Doing Social Media On The Go

Cellphones have become an irreplaceable tool that is needed to manage my life. I find that I'm not the only one who feels this way. What do you use your cellphone for now? I asked others this question and they answer … to text, send an e-mail, browse the web, listen to music, watch a show, to type out a grocery list, to track calories, play a game to record voice reminders , or even to out date their Twitter or Facebook posts. Hardly anyone says to make a phone call.

I find myself not using landlines anymore. With me being into social media and working mostly on the Internet, my cell phone does it all. It's easier for me to stay connected with my family and friends, without really talking to them.

In fact, my number of text messages sent out increased dramatically since last year. I still talk on my cellphone when I need to get in touch with someone fast. I feel talking on the phone is time consuming. Texting or e-mailing lets me move though several conversations. I can be doing my social media and handling my families affairs at one time. Facebook lets me catch up on the latest news and update all of my friends at the same time.

Other than me with my Internet business, I believe mostly teenagers are on their cells. They are more in the know of all the new technologies with cells. Kids are getting cell phones at a much younger age. They even send text to each other about plans or up coming events.

James Hickey
Master Business Consultant

Tour St Petersburg’s Rivers and Canals to Discover Its Finest Architecture

If you book Northern Europe cruises for your next holiday, you are sure to find that one port of call really stands out from the others. Destinations such as Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki are all fascinating places, but few cities in the world can compare to the splendour of St Petersburg.

It was one of the true hidden gems of the tourist industry until the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, disguised by being given the title Leningrad – a name that conjured up images of a grim Soviet metropolis. But that could not have been further from the truth, as the city is packed with history and culture, and has stunning buildings on every corner – even some of the Metro stations are considered works of art.

St Petersburg, as it became known again in 1991, deserves to be regarded alongside Florence and Paris as one of the great cultural destinations of Europe, as you will soon discover when your cruiseship docks in the city.

It enjoyed its heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the country’s richest families queued up to build magnificent palaces and castles in what was then the capital of Russia. A pier and a waterside view were must-haves for any lavish home at that time, so most of St Petersburg’s finest buildings were constructed on the banks of the River Neva or alongside its canal network.

One of the best ways to enjoy the sights is by taking a boat tour around the city, as this will give you unhindered views of the striking neoclassical architecture St Petersburg is so famous for.

Among the buildings you will see on the granite embankments of the Neva is the magnificent Winter Palace. This opulent building was once the official residence of the Russian monarch and has a special place in the country’s history. It has been restored in recent years and now houses the fascinating Hermitage Museum.

Another highlight of your tour of St Petersburg’s waterways is to be found next to the Griboyedov Canal. The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, which is modelled on St Basil’s cathedral in Moscow, is among the most ornate religious buildings you will ever see, with its facade every bit as impressive as the interior.

It is also well worth keeping an eye out for Yusupov Palace, St Michael’s Castle and Stroganov Palace as you cruise around the city. But with landmarks lining the river banks and streets, you will never be short of things to see in St Petersburg, whether you are exploring on foot or by boat.

Body Basics: Alimentary Canal – How the Digestive System Works

Food is the fuel of the body. But before it can be of any use, it must be properly processed. The body’s food processing plant is the alimentary canal, a muscular tube about 10 m (33ft) long which starts at the mouth and ends at the anus.

When food is put in the mouth, it is tested for taste and temperature by the tongue. Solid food is bitten off by the front teeth (incisors), and then chewed by the back teeth or molars. Even before the food is tasted, and during chewing, saliva pours into the mouth from salivary glands near the lower jaw.

Saliva moistens food, and the enzymes it contains start digestion. By the time it is ready to be swallowed; the original mouthful has been transformed into a soft ball, called a bolus, and warmed or cooled to the right temperature.

Though quick, this stage is in fact quite complex. First the tongue pushes the bolus of food up against the roof of the mouth and into the muscle-lined cavity at the back of the mouth: the pharynx. Once food is in the pharynx, several activities take place within the space of a couple of seconds to prevent swallowing from interfering with breathing.

From the pharynx, the bolus now passes into the oesophagus, or gullet, the tube joining the mouth to the stomach. The bolus does not just fall down the oesophagus because of gravity but is pushed along by waves of muscle action called peristalsis.

Except during eating, the oesophagus is kept closed by a ring of muscles called the cardiac sphincter which prevents the highly acid contents of the stomach from being regurgitated into the oesophagus. As a bolus of food passes down the oesophagus, the sphincter relaxes to open the pathway into the stomach.

The stomach is a collapsible muscular bag designed to store food (so that it is not usually necessary to eat small meals all day long), to mix food with various digestive juices, then to release it slowly into the intestine.

Food is mixed as the stomach wall contracts and relaxes and is moved along by waves of peristalsis. By the time it has spent two to six hours being processed in the stomach, the partially digested food has been converted by various chemicals to a liquid called chyme.

The stomach exit is guarded by a muscle known as the pyloric sphincter. As the waves of peristalsis push chyme through the stomach, the sphincter lets out chyme in small amounts into the small intestine.

The small intestine is in fact the longest section of the alimentary canal, measuring 20ft (6m) and getting its name not from its length but its width – about 1 ½ in. (4cm). The largest part of the digestive process takes place in the small intestine, through the action of digestive juices made not only by the intestine itself, but by the liver (bile) and the pancreas (pancreatic secretions).

As waves of peristalsis move chime along the small intestine, it is given another thorough mixing. When more food enters the stomach, a valve at the end of the small intestine opens and chyme passes into the large intestine, a tube about 3ft (1.5m) long and an average 7.5 cm (3 in.) in diameter.

In the large intestine, water is absorbed into the blood from the liquid remains of digestion. By the time these remains reach the rectum, they are in the form of solid faeces. Rather than the continuous contractions of peristalsis, the progressively more solid remains are moved along by giant propulsions that take place only a few times a day.

Finally, faeces enter the anal canal, which is kept closed by the last sphincter in the alimentary canal. In infancy, the sphincter opens automatically when the anal canal is full. But as the nervous system matures, we learn to override the automatic signals.

The alimentary canal processes approximately 35 tons of food during the course of an average life of 70 years. No wonder, then, that it sometimes goes wrong. Some ills of the alimentary canal are so common they have become household words – ulcers, appendicitis, constipation, diarrhoea and heartburn, to name a few. While some are unavoidable, there are ways to keep the digestive system healthy.

  • Do not eat (or feed children) too much. This puts a strain on the digestion and can create a weight problem. In infants it can lead to vomiting and regurgitation.
  • Chew your food properly before swallowing. The digestion of carbohydrates starts in the mouth with ptyalin, an enzyme in saliva.
  • Include sufficient roughage in your diet – fruit with the skin on, lightly cooked vegetables, bran with your breakfast cereal. Dietary fibre cannot be digested by the alimentary canal but stimulates the passage of food through the large intestine, helping to prevent constipation and perhaps some intestinal diseases as well.
  • Avoid any foods you know you or your family react to badly.
  • Minimize stress. This increases the acid secretion of the stomach and the muscular action of the whole system, causing food to be pushed along too fast so that it is not properly digested.
  • Stop smoking, cut down, because, like stress, it stimulates acid secretion.

The Top 7 Jewelry Trends of 2010

Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going. – John Naisbitt

Its the same time of the year wherein the yearly round ups make their way to the news headlines. Twitter, Facebook and Google have just released the top 10 trends observed on their site. While I was going through that, I just thought of compiling a list of top 7 trends observed in our very own jewelry segment, in 2010. The trends are as follows:

High Demand of Sterling Silver jewelry As the gold prices soared to new heights, sterling silver made a remarkable comeback as one of the sent after fashion trend which went on to become stronger with each passing month. More and more jewelers and jewelry manufacturers are experimenting with sterling silver and have confirmed the strong continuity of this trend.

The bolder, The better – Mantra It was not just the Bigg Boss which went to become bolder and successful, the jewelry designers too tried to encash the trend. From big cocktail rings to stack of big bangles, bold jewelry styles were flaunted in almost all the party circles. As more and more people are sheding their inhibitions and experimenting with new looks, bolder designs are here to stay.

Consolidation of Key pendants In the early 2009, key pendants arrived with a bang and became unpredictably popular among the masses. In 2010, this trend got further consolidated and got a wider appeal. A noteworthy observation was the use of this pendant more in gold than any other traditional metal.

The Return of Dangling earrings Dangling earrings made a grand comeback and were appreciated both by men and women alike. These types of earrings made a unique style statement and added a glamorous look to the overall persona of a women. This trend seems to have longer shelf life and is expected to remain favorite even in 2011.

Metallic Jewelry – Everyone's delight – During the downturn, as the price of other precious metals sky rocketed, punk jewelry got a renewed demand. Bronze, copper and brass became the new eye candies. One more reason for their popularity was their ability to be easily textured which made them a hip jewelry to wear. Jewelers, take creative freedom and keep their buyers a whole new set of designs to adorn their bodies.

Large cuff bracelets: The Gatecrashers – This was a surprise entry and was spotted in most of the upmarket fashion circles. This great accessory worked fine with almost any outfit. Any type of hammered metal like gold or bronze as a bracelet, seemed like a must have by the end of the year.

Nature-inspired Accessories: New Kids on the block – When the entire world has started singing the – Go Green anthem, how can the jewelry industry be left behind? Accessories like snake rings and cuffs, leaf designs, green, yellow and brown gemstones and natural stones were spotted in many high profile fashion segments.

Overall 2010, did not give any path breaking trend even then these trends helped the debt ridden jewelry industry to bounce back and make quick recovery. As they say, "Do not follow the trends, Start them!", We hope that 2011 will throw new exciting fads with a longer shelf life.

Domestic Violence Has No Place in the World Today

Global trends show that more men than women kill their spouses. The spouse killers are both current and past partners.

Whereas the murders look numerous, the actual slow deaths arising from mental destructions are never reported. Victims are battered silently to death and a week when neighbourhoods take notice of the end result.

Domestic violence is a national and global crisis that urgently call for immediate and swift response from civil society and governments to put the behaviour to a complete end.

Domestic violence remains a silent killer that is also capable of striking victims instantly to their graves.

It is a renowned destroyer of not only the physical being but most sensitive areas.of the whole human being – the mental!

Once the mental is damaged or destroyed the physical as much as the spiritual loses shape and the entirely wellbeing of victims gradually destroyed.

Makerere University, which could have by all standards had the means to prevent domestic violence, and at an earliest detection, dissolve crises of its staff, has proved inadequate.

It lacks staff wellness services and hot lines for the purposes of violence prevention and rescue of victims from pending deaths.

The trend which is now “eating” up the university is “normalized” and therefore simplistic issue for the university to handle. The questions are: what is the research and innovations units doing? And how effective are they at feeding policy and regulatory organs of the university?

The university has schools that can swiftly use their expertise to neutralise imminent challenges as domestic violence.

These but not limited include: the school of Law, the school of psychology and psychiatry, the peace and conflict projects office and the social work and social administration department.

For the university to be a hub of knowledge and best human development practices, must be vigilant at reaching out to troubled communities nationally and if possible, globally. But if it cannot address domestic violence of its immediate community, what university is it?

As a public institution, a lot could be said in line with it reflecting moral decay in society. But where is management and university council or senate? What are they doing?

Recently, the university community lost one of it most brilliant and young staff to domestic violence. She is now the late Winnie Nakajjubi. This is something horrible and unacceptable, not only in the university setting but in the civilised world.

Perpetrators of domestic violence have no place in this era. They should attempt to take their own lives if they feel extremely gratifying to terminate that of their spouses. At some point they may realise how precious life is.

Besides, the perpetrators as much as their victims should build the courage to rest the relationship temporarily or permanently to prevent the nasty end of lives that is always potent in abusive relationships.

The perpetrators must be brought to light and isolated on early detection by neighbours or society. And society must work towards deterrence of new incidences of domestic violence. Here the society replaces the institutions that fail to deliver.

7 Rules For Writing Effective Advertisement Headlines

We all know that we are living in an age of information overload, the average person is bombarded with tons of messages and advertisements every single day. As a result people's attention span is getting shorter and shorter. On average you have a few seconds to capture your readers' attention, and in these few seconds he will seriously read further than the headline. This is why headline is so important. Without an attention grabbing headline your advertisement copy is just a waste of your time.

Below you will find 7 rules for writing effective headlines:

(1) Do not write your headline in all capital letters. DO YOU AGREE THAT ALL CAPITAL LETTERS LIKE THIS IS A HARD READ.

(2) In your headline please promise a benefit or provoke curiosity.

(3) Make your headline easy to understand. Do not make them think. If you do, they may probably not think the same message that you intent to convey. Is not that a waste of your effort.

(4) Use certain words in your headlines because they are guaranteed to work. Some of these key words include include Free, New, Discover, Now, How to, Save, Announcing, Easy and Wanted.

(5) Put headline at the top of your advertisement copy. This sounds simple and logical, especially if you understand the short attention-span of the general readers, but I am amazed at the large number of ads that I saw did not have top placed headlines or even have none.

(6) Long headlines often pull better than short headlines. A recent survey reported that longer headlines with more than 10 words have better readership than shorter headlines.

(7) Sell one idea at a time. If you try to sell multiple products / services on one headline, unless they belong to the same category, you are just making your prospect confused or providing too many choices to them at the same moment. The income is often worse than that of selling one idea at a time.

Ninety percent of the success of any offer, whether in a newspaper advertisement or salesletter, is the headline. Please keep these 7 rules in mind when you write your attention-grabbing headlines. Unless your head sells your product, you've wasted 90% of your money.

Tomorrow’s Communications Today

As electronic communications have continued to advance, older forms of technology have been refined in a lot of new ways. Hosted PBX phone systems are a very good example. As a phone system that can function from a remote location, the virtual PBX has made a big difference in the way many companies do business. Here is some background on hosted PBX phone systems, and how they benefit a number of small and large businesses.

The main purpose of all telephony functions is to allow for clear and efficient communications. Over the years, telecommunications devices for businesses expanded from individual desk phones to a central switchboards within businesses that routed calls manually to the PBX phone systems that had the capacity to route calls coming into the business. While for many years this meant the establishment of a large amount of equipment on the company premises, the hosted PBX phone systems of today require minimal equipment, a connection to the World Wide Web via a wireless or wired service provider, and some simple programming.

One particular form of hosted PBX phone systems is the Private Branch eXchange. Sometimes referred to as an Electronic private Automatic Branch Exchange, this system does not rely on switching equipment that is provided or operated by a common telecommunications carrier. Instead, the system is self-contained and is devoted specifically to one subscriber. This form of the hosted PBX can be maintained on the company site or operated by independent IT firms that supply the dedicated service to the company.

In general, hosted PBX phone systems of all types require an internal switching network that is programmed for routing to extensions, as well as voice mail boxes for each user. A central processing unit handles the inbound and outbound traffic for each authorized node on the PBX phone system. Several different cards process the various functions, such as logic progression, internal switching and power flow.

Internal trunks or lines allow the switching to be accomplished, and also provide the link to external trunks provided by a common carrier. There is usually a control console that allows a central person, such as a receptionist, to control the system and handle processing of calls if desired. Backup power supplies allow hosted PBX phone systems to operate even when the power fails.

Remote hosted PBX phone systems are one of the newest innovations. Companies with a number of employees working from home can allow personnel to receive and make calls through the PBX. This can help callers feel as if they are connecting with the company at a central location, even though the recipient of the call may be working from home. This form of telephony support has made it possible for large companies to conduct sales, ordering, and customer care functions without the need for building a huge call center.

Smaller companies can also benefit from the use of these remote systems, since they will have less resources tied up in equipment, buildings and other factors that often drain resources for larger corporations. All the while, the functions of the business can still continue as if everyone were gathered at a central location.

Hosted PBX phone systems are easier to operate and install, as well as being affordable for businesses of all sizes. From the one person home business that wants to appear to be large and prosperous to the corporation that wishes to make the most of company resources, hosted PBX phone systems are a great option.

Pay As You Go – New Mobile Phone Tariffs in UK

Contract mobile phone deals and pay as you go mobile phones are two different extremes of a spectrum. These are the two buzzwords that drive the market in UK. These tiny devices (generally speaking) are spreading in the growing Asian and Latin American markets like brushfire but things in mature markets like the UK things are entirely different.

Mobile phones practiced the imagination of people since the time they came in use in mid 1980's. Since then a lot of water has flowed under the London Bridge and needless to say the technology and designs have evolved a lot. Earlier it was a privilege of the elite now it is more like the need of the masses. But still there are a host of reasons on which the sales of them depends and the largest selling point of a mobile phone is the tariff that goes along with it!

In UK, and for that matter the rest of the western world, the sales of mobile handsets are slowing down. Now to compete in such a cut throat environment the only resort for retailers is to play around with the tariff plans and make them as consumer friendly (read cheap) as possible! Also the mobile phone networks are party in this scheme of things and their decisions are bound to affect the markets. When the big boys of this league take a giant step then it is all but obvious that it will not go unnoticed.

So the news of 3 UK chopping down the international roaming price in a big manner comes as a pleasant but somewhat 'expected' surprise for the users. Currently consumers pay somewhere between £ 2 and £ 4 per minute while making a call from an international destination. 3 has announced that anyone on international roaming connected through their '3 Like Home' tariff will have to pay only 20 pence per minute to phone the UK! And hold your breath when you read this, as 3 will not charge you a single penny when you receive a call off shore!

It applies to users visiting Austria, Australia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy and Sweden but the rider being they have to be connected to one of 3's sister networks. But this will not be such a big issue considering 3's pan-Europe reach and appeal. This is a giant step and considering the fact that this comes right after European Union's appeal to reduce high roaming charges a glorious PR move cum business strategy for the network.

It is a fact universally acknowledged that the operators generate a lot more revenue from contract phone deals as compared to pay as you go deals, so this is another way way for them to lure the user towards contract deals. But at the end of the day, we as customers are not complaining because one thing that everyone can be sure of is that all the competitors are going to follow suit. And in this perennial aping of each other by the operators lies the profit of the user!

Ivan Gonchar Museum in Ukraine

Ivan Gonchar Museum is one of the largest museums in Ukraine. It is amazing place. Museum Collection includes more than 15 thousand exhibits. These are a work of art, objects of ethnographic and artistic value. The exhibition includes: painting (folk painting, collection of icons, professional painting, graphics), the popular fabric (towels, embroidery, outdoor clothing, carpets), ceramics (Makitra, pots, bowls, toys), folk musical instruments (Kobza, Pandora dulcimer, lyre).

Ivan Gonchar is a public figure, sculptor and painter started collecting in the late 50’s. Travelling to Ukraine for four decades, he sought out and preserved items of folk art. Ivan Gonchar studied folk culture of Kiev region, Zhytomyr, Poltava region, the Donets Basin, Podolia, Podnistrovya, Galicia, Bukovina and Transcarpathia.

The result of titanic work was a unique collection of folk art, which became the basis of a private museum of Ivan Gonchar. At a time when public museums focused exclusively on the “Soviet Art” at the Museum was presented Ukrainian traditional culture, including folk art, without ideological restrictions and censorship. Public museum collection became well known in Ukraine and abroad. The museum was visited tens of thousands of visitors.

Famous sculptor died in 1993, but his dream of a museum came to life. In September of that year, was founded by the state Museum. Administration of Kiev gave the museum space in a building that is an architectural monument of the XVIII century. In 1999 the presidential decree on the basis of the state Museum was based Ukrainian Center of Folk Culture.

Invest in Ukraine’s Eagle Valley – He Who Hesitates is Lost!

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With its expansive, mountain valley views and virtually unrestricted landscapes, Ukraine is situated to the north of the Black Sea, an ever popular attraction, and the equally admirable yet lesser known Sea of Asov — the world’s shallowest sea! Neighbouring regions Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Slovakia accentuate this idyllic region, one of the most naturally formed beauty spots in the world!

Its auspicious capital Kiev is widely recognised as being the industrial, scientific, educational and cultural nucleus of Eastern Europe — the biggest ‘jewel in the crown’ as it were! No surprise really, when you consider its many attractions: numerous bespoke cathedrals, impressive metro system, world famous national opera house and even one of Europe’s top football clubs, Dynamo Kiev.

However, beyond all of this lies Ukraine’s most popular ski resort, Slavsk, a little town populated by no more than 6000 very lucky people! And if that’s not exclusive enough for you, how about snapping up a property just 400m away from the ski lifts in Ukraine’s FIRST off-plan ski resort, the stunning Eagle Valley Mountain Resort. Accommodating novice and advanced skiers alike, as well as all you snowboard enthusiasts, it offers the ultimate ski package.

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