HAPPY FATHERS DAY

first_imgFATHER DAY MESSAGESby Indian Express*Friendship – you are a true friendAffection – you always display your love for meTeacher – you have been and still are my best life teacherHumour – you display and have showed me the importance of laughterEnthusiasm – your never discouraged, you always encouragedRole model – you are an example for me to follow! Happy Father’s Day*There is a saying that goes like this: “Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a Dad!” You are that special man in my life, thanks Dad.*Happy Father’s Day! I’ve learned so much from you: patience, kindness, strength & courage. I love you so much, today and always.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Wenger plans to attack stuttering Chelsea

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team will show plenty of attacking intent in Sunday’s derby at Chelsea.The Blues’ stuttering home form continued on Wednesday evening when they drew 2-2 with Southampton after being two up.That slip-up followed recent wins at Stamford Bridge for Swansea and bottom-of-the-table QPR.Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has argued that his team’s problems at home have been caused by opposing sides defending in numbers.But Wenger has hinted that will not be the case against the Gunners, who won 5-3 at the Bridge last season.He said: “I saw the final part of the Southampton game and Southampton had a go. They played well.“We will not change our style too much. We will try to attack and try to create chances.”However, the Frenchman is wary of the added attacking threat posed by Chelsea following the signing of Demba Ba, who has already netted three times since moving to west London from Newcastle.“He scored 13 goals before he went to Chelsea, so you are not surprised that he can score goals,” said Wenger.“At Chelsea he has even more chances, so you’d think he will be even more prolific. He’s a very efficient centre-forward.”See also:Chelsea left stunned by Saints comebackFrustrated Benitez demands an improvement against ArsenalUnder-fire Benitez blames poor defending and missed 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Masilo makes it easier for girls to stay in school

first_imgAs founder and managing director of Krystal Clear Vision, Vanessa Masilo (far right) hopes to be a constant motivator for young girls and instil self confidence and attitude that would allow them “to face life’s challenges head on”. (Images: Play your Part Reporter)Vanessa Masilo is grateful for and proud of her success. Prompted by this, the businesswoman and Play Your Part ambassador wanted to give back to the community of Vredefort, where she grew up – and she elected to help girls stay in school by supplying them with sanitary towels.Many underprivileged girls and young women in South Africa struggle to balance their education with the pressures of growing into womanhood and it is not uncommon for them to miss weeks of school because they cannot afford sanitary towels.“For many of us, buying sanitary pads is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for many young girls and women in South Africa,” said Masilo, the founder and general manager of Krystal Clear Vision.To achieve her goal, Masilo enlisted the help of a number of different NGO and government organisations, such as Brand South Africa, the Free State government and the Ngwathe ANC Youth League and Women’s League.Vanessa Masilo and Ngwathe District Mayor Joey Mochela with South African musician DJ Sbu who was on hand to share some of his own lessons with the young girls.Called the Pad Drive, funds were raised from donors in the various towns of the Ngwathe district. Sanitary towels were bought with the donations, and the partners gathered in Vredefort’s town hall on 2 November for their handover.The Pad Drive had raised enough funds to supply five months’ worth of sanitary towels to each of the girls at the handover in the jam-packed hall, said Masilo. Through it, Masilo and partners hoped to restore some dignity to these girls and ensure that no child missed a day of school because of her sanitary needs.“I don’t regret being a woman or being a mother, because I see the value of being a girl today,” said Ngwathe District Mayor Joey Mochela. “I want all of them to make the most out of Vanessa’s efforts and do their best in school. As elders it is our responsibility to make sure that this generation is better than us.”“My dream is to see young people back in their communities saying ‘I’m going to make a difference,’” said Masilo offering more on what motivates her to make a difference.MAKING A HABIT OF GIVING BACKAs a Play Your Part ambassador it is no surprise that the Pad Drive was not the first time Masilo and Krystal Clear Vision gave back to the community and make a telling difference in people’s lives.She also helps to build fond memories of school for girls in Free State by lending good, second-hand dresses to girls in need so that they can attend their matric farewells. “I have dresses which I lend to less privileged girls annually and these dresses are worn at their matric farewells,” Masilo explained.“After the matric farewell the dresses are returned to me and the next year other girls get to borrow the dresses so they rotate.“I believe that at that stage of a learner’s life, all they should be worrying about and stressing about is their books and how they intend on performing and passing their matric exceptionally.”In her capacity as managing director of Krystal Clear Vision, Masilo hopes to be a constant motivator for young girls and instil self confidence and attitude that would allow them “to face life’s challenges head on”.“As a businesswoman and a product of the Free State, I asked myself how I could give back to my community. My dream is to see young people back in their communities saying ‘I’m going to make a difference.’”last_img read more

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Rackspace Cloud Offering Free New Relic Accounts

first_imgRelated Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finley This week New Relic announced that its Bronze accounts are available to all Rackspace Cloud customers at no additional cost. New Relic offers a software-as-a-service for managing, monitoring and troubleshooting cloud-hosted applications. We covered the service previously here.New Relic Bronze accounts normally sell for $75 a month. The Bronze accounts feature unlimited users, online support and one week of data retention. Higher level accounts offer more data retention and more analysis, monitoring and alerting tools.Earlier this week, The Register reported that New Relic is integrating with the new Amazon Web Services Elastic Beanstalk service. “As Beanstalk expands past Tomcat to other containers and developer platforms … we are going to see a lot of traffic,” New Relic’s vice president of business development Bill Lapcevic told The Register. New Relic already supports standard AWS services, including Heroku’s platform-as-a-service.GigaOm reports that New Relic tripled its revenue in 2010 and grew from 5,600 customers to 7,000. Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hack#Tools last_img read more

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Sitting for 9 hours causes early death

first_imgHigher levels of physical activity – regardless of intensity – are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people, a study claims. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also show that being sedentary, for example sitting for 9.5 hours or more a day – excluding sleeping time – is associated with an increased risk of death. Researchers led by Professor Ulf Ekelund at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway analysed observational studies assessing physical activity and sedentary time with death. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainStudies included in the research used accelerometers – a wearable device that tracks the volume and intensity of activity during waking hours – to objectively measure daily activity levels. Examples of light intensity activity include walking slowly or light tasks such as cooking or washing dishes. Moderate activity includes any activities that make you breath harder, such as brisk walking. Data from eight high quality studies involved 36,383 adults aged at least 40 years with average age of 62. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardActivity levels were categorised into quarters, from least to most active, and participants were tracked for an average of 5.8 years. During follow-up, 2,149 (5.9 per cent) participants died. After adjusting for potentially influential factors, the researchers found that any level of physical activity, regardless of intensity, was associated with a substantially lower risk of death. Deaths fell steeply as total volume of physical activity increased up to a plateau of about 300 minutes (five hours) per day of light-intensity physical activity or approximately twenty-four minutes per day moderate intensity physical activity. At these levels the risk of death was halved compared to those engaging in little or no physical activity. However, this study suggests health may be optimised with just 24 minutes per day of brisk walking or other forms of moderate-intensity physical activity. “Another important finding was that spending 9.5 hours or more each day sedentary – which essentially means sitting was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of death, with each hour more above this threshold increasing the risk of death further. “This highlights the importance of avoiding spending most of the day sitting, as well undertaking purposeful physical activity,” said Yates. The researchers point to some limitations. For example, all studies were conducted in the US and western Europe, and included adults who were at least 40 years old, so findings may not apply to other populations or to younger people. They said the large sample size and device based measures of sedentary time and physical activity provide more precise results than previous studies.last_img read more

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Obesity may cause depression

first_imgOverweight and obese people may be at increased risk of depression, even in the absence of other health problems, warns new research. The research, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, showed that the psychological impact of being overweight causes depression, rather than associated illnesses such as diabetes. “Our research shows that being overweight doesn’t just increase the risks of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease; it can also lead to depression,” said study co-author Elina Hypponen, Professor at the University of South Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the researchers looked at UK Biobank data from more than 48,000 people with depression, comparing them with a control group of more than 290,000 people born between 1938 and 1971, who provided medical and genetic information. Hospital data and self-reporting were used to determine whether people had depression. The team used a genetic research approach to explore the causal link between the two conditions. They separated out the psychological component of obesity from the impact of obesity related health problems, using genes associated with higher BMI but lower risk of diseases like diabetes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These genes were just as strongly associated with depression as those genes associated with higher BMI and diabetes. This suggests that being overweight causes depression both with and without related health issues – particularly in women,” Hypponen said. “Our robust genetic analysis concludes that the psychological impact of being obese is likely to cause depression. This is important to help target efforts to reduce depression, which makes it much harder for people to adopt healthy habits.”last_img read more

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Seven Lessons That SMBs Can Learn from Big IT

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now David StromJust because you don’t have a large enterprise doesn’t mean you can’t run your IT operation like the big guys. Here are seven ways to help your SMB–a small or medium-size business–implement some of the lessons big IT operations have learned over the years. Using these tips, you should be able to improve productivity, cut costs, and keep your business running smoothly.1. Standardize on Desktops and Cell Phones to Reduce Support DifferencesThis is not as easy as it sounds, because even if you buy multiple quantities of the same exact model of PC, the systems could still have subtle internal differences that can come back to haunt you when you have to fix them. Carey Holzman, an independent reseller based in Glendale, Arizona, ran into this problem. His company ordered a particular model of computer that contained specific parts meeting the corporation’s strict requirements. Yet when he received the PCs, he found that the systems contained two revisions of the ATI video card, one of which caused an incompatibility with the mice the company used.And unfortunately for Holzman, the PC vendor was of little help. “The vendor refused to acknowledge any responsibility for the video card incompatibility. We started ordering the computers without video cards after that–until the next problem cropped up, and eventually, [we] switched vendors entirely,” he says.To keep incompatibilities to a minimum, you should try to stock hard drives from the same vendor, and to standardize on the same model of peripherals such as printers, mice, and keyboards, too. You can also make use of Windows Inspection Toolkit or similar utilities to keep track of the specific configuration of your systems. Finally, use drive imaging software such as Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost to make copies of your basic system installation, so that it can be recovered easily in case of virus infections or other problems.Many IT shops also buy spare PCs and use them for replacements. “The problem is that you are tempted to use it as new workstation, instead of as a replacement, and then you no longer have a spare,” says Holzman. “You need to put it in the closet and use it only to help you through temporary IT emergencies.” Besides keeping several spare PCs, it’s also a good idea stock a spare laser printer and network hub in case yours go south.Holzman also recommends retainer support contracts with a local technician, so you won’t have to scrutinize the invoices trying to interpret the work that was done and whether the tech was being fair and honest.2. Perform Off-Site BackupsSmall businesses have basically two approaches to choose from in doing backups: One is to copy critical data to a series of external hard drives and periodically rotate them from your office to a remote location (such as a bank safe deposit box). The other is to use one of a number of online backup service providers such as Box.net, Symantec Online Backup, Carbonite, or Mozy that offer low cost gigabyte-level storage. Big IT typically uses off-site tape storage because of the quantity of the data involved, but for smaller outfits, online services are less expensive and more convenient.The trick with either method is to use them religiously, and to ensure that all of your data is copied on a regular basis. The online backup option could be especially handy in more than one way: Earlier this summer, Damian Zikakis, a Michigan-based headhunter, had his laptop stolen when someone broke into his offices. He replaced it a few days later; and because he had used Mozy, he thought that he was covered in terms of being able to bring back his files from the Internet backup.When Zikakis had a moment to examine the layout of his new machine, he “found several incriminating files. The individuals who had my computer did not realize that the Mozy client was installed and running in the background. They had also used PhotoBooth to take pictures of themselves and had downloaded a cell phone bill that had their name on it,” he says.Zikakis did a bit of head hunting on his own and contacted the appropriate police department with this information. They were able to recover his computer, and now have the task of figuring out who actually took the laptop originally and what law enforcement options to pursue.3. Use Hardware to Secure Your Internet ConnectionSMBs often are not as attentive to the security of their Internet connection as they should be, and the results of such neglect could be disastrous. Last year, hackers compromised the point of sale system (POS) of clothing designer firm Nanette Lepore. The hackers managed to reconfigure the outdated firewalls and sold some stolen credit card numbers from the company’s high-end clientele.This happened because the company’s chain of retail stores had little or no security measures or proper procedures. “All of our store clerks were using the same password to access the POS,” says Jose Cruz, Nanette Lepore’s network manager. “It was wide open. No one had ever thought to change passwords periodically, or even use different ones for each user. Prior to my arrival here, the emphasis on POS security wasn’t urgent. Needless to say, this all changed.”Cruz got a call that no one ever wants to receive–from the FBI, telling him that several of their customers had received fraudulent credit card charges. This led to finding out that the company’s Netopia DSL routers had been hacked, and their firmware had been changed to allow hackers inside their network.The stores now use SonicWall integrated security devices, and Cruz has implemented password change policies and other security procedures to ensure that he won’t get a repeat of what happened before. Such an approach can help an SMB keep private information secure. Another good policy: Ensure that all network access is turned off when an employee leaves the company.4. Use a VPNMany larger IT shops make use of virtual private networks (VPNs) to ensure that their communications are kept confidential, and that traveling users can access home office files and other resources when on the road. Many of these VPN products can be quite expensive, but the SMB alternatives don’t have to cost a lot of money.Some, such as Openvpn.org, are free, while low-cost VPN service providers such as LogMeIn.com’s Hamachi can run about $50 per person per year. “Hamachi allows us to connect to hundreds of our customers and monitor live videos of our security cameras discreetly and without having to worry about being compromised by unauthorized users,” says Ben Molloy, the vice president of Pro-Vigil, a San Antonio, Texas-based company that provides security for off-hours construction sites.And VPNs come integrated in a variety of lower-cost security gateway appliances, too. Nanette Lepore makes use of the SSL VPNs that are included in the SonicWall appliances to connect their stores together, and to ensure that no one can compromise their communications.The Lepore firm even set up temporary accounts for guest workers and maintenance personnel that are purposely time-limited. Granting accounts for temporary personnel without such time limits is another common mistake. Time-limited accounts mean that the IT staff doesn’t have to remember to remove the account when the maintenance is completed.5. Run Personal Firewalls, Especially on Windows PCsWindows is notorious for being a security sinkhole, and most larger IT operations now require their PCs to run some kind of personal firewall to prevent infections and malware from taking over. A wide range of products is available, but the key is to pick one, make it standard, and make sure that all employees are educated about why it is necessary to keep the firewall running at all times, especially when traveling. Inexpensive but effective firewalls include AVG from Grisoft.com, Online Armour, and Kaspersky Labs.However, you can’t always manage each individual machine, and a careless user could turn off these defenses and let viruses in. This is where having a drive image copy can come in handy.Another way to enforce security policies and other protective measures is to deploy some endpoint security tool that will block unhealthy PCs from gaining network access. Napera is one product that is specifically targeted at SMB installations, and McAfee and Sophos have others.Matt Stevenson, who is the director of information technology for Talyst, a pharmacy automation vendor in Bellevue, Washington, has been using the $3500 Napera appliance on his 120-node network for the past six months. “A lot of our staff is out in the field, and they attach to a wide variety of networks. When they come back to our office, the Napera box forces their PCs to become compliant and to ensure that our network won’t get infected,” he says.6. Rely on VoIP PBX for Your Phone SystemAs more and more big IT shops can attest, using a VoIP PBX telephone system has tremendous cost advantages. The biggest one is for your remote workers who can have extensions on your headquarters’ phone system. These systems are also very flexible in terms of call handling, and offer other features such as call forwarding, multiple simultaneous rings (where an incoming call can be answered wherever it is more convenient), so-called follow-me (where incoming calls are routed to particular numbers at particular times of the day), and do-not-disturb.”Now businesses are able to get features that can set the rules on how they are contacted, and be able to conduct more business when they aren’t in their office,” says Henry Kaestner, the founder and CEO of Internet phone provider Bandwidth.com, one of the many vendors that offer this kind of service. CBeyond and Asterisk are other companies that offer VoIP PBX.These systems start at around $400 a month and have the advantage of being able to grow or contract with your staffing needs. They also can present your company as more professional, with features that are normally found on very expensive phone systems. The downside is that you need to ensure that your network is up to snuff to handle all the voice traffic; and to get the most out of these systems, you’ll want to find a VAR or consultant who specializes in VoIP PBX installations.7. Have a Solid Test Plan for Adding New TechnologyThe big guys don’t put some new tech into their operations without first doing a lot of testing first. Put together a test lab or designate one office that will be your “beta bar,” and encourage your most technical staffer to try out new things before getting them deployed.Ramon Ray, the owner of the site Smallbiztechnology, advises that in addition to testing, it’s important to analyze a variety of options. “Just don’t just go for the first choice, but think and review the pros and cons and what else is available to you. During the testing, it is also important to consider your future needs. Many smaller businesses don’t think of their future growth, which will affect their IT plans,” he says.David Strom is a veteran technology journalist, speaker, and former IT manager. He has written two books on computing and thousands of articles. His blog can be found at strominator.com . Enroll Now for Free November 13, 2008 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 10 min readlast_img read more

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