 20 people have also died in Nepal and Tibet. India's Home Secretary RK Singh has said the death toll may rise further.

''The number of deaths reported by the state government of Sikkim is 50. This may increase further as rescue and relief teams reach into the interiors. The number of deaths in West Bengal are reported to be 12 and in Bihar 6.''

Nearly 36 hours after the region's worst earthquake in 60 years, rescue operations remain the biggest challenge - rain and landslides are severely hampering the efforts; bad weather is not allowing helicopters to land, Indian Air Force planes are air-dropping food. There was a fresh landslide in Gerkhola, located 30 kms from the Sikkim border. This landslide has now been cleared.

Meanwhile, helicopters with Quick Reaction Teams have landed in Mangan, Sikkim - the epicentre of the quake. The helicopters are carrying two medical teams with doctors and paramedics. Getting to Mangan is still a challenge, though, as many roads are closed due to the bad weather. Other problems are also playing a part. There have so far been 10-12 landslides between Mangan and Filong.

A road to Mangan has been opened by the army. Approximately 200 Army troops including medical teams are now in Mangan. This is not the highway though but an alternate route that has been opened by the army

More than 6,000 Army jawans are being used to provide assistance to those affected. Around 2,000 people have taken shelter at Army camps.

Among the toughest parts of the recovery is the operation to re-open National Highway 31A which connects Sikkim to the rest of the country. It is needed to bring in food and other supplies.

There are other challenges facing the state. Sikkim's Chief Minister Pawan Chamling cannot use his office. Water and power supply remain erratic; phone towers have been hit, making communication tough. In the capital Gangtok, more than 100,000 buildings have been severely damaged. Government offices and hospitals have been left unusable.

Mamata Banerjee was scheduled to visit Gangtok today but now her trip stands cancelled. Before her visit the West Bengal Chief Minister said her priority was to ensure that National Highways 31A and 55, damaged by landslides, were repaired urgently so that food and other supplies could be transported more easily.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Sikkim Earthquake


Sikkim earthquake toll climbs to 66.

Sikkim Earthquake
Earthquake News Updates: Sikkim earthquake toll climbs to 66, rescue work hampered by landslides.

Landslides and inclement weather today hampered rescue operations in quake-hit Sikkim as the death toll in the 6.8 magnitude tremblor mounted to 66, including 39 in the Himalayan state.

The earthquake, which struck last evening, left a trail of devastation damaging roads, buildings and other structures, uprooting mobile phone towers and snapping communication and power lines. After shocks made people panic in several areas forcing them to spend the night outdoors.

West and South districts in Sikkim remained inaccessible to the Army due to landslides and inclement weather and rescuers were facing an uphill task to reach these areas, Major General S L Narasimhan, GOC 17 Mountain Division told reporters here.

Sikkim accounted for 39 deaths alone, with most casualties taking place in the North District and in towns and villages like Rangpo, Dikchu, Singtam and Chungthang located along the course of Teesta river, officials in the district control room said.

Eight persons travelling in a bus of Teesta Urja Limited in North District are presumed dead as their vehicle got stuck under debris caused by a landslide, Narasimhan said. This, however, has not been incorporated in the official figure of those killed.

The overnight toll climbed to 66 which included six deaths in West Bengal and seven each in Bihar, Nepal and Tibet, official reports said. Over a hundred people have been injured.

Narasimhan said army has launched 'Operation Madad' in Gangtok and other areas by deploying over 2,500 troops."We are also sending teams to Darjeeling and Kalimpong (in West Bengal)," he said.

A group of 14 tourists were rescued by the army from north Sikkim last night, Narasimhan said.

In Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced Rs two lakh as ex-gratia to next of kin of those killed in the earthquake and Rs one lakh each for those seriously injured.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

10 Most Hated Jobs In America


Top Ten Hated Jobs by Workers in United States

10 Most Hated Jobs In AmericaAt one time or another, we have all known at least one person who has hated his or her job. That person may have suffered silently or vented constantly, but at the end of the day there was no question this person was truly unhappy with where they spent at least 40 of his or her waking hours every week, for 51 weeks a year.

The reasons for job dissatisfaction vary. Low pay, irregular hours, and lack of a window seat are all assumed to be culprits, and to be sure they can all contribute to a bad attitude on the job. These are actually not the primary factors driving a worker to regard tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock sharp with dread and ill will, however, according to one resource.

CareerBliss is an online resource that bases job satisfaction on multiple factors, including workplace culture, coworkers, and the boss.

According a survey of hundreds of thousands of employees conducted in 2011, CareerBliss determined the 10 most hated jobs, rated on a scale of 1 to 10. In almost all cases, respondents reported that the factors causing the most job dissatisfaction were not lousy pay or a desk near the bathroom. CareerBliss found that limited growth opportunities and lack of reward drove the misery index up more than anything else.

Read about the 10 jobs with the highest levels of employee unhappiness. The results may surprise you.

1. Director of Information Technology

For all the press that teachers and nurses get for their long hours, low pay and thankless tasks, it may be surprising to see the most hated job was that of information technology director, according to CareerBliss. After all, the salary's pretty good and with information technology such a prevalent part of everyday business, an IT director can hold almost as much sway over the fate of some companies as a chief executive.

Still, IT directors reported the highest level of dissatisfaction with their jobs, far surpassing that of any waitress, janitor, or bellhop. Of those who responded to the survey, one simple, five-word response summed up the antipathy very well: "Nepotism, cronyism, disrespect for workers."

2. Director of Sales and Marketing

A director of sales and marketing plans implements efforts to promote companies and generate business. Responsibilities often include budget management, public relations, and employee training.

Sales and marketing directors reported the second-highest level of job dissatisfaction of all survey respondents. The majority who responded negatively cited a lack of direction from upper management and an absence of room for growth as the main sources of their ire.

3. Product Manager

"Product manager" is a wide-ranging job title that takes on many meanings, depending on the company and its sector. In some cases, the job requires simply evaluating what products are best suited to a company's business model, and in others marketing, resource management, and scheduling are involved.

The level of job dissatisfaction was very high for this position. One respondent complained that it restricted growth, saying that it was "very hard to grow up the ranks." Another was less polite and said "the work is boring and there's a lot of clerical work still at my level."

4. Senior Web Developer

Senior web developers design, maintain, and develop applications for the Internet. With every business expected to have some kind of Internet presence these days, developers are found working in every type of company, in a full-time, part-time, or freelance capacity.

A senior developer is expected to be fluent in client-side and server-side contexts, and know his or her way around Python, Ruby, or whatever other arcane technology requires taming. Senior developers reported a high degree of unhappiness in their jobs, attributable to a perception their employers are unable to communicate coherently, and lack an understanding of the technology.

5. Technical Specialist

A technical specialist "leads the analysis, definition, design, construction, testing, installation, and modification of medium to large infrastructures," according to CareerBliss. This means that if a company wants to design a project, the technical specialist evaluates it to see what's possible and what isn't.

The job is a lead position that requires intimate knowledge of engineering; familiarity with Linux helps, too. However, technical specialists reported that for all their expertise, they were treated with a palpable level of disrespect. They cited a "lack of communication from upper management" and felt their "input was not taken seriously."

6. Electronics Technician

Electronics technicians maintain, troubleshoot and collect monthly measurement data for electronic systems. They work in every sector and can be employed with the phone company, a chain of fast-food restaurants, or the U.S. Navy. Whatever the case, technicians work on-site and off-site, have constant contact with clients, and must have an ability to quickly solve complex technical problems under intense pressure.

Employee dissatisfaction in this job is attributable to several factors. One respondent complained of having "too little control," while another had a litany of complaints: "Work schedule, lack of accomplishment, no real opportunity for growth, peers have no motivation to work hard, no say in how things are done, hostility from peers towards other employees."

7. Law Clerk

Clerkships are among the most highly sought-after positions in the legal profession. A law clerk assists judges as they write opinions, and the ones who get the job are almost always near the top of their class at law school. Six justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, including Elena Kagan and current Chief Justice John Roberts, were all law clerks early in their careers.

The job clearly beefs up a resume. Yet law clerks still report high levels of dissatisfaction. The hours are long and grueling, and the clerk is subject to the whims of sometimes mercurial personalities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported the job brings in a median salary of $39,780 a year—not exactly striking it rich—and those looking for advancement within the position simply will not find it.

8. Technical Support Analyst

Technical support analysts help people with their computer issues. This typically amounts to calmly communicating technical advice to panicked individuals, often over the phone, and then going on site to find the client simply hadn't turned the printer on.

Technical support analysts often work in a variety of environments, and they may be required to travel at a moment's notice, sometimes on holidays or weekends. After all, there's no telling when a client's computer-whiz nephew might make a minor tweak to his machine, with disastrous results.

In the words of one of the respondents, "You can do better, really."

9. CNC Machinist

CNC machinists operate computer numerical control machines. For the uninitiated, this is a machine that operates a lathe or a mill. On the upside, it renders obsolete processes that used to be performed by hand, at a slow pace and with high risk to the operator's life and limb.

Now that the CNC operator has had most of the physical hazards of manufacturing replaced by a machine, there's not a lot to do but push buttons and perform equipment inspections to make sure the coolant is at a safe level. Since it's a specialized skill, the job offers no room for advancement, which caused respondents to report a high degree of dissatisfaction.

10. Marketing Manager

A marketing manager is responsible for overseeing advertising and promotion. This involves developing strategies to meet sales objectives, based on the study of such factors as customer surveys and market behavior.

According to CareerBliss, respondents in this position most often cited a lack of direction as the primary reason for job dissatisfaction. The most optimistic respondent described it as "tolerable," and gave it the faintest praise possible by saying, "It's a job." (In this labor market, that's not such a bad thing.)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Planet with two suns 'discovered'


Planet with two suns discovered
Astronomers claim to have discovered a planet which orbits two suns, like the fictional planet Tatooine in the " Star Wars" sci-fi film.

An international team, which made the finding through NASA's Kepler spacecraft, says the planet, called Kepler-16b, is about 200 light years from Earth and is believed to be a frozen world of rock and gas, about the size of Saturn.

It orbits two stars that are also circling each other, one about two-thirds the size of our sun, the other about a fifth the size of our sun. Each orbit takes 229 days; the stars eclipse each other every three weeks or so.

Alan Boss, a researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC and a member of the team, was quoted by the media as saying, "You would never get constant daylight because the two stars are so close together.

"They would come together in an eclipse every 20.5 days and then move apart again. As their separation increased, they would go down at different times, and that could make cocktail hour hard."

In fact, the team, led by Laurance Doyle at the Carl Sagan Centre for the Study of Life in the Universe at the Seti Institute in California, spotted the planet after noticing unusual signals in data collected by the Kepler spacecraft.

Images captured by Kepler's camera showed two stars orbiting each other and producing eclipses as they moved in front of one another. Both stars were small in comparison with our own sun, at about 69 and 20 per cent of the sun's mass.

On closer inspection, the footage revealed further eclipses that could not be explained by the movement of the two stars, or an additional third star. Instead, a subtle drop in light from the stars, which amounted to a dimming of only 1.7 per cent, was attributed to an orbiting planet.

The astronomers turned next to a ground-based telescope, the Whipple Observatory in Arizona. With this, they monitored the shifting velocity of the heaviest star as it moved around in its orbit.

Those observations gave Doyle's team the details they needed to reconstruct the orbits of the stars and its planet.

They showed that the two suns orbit each other every 41 days at a distance of about 21 million miles. The planet completes a circular orbit around both stars every 229 days at a distance of 65 million miles, according to the findings published in the 'Science' journal.

Josh Carter, another team member, added: "Kepler-16b is the first confirmed, unambiguous example of a circumbinary planet - a planet orbiting not one, but two stars. Once again, we're finding that our solar system is only one example of the variety of planetary systems nature can create."

Friday, September 9, 2011

Harvest Festival of Onam


Keralites celebrate harvest festival of Onam

Harvest Festival of OnamPeople of Kerala celebrated 'Thiru Onam', the final day of their harvest festival, 'Onam' on Friday.

The ten-day festival was celebrated with both fervour and enthusiasm across the state.

The festival is greatly awaited across Kerala, as it is believed that this harvest festival heralds both prosperity and happiness in people's lives.

The festival also holds significance as it is celebrated once the granaries are full, a sign of affluence for a poverty-ridden country.

The ten day festival began on 'Atham' which was celebrated on August 31 and ends on 'Thiru Onam' in the month of 'Chingam' (August to September).

According to popular legend, the harvest festival marks the return of King Mahabali to meet his beloved subjects.

In accordance with this mythological belief, the town of Kochi witnessed a procession to welcome King Mahabali.

Men and women were seen dressed in beautiful traditional attires to participate in the procession.

Similar celebrations were witnessed in state capital Thiruvananthapuram where women dressed in traditional attire decorated their houses and made traditional floral carpets known as 'Pookalam'.

The traditional 'Ona-pookalam' usually contains ten rings, indicating the ten-day rituals, during celebrations of Onam.

The festival of 'Onam' is marked with various festivities which include women performing various dance performances and men playing musical instruments to celebrate the auspicious occasion.

Kerala is known as the land of god and its an amazing place to visit, there are many places too in this world to visit be it India, USA, UK or anywhere.So Pack your bags, take a tour and Book worldwide vacation rentals

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rolex Pro Hunter

If you want to sell rolex watches and are new to the business, it's great that you've found this article. Although it isn't quite rocket science, selling such expensive and high quality items can often be troublesome. One brand of Rolex watches that are in demand include the rolex pro hunter. When selling either these Rolex Pro Hunters, or any other Rolex, it can be quite difficult getting the whole process in order. There is a lot of thought that needs to go into preparing both yourself and your customers for the whole ordeal. It wouldn't be so difficult if there weren't any scammers out there attempting and successfully selling fake Rolex watches, but since that isn't the case it is imperative that you calm the consumers anxiety and put them at ease. When you need to sell Rolex watches which are very high-end and high quality, it is important that you understand how important the whole deal is. Customers and interested consumers will be trusting you with very large amounts of money, and they want to make sure that they are getting what they paid for, which are legitimate Rolex watches. Don't be put off when you receieve doubt about the legitimacy of your Rolex watches. This is common, and for a very good reason. People need to be concerned and watchful of where they spend their hard earned money and make sure that the sellers that they are dealing with are looking out for their best interest. Make sure that you have the correct documents in order, including the original receipt and make copies of all other paperwork including model number. If that doesn't satisfy them, than go the extra mile and get a personal signature from an official at Rolex stating that your specific watch is indeed a true Rolex. After doing all these things, also make sure to take great pictures as well. Good pictures can often be the deciding factor in a deal. People want to really see the product, get high definition close-ups and really fall in love with the product. Get some great pictures and put up a great ad and just be honest about everything!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Anna weak but in good spirits


He is in good spirits but looks weak after fasting for 12 days at the age of 74.

Anna Hazare is recovering well in a largish room on the 13th floor of Gurgaon-based Medanta Medicity hospital whose Chairman and Managing-Director Naresh Trehan was giving the nation live updates about the Gandhian's health while he was fasting at the sprawling Ramlila Grounds till Sunday morning.

Trehan and other doctors continue to monitor him closely and hope to release him from the hospital later this week. Sitting up in his bed, Hazare receives a bouquet and a "get well soon" card from someone for whom he had created a crisis a few days ago -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

On day three of his stay in the hospital, some of Anna's ssociates are allowed in his room. Kiran Bedi, using her cellphone, sits in a sofa. Arvind Kejriwal is standing next to Hazare's bed and Manish Sisodia has just brought-in the Prime Minister's bouquet.

"How are you feeling Annaji," asks a PTI reporter. "I am OK," says the Gandhian in a feeble voice gesticulating his hand to indicate so. Admitted in 'In-Patient Department (IPD)', the Gandhian wearing 'dark sea-green' patient's uniform is most of the time using hand gestures to communicate.

Outside the hospital, a large battery of mediapersons, both print as well as electronic, were present so that not to miss any opportunity to get a glimpse or an update of Hazare. However, heavy security has been deployed in and around the Hospital entry points to prevent any intrusion, either by media or supporters.

Noting that Hazare was "doing well and is stable", the doctor attending to him, Yatin Mehta, said he walked for sometime in his room today.

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