Facebook begins the construction of Data Center in Prineville, Oregon.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Written by Ifeyinka

On Friday, January 22, 2010, Facebook, the social network giant, laid the foundation block for its own data center in PrinevilleOregon.  There are over 350 million users on Facebook who has their information stored with the online social network. Data Center is a server and data storage infrastructure that used to house computer systems and associated components. Data Center is also called server farm.

Facebook’s Oregon data center would be 147,000-square-foot, and it is projected to cost $188.2 million. The construction of the custom data center is expected to be completed in 2011.

The decision of Facebook’s management to construct its own data center is an applaudable cost saving strategy. This is because the economic scale of owning and managing data center favors the fastest expanding online social network at this time because of its ever growth membership subscriptions. Facebook had leased server space from wholesale data center providers Virginia and California. The construction of the data center is vital at this point in time when Facebook is setting the stage to go for Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO) by hiring David Ebersman last year. David Ebersman was the former CFO of Genentech.

The establishment of Facebook’s data center in the city would be the largest investment in Prineville, Oregon in the last three decades.  The construction of the data center is expected stimulate the local economy of the city of Prineville which has been severely affected by the economic recession; the citation of the data center in the county seat of Crook County would create over 200 jobs during the construction and thousands of jobs after when the Data Center commence its operations in 2011.

Oregon State is a good location for Facebook because the state offers tax incentives for companies, favorable weather conditions (cold), efficiency and affordable power supply. Facebook is not the first Information Technology related company to strategically locate its data center in Oregon; Amazon and Google have their data centers in Oregon even though these companies’ headquarters were located in other states.

Facebook’s Prineville data center facilities would be equipped with energy efficiency appliances and technology such as evaporative cooling system, airside economizer, re-use of server heat and proprietary Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) technology:

Facebook’s company profile

Founder:                   Mark Zuckerberg
Founded:                  February 1, 2004
Location:                  Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Data Center:             Prineville, Oregon, U.S.
Funding:                   $716M
Users’ Population:    350 million
Acquisitions:             Parakey  and FriendFeed.   
Investments:             Wildfire Interactive and LuckyCal.

Teddy Pendergrass (1950-2010)

Source: Guardian Newspaper (Nigeria)

With the death on January 13, of Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, best known as Teddy Pendergrass or TP, the American music industry lost one of its more notable voices and artistes. Teddy Pendergrass was a multiple Grammy Award nominee, winner of Billboard and American Music Awards, an artist of the very first rank, and one of the leading lights on America's soul and R&B music scene in the 1970s and 1980s, beginning with his chance role ( he had been hired to play the drums) as lead singer for the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes Band. His richly coarse and powerful baritone voice was an unmistakable signature in such classics as 'Wake up Everybody', 'Don't leave me this Way', and 'If you don't Know me by Now'. Pendergrass was obviously the soul of the Harold Melvin Band. He soon got tired of the inequity of hiding his name under Melvin's, so in 1977, he embarked on a solo career with the launch of the album simply and provocatively titled 'TP'. It was the beginning of an extraordinary career.

There was no looking back thenceforth as he notched up with well received albums every year until 1981, including the exciting 'Live Coast to Coast' (1979). In just about five years of a roaringly successful solo career, TP established himself forever as one of the great makers of love songs in the American music industry.

Close to 10 of his albums went Platinum. He was the first African-American male singer to produce five Platinum albums in a row. It is to his credit also that his successful move into a solo career inspired and emboldened not a few lead singers, albeit with different levels of success.
Teddy Pendergrass was a ladies' man with his good looks, and he as well exploited the combination of sex appeal and passion-filled love ballads to boost his music and stage performances. Yet, while his lyrics skirted the edge of eroticism, they could hardly be termed explicit or raw. More than being a music idol, he was a sex symbol and, at his concert performances, he could work women into such frenzy they would reportedly struggled to lay their hands on a TP memento. He relished and responded to this adulation by holding, occasionally, 'women's only' concerts. Love, in its varied forms of expression, was a recurring theme in his songs ('The Love I Lost', 'Love TKO', 'Close the Door', 'I Don't Love You anymore', Turn Off the Lights', 'Don't Leave Me This Way', 'Don't Keep Wasting My Time') and his fans, as well as the larger audience simply loved it - and him - for it.

Teddy Pendergrass belonged to that exceptional, but, sadly, disappearing group of African-American ballad singers (Barry White, Isaac Hayes) who, through their music in the '70s and the '80s, showed a spiritual connection with their African roots in such a way that Africans everywhere could, understand, feel, and relate to the lyrics and/or the beat. Coming shortly after the civil rights movement of the 60s, the music of Teddy Tendergrass and others in the same class further helped to promote black consciousness and identity. TP and his kind in the American music industry showed their generation how to do things differently - sing, love, and dance.

In March 1982, Teddy Pendergrass' ascent was interrupted by a car accident, in circumstances that left him paralysed from the waist down. This was the major test of his life: the incident weakened his voice, his doctors said he might never sing again, and that he had only ten years to live. Besides, his seductive stage showmanship was ended for good. He was at the peak of his career, and yet everything came crashing down in one instant. The singer admitted in his autobiography, Truly Blessed (1998), contemplating suicide. Rather than lose the will to live, however, Teddy Pendergrass, with the love and support of his wife and his mother, sought expert medical help, worked on his voice and, though confined to a wheelchair, released, two years later, the album 'Love Language'. It earned him another Platinum award.

It was an affirmation of love and of life, the triumph of the human spirit over life's vicissitudes. This point Teddy would repeatedly make one way or the other subsequently. For instance, his 2007 live concert was tagged 'Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope, and Possibilities'. Said his friend and professional collaborator, Kenny Gamble, 'I never saw him pity himself. He stayed busy'.

TP went on to release other records including the inspiring 'Life is a Song worth Singing'. In 1984, he did a duet, "Hold Me", with the then little-known Whitney Houston. He also established the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance to help people with spinal cord injuries. In 1985, he participated in the Live Aid charity concert. In 2001, he did live shows that were sold out but he admitted this took a huge toll on him. Before his death, he was working on a musical documentary of his life titled 'I am who I am'.

He could no longer prance about on stage, but singing from a wheelchair, his musical influence remained strong. He will continue to be remembered for his originality and courage, as much as for the central lesson of his career: the need to strike a proper balance between career success and a private life of dalliance to prevent the kind of tragedy that befell the richly gifted TP.

Understanding the 10 Most Destructive Human Behaviors

Friday, January 22, 2010

(1) Gossip: We humans are evolutionarily set up to judge and talk about others, no matter how hurtful it might be, researchers say. Gossip establishes group boundaries and boosts self-esteem, studies have found. In many instances, the goal of gossip is not truth or accuracy. What matters is the bond that gossiping can forge, often at the expense of a third party.

(2) Gamble: Gambling, too, seems to be in our genes and hard-wired into our brains, which might explain why such a potentially ruinous behavior is so common. Even monkeys gamble. A study that measured monkeys' desire to gamble for juice rewards found that even as potential rewards diminished, the primates acted irrationally and gambled for the chance to get a wee bit more. Luke Clark of the University of Cambridge said, "Gamblers often interpret near-misses as special events, which encourage them to continue to gamble."

(3) Stress out: Stress can be deadly, raising the risk for heart problems and even cancer. Stress can lead to depression, which can lead to suicide. Depression is destructive behavior that's uniquely human and glaringly not on this list. Health experts suggest exercise and adequate sleep are two of the best ways to battle stress.

(4) Nip, Tuck, Plump and Tattoo our Bodies: By 2015, 17 percent of U.S. residents will be getting cosmetic procedures, the industry predicts. Some would call it self-edification, of course, or art, or a way to kill time or perhaps rebel against authority. The practice is ancient, often tied to cults and religions or power and status, and in fact much of the modern nip, tuck, paint, poke and plump procedures are benign compared with some ancient practices. People have reshaped their heads, elongated their necks, stretched their ears and lips, painted their bodies or affixed permanent jewelry for thousands of years. Perhaps the strongest motivations nowadays are to be beautiful, however one might define that, or simply to fit in with a particular group. The lure of beauty can't be denied as a prime motivator to nip and tuck.

(5) Bully: One study found that almost 30 percent of U.S. office workers experience bullying by bosses or coworkers, from withholding of information critical to getting the job done to insulting rumors and other purposeful humiliation. And once it starts, it tends to get worse. "Bullying, by definition, is escalatory. Experts say to combat workplace bullies, respond rationally, specifically, and consistently. Psychologists say we bully other people to gain status and power.

(6) Lie: A popular TV show, Lie to Me, conducts a poll that shows the average person lies 42 times a week. Nobody knows for sure why humans lie so much, but studies find that it's common, and that it's often tied to deep psychological factors. The art of lying is not easy. One study concluded that lying takes 30 percent longer than telling the truth. Recent studies have found that people lie in workplace e-mail more than they did with old- fashioned writing.

Animals are also known to be capable of deception, and even robots have learned to lie, in an experiment where they were rewarded or punished depending on performance in a competition with other robots.

(7) Cheat: According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, nearly one in five Americans think cheating on taxes is morally acceptable or is not a moral issue. Few human traits are more fascinating. People who espouse high moral standards are among the worst cheats. These people with high moral standards consider cheating to be an ethically justifiable behavior in certain situations. The worst cheaters tend to be those with high morals.

Cheating on spouses by celebrities and politicians thought to be moral leaders has become rampant.

(8) Steal: Theft can be motivated by need. But for kleptomaniacs, stealing can be motivated by the sheer thrill of it. One study of 43,000 people found 11 percent admitted to having shoplifted at least once. Theft may be in our genes. After all, even monkeys do it. Capuchin monkeys use predator alarm calls to warn fellow monkeys to scatter and avoid threats. But some will make fake calls, and then steal food left by those that scattered.

(9) Crave Violence: Violence is found throughout recorded human history, leading some researchers to conclude that we crave it, that it's in our genes and affects reward centers in our brains. However, going back millions of years, evidence suggests our ancient human ancestors were more peace-loving than people today, though there are signs of cannibalism among the earliest pre-history humans.

Many researchers believe violence in humans is an evolved tendency that helped with survival.

(10) Cling to Bad Habits: Perhaps everything else on this list would be far less problematic if we were not such creatures of habit. In fact, studies have found that even when the risks of a particular bad habit are well-known, people find it hard to quit.

Cindy Jardine of the University of Alberta, who has studied why people cling to bad habits, cites these reasons include innate human defiance, need for social acceptance, inability to truly understand the nature of risk, individualistic view of the world, the ability to rationalize unhealthy habits and genetic predisposition to addiction.

Cindy Jardine says people tend to justify bad habits

Source: www.livescience.com

Early release for Indian prisoners who do yoga -AFP

Prisoners in an Indian state who attend yoga classes will be freed early because the lessons improve self-control and lessen aggression, authorities said on Thursday.
For every three months spent doing sun salutations, deep breathing exercises and balance postures, a prisoner will get 15 days off their sentence, Madhya Pradesh state's inspector general of prisons told AFP.
"Yoga is good for maintaining fitness, calming the behaviour,controlling anger and reducing stress," Sanjay Mane said.
"When a prisoner attends yoga sessions and fulfils some other conditions, he will be considered for a remission if his jail superintendent recommends his case."
Attending literacy classes and earning college degrees would also bolster a prisoner's case for early release, Mane said.
About 400 prisoners have signed up for the pilot programme at Gwaliorcity jail.

Ifeyinka: I think there are some things the American Prison System could learn from Indian system in terms of correction facility administration. The taxpayers money spent on these inmates could have been channeled to better missions." I discovered recently that most prisons are privately run in the U.S. and this is one of the reasons why the men are kept in the system for unnecessary prolonged jail terms.

Police say Georgia mom forced son to kill hamster


WARM SPRINGS, Ga. – A Georgia woman is in jail after police say she forced her son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for bad grades.

The sheriff of rural Meriwether County told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday that the 12-year-old boy told his teacher about the killing. The teacher reported it to the Division of Family and Child Services, who contacted police.

Sheriff Steve Whitlock said 38-year-old Lynn Middlebrooks Geter of Warm Springs faces one charge each of animal cruelty, child cruelty and battery.

The sheriff's office said she remained in the Meriwether County jail early Friday. It was not immediately known if she had a lawyer.

Meriwether County is located about 90 minutes southwest of Atlanta.

Source: AP

Save Nigeria Group (Lagos Rally) Enough is Enough

Thursday, January 21, 2010

THE SAVE NIGERIA PRO DEMOCRACY RALLY takes place on Thursday 21st January 2010

Gbenga Adeyinka, Nigeria Comedian, in center

Charly Boy

Dead or Alive Yar'Adua must go!!

OBJ explodes - Tells Yar’Adua to resign if he is not fit to run the country

Source: Nigeria Tribune

FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, in Abuja, broke his silence on the health condition of his successor, President Umaru Yar’Adua, urging him to choose the path of honour and morality and resign, if he can no longer serve the Nigerian people.
Chief Obasanjo was responding to a question as chairman of the 7th Annual Trust Lecture in Abuja, tagged: “The African Woman and Politics.”
A member of the audience, Mr. Danladi Bello Jega, of the Progressive Movement for Better Society, had accused Obasanjo of being responsible for the present constitutional crisis by choosing a sick man to succeed him as president.
“If you take up an assignment, a job-elected, appointed whatever it is, and then your health starts to fail and you will not be able to deliever to satisfy yourself and to satisfy the people you are supposed to serve, then there is a path of honour and the path of morality and if you don’t do that, then you don’t know anything,” Obasanjo told the audience about Yar’Adua.
But Obasanjo, in response to the question, denied the accusation and swore that what he did was in the interest of the nation.
He even cursed himself to convince Nigerians that he had not chosen Yar’Adua, a sick man to succeed him as president in order to cause constitutional crisis, adding that, “If I did that, God will punish me. There is no reason why I should do that. What I need to say is that nobody picked Yar’Adua so that he will not perform.”
He admitted that he was aware that Yar’Adua had kidney problem but that he had been going abroad for dialysis even as governor of Katsina State.
According to him, when he was shopping for a replacement, three qualities informed his choice: “A man with high intellectual capacity, a man with sufficient personal integrity and a man who was sufficiently broad-minded enough both politically, religiously and socially to rule Nigeria.
Below is the unedited response Obasanjo made to the question.
“When in year 2006, the idea came up as to succession, I was convinced in my mind that a Southerner succeeding me will not augur well for Nigeria. You may agree with that, you may not agree. I was convinced in my mind. Now, I was looking for who will succeed me who had three important qualities. One, he has enough intellectual capacity to run the affairs of Nigeria. Two, he has sufficient personal integrity to run the affairs of Nigeria. Three, he is sufficiently broad-minded enough-politically, religiously, socially, whatever, to manage the affairs of Nigeria. These three were the important things. Then Umoru Yar’Adua who is now the president, I know he has kidney problem and was under dialysis. Sometime earlier, he had gone abroad when he was still the governor of Katsina State.
“When the idea was for him to contest, I asked him and he gave me a medical report. The medical report shows that he had come off dialysis. I asked experts who then told me that if you were under dialysis or you were on dialysis and you are no longer under dialysis, it means you have had a successful kidney transplant and that you can live for as long as God may give you favour. Now, who am I and who are you not to accept that? That was the situation. Now, Mallam Musa Yar’Adua went campaigning and we campaigned together. I remember at one day of the campaign, he was run down. Chairman of our party then, Ahmadu Ali, was also run down. Ahmadu Ali didn’t go abroad to check up, but he went abroad to check up and the rumour was that he was dead. And I called him and I put the telephone on speaker and I said, Are you dead? And we continued with the campaign.
“To the best of my knowledge, he wasn’t on dialysis after that. When the issue of dialysis came, he was well into his first term (as president), which must, maybe, the kidney transplant is failing, if it hasn’t failed. That you cannot blame on me. You cannot even blame it on him. So, to say that I, Olusegun Obasanjo, deliberately see somebody who is an invalid and..is highly, highly ungrateful... how can I put so much into this country, both in peace and in war and I will begin to run it down. If you have fear of God, you will not make that statement. On the way out of the constitutional crisis, what I needed to say on that, I have said as the Chairman of my Board of Trustees last week. I won’t say anything more. What I need to say is that nobody picked Yar’Adua so that he will not perform. If I did that, God will punish me. There is no reason why I should do that. Again, if you take up an assignment, a job-elected, appointed whatever it is, and then your health starts to fail and you will not be able to deliver to satisfy yourself and to satisfy the people you are supposed to serve, then there is a path of honour and the path of morality. There is path of honour and the path of morality and if you don’t do that, then you don’t know anything.”

BREAKING NEWS: John Edwards Publicly Admitted That He Fathered A Child With Rielle Hunter, A Former Mistress!

John Edwards, former Democratic presidential candidate, finally admitted Thursday that he fathered a child during an affair before his second White House bid, dropping long-standing denials just ahead of a book by a former campaign aide who initially took the fall.

Edwards released a statement admitting paternity of the girl, Frances Quinn Hunter, who was born in 2008 to videographer Rielle Hunter as the result of an affair Edwards has already confessed to.

Edward said, "It was wrong for me to ever deny she was my daughter." He added that, "I am Quinn's father, and I have been providing financial support for the child and mother.”

Andrew Young, former Edwards’s aide, is expected to describe how Edwards worked to hide his paternity with his help. Young would released a book about the whole saga on February 2, 2010

Frances Quinn Hunter was born Feb. 27, 2008; this is an indication that the pregnancy if Quinn was conceived in the middle of 2007. During this period, John and Elizabeth Edwards renewed their wedding vows in July of 2007 to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

Michael Critchley, Hunter's lawyer, said the John’s admission is "good for everyone."

Culled from Associated Press

Marisa Lee Miller: Askmen.com's "Top 99" for 2010 Number 2

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Marisa Lee Miller was born August 6, 1978 in Santa Cruz, California. She was discovered by Mario Testino, a famous photographer during a stint shooting for fashion magazines. Miller ranked second in Askmen.com's "Top 99" for 2010.

Marisa Miller is arguably one of the well-paid models in the world and she has one of the sexiest bikini bodies in the model world; she features in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition annually. Miller has also been a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Marisa is 5’8 height and this did not derail her dream to become a supermodel. It would take a damn sexy woman to gain supermodel status she has been able to position her modeling career.

Marisa Miller’s relationship with Victoria's Secret

Miller was chosen to wear the year's "Fantasy Bra," which was valued at $3 million for the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

In early January 2010, when there was an unconfirmed report that Miller had parted with Victoria's Secret, the Chief Marketing Officer for Limited Brands responded, saying the claims were "unfounded and untrue" while adding "we adore Marisa and we will continue to work with her in the future.

Oluchi Onweagba: Nigerian Supermodel

 OLUCHI @ 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Oluchi Onweagba, a Nigerian model, was born August 1, 1982. She is 6'1 feet tall and her shoe size is 9. Oluchi won the "Face Of Africa" contest at the age of 16. She is happily married to Luca Orlandi, an Italian fashion designer.

Elite Model Management awarded Onweagba a three-year modeling contract when she was seventeen years old. She signed modeling contract with DNA Model Management after her three-year contract with Elite lapsed.


She was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four times, from 2005 to 2008.

She has graced the covers of ELLE, Italian Vogue, i-D, Surface, and Untold. She became the face of campaigns for Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, Gap, Ann Taylor, and as Express, well as working for Gianfranco Ferré.

In 2008, she launched OModel Africa, a modeling agency in South Africa. OModel Africa has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Oluchi's modeling outfit awarded $50,000 modeling contract with Kate Tachie-Menson, the 2008 winner of M-Net Face of Africa.

OLUCHI released her 03 Pro Fitness VCD/DVD in Nigeria and other African countries on January 19, 2010.

Scott Brown wins Massachusetts Senate special election race

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

State Sen. Scott Brown won a remarkable upset victory over state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) tonight in a Massachusetts Senate special election, a victory likely to spawn broad-ranging political and policy consequences heading into the midterm elections.

Brown's victory is the first for Republicans at the Senate level for Republican in Massachusetts since 1972 and he becomes the lone GOPer in the 12-person federal delegation from the Bay State.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama called Brown and "congratulated Senator Brown on his victory and a well-run campaign."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent nearly $1.5 million on ads in support of Brown and President Obama made a hastily-scheduled visit to the state on Sunday -- his wife's birthday -- in hopes of energizing a lethargic party base.

Brown said to raucuous cheers at his victory rally, " "Tonight the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken."

Republicans, meanwhile, were gleeful -- touting the Massachusetts victory on top of wins in gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey in 2009 as evidence that the political pendulum was swinging quickly in their direction.

"Democrats will try to play this race off as an isolated incident, but the recent spate of polling in swing districts across the country proves that Massachusetts isn't the exception of the 2010 election cycle, its the rule," said National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Ken Spain. "Any Democrat who voted for the health care bill now knows how big of an albatross they will have hanging around their necks."

21 Ways to Boost Energy - You can do it in just 10 minutes a day

Monday, January 18, 2010

  1. Get some sunshine. If you’re toiling beneath artificial light all day, use your 10 minutes to get some sun. First, getting outside can be refreshing. Second, a few minutes of sunlight has concrete benefits. It helps the body produce vitamin D, which is important for good health. Sun exposure also boosts serotonin levels, which can improve mood and help you sleep better at night.
  1. Take the stairs. Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, says, “Going up and down stairs for 10 minutes is a great way to get your heart pumping.”
  1. Have a coffee break. It’s no secret that coffee will perk you up. It’s no secret that coffee will perk you up. But David Leopold, MD, recommends espresso specifically. Dr. Leopold
  1. Do a crossword. When you’re feeling burned out, focusing on a different sort of mental task for a few minutes can help boost energy. Plenty of Web sites have free crosswords, and some newspapers offer cheap monthly subscriptions for online versions of their puzzles.

  1. Stretch yourself. Tanya Edwards, MD, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, says,Stretching helps fatigued muscles that have been stuck in one position.” t may also increase energy by decreasing muscle discomfort.” If you can, sneak off to the break room, but you can also stretch at your desk without attracting too much attention. You can do this by sit down in your chair and stand up repeatedly without holding the arms.
  1. Make a smoothie. 8 ounces of skim milk or soy milk, a bit of fruit, and some crushed ice to thicken it up. You can also add some fiber and a little healthy fat with one or two tablespoons of wheat germ or ground flax seed.
  1. Try guided imagery. To boost energy, take a virtual vacation while sitting at your desk. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Then imagine a peaceful place. It could be someplace you’ve been before -- the beach or the mountains. Once you feel fully relaxed, gradually ease yourself back into the present. Count to three and open your eyes.

  1. Read a poem. Reading is a great way to get a quick break from your humdrum day. So focus on poetry. Keep a good anthology at your desk. Read one or two and mull them over during your 10-minute break.
  1. Walk. Experts recommend a minimum of half an hour of exercise a day. So all you need to do is take a few more 10-minute walking breaks and you’re done. As you walk more, you’ll get faster. You can use a pedometer to keep track of your progress.
  1. Avoid the vending machine. Although sweets and carbs might give you a temporary energy boost, it won’t last. Choose a snack with some protein, which will give you longer-lasting energy.
  1. Write in a journal. If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve started and abandoned (and restarted and re-abandoned) a diary before. But begin a new one with the intention to write in it only 10 minutes a day. You might find that keeping a journal – and the self-reflection it requires – gives you a better perspective on your life and job.
  2. Laugh. Laughing does have health benefits. Although the evidence isn’t clear about this assertion yet. Either way, there’s no denying that laughing can make you feel better. You can deliberately seek out something that you know will make you laugh -- watching a few clips on YouTube or reading a favorite blog.
  1. Use cold water. he Romans used to invigorate themselves by plunging into the frigidarium, a cold water pool. Without being quite so drastic, you can get a quick energy boost by just splashing cold water on your face in the bathroom.
  1. Go for green tea. Good old black tea is fine too, but green tea has some specific benefits, says Leopold. It has the highest levels of antioxidants -- like EGCG -- that might support health, possibly lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
  1. Try aromatherapy. Some people believe that the smells of certain essential oils -- like peppermint, lime, and grapefruit -- can boost energy. You can choose to close your eyes and breathe in the scent from the bottle. Or use a spray to spritz the room. It is important check with your officemates before you start scenting up the place.
  1. Listen to music. The right music can really change your mood, and doing some prep work can help. Come up with a list of the songs that always seem to psych you up, and then make a mix or playlist of three on your computer or MP3 player.
  1. Have some chocolate. Chocolate is itself a mild stimulant, and it has lots of other possible health benefits too – from boosting memory to lowering cardiovascular risks.
  1. Consider a supplement. Sure, there are lots of energy-boosting herbal stimulants out there, but Dr. Leopold recommends a different approach. Dr. Leopold says, “Herbs like ashwaganda, panax ginseng, or rhodiola are not stimulants, but they can help the body deal with stress, which can cause fatigue.”
  1. Unleash some feng shui on your desk. Admittedly, organizing your desk might not sound like an energy booster. But really, working on a surface that’s cluttered with paperwork, sandwich crumbs, and empty coffee cups can really sap your spiritual strength.
  1. Eat breakfast. We should not be too busy to eat breakfast. Eating breakfast has long-term benefits too: Studies show that people who skip it have a higher risk of gaining excess weight.
  1. Breathe deeply. Deep breathing can relieve stress when you’re feeling burned out. The method developed by integrative medicine expert, Andrew Weill, MD., involves sitting down, keeping your back straight and inhaling through the nose while you count to four. You should hold your breath while you count to seven then exhale deeply through the mouth, counting to eight.

Sherri Shepherd: The View, SHERRI sitcom and Permission Slips.

Written by Ifeyinka
Sherri Shepherd was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 22, 1967. Sherri Shepherd is a co-host The View on ABC daytime talk show; She is also the star and executive producer her new Lifetime series, SHERRI. The Grand Central Publishing launched Sherri’s mirthful autobiography, “Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Herself a Break (Hachette Book Group) in October, 2009.

Sherri Shepherd made her Hollywood’s breakthrough as a stand-up comedienne and actress. She won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host on The View in 2009, and she has been nominated for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture, Precious, for Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010.

Shepherd never fails to delight audiences with her magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor. She have been able to keep up with the ever changing dynamics of showbiz trends.

In Permission Slips, Sherri’s published book, she comically explains how she manages to juggle her many roles-professional with her family roles of wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Permission Slips covers topics such as "Marriage, the Hard Way," "All the Things I Don't Know,” ”It's Jesus or Jail,” and "Children: The Gift You Can't Give Back,"

Sherri had a son, Jeffrey Charles, who born April 22, 2005. Jeffery Charles is the product of comedian Jeff Tarpley and comedienne Sherri Shepherd’s marriage. Jeff Tarpley and Sherri Shepherd’s divorced in 2006 after Sherri discovered that Jeff was having an affair. The divorce inspired Ms. Shepherd Lifetime series, SHERRI.

The main theme of the book Permission Slips is that Woman are survivors. Sherri Shepherd has always demonstrated the survival traits inside of her. She has always used stumbling stones as stepping stones; she redirects disappointment to blessings.

She said, “As long as you cab get up and put two legs in front of the other, you will make it through.”

Definitions of love on the Web:

Definitions of love on the Web:

  • a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; For example "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
  • any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love"; "he has a passion for cock fighting";
  • have a great affection or liking for; "I love French food"; "She loves her boss and works hard for him"
  • beloved: a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
  • get pleasure from; "I love cooking"
  • a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; "their love left them indifferent to their surroundings"; "she was his first love"
  • be enamored or in love with; "She loves her husband deeply"
  • a score of zero in tennis or squash; "it was 40 love"
  • sleep together: have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"
  • sexual love: sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people; "his lovemaking disgusted her"; "he hadn't had any love in months"; "he has a very complicated love life"
I will be blogging about requited love and unrequited love.

Press Release Statement Regarding Pat Robertson's Reckless Comments on Haiti

Sunday, January 17, 2010


On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation,
suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti,
Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history.

His comments were based on the widely-discussed
1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at
Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made
a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over
the French. This history, combined with the horrible state
of the country, has led countless scholars and religious
figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed.

Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was
God’s wrath. If you watch the entire video segment,
Dr. Robertson’s compassion for
the people of Haiti is clear.

He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has
been working to help thousands of people in
Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching
a major relief and recovery effort to help the
victims of this disaster.

They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars
worth of medications that is now in Haiti, and their disaster
team leaders are expected to arrive tomorrow and begin
operations to ease the suffering.

Chris Roslan

Massachusetts Senate race:Will Democrats be able to preserve Former Senator Kennedy's Seat Blue?

Written by Ifeyinka

State Sen. Scott Brown and state Attorney General Martha Coakley prepare to debate last week in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Senate race has caused nervousness among the Democrats. Democratic strategists have been making political permutation in case the late Senator Edward Kennedy's seat goes red. Following the death of former Senator Kennedy, the Massachusetts Senate seat was occupied temporarily by Paul Kirk, Kennedy’s friend and aide.

Even if the Republican Senate candidate State Sen. Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts Senate race, GOP may not able to frustrate the Democrats health care bill. This is because Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin, a Democrat, reported that the election results on January 19th, 2010 could take more than fourteen days to verify a winner of the seat. This could buy more time for the Democrats to pass a final health care bill.

There is a strong indication that Brown will defeat Martha Coakley; It appears that Democrats may be on the verge of letting the Massachusetts Senate seat, cede to the GOP advantage according to the polls . This seat has been closely held for almost a half century by the late Edward Kennedy. This will be a serious set back for the Democrats which would diminish their 60-seat Senate majority votes to over haul the healthcare bill.

President Barack Obama made a final plea for Martha Coakley in an unscheduled stop in Boston on January 17th. Obama appeared in a television ad canvassing his grassroots organizing group in which they reported placing over 90,000 calls across Massachusetts.

There is no doubt there is high desperation on the side of the democrats.; What is certain is that voters’ actions and judgment on January 19th will determine if Democrats will be able to preserve Former Senator Kennedy's Seat Blue.

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