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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Barack & Michelle Obama to host All-Star 2016 International Jazz Day at the White House

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Barack & Michelle Obama to host All-Star 2016 International Jazz Day at the White House

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the 5th International Jazz Day 2016 at the White House on April 29th. 

The spectacular event features performances by Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Br'nner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, James Morrison, Danilo P'rez, Rebirth Brass Band, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Sting, Trombone Shorty, Chucho Vald's, Ben Williams and others

Presented in partnership with the Thelonius Monk Institute, International Jazz Day was created to highlight "the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe.

The annual concert will be broadcast on International Jazz Day as an hour-long primetime special on ABC on Saturday evening, April 30. 

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Portuguese superstar Ronaldo puts up houses for sale

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A Spanish website has revealed that Ronaldo, 31, has put up his house and his mother's houses for sale.

The CR7's palatial villa boasts nine bathrooms, eight toilets, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, cinema room, a gym and even a lift; it is located in the exclusive La Finca region of the city.  His mother's house, has also been put on the market for a reported €2.5m.

Rumours has it that he is preparing to leave Real Madrid.  Is this all about his second child?



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Here are 9 Important Reminders About What Makes A Healthy Relationship

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When I worked with couples as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate and Planned Parenthood Certified Responsible Sexuality Educator, a big part of my job was just reminding people about what makes for healthy and unhealthy relationships. And now I'm reminding you. 

Because even the best, most perfect relationships require check-ins, where you need to re-assess your boundaries, make sure you're communicating, and make sure you're doing your best to appreciate what makes each other great. Some of the hard work it takes to be in a relationship is the good kind, you know? Like remembering to tell your partner why they're the cheese to your macaroni. Because being the cheese to your macaroni is just as important as being a good communicator.

1. Respect Is Just A Minimum

Preach, Lauren Hill. At the very minimum, you should be in a relationship with someone who respects you. Someone who is nice to you. Someone who likes you and realizes what a treasure they have. Believe it or not, a lot of people haven't really grasped this concept. If your relationship, on the whole, doesn't make you happy more often than sad, lonely, angry, or frustrated, it might not be for you.

2. Trust Is Everything

No trust, no relationship. You are a good, trustworthy, adult person, and you do not need a babysitter. You understand the impact of your choices and the consequences (either good or bad) that come from your choices. You do not need someone monitoring where you go, who you go with, what you wear, who you're texting, whose pics you like on Instagram, and so on. No trust, no relationship.

3. Communication Is Key

Communication is the difference between a healthy, grown up relationship and one where two angry people slam a lot of doors and feel perpetually misunderstood. You need to communicate everything, from what you want for dinner, to how your future mother-in-law's mean comments make you feel, to how much you love it when your partner sings in the shower. Communication isn't just what you say, though. It's also body language, how you listen, and how you put your communications into action.

4. Love Isn't Always Beautiful

You can be in a healthy long-term relationship and have moments where you literally cannot stand the sight of your partner. This feeling can last for days, or weeks. And can be followed by the most blissful period of butterflies and romance. There will be times when you love but do not like your partner. There will be times when you want alone time, and maybe even when you question if the relationship is still something you want. Good communication and respect will get you through all these totally normal rough patches.

On the other foot, you can also be completely in love with someone who is completely wrong for you, even someone who abuses you. Sometimes love is a choice. Sometimes it's out of our control. Love is a strange and fickle thing, and it's not always the best barometer for what makes relationships worth the work it takes to keep them healthy, or to leave them when they're not.


5. Fighting Is Both Good And Bad

A good fight is just what the doctor ordered sometimes when there are nagging problems that you've been dancing around forever and just need to solve already. They show that you're passionate, that you care about your relationship, and that you're not the kind of pushover who automatically makes their partner's wants and opinions into their own. Fighting can be totally normal and healthy. When all you do is fight, when the fighting gets mean and hurtful, and when boundaries about name calling, violence, or respect in general, are crossed, that's when fighting is bad.

6. Abuse Is Never OK

You know that if your partner is physically violent, or sexually and emotionally abusive, that they're off the roll call. It may be difficult or impossible for you to leave right now, but you'll get there. You can do it.You're brave enough and strong enough. And it's not your fault. Even if you made them mad. Even if you provoked them. Even if you knew better. No person should ever physically, emotionally, mentally, or sexually harm another human being. Period.

7. Boundaries Protect Everyone

We have to teach others how to treat us and what behaviors are OK.Boundaries don't mean you're walling someone off or closing your heart to them. They get a bad rap as being some kind of buzz killing rule system. In truth, they're just like little manifestos about how we want to be treated. Boundaries can be about your privacy, how people speak to you, who you don't want to allow in your life, and what kind of sex you will have. It's important to establish them and to respect them when others do the same.

8. One Plus One Does Not Equal One

You are a whole, independent person. You have your own thing. You have your own friends. You have interests and hobbies and goals that belong to only you. In a healthy relationship, that doesn't change. You don't become half of a new whole. And while a breakup may devastate you, it's not something you can't survive. Because you can take care of yourself. Because you still do your own thing. Because you have healthy relationships with your family and friends. Because you chose to be with people out of want, not necessity. You're a person in a relationship, not just part of some defining couple.

9. We're All Liars

We all tell little white lies. In fact, sometimes little while lies are what keep healthy relationships happy. I'm talking about lies like "you look so beautiful in that dress" or "I would love to go to lunch with your sister." Lies about big things, like money, cheating, big, important feelings, and decisions that affect you both, are not OK. It's up to you and your partner to put boundaries in place about lying, and to always be honest and trustworthy when it counts.

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#Worklife: How Office Drama Can Damage Your Career

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#Worklife: How Office Drama Can Damage Your Career

It isn’t any wonder that many of us want to make the best of the time we spend at work to have a better quality of life altogether. Many companies recognize the importance of office morale and how happy employees are assets yielding higher productivity. On the flipside, when a company ignores the mood of its employees or fails at their attempts to boost spirits, the workplace can be a breeding ground for hostility and drama.

And sometimes — no matter what type of environment is being encouraged at a company — sometimes there are just some ‘bad eggs’ in the bunch. It rarely takes much effort for one weak link to dampen the spirits of others. Unfortunately, whether you’re the ringleader or just part of the crew, there can be big repercussions on your career.

Are you the catalyst? Are you actively participating in office gossip, sabotaging co-workers or orchestrating unnecessary chaos? If so, you’re at risk of damaging your professional reputation, and possibly personal reputation if you’re behaving exceptionally poorly.

Check: 13 Behaviours That Get You Stuck and Prevent You From Moving Up in Your Career 

Keeping on top of office disharmony can lead to lackluster job performance, particularly if the work has taken a backseat to the drama. When focus is not put on the job duties themselves, there is more room for mistakes and not performing at your best capacity. I’m guessing ‘unprofessional’ is probably not the reputation you want.

Another reputation in the workplace — we all know someone like this — is the employee who gets a bad reputation. This tends to occur when the office drama queen/king is straight up malicious, sleeping with co-workers, using drugs or alcohol excessively, and more. In my line of work, I’ve had my fair share of clients who have had to transition into other fields because they ruined their reputations beyond repair. It’s true there are some industries that encourage what some would consider ‘bad’ behavior. As a general rule, it’s best for career longevity if you call attention to your professional accomplishments rather than personal notoriety.

14 things to do as soon as you realize you're about to be fired 

Are you part of the clique? 

So you’re not spearheading the turmoil, but associating yourself with the drama will not fare much better. Not guilty doesn’t always equate to innocence. There may be some reasoning behind befriending the office drama queen. Maybe they’re the more dominant employees, major players in office politics, it’s better to be with them then against them, and more. My best advice here is: if you’re aware of any drama going on, back away!

Guilt by association could come back to haunt a person in several ways. First, being lumped in with a group that is known for their antics may transfer that unprofessional reputation to other members of the clique, even to those who don’t deserve it. In addition, if there is any jealousy amongst the clique and one of them gets promoted or called out for exceptional work, beware of the pack turning on that person.

Read: Know These Top 6 Things You Should Never Tolerate In Your Career 

So, how do you avoid the drama? 

I worked in a strip club for a year, in case you didn’t know that. And with that, I bestow onto you some great stripper knowledge:go to work, do your job, get out. As you might imagine, strip clubs are a ‘high-stakes’ environment where many lives have been ruined based on work drama.

Spending so much time at any workplace will have an employee craving more fun. Kudos to those (usually tech) companies that acknowledge life balance and encourage team building and lunchtime Pilates classes in the conference room. But for those who don’t get those perks, your self-restraint will earn you the best reputation. Get judged for your work performance and motivated attitude instead of negative activity. Be a leader and standout for your positivity, participation as a team player and encouraging good office morale.

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Sade Okoya sizzles on Hello! Nigeria Volume 14

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Sade Okoya sizzles on Hello! Nigeria Volume 14

Sade Okoya, 38, the wife of billionaire businessman Chief Razak Okoya covers the latest edition of Hello! Nigeria Magazine. The beautiful woman looked gorgeous in the shoot.

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Stylish! North West flaunts new hairstyle "Anna Braid in a red lady bug costume

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North West's mother Kim Kardashian shared some adorable images of her two-year-old dear daughter via Snapchat videos. North is rocking "Anna braid" referring to the beloved "Frozen" character.
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Would you encourage your children to watch Disney's first gay-themed cartoon?

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There are reports on social media that Disney is not in support of Georgia's New 'Anti-Gay' Bill. A spokeperson for the company says,
"Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law," 
Recall that the company welcomed roughly 35,000 people from 44 states during Gay Days at the Disney theme parks.  The event was partly sponsored by the Disneyland Resort’s employee diversity group, PRIDE.  Participants at the three-day event were encouraged to wear read.

My question is should children be allowed to watch Disney's first gay-themed cartoon?  If yes, would you let your children watch it?


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Instagram rolls out 60-second videos in its photo-sharing app

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Instagram rolls out 60-second videos in its photo-sharing app
Instagram announced on Tuesday that it has extended the length of video posts to 60 seconds. Previously, an Instagram video could last for only 15 seconds. According to Instagram,
"We want to bring you fun, flexible and creative ways to create and watch video on Instagram. As part of our continued commitment, you’ll soon have the flexibility to tell your story in up to 60 seconds of video. This is one step of many you’ll see this year.
In the last six months, the time people spent watching video increased by more than 40 percent. And longer videos mean more diverse stories from the accounts you love, whether it’s Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) hanging out with friends or beauty star Bretman Rock’s (@bretmanrock) latest makeup tutorial."
This is part of the big changes coming to the app this year.  

Welcome development.


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#GoodNews:Ebola is no longer world health emergency-WHO

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes a global health emergency according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This was announced at a teleconference on Tuesday in Geneva.

The statement by Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO reads,
“Ebola transmission in West Africa no longer constitutes an extraordinary event, the risk of international spread is now low, and countries currently have the capacity to respond rapidly to new virus emergencies,” 
"The original Ebola outbreak has come to an end," said Robert Steffen, vice chairman of WHO's expert advisory panel on Ebola. Complacency at this stage would be completely wrong."
The decision by WHO's Ebola Emergency Committee at its 9th meeting comes following flare-ups that emerged in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after authorities declared virus transmission over. The new cases sometimes were publicized only hours after the public announcements were made.

While there have been flare-ups of new cases, health authorities said Tuesday those were not linked to the original chains of transmission dating back to December 2013.

The agency however cautioned that male survivors can infect their sexual partners for up to a year after recovering.  They should periodically have their semen tested for the virus, and Ebola vaccination should continue in people who have close contact with Ebola survivors with persistent virus.



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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Google Launches Fiber Phone Service in the Internet cloud

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Google Launches Fiber Phone Service in the Internet cloud

Google has unveiled a new landline telephone service aimed at helping consumers stay connected in the Internet cloud. On Tuesday, the company announced the new service with a few high-tech features to the landline, such as transcribing voice mails and delivering them as written messages, and connecting with mobile phones when consumers are away.

The fiber phone will be sold alongside its 1Gbps broadband service and made available to a few US markets and later expanded to other cities where Google offers high-speed Internet.
"Fiber Phone is meant to give you everything you want from a home phone service, plus a lot more. For $10/month, you get unlimited local and nationwide calling, and the same affordable rates as Google Voice for international calls. You can keep your old phone number, or pick a new one. You can use call waiting, caller ID, and 911 services just as easily as you could before. Fiber Phone can also make it easier to access your voicemail—the service will transcribe your voice messages for you and then send as a text or email."
"We’ll be introducing Fiber Phone in a few areas to start. Over time, we’ll roll out Fiber Phone as an option to residential customers in all of our Fiber cities. Once we bring the service to your area, you can sign up and get the service through a simple installation process."
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10 most common career mistakes You need to Avoid

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10 most common career mistakes You need to Avoid

Just one career mistake is all it takes to damage your professional ambitions. To avoid tripping up, recruiting experts Hays has put together a list of the 10 most common career mistakes.  I hope you will find them helpful.

1. You are coasting

When you have been doing the same role for some time you begin feeling comfortable and can often stop pushing yourself. However, by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you may well be able to get more out of your job.

2. You aren't seeing the bigger picture

Developing a broader understanding and appreciation of your organisation's ultimate goals will provide you with a deeper sense of purpose and passion for what you do, and ultimately it will make you more successful.

3. You are burning bridges

Relationships, networking and word of mouth recommendations are incredibly important in business and career progression. Burn your bridges and you may find that your reputation precedes you next time you're looking for a new job.

4. You are putting your career before your life


In order to be truly successful in your career, you must also enjoy it. Getting that work-life balance right will help you toward this and will also put things in perspective.

5. You are blurring the line between personal and professional

Over time, you will naturally build relationships at your place of work. However, keeping these relationships strictly professional while in the workplace is a must. By keeping clear boundaries you can ensure that you perform your best when you're at work, are viewed in a professional light, and don't take any baggage with you into the office.

6. You always think the grass is greener

Before you move roles you must ask yourself why you are doing it. After all, simply believing that somewhere else is better than your current place of work could leave you disappointed.

7. You are allowing your skills to become out of date

Failing to keep on top of new innovations could see your career begin to lag, with younger, more dynamic employees snapping at your heels.

8. You didn't trust your gut

After working in an industry for some time you begin to develop a deep understanding of that business, so let your experience drive your instincts.


9. You aren't focusing on projects which will drive the most value

It is important to make sure you are concentrating on the right projects, instead of the smaller tasks which may not be adding value to the business. Try to focus on the projects that will drive your company forward, bring in revenue and help your business to grow.

10. You don't believe in yourself

Self-doubt can be dangerous - if you don't believe in yourself your colleagues won't either. It is important to project confidence and sound assured in the decisions you make.

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"Work" Singer Rihanna stuns in Green Tracksuit by Gucci

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Rihanna out and about, New York, America
Rihanna stepped out in a two-piece tracksuit in New York on Monday evening.  The "Anti" songstress looked great in the silk emroidered, fur-trimmed, emerald green tracksuit from Gucci's spring 2016 collection.
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"The Flying Christ" or "Batman Christ?"Actor playing Jesus falls 13ft off cross during crucifixion reenactment

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An actor playing the role of Jesus Christ, to show moment of His death in crucifixion reenactment, fell 13 feet off the cross in a dramatic manner which left the audience panicking.

The cause of this real tragedy which befell the community seemed inexplicable as a crowd of people saw the main actor plunged from the top of the cross to the ground.
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Woman fractures eight-year-old son’s head for leaving the house

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a woman, identified only as Mary, for allegedly fracturing the head of her eight-year-old son.  The son, Samuel, was punished for leaving the house without permission and going to a neighbour’s place.

Mary, who lived on Furniture Avenue, Jakande Estate Gate in the Isolo area of the state, allegedly hurled a stone at Samuel which broke his head because she did not meet Samuel at home when she returned from work.  She was said to have met the boy in a neighbour’s place and attempted to flog him. While Samuel ran, the mother allegedly picked a stone and hurled it at the boy. The stone hit the boy’s head, damaging his head. The boy was rushed to a government hospital.

“The boy’s father is no longer with the mother. The man has shown up at the police station, where he confessed that he was unable to financially look after the victim. The social worker subsequently took the child to a shelter until when he would be reunited with his family.

One of the residents was said to have also reported the matter to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team.

The DSVRT was said to have got across to the Ministry of Youth and Social Development which sent an official to the area.

The Coordinator, DSVRT, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the ministry had taken custody of the injured boy.

She said, “The government has rescued the boy from his mother. The Child Protection Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development was contacted, and a social worker was dispatched to rescue the boy.


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Instagram introduces new algorithm

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Instagram has announced some major changes coming to the social media app. The new Instagram feed will be tailored to posts of people you interact most with instead of just seeing the most recent posts of your pals in reverse-chronological order in your newsfeed as they are posted.

Facebook, owner of the popular mobile photo-sharing app says adopting Facebook-like algorithm will help declutter people's feeds.

Until now, Instagram had shown every post in reverse-chronological order, with the newest ones at the top. But as its audience has grown to more than 400 million users, Instagram says it's become harder for users to keep up with the gusher of photos and videos posted by friends, celebrities and other accounts they follow.

"This means you often don't see the posts you might care about the most," the service said in a message to users on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

German Man Gives Birth To A Baby Boy In UK

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A transgender man from Berlin, Germany has given birth to his son on March 18. He became pregnant through a sperm donation and delivered the baby in his home since the child does not have a mother. German law requires that the name of the mother should be provided for hospital records.

Transgender people are able to give birth to children because even when a woman undergoes hormone therapy to become more physically masculine, they can retain female organs.


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Super Falcons star Perpetua Nkwocha got married (Photos)

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Perpetua Nkwocha got married to her boo Ernest Ikechukwu Nwufor on Monday, March 28 in Owerri. Wishing them a happy married life.





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Breastfeeding, vaccination cut the risk of ear infections in babies - New study

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A new study has revealed that higher rates of breastfeeding, use of vaccinations and lower rates of smoking by mothers can reduce the rates of ear infections during the first year of a baby.

For the study, 367 babies less than one month old were investigated from October 2008 to March 2014, till their first birthday.  The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that the rates of ear infection dropped from 18 to 6 percent in three month olds, from 39 to 23 percent in six month olds and from 62 to 46 percent in one year olds.


The lead researcher Tasnee Chonmaitree, professor at University of Texas in US said, 
"Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, which is a common complication of the cold,"  
"It is likely that medical interventions in the past few decades, such as the use of pneumonia and flu vaccines and decreased smoking helped reduce ear infection incidences," 
"We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose, and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections," 
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Read 5 Reasons Your Prayers Aren’t Being Answered

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Have you ever been frustrated because your prayers do not seem to be answered? Even the most devout christian has gone through a season where she has felt that her prayers have gone unheard. However, the truth is that our prayers are always answered, we just may not like the answer that God gives. Isaiah 65:24 says”Before you call I will answer, while you are still speaking, I will hear.” We can have peace in knowing that God is hearing our prayers but let us walk through six possible reasons why our prayers are not being answered in the way that we want them to be.

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55: 22)

Reason #1: We worry instead of praying.

We spend more time worrying about the situation instead of meditating on God’s promises. Other times we put our energy into complaining and gossiping about our troubles instead of bringing the issue directly to God. Worrying cannot do anything for you or your situation except make it worse. Cast your cares on the Lord through prayer.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. (1 John 3:21)

Reason #2: We are disobedient.

We have to be honest with ourselves. How many times have we prayed for God to bless our romantic relationship while in the midst of being sexually active outside of marriage? How many times have we prayed for a financial breakthrough yet we refuse to tithe or help others in need? How many times have we begged God to “fix” a situation that He has already told us to remove ourselves from but we don’t want to listen? If we know we are right with the Lord, it gives us more confidence in prayer and faith that God will answer.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

Reason #3: We don’t believe.
When we truly believe something our actions align with it because we expect it to happen. That is why James tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17). Sometimes we pray for God to come through but we don’t expect him to. Because of this, we always have a Plan B. We don’t always believe that God has our backs so we take matters into our own hands. If we pray for something our actions should show that we are expecting the answer to come.

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives. (James 4:3)

Reason #4: Our prayers don’t align with God’s will.
We must admit that sometimes we pray with selfish motives and God does not honor those prayers. We pray to be with men who do not want to commit to us because we are only thinking of ourselves. We pray to win the lottery but have no plan to help the less fortunate. Prayer is not designed for us to manipulate God or other people into doing whatever we want, but it is designed to bring God’s will on earth. The key is to make sure that you are so in tune with God that your desires align with His will for your life.

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:25)

Reason #5: We have not been patient.
Prayers should be seen as seeds. When we plant a seed we do not expect it to grow overnight. We understand that plants take time to grow and require daily care. It is the same with our prayers. We should nurture our prayers daily with thanksgiving and praise. We cannot get discouraged and give up on our prayers or they will become like the plant that was never watered and dies.

Did you see yourself in any of these examples? If so, do not be discouraged! Thank God that in His grace he has shown you an area for growth! The Lord our God is a good father and he wants to answers our prayers with a resounding yes, but we must respect Him enough to ask according to His will and to be patient, obedient, expectant and trust that all will be well.
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Obamas, Beyonce and Family attend Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

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Barack and Michelle Obama Are Having the Most Fun at Their Last Easter Egg Roll

US President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle was joined by Singer Beyoncé's, Jay Z and Blue Ivy to celebrate the Obamas final White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington DC. More than 35,000 people gathered for the annual event which featured an Easter Egg hunt, musical performances, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling, and other activities.

The First Lady during her opening remarks for the festivities said,
"Today is a little bit bittersweet for us, because this is the Obama administration’s last Easter Egg Roll," she said. "If we think about what we’ve accomplished over these past seven years it’s pretty incredible. When Barack and I first got here, one of the goals we had was to open up the White House to as many people from as many backgrounds as possible."
The theme of this year's event is "Let's celebrate." The egg rolling began in 1878.





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14 things to do as soon as you realize you're about to be fired

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Most people are shocked when they hear the words "you're fired" come out of their boss' mouth.

They're blindsided by the news because they didn't have their eyes open — or perhaps they just chose to ignore the signs.

But the savviest professionals always keep an eye out for the classic signs that their jobs are in danger. This way, if and when they notice red flags popping up, they can attempt to turn the tide before it's too late, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job."

Here's what to do as soon as you realize you're about to get the boot. These tips may not save you from getting fired, but they just might help:

1.  Don't panic

If you think you're about to be fired, it's natural to freak out. "But remember that firing signs can also be false reads," Taylor says. "Sometimes rumors spread like wildfire, disrupting departments until you bravely approach your boss."

Before you draw any wild conclusions and begin to drive yourself crazy, talk to your boss. "Don't consult other employees for any insight into your future; go straight to the source to get a read on your performance," she suggests.

2.  Initiate a conversation in a neutral setting with your boss

This is the perfect opportunity to raise your concerns, ask questions, and to see if there is anything you can or should be doing to help improve the chances of you retaining your position, advises Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor Advantage."

"Come with an open mind, and with constructive suggestions. Be open to exploring creative options such as lateral transfers. Offer to help out during this time of transition. Maintaining the perspective that you care about the company and want to do what's best for the company will help you score points in the eyes of senior leaders," he says.

3.  Ask your boss for honest feedback

"Even if it's not what you want to hear, not knowing is worse than knowing," says Kerr.

Take notes of what needs to change, adds Taylor: "Submit an action plan and timeline to your boss and get their sign-off. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and don't be defensive. Stay in contact with your manager and set up regular status check-in meetings for the future."
4.  Don't trust everything your boss says

It's definitely worth talking to your boss, but remember that they may not give you an honest answer about whether your job is on the line.

Take whatever they say with a grain of salt.

5.  Do your best work possible

Try not to be distracted by negativity, as hard as that might be.

"Focus on performing to the best of your ability," says Taylor. "That is the strongest form of job security you have."

6.  Step up your game

In addition to doing your best work, you'll also want to step up your game in other ways.

"Now is definitely the time to take extra initiative," Kerr says. "Offer more input than normal. Volunteer for extra duties and roles. Demonstrate that you truly are a team player. Even if a layoff is imminent, maintain a respectful and professional demeanor so that you can leave with your head held high and knowing that you'll get a positive referral from your boss."

Taylor also suggests putting in a few extra hours each week to show that you're dedicated. "It's harder for managers to let go of people who show commitment."

7.  Keep your boss and others in the loop

Let those you report to know the status of your projects on a regular basis, says Taylor: "Also offer next steps and ask for feedback regularly."

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8.  Brush up on necessary skills

If you feel that you could advance your cause by taking a course, now may be a good time.

"Perhaps not having a competitive skill set has held you back," says Taylor. "If nothing else, this will be an asset for your future marketability."

9.  Get stronger — mentally and physically

View this challenge as a time to gain a stronger physical and mental mindset, says Taylor.

"Sometimes facing obstacles can be the moment of a complete turnaround and catapult you to a new level of success. It may or may not be at this company, but you can give it your best shot by being on the top of your game.

"Make sure you're working out, eating right, and getting enough sleep. You want to produce solid results and make wise decisions, so give yourself the best odds."

10.  Document everything

Keeping an electronic file of your work and correspondence is a good policy regardless of your status at your job, says Taylor.

"It can come in handy if you have a boss with no legitimate reason to fire you," she says. "Also keep kudos that have accumulated from managers, clients, colleagues, business associates, and vendors. You will be well-prepared should you need to refute a poor evaluation."

Robert Dilenschneider, author of "50 Plus!: Critical Career Decisions for the Rest of Your Life," agrees: "I would advise you to document everything. Often a company wants to push someone out rather than fire them and have to pay severance or unemployment benefits. If you have a contract that stipulates what you will receive if you are fired, tough it out and don't quit."

11.  Stay visible

"Contrary to what some may think, if you feel your job is at risk, you won't want to fade from view," says Taylor.

Rather than trying to fly under the radar, do whatever you can to stay visible and active at your company.

"Volunteer for projects, help others, make visits, and stay aware," she says. "Externally, become active on LinkedIn and in the business community — and consider blogging for online industry publications."

12.  Never assume you are safe

Even if you take all these steps, don't assume you're safe.

"Make sure your résumé is up to date," suggests Kerr. "Take advantage of training opportunities that might still be available that would help bolster your chances of getting a new job if the worst comes to pass.

"Plan your finances; consider the range of options available to you and talk to your spouse so it doesn't come as a complete shock if and when a layoff happens," he says.

And, he says, embrace the notion that many of the most successful people on the planet were once fired from their jobs. Maintain the perspective that this can mean a whole new and exciting chapter for you, and use it as motivation to move on to something bigger and better and even to pursue a dream you've previously sidelined.

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13.  Start working on your résumé and looking for references

If there's a chance you'll soon lose your job, you'd be wise to begin working on your résumé and visiting job boards — just in case.

Also, begin to feel out if anyone you work with would be able to give you a good reference.

"It doesn't have to be your immediate supervisor," says Dilenschneider. "It could be someoneyou have worked with for many years who is willing to support you when you start looking for a new job."

But tread carefully. If your employer finds out that you're on the search for a new job, they may see you as a flight risk, which could be bad if they weren't planning on firing you in the first place.

14.  Decide if the job is worth fighting for

If you know you're doing a good job but are unhappy, don't waste all your energy on convincing your employer not to fire you.

"It may be hard to imagine now, but if this is the case, you may well come to thank the employer for your parting of the ways," says Taylor. "Take this opportunity to re-evaluate if you're on the right career path. Take note of your true passion and skill sets, and visit your favorite job boards."


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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo set to become father via Surrogacy for second time

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Portuguese superstar Cristano Ronaldo is planning the surrogacy of a second child. He gave the hint while celebrating a goal against Celta Vigo by putting the ball underneath his shirt, a common celebration made by players who are expecting to become fathers. 

Reports have emerged from Portugal that Cristiano Ronaldo travelled to the United States over Christmas in order to arrange the surrogacy of a second child. 

Ronaldo revealed in an interview with FHM magazine last year that he hoped to become of the father of “five or six” more children, and demonstrated the close relationship he has with his son in his self-titled documentary which was released last year. 

Ronaldo became a father to his son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr in 2010 via surrogacy and announced his birth via Twitter:

"It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy,” he stated. “As agreed with the baby’s mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship. I request everyone to fully respect my right to privacy (and that of the child) at least on issues as personal as these are."

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Christ is Risen- Happy Easter to All FKB Readers

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The cheerful news is that Christ is risen and He is ALIVE. Death could not hold him captive. He is the reason for the season. As we celebrate let us remember what His resurrection stands for. Wishing you and your families Happy Easter celebration.
"Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: But in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 6: 8-11
Jesus is Lord.
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