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Apple Smart Glasses-Like Devices Will Eventually Replace Smartphones, HoloLens Creator Says


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Smart glasses is a device category that seems to have had a roller coaster of a ride when it comes to development. The category had a head start with the Google Glass, however, when it was discontinued some time back, the category was thought to have gone dead. Later, the Snapchat Spectacles were launched and now, Apple is rumored to be working on its own smart glasses.

The concept is expected to be different from Snapchat and Google’s offerings — Apple might be working on an AR-enabled smart glasses.

According to experts such as former Wall Street analyst Gene Munster and the man behind Microsoft’s HoloLens VR technology,  Alex Kipman, smart glass technology is just about to take off and has a huge potential — it might replace smartphones someday.

"The potential of these devices is that they could one day replace your phones, TVs, and all these screens. Once your apps, videos, information, and even social life are projected into your line of sight, you won't need any other screen-based gadgetry … [it's] the natural conclusion of mixed reality," Kipman told Windows Central on Friday.

Kipman’s assessment might seem too futuristic but not impossible. Technology such as HoloLens-based Mixed Reality is already providing a huge leap in terms of mixing the virtual and real since it actually embeds the virtual holograms in the user’s line of vision, giving the user a VR view which seems somewhat real and not wholly virtual.

Replacing TV screens with VR headsets has already begun for gamers, but including this functionality in smart glasses is also probable.

Replacing smartphones with smart glasses would be a humongous task. Imagine a world in which smart glasses could do all the work a smartphone is capable of doing. This means a user can answer phone calls by simply looking at his/her smart glasses,  probably by winking or using a button on the device and getting the sound in an attached headset.

A similar functionality with onboard buttons could be used to even write texts using voice assistants and videos could be captured using an attached camera — like the one on the Snapchat Spectacles. A similar approach could also be applied to gaming too. Playing games on a pair of smart glasses might be even more interesting. 

But what Kipman’s concept doesn’t take into account are the issues with running a device using the eyes instead of fingers. Unless and until this technology develops enough not to stress out a user’s eyes, a pair of smart glasses will just remain a dream device without currently irreplaceable functionality that a smartphone provides.

That being said, concepts such as Mixed Reality might hold the key to the development of this technology and companies like Apple, with its recent acquisition of eye-tracking company SMI, might be the ones to push the technology towards practical realization.

 

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Guys: Most Women Don’t Want You to Bone Them For Over 15 Minutes


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Misinformation and sex are about as tightly bound together as Love Island and fake tan. 

Maybe it’s because sex is supposed to be private, or maybe it’s because Brits are crap when it comes to talking about anything more personal than the weather.

Whatever the reason, a lot of sex myths have been allowed to live on, way past our teenage years when naivety is understandable.

The most prevalent?

That women are impressed, or pleased, when sex goes on, and on, and on, and on.

I have no idea who makes the rules about sex and time, but whoever it was did a very poor job.

Women are supposed to come almost instantly. A couple of minutes of penetration and we should be wailing to the rafters. If you take much longer than that, you’re failing. Which is probably why some women feel compelled to fake it.

Guys: Most women don't want you to bone them for over 15 minutes

That’s why he keeps the watch on. (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Men, on the other hand, are not allowed to come quickly. They’re supposed to have self control, and stamina, and keep going endlessly. If you’re a ‘real’ man you will have been boning your partner all night long.

Only, if we’re going to be really honest with you guys… that’s not what most women actually want.

When sex goes on for ever it starts to get uncomfortable. Sore even. And if it’s a really, really long time?

It can get a little bit boring.

In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, which addressed how long sex ‘should’ last from a female perspective, sex therapists found that intercourse which lasted 1-2 minutes was ‘too short,’ (no s**t Sherlock).

3-7 minutes was ‘adequate,’ 7-13 minutes was ‘desirable,’ and 10-30 was ‘too long’.

We’re not sure what happens if you’re having sex for 10, 11 or 12 minutes – is it both desirable and too long?

In a small survey of 125 people,  we asked how long the actual inny-outty bit of sex should last (foreplay is another story – the rumours are true on that one. Most of us really like it).

41% of people (the majority in the survey) said that it should last 5-10 minutes.

37% of people wanted 10-20 minutes.

10% opted for 20-30 minutes, and 12% wanted more than half an hour of bonking.

That means that 78% of people wanted to have sex for less than 20 minutes.

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Millions of People Have This 'Silent' Disease—and They Don’t Even Know It


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A staggering 16 million people live with a scary disease right this second. Those with type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and obesity have a higher risk of developing it. It’s tough to find and even tougher to treat. But here’s the kicker: Most people have never even heard of it.

It’s called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH for short. A type of fatty liver disease, it is predicted to surpass hepatitis as the biggest reason for liver transplants by 2020. (By the way, you might want to check up on the signs you have fatty liver disease.)

Why have doctors and patients ignored this dangerous disease for so long? 'It’s because they didn’t see it,' Mark Pruzanski, CEO of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, a company that’s focused on treatments for liver diseases including NASH, told Business Insider.

Symptoms are scarcely seen in patients with early stages of NASH. To test for it, you need to get a liver biopsy, which requires removing cells from your liver using a small needle. Even then, it might be too late; the disease often leads to problems like liver failure, and no treatments currently exist. These are the silent signs your body might be in big trouble.

There’s good news, though! You can prevent NASH right now by losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight and diet. Plus, doctors and pharmaceutical companies are pounding the pavement to develop a treatment. They currently have a test drug in the works, with an expected approval date in 2019.

If you’re a diabetic who needs to lose weight, you may have a higher risk for NASH—but you can try a diabetes diet to stop it in its tracks.

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I Had an Incident During Massage. Masseuse Left the Room Immediately. What Should I have Done?


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It’s ok if you have an erection. Just don’t make any improper comments about it. A professional massage therapist and a professional client will be ok with it. Everyone says it’s a natural response to relaxation. I say BS. It’s aroused. However It is a natural response and the question is how is it handled mostly by the client. He should be respectful of the therapist and certainly not comment on it. How many females are aroused somewhat while getting a massage? Of course no one knows unless she says something. So it should be the same with a male.

Sadly many parts of the body that really need a massage don’t get massaged because of the sexual thing and I don’t mean the penis.

The buttocks, the piraformis muscle which is the muscle just below each cheek of the butt really needs to be massaged. Also the area in the inner thigh near the genitals really needs massaging. I’ve been able to do this for a client and also have a therapist whom Is comfortable with me do this. Sometimes we exchange massages to do this. It takes trust and that sexual boundary must never be overstepped. It can really contribute to a total relaxation.

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How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant?


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If a couple are trying to get pregnant under normal conditions*:

After one month ……………15% will be pregnant

After three months………..About half will be pregnant

After 12 months…………….80% will be pregnant

After 2 years…………………90% will be pregnant.

The remainder of the patients are considered subfertile, and may or may not ever get pregnant without medical intervention. If you are above 30 I wouldn’t wait more than a year before calling a doctor.

*Normal conditions: Frequent sex around ovulation, avoidance of most lubricants, and sex on different days of the week. Limiting sex to weekends is not the best thing to do as the ovulation may be occurring during the week. You get the idea.

---Glenn Herman, 45 years a physician,

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Don’t Disagree For Long with Loved Ones


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As I write this article, I am preparing for my dad’s burial. He passed away recently and by the time you read this, his remains would have been laid to rest for two days.

My dad was a great man and led a good life, so as painful as this is, I am grateful and glad to be his son. Death has a way of making one think of life and the most important things in one’s life. Isn’t it? You start to make certain lifestyle changes and sift through many things.

One of the things I often hear from people is how they have many regrets that they did not tell the ones they lost how much they loved them and what they meant to them. Some would also lament about how the last words to them and what transpired was not good. Fights, abuse and bitterness were the result. These things happen. We are humans and have issues and emotions to deal with. We cannot tell when some things will come out and since we are not seers, we cannot tell if the times we saw and had disagreements or fights with people would be very bad and be the last time we saw them. No one can predict these things and it would be futile to try.

However, we can make sure that we often communicate with the ones we love and not let bad blood fester and get worse over time. That is something we can control. We have a choice to let them continue or bring a stop to it. This kind of thing happens in many relationships and marriages. People get hurt, angry and bitter and refuse to let it go.

It is normal for people to be angry about things and not let go easily. It all depends on the individual and the offence, and while we know some people are just childish, selfish and inconsiderate, I am referring to mature people who have genuine reasons to be annoyed with their partners and spouses. To quote Jesus in the Bible; “offences will come.” This is a fact and anyone going around with the idea that they will never have issues with someone they love is lying.

That is another tale I often hear and I laugh. I meet many people boasting all over the place about having perfect friendships, relationships and marriages where there is never any disagreement.

I find it odd that someone can grow up in a family and have issues from time to time with family members, but then claim to meet and fall in love with someone from another family, with their different way of seeing life, thinking, talking and acting and yet claim nothing will ever be an issue. It is ridiculous as the idea that one can change where one lives from a temperate place to a cold one and say nothing will occur and there will be no issues. That is a lie.

The thing, as I said, is that when things come up we need to handle them in a way that does not make things worse. Not an easy feat but very possible and it must be done. Even if we fail at it sometimes, we can make it right many times as possible.

They say you miss 100 per cent of the shots you do not take and that is just the truth. We must make efforts. We need to be able to sit down with the people that matter to us and trash out the issues we have with them.

I do not want this to sound like we need to do it so that we do not have regrets if they die or vice- versa. That is not what I am trying to say at all. That is an extreme point. I am just saying that it could happen and even if it does not, this divide we let occur and deepen over unsettled hurts does more harm than many of us realise.

This is why one issue turns into many and suddenly ego, stubbornness and bitterness lead to divorce for many marriages that seemed so stable and right. Many people have been the architects of their own mess. They see the thunder clouds gather as the sky turns dark, so they know it is going to rain but they step out without an umbrella or any other form of protection and then they complain about getting drenched in the rain and catching cold. This makes no sense at all.

We need to value our relationships enough to fight for them. Fight for love and do the best you can to stay together in love, respecting one another and settling issues as soon as possible in the best way possible. Be willing to make sacrifice and do things right.

If what you share with someone is important to you, then put in the work to make it go well. We are each responsible for our relationships, be they platonic or romantic. Let us not be like many others with many regrets. People do not have to die before we lose them completely and there is no way back to save what we once had.

Culled From a Post by Onuora Onianwa in The Punch

 

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How to Immigrate to Canada -Express Entry


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Canada is an amazing country. With a population of just over 36. million people, its border with the United States is the world's longest international land border.

When In Canada, it feels and looks like you are in the United States with the additional benefit of enjoying a higher sense of being relatively safe from gun violence which the United States cannot boast of.

With a consistently stable economy, steady political system, friendly inhabitants, relatively high employment opportunities, world-class educational system and enviable health system, it can be safely said that Canada is a utopia for any family.

A thriving economy and advanced technology sector has made Canadians respected wherever they visit in the world. Hence, holders of the  Canadian Passports do not need a visa to enter more than 170 countries. They just buy a ticket and get on the plane. No visa appointment or interviews!

The above and much more makes Canada the destination of choice for most prospective immigrants.

The Citizens of Canada, although predominantly of Caucasian descent, are of a diverse race. They are very warm and receptive to newcomers and are heartily enthusiastic in assisting newcomers to settle down.

The Government of Canada, for its part, recognizes the benefits of skilled immigrants hence Citizenship and Immigration Canada run different programs that allow different classes of immigrants into the country. This ensures that the different sectors of the economy are serviced.

These programs take applicants from being mere prospective immigrants to Canadian Permanent Residency and eventually Citizenship.

The most popular is:

 The Federal Skilled Workers:

Under this program, applicants are evaluated based on their education, training and work experience, which reflects their ability to economically establish themselves in Canada and takes into account labor market conditions in Canada.

This program allows skilled professionals from other countries to become permanent residents after successfully meeting the program criteria.

Applicants are evaluated based on the following six criteria:

1) English and/or French skills (Maximum 28 points)

Being able to communicate and work in one or both of Canada’s official languages is very important. Knowing English, French or both helps you in the Canadian job market.

You can get up to 28 points for your skills in English and French. You will be given points based on your ability to

Listen

Speak

Read and

Write.

Language testing

You must prove the language levels you claim on your application with a language test from an agency approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

 You can still score very high points in the Language Criteria without any knowledge of French

2) Education (Maximum 25 points)

Applicants are also evaluated on their education. The maximum amount of points for this criteria is 28.

3)  Experience (Maximum 15 points)

You can get points for the number of years you have spent in full-time paid work (at least 30 hours per week, or an equal amount of part-time).

4)  Age (Maximum 12 points)

Points can also be earned based on your age

5) Arranged employment in Canada (Maximum 10 points)

You can bolster your points by 10 if you have a full-time job offer of at least one year from a Canadian employer. The job must be arranged before you apply to come to Canada as a federal skilled worker.

6) Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)

If you have a spouse or common‑law partner who will immigrate with you to Canada, they can earn points for adaptability too. You can only get points for each item once.

The maximum number of points in this section is 10.

If you score 67 points or higher (out of 100), you may qualify to immigrate to Canada as a federal skilled worker.

The first step is to determine your eligibility. This can be done by completing a pre-assessment of your chances by evaluating you against the six selection criteria explained above.

If either you  OR  your spouse meets the threshold point of 67, you can then go on to the next stage which involves creating an online profile called an Express Entry Profile on the Canadian Immigration website. You will receive a points score based on the information you provided in your profile.

The score you receive would be used to rank you on the Comprehensive Ranking System, which is based on factors that have been shown to help immigrants prosper in Canada. Your  Rank on this system would determine if you would be sent an invitation to apply also known as an ITA.

Over the course of a year, there will be regular rounds of invitations to candidates to apply for permanent residence based on the ranking on their profile. The number of Candidates invited varies but there are usually in the thousands and the rounds of invites takes place almost every month so even if you are not invited right away you will still have a chance as your profile is valid for 12 months

This process is called the express entry and the profile you create on the Canadian Immigration website is called the Express Entry  Profile. As the name implies, it is designed to ensure applications are processed quickly. From the date an applicant is invited they have 90 days to put their documents together and submit an application. The application is expected to be processed to completion within 6 months, commencing from the date it is received.

You must have an Invitation to Apply before you can apply online for permanent residence.

If while waiting to be invited your situation changes (for example, if you start a new career, you get a new language test, get married, or have a new baby), you must update your profile.

If you do not get invited to apply for permanent residence after a year of being in the pool, your Express Entry profile will expire. If you still want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant, you will need to complete and submit a new profile.

If you are invited to apply, you will have 90 days to fill out and submit your application. Some documents (for example, police certificates) may take longer than 90 days to get, educational transcripts can also take a long time. You should start applying for these documents right away so that you have them ready and can apply within the 90-day time limit.

Be sure that your profile is fully up-to-date and accurate.

If you are invited to apply, you will be responsible for any information in your profile and application for permanent residence.

If it is found that you misrepresented yourself (gave false information or left out important details). In such a case:

Your application could be refused,

You could be found inadmissible, and

You could be barred for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason.

To kick start the process, your eligibility must be determined first. It is important that you and your spouse( if you have a spouse) carry out two pre-assessments using the six eligibility criteria listed above, one of you as the principal applicant in one pre-assessment and the other in the second.This is in case one of you does not meet the eligibility the other who do can be  the principal applicant and apply for both of you

The information below should be used as a guide in carrying out the pre-assessment.

1)Full Names ( First, Middle and Last name)

2)Date Of Birth

3)Post Secondary Education(Diplomats, Degrees, e.t.c)

4)Any Relation in Canada( brother, sister,  in Canada( Yes/No)

5)Any Education In Canada (Yes/No)

6) Have you been offered employment in  Canada(Yes/No)

7) Number  of Kids

8) Current occupation

9) Number of years working in current occupation

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments. 

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The Barbaric, Shameful And Cowardly Act Of Lynching (Graphic Photo)


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Not  too long ago, the world was shocked and appalled by the photo/video of the lynching and burning to death of a young boy In Lagos, Nigeria. Several local and international news outlet(s) reported this barbaric act. There were confusion and speculation about the age of the boy and the nature of the crime he had committed. However, one thing stood out; This was a barbaric, inhuman and despicable act, irrespective of the age, gender of the individual or  nature of crime committed.

Apparently, this horrible crime of lynching was carried out by self-righteous human beings of different religious affiliation(s). The zest and almost sadistic pleasure with which it was perpetuated indicts the society we have become. A society in which people succumb to the base desire to inflict pain on another human being and also relish the experience. A society that does not hesitate to cast the first stone even though the alleged crime pales in comparison with crimes  that has been committed by some of those who carried out the lynching.

Lynching and burning in Nigeria has always existed. For a time there was a lull. However, we are beginning to see a rise in the number of cases . Apart from the fact that this is a disdainful act, irrespective of the nature of the alleged crime,  there is the chance innocent people could be caught up. It could also be used as a means of exerting revenge on an enemy by raising force alarm/ accusation. A case that fits such dreadful consequence of mob action is the four young, University of Port  Harcourt students who were lynched and then burnt to death in Port Harcourt a few years ago after they were mistaken for cultists. The pain caused these families and the loss and indictment to our society can never be reversed. It is hard to even conceive that a human being would have no qualms about killing another human being; persistently torture him, slowly assault him, watch him bleed, burn while his life ebbs away. It is hard to  comprehend the depth  of this abyss we have fallen into.

Without trying to get too religious, Let us take an example from the Bible. A group of self-righteous Jews tried to stone a woman to death for allegedly committing adultery but Jesus Christ  responded to them;  “ Let him that have no sin, be the first to cast a stone!”.These were amazing words, more than 2000 years ago,  coming from a unique being. Words that should set a standard and criteria for us when we struggle against our conscience to yield to our base instinct’s  to participate in any act that the generality of people around us may have sanctioned.

The hypocrisy of our society is epic. We turn a blind eye to our past, current leaders and politician’s who have stolen( and continue to steal) millions of dollars from us. This wicked action has resulted in the terrible and harsh economic situation Nigerians experience today; No jobs, poor infrastructure and disenfranchised young men with no hope or means of survival. Thus pushing young people,  like the young man who was lynched, to do desperate things.

Ironically, our society excuses the rogue politician,  makes him the Chairman/woman of our social functions, Deacons of our churches, patrons of our clubs, godfathers of our kids, while we condemn  young men and women to death, all victims of the act of the rogue politicians whom we have come to love, heartily praise and lavishly approbate.

The shame full way we adore corrupt politicians, sing their praises and aspire to be like them while we lynch and burn the young men whose behavior  are a result of the deeds of this politicians, puts us at a level far below any civilized society.

I want to explicitly make it clear that I do not in any way subscribe to the extra-judicial punishment of any human being; Not even our greedy criminal politician and past leaders. I am only showing the disparity  in  judgment when we deal/ relate with people at different niche in  our society

Those who participated,  those who stood by and did nothing, those who enjoyed the “show” or gave approval by their silent nod, and also many reading this piece and condemning me would love to delude themselves that what was carried out that day and in every lynching case wasn’t murder. However, deep thinking would invariably make it glaringly and sadly clear that what was perpetrated that day wasn’t justice. It was murder by a group of self-righteous hypocrites.

According to Wikipedia, Lynching is the practice of MURDERING, resulting from extrajudicial mob action.

No matter how it is spun, lynching in any glorified depiction whatsoever is murder. Murder is a mortal sin regardless of your religious or non-religious bias. No one has the right to take another man’s life except for the extreme case of self-defense. The believe that the killing of another human being by one person or a group of people is justifiable for any reason shows how reluctant man is to develop his higher instincts.

How can these killings be justified? Some argue and rationalize these actions by saying extrajudicial action is the only way to cleanse the society of miscreants. Others say the police are so corrupt that it is useless taking this alleged criminals to  them as they would be out on bail in no time.  They placard their conscience with these half-hearted excuse, but the truth is irrefutable;  they have taken part in murder or, at the very least,  applauded the act directly or indirectly. No excuse, no matter how seemingly logical, can justify such despicable act. There is always an alternative moral way to deal with the problem of crime. Lynching is not the way. It debases us and sets us back to pre-historic  times, that is, not even considering the spiritual implication of such a mortal sin

While  protagonist of these cowardly act can argue, justify and bask in the false believe that they have done nothing wrong, one thing is sure;  those who participated in this dastardly act, those who stood by and gave silent nods, those who watched in bemused  elation and those who  sat behind their computer, tv screen, or mobile devices and gave direct or indirect endorsement to this great  evil,  are all  guilty of  the mortal sin of murder and would invariably  pay for it in varying degree depending on extent of participation. This is an in-escapable fate.

 

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Growing Evidence Points to a Specific Diet That Can Starve Cancer Cells of Their Prime Fuels


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Every organism on this Earth requires food to create energy in order to live and reproduce. Food is the fuel that keeps our bodies driving down the road. All of the energy, genetic instruction, and structural and regulating materials for your terrain come from nutrients. Simply put, food and the nutrients obtained from it are required to sustain life. When nutrient levels become deficient, symptoms (such as headaches, fatigue, weight gain, aches and pains) will be followed by disease. Low vitamin D causes rickets, low vitamin C causes scurvy, low folate in a mother results in spina bifida in the child. Without food, we die in approximately 40 to 180 days (this depends on a person’s body weight; some obese people have survived and remained healthy without food for over five months!). With the right foods, we can heal. It’s time to start giving credit where credit is due: Certain foods and dietary habits have kept us alive for 2.6 million years. Deep nutrition, a metabolic approach, is the answer to cancer. And where Western medicine is trying to isolate the active forms of food to create synthetic versions able to be patented, we recommend the whole foods and dietary practices, such as fasting, that have sustained us for millennia. Yes, not eating is powerful medicine. All foods contain more than one active ingredient, and we strongly believe in the therapeutic power of synergies.

When sugar, processed grains, soda, preservatives, additives, trans fats, synthetic oils, pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified corn and soy, and junk food are replaced with organic, wild, and fermented vegetables, bone marrow and organ meats, healthy fats, specific herbs, and adequate hydration, the terrain shifts in a matter of days. We’ve seen it happen—and tested it—hundreds of times during our multiday cancer retreats over the years. Epigenetic markers change, blood sugar levels decline, immune systems are fortified, hormones balance, digestion improves, toxins are removed, and fogs of depression are lifted. When stress, endocrine and sleep disruptors, and environmental and emotional toxins are removed and replaced with peace, purpose, nutrients, nontoxic products, rest, exercise, and healthy relationships, the body becomes incredibly resilient. All these elements are powerful enough to affect DNA, and that’s good medicine. Cancer doesn’t like that.

You’ve heard it before, but it is true: You are what you eat. But of course we take things further: “We are not just what we eat, but what our food eats.” When it comes to deeply nutritious foods, the quality of the soil where the food was grown is also essential. When animals are fed toxic diets they become toxic to eat. If you feed animals antibiotics, hormones, and genetically modified grains and legumes, they go from being healthy to four-legged Superfund sites—not to mention propelling antibiotic resistance. The treatment approach we lay out in our book dives deep into food quality and also bio-individuality. There is not, cannot, and should not be a one-size-fits-all diet all the time. What you eat needs to change with the seasons, for example, and is largely based on what your genetics can tell us. We look at many nutrigenomic factors (meaning, how our genes affect our foods and vice versa).

We subscribe to the metabolic theory of cancer—the proven fact that cancer cells are fueled by sugar and that altered mitochondrial metabolism is the ultimate cause of cancer. In fact, a December 2016 meta-analysis research paper assessed more than two hundred studies conducted between 1934 and 2016 and concluded that the most important difference between normal cells and cancer cells is how they respire, or create energy. Cancer cells use a primitive process of fermentation to inefficiently convert glucose from carbohydrates into energy needed to sustain their rapid growth. But the most important finding is that fatty acids (dietary fats) cannot be fermented by cancer cells, which makes a ketogenic diet the most powerful dietary approach to cancer identified to date. And thanks to more than a hundred years of research by the physicians and scientists Otto Warburg, Thomas Seyfried, Dominic D’Agostino, and Valter D. Longo, as well as a rising number of others, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that low-glycemic, ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting should be an integral part of an effective anticancer diet program.

We realize there are many people who are drawn to what we are talking about and others who are not. Our approach aims to empower people. Sadly, many cancer patients spend more time looking at a new car than at their grocery list. Using diet to prevent and manage cancer requires engagement, and that is not always easy. Conventional medicine, on the other hand, allows the patient to be passive—the doctor performs surgery or administers chemotherapy, and the patient just waits for the test results. In the conventional model the healing, and ultimately the trust, lie with the doctor. We believe, however, and have seen over and over in our practices, that true healing occurs when the patient is an active participant in the healing process. Our process is for those who are motivated to take charge of their health and willing to make lifestyle changes. It’s about getting to know yourself, and maybe changing things you never thought possible. It’s about asking questions, and not shying away from answers. It’s about undoing the notion that you are a victim of cancer and you have no control over the process. Because you do.

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Can Man Live a Good Moral Life without Religion?


Can Man Live a Good Moral Life without Religion?

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Why is Continuous Electrical Power for all Still an Elusive Reality in Nigeria


Why is Continuous  Electrical Power  for all Still an  Elusive  Reality in Nigeria

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Why Do Nigerian Politicians Change Parties So easily?


Nigerian  Politicians, unlike their American or European Counterparts, tend to move from one Political party to the other without any ideological consideration. Obviously for Monetary gains. Why don't they have any ideological conviction?

Any Insightful thoughts on this?

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If You Don't Use WhatsApp — or Even if You Do — Here are Some Things to Know About it.


Minutes Before the London terror attacker carried out the deadly rampage near Westminster Bridge, he used this app to communicate with an unknown contact. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more Buzz60

The assailant involved in last week's London terror attacks that killed four and wounded dozens more reportedly used WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned, encrypted messaging service.

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she wants WhatsApp and other messaging services to make these platforms more accessible to authorities in cases like the London attack.

“We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp — and there are plenty of others like that — don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other,” she said in interviews Sunday. In a statement, WhatsApp said they were "horrified" by the attack and were "cooperating with law enforcement as they continue their investigations."

Because the app features encrypted messaging, officials are unable to access attacker Khalid Masood's last message or its recipient.

London terror attacker used WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging app, before rampage

If you don't use WhatsApp — or even if you do — here are some things to know about it.

It's a very popular messaging app owned by Facebook

More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp, created in 2009 as an alternative to text messaging. According to a May 2016 report from research firm SimilarWeb, WhatsApp is the top chat app in 109 countries, including Brazil, India, and the United Kingdom. Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 to make a bigger play in the rapidly-growing messaging market, along with its own Messenger platform. At the time the deal was announced, WhatsApp had 450 million users worldwide.

WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption

While Apple was fighting the FBI last year over unlocking an iPhone used by assailants in the San Bernardino, Calif., attacks, WhatsApp rolled out end-to-end encryption. All messages sent through the platform are secured in a way that only the sender and the recipient can view the message. According to WhatsApp, not even they can hack their platform to view the message. Several other platforms including Apple's iMessage and Signal also use end-to-end encryption.

It also uses two-factor authentication

Like many other services such as Google and Facebook, WhatsApp uses two-factor verification, rolled out earlier this year. When enabled, a user must type in a second passcode — often a numeric code sent to the user's phone via text message — to access their account. If, say, a hacker were to gain access to a user's credentials, they would still need that second passcode to view the account or messages.

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8 Sources Of Strength Powerful Enough To Overcome The Fears Holding You Back


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To avoid failure, acknowledge and compensate for your weaknesses. To achieve great success, discover and build on your strengths.

What are your powers? Few of us are focused on what our powers are, let alone practicing or leading from those aspects of ourselves. Most of us lead overcompensating for our perceived weaknesses. Leading from insecurity makes us work harder but not necessarily smarter, or with any sense of joy. In overcompensating for our perceived insecurities, we hit burnout quicker, are more anxious, and find work more taxing. Everything in life has threads of fear in it, so we may as well learn to find the strengths which lay beneath them.

1. KNOWLEDGE.

Knowledge is the strength underneath the fear of not having confidence. Knowledge is power. It is difficult to feel comfortable when we lack the knowledge necessary to make us versatile and flexible in our daily challenges. Without knowledge we function from a weaker position, especially when in the throes of conflict or negotiation. Preparation and knowledge naturally endow us with more confidence. If we lack the information we need it is important to humble ourselves to saying, “I don’t know,” and learn. We can go back to the drawing board, fill in the missing pieces, so as to avoid being in the weaker position going forward.

When in the fear of insecurity, gather the knowledge necessary to lead from a place power.

2. OPENNESS.

Openness is the strength below our fears of change. Having knowledge is essential for success, but we must not allow ourselves to become so fixed or rigid in our thinking that we come to view our knowledge as the only correct knowledge. Being open is a strength which makes us more likeable and approachable to others. When we are open we are perceived as easier to work with. Rigid thinking and its subsequent limits overcompensate for our fears of change. We falsely believe if we know it all that we are somehow impermeable. However, closemindedness and/or rigid rules do not make our egos any less fragile. No one likes a know-it-all.

When facing fears of change, lead from the strength of open curiosity.

3. PATIENCE.

Patience is the strength that lies beneath the fear of the unknown. Impatience is a reaction to living in the grey area of uncertain results. To overcompensate for this fear we tend to become reactive, causing us to make less than stellar decisions. These impulsive decisions most often push our desired results further away from us. In practicing patience, we develop the strength and emotional resilience to let things take their natural course. Being patient makes us smarter. A little space helps us to forecast our current situation beyond our initial emotional reactions. When we learn to wait, solutions come without us having to chase them.

When facing fears of uncertainty, lead from the strength of choosing to waiting well.

4. BOLDNESS.

Boldness is the strength which lies beneath the fear of conflict. Many of us cower under conflict. When under siege we hear our instincts telling us what to do, but because we become overwhelmed with the projected negative consequences acting strongly could bring, we don’t allow ourselves to step into our boldness. We can choose to be bold, fair, in our power and to trust that the consequences of our actions will only help propel our success forward, and deepen our sense of self-confidence. A simple fact; unless we say what we want, we won’t get what we want.

When in the fear of conflict, lead from the strength to rise to the occasion.

5. ALLOW.

Allowing is the strength that lies beneath the fear of not having control. Often times we’re so fear based that we overcompensate for this fear with being controlling. To find a deeper sense of strength allow people to be who they are, allow situations to be what they are, and allow yourself to be who you are, without self-recrimination. Allowing is a tremendous power because it keeps the flow of things open and resistance at bay. It is amazing what develops when we allow things to manifest in their own way and own timing. When we allow the process of success to have its own life, we make succeeding look easy.

When consumed with the fear of not having control, lead from the strength of dropping the rope.

6. COURAGE.

Courage is the strength which lives below our fears of failure. Courage trumps fear. Whenever we feel paralyzed with fear, courage is about the last thing we believe we can tune into or utilize. Fear has two waves; the first is shock. When we’re in shock, courage cannot come. Shock is short lived, however. Once shock passes, our minds begin to unscramble allowing us to think clearly and efficiently. We begin to see a path or paths to our solution, and are able to approach our problem with an adrenalized and focused readiness. This is the birth of courage. Courage isn’t something we have, it is something we do. Believe it or not, we often perform best when under pressure.

When in the fear of failing, lead from the courage to take action.

7. QUIET.

Quiet is the power beneath the fear of not being good enough. When we feel nervous, the natural tendency is to talk too much. Nervous talking is not success-driven communication, and in reality the more we talk, the more insecure we get, and unfortunately, the more we keep talking. In a social world dominated by extroversion, the strength of being quiet is one many never utilize or study. When we are quiet we present as attentive and calm. People want and need to be heard and understood, so when facing insecurities of not being good enough, learn to listen. When people feel heard they become interested in the listener. Security doesn’t need volume; it speaks for itself.

When facing fears of not feeling not good enough, lead from the strength of being quietly present.

8. MINDFULNESS.

Mindfulness is the strength which lies below feelings of emergency. Fear is a power all unto itself because fear is a fuel. Whenever we’re in fear we move into action to remove the fear as quickly as possible. The reason fear causes so many problems is because it makes us reactive. To make fear our greatest strength, we must use it to practice mindfulness. When in a state of emergency fear makes us acutely aware of what is going on and if we can stay calm, as Captain Sully did when landing the plane in the Hudson River, we too will have more clarity on the front lines of our own critical decisions.

When under the fear of a pressured situation, lead from the strength of attunement to the moment.

When we lead from our strengths, we become more confident and successful. We are able to move with a certain grace through our troubles where we are impacted by them, but not flattened by them. To lead from our strengths we must use challenges as tests of our character. We can choose to rise to our occasions and go against our biological programing to naturally regress under stress. Having this type of composure takes practice and awareness, but if we’re going to practice anything this year, why not let it be leading from our strengths?

 

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Leave Of Absence Letter From A "Protective" Wife


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Letter sent by a Wife to her employer after her husband "mistakenly" too Viagara for headache medication. Did she have a genuine reason to be worried? Lets Weigh in on it.

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10 Chinese Food You Should Be Wary Of


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We all love Chinese food: Chicken Chaomin, Fried Rice and BBQ Chicken, Chicken fried Rice, Noddles soup, e.t c. The salty and sometimes sugery tease to our taste bud, so imppossible to resist! But Wait! Watch this video and you would definitely begin to have a change of mind or at the very least, be more wary when you order that tanlizing, mouth watering Chinese cuisine.
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Online Scams To Watch Out For


Cheque overpayment scam

This is a scam where a buyer, a prospective tenant or even an employer will send you a cheque that is worth more than the value of the items/rent/job. Once you have received the cheque they will then ask you for the surplus amount to be returned to them, or even to a third party. Sometimes they request this money be sent back in order to ‘pay for shipping’, or for another reason. The cheque will clear into your bank account initially, however, a few weeks later it will be refused. Then, once it has been refused, the bank or building society will take back the full cheque amount out of your account, which will leave you without both the cheque money and any money that you passed on to make up the difference.

People requesting to use money transfer services like MoneyGram or Western Union
These services are only intended to be used between friends or family members, so if a stranger is suggesting them to you, you should be wary. Scammers and fraudsters will try and trick people into the use of these services. Sometimes they will do this by asking you to prove that you have funds by transferring money to a friend using one of these services. Then they will ask you to show them the receipt. All they need is the tracking number from your receipt and they will be able to collect your money with ease.

Payment protection offers
If you receive any emails that are claiming to be from well known sites, and are offering you buyer protection or an online payment system then you should be wary. These can be fake and are known as ‘spoof’ or ‘phishing’ emails. If you do receive an email from a company offering you a payment or protection service, you should always go directly to the company’s website to look for details of the service.

419 scams
These are very easily avoided, as they are obvious scams. You will get an email that asks for your help to take money out of a country. They will tell you that you will be paid a commission for your help and eventually, they will ask you for money to help them take their large amount of money out of the selected country. Once you pay them, you will never hear from them again.

Brokerage and importing payments
If a seller is claiming that there are brokerage fees and import duties or any other similar fees to be paid, make sure that you don’t pay them. If you do pay these, then there is a large chance that you may never get the product you have ordered and you will lose any money you have paid.

Emails asking for your personal details (log in details, passwords, credit card details etc)
If you receive any emails from any  company, asking you to reply or follow a link handing over any personal information, do not do what it says. These emails are a scam and are another example of ‘spoof’ or ‘phishing’ emails. If you receive any emails that are urgently requesting you to send over any information, you should be very wary. Scammers can easily fake web-pages to make their emails look more authentic.

Avoid fake escrow sites
If a buyer or seller, or anyone else with whom you need to make a transaction, suggests using an escrow service to complete the handing over of money, be very wary. These sites, though they may look official, are mostly run by fraudsters who will take your money, and won’t send you the product.

Fake working from home opportunities
When receiving an offer to work from home you will need to be very careful as a lot of these are fronts for money laundering. You should avoid any working from home opportunity that involves you receiving cheques and cashing them as payment. You should also avoid any ‘jobs’ that don’t require a face to face interview. Other working from home scams can involve pyramid schemes. 

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Men's Attitude To Fatherhood Influences Child Behaviour, Says study


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Preteen behavioural problems less likely in children with confident fathers who embrace parenthood, suggest researchers

Children of confident fathers who embrace parenthood are less likely to show behavioural problems before their teenage years, researchers have found.

A new study suggests that a man’s attitudes towards fatherhood soon after his child’s birth, as well as his feelings of security as a father and partner, are more important than his involvement in childcare and household chores when it came to influencing a child’s later behaviour.

“It is the emotional connection and the emotional response to actually being a parent that matters enormously in relation to later outcomes for children,” said Maggie Redshaw, a developmental and health psychologist at the University of Oxford and co-author of the research.

Writing in the journal BMJ Open, Redshaw and colleagues at the University of Oxford describe how they explored the influence of fathers on the behaviour of their offspring by analysing data from the Avon longitudinal study of parents and children – a large-scale UK study that followed the health and development of thousands of children born in the early 1990s.

The study asked parents to complete questionnaires at various points in their child’s life. Among the surveys, mothers were asked to assess their child’s behaviour at nine and 11 years, with questions probing a variety of issues including the child’s attitudes towards other children, their tendency to restlessness, whether they were willing to share toys and their confidence in unfamiliar situations.

Fathers, meanwhile, were asked to complete questionnaires on their approach and feelings towards parenting both eight weeks and eight months after their child’s birth, with questions including how often they helped with housework, how confident they felt as a parent, and whether they enjoyed spending time with the baby. Answers were given on scales, and then totted up. 

Looking at the results for more than 6,300 children who lived with both parents at least until eight months old, the researchers found that children whose fathers were more confident about being a parent, and who were more emotionally positive about the role, were less likely to show behavioural difficulties by the ages of nine and 11. By contrast, the degree to which a father engaged with chores around the home or activities with their child apparently had no such influence.

Examining the fathers’ scores for emotional responses to their babies, taking into account factors such as the child’s gender, family size and socioeconomic status, it was found that for every point the scores increased above the average, the relative chance of the child having signs of behavioural problems decreased by 14%, and 11% at ages nine and 11 respectively. Similarly, for every point increase beyond the average in the fathers’ sense of security in parenting, the relative likelihoods of the child having behavioural problems were 13%, and 11% lower by ages nine and 11, respectively.

While the authors admit that study relied on self-reporting, and that attitudes to parenting might have changed over the years, Redshaw says the work highlights the impact of how parents feel about their roles on child development. “It is part of the approach that early experience matters and it matters from the point of view of both parents,” she said.

Iryna Culpin of the University of Bristol, who was not involved in the study, agrees. “Traditionally, research on child development has been focused on mothers, their parenting and mental health, while fathers’ role is often overlooked,” she said. The findings that fathers’ perception of their role and their 

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4 Ways Founders Destroy Their Startups With Poor Marketing


It’s no secret that startups are fragile entities and that a lot of things have to go the right way in order for them to survive and thrive. At the core of every startup, there has to be a superior product or service that people will adore and pay for. But there are lot of little things that can’t be ignored if you want to enjoy startup success.

Every startup owner needs to be aware of the fact that promoting their new enterprise is an essential part of their new reality. Without proper marketing, a startup will find it excruciatingly difficult to stand out among the competition and make a name for itself. 

Unfortunately, there is still a relatively large number of startup owners who decide to cut corners on their marketing efforts, putting their new ventures in jeopardy and often lead to their closing down. Check out a few things startup founders do that leads to their downfalls:

Ignoring the Numbers

Marketing is not homework. Marketing is not something you do because other people are doing it. Marketing is something you do in order to increase your sales and make more money. It’s as simple as that. Unfortunately, many a startup owner will see marketing as more of an art and less of a science.

In order for marketing to be effective, you simply have to determine which metrics matter to you. You have to start judging the success of your marketing efforts according to those metrics. This is especially true for certain modern marketing tactics, which are often “valued” according to metrics that will do little for your startup.

Not Being Consistent

People often think that marketing campaigns that last a couple of months can do wonders for them. This often happens once startup owners realize their sales aren’t where they thought they would be and that they are simply not attracting new customers quickly enough. In such situations, they reach for marketing and they think that a slapped-together two –month campaign will save them. But it won’t.

Doing startup marketing in bursts is simply not a good idea. Marketing a startup should start with creating a brand with all its intricacies, doing some digital marketing, and even taking advantage of the more affordable traditional marketing.. These things take time and trying to rush it will get you nowhere.

Underutilizing Your Website

Many startups have a tendency to present themselves as the next big thing. Often times, a way to do this is by featuring a website that looks like it came from the future – spectacularly innovative and impossibly beautiful to look at. Unfortunately, such websites are often excruciatingly slow to load and they convert poorly because of the emphasis on the looks. A startup’s website is more than just a pretty façade. A startup’s website is where they can share their story with a bit of blogging and  can turn visitors into customers by boosting their conversion rate.

In addition to this, many startup owners think that the job is done by simply getting their website online. It’s not. Luckily, there are innumerable places to promote one’s website and a savvy startup owner will at least consider them.

Leaving It To The Wrong People

Perhaps the biggest mistake startups make when doing marketing is letting the wrong people do it. Often, the owner or one of the very few early employees will take it on themselves to do it. As their regular tasks pile up, they tend to rush it, resulting in a big, fat nothing.

Another option is to hire an intern of some kind, usually a 15-year old who speaks solely in hashtags and whose idea of social life boils down to followers. Sure, they are able to post a gazillion Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram posts every three minutes, but they know little to nothing about actually attracting customers or influencing the bottom line in any noticeable way.

Marketing is not something people dabble in. It is a profession. There are schools for it. People hone their skills for years for a reason. Do not underestimate it.

 

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Ethiopian Beauties: Take Your Pick!


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Ethiopian Beauties: Take Your Pick!

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