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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How to fix Bluetooth pairing problems - 14 Tips

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Bluetooth  is one of the most widely used wireless means of transferring data between  headphones,  media player and a speaker, or  iPad and a keyboard.
Bluetooth is all great when it works but according to http://www.techlicious.com,  it can also be frustrating when there’s a problem pairing Bluetooth devices.  Here is a list of what to do when there are pairing failures:
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. You should see the little Bluetooth symbol at the top of your phone’s screen. If you don’t, go into the settings to enable it.
Determine which pairing process your device employs. The process for pairing devices can vary. Sometimes, for example, it involves tapping a code into your phone. Other times, you can just physically touch your phone to the device you want to pair it with.  If you’re not sure how to pair a device, refer to its user guide.
Turn on discoverable mode. Let’s say you want to pair your phone with your car’s infotainment system, go into your phone’s settings and tap on Bluetooth. Then depress the buttons on your car’s infotainment system, usually on the steering wheel or center stack, to get it looking for the device.
Once it finds your phone, the car may ask for a numeric code you need to confirm or input on your phone. After you do so, the devices should be paired.
Make sure the two devices are in close enough proximity to one another.  Make sure any devices you’re trying to pair are within five feet of one other.
Power the devices off and back on. A soft reset sometimes can resolve an issue. With phones, an easy way to do this is by going into and out of airplane mode.
 Remove likely interferers.  If a Bluetooth device was previously paired with something else, turn off that other gadget before attempting to pair with another gadget.
 Charge up both devices you’re trying to pair. Some devices have smart power management that may turn off Bluetooth if the battery level is too low. If your phone isn’t pairing, make sure it and the device you’re trying to pair with have enough battery.
Delete a device from a phone and rediscover it. If your phone sees a device but isn’t receiving data from it, sometimes it helps to start from scratch. In iOS settings, you can remove a device by tapping on its name and then Forget this Device. In Android settings, tap on a device’s name, then  Unpair. After removing a device, start all over.
Move away from the Wi-Fi router. Another potential obstacle to successful pairing is interference from devices that use the same spectrum, such as your Wi-Fi router.   It might not be a good idea to have your devices directly on top of the router.
Move away from a USB 3.0 port.  Interference from USB 3.0 is also possible.  Newer laptops, for example, often have the higher-speed USB 3.0 port, so if the connection isn’t happening, try pairing your Bluetooth gadgets away from the computer.
Make sure the devices you want to pair are designed to connect with each other. Whether it’s a headset, speaker, mouse, keyboard, camera or something else, your device has a specific profile that spells out what it can connect with. If you’re not sure, check the user manual.
 Download a driver. If you’re having problems pairing something with your PC, you might be lacking the correct driver. The simplest way to figure this out is to do an online search for the name of the device you’re trying to pair along with the word “driver.”
Update the hardware’s firmware. Some automotive audio systems recently wouldn’t pair with the iPhone 5, for example, because the Bluetooth drivers in these systems didn’t work with Bluetooth 4.0. If you’re not sure how to get the latest firmware for your hardware, check with the device manufacturer.
Keep in mind that not all wireless devices use Bluetooth. Alternatives include the Wireless Gigabit specification, Wireless HD, ANT+, ZigBee, NFC as well as Wi-Fi Direct. These other technologies typically won’t work with your phone, tablet or PC without some kind of additional hardware.

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Jaden and Willow Smith looks unrecognizable in wierd black and white pictures for Interview Mag


Jaden (18) and Willow Smith (15) are the cover stars for Interview magazine's September 2016 issue.  The two fashion icons talked about growing up, personal styles and their famous parents in the interview conducted by Pharrell William in the publication. The shots were taken by Legendary photographer Steven Klein.

The duo look so much alike.

On Willow and Jaden Smith: Rick Owens tops and shorts. 

“Me and Jaden, when we were younger … Ooh! We would wear the craziest things. Jaden would only wear his Spider-Man costume. I would freaking mismatch every single shirt and pants in my closet. We would just be so rambunctious with our clothing choices,” she said. “And when we were old enough to start dressing ourselves, my mom was like, “Are you sure you want to go out like that? And me and Jaden would be like, ‘You know what? Yes.’ And she’d totally accept it.'”
“Nobody knows that Willow and I were much, much cooler before,” he told Interview. “Like, before people were looking at the things that we were doing, we were so much more, like, method with fashion. We really went all the way. We went the extra mile on everything because there was no one looking at us. We’ve been through the roof, with ludicrous fashion ideas since we were extremely young.”
On Willow and Jaden Smith: Sacai jackets. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

North West and Blue Ivy rock same hairstyle, who is cuter?


Adorable photos of Kim Kardashian and Beyonce's daughters. Both are cute but who is cuter?
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Friday, August 26, 2016

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

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

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.

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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.

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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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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

How to pull off a Successful Career Switch - 5 Tips

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Maybe you’ve found your true passion, maybe you want a bigger paycheck or maybe you just dislike your current industry. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to make a career change, you’re not alone. Last year, more than one-third of job seekers (34%) switched careers entirely, according to a study by LinkedIn.

“Switching roles, if done professionally and respectfully, can actually be seen as a positive from a potential employer’s perspective, showing that you do not allow yourself to stagnate but rather proactively seek opportunity,” says Martha Schmitz, an adviser with the career services companyMentat. “Given the percentage of your day that you spend at work, it’s important that you feel passionate about what you are doing and feel that you continue to grow and develop in your role,” Schmitz says.

Whether you have skills that will easily transfer to another career or you need to complete an advanced degree to make the switch, making a career change requires planning. Here’s how to make it happen:

Read: How to find a Mentor Who Can Completely Transform Your Career - 5 Tips

Understand Why You Really Want to Switch

Switching careers can be a bold move, so it’s important to know your motives before you dive into anything. Knowing what you want out of your new career will help you shape your goals to get there faster.

“Before moving away from your current role, it is important to get specific about what you want next,” Schmitz says. “Reframe your negative feelings about your current job into positive dreams, envisioning what you’re moving towards.”

If you’re looking to switch because you want a quick fix to a problem at work — for example, you have a boss you’re desperate to escape from — you might want to rethink making an entire career switch, says Angela Copeland, career coach and founder of Copeland Coaching. If, however, your reasons are for personal growth or your industry is changing in a way that negatively affects you, then a career change could be the right move, she says.

First, you should determine which qualities in a role or career really matter to you. Then figure out which of those qualities your current role has, and which it is lacking. If the qualities that your role is lacking are truly important to you, identify new roles or career paths that enable you to get the qualities and experiences you feel you’re lacking.

Identify and Close Gaps in Your Skills
Once you understand where you want to go, it’s time to put your goals into action. You may not be starting over totally from scratch, as many skills are transferable between careers. Start by reviewing job descriptions for positions that interest you to see where you might be lacking, says Wendi Weiner, a lawyer, career transition coach and founder of The Writing Guru. Figure out which skills you need to acquire and put a plan in place to get them. Your plan could include:
  • Additional schooling: Some career switches are going to require specific schooling. For example, if you’ve decided to become a lawyer, nurse or elementary-school teacher, it’s likely that you’ll require additional education.
  • On-the-job training: While your current role may not be giving you the skills you need to make the switch into your dream career, there may be opportunities to take on a new role with your current employer to get those skills. This may mean proactively asking for additional responsibility or exploring a different piece of the business.
  • Volunteer: “Consider taking on small projects for free in order to enhance both your knowledge and experience,” career coach Copeland says. Find companies who need resources to solve specific problems and offer your skills to do so. Often this is a win both for you, and the company: you build the skills they need and they benefit from a sharp thinker who is engaged in the work.R
Know Your New Industry or Function

Educate yourself about the new industry or function you are targeting. That means knowing which employers are market leaders in your new field and who is on their executive teams, which you can research on LinkedIn. Use Twitter to track influential people in your desired field and set up Google Alerts to follow industry news.

Janice Woo, a former J.P. Morgan banker who joined the business development team of online lender CommonBond, my employer, used AngelList to research the fintech scene and the roles that industry offers.
“I made a wall of Post-It-notes with every fintech company in New York City on it,” Woo says. She used that wall to define the universe of companies she was considering and to keep track of her job search.

Network Like Crazy

Reach out to everyone you know in your desired field to learn about all the opportunities available to you. “Don’t be afraid to reach out on LinkedIn and to friends who work at companies that interest you,” Woo says.

Networking efforts greatly improve your odds of landing a job. “Many job functions can be learned over time, but you do need to find an open-minded hiring manager,” Copeland says. “Nine hiring managers may tell you they will not accept someone without more experience, but a tenth may be willing to give you a shot. Don’t give up and you will find someone who believes in you.”
Keep the Doors Open in Your Old Field

It’s important to leave your current role on a high note to protect your reputation, Schmitz says. In most cases, you will have gained something from your time with that organization and you want old bosses and colleagues to remain good references and part of your network.

“Leaving your current role in a respectful manner, giving plenty of notice and being willing to train your replacement will go a long way towards ensuring that future employers hear only positive reviews of your work,” Schmitz says. “Burning bridges and leaving people responsible for the work you have left can ruin this possibility, and opens the door for potentially negative reviews that come back to haunt you in later roles.”

Transitioning to a career is never easy, but following these five tips can make your transition feel a bit more seamless.

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Iconic Supermodel Naomi Campbell features in Rihanna's Fenty Puma in Vogue August 2016 Issue

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Naomi Campbell x Fenty Puma Rihanna Vogue Italia August 2016 - The Dapifer-

Naomi Campbell is the new face of Fenty Puma by Rihanna. She modeled for the brand in the August issue of Vogue Italia's Fall Winter 2016. She rocked different collection signatures for the shoot.

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Nicki Minaj launches New App Game with Glu Mobile


Nicki Minaj has teamed up with Glu Mobile for her new mobile game Nicki Minaj: The Empire.
The App will allow players to perform on virtual stages, personalise mansions and host lavish parties.

Glu Mobile is the company behind Kim Kardashian’s app, Kendal & Kylie, Britney Spear and Katy Perry's mobile games.

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"Kill Em With Kindness" star Selena Gomez shines on Vogue Australia September 2016 issue

Honest: Selena Gomez took a swipe at her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber as she stunned in a Louis Vuitton ensemble on the front cover of Vogue Australia

Selena Gomez is the cover star Vogue Australia's September 2016.  The 24-year-old pop star stuns in midriff-baring outfit for the shoot.  The actress-cum-singer opens up about her public private life, new album and being her authentic self.
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Thursday, August 04, 2016

How to find a Mentor Who Can Completely Transform Your Career - 5 Tips

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In today’s highly competitive business world, having a mentor can signify the difference between success and failure. For anyone seeking professional growth, mentors may be one of the most valuable resources you can tap into to provide guidance, advice, support, strategic feedback, and often a fresh perspective to an issue.

In a recent survey of 45 CEOs who had mentors, 84% reported that mentorship relationships helped them avoid expensive mistakes and learn insights into their career paths more quickly. At their best, mentors can help you unlock your full potential, garner otherwise inaccessible knowledge about your industry or specialty, and endure setbacks without losing focus or confidence. Choosing the wrong mentor, on the other hand, can result in an unproductive, frustrating relationship that moves you no closer to achieving your career goals, potentially severing a connection. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years for finding the right mentor and forging a constructive, edifying relationship:

Read: You Need a Career Mentor? 8 Places to Find one Outside Your Office

A mentor should inspire you to improve
No one is perfect, and your first step to finding a mentor is self-awareness. Be honest with yourself, and determine exactly the area(s) you need to improve in order to thrive in your professional life. Your mentor should be someone who not only excels in these areas, but also inspires you to do the same. One of my early mentors was a masterful organizational manager whose influence remains with me today. Are you looking to be a more effective communicator? Then seek out people who make you think, “I wish I could express myself like that during meetings.” Do you need to build your product management skill set? Then find someone who exemplifies those abilities in your eyes.

Be clear about what you want—and don’t sugarcoat it
Before you embark on a mentor/mentee relationship, you need to be upfront about your expectations. What are your goals, and why do you think this person can help you achieve them? Honesty is critical, especially at this early stage. Don’t tell your potential mentor what you think he or she wants to hear. Speak your mind, and determine together if this relationship is beneficial for both parties.

Read also: You need a Mentor? Here are 9 Tips To Land A Great One

There’s such a thing as too experienced
If you’re a recent college graduate just entering the workforce, it’s unlikely that a C-suite executive is the right mentor for this stage of your career. Whatever your position, look for someone who can walk in your shoes, and understand or empathize with the specific challenges you face. As a mentor, some of my most productive relationships have been with people a couple of levels below me at my organization. At the same time, be careful about approaching colleagues who have too similar of a resume. These relationships can easily become competitive—a dynamic that benefits neither of you.

Look for someone who shares your passion and problem
While an effective mentor obviously needs to be enthusiastic about you and your career, one of the best ways to ensure excitement is basing the relationship on a shared interest. So ask yourself, “What problem am I passionate about solving?” Maybe it’s a challenge facing your organization or industry. Maybe it’s a social issue, like education. Whatever the problem might be, look for someone who is attempting to solve it and ask to be involved.

Earn your mentor’s respect

From a mentor’s point of view, you are an investment—and one that won’t necessarily pay off. If you want the relationship to flourish, you need to earn it. This means suppressing your ego when your mentor offers criticisms you’d rather not hear, and doing your best to trust that person when his or her advice contradicts your own judgment. You also need to treat your mentor’s attention as a valuable resource, so be sure to have a plan for every meeting. That way, you get the most out of each interaction without ever wasting time.

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Sickle Cell Trait Does Not increase death risk - New Study

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A new study, published Aug. 3 in The New England Journal of Medicine has revealed that there is no evidence that Sickle Cell increases mortality.  The new research challenges the long-held belief that people with sickle cell trait, who are born with only a single copy of the sickle cell gene variant, are at risk of premature death.

People with the sickle cell gene variant do not have sickle cell disease, a blood disorder that shortens life span and causes sudden episodes of severe pain. People with the disease carry two copies of the gene, one from each parent.

In the first-of-its-kind study, researchers followed nearly 48,000 black American soldiers on active duty in the U.S. Army over a four-year period. All had undergone tests for the genetic trait.

"What we can say with confidence is that there's no evidence that it increases mortality in this Army population, and that's incredibly reassuring," said study co-author Lianne Kurina. She's an associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif.

Previous studies have linked sickle cell trait to sharply higher risks of sudden death among black military recruits and black football players on National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 teams. These studies traced some of the deaths to heat stroke, heat stress and "exertional rhabdomyolysis" -- muscle deterioration due to extreme physical exertion.

The notion that sickle cell trait increases death risk has led to mandatory screening by some organizations, including the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the NCAA, the study authors noted.

The American Society of Hematology continues to believe that there's a lack of data to support the presumption that mandatory screening will save lives, according to Dr. Alexis Thompson, the society's vice president.

"These findings suggest that sickle cell trait alone does not increase an individual's risk of sudden death," said Thompson, a pediatric hematologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Experts say the Army's use of "universal precautions" -- which require active duty soldiers to drink plenty of fluids, build up to strenuous exercise and rest when it's hot -- made a difference.

"These results provide a strong impetus for all organizations with individuals who perform intense exercise to develop formalized protocols for universal precautions," said Dr. Rakhi Naik. She is an assistant professor of medicine in the hematology division at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Thompson added that the evidence in this paper "underscores the benefit that these measures can have for all individuals, not just those with sickle cell trait."

Sickle cell trait rarely causes symptoms of sickle cell disease, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The concern with sickle cell trait is muscle breakdown due to intense exercise, often in extreme temperatures.

Although uncommon, exertional rhabdomyolysis can be fatal, Kurina said. That's why the research team focused on that outcome.

While there was no significant difference in death risk, researchers did find that black soldiers with sickle cell trait were 54 percent more likely than their counterparts without the trait to suffer exertional rhabdomyolysis.

That level of risk is on par with the higher risks associated with tobacco use and obesity, the researchers found.

The absolute risk was quite small. Just over 1 percent of black soldiers with sickle cell trait in the study developed exertional rhabdomyolysis, compared to 0.8 percent of their counterparts without sickle cell trait, Kurina said.

For the new analysis, researchers had access to medical and administrative data on all active duty soldiers in the United States.

The researchers identified 391 exertional rhabdomyolysis events during the study period. Risk rose with age, but was much lower for women than for men.

Only one death was observed among soldiers with exertional rhabdomyolysis, and it involved a soldier without sickle cell trait, the study authors noted.

The study was funded by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in collaboration with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Baddest! Rihanna covers W Magazine’s September 2016 issue like a Post-Apocalyptic Queen

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Rihanna looks unrecognizable in her latest shoot for W Magazine's September 2016 edition. The songstress channeled designer pieces by Margiela, Prada, Christian Dior among others for the shoot imagined by Rihanna's shoot was imagined by Edward Enninful, Steven Klein, Andrew Kevin Walker and others.


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Michelle Obama sizzles in Brandon Maxwell white gown for the 13th state dinner in Washington

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and his wife Ho Ching on the North Portico of the White House

Michelle Obama and husband Barack hosted dignitaries to the 13th state dinner in honor of the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching in Washington.  The event also marked the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between the U.S. and Singapore, an island nation of about 5.7 million people.

President Obama knows what's up.Photo published for Michelle Obama Chooses Brandon Maxwell for a White House State Dinner  US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way onto the North Portico before the arrival of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching at The White House before a state dinner
Michelle Obama opted for a strapless, unadorned ivory column gown by American designer Brandon Maxwell.

For the welcome ceremony #FLOTUS stunned in a brilliant yellow Naeem Khan dress featuring intricate floral applique, a sleeveless halter-style neckline, and semi-sheer hemline.  Michelle paired the outfit with a matching leather belt, nude heeled sandals, and emerald green earrings.

Michelle Obama Glows in a Sunny Yellow Dress at the White House

This is their last white house dinner.

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