Friday, August 26, 2016

WhatsApp commences Sharing of users Data, Phone Numbers with Facebook for Ad Targeting

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The messaging service WhatsApp plans to share personal information of its over 1 billion users such as data and phone numbers with Facebook. It will also start testing how businesses, too, can talk to its users, for instance by offering flight or shipping or banking notifications.

Under the new user agreement, WhatsApp will also share analytics such as what devices and operating systems are being used.  A post on WhatsApp blog  on Thursday reads:
"Today, we’re updating WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years, as part of our plans to test ways for people to communicate with businesses in the months ahead. The updated documents also reflect that we’ve joined Facebook and that we've recently rolled out many new features, like end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp Calling, and messaging tools like WhatsApp for web and desktop." 
"But by coordinating more with Facebook, we'll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you've never heard of. You can learn more, including how to control the use of your data."
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Funke Akindele 'Jenifa' flaunts her Wedding ring on her 40th Birthday

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Actress Funke Akindele is a year older today. She turns 40. She some photos on social media flaunting her wedding ring and the gift she received from her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello (JJSkillz)
The couple got engaged in February 2016.  She currently in the UK for the celebration.

Wishing her a happy birthday.
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They Told Him He Can’t Speak, Now He Is Graduated -True Life Story


I was diagnosed with autism when I was eight years old. Before that, I experienced some odd behavior, such as staring at the television, repeating lines from television shows over and over, and expressing random obsessions. From the time I was nine or ten years old, I expressed my obsession with Abraham Lincoln, about whom I have a whole lot of knowledgeable information. During my early childhood, I had a speech delay and had an obsession with telephones. Each time I saw a phone, I would pick it up as if I was answering, and say to no one, “Hello! Abadubaduh…bye-bye!” and hang up.

My parents were told by professionals that I would never learn how to read, write, go to school without assistance, or even talk.

However, after my parents divorced and my mother raised my older brother and me herself, I learned to do all these things in spite of my frustrations. My mother never gave up and just treated me like a “normal” child.

Throughout my school years, I was taking special education classes, which seemed to help me pretty well with my academics. Still, it seemed that many of my classmates neglected me throughout the years, with the exception of inviting me to birthday parties and events in middle school. High school wasn’t so bad, but after my junior year, I no longer needed to take special ed. It was harder for me, but I was able to pull through just fine.

Around that time, I realized I wanted to be an actor after understanding how easily I can remember my lines as I repeat them from television. I joined Stage Right Performing Arts and remained part of their team for four years.

I graduated high school in 2011 and attended college. However, I knew things were not going to be easy. Since I didn’t qualify for OVR and I didn’t ask disability services for much help earlier, I had trouble with some of my classes, became less interested in following my dreams, and during my fourth year of college, I almost went through a horrible depression and felt the need to give up until I decided to call my dad for advice. When he told me that it wasn’t the end of the world, I made a new discovery.

Instead of giving up, the first thing I did was go to the gym to help think of what I could do. After that, I decided to get some help. I was encouraged by my family to get another diagnosis and attempt once again to apply for OVR. During the winter, I was diagnosed again with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also had a counselor observe me to see if I qualified for OVR. Over the summer, not only did he think that I qualified, but he was quite surprised that I was denied OVR a few years earlier!

My girlfriend also encouraged me to go to therapy sessions to help me with my anxiety, and it did! Rather than taking medication (which at first, I did, until I felt it made me feel nothing), I decided to use some spiritual healing; using techniques such as meditation, exercise and yoga. All of those combined helped me feel more comfortable with my thoughts and helped me realize how I can organize my thoughts more.

Also, as an aspiring theatre actor on the spectrum myself, I go to Stage Right Performing Arts to mentor children at an Autism Theatre Class or summer camp, where those on the spectrum rehearse pieces of a chosen musical and perform it in front of an audience. Surprisingly, most, if not all, perform very well and do an amazing job, with mine and the other mentors’ help as well during their performances.

Speaking of shows, I will be performing my first starring role as an actor at my church, where I will be signing a contract, in an original Christian comedy-drama play set for Thanksgiving. On top of that, I will be participating in future concerts with gospel performance artist, Nikesha (Nikki) Moore.

I will also be performing as a motivational speaker at the Autism Awareness banquet this fall, as well as speaking at a class in Saint Vincent College about growing up with autism. What I’m also doing for my life is writing a memoir, novel, self-help book and philosophical book.

As you see in this post, life for me is not about finding the root of my autism, but really about finding how to cope with it. Life has always been a challenge for me, and it still is; but I’m not giving up. I don’t graduate until the winter, but at least I am still graduating. Just keep coping with your challenges, embrace your fears, and most of all, find your strengths. In other words, just keep going.

How, you may ask? My example is doing the things I love listed above, and that’s what matters.

Source: AS
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Sony to introduce PlayStation PS4 Plus in September

Sony is set to debut a new PlayStation 4 (PS4) standard model with a high-end version.  The Company announced the existence of its PS4 "Neo" back in June, but the redesigned PS4 is a new development.
Sony has promised it would hold a news conference at the PlayStation Theater in New York on Sept. 7. The new PS4 looks like it will be the latest entry in Sony’s “slim” line of PlayStation consoles. Sony usually rolls out a slim version of its PlayStation system a few years after the company debuts the original version of the console. Previous slim models included the PlayStation 2 slim and PlayStation 3 slim.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#FLOTUS Michelle Obama shines on September 2016 issue of Variety Mag

Michelle Obama is the cover star for Variety magazine's September edition.

She looked so good and adorable in the beautiful outfit.  According to Variety Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller, "She's brilliant, witty, personable and a pop culture icon."

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Kate Middleton and Prince William set to visit Canada, check royal tour dates

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Careful: William passes baby George back to his mother as her glossy hair is blown back in the wind
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting British Columbia and Yukon from September 24 - October 1, 2016 according to Kensington Palace.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Canada this autumn at the invitation of the Canadian Government. TRH hold very happy memories from their last visit to Canada in 2011 – their first overseas tour as a married couple."
Prince George and Princess Charlotte would also accompany their parents during the tour. Recall that George joined Prince William and Kate Middleton on the official visit to Australia and New Zealand in 2014. This would be Charlotte's first tour abroad.

The family will visit Vancouver, Victoria, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna in British Columbia, followed by Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon.

Check out the dates below:

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“Cancer doesn’t stop me from being a princess.”- Andrea Sierra (Read her story)

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17-year-old Andrea Sierra Salazar, from Texas started modeling since the age of 13. She had to take a break from school when was diagnosed with nodular Hodgkin lymphoma in February.

Andrea has had to spend a lot of time out of school because of her hospital treatments, so her mum suggested that she use the spare time to make the most of modelling – a hobby she has loved since the age of 13.

Andrea wouldn’t let her sickness stop her from continuing to model. In fact, she saw her inability to attend school as extra free time to continue modeling.

The chemotherapy treatments made Andrea lose her hair, so she took advantage of being able to try out lots of different wigs during photoshoots; however, losing her hair also made her feel insecure about her looks.

“Before chemotherapy I had always been a confident person,” she said, “so when my hair started to fall out I would look in the mirror and I wouldn’t feel that confident about myself.”

She continued to model but with different wigs, but then one photographer– named Gerardo Garmendia– suggested they do a shoot with the wig off.   “She was open and not ashamed or embarrassed to share that part of herself.”

Andrea said "I didn’t always have the confidence to model without a wig. “[At first] I didn’t feel confident enough to do a version without a wig,” she said, “but then I realised that I had no reason to be ashamed of the way I looked, I should be proud.

“It’s not only about my outside beauty, it’s about the inside. That’s what really inspired the photoshoot without the wig.”

In one of her tweets, she wrote: "Don't be ashamed of your scars, they are visual evidence that you've survived your hard times."

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6 signs your hobby is benefitting your career


Today, "get a hobby" is usually a rude thing to say. It's typically meant to signify that you've got too much time on your hands.

But as it turns out, it's pretty good advice.

You should get a hobby. Committing time to an activity that makes you happy can do wonders for your life — not to mention your work performance. Hobbies are good for you.

Here are six signs that your hobby is paying off big time:

Your hobby helps you structure your time
Writing for Psychology Today, Dr. Jaime Kurtz notes that hobbies force you to spend your time wisely.

"... Unscheduled, you might find yourself laboring over that work project or answering emails into the wee hours. Chances are, if you had choir practice or a book club meeting that night, you would get those tasks done much more quickly. So, hobbies can seem to create more timeby encouraging efficiency."

Try taking on a hobby to see if it boosts your time management skills. Scheduling time for your hobby might be a surefire way of avoiding distractions both at work and after hours.

Your hobby balances you

We live in a busy world. So many people feel too busy to take on anything other than work and personal relationships. However, it's good to balance your life. Hobbies provide you with pride independent of the ups-and-downs that define your career and your interactions with loved ones.

As early as 1676, English jurist Sir Matthew Hale wrote in "Contemplations Moral and Divine": "Almost every person hath some hobby horse or other wherein he prides himself."

Citing a Bain & Co. study of MBA students, The Boston Globe reported that work-life balance is an increasingly important issue to workers, despite the fact that businesses have been slow to catch on to the trend.

By taking on a hobby, you can begin to prioritize your own work-life balance and capture this sense of contentment.

It allows you to pursue your passion — realistically

The platitude "follow your dreams" is typically a lot of fluffy nonsense. Most of our "dreams" are pretty impractical. For most people, it's far better to get a decent job doing something you really like and are good at than to set off on a quest to find your "calling." Perfect is the enemy of good, and all that.

However, that doesn't mean you need to give up on your other pursuits entirely. You can make time to sculpt, do stand up, or crochet after hours. If you fiercely guard that hobby time, you'll find that you're able to continue to pursue your passion in life, even if it's not your main career. Who knows — you might eventually get so good at your side hustle that it will eventually become your full-time job!

Rather than becoming disillusioned with your full-time job because it's not quite your one true passion, you'll be able to continue pursuing your dream without going bankrupt and ruining your life.

It keeps you healthy

If your hobby involves physical activity, you could be boosting your memory and cognitive abilities.

It can be difficult to schedule time for exercise into your busy life, so working out during our hobby is also extra efficient.

A study published in the "Journal of Applied Physiology" found that exercise provides you with more brainpower, which you can never have too much of in the office.

It allows you to connect with others outside of work
It's great to make friends at work. However, workplace relationships don't necessarily blossom at every company — some offices are too toxic, competitive, or transitory to sustain lasting friendships.

Making friends through your hobby is different. You're not just bonding over circumstances, you're getting to know each other through a shared interest!

Charlotte Style, author of "Change Your Life with Positive Psychology," writes: "Being actively engaged in pleasurable physical activity that offers challenges and social connection is an easy way to health and well being."

This will boost your work life by putting less pressure on your office friendships and providing you with alternative social outlets to rely on.

It makes you less stressed

Some worry that taking on a hobby might add to the stress in their life. In fact, hobbies have the opposite effect — they relax you.

A San Francisco State University study discovered that employees who pursue creative hobbies are able to recover better from the demands of their job.

"Creative activity was found to have both indirect effects and direct effects on performance-related outcomes, but the effects varied by the type of performance-related outcome," the study found. "The results indicate that organizations may benefit from encouraging employees to consider creative activities in their efforts to recover from work."

Stress isn't a trivial problem. It can have a major impact on your longterm workplace productivity — and your health in general. Gallup has found that stressed out employees are terrible for businesses: workers with high well being and low stress have 41% lower health-related costs than workers with high stress.

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Close Relationships with family members, but not friends Increase Life Expectancy - New study

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Family Ties

A new study that presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) has revealed that having strong friendships with family members later in life is the key to decreasing the risk of dying.

"We found that older individuals who had more family in their network, as well as older people who were closer with their family were less likely to die," said James Iveniuk, the lead author of the study and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. "No such associations were observed for number of or closeness to friends."

To compare power of friendships versus family bonds, researchers analyzed data from 2005 to 2006 and followed up with a second round of data collection five years later. Participants between the ages of 57 to 85 years old were asked to list their five closest confidants, rate each one in terms of closeness, and to provide a detailed description of the relationships. After discounting husbands and wives, researchers crunched the numbers and found when older adults reported feeling “extremely close” to a family member, they had a 6 percent chances of dying within the next five years. Meanwhile, those who ranked family members are “not very close” had a 14 percent chance of dying.

Besides comparing friendships to relationships with family members, the study examined the characteristics of social networks in general and their association with mortality. The four factors most consistently associated with reduced mortality risk were being married, larger network size, greater participation in social organizations, and feeling closer to one's confidants, which all mattered to about the same degree. Factors found to be less important included time with confidants, access to social support, and feelings of loneliness.

"I expected the association between participation in social organizations and mortality to diminish in size considerably once we controlled for other aspects of peoples' social worlds, but that didn't happen," Iveniuk said.

Interestingly, marriage was found to have positive effects on longevity, regardless of marital quality. "We observed no association between measures of support from the spouse and mortality, indicating that the presence of a marital bond may be more important for longevity than certain aspects of the bond itself," Iveniuk said.

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Wicked Man kills spouse, pastor’s wife, daughter in Sokoto

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A 43-year-old man, Taiwo Adio, has clubbed his wife, Yemisi, and three other persons to death with a pestle in Sokoto, Sokoto State.

Adio on Saturday night at the Old Airport area of the Sokoto metropolis also reportedly killed Rachael Adewole, 42, Benice Adewole, 10, and Esther Badelu, 14.

Rachael, until her death, was the wife of Pastor Jacob Adewole, of Faith Baptist Church (Sanctuary of Mercy and Glory), Old Airport Road, Sokoto. Ten-year old Benice Adewole was their only daughter while Esther Badelu, was Benice’s friend.

The Sokoto Police Command Public Relations Officer, El-Mustapha Sani, who also confirmed the incident, said the suspect had been arrested and the exhibit, a pestle, recovered.

Sani said the case was under investigation at the state Criminal Investigation Department.

The corpses of the victims, however, had been deposited at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, for post mortem.

When our correspondent visited the church on Sunday morning, the premise was under lock, as there was no Sunday worship service.

A church member, Oyeleke Samson, narrated that he survived the suspect’s onslaught by a whisker.

According to Samson, “The suspect mysteriously disappeared from home for two days and on his sudden return, he started behaving in a strange manner, talking incoherently.

“When the news of his return got to the church, the elated pastor’s wife, the late Rachael, prepared food and told her daughter Benice, to take the food to Taiwo Adio’s house. There, Esther Badelu decided to accompany her friend.

“Before they arrived at the place, Adio, a bricklayer had clubbed the wife, Yemisi, an auxiliary nurse, to death. When the two girls entered the house, he killed them with the pestle in his hand.

“When the two girls did not return home after a while, late Rachael decided to trace the girls to the suspect’s house, not knowing that death was lurking. When she opened the door, the suspect raised the pestle, as she turned to take to her heels, the suspect hit her on the back, she fell and she was clubbed to death.

“On instinct, I decided to go to the Mission House. I mounted my motorcycle, only for me to see the suspect in a corner, it was the screech from my motorcycle that scared him as he attempted to attack me. The only words I heard from him were, ‘You people cannot poison me.

“I was left bewildered that why should he think anybody wanted to kill him. I ate out of the food at the mission house; moreover, he killed his wife before the two girls arrived with the food. I am still in shock.”

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